congratulations, class of 2007

congratulations, class of 2007 // toast to 10,000

Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.

seniors say that they’ve got spirit, stand up now, and let’s hear it! 07! 07! 0007! the young pup graduates from high school tomorrow – which seriously just blows my mind. he’s supposed to stay young forever, right? isn’t that a thing? but i guess that’s not happening. he’s now taller than i am and just one short walk across the stage away from starting the next chapter of his life. i’ve already accepted that i’m going to get emotional about all this. but, enough about him, i’ll be sharing plenty about him later tomorrow and this weekend. what we need to be talking about is the fact that it was 7 years since i graduated high school. cray. cray.

the funny thing about high school is that while you’re there it feels like the most important time of your life. and well, up until then it really is. and during those 4 years you have some great and wonderful memories that you’ll always remember; like bus rides with the soccer girls, or junior year homecoming piled in the back of a friends truck blaring AC/DC and getting away from the senior girls, skipping class to work on show choir choreography, or when the football team WON homecoming your senior year and it was madness. those are the moments you look back on and smile. but high school is full of awkward, not so happy times too; the time you didn’t make varsity soccer, or not getting asked to prom, or the time you asked someone to prom and they said no, or when the friends you have become the friends you had… high school was bittersweet with more of bitter than sweet. i played sports but wasn’t a big athlete; i did well in school but wasn’t crazy smart; i wasn’t one of the “cool kids”… i learned some things there about life, myself and other people; but i was happy to be moving on when i switched that tassel to the other side. and ready to start fresh somewhere new.

it’s really incredible when you think of all the things that happened in the past 7 years. i moved out of the home i’d grown up in; started college in a new place with nobody i knew; had some relationships; learned a lot more about myself and who my real friends are; got an incredible internship and started at the job i am still at today; graduated college and spoke at my commencement ceremony; started blogging; moved into an apartment in minneapolis with my best friend; moved into another apartment in minneapolis and lived on my own for the first time; got in the best shape i’ve been in and run 2 half marathons; traveled all over the US from Massachusetts to California to Texas and everywhere in between; met a guy; moved in with that guy; become mom to starksthepup; spoke at a conference on social media (twice); got engaged to that guy (yes, that guy is [B]) and now i’m planning a wedding, house hunting and talking about our future together… i never imagined that my life would turn out this way. and i couldn’t be happier.

to all you grads out there; enjoy this moment. i’m sure you thought it would never come. so after you take a post diploma selfie and snapchat and post it to Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and #2K14 or #somecheeesylyricstoavitamincsong take a moment to stop and soak it all in. remember the good moments and try to not dwell so much on the bad. because incredible amounts of fabulous things are just waiting ahead of you. the future is yours. it doesn’t matter if you were the athlete, the basket case, the princess the brain or the criminal… it’s a new start and a new chapter. and if nothing else, always remember… “you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

note: you may find yourself wondering, looking at these snaps from my graduation, where is the young pup? i too find myself wondering that. he was camping. and not present at my high school graduation. or at my high school graduation open house. yes, i’m over it. and yes, i’d love to tell you more about how my youngest brother missed such an important milestone in my life. for this reason my attendance at his graduation festivities this weekend is tentative. just kidding brother… maybe… [i don’t hold grudges, i remember facts.] 

ALHS Graduation 2007

ALHS Graduation 2007

ALHS Graduation 2007

ALHS Graduation 2007

wknd recap // on the market

20140527-060914-22154626.jpg it’s official. our house in on the market. we’ve got a sign in our yard, flyers on our table, and a ‘please remove your shoes sign’ by the front door. cray. and no, we don’t have a new place to live yet. but the search continues. i don’t know which i’m more nervous of; that our house will go really fast and we’ll have to scramble to find a home of our own or that it will take awhile and it will happen and we won’t find somewhere we like. or that this moving in and out will occur smack dab in the middle of the summer when my schedule is at it’s craziest. so many options for one to overreact about. the possibilities are endless. stay tuned for how this journey unfolds. as they say, “it will all work out.” as i say, “stop interrupting my anxiety attack with your ‘reason’.” it was a lovely long weekend. full of time with my [b] and starksthepup; playing at the park; long walks in the gorgeous weather; grilling; starting to watch silicon valley; shopping; napping; and the always fantastic marathons of ncis and criminal minds. getting addicted to 2048 and searching for the right wedding photographer. and of course, remembering those who have served and continue to serve our country. home of the free because of the brave. and as mike birbiglia says, “i love the troops, because if they weren’t the troops i would be the troops. and i would be the worst troops.” 20140527-060915-22155392.jpg



Fish Lake Dog Park

Fish Lake Dog Park

Fish Lake Dog Park

i hope you all had a wonderful weekend. know anyone in the maple grove area looking for a town home in a lovely area? send ’em this link.

2012 roundup ((WOW… that was a busy year))

life2012; you were good to me.  it’s crazy how much can happen in one year; how much things can  seem to remain the same day to day and then you turn around and realize that a lot has changed. change. my word to sum up the year. i had a lot of changes this past year; exciting and challenging. happy and sad. wanted and unwanted. things change whether you like it or not. and when i look back at 2012 i will remember the year that  i started the next chapter in my life. a lot of great memories to look back on and for one of the first time’s in my life, i can truly say that i am happy. 2013, i look forward to seeing what you’ve got in store. bring it.

places traveled:

  • miami, fl
  • las vegas, nv (2)
  • toronto, on (2)
  • boca raton, fl
  • boston, ma
  • chicago, il
  • pebble beach, ca

air miles traveled: 20,510


  • 2 year anniversary of my first blog, tales of a girl ((emma))
  • work photo shoot
  • mom and dad attended their very first hockey game at SCSU


  • attended MAWC2012 (market america world conference) with an amazing group of people in miami


  • attended EXHIBITOR2012 and have an unforgettable experience in las vegas
  • spent a lot of time apartment hunting and finally found one i loved
  • celebrated panda’s 23rd with a bang. and a headache to follow…


  • HUNGER GAMES came out
  • had my 2 year PeopleNet anniversary
  • became an international girl; traveled to the lands of Canada for the first time
  • said goodbye to panda as we both started new adventures
  • moved into my very own apartment


  • my dear cousin graduated from allen school of nursing
  • 23rd birthday celebration
  • officially registered for my first half marathon
  • spent a wonderful long weekend with ALL of my mom’s side family (first time EVER we’ve ALL been together)
  • one year blogiversary of this blog :)


  • 2 of my very best friends ever, brooke and mike, got married
  • my car got broken into
  • celebrated the wedding of a dear friend
  • traveled to the lands of canada for a second time
  • was selected to host my very own half day workshop at EXHIBITOR2013


  • ROCKED my very first half marathon
  • traveled to okoboji for an amazing and relaxing family vacay
  • spent several weekends in the sun watching the little brother play soccer


  • traveled to boca baby for a threepeat success of the UC
  • met joe theismann
  • had the worst 16 hours of traveling of my life
  • celebrated the wedding of my girl and hair dresser of almost 10 years
  • had a lil 07 reunion
  • ate lots of deliciousness at the MN state fair


  • traveled to boston, mass for speakers training
  • met my now boyfriend, brandon
  • had an epic best friend wine night
  • traveled to chi town for the first time


  • turned a new leaf and started attempting  to cook/bake
  • traveled on a 7 day journey with stops in pebble beach and las vegas


  • purchased my very first coach purse
  • got my car towen
  • made trips with mom to roch to visit nana
  • participated in my first thanksgiving visit to the legion
  • thanksgiving with family
  • annual black friday shopping with daddy
  • mom and dad’s 28 year anniversary
  • 5 year high school reunion
  • made kringla all on my very own



  • got a real christmas tree
  • did lots of christmasy things
  • holidazzle parade
  • 4th annual dad and emma day
  • 12.11.12 – nana passed away

rest in peace nana

  • christmas :)
  • new years eve