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January / February

2015

IN FLU E N C E 6 Ways to Wear a Scarf .................................................14 FASHION & STYLE

Taking Stock in Sparkle.................................................16 LIVING WELL

It's More Than Skin Deep .............................................18 HEALTH & WELLNESS

Feminine Strength .......................................................26 FASHION EDITORIAL

Make a Family Fitness Resolution .................................32 HEALTH & WELLNESS

Time for a Makeover: A Fresh Start in the Kitchen .........34 LIVING WELL

Destination Makeover .................................................36 TRAVEL

FEATURES

5 Tips for Moving on After Divorce ..............................38 HEALTH & WELLNESS

THE ULTIMATE MAKEOVER ..................................10 Chose your own life theme

PUTTING YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD ...........22 The when, where, and how of your makeup routine

Have the Third Plate ...................................................45 IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Daily Greens to the Rescue ..........................................48 IN THEIR OWN WORDS

THE POWER OF PAIN .............................................40 Focusing pain in the right direction

IN N E T WO R K

5 LESSONS LEARNED TO INVIGORATE YOUR LIFE ...................................................................42

People You Should Know ........................................12, 30

Fill your 2015 with more joy and less stress

IN S O C I E T Y InFluential Presents Peace, Love & Happiness ..............52 Winter Events Calendar ..............................................54


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

D R . C O L B Y E VA N S , M D Evans Dermatology | www.evans-dermatology.com Dr. Colby Evans, MD practices dermatology in Austin, Texas. He completed his medical degree and residency in dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He then furthered his study with a Clinical Fellowship at the St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, an internationally acclaimed institution in London, England. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

J O A N N A H AT H C O C K Makeup Artist | www.joannahathcock.com Joanna Hathcock is an accomplished makeup artist based in Dallas and, more recently, Austin. She has been beautifying faces professionally since 2002, having lent her eye and skill to a diverse range of magazines, fashion shows, advertisements, catalogs, and private clients. Her passion for makeup emerged naturally from her background studies in skin care (she’s a licensed esthetician), art and photography, and her long career as a fashion model.

J A N E T M C C U L L A R Trial Attorney | Law Office of Janet McCullar, P.C. www.jmccullarlaw.com Janet is a nationally-respected trial attorney board certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was also selected to be a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an organization of the nation’s top divorce attorneys. Janet is a frequent author and speaker on divorce and custody issues. Away from the office, Janet, a wife and mother of three children, has a passion for physical fitness, reading, the arts, traveling, and community service. In the recent years, Janet has enjoyed learning to sail.

L E S L I E M O N T OYA Life Coach & Emmy Award Winning TV Host | Univision www.univisionaustin.univision.com Leslie Montoya is the host and producer of Univision 62’s morning show “Despierta Austin” (Wake up Austin). Recently, Leslie was nominated for and was the recipient of an Emmy from the National Academy of Television & sciences Lone Star Emmy Awards. Leslie is in the process of acquiring a certificate as a life coach at the Robbins-Madanes institute. This would allow her to positively motivate and inform the Hispanic community with the use of the communication platforms.

S H A N E W H I T E H E A D Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Work It Personal Training | www.workittraining.com. Shane is originally from Pennsylvania and joined Work It in early 2010. Shane graduated with a degree in Kinesiology from James Madison University where he worked as an intern with athletes in the strength and conditioning program. Shane was also named Strength and Conditioning Intern of the Year in 2009 at James Madison University. Shane is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).

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ell, here we are, my InFluentials, together

the best dang go of it we can muster. I know I’m going to

again at the start of a new year. Now, to be

do just that. Now, that doesn’t mean that I won’t spend a

honest, my year was busy, full of fun, and rife

day or two binging on TV shows on Netflix (whom I thank

with work. But, it wasn’t the most exciting

wholeheartedly for the Gilmore Girls and Orange is the New

year I’ve had. No major events. No crazy

Black binges). I can’t say I won’t lounge around playing

adventures. But, then again, no major drama. All in all, say

Candy Crush on a random weekend night because I just

that makes for a great year! Sure, I didn’t win the lottery, but

don’t feel like putting on pants. I can’t say I won’t spend

also there were no skinned knees. What about you? Did

way too long in the bathtub reading a random novel that I

anything make your 2014 fantastic? Not so fantastic? Or

just can’t put down. But, I can say that I will throw a bit of

just a year of not so living dangerously like mine?

adventure in the mix. I hope you do the same thing. I mean,

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us InFluentials have to get out there. How else will others But, having a relatively uneventful year isn’t bad. It’s just not

know how special and InFluential we are?

much to write about. But, being an InFluential, sometimes we must make something to write about! And, in 2015, I

So, welcome to the new year. Let’s make it fabulous one.

sure hope all of you will join me in creating, constructing,

And, if you’re feeling a little bored, lazy, or just unexcited,

and living out a year to remember. This time next year, let’s

look to us to give you a boost in the fun direction. I plan on

see if we can’t fill the first issue of InFluential of 2016 with

doing just that. You should join me.

all our exploits. Or I hope you will take a minute by the end of the year to stop and read about mine! As my first New Year’s Resolution, I plan to make 2015 a rip-roaring, sassy pants, do something new kind of a year! I hope you, too, will do the same! Happy New Year! So, I vote right now that we take a little advice from the

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FEATURE

T H E U LT I M AT E M A K E O V E R WRITTEN BY B R A D K E N N I N G T O N, L M F T, L P C

S

omeone once wrote “Home is where your

heard? Maybe you found yourself taking on the “hero”

story begins.” Our homes, our families of

or “rescuer” roles, overachieving and saving others from

origin, are where our stories begin, where

themselves.

the themes that shape our lives, for better

“scapegoat,” the one who wasn’t afraid to bring attention

or worse, first find their way into our own

to all that was seemingly wrong with the family drama by

personal narratives.

What kind of beginning was your

Then again, maybe you were more of the

acting out in dangerous and self-destructive ways.

story? And how does your story continue today? There are no right or wrong or good or bad answers to

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What were the original themes you first encountered? Did

these questions. Instead, the answers to these questions

you learn trust and safety early on? Or maybe you became

can help us understand where we have been so we know

too familiar too quickly with loss and betrayal. Were your

where it is we most need to go. As any student of history

needs met more than not or was there a constant fear

will tell you, it often repeats itself. But revisiting our own

there would never be enough? And what role did you play

story, recognizing its themes and understanding our part in

in your original story? Were you the one who strived to

the unfolding drama, can serve as a compass to help guide

keep the peace, making sure everyone was happy, or the

us through the relationships we choose for ourselves as

one that rocked the boat, making waves and not really

adults. So, even if our early histories knew more pain than

caring what others thought so long as your voice was

pleasure, we are not necessarily programmed to repeat

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story lines. But the choice is ours.

your story, to go where you want to go, to experience the ultimate makeover, than you.

In our families we observed and experienced what intimacy looks and feels like for the first time. The relationships we had with our parents and caretakers, and the one we observed between them, help mold us into who we are today, teaching us how to engage or disengage from others, even from ourselves. Families are unique relational systems, ever evolving and intensely emotional with the ability to leave their mark on our psyches for a long time. Our families of origin are powerful teachers whose lessons can leave us scarred and wounded or strong and wise. None of us chose the families we were born or adopted into, but we do choose what we do with what we learned about ourselves and relationships from our earliest experiences. BRAD KENNINGTON

Think back to your own family. Did you experience the

LMFT, LPC

freedom to pursue and develop your own identity, to

Therapist & Author | Brad Kennington & Associates

be who you wanted to be?

Or were the boundaries in

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your home more rigid and the culture more controlling, leaving you with the message “Be quiet and be who the family wants you to be.” Maybe you grew up in a home environment that helped you develop a strong sense of

Brad Kennington, LMFT, LPC is a

self. Or maybe your environment was scary and hurtful

therapist in private practice at Brad

and one you just tried to survive — and did!

Kennington & Associates. He provides therapy

to

individuals,

couples

and

Our earliest experiences, in some sense, become part

families and focuses on disordered eating,

of our “psychological DNA.”

But unlike the biological

anxiety, grief & loss and relationship

strands that dictate our physical makeup, we can shift our

issues. Because of his expertise with

“psychological DNA” in a way that allows us to edit out the

eating disorders and relationship issues,

parts of our stories we don’t want to repeat and expand

Brad has been interviewed by satellite

on those we want to explore. As an adult, we have the

radio and has been quoted by Huffington

advantage of looking back so we can see forward. We

Post. Brad is a board member of the

can take what we learned from our family (e.g., the value

National

of hard work, giving back to our community, and faith)

Eating Disorders, a clinical fellow with

and remove those that now get in our way (e.g., taking

the American Association for Marriage

responsibility for someone else’s behavior, blaming others

and Family Therapy and is the president

for our issues, or being too scared to risk being ourselves).

of Austin Eating Disorder Specialists.

You no longer have to be held captive to the content of

To contact Brad, you can reach him at

yesterday’s story, doomed to replicate roles and old plots.

bradleykennington@gmail.com.

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for

Males

with

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D AV I D Y E O M A N S METEOROLOGIST | KXAN NEWS | AUSTIN, TX WHO HE IS:

The weekend evening and weekday noon

meteorologist on KXAN (NBC) Austin. A relative newcomer to the world of TV weather, Yeomans is humbled by the vast experience and talent of his coworkers. He never takes himself too seriously and always tries to remember that it’s okay to laugh at himself when he makes a mistake. THE

MOST

THRILLING

METEOROLOGIST:

ASPECT

OF

BEING

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There is plenty of adrenaline during

breaking severe weather events. Tornadoes, hail and floods that put lives and property in danger reminds Yeomans of the importance of being part of a team that people turn to when bad weather threatens. During calm weather there’s no adrenaline, but you can always find something interesting happening in the sky above you. IMPORTANCE OF GIVING BACK: A television station is only as valuable as the community that props them up. Yeomans is lucky to work for a station that is constantly trying to make Central Texas a better place via multiple philanthropic efforts. Personally, emceeing the Big Brothers Big Sisters gala this year was an incredible honor as attendees donated over $500,000 to help children reach their full potential. ON THE HORIZON FOR 2015: Television contracts are finite, so Yeomans is unsure where he’ll land during the coming year. He’s excited by the world of possibilities the future holds… but it would be hard to top the friendly faces, beautiful outdoors, and interesting weather he finds in his hometown — Austin, Texas.

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K AT H L E E N KENNEY LUCENTE F O U N D E R & P R E S I D E N T | R E D FA N C O M M U N I C AT I O N | A U S T I N , T X WHO SHE IS: A former journalist, Kathleen made a mark as one of the first women to write about breakthroughs in the high tech industry. It wasn’t long until PR firms sought her because of her uncanny ability to transform complex ideas into something tangible and interesting to diverse audiences with different capacities for technology. Kathleen became well-versed in public relations by working at some of the top PR firms, serving as the director of corporate marketing and communications for JPMorgan Chase Asia Pacific and later as the president and founder of her own boutique public relations firm, Red Fan Communications. WHY SHE’S EFFECTIVE IN PR STRATEGIES: Kathleen and the Red Fan team take a different approach to public relations. Instead of solely focusing on media coverage, they seek to understand the whole picture of a company. By gathering this information, Kathleen and her team can provide thoughtful suggestions that complement the company’s business model to best communicate their story. Acting as an extension to their clients’ executive teams, Red Fan leads the brand’s communications efforts. Instead of throwing darts at the wall, Red Fan maps to business goals, crafting the right message to the appropriate audiences with measurable results. EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP:

Since the public relations

industry is fast-paced and time intensive, Kathleen expects her employees to fully engage with their clients and think proactively. Kathleen aims to build an environment that fosters creativity and collaboration, allowing clients to step into a space that helps them think differently about their brand. DEFINING SUCCESS: While there are many types of success, Kathleen’s view is seeing a happy staff, interacting with smart and creative clients, day in and day out. Her proudest moments are when the Red Fan team score points on the board for their clients. Outside of the office, Kathleen takes pride in being a role model for her son and daughter and spending time with her husband trying new foods and wine in Austin. IN FLUENTIAL 13


IN F L U E N C E : f a s h i o n & s t y l e

6 WAY S T O W E A R

A SCARF

WRITTEN BY K E L S I T R I N I D A D

esides a warm winter coat and polar bear repellent, a scarf is a gentleman’s best defense against the elements. But, a

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scarf can be so much more than just frostbite protection. The right scarf knotted the right way can add boatloads of charm and personality to your look—a great consolation during those frigid, unforgiving months of winter (or any windy, rainy, or chilly night). We’ve put together six of our favorite scarf knotting methods to illustrate the classic options a man should consider when bundling up.

THE CITY SLICKER

THE SOPHISTICATE

THE IVY LEAGUER

When out and about in the crisp city

This scarf style is the perfect balance between

Look like a regular Harvard man with this

air, this classic knot is a no-nonsense

put together and laid-back. Drape the scarf

elegant and studious scarf style. The Ivy

choice that keeps your scarf neat and

around your neck leaving one end shorter

Leaguer can go from very formal to a

stylish with no fuss. Simply fold the

than the other. Wrap the longer end loosely

casual day look depending on the outfit

scarf in half length-wise and wrap it

around your neck once or, if you would like

and scarf itself. There are two variations:

around your neck, pulling the loose

a more bundled look, wrap it around twice

the scarf draped over the blazer (like

ends through the loop that was created

with both ends lying in the front. Allowing

step 1) or tucked under the lapel (like

by the fold. The City Slicker knot

one end to be slightly longer than the other

step 3). This style can be worn with

instantly adds a clean, put-together

gives a more natural and spontaneous look,

an opera scarf over a tuxedo or with a

shape to your outfit, whether that be

but the length can be adjusted to your

blazer and sweater.

a cozy sweater and chinos or a dapper

preference. The Sophisticate style can be

suit.

paired with anything from a winter coat to a T-shirt and cardigan. Everyguyed.com calls this look the Once Around.

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THE CONNOISSEUR Because The Connoisseur is reminiscent of an ascot, it is perfect for a man who enjoys the finer things in life. To create The Connoisseur, lay the scarf around your neck so both ends are even in the front. Bring one end over and under the other like a single knot. Drape the front end over the back and adjust length to your liking. This style can be worn loose (like step 4), but also looks great when tucked into a blazer or a v-neck sweater. The Connoisseur gives a refined air to your everyday garb.

THE JET SETTER Adopting this classic scarf style will give an effortless feel to your outfit. First, drape the scarf around your neck with one end shorter than the other. Next, wrap the longer end of the scarf across the front of your neck and let it hang over your opposite shoulder. If the scarf is extra-long, wrap it around your neck once before placing it behind your shoulder. The Jet Setter will have you looking like a globetrotter in no time.

THE WEEKENDER Like its name suggests, The Weekender is a more casual scarf knot that looks both contemporary and nonchalant. Start with one end in the front, close to your neck, and wrap the long end around your neck until it is short. Tuck both ends into the wrapped scarf and fluff out for preferred volume.

As you can see, wearing a scarf is a great way to accessorize

For additional details visit The Gentle Manual ~ A Handbook for

your style. Now that you know to tie these 6 classic scarf

Gentlemen & Scoundrels.

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TA K I N G S T O C K

IN SPARKLE WRITTEN BY L I N D S E Y J. W I E S E

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rom a first set of tiny solitaires for newly pierced ears, family heirlooms passed down between generations, to a surprise engagement ring; it is said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. However, when a woman reaches a certain level of taste and means, she’s able to select her own set of sparkly friends and curate a personal collection of fine jewelry reflective of her own individual tastes.

InFluential Magazine tapped Milton Doolittle, owner of Austin’s

Milton Doolittle:

own Benold’s Jewelers, to engage a trusted source on how to get

accordingly. It is better to [start with] one piece of fine jewelry

started. We’re not talking Valentine’s Day gifts from boyfriends

that is timeless and functional for your lifestyle. Through personal

or pearls inherited from Grandma, these are tips for selecting

experience, I have learned to begin with the basics. The core pieces

pieces meant for the modern independent woman…hello, left-

of any collection will be timeless and the most wearable. Start with

hand ring bling!

your diamond solitaire stud earrings, solitaire necklace, bracelet or

Consider your lifestyle & career and buy

cuff, pearl stud earrings, delicate gold necklace, or hoop earrings. InFluential Magazine: If a lady is looking to begin building her fine jewelry collection, what are the first steps to consider?

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InFluential: Can you recommend some example diamond solitaire

MD: Jewelry tells a story and holds a memory. A woman can wear

stud earrings, left-hand rings & necklaces? What characteristics

a pair of earrings with a white t-shirt & jeans and feel wonderful

would you suggest?

because the piece of jewelry reminds her of the experience. It is the ultimate accessory that lasts a lifetime. So many tech/luxury goods have a usable lifespan and degrade beyond repair.

InFluential: Of all the core pieces which one has the most “makeover” appeal?

MD: diamond solitaire earrings

What’s your favorite to see a woman buy herself?

I would have to say earrings are transformative and my

favorite to sell because they frame the face and are easy to put on. But really any piece of jewelry is my favorite!

MD: One of the best things about diamond solitaire earrings is the ability to upgrade them every year. Our store offers a tradein policy allowing you to increase the size & quality every year. You can start with a budget of $300 for a 1/4 CTW pair and have a beautiful and sparkly pair to wear daily. We recommend the near colorless range of G through J and SI1/SI2 for clarity with a very good cut for maximum sparkle.

I love to recommend thin gem-studded rings as an alternative Bezel Solitaire Necklace $463

choice for the right/left hand. I also love stacking rings. In my opinion, stacks are the new black! You can express individuality

InFluential: What are the fresh trends in the fine jewelry category

and style while remaining professional.

that are new & exciting for 2015?

gem-studded rings There are so many choices for a simple, delicate diamond necklace but I like to recommend a simple bezel set solitaire necklace. It is so classic and it quickly becomes a top favorite.

14K white gold diamond bar necklace .25 CTW $963

InFluential: What makes fine jewelry a great starter investment

MD: I see the strong use of rose gold in fashion and bridal. I

into the luxury goods category?

am anticipating the continuing trend of geometric shapes in

Why not go with a couture

handbag, shoes, or a timepiece first?

necklaces, earrings and rings, and yellow gold with colored stones, too.

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IT'S MORE THAN SKIN DEEP WRITTEN BY D R. C O L B Y E V A N S, M D

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rom serious medical issues to an inconvenient pimple, we all face challenges with our skin that can make life more challenging. It can sometimes be hard to know what requires medical care, what can be improved but does not have to be treated, and what to just live with gracefully. Our current media environment - which is both full of images of physical perfection as well as direct-to-consumer

pharmaceutical advertising - doesn’t make this any easier. Use this start to the new year as a time to take a fresh look at the way you care for your skin since the effects of its appearance are often more than skin deep.

Sun damage, wrinkles, and sunspots affect most of us

While there are treatments for these cosmetic effects

by a certain age, especially if you had a lot of sun as a

of the sun, including laser resurfacing, chemical peels,

child or pursue work or hobbies that keep you outdoors.

and Retin-A, it is important to assess how much they

Wearing a hat and sunscreen (SPF 30+) can help keep

bother you to decide how much money, time, and risk

these from getting worse but will not reverse the previous

you want to invest in treatment. No procedure will make

effects of the sun.

you look 16 again, but more aggressive treatments can often be more expensive and risky but also show more

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There is a cosmetic side to sun damage that is often

improvement. It is essential before you discuss your

upsetting including blotchy skin coloration and wrinkles.

concerns with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic

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surgeon to know which changes (sun spots, motion and

severe psoriasis are at 46% increased risk for diabetes.

smile wrinkles, smoker’s lines around the mouth, red veins

Although we are still just learning about some of these risk

on the nose, etc.) really bother you so you can target

factors, it does seem that successfully treating psoriasis

your treatments, and your cosmetic budget, for the most

substantially decreases these risks.

benefit. Watching the skin can provide information about your The other and more worrisome side of sun damage is skin

overall health just like watching your blood pressure or

cancer. Even if you are not concerned cosmetically about

cholesterol. Since there are potentially many causes of all

these skin changes, it is important to watch for:

of these symptoms, see your dermatologist if they arise.

• Spots or bumps that grow, are frequently irritated,

Lastly, we often treat skin problems for the psychological

or bleed

damage that they cause. Anyone who suffered from

• Moles that change color or shape

substantial acne as a child, vitiligo (loss of skin pigment),

• Sores that do not heal in a month or two

or rashes on the hands or face can attest to their sometimes devastating impact on social, romantic, and

These may not just be annoyances but potentially serious

work life.

skin cancer that can threaten the look and function of your ears, nose, or other skin and even your life. Since all

Adolescents, who are still developing their self image,

skin cancer is more easily treated if caught early, never

are particularly susceptible. For example, 44% of patients

hesitate to see your dermatologist for a concerning spot.

with acne reported significant anxiety and nearly 1 in 5 showed signs of depression. Patients with psoriasis are at

Another reason to investigate and treat skin conditions is

double the risk of suicidal thoughts and also at increased

that some may also be a window into underlying illnesses.

risk for social isolation and alcohol abuse. There can also

Persistent rashes, hair loss, or itching can indicate a variety

be a vicious cycle as stress from severe skin disease can

of medical conditions that can be mild to life-threatening,

make it worse, leading to more isolation and depression.

including:

If your skin condition is causing you or your child serious psychological stress, it is more than “just pimples,” and

• Thyroid problems - hair loss, dry skin

you should discuss treatment with your dermatologist.

• Autoimmune diseases - sun sensitivity, persistent

There is good evidence that improving these skin diseases

rashes, hair loss with scars • Diabetes - darkening of the neck or underarms, psoriasis

quickly alleviates the associated depression and negative psychological consequences.

• Liver disease - many broken blood vessels on the skin, persistently red palms, yellow skin • High cholesterol - yellow growths on the eyelids or elbows and knees • Cancer - dramatic thickening of the palms and soles, bizarre and persistent itching or rashes

It can be hard to know if something is “just something to live with” or a treatable skin condition. A good relationship with your doctor can help you get answers to these questions, find treatment for bothersome issues, and know when your skin challenges are potential signs of serious underlying disease.

We also know that the inflammation associated with some common skin diseases may herald damage to other

Cheers to a new year in which you make caring for your

organs in the body. For example, people with psoriasis

skin a priority, improving the way you look, the way you

(which affects about 7 million Americans) are at over 50%

feel, and your overall health!

increased risk of stroke or heart attack and those with

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P U T T I N G YO U R

BEST FACE F O R WA R D WRITTEN BY J O A N N A H A T H C O C K

W

hen you are getting ready for

with how you look, so you might as well choose

your day, or your evening, part

that something consciously. It may not tell your

of the process always involves

whole story, but like the opening line of a novel,

deciding what to wear. There are

it sets the tone for what's to come.

many considerations that affect your decision.

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There are practical factors like the weather and

So if you choose your clothing based on the

temperature, and what will be most comfortable.

context of your activities and what you want to

There are social and cultural factors to take into

project to the world, why wouldn't you give as

account as well.

And on a more subtle level,

much consideration to how you should adjust

you are probably considering the message that

your makeup for different situations? Your face

you want to send through your appearance. Do

is how others recognize and connect with you,

you want to come across as sophisticated? Hip?

and through it you convey a lot: your mood, your

Youthful? Sexy? Artsy? Professional? For better

relative age, your ethnicity, and even clues about

or worse, you are communicating something

your lifestyle and how healthy you are.

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The first thing to consider, just like with your outfit, is how casual or formal the setting will be. A picnic or sporting event will call for the least makeup. A business meeting will mean a medium amount of makeup, where your look is polished but not excessive. An event where a cocktail or evening dress is required means that you can really pull out the glamour. Another very important factor is the kind of lighting you'll be in. Natural daylight, especially bright sunlight, reveals everything. The more makeup you wear in this kind of light, the more obvious it will be that you are, in fact, wearing a lot of makeup. For daylight it's best to choose products that are lightweight and sink into the skin. Go light on the powder and turn to blotting papers to keep oil in check. A dewy texture is great, but stay away from an overabundance of shimmers, frosts, and glitters on the skin. For lips choose a sheer formula of lipstick, a gloss, or a tinted balm or stain.

Night Time Makeup | Hair/Makeup: Joanna Hathcock | Model: Tori Taylor with Kim Dawson Agency Photographer: Naomi Vaughan

Nighttime lighting brings with it a whole different set of

coverage foundations that have adequate moisture for

makeup rules. Lower light, like what is typically found at

maturing skin, let go of girlish frosts (shimmers and finely

most restaurants and parties, and bright artificial light, such

blended pearl textures are okay on areas like the brow

as camera flashes and stage lighting, both call for bolder

bone and cheeks), and wear minimal shadow or liner on

makeup. Contouring helps to keep facial dimension visible

the lower lash line. Time and gravity may do their thing,

under bright lights, but be sure you apply and blend it well

but you can lighten at least the look of their load with the

so you look flawless and sculpted from all angles.

right techniques.

Reflective pigments in certain makeup are flattering in

There is yet another way that time can guide your makeup

continuous lower light, but they can really "blow out"

choices, and that's the season of the year. You can let the

when hit with a camera’s flash. We've all seen that reverse

unique beauty of each season inspire you to harmonize

raccoon eye effect in photos from concealer and highlighter

your own beauty with it. Celebrate the arrival of spring by

that's too reflective (instead of subtly diffusing).

playing with bright pops of color. In the summer let your look evoke fun in the sun by using the sheerest makeup

It's also very common for women to get caught in a routine

and the glow of bronzer. Let the rich, warm palette of

regarding their makeup. If you haven't adjusted your

autumn’s colors show up in your makeup. Then dip into

look in many years, you are likely sending the message

cooler, moodier makeup that echoes the darker months

that you are stuck in the past. Have you been using the

of winter, while elevating your spirits with jewel-toned

same products and techniques year in and year out? If

accents, especially around the holidays.

you answered yes, chances are it's time for a change. If making a change feels intimidating, book a session with a

No matter what time of year, what setting, or what stage

professional makeup artist you trust for guidance.

of life you’re in, there's always an opportunity to express yourself to the world at large. Your face communicates

In general, it is usually recommended that you soften your

a great deal, and makeup is a tool that can increase the

makeup as you get older.

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ollege and my future were not things I ever thought about until teachers brought it up to me upon my high school graduation. I knew I wanted to further my education doing something I loved. That was fashion design. I was a creative kid growing up with a vivid imagination. But I had no idea that fashion was something I could do for a living.

I was the first in my family to go to college. I went into college not even knowing how to thread a sewing machine. I left college as the best at construction in my graduating class. My hard work paid off, and I knew I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. I’ve been persistent in pursuing my dreams, and it has gotten me places I never thought I could reach. One of these dreams is being able to compete with the best young, emerging talent from across the US. After three tries, I made the cast of Project Runway which has opened my eyes to new things. It was the greatest experience I have ever had. I hope I can share my story with as many people as I can in order to let them know anything is possible with determination and persistence.


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R I C K B R I S TOW F O U N D E R A N D C E O | WAY WA R D C H O C O L AT | A U S T I N , T X

WHO HE IS:

Rick is a true entrepreneur who has been

developing consumer products since 1990. In fact, Rick has previously noted as one of the top entrepreneurs in the state of Missouri by St. Louis Magazine before making the move to Austin, Texas. He loves the process of creating new ventures — everything from identifying an opportunity to launching and nurturing a new business and is motivated by the economic reward and personal satisfaction that result from it. WHAT INSPIRES HIM:

Rick saw the opportunity to start

Wayward Chocolat when he read an article that reported: “Gourmet artisan chocolate is a new awareness here in the U.S. It’s like Napa Valley was in the 1960s for wine. It is just beginning.” His goal in creating Wayward Chocolat was to make the best tasting and most nutritious chocolates possible. KEEPING UP THE MOMENTUM: Every time someone new tastes Wayward, they are wowed and almost always say, “This is the best chocolate I have ever had.” His customers’ love for his products is what keeps Rick’s enthusiasm at peak levels and reinforces his motivation for Wayward to be recognized as the finest chocolate in the United States. BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL BRAND: Rick believes a successful brand is the result of assembling a talented team. Together with the chocolatiers who craft Wayward’s chocolates and his business partner, Wayward’s co-owner and COO, Don Holt, accomplish what it takes to make this Austin-based gourmet chocolate company a success. WELCOMING 2015:

In the New Year, Rick aspires for

Wayward to become nationally recognized as the best tasting, most satisfying, and healthiest dark chocolate to be had and enjoyed.

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DEBORAH A R GY R O P O U LOS A RT I ST | D E B O R A H A R GY R O P O U LOS FINE ART | AUSTIN, TX WHO SHE IS: Argyropoulos is a prolific and multifaceted painter who is renowned for creative style.

More than a

talented painter, she is well known for her ability to magically combine different art styles and media into works of fine art of exquisite beauty. With a career that has moved in many dynamic directions, with painting always being a constant, Argyropolous’ artistic prowess has earned her accolades in photography, silversmithing, and printmaking as well. WHY

PAINTING

IS

HER

PASSION

AND

PURPOSE:

Argyropoulos is compelled to create from within. She believes it to be her identify so much so that if she isn’t able to create, she would feel invisible. She derives great joy from seeing how her art affects people in positive ways. Their joy, laughter and astonishment are food for Argyropoulos’ soul. The need to create is innate and so strong, it’s impossible to be ignored. DEFINING SUCCESS:

To Argyropoulos, the ultimate

achievement of success is being able wake up and doing what she loves most, painting. She also enjoys the warm comfort of sharing and absorbing life with family and friends. There must also be opportunities to give back, to pay it forward. She values the gift of being able to willingly donate time and resources to a number of charities and efforts aimed at inspiring and supporting others to excel. As a large portion of her success depends on taking opportunities aimed at inspiring others, one can never be too successful. HOW ART ENRICHES SOCIETY:

Art, whether visual or

musical is an essential part of who we are. Arte is an essential part of the way we express our thoughts and feelings and the way we make sense of our world. Art can spark our creative, stir our curiosity, provoke lively discussion and trigger memory.

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MAKE A

FAMILY FITNESS RESOLUTION WRITTEN BY K Y L E G O L D E N & S H A N E W H I T E H E A D

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aking the decision to get in shape does not have to require hours in the gym, taking you away from quality family time. One of the best decisions you could make is to involve the entire family on a path to fitness and actually exercise together. Make a pact to put away the distracting technology for just a little bit and get the blood flowing. Head to a park, the backyard, or even in the living room on a rainy day. There are plenty of exercises you

can do with your bodyweight or minimal equipment that will challenge even the strongest of people. Bodyweight exercises are great for adults, as well as kids, since they teach body awareness and there is minimal risk of injury. If you are consistent, spending just 20 minutes 2-3 times a week is enough to make significant improvements in your strength. To do this you will need to select the best "bang for your buck" exercises that will use as many different muscles as possible.

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One fun thing to do could be to go to a local park and think of exercises you all can do on the playground. You may not have tried crossing the monkey bars or climbing a tree lately, but these can be quite challenging. Climbing is one of the most basic, functional exercises so try to do it as much as possible. Let your kids come up with their own exercises, too, and involve them in the planning process. It will be much more fun for them and you might be surprised at the creativity. It can be good for the body and mind.

If you want a structured workout with more options, you may want to consider purchasing some basic equipment.

Resistance Bands - Resistance bands are inexpensive and can Jungle Gym XT Bodyweight Suspension Trainer

be used just about anywhere. You can anchor them to a door, around a railing, or even just stand on them. They come in different resistance levels and you can also double them up to increase resistance for stronger people. Most also come with exercise guides giving you a ton of ideas.

When you head out to exercise make the workout engaging, maybe even a game. Challenge each other to do a little bit better each time and perhaps have a family reward for reaching goals together. Remember to always be supportive even if you don’t think there is progress being made. Here are workout routines you and your family could do almost anywhere.

Routines

• Jog to the Park (or around the block)

• Perform all the exercises below then repeat twice for a total of 3 sets each

• 10 Pushups – 20 Lunges – 10 Tricep Bench/ Resistance Bands GoFit 30 lb Power Tube from Academy Suspension Trainer - These strap systems are great because you can easily adjust the difficulty of an exercise by moving forward or backward with them. Most suspension trainers

Chair Dips – 20 Squat Jumps – 30 second Core Plank – 10 Resistance Band Rows – 5 Pullups (if there is a bar, assist your kids) – 20 Russian Core Twists

can mount to a door, but you can also put them on a pole for stronger individuals who need a greater challenge. Take them to the park, attach them to the monkey bars, and see what you

• Jog or Walk Back Home (or around the block again)

can come up with on your own

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TIME FOR A MAKEOVER A Fresh Start in the Kitchen with SERVE: Gourmet, Gadgets & Goods

WRITTEN BY W I L L I A M J A C K S O N

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015 has arrived, and it’s often a time in which those reflect on the past year and more importantly, explore their intention for the new year. The basic guides and criteria to new lifestyle aspirations are set by those who desire to implement change into their lives. Popular resolutions often include spending more time

with family & friends, ambitions for consistent exercise schedules, a plan to streamline and de-clutter or frequently a chosen intent to eat healthier. As quickly as resolutions are made, life inevitably presents temptations, distractions or prohibiting schedules contributing to a lack of success in pursuing or completing original goals. When beginning a lifestyle change, finding a fresh start in the kitchen is the place to begin a new year makeover. In Downtown Austin, settled along 2ND Street District, SERVE: Gourmet, a local kitchen gadgets & goods store provides resources to elevate a cook from any level; a sanctuary for those seeking tools to ease their duties in the kitchen and an inspiration to give, entertain and enhance their lives through a shared meal. It’s easy to get caught up in filling a kitchen space with all of the fun and unique gadgets, but when starting anew it’s important to focus first on a priority toward choosing items that simplify often performed tasks. When asking the local store owners at SERVE: Gourmet which items are necessary to change the kitchen scene in 2015, the gadget and goods that topped the list were tools that enabled quick, easy and efficient skills:

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Spiral Slicer For those looking to cut back on the carbohydrates or just

S’well Bottle

dress up a salad, the spiral slicer found at SERVE: Gourmet

This double insulated, stainless steel bottle will

can help replace pasta with fresh vegetables such as

keep beverages ice cold for twenty four hours

zucchini, carrots or cucumber.

and hot for twelve hours… staying hydrated never looked so cool.

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Finding a kitchen gadget that brings an individual excitement

resolutions. When beginning an outstanding start in 2015, find

and inspiration to jump in the kitchen doesn’t need to be

new motivation and hope by a makeover in the kitchen with the

expensive or exhausting. Proven to result in both fiscally higher

resources at SERVE: Gourmet, Gadgets & Goods.

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D E S T I N AT I O N

M A K E OV E R Map and Resolve to Take a Trip

W R I T T E N BY J U S T I N A . M C N U L T Y F O U N D E R A N D E D I TO R O F J U S T I N D O E S … J U ST I N D O E S B LO G .CO M

he start of a new year brings change in the lives of many people. Most people will make a promise to

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do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, which is traditionally known as a New Year’s Resolution. Popular goals include resolutions to improve physical well-being, improve finances, improve mental well-being, or to take a trip. Because I’m all about travel, I challenge you to make a resolution to make over your mental mind by taking a trip this year.

Don’t let planning a trip overwhelm you and keep you

your trip and put them on your calendar. Research the

from taking your vacation. Here are five easy tips to help

attractions you want to see to make sure they are open

make that vacation happen.

when you want to travel.

Brainstorm vacation ideas. First, figure out where you want

Logistics: Budget. How much will it cost you? Be sure to

to go. List five or six favorite destinations. Think big and

factor in all travel costs: air tickets, hotels, taxis, rental cars,

small (i.e., identify countries, states, cities, etc.).

meals, clothing, entrance fees, etc.

Research. The Internet is filled with a plethora of

Book your trip. Secure your airline tickets, make your

information—some good and some bad. Make sure you

hotel reservations, and arrange ground transportation.

compare notes of the various sources you research so you

Be sure your reservations cover the days you actually

can weed out the good tips form the bad tips. Over time,

want to travel. Nothing is worse than showing up to your

the best options will jump out at you.

hotel only to find out that your reservation is actually for next week.

Logistics: Time. When can you go and can you get there

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5 TIPS FOR MOVING ON AFTER

DIVORCE

WRITTEN BY J A N E T M C C U L L A R

ust as the New Year brings an onslaught

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are more than ready to have the process finished.

of divorce filings from couples who decide they can’t take another holiday together,

The New Year also brings with it piles of magazines

the end of the year brings with it the

filled with articles about nifty storage ideas, guaranteed

boxing up and tying it up with a bow the

weight loss plans, and crockpot casseroles, and while

gift of ‌.the Final Decree of Divorce. Not necessarily

those may be useful to the newly divorced, here are

the best gift that can be given, even for those who

some ideas to help you move forward after the divorce.

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Tip 1: Process the Grief. A divorce, even if badly

plans. Try a new restaurant with friends. Join a

wanted or needed, is a major life changing

book club. Take a walk. Learn a new skill. Fill

experience. When my client’s are going through

in some of that new found emptiness with some

the process they can be so focused on the details

small thing that will bring you joy, and if not

of the division or property or tending to the

joy, the satisfaction of getting back out into the

children that little time is spent reflecting on the

world.

loss. There are many good books on this subject,

make salsa!

If life hands you tomatoes and onions, Or better yet, go salsa dancing!

but taking time to acknowledge the grief is a healthy step in the process of moving forward in

Tip 4: Resolutions or Goals…Write them Down!

life.

The New Year is a time of resolutions, but studies show that people who write down their goals

Tip 2: Write an Obituary…of Yourself. Macabre?

tend to achieve them. For me this means finding

Maybe, but you might be surprised what you learn

some quiet time to think about what I want to

about yourself in this sort of exercise. I did this once

do in my work, home, physical, and spiritual life.

on a retreat, and it really helped me focus on what

Once I write down the big idea, I work back in

was important to me and earning another accolade

time to think what would need to be in place, or

was not among them. So if you’re willing, take a

what steps would need to be taken to accomplish

moment, and write your obituary.

Not the first

the goal. Break it down into small steps and be

part about who you are and who you left behind…

specific. If you dare, share it with a friend who

get into the middle part. How do you want to be

can give you feedback on what might be missing

remembered? What was most important to you?

from your plan.

Tip 3: Make Adjustments…and Get a Hobby!

If

Tip 5: Take Good Care of Yourself. This doesn’t

children are involved, this can mean filling in

mean to schedule that much needed pedicure or

some new space. Separation from the children

massage; I’m talking about paying attention to

has a downside, but it also provides some new

your emotional needs. Take the time to notice

freedom-time

for

what you are feeling, acknowledge it, write about

caring for your children. Even if you don’t have

it or share with a friend or trusted advisor. Rest.

children, your usual routine has changed. For me,

Feed yourself well. Sip a glass of champagne and

this means getting a planner, and well, making

make a toast to you!

without

the

responsibility

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THE POWER OF PAIN W R I T T E N B Y L I F E C O A C H & E M M Y AWA R D W I N N I N G T V H O S T L E S L I E M O N T O Y A

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ain is an emotion most people avoid at any cost

exhausted. Finally, the time to get my grades had arrived. Upon

without realizing it can help us accomplish goals

opening the envelope with my shaky hands, the most discouraging

that seem impossible. As crazy as it sounds, once

thing happened. The results did not reflect the extensive amount

you learn to focus pain in the right direction, you

of time I had dedicated to my studies. I broke down in tears. At

will have control of your decisions. As a life coach,

that moment, I considered myself a failure and an uncontrollable

I have had the opportunity to confirm this theory with many of my

force of pain and fear embraced me.

clients, as well as with myself. It was thanks to pain I accomplished one of the most challenging goals in my life.

Many negative thoughts invaded my mind such as It was not worth it, all the time I invested, maybe there is something wrong with

Newly wed and with the goal in mind of continuing my college

me, and why can’t I learn English? Am I stupid? These destructive

education is how I arrived to Michigan back in the summer of 2003.

thoughts were in my mind day and night. I was debating between

I enrolled on Eastern Michigan University. I knew it was going to

continuing or quitting school. It was painful to continue my college

be a challenging endeavor since most of my formal education was

education because the challenge was more complicated than I

received while I lived in Mexico. Additionally, I was transferring

initially thought. At the same time, the idea of quitting without

from a community college on the border of south Texas where the

accomplishing my goal seemed to be even more painful than

majority of the students are Hispanic; therefore, I did not have to

continuing. With the support of my husband and friends, I decided

speak much English outside of class.

to keep fighting for what it looked like one of the most challenging goals to accomplish in my life.

At first, everything was tough in Michigan especially understanding the locals since their accent was quite different from that on the

According to the motivational speaker Anthony Robbins, there are

border of south Texas. I thought I would get used to it in a couple

two major forces that drive the human being, the force to avoid

of months. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I realized my English

pain and the force to seek pleasure. Your inner voice tells you to

vocabulary was not as extensive as I thought. It was then that the

avoid something since the idea of been hurt or rejected seems even

dictionary became my best friend.

more painful. The worst part is no matter what your situation is, you end up not feeling satisfied because your emotions controlled

Due to my lack of vocabulary, I forced myself to dedicate extra hours to every single course. By the end of the first semester, I was

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What to do? Here are four quick steps to start.

the rest of my life. When I evaluated both options, either continuing or quitting, quitting made me feel even worse.

Chose the action or actions you want to change What would the pleasure be if you decided to go for it? Write a list of the things you would like to change. Choose something you have been putting away for a while. In my situation

Write a list of the possible positive outcomes that you will obtain

back in Michigan, I chose to stay in college in spite of the massive

by committing to your goals. The visual image of me wearing

amount of work that it represented.

the cap and gown in front of the American flag, the day of the graduation, was enough reason to keep going. For me, that was

Once you have your list, write the reasons of why it is painful doing it

the representation of victory.

Analyze your answers, and you will find the courage and Be as clear and honest as possible. For me, the most painful

determination to pursue your goals. It is all about what you focus

ideas about continuing college were the amount of extra hours

your attention on. If you let your brain link pain to the things that

I had to dedicate after school and the embarrassing moments

are going to help you grow, chances are that you are not going to

I had to go through every time I had to present in front of the

succeed.

class. It took me three years to graduate with a major in marketing (I

Ask yourself this question and write the answer down: how

graduated with honors). The pain of putting the extra hours and

would it make you feel if you decided not to take action?

the difficult moments that I had to go through every time I had to present in front of the class, not only pushed me to reach my

How would you feel in one, five, or ten years if you do not

dreams but also forced me to give it my best. Graduation day

take action? The sole idea of my family feeling sorry for me

arrived, and as I had visualized it many times before, I wore my cap

because I could not graduate due to my limited English

and gown in front of the American flag while the photographer

was killing me. I could not imagine feeling sorry for myself

was asking me to smile. I thank God for that blessed moment.

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5 LESSONS LEARNED T O I N V I G O R AT E YO U R L I F E , R E L AT I O N S H I P S , A N D C A R E E R I N 2 0 1 5

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and

perspective, we worked way too much and seemed overly

tribulations, and I am glad it has come to a

was

filled

with

many

trials

stressed. When we started to share our dreams for the

close. As the New Year approaches, it’s a

future, they began to understand that we were working

good time to pause and take stock of lessons

for something bigger than ourselves and wanted to

learned so that 2015 can be filled with more joy and less

contribute their ideas. Involve your family in the process

stress. This year, I am collaborating with my husband Frank

of setting goals and enable them to be present with the

to share our top 5 lessons learned in life, relationships, and

achievement toward them as it may bring you all closer

career. We are a dual career couple, founders of a start-up

together.

software company, community volunteers, and the proud parents of a college freshman and middle schooler. After

Set boundaries on work. Our boys have grown up in the

much thought, here are the top five things we want to

shadow of two “A” type entrepreneurial parents. Most

share with you:

nights, we bring work home and forget to shut off and be parents. We've missed some key moments in their

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Set big goals and share them with your family. Frank

lives that can never be recovered. While we always attend

and I have no fear in setting big audacious goals, but we

their football games and band concerts, we were always

often forgot to share them with our children. From their

in a hurry to get back to work. In retrospect, life is more

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enjoyable when you set boundaries and be present in

Get away from your everyday routine with special events

those precious moments with your family.

and trips. We take time out every week for “Sunday Fun Day” to barbecue, roast marshmallows, roller skate, or

Leave technology out of the bedroom. Work will always

watch a football game. If you have a significant other, we

need you, phones calls need to be returned, emails

advise a mini-trip once a quarter to focus exclusively on

answered, and text messages require your immediate

each other.

response. When you take technology into the bedroom, you replace intimacy with distraction, serenity with anxiety,

Adjust often and persevere. The best laid plans need to

and relaxation with urgency. This is a recipe for disaster.

be adjusted. Life throws us plenty of curve balls and timing

We learned to leave smart phones and computers in the

never works out the way we want it to. Sometimes it feels

kitchen and made our bedroom into a sanctuary.

like your marching up a hill in the dark and you have no idea if the top is three feet or five miles away. Even if you

Make time for fun. Surround yourself with friends who

get knocked off the hill before you’ve achieved your goal,

make you laugh and feel good. People who focus on

never give up. Even if you never make it to the top, those

positive life events, share their triumphs, and celebrate

extra steps you took will help build endurance for the next

your successes can get you through many stressful times.

hill you choose to climb.

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THIRD PLATE T H E J A M E S B E A R D AWA R D - W I N N I N G D A N B A R B E R INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY W I L L I A M J A C K S O N

an

D

Barber

is

the

co-owner

and

Barber has received multiple James Beard awards

executive chef of Blue Hill and Blue

including Best Chef: New York City (2006) and the

Hill at Stone Barns, and the author of

country's Outstanding Chef (2009).In 2009 he was

the book, The Third Plate (The Penguin

named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential

Press). His opinions on food and

people in the world.

agricultural policy have appeared in the New York Times, along with many other publications.

In early December of 2014, Barber made his first-ever Texas appearance during Edible Austin’s 7th Annual

Appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on

Eat Drink Local Week, the publication’s annual

the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports

homage to locally sourced food and restaurants.

and Nutrition, Dan continues the work that he

It was thrilling to learn more about this talented,

began as a member of Stone Barns Center for Food

award-winning chef and we’re just as thrilled to

and Agriculture's board of directors: to blur the line

bring our interview to you.

between the dining experience and the educational, bringing the principles of good farming directly to the table.

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in their own words

InFluential Magazine: How do you describe Dan Barber?

InFluential: Of all of your achievements to date, is there

Chef Dan Barber: It’s 9 a.m. which means I am probably

one which holds extra special meaning? And if so, why?

over-caffeinated.

DB: My book The Third Plate holds special meaning if only because I spent nearly ten years writing it and because

InFluential: At what age did your interest in being a chef

the process of writing it changed my ways of thinking and

develop?

cooking so completely.

DB: Age nine – my first omelet for my aunt. InFluential: What does it mean to you to be recognized InFluential: What is your hallmark approach to cuisine?

as one of the world’s most influential people?

DB:

Blue Hill is about supporting the ecology of the

DB: I think it speaks to chefs’ platform of influence — their

Hudson Valley. That means more than just sourcing local

potential to influence the food system and inspire a new

ingredients; it means trying to create a real cuisine based

paradigm of eating.

on what the land can readily provide. InFluential: As you and your wife, Aria Sloss, share similar InFluential: We’ve read where you place importance on

interests as writers, how has she encouraged you in this

bringing the experience of good farming directly to the

regard?

table.

DB: Aria is the inspiration behind — and infallible editor

What are principles of good farming? Why is it

important to bring these principles directly to the table?

of — everything that I cook and write.

DB: My hope is that when people sit down for dinner they’re not just thinking about the food on their plates —

InFluential:

they’re seeing the history behind it. A juicy and delicious

industry, what would that include and why?

leg of lamb? It turns out that it was not so much the

DB: I think I’d begin by breaking apart our food industry

workings of a great cook but of a great farmer taking

and creating many food industries — regional networks of

advantage of great pasture. The recipe for great flavor

famers, plant breeders, processors, millers, maltsters, and

begins long before the kitchen. And it’s that kind of

distributors, each adapted to their locality and working

recipe—the ecological recipe—that we need to honor at

together to maximize ecology, economy, and flavor.

If you had to do a makeover to the food

the table. InFluential: What is the legacy you wish to leave to your InFluential: Tell us about what guests should expect from

family and the food industry?

the dining experiences at Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone

DB:

Barns?

between sustainability, pleasure, and good food.

Hopefully, I’ve helped to show the relationship

DB: At Blue Hill at Stone Barns there are no menus. In place of an à la carte system, we serve only multicourse

InFluential: How do you define success?

tasting menus — sometimes 30 to 40 courses — that range

DB: A dinner at home with my wife and daughter.

from single bites to more composed dishes. The goal is to tell the story of the farm just outside the dining room, and

InFluential: Peer into the not too distant future and tell

the surrounding landscape.

us what you see? DB:

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The rise of microcuisines — diets that take shape

Of course, that’s the goal for Blue Hill New York, as well,

around specific regions. Those kinds of distinctions have

but the style there is much more casual and in keeping

blurred over time — and, in the case of America, they often

with the setting (a former speakeasy in Greenwich Village).

never existed in the first place. But in the near future we'll

It has the feel of a neighborhood bistro.

see the revival of this kind of place-based cooking.

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in their own words

DAILY GREENS TO T H E R E S C U E INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY W I L L I A M J A C K S O N

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t age 33, Daily Greens founder Shauna Martin

her story has positive impact on others.

was diagnosed with breast cancer. With a young family in her care, Shauna struggled

InFluential Magazine: Who is Shauna Martin?

to recover from the challenges related to

Shauna Martin is the Founder and CEO of Daily Greens™,

multiple surgeries and the toxic effects of chemotherapy.

a juice formulated to be an integral part of a long-term

Shauna attributes her complete recovery from breast

approach to a healthy lifestyle. Because it is packed with

cancer, in part, to her healthy lifestyle which includes a

vitamins and minerals, it serves well as a meal replacement,

daily green juice. The green juice is formulated to be

especially breakfast, and contributes to an immediate

an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. She has parlayed

boost of energy and hydration.

her knowledge and personal experience into a thriving business.

InFluential: Being a vegetarian and in good health for most of your life, physically and mentally, how did you

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What a pleasure it was to chat with Shauna to learn more

reconcile the diagnosis of breast cancer?

about her, her healthy lifestyle, and how she hopes sharing

SM: I had no family history of breast cancer until my sister

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Shauna Martin

and I were simultaneously diagnosed with breast cancer

InFluential: We’ve read were being diagnosed with breast

nine years ago — years before our doctors would normally

cancer was a wakeup call for you. Would you elaborate on

start screening us for breast cancer. Our mother and

what you meant by this statement?

grandmothers never had breast cancer. In fact, no one in

SM: When you have a small child and a loving husband you

our immediate family tree ever had any type of cancer. I

do whatever it takes to stay alive. Unfortunately, breast

have been to at least a half-dozen doctors who really had

cancer is one of those dreaded cancers from which you

no answer for the “why.” Most agreed that it was probably

are never considered cured. It can rear its ugly head at any

somehow genetic, although they admitted they were

time, and often does for those of us diagnosed at such

stumped by the fact that both my sister and I had tested

young ages. For that reason, I must always stay the course.

negative for the known genetic mutations for breast

Each day when I drink my daily green juice, I reaffirm my

cancer. Most just threw up their hands and said we would

dedication to my diet, to my healthy way of life, and to

probably never know. They confirmed that not enough

staying alive for Cooper and Kirk. They need me. Plain

information is known about the genetic predisposition

and simple. I am so blessed to be able to share my story

to breast cancer and certainly not enough information is

and the healing power of green juice with the world. I am

known about the environmental and food-supply factors

confident that this is the answer to the “why.”

that could potentially cause breast cancer. It has now been over nine years since that fateful day

InFluential: During this period juicing became an integral

when my doctor told me I had breast cancer, and I finally

part of your daily routine. Why?

know the answer to the “why?” I was meant to have

SM: The first milestone in my journey for answers was

breast cancer so that I would go on a journey in search

to read everything I could get my hands on about the

of answers. That journey would not only change my life,

connection between food and disease, and in particular,

but also allow me to touch and educate others, to assist in

the connection between food and cancer. As it turns out

the growing movement to change the way America thinks

there is a huge connection. Finally, I had found something

about food and diet.

that was completely under my control and within my

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in their own words

power. From my research, I believed I could not only heal

being sold at most Whole Foods Markets and many other

my body from breast cancer treatment but could also help

national and specialty stores. For a location near you check

prevent a recurrence of my breast cancer. I was sold. I was

out or location finder: www.drinkdailygreens.com/locations/

willing to try anything that could increase the chances I would be around to see my beautiful son Cooper grow

InFluential: How do you believe you have a great impact

up. I would become vegan and even consume a diet of

on others, influencing them to live their best lives?

only raw vegan foods if that was what it would take to

SM: I no longer ask myself, “why me?” I know now it was

get me healthy. I would start drinking a green juice every

my destiny to battle breast cancer at thirty-three. It made

morning. I would eliminate all animal products from my

me who I am today. It created in me a burning desire to

diet, including my beloved cheese. I dove into the deep

not only help other young women battling breast cancer

end immediately ordering a simple two-speed Breville

but to help anyone with a desire to gain control of their

juice fountain.

destiny to get healthy and stay healthy. For that reason, I have told my story and shared my juice, food and cleanse

The results of drinking a simple green juice every day were

philosophy with the world in my upcoming book Daily

amazing. I had an incredible amount of energy all the time.

Greens 4-Day Cleanse, out March 15, 2015

My immune system —which had been completely wiped out by the chemotherapy — rebounded in record time. My

InFluential: Tell us about Pink Ribbon Cowgirls and its

skin glowed, and my hair (which was finally growing back)

impact throughout the community?

was black and shiny once again. Mentally, I was sharp and

SM:

clear. And I was happy. I realized the daily flush of nutrients

founded an organization in Texas known as the Pink

from my green juice was like the fountain of youth.

Ribbon Cowgirls. It is a program that provides a social

During my own battle with breast cancer, I co-

network and support services to young women battling InFluential: What have you found to be most beneficial

breast cancer. The concept grew out of the support and

about juicing?

companionship my sister and I were able to provide to

SM: Over time, I realized I no longer needed coffee and

each other during our two years of treatment together.

dropped it in favor of green tea. I also realized I did not need anything else to eat until lunch. This created a “mini-

Over the years, the Pink Ribbon Cowgirls have provided

fast” each day from dinner the night before until I ate solid

support and sisterhood to hundreds of young women

food at lunch the next day. This daily mini-fast allowed my

battling breast cancer. Resources for young women

intestines to cleanse my body of all the toxins that had

battling breast cancer are still scarce in this country —

built up over the years of bad eating. Nine years later, I still

despite the increase of breast cancer in young women

drink a green juice every day. I am certain it has changed

— and the cancer found in these women is often more

the outcome of my life. I am not just surviving my breast

advanced and aggressive, all too often leading to the

cancer but thriving in every way.

untimely death of young mothers and wives. For this reason, we set aside a portion of all revenues at Daily

InFluential: Besides the Farmer’s Market, where else can

Greens to help fund organizations that provide services to

consumers find Daily Greens?

young women battling breast cancer.

SM: We sold our products at the local Farmers markets for almost 2 years but have recently opened a juice bar

Shauna's book, Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse is available

at our production facility so have replaced those at the

from the publisher, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

markets with the juice bar located at 979 Springdale Road. In addition, we now have national distribution including

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