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Coming Home to Yourself Text by John R. Mack/ Photos by Lafaiete Photography/Dress on Cover by Bonita Couture Sustainable self-care is the philosophy of Melissa

But what is Yoga Therapy? At MelMarie Yoga,

Aguirre, owner of MelMarie Yoga. Her business is

teachers address the mental, physical and spiritu-

not only an excellent source for mindfulness and

al elements of wellness. Yoga Therapy meets the

Yoga Therapy, but also an education harbor for

unique needs of the patients by providing a per-

our community to become certified in facilitating

son-centered experience incorporating mindful

adaptive yoga and mindfulness. For some, yoga

movement, breath work, body posture and life-

brings up fears of uncomfortable contortions, but

style choice as a multifaceted healing approach.

Melissa proposes a completely different ideology.

MelMarie Yoga is on a mission to provide expe-

“One of the many benefits of learning to teach

rience oriented yoga rather than achievement

yoga,” she says, “is how it creates awareness to your

based. “It is not about contorting yourself or

own inner referral system. You’re able to check in

achieving advanced poses, but about experienc-

with yourself and advocate your own health while

ing peace and contentment. In a class, if it doesn’t

supporting others through their process of self-in-

feel right or safe, don’t do it. No one knows your

quiry and healing.”

body better than you.”

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"No one knows your body better than you."


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This is a philosophy that she be-

At one point in the interview, the

lieves transcends the mat. She

sun shifted so it shone directly in

encourages her clients to be

her eyes. “Do you mind if we move

their own health advocate. Yoga

to another table?” she asked.

is adaptable, cost effective and accessible anywhere. “Evidence shows stress either causes illness or worsens illness.” Taking time to slow down, pay attention to our bodies while mindfully moving through breath-centric sequences and postures: we can reduce our allostatic load (how much stress we carry) while managing and regulating our health. “To come home to ourselves,” as Melissa says. “If I take time on the mat to listen to my body, to listen to my breath, I notice it appears

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naturally off the mat. Let’s say I’m practicing yoga and the pose I’m attempting is causing pain. Well, I listen to the pain. I don’t ignore it or push through it. I accept that this expression of the pose doesn't suite my body right now.”

As we switched, I pointed out the parallel to our discussion. “You’re right,” she said. “Many people would sit there uncomfortably because they wouldn’t want to make a fuss or because they’ve learned to ignore discomfort. We shrink ourselves in yoga classes because we don’t want to call special attention. Our effort to be invisible, to fit in, has fortified disempowerment and caused numerous injuries.” Melissa pointed out how we do this in our health. “The more we are accountable and present with our bodies, the less likely we are to blindly agree to invasive surgery or extreme drug therapy. We’re more likely to ask questions, participate in our health care alliance, and advocate for ourselves.”


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Consider back surgery, many back problems are caused by lifestyle habits: sitting hunched over, lifting incorrectly, and the list goes on. Frequently, someone has surgery to alleviate the symptom, often followed by Physical Therapy (PT) to get them on their feet again, but if they don’t address the causes of their pain, they’ll be back five or ten years later for another surgery. Melissa has been pioneering work with physicians and physical therapists to use Yoga Therapy as complimentary medicine for a number of medical issues, including back pain. MelMarie Yoga works with physical therapists to take treatment plans and organize them into mindful sequences. The patient can then integrate these dynamic flows into his daily routine. Melissa also introduces Yoga Therapy and Stress Management Techniques to medical practitioners through corporate wellness programs.

MelMarie

Yoga brings wellness to medical personnel, professional and legal services, the hospitality industry and education facilities teaching sustainable health techniques through mindfulness, yoga and meditation. As a new mother, Melissa has noticed on a deeper level the benefits of self-care. One evening, as Melissa and her husband, Adam, were upstairs with their daughter, Iyla, a loud thump, thump, thump of something tumbling down the steps nearly stopped Melissa’s heart. Had Iyla managed to open the gate at the stairs?

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Running from the bathroom with a surge of panic and adrenalin, Melissa learned that Iyla pushed the bathroom trash can at the top of the stairs causing it to overbalance. The panic she felt was as real as if the worst had happened. After making certain Adam had Iyla well in hand, Melissa took a moment to check in with herself and administer selfcare. She used “child’s pose” and slow breathing to allow her body to dissolve the adrenaline and regulate from the panic. Rather than ignoring the physical sensation, she used her practice to experience it and move beyond it. “My practice lives off the mat in so

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many ways.” When we pay attention to our bodies, mind our breath, when we “come home to ourselves” on a regular basis, new pathways form in the brain. The more we fine-tune those neural pathways, the more likely we are to respond with conscious intention, rather than react with blind instinct. “As far as the body is concerned,” she contends, “the physical interpretation of trauma lives through sensation. The body doesn’t speak the language of stories and meaning. It only cares about our survival.” Research has shown that people who regularly practice yoga and meditation have thicker prefrontal cortexes. Melissa continues to explain how this


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is the area of the brain that controls our executive functioning and decision making. “It is our ability to expand our knowing of who we are; cultivating more clarity, confidence, and compassion. Hurt people hurt people, when we understand this we can see how we can either contribute in the cycle or be a beacon of patience and understanding. It is one thing to understand this mentally, but to feel it physically. We can physically yield emotional and mental clarity through yoga.� Does everyone hope to bring about world peace? Well, Melissa Aguirre certainly does, and, after talking with her, I think the amazing founder of Melmarie Yoga may be on the right path to doing just that, one yoga pose at a time.

Melissa Aquirre is a certified C-IAYT, ERYT 500, YACEP yoga therapist, stress management specialist, and owner of Melmarie Yoga in San Antonio, TX. She advocates abundance within people, teaching them not only how to come home to themselves through the yoga practice, but also the realization of the sustainability generated through living a mindful life that heals, impacts, and inspires. With Kyle Hoedebecke, MD, she is also the author of The Innate Design: Implementing

Self-healing

niques for the Modern Patient.

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"It is our ability to expand our knowing of who we are; cultivating more clarity, confidence, and compassion."

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Make Every Day Taco Day at Taco Libre

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Taco Libre is a small cozy taco restaurant serving other popular menu items such as burritos, bowls, taco salads, nachos and popular Tex-Mex plates. On the weekend, come taste what some are calling the “BEST” menudo and barbacoa in town. As Chef Gilbert DeLaPaz says:

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The vision of Infusa grew from working a food truck

decided to take on the challenge of opening two

working on corners, farmers markets and private events.

and incorporating new ideas.

called UMAMITA. Chef Hsu and Xavier started small, Eventually their fame grew as the only organic food

truck in San Antonio serving hot delicious meals that also met the City of San Antonio’s “Por Vida” standards.

During its year of operation, UMAMITA won acclaim

cafes, using much of the menu from UMAMITA “Our goal is simple – to improve the lives of the people

that visit Infusa by providing healthy & delicious food.”

Infusa offers catering for office tenants and for the public.

and awards like the Taste Award from the inaugural

Food Truck Showdown in 2016. Chef Hsu and Xavier

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Leon Springs/Dominion Best New Italian Restaurant of the Month Scuzzi’s offers the best Italian food in San Antonio. Join us for lunch, dinner or happy hour with excellent wines, beer and mixed drinks. At Scuzzi’s, we offer custom menus for all types of events, buy-outs and private functions. We also specialize in private dining, events and catering & delivery. Scuzzi’s offers gift cards available on location!

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Our gift cards are perfect for anyone celebrating a birthday, holiday get together, or any special event you may have!


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LOCATIONS (1604 Location) 4035 North Loop 1604 W #102 San Antonio, TX 78257 210-493-8884

(Leon Springs Location) 24165 I-10 W #433 San Antonio, TX 78255 210-549-1266

Business Hours Mon-Thu: 11AM-10PM Fri-Sat: 11AM-11PM Sun: 11AM-9PM


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THE BEST ITALIAN FOOD IN SAN ANTONIO Join Us! Scuzzi’s offers the best Italian food in San Antonio. Join us for lunch, dinner or happy hour with excellent wines, beer and mixed drinks. At Scuzzi’s, we offer custom menus for all types of events, buy-outs and private functions. We also specialize in private dining, events and catering & delivery. Scuzzi’s offers gift cards available on location! Our gift cards are perfect for anyone celebrating a birthday, holiday get together, or any special event you may have! Scuzzi’s Italian Restaurant is an authentic Italian cuisine offering delicious Italian food in a classy and comfortable environment. We welcome you and your family!

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Lunch 11-3pm Dinner 3-10pm

$5 Martinis! Enjoy Thursday $5 Martinis all day! (LEON SPRINGS LOCATION) 24165 I-10 W #433 SAN ANTONIO, TX 78255 210-549-1266

(1604 LOCATION) 4035 NORTH LOOP 1604 W #102 SAN ANTONIO, TX 78257 210-493-8884

Thursday: 11-10pm

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Scuzzi’s is a comfortableSA MONTHLY andMAGAZINE classy environment with delicious authentic Italian food and a great ambience. Private Dining We Specialize in Private Dining, Events, Catering and Delivery. We Offer Menus Customized to Your Event and Budget. Scuzzí’s Italian Restaurant is Available for Buy-Outs and Private Functions. Ask About Our Private and Semi- Private Dining Room. Stop in for some delicious food and Happy Hour all day!

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I TA L I A N R E S TA U R A N T Check out our new features at the bar. WINE Scuzzi’s bar offers a variety of red and white wines. From merlot and chardonnay, to moscato & more! MIXED Our bar can serve a multitude of cocktails and mixed drinks. Try our Hard Shaken Italian Margarita! BEER 23 At the bar you will find a variety of domestic beers, such as Miller Lite as well as imported beers, such as Dos XX! Make your reservations today! ... See More at Scuzzi’s Italian Restaurant 1604.

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INGREDIENTS: •Savory Ground Turkey Patty •Organic Herb Stuffing •Smoked Gouda Cheese •Sautéed Cinnamon & Brown Sugar •Granny Smith Apples •Organic Cranberry Walnut Jam •Maple Candied Bacon •Bed of Lettuce All in between a fluffy & buttery Brioche Bun


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LUPALM FRU

Slow Down • Enjoy

If you are looking for a fresh and crazy delicious snack option for you and your family, just keep a sharp eye for the super cool Lupalm tricycle roaming the sidewalks, streets and parks near you. You can also request Lupalm to be at your private event... COMING SOON! We will be rolling out an awesome mobile app 26 to keep up and find events near you!

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What is a Fruit Float?

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The beautiful part of the name is that it explains the ingredients exactly. You will only get fresh cut organic fruit, berries and optional seeds, nuts and granola per serving. Then you get your choice of vanilla, non-gmo cocoa or cinnamon infused coconut milk poured right in front of you! And that’s not all! We top your float with creamy all-natural coconut whip cream. Lupalm’s Fruit Floats are all-natural, no added sugar, vegan, organic, gluten-free and everything that is right and good in the world. You can enjoy this treat any where, any time without guilt... slow down, enjoy life... Organic & Vegan lupalm organic fruit Organic Ingredients

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Of course eating more fruits and vegetables is best for just about anyone’s diet. So we want to give you the best, the same quality we would give our friends and family. Our pursuit of a delicious and healthy snack leads us to source locally from farmers that don’t use GMO seeds or harmful chemicals. We thank you for your trust and we won’t let you down. The health of all of our customers is important to us. Since our goal is to improve health and wellness, we make sure that you won’t be harmed by having a delicious lupalm fruit float. When you see a lupalm tricycle roll by, say hi and have a float! Vegan Friendly We make it our mission to do no harm to your body while giving you a delightful experience

Lupalm’s Fruit Floats are all-natural, no added sugar, vegan, organic, gluten-free and everything that is right and good in the world.

that will keep you going with positive energy. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or you eat everything, a lupalm fruit float will meet any one’s choice of lifestyle. All of our ingredients are carefully chosen and blended to ensure no meat,


Nutritional Information eggs or dairy are added. Besides even if you are SA MONTHLY MAGAZINE a carnivore, including a vegan meal in your diet Lupalm Fruit Floats offers this information to you as an esis a positive experience. A lupalm fruit float is timate. Actual nutritional values will vary depending on the chalked full of fiber, protein, vitamins and availability, and/or brand of the ingredients. We make every minerals that your body needs every day. effort to maintain the highest quality fruits, berries and other We just ask that you slow down and enjoy ingredients for our products. life every once in a while. Good Source of Micronutrients Vitamins and minerals are the two types of micronutrients. While only needed in small amounts, they play important roles in human development and well-being, including the regulation of metabolism, heartbeat, cellular pH, and bone density. The Lupalm Fruit Float is a good source of micronutrients such as Vitamins A, C, D, E, K and minerals Magnesium & Potassium. Table of nutritional values per 16oz serving Vitamins and minerals are the two types of micronutrients. While only needed in small amounts, they play important roles in human development and well-being,

with almonds, chia & granola Plain Cocoa Cinnamon29 Calories 486 511 496 Total Fat 21 g 23 g 22 g Cholesterol 0 0 0 Sodium 22 mg 24 mg 22 mg Potassium 544 mg 708 mg 561 mg Total Carbohydrate 70 g 76 g 73 g Dietary Fiber 14 g 18 g 16 g Sugars 34 g 35 g 34 g Protein 13 g 15 g 13 g Caffeine 0 mg 24 mg 0 mg The values are based on 16 oz of mixed fruit (apples, mandarin oranges, blueberries, strawberries, melon, kiwi, pineapple, seedless grapes), sliced almonds, chia seeds, gluten free granola and your choice of coconut milk (plain, cocoa or cinnamon)


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Born and raised in San Antonio, Christian Hawx has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Since opening Hawx Burger Bar barely two years ago at the tender age of twenty-four, Christian has already achieved a huge amount of success. With twenty-four news appearances and eight magazine mentions, he has cemented himself

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as a top contender in the restaurant industry. Primarily self-taught and with humble roots, his keen eye for ideas, discerning palate, and insatiable work ethic can only mean that big things are on the way for Christian Hawx and company. With a new vodka line on the verge of release, this can only be the beginning.


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J U S T IN T IME F OR A T R E AT Just in time for a treat, Taco Cabana introduces

Among the Holiday Favorites are:

items on the menu!” including a Ranchero &

Two enchiladas filled with beef taco meat,

several new New Treat as its way of saying new Verde Beef Enchilada Plate, Pico & Avo-Verde Tacos, a Horchata Margarita and Dulce de Leche Cheesecake. Guests can enjoy these new treat favorites for a limited time from November 20 through January 1, 2018.

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• Ranchero & Verde Beef Enchilada Plate: shredded cheese, minced onions and cilantro topped with tomatillo verde sauce, spicy ranchero sauce, and drizzled with sour cream. Served with rice, beans, guacamole, and two fresh flour tortillas. ($5.99)

Ranchero & Verde Beef Enchilada Plate, Pico & Avo-Verde Tacos, a Horchata Margarita and Dulce de Leche Cheesecake.


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• Pico & Avo-Verde Tacos: Chicken breasts

seasoned with our fajita spice blend wrapped in a fresh flour tortilla, topped with pico de gallo, sour cream, and avo - verde salsa. ($5.99 for three tacos or $2.29 each)

• Horchata Margarita: Creamy and smooth blend of Horchata, Lunazul Tequila,

and Triple Sec rimmed with a festive cinnamon sugar. ($5.75)

• Dulce de Leche Cheesecake:

Rich cheesecake with a crunchy graham

cracker crust drizzled with creamy dulce de leche sauce. ($2.29)

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WINE OF THE MONTH: 2012 Baron De Brane Château Brane-Cantenac, Margaux

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ome of the worlds most prized Cabernet's hail from the Bordeaux region in France, zoom in a little bit and within Bordeaux lies a smaller subregion or commune famously known as Margaux. Show up to my door with a bottle of Margaux and you'll be met with an instant invitation to future events and possibly be included to learn my secret handshake. Baron De Brane, the second label of Château Brane-Cantenac turned a challenging year (2012) for Bordeaux wines and produced lovely drink now or age-worthy classic example of French elegance, a striking combination of both beauty and brawn with a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc.

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Your eyes are met with a dark lush intense ruby color inviting you to dive right into the aromatic nose of fresh violets, blackberries, and plums. From a Bordeaux's perspective, it's such a young wine with a long life ahead of it but it's vibrant, alive and a well-balanced wine full flavored wine with lots of ripe dark fruit on the palate with round tannins and a clean mild finish. Baron De Brane pairs perfectly with grilled red meats...ahem...Ribeye or perfect for upcoming traditional holiday dishes with lamb, roast beef, veal or even duck. Well made Bordeaux wines, especially Margaux, are the reason sayings like "age like fine wine" have meaning. Drink it now in 2017 or this is one to put away for 10-15 years and by then, Margaux will be ready to tell her secrets...


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COMES WITH BENEFITS GOOD SOURCE OF CALCIUM CALCIUM BUILDS STRONG BONES

CONTAINS LIVE & ACTIVE CULTURES 10 MILLION CULTURES PER GRAM AT THE TIME OF MANUFACTURE

MORE NATURAL WHENEVER POSSIBLE •• NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS •• NO ARTIFICIAL COLORS •• NO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP

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FRESH FRUIT CUT DAILY REAL INGREDIENTS WE USE REAL FRUITS, REAL COOKIES, REAL NUTS AND REAL SPICES WHENEVER WE CAN!

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Our Mission: We make you smile You know the feeling of pure joy and excitement when you wake up thinking it's Monday and it's really Saturday? The Menchie's experience is just like that! With an atmosphere that is welcoming and fun, our selfserve concept has become one of the fastest-growing franchises. Menchie's proprietary collection of frozen yogurt contains live and active cultures and is made from the milk of "happy" rBST-free California cows, for a treat that is both nutritious and delicious!

Your Mission: Create your own party in a cup Choose from premium rotating flavors, an assortment of waffle bowls and delicious toppings for unlimited combinations. Pile on the strawberries, or fill half of your cup with rainbow sprinkles. Any mix is possible! With 49 low carb, no sugar added, gluten-free, nonfat, kosher, dairy-free, and low fat flavors – there is something for everyone. Raise a spoon…your taste buds will thank you!

• California milk is better for you! It contains more protein, calcium and other nutrients than milk that only meets federal standards.

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• Healthy bacteria called probiotics are added into the yogurt to help boost your immune system. • Our proprietary line has received the Live and Active Culture (LAC) seal indicating its endorsement by the National Yogurt Association. • We offer rBST-free yogurts that are a good source of protein and calcium.

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THE TREAT WITH BENEFITS! Real Ingredients LIVE ACTIVE CULTURES 10 million cultures per gram at the time of manufacture

A gooD source 50 of calcium CALCIUm BUILDS STRONG BONES

real fruits, real cookies, real nuts, and real spices whenever we can!

more natural flavors no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no high fructose corn syrup, as often as possible.

fresh fruit cut daily

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nonfat dairy free no sugar added gluten-free low carb

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Graphic Designer • Illustrator •Painter Juan Lemus Artist of the Month! I have been working in the graphic arts, illustration, and fine art fields for over 15 years, and still enjoy it. Everytime I start a design or painting project, I do not stop untill all details and final product are completed. Creative concepts: Logo design, layout, design and production.

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Print design: Layout, design, and production (CMYK, trapping, etc.). Digital design: Web design, concept, layout, production (RGB, 72dpi, etc.). Software experience with Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, Flash, Dreamweaver, WordPress. Portfolio: https://juanlemus.carbonmade.com/ Paintings: http://juanjlemus.com/ For more information, you can contact me directly at: 210 537-5581


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PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE MONTH

GERONIMO RODRIGUEZ PHOTOGRAPHY SA FITNESS PHOTOS "Let's do something unique for you!"

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eronimo Rodriguez is

“I had an amazing time with you

committed to ensuring

guys! I was nervous at first but

that your photo shoot is

I’m glad I was able to warm up

one-of-a-kind. He prides himself

to y’all! I was honored. Thanks

on creating unique images with a

again!”

very artistic approach. He rarely uses the same location twice, and if two clients desire the same site, he strives to provide exclusive shots for each.

Six years ago, Geronimo made the leap from hospital administrator to international pholearning his craft throughout

A photo shoot is about so much

Latin America and Europe. Both

more than the finished product.

in classes and in the field, he de-

From his first contact with clients,

veloped a personal artistic style.

Geronimo creates a relation-

While he values the beauty of

ship. The client sends images to

every image, he adds a bit of grit

demonstrate their vision, and he

and grunge to keep it real.

creates a virtual image board to ensure the look is perfect. A barrage of communication connects the clients with Geronimo’s team before the day of the shoot. With a shooting assistant, a fashion advisor, and hair and make-up artists available, you’ll know you’re in good hands.

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tographer, travelling the globe

Geronimo Rodriguez Photography covers fitness/physique shoots, senior and family portraits, as well as head shots. He treats every shoot with the same personal attention and drive for a unique experience.

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Leal’s work is often classified as passionate, Pop Latino art. Photo credits April Ocanas

Jeannine Leal (Robstown, Texas) creates paintings and mixed-media art works. Leal’s style is often classified as passionate, pop Latina art. Her current fine art is presented in several mediums which explore the beauty and mystery of the Mexican-American culture. Leal’s paintings are dreamlike images where fiction and reality meet. She amplifies the magic and whimsy of her culture by referencing postmodern expressionists,


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the Mexican masters and music. Leal’s work as an in-house artist for a

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hand-painted Furniture Company in South Carolina enhanced her artistic ability. She also studied at Texas A&M, Kingsville. She currently works full time in recreation therapy at Cimarron Place Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she calls upon her creativity to design life-enhancing activity programs for the residents, including art classes and other creative outlets. Jeannine’s art has been viewed and purchased over the last two years in more than 30 Texas exhibitions. She currently resides in Corpus Christi, Texas and offers original paintings and prints which can be viewed and purchased through her website www.Jeannineleal.com.

Jeannine’s art has been viewed and purchased over the last two years in her more than 30 Texas exhibitions.


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She currently works full time i the Lifestyles Director at The


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specializing in visual art, sculpture, custom jewelry, and minerals

Lyn Belisle Studio

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“I am like a little box of chocolates, and every time you remove the ribbon, you find a different flavor."

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orena Hernandez, also known as La Bonita, has a beautiful story: a lifetime of bringing loveliness into the world. At the tender age of eight, she began sewing furs in Alaska: mukluks, parkas and other accessories. She was raised in a family business that has grown to be the third largest furrier in the world. In San Antonio as an adult, she realized selling furs would be difficult because of the weather, so she adapted. Her passion for fashion lead her into a career in personalized customer care. She started out door to door, offering home shows, finding the perfect fashions and accessories for each and every client. From those humble beginnings she has created a complete personal shopping business, flying all over the world and meeting the best designers, bringing the finest fashions here to San Antonio. She is the voice of designers, matching their beautiful work perfectly with each of her clients. Bonita believes in the power of fashion to help people break through walls, leaping from the ordinary to the extraordinary. Her new jewelry line, Bonita Bling, which launches in 2018, will have something for every personal style and flair. From simple and understated to glitzy and glamourous, Bonita Bling adds a touch of beauty to everyone.

She has a deep gratitude to everyone in her life, but the staff at Saks 5th Avenue carry a special place in her heart. They took her under their wings and taught her everything she needed to know to help customers explore designers, matching them to each client and adding a bit of glamour to their lives. Doesn’t everyone need a little glamour? Now at the pinnacle of her career, Bonita looks back to all the people who taught her so much. Her goal is to share the passion for fashion. “I am here for each of you,” she declares, “for whoever wants to change their life.” She will scour the globe for you! Why do so many people flock to her for help? Her attitude: always positive. “I wake up every morning and dance, pray, or meditate and thank God. I ask myself, ‘Who can I help today?’ If you start every day this way, every door is open to you. You can’t help but be a positive influence.”

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"Don’t wait for someone to hand you your dream. If you don’t make it happen, it won’t happen.” Lorena Monroe, aka Bonita


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Designer of the Month

ROGER CANAMAR Well it started 4 years ago with one dress and a dream!! Within months of creating a small collection I was dressing Orange County's most discriminating women of style. My take on fashion has always been to design beautiful and sophisticated clothing that women today want to wear. I feel fashion today has forgotten the woman that wants to wear elegant and updated classic clothes! I'm very in tuned to women wanting to cover their arms and I designed a beautiful collection of cover ups and stoles My pieces evokes a feeling of femininity and a timeless approach to modern dressing.


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Also draw inspiration from 1950's Haute Couture in Paris and the simplicity and elegance of the early 1990's. I hand select the finest textiles and luxurious silks and woolens. I have the finest artisans that construct each garment with pristine craftsmanship to insure each garment an impeccable fit and contour with all garments made in the USA. As a designer I take all my clients on a luxurious journey to a world of elegance and beauty for the utmost couture experience. I decided last year to make San Antonio my home base! I was born here, moved to California as a child and have always loved my San Antonio and I'm making my mark here and

bringing High Fashion to an amazing city! I am currently with Sloan Hall here in San Antonio and in Houston! I also cater to private clients by appointment here in Texas, California and across the US. Also Showing This Year in New York Fashion Week . 2018 I will be Showing in The Famous City of Fashion at the Paris France Fashion Week . My future plans are to expand in the US and in Europe with satellite stores in major cities globally. The Roger Canamar Couture customer is a strong confident and remarkable woman who is elegant and in touch with her femininity.


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I draw inspiration from classic films and the era of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn!

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In Covington, Georgia around 7pm,

gin my career early, so I left public

I was born to my parents, Dwight

school and began online school-

and Alisha. I lived there until I was

ing to make things easier. Model-

eight years old, I went to Porter-

ing has helped me break out of my

dale Elementary and lived next

shell and has given me so much

door to my best friend. About a

insight on fashion and creativity.

year later my dad's job transferred

Right now, I am to graduate very

to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, re-

soon, hoping to excel in my career

sulting in a huge move to a new

and become successful and to

place. I left everything that I had

make my family and friends proud.

become used to and became an

Before I had turned 18 years old,

extremely shy, socially awkward

I had been blessed to be able to

pre-teen. Up until sixth grade year I lived in Cape, then my dad's job moved us again, this time to Texas.

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If I could speak anything into existence, it would being capable of showing that you don’t let your dreams fall behind.

Going to school here was okay; everyone was nice, I got good grades and made a few friends. That all stayed the same throughout my eighth grade year, the biggest transition was going to high school. All the friends I had made at my last middle school went to different high schools. It had taught me to focus more on myself rather than friends or people that I worried about more than my

incredible

agen-

cies, Lari Nelson Fashion Group of San

Antonio

as

my Mother Agent and BMG Agency in Atlanta.

I had to start all over again for the second time.

be signed to two

Also

getting to walk in Fashion Week San Antonio 2015 and 2016, walk for multiple talented designers and boutiques, placed in magazines, be a part of fashion segments on local news stations, being nominated for Model of the Year by the San Antonio Fashion Awards, and continuously create beautiful pictures with the collaborations of the most amazing people I have ever come to know.

own self. It hurt, but you get over it. High school also taught me to

As I was that scrawny, awkward lit-

grow thicker skin from being pret-

tle kid, I had dreams and I was pos-

ty tall and lanky, bullies.

itive that I would make them come true. I had always watched models

I stayed in public high school until my junior year. I had decided to be-

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I started modeling when I was 16. My younger sister was an actress and model. She would ask me to fill in during bridal shows when they needed guys and would introduce me to the girls after the show. I started worked with the Lari Nelson Fashion group and had no idea how far classes with Lari Nelson would take me. In 2003 I attended the MB expo and won the overall male model of the year at the expo in Dallas. I received a huge trophy but nothing solid materialized with any agencies after the expo. The following year I grew out my hair and decided to give expo a shot again. This year I didn’t win any awards but I met several agencies and

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decided to sign in New York with Choice Models, a division on the Lyons Group.

I moved to New York after my semester of college ended at UTSA. Moving to New York or any new market is an exciting and intimidating opportunity at the same time. It feels like everyone has more experience than you but longer you stick with it you begin to really see you book grow and progress. I did mostly editorial work when I first moved to New York. I did work for YW and Glamor magazine and also did show room work for American Eagle. I built up my book with tear sheets and testing every opportunity I had. I was lucky enough


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to book a runway show for Sergio Davila during fashion week in New York. It was also during fashion week that I met an agent from Milan at my agency in New York.

I signed with Beatrice, who at the time was one of the premier agencies in Milan. I came to Milan for fashion week and booked a runway show for John Richmond. I also met my agent from Paris during fashion week. I decided to signed with Next Models and moved to Paris. I traveled between New York, Milan and Paris but spent majority of my time in Paris. During my time in Paris I did jobs for print and showroom work for Levi Strauss. I was on the cover and featured in a editorial spread for a fashion magazine called 34. I was featured on the cover of J & J, the equivalent of seventeen magazine in France. I booked a major hair campaign in Amsterdam for Gardier and also booked a runway show for Gaspard Yurkievich during Paris’s fashion week.

After I returned from Europe I worked with the Campbell Agency in Dallas as I finish my bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Currently I’d like to begin teaching aspiring models again.

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hear no a lot. Who knows

and to expect rejection.

if next season your look

You have to have very

will be in and that same

thick skin to succeed in

casting director who told

the fashion industry. I

you no last season will

would go from 8-25 cast-

be telling you how great

ings every day for two

you look this season. It’s

weeks

all about timing and put-

during

fashion

week. That’s hundreds of

ting yourself out there.

castings for one show. I had friends that went to all the same castings and didn’t book anything at all.

Don’t be afraid to try different looks to show off your versatility. Remember different looks work in different markets and

Just because you get

versatility is the key to

told NO doesn’t mean

longevity in the Fashion

to quit because you will

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because of a single episode of fear which crossed the line into anxiety. While closely related, the difference between anxiety and fear is that fear is the warning signal. Fear is fleeting. Once it has done its job of warning you, it goes away. Anxiety is the warning signal getting stuck in the “on” position when threats are perceived to be uncontrollable or unavoidable. Anxiety is much more persistent than fear.

By Andrea L. Algar, Health & Wellness Editor Fear can be one of the most helpful of emotions we have. Fear is instinctive and intuitive and can alert us to harmful emotional or physical threats, risky situations or imminent danger, usually keeping us healthy and safe. Fear tends to motivate us to protect ourselves, which is a good thing. But what happens when things go wrong and fear crosses the line? Unchecked or exaggerated, fear can cause people to become anxious, suffer from panic attacks, cause obsessive thoughts and behaviors, or can result in post-traumatic stress (PTSD or PTSS), a condition that is not confined to the battlefield. As co-leader of Upward Bounds, a national fear of flying group based out of Boston, Massachusetts, I saw firsthand how 102 “normal” fears can go awry and cause ordinary people to avoid air travel altogether. Most fearful flyers try to rationalize their fears, citing much publicized air accidents as plausible reasons to avoid flying while in reality the fear is more complex. Why can’t fearful flyers comprehend the simple facts that far fewer accidents happen while flying than when taking a bath or even crossing a street? Seems simple enough, but for those who become anxious as their fears escalate, the body’s primal defenses take over in a fight or flight response that releases powerful chemicals naturally found in the body. This release causes physical symptoms such as rapid breathing, heart palpitations, sweating, nausea, dizziness or imbalance, and even feelings of impending doom. All in a matter of seconds. People often think they are having a heart attack or are about to die or go crazy. This is often referred to as an anxiety attack or a panic attack. Fearful drivers, perhaps more understandable to most of us, rationalize their fears with the fact that driving can be a dangerous activity. It can be! Fear comes up at sensing the immediate danger of the situation, such as a near-accident. Anxiety comes up with the thought of anticipated or imagined dangers. Fear is not always a bad thing as it can serve useful purpose. A person who rock climbs should have a certain amount of fear in order to keep them from doing something too reckless. Sometimes a fear sounds silly or irrational. A person with a simple fear of balloons actually developed full blown phobia! How can this possibly happen? Amazingly, this usually happens

Allowed to continue unchecked, anxiety can lead to panic, which leads to chronic worry about another panic attack, followed by avoidance of any situation where they might be exposed to the panic. The cycle can be so powerful and so consuming that it often spreads into other fearful areas that one experiences. In extremes, or over time, panic can turn into so many phobic sensitivities that the person becomes housebound, a truly debilitating condition called agoraphobia. Once a person experiences an attack, they know with certainty that it is something that they never want to experience again. At this point, many people are able to move past it. They accept the fact that it most likely happened as a result of a specific trigger event or a situation where they felt they had no control. They can rationalize that they were not hurt by it and dismiss it from their thoughts. For others, however, it is not quite that easy. We don’t really know why some are able to keep fear in check and others cross a line invisible to others where the endless circle of anxiety-panic-worry-avoidance-anxiety takes over their life. What can be done to keep fear, “the helpful emotion”, in check? Calm yourself as quickly as possible. Calming methods replace your worry with self-control – the very opposite of the feelings that cause anxiety to escalate and your very best friend! If you are experiencing the physical symptoms of panic you need to cut the anxiety cord as quickly as possible utilizing methods that address the feelings in your body, as well as all your worries about the situation. Dr. Richard Raynard, founder of the Fear Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, created 16 Calming Methods that work quickly to alleviate panic. These include a safe person, conversation, diaphragmatic breathing, stepping aside, and getting help, among other methods we used in our fear of flying classes and in his individual work with anxious men and women. If you, or someone you know, suffers from fear that has gotten out of control, look for a professional with a specialty in panic disorders. Fear can cross the line, but there are many effective ways to push it back on the good side!


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Dr. H. Nagori (B.D.S, MPA, C.A.G.S (Orthodontics), ABO) Email: nagori.hidayat@gmail.com Office number: 210-696-2563 DR. HIDAYAT NAGORI Board certified orthodontist Dr. Hidayat Nagori graduated from dental school in India in 2006. He practiced general dentistry for a year and a half before deciding to move to the United States in 2007. He attended Cleveland State University and received his master’s in public health in 2010, and then went on to graduate from an orthodontic fellowship program at the Case Western Reserve University School of Orthodontics in 2012. That same year, he joined the Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics residency program. Dr. Nagori holds the following degrees and certifications: Bachelor’s degree in dental surgery Master’s degree in public health 104 Post-doctorate degree certificate in orthodontics & dentofacial orthopedics Certificate in orthodontic fellowship Dr. Nagori prides himself on his passion and drive for excellence. His treatment goal is not just to make your teeth straight, but also to improve the overall appearance of your lips, chin and face. He is committed to providing each patient with care that is tailored to their unique needs because every smile is unique. Dr. Nagori is currently a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the American board of Orthodontics, the College of Diplomates of ABO, and the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association. He serves as editor of the Journal of Endodontics and Orthodontics. He also serves the dental community as a reviewer at the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. He currently provides his orthodontic services at Dentist for Kids— one of the oldest dental practices in the San Antonio area—and Celebrate Dental at their Walzem location.

Dr. Nagori prides himself on his passion and drive for excellence. His treatment goal is not just to make patient’s teeth straight but also to create perfect smiles and improve facial appearance.

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Myths and Facts about Orthodontic Treatment While everyone understands that dentists treat teeth, not everyone is aware of what an orthodontist can do to make their smile better. Let’s talk about a few misconceptions about orthodontists. 1) Myth: A dentist is the same as an orthodontist. Fact: While all orthodontists are dentists, all dentists are not orthodontists. It can be confusing but let’s break it down. It all comes down to education and training. To become an orthodontist, someone must get their dental degree first. After completing four years of dental school, a dentist can apply for orthodontic residency that can last two to three years. After completing all the schooling and passing an examination they can practice as an orthodontist. 2) Myth: Children need to wait until their permanent teeth come in for orthodontic treatment Fact: The American Association of Orthodontics recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age seven. Orthodontists can identify subtle problems with jaw growth while primary teeth are still present. While your child’s teeth may appear straight, there could be issues

that only an orthodontist can detect. Early treatment, also called Phase-I treatment, can prevent problems from

becoming complex and may make treatment less severe.

Early treatment can give your orthodontist the chance to correct harmful oral habits, such as thumb sucking, to reduce the risk of trauma to proclined front teeth, to guide jaw growth and to improve your child’s appearance.

3) Myth: Orthodontists only treat children and teens.

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Fact: Most adult patients think they are too old to get braces

until they visit an orthodontist. The fact is you are never too old to get braces. Whether you qualify for braces or not depends on your oral health and healthy bone structure. In fact, the

American Association of Orthodontists survey found that one in five orthodontic patients are adults.

4) Myth: Orthodontic treatment takes way too long. Fact: While treatment time depends on the severity

of the case, patient compliance and oral health, the average time is twenty-four months. Even though two years seems like a long time, it is minuscule for a smile that lasts a lifetime.


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ANA SERRANO FITNESS JOURNEY OF THE MONTH "Fitness has become a very important part of my life"

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y name is Ana Cristina Serrano. I am a 32 year old mother of an amazing five year old child. My story began about 2-3 years ago when I first started at Lifetime fitness. I met my trainer Todd the first day. Ever since I began training with him he pushed me and was very supportive. I began with 28% body fat and I weighted 135. Today I'm at 19% body fat and weight 140.

trainer Todd. He has so many new goals for me. My mom is also an athlete & huge inspiration! She is an iron mom who enjoys bicycling, runs and swims. She was the one that motivated me to sign up last year in half marathons in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and San Antonio. She and her friends are preparing to run three marathons, Ciudad Juarez, Las Vegas and San Antonio. Fitness has become a very important part of my life.

My biggest motivation is my toddler. I want to show him the love I have for sports and overall to be disciplined in whatever he chooses to do. He already knows Lifetime Fitness at the Rim has become like a second home and I the importance of foam rolling have made great friends! every night and he practices it with me before going to bed. I couldn't have accomplished my goals without the help of my

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“Believe me, if I look good, it’s not an accident” By Crystal Holmes - Beauty/Skin Care Editor Nora Ephron was a writer and director who had the knack of saying what we are all thinking. While effortless, natural beauty is the desired state for most women, the irony is that it often takes effort to create this natural beauty. The good news is, a little effort can go a long way. And this minimal investment is worth it since our face is like our own personal, walking business card. It’s our brand. If we are not confident with how we are presenting ourselves, can we really expect to land that job or get that guy? These days, there are effective, easy solutions for the most common facial concerns, like acne, unwanted hair, wrinkles and sunspots. Combine these treatments with exercise, eating well and working on inner peace and we are definitely on our way to presenting our absolute best selves to the world. Effortless beauty may not be entirely effortless but that’s ok. We live in a day where we have great options. As Nora so confidently reminded us, taking control of our life is a choice, not an accident. When will you start?

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ood skin is now considered an asset in getting a boost in work and in life. Demands of work and lifestyle take a toll and signs of early aging start appearing in our late 20’s and can keep on accelerating by age 30. Investing in a proper and effective skincare regimen keeps wrinkles at bay. You may get older by age but your skin doesn’t need to be. Look for the right ingredients in any beauty brand of choice. Keep up with your skin needs in between spa visits at home with the right beauty regimen.

As you age, your skin loses collagen. With less collagen to keep them tight, pores start to slacken and stretch – more so around the nose and the cheek skin near the nose. A pore can also lose its shape if you squeeze your pimples and over exfoliating – so quit picking and scrubbing! Use gentle cleansers that carry natural fruit extracts like Schizandra Chinensis Fruit that gently purify skin. The One Beauty Bar AgeLOC Gentle Cleanse & Tone is a luxurious foaming cleanser that combines cleansing and toning into one single step. It gently cleanses, purifies, replenishes and hydrates skin, preparing it to receive advanced anti-ageing ingredients. If you must exfoliate look for ingredients like Pumpkin Enzyme which is a natural enzyme that gently digests dead surface skin cells. Lactic Acid which peels away dull surface cells revealing a fresh, youthful radiance. Look for Aluminum Oxide Crystals in facial scrubs like Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub (you can grab it at Target) which are the same crystals used in microdermabrasion treatments. They provide an effective physical exfoliation to polish skin, rejuvenating the appearance of a lackluster complexion. After cleansing, gently massage a very thick layer of Premier by Dead Sea Collagen, Beta-Carotene & Seaweed Mask for Normal to Dry Skin onto the face and neck. Wait 5-10 minutes and rinse. This mask carries a vital source of energy, oxygen, and Dead Sea minerals, which help in premature aging. Proprietary Biosphere penetrates deep into damaged skin and stimulates new collagen – a protein which makes skin appear plump and firm and QuSome works by binding to moisture. It can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, making it an excellent natural skin plumper. It smooths wrinkles and fine lines as well as protects against the formation of new wrinkles. Look for masks that carry ingredients like Vitamin C, Jasmine, Rose, and Chamomile plus natural based herbal Liposomes, Proteins, and Peptides.

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Don’t forget your pout! Look for lip treatments and scrubs that contain Sugar, Nourishing Oils like Meadowfoam Seed, Black Currant Seed, Avocado, and Jojoba. Grapeseed Polyphenols protects, smooths, and soften you lips. Try The One Beauty Bar Scrub & Plump by Carrie Rodriguez. If you love your toners then follow up with alcoholic or nonalcoholic purified skin toners like my favorite Premier by Dead Sea Toner which helps to maintain the skins natural balance with astringent action that firms pores and stimulates the skin. And for those of us with unfortunate adult acne break outs, look for spot treatments that have ingredients like 10% Sulfur which reduces acne and pimples and keeps skin clean of new breakouts. AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) are designed to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and Zinc Oxide provides oil control by absorbing excess sebum production. EradiKate Acne Treatment has the highest level of sulfur allowed to effectively fight blemishes, reduce acne, and help keep skin free of new breakouts. Now that you’ve cleansed and nourished your perfectly treated canvas you have to protect it from free radicals and sun exposure. Let’s start from the inside out! Avoid a poor diet that includes foods like unhealthy fats, too much sugar, pesticides, herbicides or synthetic additives. Many processed and refined foods contain oxidized fats that add free radicals to the body. Excessive amounts of sugar and sweeteners are other sources of free radical growth that contribute to aging, weight gain and inflammation. Look for deeply hued fruits which are some of the highest in antioxidants, such as berries, grapes and red wine. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and squash, or cantaloupe contain carotenoids that are beneficial for your skin and eyes. These antioxidant foods help reduce sunburn and wrinkles while protecting your vision. Herbs and spices like cinnamon, oregano, ginger, turmeric and rosemary also in essential oils can be a great source of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory compounds. Try The One Beauty Bar Zija Essential Oils and Supplements. Look for face and eye creams or serums that contain ingredients like Vitamin B-3 (Niacin) Retinol, Vitamin C, Peptides, Tree Extracts, and Grape Seed. The effectiveness of anti-wrinkle creams and or serums depends in part on the active ingredient or ingredients. The One Beauty Bar SUPREME Advanced BOTO - Age Defying Kit (cream, serum and mask) lifts skin, fills wrinkles, plumps creases, and erases discoloration. Everyone will wonder if you had any work done, and you’ll be able to say that it’s better than Botox! Each item is formulated with plant stem cells, Dead Sea minerals, lifting watercress, miraculous botanicals, and the innovative liposome complex.


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It may be fall but don’t forget to continue wearing your SPF! Look for cosmetics that carry SPF protection in them like The One Beauty Bar Cosmetics, the Liquid and Powder Foundations are custom formulated to match your skin tone and skin needs with nutritive and anti-aging ingredients. Want to simplify your skin regimen? Try this! Straight out of the box The One Beauty Bar AgeLOC Device comes with a reference set of five skincare products. This generates a personal skin care code, which is used to order a custom set of products. The device tells you there are around 2,000 possible combinations to find the perfect match for everyone. Dispensing of products is touchless and therefore hygienic. More importantly, it uses your specific combination of products in combining three powerful serums to create each dose automatically delivering a precise dose of serums and moisturizers depending on the order in which your skin requires them, and the time of the day. Basically, you will go to The One Beauty Bar AgeLOC Dispenser, and get the correct face cream every time! You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on beauty products when you know exactly what your skin needs and the right ingredients to look for in drugstore or high end products. With proper care you can extend your skins longevity and prolong the need for abrasive treatments, nip & tuck lifts and Botox.

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Let’s be real; getting old sucks. We are all trying to stay younger, longer. We look for any pill, drink, shot, injection or diet plan that is going to keep us looking and feeling younger. I am a huge proponent of functional fitness for longevity, so looking past those short term fixes, I recommend two important pieces of advice for my clients to stay ageless. First, take a look at your fitness routine. You should always do something that challenges you. The old adage if it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you might be cliché but it is absolutely correct; once your workout stops being challenging, you either need to change it up or increase intensity. On the same token, don’t be afraid to try new workouts and new classes; it is good to keep your body guessing and this is how to keep your body AND your mind sharp. Your mind (brain) is just like any other part of the body and should always be challenged. I strongly believe that workouts and fitness classes that

require motor skills. coordination, and concentration are the key to staying young. Once your brain stops being challenged, it’s all over! So as you age, find new workouts that are going to challenge your coordination and that mind-body connection as well as challenge your muscles. Classes at in Balance are all developed around this central idea that challenging the mind and the body are one and the same and equally important, so taking classes like dance cardio or barre are going to do just that! The other piece of this ageless equation is, of course, nutrition. My number one tip??? Water!!!! Hydration is key to keeping young, supple skin as well as keeping your organs functioning properly. Most people walk around in a state of dehydration and don’t even know it. Water can cure things you don’t even realize you have like dry skin, muscle cramps, itchy scalp, fatigue, lethargy, lack of energy during your workout, constant hunger, insomnia and more. And when it comes to food, keep it WHOLE. Whole foods are the key to maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy body on the inside. Eat as least processed as you can and reap the benefits of all the vitamins and minerals that food has as it source.


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Blood Pressure – the pressure of the blood against the inner walls of the blood vessels, varying in different parts of the body during different phases of contraction of the heart and under different conditions of health, exertion, etc. When the nurse or doctor takes your blood pressure they will give you two numbers – example; 120/80 - systolic/diastolic

therefore, I will perform a blood pressure check during their Fitness Evaluation. If I find that they have a blood pressure of 145 or greater - systolic and a diastolic of 85 or greater, I will monitor their blood pressure before, during and after their workout session. With these clients, I will have them either perform the stationary bike, walk on the treadmill or elliptical machine at a moderate pace for 10 minutes. I will take their blood pressure again. If it lowers then I can proceed with some weight training, more like a light circuit training or Pilate’s workout, preventing a surge in their blood pressure. With each session from then on, I will continue to monitor their blood pressure until we are able to lower it to a healthier level. Once I see their readings began to lower to systolic 120 – 130 / diastolic 80 – 60, then I began adding intensity to their workouts with weights.

• Systolic pressure – when your heart contracts it pushes blood If I find that a client is running a low blood pressure of 90out of your heart into your body system through the arteries 95/60, I may get them to begin with the weight training first in• Diastolic pressure – when the heart relaxes it brings back stead of having them perform cardiovascular, so I can raise their blood into the heart. blood pressure a little. If a client or patient’s blood pressure gets • Exercise – is physical activity that is planned, structured, and really low I may have them lay down & elevate their legs 8-12 repetitive for the purpose of conditioning any part of the body. inches from the heart to increase their blood pressure. Making Exercise is used to improve health, maintain fitness and is imsure to ask if the patient is light headed, dizzy or feeling ill. portant as a means of physical rehabilitation. • Cardiovascular exercise – exercise that noticeably increases There have been several times when I’ve had to send a client to your heart rate and breathing and involves the continuous ER due to high blood pressure & feeling ill. Some have found rhythmic movement of your large muscle groups. Examples that they had some sort of blockage in their arteries that their include; walking, jogging, biking, and swimming. doctors weren’t aware of. Machines 114 used in cardiovascular exercises; treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical, stepper. Taking a thorough history and evaluation is vital to my client’s • Weight training – a common type of strength training for wellness. This will help me in guiding them through an approdeveloping the strength and size of skeletal muscles. It utilizes priate workout till we are able to get their blood pressure in a the force of gravity in the form of weighted bars, dumbbells more balanced state to handle more intensity in their workouts. or weight stacks in order to oppose the force generated by muscle though Blood pressure General ability to be more active concentric or eccentric contraction. level Weight training uses a variety of speYou may have low blood pressure, speak to your doctor or nurse before Below 90/60 starting any new exercise cialized equipment to target specific It is safe to be more active, and it will help to keep your blood pressure muscle groups and types of movement. 90/60-140/90 in this ideal blood pressure range

In my 30 years of experience in working with clients and patient’s, I’ve found that 95% of the time, performing cardiovascular exercise will lower blood pressure along with certain forms of yoga or Pilates, which aren’t cardiovascular. The only time you may find your blood pressure going up is when performing HIT cardio (high intensity training) like sprinting on land, treadmill elliptical or stationary bike. Weight training will increase blood pressure. The only time I find conflicting evidence with either cardiovascular or weight training, is when there is some other underlying medical issue. The majority of my clients don’t know what their normal blood pressure is,

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REMEMBER, ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING A WELLNESS WORKOUT AND NUTRITION PROGRAM. Skie Molinar www.skiesfitness.com SA Monthly Fitness Editor Angel Rising Magazine Cover Girl July 2017 & contributing writer Anti-Aging & Sports Medicine Certified Master of Fitness Sciences Associate in Applied Sciences Physical Therapy Professional Pilates Instructor for Health Care Professionals Empire Who’s Who Reference: www.bloodpresssureuk.org Reference: www.fitness for weight loss.com


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DR. OEMIL RODRIGUEZ "If you plan ahead and commit to your goals there should be no excuses in achieving your desired goals."

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r. Oemil Rodriguez was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Growing up, this future IFBB Bikini Pro was heavily into dancing and embraced her Lebanese roots by mastering the beautiful art of Belly Dancing. After high school, she went on to study medicine at the Universidad Add to dictionary in the Dominican Republic and obtained her Doctor in Medicine Degree in 2005. Shortly after, she moved to Puerto Rico with her husband and continued to grow her education by obtaining her Masters in Healthcare Administration. Despite these accomplishments, she felt that in order to make a significant impact on peoples lives, and help them lead healthier lives, she had to reach them sooner so she decided to obtain her

personal training certification so that she could help people change their lifestyles before chronic disease develops. Rather than just telling her clients that anything is possible if you are committed, she decided to show them and embarked on her own body transformation which ultimately led to her obtaining her IFBB Pro card in 2016. As a mother of three children and business owner, she has continuously proven that if you plan ahead and commit to your goals, that there should be no excuses in achieving your desired goals. Finally, you will never be forced or required to by any specific supplements. Supplements may or may not be recommended but it will never be required that you purchase any specific brand in order to participate in any of the programs.

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LENORE GREGSON WELLNESS ROLE MODEL OF THE MONTH

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enore Gregson is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas. She has lived in San Antonio, Texas for over 26-years where she has been an active role-model and advocate in the health and wellness industry. She is the Founder and Owner of Kaiser Medical Management (KMM), a 21-year plus corporate wellness company that provides corporate on-site wellness programs such as blood work, flu shots, health fairs, wellness lectures and more.

she is a certified Personal Trainer, certified Fitness Instructor, certified in Weight & Management, certified in Nutrition, and RN. Her passion for a healthy lifestyle translates into her passion to serve the community by giving countless hours holding Board positions with The American Diabetes Association, and has served with Arthritis Foundation, Blue Santa, Hallmark University Program Advisory Committee, Eva Longoria Foundation, and SAHRMA.

She has competed as a Physique competitor for over 11-years and as an IFBB Pro (International Federal Body Builder) on a professional level for over 5-years. She currently has over 17 trophies and is a twotime Arnold Classic competitor. She actively competes 2-3 international competitions each year around the country. Her key sponsors are GNC and The Lion’s Den. In addition,

She also teaches four times a week for LA Fitness, provides 10-week fit challenges for groups who want to learn and grow in their fitness journey, as well as bolstering their spiritual side for proper balance. Lenore is married to Jay Gregson, has two step-children, Rebecca and Jordan, and two puppies, Abby and Kaylee. Learn more about Lenore at www.lenoregregson.com

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SLEEP Perchance to Heal By Dr. Wendy Askew


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id you know that the biological purposes of sleep are not fully understood by scientists? That seems hard to believe given how obviously important sleep is for so many of our bodily functions. It is important for memory consolidation, tissue repair, metabolism and for hormone balance. It replenishes us, relieves fatigue and gives us renewed energy to function each day. In a society that seems to be constantly pressuring us to do more and produce more, and demanding more of our time, our sleep seems to be one area that we can sacrifice to meet those demands. It may be exactly the wrong action with respect to our health. It is a scientifically established fact, that eight hours per night (with very little variation between individuals) is what a human adult needs for optimal health. Studies of Americans show that 20% of us report getting fewer than six hours of sleep per night regularly. Many people insist that they don’t need eight hours a night; and function perfectly on only five or six hours of sleep. The truth is, that only 5% of us carry the genetic mutation that allows optimal functioning on six hours of sleep per night. Those aren’t good odds, when you are gambling with your health. According to research from the Johns-Hopkins School of Medicine, sleep-deprived individuals have a 3-fold increased risk for developing diabetes; a 36% increased risk for colorectal cancer; a 33% increased risk for dementia; a 48% increased risk for heart disease; and a 50% higher risk for obesity for those people who get less than 5 hours of sleep per night. A weakened immune system, increased pain and depression, and increased risk of accidents are other consequences of chronic sleep deprivation. Unfortunately, many people suffer from sleep disturbances that prevent them from sleeping adequately, even though they report being exhausted much of the time. There are many different types of sleep dysfunction, including difficulty falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, and restless legs syndrome. 121 Proper evaluation and testing can often identify causes of sleep dysfunction and nonsedative therapies can help restore restful sleep, and better health. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) (bedtime behaviors) has been shown to be equally effective as medications for inducing/promoting sleep in the short term, but in the long-term, CBT-I is far superior to medications. Long-term dependence on sleeping pills can interfere with alertness and memory, and over time, they can become less effective, making the original problem even worse. Some good nighttime habits to promote sleep include: Try to have a consistently established bedtime. Keep your bedroom as dark as possible and ideally between 60 & 70 degrees Fahrenheit. CPS bill-allowing. An ice bath shortly before bed is reportedly very effective at promoting good sleep. Although I haven’t tried this yet. Try not to look at screens emitting blue lights (most devices) for at least one hour before bedtime. ‘Blue light’, mimics the light emitted from the sun and indicates to our brains that we should be in an awake and alert state. These lights suppress production of melatonin (a key sleep hormone) and promote production of cortisol (an ‘alert’ hormone). The effect on our brains from these lights, is the equivalent of hearing a loud barking dog, which is not conducive to sleeping for most of us. Medications, caffeine consumption after 2 pm, hormone-imbalances and the fascinating science of neuro-transmitter imbalances are other factors that can impair sleep. Holistic treatments for sleep disorders go far beyond melatonin and lavender essential oils, and often help to restore good sleep patterns for patients suffering from sleep disorders. Better sleep is an important step on the path to wellness. There are many causes, and many treatments available to help you achieve a better night’s rest.


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elissa White is owner of Extensions of Yourself, a specialty hair extension salon in Stone Oak that provides services unlike most others you’ll find. Extensions of Yourself was San Antonio’s first salon to specialize exclusively in hair extensions. Offering completely customized hair extensions as well as all services to prolong your hairs health and longevity, Melissa is sought out for her specialized services for women with thinning hair, balding, and hair loss. Clients come in with various causes for hair loss such as medications, medical treatments like chemotherapy or even stress and dietary changes. “I love being able to offer solutions that are unique to thinning hair”, says Melissa. “It is something that can make us feel like less of a woman. Nothing effects our self-confidence like hair loss. I have suffered with balding and thinning hair since I was 11 and I live every day with the same hair issues so many of my clients have. I want to help others so they can let that confident person back out - the one they have been hiding away from everyone because of the embarrassment. Some clients have short hair and are looking for quick length and fullness. Women from the military, or those who have short hair often want quick length or fullness are also able to achieve great results with properly applied hair extensions. One of the most rewarding work for Melissa is in helping former chemotherapy patients, women with hormonal, dietary or

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Melissa explains, “There are so many aspects to what makes the best hair extensions, simply using a one size fits all approach will lead to damage, every single person is unique, as are their hair needs! Hair extensions precisely applied for EACH individual’s specific needs safely creates volume, fullness and even length. Improperly recommended and applied hair extensions can be damaging, especially for thin hair. I have spent 17 years developing a completely different process than what the industry said couldn’t be done. Over many years, I have certified with countless brands and methods of hair extensions, I have worked with every texture of human hair extensions and I have taken all my education, as well as trial and errors on myself and created something completely unique to help those of us struggling with hair loss.” This is a passion that is apparent in her results, both with loyal clients and the new clients who seek out her specialized services. She is able to offer help even to those who have tried extensions at other places with heartbreaking results and now need to repair the damage that was caused because poor decisions were made by less experienced stylists. Melissa is proud of the fact that all hair she uses is real human hair that is ethically sourced. Hair used for wigs, clip -in's and cheap extensions purchased by consumers, is often called


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"Bulk Hair or Brush Hair" and is collected from floors as well as brushes used by women and men daily. It's aggressively treated with acids and chemicals to strip the hair of the natural pigments in order to achieve non pigmented hair color this process destroys the cuticle. Cheaper hair represented as "Remy hair extensions" are misleading, as ALL hair used in extensions should be Remy. There is no way to achieve cheaper cost for the real thing! Melissa states, “Just because someone says hair is 100% Remy it in NO WAY assures it is in fact human hair. My horse's tail and mane are Remy!” A skilled hair extension artist will help select the type of hair which will best match your own natural hair to give a look that will blend beautifully and seamlessly. Anyone experienced with hair extensions will tell you there is no comparing cheap "Sally’s" hair to 100% human hair. “Hair extensions which utilize the best quality hair will reward you with hair that is not only beautiful, but lasts longer than most one-size-fits-all hair extensions and most importantly will NOT damage your hair,” Melissa states. “Many may have heard that hair extensions cause hair loss and other problems, but quality extensions that are properly applied do not harm your own hair.” Melissa demonstrates in a series of photos showing clients before hair extensions, after their first set of hair extensions, and again after their first set was removed to have a new set of extensions installed months later. The client’s hair actually looks healthier, longer and thicker than before.

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Extensions of Yourself provides private one-on-one appointments with an expert hair extensionist who has over 17 years experience. Melissa White is a certified Platinum Level Great Lengths stylist, certified Hairdreams partner, as well being the Exclusive US Flagship Salon with Gold Class Hair Extensions, the UK’s leading luxury celebrity brand (launching 2018 in the US). These are the world’s leading hair extension companies. Melissa also offers privately sourced virgin Russian hair which she personally customizes in her salon for you. All visits are by appointment only in a luxurious, spacious setting designed for your comfort. Visits are completely private. The personalized services are performed personally by Melissa in flexible weekday, evening and weekend appointments. This unique salon is conveniently located near the entrance to Stone Oak. Melissa offers complimentary consultations to see how she can help give you the beautiful, thick, healthy hair you deserve. Give her a call at 210-441-8989.

Melissa White Extensions of Yourself 18838 Stone Oak Pkwy, Suite 106 San Antonio, TX 78258 Telephone: 210-441-8989 www.extensionsofyourself.com


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Apartments of the YEAR... Tuscan Inspired Apartment Homes in San Antonio SA MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Located in the northwest hills of San Antonio, The Retreat at Cross Mountain was featured in mySA.com as one of the best Texas suburbs in 2017. Our one-, two- or three-bedroom apartment homes feature Granite Countertops, Side-by-Side Refrigerators, Vinyl Wood Flooring and Double Vanities. The Retreat at Cross Mountain is San Antonio’s newest luxury apartment home community, located in the Northwest hills of San Antonio. Our quiet and secluded upscale haven offers elegant living at its best. Choose between our designers expert arrangement of one, two or three bedroom apartment homes and all featuring the

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We are now working on the Special Fashion Edition of SA Monthly Magazine. Please contact us if you are in the fashion or beauty industry. Amazing opportunity to promote your talent or service if you are a model, an aspiring model or business owner. With over 100,000 views per issue SA Monthly Magazine is the right publication to get additional visibility for your business! samonthly@gmail.com


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Real Estate Editor Dana Phillips New Residential Construction Around San Antonio In case you haven’t noticed the new home market in San Antonio is booming. It seems like every week a new subdivision is breaking ground. Within a 20 mile radius 142 of downtown San Antonio there are over 1,000 new construction homes listed in the San Antonio Board of Realtors MLS. Prices range from the mid $100’s all the way to $3m+ for new custom homes. When asked why the San Antonio area is a good place for development, David Wilcox, Director of Sales in San Antonio for Century Communities said; “It is a viable market for new home building at a variety of levels based Agora Builders Antonio Brunet: Antonio@AgoraTexas.com

on economic growth factors. The unemployment rate in San Antonio, Texas, is 3.80%, with job growth of 1.88%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 39.97%.” Century Communities currently has 6 subdivisions in the San Antonio area with prices ranging from the mid $200’s to the high $300’s with “…an aggressive growth strategy in place.” Who are the buyers? According to the National Association of Realtors 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers Texas Report; the typical home buyer was 46 years old, married and had a median household income of $94,200. Of those buyers 92% were born in the U.S. and 24% were veterans or active duty military. 27% stated the primary reason for purchasing a home was the desire for home ownership and 12% said it was due to a job related relocation or move. What are the home characteristics? 23% of the homes purchased were new construction. 87% were detached single family homes between 1,500 and 2,500 square feet, within 15 miles of their previous home. 91% of the buyers who purchased new construction homes said they chose those over previously owned homes to avoid renovations or problems with plumbing or electricity (38%), the ability to choose and customize design features (36%), and amenities of new home construction communities (17%).Antonio Brunet, CEO of Agora Homes, said their 20 year old real estate development company decided to move into the San Antonio area after looking


at the growth and opportunity presented in the luxury Personally, I have seen a shift in the new home arena market. “Our initial residential focus will be in towards a refined product at prices that are more in line SA MONTHLY MAGAZINE The Dominion Lucchese Development project. We are with the needs of the San Antonio consumer. Builders building over 150 garden homes in 4 different phases. like Agora Homes, Century Communities and others have Homes are priced in the low $400’s to the mid $500’s, already made that shift. Since 2011 building permits have an accessible price in a luxury resort development.” increased at a steady pace and new home prices have climbed with the cost of land acquisition so, in my opinion the time to buy is now. Century Communities David Wilcox: DavidW@CenturyCommunities.com Dana Phillips REALTOR/Owner (210) 846-5444 DanaPhillipsRealtor@outlook.com Phillips & Associates Realty Dana has been recognized nationally as one of the top producing agents in the San Antonio Market with over $300million in personal sales and has earned the prestigious Platinum Top-50 REALTOR award for six consecutive years.

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MINERVA FLORES Agent of the Month SA MONTHLY MAGAZINE

I was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States at the age of 11. I grew up in Luling, Texas. A new beginning in a different country with so many things to learn that I dedicated my time to studying and making sure I did well to graduate from High School. After attending a Technical Institute in Austin Texas and receiving a degree in Electronic Engineering and Technology, I went to work for Advance Micro Devices in Austin, Texas and that’s where I realize that this world is a huge place with incredible opportunities and It would be up to me to make it happen. I married Daniel Flores and have three beautiful children. My family is my pride and joy. Victoria is 17, Mateo is 11 and my Emma is 9 years old. We love spending time with our children as they grow up playing soccer and other activities in school. In 2004 I was given the opportunity to come into a world of Employee Benefits and have enjoyed it, however the big breakthrough came about in October of 2014 when I joined New York Life Insurance Company. I am able to realize the gift God has given me and that is to touch many lives by helping them plan for their future. How you might ask, protecting their loved ones, their assets and helping them plan for proper retirement. It has been an incredible journey of learning and creating my own future while helping others. I absolutely love what I do and I know that this is where I am suppose to be. My mission is to help and bring value to thousands of families throughout my career as I continue to learn and grow.

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CODY MILLER Agent of the Month I was born and raised on the North side of San Antonio, Texas. I played every sport growing up including some dirt bike racing. But soccer certainly was my main focus, if I wasn’t at home playing with my older brother than I was out at a sports field. After graduation I went straight to boot camp for the United States Marine Corps. Serving my country as a Marine is one of the most satisfying accomplishments of my life. That is, until I became a father to the cutest little boy on the planet. Now, that Cannon has started walking me and my wife spend the majority of our time trying to keep up and make sure he does not hurt himself. Coming to New York Life Insurance Company has allowed me to accel in my strengths, I have a true passion for learning new information and passing it along to everyone who is willing to care. On top of that the opportunity and knowledge to provide people with the proper planning to truly enjoy their lives and retirements is a wonderfully fulfilling experience. My mission is to assist my clients and friends in their financial plans, including wealth accumulation and retirement, business planning and more, by providing them with the knowledge and peace of mind that will be passed on for generations to come


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’ m from Midland, TX but moved to San Antonio 5 years ago to attend UTSA. In 2015, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a minor in international management. An MBA was on my mind, so I stayed in San Antonio to teach while completing graduate school online. I love San Antonio, its heritage, traditions, and the numerous fun things there are to experience here! In my free time, I’m with my Dalmatian Cerberus drinking coffee at places like Local Coffee and Aspen’s Brew, having brunch at Bakery Lorraine, hiking around Phil Hardberger, or exploring The Pearl Brewery. Other big hobbies of mine include travel, with places like Norway and France on my bucket list (to see the Northern Lights and attend a lesson on baking authentic

macarons), health and wellness, photography, baking, and worshipping at Shearer Hills Baptist Church. As an aspiring businesswoman, I’m inspired by companies like The Walt Disney Company, which I have had the honor of working for, with their Imagineering, to Frost Bank with their customer service, to Apple with their innovation. In the near future, I’d love to develop my path in management by being part of a company that I believe in and believe makes a decisive difference. I owe many thanks to my family, friends, and most importantly God for the blessing of my graduation this past December. I’ve received so much help and encouragement along the way from my parents and loved ones- here’s to celebrating!

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Senior Partner New York Life Insurance Company San Antonio G.O. D04 At New York Life, we take marketing to a whole new level. We are master marketers and use many sources to brand ourselves. Social media, exclusive networking groups, community projects, and magazine articles are a few of the ongoing activities we utilize to make people aware of our business. As Senior Partner, I see tremendous growth within 158 our office in the next year. We have five candidates who will transition to Partner within the next six months specifically from our team. This will boost our active number of agents to fortyplus between our offices. In our next five years, as an My success was determined 100% by me, and the motivation Executive Partner, I plan to I had from within to be successful. see our number of partners double to ten-plus, thus increasing our number of active agents to one hundred-plus between our offices. Officially, I started my Career at New York Life in February 2010. I was fortunate to be recruited by Charles Villarreal, who is now the Managing Partner of the New York Life


Alaska General Office. He began recruiting At every level (sales person, finance manSA MONTHLY MAGAZINE me in 2006. Thankfully his persistence ager, and sales manager) it provided an allowed us the opportunity to join forces opportunity to learn about people, just a few years later. I chose my Career pay plans and politics. at New York Life primarily because I was searching for a work/life balance. Secondly, My success was determined 100% by me, and the motivation I had from within to be successful. Born and raised in San Marcos, I mowed lawns as a kid, and 159 waited tables as a teenager. I graduated from San Marcos High School in 1993 and graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a Bachelors in Business Administration-Marketing in 1999. Upon graduating, I entered my first career and dove directly into the car business.


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TIME TO JUDGE By 164Gabriel Diego Delgado Benjamin Disraeli is said to have stated: “Change is Inevitable, Change is Constant”. Truth be told as Kendall County and Boerne, in particular, surges in population and continues to experience those fabled first-world, big-city growing pains. Moments away from breaking ground on several new multiuse residential developments, a city hall complex, a famed Buckee’s location, and numerous H I-10 corridor revamps, the “front porch of the hill county” is budding with progress. However, one glowing red circle on the public’s radar involves a county matter… a political matter… a changing of the guard matter…yes, a breath of fresh air. Finally, a woman is running for the recently formed 451st District Court Judge seat. Dominated by a Conservative Republican constituency, Kendall County is ready to embrace aspects of 21st century politics and allow gender to not interfere in the quality of candidacy. On the evening of Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in the Ye Kendall Inn Ballroom of Boerne, TX, one hundred and seventy people gathered for the special press

announcement by Kirsten Cohoon, The City of Boerne’s City Attorney and Chief Prosecutor – declaring her political campaign for the 451st District Court Judge of Kendall County. Ye Kendall Inn, a historically significant building founded by the settlers of Boerne in 1859 served as the perfect backdrop for this significant event. Cohoon is notably, the first female candidate to run for the 451st District Court Judge in Kendall County. In the late 19th century the inn acted as a temporary rest stop for those with experiencing breathing issues. A makeshift luxury living hospital setting allowed people to relax and enjoy the hill country air. On August 23, 2017, the inn allowed those to breathe in an air of progress. With a dominate theme of Republican Red, the Ye Kendall Inn Ballroom’s tables were adored red rustic baskets, cloth and flowers as a country-time classiness radiated from the hand-selected décor. As the crowd surged, the ratio of woman to men was clearly visible, showing force in numbers; elevating Cohoon’s presence among this demographic; one that flexes its muscles at the polls.


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Cohoon stated, “I am running as a Christian, a conservative, and a proud descendant of a Kendall County founding family, I would be honored to serve the county as district judge as I have served Boerne as its city attorney. Kendall County deserves a conservative judge, who will ensure everyone receives a fair trial without delay, will uphold the Constitution, and will oversee the 451st District Court with the highest integrity and ethics.� Having opened the night with a prayer, Cohoon does not shy away from her beliefs nor the grit of the prospects of the new job, as she stroked the fires of readiness; anticipating for long nights at the bench, phone calls in the middle of the night and an eagerness to make a difference. Heavily invested in the community, Cohoon actively gives back to the Kendall County community as a board member of Boerne Performing Arts, as a board member of the Kendall County Republican Women Club, as the Founder and Director of the annual Boerne Lemonade Day, and as the Founder and Coordinator of 9/11 Wills for Heroes program that serves area first responders.

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Cohoon has also received numerous industry honors for her legal accomplishments including recognition for leading the best solo general counsel legal department by Texas Lawyer in 2016 and previously as the best solo general counsel by the Texas General Counsel Forum in 2013. She served as the Kendall County Bar Association president in 2014 and as a board member from 2012-2015. The local incumbent is Judge Bill Palmer who was appointed by Governor, Greg Abbott when the 451st District Court Judge position was created. The primary election will be held on March 6th, 2018 in Kendall County. For more on the 451st District Court Judge visit: http://www.co.kendall.tx.us/default.aspx?Kendall_ County/District.Court


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T E X A S BATHROOM BI LL Texas Special Legislative Session includes ‘Bathroom Bill’ By: Daniel E. Serna, B.A., Politics Editor

On May 29, 2017 Texas’ 85th Legislature came to a 166 close with some “unfinished business” that Gov. Greg Abbott believes needs to be concluded. Governor Abbott called for a special legislative session which began on July 18 and will last for 30 days to re-look at certain bills. “I’m announcing a special session to complete that unfinished business,” said Gov. Abbott. One bill making headlines since it was introduced in the 85th Legislation is the “bathroom bill” also known as a ‘’privacy bill.” If set into law during the special session the bathroom bill would ban transgender persons from using rest rooms of the gender they identify as, instead making transgender persons use the bathroom of their biological born gender. Many Texans feel this is an assault on the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) community. Other Texans feel that the bathroom bill needs to be placed into law for the protection of privacy and to protect children in rest rooms.

Constituents and several corporations—Amazon, Uber, Pepsi, PayPal, Chase and even Big Oil Companies— claim the “bathroom bill” will hurt The State of Texas economically but more importantly it will make Texas look unethical. The bathroom bill passed the House of Representatives but failed when it was introduced to the Senate. Gov. Abbott was disappointed about the outcome and called for a special session to reintroduce the bill along with others. “If I’m going to ask for tax-payers to foot the bill for a special session I intend to make it count,” said Gov. Abbott. The “Bathroom Bill” was one of the most contentious issues of the Texas 85th Special Session. Ultimately, the “Bathroom Bill” was not successfully adopted as Texas law in the special session as Gov. Greg Abbott hoped. North Carolina’s HB 2, similar to Texas’ proposed Bathroom Bill, continues to have its constitutionality questioned.


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THE GREATEST WHITE LIE EVER TOLD (REQUIRED READING FOR ENTREPRENEURS) “This​​​is​​​not​​​what​​​I​​(bleeping)​​​signed​​​up​​​for!” By Jeremy McGilvrey These​9​words​played​over​and​over​again​in​my​

night,​I’ve​achieved​amazing​things​in​my​business​

mind​as​I​sat​at​my​desk​with​my​head​cradled​in​my​

and​made​it​further​in​a​shorter​period​of​time​than​

hands.

I​ever​would​have​believed​possible.​When​I​look​

It​was​a​Saturday​night​in​early​October​of​2015.​ I’m​not​exactly​sure​what​time​it​was,​but​I​know​it​ was​way​later​than​any​rational,​reasonable​or​sane​ person​would​still​be​at​the​office.​I​hadn’t​lost​my​ mind,​although​if​you’d​asked​the​people​closest​to​ me​they​would​have​said​otherwise.​Instead,​I​was​

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just​a​struggling​entrepreneur​who​was​running​out​ of​time,​money​and​chances​trying​to​figure​out​how​ to​transform​my​entrepreneurial​dream​into​reality. Back​then,​my​entrepreneurial​dream​was​more​like​ an​entrepreneurial​nightmare.​The​kind​where​you’re​ tossing​and​turning​in​a​pool​of​your​own​sweat.​The​ kind​where​you​realize​you’re​having​a​nightmare,​ but​are​completely​paralyzed​and​can’t​wake​up.

back​on​those​dark​and​trying​times,​I’m​not​mad​ or​upset.​In​fact,​I’m​immeasurably​grateful.​Why?​ Because​I​was​lucky​enough​to​fall​victim​to​the​ ultimate​entrepreneurial​“bait​and​switch.”​A​victim​of​ what​I​would​later​come​to​call​“The​Greatest​White​ Lie​Ever​Told.” So​what​exactly​is​the​“white​lie”? It’s the prevailing yet completely misguided idea that being an entrepreneur is easy, or at the very least it is easier than working for someone else. This​lie​is​most​heavily​perpetuated​by​many​of​ the​online​gurus​and​experts​who​make​it​look​like​ building​a​7-figure​business​is​as​easy​as​clicking​ their​ad,​attending​their​webinar​and​buying​their​

I​felt​like​I​was​on​the​verge​of​a​total​breakdown.​

product.​When​you​attend​their​webclass,​they’ll​

Any​small​win​always​seemed​to​be​accompanied​

give​tons​of​amazing​free​value,​and​paint​a​beautiful​

by​a​massive​setback.​No​matter​howhard​I​worked​

picture​of​what​your​future​holds​after​you​invest​in​

to​position​myself​as​an​expert​in​my​field,​nobody​

their​new​opportunity.

seemed​to​care​or​take​me​seriously.​The​little​ money​that​was​coming​in​was​going​out​twice​ as​fast.​Worst​of​all,​my​fiancée,​​family​​and​​friends​ were​all​sick​and​tired​of​taking​a​back​seat​to​my​ business,​and​if​things​kept​going​the​way​they​were,​ I​was​going​to​lose​them​all. That​was​then. Fortunately,​in​the​two​years​since​that​October​

The​one​thing​you​will​never​hear​them​say​however,​ is​how​much​blood,​sweat​and​tears​it​actually​takes​ to​achieve​the​result​they’re​promising.​The​fact​

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is,​they​need​to​make​it​look​easier​than​it​really​is.​

Otherwise,​they​couldn’t​sell​their​products​and​we​ wouldn’t​receive​the​benefit​they​provide.


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NOW, IF YOU’RE FEELING ROBBED, CHEATED OR EVEN SCAMMED, I’D LIKE YOU TO CONSIDER THIS: BY DEFINITION, A WHITE LIE IS MEANT TO PROTECT THE PERSON TO WHOM IT’S TOLD. THE ENTREPRENEURIAL LIE PROTECTS US FROM THE TRUTH LONG ENOUGH FOR US TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP AND INVEST IN OUR FUTURE.

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As​I​said​before,I​feel​a​deep​sense​of​gratitude​ for​having​believed​“the​lie.”​If​I​would​have​known​ how​difficult​things​were​going​to​be,​I​would​have​ never​gotten​started​in​the​first​place.​My​naive,​yet​ necessary​belief​in​that​lie​caused​me​to​do​the​only​ thing​that​any​would-be​entrepreneur​with​a​dream​ in​their​heart​and​a​plan​in​their​mind​needs​to​do: Start. Chinese​philosopher​Lao​Tzu​said,​“The​journey​of​ 1,000​miles​begins​with​a​single​step.”​At​first​glance,​ the​purpose​of​this​quote​seems​to​be​to​remind​us​ that​any​big​goal​can​be​achieved​when​you​break​ it​down​into​small​steps.​For​the​entrepreneur,​there​ is​a​deeper​and​much​more​powerful​meaning.​It’s​

more​than​we​ever​thought​we​could. When​you​believe​the​lie,​you​summon​the​best​ of​who​you​are,​and​that’s​ultimately​what​allows​ you​to​overcome​the​challenges​and​setbacks​you​ will​inevitably​face​on​your​journey.​We​couldn’t​ do​any​of​that​if​we​are​discouraged​from​starting​ in​the​first​place.​If​you’re​not​convinced​that​the​ entrepreneurial​lie​is​a​“white​lie”,​I’d​like​to​leave​ you​with​this.​Just​imagine​all​of​the​people​who​ may​have​never​embarked​on​their​entrepreneurial​ journey​if​they​had​known​the​truth,​people​who​ went​on​to​do​amazing​things​that​helped​millions​ of​people​and​change​the​world​forever.​To​me,​the​ trade-off​is​worth​it.

never​about​the​goal,​it’s​what​we​have​to​do​and​

So​now​I​turn​it​over​to​you,​the​reader:​What​is​the​

who​we​have​to​become​in​order​to​achieve​it.​To​

dream​in​your​heart?​What​is​the​vision​in​your​mind?

achieve​our​entrepreneurial​dreams,​we​must​all​ learn​things​that​we​do​not​yet​know,​acquire​skills​ that​we​do​not​yet​have​and​dig​deeper​into​the​core​ of​our​beings​to​push​ourselves​harder​and​give​

Believe the lie. Take the first step. You’ve got this!


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PASSION FOR PRESERVATION LEADS SUSAN BEAVIN TO PRESIDENCY It is said that successful non-profits are run like a business. And running a nonprofit organization takes all the skills, expertise, time, energy and dedication of a paid business executive—even if you do it for free. Ask Susan Beavin, the newly elected president of the highly successful San Antonio Conservation Society, who is already putting in 50 to 60-hour weeks. As president, this businesswoman (aka dedicated volunteer) presides over its 35-member board of directors; seven executive officers; 1,500 members; the Conservation Society Foundation and its Capital Club efforts; and the Society’s 30 committees. She understands all those entities, having served as First Vice President from 2015-2017 where she steadfastly attended and spoke to the City Boards and Commissions under her purview, and chaired the Society’s Historic Farm & Ranch Complexes committee for two years. “As we enjoy our 93rd year, I see an opportunity to engage our membership in activities that promote our mission, and for the Society to continue to be a dynamic force in our community,” says Beavin. “I am honored to be a part of that force.” A native of San Antonio, Beavin has lived in Texas and Vermont. With a BS from U

of Houston, she taught middle and high school science in Texas and Vermont. Additional work experience includes insurance agent, assistant restaurant manager, bookkeeping assistant, and coowner of two businesses in Vermont. Beavin has also co-authored Texas Cretaceous Bivalves and their Localities and also co-authored the booklet on the Scenic Loop – Boerne Stage – ToutantBeauregard Historic Corridor. Somehow, she finds the time to be a member of the San Antonio Unit of Parliamentarians, Historical Society of Helotes, Southern Texas Archaeological Association, DRT, and a Founding Member of the Madla Natural Area Board. “Visit www.saconservation.org to learn more about the Society and join!” urges Beavin.

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