Lady Briefs (Vol. 15)

Lindsey Marie Gau

What makes you feel strong?

I feel strong when I use my body physically such as; practicing yoga, rock climbing, paddling or portaging a canoe. I think as a woman in this world, I have been taught to suppress my thoughts and beliefs. So when I am able to find my voice and express myself in difficult and scary situation I feel emotionally and mentally strong. 

What was your last piece of nourishment?

Having to think about this question made me realize I have not been nourishing myself enough lately, so thank you for asking. I would have to say the last thing I did that was nourishing was planting the garden for the community of people I am so lucky to live life with. 

What do you grow?

My spirit. This means doing things that fill up my spirit and expand my awareness. From being in nature, to connecting with others in deeper and meaningful way, or just being. Anything that makes me aware of my aliveness and connection to this big and beautiful world and all of her creatures. 

 

Lindsey is Co-founder of Spirit Guiding Adventures, guided rock climbing, rappelling and canoe trips in northern Minnesota.  

LADY BRIEFS (VOL. 13)

 More about Kate and her creative talents over at  Clever Kate .

More about Kate and her creative talents over at Clever Kate.

Kate O'Reilly

What makes you feel strong?
Really? A savings account. I left a terrible marriage awhile back and that was the difference somedays between knowing I could do it and giving up and going back. Also, after years of using food to cope with my emotions, I sorted that out through therapy, and my mind is stronger than ever. I now use yoga and hiking daily instead, and am actually, physically, strong as well. That makes me feel really good.
 
What was your last piece of nourishment?
I went away with a friend to NYC last week. It was nourishing to miss my people here in MSP. And we ate at Blue Hill, which isn't too shabby as far as actual nourishment goes. 
 
What do you grow?
I'm a Mom, so I'm working hard on growing emotionally open (self-identified) boys. I want them to be vulnerable, present partners in work, friendship and love, and that's everything, as far as I'm concerned. 

Also, strawberries, that said boys gave me for Mother's Day.

Lady Briefs (vol. 12)

 Kylee is the founder and creative visionary behind  Girl Creative MSP .

Kylee is the founder and creative visionary behind Girl Creative MSP.

Kylee Leonetti

What makes you feel strong?
My daughter makes me feel strong. She’s pulled me out of myself and pushed me to be stronger and demanded the kind of strength from me that only a daughter can to her mother.  She teaches me daily how to do hard things, gracefully.  Plus she’s just so strong herself, both physically and emotionally, it makes me feel strong to know she came from me and that I’m somehow a part of that.  

What was your last piece of nourishment? 
My last piece of nourishment…food-wise?  Microwave popcorn. I know that’s awful.  Oh, and diet dr pepper!  But I really like carrots with hummus. 

My last piece of soul nourishment is this daily life devotional I’m reading called Savor by Shauna Niequist.  SO GOOD.

What do you grow?
 I grow love. My friend Maria who is a super cynic in the best of ways likes to tell me I’m “all love”, which I take as the highest compliment given, ever.  I know that’s cheesy but it’s what I want to be remembered for and what I want to live by - loving people.  

Oh, did you mean what do I grow in the dirt?  We just planted a packet of wildflower seeds, some daisies, and the pumpkin plant that is Lola’s second grade project in the backyard on Mothers Day. We’ll see how they grow!

Lady Briefs (vol.11)

Luci Kandler

What makes you feel strong?
Screen printing. Pulling the squeegee against the screen is pretty similar to a rowing motion - as you push the ink through, you apply pressure and pull towards yourself. Each pull, you can feel the muscles in your back and arms. The more work you produce, the more your body shows it.

What was your last piece of nourishment?
I really like to cook, it's one of my favorite things. Normally, that means a good protein and lots of vegetables (can't get enough of that green stuff! Kale! Broccoli! Brussels sprouts!) But, it was so cold and raining on Sunday, I needed something a little extra. I can cook but I'm no baker, the only thing I ever got down was oatmeal cookies- those, I got on lock. I make them loaded with golden and brown raisins, cracked pecans, extra cinnamon, sea salt, and organic chocolate chips. The best part is sharing them - perfect for Monday's long boring work meetings.

What do you grow?
I wish I grew more! I stick to herbs mostly. But I'm lucky, I have two amazing friends (you might know one of them ;) that garden like champs and sometimes there's something leftover. Last summer I went on a trip to Atlanta and became obsessed with fried green tomatoes. There were some green beauties waiting for me at home that I got to experiment with and I'm looking forward to making them again this summer.

Lady Briefs (vol.10)

Rachel Rolseth

What makes you feel strong?
Using tools and getting sweaty in general. Last year I had to dig and pull out remnants of a tree trunk to make a garden bed. When I finally tore it all out I felt like I could have lifted a car or torn a phone book in half.

What was your last piece of nourishment? 
I've been trying to be better at nourishing myself. Sometimes I can get so caught up in creative projects that I forget to take care of myself. I recently took a bit of a sabbatical to do illustration and travel, which has been creatively and spiritually nourishing.

What do you grow?
I grow a big veggie garden and have houseplants growing out of every corner of my house. I also grow microbes in my kefir and other random ferments. 
 

We are lucky to have Rachel Rolseth as one of our illustrator contributors for Tootie & Dotes. Recently, she create her own Zine called 'Lady Bits a Zine for Vagina Havers'  that went viral. Now she is producing several creative projects including one focused on educating the local community about the potentials of a Hiawatha Food Forest, which would be the largest in the nation. Stay tuned for more features from us on her inspiring work! 

Lady Briefs (vol.9)

 Emily Paul is the director of Kitchen Operations of   The Good Acre  food hub. 

Emily Paul is the director of Kitchen Operations of  The Good Acre food hub. 

Emily Paul

What makes you feel strong?  
Working hard, being honest, admitting I’m wrong, and lifting heavy things

What was your last piece of nourishment?
Beans ‘n franks (qualifier: Clancey’s lamb & mint sausage and Rancho Gordo flageolet beans)

What do you grow?
People, places, ideas, hopefully something edible in my backyard, and love for my new home state of Minnesota

 

 CSA Director Sarah Libertus of  the Good Acre  food hub.

CSA Director Sarah Libertus of the Good Acre food hub.

Sarah Libertus

What makes you feel strong?
 Being outside gives me strength. Being indoors with artificial light and 4 walls; drives me a bit batty. It sounds cheesy, but when I'm outside, I remember to breathe and I feel like I can take on anything.

What was your last piece of nourishment? 
I eat kale and wild rice every morning. I've been ricing since I was a little girl with my dad, so the rice is strong thread throughout my life. The kale I have added in my later years to get my morning shot of greens. It is a delicious combination.  Some mornings, I throw in some sauteed shallots and chicken liver and it's the best breakfast on the planet. I just had kale and rice this morning.  Still fantastic.

What do you grow? 
I grow a lot of basic vegetables and herbs, but my favorite thing that I grow is hops. A friend gave me a couple of random hop rhizomes and I planted them willy-nilly in a field.  Every year these hops get bigger: it is like Jack and the Beanstalk. I have a dream that I pair my magical hops up with a local brewer and I get a delicious beer named after me.
 

The Good Acre is a nonprofit food hub with a mission to support low-income and immigrant farmers in the Twin Cities, and to increase access for all consumers to healthy, locally-grown fresh produce. Starting April 11th, The Good Acre will offer classes almost every night of the week! Learn the arts of crop and chop as classes taught by local chefs and instructors will focus on bringing more local produce to your table! For more information about The Good Acre CSA and cooking classes, visit www.thegoodacre.org.

 

Lady Briefs (vol.7)

 Pull up a chair with the  Flock of Broads  and enjoy some damn good reads from daily desk cries to recipes and gift guides. 

Pull up a chair with the Flock of Broads and enjoy some damn good reads from daily desk cries to recipes and gift guides. 

MEET THE FLOCK

KATE SOMMERS
What makes you feel strong?
Starting to train again after 5 years away from running. 
Carrying both of my 4 year olds in my arms at the same time… even if it’s usually only from the living room to their bedroom
Beginning a new life in a new city with all three of my boys by my side
What was your last piece of nourishment?
Spending half of my birthday week eating, drinking and window shopping with two of my closest ladies.. oh and those guys I mentioned earlier
What do you grow?
Succulents, friendships, a balcony garden (fingers crossed) some feisty red-headed boys and now that I live in the dessert, hopefully a couple cacti.


TALIA WISCHMANN
What makes you feel strong?
When I eat a kale salad for lunch instead of French fries.
What was your last piece of nourishment?
French fries
What do you grow?
I love growing indoor herbs in the winter, because it makes me feel like I'm still getting something slightly fresh and homegrown. In the summer I'm a tomato freak.


ANGIE ENGER
What makes you feel strong?
Knowing that I am a female leader at my company, even when it's hard. Knowing that I make a difference for my coworkers and industry. And I'm damn good at my job.
What was your last piece of nourishment?
A weekend of doing normal things with two of my favorite women in a sunny city. 
What do you grow?
My marriage. Every day.
 

CARLY BEETSCH
What makes you feel strong?

Most recently, knowing my body grew a human, pushed it out and knows exactly what it's supposed to do to keep her alive. Super power strength right there. 
What was your last piece of nourishment?
A cara cara orange for the body and a video of a really sassy young boy dancing to Justin Bieber for the mind. 
What do you grow?
We've established the baby growing thing already so I'll go with my most prideful garden accomplishment to date: 4 really delicious cantaloupes.

Lady Briefs (vol.6)

AMANDA EASTVOLD

What makes you feel strong? 
Giving birth. 
Doing triathlons. 
Healing. 
Making my husband laugh. 
Hearing Ani DiFranco's "32 flavors"

What was your last piece of nourishment?
Protein.  
Protein.
Protein.
Hearing my husband laugh. 

What do you grow?
Everything and anything that will grow in Minnesota-
think wild French kitchen garden. 
Two boys. 
My heart. 

Lady Briefs (vol.5)

 Sara Bartus the Hare of  Pheasant & Hare

Sara Bartus the Hare of Pheasant & Hare


Sara Bartus

What makes you feel strong?
Hugging someone I love, overcoming fear, eating healthy, and a new one for me, running intervals to a great, fast, pop song. Seeing progress.

What was your last piece of nourishment?
Crispy fried tofu, roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower with hot sauce, micro greens, and a piece of chocolate for balance. Listening to empowering podcasts. A mug of tea and snuggling with my husband and our dog.  

What do you grow?
Herbs, orchids, ferns, and a meyer lemon tree. In the summer, lovely vegetables for the deer to steal... Joy in the little things, belief in my dreams and abilities, friendships, love, confidence, and muscles. 

Lady Briefs (vol.4)

 photo by  Sean O'Brien

Mariah 

What makes you feel strong?  
Lifting heavy shit.
Saying "I'm sorry" and meaning it
Moments of uninhibited vulnerability

What was your last piece of nourishment?
Saying "hell, yes" to too many (just enough) pina coladas in Mexico
Reading Watts, Frankle, Brene Brown and The Queen Toni Morrison
Saying no to things I too often say yes to and shouldn't

What do you grow?
Pups and chicks
Self-acceptance and self-love
Indoor plants (attempt #5 at keeping them alive)

LADY BRIEFS (VOL. 3)

Ellie Taylor

What makes you feel strong? 
Hiking. Sweating. Fresh air. Watching my daughter take on new things/risks/fears. And checking things off my to-do list! I’m a working mother – you gotta celebrate the wins, no matter how small and that checkmark feels good.

What was your last piece of nourishment? 
For my growing belly: 
What I should tell you: roasted salted almonds
What I shouldn’t tell you: Cadbury mini eggs
I had both.
For my soul: an honesty-filled lunch date with a good friend. And purging junk out of my house.

What do you grow?
Babies. Ha. I’m 7 months pregnant so that’s top of mind.
Otherwise, I plant a garden of veggies in my backyard, most of which end up not being used since it’s all picked by an over anxious toddler the moment it breaks through the soil.

Lady Briefs (vol. 2)

  Gracie+Gold photography.


Gracie+Gold photography.

Nora McInerny Purmort

What makes you feel strong?  
Running, deadlifting, moving my body in any way that reminds me what it feels like to struggle and what a privilege it is to be alive and healthy.

What was your last piece of nourishment?
A gluten free bagel, toasted with avocado, cream cheese and pomegranate seeds.

What do you grow?
Too many motherfucking tomatoes. I NEVER ACTUALLY EAT THEM AND THEY TAKE OVER EVERYTHING.

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