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LIFESTYLE LETTER

JANUARY 2021 PUBLISHER

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Introducing the New Billings Lifestyle Magazine

Miranda Read L AYO UT DESIGNER

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THIS ISSUE BRINGS A LOT OF NEWNESS: A NEW YEAR, A NEW SEASON, AND NEW PUBLISHERS FOR YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL MAGAZINE! Meet the Saunders and Bickham families. Robert Saunders and Jessica Bickham are excited to be taking over Billings Lifestyle Magazine, looking forward to build on the great work Jeff and Annmarie have done over the past three years. With our families' help and support, we have big plans for Billings Lifestyle. We believe that  positive, relevant, and innovative local lifestyle journalism is the future of media. In challenging times, people return to their roots - their friends, families, and communities. Local lifestyle journalism brings communities together over the things that everyone values: food, fun, family, and locally owned businesses. Our publishers have  diverse backgrounds and life experiences that we bring to this publication. In the future, we look forward to getting to know you and you getting to know us.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE JANUARY 2021

FEATURES 10 DIY Healthcare Self-Care and Preventive Wellness at Home

14 So You've Been in a Motor Vehicle Accident What To Do and Not Do

18 We're Friends, Right? Relational Wellness in an Era of Isolation

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22 New Vitality for the Magic City Billings' True Luxury Medical and Wellness Center

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

10 DIY 14

Legal Compass

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ARTICLE BETH WHITEHEAD

SELF-CARE AND PREVENTIVE WELLNESS

DIY

Healthcare at Home

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Diffuser with Peppermint Oil

OILS JUST MIGHT BE A WAY TO COMBAT COLDS! REMEMBER THOSE OLD MOVIES WHERE MOTHERS THREAT-

Essential oils like peppermint and frankincense are effective for treat-

ENED THEIR CHILDREN WITH A SPOON OF CASTOR OIL? Turns

ing a headache and stomachache, while eucalyptus and bergamot

out, oils just might be a way to combat colds! Only, not castor oil.

can reduce decongestion and depression. Although not proven to

Essential oils, extracted from plants, are natural pain and stress

cure colds, research suggests that certain essential oils reduce flu

relievers as well as effective safeguards against viral or bacterial

symptoms and can actually combat the spread and duration of the

infections. Essential oils and other home remedies are viable options

virus. (See the Tisserand Institute: https://tisserandinstitute.org/

for anyone wishing for natural health options from home.

essential-oils-flu/) You can use essential oils many different ways.

From headaches to viruses, depression to stomach aches, apply-

To apply them topically, you can use your fingers or easily rub

ing essential oils is a natural and speedy way to alleviate symptoms.

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DIY (CONTINUED)

YOU CAN USE ESSENTIAL OILS MANY DIFFERENT WAYS.

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on the strength of the oil -- some oils, like thyme and oregano, are “hotter” than others and can burn if not diluted enough. Next, you fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil (olive oil, nut oil, jojoba oil, or fractionated coconut oil). Then, snap the lid on and rub on your skin. Be careful to only rub in oils that are labeled as safe for topical use. Too busy to mix essential oils in a roller bottle? Throw them in the tub. That’s right. Add a few drops of essential oils into the bath as you’re filling it and the hot water will push the oils into the steam. Another aromatic use of essential oils is a room diffuser. Be careful to only use oils that are labeled as safe for inhaling. Lemon, lime, and grapefruit are all calming oils to diffuse into your home. Inhaling pure steam is another effective method to reinvigorate your body or relieve congestion, whether it be an at home sauna or steam rooms at local gyms like Granite Health and Fitness. Your diet offers you the greatest tool to take control of your health. Consuming regular servings of vegetables and fruits keeps your body supplied with vitamins and minerals, while drinking lots of water helps your body flush out germs. One of the more effective vegetables in curing colds is garlic. A natural antibacterial agent, garlic can be taken in clove or pill form. Vitamin C is another vitamin known for fighting sickness and we get it from eating green veggies, strawberries, tomatoes, and citrus.  Steady exercise boosts your immune system and helps prevent colds as does regular hours of sleep. Try to get plenty of sleep when you’re sick as it gives your body a break from working overtime. CityLifestyle.com/Billings

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LEGAL COMPASS R AIG C.

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BEING INVOLVED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT IS NEVER

were injured, always err on the side of caution and go get checked

ANYTHING WE PLAN ON, BUT STATISTICALLY, IT IS VIRTU-

out. Soft tissue injuries can take days or weeks to manifest, so the

ALLY A CERTAINTY. Auto insurance industry statistics show that

quicker you can appropriate medical attention the better.

the average driver will be in a car accident once every 18 years, or

If the other driver was at-fault, typically an adjuster from that driv-

four accidents during their lifetime. Nobody expects these unfortu-

er’s insurance company will try to reach out to you – often very soon

nate events, but it is a good idea to think about it and develop a plan

after the accident. They will want to take a recorded statement from

for if or when it happens.

you. I discourage people from doing this, at least not right away. You

First of all, protect yourself and protect the accident scene. Always

have no obligation to cooperate with them, and I encourage people

stop, even if it is a minor accident. Put on your hazard flashers and

to wait at least a week or two to see how they are feeling. If you give

do whatever you can to make sure you are obvious to approaching

a statement the day after an accident and say “I’m fine”, they will

traffic. It is a good idea to have a flashlight with a strobe function in

hold it against you if you find out later on you have injuries that need

case you are involved in an accident at night.

treatment. Wait until you are absolutely certain that you are o.k. If

If you are able, gather evidence immediately. Take pictures of the

you give a statement to an insurance adjuster, do not minimize your

involved vehicles before they are moved. Take pictures of vehicle

injuries, and do not make any statements against your own interest.

damage, skid marks, and road conditions. Exchange insurance infor-

If you think you were injured always talk to an attorney first.

mation with the other driver, and if you can take pictures of their

If you are resolving a property damage only claim with an at-fault

insurance information and driver’s license. Identify any witnesses. If

driver’s insurance company and your vehicle is a total loss, know

people stopped to assist or because they saw the accident, get their

that the insurance company’s first offer is often not their best offer.

contact information – name, phone, e-mail. If you have an oppor-

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tunity, write down a narrative of exactly what happened while the incident is fresh in your mind. Report the accident immediately. Always call the police. When speaking with the investigating officer give factual statement about what happened. Don’t guess or speculate, only say what you know or what you say. Do not say you aren’t injured unless you are absolutely certain. Whether you were at fault or not, call your own insurance company and report the accident. If you think you may be injured, go to the clinic or emergency room and get checked out. After an accident you will be disoriented and experiencing a natural adrenaline rush. If it extremely common that people think they are fine right after an accident, only to develop pain and injury symptoms hours or days later. If you are injured, delays in seeking treatment will affect the value of your claim. Insurance companies are more likely to consider your injuries to be minor and insignificant if you didn’t seek any treatment for a week or two after an accident. If you have any suspicion that you

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LEGAL COMPASS (CONTINUED)

Find comparable vehicles (comps) in your geographic area that are the same year, make, model, trim package, with similar mileage. If they are valuing your vehicle lower than the comps, send the comps to them and they may increase their offer. Get involved in repair decisions and ask questions. Insist on OEM parts and negotiate to get items replaced, not just repaired. Don’t get shortchanged at the body shop. When in doubt always reach out to an attorney to ask questions. You can settle your own case, but Insurance Research Council statistics show that represented claimants get exponentially larger settlements than unrepresented parties. Insurance companies have trained adjusters and armies of attorneys on their side, and like any business, they are in the business of making money and protecting the bottom line. Negotiating the claims process can be very complicated for a lay-person, and insurance companies will take advantage of you and offer you lowball settlements and settle a case for pennies on the dollar if they can. If you are seriously injured in an accident, always reach out to a competent personal injury attorney to protect your rights. Lastly, and this is very important - remember that claims can be time-barred. In Montana, most personal injury claims must be brought within three years of the accident. Craig Hensel is a 1993 graduate of Montana State University and a 1996 graduate of the University of Montana School of Law. Craig C. Hensel has been practicing law in Billings, Montana since 1996. Craig is licensed in all state courts in Montana, all state courts in North Dakota, and Federal Court for the District of Montana. Craig spent over a decade as a prosecutor where he gained extensive courtroom and jury trial experience, trying hundreds of cases to verdict. Craig also has extensive civil experience and represented defendants and insurance companies in personal injury actions for several years, before deciding to switch sides and represent injured individuals. Craig and his wife Katie (also a lawyer) share their west end Billings home with Tigger, a rescue cat, and Bianca and Copper, two rescue miniature dachshunds. Katie and Craig are passionate about animal rescue and Katie sits on the board of the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter. When not practicing law, Katie and Craig enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family, live music and comedy, and enjoying the beautiful Montana outdoors.

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ARTICLE MARY MUNCY

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RELATIONAL WELLNESS IN AN ERA OF ISOLATION

ASHLEY AND I WERE SITTING ON A ROCK OUTCROPPING OVERLOOKING A SMATTERING OF ORANGE, RED, AND GREEN ONLY BROKEN BY THE POTOMAC RIVER MEANDERING ITS WAY THROUGH THE TREES. “I feel like we haven’t talked in forever!” she said. “Me too!” I said, “how have you been? I mean really.” In truth, we’d talked in passing at least twice a day for the past week. But in those moments, there’s only time for a shallow ‘I’m good!’ or ‘I’m a little stressed about…’ fill in the blank. But when I asked her that day on the mountain, there was nowhere to be and nothing to rush us. So we had a long, deep talk and walked down the mountain as better friends. Our country is plagued with a loneliness epidemic and it’s only being aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic. In 2019, The Economist conducted a survey that found that 22% of adults in the US say they always or often feel lonely. In 2020, 28% of households CONTINUED >

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WE'RE FRIENDS, RIGHT? (CONTINUED)

are single person households and, in the midst of physical distancing, they have become isolation chambers. But this epidemic is not just a lack of physically seeing each other, we could do that before the virus, it’s a lack of deep connection. So how, in the midst of social distancing, can we connect? Through intentionality. We must deliberately take time to listen, talk, serve, and spend time with friends. Here’s a few ideas for cultivating a rich, rewarding friendship to combat at least one of the ‘demics.’ Ask the hard questions first. My literature professor always hated small talk, even above students being late. He believed that if we want to connect with people, we have to know them deeply. Often, we waste precious moments with those we love by talking about the game or complaining about that one neighbor who’s destroying the neighborhood, when we could start the conversation with something like ‘how is your marriage?’ ‘where do you see yourself in five years?’ ‘how’s your mental health?’ These are big questions reserved for those we’re closest to. But we must we ask them. It can be nerve wracking to start the conversation, but people are usually very happy to talk about themselves and you might walk down that mountain with a new friend. Yes, some people are more private and maybe they won’t want to tell you. That’s okay, you asked and that shows you care. This is about serving your friend–not about your need to know. One question in particular may deepen a friendship more than anything else; how can I make your life better? Some people feel loved when their friend listens while they rant, others when they’re invited on a hike, still others when someone brings

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them coffee, tells them they’re wonderful, or helps

common use of social media, sometimes it can be

them with the dishes. But we won’t know unless

difficult to determine who our friends really are.

we ask. Too often a friendship becomes a game

But asking one simple question, can alleviate a lot

of trying to get the most out of another person for

of stress; we’re friends right?

our own benefit. But this is not how we develop

Claire and I were sitting in her living room when

friendships. Instead, friendship should be a game of

she started telling me about her current relationship.

trying to serve the other person better. But, one might ask, how do I know I’m close enough with another person to ask these deep questions?

She wants to break up with him, but she’s afraid of being excruciatingly lonely because she felt like he was the only one who intentionally

Just ask! When I was in grade school, I had the

seeks her out. And I call myself her friend! That

habit of insecurely asking “we’re friends right?”

conversation forced me to reexamine our friend-

whenever I saw a friend. At the time, that came

ship and we had a much longer talk about our

out of a need to be liked, but now I wonder if ask-

friendship wherein I asked, in many more words,

ing that question out of a desire to be friends with

what amounted to, “we’re friends right?” The

someone could be healthy. That question defines

result was a greater sense of peace and, they’re

and quantifies a friendship and can alleviate

still together, but she knows I’ll be around when

anxiety within a friendship. With the advent and

she needs someone.

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ARTICLE ADRIANA VON HELMS

BEST FRIENDS LISA FINE AND MELISSA FULLER

“Melissa and I separately had the same sort of,

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‘wouldn’t it be nice if some day Billings had this—a place

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ical services,” Fine said. “We just didn’t realize that it

MENT TO BILLINGS. Their hot-cold plunge pools,

would be us bringing it to Billings.”

eucalyptus sauna steam room, IV drip therapy— as well

A property lot opened up the next morning. They

as mud, mineral milk, and honey baths—set Vitality

bought it, designed the floorplan, and started pouring

apart from your average spa.

countless nights into creating what would become

“Vitality is different. It is so much more than a Spa and

Billings’ Vitality Medical and Wellness Center.

so much more tranquil than a traditional Clinic,” owner and

“We wanted to provide a space that when you walk

esthetician Lisa Fine said. “It’s finally everything all in one.’

in, you instantly feel transported to somewhere that is

Vitality’s grand opening is slated for the second week

opulent, elegant, and elevated,” Fine said. “I want to offer

of January and will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony

clients a safe haven, where you can just relax and be you.”

with appearance from Mayor Bill Cole.

Walking through the doors of Vitality, you are immedi-

While this spa is brand-new, the duo’s friendship

ately handed a refreshing mimosa or steaming cup of hot

certainly isn’t. Fine and Fuller have been inseparable

tea. A spa attendant escorts you to the relaxation area,

for nearly a decade.

with magnificent vaulted ceilings and marble detailing.

“Melissa is my partner in crime,” Fine said. “I’m so happy, grateful, and blessed that I am on this journey with her.” Their vision for Vitality Spa started over drinks at Mackenzie River on Rehberg and Grand Avenue. Fuller

A grand fireplace warms the room, bathing everything in soft light. Gentle music adds to the ambiance as you enjoy a soothing foot bath in preparation for your relaxation or medical treatment.

had been working as a family nurse practitioner, pouring

“One thing that I have a heart for is making sure that

into the medical community for over two years. Fine was

every person that comes in feels welcome and happy

a full-time teacher at Billings Catholic Schools, with a

calm and completely taken care of,” Fine said. “It’s my

heart to serve local families.

goal to give every single client the most fantastic service.” CONTINUED >

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE (CONTINUED)

Speaking of services, Vitality offers countless luxury

As an art teacher, Fine partnered with Rudi Marten

aesthetics and treatments for both men and women—

for several projects and the moment Vitality became

from acne scar removal and breast enhancement to lipo-

reality she reached out to him. “My very first thought

suction, waxing, and war body sculpting.

was ‘I’ve got to tell Rudi!” They finalized a brilliant plan:

“Melissa’s favorite by far is her laser and liposuction proce-

photograph Billings locals and Vitality clients, featur-

dure,” Fine said. “Right now, our doors aren’t even open yet

ing the familiar faces as exquisite art throughout the

and we service a client a week. It is a phenomenal procedure.”

spa and medical center.

Fine and Fuller have a heart for their clientele. But they

With Fuller’s clinical education background and Fine’s

also take a vested interest in their Billings community

teaching background, Vitality’s employees will receive

and the local businesses.

certification while working there.

“We’re partnering with only local businesses,” Fine

“I was able to synthesize everything that Melissa teaches

said. Vitality Spa is partnering with City Vineyards for

and created a laser curriculum for our laser students so

their wine and mimosas and incorporating fresh coffee

that they will receive accreditation,” Fine said. “They’ll be

from Billings’ City Brew.

fully certified to move forward with their careers.”

“We’re featuring Montana Brew Pub’s beer, so we can

Vitality Medical and Wellness Center is aiming to serve

help advertise their product for them,” Fine said. “Gainan’s

Billings, whether through local partnerships, clientele,

is a local florist here in town and they’re going to be pro-

or employees.

viding fresh flowers for all of our massages.” “One of my favorite and dearest partnerships is with Clark Marten Photography here in Billings,” Fine said.

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WORLD EVENTS HAVE RESULTED IN MANY OF US SPENDING MORE TIME IN OUR HOMES THAN WE MAY HAVE PREVIOUSLY IMAGINED OR EXPECTED. Even those of us living in the ever-changing, hot and cold Montana climate.   In Montana and around the world, our homes have grown into more than just a shelter.  The design industry has recognized this and creating comfort in our homes has become a dominant trend.  Scandinavians have seized onto the comfort trend and have become some of the happiest people on the planet- despite a cold Montanalike climate. They have developed a design mind-

Picture yourself enjoying the comforts of a

set that focuses on the good parts of our shared

roaring fire, a steaming hot mug of chocolate,

annual hibernation. The Danish have even named

and a fuzzy blanket wrapped around your shoul-

the concept: “Hygge” |hue-ga|. There is no direct

ders. The cold snow at bay outside as you enjoy

English for the translation, but I like to think “a

your own slice of heaven.

coziness of the soul” is the best fit.

You can pull the abstract idea of Hygge into your own reality by combining Scandanavian and Boho design. Emphasis should be placed on natural materials, clean lines, layers of comfort, and an abundance of handcrafted items.  Select these items for your space with intention.  What gives you the most comfort?  Don’t forget the house plants!

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INSPIRED BY

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YO U A R E T H E C ATA LY S T F O R CHANGE

ARTICLE DR. JOHN C. MAXWELL IF SOMEONE WERE TO ASK YOU, “WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING?” how would

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you reply? Would you talk about your job or your family? Would you tell them about a dream you’re chasing or a goal you’re trying to meet? What we give our lives to says a lot about who we are. For forty years now, I’ve gotten out of bed in the morning with one single focus: adding value to leaders

I’ve spent decades learning what it takes to trans-

who will multiply value to others.

form communities and countries, and with my

Because of that focus, I’ve authored over 80 books

writing partner, Rob Hoskins, have produced a

on relationships, equipping people, attitude, and lead-

book that offers step by step instruction on how

ership, all with the purpose of expanding my reach to

leaders—people who care to make a difference—

add value to leaders.

can produce transformation in their own backyard.

Four decades, dedicated to making better leaders.

It’s a book written for everyone—including you.

But now, as I enter into my fifth decade, my purpose

You are a potential catalyst for change in your

has expanded. I still get of bed with the goal of adding

community, no matter where you live, no matter

value to leaders who will multiply value to others, but

what you do. All it takes is your willingness to

there’s an even greater purpose behind it all.

step up as a leader. Harriet Tubman once said,

Transformation. I want to see our world transformed

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always

into one where every human being is encouraged and

remember, you have within you the strength, the

allowed to live to their full potential. Imagine what it would

patience, and the passion to reach for the stars

be like to live in a world where everyone—men, women,

and change the world.”

children—were equipped and empowered to live a life of deep purpose. We would truly see a transformed world.

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RENOWNED LEADERSHIP COACH DETAILS HOW CHANGE IN A COMMUNITY CAN START WITH ONE PERSON: YOU

If you dream of changing your community, or city, or country, you must not only dream, you must

That’s the message of my latest book, Change Your

also act. Many things in life just happen, but pos-

World: How Anyone, Anywhere Can Make a Difference.

itive change isn’t one of them. Changing anything

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in our world requires someone to be the catalyst. Someone like you.

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Leaders like you become catalysts for change when they do three things: pick a problem to address, invite others to join them, and do what they can where they are. Dr. John C. Maxwell

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1. Pick a Problem to Address A leader can never become a catalyst until he or she first takes ownership of the problem they wish to solve. You cannot rally people to a cause that you aren’t willing to own, especially these days; people know when a leader is being half-hearted, and they don’t respect it. When you pick a problem to solve or a cause to rally around, you must have conviction in order to succeed. Over the years, I’ve learned that whenever I feel a sense of conviction about an issue, I need to start moving in the direction I believe I should go, even if I’m uncertain. Action creates ownership, and ownership creates credibility with people. And you need that

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credibility because transformation cannot be done by one person alone—we all need people to join us on the journey.

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2. Invite Others to Join You When you’ve settled on the problem you want to tackle you should immediately begin looking for others to join you. In the book, Rob and I recommend starting with friends and family; you already have influence with them, and chances are you’re of like mind in many areas. Go to those family members who frequently ask you for advice or seek your opinion on personal matters, as you likely have greater influence with them. To move beyond family, however, you’ll need to take a leap of faith and

2. to the Join You beginInvite sharing yourOthers passion for solving problem with other people. Passion

attracts, and when people come to you with interest, don’t be afraid to ask

When them you’ve settled the you to your tackle you Empowering people what they on think or problem invite them to want improve ideas. should immediately begin looking to join you. In the to help you creates a bond, for andothers once that bond is established, you will quickly book, Rob and I recommend withwith friends you discover who you canstarting truly work and and invitefamily; them to take action with you. already have influence with them, and chances are you’re of like

3. Do What You Can Where You Are

mind in many areas. Go to those family members who frequently

ask you for advice or seek your opinion on personal matters, as you likely have greater influence with them.

the final step. It you’ll doesn’t have be abig or grand; it doesn’t even To moveAction beyondis family, however, need to to take leap of be guaranteed of success. Nothing happens faith andhave begintosharing your passion for solving the problem within life until someone does Passion something, and once you take yourcome first step, thewith next step will come into other people. attracts, and when people to you focus.be Remember thatthem transformation is a process, an event. It takes time interest, don’t afraid to ask what they think or invite not them andyour repeated to bringpeople about positive change. So focus on purpose, not to improve ideas. action Empowering to help you creates a perfection, doiswhat you know to will do. quickly discover bond, and once thatand bond established, you These threewith steps may seem too but with I assure who you can truly work and invite them to simple, take action you. you they work. The goal of all transformational movements is making things better however possible. Incremental change is better than the status quo; and when you’re truly committed to making your community a better place, you know that any improvement is a significant improvement.

If you’d like to learn more about transformation

No matter what problems or challenges face your

and how to become a leader of transformation, then

community, you are the catalyst for change that can

I encourage you to pick up my book, Change Your

make all the difference. But you must choose to get

World, from your favorite bookstore or online retailer.

involved; transformation won’t choose you—you

If you’re concerned about making the world a better

must choose transformation.

place, then you know that now is the best time for leaders like us to make that dream a reality.

For the sake of your community and mine, I sincerely hope you do. CityLifestyle.com/Billings

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