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 Journal Articles |  Queen of the Castle Articles  |  Podcast  |  Christmas Letters

Journal Articles {Excerpts}

Father’s Day

A father is the most important person in a young girl’s life. The most important factor for girls growing up into confident, women is a strong father with conservative values. I have found this to be true, as there are things that only fathers can provide. A father paves the way for what young girls look for in men and what she should expect from her husband. Her father shows her how she should be treated and valued. >> READ MORE

Published in The Eau Claire Journal ~ June 2016

Mother’s Day

“You are not told it enough but you are loved. You are loved for how, at the end of the day, you make everything better… Wear the crown of mother proudly. Let it shine upon your kind soul and light up the world as much as you light up your children. You will always be their mother.” >> READ MORE

Published in The Eau Claire Journal ~ May 2016


Nothing…wasted, turning printed chicken feed sacks into skirts and flour sacks into dishtowels. [During a time, to too long ago… the Great Depression], frugality was considered a virtue and the phrase ~ use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without ~ was the way of life in many households.  >> READ MORE

Published in The Eau Claire Journal ~ April 2016


“Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged … it’s how I arrange my mind.”… I challenge you to look for the positive things each day and record them in a journal.  You will be surprised how it changes your perspective on life. >> READ MORE

Published in The Eau Claire Journal ~ March 2016

Love Letters

Doesn’t it feel great when we receive a love letter?

Writing can be therapeutic and good for the soul. People who are at turning points in their lives, facing challenging situation and at transitional life stages, need to write as well as engaged couples, divorcing couples, expectant and new parents. >> READ MORE

Published in The Eau Claire Journal ~ February 2016

A New Year’s Resolution

The first step is to reflect upon the past year.  What were your highlights of 2015?  What was your greatest lesson learned?  The hardest thing you had to do this year?  Your favorite memory?  Your greatest accomplishment?  Each year is going to be different as each year brings us a new set of opportunities and adventures, a new set of twists and turns.  Some years are going to be more difficult than others.  Some years are going to bring more new growth.  Reminisce, reflect and document the past year, it’s important to learn from the past.  Going forward what do you want to change?  They can be simple goals or great big grandiose goals or some of each.  Write them down. >> READ MORE

Published in The Eau Claire Journal ~ January 2016

A Most Unusual Christmas Gift – Your Written Legacy

This Christmas try writing a legacy letter to your loved ones, letting them know what you value in life, what lessons you have learned and what wisdom you would like to pass down and be remembered for. If you’re not sure where to start, reminisce about Christmas’s past, your family traditions and lessons learned. Here’s some ideas to help you get started. >> READ MORE

Published in The Eau Claire Journal ~ December 2015

Podcast {Excerpt}

EP021: The Art of Capturing Your Story Before It Is Lost Forever – February 4th, 2016

Leading people through the gift of service simply means you give back to your community through your gifts of time, talent and medium_straight-talk-for-a-curvy-world-inspiration-confidence-relationships-dating-creativity-1457417981treasure. Women tend to be drawn to this environment naturally, because they inherently put others’ needs ahead of their own. In other words, you are probably already being a servant leader, and there is also a degree available in this discipline if you want to embrace your empathy. >> LISTEN HERE


Queen of the Castle Articles  {Excerpts}

The Invisible Woman

As mothers I think that we have all felt invisible, not appreciated or taken for granted…
Does every woman wonder if she’s doing the right thing? Am I spending my life well? Do I matter?
YES, every woman matters. >>READ MORE SOON

Published in Queen of the Castle ~ May 2015



Call it a CLAN, call it a NETWORK, call it a TRIBE, call it a FAMILY. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. (Jane Howard)

…Today, there are twenty-one of us in our extended family. We are a close knit group and the values that were instilled in us have been passed on down to the next generation. From my parents’ perspective, when you raise your children, you’re also raising your grandchildren. Patterns tend to persist… Family: like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. >> READ MORE

Published in Queen of the Castle ~ February 2015

The Importance of Passing on Your Legacy for Future Generations

We need to write things down because even though we think that we are going to remember the details, as we get older and time passes, it is natural to forget… We need to write our stories down so that we can be remembered and not forgotten.  Have you ever asked your parents or other relatives their stories, or for pictures or scrapbooks that they may have of the family?  Writing is not just for the older generations or if someone is terminally ill, it’s for all of us… We need to share our stories and our wisdom, our Lessons for Tomorrow. >> READ MORE

Published in Queen of the Castle ~ May 2014

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