who am I?

Iowan & University of Iowa alum, current Assistant Director for Staff and Community Development for Housing & Residential Life at South Dakota State University, social justice pursuer, photographer, wife & Great Dane mom, idealist (INFJ), runner, outdoor adventurer (climbing, slacklining, hiking, swimming, you name it), ally, strong (empathy, input, strategic, developer, individualization), lifelong learner

what’s with the tree?

I heard a song lyric (hint – it’s the one on the menu at the bottom) that really stuck with me, particularly one phrase: with our roots become a tree.  A small town, Midwestern woman, I understand planting strong roots.  I have always been incredibly fascinated by the cycle of life, of roots becoming trees, and the interconnectedness of it all.  I am continuously exploring the roots that made me and the roots I hope to put down.  Our roots are our values, our passions, our opinions, and our ways of knowing in this world.  From those roots, we show up as beautiful trees, spreading our seeds through our actions and words.  Our roots becoming trees implies I am always growing and shaping my future self and that every moment, good or bad led me right here, right now.  

My goal is to show up authentically in every moment, every word, even as I meet resistance, and encourage all beliefs as contributing to a better world.

want to connect?

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Check out my collections on Pinterest: Erica Geers Thompson

See what I’m reading on Delicious: ekathleeng

Learn more about my Strengths in my Signature Themes Report and my Strengths Insights Report.

Want to know more about my professional background?  Here’s my resume.

words to live by

Everyone has their favorite quotes, I suppose.  These are the words I come back to, again and again.

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
* Rudyard Kipling *

live with intention.
walk to the edge.
listen hard.
practice wellness.
choose with no regret.
continue to learn.
appreciate your friends.
do what you love.
live as if this is all there is.
*mary anne radmacher*

We are what we imagine ourselves to be.
* N. Scott Momaday *

All acts of kindness are lights in the war for justice.
* Joy Harjo *

I beg you…to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without ever noticing it, live your way into the answer…
* Rainer Maria Rilke *

we write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.
* anais nin *

I don’t know where it all begins
And I don’t know where it all will end
We’re better off for all that we let in.
* All That We Let In, by Indigo Girls *