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contents JUNE 2014

Time to Ride

Over 40 & Fabulous! Contest Winners

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From the Publisher

A Summer of Giving Back

10 From the Editor The Next Adventure

13 Contributors

Meet the writers, photographers and experts in this issue

15 Best Advice

Grow that garden!

16 Best Bulletin

The scoop on what’s new around town

18 Best Finds

Get back to nature with outdoor activities

20 Best Fun

Our ideas for enjoying life

24 Best Rx

Atlanta doctors answer your health questions

34 Best Beauty

Atlanta’s experts recommend ways to regain a youthful neck

52 Business News

Atlanta is about 27 to become more bike-friendly than ever SPECIAL SECTION

Guide to the Atlanta Women’s Expo Enjoy a weekend of facials, cooking 66 demos, delicious food and free health screenings

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The latest from the business community

by Ken Anderson, MD

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Protect your skin from the sun and compare the benefits of walking vs. running

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Featured on the cover: Diana Hofsommer Photography by: Sawyer Photography Hair by: Danny DuBose (Bob Steele Salon) Makeup by: Becca Bussert (Authentic Beauty)

Under 40 & Fabulous-Atlanta’s Skincare Expert

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Advising the Next Generation

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Can Rhinoplasty Improve Breathing ...and Looks? by Mike Majmundar, MD

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Noticing More Hair in the Shower?

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Life is full of twists and turns, and many times you don’t know where it will lead you. In 2011, my path led me to Best Self, where I had the good fortune to become part of a wonderful team of people and a magazine that helps readers embrace a healthy lifestyle, enrich their lives, follow their dreams and, in short, be their best self.

I have learned so much during my years here, and I will be taking all those lessons with me as I embark on my biggest adventure yet: motherhood. While my daughter and I get better acquainted, I’ll be stepping aside as the editor of Best Self and working from the sidelines on various projects. While I will remain a member of the Best Self family, Flannery Keck will be taking the reins as editor. I am so proud to have been a part of this publication, and I want to thank the readers of Best Self for being so supportive and welcoming. As always, happy reading!

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How should a first-time gardener begin? Pick a sunny location (preferably with southern exposure) with water readily available and soil prepared with compost. Plant crops you will eat and enjoy and that will do well in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 7 or 8, where Metro Atlanta is located. How can seasoned gardeners revamp their garden this year? Restore the soil to its natural health by adding compost and other organic materials. They will provide ongoing nourishment for your plants. How can someone garden in a small space? You can grow in a squarefoot plot in the ground or in containers on your patio, porch, or kitchen window – just grow something. If you only grow some herbs for your kitchen, that’s enough. What plants are the easiest to use in home cooking? Let taste be your guide. Most vegetables are delicious in raw salads, lightly steamed or ovenroasted. Try fresh mint leaves and ginger in a glass of green tea, or basil leaves in a salad or tomato sandwich. What can Atlanta gardeners plant right now? This time of year, you can plant things with seeds – cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, okra, peppers and more. Enjoy Atlanta’s extended growing seasons!

What exactly is compost? Composting is the decomposition of organic materials into a dark humuslike material that, when added to your garden, will enrich your soil. In active composting, we combine carbon materials (leaves, wood chips, etc.) with nitrogen (produce waste, coffee grounds, etc.). Then we actively turn the mix to help the process of decomposing. It is just like magic. How should a first-time composter begin? Begin with a small compost pile from your kitchen scraps and collected leaves. How can someone compost in a small space? Apartment dwellers can compost using tumblers, bokashi composters or services like Compostwheels. How can gardeners tell if their soil is healthy?  Take a closer look at your garden – are birds finding more interest in your soil than in your fruits and vegetables? If so, your soil is teeming with life and its microbial network is in harmony. What are some ideas to get kids involved in gardening? Children love to touch and feel things, and gardening is a tactile experience. Teach them how to pull up a weed and how to put seeds in the ground. You can also set aside a section of your garden that is your child’s, which will encourage responsibility and stewardship.

How should a first-time gardener begin? Building raised garden beds and getting organic soil can be expensive, so start small and add a little every year. Observe the location of the garden plan for one year and see if it gets enough sun, if it has good drainage or if it floods when it rains. How can someone garden in a small space? You do not need to have acreage to have a garden. At Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, we have eight 12-by-12 planters on the roof that were used for ornamental shrubs, but we have repurposed them to grow vegetables and herbs. Last year we harvested 300 pounds of basil, 60 pounds of sweet potatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, mint, thyme, bay, tomatoes, and the list goes on. How can seasoned gardeners revamp their garden this year? The best way to enrich a garden is to compost vegetable matter and reintroduce this compost into the garden on a yearly basis. What plants are the easiest to use in home cooking?  Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and scallions are easy to use, and all the soft herbs like chives, tarragon, cilantro, basil and oregano are great for introducing flavor. Sometimes people do not cook with greens like chard and mustard greens as they need a bit more preparation and technique to cook, but they are well worth the effort.

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What are the benefits of gardening? The benefits of gardening include physical fitness, nutrition from fresh produce, natural medicine from herbs and connecting with others through the sharing of tips, seeds, plants and stories from the garden. How should a first-time gardener begin? Pick good quality materials and ask advice from garden experts at your local garden center or university extension to find out what to grow and when. How can seasoned gardeners revamp their garden this year? Plant something you haven’t grown before, and try extending your season by planting earlier and later than usual. What are some ideas to get kids involved in gardening? Make it fun. Let them get wet and dirty and grow crops that they are likely to taste like peas, beans, carrots and cherry tomatoes. If you’re ready for more, help start a garden at your child’s school. What plants are easy to grow? Radishes will break down the belief that you have a brown thumb. These fastgrowing, nutritious little gems are easy to sow directly into the garden in the spring and fall. My favorite varieties are French Breakfast radish and Watermelon radish.

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The Spence’s general manager Justin Amick recently launched The Painted Pin, a bowling alley that combines entertainment and upscale hospitality. The menu offers everything from tacos and wood-fired pizzas to craft beer and artisanal wine. Plus, The Painted Pin offers personalized lane-side ball and shoe delivery to their 20 full-service bowling lanes. And If bowling isn’t up your alley, you can still enjoy the fun vibe by playing bocce ball, table shuffleboard or ping pong.

Running between home, work and the gym? No problem. Atlanta resident Nancy Apatov has started the Fivesse line of fitness bags specifically tailored to women on the go. With a sophisticated silhouette and labeled compartments to protect your work clothes, gym clothes, toiletries and shoes, these bags will keep you organized and neat despite a busy schedule. Starting at $64.

Get the Glow Even in the heat of summer, there are better ways to get a glow than by tanning. Try cooking and eating wholesome meals like those found in Angela Liddon’s “The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Over 100 Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out.” When you read each recipe, from main dishes to hearty snacks, you’ll feel like Liddon is standing with you in the kitchen giving her tried and true tips. Liddon even gives you a thorough look at her pantry items and kitchen tools, so you’ll be well stocked and equipped to create and enjoy each vegan meal she mentions.

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Power and Pink Stripes Whether you’re a business owner, a leader in the corporate world or a woman who dreams of achieving those titles, the third annual Power and Pink Stripes event is for you. On June 5, hundreds of women will attend this event at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The day includes a Power Panel dialogue made up of Atlanta businesswomen like Kim Bearden, Tierra Destiny Reid, Denise Reese, Erica Barrett and Best Self’s publisher and owner Sherri Adair. You can also enjoy lunch, a keynote address, a Power Exhibitor Marketplace and networking opportunities, in addition to prize raffles and a selfie station. Don’t miss this chance to tap into your power while also donating to a great cause: Cool Girls, Inc., which is dedicated to girls’ self-empowerment.

Mom Knows Best Moms know babies have delicate skin, and dermatologists know it too. Atlantabased doctor Amy Kim happens to play both roles, so she developed the skincare line Baby Pibu to share knowledge and high-quality products with other parents. Baby Pibu’s Newborn Essentials Skincare Kit features 10 organic, FDA-approved products to pamper babies’ skin. This kit goes above and beyond by including step-by-step instructions and physician tips on infant skincare. $90

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Pick of the Month Reboot Your Body If you’re looking for a way to improve your body both inside and out, look no further. Cool off with Icebox Cryotherapy, an excellent way to reinvigorate your body and make sure you’re at peak performance. Innovative research has concluded that extreme cold therapy results in decreased muscle soreness and pain, improved skin tone and even improved sleep. The concept is relatively new to Atlanta but has been endorsed by many doctors, professional athletes, teams, trainers, Dr. Oz, “The Doctors” TV show and ESPN. Clients swear that their skin is tighter and smoother due to the boost in collagen that is produced. The regular price is $70 per session, but by mentioning JessicaShops when you book your appointment, you can get three sessions for $130. Give it a try! www.iceboxtherapy.com Jessica Dauler For more info, visit www.bestselfatlanta.com For more info on Jessica visit www.jessicashops.com

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The skill of fly fishing takes some effort to master. To educate and encourage you in this sport, Orvis stores offer free Fly Fishing 101 classes. All ages are welcome to attend and learn the basics of fly casting, fly tying and more. Participants can even progress to Fly Fishing 201 and 301 courses, which will help prepare you for long summer days on the river. Details:

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Enjoy views of beautiful Lake Lanier from the deck of a sailboat this summer. Lanier Sailing Academy offers Basic Keelboat Certification and Coastal Navigation classes, as well as private sailing instruction. In Basic Keelboat Certification, you’ll spend 80 percent of the class on the water, learning safety, sailors’ knots, docking and mooring, tacking and jybing, and everything else needed to be a sailor. The three-day class costs $485.

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Hiking at Cochran Mill Park requires just a comfortable pair of shoes, but the experience is so much more than a walk in the park. Their trails south of Atlanta will lead you to several different waterfalls. Hike the mile-long trail on the east side to get to Cochran Mill Falls, or hike the west side to Henry Mill Falls. Either option offers spectacular views and an enjoyable workout. Details: 6505 Rico Road,

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Strap on your skates and learn some moves at the Bohemian Skate School. Classes are held outdoors, either at Piedmont Park or a location of your choice, starting at $35 per student. If you’re really skatesavvy, sign up for the Athens to Atlanta Road Skate in October. The Road Skate covers the scenic 87 miles from Athens, Georgia to the finish line in Old Fourth Ward Skate Park.

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Rent a canoe, kayak or raft and spend a day floating or paddling on the 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Make this a relaxing retreat with leisurely paddling and wildlife observation, or head to the lower stretch of the river for a swift trip on the class I and II rapids. Brace yourself against any splashes, though – the river’s temperature rarely rises above 50 degrees. Details: 1978 Island Ford Parkway, Atlanta, GA,

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Attracting wildlife to your yard adds an interesting element to your garden each season, and everything from butterflies and bees to frogs and spiders can improve your garden’s health. Free gardening classes at Pike Nurseries can teach you how to invite the prettiest of those to your yard: butterflies. On June 7 at 9 a.m., Pike’s experts will share planting tips about flowering plants butterflies love. On June 11 at 1 p.m., the class will be held again, this time geared toward kids and with a butterfly craft included. Pike’s ongoing community classes can keep you outdoors and connected with nature on a weekly basis, so check their website regularly as new classes are posted. Details:

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A Saucy Night Out Life is about moderation. So when you’ve eaten healthy and worked out enough this month, give yourself a break at D.B.A. Barbecue’s sauce making class in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood. The night is as close to a party as you can get on a weekday evening, complete with shots of moonshine and bourbon, delectable banana pudding and a plate of delicious barbecue in between. Held on the last Wednesday of each month, the class begins at 7 p.m. on D.B.A. Barbecue’s patio. Bring a group of friends, order a cocktail and grab a spot at one of three long tables. The festivities start right away with four tastes of Junior Johnson Midnight Moon moonshine and Four Roses bourbon. Before long, pit master Matt Coggin will have you chuckling through his sauce making instructions, which are as funny as they are informative. He’ll walk you through the varieties of house sauces D.B.A. offers, from vinegar-based to ketchup-based, and explain how to create your own.

Once you’re satisfied with your sauce creation, head back to your table, where a variety of barbecue awaits. Slather your sauce on ribs, pork, wings and brisket and top off the night with banana pudding dessert and a tour of the smoker. And don’t forget to think of a name for your sauce – participants who come up with the best names win prizes and bragging rights at the end of the night, which just make your sauce taste even better. Reserve your spot today for the June 25 class, just in time for your Fourth of July grill-out, or attend the next month’s class on July 30. $50 for one person, $90 for two, $170 for four. Details: 1190 N. Highland Ave NE, Suite B, Atlanta, GA, (404) 249-5000, www.dbabarbecue.com

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The Wylde Center began in 1996 with the goal of involving school children in gardening. The organization still encourages children to be stewards of the earth, but on Saturday, June 28, they’re throwing a 21-and-up party in the garden just for the adults. At this year’s Beer Garden event at Oakhurst Garden, you can enjoy local brews, food and desserts from Ale Yeah!, Blue Tarp Brewing Co., Farm Burger and Cakes & Ale Bakery, among others. Tickets are $35 in advance.

Are campsites not your thing? Then try The Great American Backyard Campout! On June 28, thousands of families will pitch tents in their backyards, neighborhoods, communities and parks. The kids will love the mini adventure, and in addition to the opportunity for a close-to-home s’more or two, this event allows you to give back. For each person registered for this year’s campout, the National Wildlife Federation’s board of directors and other sponsors will donate $2 to wildlife conservation work. So whether you camp in your backyard or at one of Georgia State Parks’ 40 participating locations, your night of fun and fresh air will help the environment as much as it does you. Details: www.nwf.org/great-american-backyard-campout.aspx

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Then let your creativity take over as you create your own unique barbecue sauce. With help from the knowledgeable D.B.A. employees, you can establish a good base, and then Coggin himself will help you add the spices and seasonings to take it to the next level. Whether or not you know what you’re doing, under their guidance, you will end up with a tasty pint of barbecue sauce.

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June 3 Don’t cry for me, Argentina! This Tony Award-winning musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice tells the story of a woman who rises from the slums to become the First Lady of Argentina. www.foxtheatre.org

Flicks on 5th Summer Film Series

June 5 Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy this free summer film series, showing movies every Wednesday night in June on the 5th Street Bridge. www.flickson5th.net

Aida: A Slave to Love

June 5-8 This classic Verdi opera is about a tale as old as time: forbidden love. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform the grand opera for three nights. www.atlantasymphony.org

Virginia Highland SummerFest

June 7-8 This year’s festival will include a juried artist market, a 5K, a tot trot, music, food, children’s activities and the Warren Bruno Celebration Ride. www.vahi.org

Atlanta Southeastern Women’s Expo

June 7-8 Head to AmericasMart for shopping, great food, fashion shows, free health screenings, cooking demos and relaxing facials. www.womensexpoatlanta.com

The Atlanta Cycling Festival

June 7-14 This weeklong festival strives to connect cyclists of all experience levels with the Atlanta community and is held in various locations around the city. www.atlantacyclingfestival.com

Lavender Festival

June 14 The fourth annual festival in Roswell will feature old favorites like lavender food samples as well as new additions like a lavender wine and beer garden. www.roswellgov.com

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June 15 Celebrate Father’s Day at the Georgia World Congress Center while sampling more than 150 dishes from local cooks and dads. www.realmencook.com

Atlanta Summer Beer Fest

June 21 Held at Masquerade Music Park, this fifth annual celebration will feature more than 150 local and national beers, live music and the Bud Light Game Zone. www.atlantasummerbeerfest.com

LEGO KidsFest

June 27-29 Bring the kids to Cobb Galleria Center for hands-on LEGO fun at any of five sessions throughout the weekend. www.legokidsfest.com

Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival

June 28-29 This arts festival at the Historic Fourth Ward Park is a two-day celebration of community and tradition presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. www.oldfourthwardparkartsfestival.com

Peachtree Road Race

July 2-4 This Fourth of July race attracts runners from all over the United States. Don’t miss the Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo on the two days before the race at the Georgia World Congress Center. www.peachtreeroadrace.org

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good idea to wear a helmet. Mike Wagaman, the owner of Peachtree Bikes, recommends the Echelon II helmet from Specialized, which is adjustable for comfort and safety. To protect your bike from theft, Wagaman likes Kryptonite Kryptoflex combo cables, which give you six feet of cable and a reprogrammable combination for just $29.99. And don’t forget to protect your skin with sunscreen!

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Based on your answers, the Repair materials – It’s helpful to be professionals can help narrow your able to patch or pump up a flat tire yourself. options, but don’t be surprised if your bike still costs Thornton says, “We recommend an under seat Bike indoors and perfect your form with $500 or more. “The more you want to do with your stationary rollers like these. pack to carry a spare inner tube and CO2 inflator.” bike, the more money you may spend,” Trish Albert of Southeastern Cycling says, since race bikes can cost upward of $5,000. Cycling shorts and bike seat – To make your seat more If you don’t have a big budget but still want quality, Serna recommends comfortable, wear padded lycra shorts or a baggy style with a padded lycra liner. visiting a local bike shop that sells used bikes, like Atlanta Beltline And if you’re cycling for fitness, which is a great option for anyone Bicycle.

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Bipolar Radiofrequency (RF) – RF can be used for clients of all skin types and colors to tighten loose skin of the jawline and neck without surgery. An electric current runs between two electrodes placed on the skin, heating up the tissue and stimulating dermal collagen. After several treatments, costing $237 to $385, you can help maintain results by applying topical serums at home such as A+ serum and Vital C Serum. Available at: Institut DERMed, 3726 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, www.idermed.com — Information provided by Lyn Ross, LME, Founder of Institut’ DERMed

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) & Micro Vein Laser – These light and laser treatments remove unwanted sun damage on the neck like brown spots and redness. The skin may be pink for about one day after either procedure. Revision’s FDA-approved Nectifirm works well for at-home maintenance and further repair of loose, pigmented neck tissue. Depending on which laser procedure you choose, the cost may be anywhere from $125 to $1200. Available at: Bella by Alethea, 4603 Wieuca Road, Atlanta, GA, www.beautybyalethea.net — Information provided by Alethea Tinkle, medical aesthetician

SkinPen Microneedling – Microneedling creates precise micro-injuries to the skin, which trigger the body to dissolve damaged tissue and replace it with new cells, resulting in sun damage reversal and acne scar improvement. The procedure costs $300 for the face and neck. Your skin may have slight redness for two to four days, and your skin’s natural repair process will make the final result visible in three to six months. Be sure to wear sunblock and use a good antioxidant serum to prevent further damage. Available at: Nirvana Med Spa, 4380 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA, www.nirvanalasercentre.com — Information provided by Sharilyn Berg, medical aesthetician and certified laser specialist

Ultherapy – This one-time, permanent treatment is ideal for anyone age 35 to 80 with mild to moderate laxity of the skin. Ultherapy uses FDA-indicated ultrasound technology for a full face and neck lift, and it works on all skin types. With no significant downtime, patients will see results anywhere from immediately to three months post-procedure. A full neck treatment, which excludes the lower jaw, begins at $2,700. Available at: Harley Anti-Aging Institute, 2678 Buford Highway, Atlanta, GA, www.harleyantiaging.com — Information provided by Sharon Bent-Harley, MD, board-certified OB/GYN and owner of Harley Anti-Aging Institute

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Platysmaplasty – This surgery is less invasive than a full neck lift, since it is accomplished via a small incision under the chin, but it still successfully tightens a sagging neck and jawline. It can be performed under twilight or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference, and patients are back to normal activities after two days to a week. The cost is approximately $2,900, and the procedure is often combined with other contouring procedures like facial liposuction or a chin implant. Available at: The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, 6111 Peachtree Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta, GA, www. maloneycenter.com — Information provided by Brian Maloney, MD, FACS, founder of The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery Don’t risk your neck! No matter what procedure you choose, make sure your provider is licensed or certified in their discipline.

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"Fabulous" doesn't just mean physical beauty; it means a strong belief that beauty is on the inside too. "Fabulous" doesn't just mean physical fitness for its own sake; it means being active with family and friends for overall health and happiness. "Fabulous" doesn't just mean donating money or volunteering your time; it means giving back to your community with the passion and energy of your whole spirit. Over the next few pages, you will meet this year's top 10 winners and the next fabulous five. These 15 contestants are executives, parents, doctors, runners and coaches. They love books, travel, their families, their friends and life itself. They were nominated and voted on by you, and the vote tallies have spoken. Here are Atlanta's 2014 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners!

Pictured L-R: Erika Carter, Diana Hofsommer, Marsha Middleton, Toni Moceri, Dr. David Jones, Jen McGowan Guynn, Sue Cobb, Beth Ann Bearup, Virginia Keagle, Peggy Rainbow

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Diana Hofsommer - Winner “I’ve always had the view that you could be whatever you wanted to be. I feel like I’m just getting started!” Diana has lived in Atlanta for 18 years with her husband, Jason. In her current role as the development director for Camp Horizon, Diana spends her days building support for Atlanta's youth in foster care.

What do you consider your best accomplishment? Living in Germany for five years was the toughest thing I’ve ever done. I changed cultures as an adult and came to realize that my identity wasn’t necessarily defined by all of the things I left behind. Learning to live and interact in a new language was an incredibly humbling and rewarding challenge, ultimately, even if it didn’t always feel rewarding in the interim.

What is your favorite way to work out? Snow skiing. It’s the most exhilarating way to enjoy nature, physically challenge myself and completely clear my head. More regularly, I run or walk several times a week and do yoga videos, P90X or free weights at home. It seems small, but I think those things add up.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? My favorite cause is Camp Horizon, a charity organization providing year-round, no-cost programs to Metro Atlanta’s youth in foster care. I’ve been volunteering as a mentor/counselor for eight years. My current role is development director, which I’m doing pro bono for two years to help grow our organization. Despite 32 years of running amazing programs and changing the lives of hundreds of wonderful kids, Camp Horizon is still unknown to most Atlantans. I’m working to build relationships and create better connections for support.

What inspired you to do this particular kind of charity work? I’m a former “foster kid.” I identify with the issues our kids struggle with, and I have benefited greatly from my community, federal programs and several specific kind and generous people unrelated to me. There is a pervasive and persistent myth that kids from disadvantaged backgrounds are often “troubled” or “bad.” Well, if you suffered the same traumas, you might be troubled too. Instead of ignoring the issues, I’d rather see a greater investment in programs that inspire kids to strive for something they didn’t think possible before. It’s what we focus on at Camp Horizon, and I know there are a lot of other amazing groups doing similar work. Donating to a cause like ours is not just “good” – it’s an investment that pays dividends exponentially. A neighbor I hardly knew taught me how to ride a bike when I was 7. I’ve never forgotten it. And like that example, I have several others that inspire me to put more good in the world than I have received. My hope is that our kids will be inspired to do the same someday too.

What is your most embarrassing moment? I have so many! Some of the funniest happened while learning to speak German. One day I told my instructor about welcoming spring and cleaning the windows in the back of our apartment. Unfortunately, what I actually said was that I had cleaned the windows in my “behind.”

What is your favorite quote? I find this one from Eleanor Roosevelt quite meaningful, particularly for children who grow up without support or who are abused: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Even if it’s your family that tells you that you’re worthless, you don’t have to believe it.

How do you maintain the balance between self-care, family and work responsibilities, and giving back? I am not sure I do a great job at this, but I also have autoimmune issues that force me to balance this better than I used to. The four are inextricably linked, and all are a priority for me. If I’m not healthy, I can’t do my work or enjoy time with anyone. So I’ve had to learn how to say no, even when I really want to say yes. Accepting that I have limits was difficult, but finding a way to work within them feels like a success. www.bestselfatlanta.com

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Beth Ann Bearup “I thought by 40 I would feel fully grown up, but I am still growing and becoming more confident and independent.” This former pageant titleholder and model has three children with whom she runs an Atlanta-based non-profit organization. Beth Ann also serves as the director of public relations for The ENT Institute.

What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40? I have learned what is important in life: being there for your family and friends and letting them know you love them. I have also learned I am stronger than I ever imagined, and the only person who can truly make me happy is myself.

What is your favorite way to give back? Through Sheltering Books, Inc., a non-profit I run along with my three children. We have collected over 300,000 children’s books that we send to homeless shelters, orphanages, children’s hospitals and schools around the world.

What inspired you to do this kind of charity work? My daughter, Mackenzie, was injured when she was 10 years old and developed a chronic pain condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. The only way she could get her mind off her pain was to get lost in a great book. Her doctor told her about Murphy Harpst, a home for severely abused children that had a library but very few books. Mackenzie started gathering her books, then asked friends and family for books, and before we knew it, she had several thousand books to give them. My sons soon got involved, and we had such a great time collecting and donating the books that we decided to continue. Eventually we turned it into an official non-profit charity and now send books around the world.

Who are the experts who help you be your best self? I am a big believer that Botox can help you keep from getting wrinkles. I have gotten Botox at The ENT Institute for years. I also love my eyelash extensions from Pleasures Skin Care in Alpharetta. They really make me look more awake!

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Marsha Middleton “Hitting 40 made me stop sweating small stuff. I learned to really cherish every moment with my family and friends.” As a mother of two, the owner and president of M-Squared Public Relations and a board member for Meals on Wheels Atlanta, Marsha embraces all her roles while finding time to travel whenever possible.

What do you consider your best accomplishment? It’s really hard to say that I’m proud of just one thing, but I was the first in my family to graduate from college, and I’m absolutely proud of my company and the amazing clients we represent, such as Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, and Moffett Restaurant Group.

What is your favorite book? My favorite book is definitely the Bible. My pastor, Dennis Rouse of Victory World Church, plays a large role in my ability to remain humble and grounded.

What is your favorite way to work out? I love a great spin class, and I’m most motivated by the music.

What is your favorite healthy meal? I am totally obsessed with kale. While I used to judge all restaurants by their french fries, the older me – who can’t lose weight so easily anymore – puts the verdict out on a restaurant’s kale. One of my favorite places for a consistently good kale salad is Houston’s on Peachtree in Buckhead.

What is your favorite way to give back? I really believe in the mission of Meals On Wheels Atlanta. As a volunteer, you not only deliver food to hungry seniors, but it’s also a delivery of conversation and friendship. This year, I’m extremely excited to get myself and colleagues involved with youthSpark, Inc, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that provides intervention services for victims of child sex trafficking.

What is your most embarrassing moment? It was work-related and involved a typo that, as a misspelled word, turned out to be profanity. The document went to the entire company. Oh, and this happened during my first week on the job.

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What do you consider your best accomplishment? My six amazing children and my marriage to my high school sweetheart, followed by launching Sportabella.

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Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Surrounded by my husband, kids and a bevy of grandbabies! I also hope to be watching Sportabella bring joy to athletes around the world.

Peggy Rainbow “Life only gets better as you get older. I heard that all my life and now know it to be absolutely true.” As vice president of Worthmore Jewelers and a competitive bodybuilder, Peggy still finds time to give back through Atlanta Pride, Hosea Feed the Hungry, W.I.S.H. Society and Make-A-Wish Georgia.

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Name something on your bucket list. To attend a Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

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Virginia Keagle “I have a strong mom who told me that I could do anything I set my mind to, and I still believe that today!” Virginia serves as the executive administrator of information technology at Habitat for Humanity's corporate headquarters. She stays fabulous with a wellrounded workout regimen and a healthy diet.

How has your perception of this age changed since you were younger? When I was young, my perception was that 40 is just plain old. Obviously, I no longer think this way about 40, 50 or even 60, for that matter. Age is truly a state of mind, and how well you take care of yourself physically can have a huge impact as well.

What do you consider your best accomplishment? Learning to accept myself the way I am. There is a lot to be said for self-acceptance and selfawareness.

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What is your favorite healthy meal? I love fresh salmon on the grill and any other seafood dish that is prepared by either grilling or baking. I don’t eat anything fried, and I stopped eating red meat more than 20 years ago.

What is your favorite way to give back? My favorite way to give back to the community is building homes with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat addresses a human need by providing safe, decent and affordable housing throughout the world. Access to adequate housing changes people’s lives – it impacts everything from health to socioeconomic factors in a huge way. To date, Habitat has served more than 800,000 families worldwide. Just last year, Habitat for Humanity served 124,946 families.

Name something on your bucket list. To see the Great Wall of China or some other piece of history dating back more than 1,000 years.

How do you maintain the balance between self-care, family and work responsibilities, and giving back? I think the most important thing to do is spend your time with those who are important to you, surround yourself with others who you can learn from, and never forget your old friends who have been by your side through the good and the bad.

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What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40? I’ve become more willing to take chances, to challenge myself and to embrace change. As a result, I am happier and more fulfilled both personally and professionally.

What do you consider your best accomplishment? Graduating from medical school.

What is your favorite way to work out? I like weight training. It makes me feel good physically and mentally. Also, I am a tennis fanatic! When I cannot do that, I enjoy walking.

What is your favorite way to give back? I participate in local health fairs and career day at various schools. I join my colleagues in community service events, and I enjoy fundraising for PAWS Atlanta, a no-kill animal shelter, to honor our Great Dane, Morocco.

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“I am not young enough to know everything.” – Oscar Wilde Two things: I would really love to see the Wimbledon Championships, and I would love to go to South Africa.

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Erika Carter “Everyone is fabulous in their own way, 40 or not!” Erika’s passion for fitness motivates her to teach FlyBarre classes, run marathons and organize charity fitness events. She also serves as the marketing coordinator for Flywheel Atlanta.

What do you consider your best accomplishment? Running my first marathon with my dad in 1999. We weren’t avid runners, but I had found information on raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and asked my dad if he would be interested in doing it along with me. I was living in Boston at the time and would drive to my parents’ house in Rhode Island every weekend for our long runs. My dad and I stuck together the whole run and crossed the finish line holding hands.

What is your favorite way to work out? Every Friday, I do a Fly Triple at Flywheel. I teach two FlyBarre classes and then I take a Flywheel class right after. It’s the perfect way to start the weekend.

What is your favorite way to give back? I often donate my time to organize and teach classes to raise money for various charities. The charity class I organized for The One Fund Boston was the one closest to my heart. I went to college in Boston and lived there for many years after, so the marathon bombing last year really hit close to home for me.

What is your most embarrassing moment? In my junior year of high school, I had big hair with lots of hairspray (we’re talking the 1980s). When I took my official yearbook photo, perched on top of my bangs was a fly. You could see it clear as day in the photo. I am sure it got stuck in my hairspray.

How do you maintain the balance between self-care, family and work responsibilities, and giving back? It is sometimes hard to balance. Saturdays are the only day I have completely off, so I make sure that they are 100 percent family focused. We take the time to relax and recharge.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Running a marathon with my two daughters.

What is your favorite healthy meal? Sushi. I could eat it every day and never get sick of it. I’m a huge fan of salmon and yellowtail sashimi, seaweed salad and edamame.

Toni Moceri “Be the best you can be, and never listen to what others say you can’t do.”

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Walking or jogging in Chastain Park and listening to music to clear my mind.

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I have learned not to be so hard on myself. Everything in life unfolds the way it’s supposed to, regardless of how hard you want to plan.

What do you consider your best accomplishment? Definitely raising my son, David. A long time ago I never wanted children, but it happened, and I always felt it was meant to be. I am very proud of him today. He has had his own hardships and persevered through them.

What is your favorite book? “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There,” by Marshall Goldsmith. My son gave it to me before he left for college, and he wrote on the inside cover, “Mom, this is my way of showing you how hard you worked and sacrificed for me. You are an awesome mother. Thank you for showing me the way!”

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What is your favorite healthy meal? What is your favorite way to give back? I do charitable work with various organizations, and I hold a monthly networking event, Girls on Fire, inspiring other women to continue to help each other.

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Jen McGowan Guynn “Find peace in who you are, and that will be reflected in your everyday actions.” Jen serves as the co-founder and executive director of Pebble Tossers, Inc. while staying involved in athletics, outdoor activities, community groups and mothering her three children.

What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40? The best thing that I’ve learned is acceptance of who I am. I’ve embraced my quirkiness and the fact that I am so blessed to have such amazing family and friends.

What is your favorite book? I loved “The Book Thief” by Marcus Zusak and “Chasing Cool” by Noah Kerner and Gene Pressman.

What is your favorite way to work out? Right now, I’m into cardio kickboxing, and I’ve practiced yoga for 16 years. They are two completely different workouts but both a lot of fun.

What is your favorite healthy meal? Grilled fish tacos with lots of red cabbage and salsa verde.

What is your favorite way to give back? I co-founded and am the executive director of Pebble Tossers, a youth service organization driven to ignite a passion for volunteering in youth. Educating kids and exposing them to the different ways they can individually make a difference in their community has been very fulfilling for me. I love watching kids have first-time experiences with community service, whether it’s making s’mores for the homeless or painting flowerpots with the elderly.

Name something on your bucket list. To go on a bike and vineyard tour through Italy.

Who are the experts who help you be your best self? Dr. Leslie Gray, who is forward-thinking about how healthy living affects your skin, and Dr. Cathy Franklin, who has an amazing holistic approach to physical, mental and spiritual healthcare.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years? In 20 years, I can see myself teaching my grandchildren how to be servant leaders – while also teaching them how to stand-up paddleboard in the ocean.

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Trudy is Mrs. Georgia International 2013, a six-year survivor of Stage 3 breast cancer, registered nurse and owner of The Image Academy.

What do you consider your best accomplishment? The love and relationships I share with my family and friends. After that, it would be starting my company, The Image Academy.

What is your favorite healthy meal? Spinach and salmon salad with all the trimmings.

What is your favorite way to give back? Volunteering at breast cancer awareness events and sharing my “Breast Cancer Survival Kits” with women who are newly diagnosed. After being diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, I was determined to do something to empower women going through the treatment process. In addition, I know how important it is to meet someone who gives you hope during this incredibly scary time.

What is your most embarrassing moment? Remaining standing in the front row at church after everyone else was seated. Eventually the pastor said, “When the lady in the front row takes a seat, we will continue.”

Who are the experts who help you be your best self? Randall Smith at RKS Couture, Barbara Weber at Specialty Aesthetics, Dr. John Griffin, Candy at Jamison Shaw Hairdressers, Adam Awtrey at Salon Acaro, The Image Academy and Legend Nails.

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What is your favorite healthy meal? When I am looking for a good comfort meal, I turn to roasted vegetables like roasted Brussels sprouts and grilled asparagus with a side of balsamic tomatoes. Just talking about it makes my mouth water.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? After surviving a heart attack two years ago, my charity of choice is Go Red for Women. Women need to be educated on the signs and symptoms of heart disease, and now as a survivor, I feel I have been given the opportunity to bring awareness to others.

Where do you go for “me” time? The dog park. Nothing makes me happier than to see my two rescue dogs galloping across the park.

What advice do you have for someone who isn’t yet over 40 and fabulous? Life just gets better as you get older. I was divorced at 50 and completely reinvented myself to be an owner of Vixen Vodka, got remarried, and I am loving every second of the new me. Be ready to embrace all the twists and turns and have an open mind for new adventures.

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What is your favorite way to work out? CrossFit at Hard Exercise Works of Dunwoody with my husband, Lance, every morning.

What is your favorite way to give back? I serve on the board of directors of the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, and I give back every day through my work. I have been dubbed the “Wigspert of Atlanta,” and I help women with hair loss from chemotherapy, alopecia, trichotillomania or hormonal changes. My work goes beyond just styling their wigs – I get to meet the coolest people under unfortunate circumstances and feel blessed to be able to encourage them.

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Where do you go for "me" time? I take a bath. I have a crystal bowl of salt with a quartz crystal in it for good energy. I put three handfuls of the salt in my bath: one for love, one for gratitude and one for trust in God. Then I turn on the TV at the foot of my tub and watch whatever I have recorded on my DVR, followed by my skin care rituals. It's awesome "me" time!

What is your most embarrassing moment? I feel like I embarrass myself every day, but what comes to mind is that more than 20 years ago, when I was pregnant with my son, I sent flowers backstage to Adam Ant with a card that read, "You are my Elvis." Mortifying.

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What do you consider your best accomplishment? Easily my two children, then my work as part of the team at Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth and then nine half marathons.

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What is your favorite healthy meal? Farm Burger in a lettuce wrap.

Name something on your bucket list. Take my kids to Washington, D.C. and other interesting cities. Also, run the Covenant Half Marathon that finishes in Neyland Stadium.

Who are the experts who help you be your best self? Mari Geier of The American Boot Camp Company (TABCC) and Dr. Steve LaScala of 1st Choice Healthcare have brought me back from pulls, strains and other injuries many times. Atlanta also has an amazing array of opportunities to get in your workout before dawn, like TABCC, Pure Barre and Brookhaven Fitness, and I try to take advantage of as many as I can between my runs.

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What is your favorite way to give back? I love being involved in helping young people, and over the years we have participated in numerous fundraisers and charities that help the young.

What is your most embarrassing moment? I was giving a haircut, and when I finished and pulled off the cape, my client’s halter top came off too! I ran to the back to prevent her from feeling more embarrassed.

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Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Never retired. I love my business so much that I see myself active and taking part in Joseph & Friends in some way, shape or form. I also envision that with maturity I’ll be more relaxed and wise.

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June 7 ROCK THE CURE This annual Brews and Blues event features live music, local beer, great food and exciting raffle prizes held at Sweetwater Brewery and benefiting diabetes research. www.jdrfrockthecure.org

STRONG4LIFE SUPERHERO SPRINT Held at Piedmont Park, this race benefits the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life movement. www.choa.org

June 7-8 FLYING COLORS BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL Don’t miss the release of hundreds of butterflies at this festival, held at and benefiting the Chattahoochee Nature Center. www.chattnaturecenter.org

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June 14 ROPE MILL HALF MARATHON & 5K This race is the Trail Run Series Finale at Olde Rope Mill Park in Woodstock. A portion of the proceeds will be donated back to SORBA Woodstock to fund the construction of additional trails at Rope Mill Park. www.mountaingoatadventures.com

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