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…

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…

Wait, when did I become an adult?

If you google “impostor syndrome,” you get a page full of results saying that everyone deals with this and suggestions for combating it.  This is also what comes up when you google “not quite impostor syndrome,” which is what I did this morning.  I don’t know a term for the way I feel.  Impostor syndrome…

Seven Days of Black and White

I got sucked into the #7daysofblackandwhite challenge that is floating around social media these days.  But it was kind of a cool exercise.  Below are my photos.  I took eight, not sure how that happened.  If you want to see really good photos, go check out the Photo Traveler blog.

The Community of Community Theater

This past August, I found myself on a middle school stage, auditioning for my first play since 2008.  The play was “Harvey,” by Mary Chase, and I still couldn’t quite tell you what had made me decide to audition.  I had found out about the Prior Lake Players community theater organization through work.  The Players…