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February 2014


Eat Your Way To a Healthy Heart Change your food, change your life p. 29 SPECIAL SECTION


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Expert Advice for a Less Stressful Divorce by Harmon Caldwell


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contributors Sarah K. Ricciardelli is a University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism graduate from Marietta. Her work has been featured in various local publications, including Athens magazine, Atlanta Parent, Athens Blur, Atlanta Home Improvement and Best Self Atlanta. She is currently living and working in the Northwest with her husband and Husky, trying to figure out how to dress for the snow. Read her article Eating for a Healthy Heart on p. 29.

Taylor Arnold is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.A. in illustration and a M.F.A. in professional writing. Her work has appeared in a number of Atlanta-based publications including Atlanta’s Finest, Points North, Jezebel, Atlanta InTown and Atlanta Woman. Today she serves as copy editor for Best Self Atlanta and is a regular contributor to the magazine. In her spare time, she illustrates custom greeting cards, save-the-dates and invitations. Read her profile, Bernie Marcus: The Heart of a Philanthropist on p. 35.

Jessica Kisielewski has worked in the beauty industry for over 16 years. As a camouflage and mineral makeup artist and trainer for Institut’ DERMed Spa for the past seven years, Jessica’s passion is to teach her clients how to get the best out of their experience with tips and techniques that they can do themselves. Jessica has had the pleasure of performing as a personal makeup artist for numerous articles and covers in Best Self Atlanta. Read her article Creative Coverage You Can Count On on p. 51.

Gregg Willett and his wife Caroline are a photography duo based in Atlanta. They bring 10 years of professional and creative photography experience and a desire to always push for greatness. In addition to Best Self Atlanta, their work has been published in dozens of publications and industry blogs. They also cover weddings throughout Georgia and Florida. See their work on this month’s cover and in our feature profile Follow Your Heart on p. 41.

Ken Anderson, MD is the founder and medical director of the Anderson Hair Sciences Center. He is a double boardcertified facial plastic surgeon who has dedicated his practice exclusively to the treatment of hair loss in men and women for over a decade. He specializes in the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method of hair restoration, and has delivered lectures and courses for physician audiences around the world about hair restoration. Read his article about hair restoration options on p. 55

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Carrie Whitney has been a freelance writer in Atlanta for more than 15 years. As a single mother of two girls, she knows how important it is to make time for herself in the many ways covered in Best Self Atlanta. When not working and parenting, she can be found reading French literature or sweating it out in a hot yoga class. Read her article Follow Your Heart on p. 41.

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What is your favorite way to spend a day off? On days off I really enjoy taking a Bikram yoga class. It helps realign and stretch my body from the previous week of farming and gets me energized for the week ahead. How do you make more time for yourself? The best way I accomplish this is through organization. It is planning ahead, staying productive and finishing tasks that helps me secure free time. What advice do you have for someone who wants to have more “me” time? Make it a priority. Schedule it in if you have to. Sometimes it is a necessity to put aside everything else. Who do you like to spend your free time with? Catching up on sleep is a large part of my free time, and my crew of cats and one dog love to snuggle. I also enjoy getting out of town to Savannah and visiting with my friend Jess. What makes you laugh? I am a sucker for good oneliners. I love intelligent, witty, sarcastic humor when it’s neatly slipped into conversation. Who are the people that help you be your best self? My mother continues to provide me with encouragement and support. It is the 24/7 sounding board I have in her that has always helped me be my best self. Also, my fellow farmer friends.

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? My favorite way to spend a day off is helping my son, Brennan, become a Lego master! How do you make more time for yourself? Planning ahead and staying organized allows me to find more time for myself. What was a must-see movie for you? Definitely “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The book by J. R. R. Tolkien was one of my childhood favorites. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make more “me” time? Don’t spread yourself too thin. Planning your schedule and sticking to it is key for time management. Who do you like to spend your free time with? I like to spend my free time with my son, my other friends who are chefs and my dear friend Katie. What is the most fun you’ve had in the last six months? I’m also a chef consultant in Orlando. We received free passes to SeaWorld and had a blast. Who are the people that help you be your best self? My mother is definitely my inspiration. She’s a teacher and was a single mom. I also look to up to past chefs that I’ve worked with like Gary Mennie (Canoe) and Gerry Klaskala (Aria).

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, perhaps going to a local winery for lunch or working on projects around my home. I also love to travel and have been to some great places. Every day is a new adventure! How do you make more time for yourself? Sometimes it comes down to saying “no” every once in a while. It is important to take time for yourself to relax and rejuvenate. The better you treat yourself, the more you can give to others. I try to prioritize my time where I believe I can make the biggest difference. What is a must-read book on your list? “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg. What advice do you have for someone who wants to have more “me” time? Make yourself a priority. I find it helpful to actually schedule time in my calendar for myself. Who do you like to spend your free time with? I love to be outside, either hiking with my dogs, taking a walk or just sitting in the sun. On rainy days, I’m a sucker for movies. Who are the people that help you be your best self? My family keeps me grounded and has taught me that if I can dream it, I can achieve it.

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Outside with friends. I also enjoy yoga in the morning, paddling on the Chattahoochee River and then a trail run. It is the best excuse to eat whatever you want later! How do you make more time for yourself? I recommend just starting your day early, right at sunrise and seize the day. What advice do you have for someone who wants to have more “me” time? Remind yourself daily that “me” time will make you a happier, kinder, more playful person. This reminder will (hopefully) make you want to free up your day more for the things you love to do. Who do you like to spend your free time with? My boyfriend who always pushes me to try new things. Also other yogis who remind me to stay calm and share positivity and other women who empower me. What is the most fun you’ve had in the last six months? I went to Lake Tahoe solo for a stand up paddle board race on a whim! Traveling solo is the best growing experience. Who are the people that help you be your best self? My dad, who has kept me outdoors and active, taught me to be kind to strangers and stood by my side no matter what.

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Do the Wave Mizuno Running recently released the Wave Prophecy 3, a new running shoe with full-length cushioning and support. This lightweight shoe follows the natural shape of your foot to encourage a long, comfortable run. The price makes it an investment, but it’s well worth the bucks to help you go the distance. $209.99

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February 8: The Go Red for Women movement is hosting a Go Red Connect event to educate women about their health and get everyone involved in the cause.

Looking for new, healthy recipes to try out? Cooking Channel star and author Bobby Deen has a few you might like in his new cookbook coming out this month, “Bobby Deen’s Everyday Eats: 120 All New Recipes, All Under 350 Calories, All Under 30 Minutes.” This book provides tasty, healthy recipes for meals you can prepare in no time. Get your book signed and meet the man himself at Barnes & Noble in Buckhead on February 13 at 7 p.m. Details: 2900 Peachtree Road NE #310, Atlanta, GA,

Defend Yourself There’s no time like the present to learn the self-defense moves you’ll need to feel safer and stronger. Catalyst Fitness will host an ongoing women’s self-defense seminar led by their executive director, Jonathan Miller, PhD, MS, CPT. He will be going over the physical aspects of defense as well as the psychological aspects of stress and trauma. The cost is $120 for four 60-minute classes. You do not need to be a member of Catalyst to sign up. Details: 2233 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, (404) 856-0513,

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This brightly flavored savory salad works well as an appetizer or a main dish. Traditionally made with pork, this recipe calls for chicken, as well as a handful of other ingredients that you likely already have in the kitchen. Salad 1 qt. water 5 fresh cilantro stalks, chopped 1 thin sliced shallot 1 thin sliced green onion stalk 2 tbsp. unsalted whole peanuts 1 oz. fresh ginger, julienned 10 oz. ground chicken Romaine lettuce ½ head of cabbage (optional) Yum Dressing (yields 1 cup) ½ cup thin soy sauce ½ cup lemon juice 1½ tsp. sugar Combine and mix. Keep for later use. Method Bring water to a boil and add the ground chicken until fully cooked. Strain the chicken into a mixing bowl. Keep the romaine lettuce and cabbage to the side for plate setup. Add all other ingredients to the chicken and gently mix. You may place the salad over a bed of chopped romaine

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According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who follow a vegan diet may have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Whether you are vegan or just love your greens, there are plenty of local eateries that offer vegan options. Local restaurant Davio’s Atlanta has made vegan options a permanent staple on its menu. Offerings include baby arugula salad with asparagus, avocado, candied pecans and lemon olive oil dressing, quinoa with mixed squash and mushrooms, vegan Nicoise salad and more.

Words like “organic” and “natural” are terms you are likely to see at your local grocer, but what about “GMO-free”? According to the World Health Organization, GMO (geneticallymodified organism) is defined as “organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.” The health effects of eating GMO crops are relatively unknown, so many states are pushing for GMO labeling laws. According to the website, the nine GMO crops on the market in the U.S. are corn, soybeans, canola, cotton, sugar beets, alfalfa, Hawaiian papaya, zucchini and yellow crookneck squash.

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Explore new ways to get more out of life

Up, Up and Away! If you want the new year to include more family time, head to Historic Banning Mills and enjoy lots of kid-friendly (and adult-friendly) activities. Located just an hour outside of Atlanta, you’ll find aerial adventures and plenty of relaxation among the beauty of the outdoors. While zip-lining adventures and the world’s tallest freestanding climbing wall are among the different attractions for the older kids, their newest addition is the two-tiered obstacle course adventure exclusively for children ages four and up. It includes sky bridges and zip lines separated into areas for older and younger children. Older kids can venture out on the “Crazy Squirrel” children’s course or the three and a half hour “Aerial Gauntlet” canopy tour. This retreat isn’t all adrenaline, though. Historic Banning Mills also offers a relaxing bed and breakfast option. While the kids swing through the trees, you can relax in the B&B’s day spa, by the Olympic-sized swimming pool or on the serene catch-and-release fishing lake. Historic Banning Mills also offers horseback riding adventures, guided kayak tours and scenic hiking trails.

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For a fun weekend away, Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course offers special grand slam getaway packages that include time on the Bob Walker-designed golf course. The par-72 course is one of the most scenic in Georgia, with 10 of the 18 holes overlooking Richard B. Russell Lake. Richard B. Russell State Park also offers fun for the whole family with activities like fishing, boating, seasonal canoe and pedal boat rentals, disc golf rentals and six miles of trails for hiking and biking. Through February, rates are $124 per person and include a two-night stay in a two-bedroom cabin, as well as two rounds of golf with a four person minimum.

Attend a canning workshop at the Piedmont Park Conservancy Community Center to learn how to preserve an array of seasonal vegetables for the colder months. Lyn Deardorff, a canner with 40 years of experience, will give you hands-on instruction about how to safely preserve your food with a water bath method. In the workshop, which takes place on February 16 at noon, you will can three different types of food and learn how to can on your own at home. All supplies will be provided, and the cost is $75 per person. Details: 1071 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA,

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Why did I get the flu even though I got vaccinated this season? You can still get the flu despite being vaccinated if you were infected prior to the vaccination, since symptoms start one to four days after the flu virus enters the body. Chances are you became infected during the two weeks it took for the vaccination to be fully effective. Another possibility is a different flu strain than the one used to create the vaccine infected you, though the vaccine still offers some protection in this case. The flu shot and hand hygiene are still the best ways to prevent you from contracting the flu.


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What is a bunion and what causes them? A bunion (or hallux valgus deformity) is when the big toe joint is no longer aligned with the rest of the toes and begins to angle to the outside border of the foot. Most research has shown that family history and shoe wear are the two main causes. Narrow toe box shoes, which tend to push the big toe joint to the outside, have been shown to be a cause of the problem. However, not everyone who regularly wears these types of shoes develops bunions. Therefore, genetics play an important role as well. If patients have pain or problems with a bunion, it is recommended that a foot and ankle specialist be seen so that options can be discussed and a treatment plan made.

What types of treatments are available for back and neck pain that don’t involve surgery? There are many different ways to treat spinal pain. However, 95 percent can be done non-surgically. In addition to medications and physical therapy, other options available include in-office injections, spine procedures like epidural injections, acupuncture and newer treatments like prolotherapy (which involves injecting a non-pharmacological and non-active irritant solution into the body) and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection therapy.


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ating healthy and taking care of your heart are hot topics these days. Pick up any health magazine, and odds are, you’ll come across plenty of tips for keeping your ticker in top shape. There is a lot of information out there and rightfully so – according to the American Heart Association, heart disease is still the number one killer of adults in the United States. While some risk factors for heart disease cannot be changed, such as your family medical history, there is plenty you can do to help lower your risk.

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Common Sense Shopping When you’re trying to determine what’s heart healthy, your best bets are the foods your body can recognize. Bestselling author Michael Pollan put it best in his book, “In Defense of Food,” when he advised, “Don’t eat anything your great-great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” As often as possible, try to get your meat and produce at a local farmers market from vendors who grew the food with organic practices. If farmers markets are not an option for you, registered dietitian Rachel Brandeis has advice about navigating the grocery store. “Shop the perimeter and utilize the inside aisles sparingly.” This will help you stick to foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. If you do drift into the inner aisles, beware of foods that claim to be heart healthy, all natural or low fat. First of all, in order to make those claims, food has to have a box or can for the claim to be printed on. Likely these are simply marketing ploys, and the packaging is your first tip that the food is processed. When dealing with processed foods, you can’t trust the claims. Instead, you have to be an educated consumer and learn what those labels and packages are really telling you.

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• Percent daily value. This term simply means how much of your daily nutrients the food provides. For example, a snack with 2.5 grams of fat may fulfill 11 percent of your daily recommended fat intake. Keep an eye on these percentages. To be considered heart healthy, foods should be low in total fat, cholesterol and sodium. If any of those percentages are creeping up around 20 percent, steer clear of that food. • Beneficial nutrients. For certain nutrients, it’s good to see a higher percentage. The FDA recommends plenty of calcium, dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C. • Ingredients. On food labels, the first few ingredients listed are the most prevalent in that food. If you see sugar or high fructose corn syrup high on the ingredient list – skip it.


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Earwood says, once you review the serving size, reading your food label can help ensure your diet is low in saturated fat, low in sodium, high in fiber and high in vitamins and minerals. “Limiting the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease, while reducing sodium in the diet can help prevent increases in blood pressure.” A big culprit to monitor on your food label is the presence and percentage of trans fats. “Trans fats are produced during a process called hydrogenation that changes liquid oils with unsaturated fats into saturated fats,” Earwood says. “In a recent preliminary decision, the FDA determined that partially hydrogenated oils, or trans fats, are no longer recognized as safe. Trans fats can raise your bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower your good cholesterol (HDL).” Earwood says sometimes companies advertise food items as having “no trans fats” per serving. This means, as long as you eat one serving, you will get less than half a gram of trans fat. “However, most people consume more than one serving of foods, such as vegetable oil spreads, at one time,” Earwood warns. “So, the better option is to read the ingredients list and avoid anything with ‘partially hydrogenated oils’ as an ingredient.” Brandeis says, as saturated and trans fats are the main culprits in terms of pulmonary artery disease, it’s important to move toward a plant-based diet. “Limit processed and packaged foods. Limit fatty meats. Sub out unhealthy fats for healthy fats,” she says, like those found in avocados and nuts. “You need to find an eating plan that works for you, something not too rigid, and something you can stick to for a long period of time. It’s a lifestyle change.” Another factor to keep in mind, outside of the food you eat, is your family medical history. “Research shows having one relative, such as a father or mother, with a heart attack under age 55 increases your risk by 33 percent, while having two relatives increases risk by 50 percent,” says Saira Gillani, ND of Natural Health Atlanta. “If you do have a strong family history of heart attacks, it’s in your best interest to make sure your blood pressure is under control and get your cholesterol checked frequently.” The bottom line is to use your common sense. If you can’t pronounce or understand the ingredients on a food’s label, don’t eat that food. Instead, try to concentrate on whole vegetables and fruits that don’t have labels at all.

Defining Fad Diets Once you know what to look for in your food, it’s a matter of sticking to good habits and getting active to help keep your heart healthy. And you won’t see the life-long results you want through fad diets. Registered dietitian Sarah Shanahan of Good Measure Meals says fad diets eliminate major food groups and are difficult to follow. “You can pick out negatives and positives from each fad diet, but it doesn’t mean that, as a whole, the diet is going to provide you all the nutrients you need to have a healthy diet,” she says. Experts break down the popular diets and let you know what to look out for when keeping your heart in mind: •

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“It’s not designed for healthy people who want to jump on the bandwagon. You can actually do yourself a disservice. It’s low in dietary fiber and whole grain, which are cardio protective.”

If you are looking to make adjustments in your diet without cutting out necessary nutrients, Shanahan says to keep this in mind: “We still do need fat. It’s important for development,” she says. “We want to focus on unsaturated fat, which comes from plants. It’s important to eat less animal products and focus on plant products. Unsaturated fat comes from fatty fish, olive oil, nuts and seeds, avocados and more. It helps boost your good cholesterol levels.”

• Sugar ree “Following a sugar-free diet will not necessarily keep your heart healthy,” Earwood says. “The diet may help reduce triglycerides, which impact your heart. However, if triglycerides are elevated, sugar could be one of several causes. Consumption of fat, alcohol and other nutrients may need to be adjusted to bring triglycerides down to a healthy range.”

Take the First Steps For the majority of us, making major changes to our day to day is not going to be easy – we are creatures of habit. Shanahan says to start small. “Take it slow. Pick one thing you can do easily. If it’s switching butter to olive oil, it’s heart healthier.”

• Pale “This diet is very low-carb and low-grain based,” Brandeis says. “For a healthy heart, you want to limit meats and red meats. If someone came in to my office and had pulmonary troubles, I would not recommend Paleo. Meats are still high in saturated fat. You need a well balanced, high fiber, low animal product diet.” •

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• The radial approach to cardiac catheterization, done through the wrist, eliminates the requirement for a patient to lay flat for two to four hours post-procedure.

This facility is continuing to grow and develop its cardiac services and plans on making some major additions down the road. Right now, patients can expect advancements such as:

• The heart failure clinic allows patients to be seen by a heart failure certified cardiologist and have access to heart failure education, medication management and more.

• The Interventional Cardiac Cath services in the Roswell/Alpharetta area can effectively treat cardiac blockage within 90 minutes of the onset of symptoms. • A brand new, state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab recently opened, which contains a Philips FD-20 digital cath unit for virtually distortion-free visualization of small details and objects to support endovascular surgery, including AAA and carotid stenting procedures.

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital The addition of a patient navigator and the opening of the Marcus Heart Valve Center gives patients a guide through their heart treatment, from first steps in the door to checking out of the facility. Some new innovations include: • A program dedicated to women’s heart health: a simple series of tests helps doctors customize a care plan. Tests include screenings for circulation abnormalities, blood pressure, BMI and waist circumference, checking blood sugar, cholesterol, and checking for high-risk cholesterol markers and inflammatory markers (CRP).

• In November, North Fulton performed its first Percutaneous Cardiac Intervention (PCI) in the new lab. • A chest pain center and women’s cardiology program are in the works for future treatment.

Whether you already do one or some of these, make sure to arm yourself with the knowledge and know-how to help you navigate any heart health woes. If you need extra guidance, seek out the help of a nutritionist or your family physician to make sure you are making the right choices for your diet and your heart.

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To help get you started, we looked around to find some of the city’s single hot spots, and also got a few suggestions for finding “the one” from some local experts. We spoke with certified dating and relationship coach Gabrielle Brooke, counselor and sex therapist Dr. Tiffanie L. Davis Henry, matchmaker Lisa Lyngos, and author of “Get Married This Year,” Dr. Janet Page, who revealed some of their favorite places and activities to meet new people.

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1. Chattahoochee Trail – Dr. Page suggests hitting a trail and strolling through the common area before the trails split off. 2. Piedmont Park – Head to this heavy foot-trafficked park to run, walk, bike or walk your dog. 3. Brook Run Dog Park – For more doggie excitement, visit this off-leash dog park in Dunwoody. If your friendly puppy runs up to another unattached dog owner, you have an instant excuse to chat. 4. Atlanta Single Hikers – Make s’mores! This group shares a common love of the outdoors, hiking and camping. 5. Atlanta Outdoor Club – Take your love of the outdoors and use it to make new love connections. 6. Silver Comet Trail – Singles of all ages hit this trail on foot and by bike, so make sure to check it out next time you want to break a sweat.

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Our city’s cultural venues and seasonal events provide the perfect backdrop for meeting that special someone. Ignite a new flame while you discover new artists, listen to music and experience fine cuisine through the year. 7. Jazz & Cocktails at the High Museum of Art – One Friday each month, the museum offers this event that draws a large crowd of like-minded folks. Snag a cute art buff to show you around the exhibits. 8. Cocktails in the Garden – The Atlanta Botanical Garden hosts special events like this after-hours mixer during the summer, which can draw a fun crowd. The Garden is highly recommended by Lyngos as a great place to meet singles. 9. Drink in Design – Mix with design-oriented types at this Museum of Design Atlanta event. The free drinks and interesting tours are an instant conversation starter.

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10. Taste of Atlanta and the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival – Events like this are ideal for finding fellow foodies. If you get to know each other over a meal, you’re practically on your first date already. 11. Atlanta Dogwood Festival and the Atlanta Jazz Festival – Thousands of festival lovers visit these events each spring, so you could meet a fellow music or art lover. 12. Atlanta Beer Festival and SweetWater 420 Fest – Sampling libations can help be an icebreaker when meeting new people.

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How did you two meet?

We actually met about seven years before we started dating with lots of mutual friends, but we were dating other people. We went out on a few double dates together with the people we were dating at the time! Years later we met up again on St Patrick’s Day with a group of friends – he asked me out and we were engaged eight months later.

How long have you been together? We have been married since 2002 (so just a little over 11 years married) and together for 12 and a half.

What activities do you enjoy doing together? We are so busy these days with younger children, work and sports, just like most couples our age, and Chris travels a lot. Fortunately my job is flexible, and the days he gets to be home we try to go out and spend a few hours together and just talk and catch up. One of our favorite things to do is take the dogs for a walk around the park, getting some fresh air and exercise and just being together. Having uninterrupted time to talk to each other is so important.

How do you keep the excitement and romance in your relationship? I really started thinking about it and the excitement and romance was in being together, with a great group of friends who we have known forever, with all of our kids running around the house playing. We both cherish this family we have created together, and enjoy all the stages of our relationship as it continues to grow and change.

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Get Started! Prepare yourself “Make a list of the things you enjoy doing or would be open to trying,” Brooke says. You should also make a list of your values and beliefs and the kinds of people you would like to date. Taking these criteria, next do the research to narrow which groups or activities you would like to participate in. “Be open to meeting people that you wouldn’t typically be attracted to,” Dr. Davis Henry says. “You’ve got to be open to finding the right person, not the perfect person. And the right person may look nothing like what you’ve envisioned.”

13. Salsa Dancing – Try salsa dancing at Havana Club, Loca Luna and Tongue & Groove. Dancing is a great excuse to get close to someone and test your chemistry together. Need lessons before you go? Head over to Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta on Miami Circle to hone your moves before you hit the dance floor. 14. Boxing & Martial Arts – Work on your skills and work up a sweat at these contact classes. Don’t be shy to ask for tips on improving your form from a fellow student. 15. Yoga & Pilates – Men seeking women, head to yoga classes where you’ll find more women but won’t feel out of place, like at Decatur Yoga & Pilates. Meeting a potential partner and working on inner peace – you can’t beat that combo. 16. Atlanta Track Club – Atlanta’s iconic running club and home of the Peachtree Road Race offers you opportunites to run, walk or volunteer with others who enjoy the same activities. 17. Golf – Lyngos recommends visiting a driving range like Northcrest Golf Range or Atlanta Golf Center. Ask one of the regulars to help you perfect your swing. 18. Atlanta Sport and Social Club – Enjoy all kinds of sports-related activities like sand volleyball and soccer while searching for “the one.” Next month, they’re throwing a March Madness beer pong tournament in Midtown – it’s a perfect excuse to play a few rounds with someone you want to get to know. 19. Networking events – These are non-threatening places to meet new professionals. Check for upcoming options. Since the focus isn’t on dating, you can build platonic foundations and let them develop without pressure. 20. Meetups – Subscribe to for singles’ clubs or financial clubs and more to find like-minded adults. 21. Wine Tastings – Attend a wine class or wine tasting at Vino Venue. Other locations include The Cellar Club in Murphy’s or Wine Shoe, a boutique wine shop. By the end, you’re sure to have made a few connections.

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If you are an introvert, you will need to challenge yourself to be extroverted for a moment or two. Lyngos recommends having a game plan and a list of topics that make sense to cover during a first meeting or first date. Make a good impression by discussing family (as in siblings, not future children), food likes, your dream job, travel experiences and what you like to do in your free time.

Avoid the pitfalls When you meet someone, avoid talking about yourself too much. “Make sure the conversation is even, goes back and forth. Too much on one person’s end makes them sound narcissistic,” Dr. Davis Henry says. You should also be careful about harping on what was wrong with your ex(es) and setting out to find a husband or wife on the first date.

Analyze your past Consider your past relationships and figure out why they haven’t worked. “Don’t bring old baggage into new relationships,” Dr. Davis Henry says. You will need to let go of old habits and possibly do some therapeutic work before starting out. Be honest with yourself.

Maintain a positive attitude Know that it may take time, and you might have some failures and even rejections before you meet a great person, Brooke cautions. “That’s normal. If you view each setback as a learning experience and maintain your sense of humor, the whole dating process will continue to get easier,” she says. You need to be willing to put in the time to find “the one.” Dr. Page recommends making a concerted effort at least three times per week. “It’s a numbers game,” she says. In the end, if you meet enough people, you will be able to find the right man or woman. The odds are in your favor!




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Volunteer Various non-profits around the city are always looking for a helping hand, and you never know who you’ll end up meeting. 22. Habitat for Humanity – Habitat for Humanity attracts plenty of members of both sexes, and working toward a common goal (especially for charity) is a great foundation for any relationship. 23. Atlanta Humane Society – If you love animals and want to meet someone who does too, volunteer with Atlanta Humane Society. 24. Truly Living Well Center or the Wylde Center – Get dirty and volunteer with a community garden. If you find someone with a green thumb like yours, invite them to a local nursery and peruse the plants together. 25. Singles Volunteer Atlanta – SVA brings Atlanta singles together for volunteer work, fun and camaraderie.

Religious Groups These gatherings not only provide fulfillment for the soul, but may also be the way to connect with someone who fills your heart. 26. Church Single Groups – Consider singles groups at churches like North Point Community Church’s Singles Ministry. Keep in mind that no group is too small. Dr. Page’s friend attended a church group singles event where she was just one of three. Luckily, the other two attendees were men, and she ended up marrying one of them! 27. Meditation – The Atlanta Soto Zen Center has weekly sutra services and social events. 28. Choir Groups – Join the choir at your spiritual home like the Sound of Light Choir at the Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta. If you meet someone here, choir practice will become an easy weekly date. 29. Jewish Single Groups – Younger singles can find options at the Marcus Jewish Community Center and participate in everything from sports leagues to mix and mingle events. 30. Buckhead Church – The Buckhead Church has a Singles Ministry which helps singles connect with each other through the church and other activities.

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Free local workshops help parents save thousands! Woodstock, Ga—Metro Atlanta parents planning on sending a child to college in the next few years, but who aren’t quite sure how to pay for it can now rest a little easier. Jason Flurry, CFP® founder of the National Center For College Planning and Legacy partners Financial Group has been educating parents about what to do if they haven’t saved enough for college and retirement. ‘It’s really sad, but most parents we talk to have done really well financially, but never found the time to save for college, and now they’re facing a bill of $18,000-$50,000 a year. They don’t know who to turn to for help,’ he says. ‘Furthermore, most of the time, all they hear is to not even bother applying for any aid because they make too much money. However, most of the time, that is simply not true…even if they make a good six-figure income.’ Jason would know, because he’s worked with over 1000 families in the last 16 years ranging from single moms to corporate CEO’s, and he swears he can help anyone get through the process and save a bundle….no matter how good of a student they have or how much money they make. ‘Simply put, we show parents the truth that they aren’t hearing anywhere else about how the college process really works, and how they

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can get their child into a top school easily, help that student pick a career that will suit them and pay them well, and save thousands of dollars in the process.” North Metro parents will have several opportunities to hear Jason speak. He is teaching his free class ‘How to Give Your Kid a 4-Year College Education…Without Going Broke!’ throughout the year. ‘We’ll discuss everything from the greatest myths about the college process, to how to send your student to a fancy private school for less than the cost of a junior college…it’ll be like learning how to get a brand new Lexus for the price of a used pick up truck,’ he grins. Topics will also include why private scholarships and 529 plans are a waste of time, how to double or even triple the amount of free money you receive from each school, and how to avoid the one mistake that will kill your chances of getting any money at all that almost every other parent will make this year, and much, much more. “The class is totally free, but seats usually fill up quickly. We have to turn people away or add them to a waiting list pretty often,” Flurry says. You can reserve a seat or get more info by calling (678) 388-2233 or online at www.YourCollegePlanners. com.



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I had gained 65lbs with my first pregnancy and wanted a healthier approach with my second baby. I began running 5ks, half marathons and triathlons basically so I could eat whatever I wanted but eventually figured out that running was not going to get me a sexy body. After I had my second child, I changed the type of training I do from running to weight training, lost weight and reshaped my body, and gained confidence.


Having more confidence has opened up a lot of new opportunities for me. Most recently I was chosen for an acting job. I had decided to audition for a part as an extra in a local television show. I knew it was a shot in the dark but thought it would be fun. Not only did they pick me for the extra role, but they asked me to be the body double for the lead actress! Now I am ready to pursue acting and modeling. #HELSEAEATSSMALL HEALTHYMEALSADAY 7HATINSPIRESYOUTHEMOST My girls. I want to show them that they I’ve learned you have to eat a lot can do anything they set their mind to. of the right foods to look good I never want them to step on a scale and that includes carbs. You must and think it defines them. I don’t even affect the muscle to make a own a scale. change, so don’t be afraid of lifting weights. You won’t get bulky. In fact, I’m the smallest I’ve ever been.



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