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April 2014

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INSIDE… Teen Drinking & Prom Just Don’t Mix Explore Chicagoland Calendar of Events I Forgot Wished I Hadn’t Said It Fashion on the Fox

CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR WORLD!


Mom, you are a source of shinning light, keep shinning bright! I love you for eternity! Karla

Beverly J. Schuler Born:06/20/1949 Eternal Life: 03/14/2014


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Our&Vision I have always been about Positive Mental Attitude, and with that, ANYONE can OVERCOME ANYTHING! Your MIND is a POWERFUL TOOL! I feel that we as a team need to inspire the next generation of success stories waiting to happen by sharing our own! With hard work, passion and the right attitude, anything is possible! It's easy to give up and hard to push forward. When anything went wrong in my life, my mom would say you have 5 minutes to feel sorry for yourself and then move on, only you can make the changes you want to see in life. This seemed really harsh, but as I grew, I understood it more and more and now find myself saying the same thing to my daughter.


Life is not always easy or fair, but it is with a Positive Mental Attitude that will change the end result hard work and passion too!

So I ask that you share your story about your personal success. How you started and one of your fondest memories, one of your most heart-felt memories and if you would be willing to share the moment when you were ready to give up, and what made you push forward, what was that inspiration? We all have these stories, but it is not shared enough, which is why I am publishing this magazine. If you are viewing this publication online, you can click on any website or Facebook link and you will be directed to that page.

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Tracy Lynn and Brian are both seniors and just finished having their pictures taken by family and friends. It's prom night. They are attempting to leave the house and the flashing cameras in order to make it to dinner on time. Brian made the reservations weeks ago in one of the fancy restaurants in town. They are both excited about going out together and don't want to be late. Both teens laugh and joke about their parents' drawn out speeches about drinking and driving, and looking out for the "other guy." How many more times would they have to hear the same boring story over and over again?

Tracy Lynn is a straight "A" honor student, as is Brian, who received an impressive scholarship for college. They were also chosen as homecoming king and queen last fall at school. Their futures are bright and promising as they leave to enjoy the evening, only they won't be coming home tonight, or any other night. Even though they listened to the repeated speeches and didn't drink the night of the prom, someone else did. Tracy Lynn and Brian lost their lives on the eve of their last high school dance. One of Brian's good friends drove the car that would take them all to the dance after dinner. The friend also just happened to be the "other guy." The school and community are in shock, and the families are grief-stricken. The drunken driver of the car will live, but he may never walk again. His companion is in a coma with inevitable brain damage. The drunken driver said he just took a few little swigs of booze that he had found stashed under his father's car seat. He will have to live with the knowledge that not only will he never walk or play football again, but he will have to live knowing that his two friends died because of his irresponsible behavior.

Thousands of young people lose their lives each year to drinking and driving accidents. We, as parents and teachers, try hard to warn kids about the horrors of driving drunk; but we're also being accused of too much preaching about drug use and booze. Some parents themselves have alcohol and drug habits and how often do children imitate their parents? M. A. D. D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), states on its Illinois website that in 2012 alcohol use by people age 12 to 20 was 28.10% or 462,000. Binge drinking, which is defined as five or more drinks at the same occasion within a few hours, was 19.40% or 319,000 for the same age group. The Illinois site also stated that drunk driving fatalities for all age groups in 2012 was 321 or 34% of all traffic deaths. This was an increase of 15% over the previous year.

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So what is a parent to do? Talking and preaching has never kept the lid on, so to speak. Should parents give up drinking and smoking? That probably would not have saved the lives of Tracy Lynn and Brian. After all, Brian and Tracy Lynn were not drinking. What can be done? In some small communities, parents have decided to hold prom night dinners at their homes. Many schools and PTO organizations are reserving luxury busses to take the kids to and from the dance. They are also holding “after prom� festivities at the school to give the kids a safe place to hang out for the weekend. The parents feel that this might take away the temptation of drinking, and that kids will respect their parents' wishes not to drive drunk.

Some parents even have designated drivers take the kids to and from the prom. But what are the

responsibilities of these young men and women? They are no longer small children, are they? After all, as soon as they graduate from high school, they may be going to college, or helping dad in the family business. And so, we keep looking for the answers we may never have. In the weeks to come, girls will be donning their lovely prom dresses and waiting anxiously for their handsome young escorts to give them flowers, a great dinner and a ride to the prom. And before they leave the house, Mom or Dad will insist on taking pictures while the lovely couple holds hands, and they proudly snap away for their photo albums. They will smile and wish the kids a fun and joyous evening. Mom and Dad also preach to be careful and pray that these pictures will not just be memories, and that these great looking kids will not be added to the latest statistics.

Rachel


Things to do in April/May... Latino film festival

April 3 - 17, 2014 Chicago locations See films from Latin America, Brazil, Spain and Portugal during the Chicago Latino Film Festival at AMC Loews Theatres 600 and venue partners throughout Chicagoland. Easter egg hunts

April 11 - 19, 2014 Chicago locations Find Easter egg hunts at city parks by clicking on a date on the Chicago Park District Calendar.

Brunch at Brookfield Zoo

April 12, 13, 19, 20, 2014 Breakfast with the Bunny is an all-you-can-eat buffet and a visit with the Easter bunny at Brookfield Zoo. The gourmet Easter Champagne Brunch is April 20. Wine & Wildlife

April 24, 2014 (6 to 8 p.m.) See ornate box turtles, meadow jumping mice, and smooth green snakes that the Lincoln Park Zoo is returning to prairies and grasslands at Prairie Pioneers. Cash bar and light hors Antiques fair

April 24 - 27, 2014 Find fine art, antiques, and jewelry from 100 top dealers at the International Antiques Fair at the Merchandise Mart. Opening night party Wed. Cost. Home show in Wheaton

April 26 - 27, 2014 Find renovation help at The DuPage County Home Improvement & Landscaping Expo at DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton. Cost. Japanese children’s festival

May 17 - 18, 2014 Learn about children’s celebrations in Japan at Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival. Listen to koto harps and shakuhachi flutes, hear folktales, and watch a tea ceremony at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Free except parking. Fashion show

May 2, 2014 Fashion 2014 presents designs by 300 students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago at Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade. Cost.

Easter at Lincoln Park Zoo

April 19, 2014 Eat treats with the Easter bunny, hunt for eggs, visit animals, ride the train & carousel (in dry weather) at the Easter EggStravaganza at Lincoln Park Zoo. (Click “Register” on the bottom of their page.) Tattoo convention

April 18 - 20, 2014 Immersed In Ink Tattoo & Arts Festival is at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Repeats in Sept. Cost

Easter at the garden

April 20, 2014 Enjoy a festive Easter Egg Brunch and bring a basket for the Easter egg hunt at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Tickets available in mid-February.

Wine tasting

April 24, 2014 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.) Sample 40 wines plus hors d’oeuvres on the Spring Wine Stroll in shops at Lincoln Square and Ravenswood. Repeats in Nov. Cost. Comic and Entertainment Expo

April 25 - 27, 2014 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is a convention for fans of comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and pop culture at McCormick Place. Cost. Party at the nature museum

April 29, 2014 (6 to 9 p.m.) See all the exhibits, join a trivia contest, and visit the bar during Nature on Tap for teens and adults at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Cost. Irish festival

May 23 - 26, 2014 Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest offers music, theater, storytelling, dancing, and family entertainment on six stages in Oak Forest. Cost.

Memorial Day Parade

May 24, 2014 A wreath laying ceremony is 11 a.m. at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza. The Memorial Day Parade at noon has high-school marching bands, drum and bugle corps, veterans’ groups, and active duty mili-


Vintage fashion sale

May 2 - 4, 2014 Shop for vintage clothing, jewelry, and fashion from 75 vendors at Modern Vintage Chicago in Randolph Street Market. May 2 evening only. Repeats Oct. Cost. Cinco de Mayo

May 2 - 4, 2014 Cinco de Mayo Festival features live music, authentic foods, arts and crafts, and activities for families on W 26th St. at Kostner. Free. St. Charles art show

May 24 - 25, 2014 St. Charles Fine Art Show is billed as an awardwinning show by 100 juried artists with live music in downtown St. Charles. Free.

Baconfest

April 25 - 26, 2014 Chicago’s best chefs serve bacon dishes and drinks for lunch and dinner at Baconfest Chicago in UIC Forum. This event sells out early. Cost.

Bicycle along the lake

May 25, 2014 ide your bike up to 15 miles each way on Lake Shore Drive when it shuts down for five hours during Bike the Drive. Enter at S Columbus Dr. and Jackson downtown. Register early. Cost.

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Things to do in April/May Continued...

Mother’s Day Brunch - Art Institute

May 11, 2014 Enjoy a brunch buffet at Terzo Piano or a relaxed a la carte brunch at the Museum Cafe in the Art Institute of Chicago. Reservations advised.

Mother’s Day Brunch - Brookfield Zoo

May 11, 2014 Make a reservation for a champagne Mother’s Day Brunch at the Brookfield Zoo at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m

Children’s kite festival

May 3, 2014 Kids can fly free paper kites, run around outdoors, get their faces painted, and do crafts at Chicago Kids and Kites Festival on Cricket Hill near N Lake Shore Dr. & Montrose. Free.

Millennium Art Festival

May 30 - June 1, 2014 The Millennium Art Festival features artwork, food from local restaurants, and live easy-listening music on Lake Street at Michigan Avenue. Free.

Division Street festival

May 30 - June 1, 2014 Do Division Street Fest & Sidewalk Sale has rousing live music, a sidewalk sale, a fashion show, and a family fun fest (Sat. & Sun.) on Division Street between Damen and Leavitt. Donation.

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Japanese flower arranging

May 3 - 4, 2014 A Weekend in the Path of Flowers is an exhibition of ikebana flower arranging taught by the Ikenobo School, with demonstrations twice daily at Garfield Park Conservatory. Free.

Elmhurst Art in the Park

May 3 - 4, 2014 Elmhurst Art in the Park is a juried show of fine art, craft, and design, held rain or shine at Wilder Park in Elmhurst. Free.

Deerfield art festival

May 31 - June 1, 2014 Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts has arts & crafts, food, music, kids’ area at Deerfield Rd. & Park Ave. Free.

Healthy living expo

May 30 - June 1, 2014 Whole Life Expo [website has sound] offers speakers, workshops, and vendors for remaking your life at the Schaumburg convention center. Cost.

Stages, Sights & Sounds

May 6 - 24, 2014 Chicago locations Stages, Sights & Sounds is a global performance festival that appeals to families, with original work from Europe and Canada. Chicago Humanities Festival is a similar event for adults in

New Orleans festival

May 31 - June 1, 2014 Chicago’s New Orleans Festival features a variety of music (zydeco, jazz, blues and Dixieland bands), arts & crafts, Southern cuisine, craft beer, and wine in West Lakeview at Lincoln Ave. & Addison. Donation.


Taylor Matos April 2013 My parents play a huge role in my journey. I am very blessed to have them in my life. They gave me confidence by simply believing in me, they always sat down and listened to me” Taylor went on to explain that they would tell her what she did right and what she was doing wrong, gave her tips and were very supportive. They are a big part of the reason she is where she is today. "I am so blessed to have them in my life, they have given me so much to be hopeful for!" Taylor has a little sister, who is 8 years old and a little brother, who is 11. Her little

sister is following in her

footsteps and

really looks up to her. 14 years old and already a role model! "My little sister is supportive in her own way and tries to be just like me." Taylor also said "My little brother is very excited for me even though he doesn't really show it. I did see how supportive he was when he encouraged his friends to vote for me on Windy City Live Search For A Star." "This is what I want to do, I feel very comfortable on stage" Taylor went on to say that "This is a balance, I had to maintain my school activities and grades, which was a lot. I do balance it all and come out with the end result which is great!" Read more at : http://issuu.com/ididitmagazine/docs/ i_did_it_magazine_taylor_matos_cover_april_ 2013

Victor Pacini May 2013 It seems as though Victor has had the perfect life, a gorgeous wife, Brenda, three beautiful children: Mimmi, Angelo and Luca. A loving family. You can feel the radiation of contentment by his magnificent voice while on stage you instantly know that he must have had all the opportunities afforded in life with no problems. So very, very wrong! Victor will and does tell you in his book, “Winning Within”. All of his life lessons made him the person he is today. Victor not only sings, he is a visionary entertainer inspiring young and old to believe in themselves. Victor has a special gift relating to children due to his own personal experiences and freely talks about them in his books and in front of an audience. The first time that you meet and hear Victor sing, there is a very special aura surrounding him, perhaps his Mother who passed away at the young age of 59, or maybe his sister who was murdered by her husband in a violent domestic dispute and left two little girls behind in 2001. Victor held a benefit for his sister’s children for several years to secure their college education. Then his Sister, Michele pulled Victor aside and told him that the girls were just fine financially, and she did not feel good about taking money from people any longer. Victor agreed and decided the proceeds should go to a foundation that supports battered women. He then turned the event over to WINGS. An event which I personally attend. Victor quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The desire of gold is not for gold, it is for the means of freedom and benefit.” Yes, it was for the benefit of Victor and the rest of his family to overcome the death of Renee’ by helping others. Or maybe because he has been able to overcome all of the adversities through his life. He has been able to overcome and forgive his father as well as the person that abused him. There is a beauty and calmness within him.

Read more at : http://issuu.com/ididitmagazine/ docs/2_i_did_it_magazine_may_2013_victor


Jojo Sayson June 2013 He began his journey with no riches but only $170 in his pocket and child-like confidence that God will lead him. He has sought the American dream and has since then become the world’s first Filipino Doctor of Manual Physical Therapy, a business man, a renowned educator, a scientist for NASA Human Research Program at the University of California, San Diego, philanthropist, and international motivational speaker to name some of his countless pursuits . Jojo believes that each one has the capacity to become a “Jack of all Trades” but add to this a “master” of all. The secret he teaches his gratitude to the unseen Almighty and the unfaltering belief that he has the power to choose to harness this Incredible power. This is the crux of his motivational seminars. Jojo’s talk centers on step-by-step plans that can change the lives of his audience if they will follow his plan. He excites but he also conveys real knowledge and a course of action. Sayson calls his motivational talk Human Factors in Motivation with an Introduction to Empowerment, and he has presented it to the Philippine Coast Guard and Air Force, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in the Philippines (TESDA), CEO’s of large companies, the clergy, the Miss Illinois Contestants and many other distinguished groups as well as countless schools and other organizations. He has also combined this instruction with his exercise principles and techniques to help train many beauty queens of the Miss Illinois/ Miss America Organization, figure and bikini competitors and body builders of the North America Natural Bodybuilding Federation (NANBF).

Sayson says that the key to benefitting from a motivational talk is to be open to the possibilities of life. ”Most people want a comfortable life and they don't want to move out and leave their comfort zone,” he stated. “We know how much money is coming in, and how much is going out, and we don't want that disturbed. If you ask people to go to the edge, they would not and be afraid to do so. They will say ‘I cant do it’, and give you all kinds of excuses. But remember, sometimes if you step off the edge, you wont fall—you will actually fly.” Read more at : http://issuu.com/ididitmagazine/ docs/3_i_did_it_magazine_jojo_sayson_jun

Shooting Star Studios July 2013 The focus at Shooting Star Studios is working with models and getting them tear sheets! Karla and Jerry work really hard to make sure every detail is taken care of. When a model goes on a casting call, audition, go-see, etc, it is not only important for the model to be prepared, but they have to be able to show their work. A client and a photographer would rather work with an experienced model. The reason for this is that the client spends a lot of money to get the project that they vision and the photographer is paid to make this happen. If a model has experience, this makes the project run smoothly. Time is Money! What models need to keep in mind is that sometimes the shoot is all about the MODEL and sometimes the shoot is all about the PRODUCT, they model just makes it look good! A good model makes this vision come to life because they can tell a story with their eyes and body. A vision comes together… Thomas H.P. Jerusalem (Jerry) owner of A-Moment-In-Time.com Photography and Karla A. Sitko former owner of Claudia’s Closet teamed up over the past year creating THE V! and building confidence in young ladies through modeling. It’s every girls dream to be a model, but where do they begin? Jerry has been offering coached photo shoots out of his home studio in Naperville. “It is an amazing transformation when you watch Jerry working with the girls, he truly has a girt” Karla said

With passion, anything you dream can come true! And of course a lot of HARD WORK! 6 girls from St. Charles have been published in VOGUE ITALA websise with GLOBAL EXPOSURE. Some of the girls have been published more than once!

Read more at : http://issuu.com/ididitmagazine/ docs/4_i_did_it_magazine_july_2013_shoot


Helen Grace Caldwell August 2013 Being a Financial Advisor is a 24/7 job that gives Helen the flexibility to work on many projects, including modeling and producing a movie. Most jobs are 9-5, Monday through Friday which does not work with a models schedule, let alone everything else on Helen’s plate. Helen is able to make time to do the things she wants to do and then make up the time during the 24 hours in a day to accommodate her clients needs. “Being in a Male dominated career is not easy! “ Helen sets GOALS and PUSHES herself to achieve them. She has hit some rough spots along the way, but she always has a picture of what she wants to do and likes being successful. She doesn’t like to fail. There are times she thinks she is failing because she is so hard on herself. “You have to know your goals. “You have to have confidence, which a lot of people do not and their thought process is different which causes them not to be focused” It is very important to volunteer and give back to the community. “Volunteering is a good thing to do, it not only makes you feel good, it’s fun and it’s exposure. When you volunteer, you build your self confidence, because you are doing a selfless act that is benefiting someone else, there is no better feeling”.

“SOMEONE WHO HELPS SOMEONE BUILDS CONFIDENCE ABOUT THEMSELVES “Helen says, “YOU GET A LOT MORE FROM GIVING THEN RECEIVING” “We seem to live in a world where kids are in an entitlement mode and this has to be removed. We cannot receive all of the time” Helen said “It is very important for them to accomplish things on their own, this builds confidence.”

Read more at : http://issuu.com/ididitmagazine/ docs/5_i_did_it_august_2013_helen_grace_

Jenny McCarthy September 2013 Jenny McCarthy hosted a red carpet event that drew other celebrities for the charity fundraiser. Donnie Wahlberg, singer with New Kids on the Block and Jenny’s official boyfriend, Jay Cutler, of the Chicago Bears, and wife Kristin (Cavallari) Cutler, Windy City Live co-host Ryan Chiaverini, Chicago Blackhawks hockey player Patric Sharp and wife Abby Sharp, Eric Ferguson of Eric & Kathy on WTMX “The Mix”, and many more! She also said that her son, Evan now knows what a community is and not just from TV. With that comment, we hope to see more of Jenny and Hollywood Events like this in St. Charles, the hype still continues. There was a lot of excitement going on that night! Jenny and Donnie Wahlberg made their first official appearance as a couple! Danced on the dance floor as though no one was watching, they seemed to escape into each others arms, extremely romantic. Read more at : http:// issuu.com/ ididitmagazine/ docs/6_i_did_it_magazine_jenny_mccarthy_


Christine Welch The Coffeecake Connection October 2013 Wisdom, discernment, trust - there are going to be times that you make mistakes, but you will learn from them. Try not to keep your thoughts negative, keep positive! You’re going to make mistakes, sadly we always have the negative voice that is louder than our positive voice. You have to try and push the negative off your shoulder. I am not going to listen to you today, be gone!

I start my day off and say “Today someone is going to buy a coffee cake, they don’t know why, but they just all of a sudden have a craving.” Strange enough, it just happens! By putting positive vibes out there, positive vibes attract more positive vibes! Mission Statement

The Coffeecake Connection Company’s focus and purpose is to provide a positive, lasting experience that deepens our client’s most important connections— personal or professional. We continuously strive to provide our clients with the highest quality products and services that exceed and delight our customers’ expectations.

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Grant Weiss November 2013 Multi-award winning cinematographer and director, Grant Weiss, founded See You Downtown in 2009 with the desire to bring increasing awareness and traffic to the small, one of a kind businesses in and around our downtown areas. Since 2009, See You Downtown.com has been fusing the two most powerful promotional tools today- The power of skillfully made video and the incredible power of social media platforms. In early 2011 Grant Weiss grew the team to incorporate several other industry professionals that are well respected in their fields. Business, social media, marketing and production industries are at the core of SeeYouDowntown.com. We began early to solidify a team that will take SeeYouDowntown.com and its clients to the world. “You have to take chances” Grant Said. He sees his future road map like this: “I will be directing feature films that will help a lot of people and make a difference in peoples lives, this is why I got into the film business!” Grant started working on this project in 2008 and it is coming together now! Life is a work progress, stick to your goals and passions, and you will see your dreams and visions come true, just be patient. Never give up, no matter what bumps you hit along the way!

Read more at : http://issuu.com/ididitmagazine/docs/ i_did_it_november_2013_mag_cloud_gr


Art in Motion December 2013 The models play a big part in the inspiration.

Margaret and Michelle sketch out a design and get to work on the model(s). Watching this come to life is absolutely amazing! I spent about 6 hours with

Margaret, Michelle, models Claudine and Carley watching this transformation of models to moveable art. Using the body as a canvas is very interesting,

your focus is not the body itself, but the beautiful work of art. This was the first time that Margaret

and Michelle used two models to create once piece

of art, as you can see, the two bodies came together side by side seamlessly. Follow your dreams and your passion because

anything is possible! When you have a passion for what you do, you will never work a day in your life! Margaret explained “When you are painting a human canvas, you have to remember they do get tired, hungry and have to use the restroom, I have to remember this, because I get into a groove and forget they are human.” “And they have to move too, otherwise they will pass out.” She continued

“Human canvases create 3D and 4D Live Art.. When you see the art come to life, you forget it’s on a body. “

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Madison Rae Goes to Hollywood January 2014 Madison has already filmed as a featured extra for Chicago PD. Shooting Star Modeling and Talent in St. Charles works with Bill Marinella who casts for Chicago PD. Madison came to the casting, met Bill and mentioned to him that she met him at her showcase in Hollywood. The next thing we knew, Madison was CASTED! Madison said “ IT WAS AWESOME.”

“My mom encouraged me to do my first school play in the 6 th grade and I am very thankful that she did because if I didn’t do that then I might have never decided this is what I wanted to do. I also think that all the bullies and kids who told me I couldn’t do it made me want to prove them wrong even more.” “I try very very hard to not have regrets because when you do then you can’t keep your eyes open and see the opportunity’s right in front of you. I think I regret not standing up for myself and what I want and believe in sooner. I always was the girl who when someone said ‘you can’t make it’ I’d just sit there. Now a days I KNOW for a fact I can and I am making it so why not prove it to people and make them listen?” Said Madison. Read more at : http://issuu.com/ididitmagazine/docs/ i_did_it_january_2014_991575c29272a9


Shon Ed February 2014

Beverly Schuler March 2014

Passion is key to success, “I live, sleep, dream this”. Shon has a lot more coming up, but in this industry there are just some things you cannot talk about until they come out. He has been in 15 independent films, 2 SAG, multiple TV Series, 9 Commercials and counting! As his acting career took off, Shon quit his job and made acting his full time career. “I cannot stress enough that to the people that want to get involved in this industry, you have to put in your time, meaning that you will and should do some volunteer work, it’s exposure and that’s how you get casted in bigger roles”.

Brushes with death make you stronger and make you have a completely different outlook on life. If you are not living your life to the fullest, you need to make the changes! You are in control of your future, and your destiny! As time has gone by my mo m has been in and out of the hospital and is strong enough to prove the doctors wrong.

Part of what makes Shon the person he is, is his training in Martial Arts, “It teaches you selfcontrol, two wrongs don’t make a right” said Shon. “I was born with a good heart and I like to see people happy. If I can help one person, then I have done my job”.

In October 2009, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, of all months, breast cancer awareness month! Cancer does not run in our family, so we were all very surprised. She had an amazing outlook! Most people would think that their lives were o ver hearing that horrible “C” word! Not my mo m! She said I am going to beat this! With that attitude, she did! I’m not saying she breezed through it, but she would not let it get the better of her. During all of the treatment, she would say “I do NOT have cancer”. She was not willing to give into it.

Shon has been in 15 independent films, 2 SAG, multiple TV Series, 9 Commercials and counting!

We held our breath until that 5 year mark, this past October. We were so happy that it didn’t come back! She kicked cancer’s a**! Even though it caused more damage to her heart.

There have been some bumps in the road, Shon said “I steer away from any type of trouble and drama”. Three months into acting, Shon thought about giving up, but then thought “If I stop now, then I allowed this person to stop me and I am NOT going to let anyone destroy my dream. So I had a pep talk with myself and got through it the same day. I had to get rid of the negative thoughts.” This speaks volumes about Shon as a person, his determination and his character!

Saturday, February 22 n d 2014, we were given the most horrific news, the breast cancer has metastasized in her bones, her neck, her entire spine, her hips, and her pelvis. She still had the attitude that I can beat this, even thought bone cancer is not curable.

Read more at : http://issuu.com/ididitmagazine/docs/ i_did_it_feb_2014_shon_ed

Mom, you are a source of shinning light, keep shinning bright! - Karla

I was lucky enough to share the hard copy proof of this edition with my mom before she passed away March 14, 2014. She is the strongest person I know, my best friend and my mentor! Thank you for everything mom! I am the person I am because of you!

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I FO R G O T I am getting old, or so I'm told, because when I'm told something I forget. But I take it all in stride and it's amazing to know that I'm not alone. I can think of dozens of people who are forgetful and don't remember everything they're told. Does it matter all that much if from time to time we become a little absentminded? Is this just an old people thing or do we just assume that since so many blame it on their age? I tend to think, no, because there are plenty of young people who are just as forgetful about things right after they're told something. I personally know people of all ages that experience this phenomenon. Whether you call it being absentminded or brain overload, I think most of us experience a “senior” moment from time to time. The difference seems to be that when it happens to someone that is aging, it

is senility or forgetfulness, but when the person is young it’s because too much has been downloaded upstairs. Whatever label we put on it, the bottom line is that our brains can only handle so much. I have problems remembering names and phone numbers, especially newer ones. Some refer to this as a case of “some-timers” where sometimes you remember and sometimes you don't. There are moments when I can't remember where I put my eye glasses only to discover they’ve been perched on top of my head. And I’m sure everyone can relate to the missing keys which have been lying right where I left them, if only I could remember where. I also struggle with appointments and have to make phone calls to check the time, twice, just in case I forget. Thank goodness some places are calling a day or two in advance to remind me of an appointment. Half the time I can't remember where I parked the car and spend an hour looking for it clicking my key in hopes the alarm button works. I have panicked to the point where someone has stopped to ask if I am lost. When I answer that I can’t find my car, he or she asks where I parked. If only I knew that, I wouldn’t be wondering around aimlessly in the first place! More often I have to write down dates, names and places and later can't remember where I put the piece of paper I wrote it on. Sure, age is getting the best of me; however, I do manage to remember a good winter sale when advertised or when the kids need grandma to babysit. So, fortunately I’m not a lost cause and the reality is that some things are better to forget. There are actually times I wish could be forgotten, such as when our cat caught a mouse and proudly brought her trophy upstairs showing off the catch of the day. When taxes are due and I've had a crappy experience it's best to forget. I consider this selective memory. Selective memory comes in handy for some people like Uncle Jack, who borrowed a couple hundred dollars and claimed he already paid you back or claims he can't


remember borrowing the money in the first place. In fact he's also forgotten where you live even though he practically grew up at your house. So, I guess we all have moments when we might choose to have a selective memory and only admit to the things we want to remember. I've also heard this referred to as temporary amnesia which can be convenient in certain situations. Others refuse to admit they have a problem remembering and become insulted when reminded of things. Maybe then, it is best to let them forget, unless it is vital to their health and well-being. I think the biggest reason we all become absentminded is because life is so packed with event after event that we really do overload our brains. When I begin feeling overwhelmed with too many things on my mind, I try to clear my head and start fresh. That is if I can remember why I stopped to clear my head in the first place. Oh well, if I can't remember, I might as well forget it!

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Family feuds have started over stupid disagreements between families and because neither would give an inch it escalates into an all-out war. There are families who haven't spoken in years because of something that happened twenty years ago. What was the feud? Chances are they may not even remember what caused the rift. You know when couples get into arguments they throw insults at each other and an hour later most can't remember what really started the fight. Maybe that's a blessing because if we remember every fight or disagreement we would never make up. As grown-ups we want to set a good example for our children. Most kids will have an argument about something so childish they usually get over it fairly quickly. I've seen parents getting into fights with another children's parent and never speak another word to each other, whereas kids will fight one minute and giggle and play the next. Maybe grownups should take a lesson from their kids. If you have a disagreement, get over it, get over your pride and be friends once again.

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