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Weight gain actually has very little to do with the amount of calories you consume. Yes, that is a factor of course, but much more important than calorie consumption is actually what you are eating. I see clients all the time who tell me they only eat around 1200 calories per day, but they keep gaining weight. That's because they are eating the wrong things and they have imbalances in their body that are causing them to be in fat storage mode instead of fat burning mode.

The NutriMost program uses a highly sophisticated computer to assess your body. The assessment determines what protocol you need to follow to put your body in to fat burning mode. Most diet programs use the same protocol for every client. This is rarely effective because what works for one person may not work for another, and it does not address the root cause of the weight issue. The computer assessment is looking for whatever is keeping you out of fat burning mode, such as toxicity, hormone imbalance, thyroid imbalance, adrenal fatigue, blood sugar disregulation etc...

Our health coaches will work along side you on your journey back to good health, keeping you motivated, educated and on track throughout the entire program to assure you get the results you want. Your health, happiness and success is our passion at NutriMost of Wesley Chapel. If you would like to find out more information about this life

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LETTER FROM the editor



ow are those New Year's Resolutions coming along? If you, like many others, have experienced a waning of fervor for accomplishing your goals, it’s your lucky day. This year I took goal setting to a whole new level, researching the most effective, efficient ways to set and achieve our goals. Here is the

8 Step Process I used in creating my Seven Commitments of 2017. It’s not too late to begin reaching your potential – here are the 8 steps that have helped me out:


Reflect on last year

Think about everything that happened in 2016; the good, the bad and the ugly. Mentally note where you started the year and where you ended it in terms of family, fi nances, fitness, happiness and any other metric you use to determine your overall contentedness.

2. Gratitude for every experience

As you reflect on last year, choose to experience gratitude for everything that happened. Notice I said choose. It is a choice, and not always the easiest one. Seek the silver linings in even the most challenging of experiences. A team at USC did a study about how gratitude affects our body physiologically. It included a lab study, blood draw and a sleep study and what they found was that when someone experiences gratitude, anxiety goes down, they get better sleep, anger levels are down, blood pressure is down – even when new stressors are introduced – and bad cholesterol levels go down. This study also found that the positive effects of gratitude linger – so feel it now and the benefits continue! Mahatma Gandhi once said, “what you have become is what you have thought.” Everything in this world is made of energy, and energy is attracted to like energy. Align your thoughts with positivity and you will bring more positivity into your life.

3. Make a list of goals Ask yourself, ‘what do I want to look back upon a year from now and be the most grateful for?’ Write down everything that comes to mind.

4. Choose between 7 and 10 goals Michael Hyatt, author of Your Best Year Ever has found that the number of goals we set greatly affects whether or not we accomplish them. If we set fewer than 7 goals for the year, it isn’t compelling enough to follow through all year long. If we set more than 10, we are likely to get overwhelmed and lose focus

on all of them. The sweet spot when setting goals for the year is between 7 and 10. How do you narrow your list down? Pick the goals that give you an emotional reaction. Pick things that make you smile, get excited, or give you butterfl ies in your stomach. You don’t have to have a clear idea of how you’re going to accomplish it; if it’s exciting to you, you’ll fi nd a way to work toward it.

5. Change your language from goal to commitment Based on the book Every Word Has Power by Yvonne Oswald, our self-talk produces 100% of our results. Keep in mind that our subconscious mind (Subby) runs our habits and belief systems. Subby is also very literal. Setting a goal tells Subby that you’re going to try to accomplish something in the future. Subby doesn’t know when the future is, so essentially checks out and determines that it doesn’t need to jump in and help create those habits right now, because you’ve told it you’re going to try to do something in the future. I’ve changed my language from ‘setting goals’ to ‘achieving commitments’. Notice the difference when you say, ‘I am setting the goal of losing weight’ versus ‘I’ve set the commitment to lose xx number of pounds’. Be specific!

6. Chunk down! Separate your commitments into quarters – don’t try to do everything all at once. Then, chunk down into monthly minicommitments. Write down your monthly milestones to keep you on track throughout the year.


7. Put them on the wall. Stare Often! I created a poster board with my commitments written out including my ‘chunk down’ milestones, and I hung it up on my bathroom wall. Writing your commitments and viewing them on a regular basis increases your chances of accomplishing them. Also – schedule things in the calendar. What gets scheduled gets done, so put your milestones or encouraging messages in your calendar!

8. Celebrate all wins! Each step you take toward accomplishing your commitments is worthy of celebration! Establishing this habit will help to keep you positive, motivated and rolling in the direction that you’ve set for yourself. This is an important fi nal step in achieving your commitments, so always remember to pat yourself on the back! You can fi nd the USC Study here: (http://greatergood.berkeley. edu/article/item/what_does_a_ grateful_brain_look_like). I’d love to hear your commitments for the year or tips and tricks on what works best for you! Reach out on facebook @ ResidentMagazineWCNT or send me an email at Stephanie@ Thank you so very much for taking the time to read Resident Magazine – the magazine that is truly for you and your community.

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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.


Randi is experienced in teaching secondary English education and non-profit/outreach programming. She is an Illinois-native, but recently bought a farm in Michigan and has been trying her hand at homesteading with her wonderfully patient husband and two energetic daughters.


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.

JOIN OUR TEAM We are growing! To inquire about joining the Resident Magazine team as a Sales Associate, please email your resume to stephanie@



ily, Colin, Dominic and Kayla, ages 12, 12, 12 and 9 respectively, are four kids right here in Wesley Chapel who are beginning to make a name for themselves and their ‘Roadblocks Band’.

New band on the block by Minnie Torres

Dominic and Colin became friends when they met in a summer band camp in 2015. Dominic is the lead guitarist and Colin is the drummer. Kayla, Colin's younger sister, later joined and plays the bass guitar and keyboard. They started playing instrumental cover songs and created a YouTube channel named “Roadblocks Band” to get their music out there. In September 2016, they had a band class where they met Lily who soon became their lead singer and fourth member of at a charity event for the Boys the band. and Girls Club of Tampa Bay in December. They also had a couple Last year, Roadblocks Band of performances at the Tampa performed gigs at The Shops At Premium Outlets during the Wiregrass in September and again holidays in December. The parents in November. They performed in 2 have noticed their kids confidence elementary school fall festivals in both musically and in themselves, October (Seven Oaks Elementary grow with each performance. Most and Wiregrass Elementary) and importantly, though, they love

hope this young group inspires other youngsters to learn a musical instrument or someday join or create a band of their own. The kids of Roadblocks Band are currently working on writing their own original songs, recording and performing them on their YouTube channel. They dream to one day perform at other venues with their favorite bands like Twenty One Pilots, Fall Out Boy, or Imagine Dragons. So what do Dominic, Colin, Lily, and Kayla plan to do in the future?

what they do. The band practices at least once a week and through their practices have created a wonderful friendship with one another. The positive feedback from the audience has certainly helped in creating the confidence in this young group. The parents


Will they continue performing and make it a career or will this be a hobby? For now, Roadblocks Band is simply having fun performing on stage.

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ADVICE big difference. Consider using your tax refund to establish a separate savings account, or invest the money in its own investment vehicle. Keeping your goal-specific savings separate from your dayto-day accounts will help you focus on reaching the goal because you’ll be less tempted to spend the money elsewhere. 3. Expand your “rainy day fund” A basic rule of thumb is for you to have at least three-to-six months of income set aside in an emergency fund. This is money that should be left in cash (such as a savings account or a money market fund) in the event an unexpected fi nancial need occurs. A tax refund is a great way to bolster your rainy day fund if it’s lacking.

5 Ways to Make the Most

of Your Tax Refund


ore than 110 million Americans collected a tax refund – worth an average of just under $3,000 – after fi ling their 2015 tax returns, according to statistics released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If you’re one of the many Americans who expect to receive a fi nancial windfall this year, what do you plan to do with the money? It’s tempting to treat yourself to a new TV or a pricey vacation. However, if you refrain from spending your refund impulsively, the money presents an opportunity to treat yourself to additional fi nancial security. Here are five ways to extend the benefits of any refund you receive this year or in the future: 1. Give your retirement savings a boost While your refund may not seem like a large sum compared to the amount you need to live the life you want in retirement, every

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dollar you put aside matters. Keep in mind that the money will have a chance to grow, particularly if you are several years or even decades from retirement. This year, think about using your refund to “max out” your contributions to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Individuals age 50 or older can set aside $6,500 per year in an IRA while those under 50 can save up to $5,500 annually. You may be able to deduct your IRA contributions if you qualify, which may help reduce your 2017 tax bill. You can also put your refund to work in a Roth IRA, potentially qualifying you for tax-free withdrawals in retirement.

4. Focus on being fi nancially independent If you have any credit card debt, consider fi rst using your refund to reduce this costly form of borrowing. After that debt is eliminated, you may want to focus on tackling any outstanding student loan balances. If you’re fortunate enough to have your consumer debts paid off, think about making an additional mortgage payment. Many Americans make it a goal to pay off their home before they retire, and several lump sum payments can help make this goal more attainable for you.

5. Adjust your tax withholding If you tend to receive a sizable tax refund each year, a better approach may be to reduce the tax withheld from your paycheck. Rather than giving the IRS a “tax-free loan” while you wait for a big refund, keeping the money may make more sense for you. Apply the extra cash you’ll receive in each paycheck toward your most important goals, such as retirement or a child’s education. Adjusting your withholding may affect your tax situation, so talk to your tax advisor before making a change. You want to use your refund where it will have the greatest positive impact on your fi nancial situation. If you need help weighing competing priorities, talk with a fi nancial professional who can give you an objective perspective on how to best divvy up your refund. 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


2. Save for another long-term goal If you are saving money for a down payment on a home, a home improvement, or higher education needs, your refund can make a FOR RATES & INFO CALL: 813-422-5551 | WWW.RESIDENTMAGAZINE.NET


Establishing The Growth Mindset I

n the December edition of Resident Magazine, we covered a term that almost every person has experienced but few admit it--the dreaded “F” word, Failure! This article will explore a compounding difference that separates those of us that reach success and those that don’t; the growth mindset. As an individual, we fight a never-ending battle between complacency and perseverance for the dream of something better. That something better can be learning a new skill, your dream job, or that big house you imagined as a kid! The ability to keep that perseverance alive in the face of situations that are uncomfortable determines how far we drive down the road of success. This article will offer a few tips on how to establish and keep that growth mindset. Henry Ford said, “It is my observation that most people get ahead in the time others waste.” This brings me to my first point, how to establish the growth mindset. The first step is to be aware of how you allocate time during the day. I don’t mean being aware of the broad picture, “I wake up, go to work for 8 hours, come home and go to bed.” You need to break it down to the tiny moments of distractions in your

life. When you get distracted, and we all do, what do you find yourself doing? Do you go on Facebook or do you do something that will add to your life? If you took just 3 distractions every day and took those three to five minutes to learn something new online, by the end of the year you would have learned over one thousand new things! Little habits add up overtime and that is the core of why you should establish a growth mindset. I don’t expect every reader to give up their TV time or their web surfing time, but I encourage you to find a growth habit that interests you and to start building that habit. Whether it's learning about an animal you never knew existed, learning a little bit about a new skill, or even learning something new about a friend or family member every day; A small attempt will make a big difference over time.

ability to constantly add even a small amount to something big can set you on the path to future success. One tip to establish the growth mindset in your job is to carve out the first hour of every morning by working on a passionate project for something big. This does not mean opening up your email and immediately start working; I mean an uninterrupted hour of something you can get passionate about. By just carving out this hour you are establishing a growth mindset, which pays immense dividends over time. At the end of the day, no one accomplishes his or her dreams by doing mundane work; it is the passionate work that will get you to where you want to go, and you have to prioritize that to eventually achieve success.

the successful entrepreneurs and the non-successful entrepreneurs. View this as the compounding interest of your life. If every dollar or distraction you deposit goes into the bank of progress, you get a step closer to success. Hopefully, before you know it, you will look back and be glad you started when you did. For comments and questions or to receive a quote on business consultation services please email

Over the 100 plus startups that I have worked with, the growth mindset is a key trending factor that I have noticed between

Justin Heacock Entrepreneurship Center Coordinator Florida Polytechnic University

The other area I want to focus on is the area where we spend most of our time, our jobs. There are two types of work; the never-ending mundane work and the passionate work. If you have disdain for your job, chances are you are stuck performing mundane work. Even though mundane work is necessary at times, the


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FEBRUARY 1 - MARCH 18 "THE WAY WE WORKED" TRAVELING SMITHSONIAN EXHIBIT Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm Location: The Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road Cost: $8, $6 seniors, $4 age 6-18, 5 and younger free.

FEBRUARY 4-5 FARM FEST & QUILT SHOW Time: Saturday 9:00am4:00pm, Sunday 10:00am 4:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: Free

FEBRUARY 11 RANCH DAYS Time: 11:00am - 7:00pm Location: Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road Cost: $10 for parking, $25 for buses.

FEBRUARY 7 FEBRUARY 1 DVT (DEEP VEIN WIREGRASS MALL THROMBOSIS): AVOID RANCHER KIDS CLUB THE DANGER Time: 10:00am - 11:00am Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: The Shops at Location: Health & Wellness Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Center Classroom, 2nd Floor, Cost: Free Cost: Free

THOMAS PROMISE FOUNDATION HUNGER WALK Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm Location: Zephyrhills High School, 6335 12th Street, Zephyrhills, FL 33542 Cost: Contact Amanda at 813-782-0000 for further information.

FEBRUARY 2 PARKS FORD MONSTER JAM Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel, 28739 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Cost: Free

NEWBORN CARE CLASS, 1-NIGHT CLASS Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd. 2nd Floor Classrooms Wesley Chapel FL Cost: Fees Apply

FEBRUARY 4 HOME DEPOT KIDS WORKSHOP: VALENTINES PHOTO BOX Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Location: A Home Depot near you Cost: Free

COOKING WITH HEART (NOTICE: TIME HAS BEEN CHANGED) Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm Location: Health & Wellness Center Classroom, 2nd Floor Cost: Free

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FEBRUARY 9 "THE WAY WE WORKED" AT PIONEER MUSEUM Time: 6:00pm Location: Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Rd, Dade City Cost: Free

SNOWBIRD- PALOOZA SENIOR EXPO Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm Location: Zephyr Park 38116 5th Ave, Zephyrhills 33542 Cost: Free for more information contact Simply Events at (727)674-1464

FEBRUARY 13 BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF TAMPA BAY BIG ORIENTATION Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm Location: Rasmussen College18600 Fernview Street, Land O’ Lakes Cost: This event is free to attend FEBRUARY 16 GUEST SPEAKER IMANI ASUKILE "THE ODELL MICKENS STORY" IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm Location: Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City, FL 33523 Cost: Free to attend FEBRUARY 17 PATHFINDING PONIES PRESENTS A HERO'S JOURNEY WITH HORSES & A HERO'S JOURNEY (WITHOUT HORSES) TRAINING Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm Location: Wayfinding Farm (FL), 18191 NW Hwy 335, Williston, Fla Cost: $950


Includes information from the following:

FEBRUARY 18 3RD ANNUAL SNOW BIRD PALOOZA Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm Location: Zephyr Park, 38116 5th Ave, Zephyrhills Cost: Free THE ROTARY CLUB OF WESLEY CHAPEL PRESENTS DINNER & POKER TOURNAMENT Time: 1:00pm - 7:00pm Location: 8300 North Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604 Cost: Tickets for $20 to $80 ROCKSTAR BASEBALL CLINIC Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Location: 8931 Elkmont Ln., Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Cost: Free, please register online at

COLOR ME ABSTRACT LAUNCH PARTY Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm Location: Land O Lakes Community Center. 5401 Land O lakes Blvd. Cost: $5 childcare, Free entry with canned goods donation to feed the homeless

FEBRUARY 19 PREPARED CHILDBIRTH, 1 DAY EXPRESS CLASS Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd. 2nd Floor Classrooms Wesley Chapel FL Cost: Fees Apply CRUISIN' AT WIREGRASS CAR & TRUCK Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm Location: Wiregrass Mall Cost: Free

BREASTFEEDING CLASSES, 1-NIGHT CLASS Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd. 2nd Floor Classrooms Wesley Chapel FL Cost: Fees Apply

FEBRUARY 28 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 Cost: $20.00 per person in advance or $25.00 at the door

FEBRUARY 20-26 2017 PASCO COUNTY FAIR Time: Monday 4:00pm 11:00pm, Tuesday- Thursday 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday 4:00pm - 12:00am, Saturday 8am - 12:00am, Sunday 12:00pm - 8:00pm Location: Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City Cost: $8.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Children (ages 6-12) FEBRUARY 21 HEART HEALTH & EXERCISE Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Health & Wellness Center Classroom, 2nd Floor Cost: Free


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Terrace Assisted Living Facilities enjoyed our holiday parties with woman's club food, caroling, games and gifts. Hope Lodge was presented with a monetary donation! We partnered with the Children’s Cancer Center, helping them decorate for the Wine, Women & Shoes event, as well as their annual Holiday Party. Internationally, we made Christmas special for 11 families in a village in El Salvador supplying them with baskets filled with cooking and food supplies, toiletries and toys! Over the past few months, community organizations benefitted from our club in many ways. Tennis For Fun, Keeping Tampa Bay Beautiful, Alzheimer’s Association and Feeding Tampa Bay, to name a few. Over the holidays, we brought joy to so many children and seniors, locally and in El Salvador. We donated food to the HeartFELT food bank as well as books benefitting about 100 local children. Children at Joshua House and Mort Elementary received toys. Seniors at The Legacy @ Highwood Preserves and Palm

GFWC-WCNT is a volunteer/ service organization and a great way to give back to our community, have fun and make new friends. Come see what GFWC-WCNT is all about! We meet the third Wednesday of each month at the New Tampa Regional Library on Cross Creek Blvd., 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please check out our website at gfwcwomansclubnewtampa. com, or FB page - GFWC Woman’s Club of New Tampa. For membership, contact us at

of new Tampa Twitter@NewTampaRotary For more information, visit The Rotary Club of New Tampa’s membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. Membership in the Rotary Club of New Tampa provides the opportunity to become connected to the community, work with others in addressing community needs and interacting with other professionals in the community. New members are welcome. Club meetings are held Fridays at 7:00a.m. at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club.

Speaker Schedule for February 2017 Date



Feb. 3

Rotary Speech Contest

Please view club website for additional information.

Feb. 10


Feb. 17

Rotary Past District Rotary Leadership Institute Governor Bob Arnold (Winter Haven)

Feb. 24

Derek Thomas, Owner of Elite Rigging Academy


Junior woman's club

In December, the GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman's Club enjoyed spending a day with the children at the TPD R.I.C.H. House Robles Park. We had a great time doing crafts and playing games with the kids. Our club also provided them with toys, a jacket and blanket, socks and underwear, and a holiday meal for their families. The TPD (Tampa Police Department) R.I.C.H. Houses are safe havens for the children of the impoverished communities of Sulphur Springs and Robles Park in Tampa. The facilities are each run by a police officer that provides afterschool care for children at no cost. The officers work with the children on academics and help them plan for their futures. The officers at the Page 12 | February 2017

"Crazy Skydivers."

R.I.C.H Houses help foster a positive relationship between the TPD and the residents in the communities as well. Are you looking to give back to your community and meet other ladies who are working to make the world a better place through volunteer service? The GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club is made up of women in the community who meet monthly and work with numerous charitable organizations to better the lives of others. Our regular meetings are held the second Monday evening of the month and the majority of our volunteer events are held on the weekends. Please contact pr@ or visit for more information.



Welcome New Businesses!

January Ribbon Cuttings






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t six years old, Orestes Destrade was on the run.

Born in Cuba in 1962 during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, life was challenging for the Destrade family. Parents, Leo and Elinsel, made the difficult decision to take their two sons, Albert (10yo) and Orestes (6yo), to America. They hoped a better life awaited them; one with opportunities for themselves and for their sons. In exchange, Leo and Elinsel had to leave their home, their friends and their families in Cuba and take a strenuous and dangerous journey in order to make it safely to America. Orestes remembers leaving Cuba, covertly traveling through Mexico with his family, and settling in New York for two years before making Miami, Florida their home. He was thrust into the American way of life and had to quickly acclimate to our language and customs. Everything was new and uncertain, except baseball. Sports were a love of his in Cuba and a familiar comfort here in America. As the years progressed through his youth, Orestes’s talent for sports of all types was evident, especially in basketball and baseball. Today, Wesley Chapel resident Orestes, enters his 6th season as part of the Tampa Bay Rays/Fox


Sports Florida broadcast team co-hosting the popular Rays Live shows, as well as appearing during select home games as an in-game sideline color analyst and Rays Spanish TV broadcasts. Orestes is also a brand endorser of several Tampa Bay Area businesses as their TV, Radio and Print Ad Campaigns celebrity talent. He played 1B/OF/DH for 15 pro seasons including in the Major Leagues with the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates and Florida Marlins. During that time period, he also played for the Seibu Lions of the Japanese Pro Baseball League, where he captured three consecutive Homerun and Japan Series Champion titles and became the first and only foreigner to ever lead both Japan Leagues in homeruns, 3 years in a row. Following his playing days, Orestes served as a Tampa Bay Rays front office Executive Director for 4 years before beginning his broadcasting career. Prior to joining the Fox Sports Florida family, he served for 5 years as a color analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and the Little League World Series. During that span, Orestes also hosted live national weekday radio sports talk shows on both XM Radio and ESPN Radio and made appearances on ESPN Deportes (TV and radio). Most recently, Orestes covered the 2014 and 2015 World Series Games for Univision

Deportes as their lead MLB studio analyst. As if all of that weren’t enough to keep him occupied through the years, he was recently involved with creating a documentary on Fox called CUBA: Baseball’s Final Frontier. Resident Magazine sat down with Orestes to get an inside peek into what it looks like to go from being an immigrant Cuban exile to an MLB player and successful sports broadcaster. RM (Resident Magazine): Tell us about your childhood and family. OD (Orestes Destrade): My mom Elinsel was your typical elementary school teacher when she came to the United States. My dad Leo was in construction, and he pretty much worked construction most of his life. He also drove a cab for 15 years at different times. My mom got her Master's Degree here in the United States and always pushed education. She learned English and taught in an elementary school in Miami for another 35 years, so she taught for almost 45 years total. My older brother Albert is four years older than me, and he graduated from the University of Miami Law Schoo; he currently lives in Miami. Education is very big in our household. He and I are very close, and I think we really benefited from this mass exodus from Cuba and leaving everything, including


our grandparents, behind. It was a very heart-wrenching experience. Baseball was huge in Cuba and still is. As a kid over there, and I took right to baseball and my family is very proud that I was able to become a major league baseball player; They've always been supportive. My mom really pushed education on us. My dad pushed practice (laughs). My brother and I were both very athletic, but we were both good in school too. I speak at a lot of schools now too, so now when I speak at schools my big statement is 'Play Hard! Study Harder!!' My parents are now 83 and 86 and doing great, and I've always felt the passion of my parents’ loss and leaving their country. These days, I'm even more taken aback by it because I started realizing that it was so close. We were 90 miles away; it's very frustrating that this oppression and this regime created such a sad state, and I'm so very grateful that my parents gave us this opportunity to live this incredible life. We grew up in a very vibrant Miami in the ‘70s and ‘80s and learned we could be good athletes and do well in school. Both of my parents are massively important in my life.

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I have 2 older kids from my first marriage; Devin, my son, just turned 25 in August and my daughter, Danielle, is the oldest; she turned 29 in December. They're doing great; Devin lives in Nashville close to his Mom, and Danielle married her college sweetheart, Kyle. They had a baby three years ago, and she's expecting in March. I’m an ‘opa!’ (laughs). Sadie is a sweetheart; she's three and when she was born I said, ‘No grandpa! I’m Opa!’ My wife is Drisana, and I’ve got Armando, who's 12 and Bella is 9. I’m impressed that all four of my kids were really good in school; they're awesome. My younger two are both competitive swimmers with Florida Elite Swimming and doing really well in school at Corbett Prep. They're outdoorsy kinds of kids and they seem to be pretty good about o be pretty good about entertaining themselves outside instead of in front of a screen. We're just very strict about the allotment of time that is allowed with computer games and cartoons. RM: Looking back on your life growing up, has your life gone the way you envisioned it would? What was your childhood dream?

do. I really enjoy doing what I’m doing. RM: When you think back on your life, what's been a truly formative experience that has shifted the way you see the world? OD: Early on, leaving Cuba was massive, but it didn't really hit me at six years old. I was 18 years old as a senior in high school when my father went to the Mariel boatlift, which I think any American should Google and research. In that time frame, Jimmy Carter was the President and in a goodwill gesture, did a deal with (Fidel) Castro. Carter essentially said, ‘your people want to get out. We’ll take them,’ and Castro basically said, ‘okay, but it's going to cost you $10,000 a person, and I can add whoever I want on that boat.’ So, what transpired was madness, happiness and sadness because thousands of people went to go get their family, including my father, who went to get my grandmother, aunt, uncle and their three kids. He went with a handful of other guys on a shrimp boat and was there for 34 days waiting in line on a boat at the port, just waiting for his turn to petition for his family.

Here's the problem: Castro forced criminals and the mentally insane to also come on those boats, so for OD: At eight years old, I was every one family member, he was asked that question in school throwing in 10 criminals, who and I wrote that I wanted to be a came out of his insane asylums and professional baseball player. It was out of his jails. The boat my dad something that I always wanted to went on with eight other people— do because I knew I loved sports. By 12, though, I wanted Cuban in that could only carry 50 people— was forced to leave with almost 300 the NBA because I really took to basketball at that age. My brother is people on it. 6'2” and I'm 6'4”, and I was a really good high school basketball player. The boat capsized. I ended up getting scholarship My father and those with him on offers, but baseball really was the his boat survived, thanks to the better choice for me. It ended up efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard, being where I wanted to be. If you yet a lot of people were losing fast-forward through my career, you get into the broadcasting aspect their lives. It was a horrendous situation and it backfired. In one of it, and I've been doing this for sense, it was great because I got my 15 years. Some form of radio, TV, or both is exactly what I wanted to grandmother back for a few years and my aunt, uncle, cousins, and Page 16 | February 2017

other people’s family members came in, but that's what created the madness of Miami. An area in Miami became a holding cell for all of these people that nobody wanted—thousands of crazy criminals that came on these boats. The boats would land and people would take their family members, but nobody wanted those people. Madness was unleashed because they were dropped in South Florida, and the law enforcement didn’t know what to do. So, they corralled them and put them in a stadium underneath an area called Krome Avenue. They fenced it all in, and kept these people there for a few years. Finally, they said, 'we can't do this,' and they opened up the doors. This was the early ‘80s and my Miami turned into madness. It impacted me dramatically to the point where I didn't want to live in Miami anymore. RM: How did you end up in the Tampa area? OD: The California Angels had drafted me out of high school, but instead of signing with them I chose to attend Florida College in Tampa, where I had great success in their baseball program and was named JUCO All-American. Before you knew it, the Yankees came running and let me tell you, for any Cuban kid, the New York Yankees personify freedom. I signed with them and even though it was a tough trek to get up to the big leagues because they had so many great players ahead of me, including a local product from Tampa by the name of Fred McGriff, I truly enjoyed my time with the Yankees. One of the things I wanted to do in life was wear a Yankee uniform at the major league level, and I did. I had a chance to play for Lou Piniella for a few months, got traded to Pittsburgh and then I was on my way to Japan. RM: Tell us about your time in Japan.

OD: Japan was phenomenal. I was with the Pirates but there'd been some interest from Japan for a while, and I just decided one year to go. It was the greatest thing for me. It just fit me well. Part of the reason why it fit me well and other Americans go over there and struggle is because I had already done the migration thing and assimilated to a new country. I went over there with a big red carpet, nice money, and what I needed to do was just assimilate to the country and learn the culture, so I did. I learned the language, I learned the culture and I think that made me a much better ball player because I didn't have the other struggles that a full-on American kid would go over there with. I fell in love with it, and I was fortunate enough again to be with the right team at the right time. We were like the Chicago Bulls of baseball over there. We won three consecutive championships and I won three home run titles, three RBI titles, and MVP. They ended up writing a book about me entitled Destrade The Seibu Myth. It was and still is a special place and I ended up going back there again in ‘95 and played there a couple more years before I retired. RM: You had the opportunity to have lunch with Joe DiMaggio twice. What was your most memorable moment from those lunches? OD: Being a Yankees fan, being a baseball fan and a baseball historian, I paid attention to the history of the game and what made it tick.

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to play for my hometown team, the Florida Marlins, I donated money to kick off a wing of the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. It's an area for the parents to be while the kids are in surgery or in the hospital and I was very proud to help out with that. Joe, at the time, was living in the Hollywood area and doing a lot at the hospital and he took a liking to me. He watched me play, and I got a call that he wanted to have lunch with me one-on-one. It was the most incredible thing ever. Two times that summer (1993) I met with Joe and sat down and had lunch with him. Joe DiMaggio's manager, Morris Engelberg, took me to the side and he said, ‘just don't ask anything about Marilyn Monroe. You can ask anything, but don't talk about Marilyn Monroe. He's still very touchy about that subject.’ I said, ‘I don't want to talk about Marilyn Monroe. I want to talk about Babe Ruth and the Yankees, and how it was.’ He was so gracious to me. The best stories I remember were about his 56-game hit streak in 1941 because that fascinated me. Anybody who’s a historian of baseball is always fascinated by that and how he was able to pull that off. He told me that when he started this streak, they were not playing very well. Then he went on this two-month stretch that nobody's ever matched! When they came out of that streak, they were in first place and just kind of continued on. They won the Pennant that year and won the World Series. He was very proud that he made such a great impact on the team. He was just larger than life. I was too young to know him as a player per se, but in loving the game of baseball, I knew of him. That was special. RM: With your documentary, CUBA: Baseball’s Final Frontier, Continued on page 18


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what do you hope to accomplish? What do you hope people take from it? OD: It's a behind the veil look at a controversial country trying to deal with the United States and the political issues of an embargo lasting 60 years, and now players are trying to get out. It's the struggle of the sport, but you can't get away from the political aspect of it. I'm hoping that people can objectively look at it and realize how it is in Cuba. Unfortunately, the oppression is still going on. RM: What do you do for fun? OD: I love playing with the kids outside, goofing around… Anything with my kids. I'm big on Netflix and binge-watching shows. Right now I'm watching The Magicians. RM: What is your favorite place to have ever traveled? OD: Hawaii by a long shot. I think Maui is just heavenly. My wife was raised in Maui, so we have family ties there. RM: What music were you last listening to? OD: Last time I was listening to music, it was Nat King Cole’s, “Unforgettable”. RM: What do you like about the Wesley Chapel/New Tampa area? OD: There's a great convergence of a lot of different areas, between Carrollwood, Wesley Chapel, New Tampa. Twenty years ago, there wasn't that convergence. The reality is that it's all kind of growing together and becoming one dynamic, powerful area. I've been around Tampa enough, starting at

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the USF area because of where my school was, and there was nothing out there but the school. I've lived just about everywhere you can in Tampa Bay, and I think that this area is very alive, growing and vibrant. I'm just very excited about the potential of it, and I think there's still more to come. RM: What was the last book you read or are reading? OD: The Brothers by Leslie Downer. It's a book about the owner of my team in Japan, Mr. Tsutsumi. It’s a tale of two brothers and their rise to billionaire prominence in Japan. RM: What's a regret, if any, that you have?

OD: It would probably be about Cuba; Part of me wishes that I've traveled there already, but part of me understands why I haven't. There's a pull in my heart about whether I should go back or if I shouldn't because on one side, I have my parents who say, ‘stand firm. Don't go back until it's a free Cuba.’ There's the other side of me that just wants to go see Cuba. It’s a very difficult thing in my life. I don't know if it's a regret, but it's a quandary. RM: What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given? OD: A gentleman by the name of Carlos Tosca, who was my first coach in pro-baseball and a Tampa native looked at me and said, ‘don't fear failure.’ It stuck with me forever. I think in life that's one of the struggles we have. We

don’t attempt things or try things because of the fear of failure. Little did I know that I needed that advice because baseball is one sport where players experience a lot of failure. You strike out so much, you don't get a hit, if you're a pitcher, you can get lit up so much. Now, I always tell kids and parents, ‘don't fear failure.’ The great thing about baseball is that you play a lot of games; you play more games than any other sport, so you're always going to get another chance to get back up. This has been an important life lesson to me as well as in baseball. RM: What was your proudest baseball moment? OD: My proudest moment was getting called up to play for the Yankees in 1987. I also remember driving to the Yankee Stadium

to play my first game there at the stadium. It was a massively huge moment getting off that road trip, flying to New York City, driving to the Yankee Stadium and listening to Phil Collins, ‘Hold On’ and the words ‘I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life’… It gives me chills thinking about it. I had a lot of family from Cuba that stayed in New York, so all of my of my New York cousins and my parents were going to be at the game, and it was amazing just stepping into Bob Sheppard saying, ‘now batting, #53.’ Secondly, it was Joe DiMaggio throwing out the first pitch of the April 5th, 1993 game. It was the first game ever in the state of Florida in a major league baseball game, and I was at first base. I got

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Rich Hollenberg co-hosting with Orestes Destrade

the first double in Marlins’ history and was the first Cuban-American representing Florida Marlins.

was holding. The first 20 times I faced him I didn't know this little trick, and he embarrassed me every time. After I learned his trick, the next 20 times, I crushed him for like five home runs.

RM: In general, what pitch did you feast on?

RM: Who is your broadcast-style mentor?

OD: I was a switch hitter, so on the left side, I liked a low fastball, but on the right side, I liked the pitch to be up and over the plate. Those were my favorite. Another little tidbit that was pretty cool was that I was Randy Johnson's first strike out in the Major Leagues.

OD: I like Hawk Harrelson. Buck Martinez taught me a lot also; I worked with him at XM Radio. I’m a bit of a mix of them both. Buck is a little more straight-up and very good, but Hawk is really more of what I’m like. Hawk’s out there and he’s kind of goofy and kind of crazy, but he’s really a baseball guy. Some people might not get it and some people might even say that about my style because I'm out of the box, but I think that's what baseball is. Baseball has a lot of life and passion to it, and that's what you want to hear on the other side. I'm all for good, straight calling, but especially for your color guy, he needs to be a little funky.

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In 2014, Orestes Destrade poses with a fan during a game at Tropicana Field

RM: What pitch gave you a hard time each and every time?

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OD: Anything thrown by Hallof-Famer Greg Maddux. In Japan, they throw what they call ‘the forkball’, which is not a split-pitch. They throw a true forkball, and it's a very difficult pitch to master... it's like a ninja pitch. There was one particular guy by the name of Hideo Nomo; He was the master of it, and for a long time I had no chance against him. My coach taught me that he tipped his pitches, so when he came around back, you could see what pitch he

RM: What’s the story behind you always holding the baseball? OD: The baseball is an interesting story. If you know me, you know Continued on page 21



I don't need a baseball to talk. I was on the field one day, on the air for Fox, and I grabbed the ball to demonstrate something. Being a Cuban, I’m naturally animated with my hands when I speak, and someone noticed that I was holding the ball and thought it was a nice touch. I started doing it every now and then, but it wasn't every day. Tom Jones, the columnist for Tampa Bay Times, wrote an article basically asking ‘what’s up with Orestes and this ball?’ When I read that, with my bull-headed nature I decided that I would use that ball every day for the rest of the season. I held the ball every day, and by the next season everybody would say, ‘we love that baseball!’ Now after every show, I'll have 8-10 baseballs that I’ve signed with ‘Play hard! Study harder!!’ If I see a kid, I'll

stop and talk to him or her about school and how important it is to play hard and study harder, and I give them a ball. RM: So, you do put it down at some point? OD: Oh, yeah. Honestly, I was a hitter, so I’d rather have a bat. RM: Do you have any new projects in the works? OD: I am excited to be joining the Rays in the position of Director of Baseball Community Outreach. It’s an all-encompassing kind of role; helping with their marketing and with the community—it’s kids, it's charities, it's businesses, it's ambassadorship, if you will. Also enveloped in that is player relations with the players. I’m honored and excited about taking on this new role with the Rays.

RM: Thirty years from now, what do you want to be remembered for? What do you want your legacy to be?

Destrade, it was everything. Leo and Elinsel couldn’t be positive that everything would work out in America, but they had to try. They left their family, their friends and OD: I still want to be doing a show their home in hopes of something for the Rays at 84 (laughs). My better, and Orestes knocked it out dad's 86, he's pretty spry. I want of the park. It doesn’t take a long people to remember my positive conversation with him to recognize influence as well as my time spent and feel the appreciation he has for as an analyst. In every game I aim his parents and the decisions they to educate people about baseball made. He also credits the incredible in a way that they can easily opportunities he’s been given to the understand. U.S. and beams with community pride for the Tampa Bay area. RM: If you had could put a Orestes has been living his billboard anywhere and have it say childhood dream, not many of us anything, what would it say? can say that. He is an accomplished sports figure, broadcaster and OD: The message that I have been advocate for children. He’s also giving to kids since 1993, ‘Play down to earth, funny and playful. hard! Study harder!!’ He continues to take his worldwide experiences and apply the riches of There is not enough that can be those moments to his community, said about the sacrifices parents here in Wesley Chapel and in make for their children. For Orestes Tampa Bay as a whole.



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epublicans are making act as president repealing big changes before the Affordable Care Act, Trump's Inauguration. which is the official name for Obamacare. As President-elect Trump’s Inauguration date neared, According to the Affordable Republicans vowed to get Care Act website, the health a head start on repealing insurance plan covers roughly Obamacare, one of Trump’s 20 million Americans, biggest campaign promises. including children who may Trump aims to make his first stay on their parents plans Page 22 | February 2017

until they are 26 years old. Trump has not yet released any details of his replacement health insurance plan, only saying that it will come soon after the immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act. "Probably the same day, could be the same hour," Trump said at a news conference last

week, according to CNN. Although Trump and a majority of Republican leaders agree that Obamacare should be killed as quickly as possible, other Republican members of Congress are Continued on page 23


Administration was laying out the plans for Obamacare, they made it specifically hard to repeal, so hastily getting rid of it might not be as possible as Trump had hoped. Trump says that his plan will be ready to unveil with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), according to the Washington Post. The expedited plan to repeal Obamacare has sparked outrage on social media and news sites, with many covered Americans claiming that Obamacare saved their lives, and to destroy it would critically alter millions of American’s health. The hashtag #SaveACA has been trending on and off twitter since the news of the repeal broke last week, with dozens of first-hand accounts from real Americans pleading with Congress to keep the Affordable Care Act, according to Self.

Congress’s plan to defund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood offers women birth control, sexually transmitted infection tests, pregnancy tests, cancer screenings, and many more services. Some of these services are also available to men.

$553.7 million from federal, state, and local governments, according to National Public Radio. Considering that $553.7 million is almost half of its total funding, Planned Parenthood services would be temporarily halted or made non-existent.

The Republican party believes that defunding Planned Parenthood would lower the abortion rate in America, but abortions through Planned Parenthood are not government funded.

In the days following the news of defunding, Planned Parenthood volunteers and workers flooded Ryan’s office with tens of thousands of petitions to save Planned Parenthood.

Congress defunding Planned Parenthood would be detrimental to the future of the organization, as Planned Parenthood was funded

Ryan refused to be seen or accept any of the petitions.

Democrat Bernie Sanders also took to twitter to tweet a very harsh reality if the Affordable Care Act is repealed: Getty Images Continued from page 22

hesitating, anticipating roadblocks and resistance in dismembering Obamacare. “The Congress can’t get cold feet because the people will not let that happen,” Trump said during the interview with The Post. When the Obama

“As Republicans try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they should be reminded every day that 36,000 people will die yearly as a result.” The news of the Affordable Care Act repeal startled the Democratic party just days after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced


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right over left and give yourself a big, HUGE HUG. Open your arms and breathe, then cross left over right for a second squeeze. You can even pat yourself on the back a few times for being the wonderful person that you are.



love myself,” my son said to me out of the blue one day. “You love yourself?” I questioned having never heard him or anyone else ever say that aloud before.

And, to answer my son’s question, “Do I love myself?” It took a few minutes and three attempts before I could finally speak. I took a deep breath in, a long, slow exhale and said aloud, “Yes, Buddy, I love myself.”

“I DO,” he confidently replied. My son, a 23 year-old young man with Down syndrome, has never been shy about giving hugs, compliments and “you are the coolest” letters to people. I could conceive of him saying this, but then he asked, “Do you?” One of the eight limbs of yoga as taught by Pantajali is called the YAMAS, meaning OBSERVANCES. OBSERVANCES provide a spiritual foundation for the practice of Hatha Yoga, the postures or asana. The ability to observe Yamas uncovers habitual patterns, beliefs and behaviors that are limiting to one’s fullest expression. In the witnessing of these observances through practice, we are able to let them go and reveal self’s true nature: LOVE. Sure, that sounds easy on paper, but try it on the mat… not so easy. This brings us to the first Yama: Ahimsa, a Sanskrit term meaning “non-violence.” Ahimsa occurs in all thoughts, words and actions: in the violence we see on the news every day that is projected on to others and the violence we do to ourselves that begin with a thought. That selfcritical thought intensifies on “loudspeaker” in the ego-mind when holding a yoga posture. Let’s say you are one minute into the balancing pose, Tree or Vriksasana, your ankle is burning, your arms are wilting and your mind is screaming: get me out of this pose, I can’t do this, I’m too weak, old, stiff or I hate my body, legs, arms, face.

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This violence we do against ourselves happens on and off the mat, but the more we can tame the fierceness of the mind on the mat, the easier it will be to remain calm in reactive situations off the mat. A memory of my corporate days at Monster. com leaving a meeting with a friend who had just presented; he turned to me and said, “I sucked.” Then he giggled and said, “When do you ever leave a meeting saying I was brilliant?” This subtle form of attacking oneself will overtime diminish self-image, damage self-esteem and can permeate into all areas of life.

how you feel inside! I once took a business course from a man who claimed to have known Shaquille O’Neal. He told us that Shaq didn’t listen to music through his earbuds before games. Instead, he listened to his own voice recording telling himself that he was the best basketball player who ever lived and a continuous stream of affirmations about his extraordinary abilities. Whether that story is true or not, it is an excellent example of Ahimsa. Actually saying great things about yourself to yourself can build self-esteem, self-love and open your heart to compassion and empathy for others. In this month of hearts and romance, before professing your undying love for another, reach your arms out in T position, cross

On the mat, we use breathing to settle in to the posture and turn the volume in the mind down to a faint whisper that you can choose to focus on and listen to or simply ignore. If you focus on the voice in your head, your tree will likely fall over, but with practice focusing the mind on breathing, even hurricane winds won’t knock you down.

For an extra-special Valentine’s Day this year, with your arms in a full embrace of you, whisper to yourself, I LOVE ME. Wellcome OM Studio offers public classes Wednesdays, 6:307:30pm and Fridays, 9-10am and Private Sessions by appointment. For something new with friends and co-workers, schedule a Yoga Party! Anandi Thompson Author and Owner

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At any moment, on or off the mat, we can choose to practice Ahimsa and change our thoughts about ourselves or another. Instead of saying or thinking something disempowering, think something awesome and notice FOR RATES & INFO CALL: 813-422-5551 | WWW.RESIDENTMAGAZINE.NET


the Unlikable


or only having 28 days, February is packed with national observances. Some are heart awareness, vision, dental health, bird feeding, cherry, grapefruit, macadamia nut, hot breakfast, library lovers, snack food, weddings, and embroidery. More important, it is Black History Month.

For 28 days, there is something for everyone. The 2nd is Groundhog Day and we await the groundhog’s decision on winter. (Haha.) The 4th is Thank a Mail Carrier Day. On the 8th we’re supposed to go fly a kite. The 14th is Valentine’s Day. But wait! There’s more! It’s also National Cream-filled Chocolate Day, National Ferris Wheel Day, National Organ Donor Day, and Safe Internet Day. (The website I used is National Day Calendar. It’s fun. Check it out). Every day has a focus: something to think about, to celebrate, and to give us serious thought. With Valentine’s Day upon us, we prepare to honor those we love. I bought my husband’s favorite Brach’s (it has to be Brach’s) Sweetheart candy after Christmas when the stores were overlapping holiday treats. Celebrate early and often! And celebrate we must.

In the midst of all these romantic and fun days, a thought occurs to me. What happens when you are called to love someone whom you do not like? It happens. It happens in our families, at work, at school, in line at the grocery store, and we’re not even immune in our places of worship. What do you do? No definitive answers from me, though we are called to keep on loving. Jesus said: "Love your enemies. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them."



loved, not liked, by someone. And so are you. Grace is essential.

days LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7). Stand in their shoes. Attempt to understand why they are the way they are. Use good manners, even if not reciprocated. Surprise them with a rubber ducky on National Rubber Ducky Day, something gracious and funny. Who knows? Your actions might crack a heart wide open. Even your own. See, I am the one

“So now faith, hope, love abide these three, but the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13: 13 Peace, Laurie

Rev. Laurie Palmer Pastor St. Andrew Presbyterian Church 5340 Primrose Lake Circle Tampa, FL 33647 813-513-8822

Loving the unlikable is not easy. Set boundaries. Don’t wag them around with you in your head everywhere you go. Give them to God. Know that disagreement does not equal hatred. Don’t forget to breathe. Stay connected, if this is not an abusive situation. Here’s a thought: This Valentine’s Day, give the gift of the unexpected to the person you love but do not like, especially someone you are in contact with on most days. Listen. Hear. Practice patience instead of boiling over. See them as the Sacred sees them. (“The LORD doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the


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Where do you start? Throwing and catching skills are a good place to begin, as these are the most important skills to master, especially in the early years between the ages of 4 and 7. Players should be able to throw and catch with good competency by the time they are 8 years old. Throwing is throwing regardless if you are 8 or 18, but each year a higher level of throwing is taught for improved skills and team play. For example, in the younger years, we are working on mechanics so players have a solid foundation to grow within the game, then they progress to throwing at targets while improving velocity and accuracy. Without a good start, many disconnections can occur causing issues later on down the line, which become harder to fix. It is key to take the time to set that foundation early.



want to play baseball,” he says to his dad one afternoon. Dad is blindsided. “Holy cow. What do I do next?” Like most dads, he either takes to the internet and looks through every video on how to teach baseball, or he wings it because he played Little League. It can very quickly become a minefield of information and opinions. Deciding Page 26 | February 2017

which route to take can be a challenge, whether it’s local community programs, development programs, travel ball, private lessons, camps, clinics, batting cages or good old dad-in-the-backyard. They all have a place in your journey at some point, but it’s most important to set the foundation first and be patient.

As many have said, “baseball is simple, but never easy.” I can truly appreciate this simple quote as there is nothing easy about a ball coming at you at 60-90mph. But yes, simple because baseball is a process that requires training with good skill progressions that are age-appropriate month after month and year after year. The bottom line is to TRAIN, TRAIN! and TRAIN! It’s that simple.

What are some foundational training tips for parents? In the beginning, start off using whiffle balls or tennis balls for training because they are safe and easier to handle. If you are coaching a team, use the tennis balls for practices as well until it is time to graduate to the tee ball or baseball. This will enable you to build confidence and master movement patterns and technique initially; with these in place, the player is


also more likely to enjoy it. It’s important for parents to be well-informed on game strategies and techniques as well. The key is not to over coach, just keep it simple and practice again and again.

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When you’re an entrepreneur, putting yourself out there lobal Safety isn’t always easy. There are Management® plenty of reasons to talk (GSM) is fundamentally yourself out of diving in: changing the way companies the fear of failure, the worry handle chemical and product that someone has already safety information. Using thought of the idea, or just their patent-pending software, the paralyzing thought of companies author, translate presenting a piece of yourself and manage SDSs at a to the world, only to have it fraction of the time and cost rejected. Julia MacGregor, of other systems. Page 28 | February 2017

Julia MacGregor, President & CEO

President and CEO of Global Safety Management® and self-diagnosed ‘serial entrepreneur’, has some thoughts on the topic. She describes being an entrepreneur as a mindset and believes that anyone can be trained. It just takes recognizing a problem and creating a way to solve it. Most products or business ideas have started with the

simple statement, “There has to be a better way.” Global Safety Management’s background began with Julia, this simple statement, and an idea. Julia was working for a previous company, which was the translation leader of Safety Data Sheets (SDS). She describes these as, “food labels on steroids.”


Whether you’ve heard of them or not, these data sheets impact everyone’s lives. Any hazardous chemical product on the market is required to have an SDS, and companies are required by law to provide them to their employees and keep them updated. What constitutes a hazardous chemical may be surprising to some. Julia uses the example of toothpaste to put it into perspective. There are at least 10 hazardous chemicals in toothpaste, one being sulfuric acid. If someone who worked for Procter and Gamble were to spill sulfuric acid on their skin, there is a 10+ page document, the Safety Data Sheet or SDS, which describes what they would need to do. “Every one of those components,

as well as the toothpaste itself, has a Safety Data Sheet.” These regulations are worldwide, and if you’re exporting to other countries, these documents also need to be translated. A customer complained that it was a “pain in the neck. We need help dealing with this. Can you fix this?” And her answer was a simple, “yes.” In an industry that hasn’t had any innovation since the 1990s, Julia and her brother created a new software program to deal with the complications of the current system. After some success and rave reviews from customers and referrals, Julia recognized that they really had something special and became the first full-

time employee in 2012. In a little over a year, there was major growth, and her new company even acquired the previous translation company in 2013. What made the company stand out against all of the others? Decreased cost, reduction of time needed to use the program and ease of use. Global Safety Management’s program is a fraction of the cost, takes ten minutes (other software takes 4-5 hours) and does not require a compliance expert or chemist. Industry leaders have said that this new software is “completely disrupting” the SDS business world. From 2015 to the end of 2016, the company had a 4x increase in revenue and has grown to include 50 employees. With


a new maximum penalty for a serious violation now $12,471 per incident, per day, companies can’t afford not to call Global Safety Management®. To Julia, it’s all about making a difference. A customer presented her with a problem, and she created a process that overcame those challenges. Global Safety Management® reduces the number of documents, simplifies the process, and makes it easier to get more accurate information. The company’s massive growth and success comes down to one fact, they solved a problem.

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Luna and Lucky are daughter and father, This is our "dog" Nala. Sometimes she forgets they love playing with each other and both she is a dog and decides to sit like one of the kids!!! enjoy eating paper! Luna likes chasing her tail and they both love eating bacon… but Photo submitted by John Spear Jr. who doesn’t? Photo submitted by Richard Davila


We lost our 3yr old Chocolate Lab Buddy in March. Our 3 little girls were devastated. We decided life without a dog for them to grow up with...was not an option. Then comes 6wk old Border Terrier we named Boomer. Not only did he lift our spirits but his personality is just like Buddy's! Our new friend...feels just like an old "buddy."

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Hidden Figures

Never Never

Carve the Mark

by Margot Lee Shetterly Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program—and whose contributions have been unheralded, until now.

by James Patterson, Candice Fox Never assume you know someone. Harry Blue is the top Sex Crimes investigator in her department. She's a seasoned pro who's seen it all. But even she didn't see this coming: her own brother arrested for the grisly murders of three beautiful young women.

by Veronica Roth On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

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It's movie



The Space Between Us February 3

Fifty Shades Darker February 10

The LEGO Batman Movie February 10

The Great Wall February 17

Fist Fight February 17

Rock Dog February 24


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Resident Magazine Issue 22  

How does one go from being a Cuban immigrant to an MLB player and sports broadcaster? Local resident, Orestes Destrade shares his inspiring...

Resident Magazine Issue 22  

How does one go from being a Cuban immigrant to an MLB player and sports broadcaster? Local resident, Orestes Destrade shares his inspiring...