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26 Departments 8 Business Spotlight Capital Women's Care

56 Career Ace it All: From Resume to Job Offer

10 Girl’s Guide to Car Care

56 Health Planning or Preventing a Pregnancy

18 Inspire/Empower Road to Motherhood 47 Beauty Cutting Beauty Corners 48 Travel On the Boardwalk in Atlantic City


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I am SO glad it’s spring—I’m ready to leave the cold weather behind and look forward to the warmth and green-ness of springtime! Spring is a time for rebirth, trying new things and getting back outdoors—and we’ve got all those topics covered in this issue (plus lots more)! For our spring issue we've set a special focus on motherhood. Be sure to check out our extended, heartfelt Inspire/Empower article on page 18, featuring the stories of four different women’s varying roads to motherhood. In our health section, we've got tips for planning or preventing pregnancy, as well as healthy recipes that are great for both mamas-to-be and the rest of us! For our feature stories, we’re excited to introduce you to women who are taking it to the extreme with action sports (including an X Games medalist!) on page 32. If you flip to page 26, we are honored to feature women who have served, or are currently still serving, our country through military service. We’ve got your fashion and beauty needs covered with a focus on modern spring trends, not to mention an amazing Woman to Watch, fun travel notes, tips on how to get hired and so much more! We’d like to thank our advertisers for making Sass possible. Our advertisers allow us to produce Sass Magazine as a free resource, so please be sure to support the local businesses and organizations advertised within these pages. Visit their storefronts, inquire about their services, attend their events—and be sure to tell them you saw their ad in Sass Magazine! The Sass Crew has been hard at work, not only bringing you our printed publication, but also providing thoughtful and insightful (and sometimes hilarious) online articles at SassMagazine.com. Be sure to note the special "web exclusive" icon throughout this issue for extended online articles and info. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be the first to know about fantastic contests or upcoming events—not to mention some of the awesome things we’re planning. We also offer a weekly eNewsletter with carefully curated quick links to inspirational articles about women, health, beauty, business, travel and more. Head to our website to subscribe! Thanks for supporting Sass Magazine! Cheers to spring!


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Providing the highest quality medical care for women throughout the Frederick and surrounding regions, Capital Women’s Care, Frederick OB/GYN offers both general obstetric and gynecologic care, as well as specialized women’s health care services. With a network of over 15 Providers, we are lucky to provide our community with access to innovative health care options in our own back yard.


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The experienced and dedicated staff members at Capital Women’s Care, Frederick OB/GYN allow every woman in the Frederick and the surrounding areas to have access to individualized medical attention and superior care she deserves. The Provider's of Capital Women's Care, Frederick OB/GYN offer women's healthcare options ranging from contraception counseling, annual pap smears, menopause management and urinary incontinence treatment. Additionally, they specialize in minimally invasive in office procedures that allow for same day discharge with no hospital stay needed. Capital Women's Care, Frederick OB/GYN offers preconception counseling, prenatal appointments, ultrasounds and partner with Frederick Memorial Hospital for Labor and delivery.

1. Where did your business name come from? In 2005, Frederick OB/GYN joined forces with Capital Women’s Care, a large corporation that takes pride in providing excellent healthcare for women of all ages.

2. What makes your business stand out? Our Practice understands the busy lifestyle that our patients face. We strive to offer a variety of appointment times that include late night, weekends, and access to appointments during lunch hours. We hope our unique approach to appointment scheduling helps to accommodate the lifestyle of our patients, so they are able to receive healthcare at their convenience. Our Providers and staff are dedicated to our patients healthcare needs. We have created a team and atmosphere that allows the patient to be supported from diagnosis all the way through treatment and recovery.

4. What is it like to work for you? Our local division of Capital Women's Care, Frederick OB/ GYN has taken pride in creating an atmosphere of support, opportunity and innovation for our employees. Each employee is given the opportunity to showcase ideas to improve operational workflow, patient satisfaction and practice growth. We constantly encourage our employees to further their education and personal growth.

5. How does the environment of Frederick impact your business? Capital Women's Care, Frederick OB/GYN partners with the local community-based hospital, Frederick Memorial to give the community access to healthcare at their fingertips. The practice and the hospital are just a mile apart, never forcing a patient to go a long distance for their healthcare needs.

6. What changes do you see happening in your business in the next year? In the next five years? Capital Women's care, Frederick OB/GYN will be expanding our practice to serve the evolving Healthcare needs of our patients. New Providers will be joining our practice that will be adding additional expertise to our current provider base. Our practice plans to add new technology and options to bring the patient experience full circle.

3. What is a typical day like at your practice? The great thing about our practice is that we never “close”— our light is always on. Our patients have constant access to providers, nurses and staff. We have integrated Patient Portal and Call Centers to make sure we are always available as a healthcare resource. A day in the life of our practice varies from educating a young teen on changes her body will soon experience to informing a woman she is pregnant for the first time.

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By Jessica Cook & Elisabeth Mitchell

Most of us can admit that we are not car experts. We absolutely love our cars and want to keep them in the very best shape, but if we were asked to pop the hood and give a brief explanation of what is underneath, there’s a good chance we would let out a frustrated sigh! There are plenty of women who are able to perform routine vehicle maintenance on their cars—and we applaud them! But, many of us are somewhat clueless about working on our cars and would love to be able to perform some of the basic repairs ourselves (or at least know when to take the car in for new oil or tires). It is time to empower ourselves in car care—no need to be a damsel in distress any longer! To get you started on the road to car expertise, we’ve put together a list of “quick checks” that should be part of your maintenance routine!

Safety is the most critical reason to check the tread on your tires. Your car may not respond well in slippery weather conditions if the tire tread is worn below the recommended level. With good treads, your car will grip the road properly, preventing premature wear on other parts of your car. Here’s a few things to look for:

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1. An indicator of tire over inflation is excessive wear at the center of the tread. 2. Extreme wear on the shoulders of the tire is the result of under inflation. 3. Uneven tread wear is a result of poor wheel alignment. 4. An incorrect camber angle may be the problem if there is excessive wear on one side of the tire. Camber is a measurement of the centerline of your wheel/tire relative to the road surface. It is expressed in degrees and greatly affects the dynamics of the car. 5. P roblems with the toe-in value will be signaled by the treads on the outer section becoming knobby. Looking at your car from the top, imagine lines through the middle of the wheels in the riding direction. Toe-in occurs when these lines are in an “A-shape.” Toe-out occurs when these lines are in a “V-shape.”

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Check Oil Level Your engine’s life depends heavily on motor oil. In order for your engine to run smoothly and efficiently, the parts need to be lubricated. Ideally you should be checking the motor oil level each time you fill up your gas tank.

1. Determine the grade of oil. You can find this in your owner’s manual. Additionally, you will need a plastic or metal oil-fill funnel, an oil rag, and a couple quarts of motor oil. 2. Ensure your vehicle is parked on level ground. You won’t want an uneven grade to give you an incorrect oil level reading. Turn off your engine and wait 10 minutes so all of the engine’s oil drains into the oil pan. Secure loose clothing and keep your arms protected from the cooling fan(s) while you inspect the oil. 3. Check the oil level. Open the hood of your car and find the oil dipstick. It is adjacent to the engine and will usually have a brightly colored handle. Pull the dipstick out and wipe the metal stick with your oil rag. Then fully insert it and remove it again. The highest point of the dipstick that is coated with oil is your oil level. If the dipstick indicates that the oil level is between “MIN” and “MAX,” you will not need to add additional oil and you can replace the dipstick and close your car’s hood. If however the oil level is at or below “MIN”, add oil. 4. Adding oil. Look for an oil can icon, this is the cap to your oil can. Remove the cap and insert the small end of the funnel into the fill hole. Pour approximately a quarter of a container in at a time, waiting for the oil to drain to the pan. You will need to repeat step 4 until the dipstick reads just below the “MAX” mark. Adding oil in small amounts is very important because having too much oil in your engine is just as bad as not having enough. 5. Finishing up. Remove your funnel, replace the dipstick, and secure the oil fill cap tightly. You may then close the hood.

Check Tire Air Pressure

1. Start with cold tires if possible. Vehicle manufacturers specify PSI – literally “pounds per square inch” of pressure – assuming tires are cold. Tires are considered cold when the vehicle has been parked for three hours or more. PSI is the unit your pressure gauge uses to provide readings. 2. Check the manufacturer’s recommended PSI. Look on the driver’s side door jamb or your owner’s manual to find the recommended cold tire PSI for your front and rear tires. 3. Check the tire pressure with your gauge. Remove the cap from the valve stem of your wheel. Place the pressure gauge on the valve stem and press down hard enough so the hissing sound stops and your gauge provides a reading. Write down the reading and repeat this process for all four tires. 4. Fill to the recommended PSI. Use an air compressor to refill any tires with low pressure. Fill each tire by placing the end of the hose over the valve stem and pressing on the lever. Using a gas station air compressor means your tires might be “hot.” If it is necessary to adjust inflation pressure when tires are “hot”, set their pressure to 4 psi (14 kPa) above the recommended cold inflation pressure. Never drive on overinflated tires. Over inflation can result in decreased traction, premature wear, and decreased impact absorption. 5. Repeat every month. 'Nuff said. Special Thanks! Article provided by Tire World Auto Centers. shoptireworld.com spring 17 11

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Elizabeth Chung is a passionate advocacy incarnate. She’s been a public health champion for over thirty years, focusing on outreach to marginalized communities. Elizabeth grew up in a poor district of Hong Kong, at the edge of Victoria Harbor. Her father and grandfather provided health care to the community, which consisted mostly of farmers and fishermen. When she was barely a teenager, Elizabeth became her family’s communicator, traveling by small boat to relay supplies and word of births, deaths and marriages to her relatives living on junk boats. She sometimes served as the arbitrator of family disputes. These experiences cultivated her leadership and organization skills at a young age.

Chung attended college in Hawaii, and later earned her M.S. in public health and nutrition from Penn State. She tributes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his vision of equality as her driving inspiration to come to the United States. Elizabeth is the founder of the Asian American Center of Frederick (AACF) and serves as its Executive Director. The AACF is dedicated to education and reducing health disparities within the Frederick community. It is considered the lead agency for Minority Outreach by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The AACF understands that diversity and multiculturalism are what make America great, and their doors are open to all newcomers regardless of their country of origin. AACF’s mission is to Enhance, Empower and Enrich. Mrs. Chung likens these objectives to the petals of a thriving bloom. Client lives are enhanced by English as a second or other language courses, citizenship classes, and interpreter programs. The community becomes empowered through mentoring, internship, volunteer and educational programs. Enrichment is provided through community celebrations of cultural heritage. AACF provides interpreters for 13 different languages. Attendees have free access to a full physical exam without language, insurance or financial barriers. Services include individual sessions with specialists, flu shots, oral health referrals,

screenings, mental health evaluations, fitness challenges and grocery distribution. Frederick Memorial Hospital now partners with AACF on their annual Health Fair event (now in its 10th year, scheduled for October 21, 2017), which in turn connects the hospital to interpreters. While she is a force locally, Chung also has served on several health initiatives and committees at the state and federal level, most recently representing Frederick County on the Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. She also serves as a Commissioner for the Maryland Community Health Resource Commission. Chung explains that AACF is listening to communities as a whole, seeking collaborative ways to integrate individuals into the economic and social fabric of society while helping them retain their cultural identity. The AACF’s office on West Patrick Street is cheery and open, the walls adorned with multicultural affects, articles celebrating the successes of program participants, and words of encouragement. During our interview, they had just held a “Baby Shower”—a reoccurring program where pregnant women receive prenatal and delivery education from medical professionals with the aid of interpreters. Humble workspaces are flanked with bins full of baby clothes, books, groceries, a car seat—all poised for distribution. The sense is that this is a place where the best of community collective is achieved. spring 17 15

woman to watch What is your typical day like? There’s really no such thing. I’m up early in the morning and I work until very late. It’s a good 12 hours of running around, and then two hours with family, followed by four hours of work at home. I don’t sleep much. I’m very blessed to live in this world, it’s only a short period of time, and to have the opportunities to serve—that is very important to me.

What was the most important thing to you when you were 12? And now? At age 10 or 11, I remember vowing to answer the call of service. It was important to me that cultural roots be preserved, so that all people could be treated equally regardless of their origin or whoever was in power. My grandfather and father inspired me the most when they worked long hours to care for the poor and the sick. They were practically giving free health care because what the community could pay was simply from the daily catch they had or vegetables or meat they raised on their farm. This was the beginning of my community health training.

Pay more attention to who needs help, even just small things. Reach out, break down your walls, and I think the world will be better too. Life is short. Do what you can, to the fullest.

What has been the biggest challenges you have overcome to achieve your goals? This has been a long educational journey for me. It has not been easy—from a young woman who did not speak much English, to a founder of four agencies, and now to [be] where I am today, and still learning. It was Dr. Martin Luther King who inspired me to come to America; it did not take long to learn about the health disparities one suffers because of his or her race. Racism is still an issue in our modern society. Institutionalized racism exists [whether or not it is] intentional, because the system structures power, allocates resources, and affords opportunity based on certain bias; equality is at stake. As a foreign-born woman whose mission is to serve those who are marginalized in a relatively provincial setting, there are many hurdles because there is not always a mindset for change.

What are three pieces of advice you could give to readers about following What’s a sassy saying or quote that their passions and dreams? inspires you? Be patient. If you believe in what you do, don’t stop. It might take 10 years, but it will come through. Believe that every time you fall down you should get up, and keep pushing. You CAN change the system.

There is a Chinese proverb: “We live till old age, we learn till old age.” I believe human potential has no limit. In order to improve ourselves, we must improve other’s [circumstances]. That is why mentoring is a daily moment for me.

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“What makes you happy?” Happiness is a very, very personal thing. It's different things to different people. Happiness motivates people. I’m always happy. I work hard, but I’m always happy—happy with what I do, happy with who I meet, happy with what I can achieve, happy that I learned a lesson. I’m tired, every day, but I’m happy.

woman to watch Who is your female role model?

During our first year in Ohio, I learned about a young Laotian couple. Their baby died in its mother’s arms because Annette Billing. She’s a civil rights advocate who organized the they could not get proper medical treatment. The baby had Martin Luther King Beloved Community Potluck. She really is the one that pointed out [in local government] that we need to been seen in the ER the day before, but the parents could not understand due to language barriers. be inclusive of all people. She’s my contemporary mentor. These experiences were the reason I began my first non-profit. Then, I founded two others, in Columbus and How did you get to where you Akron (which has just became a Federally Qualified Health are today? Center), and the latest one here in Frederick. Growing up in a colonized country, I learned early on that life is not always easy. Chinese traditions played a great influWhat’s next for you? ence—such as respect for the elderly, filial piety, relationship AACF is constantly connecting to other community organibetween superiors, spouse, siblings and friends. I learned zations and individuals to make change. That includes all Confucius teachings and was also educated by Christian levels of government, the philanthropic community, businessmissionaries. es large and small, the faith-based community and a wide In the early 60's, during the Chinese revolution, life was variety of community service and social organizations. Taking very hard in Hong Kong. My father knew that there was not the opportunity to reach individuals within these groups and much hope for his six children and encouraged us to study seeking common cause and effort to meet community needs abroad. My eldest brother left first to go to England and my is a powerful way to build support for community and AACF family gave him everything we had to send him abroad. I programming. was the eldest girl, but I worked throughout high school to AACF has also pursued ways to leverage community save enough money to attend college. During my five years impact through a memorandum of agreement with the George of college I worked three jobs—as a waitress, a hostess and Washington University Milken Institute School of Public a dishwasher, and supported myself and my four younger Health. Our goal is to offer graduate students opportunities for siblings the entire time. research that will expand our database and improve services. I want to create a program with local community colleges What inspired you to create AACF? and trade schools to give recent high school graduates unsure In 1987, my father finally retired and came to California as of their career goals the opportunity to become community an immigrant. We were thrilled—he could finally enjoy the health workers. retirement that he deserved. But he had multiple pre-existing I also want to collaborate with community-based driving conditions, so even though he was here legally, we were not services, such as Uber, so drivers can deliver medicines and able to obtain health insurance for him. He took three types of transport community health service workers and doctors to public transportation to see a Western medicine doctor who make home visits—in turn creating more demand for drivers could speak Cantonese. Each time his medical bill was enorand providing better care to the community. mous. As my husband was about to attend medical school in Ohio, we had no choice but to send my father home. When I For more information, including ways to volunteer, went home to see him after my husband settled down, he told visit www.aacfmd.org. me to continue serving the community and he would see me again in heaven. He died six months later.

ALLISON DILLON Allison is a freelance writer and avid traveler. She is always on the lookout for a great movie, the perfect taco and the delightfully weird. She lives in Frederick with her husband and their menagerie of creatures. You can follow her on Twitter @FreewhlinDillon.

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Laura: A Story of Hope

Our daughter Chloe Mae was born last spring. I rested on the hospital bed and held my tiny baby’s body against my chest—my third time doing this in four years. But this time was different. This time, my baby was alive. Chloe’s story is one of those miracle adoption stories that people tell to try to give hope to women who are suffering through the often-long road to motherhood. It’s the kind of story people told me after my son John Andrew was stillborn at 34 weeks. It’s the kind of story I heard again after my daughter Jane Louise was stillborn at 21 weeks.

To be honest, I cringed at those miracle stories. That will never happen to me, I thought. Stop trying to take my sadness away. I was bitter, and cynical and hurting. I carried my pain around with me—to the grocery store, to Starbucks, to the elementary schools where I substitute taught among dozens of pregnant teachers. When my son died, I thought it was some weird fluke. I thought it wouldn’t happen again. I got pregnant seven months later and quickly put all of my energy into the baby growing inside of me. Surely this one would live. But once again, I walked out of the hospital empty-handed.

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Chloe’s birthday was one of the

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After three years of being in a

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My grief looks different now. The tears I cry over John and Jane are mainly because I simply miss them. While I hate that I experienced such loss, I can honestly say my grief ultimately strengthened my faith and my marriage. I have more empathy towards others and a greater appreciation for the preciousness of life. Over the years I have learned that sharing my experiences not only helped me in my healing process, it also created deeper relationships and opportunities to learn other people’s stories. Here at Sass Magazine, we want to highlight the different challenges, choices and celebrations women face as they journey along the road to motherhood. I sat down with three women who bravely chose to share their own stories.

Lauren: A Story of Perseverance

After celebrating eight years of marriage, Lauren Vandergrift and her husband Chris decided to discontinue birth control and try to get pregnant. Lauren’s cycle was unpredictable, and after a year of trying, it completely stopped. She was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and became a patient of Shady Grove Fertility Center. “We would have never been able to find ‘the window’ to know when I was fertile. If I happened to get pregnant, it was

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My husband Andy and I agreed we needed time to grieve, and said we’d discuss adoption some time down the road. We knew we wanted children, but our hearts were broken. I couldn’t imagine entering the adoption process without any hope in my heart. We clung to each other and to our faith. We got through one day, and then another. A year and a half passed, and I finally began to feel ready to open my heart again. I decided I was willing to either try again or enter the adoption process. Sadly, Andy told me he didn’t want to pursue having children at all—for him, both options carried too much potential for more heartache. I was stunned by Andy’s decision and prayed his heart would change. I was torn between clinging to the hope I had finally claimed and giving up for good. Then, on a Thursday in April, I received a phone call from my mom that changed our lives forever. She told me a young woman who attended her church was going to deliver a baby girl the following week and had decided to make an adoption plan. This woman had heard of our losses through a mutual friend and wanted to offer us her baby. Happily, my husband didn’t need convincing. We were thrilled to say yes! One week later, our third child was born. Chloe’s birthday was one of the best days of my life. After three years of being in a season of deep sorrow, it felt amazing to enter a season of joy!

The process to get pregnant

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going to be next to impossible,” she said. “It was a hard pill to swallow.” Lauren’s insurance required her to try less invasive procedures before starting IVF. “We had to go through three rounds of artificial insemination” she said. The first round didn’t produce. The second round was canceled because Lauren was too fertile. An egg was fertilized during the third round, but Lauren had an early miscarriage around Christmas. As they considered IVF, Lauren and Chris were faced with questions that challenged their convictions. They talked with their parents and trusted friends to process their emotions and beliefs aloud. “There are tons of decisions you [must] make: How many eggs they take, how many are fertilized, whether to freeze the embryos, how many they put inside of you… it’s a lot!” Lauren began IVF treatments in January, five months after receiving her PCOS diagnosis. “The process to get pregnant was shots almost every day, and pills, and blood work, and doctor’s visits—it was not an easy thing. I had bruises on my stomach from the shots and weight gain from the hormones” she said. The doctors fertilized six embryos, two of which looked viable for implantation. Lauren and Chris were able to watch the embryos going through the tube and into Lauren’s uterus. One didn’t “take”—the other produced their baby boy, Hudson, who is now two-and-a-half.

“Telling [Hudson] the story of how [he] came to be is funny,” Lauren said. “‘When a Mommy and Daddy love each other very much, they go to a fertility doctor!’ It’s a different story to tell. It’s not as romantic in the traditional sense." Lauren said she and Chris felt fortunate to get pregnant within a year of discovering her PCOS, particularly after spending long hours in waiting rooms surrounded by other women hoping to become pregnant. “You hear heartbreaking stories of people who have tried everything, and it doesn’t happen. We all want this so badly and we’re willing to do just about anything to our bodies to have a child,” she said. “[IVF] is not the ideal situation to get pregnant, but to have a front row seat to the miracle of life and [see] all that’s required to fall into place is just incredible.”

Ashley: A Story of Healing

Ten years ago Walkersville resident, Ashley Bailey, gave birth to her first child, at 32 weeks—a daughter, named Reese Olivia. Due to severe complications the doctors had spotted in utero at 20 weeks (but couldn’t explain or fix), Reese was required to stay in the NICU at Johns Hopkins. Ashley and her husband Patrick weren’t allowed to hold her—the most they could do was touch her fingers and change her diaper. spring 17 21

inspire empower The Baileys spent every day in the hospital, hoping Reese’s health would improve. But their daughter could not breathe or eat on her own. “It was probably day 18 or 19 that we had a meeting with all of the resident doctors and her nurses, and they gave us a print out and explanation of everything that was going on with her. They told us, that if she lived, she would have no quality of life and [that] we had to make a decision. The doctors and nurses cried with us—I’ll never forget that,” Ashley said. On March 23rd, twenty days after Reese’s birth, Ashley and Patrick held their daughter for the first time, while she took her last breaths. “The aftermath was just as bad as going through the experience,” Ashley said. “People [who didn’t know] would ask me how my baby was. How do you even get into that? That was one of the hardest things.” Friends of the Baileys chipped in to pay for a headstone for Reese. It has Ashley and Patrick’s names on it as well, so someday they can be buried with their daughter. Though nothing could take away the pain they felt from losing their daughter, they received comfort from their family, friends and from one another. “We had an amazing support system. [Strangers] were sending me cards—[some] that had similar situations to ours.

One of the girls who reached out to me is now one of my closest friends today,” Ashley said. Ashley had a miscarriage later that same year. Now ten years later, Ashley’s hands are full with her eightyear-old son Clark, and daughter Marin, who is two-and-ahalf. Though she remains busy between family, work and studies at Hood College, her heart will always ache for the two babies she lost. “It comes in waves,” she said. “I get more emotional about it when I see a friend going through it. Talking about it is important—it helps,” she said. Ashley said she feels it's helpful for other grieving mothers to see that she “is okay.” She feels more capable of sharing her story now, as her heart has had time to heal. “I want to let people know that they are not alone, and I’d be willing to talk with any of them,” she said.

Grace: A Story of Contentment

If you ask her how many kids she has, Grace Dobson will answer “two” without hesitation. Her children, Hannah and Molly, are actually the daughters of Grace’s college roommate, and she’s known them both since the day they were born. She’s joined their family for trips to the beach, has taken the girls trick or treating and has watched them

Ashley Bailey

They told us, that if she lived, she would have no quality of life and

we had to make a decision.

The doctors and nurses cried with us—

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inspire empower for weeks at a time while their parents have gone on vacation. Grace, 58, is the Human Resources manager for Montgomery Village Foundation. She is a pseudo “mom” or “aunt” to dozens of her friend’s children—last summer she attended around 15 graduation parties for kids she’s known since they were in kindergarten. She teaches Sunday School and Children’s Church at Calvary United Methodist Church in Frederick. She has never married or had children of her own. It simply never happened for her, and she is okay with that. “I don’t even have a dog—I’m never home,” she said, laughing. “I’m very rarely bored. I’m outgoing. I go to Jazzercise after work. I’m active with The Society of Human Resource Management. I travel with the companies I’ve worked for. I have all kinds of things to do.” Motherhood is not meant for everyone. Grace said in her case she would have been open to it if it happened, but she doesn’t feel devastated that it never did. “Not everyone should be a parent,” she said. “You have to look at your lifestyle and what you’re doing—see if [having a child] fits that. You have to think about what you’re willing to let go of and take on.” Grace’s faith plays an important role in her life. She feels God has called her to be a helper—which is one of the rea-

sons she fills her time with her friends and embraces spending time with their children. “There’s so much to life and so many ways to give back. You have to do the thing you’re assigned,” she explained. “I lift people up and make people feel better about themselves and what they’re doing.” “I have a full life,” she added. “A lot of things bring me joy.”

Maybe the evidence of your motherhood is crystal clear— your van is littered with Cheerios, your backyard boasts a trampoline. Maybe you’re a maternal figure to other people’s children. Maybe you carry your children in your heart alone, rather than on your hip. Maybe you’re clinging to the dream of being a mother. Or maybe you’re a pet mom. Wherever you are in your journey, I hope you invite someone along for the ride. Our joys are sweeter and our burdens made lighter when we share them with others. Tell your story, ask a friend to share hers and learn from one another. Whether or not your dreams involve motherhood, we at Sass think you’re enough just the way you are—and we know you have your own unique story to tell!

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MILITARY By Lindsay Smith Rogers

In June 2016, the United States Senate approved a bill with a landmark amendment requiring women turning 18 in 2018 to register for the draft for the first time alongside men. Though it didn’t pass the House, the bill was preceded by a December, 2015 Pentagon announcement officially opening military jobs in active combat positions to women. These initiatives are indicative of the commitment of the military to hire the most qualified person for the job, regardless of gender. But equality wasn’t always the case.

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She emerged in 2010 as a “baby Navy sailor” and began a career as an electrician’s mate (those responsible for the massive systems that power ships), possessing both a regular paycheck and a clearer future for the first time. “I found myself needing what the Navy was going to offer me,” she says. The military can be arduous for anyone—male or female. Early in Schaus’s career, she oversaw a project to repair and replace a network of electrical wires on a ship under a very tight deadline with a small team. After three intense months, Schaus and her team were credited with successfully rewiring the bow of the aircraft carrier. Sharon Jacko once lead a team that escorted a suspected terrorist from the Middle East to FBI custody. “What made this especially challenging,” she remembers, “was that [the suspect] was a female Marine Captain.”

“I stopped looking for balance a long time ago, and started looking for ways to make the different demands work together.” “There were many, many challenging times when I didn’t think I could do it, but that is exactly why I loved it so much," says Dr. Donna Brazil of her career.“I never did it alone—I was

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Sharon Jacko of Frederick is a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel. Inspired by her younger sister, she joined in 1982 when the military was dramatically different for women. “[We] weren’t allowed to shoot a weapon,” she recalls, “expectations were less, you were discharged if you were pregnant, leadership roles were rare and female role models even more so.” When Jacko enlisted, most uniform pieces were made to fit men—except for the mandatory skirts issued to women. Dr. Donna Brazil is a retired Colonel from the Army who now lives in Emmitsburg. Brazil joined in 1978 just a few years after women were permitted to enroll in the service academies. She spent one year at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School before she was accepted to West Point and graduated in 1983. “When I first entered the service,” she says, “women were limited in what jobs they could hold and branches they could serve in. By and large, the only thing that kept them out of these jobs was their gender. People assumed that [these] positions required some sort of strength or skill that women didn’t have, but there was no test, just an exclusion policy.” Kristin Schaus, an E-5/EM2/Recruiter for the United States Navy, is a more recent recruit. Schaus left the struggling mortgage industry in 2009 after being laid off for the umpteenth time and followed a dream to sign up for bootcamp.

feature always surrounded by others who all had a vested interest in achieving the goal or completing the mission.” Another complication is work-life balance. Military jobs sometimes require personnel to spend long stretches away from home, work unsociable hours, or move their families every few years. Brazil and her husband served as a “dual military couple,” raising three children. “I stopped looking for balance a long time ago,” she says, “and started looking for ways to make the different demands work together [...] we did that by sharing the responsibilities, investing in quality childcare, and becoming part of a community. I also think that you have to cut yourself some slack. You don’t have to be perfect, you don’t have to do it all—the house doesn’t always need to be spotless, and cereal for dinner once in awhile will not hurt you.” “You find ways to balance life at home and life as a sailor,” says Schaus. In the past she lived out of a sea bag for periods of time. Now, as a recruiter she is based in an area closer to her home in Mt. Airy to be near her 5-month-old son and fiance. “You find ways to juggle schedules just like any other mother would.” But there are lighter moments, too. Working for long periods of time in often tense conditions means finding creative ways to stay entertained and build camaraderie with coworkers. During

the 2004 Summer Olympics, Jacko was stationed in Iraq. Her sister mailed her a package of toys and games for the staff to have their own “mini-Olympics,” including a set of paddle balls. Jacko and her squad set the challenge and “we almost tripped over each other while laughing so hard when we were trying to break each other’s ‘hit’ records as we walked down the winding, marble staircase of Saddam’s palace.” There are certainly tangible perks of joining which can help balance the demands of the job. “Financial security, job security, learning new skills, getting fit or getting an education,” Jacko says, are all motivators that the military offers for those willing to devote their lives to the safety of the nation. Plus, Schaus points out that military careers can be uniquely rewarding for women because hard work is acknowledged in a very appreciable way. “It is too hard to compete against everyone in the civilian world, but it’s easier to work hard and be recognized for it in the Navy,” she said. Women can follow the same steps as men and expect to be promoted equally—not always a guarantee for civilians. The military also truly offers individuals the chance to live an extraordinary life. “People have a misconception about what the Navy is,” says Schaus. “Yes, it’s the military, and

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there are traditions we uphold, but this has been the most rewarding and challenging job I have ever had. I have had the time of my life on deployments going to different countries. Just standing on the weather decks in the aft of the ship, watching the sun go down and smelling the salty air... It’s just like any other job, but you get paid to travel and see the world.” Jacko says, “some of my memorable experiences include walking on the hallowed grounds of Iwo Jima, [...] rappelling from a helo [helicopter], and being Marine Corps coordinator for the Military World Games in Zagreb.” She’s also seen, first-hand, the progress towards equality women have made. She wasn’t allowed to shoot a weapon when she joined, but later in her service, “there was an all-female crew piloting a [helicopter] over Iraq. I [retired] knowing that we are all called Marines and that the expectations of women are no different

Lindsay Smith Rogers Lindsay Smith Rogers is a full-time writer and communications professional, and part-time spin instructor in Baltimore City. She also loves running, reading, cooking, and travel. Follow on Twitter— @voxlindsaysmith, or read about her adventures at www.thenewglitterati.com.

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than the men.” In her life after the military, Jacko served as the immediate past president of the Women of Hope Project in Afghanistan and also works with several nonprofits in Maryland for injured veterans and the victims of domestic violence. Brazil, who now works in leadership education and development, sees standardization as key to equality. “Now, the Army has developed tests that every soldier will take to determine if they can meet the requirements of a particular job,” she explains. “People talk about the standards being lowered now that women are in combat arms. The truth is that for the first time we now have standards.” These standards also mean that enlisting can be especially empowering for women. “While there are always others willing to help you develop—it is all about developing the ability to do it yourself,” concludes Brazil. “You will be surprised and very proud of what you will be able to accomplish.” “And then, lead the way. Pay it forward.”

“People talk about the standards being lowered now that women are in combat arms. The truth is that for the first time we now have standards.”

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By Jennifer Neidenbach

Landing a sick double laser flip, getting the holeshot or screaming through the gnarl are necessary for extreme success. This is the language of extreme and action sports—skateboarding, motocross and mountain bike racing to be specific. Gaining in popularity, many athletes worldwide have established professional careers or exciting pastimes in extreme sports. You likely know someone who is an extreme sports athlete or enthusiast, and they aren't all guys! These athletes are daughters, wives, mothers, sisters, aunts, nieces, friends and neighbors.

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Hillary Marques is

a mountain bike racer and a certified professional mountain bike skills coach. She initially moved to our area for its awesome watershed and is the co-owner/lead stone mason and tech of Backyard Ponds. She also renovated a historic home in downtown Frederick.

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feature The Cambridge Dictionary defines extreme sports as “any sport that is very dangerous and exciting.” The term extreme sport or action sport covers a gamut of activities and is wide, varied, and debatable. Female athletes are finding increasing success in many of these sports including base jumping, skateboarding, windsurfing, mountain bike racing, motocross and freehand climbing. No matter the terrain; water, snow, beaches, mountains, the open air, and even under the ground, these ladies are making their presence known in widely male dominated venues. Hillary Marques, a mountain bike racer, has been privileged to witness “the evolving landscape of women in action sports.” Many extreme sports evolved from dare devils pushing a known sport to its limits or through the combination of multiple sports. Forbes magazine declared, “if an activity involves being exposed to the elements, using specialist equipment to control an inherently incontrollable and unpredictable environment, it is probably an extreme sport.” If you’re unfamiliar with extreme sports, pause and pull up YouTube; watch these athletes in action and see the challenges they face. Viewed by many as adrenaline junkies or thrill seekers, these athletes see their sport as a mental challenge that must be physically conquered. Hillary Marques shared that mountain bike racing, “requires [her] to conquer personal challenges with fitness, confidence, and anxiety. There is planning and organization needed to learn new skills before taking them to the trail and discipline to execute them.” The most important thing is to train, train, train. Accidents tend to happen when people jump into the difficult stuff! Marques reminisced about receiving advice from a “well meaning dude, aka the ‘WMD,’ who told me to ‘just go faster,’ or ‘just get back.’ This led to some really bad ingrained habits,” which led to a few injuries that could have been avoided if she’d completed the necessary training first. Hands down, women who enter extreme sports are completely kick-ass. Motocross racer Kelsey Toth explained, “I've had broken bones, bloodshed, bruises, sprains, strains, and concussions. Through it all my biggest concern was always ‘When can I get back on the bike to ride again?’ Never has a crash or injury kept me from returning to the sport.” Nothing is going to deter Toth from racing through muddy whoops and soaring over table top jumps, “No matter my age, or speed, I know I'll always be involved in the sport of motocross in one shape or form!” That’s some kick-assery right there! In the field of professional extreme sports, lady athletes are holding their own and making history. Lyn-z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, retired professional skateboarder, X Games medalist and pioneer in women’s extreme sports, shared that her “scariest and probably most thrilling moment was the first time I dropped onto The MegaRamp (a HUGE vertical ramp leading to a gap that must be jumped, followed by a half-pipe) at fifteen years old.” She was the first girl to ever tackle the MegaRamp. Pastrana's greatest professional achievement was being invited to Paris for a skateboarding demonstration by Tony

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Hawk, “I had been working on being the first woman in the world to land a McTwist 540 (seriously, you'll want to Google it!) for some time. In front of an electric, supportive cheering crowd of thousands, I landed it.” Many athletes who become interested in extreme sports participated in a related sport or have a family member involved in that sport. “Somewhere amongst the dirt, dust, and fumes I wanted to try this sport out for myself” says Kelsey Toth, a motocross racer. She watched her older brother on his dirtbike and was terrified for his safety until she tried it for herself at the age of twelve. Pastrana agrees, in that her brother "was probably my biggest inspiration as a young kid, because I wanted to do what he was doing.” Gender bias is often the biggest obstacle female athletes face when participating in a sport that is either male-dominated or mixes the genders. “I have of course been pre-judged as a woman before being considered as a rider, by women as much as men. When I first started mountain biking twenty years ago, there just weren't many women riding. We were more of a novelty then something to be taken seriously,” said Marques. More recently, male athletes have excitedly welcomed women into their ranks; it is the sports industry itself that poses their biggest hurdle. For professionals, there is a large financial gap between female and male competing athletes regarding prize money and sponsorship. Pastrana explained that during “My first X Games win, the women's prize money for first was $2,000 and the men’s was $50,000.” Getting equal pay for equal work remains a universal challenge faced by all women whether they’re kickin’ ass on a sporting track or in a boardroom. These women are athletes and mothers who embrace parenting with the same passion and ferocity they have for their sport. They bring their kids to the park or track and incorporate them into their practice schedules. The New York Times magazine reported, “kids participate in extreme sports at ever-younger ages. What were once simple pastimes, like riding bicycles and skateboards, have evolved into thrill-seeking pursuits and intense competitions whose goals include new tricks and surpassing what’s thought to be possible.” Kelsey Toth and her husband are both dirt bike riders who met at the track. They are expecting their first child this spring and are already planning to teach their little one to ride ASAP! She shared that there are “many families who come to the track with 2-3 generations of riders, and I can't wait to be one of them! Both my husband and I have brothers who ride, as well as parents who enjoy coming to the track, so we're certainly excited to see a new rider join our family.” These three amazing and ambitious women are a testament to the strength of character, determination and grit it takes to succeed in an extreme sport. Hillary shared, “Though we still have a ways to go, the first generation of little girls are coming up through the ranks of this increasingly gender neutral culture. I see great things to come!” 36 SASS magazine | sassmagazine.com

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Lyn-z Adams Hawkins Pastrana

is a retired professional skateboarder who holds the honor of being the first women to complete a wild assortment of sick tricks. She has participated in the X Games and has won multiple medals for her skills. She is a devoted mother to two young girls. She lives in Annapolis with her husband Travis Pastrana, who is one of the top names in motocross, freestyle moto and rally car racing.

Kelsey Toth

is a motocross racer who started a local event called Girls Just Wanna Ride, encouraging girls and women to ride dirtbikes. She holds an annual event at a track near Gettysburg, PA. Kelsey and her husband are expecting their first child, and she is excited to get back to the track!

Jennifer Neidenbach Jennifer "Jen, Jenny, J-Dawg, etc." Neidenbach is an educator, mother, and wife from the Eastern Shore and a transplant to Anne Arundel County.  When she is not working in the wonderful world of assessments, she enjoys spending time with family, long baths, and crushing candy.  Follow her on Twitter @BeltwayStalker.

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After a long, erratic winter, spring is finally around the corner. We’ve had months to dream about the rising temperatures, blooming flowers and green grass, not to mention time to dream about our spring wardrobe! Spring is a time of mental and physical reinvention. This makes it the perfect time to rethink your spring style. Let the months of dreaming about warmer days inspire you as you get dressed. Look for sheer, flowing styles that glide over your body. Let airy, light tones inspire your color palette for the season. Mix up the delicate styles with tough accents like boyfriend jeans or booties. Look for fabrics and patterns that add dimension to your look. Don’t be afraid to step out of your "norm." Take in the spring season and let the spirit of reinvention take over in all aspects of your life, especially your style.

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CAROLINE: Pair feminine pieces with boyfriend jeans to give a little edge to a girly look.

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Cutting BeautY By Rebecca Carrera

It’s truly an amazing time to be a woman—girl bosses everywhere, young women breaking molds and more moms with flexible schedules to make the most of work and family time. In this month’s issue, Sass is chatting it up with soldiers, extreme sports divas and moms— all three of which put their minds and bodies to the test daily. Whether you’re running around chasing a two-year-old, deployed abroad or shredding it on a skateboard, you’re busy and multi-use beauty products are a must! Here are my five favorite mixed-use beauty products that will keep you in tip-top shape without slowing you down.


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Truly one of the most important steps of my beauty routine is my beloved CC Cream. Moisturizer, sunblock and foundation in one fell swoop! Does it get any better? There’s a myriad of choices when it comes to BB and CC Creams, so you’ll have to decide which is the best for you. Some moisturize for a dewy look, some mattify for a dry finish. I highly recommend sampling products first when you can. Sometimes the smart technology in these uber intelligent beauty products aren’t smart enough to match your complexion exactly. Beware: nobody likes the face mask look.

On occasion, time for a shower simply isn’t in the cards. When this is the case I love to refresh with shower sheets! These are made specifically for the body and not the face, therefore they’re much larger in size to cover larger areas of the body. Body odor is caused by the bacteria purged through our sweat, so pay attention to the back of the neck and the under arm area. Shower sheets are also great for gym bags, diaper bags (make sure they’re baby safe if you plan on using them on children) and purses.

Cleansing oils and balms are amazing! They remove makeup and cleanse skin in one step! I recommend oils vs. balms because they are almost always rinsable. Balms must be wiped off with a washcloth or facial sponge, an extra step you don’t have time for! Either way, both of these are great options for all skin types. If you have oily skin, don’t let the oil fool you. It’s a proven scientific fact that oil cuts oil. Ever wonder WHY you’re so oily? It could be that you’re depleting your skin’s natural moisturizing factor by using stringent cleansers. STOP that! Using a cleansing oil is counteractive, thus oil will dissipate. Trust me!

All skin types can benefit from a face oil. These little miracle products can function as a serum, moisturizer, eye cream or more depending on which one you’ve purchased. Major tip here— mixing them in your mineral makeup gives you that gorgeous glow! Face oils are a girl’s best friend when it comes to a skincare one stop shop. Prices can range anywhere from approximately $20-200. Higher prices don’t always mean better for your individual skin, but they almost always mean a higher quality, grade and purity of oil is used making them most effective.


Rebecca Carrera Wife, mother, brow guru, green beauty obsessed, clean eater, design lover, and the owner of Maven Beauty Bar in downtown Frederick, Maryland. www.mavenbeautybar.com

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On the Boardwalk in

Atlantic City

“On the boardwalk in Atlantic City we will walk in a dream, on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, life will be peaches and cream…in romantic, enchanted Atlantic City down on the old New Jersey shore.” The classic words of Dick Haymes remind us of the charming feel of this town wrought with a rich history of fame, fortune and firsts.

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P h o t o g r a p h y: c o u r t e s y o f t h e C a si n o R e i n v e s t m e n t D e v e l o p m e n t A u t h o r i t y

By Stephanie and John Steinbeck

travel The ‘boardwalk’ Haymes sings about happens to be one of those firsts. Originally built in 1870 simply to keep the sand out of the hotels and railway cars, the Atlantic City Boardwalk became the first of its kind and evolved into the iconic fixture it is today. These historic boards are at the junction of the famous Diving Horse at the Steel Pier and the birthplace of the “National Beauty Tournament,” more recently known as the “Miss America Pageant.” And let’s not forget, the real life city streets of this old town were mapped out to create the classic board game Monopoly. So yes, when you buy that famous “Boardwalk” property, you are in fact purchasing a piece of Atlantic City! Atlantic city has long been a vacation destination, attracting people from all over the world. For many New Jersey residents, AC is the chosen shore point for annual family getaways. As a Jersey girl myself, the idea of a family vacation in AC is a new concept, always having resorted to other shore points—like Ocean City, NJ, or Rehoboth Beach, DE—and other ‘non casino’ based towns. I’ve since come to learn that this town has so much to offer, whether you are looking for a romantic getaway with a loved one, a festive party weekend with girlfriends, or yes, in fact, a family vacation! The casino-based hotels provide a resort atmosphere as if you’ve traveled hundreds of miles by airplane, when in fact you are just a short ride from home. The two I personally recommend are the Borgata and the Tropicana, both of which offer an array of restaurants, clubs, retail shops, and spas; all of the basic amenities you’d expect if you were staying in a tropical island resort. The Borgata, located at Renaissance Pointe in the Marina District of Atlantic City, offers a travel experience paralleled to a Las Vegas vacation. With over 2,000 sleek and modern rooms and suites, gourmet cuisine at Bobby Flay’s Steakhouse, Wolfgang Puck American Grill, and Izakaya (to name a few), luxurious spa experiences, and an eclectic nightlife encounter, your visit to The Borgata is sure to be unforgettable. Subsequently, the Tropicana (aka “The Trop”) offers similar amenities with the option of a more family friendly appeal. Visitors can plan a weekend getaway and bring the kids along to enjoy a festive ambiance, daytime fun at the pool, or a day in the sand and ocean waves just a hop skip and a jump from this beach-front resort. Spend the afternoon on a boardwalk excursion to Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum established in 1918, or jump on the carousel at AC’s famous Steel Pier amusement park, stretching 1,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean! Oh, and don’t forget to take the four mile surrey ride to be reminded of AC’s rich history. Relax before trying your luck on the casino floor (sans kids of course), or have just as much fun with the

kids at the Family Fun Station Arcade. The Trop has become a favorite destination for my own family, visited for many mini-weekend beach trips, quiet getaways to escape the daily stresses of life, and celebratory weekend bashes with friends! Throughout its long history, Atlantic City has thrived through turmoil and triumphs. The wrath of mother nature all the way back in 1884 caused the boardwalk to be rebuilt yet a third time, and the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 permanently changed the city’s overall appearance. The tragic economic trials and tribulations from the “glitz and glamour, Donald Trump and disco” days in the 80’s to the economic crash of 2008, forcing so many casino closures has forever changed the city. However, this strong little town continues to thrive and rebuild and hold onto the roots of its history to provide entertainment so that families and friends can continue to build memories in “enchanted Atlantic City down on the old New Jersey shore!”

Stephanie & John Steinbeck Steph and John are best friends who have been together for 17 years. Steph is a special education teacher in her 13th year and John is a gifted carpenter (jack of all trades) and talented musician. They have two AWESOME boys, Johnny and Jake and are jersey PROUD! spring 17 49

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From Resume to Job Offer

By Vanessa Johnson and Nakia McKenzie

You’re dressed for success and waiting to be called upon. Your palms are sweaty, your knee is bouncing and you’ve cleared your throat ten times. You’re fidgety, and for the past ten minutes you’ve tried to convince yourself what you’re experiencing is excitement and joy, but really, you’re nervous. You’re about to jump up and into a full-scale pace when suddenly you hear it, your name is called.


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career In the thirty seconds you have before settling into the hot seat, • We’ve seen a lot of resumes that have “references availnumerous questions fill your mind: do you have enough copies able upon request.” DELETE that phrase! If you’re sending of your resume, is three pages too long, should you take notes your resume to an organization it’s a no brainer that you’re during the interview, will they ask about that six month gap available for an interview and that references will between your previous and current job, did you research the be provided. company enough? Don’t worry! All your questions are valid The Interview and quite normal. You’ve now entered the room and flashed What do hiring managers seek and expect from the your most engaging smile, because the ultimate goal despite interviewee? How can you truly leave a lasting impression? the nerves and questions, is to ace the interview and land the job. Go get ‘em, tigress! • Do your research before the interview! This is a HUGE We know, we’ve been there and we relive the experience pet-peeve of most hiring managers and recruiters. Check each time we field resumes and interview candidates. With out the company website, conduct a few Google searches a combined total of thirty years experience within the Huand follow their social media sites. Know the big name iniman Resources industry we have seen the good, the bad tiatives and be able discuss them with the hiring manager. and sometimes the really ugly when it comes to reviewing Many a promising interview has ended early because the resumes, interviewing and ultimately hiring employees. We candidate knew nothing about the organization. are Nakia McKenzie, Assistant Director of Total Rewards and • Arrive about ten to twenty minutes before the interview. A Vanessa Johnson, Assistant Director of Human Resources late arrival is inexcusable and shows that if you arrive late Technology with the American Chemical Society in Washingfor the interview more than likely you’ll arrive late for work. ton, DC. Everything we share here is based in career experience and while nothing here is a secret, we do promise it will • Ugh, a weak handshake!?! Honestly, it’s a little creepy. assist with the questions that plague you from the moment When you’re greeted by the hiring manager offer a firm you submit your resume to landing the job. handshake to demonstrate that you are confident, positive and eager.

The Resume:

How do you ensure your resume will be seen by the hiring manager(s) and not end up in the black hole of the organization’s applicant tracking system? • Avoid fancy-shmancy layouts, fonts, and other special effects. Craft your resume in a simple Word format that can be easily viewed and submitted via most applicant tracking systems. • Delete the objectives and summary. Employers really do not care about your objective. We care about OUR objective. • Cease with those warm and fuzzy keywords. You know the ones we’re referring to; customer oriented, exceptional communication skills, self-motivated. Instead let what you’ve actually DONE show that you are all these things. Trust us, these words do absolutely nothing to assist you with getting an interview. • Aww, you’ve added a nice headshot to your resume? A resume is no place for a photo. You’re trying to look for a job, not a date! • Proofread, proofread, proofread. A small typo could end your chances of getting invited to an interview. So, please (we beg of you) make sure you proofread your resume at least three times, and then have someone else take a look.

• No matter what your best friend says, don't take notes during the interview. It’s distracting to the hiring manager. Seriously, we’re supposed to be having a conversation with you, not your pen. • Please, do avoid (yeah, we’re begging again) using poor language, slang and the infamous pause words: like, yep/ yeah, cool, OMG, ah and um. Use proper English…um, like…please? Kaaaay? Thanks. • Avoid talking so much the hiring manager forgets the question they have asked. We understand you may be a nervous chatterbox, and while it’s important to share stories that support your experiences, be careful not to get lost. Instead, be precise and to the point. • Please don’t tell the hiring manager you’re willing to do anything they ask, including taking out the trash or picking up their laundry (really?!?). Be honest with your limits. • About last night…you rocked out a little too much, but you read this article and have arrived twenty minutes early. Good job...err—not so much! Don’t party the night before—even if it was your birthday. Trust us, we can tell. You want to be on your A-game for the interview, get a good night's sleep the night before! spring 17 53

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• Don’t stop looking. Despite that you rocked the interview • When asked if you have any questions, you better have and a job offer is on the horizon, continue the search. something! How can you NOT have any questions? It says to me you haven’t done your research and your mind has Job-hunting is hard work! However, we do hope some of been focused on something else for the last sixty minutes. these tips and tricks, will help you successfully write an • Last but not least, SMILE! Smiling sets the mood for the effective resume, rock that interview and ultimately land your dream job! interview. Hiring managers secretly LOVE when a candidate smiles, it shows the candidate is engaging. Flash those pearly whites!

After the Interview You did all you could do, now what? • Say thank you. Twenty four hours after you rocked the interview, send out a "thank you" email. We love receiving those emails. No need to pull out the fancy card stock or send an edible arrangement, a simple email will suffice. Be sure to include something specific you learned from the interview, so the thank you note doesn’t feel so plain and generic. • Being proactive is key. Follow up with your interviewer, it shows your interest and desire for the position.

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Vanessa Johnson Vanessa Johnson is the Assistant Director of HR Technology at the American Chemical Society. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging at the beach, reading dorky tech magazines and following the latest apple releases while quietly planning to take over the world.

Nakia McKenzie Nakia McKenzie is the Assistant Director of Total Rewards at the American Chemical Society. Nakia is the mom of Jaden and Madi McKenzie. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and on occasion indulges in a big bag of Gibbles Red Hot potato chips! Mmmm good!

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Planning or Preventing

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By Lauren Roth, M.D.

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Reproductive health and planning for pregnancy can be among the most important decisions in a woman’s (or a couple’s) life. Preventing, planning for, and actively trying to conceive are all components of reproductive health that women and couples must consider. These areas can be sources of stress and worry, but with education and knowledge woman and couples can gain a sense of control. Whether your goal is to prevent pregnancy or become pregnant, it is important to partner with your healthcare provider. Discussions regarding reproductive health are integral to ensure that goals are met.

Here are some helpful tips whether you are preventing or seeking pregnancy: Trying to Conceive: • Start a preconception or prenatal vitamin prior to trying to conceive. • Make sure your preventative health care (such as pap smears) is up to date. • Review your medical and immunization history and medications with your healthcare provider to make sure there is nothing that needs to be updated prior to pregnancy.

Lifestyle Issues to Consider When Trying to Conceive: • To maximize chances for a healthy pregnancy, aim for a healthy weight for height. There are numerous body mass index or BMI calculators online, simply plug in your weight and height. Most will then offer an explanation for your personalized BMI reading and tips to adjust the number for optimal health. • To decrease miscarriage risk, limit caffeine to 1 cup of coffee (or less) per day. • Stop smoking. Cigarette smoking decreases fertility, increases the risk for miscarriage, and is bad for overall health. • Do not use recreational drugs. • Discontinue or limit alcohol, and stop drinking completely when pregnant. • Continue a moderate exercise program. • Track your menstrual cycle (there are many apps available for this) to learn if your cycle is regular and help predict your window of fertility.

• Make sure your timing is correct: the fertile window is the 6 days leading up to and including ovulation. The goal is to have intercourse about every other day during this time. Ovulation predictor kits can make it easier to identify the most fertile window. • Seek consultation with a Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility specialist if: »» You are less than 35 years old and have been having unprotected intercourse for a year without a successful pregnancy. »» You are 35 years or older and been having unprotected intercourse for 6 months without a successful pregnancy. »» Your cycles are irregular, shorter than 21 days or longer than 35 days (this may mean you are not ovulating), or if you have prolonged bleeding (this may caused by a polyp, fibroid, or infection). »» You have a history of pelvic surgery. »» You have severely painful periods. »» You have been diagnosed with endometriosis. For more information regarding reproductive facts visit reproductivefacts.org or shadygrovefertility.com.

Preventing Pregnancy: There are many effective contraception options available but the only one that is 100% effective is abstinence. Choosing the best contraception depends a lot on you! You will need to discuss the options with your healthcare provider in the context of your medical history and reproductive goals. Some contraception options will not be compatible with your personal medical history.

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health / wellness There are two main classes of contraceptives: reversible and permanent. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists offers a great resource regarding each method on their “For Patients” web page. • Reversible contraceptives can be reversed (or discontinued) to achieve pregnancy in the future. Each method is effective when used correctly. Long-acting reversible contraceptives are the most effective for preventing pregnancy because there is less chance for user error. Reversible contraceptives include:

Each option has potential positive and negative non-contraceptive side effects. Not every option will work for every women due to these side effects. If one method does not work for you, do not give up! Talk with your healthcare provider and try a different method until you find one that is compatible with your body.

»» Barrier (condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, sponge) »» Hormonal (oral contraceptive pills, patch, vaginal ring) »» Long-acting reversible contraceptives (intrauterine device/IUD) implant, injection) • Permanent contraceptives should only be used if you no longer desire to become pregnant. These include: »» Tubal sterilization (for women) »» Vasectomy (for men)

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Lauren Roth, M.D. is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility specialist who sees patients in Shady Grove Fertility’s Frederick, MD and Harrisburg, PA offices. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of all causes of infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss. Learn more about  Dr. Roth at ShadyGroveFertility.com/doctors/roth.

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These recipes were created with mamas in mind. I'm busy preparing for a new babe of my own due this summer—which means filling the fridge with lots of healthy food. And by food I really mean snacks because hunger seems to strike all the time. But, don't worry, even if you're not expecting, you'll still love these healthy snacks! Spring Guacamole Avocados have been one of my go to pregnancy foods. They are a great source of healthy omega-3 fats that help support the development of a baby’s brain. This guacamole has all the makings of a great spring-snack-staple too with a few other seasonal ingredients that are also great for mamas-to-be. There’s a whole cup of spinach hidden among the cilantro and a few ruby red strawberries studding the mix too.

2 avocados, cut in half

1 C baby spinach, chopped

1 clove garlic

1 C cilantro, chopped

½ tsp salt + more for taste

Juice of one lime

4 scallions, white & light green parts only, thinly sliced

4-5 strawberries, tops cut off & roughly chopped

1 jalapeño, seeds removed & diced

1 Using a mortar and pestle, grind the clove of garlic and salt together (or mince with a knife). 2 In a large bowl, break down the avocado fruit using a fork or potato masher. 3 Add garlic, scallions, jalapeño, baby spinach, cilantro, lime juice and strawberries to the bowl. Mix everything together until well combined. Add more salt if desired. Enjoy with sliced veggies (cucumbers and bell peppers are my favorite) or splurge and go for the tortilla chips.

Strawberry & Mango Popsicles

2 C strawberries, hulled & roughly chopped

2 Tbsp honey

1 tsp lime juice

1.5 C mango (fresh or frozen) 2 Tbsp honey

4 oz. Greek yogurt

2-3 Tbsp almond milk (or milk of your choice)

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For the strawberry layer 1 In a blender combine the strawberries, 2 tablespoons honey and lime juice. 2 Strain mixture into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer, using a spatula to push the liquid through. Set aside. For the mango layer 1 In a blender combine the mango, 2 tablespoons honey, Greek yogurt and 2 tablespoons almond milk. If needed, add more almond milk to reach a smooth consistency. 2 Put the mango mixture in the fridge for now. 3 Pour strawberry mixture into popsicle molds and place in the freezer for about an hour. 4 Once the strawberry layer has started to set, remove molds from freezer and pour the mango layer on top. 5 Add popsicle sticks and return molds to the freezer to set completely.

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These popsicles are great when the ice cream cravings seem to be coming a little too often for your liking. Strawberries are a great source of folate and fiber, and mangoes have lots of vital pregnancy nutrients like iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, potassium and folic acid.



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