Meet Madison.

Welcome to Striving for Balance …

I am so happy you’re here!

The Backstory.   I created Striving for Balance for the girl who is working toward being the best version of herself and living her best life on her own terms.  Throughout this blog, I share everything I have learned  that I think you might find valuable, enjoyable, or maybe find a friend!

Who Is Madison?  Hey Y’all, I’m Madison. I launched my lifestyle blog in 2018 with no real direct purpose other than I was lost in life, and decided a blog could help me find myself … which in a weird way, I guess it has. Like me, the blog is always evolving.

If you asked me to describe myself in one word, I’d tell you I’m a hustler. Being a hustler has proved to be helpful in my professional life over the past few years. I won Miss Colorada USA on my 5th try and started a business in the roofing industry. TBH at one point, I thought I was lazy because I hated every job after about 5 months…. turns out I was just in the wrong career. I love cuss words but won’t cuss around anyone older than my parents because of respect and in some weird way, I think I might get my mouth washed out with soap (yep, that’s what my dad used to do and clearly it didn’t work). Also, I HATE to dream, not like daydreaming or goals, but dreaming when you sleep. It’s just not my thing.  I’m an avid oversharer who is hoping that this blog provides you value and a friend.

Again, I’m so happy you’re here!


Madison Dorenkamp

Since starting my blog, a lot has happened in my personal and professional life. I became an aunt for the 4th time to another beautiful little girl, I moved across the country (Pro-tip pack sooner than 1 day before you’re planning on moving FML that was a silly choice, but that’s another story), and I have yet to figure out how to get all of Hartli’s fur our of my car or even off of my black clothes. (Hartli is my 8 year-old husky).