Barbara aims to reveal raw, feminine, vulnerable truths and mindful moments through her poetry and prose.
“The Day Between” is a reflection on the otherwise undefined, unspoken, and un-captured present moment. The site’s purpose is to explore what “comes up” within and around the writer so that she can better understand herself and her world. It is a simple celebration of all those moments in time: “the day between” past and future.
Barbara is often out running on the Twin Cities streets or lake-sides. She has run 8 marathons and countless 1/2 marathons, 5ks, and 10ks. Movement is an essential part of her creative process.
Barbara is a Nationally Board Certified Health Coach and works as a Wellness Director in Bloomington, MN. In a previous life (aka her 20’s) she was in brand marketing in NYC with Nike and Skechers. She graduated from Bentley University with a BA in Marketing with a concentration in English Creative Writing. She is working on her Masters in Integrative Health and Well-being Coaching from the University of Minnesota. Her passions include sharing a holistic approach to healing, especially within food as medicine and tapping into truth through creativity.
She has continued education on Memoir and Travel Writing through Gotham in NYC. She passionately writes every day upon rising and– more often than not– will write best seated at a busy bar.
“When you write in prose, you cook the rice. When you write poetry, you turn rice into rice wine. Cooked rice doesn’t change its shape, but rice wine changes both in quality and shape. Cooked rice makes one full so one can live out one’s life span… Wine, on the other hand, makes one drunk, makes the sad happy, and the happy sad. Its effect is sublimely beyond explanation.” – Wu Qiao
A note from Barbara:
I’m originally from small-town Massachusetts, lived in Boston area, NYC, Chicago and Austin. Ended up in Minneapolis and am now getting my Masters in Integrative Health and Well-being Coaching. I am passionate about healthy living, movement, happiness, and holistic wellness; My “real life” job is as a Wellness Director for a wellness center that helps folks with chronic conditions, especially autoimmune.
I have run many marathons, half marathons, 10ks and 5ks. I enjoy yoga and do my best in Crossfit. I try to meditate and get it in a few times a week at least. I did a couple-month pilot for a Mindful Running program.
I have a cat named Benson who is my little love.
My family is quite big- 11 siblings- and they mostly live on the east coast. I don’t have family around me here in Minneapolis which is sometimes tough and sometimes incredibly nice since going home for a holiday is so much more meaningful.
I’ve traveled a bit and want to travel more and more….and more. I’ve been a gracious visitor to Honduras (a small village of La Paz and Tegucigalpa), Canada (Toronto, Montreal), France (Paris), Turkey (Istanbul), Italy (Venice, Bologna, Modena, Milan, Florence) and Spain (Barcelona, Madrid). I have friends sprinkled all over the globe and they are waiting patiently for my visit!
Life is about living in the present moment. And I challenge myself to fully participate each day.
Other interests: writing/journaling/essays/poetry, DOGS (oh my god, all the doggos),making little videos on my writing, walks around the lake, bike rides, flowers, appreciating other peoples crafts/art, thrift shops and antiques.