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contents 01.11

12 contirbutor

50 spirits

18 Inspiration

56 Fitness

20 Humor

60 Fitness

ashley erickson My Surprising Resolutions

It’s Weighing on Me

24 Fashion

yoga essentials


26 Home DÉcor

Design Tips for 2011

28 Pets

Doggie Bootcamp

32 glow

Workout Beauty: Let’s get physical

36 Fitness

Cycling 101

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40 AW Kitchen

Resolute Recipes

42 Etiquette

Civility is still in style, even in the gym

46 Worth

new year’s financial goals

skinny cocktails Reveal yourself with revelation fitness Get back to nature in the new year

71 WOW!

A Giving Life

76 Health

You’re never too old to get your groove on

80 Entertaining

Winter Warmer Party

84 sustenance thai fresh!

88 uncorked

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92 News

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94 AW Happenings 96 Calendar 98 Horoscope


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Ashley Erickson is the Texas regional editor for Competitor magazine, a staff writer for The Austin Times and spends her free time freelancing, tweeting as @aaericks and training with Rogue Running. She is also the sales operations specialist at Pervasive Software. Ashley moved to Austin from Southern California two years ago, and is almost fully adjusted to her new life as a Texan. This month’s issue features her second article for austinwoman and she loves the community of strong women she is discovering in Austin. What surprised you about your story on Revelation Fitness? Any “revelations?” (Please pardon the pun.) I realized I am a lot more out of shape than I thought! I had heard of Revelation Fitness before and have a few coworkers at Pervasive who went through the program, but I was surprised at just how detailed the program really is. I am glad I got to do the orientation and a workout to see just how hard their clients work – and how much it pays off. The level of care that trainers put into each client’s progress inspired me to put that same level of care into my own fitness routine. What are your fitness goals and New Year’s resolutions for 2011? I just started the ZOOMA Half Marathon training group at Rogue Running, so my main fitness goal for 2011 is to keep up with the group and finish the Half Marathon next April here in Austin. After that? My goal is to keep up my running once I am not in a structured group. Any tips on how to make them stick throughout the year? How do you ensure exercise and fitness are a part of your daily life? (I see your running tweets and they inspire me!) Training groups are a great way to keep motivated. Austin is such an active city, if you don’t have time to join a group, find a running buddy. Having someone out there going through the sweat and miles with you definitely keeps you on your game. The hardest part is getting out there – once you start moving your feet and feel your progress – it becomes easy!

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fitness + fresh starts section

18 Inspiration

My Surprising Resolutions

20 Humor

It’s Weighing on Me

24 Fashion 26 Home DÉcor


Design Tips for 2011

28 Pets

Doggie Bootcamp

32 glow

Workout Beauty: Let’s get physical

36 Fitness

Cycling 101

40 AW Kitchen

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42 Etiquette

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46 Worth

new year’s financial goals

50 spirits

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56 Fitness

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60 Fitness

Get back to nature in the new year

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My Surprising Resolutions M

B Y S u s i e D av i s

y New Year’s resolutions surfaced in early December. And it wasn’t some dreamy list I created early one morning over a cup of coffee. My New Year’s resolutions popped up unexpectedly. Forcefully. It happened right in the middle of doing “December” things: Shopping, decorating and baking. Busy girl. Working hard to get my obligatory holiday madness accomplished alongside a brand new, full-time job. In late November, I was hired as the community affairs director at Spirit 105.9 FM. Great people. Great mission. Great job. But guess what? Things weren’t working out so great for me at home. Coming home after dark to a cold house and a hungry family was a ginormous pile of mother guilt that I had never experienced before. It stressed me out. A lot. I kept thinking of my youngest, Sara, coming home to an empty house. And my weary husband coming home to a teary, torn wife. So we sat down and talked about options. And then I did something kinda crazy. I walked in on Day Four of my full-time job and asked my boss if perhaps, maybe … he would consider taking my position parttime. He was surprised. Startled. He asked why. This is what I told him: “I know this is a surprise to you. And honestly, it’s a surprise to me too. But I realize that I’m not able to be the mom and wife I want to be working 40 hours a week. I see now that I need to be home when Sara gets home from school. I know she’s 17 and she can drive and let

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herself in the door – but my priority is to be home for her. Because I only have a-year-anda-half left before she leaves for college. So, I want to be home. And I need to be home. For her and for my husband. I didn’t know when I started this job how it would work – and how I would feel. But my priorities are mixed-up right now. I’m not spending the time needed on my most important priorities. So, I am seeking a change. And I am truly sorry that I am probably upsetting your expectation. I really hate that. But … my family comes first so I need to re-think my time. To undo and redo my schedule. Please know I respect your decision – whatever it is – after this conversation. But I was wondering if there’s any way this position could move to part time – instead of full-time – I know that it would work better for me. And my family.” And do you know what my boss said (after the shock and surprise was gone and he had 24 hours to think it through)? He said, “Yes.” Amazing but true. That situation got me to thinking. No matter how hard and scary it might be – and no matter what you think you’ve got to lose – you’ve got to do the thing that sits well with your soul. And with

the people that you love the most. Because at the end of the day, all you’ve got to spend on your family is your time. The other stuff you buy them – all that glitzy Christmas stuff? It won’t matter in the long run. It probably doesn’t even mean much now. And it made me realize the best resolutions we make are not the dreamy, pie-inthe-sky resolutions that we never end up keeping; rather, they are the problems that startle us unexpectedly and challenge our priorities. So my New Year’s Resolution is simply to put the people I love first. To spend time on them. It is the one resolution I’m likely to love keeping.

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It’s Weighing on Me b y W e n d i A a r o n s


ast week, I got a letter in the mail from a weight loss company. I don’t want to say which one exactly, so let’s just call them “Schweight Schwatchers.” The letter talked about taking care of your health in the New Year, or something ridiculous like that, and on the top of the page was a huge, blue headline that screamed, “We Want You Back!” “Well, okay,” I thought, while I shoved a cream cheese-covered bagel in my mouth with one hand and held the letter in the other. “But was I ever there in the first place?” A few minutes later, as I washed down my morning kolaches with a jug of half-and-half, I remembered: “Yes, I did, in fact, join Schweight Schwatchers once!” It was two-or-three years ago, and I signed up for a free, one-week trial after a rather naughty weekend I spent in a downtown hotel room with a case of Girl Scout cookies. Only, if memory served, the free trial didn’t go so well because I blew all of the points I was allotted for the entire week in a single day by inhaling a box of Krispy Kremes and a pitcher of

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margaritas. (Although, in all fairness, I actually did lose weight that week because I had a raging stomachache for the next six days and could only eat peanut butter and watermelon slices while sprawled on the couch. Which I think might actually be the South Beach Diet.) Because the letter’s message about eating healthy intrigued me, I put it in my purse and carried it around with me all day. At lunchtime, I pulled it out while I went through the McDonald’s drive-thru and reread it as I demolished a big bag of trans fat and sodium. At dinner, I laid it on the table and tried to not get any deep-dish pizza grease or chocolate milkshake on it. But by the time my French pastry dessert cart rolled around, I was even more confused. “Why is Schweight Schwatchers after me now?” I wondered, as I put in an exercise DVD and sat in the recliner to watch it while gobbling popcorn. Is it because when I recently vacationed in Hawaii, I only ate pork with a side of pork? Is it because whenever we drive past my gym, my husband says, “Someday you

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I looked at the letter a few more times while enjoying my before -bedtime snack of Pinot Grigio and Fettuccine Alfredo, and then finally put it in the recycling bin.

should actually go see what it looks like on the inside?” Or maybe it was because last week I almost had to call the fire department and have them bring over the Jaws of Life to get me out of my ill-advised jeggings outfit. It could be anything, really. But all that said, how exactly did Schweight Schwatchers know that I need to come back? I mean, they have no idea if I’m a size 6 or a size 16, right? So did they enlist spies to obtain undercover videotape of me ordering the Fatass Enchilada Plate at Rosie’s Tamale House? Or maybe they’ve been secretly monitoring my grocery store purchases. Or maybe, and this is even more disturbing, this was some kind of Cellulite

Intervention! Maybe someone turned me in after seeing me try to pull off the jodhpur look last fall. Or after watching me get stuck in one of those tiny, medieval chairs in the kindergarten room. OMG, does Schweight Schwatchers have a 1-800-Fat-Stoppers hotline for informants? But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the reason Schweight Schwatchers contacted me was probably just because they had me on their mailing list. They can’t actually see me, so they don’t know that I’m in good shape or that, all kidding aside, I actually eat a healthy, low-fat diet most of the time. No, they just assumed that I want to lose weight because every

single woman in America in the month of January wants to lose weight. At least the ones in my Brie-of-the-Month club do. I looked at the letter a few more times while enjoying my before-bedtime snack of Pinot Grigio and fettuccine alfredo, and then finally put it in the recycling bin. While I appreciated the message Schweight Schwatchers was selling, and would maybe take them up on their oh-so-flattering suggestion to rejoin them at some point in the future, today wasn’t going to be that day. Nope. No way. Not while I had cheesecake in the refrigerator.

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These simple and inexpensive ideas can serve to freshen-up your home in the new year without breaking the bank.

To do’s Back to nature: It’s 2011 now, and recycling old pieces is a good way to save money and be eco-conscious. Reclaimed wood can make a great side table.

Wooden walls Using recycled wood from old barns or trees in clean lines as a wall covering is chic and sustainable. Keep wood all the same color palette for a subdued modern feel or mix it up with painted pieces to make it more eclectic.

Go green Mix and match succulents and herbs on your windowsill for a bit of green in your kitchen. They don’t need much water and herbs can be used in many dishes.

For all those 2011 To Do’s, create an idea wall. Instead of buying new stationery or a giant calendar, paint a wall with chalkboard paint. It’s inexpensive and inspirational. Jot your To Do’s and dreams on the wall as you run out the door.

Happy drawers Lining your drawers is a simple way to feel clean and organized. Instead of purchasing paper that is impossible to stick on straight, try double-sided tape and upside-down, leftover wrapping paper.

Sweet stones Whether it is collecting river rocks and putting them in a jar or creating a limestone countertop for your kitchen, the subtle neutrals of stone will give your home a natural and modern feel.

Get organized Making art Brown paper bags from the grocery store can turn into a blank canvas. Add some paint or make a collage and you have reused and rethought your art.

Clever catchall Collect papers, shoes, umbrellas or diaper bags in a clever catchall by your back door. An old rattan hamper could easily fit the bill.

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Recycle old baskets or locker bins and hang them on your wall for unique and functional shelving. Mixing different sizes and patterns makes for fun wall décor, or a line of locker baskets keeps it understated and clean.

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It ’s important to note that the class is not a dog training class . Some tips will be offered but the main focus will be getting you and your pet in shape.

spirit experience. And I strongly recommend it to anyone. FitDog Austin is run by Vickie Menchhofer who brings over 23 years of experience in exercise instruction. She’s a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer. At her FitDog bootcamp classes, Vickie and her dog Lexi make sure that you and your doggie fit in, get fit and have a fun, high-energy workout. You also get the uber-cool bonus that you and your dog get to work as a team throughout the class! Not only do you get a real workout, you and your pet experience an altogether different kind of challenge. Menchhofer started this program with the stated mission of, “Increasing the wellness of people and their dogs while enhancing the human-dog bond through education, fitness, and fun.” Structure varies from classto-class, but will always include a variety of exercises that alternate between cardio and muscular activities. In a typical class, you can expect aerobic exercises like walking, running or sprinting, which challenge the heart and lungs; agility and speed work, which are trained in different ways using cones, ladders and hurdles; muscular endurance with weights; and also functional training to improve tone and balance. You’ll increase body stability, core strength and flexibility – and learn stretches to help your dog. And, besides the physical part, a great added benefit is the connection you make with your pet, and the socialization that being in a program with other dogs allows for him or her. Class sizes vary but would on average be a maximum of 10 human/dog teams. If it grows bigger, a second instructor will be added to the class. So attention to you and your furry mate is very personal. Anybody can attend classes anytime, all ages and fitness levels are welcome and modifications for exercises are shown so that levels from beginners to advanced will get a customized

workout. However, there are some requirements that everyone needs to follow. Your doggie needs to be older than four months and have all his or her shots current. She or he should be a well-behaved dog and know basic commands like “sit,” “stay,” “down,” “come” and, of course, be able to walk on a leash and wear a collar. You should also bring along treats and toys for rewards and water to keep your pup hydrated. It’s important to note that the class is not a dog training class. Some tips will be offered, but the main focus will be getting you and your pet in shape. As for the human requirements, bring along some hand weights, a mat, a towel and a bottle of H20. The first class is always free and Menchhofer holds classes at three different locations: Zilker Park, Bull Creek District Park and Brushy Creek Sports Park in Cedar Park. Check the schedule so you won’t have trouble finding one that fits your needs. FitDog offers very affordable class packages too. If you purchase a one-class pass it will be $15, five classes for $70 and 10 classes for $130. If none of the locations or scheduled times work for you, Menchhofer can always come to meet you at a place of your choosing for a personal training session with your dog. Menchhofer is also certified in canine massage, so after a long week of training, you can purchase a massage session for your dog for $40 and Vickie can provide dog body work in your home. Taking care of both you and your dog’s health can be a mutually rewarding experience – and it can happen at the same time, thanks to FitDog. To register, just go to the FitDog website at, fill out a questionnaire, select the class option that better suits your schedule and make payment either online or when you show up to class. Have a fun and healthy 2011! MORE INFO

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Workout Beauty: Let’s Get Physical

b y A n d r e a Cl a i r e

Working out after you’ve rung it in? Ringing in the New Year means time to start checking off your resolution list. Working out tends to be in the Top 10 of what we add to our routines come January 1st, but just because you are sweatin’ to the oldies doesn’t mean you have to look like them. Generally one does not necessarily pair makeup and working out together, but we are very busy women these days and while you may not be going to the gym with a full-face (à la a bad ‘80s workout video); there are very few of us who want to venture out completely barefaced, especially when we are often running from the gym to meetings, errands, school events – the list goes on. It’s easy to look chic and sporty with a sheer makeup that stays put. Start by balancing out your skin tone with a breathable, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores) tinted moisturizer that stays put while you trot on the treadmill.

“Though I wouldn’t recom-

Excess sebum can be con-

mend going to the gym with a

trolled by a light dusting of pow-

full face of makeup on, you still

der formulated for keeping your

want to look your best without

glisten a glow. Jouer Essential

looking like you tried too hard.

Matte Touch, a translucent botanical

Apply EyePrep FX Eye Primer to

mattifier can be used where needed,

nourish and hydrate that delicate

under makeup or alone, to absorb ex-

skin around the eye area, then a

cess oil. It purifies skin with willow

small amount of SkinTint FX to

bark extract and calms irritation

even out skin and give it a healthy

with antioxidants, while firm-

glow with liquid minerals. The

ing and moisturizing with

best part is that it’s waterproof and sweatproof, so you don’t have to worry about it streaking down your face.” – Wanda Longo, CoverFX

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Also try local favorite Rae Cosmetics Climate Control Mineral Tint - SPF 20. With ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, it’s naturally water resistant and a natural, chemical-free sunscreen. Ginkgo biloba, chamomile and vitamins A, C and E protect, and moisturize. Apply with a foundation brush for an air-brushed look that evens out skin tone.

“Rae Cosmetics are long lasting and look great even after gruelling competition. The products are not only good for your skin, they stay on and you don’t have to worry about constantly reapplying. It’s perfect for any woman who gets out there every day and gives it her

If your trainer doesn’t make you blush, add a slight hint of a cheek tint that stays put or a mineral blusher. Mineral makeup reacts beautifully with natural oils of the skin as it has a base that naturally absorbs your oils well, maintaining a fresh and radiant glow to the skin, whereas cheek tint tends to be sheer but will not budge. Try Fred Farrugia Blush Crème.

all.” – Desiree Ficker (Champion Triathlete)

For diehard eye shadow wear, opt for

Regular kohl eyeliners can bleed and

cream shadows which set on the eyelid

smudge, so look for a liner that is longwearing,

and will not fade during your workout. Try

transfer and fade-proof. Try Stila Smudge Stick

Urban Decay Cream Shadow in Asphalt or

Waterproof Eye Liner, a new liner that is all

Rehab, a gel-based formula features sili-

this and waterproof! Formulated with a high

cone technology, allowing time to blend,

content of volatile silicones and modern wax

correct and smudge. Once dry, shadow is

oil combinations, it is wearable and comfort-

light and as flexible as your own skin,

able. Apply to both upper and lower waterline

which means no caking or flaking!

and lashline for an intense focus on the eye.

Mascaras can break down with workouts, leaving you with raccoon eyes,





Choose waterproof or smudge-proof mascara or why not try lash tinting? Lash tint is a vegetable-based dye that colors your lashes, eliminating the need for mascara and even acts as a great primer for layering on mascara for a more dramatic effect. Try Rae Cosmetics Silk Mascara or check out for lash tinting services.

Refresh your makeup and your skin with a post-workout spray that relaxes tired, sensitized skin, as well as hydrates, evening out the skin’s porosity (this is the texture and the rate to which your skin absorbs moisturizer). Spritz with a toner and pat into the skin. You can also spray pre-workout as it provides long lasting hydration and moisture retention on the skin. Try Dermalogica’s Antioxidant HydraMist.

Tip: Keep the January issue handy in September, as these tips and products can double as your scorching summer heat go-to beauty guide! These products are recommended for workout-proof beauty, but will also do double-duty as you are standing outside your car when it’s just too darn hot to get in!

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Cycling 101

New Year’s Resolution? Ride Like a Girl! b y S u s a n Fa r a g o

They are on the Austin roadways – groups of people wearing all forms of brightly-colored spandex pedaling their way up and down the hills of 360, riding the Mansfield Dam Loop through Bee Caves and Lakeway, or pushing through the flat-but-always-windy stretches along Parmer Lane. Austin’s cycling community continues to grow and grow and with great riding weather year ‘round, beginner-friendly bike shops, and many supported group ride events, who wouldn’t want to get out and ride? In April 2010, ranked Austin 11th in their Top 20 list of the Most Bike-

Q: What do I need to start riding?

Q: Are there woman-specific bikes?

Friendly Cities in the U.S. based on criteria

A: The only necessary items include

A: Yes. While most bikes are designed

such as number of bike lanes, bike boule-

a bike and helmet. There are a variety of

around men’s proportions, there are a

vards, diverse bike culture and having

bicycle types including: road bike, triath-

few bike manufacturers designing wom-

"smart, savvy bike shops." Local bike shops

lon bike and mountain bike. Decide how

en-specific frames. Women, on average,

promote a cycling lifestyle through events

and where you want to ride and that will

have shorter torsos, shorter arms, nar-

such as Bike Month in May, cycling partner-

determine the type of bike to purchase.

rower shoulders, wider hips and longer

ships with the community and motorists

As for helmets, make sure the helmet is

legs than a man of the same height. All

through the Be Kind to Cyclists organiza-

ANSI or SNELL approved, that it fits your

these factors affect bike fit. The good

tion, and bike safety education offered by

head and is adjustable. “Nice to have”

news is that once the ideal bike frame

local bike advocacy groups. However, while

gear includes padded cycling pants

size is determined, many of these factors

the health, social and environmental bene-

(your butt will thank you), cycling gloves,

can be accounted for in adjustments to

fits to cycling in Austin are fantastic, the

sunglasses, water bottle and even bike-

the handlebars, stem, seat and seat post,

risks are very real. Between 2000 and 2004,

specific shoes and pedals.

so a woman-specific frame is not neces-

the national cyclist death rate ranged between 693 - 732 cyclists annually and 89% of the deaths were male.

Q: How much does a bike and helmet cost?

sarily required. Woman-specific seats, however, are a different matter. Ensure

A: Depending on the bike type, a new,

the seat fits properly against your pelvic

While there is inherent risk in every ac-

entry-level bike can start as low as $600

(butt) and coccyx (crotch) bones. While

tivity, being a smart and educated cyclist is

and used bikes might be even cheaper.

some time will be necessary to

the first step in having the benefits far out-

An approved ANSI or SNELL helmet

“toughen up your crotch,” the bike

weigh the risks. Here’s how to get started!

costs around $40.

seat should not be uncomfortable.

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A bike fit is sort of like a bra fit – it takes awhile (up to 90 minutes in some cases) but is so worth it. The process of finding the perfect bike seat

between comfort, power and aerodynam-

can be difficult, but talk to other female cy-

ics. If you are new to riding, several fit ses-

clists and find someone with your similar

sions may be necessary to get everything

build and see what seat they use. Most

dialed in perfectly.

shops will also let you “try before you buy.” Q: What are the important factors to look for in a bike?

Q: Do I need to know how to change a flat tire? A: Yes. Part of cycling is becoming somewhat self-sufficient. This includes knowing

Q: I am not a very fast rider. Is that OK?

how to change a flat tire. It is an easy process and many bike shops will take the time to

A: If your goal is to get fast, then you have

show you how it’s done. Q: What if I’m not sure I will

A: When shopping for a bike, the biggest

to ride fast. If your goal is to enjoy the cycling

factor is that the bike frame fits properly.

experience and you don’t care about speed,

Like clothing, bicycles come in a variety of

then just enjoy the ride! To get the most out of

A: Keep your initial investment dollars

sizes and these vary among manufacturers.

your riding goals, find like-minded riders who

low. After a year or so, you can decide to up-

Some are sized by the length of the top tube

will push you or simply enjoy the scenery.

grade your gear or sell it for close to your in-

like cycling?

(in centimeters), while others come in small,

Q: I’m afraid to ride on the

medium and large frames. Wheels also come

roads with traffic. What do I do?

in a variety of sizes comprised of 650cc (typi-

A: Start by riding in low traffic areas like

cally for people 5’5” or shorter) or 700cc (5’6”

a neighborhood to build confidence and

A: There are plenty of offerings for more ex-

or taller). So for example, if a person is 5’9”

skills. Then progress to supported “no-drop”

perienced cyclists including: The Driveway Se-

with an inseam length of 35”, a bike fit may

rides to become familiar with riding on dif-

ries races (they offer a Ladies Night), “drop”

consist of a 55 centimeter frame with 700cc

ferent roads and with other cyclists. When

group rides that are geared for faster riding, and

wheels. A good bike shop will offer to mea-

venturing out into traffic, pick routes with

cycling teams in and around Austin. USA Cy-

sure your height and inseam (distance be-

wide shoulders to allow plenty of room be-

cling offers a wide variety of racing opportuni-

tween the ground and your crotch) when

tween you and the vehicles. Other tips in-

ties and requires an annual cycling license.

determining the ideal frame size. Size aside,


other factors include frame material (e.g. alu-

make your movements predictable (don’t

The process of buying a bicycle and get-

minum, carbon fiber, titanium), components

weave unexpectedly into traffic), and use

ting into the Austin cycling scene can be over-

(e.g. the crank arms, shifter levers, brakes,

hand/arm motions to signal turns. Bicycle

whelming, but all you need is a bike that fits

front and rear gears), and component weight

safety classes are always a great way to

well and other riders to enjoy the experience.

(the heavier the bike, the more effort it will

learn skills and to learn how to handle any

Susan B. Anthony had it right when she said,

take to move it). Lighter bikes are typically

situations that arise.

more expensive. Q: What is a “bike fit” and do I need one?



Q: Are there bicycle-specific laws? A: Cycling laws can vary by state and even be specific to cities within a state. For

takes awhile (up to 90 minutes in some cas-

a complete listing of Austin-specific laws,

es) but is so worth it. Because there are so


goal of a bike fit is a comfortable and effi-

Q: Where can I find beginnerfriendly group rides?

cient ride. Key bike fit areas include the

A: Look for “no drop” rides offered by

three contact points the body has with the

many local bike shops. The Austin Cycling

bike: the feet, seat and hands. Each can be

Association offers ongoing “no drop” rides at:

adjusted up or down, forwards or back- and Texas-wide rides at:

wards with the goal of ideal arrangement

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Q: How do I take my cycling to the next level?


A: A bike fit is sort of like a bra fit – it

many components to adjust on a bike, the

vestment cost.

“Bicycling has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world (1896).” So whatever your cycling goals are, whether to join those colorful groups of cyclists out on the Austin roads or take your cycling to the next level, make cycling a lifestyle and enjoy all the freedom it affords.

Reference: 1 Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 2000-2004. To contact Susan Farago Austin based multi-sport fitness coach, ultra endurance athlete, and writer, go to

Additional Resources Beginner-Friendly Group Rides: • Austin Cycling Association • Austin Flyer’s Women’s Cycling Club Race-Oriented Rides: • Austin Tricyclist – • USA Cycling Organization • Texas Bicycle Racing Association • The Driveway Series (Weekly Ladies Night: April – September) Austin-Based Bike Shops + Rides: • Nelo’s Bicycles – • Jack & Adam’s – • University Cyclery – • Bicycle Sport Shop – • Mellow Johnny’s – (free “Women’s Bike Maintenance” course) • REI – (a great general refund policy, confirm all bicycle components are included in policy before purchase) Cycling Organizations + Educational Resources: Austin on Two Wheels – The Center for Cycling Education – Austin Cycling Association – Be Kind to Cyclist Advocacy – City of Austin Bicycle Program – Woman-Specific Cycling Gear + Bike Frames: Orbea – Specialized – Cannondale – Terry Bicycles – Giant Bicycles – Team Estrogen –

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B Y l e i g h a dd i n gto n shed those holiday pounds with these two great lo-cal recipes. perfect as a pre-workout snack.

cranberry-orange granola ingredients: 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1/3 cup chopped walnuts 1/4 cup slivered almonds 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 1 tsp grated fresh orange rind 1/2 cup fresh orange juice 1 tsp vanilla extract 2/3 cup sweetened, dried cranberries (such as Craisins)

method: 1. Preheat oven to 300°. 2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl. 3. Combine maple syrup and next three ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat about 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla. 4. Pour syrup mixture over oat mixture, stirring until oats are coated. Spread oat mixture evenly in a thin layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 20 minutes; add cranberries, and stir gently. Bake an additional 40 minutes, stirring halfway through. 5. Remove from oven, and cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Yield: 8 (1/2-cup) servings Nutrition Analysis: Calories: 255 Fat: 6.7g Saturated Fat: 0.7g Protein: 4.7g Fiber: 3.8g Carbohydrates: 46.0g Sugar: 26.7g Cholesterol: 0mg Iron: 1.7mg Sodium: 124.1mg Calcium: 32.2mg

banana-peanut butter smoothie ingredients: 1 banana, sliced 1 (6-oz) vanilla light yogurt (such as Dannon Light & Fit) 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter 1 cup light soy milk 1 tbsp honey 3-4 ice cubes

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method: Nutrition Analysis: 1. Place banana slices in Calories: 274 freezer, and freeze until solid. Fat: 9.0g 2. Combine banana, yogurt Saturated Fat: 1.5g and remaining ingredients in Protein: 9.5g blender. Process until smooth. Fiber: 3.0g Serve immediately. Carbohydrates: 41.5 g Sugar: 30.5g Yield: Cholesterol: 2.5mg 2 (1 1/4-cup) servings Iron: 1.0mg Sodium: 157.5mg Calcium: 115.5mg

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Fitness Etiquette Civility is Still in Style, Even in the Gym! b y S h a r o n S c h w e i t z e r


ow that the holidays are over, you

taking a return to the gym after a long ab-

may find yourself among the stam-

sence for a variety of reasons.

Fragrance Be sure to wear antiperspirant. Avoid

pede of resolution-keepers getting

Whether you are an exercise novice or fit-

perfume and heavy make-up while working

back in shape! The exercise and fitness com-

ness buff, you want to avoid a gym faux pas!

out. If a fellow exerciser’s fragrance is over-

munity has many stated and unstated rules

The following tips may ease your fresh start

whelming, visit with the front desk, email

of etiquette. For example, swimmers coexist

to fitness and make it just that much more

the club or slip a note in the suggestion box.

in close proximity in lap lanes, pacing and

enjoyable to work out for both you and your

And arrive clean, not covered in mulch from

passing smoothly without saying a word. Cy-

fellow gym members. Here are some fitness


clists in our beautiful Hill Country not only

etiquette guidelines for 2011: Facility Layout

maneuver among cars, they also share the road with each other – communicating with words and gestures that are as much a part of their community as their bikes and helmets.

Appropriate Athletic Attire

Before your first workout, go exploring!

Be sure your athletic attire covers what

Returning to the gym? Learn the layout to

needs to be covered and fits properly. Certain

increase your self-confidence and create

So why has so much been written in re-

cardio, strength and Pilates exercises require

mental energy. Walk around like one of the

cent years about the challenges of etiquette

work on a bike, bench or the floor. Be sure that

‘regulars’ who knows the answers to the

in our fitness facilities? We have all had expe-

bottoms are not so loose as to be revealing

following questions: day care options, ser-

riences we have gone home and talked about,

when you are bending over or prone. Wear a

vices offered, hours most crowded,

from overly-friendly gym-mates to embarrass-

proper sports bra and clean athletic shoes.

location of towel and antibacterial

ing perspirational moments. Even personal

Learn the fitness facility boundaries for sport-

wipes, water and restrooms.

trainers admit it can be intimidating under-

specific athletic shoes (such as spin shoes).

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Introductory session

how well you are doing with your workout or

if you wish to “work in.” Return equipment

Be honest and ask yourself if you know

diet. Only share if others inquire. Arrive on

such as Bosu balls and mats; untie rubber

what you are doing. If you are unsure about

time to group fitness classes; if you must de-

bands; unload weight bars and re-rack free

the equipment or how to get started, one of

part early, stay in the back.

weights. Leaving weights on the floor is unsafe

the best things you can do is hire a personal trainer for a few sessions at first. Do not feel

and may cause others to trip. Limit exercise on Mirrors

cardio equipment to 30 minutes during peak

obligated to sign-up for a year of classes.

During an exercise, people watch them-

hours. Turn off any electrical equipment that

Keep in mind that the vast majority of per-

selves to monitor form and execution. If a

you have used such as the elliptical TV, lights

sonal trainers do not offer free sessions.

weight or machine is in front of someone per-

in the BMI room or portable fans.

forming a set; it is polite to wait for them to Noise

finish. Avoid primping, hair design and

Locker Room

Remember the goal is to focus on the

preening in front of the mirrors as others ob-

Remember, this is shared space for a large

workout without distractions. Keep your

serve this behavior, and you do not want to

number of people. Avoid placing your items

headphones and personal music tuned to an

be ‘that person.’

all over the bench provided for sitting to

acceptable level so you may enjoy the music

change. Place clothing directly in the locker.

solo. People focusing on their routines do not

Perspiration &

Be sure your cell phone is turned off or to “si-

appreciate singing, karaoke, personal cell

Anti-bacterial Wipes

lent” when placed in the locker. Remember to

phone conversations or loud discussions in

Please wipe the equipment before you sit

clean make-up from the counter. Refrain from

the fitness facility. Use your inside voice at all

down, and be sure to wipe down the machine

walking around naked; the majority of people


when you finish, regardless of whether you

feel a little uncomfortable being so close to

perspired. Many fitness facilities provide anti-

someone who is baring it all!

Respect The only person who should correct another’s form is a personal trainer or a gym

bacterial wipes or towels to wipe the machines when finished. This includes the spin bike at the end of spin class!

employee. Working out is a great place to meet people; however it is not a singles club.

Observing these etiquette tips in the gym will help with your fresh start to fitness in 2011 and give you the confidence you need to


focus on your workout. They will also help

If you wish to mingle, wait for a cue (eye con-

Cooperation is the key here. While resting

ensure that the next round of stories people

tact) to strike up a conversation at the hydra-

between sets, do not stay on the machine. Al-

come home with from the gym will not be

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AW: Why “The Blonde Leading The Blonde?” JG+SS: The short answer is that we enjoy conducting training together – our sessions are different than what you might expect from etiquette training. Our clients confirm that our messages come across both clearly and memorably. We like to attribute a small measure of our success to our shared K o r e y H o w e D a n R o g

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“unique zest for life” but we must admit, some have attributed it to our hair color! A longer response has a lot to do with our complementary backgrounds. Both of us are daughters of military officers, and graduates of the Protocol School of Washington. We are

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Meet Your New Year's Financial Goals with a Budget b y S . K ay B e ll

Do you always break your perennial January 1st fiscal resolutions? Keep your word in 2011, and beyond, by creating and sticking to a budget. Is one of your New Year's Resolutions to get your financial house in order? You're not alone. It's one of the perennial promises made each January 1st. But by January 31st, too many of us abandon this worthwhile goal. There is, however, a proven way to ensure you do a better job with your money in 2011 and beyond. Create a budget. To many people, the word budget is just another way of saying "you can't have it." But a budget actually is a way to get what you want, as long as you understand that financial choices must be made and you make those decisions wisely. What Exactly is a Budget? In its most basic form, a budget is an organized, systematic method to determine how much money you have coming in, how much money you have going out and how to reconcile the two. But a budget is more than simply tracking financial transactions. It is an important tool to help you achieve a wide range of financial goals. Your immediate goal should be to live within your means. A budget will help you identify unnecessary spending that is causing you to end up with little or no money at the end of each pay period. In the longer term, a budget can help you move beyond day-to-day finances and achieve important goals such as saving for a new car, home, your children’s educations and your retirement. Creating Your Financial Map Think of a budget as a road map that will guide you through your financial life, helping you avoid potholes or overcome roadblocks that could send you careening into a financial ditch. Some basic budgeting tools ones are free and available online. Others are more elaborate and entail some fee, such as budgeting services included by some paid financial advisors.

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If your bottom line is positive, your income is sufficient to meet your needs . But are your expenses where they should be? Maybe you’re spending excessively on clothing, while making only minimum loan payments that are accruing interest charges every month. You can get a good idea of where you

Consider going beyond this framework.

If your bottom line is positive, your in-

stand financially by creating your own

The more detail you include in a financial

come is sufficient to meet your needs. But

down-and-dirty budget worksheet to keep

sheet, the better. Instead of combining all

are your expenses where they should be?

track of your monetary inflow and outflow.

your credit card expenses on one line, cre-

Maybe you’re spending excessively on

Start by totaling your income. This in-

ate a separate line for each card. That will

clothing, while making only minimum loan

cludes salary, wages, tips and bonuses

give you a clear indication of which credit

payments that are accruing interest charg-

(which usually show on pay stubs); other

card you use the most. From there, you can

es every month.

income, such as from a part-time job; and

evaluate whether that is the card you should

Your budget will allow you to determine

investment earnings.

be using; perhaps it has a higher interest

how to best shift money from one area to

rate than the others.

another. Remember, a budget is not static.

Then add up all your expenses, such as: Home Expenses – Mortgage or rent;

Similarly, be specific on personal ex-

You can and should make changes when

utilities; telephone (cell and land line); cable

penses. This is a category that often is over-

your financial circumstances and goals change.

or satellite TV; home repairs and mainte-

looked. Instead of a catchall entertainment

nance; property taxes and homeowners' in-

category, elaborate on where you spend

If your bottom line is a deficit, then you

surance (if these costs are not part of your

your discretionary money: eating out, sport-

are spending more than you make. Use your

mortgage payment); or renters' insurance

ing events, movies, books, CDs, coffee shop

budget data to develop a strategy to reverse


lattes, etc. You will probably be surprised at

this situation.

Transportation Costs – Car payments and insurance; gasoline; repairs and maintenance; other transportation, such as

how quickly some of these expenditures add up.

Determine in which areas you consistently come up short. Figure out which ex-

As for the other fiscal expenses, you

penditures you need to eliminate, at least

might not be putting money into these ar-

temporarily, or areas where you can reallo-

Personal Expenses – Child care;

eas yet, or the amounts might be irregular.

cate your finances.

groceries; clothing; entertainment; health

But keep these line items in your budget as

care; gifts and donations; pet care

a reminder of all your financial goals.

bus fares and toll road fees

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Get the Skinny on the Cocktail Scene’s Skinny Latest Trend Cocktails are b y N i c o l e C a r b o n


he dreaded holiday pounds. You

Soon after, skinny cocktails started show-

lived it up, ate, drank and were

ing up on drink menus all over town.

merry. Now you are paying the

Here’s a look at the places where you can

price for it. Those sugar-laden specialty cocktails you consumed alongside the

get your skinny on.

Bess BisAmbrosia

Trendsetting Lori Buhl of

a glass. Now, your pants are snug and you

tro introduced the Margarita well over

are wearing an extra chin, too. If there

While Bess Bistro’s menu does not advertise

was ever a time you could actually use a

this as a skinny drink, it certainly falls into

cocktail, it’s probably now.

the category as it weighs in at well below

holiday cookies were more like dessert in

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Appearing on Drink Menus All Over Town

a year ago.

Never fear, there’s a new trend in the

the 500-calorie mark of a standard margari-

cocktail scene that lets you have your

ta. Ambrosia is a Greek term for food of the

drink and sip it too. Skinny drinks are

gods. In this heavenly recipe, Buhl simply

showing up on menus all over town. Blame

combines Hornitos Reposado Tequila, fresh-

it on Bethenny Frankel of The Real House-

ly squeezed limejuice and agave nectar.

wives of New York for starting the trend

Throughout this skinny cocktail trend, aga-

with her creation of the Skinnygirl Marga-

ve nectar keeps showing up. It is a fabulous

rita mix. Frankel brought to viewers’ atten-

replacement for simple syrup or even worse,

tion that a regular 4 oz.-sized margarita

high fructose corn syrup often found in

has a whopping 500 calories. On an epi-

cocktail recipes. Agave nectar is made from

sode of the show, she mentioned her ver-

blue agave plants and is regarded by the Az-

sion, which has only 100 calories, and the

tecs as a gift from the gods. Unlike other

fan mail started pouring in, requesting the

sweeteners, this nectar has a low glycemic

recipe. So, she created the mix that is sold

index and does not cause blood sugar rushes

in specialty stores, such as Spec’s, that

that are harmful to the body. Pure and

has only natural ingredients and is sweet-

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Whether we owe this skinny cocktail trend to Bethenny Frankel or if you side with my girlfriends who are just fed-up and filled-up by drinking a meal’s worth of calories in a cocktail glass, now you don’t have to sacrifice sipping for saving calories. Z’Tejas has recently added

whether you are found downtown or shopping ‘til you

a Naturally Skinny page to their book of drinks, all com-

drop at The Domain. Known for their steaks and exten-

ing in at less than 250 calories. Here, they up the health

sive wine list, they take the cake when it comes to skinny

ante and use a new liquor call VeeV Açai Spirit. It is made

cocktails. The

from the antioxidant-rich açai berry. While the makers of

by their director of wine, Marian Jansen op de Haar, and

the product do not claim that drinking the spirit provides

weighs in at only 100 calories. This low-calorie creation

health benefits, the berry from which it is made is known

combines Stoli Vanil Vodka, fresh lime juice, sugar- free

to have beneficial health properties. Foods rich in antioxi-

syrup, sugar-free raspberry preserves and a raspberry

dants may help prevent diseases such as cancer and

garnish. Equally appealing and new to the Specialty

heart disease caused by oxidative stress. Listed on the

Drinks menu, which is listed from savory to sweet, is the

Just down the street,

Stoli Bombshell was created

and it is made

Farmer’s Daughter at only 99 calories! Listed

with VeeV Açai Spirit, fresh lime juice, cucumbers and

second from the top, this savory sensation combines Ke-

mint. This is the perfect creation to compliment the fresh

tel One Vodka, fresh basil leaves, strawberries, freshly-

and healthy Southwestern cuisine served at this Austin

squeezed lemon and cranberry juice. Carnivores and


oenophiles alike can rejoice and indulge as Fleming’s

menu is the

VeeV Spa Cooler

This mid-century designed tri-level restaurant is

makes room for the extra calories.

turning out South American-style cuisine with European

Whether we owe this skinny cocktail trend to Bethen-

influences. When the weather permits, opt to sit outside

ny Frankel or if you side with my girlfriends who are just

on one of the three-tiered patios surrounded by a sprawl-

fed-up and filled-up by drinking a meal’s worth of calo-

El Ar-

ries in a cocktail glass, now you don’t have to sacrifice

bol, which translates to “the tree.” Here, the custom-

sipping for saving calories. Have your drink and zip up

built oak wood grill is turning out tantalizing steaks and

your skinny jeans, too!

ing oak tree giving this restaurant its name,

seafood. Don’t worry; you can indulge because they take their classic cocktails and make them skinny if you wish. Choose from a classic Margarita made with Sauza Conmemerativo, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice or order the Skinny Margarita and they will leave out the Cointreau. Another option is a South American classic, the


This is known as the na-

tional cocktail of Brazil and it’s made with a Brazilian liquor similar to rum called cachaça. The original version combines cachaça, fresh lime juice and sugar. The

Skinny Caipirinha omits the sugar. These tart sippers pair perfectly with their citrus-infused ceviche appetizer. A newly added happy hour let’s you enjoy these indulgences that are as light on the calories as they are on your wallet. With two Austin locations, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has you covered,

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VeeV Spa Cooler 2 oz VeeV Acai Spirit 2 oz fresh Lime juice .75 oz agave nectar 5 ea. mint leaves 5 ea. cucumber slice (w/peel on) 1 mint sprig

Ambrosia Margarita 1.25 oz Hornitos Reposado Tequila 2 oz lime juice (about 2-3 squeezes) 1 oz agave nectar (1 squeeze)

In shaker tin, place one scoop of ice, cucumber slices, mint leaves, VeeV Acai Spirit, lime juice and agave nectar. Shake and strain over fresh ice into a margarita glass. Garnish with mint sprig, cucumber slice (w/peel on) and a straw.

Shake or stir. Serve on the rocks in tall Collins glass. Courtesy of Lori Buhl at Bess Bistro

Courtesy of Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

Stoli Bombshell 1.25 oz Stoli Vanil Vodka 1 oz fresh lime juice .5 oz sugar-free syrup .5 oz sugar-free raspberry preserve 1 fresh raspberry

Skinny Margarita 2 oz Sauza Conmemerativo tequila 1 1/2 oz fresh lime juice Salt rimmed glass (optional)

Shake all ingredients in a martini shaker with ice, strain into a martini glass, and garnish with a fresh raspberry. Courtesy of Fleming’s Steakhouse

In a shaker tin, combine the tequila and juice from the fresh lime. Shake and pour into a rocks glass rimmed with salt (optional) and filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel. Courtesy of El Arbol

Farmer’s Daughter 3 strawberries hulled + sliced 1 torn basil leaf 2” in size 1.5 oz Ketel One vodka 1 oz cranberry juice .5 oz lemon juice .5 oz simple syrup

Muddle the strawberries and basil and add to liquid ingredients. Shake with ice and strain into a mvartini glass. Garnish with a half strawberry with inserted basil leaf. Courtesy of Fleming’s Steakhouse

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Skinny Caipirinha 2 oz Cachaça 1 lime

Cut the lime into 8 wedges, put into a shaker tin and muddle, fill with crushed ice, add Cachaça and shake. Pour into rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel. Courtesy of El Arbol

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The Physique Transformation Program Is Helping Austin Get Fit + Achieve Goals Nicole Mendlik, former RevFit client-turned-trainer.

b y A s h l e y E r i c k s o n

P h o t o b y Brian Fitzsimmons


ustin is inarguably one of the most active cities in the country. From the trails of Lady Bird Lake to the roads of the Hill Country and everywhere in between, our passion for running, riding and living healthy is evident. Our city offers so much in the way of staying fit that there is something for everyone looking to stay in shape and set fitness goals. Even with these options, it is not uncommon to have trouble shedding that extra pound or feeling like there is not enough time to hit the trails because of other commitments. Revelation Fitness (RevFit) identified these issues within the Austin community and set out to find the solution. Consisting of three specialized programs, RevFit brings personalized training to its clients, taking all of the guesswork out of training programs, diet and goal setting. Known as a Physique Transformation Program, RevFit now has roughly 10 trainers serving over

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100 clients in Austin. RevFit was started by Mariah MacDonald, who was later joined by partner Jim Nettles. “I had been doing weight training on my own and had been able to lose weight and gain muscle. However, I hit a wall before hitting my goal and needed that extra boost and knowledge, so I called Mariah,” stated Nicole Mendlik, former client turned RevFit trainer. Jim met me on my lunch break for an orientation session, an hour-and-a-half meeting he does with all clients before they begin one of the three 12-week programs available. Here, he takes initial measurements and pictures, sitting down with the client to set their goals and go over the expectations of the program and their individual contract. Jim eagerly stated, “The goals are most important, and the more specific the better; they help form the partnership between the client and their trainer.”

Mariah and Jim refer to the goal-setting process as “ship burning,” a term coined from the film The Hunt for Red October. Mariah explained, “This simply means that once a client sets specific goals, such as the photo shoot RevFit provides for the client after their program is complete but books the day of their orientation, there is no turning back or retreating.” Along with goal-setting, trainers encourage clients to write weekly updates, either in the form of Facebook status updates, blog posts or even e-mails to a small group of friends, for feedback and to share their progress along the way. This orientation program prepares each client for what is ahead. All of the programs are varied versions of the same key process: weekly updates and client-specific program tweaks with a personal trainer. The Online Physique Transformation Program requires the most commitment from the client as they

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Clients love that after their program is complete, they really have the tools to keep going on their own. don’t meet with a trainer face-to-face. Trainers still provide weekly counseling and nutrition programs, personalized in-home workouts and cardio homework and weekly adjustments based on the client’s progress. The second program option, On-Location Boot Camps, are great for those who want to participate in the program but prefer to work-out in groups. You and your friends, coworkers, spouse and other family members can sign-up together and have a trainer meet you at the location of your choice for group training sessions. This option still includes the personalized diet and nutrition programs, counseling, cardio homework and weekly adjustments, but allows for you to use and provide motivation to those participating with you. The final option is the In-Home Physique Transformation Program, which is perfect for solving the problem of not having enough time to go and work out. In this program option, a Master Trainer will come to your home or a location of your choosing three times a week for personalized training sessions, along with offering the nutrition counseling, cardio homework and weekly program tweaks. When I asked Nicole to describe her time in the program, she explained it in this way: “Women are always looking for the fastest way to make their legs leaner, butt smaller and abs tighter. RevFit not only

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trains and monitors your progress as you go, it teaches you and gives you the tools to continue your fit lifestyle long after your program is completed to stay lean and fit. If you compare three months to the years you gain on your life by doing the program, it is a quick fix, no-nonsense solution and lifestyle change for a leaner, healthier you.” Jim touched on a lot of this sentiment during the orientation session. He said that they do sometimes have clients re-sign for boot camps, but clients love that after their program is complete they “really have the tools to keep going on their own.” The partnership between trainer and client is where the diet, nutrition and training tools come from. Trainers have to know their clients’ calorie intake and output every week, which is calculated by the client everyday through their Calorie King account provided by RevFit. Trainers meet every Tuesday and once a client’s name is called out, their specific trainer must be able to relay all of the information for the week regarding calories and show a photo the client provides. This allows the trainers to make recommendations as a team for the weekly diet or training tweaks, bringing out trainers’ specific skills and specialties and allowing for collaboration that ultimately will benefit the client. If the client doesn’t take their weekly photo or track their calories as

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Rochel Rochelle Rae b y Ch r i s t i n e C o x

CEO, Creator, Rae Cosmetics

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Rochelle Rae

, though a Midwesterner from Missouri, looks like lots of beautiful Texas blondes seen around Austin. She’s leggy and striking with an easy air of quiet confidence that not every woman can carry off. One might be tempted to make stereotypical assumptions about her before getting to know her. Bets are they’d turn out to be dead wrong. Barely 40, Rae is wise beyond her years. An experienced businesswoman with the soul of an artist and the depth of a person who understands that personal relationships are what feed and nourish us, Rae is loyal and effusive about the people in her life. “Without my family and the support that we give one another,” says Rae, while sipping champagne poolside on the roof deck of her newly acquired downtown condominium, boasting stunning Lady Bird Lake and downtown Austin views, “I don’t know that I could have reached this level of success.” She seems slightly uncomfortable even saying the word “success,” probably because she understands that the word is entirely subjective, and that one can be ‘successful’ in many different realms without having achieved financial wealth or recognition in the business community. “It’s because of the people, the relationships I have in my life, that I am here today. I didn’t do all of this alone. I had a dream, I pursued it, but I had a lot of support and encouragement that allowed me the guts to get here.” “Here” is the CEO and creator of her own nationally recognized cosmetics line, Rae Cosmetics. “My entire family has always supported me,” she reiterates. She has three siblings and both her parents – her mother a psychologist, her father a retired construction company owner – are still living and are active in helping addicted, troubled teens get their lives on track through guided wilderness and outdoor experiences. “We are very close and I have definitely always known that I am loved. That alone makes every decision easier.”

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Rochelle Rae’s Favorite Quote to Live By: "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Nevertheless, Rae’s childhood, though secure, was not without struggle. She had a weight problem that she says made her shy and self-conscious. Even today, she admits she thinks too much about food. “I don’t eat cheese or fried foods. I gain weight really easily. Sometimes I still think of myself as fat. I realize it’s neurotic.” She emphasizes that in high school, she was known as a great artist, so she believes that having a talent and using it helped her get through those difficult years. “I had good friends, and no one in my family ever made fun of my weight. But still, it’s not easy being an overweight teenager. I was always petrified someone would make fun of me.” Rae says she was so shy she could hardly talk to strangers or go on job interviews. She says that her sister, Cynde Whitson, was her savior. “When I got out of high school, she and I moved in together, and she basically taught me to slowly overcome my shyness.” But Rae admits to still feeling like that shy teenager sometimes. Cynde, who now lives in Houston, once did job interviews posing as her sister on the phone, or ordered pizza for her. “She couldn’t even do the simplest things, because she was so terrified of being made fun of. It was paralyzing,” remembers Whitson. When she went

away to college for a year in Arkansas, Rae’s shyness kept her away from the cafeteria entirely, and she dropped a lot of weight. “When guys started paying attention to her,” says Whitson, “and she began feeling better about herself, she became less inhibited. She’s still a little shy, but she’s overcome it, for the most part.” Whitson says that it was evident to the family that Rae was creatively talented even as a little girl. “She won awards for photography, for painting, for sewing and fashion design. It all started when she was just a little girl.” It was only a matter of time before Rae would recognize her gifts herself and begin believing she could use them. Today, Rae has definitely found a way to overcome her self-consciousness in the business world, even in an industry that is wildly oversaturated. She began Rae Cosmetics with a $10,000 loan from her parents and $5,000 in savings. She has no investors, so growth remains gradual but steady. She has employees who go onsite to do makeup for clients,

R oc h e lle a t 17 Rae was extremely self conscious about her weight growing up. At 17, she was a beauty, nevertheless, and a gifted artist.

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servicing everything from weddings to films to magazine shoots locally and all over the country. Though the company’s beginnings were humble, Rae’s drive made it grow because she saw the need and believed in it. “Getting the line started, I was working as a makeup artist on photo shoots and I’d have to redo makeup at least three or four times during a shoot because of the heat here in Austin. So I started playing with the makeup, adding water to thin it, noticing that if you use a thinner makeup, then you only have to put it on heavier in spots, to cover blemishes or blotches. I realized I could maybe start making my own line. I went online and started looking for makeup manufacturers and I found one in New Jersey where they mix many cosmetic lines. So I went to visit and began to start working with chemists, telling them what I wanted them to do. I wanted my cosmetics to be fragrance-free, and most of them are also oil -free. Most of my line has SPF in it, and everything is designed to be

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Rae travels of ten with her family. She has t wo other sisters and a brother, all successful business people.

used by itself.” Makeup, according to Rae, should be easy and simple and routine. “Your makeup should only take five minutes to apply. It should go on in the morning and last through the evening with only a few minor touch ups.” When asked the financial worth of her business today, Rae grins. “The business is priceless. We have quadrupled in size since the launch of our first products in August 2005.” She deserves to be a tiny bit glib, after all.

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Roche lle with husband Zack Fuente s on their wedding day in St. C roix, Virgin Islands

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2011 Spring Look Is Bold with Rochelle Rae

“Rae Cosmetics is different,” Rochelle Rae explains, when asked what sets her apart from the abundant competition. “We make makeup for women who live in hot, humid climates. It’s not heavy, it doesn’t make you look ‘made-up,’ and it’s all cruelty-free.” Rae, in fact, has a pet rabbit named Baby that is also the company’s mascot, so to speak! “She travels with me and spends lots of time at Rae Studio. She’s litter box-trained and has never been in a cage,” she says with the look of a proud mother. Rae has no children of her own, but is very close to her four-year-old niece for whom she designs Halloween costumes every year. When asked about how she would advise young mothers to raise daughters who are unafraid to pursue their dreams, Rae’s shyness shows. “I’m not sure I’m the person to ask, since I have no children of my own. I suppose I would tell mothers to encourage their daughters to investigate their interests, to try to do many things, even if it’s scary. I’d say it’s important that they know that life is not always easy, that they have to work hard. We all fail, but it’s in how we cope with failure that matters. I don't think children should be protected from every little stumble. We learn from our mistakes and we find the strength to get through them.” Spoken like someone who’s made a few mistakes along the way, Rae doesn’t seem preoccupied with any of the stumbles she’s experienced; rather she seems

Lips: Lipstick in bold colors will be huge – red, hot pink, even shades of bright orange. When choosing a dramatically bold lip, go natural with the rest of your makeup and just emphasize your eyes with a bit of liner and mascara. Eyes: Bright eye shadow colors were all over the NYC runways at the Spring 2011 shows. Blue, green and pink will be hot, but the “it” color of the season will be purple, pale lavender and lilac to bright violet. With this look I would suggest a nude lip color. strengthened and almost thrilled by them. “I lived in Los Angeles for awhile. It’s an expensive, difficult place to live when you’re just starting out. I learned a lot of lessons about survival there.” But coming to Austin, she says, was the perfect decision. “This town is so perfect for me. The cost of living is manageable, there’s water everywhere and places to be active all the time. In the Midwest, the way of living is a lot different and not as conducive to a healthy lifestyle.” Her good friend Kim Gerlich attests to Rae’s tenacity and free, can-do spirit. “We’ve been friends for 15 years now and from Day One, she has impressed me with her talent of turning a vision into reality. To this day, when I think back to women who have inspired me over the years, Rochelle is Number One!” Before she was married, Rae lived on Lake Austin and owned her own boat. (She is now on her fourth boat. “They keep getting a little better and a little nicer,” says Rae, who recovered the seats herself in her first, used boat.) “She was the first woman I’d ever met who could fix her own boat when it broke down, sometimes with the boat full of girlfriends!” says Gerlich. She remembers Rae often having to stop a boating expedition to go up to her studio apartment on the lake and meet with a client. “We’d all wait on the water while she’d have her meeting or make up a client for a photo shoot. Then she’d run back down and we’d go back out on the lake.”

Gerlich says that Rae’s work ethic is one-of-a-kind, as is evidenced by her company’s continued climb to success. “Still, even with the success she’s achieved, Rochelle is humble and a good friend who can always be relied upon.” The storefront in central Austin’s 26 Doors is her headquarters, but her cosmetics are carried in 30 spas and boutiques around the country. Rae’s husband, Zack Fuentes, also 40, remembers when they met and what drew him immediately to Rae, besides her stunning good looks and the fact that she taught him to wakeboard. “Part of what makes Rochelle so attractive is the fact that she is an extremely genuine and kind person. It’s immediately evident when you meet her. Friends, family and clients all benefit from her thoughtfulness,” he says, with a great deal of respect. But, for this busy couple (Fuentes is the midst of getting a tech startup off the ground), splitting time between work and marriage can be challenging. “Rochelle and I have the same type of schedule: busy. But separating our personal lives from our business lives is the key to spending real quality time together when the day is over. We realize that it's extremely important to be present when you’re with your spouse and not thinking about work.” Rae says that what keeps the marriage working is trust. “We do a lot of things separately because we work in different industries. Trust is key.”

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Rae Cosmetics Gives Back The Go Red For Women Campaign raises awareness of cardiovascular disease among women. Rae created the Little Red Dress Lip Set to benefit the Austin Go Red For Women Campaign. Lip shade: Little Red Dress, and lip liner in Scarlet. Lipstick and liner packaged in red Von Rae makeup bag. Sponsor: four-women cycling team for Race Across America. Donates profits from Lucky Lips Color Smartie created especially for Girlstart. Selected as a Seton Forum member. The Seton Fund strives to better accommodate the economic poor who have little access to healthcare services. Member: PETA's Caring Consumer Project; pledged that Rae Cosmetics would not conduct or commission animal tests on ingredients, formulations or products. Supporter: Hand to Hold which provides resources and support programs to parents of preemies, babies born with special health care needs and those who have experienced a loss due to these or other complications.


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with QA + Rochelle AW: Who is your favorite visual artist, and why? Rochelle Rae: During a trip to Paris, I visited the Musée d'Orsay and saw works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. I was so amazed by his incredible use of color. He paints faces that looked perfectly normal from a distance, but on closer inspection, you realize they are swishes and blocks of green and blue or purple. He really understood how lighting affected the appearance of the skin and painted what he actually saw, not what he was supposed to see or thought he saw. AW: How much time now do you spend on your painting? RR: I am really so busy with Rae there has been no time for painting. I hope to start committing time to painting again someday soon. AW: How important do you think it is for women to find their creative passions and express them? RR: It is so very important for everyone to have a passion. How empty life would be if we didn’t feel passionately about a person, purpose or craft. I feel passionate about so many things. It makes me happy and I feel like I have a purpose. If you do what you love, it’s so much easier to love life.

AW: What do you like to do on a Saturday night in Austin? RR: Most of my Saturday nights are pretty quiet. Saturdays are busy at Rae Cosmetics, so dinner and wine is a perfect ending to a crazy day. When I do go out, I usually meet a friend or two for dinner and go listen to a band. I love going to fashion shows and to the ballet. If I lived in New York, I think I would see a Broadway play once a week. AW: If you could travel anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go, and why RR: I want to go everywhere and see everything. I am a true lover of the beach and warm weather, so I’d really like to go to Bali. I’ve heard it referred to as the “Ultimate Island.” I had a philosophy teacher in college that lived in Bali who was a wonderful storyteller. Those stories stayed with me. AW: If you could give one piece of advice to women wanting to start their own product sales company what would that advice be? RR: Listen. In Austin, entrepreneurship is really encouraged here. There are so many successful business people here willing to give advice and help. Listen to their advice and learn from their accomplishments and failures. Find a mentor.

AW: If you were only allowed to leave the house with one item of makeup to take you through the day, what would it be? RR: Lip gloss. I, of course, wear Rae Cosmetics, so everything else stays on great all day. AW: What makeup tip do you have to take a woman from a long, busy and active day into the evening without having to start over? RR: Wear Rae Cosmetics, specifically designed to stay on all day. If you want to go a bit more dramatic for the evening, go a little thicker with your eyeliner and darken your eye shadow for a more smoky look. Throwing on some red lipstick is the easiest way to glam it up for the evening. AW: What is your worst trait? What is your best? RR: My worst is that I am truly stubborn. My best is that I’m truly stubborn. AW: When are you your happiest? RR: When my skinny jeans fit.

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Editor’s Note: This month, in our first issue of 2011, we are introducing a new feature in AW called “WOW: Women

of Williamson County.” “Williamson County has been on our radar for a long time,” says publisher and co-founder Melinda Garvey. “We’ve been watching the phenomenal growth in this area and wanted to get more involved. I have met so many women from Williamson County, and we have featured many great women over the years. As prominent as Williamson is, we felt it deserved its own section, and wider distribution. I decided to make an investment in the great women and businesses of this county.” We hope you enjoy the first installment in what promises to be an inspiring series about just some of the remarkable women who happen to be our neighbors just north of Austin and Travis County.

The symbolic, namesake “round rock ” of Round Rock , marked a low-water wagon crossing in B r u s h y C r e e k . O v e r 1 0 0 - y e a r- o l d wagon ruts are still visible in the creek bottom.

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women of williamson county

A Giving Life Round Rock Area Serving Center Director Lori Scott shows that you can do it all. b y K at y M c I n to s h


alking into the Round Rock Area Serving Center is like walking into a small town. Rows of people sit in chairs waiting to shop for food in the food pantry.

People swarm the racks of clothes in Treasures, the thrift store, and poke their way around the piles in the Furniture Store. Behind all this, hundreds of volunteers sort, price, hang and deliver the goods to help the less fortunate. And that’s just the first floor. The most amazing truth about this multifaceted organization is how efficiently and smoothly it all runs. One major factor in this success is Executive Director Lori Scott. Scott has served as the director of the Serving Center for 10 years. Her commitment to this organization and her abilities as a leader, are only a few of the reasons why Scott is our inaugural “WOW” woman. Scott loves Round Rock, and is as involved in her community as one person can be. She is currently a member of 14 organizations, with leadership roles in most of them. She is on the board of directors for the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, St. David’s Medical Center and Women Impacting the Nation. She does all that and makes time to be a wife and mother. She has been married to her husband Mike for 32 years, and her three children: Greg, 25, Allyson, 24, and Libby, 22, all attend Texas A&M University. I sat down with Scott in one of her rare, free moments


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to discover how one woman does it all.

Three Things You Must Know About Lori Scott:

AW: You have lived in Round

AW: You grew up in Scotts-

Rock for 18 years. What do

dale, Arizona, the oldest of

you love about living here?

four girls. What was it like

Lori Scott: I love the community spirit. I have to commend our city

growing up with three sisters?

leaders for retaining that small-town

LS: Fortunately, my parents had a

feel even though this area is growing

really big bathroom. Actually, it’s rare

rapidly. Everyone comes together and

when I don’t talk to my sisters every

it is very friendly and neighborly.

day. We have a special bond.

AW: What is the most re-

AW: How did growing up in

warding thing about your

your household affect the


way you look at life?

LS: The most rewarding thing

LS: My parents taught us to trea-

about this job is that it is helping other

sure family and seek education, and

people. The job is a blend of my spiri-

they developed in us a strong work

tual, professional and personal lives.

ethic. They also taught us how impor-

We give God the glory for everything

tant it is to have a sense of humor in

that is accomplished at the Serving

life. I think my family’s motto was “the

Center. My background is human re-

family that works together stays to-

sources, and my degree is in market-

gether.” We will still gather together to

ing. In telling our mission and working

do a project. One Christmas we need-

with 250 volunteers, I rely on both of

ed our house painted, so everyone

those experiences daily. This job has

came to Texas and painted our house.

also always been family-friendly. I involved my kids as volunteers at the

AW: What is the most impor-

center when they were young, and

tant thing you have tried to

other staff members now do the same

teach your children?

thing with their children.

LS: We have taught our children to love God and lead a faithful life, value

AW: With all that you are involved in, you juggle a lot.

family bonds, work (and study) hard, be honest, and be nice to each other.

What do you do to de-stress? LS: I love spending time with my family. I also love a good ‘whodunit.’

AW: What are your New Year’s resolutions?

Give me a murder mystery and I’m

LS: My resolutions are to glorify

happy. I have a book club with my sis-

God, complete my spouse, inspire my

ters and we rotate books around the

children, model integrity and serve

country. Also, I’m a jogger, and as a


family, we like to run 5K races. We love to go tent camping and hiking. Now that we're empty nesters, my husband and I will go for a weekend whenever we can.

AW: Do you have any guilty pleasures? LS: Since I am on Weight Watchers, chocolate is my guilty pleasure.

• She is one of the most humble people you will ever meet, and is always willing to serve. She is the director of the entire operation, but still didn’t hesitate when fellow employees or volunteers asked her to help them with a menial task. • When she commits to something, she commits. Scott served as president of the Round Rock Rotary Club, and was inducted into the Rotary Roll of Fame. Rotary clubs meet weekly, and she has nine years of perfect attendance. • She is a girly tomboy. Scott is not afraid of hard or dirty work. She loves sports, especially college football and baseball. On the other hand, she worked in retail management for several years, and has a thing for shoes. “Last time I counted,” Scott said, “I had over 50 pairs of shoes in my closet (that I wear, of course!).”

Three Things You Need to Know About the Round Rock Area Serving Center • One building, multiple operations. The Serving Center provides a food pantry, Round Rock Coats for Kids, clothing and furniture vouchers, Computers for Kids, community gardens, The Volunteer Center, adult computer classes in English and Spanish and financial assistance. They also run Treasures, a clothing and furniture thrift store open to the public. • They help a lot of people. More than 55,000 people receive assistance from the Serving Center each year. Every morning the serving center doors open at 7:30 a.m. Even though the pantry doesn’t open until 10 a.m., people pour in and wait in the lobby to escape the weather. • You can help. Donations of clothing, furniture, books and appliances are always needed. The center is a huge operation, with only four employees. This means the vast majority of the work done is by volunteers. No matter what your area of expertise, there is a capacity for you to serve. The Serving Center needs receptionists, interviewers, pantry volunteers, cashiers and people to sort and price merchandise. Volunteers are also needed to sort food donations, pick up food donations, tend gardens, restock pantry shelves, drive the truck, pick up furniture, unload trucks and enter data. If you are interested, email the volunteer coordinator at


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You’re Never Too Old to Get Your Groove On Co-Eds and Grandmas Alike Enjoy Good Sex by Dar line Tur ner - Lee


oes anyone remember the 1980’s sitcom, The Golden Girls? That show was hilarious! While each of the actresses was a comedic genius in her own right, Rue McClanahan’s portrayal of the oversexed Blanche was often sidesplitting. Blanche would “take on” anything in trousers and saw herself as an irresistible sex kitten. She was an interesting character given that the characters in the show were all past middle age and Sophia, played by Estelle Getty, was a senior citizen. The show addressed many issues regarding women’s sexuality that were groundbreaking for the time, such as Blanche’s insatiable sexual appetite and sexual persona despite being a “mature” woman, sex after menopause, the death of a spouse and/or partner during or immediately after intercourse and lesbian

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attraction and lesbian relationships in mature women. The really great thing about The Golden Girls is that it showed that women of all ages, even mature women, still have a healthy appreciation for and still like to engage in sexual activity. A common misconception is that older people, especially older women, are no longer interested in having sex or being sexual. Nothing could be further from the truth! Numerous studies have shown that older women, some well into their 80’s, are still interested in, and engaging in regular sexual intercourse. Cindy Meston, PhD, is a professor of clinical psychology at The University of Texas at Austin and has extensively studied human sexuality and women’s sexuality in particular. In 2007, she and David Buss, PhD, published Why Humans Have Sex

(Meston CM, Buss DM. Archives of Sexual Behavior 2007; 36:477–507) This served as the starting point for their subsequent book, Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between) published in 2009. From her work, Meston has found that women engage in sex for a variety of reasons, ranging from pure physical release, to try a new technique, for the pure fun of it, to show love for one’s partner and, in a small percentage of women, to position themselves for a raise or promotion. (Sexual Motivation in Women as a function of Age. CM Meston, PhD, LD Hamilton, MA, CB Harte, MA, © 2009 International Society for Sexual Medicine, Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2009;6:3305–3319) One significant message from Meston’s work is that

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Women who are unable to ‘turn off ’ their thoughts (about the laundry, the dog, etc…) and focus on what ’s going on in the moment are less likely to be aroused and hence less likely to enjoy the sexual encounter. Anything that is calming or relaxing is an aphrodisiac and can be a precursor to foreplay.

older women, women aged 31 - 45 (and likely beyond) engage in sex for a wider variety of reasons than do younger women, perhaps owing to more life experiences from which to draw. While Meston and her colleagues have yet to do a long-term study focusing on how the frequency of sex changes during a woman’s life and how major life events impact a woman’s sex life, one thing is for sure, women of all ages like sex, engage in sex and enjoy sex. Kyle Stephenson, MA, is a sex therapist and PhD candidate at The University of Texas at Austin. His primary area of study is women’s sexual satisfaction and his most recent study, When Are Sexual Difficulties Distressing for Women? The Selective, Protective Value of Intimate Relationships, (© 2010 International Society for Sexual Medicine, Journal of Sexual Medicine) shows that while many women may experience waning sexual desire, not all women are distressed about their situation. In his research, older women are more likely to experience higher rates of sexual dysfunction, but younger women are more likely to be distressed by any sort of dysfunction or waning sexual desire. Some researchers have found that multiple sexual problems, depression and partner sexual dysfunction are major factors contributing to female sexual distress. However, Stephenson notes that the quality of a women’s intimate relationship plays a key factor in whether or not waning desire, especially if it arises as a result of sexual dysfunction, creates distress for women. If a woman is in a stable intimate relationship, she is less likely to be distressed by her sexual dysfunction or waning sexual desire than if she is in a less intimate relationship. Since older women

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are more likely to be in stable intimate relationships, older women are less likely to be distressed by their desire or dysfunction issues. Intimacy is a major contributing factor to sexual satisfaction in women of all ages. Pat Love, EdD and author of Hot Monogamy has found that there are nine areas that need to be fulfilled in women in order for them to experience “great sex.” Love also says that women who experience great sex have the ability to focus on the present moment. “The Amygdala, the information processing areas of the brain, must be calm and stressfree in women. Women who are unable to ‘turn off’ their thoughts (about the laundry, the dog, etc...) and focus on what’s going on in the moment are less likely to be aroused and hence less likely to enjoy the sexual encounter. Anything that is calming or relaxing is an aphrodisiac and can be a precursor to foreplay.” Love says that a major factor in female sexual satisfaction is a woman’s perception of her body. Women with low body images tend to have low desire, low arousal and a low sexual satisfaction. According to Love, it doesn’t matter how much a woman’s partner tells her that he desires her and finds her attractive, it’s how a woman feels about herself that really counts and influences her sexual response. When it comes to body image, older women tend to be more comfortable with their bodies than younger women. They have made their peace with how their bodies look and have changed and in the context of a long-term, stable relationship, are more comfortable “in their own skin.” Women like sex and women enjoy engaging in sexual activities. What has happened is that “good sex” has been defined

by the accepted male standards as external beauty, genital contact/arousal and orgasm. As Love notes, “For women, sex is not all about the genitals. Women want and have a right to expect kindness, support and to feel good during and after a sexual encounter.” As judged by these parameters, one must wonder if many of the women diagnosed with hypoactive sexual desire disorder actually have a sexual disorder or are they just dissatisfied with their current sexual situations as a result of a lack of desire for “the same old thing?” There is still much to learn about women’s sexuality. Unfortunately, research on women’s sexuality is still mostly focused on women’s sexual dysfunction, not on what women want and what gives them pleasure. Currently, funding for research in women’s sexual pleasure is limited and is not funded at all by the National Institutes of Mental Health. It is seen as too controversial and in some circles, not an intellectual topic worthy of conversation. But it is erroneous to believe that women don’t like sex or don’t enjoy sexual encounters. As defined by the male paradigms of external beauty, genital contact and orgasm as the final marker of a successful sexual encounter, many women aren’t interested in sex for just sex’s sake. They have no desire to engage in sex that leaves them feeling ugly and/or unfulfilled. When women are relaxed, content within the home of their own skin, are focused on the moment and enjoying connection, intimacy, romance and the sensations of their own bodies and that of their partners, then sex for women of all ages is very pleasurable and they desire to engage in sexual activity repeatedly.

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Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between) by Cindy Meston, PhD and David Buss, PhD. Times Books 2009. Hot Monogamy: Essential Steps to More Passionate, Intimate Lovemaking by Pat Love, EdD. Plume Publishers, 1995. Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples by Harville Hendricks, PhD. Henry Holt & Co. publisher, 2007 Getting The Sex You Want: A Woman’s Guide to Becoming Proud, Passionate and Pleasured in Bed. By Sandra Leiblum, PhD and Judith Sachs. Crown publishing, 2002 “Why Did Passion Wane? A Qualitative Study of Married Women’s Attributions for Declines in Sexual Desire.” KE Sims and M Meana, Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 2010; 36: 360-380, 2010

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Th a i ! h s e Fr b y Cl a u d i a Al a r c ó n

Thai food is generally healthy, with recipes using lots of vegetables, little oil and lean meats. Austin’s Jam Sanitchat has taken it a step further, using mostly local, organic and sustainable ingredients at her cute, South Austin shop.


lthough she didn’t know it right away, food and cooking were in Jam Sanitchat’s cards from the very beginning. As a 5-year-old, the Bangkok native followed her grandmother around in the kitchen, paying attention, picking up an interest, and soaking up knowledge as she went. The smart young lady excelled at school and graduated from Chulalongkorn University in 1994, getting a job as an editor at an English language magazine. With her entrepreneurial spirit on the rise, she started her own business as a publisher, and eventually decided to continue her studies abroad. She arrived in Austin in 2001 as a graduate student, obtaining her Master’s Degree in communications from UT in 2003. She was to head to the East Coast to pursue a PhD at Rutgers, but life had other plans for her. To make ends meet, while waiting to leave, she summoned her memories and experience from her days in her grandmother’s kitchen. After a few recipe-filled phone conversations with her mother, she started offering cooking classes in her own kitchen and at people's homes under the name “Thai Cooking with Jam.” It was during this time that she met Bruce Barnes, then the manager at Hoover's Cooking. She fell in love with Barnes and with cooking and she stayed in Austin. All of a sudden, she needed a new plan. She started a stand at the Sunset Valley Farmers' Market to promote her cooking classes, her catering services and her delicious food. It was here that the whole notion of “eating local” clicked. “In Thailand, because the season is so long, there is no such thing as “local” or “seasonal” ingredients. You find everything at the markets, yearround. I just didn’t understand what was meant [by] ‘eating local.’” After a hiatus in which their son Leo was born, Jam returned to work at the Austin Farmers' Market downtown and at the Triangle. But with Bruce's experience in the restaurant business and Jam's growing passion for cooking, the next step seemed to be a no-brainer– in a small but ideal

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space in Bouldin Creek, the couple opened Thai Fresh in August 2008, offering freshly made meals, Thai groceries and her cooking classes, which by this point had a loyal following. “At the markets, I met all these farmers and their produce and meats were so fresh, I just wanted to use it in my cooking, but many of these ingredients are not traditionally used in Thai cuisine.” At the same time, she started paying attention to the geograp-hy of the State of Texas, and of the country as a whole, and realized that the meaning and need for shopping locally makes sense in every way. “Everything is fresher, and therefore healthier,” she explains. So, rather than spending the extra money on expensive specialty produce, she began buying organic products from her friends at the farmers’ markets. “I started substituting local broccoli and cauliflower in dishes where we would normally use Chinese broccoli, for example. People don’t realize that Chinese broccoli is in the same family as collard greens, which are popular in Texas and plentiful at the markets. Right now, we are using a lot of sweet potatoes because they are in season. They are great in our curries. I like experimenting with local ingredients and adapting them to fit into my Thai recipes,” she says. For example, bison and

lamb are not traditional Thai ingredients, but Jam has adapted them very well to a number of her dishes. She uses the same approach in her cooking classes, encouraging her students to think outside the recipe and substitute what’s available. “The farmers’ markets are a great influence and inspiration for local ingredient adaptation,” she says. Jam and Bruce are also gardeners, and every season something they grow is featured at the restaurant. “Last summer we had piles of cucumbers,” she says. “We made lots of cucumber salad, and Thai pickles, which are very traditional. We eat them with steamed rice topped with chicken, for breakfast. We also had enough tomatoes that we didn’t have to buy from outside sources.” She grows herbs like lemongrass, Thai basil, Thai lime leaves, cilantro and even galangal, all used at the restaurant. Between what they grow and what she finds at the market, very few things at Thai Fresh come from conventional grocery stores or purveyors. When the building next door became available last year, Thai Fresh expanded. They now have more grocery shelves, a large selection of teas, home baked pastries, and plenty more seating. Jam plans to add wine pairings to her cooking classes, now that she can accommodate more students. She also started

experimenting with ice cream making, using classic techniques and adapting local, seasonal produce and Asian ingredients. Her coconutfresh corn ice cream is wildly popular; other flavors include Meyer lemon, Thai basil, peach, and fig. Many are dairy-free, made using coconut milk as a base rather than cream. This year will bring more exciting additions at Thai Fresh. “We plan on having a recipe station, where people can pick up a recipe and shop for the ingredients right here. We will have “ready-to-cook” dishes to go. Everything will be prepped, chopped and portioned, ready to take home and cook. We’ll also have readymade sauces, like for pad Thai and pad see ew,” she says. These will also be available at the Downtown Farmers’ Market stand, where Jam dishes up traditional Thai street breakfast food, like rice soup and fried chicken on rice on Saturday mornings. Although purists may not consider Thai Fresh “authentic,” the food is made in Thaistyle, using lots of flavorful spices and the freshest meats and vegetables available; it is delicious, healthy and affordable. Best of all, it is local in every possible way. Thai Fresh 909 W Mary St # B • 78704 512.494.6436 •

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Pad See Ew Noodles are "good luck" food for the New Year. Jam says: "In Chinese tradition, the long noodles represent long and prosperous lives. When you eat the noodles, you are supposed to eat the whole length without cutting. Traditionally, we use Chinese broccoli in this dish. You can also use bok choy, regular broccoli, cauliflower or carrots. I have used collard greens, too, and they are great. Shop at your local farmers’ market and experience with different greens and vegetables." 1 lb. wide or thin (vermicelli) rice noodles 1/2 lb. bite size chicken/pork/beef/tofu 2-4 tsp. light soy sauce 6 stalks Chinese broccoli, (4-5 cups cut up) 3-4 Tbsp. vegetable oil 6 cloves chopped garlic 2-3 Tbsp black soy sauce or dark soy

sauce or thick soy sauce 2-3 tsp. sugar, to taste 3 large eggs, warmed to room temperature 1/4 tsp. ground white pepper Pickled chilies (sliced Serrano or jalapeno peppers pickled in white vinegar)

Soak flat rice noodles for about an hour or vermicelli for about half an hour. Cut Chinese broccoli into two-to-three inches long. Cut stems by slicing on the bias so that stems will cook evenly. Heat oil in a deep pan or a wok. Sauté the chopped garlic in the oil for a few seconds until fragrant, then add the chicken or pork. Stir until the meat is cooked, toss in the noodles along with black soy sauce and light soy sauce. Stir and spread out over heated surface of the wok. Sauté and flip the noodles a few more minutes and then add the vegetables. Stir and spread mixture over the surface and allow pan-frying for a minute, keep folding in vegetables. Sprinkle with some sugar. Stir and mix well. Push the noodles up along the sides of the wok to make an empty space on the side or make a well in the middle. Crack in the egg and scramble lightly until eggs are mostly cooked. When the eggs are cooked through, break into smaller chunks and toss in with noodles. Sprinkle with white pepper and toss. Transfer to a serving dish and serve warm with a pickled chili sauce and dried Thai chilies. Enjoy!

Coconut soup w/ chicken Serves 4 2 cups water or chicken/ vegetable stock 2 cups coconut milk 1 tbsp fish sauce 1 tsp palm sugar (any brand) 2 stalks lemongrass 2 red shallots 4 Thai chilies 8 slices galangal

3 kaffir lime leaves 5 oz oyster mushroom/ artichoke hearts/hearts of palm/banana blossom 8 oz chicken, tofu, shrimp or salmon Fish sauce to taste 3 tbsp lime juices 1 tbsp coriander leaves

In a pot, combine stock with coconut milk. Bring to boil. Bruise lemongrass, shallots and two Thai chilies using mortar and pestle. Add along with galangal and lime leaves to boiling stock. Simmer for a few minutes, and then add chicken and mushroom, turn down the heat and continue to simmer until chicken is cooked. Season with fish sauce and sugar. In a serving bowl, mix fish sauce, lime juice, the rest of Thai chilies (minced) and coriander. Ladle in the soup, stir and check seasoning. It should be rich, salty, sour and hot.

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Three New(ish) South Austin Wine Bars b y Cl a u d i a Al a r c ó n

In the past, south-of-the-river dwellers were often hard-pressed to find a cozy place to enjoy a glass of good quality wine. Fret no more, South Austin! We found three lovely spaces that have filled that niche just fine.

The Lounge at Aviary After discovering a similar concept while living in New York, Shanna Eldridge and husband Marco Fiorilo imagined owning a store where customers could browse through an eclectic selection of home décor and local art and “test drive” the furniture while drinking a glass of wine or a beer. The dream came true a year ago, when they finally were able to add a lounge to their oh-so-cool South Lamar store, Aviary. “Every item our customers use is for sale,” says Eldridge, who has been obsessed with home décor since childhood. “I used to change my room all the time, it drove my mom crazy.” Now, she has a store to play with, although she still finds the time to change the colors of her home’s walls periodically. At the Lounge at Aviary, if you fall in love with the glass you are using, you can walk out with a new set of them. All chairs, loungers, tables, pillows, and lamps are for sale; customers are encouraged to sit on the furniture in the gallery, on the patio, or at the bar, enjoy a fine beverage and relax. “Of course we don’t sell that specific piece of furniture,” Eldridge explains. “We have more in the warehouse, or we can custom order for you.” Behind the bar, the living room style setting with a comfy rug, bean bags and banquettes, invites a pause to sip something tasty while catching some of the couples’ favorite TV shows on the big screen. Aside from an ever-changing selection of unique wines, beers and nightly specials – husband Marco changes the list as often as she changes the décor- you can enjoy a plate of cheeses from Houston’s Polla or charcuterie selections from Buda’s Salt & Time. When finished, you can buy the cheese boards and knives if you wish. How cool is that? The Lounge at Aviary 2110 S. Lamar. 916.4445

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House Wine Tucked a block west off South Lamar, just behind P. Terry's, Austinite Kerry White found a little 1940s bungalow. Captivated by its charm, she refurbished the building, adding interiors in various shades of brown with accents in robin’s egg blue, with avian and arboreal motifs throughout that add a cozy, tree house feel. Contemporary furniture and walls decked with local art round out the hip yet casual and unpretentious atmosphere of the aptly named House Wine. But don’t let its homey-ness deceive; this is a place where serious wine drinkers will find a thoughtfully chosen list full of interesting, constantly changing selections in many varietals. There are also a few beers available, mainly local, with a few Belgian-style brews and ciders thrown in for good measure. You may get the munchies after a glass or two, so order something from their small menu offerings like cheese plates, smoked salmon, olives, locally-made chocolates and other sweets, but the main attractions are the sweet and savory s’mores. Yes, savory, made with skewered and fire-roasted fresh mozzarella, served with rosemary crackers and sun-dried tomatoes. The staff is not only friendly, but also very knowledgeable about wine and willing to help you find the right glass or bottle to match your taste or mood. House Wine features live music nightly, free WiFi, a dog-friendly sidewalk patio, wine tastings on Tuesdays, and on Sundays, all wines from bottles opened Saturday night are half price. No reason to ever leave, really. House Wine 408 Josephine St. 322-5210

OPA! In Greek, “Opa!” is an expression of joy and liveliness, much like “Yee-haw!” or “Woo-hoo!” in Texan. Part coffee house, part wine bar, this family-owned and operated establishment definitely speaks with a joyous Greek accent. Owned by Spiros and Jackie Karamalegos, Opa! is a very cute spot with a homey feel and a friendly vibe. Inside, the living room-like atmosphere with comfy couches and intimate tables feels more coffee house than bar. In the mornings and afternoons, patrons sip cups of Texas Coffee Traders coffee in many variations as they work on their laptops using the free WiFi; in the evenings the room is softly lit and romantic, with soft ambient music. In the artfully landscaped, dog-friendly patio under the huge oak, people enjoy lively conversations with friends on sunny afternoons, or the occasional live music and belly dancing on Saturday nights. Opa! serves a wide selection of wine and beer, with mostly recognizable labels and styles, but also unusual Greek wines, craft beer and other non-alcoholic beverages. They also serve food, including locally-made pastries, gyros, baked feta with pita points, grilled panini and the popular Mediterranean plate. Other amenities include a bocce ball court, ping pong table, and excellent happy hour specials. Did I mention plenty of parking and complimentary valet? Opa! 2050 S. Lamar. 326-8742

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arbara Conrad, renowned opera star and Distinguished Alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin, said it was a “surprise and tremendous honor” when she was asked to be the voice for five new broadcast advertising spots promoting the University during televised NCAA sporting events. The 30-second ads featuring Conrad’s voice are airing this fall on nationally and regionally televised football games. The airtime is provided to participating universities free of charge. The ads also will be featured at sporting events on the University campus. Conrad, who lives in New York City, said the key message she hopes to convey to the many varied audiences hearing the ads is that “anyone who wants to excel in anything will find that opportunity at The University of Texas at Austin, and I’m proud of that.” She said her feelings about the University have been “a journey” that has taken her from having a lack of interest in her alma mater to feeling extremely proud with a sense of belonging to a university that is “helping to make a difference in the world.” “This is the meaning of ‘Hook’em Horns,’” Conrad said. “To win over people’s hearts and thoughts and minds and transport them to bigger dreams and bigger places. That’s how I translate ‘Hook’em Horns.’” Conrad has been one of the world’s most celebrated mezzo-sopranos over a long and distinguished career. A 1959 graduate of the

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University, she was at the center of a national civil rights controversy in 1957 when she was removed from the lead role in the opera Dido and Aeneas because she was cast opposite a white student who was the male lead. Conrad’s life is chronicled in the documentary When I Rise: The Story of Barbara Smith Conrad, produced by the University’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Conrad said her emotional journey in her feelings about the University was a long road that required her to “confront those demons that haunted us.” “I had to confront racism, it’s lethal and horrible, but we found ourselves wanting the best for everyone at the end of the day,” Conrad said. She said she thanks God for the other Texas Exes who, many years ago, extended a welcoming hand and said, “Come along, Barbara, join us.” Through the years, her relationship with University has strengthened. The Texas ExStudents’ Association named her a Distinguished Alumnus in 1985, and the University has honored her with the founding of the Barbara Smith Conrad Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Fine Arts. Conrad said her visits to the University have taught her there are “great minds wandering around that university” and she feels fortunate to have met some “great people, great thinkers, people completely dedicated to raising the standards for all people.” She said it is brilliant professors such as these who have made The University of Texas

at Austin “among the finest” institutions in the country. “If you are dreaming to become someone of consequence, whether a nurse, doctor, or lawyer, you have a chance at a school like that,” Conrad said. “One thing I’ve learned is that everyone works very hard at that university to make it an inspiring institution.“ Four of the new broadcast spots promoting the University extend a tone and concept introduced eight years ago in ads that featured the voice of the late Walter Cronkite, legendary broadcast journalist and university alumnus. Cronkite died in July 2009 at the age of 92. A fifth ad highlights the University’s “Hook‘em Horns” rallying cry. The images in the “Hook‘em” ad were collected from Longhorns around the world who were engaged in the project through social media. All of the ads close with Conrad proclaiming the university’s well-known and celebrated motto, “What Starts Here Changes the World.” “Our previous ads focused on the university and its relationship to the creative community of Austin,” said Don Hale, vice president for public affairs. “Most of the new ads bring the viewer right to the University and display the beauty of the campus. Barbara Conrad’s voice lends a new style and class to these spots.” The ads were produced by the offices of Public Affairs and Development. Original music was created by the Austin-based firm Tequila Mockingbird.

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Austin Speakers Network presents HELP ME HIRE YOU: 21 Strategies for Getting Booked & Staying Booked A workshop with David Newman 8 - 11 a.m. Register at davidnewman.eventbrite. com What Women Need to Know About Divorce 2nd Saturday of each month. This workshop is designed as a resource to help women take the next step, no matter where they are in the process of untying the knot. 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. | 512.732.1244 Travis County Master Gardeners presents Grow the Best Garden Veggies Ever! 10 a.m. - Noon Sunshine Community Gardens 4814 Sunshine Dr., Austin TX 78756

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L. Nowlin Gallery and Austin Photography Group present “Storytelling” Exhibition Dates: Jan. 11 - Feb. 12 Entry Fee: $15 Women and Their Work present Wura-Natasha Ogunji Jan. 13 - Feb. 17 The Career Strategy Workshop: Find a Fit, Create a Plan, Love Your Work Workshop Designed to Help You Find a Career That is Right for You 9:30 a.m. - Noon Register at mojo0906.html Spring Home & Garden Show Through Jan. 16 Look for the IKEA Round Rock booth on IKEA kitchens







Foundation for Wellness Professionals Free Community workshop on “Natural Solutions to Improve Fertility” 9 a.m. People’s Pharmacy 3801 S. Lamar Blvd. MODERN TIMES: The 1880s Fifth Annual Speaker Series at the Neill-Cochran House Museum Refreshments at 2 p.m.; program begins at 2:30 p.m. KIDZANIA at the IKEA Restaurant IKEA Round Rock 12 - 3 p.m. Balloon art and face painting for the kids, plus blowout MLK offers

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Austin Shakespeare presents Ayn Rand’s Anthem Post-show audience discussion Jan. 19 - 23 Tickets $21 - $29; $15 for students Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre For tickets: thelongcenter.


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horoscope January 2011 b y D e b o r a h C a r t e r “AS ABOVE, SO BELOW” At the risk of sounding repetitive, we students of the planets are heating up the internet with conjecture. We’re excited and curious. This current planetary configuration hasn’t been seen since 1927. How will it play out on the stage of our current world? Time to spread your wings and explore your imagination. Entertain new possibilities. Expect startling career insights and surprising breakthroughs: Think “Shock and Awe.” Time for a random idea or dream to explode into reality and trust your own forward motion, as long as the direction is new. Fearlessly leave behind the old, the outdated. Things that felt like security in the past may no longer sustain you. Remember Lot’s wife. Walk away and don’t look back. Discover unconventional solutions to problems. Forge new paths. This is “Road Less Traveled” time. A teacher or guide may magically appear, with the gift of a new approach to what you are beginning to do. Be brave and follow. Be like a leaf on a fast moving river. No matter how many people freak out right now, an equal number admit that they have never been happier. So, what is the answer? This: Create a feeling of joy firmly inside of you and hold it, like you would hold a breath. If you find yourself in danger of losing your joy, it’s your duty to find it again, and no one else’s. Whatever it takes to feel joy, you are under a planetary, moral and spiritual imperative to go after it with all you have. Be authentic. Be proactive and take back your power. Question the status quo, and change it when the need for change becomes obvious. Take the first step. Take action. Organize. Don’t be afraid to end old ways and create new ones. Do these things and good luck and expansion will magically appear in your life. And, take good care of those you love. If that sounds airy-fairy and simplistic, it can’t be helped. Do it. How can you lose?”


• Mar.21-apr.20 This year you begin the pursuit of your True Self. January brings a sudden opportunity to begin a new direction with a new action. You glimpsed it last June, but for lots of reasons didn’t act. A surprise motivates you by the middle of March. Then, June brings money – lots of money. There’s no point pretending you aren’t excited about something new.


• Apr.21-May.21 The last seven years were socially chaotic and demanding, with both friends and organizations. 2011 changes that radically. Expect the unexpected, and an event that compels you to seek solitude, work in private and shift the focus to psychological concerns. Then, June drags you back into the world again, but with an inspiration. Do you have a book in you? This is the time to begin it.


• May.22-June.20 Years of career surprises change almost overnight. The beginning of January pushes you into the spotlight and radically grows your fan base. March surprises you with opportunities too juicy to resist. What have you been dreaming of and wishing for? Take a step in the direction of your biggest dream and the path magically appears. In June you’ll claim some private time for yourself.


• June.21-July.22 This is it. This is the career moment others fantasize about. Be brave and follow the muse as it appears to you at the end of January, so you can be ready for the big surprise in March. Then June brings hopes, wishes, groups, organizations and friends clamoring for action from you and making you the Alpha dog. Take charge.


• Aug.24-Sept.22 This year you experience radical movement from partnership changes to finance sharing. Residuals, royalties, insurances, will and inheritances all change in surprising ways. Things come back to life alive after being long dormant and things you’ve been working on for the last seven years suddenly end. After June, hitch your wagon to all things exotic. “Teach, learn or travel” will be your mantra from June to December.


• Sept.23-Oct.22 This is the year you create shock and awe with your partnerships. You find yourself experiencing sudden, impulsive urges to form them and could do so with enough speed to shock your family. These partnerships are more unpredictable that any you have ever had and bigger. After June, expect a big boost from corporations or insurance policies. Any resources you share are resources that grow.


• Oct.23-Nov.21 Have you been planning a different workout regimen or diet? Have you made a decision to have your allergies tested, finally, to see what’s irritating your body, causing it to run in an ineffective way? Could your work habits use an overhaul? Trust your impulse to get healthy and handle your life in a different way. The impulse is inspired.


•Nov.22-Dec.21 Look out World, charismatic Sag is here! The last few years may have been a candy-less void but from the end of January to June you can have all the candy in the candy store, if you want it. You are moving into an era of fun and excitement. In June, you might get back to business, but this year everyone wants to be a Sagittarius.


• Dec.22-Jan.20 Capricorns hate change in general, and change in their homes in particular. So, step willingly into the realm of unpredictable living situations, unusual house guests, weird family dynamics and moving. Move the furniture around and paint a few walls. Get used to change on a small scale and the big changes won’t be as difficult to embrace.


• Jan.21-Feb.19 Ideally, all Aquarians would make their lives completely portable. You would pile all your worldly goods into a tour bus, take off at the end of January and come home sometime in June. Get to know your highways and hotels, and somehow you’ll be receiving surprise checks from your P.O. box.


• Feb.20-Mar.20 The last few years (seven to be exact) were a long, wild ride. You’ve changed what you used to value to what you value now. This next year is about deciding what’s valuable and making changes for it. January to June, expand your net worth with abandon. From June until the end of the year, short trips and brothers or sisters play an important role.

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• July.23-Aug.23 Thoughts frequently enter your mind that you might like to escape it all, move far away or go back to school. Believe it or not, this is the time to do it. Be brave and change the direction of your life, because in June big things happen to your career because of what you begin in January. Embrace opportunities coming from exotic locations or institutes of higher learning.

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