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My version of #lakelife includes sun, swimming until my limbs ache, dinner on the grill and beer and s’mores around the campfire. This #minnesotagirl taught the next generation of North Dakota and Indiana girls how to swim in the #lake, which was still so cold it takes your breath away. (The six-year-old managed to push me off the boat, which, karmically, I probably deserved. 😝) Now I need to sleep for about 12 hours straight... What’s your favorite lake? What do you like to do when you’re there?

We stopped in tiny Dorset, #Minnesota for (ridiculously huge portions of) Mexican food on our way back to the lake. We found lots of cute little shops too. I am always charmed by an old fashioned #candystore. #OnlyInMN #thismymn #thisismyminnesota

This was one of those meals where I took a bite and thought, “I am so happy with my life right now.” It was not an auspicious start. Our train was delayed, we barely slept and I twisted my ankle falling in a knee-deep crosswalk pothole (‘cause I’m awesome like that). It still hurts. And I’m still happy. Not every part of every trip goes well. Sometimes you’ve got to pay the travel gods before they come through. Thanks for making it up to me, #chicago. #mychicagopix

“You’re taking pictures of a wall in the rain?” Yes, random stranger, I am. How could I pass up this perfect light? Plus, the #streetart in #FortWayne, #Indiana made me smile. #instatravel #travelgram #publicart #mural #colorful #breathe #visitfortwayne #midwestmoment #visitIndiana

Neal Smith National WildLife Refuge is a great place for hiking, exploring, and learning year-round. Not too far off I-80. #learnsomething
🐂🌾🦌 #fieldtrip #midwestisbest #midwestmoment #mwtblogs #midwest #mwtblogger #learning #goplayoutside #stayandwander #thisisiowa #highlightiowa #iowa #homeschool #bison #museum #handsonlearning

“The secret to life is finding joy in ordinary things.” #RuthReichl ...
Everyday things can be surprisingly beautiful. And you never know what will make you stop and stare.
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I thought about being a #costumedesigner for a bit. That part is clearly still rattling around in my brain, since I still stop in my tracks and lovingly photograph #thread. This is what happens when I start #sewing again, apparently! (Creativity is odd.)
#gradient #rainbow #jj_forum_2257 #details #closeup #colorjunkie

I had a blast photographing the #FargoMarathon (and lots of fans and parties!) for #midwestlivingmag this morning. 🏃🏿‍♀️❤️🏃🏽‍♂️❤️🏃🏼‍♀️❤️🏃🏿‍♂️❤️
(You can 👀more pics and video, including and epic royal wedding party along the route, @midwestlivingmag’s Instagram stories.) ...
Fun fact: To fit it all in, I basically jogged 4.2 miles — in a sweater dress and combat boots! 😂 — across two cities and two states! (Note to self: Wear running shoes next time.)
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This #bridge in #lindenwoodpark is one of the spots where #marathonrunners cross over from #Moorhead, #Minnesota into #Fargo, #NorthDakota. It’s one of the prettiest #parks on the #marathonroute. #jj_forum_2254

My favorite #skyline views are usually taken from an odd perspective, like this #frombelow shot from an #architecturetour in #Chicago. There’s something so timeless about seeing a city from the water. And we spent the rest the trip pointing out structural details to each other, so I guess the #architecture lesson worked. How do you like to experience a city? #jj_forum_2250

A #prairiechurch is a beacon of order and #symmetry in an unpredictable world. (The #clouds parted and delivered some serious drama as an added bonus.) Today a simple errand turned into a spontaneous #smalltown #roadtrip. It’s refreshing to see a familiar place with new eyes. There is beauty all around us. We just have to have eyes to see it. #jj_forum_2242 #travelwriter #ndlegendary #northdakotalife #prairieplaces

🔷I think one of the hardest parts of being a #creative person is committing to keeping the channel of #creativity open, even if (actually, especially if) nothing is flowing.🔶Sometimes I absolutely detest how long it can take to write a pitch or a draft. Some stories come out fully formed and others are a battle. It all feels so maddeningly inefficient. 🔷Watching visual #artists work is a visceral reminder that all those sketches and do overs and false starts are part of the process, even if they didn’t make it into the final product. And that’s true whether you’re talking about a story or a #painting. 🔶You show up, clear room in your life and your mind to do the work and sometimes you toss it all out and sometimes it’s magic. You never can tell.🔷But even when it’s a slog, I can still close my eyes and know in my bones that this is the work I’m meant to do. Even when I hate it, I’d still rather do this than anything else. #jj_forum_2233 #artist (Thanks for letting me crash your #studio, @therealmaclethal!)

“Heads up, phones down” — words of wisdom for an #urbanwalk and pushing through #writersblock. 📝 If you’re a #writer, a #creative or an #artist, how do you get unstuck? #writersofinstagram #writersfollowwriters #writerslife #writerscommunity #freelancer

Here’s a #naturallight #stilllife from the desk of a #travelwriter at home. The #cup is by an #artist in western #NorthDakota who makes #pottery from the region’s distinct, blonde clay. (It’s also used to make Hebron brick.) The #Christmasornaments are #papermache from #marolin, a beautiful workshop in tiny #steinach, #germany. They’ll probably never be on my tree because I like looking at them too much! The #seashells are from all over — Florida, California, Puerto Rico and probably Mexico and The Dominican Republic too.
How odd that my favorite color is black, yet I spend my days surrounded by soothing shades of white, cream and ivory.
What #souvenirs do you gravitate towards? What colors do you love? #jj_forum_2225

Sometimes I seriously consider making a day-long #taco pilgrimage to #bismarcknd just to get these highly covetable #breakfasttacos. 😆 Today was one of those days. I think I might officially have a problem... #EatND #yum #foodgram #PrairiePlaces #NDLegendary #tacosaremylovelanguage #foodielife

Happy #nationalbeerday!🍺
I’m celebrating with a sweet deal on my #northdakotabeerbook 📖 through 4/14 AND co-hosting my very first #BeerTour featuring @kilstonebrewing, @flatlandbrewery and @prairiebrothers May 10. Find the details in the link in my bio.🍻What are you drinking tonight?🍻
#craftbeer #beernerd #northdakotabeer

The calendar says it’s spring, but Mother Nature clearly didn’t the memo, because it still looks like this in #Fargo, #NorthDakota. ❄️ (This is an old photo, but there’s actually more #snow now!) 🤨 I’m all for #winter, but this is getting a little old. At least it’s a sunny, #bluesky day today. ☀️ How is the weather where you are?

Being #creative isn’t easy. Being an #artist is messy. (Even if you work in words and photos, like I do.) 📓🖊📷 This isn’t my painting (#fargoartists, if you know who it belongs to, let me know), but I love how it illustrates the #creativeprocess. Making things for a living rarely gets the respect (scratch that, the reverence) that it deserves. 🎨There’s so much more to the work than the final product that people see or hear. 🎼🎭Only #artists see the outtakes, the do-overs, the false starts, what’s left on the cutting room floor. 🎥 And sometimes getting up and putting in the work when you’re stuck is an exercise in both faith and discipline. ⌛️ I wrote a little about that today. The link is in my profile if you want to check it out. What do you create? 📖🎬🖼🎫👗🍱 How do you get unstuck and live a #creativelife?

It’s spring and time to visit an Iowa Farm! 7 ways to find a 👩‍🌾 👨‍🌾 and what not to wear!
🐄 http://fieldtripiowa.com/visit-an-iowa-farm/
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