My Workspace

I always love seeing writer’s workspaces. You see those old photographs of the master’s workspaces like Rhod Dahl, Steven King, and Mark Twain.

When I lived in Australia and when I lived at home I did posts with pictures of my workspace/office.

Today, I want to share with you my home office and work area with you. This is the first time I’ve been an entrepreneur and so I’d like to share my work space with you so you can have a peek into my life on the other side of the screen.

This work place is still a work in process, but I’m very excited about it. Johan and I have lived in this new townhouse for about two months, so we haven’t been here long.

My work space is in a loft. How exciting that our home has a loft. I love it.

Welcome To My Workspace!

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I love books. That might be easy to see. As well as my office cat! His name is Loki! 😛

When I was little I loved watching “The Beauty & the Beast.” I was enamored by the beast’s library. Someday I’d really love to have a wall of books since I probably can’t have his exact library. I am happy about what I currently have.

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Besides all the books, this is also the print zone and where I keep a lot of my art supplies.

Now For The Writer’s Desk

A writer’s desk is quite important. This is the desk I’ve had since middle school. A lot of big thinking has been done there.

“Mad Hatter: “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
“Have you guessed the riddle yet?” the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
“No, I give it up,” Alice replied: “What’s the answer?”
“I haven’t the slightest idea,” said the Hatter” – Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland

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This is my sitting writing desk. I’m currently looking at getting a standing desk as well, but I haven’t gotten that yet. When I have a standing desk, that’ll go into the guest room, which is actually where I have all my Mary Kay business stuff.

Isn’t this artwork amazing?

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I’m really looking forward to reading in this chair in our guest room. It looks quit inviting doesn’t it?

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I love my place.

I absolutely love the fact that this is my best working space. It’s not sitting 24/7.

Character Conversations #6: World Rules & Traditions

Holiday season got me thinking about our world rules and the traditions we have. This is also true for the stories we read. In each story there is a unique world, whether it’s set in our world or in a fantastical world with it’s one set of rules and traditions.

That’s something I want you to think about this week.

Grab your story world & break out the rules and traditions

For example, I’m going to use Harry Potter. As you all know it’s set in our world, but yet in a world of ours where magic reigns. Continue reading “Character Conversations #6: World Rules & Traditions”

When A Surprise Visit Turns Into A Fairytale Engagement

June 25th, 2014

Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale.

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I’ve always loved that saying. And thinking back on it now, I can’t believe that life gave me a fairytale.

On June 11th (this is funny looking back at this because, little did I know that in two years I’d be getting married on the same day) I went to Fargo with my sister for a girl’s day filled with back massages, Chinese food, manicures, and arial yoga. That’s a perfect combination for a lovely day!fairytales, Long Distance Relationships, surprise visits, love, Devin Berglund, Johan Joubert, Engagement, Proposal

Later that night we were going to pick up my sister’s friend from college, at the airport. She’d been planning to come out to visit for the summer. At the airport, we waited for her to get off the plane. I was told to look for a small blonde girl, and I swear I hadn’t seen one small blonde girl. She never came. In hindsight, it was also odd, because my sister and parents were acting a little strange. They seemed to be acting too excited for my sister’s friend to be arriving. I continued watching for her, but all of a sudden a guy came up to me. At first I felt like someone was invading my personal bubble, but then when I realized who it was I jumped out of my skin.

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He had told me he was going to visit his parents in Perth, Australia. (At that time he lived in Brisbane, Australia.) So he orchestrated the whole visit with my parents and his. He had to account for the moments he was on the plane, so he even had his mom text me something like “Hello Love, I arrived in Perth. My phone died, so just thought I’d text ya from my mum’s phone to let you know I made it. I’m going to bed now! Love you!”

I didn’t even question it.

He really got me good. They all did.
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What I’m Grateful For…

Every year around this time people start thinking about the things they are grateful for. It’s a season filled with warm conversations around the dining room table with your family. Board games and mulled apple cider are a staple many families include, as well as that turkey-dinner coma after eating first Thanksgiving dinner, second Thanksgiving dinner, and third-sies. It’s perfection. Maybe not calorie-wise, but definitely relaxation-wise!

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I’m Grateful For My Favorite Holiday

For me, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s Thanksgiving and Christmas that are my absolutely favorites!

I’ve sort of created a blog tradition of mine and every year I write a post focused around what I’m thankful for this year. So that’s what this post is going to be.

This year, I’m thankful for:

  • That I have a relationship with the most-high, the king of all!
  • Health for me and my family.
  • That we have Johan’s green card!!
  • That my husband is so encouraging and lifts me up when I need it.
  • I’m also thankful for a wonderfully blessed first year of marriage! Here’s to many, many, many more!

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  • That my entire family (Johan’s side and mine) are all safe. That God has been watching over us all.
  • For the chance to work for myself.
  • I’m also thankful for Mary Kay and that she came up with the idea she did 50 years ago. Little did she know that, that idea would help me move ahead in my dreams. Also thankful because Mary Kay has gotten me on track to knowing God better as well, while also enriching other women’s lives.
  • I’m thankful I get to do life on my terms. No more rushing back to the office because I’m a minute late and afraid the micromanagers are going to get annoyed. Petty.
  • So thankful for our cuddly kitten, Loki who is the biggest love bug and yet the craziest bug hunter we know.

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  • I’m so thankful that Johan loves his job as a drafter at a general contractor.
  • Thankful we have a roof over our heads, heat and electricity, and even thought it might seem strange, I’m also thankful for the internet.
  • I’m also thankful for BSF and my BF leader. BSF has really pushed Johan and I to learn more about God.

There are so many things to be thankful for this year.


What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments.

8 Ways To Feel Together When You Aren’t Together For The Holidays

It’s that bittersweet time of the year again, isn’t it?

It’s the time of the year where there are parties and get together’s. Your work might even host a dinner or get together, but since you are in a long-distance relationship, your partner isn’t here and if you are going to attend, you will have to attend without your plus one. That makes for a lot of awkward moments and stares. Maybe not, but that’s at least how it feels when you see your coworker with her husband or your boss with his wife. Everyone has their partner there, except for you.

8 Ways To Feel Together When You Aren't Together For The Holidays

9 Ways To Deal With Not Being Together During The Holidays

I know how hard this is. Your partner would be there in a heartbeat if they could, but it’s just they aren’t able to, because of where they are and where you are. Distance can be a jerk sometimes.

In this post, you’ll find out some things you can do to make the holidays easier for you and your love. Continue reading “8 Ways To Feel Together When You Aren’t Together For The Holidays”

Adopt A Grandparent For Christmas

I’m just taking a break from writing out my WIP scene cards for my book. I wanted to come on here and let you all know about a great mission I’m setting out to do this Christmas.

A Family-less & Lonely Christmas

When I was little my dad took us to see my grandma Doris at the nursing home. We always made time to go and see her, but there were many grandparents there who really never had any visitors. That really shocked me. Especially in that time of their life, they weren’t getting the support and love they need from their loved ones. And I know it’s hard and we don’t know everyone’s stories.

One time as we walked into the nursing home, my dad whispered to me and my sister and brother, “Now, remember that everyone here was once your age.” That is a life-grounding statement for a young kid. I think a person forgets that, even though they shouldn’t.

This Christmas I Want To Give To Those Who Might Not Get A Christmas Gift This Year

I’m going to aim at getting 60 gift packages together for the 60 residents in a small nursing home in rural Minnesota.

And this is where I’ll need your help. I need to get 45 more gift packages together so all the residents get a gift for Christmas. So if you and your family are thinking you might want to give a gift to a grandparent then you are in the right place.

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The total for adopting one grandparent is $32.25 (after tax) and with that you will be the reason they will be sure to get a gift this Christmas. The gift will be wrapped in a Christmas stocking and will include a Mary Kay hand cream and a mint bliss foot cream. Each gift will come with a hand written note as well.

If you’d like to give a gift to one or five grandparents, I’d love to have you join us.

For Adopting A Grandparent

When you adopt a grandparent, I’ll update you with pictures and behind the scenes sneak peeks so you can see the diffference you are making this Christmas!!

Want to help?

If so, text me at: 701-446-8762 and let me know how many you’d like to adopt.

I can take Square Cash, Paypal, and Venmo. When you text me, I’ll send you my details.

Look forward to hearing from

P.S. If I get more than 60 sponsors, I’m going to try do another nursing home as well!


The Fourth Quarterly Goals For 2017

Wow, I can’t believe it’s the last quarter of 2017. How did the year go by SO FAST.

I have so many things I want to get done before the end of the year.

Something I’ve been realizing about my goal making is that in the past I haven’t been as specific as I should have been. So this quarter, I’m setting goals along with time goals to have things done by so I can keep myself accountable better.

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In the business world, I’ve known some people who set these goals to have things done by, and then they never reach their goals because they aren’t SMART goals. They aren’t specific, they aren’t realistically measurable, they aren’t achievable (because no one knows what they are supposed to be doing by when), they definitely aren’t realistic, and they aren’t timely.

So I’m not going to be like that. I’m going to be SMART with my goals, so I can accomplish MORE. Continue reading “The Fourth Quarterly Goals For 2017”

Hollywood’s Biggest Lie Is About Long-Distance Relationships

You know you’ve seen it in the movies on the silver screen.

The lead male protagonist moves closer, while gently putting his hand around her neck. The emotional music trills in the background as he leans in to kiss her.
While pulling away he says “Jen, I just don’t think we can do this anymore.”
“Why do you say that?” Jen’s eyes shoot open.
“It’ll just be too hard. I am moving to the other side of the country and long-distance relationships never work anyways.”

I know I’ve seen it, and more than once. It’s just an example of one of the ways that Hollywood lies to us. It’s shown differently in every movie and some scenes are more romantic while others are worst. It’s one of Hollywood’s biggest lies.

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How To Stand Against The Status Quo

Johan and I recently took a big step.

Entrepreneurship is filled with dreams, possibilities, and risks.

Throughout my life, I’ve never wanted to live cooped up in an office. I’ve always wanted to be out and about. On an adventure, to make an amazing life for myself and others. So in this post, I want to share how to go against the status quo and how when you do, people won’t understand your reasoning. Stand strong and chase your dreams. Mine was freedom.

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How To Stand Against The Status Quo

I recently chatted with a traveling freelancer and she said that many times people will ask her “where are you traveling now?” or “When are you getting a real job.” Things like that really sting.

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I guess I’ve always been against the status quo, because what’s so amazing about following some trail that a million others have walked in front of you? Yeah, sure it will bring you to a safe destination. I’d rather get off the well-tread paths and bushwhack.

You see so much more anyways. It makes me think of a time that I went GeoCaching in Glacier Montana with my dad and brother. We left the trail and followed the coordinates. Yes, at some points we felt like we were lost, at other points we saw amazing views we’d never have seen if we hadn’t left the trail in the first place. Continue reading “How To Stand Against The Status Quo”

A Letter To The Couple In A Long Distance Relationship

This is a letter to the couple in a long-distance relationship. If you are in a long-distance relationship, you are in the right place. Or do you know a couple in a long-distance relationship? Shoot this to a friend who might be in one.

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Dear Couple In A Long-Distance Relationship,

I want you to know you aren’t alone.

Even on those really hard days when all you need is a hug from your partner, but you can’t because you aren’t in the same place. Believe me, I know how you feel. I was right where you are, two years ago. And we were in one for a total of 5.5 years.

There were many beautiful times and some hard times as well.

Sometimes we were apart for longer and other times we got to see each other more frequently.

There were people who understood us and our journey, while there were some who didn’t get it and questioned us. And rudely. But I want you to know, people can be small minded when it comes to things they aren’t familiar with. Don’t blame them. Be patient with them. Smile and wave.

There were people who believed in us and others who didn’t want it to work out.

But the most important thing was… that we saw each other as important and that we MADE time for each other.

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