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It’s a new month, a new year and we are about to have a new president. Regardless of how you feel about any of this, there seems to be a theme-NEW! It really got me thinking about how many times people are talking to me and I hear these words, “I’ve always wanted to (fill in the blank) but I just can’t do it”. Anything and everything from a new haircut, hair color, fake lashes, Botox, bright lipstick, skinny jeans, a workout class, the gym... but it is fear that stands in the way of trying something new. My granny always says, “If you can wash it off, take it off, rinse it out or grow it out-who cares?” But the real answer is, A LOT OF PEOPLE CARE (and have an opinion) and that is scary.

“When you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done”. Years ago I worked for an international hair color company and our job was to educate industry professionals by finding experts from all over the globe to teach them the newest and most fabulous trends. They were known as “the best” in the world so of course when I was asked to be a “model” for one of the shows I immediately said yes. The events were held in huge venues attracting thousands of attendees. The legendary stylist I was working with spoke to me about her vision for her class and what she was going to do to my hair...it sounded amazing. I was SO EXCITED and in my mind, I was about to look fresh and fabulous! I wasn’t scared a bit of my new “mod” look as she was from England and known as “The Best” in the biz! Just before we stepped on stage (like 1 second before) in front of approx. 1000 people, she turned to me and said, “Sometimes when I start “creating” I get “in the zone” and a new vision takes over.... “. I had no idea what that meant and in a fraction of a second my excitement turned to fear but there was no turning back. Friends, let me tell you what happened. She did indeed have a NEW VISION “take over”. It took over all over my head and it was a TRAIN WRECK...and super short...and super “disconnected” (as she named it on stage). It was also really red, like Bozo red. I looked completely ridiculous. But here in lies the lesson, I survived! I tried something new and I didn’t like it. Actually I hated it but I lived to tell the story. You see, for better or worse, I’ve never been afraid to try something new when it came to hair or make-up. Sometimes it is great and sometimes not so great, but if you aren’t willing to take a risk, you may miss out on something fantastic! The Huffington post wrote an article about the reasons why stepping out of your comfort zone is good and why we should all try new things. One statement I found interesting was this, “There’s nothing wrong with being in your comfort zone, unless you get too comfortable and start holding yourself back instead of challenging yourself to try new things.” Does that sound familiar? I think all of us, at one time or another, have felt this way, wanting to try something new but the fear of the unknown or the fear of other peoples’ opinions have held us back. At the beginning of every new year many of us make resolutions, set goals and high expectations for ourselves. There is nothing wrong with that. However right now, January 2017, I am challenging you to do at least ONE NEW THING FOR YOU! Stop letting fear get in the way of something new. Make the appointment for your new haircut or color, join the gym or exercise class, put on the lashes (the REALLY long ones), buy the skinny jeans, wear the bold bright lipstick...whatever it is you’ve been wanting to do, DO IT NOW! “Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take this moment and make it perfect!” In the spirit of trying something new, I thought it would be fun to have a Super Saturday, a meet and greet! Plan on a fun morning of trying something new and networking with women in the community. It is FREE and the only obligation is to wear your workout clothes and wear a smile. Join me, we will dance, sweat, laugh and empower each other to make 2017 the year of YOU! Saturday, January 14th, 9:30am Thompson Park Clubhouse • Mableton, GA

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Weekly Wellness Tracker includes the ability to provide changes and adjustments that need to be made to achieve their ultimate body image OTM: What do you think is a realistic relationship between diet and exercise? ATF: The relationship between diet and exercise is just that, a relationship. Implementing a great exercise plan will not necessarily guarantee success. You will need the proper diet to fuel not only energy, but also results. When you achieve a healthy balance between your diet and exercise, you will begin to see changes and your body image will follow. OTM: As we age, it seems to be harder to maintain a healthy weight even with the proper exercise and diet. What are your thoughts on this? ATF: We suggest that our clients visit their doctor to make sure that there is nothing health related that is affecting them. If everything checks out, we recommend keeping a journal to track what they are eating and what their water intake is. The Weekly Wellness Tracker is a great tool to help our clients with this. We also have an Anytime Fitness App that assists with these issues. OTM: We’re impressed with the interaction that you maintain with your clients, through your website, blog, and social media outlets. Why do you think this has been so successful? ATF: It’s important to us to be there for our gym members, and we try to give them as much assistance as possible. It assists them in reaching their goals to be the best they can be. It’s our goal to help them change their lives Get to a healthier place at Anytime Fitness! Their friendly, professional staff is trained to help you along your fitness journey. Memberships start as low as $29.99 and include a free, no-pressure fitness consultation, global access to more than 3,000 gyms, and Anytime Fitness is always open 24/7 for your convenience. Why not join this welcoming club and supportive member community? Whether you’re new to working out or a fitness regular, Anytime Fitness has the right staff, state-ofthe-art equipment, and services to meet your needs. They invite you to visit during their staffed hours, or call for an appointment. It’s time to make that positive change in your life, and Anytime Fitness will be there with you every step of the way! Let them help you get started today! Kyle Campbell and Dennis Markakis are the owners of Anytime Fitness. They both reside in Cherokee County and have started 10 Anytime Fitness locations in the Atlanta area. Anytime Fitness is located at 4480 S Cobb Drive, SE in Smyrna

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CHILDREN OF DIVORCE Collateral Damage by Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP Each year more than one million children become collateral damage in their parent’s divorce. While I understand ending a marriage and dividing a family is a gut-wrenching decision, helping your children through the divorce and its aftermath MUST be top priority!

TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF Divorce is stressful and being a single parent can be overwhelming. Depression is common and it is necessary to minimize its effects by staying on routine, getting good rest, eating healthy and exercising regularly. Avoid pursuing mundane tasks, such as watching TV just to “zone out.” Seek counseling or medical advice as soon as possible as needed. Express your emotions with a peer of the same sex – not with your children. Aligning yourself with your children can develop an “us against the world” mentality and that will lead to hurt and trust issues. Expressing yourself to an opposite sex adult can be easily misinterpreted as a romantic interest instead of a caring ear. If you don’t have an adult you can go to for emotional support, consider a recovery support group. Set realistic expectations for yourself. You no longer have a partner to share the parenting load. Don’t try to do everything, just the important things. Take advantage of carpools, pick up a healthy meal and don’t over-extend your schedule.

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The Double-Whammy by Mark Orler I get the double-whammy of depression every January. The most obvious is, of course, the failure to sustain any effort toward the New-Year Resolutions that I always seem to forget until the last moment, and then whip out some astronomically difficult goal at 11:59 p.m. that is typically broken less than 12-hours later. An example of that would be last year’s resolution tossed into the universe as the Champagne cork bounced off the ceiling fan that I broke a mere 8-hours later after I stubbed my big toe on the bathroom door the next morning. “Next year 2016, NO CURSING!”


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Interior Design After the holiday decorations are put away and Christmas 2016 is a pleasant memory, many people take a minute to look at their homes and consider adding something new to bring a pop of color or brightness to their interiors. Experts in interiors and design predict that the following trends will change the landscape of our décor in 2017.

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Additional Tasks in the Garden • When snow does fall, brush it off hedges and conifers to prevent the branches from snapping out under its weight.

There’s always something to be done in the garden, whether it’s pruning, tidying or sowing, so we’ve put together some top gardening tasks for January.

• Shred your Christmas tree and add it to compost bins. Alternatively the stripped down branches make great pea sticks.

With warnings of a cold snap you may be concerned that some of your garden plants, which have shown signs of growth, may be damaged. Here is some advice on how to best protect your plants.

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Even in mild areas, tender plants that cannot be left outside with protection should really be taken into a greenhouse or a protected space when there is risk of a cold snap. In cold areas, you are best moving things inside much earlier, in the autumn. Any tender plants that are being over wintered outdoors need protective straw or fleece.

• Wash empty pots by scrubbing them with hot water and a mild detergent. Rinse them well afterwards.

During cold spells, protect non frost-proof containers (terracotta pots for example) with bubble wrap, hessian or fleece, to prevent them from cracking. Grouping the pots close to a south-facing wall may provide additional protection to the most vulnerable ones.

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WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS HIRE A REALTOR WHEN BUYING OR SELLING A HOME With so many house-hunting resources available nowadays, it may seem like hiring a Realtor isn’t necessary. However, this is most certainly not true in the slightest, and here’s why. • They know what they’re doing. They are experts at buying and selling homes,

and are trained to understand and speak real estate jargon that’s vital to know for understanding the process of buying/selling a home. They also have the technology and resources to handle the forms, contracts, reports, disclosures, and anything else that’s necessary to handle. Realtors also know the best time to allot to handle each contract, inspection, etc. They know the areas you’ll be dealing with like the backs of their hands. They know the housing market/conditions, and comps for surrounding houses and neighborhoods (and their crime rates and school systems), and will know how to strategically use all that information. • Realtors are licensed real estate salespeople who adhere to a strict code of ethics. Licensed agents aren’t held to as high of a standard. • A Realtor has connections. They know so many people because they make it their

business to. They can give you their list of preferred vendors, such as home staging companies, mortgage brokers, home movers, real estate attorneys, inspectors, etc. They also know other agents and Realtors who can take a look at homes they list, or can show them homes their clients are looking for. • They have more resources. While it may seem that there’s an endless amount of

websites available to search for homes, Realtors have even more websites and multiple listing services to search. They also have more places to market their listings; a good Realtor has a marketing plan that includes flyers, social media accounts specifically for


his or her business, and more. • They’re expert negotiators.

They’re well practiced at handling bidding wars, and know the psychology of a deal. • A Realtor can handle a lot. There are a lot of variables that could

change or go south in a deal. They are great at handling these curve balls that are thrown at them. They work long hours so that they can work with their cli- ents’ offhours. Realtors also know when to filter out “lookie-loos” (non-serious buyers.) They’re also there for you emotionally when the process of buying or selling a home overwhelms you.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Kids New Year’s Day is the traditional time to celebrate a new beginning, and kids ages 7-12 are at the ideal stage to learn to make resolutions. Kids at this age are still young enough that their habits are not firm. They are old enough to think about a New Year’s resolution yet parents can still be their guides. Jennifer Kolari, a parent and child therapist and author of Connected Parenting, says, “They’re beginning to be mindful and to understand others’ perspectives. They’re becoming more independent, and they’re starting to open up to broader goals of how to become their best selves.”


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Making resolutions with your children can be fun and exciting, a time for growth and change, and an opportunity for family bonding. Here are some tips on how to make New Year’s resolutions a positive experience for kids and to help them keep in touch with their goals all year long.

Keep a Positive Approach Start by going over the positive things your kids accomplished last year. Instead of pointing out shortcomings, try to be the historian of their previous successes. Point to the bright spots where they’re doing something well. Have them think of things they can do now that they couldn’t do last year. Remind them how far that little bit of extra effort took them. You’ve set the stage. Next, look ahead and ask, “What are some of the great things you want to do this year? What do you want to improve? What will make your life better and happier?

Don’t Dictate Resolutions The big question parents have at this point: Should you make resolutions for your child? Most experts say no. You can guide and suggest general categories for change, help your child clarify goals, and make sure they’re age-appropriate, but kids should come up with resolutions themselves. This is how they take ownership of their goals and learn to plan. The important thing is not to end up with too many resolutions. Two or three resolutions are very reasonable. You can help your child narrow them down to a couple of things to focus on. Have your child write them down and leave some spaces in between each one for inserting smaller steps. Help your child make them realistic and age-appropriate.

Examples of realistic resolutions for kids might be: I’m going to keep my room neater. I’m going to get better at soccer.

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Follow Up but Don’t Nag Check in periodically with kids on how they’re doing. “Don’t worry about lapses. Expect them. A lapse is forgetting for a day or two, or having a week in which a step didn’t work. Or maybe you went on vacation and couldn’t practice. That’s not failure; that’s just trying. No big change is ever accomplished perfectly. Try not to nag about this if your child isn’t making progress on a resolution, A good idea is to first affirm how hard it is: It seemed like a great idea, but it’s not easy to stick to. Ask, “What’s getting in the way for you?” Help them get excited about it again. To avoid parental nagging you may want to frame the resolutions on a wall as a reminder. Make sure the resolutions are accessible so you can find them easily. You could have a ritual every month in which you bring them out and talk about how you’re all doing. Of course, if the plan isn’t working, you can always adjust it. If they lose their way, help them figure out another way to get there.

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Let’s Start 2017 off on the Right Paw! by Amber Burckhalter Welcome 2017! Glad you’re here. By now, you have certainly been inundated with magazine articles, websites and television spots targeted to helping you start the year off right and achieve your goals. That’s great! Part of me really likes resolutions. They’re kind of like a reset “Let’s do this right!” button for life. But, unfortunately, more resolutions are abandoned than are achieved. So, this month’s article is dedicated to a simple, yet powerful resolution – To have a better relationship with my dog(s)! Simply follow our 9 Tips for the New Year and we guarantee that your dog will be better behaved, you and your family & friends will enjoy your pup more and, in the end, you will have a better relationship with them. A tired dog is a good dog. Make sure your puppy or dog gets healthy, adequate exercise. Good exercise improves overall behavior because it burns toxic energy – leaving your dog more relaxed and able to interact with their family in a better way. We prefer professional organizations like K-9 Coach over a dog park. Call us picky, but we like having vaccination records and temperament tests for every guest! If your pup is a regular guest here, try our indoor, heated pool! Swimming provides impact free, cardiovascular exercise. 15 minutes of swimming is the equivalent of a two mile walk! Train early and often. Puppies trained as young dogs, using positive reinforcement techniques, are significantly less likely to exhibit behavior issues and are more likely to become a wonderful companion. Adult dogs whose parents maintain their training are happier, spend more quality time with the family and generally live longer. Don’t tell anyone, but it’s kind of like going to the gym! That’s why we offer classes year-round. So, make sure to check the site. Say please and thank you. Having your dog sit to exit your home, car or other vehicles is similar to teaching a child to say thank you and please. This impulse control will result in a more likeable pup and will also keep them safe. We don’t accept rude behavior in people or children. Why would we accept it from our pups? Prevention not punishment. Punishing behaviors can cause side effects such as aggression, anxiety and fear. Management and prevention are keys to a reliable and effective training program and developing a wonderful working relationship with your companion. Prevent poor choices on the behalf of your dog by setting up the environment for success and then train for reliable control. Be your dog’s advocate. Your pup counts on you to keep them safe. So, avoid situations that causes stress, fear or are unsafe. Carefully choose who and what is introduced into your pup’s world. If it’s a service provider,


check them out. Drop in unscheduled. Talk to their staff. Talk to their customers. If they’re good enough for your dog, they won’t have anything to hide. Crate train. There are many benefits to crate training. A crate trained pup can enjoy the privacy and security of a den of their own, they more easily learn to associate elimination with the outdoors only, they can still be included in family surroundings when they need to be restricted from certain things and they can more conveniently be included in family outings and trips instead of being left behind. Provide safe toys. K-9 Coach carries a plethora of safe, fun and durable toys for you pup to chew on, play with and even eat from. By providing safe toys, you help to eliminate bad behaviors caused from boredom and you also help prevent your pup from chewing your shoes, children’s toys or furniture! Believe me, a high-quality toy is a lot less expensive than seeing the veterinarian for an obstruction because Fido ate Junior’s teddy bear or, even worse, the couch! Tag that puppy! Sometimes dogs slip out of open doors or fences and get lost. Make sure that your fourlegged friend has a secure collar and tag to help get them home safe. If they already have a tag and collar, now’s a good time to confirm that the information on the tag is easily read, is accurate and that the collar is still secure. If not, buy a new one. Also, make sure to talk with you veterinarian about micro-chip. Have fun together! Most importantly, take time to enjoy your dog and the relationship you develop. If you focus only on control and an “I am in charge attitude,” you will miss out. Take your pup on car rides, family trips and walks together. There is nothing quite like the relationship between a person and their pup. Develop a true companionship and you will both thrive. Do the above and you will be successful in your resolution to have a better relationship with your pup. As always, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life. We wish you all continued happiness and success in this new year and beyond and we hope to see you all soon! If you need help, do not hesitate to contact us. We’re always here for you. Established by Certified Canine Behavioral Consultant and Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Amber Burckhalter, K-9 Coach is Atlanta’s ONLY complete canine experience, providing industry-leading: Training, Playcare, Lodging & Grooming. K-9 Coach has been recognized as the Cobb County Small Business of the Year/ Voted: Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta Dog Training, Boarding & Daycare, every year since 2008. Voted: Best of Smyrna/Vinings Doggy Daycare and an Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner every year since 2011.

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The Smyrna Public Library is the oldest city operated library in the state of Georgia. Library cards are free for City of Smyrna residents, real property holders and business/corporations holding a Smyrna business license. The Smyrna Public Library offers approximately 40 programs each month during the school year, including a variety of story time classes and events for children of all ages. Each story time is designed to actively engage your child in early literacy development and instill a life-long love of learning. For your child to get the most out of the classes and events they provide, they strongly recommend each caregiver to be actively engaged in the program along side their child. Doing so makes for a fun learning experience for everyone! The Smyrna Public Library offers a monthly online calendar, which details the variety of classes and events that they have to offer families and children of all ages. To stay up to date with the latest information about the Smyrna Public Library and its programs, please visit www.smyrnacity.com. Feel free to contact the library with questions at 770-431-2860 ext. 3. You can also LIKE them on Facebook @Smyrna Library Kids!


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About Best Friends Animal Society® Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,600 rescue groups and shelters across the country. In Atlanta, Best Friends focuses on region-wide collaborations to support national lifesaving programs and the no-kill movement. Best Friends operates a pet adoption center in the Smyrna neighborhood of Atlanta that prioritizes adoptions for at-risk animals from the city shelters in Cobb, Gwinnett, Dekalb and Fulton counties. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million.

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