Inspirational Coffeehouse Conversation

By laura / February 10, 2021 /

An inspirational coffeehouse conversation made me realize something. I’m not alone on this journey and either are you.  Just when I feel alone and think I’m the only one struggling to figure things out, the inspirational coffeehouse conversation helps put things in perspective. For 20 years, I didn’t know what I wanted to be when…

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Artist Residency Opportunities

By laura / February 3, 2021 /

I’m supposed to be packing my bags for a solo trip to France. But, life doesn’t always go as planned.  In the Spring of 2020, I was accepted into the artist residency at Chateau d’Orquevaux.  I’m looking forward to exploring the quaint villages of the French countryside and telling the locals’ stories.  The Chateau d’Orquevaux…

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Wisconsin Artist Makes Confession

By laura / January 27, 2021 /

I’m a small-town Wisconsin artist. Finally, I admit this and it makes me proud to look back and see how far I’ve come.  The process of becoming an artist was challenging for me because it lacked encouragement. “You can’t just be an artist,” they stated. I’ve heard this statement all my life and actually believed…

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Find Happiness When Life Is Messy

By laura / January 13, 2021 /

“Happier than a pig in shit,” I said. I said that out loud after touring the Leinenkugel’s Brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.  As my husband and I were sampling our beer, the words slipped out before my tiny filter could catch them.  Laughter rose from my inner most being and it felt so good. Learning…

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Centennial Celebration In Saint Cloud

By laura / December 14, 2020 /

Saint Cloud Centennial Celebration brings back fond memories. None of us could have predicted what 2020 would look like.  But the truth is, we have no idea what tomorrow will look like.  Some people are planners.  They prefer everything to unfold accordingly to their perfect plan.  This isn’t me and this isn’t real life. I…

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Club 44 Dedication In Mount Calvary Wisconsin

By laura / November 25, 2020 /

Life doesn’t always go as planned, the Club 44 Foundation is proof of that. 2020 doesn’t look like we thought it would, but each of us has something to be grateful for.  This season of life has taught me to slow down and appreciate the little things in life.  The cancellations and additional time spent…

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Organ Donation Advocate Jodi Schmidt

By laura / August 6, 2020 /

What better time than the present to illuminate advocates for organ donation. We’re sharing the Illuminating Women Project online so you can feel inspired. I’m inspired by all who follow their heart.  Jodi did just that which lead her to organ donation, Jodi is illuminating… Jodi Schmidt Jodi Schmidt grew up in beautiful St. Cloud. …

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Support Local Farmers Of Wisconsin

By laura / July 27, 2020 /

What better time than the present to support local farmers. We are sharing the Illuminating Women exhibition online so you can feel inspired.  It’s important to support local farmers because they nourish our minds, bodies and souls.  Colleen Lubbert of Lubbert’s Farm is doing just that.  She is illuminating… Colleen Lubbert Colleen Lubbert owns and…

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Emerging Artist At August Haven

By laura / July 22, 2020 /

Emerging Artist Exhibits at August Haven As an emerging artist,  I seek opportunities that create a win-win for interior designers and galleries.  Just a few weeks ago, I reached out to August Haven because I knew they’d be the perfect fit for my creative vision.  I’m excited to announce that I’ll have artwork on exhibit…

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Agnesian Healthcare Pathologist Nidhi Kumar

By laura / July 20, 2020 /

What better time than the present to illuminate our beautiful community. Agnesian HealthCare Pathologist Nidhi Kumar lights up a room with her smile and optimism.  Nidhi is a ray of sunshine, she is illuminating… Nidhi Kumar In 1997, Nidhi Kumar followed her husband from India to the United States, early in her medical training.  After…

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