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6 Best Words for Stressed Moms

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:50
I’ve had this blog idea floating around in my head for quite some time, and it seems fitting that I’m finally writing it with Mother’s Day just around the corner. My life is not dissimilar from other women I know who have small children. With three kids in school and sports, a husband who runs his own business, and working full time myself, the word “busy” is an understatement. At times, it feels downright chaotic. Read more...

To the Moms in the Cafeteria

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 06:34
A few weeks ago, my son's elementary school held its annual "Muffins with Mom" event in the school cafeteria. It was my fifth, I think—not including that one year I missed because of a business trip. (How could I forget that guilt?) On my ride to work afterward, I started thinking about motherhood and cafeterias. When you think about it, there are a lot of similarities. Both can feel lonely—and both can lead to new friendships. Both can be loud—and both can exude laughter. Both can be messy—and both can be fulfilling. Read more...

I Am Intersex and I Am Here

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:17
"I am one of the two percent."

Welkom to Tulip Time

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:02
I'm a Zeeland native—and while it may not be Holland, I was still raised on the tulips, elephant ears and wooden shoes of Tulip Time. Not to boast, but I even got half days of school because half of the student body was performing in the festivities anyway. (That's probably why we all spell "welkom" with a "k.") Read more...

5 Reasons My Heart Belongs in Cannonsburg

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 09:02
Cannonsburg, Michigan. Have you heard of it? It's OK if you haven't. It's a small community northeast of Grand Rapids. Some may say, "If you blink, you'll miss it." It really is that small. Sure, you can drive through it quickly, but what you see out your window will probably pique your interest. Spend more than a year in Cannonbsburg, and I promise you'll never forget it. Read more...

Entrepreneurship Is a Way of Life

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:06
If you're outside the business world, you may never have pondered entrepreneurship. If you're inside the business world, you may never have considered it as a philosophy of value to daily living. Read more...
Many traditions are associated with "tying the knot." But did you know that one of the latest nuptial trends has to do with nature? Read more...

The Future is Female

Thursday, 09 March 2017 05:04
"Gender equity is not a fad," said Amber Snow, Lead Talent Development Specialist at Amway. Read more...

Why Faces Are So Important to Our Identity

Wednesday, 01 March 2017 07:44
It's obvious when a woman feels good about herself: She shows it. She carries herself with more confidence. She smiles. She is open to the world around her. She exudes warmth and friendliness. All simply because she's happy about her appearance. Read more...

Forced Couple Fun: Nonna’s The Trattoria

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 07:51
I recently had a breakfast meeting at Nonna's in downtown Ada. As most of you know, downtown Ada has had quite a bit of change. When I walked in to the restaurant, my breakfast companion wasn't there, which seemed odd. I then remembered I was in the Pantry—and the new Trattoria was across the street. I found my breakfast companion, had our meeting and enjoyed an amazing breakfast. Read more...