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Is Sitting Really the New Smoking?

Choosing to Love Ed and Michaeline Roland Keep Their Marriage Center Stage p. 28

Your Heart Thinks So

February is American 23 Heart Month 8 From the Publisher

Nominations Open for Our Annual Over 40 & Fabulous! Contest

11 Best Bulletin

New Ideas and Activities

45 Best Fitness

Stay Strong and Active

50 Best Cause

52 Give-Back Guide

16 Best Bites

54 Business News

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A Healthy Taste of Romance Enjoy Activities Around the City

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Live Your Best Life Together

What’s In and What’s Out for 2016 p. 39

Whitby Handbags: Carrying the Weight

14 Best Health & Beauty

Tips to Keep You Feeling Great

Hair Trends

Show Some Love to Your Community News You Can Use for Better Living Complete Guide to Our Advertising Partners

Dating Over 40 Relax, Now You Know What You Want! p. 33

58 Note to Self

Thoughts from the Editor

EXPERT CONNECT

On the cover Featured on the cover: Michaeline and Ed Roland Photography by: Richie Arpino

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Cupid, Hit Me With Your Best Shot Put on your skivvies and skedaddle on February 13 in Cupid’s Undie Run. Hundreds of barelydressed runners brave the streets of Atlanta to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Join a team, run solo or grab a partner for a fun way to aid a great cause.

Art For Grabs Is your cell phone handy? Because you’re going to need it for ART PAPERS 17th Annual Art Auction on February 27. Thanks to a partnership with 501 Auctions this year, this sensational event will introduce mobile bidding to add to the connoisseur experience. Browse works from over 200 local artists and celebrate the thriving Atlanta art community. Details: BoBo Intriguing Objects in West Midtown artpapers.org

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Crane advises to look for organic or biodynamic certifications, which indicate that the grapes were grown without chemicals or pesticides and the wine was produced in an environmentally friendly manner. If you’re still unsure, strike up a conversation with a trusted sommelier or vintner, and they’ll lead you to the right wines for you. To start you on your way, here are some suggestions from the local pros:

IAN MENDELSOHN: • Some Napa Valley picks: “For a white, the 2012 Semillon from Dirty and Rowdy Family Wines, and for a red, the 2010 Robert Sinskey POV.” Details: dirtyandrowdy.com; robertsinskey.com HARDY WALLACE: • From Italy: “Wines of Radikon. They primarily produce ‘orange wines’ (whites fermented in their skins like a red wine). The Radikon wines take the casual drinker down the rabbit hole into another dimension of wine.” Details: radikon.it; lecaveauwine.com • From California: “Everyone should try the wines of Forlorn-Hope. Each bottle is dubbed ‘another rare creature.’ Matthew Rorick makes wines primarily from grapes and places you have never heard of.” Details: forlornhope.com ERIC CRANE: • Personal Favorite: “Wineries with biodynamic certifications include Robert Sinskey based in Napa, Domaine Leroy in Burgundy and Chapoutier in the Rhône.” Details: robertsinskey.com; domaine-leroy.com; chapoutier.com; empiredist.com

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n the 1940s and ‘50s, scientists raised the alarm that cigarette smoking contributed to disease. And yet it wasn’t until 1964, when the Surgeon General released a report saying definitively that smoking caused lung cancer, that the public began to change behavior. More than 50 years later, we’re still fighting the public health battle against smoking. But another behavior has been hailed as “the new smoking,” a health menace that requires intervention: sitting. Yes, sitting. Evidence is mounting that too much time on your tush leads to chronic health problems and an overall higher risk of mortality. Worse, the length of time we spend sitting doesn’t seem to be offset by how much exercise we get. So, how much damage are we doing while we sit idle? And how much of the hype is just that—hype?

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Resigned to Recline? Sitting is a behavior that, barring disability, we all do. And it’s one that’s easy to ignore because it’s such a big part of our daily life. We’re commuting to work or school, we’re seated at a desk behind a computer or around a conference table. We spend our leisure time watching TV or reclined at a movie theatre or lingering at a restaurant table. “With the Industrial Revolution, we started moving away from traditional, ambulatory living into what some have called a ‘chairsentenced’ life,” says Randy Martin, MD, FACC, FESC, FASE, emeritus professor of cardiology at Emory University Medical School and principal advisor of the Marcus Heart Valve Center. “Employers believed that the fewer minutes moved during the day, the more productive workers would become.”

On average, more than half of our waking life is spent sitting down. While there are plenty of public health recommendations for exercise (The World Health Organization [WHO] recommends 150 minutes of moderately intense activity per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise), there’s no guideline for the length of time you should (or shouldn’t) be sitting. Surely evolution didn’t give us two legs and the ability to walk upright because we’re designed to recline.

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sedentary time was associated with a greater risk of: • cardiovascular disease • cancer (breast, colon, colorectal, endometrial and ovarian) • Type 2 diabetes • all-cause mortality While high levels of physical activity decreased some of the ill health effects of time spent sitting, it didn’t erase the risk. Sitting for eight hours a day at work wasn’t cancelled out by a 60-minute workout, no matter how intense. The individual studies included in the review had all pointed out serious health risks related to prolonged sedentary behavior, but taken together, the evidence is damning. The limitation of an epidemiological approach, however, is that it can’t determine that sitting caused these diseases and conditions—only that it’s associated with them.

A big question is: What are the bodily processes that happen (or don’t happen) while you’re sitting that make you more susceptible to falling apart?

What’s a Body to Do? In the hour after a big meal, the body experiences a spike in blood glucose and insulin response. Over time, those spikes lead to fatigue of the insulin-secretion system, which in turn leads to Type 2 diabetes. That is, if you’re sitting. But if you walk after a meal, or do even 10 minutes of moderate activity, those spikes aren’t so severe.

Simple workday recommendations from Dr. Randy Martin: • Try to decrease your sitting time by two hours. • Walk around while you’re talking on the phone. • Stand while you’re watching TV. • Have walking meetings. • Take the stairs when you can.

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shows that sitting for long periods of time decreases your LPL levels by as much as 90 percent. If you’ve spent most of your day sitting, even if you go to the gym straight after work, the damage has been done. However, studies also show that moving on an hourly basis throughout the day keeps LPL levels high. When we’re moving, the cellular processes that keep us healthy are also trucking along. When we stop, so do they. What’s the answer to the optimal workplace? Do we all need a standing desk (or a bicycle desk or a treadmill desk or maybe a hamster wheel)?

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That way, you’re letting different groups of muscles rest at different times by building a variety of movement into your day.

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As for treadmill desks, research shows that performance of certain tasks, like typing, deteriorates while walking; other tasks, like reading a document or making a phone call, are unaffected. But the more cost-effective (free, in fact!) version of a treadmill desk is to get up and walk around while you’re on a call.

“Remember the 20/8/2 rule: 20 minutes sitting, 8 minutes standing, 2 minutes walking around.”

According to Dr. Alan Hedge, a professor of ergonomics at Cornell University, concern over how much time we spend sitting versus standing at work is nothing new — although a hundred years ago, the worry was over too much standing and the dangers of being on your feet for hours: varicose veins, fatigue and strain on the circulatory system.

Heart Healthy Ways to Move at Your Desk

Better health at work doesn’t require new equipment, and neither does a resolution to standing from 9 to 5 or a brutal workout after hours. The answer may simply be making more transitions from seated to standing. More research is needed to investigate the underlying causes of the links between sitting and disease, but in the meantime, remember the 20/8/2 rule: 20 minutes sitting, eight minutes standing, two minutes walking around. Don’t let your sweaty gym time go to waste.

Instead of emailing or calling co-workers, get up and walk over to their desk and ask them to return the favor. #teamwork Headed to a different floor? Use the stairs instead of the elevator.

Multi-Task: Answer calls or brainstorm ideas while on the move. This gets the blood flowing and the thoughts rolling.

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Substitute out that office chair for a stability ball to engage more muscle groups. Take a walk! When weather is nice, go outside for a stroll in fresh air.

Go to the gym for lunch. If your office has a gym, make a lunch date with the treadmill for an easy way to add more activity.

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Detour: Plan longer routes around the office. Seek out a restroom on another floor or on a distant side of the building. Add at least 20 extra steps one week, then build on that by adding more steps the next week … and the next… and the next!

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No Strings Immediately intrigued, Ed’s curiosity would be forced to simmer—he headed to the Middle East to play for the troops and couldn’t contact her for weeks. When he finally did, he refused to take “NO” for an answer. One Saturday, he insisted she meet up with him at a local restaurant, volleyed every excuse she lobbed his way and promised to sit there waiting as long as it took. She decided to go talk to him for a little while, with no intention of staying long. No intentions at all. But, there was undeniable chemistry between them and an instant connection … and another extra ticket on the table—this time to see REM that night. bestselfatlanta.com

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Over the hours and hours they spent together, Michaeline learned about Ed’s unwavering devotion to family above anything else, a conviction she shares. “We have the same values. Family first. It’s the nucleus of success and happiness,” she says. He gushed about his adoration for his son, making it clear that time with his son ranked paramount on his agenda. She recalls, “He had a son that was the apple of his eye. He took care of his parents in every way. He showed them great respect and made many life and career decisions around what’s best for the family unit. [He showed] integrity, generosity and loyalty to family over all the things that could have easily trumped his value system.” That date was “it” for Ed; he says that he was a “done deal” and took himself off the market. He informed her quite plainly that he did not plan to see anyone else, but she could take all the time she needed to figure out who and what she wanted. Despite her attraction, Michaeline hesitated. She’d come through a painful divorce and wasn’t sure about rushing into a serious relationship. And, truthfully, she worried he might be a bit of a bum. To Michaeline, he appeared to be hanging out around town all the time and living in a practically empty apartment. She knew very little about his career and told him that he ought to think about getting a job. He had one. Still does.

Hook and Riff As frontman of Collective Soul, Ed Roland has spent 25 years writing songs and singing lead vocals for the multi-platinum band he started out of his hometown in Stockbridge, Georgia. Their chart-topping success began with that first radio-smash-turnedgenerational-anthem “Shine” off their 1993 debut album Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid. With millions of records sold, a catalog of #1 hits, featured songs on movie soundtracks, adoring fans, sold-out concerts and induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Collective Soul continues to hold a treasured place in the rock firmament. Ed greets that success with an authentic gratitude and the gracious 30

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“…we fell in love by chance, we stay in love by choices we make daily. We have chosen to stay on the path of ‘I do.’” character of a true Southern gentleman. A few years ago, Ed added another venture to the mix, starting Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project, which exudes an entirely different spirit than Collective Soul while still retaining the signature Ed Roland influence. Ed explains that when he’s touring, his schedule is obviously hectic, but when he’s writing and recording, his life can be more laid back. He was in that relaxed mode when they first started dating, which he admits probably didn’t make much sense to the more corporate-minded Michaeline. And that apartment was sort of a pit stop after his own complicated divorce. He found a house and was ready to get settled in his own place—and he was also ready for Michaeline to be a big part of his future.

They married in Savannah in 2006 and make their home in suburban Atlanta, where they raise Lennon, their young son, and live near Lindsay, Ed’s teenage son from a previous marriage. Of their 16-year age difference, Michaeline once again divulges that she had not been aware that Ed was so much older than she when they first connected. “It doesn’t matter,” she shrugs, “and it doesn’t matter what he does. What matters [about people] is who they are.”

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For Ed, tours can last months. The schedule is anything but typical—on stage late at night and up till the wee hours of the morning. Sleeping during the day, then set-ups and sound checks and back out there. He makes sure to see the family every two weeks while he’s on the road, and, in addition, Michaeline tries to manage at least one surprise trip to see him. “It can be tough on Ed,” she says, and this relationship is top priority for them. They both focus on keeping their connection strong no matter what it takes, even if that means Michaeline flies halfway across the world at a moment’s notice just to curl up next to her husband on the tour bus. About taking the kids to visit him on tour, she admits, “It’s great, but it’s also visiting Dad at work … at the office.” Ed’s committed to being home for a minimum of two months at a time between tours. As Ed says, when he’s home, he is HOME— embracing the structure and adoring every moment of family time. He’ll get up at 6, too, even if that means grabbing a nap later in the day. He revels in the blissful normalcy of balancing carpool lines with cutting an album and taking a studio break to come up for shared snack time or homework help. There’s time for Legos, light sabers and lyrical mastery. They both like to entertain and proclaim an “open-door policy” to family and friends. In fact, Ed regularly flings that door WIDE open. Michaeline says it’s not at all uncommon to have all bedrooms filled and people sleeping on couches. Weekend mornings could call for brewing coffee for old friends or cooking up pancakes for an up-and-coming band that Ed’s invited into the studio. All are welcome. This relaxed

hospitality harkens back to Ed’s roots as a preacher’s son from Stockbridge, where front-porch-rocking-chair-fellowship fostered community. Michaeline’s family hails originally from Seattle; her dad’s job moved them several places during her childhood, eventually settling in Atlanta in the mid1980s. She admits that she had to grow accustomed to Ed’s style of geniality—now she’s totally on board, invigorated by the bustle of a full house.

Amped Up They see their lives and their relationship as a “work in progress,” and they’ve both dedicated themselves to stay on the job with sleeves rolled up. They remain consciously open to change, knowing that each new challenge will teach them a skill necessary for healthy growth—both individually and as a couple. Ed looks over at Michaeline, pronouncing earnestly, “After 13 years, I [still] couldn’t live a day without you, and we keep evolving.” Nodding in agreement, Michaeline comments on their almost yinyang balance by noting their differences as an asset. She says that though she and Ed may seem like opposites, she’s more confused when people end up with someone exactly like them: “How do you marry yourself? The differences keep it interesting!” These two actively nourish their relationship on a daily basis. They present a unified front and affirm that their marriage is their most important project, never to be downplayed by other interests. Michaeline elaborates, “We believe marriage is a choice we must both make each day. I gave Ed a bracelet years ago that tells him although we fell in love by chance, we stay in love by choices we make daily. We have chosen to stay on the path of ‘I do.’” As they talk and laugh around the Roland kitchen table, the fuzzy face of Trooper the goldendoodle peeking around corners and nuzzling into laps, the word most often dancing around the conversation is “grateful.” Grateful for the forces that brought them together. Grateful for the family they’ve created. Grateful for the opportunities they have to support their community. Grateful for lessons they continue to learn. BEST SELF ATLANTA

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Starting Over After 40 “Often, people over 40 reentering the dating scene are newly divorced or separated. As a result, it can be difficult for them to know how to start again,” says psychologist Salama Marine with EliteSingles. “Some people may be ready to date immediately; others need to build their confidence by meeting different people.” The dating site EliteSingles surveyed 2500 members over the age of 40 and discovered that over 40 percent reported not finding fellow older singles attractive/interesting enough, while 36 percent said that they had difficulty finding other people who are single later in life. Despite these perceived challenges, 96 percent of respondents agreed that it was possible to fall in love at any age. “The biggest thing for dating over 40 is to actually start dating,” says certified sex therapist Natalie Elliott. For many men and women, the problem is knowing how to start. “Go on practice dates,” says spiritual advisor Ursula Lentine. “Go out with male friends just to get used to the opposite sex again.” Once you begin “real” dating, consider dates without alcohol. Lentine recommends a walk in the park or a bicycle ride, and Elliott suggests a coffee or ice cream date. “Dating is awkward and uncomfortable,” says Lentine, which can cause people to get nervous and drink — sometimes too much.

Instead, be honest about your feelings, even if it means admitting your nervousness. “Short statements like ‘I feel happy,’ or ‘I feel comfortable’ will do the trick,” notes Lentine. Chances are, your companion also feels a bit anxious, and acknowledging the awkwardness could lighten the mood.

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DO set up a fabulous profile for online dating.

DO clean up your social media pages — remove compromising photos and possibly pictures of your ex.

Today, dating and technology go handin-hand. From online dating to texting, everybody’s doing it, including the over40 crowd. In fact, in the EliteSingles survey, 78 percent described online dating as a great way to meet people.

DO pick up the phone and save texting for

Maria Sullivan of iDate says, “Since most over-40 people do not have time to meet people in the former conventional ways, [they] now look to online dating. A great dating profile and picture are absolutely necessary.”

DO work on your “self” — practice

Feature a profile picture that shows your entire face as well as shots of your full body. Write a strong profile; get help or feedback from a trusted friend as you compose it. “It took you 40 years to get here, and hopefully there is more to share than a few words,” says Sullivan. With an excellent write-up and photo, any site can be a match for your next great date. “It doesn’t matter what site you get on, if you have done the self

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DO be real. On a first date, dress like yourself and show your true personality.

DO listen attentively and be responsive. mindfulness, attend therapy, journal or go on a retreat.

DO engage in sexy texting if you feel comfortable, but keep it short and forgo photos.

DO get a full STD panel, and make sure you know how to negotiate safe sex for yourself.

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DON’T talk about your ex! It’s a sure sign that you are not ready to date again.

DON’T let your “baggage” stop you from dating.

DON’T be the “old man in the club.” Don’t dress or talk like someone half your age!

DON’T use outdated online dating/social media profile photos — if it’s more than five years old or more than 20 pounds ago, change it. And don’t use one that shows you wearing sunglasses.

DON’T be late for a date. Not cool. Ever. DON’T call or text too much or send unsolicited photos.

DON’T rely on someone else to make you happy.

DON’T get discouraged. This might take some time, but you’ve got nothing to lose.

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Let’s Talk About Sex Once you hit the dating scene, you’ll likely encounter sex after 40 too. “The mature dater seems to know more about what they want in a partner and what they will or will not tolerate,” says therapist Crystal Bradshaw, LPC, NCC, Gottman 7 Principles Educator with Synergy Counseling Innovations, LLC. “However, the challenge sometimes comes down to sharing this with someone.” To assist clients with navigating the tough questions, Bradshaw developed a “sex interview” that couples can use to find out more about each other’s likes and dislikes. Despite the difficulty that surrounds conversations about sex, make sure you are willing to have that talk, especially when it comes to safe sex. Ask your partner when he or she last had a full STD panel. “If you are not comfortable talking to your partner about this level of the relationship, then I want you to see that as a red flag,” says Elliott. bestselfatlanta.com

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Red Flags or Opportunities? While you may be completely ready for a concerted dating campaign, chances are you will encounter dates who are not. “Dating in your 40s can involve people in unique situations,” says Dr. Shay Thomas, a licensed marriage and family therapist. “Some people may be separated/divorced; others might be serial daters or commitment-phobes. In some cases, folks in their 40s may have unresolved issues from childhood or past relationships.” Be alert for general statements, such as “women always,” as well as reactions that do not match the situation  for example, a meltdown over where to go to dinner. If this happens in a relationship you are interested in pursuing, it’s time to communicate. “It’s not about things being perfect. It’s about when there are mistakes, how do we resolve them,” explains Thomas. In fact, the opportunities provided by dealing with past issues and learning to communicate give older daters a boost, according to Olson. People in their 40s and 50s are more willing to look at how they have built-up anger and resentment, which can be positive for dating. “We can’t heal what we won’t acknowledge,” says Olson. “The more we avoid our fears, the more we tend to repeat them.” Mature daters are more likely to begin to look at their patterns and how they recreate what they fear the most. “And that is a good thing. Self-awareness is critical to having a healthy relationship,” she says.

Spark Notes TURN ONS • Straight-forward, grown-up communication • Healthy self-image • Independent person who has their life together • Stability • Honesty • Common goals • Attentive listener • Confidence • Chivalry in men • High heels on women • Good manners • Strong sense of humor • Setting expectations for the next date in advance • Expressing genuine interest in your date • Speaking clearly about your feelings

TURN OFFS • Talking about your ex(es) • Posting misleading online dating profile images • Dressing like you are 20 • Demands and deal-breakers

Surprise — your 40s can be ideal for dating and relationships! Maybe it’s time to put your life experience to work for you and try viewing the dating scene from a positive perspective. You’re smart, savvy and seasoned, and someone out there is waiting to meet Y-O-U.

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RUNWAY HINTS One of the best indicators of future hair trends is often what looks show up on the runways at New York Fashion Week. “This season, each of these defining looks had a bit more interest. Some messy buns had an added braid, ponytails were anchored at interesting points and the gentle waves were more elegant,” notes Maggie Mulhern, New York City-based editor and art director for Modern Salon Magazine. According to Professional Beauty Association members, this is an “anything goes” era with hair color. From brilliant hues to muted pastels to new hair-painting techniques to splotch coloring and hand-pressed color, there’s no end to the color experimentation. Even glitter hairstyles sparkled on the runway at Los Angeles Fashion Week, along with simple, single-process hair colors like Taylor Swift’s monochromatic blonde.

COLOR & CUT Balayage will continue to be the highlighting method of choice, but the Salon Spa Business Network believes that the painted stripes have faded in favor of more organic, solid-appearing colors. Tailoring the color to your face shape and skin tone gives a more natural effect, as does a move back toward more shades such as bronde (a combination of brown and blonde hair), buttery blondes, rich red and strawberry tones. For those curious to try something really different, there are some great eggplant shades and silver blonde styles, which look very sophisticated.

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With cut, it’s all about the LOB, or “long bob,” in 2016. “The LOB with shattered ends continues to be the hottest look right now,” Mulhern says. As for styling, braids, buns and ponytails will continue to be big, predict Intercoiffure educators and stylists. Embrace your natural texture and enhance that with styles that are twisted, tied in knots and bows or accented with ribbons and large headbands. Winter waves are also big at the moment, which use a large barrel curler or flat iron to put very soft waves in the hair.

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It’s a brand new year—the perfect time to make resolutions and set new goals. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier or take on another challenge, we have the tips to help you achieve those goals.

4. Schedule the time.

For example, your goal may be to lose 50 pounds in 10 months or to exercise four days a week for 30 minutes each day. Be consistent, take notes and monitor your progress.

2. Don’t just think it—INK IT! Writing down your goals makes them tangible. Use sticky notes and stick them to your car dashboard and your bathroom mirror, or send yourself a reminder every day on your smartphone. The more you see your goal, the more it will help you maintain focus.

3. Connect with like-minded individuals for support and accountability. You become the five people you hang with the most. Choose those companions wisely. If you want to eat healthier, join a local group that meets weekly or check into an online forum for meal ideas and food strategies.

Add in the dates and times on your calendar (just as you would a business meeting) and make that appointment with yourself.

5. Stay inspired. Find what inspires you and revisit it often— whether it’s a speech, song or a simple quote. Inspiration is positive energy, and that positive energy can give you the strength to achieve any goal you desire.

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graceful bow at the footlights. We

Each of the stories in this issue

keep writing more chapters to our

honors that journey to love and

neverending story—whether or not

strength. The Rolands hold their

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minds and hearts open to each other and recognize that their individuality enhances their

But does that journey really end?

marriage. Our dating advisors give

What happens when the curtain

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