Girl on Fire

This is my bi-weekly column at Creston News Advertiser

  • Girl on Fire: New year, new resolutions

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, January 2, 2014] As so many other people have done, I’ve set several resolutions for the new year. This year, I’m focusing on fitness, finances and writing. It seems to be a constant battle for me to lose those few extra pounds. I love working out. Even though jogging […]

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  • Girl on Fire: How literature opens doors to opportunity

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 19, 2013] For the past few weeks, I’ve been spending a lot of my time playing video games. But, recently, I decided to finish a few books I’d started more than a year ago. I’m glad I did, because I realized just how much I missed reading books […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Acknowledging first responders

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, December 5, 2013] As someone who was on the outside of anything news— and emergency—related until recently, I am still somewhat stuck on the outside looking in. And, this past week is no exception. My boyfriend Russ Finehout and I were on the way back to Creston from a […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Determination to reach long-term fitness goals

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 21, 2013] Thanks to coworker Brooke McIntosh and newsroom discussion, there is a health and fitness competition in the newsroom. I’m glad we have this competition. Already, having an in-house competition has helped me get on track before Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts roll around. My goal for Thanksgiving […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Art on the brain

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 7, 2013] With the help of my friend and coworker Sarah Brown, I got into an artsy mindset and made a piece of crayon art Sunday. Crayon art is really easy. Hot glue crayons to a canvas and melt the colorful wax with a hair dryer. The hot […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Yellow Brick Road, here I come

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 31, 2013] In six months, I will be finishing my first half marathon. I caught the marathon bug from my mom, who has been doing half marathons for a couple of years now. Her next one is the Monumental Half Marathon in Indianapolis, Ind., Saturday. I wish all […]

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  • Girl on Fire: How books, music inspire my writing

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser October 17, 2013] One thing I love talking about, which could be one reason why I have a degree in English and creative writing, is books. I’m an avid reader, and occasionally I can devour a book in a day or two. Currently, I’m reading several series, two of […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Appreciating what firefighters do

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 3, 2013] I climbed the ladder and stepped onto a roof of wooden shingles and moss. The slant made it hard to climb, as did the uncertainty of whether the wood would give. I followed firefighters Lee Freeman and Jake Winkler up near the peak, and Jake and […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Achievement is a dream itself

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, September 19, 2013] My feet hit the concrete hard as I ran past a Japanese garden and gazebo overlooking the Des Moines River, then ran up to a bridge crossing the water. The breeze cooled me off while I ran in the Diva Dash 5K in Des Moines over […]

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  • Girl on Fire: Crohn’s: Ranked right next to cancer

    [As seen in Creston News Advertiser, September 5, 2013] Over Labor Day weekend, I visited family in Minnesota. While I was there, I witnessed the slow deterioration of my aunt, Rhonda. My aunt has Crohn’s disease, and from what I’ve seen of the disease, I rank it right next to cancer in terms of the […]

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