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Open | One Little Word 2016

Anyone who is a bookworm knows that words have power. Words matter, and the words we choose to let into our lives can make such a difference in how we see the world. For the last two years, I’ve chosen a single word to serve as a guidepost and a lens for the year and [...]

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Nurture | One Little Word 2015

One year later, and I think what I said about the idea of One Little Word still rings true: Anyone who is a bookworm knows that words have power. Words matter and the words we choose in our lives can make such a difference in how we see the world. This is my second year [...]

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Curate | One Little Word 2014

Anyone who is a bookworm knows that words have power. Words matter and the words we choose in our lives can make such a difference in how we see the world. This year I decided to try a new way of inspiring change in my own life by joining One Little Word 2014, a year-long [...]

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Last year, I was not in a position to set any goals… my life was in shambles, I was grieving, and I was fighting this overwhelming feeling that goals and plans are pointless because the world can just kick you in the face at any moment. This year, things are different. I am still working [...]

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Currently | Jobs, Parties, and Painting

Around Here | It's a lazy Sunday morning here in Minnesota. My sister and I hosted a holiday party with a boozy hot chocolate bar last night, so we're all moving a little bit slowly this morning. Reading | It's 10 days into December and I haven't finished a book! I got sucked into read a [...]

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29 Great Things About Being 29

Tomorrow I’m turning 30. To help celebrate, I’m stealing an idea I’ve seen a few other places online, collecting 29 great things about being 29. In roughly chronological order: Sculpture Garden/Minneapolis adventures with Lindsay and Patrick – Technically, this happened while I was still 28, but I’m counting it because I count all of July [...]

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One of the ways that I try to remind myself of my One Little Word for 2016, open, is to think about one of the rules of improv I remember from Tina Fey’s Bossypants – always respond to your partner with YES, AND… For Fey, the idea of YES, AND is to contribute, to show up and [...]

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Currently | 80 Hours Below Zero

Briefly | Minnesota, and most of the upper Midwest, is in the middle of a cold snap. It sunk below zero Friday night, and isn't expected to get back above zero until Tuesday morning. We've got the heat turned up, blankets unpacked, and are wallowing as best we can to avoid truly horrific wind chills. [...]

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The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau first got on my radar last last year when he was interviewed on one of my favorite podcasts. Guillebeau talked about the benefits of a creative pursuit and the satisfaction you can get from a quest of some kind. At the time I was well in the middle [...]

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I don’t know about you, but the new year seemed to really sneak up on me. All of a sudden it was the last week of December and and it was time for reflecting on the year and setting new goals for 2016. I was talking to one of my coworkers about this, and she [...]

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