100-Day Challenge

First Fifteen

July 31, 2015
Life without learning isn't one I want

Day 01 – First Fifteen: Share 15 interesting little tidbits about yourself.

  1. One of my first memories is of laying on the ground, underneath a tire tractor and screaming. I decided to climb into a rimmed tire tractor and rock the tire back and forth. Out fell one little girl, down fell a tire tractor with the rim still attached. I broke my leg that day, had to get a cast and was so scrawny that there weren’t crutches small enough for me to use so I got to use a walker.
  2. I spent three weeks in Europe the summer before my sophomore year in high school. It was a once in a lifetime experience. I was traveling with a group of about 40 other students and was the youngest one in the bunch. We traveled to France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. I had a crush on our tour guide, wasn’t old enough to go clubbing in Germany and fell in love for the first time.
  3. Life without learning isn’t one I want to experience. If could go to school forever – I would. But that’s not realistic, so instead I spend as much time as I can outside of work consuming information and becoming more knowledgeable. And I enjoy it!
  4. I grew up on country music. While I love most music; country music holds a special place in my heart. Whether I’m listening to classic country, new country, country rock…each and every artist has a story to tell. I live for stories so I love country music.
  5. I’m an auto racing fan. Shocking, I’m sure. I can’t tell you why, just know that I am. So if I start throwing out terms like front stretch, downforce, aeropush and SAFER barrier; just nod your head.
  6. I love kids. I love being an aunt to my three nieces – I love spending time with my cousins’ sons. But that doesn’t mean I’m ready to have kids.  I may never have kids of my own. That might change if I ever meet the right person.
  7. I have nine simple rules to live by – I’ll probably end up sharing them at a later date. But to list them all here would make this an extremely long post.
  8. Travelling has always been a reoccurring theme in my dreams – whether it’s somewhere exotic like Tahiti, or even just down the road to one of the many state parks. I’m trying to make more time to explore this world I live in and maybe along the way I’ll find another passion.
  9. I try to lead by example and make sure that I share my knowledge both within the company I work for, as well as within the community that I live in. The insights and influence that come with it have benefited me personally and professionally.
  10. I was a rower in college. It was the most difficult, and rewarding, experience of my life. I walked away with a group of women that I consider family. We’re spread all over but that doesn’t mean much, our friendship is strong and I would do anything for any of those women.
  11. I’m a hockey nut. I grew up in Minnesota and while I can skate, I do not have the hand-eye coordination to do anything but skate. My two sisters and three cousins played hockey growing up and I ended up getting an internship and job with a junior hockey team in Iowa. I now just enjoy being at games in person and watching it when possible on tv.
  12. I have a black cat. His name is Milo. He’s kind of an attention whore (just ask my friends who have watched him for me, or visited my house). But I love him any way.
  13. I want to make a difference in the world. I want to be a positive force and not a negative force.
  14. I love dark chocolate.
  15. I am scared of spiders. I will scream like a two year old having a temper tantrum.
100-Day Challenge

Jumpstarting My Creativity

July 29, 2015

I’ve had trouble with getting the blog portion of my site off and running. So after a site makeover, I’ve been looking for inspiration. And today I found it

I’m challenging myself for the next 100 days thanks to my friend Becky Mollenkamp. Today she wrote about how she is jumpstarting her creativity. She’s merging a daily Morning Pages exercise with a 100-Day Challenge into something that works for her.

I, in turn, am going to step up my game and work through 100 writing prompts from Brooke Arceneaux in posts that are at least 100 words long. And then I’m going to gleam the most interesting gem from and share it via Instagram and Twitter.

You can follow along here on my blog, on Instagram (@danielleirog) or Twitter (@danielleirogers). You can also check out Becky’s challenge on Instagram (@bmollenkamp).