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We survived the holiday season, we rang in the New Year and now we get to celebrate the shortest month of the year, the month of love and the knowledge that spring is just a hop, skip and a jump away.

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A lot happens in February. This month, we celebrate historically and culturally significant events such as Black History Month, President's Day, Valentine's Day and both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington's birthdays.

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While there are already so many exciting things to look forward to for the next 28 days, we're bringing you more. That's because February is the issue we celebrate "Love in the Air". The "Best Love Story" contest was so inspiring and literally gave me goosebumps while reading so many amazing stories.  Thank you to all of the readers that submitted their unique and amazing stories.  Love for country, art and business are other love stories that are covered in this issue.  You will be inspired.

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Christmas at Brawner Holiday Event and Coat Drive The City of Smyrna held the 3rd annual Christmas at Brawner. High school volunteers and city employees provided games, crafts, hay rides, cookie decorating, s'mores, balloon twisting, holiday music and train rides to see Santa. Admission was a new or gently used coat to be donated to MUST Ministries.

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For Dikembe Mutombo, the idea of wanting to improve the lives of those located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was realized through the process of building a hospital for those in need. In a recent interview with Dikembe, he reflected on the initial motivation and desire to want to build a hospital and stated that, “hospitals are where we are born,

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access to the appropriate life-saving medical services,” that a good hospital could provide. “There were no ambulance systems, the quality of care and infrastructure wasn’t there; and there was chaos in the capital city. All of these factors played a factor in her passing, and each influenced my desire to want to build a hospital.” Dikembe committed to his promise. Together, Dikembe and his wife launched a campaign to build the hospital, which in total, raised over 47 million dollars. The money earned from this campaign would aid in the design and creation of the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital, which today, after nearly 20 years, is helping to save lives and is critical to the health and humanitarian efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Today, Dikembe has ensured that these efforts continue to grow through the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation. Under his foundation, individuals are able to volunteer and have been creating an amazing platform to help more specific challenges innate to the region, such as earning over thirty plus awards, honors and recognitions ranging from John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award, which was presented to Dikembe by president Obama in 2010, to being inducted into the Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in 2012. It is no doubt that the legacy which Dikembe has built over the course of 20 years, will sustain well into the future.

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Some may define success as the attainment of wealth, position, Robbie Ashcar

and honor, but for Robbie Ashcar, owner of Select Luxary Car; success is something greater than a quantifiable metric or achievement which can simply be hung from a wall. For Robbie, success is defined by a personal quest for growth and self-discovery. Filled with challenges, obstacles, and the ever-critical ‘Ah-Ha’ moment, Robbie’s outlook on success has helped sustain his desire, determination, and hunger to become a more complete version of himself. To a degree, one might even say his life’s mantra is tightly centered around the idea that personal evolution only stems from moments in life that provide life-altering challenges. As the son of an entrepreneur and immigrant from Lebanon, Robbie was no stranger to the barriers of success. While Robbie had big plans for his career and future, his path to achievement was layered with challenges. Ranging from lack of capital to having very little money, Robbie experienced a number of situations that were aligned just-so, creating scenarios that would require creative problem solving. Luckily, Robbie was in no short supply of those skills. One instance of this, would be when he was in charge of developing business opportunities for a golf tournament. While he didn’t have the finances in place to pay for upfront costs associated with the tournament, Robbie utilized his networking abilities to create unique advertising and sponsorship opportunities for some very big players. Yet, in the struggle of it all, Robbie honed in on his ability to nurture relationships. However, in order to understand the future, one must look to the past. Upon graduating from college in Lafayette, Louisiana, Robbie moved to Charlotte and eventually to Atlanta in his quest for growth, self-discovery and personal success. From the 1980’s through the early 1990’s, Robbie made several attempts to launch businesses. After a few unsuccessful attempts, Robbie recalled feeling uncertain of his ability to

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be successful in life. Robbie used his innate ability to cultivate business as a platform to test a slew of products, services and concepts in various markets. With very little cash and hardly any capital, Robbie decided to enter into the world of car sales. Cars were something Robbie had always loved, and for him, the idea of helping someone buy a car was less about closing a deal and more-so about helping customers enhance their lifestyle. So it came with little surprise that Robbie had great success in this industry. Launching his career in cars at Atlanta Nalley Automotive in Marietta, Robbie learned that he was extremely talented in his line of business. His clients loved him, he helped nurture his team, yet there was a part of him that remained unsatiated. That missing piece, he discovered, was entrepreneurial freedom.  Roughly a year after starting, Robbie quit to go off on his own. It took some time, but Robbie knew his path was to remain in the car business. What Robbie wanted, was to build the most successful car business in Atlanta. Today, Robbie has turned his hard work and passion into a nearly 20-year success, better known as Select Luxury Cars. With the business growing, Robbie’s plans for the future are grand. Today, Robbie now owns the Nalley Automotive center in Marietta where he began his career in cars. In the coming year will be the new, highly interactive and modern home for his booming brand.  CONTINUED >

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FOR THE LOVE

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Jeni Jimenez

“Art has been a part of my life from the very

beginning. I remember being able to draw out my expressions from elementary, up until high school. I've won several awards in high school for my paintings and sculptures. My teachers were the one's telling me to enter my works into the shows!” While recalling instances that were pivotal for her growth in the world of art, Jeni

Jimenez reflected on a time when she created a self-portrait. This project required that Jeni work with loose materials, mainly torn pieces of paper, and was a new experience for her to play around with mediums she had yet to familiarize herself with. “My sculpting teacher had continued to ask me to allow her to enter it into the art show.” Hesitant, Jeni decided to enter her work into the competition only to end up winning the competition. It was in the same year, that Jeni began painting oriental landscapes in watercolor. Experimenting with tools to create her artistic masterpieces, she utilized bamboo brushes, and other tools which would work to enhance work quality and overall aesthetic. “Nature has so many bright colorful flowers, trees, and animals, they just bring me joy. I began my creations by drawing and paint-

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ing butterflies, with their rich decorated wings, every one of them different. Daisies, ladybugs and sunflowers in the rain, dragonflies and green fields. I love the look of knobby old trees, twisted and knotted. They remind me of wisdom, and the storms we encounter to gain that wisdom. Battle scars of life, yet we stand firm and tall, giving shade to another who needs rest. The pink snow of flower petals that spin on the breeze from a Japanese Cherry Blossom.” She explained that from there, she became more intrigued with the process of how to integrate her art into decorative spaces. “I began experimenting with curtains, accessories, furniture, pictures, and especially unique pieces that no one else would commonly have. It’s exciting to me, to take something that may not be (on it’s own), a unique item, but to turn it into something that’s truly unique and special when you have given it a new space and environment.” Utilizing this approach, Jeni’s begun to use mirrors on a number of occasions, as the canvas for which she will overlay beautiful designs. In other instances, she has helped decorate a sanctuary at a local church, and even worked to help craft the visual design for kids games at festivals.

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Recently, Jeni has been adapting her decoration skills for parties and graduations. Jeni recently had the honor and incredible opportunity of furthering her education when she completed the  "Decorating and Design for the Home" course taught by Jan Britt. Jan, a popular influence in the home decor space, has won many awards for her teaching, and interior design, as well as being featured on HGTV. “I am now able to further customize my clients requests to match a particular room or office! All I need are some swatches of the colors, and a general picture of the idea they are looking to create.” Jeni loves

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he Best Love Story is right here in Smyrna/Vinings! Lauren answered the call from Vinings Lifestyle in December and responded to our ad looking for "The

Best Love Story." Their unique love story started online and ended up with a lovely blended family.  Here's "Lauren's Best Love Story"...

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"My husband and I (Edwin) met around this time three

who is about to turn one. We also have two children each from

a cafe and had coffee. Our first real date was at the Sky View

Brady Bunch). Everyone thinks it is hard with five kids and

years ago through online dating. The first time we met was at Ferris Wheel. I was a photographer at the Georgia Aquarium,

and his company was building the GA Football Hall of Fame across the street, so he brought me lunch every day for six months to Centennial Park. We have been happily married for

almost two years and have a beautiful little girl named Chloe Chloe (Age: 1)

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Ali (Age: 6), Jenna (Age: 10) and Summer (Age: 6)

previous marriages, so together we have five children (the happy looks at us like we're crazy, but together, we make it easy. I 'd say we are the perfect team and we continually have compliments

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I NEED SOME SLEEP. PLEASE HELP! Sleep deprivation is a common problem for all parents of newborns. Newborns don’t seem to understand that nighttime is for sleeping not feeding constantly and crying, which is of course their method of communicating.

1. The first rule of thumb with a newborn is to make every

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when your baby is sleeping. As your baby begins to get slightly older, sleep will be improved if you can establish a routine and/ or schedule for everyone. For example, have a routine for a bath and reading prior to putting your child to sleep for the night. As the lights are deemed and your voice softens, your baby will begin to understand that it’s time to wind down for the evening.

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Brawner Hall and the Taylor-Brawner House

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Parting Thoughts

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festival called Lupercalia, which was held annually in mid-February.   During the festival, men would run through the city swinging freshly skinned animal hides and women would line up to be struck by the hides in the belief that it would ensure their fertility. And, they wonder what happened to romance… No, Hallmark did not invent the holiday, but it has done a good job capitalizing on it. And, given a choice between the old traditions and the new, prudence suggests that our modern practice of gift giving may be the wiser one. Lisa Rieves provides Vinings residents a uniquely local way to mark the occasion and celebrate the amorous day.    ‘The Front Porch’ antique and gift boutique occupies The Vest House, a historic antebellum residence dating back to 1828. It is located at the crossroads of Paces Ferry Road and Paces Mill next door to the Old Vinings Inn. The Front Porch offers an eclectic variety of gifts from predominantly local sources as well as some captured from the famed Round Top antique market in Texas. All items sport a sophisticated southern flair.  From local jewelry and art to accent lighting made from shotgun shells, you can find a unique gift for your southern sweetheart in this quaint little shop. Visiting is a treat unto itself, and patrons take a sentimental step into the past, as described by the motto painted on the building’s stoop: “Every so often, go where you can hear a screen door slam shut.” My plan this Valentine’s Day is to spend some quiet, reflective time with my bride sitting on our own front porch. Like most guys, I am hoping that my presence suffices for my present. But, just in case I misjudge, I am also planning to have a gift for her from ‘The Front Porch.’ Otherwise, the spirit of the Lupercalia festival may raise its ugly head, and this time it may be me that gets slapped around by some kind of animal skin…  

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