LBB June 2022 BECOME Magazine

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BECOME. what's inside... From the Desk of Angel Magasano............................................................................4 Welcome & Anniversaries............................................................................................6 June Events...................................................................................................................7 Power Progamming......................................................................................................8 Book Club.....................................................................................................................9 The Newest LBB Chapter: Hannibal.........................................................................10 Encore Celebrates One Year.....................................................................................12 Spike It Hot! Volleybally Recap.................................................................................13 Teddy Bear Toss Night at the Hoots Game.............................................................14 Common Scents.........................................................................................................15 Journey to Success: Erin Darling...............................................................................16 Six Things That Happen When You Sit Too Long....................................................18 Shrink My Pores Please!.............................................................................................19 Rip the Band Aid Off..................................................................................................20 The Sandwich Generation.........................................................................................22 Join Us for Escape 2022.............................................................................................23 Cucumber-Jalapeño Margaritas.................................................................Back Cover ____ On the Cover: Tara____ Peters

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“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being

unapologetically herself;

comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me,

that is the true

essence of beauty.”

-Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience


Be “Unapologetically You” b This month, we’re focusing on the idea of being unapologetic. But, with situations that range from the terrible to the tedious, how do we know when it’s time to put our foot down, versus when it’s best to just let something slide by? As professionals, we have to be willing to channel our inner CEO and be unapologetic when the time calls for it. So put on your bossiest pair of pants and get yourself in the mindset of “you first, unapologetically.” If there’s anything that the pandemic taught us, it’s that we have to show up as our real, authentic, selves. Becoming an unapologetic entrepreneur is all about understanding who you are and really allowing yourself to own it so that it can shine through. When it comes to producing returning clients, and creating long-term success in your business, the best advice is to be yourself. It’s about understanding who you are and letting that completely shine through in everything from your mission to your marketing. Your superpower is the fact that nobody else is you. If we want people to gravitate towards us, we have to speak up and say what we stand for.

yours. Ensuring that these things are not being taken advantage of is first and foremost. Friends, family, clients, employees will all have opinions on your business decisions. Even though it can be hard to overlook, I give you permission to do so. Your decisions about your business are not up for debate. From late payments from clients, to you or your team members being treated unfairly, we’ve all been in situations where our business is getting the short end of the stick. So whether it’s putting our foot down when it comes to on-time payment or standing up for that employee who’s getting pushed around by a client, it’s perfectly acceptable to be unapologetic about protecting your team and advocating for the business you’ve worked so hard to build. Being unapologetic doesn’t mean being rude or unkind—it simply means refusing to apologize for doing what you should always be doing: taking care of your baby - your business. ¤

You should always be unapologetic when advocating for yourself, your family, and your business. These are the things that are exclusively

Angel Magasano

LBB Founder and CEO



NEW MEMBERS as of 5/20/22


Stephanie Cooper

Douglass Community Services, Inc.

Lisa Ghattas

Cot tleville Refine Beauty

Brandi Patton-Stevens Denise Sullivan

S t Charles

Jessica Homeyer

Baue Funeral Home

Barbara Haag Stacy Jones

Tranont Health & Wealth

Janie Neice

Compass Health Consultants/HST

Janie's No Sugar

Nancy Woolbright

Stacey Nicholas


Michelle Steinhoff New Path Solutions

Douglass Community Services


Tara Peters

Shelter Insurance

Beverly Beseda

Marianne Cherry

Alicia Rollins


Edward Jones

Bodywise Pilates Studio


Jamie Ruggles

Jane Bowerman

First State Insurance Agency, Inc

FosterAdopt Connect, Inc.

Ravenscraft Realty

Brandi Suhre

Busy Bee Boutique, LLC

Kaylie Teter

Lisa Ball

Chariton Valley

Prestige Realty, Inc.

Kara Viorel

Kara Bates

AVK Events LLC The Rialto Banquet Hall

Vocational Rehabilitation

Maddie Christal

Ashley Wilson

Ravenscraft Realty


Vinyl by Jane

Kassondra Terrill

Tamitha Ague

Shelter Insurance



Diva Prints

The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast Missouri

Refine Beauty

Gail Akeman

Riverbend Virtual Assistance

Mindy Hays

G&G Notary Services LLC

Shea Griessel

Perspective Cabinetry & Design

Madison County


Alana Fravell Angie Heintz Carissa Figgins Caroline Raposo Christie Derbin Christine Daleo Christy Watz Courtney English Danijela Kandera Dr. Kristin Porlier

Heather Aehle Justine Robinson Kim Knouse Lisa Zweifel Megan Calloni Michelle Atkinson Sarah Bell Stacee Gilmore - Fernandez Tammy James

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Moms on the Move: Hosted by Mary Dempsey, 9:00 am Mid St Louis County: Coffee & Connections, 9:00 am Encore: Coffee & Connection, 11:30 am Toastmasters: Members Only, 4:00 pm For The Run Of It - St Charles, 8:00 am Ladies Who Lunch: Be Unapologetic You, 11:00 am Ribbon Cutting: Creative Visions Photography and Deep Cove Creations, 2:30 pm 6/08 Troy: Coffee & Connections, 8:30 am 6/08 Cottleville: Coffee & Connections, 9:00 am 6/09 Toastmasters: Members Only, 4:00 pm 6/09 Mix & Mingle: Madison County Chapter to benefit Habitat for Humanity, 4:30 pm 6/10 Madison County: Coffee & Connections, 8:30 am 6/10 Greater St. Charles: Coffee & Connections, 9:00 am 6/11 Girls Gone Wine on the Miss Augusta Yacht, 11:00 am 6/13 Hannibal: Coffee & Connections, 8:15 am 6/13 Wentzville: Members Only Meeting, 9:00 am 6/14 West County: Coffee & Connections, 9:00 am 6/15 Mid St Louis County: Members Only Meeting, 12:00 pm

6/16 Encore Group Photo Shoot, 11:30 am 6/16 Toastmasters: Members Only, 4:00 pm 6/17 Member Orientation sponsored by Sara's Boxes & Boards, 9:00 am 6/21 Leisure Book Club: Members Only, 6:30 pm 6/22 Troy: Members Only Meeting, 8:30 am 6/22 Ribbon Cutting: Boulevard Bride, 10:00 am 6/22 Cottleville: Members Only Meeting, 11:00 am 6/22 Hannibal Chapter: Members Only Meeting, 12:00 pm 6/22 Learn About LBB Encore, 6:30 pm 6/23 Toastmasters: Members Only, 4:00 pm 6/23 Mix & Mingle benefiting Lydia’s House, 4:30 pm 6/24 Greater St Charles: Members Only Meeting, 12:00 pm 6/25 For The Run Of It - St Charles, 8:00 am 6/25 Girls Gone Wine: Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, 12:00 pm 6/27 Wentzville: Coffee & Connections, 9:00 am 6/27 Self-Development Book Club: Members Only, 6:30 pm 6/28 West County Chapter: Members Only Meeting, 11:00 am 6/28 Madison County: Members Only Meeting, 4:00 pm 6/29 Ribbon Cutting: Promotions Pronto, 4:00 pm

Dates & Times are subject to change. For more information, please visit

Special EVENTS 2022 June 11

Girls Gone Wine St. Charles

June 25

Girls Gone Wine Madison County

October 23

Fire & Ice Celebrity Bartending Challenge

December 9 (Note: New Date) BrrrBASH to Benefit Toys for Tots

LBB hosts special events to increase the financial stability of the organization in order to continue producing quality educational programming for its members, invest in business growth and development by providing business grants to female entrepreneurs, invest in our youth by offering a scholarship grants, investing in community and local nonprofits through community service and sponsorship, and keeping its member dues low and accessible to all women.


Power PROGRAMMING Join Us! Register at


Anna Crosslin President & CEO of the International Institute of St. Louis (retired) June 7, 2022 • 11 am - 1 pm Orlando Gardens - 2050 Dorsett Village Plaza Maryland Heights, MO 63043 Sponsor: Mindy Pruett, Cottage Care St Charles For more than 42 years until her retirement in February 2021, Anna Crosslin served as President & CEO of the International Institute of St. Louis. IISTL is our region’s immigrant services and community engagement hub.



The Institute offers integrative services to more than 4,000 immigrants from 60 countries annually. It is widely respected for its English and citizenship preparation, workforce development and career path services, small business development and micro-lending, and cultural competency training. Annually, staff collaborates with more than 250 area institutions.



July 5, 2022 • 11 am - 1 pm Ameristar Casino Resort Spa One Ameristar Blvd. St. Charles, MO 63301 Sponsor: Shannon Norman, Shannon Norman Law

ARE YOU READY TO ROCK NEW CONNECTIONS?! LBB will be hosting "Rock n' Roll Speed Networking" during the Ladies Who Lunch event scheduled for July 5th at the Ameristar Ballroom. Our new musical-chairs inspired Rock n' Roll speed-networking format will facilitate conversations with approximately 10 people. Participants should be prepared to clearly and quickly tell their story. This is an amazing way to meet and connect with women outside your home LBB chapter.


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• The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

“Will keep you up. In a ‘can’t put it down’ way. It’s ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ with XX chromosomes.” —The Skimm “Deliciously duplicitous. . . . equally as twisty, spellbinding, and addictive as Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl or Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train.” —Library Journal (starred review) Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted. To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne —a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale. Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn't have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life— the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces. With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.




• Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

by Angela Duckworth

In this must-read book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and business people both seasoned and new that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called grit. Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying our passions and following through on our commitments. Drawing on her own powerful story as the daughter of a scientist who frequently bemoaned her lack of smarts, Duckworth describes her winding path through teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience, which led to the hypothesis that what really drives success is not genius, but a special blend of passion and long-term perseverance. As a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth created her own character lab and set out to test her theory. Here, she takes readers into the field to visit teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she's learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers; from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to the cartoon editor of The New Yorker to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that not talent or luck makes all the difference.




• Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity

by Flynn Berry

by Saundra Dalton-Smith

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"I am beyond excited to bring LBB to Hannibal and the surrounding areas! I was lucky enough to be introduced and become a part of this amazing group myself and have had a deep desire ever since to provide the same opportunities for connection, growth, and empowerment to the women in this area. Business and business development have always been a passion of mine. From growing up in a family business to working my way through business endeavors into owning my own business today, I’ve only done so by the people I’ve been surrounded by and learning from who have been better than myself. We, as women, need community. We need connection. We can empower each other by sharing our personal experiences. We can move the needle by creating forums for deep, intentional conversation and facilitating active participation within our group and our communities, together. We can celebrate our differences, encourage each other, build each other up, feed our passions, and extend generosity and philanthropy in our professional and personal endeavors. Together, we are better! "


President Hannibal Chapter



Stephanie COOPER

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Little Black Book is proud to bring a chapter to Hannibal, Missouri. The community will benefit, and women in business will be supported and empowered by the leadership of Tara Peters, Kara Bates, Stephanie Cooper, and Stacey Nicholas. -Angel Magasano


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Celebrates One Year! Encore is the chapter of LBB for women who are experienced, seasoned, wise, and generous. She wants to make the most of life as we transition out of the full-time workforce. We support the LBB mission and pillars with our contributions to charitable and community projects. We have a strong desire to build and nurture relationships that help contribute to the professional and personal development of the lightly seasoned members of the organization. And we have a strong social objective because we just love having fun with like-minded women of all ages. We are called the Encore Chapter because we have already achieved a certain level of success, and we want to showcase and share our experiences to encourage and inspire others.

"There is no better word to describe our first year of LBB Encore than 'FUN!!!'. " We’ve done everything from the van Gogh Exhibit to chair yoga to bowling, and every gathering always includes food or chocolate. Our ladies really enjoy each other’s company and love the activities we have engaged in. We are looking forward to many good times ahead and welcoming more like-minded women into our Encore family.”

Joan Williams

Encore President


"I'm incredibly proud of the LBB: Encore Chapter, its leadership, and its members. " They are making a positive impact on our community and on one another. Congratulations to Encore for celebrating its first anniversary!

Angel Magasano

LBB Founder and CEO

Winning Team

Blockbuster ____ They made a comeback from the loser bracket to win.

May 14, 2022 • Sugarfire Wentzville The 2nd annual volleyball tournament, sponsored by OrangeTheory - Lake St Louis, was held in May at Sugarfire Wentzville. The day was hot but filled with 14 co-ed teams slinging sand and keeping balls in the air. Spike it Hot! offered members and the community the opportunity to bring their “A” game to compete for cash, during this fun, casual day of networking and play.

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6:35 PM CARSHIELD FIELD BRING A TEDDY BEAR to toss during the 7th Inning Stretch

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to Toys for Tots during BrrrBASH on December 9, 2022





COMMON Did you know scent is the first thing people notice when they walk into your home or office? People can either have a pleasant reaction or a not-so-pleasant experience.

to your space. There are also scent packs like a potpourri pack that you can use in the bottom of a diaper pail or small trash can. My daughter uses one in her PE locker, so it doesn’t smell like stinky gym shoes.

I have a friend, and every time I used to go over to her house, my kids would say, oh, you’ve been at “Sara’s haven’t you” at first, I looked puzzled I wasn’t sure how they knew, but then as I would take my coat off I could smell that all too familiar smell of her house. Several home delivery fragrance systems can eliminate this problem!

Our home is home to two cats, and the last thing I want is for people to walk in our house, and the first thing they notice is a smell alluding to the fact we have cats.

One solution to the problem is with wax and warmers. They are a great way to freshen up the smell of a place without worrying about flames or soot. There are no fire risks, and the soot will not build up on your walls or get into your HVAC system, where you will be breathing it long after the candle has been blown out. The wax only heats to that of human body temperature, and clean-up is a breeze with a blow dryer and an old rag if an accident should occur. Other scent systems are more passive, like a reed diffuser that lets off fragrance from the oil in it a can last 30 to 60 days, depending on the type. Oil diffusers are great as well; they can provide therapeutic aromatherapy while also providing some great-looking décor

In addition to keeping a clean litter box, I have different scent delivery systems strategically located throughout the house to ensure a pleasant visit for my friends and family. Scent has the power to evoke emotions and bring back a memory of times past. It is not necessarily the scent so much as the memory it brings back to life. Did you know that sometimes you can become immune to a scent? It is always a good idea to have a couple of different fragrances on hand to enjoy the pleasant fragrance too! I enjoy helping people with fragrance delivery systems for their homes and offices and would love to connect with you! ¤

Shashanna Huber




DARLING Mindset Nutrition

“I think true success is intrinsic. I t’s love. I t’s kindness. I t’s community.”



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JourneySuccess T O

EVERY SINGLE MOMENT OF IMPACT IN MY CAREER BEGAN WITH A LEAP OF FAITH. A MOMENTARY CHOICE THAT PUSHED ME OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE AND FOREVER CHANGED MY LIFE. When I started my nutrition business, I had plenty of schooling, observation hours, and coaching experience but zero prospects or business skills. The amazing job that had been offered to me while I was interning was suddenly not available and I was left unsure of what to do. Then, one day, I came across a post by Wheeler Acupuncture and Functional Wellness on Facebook. I had met Heather Wheeler at a wellness event earlier that year and without hesitating, I immediately sent her a message. I knew that if I gave my mind time to think, I would completely overthink (a skill I am excellent at) and do nothing. So, I took a leap and asked if she was interested in having a nutrition professional in her office, and to my surprise, she said yes! Right off the bat, Heather started helping me make connections with other local business owners. She encouraged me to go to a headshot happy hour, hosted by Kim Eichelberger for pictures and networking. It was there I met Angel Magasano for the first time and learned about Little Black Book. Right away, I was completely hooked on joining a business group solely for women. I loved the idea of learning from other strong female business owners. I am pretty sure the first I did that evening when I got home was sign up to be a member. Joining LBB and Wheeler Acupuncture were the two best decisions I made early on in my career. I learned a tremendous amount from Heather and was making amazing connections within Little Black Book. Even still, I was new, and growing a thriving business can take time. My dream was to have a fully booked schedule. I wanted to spend my days with clients, listening and coaching. In order to do that, I knew what I needed to do was really connect with ONE person. I also knew I needed to make an impactful difference in that ONE person’s life. I also knew that one person needed to not be afraid to share her story with others. No big deal, right? I had a big goal, and I believed I could make it a reality. I guess you can say I manifested it big time because I found that person in Becky Klein, a connection I made through LBB. She had a tough case but without overthinking it, I jumped at the chance to work with her! Again, it was a fast decision, and I can say without a doubt our sessions forever changed her life as well as mine. Through sharing her story, Becky was and continues to be is one of the greatest influencers in my growth so far. I will forever be grateful to her for being vulnerable enough to put her journey on social media, thus helping others with similar struggles. From that point, I continued to grow at a slow but steady pace. It wasn’t until after two years at Wheeler Acupuncture that Heather gave me the nudge to go out on my own, that things really started to grow. Again, another leap of faith! In fact, it was the biggest and scariest one yet! Now I was on my own entirely with no pre-established business to support

me. However, through the support from so many LBB sisters, Nicole Agniel especially, I felt confident that I could land on my own two feet. The first thing I did was land on a name. When working with clients, I knew all the potions, programs and plans didn’t work unless you had the right mindset. This is where Mindset Nutrition was born. Those two simple words embodied everything I believe in. Second, I started paying attention to branding. I knew I needed a consistent look and feel to my marketing. I also knew it needed to reflect me and my personality. I remember Julie Swaney very vividly saying to me at our St. Charles Coffee and Connections meeting, “Erin, you are your brand! You are a perfect representation of everything you teach.” So, I made everything pink, a color I was encouraged not to use because it was too feminine. However, pink has been a favorite color of mine for as long as I can remember. As Julia Roberts says in Steel Magnolia, “pink is my signature color!” Lastly, I decided to narrow down my focus with clients. My greatest love was helping my clients tackle their emotional/ binge eating with an approach that is different than anything they have tried before. Through my own journey with emotional/binge eating, I have been able to relate to and coach my clients on a deeper level. I like to think I build great relationships with my clients and that has been essential for growth. Beyond that, I have worked hard to stay focused and consistent. Every day, I time block my schedule and add in 5-10 tasks that need to be completed. I also write out three things I am focusing on, no matter what, and one affirmation that lifts my spirits and reminds me of how strong I am! One of the tasks I never miss is posting on social media. It took three years of daily posting without fail for me to book my first client through Instagram. However, that one client, Lisa Webb, has referred more people to me than I can count and has also become a great friend. Like Becky, she has been instrumental in my growth, and I can never thank her enough for her referrals and unwavering support! Besides taking a leap of faith and staying focused and consistent, I have a true passion for what I do. It is everything I live and breathe. It is important to me to not only talk the talk but also walk the walk. If I don’t... you better believe I am figuring out a way to make it happen! Through all of this, plus staying 100% true to myself and what I love to coach, my business has flourished. In one year’s, time I brought in 250 clients and more than quadrupled my earnings. It has happened so fast it has taken a bit of an adjustment, but I am navigating it all and excited for what the future of Mindset Nutrition will bring. I appreciate all of you who have trusted me with your health. I am amazed by the connections, referrals, and friendships I have made along this journey. Those are the reasons why I am here and why I continue to grow, and for that, I am truly thankful. ¤

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Decreased muscle use can lead to a slower clearance of fat from the body and decrease the effects of insulin.


Sitting for too long, especially at a desk, can cause excess pressure on certain parts of the body, like the lower back.


Sitting too much means moving less. Movement, like going for a brisk 20-minute walk, can up our energy levels quickly.



Leading a sedentary lifestyle is tied with a higher risk of heart problems, among other issues.


In fact, studies have indicated that sitting indoors and communicating with others strictly online can reduce social skills and affect psychological well-being.


More pressure is put on lumbar discs when sitting instead of being distributed equally. This causes the pelvis to rotate backward, which can sometimes lead to our head moving forward.


If movement has become difficult for you, seek help. Learn more about how gentle chiropractic adjustments may help restore function to your daily life


Dr. Maddie Smith

Back Pain Center 18

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Shrink MY PORES,


Some ask what is the biggest request in the esthetics world? My first thought every time is the dreaded pores conversation. I hate being the person to break the horrible news of... your pore size is your pore size. I mean how dare me! What I can do is give you some tips and tricks to minimize the appearance. Now we’re talking!


Exfoliation will remove dead skin and oil from the pore. Once the dull dead skin is removed you will look brighter, smoother, and more even. “Younger/Youthful”


Finding the best product to work with your skin is also key. Having a small amount of exfoliation in-between facials will minimize the appearance of your pores. AHA, BHA, glycolic, or retinol are the best. Now don’t go throwing just anything on your face, mixing these or doing too much will only backfire on you. Speak with a specialist to find the right combination of things.


Did I say it loud enough, if not turn up the volume. SPF is going to keep you from aging, which in turn will keep you youthful and glowing!


Clean the day off your face toxins, environment, and dirt. Yes, it seems like something simple, but it truly is overlooked by some. Wearing makeup to bed can age you very quickly, plus it gets stuck in your pores and obviously makes them look bigger. Totally the opposite of what we are trying to achieve. Just these small things can really give you that look you are trying to achieve and hide some of those imperfections you hate. Though I can’t give you magic to “shrink” your pores, I can help you minimize and feel good in the skin you’re in! Be your own kind of beautiful. Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle! ¤

Miranda Malone

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Rip the


Recently I had a client say, “It felt good to Rip the Band-a-id off!” after completing her first interview in several years. She has had a successful career with a company she’s been loyal to and yet has felt she wants to explore what else is out there. It got me thinking about the process of doing something uncomfortable and going for it. Just as a Band-aid’s purpose is to comfort and protect you, your comfort zone in a job, relationship, or your surroundings can bring complacency. The anxiety for what’s next can stop you from moving forward. When you stop exploring, it can stunt your ability to grow, heal, or re-energize. What thing in your life are you ready to “rip the Band-aid off” and get out of your comfort zone? To help make decisions easier, I’ve created a process to help, in my Change Cycle model.





How does this change align with my core values? (Think of categories for your core values and how you’d rank them in importance: Family, Finances, Faith, Health, Hobbies, etc.)


If I make this change, what will I learn?

If I make this change how will I evolve professionally, personally, spiritually, and what changes could occur?

What will be the impact on me, my family or loved ones, my surroundings, or my health if I make this change? What impact will it have if I don’t in each area?


What are the consequences if I do or do not make this change?

Answer each question with as many reasons that surface, then go back and evaluate your answers. The biggest impact for making the change should revert to your answers in number 1, the alignment to your core values. Once you determine the alignment and all the facets to making the change, the decision to move forward or not will be clear. As with my client, as uncomfortable as it was, she knew she had my support, and once she took action and ripped off the Band-aid, her next steps became clear. Action breeds confidence. The more you do something the better you get and the easier it becomes. She’s now ready and excited about exploring additional opportunities. ¤ 20

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THESandwichGENERATION Across the United States, millions of middle-aged adults struggle with the dual responsibilities of raising a child and caring for an aging parent. They are members of what is commonly called the sandwich generation. In fact, a 2020 report by New York Life found that 48% of the sandwich generation are expected to be in a caregiving position in some capacity for six or more years.(1)

The rise of the sandwich generation is a byproduct of two powerful trends: (1) women giving birth later in life, and (2) the increasing longevity of the U.S. population. When you combine these factors with a growing number of young adults living with their parents, it’s easy to see why so many middle-aged Americans are concerned about the future. If you are one of them, here are a few steps you can take to protect your loved ones and prepare for the financial responsibilities ahead Have a plan for eldercare. Talk to your parents

about the kind of care they’d prefer, and discuss it with your siblings. See which, if any, family members have the capacity to help provide care and which home would be the most accessible. In case external help is needed, research local resources to see what is available—and at what cost. Most importantly, consult an attorney and make sure you have all the legal documents needed to make sudden medical and financial decisions if the need arises. Evaluate your resources. Before determining a

course of action, make sure you know what resources are available. Can your parents pay for care on their own? Do they have long-term care insurance? Do they own any whole life insurance policies with living benefits2 that they may be able to use to pay for care? Can other family members contribute financially? Is public assistance a viable option? Protect your children’s lifestyle and future.

While caring for a parent is a huge responsibility, it’s important to make sure your children’s needs and your own retirement needs are also met. If you haven’t done so already, set up a college fund and make funding it a priority. If your place of employment offers a 401(k), try to contribute the maximum amount allowable, and make sure you contribute at least enough to get the full company match. Also, consider purchasing a term or whole life insurance policy that can help to protect your family’s future in case anything tragic happens to you. Caring for children and aging relatives at the same time is never easy, but with the right planning and resources, it is possible to do both. With so many people joining the ranks of the sandwich generation, now’s the time to start planning for the future. ¤ . 1 “Millennials, Women ‘Sandwiched’ as COVID-19 Shifts Caregiving Responsibilities,” Insurance Journal, December 4, 2020. 2 Loans against your policy accrue interest at the current rate and decrease the cash value and death benefit by the amount of the outstanding loan and interest.


Kayla Brown

New York Life *This educational third-party article is provided as a courtesy by Kayla BrownNew York Life, Agent, New York Life Insurance Company. To learn more about the information or topics discussed, please contact Kayla.

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P lan to Escape with us! Join us this September at the beautiful Breathless Riviera Cancun resort!

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The PERFECT combination of

Cool & Spicy

for Summer Sipping.

Cucumber-Jalapeño Ingredients


6 ounces silver tequila 1 small jalapeño, halved lengthwise 1 pound cucumbers, peeled, roughly chopped 1 cup fresh orange juice 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 2 1/2 tablespoons light agave nectar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt Garnish: Edible flowers and/or fresh mint


• Place tequila and jalapeño in a small bowl or cup. Let stand 1 hour. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve over a cup; discard solids. • Blend cucumber, orange juice, lime juice, agave nectar, and salt until smooth. Strain mixture into a pitcher; discard solids. Stir in tequila. • Divide mixture among 4 ice-filled glasses. If desired,garnish with edible flowers and/or fresh mint.


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