So, What the Heck is Dakotapam Up To?

Well, for starters, I’m working. A lot.

I’m entering in to my very busy fundraising season at work. So I am planning and making phone calls and emails and using all of my social media energy. . .on work. Which is a great thing. I’m working for kids who have an advancing life expectancy–which is so very awesome–but it also means they will need more and more money as the years go on. So I work on raising that money. It is that simple. (and if you feel so inclined to learn more and give–check out the cute little fundraising widget in my sidebar–there is a  great video to help you learn more about the kids and adults that I work so hard for!)

Now the good thing is my fundraisers are FUN, so in some ways, I am planning some pretty fun parties, and I love what I do. BUT, it takes a lot of time and energy.

I’m still learning to use my time wisely.

On my off time I’ve also been working on my other love. . .over at NaturallyBorn. My co-founder, Amy, and I have worked hard to provide a nice commonsense middle of the ground place for naturally minded moms to meet. If you are someone who desires a more natural lifestyle, but you also still love the fact that modern medicine saves lives–this is the pace for you. I’ve been working on getting some new blog posts written, and updating and editing some of our old posts. (We’re three years old now!). I’m also in the process of moving all of my twin and multiple related content over there, as there is a much larger audience for it there than here.

I’m still working on projects here as well. I have more posts in the works on re-entering the workforce and how to work towards work/life balance. I’ll share more of my journey as we go, as well as sharing things that work (and don’t) for our family.

A few weeks ago I came clean on the lonliness issue. We working moms are lonely, and I found out, ironically, that I am not alone with these feelings. I am becoming more pro-active. I’ve planned a trip for my girls and I to visit Essie, of Essie’s Blessings which will feed both of our spirits and fill our friend tank! I’ve gotten more involved in our local online mom networking group and we are working for more events to allow for support for working moms. I’ve also gotten more involved in my moms of twins group. My heart really is with helping other moms, and “being there” for other moms of twins really feeds that need to mentor others.

And, in the short term, a few of the boys and I are heading to Fargo this weekend for the Fargo Marathon! We are fielding a small charity team for work, the boys are running the 5K, and I am walking it with some friends. (running it in the future would be awesome–or jogging–or walking faster). I’m looking forward to the time away with a few kids and I plan on listening to an audio book on the drive. (I am always multitasking!)

And speaking of books. . . I plan on doing A LOT of reading this summer! (Like a book a week!) I signed up for the Book Spark’s Summer Reading Challenge! Beginning Wednesday, May 21, look for a book review every Wednesday! Want to read along? The first book I will be reading is The One & Only: A Novel. I’m looking forward to long nights with my sweetie on the back porch with a glass of wine and some music while we read together while the sun goes down.

What are you looking forward to this summer?

Speaking of looking forward. On Sunday–Mothers Day–I will be giving away a book about motherhood, written by my dear friend and fabulous mother, Genny Heikka. So stay tuned!

In the meantime, leave a comment telling me what the heck you have been up to!


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Written by Dakotapam
I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!