An Open Letter To Future Minnesotans

This week, Lauren and I are excited to feature a new guest writer on Hotdish & Catfish: Jay Higgins. Recently, Jay penned a letter to some friends who are looking for a fresh place to call home. We chose to include this on the blog because Jay’s passion for Minnesota embodies so much of what Lauren and I love about living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Enjoy!

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TED Visits Minneapolis

lauren-and-jamison-wedding-127I’m baaa-aaack. Yes, it’s true, I’m happy to say I’ve returned to my senses and am ready to write once again for Hotdish & Catfish. I wasn’t intentionally trying to avoid the blog, but my life has just been a little hectic lately (moved across the country, lived with my parents, planned a wedding, married a man named Jamison, spent a short time being a honeymooner, moved across the state of Minnesota and started a new job. Deep breath!).

But the time away has been good for my perspective. I’ve come to realize that I need to keep writing. I feel better when I write, I feel more like myself. This quote from Anaïs Nin resonates with me, “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” Well said, Nin.

All that being said, I am now going to relive my recent experience at the TEDxTC event.

Some of you may remember a post I wrote a while back confessing my love for TED. No, I’m not straying from Jamison, he’s still my main man. TED is a collaborative movement that strives to bring people together and spread innovative ideas. I was lucky enough to attend the Twin Cities TED event this month. AND it was in collaboration with TEDxWomen – even better.

iO Tillett Wright

The night started with a live teleconference into the TEDxWomen event taking place in Washington DC. The amazing Eve Ensler – playwright, performer, feminist and creator of the Vagina Monologues – was host for the evening and introduced some equally inspiring women. While all of them have a passion for helping women reach their potential, my favorite speaker was photographer iO Tillett Wright. She just had a genuine, easy-going quality about her. She wasn’t angry, she wasn’t sad, and she wasn’t demanding anything of the audience. She just presented herself and her art in a beautiful way. And she was honest about what she hoped to inspire with her photography. I think it’s best if you just watch it and come to your own conclusions.

As the night went on, we heard from leaders from around the Twin Cities, who also happened to be women, each with their own powerful and personal message. To me, that is the best part about TED talks – you come together, listen and absorb everything. Take it in, be inspired and apply whatever you’ve learned to your life. I left TED feeling equipped to make some changes. I wasn’t sure what exactly I was going to do, but whatever came my way, I’d make it better. And hey! I’m writing again, so that’s something. Improving oneself is a great place to start.