Minnesota has always been home. My parents live here and my husband’s family lives here. Between the two families, his siblings and mine, we are the proud aunt and uncle to nine nieces and nephews!
I’m originally from Richfield but my husband and I moved to Woodbury. We both work for Securian Financial on a hybrid schedule. When COVID hit, because we both started working from home, we needed more space than our 700-square-foot apartment. I know there are pictures of me floating around somewhere working from my closet floor as it was our only closed-door space to take meetings. We lived downtown at that time, and we could walk to work. Now that we’ve moved to the suburbs we have a longer commute, but we have more space. Plus, we have a baby girl coming in July!
My family means everything to me. I was raised in a traditional household with a stay-at-home mom and my dad was the breadwinner. That’s how they wanted it. We valued that and it worked really well for all of us. But at the same time, I wanted to break the mold and have a career of my own. My sister has a career and children and she’s making it work. Actually, it was the model I grew up with that inspired me to take a different path.
I’m the youngest, with a sister and brother. I went to Richfield High School and then St. Thomas University, a private Catholic school close to home. There was a tradition in my family of attending St. Thomas. We lived in a faith-based household. Student council, student government, sports and volunteer work kept me busy. Being involved was something I inherited from my parents. My dad is a high achiever. My mom and dad were both actively involved in our activities at school and in the community always motivating us and being supportive. We knew what was expected of us but not in an unhealthy way.