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womenpower A R E C E N T S T U DY S H O W E D T H AT if we want to maintain our sanity, we need to focus on one problem in our lives at a time. The academics who conducted the study even warn that brain damage is a possible outcome of attempting to solve multiple dilemmas simultaneously. Ummm…..hello up there in your ivory tower—have you met 2020?

Right now, multiple problems—crises even—are the norm. Sure, I’d love to focus on one critical situation at a time, but which do I choose first? Do I tackle social unrest and leave the modern-day plague for another day? Or, do I wrap my brain around the unprecedented unemployment and worry about the life-long implications of closing schools for later? Maybe I’ll just pull a Scarlett O’Hara and not think about any of it right now. Either way, I’m certain I’m not the only one who thinks this year has felt a bit like a ride on a runaway train.

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JODIE GOLAB

There’s no doubt, life can be messy. 2020 has made that evident. It has also proven that no man is an island; we need each other more than ever. But with the social distancing of the day, maintaining connections with those we care about is not always easy. Thank goodness for social media—with a thumbs up here and a smiley-face emoji there, I can give my friends all the love and care they need with the click of my mouse. I know… yikes. Instead of a real friend, I’ve become a virtual friend. And if I’m being honest, that means I’ve become no friend at all. Because the beauty of a true friendship is being part of someone’s reality. It’s being there during the hard stuff—the stuff that makes us wish we could be anywhere else. It’s showing up and hanging in when frustrations cause them to tirade and when suffering doesn’t allow them to be considerate. It’s standing together in the darkest of hours and tackling the not-so-pretty head on, together. There are more than 325,000 women in this country who, by year’s end, will hear the words “You have breast cancer.” Can you imagine how difficult 2020 has been for them? Facing the fight of their lives and needing real connections and genuine friendships more than ever, instead they must endure social distancing and isolation—and probably a lot of well-meaning emojis posted on their Facebook page. But this place of heartache in which they find themselves requires so much more—it calls for a friend to enter with a real shoulder to ugly cry on and real arms to be held up by. Chances are, we all know someone who is dealing with breast cancer or another personal crisis right now, even as they deal with everything else that 2020 has brought. I know I do. And though all the other quandaries impacting the world are taking up space in my mind, I’m going to be a part of her reality—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Is that going to put me on the road to insanity? I seriously doubt it. But if so, at least I’ll be in the company of a real friend. w

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Buck Up, Cupcake … There's Some Good News In 2020 After All!

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Designing A Healthier Home

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Finding Your Joy

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LIVE, LEARN, “YOU GAIN STRENGTH, COURAGE, AND CONFIDENCE BY EVERY EXPERIENCE IN WHICH YOU REALLY STOP TO LOOK FEAR IN THE FACE. YOU ARE ABLE TO SAY TO YOURSELF, ‘I LIVED THROUGH THIS HORROR … I CAN TAKE THE NEXT THING THAT COMES ALONG.’ YOU MUST DO THE THING YOU THINK YOU CANNOT DO.” -- ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

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: MEET JAMIE PURSLEY on page 16 where you will

learn some invaluable life lessons on survivorship! Jamie lost two babies and nearly her own life, had major medical issues, and was diagnosed with breast cancer ushering in a double mastectomy— all before her 35th birthday. SKIP ON OVER TO page 28 where Erica Rauss, dental

hygienist at Waterside Dental Care in Denver, shares with our readers her journey toward joy … joy at work, joy at home, joy in life. Encouraging everyone to remain positive, Erica says it is important to discover what you love, never stop learning, and always wear a smile.

DR. SARA HAWES AND DR. GEANINA ANGHEL, physicians at Northeast Digestive Health Center in Concord, reveal some of their life strategies on page 46. Although their paths here have been quite different (Dr. Hawes hails from Maryland, Dr. Anghel from Romania), their commonalities are many—including the passion they have for their work, the love they have for their patients, and the gratitude they have for family.

DESPITE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS in Puerto Rico, Dr. Gabriela R. de Boer, an

ophthalmologist at Graystone Eye, is a grand example of what grit and gratitude can get you. Having experienced the pain of miscarriage twice, she shows us on page 12 how to overcome some of life’s largest hurdles. w

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on HUMBLE BEGINNINGS IN A CIRCLE OF STRENGTH: I was born in Puerto Rico and have one

sister. We grew up in a very humble household, but we always had everything we needed. As a family, we enjoyed doing trips around the island to explore new places such as local beaches, lakes, festivals, and restaurants. Being outside enjoying the outdoors always brought me so much joy! All of my extended family lived close by and were predominately women, so I grew up with strong female role models.

on EDUCATION & EDIFICATION: Both of my parents are teachers and stressed the importance of learning. I went to private catholic school all of my life. There, I created many beautiful memories with life-long friends who are still in my world today. I went to the University of Puerto Rico for both college, where I majored in chemistry, and medical school. on GROWTH & GRATITUDE: Two miscarriages and the birth of my child are two life events that changed my world completely. By experiencing miscarriages, I learned the real definition of pain. I never got to see or say hi to my babies, but I loved them dearly, and it hurt terribly to lose them. I still get emotional thinking about it today but it is a good example of how I cannot control everything in my life. I have to let go and allow things to happen according to God’s plan. I am so blessed with my son Javier Alejandro who is 7 months old and the light of my life. My husband keeps me grounded and grateful and my son is a steady reminder to stop and enjoy each moment and be truly present. on SEEING THINGS CLEARLY: Towards the end of medical school, I had the opportunity to shadow an ophthalmologist and after seeing him evaluate patients with different clinical presentations, I had a sense that ophthalmology was my calling. I was fascinated at how such a small organ can be so complex and harbor so many different diseases. I also knew I wanted to help people preserve sight because by doing that I am able to give them the opportunity to fully admire all of life’s gifts. on HAVING A HERO: The oldest of ten siblings, my dad grew up in a very poor neighborhood in Puerto Rico surrounded by violence, drugs, and dropouts. He decided that he wanted something better for himself so he went to college and became a teacher. He also joined the United States Army and was actually deployed when I was born. He worked so hard to provide a better quality of life for us. He taught me to wake up every day and be grateful. He taught me to work hard, persevere, and hope for a better future. He taught me that I can achieve anything and to be happy for other people’s successes. He taught me so many things … I am who I am today because of him. w

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Dr. Gabriela R. de Boer is an ophthalmologist at Graystone Eye. With four locations (Hickory, Lenoir, Lincolnton, and Boone), they can be reached at 888.626.2020 or via their website at www.graystone-eye.com.

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Some Background:

Jamie Pursley is a Mooresville native and former gymnastics coach and elementary school teacher. She attended Mooresville Senior High School and married her high school sweetheart. They have two children: Liam (7) and Ayla Snow (3) and two babies in heaven. In December 2011, at four months pregnant with their first child, Jamie’s uterus ruptured; she had an extremely rare birth anomaly, and she was rushed to the emergency room where she nearly lost her life. Jamie was given four blood transfusions and was revived twice. They lost their first son that day as well as Jamie’s ability to carry another child. “At 26,” Jamie recounts, “I learned I would never carry or birth my own children. We learned from this tragedy, however, and we picked up the pieces, moved forward, and successfully implanted two embryos in a surrogate (my cousin). We learned a few weeks later that one of our twins had no heartbeat. We were again devastated at our loss … but in April of 2013, our healthy baby boy, Liam, was born. I had no idea how these battles were preparing me to fight yet again in the years ahead; but despite the trauma, struggles, trials, and losses, I am so grateful for the strength I gained and the lessons I learned which shaped me into the woman I am today.”

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WHEN WERE YOU DIAGNOSED?

The week of my 34th birthday in January 2019. I had a very strong feeling that something wasn’t right with my body for a few months before I found the lump. Nothing can prepare you to hear those words. Everything was in slow motion in that moment. I was numb, scared, and angry all at the same time. When my biopsy results came back positive, I was referred to a breast oncologist surgeon who would go over my treatment options with me. She was incredible and I felt so supported and heard. She explained the three treatment options for my diagnosis, one of which was a double mastectomy. Walking into her office that day, I had already made my mind up … I wanted a double mastectomy. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL OTHER WOMEN?

My oncologist and plastic surgeon both said that this is one of the earliest detected cases that they have experienced so please do self-exams monthly! I have always had dense and fibrous breast tissue so I was made aware at an early age of the importance of checking regularly. When I found the lump, I knew it felt different than my cystic tissue normally does. So listen to your instincts, your inner voice, your intuition. If your gut says to have something checked, do it! If what your medical professional tells you doesn’t feel right, go for a second opinion.

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WHAT CONTINUES TO CHALLENGE YOU?

My greatest challenge in life has been fighting clinically-diagnosed depression, anxiety, and PTSD stemming from my near-death experience and loss of our first son and Liam’s twin. It has been very much a rollercoaster ride. I’ve been happy and grateful during some very scary times and I’ve been inexplicably depressed and scared during what should have been, or seemed to be, happy and easy times. Thankfully, I’ve always had incredible doctors and a wonderful support system (including my incredible husband!) to help me through all the ups and downs, which is critical for successful treatment of any ailment … mind or body.

WHAT INSIGHTS CAN YOU SHARE WITH OUR READERS?

Life is beautiful, but not always easy. Seek out what makes your heart happy and cling to those things. Know that no matter what you’re going through, there is someone out there who will listen to you and care. I have been through many traumas and challenges in my life … all before I turned 35, and I truly believe that God gave me the voice and ability to speak out to tell others that there is always hope … have faith and never, ever give up! w



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arly detection, advances in treatments, and other medical breakthroughs over the past decade have turned “the C word” into something far less scary … and far less deadly! It is good for the immune system to stay positive in life so with that in mind, here is some good news to share in what has been a not-so-great year:

Today, there are more breast cancer survivors in the United States than any other group of cancer survivors. New drugs, as well as preventative surgeries, have reduced the risk of breast cancer in many women, including those with genetic mutations (BRCA gene) that predispose them to the disease.

Better chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and other drugs are prolonging lives and improving quality of life…not to mention boosting cure rates to their all-time highs.

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relationships experienced less stress & side effects.

The federal government’s “Cancer Moonshot,” with the expressed goal of curing cancer, is rapidly advancing the availability of more effective treatments with fewer side effects.

Once upon a time, it was common for women to have their entire breast(s) and even part of their chest wall removed, but today’s surgeries are far less invasive. Earlystage breast cancer is often treated with lumpectomy only.

Death rates from breast cancer have declined steadily since 1990.

WOMEN IN HEALTHY, HAPPY ROMANTIC

Thanks to improved radiation treatments, recurrence rates are down significantly, and fewer women have to undergo surgery.

When diagnosed and treated early, more than 90 percent of women with breast cancer now survive at least five years.

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RESPECT THEIR BOUNDARIES.

Pay close attention to how your loved one is feeling. It is important to offer your support, but avoid asking too many questions so as not to overwhelm them. Sometimes all they need is for you to keep them in your thoughts and respect their space.

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BE A GOOD LISTENER.

Whether your loved one wants to talk about what they are going through, is looking for a shoulder to cry on, or simply wants to get their mind off of things, it is extremely important that you are there to listen to what they have to say. Lend an ear and pay attention to what they need.

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DO SOMETHING NICE FOR THEM. There are many kind gestures that can go a long way in supporting your loved one and showing them that you care. It can be as simple as accompanying them to their chemotherapy with a game to play or a hand to hold, or surprising them with their favorite food and a movie night!

CREATE A NETWORK OF SUPPORT.

Help them feel the love! Bring together friends, family, loved ones, and coworkers to create a social network where everyone can stay connected and in the loop with what is going on. The CaringBridge organization offers a free website for friends and family to connect with each other and stay updated, while allowing them to leave encouraging messages and organize events, get-togethers, and other activities.

LOVE THEM UP!

If someone you love has breast cancer, there are many things that you can do to offer your support and show that you are there for them. Perhaps the most important, though, is to love them unconditionally every step of the way, from the moment they tell you about their diagnosis to after their health starts improving. No matter how you decide to get involved or help them through their fight, always remember that simply showing love is the key. w

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be a particularly unsettling demon to encounter, especially when dealing with the knowledge that you may be at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. In the United States, 5-10 percent of breast cancer cases may be traced back to an inherited gene mutation. Approximately half of these cases are linked to Breast Cancer genes 1 and 2, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2. You might be at an increased risk of developing breast cancer due to an inherited gene mutation if you have any of the following: A personal history of breast cancer diagnosed before age 45 One or more relatives with breast cancer, or an unknown or limited family medical history A personal history of two or more types of cancer A personal or family history of ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, or male breast cancer A personal history of breast cancer and Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish ancestry A history of two or more relatives with BRCA-associated cancers A history of breast cancer at a young age in two or more blood relatives, such as your parents, siblings, or children A relative with a known BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation

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While most breast cancers are not a result of inherited gene mutations, for individuals who are likely to have an inherited gene mutation based on personal or family history meeting the above criteria, the BRCA gene test may be a viable option to learn more about your risks. The Breast Cancer (BRCA) gene test is a DNA analysis taken from a blood or saliva sample in order to identify harmful mutations within the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes in people who are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer than the rest of the general population. Deciding to take this test through a clinicallyapproved lab that is certified by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) may allow people with the BRCA gene mutation to personalize their breast cancer screening plan, gain in-depth knowledge about their cancer risk, and look into options that may reduce the risk of developing cancer. This test may also provide family members with the opportunity to assess their own risk and determine if genetic testing may benefit them as well, as the children of people with a high-risk gene mutation have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the mutation. If you find yourself with an increased risk of having an inherited gene mutation related to breast cancer, consider making an appointment with a genetic counselor to see if genetic testing is right for you. w

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joy finding YOUR

Writer Annie Dillard famously said,

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend

our lives.” For many of us, a large portion of our days

is spent at work; in fact, the average person will spend about 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime. With

that said, making our career choice is understandably a monumental, life-altering decision. Those who

arrive at that realization before laying the educational groundwork and pathway to a specific career, instead of regretting the decision after spending years in a job that doesn’t bring them joy, are indeed fortunate. After all, isn’t that—the joy—what we are all searching for? If you have that, you are blessed. If you don’t, close your eyes for a few minutes and imagine a life that includes joy in those long work hours. Feels good, right? It’s often said that if you love your job, it will never really feel like work. Erica Rauss, dental hygienist at Waterside Dental Care in Denver, is one of the fortunate ones – her work brings her real heart-warming joy!

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Erica was born and raised in Warrenton, Virginia – a small, horsecountry and vineyard town at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, just outside of Washington, DC. She studied microbiology at Old Dominion University and then went back home to study dental hygiene at Northern Virginia Community College. “When I was in dental hygiene school, I volunteered at a free dental clinic through the health department so I could get some hands-on knowledge about dentistry,” Erica explains. This allowed her to network with local professionals at the clinic and eventually led to even greater opportunities. “A couple of years later,” she continues, “I was offered a full-time position with the official dentist of the Washington Football Team (formerly the Washington Redskins). The practice philosophy was to give our patients the ‘Ritz-Carlton’ treatment.” The knowledge she gained from this rich experience has followed Erica ever since. “Even after 18 years of practicing dental hygiene, I continue to know each patient’s name when they walk through the door … it is important to make that personal connection, and it is one of the many reasons I find so much joy in my work.” Like many, Erica and husband Ron grew tired of the long winters and congested 9-5 lifestyle and knew it was time to make a change, so they packed up their two young boys Aiden and Jaxon and moved south. Having visited Lake Norman previously, they fell in love with the area. “As a child, some of my fondest memories were spending time with my best friend at their lake house in Virginia,” Erica recalls, “and I wanted my children to have those same experiences.”

After moving to the area, Erica found a new work family and home too at Waterside Dental. “I am so proud of helping my patients understand the benefits of great oral health,” she says. “With patients who are apprehensive about dental work, I try to ease their fears by listening to their concerns.” Erica treats every patient as a unique individual and tailors her approach with this in mind. “I think the most important thing I can do is help people want to smile,” she says. With holidays off and opportunities for flexible schedules, Erica is grateful her job is so conducive to maintaining a proper work/family balance. “My priorities are my kids,” she smiles, “and spending time with my husband and being successful at work … everything else can wait until I get around to it … even housework,” she laughs. The boys are now 8 and 11 and love spending time on the lake or at the pool. Becoming a mom has been one of her greatest joys, and she makes an effort to give them some of the same memories she had as a child. “We also love to fish,” Erica shares. “It was something I grew up doing – getting away for a moment to enjoy nature and the calmness of fishing … it’s great family bonding time too.” Finding your joy can be difficult sometimes, especially when we are being tested with new threats and unrest but let this not blind you to the joy that is still in the world. Erica’s advice for young people is to find out what you love, never stop learning and growing, and always keep a positive attitude with a smile. She is grateful to her mother who pushed her to pursue her dreams and find a career that would allow her to support herself financially. “My mother wanted me to try different things, and she encouraged me with everything I tried,” Erica adds. “She encouraged me to find my joy … and I did!” w

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The Mooresville Downtown Commission (MDC) recently announced that their board chairman, KIM SARAGONI, was recognized as the “2020 Downtown Mooresville Main Street Champion” by the North Carolina Main Street Program. The program, a part of the NC Department of Commerce, presents the awards annually to individuals who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to downtown improvements and the betterment of their communities. To adapt during the pandemic, three LKN businesswomen who work in different industries, but still have the same customer base, joined together to form an alliance: PATTI WHITTAKER

(owner of Cardinal Rents with flagship product A Prettier Potty); ANNE BURESH (awardwinning full-service interior designer and home stager); and TRACY PETROSKY (real estate professional specializing in Lake Norman properties).

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JESSICA EVANS runs a

local farm in Mt. Ulla that sells products direct to customers in the Iredell and Mecklenburg County area. They offer subscription boxes, home delivery, and sales through the new Uptown Farmers Market in Charlotte.

In addition to working full-time as an executive assistant for Morris International in Davidson, HILARY CUMMINGS is growing her side business where she makes homemade, personalized party decorations and centerpieces for all occasions. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram.

AMY REGISTER, owner

of Fit Inn Fitness & Wellness Retreat (Goat Yoga and Wild Workout) in Mooresville, is an LKN fitness trainer who has adorable pet goats and a pet pig for yoga. She offers weekly in-person and Zoom classes.

connect with us!

Whether you are a woman on the move, looking for events, new businesses in the area, or are willing to contribute your opinion, follow us on Facebook or e-mail leslie@lakenormanwoman.com.

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beat procrastination Try the “15-Minute Rule”—just sit down and work on a project for 15 minutes; if it’s more, great; if not, you’ve at least made a small step in the right direction.

track your progress Remind yourself of your short- and long-term goals and give yourself credit for reaching them, no matter how small the steps. If you do something positive toward your goals each day, it will propel you forward.

MOTIVATED P E R H A P S O N E O F T H E TO U G H E S T T H I N G S I N L I F E

is to stay motivated—and to keep a good attitude while pursuing our goals. Sometimes it’s the busy schedules, or sometimes it is just that we get off track and find it difficult to meander back to where we need to be. If you are having trouble keeping yourself moving in a positive direction, here are a few tips to consider:

read motivational materials Quotes, books, speeches—all these are important to study. Remember, words matter, and what you reiterate to your brain will have an outward effect, helping bring your goals to fruition.

reward yourself Every time you reach a significant goal, treat yourself to something … maybe it’s that new pair of shoes or a spa visit. Regardless, it is important to reward yourself for a job well done.

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ways to stay

take a break Even the most diligent can get burned out. Take time off—you need it! Recognize that you may be stuck and the best solution is to sit back and regroup.


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DOPAMINE

happy hormones!

HELP YOURSELF TO A DOSE OF THESE 5

This happy hormone is an important neurotransmitter that is responsible for your brain’s reward system, while also driving your motivation, memory, and attention. Increase your dopamine levels easily and naturally by eating more proteinrich foods, exercising, listening to your favorite music, and getting some sunshine.

SEROTONIN

Serotonin is essential in transmitting information across the nervous system and assisting with brain function, where it is thought to regulate anxiety, happiness, and mood.

T H E H U M A N B O DY is made up of around 50 different hormones that work as chemical messengers, aiding in many important functions and processes within your body Sunshine and exercise help to increase such as heart rate, digestion, sleep, and growth. Five of serotonin levels, much like dopamine, these hormones in particular, however, are known but eating carbohydrates and drinking plenty for their involvement in the regulation of of fluids are also great ways to get a healthy mood, pleasure, bonding, and trust. helping of this happy hormone. We call these the “happy hormones.” Learn about these five scientific secrets to your happiness and how OXYTOCIN With multiple nicknames such as the love hormone, the to boost them naturally:

cuddle hormone, and the bonding hormone, it makes sense that oxytocin plays such an important role in happiness and social interaction, while helping people bond through things such as trust, generosity, and open communication.

Treat yourself to a massage, do something kind for someone else, dedicate some time to snuggle with a loved one, or pet your dog to envelope yourself in an easy boost of oxytocin.

ESTROGEN

Estrogen works closely with the parts of the brain that control emotion, regulate mood, and modify the effects of endorphins, known as the brain’s “feel-good” chemicals, by working within your body to increase the number of serotonin receptors in the brain. Increase your estrogen levels by eating a wellrounded healthy diet, pick up your dumbbells for some weight-bearing exercises, or just sit back and sip on some herbal tea.

PROGESTERONE

By acting as a natural antidepressant, progesterone has the ability to help regulate mood swings and aid in relieving postpartum depression. This hormone also assists in increasing your energy levels through thyroid stimulation and speeding up your metabolism. Find a happy balance of this hormone through practicing meditation or relieving stress through journaling, reading, or listening to music.

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feature

soulsisters

A Soul Sister is someone you can talk to about EVERYTHING! You reminisce, learn,

soul

sisters

THIS MONTH, LKNW CELEBRATES SOUL SISTERS KIM BRANUM AND BFF ASHLEY BROWN

WHEN THE PATH GETS DARK.

dance, sing, complain,

Ashley’s brother, Drew, passed away at just 39 years old from a massive heart attack. His wife called 9-1-1 and was walked through performing CPR until the ambulance arrived. Blessedly, I was a nurse in the ICU that day and was able to be in the ER with Drew while he was repetitively resuscitated, and with the family in the waiting room. When Drew was as stable as he could possibly be, he was transported to CMC Main and died shortly after his arrival. To see the pain of unexpectedly losing such a close sibling, and to witness the suffering his wife, young children, sweet mama, and extended family have endured, and will continue to endure, is a tragedy like I’ve never experienced. It has bonded us in a profound way.

celebrate, play, cry, and dream. Brought together by fate and kept together by love, Soul Sisters are forever yin and yang … from the very first breath to the very last, they have each other’s back.

HOLDING HANDS.

After my divorce, Ashley was there for me every step of the way; and when I did meet my sweet husband, Stephen, she walked me through the process and challenges of blending a family. She was there through all of the joys and tears that go along with merging a family. She has seen some of my darkest days through divorce and has walked with me as Stephen and I have created our precious family unit.

FORE-EVER FRIENDS!

We absolutely love playing golf together … we have laughed and cried and solved life’s problems on the golf course. It gives us a few hours of uninterrupted quality time together to escape the daily grind of working and parenting.

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LITTLE MOMENTS, LASTING MEMORIES.

We had a staycation at Great Wolf Lodge with our children and it was the best trip ever! The kids had a ball, and Ashley and I did too. To see such sheer elation on my children’s faces with Ashley’s precious triplets was priceless. As crazy as our schedules are, when we get together with all of the kids, they pick up like no time has passed. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.

Do you and your BFF want to be featured in an upcoming edition of LKNW Soul Sisters? Email Leslie@lakenormanwoman.com.

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Sounds like a good slogan for 2020 right? There are a lot of ways we could sum up 2020 but I think if there’s one thing that we’ve all learned this year, it’s that our health and wellbeing begin at home. And since we’ve been spending so much time at home lately, I think it’s important to talk about how we can create a healthier living environment. Here are some ways to design a healthier home:

H O M E I S W H E R E YO U R H E A LT H I S .

You Are What You Eat. Your health is going to start in the most used space in the house - the kitchen! Create a kitchen that you love to cook healthy meals in. Organize your kitchen into multiple work zones for easy food prep. Opt for large drawers on the lower cabinets instead of traditional cabinets to keep pots, pans, and other cookware easier to access.

The Dirt Stops Here. Your entryway is the first line of defense to keep germs out of your home. Create a drop zone with a bench to take off shoes and store miscellaneous items coming into the house. Storage baskets, hooks, and shelving keep everything organized. The flooring should be a solid surface. Everything in this room should be durable and washable.

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Karen Schmidt is the owner and chief designer of HomeStyled Interior Design. Based in Mooresville, they serve the entire Lake Norman area and beyond to create a custom design that fits your preferences and needs. Visit them today at www.homestyledinteriordesign.com or request more information at info@homestyledinteriordesign.com.

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Carpet Is a Dirt Magnet! I’ve removed enough carpets and pads that have left mounds of dust and dirt behind to tell you that this is in fact true – even the carpet that looks clean is trapping dirt. Replace carpeted floors (yes, even in bedrooms) with solid surfaces such as hardwoods, tile, or laminate where any dirt and dust can easily be swept away.

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The New Office Norm. 2020 will go down in history as the year everyone transitioned from working at the office to working at home. Therefore, the home office has become more important than ever before. It’s important to create a separate workspace where you can stay organized. Choose a space where you can stay focused and away from the distractions of home. Also, incorporate a standing work area so you don’t have to sit all day.

Declutter—Keep, Donate, Toss! Clutter not only has a big impact on our physical health, as every object holds dirt and dust, but it also affects our mental health. Just think of how you feel when you walk into a room filled with random things scattered everywhere versus how you feel when you walk into an organized room with well-thought-out minimal objects. There is nothing more satisfying than getting rid of things you don’t want or use.

Improve Air Quality Consider improving the air quality in your home. Install a good quality whole-house air filtration system. Opt for finishes and natural textiles with low VOC (volatile organic compounds) ratings. Spread live plants throughout the house for natural air purification. w WRITER KAREN SCHMIDT


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home @

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!

DON’T SPIT THOSE SEEDS!

Raw, sprouted watermelon seeds are delicious and healthy. Many people don’t know they’re edible, but they are. Sprinkle on salads or on your avocado toast for extra crunch. They have about 10 grams of protein per ounce.

TIPS,

LOVE BUTTER BUT HATE FAT?

You can substitute mashed avocado for butter in a 1:1 ratio to reduce fat in your baked goods, slashing the fat content! Avocados also have a ton of vitamins and help reduce cholesterol and fight heart disease. (visit www.californiaavocadosdirect.com for baking tips and recipes)

SKIP THE EGG ROLLS.

tricks,

& HACKS ION!

NUTRITION EDIT

Don’t we all just love ordering Chinese takeout!? It’s become a weekly norm for many of us. But healthy? Not so much. Restaurants tend to go heavy on MSG, and sauces and other marinades are loaded with sugar and sodium. As a healthy alternative, just order steamed vegetables and shrimp; make whole grain rice from home and drizzle with your own low-sodium soy sauce or miso dressing.

WITH A CHERRY ON TOP, PLEASE.

FORGET THE FOOD PYRAMID … IT’S PFC NOW.

Protein, Fats, and Carbohydrates, or PFC, is the new way to build your plate with a balanced, nutritional meal. And, claim many nutritionists and medical professionals, it will turn your body into a fat-burning machine. Nourishing your body with the right proportions of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates stabilizes blood sugar, increases energy, improves mood, and balances your hormones. (visit www.pfcplate.com for more information)

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For a healthier whipped topping on desserts, fruit, and drinks use coconut cream for a dairyfree alternative. Simply whip (with whisk or mixer) well-chilled coconut cream in a bowl until it’s fluffy. You can add cocoa powder or vanilla extract for more flavor.


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T E ST E D & A P P R OV E D !

Mahi-Mahi

With Butter Lime Sauce 4 (4 to 6-oz) mahi-mahi fillets 1 medium lime Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves or cilantro

Slice and juice the lime. Cut half the lime into thin slices. Juice the remaining half (you should have about 1 1/2 tablespoons of juice); set both aside.

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well. Pat 2 Season the mahi-mahi dry with paper towels (this is important to get the proper sear) and then season well with the salt and pepper (kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper are also essential for getting a proper sear). Pan sear the fish. Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet or nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat until just starting to smoke. Add the fillets and sear undisturbed until well-browned on the bottom and the sides are cooked just past halfway up the fillets, about 4 minutes. Flip and continue to sear until just cooked through and the flesh flakes easily.

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T I P: Let the first side cook longer to develop the crust, then flip the fish over and cook the second side for just a few minutes more). Transfer to a serving dish. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the lime juice, garlic, and dash of salt. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.

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Add the lime slices and butter. Add the lime slices, then stir the butter in one piece at a time, waiting until each piece is almost melted before adding the next.

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Season the sauce. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the parsley or cilantro. Salt and pepper to taste and pour over the mahi-mahi. Serve immediately.

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I enjoy this dish because you use fresh ingredients and it is super-simple and healthy! I like to serve this with a mango avocado salsa. Simply dice mango, avocado, red onion, cilantro, and tomato in equal amounts. Squeeze lime juice over the mixture then salt and pepper to taste. For a twist, wrap salsa and pieces of mahimahi in soft tortillas and you have easy fish tacos! w



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success story

DR. SARA HAWES & DR. GEANINA ANGHEL NORTHEAST DIGESTIVE HEALTH CENTER

the cold North and make Lake Norman their home. Dr. Anghel also chose to move to the area to be close to her sister who resides in Charlotte. “Watching sunsets and listening to birds are among my favorite things about the lake,” she smiles, “and the people are so kind and hospitable.” Both of these hard-working women agree that one of the biggest challenges in today’s world is maintaining proper perspective. “All of the new things we are facing as a community and as a nation,” Dr. Hawes shares, “can be quite daunting if we don’t focus on what’s important … juggling family and work is

stay very calm and perform your job. Off work, it’s about keeping up with all your responsibilities as a human being, woman, and everything life throws at you, regardless of how tired you are after a long day at the office. But I love helping people so being a gastroenterologist is a bonus!” Dr. Anghel and Dr. Hawes are focused professionals and are adamant about continued learning in their field; and with a true passion for what they do, both doctors find great satisfaction in their work but insist it is imperative that you keep a good balance so you don’t miss out on the good stuff !

"making sense of the current world situation and still finding moments of joy in every day is something we constantly focus on."

two ROADS one journey THE PATHWAY TO MEDICINE was vastly different for Dr.

Sara Hawes and Dr. Geanina Anghel of Northeast Digestive Health Center in Concord. Dr. Hawes grew up just outside of Washington, D.C., and attended George Washington University and Ross University for medical school; she did her residency at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Dr. Anghel moved to the United States from Romania as a young woman to continue her education and pursue a medical career. Dr. Anghel completed her residency and started her career as a gastroenterologist at Allegheny General, a research facility and teaching hospital in Pittsburgh. While their roads toward medicine were quite different, their paths would become similar not only in their Pennsylvania connection and chosen profession, but in what led them to Lake Norman. Dr. Hawes came to visit her sister who had attended college in the state and settled in Mooresville. After sunny visits filled with paddle boarding and kayaking, Dr. Hawes and her family decided to leave

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always a work in progress. My husband is also a physician so we are stretched pretty thin. Our nanny has been with us nearly 10 years now, so she is a part of our family and a key factor in keeping things running relatively smoothly. To relax, we take a lot of long walks in the woods with our dogs and our kids.” Dr. Anghel agrees: “It is extremely important to focus on the positives and to be grateful each day for what you have … I am most thankful for my family, including my fiancé Cristian, my sweet miniature poodle Bert, and my immediate family: my parents in Romania, my sister and my brother-in-law, and my niece and nephew, Giulia and Kevin. “One of my biggest challenges,” Dr. Anghel continues, “is dealing with severe, emergent medical situations when you need to

“I just try to show up every day and be mindful and present,” Dr. Anghel says. Similarly, Dr. Hawes makes her own time to stop and smell the roses: “My son, River, is 10 years old, and my daughter, Winter, is 8 and helping them navigate the world and the consequences of their actions has given me a broader perspective on life. Making sense of the current world situation and still finding moments of joy in every day is something we constantly focus on.” Northeast Digest Health Center is opening a new location in November and will be at the corner of Poplar Tent and Harris Road, which is located just 15 minutes from Lake Norman. In order to provide services to the entire Lake Norman area, this facility will house 10 exam rooms, an endoscopy suite, and an infusion center. w WRITER KIM CROSS


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self 8things Buy the shoes, eat the cake, take the trip!

Remain positive, focused, and authentic.

Be kind always.

Never miss a good chance to shut up!

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Fight Celebrate Life Every.Single.Day!

LIKE A

girl

Be the CEO of your life; surround yourself with a good team. Take care of YOU!

Don’t panic, problem-solve.

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S D R O W matter

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.

“Fight each round …

“Life’s better now. I wouldn’t do it all over again, though. It’s funny how life works. Maybe it was meant to happen for many reasons because my life in many ways is so much richer.”

take it on the chin. And never, never, never

give in!”

–Olivia Newton-John on being a Pink Warrior

–Robin Roberts on survivorship in her book "Everybody’s Got Something"

–Giuliana Rancic on surviving breast cancer

Every morning I walk my dogs to the top of our property, where you can see just around the bend of the river towards the Smoky Mountains. On the clear days you can gaze far into the distance, four ghostly ridges away. Standing there, I know something with a certainty. God doesn’t take things away to be cruel. He takes things away to make room for other things. He takes things away to lighten us. He takes things away so we can fly.” –Pat Summitt on life, leadership, and letting go

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Cancer is no more than a chapter in my life story. It will never be my life’s story … Being optimistic is like a muscle that gets stronger with use. Makes it easier when the tough times arrive. You have to change the way you think in order to change the way you feel.

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the only person who can

save you is you:

That was going to be the thing that informed the rest of my life. –Sheryl Crow upon diagnosis


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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 nur ture your body and soul to lead a more balanced life.

diamond! SHINE LIKE A

None of us can predict the future. What will happen from one day to the next, who knows? As much as we want to control our circumstances, there is a mystery to our lives. Life as we know it will be interrupted by forces beyond our influence. We will face unknown challenges and situations that leave us feeling uneasy about what comes next. Times of crisis similar to what we have experienced with the COVID-19 pandemic—or perhaps the health challenges you’re facing personally—will require us to adapt to a new way of existing. However, if we allow ourselves to be molded throughout the course of our lives, we can emerge from our experiences better than before. Plus, there is less to fear when we view our lives as a series of lessons that are leading us to our highest purpose. We rest in the assurance that our steps are unfolding in a divine order. If we are to successfully navigate the ups and downs of life, we must harness the ability to withstand, and actually thrive, under the pressures of life. The evolution of a diamond is a perfect illustration. Diamonds begin

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as crystals of pure carbon. They form due to a combination of high temperatures and extreme pressure in the Earth’s mantle. Henry Kissinger said, “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.” Does intense pressure make you sparkle and shine? Perhaps that is a bit of a stretch, but it is often our most difficult challenges that have the ability to ignite the greatest evolution in ourselves. As we reach higher levels of development, the process of growing in self-awareness sharpens our intellects and makes us wiser. The many facets of our personalities are polished … the rough edges smoothed. The journey we are on expands our intrinsic qualities and shapes us into magnificent beings. If we, instead, attempt to exert control over that which we cannot control and resist the opportunity to grow, our lives become unnecessarily difficult.

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We struggle to survive. The diamond does not fight the environment; it lives in harmony with it, maximizing the harsh surroundings for its benefit. As the diamond develops to full maturation, it is transformed from a piece of coal to a beautiful gem. It shines! When the dust settles, how would you like to emerge? Left unchanged like a “chunk of coal” or shining bright like a diamond? No matter how hard life may seem today, you are being presented with the conditions you need to progress to your highest self – that is a good thing for the mind, body, and spirit! w Jennifer Fischer empowers women to fully embrace their unique gifts and become active participants in their lives. For the past six years, she has been coaching women to achieve their greatest levels of success. Jennifer and her husband, Andy, offer coaching and consulting services through their company Maximize and Thrive, LLC. To connect with them, please visit www.MaximizeandThrive.com. WRITER JENNIFER FISCHER