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LIFESTYLE LETTER

JANUARY 2020 PUBLISHER

Becka Corbitt | becka.corbitt@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Julie Brown Patton | julie.patton@lifestylepubs.com SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Jessica DeWitt

2020: Perfect Vision and Huge Potential! AS MUCH AS IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE ANOTHER YEAR HAS PAST, IT HAS, AND HERE WE ARE ENTERING INTO 2020.  

STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Phillip Slaughter STAFF WRITER

Julie Brown Patton AD DESIGNER

Chad Jensen LAYOUT DESIGNER

Dani Moore

Our goal for Frisco Life was to start this new year out in an outstanding way. Making

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

an impact on the community of Frisco through inspiring content, surprising fea-

Evelyn Kershaw, Becka Corbitt

ture stories, as well as introducing you to many exciting upcoming events and happenings throughout the community. We're honored to have Drew Pearson, Dallas Cowboys #88, highlighted in our Health and Wellness  Issue. You'll be inspired by his  mental toughness, overall tenacity and catchy passion. Also, you'll be moved by the story of how local artist Desmond Blair not only overcame his physical challenge of being born without hands, but went on to become such a talented drawer and painter. We're also delighted to highlight one of our

CORPORATE TEAM

partnering advertisers, Olympic Exteriors, who are as on top of community needs as

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt

they are our roofs. Teamwork seems to be a great way to start the year, and an article

CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry

about our very own Texas Legends demonstrates how their mission is much larger than

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore

a sports game. We're also excited to bring you another uplifting Corners Of The Heart.

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson

I’m intrigued by the meaning of 2020. Perfect Vision and Huge Potential. Here we are at year 2020. We have the opportunity to start this year out with an attitude of full potential and seeing things ahead with clear vision. It’s like we get to hit the reset button and focus clearly on what lies ahead. Using our gifts and talents to

EDITORIAL MANAGER Nicolette Martin AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams WEB APPLICATIONS Michael O’Connell

accomplish our goals. It’s time to live your life with optimism and enthusiasm. Let 2020 be an inspiring reminder to push your life forward. Frisco Life wishes you and yours a Happy New Year!!! Let’s make it a great start.  ARIZONA | CALIFORNIA | COLORADO | CONNECTICUT | FLORIDA | GEORGIA IDAHO | ILLINOIS | KANSAS | MARYLAND | MINNESOTA | MISSOURI | MONTANA NEVADA | NEW JERSEY | NORTH CAROLINA | OHIO | OKLAHOMA | OREGON SOUTH CAROLINA | TENNESSEE | TEXAS | VIRGINIA | WASHINGTON

Becka Corbitt, Publisher ON THE COVER Former Dallas Cowboys football pro, business entrepreneur and TV host Drew Pearson.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE JANUARY 2020

FEATURES 12 Technical V. Creative Artist Desmond Blair Paints With Heart and Hands Despite Lack of Fingers

16 Community Swooping Hoops Texas Legends’ General Manager Malcolm Farmer Explains Team’s Importance Is ‘Bigger Than Us’

20 Hallmark-Quality Roofing Olympic Exteriors Supports Community From Inside Out

22 Hail Mary Moments Catch Drew Pearson, Dallas Cowboys

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Ring of Honor Football All-Pro and Inspiring TV Host

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Inspired By

22 Page Turners 28 Healthy Lifestyle 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Parting Thoughts


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GOOD TIMES

First US KidZania Location Opens in Frisco Interactive education and entertainment center company KidZania Dallas launched at 2617 Preston Road within  Stonebriar Centre. KidZania has 28 locations across the world, but Frisco's center is the company's first one in America. The 80,000-square-foot indoor city provides kids with opportunities to discover 100-plus professions and explore the world of possibilities through interactive role-play. PHOTOS COURTESY OF KIDZANIA DALLAS. 

New Indoor Football League Team Added In Frisco A new Indoor Football League team launched in Frisco. Team owners include Steve and Kim Germain and their children. Frisco represents the fourth franchise to recently join the IFL, along with Duke City Gladiators (New Mexico), Spokane Shock and the Oakland Panthers. IFL now has 13 teams for the 2020 season, starting March 7. PHOTOS COURTESY OF IFL.

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AROUND TOWN

CELEBRATE VALENTINE'S DAY WITH 2020 RED CARPET CONCERT

city home for years. For example, UT Southwestern nurse anesthetist Christal Grandell has a deep

Frisco Life magazine is again partnering

connection to Frisco–she grew up there and her

with nonprofit Frisco Arts to provide a cozy, fun-

father, George Purefoy, is the city's one and only

filled Valentine's Day event on Feb. 14 to raise funds

city manager.

for the community endeavors of Frisco Arts.

UT Southwestern's Daffodil Baez moved to the

From 7 to 10 p.m., attendees will transport

Frisco area a year ago to help care for her grand-

themselves to "A Night In Paris," whereat they will

mother. She loves the city's spirit of innovation

walk a red carpet to be served a romantic meal

and community, and intends to build upon it as

and entertained by an intimate musical concert

the assistant director of clinical operations at UT

with David Gaeschen, vocalist and stage per-

Southwestern Frisco.

former well-known from Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera. Ticket price includes meal, wine, dessert, concert and gift bag. 

NEW FRISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY ARCHITECT MULTI-MILLION PROJECT APPROVED Frisco city council members approved a budget of $5.4 million to design Frisco’s future library.

'WORLD'S LARGEST' ALL-SPORTS STORE IS COMING Scheels' managers are interviewing to hire staff members for the company's first store in Texas, slated to open at The Colony in April.   Their store  contains 85 "specialty shops," covering clothing, footwear, accessories, machines, weather wear and all types of sports. 

M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates Inc., were

The store's promise is about retail adventure,

selected to handle the design project. This is the

because their stores also include attractions, such

same architecture, design and planning firm that

as a 16,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, arcade

created designs for the Omni Frisco Hotel and The

games, and their famous ferris wheel. They also

Star in Frisco.

have Ginna's Café for gourmet soups, sandwiches,

Expectations are for the new library to be completed in late 2022. Frisco Public Library recently was named the

unique coffees and homemade fudge.

TACO SHACK OPENS IN FRISCO

Top Innovator in Customer Experience in the

Now that Taco Shack recently opened at 8333

nation for the library’s artificial intelligence project.

Preston Road, Frisco residents have a new choice

The annual award by the Urban Libraries Council

of Tex-Mex. The Austin-based restaurant is open

recognizes innovative programs and practices

for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

from libraries across North America. The winning

A variety of breakfast bowls, nachos, taco salads,

project combined artificial intelligence kits, cod-

enchiladas, entrées, burritos and sides are on the

ing and classes making A.I accessible to entrepre-

Taco Shack menu. However, among the restau-

neurs, students and anyone seeking to increase

rant’s most popular items are the Taco Shack Taco,

their skill set.

the El Niño and The Texan.

This busy library opened in 1991. 

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Taco Shack offers a kids’ menu as well. Taco Shack was started in 1996 by Orlando (an Austin native) and Yoli Arriaga.  

The new UT Southwestern Medical Center Frisco, located at 12500 Dallas Parkway, offers services in 35 specialties from 70 physicians within the 120,000-square-foot medical center. The medical center’s development is a collaboration with Texas Health Frisco, which represents a 325,000-squarefoot hospital with 73 hospital beds.

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INSPIRED BY

Technical Vs. C r e at i v e Artist ONE LOCAL ARTIST LIVES WITH THE CLASSIC LEFT BRAIN/ RIGHT BRAIN CONSTANT  CHALLENGE FOR  DOMINANCE, BUT HE LIKES IT THAT WAY.  By day, Desmond Blair is an IT infrastructure project manager at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children, operating  in a precise, technical world. By night and weekends, he’s a painter tackling the unlimited execution of depicting people’s portraits from scratch on a blank canvass. It’s a balancing act he relishes.  “I think my two sides play off of each other. In fact, when I relax while painting, it helps me come up with solutions for what I need to do at work,” explains Desmond.  Undoubtedly, this 33-year-old artist knows quite a bit about solutions. When he was born with a condition called bilateral hand absence, he was encouraged by his mother and grandmother to keep learning how to do what any other toddler would do. He says it was the resources and support he received as a Scottish Rite Hospital patient that helped him persevere. “My beginnings with art started with learning how to write. My  grandmother first got me coloring, always encouraging me to stay in the lines. She got me scribbling with both hands and made me practice all summer until I built the dexterity to write. From there, I traced pictures until one day I drew Bugs Bunny. That was it. I was in love with cartoons and how comic books were designed,” he recalls.  Desmond says he’s been drawing since he was 5 years old, and got formal artistic training in middle school. He says he tried pros-

DESMOND BLAIR PAINTS WITH HEART AND HANDS DESPITE LACK OF FINGERS

thesises, but oftentimes figured out other ways to get jobs done. For example, he got his first computer while in sixth grade and “took a snapshot of the keyboard in his mind,” which resulted in him rolling across the keyboard without thinking about it.  “By the time I was in college, I was typing 80 to 90 words a minute,” he says.  12

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Desmond Blair pursued 3-D animation during college and combined arts and technology through computer science in UTD’s ATEC (Arts & Technology) program.

He pursued 3-D animation during college, and ended up combining arts and technology through computer science. He then did

people to come through with your brush strokes, and not just have art be a copy of people,” says Desmond. 

web and graphic design, even teaching computer graphics courses

During 2020, he plans to experiment with nonobjective art.

for three years.

On average, he’s produced 20 oil portraits per year since 2011,

“But I missed painting, getting dirty, and using my brushes. In computer graphics, there are less tangibles when completing a

with some displayed at the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey.

major project. In painting, there’s no back button to push, and it’s

“But I still love using markers, pens and pencils because those are like

very inspiring because the challenge is to get the emotions of other

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TEXAS LEGENDS’ GENERAL MANAGER MALCOLM FARMER EXPLAINS TEAM’S IMPORTANCE IS ‘BIGGER THAN US’

community swooping hoops ARTICLE JULIE BROWN PATTON PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF TEXAS LEGENDS

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PIONEERING

ENDEAVORS,

BOTH

ON

AND

OFF THE BASKETBALL COURT, OCCUR FREQUENTLY WITH  MALCOLM FARMER AS PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF THE TEXAS LEGENDS. He grew up playing a guard in basketball, and confirms he loved the game so much, he wanted a career in it “in any way” he could. An outstanding career he built, indeed.  Because Malcolm’s been with the team  since the inaugural season in 2011, he’s faced challenges but he’s also seen the amazing results of 10 years of perseverance. “The only magic pixie dust is hard work,” he adds.  Hard work ethics permeates throughout the team’s structure. The Legends have been leaders  in the G League and in the sports industry as a whole, being one of the first teams in the league to sell a jersey sponsorship, the first in the league to have their own team foundation (Texas Legends Care), the first team to hang a car from the rafters of the arena, the first team to wear a different jersey at every home game (representing 24 different charities instead), and the first professional sports team to have a title sponsor of a foreign state (Chihuahua, Mexico).  Under Malcolm’s  leadership, the business office finished the 2018-19 season earning a designation as the NBA G League’s “Franchise of the Year.” Malcolm started in the sports industry as a manager with the Notre Dame men’s basketball team. Following that, he was a graduate assistant for two years at Western Illinois where he helped lead the team to their best conference finish in six years.  He then joined the Southern Methodist University’s basketball staff, serving two seasons as the director of basketball operations before being promoted to an assistant coach under Matt Doherty. Next, he joined the Mustangs with Matt  from a season at Florida Atlantic where the team went 14-6 in conference play, the best in the program’s history. Malcolm became general manager with the Legends in 2016, and the team saw consecutive seasons of the most wins and most NBA Call-Ups in franchise history.

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COMMUNITY SWOOPING HOOPS

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS PLAY BIG ROLE WITH LEGENDS

To that end, each game is tied to a nonprofit cause.

Malcolm works out every day, and runs 3 to 4 miles. The Legends’

Players make hospital visits, host youth summer camps, and make

players combine a wellness routine of conditioning, proper nutri-

community appearances. They also provide the Jr. Legends youth

tion, yoga, strength/weight training, basketball skills and mental

program to promote education, sportsmanship and hard work cen-

health preparation.

tered around the game of basketball.

In addition to daily practices, Malcolm says the goal is to address

The Legends also host a series of three different networking

all aspects of team players, which includes receiving assistance from

events each month, pulling together 100 to 120 attendees to share

the Dallas Mavericks mental skills coach. “We try to keep every indi-

best practices, do business together, and assist each other with

vidual strong, both physically and mentally,” he says.

skills, such as handling social media, mediation or brand-building. They host a monthly breakfast that features a moderated Q&A ses-

EVERY LEGENDS GAME IS COMMUNITY GATHERING

sion with a sports star, too.

Malcolm says he, the staff and the players are always looking for

“We’re proud of the community presence we have. There’s noth-

ways to connect to local community members. “The games are actu-

ing better than seeing a family enjoying themselves together at a

ally a community stage, with everyone rallying around a common

game, and leave with big smiles on their faces,” says Malcolm.

event. The games are fun, and the overall effort certainly is bigger

The Legends were built by NBAer Donnie Nelson for the purpose

than just us as a basketball team. We are a stage through which to

of giving back to the community; in fact, the name Texas Legends

accomplish great things. It’s more than playing a game. We’re all

comes from Donnie’s desire to use basketball to honor the “true leg-

about higher, philanthropic purposes,” he adds. 

ends” in the community. Mission accomplished!

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HALLMARKQUALIT Y ROOFING

importance of dependable roofing from a variety of perspectives. He moved to the DFW area in 1995, and worked with several local roofing companies as a salesman, production manager, quality control and problem repairman.   “I know more about roofing than anybody on the planet,” he proclaims. “And I was taught how to do it all properly.” Anthony says insurance fraud is prevalent in the industry, especially after hail damage episodes, with

OLYMPIC EXTERIORS SUPPORTS COMMUNITY FROM INSIDE OUT

many sales representatives knowing little more about roofs than homeowners. He maintains his thorough knowledge, experience and confidence reassures and benefits homeowners in many ways. In fact, he

ARTICLE JULIE BROWN PATTON

says there are three types of roofers: “the salesman, whose goal is to turn financial profits; the roofing guy, who typically doesn’t handle the full spectrum of ser-

SINCE ANTHONY POTOCKI WAS 13 YEARS OLD,

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pany, which has a facility at which to meet clients,

ON ALL THE VALUABLE LIFE LESSONS HE WAS

does measure roofs for accuracy, does follow proper

LEARNING AT SUCH AN EARLY AGE. But that

paperwork procedures, has a trustworthy crew, and

foundation of craftmanship and quality work served

focuses on client satisfaction.”

him well in the years that followed. Now he owns and

Working with the same crew for more than a

operates roofing expert company Olympic Exteriors,

decade has enabled Olympic Exteriors to hone their

LLC, and is applying his expertise to help others in

results, Anthony says. “I’m proud to have a Dallas

the Frisco/DFW region.

police officer, an insurance agent, and an ex-Marine

“I started roofing and never looked back,” recalls

among our crew. After working in the Frisco area for

Anthony, who then became familiar with every type

the past 25 years, I’ve met so many great people and

of roofing, including solar, asphalt, tile, slate, clay

we enjoy looking out for each other. In fact, 19 years

and flat roofs.

ago, I re-roofed the home of the police officer that

He shares a humorous story with the father of a

works with me now.”

friend, a man who hired him for his first roofing jobs,

This roofer is just as passionate about community

who used to pay him in coin change. He eventually

support and kids sports. Anthony contributes to the

had the opportunity to ask that same man to inspect

annual food drive to benefit Frisco Family Services, and

a roof for one of his projects, and “paid him back”

he routinely sponsors children events at Pink Elementary.

by compensating him with a box full of quarters for

Stemming from his days of starting the Dallas

his $500 fee! They both had a good laugh, but also

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agreed once more about how roofing had influenced

a linebacker, he now lends his expertise to coaching

their lives in many positive ways.

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HAIL MARY MOMENTS CATCH UP WITH DREW PEARSON, DALLAS COWBOYS RING OF HONOR FOOTBALL ALL-PRO AND INSPIRING TV HOST

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ARTICLE JULIE BROWN PATTON PHOTOGRAPHY PHILLIP SLAUGHTER

DALLAS COWBOYS’ NUMBER 88 FOOTBALL JERSEY IS RESERVED FOR THE BEST TALENT AT THE WIDE RECEIVER POSITION. That’s due to the ambition, discipline, mental toughness, team camaraderie, accomplishments, notoriety  and overall class that former Cowboys’ receiver, Drew Pearson, brought to the role and that particular number. True to Drew’s core nature, the legendary athlete continues to achieve off the football field in many other aspects of life. Football fans can easily think of 88 reasons for which they admire Drew. However, Drew’s focus is on the here and now regarding a full-spectrum of family, career, friends and faith! “Being a former Dallas Cowboys has been unbelievable, given the name recognition and opportunities it created. You can’t ask for better than that. But here’s the deal:  I’ve had an amazing life after football. I look at football as a candle on the cake, not the icing. Football was a true blessing, but other parts of life are, too,” says Drew.

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For starters, Drew Pearson Live airs every NFL Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. on Channel 8 ABC WFAA-TV as the only local Dallas Cowboy-focused pre-game show. It’s hosted by Drew himself, with a masterful mix of guests, topics, tidbits and examples of real-life Hail Mary moments, of course.  As a youngster, Drew enjoyed all sports and has played organized football since he was 7 years old. Not everyone knows he also was passionate about baseball and basketball, and had first wanted to pursue baseball in college. He says his All-State body frame at the time was ideally suited for baseball. Due to his success in high school as a football quarterback, he was heavily recruited for that game, but in his heart he still wanted to play the sport with the smaller ball--actually, he wanted to play both in college. So, he accepted the athletic program that told him he could do both, which was the University of Tulsa.  “It was the first time I’d been  away from South River (New Jersey). I was 18 years old, and in a different environment and culture. It was very hard at first. I almost transferred out, but I eventually gave up my pursuit of baseball to concentrate on football. I set new goals and powered through it,” he recalls.  Make no mistake, all that Drew ever wanted to be as a young boy was a professional athlete. Sports was, and still is, his passion.  DREW’S CHILDHOOD SHAPED HIS LIFELONG APPROACH With three brothers and three sisters, Drew says education was the family’s priority. “Thank God that Dad loved to read the newspaper first thing in the morning. I’d wait for him to get done with the sports section, then I’d read it, over and over, like it was the Bible, memorizing info about players and stats,” recalls Drew.  Being from New Jersey, Drew says there were lots of teams to track--the Giants, Jets,

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Knicks, Yankees and Mets. He says his East Coast region certainly was a good place for good sports information.  “But my Dad’s rule was:  ‘No Pass, No Play,’ so that became my motivation for school,” he confides. When Drew was only 13 years old, he began to play baseball with his adult cousin. He’d been going to games to be the bat boy previously. One day, however, his cousin’s team was short a player. “They stuck me in right field. I caught a fly ball and got a hit. That was it. From there on, I was on the team,” Drew says. Post-game activities are humorous for Drew to remember, because the players would celebrate at a neighborhood bar. “I would wait in the car, and they would bring me orange soda and chips,” he says.  After being hooked on ball, he says he used to sneak out of his house to play games on Sundays, which resulted in him skipping church. After many confrontations with his mother over the recurring situation, and her ultimately realizing how much ball obviously meant to him, they reached a compromise of him instead attending the Baptist church service held on Wednesday evenings.  Drew’s youth became a path of education, sports and steady discipline. “Once we started something, Dad wouldn’t let us quit. He taught us to have the mental toughness to fight through anything. That helped us with life’s challenges,” says Drew.  Truth be told, as a New Jersey resident and Giants/Jets fan, Drew confides he didn’t really like the Dallas Cowboys while growing up. He respected the Cowboys, but they were competitors to his hometown teams. He remembers not thinking he’d ever be on the Cowboys team. But after entering the NFL in 1973 and receiving his first Cowboys’ check, he embraced the Dallas way of life.  CONTINUED >

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LESSONS FROM THE DALLAS COWBOYS Football taught Drew how to get hit and knocked down, and how to get back up. “Life is like that part of sports in a lot of ways,” he says. Drew confirms he and the Cowboys’ players learned much simply from how Coach Tom Landry carried himself. “It was about being professional, prepared, no-nonsense, concentrating on the next move, and learning how to take advantage of opportunities,” says Drew.  Cowboys’ football players were taught to be businessmen as well, Drew states. “We wore suits and ties, and carried briefcases. We studied game-related computer printouts and football analytics. Coach Landry was actually preparing us for the games and for the rest of our lives at the same time,” Drew adds.  He says the approach worked because the reputation of being a former Dallas Cowboys’ athlete opened several business and community doors for him. After retiring from football, he worked extensively as a sports broadcaster on several networks. He even launched his own licensed head gear and apparel business in 1985  called the Drew Pearson Company. He says his business endeavors were all built on the same philosophies he learned while being a Dallas Cowboy. He looked to hire people with character, intelligence and passion for what they do. He sought out others who prepare on a daily basis, and that approach worked well. 

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DREW’S CURRENT CREW While Drew says he’s had quite a few Hail Mary moments in his personal life, there wasn’t always a name for overcoming those negative developments and situations. He just knew to whisper a “hallelujah” or an “amen” at the other end of them.  He says he’s most proud of assisting all three of his children through college. Now with them and his extended family, he’s getting to watch his grandson, Toren Pittman,  who plays for Frisco’s  Lone Star High School football team, get heavily recruited for a variety of college football programs. “He’s No. 1 in state, but I encouraged him to follow his heart. He chose and committed to  the University of Colorado, which is surprising most people--just like my college choice did,” says the beaming 69-year-old grandfather.  After the NFL football season, Drew hopes to take his new television show nationally. He has no shortage of folks who want to be on his show, starting with his first guest, Roger Staubach, also known as “Roger the Dodger,” “Captain America” and “Captain Comeback.” Drew also has no shortage of trivia within his own memory to call upon with his TV guests, as he’s still putting all those innate sports stats and trivia to good use! After all, Drew is known fondly as the spirited “Mr. Clutch!”

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

WO R KO U T S F O R YO U R MOODS NEW YEAR, NEW US. We don’t mean to be cliché, but is there really any better time for working on yourself than when Jan. 1 rolls around—whether you’re focused on your physical health or your mental health? It sure seems like the perfect time, but there will also be days when you’re just not quite feeling it. The holidays are over, the days are shorter and, let’s face it, there’s not really a ton to look forward to until spring sprouts. But, whatever

NEED A PICK-ME-UP, BUT DON’T QUITE

your mood is this time of year, there’s still an

HAVE THE ENERGY? THESE ACTIVITIES WILL

activity you can do that’s worthwhile—and

GET YOU MOVING AND OUT OF YOUR

will give you a boost! Here’s how to choose the right one.

POST-HOLIDAY FUNK

YO G A

FEELING ANXIOUS

A regular yoga practice can help to ease anxiety by increasing body awareness, reducing muscle tension, relieving stress and sharpening attention + concentration.

01 R AG D O L L Ragdoll pose is great for relaxation and to release tension. Stand tall + reach your arms up, then allow them to fall gently toward the floor. as you bend over

02 C H I L D ’ S P O S E This calming and restorative pose is a common beginner’s position. Starting from your knees, sit back on your heels then walk your arms forward, bringing your torso down until you can rest your forehead on the floor.

03 S AVA S A N A Relax one body part at a time, one muscle

ARTICLE NICOLETTE MARTIN

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at a time + one thought at a time through a daily Savasana practice.


RUNNING There’s a reason people who are active runners describe something called a “runner’s high.” Studies show that aerobic exercises release

FEELING DOWN

mood-boosting endorphins.

BEGINNERS If you want to get into running but aren’t sure where to start, check out a couch-to-5K program to ease into it.

C A S UA L R U N N E R S Challenge yourself by switching up your running routine. Whether you’re changing your route or upping your distance, a new twist could give you a nice refresh.

ENTHUSIASTS Whether you’re into 10Ks or half marathons, consider signing up for a new race and decreasing your time.

When you feel like you’re in a rut with your workouts and just don’t feel motivated anymore, try something new and exciting! Rock climbing is a great way to introduce something different without it feeling like a workout.

01 C L I M B I N G GYM S Climbing gyms have been popping up everywhere as the sport becomes more mainstream + are a great option for those who prefer to be adventurous indoors.

02 B O U L D E R I N G Bouldering, great for developing power, is a type of rock climbing where the climber doesn’t use ropes or harnesses, generally done on a much smaller scale.

03 S H A P E U P Since climbing can use different muscles from traditional workouts, it’s important to keep up with strengthening those. Key areas to pay attention to include upper body, lower body, core, fingers and wrists.

CLIMBING

FEELING BORED

CONTINUED >

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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

(CON TI N U ED)

When your head is full of thoughts, it Interval Training (HIIT) provides a break from that with short bursts of 100% focus followed by rest. Here’s a quick circuit.

01 KETTLEBELL SWINGS Do as many reps as possible in 45 seconds, followed by 15 seconds of rest.

02 H I G H K N E E S Climb it out for 45 seconds, followed by 15 seconds of rest.

03 P L A N K Hold your plank for 45 seconds, followed by 15 seconds of rest. Repeat the circuit three times for a quick workout that touches on strength, cardio + core.

HIIT

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PARTING THOUGHTS

Corners of the Heart ENTREPRENEURSHIP CAN COME WITH A HIGH PRICE

ARTICLE EVELYN KERSHAW

SHARING OUR STORIES CALLS FOR VULNERABILITY AND COURAGE. We’re thrilled to have Evelyn Kershaw, owner of The Evelyn Kershaw Salon, share the places in which she’s watched entrepreneurship come with a high price.  If I sum up what I believe it’s like being a woman entrepreneur, two words come to mind:  Sacrifice and Suffering. I’ve recently decided to ask myself “why I do it?” and “how I’ve managed to do it for 30 years.” More importantly, how I will continue to do it for the next 30 years. I wonder, sometimes, if I’m insane! I’ve jokingly called it an addiction. I’ve shared struggles with friends. Most have asked me the same two questions. How do you do it? And why? My reply has always been “I don’t know. I just do.” Not a great answer. Especially, when I consider it comes with a cost to my health. High blood pressure, body aches, overeating, just to name a few. I own a beauty salon. On average, I manage 15 employees, run dayto-day operations and work as a stylist behind the chair. On a personal note. I’m single. I have four young adult children, a grandson, two cats and a puppy. My life is full of relationship-building and problem-solving. If I’m not intentional with scheduling time for me, my needs are pushed aside to tackle unexpected situations, which can be stressful and debilitating. I’ve learned, the hard way, it’s essential to be strong and healthy. Not just physically but mentally, and most importantly spiritually. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to meet many women throughout my career. I’ve  encountered the same self-deprivation of self-care in others. Not just in small business owners. In executives and stay-athome moms. Woman are infamous for putting their own needs aside. I’ve  beaten  myself up for not always being the successful, beautiful, happy woman I long to be. Ironically, the one thing I pushed aside for so many years is the one thing I needed most to be the successful entrepreneur, mother and (hopefully one day again soon) wife:  Realizing that with consistency and self-care, I can persevere. 

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