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EXALTE Fashion meets Philanthropy








Kymberly Soule’

Associate Publisher Mike Soule’

Graphic Design Kymberly Soule’ Tish Ellenberg


Lead Photographer Elle Photography


Audra Warren Katherine Thomasson/Katco Beauty Tobi Ann Ewalt

On the Cover Photographer: Elle Photography Model: Desha’ Ringe Hair and Makeup: Katco Beauty

Inside Cover

Photographer: Elle Photography Makeup/Hair - Katherine Thomasson Model: Elya Grape Location Museum of Commerce Pensacola, FL

From the editor

LEAN into

GREATNESS You are ENOUGH! Have you ever had those days where you are not sure where you fit in? What about the feeling that others are better than you or they deserve more because they work harder. Or maybe because they have more money or more friends. What about those people who have 50,000 Twitter followers and they seem untouchable and you have only 12 or maybe not even a Twitter account. I am here to tell you that you are ENOUGH! You are perfect in God’s eyes and that is all that matters! You are destined for greatness and that can comes in all forms. Greatness can be as simple as cleaning the house, caring for children, paying the bills, running a successful corporation, being a nurse, a teacher or a dog walker. It doesn’t matter what you do and what your day consists of. Greatness is simply YOU! Allow yourself to be seen for the true brilliance that you are. Allow yourself to Lean into YOUR Greatness and take charge of your life. Don’t worry about all of the things that others have, or that they might seem to have on social media. You are perfect and beautiful just the way you are! So LEAN into your GREATNESS and Embrace it! God Bless You,

Kymberly aned Mike Soule’

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17


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EXPRESSION PHOTOGRAPHS BY Elle Photography ON LOCATION AT Carol Graham Dance Center

“While I dance I can not judge, I can not hate, I can not separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. This is why I dance.� -Hans Bos

It is an important nonverbal form of expression between humans telling stories without words and passed down from generation to generation.

From ballet, ballroom to breakdancing... Dance has been a form of self expression for over 9,000 years.

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.� - Martha Graham

Dance can be done for many reasons. Dance can be found at birth celebrations, rites of passes into adulthood, marriage ceremonies and in religious ceremonies such as those commemorating a death.



Jamie Bullock

written by Tobi Ann Ewalt

I met Jamie Bullock by chance. Seated at a luncheon with several other women who had all gathered for a monthly “Inspiring Women on the Coast” meeting. We were all asked who inspired us, who was a hero. Her answer was Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who had been targeted by the Taliban and shot in 2012, when she was just a teenager.

list now. I felt it immediately when we met. She is refreshing in a way that makes you want to be around her. With Jamie you know that you are getting 100% of her attention. During our interview I felt like we could talk for hours and never run out of interesting things to say. She made a point to talk about her friends and I felt as we overlook things like motherhood as common, but it’s really something to celebrate. Jamie reminded me of that.

instead of failure. What can I do to help people see their potential.” Because we are talking about Inspiration I asked her what being inspiring meant to her. She shared that it meant to be better than you were, to push harder and reach farther. Not in competition with anyone, just yourself and who you were yesterday. Jamie works with amazing women. It’s her job and passion and she holds it dear. Whether it’s Project:Women, a collective project that spotlights women’s experiences from their point of view, or Mobile Baykeeper, her current employer, an environmental group that focuses on the natural resources of the Mobile Bay area and how we can preserve them. She from the women she works with, like Tara Tona with Project:Women, Casi Callaway, executive director of Mobile Baykeeper, Shannon Bart with EcoSet Consulting as well as famous authors like Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) and Brene Brown (Daring Greatly). All of these women have something in common with Jamie, they never give up on their dreams and they persist in spite of obstacles. To learn more about Mobile Baykeeper go to Project:Women go to

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Volunteer Give your time to a cause that needs your help. Getting involved in your community as a volunteer gives you the chance to make social connections, focus on solving problems, and see your community as a living whole in which you are a vital participant. Opportunities to volunteer exist in every community. One way to find local opportunities is to search Volunteer Match for information on more than 76,000 nonprofit organizations. You may already know an organization near you that could benefit from a few hours a week of your help. Examples of volunteering can include helping at: beach clean-ups, retirement homes, hospitals, and religious centers. Look for volunteer opportunities in your local newspaper, at your school, and at bulletin boards around town. Volunteering helps you build fulfilling relationships that have proven health benefits. Creating new social connections can prevent depression and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. Seeing that your contribution is making your community a better place to live will also give you a sense of pride and fulfillment. If you are currently out of work, volunteering could also help you acquire new skills to add to your resume and expand your life experience in ways that may surprise you. You may discover new abilities you have or find new interests by simply offering some of your time and energy. You may also meet new people who can help you network and find new job opportunities.

Join or form a Community or Neighborhood Association Community Associations can generate gatherings and events for your neighborhood, such as block parties, pot luck meals, or musical events. Your Association may also put together a Neighborhood Crime Watch, which helps prevent crime in your community. For more information visit the National Neighborhood Watch Institute.

Disaster relief In times of emergency, you can give time and energy to organizations such as the American Red Cross. Serving as a disaster relief volunteer gives you the chance to give relief to people in need and see how valuable your contribution is. Your help in a disaster may even save a life. Giving clothing is another way to help your community in need. The Salvation Army, Vietnam Veterans of America and the Military Order of the Purple Heart will pickup clothing, shoes and household items. The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries both have drop-off locations for clothing and other items.

Give food Food banks need donations all year round. You may think of donating during the holidays, but giving on a regular basis will encourage you to keep thinking of the needs of others and helping your community grow and improve.

Give blood You can host a Blood Drive in your neighborhood or donate blood yourself. Visit Red Cross to find a donation center near you. According to the Red Cross, only 38 % of Americans are eligible to donate blood and of those only 8% actually do. If you are able, donating blood can help change a life.

Fundraising There may be a group in your area that needs your help. You can organize a fundraiser such as a bake sale, community garage sale or car wash to raise money to donate to your chosen group. You will meet new people, create a sense of unity by sharing in a common cause and help improve your community as well as your own sense of well-being.

SHATTERED GLASS Photographs By Elle Photography Hair and Makeup by Katco Beauty Model Angelle Rome

Shattered In life there are no guarantees, no full proof flawless plans can remain steady 100% of the time. So the old saying remains true, “life happens when you are busy making other plans.” You can organize every detail until the last minute and something new may interrupt. You can take every precautious known to man and still wind up completely upside down and inside out in a parallel universe. Anyone, at any time can lose a job, lose a home, lose a loved one, come down with a serious illness, or even suffer an emotional break-up. It does not matter who your parents are, where you live, how much money you make, or what your social status in society may be…no one individual is exempt from trauma alone. You can do everything right and still end up feeling like shattered glass on the kitchen floor. I think Pink says it best in her song The Great Escape, when she sings, “When the edges are rough and they cut like tiny slivers of glass. And you feel too much and you don’t know how long you’re going to last.” The question is how long is enough time to grieve your losses? When should you pick up the pieces and move on to a new start? And more importantly, how do you do this? In 1969, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross proposed five stages of normal grief in her book titled On Death and Dying. These five stages are as follows: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Some people while going through the motions of despair often question…Is this normal? How long will I feel this way? Will I ever be happy again? Will I ever be me again? The truth is there is no timeline of when or what is normal in the aftermath of a major life altering trauma. Years may go by and you may feel as if your life has been put on pause while others around you have continued to play on. No two people or circumstances are just the same. All too often outsiders, seemingly trying to help will push you to get up, buck up, get it back together and move on with life. Even some major corporations only allow a short period of time off of work for bereavement or personal and health related issues. Having experienced my own fair share of losses over the years, as well as speaking with hundreds of others, one common factor still lingers…and that is the need for the sufferer to feel heard and understood. The reason I believe that this is such a common need is because the majority of people suffering a major loss feel alone. They could be surrounded by a thousand individuals and still feel deserted in the wilderness of life. Of course you will have certain things to make the process better, like the support of other people, whether that be financial or just a helping hand. But many times just receiving a hug and a listening ear from someone who truly feels a sense of connection to your pain makes all the difference in the world. Often times sharing with others who carry similar stories will give you just enough relief so that you will start to feel “not-so-crazy” in an ever chaotic and crazy world. Some people are more open with sharing than others. It’s pretty common for friends or loved ones to avoid certain subjects for the sake of the person experiencing such grief. It’s okay to tell a funny story or share a cool memory about a person who has passed on. Try not to avoid saying a person’s name or acknowledging important dates. To someone who has suffered such tremendous loss, this can mean a great deal. And when I use the term grief, know that I am not only referring to the death of a loved one, but also to any other loss caused by a major life-altering trauma. Of course nothing can be done to go back in time and reverse what has already happened. It’s been said that too often individuals will remain in their grief longer than necessary due to the lack of acceptance of their “new” normal. Many people need the space to share without judgement. They want to not only be heard, but really be understood. That type of understanding comes with compassion and deep empathy towards another’s experience. You never know how a simple conversation can open a single door of opportunity to help unless you are willing to listen. If you are forced to be a body part, be an ear…the world is full of countless bits of knowledge just waiting to be absorbed.

Glass… By Audra Warren

Coping Strategies from Others… “My children keep me going. Not having my mother to see them grow up has been the most painful, but also the most motivating factor to keep me moving forward. I want to be the kind of mother to them that she was to me” -35 year old woman on the loss of her mother 5 years ago

“It helps to keep his memory alive. I hate when people avoid saying his name. It makes a huge difference when others acknowledge his once existence. I love hearing funny stories or sweet memories of my son.” -53 year old woman on the loss of her son 14 years ago, who would be 36 today

“When I came back from Vietnam it was sad that so much went unacknowledged. For years I suffered nightmares and flashbacks of the terrifying things I witnessed in combat. It made a huge difference to talk about it and to have others who could relate to my experience.” -67 year old retired Marine

“I could not have gotten through without my faith and help from God. We have to live each day as if it were our last. Whenever I start to feel frustrated about the things we cannot do together, I just remember how blessed I am that he is still here.” -

80 year old woman on her husband’s stroke that left him paralyzed

"For a while it felt like I was under water without an oxygen tank. People are placed in your life maybe for a reason, maybe for just a season. You keep going not for people, but because of people. I wanted my children to see that when loss, tragedy, and/or failure strikes you get back up and continue. They were my biggest motivation to stay strong." - 33 year old married female with two kids, on the loss of her job and home


The Amur leopard is important ecologically, economically and culturally. Conservation of its habitat benefits other species, including Amur tigers and prey species like deer. With the right conservation efforts, we can bring them back and ensure longterm conservation of the region(World Wildlife Federation) PHOTOGRAPHS BY ELLE PHOTGRAPHY MAKEUP BY TAMI’S MASK AND MIRROR

In Africa, lion numbers are falling fast, due mostly to hunting by humans. Lions usually hunt at dusk or dawn and play an important role in savannas, removing sick and diseased ungulates from the population and keeping their populations healthy as a result. But human population growth is a serious threat. (World Wildlife Federation)


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