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january 24, 2011 Super Hero Fitness Strategy Women at Work: Young Entrepreneurs Association Vice Presidents Patrice Wilson-McHugh and Yaneek Page Recommended Read: And On The Eighth Day She Rested

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“Woman must not accept; she must challenge.She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her;she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.” Margaret Sanger

Editor’s Note

Hi Readers, I was in awe as I sat and heard the accomplishments of Yankee Page and Patrice Wilson-McHugh who both have been elected Vice Presidents of the Young Entrepreneurs Association (YEA). See what their plans are for their tenure. Also, we have the Cameron Diaz killer superhero workout and more in this week’s issue of Your Style.

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Super Herofitness strategy

If you have seen the newly released movie “The Green Hornet”, then you quite possibly paid significant attention to Cameron Diaz’s hot bod as she plays Seth Rogen’s super sleuthing, super fit secretary, Lenore Case. Don’t worry, we have the secret to those super hero catching moves from her trainer Teddy Bass, for dynamic total-body exercises to also get you in superhero shape.

Jumping Kick

Stand with feet hip-width apart, fists in front of chest. A. Jump two to three feet to right, landing on right leg with left leg crossed behind, as if curtsying. B. Return to standing, kicking left leg in front of you. Tap left foot down and jump to left, landing on left foot with right leg crossed behind. Kick with right leg, then tap down to complete one rep. Do 20 reps

Up, Up, and Away

Start in full push-up position with a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand, arms extended. A. Draw left hand up to ribs in rowing motion. Rotate torso so that left shoulder points up, pivoting on toes so that sides of feet rest on floor and hips are stacked. B. Extend left arm up, palm facing forward and elbow slightly bent. Lower arm and return to push-up position. Switch sides, repeat to complete one rep. Do 5 reps

Ab Attack

A. Lie face up on floor with knees bent, feet flat, holding a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand by chest. Press weights toward ceiling, palms facing each other. Lower dumbbells to chest. B. Do a sit-up as you reach right arm across body, palm down. Roll back down to floor. Do 20 reps, alternating sides. www.ezineslimited.com

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Women at Work: Young Entrepreneurs Association Vice Presidents

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Patrice Wilson-McHugh and Yaneek Page

f you want something said, ask a man…If you want something done, ask a woman.” This quote by Margaret Thatcher seems very apt in the case of Patrice Wilson-McHugh, Managing Director of Bars To Go and Yaneek Page, Managing Director of Future Services Limited. Both woman are at the helm of their respective companies and have proven to be very successful businesswomen. They are members of the Young Entrepreneurs Association (YEA) and were recently elected as 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, respectively. Their similarities also extend to both being wives and mothers; their companies have been ground breaking in making their mark on Jamaica, yet different in their own right and still effective as leaders. This is the first time in the history of the YEA that both vice president posts have been occupied by females. Though humbled, they refuse to make a big fuss and are bent on taking the association to the next level as a recognized body for young entrepreneurs, while empowering young women at the same time to pursue their dreams despite the stereotypes. Future Service is the first company in Jamaica to offer legal funding, acknowledging that litigation is very expensive and that there is no legal aid for civil cases. “Future Services fills the gap for people who are poor and have suffered injustice [allowing them] to still have access to the money that they deserve,” explained Page. “Injustice is a horrible thing. When you suffer injustice, even if it’s three years ago you tend not to forget, but many people don’t know that you have at least six years to make a claim,” she said.

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cover story to show that there exists the opportunity to take their skill to another level and look at their business in another light as opposed to just a backyard business and also to tap into the university,” added McHugh. Acknowledging the challenge that young businesses face in getting funding to take their companies to the next level, in their manifesto are plans to conduct various deals and negotiations with major corporate companies to the benefit of members.

Yanique speaks on balancing family life and entrepreneurship.

Even though she operates a small company with limited resources, Page still manages to do an exceptional job of getting her company’s name and services in the public arena. The Bars To Go Group is famous for its food and beverage services that cater to all party needs and company sessions. Outside of the Bars To Go umbrella, McHugh is an educator and recently partnered with Red Stripe to give 160 trainees the opportunity to get a certified skill under their Diageo Learning for Life Project. She is also president of the Jamaica Bartending Guild, and states that her main aim for 2011 is to revolutionize the hospitality industry and raise the platform to an international level so that Jamaicans are able to work abroad. Individual progress and accomplishments aside, these ladies are fully focused on their mandate for their tenure and are already anticipating that this well be one of the best years the association will have. There is some concern about the unprecedented step of electing female vice presidents, but the women are confident that they will perform exceptionally. “I believe that what myself and my 1st vice president bring to the table is that we are both very successful business women, very successful at managing our personal lives and we balance it all,” stated Page. “We also want members of the association to become mentors, particularly to skilled individuals

Even though the number of individuals who are pursuing entrepreneurship is on the increase, women are still marginalized as even today they still experience some form of sexism. “A party services business? What are you doing in a man’s field?” These are some of the reactions McHugh recalls when she first started her business. While others are still daunted by this and may limit themselves to the fact that they ought to be homemakers, take a cue from these ladies as both take care of their households but did not limit themselves to just that. “You have to have that supportive partner or system that tells you we can share the kids and share the house chores,” said Page, as she highlighted two key factors that helped her progress. Visibility seems to be the focus this year as they admit that the association has been quite stagnant, a spell which they are looking to break this year. They boast a diverse and multifaceted executive with both elected members and committee chairperson. “Members should be able to benefit from the association significantly in such a way that their businesses are more successful,” stated Page. If we are to judge the YEA based on the qualifications of its two vice presidents, then it’s fair to say that they are well on their way to having an eventful and successful year. advertisment

Patrice Wilson-McHugh making a point.

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And on the Eighth Day

SheRested

by Keresa Arnold

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.D. Mason’s very relevant book, “And on the Eighth Day She Rested”, will take you on an emotional rollercoaster of happiness, joy, indifference and a soul-searing sadness that seeps into your every pore. In this book, you’ll meet Ruth a woman who survived an abusive marriage to a man who wooed an insecure and naive woman-child, and spent all 14 years of the marriage breaking her down, physically and emotionally. You’ll feel the excruciating pain every time Ruth is punched in the face or kicked by her husband, the happiness when she finds joy and the sadness once she realises that the past isn’t necessarily where it should be. Married at age 18 to Eric, who was 10 years her senior, Ruth soon realised that no matter what she did, he would never think she was good enough, pretty enough or worthy; somehow, he got a thrill from the power he wielded over her. But one day, on her 33rd birthday, Ruth found the courage and strength to free herself from the clutches of her tormentor. He had sent her to the emergency room for the last time. A divorce and restraining order later, Ruth was finally able to breathe a sigh of relief. For the first time in 14 years she didn’t have to answer to anyone. Buoyed by her new independence, Ruth slowly worked to rebuild her confidence, individuality and sense of self. And in her life walks feisty, outspoken and hate-me-or-love-me Bernice, affectionately called Bernie; May, Ruth’s soon-to-be walking partner and the older and very wiser Clara, who saw a broken woman at the emergency room and was determined to help, even if that help wasn’t wanted. Ruth invested her time into building her life, rediscovering who she was and what she wanted out of life...and that’s when she met Adrian, a man who was nothing like her exhusband. Hesitant at first, Ruth eventually allowed her heart to trust again, but it is a decision she will later come to regret. First, when Adrian makes a life-changing and painful decision, and again when Eric re-enters her life, bent on revenge. And then, finally on the eighth day she rested. Or did she? It’s a book that’s worth the read and brings into focus some important challenges that women face in relationships, especially when they lose control of everything that is precious.

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In this book, you’ll learn that:

Not all men are the same. Despite the many unfaithful, uncaring men you may encounter, somewhere out there is a man waiting to treat you with the respect you deserve. Domestic violence is a serious issue, and many times we are quick to judge others, without first trying to understand the underlying reasons that trap someone in an abusive relationship. Certain difficult situations can force you to dig deep and find inner strength you had no idea you possessed. Your trials come to make you strong, and there is a lesson in every experience. Sometimes all you need is a good set of friends, who are willing to be patient, to offer support and help you to find the peace you are searching for. You will survive. No matter what you’re going through, you are strong enough to survive, to escape and walk into your destiny. If Ruth can do it, so can you.

You can read Keresa’s blog at www.thesarcasticone.blog.com

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