This week's 21 Things You Might Not Know About Me features Michelle Carlson. Most days you can find Michelle at the Dock Coffee behind the counter smiling, laughing w/ customers and just enjoying life.  

  1. I am a coffee nerd.. oh, wait, you already know that. I am a certified barista through the International Association of Specialty Coffee. I took both a written exam and a hands-on test in front of a team of judges. Cool, huh?! So, I am a certified coffee nerd!
  2. I graduated from Spooner High School in ’99; we took Prince’s song very seriously.
  3. Although I grew up in Spooner, I lived out west for most of my adult life. I spent most of my time in Eugene, OR, however, you could also find me in northern California, Missoula, Montana, and locations all around the Pacific Northwest, exploring the wild places and meeting wild people.
  4. I have two intelligent, beautiful and sassy daughters. Veda will be turning nine this week and Avani is four. You will be able to tell the difference between them, if not by their size, by the fact that Veda will be hiding behind me and Avani will be yelling in excitement from across the room.
  5. I have spent much of the last 15 years studying various forms of natural healing. Most of my study was centered around Reiki, nutrition, holistic health, herbal medicine and meditation.
  6. I have lived in some outside-of-the-box places: on top of a mountain with no running water, in a yurt in the woods with a community of hippies (yes, some were naked), and in the loft of a Raja Yoga meditation center where we would host traveling Hindu grandmothers.
  7. I am a certified Holistic Doula and studied as an apprentice with a couple of amazing midwives. There is nothing like being present when a baby is being born. I chose not to continue my studies because, as it turns out, you’re on call for, like, every day of your life!
  8. I owned an herb shop in Duluth above the Electric Fetus.
  9. I am currently working towards my Master Herbalist Certification and hope to become a practicing herbalist to serve my family and my community.
  10. Some of my favorite things to do are bike, hike, travel, cook, dance and be with my littles.
  11. On a beautiful, sunny day, you may drive by my house and see me outside, barefoot, having a wild dance party in my yard… all by myself. I have friends.
  12. I enjoy splitting wood on a crisp fall day in my yoga pants.
  13. I am a fiber artist. I work mostly with natural fibers: felting, knitting, crocheting, spinning and dying. I especially love working with natural dyes and often shout from the trail or the car window all of the plants in the ditch that we pass that can be used for dyes. It is not frightening or annoying.
  14. I spent 11 years of my life as a vegetarian, and three of those years as a vegan… then I rediscovered bacon.
  15. I had dreadlocks down to my butt. I grew them for seven years. I’m still convinced that is the only hairstyle that will last me longer than six months.
  16. I speak French. I am teaching the girls. So far, they know very little, but apparently enough to make fun of their grandma’s terrible accent.. typical.
  17. I daydream about spending my winters at my country villa in Provence where I grow all of my own dye plants, medicinal herbs and veggies, have goats, chickens and dogs and my neighbors exchange me my goods for their wine. 
  18. I have always been rebellious. Questioning (and disregarding) authority, rules and social norms is an inherent part of who I am. If something isn’t right, speak up. If you’re not happy, change it. That being said…
  19. I was arrested at a peace rally; it was expensive.
  20. The North Shore of Lake Superior is one of my favorite places on the planet. If it weren’t so cliché, I would totally get a tattoo of Lake Superior on my forearm.
  21. I’ve learned most about myself by taking risks and making mistakes.. I highly recommend it.

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