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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…

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#FridayInspo Embrace Each Experience

  Choosing to build my own business has been one of the most amazing – and terrifying – experiences of my life. This week in particular has been extremely emotional, with some toast-worthy achievements coupled with having my first “breakup” with a client. To help stay motivated, I start each day with blocking out time to read. I…

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Breaking Up… with a Client

Breakups are hard. They come with tears, a periodic feeling of being lost, and – most importantly – lots and lots of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. For all of us that are passionate about our businesses, there’s some debatably embarrassing similarities between how we feel about our significant other, and how we feel about…

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Facebook Changes & Your Business Success

Facebook made some key changes last week that will have a major impact on businesses being able to reach their followers. USA Today reported, “Facebook announced [on June 29] it is limiting the amount of content from Pages, or the public profile created for brands, celebrities and media publishers a user follows. The News Feed…

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Small Business Spotlight: Urban Growler Brewing Co.

Combine an innate sense of vulnerability with a passion that fills the entire community, and there sits Urban Growler Brewing Company.  Co-founders Jill Pavlak and Deb Loch both had successful careers working for strong companies and making a nice living, but something was missing.  So, they did what most people are too afraid to do:…