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LIVING DIFFERENTLY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Rochester-area women share their challenges, inspiration and more

By Trish Amundson

Marilyn – Nurse (and new-found basketball player)


What changes have you experienced based on COVID-19?
COVID-19 has changed every aspect of my family’s lives. My college-age daughter is home, and my grade-school kids are online learning at home. My husband, who is essential and self-employed in the livestock industry, is also working from home. The normal activities we all pursued and counted on are gone.  Continue reading

LIVING DIFFERENTLY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Rochester-area women share their challenges, inspiration and more

By Trish Amundson

Jill – Teacher (for her class and four kids)


What changes have you experienced based on COVID-19?
At first, the change of not being able to “just go out” felt out of the norm, but it quickly became easy to stay home. We no longer make multiple trips to the stores for items. We plan our trip, and only one parent goes out. We wipe off the packaging of items we bring home. We are more aware of making sure we wash our hands frequently or use hand sanitizer more often. Our kids can’t play with other friends, but thankfully we have a lot of outdoor space for them to roam and be creative. Continue reading

STAYING AT HOME DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Finding the good in each day as I stay home alone

By Alison Rentschler

The stay at home orders meant a lot of changes that seemed to happen all at once, within a week or two — avoiding large groups meant all my “normal” activities outside of work were either canceled or went virtual. For me, these included church on Sunday mornings; a small group; my gym and its group classes; and the Wednesday night kids’ class I’ve been a volunteer leader in for years at my church.  Also, I could no longer get together with groups of friends at restaurants, coffee shops or even their own houses. And I started working at home full-time, which required me to adjust my normal routine. Continue reading

EMPOWERING WOMEN IN MEDICINE

As president of the American Medical Women’s Association, Nicole P. Sandhu M.D., Ph.D., of Mayo Clinic is dedicated to shaping the future for female physicians

By Trish Amundson

Women are making great strides in the field of medicine and are needed in health care more than ever before. Elizabeth Blackwell, M.D., was the first woman to earn a medical degree in the U.S. in 1849, and she worked tirelessly for equality. Nearly two centuries later, growing numbers of female physicians are following in her pioneering footsteps, yet there is still a long way to go to achieve equity in their work. To help overcome obstacles, many are leveraging support of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), which recently named Mayo Clinic physician Nicole P. Sandhu, M.D., Ph.D., as its president.  Continue reading

LIVING DIFFERENTLY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Rochester-area women share their challenges, inspiration and more

By Trish Amundson

Jaci — Redeployed Employee


What changes have you experienced based on COVID-19?
My daughter, Caroline, had her senior year end abruptly. I’ve been redeployed to a completely new position at Mayo Clinic in the patient care shield. My husband is teaching from home and our children are distance learning. Continue reading

THE REAL CINCO DE MAYO – Student Article

What you need to know for the holiday

By Bella Peña

What is Cinco de Mayo? 

Photo by Tim Mossholder from Pexels

Cinco de Mayo is an annual Mexican holiday, celebrated on May 5th, where people just eat tacos, hit piñatas and drink refrescos, right? While many Hispanics may enjoy partying, that isn’t what this holiday is all about. Cinco de Mayo is often stereotyped by people who don’t know the real meaning behind this holiday.  Continue reading

LIVING DIFFERENTLY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Rochester-area women share their challenges, inspiration and more

By Trish Amundson

Danielle – Expectant Mom
What changes have you experienced based on COVID-19?
Covid-19 has caused many changes for my family and me. I am due in early May with our first child, and in a time where we should be excited, we are faced with fear. Weekly doctor appointments have turned into virtual phone calls, educational pregnancy classes have turned into online meetings, and events to celebrate the upcoming birth of our child have been cancelled. We’re ecstatic to show off our new bundle of joy to family and friends, and we must figure out different ways of doing so. Continue reading

Closet Staples

Closet Staples

By Elizabeth Harris

Editor’s Note: I’m not feeling super fashionable these days, but one day we will be back to caring what we look like! Right?! Enjoy this picture my mom recently sent of me from 1993. Check me out in a jean jacket! So ahead of the fashion curve, as usual – haha.

Local fashion experts weigh in on items they think all women should have in their closets. Continue reading

LIVING DIFFERENTLY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC INTERVIEW SERIES

Rochester-area women share their challenges, inspiration and more

By Trish Amundson

Editor’s Note: Rochester Women Magazine will be posting Trish Amundson’s articles about area women in the upcoming weeks.

Sign created by Trish to thank those who are working hard during this difficult time.

With the outbreak of COVID-19, everyone has had to change the way they live. Teleworking, distance learning, social distancing and hunkering down at home are all standard activities for now. Our daily routines have changed significantly, but what has not changed is the heart-warming passion and energy of Rochester-area women who are helping others during these uncertain times.  Continue reading