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THE THE STORY STORY OF OF

STEVE HOPPER

...What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

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table of contents NOVEMBER 2017

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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THE DISCOMFORT ZONE

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TEAM BIOS

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FINANCIAL ADVICE

MEALS ON WHEELS OF TAMPA

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FROM THE DESK OF COUNTY COMMISSIONER MIKE MOORE WHERE CAN YOU FIND RESIDENT MAGAZINE?

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WOMEN -N- CHARGE

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COUNT OUR BLESSINGS

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LOCAL EATS

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HYPERLOCAL COUPONS

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LOCAL EVENTS

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ESSENTIAL PHONE NUMBERS

HAPPY AROMATHERAPY MONTH

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FEATURED STORY

TRAINING VS. PRACTICE? ROCKSTAR ELITE SKILLS TRAINING

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CHURCHES IN TOWN

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IT'S MOVIE TIME!

...WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER

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FITNICHE PHILANTHROPY BENEFITS

KIDS OF THE MONTH & TOP BOOK READS

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THE STORY OF STEVE HOPPER

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

shelter are a wonderful place to focus that attention this time of year. Attribute it to politics or what have you, it seems our world is in dire need of this personal attention. The kind that delivers dinner to that neighbor in need, pays for a stranger’s coffee during the morning rush or just makes a promise to give a wide-eyed smile to each person you meet today.

One way you can give back is by volunteering with Meals on Wheels of Tampa (mowtampa. org). From our family here at Resident Magazine to yours near and far, may your Turkey Day be blessed, your feast plentiful and your pants ever-stretching!

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STEPHANIE COSTOLO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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he month of Giving Thanks is upon us once again, a tradition imparted by President Lincoln more than 150 years ago as a celebratory day of “ humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged.”

It’s often difficult to pull ourselves away from the ever intriguing attachment of social media or the relentless pull of the office. Although I highly suspect this was not among Mr. Lincoln’s intentions at the time, what better time to set aside that list of obligations for just a bit, and focus our sights on those physically in front of us? Family, friends or that line of strangers in need down at your local homeless

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team bios STEPHANIE COSTOLO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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 ADVISOR

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 HERRMANN ASSOCIATE

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 ART DIRECTOR

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 M. DODD ASSISTANT EDITOR

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 GUSTAS ASSOCIATE

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. To get copies of Resident Magazine, text or call Pat at 219-743-1456.

BOB THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHER

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.

KAYLA SHUTE WRITER

Kayla is a luxury market manager and bench jeweler apprentice for an independently owned jewelry shop. She has two amazing children who are her world. She spends her free time hiking, fishing, exercising and spending time with friends. Kayla is an avid reader and is constantly on the hunt to learn new things.

JANETH LOPEZ ASSOCIATE

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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FI NAN CIAL

ADVICE may be able to add a rider for flood or storm damage. Bump up your life insurance if it makes sense and review your potential need for disability income and long-term care coverage.

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ven people who are financially secure can fall into money traps that put their future at risk, or miss out on opportunities to further strengthen their financial position. Here are several commonmistakes made by financially accomplished people — along with a few tips to counteract them. Overspending. You’ve worked hard to get where you are. Don’t abandon the budgeting strategies that helped you come this far. Give your discretionary fund a boost if you must, but continue to keep an eye on what you spend each month. You can easily fall behind in your financial goals by consistently overspending in small amounts, which add up to large sums over time. Not having an emergency fund. If you earn a healthy sum each month and have

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money set aside in investments, you may not think you need other savings. However, having a workplace plan (like a 401(k) or 403(b) plan) or an IRA is not an emergency fund. Withdrawing funds earmarked for retirement prematurely can incur costly tax penalties, and make you lose out on potential future earnings. Instead, store away three- tosix months’ worth of income in liquid savings to provide a cushion in the event of job loss, natural disaster, illness or another unexpected event.

your retirement savings and want to set aside funds for your budding student, be strategic and diligent about creating a plan to achieve both goals. Being underinsured. Take a critical look at what you own. How easily could you replace those items if an unexpected event occurs? Standard policies may not cover as much as you think, especially if you’ve recently upgraded your home or added to your art collection. Check in with your insurance agent and upgrade your coverage as needed. If you live in an area prone to severe weather, you

Failing to diversify. You heard it a million times growing up — don’t put all your eggs in one basket. If your money is tied up in your home, or if your investments are overor under-weighted in one sector of the market, you may be on risky ground. Work with your financial advisor to evaluate your level of diversification within the context of your goals. Annual or more frequent reviews are recommended to help ensure a productive portfolio that’s within your tolerance for risk 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 lauren.s.hopper@ampf.com.

Prioritizing saving for college over retirement. As the cost of a four-year degree in the U.S. continues to rise, it may be tempting to put your child’s tuition ahead of your own future. Yet, boosting your retirement savings should take priority. Your child has an array of options to finance college tuition, including job earnings, merit-based scholarships, and various loan options. When you retire, you simply won’t have access to these external sources of funding if your retirement savings come up short. If you are on track with FOR RATES & INFO CALL: 813-422-5551 | WWW.RESIDENTMAGAZINE.NET


Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc - Filed preliminary documents to remodel a vacant building on Gunn Highway into a 14,000-squarefoot office building.

From the Desk of County Commissioner

Mike Moore

UC Synergetic- Expanding their regional operations in ComPark 75 in the Wesley Chapel Area. The engineering company expects to create 25 new jobs in addition to the 80 current employees in the new 19,000-square foot office location. New County Initiative - I-75 County Initiated Business Park for Targeted Industries - The Pasco County Office of Economic Growth has embarked on an exciting opportunity to turn a County owned parcel of land into a significant opportunity for new businesses and jobs. Pasco County is the current owner of 100 acres of land, which is slated to be developed as an Industrial and Office Park. The site faces Interstate-75 (I-75) and is located 1.5 miles north of State Road 54 just south of the proposed new connection at Overpass Road and I-75. The area has been identified as a significant employment and tax generating activity center for targeted industries. As you can see, there are great things happening in Pasco County. These projects and initiatives collectively continue to make Pasco County a great place to live, work and play.

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asco County is a diverse and rapidly growing mix of communities with unique character, charm and opportunity for growth. Once a bedroom community for the rest of Tampa Bay, Pasco is emerging as a thriving center for business and commerce. An excellent quality of life and a supportive environment for business and industry have helped Pasco become one of the top 40 fastest growing counties in the United States. Pasco continues to make great strides in its efforts to promote economic growth. The County has made significant progress in implementing its adopted Strategic and Economic Development plans. There have been a lot of exciting new initiatives and new business developments that have been announced recently. In addition to the many projects that have been approved by the Board of County Commissioners, including the Wiregrass Sports Complex and the Connected Cities master-planned mixed-use suburban and urban design community, new projects along the S.R. 54 corridor include the following:

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BEGINNER COURSES STARTING SOON!

Meopta U.S.A. Inc. - Meopta specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of precision optics including binoculars, and spotting and rifle scopes. They plan on hiring 47 new positions in advanced manufacturing. HP Asturia, LLC - 200,000 square feet Class A speculative space for office/industrial use - This project includes building two roads and up to 200,000 square feet of Class A “spec” space for office/industrial use. 54 Venture Project - The project will be located off of SR 54 and the Mitchell Ranch and include 35,000 square feet of office space. Tru Simulation +Training - TruSim, an aviation simulation company for aircraft pilot training, company located in Pasco County recently completed its phase 2 expansion project and will create 161 new jobs. The recent expansion increased the facility by an additional 30,000 square feet and will accommodate training classrooms, flight training devices and full flight simulators Mettler-Toledo - The process of constructing a 270,000 square foot state of the art manufacturing facility. The company is a manufacturer and global leader of measurement & precision instruments for industry, laboratories & retail. The new facility will be home to more than 580 employees. The Company expects to start operation in the first quarter of 2018. WWW.RESIDENTMAGAZINE.NET | FOR RATES & INFO CALL: 813-422-5551

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November EVENTS UPCOMING

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NOVEMBER 1 WIREGRASS RANCHERS KIDS CLUB Time: 10:00am - 11:00am Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com

NOVEMBER 4 FRESH MARKET Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com

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NOVEMBER 10- JANUARY 7, 2018 SYNTHETIC ICE SKATING AT THE SHOPS AT WIREGRASS Time: 10:00am - 9:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com

NOVEMBER 7 GETTING DOWN TO THE BARE BONES Join us for a question and answer session with our boardcertified orthopedic surgeons. Do you suffer from aching joints, arthritis, hip or knee pain? Time: 12:30pm - 1:00pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley NOVEMBER 11 Chapel Classroom, 4th Floor SYMPHONY IN LIGHTS PREMIERE & SANTA'S Cost: Free to attend. ARRIVAL Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm FOOD & FITNESS TO Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, PREVENT DIABETES 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Reduce your risk for developing Cost: For more information visit diabetes. If your blood sugar www.theshopsatwiregrass.com is higher than normal, lifestyle changes are needed. Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm NOVEMBER 11- DECEMBER 24 Location: Health & Wellness Center Classroom, 2nd Floor SMILE! STOP BY THE SHOPS AT WIREGRASS FOR YOUR Cost: Free to attend. FAMILY PHOTOS WITH SANTA THIS HOLIDAY SEASON NOVEMBER 9 VOM FASS WINE, CHESSES, Time: November 11 7:00pm 9:30pm, November 12 and 19 & CHOCOLATE TASTING 12:00pm - 5:00 pm, November Time: 7:00pm 13- 17, 20-22, 24-25, 27-30 12:00pm - 7:00 pm, November 26 Location: The Shops at 12:00pm - 6:00pm Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Page 10 | November 2017

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Veterans Day

NOVEMBER 10 NOVEMBER 12 SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS When you are grieving a loved one's death, the holiday season can be painful. Discover how to deal with emotions, traditions, social events and hope for the future Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm Location: Lake Magdalene UMC, 2902 W. Fletcher Ave. Cost: For more information email a.king@gmail.com; 813-963-1555 NOVEMBER 13- DECEMBER 4 PET PHOTS WITH SANTA AT THE SHOPS AT WIREGRASS MALL Time: December 2, 9-10, 2:30pm - 4:00pm, December 16 - 23 2:30pm - 4:00pm, December 24 1:00pm - 2:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com

NOVEMBER 15-19 FALL FAIR AT THE SHOPS AT WIREGRASS Time: November 15 - 17 5:00pm - 10:00pm, November 18-19 1:00pm - 10:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: Armbands are $ 20.00 per person. Tickets are $1.25 each or 18 or $ 20.00. Rides take 3-4 each. For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com

NOVEMBER 23 THANKSGIVING WIREGRASS MALL HOURS Time: 6:00pm - 12:00am Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com

NOVEMBER 23 WIREGRASS BLACK FRIDAY Time: 8:00am - 10:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com

NOVEMBER 16 -19 MARKS & MORGAN JEWELERS GUEST APPRECIATION EVENT Time: 10:00am - 7:30pm Location: Marks & Morgan at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com

NOVEMBER 23 WIREGRASS WOBBLE TURKEY TROT Time: 7:00am -8:30am Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: From November 1 to November 22, the registration fee is $35. Race Day registration is $40. For more information visit www.wiregrasswobbleturkeytrot. com

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THE THE STORY STORY OF OF

STEVE HOPPER

...What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

BY WENDY M. DODD

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t 19 years old, Steve Hopper was just one year into a ten year prison sentence and it was time for lights-out. “There I was, in this pitch black cell, alone. This particular night when that steel door slammed shut at 9:00 pm, the weight of the world just came crashing in on me. I don't really know why it happened on this night as opposed to others but I was consumed by emotion. Every emotion you can imagine...helplessness, hopelessness, remorse, fear, regret... “ Steve remembers, “all of it, I crouched down in the corner of my cell, pulled my knees to my chest and just cried.”

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than it is today, no picnic tables or pavilions only palmetto bushes. His first offense, trespassing. As with most public beaches in the area, after dark the beaches are closed. For good reason.

A few hundred teenagers, a bonfire on an open beach and plenty of alcohol likely equals a recipe for disaster. As he recalls, a fight broke out between one of his teammates and a boy from another school. As most would do for a teammate, Steve engaged in the fight. Three days later, the Today Steve is a motivational Hillsborough and peak performance speaker County Sheriff's traveling the world, speaking at Department business conventions, churches and showed up at his to youth. doorstep with a warrant for his arrest. Growing up in the Carrollwood area with a love for football, One of the teens that he hit during Steve earned college scholarship the fight had slipped into a coma, offers early in his senior year and and at that moment everything dreamed of going pro one day, but changed. His bright future playing he never had that chance. A split pro-football quickly slipped from second decision one night in high his grasp and he was instead facing school would change the course of complete uncertainty. his life forever. A well known athlete in the area, One Friday night Steve was invited he was unanimously picked out to a high school party with some as the assailant by others that teammates. They met and came attended the party that night and to no other beach than right as a result, was the sole person here, Cypress Point. Here was arrested from the fight. this public beach, much different WWW.RESIDENTMAGAZINE.NET | FOR RATES & INFO CALL: 813-422-5551

"My father had turned me in and my bond had been revoked while charges were pending." Life around him moved forward, his friends attended homecoming and enjoyed their senior year in high school, as Steve was lodged in the Hillsborough County jail. For three months he waited to see

if the boy in the coma’s condition would improve. Would he be charged with murder, or attempted murder? Steve recalls, "After those three months, I remember calling home and my mom answering the phone crying. I still remember her words,'Son, he came out of the coma and he's going to live.' It was the best news I'd ever heard. When I talk to middle schools and high schools around the country, I always try to impart on them that when you make bad choices,

there are almost always bad consequences. For me, those consequences were going to be huge. The media had gotten a hold of the story and at the time, there had been a lot of fighting going on in the area so they made an example out of me and I was sentenced to 10 years in a Florida state prison at 17 years old." Nothing in life prepared him for the world he was about to enter. He was sent to one of the most violent prisons in Florida, a prison which has since been shut down. He recalls that first year being absolutely terrible, having to fight for his life on numerous occasions. While other kids his age were heading off to college, Steve watched as other inmates were beaten or stabbed to death right before his eyes. It was a far cry from anything he'd ever known. Nothing in life can prepare a 19 year old boy for that world. The Darkest Moment It was about a year into his incarceration and time for lights-out . "It was that moment, a year into his incarceration when the lights went out. That rock bottom crossroad when his emotions took over and he was finally able to feel God's Continued on page 16

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presence, remembering his Grand-dad's words from all those years ago." For the first time in his life the thought of suicide crossed his mind. He felt like his life had no meaning and no purpose. As he sat there contemplating suicide, he remembered something his grandfather told him when he was little. He and his sister had spent their summers in Tallahassee where their grandparents owned property. As many grandfathers do, his grandfather would preach and impart his wisdom over their time together. Steve remembers one summer, “he asked me to promise one thing. He said, 'Just promise me if you're ever at the darkest moment in your life, your back's against the wall and you feel like you don't have any way out, just promise you'll drop to your knees and you'll cry out for God’.” He was there. The darkest moment of his life. No way out. So he took his granddad’s advice, and he asked God for help. In that very moment his life took a dramatic shift. All of a sudden it was like his life was given purpose and the meaning returned. He knew, deep inside there was something big he would do with his life. At 19, he Page 16 | November 2017

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had no idea what it was yet. First, he needed to survive this place. After all, he was only one year into a ten year sentence and needed to find a way to survive the next nine inside. He began studying everything going on around him, watching people and interactions. In doing so he began to learn how people connected with each other. Survival Mode Steve began to eat, sleep and drink every ounce of self development material he could get his hands on. At the time, he didn't even know why. He just knew he needed to develop himself from the inside out. He began by reading books on personal development, not knowing what he would even use it for. Never knowing one day he'd be an international motivational speaker, or that he would hold leadership conferences and seminars for business professionals and coach the youth of our nation. It all began in prison, teaching other inmates how they could change their lives before they were even released. Steve had begun changing the lives of others before he even realized he had begun changing his own. He served seven years of his ten year sentence before he was released, becoming a free man when he was twenty-four years old.

A Second Chance He had become incarcerated as a seventeen year old kid and was being released into a world expecting him to be a responsible, productive member of society. Although he had used his time more wisely than most, studying business as much as possible while incarcerated, he would undoubtedly need some help reintegrating. He focused on protecting his mind while behind bars, helping him to better integrate back into society when released. Something he credits to the positive literature and material he submersed himself in early on. Even so, being institutionalized took a great toll on him, and he still remembers the overwhelming feelings he had on his first trip to the grocery store after prison. Decent jobs can be tough for convicted felons to come across, but an auto dealer took a chance on Steve. Someone said, "despite your record we're going to give you a chance to prove yourself." Within a short time he earned a top sales position, was moved into a leadership position within the company, promoted to management and became a national sales trainer for the company's employees. Creating Destiny In 2008, when the economy saw a decline in the job market, like many others, Steve found himself

in the unemployment line. Reality hit. He was an ex-con with no college education in an economy where even someone with a college degree couldn't find employment. That's when that little voice inside spoke up again and he decided he would create his own destiny: his own marketing company. After all, it wasn’t just his own destiny depending on his success now, but also his wife, Lauren, and their four beautiful children, Chloe, Cory, Katie, and Cody’s futures were in the balance as well. Steve began networking and built a successful marketing company from the ground up, yet even with monetary success, he still felt there was a missing component. He didn't feel like he was doing the great things he envisioned in his cell that night in prison. That's when he started to pray, "whatever it is you created me for God, I'm ready. Whatever my purpose is tell me, let me go after it." While attending a networking event he'd struck up a conversation with a gentleman who, unknown to him at the time, was a magazine editor. The two met for coffee a few weeks later and the next thing he knew, his story was a feature in a magazine. Steve recalls, “After the feature, my phone, email, everything just

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exploded. I was overwhelmed with an outpouring of invitations to speak at youth groups, churches, companies and leadership conventions, with scheduled events five or six nights per week at least.” Jokingly, Steve remembers his wife expressing her admiration for his work one night about a year into his speaking but also inquiring as to when and if he would be making any financial gains from the hours he was putting in. That was when he began designing the business model for Steve Hopper International. This was the missing component. Motivational speaking, helping others to achieve more, to push themselves to be the best version of themselves in any aspect of life. Steve's story of rehabilitation is one that inspires, not only within

faith based communities but also from a business standpoint. He now focuses his time as a keynote speaker and peak performance coach, inspiring others to perform at a higher level. Since that revelation, Steve has stepped up his game to expert level in the speaking world, reprioritizing his company’s purpose to inspire strength and extraordinary in everything he contributes. RM (Resident Magazine): Tell us about your present-day motivational speaking business. SH (Steve Hopper): I am now a peak performance coach, I inspire people to perform at a higher level, to find that strength inside of them to go and do something extraordinary with their life or business.

RM: How do you envision modeling your business? SH: I'm training and mentoring a lot of speakers right now and that component could definitely be implement into the business model in the future. Right now, my focus is in delivering keynotes at large corporate events and conventions, and also church and youth events. One event I hold is called the Hundred-Thousand Dollar Handshake. it's a two day intensive designed to teach business owners to grow their business through joint ventures and relationships. What happens during my seminars for many business professionals is a realization that what is holding them back are the limiting thoughts and negative beliefs are keeping them from achieving

the success they want. It’s not that they cannot network or advertise properly. The reality is, everyone has a story. Everyone has been through something that has changed their life and affected them in some way. If they're still holding on to those things, that can really affect the direction their business or life is heading. When I got out of prison, it's important to remember that it took me years, YEARS, to tell my story. I had convinced myself telling my story was a bad thing… that it would prevent me from being successful or stop me from having any good opportunities in life. So I wasn't sharing my prison experience with anyone. It

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THE STORY OF

STEVE HOPPER might want to start searching for that one thing in your heart. We all have a gift, a talent, and nine times out of ten that gift will be related to our purpose. Cypress Point

SH: I'd mentioned before that this park had a certain significance in my life. It was 1995, and the park was all palmetto bushes the night the party and subsequent fight happened. At the time, the park was owned by a local business. The City of Tampa had attempted to purchase the property for years with hopes of building a public park. When the fight took place, RM: What would you say to due to the significant negative Continued from page 17 someone who wants to step into media coverage the fight created, their purpose but might not know the owners of the property decided wasn't until I started sharing it was time to sell. They contacted my story that it actually had the how? the City of Tampa and decided to exact opposite effect. SH: For someone at that place in finally sell it. Therefore, this park their life, where they have come was actually built as a direct result When a person becomes to the realization something is of that fight and everything that authentic in the marketplace, missing, they're just not sure what transpired. For me, this park is a others are drawn to them. yet. I would tell them to start reminder that good things can still One person that stands out to come from bad situations. Cypress me was ex-military and stationed searching. Many times we get so caught up in the day to day routine Point will always be a big part of overseas in Afghanistan. He'd of paying bills, soccer practice and my story, a place I come back to witnessed some of the worst trying to make ends meet, that it's often when I need a calm. events one could imagine, he very easy to get to a point where we watched as his best friend was I made a horrible choice that killed in a firefight just feet from stop chasing our dreams. We also stop searching for what it is that we night, but a lot of lives have been where he stood. Through the were put on this earth to do. impacted in a positive way from years his relationship with his that choice that I made as well. children and his marriage had I believe at that point we need Would I go back and make that been negatively affected by the to stop living in the moment. same choice? No, absolutely not. emotional pain he was holding But it's interesting to see what has inside, and no one knew why, he Stop reacting to everything life is throwing at us and actually start come from that point forward. Just had never opened up to them. searching for what it is that we, another reason I come to this park individually, should be doing. when I need clarity. The day he attended my What is your gift? What is your Hundred-Thousand Dollar mark to leave on this world? RM: What advice do you have for Handshake event, he began someone who can’t move past a to understand the importance I would also add, a person's negative moment in his or her life? of sharing his story. He went purpose is going to be related home that day and told his to something they have a strong SH: I would say that what you wife and kids about what he'd passion for. We're not going import is what you export. If experienced and once he did, to fulfill a purpose related to you're someone that tends to it changed everything. His marriage became everything he something we care nothing about. struggle with getting past negative If you don't wake up every day situations in life, surround yourself wanted it to be, and his kids loving this particular thing, or go with others who have gotten past now understood why their dad home at the end of the day with a negative situations. Those people had been so reserved for all are going to inspire you, they will those years and what had forced fulfilled heart, then it's probably not your purpose. Now, I'm not push you to get to the next level. him to hold back. saying go out and quit the job I also tell people to listen to as that's paying your bills, but you Page 18 | November 2017

much self development material as you can. We live in a day and age where it is so easily accessible. I was listening to Eric Thomas on my way here, one of my favorites and one of the top motivational speakers in the world right now. In order for you to overcome negative situations you need to put positive things into your life. Listen to positive, motivational things. Follow these guys that are going to throw some good positive things your way, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, or you know, follow Steve Hopper! RM: Do you have a favorite self help book? SH: One of my favorites is a book by John Maxwell called The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. What this book does is break down what people are going to buy into. I believe our success in business and in life is dependent on our ability to influence others in a positive way. The reality is, in order for us to influence others, they need to buy into us. This goes back to the authenticity of a person as well. If I want to do business with a person, I need to trust them before anything else. This really goes for anything and everything... even our kids are not going to do what we tell them unless we have the ability to influence them to do so. The great thing about that book is that it breaks down what characteristics you need; character, integrity, appearance, attitude and all these different things that go into leadership. In fact my number one, signature keynote speech is called The Ability to Influence. When I go into corporate America, I share my story and then head into what we need to possess every day when we walk out of our house if we want to influence others. Once we master that, the sky's Continued on page 19

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the limit. Your relationships will improve and your business will grow to a level you never dreamed it could reach. In the beginning I never would have dreamed I'd become a motivational speaker or write my own book, From Prison to Purpose. It wasn't until I had person after person asking me when was I going to write my story, that I finally told myself I needed to just do it. Once I sat down, it just flowed out of me. I always encourage people I come into contact with to write a book. It has the potential to be a legacy. If you think about it, someone in California can buy my book, read my story and it can impact their life. Even though I've never met them, I can still have an impact. Not to mention my grand-kids, will always have access to that knowledge. A book is such a powerful thing. You don't have to have a crazy prison story, it's just a matter of having something positive that you can put back out into the world that can encourage, inspire or teach someone something. We all have that. We all have a story, an experience that has the potential to help someone else. My first, From Prison to Purpose, is the story of how my life came to be what it is today. Right now

I'm currently working on three new books. One is The $100,000 Handshake, in line with my event. Another is The Incarcerated Heart, which I am co-authoring with my mom. This book is for moms and families of young men who are incarcerated. The fourth book is The Ability to Influence, which will be on how to go about finding your purpose in life. RM: If you could put up a billboard anywhere and have it say anything, where would you put it and what would it say? SH: I would put it in a high traffic area, on the interstate. It would say 'true success in life is when you become part of someone else's story'. That is what I live by. I have to, any time you value your success based on money or status you can very easily be mislead in life. When you impact someone else's life, that is powerful. What does it take to become a speaker of this magnitude? If you ask Steve Hopper, he would tell you just as with any industry, you find your niche and you get what you ask for. You want to become a doctor? Find a medical school and study the right information to become a doctor. Want to become a speaker? Study the industry. Once you find your desire start sharing it with others. Tell others what you want to do. Tell everyone, share your passions with the world. Before you know it, the people you come into contact with will start opening doors for you. We meet new people every day, and unless we share our desires with them, they won't know to open those doors. Steve Hopper is available for speaking anywhere and everywhere. He resides in Lutz on the county line and speaks at leadership conferences, seminars, churches, all youth and sporting events. He has something special for every audience. To book Steve to speak at your next event contact him at 813-918-8609 or Steve@ SteveHopperInternational.com today!

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running and walking should be fun and rewarding, and that by creating positive, healthy experiences for area children and adults, they can foster the creation of healthier and happier people, communities, and have a lasting impact on the future. In 2017, the Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot is celebrating its fifth year of the event’s existence. With the help of sponsors and participants, over $110,000 has been raised and distributed to local charities since its inaugural race in 2013. A third of that total has been disseminated by FITniche Philanthropy to benefit programs such as those described above.

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ITniche Running & Fitness, who has partnered with the Rotary Club of New Tampa in sponsoring and operating the Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot since its inception in 2013, is providing monetary support in the form of grants to two local schools and civic organizations. Through FITniche’s philanthropy program, Hillsborough County Parks, Chiles Elementary School and Academy at the Farm received grants totaling $5,000.

and children. We are doing this is by helping civic organizations create and maintain outdoor running and walking opportunities as well as assisting schools to start and maintain before, during, and after-school running programs," said Rich Wills, Owner of FITniche Running & Fitness.

Online registration for the 2017 Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot is open. Pre-registration by October 31 is $30. From November 1 to November 22, the registration fee is $35. Race Day registration is $40. Since 2013, nearly 7,300 people have participated in the four previous runs/walks. Event organizers expect the 5th annual race on Thursday, November 23 to be the largest in its history. For more information or to register, visit www. wiregrasswobbleturkeytrot.com About the Wiregrass Wobble The 2017 Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23 at The Shops at Wiregrass. Enjoy music and festivities, including the best Thanksgiving Day after party. Awards are presented for first, second, and third place male and female finishers and for first place in the each of the three team competitions. All participants receive a commemorative keepsake. For more information or to register, visit www. wiregrasswobbleturkeytrot.com

FITniche believes that above all else

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TH E YO GA CO R N E R

bodily sensations to occur while making space for the energy to expand and release the tension.

The DisComfort

How long can you BE with a crying baby, slow-moving traffic, starting a business, retiring, the dog barking, changing jobs or any situation that can wreak havoc on your ego-mind? Learning to hang out at your edge of discomfort in yoga will help to quiet your mind and center yourself during bouts of chaos, change or growth in your life, MEANWHILE expanding your edge of discomfort beyond where it just was.

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n our yoga practice, we willfully move our bodies into an asana (posture) and allow ourselves and our minds to relax in to the “sweet spot,” where for a moment, you feel like you could be in that posture forever. We breathe in to the posture, rest in the moment and simply BE. Joy may even arise in that silent space when both judge and jury of the mind are replaced with the calm witness. Ahhh. Another moment passes and your knee begins to quiver. Your quiet mind becomes agitated, annoyed, frustrated and concerned. It may begin negotiating with you, convincing you to get out or give up. You can hardly stand the noisy thoughts blaring in your head and just as you are ready to follow your ego-mind and snap out of the posture, you hear the teacher say, “Breathe and sink a little deeper into the

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pose.” Now, you have entered The DisComfort Zone. Throughout my corporate career, I can’t tell you how many times I heard or read in the latest corporate self-help book, “Get out of your comfort zone,” or “Life happens outside your comfort zone,” “Live outside your comfort zone” and we label people derogatorily as non-risk takers or small when we judge those who appear to be staying in their comfort zones. Now I shout STAY, LIVE, FLOURISH IN YOUR COMFORT ZONE!!! AND (there is always an “and,”) willfully, gradually and gently slide in to The DisComfort Zone. Let your knee shake longer than your mind wants and feel the energy as it pulsates, vibrates or otherwise quivers. I have seen students drop out or pop out of poses stating they aren’t strong enough. This is the ego-mind on loud speaker. Strength is hardly ever the issue: the ego-mind is

typically the culprit. Pressing against your edge of discomfort and staying with it inside The DisComfort Zone is what stretches and expands your comfort zone without getting out, giving up, or popping off the mat. Yoga is dynamic and we practice keeping the body safe from injury. When we are holding a posture and you have entered The DisComfort Zone, you make micro-movements against your edge to deepen the sensation, thereby expanding your edge further and further without risk of hurting yourself. You can also give yourself permission to ease up on the edge slightly allowing the monkey mind to settle down. While at your edge of discomfort, witness the edgy thoughts, see them as they run amok like deer at dusk. Using your mind’s eye, direct your breath to the edgy area of your body. Allow for the

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org or call (813) 238-8410. Boxes can be delivered to you or they can be picked up from the Meals On Wheels office, 550 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL 33603, between 8am and 4pm, M-F.

needs your help to be able to provide holiday gift bags to its 800+ senior and homebound program recipients

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etc), Games (crossword puzzles, suduko, puzzles, cards, etc) from community members and various businesses, organizations, and clubs across Tampa. Meals On Wheels will be collecting items now through Monday, December 11th. Volunteers will sort the goodies and prepare for volunteers

to deliver on Saturday, December 16th. We need your help! To receive a decorated holiday gift collection box for your place of business, organization, club or for any other purpose, please email Lauren at L.Vance@MOWTampa.

For most of our 800 recipients this will be the only gift they receive this year. Most of them do not have family or friends near and are unable to leave the house to visit loved ones. Also, since they are homebound they are unable to get out of the home and shop as most of us can. This is our way of showing our senior and homebound neighbors in Tampa that they are thought of and cared for, above and beyond a daily meal. To sign up to deliver holiday gift bags, please visit www. MOWTampa.org and click the green volunteer button.

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oin the vibrant ladies of Womenn-Charge on Friday, December 1st from 11:15am-1:15pm at Pebble Creek Country Club (10550 Regents Park Dr., Tampa, 33647). The meeting includes lunch, a presentation, and time to network. We share our talents, build relationships, and share our resources with other women in business. The cost is $15 for members (who RSVP by Tuesday before) and $18 for all guests. Please register at www. women-n-charge.com. For more information, please contact Judy at 813600-9848 or info@women- n-charge.com. Annual Christmas Party Luncheon & Gift Exchange Jingle, Jangle, Jingle! It’s time for Women-n-Charge to Mix & Mingle! Please join us for some holiday fun! Remember to bring a gift (no more than $10) for the White Elephant Gift Exchange! Page 24 | November 2017

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S P I R I T U A L

s t a E l a c o L

Blessings T

here’s too much bad news. At some point we have to throw up our hands and do something good. Good overcomes bad. Every single time. This is a month of thanks giving, so let’s intentionally be grateful—literally count our blessings. Write a list. Add to it every day. There is something good in every day even if small and fleeting. I suspect that we mostly ignore it: an extrahelpful bagger in the grocery store, the police officer who responds to your fender bender, an unexpected gift from a friend. These things count. One day recently, I did not listen to the news all day. I didn’t do it to bury my head in the sand, but to give myself a respite. A news fast can be one of the best things we can do for ourselves. It truly helped my psyche. I did something else on the news fast day: I went to a piano recital given by beginner piano students. Our church is blessed with two very fine musicians, their music is sublime. They are students at the USF School of Music. Albina K……….is our pianist, and her husband, Eduard Teregulov, is a cellist. They are brilliant musicians. Eduard teaches piano and it was his recital that I attended. Eduard’s students who played were 9 years old, 11 years old, a couple of electrical engineering students in their 20’s—they played with four hands, and one 73-year-old. Eduard and Albina also gifted us with their playing.

There was a classic piece. Many hymns. And “Yellow Submarine.” All of the pieces were balms for my weary soul. The latter was just sunshine, or as we say in South Louisiana, lagniappe—“something extra.” Each introduced him or herself before playing, played their selections, then stood and bowed at the end. Piano lessons are different from when I was a child, as Eduard is teaching the grace of the whole performing experience. But then again, I was not a serious student. You have to really practice for that. Each part serves to mature the student in poise, speaking in front of people, and playing in front of them too. They are stretching themselves. And they are growing. That is good. The 73-year-old student always wanted to learn and is grateful for a teacher who is patient with her. Good outshines bad. Every single time. What a joy that moment was, and such a privilege to be let in on this precious time for the students.

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Do yourself a favor in this month of thanks giving: like these wonderful piano students, where can you stretch yourself? How might you give joy? Share your gifts? Learn? Risk? Where can you find peace? (News fast for a day or so?) How might you support someone who is learning something new? The holidays will put us on fast forward—how might we put the brakes on? What is necessary? What can you drop? For what are you thankful? The holidays give us plenty of opportunity to practice patience. What does that look like to you? How can you be the good that the world needs?

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learning. Learning both the basic skills of the game for future success along with social, behavioral and mental learning, all while having fun. I see so many underdeveloped players never reaching their full potential due to years of practice with too little or improper training. Spending training time practicing is a waste of parent’s money and the instructors precious time. You practice at home to progress: you attend training to learn what to practice. Baseball is a complex and technical game that takes years to gain proficiency. Even when a young by Coach Ryan Pryor player shows good skills and advancement there is much to do am often asked why we mentors. Unfortunately, parents to keep that player ahead of the call everything here at are bombarded with too many Rockstar Elite Skills training options these days. Parents ever changing game. Training...TRAINING... beware, many are nothing more I always ask the players, “What and not practice. Practice is than babysitters or worse, a sales a player’s responsibility to do pitch in disguise by an unqualified is IT you do in baseball?” They entertain me with a reply “HIT on their own time at home to instructor. IT, THROW IT AND CATCH improve individual abilities. IT”. IT will be the same whether Training is a place of skilled The question is where to put your learning by instructors and child for the best development and playing youth, high school, college

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or maybe one day in the MLB. Your level of proficiency and play will have to increase to stay in the game or have the positive youth experiences that every parent wants for their young player. Hopefully we can see the importance of training. Basically, you don’t know what you don’t know! Practice is essential, you must train to determine what is best to practice. That will change depending on your purpose. The internet is not training, knowledge yes, but not training. You can see what to do, but nothing replaces guidance by a trained professional. This does not mean someone that played professional ball. Unfortunately, that is one of the biggest traps with training. You should gain knowledge at training and be able to take something away to practice on at home. Skills need to be broken down in ways players can progress. Instruction needs to be age appropriate with good progressions

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and transitions for higher levels of play. For example, take Catching IT, how would you start the basic instruction before even discussing the mechanics of catching and different types of catches. Here is a Rockstar Tip of the Day that extends to all levels of catching from youth to the pros. We call it the 3R’s: 1. 2. 3.

READ- the ball (where is the ball going) REACT- to the ball for the best positioning to make an out or transition to throwing RECEIVE- the ball correctly depending on your position and the type of ball

Experience comes two ways, trial and error on your part or passed on from the experienced. Both are necessary, but learning from others saves all kinds of pain, money and relationships. Yes! Relationships. With your son or daughter, your wife, your friends and your community. There are so many traps, hidden doors, politics, hurdles and most can be avoided if you are armed with good information in your training and practice accordingly on what you do know and not on what you don’t know.

or breaking skills down age appropriate, that is a RED FLAG, run and save your $$$. Training is knowledge gained, therefore listen and learn so you can apply your new knowledge to your practice routine and overall game performance. Training and practice work together for true success and development so get started today and grind it out. Here at Rockstar Elite Skills Training we have a little quote to train and practice by ….. be so good they can’t ignore you!

Coach Ryan Pryor Rockstar Sports LLC. www.rockstarball.com 813 992 1030

Holiday Gift from Resident Magazine to help you get started this winter to prepare for the Spring 2018 season!!!!!! Rockstar Elite Skills Training for baseball and softball will officially open the new 5,000 sq ft. indoor facility November Sometimes the pain principle is 12th 9-3pm and Resident needed for some to figure it out Magazine has sponsored FREE and get the help they need. By video evaluations to learn more the time they figure it out it may about your disconnection as this be too late or you may be playing is the first step in prescribing catch up. Setting the training a great training and practice culture is important, without the plan. ($50 value per player). culture of practicing at home the training serves no purpose and the Book your hitting or throwing evaluation by calling 813 992 road to success will be long and 1030 or email ryan@rockstarexpensive. baseball.com. FREE evaluations will be booked from November To sum it up, practice consists of 8th-December 16th. Rockstar is repetitive implementation of basic located 3 minutes north of the skills and drills during training Pryor Ranch at 111820 Uradco sessions with a professional PL. #102 San Antonio Fl. 33526 instructor that can be practiced next to the flying J gas station at home safely with no need for expensive equipment or facilities. If off I-75/ SR52. you are training with an instructor www.rockstarball.com and they are not giving homework WWW.RESIDENTMAGAZINE.NET | FOR RATES & INFO CALL: 813-422-5551

It's movie

time NOVEMBER 2017

OPENING NIGHTS

A Bad Moms Christmas November 1

Thor: Ragnarok November 3

Daddy's Home 2 November 10

Wonder November 17

The Star November 17

Coco November 22

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KID OF THE MONTH

Cillian ALMOST 1.

Loves chewing on moms hair and playing with his siblings! Would you like for your pet or child to be featured in our Pet & Kid of the Month section? If so, please send us 2-7 sentences about your pet or child along with a high resolution image to editorial@residentmagazine.net by the 15th of each month.

BOOKS OF THE MONTH

Turtles All the Way Down

Grant

The Rooster Bar

by John Green

by Ron Chernow

by John Grisham

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.

The plot involves three law students who drop out of a third-tier law school after learning that the same hedge fund that owns a student loan bank has an ownership interest in their school. All three are heavily indebted to the bank for their own student loans.

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The Midnight Line (Jack Reacher Series #22) by Lee Child The Midnight Line is a novel by British writer Lee Child. The plot finds Reacher once again in the Midwest, this time being thrust into an investigation involving the illegal opioid trade, the pharmaceutical companies that often turn a blind eye in the name of profits, and the people dependent on them.

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