She brushed herself off. Letting go of the doubts. Releasing the past. Forgiving. And in those moments she gathered her courage. She dared to dream. She decided to see today as a priceless gift. She rose. She carried on. She was brave.

-Rachel Marie Martin


I hate to admit it but I don’t always feel brave. I am usually filled with self doubt. I question myself on some of the decisions I have made in the past or if I am making the right decisions for my future. I have been trying to figure out myself and do it on purpose for the last few years. Thank you Dolly Parton!

Last week we had to say goodbye to our 13.5 year old dachshund Madison Noelle LaBelle. I had to be brave when I made the difficult decision even though I know that it was the right decision. It is never easy to say goodbye to a beloved pet. It felt all too familiar. I couldn’t help but think of my BoBo Ray of Sunshine. The one thing that helped me get through was knowing Madison and BoBo would be together again. That gave me a big sense of relief. Seymour is adjusting. We are all adjusting trying to figure out the new normal.

Madison and BoBo photo by Sarah Beth Photography


Minnesota has been my home the last 28 years. It’s hard to believe that I have lived here longer than I lived in my home state of Wisconsin. I have always been a cheesehead at heart because you can take the girl out of Wisconsin but you can’t take Wisconsin out of the girl. I have had some of the best times and some of the worst times of my life living here. I am looking forward to new adventures and seeing what the future holds in new surroundings.

Sometimes giving up is the strong thing
Sometimes to run is the brave thing
Sometimes walking out is the one thing
That will find you the right thing

That will find you the right thing
And you know in your soul
And you know in your soul
When it’s time to go
You know, you know, you know, you know
When it’s time to go
So then you go
Then you go
You just go

-Taylor Swift


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