Things Worth Doing

“Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.” – Philip Dormer Stanhope, Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1752  “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”  -G.K. Chesterton, What’s Wrong with the World,  1910   Interesting paradox, isn’t it? When I…

Of Pregnancy and Public

I am 39 weeks pregnant and due to meet baby any day now.  Thank God.  I am so ready to be done being pregnant. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t disliked being pregnant.  I’ve had a pretty uneventful pregnancy and have really loved the feeling of baby growing and kicking and turning.  It has been…

Truth and a Twelve Year Old

In 6th grade, I had a fantastic teacher who gave us an inspired writing assignment.  We were to choose a famous “good guy” from history and write a research paper that showcased them as a villain.  I chose William Shakespeare. We had to cite our sources (this was well before the days of Wikipedia, so…

Hope for the Holidays

My organization, Community Action Partnership, runs more than twenty programs and services for low-income families throughout the year.  This year, I was asked to take the lead on our school supply distribution and holiday programs.  I loved being part of collecting donations of backpacks and school supplies to help kids get a solid start to…

Oh honey…

I recently had my first experience in having my own intern, which was educational for (I hope) both of us.  This was a young woman who had been interested in volunteering with my organization, but since she was in school, we agreed to call it an internship.  I was thrilled to have help!  Running all…

Marathon Motivation

I might be too happy to run a marathon.  Yes, I think that might be the issue. I’m registered to run my second marathon in October, the Twin Cities Medtronic.  I ran the Chicago marathon back in 2015 and frankly, training went a lot better that time. I was also in a very different place…

And Hilarity Ensues

In two days, I leave for Tanzania with my mom.  I am so stinking excited.  I have no idea what day it is right now, I’m so excited.  I have thought it was Thursday since Monday.  I have never been to Africa, so that will be amazing.  We will be there during the Great Migration,…

Adventures in Adulting: Money Edition

Oofdah. Not to get all Minnesotan on you, but seriously, oofdah.  Money is rough.  Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful that I have a job that pays well enough that I can more or less pay my bills, but trying to stay on top of said bills is slightly exhausting. I’ll be honest with…

Hope for the Future: Youth in Government

On a frigid day in early January, a sixteen year old girl trotted up the steps of the state capitol in a very professional and not at all warm skirt.  Inside the Capitol, the committee, court, and legislative rooms and offices had been taken over by high school students from all over the state.  It…

Ode to My Sisters

Growing up, I always wanted a sister.  It was just me and my younger brother.  My brother is amazing and we have always gotten along well and been close, but what girl doesn’t wish sometimes that she had a sister? We grew up in a girl-heavy neighborhood in the suburbs, so I always had plenty…

Finding My Magic

Last winter, my dear sweet husband started trying to teach me to play the trumpet.  He played in high school and college and it was and still is a big part of his identity.  I had fun learning the basics, he had fun teaching me, and it made for some very nice date nights.  We…