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We've gotten a lot of response and wanted to share a few of the notes we've received... Valerie Latona, former editor-in-chief of Shape Magazine. You can follow her on Twitter @ vlatonaINSHAPE; on her blog: www.slimsculptedsane.wordpress.com; and on her

Just wanted to let you know that I

website: www.valerielatona.com

dropped by 3 Monkeys yesterday,

Emily Gracen, Health Nut columnist. A Colorado-based health care practitioner, Gracen is working on a book that explores an integrative medicine approach to migraines. Angela Bayley, Keepin’ It Real columnist. Our Marylandbased writer is a real trip. A former pharmacist, Bayley has a keen appreciation for the arts. She is currently seeking a publisher for her work of narrative non-fiction, Family Malpractice. Sharon Abra Hanen, Savoir Fare columnist. Hanen is a creativity coach with a Proustian fondness for connections between food, memory, and identity. She lives with a vintage Oster glass-jug blender, four well-worn Winnie-the-Pooh cookbooks, and a charming amount of chocolate. She

picked up a copy of Sashay and devoured it! I love it! —Sandi Savell Massage Therapist www.tenderstrengthmassagetherapy.com

Aiken, SC Just a quick note to say I thought you did an excellent job on the article about me in Sashay! An item

looks great!

page of my website by the end of

—Valerie Latona Editor/writer

the week, along with a mention on the home page. Thanks for your talent and hard work-- it

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certainly shows.  —Sue Monk Kidd New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Life of Bees Southwest Florida

Felicia Murray is a graduate of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School (Augusta, Ga.) with an Associate degree of the Arts in Fashion Design from Bauder College. As she persues her BA in Marketing at Augusta State University she plans to illustrate for the world that post-apocalyptic skills are essential. Like Robert Frost she travels the road less traveled, peppered with adventure and creativity that extends beyond 21st-century technology. With a youthful vision and an old soul, Felicia is change you can believe in.

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Erica Wright is currently a junior double majoring in Spanish and Public Relations at Augusta State University in Augusta, Ga. Raised a military brat, Erica developed a love for travel, new foods, and meeting new people.Next summer she plans to study abroad in Ireland and Spain before starting her senior year. In her spare time she enjoys ceramics, photography, cooking and writing from time to time. Erica joined Sashay Magazine as a social media specialist to help create and promote this summer issue.

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Former editor-in-chief of Shape Magazine You rock my world [Sashay]! Thanks for such incredible Twitter shouts, mentions and posts. —Monica Ralli UrthBags designer

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I love the [online] article ("Time for

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Tea") you wrote on my shop! I have to admit it is my favorite article ever

Sashay Magazine seems to be fresh

that has featured my vintage offer-

yet informative, and you rarely find

ings. I greatly appreciate you writing

those two attributes in the same pot.

it. Thank you ever so kindly.

—Anneshia Johnson

—Delaina Etsy entrepreneur www.etsy.com/shop/delabelle

Client Relations/ Business Development Meshalo Fashion

The premier issue of Sashay is gorgeous. I particularly like the creative

I couldn’t put my issue of Sashay

use of images. Beautiful and visually

down, just like reading a great book

exciting. I've posted the magazine

when it hooks you on the first page.

and its website address on my

Invigorating content, innovatively and

Facebook page. I’d like to take it to

artistically formatted/designed and

my local Barnes and Noble. Tell me

inspiring. I knew immediately that

how they can reach your distributor.

intelligent women are collaborating!

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Freelance writer and author

Leigh Cort Publicity

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With Marthia Sides, country music singer/songwriter, everything is very jeans-andcowgirl boots real. To reach the musical heights she has reached and break the barriers she has broken, Sides has remained firm in her natural self and capitalized on the

An Indian woman’s return to her homeland reminds her, in

photo by will vastine

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genius that instinct breeds.

a deep way, about who she is and the precious connections between food, body, place and family.

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By Prerna Singh

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40 Enjoy Your Skin >>

Seven easy ways to boost your selfesteem—in the middle of bikini season.

Cover photography by Will Vastine.

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Sashay Stronger!

Self-doubt has had the opposite effect in my belly.

vate ourselves to dig

21st-century woman in business that I've found to

deep, to find a voice

be the most challenging and at the same time the

that says, "Push for-

most exhilarating is finding the inner strength to push

ward, believe in your-

through when I thought I never could. Like a runner

self, you can do it!"

in a race, I have found that there are times when

I am a Christian

I am completely exhausted but yet full of adrena-

and I love life. I'm

line. There are days where I've hit a plateau—a brick

an artist, educated

wall, so to speak—and thought, "This is impossible."

and have a family.

I'm talking about testing your abilities.

Every one of us can

Launching a new magazine has not been an easy

look in the mirror and

endeavor, but when my mom, Charlotte Ferguson,

say who we are. The

passed away from lung cancer, I found the strength

hardest part for me has been to say what I am not.

to push past my fears and doubts, and team up with

I am not a failure; I am not afraid; I am not at a loss;

some talented ladies for a spirited adventure. What

I am not in a box. I am learning to say no to self-

have we found? Some joy, some deep valleys, a

doubt, persevering to the "I know I can." Self-doubt

great sense of accomplishment, and a team spirit

has not gotten the best of me; it's actually helped

that is hard to come by in this cutthroat world.

me to purposely give the best of myself.

Whether it be those many sleepless nights of de-

No matter what you are going through, I chal-

signing, Twittering, or conferencing with my busi-

lenge you to take on struggle to become a stronger

ness partners, this process has made me realize

person ready to push forward.

my determination. As women we tend to amplify our faults with

Co-Founder & CEO

self-doubt or self-defeat. It's critical that we moti-

This summer treat yourself; here are some of our editorial picks...

edgy entrepreneurs Pieces of Indigo

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Ruby Chic Originals

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Healthy Journey Special Section

illustration by stacy freeman

on me. It's lit a fire

The part about being a real, rugged and refined

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Not Just About The Pain She’s wild—but, as I’m trying to reach my fitness goals, I wouldn’t want her to be any other way. Belinda Baranek (see page 47, “Portraits of Sashay Women”), a spinning class instructor at Achieve Fitness in Aiken, SC, was the whip cracker I needed when I realized last year that I was cheating myself. I thought it pretty impressive that I after four months and no improvement in my lung capacity or strength, my valiant efforts proved to be a waste of time. I was frustrated, appalled, feeling sorry for myself and victimized by the exercise industry. I know—wow. Thank goodness for the resurrection of my inner voice of reason: “Hmm, Monica; let’s think about this. Maybe you’re still at a 12-minute mile because, seven minutes in, you feel the slightest discomfort and slow down. Maybe your stamina is pitiful because, even though you need at least 20 minutes of cardio, you put in 15. You figure, "Oh well. At least I burned 150 calories. It’s like I never ate those chips." Snap! The sparse workout is justified. As a virgin spinner, I got a rude awakening. You don’t stop. You go—round and round until your hips want to separate from their sockets—for 45 to 55 minutes. Somehow after this first week of torture, I was addicted and, in one year (the longest I’ve held on to any regimen), I have only missed class because of pneumonia and a funeral. Spinning clears my mind, injects me with energy that lasts for hours after class. I relish the sweat that drips from my nose and mats my hair (I’ve never sweated like this before at the gym); I’m encouraged by the aches the morning after. Without Belinda I don’t think I would’ve grown to appreciate and desire a true workout. She lives to sweat, and it shows in her body and positive, energized attitude. If you want what she’s got, you have to keep pedaling, and when she turns the knob on the bike for more resistance, you turn, too.

It's a connection I want to experience...

And if you can’t grimace with a grin like she does or shout, “Yeah! Doesn’t this feel good?” then just close your eyes and fight through it. “Sometimes you have to go to another place,” she’ll say during our in-class mountain climbs. A Brazilian jungle, African countryside, and packed beaches are her suggestions for mental vacations. Spinning class is not all about pain—well, it is, but Belinda has creative ways to help you transcend that good pain. The routines are dynamic, constantly changing to challenge the body and diffuse boredom. As she pedals hard with the students, Belinda calls them out by name, telling them to add more resistance, take some off, or just hang in there. The workout music is diverse, often incorporating tribal rhythms and ethnic nuances that help disconnect the mind from reality and focus on something greater: the mind, body, soul connection. It’s a connection I want to experience and, though I’m climbing what seems to be a mountain, I’m not going to stop.

Monica Dutcher Co-Founder & Executive Editor

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schlepped to the gym three times a week to use the treadmill. But,


Winding Path Through Long Point, by Debra Gaines

by Grace Belangia photography by Chloe Elise Belanigia

The Vineyard

A TRIP TO THE VINEYARD IS MUCH MORE THAN COLOR-

where I enjoyed the

FUL GARDENS AND WHITE-WASHED COTTAGE HOMES.

aroma of fresh fruits and

The beautiful ocean sunsets, amazing fresh food and

delicacies, and mingled

quaint shops are enough to intrigue the senses, but

with local small business

there are also a variety of hidden hot spots to cap-

artisans, who create the

tivate you. From chocolatiers to old-fashioned car-

most

ousels, there's something for everyone on this quaint

photography and hand-

island off the New England coast.

made crafts.

unique

jewelry,

Exploring the island in a convertible mini-cooper, I

For dinner, I gravitated toward an island favorite,

came across The Farm Institute, The Field Gallery, The

Sharky's Cantina Martha's Vineyard. The watermelon

Gingerbread Cottages and the Aquinnah Cultural

margarita was so good I had to remind myself it was

Center . My first stop, Chilmark Chocolates, a store

not a slushy. My entrĂŠe of lobster quesadilla with tons

with a line out the door, is a local favorite. Their popu-

of melted jack-cheddar cheese, fresh salsa and a

lar chocolates are consumed upon delivery from this

side of homemade fresh guacamole threw my diet

teeny, tiny storefront.

out the window.

I then decided to take a scenic 20-minute drive to

With the trend moving toward more farm to fresh

hidden hot spots

the other side of the island to the Aquinnah Cliffs, a

dining, I decided to explore The Farm Institute, which

on the island.

national landmark. It was a little windy but it was a

engages the community in sustainable agriculture

coastal, picture perfect place to explore and learn

on a diverse working farm. I love seeing and learning

about the original Wampanoag Indians.

where our food comes from and this is about as local

There are many

As a side trip, I connected with the island's local

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and natural as it gets.

artists at The Field Gallery and Sculpture Garden, a

The next day, I decided to venture to Chappaqui-

great outdoor space with a lovely garden. I strolled

ddick Island. I had to hold on to my hat and sunglass-

the gravel paths of the West Tisbury Farmers Market

es as an over-sand vehicle tour explored the Cape

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Poge Wildlife refuge. The highlight was the island view from the century-old Cape Poge Lighthouse. My last day on the island began with a sunrise at 5:45 am. After a huge cup of coffee, I rented a bicycle. While exploring, I passed quaintly decorated gingerbread cottages, purchased a t-shirt from The Black Dog and then enjoyed The Flying Horses Carousel, the oldest operating platform carousel in America. The island offers something for everyone—fun, food and great places to stay. When planning your next trip, check out The Clarion Inn Martha's Vineyard in Edgartown. It's walking distance

Visit these websites

from the quaint historic village center and has

for more information

a friendly bus line. If you prefer an extended say

about the island.

www.mvy.com www.winnetu.com www.clarionmv.com www.sharkyscantina.com

or annual trip, visit Winnetu Oceanside Resort.

www.farminstitute.org

While there, you'll not only enjoy great ameni-

www.wampanoagtribe.net

ties, but you can walk on South Beach and en-

www.fieldgallery.com www.westtisburyfarmersmarket.com

joy the sunsets. A constant sell-out and highlight

www.debragaines.com

of the resort is the ultimate clambake, Winnetu

www.mvcma.org/museum.htm

style - an event in and of itself. The clambake in-

www.marthasvineyardbike.com www.autorentalsmv.com

cludes a full size lobster and dessert tray, camp-

www.theblackdog.com

fire s'mores, entertainment and lawn games to keep everyone busy. a

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cobble

From the Kitchen of... Chef Chloe CHLOE COSCARELLI is a graduate of The

Avocado Pesto Pasta

Natural Gourmet Institute of Health and

Ingredients

Culinary Arts NYC, the University of

1 pound dried linguini

California, Berkeley, as well as Cornell

1 bunch basil leaves

University's Plant Based Nutrition Program

½ cup pine nuts

Study). She is the first vegan in history on

2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled

the Food Network to win a cooking com-

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

petition and has appeared on the "Fran Chloe Coscarelli

(about 2½ ounces)

by Dr. T. Colin Campbell (The China

(about ½ of a lemon)

Drescher Show," in The Los Angeles Times,

3 cloves garlic

and in VegNews Magazine.

½ cup olive oil Salt to taste freshly ground black pepper to taste ¼ cup chopped sun dried tomatoes (optional) Directions

In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add pasta and cook to package directions. While the pasta cooks, blend basil, pine nuts, avocados, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil in a food processor. Season with salt and pepper. Drain pasta. In a large serving bowl, toss pesto with hot, freshly cooked pasta and garnish each serving with a basil leaf. For an extra touch of color and flavor, top pasta with sundried tomatoes. AVOCADO PESTO PASTA

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For more fabulous recipes, visit www.chefchloe.com


Crafted with intent, infused with love, made to last Dawanna Young, owner and designer of Pieces of Indigo Jewelry, adores books, poetry and quotes, so creating eco-friendly artisan jewelry using recycled metals and handwritten words was the natural path for her. "My stones are hand cut and purchased fair trade and from other artists whenever possible. I truly believe that Dawanna Young

each decision that I make about raw materials affects the 'feel' of

my jewelry. Organic, rustic, bohemian designs are what I enjoy wearing, so that's what I create. They are a reflection of my soul, my personality and my journey through life," remarks Dawanna.

Dawanna uses precious metal clay to create her designs. The use

of recycled, eco-friendly material allows her to handwrite words and quotes on each piece. The gemstones are fired; not many stones can handle the intense temperatures that the silver requires, so Herkimer diamonds and natural sapphires have become Dawanna's most cherished gems, that she will use simulated sapphires and diamonds in a

Editor’s pick for best Facebook post: “I adore my customers and

few of her ring designs. Find Pieces of Indigo Jewelry at www.peaceo-

I'm so appreciative of you. A surprise lovely will be added to each

findigo.com, www.peacesofindigo.etsy.com and www.facebook.

of today's orders. I'm thinking earrings.... XO” —Dawanna Young of

com/PeacesofIndigo

Pieces of Indigo

The power of the pedal Maybe you’ll consider your bike over the gas guzzler since… >> You cut 1 pound of CO2 pollution for every mile pedaled. >> There’s a 50 percent chance that where you’re going is less than 3 miles from home anyway. >> A mere 3 hours of riding per week reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50 percent. >> You’ll reduce the $8,000 yearly, average expenditure that comes with owning and operating a car. >> You’ll save about $10 per 10-mile roundtrip. Join the cyclist movement and find out more at www.peopleforbikes.org

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Now That's Garden Art! Life-size abstractions surface in Upstate NY "I wanted the sculptures to be happened upon. Without announcement or didactic, each visitor is able to interpret the artwork for herself and find their personal connection to art." Elizabeth Schoonmaker has been building sculptures from willow and wild grapevine since the 1970s. Her indoor studio overlooks New York's rolling hills, and the field facing her home has become a roadside gallery—a perfect venue for the monumental structures. Elizabeth wanted to build wild animals in a pastoral landscape rather than shrouding them in a place of exclusion. To Elizabeth's surprise, her first elephant was pleasantly received by drivers as they crested the long steep hill in front of her house to discover the elephant, adorning her in a fashion similar to roadside memorials. Since 2008, Elizabeth has built five elephants and one giraffe, giving one baby elephant to a new bride, a lifelong elephant enthusiast. The bride and groom were married with the elephant by their side. Each piece takes two to three months to create. It is a labor of love—gathering, cutting, and twisting vines around armatures of willow and wood. With her 92-year-old mother-in-law as her assistant, Elizabeth works tirelessly, enjoying the slow process of creating while cutting vines every afternoon. Elizabeth has a guest book and her work is done on commission; for more information, email jems4@windstream.net

earthsense

unexpected at the peak. Visitors began to leave flowers and ribbons on the Morgan McKean

MORGAN CONNECTS Sashay Magazine’s newest syndicated blogger, Morgan McKean, makes feeling good about yourself easy, lighthearted, and environmentally savvy. Morgan’s social media reach, big personality, and ability to connect with viewers led to her participation on MSN’s first reality competition show, "The Tastemaker," where she promoted her sustainable lifestyle brand and competed against five other social media professionals for the title of The Tastemaker. Recently named one of OC Metro’s “40 Under 40”, Morgan has a knack for seamlessly converting people over to a more ecoconscious lifestyle without giving up fun or convenience. Using her high energy, candor and unique brand of common sense, she is on a mission to empower people to go green glamorously by educating them on the latest in sustainable-fashion, cruelty-free beauty products, eco-chic home goods and conscious lifestyle choices. Visit Morgan at www.morganmckean.com.

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it Pays To Be Weird Whether you're a fungus fanatic looking to celebrate the world's largest mushroom, weighing 11 tons and covering 37 acres near a northern Michigan town, or you just want to take part in devouring some of the world's largest mouth-watering mold,

Listing courtesy of www.reuters. com and www.tripadvisor.com.

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endar for the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., the Cow Chip Throw in Prairie du Sac, WI, or the Cream Cheese Festival in Lowville, NY, where you'll find a milk the cow contest, cream cheese mural, and

>> Cream Cheese Festival September 17, Lowville, New York

>> Gilroy Garlic Festival

July 29-31, Gilroy, California >> Barnesville Potato Days

even a cream cheese toss. And would you believe?

August 26-27, Barnesville, Minnesota

You can win prize money up to $200 at select festivals. Whatever oddity fits your fancy, this summer has more than enough weird and wacky events you won't want to miss.

>> Humungus Fungus Festival August 5-7 in Crystal Falls, Michigan

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month. If that's not a bizarre

>> Cow Chip Throw September 2-3, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin >> Baby Food Festival July 20-23, Fremont, Michigan

No Lightweight! Kerri Bolen of Williston, SC, entered the NPC Jr. USA

>> 2010 NPC Upstate Classic Figure Competition: 1st place

show in Charleston, SC, this past May, competing

- Masters Figure, 2nd place - Figure A >> 2003 NPC Palmetto Cup Bodybuilding Competition:

in the brand new women’s physique division (a hybrid figure and bodybuilding class). There were

1st place lightweight division

22 amazing ladies in her class and she placed

Her secret diet/training plan when getting ready for a show:

eighth. "I was pretty happy about that, consider-

DIET: Meal 1: 4 egg whites and 1/4 cup oatmeal

ing it was my first national level show," she says.

(supplements taken with meal 1: Vitamin C, fish oil, multi-

An overview of Kerri's competitive history

vitamin and B Complex); Meal 2: 2.6 oz tuna, 5 rice cakes

>> 2011 Junior USAs: 8th place

and a green vegetable; Meal 3: 5 oz. tilapia and a green

- Physique Division, Class A

vegetable; Meal 4: 4 oz. chicken and a green vegetable;

>> 2010 NPC Jen Hendershott's All Women's

Meal 5: 5 oz. salmon and a green salad w/ balsamic dressing.

Weekend: 3rd place - Figure A, 5th place

TRAINING: 2 hours of cardio, 6 days per week; 1 hour of

- Masters Figure

weight training. 4 days per week

>> 2010 NPC Excalibur Figure Competition:

Read more on page 80 about what Kerri enjoys to do in her

2nd place - Masters Figure, 3rd place - Figure A,

Photo by Erik Daniels

spare time when she's not competing. a

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NOT TOO SHABBY Bohemian gardening: be daring and dramatic.

photo by scott weber/www.rhonestreetgardens.blogspot.com

SHAKE THE SHACKLES of uniform landscaping and create a bohemian garden to breathe a blissful, carefree attitude into your outdoor space. Sashay is all about letting your hair down, and now it’s time to help Mother Earth let hers down, too. Season after season we watch—and follow— our neighbors as they crimp their garden into a controlled, precise landscape. Hedging, bordering, clipping, spacing, and weeding are considered essential to maintenance and, ultimately, aesthetic appeal. Not to advocate the lazily unkempt—gargantuan dandelions belong only in the Little Shop of Horrors and tall grass encourages the nesting of rodents, insects, and other creeping, slithering denizens of the underbrush—but some thoughtful shabbiness can create quite the garden fantasy. Put your bohemian thinking cap on and improvise.

The rain chain not only offers an intriguing element in your landscape but it is also a way to capture valuable water to use in your garden.

Garden Art Boho

Not So Boho

>> Artistic metalwork in the

>> Garden Gnomes

shape of your favorite animal

>> Rose Bushes

>> Climbing Roses

>> Mulch/Pine Straw

>> English Ivy

>> Wind Chimes

>> Rain Chains

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Let the vines hang down the sides, like arms out the car window on a summer day.

Can It Forget the massive cement or terra cotta urns for your container plantings. Pull the wrappers off your empty coffee tins and soup cans, and, voila!, pour in your potting soil! Spiff up the look of the can by hammering in some dents, brushing it with different colors of paint, or speckling with a few rhinestones. Plant single stems or bushy plants; if the latter, be sure to let the vines hang down the sides, like arms out the car window on a summer day.

Strip Down The more weathered, the better. Arrange a seating area in the garden using unfinished wooden chairs. Don't worry about faded cushion fabrics; you can add tasseled bright pillows for color splashes. If you want a funkier look than sanded down wood or rustic peeling paint, consider refinishing the chair and painting the rungs and the slats different colors.

Set the Mood Place candles in assorted glass vases, wine bottles, jars and crocks. Wedge your candle container of choice into the dirt/mulch and light while relaxing on the porch or in your stripped-down wooden garden chairs. If using a wide-brimmed jar or vase, place marbles in the bottom around the candle to provide angles of illumination. Set plates or saucers of multi colored candles on and around garden ledges and rocks.

Cracked Path Leave the stepping stones to a Zen garden and lay a footpath using shards of glossy, colored ceramic and terra cotta. While this type of path might not weather heavy foot traffic, it cuts a daring, dramatic visual in the landscape. You can apply this mosaic technique to borders between garden and grass, around bird baths (which can make interesting planters for sweet potato vines) and around other plants. a

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Do you have a topic you would like to talk about? Let us know! We would love to add you to our speaker's corner on www.sashaymagazine.com. In our fall print issue, our topic will be nostalgic indulgences. Check Sashay Magazine's Facebook for the question!

Summer is a time when we tend to think more about how we look. This month we gave away a signed copy of Elizabeth Schoonmaker's children's book Square Cat, starring Eula, the not-so-round cat looking to somehow fit in just the way she is. So we asked our Sashayers...

What makes you feel like a square cat?

"Part of my body is shaped like a square cat."

—Yolanda Rock Milwaukee, WI

illustration by elizabeth schoonmaker

"I love seeing the world in new ways!"

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—Deborah Durham Westland, MI

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Circle of Summer

Deirdre Thornton of Toronto, Canada, is largely self-taught, picking up photography tips here and there to develop what has blossomed into a personal style of fine art photography. Her work incorporates bold, complementary colors while maintaining a light and airy feel in its composition. Her prints are available in larger sizes up to 16x24 (12x12 for square prints) at  www.etsy.com/shop/freshyphotoarts. Follow Deirdre on Twitter @FreshyPhotoArts.

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I am previously trained as an occupational therapist so I appreciate the value of meaningful and therapeutic activity, which is what taking pictures and creating photographic art is for me, —Deirdre Thornton

Ferris Wheel, 8x10 fine art photograph. Artist's Note: "At a local fair in Toronto, a ride on this ferris wheel was a definite highlight for my 4-year-old son... his first! And, although the experience left me feeling slightly nauseated, this image tickles my tummy and represents a wonderful memory."

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With Marthia Sides, everything is very jeans-and-cowgirl boots real. To achieve the success that comes from organic art, to be your natural self, and to capitalize on the genius that instinct breeds, sometimes you just got to have faith. Just let go. Just go with it.


it was a damp early spring afternoon in nashville, tenn., the sun smothered by mushrooming stacks of grey clouds. In her downtown studio, country singer/songwriter Marthia Sides, dressed bohemian chic in a farm girl frock, was curling her hair. And then she stopped, mid-style and not yet fully made up. “I just wanna go with it,” she said, shaking her dark locks and moving toward the window to size up the weather situation. As Marthia expressed her desire to be captured in the raw—casually styled, windblown, some natural light on the face—the photographers quietly engaged in the proverbial scratching of heads on the abandoned set. How to flow with the artist’s energy into an outdoor environment without ruining the camera equipment? Marthia beckoned (after all, she says, everything—hair, make-up— gets messed up during a concert anyway), but the raindrops began to fall fatter and faster. >

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The fact that Marthia has spent much of her life on stages, in front of cameras and people, does not mean that this multi-talented phenom is a staged woman. Sure, she is poised, professional, polished, and made-up to shine through the harsh lighting, but she never forgets who she is, never succumbs to fitting a mold or censoring her personality. She has the same attitude about her music, and doesn’t align her voice or style with any of country music’s latest hot shots. “I sound like Marthia,” she is quick to stress—modern and pop country, with undertones of Americana and traditional Patsy Cline. In some songs, you’ll even detect her classical opera training, which uniquely rounds out her repertoire and differentiates her as an artist with depth of emotion, a singer with a seemingly limitless range, and an all-around American girl who loves to entertain. “I enjoy being able to play with the dynamics of my voice. I can whisper and be heard—I don’t have to cut through an orchestra like I did in theater.” >

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--poised, professional and polished. Never forgetting who she is and足足足always true to herself, Marthia doesn't align her voice or style with any of country music's latest hot shots.

Marthia's music is augmented by her classical opera training, truly setting her apart as a gemstone in Nashville's saturated and highly competetive country music scene.


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had the backing of multiplatinum producer Kevin Beamish (REO Speedwagon's classic Hi Infidelity album). Before launching her music career, the Virginia-born performer had a successful, seven-year run in New York City in almost every genre of entertainment. Her most notable off-Broadway performance was in "Alice in Wonderland," and her film and TV roles included appearances on HBO, Comedy Central, TLC, and HGTV. Following her agent’s advice to audition for any show in which she could showcase her skills, Marthia travelled to Vega, Texas, to try out for "Popularity Contest," Country Music Television’s reality performance competition show. When she got picked, her performance earned her the nickname “the NYC Opera Singer,” and helped catapult her into a full blown country music career. Songwriter Doug James saw Marthia in a "Popularity Contest" concert and asked her to consider working with him. Before she even heard the songs, she committed to recording “Already Gone” and “Dreamin’ Out Loud” live on the show. She liked the Americana sound so much that she later invited James to sing duets on these songs when she recorded them several months later on her 2006 release debut, Born Again In The Country. “I love country music,” says Marthia, whose family history is deeply rooted in musical talent. Her great grandmother was a vaudeville star who sang and danced at places like the Beale Street Palace; her grandmother was an opera singer once asked to participate in the Met’s Young Artist program; and her grandfather was Elvis Presley’s engineer at American Studios. “There’s nothing like country music for the emotion and the story. Country music is not genetically engineered and is actually still about voice and the music.” Marthia’s first single “Picture Perfect Girl ” got radio play with a variety of market stations, including KGYO, the biggest station in Denver, Colo. Her mid-west tour schedule tightened and was hallmarked by an invitation to perform at the prestigious Taste of Colorado festival and a win in an Arizona radio station’s makeit-or-break-it contest. On the heels of “Picture Perfect Girl” came the follow-up single, “City Country City,” impressive in its own right given that Marthia wrote it herself, composing with funky, memoir-esque lyrics about her geographical and musical influences. > The Virginia native's first single "Picture Perfect Girl" earned radio play with an impressive selection of market stations, including KGYO, the biggest station in Denver, Colo.


Marthia enjoys reading music. A cup of her favorite guilty pleasure--coffee--is never far out of reach. In the Community Marthia has performed numerous shows and

These successes attracted multi-platinum producer Kevin Beamish (REO Speedwagon’s classic Hi Infidelity album), who has

participated in many fundraising events for Op-

scored more than 45 number one and Top-5 singles by Kenny Chesney, Brooks

eration Smile, a New York-based organization

& Dunn, Clint Black, Martina McBride and other stars. Beamish helmed Mar-

which raises funds for large reconstructive sur-

thia’s first CD I Got Faith, which the RadioIndy Reviewer Team has described as

geries on children with facial deformities.

a “wonderful mix of upbeat pieces and soft ballads penned with country flair.”

In 2009, she joined her friend, opera singer

“I would never sing a song that I don’t believe in. Who’s going to remember

Jessica Johnson, on a march dedicated to the

that? I want people to hear my music in 10 years and still get that good feeling

cause of anti-human trafficking. Marthia per-

inside,” she says. “My dad told me, ‘People come to see you because they’re look-

formed for participants in the event, sponsored

ing to make their lives better.’ You have to sing for someone else. If you can’t, then

by Virginia Stop Modern Slavery, a grassroots

you can’t be in this business.”

community organization promoting anti-human trafficking efforts in Virginia. Visit, Listen, Follow www.marthiasides.com

Artistic authenticity aside, the music scene has also been a challenging one to penetrate because of certain cultural expectations, which Marthia has shunned, barreled through in order to preserve her ideals, image and classic, country music

Twitter: @MarthiaSides

fundamentals: the story, the voice, the piano, the acoustics, the simplicity. “It’s

Facebook: Marthia Sides

such a man-driven industry. Look at the top country artists; most are men. It’s

Latest Tune

tough to get bookings sometimes. They want a guy on stage,” she says.

Marthia portrays American icon Rosie the Riv-

“Or if you’re a woman they want to see you get drunk and show your midriff.

eter in her new single and video "Some As-

I’ve played those bars. If I would’ve dressed seductively, yeah, I would’ve gotten

sembly Required.” In April 2011, TCN Country (The Country Network) added "Some Assem-

more notice. I want people to say, ‘Wow, she’s really talented,’ not, ‘Wow, look

bly Required" to their regular rotation and fea-

what she’s wearing.’ That’s not a good way of getting noticed. I want to go where

tured the video in their weekly "Breaking Out"

people are enjoying themselves and the music.”

show. It’s rollicking good fun. Check it out here:

With Marthia, everything is very jeans-and-cowgirl boots real. And, to achieve

www.marthia.com/video.htm a

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At right:

“I love designer, but I love a lot of vintage too—and my cowboy boots. I’ll wear them with anything.”

Some of

“I’m a perfectionist. I want people to know I’m put together.”

Marthia's notable sound bites, a.k.a., quotes not used in the story.

“My dad was a power lifter. We ate organic food before it was cool.” “If it’s unhealthy, it’s not right.” “My parents were hippies. I was born traveling. My mom basically had me in a van. She was going to the hospital, but I was literally coming out.” “Sometimes when life makes you feel not confident, it’s hard to go on stage. But you have to get out of your mind. We’re human. Life happens.” “How do I think a girl should look? I think she should look healthy.” a

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An Indian woman’s return to her homeland reminds her, in a deep way, about who she is and the precious connections between food, body, place and family. Photography and story by Prerna Singh

How hard can it be to write about your country, the streets you grew up in, the food you ate or the culture and traditions ingrained in you? That was my first thought when I sat to write this article. A hot cup of cardamom chai was ready, little one was in bed and the house was so quiet that I could hear the sprinklers in my backyard. I started writing, then deleted paragraph after paragraph, realizing how difficult it is to talk about myself and about things and people so much a part of me. Of course, you never notice how much of a gift it all is until you take time to stop and reflect. I was born in a small town in central India and spent much of my childhood in several other small towns. These were towns small enough for everyone to know each other. For people like me, living in these towns meant dreaming big. In the quest of achieving that dream I left my small town. I came to the U.S five years back with my husband; we made a life for us and now have our own family and world. >

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Prerna Singh

garlic chicken Servings: 4 Ingredients 1 lb cut chicken boneless skinless breasts and a few drumsticks. 15-17 cloves of garlic 2-3 thai green chili (Can add cayenne pepper or jalapenos) 1 tsp grated ginger 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced red onion

1/4 cup

yogurt tbsp lemon juice 1/2 tsp turmeric (optional, just for color) 6-8 whole cloves (optional) 2 whole cardamom (optional) 3 tbsp olive oil Salt 1/2

Method Make a paste of ginger, chili and about 10-12 cloves of garlic. Mix it with yogurt and lemon juice. Add a pinch of salt and marinate the chicken with it. Let the chicken marinate for a couple hours. After the chicken is marinated use a thick bottom skillet or pan for cooking. Smash 5-6 cloves of garlic. If you are using cloves and cardamom along with garlic throw it in the cool skillet. Pour in olive oil and turn the heat to medium. Slow heating of the pan infuses the olive oil beautifully with the flavor of garlic and cloves. When the oil is hot enough, add onion. Saute until golden. Add the marinated chicken. If you are using turmeric, add that too. Add salt when the chicken is half cooked. Cook on medium low heat, stirring occasionally. Slow cooking brings out all the flavors (If you think your chicken is taking longer, cover and cook by stirring occasionally.) The chicken should be done in 20-30 minutes. Serve with rice or your choice of bread or naan.

garlic chicken


Recently I went back to India for a vacation. This

when a cricket game on our TV would draw all the

time as a mother. I went back to the place I was born

uncles from neighboring houses. While they crowded

and the place that made me who I am today. I saw the

around the screen, the aunties would be busy in the

same tiny shop of mithaiwala (sweet shop) in the cor-

kitchen sending out pots and pots of hot chai with glu-

ner and ate the same chat (curried chickpeas), which I

cose biscuits. Every day was an occasion for them and

had not tasted since I was 15. Just like when we were

every occasion was celebrated as a festival.

kids, we would wake up to the sound of my mom

During the summer, my grandma would be after

chanting mantras and the voice of a maulvi (an expert

my dad’s life to go to the haat (local farmer’s market)

in Islamic law) reciting azaan on the loudspeaker in the

for raw mangoes and whole spices so that she could

mosque not far from the house. I visited the gurdwara

start prepping them for the whole year. She was in her

(place of worship) that we went to as children. On the

80s and could still sit for hours drying whole chilies in

way to our Catholic school, it was a regular stop for us

the sun to later grind them with her mortar and pestle

because we got some karah (holy offering to God), a

to make garam masala. Jars of aam ka achar (pickled

warm pudding loaded with sweet puffed raisins.

raw mangoes) would come out of the shelves, cleaned,

Where I come from everything revolves around

dried and filled with mango wedges coated with loads

food. Be it the birth of a child, a wedding, festivals

of oil and just the right amount of spices. Of course,

like Diwali and Eid or a simple dinner with the family,

everyone had to follow the customary rules of not

food is what kick starts them all. I remember the days

touching or opening the jars for a certain amount of

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Homemade Naan Servings: 4 Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour or wheat flour 1/2 cup of warm milk 1/2 cup of yogurt

1/4

tsp salt tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tbsp sugar 1/2 tbsp oil 3/4

Method Mix the dry ingredients together and make a well of flour. Mix milk and yogurt and pour half of it into the well. Slowly combine. (I don't think there's an exact amount of liquid that should be added to the flour to make a perfect dough. The dough should be soft enough for you to dig your fingers into it without applying any pressure. If dough sticks to your hands too much, place a little bit of oil on your hands and then punch into the dough). Cover with damp cloth and let sit in a warm place for at least 2 hours. Take out the dough and knead for 2-3 minutes. Divide the dough into smaller balls (you should get about eight). Dust the board again and flatten the balls to make thick and elongated bread. Sprinkle one side with herbs/spices of choice. Brush the other side with water. Heat a thick bottom skillet, a wok or any heavy bottom pan with a lid. Once it’s hot, place the naan wet side down and cover with a lid. Cook for about 30 seconds or until you see bubbles on it. Using tongs, cook the other side of the naan over direct flame of the burner. When you see some charred brown spots, the naan is done. Smother a good amount of butter on your naan and when you taste it you'll know what a peaceful life means!

time or with bare hands – something as trivial as that might spoil the whole batch. Just like any teenage girl, I tried to watch my figure and Ma would throw in dollops of ghee (clarified butter) in my daal (dried lentils). I would frown and she would say, “Eat it; this will make you strong!” Well, I had to, and no wonder I do the same to my daughter now. There is a common saying in India:“Jaisa kahye anna, waisa hoye man,” which means that the kind of food you eat tells a lot about who you are. How a dish is cooked or the way spices are used in a family hint at what part of the country they belong to or what their religious beliefs are. India is vast and diverse in many ways. There are so many regional cuisines in the country, each very different from the other. Due to religious reasons, most of the Indian population is vegetarian; however, that never stops the meat lovers from enjoying some chicken masala or goat do pyaza. >

Homemade Naan


Cardamom kulfi (indian-style ice cream) Servings: 30-35 Ingredients 1 (16oz) cup heavy cream 1 (14 oz) can of evaporated milk 1 (14 oz) can of condensed milk 8-10 strands of saffron (A culinary jewel and a must in kulfi. You can use Mexican

saffron; less expensive than the Indian type.) 5-6 cardamom pods 2 tbsp sugar 1 16 oz box of Cool Whip 1/2 cup coarsely crushed nuts (Pistachios or almonds and/or cashews.)

Method With a mortar and pestle, grind together sugar, saffron and cardamom seeds. In a large mixing bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, heavy cream and Cool Whip. Using a whisk, gently mix everything together. You need to be gentle, as Cool Whip melts very easily, making the mixture more watery when you want it light and airy. Add the saffron/sugar/ cardamom mixture and coarsely crushed nuts. Mix well. Pour mixture into small Dixie-style plastic cups and cover with plastic or aluminum wrap. If you don't have cups, pour it all in a bowl or a deep dish and cover it with a plastic wrap touching the surface of the liquid. Freeze kulfi for at least 4 – 6 hours, preferably overnight.

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photo by carol mitchell

Although both eastern and western Indian cuisine

ing into my kitchen cabinet for a jar of turmeric to rub

involves a lot of seafood, the process and preparation

on it, just like my mom did. Roasted fennel seeds after

are poles apart. Just like the food itself, ways of serving

a hearty meal often make for a good mouth refresher.

food also vary from region to region. While in south-

Spices are not only popular for their medicinal prop-

ern parts of India food is served in banana leaves, states

erties but also have a very sacred place in Indian homes.

like Gujarat and Rajasthan in the northwest take pride

From a Hindu pooja (prayers) to Muslim rituals, you

in their thalis (a selection of different dishes, usually

can find spices being used to either please the super

served in small bowls on a round tray).

powers or scare away evil spirits.

India is blessed to have fertile soil and a climate

And so it all came together for me as I vacationed in

conducive to growing several crops and varied spices.

my homeland earlier this year. To inhale aroma of spices

For centuries, Indians tested, tasted and perfected their

filling the atmosphere at the masala market, to hear the

spices and blended them beautifully in the cuisine. Ev-

chuckles coming from my mother’s tiny kitchen, packed

ery spice boasts its own rich history and cultural sig-

with relatives making goodies for holi (a celebration of

nificance. Indian spices offer much more than flavor;

spring), to pulsate with that essence of India walking

each one has its own story as well as powerful, natu-

through the streets I grew up in—to experience all of this

ral healing properties. Even today when my daughter

reminded me of who I am and the precious connections

comes home with a bruise or a cut, I can’t resist reach-

between food, body, place and family. a

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Valerie Latona is the former editor-in-chief of Shape Magazine. You can follow her on Twitter @vlatonaINSHAPE, on her blog www.slimsculptedsane.wordpress. com, and on her website www.valerielatona.com

7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem in the Middle of Bikini Season By Valerie Latona • Photography by Chris Wilson

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SELF-ESTEEM DOESN'T COME EASY TO US, WOMEN. It’s a sad, but true, fact. What’s encouraging to know is that self-esteem can easily blossom in anyone if nourished and allowed to grow. We each have a tiny nugget of really high self-esteem within. Sometimes it’s buried deep; other times, it has already bloomed. Try some of these tips to be your self-confident best and, by doing so, find yourself waking up every day happier and more motivated to embrace life. >


Get your sneakers on and get outside. Exercising to take

Invest in the most fab-

care of your body—not necessarily to lose weight and

ulous swimsuit you’ve

tone up—is the most important thing (next to eating right)

ever

that you can do to boost your self-confidence. You don’t

right into that swimsuit

have to run, you don’t have to speed walk. Just getting

department with one goal:

Give yourself a

outside for yourself will make you feel better instantly. If

to buy the most flattering suit

mini-makeover.

you do the elliptical every day without fail, good for you!

for you, whether it’s a size 16

Don’t wait until

But see that rowing machine collecting dust in the corner

or a size 6. Pick out a bright

you reach your

of the gym, go ahead and try that. Or sign up for that

color and try on many:

goal to get a fabulous haircut,

Zumba class you’ve always been afraid of embarrass-

then buy one and wear it

highlights, or new lipstick. Just

ing yourself in. By getting moving and switching up your

with pride. It doesn’t mat-

as a fabulous new bathing

routine, you’re breaking out of your rut. It’s that rut that’s

ter whether you’re the size

suit boosts your self-esteem,

holding you back from being your best.

you want to be or not. What

so too can giving yourself

matters is that you get out

permission to look your best.

Say one good thing about yourself every time

there and enjoy your sum-

Don’t put off taking care of

you say something negative. The first step to

mer. (No more skipping the

yourself. It’s something that

achieving a better body image is being gentle

beach because you have to

we, as women, have a ten-

with yourself and cutting out the negative self-

bare too much!) Happiness

dency to do. Treat your body

talk. So what if you have cellulite? You’ve got

breeds self-confidence. And

as a temple: something to be

amazing shoulders or a great smile. (And just for

the more you get out and

revered and nourished ev-

the record, know that there are plenty of celeb-

do this summer, the happier

ery single day. By doing that,

rities and even supermodels with cellulite!) By

you’ll be.

you’ll be able to stay on track

owned.

complimenting yourself regularly (I recommend

and feel fabulous about your-

every day if you can), you’ll discover that you

self right now.

feel better about yourself overall.

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Sign up for a 5K in your area—even if you don’t run. Go to active.com and search for a race near you, then sign up before you get nervous and back out. And tell people you’re going to do it (I’ve found that once you state a goal and tell others, you commit to it more in your mind.) Even if you have to walk every single minute of that race and come in dead last, you will feel more motivated to be your best every single day. In a nutshell, you’ll feel great about who you are, what you’ve accomplished, and what you can accomplish in the future. Go for it!

Make a vow now that next summer you will be in your best shape ever—and start moving toward that goal today. No, this doesn’t mean you have to start the latest detox diet or purge your cupboards of all snacks. What this means is that in your mind, you’ve established the path you want to travel on. And that path is becoming your

best

you—and any-

Stop depriving yourself. If you’re head-

thing less. Why that’s

ed to a barbecue, don’t eat only the

important:

de-

watermelon and a burger without

serve it. No more wal-

a bun—all the time eyeing that po-

lowing in self-pity; ev-

tato salad and brownie. As women,

ery single person can

we constantly feel the need to de-

do what they set their

prive ourselves in order to reach our

mind to and you are

“goals”. But this strategy backfires and

no different. All it takes

will inevitably lead to a binge down

is baby steps every

the road because we’re just plain un-

single day. Some days

happy! Eat what you want in modera-

you’ll have down days

tion and what you’ll find is that you’ll

(everyone does), but

still reach your goals and feel better

the very next day…

about yourself the whole time you’re

get right back up and

doing it. (You’ll also find that you don’t

back on track.

crave foods anymore! When you take

not

accepting you

the restrictions off foods, they’re just plain less appealing.) Follow these steps (try one, two or all of them), and you’ll quickly realize that feeling great about yourself is second nature. Good luck. Remember, life is short: take advantage of today to be your best. a


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Meet: Britta Arragon Hometown: Grew up in Mexico but lived most

Wish people would understand that: Our intuition does all the work for us if we just let it.

of her life in Vancouver, Canada. She now lives in

Favorite natural indulgence: Green juice (I

New York City.

have it daily every morning) and a hot bath with

Founder of: Cinco Vidas (www.cincovidas.

lavender Epsom salts before I go to bed. a

com), a lifestyle brand of products and services that enhance the way people live with and ultimately beat cancer. Her blog, The Beauty of Cancer Survival, connects patients and survivors as she communicates her cancer journey (Britta was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease at age 16 and beat it through chemo).

When high-tech and fast-pace reign, how can people appreciate simplicity?: I think it’s important to unplug, at least one or two days a week—no computer, cell phone or TV. Spend time outdoors, and do something that feeds your soul. You will be motivated if you are connected to your joy.

Do you believe there is a cure for cancer?: Absolutely I do, but I don’t think it will be a simple one. Cancer is a complex disease. So many things can increase your risk, including family history, toxic exposure, diet/ exercise, whether or not you smoke, how you deal with stress, etc. I think the real key is to approach our health from all directions, and that includes what types of products we use, how those products are made, how we take care of our food/water, and how we treat ourselves. Curing cancer requires a shift in our thinking.

The most life-changing thing you've learned is: To love myself Know that you are beautiful because: No one has the same unique gifts, life experiences and physical characteristics.

Steers clear of: Food that is in a wrapper (except Lara bars), can, or box; frozen food, negative people and chemical-laden personal care products.

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Meet: Jessica Miller Hometown: Foxboro, Massachusetts Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University

Occupation: HVAC Designer First Marathon: Chicago Marathon 2009 How did you become addicted to running?: I actually quit track in high school to play volleyball. I started to run only because I needed to be fit without committing to a club volleyball team in college. After running three to four miles consistently for five days a week, I wanted to sign up for a marathon. The longest race I've run prior to this was a 5K. Seems crazy, but sometimes I'm an all or nothing type of woman. I was inspired by the Boston Marathon held just outside my door each year at college and knew that someday I would run that race, which I ran in April.

Do you train to music? If so, what do you listen to?: I used to live by running with music until I got really serious about running. I've read that if you don't listen to music, you can better listen to your body. Sometimes if you listen to music, you run more to the tempo and ignore what your body is telling you to do. I love music, but I use my running time to completely zone out and be with my thoughts.

Fuel my body with:

Oatmeal, bananas,

peanut butter, and pasta!

Biggest dream:

My biggest dream fitness-

wise is to complete an Iron(wo)man. Another one of my biggest dreams is to become a proud mother of a wonderful family. I want to be the best mother and friend for my children. I would like to have a child myself, but also adopt a child from Korea since I was adopted.

Hate to admit that:

I am an overachiever.

I sometimes need to relax more and smell the roses. I often have to fill my plate with as many things as possible. Sometimes it's important to take a step back and breathe.

Learn more about Jessica and running at: www.littlemissrunshine.com. a

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Meet: Belinda Baranek Hometown: Roselle Park, New Jersey Education: Bachelor of Arts, Physics (Rutgers College, Rutgers University -1984); Associate of Applied Science - Electrical Engineering Technology.

Occupation: Worked as an assistant test engineer in the nuclear industry. From 1991-1995, she took a sabbatical to see the world and complete bicycle tours in the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Mexico. Now she works at Cycle Sport in Aiken, SC, and teaches spinning classes

determination, sacrifice and hard work. I set small, obtainable goals and build from there.

Why did cycling click with you?: Once I experienced the thrill of speed, freedom of the open road and the adventures of the trail, I was hooked.

What song or band gets you through those grueling moments in a workout?: For a hard workout I use dance music with a driving beat, i.e., Hybrid, Gold Frapp, the Chemical Brothers and Fluke.

the pedaled vehicle and helping people

What is your splurge food of choice?: There are too many to list here,

reach their fitness goals.

but ice cream is probably the most sinful.

Was there ever a moment in your life when fitness was a struggle? If so, how did you overcome that?:

Something you've done that some might consider wild: Bungee jumping off a bridge in New Zealand and scuba

Fitness is always a struggle—the commitment,

diving with sharks in the Red Sea.a

at Achieve Fitness, sharing her passion for

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Meet: Holly Jo Hull Hometown: Preston, Idaho Occupation: Farmer. She and her husband own and operate a fourth generation small dairy farm on the Utah/Idaho border.

Breaks a sweat by: Just doing a day’s worth of work, which can include anything from hauling hay to moving sprinkler pipe, to tending to a sick animal. I never thought I would be able to say I pulled and delivered a baby calf by myself. There is definitely something to be said about assisting a new calf into the world and then watching it grow and be healthy.

Favorite quote:

Contentment is not the

fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.

Sees value in: Providing the community an opportunity to see where and how their food is being grown. We enjoy working with our customers and having a one-on-one relationship with them. As our community started to grow, we noticed a disconnect between the consumer and the farmer. So we decided to grow our operation into what we hope will become a local Farmer’s Market.

Tastiest food produced at hull dairy: Homemade coconut cream pie ice cream!

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Lavishly Summer LAV AND KUSH DESIGNER ANGELA SAXENa OF VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA, imagines the woman before she weaves the dress, such that if you are that woman, you’ll see one of her pieces and know it’s you. The Lav and Kush woman is much like the Sashay woman. As Saxena once commented online, she imagines that the woman who sports her sustainable fashion designs is "someone who is environmentally and socially aware, who cares about fabric; someone who is a little bit more on the professional side… but loves comfort."

The collection features eco-friendly fabrics in luxurious textures, designed

for the urban fashionista who wants to know that her dress not only makes her feel feminine but also affords her the opportunity to reduce her environmental footprint. Saxena utilizes hemp and hemp blends, tencel and modal jersey; organic cotton, silk, linen blends, bamboo; and merino wool—all crafted to naturally and delicately drape, comfortably hug, and dramatically gather, depending on the style of the garment.

The Lav and Kush woman is much like the Sashay woman.

THE 3 ELEMENTS TO A LAV AND KUSH SUMMER DRESS >> Monochromatic Fabrics that Pop Who wants to blend into the crowd in black and white? It’s summertime: Go for the bold colors, blues and purples that brighten the face and slim the body

Take Note >> Lav and Kush proudly supports various non-profits by donating a percentage of sales. Benefitting organizations include the David Suzuki Foundation (environmental group), PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), and Imagine 1 Day, which provides primary education to children in Ethiopia, builds schools, sustainable communities, and more. >> Lav and Kush is available in boutiques across Canada and the U.S. Please browse the collection at www.lavandkush.com.

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just as well as black. Don’t shy away from patterns, though. Lav and Kush’s prints are tribal yet tame, and are a starburst of jewel tones. >> Youthful Feel Sometimes, you just gotta twirl. Many of Lav and Kush’s dresses have just the right amount of material for such childlike indulgences in meadows, at picnics, in the backyard among the fireflies. >> Feminine Outs Show some shoulder and collarbone this summer. You’ll keep cool and feel a demure sexy—a fashion oxymoron that can be hard to achieve and is smart to keep. a

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Reality TV... not Really By Angela Bayley

S

Somewhere along the line, tele-

and the personality clashes and

vision producers discovered that

general nastiness are thrown

it was a lot easier and more cost

in for spice, these little gems of

effective to develop programs

modern television production

that did not require actors, di-

feature sociopathic behavior

rectors, scripts or elaborate sets.

as the source of entertainment.

Reality television can be divided

They are the proverbial train

broadly into two main catego-

wrecks from which you cannot

ries: 1) a contest is designed in

look away. Men have barbaric

which people use their talents to

cage fighting; women have

compete, and 2) cameramen

“housewives” tearing each oth-

follow people around for weeks

er apart emotionally—is that it?

and months on end and then sift

through and edit the footage to

"The Real Housewives" (many

assemble a few hours of “inter-

are not even “housewives”) is

esting” viewing.

obviously contrived as many of

The “contest” format was pi-

the characters involved did not

oneered by shows like "Survivor"

even know each other before

The drama portrayed in

and "American Idol" which were quickly followed by others such

filming, plus people who allegedly hate each other as much as

as "Project Runway," "Top Chef," "America’s Next Top Model" and

these women appear to would not continue purposely crossing

the like. For the most part, these programs are interesting and it’s

paths. In other words, what we see is patently not genuine…not

refreshing to see people actually being rewarded for hard work,

real at all. However, the greater concern I harbor about such

intelligence, talent and innovation. The down-

“entertainment” is what it says about us as a soci-

side to these shows is the backstabbing and

ety and, worse, what it says about us as women.

otherwise nasty behavior the producers feel the

Women like to think of themselves as evolved,

need to air (and even encourage, it seems) to

civilized, nurturing, peacemaking, equal socially

keep them popular and viable.

to men, the gentler sex, etc. Unfortunately, with

few exceptions, "Real Housewives" does nothing

Which leads me to the second type of real-

ity TV where there is no contest nor any other structure superim-

to advance the image of the American woman beyond that of

posed upon the principals. In these shows, typified by "The Real

gold-digging, splurge-happy, gossipy, illogical dolt. It’s disturbing

Housewives" series, we the viewers follow ordinary (non-celebrity,

that, ironically, women are the ones who popularize this rubbish.

that is) people in their day-to-day lives wherein we are supposed

to believe that all the drama we witness just “happens” organi-

tify with or enjoy "The Real Housewives." I know—and you should

cally. Unlike the programs where a competition is the main event

know—that we are better than that. a

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Hopefully, real, sophisticated, intelligent women do not iden-

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By Cody Hammond

“I needed to be someone of whom I could be proud before even considering being the man my wife needed me to be.�

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"there is a distinct difference between trying to be happy and trying not to be miserable." A very close friend made this comment in 2005, and it was the perfect summary of my marriage at that point. You see, I spent much of the last eight years of my 11 year marriage trying not to be miserable in my marriage. In retrospect, however, it seems that I spent much of the last eight years of my 11 year marriage being a complete idiot. I was never able to put a finger on the reason for my relative misery, but I was certain that the prob-

lem originated with the mother of my children. The list of my complaints was long, and included such issues as her general lack of interest in showing me any affection, her treating me as one of our children (even referring to me as one of them in PUBLIC!), her bossy nature, her pervasive seriousness, and her constant need to take over tasks on which I was working. Despite the fact that I am a wonderful person (Just ask me!), there were times in which I thought I could change myself in some way to garner her attention. I would get into better shape, do more around the house, or buy her a gift or two. Each instance was met with benign neglect, even when I plainly pointed out the steps taken to make her like me more, and dislike me less. It didn't seem to matter what I tried, she simply had no interest in me. She didn't even seem to appreciate that one time I cleaned the bathroom! There were the requisite fights, the making up, and then the fights again. Each perceived step forward was merely a positive bump in an otherwise negative road. I eventually resigned myself to living out my days in relative unhappiness, seeking pleasure in life's simple joys. My world was turned upside down during a recent business trip, when an acquaintance grew tired of my complaints and stated the short and painful truth: I was the problem. This individual, whom I had known for only a few short weeks, held a mirror up to the man I had become over the last eight years, and I could not recognize the reflection. The problem with my marriage was not that my wife needed to be a better woman, but that I needed to be a better man. While this seems an obvious and easily implemented concept, the truth is not simply "clean more, cook more, be loved."

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Disclaimer: Before we fall headlong into the “Sappy Romance Novel” zone, it must be noted that I was not an abusive, lazy, or absentee husband. Rather, in my attempt to replicate the total compromise my parents enjoyed, I basically subjugated myself and sabotaged my own marriage. I was the husband that followed his wife around the house asking if he could help with anything. I was the husband that always deferred decision making to his wife. I was the husband who sat around and waited for his wife to be the "bad-guy" with the children. I was the husband who took out the trash, washed the dishes, and wiped the counters...and thought that the work was evenly divided. The deeper issue within this epiphany was that I needed to be someone of whom I could be proud before even considering being the man my wife needed me to be. Therefore, I set about remembering the person I used to be...and wanted to be. I focused time and energy on ME, for ME; my health, my interests, my goals and dreams. While focusing on my happiness (and regaining my swagger), I also picked up little chores that take up little of my time and effort, but lighten my wife's load substantially. Instead of always being underfoot, I simply asked what I could do to help, and followed through on the answer. However, I also made it clear that I would not be bossed around, yelled at, directed, or treated with general disrespect. I explained that I am her husband, not her child, and I ensure she can tell the difference. We discussed decision making within our family, and how I was finally willing to take on responsibility for making the tough decisions. Four months have passed since I was informed that I was preventing me from having a great marriage. During that time, I have become happier; found greater peace; created a much stronger bond with my children; and forged a powerful, passionate marriage with the woman I fell madly in love with in 1998. It’s amazing to think that it only took me four months to figure out that I’ve been an idiot for eight years.

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SIMPLE SUMMER By: Sharon Abra Hanen

The sweet simplicity of summer is recaptured with reminiscent memories and recipes.

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And ultimately, that is so much of what sustainable eating is about. What will sustain us as individuals, communities, and the world we live in is food that connects us to our hunger, to our history, to the land and people who grew and prepared the food, to stories and culture. Soulful food. Food with a sense of poetry and play, however simple that might be. For me, some of that simple playfulness comes from reconnecting with the long-gone childhood sense of endless summer. I want to eat things that connect me to summers past, that let smells and tastes pull happy memories into the present moment. As a small child, I was bundled into my cotton pajamas, given a blanket and a pillow, tucked into the corner of the backseat with my sister, and driven off, literally into the sunset, to watch a double feature at the local drive-in movie theater. That theater is long gone, as are any memories I have of what we saw there. But the air smelled sweet and salty and the crackling of the movie speaker only made my dreams all the better. simple, sustainable, and slightly sophisticated I still love the retro feel of the drive-in theaters and classic neighborhood cinemas. And I'm not the only one – the current proliferation of urban outdoor film screenings builds on much the same fascination. And most of the time, if I were to choose my ideal old-school movie snack combo, I'd pick popcorn, chocolate, and a creamy shake. My super-simple homemade takes on classic movie food each have just three ingredients, can be made in 10 minutes or less (not including chilling time), and offer many possibilities for memorable variations.

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photo by Jen Persons,OffofMain.com

Warmth and wanderlust make me want to feed on tapas and tiffin, little plates and street food, munchy-crunchy things that can slip into backpack pockets to fuel urban explorations or country rambles, and small sweet treats to accompany an afternoon stolen with a much-anticipated book or a muchmissed friend. That is what I crave in summer. Miniature memories of fairgrounds and festivals, beaches and ballgames, travel and tea-time. Little bites with just a few flavors. Simple food with playful possibilities that satisfy soul and stomach simultaneously—as Winnie-the-Pooh said, “a little smackerel of something.” Full meals have their place—lingering lunches and dinners that flow into the dimness of late evening. But I love a little this, a little that—something small enough that even in this dripping-with-distraction world invites my full attention to it, hearing the story the flavors are telling me. I come to this naturally—my father was a skillful snacker. He didn't cook. He did try. He manned the grill at birthday parties but only seemed able to produce food with an asphalt-black exterior and a puzzlingly raw interior. He did, however, know how to assemble a snack. A little of this, a little of that, not much altogether, but a combination of flavors that marked a particular moment. He could make a one-time pairing of party leftovers and pantry staples sing, or elevate a forgotten slice of cheese and a lonely cracker with a sculptural sliver of fruit and a stripe of something spicy. Professionally, he was an architect, and in his way, in those quiet kitchen moments, he was designing and building experiences. Small edible ones, but soulful experiences nonetheless.


smoke salt popcorn The smokiness is reminiscent of relaxing around a campfire, sparks from solstice bonfires flying against the sky, popping popcorn in a vintage metal popper over a wood-fire in the Rockies as the sun dips behind the mountains... Ingredients: organic popcorn; extra virgin olive or nut oil; naturally smoked salt Eco advantages: Buying and popping your own popcorn gets you A LOT of snack mileage with very little packaging and fewer fuel miles per serving. >> Buy organic popcorn (conventionallyraised popcorn can carry a lot of chemical residue). >> Pop it (use your favorite method: I have a shallow bowl and a glass dome that I use in the microwave for a lowenergy/no waste/fun-to-watch version of air-popping). >> Drizzle it with a wonderful, fragrant oil or melted grass-fed butter or ghee (a fruity or peppery olive oil, a pure nut oil, organic coconut oil) and sprinkle on smoked salt to taste. Variations: If smokiness isn't your preferred flavor, try clean-tasting sea salt. If you prefer an earthy saltiness, try a sprinkling of nutritional yeast flakes or finely grated local cheese. Mixing freshly popped popcorn with dried fruit and nuts makes for a light, fragrant trail mix (the warmth brings out the flavors). Or stir up with peanuts and caramel into homemade Cracker Jack for a backyard baseball game. >

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STARRY NIGHT SHAKE Retro purity – flashback to the days before lab-created smoothies, back to when shakes were all about simple fresh taste (and all the funny sounds you could make with a straw). Ingredients: local fruit, natural plain yogurt (try grassfed goatsmilk yogurt), local honey

TEN-MINUTE TRUFFLES A vacation in a bite – creamy, tropical, luxurious. A reminder to pause and let yourself (or a stressed friend!) drift into relaxed island rhythm.

Eco advantages: Freezing excess summer fruit purchases reduces waste. Buying local honey supports sustainable agriculture; buying larger containers of plain yogurt and flavoring the way you want saves packaging.

Ingredients: dark chocolate, coconut milk, shredded coconut Eco advantages: Buying fair trade organic chocolate supports the health and socio-economic well-being of the grow-

>> Find your local farmers' market and buy seasonal soft fruits (i.e. berries, melon, stone fruits), and if available, local honey

ers and protects the environment where cacao is grown.

and local farm yogurt (if not, choose from the selection at your

>> Buy organic fair trade chocolate, the darkest that will still

surprisingly easy to make your own yogurt)

give you that “aah, chocolate” feeling (try 72-80%: a higher cocoa percentage makes for a more memorable truffle) >> Gently melt the chocolate (broken into small pieces) into an equal volume of organic coconut milk by heating the milk, pouring over the chocolate, and stirring until fully com-

local natural foods store – and if you have a little time, it's also >> Eat some fruit while still warm from the sun, then cut up and freeze one or more of your favorites on a tray for several hours >> Put equal amounts of fruit and yogurt together in a blender, with honey to taste and blend ‘til smooth and frothy (if your yogurt is especially thick, or you prefer a shake you can slurp up

bined and completely smooth. Let cool in fridge until com-

a skinny straw, add a little water to reach ideal consistency).

pletely cold and set to soft-solid consistency (uncovered, to

Variations: Process the whole blenderful in an ice-cream mak-

prevent condensation)

er for frozen yogurt. Or substitute melted chocolate for the fruit

>> Scoop a teaspoonful at a time, roll into a ball between

and chill – an addictive adult twist on kids' chocolate pudding.

your palms, and then roll in shredded coconut to coat. Variations: If you are feeling nutty, substitute your favorite nut milk plus a spoonful of nut butter for the coconut milk, and chopped nuts for the shredded coconut – wonderful with almond milk, peanut butter, and chopped almonds and peanuts for a grown-up twist on the peanut butter cup! a

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Sharon Abra Hanen is a writer and creativity coach with a Proustian fondness for connections between food, memory, and identity. She lives with a vintage Oster glass-jug blender, four well-worn Winnie-thePooh cookbooks, and a charming amount of chocolate. She blogs about food, writing, and the creative life at wellfedpoet.wordpress.com.a

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BEYOND THE POUNDS BY EMILY GRACEN

Illustration by Kathleen Jennings/www.tanaudel.wordpress.com

Self-esteem ultimately means nothing without self-acceptance.

"THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE that sells fat girl clothes," my mother remarked as she looked with disdain through the dresses in the children’s department at Sears. My shoulders sunk as I took on the shame that wasn’t mine. I spent the next few decades despising my body, starving then overeating (my weight fluctuated from 118 to 186), and getting into dangerous situations and abusive relationships.

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My mother always criticized my physical appearance. She was a beautiful Irish woman who dressed in designer business suits, furs and fine jewelry. I was the fat tomboy who could not possibly be her daughter. I tried desperately to mold to her standards: dressing to impress, wearing expensive adornments, and dieting at all costs to make her proud. At the time, my self-worth was based upon everything external.

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It's evident that overeating and lack of exercise do lead to weight gain; however, there is a deeper cause in most instances. What is it within ourselves that drives us to be so self destructive? In high school, I would exercise up to six hours a day and only eat a salad or protein shake once a day. Even a size three wasn’t small enough; I wanted to be a size one or zero. I didn’t feel desirable or valuable unless my body was perfect. In my 20s and 30s, I gained 40 to 60 pounds with each abusive relationship then exercised frantically after each break-up. My mother initially may have caused this mind trap, but I took it on as my own into adulthood. I spent many years in anger and resentment before acknowledging my part, seeking counseling and finding a spiritual path. At age 33, I mustered the courage to tell her she could no longer belittle, threaten or control me. This changed our relationship. She cautiously approached me throughout the remainder of her life. I stood up for myself for the first time and the foundation of self-love took seed. Over the years, I built up self-esteem through awareness and action. Every time I persecuted or demeaned myself, I asked, “Why? What was the underlying fear?” I prayed for the guidance to let go of this fear and replace it with love. Even more importantly, I focused on walking a spiritual path and living courageously. What did this mean in relation to weight, food and body image? It required eating when hungry, choosing healthy foods, nurturing instead of desecrating, and feeling the pain and grief that were repressed for so long. Honoring those feelings boosted my self-worth, though it was sometimes anguishing. I needed the support of others to get through the most difficult times: I called friends, established a support group, and treated myself with compassion and kindness. >

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My journey requires that I love and nurture my inner child.

Monique A. Honaman of Atlanta, Ga.,

Monique A. Honaman of Atlanta, Ga., is an expert at finding the high road and taking it, striding up that sometimes hard climb, high heels and all. Honaman is the founding partner of ISHR Group, a merger company of her own two firms: Incite Strategies and HR OptIn. Incite Strategies focuses on global leadership assessment, development and coaching, while HR OptIn provides contract human resource project management solutions. The ISHR Group has been featured in HR Executive, the New York Times, NY Post, and Corp Magazine. In October 2004, Monique was profiled by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of ‘’40 of Atlanta’s Most Promising Young Stars Under age 40.” In 2007, she was named one of the “2007 Enterprising Women of the Year” by Enterprising Women, and, in 2010, she published her first book, “The High Road Has Less Traffic.” www.highroadlesstraffic.com

Read more about Monique in an interview at www.sashaymagazine.com

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From 2007-2010, I gained 18 pounds. Though I was not in an abusive relationship, memories of childhood abuse and betrayal surfaced. Fat always meant protection for me. I began confronting and healing these childhood wounds. When I addressed the underlying issue, my obsession with body image lost power. Self esteem grew over time but self acceptance eluded me. I meditated and prayed persistently for help. Then I stood in front of the mirror naked; I rubbed my belly and was able to say with sincerity, “I love you.” God transformed me to a new level of self love. There is no other explanation. It was a spontaneous shift in consciousness. Shortly thereafter I began to lose weight. It’s evident that overeating and lack of exercise do lead to weight gain; however, there is a deeper cause in most instances. What is it within ourselves that drives us to be self destructive? Maybe there was a message in childhood that set up this dynamic. For many of us who endured abusive situations, gaining weight was a tool to push the abuser away. Others may use food to stuff emotions when they don’t feel it’s safe to express them. Using food as a sedative or emotional anesthetic is a delay tactic, but sooner or later we’ll have to deal with our issues. We can make different choices than our family members. We can break through the barrier of lies telling us we are unworthy. Fear demeans, endangers and abuses. Fear penetrates our every action, but we do not have to live that way. Love reassures that we are cherished and perfectly imperfect. Listen for the gentle, soft voice within that speaks the truth. Seek help from friends, counselors, support groups or divine resources when necessary. My journey requires that I love and nurture my wounded inner child. She didn’t have a mother who loved her unconditionally, but I can offer that to her now. I can treasure her for the precious being that she is. a


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To Our Readers Sashay Magazine, LLC, is excited to have its first Healthy Journey section. Few publications are expanding these days, but we know that helping to empower women is important. As the new millennium unfolds, we want to offer a bright vision of healthier living. Our candid, open view about real issues will spark valid information about topics that are hard to talk about. It is our commitment to provide you stories with a fresh perspective on health, as well as to share remarkable, real life experiences. A woman is emotional, smart and multi-faceted. Her wellness depends on a whole body approach. It's not just about treatment; it's about preparing for and living a new journey. Our minds, our illness, our side effects, our emotions, and our soul must all enter the formula for wellness. With that we have our self esteem, identity and self-awareness. We hope you will enjoy Healthy Journey and look forward to hearing your comments.

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SHAPING UP WITH SHANNON

Earlier in 2011, Shannon Miller, American gymnast, had surgery to remove a baseball-sized germ cell malignancy. She lost all of her hair and struggled at first to become acquainted with her new look. HAIR: WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?

Hair, or the lack thereof, has had a singularly uncanny capacity to make statements, to affect emotions and perceptions disproportionate to its physiological purpose.

ON THE COVER: Shannon MIller with her son.

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Promoting overall wellness and a sense of empowerment

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Shaping Up With A tribute to an American icon's embodiment of fighting glory. by Monica Dutcher

Earlier in 2011, Shannon Miller, the most decorated American gymnast, had surgery to remove a baseball-sized germ cell malignancy on her ovary discovered during a routine exam. Surgery was successful and she has, like a true fighting athlete, recovered with little break in her normal routine. While there is no sign of cancer and the tumor was completely removed, the

honor

strength,

of

Shannon’s

courage

and

suggested treatment was three

openness, we are publish-

cycles of preventative chemo-

ing an online interview

therapy. She lost all of her hair and struggled at first to become acquainted with her new look. But

(updated with new insights from Shannon) that Sashay

ultimately she embraced it, to the

Magazine did with Shannon

point of removing her wig during a

in 2010, before her diagno-

live television interview. “I had this wonderful sense of peace,” she

sis. During the interview,

says on her blog www.shannon-

she offered her thoughts

millerlifestyle.com/my-journey. “I

on her role as a health ad-

know I battle most with the fear of the unknown. I like to be in control and when we’re in a new situation,

vocate and her stance on women’s body image, a

that’s difficult. By pulling off that

challenge for all women at

wig, cute as it is, I felt like I was tak-

every stage of life. >

ing control. I hope that other women will see this and know that they are not alone. There is no need to be embarrassed or ashamed. We will stand proud together and we will persevere!”

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Many screenings like a mammogram or a colonoscopy don’t start until you pass age 40 or even age 50, depending on your risk factors and family history. Knowing exactly when to get a particular screening or exam can be a little trying at times. For example, even experts don’t agree on the exact age to start your mammogram. However, the American Cancer Society, advises women with an average risk to begin mammograms at age 40. If you would like to learn more about what general screenings and tests are important to your health check out St. Vincent’s HealthCare, My Checkups. It’s important to speak with your physician about your personal health risks but it can be helpful to bring a list with you to the doctor’s office. Information from www.shannonmillerlifestyle.com


Balance is key. I had to physically master balance in order to stay on a four-inch wide balance beam while flipping around. Of course, I also had to master balance in daily life. I had to balance going to public school with 40-plus hours of training each week. These days I have to balance a demanding work schedule, my health and fitness and of course family…including a new baby! Her signature look was a fluffy white scrunchie that encircled her golden bun, the

You’ve been involved in a lot since your

perfect ‘90s- style accent to her wispy, light blonde bangs.

medal winning days. How have you

There’s a good chance you might also remember this American all star for her signature flaw-

managed to take on so much and be

lessness on the balance beam. Shannon Miller, a seven- time Olympic medalist and nine-time

successful? It hasn’t always been easy

World medalist, is the most decorated American gymnast, male or female, in the history of the

and I haven’t always been successful. I

sport. At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Miller captured two silver and three bronze medals, and,

take the same approach to life as I did to

at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, she not only led the “Magnificent 7” to team gold, but she

gymnastics. When learning a new skill I

also donned an individual gold medal for her victory on the balance beam. It marked the first time

very rarely got it on the first try. You just

an American had ever won on what is often considered the most challenging apparatus.

keep trying and trying and learning from your mistakes until you finally get it right. I love to try new things and push myself to see what I can accomplish. Whether it is law school, my foundation to fight childhood obesity or starting my own business (Shannon Miller Lifestyle), it is all about following my passion, working hard and maintaining a balance between work and play. Outside of your Olympic achievements, what are you most proud of? My son. No comparison. I am a new mother and absolutely loving it! My son John Rocco (we call him Rocco after his great grandfather) was born October 28, 2009, and is such a sweetie. There is nothing better than seeing him smile and watching him discover the world. Do you think younger women need to be more aware of preventative care? There are so many things that we can prevent and many things that we can manage once we are aware of them. However, there are

photo by Don Baird

certain things that come up that you simply can’t expect. My message to women is to get those regular exams. Do not delay, do not reschedule. And if you are healthy then it’s a good way to set a baseline so Edmond, Missouri, hometown of Shannon Miller, commissioned a bronze statue and placed it in a local park that has been named after the gymnast.

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that your physician has something with which to compare future exams.


How did losing your hair give you a new

2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars at Wells Fargo Arena

perspective on body image? I don’t worry about a bad hair day. Your hair is such a personal thing. I didn’t think it would be a big deal and it isn’t now that I’ve gotten through it. However, that day it starts to fall out in clumps (yes, clumps) is very tough. It isn’t pretty; you get complete

photo by sara roggemann (THREE FLOWERS PHOTOGRAPHY)

patches of baldness and the longer you draw it out the more depressing it can be. I think the tough part is that we tend to see losing our hair as a sign of sickness. I felt like shaving my head at the first sign of losing it was a message to cancer that it will not control me. While the head shaving was very difficult, it was also empowering. I did not want to give in to cancer; I wanted to draw that line in the sand that said ,“No, you will not define me.” Going bald can be a symbol of empowerment. Women, and Americans in general, have

Did you find your competitive gymnast

battled weight gain and loss for decades,

instincts kicking in during treatment?

running the gamut of cinched to multi-

Absolutely. I saw nine weeks of chemo as

rolled waists. Why is weight such a hard

one more challenge, although the toughest

issue for us? I wish I knew. I think every-

one I’ve faced. I set my goal: being healthy

one is different. Sometimes we battle our

enough to attend my brother’s wedding on

genes. For some it’s emotion, time con-

June 4. Then, I set short term goals for each

straints, injury…The list goes on and on.

week and each day. Sometimes my goal was

We want to look good and many times

to be able to walk 10 to 15 minutes. Other

shaving my head at the first

get a warped perspective of what we are

days it was simply to drink 64 ounces of wa-

sign of losing it was a message

“supposed” to look like. It took me nearly

ter. The focus that I learned in gymnastics

a decade to discover that being healthy

helped me truly prioritize and understand

was more important than looking a certain

what I had to do in order to succeed.

I think the tough part is that we tend to see losing our hair as a sign of sickness. I felt like

to cancer that it will not control me. While the head shaving

way. When you are young and thrust into

was very difficult, it was also

the limelight everything is intensified. And

Did you feel that you were going to beat

sometimes the things people say about

this hiccup in your body? I certainly had

you can be very hurtful. You look for ways

bad days. Days where I wanted to scream,

empowering. I did not want to give in to cancer; I wanted to

to be perfect. For me, I was always looking

“Why me?”! However I’ve learned, after

draw that line in the sand that

to please others. After growing about four

years of training, that you simply can’t

said ,“No, you will not define

dress sizes after I retired from the sport

succeed if you constantly look backward.

I tried every diet out there. I finally real-

I’ve relied heavily on my faith. That’s what

ized that a healthy and balanced approach

has kept me hanging on during the really

worked best. My whole business is now

difficult days. My plan was to simply keep

centered on helping women get healthy

putting one foot in front of the other; keep

and fit. It’s my passion because it’s what

taking those forward moving baby steps

I’m going through every day.

each day. >

me.” Going bald can be a symbol of empowerment.

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Valerie Smith, Shannon Miller, and Kimberly Smith at the 2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars in Washington, DC. The tour included members of the USA Olympic team and Olympic medalists. Shannon attended the event with her sister's employer, ASCO (The American Society of Clinical Oncology/Cancer), who was affiliated with the event.

As a gymnast you’ve demonstrated a

not everything will get done every day.

unique mastery of your body. What have

However, there are some “non nego-

you learned to be the most important

tiables.” You cannot forget to feed your

key to maintaining health and fitness?

learned to embrace. I am

child. And you should not forget to take

How does the mental game play in

time for yourself. Women tend to take

incredibly clumsy; I have a

to holding our bodies to a healthy

care of everyone and everything else be-

completely reshaped body from

standard? Balance is key. I had to physi-

fore they take care of themselves. Sched-

cally master balance in order to stay on

ule in some “me time” to take a walk,

I have silly quirks that I’ve

the pregnancy and too many

a four-inch wide balance beam while

read a book or even take a nap. You just

scars to mention. I’d say that

flipping around. Of course, I also had

have to do it!

in the last several years I have

to master balance in daily life. I had

to balance going to public school with

important to keep yourself motivated.

come to terms with a lot of my

40-plus hours of training each week.

insecurities and finally got to a

In gymnastics I would play mind games

These days I have to balance a demand-

with myself. I was very, very shy. So when

point where I just roll with it.

ing work schedule, my health and fit-

I would get ready to perform in front of

Of course, having a baby

ness and of course family…including a

an audience I would psyche myself up by

new baby!

acting confident. I knew it was just a show

It’s important to create schedule for

because I was terrified inside. However,

the things you need to accomplish each

what I found was that after a few times of

day. Carry that list with you. You have to

faking this confidence I actually started to

prioritize your list and understand that

feel confident!

puts things in perspective like nothing else.

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Since retiring from competition, the two-time U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee has immersed herself in the community, advocating for women’s health, wellness and empowerment, and contributing her time to several charities, including Wolfson’s Children's Hospital, St. Jude, the Special Olympics, March of Dimes, Drug Free Youth, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Pediatric Aids Foundation.

For some women, being in a leotard

I started the Shannon Miller Foundation

under a national spotlight is their

in 2007. The foundation is dedicated

worst nightmare. Did you ever strug-

to fighting childhood obesity through

gle with self-consciousness as a gym-

awareness, education and getting kids

nast? Actually it wasn’t until I retired

active. Our key event is called the Shan-

from gymnastics that I began to have

non Miller Kids Marathon where the kids

body issues or at least think about my

(and their parents if they like) run 25

weight. Gymnastics kept me in such

miles in the weeks leading up to race day.

great shape. I never had to worry about

Then on race day everyone runs the last

Since retiring from competition, the

what I ate. I had six full meals per day

1.2 miles over the Main Street Bridge in

two-time U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame

just to keep my energy up. As soon as I

Jacksonville, Fla. The kids get a gold med-

inductee has immersed herself in the

stopped training, (and kept eating the

al for finishing and we have a big health

community, advocating for women’s

same amount) that’s when I got really

fair with music and games for them to

health, wellness and empowerment,

self conscious.

celebrate their accomplishment. It’s a lot

and contributing her time to several

of fun and helps children enjoy the idea

charities, including Wolfson’s Chil-

of physical fitness.

dren's Hospital, St. Jude, the Special

Advertising, media and pop culture

Olympics, March of Dimes, Drug Free

are saturated with images of women with perfect skin, hair, shape, teeth—

We've read that you’ve done some race

Youth, the Make-A-Wish Foundation

everything. We’ve lost a sense of what

car driving. When did you start and what

and the Pediatric Aids Foundation.

it means to be real, to be happy inside

do you love about the sport? I actually

and to express our true selves. What

was lucky to be asked to participate in

have a special interest in women’s body

quirks or personal challenges make you

the Long Beach Grand Prix Celebrity race.

image and America’s overall battle with

real? I have silly quirks that I’ve learned

It was so much fun! I had never even

weight. In 2007, she launched the Shan-

to embrace. I am incredibly clumsy; I

driven stick before so I was terrified. But

non Miller Foundation, which is com-

have a completely reshaped body from

I love the speed and the instructors were

mitted to fighting childhood obesity

the pregnancy and too many scars to

amazing. It’s a rush!

through offering children the oppor-

Of all these causes, Miller seems to

tunity to be physically active and gain

mention. I’d say that in the last several years I have come to terms with a lot of

We have to ask: Can you still do the

my insecurities and finally got to a point

splits? Flexibility was the first thing to

where I just roll with it. Of course, hav-

go for me. It was something I always had

ing a baby puts things in perspective like

to work hard at anyway. So the second I

nothing else.

stopped working at it was the second it

greater nutritional knowledge. a

was gone. I’ve been working to get it back What specifically does the Shannon

but it’s certainly nowhere near where it

Miller Foundation do to raise aware-

once was. I feel better when I stretch so

ness of and reduce obesity in the U.S.?

I’m going to keep at it.

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Hair, or the lack thereof, has had a singularly uncanny capacity to make statements, to affect emotions and perceptions disproportionate to its physiological purpose. By Maryanne Budnichuk Illustrations by Stacy Freeman

t

There is probably no one human trait that encompasses such stark contradictions as hair, head hair specifically. It is not vital to life, grows back if it’s cut, doesn’t make one smarter or better in any way, yet it would be inaccurate to characterize it as only cosmetic. Hair, for as luxurious as it can look, actually consists of keratin, dead material, that is produced by 100,000 to 150,000 follicles on the scalp. This “dead material” has been the subject of much fascination and manipulation literally since the beginning of time.

Throughout the ages, humans have paid significant attention to hair,

styling it in various ways to enhance personal attractiveness and sex appeal as well as to indicate marital status and conformity or rebellion against religious, cultural, social or political mores of a given era. Hair, or the lack thereof, has had a singularly uncanny capacity to make statements, to affect emotions and perceptions disproportionate to its physiological purpose, which is virtually nil. >

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e

Evidence of humans styling their hair dates back to 30,000 B.C.E. when

seductresses, the hallmark of whose beauty was their beautiful tresses.

the first ornaments were bones and feathers, and the first styling agents

In fact, a woman’s hair has been considered so integral to her sensuality

were mud and clay. From there, the care of hair has evolved continuously

that certain religious, cultural and legal practices have mandated how or

and remarkably creatively to the present day where, in the United States

whether it can be displayed. For example, as is well known, strict Muslim

alone, hair care is a $4.5 billion industry. Typically, throughout history,

teachings dictate that a woman’s hair must be completely covered. Addi-

there have been marked distinctions between feminine and masculine

tionally, Orthodox Jewish traditions maintain that a married woman’s hair

hairstyles providing a clear indication of gender identity. Women have

be covered up with a wig, as only her husband may enjoy the privilege of

usually worn longer hair and more complicated styles to enhance their

seeing her natural hair. In American colonial times, laws were passed in

beauty and appeal to the opposite sex. So provocative was long loose hair

certain states giving possession of a wife’s hair to her husband.

in the early Christian Roman Empire that it was only worn by young girls

up until a certain age, after which they would be perceived as prostitutes.

quite a long illustrious history of women’s hairstyles. By the 200s C.E.,

The sexual connotation of women’s hair is particularly well docu-

wealthy Roman and Greek women spent most of the morning with ser-

mented in literature depicting sirens, mermaids, Lorelei and Rapunzel as

vants whose sole task it was to groom the hair of their mistresses. Hot

Exploitation of the potential sex appeal of their hair has given rise to

irons for curls, braids and false hair were all used to create height and volume. Elaborate ornamentation was the norm. Other notable periods during which big puffed up hair was in vogue were 18th century Europe and mid 20th century America. As depicted in the movie Amadeus, during the period of Mozart, women wore extremely high powdered, heavily ornamented wigs that often inadvertently became nesting areas for vermin. This period probably saw the most ridiculously creative use of hair and wigs as it was not uncommon for ladies to sport small gardens, maritime scenes with ships or even birdcages complete with birds atop their heads. Similarly, but not approaching quite the degree of absurdity, bouffants of the American 1950s and the more severe beehives of the 1960s featured teased styles that were created once a week or even less often. Again, the desire to keep these shapes in place for long periods of time was an unhygienic practice that occasionally led to lice and even cockroaches establishing residence in the puffy nests of hair.

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i

In ancient Asian, Native American and Afri-

can cultures, women’s hairstyles often reflect the age, marital status and possibly the clan identity of the wearer. In China, for example, styles ranged from various types of buns in the 8th century to long cascading braids during the Sung Dynasty (960-1276) with differences to indicate marital status. Native American Creek

pression and acceptance of diversity, and doubled as an

women often left their hair uncut their entire

anti-establishment look. Some schools reacted by expel-

lives, rolling it up or braiding it in a wreath atop

ling students who did not conform to specific dress codes

their heads.

that dictated hair length. The turbulence of the time was

During times of mourning, women would

perfectly portrayed in a rock musical entitled, as it were,

shave their heads, singe their hair, or leave it un-

Hair (complete original title: Hair: The American Tribal

groomed so as to make themselves unattractive

Love-Rock Musical). Hair, a counter-cultural, anti-war,

to the opposite sex. African customs vary by tribe and include everything

sexual-revolution production started off-Broadway, later opened on

from shaving, braiding, dying, shaping, and adornment. One of the more

Broadway in 1968 and ran for 1,750 performances.

complex examples of African coiffures is that of the Mangbetu. Women of

this tribe arrange their braids around a cone-shaped basket frame, flare

tinues to evolve to the present time. Though styles are still dictated by the

out the top and finish it off with an embellishment of bone.

culture, currently by celebrities, what can be concluded from this brief

Clearly, cultural norms have dictated what hairstyles are attractive,

look at the history of hair is that our attitudes toward it have matured

in some cases what they mean and basically what is socially acceptable.

and become more liberal. Hair and the right to do with it whatever one

Consequently, hair has been a convenient and much-utilized medium to

wants belong to the person on whose head it rests. There is probably a

express counter-cultural sentiments, particularly in 20th century Ameri-

wider variety of “acceptable” styles now more than ever before. It can be

ca. The 1920s era provided a prime example of women rebelling against

long, short, curly, straight or even non-existent. In general, people have

Victorian notions of femininity. Bobbed hair represented not only a new

gravitated to simpler, more natural looks than in many times past.

fashion trend but became an indication of women’s emboldened sense of

independence and freedom of self expression.

important than our “dos.” Sinead O’Connor is a notable woman who has

This new expression of personal style coincided with the culmination of

happily parted with her locks to exhibit a close shaven “I don’t care what

the women’s suffrage movement in which women finally achieved the right

you think” look. Similarly, many cancer patients bravely and unabashedly

to vote and hold office. Cutting one’s hair could be considered symbolic of

appear in public, hairless pates on display for all to see. Aren’t these truly

a women’s desire for self-determination. It was the 1960s and early 1970s

the “beautiful people,” the “cool people,” in other words, the people

however that proved most to be an iconic period during which hair length

of true substance who in the end are not defined by the mop of dead

represented rebellion against the American establishment.

strands of keratin on their heads? Despite the enormous amount of time,

energy, creativity and money that has gone into the care and styling of

The country was embroiled in an unpopular war in Vietnam and short,

neat hair on men and the puffed up styles of the 1950s and early 1960s

So hair has meant a lot throughout the history of humanity and con-

Perhaps we as humans are gradually realizing that what we do is more

hair, in the final analysis, it’s just not that big of a deal. a

were the accepted norm. Long flowing hair on both men and women, and the large Afros for blacks were sported as statements of freedom, self-ex-

work consulted Encyclopedia of Hair: A Cultural History

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Aiken, SC by Anthony Corriero, St. Baldrick's VEO Whether you call it a town, community or a village as my 85-year-old aunt refers to her town, the result was the same and demonstrated our need for each other. For a first-time event, Aiken, SC, and the surrounding Central Savannah River Area raised more than $3,100 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, the largest funder of childhood cancer research after the federal government. We raised nearly $200 per shaved head (yes, some women were shavees!) by the close of the event compared to an average of $490 per shavee for established events. This might not seem like a huge amount of money, but it will provide two-thirds of the funding required for St. Baldrick’s to sponsor a summer fellow specifically working on childhood cancer. St. Baldrick’s has sponsored two research grants at the Medical University of South Carolina on neuroblastoma, a prevalent childhood cancer. Sashay Magazine was a part of the first St. Baldrick's event in Aiken, SC.

Rose Corriero, Christina Auckland, Lauren Trahan

Danny and Jackson Calvert I ask for your voluntary help to push the Aiken event even higher. Please consider a financial contribution to the Aiken event, so Aiken is directly responsible for sponsoring even more research. You may donate securely online at www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/eventid/5552/eventyear/2011. Let's offer our children the opportunity to be free of, as well as deliver a solution to, cancer. Angie Van Dyne and Keileigh Bennett

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Anthony Corriero and John Duggan

Marianne Strohmeier and Gwenn Corriero

Amanda Landaverde (left) brought her daughter, Aaliyah Landaverde to donate her hair; she had a friend, Juila Grace, who had leukemia.

Kathy Kennedy and Nicole Gunnells

Left to right: David Edl, Kyle Edl, Angie Van Dyne (shaved her hair in honor of Connor Edl, who passed away April 4, 2004), Heather Edl and Caleb Edl.

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Sashay Magazine supports

Greg Austin sang during the event.

Above: Morroco El Below: Morroco El and Anthony Corriero

Jeff Russotto gets shaved

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"I think I am a combination of real and rugged. I am one of the most real women you will ever meet. I don't put on acts for anyone—I enjoy being myself. I am a Christian, a mother, a wife and a bodybuilder! I think of myself as rugged too—always the tomboy growing up. Today I try to balance out the tomboy part; because when I compete, they are looking for more feminine movements/ posing, so that is still a challenge for me."

Profession: Figure competitor

you want to be healthy you have to make

What is the key to having a good body

What motivates you to be fit?: Other

time for it; even walking a few miles every

image? I think everyone feels negatively

evening is a great start! Consistency is key

about their looks at sometime or the other.

for training and in your nutritional choices.

I know that I am my own worst critic. But

Being fit doesn't come through a diet; it is

here are some things to remember: You

dedication and sacrifice but to me it is so

a lifestyle.

can't compare yourself to others - you

worth it. I love sculpting my body. I mainly

Besides working out, what else are you

than the obvious heath benefits, having a goal to work toward always keeps me motivated. Competing takes a lot of

compete with myself to see if I can come into each show in a little better condition and with a little more stage presence. I competed in figure last year, but this year the judges wanted a softer look. I had too much muscle, so I transitioned to the new physique division.

passionate about?: I want to help others achieve their health/fitness goals. I obtained my personal trainer certification last year through ISSA and have been doing personal training at a local gym. I already have a full time job so it's quite a juggle. I

are you! Have confidence in yourself and learn to love your body. Shoot for exercising three days a week to start. Make a conscious effort to eat healthier foods and try to eat five to six small meals a day. Smile – it will make you feel better and brighten someone else’s day.

want everyone to know that it is NEVER too

Any last words? I would like to thank my

late to get fit and healthy. I have worked

two sponsors Chizzled Wear and Top

out most of my life, but I only started to

Secret Nutrition for providing me with work-

general are not consistent in three areas:

"shine" in my 40s.

out clothes and supplements for my

cardio, weight training and nutrition. Most

What are your bodybuilding goals? My

shows. I'm always looking for sponsors to

people should be doing around five to

main goal is to get my pro card and com-

help out with entry fees and other expens-

six days per week of cardio and three to

pete on that level. It's my dream; it's NEVER

es, though. And a special thanks to Sashay

five days per week of weight training. If

too late to make your dreams come true.

Magazine for sharing my story! a

What is the biggest mistake women make when they want to lose weight? People in

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