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Do Less. Be More.

Work hard. Prove yourself. Be better, faster, more efficient. I was raised on a farm surrounded by small towns filled with hard-working middle-class families where some of the most respected people were the ones who put in 60-hour work weeks, and still made time to coach a sport or volunteer for something at the school.…

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#FridayInspo Business = Marketing + Innovation, or Bust

  What do you get when you combine harsh fluorescent lights + late nights + in-depth debates on what it means to be truly innovative? An MBA program. As many of you know, I am in my second year as an MBA student at St. Kate’s. And, unlike most MBA candidates, I actually enjoy it…

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#FridayInspo Relax. Refresh. Unwind.

To celebrate the big 2-7, my husband and I had planned a camping trip to Gooseberry Falls State Park, just north of Duluth, Minnesota. It all sounded absolutely perfect… until it came down to figuring out how I was going to get all of my work done. Doing what you love is like reading a…

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Lessons Learned: Organization = Sanity

Is being a time management nerd a thing? If so, I volunteer to be president of the club. In my corporate days I had the opportunity to attend an entire retreat dedicated to drinking the time management Kool-Aid – ah, budget dollars well spent! – so I had the general concepts and best practices around…

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#FridayInspo Patience + Attitude

Someone once told me that when you’re chasing a big dream you’ll have the “highest highs and the lowest lows.” My husband and I joke all the time about the rollercoaster ride that is our both of our careers. The difference between the two of us is how we ride the rollercoaster. He’s always so…

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Secret Sauce: Find Your Escape

Raise your hand if you wake up full of energy and ready to attack your day! Anyone? [sound of crickets chirping] I’ll admit, usually that is me (hold off on the eye-roll and hear me out). I love my job, my clients, and the projects I get to work on. If you’re saying to yourself,…

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#FridayInspo Just Be Confident, Dammit

  If you’ve ever been told, “You’re not giving yourself enough credit,” then you can relate to today’s #FridayInspo. Blame it on societal norms, “Minnesota nice,” or the occasional lack of self confidence, but I constantly catch myself downplaying my work when others compliment me. It’s like there’s this trigger inside me that screams, “Fight…

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Lessons Learned: 5 Key Tips for Potential Startups

Entrepreneurship is contagious. When we see our friends and family chase after something they’re passionate about, it seems to light this fire within us. It’s wildly unsettling because it suddenly causes a flood of ideas of what we could do if we had our own business, and there’s almost nothing you can do to “turn…

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#Friday Inspo The Secret is Time & Practice

When’s the last time you’ve felt absolutely swamped – ever-increasing workload, never-ending social commitments, and you haven’t cleaned your house in two solid months – and all of the sudden it’s like you get this gigantic breath of fresh air? You know, that piercingly clear “aha moment” when all of the sudden that anxiety and stress…

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#DayTrip: Waconia, MN

Lakeside eats + brewery/winery combo = Waconia, Minnesota. After a whirlwind of a week, Dylan and I dusted off the ol’ Harley and hit the road to Waconia, Minnesota. Just over an hour from Mankato, and about 40 minutes from the Metro, Waconia is the perfect spot for a day trip with “the girls” or your…