Being a Gladiator

To say the last few years have been challenging is an understatement. Challenges with health, work, self-confidence…all such foreign territory for me. Challenges can sometimes mean losing your voice and I think a big part of my struggle is feeling like I had nothing to say.

Nothing to say?  Really?  Nothing?

Somewhere along the way, I lost my joy. My joy for life. My joy for work. My joy for living. How can that be, when I’ve fought so hard for all of it?

It hit me when I was watching an episode of “Scandal”…ridiculous really, because as much as I enjoy watching it, it is a show with an unrealistic story line.

But there was a scene between the “top gladiator” Olivia Pope and her friend Abby that hit me like a ton of bricks.

Abby says to Olivia, ” There is no man to rescue you. Do you hear me? No one. No one is going to help you.

You are the only gladiator in the place. You are all you’ve got. You have to rescue yourself!”

And so as I go through what I believe will be the greatest heart break of my life and all sorts of uncertainty, I’ve decided that it is time for me to stop being everyone else’s gladiator and really, truly, for the first time to be a gladiator for myself.

And so here is to the hope and faith to getting back to the strong woman I am.

Crafting the Beer

It’s quite apparent that this craft beer “trend” is here to stay!

The taprooms have created a very fun environment to host a corporate event or social gathering, such as a rehearsal dinner. Just know going into it, due to liquor laws, liquor cannot be served on premise (although if some people have their way, this will be overturned).

One of my favorite taprooms is 612Brew. Although I’m not much of a beer drinker, it is a nice environment to kick back, relax and chill with friends in the taproom. And, of course, the event planner in me loves their private room for events called The Cellar at Six One Two. Throw a gathering with great food, unique beer and a tour of the taproom and you have fixings for a great event!
The Cellar at Six One Two Bar

The Cellar at Six One Two Wall Mural

The Cellar at Six One Two Tables


One Woman’s Super Power

It’s probably not politically correct to refer to makeup as a woman’s Super Power, but I’ll admit that I have a very difficult time confidently leaving home without makeup on. It is my shield against some insecurity about my looks.This is despite the fact that friends often laugh that I never look like I’m even wearing makeup, as its always so subtle!

Everything is subtle that is but lipstick. Maybe due to the small area it covers, it is the one thing I will experiment with. So I was excited to attend StormSisters Lipstick Launch, as Becky Sturm is always working on an innovative beauty product.

StormSisters Lipstick

Her vegan lipstick (meaning no testing on or use of animals in the making of the product) has 14 colors with enough variety that every woman can find a shade (or two) that works for her.

StormSisters Lipstick Launch

She brilliantly named the shades after real women, including Allison Kaplan from Mpls. St. Paul Magazine (see above).

The launch party was fun as we got a chance to get a little lipstick makeup lesson, followed up with some glitter cupcakes (which the glitter looked quite cute on top of my lipstick!)

StormSisters Lipstick Launch Makeup Lesson

StormSisters Lipstick Launch Cupcakes

StormSisters Lipstick can be purchased HERE or at Maiden Minnesota on November 7th.


A friend sent me a text on Monday asking if I wanted to go to “White Snake” at The Guthrie Theater.

“Yeah, totally!”

“Wait…what is the 80’s hair band doing at The Guthrie?”

I was mildly disappointed that “The White Snake” turned out to be a play, but hadn’t been to a play lately, so said yes.

Imagine sitting down and being immediately engaged in the storyline and characters of a play….no easing into it. The set, while sparse was so smartly and beautifully designed that the minimalism of it all allowed the senses to be a bit more focused in order to take in the story.

White Snake and Green Snake photographed by Liz Lauren

White Snake photographed by Liz Lauren

White Snake Night Scene photographed by Liz Lauren

I was really bitten by this play. This ancient fable is really a story about love, friendship, judgment and acceptance.  There were so many lessons to be learned from the story, that it would be worth seeing the play a second time.

The White Snake written and directed by Mary Zimmerman runs at The Guthrie Theater through October 19, 2014. More information and tickets are available here.