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18 and prepared to leave the nest, I was ready. Though I loved them madly and would miss them, I was actually looking forward to days uninterrupted by calls from their school principal, a refrigerator that contained food instead of empty milk cartons, and the absence of the teenage funk that permeated the house. I was so proud of them as they walked across the stage at their graduations. Academics had not come easy to them (neither did rule following), but somehow we had actually crossed the finish line—them with a diploma in hand and me with at least some of my sanity intact. So I was quite unprepared for the tsunami of emotion that overcame me recently when I glanced over at my youngest son, Nathan, as he was filling out some paperwork for college at our kitchen table. With his head cocked to the left, pen held in a death grip, and singlemindedly absorbed in the task, he looked so much like the 3rd grader he had been not all that long ago, sitting in that same chair engrossed in his multiplication tables. My eyes filled with tears and I could hardly breathe: my baby was rounding the final turn on his senior year and would be leaving home in a few short months. This time, though, I am not ready. Yes, Nate is a typical teenage boy and his bedroom, like those of his brothers, reeks of two weeks’ worth of sweaty gym clothes and other various toxic fumes. His video game habit borders on obsession, and he frequently descends upon the refrigerator like a swarm of voracious, insatiable locusts. And though he is my rule follower and

not as inclined toward mischief as his brothers were, he exhibits plenty of teenage rebellion—the incessant eye rolling in and of itself is maddening. And so for the last few years, Nate and I have partnered in a dance that is familiar to most mothers and teenage sons. This dance has occasionally been frustrating—at times he’s stepped on my toes, and at others, I on his. But it has been a beautiful dance, nonetheless; and I simply am not ready for it to be over. Perhaps my distress is compounded by the fact I tucked away my sadness when the twins left home. Not only did we need the break from one another (an above-average number of toes were stepped on in our dances), I still had a youngster in the house, and nine more years of dancing ahead of me. But now I hear the waning of the music. Time has a way of sneaking up on us; there’s no better reminder of that for me than looking into the man-like face of my youngest son. Ready or not, at the end of this summer, I will take my bow and exit the dance floor as Nate begins a waltz that is all his own. I pray that his dance, too, is a beautiful one.

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FAMILY 12 8 Things All Moms Say To Their Kids Sooner Or Later

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HOME 24 Flower Power SELF 16 Mommy Makeover

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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. KATIE STANKIEWICZ, owner, equine specialist, and leadership coach at Mind, Body & Sole Equine & Willow Equine

“Sisu!” That was Katie Stankiewicz’s response when asked to describe herself in three words or less…a reply to which this interviewer scratched her head and said, “I beg your pardon?” Thankfully, Katie explained: “It’s a Finnish word for a special strength and persistent determination and resolve to continue and overcome in the moment of adversity. I have always said I do everything with sisu!” While sisu influences Katie’s every move and every decision as a leader, a word that is not in her vocabulary is “can’t.” In fact, it’s not even in her universe. “For me, leadership is about motivating others with a ‘let’s do it’ attitude underscored by a dedication and determination to succeed,” she asserts. Drawing on this innate determination to succeed, Katie uses her skills to inspire others to not only follow but achieve their dreams both at work and at home, whether it’s motivating her team at Willow Equine or convincing her 5-year-old daughter, Natalie Ray, that cleaning up her room is a great idea. In doing so, Katie sticks to her “sisu” and the commitment to both herself and those who are depending on her to achieve the goals that will enrich her family, her clients, and the community around her. For her, it’s rather simple: “I am motivated by the visualization of outcomes and the pursuit of those outcomes until they are accomplished.” That doesn’t mean that Katie isn’t open to giving or receiving a helping hand every now and again—after all, as she so eloquently puts it, “Independence is an excellent thing but you don’t have to be a one-man circus!”

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A large component of Katie’s leadership style is validating those she leads. That means checking her ego at the door: “Strength in leadership is founded in respect and the validation everyone has something important to contribute,” she notes. Katie is also quick to forgive mistakes—her own and others—while taking some time to reflect on how those missteps can be redirected. “Mistakes are negatives that can be turned into positives! How you handle mistakes determines their influence on future decisions,” she says, continuing, “I try to project a positive attitude that encourages others to dig in and go for it. I hope my commitment, enthusiasm, and respect helps them to keep on pursuing their goals and dreams.”

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head of sales and technical support in motorsports industry

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY IN YOUR DOWN TIME:

camping and being outside (and riding my horses!)

WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU HAD MORE TIME FOR:

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BIGGEST WORK PET PEEVE:

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“Your face is going to freeze like that.”

“Go to bed, I’m tired.”

“Do you think your socks are going to pick themselves up?”

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“I promise there are no vegetables in vegetable soup!”

“If you fall out of that tree and break your legs, don’t come running to me.”

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“You’d lose your head if it wasn’t attached to your body.”

Am I talking to a brick wall?”

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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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HER TIME TO BLOOM: My roots are in South Carolina; I grew up in Columbia, earned my medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and worked in a gynecologic private practice for more than seven years in Irmo. A year ago, I wouldn’t have dreamed that I would be in Mooresville, but I couldn’t be happier now! I had a unique vision for a medical practice, and Iredell Health System offered me the chance to make it happen.

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PROBLEM SOLVING: I enjoy the problem-solving aspect of family medicine—I find it rewarding to figure out medical issues and see a patient’s health improve with medical treatment. At Iredell Primary Care for Women, our patients receive expert and personalized care in a beautiful and comfortable environment. I’m able to spend time with my patients and work with them to help them lead healthier lives.

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TAKING CARE OF THE CARE GIVERS: Women are the rock of their families. They

put everyone else’s needs first, even when they are sick or overwhelmed. I want to help women learn to take better care of themselves so they can have the energy to help others, manage their stress, and be the healthiest they can be. I cannot think of any other job that I would want to do!

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DOING IT ALL … OR NOT: One of my weaknesses is time management because I want to do it all. I think we should stop calling it a work-life balance because the two aren’t opposing factors—most women work, and it is a part of their lives. I am a better mother, friend, and doctor when I understand that work is part of life, not something that gets in the way of life. It takes life experiences to realize that filling your plate with too many obligations is not healthy.

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GUARANTEES: I don’t think perfect days exist. But the good ones are when I’m productive at work and still have energy for my family. Pauly and I are raising two girls—Reyna is eleven and Rylee is seven. We work hard and play hard! Life is too short to be unhappy and tomorrow is never guaranteed. You have to take time to have fun and laugh. By: Dana Nieters | Photography By: Chelsea Bren Eva Imperial, MD, offers comprehensive medical services for female patients of all ages, specializing in women’s health and wellness at Iredell Primary Care for Women in Mooresville. For more information, visit http://iredellprimarycare.com or call 980-435-0406.

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difficult on the female body. Even if everything is done right—such as eating well, staying active, and limiting weight gain to 27 pounds—the abdominal wall still gets irreversibly damaged from the forward stretch of the uterus. This typically causes a “diastasis recti” where fascia between the two sit-up muscles gets attenuated, causing the postpartum abdomen to look several months pregnant even at normal weight and despite sit-ups and core training. In addition, the breasts become engorged in preparation for breast feeding, stretching the supportive cooper ligaments and causing a saggy appearance. This is compounded by the loss of volume after the spikes in prolactin hormones have subsided, leading to “involutionary mammary hypoplasia” where the breasts are typically a cup size or more smaller than the prechildbearing breasts.

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A “mommy makeover” is the surgical correction of these bodily changes and restores the body to a more youthful appearance. This requires a combination of procedures under the same anesthesia, including abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast augmentation (with or without breast lift), and liposuction. The abdominoplasty corrects all three components of the tummy problems: Liposuction for the surface fat, skin excision between the bellybutton and pubis for the “muffin-top,” and a “corset” suturing of the space between the two sit-up muscles for the abdominal wall weakness. The breast augmentation component involves restoring fullness to the breast that has been lost—typically under the muscle with saline implants if there is still sufficient breast tissue or “form stable” silicone gel implants if there is not. If the nipples are very low, or the skin stretch is significant, a breast lift may be added, which involves repositioning the nipple and tightening the skin through minimal scars (Donut or Lollipop lifts), or more extensive scars if the breast skin has been massively stretched during breast feeding.

Recovery is difficult after a mommy makeover and should not be taken lightly. Narcotics are given but expect to be housebound for at least 10 days. Our patients must be normal weight, tobacco-free, and in good health for us to consider proceeding with this operation. This combined approach to plastic surgery has several advantages. There is a significant cost savings since only one anesthesia is required. Additionally, it only requires one recovery, so downtime is less. Finally, the risks are no greater than single-procedure operations since we can limit total time in the operating room to less than four hours. The loss of youthfulness of the female body after childbearing can cause significant distress and negative body image. Women get discouraged when proper diet and regular exercise fail to restore the appearance they desire. Surgical correction is often the only solution even in the fittest of women. Thankfully, in properly selected patients, the mommy makeover is a straight foreword operation that leads to consistently high satisfaction rates.

Dr. Jean-Pierre Riou’s practice is dedicated exclusively to plastic and reconstructive surgery of the breast and body contouring (liposuction and tummy tucks). Riou Plastic Surgery Center is located at 19615 Liverpool Parkway in Cornelius, and they can be reached at 704.896.5806 or at www.riouplasticsurgery.com.


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ROLE REVERSAL:

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aging parents They gave us life, and they taught us to walk, talk, and become a responsible adult; now it’s our turn to take care of them. Aging is difficult for everyone, and it can be particularly emotional when it comes to our parents. Here’s what we can do to make this life transition easier:

BE PATIENT AND KIND. Use

words that empower them. Continue to ask them for advice and opinions so they feel like they still have something to offer.

TALK WITH FAMILY MEMBERS AND ASSIGN CHORES. Sometimes our worst

characteristics come out under stress. Have a family meeting and agree on who will do what.

COOK AND CLEAN FOR THEM. Just knowing that you care

enough to come help out will do wonders for their state of mind. Have a cooking party and create their favorite dishes and freeze for future use.

KEEP THEM SOCIALLY ACTIVE. Depression is common

among the elderly so keep your parent(s) engaged with exercise, eating out, or just a trip to the park.

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TALK TO A FINANCIAL PLANNER. You may need to take

over the bills; are they stacking up or going unpaid? A financial planner will counsel you on everything from living arrangements to the ever-important living will.

REEVALUATE THEIR LIVING SPACE. Look into such things as

easy-to-use handles and switches, pullout cabinets, bathroom alterations, and dealing with stairs. Also, how’s the housekeeping? If you notice that the bathroom or kitchen cleanliness is not up to par, this could be a red flag.

CONSULT THE EXPERTS.

Support groups, attorneys, counselors, community and Federal aid—don’t be afraid to ask for help. Especially if you are going to be a full-time, in-home caregiver.

TAKE A DRIVE WITH THEM.

This is a difficult topic to broach, so tread lightly. There’s only one way to determine if driving is still safe, and that is to get in the passenger seat. If it looks like revocation of license is necessary, ease into things by asking them to go with you to the grocery store and to run errands—so it looks like you just want their company, not their driver’s license.

WATCH THE MEDS. It is common

for seniors to self-medicate and ration their medications at their own discretion; your local pharmacist is a valuable resource for advice. You may also need to consider having a medical power of attorney which will give you the authority to make decisions regarding everything from medical procedures to removing life support. For more information on aging parents, contact www.aarp.org.


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How did you fall into the numbers game? My

career definitely found me. In the past 30 years, I’ve worked in two industries: credit reporting and banking. My first job was in customer service for a local credit reporting agency, and I quickly moved into sales. I then changed directions and started my career in banking and have held many positions through the years, including mortgage banking—my absolute favorite and the area that best suits my personality. I have learned that in this business, if you ignore the numbers and focus on taking care of each and every client, the numbers will come.

What makes you smile large? I’m extremely proud of my husband who, after a successful military and postmilitary career, decided to go back to college in his late 40s and earn a degree in accounting. I’m also super proud of our daughters, Danielle, who is working for a legal firm and our youngest daughter, Ashley, who is thriving at UNC-Chapel Hill.

When greeting the day, what do you tell yourself? C.S. Lewis wrote: “You can’t go back and

change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” I love this quote because it reminds me to not dwell on the past but to make sure that today I’m a good wife, a good mom, a good daughter/sister, a good employee, and a good friend to all who matter in my life.

In today’s hustle and bustle world, what keeps you on track? Faith. Social media makes it too easy

to get caught up in comparing yourself and your life to others, and it’s often hard to determine what is real. Not following the crowd takes confidence and faith, and this belief has helped me over the years focus on what is best for me and my family. I’m real, my family is real, how we live our life is real, and what you see is what you get.

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outdoors—running, biking, hiking, and skiing … I love the beach but prefer the mountains. Pre-kids my hobby was skydiving, but calmer activities have taken its place.

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It’s where I “live” –I may spend a lot of time in Charlotte, but I work and play at the lake. We moved to the Lake Norman area to be near family and friends, excellent schools, and a warmer climate … we just love it! Suzanne Blackwell is the branch manager and loan originator for George Mason Mortgage, located at 108 Gateway Blvd., Suite 102, in Mooresville.You may reach her at 704.746.5676 or at sblackwell@gmmllc.com.

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fflower POWER

When developing a plan for the fabrics in a room, I pull a larger print together with a medium-sized print and a smaller print. In the case of a large floral, I would put a small stripe with it to balance and further support the importance of the large print. Add a medium check or abstract and you have a fabulous room in the making.

By: Starr Miller

THE TRICK TO PICKING FLORALS:

If you tend to be contemporary in your décor go for the wallsized flower in your wallcovering.

Every home and client has a different personality—some require only abstract prints, some scream for a mix of stripes and prints, and often a more traditional home whispers, “florals, please.” So why have florals been so big in interior design?

Design inspiration typically pulls from nature, and I have to say, “God got it right.” The colors blue and green tend to soothe while flowers take a starring role. We use florals to:

Bring excitement, texture, and even whimsy to a space. Set the inspiration of a design. Make a focal point in a room. Enhance the view when placed as a window treatment. Expand on the detailing of traditional architecture.

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If you want a masculine feel, think of men’s ties and keep the scale smaller and/or muted in color. Pair that with a pinstripe or windowpane and you will have met the masculine challenge. If you like clear colors with defined edges, there are florals for you. Make sure there is a stark contrast between the florals and the background color to really pull off this look. If you like understated design, you can go for a brushstroke, These days you can waterfind florals in all colored look.

shapes and sizes in both wallcovering and fabrics. A massive flower on a wall makes a space feel contemporary, while medium-sized florals feel more traditional. We are seeing extrasmall florals in fashion now. They tend to feel dainty and work especially well in a home in bistro curtains and tabletop design.

If you are thinking of doing florals on upholstered items, make sure your fabricator knows how to lay them out for maximum impact. You may be in love with the coral-colored flower, but the upholsterer likes the yellow and makes it the center of attention. The more specific you are the more fabric you will need. If you hate florals, don’t do florals. There are so many other choices! If you just like to plant flowers and see them through your window, do not have a window treatment that stops the eye. Use a subtle color and pattern that becomes background to your marvelous view.

It is time to go smell the roses … winter was too long this year! 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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a place to bloom By: Antionette G. Kerr | Photography By: Chelsea Bren

As a child growing up in the little town of Kane, Pennsylvania, Kim Mehta never imagined herself in the lumber industry. She wanted to travel and see the world. Her father, Barry, sold lumber and had a frequent suggestion: “You should make small pieces of wood from big pieces of wood.” Then Kim would jokingly reply, “That sounds horrible!” Now, Kim and her husband, Rocky, own and operate West Penn Hardwoods, a major supplier of domestic and exotic hardwoods to the woodworking industry. Kim enjoys the artistic beauty of a worldwide woodworking network and calls her father her biggest inspiration.

It was with humble beginnings that Kim and Rocky got into the hardwood business with a retail store in March of 1995. The two had met a few years earlier in New York where Kim had moved after graduating with a degree in marketing from Penn State. She first landed a job with a Dutch-based interior design company and later sold diamonds to jewelers from around the world. After they married in 1993, the couple decided to move to the quaint town of Olean, New York, but Kim struggled to find a job. “It was a difficult time,” Kim shares. “I was a college graduate but I couldn’t find work.” Rocky had left behind a career in hotel restaurant management and wasn’t quite sure where his career was heading either. That’s when Kim’s father, a domestic lumber exporter, suggested a hardwood retail business—and the rest is history. Over the years, the couple grew the business. “We soon realized that there were tons of other species out there in this big world, so we started offering exotic wood to our customers.” They operated the business in Olean for 21 years until making the big announcement that they would move their family, employees, and the business to North Carolina. Currently, they utilize ports as far south as Charleston, Savannah, Miami, and Panama City to import wood from around the world. Back-to-back snowy winters and rising transportation costs helped the couple make the decision. “We import wood from

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all over the world and then we have to truck it,” Kim says. “We knew we had to reduce our inland costs, and we wanted to move while we were still young enough to undertake such a transition.”

“Moving here has been such a wonderful experience,” she adds. “My kids say we should ” have done this

ten years ago.

The couple settled in the Lake Norman area after purchasing a former furniture factory in Conover. Moving was a major undertaking but it’s something Kim managed well. She organized everything and relocated her entire family, five employees, and 100 tractor trailers of merchandise. “I didn’t even know we had that much inventory,” she grins. Kim, who has trekked to the foothills of the Himalayas, deemed it her biggest accomplishment yet. In 2016, Kim’s family settled in and purchased a lakeside home in Denver in the Cowan’s Ford community. Their daughters Allison (22) and Priya (19) both attend UNC Charlotte, and their son, Abhi (16), is a sophomore at East Lincoln High School—all equally excited about their third summer on the lake. “My son traded his ATV for a jet ski,” Kim smiles. “We love the lake life. The whole vibe down here is very outdoorsy. It wasn’t like that in New York.” Kim gives back to the community as a member of the North Mecklenburg Women’s Club. “We do a lot of social activities and there are lots of fun things to do,” she says. “But the best part is the fundraising. In May we have our charities come and we give them the money … it’s really special.” An avid artist, Kim gathers monthly with Art Etcetera, a small arts club of local women who enjoy being creative. Kim recently opened her home to share her love of watercolors with the group and later invited the club to West Penn Hardwoods for a tour of the facility. The women were in amazement of the more than 100 different types of wood. “Purple, red, green, and yellow,” Kim describes. “You can pick whatever color you want. The only color wood we don’t have is blue.”

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From traveling the world with her husband and experiencing different cultures, Kim lives a full life near and far. With recent trips to Italy and Costa Rica, the business takes the couple around the globe. They will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this summer and are planning a cruise in the Mediterranean. In addition to a milestone anniversary, Kim celebrated her 50th birthday in March and, she says, this year promises to be filled with travel, business tours, and celebrations. However, Kim definitely slows down to enjoy the lake life with her family. “Moving here has been such a wonderful experience,” she adds. “My kids say we should have done this ten years ago.”


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women on the

move

CANDACE KHASHMAN,

proprietor of CoCo Couture in Jetton Village/Cornelius, has recently added exceptional new designers to her collection: Joseph Ribkoff, Frank Lyman & Brighton are now available at her store.

BECKY JOHNSON, a private

wealth advisor with Retirement Direction Group (a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Charlotte), recently obtained the Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor designation.

Lake Norman author JENNA PATRICK recently completed her book, The Rules of Half, which explores mental illness and an atypical family dynamic set against the backdrop of a small town. Published this past summer, it is now available in bookstores.

DANIELLE (DANI) DEBERARDINO is the new

general manager at Club Pilates in Mooresville Town Square. She completed her general manager training at the Club Pilates Corporate Headquarters in Costa Mesa, California.

CONNECT Whether you are a woman on the move, looking WITH US! 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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LAKE NORMAN BOATING & WATERSPORTS FESTIVAL

9am-4pm Kings Point Marina 18020 Kings Point Drive, Cornelius

Free boating and water safety seminars, interactive police and fire boat exhibits, raffles, kids’ activities, boat displays and sales. Free admission.

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NORTH CAROLINA BREWERS & MUSIC FESTIVAL 3pm-10pm Rural Hill Farm 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville

Eight bands, three hours of free tasting of handcrafted ales and lagers, food vendors, shopping, camping, and more. Don’t miss the NCBMF Friday Night Jam.

Saturday, May 19

Saturday, May 12

35TH ANNUAL RACE CITY FESTIVAL

9am-5pm Downtown Mooresville Along Main & Broad Streets

This outdoor festival features local merchants, arts & cultural exhibits, NASCAR displays and souvenirs, live music, food trucks, and a beer garden. Admission is free.

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ASIAN FESTIVAL & DRAGON BOAT RACE 9am-4pm Ramsey Creek Park 8441 Nantz Rd., Cornelius

This annual family-oriented event celebrates Asian cultures with its dragon boat races, music and dance fest, exhibits, and food. No on-site parking; free shuttle from 8900 North Pointe Executive Park in Huntersville.

PRODUCTION OF THIS IS MY BRAVE 4pm-6pm Warehouse 242 2307 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte

Join the Promise Resource Network for an inspiring evening with people sharing their stories of overcoming mental illness through creative Saturday, expression such as essay, poetry, comedy, and music May 19 all aimed at ending the stigma surrounding mental illness. A gallery exhibit, resources, and vendors will also be on hand. TICKETS $25. Proceeds benefit Promise Resource Network. Visit www.ThisIsMyBrave.org/Events.


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BE SCENE 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

Heather Groves, director of admissions at Autumn Care of Cornelius, with LKNW’s Michele at the Charles Mack Citizen Center community health fair

LKNW’s Stephanie with Jose Fabian and Hector Macias, owners of Margaritas Mexican Kitchen & Bar in Denver, at their ribbon-cutting ceremony in February

“SCENE WITH LAKE NORMAN WOMAN!”

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Lori Savio, owner of Home, Heart and Soul, with LKNW’s Jessica, at a networking event for the National Association of Women Business Owners Charlotte

LKNW’s Michele with Denise Moose, practice manager at Southern Family Medicine, at the Charles Mack Citizen Center community health fair


what i know NOW!

WHAT’S THE ONE SKILL EVERY WOMAN SHOULD HAVE? To be

strong, independent, and to know you have a voice and that your opinion counts…then be careful when you use it. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THE YOUNGER YOU? Don’t stress over things

that are out of your control. Stress does not change the outcome and only hurts you. And you won’t remember most of it after a week anyway because it didn’t matter. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO WALK AWAY? When you are no

longer motivated or feel you are no longer making a difference. WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR MOM? A ton! She taught me to lean on

God. She showed me that you can work and have a family, too. She taught me that a husband and a wife are a team, and your spouse should always come first. And she taught me that helping others makes you feel better about yourself.  WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU HOPE YOUR CHILDREN LEARN FROM YOU?

Treat others the way you want to be treated because everyone deserves respect. WHAT ADVENTURE CHANGED YOUR LIFE? Having cancer. It definitely makes

you see life a little differently.

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YOUR OCCUPATION & TITLE: Owner/

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WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY WHEN YOU WERE 25? I was pregnant

with my first child at that age and it was a great time in my life. But in my early 30s, I wish I would have spent more time playing with my children. Their childhood went by so fast!  

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.

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DANA NIETERS reviews A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson

a book

LOOK WHEN SELECTING BOOKS

to review, I tend to go with novels, whether they’re on recent best-seller lists or whether they’ve been sitting on my book shelf for many years, that feature remarkable female characters with compelling stories—much like the women we spotlight in the pages of Lake Norman Woman. Woman I can’t think of a book that fits the bill better than A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson. This 2010 (don’t worry, it’s still available on Amazon) novel centers around a big family secret and the touching yet very uncertain relationship between three generations of women. Each chapter is told alternately by the females of the family—Ginny; her daughter, Liza; and Liza’s daughter, Mosey—allowing the strength of these spunky gals to come through loud and clear as they face what Ginny believes to be the inevitable curse that the Slocumb women face every 15 years.

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The curse began when Ginny found herself pregnant at age 15, and then history repeated itself when Liza became pregnant at 15 as well, making Ginny a 30-year-old grandma. Ginny is convinced that trouble will come calling again as Mosey approaches her 15th birthday, and it certainly does, although not in the form of a teenage pregnancy this time. (Although Mosey does take multiple pregnancy tests just to be sure, despite the fact she has never been sexually active.) When the tiny bones of a baby and an infant’s dress are discovered in a box buried underneath the willow tree in their backyard, Mosey becomes desperate to know how they got there. Liza is the only one who has the answers, but a debilitating stroke has left her unable to communicate. As Mosey sets out on a determined quest to solve the mystery, Ginny, who believes the truth will tear the family apart, resolves to hold her family together with the same single-mindedness.

Although it includes a strong element of mystery and plenty of occasions in which you’ll laugh out loud, at its heart, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a drama about what exactly it means to be a family and what it takes to keep one together. The Slocumb women don’t always make the best choices—an affair with a married man, drug addiction, and a really dangerous road trip attest to that. But they do take responsibility for those choices as their own, and even though damaged by the 15-year cycles of hard knocks, they are anything but weak. It is exactly because Jackson reveals their flaws that readers will come to love these broken yet brassy ladies and cheer wholeheartedly as they find a way to become whole.


THE REAL ESTATE SEASON IS IN

full bloom

Whether it's time to prep your home for sale, or find a new home to plant roots. We're here to help. Amy Fraser, Managing Broker

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Of course, there are benefits to setting up a corporation or limited liability company. Every business owner should enjoy the organization and protective components that corporate formation offers. While those benefits may be less visible to a single-owner business, the tax reform law offers the possibility of some real tangible benefits. The new corporate tax rate is down to 21% from 35%. For many years, this rate only affected larger businesses. Now, however, at 21% some small business owners could elect to incorporate as a C-Corporation if the 21% rate (combined with taxes on wages) is less than their personal income tax rate (which can go as high as 39.6%). In the past, there hasn’t been much debate on C-Corp election, but the new law has given some businesses pause to think and do some math to determine their corporate status.

C O R P O R A T E F O R MAT I O N F O R 2 018

Is It Time for Your

Business

to Bloom? By: Adam G. Breeding

SMALL BUSINESSES MAKE UP

roughly half of the private sector employment marketplace. About half of those small businesses are now home-based operations, and around two-thirds are nonemployee businesses. It’s not uncommon for this type of small business to run as a sole proprietorship without any formal corporate structure. While lawyers and accountants often advise against operating without an entity shield, many small service providers found little incentive to incorporate. That may change in 2018 due to the recent passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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Likewise, many business owners who functioned as a sole proprietor will want to consider forming a company and electing S-Corp status in 2018. “S-Corp” is a tax classification where the business owner elects to pass business income through as his or her personal income. Under the new legislation, these owners are due a 20% tax deduction on qualified business income – a massive tax break – that surely should incentivize small business chiefs to take a strong look at incorporating. Some service industries are excluded from the deduction, but only if income exceeds certain caps (e.g. $315,000 for joint filers). Smart planning can ensure that business owners take advantage to lessen their tax burden one way or another. There have always been advantages to forming a corporation or LLC; the benefits just haven’t been flashy or outwardly incentivizing. Now, however, all small business operators have a serious incentive in the form of tax relief to consider when electing whether to incorporate. Prudent owners should meet with their accountants and attorneys to determine which corporate form is best for their situation—and similarly which tax election best promotes their business. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was designed with you in mind. It will create more startups and allow existing businesses to invest or hire more employees. We’re all enjoying a strong economy. Our area is already seeing a lot of growth and development on the onset of these tax reform measures. If you are a small business owner, or thinking about starting a business, now is the time to take advantage and watch your business bloom.

Adam G. Breeding is the managing attorney at Lake Norman Law Firm, located at The Plaza at 131 Main in Cornelius. Business law and corporate formation are among Lake Norman Law Firm’s practice areas. You may contact them at 704.765.1617 or at www.lknlawfirm.com.


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memorable

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At LKNW LKNW, we believe that we all have a story to tell and that we can all learn from one another. Here are some of our most inspiring moments from women we featured in past issues— because optimism, hopefulness, and encouragement are timeless!

“I’m definitely an LKN Woman; it’s who I am. I gave up the heels and the city and now I’m barefoot living on the water!”

Bonnie Goethals, newborn iNK, May 2013

LKNW celebrated motherdaughter business teams in the May 2012 issue

Dr. Megan Lineberger of Lineberger Orthodontics donned a pink cape and became a real-life action hero for our May 2015 cover.

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“THE RIGHT PAIR OF SHOES CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE!” Excerpt from 8 Things We Learned From Wonder Woman, May 2016

“It was Doug’s dream to do whatever he could to raise funds for ALS research (Doug passed away from ALS in 2008)…it is now my mission to make Doug’s dream come true.” Donna Jenkins, May 2010

AS OF THIS MAY, DONNA HAS RAISED $270,000


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L O V I N G

life bloom IN FULL

Wendy met her husband while working as a part-time waitress. Little did she know that she had just met the love of her life. In 2003, Wendy said “Yes!” to Neal Choquette, and they married in 2013. Wendy was graced with Neal’s two children whom she readily accepted as her own. “Although I didn’t give birth to them, they are definitely mine,” Wendy says with a smile. The couple’s 25-year-old daughter, Julia, lives and works in Raleigh and graduated Cum Laude from High Point University in 2014. Son Payne (21) lives in Minneapolis and works for an upscale spa resort. “He sees famous people at the spa all the time,” Wendy says, “so I’m always hearing stories of who recently visited. Life hasn’t always been smiles for this Lake Norman Woman. “My father and brother were killed in a tragic automobile accident when I was 6 years old,” she explains. “I came to realize at a very young age how precious life is, and that it can be gone in a minute.” Throughout her life, Wendy has learned from that tragedy, focusing on living life to the fullest—to do what you love, and love what you do. “There really is no time to be unhappy,” Wendy says. “People assume that you don’t remember much when you’re 6, but I do have very happy memories, and I choose to remember those.”

Wendy Choquette Choquette Properties CORNELIUS, NC

L A K E N O R M A N R E A LTO R ® W E N DY C H O Q U E T T E ,

owner of Choquette Properties, is a straight-from-the-hip shooter and a native of the small town Siler City, North Carolina, which is famed for its references on The Andy Griffith Show. After moving to the Raleigh-Durham area and then back to her hometown for a brief stint, Wendy was itching for a fresh start. “I was almost on my way to Washington, DC, where I had a job waiting,” she recalls, “but it just didn’t feel right.” Remaining true to herself, Wendy went on her gut feeling, turned down the move to DC, and moved to Charlotte instead.

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Being in the real estate business, Wendy realizes that she has a very important job. “Most people move because of a major life event, whether good or bad,” she states. And she knows, too, that she’s not just selling houses but has a hand in changing lives and influencing memories. Always keeping in mind what really matters, Wendy takes time from her business to focus on her family. “I have an alarm at the end of the workday that tells me to QUIT WORKING,” she partially jokes. Wendy believes that balance in life is a necessity, and scheduling is essential to balance. This balance is what helps her to be the best wife, mother, and business owner she can be. Wendy has enjoyed her life’s journey thus far and has learned a lot along the way. Thoughtfully, she says, “Above all, time with family is most important … making memories that matter!”

By: Michelle Love | Photography By: Chelsea Bren | Styled By: Candace at CoCo Couture


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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.

you ARE ready! T H E R E A R E T I M E S in our

life when it feels like our personal growth is dormant. Whether it’s because of life commitments, a time of reflection, or serving others, we just can’t seem to move forward. But think of your goals as spring flowering bulbs. Bulbs require a period of cool temperature to spark the biochemical process that causes them to flower, and sometimes your ability to move forward may need this too. There are some key factors to successfully achieving goals.

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Growing bulbs and achieving life goals can be simple and are quite similar. But remember it’s always best to be grounded in your goal setting … planting your roots before you bloom! Let’s look at the process of how bulbs cultivate and compare that to where you might be in your planning process. Spring Flowering Bulbs:

Successful Goal Attainment:

Bulbs should be planted as soon as the grounds are cool and evening temperatures are between 40-50 degrees, six to eight weeks before the ground freezes.

There isn’t a specific amount of time you need to plant an idea in your head to be successful, but haven’t you experienced that fleeting thought of maybe opening your own business, writing a book, or making a difference in someone’s life? Just imprinting that into your thoughts is the first step. However, to be successful, “plant” the thought by writing it in a journal or creating a vision board.

You can plant bulbs anywhere as long as the soil drains. Bulbs like the sun!

Now with our goals outlined, even dormant, don’t let others or things “muddy the water.” Get out of the mindset of “I can’t.” Stay positive in your thinking process and always look to the sun.

Prepare the planting bed. Dig soil so it’s loose and workable. Add additional organic matter such as compost or peat moss. Remove weeds, rocks, or debris.

What steps can you do to ensure your success? What obstacles can you eliminate that may keep you from being successful? Alongside your goals, write down these obstacles and the key factors to help you be successful.

When blooming is complete, cut the blooms but do not cut foliage. Bulbs use the foliage to gather nutrients from the sun and store for the following season.

You did it! Enjoy the benefits of those flowering bulbs—with those goals successfully achieved. Now it’s time to use what you learned and plan for the next goal and accomplishment.

Ann is the owner of Perfect Form Pilates in Cornelius. She is a comprehensively trained and Pilates Method Alliance certified instructor serving the Lake Norman area for over 10 years. You may contact Ann at 704.560.0383 or visit www.perfectformpilates.com.

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Prior to teaching Pilates, I was a personal trainer and setting goals was key to success. But part of my decision to transition fully to equipment training through the Pilates method was due to the way it supported the body in achieving one’s goals. The Pilates method grounds you first with your breath, then eliminates obstacles in movement by using a springbased tensioning system to allow full range of motion. By grounding, providing support, and then using the cues of a trained professional, those goals can be obtained.

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