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“Often times it happens, we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key.” —THE EAGLES, “ALREADY GONE”

There’s nothing like googling “cute sandals that hide bunions” to make a gal feel older than dirt. But it is exactly because I am older now that I have the courage to wear sandals, bunion-y feet be darned. In my younger years I was much too concerned about what other people thought to expose my less-than-beautiful feet—or any other vulnerability that I had for that matter. I was far too worried about what others might think about me, terrified that if people saw my flaws or knew me as I really was they wouldn’t accept me. So I played it safe. Rather than being vulnerable and putting myself out there in any real way, I changed, bent, and distorted myself to be what I thought others expected me to be. For example, I allowed popular fashion to dictate my wardrobe (think jelly shoes and spandex…lots of spandex); I found myself in jobs I wasn’t very good at because I thought they were the kinds of jobs I was supposed to take (odd…people who aren’t good at math don’t make great bank tellers); I spent time with people I didn’t particularly like. And though this is hard to admit, I even married a man who I knew wasn’t a good fit for me because the fear of being perceived as a middleaged spinster outweighed good judgement and performing due diligence on the relationship. In fact, I was so worried about the stigma of being single in my 40s, I refused to own a cat, lest I be viewed as a crazy cat lady among my social circle. Spoiler alert: none of that worked out so well. After all, it’s impossible to be the best version of yourself when you try to be someone other than who you really are—and it’s quite exhausting, too. Thankfully, perspective also comes with the gray hair, the inability to read small print, and the body parts that have submitted to the forces of gravity that come with aging. What I discovered with that newly gained insight is that there are many kinds of prison, and I had been living in a jail that I alone built. So my 50s have been all about letting go of those limiting thoughts and forgiving myself for my mistakes, even the ones that used to keep me up at night. With that forgiveness I have gained a great deal of freedom—most notably, the freedom to just be me, bunions and all. I lost a lot of things in the process, too: the blame, the guilt, and the regret, to name a few. I suppose that’s the price of liberation. All I have to say about that is “Let freedom ring!” w

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Summer, Swimming, And Safety!

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TEENS ALOUD:

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Why Do I See "Coming Soon" Signs Everywhere!?

5 Must-See State Parks

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8 Fun Ways To Celebrate The 4th

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COFFEE TALK:

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Making Magical Moments

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LIVE, LEARN,

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:

INTEGRITY, OPTIMISM, DETERMINATION, AND COMPASSION

TAKE LIFE BY THE HELM

Nicole Buice, clinical operations manager at Research Carolina in Denver and owner of Research Carolina and Tickled Pink 4D Ultrasound Studio & Children’s Boutique, is the epitome of these traits and she tells us on PAGE 58 how her grandfather inspired her to never stop trying and to always believe in herself.

When Amanda Glowacki, founder and owner of Amanda Kate Home in Davidson, was just weeks away from becoming a new mom, her husband lost his job and things suddenly became uncertain and scary. See how Amanda turned things around on PAGE 18.

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TIME FOR A COFFEE BREAK

With five kids and several businesses to run, I guess the obligatory question is “How?!” Dart on over to PAGE 28 where we get a few minutes with Kat Eckles, co-founder of Clean Juice and freecoat nails in Cornelius.

NO HORSING AROUND

Check out 5 must-know Mom-preneur rules on PAGE 52 where we talk with Katie Stankiewicz, certified leadership coach, advanced certified equine specialist, and owner of Willow Equine and Soul to Sole Connection in Mooresville.

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STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF

Meet Cover Girl Dr. Claire Papp with White & Haines Advanced Dentistry in Cornelius. Born into a Navy family and relocating every two years, Claire learned early on how to quickly make friends and find the best in every situation. She shares those valuable insights with us on PAGE 34 w


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COMMUNITY

8things Camp out in your backyard and have patriotic movie night, hot dogs, and s’mores!

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Organize a neighborhood picnic and bike parade.

Write letters to those in the military. Get crafty with the kids.

Decorate your house and lawn.

Volunteer in your community … s! that’s about as patriotic as it get

Visit an historic landmark.

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COMMUNITY

Lovin’ Livin’

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As we here at Lake Norman celebrate Parks & Rec this month, we thought a few reminders of our area’s lake beaches and parks were in order. With so many to choose from, here are just a few cool spots to enjoy this summer.

RAMSEY CREEK PARK Lakefront park for boating, fishing, and picnicking plus sand volleyball, horseshoes, and a playground.

18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, www.mecknc.gov

BEATTY'S FORD PARK Featuring an amphitheater, two playgrounds, a splash area, a walking trail, sports areas, and more.

8335 Shipley Lane, Denver, www.lincolncounty.org

JETTON PARK Tree-covered, 104-acre park on Lake Norman with a small beach, tennis courts, a trail, and picnic area. 19000 Jetton Road, Cornelius, www.mecknc.gov

LAKE NORMAN STATE PARK Boasting the largest manmade lake in North Carolina, this is one of the region’s more popular mountain biking networks, offering 30.5 miles of single-track trails. Nearby is a beach and bathhouse complex and fishing spots abound!

759 State Park Road, Troutman, www.ncparks.gov

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AMANDA glowacki 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.

on LOVING REAL ESTATE … EVEN AS A KID: I grew up in a suburb of Winston-Salem, and my family would spend Sunday afternoons attending open houses. I honestly never thought we would move, but we eventually did after seeing a new neighborhood being built close to my grandparents. I loved the thrill of touring homes and the process of settling into our new home. on SWITCHING GEARS: As I became an adult, I had a few friends who were real estate agents. My husband John and I actually discussed the option of working in real estate several times, but I never took action because I was afraid of working a commissiononly job. However, the dream of being an agent always stayed in the back of my mind. Then, in 2016, six weeks before my daughter Taya was born, my husband lost his job. We were gob-smacked—we were about to have a new baby and had no promise of a steady income! I couldn’t go back to my full-time job because we didn’t have money for childcare. John found a new job that fall; however, we knew that in order to make up for the income we lost, I would need to find employment as well — but it had to allow me to have a flexible schedule and limitless earning potential. The next day, I researched real estate pre-licensing classes and signed up for the next available class. Ten weeks later I was licensed and ready to join a firm! on FINDING BALANCE: I am lucky to have a career that allows me so much flexibility. The challenge is that the moment I pick my daughter up from school is usually when clients and prospects are ready to do business, so I pivot a lot and give myself a ton of grace. If I have to take an hour and give my daughter her iPad while I knock out a few work emails, it’s fine! She’ll remember that she saw her mom work hard and chase her dreams. on THE GREAT OUTDOORS: I love to take walks and go to parks. I really love Abersham Park. The open space, the sunshine, the mostly flat terrain … I could walk there forever! We’re also members at River Run Country Club and we love spending time there as a family.

AMANDA GLOWACKI AMANDA KATE HOME

on SEEKING INSPIRATION: Surround yourself with like-minded people that are visionaries. Invest in your community, and support anyone who is starting a new business and new life journey—especially later in life after a long-term career in something completely different … it’s hard but it’s worth it! w

Amanda Glowacki is the founder and owner of Amanda Kate Home located in Davidson. You may reach her at 704.962.7889, via email at Amanda@AmandaKateHome.com, or visit her today at www.AmandaKateHome.com.

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HEALTH

Urgent Care or ER – WHICH IS BEST?

L E T ’ S FA C E I T – T H E R E ’ S N E V E R A C O N V E N I E N T T I M E TO N E E D H E A LT H C A R E .

Emergency rooms are important and needed for many conditions, but a trip to the ER isn’t always the best option. Sometimes, an urgent care is more appropriate. How do you know which is best for you? Asking yourself these two questions may help you decide.

Is it life-threatening? The biggest difference between an urgent care center and an ER is the type of cases they can handle. When people have a condition that is life-threatening or could cause disability, they should go to the ER. If the problem is not that serious, urgent care may be a better choice.

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Iredell Urgent Care (of Iredell Health System) is open 24 hours a day and is located at 653 Bluefield Road, Suite A, in Mooresville. You can reach them at 704.360.6500 or give them a virtual visit today at www.IredellUrgentCare.com.

It’s always best to go to an emergency room or call 9-1-1 if the condition could get worse on the way to the hospital, or moving could cause further injury. Anyone concerned they may be having a heart attack or stroke should always call 9-1-1 right away. While an urgent care clinic may be able to assist in an emergency, medical care available in a hospital environment is needed for medical emergencies like heart attack and stroke. An urgent care will save you money. Copays and deductibles for urgent care visits are typically less compared to an emergency room. For those who are either uninsured or underinsured, urgent care visits are much more affordable.

While many people utilize emergency rooms as their primary source of healthcare, using an urgent care instead, when appropriate for the care that is needed, has several benefits, such as:

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Can it wait until the next day?

Urgent care is a good option for individuals with health concerns that cannot wait until their healthcare provider’s office is open, or for those who are concerned something more serious may be going on with their health that isn’t an emergency, but needs medical attention sooner rather than later. These may include conditions that cause an individual to not be able to continue with their normal lifestyle without medical help. Examples include, but are not limited to the following: • Animal bites • Broken bones • Coughs, sore throats, high fevers, and flu • Cuts that require stitches • Earaches and sinus pain • Eye problems

severity of their conditions, urgent cares treat patients on a first-come, first-served basis. That means you’ll spend less time potentially sitting in a waiting room. It also means the healthcare provider likely won’t be tied up seeing other patients with more serious conditions for long periods of time. The end result? You get in and out in a timely manner.

• Minor burns • Minor headaches or breathing problems • Rashes and skin problems • Sports injuries • Urinary tract infections • Vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach or belly pain

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SELF

M Y 3 4 -Y E A R - O L D D A U G H T E R C A M E H O M E F O R

We pumped our legs and went higher; we laughed and talked as the breeze hit our faces. We remembered what it was like to swing so high that it tickled your tummy. For both of us, swinging represents freedom and courage. We did not hold the usual swinging competition to see who could go the highest due to the number of children in the immediate area—we will save that for the next visit.

We arrived at the park and set out for the swings. When we got to the playground, we noticed it was crowded with loads of mommas and their children. We were anticipating a middle-of-the-week park visit … free from people! At first I thought maybe we should skip swinging and just walk due to the crowds. I looked at my daughter and asked if we were perhaps too old to be swinging anyway. Just then we spotted two open swings and made a beeline, not running (there was a sign that said NO RUNNING) but we were walking quickly before one of the kids could take the seats that we knew were reserved for us.

The minutes passed and the joy was immense. We noticed there were a few children eyeing us as they were longing for their moment in the swings. After about five minutes of sheer joy, we relinquished our seats so that others could make lasting memories. No matter the age, there is nothing better than a mother and daughter just swinging in a park without a care in the world.

a visit from Seattle and one of the first things I asked her was, “What do you want to do during your visit?” She replied that she wanted to go to Jetton Park in Cornelius. She loves the memories of the walk around the lake and a picnic afterwards. But what she really wanted to do was SWING. I love to swing, and quite possibly I have passed that on to the next generation.

I think the seats must have gotten smaller but who cares! We grabbed the chains, backed up a few steps, and started to propel forward.

Parks have always been a fun place to visit for our family. We like to walk, hike, picnic, and enjoy nature while we enjoy each other. Decide to visit a park, jump on the swings, and do not worry about who is watching—enjoy the memories from the past, make memories in the moment, and let the breeze give you a big hug. w

Nancy Beard is a certified life coach who works with women to help them “Find Their Joy.” Connect with Nancy to learn about individual coaching or motivational speaking at nancybeardcoaching@gmail.com or at www.nancybeardcoachingllc.com.

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FAMILY

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With warm weather comes outdoor fun; we’ve been looking forward to it all winter! But it’s also a time of increased accidents. With water abounding in our area, here are some water safety reminders:

• Never leave a child unattended (no matter how good a swimmer). • Invest in Coast Guard-approved life vests (“water wings” and other floatation devices are not suitable substitutes). • Teach your children to swim at an early age (consult your doctor for appropriate age). • If a child is missing, check the water first (seconds count!). • Watch for signs of hypothermia even in warm water (when lips are bluish and your child is shivering, it’s time for a break!).

• Drink plenty of water (it is ALWAYS important to stay hydrated while outdoors). • Carry extra equipment (spare life vests, rope for throwing, floats, etc.). • Shout, Throw, Call (If someone is drowning, the Red Cross suggests the following in this order: shout for help, throw a rescue or flotation device, call 911 if needed). • It’s ok to swim after eating (while exercising in general can be uncomfortable on a full stomach, the need to wait 30 minutes is a myth).

LOCAL RESOURCES:

YMCA (Lake Norman Family Branch) (704) 716-4400 www.ymcacharlotte.org Discovery Aquatics (Mooresville) (704) 975-6625 www.discoveryaquatics.net Little Otter Swimming School (Huntersville) (704) 243-8738 www.littleotterswim.com

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FEATURE

coffee talk

: k l a t e e f f co A Sit-Down Chat with KAT ECKLES, Co-Founder of Clean Juice and freecoat nails in Cornelius

Our First Cup

The pandemic was such a crazy year for everyone that I feel like so much is new, yet so much has been brought back to basics! My husband and I purchased a new business concept called freecoat nails to add to our portfolio, so we’ve had an awesome few months getting that brand off the ground. Our flagship store opened in Myers Park in the spring, and we have a new location open in Cornelius. Also, our flagship Clean Juice store in Birkdale Village (where the award-winning brand started) has opened up new digs in a “store of the future” featuring self-ordering kiosks, digital menu boards, and more!

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Sip and Enjoy … There’s A-Latte Going On!

We have five kids (ages 14, 13, 7, 6, and 4) so we are at a few different stages in life! The older two are in their teenage years, so we constantly have a house full of their friends. Spending time with my kids is easily my favorite part of life right now. I think the teenage years can get a bad rap, but I have thoroughly enjoyed watching my kids turn into young adults and have conversations about their perspectives and thoughts. We have so much fun and laugh all the time. The little kids are so sweet and a joy, and we all just like being at home together—swimming, hanging outside, and enjoying life. I am a homebody and honestly feel the most relaxed and at peace when I am at home with my kids.

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Balancing work and family is an on-going battle—a journey with peaks and valleys. I was a stay-at-home mom before we opened our businesses, and I am most comfortable in that role. I sometimes need to pull myself out of that and make sure I’m not missing things at work. There have been seasons, though, where I had to really grind at work and I felt like I was neglectful at home; but it is important to remind yourself that balance is going to look different on different days and, for me, during different times of the year because of our on/off seasonal fluctuations. Bottom line is to give yourself a break … don’t be too hard on yourself!

How About a Cup of Kona?

"… balance is going to look different on different days."

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My husband and I love watching All American with our teenage kids. I was the biggest Beverly Hills, 90210 fan and it reminds me of a modern version of that, so I get slightly nostalgic! I also have been into using the infrared sauna we purchased for our home. It’s been a great way to unwind at night while doing something for my self-care and wellness.

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HEALTH

A S W E A L L K N O W, A G I N G I S A N I N E V I TA B L E PA R T O F

teeth aging you? are your

life and while we are aware that it can affect our skin and hair, we sometimes overlook how aging affects our teeth and our smile. Aging isn’t always pretty, and the mouth is no exception. There are dental challenges that we face as we get older— indicating the importance of taking care of our teeth as we age. A century ago, the need for dentures later in life was almost a foregone conclusion. Today, three-quarters of people over 65 retain at least some of their natural teeth; however, older people still suffer higher rates of gum disease, dental decay, oral cancer, mouth infections, and tooth loss. While these problems are nothing to smile about, you can still do a lot to keep your mouth looking and feeling younger than its years. The rate of tooth decay in people over 65 now outpaces that of schoolchildren. While there’s not much you can do to stem the natural attrition of the tooth surface, the pillars of prevention – brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings at the dentist’s office– remain the same at any age. Here are some tips to help keep your mouth looking and feeling younger:

Use an electric toothbrush. After a two-year study, scientists from the Oral Health Foundation found that people who use an electric toothbrush have healthier gums, less tooth decay, and keep their teeth longer. The latest models of electric toothbrushes have timers that will notify you when you have brushed long enough – and they are easier to hold – perfect if you have arthritis. Floss. We know. Some patients cringe when their hygienist asks the question, “Have you been flossing?” (By the way – they can tell.) Bacteria can quickly build up on your teeth and affects the enamel. Try to routinely floss at least once a day. Protect against sensitivity. As we age, our teeth can naturally become more sensitive, which is often due to gum recession that occurs and ultimately exposes the roots of our teeth, making them sensitive to acidity and changing temperatures. You may want to use a toothpaste specifically designed to combat

sensitivity. Use a pea-sized amount on your finger, rub it into your sensitive areas after brushing (before bedtime), and leave it on overnight. The importance of saliva. As we approach our 60s, we produce less saliva, and hundreds of medications list dry mouth (xerostomia) as a side effect. Saliva is a defense against tooth decay and bad breath. Drinking water throughout the day can support your saliva’s battle against bacteria. Over-the-counter rinses and toothpaste can also help create saliva. Teeth whitening. There are numerous whitening products for even the toughest stains. Dental bleaches containing peroxide will lighten your teeth a few shades … although the results are less dramatic in older teeth. Whitening toothpastes and rinses may temporarily lift superficial stains, but for more effective and longer-lasting solutions talk to your dentist about composite bonding or porcelain veneers. w

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Dr. Ross W. Nash is the owner of Cosmetic Dentistry of the Carolinas in Huntersville and founder of The Nash Institute for Dental Learning. Contact Dr. Nash and his team at 704.895.7660 or visit them today at www.CosmeticDentistofCharlotte.com. WRITER DR. ROSS NASH


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FEATURE

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With her engaging smile and upbeat attitude, Claire Papp brings positive energy into every aspect of her life. Born into a Navy family and relocating every two years, Claire learned at an early age how to quickly make friends and find the best in every situation. WRITER KATHRYN ANN HORNBERGER

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have lived in a total of 11 cities throughout the United States,” Claire relays. “Growing up and moving every two years was very challenging for me. But looking back, I realize it really shaped who I am as a person–extroverted, social, and able to make those around me feel welcomed.” Her ability to make folks feel at home in her presence has served her well as a dentist. It’s no surprise that many people feel at least some degree of apprehension when it comes to dental procedures. Claire’s personality and style puts patients at ease. “I am extremely proud to have earned a dental degree and work in an office where I can be myself,” Claire says. “I am easily able to create new relationships with patients because of my extroverted personality.” Her sense of humor helps, too, as Claire has an arsenal of what she describes as “corny dental jokes” which she enjoys sharing with patients. They know to come armed with their own jokes, too. “I try to get my patients to laugh when they see me,” Claire offers with a smile. Becoming a dentist wasn’t always on Claire’s agenda; she started out her college years as a business management major. “While an undergrad,” Claire recalls, “I saw the local dentist for appointments and noticed that he had a degree in finance. I was majoring in business management so this intrigued me. I remember thinking–finance and teeth?” After contemplating that connection, Claire became more fond of the idea that dentistry might be her calling. At the same time, her mother was undergoing a myriad of dental

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issues. “My mom had a lot of dental problems and pain in her later adult life,” she shares, “and seeing that made me want to join the field of dentistry as well—to help patients get out of pain and back to good oral health.” Claire decided to meet with her advisor and see if it was possible to take the necessary science courses along with her business courses to go into dentistry. That summer, Claire shadowed a dentist for over 100 hours and loved what she saw … she was hooked! “It took me an extra year to graduate, but it was completely worth it,” Claire says. Her career choice has proven to be fulfilling on many levels. From the people she works with to the patients she meets— hearing about their lives and stories makes her job so much more than just “fixing teeth.” Additionally, working with Dr. White and Dr. Haines is an honor for Claire and, she adds: “They are such knowledgeable, wonderful dentists. We get along very well … we just click and that’s an amazing thing!” As a student, Claire was active in her field’s professional associations and she continued her involvement once she became a dentist. In school, she was able to attend many American Student Dental Association conferences that helped establish her foundation as a dentist. “I feel that it is my obligation to stay informed and educated for the best outcome of my patients,” Claire says. “Now that I have started my career, I have continued to stay involved in dentistry outside of the office. I attend ADA meetings, continuing education courses, and was just recently elected the Secretary of the Charlotte Dental Society Board.” Getting settled in the Charlotte/Lake Norman region felt like a natural choice for Claire. She had connections with friends and peers from college, and she felt this area would support her growth as a professional—as well as provide a lifestyle that was compatible with her personality. “I pretty much grew up being around beaches my entire life,” Claire explains, “but I actually prefer to be on lakes, so I wanted to start my career in a city with a lake nearby.”

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I truly believe that when you give off positive energy, it is attracted right back to you. Stay invested in what you do and cultivate healthy relationships. In a changing world, it’s important to stay true to yourself.” Since moving to North Carolina, Claire continues to explore and put down roots. She enjoys traveling and seeing new places. “I love riding my Peloton and walking my dog, Watson, around South End,” she says. “I am a crossword and Jeopardy fanatic. I enjoy boating on the lake with friends and trying the newest restaurant or brewery.” In a life full of uncertainty and uphill struggles, Claire tries to find the positives in any situation. “When I started looking at things with a more positive outlook, I became happier with myself and with life in general. I truly believe that when you give off positive energy, it is attracted right back to you. Stay invested in what you do and cultivate healthy relationships. In a changing world, it’s important to stay true to yourself.” w

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women

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ON THE

Iredell Health System is pleased to welcome

SHARON PAUL, MSN, RNC-MNN , as the

new director of The Birth Place at Iredell Memorial Hospital. With 25 years of nursing experience, she is highly passionate about women and children’s health and is eager to dive into her new role.

Charlotte Dermatology, founded in 1939, just opened their newest location in Cornelius, conveniently located near the Peninsula in Jetton Village. SAMANTHA

D’ALESSANDRO, PA-C,

who has been with Charlotte Dermatology for five years, is now seeing patients for medical dermatology at this new location.

SONALI DEVESH has launched a new beauty/ self-care company (www.sonalidevesh. com) that offers unique treatments designed to “honor your skin and hair requirements and to nurture you from within.” Sonali is a proponent for using natural, non-toxic, and crueltyfree ingredients and offers an array of services.

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Pastry Chef KELI MARKS announces the reopening of Bakery 28 in Cornelius. Having opened her doors just as the pandemic hit in 2020, she is happy to be back in the kitchen. Chef Keli is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has worked for world-renowned pastry chefs, and has been on the Food Network three times.

After welcoming new babies into the world for over 43 years, Iredell Health System’s Director of The Birth Place, SHARON JOHNSON, retired in April. If you have visited The Birth Place at Iredell Memorial Hospital in the last four decades, you will probably recognize this friendly, familiar face.

RUTH ZUTAUT

announces the opening of her new business Nurse Line of Lake Norman, PLLC. Ruth is a registered nurse with over 25 years of experience, including surgical intensive care and physician practice management. With outstanding clinical knowledge and a unique understanding of how the healthcare system works, Ruth is passionate about serving the people of Lake Norman.

KATY KINDRED, owner

of Kindred in Davidson and Hello Sailor in Cornelius is soon opening Milkbread in Davidson, an all-day café with a menu led by Chef Joe Kindred.

LEXIE GREER is the new

owner of Sweet Cakes in Cornelius. Baking since she was 12, Lexie attended Johnson and Wales University and is looking forward to crafting desserts for the Lake Norman area. Visit sweetcakesbakery.com for custom cupcakes, cookies, cakes, and more.

CANDACE BONGIOVANNI,

owner of Coco Couture (women’s clothier) located in Jetton Village, is expanding her designer lines to include five new elite designers to her boutique. CoCo Couture will be the first in the U.S. to premiere a new Canadian designer, Bylese.  

KIM CLARK announces her new business Hearts

On Fiber, a local yarn store. Kim and her daughters started planning a way to open a new kind of craft store and Hearts On Fiber was born. Visit them at 208 South Village Lane, Suite A, in Davidson.

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 on Facebook or e-mail leslie@lakenormanwoman.com.

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The Urquhart's pose with their copy at Pita Pit in Cornelius!

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WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR COPY? LKNW Photographer, Chelsea, with June's cover girl, Madison Dabney & her sister while shooting in Downtown Mooresville.

Spotted! Kelly Frings picks up her monthly LKNW issue at Main Street Books in Davidson.

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Samantha D’Alessandro, PA-C, of Charlotte Dermatology has the honor at their recent ribbon-cutting.

Lesley Crabb, owner of Cozy Boutique in Mooresville, and her manager, Keyna Williams, at their Trunk Show for the Pinky Swear Foundation.

Sisters Savannah Lape and Gabby Sillyman, owners of Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop in Huntersville, at their recent ribbon-cutting celebration.

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COMMUNITY

Here are a few things to consider in today’s market: • Make sure you are pre-qualified or even pre-approved since the prices are higher than a year ago, and the rates are slightly higher too. You are competing with a lot of other buyers so your offer needs to be as attractive as possible. Loan officers should be available for the listing agent to confirm the status and strength of the borrower.

Why Do I See COMING SOON

YO U M AY H A V E S E E N S I G N S I N YO U R N E I G H B O R H O O D and

around town that say “coming soon.” This is a new marketing technique that realtors are using while the home is prepared for sale. It is a very unique market these days, and they are trying many ways to advertise homes and get the seller the best deal available.

Signs Everywhere!? LKN EXPERT

Shelly Quinn is the Branch Manager of Silverton Mortgage located at 9525 Birkdale Crossing Drive, Suite 203, in Huntersville. You may reach Shelly at 704.609.1339 or shelly.quinn@silvertonmortgage.com.

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Homes are appreciating in value rapidly. The supply of homes is at an all-time low so this is driving up the prices—and the demand is growing rapidly at the same time. In a seller’s market, the seller has many offers to choose from, and they are getting offers way above list price. The “Coming Soon” sign lets buyer agents know to watch for the listing and gets their buyers ready to compete with a strong offer. The hard part is the buying side. Not enough homes, too many people looking for homes, and buyers are pricing themselves out of what they can qualify for. If you are a seller with an investment property or a second home (or downsizing), you will have a chance to earn top dollar on your investment. But if you need to find another home, you will pay top dollar and may not find a suitable home quick enough. The timing becomes a challenge.

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• The appraisal becomes challenging as they look back at sales, not necessarily at the future. A good appraiser is addressing the aggressive market and making some adjustments to help with this, but often the borrower needs to be prepared to bring some additional cash to closing to cover the difference. • New Construction is tough because the cost of supplies and labor has gone up and continues to go up … not to mention the lack of availability of both! It is hard to get subcontractors to complete projects on time as the supply and demand issues are impacting them as well. • Keep in mind that many people are choosing to stay put and remodel or update their homes, and a good mortgage company can assist with that financing. Working from home has created a need for more space to have an office, for example. The remodel will add even more value to your real estate asset. w

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FAMILY

teens aloud! your teen, translated

COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR

T H E T E E N A G E   Y E A R S — just

the words can evoke question marks and eye-rolls … from parents and teens alike! Similar to the “Terrible Two’s,” teen development is marked by the desire to experiment with new things, new experiences, and to test boundaries. The main task facing both age groups is the same: kids must pull away from parents and begin to assert their independence. This can be complicated, especially since teens are beginning to make decisions about things that have real consequences. In an effort to help narrow the gap, here are a few tips from the American Psychological Association (www.apa.org) on communicating with your teen:

KEEP EMOTIONS IN CHECK. Even the most even-tempered person can lose their temper with their teen. Keep conversations calm, cool, and collected. You’re setting the example so if things get too heated, take a break. Teach and practice calming techniques within your family.

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BE PRESENT, LISTEN, AND ASK OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS. “Why?” and “How?” and opinion-based questions are conversation gold for teens. Kids are more likely to be open with their parents if they don’t feel pressured to share information but to offer it on their own during honest discussions.

DON’T BE A DICTATOR. While pushing boundaries is natural for teenagers, hearing your practical explanation for the rules you set for them will help them understand things on a more mature level. “Because I said so” is not effective with teenagers.

VALIDATE THEIR FEELINGS. It is often a parent’s default to try and solve problems for their kids or somehow mitigate their disappointments. Instead of trying to provide solutions, tell your teen you understand … be empathetic and supportive. (And that does not mean regaling them with a story on how you handled something similar in your youth!) Let them emote and strategize on how to handle things.

OFFER PRAISE. Parents tend to praise  children more when they are little, but adolescents need reinforcements and accolades just as much, if not more. Teens may act like they’re too cool to care about what their parents think, but they need to hear your approval.

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CARVE OUT ONEON-ONE TIME. Whether it’s cooking, hiking, crafts, or sports take time with your teen to just hang out and have fun—without talking about anything personal. It’s important for kids to know that they can be around you and share positive experiences without “parental prying.” There are times to be a parent and times to be a pal! w


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cruising the

Intracoastal Waterway

TRAVEL

is a 3,000-mile waterway that runs from Boston to the southern tip of Florida and beyond. Many sections consist of natural inlets, saltwater rivers, bays, and sounds. It provides a navigable route (even for novice boaters) without the hazards of open sea. T H E I N T R A C O A S TA L W AT E R W AY ( I C W )

What began as an essential trading route for shipping companies is now a boater’s paradise, with stops along the way that include landmark beaches, quaint towns, and big cities alike. So whether you want to travel south to sunny Florida, north toward New England, or stay close to the Carolinas, boating or sailing the ICW is doable all year long, no matter the season! With that said, here are some travel tips and more information about the ICW—

• Renting a houseboat is a delightful way to travel the ICW. Prices vary greatly depending on what time of year you’re traveling, where you are going, and how long you are gone; but when compared to other vacation costs, it can be surprisingly affordable. Check out www.Houseboating.org to get started.

• The ICW (known to mariners as “The Ditch”) is a recreational trail for North Carolina sailors and boaters who want to explore the Carolinas without getting too far from the beaches. The Outer Banks runs parallel to the waterway, and boaters can easily dock to visit the small towns of the Inner Banks.

• Boaters who travel just this small portion of the waterway (along the coast of the Carolinas) will get a good idea of what cruising the ICW is all about. With scenic views, charming marinas, restaurants, and shops, voyagers will have lots to explore. • Reed’s Nautical Almanac is another helpful resource. This publication guides you throughout the entire length of the ICW. And you can stay abreast of improvements, repairs, and other news by checking out the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association at www.atlanticintracoastal.org.

• Another useful site to check during your planning stage is www.icwplanningguide.com for marinas along the way and also www.oceanservice.noaa.gov for nautical charts and maps. Bon Voyage! w

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State Parks North Carolina abounds with beautiful state parks that make for great day trips or weekend getaways. Here are a few must-see parks for you and the family this summer:

Mt. Mitchell State Park

About an hour from Asheville, Mount Mitchell’s summit is the highest point east of the Mississippi, reaching 6,684 feet. There is a museum, an observation deck, full-service restaurant, campground, and lots of trails to explore.

Hanging Rock State Park

Located in Danbury, North Carolina, Hanging Rock is less than two hours from Charlotte. This beautiful park offers a 73-site campground and more than 20 miles of hiking trails. For water lovers, there are streams, waterfalls, and a lake for fishing, swimming, and canoeing.

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For more information on state parks, visit www.ncparks.gov.


Carolina Beach State Park

This popular coastal attraction is about 30 minutes from Wilmington and boasts a marina that provides prime access to some of North Carolina’s best fishing spots. With lots of camping sites and hiking trails, visitors can explore this diverse ecosystem and may even spot the rare Venus flytrap plant!

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

Located in Seven Springs, North Carolina, this historic landmark features impressive cliffs that overlook the Neuse River. From an array of campsites to miles of hiking trails and quiet fishing holes, there is something for everyone. A family favorite is the 11-acre swimming lake with bathhouse, grassy lawn, sandy beach, and rental boats.

Raven Rock State Park

The Cape Fear River is a frequent hiking destination for visitors of this park located in Lillington, North Carolina. Lanier Falls, the Fish Traps rapids, or the massive Raven Rock are popular as well. You can find primitive backcountry camping areas, and there is also a separate equestrian area on the river’s north bank.

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TRAVEL

attitudes about

latitudes

attitudes ABOUT

latitudes THIS MONTH WE TRAVEL TO

WASHINGTON, DC, WITH

NANCY BEARD, A CERTIFIED

LIFE COACH WHO LIVES IN LAKE

NORMAN, AND HER GRANDSON,

PARKER, A RISING 9TH GRADER.

A SEXAGENARIAN AND A TEEN Parker, my grandson, and I like to walk, talk, and study anything history, so last summer we made a plan that we would travel to Washington, DC, for a long weekend in April 2021, post-Covid, to visit museums. We are the perfect museum companions because we both like to read every sign and soak in all the information.

WHEN PLANS GO AWRY As we landed in Washington, DC, and headed to our hotel the reality became clear that this was not going to be the vacation we imagined. There were barriers in front of most federal buildings and a plethora of military presence. Tourists were at a minimum. This was spring in our nation’s capital and the streets should be bustling, yet many were empty. As we headed out from our hotel, there was a disappointed funk between the two of us that needed to be corrected.

ADJUSTING YOUR SAILS For me, I am a planner and I like my plan to work. For Parker, he had promised to share with his Nana all that he learned at The Holocaust Museum. We stopped for a few minutes in front of The Smithsonian Castle and discussed that this was not the vacation that either one of us wanted but it could become the incredible vacation that we created. Yes, we both needed a check-up and attitude adjustment. From then on it was smooth sailing.

WHAT WE LEARNED • At 5 years old, Parker wanted to be a solider and I wanted to be a Rockette. AND MEMORIES WERE MADE We purchased a two-day pass on the Big Bus Tours and soaked in the history and then went again for a night tour. We went to the Warf and enjoyed fabulous food at Hank’s Oyster Bar and then the next day, to change the tone, we traveled to the magnificent Ben’s Chili in Georgetown for world-class chili, hotdogs, and hamburgers.

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• He made me listen to rapper Eminem and I made him listen to the Bee Gees. • The sexagenarian can keep up with the teen.

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THE

-PRENEUR E N T R E P R E N E U R I A L S P I R I T — you don’t have to be Lori Greiner to have the dream, the drive, the grit, the want-to! Female entrepreneurs are making lasting contributions to the business landscape and have become an essential part of the U.S. economic health. But what does it take to be a successful entrepreneur AND run a family? This month we hear from LKNW Mom-preneur, Katie Stankiewicz, owner of Willow Equine and Soul to Sole Connection.

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The health and wellness of my family are always keep it real. my top priority. Despite the long hours and various commitments, reconnecting with the simple pleasures makes everything worthwhile. We enjoy playing outside with our dogs, climbing trees, and swimming in our pool. Every night, we chat about our day over supper, and then read books before bed and prayers. Family time rejuvenates me … it allows me to take a deep breath and count my many blessings. MOM-PRENEUR RULE #2

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commitment, integrity, and leadership.

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I strive to uphold strong moral principles in both my life and my business. Being able to create and share my dreams with my family is priceless. My daughter sees my dedication and my drive to be an active and present mother as well as a successful business owner.

You can create everything you set your believe! mind to if you always follow your heart and stay in alignment with your values. If you have a dream and a passion, do not sit back and doubt. Always dream big and realistic, take a leap of faith, and have a strong support system in your corner. Watching your hard work, long hours, and creative endeavors flourish is rewarding. Knowing the passion behind your efforts is valued. Showing your children that you can create whatever you put your mind to is priceless! MOM-PRENEUR RULE #3

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I am blessed that my office is a fabulous 40-acre farm filled with flowers, horses, birds, and trees. This allows me to stay grounded and connected. I love starting my day with quiet meditation and a Pilate’s workout. This allows my mind, body, and soul connection to slow down … it quiets my often too-noisy mind and helps me focus on deep breathing. MOM-PRENEUR RULE #5

If people focused more on what was felt within their hearts, the no horsing world would look so different. around! The unconditional love that resides within all our hearts would shine brightly. Sadly, the heartfelt versions often become blocked by the thoughts, visions, and expectations of others. We can embrace openness and find something to be grateful for every day. That is what is so special about horses—they tap into the authentic core that is within every person. They do not see what is on the outside; they see the beautiful soul that is present in front of them. The more we connect into our hearts, the more authentic and grateful we choose to live. w

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Offering equine assisted psychotherapy and business development, Katie Stankiewicz is a Certified Leadership Coach and Advanced Certified Equine Specialist. She is the owner of Willow Equine (www.Willow-Equine.com) and Soul to Sole Connection, a program dedicated to our military and their families’ mental health. You can reach Katie at 704.237.0644.


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SELF

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!

DETER SUMMERTIME PESTS WITHOUT CHEMICALS.

Adorn tables with bowls of lemon halves topped with cloves to ensure a pestproof party.

TIPS, PERK UP YOUR PARTY!

& HACKS

Light up your evenings with glowing balloons— simply put small glow sticks in each balloon before you blow it up.

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GET CREATIVE WITH CUPCAKE LINERS.

Positioned at the base of an ice pop, the liner catches melting juice so your hands and clothes don’t have to! You can also use them as “lids” placed over your drinks so bugs and such don’t find their way into your beverages.

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WATERMELON WINE

Hollow out a watermelon, slice off the top, and pierce the side with a spigot. Then, fill the “keg” with your favorite punch and replace the lid.

BEACH BOUNDARIES

Use a fitted sheet and anchor down the corners to keep sand out and kids in.


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VOTING IS

open!

LKNW's Annual Cutest Pet Contest draws in thousands of votes every year! Be sure to cast yours as we crown LKN's cutest pet in our September issue!

cutest LKN'S Bella

PET ever!

Buddha

Goldie

Ellie Belly

Laci

Layla & Lillie

Mia

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FOOD

BRO CCO LI & BAC ON salad 8 Slices of bacon (you can buy real bacon bits for a shortcut)

3 hardboiled eggs 2 Heads of fresh broccoli, chopped 1 ½ Cups of shredded cheddar cheese ½ Large red onion, chopped ¼ Cup red wine vinegar

¹⁄8 Cup white sugar 2 Teaspoons ground black pepper 1 Teaspoon salt

²⁄³ Cup mayonnaise 1 Teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1 Cook bacon until evenly brown and crisp. Drain and crumble. 2 In a large bowl, combine broccoli, cheese, bacon, and onion. 3 Prepare the dressing in a small bowl by whisking together the red wine vinegar, sugar, pepper, salt, mayonnaise, and lemon juice. Combine dressing with salad. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Crumble hardboiled eggs over the top before serving.

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FEATURE

success story IT’S NOT UNUSUAL FOR A CHILD TO HAVE A ROLE MODEL

in his or her life who they admire and wish to emulate—someone who exemplifies integrity, optimism, hope, determination, and compassion. That someone for Nicole Buice, clinical operations manager at Research Carolina in Denver and owner of Tickled Pink 4D Ultrasound Studio & Children’s Boutique, was her grandfather, Jake Hayes. “Pawpaw made sure to be involved in everything in my childhood, in all my activities and sports, and he supported me all through my life. He inspired me to never stop trying and to always believe in myself,” recalls Nicole, adding, “To me, he hung the moon and the stars and then some.” The father figure in a young girl’s life often sets the bar for her future relationships, and there’s no doubt that the benchmark set by Nicole’s grandfather was a high one. However, in Jeremy, Nicole’s childhood sweetheart and husband of 15 years, she found a partner whose kindness, compassion, and generosity matched that of her Pawpaw. “He has been my support and rock in all aspects of life,” says Nicole of the love of her life. Growing up in Polkville, Nicole attended Burns High School and nursing school at Foothills Nursing Consortium and then earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing through the University of South Carolina. It was while working nights at a clinic during nursing school that she fell in love with research. “Research is my passion,” explains Nicole, “It is the most rewarding career I could have chosen.” Just as rewarding, however, is the joy she receives when expecting parents see the 3/4D ultrasound images of their precious baby. Nicole decided to open Tickled Pink Boutique & Studio and offer ultrasound photography when, after purchasing an ultrasound machine to run women’s health studies, she noticed that the machine sat idle for much of the time. Says Nicole: “It’s so satisfying to be able to provide parents with one of the most magical and amazing moments of their lives.” The mother of three, Nicole knows firsthand about the magic of being a parent, proclaiming the moment she became a mom as the most powerful one of her life. “Being a mother made me want to be a better person,” she explains. “It made me want to be and provide the best of everything for them.”

NICOLE BUICE RESEARCH CAROLINA / TICKLED PINK 4D ULTRASOUND STUDIO & CHILDREN’S BOUTIQUE

Some of Nicole's team at Research Carolina and Tickled Pink 4D Ultrasound Studio & Children’s Boutique

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Of course, juggling her clinical research, the operation of the boutique, and family life has its challenges. Despite the occasional bump in the road, though, Nicole has embraced her journey: “You can’t succeed without trying, and you can’t be successful without failures, that’s how we learn,” she says. In addition to that positive attitude, Nicole relies on her faith when she feels the most overwhelmed. “Without God, none of this would be possible,” she asserts. “He gives me strength and encouragement every day. When I want to throw in the towel and give up, He throws it back at me and tells me to keep going!” w

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PHOTOGRAPHER MOJO STUDIOS


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WORDS matter

There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and the wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of the great human principle. – FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

Words are magic. They actually change our brain chemistry!

To me a

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.

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lush carpet of pine needles spongy grass or

– ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

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It will be celebrated with pomp and parade … bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other. – JOHN ADAMS ON THE 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION

Where there is discord, may we bring harmony.

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Where there is error, may we bring truth.

Where there is doubt, may we bring faith.

And where there is despair, may we bring hope. – MARGARET THATCHER

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foundation for construction of a building, our mind, body, and spirit are integral to our daily outcomes—empowering healthy lives. As we celebrate The Fourth of July, please Let Freedom Ring with love and respect for each word that we speak and each thought we perceive, so each intention proceeds with an attitude of gratitude, grace, and compassion!

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finally able to move into our first home in the University area. A group of us neighbors called ourselves “The Wexford Bunch.” We were “come here’s” from states all over the country with a few people who were “from here” … Charlotte. But most of us had no family in the area so we quickly bonded.

My husband grew up on the Delmarva Peninsula where they identified people as either a “from here” or a “come here.” I grew up in Gary, Indiana; yes, that’s also Michael Jackson’s hometown. And No! I didn’t know him personally. However, my momma was the social worker at Michael Jackson’s elementary school, but I digress….

Several of us were in the “sandwich generation” – taking care of older family members while raising our own young families. We experienced the cycle of life—from the birth of a neighbor’s premature baby to the transition of many family members, we all grew together. As parents, we shared all of life’s lessons, successes, and challenges with each other … the good and sometimes the not-so-good. Our children formed relationships that will continue for generations.

We moved to Charlotte 35 plus years ago. After living in the Residence Inn off Tyvola for more than three months, we were

Through it all, our FAITH connected the pieces of our puzzle, and this is what we focused on:

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F amily, extended family, and church family forge bonds of love, discipline, empowerment, and protection. A nticipate great things for our families through observations and life lessons. I dentify and embrace character traits that make us caring, compassionate, and competent citizens. T rustworthy, responsible, and authentic in all actions we take as children, adults, parents, and grandparents. H ealthy minds, bodies, and spirits embrace life’s opportunities through acts of kindness, encouragement, and humility.

Hopefully our nation’s birthday will be a time to not only celebrate, but to pause and reflect. Because just as FAITH connected “The Wexford Bunch,” it can connect all of us as Americans, providing the binding force we need to create kindness, understanding, and healing in our country … and the renewal of a faith that’s been there all along. w

Willetta Jones, MS, CGC, is a certified grief coach and the founder/owner of Abiding Grace, LLC. Connect with Willetta at 704.340.8400 or via www.abidinggracellc.com. WRITER WILLETTA JONES, MS, CGC


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