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Read the Fall 2017 Inspire(d) Online!

Here’s what’s happening in the Fall 2017 Inspire(d) – our 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!!!

10 Years of Inspire(d)! 10 Community Builders from Across the Driftless, Sum of Your Biz: Empty Nest Winery, Infographic: 10 Truths We’ve Learned, Chicago Train Trip, Unicorn Presents! Fun Fall Events, Cool New Driftless Places, & More!
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A note from Aryn:

Roxie and I were reading the Disney book, Pocahontas, recently. It’s not one I love (I’m not sure when it even made it to our shelves)…but it did spark a good conversation. We were discussing what happened to Native Americans when settlers came to this “brave, new world,” and how they’re treated still today. We talked about how people from different parts of the world might look a little different from each other – different sizes, shapes, and definitely colors – but we’re all the same on the inside. And Roxie – who just turned five – says, “Mom, wouldn’t it be SO COOL if there were pink and purple people?!” I smiled, “Why, yes, Roxie. It would be so cool. And isn’t it so cool that the people and colors we do have are all different from each other anyway? It makes the world so much more beautiful, I think.” “Yeah, totally, Mom,” she says.

More colors, more variety, more beauty – we humans all come together to make this amazing, diverse work of art.  And we’re all connected through a community called humanness.

This is our 10-year anniversary of Inspire(d) Magazine. We dubbed it an “experiment in positive news” when we first started out, so I decided to think on what that experiment has taught us. I compiled a list of truths that have risen to the top of my list – check out the infographic on page 25 – but the clearest lesson of all is that community is the most important thing we can build in this life. Big or small, these communities and connections are what we’ll remember at the end of our lives.

So this milestone Inspire(d) is all about community-builders. Our region is filled with them, but we narrowed it down to 10 amazing groups or people: Liz Rog and Brad Crawford, John Condon, Lissa Carlson, Patrick ‘Red’ Longmire, Mike Ashbacher, Roxanne Schnitzler and Jessica Rediske, Shannon Dallenbach Durbin, Lora Friest, Adam Wiltgen, and Greg Wennes.

Wow, am I excited for you to read these stories this fall. I was inspired by every single one of them. They start on page 29.

These are some crazy times we’re living in, but there are some crazy exciting things happening too. There are great events and activities to check out all over this fall (pg. 56) and lots of local friends taking the leap to launch new ventures (pg. 14). We are so excited! Veteran business-owners Dave and Pam Kruger of Empty Nest Winery have some good tips for new business-owners in this issue’s Sum of Your Business. They are a husband-and-wife duo that this husband-and-wife duo truly admire!

And we couldn’t have a magazine birthday without unicorn presents, amIright?!? Check out the paper project on page 28, and the full tutorial right here on iloveinspired.com (coming soon!).

Finally, we got out for a little Family Reseach Adventure: We took Amtrak from La Crosse to Chicago! Hop aboard and check out our itinerary to get some ideas for your next train trip!

I am so grateful to you all for reading this magazine for the past 10 years. (C’mon, stop crying, Aryn!) The fact that I’m 36 years old and have been running a business for 10 years makes me feel proud as hell, and surer than ever that we really CAN do this. We can change the world. It’s so easy to feel completely helpless about things when we read the daily news. “What can I possibly do?!?” we ask ourselves. Talk to your neighbors. Make friends. Build community. Start to understand each other a little more every day. This is what you can do.

People often ask me if I will ever run out of ideas for Inspire(d) and my answer is always, “Definitely not!” It’s because of you– you continue to inspire me, and you inspire the people around you. Keep it up, you guys. It’s working.

Looking forward,

Aryn Henning Nichols

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Read the Summer 2017 Inspire(d) Online!

Here’s what’s happening in the Summer 2017 Inspire(d):

Summer Fun List! Local Food Directory • CSA: Hooray! • Crystal Creek Magic • Sum of Your Biz: Impact Coffee • Lansing, Iowa • Paper Project: Gnomebooks! • RAGBRAI Northeast Iowa Edition • and more! Read the whole thing online here!

A note from Aryn:

This is our 50th issue of Inspire(d)!!!! Can you believe it?!

Every time I say the word “fifty” I think of that Saturday Night Live sketch… you know, the one where Molly Shannon says, “My name is Sally O’Malley and I’m proud to say I’m 50! And I like to kiiiick and streeeeetch, and kick! I’m 50!” And she jumps around, all spry and awesome.

I’d like to think Inspire(d) is a lot like her – all spry and awesome, kicking and stretching and proud to make you smile. Oh, and ready to stick around for another 50 issues. You ready for that?

We hope so.

We’ll start off with Inspire(d) #50. It is full of summer awesomeness! I was so excited about all the stories in this magazine, I decided to write three of them! I had a blast chatting with Erin Dorbin and her partner Taylor Harris at Crystal Creek Canyon Lodge near Houston, Minnesota. They’re launching a citizen-artist residency this summer, and we just love their goals and ideas for the project (pg. 14).

Then I got to go another scenic direction in the Driftless Region – on over to Lansing, Iowa, to interview some great folks there for the next in the Inspire(d) Community Features (pg. 48). Plus, we got a sneak peek at the new Driftless Area Education and Visitor Center. It’s totally rad.

I also got to share some ideas for something that I’m really passionate about: bulk cooking! Specifically for this issue, local bulk cooking and figuring out how to get the most out of your CSA – community supported agriculture – share each week. Anne Bohl from Low Oaks Farm in Waucoma, Iowa, worked with me to put together some great tips and recipes (pg. 38).

Speaking of local food, we’re honored to yet again have the Driftless Local Food guide within our pages this summer – check it out on page 33, and then go check out some of your local farmers, producers, and restaurants.

One of our favorite local places to get coffee is Impact Coffee Bar and Roasters. Benji interviewed owners Jeff and Anja Brown for this Sum of Your Business and got to learn even more about this truly family-run business.

Sara Friedl-Putnam put together an awesome guide for folks hitting up the RAGBRAI trail in Northeast Iowa (pg. 58) and Kristin Anderson brings us another amazing paper project: a notebook, er..gnomebook! It’s super cute. Check it out on page 37, and get instructions soon here at iloveinspired.com.

Finally, as promised by G-Gnome (who is so happy to be back on a summer cover), we’ve got some summer fun ideas for all (pg. 30). We hope this is a great summer filled with adventure, happiness, and lots and lots of play.

Thanks for reading and always being Inspire(d) – and inspiring!

Looking forward,

Aryn Henning Nichols

P.S.
October 4 will be our 10-year anniversary, so get ready for some more gushy, “I love you guys” stuff from me in the next issue too! xox

Read the Spring 2017 Inspire(d) Online!

Here’s what’s happening in the Spring 2017 Inspire(d):

Female Mountain Bikers (Rule) • Hannah Breckbill / Farmer • Anna Bolz / Chef • Lindy Weilgart / Whale Researcher • Sum of Your Biz: Brittany Todd • Paper Project: Rad Awards! • Infographic: Empower the Girls in Your Life • Probit: Sarah Andersen + Short Profiles from YOU on Women Who Inspire YOU!

A note from Aryn:

Everything about this spring issue reminds me of why I make Inspire(d) Magazine, and why I work every day to be a strong, smart, brave woman: our tiny four-year-old daughter.

We women are an amazing gender, and while I mean no disregard for the sometimes hairier sex, we have to stick together. For many years we’ve had to prove ourselves to the world. That we’re capable, that we’re strong, that we’re smart and worth just as much as any other human being.

I feel that. Definitely as a business owner and boss. As a spouse. As a mother.

I strive to illustrate and help Roxie realize that girls can do motha-effin’ anything.

I asked her recently if there was anything she thought girls couldn’t do. She said no.

I want her to have that answer for the rest of her life.

So, to that effect, we’ve featured some kick-ass women throughout these pages. We start it off with whale expert Lindy Weilgart – she grew up in Decorah and graduated from Luther, and is now one of the leading scientists in the field of sperm whale communication.

Brittany Todd shares with us her mad life skills for the Sum of Your Business. She’s been capturing memories for folks for nearly seven years through Photography by Brittany, and gives us the low-down on home office vs. downtown office.

I had the pleasure of interviewing some super rad female mountain bikers from all around the Driftless Region – from Lake Mills to Minneapolis to La Crosse, and right here in Decorah. I am seriously inspired and can’t wait to hit the trails. For real. Plus, I learned some really cool info about high school cycling leagues and hope I can get Roxie interested some day!

The ever-talented Kristin Anderson is back again with an awesome paper project: rad awards. You can give these to the women (or men, or kids, or grandparents) in your life at any point. Congratulate them on passing a test, or for totally adulting, or being the best friend ever. Just have fun.

Kristine Jepsen writes about Hannah Breckbill and Humble Hands Farm. They overcame last year’s flood and are now planting the seeds for not only their farm, but community growth too.

And Sara Friedl-Putnam interviewed Decorah native and now New York-living pastry chef Anna Bolz. Anna works at renowned restaurant, Per Se, where she concocts desserts of amazing levels of deliciousness.

In the “empower my girl” category, I put together an infographic to offer us some ideas – from reading books by awesome female authors to just being confident in yourself.

Of course, our probituary, Sarah Andersen, is an inspiring woman too – I just loved her story. Plus, throughout the whole magazine are wonderful short stories submitted by all you lovely readers. Yep, you shared tales about inspiring women in your lives, and we got them all bundled up like little love notes. Just thinking about them makes me happy!

So enjoy, my friends. Say “Happy Women’s Day” March 8. Say “Thanks” to your mom. Say, “You’re amazing,” to your wife, partner, or best friend. Every day, let’s work to bring more light into the world, like a burgeoning spring season. After a while, you’ll realize – one day – that it’s 7 pm… and it’s still light out.

Looking forward,

Aryn Henning Nichols