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LETTER FROM the editor father, old father, experienced or still figuring it out; whether you’re a biological father, step or adoptive father, we salute you. Fathers are integral to the growth and development of their children. It’s a job that, when done well, receives little recognition; yet fathers and father figures are one of the most important stabilizing pillars of society. One study states that the degree of closeness to parents strongly correlates with cancer rates, suicide rates, coronary artery disease rates, hospitalization for mental illness and interpersonal difficulties. Additionally, “Father involvement makes a difference in kids’ emotional lives. From a study based on 17,000 children born in the United Kingdom in 1958 who were followed up with at ages 7, 11, 16, 23 and 33: Photo by Thompson Brand Images Hair & make-up by Angela DiLeone, VIP Beauty Mobile Stylist

Children with involved fathers have less emotional and behavioral

difficulties in adolescence. Teenagers who feel close to their fathers in adolescence go on to have more satisfactory adult marital relationships. Girls who have a strong relationship with their fathers during adolescence showed a lack of psychological distress in adult life.” Source: Dr. Eirini Flouri & Ann Buchanan, “Involved Fathers Key for Children,” Economic & Social Research Council, March 2002. A Call to Commitment: Fathers’ Involvement in Children’s Learning, published by the U.S. Department of Education. Updated February 19, 2010.

Thank you fathers, for everything you do!



appy June! This issue of Resident Magazine features the journey of Dana Spears from Cornerstone Pros. What began as a twoman operation is now a thriving business, employing 55 people and pulling in millions of dollars in revenue per year! Find out how she went from a part-time commercial insurance representative to the president of her own company; read all about her journey in our feature story! This month we have our BIG list of events, excellent beauty advice from our beauty expert, yoga

know-how and pertinent financial advice… and it all comes from your neighbors. We rely on the expertise of our local community members and bring it to our readers every month. If you’d like to contribute, please email editorial@ with your content ideas! Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18th and the team at Resident Magazine is wishing all of the fathers out there the happiest of days this year. Whether you are a new

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Driven and passionate, Stephanie’s strengths lie in marrying day-to-day strategies with the bigger picture. As a lover of both business and psychology, she weaves those worlds together naturally. She is an Air Force veteran, has a BS in Behavioral Science and a Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies from USF.


Patti Smith brings over 24 years of experience in advertising and publishing. She contributes to the team her insight and knows how to think out of the box. When Patti isn't busy helping others, she spends time with her beautiful daughter Loryn.


David has been helping local businesses grow for the last 5 years in the New Tampa and Wesley Chapel area. As a PGA Member for 18 years, he has done everything from playing professionally to running both semi and private golf courses. David and his wife Kelly are new parents to Axel Stone and their daughter Kendal Victoria.

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Susan Gulash is a creative individual who loves the complete design process - from research to conception to completion. She has over 13 years experience in graphic/ web design, and is the owner of Gulash Graphics. She attended and graduated from IRSC & USF. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls.


Wendy is an enthusiastic freelancer and blogger for Melanoma and patient advocacy. A Michigan Native, she earned an Associates in Business while pursuing a Master's in Psychology. Her expansive professional skills, ranging from front-line medical treatments to government and legal proficiency demonstrate the diversity in both her personal life and chosen career path. Her passion for photography and dedication to spreading love and compassion emanates from her cherished free time with her husband and their three children.


Pat, a native of Northwest Indiana calls Wesley Chapel her home for the past three years. She owned her own business for 35 years and was an Ad Junct teacher at the local community college. Pat and her husband now enjoy life and their four young grandchildren. As a Resident Magazine sales associate, Pat enjoys meeting local business people and helping them grow their successes.


Bob is thrilled to bring his passion for photography to Resident Magazine. He shoots for magazines and corporations as well as local businesses. By last count he has photographed over 40,000 people in his 23 years as a photographer! He is a dad, husband, proud Rotarian, musician, emcee, and is excited to play a part in the growth of Wesley Chapel and New Tampa.


Heather Morales grew up in Nevada but always promised herself she would live near the beach. A Florida resident of more than 10 years now, she still can’t get enough of the ocean and spends her free time on the water paddle boarding.


Janeth Lopez is a military spouse of over 20 years and recently relocated to the New Tampa area. She has several years experience helping military families and is thrilled to meet the local business owners in the area. She is a dedicated mother of two teenagers that keep her busy and enjoys visiting with her parents who live in Wesley Chapel.



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anaging finances following a divorce can be emotional and overwhelming. Even the bestlaid financial plans may seem complicated as you adjust to your new situation and next steps. No matter how complex your financial circumstances may feel, the following steps may help you secure your financial future: Adjust your budget to match your current lifestyle. Start by calculating your new monthly income, including spousal or child support if applicable, and estimate what you expect to earn over the next year. If you are a stayat-home parent or spouse, you may decide to re-enter the workforce to bolster your income. Or the time may be right to switch careers or seek a promotion. Next, look at your spending to see if you need to adjust your patterns. Whether you’ve decided to remain in your home or seek new living arrangements, crunch the numbers to see how much house you can realistically afford. Also, evaluate your lifestyle spending, including entertainment, dining out, and activities for your kids, to see if it’s necessary to trim your expenses. If possible, avoid making any major purchases until you feel comfortable with your updated budget. Consider your children’s future. If you have children, they will understandably take center stage in your planning. It’s important to start thinking about how you’ll handle future financial milestones. Milestones may include paying for private grade school, college tuition, the down payment on a home, or a wedding. If you’d like to help your children with such expenses, consider these questions: Will you receive financial support from your Page 8 | June 2017



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former spouse? Do you expect your kids to contribute? As each event approaches, be up front with your kids about what you can afford so they can set realistic expectations.

Prioritize saving for retirement. No matter how close – or far – you are to retirement, make it a priority to update your retirement goals and continue building your nest egg. You are responsible for your own savings, and the biggest challenge you face financially is having enough money to cover what could be several decades of expenses. While retirement saving can feel overwhelming as you balance competing financial priorities, having a plan can help you feel more in control.

insurance policies that you both own through your employers. If you have children, whose health insurance plan will be used to cover them? Work quickly to establish an insurance plan to avoid financial risk of being uninsured.

Consider the tax implications of your new marital status. Review your situation with a tax professional to see if you need to revise your tax strategy. Divorce can affect your tax situation in several ways. Impacts may include entering a different income tax bracket, providing or receiving child or spousal support, your investment strategy and your process for handling future tax returns.

Dream and plan for the future. Once you have a handle on Ensure you’re protected. your new day-to-day finances An important step following and retirement, allow yourself divorce is to maintain, replace to dream and plan for other or establish insurance that will help secure your financial future. milestones that are important to you. Do you wish to visit every All forms of insurance should continent? Pay off your mortgage be reviewed and considered, before retirement? Open a small and your beneficiaries should business? Whatever your dreams, be updated if needed. Make determine the cost of each one sure you understand the specific benefits that you and your former so you know how much you’ll need to save. Save what you can spouse are entitled to, as well each month, and keep in mind as the life, health and disability

that even small amounts will add up over time. If you’re tempted to spend the money elsewhere, consider establishing a separate savings account. Don’t go it alone. Professional guidance from an attorney, tax professional, estate planner and financial advisor can ease the burden of managing your finances. It’s hard to start over, but you can do it. A financial advisor can help you with the complex decisions you face during a divorce and offer strategies you get on track to meet your new financial goals.

Lauren Hopper is a Financial Advisor with Mclendon & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. She offers fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 16 years. You may contact her at


BUSINESS OF THE MONTH few songs, we individualize every aspect to suit our customer's requests." Instructors are carefully selected based on their ability to relay not only the instructional side of music, but also the passion and dedication necessary to excel.



ith more students than any other music studio in Tampa and Wesley Chapel, Bigel Music offers personalized, private lessons in a fun and enjoyable environment. In 2005, Larry Bigel, Director of Bigel Music, and his wife, Monica, opened their studio with just three instructors. Today they employ 25 instructors, offering voice training and a wide range of the most popular instruments among musicians. Starting out in life as an Engineering student, Director Bigel began playing guitar at 18. Performing in coffee shops, pubs and even the local county fair,

he decided to direct his musical talents more in the direction of teaching. The couple decided to settle down here in Wesley Chapel, opening the studio just two months before welcoming the first of their two daughters. "Each student is unique, with individual objectives and desired pace in learning their instrument," Director Bigel adds, "with younger students, our instructors take special care to ensure each class is fun and enjoyable while keeping students on track with their desired goals. Adults or young adults may only want a few classes to learn a


In addition to true musical passion, Bigel Music's instructors bring university training and real world experience to each personalized lesson plan. Numerous studies throughout history have demonstrated a wide range of benefits that stem from learning music for students of all ages. From boosting developmental and intellectual abilities, to social and emotional improvements, learning to create music increases self-esteem and gives young students an engaging outlet for their creative energy. Centrally located in New Tampa, Bigel Music offers a variety of engaging summer camps throughout the season including vocal discovery, musical theatre, rock band and even a band petting zoo! The studio is designed with large, easy viewing windows to provide parents of young children with a safe and secure environment where parents are always welcome to join their student.

in this great opportunity to display what they have learned in a casual and comfortable environment. As parents of students who may not be completely sure which instrument will be the best fit for them, Bigel Music offers month to month classes where you are always welcome to cancel or transfer to a new instrument. Likewise, the studio offers a fully stocked facility where students can rent or purchase everything they need throughout their lesson plan without any hassle. Materials, instruments, amplifiers, stereos and full drum kits are available for your convenience. A free servicing plan is also included with any purchase from their store. For more information on getting started with your musical lesson plan, contact Director Bigel at (813) 463-8968, stop by at 20435 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647 or visit www. to request your personalized plan today!

Throughout the year, students have the unique and exciting opportunity to perform in Bigel's all-inclusive recitals, showcases and jam sessions. Although not required, students can participate

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JUNE 1- SEPTEMBER 5 MOSI CARDBOARD SPACE ADVENTURES Time: Mon - Fri 10:00am - 5:00pm, Sat -Sun 10:00am 6:00pm Location: MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Avenue Tampa Cost: With paid access to Mosi or free for Military Families. Please visit for further details. JUNE 2 VOM FASS(SANGRIA NIGHT) Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: RSVP required. For more information visit www.

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JUNE 3 FRESH MARKET Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit POTTERY BARN(SIDEWALK SALE) Time: 9:00am -3:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit JUNE 5 YOGA ON THE LAWN Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit JUNE 6 JOB FAIR Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Location: Visit the Guest Services at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit ALL RIGHT NOW: SOLUTIONS FOR BETTER BREATHING Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd., 4th Floor Classrooms, Wesley Chapel Cost: Free to attend.

JUNE 7 WIREGRASS RANCHERS KIDS CLUB WITH MR. TOMMY Time: 10:00am - 11:00am Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: Free JUNE 8 VOM FASS(WINE, CHEESE, AND CHOCOLATE TASTING) Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: RSVP required. For more information visit www.


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JUNE 9 DADDY - DAUGHTER DANCE Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm Location: Savanna Church - 3758 Maryweather Lane, Wesley Chapel Cost: $32 for a Daddy/daughter couple and $16 each additional daughter. Tickets are available at

JUNE 10 AN EVENING WITH OLIVIA SCHOFIELD Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Location: Progressive Insurance Building C -Visitor Center, 4030 Crescent Park Drive Cost: $10.00, hosted by District 48 Toastmasters- open to public. For registration and information: an-evening-with-olivia- schofieldtickets-34336105215

JUNE 12 YOGA ON THE LAWN Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit WOMEN AND WEIGHT LIFTING


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Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd.,2nd Floor Classrooms, Wesley Chapel Cost: Free to attend. JUNE 15 VOM FASS(ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY MIXER) Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: RSVP required. For more information visit www.

SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm Location: The Legacy at Highwoods Preserve, 18600 Highwoods Preserve Parkway, Tampa, FL 33647 Cost: Free to attend. RSVP: 813375-9858

JUNE 17 FRESH MARKET Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit

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June 18, 2017 JUNE 19 YOGA ON THE LAWN Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit JUNE 20 THE BRASS TAP (KARAOKE) Time: 9:00pm - close Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: Free

Cost: Must RSVP to Time for Wine 813-664-1430, 813-3766689, or timeforwine@tampabay. $20.00 per person in advance or $25.00 at the DOOR ASK THE EXPERTS: WOMEN'S HEALTH PANEL Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd., 4th Floor Classrooms, Wesley Chapel Cost: Free to attend.

BREASTFEEDING CLASSES, 1-NIGHT CLASS Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd., 2nd Floor Classrooms, Wesley Chapel Cost: Free to attend.

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JUNE 23 VOM FASS(INTERNATIONAL WHISKEY TASTING) Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: RSVP required. For more information visit www. JUNE 26 YOGA ON THE LAWN Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass. com JUNE 28 THE BRASS TAP (TRIVIA NIGHT) Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: Free

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TIME FOR WINE PRESENTS PASSPORT SERIES 2017 Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Location:Dash of Salt N Pepper, 10353 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa, FL 33647


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s we wind down for our club year (August 2016May 2017) , we have truly had a special and fulfilling year!


A few Highlights from the past few months: TRINITY CAFE - We are so happy to partner up with Trinity Cafe volunteering once a month serving lunch to the hungry and homeless. PYHOT (Paint Your Heart Out Tampa) - A one day volunteer effort to paint the homes of the low income, elderly residents of Tampa. We had a team of volunteers participate in this event! We not only painted a house, but trimmed trees, shrubs, grass! MARCH FOR BABIES - We joined the

Cozumel for International Service Project

otary District 6890 held their annual conference on a cruise last month to Cozumel, Mexico with 166 Rotarians, Rotaractors & guests. As part of the conference, 20162017 District Governor Joyce Gunter led 81 of the conference attendees to participate in an international service project jointly with the Rotary Club of Cozumel.

to become a championship gymnast, aerialist, and public speaker. Ms. Bricker met the students at the CAM school and inspired them with her story of determination, perseverance, and self-confidence. In addition, crafts specially designed for the students by artist Dee Miller and her team of craftspersons, were handdelivered by the craft team to the students at the CAM school.

Some of the Rotarians worked at a project which educates residents of Cozumel how to design and build mini-organic farms at their own homes, while other Rotarians traveled a short distance to Centro de Atencion Multiple (CAM), which is the only special needs school for children with disabilities in Cozumel. The Rotarians who worked at the organic farm project each chose one of 6 activities to do: weeding, seeding, planting, painting, mixing soils, and preparing new planting beds.

The Rotarians then rode open-air Safari buses to the El Palomar restaurant, where District Governor Elect for Cozumel and the surrounding areas, Julio Perez Tovar, joined them. District Governor Joyce Ann Gunter presented Isaac Uribe with signed copies of Jen Bricker’s book “Everything is Possible”, as well as David Forward’s Spanish version of the book “A Century of Service”. She then presented an autographed copy of David Forward’s book to Rotary Club of Cozumel President Alioth Alvarez. Furthermore, to the great surprise of Mr. Alvarez, District Governor Gunter then presented him with a $2,500 donation from the Rotary members in District 6890, for use with the horticultural project. He thanked her gratefully with tears in his eyes.

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community in the March For Babies Walk helping to raise funds to fight premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. B.I.N.G.O. - Our club fundraiser was a success! THANK YOU to all who donated their time, effort and products/services to help make it such a success! If you would like to learn more about our club, please visit our website or visit our Facebook page GFWC Woman's Club of New Tampa. Check our pages for information of summer luncheons!




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So, are you ready to hear my personal favorite mascara? My ideal mascara is one that doesn’t clump, lasts all day, and gives me a breathtaking, voluminous look. I also wanted an affordable option that still gives me the quality results of a more expensive product.

n this issue, I want to talk about mascara. With thousands of different mascara brands, brushes, and application techniques, why do so many women have trouble finding a great mascara that will make their eyelashes appear longer and more lustrous?

Lately, I've been hooked on tarte Gifted™ Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara. It instantly adds volume and length to my lashes, without going overboard. Most importantly, it strengthens my lashes to prevent fallout and promotes lash health.

During my research, complete with multiple trial and error attempts, I discovered that the deciding factor in my quest for the ideal mascara was finding the perfect wand.

If you aren’t a fan of mascara in general, I highly recommend an eyelash serum that grows and lengthens your natural lashes. My favorite is Rodan + Fields Lash Boost. After just six weeks, my lashes are noticeably longer and healthier.


Believe it or not, there are only a few mascara manufacturers out there and the formulas have changed very little in the past 50 years. Many expensive mascara brands are being produced at the same factory as their less expensive competitors. Some brands even share the same formula, but the design of a breakthrough wand can dramatically change the results. Mascara wands come in all shapes and sizes, their unique designs are where companies spend most of their efforts. When deciding on a good mascara brush, the first thing you need to know is that size really does matter. The size of the brush should match the size of your eyes. Big brushes are not ideal for those with smaller eyes or shorter lashes, as the extended brush causes mascara to get on your skin and smear everywhere! Sound familiar? Aside from the size of your eyes, take into account the look you are going for. For longer lashes, try a thin wand that has short, sparse bristles. This allows you to zoom in closer to each lash from root to tip and get more definition. Using fiber lashes on top of your mascara will add even more dramatic length.

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So when in doubt about your mascara, try changing the wand before blaming the formula. Angela DiLeone Vip Beauty Mobile Stylist Voted #1 photography hair and makeup artist and nominated Best of Bay consecutively, Angela DiLeone is educated in over 23 beauty brands and services. She carries dual licenses in several states and has been published in numerous books and magazines. Along with being a hair and makeup artist, Angela is also an author, educator and motivational speaker for multiple beauty brands promoting women empowerment. If you have any questions about specific beauty products or techniques, please feel free to send me an email at Questions for Vip Beauty Stylist - Angela DiLeone email



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From an empty bank account to millions in revenue - meet the mom who made it happen BY WENDY M. DODD


he dictionary defines metamorphosis as “a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly.” Oftentimes throughout the course of our lives, we humans must transform ourselves from Page 14 | June 2017


the inside out to acclimate to a change in life circumstances. Like the caterpillar, we must go to a place of quiet reflection and spend time re-evaluating, shifting expectations and growing into what we become next. Although the change within us is not always evident to the outside world, we are, at least internally, forever altered. Dana Spears, owner and president of Cornerstone Pros has

spent her life pushing past barriers, expectations, gender roles and challenges. Cornerstone Pros is an air-conditioning, plumbing and electrical company based out of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, serving most of the Tampa Bay area. Spears has risen to the top of an industry dominated by men and has come from being a single mom working part-time to becoming the owner and president of a local

company that earns 7 million dollars in revenue each year. Resident Magazine sat down with Spears to find out what that transformational journey has looked like for her. Continued on page 15


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RM (Resident Magazine): Tell us about your family and where you grew up. DS (Dana Spears): I grew up in Lutz actually; I was born and raised right here. I went through the Hillsborough County School System and transferred to Land O' Lakes High School in 11th grade, which is where I graduated. I was raised with one brother, David, and my parents Dale and Dolores Deckard. I now have five children; Taylor (23), Morgan (21), Hannah (19), Joshua (19) and Justin (4) and pretty much everyone is involved in the business now [laughs].

insurance to keep us afloat. We had three little girls to care for, so that first year was pretty scary at times. Thankfully we had family and we knew they would support us if we had any problems along the way, so we jumped in and never looked back. RM: How did you juggle being a mother and an owner of a new, uncertain business? DS: My mom helped a lot in getting us started. She answered phones from home and helped schedule appointments. When we started Cornerstone Pros, we were raising three little girls. My youngest, Hannah, was 9, Morgan was 10 and my oldest, Taylor, was 12. That time was pretty challenging; the girls are pretty close in age and of course kept me pretty busy. I remember the girls joking with me about doing work from our car. I'd be shushing them in the back seat every time a call came in, because I did about 90% of my work from my car those first few years. I was very fortunate that I could be home with my girls and still manage to expand and uphold my business.

RM: Where and when did the idea Sometimes the kids would get discouraged that I was for Cornerstone Pros come about? so busy with the business, but it was our livelihood… it was important to ensure it’s success. I did set parameters on myself though, boundaries. I would try to do most DS: My husband at the time had of my work while they were at school and then take worked in air conditioning for time out for them when they got home. After dinner, a few years but eventually the homework and family time, I would get back to work. employer he worked for was no longer a good fit for us. Basically, RM: When you first took over the business, what was one day he came home and told that like? me he was out of a job. We'd toyed with the idea of opening DS: The reason I ended up with Cornerstone was due our own business, and had even to a divorce, and my business partner had different started a small handyman service opinions on what direction just a few months to take the company; like prior. We figured whether it should stay that this was open or close. I wanted without a doubt it for my kids; to give the best time to them a future and to help try to get our own send them to college. I business off the knew that we had a good ground. Within a foundation with the month, I secured customer base and we our license with had a great staff. I was the state, created determined to keep it… our branding and and grow it for my family got commercial as well as for our customer base. Also, we had put in insurance. Sixty days later I'd systems for customers that were under warranty and I put together the connections we wanted to honor that. In our industry, too many times a needed and Cornerstone Pros was store opens up and in two years they're gone, unable to up and running. It helped that I back the warranties they’d given. I felt that I owed our worked in commercial insurance; customers that loyalty, and I needed to keep going. I'd worked with contractors, painters and many others in the When I got the paperwork that said Cornerstone was profession and I was intrigued by mine, my bank accounts were empty. After my divorce, that industry. I understood it, I I left with just a car and this business. I left every asset, knew the different sides to it and every belonging, everything I'd ever owned and walked was able to build on that. away, so it was truly a time of starting over. Fortunately I was able to keep the staff on that we had at the time During our first year he was working in the field, my mom was and I was able to pull them all together. answering phones and I was still Continued on page 16 holding my part time position in WWW.RESIDENTMAGAZINE.NET | FOR RATES & INFO CALL: 813-422-5551

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DA N A SPE ARS - THE MOM-PRENEUR tried to prove myself by learning, and if I didn't know the answer you can bet I was going to find out.

That was one of the biggest challenges early on. Today, more women are taking on leadership roles even in our industry, so it's not as uncommon as it once was to see a woman in this type of position. There is still that struggle to believe that a woman can run a business, understand the technicalities and be successful in this industry. Although on the flip side, there are customers that prefer a woman; I've had people tell me how thankful they are, that I’m the owner. RM: What do you do on a daily basis?

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We started out only with air conditioning. We built up our client base over those first few years, working out of our home in the beginning. We realized at a certain point that we needed warehouse space so we rented a 600 square foot building just down the road from our home. At that point we were able to hire one person to work in the office, two field employees and luckily, our business just continued to grow. With that growth, we moved a little further down the road to a new location and expanded to around 15 employees. In 2009, I bought full rights to the company, buying out my business partner and taking over the company fully. In 2011 we

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were able to purchase our current location and continue to expand, and it was 2012 that we expanded to add plumbing. Two years later we added electric as well. This was all I had; I had to fight for it. I didn't have anything to fall back on. I had and still have the mentality that Cornerstone is my baby; it's my world. It has to survive. RM: Have you found it challenging to be a woman in the A/C, plumbing and electrical industries? DS: I think for the most part my employees have always respected me and I've been very lucky that way. When I was in commercial insurance, it was a more male driven industry as well. Sometimes, being a woman, people just assumed you didn't have what it took to get it done, that you didn't have the ‘know how’ or the ability. I've always

DS: I handle most of the marketing along with my mom; it's really the creative part that I handle. My brain moves like a hundred miles an hour, so I'm always looking at ways we can change, go in different directions and ways to set us apart from our competitors. I also handle most of our budgeting and accounting. I speak with our managers on a daily basis, I'm very involved, and there isn't a lot that happens here that I don't know about. I would say I get about 500 emails a day [laughs]. Complaints, reviews from happy customers, employees, you name it; I deal with it daily. Even if I'm not here physically I'm still usually involved in what's going on. Staff and training is also something I'm involved with, in creating new processes and procedures. Our industry has a lot of change; therefore we need to be very fluid. If a problem arises we are on top of it. What can we do to make it better? How can we fix it now? Years past, the majority of this was all on me. Now I have great staff and the right people in the right places to help as our business has grown.

RM: What would you say has been your biggest challenge?

DS: I would say staffing has been our biggest challenge; finding the right people that were a good fit for our company. I wouldn't say it held us back, but learning to balance that was a challenge. At times we didn't have enough staff as we quickly grew, and then at other times we were overstaffed. Once we learned to balance, it evened out. Another challenge was gaining customers because our industry is very saturated. RM: How many employees do you have currently? DS: We have around 55 employees. Last year we crossed the 50-employee mark which meant we had to add health insurance benefits, but I’m not complaining- that's a good problem to have. We could have waited another year to add health insurance but decided we wanted to do that to give back. We want to take care of our people, and we were glad to do that. RM: What does it feel like to know you've grown from a twoman operation to 55 employees and that you’re able to provide them with health insurance? DS: To be honest, I don't really sit and think about it too much. I don't know if humble is the right word. If I do sit and look back, I think about how I was married and had three kids by the time I was 23 and I think my determination to succeed was driven by my life early on. I could have done the 'woe is me' path. I was young, I had a baby and then got married young, but I didn’t choose the ‘woe is me’ path because I wanted to prove myself, for my daughters and for myself. When I stop and reflect on how far I've come, that is where I get the most satisfaction. I feel that what I've accomplished wasn't easy, but I kept going. I did it. I'm proud of Continued on page 17


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that. RM: Tell us how your family is involved with the business. DS: My husband, James, and I married in 2011 and he has been an intricate part of the company’s growth and success, both in the field and in the office. He has been my rock and has brought so much value to our company. His background of 25 years is in air conditioning, so he's very technical and very skilled. We work together on the collaboration of protocol, how uniforms should look and he's great with numbers so he's always helping me there. James also has a background in plumbing, which was actually why we chose to add plumbing to our services.

any issues with family working together; they know that this is a business and we work hard to separate family and business. Then my mom of course, she's been with me since the beginning. I just can't get her to stay home [laughs]. She works three days a week, but she's always been by my side. We have a few other family members as well; some have come and gone over the years. RM: What are your future plans for Cornerstone Pros?

DS: We plan to build here on this property a 6,000 square foot office and training facility. We were planning to break ground this year, however, the way permitting worked it pushed us into summer. So we'll be beginning either this winter or My girls are now 23, 21 and 19, next. We would eventually like and my son Josh will be graduating to grow our electrical department this year. Taylor is actually the and expand that. I think our only one that doesn't work here; future growth will be to take the she has a great career in banking, three trades that we have and but her fiancé, Michael, is a service make them the best that they can tech. They've been together since be. I don't see myself opening high school, so he came right out another location or expanding of high school and started working past that. We need to stick to for us. Morgan and Hannah what we know and what we're work in the office. Josh will be a good at, and expand there. parts runner when he graduates from high school this summer; RM: What advice would you he's worked with us the last two give to our readers in regards to summers as well. what your company does? Morgan is in training right now to take a management role in the future. In the last year she's taken the lead and has begun having a much larger role in the company. She helps handle all of the incoming and outgoing calls, scheduling, paperwork and working with our technicians. Also Morgan's boyfriend, Ronnie, is a service technician as well. I sort of have a rule when it comes to my kids; I've made them each work at least one year for another company to see what else is out there. I wanted them to see what a boss is like and how the real world operates. Luckily we've never had

DS: Maintenance. Many people do not call until there is a problem. Just like with a car, if you wait until it breaks down to change the oil, you're going to have a bigger problem. I understand why customers are skeptical of maintenance. Maybe they think they’ll get a sales pitch, or that there may be a bigger problem that's discovered. The truth is though, if you're working with the right contractor and keeping up with all of your home's maintenances, we're going to find the problems when they're smaller instead of bigger. The right contractor Continued on page 18


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will extend the life of your home and it'll increase your resale value. It gives longevity to your investment. On air conditioning, we recommend every six months with the changing season and that maintenance will increase efficiency. We also recommend plumbing and electrical maintenance once a year. RM: Tell me about any community projects or charities that Cornerstone Pros is involved with. DS: We like helping the local schools; many of the athletics programs are low on funds so we've been trying to give back to the kids there. We also give to non-profit companies; especially the smaller ones in the area that are really trying to make a difference. One of

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my favorites is Tighten the Drag; they help with spinal cord injury victims. I've also worked with Oasis Pregnancy Center and we've done Operation Stand Down for homeless vets. We love being part of the Wesley Chapel, New Tampa and Land O Lakes communities and try to help whenever we can. RM: What advice would you give to other business owners who are looking to grow?

DS: I would say the best way is to look at your competitors and take a look at where they are marketing. Use what you have available to you; social media and networking groups are a great way to get your name out there. Involvement in the community is another great way, get out locally and meet your customers. Once you get those customers, treat them right; referrals are a huge part of any business.

RM: Readers are always interested in what makes a successful person tick, so tell us; what is the most influential book that you've read? DS: I absolutely love Joel Osteen; several of his books have carried me through some rough times in life. I love anything motivational or 'conquering', I also read a lot of business books and inspirational content. I always want to build up my brain; make sure I'm not missing something. RM: What’s your favorite way to unwind and decompress? DS: Honestly, I don't think I do [laughs]. I would say spending time with family, just relaxing at home or the beach. We have a weekend home up in Sumter, about an hour away. We go up there, relax, read and spend time with the kids. RM: Do you have any rituals or

habits that get you going in the morning? DS: I’m not an early riser, I'm a night owl. Typically, I get up and spend time with my son Justin in the morning. I like to workout every day while listening to a motivational sermon or a podcast for a half hour or so and then I head to work. Typically, I've found that if I don't take time out in the morning for just myself, I'm not as focused or driven at work as I should be. I have to stop and take care of myself at least a little bit; squeezing that in is pretty important. RM: What is the best piece of advice you've ever been given? DS: Don't quit and never give up. There will always be bumps in the road or something holding you up at some point on your path;

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don't get discouraged. You can't look back or hesitate, just keep pushing forward. There will always be something more encouraging around the corner, and tomorrow is always a new day.

as a self satisfaction of doing the right thing, knowing you're helping others and treating people right while providing for yourself and your family. RM: What are any regrets you may have?

DS: I used to think my regret was not going to college. That was one thing that I carried for many years and made me wonder, ‘what other path might I have taken’? There was a part of me that always wanted to be a lawyer so, I did think about that. But now, I think I'd much rather be doing what I'm doing. Now, I'm glad I RM: Do you have a favorite quote? didn't go to college because I think because of that, I’ve worked much harder in order to prove myself. I really DS: I have a favorite scripture. don't have any regrets. The mistakes I've made and the It's Proverbs 16:3, “commit to the lessons I've learned have made me who I am. I think to Lord whatever you do, and he will be regretful would be to not take your past and make establish your plans.” Another something of it. would be Jeremiah 29:11, “for I know the plans I have for you, RM: If you could put up a billboard anywhere, where plans to prosper you and not to would you put it and what would it say? harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” That one is kind of DS: It would say, “find a way to do it differently; work my lifeline. I do have a future and around it.” I think too many people get stumped, and I have a hope, and I always will. stop there. Instead, find out why it didn't work out. Find a way to get around that. You can still make it RM: When you think of success, happen, just take a different route. what is the first thing that comes to your mind? A metamorphosis at this level doesn’t happen overnight. It requires years of consistent, diligent work with the DS: I feel that success is focus of being better than you were the day before. For overcoming obstacles and Dana Spears, she had to push through the darkness to challenges. Being able to watch get to the light at the end of the tunnel. She has chosen others grow, to give a person that every day to become the version of herself that she maybe wasn't always dealt the knew she could be: a mother, wife, business leader and best hand in life an opportunity community supporter; all roles that she holds now and to grow. I think of success more intends to continue growing in. WWW.RESIDENTMAGAZINE.NET | FOR RATES & INFO CALL: 813-422-5551

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ow to survive the toddler years: Store meltdown?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably read hundreds of ‘mom blogs’ talking about how to survive the toddler years. More often than not I see a tag line that goes something like; “Remember your toddler is only little for a short time, so cherish those moments because one day you will miss it.” Now, that's all fine and dandy, however when my 3 year old is in the thick of a nuclear meltdown in the middle of a store because he just has to have that Scooby-Doo DVD, I tend to lose my patience for those toddler years and fantasize about the day he leaves for college. Don’t get me wrong; I love my children, but there are moments that make me want to head straight to the wine aisle for ‘mommy’s special juice’. I have been the mom who has tried to calmly talk their child out of their tantrum and I’ve also been the mom who tosses her kicking and screaming child over her shoulder and heads straight for the car. No one has all of the answers but as someone who has learned a thing

or two from my two children, I can give a few tips on how to survive the inevitable fit of toddler screaming when you feel like your head is about to explode. 1: Forget the judgmental looks, and lose the self-depreciating thoughts. Toddlers are going to throw fits. When my kids have been in full public meltdown mode, I’ve come across the sweet older ladies and gentlemen who give me that pitiful look and kindly say, “I remember those days”. I love those people because in that moment I need to know that I am not the only parent who goes through this. I’ve also had the judgmental eyes of the those who like to offer a snarky quip, usually along the lines of, “get that child under control”, or “I would NEVER allow my child to behave like that”. It’s tough, but let the rude remarks roll of your shoulders. Ignore them. Chances are, those people have something difficult going on in their lives and saying something nasty or rude to you is their sorry attempt to make themselves feel better. Don’t let the


bad moods of strangers determine your self worth. Being a parent is hard work. Toddlers have bad days just like the rest of us mere humans, and it doesn’t make you a bad parent when your children are behaving like children. 2. Have a Mental Happy Place Mine typically involve a bottle of wine, a bubble bath and Paul Rudd rubbing my feet. Yours could be anything that forces you to mentally take a step back and just breathe. Meditate for a couple seconds if that’s what you want, or simply use slow breathing techniques. Taking two deep breaths in the midst of a tantrum can eliminate knee jerk reactions and harsh words coming out of our mouths. The 15 seconds it may take to calm and compose yourself could be the ticket to a more positive and beneficial approach. 3. Cave or don’t cave. It’s up to you! When you’ve had a doozy of a day, sometimes giving your kid something to stop the tantrum

isn’t the worst thing you could do. I know, I know… How dare I cave into the tantrum behavior of my child? It just “reinforces bad behavior.” You know what else reinforces bad behavior? Screaming at your child, to stop their screaming. Pick and choose your battles. Some days I just don’t have the energy to be the perfect super mom and I would rather hand my child a sucker in order to keep him happy and quiet. My favorite technique is to buy a bag of small suckers and stash a few in my purse for when I take my little one shopping. Sometimes it’s used as a preemptive measure to keep his hands and mouth busy while I rush through and make my purchases. Other times I use it as a means to coax him out of a fit on the days that I just need a break. No parent is perfect. We all have our days when we feel like we’re rocking it, and then days that seem to be throwing rocks at us. Learn to take things in stride and don’t be so hard on yourself.

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Reduced anxiety, worry and your sense of stress while lowering cortisol levels Improved your circulatory and immune systems rejuvenating the body and removing toxins Boosted your energy, enthusiasm and positivity with an overall sense of wellbeing

Pranayama (prana means “breath or vital life force” and ayama means “mastery”) is one of the eight limbs of the yogic path that refers to Breath work. It is used to detoxify the body and release psychic, mental and emotional blockages in the form of fears, resistances, doubts and anxieties in the mind that can cause “short and shallow” breathing.

only filling the top of the lungs? Perform five rounds of CYB and after take stock in the flow of your breath, how your body feels, and the quietness of your mind.

For athletes, consistent practice of deep, controlled breathing oxygenates the body bringing fuel to the muscles. Simple breathing techniques improve stamina, performance and endurance, not to mention focus, concentration, and awareness. Yoga encompasses a number of different types of ancient Pranayama techniques, including Kapalabhati or Skull Shining Breath (quick bursts of exhalations), Nadi Sodhana or Alternate Nostril Breathing (breath in and out of one nostril, then switch), Bhrarmari or Bumble Bee Breath (hum the sound of “m” in Om), Ujjayi or Ocean Breath (occurs in the back of the throat with the mouth closed), Sheetali or Cooling Breath (breathing as if through a straw), and many more. The Complete Yogic Breath (CYB) is the most commonly taught method in beginner classes and is often used in sports. Complete Yogic Breath draws the breath downward by extending the abdomen and tightening the diaphragm on the inhalation. This opens the chest cavity and allows more air to fill the lower lungs and the upper lungs. With practice, CYB trains you how to master full, deep breaths; thereby calming your mind, relaxing your body and oxygenating your blood on your command! Before a vital competition, important meeting, major event or final exam, this breath will prepare your body and clear your mind, so that you can move into what’s next with effortless ease and mindful awareness. Before beginning, notice your breath. Is it shallow, erratic, and


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There’s No



ife goes in cycles, doesn’t it? Summertime.

Children are out of school, and Snow Birds have flown the coup. It's hot here in Florida and we are entering back into our cycles of afternoon rain (I hope!). The pool waters call for us to cool off in, and the days are long. While mid-Florida doesn't experience a great variance of weather during the year, life continues to go in cycles. We tend

to do predictable things at the same time of year, every year.

I'm curious; for those of us who live here all year long, when was the last time we got on a beach, even just to hear the waves or behold a sunrise or sunset? When’s the last time we took a child to Disney? Do we look at the cranes that walk in pairs, sometimes with a third (their baby), and still grin? Do we hear the seagulls who hover overhead? Have we noticed the gator in our nearby pond?

S P I R I T U A L We are good at taking things for granted. It’s really easy to do as we live our day-in-and-day-out lives. The same old routine sort of blocks out all the wonder that is around us.

Anyone who has become ill, or who has survived a catastrophic event tells us to let go of the petty stuff that flies around in our heads every day. Release those things: history you cannot change, people who will be who they are even if you wish they were different, old grudges. Let those things go. The writer of I Peter says “cast your anxiety upon Him because He cares for you.” So be it.

How do we not take our lives for granted? Take a good hard yet loving look, at those who’ve been with us for a long time. Of course, they’re the ones we take for granted first. It is said that familiarity breeds contempt. That’s a sad lot, isn’t it? Look at them and remember why we decided to be a family or friends in the first place. Remember shared history, the good and the bad. And yet we’re Life goes in cycles, doesn’t it? all still here. That is a precious gift. This is summertime, June. Let’s not take a day of it for granted. Take a day and live for that day. Don’t live for yesterday with all of its remorse and bittersweet memories; even with its finest memories. Live for today. Not some future that we try to predict, but cannot. Not some future we try to make happen. Everyday life is a good time to do this, and so is vacation. Who is around you? What do you see? What’s the weather like? What did you eat? Enjoy the moment. Be grateful. Thank God for the little things, like a cup of tea, a hug, a laugh, a prayer. You might be in the habit of listing the people you love and pray


for. Make a list of those who love you and keep you in their hearts.

Summer blessings, Laurie

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The Postivite Effects of

Acupuncture BY KAYLA SHUTE


cupuncture, an ancient medicine for a modern world.

Practiced for more than 3,500 years, acupuncture has been gaining significant popularity here in western countries for well over a decade. Largely introduced to the US in 1972 when James Restin, a New York Times reporter for the Nixon administration, was treated for acute appendicitis in China. Restin's positive review on the effectiveness of acupuncture for his pain management opened the western door on this growing trend. Bolstered by advocacy from trusted celebrities advocates such as Dr. Mehmet Oz and also Robert Downey Jr. during his 2012 Graham Visionary Award acceptance speech. Dr. Elaine Onofrey, an Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Oriental Medicine here in Tampa, began the ancient practice of acupuncture 18 years ago after a painful bout with kidney stones. During which traditional western medicine had proven to be ineffective, leaving her in excruciating pain. As six new stones were discovered Dr. Onofrey turned to acupuncture as an additional remedy for her pain.

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With guiding, holistic principles supporting its use, acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of ailments from pain management to addiction, asthma to arthritis and a multitude of others. Dr. Onofrey reiterates a statement from the World Health Organization, which she believes best defines health, "health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being, not merely the absence of disease." Recognized in 1979 by the WHO and 1997 by the National Institute of Health (NIH) as an alternative method to traditional western medicine, acupuncture is approved to treat more than 49 medical ailments. Conditions that when managed with current western medicine options may have significantly longer and more painful recovery times with increased risk for infection. In line with the WHO's position, Traditional Chinese medicine explains health as 'a result of harmonious balance of complementary extremes of yin and yang of the life force known as 'gi' or 'chi'. Dr. Onofrey explains, "Just as we are aware that gravity and cell phone service exists even if we cannot see them, all living beings process a life energy referred to as chi."

acupuncturist can manipulate the flow of 'chi' thru meridians (or pathways) in the human body with the strategic insertion of small needles in the correct points. As thin as a cats whisker, these single use needles produce gentle physiological, chemical and electrical responses which release endorphins to reduce pain, and improve or completely heal many conditions. Acupuncture can also enhance the state of physical, mental and emotional well-being. When needles are introduced in the appropriate combinations, it is believed the flow of energy can be brought back into proper balance, correcting the underlying medical condition. To learn more or to begin your own healing journey with acupuncture please contact Dr. Elaine Onofrey at (813) 786-1775 today!

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Many of us have been there before: stuck on the side of the road or at a shopping center to find that our car won't start due to a bad battery. Fortunately, we have gathered the top 6 signs that may indicate your battery needs attention or replaced. 1. Old Age First, you should check the age of your battery by looking for the manufacture date on the battery case. The average car battery can last three to five years. But, extreme temperatures can lessen the lifespan of a battery. If you are planning a trip shortly, it's a good idea to have your battery tested if it's three years old or older. 2. Slow Engine Crank If you find it difficult for your vehicle to crank or takes longer than normal to start, this is a good indicator that your battery may need replacing. 3. Check Engine Light If you noticed your yellow check engine light comes on at times,

this could be another sign that your battery power is weak. 4. Weird Smell If you find yourself smelling a foul odor of eggs, this is a sign that your battery has been frozen, overcharged, or is shorted internally. This could cause a gassy smell that needs inspecting soon or replacement. 5. Battery Leak It's always good to make sure there isn't any leaking of your battery that could cause corrosion around the posts of the positive and negative connections. To have your car work properly, you will need to remove any gunk buildup if noticed. 6. Swollen Battery Case When you have extreme heat or cold weather, your battery casing may look swollen, which decreases battery life.

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It's movie


June 2017


Wonder Woman June 2

The Mummy June 9

Transformers: The Last Knight June 21

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie June 2

Cars 3 June 16

Despicable Me 3 June 30


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VICTOR Victor is a one year old boxer/pitt mix. He loves playing hide and seek with his 3 human siblings. His other favorite activity is taking long walks with mommy.

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Wha Matters Mos:

Fish in the Dryer by Francis Fernandez Review: By Antonella Aviles


f you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to raise four sons, or have sons of your own and are looking for advice and commiseration, then What Matters Most: Fish in the Dryer is the book to read. Francis Fernandez, a Tampa area mom of five, four of them boys, had written a witty, frank and heartfelt book about the challenges and celebrations she has enjoyed as a mother. Fernandez covers every aspect of parenting boys, from letting go of the expectations of others, finding the strength to set your sons on their own path, whether that’s for preschool or post-college, working with Dad to parent as a team, and most of all, leaning on God to help you be the best possible parent. One of the best chapters in the book focuses on Fernandez’s unique way of

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praying for her sons. She decided to shift her focus and pray specific prayers for each child, at their bedside while they were napping. The book talks about how she has seen those prayers answered in her sons’ lives and how it has taught them to be young men who lead and serve themselves. It’s a wonderfully warm and sweet book, and if you are a mom of boys, you’re sure to relate to many of her experiences—including the day she found an actual fish in her clothes dryer!



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ResidentMagazine - Issue 26  

Dana Spears : From an EMPTY bank account to MILLIONS in revenue - meet the MOM who made it happen! Plus check out the before and after pics...

ResidentMagazine - Issue 26  

Dana Spears : From an EMPTY bank account to MILLIONS in revenue - meet the MOM who made it happen! Plus check out the before and after pics...