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4 Midwest Makers We Can’t Get Enough Of
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4 Midwest Makers We Can’t Get Enough Of

Chances are, this year’s Valentine’s Day plans didn't involve a candlelit dinner at the trendy new restaurant in town or a ticket to see your favorite band. Though the experiential element of holidays may be...

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3 Lessons the World Could Learn from Midwesterners
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3 Lessons the World Could Learn from Midwesterners

I’ve lived in the Midwest for my entire life, and have traveled outside of it for nearly as long. Yet, every time I’ve returned from a long trip, time spent in other countries with other cultures, I’m remind...

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How to: Socially-Distanced Travel
Travel
How to: Socially-Distanced Travel

I’m starting to get the itch to travel.  It’s been about a year since we were really to go anywhere or do anything that would satisfy my ever-present wanderlust. We’ve been staying close to home, following t...

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An Open Letter to Educators in 2021
Lifelong Learner
An Open Letter to Educators in 2021

To educators, It’s impossible for those who are not in your position to understand what you’ve experienced over the past year. We have all had such vastly different responses to COVID-19, some of us encourag...

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Grasshopper Goods is 5 Years Old
Magical Stories
Grasshopper Goods is 5 Years Old

This week we are officially celebrating five years of Grasshopper Goods, a feat that I could not have imagined when the idea first came to me. It’s been such an incredible journey, and I truly believe that i...

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5 Ideas for New Skills to Learn in 2021
Lifelong Learner
5 Ideas for New Skills to Learn in 2021

Personal development is one of those things that rarely happens naturally. Barring major life events that generate growth, it’s important for people to seek out new experiences, new skill sets, and new knowl...

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What We Learned in 2020 - And Looking Ahead
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What We Learned in 2020 - And Looking Ahead

2020 has taught us all a lot of lessons. When I rang in the new year last year, it’s safe to say that I couldn’t have predicted all of the twists and turns the next 365 days would bring, because they were so...

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The Best Gifts I've Been Given
Magical Stories
The Best Gifts I've Been Given

Gift giving can come with a lot of pressure. Especially this time of year, we are inundated with gift guides, commercials and advertisements about “the perfect present”, feeling as though we need to seemingl...

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How to Plan a Stellar Staycation
Travel
How to Plan a Stellar Staycation

In a regular year, you’ll find me heading the airport on more than one occasion. Travel has always been something that is important to me, pushing me out of my comfort zone, providing a much needed mental re...

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How I Met My Work Wife
Magical Stories
How I Met My Work Wife

Entrepreneurship can be a tough road if you’re walking it solo. Fortunately, I’ve been blessed with supportive family and friends by my side throughout my journey - my husband, my children, my brothers, my m...

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How to Change Up Your Midwest Thanksgiving Traditions this Year
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How to Change Up Your Midwest Thanksgiving Traditions this Year

Suffice it to say that this autumn’s and winter’s holidays won’t be the same as they always are. Here in Wisconsin, COVID-19 cases aren’t going down fast, and holiday celebrations will likely be rethought in...

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That Time I Went to...Ireland
Travel
That Time I Went to...Ireland

In the latest series for Wise Grasshopper, “That Time I Went To…”, I’ll be reminiscing on the trips I’ve taken throughout my life, what impacted me most, the lessons I learned, and the memories I’ll never fo...

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