Jewels of Wisdom: 2015 IWR Interview Round-up!

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This blog series is about creating a sacred space for women to share their stories, advice, words of wisdom, and challenges to help inspires us all.

It’s about raising our global consciousness to unite and learn from each other as the beautiful women we are. Together, we create a tapestry of love, connection, and wisdom. It’s from this place where we shine.


This month, I’m doing something a little different. Instead of interviewing another amazing woman, I’m choosing inspiring nuggets of insight from each person I’ve had the pleasure to interviewed this year.

I choose 2 questions, “What is one thing you wished you would have known when you were younger?” and “What do you want to tell the women of the world today?” Their answers gave me goosebumps. I know that I need to hear their words over and over again.

We all struggle at some point. The work and our job at that point is to not stay there. It’s to keep moving…

My gift to you is the wisdom from each these beautiful women. I encourage you to read their their insights and implement what speaks to you into your life. Enjoy!

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Inspired Women Rising: Meet Rachel Ewell

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This blog series is about creating a sacred space for women to share their stories, advice, words of wisdom, and challenges to help inspires us all.

It’s about raising our global consciousness to unite and learn from each other as the beautiful women we are. Together, we create a tapestry of love, connection, and wisdom. It’s from this place where we shine.


Let me introduce,  Rachel Ewell

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Position: Co-Founder of MNCommunity

What else are you a part of: I also work as a full-time job as a Revenue Cycle Management Consultant for Reimbursement Concepts, Inc.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. Go Huskers!

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Your Adventure is Calling…Will You Answer?

Blog_October15Photo2Adventure. It’s a loaded word, isn’t it? It can feel big, imposing, and almost impossible.

What does adventure mean? I like this definition: noun/ an exciting or remarkable experience.

Think back to when you were young, for a moment. What did you want to do, see, accomplish, become, or have?

When I was young, my brother and I would go into the attic. We would be there for hours looking through things, mostly the full collection of encyclopedias and the globe. I would choose a book from the encyclopedia collection, open a page, and start reading. Learning about something I didn’t know existed in my 10 year world was thrilling. I was fascinated and amused.

However, I loved the globe. We would spin it then put our finger on a spot and quickly figure out where it was. Sometimes, we had no clue and would look it up in the encyclopedia. If it was a “good” spot meaning I could visualize the place, I would immediately think about living there. I created it in my imagination.

Once, my finger landed on Florida. I told my brother I wanted to live there. It became a thing. I was living in Florida. He wanted to live in Texas. Little did I know that the dream of living in Florida would happen. Life is pretty amazing isn’t it? The twists and turns. Sometimes, you get exactly what you want.

For me, adventure is traveling. Going off the map. Traveling fuels my love of learning and takes me out of my culture and into another. I see new perspectives, ideas, and ways of living. I open up and feel free.

What’s your adventure? What lives inside of you that needs to be set free?

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Inspired Women Rising: Meet Megan Mork

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This blog series is about creating a sacred space for women to share their stories, advice, words of wisdom, and challenges to help inspires us all.

It’s about raising our global consciousness to unite and learn from each other as the beautiful women we are. Together, we create a tapestry of love, connection, and wisdom. It’s from this place where we shine.


Let me introduce,  Megan Mork

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Position: Lead Stylist, Stitch Fix

What else are you a part of: two birds {blog with my sister, Nora} & Blog Content Contributor at Good Will.

Where did you grow up? South Minneapolis

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The Pseudo-You: The Art of Taking Off Your Mask

Blog_SeptPhotoUsedI’ve been thinking a lot about vulnerability lately. In the past, I was very good at hiding. Hiding from my true feelings, afraid of asking questions because what other people might think, going along with everyone else, being afraid to speak up, etc.

I did all this because I was afraid I wouldn’t fit in if they knew the real me. I wanted to be liked, to be a part of the group, and to be loved.

I realized I had many masks. There was…

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Inspired Women Rising: Meet Tanya Boigenzahn

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This blog series is about creating a sacred space for women to share their stories, advice, words of wisdom, and challenges to help inspires us all.

It’s about raising our global consciousness to unite and learn from each other as the beautiful women we are. Together, we create a tapestry of love, connection, and wisdom. It’s from this place where we shine.


Let me introduce,  Tanya Boigenzahn, ERYT 500, RTT, AYS, CHTP, Yoga Therapist & Reiki Master

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Position: Owner/Director, Devanadi School of Yoga & Wellness, Owner/Director, Thai Yoga Bodywork, LLC

What else are you a part of: I love being a part of my yoga communities at home and in the world. I’m an affiliate teacher for the Himalayan Institute and am a featured teacher on their online magazine, Yogainternational.com.

I’m also a member of: MAA (Minnesota Ayurveda Association), Yoga Alliance (YA), International Associate of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI), Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), Healing Touch International

Where did you grow up? New Brighton, MN

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A Manifesto for the Passionate + Courageous

Manifesto for the Passionate + CourageousDo you write? In the past, I didn’t because I thought I wasn’t good at it. It wasn’t until I became a life coach and was about to launch a new website, did I ever consider it.

I was told to be successful you really needed a blog. I don’t believe that anymore, but at the time I thought I’d try it. When my website launched in the Spring of last year, I started writing.

Let’s just say my first few blog posts were less than stellar. A sincere, thank you, to those of you who’ve been reading from the beginning.

I feel like the more I practice, the better I become.  I’m sure I should have an editor for my excessive comma usage and mis-spelled words, but I’m sure I’ll work that out. I’ve jumped into the writing pool and I’m going to keep paddling. Just like the first blog posts I wrote, I’m sure this one will become less than stellar, as I improve.

My goal has been to write one blog post a month, since my website launch. I’m happy to say over a year later, I’ve never missed month.

Why do I still write? It challenges me and provokes ideas. What I didn’t realize would happen is it helps to clear my mind. It helps get thoughts and feelings out, but also helps me reflect on the past, which is healing.

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Inspired Women Rising: Meet Bernadette Clevenger

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This blog series is about creating a sacred space for women to share their stories, advice, words of wisdom, and challenges to help inspires us all.

It’s about raising our global consciousness to unite and learn from each other as the beautiful women we are. Together, we create a tapestry of love, connection, and wisdom. It’s from this place where we shine.


Let me introduce,  Bernadette Clevenger

Location: St. Paul, MN

Position: I work as a family physician practicing integrative holistic medicine. I also have been babysitting my 2 month old grandson one day a week.

What else are you a part of: I am a member of a local yoga and Tibetan Bon Buddhist organizations. I also consider myself a member of Ecopolitan – an organization that supports schools and communities in Nepal. I have traveled to Nepal twice with this organization.

Where did you grow up? Tolland, Connecticut. A small town in the northeastern part of the state.

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12 Simple Steps to Simplify Your Life

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I spent almost 3 weeks trekking in India in 2009. It shed a light on how much less stuff other people have and can live without. When I returned from India, I looked around inside my house and felt like the most abundant person on earth.

After that trip, I decided I wanted to get rid of a bunch of stuff. I’ve been on the path of living simply ever since. I absolutely love going through my closets, kitchen, and rooms looking for things to pack up, so I can donate them.

However, looking back on my life, I realized I was attached to many things.

When I was younger, I felt important when I had lots things. Marketing messages were not lost on me. I didn’t have just one Cabbage Patch Kid, I had three. Three is better than one right? I could also say that I had three.

I was attached to clothes. I had a light pink winter jacket I got in 8th grade. It was really cute and by far the most expensive jacket my Mom ever bought me at that point. I got it after I had 4 teeth pulled prior to getting braces. I’m sure my Mom felt bad about what I had been through, hence the reason for spending so much on the coat. I wore it until I couldn’t wear it anymore. I kept it for MANY years after that. It was pretty. I couldn’t give it away.

Most recently, I use to save boxes. You know the boxes you get from amazon.com when you order something? Most people toss them. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about a empty box that intrigues me. The voice in my head says, “What could I put in it?” “I should save it to package Christmas gifts.”

Honest confession: I still like boxes. Now, I recycle them when I know I won’t use them. If collecting boxes are the only items I hold onto, I think I’m doing ok.

Besides collecting “things” we can also feel attached to people in our lives. Because we want them to stay in our lives, we do things we wouldn’t normally do. You might allow them to cross your personal boundaries or treat you in a way that is not acceptable. That’s not healthy.

No one has what you need to feel fulfilled and complete. We all want self-sufficiency and freedom. Holding onto people who we need to let go of, creates the opposite, inadequacy and conformity.

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Inspired Women Rising: Meet Sally Mars

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This blog series is about creating a sacred space for women to share their stories, advice, words of wisdom, and challenges to help inspires us all.

It’s about raising our global consciousness to unite and learn from each other as the beautiful women we are. Together, we create a tapestry of love, connection, and wisdom. It’s from this place where we shine.


Let me introduce,  Sally Mars

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Position: Producer (Print and Broadcast), Artist Manager (Chris Mars Publishing)

What else are you a part of: Photographer (Fine Art), Writer (Short Stories, Essays, Poems), Facilitator of Photo Union League at Minneapolis Photo Center, Co-Facilitator of The F-Stop Group with Tom Arndt at Minneapolis Photo Center, Animal Rescue volunteer with Secondhand Hounds.

Where did you grow up? My family moved a lot when I was growing up – 12 schools in 12 years. I was born and started out in New York, finished high school and went to college in Colorado. Moved to Minnesota post-college for work, fell in love, stayed. Minnesota is home.

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