A Season in Review: Summer 2017

This summer went by way too fast. I swear I blinked in June and it is now… September? With that in mind, it’s time for the obligatory seasonal post. This is what I was able to accomplish in Summer:

  1. I rearranged my start date for NDSU.
  2. I completed 2 research courses for 4 credits. I received an A in both.
  3. I won a scholarship from Phi Theta Cappa.
  4. I joined a blogging group.
  5. I started taking boxing classes with my clients and I’m contemplating Jiu Jitsu.
  6. I signed up for 4 classes this semester (God help me).
  7. I bought a bullet journal and am working to master it. However, I think I’m also going to continue in my Erin Condren planner.
  8. I restarted Instagram.
  9. I completed my stint of  ‘no soda for 6 months’. (FYI- soda tastes so gross now.)
  10. I participated in National Night Out.
  11. I planned my vacation!

With everything that went on, I’m no longer surprised that Summer felt like a fleeting moment. This fall is set to be even busier but as I always say #StayBussyStayBlessed.

This Spring the following has happened:
1.) I graduated with a 4.0 G.P.A
2.) I joined an honor society: Phi Theta Kappa
3.) I won a scholarship.
4.) Columbia University (an Ivy League university) and NYU, both asked me to fill out an application to attend their schools. 
5.) I accepted a position in NDSU’s sociology program.
6.) My family and I had a garage sale.
7.) I won $50 in a competition from Sweet Stamp Shop.
8.) I had another root canal!
9.) I finally bought myself an art desk.
10.) I successfully completed my stint as Student Senator.

I’m looking forward to all the wonderful things this Summer will bring. #StayBusyStayBlessed.

A Season in Review: Autumn 2016

This autumn the following has happened:
1.) I finished my classes with another 4.0 semester.
2.) I won a scholarship.
3.) I found out I was graduating in Spring!
4.) I successfully completed the first half of my Student Senate Term.  
5.) I submitted applications to two Sociology departments. (Please pray that one of them accepts me.)
6.) I have a greater appreciation for the local emergency services after attending 3echo training.
7.) I officiated a general election.
8.) I spearheaded a clothesline program aimed at remembering 38 local victims of Domestic Violence.
9.) I am nearing the completion of phase I of my latest DV project (look for it to launch in the middle of September!)
10.) I had a root canal (Which I fell asleep during!). And…
11.) I got to watch my great niece perform in a beautifully crafted Christmas pageant. 

I’m looking forward to all the wonderful things this Winter will bring. #StayBusyStayBlessed.

Stress Be Gone. This summer the following has happened:
1.) I finished my summer class.
2.) I attended 2 different conferences and CSEC training for work.
3.) DayOne has been updated and it has gone live.
4.) Planned a staff retreat with an awesome person! 
5.) I broke a tooth, had it fixed, and had it act up again.
6.) Got hopelessly addicted to Copic markers and Strawberry Jude Stamps.
7.) I was invited to be part of a design team for SJS and have now lived through 3 product launches.
8.) Attended 2 family funerals…. and
9.) Officiated 2 elections.

OJP Conference

Handmade conference notecards made with Strawberry Jude Stamps

This year’s OJP conference was a blast. My colleagues and I got to attend multiple breakout sessions. I learned about:

  • Advocating for victims with criminal records
  • A new program providing follow up services to DV related 911 calls
  • Finding help for those who are cyber stalked
  • A new community corrections program to help women abusers, and
  • How the DOC is working to keep victims informed.

Keep checking This Side for the in-depth articles!


Next month, Linda Flanders a retired San Fransisco police officer is giving my colleagues and I a crash course in de-escalation for mental health crises. If you want to check out what she is teaching, you can buy a copy of her book: Crisis Intervention 101: De-escalation Steps for Law Enforcement, First Responders and Everyone Else. For those less inclined to buy a book, stick around. I’ll post a quick summary of what I learned.

OJP conference

I’m really excited to be joining everyone at the OJP conference next month. This year’s conference is titled Justice for All:  Moving from Disparity to Equity. For more information, or to register please visit Minnesota’s Office of Public Safety: Office of Justice Programs website. See you there.


#MN, #LiveFreeWithoutViolence, #advocate,

This year, the first ever  Live Free Without Violence Rally was held in the grassy rotunda (lower mall) between the State Capitol building and the Veteran Service Center. This rally was designed to bring awareness to issues surrounding Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Before marching to the capital, those rallying were invited to make signs, observe artistic performances and participate in policy discussions. My team took the opportunity to learn more about:

  • Coerced Reproduction
  • Issues Surrounding new Child Protective Services protocols, and
  • Body Cameras.

Hopefully over the next few weeks, I can share with you all more of what we learned, but for now… here’s the rally. 12278949_829835127123248_451450108615293866_n


V.A.T Training

This month’s training:

  • VAT Civil Justice System,
  • VAT Criminal Justice System,
  • VAT Military Justice System,
  • VAT Tribal Justice System,
  • VAT Types of Victim Services,
  • VAT Compensation,
  • VAT Victim’s Rights,
  • VAT Ethics.

Wish me luck!


Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Science is for Girls

Many times girls are discouraged from entering STEM fields. They think that science, technology, engineering and math are not something they are developed for. I for one beg to differ. STEM is for everyone who is curious about how the world works! That is why I love this:


At each stage (of complexity) entirely new laws, concepts, and generalizations are necessary, requiring inspiration and creativity to just as great a degree as in the previous one.

P.W.Anderson, 1972

Save the Bugs!

After being told to preserve any bug we find, my coworker and I taped up a huge spider.

Me: wow, that’s a horrible way for a spider to die.
Coworker: I know, should we put it in the freezer?

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