Four things for the start of November

We’re down to the final two months, months packed with holidays, shopping, food, decorations, and lots and lots of holiday themed movies, most of which will include a sappy love story for good measure. Though many of the local department stores began displaying their Christmas decor weeks ago, I like to subscribe to the general…

The desert island questions

There are at least a dozen, exceptionally over used icebreaker questions about desert islands. What would you bring with you on a desert island? What one thing could you not live without on a desert island? You find yourself on a desert island, what’s the first thing you look for? You’re on a desert island…

4 things for the start of October

                  Fall has fallen over the upper midwest, and that means it’s time for all the best things! Frosty mornings, cozy sweaters, snuggly sweaters, bonfires, Halloween, pumpkins, porch mums, and, of course, the changing leaves all bring this season to life for me and make it one…

A ten minute yoga routine for those who hate yoga routines

This past summer I had a grand idea that I was going to become a yogi. Not a certified instructor or anything crazy like that, just someone who didn’t hate practicing yoga as much as I sometimes hate it. I’m a regular Jekyll and Hyde when it comes to my yoga practice. Though I’m horrendously…

Wear your heart on your sleeve…or your wrist

There are a lot of internet fashion trends going around. Anytime a celebrity steps out in a new look…trend. Anytime a royal family member shows up in public…trend. Anytime a former Bachelor or Bachelorette contestant starts a new fashion endorsement campaign on instagram…trend. Influencers have a lot to say about the “looks” that become the…

Podcasts to make you laugh, make you smarter, and make your day.

Last spring, I started a love/hate relationship with a local radio station. I really love the music selection it plays, and I really…dislike…the DJ who plays it. Though this seems like a trivial matter, it’s actually quite personal. Last spring my high school theater program was awarded a national grant to use for production expenses….

I should have given this toast at my thirtieth birthday party

Saturday is my birthday. I’ll be 31 years old. Somewhere around the age of 25 my birthday started to feel less like a momentous occasion to celebrate, and more like one more day in the inevitable march towards old age. Of all my birthdays, I took 25 the hardest. I saw myself as halfway to…

Fall Jams – September 2018 Playlist

I love the month of September. Cooler temperature, fall leaves, football games, bonfires, comfy sweaters, all my favorite things start showing back up as fall rolls in. September’s playlist is a little bit mellow, a little bit folksy, and a little bit last minute summer party! Curl up with a blanket and sip a cup…

Six things for the start of September

This month ink. is kicking off a new recurring post in which we kick off the month with a collection of stories, reflections, blogs, thoughts, etc. to get you thinking, make you smarter, and give those of you, like me, who hate trying to make small talk something to bring to the conversation should you…

How it feels to be a teacher on the first day of the school year

It’s 6:00AM on the first day of the school year, and I’m tired. The sun is already up; the morning breeze blows through the window; the coffee is hot and ready; my lunch waits, already packed, in the fridge; my school bag sits, where it has sat all summer, on the stool next to the…