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BERNARD DIGGS New Diggs New Year!!

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ST.JOHNS magazine Happy New Year! May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to you and yours! -Old Irish Blessing

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Contact our orthodontic offices in St. Johns or St. Augustine to schedule a FREE initial exam today! Dr, Glenos and his experienced team have been creating beautiful smiles efficiently and affordably for over thirty years, using the most modern and effective techniques and appliances, individually customized according to the needs of each patient, young or adult. For over 30 years, Dr. Glenos has continued to contributed back to the community through partnerships with the schools and support of many sport teams, scouting, dancing companies, children’s theatre, beauty pageants, the local children museum TAG, and the Smiles Change Lives program. Dr. Glenos and Dr. Hadgis are both board certified orthodontists. Dr. Glenos is a past president of the Florida Association of Orthodontists and the St. Augustine Dental Society.

Treatment plans that offer the best treatment to minimize time in appliances and thus expense.

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Dr. Jimmy Glenos & Dr. Craig Hadgis

Dr. Jimmy Glenos & Dr. Craig Hadgis

Beautiful healthy smiles, many thousands….including many dentists and their families.

We offer a full range of Orthodontic Treatme

We offer a full range of Orthodontic Treatments:

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• FREE Orthodontic Growth and Development Examinations - CLUB GLENOS • Invisalign and Invisalign Teen clear aligners - PREMIER PROVIDER • Mini, Low profile, and Clear braces • Damon braces • Insignia 3-D Digital Customized braces • Incognito lingual braces

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February 20th, 2020

R.A.W. Edge 2020

“Be The Best Version of Yourself”

New Diggs Coaching was founded in Jacksonville, Fl and continues to thrive globally. The company has developed the 20/20 New Diggs Coaching program helping Real Estate agents and business professionals ALL over the world to succeed.$99 New Diggs Coaching works together as a team to provide maximum service to their clients. “I wanted to start a coaching company that would help individuals to success and be the Best version of themselves”. Bernard Diggs Founder & CEO New Diggs Coaching

What would you accomplish if you went 12 months with NO EXCUSES? What would your life look like? What if you just believed? Take some time and actually answer those questions. R.A.W. Edge will breakthrough the barriers that have confined you and held you back from being the “Best Version of Yourself.” If you inspire to be successful in your profession and in building successful relationships, whether in business or personal, then R.A.W. Edge is the event for you. This event will literally change your life and catapult your career path for 2020.

RAW is Real. RAW is Authentic. RAW is Work. FEBRUARY 20TH SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 8:15 am - Meet and Greet 9:00 am - How to Be R.A.W. In 2020

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Are you ready to unlock your full potential? Reserve Tickets Today! The RAW EDGE Event will be held at the Holiday Inn Express Baymeadows 11083 Nurseryfields Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Bernard started his early career in the U.S Navy as an Active Aviation Search and Rescue Aircrew-man in 2001. “It is an honor to pursue my true passion in helping people through motivational speaking and coaching with all their Real Estate Business dreams and goals.” Bernard became one of the Top individual Real Estate Coaches in the nation working for a Top 10 brokerage in the Nation before he decide to branch off and founded New Diggs Coaching International.

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Bernard Diggs New Year New Diggs New Dreams

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Learn how Bernard’s new endeavors changed his life and helped him create The R.A.W EDGE EVENT


he original term “New Digs” came from the old English jargon which means, a new place or new house to stay and reside in. With a name like Diggs, it seems Bernard Diggs,

founder and CEO of The New Diggs Team and New Diggs Coaching, was destined to help people in real estate and in life. “I feel like I truly was born and called to motivate and inspire individuals to be the best versions of themselves.” Bernard started New Diggs Coaching International with the idea of helping others at its core. In February 2020, New Diggs Coaching will host the R.A.W. Edge event in Jacksonville for real estate and business professionals seeking to discover their best selves and transform their lives. The coaching company was inspired by the Bernard Diggs real estate team (New Diggs Team) which helped hundreds of families buy and sell homes throughout the local area under Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage in Jacksonville, FL. In 2017 Bernard was voted the number one real estate agent to work with military and veterans on the Naval Air Station - Jacksonville. Bernard later decided to move to California to continue to reach his full potential and move into an expansion that would later catapult his career and knowledge in business, sales, relationships and real estate. He became one of the TOP Real Estate Agents with 2 expansion teams selling over $67.8 million in sales volume in the year 2018. St. Johns Magazine originally met Bernard Diggs a few years ago but so much has changed as his business grew and he reached a new level of excellence. Today Bernard is not only a real estate agent but is also helping others grow their businesses with the valuable life lessons and philosophies he has learned along the way.


You have recently expanded your business to include

This February you are planning a huge event, R.A.W

coaching, mentoring and inspiring others - what made

Edge, at the Holiday inn at Baymeadows What is the

you decide to make this shift?

event all about and who would benefit from attending? (What does R.A.W. stand for?)

While working back and forth between Florida and California, I started conducting a lot of training with other agents and

R.A.W. Edge will breakthrough the barriers that have con-

business professionals within the firm. Individuals and attend-

fined you and held you back from being the “Best Version of

ees would respond by stating that they were greatly motivated

Yourself.” If you inspire to be successful in your profession and

to not only do better, but to be better. Success stories started

in building successful relationships, whether in business or

to come to fruition and the natural gift of inspiring people

personal, then R.A.W. Edge is the event for you. This event will

through speaking, which I discovered at a young age, began to

literally change your life and catapult your career path for 2020.

have a deeper meaning for me to be able to use to motivate others through coaching.

RAW is Real. RAW is Authentic. RAW is Work.

“Be the Best Version of Yourself” is the philosophy of

What are the takeaways you hope to share with At-

New Diggs Coaching. How do you help people reach this

tendees at the R.A.W Edge Event?

goal? What aspect of coaching do you enjoy most? Attendees will walk away with a greater vision to excel themIn order for us to help individuals reach their goal, through our

selves, find or expand their niche, network with hundreds of

20/20 New Diggs program, we first get the individual to agree

professionals, and most importantly a direction to make 2020

and rule out ALL EXCUSES. For this to work excuses cannot be

the best year for their career.

an option. We then teach them how to break through barriers and utilize all the resources in their journey to becoming successful.

For more information about New Diggs Coaching and the R.A.W Edge Event, visit

I love to watch someone come into the program, start to get motivated, implement their belief, use the coaching tools and then see the results they never thought they would be able to reach. It never gets old to see the excitement that someone experiences when they finally let go of their barriers and truly reach their full potential in being the BEST version of themselves. What have you learned from the challenges and changes in your life? I have learned that the twin brother of fear of failure is the fear of success. I have come across obstacles many times in my life, business and relationships. However, the fear that I allowed to hold me back was not the fear of failing, but rather the fear of success. The program was created over 3 years ago, but I was afraid that everything we put into this program would actually become a success and work to be greater than I thought it ever could be. I learned to let go of my fears and allowed myself to

Bernard in 2016 at the Naval Airforce base Jacksonville - from the cover of SJM

embrace the best version of myself, which in turn, allowed for breaking down my own barriers and reaching my full potential.


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Med Spa vs. Day Spa


edical spas, also known as med-spas have become more popular in recent years for not only women, but for men as well. Med spas are a fusion between a day spa and a medical clinic.

Med-spas such as BodyBrite St. Johns strive to provide the best of both worlds - a relaxing atmosphere with the skincare expertise from an aesthetician or nurse practitioner, which you would typically find at a dermatologist’s office. Med-spas work similarly to a gym membership, but instead it is for skincare maintenance. High-end procedures are offered at an affordable price and the entire experience from beginning to end tends to be a very welcoming and personable one. Wondering if a medical spa is the right place for you to get your treatments done? Here are answers to some common questions about medical spas.

The Difference Between Med Spa and Day Spa The biggest differences between a day spa and a med-spa are the type of services offered. While day spas provide luxury yet superficial services, med-spas offer this and additionally more result driven treatments that may require on-going sessions. Treatments such as corrective skincare procedures or permanent laser hair removal are what you will encounter at a medical spa.

While the menu will vary depending on which medical spa you visit, in general, you can expect to find treatments for acne, aging skin, hair removal, and more. Like at a traditional day spa, med-spas also have the option of luxurious treatments such as massage, body treatments, and facials. Medical spas also offer more specialized treatments that are typically only found at a dermatology or plastic surgery clinic. Some of the more common services include light and laser treatments, injectables like Juvederm, Restalyne, and Botox, as well as chemical peels and microneedling. These services are great as a maintenance to skincare in correcting, preventing, protecting, and perfecting the skin. As for acne treatment, you can find these at the medical spa too. Medical spas offer procedures to treat breakouts, lighten post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, reduce scarring, and improve the overall appearance of the skin. In addition, high-end medical grade products such as retinols and corrective serums can be purchased through medical spas.

Who Performs the Treatments The person who actually does your treatment depends on the treatment itself. The physician that oversees the medical spa is in charge of all procedures that fall under the medical realm. Estheticians handle the more routine day spa therapies.

Unlike day spas, medical spas are typically affiliated with, overseen, or run by a medical doctor. While not every procedure is done by a doctor, they are performed under the supervision of the doctor, most often a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or aprn/nurse practitioner.

Expect that an esthetician, also known as a skin care therapist, will do all non-medical procedures. An esthetician will do all cosmetic procedures, like massage, body scrubs, wraps, and the like. Estheticians can also do certain non-invasive treatments like acne treatment facials, microdermabrasion, and superficial chemical peels.

Although medical spas are clinical and result driven, they may provide a relaxing environment you would seek at a traditional day spa, therefore, enhancing the pampering experience of self-care. Type of Services Offered

Although each state has its own regulations concerning medical spas, in general, all medical procedures must be performed by a physician. This means all injectables, chemical peels that target deeper layers of the skin, and light and laser treatments will be done by the physician.


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January 2020 JANUARY 5TH Bird Walk for Beginners at Fort Caroline National Memorial

Fort Caroline is a great migration hot spot - part of the National Park Service’s Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve; some of the last untouched coastal habitat in northeast Florida. We will bird around the park. Depending on the time of year, we might see painted buntings, migrant warblers, a number of woodpecker species and two or three types of vireo. Meet at the Visitor center. Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve / Fort Caroline National Memorial 12713 Fort Caroline Rd, Jacksonville, Florida 32225 (904) 641-7155 10am-12noon

JANUARY 5TH Under The Oaks Jam

Please bring your instrument(s) and a chair, and song or two to share. Listeners are welcome too! The Mandarin Museum and 1898 St. Joseph’s Mission Schoolhouse for African-American Children, which illustrate some of the rich history of Mandarin, will be open to visit. The museum is located at: Walter Jones Historical Park 11964 Mandarin Road Mandarin, FL 32223 hosted by Mandarin Museum & Historical Society 2pm

JANUARY 4TH & 5TH HMS Pinafore by First Coast Opera

In this nautical satire, the Captain’s daughter has captured the attention of two men: a lowly sailor Ralph Rackstraw and the pompous Sir Joseph Porter. Only the mysterious Little Buttercup can unravel the ensuing mess of class rivalries and mistaken identities. Infectious tunes and clever wit make this G&S comedy at its best! Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College Fully-staged with orchestra $40 for adults / Children admitted free with paid adult ticket. 904-417-5555

JANUARY 16TH The Art of Pop: A Warhol Dinner Party

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, Florida 32204. Celebrate the start of 2020 and the Museum’s recent acquisition of works by artist and pop-culture icon, Andy Warhol. Join us as we journey back to 1977, when pant legs were big and disco ruled the world! We will honor this legendary American artist and reimagine the Terry Gallery as our very own Studio 54. Whether you are dripping in sequins or chic in vintage Halston, be ready to boogie during this evening of glitz and glamour. 6pm to 9pm

January 16th-19th The 10th Annual Saint Augustine Film Festival (SAFF) runs January 16 – 19 with movies at

Lewis Auditorium, Corazon Cinema & Café and Gamache-Koger Theater. Tickets to individual films are $10 Gen Admission and $8 seniors (60 & up). There are three different Film Badges: ALL ACCESS provides entrance to all films at any venue plus the four parties (see below) for $180; ALL FILM provides entrance to all films at any venue $120; LEWIS provides entrance to all films at Lewis Auditorium and Gamache-Koger $70.The Festival will show 21 Feature Films, 10 Documentaries and 11 Shorts plus a selection of Flagler College student films.

JANUARY 24TH Indigo Girls

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall 1050 A1A N, Ponte Vedra, Florida 32082. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, in partnership with Flying Saucer Presents, will welcome Grammy-award winning indie folk duo The Indigo Girls. Tickets: $48.00 – General Admission Standing Room Only. Doors open at 7pm with the show beginning at 8pm

JANUARY 8TH JANUARY 25TH 904 Naturalists Series ~ Exploring the Life of Jacksonville Tiny Homes Expo Mammals Enjoy Food Trucks, vendors and local businesses / entrance fee $5/ In Exploring the Life of Mammals, we will get to know six different mammals indigenous to Northeast Florida both in and out of the classroom. Be prepared to write, draw, envision, and possibly track an animal of your choice, in your own way. To reveal the story of an animal’s life you will need to learn the first written language left behind by its creator. FREE, but you must register for the entire program to attend. For more info, contact AyoLane Halusky at or 904-209-0348. 3:00 to 6:00pm Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine 1960 N Ponce de Leon Blvd, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084

JANUARY 11TH 2nd Annual Autism Awareness Night Game

Join us as the Jax Icemen fight on the ice for autism; VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, Florida 32202 7pm


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JANUARY 25TH Wine & Trucks

12 to 6pm; Who says a bottle of wine can’t pair perfectly with casual eats? Edible Northeast Florida’s 2nd annual community wine and food festival will feature a ticketed wine-tasting area and local food truck fare, along with live music, craft beer, and local vendors. If you love wine and you love food, this is one local event you won’t want to miss! 2670 Phyllis St, Jacksonville, FL 32204-3016, United States

January 1st to January 31st, 2020

Nights of Lights ! St. Augustine

JANUARY 25TH A Night for Heroes Gala

January 29th Let’s Talk Turtle

JANUARY 25TH Level 1 Venomous Handling Training

February 1st Creekside High School Band Community Yard Sale!

A Night for Heroes takes on special meaning in 2020, as UF Health Jacksonville celebrates its 150th year of service to the community. We hope you will help us mark this incredible milestone as we continue to highlight the exceptional care provided by UF Health TraumaOne, the only adult and pediatric Level I trauma center in the region. Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront 225 E Coastline Dr, Jacksonville, Florida 32202ticket Tickets

If you are a land manager, environmental consultant, first responder, zoo professional, herpetology enthusiast, photographer, or private citizen looking to learn how to safely handle and relocate venomous reptiles, this course is for you! This course is two days We have hosted our course at military installations, nature centers, and conservation facilities. Tree Hill Nature Center 7152 Lone Star Rd, Jacksonville, Florida 32211 9:30am to 3:30pm

JANUARY 25TH & 26TH Old City Pirate Fest 2020

Do you long for the days when Pirates roamed the streets of St. Augustine? Would you like to walk the streets of the city where Famous Pirates once raided their fortunes??? Famous Pirates such as Andrew Ranson, Nicholas Grammont, Robert Searle and (Sir) Francis Drake... Join the St. Augustine Swashbucklers as we host the 2nd Annual “Oldest City Pirate Fest” in the Historic Colonial Quarter Downtown St. Augustine. 9am to 12pm/ 33 st. george st, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084

JANUARY 25TH A Historical Look into the Old Spanish Quarries

Experience a new perspective of the Old Spanish Quarries at Anastasia State Park in relation to the famous Castillo de San Marcos, and the survival of Saint Augustine. A fun and knowledgeable ranger will bring the history of the quarry to life, as you learn about the amazing work that occurred in the Old Spanish Quarries and the architecture that influenced the history of Saint Augustine. Weather permitting and subject to cancellation. Free with regular park admission fee. Anastasia State Park 300 Anastasia Park Rd, Saint Augustine, Florida 32080

JANUARY 28TH Sustainable Living

Join Park Naturalist Kelly Ussia for an interactive presentation about how to make your lifestyle more sustainable. Do you already have the reusable bags and water bottles, but want to know how to have a bigger environmental impact? Then this talk is for you. FREE and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Kelly Ussia at or 904-209-0335. 1:00 to 2:00pm Anastasia Island Library 124 Sea Grove Main Street, Saint Augustine, Florida 32080

Join us in discovering the wonderful sea turtles of Anastasia State Park! You will learn about how we identify the turtle nests, hatching, and the great journey they begin after leaving the beach and the dangers they encounter in our oceans. This is a fun filled, energetic program about these miraculous animals who have been on Earth for millions of years! Free with regular park admission fees. 10 to 11am Anastasia State Park; 300 Anastasia Park Rd, Saint Augustine, Florida 32080

The band at Creekside High School is the largest organization in the school with over 200 band members, and they are still wearing uniforms from when the school opened in 2008! The Band Boosters are having a yard sale and all proceeds will go towards the purchase of new marching band uniforms. Please come shop with us and support the band, coffee and donuts will also be available for purchase. 9am – 2pm at the Creekside High School parking lot (100 Knights Lane, Saint Johns FL 32259)

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Make 2020 your best year yet by Diana Brummer MSW, LCSW Owner, Good Mental Health LLC


ot only are we on the cusp of a new year, we are also on the cusp of a new decade. This season is always an opportunity to re-evaluate our priorities, focus on our goals, and assert better boundaries. But this year it is also an opportunity to create a more intentional future. Using that nice round number-2020-we can ask: Where do I want to be in 2025? What are my five-year goals? Or, 2030? What are my ten-year goals? Or, (gulp) 2040? What are my twenty-year goals? And then we can ask the even bigger question: how will we accomplish our goals? What will we do differently in the future to achieve better results than we have in the past? Accomplishing the things that are most important to us often is not a matter of working harder or even working smarter. Instead, it depends on our ability to prioritize what really matters to us, focus our energy on only those things, and release feelings of guilt for not being able to do it all.

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Determining our priorities: because the first step in getting what you want out of life is knowing what you want! Saying no first: don't immediately commit to every request. Instead, give yourself time to assess whether it aligns with your personal priorities. If not, stick with your "no" so that you may focus your energy on the things and people that matter most to you.


Living in alignment with our deeper why: when we are clear about what motivates us, we can consciously and intentionally focus our energy on living our deeper purpose. This is where the confidence to defend our personal boundaries resides! In the spirit of celebrating, supporting, and manifesting an intentional new year (and new decade!), Good Mental Health will be hosting the Better Boundaries in 6 Weeks workshop beginning in early 2020. Visit for more information. Wishing all our friends and neighbors a wonderful New Year!

If we say "no" more often to the non-essentials, we have the energy to say "yes" to what is essential. In short, accomplishing our goals is largely determined by our ability to say No. Because, if we say no more often to what doesn't matter, then we will say yes more often to what matters most. Saying no doesn't have to be unkind, uncaring, or selfish. It is simply a means of defending our personal boundaries so that we can focus our time and energy on the things that really matter to us. With practice, those kind but direct "No's" become easier, less awkward, less apologetic, more confident. Now with a second location on CR 210: As we become better acquainted with our deeper why- why did I choose those priorities? Why those particular goals?- it becomes easier to defend the time and energy required to achieve them. This new year, this new decade, let's become more intentional by:


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