Three Threads LLC, Author/Business Owner

 2018 Women Of Influence Summit Option B Speaker

My typical day looks like:

My co-authors and I approach writing as a business. We are Jills of all
trades and, during the school year, we’re having weekly meetings to discuss strategy and divy up tasks. While we work closely with Tyndale, we’re still in charge setting speaking engagements, talking to to vendors, recording podcasts, maintaining a social media presence, and following our strategic plan in addition to working on our newest writing project! After years of working with businesses as legal counsel and learning more than a few tips and tricks, I’m LOVING running my own business. You can find us under the collective name “The Ruth Experience” on most social media sites and our website.


What is your favorite part of your job?

Words. I love finding the perfect word or phrase to describe an emotion or explain a thought. The fact that I get paid to use words and stories to
encourage others was a long-held, secret dream I almost didn’t dare dream.


How do you spend your free time?

Aaron and I have a revolving front door. We’ve intentionally set aside time in our lives to invest in people, and you’ll find us entertaining (in some form)
weekly, often with impromptu gatherings and last minute invitations. I’ve embraced Messy Hospitality, which means you’ll find us living real lives with loud kids and loving chaos instead of faked perfection when you walk through our door. Everyone is welcome in our house, but you’ve been warned. :)


What’s on your summer reading list?

Austin Channing Brown’s “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a
World Made for Whiteness” is the best nonfiction book I’ve read this year. It’s on my all-time most important reads list, and I wish it had been written (and I read it) ten years ago.


How has Next Monday been of value to you and your career? 

I believe in the importance of being surrounded by a healthy community of women who challenge, cheerlead, and support one another. I am the woman I am today, in large part, because of mentors who invested time and energy in me. Next Monday is an organization striving to create a healthy community of
women in Central Minnesota who mentor and encourage one another - and I love that mission both personally and professionally.


What are you looking forward to at the Women of Influence Summit in September?

Hearing the stories of the women sitting at my table.


What are you hoping to share with fellow attendees at the Women of Influence Summit?

We are among the smartest, most equipped, most empowered, freest generation of women to ever stand upon this earth. The question is: what are we doing with our knowledge, tools, empowerment and freedom? Being a World Changer requires nothing more than what you already have and the intentional decision to take a forward step into your neighborhood, school, and community with care, compassion, and faith.


What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I was a fencer in college. I’m not generally an aggressive person, but a well-matched sword fight is a surprisingly therapeutic stress reliever.


What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

If I could do anything without thought to kids, age or skill set, I’d love to be a photojournalist for a major newspaper. Photos tell stories in ways words simply cannot, and I’d love to explore storytelling in that medium while traveling around the globe.


What would you most like to tell yourself at age 18?

Be kind to the girl in the mirror. You can (and should) expect a lot from her, but she does not deserve to be silently berated with harsh words that you would never dream of speaking over someone else.


What is your favorite meal?

Double tomato bruschetta using tomatoes and basil from my garden and a glass of wine on my back patio with my hubs.


What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

The gift of time. My mother-in-law moves into my house and stays with
my children for a few days a year so Aaron and I can sneak away. Grandma’s rules apply while we are gone, and we always return home to kids who were hoping we’d stay away one day longer because they are having such a
wonderful time. I intend to give that gift to my children and their spouses.

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