Raise your hand if you learned something

Hey, guess what? I gave a TEDx talk at the University of Mary in 2016. I had kind of forgotten about it until I found it on Youtube when I was looking for something else this morning. The invitation was inspired by this Forum column I had written earlier that year and because the theme…

Take a running leap

This story originally appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of Inspired Home magazine. Happy New Year. It’s 2020. It’s a leap year. That’s a lot going on for one year. Think about it: we are 20 years into the new millennium. One fifth of the way through this century. Weren’t we all just worrying that…

Time looks like this

They, whomever “they” is, say that time is our most valuable resource. But what does that mean? We spend time, waste time, lose track of it. We find ourselves with too much or too little time on our hands. We save time, take time, find and give it, too. With all the saving and spending…

Getting past enduring

I was reading through a variety of articles from the site Pocket today–in an effort to clean up my email boxes, something I struggle with mightily. To be honest, I was looking for some inspiration for a blog post, too. Now that I have claimed a concrete number of posts I am intending to write…

Comfortably Uncomfortable

  Happy New Year! I am three days into my 47th year, and I have taken stock of 2019. Now it’s time to look ahead to 2020. Last week, a friend of mine was talking about an assignment her team filled out at work to uncover their focus word for the year. I was intrigued…

2019: My year in review

  It’s always a little melancholic to get to the end of a year: time is passing so quickly, but it’s also a little liberating to see what has been done in the past 12 months, too. So in the spirit of looking back before I look forward, I have opted to assess 2019 from…

The end of an era

Yesterday Dr Marry and I saw The Rise of Skywalker, the final Star Wars film (although I feel like Star Wars* is like The Rolling Stones or Cher–I’m not absolutely certain they understand what the word “final” really means since they seem to announce their *final* world tour again and again). But I digress… As…

Reflecting on my past and sharing some important advice

  Yesterday, I had the absolute privilege of giving the commencement address at the December graduation ceremony of my first Alma Mater, Minnesota State University Moorhead. When President Anne Blackhurst called me in November to ask if I would be willing to speak, I jumped at the opportunity. This has secretly been on my bucket…

Meek and mild just doesn't cut it anymore

Throughout my life, I have had an image indelibly ingrained in my brain of a young woman, a girl really, compliant, humble, quiet and full of grace. She is content to let life happen to her and doesn’t question her fate. Instead, she has a radiant glow about her as she gently glides through her…

I really want (and need) to know

I have been accepted in to Seth Godin’s altMBA January class, and I am thrilled about it. Last week, I received the box of pre-reading materials, and because we were snowed in all Thanksgiving weekend, I have already devoured eight of the 11 books. If nothing else comes from the class, which I absolutely do…