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WOMEN power CAN YOU SMELL IT…THE SCENT OF TURKEY ROASTING IN THE OVEN
and a pumpkin pie cooling on the sideboard? I do…and it causes me to grin big in anticipation of that once-a-year feast requiring me to don a pair of stretchy pants and hone my gratitude skills. The thankfulness part is easy when I’m filled up with thanks. But there have been occasions in my life when I’ve been fed up with thanks instead… or somewhere in between. After all, expressing gratitude is rather easy when things are going well, but how do we feel grateful when life hasn’t just handed us lemons, it’s opened fire on us in a surprise blitz of that sour citrus? I suppose we could comply with the platitude we all know and make lemonade. The thing is, though, during those super “lemony” times in my life, a glass of lemonade is the last thing I want, thank you very much. I don’t even like lemonade. And If I’m being honest, I’d much rather drown my lemons in the sweet taste of denial…or vodka.
The day of my grandmother’s funeral was one of those lemony times. The first two sentences out of the officiant’s mouth were “This is a day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it,” which I interpreted as a suggestion to make lemonade. But consumed by a deep-rooted sadness over the loss of my grandma (and because shooting vodka in church is frowned upon), joy felt oh so out of reach. What wasn’t out of reach, however, was the legacy of my grandma. My grandmother had more than her fair share of lemons pelted at her during her life. She didn’t focus on them, though. Instead, she made not just lemonade, but the best darn lemon cake you’ve ever tasted. She never complained, never gave in, never shot a tumbler of vodka. She simply accepted each day as it came to her, trusting God was abundantly present and holding her up so that the lemon onslaught couldn’t knock her down. She frequently opined that “When the Lord closes a door, He opens a window,” and she was so very thankful for that window that it didn’t cross her mind to lament the closed door. It’s clear to me now that the opening of my grandmother’s service was actually perfect. Of course she would want her family to choose joy because that’s what she would have done. I am so very thankful for my grandmother. Because of her, I know that it is always possible to feel gratitude for what is given rather than resentful over what is withheld. It’s simply up to me. I can follow her example and focus on my blessings or I can wallow in sour lemon juice. So the next time I get assaulted by lemons, I’m going to channel my grandma and squirt them on a giant lobster tail—after all, it’s pretty darn easy to be thankful when you’re filled up with lobster. Happy Thanksgiving! w
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contents NOVEMBER 2021
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
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INSPIRE LAKE NORMAN:
Building Community Through Giving
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
food 43 robyn ford LILLY & GRACE
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Your Thanksgiving Table TIPS, TRICKS, & HACKS:
Family Feast Edition
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WOMAN TO WATCH:
Dr. Joanne Simpson
MY FAVORITE THINGS:
Stephanie Hathaway COVER STORY:
Through Giving, We Receive LEADING THE WAY:
All In The Family
THAT'S WHAT HE SAID:
INSPIRE LAKE NORMAN: BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH GIVING
dr. joanne simpson CHARLOTTE DERMATOLOGY
Alzheimer's: The Unforgettable Disease
The Covid-19 Vaccine And Pregnancy: What You Need To Know
INSIDE DESIGN WITH STARR MILLER:
Attitude Of Gratitude!
Finding Your Joy Through Gratitude
A BOOK LOOK:
What Do You Give A Friend Who Has Everything?
Warming Effects Of The Bookcase
8 Acts Of Kindness
Fear, Faith, & A Fistful Of Chocolates
LIVE, LEARN, GROW
TIPS, TRICKS, & HACKS: FAMILY FEAST EDITION
MIND, BODY, SPIRIT:
Integrating Gratitude And Mindfulness
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WOMEN ON THE MOVE
PHOTOS: CHELSEA BREN
ON THE COVER: DR. NICOLE NAYLOR & DR. AMBER BROOKS OF WEST LAKE DENTISTRY P H OTO G R A P H Y B Y: CHELSEA BREN
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Life takes practice! And though they don’t always come wrapped in a shiny red bow, the lessons we learn along the way are invaluable gifts that are worth sharing. Here are a few noteworthy examples featured in this issue:
A FAMILY AFFAIR A HEART FULL OF GRATITUDE
This month, Dr. Joanne Simpson, a board-certified dermatologist with Charlotte Dermatology, shows us the imperfect perfections of motherhood. After years of heartache trying to conceive, baby Evan arrived in January and changed her world. “When you have a child, you have to learn to let go and embrace whatever the day or circumstance might present,” Dr. Simpson advises on PAGE 16.
Readers will learn much on PAGE 46 where Robyn Ford, owner of Lilly & Grace (a furniture boutique with gifts, a full design center, and renovation services located in Mooresville), shares the ins and outs of working with family. Not only did Robyn grow up working in her family’s homebuilding business, but today her two daughters, son, and husband all work for Lilly & Grace, equipping Robyn with some valuable insights to pass along.
LEADERSHIP IS …
“It is about being a good example and using good judgement. It is about assisting those members on your team to be able to succeed and reach their goals so that you can succeed and reach yours. Educating and mentoring is a huge responsibility that I enjoy and don’t take lightly.” Learn more about successful leadership strategies on PAGE 40 with Shelly Quinn, Branch Manager of Silverton Mortgage in Huntersville. THAT’S WHAT HE SAID
Meet Dennis Cowardin on PAGE 53, an agent with Griffin Insurance in Mooresville. Dennis is passionate about the Mooresville community and is a member of several boards and organizations. Surrounded by women who inspire him, Dennis is quick to point to his mother, his wife, and the women with whom he works for his success, and his gratitude runs deep.
PREGAMING FOR THE HOLIDAYS
‘Tis the season for giving, so what better month to hear from Stephanie Hathaway, owner of Southern Notions in Downtown Mooresville. Check out PAGE 26 where Stephanie gives us an inspiring glimpse of the woman behind the business as she shares some of the things, experiences, and people that motivate her, fill her heart, and bring a smile to her face.
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Welcome to our new community outreach page, Inspire Lake Norman—Building Community Through Giving, where every month or so we will highlight charities from our area and provide information on how you can get involved. We want to give back, and the best way to do that is through you. If you’d like to have your favorite charity included in an upcoming edition, please email Leslie@lakenormanwoman.com.
INSPIRE LAKE NORMAN:
building community through giving
Rivers do not drink their own water; trees do not eat their own fruit; the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature. We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is … Life is good when you are happy but much better when others are happy because of you.” –Pope Francis
Soles4Souls (S4S) turns unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunity by keeping them from going
to waste and putting them to good use – providing relief, fighting poverty, helping the planet, and empowering women. Providing Relief: “We collect gently-used shoes and clothing to distribute to people in need across the U.S. and around the world.” Fighting Poverty: “We help people launch and sustain their own small businesses selling donated shoes and clothing.” Helping the Planet: “We are protecting the environment by putting used goods to good use instead of wasting away in a landfill.” Empowering Women: “We aim to empower women by ensuring that they have the opportunities and recognition they deserve.” Soles4Souls has two locations in Charlotte for drop-offs or one of the staff members can provide pick-up.
To learn more, please visit www.soles4souls.com.
The Iredell Health Foundation is the
philanthropic arm of Iredell Health System and helps support the organization’s programs and services through donorcentered fundraising. The foundation focuses on raising community awareness of specific programs that need funding and provides individuals and organizations hoping to make a difference and leave a legacy the opportunity to support local healthcare needs of their choice. Donations made to the Iredell Health Foundation enhance existing Iredell programs and help create funds for new programs that would not otherwise exist. Financial contributions help provide the resources necessary to improve the community’s health while providing affordable care. The foundation provides an opportunity for people to help the health system in such a way that they can feel appreciative of giving back … to say thank you for the care that they received.
To learn more about the Iredell Health Foundation, visit www.iredellhealthfoundation.org.
In recent years, FeedNC has been working hard to address the needs of the community in new and innovative ways. In 2018, FeedNC introduced the Culinary Job Training Program, a 12-week job placement program which provides unemployed and underemployed individuals with 50 hours of life-skills classes and 150 hours of handson kitchen training in an effort to prepare them for a successful future in the culinary field. This program covers everything from basic knife skills to complex cooking methods, resume building, and long-term financial management strategies. Upon completion of the program, graduates are then linked to FeedNC’s local business partners for gainful employment opportunities. Since the inception of the program, 24 students have graduated and 95 percent have been linked to employment.
For more information, please contact Brittany Holbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.feednc.org.
Checkit4andretti started as a hashtag used when John Andretti was battling stage 3 colon cancer to raise awareness for the importance of screenings. CheckIt4Andretti developed into a 501(c)3 foundation in honor/ memory of John after he passed from the disease in 2020. The Andretti family subsequently launched their new website Checkit4andretti.org. The Andrettis have been residents in Mooresville for many years, and Nancy and her three grown children are turning their heartbreak and loss of John into an effort to help save lives. John is a well-known racecar driver, and his son, Jarett, is continuing his legacy in the racing world. The CheckIt4Andretti Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness for the importance of colon screening in the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer and to provide funding to high-risk, low-income patients who are uninsured, underinsured, or too young for insurance to cover the cost of screening. To learn more about the CheckIt4Andretti Foundation please visit www.CheckIt4Andretti.org.
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Personalized Gift Ideas at Lazer Engraving Specialists All the latest engraved gift ideas to find perfect presents this holiday season. www.lazerengravingnc.com
Sugar Cookie Advent Calendar at Sweet Cakes Bakery Count down to a very special Christmas with cookies! www.sweetcakesbakery.com
Handmade Measuring Spoons at Elizabeth Leigh Online Boutique Each is uniquely carved by hand by artisans in Guatemala using natural macawood. Handmade and Fair Trade. www.elizabethleigh.com
dr. joanne SIMPSON LKNW RECOGNIZES A WOMAN DOING EXCEPTIONAL WORK IN THE LAKE NORMAN COMMUNITY, A LEADER WHO IS PAVING THE WAY TO CHANGING OUR ATTITUDES AND INSPIRING CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE.
on FIGURING OUT HER PASSION (IT’S ALL ABOUT HEALTHY SKIN!): I was diagnosed with an
allergy to nickel when I was a teenager. I remembered how deft the dermatologist was at making the diagnosis after struggling with skin rashes for years. Additionally, I attended a summer mentorship program through the American Academy of Dermatology during the summer following my first year of medical school that solidified my decision to pursue dermatology. I enjoy my specialty because of the breadth of skills that I get to employ--my love of science and physics (for understanding lasers and facial movements), working with my hands (for surgical procedures), and my artistic ability (for cosmetic procedures).
on TRUSTING YOUR GUT AND MAKING A MOVE: When the pandemic hit, I knew it was time to
relocate. Being close to the people who mattered to me most became a priority. I left a thriving practice in Northern Virginia this summer. I am enjoying the slower pace, the friendliness of the people in the area, and I am especially enjoying lake life.
on THE IMPERFECT PERFECTION OF MOTHERHOOD: After years of heartache trying to
conceive, I finally gave birth to my sweet baby boy, Evan, in January 2021. His birth changed my world. I didn’t recognize how hard it is to be a mom until I became a mom. My life before my son looked like a bento box; everything had to be perfectly organized, compartmentalized, and structured. When you have a child, you have to learn to let go and embrace whatever the day or circumstance might present.
on THE CHALLENGE OF STRIVING FOR BALANCE, ONE DAY AT A TIME: Enjoying family,
fitness, and fun are essential counterbalances to my work-life. I love spending time with my family. I’ve also recognized that staying fit is great for my physical and mental health. I enjoy playing tennis and I’ve been learning how to golf. For fun, I love doing anything that’s crafty/artsy, which includes sewing, design, and cooking. Being creative allows me to use a different part of my brain from my everyday analytical work.
on BEING INSPIRED TO REACH FOR THE STARS…NO MATTER WHAT: My dad has inspired
JOANNE SIMPSON, MD, MPH CHARLOTTE DERMATOLOGY
me the most. Since I was a little girl, he instilled in me the courage to pursue any dream that I could imagine for myself. He challenged me to pursue my goals regardless of what others might think of me and not let my gender, race, or physical ability limit my potential. His encouragement helped me thrive as a successful businesswoman and mom. w
Joanne Simpson, MD, MPH, is a board-certified dermatologist with a particular interest in skin cancer screening, acne, and psoriasis. You can reach Dr. Simpson and the entire Charlotte Dermatology team at 704.364-6110 or via www.CharlotteDermatologypa.com.
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gratitude THE BENEFITS OF THANKFULNESS
A L L O F U S H AV E T H E A B I L I T Y TO C U LT I VAT E G R AT I T U D E —
every single day in the simplest of things—not just at Thanksgiving! It takes practice (for some more than others), but when you consciously make the decision to be grateful for EVERYTHING in your world, amazing things begin to happen. Research has discovered again and again that those of us who practice gratitude on a regular and consistent basis, reap an abundance of health and lifestyle benefits:
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“Lots of things, from a compliment to a sugary treat, can bring little bursts of happiness,” explains one scientist. “But instant gratification also goes away quickly, which leaves you craving more. Gratitude is something that leads to much more sustainable forms of happiness because it’s not based in that immediate gratification; it’s a frame of mind. If you regularly take time to express gratitude and thankfulness, you’re likely to see results,” the article concludes.
Things such as healthy eating, going to the doctor, and exercise are all common traits, suggesting that giving thanks helps people appreciate and care for their bodies.
Research has found that feeling grateful helps people sleep better and longer. Positive thoughts before sleep soothe the nervous system, so this is a great time for prayers of thanks, meditation, and writing in your gratitude journal.
People who are grateful have better relationships, not just spousal, but with family, friends, and co-workers as well.
Gratitude replenishes willpower over food/booze. There is a connection between gratitude and patience, say psychologists, so feelings of gratitude can actually boost your impulse control, helping you to slow down and make better decisions in health and all other areas of your life.
For more information on the benefits of gratitude, visit www.psychologytoday.com.
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Spare some change. Leave some money on a vending machine with a note so the next person who uses it gets an unexpected gift.
Be neighborly. Leave some treats on your neighbor’s doorstep. Cook or run errands for an elderly neighbor.
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Involve your kids. Let them choose a gift for a child in the hospital and send with a note.
Sweat equity. Mow the lawn, rake leaves, or shovel snow for someone.
Random acts of self-kindness. Write down at least three things you’re grateful for each day. Research has shown that this increases happiness by as much as 25 percent!
Thanking our caregivers. Deliver food or baked goods to local healthcare workers (Note: call ahead first to make sure this is allowed).
Help a teacher. DonorsChoose.org lets you support schools and teachers in your community.
Care packages for the homeless. Include travel-size toiletries, masks, hand sanitizer, wet-wipes, socks, snacks, bottle of water, and a $5 bill.
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“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” -RALPH H. BLUM
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bustle of today’s world, how often do you pause and show genuine gratitude? Not a half-hearted, “thanks” but truly showing appreciation for who or what is around you? The weight of sadness, worry, and division drains even the healthiest person. Our brains are naturally wired to focus on and remember negative experiences more than positive ones. This negative bias in essence is working to protect us against perceived danger. What are we missing due to this unconscious protective mechanism? It is possible to rewire the brain through positive thinking! Sounds easy, right?! Gratitude, for even the smallest thing, puts us in a place of peace. The art of being thankful is an enormously powerful
tool for life's complexities. It lends purpose to our lives and defines how we show up, how we live, and who we truly are. Every person has experienced struggles, challenges, and hardships. Some allow those experiences to churn, dictate, and negate all the good that surrounds them. If allowed, it will eat away at them, creating an emotionally suppressed and blocked individual. While others can take a deep breath, show gratitude in even the hardest experience, and continue to steadily move forward. This awareness solidifies that positive energy encircles us. Even in the darkness, we are surrounded by love and light. It is appreciating the “Now” without the judgement of “good and bad” or “right and wrong.” It is carving out the time to just BE—unlocking inner peace and centering on your bounties. Shifting our thoughts unlocks an opportunity for connection and community. Volunteerism
is the ultimate gratitude that gives a greater meaning and deeper purpose. The needs of others are placed on a higher plain than self. The rewards are both overt in helping a cause or a group of people coupled with an underlying sense of fulfillment. The Lake Norman community has copious opportunities to volunteer and make a positive impact. Diverse organizations make it their mission to aid, guide, and support those in need. A place for belonging, doing, and supporting without boundaries that enriches lives locally. Gratitude encompasses thankfulness in the form of appreciation. Simple pleasures, a gorgeous sunrise, a beautiful flower, a butterfly, or a smile, are the impetus of being thankful. Gratitude can also take on the proportions of “giving back” -returning someone's smile, a genuine compliment, or stating, “I am Blessed.” The role of gratitude can be felt—an outstretched hand, giving of time and simple “Acts of Kindness.” Imagine if we each brought a warm smile, a soft eye, and quiet joy to our days. w
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation of all abundance.” -ECKHART TOLLE
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Below, Stephanie gives us an inspiring glimpse of the woman behind the business as she shares some of the things, experiences, and people that motivate her, fill her heart, and bring a smile to her face. MEET ME UNDER THE MISTLETOE!
“Seeing the joy in my children’s eyes when we put up Christmas trees in their bedrooms each year makes me smile! I go all out decorating my entire home for Christmas and set up 10 full-size trees. Starting October 22nd, Southern Notions will transform into a holiday wonderland as well with 12 tree displays this year … we look forward to sharing the holidays with you!” ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS …
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so what better month to hear from Stephanie Hathaway, owner of Southern Notions in Downtown Mooresville. ‘ T IS TH E S E A S O N FO R G IV IN G ,
Having grown up in the Midwest, Stephanie moved to Charlotte in 2007 from Las Vegas and then to Mooresville in 2019. She has four children and one four-legged family member, Winston the black lab. “The holiday season can get hectic when you have a home décor shop and interior design business,” Stephanie says, “but I love it! I love people and I love sharing my visions … whether it’s helping someone with the design of a particular space or finding that special gift for that special person, it fills my heart with happiness to make a difference in someone’s world and to help beautify their homes.” Stephanie stays abreast of the industry by attending the High Point and Atlanta Markets—the premier wholesale gift, decor, and lifestyle markets featuring more than 8,000 brands across all categories. “A trip to market never fails to get my creative juices flowing,” Stephanie smiles, “especially the January Atlanta market where I plan for and order all of my holiday inventory for the upcoming season.” w Southern Notions is a unique home shopping experience located 178 North Main Street in Mooresville. You’ll find home decor, furniture, gifts, and interior decorating services all inspired by the Southern way of life. Connect with Stephanie at 704.957.5014, on social media, or via email at email@example.com.
A friend started the “25 Books of Christmas” tradition for her kids, and it has been one of their favorites each year. “Ever since they were very little,” Stephanie explains, “we have enjoyed this tradition. Beginning on December 1 through Christmas Day, my kids choose one Christmas book to unwrap each night, and we cozy up together and read that before bed.”
My mother’s White Christmas Pie is so easy and delicious and a real Christmas treat! I hope you enjoy our special family recipe:
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STEPHANIE AND HER DAUGHTER, AUBREY, LOVE TO PICK A DAY TO SNUGGLE UP WITH A WARM BLANKET AND A CUP OF HOT COCOA AND WATCH CHRISTMAS MOVIES ALL AFTERNOON.
BACK TO NATURE— BACK TO SELF. Spending time outdoors exploring nature with her children, especially in the North Carolina mountains in the fall, is one of Stephanie’s favorite ways to relax and unwind. “We love to be outside immersed in nature,” she shares, “and I always make time to exercise regularly and de-stress with a massage whenever possible.”
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IN 1983, PRESIDENT Ronald
Reagan declared the month of November as National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there were less than two million people with the disease when this designation became official. Sadly, through the years that number has grown to more than five million. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are helpful medications and, possibly most beneficial, our attitude and behaviors make A LOT of difference for all involved.
While the following are recommended in dealing with Alzheimer’s patients, one might find these suggestions pertinent to living with aging in general—like how we interact with our aging parents, for example. Here are some things to consider:
• Agree, don’t argue. It might be tempting to “clarify” what may seem unrealistic to you but that is negative energy that serves no purpose. • Divert, don’t reason. Again, it is best to change the subject if things are not making sense. • Distract, don’t shame. Accidents happen, so don’t scold or treat them like a child … just move on to something happy.
• Reassure, don’t lecture/teach. Focus on the positives by acknowledging what they DO understand; any kind of argumentative or combative language is unproductive. • Reminisce, don’t ask, “Do you remember.” Reminiscing is much more fun and people with Alzheimer’s often recall their early years and childhood very well, so it is a healthy mind exercise.
• Repeat, don’t say, “I already told you that.” No need to point out that they forgot; just tell them again. • Emphasize and focus on what they CAN do, not what they CAN’T. There’s always something they can engage in so where is it? On the golf course perhaps? Or maybe playing a simple game of cards … rules don’t matter, just have fun and laugh a lot! w
For more information on Alzheimer’s visit www.alz.org.
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Fear, Faith, And A Fistful Of Chocolates
A BOOK I’VE ALWAYS BEEN A “WHAT IF’ER.” You know,
someone who worries, fusses and frets over any little thing that has a chance of going wrong. But from the moment I opened up “Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate” by Debra Coty, I felt I had a friend who could help me tame the stress. After all, how could I resist a remedy that involved an abundance of my favorite confection? But it was also Coty’s honesty about life, along with her ability to poke fun at our humanly efforts to manage it, that made reading this book feel like a conversation with a trusted confidant.
Coty takes a look at the top ten fears that keep women up at night. From loss (whether it be of a loved one or of health, independence or resources) to loneliness and rejection, Coty addresses these fears and explores the reasons they can keep us “stretched tighter than size 8 jeans over a size 12 tushie.” Then, with a wit that made me laugh out loud (a lot), instead of allowing these fears to consume us, she suggests a path to peace instead so that “worry can’t drain our soul like water in an unplugged sink.” What Coty doesn’t do in “Fear, Faith and a Fistful of Chocolate” is sugar coat. “Sure, the bad things we imagine might happen,” she admits. “Sometimes they do happen. Such is life.” But it’s how we deal with those hardships that concerns Coty—not their existence: "Face it, sister, you have no control over what creaks in the night, ... the longevity of your internal organs, ... when your loved ones will be called to eternity, or a thousand other possibilities you can invent,” she says. But as Coty points out, we can choose to be free from the darkness that fear blankets us in. “God and fear cannot coexist in the same place,” she explains. “Where His light shines, darkness vanishes.” To be clear, this book is spiritual. There are references to God and scripture in every chapter. But whether you are spiritual or not, Coty offers practical, heavy-hitting guidance to help you retrain your brain to react to troubles in a calmer, healthier way. I absolutely adored Coty’s down-to-earth style. By sharing her own fears and her faith, I knew that I was not alone— that there are other “what if ’ers” out there and that God is right here with us all. I plan to go back to this book again and again when I need a refresher on allowing my faith to be bigger than my fear, or just when I need a smile. In fact, I’m going to keep it out on my desk regularly. It will be like having a dear friend—and a fist full of chocolate—by my side all the time. w
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The COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know A Special Q&A With Novant Health Ob-Gyn Margeaux McGraw, MD
What risks do pregnant women face who don’t get vaccinated for COVID-19? DR. MCGRAW: Over the course of the pandemic, we have seen that COVID affects specific patient populations in different ways. For pregnant women, the risk of severe COVID disease is increased compared to the general population. They are more likely to be admitted to the ICU, require ventilation, and even have higher rates of death due to COVID disease. Many women think it’s unsafe for pregnant women to get the vaccine. What advice do you have for them? DR. MCGRAW: It is important to keep in mind that millions of people worldwide have been safely vaccinated, including pregnant and lactating women. According to leading healthcare organizations — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Society for MaternalFetal Medicine (one of the largest professional organizations guiding women’s health in the United States), and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists — the COVID vaccine is safe, effective, and recommended for expectant and nursing moms. Women considering pregnancy in the future should also be vaccinated.
When should pregnant women get the shot? DR. MCGRAW: Anytime! Given the risks that COVID disease poses to pregnant women, it is best to not delay. Research indicates that at any time during pregnancy — from preconception all the way to delivery — it’s safe to get the vaccine. That being said, it would be ideal to be vaccinated before the third trimester (28 weeks). This is to prevent COVID disease during a time when maternal lung physiology changes and to allow for potential passage of antibodies to the baby. What complications are there for the baby when mom has COVID? DR. MCGRAW: COVID disease can prevent the lungs from working properly and impairs our ability to oxygenate our bodies. If mom is struggling to breathe effectively, so is the baby. Some pregnant women with severe COVID disease must deliver their babies early to improve their chances of survival—and so complications related to prematurity can be more common. Premature infants often require respiratory support and have increased hospital stays, among other potential serious complications. What about breakthrough COVID in pregnancy? DR. MCGRAW: It is possible to get COVID after vaccination, but we know those who are vaccinated experience much lower rates of severe disease. If a vaccinated pregnant patient has COVID, she is more likely to have mild disease. This is overall a much better outcome for the pregnancy! w Dr. Margeaux McGraw is an obstetrician/gynecologist with Novant Health Harbor Pointe OB/GYN. Novant Health Harbor Pointe OB/ GYN - Huntersville is located at 14330 Oakhill Park Lane, Suite 200, Huntersville. Novant Health Harbor Pointe OB/GYN - Langtree is located at 106 Langtree Village Drive, Suite 200, Mooresville. To schedule an appointment, call 704.316.4830 or go online at nhharborpointeobgyn.org.
The content of this article is intended for informational and educational purposes only and is not for the purpose of rendering personal medical advice or professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your physician for personalized medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.
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may have become a catch phrase for many but for dentists Nicole Naylor, DDS, and Amber Brooks, DDS, it is a meaningful lifestyle goal for both themselves and their patients.
Since opening award-winning West Lake Dentistry in Denver, Dr. Naylor has made it a mission to develop a practice that allows her to enjoy time with her family while also recognizing the importance of scheduling for other working professionals including stay-at-home moms.
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receive “I have been fortunate to expand my practice and bring in Dr. Brooks,” Dr. Naylor explains, “which has allowed me to be home an extra day a week. This means our hours are very suitable to the working mother. We come in early but this means we leave a little earlier to be home with our families after school. I put so much value in family dinner time and at least doing something as a family each day … even if that is just going for a walk or reading a book together.” Dr. Brooks concurs with that philosophy. “It’s very important to me to give 100 percent in all I do,” she says. “It can be a struggle for working moms to find a work/ life balance, but I am so thankful I have a job that makes this easier. The hours at West Lake Dentistry are very conducive to being a working mom. I can work full-time and never have to worry about missing out on family events.”
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Being able to set aside self-care time is also an important part of that work/ life equation. “I go workout before anyone in my house is awake,” Dr. Naylor adds, “so that I don't take time away from them after work. Working out every day has really changed my overall peace within. I always feel so much better after a good workout even when it’s the last thing on earth I want to do!” Dr. Naylor says that traveling tops their list for favorite pastimes, with the beach being their number one go-to. “We really love Folly Beach near Charleston,” she smiles, “and we try to make it down a few times a year. Going out for a good dinner is also one of my favorite ways to unwind.” For Dr. Brooks, outdoor fun and having a wonderful dining experience also top her list—except in the autumn when the leisure time schedule revolves around her alma mater's football team. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Dr. Brooks says if the Hokies are playing, you will know where to find her. “Living at the lake allows for so many ways to soak up the sun,” Dr. Brooks enthusiastically relays. “I love going out on the boat, taking leisurely walks and hikes, hanging out by the pool, and taking my dog to the park. I also love to try new restaurants and different types of food. I engage on social media mainly so I can stay up to date on the latest restaurant openings and so I can see the delicious meals people are enjoying. That way I know what to order!”
Both Dr. Brooks and Dr. Naylor point out that part of maintaining a healthy balance in life is working in a profession you love and where you feel you are making a positive difference. “It may sound like a cliché,” Dr. Brooks ponders, “but changing someone’s smile can be life changing and I know what a huge impact having a healthy, pain-free mouth can have. Every day I strive to be better than the day before and strive to help as many people as I can.” Dr. Naylor agrees: “I especially love the cosmetic world of dentistry. This is something that is truly life changing! And it is one of the most challenging parts of the whole dental world. We also build strong connections and we spend a lot of time with our patients. That can come with all the good and the bad and the ugly. We like to joke that we are part-time therapists, but the reality is we really are! For Dr. Brooks, practicing dentistry was a lifelong dream and has proven to be rewarding on many levels. “When I actively started practicing dentistry,” she recalls, “I realized how rewarding it felt to utilize my skills to touch people’s lives in different facets. From removing infection and relieving pain, to enhancing people’s smiles to give them the boost of confidence they longed for … it makes what I do so rewarding.” Both doctors’ visions and missions are evident and admirable, echoing each other’s sentiments: “We want to know about our patients’ wants,
West Lake Dentistry is once again a 2021 Normy award winner (voted Best of Lake Norman consecutively since 2018). They were also ranked America’s Best Dentist by Consumer Reports since 2011. Dr. Naylor has been named Top 40 Under 40 by Incisal Edge magazine in 2019 and Who’s Who in America 2020.
desires, fears, concerns, and anything that can make their dental experience more enjoyable. We want to know about their lives and their families because one of the best things about dentistry is the emphasis on the relational aspects, which we really focus on at West Lake Dentistry. We want to change people’s lives by making them happier and healthier, and if we can ease some dental anxiety in the process, we feel fulfilled and successful.” w
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SHAWN HALL resides in Mooresville and is a former Education Specialist with the U.S. Department of Education and now an LKNW contributor— LKNW Hall Pass: Your Inside Guide to Education With Shawn Hall will run on a quarterly basis. Shawn is a mom of four girls, an author, and a college admissions/scholarship coach. Shawn will be giving us her advice and insights on a variety of topics in the education arena, and we look forward to having her as a regular contributor and LKNW expert. CARLEY KIRSCH of Denver
announces the opening of her new business Honey I Do Wedding Creations, LLC. After struggling through bouts of depression and a particularly challenging case of post-partum depression, Carley fought her way back, adjusted her sails, and fulfilled her dream of becoming a wedding planner. You can connect with Carley on social media. Iredell Health System is pleased to welcome
TERESA ARMSTRONG, MBA/MHA, FACMPE,
as a new Director of Operations for the Iredell Physician Network. As such, Teresa is responsible for overseeing various specialty practices within the Iredell Physician Network.
Iredell Health System announces the retirement of DR.
Chief Pathologist and Laboratory Medical Director. Since 2005, Dr. Olympio has worked behind the scenes, ensuring accurate diagnostic testing—from diagnosing cancers and other chronic diseases to managing clinical labs, she has been a valuable part of the Iredell team. This past summer Iredell Health System, in partnership with the Iredell Physician Network, welcomed
Guiding You From Pain to Peace, From Sadness to Love Loss comes in many forms. It may be the loss of a job, a relationship or changes in health or retirement or transition of a loved-one from this life to the next. Please allow yourself to grieve in YOUR way and time. Let me guide you through the process to change your despair into hope.
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DR. JUDITH ALBERT to its new
primary care practice, Family Care Center of Mooresville. Dr. Albert is a board-certified family physician with three years of residency experience and is excited to become part of the Iredell team.
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Davidson-based artist JOELLE DIETRICK grew up 25 miles from Three Mile Island and returned recently to the area to paint a mural on the Dickinson College Goodyear Project Wall. Joelle has attended residencies at the Künstlerhaus Salzburg, Anderson Ranch, Banff, and MacDowell, and has received grants from UC Berkeley, Florida State University, the Mellon Foundation, and the Fulbright Program, among many others. Joelle is an Assistant Professor of Art and Digital Studies at Davidson College.
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A N E W WAY TO
renovate your home
BEFORE I F YO U ’ R E LO O K I N G F O R A
cost-effective option to boost your home’s value, there’s a new, innovative and eco-friendly trend in home renovations, thanks to Spray-Net. Spray-Net offers homeowners in North Carolina a smarter way to paint homes, and it isn’t with a fancier brush. Through a patented process, Spray-Net has invented a way to renovate and paint the exterior of your home. Whether your home is clad with stucco, brick, or siding – or you want to update the look of your windows and doors, SprayNet can restore a factory-quality finish to your home’s exterior and make it look brand new.
Spray-Net was born out of the problem with traditional painting that many Lake Norman/ Charlotte homeowners know all too well. “The issue with painting homes in this area using traditional paint is that the paint doesn’t last very long after sitting through the long, hot summers and can quickly fade and expose the underlying surface to harsh elements,” says Spray-Net’s founder Carmelo Marsala. “Once these two things happen, other issues can affect the look of the home and can lead to unexpected renovation costs.” Through a combination of custom chemistry and a relentless focus, Marsala discovered a way to create more durable and longerlasting paint and process. In fact,
Spray-Net’s paint is so durable the company offers a 15-year warranty on peeling or chipping. This guarantee is transferable, a valueadded feature for anyone looking to sell their home. The best part is that SprayNet’s cost to paint your home is comparable to that of a professional painting company. Spray-Net manufacturers all its paint to ensure its high-quality standards are always met. "Using our proprietary line of industrial-strength coatings and patented application processes, we renew and transform existing surfaces that most people think can’t be painted but, instead, replaced," he said. "We revamp and
“We are excited about helping homeowners throughout the entire Charlotte area find a highquality and cost-effective solution to transform and update their homes.” - Spray-Net’s founder Carmelo Marsala transform stucco, brick, aluminum and vinyl siding, front and garage doors, aluminum and vinyl windows, and even kitchen cabinets.
"In just one day, we deliver a permanent, factory finish that won’t peel and that looks just like new, not repainted," Marsala continued. "We’ve taken the process of factory painting and optimized it for application outside the controlled environment of the factory. By bringing factory results directly on-site, we give property owners a real alternative to replacement. The cost of our solution is immediately outweighed by the increase in curb appeal and overall property value. Unlike some renovations that don’t pay off, our renovation solution allows property owners to literally see a return on their investment." Spray-Net’s proprietary paint and service have caught the attention of many high-profile home renovation and interior design professionals. HGTV stars on “Property Brothers” have collaborated with Spray-Net to revamp homes. Also, HGTV star Sarah Richardson, has worked with Spray-Net to share SprayNet’s transformational benefits with homeowners. In fact, if you
visit Spray-Net’s website, you’ll find some specific advice from Sarah on color trends for 2021 and beyond. “We are excited about helping homeowners throughout the entire Charlotte area find a high-quality and cost-effective solution to transform and update their homes,” says Marsala. “While we offer a unique solution, customer service is our true passion. The smiles on our customers’ faces after they see their home for the first time is what drives and inspires us.” A local Lake Norman entrepreneur has partnered with Spray-Net to open the greater Charlotte location. To book a free consultation with a Spray-Net professional, call (704) 885-2470 or visit their website at www.Spray-Net.com.
To book a free consultation with a Spray-Net professional, call (704) 885-2470 or visit their website at www.Spray-Net.com.
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H ER DEF I N I TION OF LEADERSHIP:
It is about being a good example and using good judgement. It is about assisting those members Some of the words on your team, to be able used to describe Shelly to succeed and reach Quinn, Branch Manager at Silverton Mortgage their goals so that you can in Huntersville, are succeed and reach yours. hardworking, successful, kind-hearted, and sociable. Educating and mentoring is In fact, those were the a huge responsibility that I exact words Shelly would enjoy and don’t take lightly.” find on her report card
when she was growing up. The characteristics still hold true today for Shelly, and they have served her well in her leadership roles. “I feel like I was lucky to have many role models,” Shelly says. “My dad was hard working but always had a smile and never seemed stressed. My mom stayed at home until I was in high school and my youngest brother was in school before she went back to school herself and started a career—which back then was not very common. I also had managers over the years who taught me good work ethics and prepared me to be able to handle my goals as a manager and as a leader.” Helping folks find the home of their dreams is Shelly’s passion and leading with respect her goal. “You earn respect,” Shelly continues, “and once they respect you, they will want to follow your lead. I feel like I am hands off enough to show I trust them, but at the same time I am here to answer questions and help them when needed. I am their trusted advisor.” Covering the Lake Norman area and all of North and South Carolina, the gratitude and joy she feels when she assists people in finding a home is palpable. Her happy referral partners and clients motivate Shelly as does her team. “I am motivated by my team each time I hear that they appreciate my knowledge and the time I share with them … it makes me feel good,” she smiles. “I hope I motivate others by showing them what success looks like and encouraging them so they can achieve the success they work so hard toward.”
BRANCH MANAGER, Silverton Mortgage
life as a leader 40
FIRST JOB: Typesetter for
the “Community News” (a local newspaper for the 19th Ward, Rochester, NY)
BEST CAREER ADVICE YOU RECEIVED: Learn to
healthily juggle work and family life.
When Shelly first moved to North Carolina and was looking for a mortgage, she met with a loan officer … that meeting would be fortuitous in many ways. She not only offered Shelly a job, but she came to be her mentor and valued friend. “She mentored me, encouraged me, and supported me even long after she was no longer my manager,” she shares. “It is a field that I have loved being a part of. It is stressful at times because of deadlines, and you literally have someone’s life plans at stake, but it is very rewarding as well when you have successfully placed a family in their dream home.” w
COMFORT FOOD: Chicken Noodle Soup – My husband makes the best I’ve ever had! BEST TIME SAVER:
Organization - then you don’t waste time looking for stuff like keys, etc.
LIFE/WORK MANTRA: It has
to be FUN!
I WISH I HAD MORE _____:
BIGGEST WORK PET PEEVE:
Time - time flies and there never seems to be enough of it.
LAST THING YOU RESEARCHED ON THE INTERNET: Sports Updates
President’s Club - hard to reach and a lot of long hours to get there – glad to reach my goal.
People who do not do their jobs timely.
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ENHANCEMENTS Consider adding wallpaper or painting the back of the bookcase. For wallpaper consider grasscloth, stripes, fun florals, or a quiet pattern. What you put on the shelves should inform this choice. If I have collections to display, I want a background that lets the collections be the focus. If I simply have books, I consider something a bit more vibrant to add interest. You can also paint the inside and back of the bookcase in a contrasting color but choose wisely as you want to enhance the overall space and not be a distraction. Stencils, beadboard, mirror, tile, and fabric are also options to consider.
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DECORATING WITH BOOKS
bookcase warming effects of the
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bookshelves a great place to start. You may ask yourself, “Why do I need a bookshelf now that I read everything on my phone or Kindle?” You may not “need” one, but you may want one! Shelving adds architecture to your home. Books add warmth.
Options include stacking the books on their sides, arranging by color, turning backwards so only the pages show, etc. Use beautiful bookends to add texture and interest. Take off the book covers for a warm, homey feel.
Cabinet door hardware should be replaced with knobs and pulls that act as jewelry. Oversized hardware can make a great statement. Update the cabinet doors to reflect the look of your home.
The builder grade shelving that was built into most of the Lake Norman homes in the 1990’s to early 2000’s is now, most likely, outdated. The ornate appliques, the arches, the fluting are all dating your home. It is time to renovate this area, and today’s bookcases can do the trick—they are simple and clean or have antique architectural remnants added for a lasting, curated look. You may add wood shelving, new cabinet doors, paint the cabinetry and shelving … the trick is to build the space so that it looks balanced, fresh, and not prefabricated.
OTHER ITEMS TO ADD • Picture lighting or lighted shelves
• Collections – do not break them up, keep them together for maximum impact • Art on the back of the shelf, on the front of the bookcase, or on a plate stand • Sculpture or vases • Plants • Decorative Boxes
Always remember to balance color and size of items and add contrast to add depth to your arrangement.
Starr Miller Founder and Principal, StarrMiller Interior Design Allied ASID, IDS, CAPS
Our resident home-design expert, Starr Miller, has garnered local and national acclaim with more than 30 industry honors. An alumnus of the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York, Starr has built a strong following as the principal of her sought-after design firm, located in Cornelius, NC. She feels the composition of a space must originate with the client’s unique perspective. Along with that perspective she brings together her team’s collaboration, design skills and refined processes in a way which results in truly captivating homes for her clients. StarrMiller Interior Design specializes in full-service interior design projects.
your thanksgiving table
To help you prepare your Thanksgiving Table this year, here are a few traditional favorites from the LKNW Staff, with simplified recipes for your busy schedule!
SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE
GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
This all-time fav is as simple as combining one can green beans with one can cream of mushroom soup (equal parts, so 2 cans of beans = 2 cans of soup). Put French-fried onions on top and bake at 350°F for 25 minutes or until the bean mixture is hot and bubbling.
While this has hundreds of variations, you really just need a large can of yams (29 oz), a quarter cup of juice (orange juice is preferable), and marshmallows for the top (you can top with nuts as well). Just combine and mash the yams and juice, top with the marshmallows and/or nuts, and bake at 375°F for about 20 minutes or until marshmallows are just beginning to brown.
If your kids didn’t like peas before, we say, “Give Peas a Chance!” This family favorite just combines canned peas, Velveeta cheese, and pimentos in a saucepan until all are well-mixed (heat on low so as not to scorch cheese). Pour into baking dish and crumble crackers on top (optional); bake at 400°F for about 15 minutes or until crackers are browning and the peas are bubbling.
Accidents happen at all hours Let’s face it. There’s never a convenient time for an emergency. Thankfully, Mooresville is home to Iredell Urgent Care — the area’s only 24-hour urgent care facility outside of a hospital emergency room. Located on the new Iredell Mooresville campus, we’re here for you at all hours of the day, every day.
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what do you give a friend who has e v e r y t h i n g ?
I WAS SITTING IN MY BEST
FRIEND’S CLOSET RECENTLY,
helping her pack for an upcoming trip, when it came to me. I looked around the room and saw hanging sections packed with clothes I had never seen her wear, stacks of jeans piled so high they were falling over, and her shoes … don’t even get me started on her shoes. I realized right then and there what I was going to give to her: a closet makeover! With great skepticism, over how “great” this gift would be, my friend finally agreed to put a date on the calendar. I came prepared with all the essentials for a closetcleaning party: Drawer dividers, beautiful containers that matched her ivory and mocha closet … and, of course, a bottle of our favorite wine. We walked in the closet, turned on some music and got started. Step one was simple: pull all the clothes out of her closet and divide them into groups. Work clothes went on the bed; weekend clothes on the chair; gym clothes on the bathroom counter.
Then came the tough part—Runway Elimination. Some choices were easy. She pulled out a sassy red skirt and black top I’ve seen her wear with admiration. That was an immediate “Keep,” but that stretched-out sweater she was holding up with the glittery acrylic thread? Was she kidding? “I used to wear this all the time,” she protested. “Yeah, back in the 80s,” I noted. “Toss.” We went back and forth like this for hours. Anything that was worn, dated, or made her feel fat went into the “Donate” pile. When we were finally finished making the hard choices, it was time to find a home for our keepers. Grouping things you wear together makes it easier to get dressed in the morning, so we broke the closet up into zones. A nice hanging section in the corner with adjacent shelves was the perfect place to hang her workout tops and fold her yoga pants. I labeled a bin “Workout Socks” (no holes allowed!) and placed it on a shelf underneath the pants. We continued to move around the closet. A nice double-hang section became her new home for tops and skirts; a drawer divider now separated her socks from stockings.
Finally, we made it to the holy grail of vintage wear: The giant 8’ by 4’ shoe cabinet. I peeled open the double doors and set my eyes on every pair of black pumps made since the 1970s. High heels, wedges, pointy toes, square toes, they were all there. It was like a Black Shoe museum. I eagerly reached in and started filling bags with dated shoes, worn-out heels, and faded leather. In the end, there was just a handful of beautiful black shoes just waiting to be worn, plus room for the shoes that had been piled in boxes on the floor. She’d have easy access to them all. By the time we left the closet, the wine bottle was almost empty and 20-plus shopping bags filled with donated items were sitting outside her door. She smiled and gave me a hug. “Best present ever!” she said. “Let’s go work on my pantry!” w LKN EXPERT
Laura VanSickle is co-owner with husband Eric of ClosetsbyDesign in Charlotte. With free in-home or virtual consultations, their designers will assess your space and create a layout that is affordable and customized to meet your individual needs. For more information and locations, visit www.closetsbydesign.com or call 704.588.7272.
WRITER LAURA VANSICKLE
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FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESSES are the
backbone of the American economy, comprising 90 percent of all business enterprises in North America. That’s right…90 percent! And women are increasingly participating in the leadership of those businesses. Robyn Ford of Lilly & Grace—a furniture boutique, with gifts, a full design center, and renovation services located in Mooresville—is one of those entrepreneurs. Her two daughters, Madison and Emma, work with her, as does her son, Brock, when he is home from college. And her husband, Eric, who Robyn refers to as “the brains of the operation,” helps out behind the scenes, although his favorite job is going on deliveries and driving the Lilly & Grace delivery van. Even the family fur babies have a role, serving as the inspiration behind the name of the business.
Being a part of a family business isn’t new to Robyn, who grew up working in her family’s home-building business in Indiana. And it was her family, especially her interior designer mother, who inspired her to open up Lilly & Grace. “My sweet mom taught me so much of what I know today,” explains Robyn. “Even though she’s not physically here anymore, I feel her with me every day. I often find myself saying and doing things that cause me to stop right in my tracks and announce, ‘That was so my mother!’” Losing her mother suddenly a few years ago has given Robyn a renewed appreciation for not only the talent for design that she inherited from her, but of the joys working with family can provide. “It’s such a wonderful blessing to have the opportunity to work so closely with my family” she explains. “Life is so very fragile! Of
course there are negatives as well as positives when it comes to working with family, and I’m still learning how to navigate both, but I am also loving every minute of it!”
And the focus Robyn also loves on family is every not forgotten minute when it that she can help comes to the a client artistry that create a goes into dream the designs home Lilly & Grace for their offers as well. family. And the focus on family is not forgotten when it comes to the artistry that goes into the designs Lilly & Grace offers as well. Robyn works with a number of specialized craftspeople who help her fulfill her clients’ visions for their homes by using the excellent workmanship WRITER DANA JORDAN
passed down to them generation after generation to create the customized pieces. In addition, Robyn has strived to make the process as streamlined as possible, knowing that busy families will benefit from a one-stop shop that can accommodate all their home needs: “I want my customers to be over the moon happy with their experience with us.” One way Robyn creates superior customer satisfaction is by building the same sense of authenticity and transparency with them as she does with her family members. “We want people to walk into Lilly & Grace as customers and to leave feeling like they’re part of our family,” she explains. “We have met so many wonderful people throughout this journey who have become our dear friends. We are so very thankful!” w
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We know how busy life can get—kids, work, family, friends … sometimes just getting dinner on the table is a Herculean feat! So in an effort to save our readers some time, effort, and money here are a few tips, tricks, and hacks that might come in handy in your busy world!
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If you have a large batch of WHOLE POTATOES to cook, run them through the dishwasher; it will clean them as well as loosen the skins to make peeling easier.
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“I’M ONE OF THOSE RARE NATIVES.”
A Charlotte native, I am the only child of a hard-working single mother who had high expectations for herself and for me. I grew up in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system and studied fine art at Davidson College. Prior to joining Mike and the team at Griffin Insurance here in Mooresville, I spent 18 years in retail banking. The Mooresville community, particularly downtown, is something I am very passionate about. Not only am I involved with the Mooresville Downtown Commission and the Town of Mooresville Advisory Board for Community Development, but I am also an active member of the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce as well as the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.
Men and women are different. Ok, so maybe that fact didn’t really surprise you. After all, it’s been 27 years since John Gray popularized the idea that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. And as much as we love sharing women’s stories, we decided it was time to lend the Martians of LKN our ear, too. This month we share the perspectives of Dennis Cowardin of Griffin Insurance.
“LIFE IS GOOD … HARD, BUT GOOD! ” We face obstacles and challenges each and every day, so I find it important to determine which are worthwhile and which are not—then turn your resources towards those things where you can make a positive impact. My mom’s advice and what I try to live by: Be clear with your intentions and impeccable with your word. Do not be afraid to make a decision, even if that decision turns out not to be the best one. I have learned not to succumb to the paralysis that accompanies the fear of making the wrong decision.
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DENNIS COWARDIN, GRIFFIN INSURANCE Dennis Cowardin is an agent with Griffin Insurance, located at 107 Kilson Drive, Suite 107, in Mooresville. You can contact Dennis at 704.664.9111. With offices in Mooresville, Denver, Statesville, and Lincolnton, you can reach out for all your insurance needs at www.griffin.insure.
“LOVE, RESPECT, AND GRATITUDE ABOUND.”
I have a lot of amazing women in my life. The ladies I work with are top notch and are truly like family. Cortney Frasier is the love of my life. We met in 2008 at an event that I helped organize in Downtown Mooresville called “At the Corner of Art and Main.” Our relationship began in the spring of 2016. She is an exceptional artist, educator, and mother of three terrific sons. My mother is the strongest person I have ever known. I was very intuitive as a child and watched her persevere in the face of adversity at every turn. She is courageous and confident … she is living evidence that people can achieve any rational goal. Period. She has supported me in my every endeavor, encouraged me to pursue happiness, and loved me unconditionally. WRITER LESLIE OGLE
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“I HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED THE BUSINESS OF PEOPLE.”
I sought a career that would allow me to work with a team and a clientele. I found that I really enjoy collaborating with teammates who have varied skillsets and personalities—and who appreciate working together towards common goals. It’s important to be able to communicate effectively and express your wants/needs to others. I still very much believe in the power of a phone call, especially when there may be some sensitivity around a particular subject … I will reach out and help in any way I can. w
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Words are magic. They actually change our brain chemistry! As wordsmiths here at LKNW, we are especially fond of words that will resonate with our readers, in hopes they will help guide & inspire you.
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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.
GRATITUDE and MINDFULNESS “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” -MELODY BEATTIE I B E L I E V E G R AT I T U D E I S O N E
of the essential virtues of moral excellence. Being thankful for the smallest detail is a daily decision that can transform the heart, change the atmosphere, and help one believe the impossible. A spirit of gratitude requires one to focus on what you have instead of what you don't have. Gratitude is a form of worship and keeps us connected to God. It is the difference between bearing the fruit of joy and momentary, fleeting happiness.
Mindfulness requires you to slow down and use the five senses — sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch — to take in the world around you is the key to living in the moment. Gratitude integrated with mindfulness is being thankful for the here and now … seeing what's possible with what is right in front of you. Together, gratitude and mindfulness balance being aware of your blessings when you don't feel blessed, being thankful in difficult times, and light in the darkest circumstances.
Many of us take the time to say a quick blessing before sharing a meal but imagine having a disposition of gratitude from meal preparation to consumption. For example, as you prepare your next meal, look at how the sun streams through your kitchen windows. Listen to the sounds of preparation as you peel, chop, sauté, and stir. Inhale the intoxicating aromas of a savory dish. Taste the nostalgia in your favorite traditional family recipe. Intentionally lift your voice in appreciation for those seated around the table; feel the warmth of the hands that you hold in an unbroken circle of fellowship. Be thankful that God has kept you from dangers seen and unseen and the grace that brought you safely to that very moment. As you walk through this simple exercise, let go of any negative distractions, the minor offenses of the day that steal your joy. Instead, celebrate the rhythms and rituals of life. Faith, family, friendship, and fellowship are precious in the days and times of so much loss, grief, and division. Stay intentional, diligent, aware, and mindful of things that help maintain a heart of gratitude! w
Michon McCorkle is a licensed marriage and family therapist, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and the owner of Family Matters Christian Counseling. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology/Recreation Therapy from Winston Salem State University and her Master of Business Administration from Montreat College. Michon also has a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Counseling from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. She is endorsed as a Diplomate of Pastoral Psychotherapy by the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy. You can reach Michon at 317.669.2279, email@example.com, or via www.family-matterscounseling.com.
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