May/Jun
2018

Clutter Happens

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Written by Sara Lohse

My closet _____________________________________________________:

A:  Is tidy, well-categorized, and has homemade labels. Dare I say, beautiful?

B:  Has some semblance of order; however, I own more blankets than a hotel. 

C:  Makes me assume a “defensive” position. If opened, something will fall on me. 

Regardless of your answer, everyone battles with clutter. Even professional organizers have organizational challenges. But as a professional organizer, I understand what causes clutter and have strategies to deal with it. 

 

WHY THE CLUTTER?

The short answer…life. People have so many sticks in the fire; they’re just trying to keep the house from burning down. Life continues to throw new opportunities (or obstacles) our way and something has to give. 

 

May/Jun
2018

Budgeting and Savings

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Written by Alison Rentschler

WOMEN HAVE VARIOUS FINANCIAL GOALS AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF THEIR LIVES. BUDGETING, SAVING AND INVESTING SHOULD BE CONSIDERED. ROCHESTER AREA FINANCIAL EXPERTS PROVIDE A FEW WAYS YOU CAN CREATE A BUDGET, PLAN SAVINGS GOALS AND DETERMINE INVESTMENT STRATEGIES.

FOR YOUNG WOMEN

Women’s goals for budget and savings can vary at different life stages. Brittany Schultz, paraplanner for Kari Douglas of Echelon Wealth Services, a private practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, explains that young women in their first jobs might have savings goals for things like a home, a wedding or retirement. She notes they might want to create a budget, establish an emergency fund and build credit. 

 

May/Jun
2018

Raising Rochester

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Written by Renee Berg

VETERAN ROADTRIPPER MEG HAFDAHL LOVES PACKING THE FAMILY’S RV AND HITTING THE OPEN ROAD WITH HUSBAND, LUKE, AND SONS FOX, 10, AND DEXTER, 6. THE COUPLE BOUGHT THEIR RIG A YEAR AGO AND SPENT LAST SUMMER EXPLORING. 

“The boys were big enough, and we wanted it to be a summer memory they looked back on with nostalgia,” says the Rochester mom. “Last summer we went to the Wisconsin Dells, as well as the Iron Range, Kamp Dels and a few other Minnesota places. We loved it!” 

THE JOURNEY, NOT JUST THE DESTINATION

Sarah Larson always heads to the family’s lake cabin near Itasca State Park with sons Reed, 6, and Trey, 4, for two weeks each summer. Larson has learned how to approach the five-hour drive for best results with her tykes. She packs a bag full of library books, sticker books, Matchbox cars, crayons and paper and props it in the back seat for whenever the boys get restless.

 

May/Jun
2018

Strengthening Body and Relationship

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Written by Holly Galbus

A WEALTH OF OPTIONS EXISTS FOR MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS WHO WANT TO SPEND TIME EXERCISING TOGETHER. THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS FOR BOTH THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND THEIR HEALTH AND WELLNESS THAT CAN LAST A LIFETIME.

A STRONGER BOND

“A mother plays a key role in her daughter’s physical activity level,” says Nicole Cummings, group fitness and yoga instructor at Olmsted Medical Center. “The role modeling a mom does can improve her daughter’s health and fitness behaviors, and instill habits that are an investment in her future fitness. And stronger emotional bonds will grow as they laugh and have fun together.” 

 

May/Jun
2018

Tiffany Piotrowicz: Always Moving Forward

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Written by Erin Pagel

“TERRESTRIAL LOCOMOTION. IT’S WALKING THE EARTH. IT’S MOVING FORWARD,” DESCRIBES TERRALOCO OWNER TIFFANY PIOTROWICZ REGARDING THE RUNNING STORE’S NAME, WHICH INTENTIONALLY EXCLUDES THE WORD “RUNNING.” AFTER A FEW MINUTES WITH TERRALOCO’S DOWN-TO-EARTH AND FRIENDLY OWNER, IT IS EASY TO SEE THAT “MOVING FORWARD“ DESCRIBES PIOTROWICZ AS WELL. 

BUSINESS OWNER

A Rochester native, Piotrowicz studied paralegal and English at Winona State University. This may not be the typical education of a business owner, but she had been working at the running store as a manager when the opportunity to buy TerraLoco arose. Though she didn’t see herself as a business owner (at least not at that time), Piotrowicz seized the opportunity anyway and has owned TerraLoco since 2015. 

 

May/Jun
2018

My 2-Year-Old Gets It

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Written by Kathryn Lenn

When I peel back through my parents’ photo albums, there is a common theme…pages and pages of me posing, trying on my new school clothes, smiling in an exaggerated fashion to prove how cheerful I was. I loved being the center of attention. I needed the attention. It was my life source.

LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER

Fast forward 20 years. I am now an adult with a career and a home and a husband (and am severely embarrassed by my neediness as a child). Enter my daughter, Cecelia. From the moment she was born, Cecelia had an audience in us, her mom and dad. She is totally her mother’s daughter. Now I get to see what my parents experienced. And, let me tell you, it is such an amazingly entertaining show. 

 

May/Jun
2018

Simply Stylish: Look Great, Spend Less

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Written by Samantha Erickson

Are you ready to hit the “refresh” button?

IF YOU’VE BEEN FEELING LESS THAN INSPIRED BY YOUR WARDROBE LATELY, JILL SWANSON HAS JUST WHAT YOU NEED TO LOOK LIKE A MILLION BUCKS WITHOUT SPENDING IT. AS AN IMAGE COACH, CLOTHING STYLIST, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER AND AUTHOR, SWANSON HAS BEEN HELPING WOMEN AND MEN IN ROCHESTER AND BEYOND FEEL EMPOWERED THROUGH THEIR PERSONAL STYLE AND WARDROBE CHOICES FOR 35 YEARS.

What keeps Jill so passionate? According to Swanson, it’s seeing her clients make positive changes outside that transform into positive changes inside. In addition to providing personal consultations, Swanson has served as keynote speaker and presenter for companies large and small regarding image awareness and team communication. Hormel Foods and IBM are just two high-profile names on a list of hundreds who have sought Jill out for inspiration and practical advice.

FABULOUS AND AFFORDABLE

Swanson knows a thing or two about how small changes can transform how people see themselves and are perceived by others. Her new book, “Simply Stylish: Look Great, Spend Less,” promises to deliver everything you ever wanted to know about looking your best. With eight no-nonsense and easy-to-connect-with chapters, you’ll soon be an expert on how to flatter your figure on even the smallest budget.

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Dr. Lucy Meyer of Lakeside Dentistry

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Written by RW Magazine

Lucy Meyer, Dentist

Lakeside Dentistry

Dr Lucy Meyer works at Lakeside Dentistry, as a third generation dentist. She moved back to her hometown of Rochester, MN after graduating from Creighton School of Dentistry. Since then, she has been working alongside her dad, Dr Jim Gores, and his long-time associate Dr Peggy Scott. Dr Lucy has a conservative approach to dentistry; she strongly encourages preventive care while planning personal, comprehensive treatment plans for her patients. Dr Lucy, and the entire staff at Lakeside Dentistry, also place a large emphasis on patient comfort and satisfaction. They’d love the opportunity to serve you and your dental needs. 

24 W. Silver Lake Drive NE  |  Rochester, MN 55906  |  507-282-8222  |  lakeside-dentistry.com 

 

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Jill Frieders of O’Brien & Wolf LLP

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Written by RW Magazine

JILL FRIEDERS, Attorney 

O’Brien & Wolf LLP

Jill Frieders is a partner in Rochester’s oldest law firm—O’Brien & Wolf. 

Her practice involves all aspects of family law, including divorce, custody, adoption and paternity. She understands the complex financial and emotional issues presented in family matters. Jill is experienced in divorce-related tax matters and property valuation issues. She represents individuals in a wide variety of family matters including: spousal maintenance and child support matters as well as custody, visitation and paternity cases. She also represents grandparents in custody and visitation matters. 

Jill understands the complex financial and emotional consequences of family law litigation. Her experience and compassion help her clients through this difficult time. 

Jill provides alternative dispute resolution services such as mediator, early neutral evaluator, arbitrator, parenting consultant, parenting expeditor, and consensual special magistrate. 

Jill has been selected as a Super Lawyer15 years in a row. She achieved an AV rating. This is the highest level of professional excellence awarded by Martindale Hubbell. Jill also donates countless hours to local nonprofit organizations. She has been named a North Star Lawyer for the time she has donated representing the indigent. She was even named the 2016 Volunteer of the Year by Legal Assistance of Olmsted County. 

45 28th Street SE, Suite 300  |  Rochester, MN 55904  |  507-289-4041  |  ObrienWolf.com

 

Mar/Apr
2018

Empowering Women to Live Passionately

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Written by Jorrie Johnson

I have been thinking about what it was like 18 years ago when I started Rochester Women magazine, what has changed and what has stayed the same. Rochester Women magazine’s mission remains the same: Help area women connect with each other and the community. However, as a result of taking the Passion Test several times, we have redefined our purpose: Empower women to live passionately. 

You (our readers) and the world we live in have changed. The population of Rochester has increased by more than 25,500 since 2000.* The median age in Rochester has increased from 34.3 in 2000 to 35.4. There are now 32.6 percent more housing units in Rochester, and 44 percent of them have children under 18. In 2000 there were 2,883 female householders with no husband present. In 2017, there were 4,076 female householders, 66 percent with own children under the age of 18. Of the adult (over 18 years) population, 47.9 percent (40,438) are male and 52.1 percent (43,922) are female. 

 

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