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I don’t know how many of you remember the TV show “Hee Haw,” but if you do, you’ll remember the regular skit in which Buck Owens and pals glumly belt out thesse lyrics in shared desolation: “Gloom, despair, and agony on me. Deep, dark depression and excessive misery. If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me.” That’s a nice way to start out this gratitude issue, now isn’t it? I know. But seriously, I envision myself sitting there, alone with that woeful looking hound dog, empty moonshine jugs strewn around my feet, with an overtly miserable expression. That’s exactly how I’ve felt for the last few weeks. So much so that I’ve been trying to figure out how I can avoid this month of thankfulness entirely. I’ve been in quite the funk. This malaise began when I discovered that someone in my life had really—and irreparably—let me down. I know that there are people who face far worse situations, and that in comparison, my plight is minor. Yet, I’ve been unable to shake my anguish. And though I have lost loved ones before, had family members struggle with illness, had my heart broken a time or two, and been through a divorce, nothing quite prepared me for the incredible disappointment—despair, even—that I’ve been experiencing. It’s not that I thought this person was perfect (though I certainly held them in high regard), nor did I consider this person beyond reproach (though my love and respect was immense); I did believe, however, that this person would honor their word no matter what; I thought they would protect, rather than hurt. Discovering otherwise has been quite painful, completely turning my world—or at least my view of the world—on

its head. And while I am not at all grateful for this life experience, I am grateful for a husband who, though truly sympathetic, is also rather pragmatic. He realized very quickly we both needed to find shelter from this battering storm. After numerous failed attempts at gentle encouragement, he finally resorted to a bit of tough love: “WT (insert expletive here)? Why are you giving this person this kind of power over you? Buck up, Cupcake!” My husband’s less than warm and fuzzy, but effective prodding did the trick. It finally dawned on me that while I do not have control over this situation, I have something much more powerful: I have control over how I deal with it. Sometimes things in life just don’t turn out the way we want them to—it’s my choice whether I respond with bitterness and tears or with strength, positivity, and resolve. Even more, perhaps I can learn from it. After all, every storm is a school; every trial, a teacher; every experience, an education. I will draw on this particular experience to be a better mother to my children, a better daughter to my mother, and a better wife to my husband. So this Thanksgiving, I’m digging a little deeper than the typical “I’m thankful for…” responses. This year, I’m thankful for the challenges that arise, and the lessons they will teach me. I’m thankful for the knowledge that happiness is not determined by what happens to us, but by how we choose to find meaning in the circumstances that come our way. And I’m thankful for the understanding that no matter how difficult life can be, there is always something to be thankful for, even if it’s a straightshootin’, pants-kicking husband.

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6 ways to show your attitude of gratitude

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a day in the life: Julie Mills

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here she is: Wanda Lockridge

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my hero: Heidi Hines

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Cover story: The Women Of LangTree

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leading the way: Amy Boutet

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woman to watch: Katie Stankiewicz

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success story: Grateful For A New Normal


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Health Ho-Ho-Hold The Holiday Weight

Home How To Be A Great Host

In The Kitchen ‘Tis A Tricky Business! Bodacious Broccoli Salad

Self 6 Ways To Show Your Attitude Of Gratitude

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Mars: Facts At A Glance

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What’s one unique thing for which you are grateful?

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This question is inspired by all our LKN breast cancer survivors’ stories last month. Each woman said she was grateful for the experience in a purposeful, profound, yet surprising way. And it got us thinking about what unusual things we have in our lives that inspire gratitude. Of course, we are each grateful for our families, homes, and careers; but we thought we’d have a little fun with this question! at Boca Raton Resort and Club. I was so nervous, but I loved cooking! It was hard being so far from home and not knowing anyone, but I learned that you can do anything you set your mind to do.”

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“I’m very thankful for stretchy pants with an elastic waist, especially now that they’re making them more fashionable. I can actually look somewhat stylish on Thanksgiving and indulge in multiple helpings of mashed potatoes with extra gravy and a big piece of pumpkin pie. However, I am not at all thankful for skinny jeans.”

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“They say a cluttered space is a cluttered mind—and this could not be more true. Thank goodness for every bin, tray, and other organizing solutions that bring clarity to both my home and mind.”

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“About 10 years ago, I had a falling out with a dear friend. Unresolved misunderstandings and blame festered, and we didn’t speak for four years! Though it was unbearable for us both, pride kept us from working it out. Call it divine intervention, but we finally rebuilt our wonderful friendship on communication, respect, and trust. I am grateful for all my beautiful friendships. Never take them for granted!”

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“I’m grateful I ignored my fear and moved out of my parents’ house to Florida—18 hours away!—for a job

Amy

“My phone is amazing. I can show my mom photos so she can see how fast my son is growing up. I can edit documents, voice record thoughts that come at inopportune times, zone out and play games, research whatever idea flits into my head, listen to sermons while I run, zip in and out of social media, and be as tethered to the world as I want to be. And I try to use it to spread kindness to others every day.”

“I’m grateful for my dream adventures every night. I‘ve always been a vivid dreamer; thankfully, they are rarely nightmares and don’t interfere with my sleep. My brain catalogues dreams, and images from years ago will pop in my head for no reason—that’s when I delve into the meaning of it all!”

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“Being indecisive can be infuriating. But I’m grateful for this character flaw because it means I have a choice. Many people don’t get to make their own choices; they’re forced down paths without control. Besides, this blessing in disguise often has a solution—just flip a coin!”


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In all the hustle and bustle of the upcoming season, don’t forget to take the time to say “Thanks!” It doesn’t have to be fancy or even cost much, but the expression of gratitude goes a long way. Here are some ways to display your attitude of gratitude:

Make a Donation

When you send a thank-you note, include a small box of chocolates or a bag of Lifesavers, to say, “Thanks for being a lifesaver!”

Give the Gift of Time

Say thank you by doing a chore for them. Offer to run errands—perhaps get their car washed, pick up their dry cleaning, or babysit.

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Frame a Picture

If you right-click on a photo, for example, from a Facebook wall, you can save the photo, print, and frame. It’s a very thoughtful gesture, and they won’t be expecting it.

Slip Them A Gift Card Say It With Food

Everyone can use a casserole or a basket of muffins. Or prepare all ingredients for a crockpot recipe in Ziploc bags, so all they have to do is put the contents in a pot and press “start.”

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Make it personal, though—do they like a certain restaurant? How about a movie theater? Perhaps they love crafting—yes, there’s a gift card for that!


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A Day in the Life…

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Owner of Progressive Pilates in Cornelius

Balanced! Fitness is one very important component of a well-balanced life. The Pilates and GYROTONIC® methods of exercise are designed to create a wellbalanced body that moves with flow and ease.  

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Lucky Girl My husband, Dan, and I have been married for 32 years (Yikes!). I’m lucky to have married an incredibly funny, supportive, and loving man. Da i ly S t u d e n t There are so many layers to the work of teaching Pilates and GYROTONIC® that I learn something new every day. Each client has specific needs that continually challenge me to dig deeper into these brilliant exercise methods.

Breakthroughs

I love it when clients have a breakthrough with an exercise that has been challenging, and then, as a result, they get closer to their goals.

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A To u c h d ow n K i n d o f Day It would start with a Pilates or GYROTONIC® session (with me as student!), and then spending the rest of the day with my husband and friends, preferably at a sporting event (We love football season!).

From the time I was a child, my grandmother inspired me. She was the embodiment of strength, determination, dignity, and a great sense of humor.

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the Holiday Weight! With the holidays, we have to get everything in check—including our weight! While our homes are decorated with tinsel and lights, our tables are ornamented with pies and cakes. We all know what we’re supposed to do, but here are some reminders so your weight doesn’t take a backseat—and your backseat doesn’t take on the pounds!

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Try not to skip your regular exercise and, in fact, take it up a notch to combat all the extra calories. A brisk walk around the block will help relieve stress, too, especially if all that family is trying your patience!

be mindful of spirits

It’s easy to indulge in festive alcoholic drinks during all the celebrating, but be wary of these “evil” spirits. Not only does the alcohol add calories, but often the mixers and ingredients carry loads of sugars!

eat small

Portion control is key. Use a small plate, choose wisely, and eat slowly. Also, don’t starve yourself, thinking you’re saving calories for the “good stuff.”This actually accomplishes the opposite, causing overeating.

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For more healthy advice, visit the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition at www.fitness.gov or Health Magazine at www.health.com.

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Weigh yourself twice a day instead of once. It may be painful, but it will help you face your realities and perhaps keep you from that extra piece of cake. and if all else fails— weigh in

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No matter how you look at it, water is nothing but positive. Not only will it help you feel full, but it’s necessary to combat all the high-sodium foods indicative of a holiday feast.

If you are going to an event, take a healthy dish with you. If you are hosting an event, send your guests home with leftovers. You can even purchase colored cellophane wrap so a leftover plate of cookies turns into a thoughtful gift. take it or send it


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{ h e r e she i s } An LKN Woman who personifies what makes Lake Norman Women so great

What one thing was most helpful during your breast cancer treatment? Diagnosed on November 19,

2014, my oncologist referred me to Carolina Vein Associates for varicose veins and pain in both legs. Dr. Hansen, Heather, and Kathy were all so welcoming to me as a new patient. Dr. Hansen explained each procedure in depth, including the risks and benefits. During my procedure, I was surprised I was completely at ease, and actually excited! Now, I have no varicose veins and am completely free of leg pain.

How do you ‘Think Pink’? My life did not end when I was diagnosed with breast cancer—it began! It’s a big dream of mine to paint our RV pink so I can be a big, pink, rolling commercial for breast cancer awareness as we travel! Ricky and I will have our sea legs soon—we are booked for a Bermuda cruise and an Azamara-West Indies Hideaway Voyage. How do you keep going? I am a retired registered nurse and former avid runner. I completed the Disney halfmarathon with my daughters, Candy and Chelsey; and I’ve run the 15K Biltmore House run and several 10K bridge runs in Charleston and Savannah. For the last five years, Ricky and I have been avid hikers. I also enjoy kayaking and canoeing.

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What motivates you? My blog just gained 15 new readers! When I was diagnosed, I needed to vent and to keep my mind off all the treatments. I started a blog, www.alwayslookforthebrightside.blogspot.com. I immediately felt the need to help others with the same experience. I’ve always had a lot of inner strength and decisiveness, and now I’m determined to put a smile on as many faces as possible. Dr. Steven Folstad and Dr.Todd Hansen are vein specialists at Carolina Vein Associates, 206 Joe Knox Ave., Ste. H, Mooresville, specializing in in-office treatment and care of varicose veins, spider veins, and venous insufficiency diseases. For more information, visit www.carolinaveinassociates.com , or contact the office at 704.684.4511.

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‘Tis a Tricky Business!

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H o l i d a y C o o k i n g w i t h F o o d All e r g i e s Acc o r d i n g to t h e American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (ACAAI), more than 50 million Americans have an allergy of some kind; and 4 to 6 percent of the entire population has food allergies. The most severe allergic reaction is anaphylaxis, which can be life-threatening. It affects your breathing and heart rate, causing a dramatic drop in blood pressure.

Food allergies are a tricky business—they can develop at any age and can persist or disappear altogether over time. Onset of a reaction can be minutes or hours; and symptom durations can vary. Food allergies can affect the respiratory or cardiovascular systems and the gastrointestinal tract.

For food-allergy sufferers, the holidays can be especially challenging. Here are some tips to help you through all the upcoming events in which food itself is the celebration:

Look for naturally gluten-free foods, such as quinoa and rice. Dips like chutney and hummus with rice crackers and fresh fruits and veggies make a delicious appetizer. Learn to read food labels carefully, and avoid prepackaged foods. They often have trace ingredients and additives that could trigger a reaction.

For your main meat or even tofu recipes, avoid pre-marinated or pre-spiced foods. Make your own flavorings by using olive oil and fresh herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, marjoram, and garlic.

Soups make a great dish with

a holiday flair. Try ingredients like squash, pumpkin, leek, or sweet potatoes. Cornstarch or arrowroot with water and chicken stock are great thickening agents.

For milk or soy allergies, try substituting coconut milk for the usual cream, soy, or nut milks.

While labels have helped to decipher ingredients, there can be a lot of ambiguity. Phrases such as “may contain,”

“made on shared equipment,” or “made in a shared facility” can be confusing; and there are no laws that require or govern the standards of those warnings.

Eating out requires even more scrutiny as cross-contamination is everywhere. It’s best to speak with your server and the chef to apprise them of the severity of your particular allergy.

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on seasonal fruits, such as apples, pears, or cranberries.

For more food-allergy information, visit the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology at www.acaai.org.

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my hero:

Heidi Hines

Lake Norman Town:

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nominated by:

Holly Pasut, her sister

reason for nomination:

“Heidi is my hero because when I was sentenced to prison, she handled my life, what I had left of it. She became a mother to my children and an expert in the field of ‘inmate support and leadership!’”

She tackles problems head-on.

She never gives up.

“Heidi demonstrates such fortitude to keep doing what has to be done. She has a rare discipline in that she does not need to be held accountable.”

“Heidi never shrank from the realities of our situation. She did not hide the news of my being sent to prison, but stood up to it. I was always confident she had my back.”

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“Heidi cannot be swayed or bought. She is very tough on the outside, but her heart is soft. She is kind, compassionate, and honest, but she is also tough as nails.”

She is a friend, always. “Heidi probably has no idea she does this, but she passionately behaves as written in the Bible ‘to bear one another’s burdens.’ She epitomizes fellowship.”

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who’s your hero?

If you have an LKNWoman hero in your life, tell us all about her. Email Dana at dana@lakenormanwoman.com with My Hero in the subject line.


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How To Be A

great host By: Starr Miller

Th e h o l i day s a r e c o m i n g

like a freight train, and we’d best prepare for our guests to arrive. Over the years, we have put together a very detailed checklist for the guest room and the guest experience. We all want our guests to feel at home with our families, but we also know that a bit of autonomy and a well-designed place to get away is important when anyone is a visitor in your home. Here is a bit of my personal planning guide:

One month out

Mark your calendar for the essential things to accomplish, such as: A deep clean around the house, and any yard work, dry cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping that must be managed.

Two weeks out

Call your guests and ask what they like to eat for breakfast and if they have any dietary restrictions or needs. Let them know if there are any special events to consider in their packing. Also, check if they have any allergies, if you need to remove the down pillow from their room.

One week out

Email your address, home phone number, cell number, and any transportation information to the guests.

Two days out

Get the grocery shopping done. Don’t forget the fresh flowers!

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One day out

Put together a welcome basket to include: A calendar of 1

any events happening, a list of local restaurants or coffee shops they may enjoy, house WiFi network and password information, slippers, a house key, a current magazine, the television remote for their room with a list of stations (and instructions for using the remote, if needed), and any house rules or inside information concerning alarms, animals, etc.

2 By the bed, place a bowl of fruit and small wrapped chocolates (This is the main reason my father-in-law and father like staying with us!). Also, a water carafe or small bottles of water always come in handy. Make sure there is a small bowl for them to place their jewelry or keys. Make sure the clock in the room is set for the correct time and that 6 a.m. alarm is off !

3 On the bed, make sure there is an assortment of pillow types and a throw. Not everyone likes the subarctic temperature that you may prefer. 4 In the bathroom, make sure there are plenty of fresh towels, a hair dryer, an unopened toothbrush, shampoo, hand cream, and a fresh bar of soap. 5 In the kitchen, set up the coffee maker, if you tend to sleep in and have early bird guests. Show them where the muffins, toaster, or other breakfast items are stored. That way they won’t hide in their room until you come out.

Arrival day

Don’t forget to open the window shades in their room, and then relax and enjoy your guests!

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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Women of LangTree By: Amy Hallman | photography by: chelsea bren

W h o d o e s n ’ t wa n t wat e r f r o n t o f f i c e s pa c e ? This is the heart of the premise behind the LangTree Lake Norman development in Mooresville. Lake Norman is a successful, thriving community of towns that can sustain its own hotel and conference center, without having to drive to nearby—and some not-so-nearby—cities to conduct business. What started as a local developer’s plan, R.L. West has carried to fruition. LangTree’s offerings include fine and casual dining, unique retail, a medical office building, and a dog park. The boardwalk allows you the airy, pedestrian experience at our coveted lake. Soon, the Hilton hotel and conference center will be completed. This year, LangTree Live, a 21-week free summer concert series held each Thursday through September added to this exciting, inviting atmosphere.

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So, if you could live at the lake and work at the lake, wouldn’t you? Our six featured female LKN and LangTree Lake Norman business owners do just that.

brittanyAmodio co-owns Bacchus Wine & Tapas with her husband, Daniel. With a nod to their Italian culture, the name Bacchus is inspired by the Roman god of wine. “We loved the concept of sharing a small plate or tapas menu,” Brittany says, “so customers could enjoy several smaller plates and pair with different types of wine or beer while enjoying conversation.” After looking at multiple spaces, Brittany says they felt at home at LangTree. “Four years ago, we started planning from a dark, cold space to create the perfect atmosphere,” she shares. “The cozy fireplace, a handcrafted bar, and several family-style tables are perfect for sharing tapas.” Brittany admits her personal challenge in business. “I am emotionally connected to our business—to a fault,” she says, “and I’ve learned to stay focused on the bigger picture.” One way to do that is to enjoy time with her family, including their son,Trysten, whom Brittany says is a blessing and makes them smile every day.

monachen is the owner of The Orient Xpress and Mona’s Lounge. With 19 years experience, owning a restaurant and lounge go hand-in-hand for Mona. Many years ago, a friend introduced her to the food-and-beverage industry; and soon, Mona understood she could realize her dream of owning her own business while also providing for her family. She says she was drawn to LangTree because of its “growing market as a destination place for many.” Since opening her businesses there, Mona says, “The people have become like family, and we are very thankful for their support.” Mona knows something about family. She has two children, Luna (15) and Danny (12), who work with her in the restaurant. “They always help me to do something; they’ve developed a strong work ethic, and it’s very nice to work with them.” Mona prides herself on being a role model. She recognizes that, as a woman in this industry, “getting respect is a challenge. I just have to be stronger,” she says.

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her husband, Matt, and her mother, Pam Gregory, own R. Gregory Jewelers. In 1981, Kim’s mother and her father, the late Rick Gregory, took a leap of faith to open their own—the original—jewelry store in Statesville, which is still in operation. “We love being in the community where we grew up and being involved in our customers’ lives,” Pam says. For Kim, as she got older and began to think about her own career, she says, “I loved how we were so connected to people. Grandmothers and mothers would bring their daughters in and fathers, their sons. It was pretty neat. Now, the best part is selling engagement rings to kids I saw grow up!” The R. Gregory family came to LangTree to follow the patriarch’s vision of expansion. Kim says, “This perfect location is close enough to be involved daily and to run our Statesville store at the same time.” Kim and Matt have two children, Emma and Sam. “Working together as a family, it’s hard to do things and not talk business, but when we’re on vacation, there’s no shop talk!”

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owner of Beth & Company Salon & Day Spa, graduated cosmetology school in 1981.“I believe there’s a natural talent for creating the art of hair,” she says. “I love making that connection between a client’s inner beauty and outward appearance.” Fulfilling my destiny wouldn’t have been possible without my family’s love and support. My husband, Michael, made my dream a reality; and my daughter, Logan, who also went to cosmetology school, excels in the administration of our business.” “With our flagship location nestled in the heart of downtown Statesville since 1999, we saw the vision of the company continue to expand exceedingly and abundantly beyond what we could’ve ever hoped for on our own,” Beth says. “Our brand growth matched the growth of this wonderful county. LangTree was the perfect place for us to add a location within Iredell County.” Beth appreciates the opportunity to have been a part from the very beginning, to see the growth from the ground up. She says, “Daily, we see new structures along with new faces. The sense of community is always there.”

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owns both Orchid Nails and Café Sky. With 20 years experience in the nails industry, Kim also owns the café, as the restaurant business is part of her family history. Kim credits LangTree’s property management for creating a positive environment for business owners. “Through the years, I’ve had many dealings with landlords, and R.L. West has been very accommodating to our growing process.”

opened her second fab’rik store, part of a national fashion boutique franchise, in LangTree, selling the first, in Charlotte. After visiting a friend’s Atlanta store, Jessica and husband Kris found their new venture. “I assumed we would visit a snooty and overpriced ‘boutique’; but I remember being awestruck that this great store with amazing clothes was affordable,” Jessica says. “It was such a unique concept that I immediately wanted to bring home.

She admits the challenge of being a female business owner is “focusing on work and fulfilling your kids’ needs at the same time. If I were a man, I could focus more on the business,” she says. “I’m slowly overcoming by carefully planning school, events, and sports so they don’t collide.” Between her professional and personal lives, Kim tries to make some occasional me-time for shopping. “I like to be alone with time to browse,” she says. “Not to be rushed, but to see things in real life besides online.” Kim and her husband, Son Ngo, a sales manager for Flow Toyota in Statesville, are thrilled to be part of LangTree. “My daughter, Skyler (14), and son, Tyson (9), both attend Pine Lake Prep, and the location couldn’t be more perfect.”

“Discussion of a development that utilizes the lake definitely caught my ear. Who wouldn’t want to shop, eat, and entertain lakeside? The lake is the area’s biggest asset, for sure,” she says. “I see my shoppers eating here, paddleboarding with families here, celebrating promotions at the bars here. It’s like a family.” Jessica and Kris have two daughters, Ella (5) and Harper (2). “The biggest challenge is constantly teetering on the ever elusive ‘balance’ everyone talks about,” she says. “With marriage, kids, work, and charity, there’s so much more responsibility once you add ‘business owner.’ The expectation is you can’t just be a woman in business, you have to become Super Woman in business. I don’t know that I will ever overcome it, but there’s joy to be found in the chase.”

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Bacchus Wine & Tapas 138 Village View Dr. Suite 107 704.997.2851

fab’rik 119 The Landings Dr. Suite 107 704.450.0384

The Orient Xpress & Mona’s Lounge 138 Village View Dr. Suites 102 & 103 704.765.5199; 704.765.5201

Beth & Company Salon & Day Spa 138 Village View Dr. Suite 104 704.464.3471

Orchid Nail & Café Sky 119 The Landings Dr. Suites 103 & 104 704.997.2886

R. Gregory Jewelers 138 Village View Dr. Suite 106 704.997.2881

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Kelli Swick, the “Queen of

Oats,” created “Wildcat Crunch,” a granola-protein product including dark chocolate, tart red cherries, organic oats, nuts, and seeds. Kelli started her business at the Davidson Farmers Market. Currently, her products are also sold at Whole Foods, the Peninsula Farmers Market, and online. Tracie Ohonme is co-

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founder and executive vice president of Samaritan’s Feet International. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit shares hope with those in need by washing their feet, giving them a new pair of shoes, and helping them to believe that their dreams can come true. Tracie also initiated The Women Ambassadors and Youth Ambassadors Program for Samaritan’s Feet.

Jennifer Brinn, media and technology teacher at Grand Oak Elementary School, was selected to participate in an elite educational administration program at Columbia University. This year she will be working on her internship to become a principal, which includes site-based research and internships at her current school and two years of coursework.

Rebecca Paradis is the general manager at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mooresville. With a business management degree from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Rebecca worked her way up from front desk clerk to general manager. She comes to LKN from Winston-Salem. In 2013, Rebecca was named Global Hilton Garden Inn General Manager of the Year. Trish Cloud, computer teacher at Grand Oak Elementary School, recently won the 2015 Games and Simulations Excellence Award through the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). ISTE serves more than 100,000 educators worldwide. Trish, selected for advocating innovative approaches to education, was honored at the 2015 ISTE Conference & Expo in Philadelphia.

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Saturday, Nov. 7:

13th Annual Statesville Pumpkin Fest

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Downtown Statesville There’s a classic car Cruise-In on Court Street, games, Kid Zone, rides, and pumpkin bowling, painting and even smashing! Enjoy 60 art and craft exhibitors, good food, craft beer tasting, and three entertainment stages. Join the pumpkin pie-eating contest or cornhole tournaments.

Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 11-22:

The Southern Christmas Show

The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Rd., Charlotte Times & ticket prices vary. Since 1968, the Southern Christmas Show has become a holiday tradition itself for families and friends throughout the region. Get in the spirit with the Dickens-style village with more than 50 shops, holiday designer rooms, freshly cut and decorated Christmas trees and of course, Santa Claus! For more information, visit https://southernshows.com/scs.

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20th Annual Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials & Dog Festival

Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $11 & 7.50 (4 & under are free) If you love dogs, sheep, and the outdoors, this annual event is a must-do! Watch champion border collies compete, and experience Pumpkin Chunkin’, hay rides, exhibits, and more. For the schedule and more information, visit www.ruralhill.net/SheepdogTrials.asp.

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MooresvilleLKN Christian Mission Turkey Trot 5K

Mooresville Christian Mission, 266 N. Broad St., Mooresville Registration 8 a.m., trot 9 a.m.

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8th Annual Artisan and Crafters’ Expo

Statesville Christian School, 1210 Museum Rd., Statesville 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Artists and crafters will offer beautiful works and handmade items for sale. Artisan breads, candy, jams, and other homemade baked goods, including gluten-free items, will be available also. Bring family and friends, have lunch, and cast your vote in the chili cook-off contest!

Hosted by the Mooresville-LKN Christian Mission, this walk or run race to end poverty is fun for the whole family. This event supports local families in need. Kids Turkey Dash starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.ourchristianmission.org. Register at https://runsignup.com.


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Be Scene L a k e N o r m a n W o m a n 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

LKNW’s Stephanie with Lewis Jewett, owner of Madalyn’s Coffee and Tea

LKNW’s Stephanie and Sandy at Red Rocks Café in Birkdale

“ S ce n e W i t h L a k e No rman Woman!”

One of our newest readers, Ethan (LKNW’s Stephanie’s nephew)

LKNW’s Dana with Nadine Deason, owner and broker at Sotheby’s International Realty, at Chillfire in Denver

LKNW’s Dana with Bill Russell, LKN Chamber president (right), present the Champion of Diversity Award to Novant Health Huntersville

View more Scene photos & more at our Facebook page: Facebook.com/ LakeNormanWoman

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LKNW’s Amy having her annual 3D mammogram, or tomography, at Charlotte Radiology Breast Center in Huntersville

LKNW’s Stephanie with Stephanie Crisco at The Charles Mack Citizen Center Judy Sobo, Tricia Sisson, Lauren Furcht, Denise Williams, and Angela Swett at the LKN Chamber’s Champion of Diversity Breakfast


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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. A m y B o u t e t began teaching preschool in 2000, began working with The Goddard Schools in 2001, and became director of The Goddard School in Cornelius in 2011. She earned a bachelor’s degree in child and family development from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Amy’s leadership is fueled by a positive attitude and a grateful heart.

“After ten years of teaching, transitioning to educational director was truly the highlight of my career,” Amy says. “Not only do I strive to make an impact with the children and families each day, I coach our faculty to do the same through daily interactions and professional development. Through continual assessment and support, we set the stage in preparing children for success.”

leadership is ?

“I try to lead by example. I can only ask my teachers to do things that I am willing to do myself. I want to be a role model and hope to inspire the teachers as well as the students.” By: leslie ogle | photography by: Stacey Lanier Photography

First job: Babysitter

Life as a

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for: the hours at the end of the day I spend with my family!

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Biggest work pet peeve:

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Amy credits her leadership style to her youth pastor. Through his own zest for life, he was a “guiding light” in her early years. “He taught me that change is inevitable, and to be able to adapt—and do it with a positive attitude. He seemed to have all the answers, and you could tell that he loved life and having fun. He inspired me to be the best person I could be and to have a kind, generous heart. I think I have the ability to stay positive in almost any situation, and I am very grateful for his influence.”

At-work comfort

Ice cream or salt & vinegar chips snack:

Mantra: “Be

the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Gandhi

I wish I had more time to: Study

When Amy was 12, she became a Red Crosscertified babysitter, putting the wheels of her lifelong passion in motion. “My children definitely keep me motivated,” she says. “They inspire me to enjoy all that life offers; and often, they are the ones leading me to do a better job— especially the three we have at home, who are 16, 11, and 2!”

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Last online search:

Things to do in Gatlinburg, TN Song that describes you: “Don’t Worry, Be

Happy”

How your high school teachers would describe you: Quiet, kind,

organized, & overachieving

If you could make over anything, what would it be? People’s attitudes—I

want everyone to be happy and celebrate life!


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Giving back is my way of saying “Thank you.” We’re all in this together. State Farm® has a long tradition of being there. That's one reason why I'm proud to support Mooresville Soup Kitchen.

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in the

kitchen

Serves: 6 Prep Time: 20 minutes ingredients:

Bodacious Broccoli Salad A gluten-free favorite from the kitchen of Wanette Bolen (Leslie’s mom!)

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8 Slices of bacon, cooked crisp, drained, and crumbled 2 Heads of fresh broccoli, chopped 1 1/2 Cups of shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 Large red onion, chopped 1/4 Cup red wine vinegar 1/8 Cup sugar 2 Teaspoons ground black pepper 1 Teaspoon salt 2/3 Cup mayonnaise 1 Teaspoon fresh lemon juice directions:

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katie stankiewicz LKNW recognizes a woman doing exceptional work in the Lake

Norman community, a leader who is paving the way to changing our attitudes and inspire confidence in the future.

on getting started: In 1980, my family started and operated a race team. Because racing was my life it made sense to move to North Carolina in 2003, to the hub of NASCAR. In 2005, I was offered a job as a shock and spring specialist with Jr. Motorsports, owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. I traveled with the race team until 2012. on changing gears: While I felt blessed to work full time, the lengthy trips away from my family were to taking a toll. I wanted a career that would incorporate my loves for helping people and for working with horses. My transition started with opening Mind, Body, and Sole Equine Care, focusing on equine-assisted psychotherapy and natural hoof care. My Reiki and life coaching certifications added to this business. Also, I’m certified in the equine-assisted growth and learning associated model (EAGALA). on breaking tradition: The combination of horses and psychotherapy pushes people out of their comfort zones. This is where the biggest growth happens; and my team (an equine specialist, a mental-health professional, and the horse, of course!) and I can impact clients’ lives. We do ground-based activities and spend time with the horses. The horses don’t care about what you do for a living or how much money you make; they are in the ring because you are.

Katie Stankiewicz willow equine assisted therapy statesville, nc

on being grateful: At home, we often go trail riding around the property. My husband, Jeff, daughter Natalie (2 1/2), and I enjoy being at home and outside in nature. Also, I love hiking in Lake Norman State Park. Occasionally, a friend and I will pack up everything in the trailer to trail ride in the mountains. Nature is important to me, and I hope to pass this value on to others. It is wonderful to take a breath of fresh air and experience the tranquility of the world around you. Katie Stankiewicz is the owner of Mind, Body & Sole Equine Care, Willow Equine-Assisted Therapy, and Willow Ridge Coaching. A certified life coach and certified equine specialist, Katie specializes in equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning. For more information, visit www.willowequinetherapy.com or www.willowridgecoaching.com, or call 704.237.0644.

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by: Elizabeth Buehler | photography by: lisa crates photography


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Mars F a c t s A t A Gl a n c e

Sunsets are blue

because of the way light filters through a fine dust in the atmosphere. A Mars year is 687

Earth days.

Its population totals seven

robots!

It appears red because it’s covered in rust (iron oxide).

the Roman god of war, Ares, Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun. Because of its reddish color, it is often referred to as the “Red Planet.” The recent discovery that Mars does, in fact, have water has sparked a new and intriguing glance skyward for many. With that discovery, NASA announced plans to send astronauts to Mars by the 2030s, which ignites a slew of new possibilities for Earthlings. Here are some fun facts about Mars: Named after

The soil is good for growing asparagus; who knew?! And how?

Because the average

temperature is -81°

Fahrenheit, scientists are considering introducing global warming to make it habitable. It is about half

the size of Earth.

It boasts the tallest

mountain in the solar system and is nearly 16 miles high!

Pieces of Mars have fallen to Earth. Mars has two moons.

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For more intriguing facts about Mars, visit NASA’s website at www.nasa.gov.


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Grateful For A New Normal By: Leslie Ogle

Charlotte Parris for Charlotte Parris, coowner—with daughter Anitra Mitchell— of Mainstream Boutique in Mooresville. But it took some time for her to find her way back after the loss of her husband.

Life is good

(with co-owner & daughter Anitra) Mainstream boutique mooresville, nc

Charlotte and husband Gene married in 1999, had three grown children and four grandchildren between them, and made their home in Charlotte. A close family, they were delighted with their life and had much to look forward to. In June 2014, Gene was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and died in less than a month. “I know it is cliché to say your husband is the love of your life,” Charlotte says, “but he truly was. I often said that when he walked into a room, he was in color and everyone else was in black and white.” Gene was only 57 years old, a non-smoker, and the picture of health, Charlotte shares, so the diagnosis was a shock for the entire family. His rapid decline was also unexpected, even for physicians. “His doctors said they had seen this quick of a decline with this cancer type only one other time in 35 years,” Charlotte recalls. To honor Gene’s memory, Mainstream Boutique’s Winston-Salem store donates a portion of proceeds each year to the American Thoracic Society, and they plan to do the same with the Lake Norman store as well.” Looking for her new normal, Charlotte moved to Lake Norman in August 2014. She had worked many years in the corporate world, so the switch to retail ownership was a welcome change.

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Becoming involved in Mainstream Boutique made her realize that she needed to broaden her horizons. “This was an opportunity to share something incredible with my daughter,” she says. “I love creating a personal shopping experience for all customers, from XS to 3X!” Climbing her way out of the black hole of grief was daunting for Charlotte, to say the least. Many days after Gene’s death, she didn’t even want to get out of bed. But, as she likes to say, she pulled herself up by her bootstraps and once again, began to greet life with hope and enthusiasm. “It’s important to realize,” she says, “that you are stronger than you think. If I can help one person get through tragedy, I have succeeded. Lean on your

faith, friends, and family, and be grateful for each and every day. Many of our customers, in both Winston-Salem and Mooresville, have inspired me—the women who come into our stores are so much more than customers.” With all the ups and downs, Charlotte remains positive. With an attitude of gratitude, her message is clear: know that things work out in the end, no matter how desperate it may seem. “The death of my husband brought me to Lake Norman for a new life,” Charlotte says, acceptingly, “and I am just now wanting to experience life more fully again. Grief is a long process, and you can’t rush it. But believe in yourself, know you are beautiful, take care of your health, love deeply, and you will find happiness.”


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better me

better you

better world

Mind Body Spirit The mind, body, and spirit are intimately connected. Because unhealthy thoughts and emotions can create a vicious cycle that leads to unhealthy physical patterns, we can choose a victorious path that includes a positive, healing, uplifting spiral. 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.

fix your focus By: John J. Ballas, DC

O u r e n e r g y f lo w s where our

attention goes. Once, while mountain biking in Tsali in western North Carolina, my wife, Donna, found it to be a steep climb with many sharp turns along the side of the mountain. At the very beginning, she happened to look down at the side of the trail and guess what—her bike followed! She went down the hill and had a bit of a rough landing. But she learned very quickly—and fortunately, while still at the bottom of the mountain—to focus on where she wanted to go, rather than focusing on where she was afraid she may end up. It is important to focus on what you want and not what you don’t want. Anything ever created once first existed in the mind. Before a building is constructed, it existed in someone’s mind, then was committed to a blueprint and finally, to a structure. By becoming consciously aware of our thoughts we can direct them to our benefit. Similarly, when we keep “an attitude of gratitude,” we draw positive energy into our life. We are what we think about all day, so focusing on things that we are grateful for creates fertile ground for good things to crop up and grow.

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Gratitude creates changes at the emotional and mental levels, and it changes your body at the cellular level. For more than a decade, Dr. Robert Emmons, author and professor of psychology at the University of CaliforniaDavis, has studied the effects of gratitude on physical and mental health. His research shows that people who practice gratitude consistently report: • Stronger immune systems; • Less bothered by aches and pains; • Lower blood pressure; • More exercise and better health maintenance; and • Better and longer sleep. In a 2003 experimental comparison, Emmons found that participants who kept weekly gratitude journals exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives overall, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to participants who recorded hassles or neutral life events. Gratitude is clearly good for our health, and can actually be developed, similar to exercising a muscle. Maintaining a gratitude journal can develop a habit of becoming

aware of all the positive and supportive things in your life. One of the best ways to maintain an attitude of gratitude is to serve others. It takes us from an egocentric focus to a social consciousness by recognizing how much we receive from helping others. For many years now, we have sponsored Lake Norman’s Largest Coat Drive. Each year, we are always amazed at the community’s outpouring of generosity, giving coats, hats, and gloves to people in need. The exchange of goodwill in our community benefits us all—the givers and the receivers—because it builds a sense of sharing and caring that goes beyond just a warm coat. So, as we approach a special day of Thanksgiving, let’s be intentional about being of service and letting others know how grateful we are that they’re in our lives. It’s good for our health! Dr. John J. Ballas, a Charlotte native, has been practicing chiropractic medicine for 17 years. He is a certified chiropractic sports physician, specializing in Cox flexion distraction technique, applied kinesiology, acupuncture and Kennedy spinal decompression. For more information about Ballas Chiropractic, call 704.896.8080 or visit www.ballaschiropractic.com. ©Andybor | Dreamstime.com


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The holidays...a time for family, friends, hugs and guiding teeth into beautiful alignment. in Holiday Cheer.

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