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Women’s Pelvic Health:

KEEP MOM OUT OF DIAPERS! Yes, that’s right ... the best medical advice a urology and pelvic specialist can give—keep Mom (Dad too) out of diapers. Why is this so important? Because one of the top reasons adults BY DR. JOHN HETTIARACHCHI end up in nursing homes is because their family is no longer able to manage their elder parents’ incontinence. All too often, families are not available or are physically unable to tend to such issues, so the incontinence becomes a hygienic problem and can lead to infections as well as skin breakdown and ulcerations. Bladder issues can start early in life, and at least 50 percent of women experience mild to moderate (if not severe) urinary incontinence. Women are challenged throughout the day, and patients often tell me that they are unable to exercise without wearing pads or diapers; some women avoid fluids all together just so they can make the drive to work without having to stop to use the restroom. So many women start leading unhealthy lifestyles—dehydrating themselves and avoiding exercise—so they are not embarrassed by bulky pads or a leaky bladder. While Kegel exercises are recommended and important to do, can you do more than 11,000 in less than 30 minutes?! YES you can! One session on the EMSella chair creates intense muscle

contractions … more than 11,000 Kegel exercises in 28 minutes. EMSella is the game-changing technology just approved by the FDA for incontinence and will reduce, and possibly eliminate, the need for pads/ diapers, medications, and some forms of surgeries. As a surgeon specializing in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS), I foresee a reduction in the use of Bladder Botox, bladder slings, prolapse surgeries, and InterStim. The physiology behind EMSella is like resistance training. It increases blood flow and brings nutrients to stimulate the neural pathways to the muscles that are exercised. So think of it as pelvic exercise without the sweat! You can just sit there and read a magazine while the EMSella chair does the work for you. You don’t even have to disrobe! Restoration of better blood flow with neuromuscular pathways for the entire pelvic skeletal muscles encompassing the bladder, rectum, and even the vagina, promotes an anti-aging effect in the entire pelvis. In fact, MRI studies show muscle bulking after the therapy, and it has been effective in all forms of urine and fecal incontinence with the added benefit of better vaginal tone. Again, we are the first in North Carolina to offer the EMSella chair. The treatment protocol is two sessions a week for three weeks, and we have seen patients experience noticeable results in as little as two sessions. At the Pelvic Center, we focus on revitalizing/ rejuvenating the pelvis without medications or surgeries— using the latest, cutting-edge technologies. Before any treatment options are undertaken, I recommend evaluation by a specialist who will obtain a detailed history, including surgical history, and then perform a thorough vaginal exam, identifying the health of the vaginal tissue, length, caliber, and prolapse. We also offer the MonaLisa vaginal laser treatment at the Charlotte Center for Pelvic Health, and you can see our full menu of services at www.ThePelvicCenter.com.

Dr. John Hettiarachchi, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, is board certified in Urology and Urological Surgery and subspecialty certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. The Charlotte Center for Pelvic Health is the first and only pelvic specialty practice in the Charlotte region offering multiple cutting-edge non-hormonal, non-surgical therapies.

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start to warm up, I enthusiastically contemplate “springing forward” on all my unrealized goals and incomplete to-do lists. Spring is a season of rejuvenation and transformation, after all. What I have discovered, though, is that I am much better at enthusiastic contemplation than I am at execution. I want to spring forward, but somehow, I find myself taking backwards leaps and even some sideways ones.

Just last week, I decided to clean the oven. It had desperately needed it ever since the sweet potato explosion at Christmas, but until spring fever hit me, I had not been inspired to do it. But the cleaner was the kind with fumes, so first I needed to open all the windows. As I ran around the house opening them I realized they were really dirty, so I dashed to the computer to google window cleaning services. But then my new email alert chimed; it was a reminder from my mother about my niece’s upcoming birthday. I hadn’t mailed her present yet (and by mailed, I mean purchased), so I jumped in the car and rushed to Barnes & Noble to get the newest edition of the trilogy she loves. As I passed Pier 1 on the way, I saw it was having a sale on the candles I like, and it would be foolish to pass up the 30% discount, wouldn’t it? After the candles had been purchased and the book procured, I finally made it to the post office. While I stood in line, my son texted me, reminding me it was my turn to provide a healthy snack for his baseball team after the game that afternoon (Wait…what? There’s a game this afternoon?). After mailing the package, I dashed into Quickie Mart and grabbed some healthy Doritos (they’re made of corn) and arrived just in time to see my son being high-fived by his teammates for some amazing baseball feat that I missed.

At the game, a friend I hadn’t seen in a while invited me to have a cup of coffee, and I couldn’t be rude, could I? After coffee, I ran into the grocery store to get something for dinner. But on the way to the meat department, I saw that wine was on sale. At home, as I unloaded the wine and the candles, I realized I forgot to pick up something for dinner. I went to the freezer (noticing the house was really cold because someone left all the [dirty] windows open) and found a frozen pizza. And then, as I opened the oven door, to my astonishment, I discovered it was still covered in exploded sweet potato. See what I mean? I get stuck in the proverbial rabbit hole and find myself going every which way except forward. It’s only April, though, maybe there’s still time for me to tackle a goal this spring. Obviously, mastering task completion would be an appropriate one. I’m going to work on that starting right now. But first, I’ve got to get on the treadmill while I dictate article notes into my iPhone and catch Rachel Ray on TV… she’s going to demonstrate how to cook sweet potatoes.

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WITH VISION & PURPOSE I started this program because there was such a need for knowledgeable massage therapists certified in neuromuscular therapy. Our students graduate with the ability to offer not only a fantastic Swedish/ relaxation massage, but also with the ability to treat specific problem areas with ease.

Owner/Director of Education of the NC Massage School

BERMUDA, BAHAMA, COME ON PRETTY MAMA... I love the Caribbean, especially spending time with the locals, eating the local cuisine (pinchos from a food truck or beans and rice…yum!), and snorkeling on tucked-away and quiet beaches.

BEAUTIFULLY BLENDED Bruce and I have been happily married since 2012. I have a daughter, Kali, and Bruce has two sons, Joe and Adam. We also have a Shih Tzu named Lilly who comes to work with me every day.

A SERVANT’S HEART I have been on several mission trips to Honduras. Seeing children in isolated, rural areas who have no electricity or running water but who always have big, beautiful smiles for you is such a rewarding and grounding experience.

THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE My husband and I like to give back to others with “random acts of surprise.” We buy folks’ meals in restaurants and drive-thrus, pay for layaways, pass out retail gift cards, hand out quarters at laundromats, and pass out McDonald’s ice cream cones. We love watching people light up because of our surprises!

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Believe it or not, both my mom and my mom’s mom are Mooresville natives! I grew up mostly in Charlotte, with a little bit of time in Texas.

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Mortgage Checkup … To Help Your Financial Situation Spring Forward! By: Shelly Quinn

your home is your biggest asset. A lot of you may look at your mortgage as your biggest debt. I would like you to think of your mortgage as a financial tool that allows you to own a home that provides safety and comfort as well as an investment for future worth. F O R M A N Y O F YO U,

Occasionally we have to sharpen our tools, so it is important to review your financial tools with a financial planner, a tax advisor, and an experienced mortgage originator. Through the 18 years that I have been in this industry, I have seen many changes and have learned there are many ways to successfully manage the mortgage debt with financial growth. Ask yourself, “What is the loan term period?” This is as important as the rate. A 15-year fixed rate mortgage will have a lower interest rate but a higher monthly payment. Your equity will grow quicker, and you will save a lot of money by not paying as much interest. So if your goal is to pay off the home to prepare for retirement before your income becomes fixed, then we need to review your plan. If monthly cash flow is a concern, we need to look at a longer term so your monthly obligation is lower, and your monthly income can be used to cover other expenses or to meet your savings and investment goals. A 15- or 30year fixed rate mortgage can be a crucial tool in allowing you to achieve your goals. Mortgage interest is still a good way to avoid paying higher tax dollars. The new tax law will allow you to continue to deduct that interest—the change on new loans

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was effective December 15, 2017, so now the interest is phased out on a loan balance over $750,000 instead of the old rule of $1,000,000. The new law as currently written allows the interest on a principal residence and second homes, as long as the total loan balances do not exceed the $750,000 threshold. If your financial portfolio includes a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC), you need to review your mortgage loans. HELOCs were commonly used for purposes such as avoiding mortgage insurance or keeping the first mortgage lien in a conforming loan limit, but now the interest you pay on these is no longer deductible. There are many exceptions to the tax laws that are too specific to cover, so please consult your tax advisor. The federal government has been raising interest rates, so the interest rates on HELOCs have been going up as they are not fixed rates. The interest rate on a HELOC fluctuates with the prime rate so it may be a good time to do a refinance and combine the two mortgages into one fixed rate loan where the interest is fully deductible and the payment does not change. The good news is that the property values are rising and the conforming loan limit has increased so this may be easily accomplished. You can currently write off mortgage insurance up to $109,000 of income but it does phase out starting at $100,000. So, depending on your income, this may be a better option for you. Shelly Quinn is the branch manager and senior loan officer of GBC (Georgia Banking Company) Mortgage in Huntersville. They are located at 9525 Birkdale Crossing Drive, Suite 203, and Shelly can be reached at 704-609-1339 or via email at squinn@geobanking.com.


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Leading The Way As we rise into leadership roles, it’s not always easy to navigate the leadership path. After all, there are as many leadership traits as there are leaders. LKN Woman talks to area leaders in the hope that we can learn from each other’s successes and failures in confronting leadership challenges. SHASTA WEBBER, Owner, Children’s Orchard

in Huntersville

Though Shasta Webber spent nearly 20 years in management with a Fortune 50 company and held quite a few leadership positions during her tenure, she is quick to point out that leadership has absolutely nothing to do with the label under your name on your office door. “Having a title does not automatically make you a good leader,” she asserts. Shasta knows this first hand from her earliest experience as a manager. Barely 20 years old, she was hired for the role of assistant manager at a jewelry store. “I didn’t have the first clue about leadership,” she admits. “I think I was a good employee, but just because I was a manager did not mean I was a leader!” But with experience comes wisdom, and Shasta now understands and exhibits the traits of a good leader. Though she acknowledges there are many, self-awareness, finelytuned listening skills, open-mindedness, and the ability to motivate and inspire a team are at the top of her list. According to Shasta, these skills provide good leaders with the ability both to identify the things that motivate each person on their team and then to determine how to make those motivators available to them. “Caring about and listening to a colleague who is struggling, and then providing feedback when warranted, can motivate someone more than you know,” Shasta says.

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Leadership is about action, not titles or position; leadership happens when a person acts effectively to help others to achieve their goals."

Of course Shasta also recognizes that we can all use a little help every now and again, even good leaders. “We all have days when we need that extra boost of motivation,” she acknowledges. “When I feel that way, I think about the people who are counting on me for a needed push.” Shasta also understands that even the best of leaders make mistakes. “It happens to all of us,” she admits. “But a key part of being a successful leader is learning from your mistakes. You can turn it around by focusing on what is going well, where your strengths are, and how to leverage this incident overall.”

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When I encounter someone I hired who has performed well and advanced at that company FIRST JOB:

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IN MY DOWN TIME:

Down time…what’s that?

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Family, reading & traveling

BIGGEST WORK PET PEEVE:

Complainers who have no solutions IN THREE WORDS I AM:

Motivated Funny Blessed

HOW WOULD YOUR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS DESCRIBE THE YOUNGER YOU:

She’s a decent student but she’s outspoken and easily bored.

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lake norman woman magazine special section

BRIDE

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A wedding is the biggest day in a person’s life. And it should be as close to perfect as possible. Browse through this special section to find ideas and inspiration for your special day from Lake Norman’s finest wedding experts.

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DO STAY HYDRATED –

Drink plenty of water to keep impurities away and keep the area around your eyes from becoming too puffy. As a bonus, it will make your skin glow and speed up your metabolism! It’s the easiest way to get ready for any big event.

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SNACKS – The no-brainer side

effect of not eating healthily in the weeks before the wedding is the chance that you may not fit into your dress. But that’s only one of the negative consequences. Fried foods, junk food, and sweets will leave you with clogged pores and less than glowing skin.

bridal beauty THE DO’S & DON’TS OF

to look her very best on her special day! The good news is that there are a number of small changes you can make to prepare and nurture your skin in the weeks, days, and hours before your wedding. Above you’ll find do’s and don’ts that will have you looking radiant and illuminated when you walk down the aisle on your wedding day! E V E R Y B R I D E WA N T S

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DON’T OVERDO THE TANNING –

While a warm glow to the skin looks great in person, you can easily overdo it. You certainly don’t want to have to deal with unsightly tan lines or a spray tan that’s too orange. It’s best to avoid heavy tanning or last-minute sprays during the week before the wedding.

DO GET A FACIAL – You’ll want your face to be a perfect canvas for flawless makeup application and pictureperfect smiles. Treatments such as a diamond microdermabrasion will remove dead skin and smooth rough patches.


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Planning a dream wedding means putting extensive thought and effort into every minor detail. After all, it’s going to be a day to remember for the rest of the bride and groom’s lives so it needs to be as close to perfect as possible. Here are some indispensable planning tips and suggestions to help make the day truly special special.

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The wedding venue venue sets the tone for the entire wedding day, but with so many options how do you narrow them down? A good place to start is the ROCK BARN COUNTRY CLUB & SPA. With its full-service banquet and catering facilities, beautiful clubhouse, and perfectly landscaped scenery, the ambiance is perfect for the special day. How about a wedding on the lake? THE CAROLINA GRACE, a beautiful, custom-built, 100-foot luxury yacht accommodates groups from 10 to 150 guests, and with its heated upper deck, it’s perfectly Rock Barn suited for events year round. Whether the lovebirds are dreaming Country Club of something intimate or extravagant, they’ll find the exact space & Spa they need at the CHARLES MACK CITIZEN CENTER in Mooresville. Offering two outdoor settings and six distinctive ballrooms, the center has all a couple needs for both the wedding ceremony and reception. TREASURES BY SUZETTE can help already-stressed brides with the decorating of not only the wedding venue, but the reception hall and even the wedding showers. She understands that busy moms and brides already have enough on their plates, and she’ll transform their vision into a one-of-a-kind event. PRO TIP:

Book your venue first & set your date. Decide on a season or month for your wedding & have flexibility with the venue’s availability. Then you can set a date to start scheduling other vendors!

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The wedding day can’t be perfect without the perfect ceremony, and that’s where TLC WEDDING SERVICES comes in. TLC first helps brides and grooms identify the tone and style of the ceremony, then it creates a memorable, heartfelt experience for them and their wedding guests, whether it’s a small, intimate group, a big social event, or nondenominational service.

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Nothing sets the mood for a perfect wedding day like the flowers. Inspired by each client’s hopes and imagination, Judy Armstrong, the talented owner of ALBERTINE FLORALS, produces exquisite designs that personalize weddings and make dreams realities. She does this by making sure every part of the wedding is enhanced, brightened, and beautified by every display of flowers.

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Every bride wants to look and feel her best on her wedding day … all eyes will be on her so it’s important that she chooses the right products and services for her pre-wedding beauty regimen. A good place to start is at the OMNI MEDSPA BY REVITA, which offers custom bridal pricing and packages on its many innovative treatments for skin rejuvenation and body contouring. If the bride prefers to perform her beauty regimen at home, Heather Blanton, an independent consultant with RODAN + FIELDS, can help her with products that will result in picture-perfect skin and eye lashes in just 60 days. Of course, when it comes to picture perfect, nothing is as important as the wedding hairstyle, and not just for the bride. The elite team of bridal hair stylists at THE PERFECT SHADE SALON can make the day even more spectacular with updos for the entire bridal party. And just as wedding hairstyles are an art form, so are many body contouring procedures. That’s why COOLRENEWAL SPA offers one treatment and one treatment only to reduce unwanted fat nonsurgically: CoolSculpting. Because they are the best and most experienced, CoolRenewal’s technicians have performed more CoolSculpting procedures than any other center in the nation.

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There’s a lot that goes into the decision on what caterer to use for the wedding; that’s why it’s one of the most overwhelming parts of the wedding-planning process. But based on-site at the beautiful event venue MAGNOLIA WOODS EVENTS, the sister-owned SAVORY MOMENTS CATERING makes the decision quite easy with both exquisite cuisine and a magnificent covered outdoor patio and elegant inside ballroom that can accommodate over 200 guests. PRO TIP:

Magnolia Woods Events

Savory Moments Catering

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The happy couple, on their wedding day, are so much more than a collection of must-have shots. That’s why the photography of MOMENTS BY HEATHER EDMUNDS focuses on telling the couple’s love story. Says Heather: “Exceptional photography is more than photographs; it’s an emotion that is truly captured.” Videographer Shamus Coneys of INDIGO PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO employs a modern, fresh, and edgy style to capture every moment of the big day. But who better to describe the power of Shamus’ work than a bride herself ? “Our wedding film by Shamus Coneys was a gorgeous, perfect representation of our day, full of laughter, joy and love!” The photographers of Indigo implement the same sentiment into their craft. For example, post production work is thought to be just as important as the photography itself. Brianna Marie Mitschele of FLASHPOINT PHOTOGRAPHY also loves capturing memories on a couple’s special day. With a creative and fun approach, Brianna is sure to preserve the unguarded moments and subtle beauty of the wedding day as it unfolds. Timeless moments are exactly what DAVID EDWARD PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY will record as a couple’s wedding photographer and videographer. And with 20 years of experience and a talented team, he promises to deliver not only a smooth and stress-free day, but photos that will turn a wedding album into a work of art. PRO TIP:

Ask to see an entire wedding gallery sample. This will give you a better idea of the product you will receive, not just the highlights.

The Icing And The Cake David Edward Photography & Videography

THE Moments By Heather Edmunds Photography

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The wedding cake stands tall and decorative at the wedding reception, a symbol of the new union. As such, it not only has to be delicious, it has to perfectly represent the newlyweds. That’s why Brandy Stimac of THE ICING AND THE CAKE creates more than just a scrumptious dessert; she creates carefully crafted, edible works of art personalized for each couple. 


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After planning and executing the perfect day, the newlyweds deserve the perfect gift, right? For a unique and memorable gift for the happy couple (and the bridal party, too), skip the big box stores and turn to PETE & POP’S FINDERY in Davidson. This modern mercantile is filled with carefully curated, handcrafted gifts and treasures by artisans both locally and across the globe and has a fascinating collection of gifts and home accessories that are sure to bring a smile

to brides, grooms, and anyone else celebrating the big event. And the happy couple deserves the perfect honeymoon, too. That’s why CHARMING TRAVELS is holding a special honeymoon event on April 24th where couples can speak to Sandals® representatives about the perfect Caribbean vacation. After the perfect wedding, the perfect reception, and the perfect honeymoon, the only thing left for the newlyweds to check off the list is settling into the perfect home. But taking the leap into a whole new life together already has its fair share of joys…and problems. Fortunately, though, with BERKSHIRE SIGNATURE PROPERTIES, the home-

buying process doesn’t have to be one of the latter.

Wedding Finds Of Every Kind

A modern mercantile sure to please trend seekers, savvy shoppers and brides who simply have great taste. 605 C Jetton St., Davidson (Near Harris Teeter) PeteAndPops.com | 704-769-9681

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Rock Barn is a full service banquet & catering facility offering resort-style amenities and southern hospitality at its finest. Our friendly & competent staff plans everything down to the smallest detail, so you can relax & enjoy a perfect day.

You found the perfect mate. Let us plan the perfect day. (828) 459-1125 / weddings@rockbarn.com

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AFTER THE RICE SETTLES …

N O W T H AT THE VOWS HAVE BEEN EXCHANGED AND THE

HONEYMOON SHIP HAS SAILED, THERE ARE STILL PLENTY OF THINGS TO DO IN THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEDDINGS! SO BEFORE YOU GET BACK TO TOO MUCH NORMALCY, HERE ARE A FEW LAST DETAILS THAT NEED YOUR ATTENTION—

1 2 3 45 5 things to do post post-wedding

SEND OUT YOUR THANK YOU NOTES.

It is best to get this chore done promptly in order to maintain proper etiquette. Friends and family spent a lot of time and expense making your special day special, so please thank them with a traditional thank you card via the US Mail— no electronic Thank You’s. Emily Post would be appalled!

TAKE DOWN YOUR WEDDING WEBSITE AND REGISTRY.

The website The www.bridalguide.com reminds you that “both your registry and your wedding website may show up in Google results when people search for your name; remove both from the Web if you don’t want others to see them.You should probably leave the registry up for a few extra months in case some of your guests still want to give you something.”

DECIDE WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR GOWN.

DO THE PAPERWORK.

IfIf you are keeping it, you should have it professionally cleaned right away to deal with any spills, perspiration, etc.You can also have it altered into a lovely cocktail dress, or use the fabric for other clothing items—perhaps a future christening gown.

IfIf you are legally changing your name, your social security card and driver’s license are the two most important documents— then bank accounts, etc. can be handled more easily. Other updates may include: post office, employers/payroll, voter registration, and alumni associations.

PLAN SOMETHING FUN.

Post-wedding blues are Post-wedding a real thing, so start planning your next adventure as husband and wife. Get your weekly date nights scheduled, think of fun weekend getaways, or go house hunting. Regardless, move in the direction of your dreams and love life together!

"…MOVE IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS AND LOVE LIFE TOGETHER!" For more information on all things wedding, visit www.bridalguide.com.

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small beach town of Wilmington, North Carolina. After high school, she moved to Charlotte to attend UNC, pursuing an education in music; later she obtained her master’s degree in operatic performance from UNCGreensboro. For many years, Kim worked as a professional jazz singer in the Charlotte area with her band, The Kim Carper Trio. Kim says her grandmother was a huge influence on her musical career. KIM GREW UP IN THE

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ust as the blossoming springtime bursts warmth into the air, bringing to life beautiful colors and cheerful sounds, Kim Branum’s bright energy and graceful smile enter the room before she does.

“She had the most beautiful voice,” Kim beams, “and she played piano and guitar as well. When I was with her, there was never a minute when she wasn’t singing to me or humming while she cooked.” Kim’s mother, a nurse, tragically passed away when Kim was 6 years old. As they were driving to visit Kim’s father one afternoon, her mother had stopped to help an injured man who had just been in a car accident. “Another car came along and hit and killed both of them,” she painfully recalls. “My little brother and I were waiting in the car, and by God’s good grace, we were not privy to what had happened.” After having her first son, Kim felt a strong push to follow in her mother’s footsteps and study nursing. “My mom graduated from nursing school when she APRIL 2018 |

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was eight months pregnant,” she explains. Deciding that nursing was indeed a good fit, Kim went back to school and received her degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. “Somehow that journey helped me to better understand so much more about my mom,” Kim says, “and what she went through in becoming a nurse while having a toddler and expecting a second child.” Kim’s medical career brought her to Dickson Heart Unit where she spent several years before transitioning to the intensive care unit. While singing at a jazz-themed restaurant in Charlotte, Kim met her husband, Stephen Branum. “It truly was a special connection when I first saw him,” Kim smiles. Stephen would often come to the restaurant as Kim watched from the stage. “He talked to everyone around him,” she remembers. “You could see the people’s faces light up when talking to him. He’s so amazing at filling people’s buckets!”

“People are often too quick to judge and criticize … we need to accept each other, love each other, and share God’s grace.” Kim and Stephen later reconnected, and now the timing was right. “We met for a glass of wine, and the rest is history,” she says. At the time, both Kim and Stephen had 4-year-old sons who were two weeks apart. “Colson and Braedon are now 10 years old and are the best of friends,” she says. A few years later, another son, Merick, joined the Branum family. Merick, often called Mo, is now 3 years old. The family lives in the Mountain Island area but spends an equal amount of time on Lake Norman. “Our brand-new yacht, The Carolina Grace, is docked at Kings Point Marina, so you will often find us on the lake.”

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Although Kim is a native of North Carolina, she had never been to the Lake Norman communities before her first date in Birkdale with Stephen. Being able to walk to all of the local establishments, and making friends along the way, she soon fell in love with the area. “The thing I have loved the most is the sense of community,” she says. Venues and vendors come together in support of one another, showing genuine desire to help other companies succeed. “That is a beautiful thing to see and be a part of,” she says. Kim is excited and passionate about this time of her life and sees God’s hand in every moment. “Anytime I’ve thought about what I wanted to do in my life, I just followed where I felt God was leading me,” she says. As the event coordinator on the Carolina

Grace, Kim works with her clients to organize beautiful and unique weddings, receptions, and corporate and private cruises on Lake Norman. Two years ago, through the use of Stephen and Kim’s yacht, Charters for Charity was founded. “We started a 501(c)(3) nonprofit as a way to give back and support other nonprofit organizations in our area,” she says. Charters for Charity has worked with Bring It 4 Braylon, Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation, Cam New Foundation, OpWalk Carolinas, and many more, raising over $100,000 for local charities. “We all need to support each other,” Kim says. “People are often too quick to judge and criticize … we need to accept each other, love each other, and share God’s grace.”


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women on the move BETSY IDILBI of Davidson is

the founder of Tech Talent South and recently opened a new ofďŹ ce in Huntersville. Tech Talent South has gained a venture capital investment with a Charlotte-based ďŹ rm to expand their corporate offerings.

Author, philanthropist, and Lake Norman resident MARNIE SCHNEIDER (along with her mother, Susan T. Spencer) recently released Football Freddie and Fumble the Dog: Gameday in Philadelphia. Proceeds from book sales are donated to charities that support youth sports programs in local communities.

DONNA ROTHMAN is

pleased to announce the grand opening of Stage & Restyle, a home-staging and home-restyling company in Huntersville, serving the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas.

CONNECT WITH US! Whether you are a woman on the move, looking for events, new businesses in the area, or are willing to contribute your opinion, follow us by visiting www.facebook.com/lakenormanwoman or e-mail leslie@lakenormanwoman.com.

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Denise Curtis and LKNW’s Stephanie at a February training event at More Than Faces Medical Spa in Cornelius

LKNW’s Jessica (right) with Marvin Brandon, Board of Directors, and his wife, Tracy, along with Lesley Chambers, Board of Directors, at the Ada Jenkins Center’s 20th Anniversary Celebration in February

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Dr. Ryan Whalen and his team at the Cornelius Dentistry Open House and Grand Re-Opening in February

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While working out and eating right can do wonders for your body, it can still be tough to lose those last few inches. Take control and enjoy the body you’ve earned with UltraShape Power, the fat reduction system that uses ultrasound technology to destroy fat in just three virtually painless, in-office treatments. UltraShape Power is non-invasive and there is no downtime during the procedure. It’s fast and has a larger coverage area than cryolipolysis and laser systems available, and no pre-sized applicator means a flexible treatment area with smooth outcomes. UltraShape Power boasts up to 32% fat layer reduction using the painless fat destruction device, and 100% of patients report comfort during the procedure.

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beauty

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medical providers and researchers have been trying to perfect a technology to be able to alter or reduce body fat without the need for surgical intervention. To say the least, this has been quite challenging. Historically, many of the devices did not work as well as we had hoped, giving them a bad reputation. Although current devices are not perfect, they are effective in yielding impressive, noticeable results. Body contouring is not for everyone, and a physician should determine if you are a good fit.

By: Dr. Stephen Giordano

SculpSure is a newer device that utilizes laser technology to precisely heat the fat cells to the point where they literally melt. Once destroyed, these fat cells will not return. This technology is able to simultaneously cool the skin (protecting it) while destroying the fat. The fat simply gets absorbed and excreted in a safe, non-toxic manner.

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SO, WHAT EXACTLY IS

BODY CONTOURING?

CoolSculpting is a well-known technology that is able to use suction which pulls the fat into a controlled space and then freezes the fat to a temperature where it undergoes cell death. Again, once the fat cell is reabsorbed, it remains gone permanently. Both treatments may have some mild discomfort but certainly no significant pain. In fact, here in our offices, these procedures can be done in a completely pain-free manner with a revolutionary new technology. The treatments are not designed to be a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, diet, and exercise; and the perfect candidate is the person who is already in relatively good health but just has a stubborn pocket of fat that they can’t seem to shed. Unfortunately there are practices that will do these procedures on patients who are not ideal candidates, and as such the patients do not get the desired results. As a whole, this then gives the procedure a bad reputation for other prospective clients. An honest and conscientious medical team should do a thorough consultation and evaluate you properly to determine if you are a good candidate before any decisions are made. Additionally, you will need to address skin tone and texture. If the skin does not have good elasticity, and you melt fat, this will just result in sagging skin. We like to couple our body contouring procedures with a skin-tightening procedure—when indicated to give a superior result. Patient satisfaction is much higher when the skin retracts with the regression of fat … nobody likes loose skin! The plan needs to be customized and, most of the time, multiple technologies should be combined to deliver a superior result. Dr. Stephen Giordano, DO, is a board-certified physician with Carolina Age Management Institute, located at 8712 Lindholm Drive, #302, in Huntersville. To receive special pricing as a reader of Lake Norman Woman and for more information on how to schedule your SculpSure or CoolSculpting treatment, see the ad on page 15 or call 704.997.6530.

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barbra BRYAN LKNW RECOGNIZES A WOMAN DOING EXCEPTIONAL WORK IN THE LAKE NORMAN COMMUNITY, A LEADER WHO IS PAVING THE WAY TO CHANGING OUR ATTITUDES AND INSPIRING CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE.

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SPRINGING FORWARD THROUGH FAMILY: I am so blessed to have my

husband, Gordon; we met through a friend of ours and have been married for more than 28 years now. I have two adult children, Katherine and Martin; three grandchildren, MacKenzie, Christopher, and Cameron; and on January 6, I became a great-grandmother of twin boys, Wesley and Graham.

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GIVING BACK: To see our young graduates and hear about the impact we’ve had on their success makes it all matter. We were thrilled recently when the Partnerships for 21st Century Learning recognized us as the first preschool in North Carolina to be a 21st Century Early Learning Exemplar School. I believe in the importance of a quality education and the importance of early learning in building the foundation for success, in school and in life, and that is a great way to give back. We try to instill in our kids every day that you can be anything you set your mind and your heart to be … aim high, feel the fear and do it anyway!

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Barbra Bryan The Goddard School Of Mooresville MOORESVILLE, NC

GETTING HERE: I started out in administrative positions, but I always pushed myself to do more. I was working for a national construction products company as a data entry specialist and kept asking for more challenges, which I received. I continued to optimize each chance I was given, and over time it led me to a successful career as a sales and marketing executive for several Fortune 200 companies. I eventually earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees and was a single parent of two kids. I accomplished a lot and learned a lot, but it was when I was at the edge of retirement that my real passion evolved. I found early learning and the opportunity to make a difference as a franchisee of The Goddard School.

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KEEPING IT SIMPLE: Have a sense of humor and realize there is abundance for everyone. Yes, you need family support, time management skills, and self-discipline, but have some fun with it and don’t take yourself too seriously. If you aren’t loving what you do, find your passion and make it happen. I built my corporate career during the time when women were starting to ask, “Why not me?” I faced a subtle and not-so-subtle resistance to my place at the table, but I stayed at the table.

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YOUR HAPPY PLACE: Barn time! Besides early childhood education, my other passion is horses. I own an Appaloosa named Expresso, and there’s nothing like a day at the barn and saddling up for a long ride. We have a few blue ribbons under our belt, so we enjoy showing too. By: Leslie Ogle | Photography By: Toni Lovejoy

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Barbra Bryan is the on-site owner of The Goddard School of Mooresville. For more information and a tour of the school, contact Barbra at 704.663.5006 or email her at mooresvilleNC@goddardschools.com.They are located at 179 Townsquare Circle in Mooresville.


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& MILDEW MOLD

By: Kate Greene

U N C O N T R O L L E D G R O W T H O F M O L D in your home can be scary, dangerous, and expensive. But knowing a few important facts about mold can help you address the risks and keep your home healthy for a lifetime. Here are some mold myths debunked:

Mold and mildew are the same thing.

MYTH Mildew is a powdery white, yellow, or brown-

colored fungus that grows in a flat pattern on surfaces and can be scrubbed off easily with a spray cleaner and brush. Mold is a fuzzy, aggressively growing fungus that creates difficult-to-kill spore clusters that behave like roots and grow deep into porous surfaces such as drywall, tile grout, and wood. Mold can be blue, green, yellow, brown, gray, black, or white. In bathrooms, mold roots can travel all the way through grout, behind tiles, and into walls and house framing. Mold consumes and destroys surfaces and, depending on the variety, may also cause health problems, including sinus infections, headaches, allergies, and inflamed respiratory airways. Bleach kills 100 percent of mold

MYTH and mildew.

Bleach only kills mold and mildew on tops of surfaces. The chemical structure of bleach disallows its absorption into porous surfaces, no matter how much you apply, even when undiluted. The surface top may look clean and white, but just a few millimeters underneath, the mold is still alive and will start re-growing within minutes. Once a surface looks clean and white,

MYTH all mold has been removed.

Bleach requires a full five-minute soak time with at least three-quarters of a cup of bleach per gallon of water to kill surface mold spores. The problem is that bleach makes mold look white before it dies, so people often rinse bleach away before it has killed any mold at all. Worse yet, the water in your bleach solution soaks into porous surfaces and feeds the

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deep mold you are trying to kill. Unchecked, the mold grows deeper into walls and studs until structural damage and health impacts become so bad the problem can no longer be ignored. Once mold is dead, the problem

MYTH is solved.

It is impossible to keep new mold spores from entering your home as it can grow anywhere it finds fooddecaying matter such as fallen leaves, garbage, or moisture— which can be anything from leaky pipes to air humidity in temperatures ranging from 32-120°F. Even mold on food in your freezer doesn’t die; it merely goes dormant until it warms up! If you can survive in an environment, so too can mold. What is more, there are varieties of mold spores that are just as toxic and allergy-inducing when dead as when they are alive and growing. The only way to truly solve a mold problem is by removing infected materials and the sources of moisture that started the problem. Controlling indoor air humidity, repairing leaky pipes and shower walls, resealing and replacing porous grout, caulking, and more are all part of the solution. Most mold sprays are simply fancy-marketed bleach sprays that remove mold stains but do nothing to address root problems. As a rule of thumb, if you have a mold-affected area larger than 10 square feet, immediately seek the help of a professional moldabatement service. Kate Greene is the marketing account manager of MaidPro of Lake Norman located at 19701 W. Catawba Avenue, Suite C, in Cornelius. You may contact them at 980.939.0945 or at their Mooresville location at 704.360.4592.


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BUTTERFLY BUSH

(B u d d l e j a d a v i d i i)

produces slender cones of flowers in spring and summer.

PERUVIAN LILY ( A l s t r oe m e r i a )

provides summer blossoms that are not only great for bouquets but a favorite for hummingbirds.

YARROW ( A ch i l l e a s p p. )

T

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just around the corner, animals of various sizes are awakening after a much-needed sleep—and an impor tant group of the animal kingdom is the pollinators.

Pollinators are an integral part of nature that help plants produce fruit, flowers, and seeds. By carrying pollen from one plant to another, pollinators are the driving force that allow the plants to make fruit or seeds. Although bees are usually the most popular example of a pollinator, this group also includes ants, flies, beetles, butterflies, moths, birds, and even bats.  The health and development of pollinators is crucial to the food systems and the diversity of plant life throughout the world. Every individual on this planet can contribute to creating and maintaining pollinator-friendly environments. The simple act of planting a flower with pollen and nectar can lead to the creation of lush habitats, eventually decreasing or even eliminating the use of pesticides which are dangerous to pollinators. Creating a pollinator-friendly landscape begins with selecting the right plants that provide food and habitat for these creatures. Some great examples for this area are:

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grows clusters of yellow, salmon pink, lavender, red, and even white … and are ideal for butterflies!

LAVENDER ( L a va n d u l a )

provides a fragrance favored by pollinators as well as humans.

PASSIONFLOWER ( Pa s s i f l o ra i n c a r n a ta ) is a fast-growing perennial vine with exotic purple or white blooms.

CORAL BEAN ( E r y t h r i n a b i d w i l l i i )

is heavily favored by insects and hummingbirds.

SPICE BUSH ( L i n d e ra )

displays clusters of tiny and extremely aromatic greenish-yellow flowers in early spring, but its leaves are favored by the swallowtail butterfly larvae.

FRIKART’S ASTER ( A s te r x f r i k a r t i i )

blooms from early summer to late autumn. This perennial is a favorite among butterflies because they often sun as they sip on these daisy-like blooms.

BEE BALM ( M o n a r d a s p p. )

displays clusters of long-tubed flowers in summer attracting hummingbirds to its nectar.

BEARDTONGUE ( Pe n s te m o n )

blooms come in many colors ranging from deep purple to blue, red, and pink.

RED HOT POKER ( K n i ph o f i a )

produces flowering stems resembling glowing torches, or pokers.

BLAZING STAR ( L i a t r i s s pi c a ta )

provides nectar for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds via tall spikes of deep purple flower heads in mid to late summer.

JOE-PYE WEED ( E u pa to r i u m s pp. )

attracts butterflies with its large clusters of bright pink flowers in late summer.

Creating a pollinatorfriendly habitat is essential to supporting the pollinator population which in turn supports society’s need for food and diversity in the natural world. Although this list does not have every beneficial plant, it does provide a great starting point. For additional information, please contact us here at the Gardens as we have special events all year long. You can also contact your county’s master garden extension services, online university articles and studies, or visit your local greenhouses and garden centers. Jennifer Bueno is lead horticulturist at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina. They are located at 6500 South New Hope Road and can be reached at 704.825.4490 or visit them at www.DSBG.org.


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How did you decide to open your own business? Being from a family of entrepreneurs, I

think I have always had it in my blood. My parents and grandparents owned a restaurant together, and my mom and aunt owned a florist shop. I’ve always enjoyed decorating my home and crafting, so when Tim and Kelly brought the vision of WFV Designs to me in 2016, I jumped on it. That spring, we started creating projects on the balcony of their condo and then we moved the hobby into a 400-square-foot rental facility just to have space to create. Tim has been in the woodworking industry for over 20 years; Kelly is a realtor; and I am in sales, so this was a great outlet for us to do something fun on the weekends … little did we know that 15 months later, we would have turned our crafting hobby into a very successful business, relocating to an 8000-square-foot showroom and shop in downtown Mooresville.

AN LKN WOMAN WHO PERSONIFIES WHAT MAKES LAKE NORMAN WOMEN SO GREAT

H O M E TO W N : F A L L S TO N , N O RT H C A RO L I N A

How do you spring forward and give back?

Anyone who knows me knows that I always say, “Keep moving!” Not in a physical fitness way but in a life way … keep moving forward. And with that in mind, I want to see WFV Designs become a household name in the Lake Norman community. I think once people meet our team and realize we create customized, personalized items, they will want to see more from us. We love giving old pieces new life or creating something original for that special spot in your home … that is a delightful way to give back! I also think philanthropic endeavors and charity are crucial in today’s world—whether it is volunteering at an animal shelter, working in a food kitchen, or mentoring a future entrepreneur, I believe in helping others.

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Who do you admire?

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My parents are my inspiration … they keep me grounded and grateful. They are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year. I get my strong will and drive from my daddy who has always told me to go for anything I wanted in life, and I get my passion and creativity from my mom. They are a staple at the shop and everyone lovingly calls them “Mom & Dad.”

What makes it all worthwhile?

I love it when we touch someone’s life through our work. One of our favorite jobs was an antique gun cabinet that our customer asked us to turn into a bookcase for her new home. After the product was installed, she sent us an email stating how, at her son’s birthday party, they all reminisced about her grandfather (the original owner of the cabinet) and shared how excited they were that it could be repurposed to stay in the family.

i am an LKNw oman because…

I purchased a lakefront condo about eight years ago where I met my WFV business partners, Tim and Kelly Lail. The three of us hit it off from the start with our love of Lake Norman and those amazing sunsets! We call ourselves the “Water Front Villas,” hence the name of our business, WFV Designs. Jessica Leonhardt is co-owner (along with Kelly and Tim Lail) of WFV Designs in Mooresville.They are located at 128 North Broad Street and can be reached at 980-293-4333 or at www.wfvdesigns.com.

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T H E R E A R E C E RTA I N DAT E S O N T H E C A L E N DA R

that always seem to spur me into action. January 1 prompts me to refocus on healthy eating. February 14 reminds me to make my mammogram appointment. And on April 1, I get the itch to start spring cleaning.

The shift to warmer weather makes April the perfect month to clean out every area of your home. Start with your closet. As your wardrobe transitions to sandals and sun dresses, it’s a great time to assess whether that outdated coat was worn this year, or if those favorite black boots have seen better days. If you haven’t worn it, let it go.

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Letting go can be hard for some of us. Some items hold sentimental value, which keeps them hanging unused in our closet. Others feel too good to let go. Who likes to toss a piece of clothing that still has the tags on it?

food and formula, powdered milk, canned meats, peanut butter, and sugar. Some great local sources are The Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission, Loaves & Fishes, Ada Jenkins Food Pantry, and the Mooresville Soup Kitchen.

The way to overcome this emotional resistance is to shift the focus away from the guilt of throwing away and focus more on the gift of giving to the needy. Items that do nothing more than take up space in your closet can change the life of someone less fortunate if you donate them. There are many tax-deductible outlets for clothing. I always try to think local first. Two that top my list are Safe Alliance and The Hope House in Huntersville. Dress for Success is another outstanding organization for women. Each Dress for Success client receives a suit when she has a job interview, which she can then return for work clothes when she finds employment. This global organization has a location right here in Charlotte on Clanton Road. If you come across worn bedsheets or towels, you can donate them too. Local animal shelters are in constant need of these items.

Don’t forget your garage! A warm spring day is the perfect time to get outside and clean out that oftforgotten room. Think about how many times you go in and out of your garage a day. Wouldn’t it be nice to get rid of that old furniture or the pile of toys the kids no longer use so you could pull your car into a clean, organized space? Garages are filled with treasures for charities like Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity, which sell them to support their programs, or use them to help give a family their first furnished home.

Now that you’re on a roll, don’t stop at your closet. As meals transition to lighter fare, it’s prime time to go through your pantry and donate canned goods that you haven’t used this season. Food pantries are always in need of items, particularly canned vegetables and fruits, coffee, rice, baby

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France is set to ban the sale of any car that uses petrol or diesel fuel by 2040. The country’s ecology minister called it a “revolution.”

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Hailed as a landmark deal by environmentalists, 24 COUNTRIES have united to

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BAN METAL MINING we hear on the news, it is often up to us to find the positives. With that said, here are some Earth Day facts about conservation successes that did not get covered in major media— but are newsworthy nonetheless! W I T H A L L T H E G LO O M A N D D O O M

The wild tiger will return to Kazakhstan 70 years after becoming extinct there.

A new research project could help clean up old mining messes by turning waste water into useful resources.

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PAW PAWESOME EVENT for a GRRRRRRRRR-EAT CAUSE Pet Pilgrimage Pet Crematory & Memorials is hosting a very different kind of beach bash on April 28th: The Fur Ball Lu“Howl.” Animal lovers and their pets are invited to dress in their Lu“Howl” best and attend this soiree together, which will benefit the Piedmont Animal Rescue. At last year’s Fur Ball, there were more than 40 dogs, a friendly pig named Matilda, a baby alligator named Snap, a snake, and a newt in attendance!

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Pet Pilgrimage’s mission for the annual Fur Ball event is to raise money for and awareness about the many pet advocacy groups in our area. This year’s beneficiary, Piedmont Animal Rescue, strives to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome as many lost and adoptable pets as possible in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. In addition, as the official rescue partner of Spay Neuter Charlotte, Piedmont Animal Rescue helps to reduce the number of unwanted litters in our community and helps

provide high-quality veterinary care for all pet owners. Whether you choose to bring your pet or enjoy the night unleashed, you’re sure to enjoy your evening of dining and dancing, bidding on silent auction items, and participating in the fun contests and drawings.


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M E C H E L L E K A N I P E , executive director of The Gardens of Statesville and Cardinal Village, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, but has been living in North Carolina since 1981. Mechelle first met her husband in the restaurant where she was bartending. “Stephen would come into the restaurant,” she recalls, “and had asked me out a couple of times.” After she kept turning him down, Stephen tried a different approach. “He actually got a job at the restaurant,” she grins, “and after our first date, we’ve been inseparable ever since!” Mechelle and Stephen live in Hickory with their 15-year-old daughter, Kathryn, and a rescued Great Dane named Sir Lancelot.

After a couple years of marriage, Mechelle’s focus extended to the future, and budding thoughts of having a family came into view. “I was at a crossroads at the age of 30,” Mechelle says, “and I was tired of working until 2:00 a.m. as a restaurant manager.” Mechelle and Stephen were ready to start a family, and she knew she needed a career change. When a former co-worker’s sister had an opening at a local skilled nursing facility, Mechelle was ready to make the move. “I applied for the receptionist/payroll coordinator position, and I’m forever grateful that she took a chance on me,” she smiles. The job was a fortuitous starting point for the direction her career would take.

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After working five years in the skilled nursing setting, Mechelle transitioned into an assisted living community. “Once I did, it did not take long to decide that this is where I wanted to be,” she says. “I am inspired by the small-town feel and enjoy working in the Statesville area.” She has been working with senior adults since December 1999. “I enjoy the way seniors are uninhibited with their emotions and opinions, and small things make them happy,” she describes. When Mechelle is away from the office, she enjoys winding down by painting. “As odd as this may sound,” she jovially admits, “I unwind and relax by painting – not painting canvas, but by painting a different room in my house.” Mechelle and Stephen have lived in their home for just over two years, but she’s still designing. “I love the way it makes me feel when I change the look of a room … it’s a freshness, a new beginning.” When asked about advice for others, Mechelle is well-armed and quick to point out: “Don’t give up and stay focused on what you are passionate about. Anything is possible; you just have to have the strength and courage to pursue it. Every day is a new beginning to do just that.”


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B E T T E R M E … B E T T E R YO U … B E T T E R W O R L D

MIND body spirit { { By mixing the ingredients of attitude and action, we can change the flavor of our own lives. Learn to nurture your body and soul to lead a more balanced life.

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By: Mimi Sherman

Like any life skill, it takes practice. Here are basic instructions to begin a formal mindfulness meditation practice: 1

Wear comfortable clothing.

E V E N I F YO U C A N ’ T picture yourself sitting perfectly still or

completely quieting your mind, you can meditate and realize many of its health benefits. There is a robust body of research showing that meditation lowers stress levels, diminishes anxiety, provides relief from chronic pain, and improves focus and productivity—along with increasing self-compassion and compassion for others! Meditation has gone mainstream. It is being taught in schools; companies such as Google, Facebook, and General Mills all offer mindfulness training to their employees; and some airlines have in-flight meditation options. With so much evidence, why aren’t we all finding time in our daily lives to sit and meditate? Because we can’t sit still … our minds wander and we’re too busy. Time isn’t truly an obstacle. Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., has found in his research that meditating five minutes a day, five days a week, was enough to lower stress and even enhance the connection you feel with others. Second, you don’t have to sit completely still at a specific time. Informal mindfulness can be woven throughout your day. For instance, you might eat your breakfast mindfully by noticing the texture and color of your cereal and truly tasting it; or when walking your dog, notice the sky, the breeze against your skin, and the fragrance of the spring air.

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3 Set a timer on your phone—it may be 3 to minutes to start.

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4 Sit with your back erect but not rigid, assuming a dignified posture. 5 Take three deep breaths,

in through the nose and out through the mouth and settle into your body, sensing the buttocks against the chair or the cushion, your feet on the floor.

6 Return your breathing to its natural rhythm, follow your breath where you find it most vivid; it may be at the nostrils, the chest, or at the belly … simply sense the breath moving in and out of the body.

7 When the mind wanders as it naturally will, notice that and then gently return your awareness back to your breathing. If you’re doing that, you’re doing it right!

8 Finally, be realistic in your expectations. Training the mind is a skill to develop over a lifetime. If expectations are too high, you may feel disappointed and lose steam, so just take it one day at a time.

Mimi Sherman is a credentialed Mindfulness Meditation Instructor through the Society of Holistic Therapists and Coaches. You may reach her via her website at www.breathe-mindfulness.com.

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By being mindful, it allows you to be more present for your family, your friends, your job, and for everything in life! A common myth is that meditation is about clearing your mind of all thoughts. Actually, that is impossible. Just like stopping your heart from beating, your mind was designed to be a wellspring of thoughts. Meditation is about bringing focus in the moment to your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations without judgement but rather with kind curiosity.

2 Find a place where you will not be interrupted.


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