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don’t we? The problem, though, is that a fresh start isn’t always easy. It involves change after all, and change can be downright scary. There have been a number of times in my life when fear of change held me back. And though I was able to eventually find a way forward, for many, the fear of change leads to missed experiences and opportunities. It can make us anxious and be highly destructive. I wish we all could be more like my dog Goose. Goose came from a hoarder situation in which he lived in a home with 26 other dogs. He was chained up his entire life and had little interaction with humans. Feeding time was a free for all in which he scrambled for whatever food was thrown within reach.
I don’t know about you, but had I never ventured further than a few feet from a stake in the yard, I would be angry and resentful. Had I fought with 26 others for nourishment, I would be quick to snarl and growl. Had I lived that sad, hopeless existence, I would be distrustful and withdrawn. But not Goose. When I met Goose, he wouldn’t make eye contact, and he looked confused and insecure. He was so sweet and docile though, I had to give him a new start. Thankfully, instead of choosing to be like
me, Goose decided to embrace the change—to move forward, secure in the notion he deserved love. He does this by surprise licking attacks that land square on our mouths, and if we’ll let him, by using our ears to satisfy his ear-nibbling fetish (he nibbles the ear of our Pit Bull too). He follows us everywhere— respecting one’s privacy is not his thing. Granted, he’s not the most intellectual of canines—he still wears a look of confusion (what we call the “Goose face”), and when the front bell rings he runs helterskelter to the back door and barks ferociously at the person who isn’t there. But what Goose lacks in brainpower he makes up in devotion, loving us with every fiber of his being and never letting us forget we are the center of his world. Somehow, Goose innately knows that only by letting go of the past can room be made for better things. He isn’t angry about his first year…he isn’t even upset that last night, I forgot to sprinkle his food with bacon bits. He spends no time on yesterday at all, he simply takes life as it comes. Goose didn’t get off to a great beginning. But from a bleak existence filled with hopelessness and heartbreak to an overabundance of ears to chew on and laps to lay in, Goose has not only transformed himself, he’s also transforming our hearts. Which makes me wonder: maybe Goose is the smart one after all? w
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Life takes practice! And though they don’t always come wrapped in a shiny red bow, the lessons we learn along the way are invaluable gifts that are worth sharing. Here are a few noteworthy examples featured in this issue: THE DOCTOR IS REALLY IN A DAILY DOSE OF GRATITUDE AND HUMILITY
Believing that the true path to peace, freedom, and serenity is mental fitness, Dr. Latasha Ellis (psychotherapist with Iredell Psychiatry—a part of Iredell Health System) has some valuable insights for us on PAGE 14. “Being a psychotherapist teaches me humility and gratitude every day … I so appreciate my clients’ willingness to trust me with their deepest desires, pains, fears, regrets, or misfortunes … it’s very humbling.”
Meet Dr. Hillary RobinowitzElins, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN with Novant Health Harbor Pointe OB/GYN. In her last year of residency, she met her husband right before she was to start an Air Force commitment for a med school scholarship... turned out he was in the Air Force too. Fast forward to today where they are raising three teen girls (triplets!) and, needless to say, leading a very busy life. Be inspired by her story on PAGE 30 where you can see how this mom, wife, physician, practice leader, and friend keeps all the plates spinning.
This month, Dr. Steven White and Dr. Brad Haines (White and Haines Advanced & General Dentistry in Cornelius) share what keeps their priorities in line and their faith strong. Both doctors agree that their family (including their work family), their patients, and their faith in God are what they hold dearest, and on PAGE 49 we get a glimpse at how it all comes together.
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Gina Duckworth (Arts Unlimited Studios) grew up taking dance lessons at just 4 years of age. As she got older, opportunities for theatre training sparked her interest. Bebop on over to PAGE 40 to see how Gina and the volunteer board of the Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre give back to their community while educating others. “That is our philosophy at Arts Unlimited and we strive for it every day.”
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Five Tips to Eﬀectively Prepare for a Divorce Written by Robin M. Mermans, Esq., owner of ROAD to RESOLUTION
T H E R E A L I Z AT I O N O F D I VO R C E can be devastating, frightening, and stressful. I know those emotions all
too well as I experienced them when I went through my own divorce over a decade ago. Now, happily remarried with ﬁve children, I’m on a mission to help others divorce in a healthier manner. As a divorce mediation and collaborative family law attorney, I help couples navigate the process with out-of-court proceedings that save time and money while avoiding unnecessary turmoil. If you and your spouse are considering separation or divorce, here are my top ﬁve tips to effectively prepare for this often complex and emotional journey:
BEGIN PRE-DIVORCE EDUCATION While the concept of divorce can be overwhelming, pre-divorce education works to help you understand the road ahead and prepare for what’s to come during the process. It’s also an opportunity to create a plan as you prepare for the next step and ultimately, the divorce journey.
We’re Here to Help A healthy divorce is possible with ROAD to RESOLUTION. Our Charlotte-based legal team can assist you every step of the way before, during, and after a divorce. We offer various services as part of your divorce journey including pre-divorce education, separation agreements, and several divorce options. Please give us a call at (980) 260-1600 and we can discuss your legal opportunities through divorce mediation and collaborative family law.
GATHER IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS If you start to gather documents prior to hiring an attorney, you will likely be able to save time during the overall divorce process. It’s important that you have access to your bank statements and other joint accounts such as car, mortgage, phone, credit cards, insurance, etc.
RESEARCH DIVORCE METHODS There are many ways to get divorced and it’s imperative that you and your spouse decide on a process that works for you and your family.
At ROAD to RESOLUTION, our practice focuses on divorce mediation and collaborative family law. That means we work with clients who want to handle their divorces in an out-of-court method, also known as alternative dispute resolution.
HIRE AN ATTORNEY Hire an attorney that shares similar values, is well-respected in the profession, and has positive reviews and testimonials. It’s important that you’re able to trust your attorney as they will draft your separation agreement, ﬁle all necessary paperwork, and handle your divorce proceeding.
SECURE A SUPPORT SYSTEM No matter the type of divorce, you can expect it to come with challenges. As you prepare for this journey, be sure to have a support system. Find a trusting friend that is able to listen and offer you their unwavering emotional support.
Note: This article is intended to be informational only and shall not be construed as legal advice.
: k l a t e e f cof A Sit-Down Chat with DR. LATASHA ELLIS of Iredell Psychiatry
Our First Cup
I had planned to pursue interior design and/or fashion design in college, and it was not until I was in one of my undergraduate classes that I discovered that social workers were mental health professionals and I learned about mental illness, diagnoses, and treatment interventions. My interest in the ﬁeld grew and I realized I was on the right path. My desire was and still is to help others ﬁnd meaning, improve their quality of life, and learn to thrive, or at least function, in the most unfortunate circumstances.
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A Daily Cup of Gratitude
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It’s important to set goals that are attainable because overreaching can backﬁre and lead to one feeling defeated and emotionally depleted. But it’s equally important to seek the support of others. We cannot do anything great by ourselves. We need each other.
Being a psychotherapist teaches me humility and gratitude every day. I not only value the joy of witnessing my clients getting better, but I appreciate their willingness to trust me with their deepest desires, pains, fears, regrets, or misfortunes. My clients can teach me a lot. I often tell my clients that I am not sitting in the seat of all knowing or the seat of judgment.
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I believe the true path to peace, freedom, and serenity is mental ﬁtness. Some common and helpful practices include yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. Helpful spiritual practices include expressing gratitude, exercising humility, prayer, and engaging in other spiritual practices. It is also helpful to engage in and maintain healthy relationships with others.
I enjoy my family, immediate and extended, and am always smiling and laughing when I talk with them. My youngest nephew says he can always tell when a family member is talking to or texting me because they are always laughing. And of course my grandson makes me smile without doing a thing to encourage me…and so does anything strawberry! w
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Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and ﬂowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We Woodlawn School, an independent are all born to help each other. No matter PreK-12 school noted for projecthow difﬁcult it is … Life is good when based learning and academic you are happy but much better excellence, has named Jayden Crowell when others are happy as its first recipient of the Mayre Jorges because of you.” Bowman Scholarship, which is
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ideals expressed in Woodlawn’s mission; she was known for her compassion, tolerance, and respect for others. She was a lifelong learner who cultivated in her children those habits of mind—intellectual curiosity, diligence, and the search for truth—that are essential elements of independent lifelong learning. “Jayden Crowell is a fantastic student who represents everything Woodlawn stands for, understands the meaning of hard work, the importance of learning, and the impact of kindness,” said Elizabeth Obando, Upper School History teacher and member of the faculty selection committee. For more information, visit www.woodlawnschool.org.
Between Friday and Monday, many children miss some or all meals. Lack of reliable access to regular meals is known as food insecurity, and children from low-income families may receive free or reduced-price school lunches, ensuring adequate nutrition during school hours (which can include breakfast as well as lunch). Bags of Hope in Cornelius helps and so can you! They pack weekend food bags in bulk and volunteers gather at “packing parties.” It’s a fun way to serve together with friends, church groups, ofﬁce teams, scout troops, or total strangers (a.k.a. soon-to-be friends!) Over 50 percent of students in our area qualify for free/reduced lunch and are at risk for food insecurity. See how you can help including the packing parties, driving, shopping, or donating at www.bagsofhopelkn.com.
This past November, Chick-ﬁl-A presented the YMCA of Greater Charlotte with a donation to support the Y Readers Program. Through Chick-ﬁl-A’s September Care For Our Kids promotion, Charlotte area restaurants raised over $40,000 to support Y Readers, with more than 40 stores in the Charlotte metro area participating in the promotion. The funds raised will support Y Readers, the YMCA’s literacy program that serves students in grades PreK – 3 who are reading below grade level. Y Readers combines an innovative curriculum, fun learning environment, and a team of certiﬁed teachers and committed volunteers to reverse summer learning loss and close the achievement gap. This summer, Y Readers served 737 students – 219 through in-person programming and 518 through virtual programming. For more information, visit www.ymcacharlotte.org.
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is often associated with New Year’s resolutions. I’m sure that many of us have set personal and professional goals over the years with some coming to fruition and some going by the wayside. I’ve always looked for ways to lessen the chances of the latter. So, I started developing a mental checklist of guiding principles to help guide me through my goal-setting process. In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, I share with you these ideologies: THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR
PREPARE Preparation is the process of identifying the necessary steps and timeline to complete your goal. Start with broad thoughts that can be worked into narrowed ideas. This process will bring visual clarity for the task at hand.
REFLECT Seek feedback from someone you respect, trust, or who is required to move the goal to the next stage. Conversation can help amend, confirm, or eliminate ideas or steps for goal enhancement. You have to approach feedback with humility and an open mind. Once you receive your feedback, take the necessary time to reflect and implement any changes.
WORK Goals give you a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Organize your day with a specific time to work on your goal but have flexibility to handle other projects or unanticipated tasks. Doing so can help drive focus and leaves you with a sense of pride.
(Article reprinted with permission from Caylor Dalley, Sr. Exec. VP of Operations at Leavitt Group.)
ENJOY Laugh with your friends, co-workers, and people all around you. Carry the attitude that having a positive day is often what you make of it. A positive attitude can be contagious, brings people together, and creates fulfillment. SHARE Not only does sharing your goal with others help with your motivation to get the job done, but it often creates an environment where people want to become part of the goal. Sharing can create service opportunities, build stronger relationships, expand knowledge, and enhance your emotional intelligence. RECOVER Often, you may find yourself in need of taking a physical break. You aren’t built to go-go-go all the time. Taking a few minutes, hours, days, or an extended vacation can be good for the soul. CELEBRATE Celebrate small steps and large leaps in addition to the completion of your goal. Personal or collaborative celebration creates a renewed energy and confidence that you can succeed.
I’d encourage you to develop your own set of guiding principles – what works for me may not work for you. Everybody has their own way to go about accomplishing their goals. Make your guiding principles as complex or simple as you need them to be. Hopefully my thoughts can give you a springboard to something new, challenging, and enjoyable. We here at Griffin Insurance wish everyone a happy, healthy, and successful New Year! w
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“Giving patients the time and attention they need becomes increasingly difficult in volume-driven healthcare environments,” explains Ruth Zutaut, registered professional nurse and founder of Nurse Line of Lake Norman, PLLC. “Today's healthcare is more complicated than it has ever been,” she continues. “Patients may have different conditions resulting in several physicians caring for them along with multiple medications, tests, and treatments. Physicians and nurses are busier now with necessary documentation required to meet regulations and insurance demands, and the patient is often left feeling overwhelmed and confused … medical concierge services help mitigate that and more.” w
Typically, a PCP (primary care physician) will spend about 15 minutes or less with a patient. On the other hand, visits from healthcare concierge professionals, according to a study by the Population Health Institute, average about 35 minutes. Here are some other beneﬁts of medical concierge services:
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a parent makes is about their child's education. After all, there are more options than ever before and so much to consider. Private schools are especially in demand today. That’s because the more than 2,000 private schools that operate in the United States offer families a variety of choices that are often unavailable in other types of educational settings. These private schools educate more than 700,000 pre-K through high school students, but the choice between private school, public school, home schooling, and charter school depends more on the individual student and family than any other factor. How do you know if a private school will be beneﬁcial for your family? Read on to learn about some of the beneﬁts of a private school education.
1 Smaller Class Sizes The average private school has about 166 students, while the average public school has about 526. The result is a difference in class sizes, which is a huge consideration for parents debating between private school and other educational settings. On average, there are only 19 students per class in private schools compared to 25 in public schools and charter schools. 2 They Address Particular Educational Needs Private schools allow families to find an educational approach and an educational philosophy that is the best fit. There are private schools that focus on services for students who have particular learning needs or interests, for example. In addition, private schools can offer different educational philosophies, such as Montessori, art- or science-based curriculums, and religiously affiliated programs. 4 High-Quality College-Search Services The student to counselor ratio nationally in public schools averages 500 to 1. And unfortunately, students need help all at the same time when it comes to making decisions about college and filling out applications. It’s easy to see how students could fall through the cracks. On the other hand, private schools have lower student to counselor ratios and often offer one-on-one sessions of collegefocused advice and support. w
3 Extremely High Graduation Rates The graduation rate for private high school students across the United States is just under 100 percent. Comparatively, the graduation rate is just 80 percent for public high school students in the nation. Your child will have a significant advantage of graduating from high school if they attend a private school, and will be surrounded by peers who also aspire to graduate.
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North Carolina Outward Bound School’s Charlotte Educators Course, a four-day backpacking expedition in the mountains of western North Carolina, not knowing we were destined for 72 hours of hiking and camping in the torrential rain! At first glance, our group had only one thing in common: we worked or volunteered with NCOBS’ Charlotte Unity Project —a program meant to bring Charlotte students together through a unifying seven-day backpacking experience—and now we were challenging ourselves to do the same.
We Need Everyone. We carried everything we needed in our backpacks: sleeping bags, tarps, food, and water. Since no one could carry the weight alone, we divided everyone’s gear between our seven packs. We also needed all our unique talents to travel as a team: Bookworm set our pace, Doc made us laugh, Poet navigated, Peaches reminded us to care for each other, and Mom kept us organized. The same things are true for building Unity: not only do we need everyone to share the load, but we also need everyone’s personal strengths.
Our group was Black and White, male and female, young and retired, and included a professor that we lovingly nicknamed Doc, a teacher (Mighty Mouse), a retiree (Bookworm), a business owner (Peaches), an artist (Hero), a writer (Poet), and me (Mom). Through challenge and discovery, we learned three powerful Unity lessons.
Big Things Come in Small Packages. Although she was the smallest and youngest, Mighty Mouse feared nothing (except the “Groover,” our backcountry toilet). Her backpack was twice her size – we stood behind her and pushed to get her on her feet! Mighty Mouse was ﬁrst to rappel, ﬁrst to climb the ropes course, and always offered to carry extra gear. She showed us the power of one deceptively small person. The same thing is true for creating Unity: we need to recognize the potential leadership in everyone, no matter their packaging.
Ain’t Nobody’s Pack Light. Hero was the strongest member of our crew, but like all superheroes, secret vulnerabilities hid under his armor. His paralyzing fear of heights revealed itself when we reached Devil’s Cellar. Hero shared his secret with our instructor, who helped him process the fear while offering three options to descend the frightening crag: rappel hard route, rappel the “easier” route, or scramble down an alternate (but longer) route. Hero faced his fear. He chose the alternate route and discovered our crew cheering at the bottom. During our course debrief, Hero confessed he’d been angry the first night, suspecting his pack was heavier than everyone else’s – that perhaps he was carrying more gear than us. After our four-day rolling conversation, he discovered we were all physically suffering under the weight of our packs. He also learned that despite confident exteriors, we had experienced profound emotional suffering in our personal lives. You just never know what people are carrying. Hero defined our trip and taught us our third lesson on creating Unity when he said, “Ain’t Nobody’s Pack Light.” w
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READING ALOUD TO CHILDREN
T H E 1985 L A N DMA R K R E P O RT Becoming a Nation of Readers concluded that “the single most important activity for building knowledge … is reading aloud to children.” Reading aloud to kids has clear cognitive benefits— brain scans show that hearing stories strengthens the part of the brain associated with story comprehension, visual imagery, and word meaning. One study found that kindergarten children who were read to at least three times a week had a “significantly greater phonemic awareness than did children who were read to less often.”
Reading aloud also strengthens children’s social, emotional, and character development. Research indicates that reading to very young children is linked to decreased levels of aggression, hyperactivity, and attention difficulties. As it increases their vocabulary, as well as their sense of empathy and other social characteristics, they are better able to use words to describe feelings that are otherwise difficult which in turns allows them to better control their behavior when they encounter difficult emotions like sadness or anger. Here are 10 other benefits to reading aloud to your children:
• Builds Vocabulary • Improves Reading Comprehension • Boosts Brain Development • Exposes Kids to Different Experiences
• Increases Chance for Success • Helps Develop Communication Skills • Builds SelfEsteem
• Deepens Family • Promotes Empathy Connections • Reduces Stress
For more information on the benefits of reading aloud to children and the source of this article, visit www.reachoutandread.org.
CREATIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD INSTEAD OF What is something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday?
Who did you sit with at lunch today? Can you share some of what you talked about?
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Will you teach me something that you learned today?
What was the hardest rule to follow today?
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Was there an example of unkindness? How did you respond?
HOW WOULD YOU RATE TODAY ON A SCALE OF 1-10 AND WHY?
WHAT MADE YOU SMILE TODAY?
If you could change one thing about today, what would that be and why?
I T ’ S B E E N S A I D T H AT S U C C E S S F U L LY R E A C H I N G
GOALS REQUIRES TWO THINGS:
persistence towards an end result and ﬂexibility with how that result is achieved. For Hillary RobinowitzElins, MD, FACOG, that philosophy was evident as she planned her education and career—which began at the University of Arizona and included service as an ofﬁcer in the U.S. Air Force, medical school at the American University of the Caribbean, an assistant professorship at Georgetown University, a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins, and a move to North Carolina to practice with Novant Health Harbor Pointe OB/GYN.
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“I took a very non-traditional path to my career,” Dr. Robinowitz-Elins explains. “I did not consider OB/GYN until I met my future mentor, Dr. Dillon, when I was a third-year medical student.” How that introduction came about was, in itself, an unplanned occurrence. “Due to resident research day, all of the Johns Hopkins OB/GYN residents were unavailable to assist in surgery,” she explains. “A GYN oncologist asked the general surgery team if they had anyone available to help, and they sent me as the 'token female' on their service. That very complex and amazing surgery on a strong and inspiring woman started me on a different path.” Dr. Robinowitz-Elins relays that, although she didn't know it at the time, Dr. Dillon helped her recognize that she had a gift for surgery and for caring for patients with cancer. “My work over the years evolved to helping all women live their best life as they see it. I started with my military commitment and progressed with private and academic practice to be able to really grow into this work over 20 plus years.” At this stage of her life, she finds inspiration in her various roles as mom, wife, physician, practice leader, and friend. “I am inspired daily by the women I care for and their unbelievable strength. I am inspired every minute by my three miracles (triplets) that were born micro-preemies and are now tweens who enjoy every minute out of life. I am inspired by my husband who served our country for 20 years and continues to do better ponytails than I do for our girls.”
Quick to point out, she is also inspired by her partners and her team at work who often put the needs of patients before their own. One of the most satisfying aspects of her work, she says, is building relationships. “The most enjoyable part of my work is the relationships I get to build with my coworkers, our patients, and the families we serve,” she says with obvious gratitude.
For Dr. Robinowitz-Elins, finding and keeping a healthy work-life balance is something that evolves. She moved to North Carolina for a more balanced life but, needless to say, that has its challenges when you’re a full-time physician and raising triplets! “We did not plan or consider having more than one child,” she explains, “and had triplets in the most terrifying way. I had to change my focus completely to a person who couldn’t be selfish or judgmental, and just found a way to make things work. It also changed the way I practice medicine as my point of view has changed.”
“I am there during the best, and sometimes worst, moments of their lives. This relationship is built on trust and mutual respect that very few careers make possible … it is also the most challenging as there is no way to do this work without feeling all of it. The majority of caregivers in any capacity have a tendency to have emotional overload at times.”
The good doctor said she learned what many mothers discover while raising their children: that the methods and resources have to be adjusted to the situation. Things she hadn't really considered to be the best practices with raising children, such as use of backpacks and kid leashes, can be incorporated to ensure safety when managing multiples.
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BUT WE ALSO HAVE OPTIONS S O D I S C O V E R A N D C U LT I V AT E Y O U R S … A DJ U S T Y O U R S A I L S W H E N N E C E S S A R Y, AND HEAD FOR THE HORIZON. She also came to understand advocacy based on personal experience with her children, something that she feels has added to her growth as a mother as well as her perspective as a physician. “Two of my girls were struggling physically as well as in their development, and I learned how to be their advocate. I became proud of everything they could do instead of assuming all the things they might not do.” Dr. Robinowitz-Elins tries to live each day with intent and purpose. She wants her children to know that they can achieve their goals no matter what. We all have obstacles to challenge us, but we also have options so discover and cultivate yours, she advises … adjust your sails when necessary, and head for the horizon. w
Iredell Health System, in partnership with the Iredell Physician Network, is pleased to welcome ASHI CHABEDA, FNP-C,
to Iredell Occupational Medicine. Ashi is a boardcertiﬁed family nurse practitioner with 26 years of nursing experience. During the ﬁrst 20 years of her career, Ashi worked in various medical settings, including pediatrics, geriatrics, women’s health, medical-surgical units, and telemetry. For the past six years, she has practiced as a family nurse practitioner with a focus in industrial and occupational medicine.
DR. NICOLE WHITEHEAD,
owner of Advanced Spinal Fitness in Mooresville, continues to grow her business. After recently adding two new doctors to her staff, she has now expanded her brick-andmortar, too. Be sure and pay Dr. Nicole and her team a visit at their new, larger location at 444 Williamson Road.
An untapped area of classic, antique vehicles and related automotive talent is how CANDACE BONGIOVANNI, a small businessowner of an upscale boutique named CoCo Couture in Lake Norman and Managing Member of Vintage Hot Rods, LLC, describes Randolph County. Candace recently moved into one of the largest commercial properties on the outskirts of town on Highway 64 in Asheboro. Their 122 Spring Forest Road address will house their sister business, Allen Automotive.
After JENNIFER PORCELLO had
a suspicious mole removed from her eyebrow, which left her with a scar and no hair growth, she tried for years to mask this insecurity with makeup. After an undeniable boost of conﬁdence from a cosmetic brow procedure, Jenn dreamed of giving the same gift to ALL women and JP Studio in Mooresville was born—offering services such as permanent makeup, microblading, and powder brows. Lake Norman Woman CRYSTAL BRIGHT is pleased to announce that her company 3D Bright Designs and its booming success have allowed the company to start planning their e-commerce brand Living Bright Interiors. Crystal has been a panelist at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (among other national platforms) speaking on the importance of high-quality visualizations and design. She has a background in home staging and real estate but her passion is in design, 3D renderings, and animations. Alair Homes Charlotte Team Member KAREENA GRAY received NARI Charlotte’s 2021 Project Manager of the Year Award at this year’s NARI CotY Awards Ceremony. NARI is the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Every year NARI recognizes excellence within NARI members including suppliers, vendors, subcontractors, and contractors.
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some other considerations to discuss with your design team: • How many people will need to be accommodated around the pool?
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• Dining space, lounging space or both? • Do you need to add an outdoor kitchen? • Do you need a shallow area for sunbathing? Hot tub? Waterfall? • Do you need a storage area for furniture or cushions? • What lighting is needed?
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• Do you have little ones that need protection from the pool? • Do you need a fence to protect yourself against an attractive nuisance liability? • What are your neighborhood bylaws on additions? • How do you value beauty over maintenance? w
I do, I do! Let me explain. If this pandemic has taught us anything it is that people want pools in their yards. My neighborhood alone had 42 requests for pool additions this year. This number does not include new builds. The pool industry reports that pool sales are up 25.13% 2021 over 2020. While it may sound like a lovely addition you plan to make I highly recommend setting the goal now. Today. W H O TA L K S A B O U T SW IMM I N G P O O LS I N JA N UA RY ?
• When putting in a pool you want a reputable company with great referrals. Those companies are booked ﬁrst. Get on their calendar now. I have a friend in Florida who ended up with a company that did such an awful job they had to start over. Quality is important! • When you plan a pool, it involves landscaping. If the landscaper and the pool company work together you save the time and expense of doing things twice. You
save the best trees and foliage that you have before the cranes show up. Often current trees are moved to accommodate the pool, but your landscaper may want to use in another location. Better to move than bulldoze. • You may also want help choosing the ﬁnishes, and furniture so that your home ﬂows from the inside to the outside as one cohesive space. If you bring your interior designer in earlier
rather than later you will be on their busy schedule; you will have them available when choices need to be made and they can select furniture and get it on order early. • With current shipping backlogs any material or furniture item could be on backorder. I can tell you from experience, you will have the best outcome if you plan ahead and do not procrastinate.
Our resident home-design expert, Starr Miller, has garnered local and national acclaim with more than 30 industry honors. An alumnus of the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York, Starr has built a strong following as the principal of her sought-after design firm, located in Cornelius, NC. She feels the composition of a space must originate with the client’s unique perspective. Along with that perspective she brings together her team’s collaboration, design skills and refined processes in a way which results in truly captivating homes for her clients. StarrMiller Interior Design specializes in full-service interior design projects.
Preplanning ensures that all funeral costs have been addressed, and many times, completely paid.
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Arrangements are fulﬁlled exactly as you specify, with your own personalized details and wishes. Whether you prefer a traditional burial or cremation, you can create your own farewell event however you wish.
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and often the surviving loved ones are burdened with all the planning and purchasing … during an already difﬁcult time! Preplanning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reﬂect your standards, lifestyle, taste, and budget—which can offer lasting peace of mind for you and your family. Here are some other beneﬁts to preplanning: CHOICE,
When you ﬁnalize your plan, you will be advised of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today’s funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.
Tasks and decisions, which would otherwise burden family members later, are handled now. Family members have no doubts about what the funeral or disposition should include. It eliminates the stressful distractions of the funeral details at the time of passing. w LKN EXPERT
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on MAKING LIFE A DANCE: I grew up taking dance lessons at just 4 years of age. As I got older, opportunities for theatre training sparked my interest. I had always loved the art of theatre and I performed as often as I could. Fast forward to becoming an educator … I opened my own dance studio in Huntington, West Virginia, at the age of 22. For 11 years, we built a team of instructors, and my mother worked as the ofﬁce manager. Directing and choreography became my passion as well as my job. on THE JOYS AND STRUGGLES OF A CAREER IN THE ARTS: The teambuilding aspects of my job and the
joy I get from watching a child grow from the experience of performing arts are two things I absolutely love about my work. I have been so fortunate to surround myself with very smart and talented people. I could never do any of this on my own. The most challenging part for myself, and for many art educators, is convincing/ educating the communities about the importance of the arts. For many kids, a performance in an auditorium is their touchdown.
on LIFELONG LEARNING: I have always been inspired by mentors who pave the way for the next generation—whether they were teachers/instructors from my youth, being around seasoned directors today, or listening to a team of business owners who have successfully learned from their mistakes. I value them all and heed their advice. on
FINDING THE SACRED IN THE ORDINARY:
It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day rush of things … I try hard to focus on being present and really listen. It can be difﬁcult sometimes, and it takes practice, but I do that by fully appreciating the simple times. My husband, Rob, and I have two children: Jake, 24, and Camryn, 22. Jake lives in Charleston and Camryn is in NYC so we cherish the times we can all gather in the same place, share a meal, and just be together.
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on EMBRACING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Being a part of the Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre is an honor for me and I’m truly blessed and grateful for them. The volunteer board is simply the best group of people! Giving back to our community while educating others is always our goal. That is our philosophy at Arts Unlimited and we strive for it every day. w
Gina Duckworth is Director of Operations, Choreographer, and Producer at Arts Unlimited Studios, an immersive arts venue and studio space that lends itself to the local artists in the Mooresville and surrounding areas. She can be reached at email@example.com or visit artsunlimitedstudios.com.
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than just basic step counters. These activity bands are now a complete wellness device, with 24/7 heartrate monitoring, sleep tracking, and sedentary alerts. The right ﬁtness band depends on your individual needs and how active you are. Some folks may just want to count steps; others want GPS for running and advanced resting heartrate data. The good news is that there’s something for everyone. Following are a few things to consider when searching for the right tracker: FITNESS TRACKERS HAV E B ECO M E M UCH M OR E
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These smart devices have a variety of features depending on your needs and lifestyle, for example, various trackers offer: Heartrate monitors to track your pulse throughout the day; Gyroscope to determine if you’re standing, sitting, reclining, swimming, biking, etc.; GPS to track your location; Magnetometer to detect speciﬁc movements and determine what direction you’re moving in; Barometer to determine your altitude when climbing stairs or hiking trails.
Be sure it will sync with your cell phone or computer. Some trackers only work with Apple’s iOS; others only work with Android. And it is important to note that many do not work with Windows.
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A lot of trackers are worn on the wrist but some can be worn as a pendant or clipped to your clothing. However, they do come in a variety of shapes, colors, and materials so make sure you feel comfortable wearing it.
Battery Life Expectations
Battery life can last from one day to several months. A tracker with a color touchscreen and a host of sensors will need to be charged more often than those with simple LED lights. Also, not all are rechargeable; some run on coin cell batteries like the ones used in calculators.
What they measure:
They do everything All-Day Trackers do plus:
• Steps taken • Stairways climbed
• Breathing patterns
• Duration of exercise
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• Active minutes • Sleep time (divided into regular and REM)
• Miles traveled • Speed, pace, route • Swimming pool lap times • Altitude changes (helpful to skiers, cyclists, hikers, etc.) • Music controls
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four life-changing goals to a better you! You went and made some promises about how much weight you were going to lose, the money you would save, the time you would save cutting back on social media, blah, blah, and blah. Right about now you might be feeling like the pressure is on because what happens if you don’t keep those promises? Ok, I want to let you in on a secret and what really happens, so draw close. Closer. Are you ready for the secret? You. WILL. Live. That’s it. That’s the whole secret. W E L P ! YO U H A D TO G O A N D D O I T, D I D N ’ T YO U ?
As women, we put so much pressure on ourselves to make commitments TO the commitments that we never actually take action. The key to getting in shape physically, financially, or spiritually is starting. In this age of social media, text messages, and emojis you can hide behind all of it and SAY “I’m good” without being good. As women, we tend to believe that we have to wear the “S” on our chest and have it stand for Super when all it really needs to stand for is Selfish. You read that right, Selfish. How many times have you said you would complete a project after the kids have gone to bed, only to fall asleep and not get it done? Exactly. We have to be willing to do what we need to for ourselves and be okay with it! Together, let’s create a habit of meeting our goals of getting financially, physically, and spiritually fit and achieving personal success. I challenge you to do these four things for the next 28 days because that’s how long research says it takes to form a habit:
Shawn Hall resides in Mooresville and is a former Education Specialist with the U.S. Dept. of Education. She is a mom of four daughters, a college admissions and scholarship coach, and the author of “Prepare Now, Don’t Pay Later.” For more information, visit allroadseducation.com.
Don’t think twice about saying no. It is a complete sentence. It’s perfectly okay to put yourself first … if you don’t come in first in your own life, where else will you? 2
Eat the cake or ice cream and smile. Life is uncertain and if those things bring you joy, then embrace them. After you embrace that bowl of Edy’s, go embrace your sneakers and get your body moving. 3
For every purchase you make, write it down. If you can see what you are spending, you can recognize your patterns. 4
Every time you are tempted to worry, have doubt, or feel despair, say this aloud, “Where I am today is not where I have to be tomorrow. I am wellloved, I am more than capable, and I AM God’s gift to the world.” Speak those things that are not as though they are. w
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ON THE ROAD WELL-TRAVELED.
Dr. Haines grew up in New Orleans, Houston, Traverse City, Michigan, and Mandeville, Louisiana, and went to college at Auburn University where he met his wife. They have three children (Kate 19, Riley 15, and Anderson 12). “I grew up down the street from my dentist,” Dr. Haines shares, “and he let me come and work in his practice where I got to see firsthand the life-changing benefits of dentistry.” Similarly, Dr. White had an early inspiration that drew him to the field—his father was a dentist. “I grew up in Charlotte,” Dr. White says, “and my dad was a dentist, so I was very young when that bug bit … I always liked working with my hands, fixing things, and helping others, so it was a perfect fit for me. I graduated from UNC School of Dentistry in 1994 and moved to Huntersville to start my dental career … my wife and I have been married for 28 years and have five children: Matthew 24, Connor 22, Libby 19, Joseph 15, and Anna 11.”
Men and women are different. Ok, so maybe that fact didn’t really surprise you. After all, it’s been 28 years since John Gray popularized the idea that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. And as much as we love sharing women’s stories, we decided it was time to lend the Martians of LKN our ear, too. This month we share the perspectives of Dr. White & Dr. Haines of White & Haines Advanced & General Dentistry.
ACHIEVING GOALS AND STAYING FIT.
Both doctors agree that their priority is their family (including their work family), their patients, and building their dental practice together. With that said, they have little time for much else; they do, however, manage to carve out some leisure time. “I like to work out with my friends in my garage gym,” Dr. Haines says, “and as a family we like to take a trip once a year to a new place.” Dr. White’s favorite pastime is skiing in the winter and golf in the summer. “I really enjoy being outside, and I stay active by running, biking, or hiking with the family.” WRITER LESLIE OGLE
DR. STEVEN WHITE & DR. BRAD HAINES,
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White and Haines Advanced & General Dentistry is located at 9725 Caldwell Commons Circle in Cornelius. Connect with them at 704.896.9535 or via www.drswhiteandhaines.com. ALL THAT IS GOOD BEGINS WITH A SMILE.
This is not just a creative marketing slogan, it’s the heart and soul of White & Haines Advanced & General Dentistry in Cornelius. Their missions, goals, and passions run deep and the doctors practice what they preach … when you meet them, it is immediately evident that their empathy, compassion, and, yes, their smiles are 100 percent authentic. “Our entire team is amazing, and we are truly one big family,” Dr. Haines says. “We recently welcomed Dr. Claire Papp to our family,” Dr. White adds, “and we are blessed and grateful that we all share the same core values.” ON A BAD DAY, FAITH IN GOD KEEPS ME GOING.
Almost in unison the doctors say their faith is paramount to a happy and successful life. “The belief that God is always working for the good of those who love Him keeps me going,” Dr. Haines smiles. “I know that there is always a bigger picture and purpose to what I’m going through and that God’s plan for my life is all that matters.” Dr. White faithfully agrees: “It helps to know that I am not alone, and I truly believe that things will work out because God is in control.” w LAKENORMAN
We know how busy life can get—kids, work, family, friends … sometimes just getting dinner on
the table is a Herculean feat! So in an effort to save our readers some time, effort, and money here are a few tips, tricks, and hacks that might come in handy in your busy world! VEGGIES DISGUISED Add vegetables you almost like to your favorite dishes. For example, layer thin slices of zucchini into lasagna; stir broccoli florets into mac n’ cheese; add some fresh baby spinach to your sandwich.
TIPS, & HACKS
SMALLER PLATE, SMALLER PORTIONS Eating from a smaller plate is a simple way to trick your brain into eating less.
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BED YOGA If you have always wanted to do yoga but can’t find the time or energy, try bed yoga. Yoga in bed allows you to wake up slowly and is gentle on your body while improving flexibility, strength, and circulation (visit www. yogabasics.com).
CINNAMON INSTEAD OF CREAM AND SUGAR Cinnamon has numerous health benefits and can slow the speed at which the stomach empties following a meal— which not only keeps hunger pangs at bay, but it helps control rises and falls in blood sugar levels as well.
CREATIVE EXERCISE Initiate walking meetings at work. A recent study found that walking while talking can increase creativity by as much as 60 percent. Other ways to sneak in some exercise include standing more at work; giving the dog an extra walk (they need the exercise too!); taking the stairs; dancing; doing some exercises while watching your favorite show; if you have to wait somewhere, don’t sit … walk! w
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Words are magic. They actually change our brain chemistry! As wordsmiths here at LKNW, we are especially fond of words that will resonate with our readers, in hopes they will help guide & inspire you.
If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one. – D O L LY PA R TO N
Nothing is impossible. The word itself says
I’M POSSIBLE! –AUBREY HEPBURN
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YOU CAN GROW A n e w t o n gu e AND TA STE A BETTER LANG UAGE. YOU CAN SAVE YOURSEL F, AWAKEN YOURSEL F, AND IGNI TE YOUR DREAMS. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR FUTURE, AND YOU CAN CHANGE IT; ONE DECISION AT A TIME, ONE CHOICE AT A TIME, ONE STEP AT A TIME, ONE WORD AT A TIME. –BRIGIT ANNA MCNEILL
Exercise very early in the morning before your brain figures out what you’re doing.
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USING YOUR GIFTS TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS D O YO U E V E R FA N TA S I Z E A B O U T A D I F F E R E N T L I F E
for yourself? Many have gone before you and have dared to make their fantasies come true, including myself. Eighteen years ago, at the ripe age of 45, I became a Lake Norman Real Estate icon within only three years of obtaining my license. After working as a nurse for over 20 years, with no start-up funds, knowledge of business, and as an introvert, I took the bull by the horns and followed my dreams. Here are 5 tips you can use to do the same:
ENVISION YOUR SUCCESS. Paint your desires in your mind, including as many details as possible. I distinctly remember envisioning my magazine ads in my head while I sat in real estate school: a 2-page, vividly colored layout, featuring romantic night photography of luxury homes. Those very same ads were published in local and nationwide magazines within three years.
CONNECT WITH YOUR HIGHER POWER. Many believe there is a higher power out there in the universe. Reach out and tap in regularly to access the super-human power and insight that is available to all of us. Meditation and prayer are powerful tools to propel your success against all odds. Realize that the universe works through you when your goals are aligned with the higher power. BE YOURSELF. Be yourself because there is no one else like you in the entire universe. Remember, you have been placed here for a reason: to help others and to learn to love yourself through each step of the journey. Focus on honing the strengths you’ve been gifted with at birth.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. You’ll be amazed when those who should be supporting you don’t. As we all know, misery loves company. My own mother laughed at me when I told her I wanted to pursue real estate, telling me, “You’re going to fail just like everybody else.” Let the doubts of others roll off your shoulders and fuel your fire to succeed. It takes courage and determination to achieve that which others only dream of. There is no easy way to the mountain top … success doesn’t happen overnight. It requires consistent movement toward your goals, requiring concerted channeling of energy. You have many gifts— how will you use them to live the life of your dreams?
“For what it’s worth: It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a live you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” --F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
DON’T STRESS OVER THE DAUNTING DETAILS. The enormity of your dreams and the “how” can be overwhelming. This opens the door to negative self-talk, as your ego seeks reasons to give validity to fears of the unknown. Those limiting beliefs may sound like “I’m too old” or “I’m too fat” … or even, “Someone else is already doing it.” w
Nadine Wynn is the CEO, owner, and founder of Team Nadine LLC and has served hundreds of families in the Lake Norman area over the past 18 years. Nadine’s offices are located at 19721 Bethel Church Road in Cornelius, and you can reach her at 704.806.6711 or visit www.teamnadine.com. WRITER NADINE WYNN
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