Dana

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Dana has lived in Colorado for the last 17 years. She met her husband, Ben, in Boulder and they made the move to Colorado Springs. Together, they are busy raising two children. Dana is the Director of Meeting the Challenge, Inc., a national disability compliance consulting firm. She is an active community volunteer and has served several boards. When she is not working, Dana can be found cheering on her son and daughter's travel hockey teams at area ice rinks. She enjoys spending time hiking in the mountains with her Vizsla, raising backyard chickens, and cheering on her Alma Mater's Michigan State Spartans!
gender roles

Raising Strong Women as Gender Roles Change

This fall my daughter took up ice hockey. I suppose it was just a matter of time, since her older brother has been playing for six years and our family is always at the rink. Our...
halloween party

How To Throw an Easy Halloween Party

We started the tradition of a Halloween party quite by accident. My son’s birthday is during the first week of November, so it seemed like a no-brainer to plan a Halloween birthday party for...
40

40 Things To Do Before I Turn 40

This summer, I turned 39. I had a bit of a panic attack. I realize that 39 isn’t 40, but I am inching very close. The dreaded 40. I remember my mother’s 40th birthday...

Summertime Happy Hour: A Cocktail for Every Palate

I don’t know about you, but the warmer weather and longer days have me longing for afternoons on the back patio, sipping adult beverages. To me, there is nothing more relaxing than my after-work...
backyard chickens

How to Live With Backyard Chickens

Four years ago our family decided to embrace the backyard chicken movement and become, what I like to call Urban Homesteaders. My husband grew up in the Old North End of Colorado Springs and...
family tv time

Can TV Time Be Family Time?

Truth time! Our TV is almost always on. Most of the time it’s some sporting event on in the background. But, I’ll also admit I am a sucker for most reality and true-crime shows....
true crime podcasts

My Favorite True Crime Podcasts

Don’t judge… but, I’m a bit of a true crime junkie. I’m often watching true crime TV shows, like Snapped and Dateline. I like reading true crime novels and I follow crime-related news stories....
Bias

Exploring My Biases

Like most of you, I’m constantly doing work to become a better person – as a mother, wife, employer… I believe there is a need to work on myself. I read self-help books, meditate,...
Youth Sports

Youth Sports: Character, Respect and Sportsmanship

This year my 10-year-old son joined a travel hockey team. He’s been playing hockey for the last five years and is obsessed with the sport. He eats, drinks, and breathes hockey. And, he’s not...

Books: Crushing my Anxiety and Improving my Mindset

Lately I have been on a bit of a self-help journey. As my kids get older, I find myself wondering if I am modeling positive mental health for them. I have always struggled with...