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The secretto change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~ SOCRATES

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appy new different year! As we close out 2020, which was definitely the most bizarre year ever, I hope that you and yours made new celebrations and traditions in these “socially distanced” times. For the new year, we always love to celebrate by sitting at the beach on a blanket, looking up at the night sky, stargazing and listening to the beautiful sound of the sea. There is something truly peaceful about being out there that’s very humbling as you realize how small you are in the big scheme of life. Life is very similar to the ocean; it has an ebb and a flow. A new year is filled with new beginnings. A fresh start, today. Let’s try to be more aware of how we treat humans and our planet. We can rise to the challenge, or we can bury our heads in the sand. Change is terrifying, but it can also be thrilling… it’s all about perspective. Our Blue Issue is always one of my favorites. Showcasing beluga whales is a gentle reminder that what happens in the Arctic affects us locally, too. We are surrounded by nature. We truly live in paradise. It’s hard to imagine the harsh cold where the belugas call home, and the intense sacrifices researchers like Greg make to study these amazing creatures. We tried to bring you into their world visually by showcasing this breathtaking photography. You can almost feel the crisp, cold air and hear the puffs of the belugas! If you haven’t checked out our new website, please do! It offers so much more than ever before. Now you can link directly to our advertisers’ businesses and the stories you read. In addition, be sure to subscribe for your weekly dose of "vitamin sea," and check out our weekly blogs, starting with "Mindful Mondays," and so much more! Wishing you all health, wealth and happiness as we begin the start of an exciting new year!

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s we continue on this journey into 2021, we are so grateful to all of you for supporting us along the way. We truly value each and every one of you. The team here at Portfolio is committed to continuing to showcase, in print and on our brand-new digital platform, breathtaking photography and engaging content. Our plan is to bring you even more content on a weekly basis. We recently launched our “Mindful Mondays” blog, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure and visit the website and sign up for The Swell Life e-newsletter so you don’t miss a thing! The old saying “time flies when you’re having fun” couldn’t be truer for us. It’s hard to believe we’ve been publishing since 2012! Our dream of inspiring people to live their best lives has led us to meet amazing new people, explore different places, and write stories that have filled our hearts and reaffirmed our path and purpose. Looking back at our very first issue compared to our latest shows just how much we have grown, changed and transformed this little niche boutique publication. Our mission is stronger than ever… inspiring people to live their best lives is what we live for. Cheers to 2021; to finally closing out 2020, the year that felt like an eternity; to our new website; and to all the new that is yet to appear in 2021. We hope for better days ahead for our community, as we welcome this new beginning to start fresh. Life will be different, but isn’t life already different here? It’s just another day in paradise… love is all we need. With much love and gratitude,

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Greg O’Corry-Crowe, a biologist at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, is no stranger to life on the edge, much like the animals he has dedicated his life to studying: beluga whales. He’s endured remote wilderness and freezing temperatures to study these marine mammals at the farthest corners of the world. As a postdoctoral scientist in 1998, Greg flew to the remote Somerset Island in the Canadian Arctic to a seaside camp, in hopes of glimpsing the whales for his research. After a few days of waiting, he woke up one morning to thousands of belugas in the small bay, socializing, chirping and splashing. “It was almost overwhelming,” Greg says. “It was epic.” That was just the beginning. After more than 20 years, he’s still discovering new secrets about their lives. Written by Bethany Augliere Photography by Greg O’Corry-Crowe

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"...Butstill another inquiry remains; … whether Leviathan can long

endure… and the last whale, like the last man, smoke his last pipe, and then himself evaporate in the HERMAN MELVILLE, MOBY DICK

final puff.”

Belugas are small white whales, reaching lengths up to 15 feet, found globally throughout the Arctic Ocean in the Northern Hemisphere, including in the U.S. in Alaskan waters. They’re highly social mammals with an extensive repertoire of sounds for communication, earning them the nickname “canaries of the sea.” Recently, Greg has used a combination of genetic techniques, satellite-tagging and indigenous knowledge to uncover surprising new details about their social lives and culture. He defines culture as “knowledge or behavior shared within that group, or society of animals, which is acquired from conspecifics through some sort of social learning.” Along with an international team of collaborators, he’s found that populations of whales return to the same locations, year after year, even generation after generation. That knowledge is probably passed down from mother to offspring. While researchers have long-believed that belugas were similar to orcas and sperm whales, existing in very small family groups, belugas are actually more similar to humans, with large expanded social networks.

< Whale portrait at 200 feet underwater, Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Canada. Photography by Flip Nicklin, Minden Pictures

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About 130,000

belugas live in the wild.

The species is not endangered globally, however, certain populations are at risk. The population in Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cook Inlet, for instance, is endangered and the Russian stock from the Sakhalin Bay-Nikolaya Bay-Amur River region is depleted. These animals face increasing threats due to climate change and human activity, such as changing environmental conditions, entanglement in fishing gear, noise pollution from shipping traffic and seismic surveys for gas and oil exploration, and capture for the international aquarium industry.

< Hundreds swim and molt in fresh water shallows, Nunavut, Canada, in the northern Arctic. Note how the grey color of calves contrast dramatically with the pure white of adults. Photography by Flip Nicklin, Minden Pictures

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And in a time of increasing pressure on

the environment, his research is especially important because “what happens in the Arctic today, happens in Florida tomorrow,” says Greg, who is continuing his research as a National Geographic Explorer.

Understanding the culture of these whales is just one more piece in the puzzle when it comes to conservation. For instance, based on their culture and learning, how might the whales respond to changing environmental conditions? “Will they return to the same locations, even if they are inhospitable?,” Greg asks. For that reason, he plans to study how quickly learning can occur and new behavioral innovations spread. In a time of increasing pressure on the environment, his research is especially important because “what happens in the Arctic today, happens in Florida tomorrow,” says Greg, who is continuing his research as a National Geographic Explorer. “If we are going to protect these marine mammals for future generations, we need to intimately know how they live in their ocean environments,” says Jim Sullivan, PhD, director of FAU’s Harbor Branch. “This critical research not only provides these answers, but also important information about how their populations are currently faring due to manmade threats.” Beluga whale trio surfacing at breathing hole, too far away to reach open sea, Canada. > Photography by Sue Flood, Minden Pictures

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I“ts’ been very humbling to see an animal that I think to a lot of people are sort of small and lovable, be such a fierce and impressive species,” Greg says.

“They don’t just dive, they are supreme divers. They don’t just go under the ice, they go under hundreds of miles of ice. It seems that everything they do is very extreme… they have perfected life on the edge.” For Greg, it’s a lifelong love affair with beluga whales. The observer becomes the subject as a beluga whale cocks its head sideways to take him in. > Photography by Doc White, Minden Pictures

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Witnessing belugas in the wild is no easy feat, but there are few

places to view the whales responsibly.

From June to September, approximately 3,000 of these white whales visit the Churchill River basin in Manitoba, Canada. Approximately 60,000 come into the Hudson Bay area as the ice melts, migrating from their winter grounds to molt, calve, feed and seek protection from predators, like orcas and polar bears. The Saint Lawrence Estuary in Canada’s Quebec Province, is home to a small population of belugas—fewer than 1,000— that exist at the southernmost extent of the species’ range. Quebec is another place to view belugas close to shore, with a booming whale-watching industry, including guided boat tours or kayak trips. Unlike other migratory populations, these whales call the estuary home year-round, and use different regions depending on the season. However, being so close to humans, the Saint Lawrence Estuary belugas face unique threats, including cancer likely due to environmental contaminants, according to the work of biologist Daniel Martineau.

< Aerial view of beluga whales traveling up lead, Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Canada, in the northern Arctic. Photography by Doug Allen, Minden Pictures

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In the U.S. people can

view belugas in Cook Inlet outside

Anchorage, Alaska.

“You can drive along the highway, pull off, and hope you see them,” Greg says. In fact, there’s a place along the Seward Highway called Beluga Point, because whales are often spotted from this location. They are typically seen from mid-July through August when salmon are running in Cook Inlet. The Cook Inlet belugas are listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Their population numbers were estimated at 269 individuals in 2018 and have been experiencing an ongoing decline for more than two decades, according to the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. To learn more and support Greg’s work, visit FAUfunder.fauf.org and search “Life on the Edge.” Beluga whales and calf swimming at surface in the Canadian Arctic summer. > Photography by Doug Allen, Minden Pictures

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I"n the habitatof the heart‑ in that whisper of

recognition between two beings when time seems to stop, when space assumes a different shape—in that moment, we sense a shared soul.

That is what connects the woman and the bear, the diver and the octopus, the dog and the child, the boy and the jaguar, the fisherman and the golden eagle on the shore.” RICHARD LOUV

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< Beluga cow and calf migrating through spring ice in the Canadian Arctic. Photography by Flip Nicklin, Minden Pictures

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Jones Sound along beluga migratory route in Nunavut, Canada. > Photography by Flip Nicklin, Minden Pictures

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O " nly those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.â&#x20AC;? T.S. ELIOT

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life captured Arctic Explorer:

Greg O’Corry-Crowe

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hen he’s not braving freezing temperatures and polar bears to study wild beluga whales in the Arctic, or processing genetic samples in the lab, Greg O’CorryCrowe, PhD, a research scientist at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, can be found rocking out in Vero Beach as the lead singer in his cover band, Alternative Therapy, along with Chuck Fillizola, Dave Heroux and Dave Mundy. “We have some serious musicians in the group, which gives me some cover,” he jokes. “We just really enjoy ourselves and have fun.” Originally from rural southeast Ireland, Greg grew up with an appreciation and connection to nature. His dad is a veterinarian and a farmer, and they spent a lot of time together outdoors, working the fields. His uncle John, also a farmer, imbued him with a deep respect for nature. Because of that, Greg describes himself first and foremost as a natural historian who likes to sit in nature and take joy from the small things, like the changing seasons. It’s that same joy and curiosity that drives his work as a scientist. “What is an animal doing? How is it doing it? But the ultimate question is always, ‘Why?’” Greg asks. Before coming to FAU’s Harbor Branch, Greg earned both his bachelor’s degree and his doctorate degree from University College Dublin in Ireland, researching badgers, a small mammal related to weasels, minks and otters. So, how did he end up in Florida researching whales thousands of miles away? Once Greg graduated with his doctorate degree, he moved to California in search of jobs. After facing several rejections, one person at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in San Diego said he had a small project on belugas no one was working on. He was shocked at such a unique opportunity to work with marine mammals. “I pounced on that,” he says. “And the rest, as they say, is history.” Eventually, both he and his wife moved to South Florida for jobs, with Greg starting work at FAU’s Harbor Branch. His wife, Colette, is also a research scientist and CEO of Brilliant BioSciences.

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He continues to split his time between Florida and the Arctic, studying the local bottlenose dolphins of the Indian River Lagoon and the belugas up north. Next summer, he hopes to bring his teenage daughter, Heather, with him as a field assistant. Greg credits some of his success as a beluga researcher to his small-town upbringing with a strong sense of community. In the Arctic, he works with the locals and Native partners to help him figure out the pressing questions. “Probably the most unexpected reward for working in the Arctic, for somebody like me who is all about wild areas and wild places, was working with the people, learning about culture, and how to be open, listen and learn from the locals.” That quiet, small town life is what he enjoys so much about Vero Beach. “As a family, we have really enjoyed living here,” he says. “We value being able to walk to the ocean every day. There are things about this area you should never take for granted.” “Studying these animals is always a team effort and I am very fortunate to have two great teammates at Harbor Branch in Tatiana Ferrer and Heidi Pagán. Their contributions to all this are immense,” says Greg. To follow more of Greg’s adventures and his research, check out his website at fau.edu/hboi/pbbe, and his Wildlife Evolution and Behavioral Program.

Written by Bethany Augliere Photography by Greg O’Corry-Crowe

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Photography by Kendra Little

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Behind the Lens with Chris Leidy:

A Visual Trip Through an Underwater Fantasy

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s a contemporary and abstract underwater photographer, I see the obvious through a distorted lens. My goal is to see something and capture it in a way that bends the mind’s eye when looking at the image on the wall. I often photograph the small and print large. I see the features of the abstract in the day-to-day underwater scenery. I love to take the viewer’s mind swimming—a visual trip through an underwater fantasy—while I share the ocean’s fragility and power. Capturing the beauty of underwater life and sharing it with the world is where I find the most pleasure. We as a people need to understand the importance of a strong and clean ocean and how we need to respect and protect her! Follow along on @chrisleidyphotography.

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L I F E S T Y L E , A R T & FA S H I O N T H E L O C A L S

Homeschooling:

The Joys of Learning

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y favorite childhood memories include spending time at home with my mom, listening to the sound of her soothing voice reading books on the sofa, painting with watercolors, and long walks together. These are the recollections of my education. I was homeschooled until the fourth grade. My memories are vivid and conjure up feelings of safety, fun and comfort. In contrast, most of my memories of public school include sitting at a desk, anxious to get outside!  The two experiences of education are vastly different, and simply put, gave me a deep desire to home educate my children. Now that I am grown with two boys of my own, the reality of educating them is a bit different. In the back of my mind, I wonder if I can give my kids a good education. I mean, my mom has a master's degree in education and I still count on my fingers!  My husband was sent to one of the top boarding schools in Dublin, Ireland.  His education was so important to his parents, he only saw his mom and dad two times a year. His parents, like all parents, wanted to give him the very best schooling possible. I'm sure he won’t admit this, but he was probably freaking out when I said, “I want to homeschool our boys.” Is that even a real education? At the back of any home educator's mind is the question, “Am I going to mess my kids up for life?” I think if we’re asking ourselves this question the answer is “NO!” It means we care. Education doesn’t have to be at a desk from early morning to afternoon with lots of homework; rather as the wise English educator, Charlotte Mason, puts it, “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life. Our aim in education is to give a full life. We owe it to them to initiate an immense number of interests. Life should be all living, and not merely a tedious passing of time; not all doing or all feeling or all thinking.” I hear in her wise words a gentle encouragement to me today to have fun teaching. If my boys are restless and having trouble listening, we go to the beach and pick up a sea pen and practice writing in the sand. We eat our lunch outside and read classic books. We memorize poems or Latin declensions while driving in the car. We examine how the sun sparkles on the water and paint what we see. We bake together and talk about the difference between liquid measurements and dry. The list of ways to learn is endless and so very fun! A little goes a long way. Love, patience, consistency, a good plan, and putting in the time throughout the day, even when it's not convenient. It takes a lot of effort in the beginning, as do all worthy endeavors. It takes grit to stay the course through tears and chaotic days, but the payoff is worth it. The truth is, we are all homeschooling our children. Let me say it again: we are all homeschooling our kids. Life is all about learning and learning is life. My goal is that my boys never stop discovering new things and that they see learning as fun and full of adventure! Education is an adventure we get to embark on together. Olivia Assaf is a wife and mother of two boys. She resides in Vero Beach where she home educates her children, writes screenplays and advocates for safer, cleaner beauty as a Beautycounter consultant. Follow her journey on Instagram @oliviaassaf.

Written and photographed by Olivia Assaf

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Western North Carolina:

The Wild Blue Yonder

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lue isn't just the color of the ocean and sky. It's abundant in the mountains, streams and landscapes of western North Carolina. If you’re lucky enough to vacation or have a home there, you know that the enchanting towns with their different personalities and architecture can be a wonderful juxtaposition to our Florida lifestyle. In the mountain towns are booming. Multimillion dollar homes are reaching for the beautiful blue sky, as their new owners say goodbye to big cities and high taxes. Artisans and artists have always flocked to this region, and more creatives are moving to the mountains and setting up shop to sell their handmade treasures. The downtown areas and their businesses are flourishing. Treasure hunts are always a fun part of a journey. We discovered some one-of-a-kind artisans in western North Carolina whose creations called to us. We met a young woodworker in his 30s who uses a band saw that Nikola Tesla worked with at his first job in 1907 with Thomas Edison at General Electric. To hear his enthusiasm for this industrial age beauty was heartwarming. His furniture—one-of-a-kind dovetail bureaus, tables and chairs—is incredible. He has a waiting list and

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routinely ships bedroom sets to Austin, Texas and other design hotspots nationwide. Daryl Parks used to build custom homes in Charleston, South Carolina and Birmingham, Alabama. He retired to the mountains to play golf and then found himself with the urge to carve wooden bowls. It became his passion and helped him cope when he lost his wife. His wood is culled only from fallen trees. Daryl says he is now taking a road in life less travelled and he’s loving it. We also met a couple with a huge hilltop antique shop on the way to Little Switzerland, North Carolina. It’s filled with vintage bowls and just about everything your heart could wish for. A most unusual asymmetrical bowl caught our eye at Artisun Gallery and Café, an art gallery with souvenirs, books and homemade ice cream. Located in Hot Springs, North Carolina, this town looks as if it belongs in a fairytale or a Thomas Kincade painting. It’s also home to Gentry Hardware, built from fieldstone from the 1940s and still owned and operated by the original family. It’s filled with general store goodies, a bin that still sells nails by the pound, and good, warm small-town conversation. Trust me, it’s time to suit up, slow down and take a trip into the wild blue yonder.

Written by Susan Harris Photography by Penny Tranchilla

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Saint Edward's School:

Lessons from the Sea

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s soon as we crested the causeway bridge and saw the Atlantic Ocean, my wife Mimi and I felt like we were coming home. We were blessed to raise our children in Hawaii, where I was Associate Head of School at Island Pacific Academy, then we tried our hand at mountain living in Tennessee. The lure of salt air and Saint Edward’s School drew us back to coastal living and we couldn’t be happier. Vero Beach has welcomed us with open arms. During our Hawaii days, my son Austin and I would surf in the mornings before school. The coastal lifestyle teaches important, sometimes humbling life experiences, but there are some unique lessons to be gained on a surfboard, and now, as I dive into the role as Head of School at Saint Edward’s, five of the most important lessons stand out to me: • Go for the good opportunities: wave sets aren’t always predictable, so don’t question when the best one comes along. • Push yourself until the hard stuff becomes easy: as a Desert Storm veteran, the “hard stuff ” occurred daily, but those days brought us here, to a school community that has embraced challenge and is remarkable in its ability to adapt. 38

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• Always look two steps ahead: on a board, this rule will keep you from getting a face full of salt. At school, it allows us to see and work toward an exciting and dynamic future, even in these days of a pandemic. • Practice: planning, preparation and execution, whether on a wave or guiding students through their life and education might feel repetitive some days, but discipline is the difference between average and exceptional. • Commit to your actions: once the decision is made to take the wave, see it through. Daily, I watch our faculty working toward master’s and doctorate degrees while raising their own families and attending athletic and arts events to support or coach their students. We are all taking the big wave in our own way, and it’s a joy for me to support the goals of our faculty and students. Now that Mimi and I find ourselves on the “right” coast, blessed to be a part of this school that is equally committed to nurturing the head, heart and hands of our students, I am thrilled to not only embody these lessons, but to share them with this special community of individuals. When I watch the sun set over the lagoon from the 20-yard line of Mersky Field, grab a quick lunch with middle school students on the dock, or even lend a hand gathering chicken eggs with the lower school students, I know that, just like when the perfect wave is headed my way, we’re all in for a really good ride.

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Ryder’s Food Fun:

A New Addition to Vero’s Food Scene

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yder’s—Food Fun is an exceptional new restaurant and gourmet market enlivening Cardinal Drive and the central beach area. The beautifully-designed store is owned and operated by five branches of the Ryder family and inspired by their culinary adventures around the world. It’s a busy place. Customers start streaming in and calling when the store opens for breakfast at 7 a.m., and then for their Dinner Tonight selection of take-out meals before the store closes at 8 p.m. Here are some of the items customers say they like best at Ryder’s: • Ryder’s signature burger which some are calling the best in Florida • The widest caviar selection in Vero • Their unique program to offer only carefully selected “great wines for under $25” • “The best Po’ Boys outside of New Orleans” • Take-out dinners for two from their Dinner Tonight selection featuring fresh meals from Ryder’s staff and some of Vero’s finest chefs • A selection of chocolates from France, Italy and the U.S. • Crispy French fries and sweet potato fries • Extraordinary deli salads made fresh by Ryder’s staff, including their best-selling poached chicken salad • New Orleans-style beignets • Delicious and healthy salad bowls • Premium olive oils and vinegars from around the world • Great salumi from some of America’s best makers • Sourdough baguettes baked fresh through the day • Heritage Duroc pork ribs slow-smoked on site • Parisian jams, jellies and cookies • An endless selection of food gifts for any occasion The feedback about Ryder’s is simply outstanding. It’s worth a visit. Learn more at RydersGourmetMarket.com.

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Goldilocks Wraps:

That’s an [Eco-Friendly] Wrap!

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he average person uses more than 2,000 square feet of plastic every year! My goal with Goldilocks is to reduce that to zero by replacing it with something that is not only practical, but beautiful as well. Goldilocks Wraps was founded in 2017 in order to create an all-natural, eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap. This core product is a reusable beeswax food wrap that is used to store fruits and vegetables, preserve cheeses, cover leftovers or take snacks on the go. Easily cleaned by rinsing in cool, soapy water, they are designed to last for a year or more. The inspiration for my wraps stems from a deep love of the ocean. A few years ago, I was volunteering with a shark conservation project in Fiji where I saw first-hand the impact plastic pollution was having on marine life. Once you see the waste we as humans are leaving behind in such a personal way, there’s no going back. Out of sight, out of mind was no longer an option. I vowed to reduce plastic consumption in my own life, which eventually grew into my business of making beeswax wraps. I wanted to give people an accessible, easy swap for a commonly used single use plastic. My vision was to create something that was beautiful, practical and inspired educational conversation about plastic consumption.  Why Goldilocks? Not too hot, not too cold, just right. Not only does this apply to the care of our wraps, but a belief that lasting change stems from a balanced lifestyle. People are often overwhelmed when starting their zero waste journey and choose to do nothing as a result. The key is to make small changes that can be maintained long-term and to add in new habits over time. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. Scientists also refer to the location of planet earth as the Goldilocks Zone, the perfect balance to foster life. 

Amy Hall is an Ontario native currently living in Victoria, British Columbia. She received her master’s degree in art history from Queen’s University before working as South Pond Farm’s wedding and event coordinator where she was featured on the series Taste of the Country on Netflix. Growing up in lake country instilled a deep appreciation for the water at an early age and she was able to combine her passions of art and ocean conservation by founding Goldilocks. Learn more at GoldilocksWraps.com.

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Less is More Not Living Bigger, Living Better

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few years back, Brian McDaniel was living in the middle of a forest on his14 acres in a tiny screened cottage with a loft. There was no air conditioning or fans, yet it was quite comfortable to live outside until that September when Brian broke down and bought a fan. Little did he know that by deciding to enclose his small cottage in the woods, he would spark so much interest on social media that it would launch his tiny house business. Brian is no stranger to construction. He was a custom builder in south Florida for many years. While small houses have existed forever, tiny houses on wheels became popular due to the 2008 recession, a subsequent housing crisis and a desire for many to pursue a simple lifestyle. Although not for everyone, de-cluttering, consuming less, and focusing on living a more financially sustainable lifestyle appears to be growing in popularity. Tiny houses are more in demand than ever before. Brian’s tiny houses are unique and one of a kind. He custom builds each one to the specific needs and wants of the client. The maximum square footage is between 400 and 600 square feet and built on wheels. It qualifies as an RV and you can tow it yourself. Each house is built with everything you love and most of the wood used is reclaimed, recycled and repurposed. Talk about leaving a tiny footprint! There are so many options you can add to your tiny house design, from an incinerator toilet to solar panels. Cost of tiny living is substantially less than conventional housing which makes it so much more attractive. The average tiny house is around $50-60,000. It’s very inexpensive to maintain, as well as you always have the option to move it to new and exciting destinations. It takes about 90 days from start to finish to build your tiny dream house. All you need is a place to park it and you’re all set! Live better. Live deliberately. Simple tiny house living allows you to focus on what you love! For more information on tiny house options, visit @FloridaTinyHouseBuilders or call (561) 436-4700.

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Christina Bruce Interiors:

Your Home, Your Haven

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f your family is anything like mine, our home is currently taking on new functions. Once just a house, it’s now an office, school, and as always, a safe haven. It’s easy to be overwhelmed right now by anxiety and new responsibilities. Here’s some advice on how to organize your home during these trying times, so that no matter what role it’s playing, it can serve as a sanctuary. Whether it’s an addition of a home office or a homeschool, organization and location are key to sanity. I think it’s important to be able to “close up shop” at the end of the work or school day. If you’re working in a shared area of the home, like the dining table, clearing off the space and returning it to its regular function will give you a sense of normalcy. This might be the time to clean out cabinets or a nearby closet so that items can be neatly and easily stored away. Always remember that the goal of organization is to store things vertically and not horizontally. Hanging floating shelves on the wall for papers and office equipment will give you a clear work space and maximize efficiency. Having a space that’s free of distractions can be a challenge with so many things happening under the same roof. Now might be the time to let go of that guest bedroom and convert it into the space you really need, be it an

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office or a quiet place just to relax. If you don’t have an extra room, try creating a small nook for a desk inside an empty closet. While this might not give you all the space you want, it’s easy to close the doors at the end of the day. Lastly, try to make your work area as enjoyable as possible. Decorate whatever space you have with items you love. Try painting the room or your nook a color that makes you smile. Some might need a bright color to feel energized, while others might prefer a calming shade. Whatever the current needs of your home and your family, I hope you can stay healthy and safe. Visit ChristinaBruceInteriors.com for more inspiration, or follow on @christinabruceinteriors.

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Go Nautical:

Whale Fin Houseplant

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ere on the Treasure Coast, surrounded by the ocean and Indian River Lagoon, we love to get into the nautical spirit. From fishadorned license plates to West Indian architecture, we fill our lives with daily reminders of living by the sea. Adding a Whale Fin Snake Plant— Sansevieria masoniana—to your houseplant collection is a hassle-free and unique addition that will enhance your nautical motif. The Whale Fin gets attention for its huge leaves. Broad and contoured, they look like they were taken right off a humpback and stuck in a pot. They stretch skyward, growing slowly, often with only a few fins at a time. It will take patience to experience new fins, but that’s about all you will need to enjoy these unique plants because caring for them is easy. Once you get your Sansevieria, place it in good light. That’s ideal. It will tolerate low light, but doesn’t really thrive in a dark location. In fact, it can handle a fair amount of sunshine and should be placed in a brightly lit spot with some direct sunshine. That could be near almost any window in a Florida home. Once you’ve chosen a location, thoroughly water it until the water seeps through the pot’s drain holes. Then remove the extra water and let the soil dry out completely. Repeat weekly. It’s that simple. For the greener thumb, you can propagate Whale Fins on your own. Once you get your first Sansevieria started, get a small new pot, terra cotta is ideal, and fill it with a good draining soil mix – the kind used for succulents and cactus. If your plant has more than one leaf, divide the plant at the roots

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and place the new plant in its own pot. That’s it! You can also propagate this plant by taking a leaf cutting and putting it in water until it roots or placing the leaf cutting in soil where it will develop roots. The Whale Fin houseplant adds a unique, tropical look to any Florida home and can be grown by anyone. It survives in almost any light, needs only weekly watering, and can be propagated with ease. Once you get your first one, you’ll be on your way and you’ll probably wonder how your home was ever without a Whale Fin Sansevieria masoniana. For more information, call (772) 563-0071 or visit AielloLandscape.com.

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Hazel House:

The Finishing Touch

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ast month we announced the latest addition to our services at Hazel House, Kitchen + Bath. We revealed the newly finished space within the retail store that features our cabinetry lines, Crestwood and Koch, and all the pieces that make this division so spectacular. But it doesn’t stop there! Once we help you work through the perfect design and select cabinets, we select the finishes for what will soon be your completed project.  For countertops, we knew we wanted to showcase quartz because of its versatility and easy care. We’re proud to represent Florida-based manufacturer, Pompeii Quartz, because of their extensive color palette and variety of patterns and styles. The advantages of quartz products are endless. Resistance to heat, staining, cracking, chipping, scratching and abrasion are the top reasons this material is becoming the most popular in kitchen design. Customers no longer need to worry about unsightly rings or stains on the most used surface in the home. Quartz is easy to

clean and offers a 15-year residential warranty. We also provide selections for cabinet knobs and pulls. Known as the “jewelry of the kitchen/bath,” hardware enhances the design of the entire space. As a Top Knobs vendor, we have access to the most extensive line of premium quality hardware to suit all tastes and styles. Top Knobs is the leader and trendsetter for the professional decorative hardware industry. Whether you’re looking to add a vintage feel with brass, or lean more contemporary with cooler tones, we’ll make sure your hardware makes a visual impact. Perhaps our favorite finishing touch: lighting. Nothing rounds out a well-designed kitchen like the perfect combination of pendants and sconces. Our partnership with the industry-recognized Hudson Valley Lighting Group provides our clients with the highest standard in lighting. HVL offers something for every space. Whether you’re looking for the perfect sconce for a powder room or specifying lighting for an entire new build, we promise style at every turn. Our studio is open during retail hours for inspiration, but we highly recommend booking an appointment with our kitchen designer, Jessica Mahoney. Call  (772) 213-3024 or email jessica@hazelhousevero.com.

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Peace, Clarity and Wisdom:

Project Moon Gate

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e called it project Moon Gate… and little did we know it was the perfect moniker. I wanted a moon gate in our garden ever since my mother passed away two years ago at the age of 89. She lived with us and we were garden buddies in our ‘Jungle Garden’ for the past 15 years. In ancient Asian lore, walking through a moon gate brings clarity and wisdom. In Bermuda, it is said that newlyweds walking through these mystical and magical gates hand in hand will have a long marriage full of luck, wisdom and peace. I wasn’t sure how I would even craft such a thing. A friend suggested using a trampoline base, which reminded me that buried under 50 years of dirt and entangled in gnarly roots was a huge piece of metal that had long ago surrounded a tree, also long gone, on the property. On Mother’s Day, while home during the pandemic, my son helped me dig this monster piece of metal up. It took the better part of two days and came up in two half circle pieces clamped together. Once excavated, it made

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a 10-foot circle that was four inches wide. I knew it was going to become our moon gate. A fabulous local welder (Indian River All-Fab, Inc.) welded the pieces of aluminum together and created a foundation that we buried into the ground with 200 lbs. of cement. The welder also found a metal tag with a serial number and part name on it and cleaned it up for us. A search of the number suggests that it is a payload fairing from a rocket ship! We will never be able to get the full story from the folks that buried that piece of metal 50 years or so ago (and built our house) as they are long gone, but we continue to be amazed and grateful for the magical moon gate seated in our garden. There is a true feeling of peace, clarity and wisdom walking through it—and perhaps even luck!

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Start Thinking About Summer in the Mountains

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e’re welcoming 2021 like a breath of fresh, mountain air! We can all agree 2020 was a challenging year that derailed a lot of our favorite pastimes and traditions. We’re looking forward to a summer that will make up for it, and where better to enjoy the summer than the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina? The crisp blue skies and the dramatic vistas make it a beauty to behold. A long list of festivals and activities will help you make the most of the cool summer days of 2021. In addition to river rafting and kayaking, breathtaking mountain hikes, refreshing tube rides and homemade ice cream, your summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains can include: • Toe River Art Studio tours, Burnsville (Mountain Air’s “downtown”) • Yancey County Farmers Market, Burnsville • Art in the Park, Asheville • Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival, Spruce Pine • Biltmore Summer Concert Series, Asheville • Mountain Air’s Ascent 5K. Start training now for this road race that climbs 1,800 feet from the community's gate to the air strip at the top. That’s just a taste of what you can enjoy as a member at Western North Carolina’s destination mountain community of Mountain Air. In addition to outdoor concerts, family events and an always-memorable Fourth of July Extravaganza, Mountain Air offers its members and guests a true mountain golf course experience, trails, parks and a whole host of amenities that take advantage of its elevated location. Situated at the top of Mountain Air is its 2,875-foot mountaintop runway. At 4,400 feet, it’s the highest runway east of the Mississippi! Members can fly in just after breakfast for a morning round of golf, grab some lunch with friends, then fly-out for adventures unknown, having never descended to sea level. Located just steps from the runway, Slickrock Village Green serves as the centerpiece of the club, offering a host of amenities for every member of the family, along with the finest views in the community. Members and guests meet, gather, dine and laugh here. Every summer is a new adventure at Mountain Air. The amenities and activities are all designed to coax families to get outside, embrace the natural setting and come together to make memories that will last a lifetime. Discover Mountain Air—where you can enjoy summer, play in the mountains and make memories. Offering custom homes, homesites and condominiums, Mountain Air is now scheduling private visits for the spring and summer. Schedule yours by visiting MountainAirNC.com.

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Native Birds:

Open Your Eyes and Ears to the World of Birding

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et outdoors to take a breath of fresh air. Wake up with wildlife and learn about our feathered friends as you meander on your morning walk through your neighborhood, on the beach, Jungle Trail or during your round of golf if you’re an early tee-timer. Here in North America, migration began back in October when we started seeing many species of warblers and many others passing through heading to their winter wonderlands. What birds do you see that begin a trend of the start of migration for you? For me as the owner of Native Bird Boxes, Inc., it’s seeing those mentioned warblers primarily. How is it you see them? Remember the old adage, “The early bird gets the worm?” When the sun rises, you’ll see many of the diurnal species as they begin their day. They wake, go to the bathroom and begin to forage… sounds kind of familiar, right? Can you tolerate sitting quietly to hear their morning songs or their fast flitting activity high in the tree canopy as you enjoy that morning cup of Joe while reading the newspaper? Is the first bird you hear a northern mockingbird calling out before the sun rises to let everyone know the day is about to begin? Or is it a mourning dove cooing as the day begins? This time of year, we start to pay attention to the early nesters for the upcoming season. We’ll focus on warblers in the southeastern U.S. for their beautiful colors and songs, as they don’t nest here. We’ll focus on the bald eagles, ospreys, great horned owls, barred owls, barn owls and eastern screech owls for their nesting. We enjoy our cavity dwelling (birdhouse) species, as this is a primary focus for us and the data we collect. With that said, the eastern screech owl, Megascops asio, is the smallest cavity dwelling raptor that enjoys using a birdhouse. This beautiful owl will 66

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only use the birdhouse or a cavity (hole in a hardwood or palm) when it’s time to raise young, typically December through May for our southeastern U.S. region. Only 7 to 10 inches tall, it blends perfectly into its surroundings acting like a bump on a limb. This owl can be one of three colors, brown phase, reddish phase, or a gray phase. Try listening for them at night. You’ll need a few quiet moments, then turn your ears toward the trees for their pretty little songs. They often sit on the corner of a lanai, mailbox, or fire hydrant as they begin their evening activities, foraging for insects and rodents. One early morning when walking from Sexton Plaza towards the Merrill P. Barber Bridge, I was fortunate enough to hear a pair calling back and forth before the sun rose. That’s a hint for the nocturnal species: look and listen for those specific species during the time of day they’re awake. Open your eyes and ears to the birding world. Put up a birdhouse and see what species investigate this new residence to raise their young, or add a bird feeder to entice eclectic species with specific feed for warblers or a top songbird like the painted bunting. We’re fortunate to have so many eco-friendly, urban green spaces like golf courses, parks, nature trails and preserves to visit. And our very own backyards to hear and observe nature’s feathered friends calling these places home year-round or annually during their winter migration. I hope this new year will bring great fun and hope for new beginnings! For more information, contact Brian@NativeBirdBoxes.com and follow along on @NativeBirdBoxes.

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Self Care Made Simple:

Forest Bathing and Nature Therapy

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e could all use some self-care these days. Forest bathing and nature therapy is a wellness practice sweeping the globe that’s accessible to everyone. Just go outside! The Japanese art of forest bathing, or Shinrin Yoku, is the restorative practice of immersing oneself in nature, inviting healing for the body and mind. Participants who go forest bathing with a certified nature and forest therapy guide learn to quiet their minds, awaken their senses, and discover new methods to make the most of every future outdoor experience. Each session begins with a guided meditation, followed by a slow, gentle walk, and a series of thoughtfully crafted activities that invite participants to experience nature in a new way. The experience culminates in a tea ceremony where everyone has an opportunity to share their observations and experiences. For those who can’t make it to Western North Carolina to experience a personally guided forest bathing walk, workshops are available for download and live experiences are offered via Zoom. Participate from your own yard or favorite park. In an effort to make this practice available to everyone, sessions are priced on a sliding scale. Pay what you can afford, or request a scholarship. Register at Natural-Wanders.com. Learn more at Portfolio-VeroBeach.com.

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American White Pelican:

Florida’s Feathered Snowbird

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hile the brown pelican is a common year-round sight in Florida on boat docks or concrete pilings, a rare glimpse of the American white pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, is a winter delight. If you’re lucky, you can spot flocks of these large water birds during cooler months along Florida’s coastline and in wetland habitats, such as marshes, lakes and rivers. In the summer, adult white pelicans breed in colonies on lakes in the interior of western Canada and the northwestern United States. As northern waters begin to freeze, making it difficult to find food, they migrate south for the winter to southern Mexico, southern California, Florida, and along the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. One of the largest birds in all of North America, they stand up to 5-feet tall and possess an impressive 9-foot wingspan, second only to the California condor. Mostly white, their black wing tips are only revealed in flight as they soar high in the sky forming a V as they ride thermals, updrafts of warm air that rise from the ground into the sky. In addition to being nearly twice the size of brown pelicans, they also have a different feeding strategy—the American white pelican does not dive for fish. Groups of these birds work together and swim in a circle to corral fish, dip their heads underwater, and then scoop up the fish into their orange 68

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pouches. They’re also thieves, stealing fish from other pelicans and birds, particularly seagulls and cormorants. Experts estimate they’re successful as much as one out of every three attempts. Currently, white pelicans are not threatened or endangered, but they are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 and have experienced population declines in the past, due to death from direct exposure to pesticides, like DDT, and from reproductive failure due to eggshell thinning, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Now, they face threats due entanglement with monofilament fishing line, which can lead to disfigurement and death. Luckily, initiatives are in place to help prevent seabird entanglement. In Florida, there are more than 1,600 bins located around the state collecting fishing line, as part of the statewide Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program. These are located at boat ramps, fishing piers, marinas, tackle shops, and many fishing supply stores. In South Florida, good places to spot white pelicans are at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Fort Pierce Inlet and Viera Wetlands.

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erhaps the most unique qualities of Florida include the consistently warm climate and a geographic environment surrounded by water on all three sides. While Florida has a mild winter climate as opposed to many other states in the U.S., temperature has a significant impact on our fisheries. On the Treasure Coast, the Indian River Lagoon has an average depth of 3.5 feet. If the ambient air temperature drops 10 to 15 degrees overnight, the water temperature will almost drop at exactly the same rate. This sudden shock in temperature variation can have multiple effects on the productivity of certain species. Warm water species such as a tarpon and snook can be very challenging to catch. However, other species thrive in cool temperatures like pompano, sea trout and redfish. The world record pompano was caught right here in Vero Beach, so it stands to reason that some of the best fishing for this tasty species is right in our own backyard. The Treasure Coast also has a great offshore fishery when the temperature drops. One of the most productive fisheries during winter is the annual migration of sailfish off our coasts. January 4-9 marks the 2021 Pelican Yacht Club Billfish Invitational, one of the top sailfish tournaments in the state. Like a lot of things in life, timing is everything. Statistically, December through February is the most productive time of year to target these unique, highly sought-after fish. For inshore and offshore charter inquiries, please contact Captain Sam Atwell at sam@downseacharters.com, or call (772) 532-9347. You can also find him on @captsamatwell.

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very night, the planet’s largest migration happens as animals travel from the depths of the ocean to feed at the surface. As the sun rises, they return back to the water column’s middle region, called the mesopelagic zone (ranging from about 500 to 3,000 feet) and it’s one of most understudied areas of the world’s oceans. Michael Twardowski, PhD, a research professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, hopes to use new technologies to shed light on this twilight zone and its many creatures. “Since the beginning of oceanography in the early nineteenth century, the big advances have been the result of new developments in technology,” he says. Little is known about the twilight zone, despite the fact that it contains up to 90 percent of the world’s total fish biomass. “It’s a challenging environment due to the depth and many animals just swim away from any instruments you deploy,” Mike says. So, he’s working on new remote ways to study the organisms without being detected, such as using imaging with laser light. Mike is a scientist in field optical oceanography, the study of how light passes through the water. Specifically, he’s interested in developing new technologies to address problems in satellite ocean color remote sensing, harmful algal blooms, and oil detection, among others. To do this work, he’s often collaborating with engineers. “As a scientist, you understand the technology needed and then you interact with engineers who will help you develop those technologies,” he says. In 1998, Mike earned a PhD in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, one of the country’s top oceanography programs. Before coming to FAU’s Harbor Branch, he was director of research at WET Labs, Inc. for 10 years, a company specializing in advancing oceanography instruments, particularly those related to optical sensors. In 2015, Mike came to Harbor Branch as a research professor, and he also holds an affiliate professor position in ocean engineering at FAU.

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One of Mike’s current projects is with NASA’s new PACE satellite mission to study the ocean ecosystem. The environmental research satellite is set to launch aboard the Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in late 2022. His role is to help develop the physical models to interpret the ocean color imagery, which will contribute to global models for the carbon cycle. “Considering the ocean accounts for up to half of the planet’s uptake of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, these images will be incredibly important in our understanding of climate change,” Mike says. In his own backyard, Mike is part of the Florida Center for Coastal and Human Health funded by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation to learn more about harmful algal blooms in the Indian River Lagoon, recognized as an “Estuary of National Significance” by U.S. Congress. Part of the center’s goal is to better understand the algal organisms producing the toxins, their distributions, and the environmental conditions that drive the toxins. To help do that, Mike’s role is to advance the algorithms for synoptically detecting coastal algae from ocean color images. In addition, Mike is the lead scientist on a new $10 million Navy project to study light emitted from ocean organisms, a process known as bioluminescence, and has other Navy projects related to improving our ability to understand ocean color and detection from the miniature satellites called CubeSats. This research is developing ways to better monitor and predict environmental conditions, such as visibility in the water, which directly relates to Navy operations. “Ultimately, if these models work better, we could be saving lives and supporting our national security. That’s one of the reasons I love my job.” Learn more at FAU.edu/hboi/flcchh.

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Recovering from Stress:

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he dawn of 2021 breaks with a glimmer of hope for a better year than the last. The stress of 2020 has been unprecedented, but our ability to bounce back from such extreme circumstances is in part determined by our resilience. Strong resilience helps us recover quickly from the difficulties and struggles life often presents. Physical resilience can be developed through good habits like getting adequate sleep, exercise, hydration and nutrition. These fundamental necessities help your body function optimally and promote healing when challenged by stress or illness. In addition to the essentials, functional medicine doctors recommend specific nutritional supplements to give your body the extra boost it needs to reduce risk of illness and better cope with prolonged stress. Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Zinc, N-Acetyl-cysteine, glutathione, quercetin, CBD and melatonin have been extensively studied and validated by research for building immune resilience, lowering inflammation and mitigating the more severe symptoms of COVID-19. Working with an expert in natural medicine will ensure you’re taking the necessary supplements at proper dosages for maximum benefit. Emotional resilience requires the belief in ourselves that we can persevere and overcome hardship. When we become overwhelmed with feelings of fear, anger, helplessness, insecurity, despair, anxiety or sadness, we can practice meditation, mindfulness or yoga or obtain professional services like therapy, support groups or Neuro-Emotional Technique to restore inner peace.

Cultivating emotional resilience allows us to accept what we cannot control or change so we feel safe in the present moment. Religion, spirituality or a belief in something greater than ourselves encourages us to trust, surrender, forgive, lend a helping hand and have gratitude for our blessings. Communities must also be resilient in order to thrive. Supporting each other is critical during times like these. We can all triumph over tragedy when we focus beyond our own needs and contribute to the greater good. Charitable organizations and local businesses need your donations and patronage to survive. As you consider ways to shop local, please remember our office when purchasing nutritional supplements. We carry the highest quality products available which are vetted for purity, potency and efficacy. You can truly make a difference by supporting local businesses. At Indian River Acupuncture and Functional Medicine, we have four experienced practitioners who can help you develop physical and emotional resilience so you can bend without breaking. To discuss your health concerns, call our office to schedule a consultation, (772) 564-8383 or visit IndianRiverAcupuncture.com for more information.

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s we welcome 2021, I don’t even know where to begin with the philosophical implications of initiating this new chapter. Never mind the chapter, let’s make it a whole new book! I don’t know what it is about a new year that feels like a whole different ball game, especially this one. It’s like we all graduated from some sort of PhD of the soul. All jokes aside, take a moment to acknowledge that you are, in fact, an evolved version of who you were before. You are not the same person you were a year ago. Take a moment to close your eyes and breathe deeply. Take to heart who you are now, what you need now, and what life you want to create moving forward. This will probably take more than one sitting, but nonetheless, it gets the wheels turning. And by all means, write it down if you feel called to do so. Now, imagine that you have an opportunity to begin anew – to start over from this completely new space. Imagine that the possibilities are boundless and that there is a wealth of knowledge within that supports you in the process. Breathe in, breathe out. Take it all in and take a moment to check on how this makes you feel. Are you joyful, nervous, full of anticipation? Whatever it is, release it with an exhale. Breathe in once more and sit in the awareness that this is, in essence, a blank slate. A good moment to start, where you are with what you have, to create the life that you aspire and envision. Breathe out, what will you make of it? Whatever a life well lived means to each of us, my wish for 2021 is that we find inner peace and joy in the process, remember to be on the lookout for the magic present in our lives, and most of all, may we make our time here worth it.

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ith the legalization of medical marijuana in the state of Florida, more people are choosing to explore cannabis for a variety of reasons. We talked with Yesenia Garcia from Curaleaf, America’s largest provider of consumer products in cannabis who operate dispensaries throughout the country with locations in Florida, including Palm Bay, Fort Pierce and Jensen Beach. We discussed why folks are turning to cannabis, common misconceptions, and the future of marijuana. PVB: Describe your average Florida customer. Why are they choosing to partake? YG: Just as we believe that cannabis isn’t one-size-fits-all, there is not an average Curaleaf patient. We cater to a wide variety of patients, of all ages and backgrounds. The commonality that our patients are seeking is relief from their ailments and the desire to improve their quality of life. PVB: What are the pros/cons and common misconceptions regarding the consumption of marijuana? YG: The stigma attached to cannabis still remains today despite public support and evolving legalization efforts made nationwide. Our dispensaries offer patients a safe-zone where they can freely explore the options available to them without judgment while also educating them and reassuring their decision to seek an alternative method to traditional pharmaceutical medications. Curaleaf prides itself as an educated, compassionate guide for patients who make the decision to incorporate cannabis into their daily routine. The goal is to meet the patient’s needs, so that everyone may consume cannabis with ease, clarity and confidence. Our knowledgeable dispensary associates work with the patient to educate and guide them. By offering a strong educational platform to our patients, we hope to help them ease into the experience and feel comfortable as a medical cannabis user. PVB: What are the steps to getting a medical card and purchasing from one of your Florida dispensaries?  YG: First, a patient must be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. They then must be entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry by their qualified physician. Patients and their Caregivers will then apply for their Registry Identification Card. Once the Registry Identification Card application has been approved and the patient has an active order from their physician, they can contact a local Curaleaf Dispensary to fill their order. We offer curbside pickup as well as free delivery. To find a dispensary or to order online, visit our website curaleaf.com/locations/#florida.

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PVB: How does medical marijuana available to card-carriers in Florida differ from recreational marijuana available to the general public in states like California and Colorado? YG: Because Curaleaf is a leading U.S. provider of consumer products in cannabis, comparable products are available in each market. As an example, our edibles (NANO Chews and Classic Chews) do not contain any natural or artificial color additives per Florida state regulations. However, while the formulation is similar, in adult-use markets edible products are often produced in primary colors and can be referred to as “Gummies”. In Florida, Curaleaf is vertically integrated and remains compliant with the rules and guidelines set forth by the Department of Health and State. Patients and caregivers are required to have an active identification card to purchase and be in possession of medical marijuana in Florida. Patients must also have an order from a qualified physician to purchase medical marijuana whereas in adult-use markets, customers can walk into our dispensaries and purchase product from one of our expert associates.   PVB: What are your specialties and most popular products? YG: While our specialty is our education and customer service, our oil remains the strongest of our categories. We offer multiple lines of oil in vaporizer cartridge form that provide our patients multiple options to choose from. Our RSO, NANO line, and first-to-market sublingual tablets have also been very well received in Florida. Recognizing that the demand continues to exceed available supply, we are expanding our cultivation capacity to allow for a greater supply of product. We also look forward to expanding our presence across the state in 2021.   PVB: Do you sell CBD products (without THC) to people  without a medical marijuana card? YG: Curaleaf currently offers licensed patients CBD with a very low percentage of THC. This is offered in multiple forms such as topical balm, tincture and capsule form. We currently do not sell hemp in our dispensaries. PVB: How has the pandemic changed the way people consume cannabis? YG: At the state level, we have not seen a change in the consumption or purchasing habits of our patients. However, we have seen an increase in new patient applicants. Because of our essential service designation, Curaleaf locations remained open with appropriate measures to protect our employees and our patients. Despite the pandemic, our business in Florida remains strong and we are committed to serving the growing base of more than 440,000 registered medical patients in the state. We have expanded our retail operations, opening new dispensaries and now have 33 total storefronts in Florida. Each of the new dispensaries has hired an average of 11 employees, bringing the total number of jobs created by Curaleaf across the state to 722, including cultivation and processing facilities, as well.   PVB: What measures are you taking to ensure safe shopping at your dispensaries during the pandemic? YG: At Curaleaf, the health of our patients, customers, and staff is our foremost priority as we navigate the evolving situation. We

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understand that access to our facilities offers a real benefit to our customers’ health, so we want to ensure that those experiences are as safe as possible. We were the first dispensary to eliminate delivery fees in the state. We implemented curbside services so that our patients have the option to pick up medicine from the comfort of their vehicle—eliminating foot traffic inside dispensaries. We also have drive-thru services available at our Miami Airport, East Orlando and Palm Harbor locations. PVB: Where do you see the future of cannabis in Florida? Can you estimate a timeline for recreational use? YG: We are seeing momentous strides within the industry as seen in the 2020 Election with Arizona and New Jersey passing adult-use. The increasingly mainstream role that cannabis plays in society today is being recognized. At Curaleaf, innovation and quality stay top of mind as we expand our product offerings to meet the evolving

demands in the market. Our company was built supporting patients in a medical cannabis environment, but we support adult-use regulations that ensure consumer safety, proper testing, security protocols, and the creation of a retail environment that is safe, convenient, and appealing. Curaleaf has grown rapidly to become the largest cannabis provider in the United States. We have done this through a combination of committed key shareholders who recognize the enormous opportunity that lies ahead and through a world-class leadership team that brings its extensive experience to the nascent cannabis industry. We look forward to seeing if a recreational marijuana legalization amendment makes it on Florida's 2022 ballot. PVB: Is there anything else you would like to share with folks in Florida who are relatively new to the cannabis scene? YG: "Cannabis with Confidence" is our promise to our patients. For our patients to have complete confidence in Curaleaf, it’s not just about what we grow, but how we grow it, and who we affect along the way. We are "Rooted in Good" and are proud of the work we do in the communities where we live and work. Our dispensaries offer all patients an open, safe space to explore the world of medical cannabis and begin their journey with medical cannabis. Learn more at Curaleaf.com.

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The Pack:

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y dog story began when I was about 12, walking neighborhood dogs for money so I could buy Boy Scout equipment and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It then picks up at age 30 after finishing a deployment to Kuwait with the Army. My original plan was to stay for a few months in Florida with my family, then move back to Massachusetts. After eight years in the Army and not seeing the ocean in two years, I was motivated to move here. My mom decided to bring Nessia and Fergus, two Scotties into the house. She asked if I minded and I said, “Go for it, I don’t see how they will effect me.” Well, it turns out they affected everything about my life.   Post deployment, I had my own fears and anxieties to overcome. Walking with Nessia and Fergus helped resolve some of those fears. These two young terriers gave me the security to know that no one could sneak up on me. This gave me the confidence to walk around at night more often. These two little furry therapists have been my best friends. It wasn’t long before the terriers began outsmarting me, so we enrolled in a training class at PetSmart. Soon after, I was offered a job as a trainer at PetSmart. My original plan was to become a smoke jumper out west, but my mother strongly suggested I try this dog thing out first. I’m happy that I followed her advice and my heart. I spent two years teaching beginner, intermediate and advanced classes. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn something new and immerse myself further into the world of dogs. I began volunteering with local service dog trainers and learning the intricate world of teaching behaviors for hearing, mobility and PTSD task work. After two years at Petsmart, I was then offered a job at a local dog

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daycare and training facility. It was an amazing experience to be in a yard with 20-30 dogs at a time. I learned about dog behavior in their environment, free from humans and our restrictions. I moved on to focus solely on service dogs and helping the veteran community, volunteering and becoming executive officer of Next Generation Veterans of Indian River County or simply “NextGen.” This role has given me a sense of purpose and introduced me to many great friends. Shortly after the birth of my daughter, I became a stay-at-home dad, which was a beautiful experience. During that time, another set of dogs inspired me to keep the dog work going: two poodles named Bentley and Braden. I began walking them simply to help their human, and I thought it would be fun for my daughter, Lucy. When Lucy began school last year, I found myself with some extra time on my hands. I continued to work with the poodles and our pack grew. I’m now spending time with 8-10 dogs a day at a fenced space that I’ve created where dogs can be free and learn. Here they can socialize and develop basic skills such as look, come here, sit and stay. I’m also teaching advanced behaviors such as agility, nose work, carrying items and off-leash training. My passion for helping dogs and the veteran community is what drives me. It’s with humility and gratitude that I get to do this work and share the teaching of the dog! You can reach me at (772) 321-2002.

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here’s nothing more heartwarming than adopting a pet in need. Every year, there are pets arriving in our area from nearby states and from the islands. Some shelters like Big Dog Ranch adopted hundreds of dogs from the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. Dogs found homeless after tragic storms are typically very sweet, kind dogs that just need a new home and a family to love. Blair Maise, lead director of Marine Mammal Rescue for NOAA, was ready for a new furry family member and found a 2-year-old rescue from the Bahamas. She named her Abaco. Now, Abaco has become a big part of the family and enjoys beach walks and supporting Blair’s daily rescue efforts. Adopting shelter or rescue pets helps more than the animals; it’s also for the greater good of our community and surrounding areas. Shelters need all the help they can get to place these great personalities into loving homes. If you aren’t able to adopt, consider helping by fostering or volunteering at a local shelter. Many pets just have simply been caught in a bad situation and are given up due to unfortunate circumstances. 

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Our local Humane Society cares for a variety of animals, including guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils who make wonderful pets, as well. When heading out to look for a new family member, please visit our local shelters. There’s a warm heart and wet nose out there waiting to be your next best friend.  Vero Beach Veterinary Hospital warmly welcomes all pets and their families. Visit us at 498 22nd Place in Miracle Mile. Learn more at VeroBeachVeterinary.com.

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wo years ago, Pam Hund and her husband Jake shared a vision. The newlyweds imagined transforming her family's 10-acre palm tree farm into a wedding and special events venue. “I just kept coming back to this idea,” Pam says. The couple, who married in 2018 on the beautiful beaches of Tulum, knew exactly what they were looking for. Inspired by Mexico and fans of the boho-chic vibe, the Hunds wanted to capture that same ethos and bring it to life in their hometown. They had just the spot. “The endless grounds of natural Florida habitat, a dense mangrove forest, rows of palm trees, oak canopies, vast green fields and a cool breeze off the Indian River Lagoon made this an ideal location,” she says. Tree House Vero Beach was completed in the fall of 2020. The brand-new build is nestled amongst a picturesque backdrop perfect for ceremonies, cocktail parties and special celebrations. The 4,000-square-foot reception area is complete with a covered, open-air dining and dancing space, two indoor air-conditioned lounges, six restrooms (two of which are ADA accessible), and a catering kitchen. The modern reception building has a crisp, clean aesthetic with tropical finishes. Rattan lights hang from the open-air rafters to illuminate the dance floor. Tables are set with ivory colored linens, earth-toned glassware, and bamboo folding chairs. The bar, called “Cedar Shack,” was built by Pam’s father and has been in the family for years. Located just north of Vero Beach off of U.S. 1, the venue can comfortably accommodate a wide range of groups. Tree House can welcome up to 200 guests or play host to small and intimate gatherings.

When creating Tree House, Pam wanted to provide each client the opportunity to create her dream day. “I wanted to give brides the option to transform the space into their own vision,” she says. From the modern minimalist bride, who wants the small details taken care of, to the bride throwing a huge celebration, there are several different packages offered. Tree House is also available for special events—rehearsal dinners, brunches, birthdays, graduation parties, celebrations of life, bridal showers, baby showers, private events and more. The Hunds managed to create an elegant venue that embodies a true sense of what makes Vero Beach so special. “To me, this just feels like home,” Pam says. Tree House is located at 8010 43rd Avenue in Vero Beach. Tours are available upon request. Learn more at TreeHouseVeroBeach.com. “This styled shoot (pictured above) mimics a “dream wedding” so future couples can envision the possibilities at Tree House,” says Pam Hund. It showcases the talent of local vendors, bringing to life the full aesthetic of Tree House. The vibe was a neutral, earth tone color palette; inspiration from Tulum and Australian wedding trends; natural materials and textures, playing off the natural landscape and Tree House architecture; and lastly, a little boho and a little modern.

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haron Bastide felt the sea pull her to the Treasure Coast. After several coastal cruising trips from Cape May, New Jersey to Vero Beach and on to bluer waters, Sharon decided to make Vero her home port in 2011. Soon after, she joined Client 1st Advisory Group, a full-service financial planning and fiduciary SEC registered investment advisory firm serving clients since 2006. Sharon has spent more than 35 years in the financial industry. Her background includes 26 years with Merrill Lynch where she began her career as a financial advisor, then as a vice president and manager in corporate debt finance and trading in New York City. Sharon also served as a vice president and manager in the retirement group at Merrill Lynch focusing on retirement plan solutions for institutions and plan participants. For more than 8 years, Sharon specialized in investment education and investment communication. During that time, she worked with many S&P 500 companies to help increase the value of their plans as seen by their employees. Today, she continues to enjoy helping individuals focus on their goals and financial wellness. Sharon knows a thing or two about sailing, as well as investing, markets and retirement planning. She’s seen rough waters on land, sea and if you will, the financial markets. At Client 1st, she’s committed that the wealth management services provided go beyond the investment piece and are comprehensive. This includes tax minimization strategies, estate planning, charitable planning and basically being your financial “Captain,” ensuring that you’re taking advantage of all the strategies available to you. The goal is to preserve your wealth and have it work for you with the least amount of risk. Whether it’s sailing or financial planning, it requires teamwork. At Client 1st, you’ll find a team of experienced professionals. Our advisors have decades of experience in financial services and the credentials to match. They're committed to helping you and giving you financial peace of mind and smooth sailing. Client 1st is located at 4445 Highway A1A, Suite 239 in Vero Beach, with additional offices in Clearwater, Florida and Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Visit C1AG.com or call (772) 231-3122 for more information.

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the spread FOOD & DRINK BEACH BITES 1840 Wabasso Beach Road Vero Beach, FL (772) 581-0700 BeachBites.Biz CHELSEA’S ON CARDINAL 3201 Cardinal Drive Vero Beach, FL (772) 234-8300 ChelseasOnCardinal.com COBALT RESTAURANT 3500 Ocean Drive Vero Beach, FL (772) 469-1060 CobaltRestaurant.com COUNTRYSIDE CITRUS 3300 Ocean Drive Vero Beach, FL (772) 234-8299 CountrysideCitrus.com

EL SID TAQUERIA 3300 Ocean Drive Vero Beach, FL (772) 234-8299 GARAGE PIZZA 2217 7th Avenue, Suite B Vero Beach, FL (772) 907-5032 GaragePizzaVero.com HEATON’S 3500 Ocean Drive Vero Beach, FL (772) 231-5666 CobaltRestaurant.com JAYCEE PARK SEASIDE GRILL 4200 Ocean Drive Vero Beach, FL (772) 231-1911 OSCEOLA ORGANIC FARM 6980 33rd Street Vero Beach, FL (772) 567-1530 OsceolaOrganicFarm.com


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RHONDA’S SEAFOOD 29 Royal Palm Pointe, #4 Vero Beach, FL (772) 473-6388 RhondasSeafood.com RYDER’S GOURMET MARKET 3106 Cardinal Drive Vero Beach, FL (772) 500-3663 RydersGourmetMarket.com TRATTORIA DARIO 1555 Ocean Drive Vero Beach, FL (772) 231-1818 TrattoriaDario.com VILLAGE BEACH MARKET 4905 N. A1A Vero Beach, FL (772) 231-8135 VillageBeachMarket.com

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EVENTOLOGIE (786) 262-0558 TheEventologie.com HAZEL HOUSE 1880 Old Dixie Hwy Vero Beach, FL (772) 213-3024 HazelHouseVero.com HURYN CONSTRUCTION 1902 Wilbur Avenue Vero Beach, FL (772) 234-4130 HurynConstruction.com VILLA REALTY ASSOCIATES 2925 Cardinal Drive, Suite I Vero Beach, FL (772) 360-4572 - Office (772) 453-4318 - Cell JOHN’S ISLAND REAL ESTATE COMPANY 1 Johns Island Drive Vero Beach, FL (772) 231-0900 JohnsIslandRealEstate.com

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CLIENT 1ST ADVISORY GROUP 4445 Highway A1A, Suite 239 Vero Beach, FL (772) 231-3122

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LEVEL YOGA: ON CARDINAL 3055 Cardinal Drive, Suite #106 Vero Beach, FL (772) 696-1160 LevelYogaStudio.com

VERO BEACH FLORIST 3096 Cardinal Drive, Suite 1A Vero Beach, FL (772) 999-5418 VeroBeachFlorist.net

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VERO FITNESS 1060 6th Avenue Vero Beach, FL (772) 380-4188 VeroFitness.fit

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OCEAN DRIVE PLASTIC SURGERY 5070 Florida A1A, Suite A Vero Beach, FL (772) 234-3700 OceanDrivePlasticSurgery.com

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H E A LT H , W E A LT H & H A P P I N E S S

Happy New Year! With 2020 drawing to a close, we’re reflecting over the past year, and feeling the need to push forward. With Mars entering Taurus on January 6, we’ll be fired up to secure our foundations with family, with the emphasis on financial stability. On February 17 with Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus, this is the ideal time to break out of any confining situations—to release out-dated restrictions, with the desire for freedom and liberation. For many of us, it’ll be the wake up call to review our future paths, making any changes that are long overdue! You’re on fire as you start this new year, Aries! With a renewed sense of optimism, you’ll be taking control of anything that has held you back, to allow a clear path for progress. February will highlight relationships. For some of you, things could be heating up with a love interest… for others, this will herald the pursuit of a cherished project—be it creative or in the workplace. By the time February comes to a close, you’ll feel that you’ve accomplished a great deal. Congratulations!

You’ll be in action mode at the start of this year, Scorpio, and with the sun in Capricorn, this is the ideal time to open up and express your feelings to move things forward, particularly in the area of love! There are a few planets making their way through Aquarius in February, which means you’ll need to tread carefully to avoid any upset or misunderstandings. By the end of February, you’ll feel a huge sense of relief—ready to consolidate plans for a potentially life-changing spring!

This is YOUR time Taurus! You’ll feel driven to succeed with a fresh confidence, with planetary alignments conducive to success! January will be THE month to tie up anything that was left on the backburner in 2020, to clear the way ahead. As you move into February, you’ll be taking the initiative to smooth the waters in any family situations that have been stressful—it’s manageable with love! Some of you will also be rekindling relationships with old friends and for some, love is on the way!

Are you ready for a new year, Sagittarius? January will see you storming through any difficulties with ease, determined to break free of any situations that have held you back. Work will be your main focus, together with financial stability, so push forward with progress on any projects you put on the back burner. As you shift into February, highlighting relationships and travel, you might be whisked off for an impulsive weekend away with a loved one! Time to hit the shops for a new outfit?!

As you begin a new year, Gemini, you’ll find yourself deep in introspection, reviewing what you’ve achieved and learned during 2020. You’ll also be building a long-term plan for your future. For many, you’ve been at a crossroads and are now considering what needs to change to allow you to pursue a long-desired wish. February is the time to take action on that plan. With a clear mind and strong focus, you’ll start taking steps forward, determined that nothing will stand in your way.

January will be a fortunate month for you, Capricorn, to kick off this new year! With Mercury, the sun and Venus in your sign, all highlighting progress, happiness and luck in relationships, this is could herald moving to the next level with a lover. Be prepared for a proposal of some kind! February will be centered around home and family and for those with birthdays around this time, you might find there will be more than one reason to celebrate! Relax and enjoy this time, you’ve earned it!

You begin January, Cancer, with the sun in Capricorn, bringing unforeseen blessings! Family will be of paramount importance at this time, and you’ll be ensuring any home issues are smoothed over. As you move into February, some will see progress in a love relationship and others will be considering bringing more joy into their lives, perhaps in the form of a new pet!? Just ensure that with Uranus in the picture, you remain balanced, as you might feel more sensitive than usual.

Happy new year, Aquarius! You might feel a sense of relief that 2020 is behind you, knowing that any issues are at last resolved, so you can begin to look ahead to what 2021 will bring! January will be about rest, rejuvenation and introspection. February will see your charismatic, charming self coming out to play—and there might be more to celebrate than just your birthday. Venus is in your sign and the February 11 new moon will help you express your feelings for someone special!

You’ll be driven to succeed, Leo, as you begin 2021 tackling anything that was left unresolved in 2020! If the past few months have been draining, January will see you powering through to get back on track. With the full moon in your sign on January 28, the shift into February will find you in a reflective mood—listening to your intuition, guided by your emotions, and considering your next move forward. This is the time to look at the bigger picture and solidify new plans!

You start this new year with a bang, Pisces! Your fun, flirty and creative side is out on show so you’ll be enjoying the chance to kick up your heels and get on with any new hobbies or projects. You might even decide to pencil in a few days away to review the past year—to consider how to achieve your long term goals. February encourages you to think big. Some of you will be considering a career change, others, a move to a new location. Whatever you’re planning it’ll be exciting!

Health and wellbeing will be of utmost importance to you, Virgo, as this new year begins. Some will be detoxing, others will start daily fitness routines, keen to keep strong and energised, to be ready for what 2021 will bring. February will start with you wanting to spend more time with family. By the full moon in your sign on February 27, you’ll be looking to hone your skills or to take on a new project, which could be fulfilling, and for some, surprisingly lucrative! Whilst people around you might be a little nervous at the start of this year, Libra, you’ll be calm and relaxed. You’ve achieved so much during this past year, and with some challenges resolved, you’ll be moving towards a long-held dream. With Venus in Capricorn, communication with others will be improving as you’ll feel confident in expressing your feelings. For some, as you move into February, this openness could lead to romance, and with Mars in Sagittarius, things could get passionate!

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