May 23, 2020

I think my low point during this season might have been storming out the front door when all three kids were crying in the kitchen. A geometry lesson, dried-up play dough, and a ‘No video games’ mandate had forced everyone over the edge. Including me. But, let me back...

December 5, 2018

I bump along the gravel road on Highway JJ, following my hand-written directions, not trusting my GPS to get me where I need to go. The service is spotty, I’m told. I pull up to an old farmhouse and Holly, a 35-pound tricolor mutt, pushes open the wooden-framed door an...

April 6, 2018

Stroll into Yarnology a delightful and charming yarn shop on East Third Street in Winona, on any given Thursday night and you’ll see more than just luscious yarns and dozens of knitting needles.

In the heart of the store are cushy couches, overstuffed chairs and a coffe...

July 27, 2017

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of chatting with a high school student who is interested in becoming a writer. And she reached out to me. What?! After we chatted, she invited me to come to her class and talk about what we deemed the Five Rules; the five must-hav...

June 14, 2017

As Amanda tells me her story, my fingers flick against the laptop keys. I can’t help but think her story foreshadows my own. My husband and I have been talking about moving out of the city. I’ve been dreaming about quitting my job and committing fully to my business. W...

June 7, 2017

On a dusty Saturday afternoon, I head west. A dot on the map, Independence is full of open spaces, curvy roads and horse farms. And a gem of a shop called Mama’s Happy. I pull up and make my way inside the store. I’m surrounded by upcycled treasures, reclaimed wooden b...

April 25, 2017

I will never forget the day: I had just returned from a week-long road trip across the country with my husband and 1-year-old. I was between jobs and unprepared for how that week would change me. I completely fell in love with motherhood. It’s not like I didn’t love be...

April 4, 2017

As I’ve been building my business, there’s been this consistent nagging voice in the back of my head. It’s quiet, but it’s there. Maybe

you have heard something similar. Out of nowhere, I’ll think “What if I can’t do this?” or “What if I fail?” or “What will people thin...

February 9, 2017

Evan Tepper asks me if I want a shot of espresso in my peanut butter-banana smoothie, better known as The Cloquet. Despite the fact that it’s almost 4 p.m., I respond with a quintessential Minnesotan, “You betcha!”

We sit at one of the tables in the bright light of the...

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