Jody Kerzman will tell you she’s a professional procrastinator. She claims to be very good at it. What she is too humble to tell you though, is that given her tendency to put things off, she excels at whatever it is she is doing. That’s because she puts her heart into it. You name it– Scrapbooking, re-purposing furniture, projects for her family.
And then there is Inspired Woman magazine. Jody is an extremely talented writer, and she devotes countless hours interviewing, editing, and writing, often late at night when her family is asleep. It is amazing, rewarding work to her. Jody also works as a writer and editor for the National Sunflower Association. She wishes that growing up, she had paid more attention to her dad when he talked about farming! A family of four kids and a hard-working husband keep Jody on the go. Jody and Brad’s kids—teenagers, Lexi and Jake, and Lizzy, 10; Morgan, 8—have many interests and activities, from sports to music. Oh, and then there’s Toby, the chocolate lab. Jody looks forward to family supper with all of them where no phones or TV are allowed, and everyone stays until the meal is finished. It’s a time when she can just take it all in, listening to the conversations. She is darn proud of her kids and loves them more than life itself. With Lexi entering her second semester of college and Jake already talking about graduating high school in 2019, she is deeply inspired by the Nicole Nordemann song, “Slow Down.” It makes her teary-eyed every time she hears it. All that said, Jody does enjoy a little time for herself, which includes watching Netflix. Alone. Jody’s hometown is Bison, South Dakota. Here is something you may not know about this little town: It’s the farthest from a McDonald’s anywhere in the continental U.S. That’s okay, though, because Jody isn’t much a fan of Micky-D’s. She also has no use for recipes—she considers them “suggestions!” And Jody says she has never met a dessert she didn’t like.
“A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met yet.”
It could very well be Marci Narum’s life quote. Marci is a people person, and a natural listener and storyteller. When you visit with Marci, she has a special way of making you feel like you are the most important person in the world. She remembers details about each person she meets, and she’ll tell you that meeting so many great people is the very best part of her job with Inspired Woman. She considers it a tremendous honor to share people’s stories in the magazine. Marci is also a professional speaker. She’s been speaking to crowds since she was a kid on a North Dakota farm. Marci used to practice her speeches for the cows while she did chores. When she wasn’t practicing her speeches, Marci could often be found snitching candy from the cupboard where her mom had it “hidden.” She’s still paying for that, with a mouth full of cavities and crowns. Marci loves popcorn, chocolate, kayaking, biking, thrill rides, baking, and board games. She is married to Jim and they have two adorable, smart and VERY manipulative weiner dogs, Mickey and Sophie.
If you think Inspired Woman magazine is a beautiful magazine, it’s thanks to our super talented designer, Tiahna Kirsch!
Tiahna was born and raised in Bismarck, where she also currently lives and works. She is the Design and Communication Director at Century Baptist Church. When she isn’t being creative and designing something, Tiahna is riding bike, fishing or shopping. She is also diligent about her self-care. Tiahna says it’s worth it to wake up and work out every morning, and squats keep her strong. If we opened her refrigerator, we would find lots of fruits, vegetables, and guacamole. She loves guacamole! Oh, and watermelon is her favorite dessert. She also loves iced coffee. Tiahana and her husband, Shawn, just celebrated their first year of wedded bliss. Tiahna’s greatest blessing is her family and she looks forward to spending time with them every week. We consider her a blessing to Inspired Woman magazine.
This little dynamo is our Inspired Woman Photographer!
Jacy Vogelwede has her own photography business, Photos by Jacy. Check out her work on her Facebook page. She is also a proud member of the North Dakota Air National Guard, where she serves as the Military Personnel Management Officer. Jacy Voglewede hails from Buchanan, North Dakota. She and her husband Jared have two little boys, who Jacy considers her greatest blessings. Jacy loves watching them grow every week, and is fascinated by how quickly they learn. As a family they enjoy camping and fishing, and pretty much anything outdoors, and Jacy is always there with her camera, ready to capture great moments. Jacy admits that when was a kid, she got into trouble for talking too much. She still talks a lot, and for that, we are grateful! She has a lot of great ideas for Inspired Woman magazine!