YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOOK FAR TO DISCOVER WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT ORANGETHEORY FITNESS.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOOK FAR TO DISCOVER WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT ORANGETHEORY FITNESS.
This is what life is supposed to feel like. When you aren’t held back. When you have a health partner that doesn’t just treat part of you – they care for all of you. That’s why more people prefer Atrium Health, with the most complete care that lets you get back to the moments that matter. That’s what it’s like to live fully
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I mean how many sausage balls, party mix and chocolate can one eat? And while Santa Claus and gifs are wonderful, I’m grateful that the true meaning of Christmas infuses the season with love that transcends all the glitter. Focusing on this brings me peace!
I heard something the other day that piqued my interest. In a documentary on Jimmy Buﬀet (yes, you read that right, Jimmy Buﬀet of music and Margaritaville), Jimmy said that Humor was the absence of Terror and Terror was the absence of Humor. Have you ever heard this? Is this really true? The other point of the documentary that really hit home was when there were techies from Google asking him about his philanthropic attitude and his answer was simply that he had a good team and they made things happen. And while I already knew this… it really made me step back and look at the team that makes our magazines come to life every month and WOW, I feel like the luckiest girl EVER!
Speaking of that team, welcome to the January edition of LKN Magazine! Everyone knows what January means… time to get in shape— mind, body and spirit! For your body, my friends at Orangetheory Fitness have got you covered. Every workout is diﬀerent, so I never get bored, and love that you can track your progress. I’ve been hooked on Orangetheory for more than 4 years. It’s an amazing workout and the coaches are all incredible. Check out their story starting on page 28.
Thank you, OTF for your faith and trust in my vision of LKN Magazine and your focus on
ﬁnding the workout that works for so many.
Please just dive in and enjoy all the pages of this January edition of LKN Magazine—there is something for everyone, but please let us know more of what else you would like to see in this space! We take feedback to heart!
Would like to wish a happy birthday to my amazing husband who is truly my best friend and right hand man. We have switched roles and y’all he’s killin’ it, he’s cooking, cleaning, mopping ﬂoors, even making the bed on occasion… washing and drying clothes (no, he hasn’t learned to fold and put them away yet), delivering magazines, reminding me to take my medication, and so much more. Happy Birthday, Teej! Again, I am a lucky, lucky girl!
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! WHEW, WHAT A MONTH… I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT HOLIDAYS ARE A LITTLE BIT LIKE COMPANY, HAPPY TO SEE THEM COME, AND HAPPY TO SEE THEM GO.
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When the holiday sparkle fades away and we slide into another calendar year with endless possibilities, I faithfully launch into my ‘new year, new me’ mode with new resolutions, vision boards, and periods of manic manifesting. It’s a lot. And, the pattern is always the same. I start oﬀ solid, hitting the gym for a monumental 60-min workout on January 2nd, going strong for a few days and then falling oﬀ by the time we get to January 15th. My ‘get in the best shape of my life’ resolution oﬃcially comes to a screeching halt, along with my ‘eat healthier’ and ‘meditate once a day’ goals. This has been my cycle for at least 5 years now, and I know I’m not alone – according to US News 80% of people give up on their New Year’s Resolution by February. 80%!
2023 is the year that I will break the cycle (a resolution in itself!), and ﬁnd a healthy way to stick to my resolutions. To do this, I kicked oﬀ my research a few weeks ago and I leaned heavily on the words and wisdom of James Clear through his book Atomic Habits (Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results). His book deﬁnes an easy, and proven way, to build good habits, which ultimately helped me on my path to achieve my resolutions. It articulated the mental shif I needed to make and oﬀered excellent tips to be successful. But ﬁrst, and most importantly, it helped me identify where I had gone wrong in setting resolutions in years past. Here are a few things I learned about my behavior that was holding me back:
WINS. I was convinced that massive success required massive action, expecting a once-in-a-lifetime-transformation (i.e. get in the best shape of my life) without thoughtfully giving myself the tools & time to get there. Instead, I should have been focused on tiny improvements because tiny improvements overtime can be astounding (and life
changing). The eﬀects of small habits compound overtime and are meaningful (and a lot easier to digest!).
SETTING GOALS VS. ESTABLISHING SYSTEMS (or, tiny habits) to achieve results. According to James Clear, “Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results.” I had been so focused on the goal itself without much thought on the plan or the steps to get there. That is where I went wrong. The emphasis should have been on the plan, not necessarily the end result. To quote James again, “You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.” If you want results (and to drive change), forget about setting ‘goals’ but instead focus on establishing your systems.
EXPECTING IMMEDIATE RESULTS. I was expecting my results to be linear (a straight line of progress) with immediate results vs. the reality that real change takes time – and the most powerful outcomes of any compounding process are delayed. Net: I need to be patient.
My takeaway is that I need to establish new, tiny habits (behaviors that are repeated enough times to become automatic) to achieve my results and change my behavior over time. Science backs this up, because once a habit is formed, the level of activity in your brain decreases because these habits are so automatic you no longer think about doing them (like buckling your seatbelt when you get in a vehicle). So, over the last few weeks I put it into practice, creating tiny habits that would enable me to get up earlier in the morning and workout to become a stronger/early riser version of myself. Here are a few of the Atomic Habit rules that I applied to help me develop good (new) habits:
I created clear and obvious cues to enable my workouts in the morning. For starters, I set an alarm that woke me up to a song that motivates me. I also applied something called ‘habit stacking’. This is where you stack a new habit in between existing habits that are already formed. For example: when I wake up, I brush my teeth, drink a glass of water, and drink coﬀee. I then wedged my new workout habit right in between the glass of water and drinking coﬀee.
This pillar is speciﬁc to removing any friction or obstacles that would block you from your newly formed habit. For me, I laid out my workout clothes, mat, and had my class teed up to play the night before so all I had to do was roll out of bed and basically hit play.
Find a way to make this new habit attractive to you. For me, I don’t necessarily love working out while in the moment, but I love how I feel aferwards, and I love connecting with friends who are doing similar workouts – sharing the highs & lows of the session. So to help me on my journey, I over indexed on connecting with my app workout friends. I also tried something referred to as ‘temptation building’. This is a strategy where you pair an action you want to do with an action you need to do. So, for example, I love my ﬁrst cup of coﬀee in the morning. But, in order to enjoy that ﬁrst cup of coﬀee, I had to get my workout in ﬁrst.
It takes 2 minutes to start a habit, and then it can be reﬁned and modiﬁed to achieve the best results. So, when a full 45 minute (or 30 minute, or to be honest even 15 minute,) morning workout felt daunting, I applied the 2 minute rule and did the bare minimum. When you start practicing a new habit, consistency is important, and even at the 2 minute minimum it will become a ritual. Remember, it’s small steps that matter most.
Happy New Year—may all your resolutions come true!
When I started my home organizing business in 2018, I was emerging out of the fog of having two children just 16 months apart. My life had changed dramatically in a relatively short period of time. Like most new parents, I was surprised by the amount of work they required and the ever-growing sleep deﬁcit that I was facing, but more than anything I was shocked by how many new things were now in my home as a result of these tiny humans.
I realized that I’d need to ﬁnd a way to juggle an enormous amount of responsibility without any additional resources. I was spending countless hours keeping up with the kids’ mess, looking for things, taking care of cleaning and laundry, and even when I had some “down time” I spent it doing housework or stressing about the house being a mess. This lef me feeling like I had no time for the things that were most important to me.
Then one day, while picking up the house, it dawned on me that the source of my frustration and stress was right in front of me; the daily routine of tidying and cleaning up was preventing me from being able to focus on what mattered most to me. If I could somehow reclaim my home, I could reclaim my life balance. I would be able to spend my time and energy nurturing my relationship with my husband, enjoying these priceless moments with my kids, and pursuing a career that I’m passionate about.
I started creating systems to organize my home, while being mindful of my family’s needs and lifestyle. The changes I was making had immediate eﬀects on our lives. I saw a signiﬁcant
reduction in the amount of time and eﬀort I was spending on general housework. As a result, I was less stressed—I had reclaimed my time and started spending it with intention. I was able to enjoy kicking my feet up at the end of the night because my home wasn’t requiring my constant attention.
As I explored my newfound appreciation for organizing, I realized that the beneﬁts extended far beyond simply having a tidy home. It was the ripple eﬀects that were so surprising: I fell in love with the sense of control I had over my time, my relationships, and my stress levels. These small changes were incredibly impactful!
• In the average home, getting rid of clutter would eliminate approximately 40% of housework. (Soap and Detergent Association Study)
• Worrying their home isn’t clean or organized enough is the 5th most common stress trigger for Americans. 47% say this caused stress within the past month. (Huffington Post Survey)
• The average American spends one year of their life looking for lost or misplaced items at home and in the oﬃce. (US News and World Report)
As we launch into a new year full of possibilities, I ask you to take a moment to think about your goals going into the next season. Some of the classic resolutions might include working out, reading more, working less, or being
more present in our relationships. But most resolutions require some kind of resource, whether it be time, energy or money. So, if you knew that organizing your home could give you all of these things in some way or another, why wouldn’t you tap into this resource? The answer I get from most people is that they don’t know HOW to get started.
I’ve made a living out of organizing people’s homes so they don’t have to, and while I think hiring a professional organizer is one of the best investments anyone can make, organizing is a skill that anyone can master!
Organizing our homes and lives does not need to be a complicated process and it doesn’t have to happen overnight. Start by organizing one space at a time. WITH A SIMPLE PLAN YOU CAN APPLY THE
• Remove all items from the space and sort like with like.
• Donate or get rid of anything you no longer need or use.
• Measure the space—purchase or repurpose products around your home that can contain your grouped items and ﬁt in the given space.
• Place grouped items used the most frequently in locations that are most easily accessible. It’s very important that everyone in your home who needs to access these items is able to reach (and replace) them.
• Always put items back where they belong, it only takes a few moments and it ensures that you’ll be able to successfully maintain the simple solutions you’ve put in place.
Sarah DeGrim is the founder of Stylish Spaces, a full-service luxury professional home organizing company. She splits her time between New York City and Lake Norman - accepting home projects in both areas. Through Stylish Spaces, she helps simplify your life by creating stylish and functional organizing systems that meet your individual needs. For more organizing tips or to receive a complimentary proposal visit www.stylishspacesny.com
When you think of icons of men’s style, who comes to mind?
Clark Gable? Cary Grant? Steve McQueen? Of course, there are countless answers to that question, but all will have one thing in common: their own personal style. This applied not only to the clothing they chose to wear, but the ways in which they carried and presented themselves to the public eye. It’s no diﬀerent for you or me, either…
Some of you may recognize me from my men’s store, Hampton’s, in Mooresville. For those of you who aren’t familiar, however, I’d like to take a moment in this initial column to introduce myself. My name is Tyler Hampton. I’m a Lake Norman native and started the business out of a desire to supply my fellow lake-area men with fashions previously unavailable without taking a trip to a larger city or even another country. Nine years later, I’m proud to say the store has served some of the most notable men at the lake, and we look forward to continuing this trend for years to come. I’m grateful for the opportunity to do so and for this one given to me by LKN Magazine to share with you anecdotes and advice relating to men’s style.
Now, let’s talk about your style…The new year is here, and this means you’re probably working on dropping some holiday weight and starting to get back into shape. You’re updating and upgrading yourself, so it’s the perfect time to make sure your wardrobe accentuates your eﬀorts! Trimmer ﬁts and cleaner lines keep you from looking sloppy, or like you’re a kid wearing his dad’s suit.by TYLER A. HAMPTON
Even if you’re struggling to shed a few pounds gained over the winter, there are numerous ways to mask that and enhance your appearance. From the way a shirt collar frames the face, to the depth of a button stance (the height of the top button on your jacket) making you appear taller and slimmer, these are just a couple of things to consider when assembling your wardrobe.
Another important factor pertaining to winter weight is comfort…“Stretch” is absolutely a key word in the menswear world, even in the most luxurious Italian tailor shops, but it doesn’t have to mean athleisure. There are plenty of options available to make a sophisticated outﬁt as comfortable as your t-shirt and athletic pants. A nice ﬁve pocket pant, sport shirt with natural elasticity, and a sweater or sof-tailored sportcoat can work wonders for your appearance at work, going to dinner, or just for a night out on the town. It may be diﬀerent from what you’ve become accustomed to throughout the past two years, but as Peter Brady sang in his cracking voice, it’s time to change; it’s time to make an impression again.
In the name of a gallant spirit, you should never fear being the best-dressed man in the room.
If you have any questions or a topic you’d like to see addressed, please feel free to contact me at Tyler@HamptonsMens.com
“Steve McQueen and his Jaguar XKSS… effortlessly and eternally stylish.”
“FOR A GALLANT SPIRIT, THERE CAN NEVER BE DEFEAT.” WALLIS SIMPSON
Early in 2021, I had the pleasure of being on the Forsyth Magazine podcast with colleague and Editor Brooke Eagle. As an ice breaker to get the session started, Brooke asked us what our love language was. I tried to answer something witty because I realized at that moment that I really had no clue. Of course I had heard of love languages and even had a basic understanding that they were attributed to someone from North Carolina. And that is about where my knowledge ended.
I felt a bit foolish that I didn’t know more about love languages but then realized, well if I don’t, perhaps others don’t either! Thus begins my ﬁve part series to introduce, or perhaps refresh, your awareness of the theories behind the ﬁve love languages.
The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate is a 1992 book by China Grove, N.C. native, Dr. Gary Chapman. The book outlines ﬁve general ways that romantic partners express and experience love, which Chapman calls "love languages." According to Wikipedia, the book sold 8,500 copies in its ﬁrst year, four times what the publisher expected! The following year it sold 17,000, and two years later, 137,000. It has been on the New York Times Best Seller list since August 2009. A new, revised edition of The Five Love Languages was released on January 1, 2015.
Dr. Chapman suggests that to discover another person's love language, one must observe the way that they express love to others. According to his theory, each of us has one primary and one secondary love language.
As I began to do research for my articles, I was drawn to a possible connection between making New Year’s resolutions and words of aﬃrmation. Afer all, if words of aﬃrmation aren’t already a part of your communication style with your loved one, what better way is there
to start a new year then by adding them in?
So, does it just mean that we should say more nice stuﬀ ? Not exactly. The idea behind love languages is to observe the way that your partner expresses love to others. Most of us tend to give love in the manner in which we hope to receive it. How beneﬁcial to couples if we could better understand the language that we each respond to the best!
My husband does not do lazy very well. Oh, sure, he can relax on a beach with the best of ‘em but if he’s at home, he’s on the move. Yard work, house work, laundry, dog washing, car detailing… he simply doesn’t stop. I could follow him around and compliment each and every thing he is doing and tell him how fabulous he is (words of aﬃrmation) when what he really needs from me is to pick up a rake or dust a room once in a while! That would be speaking to him in the language that he is most comfortable with: acts of service.
So while I appreciate his eﬀorts very much, this example demonstrates that we have diﬀering languages. I’m more of a words of aﬃrmation gal and need to hear things like “thank you for listening” and “you’re fun to be with” and simply “I love you.” The down side to this being my primary love language is that negative comments cut a little deeper and I can seem overly sensitive.
If you discover, like my husband did, that your partner’s primary love language is words of aﬃrmation, it’s important that you regularly tell them how much you care. Yes, I know that sounds obvious. However, saying things like “they should know how much I love them so I shouldn’t have to say it” won’t cut it. They need to hear it from you on a consistent basis and you need to be thoughtful and genuine. I’m not saying you need to write poetry or profess your love from the street below like Romeo to Juliet. Just be true, be you.
Afer all, there aren’t many languages that you can learn that will promise to enhance your relationships with those you love. But I believe we have just found one that will.
The beginning of any new year is a time of reﬂection and also a time to set intentions and goals for the upcoming year as we travel the continuous path to becoming our best selves! This column, previously known as the NC State Parks column, is also evolving, with the new name Joyful Journey! Although the articles on the diverse and “Naturally Wonderful’’ state parks will continue with more of my favorite inspirational quotes, there will be stops along the way and current information that will generate more opportunities to get into nature and enjoy what the region and state have to oﬀer. The name was conceived through the sense of pure joy that the exploration of these glorious parks has brought to me during my journey thus far. To set the tone for the year to come, the following information will, hopefully, pique your curiosity and interest enough to set your own intention to get out and explore the rich diversity our state has to oﬀer.
The State of North Carolina has also set new intentions this year and wants to improve the lives of North Carolinians through support and partnerships with state and local agencies that strive to better the quality of life for its citizens. NC has oﬃcially designated 2023 as the Year of the Trail, with a goal of boosting awareness of trails and trail use across the state.
Oﬃcials chose the year 2023 because it is the 50th anniversary of the 1973 North Carolina Trails System Act. This act created the state’s Trails Program, which today is part of the Division of Parks and Recreation and is assisted by the NC Trails Committee and NC State Parks. The decision by state lawmakers to spotlight trails by designating the “Year of the Trail” highlights the vital role outdoor recreation plays in tourism, economic development, health and transportation for the state and its residents.
The pandemic put a spotlight on mental health that was much more penetrating than we had previously seen, and the role that being outdoors plays in positive mental health is well documented. A 2008 Scottish Health Survey found that anything from a stroll in the park to a run through a woodland can have a positive eﬀect on people suﬀering from depression and anxiety. The study also showed that the
positive eﬀect on people’s mental health was 50 percent more than they can expect from going to the gym.
From the towering sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park on the Outer Banks to Clingmans Dome—the highest peak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a 1,175-mile trek from one end of the state to the other. According to visitnc.com, “the trails and waterways take you from the most visited national park to the ﬁrst national seashore, crossing tribal lands and small towns; hardwood and maritime forests; and more parks, preserves, greenways and footpaths than you can count as you make your way across the state. Day-hike options abound as well.”
Research suggests that mere contact with the natural world improves psychological health. Outdoor settings have been shown to relieve feelings of anxiety and improve our ability to cope with stressful situations. Natural sunlight and being outdoors also improves cognitive function, mood and work performance. These reasons are valid incentives to spend more time outdoors with family and friends.
In the Lake Norman area, the Carolina Thread Trail is a regional network of trails that connect almost three million people in 15 counties over North and South Carolina. According to their website, carolinathreadtrail.org, the Carolina Thread Trail is an unprecedented regional collaboration that works to connect people and communities to nature and each other through over 1,500 miles of trails and greenways. Through collaboration with the Catawba Lands Conservancy, the Carolina Thread Trail works to promote economic development, citizen education, improved health and land conservation.
With 2023 declared Year of the Trail in NC, now is the perfect time to paddle, hike or bike your way to outdoor bliss and scenic adventures, whether locally or to destinations further from home. The photos in this article represent a small sample of the trails I have visited this past year, and the alluring beauty of these parks and trails inspires me daily to continue this joyful journey!
Have a safe and blessed New Year!
“I ﬁnd inspiration in moments of stillness and quiet from the lake,” shares the lovely singer/ songwriter Sarah Lake, who spent her middle and high school years around Lake Norman and now calls Nashville home.
“There’s nothing like sitting outside, playing guitar and singing around the ﬁre, or out on the dock,” shares Sarah. “It’s just good for the soul!”
Although she was born in Canada, Sarah’s family moved to Charlotte when she was 10 years old, and she feels fortunate to still have several close family friends in the area to visit.
“I’ve spent lots of time boating, swimming, and spending quality time with friends and family at Lake Norman,” she says. “There is something about the water that’s so calming and connecting to me.”
You may have spotted Sarah (as Sarah Mather, her maiden name) during Season 4 of American Idol, where she made it to the Top 24 in competition. She then moved to New York City, where she met her husband, Grammy-nominated producer, Ernie Lake. At home now in Nashville, raising their two children, Sarah says becoming a mother has given her so much more depth, and a deeper understanding of love and life.
During that time, Sarah began exploring the Indie country/Americana landscape, and found herself tapping back into that natural source of healing when she also lost her brother in September.
“For me, as a songwriter and artist, being vulnerable and authentic is the best way to approach making music,” she says. “I also have to allow myself to evolve and am constantly growing and learning.”
Sarah is extremely active in the Nashville songwriting community, and her song “The Ride” went to number one on CMT for ﬁve weeks, while her videos have been streamed over a million times on YouTube. Her song “Soldier On” gained over one million views on YouTube – and she has also performed at some of Nashville’s most popular music venues.
As a songwriter Sarah has also had cuts with a number of artists including The Voice 13 ﬁnalist Moriah Formica, Ms. America Betty Cantrell, and Reba McEntire took Sarah’s song “Amen” into the studio in 2018. Country supergroup Runaway June just released “Broken Hearts (do broken things)” which she’s a songwriter on, and it was added into rotation on iHeart radio and SiriusXM The Highway. She’s also been “local artist of the week” on Lightning
“As a songwriter, it’s allowed me to explore and express so many diﬀerent ideas and emotions,” she adds. “And afer my father passed away, songwriting was my therapy. It has always served as a way of expressing myself, but in grief it became vital to me. I could only write what was on my heart and mind, and it shaped a diﬀerent sound for me as an artist.
100, the number one performing Indie/ Alternative station in the country!
“I will continue writing for other artists, and will be releasing my ﬁrst single of 2023 in January,” shares Sarah. “I have lots of songs and fun features lined up for the new year and will be performing around the southeast.”by MARTIE EMORY photography by RACHEL DEEB
Read more about Sarah’s music and career at SarahLakeMusic.com, and follow her social media on Instagram and Facebook @singsarahlake for news on upcoming venues, dates, and new music releases. You can hear Sarah Lake’s music on Spotify, Apple, and Amazon Music.
2022 was quite the year. We saw the Federal Reserve raise interest rates rapidly in hopes of combating inﬂation, major stock and bond indices experience losses, and the mid-term elections occur.
With no shortage of news/headlines, being an investor in 2022 could have been diﬃcult for many. Seeing your investment statements drop in value can cause anxiety, especially since the recent years have been mostly positive for stock investors.
Here are 3 themes from our oﬃce to keep in mind as we enter 2023:
Remember the 3 Cs of Communication – Clear, Concise and Consistent. In our opinion, we believe you, as an investor, should feel these themes come across in your conversations with your ﬁnancial advisor(s). It is important to review annually (at a minimum). If you feel the value-add in your conversations isn’t there, it is probably time for another opinion.
In our opinion, a large part of your success as an investor comes from reviewing your savings rate and adjusting it accordingly on a regular basis. You may have had a jump in income over the years, should you increase what you are investing?
This is why we have careers; folks like us help investors understand how much they should be saving based on goals and income. We also help investors diversify their savings buckets (non-retirement, retirement, etc.). Time horizon is important and it is a major factor in discovering what your savings rate should/could be.
It is no secret; you don’t work for free and neither do financial advisors. However, discussions about how you are paying your financial advisor(s) shouldn’t be off limits. Make sure you understand how your advisor is being compensated.
As ﬁnancial advisors, it is our duty to coach you to a better place ﬁnancially. We take great pride in working with an established client base; however, we also want folks to understand we are a resource. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the investment world. In our opinion, an educated investor is the best investor!
Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Independent Advisor Alliance, a registered investment advisor. Independent Advisor Alliance and Marzano Capital Group are separate entities from LPL Financial.
“As fnancial advisors, it is our duty to coach you to a better place fnancially...an educated investor is the best investor!”
NO MATTER WHAT LIFE PATH YOU MAY BE ON, DEDICATING TIME TO PERSONAL FITNESS EVEN AMID THE MADNESS OF THE REAL WORLD OUT THERE IS CRUCIAL TO YOUR LIFE-LONG JOURNEY.
With so many options in the ﬁtness arena, you don’t have to look far to discover what’s diﬀerent about Orangetheory Fitness in Mooresville. Besides a strong sense of community, there’s a plan that can be geared to every personal ﬁtness level, and you’ll ﬁnd members here actually range in age from 14 to 78. The Orangetheory motto is simple, but signiﬁcant: “Exercise to live!”
An amazing staﬀ of personal trainers also sets Orangetheory apart. Every trainer believes in every single client and in the highly regarded Orangetheory process, that makes all the diﬀerence.
Leading the studio in its Mooresville location since April of 2017, owner and operator, Daniel Schloss, loves sharing the importance of the Orangetheory technology and what makes coaches and clients alike know they can reach individual goals with conﬁdence.
IT’S ALL A MATTER OF HEART.
“Our technology is all about real time heart rate training,” he explains. “Your heart rate will obviously go up and down during a work-out, all based on your eﬀort and intensity. With our monitoring system, members can see exactly what their hearts are doing, and, over time, they can see how their hearts have strengthened and how their performance has improved.”
Once your results are sent to you and stored in the Orangetheory App, you can see how you’ve improved over time with the studios’ carefully orchestrated workouts!
“Heart rate interval training manipulates the heart rate to respond to your personal eﬀort and intensity,” says Daniel. “Some days you might focus on endurance and being able to do more steady training, and some days might be power days, which really get into explosive movements and working your fast twitch muscles.”
This is functional training at its best, where you strengthen your heart and muscles to be able to do everyday activities, and you feel really good about that personal progress. You’ll be seeing results from the inside out.
The team at Orangetheory Fitness also emphasizes being able to complete their workout at your own pace.
“We are designed for all levels of ﬁtness, from beginners to the advanced lifers and runners,” says Daniel. “You’ll meet fellow Orangetheory members who have never worked out, and you’ll get to know pro athletes who swear by it.”
Fitness, afer all, is about life, and while you may feel sore afer your time at Orangetheory, that simply means you’re getting the most life out of your exercise routine. And that equals a long, healthy life with those you love.
“I’ve always loved ﬁtness, leadership, and community,” says JONATHAN , Studio Manager. “So, a career at Orangetheory is a perfect ﬁt for me. Being able to connect with a wide variety of people, while helping them reach their ﬁtness goals, has made the last seven years the best. OTF has amazing members and staﬀ, so it never feels like work. You can’t beat it!”
Over 12 years ago, NIKIA was a member-turned-coach at Ellen’s Ultimate Workout in South Florida. “This is the workout that became Orangetheory Fitness, and the workout that changed my life, and so many others,” she says. “Being mentored by Ellen Latham, the creator of OTF, was an incredible opportunity, and I’m forever grateful.” Nikia also loves the members, community, workouts, and the Mooresville Orangetheory team so much. “I even met my husband Jonathan at an OTF, and I joke that you should give us a try because you may lose some weight and gain a spouse!”
Mother to three amazing children, HOLLY says ﬁtness has always been a part of her life. “I was raised in a very active, competitive family. I love that Orangetheory allows me to help each member achieve their goals, ﬁnd more conﬁdence, and walk out knowing they are stronger than when they walked in!”
“Of all the gyms and programs I’ve been part of for over 30 years, OTF has been my absolute favorite!” says ANA MARIE . “It’s everything there is to love and want in ﬁtness in one place, in one hour,” she adds. Ana Marie holds three A.C.E. certiﬁcations and has coached at Orangetheory Mooresville since it opened in 2017, and her favorite part of the job is becoming such an important part of members lives.JONATHAN, STUDIO MANAGER
ERICA has been working in the ﬁtness world since 2019, but has loved exercise since she was a young child. “I have coached everything from Cycle to Pilates to Yoga, but my #1 favorite has always been OTF. My goal is to make sure that everyone who leaves my class feels at least 1% better than when they came in,” she says. “I believe movement is a privilege and we should take advantage of it!”
“Being able to connect with a wide variety of people, while helping them reach their ftness goals, has made the last seven years the best. OTF has amazing members and staff, so it never feels like work. You can’t beat it”
Originally from Jackson, MS, ASH graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing in August 2013, and moved to Mooresville that same year. She is a dedicated wife, pet parent, and small business owner, and became a member here in 2019. “OTF completely changed my life,” she says. “I had been pursuing my personal ﬁtness journey for several years, but this was the ﬁrst thing that really felt like it ﬁt me.” She oﬃcially joined the team in 2020, eventually working her way up to Assistant Studio Manager. Ash is very dedicated to the studio and its members!
KAYLAN is a licensed cosmetologist and is currently working on getting her personal training certiﬁcation. “I have been working at Orangetheory Fitness Mooresville for over two years now, and I hope to become one of the fantastic coaches here!”
DANIEL AND KATHLEEN relocated to the Lake Norman area from South Florida, with their two young children, now 10 and 11-years-old. They ﬁrst became involved in Orangetheory Fitness as members, over nine years ago, in South Florida where Orangetheory was founded. Kathleen loved the intensity and variations of the workouts, while Daniel—being a former college and professional soccer player—felt like it was similar to the training he experienced when he was playing.
BOTH ARE PROUD OF THE TWO ORANGETHEORY LOCATIONS OPEN IN THE LAKE NORMAN AREA: The Cornelius studio, which has been open for seven years, and Mooresville, open for about six years.
JULIA started her own workout journey with Orangetheory a year ago. “I took my ﬁrst class with Coach Erica, who made my ﬁrst class so comfortable and welcoming, and I never looked back,” says Julia. She recently joined the team, and is studying marine biology with dreams of being a master diver to beneﬁt the earth’s health, while helping Orangetheory members with their health!
MARVIN is a wonderful person and a student at UNC Charlotte, currently working on his degree in Exercise Science. Marvin is also a lifeguard at the local YMCA as well, and he has aspirations of being part of a professional team as a Physical Therapist. “Being part of this OTF family in Mooresville has motivated me to pursue a rich lifestyle, and a career as a physical trainer or OTF coach,” says Marvin. “It just suits me!”
Orangetheory Fitness is located at 631 Brawley School Road, Mooresville, NC, 704-626-7515. Hours are 5:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily. Visit orangetheory.com for information on classes and membership packages.Orangetheory Mooresville owners
Agrowing mission of Lake Forest ChurchWestlake in Denver, NC—and the ﬁrst of its kind in the area—DivorceCare is a 13week, video-focused class and discussion group for those who are facing a separation or divorce. With its Christian-based, non-denominational curriculum, the program welcomes anyone in search of care and healing during this deeply personal time, regardless of where you are in your faith journey.
“That includes believers, skeptics, and those still exploring their spirituality,” says DivorceCare Leader, Diane Inman.
DivorceCare provides emotional support from those who have been there, and practical tools to better navigate your new status of single living, as well as ﬁnancial survival. The group’s objective is to foster hope, healing, and everyday advice on managing—and acknowledging—a new mindset.
“It is a safe, comfortable environment,” explains Diane, “where people can share similar experiences with others who have gone through separation or divorce.” Besides daily living and budget adjustments, the personal challenges of anger and forgiveness are also cornerstones of this successful program.
While everyone’s story and current circumstances may be diﬀerent, you’ll be accepted wherever you are on your personal recovery journey.
Via the very relatable video presentations and small-group interaction, you’ll hear ﬁrsthand from those who have felt that desperate tug of nothing to look forward to —and you’ll witness their transformation to a place of peace and happiness.
“Working together and not navigating the hard times alone is key,” Diane encourages, “and
participants learn by way of three principles you’ll ﬁnd in the weekly program: 30-minute videos with experts, discussion groups with a deﬁned purpose, and time set aside for personal reﬂection.” Included in the program fee is a personal workbook for journaling insight received from fellow program members, as well as tips, timely articles, and suggested tools for managing daily stress and emotions. The materials also include help with ﬁnancial and legal issues, personal health issues, and crucial parenting decisions.
“I led a large DivorceCare program in California for eight years previous to this,” explains Diane, who joined DivorceCare as a participant two years afer her own divorce (combined with a job loss and her mother’s passing). “I was not a regular church-goer and was used to handling things on my own, but afer several months I discovered this was more than I could handle alone.”
One of her favorite quotes is, “When you can no longer stand, kneel!”
Diane shares that DivorceCare literally saved and changed her life, and when she was ready, she became a program leader for her own church. She knows the skills she learned reached across a spectrum of relationships, that instead of “looking” for the right person, she should focus on “becoming” the right person, and that divorce need not deﬁne her as a person. That inspiration is something she’s grateful to pass along to other participants.
“It’s a privilege to help individuals navigate this diﬃcult journey, and to walk alongside them,” she says. “We welcome all those divorced or separated individuals who want to ﬁnd hope and healing!”DIANE INMAN, DIVORCECARE LEADER
“It’s a privilege to help individuals navigate this diffcult journey, and to walk alongside them.”
DivorceCare groups meet at Lake Forest Church-Westlake, 2204 St. James Church Road, Denver, NC, 704-948-3232. The course fee is $20.00, and scholarships are available. Group meetings for 2023 are currently scheduled for January 11 and Sept 13 (Wednesday nights 7:00 p.m. –8:30 p.m.)
Please check DivorceCare.org website/ Lake Forest Church, Denver, NC. to conﬁrm times and schedule, or text Diane Inman at 530-321-3524 for more information.
Follow DivorceCare and Lake Forest Church on Instagram @lakeforestwestlake.
#1 Buy yourself a new cup and drink more water! Liquid calories and sugar add up quicker than you might realize. Swap your soda, tea, and juice, and drink at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water everyday. There are all kinds of options for re-ﬁllable water bottles in fun colors that keep your drink just as cold as a Yeti for less than 1/2 the price.
#2 Find a way to give your talents to someone everyday. Swap a minute of your time to give to someone else. A smile, a note, extra help, inspiration, a thought, a prayer, a hug… #GIVE
An apple a day…keep eating apples (organic ones), but also swap them for a lemon. Lemons oﬀer a signiﬁcant dose of vitamin C, produce alkalinity in the body, boost metabolism and immunity and keep skin clear from blemishes and breakouts. Add the juice of one whole lemon to a mug of warm water ﬁrst thing in the morning to kick start your day.
#4 Set a step goal for every day. Move better, feel better. Fresh air in your face is proven to boost your mood and improve energy. Swap 30 minutes of TV time for a walk. If you do not have a ﬁtness tracker, there are plenty of apps on your phone that will help track your steps/workouts.
Swap out the chips in your cabinet that are loaded with inﬂammatory oils, dyes, preservatives, and chemicals, for popcorn (not microwave) or a few chips with a short ingredient list. Remember, if you are going to eat chips or have them in the pantry for your family, watch your portions AND remember the fewer ingredients the better. Potato chips should say: potatoes, oil and salt on the ingredient list. That is all.
Use more citrus. Swap out those bottled salad dressings and use more of an oil/vinegar/citrus blend. This adds tons of ﬂavor and less calories. Olive or avocado oil with a ﬂavored vinegar and some fresh lemon, lime, or orange juice and you are all set!
Swap your coﬀee creamer for 1 tsp of organic coconut oil blended with some cinnamon and a splash of almond milk.
Use a hand held frother to create the perfectly blended mug. DO IT NOW. You won’t regret it! #COFFEELOVER
#8 While we are on the topic of coﬀee, swap out those plastic K cups for reusable cups! You should never be consuming something that runs through plastic at a high enough temperature to almost melt it.
#9 And one more thing on the coﬀee topic, take a few extra minutes in the morning and swap those K cups for a French press. The ﬂavor is so much richer and when that cup of coﬀee is higher quality and less sugar, you will drink less and enjoy it more.
#10 Chocolate lovers…keep eating those antioxidants, but swap your milk chocolate for dark chocolate. Start at a semi-sweet and work your way up to about 85%. One to two squares ends up being the perfect amount to satisfy that sweet tooth. Trader Joe’s has one of my favorites and a fabulous section for Fair Trade chocolates in all ﬂavors.
Increased ﬂexibility and range of motion are what keep us young!! Swap out 5 minutes of sitting on the couch watching TV with 5 minutes of foam rolling. Foam rolling helps break up tightness within the muscle ﬁbers. Consistency is key here. I put my foam roller in my kitchen so that I am reminded to do it each morning. #YOUCAN DOTHESPLITSATANYAGE
Put down the salt shaker or at least control it! The average American diet is loaded with sodium, o making it hard for us to stay within a healthy range (about 1500mg/day). We do need the right amount of quality salt, but watch your intake. Swap out that Morton’s table salt for Himalayan Pink Salt, which is not stripped of the essential trace minerals that our bodies need for proper function. #EATTHEPINKSTUFF
make healthy memories. Implement an “electronic free zone.” Engage in more face to face time. Talk. Do what works for your family, but make that time swap!#NOPHONEZONE
#20 Who doesn’t love ice cream?? But we also need to remember that ice cream is a treat, not a daily dietary staple that leads to lots of added sugar and inches around the waistline. Swap out your store bought ice cream and try making your own with frozen bananas! Contact me for recipes.#HEALTHYICECREAMISREAL
With food prices soaring, buying in bulk can help you save signiﬁcantly. Swap those small packages for items that you can buy in bulk; lmond milk, rice, spaghetti Costco happens to have one of the largest organic grocery sections and some of my favorite ﬁnds!
Swap out that heavy side dish (pasta, mashed potatoes, mac ’n cheese) with roasted veggies. You can roast anything, add some seasoning and have a super ﬂavorful side dish for dinner and lefovers for lunch the next day. Sweet potatoes, cauliﬂower, eggplant, tomatoes, butternut squash, beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, green beans, zucchini…..roast away.
#16 Swap a busy night or just make time to come together as a family or a couple at the dinner table at least once a week. With hectic schedules, this might be a challenge but it is worth it! Studies have proven that kids perform better in school and have better communication with their parents when families come together at the table.
Runners or anyone engaging in exercise! Swap out your socks. Socks make all the diﬀerence when it comes to comfort as you increase your distance, do sprints, or hit the gym for a HIIT workout. Swap out your old socks with a new pair of wicking socks like these Balegas #LOVEMYSOCKS
#22 Variety and challenging your body is key; for vitality, longevity, and with your ﬁtness regimen. Scientists continue to prove the beneﬁts of alternative ﬁtness such as yoga, cryotherapy, and regular saunas. Swap one of your workouts for something new at least once a week.#ICEISCOOLBUTILOVETHESAUNA
The super swap. Swap your new year’s resolutions for a real plan. Achieve this by recruiting an accountability partner or ﬁnding a coach. Do not give yourself room for excuses. Envision success. That is the only way!
Focus on gratitude and swap 5 minutes of sleep each morning for a daily devotional or journaling time. Consistency is key and starting your day this way will guarantee a shif in your day. There are lots of apps for guided prayer and meditation.
Snacks. Swap those highly processed, roasted nuts with raw nuts of all kinds (peanuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts). Check your ingredient list. Most nuts are roasted with highly inﬂammatory oils (canola, peanut, vegetable) that you want to stay away from. #CHECKYOURNUTS
#18 Watch your condiments and again, check your labels. Make sure you are making those easy swaps—like your ketchup. Added sugar in ketchup adds up quickly! If the ketchup bottle in your pantry contains HFCS, swap it out for a healthier one! This is easy to do and there are many options in grocery stores now.
Swap out TIME ! Time in the mornings, afer school, afer work or in the evenings…use that time to
For more health and wellness tips, follow Lindsey Fisher Health & Wellness on Facebook and Isntagram @LindseyFisherNC, or visit online at www.LindseyFisherNC.com
IF YOU FOLLOW SPORTS IN NORTH CAROLINA, AND PARTICULARLY AROUND CHAPEL HILL, YOU KNOW THE MAYE FAMILY WELL. ROOTED IN (MOSTLY!) CAROLINA BLUE, THE MAYE LEGACY AT UNC IS STILL GOING STRONG. BUT THOSE ROOTS COME RIGHT BACK HERE TO HUNTERSVILLE!
Any true Carolina fan knows the Maye boys are Huntersville natives, and you’ll ﬁnd local pride in their accomplishments is contagious! The Maye athletic family tree technically kicked oﬀ with grandfather Jerry Maye, a baseball pitcher for Catawba College back in the day, who set his own share of school records. Then came dad Mark Maye, who arrived in Chapel Hill from Independence High School in Charlotte in the mid1980s, and was a two-year starting quarterback at UNC from 1986-1987. Mark graduated from UNC, and later worked as a graduate assistant for the school’s next head coach, Mack Brown, still a well-known name in the Maye household! It should also be noted that Mark was a three-sport athlete in high school, so the fact that his sons have also excelled at all three is no surprise.
Fast forward to the oﬀspring: Luke Maye was a member of the UNC basketball 2017 National Championship team, hitting the game-winning shot against Kentucky to send UNC to the Final Four in 2017, and on to a national championship. Cole Maye pitched for the 2017
National Championship baseball team at the University of Florida, and Beau Maye is currently a member of the 2022-2023 UNC basketball team. Luke, Cole, and Beau all graduated from Hough High School in Cornelius, while youngest son, Drake Maye, a graduate of Myers Park High School in Charlotte, has just completed an incredibly successful season as UNC’s starting quarterback. He guided the nine-win season, an ACC Championship, and an appearance in the ACC Championship game in December, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Even in his ﬁrst game as starting quarterback, Drake launched a new chapter of the family legacy, completing ﬁve touchdown passes on one Saturday in Kenan Stadium!
Watch their many interviews or follow their social media accounts, and it’s clear the Maye sons are very close, and inspire each other in diﬀerent, but profound ways: work ethic, warm personalities, and a genuine care for others—also known around here as good manners! (By the way, mom Aimee Maye was also a standout basketball player at West Charlotte High School, so the family tree of competitors was strong from the beginning.)
From grandfather to father, and now lovingly instilled in this current impressive generation of Maye athletes, talent, integrity, love, and sportsmanship are in plentiful supply. And the future of their Carolina Blue connection is certainly bright!by MARTIE EMORY
Brett Duﬀey and his team at Complete Rehab in Clemmons, NC, call themselves the “neuropathy specialists” for some very good reasons! If you’re struggling with pain, tingling, numbness, or other weaknesses you believe stem from neuropathy issues, or if your current prescribed treatments aren’t oﬀering the reliaef you expected, make a call to the Clemmons oﬃce today.
Brett and his team work with the conﬁdence that a visit to Complete Rehab can change your life: “We will only accept you as a patient if we believe we can help you, and there’s only a very small chance we can’t help you!”
Make an appointment with Complete Rehab by calling 336-778-0292, or online at Crtherapy.com. Their oﬃce is located at 6000 Meadowbrook Mall, Suite 22, in Clemmons, NC. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Complete Rehab is approximately a one-hour drive from most Lake Norman communities, and your relief is worth every mile! With over 19 years of experience (that’s approximately 6,000 patients with success!), Complete Rehab strives to zero in on your particular type of neuropathy, and work to relieve, and hopefully eliminate, your symptoms. The out-patient clinic sees many folks from other states, so it’s clear the beneﬁts are worth the easy drive.
You’ve likely already found out the typical remedies for neuropathy are invasive, meaning shots, pills, or even surgery. But everything done at Complete Rehab is non-invasive or outside the body, using tools you won’t have access to outside of a medical facility. Possibilities include ultrasound, infrared, H-wave, cold lasers, iontophoresis, TENS Units, muscle stimulators, and more.
With over 35 types of neuropathies, identifying the speciﬁc kind you have will determine its likely progression. Peripheral is the most common, and patients may experience discomfort in one or more of the following areas: toes, feet, legs, ﬁngers, hands, and arms. This means your peripheral nervous system has a hard time transmitting between your central nervous system and the rest of your body. No set of symptoms are the same, and neuropathy is not determined by age, race, height, or weight. Besides numbness, tingling, or pain, a patient may even experience neck or back stiﬀness, strength and endurance issues, restless legs, balance problems, ﬁne motor issues, or even tennis or golfer’s elbow.
At your initial appointment you’ll meet oﬃce manager Tammy Beeson Moore, who oversees the operations of Complete Rehab including administrative tasks, managing patient records, and working with other doctors in the community. You’ll learn patient referrals come from all over North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, and the oﬃce has a VA contract so they provide service to retired military, as well as those on active duty.
Brett describes himself as a problem solver – with the patient’s health, mobility, and quality of life the ultimate puzzle. His team ﬁgures out the pieces to your unique case, and uses their experience to ﬁnd patterns. The last piece of the puzzle is training patients on what they need to do to keep their neuropathy from returning. Complete Rehab’s current team of seven includes two therapists on staﬀ who have extensive orthopedic knowledge, and they are contracted with 10 diﬀerent colleges and universities who send students here to train and observe.
Try Complete Rehab THE NEUROPATHY Specialists!
Pain, tingling, numbness, stabbing, aching, hot or cold, and weakness are some of the main symptoms stemming from the different types of neuropathy.
There are over 35 different types of neuropathy. You don’t have to be a diabetic to have neuropathy. . .you just don’t have DIABETIC neuropathy! You most likely have one of the other types of neuropathy.
All neuropathies are not the same. That is why some people respond to certain medicines or treatments, but others do not. Age, weight, gender, or genetics do not predict neuropathy but can affect your body’s response as neuropathy progresses over time.
“With over 19 years and 6,000 patients worth of experience, I and my team of neuropathy specialists at Complete Rehab will ﬁgure out YOUR speciﬁc type of neuropathy and completely eliminate or decrease your symptoms.” - Bret Duﬀey
At Complete Rehab, we take the time to customize a speciﬁc treatment plan JUST FOR YOU! We accept most insurances, including Medicare. Contact us today for a FREE consultation and get ready to feel the best you’ve felt in years.
North Carolina (especially the Wilmington area) has ofen been called “Hollywood of the East.” Considering
it’s really no surprise that ﬁlmmakers choose it again and again for all or part of their ﬁlming
Mountains to the scenic waters of its many beaches, some of the most
DIRTY DANCING (1987)
Locations: Lake Lure
Baby (Jennifer Grey) dreams of joining the Peace Corps. She is clearly not happy about spending the summer at Kellerman’s resort in the Catskills with her parents and prima donna sister whose main concern is whether or not she packed the right shoes. Everything begins to change when the resort’s dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze), chooses Baby as his new partner (out of desperation), and the two begin to fall in love.
BULL DURHAM (1988)
Locations: Durham and surrounding areas, Asheville
Bull Durham’s Crash Davis (Kevin Costner), a twelve-year veteran in minor league baseball, is sent to Durham as the team’s catcher to educate their star player, pitcher, ‘Nuke’ LaLoosh (Tim Robbins). Comedy and a love triangle ensue as Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) is dedicated to her tradition of sticking with only one player a season, but also attracted to another.
THE GREEN MILE (1999)
Locations: Blowing Rock, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park
Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) had never encountered someone like John Coﬀey (Michael Clarke Duncan), a massive man convicted of brutally killing two young sisters. Coﬀey possesses the size and strength to kill anyone, but not the personality. Coﬀey also seemed to have an extraordinary, supernatural gif. Edgecomb begins to question Coﬀey’s guilt.
COLD MOUNTAIN (2003)
Locations: Pisgah National Forest
Based on the 1997 bestselling novel by Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain recounts the story of a wounded Confederate soldier (Inman) Jude Law at the end of the Civil War. Inman’s main desire is to get home to his sweetheart Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman) with whom he has only shared a few moments, but to whom he still feels a deep connection. His journey is perilous and long and the people waiting back home do not have an easy time of it either.
SAFE HAVEN (2013)
Locations: Southport, Blue Ridge Parkway
A young woman, Katie (Julianne Hough) with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina, from Boston where her bond with widower
DAYS OF THUNDER (1990)
Racing brings Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) to North Carolina to race in the Winston Cup at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A rivalry turned to friendship between Trickle and Rowdy Burns (Michael Rooker) leads to a tough decision. A potential injury results in a love interest with neurosurgeon Dr. Claire Lewicki (Nicole Kidman).
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (2017)
Locations: Sylva, Asheville, Black Mountain Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) decides to take things into her own hands afer her daughter is murdered. She paints three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town’s chief of police.
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (1992)
Locations: Chimney Rock
James Fenimore Cooper’s classic novel appeared in 1826, sixty-nine years afer the events of the French and Indian War that is its subject. In the 1992 ﬁlm version, the last members of a dying Native American tribe, the Mohicans, Chingachgook (Russell Means), Uncas (Eric Schweig), and his adopted half-white brother Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) are living in peace alongside British colonists. When the daughters Cora and Alice Monru (Madeleine Stowe, Jodhi May) of a British colonel are kidnapped by a traitorous scout, Hawkeye and Uncas must rescue them in the midst of a deadly military conﬂict which they wanted no part of: the French and Indian War.
Locations: Winston Salem, Greensboro
Art dealer Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz) has traveled to North Carolina to both pursue an artist and meet her husband’s family, who have an interesting dynamic (to say the least). Together with her husband George (Allesandro Nivola), she becomes acquainted with the family which includes his pregnant sister-in-law Ashley (Amy Adams). Madeline gains greater understanding into George’s past and personality through getting to know his eccentric family.how geographically diverse our state is, locations. From the dense green forests of the Blue Ridge critically acclaimed ﬁlms have been made right here in our fair state. Alex (Josh Duhamel) forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her. Safe Haven is the ﬁlm adaptation of a popular Nicholas Sparks novel.
If your life has been frustrating, making you feel stale and stagnated, no worries and no need to stay stuck. With our web browsers, sometimes all that’s required is a simple refresh or restarting your device when things aren’t working right. The good news is that we can refresh and reset our lives, too. The new year is an ideal time to do a reassess and some reconfguring to yield the results you’re looking for. Here are some life hacks on resetting, repurposing, and refocusing your life for a better you and for a better year!
Working one-on-one with a therapist and/or life coach can be helpful and supportive, but you yourself can be the most important infuence on improving your own life. Metaphorically speaking, you can empower yourself to play the role of detective or medical professional. You can reset, repurpose, and reboot your life with an in-depth, inside view.by SUSAN BOYOUNG BAILEY SCHABACKE
FIRST, DO SOME FIGURING OUT. Stay objective and be as honest, clear, and speciﬁc as possible. Ask key questions and remove any lens of judgment as you reﬂect on troublesome areas. Refrain from assumptions and preconceived notions as you identify murky areas that need resolution.
THINK BACK. However complicated the matter(s), identify what might be holding you back. Write it down and keep it simple using just 1-3 keywords. Ofen there’s overlap and a cross correlation, as well as an overarching theme such as 1) lonely/isolated, 2) trapped, 3) bored, 4) numb, 5) burned out.
TAKE STOCK. Perhaps, there’s a deepseated fear that’s limiting you, a reluctant jealousy that’s manifested, a nagging guilt, or an obtrusive anger that’s built up. Recognize that whatever or whoever it is you’ve been holding onto emotionally can also manifest physically.
TAKE A BREAK. You’ve made headway identifying some areas, so congratulate and encourage yourself for getting on the right track. You’re making progress piecing together what may have seemed like an impossible puzzle.
SHIFT YOUR FOCUS. Become mindfully aware of how you are feeling and take deeper, diaphragmatic breaths. Focus on releasing negative emotions that you’ve been struggling with. Aﬃrm that you have the freewill, power, and control to be free from anything and anyone trying to intrude or interfere with your life in any negative way.
STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH. This may be an ideal opportunity to strengthen your faith and spiritual relationship. Consider praying to God/Jesus/your higher power to help conquer those demons (so to speak) and regain control of your life, cleansing and ridding you of any negativity. Ask for the power and intuition to heal your mind, body, and spirit and divinely protect you from any and all harm.
MOVE ON. It’s easy to get stuck ruminating on feelings of “woe is me” and “why me,” but the more you dwell in the so-called pity party, the deeper you’ll sink into what feels like emotional quicksand. So set the “why” aside for now and move on to the “when” and “how.” Estimate the time frame. Have these feelings built up since childhood from when you were bullied in school or does this seem to be a more recent occurrence? Ofen, emotions start early and snowball over time. Try plotting out main highlights, or shall we say lowlights, of experiences and events that impacted your life.
BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF. Release. You’re in a better place with more ﬁgured out and more wisdom gleaned from life lessons along the way. Because of truthful reﬂections, you’re better able to understand the key issues on a core level.
The freedom of choice is yours, both in asking for support and in helping yourself. When you feel ready, you can share this with your therapist, life coach, and/or someone you trust, or you can decide to keep it under lock and key for only you to reﬂect upon.
Remember, just as life is a journey, improving your life is a process. You will be much better oﬀ piecing the puzzle together by better understanding who you are and where you’re coming from (past and present). When you spend the time to refresh and reboot the programs in your life, you can move forward with more conﬁdence and fewer worries into a brighter future.
Although she’s lived in the Lake Norman area for 20 years, Ewa was born in Warsaw, Poland (yes, surviving the Chernobyl nuclear explosion), attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Poland, and later, the University of Illinois in Chicago. She’s also saved 100,000-plus yards of fabric from going to the landﬁll every year. “I just saved 1,439 yards before breakfast this morning,” she laughs. With every purchase of discounted designer textiles at Modern Fabrics, customers join Ewa and her husband, James, and their fabric “reclaiming” eﬀorts, geared towards reducing waste. From the ﬁnest luxury furniture companies in the United States, these reclaimed fabrics are remnants that would otherwise be discarded. For savvy customers, that means the chance to purchase the best designer drapery and upholstery fabrics that have been quietly rescued from cutting room ﬂoors – at 50-75% oﬀ their list price. Far better than sending those remnants to the landﬁll! The store manager, Debra, has a keen knowledge of fabrics, warmly greets customers, and keeps the store running smoothly during the week, while Ewa sources fabrics for the online shop, as well as for the Huntersville
store. Ewa will tell you in a heartbeat she absolutely loves ﬁnding beautiful pieces of fabric, ofen in the most obscure locations, all over North Carolina. “I travel far and wide to source the fabrics you ﬁnd at our store, and each bolt has a unique story of where I found it,” smiles Ewa. “But don’t ask me – because it’s a secret!” Ewa is most in her element being surrounded by nature, or hiking, yet so close to creature comforts. “My favorite time is going out on the lake with family and friends and having the best time every time, without having to plan a thing! “If you don’t fall in love with NC from the lake here, you probably don’t have a heart!” Ewa also loves that throughout the entire Lake Norman area, small business still feels small. “Everyone is friendly, takes their time, and is willing just to sit down for a chat,” she adds.
Learn more about the passion behind Modern Fabrics by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the store at 15435 NC-73, in Huntersville, 704-740-9676.
A devoted mom, wife, daughter, and friend, with a strong Christian faith, Lindsey Fisher lives just north of Charlotte, NC, with her husband, Jay, and two teenage kids, Jordan and Kendall. She and her family are avid Appalachian State fans, and Lindsey enjoys watching sports, especially volleyball and App State baseball – as those are both near to her heart. In her free time, you might ﬁnd her with family and friends, enjoying deep conversations, journaling, or giving back to her community. She loves the beach, quiet Sunday mornings, cooking and developing new healthy recipes, expressing her creativity through writing and marketing, good wine, dark chocolate, and anything that presents a new challenge. As a wellness coach with a holistic approach to mind, body, and spirit, Lindsey has built her business based on an exceptional knowledge of interpersonal connections, the human body systems, whole foods, corrective exercise, and integrated health solutions. Her approach materializes on the foundation that a healthy mind, body, and spirit formulate a lifetime of vitality
and success. As a leader in the industry, she has taken her experience and love for connecting with people to the next level to eﬀectively communicate and provide solutions for her clients.
Lindsey currently oﬀers workshops, seminars, accountability groups, and one-on-one coaching programs. For more information, email her at lindsey@ lindseyﬁshernc.com.OWNER, LKN PRINT AND FRAME
Originally from Indiana, Denver resident Barbara Norman is the very deﬁnition of keeping busy! From her position as Managing Member at LKN Insurance Services LLC to her more creative outlet at LKN Print and Frame (she’s the ﬁnest at custom framing for your family treasures!), she’s a master of details, loves home improvement and construction projects, and most of all, keeping up with her many friends around the Lake Norman community. “I’ve lived in the Lake Norman area for 37 years,” says Barbara, pointing out her genuine love for the lake and the people who live here. Her favorite pastimes? Boating and ﬂoating! She also has a passion for puzzles, and of course, her two furry family members –Yorkies named Lake Norman and Bently. Whenever she meets new folks, she shares that Lake Norman is a great place to raise a family, with friendly people and wonderful weather! Once she ﬁnally decides to retire, Barbara hopes to travel more – but here at the Lake will always be home.
Stop by LKN Print and Frame at 4688 Mountain Creek Avenue, Suite 102, in Denver, 980-222-7123.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP TO OUR HEALTH IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED. OUR CULTURE SEES BEING BUSY AS A BADGE OF HONOR. WE OFTEN RUN OURSELVES RAGGED, BURNING THE MIDNIGHT OIL, AND NEGLECTING OUR SLEEP AS A RESULT.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends seven to nine hours for adults. But is it really that important? Not getting enough sleep has been linked to a higher risk for certain diseases and medical conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. In Eat Move Sleep, Tom Rath says that more than 30% of workers sleep less than six hours per night. And the productivity loss costs about $2,000 per person per year. Further, he says not getting enough sleep is also the top risk factor for burnout at work.
HERE ARE SOME COMMON MYTHS ABOUT SLEEP DEBUNKED.
ONE LESS HOUR OF SLEEP EQUALS AN EXTRA HOUR OF PRODUCTIVITY
It is actually the opposite. One less hour of sleep decreases your well-being, productivity, and ability to think.
I CAN MAKE UP FOR LOST SLEEP DURING THE WEEK BY SLEEPING LONGER ON THE WEEKEND
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. You can’t bank sleep.
OLDER ADULTS NEED LESS SLEEP
While older people tend to wake more at night, they still need the same total hours of sleep as other adults.
IF I HIT SNOOZE, IT COUNTS TOWARD MY SLEEP Studies show it does not count toward the total amount of restorative sleep time you get. It’s better to set your alarm a little later and not hit the snooze button.
MY BODY IS USED TO GETTING LESS SLEEP
A lack of sleep has both short- and long-term repercussions, demonstrating that your brain and body can’t just get used to getting less sleep.
HAVING SOME ALCOHOL BEFORE BED IMPROVES MY SLEEP
Consuming alcohol before bed throws oﬀ your sleep cycles. You may go to sleep more easily but it makes it more likely that you will wake up.
Sources: The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and The Sleep Foundation
NOW THAT THESE MYTHS HAVE BEEN DEBUNKED, LET’S SHARE SOME HABITS THAT CAN IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP, RESULTING IN BETTER PRODUCTIVITY AND OVERALL HEALTH.
BE CONSISTENT Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on weekends.
MAKE YOUR BEDROOM CONDUCIVE TO DEEP SLEEP Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature (around 65 degrees).
MONITOR YOUR DEVICES Remove electronic devices such as TVs, computers, and phones from the bedroom, and don’t use them for at least an hour before bed.
AVOID LARGE MEALS, CAFFEINE, AND ALCOHOL BEFORE BEDTIME All of the above can impede your sleep quality.
GET SOME EXERCISE Being physically active can help you to have more energy during the day and fall asleep more easily at night.
CULTIVATE PEACE AND QUIET Keep noise to a minimum to improve your sleep. If you can’t eliminate sources of noise, consider drowning them out with a fan or white noise machine.
DE-STRESS Worries can easily bubble to the surface at night and keep you awake. Deep breathing exercises or meditation can be very helpful in helping you relax and wind down.
For this month I wanted to share my all time favorite cut of meat to cook. Since I ﬁrst tried the “reverse sear” method I haven’t wanted a steak cooked any other way. This is a cook you can do using an oven, grill, or a smoker. My preferred way is to use the smoker for the ﬁrst part of the cook, and to ﬁnish it oﬀ, I sear directly over some blazing hot coals at around 650-700 degrees. Another solid way to do this if you don’t have a charcoal grill for the sear, is to ﬁnish it oﬀ with the sear on a really hot cast iron pan on the stove, a griddle (like a blackstone) or a gas grill turned as high as it will go. If you want to do this all inside, you can even cook the steak in the oven ﬁrst and then just ﬁnish with a sear on the stove.
Typically most people will just grill a steak on high heat for a few minutes per side until you get the desired temp.. Or sear it ﬁrst and then ﬁnish in an oven, or indirect heat until the preferred temp. The reverse sear is just doing this same method in the opposite order… as the name explains. Cooking a steak this way (any steak, not just a ﬁlet) allows you to have much more control of the cook, avoiding ﬂare ups and overcooking the steak. This also allows for the perfect wall to wall cool pink center (if you like medium rare which I love.) Because we rest the meat afer the time it spends in the smoker for 10-15 minutes before searing, you can serve it up and slice right in afer you’re done searing. Now let’s dive into the steps to create the perfect melt in your mouth ﬁlet that will taste better than most steakhouses serve for a fraction of the price!
1. First, you’ll want to ﬁnd some good thick ﬁlets at the store. I’ve been getting the USDA Prime ﬁlets from Sam’s club lately and they are phenomenal.
2. Then I always like to let the steaks sit out of the fridge to get to room temperature for around 30 minutes before cooking.
3. Preheat your oven or smoker to 225-250.
4. Rub a little olive oil on the steaks, then season with Salt and Pepper or your favorite steak seasoning. My personal favorite is Hardcore Carnivore Black—a traditional beef seasoning mixture, with black pepper, garlic, sea salt and some activated charcoal that gives it a really unique ﬂavor proﬁle and amazing color.
5. Once your cooker is around 225250, put the steaks in (depending on thickness and the temperature you’re going for, they should only take 30-45 minutes to get to temp).
You’ll want to set a 20 minute timer or so and ﬂip the steaks halfway and check the internal temp. We always use the MEATER+ probe that is inserted into the steak before the cook to keep track of the temp the whole time.
6. Once your steaks get to the desired temp (115-120 internal) for medium rare, 125-130 for medium/medium well—pull them out and let them rest for about 15 minutes (the resting period allows the juices in the meat to redistribute—otherwise, when you slice it you’ll have a super juicy cutting board, and not a juicy steak).
7. Crank up your cast iron, charcoal, or griddle—whatever you’re going to do the ﬁnishing sear on and let it get very hot while the steak(s) are resting.
8. Sear for about a minute (sometimes a minute and a half) per side until you get that delicious crust and you’re temping around 130-135. I like to be on the lower side of medium rare and shoot for 130.
NOTE: If you’re searing over charcoal that’s all there is to it extreme high heat and live ﬁre. It may take less than a minute to get the right temp.
If you’re searing on a cast iron pan or a griddle, it’s good to use some butter or oil, and some fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, etc. Afer you ﬂip the steak, you can start basting it with the melted butter and herbs.
9. Now afer you’ve reached your perfect internal temp and you have that delicious crust from the sear, you can slice it right up and dig in. Once you master this technique you’ll question buying a steak from an expensive steakhouse forever—plus homemade meals just always taste better!
For more recipes and demos, follow Tanner on Instagram, TikTok, or Facebook @919backyardbbq
PRIOR TO OUR FIRST TRIP TO CUBA, MY WIFE, MARIANNE, AND I SAILED TO THE EXHUMAS, BAHAMAS FOR FOUR MONTHS AT A TIME FOR THREE YEARS. WE LOVED THE EXHUMAS, THE WATER, THE PEOPLE AND THE FACT THAT IT NEVER GOT BELOW 50 DEGREES. IT WAS OUR KIND OF WEATHER. AND SINCE WE HAD BUILT A HOUSE AND HAD SIX GRANDCHILDREN, THIS FIT ALL THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR A COMFORTABLE RETIREMENT.
We had ofen thought about going to Cuba while we were sailing, but it was under an embargo and had been for 54 years. So, the Coast Guard tended to keep track of the coming and going of boats in the area, ofen boarding and searching them at random. It wasn’t illegal to stop and visit, but nothing could leave the island, and the Castro authoritarian regime allowed no political opposition, so we sailed on by Cuba.
Afer our long-distance sailing had ended, we became coastal boaters. During that time President Obama worked to normalize relations with Cuba. There were a number of agreements that were reached between President Obama and current Cuban leader Raul Castro, including the lifing of some travel restrictions and the reopening of the U.S. embassy in Havana, along with the Cuban embassy in Washington.
Marianne and I decided that we would take a short cruise to Cuba to educate ourselves about the culture and conditions of the people of the island. Once the restrictions were lifed in 2016, Carnival oﬀered it as a destination. We planned and booked our trip, along with some friends who joined us.
Since we were one of the ﬁrst cruise ships to dock in Cuba in over 40 years, we were warmly welcomed at the port in Havana. We were a smaller than normal cruise ship, so to clear customs, and since the American dollar was not accepted as currency, we had to exchange our money for Cuban pesos. I don’t remember the exchange rate at the time, and although their money was not accepted outside of Cuba, we were allowed to exchange our lefover pesos for dollars prior to departure.
My ﬁrst impression of Havana was the feeling of going back in time. It was 2016 and most of the cars in Havana were from my youth of the 1950s and ‘60s. Forbidding the import of stock parts to repair cars, the Cuban people, industriously, make all their own parts. Being a car enthusiast myself, I admired how beautifully preserved and well maintained the cars were kept.
The four of us took an educational tour that actually included getting to know the people and culture of Havana, and we loved it! They were all so open, generous and friendly and we were more than pleased with our experience. We got to see much of their history and architecture which is stunning. It brought back memories of Jimmy Buﬀett songs and one in particular was brought to mind, “These changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes Nothing remains quite the same.”
Our tour director was very eloquent and well versed. He told us that he was a well educated college professor, but worked as a tour guide because he earned more money. He informed us that there is no hunger in Cuba. Although poverty is prevalent, everyone receives rice and beans from the government, and they also have access to government health care and medicine.
The ﬁnal highlight of the trip was a tour of Ernest Hemingway’s home, boat and his favorite bar. Perhaps no writer put Cuba on the map for Americans as much as Ernest Hemingway. The largerthan-life author, who wrote classics such as “The Sun Also Rises”, “Farewell to Arms” and “To Have and Have Not,” embraced Cuba as his second home and lived there for more than 20 years before his death. Finca Vigia (Lookout Farm), his home in Havana, inspired his famous novel “Old Man and the Sea.”
Keeping on top of technology is tricky—it seems like a neverending, revolving door of change, with more details than we can absorb! But since 2008, Mooresville residents have come to rely on the most expert computer advice around, courtesy of the local, friendly professionals at CET Computer Magic. That might mean a quick dash of service for your home computer, or a fullon dedicated IT department for an oﬃce staﬀ
Keeping up with ever-changing technology is a full-time task, and CET o ﬀ ers IT training from classroom experiences to oneon-one professional learning services.
Owner Tim Grier believes what sets the business apart is that they oﬀer managed services, as well as break/ﬁx of both PCs and Macs.
In addition to Tim, the energetic staﬀ includes Project Manager and Primary Service Technician, Julia Keyser, Oﬃce Manager and Lead Technician, Kim Annas, Bench and Field Service Technician, JT Graham, and Vantz Stockwell, Contracted IT Support Director for their Managed Services.
The company’s most common requests are for system repair, data recovery, and virus removal, but they ﬁeld numerous questions on email issues from both residential clients—about 45% of their total business— and business clients, about 55%.When your business needs regulatory compliance or operational enhancements, CET can also help by providing a broad range of specialized computer consulting services.
Training is also on the menu, at all levels, from those getting back in the workforce to employees vying for a new promotion. If you are changing careers, need to upgrade your business IT department, or learn how the dynamic world of technology revolves, this is your best starting point!
• TIM has over 22 years experience teaching at the high school, military, and community college level, and has taught A+ certiﬁcation, IC3 certiﬁcation, and high school/ community college electronics. He’s known for his super successful method of delivering information in a useful and understandable manner for all ages.
• JULIA has been a personal IT instructor for residential clients and an Apple Technician for over two years, and has taught a wide variety of topics such as O ﬃ ce/Microso f, Email operations, Apple product operations/functionality, Computer basics, Parental controls, and social media.
• KIM has been working with Google Workplace for over 10 years, and trains individuals in Chromebook and Android operations. She also trains in topics of networking and windows administration management.
• JT is a VMWare Operation Advisor (VCP-DCV) and is able to train in VMware Virtualization processes and HIPAA compliance.
• VANTZ is a Quickbooks Pro Advisor, Microsof 365 Advisor, and a Microsof Oﬃce User Specialist Certiﬁed Trainer, and also has experience with all cloud platforms, and SAGE Accounting sof ware.
“Quality instruction is the key to obtaining any type of certiﬁcation,” explains Tim. “That certiﬁcation is a way to show current or future employers how valuable you are to their organization. At CET, you will receive the best training the industry has to oﬀer.”
The team at CET also believes your computer is an extension of yourself: It is unique, based on the manner in which you use it, the customized manner it is arranged in, and the expectations you require from that computer.
“We take great care to understand you, your machine, and the environment you work in,” adds Tim. “This knowledge enables us to eliminate the obstacles from your system.”
For home and small business IT support around Lake Norman (Mooresville to Statesville, Sherrills Ford to Denver, Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson), visit CET Computer Magic for any and all of your computer needs! They are located at 224 Rolling Hill Road, Suite 5A, in Mooresville, 704-663-1238. Hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Find them online at CETofnc.com and on Facebook @CETComputerMagic.
“We take great care to understand you, your machine, and the environment you work in. This knowledge enables us to eliminate the obstacles from your system.”
TIM GRIER, OWNER
What began in 2006 with four boys simply gathered for a Bible study in the living room, dinner, and a football game in the yard, has grown into a life-long mission with a giant-sized impact.
Founded by Jeﬀ and Natalie Storment, Power Cross Ministries disciples over 350 young men each day through its two locations in Statesville and Salisbury, North Carolina. They estimate since that ﬁrst meeting, the Power Cross family of staﬀ and volunteers has served over 115,000 free meals, provided over 5,000 hours of academic support, and coached hundreds of young men in countless games and athletic practices. Their vision for the future deﬁnitely includes more campuses across the United States!
“The Statesville campus is our original location, and we’ve been serving this community for 16 years,” says Natalie. “In Statesville we serve approximately 150 young men annually, and the Salisbury campus (started in 2017) serves around 100 young men.”
Power Cross also oﬀers a division that serves young men as they enter college, with a roster of 25 currently active in that college development and discipleship program. It’s also common for grateful past participants to continue reaching out to others.
“Currently, our oldest alumni are around 25 years old,” explains Natalie. “And we have two past alumni on staﬀ with the ministry full-time.”
and Natalie’s son, TJ, leads the college discipleship program, and is training another fellow alum, Jabril Williams (studying at Elon University), to take over the group when TJ departs to further his football career.
“Our college-age young men give back and serve in a variety of ways in their down time from school, including leading Bible studies, assisting with sports camps, and guest speaking at events,” says Natalie.
“We also try to employ some of these young men on part-time projects when they are home from school so they can continue their athletic training and work at the same time.”
When asked what they feel sets Power Cross apart from other ministries in the area, Jeﬀ and Natalie know introducing young men and their families to Jesus Christ is the all-important ﬁrst step.
“Daily prayer—over and for these boys —and discipleship anywhere we can ﬁt it in, is what sets Power Cross apart,” explains Natalie. “We are on-call 24 hours a day to these young men, and have operational programming for them over 290 days a year. This intensity and quantity of service is hard to duplicate.”
Jeﬀ and Natalie share they are most inspired by the hope and opportunity for the future that Jesus has planned for everyone involved with the ministry.
“Watching our young men grow into college graduates, husbands and fathers, while serving in their communities and families, is proof to us that the ministry has an impact here on earth as well as in heaven.”
You’ll ﬁnd an abundance of volunteer opportunities at both the Statesville and Salisbury campuses, and the staﬀ works to place volunteers where they are most comfortable. From helping with homework, playing chess, cleaning, making sandwiches, lending a hand with oﬃce work or marketing, and even coaching an at students to join them as interns.by MARTIE EMORY
For more information on Power Cross Ministries, reach Jeﬀ or Natalie Storment at 704-380-3001 or email email@example.com. Visit their website Powercross.org for a glimpse of just how Power Cross nourishes these young men in body, mind, and soul, and how you and your family can become involved!
The mother-daughter duo of Dina and Brooke Haugstatter couldn’t be happier owning and managing The Perfect Dress boutique as a team. Their shared goal is to help every customer feel beautiful and conﬁdent, and to know they’ve played a part in helping them ﬁnd the perfect outﬁt for something special.
“It’s important for me that every girl, no matter her size or shape, feels beautiful in her dress,” says Dina. “I take pride in treating everyone equally and making sure every girl knows she matters!”
Dina found her niche here in Lake Norman in 2019 while taking her teenage girls shopping for prom dresses. But before that, she gained experience opening her ﬁrst bridal store in New Jersey in 1991 at the age of 24, working for Liz Claiborne in Manhattan, and then venturing out on her own. Her daughter, Brooke, has always had a strong interest in fashion as well, and even as a young girl, was constantly looking for new ways to style her clothes. At age 18, Brooke began Unfazed Clothing Co, a boutique focused on helping girls feel conﬁdent in their fashion choices, and “unfazed” by the opinions of others.
When Dina realized the need in the area for a prom dress boutique, she remembered her own time spent shopping with her daughters. “My experience at several diﬀerent places was not pleasant, and I thought it should be! This is a milestone in our child’s life, and it should be a memorable time for both mother and daughter,” she adds.
Dina and Brooke started their ﬁrst pop-up prom boutique in January 2020 – not the best timing due to the pandemic – and reopened again in 2021 to assist girls who needed prom dresses that year. While operating their second pop-up in 2021, the duo began hearing requests for special occasion dresses, and their expansion soon included bridal, cocktail dresses, homecoming dresses, and evening wear. By September 2021, the two opened their dream store in a permanent –and perfect – location.
You’ll ﬁnd The Perfect Dress boutique in the historic Merino Mill, a building that exudes the romantic charm that suits their inventory and clientele.
“When I was in my last location I was chatting with a customer about ﬁnding a location, and
she told me about The Merino Mill,” explains Dina. “I took one look and fell in love with the location, especially the building’s history and character. Since the majority of our business is prom – and prom girls will travel hours to ﬁnd their perfect dress – I felt it was important to have incredible atmosphere.”
When you’re shopping at The Perfect Dress, your stylist knows the merchandise well, along with what styles work best on certain body types and skin tones. While the boutique is no longer going to focus on bridal, they do carry stylish options for mothers of the bride and groom, in styles and colors that can be special ordered.
“I suggest to moms that they, too, need to give themselves time – ideally ﬁve or six months – so they can order something they love and have time for alterations,” says Dina. Do she and Brooke have any advice for mothers and daughters shopping together? Be openminded and enjoy every moment!
From proms and homecomings, to special occasion and quinceañeras, the boutique is stocked with the latest styles from wellknown designers. Plan a visit to The Perfect Dress at 500 S. Main Street, Suite #116, in Mooresville, 704-978-9928, or visit them online at Theperfectdressnc.com. Boutique hours are Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday noon – 5:00 p.m.
The fresh air and daylight will help all avoid feeling down. Even if it is only for a few minutes, the sunshine can help you feel refreshed. Whether it is taking one’s dog for a short walk, or going for a long run a work, make the time to get outdoors during the winter months. If this is not possible, there are light bulbs that emit a certain wavelength that mimic the vitamin D in sunlight, one can use periodically.
Now that the COVID-19 pandemic is somewhat behind us, we need to reconnect socially with others. Socializing with friends and family via the phone, or in person, can boost one’s spirits. Since the pandemic required all to quarantine, this new ability to socialize can help us feel connected and not isolated.
Ofen dubbed the “winter blues,” seasonal aﬀective disorder or (SAD) is a real form of depression. Seasonal aﬀective disorder symptoms can start in fall and last until spring. As the days get shorter and colder, the lack of sunlight can leave one feeling melancholy, with low energy. Those aﬀected can experience a wide variety of symptoms from minor changes in eating and sleep habits, as well as a powerful desire to isolate themselves away from others.
Such symptoms can be extremely troubling, stressful and can impair daily function. SAD has been linked to a speciﬁc biochemical imbalance in the brain due to shorter daylight hours, along with less sunlight in winter
months. In addition to feeling sad due to the changes of daylight, all of us are still coping with the isolation and devastation that the COVID-19 outbreak inﬂicted. Luckily, this year the outbreaks are on the decline, yet many still struggle with these “winter blues.”
What activities can one do if they are feeling sad during the winter months? While professional help is encouraged for those who believe they may be suﬀering from seasonal aﬀective disorder, there are a few other things one can curb gloomy feelings. It is vital to note that it is recommended to continue to do these activities throughout the entire year to boost mental health.
Living an active lifestyle, complete with set exercise routines, can help maintain a strong balance between one’s moods and energy. It is important to get up and move daily, either through taking a walk through the neighborhood, or attending an exercise class. Physical exercise is crucial. Another beneﬁt from exercising is that it regulates sleep patterns.
Since SAD is due to a hormonal imbalance, it is vital for those suﬀering from this to monitor what they put into their bodies. A healthy diet will boost one’s mood, as well as give one more energy. Since carbohydrates ofen leave one feeling tired, it is important that everyone monitor their craving for carbohydrates, such as pasta and potatoes, and opt for fresh fruit and vegetables instead.
The most important tip for tackling SAD is to talk to someone about what one is feeling. Being able to attend counseling, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy can help all cope with the crippling symptoms that coincide with this disorder. If not suﬀering from SAD, yet still feeling depressed during the winter months, one can also cope through talking with friends or family about what they are experiencing.
There is magic in the making as we countdown to Monday, March 20th for the 2023 “Women on the Move Leadership Conference ‘’ hosted by Forsyth Woman Magazines. We hope you will join us for the second year of bringing our monthly “Women on the Move” column to life in conference form. “Women on the Move” has highlighted the incredible accomplishments of women in our community since Forsyth Woman’s inception 16 years ago!
This year’s full day event is made possible with the generosity of our presenting sponsor, Renewal Med Spa at Salem Plastic Surgery, and will bring together our community’s incredible women who are ready to learn and grow both personally and professionally. Attendees can expect to take part in an inspiring and empowering event at the gorgeous Winmock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run surrounded by hosts, speakers, sponsors, and attendees who are ready to show up for each other and themselves.
Forsyth Woman has brought together a group of powerhouse ladies from our community—from those in business, to owners and entrepreneurs, for a day full of impactful presentations, networking, shopping, food & drinks, and much more.
“photography by MEGAN BLACK PHOTOGRAPHY
Forsyth Woman is thrilled to be hosting this conference again this year! We feel it perfectly aligns with our mission of celebrating women,” said Brooke Eagle, Publisher of Forsyth Woman Magazine. “Seeing this conference bring our column to life was so amazing last year! The empowerment, love, support, kindness, and good vibes that were felt throughout the entire day were absolutely beautiful. I was honored by the feedback we received from attendees for literally weeks aferward and can’t wait to serve the women in our community again this year!”
If you attended the inaugural conference last year, then you got a taste of what a delicious event this is, but trust us…2023 is going to be taking it up a notch!
This event has been created for women of all ages and all walks of life. Attendees do not need to be a business owner or in any speciﬁc niche for this event to make an impact! Brooke shared that, “Each and every one of our speakers were strategically and thoughtfully chosen to ensure every woman gets so much out of this experience! We want you to come as you are and know you are exactly where you need to be!”
The Women on the Move Leadership Conference is going to kick your week oﬀ right when you arrive on Monday morning to a room ﬁlled with women as hungry for a purposeful and passion-ﬁlled life as you are. Be Kind Coﬀee will be ready to greet you with your morning caﬀeine ﬁx so you can jump into the day!
Local vendors will be joining throughout the day for photo ops, an afernoon cocktail hour featuring Thirsty Buﬀalo and of course, in true Forsyth Magazines fashion, opportunities to shop and support local retail businesses!
Lunch will be catered and oﬀer a plethora of snacks and beverages to give you energy throughout the day. Attendees can look forward to receiving swag bags ﬁlled with products and special discounts from all sorts of local businesses as well as the chance to win one of several door prizes announced throughout the day.
This isn’t a sit in your seat and take notes kind of conference! In between our standout speaker presentations, there will be opportunities for community building with two of our 2022 speakers, Jordan Gomez of the Body Conﬁdent Blueprint and Taryn Jerez of One Crafy Miss; leading us in an intentional group networking activity to get attendees more deeply connected.
Whether you come with a group or decide to venture alone, there is a room of women ready to welcome you. The Women on the Move Leadership Conference is the experience you’ve been waiting for, and it won’t be the same without you! Forysth Woman has every expectation that tickets will sell out before the event date; therefore, it’s highly encouraged to register and get your ticket in advance. To keep up with all the latest conference announcements and behind the scenes looks, be sure to follow @ForsythMags on Facebook and Instagram pages as the event gets closer!
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THIS YEAR’S LOCAL LEADERS SHARING THE STAGE
If I asked you what you “should” do to stay healthy in your later years, you would probably say: eat right, stay active, exercise, manage my weight and my health, moderate or eliminate habits like smoking and consuming alcohol. And you would be right. We’ve heard this advice for a very long time, even if we sometimes struggle to heed it. Well, now you can add one more element to the prescription: stay young at heart. It’s not a big surprise, right? We know folks who have clocked some years and still have a spring in their step, a smile on their face and an enthusiasm that doesn’t quit. They’re not high on drugs. They’re high on life. They are also “onto something.”
The Harvard Health letter recently reported that older people who felt three or more years younger than their chronological age had a lower death rate than those who felt their age or older. Another study reported that those with a positive outlook about their future and their ability to function eﬀectively lived the longest. Those who regarded aging as “no big deal” were able to “climb stairs, do housework, work fulltime, go out socially, and do other activities associated with younger people.” These folks lived 7.5 years longer than those with less positive ideas about aging.
Here’s what I love about this: How we choose to think about getting older is on us. And when we choose to think in more positive ways, that shows up in our actions and, studies suggest, our longevity. Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Ronald D. Siegel explains that, “Feeling younger or older itself seems to have an eﬀect on our health… when people see themselves as old, they’re more likely to abandon physical challenges which feel diﬃcult, such as, ‘I don’t think I should ski any more, I’m an old man.’ When people feel younger psychologically, even if physical exercise is challenging, they’re more likely to pursue it… if we feel old, we’re likely to treat food with an ‘I won’t live much longer, I might as well enjoy this’ attitude which could lead us to eat unhealthfully. If we feel young, we may have more of a future-orientation that will lead us to eat with future health in mind.”
I don’t need more proof that staying young at heart begins with cultivating a younger state of mind. Here’s a great place to start:
MONITOR YOUR THOUGHTS AND MIND YOUR WORDS. If you ﬁnd yourself frequently thinking about and talking about the past, shif gears.
Come back to the present moment and look for the good in the here and now. Or think about something in the near future that you are looking forward to.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF. It doesn’t matter how, but it’s important that you don’t allow yourself to get stuck in a rut of repetition. Try something that’s new, diﬀerent, and maybe even outside of your comfort zone. Take a baby step in this direction and, well, who knows?
FOCUS ON SOMETHING MEANINGFUL. After retirement, people who retire ofen focus initially on pleasure and excitement because now they are free! But that wanes and is replaced with a desire for more meaning and purpose. Consider volunteering, starting a long-term project, or even becoming the gardener you always dreamed of.
SET A FEW GOALS. If you feel aimless and have nothing to work toward, it is unlikely that you’ll feel young at heart or high on life. We all need something that stimulates and challenges us. And when we make progress, the sense of accomplishment is its own reward.
(Easy & Healthy) 6-INGREDIENT BANANA
Fluffy, easy to make, and the best way to start your productive morning!
• 1 cup Rolled Oats
• 1 tsp. Baking Powder
• 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
• 1 large Egg
• 1 Banana, ripe
• 1-2 tbsp. Walnuts, crushed
• 2-3 tbsp. Chocolate Chips (Optional)
• 2-3 tbsp. Hot Water
1. Heat up griddle. Brush with a little olive oil to grease.
2. Pulse all ingredients, except the chocolate chips and walnuts, in a food processor or blender until a smooth batter. (If using a bigblender, pulse the oatmeal first until a flour-like texture.)
3. Adjust batter texture to desired consistency, adding more water to thin it out or more flour to make it thicker.
4. Fold in the chocolate chips and crushed walnuts.
5. Cook the pancakes on the hot griddle, using 1/4 cup batter per pancake. Flip once you see bubbles, then cook an additional 1 minutes (both sides should be golden). Enjoy warm with fresh blueberries, sliced bananas, crushed walnuts, and maple syrup!
For more achievable dessert ideas to healthy dinners that’ll happily feed the family and everything in between follow Lauren online @brightmomentco and discover her blog abrightmoment.com
(Georgian Cheese Bread)
It’s a great appetizer (or even breakfast) as you dip the outer edges into the runny yolk and cheesy inside!
FOR THE DOUGH
• 1 cup + 2 tbsp. Warm Water
• 2 1/4 tsp. Active Dry Yeast
• 2 tsp. Granulated Cane Sugar
• 3 tbsp. Olive Oil
• 4 cups Flour
• 1 tsp. Salt
FOR THE CHEESE FILLING
• 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella
• 8 oz. Feta Cheese, finely crumbled, about 1 cup
• 1 cup Grated Parmesan
• 1 tbsp. Fresh Dill, finely chopped
• Sesame Seeds
• Fresh Herbs, for garnishing
• Butter, for serving
1. In a small bowl, whisk the yeast, warm water, and sugar together. Set aside at room temperature for 10 minutes to activate.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the ﬂour and salt.
3. Add the activated yeast and olive oil into the ﬂour bowl. Using the knead attachment, knead the dough on medium speed for 5 minutes. Add a tablespoon of water as needed until a smooth and pliable dough.
4. Cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap to rest for 20 minutes.
5. Knead the dough 4-5 more minutes. Dough should be smooth and pliable. Cover and rest in a warm environment (like oven with light on) for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
6. Divide the dough into 4-6 pieces. Roll each piece into a tight ball. Place on a pan and cover to rest for 15 minutes. Make the cheese ﬁlling in the meantime.
1. Mix the shredded mozzarella, ﬁnely crumbled feta cheese, grated parmesan, and freshly chopped dill together. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Set aside.
1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line 1-2 baking sheet pans with parchment paper.
2. Roll out each risen dough ball to 9-10” circles or ovals.
3. Add two small rows of cheese on the sides of the rolled out circles, then fold the outer edges of the dough over to seal (like stuﬀed cheese bread). Twist both ends together to create a boat-like shape. See video at www. abrightmoment.com for visual instructions.
4. Repeat with remaining dough pieces, then transfer to the prepared pans.
5. Fill the dough boats with the remaining cheese. Let rise at room temperature for 10 minutes.
6. Brush with an egg wash and sprinkle the edges with sesame seeds.
7. Bake for 15-16 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through.
8. Remove from the oven, create a little well in the center of each boat, then add an egg yolk and a little egg white inside.
9. Bake for another 3-4 minutes, until yolk is set but still runny. Serve warm with fresh herbs and butter. Season with salt and black pepper. Enjoy!
Imagine a creamy alfredo sauce meets lemon chicken piccata—simple, elegant, and oh so favorful! The tender, panseared chicken absorbs the creamy lemon sauce as it simmers for a satisfying dinner ready in less than 20 minutes.
FOR THE CHICKEN
• 2 large Chicken Breasts, about 1-1.5 lbs.
• 1/2 cup Flour
• 1 tsp. Italian Herb Seasoning
• 1/2 tsp. Salt
• 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
• 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
• 2-3 Garlic Cloves, minced or crushed
• 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
• 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
• 1/2 cup Whole Milk
• 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
• 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
• 1/4 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
• Lemon, sliced
• Pasta or Mashed Potatoes, for serving
1. Slice the chicken breasts in half lengthwise for thinner cutlets.
2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the olive oil to heat up for 1 minute.
3. In the meantime, mix the ﬂour, dried herbs, salt, and black pepper.
4. Dredge each chicken cutlet through the ﬂour mixture, then add into the hot skillet.
5. Sear each side for 4-5 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.
6. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
1. In the same skillet, add the remaining olive oil and minced garlic cloves.
2. Stir until the garlic is fragrant and slightly brown, about 1-2 minutes.
3. Add in the chicken broth, milk, and heavy cream. Stir to combine.
4. Finally, mix in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and parsley. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
5. Add the chicken back into the skillet to simmer for 4-6 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened a bit.
6. Serve warm with lemon slices and pasta or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!
A boutique ﬁtness studio that focuses on lifing and toning your whole body in just 50 minutes! With over 600+ studios worldwide, being awarded franchise of the year is a huge accomplishment and honor! Come see what they are all about at the barre!
When Dena Hall relocated from Florida to the Lake Norman area in 2019 to be closer to her children, continuing to enjoy the hobby she knew best was only natural: Sewing. But this time around, it has become more of a career!
From the age of six, when her greatgrandmother lovingly began sharing her quilting scraps and gently teaching her some basic sewing skills, Dena had found a passion. She learned to craf pretty doll clothes, then turned to making her own clothes. Once she became a parent, and a stay-at-home-mom for over 18 years, Dena naturally sewed enviable outﬁts for her children, and the most amazing Halloween costumes in the neighborhood! When she runs into old friends and they ask what she’s doing now—she proudly tells them she’s still sewing—and they always respond with “of course you are!” (Those costumes have not been forgotten!)
Now, Dena Hall Sews has proven to be a much-needed resource in the Denver and Lake Norman areas, and Dena has become known as the master of complicated alterations and sewing repairs with a quick turnaround for women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing alike.
Her ﬂair for meticulous detail and creativity is unmistakable! As a college student, Dena worked for a ﬁne men’s clothing shop, and trained with their tailor and seamstress—so she’s also comfortable with alterations to men’s jackets and suits, which can ofen be a challenge.
Her lifelong love of sewing also includes expertise in quilting and embroidery work, and she ofen works closely with interior designers to create custom cushions or pillows for their clients. She can also hem or lengthen draperies and other window treatments.
Thrilled to add the ﬁnishing touch to special moments, Dena also specializes in ﬁtting and tailoring for prom dresses, bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ attire, and dresses for mothers of the bride and groom. She recently worked her magic on her own daughter’s wedding gown—a beautiful sleeveless mermaid style with a sweetheart neckline that ﬁt the bride to perfection—once her talented mom had taken in the waistline and did a little hemming of the skirt!
And when it comes to creative costumes, here’s her all-time favorite project.
“We purchased 20 pairs of blue jeans from Goodwill, and I took that pile of denim and created the iconic Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake denim outﬁts for a client… just in time for a Halloween party!” she tells. “I fashioned her gown, and his jacket and hat.” A true masterpiece!
For the ﬁnest alterations or tailoring around (delivered in a timely manner and always with a smile!), or if you’re entertaining a unique costume idea for a dance recital or other special occasion, let Dena make it happen! You can reach Dena Hall Sews at 704-591-6353.
448 Pilch Road in Troutman.
Drive through more than four million lights while listening to Christmas music, and when you’re ﬁnished, be sure to stop inside and meet Santa and his baby kangaroos! We’ll have s’mores, hot chocolate, carousel rides, train rides and so much more!
Guaranteed to be a night ﬁlled with magic and Christmas joy for the whole family.
14523 Carowinds Boulevard in Charlotte.
Celebrate the holiday season at Carowinds with holiday light displays replete with millions of shimmering lights, ice skating, family activities, live entertainment, holiday-inspired comfort food and beverages, and select attractions. Find the perfect present at specialty holiday gif shops, play holiday-themed games, and catch the season’s festive live entertainment. Embrace the season with holiday music from crooning carolers and ﬁnd joy in Christmas activities and holiday attractions for the entire family. Help children write letters to Santa and watch their eyes grow as thousands of glimmering holiday lights appear during the Carowinds’ Christmas tree lighting, one of the largest in the area. Afer an evening of FUN, get caught up in the merry procession of the WinterFest Wonderland Parade, a nightly Christmas parade with lavishly decorated ﬂoats, festive music and performers. NOW
Charlotte Motor Speedway.
6:00 PM TO 10:00 PM
One of the Southeast’s largest and most anticipated holiday traditions, Speedway Christmas presented by Continental Tire and Tire Pros features four million lights strewn across a remarkable four-mile course, with hundreds of creative displays and lights synchronized to Christmas-themed music. The show is rain or shine and also features synchronized lights to music on 101.3 FM.
12 N Ashe Ave, Newton, NC 28658.
1753 Triangle Circle Denver, NC 28037.
6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM
Primal Brewery, 16432 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville.
No fee is required, and no weekly commitment is required. Beginners are welcome, and players of all levels may participate! Feel free to come with friends or alone! 704.947.2920
Road in Cornelius. Free to play with a winner in every round. Groove the night away! Amazing prizes and great music. WEDNESDAY
7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM
THURSDAYS 9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM
11138-C Treynorth Drive in Cornelius.
Dates and details subject to change, please connect with event host for the most up-todate information.
7:00 PM TO 8:00 PM
Test your smarts with our weekly general trivia! Bring all of your smartest friends, some snacks and we will provide the beer! Multiple rounds that are always changing, so you’ll need to keep your wits about ya! Top three teams win gif cards plus bragging rights!
19601 Liverpool Pkwy in Cornelius.
6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM
Get here early, because it’s ﬁrst come, ﬁrst serve, and we promise we will ﬁll up fast! Come on out, and enjoy our drink specials all night long.
442 South Main Street in Davidson.
8:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
The Davidson Farmers Market is a producer-only, year-round Market featuring more than 35 farmers and local producers from within a 100-mile radius. The market is a lively gathering place for meeting friends and for learning about food, agriculture and nutrition. Growers and producers are on hand to answer your questions, from “How was this grown?” to questions about how to prepare and preserve all types of foods. The market oﬀers locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses produced by sustainable or organic methods, when possible. Other agriculturally based products such as breads, eggs, honey, ﬂowers and soaps are also oﬀered. And prepared foods, pastas and ready-to-eat foods, too!
WELCOME HOME VETERAN LIVING MILITARY MUSEUM AT RICHARD’S COFFEE SHOP: MUSIC
165 N. Main Street Mooresville, NC 28115.
9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
On Saturdays we have a Music Jam session, where anyone is welcome to come in and either play or have a cup of coﬀee, or just enjoy the music!
Lake Norman State Park, 759 State Park Drive in Troutman.
10:00 AM TO 4:00 PM
Join the Tarheel Trailblazers for a mountain bike ride on New Year’s Day! All you need to bring is your bike and water. There will be three group rides for diﬀerent skill levels.
Lake Norman Yacht Club, 297 Yacht Road in Mooresville.
This annual event is the best way to kick oﬀ the New Year! Racing is pursuit style, or “staggered start,” which means no crowded start lines. Depending on the weather, we will either break for lunch onshore between the two races, or knock out both races, then head to the Clubhouse for excellent homemade soups—with a side of crusty breads. Lunch is $2/person. (No inﬂation here!) Not racing? Join us for lunch anyway—especially if you bring a soup!
Mooresville Public Library, 304 South Main Street in Mooresville.
Do you have a delicious recipe to share? Email your recipe any time between January 1-31 to Ssciarretta@mooresvillenc.gov. All contributors receive a charming cookbook and are entered into a drawing to win a cutting board. Questions? Call the library at 704.664.2927.
Phenix Salon Suites in Mooresville.
11:00 AM TO 6:00 PM
TLU Athletic recovery is now oﬀering discounted mini sessions for localized cryotherapy and Normatec compression therapy. Pain management, athletic recovery, cryo slimming and toning, mood and energy boost, and more. TLUrecovery.com for more information or to schedule.
7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM
Soul Wellness, 500 South Main Street, Suite 113 in Mooresville.
Come join us as Michael Anthony leads everyone into a safe space where we gather round, sipping a nourishing herbal blend of tea and share our own unique wisdom while also receiving wisdom.
Dates and details subject to change, please connect with event host for the most up-todate information.
Huntersville Recreation Center, 11836 Verhoeﬀ Drive in Huntersville.
EXPLORE: Beginner Guitar Workshops is a four-week course hosted by Dear Soul Music Co. sponsored by ASC Culture Blocks, a community partnership funded by Mecklenburg County. In this free course, adults ages 18+ are invited to explore and deepen their guitar playing in a group environment with instruction by Breedlove Guitars endorsed artist, Arsena, and acoustic guitarist, Nathan Storey. For participants that do not own a guitar, 10 guitars are available on reserve at no cost to ensure accessibility. This course provides foundational lessons and exercises while playing in a group setting.
304 South Main Street in Mooresville.
Join us at the Mooresville Public Library each Friday in January for chair yoga!
CAIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS GRAND OPENING
FEATURING AN EVENING WITH RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY
Cain Center for the Arts.
STARTING JAN 11 WEDNESDAY NIGHTS
Renée Elise Goldsberry is an actress and singer who has delivered award-winning performances both on Broadway and the screen. Best known for her role as Angelica Schuyler in the musical phenomenon HAMILTON, which received rave reviews across the board and has become a cultural touchstone for the ages. Renée’s performance earned her a Tony Award, Grammy Award, Drama Desk Award and Lucille Lortel Award. Coming up, Renee can be seen starring in Tina Fey’s new series for Peacock, GIRLS5EVA. Each ticket purchase includes fully catered station style dinner, open bar, keepsake item and admission to performance.
Lake Forest Church, 2204 St. James Church Road.
DivorceCare is a divorce recovery support group where you can ﬁnd help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce. DivorceCare’s life-changing support groups welcome people and guide them on the path of recovery afer separation or divorce. Over 1 million people have found comfort and hope through this 13-week, video-based series.
7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM
9:00 AM TO 10:30 AM
Join us for breakfast and conversation on building value in your business and tax savings strategies for 2023! Hosted by Williamson Wealth and sponsored by ActionCOACH Lake Norman.
J.M. Alexander Middle School, 12010 Hambright Road in Huntersville.
A part of NC FTC robotics competition tournament events - hosted by Queen City Robotics Alliance and its member teams. Join us to watch students in grades 7 - 12 compete in the fun but challenging robotics competition.
Cain Center for the Arts.
“Forever Young” follows one unforgettable group of friends as they discover the greatest hits of all time! Set in a musicﬁlled suburban basement, this unbelievable heartfelt true story is guaranteed to take you back to the ﬁrst time you pushed play, tuned in and set the needle down. Featuring songs by Billy Joel, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Huey Lewis & The News, Styx, Queen, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Brooks & Dunn, The Black Crows, Bon Jovi and many more, this multi-award-winning production is jam-packed with powerhouse vocals, dynamite choreography and one sensational true story that is guaranteed to make you feel…FOREVER YOUNG.
DOORS OPEN AT 12:30 PM SHOW STARTS AT 2:00 PM
Statesville Civic Center, 300 South Center Street in Statesville.
Quilted MQA Logo from Martha Ginn’s album quilt, “This is My Story, This is My Song,” 1994, 84” x 100”.
10130 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 200 in Charlotte.
Carolina’s 1st Choice Agency has partnered with soles4souls.org to collect used shoes/ clothes. We collect monthly and can even pick up your items from your oﬃce/home or you can swing by our oﬃce at 10130 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 200 in Charlotte. Let’s empower people and pay it forward. For more info Contact Christian at 704.701.5972.
614 Brawley School Road in Mooresville.
Girls Who Code (GWC) is a nonproﬁt organization that is dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology and computer science, but this program isn’t just for girls. We encourage anyone in grades 6-12 who is interested in coding to join us in this program that will feature supportive peers and role models using computer science to change the world. *Registration required. This program will be held at our West Branch location at 614 Brawley School Road. Questions? Call the library at 704-664-2927.
Denver United Methodist Church.
6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM
Denver United Methodist Church is oﬀering GriefShare support group for anyone who has lost a loved one. Held at the Denver United Methodist Church Chapel, 3910 North Highway 16 Business in Denver, NC. Register on the GriefShare website: griefshare.org/groups/158244.
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If you are looking for a fun night out with the perfect blend of laughter and learning about the history of the city, then you’ve found it! Bring your own beer and wine as we tour cool, hip neighborhoods with a comedian as your host. Whether you are visiting or a local, you’ll enjoy exploring the city on this unique and hilarious 90-minute bus tour. Laugh and learn with us on your next date night, girl’s night out, entertaining guests or just to kick start a night on the town. We also do private tours!
WE’RE IN THE MIDST OF SNAKE HIBERNATION SEASON HERE IN NORTH CAROLINA, WHICH IS GREAT. ONE LESS THING TO WORRY ABOUT. WHILE I HATE FINDING BUGS IN THE HOUSE, AT LEAST I HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM MYSELF. THAT’S NOT THE CASE WITH SNAKES.
Last summer I was walking through a hallway in the house when I noticed one of my young kids spraying a garden hose into the house through a window. I shouted for him to stop and he told me that he was, “Just trying to spray the snake.”
I walked outside to see what was going on and my four-year-old explained the situation to me. They’d been playing in the driveway and he had to pee, so he walked over to pee on the side of our house (his story checked out so far). Before he started peeing, a snake poked its head out of the siding and my son decided to ﬁnd somewhere else to go to the bathroom (my wife and I would prefer a toilet inside). The spot where they’d claimed to see the snake had a ball next to it that they said they kicked toward the snake.
“Are you sure you saw a snake,” I asked. “What color was it? How would it get up in the siding of the house? Was it maybe that black garden hose that’s in the corner?” I asked them several skeptical questions.
“There it is,” my seven-year-old pointed over my shoulder. When I turned around I saw about four feet of snake hanging out of the side of my house. As I stood there it slithered back up into the siding.
Okay, so they did see a snake.
I walked into the house and breathed a sigh of relief as I didn’t see it in my living room. I opened my computer and Googled something like “snake removal” and found a guy with a list of ﬁve-star reviews. He answered afer a couple of rings, and we had a friendly chat. I asked about snakes, and he told me about mice.
I suspected he’d been at a barbecue for most of the day that Sunday. And my suspicion was correct: he could come out Monday afernoon at the earliest.
Next, I called the friendly construction manager who helped build our home and has had to endure with his incredible patience all kinds of oddball questions, and he assured me that the snake “probably” wouldn’t get into the house even though it was in the siding.
The night passed with us in our beds, the snake in the siding and all of us hoping it would stay that way. My middle-of-thenight wake-up to get water would have been a lot less exciting if I hadn’t seen a black sock on the ﬂoor.
In the morning, the snake was still hanging out of the siding and the kids were back playing in the driveway. I called the snake removal guy back and he wasn’t sure what I was talking about
at ﬁrst, but once we sorted out that I didn’t have a bat problem, he agreed to come out before lunch.
So we waited in the driveway, the snake watching us and us watching the snake. About ﬁve minutes before the snake guy arrived, the snake climbed all the way up into the siding of the house so we couldn’t see it anymore.
When the snake guy arrived, we told him the snake had just gone back up in the siding. So he walked over, laid on the ground, and jammed his arm up into the siding. I got my phone out to take a video, but he couldn’t feel any snakes. So we walked through the house with him occasionally shining a ﬂashlight around but not ﬁnding anything. When he looked in my tiny workshop in our basement he nodded his head and said, “Oh yeah, if you ever get a snake in the house, it’ll deﬁnitely be in this room.” Great.
Just then my kid shouted down the stairs that the snake was back, so we ran upstairs and the snake guy reached into the siding and pulled out about a sixfoot-long black snake and barehanded it into a Lowes bucket. Then he showed my kids the other critters in the back of his truck: a baby hedgehog and a family of baby squirrels. He said he’d drop them all oﬀ down the road, and asked if we had any neighbors we didn’t like. Fortunately we’re good friends with all of our neighbors, so I requested that he wait until the far, far end of the road to let them all go.