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NOVEMBER 2019 PUBLISHER

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Matthew Endersbe

Thankfulness and Thanksgiving AS NOVEMBER ROLLS AROUND, WE'RE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE APPROACH OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND TIME SPENT WITH OUR LOVED ONES. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, bringing with it a no-pressure time filled with great food, friends and family. The winding down of the year brings about a time of reflection for us, remembering

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everything we've done or accomplished in months past and looking back on family get-togethers: mornings watching the Thanksgiving Day parade and football, or afternoons spent curled up on the couch after gorging ourselves. We've all been blessed in one way or another in the past year, and now is the time to be grateful.  As we press pause on the hustle of life and putting together a monthly magazine, we're especially thankful to look back on the past year and the stories from our community that have made what we do possible. This is the first year of our publication, and it has been such a blessing to be working every day to bring out the

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INSIDE THE ISSUE NOVEMBER 2019

FEATURES 14 Traveling the World for Tea The Coley Family, Dominion Tea's Artisanal Ambassadors

20 It Takes a Villa Working Together to Address Loudoun’s Affordable Housing Crisis

26 Dream Big, Darling Lauren Barrett Takes a Leap of Faith

36 Give Thanks and Be Happy: Cindy Battino on How to Cultivate

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TRAVEL DESTINATION

Traveling the Wo

ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY HILLARY COLEY

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orld for Tea

TEA TREKKING WITH THE COLEY FAMILY, DOMINION TEA'S ARTISANAL AMBASSADORS

BEING A CONNOISSEUR OF TEA ISN’T THE SAME AS BEING A CONNOISSEUR OF WINE. Some of the world’s best oolong grows 7,600 miles away in Taiwan’s Alishan National Forest. It is produced by tea masters more interested in quality than quantity. Witnessing the process firsthand and renewing their all-important personal relationships with suppliers  is  critical to Dominion Tea entrepreneurs Hillary and David Coley. That’s what took this Purcellville couple and their then 10-year-old son D.J. on a journey late spring that was as intricately planned and executed as a well-brewed oolong. Their journey took them to China and Hong Kong  at a time when trade talks with China and protests in Hong Kong were tense. Their first-person story distills the ancient art of tea production, cultural differences and the awakening of Chinese self-expression.  Dominion Tea’s success lies in understanding and influencing manufacturing. Nobody buys tea raw because it goes bad in 36 hours. You buy a finished tea, so it needs to be produced in line with our values and the history of the individual tea. Tea grows natively in Taiwan and China, so the best producers don’t use pesticides or fertilizers, which we can verify in person. CONTINUED >

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The land where the tea grows is Tsou tribal land. We deal with a tea master, who learned the ancestral art of selecting and processing the best tea from her father as he had from his.” The second reason we go is to learn about the history of the tea, the culture that it comes from, and how the two have intertwined over centuries. And, frankly, we want to eat their food! To Alishan, you first travel from Taipei to Chiayi City, about halfway down the coast of Taiwan then take a train into the national forest. The land where the tea grows is Tsou tribal land. We deal with a tea master, who learned the ancestral art of selecting and processing

Tea hillsides of Alishan National Forest

the best tea from her father as he had from his. What sets these oolongs apart is their complex, clean flavors: creamy, floral and sometimes nutty, depending on whether or not they’re roasted. At higher elevation, tea plants get plenty of morning fog, which generally burns off by afternoon. Warm, misty conditions are great for tea. Even more than the tea-covered hillsides, we loved seeing the bright orange or yellow insect glue traps in the fields. Combined with myriad webs of the giant golden orb weaver, one of the largest spiders in the world, both gave visual proof that the tea is grown without insecticides. Once plucked, leaves wither for 24 hours while the tea master determines what type of oolong to make. The leaves are agitated for the next 24 hours in tumblers and rolling machines as the tea master samples it to discern its flavor. It is then roasted or dried and put into air-tight storage. The tea master prefers that it sit and a final finishing roast be applied a few months later. This resting time is said to be the key to creating the more complex flavors in the tea. Next, Jinjiang, Fujian Province, China is a short  45-minute flight from Taipei. From there we board a bullet train for Fuding, on the northern edge of Fujian Province, to catch the tail-end of the white tea harvest and production of jasmine green tea. Sandra, account manager for our supplier, shows us the tea fields and helps us tour the factory and Fuding. She says the Chinese government is building up Fuding as a tourist destination for middle-class Chinese, much as Napa Valley is a destination for wine tourists. This idea is more novel to the Chinese than to Americans because there, seemingly everyone grows tea the way Americans grow tomatoes. Because the government heavily influences land use and infrastructure investments, it’s a well-funded venture, sure to succeed eventually. In China, as in the U.S., family is important. We enjoyed a large family meal with Sandra and her family in Fuding celebrating the 16

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The Dragon Boat Festival: Thanksgiving with a twist


“Dish after dish of seafood, vegetable and tofu dishes were placed before us on a lazy Susan to share, as the family talked for hours.” Dragon Boat Festival, a holiday when tens of millions of people travel home to spend time with family. Dish after dish of seafood, vegetable and tofu dishes were placed before us on a lazy Susan to share, as the family talked for hours. Next stop was Quanzhou, the ancient starting point of the maritime Silk Road and the likely birthplace of Chinese civilization. Touring a 1,000-year-old mosque, the importance of preparing D.J. for the trip came into play. Our guide told us that nobody practices Islam in China, but D.J. could plainly see several women in hijabs and one woman laying out her prayer rug. I could tell the discrepancy was bugging him. We had cautioned him not to challenge Chinese officials, but to discuss his questions later in private, so we got an earful back at the hotel.  When at last we headed for Hong Kong, it was via a high-speed train packed with children listening to American music from Sesame Street or loudly singing B-I-N-G-O, with the full encouragement of their parents and entirely without the use of earphones.  Emerging from the train station at the cenTea factory workers pick out twigs and snails

tral Hong Kong metro station, we expected to thread through a maze of underground tunnels to the subway line for our hotel. But when we arrived, it was packed, no one moving. Curiously, everyone was wearing a white shirt and politely conversing. I tapped an English-looking person on the shoulder and said, “We just got into town; what’s happening?” He said, “We’re protesting the extradition bill.” None of that made any sense to us, but it was June 9, the first of CONTINUED >

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what would become 15 weeks of pro-democracy protests. We had quietly touched down in the middle of history! Part of experiencing another culture with your child is learning to appreciate what you have at home. Chinese people don’t discuss the law or politics with strangers, while we’ve elevated complaining about our government to an art form. D.J.’s experiences helped him understand more about the complexities of modern-day China and why the protesters in Hong Kong, who until 1997 were under U.K. rule, felt the need to speak out. We had our own concerns about visiting during increased trade tensions. We decided our engagement is with small business owners like us, looking to share in the history and culture of tea, which long predates today’s politics. When our vendors worried aloud if tariffs would hurt their business, we reminded them that our national leadership never lasts more than eight years. Even so, could you put a rush on that order? The

Chinese,

heavily

influenced

by

ancient traditions of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, have a much different concept of time. We speak of deadlines; they think in centuries. The literal time difference between our countries means we have to get up at 4 in the morning to text with our vendors in Asia who are 12 hours ahead, leaving an hour to negotiate before they go to bed. It then takes 14 to 21 days to process bills and payments and send product to the docks, and another 30 to 45 days for cargo to arrive by ship. Even airfreight takes a week. It’s not like ordering on Amazon. Though it looks like we were always moving, in fact, time slowed down for us in China, too. Meals, discussions—everything takes longer, even a perfectly brewed cup of tea.

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It Takes a Villa

Matthew Bowe and Paul Smith eye "Vacancies" at Weona Villa.

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ARTICLE MELINDA GIPSON | PHOTOGRAPHY ALEX ERKILETIAN

WORKING TOGETHER TO ADDRESS LOUDOUN’S AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS

IF

YOU’RE

A

LONGTIME

RESIDENT

OF

coordinate design, permitting and construction

PURCELLVILLE, YOU “GET” OUR LITTLE HEAD-

of the housing the ministry hopes to build on the

LINE PUN. But if not, the next time you’re driving

acreage, which it has optioned to buy.

from Round Hill to Purcellville on the East Loudoun

Why Matt?

Street bypass, cast a glance northward. You can’t

“He has a stellar reputation for building homes

miss the iconic sign announcing the Weona Villa

in Loudoun, and he has compassion for people in

motel. The 7-acre erstwhile motel property has

need,” Paul says. “What we hope to build together

been vacant for a dozen years and now sports a

is something that is sympathetic to the Loudoun

home with a giant blue tarp covering a hole in the

landscape. The only difference is that ours will be

roof and eight abandoned motel rooms.

smaller than his typical client can afford.”

Clearly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder—or should we say, of the “visionary.”

By smaller, the team means 900- to 1,000-squarefoot cottage homes built in clusters of six around

As has been widely reported, Purcellville-based

courtyards. Each would have a front porch facing

Tree of Life Ministries Executive Director Paul

its own smaller community of homes, and everyone

Smith looked at the site and saw in it a means for

would be able to meet together at the renovated main

addressing the shortfall of affordable housing for the

house for community gatherings. With characteristic

disabled and elderly struggling to stay in Loudoun

enthusiasm, Paul is already talking about organizing

County as home prices rise. Tree of Life serves this

teams of schoolchildren or scout troops to craft a

population already in a number of ways, reaching

community garden to supply fresh produce to the

out to the needy with food, life-skills training, shelter,

residents and of using the community center for for

healthcare and other relief as a Christian ministry.

the elderly and disabled adults to meet together.

“Because we work with up to 20,000 annually,

“I jumped at the chance to create a small com-

some of whom are seniors on a fixed income and

munity and meet a housing need that isn’t being

the disabled, we know the heartache that they face

met,” Matt says.

in trying to find housing. We’re passionate about trying to help meet that need,” Paul says. It takes 28 separate ministries, 33 affiliated

Such initiative is “trademark Matt,” says Therese Cashen, executive director of Loudoun Habitat for Humanity.

Christian churches and more than 500 active volun-

“He brings to our board an understanding of

teers to collectively meet these needs, which is why

home construction, even though he builds totally

“community” is one of the ministry’s core values.

different houses than we do. He knows the zoning

“We want to be collaborative,” in devising a solution to the problem, he explains.

and permitting process and brings all that expertise to our team as well.”

Which is how Matthew Bowe (MatthewBowe

And, she adds, “He’s a man of very deep faith. I

DesignBuild.com), a builder whose business

think some of Matt’s connection to wanting to give

typically consists of designing and building dream

back is because of his faith.”

homes for wealthy residents of Loudoun County,

Matt’s willingness to “roll up his sleeves and do

finds himself standing out in a field of dreams with

something,” has helped Habitat expand the Home

Paul under a rusty old sign in Round Hill. Paul says

Repair program to support disabled veterans and

he reached out to Matt to assemble a team to help

the elderly stay in homes that are sometimes as CONTINUED >

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1.

costly to maintain as to own. Therese says

“I am a soldier on the ground contribut-

this broader approach has helped the orga-

ing what I can. My involvement is a spiritual

nization widen its impact.

response that flows from a recognition of

For example, the county recently asked

the immense blessings in my life,” Matt

Habitat for assistance to provide a home for

says. “Really, I am doubly blessed in that I

a resident of Howardsville who has no water

get to build awesome high-end projects for

or indoor plumbing. Habitat is partnering

affluent clients who ask us to deliver their

with Loudoun County to build a home for

dream home, and I also get to be involved in

this individual and connect another existing

and experience these life-changing projects

home to water and plumbing.

that serve those in need.”

“Water and indoor plumbing are critical to

What’s next? On Oct. 10, just as we went

safe and healthy living, and no one in Loudoun

to press, Round Hill planned to hold a public

County should be without these,” she says.

hearing to help the council decide whether

Matt accompanied Therese to help evalu-

to amend its own comprehensive plan to

ate the situation and immediately launched

extend its utility service area for assisted liv-

an effort to explore how Habitat could help.

ing facilities or other identified housing gaps,

“The scope of this project isn’t typical,”

such as senior and workforce housing.

Therese says, “but the organization’s goal

“Our particular desires are attracting an

is to grow from helping to provide just one

assisted living facility or creative options

or two homes per year to 20 per year by

for senior or workforce housing,” says

2025. That will take millions of dollars and

Scott Ramsey, Round Hill’s mayor. “We do

a lot of creativity!”

not want more townhomes or additional

Inevitably, a search for solutions always comes back to the question of who exactly benefits from more affordable housing.

traditional single-family residential. Those options already are well-supplied locally.” Amending its plan wouldn’t mean auto-

“Some of the people who could be occu-

matically extending utilities to the Weona

pying such housing could be our young

Villa parcel but would let the town approve

adult children that are just fresh out of

extensions on a case-by-case basis.

school or people with careers that serve

If

the

Weona

Villa

project

were

the community but can’t afford to live in it,”

approved, it would then submit plans for

Matt says. “Our teachers, law enforcement

approval by the county board of supervi-

and fire personnel—they all live out in West

sors, a year-long process. Construction

Virginia. That seems a shame to me.”

could begin in the spring of 2021 in

The opportunity to live and work in the same place you send your kids to school— “that’s real community,” Matt says. Belief in a secure and stable home life

phases, starting with renovation on the existing structures. So, as we said, it takes a “Villa.” Opportunities

to

serve

abound.

New

as a foundation for a healthy society is an

volunteers for Tree of Life should attend

idea integral to Matt’s own upbringing. A

the group’s next Volunteer Introduction

first-generation Irish American, he watched

Program training on Nov. 14 at the Tree

his parents work hard, buy a home, then

of Life Center, 210 N. 21st St., Unit D, in

add onto it as their family grew.

Purcellville, perhaps to experience the

“Our house was full of family; it was full

ministry’s Thanksgiving meal for 200 at St.

of love. I know I benefited greatly from that

Paul’s Church in Purcellville. And, finally,

stability, and I like doing that for others.”

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on Habitat’s local construction projects at LoudounHabitat.org/News.

7.


2.

3.

5.

6.

8. 1. Raising money outside Loudoun Habitat ReStore 2. Tree of Life renovation project 3. Paul and volunteers at food pantry 4. Loudoun Habitat renovates for a disabled vet 5. Habitat provides accessibility 6. Habitat brings another family home. 7. Another Habitat homeowner 8. One of Habitat's 50 local homeowners

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Dream Big, Darling HOW GETTING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE HELPS YOU GROW

ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY LAUREN BARRETT

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A view to dream big

THE

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INDUSTRY

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Peaks

Winery’s

operations

VP,

founded DreamBigDarling.org to help the next generation of women in wine and spirits forge a “fire in the belly” that will help them excel. Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. Operations Manager Lauren Barrett, known to many as the organizer of the Battle of the Bartenders (Nov. 4), was selected for a full scholarship to this year’s Dream Big fall retreat. She agreed to share her journey with us. After a few days in the quaint town of Paso Robles, treating myself to some reflection time, I drove to Santa Margarita, California,  for the retreat. The 30-minute drive through thousands of acres of multi-varietal grapevines to Ancient Peaks Winery was breathtaking.  Despite the beauty of the surroundings, I was anxious about placing myself in a group of highly successful young wine professionals. Dressed like a tomboy and hailing from an East Coast distillery, how would I relate to these seasoned wine pros? As the other women trickled in, I stepped into a bland, vanilla version of myself, capable of introduction to even the most intimidating person in the room. It didn’t help; I was terrified! At a lively welcome reception, we all met our hostess,  Amanda, whose family is one of three that owns Ancient Peaks. She is at once incredible, magnetic, generous, innovative, well-spoken, funny and beautiful. Her ease and genuineness make her the person toward whom everyone gravitates in a crowd. CONTINUED >

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Zipline to self-awareness

Then,

without

warning,

we

were

whisked into Hummers and deposited

“I NOW KNOW THAT IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO BECOME WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN. I SHOW GRATITUDE AND REFLECT ON THE THINGS THAT WILL MAKE ME HAPPY EACH MORNING.”

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Cindy Battino and Family


HOLIDAYS TEND TO RUN THE GAMUT OF GREAT

delays, traffic, weather, all sorts of complications, and

TO GRUESOME, EVEN AT THANKSGIVING, THE

you have to be ready to deal with the unexpected.”

TRADITIONAL CELEBRATION OF ABUNDANCE

Holidays are a time of excess in food, drink and

IN OUR LIVES. We go overboard planning, expect

emotion. When families get together, going outside

too much and/or prepare too much or not enough

for a walk and fresh air is good for everyone, espe-

so that, of course, the airports are jammed, rental

cially when you have all those people and their ener-

cars are scarce and/or you miss your flight. It takes

gies packed into one house.

effort to enjoy any holiday, especially if you’re doing most of the work, but here’s the bottom line: You’re

Children especially are vulnerable to the energy generated by a holiday.

worth whatever it takes so that you not only sur-

“I like kids to be

vive your festivities, but you also thrive on feeling

kids and to play,

that you truly have enough to celebrate a truly

instead

happy Thanksgiving.

in front of DVDs

Of course, we’re only human. Cindy Battino of

for

of

hours,”

sitting Cindy

CINDY OFFERS PROGRAMS AT EVERY

Transformational Healing in Middleburg knows

emphasizes. “Make

PRICE POINT TO HELP PEOPLE FIND

all about the good, the bad and the ugly when it

sure they have an

MORE HAPPINESS IN THEIR LIVES:

comes to sharing your best self throughout the fes-

appropriate place to

tive season. A survivor of extreme holidays, she’s

let off steam. If there

+ First Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Salamander

experienced in helping people to keep their cele-

isn’t a suitable yard,

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brations as happy as possible.

take them to the

Happy.” Happy hour with a special theme is

“Thanksgiving offers a lot of great things. People

nearest playground.”

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The big question

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is: What expecta-

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a better frame of mind,” Cindy says. “For all the good

tions do we have

viduals and couples.

things, however, there are the things that can sabotage

for happy holidays?

+ Webinar for executives to “shift the skills

the joy of the occasion. We tend to drink too much

Years

alcohol. We tend to forget how old we are so that when

defined

we get back to family situations, we automatically

day” as one when

revert into old familial patterns and we act very young.”

“everything

ago,

Cindy

that took you to the C Suite but put you in

a

“good

the doghouse at home.”

goes

You can plan to the nth degree or plan nothing. So

smoothly and I get everything checked off my list,”

many factors can affect the success of your happy

she recalls. In practice, that didn’t happen very often.

holiday, and travel especially is a wild card.

Now she defines a “good day” as one “when I can

“If we deprive ourselves of sleep and put ourselves

manage and overcome every obstacle put in my

into stressful situations—not expecting the unex-

path with grace. The hard part is doing it with grace.

pected, coping with long lines at the airport, sleeping

A day when everything goes smoothly and I check

on an air mattress—we’re going to pay for it,” Cindy

everything off my list is a gift from God—those are

says. “No matter how well you prepare, there might be

the days I really celebrate!”

CONTINUED >

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A good day is one when I can manage and overcome every obstacle put in my path with grace."

Thanksgiving fits into this transformational concept of rede-

Often, it’s fear of the unknown, and that’s where someone like me can

fining a good day as one in which you handle everything that

help people to get unstuck. I teach relationship skills, how to speak

comes your way with an attitude of gratitude. Everyone can learn

your truth, how to communicate. I help by instilling self-confidence,

to feel more self-confidence and self-worth, celebrate having just

helping you get to know yourself including what your fears are, what

enough, and recognize and share their happiness with others.

makes you happy—in short, understanding what makes you tick.

More goal-oriented people who find it tough to reframe their thinking may well need a happiness coach like Cindy. “I’m a nudge; that’s why I love being a coach,” Cindy says.

Thanksgiving. People always say happiness is priceless, but so many

“There are all sorts of ways of finding happiness in your life.

stay stuck. Trust me when I tell you that the rewards you will harvest

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