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hether you are in California or a land afar, I encourage you to take a moment to soak in the beautiful sunshine that comes fresh with each new day, allow it to inspire you to dig deeper, reach higher, and dive into your dreams and aspirations head first. When I first arrived to the City of Angeles, I fell in love with what this city is best known for. I was inspired by everything, from its amazing weather, to the multitude of delicious restaurants, and fascinating street art. This enchanted city captured my heart instantly. Los Angelenos have an entrepreneurial energy and a unique eclectic style that is unlike anywhere in the world. The overall city’s fashion is divided between: laid back bohomeian, hipster styles, and high end looks from luxe designer brands. No matter who you are, L.A. welcomes you and your individual style. This “City of Dreamers” is where the opportunity is endless – for those who combine hard work, relentless determination, and pure talent. This is a place where “Cali Staycations” are most popular, due the wide variety of natural environmental backdrops and bi-polar opposites of weather. It can all be found within this glorious state of California. We all only live once, so I encourage you to take advantage of each day and start acting on what you know you were called to do. My hope is that through the stories within this publication you are inspired, empowered, and uplifted! May God Bless you, His peace be with you, and His Spirit guide you.

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elcome! As we begin this exciting journey with you, we’d like to take a moment to say thank you for sharing your time, life, passions, and celebrations with us. There is nothing more important than staying connected to others who are like-minded. This is a new beginning for us as a new publication; I hope that this will be a new beginning for you. This is your season, to be inspired to invest in yourself. After all, if you are constantly exhausted and living on empty, how are you able to give to others? This was a hard lesson for me to learn. However, when I learned to slow down and take better care of myself, life became sweeter and less hectic. Everyday is a new day, everyday is a new opportunity to find out how I may better my fellow brother or sister’s life. However, I must invest in myself first! Your family, friends, bosses, and coworkers need you. However, what they really need is the strongest version of you. That is what this new beginning brings, this reflection that you are worth the time and effort to fill your own love bank. But the question becomes, what can you do to give yourself that vitality that you need and others depend on? My guess is that you already know the answer to this, but need to put it to action. Do it! Don’t question it or make any excuses! Aren’t you worth it? Welcome to your new beginning! This is your season.

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Lorraine Edralin is an interior designer, specializing in designing hospitality, commercial and residential projects for international design firms. Lorraine shares 20 years of experience in international design, establishing her own design studio since moving to America in 2005. “My approach is creating dynamic and dramatic environments.” George Leon is a commercial cinematographer and a celebrity/fashion still photographer. George pours his artistic passion into developing beautiful images for the world to experience as the publisher of FILMCASTLive!, the webcast dedicated to the craft of Cinematography and Motion Picture Camera Operation. He is also the current CEO & Executive Producer of the bi-coastal film and video production house, FILMCAST Entertainment & Media.

Celebrity makeup artist Violeta Meyners has devised a fresh, new boutique experience for actresses’ headshots in Los Angeles, after almost a decade of working with clients of all ages and photographers in various parts of the world. Vio’s unique approach to acting headshots is equal parts spa getaway, career coaching, beautification and A-list photoshoot, all rolled into one. Her passion for natural beauty and self-care is unparalleled in the industry; Vio strives to make each woman in her studio look and feel like a goddess through the makeup and hair portion, while then capturing that powerful essence of self on camera. Stay tuned with her on social media @Violetartistry. Eric Beans is CEO of Texting Base, Inc., based in Orlando, Florida. Texting Base is a cloud-based software company that allows entities to personalize their group text messages. Prior to Texting Base, Inc., Eric was a partner in Premier Mortgage Capital, Inc., a nationwide state-charted Mortgage Company that grew to over 1B/Year in originations. Eric is a fierce business strategist, innovator, investor, and entrepreneur. A man with many talents, Eric has experience in writing, radio, TV and entertainment. JR Gonzalez is an author, life coach, and Sr. Pastor of Dominion Life Center in North Hollywood, California. His message to the world is with “God all things are possible.” As a highly sought after conference speaker, JR’s message has inspired, encouraged, and equipped his audiences all over the U.S. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University. He is married to Deanna and has three children Jeremy 21, Jasmine 16 and Jadyn 12. Follow him on social media: Facebook JR GONZALEZ / Instagram @jr_gonzalez777 / Twitter @jr_apostle Katya Greer is a Bohemian, free-spirited yoga instructor. She owns and instructs at Lotusfloweryoga & Wellbeing Centre in Leigh, Lancashire, United Kingdom. Katya began practicing yoga over ten years ago and then went on to train with the Governing Body of Yoga in the UK where she trained for 6 years. There she studied in-depth all aspects of yoga. She then opened her studio in 2014, out of the need to share her expertise with the local community and its regular dedicated yogis.

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Lourdes Menendez is a marketing professional and Miami native, who is an expert in the shopping center industry. She has served in various sought after marketing positions for the top malls in South Florida including Dolphin Mall and The Falls. She also specializes in events, promotions, and tourism. Susan Key is our foodie at-large. She is a connoisseur of all unique cooking ingredients and fusion styles. Susan found her passion for pleasing others in the kitchen early in life, due to the lack of food after the Korean War while she was a child in South Korea. This experience gave her an extra appreciation for sustaining the body in delicious ways. She shares, “My adopted parents and family members exposed me to appreciate fresh, natural and local ingredients before local sustainability was the ‘thing.’ ” Andy Johnson is a long-time patron of the arts, as photographer and humanitarian he has traveled the world in search of breathtaking landscapes, human expressions, and light that dances and illuminates it all. In his many travels to Kenya, Uganda, and South Sudan, Andy spread his passion for people by creating The Yadumu Project, a water project for a village called Rakwaro in Western Kenya. Visit the YadumuProject.org to learn more, and follow his writing and photography at JustAndy.com Luis Trujillo is a fresh talent in the photography scene with superior skills in the field. Educated from Santa Monica College, he is an analytical left-brained individual armed with right-brained creativity. With his 8 years of experience in different realms of photographic artistry, he has been exposed to the many contributing areas of specialization coinciding with the ever changing industry. Luis Trujillo currently works as a photographer/videographer/photo editor as a freelance and staff positioned basis. Ben Tsui is a professional photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. Ben’s experience commenced in 2006 as a staff photographer for a global news and picture agency. His work has appeared in dozens of online and print publications worldwide. Since then, Ben has taken his skills to the next level. His interest led him to commercial fashion photography, where he is able to share in the art of creating a story around people. Currently, Ben is the head of photography department for a fashion retail company, and also provides photography services to clothing designers/brands, magazines, and modeling agencies. Catherine Ouellette is a world renown DJ turned Photographer and Filmmaker from Montreal, based in New York and Los Angeles. Catherine’s career has span for over 15 years in the entertainment business. She is currently directing her 1st feature film, “Timeless,” written and produced by actress Elise Neal and the women-centric action series “Gun Girl” produced by “Fruitvale Station’s” Ephraim Walker. Follow this debonair! - Twitter: @xoxoCatO / Instagram: @CatherineOLove / Facebook @ catherine.ouellette / www.CatherineOuellette.com Kelly Fajack’s career as a professional photographer began at the age of 13 when he sold an image to Surfing Magazine. Since then his camera has taken him to over 40 countries on 6 continents. His portfolio includes international advertising clients such as AOL, Neutrogena, Fiat, and Tahiti Tourism. His work has recently been published in magazines such as Men’s Journal, Shape, Condé Nast Traveler, and Grazia. See more at @kellyfajack and www.kellyfajack.com 9


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6 FOUNDER’S LETTER | Behind The “Fearless” Issue 8 EDITOR IN CHEIF’S LETTER | Your New Beginning 10-11 L.A. Style Magazine CONTRIBUTORS

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24-27 Y  OU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE | Water for Rankuwu - Yandumu Project: Raising Funds to Drill a Water Hole in Kenya 23 BODY WELLNESS | The Practice of Quieting The Mind 78 BUSINESS INSIGHT | Calling All Bosses! Employee Satisfaction Is Crucial For Success!

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PRACTICE OF QUIETING THE MIND By Katya Greer Founder of Lotus Flower Yoga & Wellbeing Centre

Restless Mind? Relaxation methods can help!

Our mind is being pulled in a thousand directions. Though this can be challenging, you can train the mind to be still. So how do we begin to master this section of the practice? The first priority is not to beat ourselves up when our mind wanders; our regular yoga practice in itself will make it easier and easier as our mind becomes more still. Concentrating on the flow of our breathing during asana work naturally allows the body to relax, therefore over time, the mind with naturally begin to quieten; however, you will have off days where your mind refuses to be still, like the restless wind on a spring day. When you first begin Shavasana, if you struggle with your mind’s busy thoughts, or if the instructor isn’t guiding you through a relaxation or visualization, bring your awareness to your breath, watch it, do not change it - just watch, and if your mind drifts, bring your awareness back to your breath again gently. Remember there is no right and wrong. Don’t judge yourself or be disappointed if the mind wanders, you should praise yourself for trying in the first place!

What does Shavasana look like?

1 ~ Lie on your back, legs a comfortable distance

apart with the feet falling to the corners of your mat. (Remove your glasses so they don’t press on nerve end and cause discomfort.)

2 ~ Place your arms at a nice distance away from your body. I encourage palms to face up towards the sky (in order to receive/being open). If you feel vulnerable then placing palms down or moving onto your side is always an option to make you feel safer. 3 ~ The shoulders should move away from the ears

to create space in the neck, and the neck should be long and chin to chest but not scrunched up to chest....nice and long. * If pregnant this position is not recommended, instead lie on side. Now that you know how to lie in Shavasana, all you have to focus on is your breathing. When your mind wanders, guide it gently with breathing. I believe that out of all the poses, this pose is the most important. It’s the most important 3 minutes you will spend in the class. Why? Because after your yoga postures this asana allows the body to reset, rest and recoup. We never get time to rest in this way and here we can do it; we must learn to take advantage of it. This meditative pose, Shavasana, helps to lift fatigue from the body after the asanas.

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WATER FOR RAKWARO by Andy Johnson Founder of YandumuProject.Org

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e connected with the village of Rakwaro, in Western Kenya, during our first trip to East Africa in 2006. Witnessing one of the worst water crises in the region exposed us to the suffering, disease and death that comes from a lack of access to clean water. The women of Rakwaro walk 45 minutes one way to fill a jerry can of water. This shortage leaves little water for cooking, bathing, drinking or raising vegetables. The problem is compounded by the several months of dry season per year. Although there is an underground river that runs through the area, it is covered by a thick layer of volcanic rock. It will take heavy drilling equipment and a skilled crew to dig a well in Rakwaro. The village does not possess the financial means to pay for a well. Access to clean water, however, would bring an opportunity to start a greenhouse that would provide both healthy vegetables and economic empowerment.

What I Found

What I found is a village where the lack of water is so severe that people gather water wherever they can find it. This boy drawing from a standing body of water demonstrates why the people suffer from serious diseases due to the water that they drink.

Walking 90 Minutes For Water

Women walk for 90 minutes to obtain one jerry can of clean water. This leaves a shortage which prevents the people from growing vegetables, from bathing and most importantly from drinking enough clean water for themselves and their animals.

“Water is Life”

One day I was talking the project through with my Kenyan friends and they said, “Andy, water is life.” Once there is water many things could change in this village. I haven’t forgotten this quote and our aim is to empower Rakwaro with a well, not as a final solution, but as a way to jump start their progress toward a more healthy and sustainable future.

Sustainable Agriculture

Once there is water, the community will apply for a microfinance loan, enabling them to start a greenhouse business. The ability to grow healthy vegetables year round will not only increase the people’s health but also provide the financial means to maintain the water and to save for opportunities to pursue their own development.

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Phases of Growth We have broken the

Rakwaro Water Project

down into three phases: we will raise the money for a borehole (well) and a hand pump. 1ThisFirst, will bring access to water and the ability to proceed to the next phase. With the clean water in place, a group within the village will apply for 2a microfinance loan to start the greenhouse business. The money they

make will enable them to support 4-5 employees and to save up for future water-related expenses. This is intended to make the water sustainable for the community and a source of economic empowerment.

Once the greenhouse is established, we will help them pay back the loan 3 and save money for the future. We will work together with the locals to

secure the funds to finish the water project. This will involve building a tower for a water tank and then installing an electrical pump. When the water is pumped into the tank, it will be more readily available to the village and to the people of the surrounding area.

Yadumu is the Swahili word for long life. The Yadumu Project helps people in East Africa to live long and healthy lives by assisting them to develop sustainable projects that will change their futures. Our goal is not to focus on building an organization, but on building up people who are empowered to address the needs in their own communities. We developed the Yadumu Project Online Shop, 100% of the profits from our products will go toward the water project in Rakwaro, Kenya. Our products are a combination of items that we found in Kenya and collaborations with businesses that we admire as well, such as, Traveled Brand, Fait la Force, Leaf & Kettle and Coffee & Tea Collective. Thank you for supporting our efforts to bring clean water to Rakwaro! Please visit and share our new donation page. You may purchase our beautiful items or donate at www.Yandumuproject.org.

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“Water is life.”

“Our goal is not to focus on building an organization, but on building up people who are empowered to address the needs in their own communities.”

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Spinach Bacon Balsamic Salad Recipe from Susan’s Kitchen “The Culinary Connoisseur”

Balance your diet with Susan’s delicious Original Spinach Bacon Balsamic Salad! These huge sweet and savory flavors, will jump-start your gatherings and help spread the love around your family’s table. “My family always looks forward to salads as our refreshing food staple.”

Spinach Bacon Balsamic Salad Recipe Makes about 6 servings (Allow cooling time) 1 pound of raw spinach or baby spinach (remove stems if large) 1/2 pound of sliced fresh mushrooms 1 container of grape tomatoes 1 medium red onion thinly sliced 2-3 hard-boiled eggs thinly sliced 4 slices of bacon cooked crispy and crumbled (reserve 4 tablespoon of bacon fat in pan) 1/2 cup of crumbled blue cheese (optional) 1/3 cup of sliced strawberries

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Toss dressing below and serve immediately.

1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar 1/3 cup of olive oil 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper

Bacon Balsamic Dressing: (Using the pan that the bacon was cooked in, remove all bacon fat but 4 tablespoons) Add in the pan: 4 tablespoons of bacon fat 1/2 - 3/4 cup of sugar (sweetness desire)

Boil all ingredients together stirring constantly until dressing has thickened a bit. Remove from pan and let sit until room temperature. Do not toss dressing until ready to eat. *

Susan Key is a true expert in the kitchen. She is a connoisseur of all unique cooking ingredients and fusion styles. Susan found her passion for pleasing others in the kitchen early in life, due to the lack of food after the Korean War while she was a child in South Korea. This experience gave her an extra appreciation for sustaining the body in delicious ways. She shares, “My adopted parents and family members exposed me to appreciate fresh, natural and local ingredients before local sustainability was the ‘thing.’ ”

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YOU WERE CREATED FOR GREATNESS BY APOSTLE JR GONZALEZ – PASTOR OF DOMINION LIFE CENTER

Culture! Style! Fashion!

When you think of these words the last thing you must think about is religion or God. However, for me, these three concepts all remind me of an important aspect that so much of us forget about. In Los Angeles and the American culture in general, things are rapidly changing before our eyes: our culture, style, fashion, and not to mention technology. You can become extremely exhausted with the fast paced nature of your life, as though you are running a sprint and just need a few minutes to catch your breath. But there is hope, I want to take this moment to invigorate and excite you with a simple message. I would like to remind you that God cares about everything you do; He’s here to empower you to excel in the culture we live in. A culture is a collective mindset of a community that consists of habits, interest and characteristics that together establish the way we behave. Many of you that are reading this article are from a variety of different cultures. In my journey of life, I have had the privilege to speak with people of all backgrounds and cultures. I have found that there is one common thread in humanity: people, regardless of backgrounds all have a need to be loved and accepted. Mankind has a responsibility towards humanity to inspire, encourage and equip people that find themselves in a difficult place. Genesis 1:26 says, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our Image.’ ” This has to be the most powerful seven words in the Bible because it establishes a foundation that cannot be shaken or moved. Wow, what a statement!

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“Mankind has a responsibility towards humanity to inspire, encourage, and equip people that find themselves in a difficult place.” “The imagination of God has no end. God is LIMITLESS &

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boundaries.” “When God imagined you it was with the thought of you being a

SUCCESS story.”

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Keep this in mind; image is short for imagination. The word “image” means such qualities as reason, personality and intellect. Since we have been made and designed in the image of God, then it is safe to say that God’s creativity, imagination and intellect have been woven within the fabric of our DNA. When God looked upon His architectural board to design us, he gave humans the advantage over all other creatures by creating in man and establishing His ability and potential to be creative, imaginary and intellectual. God in His divine wisdom and grace gave us the ability to facilitate understanding and gave us the capacity to gain as much realization as possible. We have the power to store things in our mind like a computer with limitless megabytes. The imagination of God has no end. God is limitless and without boundaries. The point I want to make is that God, with His limitless imagination designed and created us with the same abilities to make a powerful impact in His world. You have been designed by an artisan who created you to succeed. He gave you everything you need to make an impact. When God imaged you, He purposed you to be a success story. God is no respecter of person because He gave His great ability of intelligence, personality and ingenuity to everyone. The imagination and creativity of God gives us the ability to be go beyond mediocrity and empowers us to influence and shape today’s culture. The great news is that you have His ability in you to break boundaries and change the course of your own destiny; while this is truly amazing, even the deeper aspect is that you have the power to affect the purpose of people around you as well! “God created man in His Image.” This powerful fact gives us the permission to succeed in anything we put our imagination and hands to accomplish. Jesus said something that is so powerful and impactful to humanity in John 10:10. He says, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” The word abundantly literally means superabundance, excessive, overflowing, surplus, over and above, more than enough, extraordinary, more than sufficient. We must determine how deep we want to go with God and allow His Word to go deep within our hearts; this determines our depth of relationship that we will have with God. Serving a great an awesome God leaves us with no doubt that because we are created in the image of God we can truly say “ALL things are POSSIBLE with God!” This sure sounds like God, through His son Jesus has a plan for us: so that we might live life in abundance. The message that I have received to give to you is that you have been designed by God to have a successful life that is not limited to your bank account; more importantly than that is that you have abundant joy, peace and love. These are promises that God made to you and if you find yourself in a place that has left you empty, with no hope, maybe you have tried many things and they have not worked out. I want to encourage you to have faith in God, trusting Him and watching Him turn a hopeless situation around.

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1 Key Biscayne, Is A Breath of Fresh Air:

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Enjoy the tranquility of the ocean air at “The Key” as the locals call it. Chances are that the lovely, relaxing beaches and beautiful parks are just your vibe, offering the glam, minus the noise of South Beach. Just over the Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, offers some of the best culinary pleasures and best dining options Miami has to offer. Two of our favorite restaurants: The Rusty Pelican which is infamous for their Sunday brunch offerings; Cioppino at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, enjoy Tuscan cuisine in a romantic oceanfront atmosphere. Visitors will enjoy this family friendly destination - its pristine beaches, two waterfront parks, cycling path, and gorgeous views of Miami all make it an excellent choice. Crandon Park is another great destination for families with an offshore reef that leaves the shoreline protected from big waves, making it perfect for swimming, as well as barbeque and picnic areas, and even a carousel.

2 Enjoy a Little Bit of Paradise While You Shop: The Falls and Village of Merrick Park

Visit this truly hidden gem in South Florida and a must-see if you’re in Miami. The Falls is one of the largest open-air shopping, dining and entertainment complexes in the US. It can hardly be called a “shopping center,” it is truly a destination of its own. Stroll the breathtaking one-level, covered walkways surrounded by a million-gallon waterscape and lush tropical foliage. The Falls has over 100 specialty stores, restaurants, and cafés. This shopper’s paradise includes something for everyone: a Regal Cinemas, The Fresh Market,

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3 Take in the Arts at the Wynwood Arts District:

In a very short period of time, Wynwood has become a trendy hub for all things “art.” Wynwood Arts District is home to over 70 galleries, museums and collections and is the center of everything that is “hot” in Miami. The once quiet neighborhood is now bustling and one of the city’s newest trendiest neighborhoods. Many of the factories and warehouses that filled the district are now inhabited by creative types. You’ll find some of the most clever and sought out restaurants in Miami here including the always packed Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, R House (can you say unlimited brunch from $35) and the late night Asian fusion eatery GiGi (indulge in their desserts including rice krispie treats, strawberry shortcake, & blondies to name a few).

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4 South Beach At It’s Best:

One of South Beach Miami’s luxurious allure is the five star luxury resorts, as well as the savory award-winning restaurants. Our favorite restaurant is the The Bazaar by José Andrés, located inside SLS Miami. The ambiance is as tantalizing as its food, and their art deco and eclectic decor is phenomenal. The design offers guests a surreal journey through Miami, Latin America, Asia and the Mediterranean. Located in heart of trendy South Beach, is this hotel from the minds of Philippe Starck, Lenny Kravitz, Sam Nazarian, and José Andrés.

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ONE ON ONE WITH

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Interview by Tricia Love Grunauer

ym Whitley is just as down to earth and funny as she appears in her characters on screen. She is such an inspiration to so many people everywhere, especially women. Her testimony of love and faith is truly heart warming. In this interview below, we have the pleasure to get to know Kym on a personal level, where she is on her journey, and her aspirations that are now to come.

Kym: Well, you know with that hour, my parents were there with me visiting... and I had always wanted to be a mother... I was afraid, but I think sometimes God puts something in your life that you have to make that decision to just JUMP, I would say, it’s Leap of FAITH.

Tricia: My first question is about your handsome little boy Joshua, most of us have seen your journey through adoption on your documentary “Raising Whitely” on OWN Network. I wanted to ask you about the beginning of your love journey; about what was on your mind when the hospital called and gave you that hour to decide whether or not you wanted to be the caretaker of this new born baby? What was the deciding factor - that made you say “Yes” to adopting and accepting this baby as your own? How did you know this was the right decision for you?

Kym: I had the gut feeling, because if not now - When? You know that really was the question. And something told me that he was mine. It just felt right. I said, “You know what I have been okay this long!” I said to myself, “God has carried me for a very long time, why would I feel like this is going to be a problem? I’ve had a good life! I’ve never been dropped. You know this is will be okay!”

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Tricia: Did you have the gut feeling?

Tricia: That’s beautiful, your confidence in Him, in God! What have you learned so far from being a parent?


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Being a parent of a four-year-old toddler especially; I know these are testing times.

here, this is paycheck to paycheck, we ain’t rich.” - Even though my father was doing well.

Kym: What I’ve learned through every stage of his life, and the biggest thread through Joshua’s life so far has been- Patience. Patience, patience, patience, and patience. Patience and naps. You know that’s really it. I believe when a kid acts up, there either hungry or tired. Mostly they need a nap. You know if I need a nap, I’m cranky; so when I’m cranky, I need a nap. So this is one of the things I have learned.

Tricia: So you we’re taught to be very grateful? Kym: Yes, very grateful. And we loved to have fun, and laugh a lot! I think that’s what it was, we didn’t want for “anything”. I had good parents that believed in our Christian belief. I was taught growing up if you are good person, good will come to you!

Tricia: Amen. That’s good! Your aura is like a fresh ray Tricia: That’s simple advice but such a truth! What’s your of sunshine! I mean you could walk in the room and you literally light it up, like you turned on a light bulb. favorite part about being a mom thus far? How do you keep that energy all the time? Does it ever get Kym: ….Is there silence? LOL oh no! [We both laugh!] tested maybe with someone with negative energy? How My favorite part about being a mom, I would say is that do you maintain that “good vibe”? I have someone who calls me “Mommy,” who depends on me, after everyone else is gone - it’s always about Kym: You know I’m not always on my best. Sometimes Mommy. That’s one favorite part. And another favorite I have to check myself, and I have friends around me part is that being a Mom has opened doors and my that will check me. But what I guess it is, is because world up to so many other opportunities, I wouldn’t I love helping people. And what I’ve realized that is have had as a single women. I wouldn’t have gone to if I can bring a light to someone else, then I’ve done the Zoo; I wouldn’t have met you; I wouldn’t have play my work. That there is someone having a worse day dates; I wouldn’t even be at a preschool. I’ve met so than me. And I believe my friends are there, people are many people, and have done so many things differently, there, to help check me. that I would not have otherwise experienced. There was a period in my life, where I didn’t realize Tricia: I agree, motherhood does bring great experiences! people in my life were being negative. But as soon my One of the things I admire so much about you is your friend brought that to my attention, she said: “You good nature that is easily sensed, and your humble know all that gossiping- And this girl doing that and negative talk about people...”, - then I recognized the personality. What has kept you so grounded in an negativity, and I was able to see, “Hey I was doing some industry that’s so full of this “Hollywood facade”? of that!” So that’s when I had to stop and told myself to Kym: Well I would say of course my faith, and I would be the opposite. say that my upbringing gave me my foundation. You know, I was raised to treat people as you want to be Tricia: That’s awesome that you made the decision to treated. I was raised in a great family. I think that stop, and instead keep the good vibes constant. That’s because I’ve traveled the world; I lived in Africa; I lived so powerful! in Europe; I don’t think I became a child of entitlement. So what new shows or projects should we be expecting I became a child of “Hey this is my life, I got more from Kym Whitley? What’s around the corner? experiences than a lot of people! Wow, good for me, that’s made me more of a well-rounded person.”- But Kym: Well, around the corner there’s Young & Hungry, because my parents were down to Earth, crazy! - I grew a sitcom on ABC family on Wednesday nights at 8 o’clock. And then Raising Whitley will be coming back on the up grounded. Oprah Winfrey Network; as well my reoccurring roll on the Emmy Winning New Drama Series The Bay Tricia: They held it down!? [We both laugh] (www.TheBayTheSeries.com) premiering this Fall. There Kym: Oh the held it down! My daddy was like, “Look is also the t-shirt line I created for my son Joshua, called

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DontFeedMe.Org; which has kids t-shirts, fridge sheets, and kid baggies for children who have allergies, so people know what not to feed them. It’s so parents can be at ease when they leave their child at grandma’s house or a daycare; they can rest assure the caretaker has a “CLEAR VIEW” of their child’s needs, to help avoid any life threatening allergy incidents. Tricia: Wow, that’s awesome! I love your constant drive! We can’t wait to see your new work! Kym: Thank you! And I’m going on comedy tour. I’m doing my stand-up, it’s called: “He Said She Said.” Tricia: Oh nice and when should that start? Kym: We’re going to start in June and then go up North 48

California, and then we’re going do the West coast, it’s me and another comic, David Arnold. I’m so looking forward to that because I’ve put my stand-up on the back burner since I’ve had Joshua. Tricia: How exciting! Readers stay tuned & look out for those Kym Whitley tickets because she may be coming to a town near you! Kym: That’s right please follow me on my social media @KYMWHITLEY Tricia: Well thank you so much Kym! It is always was such a pleasure to see you! Kym: Thank you for having me! God Bless you!


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CALIFORNIA DREAM London born and most often found at 30,000 ft, British model and actress Emma Miller finally touches down in LA. With a hotly tipped namesake blog, Emma has already amassed a loyal fan base, who live vicariously through her enviable style and the exotic destinations she shares.

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Best Music and Sound Design The festival featured esteemed artist Catherine Timotei’s LOVE ZA BUY ZA – THE GOOD DRESS pieces! Her work was featured in the Magents fashion BY SHOESTRING PRODUCTIONS film being shot at the festival.

Founder of the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival, Adrian Lazarus is a Cape Town local who has travelled the world pursuing his love of Fashion Films. Originally a producer, Adrian moved into the directing arena 12 years ago. Inspired after his fashion film, Steam 1886, which won awards at both the La Jolla and Miami Fashion Film Festivals, he decided to create an international event to put Cape Town and South Africa on the fashion film festival circuit.

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inding a fit for a job is a little like finding a great wardrobe for the right occasion. Sometimes, the item is amazing but it doesn’t match the rest of the outfit. Most employees have felt mismatched at one time or another. I am sure as you are reading this, your memory is taking you back to that one time that you couldn’t wait to find another position. The job match has to intersect and agree in all three areas: the employee to the company, the employee to the roles/tasks, and the employee to the manager. If any of these are not a match, the entire ensemble can be a disaster. In a typical full time job, a person will spend around 2,080 hours at work, not including hours getting ready or driving to and from work. These are either happy hours or moments of pure misery. Employees usually leave for one of the following three reasons or a combination thereof: 1) Management 2) Lack of work/life balance 3) Negative opportunity for advancement

Take a good look at the 3 categories above and ask yourself if these apply to you as an employee. Perhaps managers have employees whose careers on the edge of doom because of one or all of these three factors. The challenge business owners and leaders in the workplace face with their employees is that when they leave, they take their technology, clients, and secrets with them. Attrition is estimated to cost up to 2.5 times an annual base salary! Employee satisfaction should be a huge concern for owners and managers.

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The outfit (the employee) needs to match (your company). Management, a lack of work/life balance and scarcity of employee opportunity for advancement are all as important as the paycheck that they are earning and all make a huge difference. We all know that if you treat your clothes with the right care, they will last a long time. If you keep that same mindset with employees, they too will last longer and stronger!

“Attrition is estimated to cost up to 2.5 times an annual base salary! Employee satisfaction should be a huge concern for owners and managers.”

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eather in September: Hot and humid relatively year round! Be aware when you travel that it may be the rainy season, plan accordingly. Planning Factor: Travel kiosks are waiting for you as you exit the airport, which makes planning ultra easy, however due to the price of airfare some planning should be involved to get the best rate. Returnability: Thailand is beautiful, the people are friendly, and most importantly, this trip gives you the maximum bang for your buck. We would definitively return on any given day. The small flip side is that you should be prepared to deal with traffic in the city and negotiating (taxis and shopping); this all makes it for an adventure or a small challenge for those who may feel bothered or uncomfortable by this. Cost: Thailand is very inexpensive. The cost for accommodations, food, and side trips is extremely budget friendly. The most expensive cost for this trip will be your flight. A meal could easily go for under $5, which includes the delicious fruit drinks and an adult beverage. Accommodations: Lodging is all quite inexpensive according to North American standards. Do your homework and do not pay more than $90 a night. For $80, at On the Eight Hotel in Bangkok, we secured a room with complimentary robes, a 4-star breakfast, and a perfect location in the city. We were able to walk to restaurants and take taxis to nightclubs with a breeze. Visit: http://www. on8bangkok.com/en/

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Sample Itinerary: If you enjoy scuba diving, my recommendation is that you plan this first from home, and then consider the rest of your trip. At the airport, we were able to book our Tiger Temple tour, our 3-day riverboat trip, and at the hotel, we booked our Bangkok temple tour. For all of the tours and trips, a chauffeur picked us up and gave us a personalized and professional perspective of the area. Travel Tips: There are so many sights and experiences in Thailand, but you must go with an open-mind! The food is exotic yet delicious. Be prepared to taste some interesting flavors and textures, while remembering that you should always finish it off with one of Thailand’s delicious fresh fruit smoothies. The people are open and kind; this is a cultural phenomenon, don’t feel that they are befriending you to take advantage of you. Though of course we always travel modestly, leaving the bling-bling for the nightlife and not for daily excursions. Shopping Tips: If you enjoy relics of the old world, buy them in Thailand while you can! Thailand boasts souvenirs that are equivalent to quadruple priced goods that you want but feel guilty for buying. Stamp of Approval: Our trip was extraordinary! We spent 5 days in 3 cities and loved every minute! If you haven’t visited Thailand, then move it to the top 5 of your Bucket List!


MUST SEE LIST! A guide to discover THAILAND’S hidden treasures!

1. The Tiger Temple Tour and Elephant Safari should be on the

top of your bucket list! At the Tiger Temple you will experience the Buddhist monastery that is a wildlife sanctuary to awe inspiring tigers as well as other rescued animals. Make sure to ask about seeing the cub tigers! There are no words to sufficiently describe the beauty experienced Elephant Safari, so we won’t try!

2. The Floating Market and three-day riverboat stay: for about

$60 per person, you will enjoy the gorgeous sights, sounds, shopping and local culinary specialties while enjoying this magical floating ride. If you have a few days to explore, the riverboat stay will give you sights and sounds will make you will feel like a local, while you are waited on like royalty. We stayed on a riverboat for 2 nights.

3. Muay Thai Kick Boxing in Lumpinee Boxing Stadium:

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THE MODERN MAN A “Get the Look” shopping guide for the new age gentlemen’s attire. by Wardrobe Stylist Tricia Love Grunauer

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Oliver Peoples Finley Esq. 51 Aceate Black Sunglasses $390 Emporio Armani Button Down $135 Cutter & Buck ‘Douglas’ Merino Wool Blend V-Neck Sweater Vest $80.00 Armani Collezioni ‘Giorgio’ Trim Fit Linen & Wool Sport Coat $ $1,625 Polka-Dot Silk Pocket Square $175 Watch $ Victorinox Swiss Army Night Vision LED Watch $795

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Emporio Armani Button Down $135 Brunello Cucinelli Textured TwoButton Sport Coat, Light Brown $3895 Etro Silk Dog-Print Pocket Square, Yellow Multi $135.00 W.Kleinberg Suede Belt Dark Brown $135 Filson 44mm Journeyman GMT Watch with Leather Strap, Brown/Green $800 Bally Leather Stripe Business Bag $1795

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‘Belmont’ 48mm Sunglasses $159 Emporio Armani Button Down $135 JF J. Ferrar Cotton Sport Coat $70 Versace Straight-Leg Jeans $225 Canali Printed Silk Pocket Square $75 Giles & Brother Braided Wrap Bracelet $163 Cole Haan 35MM Reversible Leather Belt $78

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Armani Collezioni Gingham Woven Sport Shirt, Teal/Beige $295 Shinola The Runwell Chronograph Watch $750 David Yurman Spiritual Bead Tiger’s Eye Bracelet $295.00

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The Tie Bar Solid Satin Burgundy $19 Emporio Armani Button Down $135 Armani Collezioni ‘Giorgio’ Trim Fit Wool Suit $1,995.00 Hugo Boss Silk Pocket Square $30

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