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EDITOR’S MESSAGE | TJ WALLIS

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he first issue of Okanagan Woman Magazine hit the streets around December 1, 2011! I will never forget that outstanding cover image … and how that very first photo spread landed on our laps just by chance … and how I worried that those photos had created an expectation from our readers … and how on earth could we meet that expectation on a quarterly basis? Those very first photos, contributed by our local fashion design school, set the barre high. But that per chance encounter helped clarify the vision I had for my magazine. We were going to be pretty and smart! We wanted the look of a national magazine with original stories for and about outstanding Okanagan women. Over the past few issues I have been dropping subtle hints that I was in the mood to retire (translation: sell the magazine). Remember all the talk about buying an RV and planning lengthy road trips across North America? I could have titled this editorial message the same as the last issue’s, Good-bye, Hello … because that is exactly what I am doing. I’d like to introduce you to Suzy van Bakel, the new publisher of Okanagan Woman Magazine. Back in August, I met Suzy for the first time, when she clicked her way across my office in a fabulous pair of heels and a gorgeous border print dress. Call it fate, kizmit, whatever. I knew instantly she would be an excellent fit for Okanagan Woman Magazine. And that was even before I knew that Suzy van Bakel had been the Department Head at CATO’s Fashion Design program – and she is the one who landed those fabulous photos from the first issue on my lap. In fact, right there on page 15 of Volume 1, Issue 1, is a photograph of Suzy van Bakel. How apropos that she should begin her publishing career with Okanagan Woman! Suzy has an incredible vision for this magazine, and I know you are going to enjoy the journey, right beside her. I’ll continue to play my editorial role and my contact information remains the same. T’is the holiday season, so we filled the pages of this issue with glamour and glitz, magic and wonder, and charity and goodwill. Though it doesn’t take long before Okanaganites begin to begrudge the messiness and work related to winter, we are still enchanted by fresh snow glistening in the morning sunlight. Our cover shot by photographer Alisha Khan personifies that enchantment. It’s also tax season (sorry to be a downer) and that made us think about money and how can we keep a little more in our pockets. Find some helpful and fun tips on page 18. Whatever you do, do NOT miss the details on our Makeover Contest. One lucky gal is going to have a fabulous day in January! It could be you (page 23). Happy New Year to all – and what a year it’s going to be!

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Date: December 12 and 13, 2015 Time: 4:00pm to 8:00pm Admission: $12 Adults, $5 children Location: Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm Address: 4380 Takla Road Kelowna Phone: 250-764-7795 www.okanaganlavender.com

CRAFT CULTURE HOLIDAY MARKET

Date: December 12 and 13, 2015 Time: December 12 - 10:30AM to 6:30PM December 13 - 10:00AM to 5:00PM Admission: $5 per person, children under 12 are free Location: Prospera Place Address: 1223 Water Street Kelowna Phone: 250-826-2245 www.craftculture.ca

HOLISTIC MARKET OKANAGAN Date: December 13, 2015 Time: 11:00AM - 4:00PM Admission: Free – donations accepted Location: Laurel Packing House Address: 1304 Ellis Street Kelowna www.holisticmarket.ca

AN OSO CHRISTMAS - VALLEY WIDE

Date: December 18, 2015 Time: 7:30PM Admission: Adult 56.25 Senior 49 Youth 26.75 Location: Penticton Community Center Cleland Theatre Address: 325 Power Street Penticton Date: December 19, 2015 Time: 7:30PM Location: Kelowna Community Theatre Address: 1375 Water Street Kelowna Date: December 20, 2015 Time: 7:00PM Location: Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Address: 3800-33rd Street Vernon Phone: 250-862-2867 www.okanagansymphony.com

CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY 2015 – KELOWNA GOSPEL FELLOWSHIP Date: December 24, 2015 Time: 4:00PM to 5:30PM Admission: Free Location: Kelowna Community Theatre Address: 1375 Water Street Kelowna Phone: 250-763-6553 www.kgfchurch.com

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Date: January 1, 2016 Time: 12:30PM Admission: Free – pre-registration required Location: Peachland Community Centre Phone: 250-767-2133 www.peachland.ca

FRENCH SOIREE OSO

Date: January 23, 2016 Time: 7:30PM Admission: Adult 56.25 Senior 49 Youth 26.75 Location: Kelowna Community Theatre Address: 1375 Water Street Kelowna Date: January 24, 2016 Time: 7:30PM Admission: Adult 56.25 Senior 49 Youth 26.75 Location: Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Address: 3800 - 33rd Street Vernon Phone: 250-862-2867 www.okanagansymphony.com

SNOWED IN COMEDY TOUR - NORTH OKANAGAN

Date: January 22, 2016 Time: 8:00PM Admission: Adult only, mature themes 40.00 Location: Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre Address: 3800-33rd Street Vernon Date: January 23, 2015 Time: 8:30PM Location: Salmar Grand Theatre Address: 360 Alexander Street Salmon Arm www.snowedincomedytour.com

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT SERIES: ST LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET Date: January 29, 2016 Time: 7:30PM Admission: $35 Location: Mary Irwin Theatre Address: 421 Cawston Avenue Kelowna Phone: 250-764-7179 www.slsq.com

February HEROES & HEROINES OSO

Date: February 12, 2016 Time: 7:30PM Admission: Adult 56.25 Senior 49 Youth 26.75 Location: Kelowna Community Theatre Address: 1375 Water Street Kelowna Phone: 250-862-2867 www.okanagansymphony.com


SNOWED IN COMEDY TOUR - CENTRAL & SOUTH OKANGAN

Date: February 4, 2016 Time: 8:30PM Admission: Adult only, mature themes 40.00 Location: Penticton Community Center Cleland Theatre Address: 325 Power Street Penticto Date: February 5, 2016 Time: 8:30PM Location: Mary Irwin Theatre Address: 421 Cawston Avenue Kelowna www.snowedincomedytour.com

OPERA KELOWNA PRESENTS LAKE OF TEARS Date: February 20, 2016 Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Admission: $55 Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts Atrium Address: 421 Cawston Avenue Kelowna Phone: 250-762-5050 www.operakelowna.com

If you would like us to publish your March April & May 2016 events in the upcoming Spring issue (space permitting) please email details to EDITOR@OKANAGANWOMAN.COM

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Simone Orlando

Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Kelowna

de-myth-stifies ballet

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KING LOUIS XIV WAS A BALLET DANCER! HE PLIÉD AND PIROUETTED AROUND VERSAILLES, POPULARIZING BALLET AS AN ART FORM IN HIS COURT BACK IN 17TH-CENTURY FRANCE. AHA MOMENT...NOW ALL THOSE FRENCH TERMS FOR BALLET MOVEMENTS MAKE SENSE! In its long history, ballet has sometimes been perceived by the uninitiated as stagnant, dull and pretentious. But not here in the Okanagan thanks to the vision of Simone Orlando guiding the future of Ballet Kelowna, a “Made in Kelowna” dance company. The statuesque brunette began dancing in Vancouver at eleven, before completing her training at the National Ballet School in Toronto. In 1989, she joined the National Ballet of Canada, where for five years she danced a wide repertoire. “I’d arrived. I was working in the best company in the country,” she says, reminiscing. “But I wanted to develop dance...be part of the process.” To feed those creative fires, Orlando joined Ballet British Columbia in 1996, where she choreographed many award-winning productions and danced as one of the company’s most celebrated principal artists for the next thirteen years. She has performed in exotic venues in Asia, Europe, Mexico and Brazil, but also in Nakusp, Whitehorse, Newfoundland and “everywhere in between”. Garnering ovations for all her roles, her favourite was Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire.

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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE ABOVE: PHOTO BY CHRIS RANDLE BELOW: PHOTO BY LYNNE SPENCER

Myth #1: Ballet is boring. On a fateful Fall day in 2007, however, Orlando’s dancing days were cut tragically short: “While creating a new ballet, I landed badly coming out of a lift shearing the labrum in my hip.” Her voice reflects the trauma of the life-altering event. “My career as a dancer was over and my career as a choreographer threatened.” Orlando had to reinvent herself, particularly if she was to move into a leadership role in dance. She completed BCIT’s business management program and, while ballet and business are not the most traditional combination, together this skill set provided Orlando with the résumé perfect for her current position. She assumed the dual role of Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Kelowna in September 2014. In this winter issue of Okanagan Woman, Orlando smashes stereotypes embedded in the culture of ballet, an art form about which she is passionate.

“After our final show last season, several men told me, ‘I wasn’t bored for one minute.’ That was so heart-warming for me.” She smiles at the recollection. “I did what I set out to do...show our audiences ballet is not staunch and boring.” She admits with Ballet Kelowna she is pushing the art form, but hopes both her “artist peers and people who have never seen a dance performance in their lives will be moved.”

Myth #2: Ballet is a frou-frou, girly thing. “My experience in dance is the farthest thing from being girly,” Orlando insists. “It’s not about tulle and satin slippers. It’s about discipline, hard work, being humble and falling flat on your face.” As Orlando hands over Ballet Kelowna’s schedule for the 2015/16 season, she says laughing, “Take a look at our latest programming. There’s nary a tutu in sight.” She believes dancers work as hard as any other athlete. “Lifting a 115 pound woman over your head all day requires strength and stamina. Trust me, there’s a lot of sweat, blood and tears involved.”

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HEATHER THOMSON PHOTO BY TDFOTO.CA

Myth #3: All ballet dancers are anorexic.

Orlando acknowledges eating disorders have been associated with the industry, but says, “When dancers are given the opportunity to be welcomed into an environment, not because of what their bodies look like, but rather as artists and creative partners, that changes everything.” The schedule of a professional ballet dancer is gruelling. She says between class and rehearsals, dancers spend upwards of eight hours each day literally dancing their butts off. So while dancers may be slender, Orlando tells us it is often not from lack of nutrition, but rather that dreaded formula of caloriesin vs. calories-out. Imagine how slim we’d all be if we exercised that much!

Myth #4: Ballet is stagnant - it never changes. It’s not just about old fashioned tales of Nutcrackers, Sleeping Beauties and Swan Lakes: “Classical ballet is our foundation, a basis and structure from which to develop new dance,” she says. “Moving forward with Ballet Kelowna, I’d like to create new works that are relevant and engaging for today.”

Myth #5: All male ballet dancers are gay. “Just because male dancers wear tights doesn’t mean they are gay,” she laughs. “That’s like saying, ‘All football players are hot-blooded heterosexuals.’ These are stereotypes. In general, the arts are an open- minded and accepting community and dance is just like any other form of artistic expression – the demographics are diverse.”

SIMONE WITH THE BALLET KELOWNA DANCERS

Myth #6: Ballet is expensive.

Despite what seems to be a persistent belief that ballet is an activity for the rich, tickets aren’t exorbitantly expensive. Orlando advises the adult subscription to all three Ballet Kelowna performances in the 2015/16 Season goes for as low as $115. Hmmm...that equates to only $38 per performance...or the price of two bottles of decent VQA vintage.

MARK DENNIS PHOTO BY TDFOTO.CA

When it comes to myths in ballet, Orlando believes they originate from lack of communication. Her philosophy is that a ballet company must open its doors to allow people to see what dancers do every day. “We want to share the artistic process,” she explains. “The fantasy world dancers create on stage is so different than what actually happens in the studio. I want people to understand.” Then with a smile that is both graceful and elegant (much like everything else about Orlando), she adds, “Then hopefully they will come see us perform at the Kelowna Community Theatre.” Simone Orlando promises to astound and amaze her audiences. With the explosive athleticism of the dancers, her bold, boundary-breaking choreography and utterly moving stories, Ballet Kelowna performances are sure to do just that.

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closets, coffee bar and laundry room. “Nicole and Bill helped make my vision a reality. I was able to leave the details to them.”, June explains. “Nicole and Bill are so lovely to have in your home. Besides being fun, they are so knowledgeable about Ikea products. Truly a positive experience!” For more info on Dash of Modern, check out their website www.dashofmodern. ca or Facebook.com/ dashofmodern

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Better sleep for better health

Are you tired of body impressions in your MATTRESS? A

hhh…the dreaded Geoff explains: Going back body impression! 12 years ago and beyond, Sleepy’s – The mattresses did not get body Mattress Store have impressions. Most good the cure! mattresses performed very So, you’ve just invested in well for years and stood a new sleep set and already the test of time. Today’s in less than a year you notice mattresses last only half the a hump up the middle of time, on average 5 - 6 years. the mattress with two deep And most get the dreaded impressions on either side body impressions in a very where your bodies lie. You short period of time. call the salesperson that sold it That’s because ‘they don’t to you and are told that body make ‘em like they used to.’ impressions are normal, that Some years back, the mattress the mattress is conforming industry went away from to your body. You are told to flippable mattresses – and rotate your mattress more started a PR campaign to often or if you have a king convince consumers that half size, to make quarter turns a mattress was better than a and this should minimize the whole one. Most factories issue. Then you find out that upgraded the quality of the these sags have to be visibly components in the top of the more than 1.5” to 2” deep mattress to give the bed more before the manufacturer will integrity. But it didn’t take do anything about it. You long for the larger mattress explain that you have to roll stores to put pressure on the uphill to meet your partner manufacturers to reduce and are told again that this their wholesale costs so is normal. retailers could amp up their While it may be true that profit margins. To do this, this issue is very common, manufacturers resorted to “it is not normal!” says Geoff using inferior components McLeary of Sleepy’s - The and/or sourcing lower priced Mattress Store, on Baron fillers from China. Even Road in Kelowna. springs systems come from

overseas now. After hearing the same story time and time again from consumers who had come to his specialty mattress store looking for a solution, Geoff decided to team up with the Restonic Mattress factory in Vancouver to resurrect the two sided flippable mattress. Restonic Mattress builds their beds with integrity, they use all North American components, and they are not in any of the bigger mattress stores. They have won the Women’s Choice Award for the most recommended mattress brand for 3 years in a row. As well as the Consumer’s Digest Best Buy Award for the 8th year in a row. A two sided mattress may cost 15 - 20% more than a non flip mattress but has double the life span. McLeary says, “Sleepy’s offers a range of two sided mattresses starting at a $388 queen size.” Sleepy’s also specializes in a lesser known superior material used in their mattresses, toppers, and

pillows - pure latex. Latex is the longest lasting material used in the mattress industry and is derived from the rubber tree. You never have to flip or rotate a quality latex mattress, so these comfortable sleep systems will perform for the long term. Sleepy’s most popular latex bed offers a 20 year full non prorated warranty and an unheard of ¾” body impression tolerance over that 20 year period of time. Sleepy’s strives to be the most “green” sleep shop in the Okanagan, offering a nice range of green, natural, and organic mattresses and bedding for your better sleep

and better health. You will find Sleepy’s – The Mattress Store just behind Costco on Baron Rd in Kelowna – or – visit their virtual showroom at www.sleepys.ca.

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HISTORIC O’KEEFE RANCH

The Historic O’Keefe Ranch is located at 9380 Highway 97 N, Vernon. They are open December 12th and 13th, from 11 am to 4 pm for a “Victorian Christmas”. This event can be enjoyed by all; the family rate is $25.00. More information is available at www.okeeferanch.ca or call 250-542-7868 The gift shop has a donation box; the proceeds are designated for teenagers who are at the Women’s Transition House with their mothers. Donations of toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, make-up, and other hygiene items are appreciated.

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t’s not exactly the North Pole, but it does have the same magical feel. Say hello to a North Okanagan Winter. I step out of my vehicle into another era. My feet crunch in the snow as I make my way to the entrance of Historic O’Keefe Ranch just north of Vernon. Inhaling the cold, crisp air I can almost feel the breath of the horses off in the distance. Founded in 1867, O’Keefe Ranch was once one of the largest cattle ranches in British Columbia, spanning over 20,000 acres of prime Okanagan land. From their humble beginnings, the O’Keefe family built up a small settlement consisting of a general store - with the first post office in the Okanagan Valley, a blacksmith shop, St. Anne’s Church built in 1889 (and still a popular wedding location) plus many other necessary ranch buildings. Today, it is a designated BC Heritage Site and an important tourist attraction in the Okanagan Valley. Here you’ll discover

some of the oldest remaining structures in the Vernon area, all carefully preserved or restored, each with its own unique and fascinating exhibit. First on my agenda today is a sleigh ride. No reindeer here, but two mighty equines pull the sleigh over the frozen ground. I’m thankful that I have

WOOLLY FRIENDS AT O’KEEFE RANCH

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FAMILY FUN AT O’KEEFE RANCH

“I wonder what other enchantments exist in the North Okanagan.And just as the thought crosses my mind, Santa winks and whispers, “Close your eyes and .”

make that wish

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dressed warmly for the ride. When we return to the log buildings, near the mansion and the rustic church, I am drawn to the snap, crackle and warmth of an open fire. Chestnuts are literally roasting and I warm my bones with steaming hot chocolate. Then, the beautiful harmonies of a local school choir singing carols beckon me to the church. The beautiful music is uplifting and though my voice is rusty, I can’t help but join in. After a self-guided, informative tour of the O’Keefe home, I pop in to see Santa. It would not be a “Victorian Christmas” without him. He is here at the mansion, jolly, with rosy cheeks, entertaining the children who have brought letters for him to read. Historic O’Keefe Ranch offers up such a unique experience, I wonder what other winter enchantments exist in the North Okanagan. And just as the thought crosses my mind, Santa winks and whispers, “Close your eyes and make that wish.” I do, and when I open them, I am magically transported to Caravan Farm Theatre

northwest of Armstrong. Caravan Farm Theatre is a professional outdoor theatre company based on an 80 acre farm. Hailed as a national treasure, Caravan Farm Theatre is one of Canada’s premiere professional outdoor theatre companies, and has been entertaining audiences since 1978. There is no theatre building – just the great outdoors. Productions have been staged in nearly every corner of the farm – in a field, in the pines, in the barn or the riding ring. All of Caravan’s show’s are original works that explore political and social issues, and whose settings, characters and language reflect a contemporary rural British Columbian experience. This winter’s production, written by Sean Dixon and directed by Courtenay Dobbie is, “Bedstefader,” (how grandfather finally came in out of the cold). Inspired by the Danish winter-time practice of Hygge: creating a warm indoor atmosphere in the dark months of winter and enjoying the good things in life, Bedstefader is a comedy that will make you want to curl up by the


CARAVAN FARM THEATRE

“Bedstefader” runs from December 8th to January 3rd, daily except Thursdays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. There are three performance times: 4, 6, and 8 p.m. Information about Family Days, preview performances, and prices can be found at www. caravanfarmtheatre. com. For tickets call Ticketseller at: 1-866311-1011 or www. ticketseller.ca. Caravan Farm Theatre is located at 4886 Salmon River Road, Armstrong.

HORSES PLAY A BIG ROLE AT CARAVAN FARM THEATRE PHOTOS: TIM MATHESON, COURTESY CARAVAN FARM THEATRE

THE CARAVAN FARM THEATRE IS 37 YEARS OLD, IS A REGISTERED NON-PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT IS FUNDED PROVINCIALLY AND FEDERALLY, AND THEY ALSO WELCOME DONATIONS. fireside with loved ones and open your heart to those in need. Caravan farm theatre’s winter shows are truly magical. Lights twinkle in the forest, while audiences are whisked from scene to scene on horse-drawn sleighs. Tonight my sleigh is pulled by two Clydesdales, Sonny & Jack. I can see steam coming from the horses’ nostrils and bodies. The seamless transition of the play throughout our journey is compelling and very impressive. Once again, I am thankful to be dressed warmly. Think toque, gloves, scarf, parka, long johns, and even a blanket for this winter experience. At the end of this magical evening, I enjoy sipping mulled wine with other theatre goers. Caravan Farm Theatre is 37 years old, is a registered non-profit association funded provincially and federally, and they also welcome donations.

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When you live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, dreams do come true. If you had a dream wedding here in the Okanagan send in your best pics and we may select one of yours for publication in an upcoming issue of Okanagan Woman Magazine Keep your eyes on our Facebook Page for more details

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WEALTH WHY IT’S IMPORTANT

AND HOW TO GET THERE When it comes to wages, there’ no denying that women have been getting the short end of the stick, but the fact that most women earn less than men doesn’t mean they cannot get ahead. How much money you make isn’t the only factor in gaining financial security. More important than how much money you earn is how much money you keep in your pocket. Financial security isn’t about getting rich quick; it’s about a long term, steady commitment to your own financial health.

Here are 6 tips to help you on your way to a IT’S NOT HOW MUCH YOU MAKE; IT’S HOW MUCH YOU KEEP

LOWER YOUR CREDIT CARD DEBT

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Lowering your monthly credit card and personal loan payments reduces stress and gives you more income for good debt, like buying a house, or financing your education. HOW TO DO IT: If you aren’t too far in the hole, pay off credit card debt sooner rather than later. Contact your creditors and negotiate payment terms you can afford. If you are overwhelmed with credit card or personal loan debt, find an agency that can help you with debt restructuring. “You don’t have to go straight to bankruptcy to get out of debt. There are other options,” says Leah Crawford from Abakhan & Associates in Vernon. One option is a Consumer proposal which must be done by a licensed Trustee or other designated administrator of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy. Leah explains, ”The terms of a consumer proposal are limited only by the imagination of you and your Trustee. The key is to ensure your creditors will receive more than they would if you claimed bankruptcy. As soon as an offer is made to your creditors, interest stops accruing.” That means more money in your pocket and is the first step to strong financial health.

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3 2 SAVE A LITTLE / INVEST A LITTLE WHY IT’S IMPORTANT:

When your paycheque doesn’t cut the mustard, it might seem like an outrageous suggestion to save money, but you don’t have to save a lot to reap big rewards down the road. HOW TO DO IT: The truth is if you commit to put a dollar a day into savings, you won’t even miss it. If you do that consistently from the age of thirty-five to sixty-five, your $365 annual deposit will have grown to about $26,000 in savings * based on 5% interest. Increase your commitment to save $2/day and you will have $50,000 by the time you are 65. Now imagine that every once in a while you added a little more to your savings plan; say you put in half of any extra or unexpected money you receive into your savings – e.g. half of your tax refund, half of the money you received as a Christmas gift. That’s all it takes to have a tidy nest egg for retirement.

THAT’S ALL IT TAKES TO HAVE A TIDY NEST EGG FOR RETIREMENT.

PURCHASE YOUR OWN HOME

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT:

Owning a home builds equity and credit. HOW TO DO IT: Home ownership may seem like a pipe dream for many women whose wages often aren’t high enough to debt service (qualify for) a mortgage. You may need to be creative. Tami bought her first home when she was 21. A single mom earning only slightly over minimum wage she could not qualify for a mortgage on her own. “I was able to show my parents that the mortgage payments were about the same as rent payments. They knew I was very responsible with money, so they agreed to attach their names to the house with me. The house was in all our names but for all intents and purposes it was my home and my responsibility. Essentially, I used their credit and their income to buy my first home.” A mortgage broker can give you tips on how to qualify for an affordable mortgage.

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BE AN ENTREPRENEUR

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Build a business that you will be able to sell in the future. If you aren’t earning as much as you’d like at your 9-5 job, consider going into business for self. It’s not the kind of decision you can make lightly; self-employment will mean longer hours and more stress than bringing home a regular paycheque, but the rewards can be huge for someone with the stamina and commitment it takes to succeed. It’s possible to build a business that will earn you a decent living – all the while building value that you can one day sell. HOW TO DO IT: Check out the federal government’s Self-Employment Program. It offers the entrepreneurial training and advice that makes starting a business so much easier and ups your odds of success. The SelfEmployment Program usually offers training in basic business skills, like making a business plan, bookkeeping, budgeting and marketing ideas.

GET AN EDUCATION

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Education has often been

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touted as the most promising way out of poverty. Education broadens your horizons, and is very likely to give you a new world view. Whether you choose to learn a trade or attend university, education will change your life. HOW TO DO IT: If you don’t have the funds for tuition and living expenses while attending post-secondary education, apply for a student loan. That’s an investment in your future.

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DON’T GO IT ALONE!

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT: Two incomes are better than one. Having the emotional and financial support of another person while you pursue your career or education can make the difference between struggling a lot and struggling a little. Find a life partner and if that’s not your thing, get a roommate. Sharing expenses like rent and utilities puts money in your pocket that you can use to invest. HOW TO DO IT: Nope. Not gonna tell you. There are some things you have to figure out for yourself.


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Rich in antioxidants, such as anthocyanin (believed to reduce pain and inflammation), cherries have been purported to fight a myriad of diseases, including diabetes, cancer, arthritis and gout. Cherries are also a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin A.

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Red is also the colour of some kick-ass red foods packed with antioxidants and vitamins. So say the experts (not exactly in those words). Our brains connect colours with feelings and some colours can actually make foods taste better (or worse). Researchers claim red improves your attention span, makes you hungry and may even increase your sex drive. Colourful fruits and vegetables deliver disease-fighting phytochemicals. Health Canada recommends 7 servings of vegetables and fruits per day. So, with Christmas and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we were inspired to seek out red food recipes.

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POMEGRANATES

Pomegranates are challenging to peel and de-seed, but medical research suggests the benefits are well worth the trouble. Chockful of antioxidants and flavonoids, the fruit reduces plaque buildup in arteries and lowers blood pressure. A recent study also showed that the phytochemical compounds in pomegranate juice stimulates serotonin and estrogen receptors, which improves symptoms of depression and increases bone mass.

RED PEPPERS

Red peppers come packed with folate and vitamin C -- two nutrients that support cardiovascular health. Red peppers’ nutritional profile also includes ample amounts of vitamins A and E. Each serving contains 2.4 milligrams of vitamin E --16 percent of your recommended daily intake -- and all the vitamin A you need in a day. Getting enough vitamin A protects your vision -- not only does it help you see at night, but the vitamin A in your diet lowers your risk of cataracts. Vitamin E also protects tissue health. Its antioxidant function means it neutralizes free radicals, which would otherwise contribute to heart disease and cancer.

BEETS

Pickled, shredded on salad, or cooked … no matter how they are prepared, beets are super nutritious and super of cooked beets and they’re touted as beneficial in the treatment of anemia, indigestion, gall bladder disorders, heart disease and macular degeneration.

TOMATOES

No matter how you slice it, tomatoes are just plain good for you! They contain plenty of vitamin C, plus other goodies like vitamin A, potassium and fiber. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that fights skin aging and may be beneficial against cancer and heart disease. And in case the subject arises over the dinner table, tomatoes are fruits, not vegetables. OKANAGAN WOMAN WINTER | 2015 21


LOL | LADIES ON LITERATURE

A KELOWNA BOOK CLUB WITH A DIFFERENCE BY: SHANNON LINDEN

Spectacular lake and sun-kissed mountains, crimson-coloured trees and fruit-laden orchards, when Autumn rushed in and the wine fest began, the Ladies on Literature reveled in this most delightful season. Eager to reunite, we toasted the start of our fifth year as a bookclub. On the first Wednesday of every month, copious amounts of wine, food, and endless discussions unite fifteen friends who love to read. As you cozy up with our wonderful Winter issue, here’s a look back at what the LOL read this fall.

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU BY JONATHAN TROPPER

This novel was a departure from what is often a rather literary lineup. A romp of a read, This is Where I Leave You left me wanting more from this hysterical author. When Judd Foxman’s father dies, he leaves this earth with a departing wish: that his wife and four children sit Shiva (the week-long mourning period in Judaism) together. The family hasn’t gathered in years, let alone shared close space—for seven, long, days. They’re a riotously dysfunctional group, led by our protagonist, Judd, who is reeling from the demise of his marriage after he discovers his spectacularly beautiful wife is having an affair with his radio shock-jock boss. Warning: the opening scene is graphic, in the most hilarious way. Judd, a lit birthday cake in hand, climbs the stairs to surprise his wife on her special

day, only to find her in full affair mode. I dare you not to split a gut when Judd takes revenge (recall the prop he is carrying). Let’s just say it involves his boss’s naked bottom and other bits, poised, full view, above his wife. Tropper does a brilliant job of describing this

(and many scenes) from Judd’s very masculine perspective. It’s as though he is an observer in his own life, watching the horror unfold, relaying the intimate details through ego-driven commentary. Yet this is a man so devotedly in love with his college sweetheart—and the mother of the baby they lost— that the episode is utterly heart breaking. In fact it sets the tone of the novel; outrageous, raw humor with plenty of sex, disharmoniously mixed with sadness. Each family member has a story. As the week unfolds (and Judd’s mother’s blouse falls open revealing her ample implants), long held grievances arise (as does the mother’s miniskirt), and plenty of secrets slip from everyone’s well-stocked closets. Criticisms of the book include shallow or undeveloped characters that engage in witty but unrealistic banter (whose siblings talk to each other like that?), as well as lack of authentic grieving. I don’t disagree, but then I don’t think that’s why you pick up this book. It’s loaded with some of the greatest lines ever, very real insight to the way a man thinks, as well as resonating remarks about relationships and the realization that we are all just a little dysfunctional. Some readers can’t decide if this book is mostly funny or sad as Judd discovers his cheating wife is pregnant and then spends Shiva figuring out his own life as well as mourning his father’s. I applaud the author for his skill, crafting a story that dances so delicately somewhere between.

5/5 Cheers!

OLIVE KITTERIDGE

BY ELIZABETH STROUT

On a completely different note, we have a literary novel told in short stories. I have to admit, I wasn’t overly intrigued by the premise of this book: a retired teacher deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine yet fails to recognize changes in the people around her, including her husband and only child. Then there are her fellow townspeople, all of them ordinary folks—like Olive—leading gloriously imperfect lives. It’s about the passage of time, including dreams that die, relationships that fail, and bodies that 22 OKANAGAN WOMAN WINTER | 2015


betray. Yet there are snippets of joy and endless pearls of wisdom interwoven with unforgettable moments of sorrow. As Oprah magazine so aptly said, “Olive is the axis around which thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves.” She’s a most unassuming protagonist. Often I wasn’t sure whether I loved her, with her witty, unflinching honesty and no apologies approach to life, or hated her, with her downright mean temperament, egocentric view of the world, and unappealing inability to apologize to the people she routinely wounds. She is fully aware what they think of her, outrageously critical of them, entirely perceptive about life, and very often beyond redemption as the controlling, cranky, old lady, yet…there is something about her that you can’t help but applaud. She’s sassy and smart as hell and even though she is infuriating, I found myself rooting for her. Perhaps because Olive is so unsentimental about life, I didn’t find this novel depressing.

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October 24 2015 was definitely a diamond day for Okanagan Woman editor, TJ Wallis. She was the lucky winner of the raffle draw at the Heart Truth Fashion show fundraiser at Manteo Beach Resort. TJ was attending the event along with Publisher Suzy van Bakel. “I bought a raffle ticket to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation. My mother suffered from heart disease and it’s a cause I feel strongly about. But I had no idea what the prize was, so I am pretty excited.” She soon discovered that she’d won an elegant diamond and red sapphire necklace, valued at $2,000, hand crafted by master goldsmith, John Berg from European Goldsmith in Orchard Park. BACK ROW: LEANNE SPANZA, LEANNE ZUKOWSKI, KASSIE ZUKOWSKI, JEN ZIELINSKI, DON DEGEN, STEPHEN MASER, ELLIOTT LOVEJOY, JIM LOYD MIDDLE ROW: COLIN BASRAN, DORIS BREGOLISSE, KERRY GORDON, AJ EATHORNE, AYEANA MILLS, VINCENT JONES FRONT ROW: CHRISTY FARRELL, MARIA ELIGE ALIAEVA, LAURA DRAYCOTT, MARIA GRAZIANO MUDGE, CRISTINA GRAZIANO, DANA CRICHTON PHOTO BY STEPHEN MASER

Heart disease and stroke is a leading cause of death for women in Canada, but most don’t know it. Heart disease is not just a “man’s disease”: women are more likely than men to die of a heart attack or stroke. The good news is that if women put their own health first by making lifestyle changes, they can reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 80 percent. That’s the message from The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s The Heart Truth campaign, which calls on women to put their own health first by assessing their risk for heart disease and stroke, talking to their doctor, and making heart healthy lifestyle choices in order to enjoy a long and healthy life with their loved ones. The fundraiser evening, presented by Harmony Acura began with a wine reception and refreshments provided by The View Winery, live entertainment from local performer Nikki Martinez, and was followed by an outstanding fashion show

with local celebrity models. The raffle draw was held at the end of the fabulous evening. European Goldsmith, the only independent jeweller in Orchard Park Shopping Centre, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and TJ visited the store to pick up her prize. “Photos just don’t do it justice,” she says, “It’s absolutely gorgeous.” Is it any wonder? John Berg trained under a European Master. With training second to none, 30 years later, John is highly regarded in his trade. That may be why the Bergs and European Goldsmith were handpicked by De Beers to be one of only twenty-five retailers in all of Canada licensed to carry the exclusive Forevermark diamond. Asked when she will have an opportunity to wear the custom necklace, TJ said, “It makes no sense to me to hide beautiful things in a box. I will wear it all the time – and I’ll certainly be wearing it to next year’s Heart Truth event.”

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Heather Zais has been a psychic all her life, as early as 11 years old, she had visions of her own future and now has clients from around the world. She also does personal relationship and past life charts, Tarot card, palm and tea readings. Heather offers psychic and astrology readings in person, by phone or email. Heather resides in Kelowna and can be contacted for an appointment at: 250.861.6774 or e-mail Heather_Zais@telus.net

PREDICTIONS for theYear Ahead 2016 is the year of the fire monkey, ruled by the #9 (as 2+0+1+6 = 9 when added together and reduced to a single digit.) It begins on February 8th as the Chinese calendar follows lunar cycles, beginning on a new moon after the sun leaves the sign of Capricorn. It begins in the sign of Aquarius. In monkey years its no use planning too much as everything seems up in the air or goes into orbit at once. Hang loose as anything goes. The influence of the nine indicates this will be a point of conclusion for some and a period or recovery. Get an education if you need one. Go around or over obstacles just like a monkey flies through the trees with the greatest of ease, landing on their feet. There will be much posturing and bluffing as each tries to one up the other. Positions will switch around. Shrewd business activity brings success. Optimism is in the air. A positive turn around will amaze. Benefits will be shared. Dodge the coconuts and let qualified individuals be the top banana where they will have best effect.

There will be great efforts made to avoid recession; resourceful solutions will be found. #9 rules universal brotherhood. Hug more. Spread good will globally. Follow words of wisdom that have stood the test of time, as they still have value in modern times. There will be a boost in travel or immigration; adapt and try to feel at home. Investigations will deepen into our roots and any links to monkey’s or apes. Follow bloodlines and DNA more closely. Renewed interest in large hairy beings or bigfoot etc. and planet of the apes…. Monkey’s are clever and adept. Grooming is an important part of their culture, so those types of business should flourish. Big hair could be back in style and tackling the issue of too much hair or not enough. The media will have a larger focus on other #9 matters such as: the sun, Cuba, satire, cheese, love, money, oil, fat, Bahamas, Syria, Iraq, bears, big hair, jets, monks, swing, oak, tsunami and waves.

Turn to page 46 to see your individual horoscope

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OFF ROPE PROFILE

CINDY SMITH

Born and raised in the South Okanagan, Cindy Smith has always enjoyed exploring, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, camping, 4 wheeling, snowmobiling and skiing the spectacular Okanagan back country. With the encouragement and support of her husband, it was perhaps a natural progression for this adventure seeker to join Penticton & District Search and Rescue (Pensar) in 1991. Certified as a Justice Institute BC First Medical Responder instructor, she trained and certified dozens of Pensar team members over a 15 year period. She also served as a Ground Search Team leader and a Search Manager. The skills she gained from those experiences led to a position as a Community Coroner for the Province of BC in 2013.

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Cindy Smith’s 24 year career with Pensar is nothing short of outstanding. When she joined the team in 1991, she could not have known that she would eventually become the only female SAR professional volunteer technician certified for helicopter long line rescues in BC.

Long Line Rescue Cindy Smith knows the back country. In her youth, she and friends often trekked into McIntyre Creek Canyon in the mountains on the east side of the valley to float down the creek over the smooth boulders and dazzling water falls. Later, one of her most memorable SAR tasks was a medical evacuation in this same location.


Flying through the air is a surreal experience. Unlike the noise you experience when you are in the helicopter, you only hear the light swish of the wind which can be surprisingly peaceful despite the fact you are hundreds of feet above the ground swinging from a rope.”

The SAR teams had the challenging task of reaching a young man who had been injured floating down the creek. Cindy and her fellow SAR members had performed this type of task often, but this time the impending darkness and the steep canyon walls made a conventional high angle rope rescue impossible. They had to enter the creek miles upstream, then work their way down the stream – in the dark – carrying all the necessary gear. They reached the injured man hours later, stabilized his injuries and waited for first light to evacuate him to medical care. A helicopter long line rescue team (HETS) had flown in all the way from Chilliwack to perform the evacuation. It was the only way to safely get the injured man and the team members out of the canyon. After that difficult rescue and evacuation, Pensar recognized the value in having a local HETS team. Thanks to the extensive efforts of many team members, they were able to raise the $60,000 necessary for training, certification and equipment to put the HETS program in place. Cindy says, “There are not too many women, never mind 53 year old women, who have been able to participate in this very thrilling rescue discipline.” She explains, “The HETS team members affectionately referred to each other as a ‘dope on a rope.’ We are attached to the helicopter by a single rope that can be from 100 – 250 feet below the helicopter. The helicopter pilot then maneuvers the attendants to a designated position on the ground where we detach from the rope (“offrope”) and package our subject in either an Aerial Rescue Platform to hold a stretcher or in an Evacuation Harness. The pilot then maneuvers the end of the rope back to the attendant; we then reconnect and with the subject, are lifted and flown to waiting medical personnel.”

Flying through the air is a surreal experience. Unlike the noise you experience when you are in the helicopter, you only hear the light swish of the wind which can be surprisingly peaceful despite the fact you are hundreds of feet above the ground swinging from a rope.” Jim Coe and Don Hole, founders of Pensar, had actually developed the first rope rescue procedural manual in BC, and Cindy had the pleasure of being trained by these outstanding members. Cindy recalls a particularly exciting high angle rope rescue when she was lowered down about 300 feet to evacuate a rock climber stranded on the face of McIntyre Bluff, the distinct cliff on the west side of Hwy 97 south of Vaseaux Lake. Having grown up in Oliver, Cindy had spent many hours hiking and horseback riding on trails that lead to the top of the bluff. “The

view was spectacular while hanging off a rope rescue system on the face of the bluff waiting for my rope rescue team to haul myself and the subject back to the top. Every time I travel down that valley, I am reminded of that exhilarating evening and how much I loved participating with my team members in high angle rope rescues.” Today Cindy works part-time at Township 7 Winery, is a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and enjoys the company of friends and family. Though she has now called out her last “Off-Rope” she will always cherish her time and friends at Pensar. “Being a SAR team member has enriched my life far more than any contributions I have made. I have immense respect for my teammates, their dedication and the talents they provide to Search and Rescue throughout the Province.” OKANAGAN WOMAN WINTER | 2015 41


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Caring Community BY SHANNON LINDEN

For the past 150 years the Sally Anne has been saving lives; here’s how you can help today Consider sponsoring a family. Visit kelownasalvationarmy. ca and click on the Christmas link or call Jamie Johnstone at (250) 860-2329. You’ll be matched with a needy family for whom you will purchase toys and make a financial contribution that will go toward a gift card to a local grocery store. “This provides dignity and allows for different dietary needs,” Johnstone explains. “People are empowered when they can shop for themselves.” The process also allows families to obtain the freshest produce for their Christmas meals. Check out the website for more ways to help, including the Christmas Kettle campaign.

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if it takes a village to raise a child, perhaps it takes a city to raise a family According to Jamie Johnstone, Case Worker and Program Coordinator with the Kelowna Salvation Army, this community truly comes together to support those in need at Christmas time. “We have so many different people that come to us for help,” she explains. “From moms and dads to moms and moms, dads and dads, single parents, even roommates. If they’re pooling resources, we consider them a family.” One of her favorite jobs is taking parents to the toyshop set up in the church gym. Selecting toys sure to be on wish lists helps parents a little down on their luck give their kids a lot of joy. Brimming with everything from little toy drums and dolls that cuddle and coo, to Lego and the latest video games, the new items are donated by everyone from kids who empty their piggy banks to corporations. “It’s a beautiful experience,” Johnstone says, eyes glistening. “Seeing all the happy crying that goes on. I tell people, ‘this is your community caring. This is people loving on you and your children.’” For many, a lack of finances is only part of the problem—hunger can be a constant companion,

but loneliness will starve the soul. “A lot of us go through Christmas and even the rest of the year isolated. We return from work, lock our doors and think, ‘I’m alone! Nobody cares for my kids or me. Nobody knows what’s happening to us.’ Christmas is a time to break that barrier wide open,” Johnstone says. She ought to know. Now a successful administrator with the organization, she was once on the other side of the desk. “Before I needed the Salvation Army, I was a very naïve person, struggling with anxiety. If I’m completely honest, I didn’t know how to run my life,” Johnstone admits. “Add on a marriage that was awful…I won’t be disrespectful to my ex-husband, but it was traumatic.” Left alone with a baby and a toddler, Johnstone found herself wondering what to do for Christmas. A friend who used the Salvation Army’s services encouraged her to come along. “She offered to drive me there. She said it would be fine; we’d do it together.” It was hard, but with that first cry for help, Johnstone set in motion lasting changes in her


Jamie’s Story life. She left with a hamper of healthy food and the perfect toys for her kids. “I cried when I put the turkey in my fridge. I could put food that looked like a real Christmas meal into my kids’ mouths. I hadn’t failed them.” And that’s one of the most important messages the Salvation Army strives to convey: anyone can get down on luck, but they are not failures as human beings. With a little help, we can all learn to love ourselves and to see the possibilities we possess. With hampers, recipients are given a list of programs designed to teach skills and instil confidence to lift them up and out of poverty. “Following my divorce, my kids and I were homeless after selling our family home. It was the darkest time of my life. I didn’t know how to get back to normal. I didn’t know how to mom my kids. I was crying and praying, ‘What do I do next’?’” Johnstone recalls. “I got a phone call from my now good friend, Pastor Connie. She asked me if I wanted to be in the Breakthrough program.” A year later Johnstone did indeed break through the darkness, basking in a light she never imagined. “I learned to trust the people who invested in me. They saw those shiny, beautiful things in me that I’d forgotten were there, that made me capable.” Juggling three jobs, Johnstone got back on her feet and then the caseworker position opened up. Combining that role with programming and guiding Breakthrough, Johnstone created her dream career, but she still had to convince administration it could be done. Through multiple plans and presentations, she proved she had the right stuff. “I did what I had to do and I was hired. I feel so blessed. Everyday it doesn’t feel like work. I share a past with all the people who come to see me for help. And it all started because someone believed in me.”

Angela’s Story At one time Angela Stadnyk was happily married, helping her husband run a Pawn Shop, while raising two small boys. “Things happened quickly and suddenly I found myself alone, at the food bank, standing next to the people we used to lend money to,” she says. The Christmas season wasn’t looking too festive until she turned to the Salvation Army. “When I got a hamper I thought, ‘you got this Christmas,’ she recalls.

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Anyone can get down on luck, but they are not failures as human beings. With a little help, we can all learn to love ourselves and to see the possibilities we possess.

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Like Johnstone, she took some parenting courses offered by the organization. “When I got a phone call for the Breakthrough program I thought, ‘Oh, no! Not another parenting course!’’ Laughing, she jokes, “I wondered, what more can I possibly learn? I’m going to be mom of the year.” In fact, she just might be—now that she’s raising a blended family of five. “After I left my husband I got into low-income housing with my boys, now five years later, I got this!” She holds out her bejewelled wedding finger. “We just built a house together,” she says, beaming. “The Breakthrough program taught me how to deal with day-to day struggles, the sometimes perception out there about being a single mom…how do you breakthrough and move forward?” “I was told by the ministry I had to go back to work and I was so scared! I hadn’t worked in a while but I applied for a job at the Thrift Store and I got it!” Stadnyk understands how hard it is to negotiate a world where enough is never enough. “Someone at school got $50 from the tooth fairy! I told my son the tooth fairy had to take a pay cut this year,” she jokes. “You want your children to feel valuable and worthy, but on the other hand, I embraced my situation. I had to re-think my life, seek help, and it made me—and my kids—well rounded. We might be considered low-income, but we’re okay.” More than okay, as last year Angela became manager of the Thrift Store. “I absolutely love my job and feel so honoured to work for an organization that I’ve had the opportunity to see from the other side—to know the changes that can be made.” Jamie Johnstone concurs. “I said to my boss (Pastor Darryl Burry) the other day, ‘It’s such a pleasure to work for you’ and he said, ‘Let’s just call it with me.’ That’s what the Salvation Army is all about.

In the North Okanagan, you can adopt a family for Christmas through the North Okanagan Youth & Family Services (NOYFSS). NOYFSS is a registered, nonprofit, charitable organization that has been serving families of the North Okanagan since 1974. Lorel Brown, Program Supervisor, “We’ve been doing this for over 20 years. This is one of our Heart projects. Because we are a counselling agency, we need to keep the family’s information confidential. So when businesses or individuals adopt a family, we get to be the elves and do the delivery! It’s really fun and brings that spirit of giving to everyone.” Visit http://www.noyfss.org Click on the “Get involved” link at the top of the page.

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HOROSCOPE by Heather Zais

Aries

MAR 21 - APRIL 19 Dec - Your health and work issues should improve, change or reach a point of conculsion. Jan - Be willing to change travel plans or work around delays or cancellations as needed. Feb - Be more available to someone you know or already like. Relationships can develop.

Taurus

APRIL 20 - MAY 20 Dec - There will be positive change or increased harmony in relationships where desired. Jan - Your love life gets a boost. Be open to new or renewed relationships. Make a call. Feb - Connections become more intense. Some will be planning weddings or reunions.

Dec - You will be able to make alterations to home, environments or your comfort levels. Jan - Take a second look at any travel related plans as you may need to rebook or wait. Feb - You make efforts to balance the scales when it comes to what you will be paid.

JUN 21 - JULY 22

Cancer

JULY 23 - AUG 22

Dec - Layout a plan. Speak out, teach or learn. Travel will increase, short or long it’s okay. Jan - Have patience with relationship expectations; you need to know choices are right. Feb - Relationships appear to be at a standoff. Meet each other halfway or travel now.

Dec - Look at ways to increase your finances or assets. You can recoup losses with ease. Jan - Plan cozy time with a special someone. The question will be “your place or mine”? Feb - You can increase your assets or shop for your favourite toys. Enjoy what you have.

Dec - Jupiter in your sign brings expansion in most areas. Step out of your comfort zone. Jan - It’s time to make transportation decisions. Repair, replace, or carpool. May be fun! Feb - Romantic situations may have unexpected surprises. Consider interaction results.

Libra

OCT 23 - NOV 21

Scorpio

Sagittarius

SEPT 23 - OCT 22 Dec - You will feel better about things in general and this will increase your faith in others. Jan - Review recent past to see where you can make up for lost time. Make connections. Feb - Put the brakes on any situations where others try to take advantage or influence.

Leo

Gemini

MAY 21 - JUNE 20

Dec - Your connections to those who are educated, wealthy, or powerful brings benefits. Jan - Your energy is high and it drives you towards your ambitious goals. Pace actions. Feb - Push against blocks or anything in the way of advancing your goals. You can win.

Virgo

AUG 23 - SEPT 22

NOV 22 - DEC 21

Dec - Career or status get a boost or elevation to the next level. Rest on your laurels. Jan - Dreams can become reality if you work with the available circumstances now. Feb - Cut areas of waste on various levels. This allows increase in gains. Regroup.

Capricorn DEC 22 - JAN 19

Aquarius

FEB 19 - MAR 20

Dec - Increase your knowledge or connections, even if it requires going to other places. Jan - Go the extra mile to help or be with the ones you love. Others count on you. Feb - You are a force to be reckoned with and others realize your value is growing.

Dec - You benefit from others through shared assets, money or estates etc. Do papers. Jan - Put your talents and expertise on display now. You come through with style. Feb - Settle matters that concern you now or are the past. Move forward now.

Dec - Matters relating to love, marriage, or partnership are favoured. Get together to chat. Jan - Conditions may slow you down, but the urge to travel is strong. Prepare carefully. Feb - You investigate in a casual manner. Others drop their gaurd and let you inside.

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