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ANTI-AGE YOUR PELVIS You’re Not Alone. Millions of women of all ages suffer from issues affecting their pelvic health, including breast cancer survivors and women who are peri- and post-menopausal. Pelvic symptoms such BY DR. JOHN HETTIARACHCHI as vaginal atrophy, painful intercourse, urinary incontinence, Lichen Sclerosis, vaginal laxity, pelvic muscle laxity, and sexual function issues can affect your daily life. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with any of these problems. No one should suffer in silence.

Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) to provide this type of treatment. You should expect the expert to perform a thorough consultation and pelvic exam to determine the degree of atrophy and goals of the treatment. At our center, we design an individualized treatment protocol. Developing different treatment plans for each patient has helped us to achieve the optimal results for each individual depending on their unique need and response throughout the treatment plan. Our patients see improvement in vaginal lubrications as well as enhanced sexual encounters and increased pelvic muscle strength; and they experience a decrease in bladder infections, vaginal burning, urinary incontinence, and vaginal looseness. Remember those Kegel exercises that you were told to do? Well, imagine 11,000 pelvic muscle contractions in just 28 minutes sitting in a special electromagnetic chair while fully clothed. Patients love the ease of the Emsella chair. Just two treatments per week over three weeks can rehabilitate your pelvic floor muscles. We are always searching for the most innovative treatment options out there, so we are the first in all of North Carolina to offer Emsella. Goodbye urinary leaks, hello stronger pelvic muscle control and sexual function. In addition, we have several radio-frequency options for other women who may be looking for alternatives to laser therapy. We have found another treatment that can significantly restore collagen in the vaginal canal. These modalities help tighten the vaginal canal and help restore vaginal sensation and pleasure. The buildup of new collagen around the urethra and bladder can improve bladder leaks/incontinence.

At the Charlotte Center for Pelvic Health, we help women with pelvic health issues get their lives back—from relief of vaginal dryness or vaginal laxity to helping improve your sex life. We have a multiplicity of cutting-edge treatments to help any number of women’s pelvic health issues. For women who want to avoid vaginal surgery or hormonal treatments, our boutique office offers the complete package of options including laser, radio-frequency, PRP, and now electromagnetic pelvic muscle options. In fact, it is the first center in Charlotte to offer the MonaLisa Touch Co2 Laser with extensive experience in treating a variety of vaginal issues. It is a well-tolerated, non-invasive 5 minute in-office procedure. It usually requires three treatment sessions to revitalize the vaginal tissue to pre-menopausal health. Having performed thousands of these treatments over the past few years, I can’t stress the importance enough of seeking out an urologist or uro/gynecologist who has board certification in Female

For those who desire improvement in sexual function, we offer the “O” shot and Emsella chair. The “O” shot is a concentration of the patient’s own concentrated blood products, platelet rich plasma (PRP), with growth factors that is injected into the clitoris and G-spot in the vagina. My patients are saying, “If you are on the fence, get off and just do it. My life has changed 100 percent!” I’ve even had another postmenopausal woman say, “I was a true sceptic but was TOTALLY wrong...now we enjoy a fun, spontaneous sex life.” For more testimonials from our patients, please visit www.realself. com and look up Dr. Hettiarachchi. Remember, you are not alone, and you don’t need to suffer through pelvic problems. 

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from THE PUBLISHER When the Lake Norman Woman team got together to plan this issue, we discussed what this month’s theme, “Bringing it Home,” meant to each of us. And what we discovered is that the phrase can mean very different things to different people. For Michele, it meant “getting it done.” Jessica interpreted it as clearly expressing your point of view, and for Leslie, the expression meant to return your focus, attention, and joy back to the source of where your heart is. For me, bringing it home was how I felt when I won at something really competitive…like when my sister-in-law and I kick our husbands’ tails in a game of spades; or I make a 15-foot putt to clinch the golf match (Ok, I admit… that never really happens, but a girl can dream, can’t she?); or when my son and I notice at about the same time that there’s only one Reece’s Cup left in the candy jar and I beat him to it. But as I contemplated my own perception of “bringing it home,” I realized that it wasn’t just life’s trivial competitive moments that I viewed as something one should win—the truth is, I approach life in its entirety that way. And I don’t think I’m the only one… think Charlie Sheen (“I’m not bipolar, I’m bi-winning!”) and Donald Trump (“We’re going to win so much we’re going to be sick and tired of winning!”). There are some advantages to viewing life as a competition to be won; for instance, those of us who are ultracompetitive typically don’t give up very easily no matter what obstacles get in our way, and as a whole, we’re a rather optimistic bunch. However, when you tackle your son at the knees in order to beat him to the candy or no one will play Words with Friends with you anymore because you gloat and shout, “Loser! Loser! Na-nana-naa-nah!” when you are triumphant, it’s possible you’ve lost sight of what it really means to win. Even though I wasn’t referring to myself in the above examples (to be clear, a shove is not the same thing as a tackle

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What are the most important lessons you’ve learned thus far in life?

A MELIA: I’ve learned to not dwell on setbacks, failures, or disappointments—to be grateful for the good things in life and focus on the positives. A MY: Surround yourself with positive and supportive people. I believe in creating your own reality, not what someone else thinks you want, or wants for you.

LKN WOMEN WHO PERSONIFY WHAT MAKES LAKE NORMAN WOMEN SO GREAT

What makes you smile?

My dogs and their goofiness always make me smile. I also love a good comedy and observing kindness in our crazy world. A MELIA: There are few moments when I am not smiling; however, cute kid moments always make my heart smile. A MY:

What makes you different than anyone else?

My unique ability to communicate and connect with people on a different level. My goal is to offer clients a seamless and exceptional experience. AMY: Dedication and drive to create a consistently exceptional service to my clients is at the core of my being. My goal is for our time together to be fun, transparent, and as stress-free as possible! AMELIA:

How did you get started in this industry?

My passion for real estate began as a young girl while watching my father build custom homes across the Carolinas. AMY: After moving to the area in 2013, I had the opportunity to leave my previous career in counseling and recruiting and start with a blank slate. I took the real estate class and haven’t looked back. It was as if this career had been waiting for me to finally be at a place in life where I could take on the new challenge. AMELIA:

What books have contributed to your success?

Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander powerfully encouraged me to take the road less traveled. I learned it is ok to be driven and motivated and to not be afraid of change. A MELIA: The Malcolm Gladwell books, The Tipping Point and Blink, stand out among many business books that have made a positive impact on my professional success. A MY:

Amy Fraser is the managing broker/owner of Nest Realty and The Tailored Cottage Home Staging & Redesign in Cornelius. She can be reached at 704.842.1500 or at amy.fraser@nestrealty.com. Amelia Hinson is a real estate broker with Nest Realty and can be reached at 704.918.3047 or at amelia.hinson@nestrealty.com.

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SH OULD A H OM E OFFI CE DI FFER FROM A CORPORAT E OFFI C E ? It should be whatever you want it to be as it relates to look, layout, and function. Yet, in a large corporate office they tend to ensure you have ergonomic seating, a keyboard drawer, and other resources to make sure you are not hurting yourself while at work. You should do the same for yourself.

WH ERE SH OULD I PU T MY H OME OFFI CE ? Dining Room (Living Room, Parlor, Music Room) – Are you using your dining room? If not, this makes a great place for an office. A dining room typically has a window with a view which is nice. However, it is typically in the foyer and the first thing you see when you walk in the door. So, add doors. In a casual home, you could use a barn door; in a more tailored home, it could be a door with mirrored panels, and if you are super tidy it could be a French door.

Bringing Work

HOME By: Starr Miller

Guest Room – For the six days a year when you have guests you may need to work from the dining room table, but the rest of the time this is wasted space. Why not add a sofa bed, a murphy bed, or a daybed for guests?

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in 1995 when the president of the company was describing a future where we would have access to our desk and work at all times. Whether riding a bicycle or sunning on a boat on the lake, our office would always be available. My reaction was, “Oh goodness, no!”

A Closet, anywhere in your home – This can be done with incredible organization and beauty (see ideas on the Ikea website or Pinterest) and simply closed and locked when not in use.

Well here we are. Everyone has their smart phone, text, Skype, scan, and access to you at all times. On a personal level, I moved out of my home office into a studio about eight years ago. My team grew, our library grew, and this growth pushed us out of the nest. But, like most, I still maintain a home office for days I need to work on the weekends, wait for the repairman, or just have a change of scenery. For me, a smart phone is not ideal for writing an article, a contract, reviewing spreadsheets, or drawing. So how should a home office differ from an outside office and should it? Where do you put it? How do you hide the clutter? Must it be in the basement where no one can see me, and I can’t see them because there are no windows? Starr Miller is the president and principal designer at StarrMiller Interior Design, Inc. Contact her at 704.896.3321 or visit www.starrmiller.com.

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I was at a dear friend’s home this weekend where she hung drapery two feet out from the wall, the full length of the wall in her bedroom, and had the most amazing storage I have ever seen. If I had not checked I would have thought it was a wall of windows with the drapery closed. Genius! There are wonderful file cabinets that you would swear were a beautiful chest of drawers. Perfect for the home. Lovely boxes and baskets and magazine files have always been safe choices. Ballard Designs has some very home-friendly wall pockets and you can use their Shutter TV Cabinet to hide a bulletin or white board.


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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. MICHELE EDWARDS, Owner, Studio 73 Dance

Michele Edwards, the owner of Studio 73 Dance in Huntersville, didn’t have to look far for a role model when it came to leadership. Growing up in Concord, NC, hers resided under her roof—her mother. “My mom is a strong woman who lives life to the fullest,” Michele says with unmistakable admiration. “She is faithful, a prayer warrior, a wonderful cook, and has led the members of our family to be independent in all areas of life.” With that kind of leadership example, it was clear to Michele what kind of leader she wanted to be as the owner of her own dance studio and a group leader in her church. With a focus on accountability and trust, Michele strives to stay positive in both her words and actions as she leads others. “It’s one thing to talk,” she asserts, “but you also have to walk the talk. Leadership is more than instructing others on how to do something … you also have to understand their perspective and be part of their world to effectively communicate.”

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A leader is someone who steps into their role, whether it be their job, volunteering, parenting, or friendship, and holds themselves accountable for their successes and failures."

Inspired and motivated by the art of dance, Michele attends dance conventions and competitions each season to stay current. Her love for her craft is infectious, and Michele thrives on seeing the joy and excitement of each dancer who walks through the studio’s doors. Michele is only human, though, and her path to leadership has not always been a straight one—there have been challenges as well as successes. But like all great leaders, she understands that missteps can be turned into opportunities, advising, “It is important for leaders to acknowledge mistakes, apologize, and take steps so that mistake becomes a learning experience instead of a repeat performance!”

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meeting and taking a class from Mia Michaels I WISH I HAD MORE TIME TO: sleep!

BIGGEST WORK PET PEEVE: walking into an

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DESCRIBE YOURSELF USING THREE WORDS:

caring, compassionate, and charming

WHEN I PUNCH OUT:

I hang with family & friends, travel, and try new restaurants.

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M A K E Y O U R OW N B OA RD G A M E This is great for the kids

on a rainy day! Come up with the theme for a game, then draw, print off computer, cut out of magazines, etc.—everything you need to create your own game. Kids will love coming up with the rules, the game pieces, and the prizes; and you can make it educational as well.

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The Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists has lots of options for volunteering and fun family events. From building butterfly gardens to cleaning up riverbanks, they are sure to have something for everyone. Contact them at 704.675.2011 or www.lnwc.org.

H IT THE RINK

How long has it been since you’ve been ice skating? It’s more fun than you think and great exercise for the entire family.

It’s a short drive to Pineville Ice House and you can get more information at www.pinevilleice.com or call 704.889.9000.

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Go to www.kidsactivitiesblog.com for some fun tips and ideas.

G E T BA C K T O N A T U R E

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation operates three nature centers in the county, and each offers lots of hiking trails and other outdoor activities. Contact Latta Plantation Nature Center in Huntersville for more information on all three centers: 704.875.2312 or www.lattaplantation.org.

O U T DO O R F U N I NDOORS

Build a tent with blankets and have a “campout”—complete with S’mores, hotdogs, hot chocolate, and other camping treats. Have the kids use construction paper to make a “campfire” and then take turns making up ghost stories. Scariest story wins a prize!

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LEAVING THEM SPEECHLESS I was absolutely sure I wanted to be a teacher… until my first day of teacher orientation at Appalachian State University, then something clicked and I realized teaching was not what I was supposed to do. My parents were speechless! But what can I say, when you know you know!

INSEPARABLE Ronnie and I have been married for 11 years. He’s from Kannapolis. We’ve been inseparable practically since we met. We have two children, Carter (8) and Natalie (4). We decided to add to our craziness last March when we brought Lucy, our sweet beagle, into the house.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME A day at the beach is always a good day. There is something very energizing about the ocean. I love that we can spend time as a family and all be able to play together and enjoy the sand and sun. Oak Island, NC, is our home away from home.

TEAM PLAYERS The staff at The Charles Mack Citizen Center and my colleagues throughout Mooresville are the best thing about my job. When you work with people for a long time they become like family. We lean on each other, encourage each other, and push each other to be the best possible version of ourselves.

ALWAYS EVOLVING When I started at Charles Mack, I had very specific responsibilities, namely managing The Charles Mack Citizen Center. Over time that role has evolved to include more performing arts and community events. The amazing friendships and partnerships I have made through the years make me realize I have the best job in the world!

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W R E AT H S A R E N OT J U S T F O R C H R I S T M A S A N Y M O R E !

It has been a tradition to hang wreaths on doors since ancient times in Europe as a way of expressing thanks for the season and welcoming people into your home. Whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall, wreaths bring warmth and add a personal, creative touch to your domicile. The following points are helpful to remember when you are crafting your own wreath:

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Standard front door widths are 30”, 32”, or 36”. Most building requirements are now 36” but if you live in an older home you may want to double-check. So keep in mind that you want to keep your wreath within a 24” outside diameter so as not to impede entrance. Wreath sizes vary and you want to make sure that you are being given an outside dimension (especially if you are ordering a wreath base online). An outside dimension of 24” is a comfortable size for proportion, visibility, and it won’t get in the way when opening the door. If you have a front porch or an entryway with a roof that keeps the elements from hitting your front door, you will have more options. However, if your wreath will be out in the elements, you will want to pick out materials that won’t fall apart when they get wet or fade in direct sunlight. There are many beautiful berries and fruits that can be a great addition to any wreath, but be careful about using foam-filled (if they get wet and freeze they tend to pop). Dried flowers work amazingly well outside and are sturdier than you may think. There are so many to choose from to create a natural spring garden on your door. Dried flowers are easy to work with and the colors, shapes, and textures add realism that artificial flowers sometimes lack. Wired ribbon works the best outside, holding the shape even after getting wet or having someone brush up against it. Plus, when making bows, wired ribbon is much easier to manipulate and hold in your hands. A wreath is a three-dimensional piece, so don’t be afraid to position some of the materials outward and at different angles. This will keep your wreath from looking too flat and give it some depth. Storing your wreath after its intended season is easy—a large trash bag or dry cleaning bag works well; and store in a cool, dry area. If there is dust or dirt buildup, most of it can be blown away with a hair dryer on a cool, low setting.


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in school; however, once I started high school, I saw that I would need to take better notes, study more often, and improve my focus. More than anything, test taking in high school was a struggle (which continued into college!). I can see that same struggle in some of the students that come into Huntington Learning Center in Huntersville. Luckily, there are a number of testtaking strategies and tips that can help your student boost their chances for exam success. I A LWAY S D I D W E L L

Calculate a time budget. Encourage your teen at the start of the test to perform a quick calculation on how much time to spend on each question. If given 60 minutes to complete a test with 45 multiple choice questions, your teen should average around one minute 20 seconds per question. So, this means your teen must pace him or herself and check the clock a few times throughout the exam. Managing one’s time well is an essential part of being a good test taker.

Adopt a few go-to stress management techniques. Teens who experience test anxiety should arm themselves with a few trusted relaxation practices and stress busters. For many students, taking a few moments to close their eyes and think and visualize positive things works wonders. For others, stretching and deep breathing can slow down a racing heart and bring oxygen into the blood flow, creating a calming effect. Talk with your teen’s teacher about effective techniques to calm oneself and stay focused and optimistic during a test.

Save the hardest for last. Every exam will have a few brain busters that trip up your teen, and getting hung up on these mid-exam can cause unneeded anxiety. Instead of spinning the wheels on a challenging question for more than your teen’s budgeted time, encourage him or her to skip and circle such problems. Your teen can revisit those questions at the end of the exam—as long as he or she leaves sufficient time to work on them.

Jot down the “can’t forgets” right away. When beginning a test, your teen should take a minute to write down (on a piece of scrap paper, if provided, or in the margin of the exam) any formulas, key facts or other important information that he or she might need to refer to during the test.

Leave some review time. Ideally, your teen will be able to go over the exam one final time before the test ends to review all answers and re-read any confusing questions where your teen wasn’t certain about the answer. At that time, your teen should also review the test for any glaring errors such as leaving their name off the test or any unanswered questions. Whether your teen struggles on tests occasionally or always, adopting these tips and strategies can help them become successful on their next exam.

Rachael Hower is the assistant director at Huntington Learning Center in Huntersville. They are located at 9601 Holly Point Drive and can be reached at 704.896.9699 or you can visit www.HuntingtonHelps.com.

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Adopt a positive and realistic outlook. Before your teen ever cracks a book to study, be sure you explain this: no test is a completely accurate measure of a student’s knowledge and no test is worth excessive anxiety. Remind your teen frequently— and especially before a test day—that all you and the teacher expect is sincere effort, not perfection. Putting things into perspective will help ease those worries and allow your teen to simply demonstrate his or her knowledge.


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women on the move KRISTY SERDINSKY and

her team at Massage Heights Jetton Village were nominated for the “McIntosh Spirit of Entrepreneurship” by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce in January.

Cindy Michael

Annie Lewis

Denise Curtis

Karen Tovar

Amy Lykins

Arlene Arciero

Stacey Anderson

Maureen Roberge

Mimi Sherman

The Board of Directors of the Executive Women of Lake Norman (EWLKN) is pleased to announce the Association’s Board of Directors and Officers for fiscal 2018: President, CINDY MICHAEL, Cindy Michael Tammy Murphy Consulting, LLC; Past President, ANNIE LEWIS, Annie Lewis Event Planning; Vice President, DENISE CURTIS, More Than Faces Medical Spa; Secretary, KAREN TOVAR, The Tovar Group, LLC; Treasurer, AMY LYKINS, ABL Consulting, LLC; Membership, ARLENE ARCIERO, Southern Homes of the Carolinas, and STACEY ANDERSON, Wells Fargo; Programs & Education, MAUREEN ROBERGE, LKN Homes & LKN Commercial, and MIMI SHERMAN, Breathe Mindfulness; Communications, TAMMY MURPHY, Blarney Stone Marketing & Design.

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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HELPING PEOPLE COME

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“Brad received an opportunity to open a mortgage branch for a company when the economy was in recession. He accepted it, and we moved to Lake Norman,” she recalls. Having worked in the mortgage field since high school, the couple has had their fair share of ups and downs. One thing they have learned is what works for them. “Teamwork, respect for each other and each other’s position, patience, listening intentionally, hard work, and an appreciation for our complementary qualities are the keys to our success,” she points out. Angela also advises that genuine dedication and sincerity are evident in how the job is done and how customers are treated. Angela has a true passion about her position to be able to help families achieve their dreams. “I truly care about our clients, our business, and our partners— and serving them well,” she says. “I think that shines through in the work we do.” When speaking of her sons and husband, Angela shines with pride. “Seeing my sons grow up to be respectable, compassionate, responsible, smart and strong Godfearing young men has been the best accomplishment in my life,” she beams. Bradley attends UNC Wilmington, and Jacob, a senior at Lake Norman High School, is

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planning to attend East Carolina University next year. Along with her sons, Angela also credits her husband who inspires her every day and just makes life more fun. “He is always working on taking things to the next level, whether it be personally or professionally, and that keeps me aware of myself and how I can do that in my life or contribute to his ideas and plans,” she says. Brad and Angela enjoy traveling together, and they have taken some fabulous trips. “Some of my favorites have been visits to Napa Valley, Maui, Oahu, Cabo San Lucas, and Turks and Caicos,” she shares. It’s not hard to see that she loves the beach. Angela describes her perfect day as “being on a tropical beach vacation with my family, where it’s warm and sunny, and we’re relaxing and playing in the water, enjoying the sunshine.” The whole family will be going to Italy this summer to celebrate Brad and Angela’s 20th wedding anniversary along with Jacob’s high school graduation. “I am so stoked about this trip!” Angela’s motivation in life is her faith in God, and His word is her guide. “The Bible is my life guide, my giver of advice, my daily encouragement during my highs and my lows … it’s my everything,” she expresses. Her favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11-14, which reads: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” One of Angela’s other favorites is The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. “This book has helped me connect and love others in my life in the way that speaks to them the most,” she states. Professionally, Angela’s favorite book is Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach to Customer Service by Ken Blanchard. “This book helped me understand how to take my clients’ experience while getting a mortgage to the next level, and it opened my eyes on how I can go above and beyond for them,” she continues. In her goal of fulfilling her Godgiven purpose in life of helping others in need, Angela strives to be kind in everything she does. She believes that you will never go wrong if you are kind and work hard. “Embrace kindness in all you do,” she smiles. “We need more of that in today’s world.”

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5TH ANNUAL SIP & SEEK BRIDAL SHOW 1pm-4pm Historic Rural Hill 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville

An intimate setting for couples and vendors to meet while enjoying complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres; door prizes will be drawn every half hour. $5 admission at door.

6TH ANNUAL LATTA CELTIC CELEBRATION

Historic Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Rd., Huntersville

Celebrate all things Celtic with live music, food and beer vendors, arts and crafts vendors, historic Celtic warriors, heritage demonstrations, story times, dancing, and a special performance by master fiddler Jaime Laval.

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Enjoy the area’s largest block party with Irish dancers, bagpipers, games, contests, food for every palate, live music, and DJs throughout the day.

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LIVE THE GOOD LIFE HEALTH FAIR 10am-2pm Charles Mack Citizen Center 215 N. Main St., Mooresville

Bring your questions for the professionals and visit 80+ vendors. Various screenings offered. Open to the public; admission is free. Lots of door prizes too!

HOP INTO SPRING 2pm-4pm Robbins Park 17738 West Catawba Ave., Cornelius

For children ages 3-12, Saturday, this is Mar. 24 a free, family event. Participants will enjoy Easter egg-themed activities, arts & crafts, a DJ, face painting, inflatables, and concessions.

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LAKE NORMAN WOMAN is getting out and about each month, looking for great events and the fabulous and exciting Lake Norman people who are making them happen! So next time you’re at a chamber event, a new business in the area, or just out having fun, look for Lake Norman Woman and our camera. Who knows, you just might find yourself in next month’s “SCENE WITH LAKE NORMAN WOMAN!”

LKNW’s Dana with Sara Thomas at the Waking Up For Wishes event at Peninsula Club in December LKNW’s Dana at Carolina Age Management Institute’s “New Year, New You” event with Dr. Stephen Giordano

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Carolina Age Management Institute’s Dr. Stephen Giordano (right) with Dr. Jason Miller (left) and Robert “Monty” Montgomery at their “New Year, New You” event in January

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kathy McLEOD 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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COMING HOME: I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, but developed an early love of the South from trips to South Carolina with my dad. I looked for colleges in the Southeast and ended up at Clemson University where I met Ken, my future husband. After we married, we ended up in Charlotte. We now live in Mooresville on Lake Norman and have been married for almost 30 years. We have three children: Riley, 20; Emily, 17; and Sam, 14. Our precious labradoodle, Maggie, rounds out the family … we are truly blessed!

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PAVING THE WAY: I started my interior design business in 2010 after a successful 20-plus-year banking career. Ken and I have built every home we’ve ever lived in (currently in house number seven!) and have always loved the design/build process. Upon retirement from corporate America and thinking about how I wanted to spend my time over the next 20 years, I turned to what I’ve always loved … home design.

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CHILDHOOD BEGINNINGS: I spent a lot of time during my childhood focusing on design— making clothes for my dolls, repainting and wallpapering my dollhouses, spending my allowance on new dollhouse furniture, redecorating my room, helping my mom select and arrange furniture, and the list goes on. It just took me until I was in my 40s to make design my vocation.

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MAKING IT COUNT: When my dad was diagnosed with cancer and passed away seven months later, my life perspective became clearer. That was back in 1993; he was just 60 years old. I went through the typical stages of grief, but what was the hardest for me was to not have him around for advice and for my kids to have never known him personally. My dad gave me so many great pieces of advice, but the one that I find myself always referencing and telling my kids about relates to how I spend my time. He always stressed that you never say, “I don’t have time,” because how you spend your time is a choice. Instead, you say, “I didn’t make time for that.” Because of that advice, I always carefully consider the choices I make and how I spend my time. Kathy McLeod is the owner and principal designer of RES Interiors in Mooresville. For more information, visit www.resinteriors.com or call 704.500.9198.

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the BADGES will engage in a friendly competition on March 24, from 10 am to 3 pm at Birkdale Village. The Huntersville Fire Department, Huntersville Police Department, and Mecklenburg County Sherriff’s Office will compete in the annual Battle of the Badges to collect blood donations for the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, the primary blood supplier to the region’s patients and hospitals serving counties in North and South Carolina. LOCAL POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS

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What are the possible symptoms?

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can have many different symptoms. They may be very mild for some women (those of you in that group, you may want to keep that to yourself when you are around your other menopausal friends) or they may be quite severe and disruptive for others. The average age of menopause in the United States is 51. This is the age that most women stop having periods. Peri-menopausal symptoms may start six or more years prior to actual menopause. Symptoms continue for two to five years after menopause for most women, and 10 percent of women continue having symptoms for the rest of their lives. Dr. Lindsey Mashburn is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. A Cornelius native, Dr. Mashburn is a practicing physician at South Lake Women's Healthcare, 19453 West Catawba Ave., Suite A, in Cornelius. You may reach them at 704.896.9912 or visit www.southlakewomens.com.

Often women who have survived cancer or heart attacks assume or have been told that they cannot safely treat their menopausal symptoms. I think this is because many people assume the only treatment option is

M E N O PA U S E

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned in this article, it is best to discuss them with your doctor. By listening carefully to your symptoms, he or she will often be able to determine if the symptoms are menopause related. Evaluation of blood work is sometimes used as well, but not always needed.

What do I do about it? Treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms and your desire for intervention. Lifestyle changes such as healthy diet, exercise, and even stretching before bed have been shown to be helpful. Some over-the-counter treatments such as black cohosh and progesterone cream are available. However, with more severe symptoms you may choose medical treatment with hormonal or non-hormonal options. Our scientific understanding of various hormones continues to grow, allowing us to use them more safely. If started at the correct age, there are health benefits as well.

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How do I know if I am in menopause?

hormones. Fortunately, there are non-hormonal treatment options that are safe for women who have cancer and cardiovascular health history. Most women who choose treatment remain on treatment for two to five years after menopause; however, as mentioned before, some women have symptoms forever and may choose to stay on treatment for longer. Once you start hormone replacement you can choose to stop it at any time. Few medications used for menopause symptoms require you to slowly wean off of them. For sexual symptoms related to menopause, there are hormonal treatments, radiofrequency, and laser treatments available. The new laser technologies can treat not only dryness and pain with intercourse, but also leaking of urine. Patient satisfaction with the vaginal laser treatments are over 95 percent.

How do I find a doctor who treats menopause? Most OB-GYN physicians are comfortable treating menopausal symptoms. A physician who is a member of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and/or International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health receives additional educational materials and the most up-to-date information on menopausal health concerns.

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Bringing Humble

Back Home Heidi Brausch DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Charlotte CONCORD, NC

I T ’ S A L L A B O U T D E TA I LS

… I remind myself to be patient and gentle, even when others aren’t … spread the love; always be humble and kind!”

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and a positive attitude for Heidi Brausch, co-owner (with husband Rick) of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Charlotte. Heidi is a native of Long Island, New York, and graduated from Long Island University with a degree in accounting. With a passion for design from a young age, she often begged her mother to take her to open model homes and to their local furniture stores so she could browse. “I used to pour over furniture magazines until I had memorized exactly how my imaginary house would be furnished,” laughs Heidi. Wavering between accounting and architecture in selecting a college major, her choice of accounting has benefited her family’s business. Heidi, a CPA, manages the financial and administrative aspects but, a designer herself, she also helps Rick with design.

“I met my husband at our church youth group when we were teenagers,” Heidi recalls. The two have been married for 26 years and have three children: Anthony, 21; Timothy, 17; and Dorothy Grace, 14. Rick comes from a background of interior design and remodeling and worked beside his parents learning the ropes. Heidi says: “We enjoy designing together. It’s more of a hobby than a job!” Just like some people enjoy wine or music, Heidi enjoys admiring the details of the architecture. “I notice things that other people don’t usually notice.” Being a wife, mother, business owner, and designer, Heidi believes exercising self-discipline is crucial. “It takes a lot to keep going when you’re tired or unmotivated,” she confesses. Finding a balance, continuing to learn along the way, and keeping her priorities in line are what she leans on during times of entropy. The youngest of five siblings, Heidi says, “I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home—a foundation that I believe has helped me all along.” In her mid-20s, Heidi was diagnosed with an autoimmune blood disorder called ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura) where her platelet count became dangerously low. “That time really changed me and made me rethink my priorities in life,” describes Heidi. Her great faith in God helped her hang on when things were hard. In time, she recovered and considers the ordeal a blessing in disguise, as she learned to enjoy the little things, even on a bad day. “I take pleasure in a good cup of tea, guitar and piano music, and a great pen … I love purple InkJoy® pens,” she grins. “The most important thing in life is my family and faith in God,” Heidi says. Her mantra is Proverbs 15:1 which says that a harsh word stirs up strife, but a gentle answer turns away wrath. “I have used that one a lot,” she says, “and I remind myself to be patient and gentle, even when others aren’t … spread the love; always be humble and kind!”

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REM (rapid eye movement) sleep is critical in visual learning, and SWS (slow-wave sleep)—which is deep, restorative sleep—contributes to memory and newly acquired information.

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memory, and learning is a complex phenomenon that is not entirely understood; but, say researchers, the quality and quantity of sleep are essential when it comes to brain function. If we don’t get enough sleep, our moods, motivation, judgment, and perception get off track, all of which affect learning. Here are additional factors why sleep is so important to learning and our overall brain health:

Without recuperative sleep, you lose the ability to make decisions because you can’t fully assess the situation, plan accordingly, or choose the appropriate behaviors and responses. Judgment becomes impaired.

Recall occurs when we’re awake, but research suggests that memory takes place during sleep when neural connections are being strengthened.

Adequate sleep is essential for proper memory function, a vital component of learning. Sleep deprivation keeps you from being able to focus your attention properly, which inhibits the learning process.

If you are sleep deprived, your focus and attention drift, making it more difficult to receive and process information. Neurons become overworked and no longer function properly. For more information on sleep and learning, visit www.sleepfoundation.org.

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what i know NOW!

Toby Keith may lament he’s not “as good as I once was,”and John Cougar Mellencamp may want to “hold on to 16,” or at least that’s what they say in their songs, but the women of Lake Norman are proof that life just keeps getting better and better. With life experience comes wisdom, and we’re asking area women to share what they’ve learned on the topics of lifestyle, attitude, beauty, self-confidence, relationships, and, yes, getting older. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THE YOUNGER YOU?

Take more chances. I was always so afraid of failing, and it took me a long time to realize that by not trying, I was already failing. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO WALK AWAY?

I know it’s time to walk away when someone, or something, is draining my positive energy and replacing it with negative energy. WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR MOM?

Kindness, humor, compassion, and loving deeply. My mom passed away in 1992 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 52. Even during her illness, it was she that comforted me, explaining that the grief we experience over losing someone is well worth the joy we receive in loving them. WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU HOPE YOUNGER GENERATIONS LEARN FROM YOU?

My professional success and finding the “real me” happened in my 40s, so I try to teach young women I mentor that it’s never too late to be all that they can be. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY WHEN YOU WERE 25?

I would have had more fun! I was so serious when I was younger. I am actually having more fun now than any other time in my life! WHAT ADVENTURE CHANGED YOUR LIFE?

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Cindy MICHAEL By: Dana Nieters

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Owner, The M Company LKN TOWN:

Cornelius, NC

I traveled many places around the world six years ago, and the one thing I learned is that most people are the same—and by that I mean GOOD— everywhere, despite how the world seems right now.


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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.

coming home…

TO YOURSELF By: Camille Wilson

COM I N G HOME TO YO U RS E L F — perhaps there is

something intriguing about this notion. If so, take a deep breath and give yourself the permission and time to read on. Most of us live much of our lives on the outside. As soon as we awaken in the morning, we are out of bed and heading into the day with a never-ending to-do list. The overwhelming onslaught of sensory input that comes at us from the media and the world around us monopolizes our attention. We are a very busy people. And then there are the expectations…the ways in which we seek to be validated, to meet others’ needs, and to receive affirmation. In our longing to be accepted, to belong, to be loved, to be the perfect partner, parent, employee, friend, we set our expectations for ourselves unreasonably high, pushing ourselves to accomplish even more and then berating ourselves for not being able to do it all.

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Then something big happens and gets our full attention. The world as we know it falls apart. This happened to me in my life. A devastating divorce. Financial crisis. Loss of a loved one. A frightening diagnosis. In the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity, I could no longer keep running on empty. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained, I was forced to pause. At first, I was angry with myself, the world. But before long, I realized that I had to let go. It happened slowly as I learned to be gentle with myself. I learned to breathe into my body and heed its messages for rest and restoration. I received nourishment through the support of family and friends, and the power of prayer. I embraced the practice of yoga and movement

which brought with it acceptance of my physical body and gentle, yet powerful, healing. And through dedicated work with a wonderful therapist, I began to understand myself better and learned to release the fear and negative patterns that had controlled my life for so long. In the midst of crisis, I was given the opportunity to stop running from myself… and to come home. Coming home to ourselves is about accepting ourselves, warts and all. Showing up in our own unique way. Discovering that the treasure we seek is buried in our heart and soul. Living with authenticity, gratitude, and meaning which resonates deep within our souls. Each of us has a unique journey through life. Through my “full journey” (after which my counseling and coaching practice is named), I have learned that inner healing and true transformation can only happen when we come home to ourselves. As human beings, we cannot do this journey alone, so be kind to yourself and seek out the support of others. The journey is not for the faint of heart, but it is definitely worth taking. Is it time for you to come home?

Camille Wilson is a nationally-certified licensed professional counselor practicing in Davidson. Having survived, and thrived, through many of life’s struggles, she believes in the resilience of the human spirit. You may contact her at 704.980.9599 or visit www.fulljourney.org.

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Does this sound familiar? We spend our days searching on the outside for answers, meaning, happiness, and validation. We do and give and seek until we have nothing left on the inside. Then we run from the emptiness, pushing away the feelings of unease

from deep within our innermost being, trying to ignore the small voice which we can sometimes hear in the quiet of night when sleep eludes us. Tired, empty, and disillusioned, we force ourselves to smile and carry on as we drown out the yearning with food and drink, and ignore our body’s subtle signals to slow down.


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Lake Norman Woman March 2018  

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Lake Norman Woman March 2018

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