oh HEY!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an intro! Thought I’d give it a spin!

Hey! I’m Kalissa. I’m so excited to meet you.

I’m a self proclaimed self help junkie, registered nurse turned graphic designer, Taylor Swift’s biggest fan, recovering workaholic, and small town mama dreaming of working from home by trying my hand for the millionth time at solo-preneurship.

When I’m not working as an ICU/ER nurse, my hobbies include creative writing, cooking, making a fool of myself in my instagram stories, mountain biking, listening to podcasts, roller skating, and hanging out with my family (and there’s a lot of family to hang out with!)

I’m the youngest of 5 kids, auntie Sa-Sa to 7 nieces and nephews, and my mom is my bestie. We live just across town from each other. Since my Dad passed away from lung cancer in 2019, we see each other at least every day. You may know my mom as Jo from Jo’s Country Junction – that’s right, I’m a second generation blogger. If I’m half as cool as my mom is some day, I think that would be my definition of success.

My co-habitants include my two boys Carver (4) and Gannon (2), a naughty beagle named Betsy, and a husband, Craig who’s probably at the farm or in a tractor.

While The Pink Shoelaces started out as a nursing blog, it has morphed into everything and anything that comes to mind including Friedman Fam happenings, dealing with the loss of my father, new recipes, my struggles with mental health and body image, my favorite products and recommendations and our life in Northeast Iowa!

You can follow me on instagram @kalissageorgia and @thepinkshoelaces.

You can check back here and I post whenever I get to it, about 3-4 times/week.

I’m most active on my Facebook page, here’s a link:

If you’re new here or an ol’ faithful, drop a comment and let me know something fun about you.

Hungry for more? Check out my latest posts!

Have you visited my Etsy Shop Lately? See what’s new!

I design and create a variety of quilting, cross stitching, and graphic tees as well as quilting themed stationery, stickers, notepads, cards, and more! I’d love for you to check it out!



  1. Elle
    January 25, 2021 / 6:12 pm

    Ol faithful. 🙂

    Retired RN-39 years in the operating room. Loved every minute of it even though there were way too many 70 hour weeks! And my true love is Orthopedics 🙂 I am a total fan of my Right knee arthroplasty from 2018 and will likely get my Left one in July! Matched set and back to real life activity instead of old lady slow-mo.

    I started quilting in 1992. I discovered your Mom’s blog at least 15y ago, maybe longer? I also cross-stitch like Jo, love to cook and we probably should be best buds if I didn’t live 2000 miles away 😉

    Happy Monday!

    • thepinkshoelaces
      January 27, 2021 / 12:29 am

      Elle, my good old reliable 🙂 thanks for the intro – you’re one of my favorite comments to read <3

  2. Joyce
    January 25, 2021 / 9:28 pm

    Hi Kalissa, I also found you through your Mum who I have been following for a few years. I love your blogs as they are so relatable, real life. I have little grandsons just a little bit older than your boys, some live on the other side of the world, some nearby. I live at the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand, probably as far away from you as is possible! I love quilting, like Jo, and I love how small the world really is when we can connect with people who become like old friends, even though we have never met. It is mid-summer here now so I love reading about your winter and all the snow.

    Take care

    • thepinkshoelaces
      January 27, 2021 / 12:27 am

      NEW ZEALAND – sounds like a dream come true! I’ve always wanted to go, that’s the ultimate vacation spot! I have a few friends who have gone and said it’s amazing!

      • Joyce
        January 28, 2021 / 8:29 am

        You would be most welcome, once our borders are open again of course!

  3. Susan the Farm Quilter
    January 25, 2021 / 10:20 pm

    When I am home, I live on a farm. The past five years i have been living in my dad’s house, taking care of him until he died last March, now I’m trying to go through everything that was saved in the 40+ years he and my mom (she died in 2011). I have 3 daughters, 3 step-daughters and 1 step-son, who have gifted me with 6 granddaughters and 4 grandsons, ranging in age from 13 to #5 granddaughter was born last week and #6 will be born in February! Started quilting in 2008 and within 9 months I ordered my longarm – my favorite part of quilting! I love to travel, driving to see my kiddos all over (currently OK, TX, GA/Korea (Army daughter), ID and WA. Flying to visit friends in Australia and England (just because I can’t drive to those!). When I’m home, I’m a hermit with my husband, horse and longarm. Retired special education teacher who paid cash for my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees by umpiring slow-pitch softball!! I still love umpiring softball and miss it, as everything is closed down because of COVID.

    • thepinkshoelaces
      January 27, 2021 / 12:44 am

      Oh my gosh! Thanks so much for sharing Susan! I didn’t know you liked umping! I remember you were your father’s caregiver. I hope you can get back on the field this summer!

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