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Welcome to Be Not Simply Good! My name is Melissa. I live in Minneapolis with my husband and two children.

Henry David Thoreau said, “Be not simply good; be good for something.” I have spent most of my life being good. I generally stay out of trouble and do what is expected of me. I have found that it is possible to be ‘good’ without really striving or growing. My goal, as Thoreau put it, is to be not simply good, but to be good for something.

This blog documents my effort to make good choices as I strive to live a healthy life and positively impact my family and community. I think that making thoughtful choices about the small things can make a big difference. I hope to learn from both my successes and failures. After all, I won’t grow if I don’t try! In sharing my journey, I hope to meet others who are also striving to do their best in life. I hope we will learn from and inspire each other!

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