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Hello and welcome to Sass Magazine! Whether this is your first issue or you’re a long-time reader — thank you for picking us up! As you read through these pages and visit us on SassMagazine.com, please know we are always looking for suggestions and feedback! Have a story idea? Pitch it to us! Have an idea for a collaboration? Let’s hear it! Want to be a part of the Sass community as a photographer, contributor, advertiser, advocate, member or supporter? Reach out to us! Contact us on our web form at SassMagazine.com/contact. Let’s talk about this amazingly “pawsome” issue we’ve put together for you! Starting this issue and moving into 2019, we’re trying something a little different. Each issue will focus on one general theme. And, girl, we’re super stoked about our winter issue’s theme — ANIMALS! Inside, you’ll read stories about women who work with animals, how to adopt (don’t shop!), where to travel with your four-legged friends, why wellness and animals go hand in hand (paw?), plus a great recipe for people and a DIY recipe for dogs! We’ve got an inspiring story about a woman and her canine companion, how to shop cruelty-free beauty, and a special fashion spread featuring some of our very own sassy pups! As this issue marks the transition into the new year, the Sass crew has been busy planning — and we’ve got some epic stuff in the works! Be sure to save the date for our 2019 Girls Night Out (GNO) events on March 7, June 4, September (TBD), and December 2. If you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter yet — what are you waiting for?! Visit us at SassMagazine.com/e-news-sign-up and be the first to know about our 2019 Sass Classes and Roundtables! Plus, we are super excited to announce our new Sass VIP Society! Check out the details on page 62 for how you can support Sass, download free tools and resources, get discounted event tickets and so much more! We’ll be accepting member applications through mid-February —don’t miss out! Be one of the first to join this exclusive club! Last, but definitely NOT least, I want to send a huge thank you to our advertisers. Sass is a free publication, which is made possible only with the backing of our advertisers. Be sure to support the businesses, organizations and events you see promoted throughout this issue. Also, check out some of our highlighted advertisers on pages 11 and 55 and learn why they love to support Sass. Sass Magazine is produced by our creative team at Sass Studios and a small team of volunteers. We strive to be a voice that empowers and celebrates women in our community, but we can’t do it without your support. If you’re interested in being part of our Sass crew, please reach out via email or visit our open jobs section on SassMagazine.com (click on the “work” link in the top right corner). We hope you enjoy this special animal-themed issue and look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events! Stay Sassy, ladies!
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The adventure continues! In her second book of the Must Love Shoes™
Julie once again delights the reader with her witty and humorous take on life in a woman’s shoes. In this issue, Julie sees humor in childbirth, shares her crazy holiday memories, admits to quirky phobias, memory loss, and reminisces about some of her most hilarious and memorable moments from the stage as a professional speaker. With Julie, you can never get enough shoes,
tears, or adventures! Visit the Must Love Shoes™ website, www.mustloveshoesthebook.com, for more fun.
Julie Gaver is a professional speaker known for her quick wit and humorous presentation style. A master storyteller, Julie uses a unique blend of experience and theatrics to provide insight into the challenges we all face in our lives. She shares her encouraging and inspiring messages with corporations, nonprofits, and educational institutions. Julie Gaver is a popular choice at conferences, retreats, and special events. www.juliegaver.com
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Julie Gaver is a professional wit speaker known for her quick style. and humorous presentation uses a A master storyteller, Julie and unique blend of experience into insight theatrics to provide in our the challenges we all face lives. She shares her encouraging and inspiring messages with corporations, nonprofits, and Gaver Julie institutions. educational is a popular choice at conferences, retreats, and special events. www.juliegaver.com
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COACHING COALITION The Wholistic Coaching Coalition is an energetic and dynamic team of certified executive and life coaches. They are dedicated to personal and professional development through retreats, workshops, and coaching for groups and individuals. They help women find their personal voice, encouraging them to be the best version of themselves. The Coalition’s unique Wholistic Woman Retreats and coaching options produce a culture and community which nurtures, affirms, and instills a renewed sense of energy.
How did you decide on your name?
What makes your business stand out? First and foremost, we have an abundant, non-competitive mentality. We invite collaboration and practice a culture of non-judgment, acceptance, and lifelong learning. Additionally, we have a “Coach-Approach,” meaning that we accept women where they are while at the same time helping them become all they want to be. We create a safe space where they can be heard; where we ask powerful questions to expand their perspective, and teach new tools while encouraging them to take small, actionable steps forward. 8
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We purposefully went with a non-traditional spelling of Wholistic (using a “W”). It accurately conveys our mission to integrate body, heart, mind, and spirit — to be WHOLE. We refer to our events as Wholistic Woman Retreats because we believe that anytime we take a break (short or long) it can be a retreat — a time to check-in with ourselves, get perspective, rest, and re-energize for our work and life activities.
We seek win-win partnerships, knowing we can create more together than any one of us could create on our own. Therefore, we invite partner coaches and alliance partners to fill the gaps and provide their expertise to make us a solid, well-rounded, smoothly operating organization. We apply what we teach within our own organization. Using tools such as Strengths, One Word, Appreciation Languages, and more — we are a model of what a collaborative women-owned company can be.
instance, our podcast “On the Grow” launched last year and we now offer group coaching via video conferencing calls!
What is a typical day like at your business?
How do you see your business changing in the next year? In the next five years? We are
No two days are alike! Which is a good thing because we are creatives — we love variety and change. A typical month for us consists of monthly programs — which we call evening retreats — that deliver custom and unique events for women’s personal and professional development.
How did you acquire the background and skills necessary to run this type of business? Each coach in the coalition has worked to obtain credentials in her area of expertise, and brings her own personal experiences, strengths and leadership style to the team. Our three founders bring a varied background to the organization. Kelye Rouse Brown is an executive coach with 25 years in HR/Training in the hospitality industry and is a joint venture partner with Minute Suites in Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Laura Hall is a licensed physical therapist, a certified professional coach (CPC) and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator based on the research of Brené Brown. Carol deLaski is an ICF professional certified coach (PCC) working in the public and private sectors, as well as an author of a coaching book.
How does the local social and technological environment impact your business? Women’s issues are getting more and more attention in today’s world and media (we appreciate that Sass is helping to make that happen here in our community)! Social media can create a world of unhealthy comparisons, so we use the catch phrase ‘You be You’ to encourage women to embrace who they are; to stop comparing or trying to be someone they are not. Additionally, technology offers a great way to expand our message and culture even beyond our local community. For
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What is the best part about what you do? The absolute best part about what we do is witnessing growth and knowing that we contributed with our tools, strategies, coaching and support. It’s why we started this organization in the first place!
excited to take our organization to the next level. In 2019 we are launching group coaching and taking our customized retreats on the road. In 2020 we’ll be offering a special destination retreat in Sedona, Arizona! Over the next five years, we plan to grow a national presence as we offer virtual group coaching and retreats out of the local area. We plan to travel the world providing retreats for women, men, and couples.
Who are your customers? We have two target markets. First, individual women who are busy, do a lot for others and need to take time for themselves. They wisely know that they need to recharge themselves with self-care, in order to keep giving. We call them women-on-the-grow. Second, groups, organizations or businesses who want to develop their staff/members with outsourced customized retreats.
When you’re not running your business, what are you doing? We each have other work ventures that we individually pursue. Carol runs her private coaching practice and is an author. Laura assists her husband Bill Hall in their dental practice, and Kelye is a JV partner in Dallas and VP of corporate employee culture for all of the Minute Suites currently found in four airports and expanding. Plus, all three of us enjoy spending quality time with our families, friends, and traveling!
What matters most to you in your business? Guiding and encouraging people to grow towards their full potential. Making a positive impact on the world.
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Other Voices Theatre produces four mainstage shows and one family theatre show each year. As the resident theater company at The Performing Arts Factory they go above and beyond a typical community theater. While the overarching goal of the theater is to promote quality community involvement on stage, they’re equally committed to community involvement offstage. The reach of Other Voices Theatre extends beyond the stage; cast and crew members pull inspiration from each production to guide community service work and give back. For instance, after a performance of “The Secret Garden,” the crew planted trees in a local park. Other volunteer work includes singing at a senior citizens home or supporting area high school programs. They also offer free tickets to the Boys and Girls Club, Heartly House, and HeadStart.
The best part is the memories we create and the lives we touch. Our cast and crew is like a family. What is it like to be a part of Other Voices Theatre? It doesn’t feel like work. It’s doing something you
kids the opportunity to see a live theater performance. The cast interacts with the students, asking them questions and going out into the audience. It’s an interactive experience, and the kids get really excited. It’s heartwarming and fun.
love with other people who love what they’re doing — all to create something that will touch a lot of people. Most of the cast and crew work full time jobs elsewhere. Participating in Other Voices is their true passion and gives them a creative outlet.
Can you describe your audiences? Our audiences
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range from ages 3-93, depending on the show! They’re all people who support and enjoy a live theater performance.
The best part about being in Frederick is the vibrant art scene; all of the theaters work well together. But it’s our partnerships that give us unique opportunities. We recruit dancers from the dance academy in our building, plus, our volunteers and cast, many who have been with us for years, bring in new people and partners from across the tri-state area. Audiences often think our shows are professional and are surprised to find out we’re a community theatre.
What is a typical day for an artistic director of a theater? There is absolutely no such thing as a “typical day”! Today consisted of the following random tasks: moving things around the basement which is filled with props, costumes, and furniture, meeting with the set designer to paint the stage floor and move furniture we borrowed for a show, sending out an updated rehearsal schedule, dropping off costumes at the dry cleaners, teaching two classes, and during any “down time” updating the website. That’s just today. Tomorrow will be completely different.
What is the best part about what you do? Most Challenging? The best part is the memories we create and the lives we touch. Our cast and crew are like a family. The most challenging part is picking shows that will appeal to both our audiences and our actors — will they want to audition for it? Will the costumes and props cost a lot of money?
What’s something people might not know about Other Voices Theatre? We have a TYA Tour-
What are your hopes for Other Voices Theatre in the future? We want to expand our programming; an interactive murder mystery is our first project. Now that we’ve been selling out shows, we want to offer more performances and expand our group of volunteers — whether they paint, sew, act, look for props, whatever! We love to get people involved. Our big goal is to make OVT a household name in Frederick. We’re well on our way, but we can always do more.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about Other Voices? A lot of people don’t even know we exist! But once they find us, they start bringing their friends. We offer subscriptions — when someone buys tickets to all four shows, they receive a discount. We’ve also partnered with Renaissance Chef Caterers to have a pre-show dinner and brunch the first Saturday and Sunday of each show. The food is really good! Plus, we have free parking!
What’s coming up at Other Voices Theatre? “Frosty the Snowman” in December, “First Date” in February, and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in May.
Susan Thornton is the Artistic Director of Other Voices Theatre, part of Other Voices, Inc. Their mission is ‘Community Onstage, Community Offstage.’ For more information, turn to page 31!
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Adopting a pet is the best kind of altruism — a lifesaving act that yields the unconditional love only a pet can give. But, before you bring home your new furry family member, research the species and breed you’re considering and think through how the pet will fit into your lifestyle. Why is preparation so important? Consider this: a rescue or shelter pet has already lost at least one family and some have been abused or neglected. Returning a pet who isn’t a good fit for your family could hurt the animal’s emotional well-being and will be devastating for you as well.
More than just a pretty face Julie Davidson, volunteer with Tara’s House Animal Rescue, notes that “potential adopters might see a cute photo and fall in love. But…that animal may not suit their lifestyle.” The animal’s temperament, energy level, and past experiences will determine whether she’ll fit in with your family. Read the online bio carefully. An “athletic” dog may be perfect if you plan to hike or jog with the dog. But if your brand of adventure involves curling up with a good book, maybe a cat is a better choice, or a dog that is more of a “couch potato.” If you have young children, be sure the animal is comfortable with kids. Children often try to hug or pick up pets and make direct eye contact; this can be scary to some pets. WINTER 18/19 15
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Prepare for a slow adjustment What’s the number one rule to help your new pet adjust? Do not give him free run of the entire house on day one! It’s best to initially keep his world small. “Being newly adopted is stressful,” explains Davidson. “Give [the pet] a quiet place to rest and decompress.” Here are a few tips for the first week or two: • A new cat should be kept in a separate room. • A new dog should be either leashed (inside and outside) or in a separate room or crate. • Use baby gates, leashes and close supervision to slowly and safely introduce the new pet to any other pets.
Don’t expect your kids to do all the work Many parents envision their kids providing the bulk of a new pet’s care. In reality, most kids aren’t ready for this kind of responsibility. Consider creating a “chore chart” for your child that includes some pet care, such as playing with the pet for 30 minutes each day.
Understand the process Each animal shelter and rescue organization has its own adoption process. • The simplest processes are usually found at county-run animal shelters. While shelter staff may not know their animals as well as a rescue organization whose pets are in foster homes, they care just as much about finding the best forever homes for their animals. • Rescues typically require references and a home visit as part of the application process. This ensures a good match and prevent returns. With all-breed dog rescues, cat rescues, and small animal rescues, you will generally 16 SASS MAGAZINE | SASSMAGAZINE.COM
be applying for a specific individual animal. Asking questions prior to submitting your application is encouraged. • Rescues specializing in puppies or a particular dog breed have some of the most highly sought-after animals. They tend to receive many inquiries from people who are not serious adopters; this takes up limited volunteer time. So they might require you to submit an application before answering your questions about a particular animal. When you apply to such a rescue, you’re really applying to be approved by the rescue, which will, upon approval, work with you to find the best match. Once you’ve done your research, go ahead and have fun looking for that perfect fit. When you’re ready, click “apply.” For more information and to start your search, check out these sites: • www.petango.com • www.petfinder.com • www.ffocas.org/rs_rover_reboot.php • www.petfinder.com/cats/bringing-a-cat-home/bringinghome-new-cat
Bette Stallman Brown is president of Frederick Friends of Our County Animal Shelter (www.ffocas.org) and a volunteer at Frederick County Animal Control. She and her husband and daughter share their home with two cats and two dogs, all adopted from rescues or shelters.
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Animal welfare work is very emotional — to last in the field for 30 years is a challenge. But for as long as Kim Intino can remember, it’s been her destiny. “I was born needing to help animals,” she said. “No one person or thing inspired me and I never had to search for what my life’s meaning was or what my career choice would be. I don’t remember ever wanting to do anything else but take care of animals, and that’s never changed.” Kim has worked in various capacities caring for animals, from zoos to veterinary hospitals and even the Humane Society of the United States, and was recently awarded a SmartCEO’s Brava Award for Non-Profit Leaders. She’s been the president and CEO of the Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) for the past four years. “These have been the most challenging and rewarding years of not only my career but my life,” said Intino, who speaks highly of her hard-working staff. “These are my people, and they do a darn good job of saving animal lives.”
What led to your current position? After several years of working on the local level, I found my dream job with the Humane Society of the United States. I worked there for eight years and had a very national view of animal shelters and animal welfare. I traveled across the country, as well as internationally. Then I decided it was time
to go into a community and make a difference at an animal shelter.
Who inspired you? My mother, who was the best mother in the world. My mom was a single mother who supported my career-minded and college-minded goals without a doubt. I lost her eight years ago and every single day I hear her voice.
Describe Your Typical Day: My typical day is not a typical day, and I think it's very different from many other chief executives. It starts off gathering everything that happened the day before — bills to sign, people to call back, email to check. I work at the shelter two days a week and from home three days a week. The days I’m here I spend most of my time with my team; it’s important that I get face time with them when I’m here. I also spend
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CATEGORY WOMAN TO HEADER WATCH What do you wish people knew about your line of work? The assumption is often made that those who work in animal-related fields are all animal rights people. I don’t disparage animal rights work at all, however, I do believe there’s a difference between animal rights and animal welfare. I purposefully call myself an animal welfare professional and I would consider my team to all be animal welfare people. It doesn’t mean we don’t believe in rights. I do believe that animals have certain rights. But, what I believe is more important is that we as humans have an obligation to treat them right.
How do you reward yourself after a rough day?
What do you love most about your job? I love the people. My team members here are some of the most dedicated, talented, passionate people you will ever meet. My donors are inspiring; they use their good fortune to help animals and to help others. The county government personnel I work with are supportive and encouraging. I get great joy from being able to collaborate with so many wonderful people to make everybody’s dreams for the animals happen.
What is the biggest challenge you face? People in our community who are on the outside looking in at what we do. Maybe they don’t understand what we do, maybe they make assumptions about what we do, and they’re passionate too. When people get behind their computers and bash us on Facebook, or call the County Commissioners or the newspaper, or come into the building and spew very rude comments to my staff — that’s the hardest thing. The type of hatred or meanness that comes from a total stranger always baffles me. You don’t know me, and if you disagree with me, fine, but where’s the professionalism? We’re in a humane society and our job is to take care of these helpless creatures. 20 SASS MAGAZINE | SASSMAGAZINE.COM
What do you think has helped you the most with your success? I think being diplomatic. I try my best to treat people with respect, to be honest and direct, but in a way that’s going to make somebody want to engage. There’s a saying from Maya Angelou that I love: “At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” I have done my best in my professional, and hopefully my personal life, to treat people in a manner that still manages to be honest, direct and effective, but keeps them feeling valued and important. Humane Society of Washington County www.hswcmd.org | 301.733.2060
Charissa Hipp Charissa is a wife and mom of three with 20 years of public relations/marketing experience in the travel & tourism industry. A lifelong Marylander and Terp alumna, she spends her spare time hiking with family and women’s hiking groups. Follow her adventures on Instagram @hipphikergal.
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time with donors. I’m a very active with fundraising efforts as a chief executive. Not only do I run the business, but I help my development department raise donations. When I’m here I’m also going out into the community, meeting with donors or attending social events. I read and write a lot, whether I’m reviewing documents or writing things like an annual report, case statement, fundraising materials, email or direct mail. I research policy for the shelter. I’m currently revising our handbook. My day can range from things like figuring out my company’s health insurance to finding out the ramifications of the new tax reform bill and planning our budget.
This job requires me to be on a lot; there’s so many different forms of stimuli that come at me on any given day from deep conversations with people about heavy subjects. Just chillin’ out is what recharges me. I love music — listening to music, dancing to music — whether it’s by myself in my living room, with my boyfriend or out with friends. It’s just being with people who care about me and talking about other things. And sleep and wine help, of course.
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KELLIE KETRON By Rachel Lytle
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INSPIRE EMPOWER About two years ago, Kellie started to get sick. At first, the doctors said she had tonsillitis. Then they thought she had shingles. Nobody could figure out what exactly was going on, but whatever the disease, her symptoms were getting progressively worse. Kellie began to suffer from tremors, memory loss, loss of motor function, swelling, and massive pain. More theories poured in: a stroke, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease. She went to the ER about five times in one month when her pain was unbearable. Eventually, her speech deteriorated, she had vertigo, and even heart failure. It got so bad that at one point, Kellie needed to walk with a cane and could no longer feed herself. After three spinal taps, nerve conduction tests, and carpal tunnel surgery, Kellie was diagnosed with Lupus, an autoimmune disease. She began Lupus medication and a small dose of chemotherapy. Kellie is a fighter, undeterred by the lifelong condition. Though she couldn’t work at times, her business, Sally Forth Supply Company, continued to boom and has picked up speed again as she rediscovers her love behind the sewing machine.
What advice would you give someone who was going through something similar? Finding a peer group is really important whether it's online or through local meetings. Don’t just rely on your family and friends. When you’re diagnosed with a chronic disease, you’ll get angry and go through a grieving process. It’s not fair to put all of that emotion onto your loved ones; you have to spread it out. It's just as difficult for your family to watch you deal with the disease and struggle. You also have to be your own health advocate. You are the only person who is 100 percent invested in yourself and your future. This is your life. If you think something is wrong, keep at it until you find the reason. Your doctor does not know everything about everything, but you have a front row seat to your experience.
Tell me about yourself: your health, your business, your living situation, tell all! I’m Kellie. I’m 36 years old. I have two dogs, Charlie Chan, my support dog, and Doc Holliday. I started my sewing business about five years ago. It was born out of necessity because I saw a void in the market, and it became a form of therapy for me. Prior to my illness, I lived in Nashville and managed a bar. I would routinely come back to Frederick to visit my parents and participate in pop up shows and craft fairs. My illness made me permanently settle here in Frederick, which was a blessing in disguise. In April, I bought a travel trailer, moved out of my parents house, and built my sewing studio inside. I make everything from bags to accessories, aprons, neckties, and more. I’ve been on my own, which has been difficult with my physical and mental slowness and pain, but working on the house and my sewing helps keep me positive and moving.
What has been the hardest part of your health journey? Reaching out for help has definitely been the most difficult part of this entire experience. I was always a very independent woman. I was captain of my rugby team, I did camping excursions by myself, I worked full time, and then all of a sudden I couldn't even lift a carton of milk or feed myself. I had to learn how to cope with the new person I’d become and not compare myself to who I was prior. It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally accepted that I have no control over my illness and it does not reflect who I am. WINTER 18/19 23
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all sorts of things, like tremors and what I call “walking blackouts.” Now that I’ve figured out the symptoms before they come on, I focus on Charlie and he slows my thought process down. He wears my medical ID bracelet. He helps me go up and down stairs. He helps me pull shopping carts (something he taught himself). He remembers how to get back to our car from a store in a crowded parking lot. He's a really funny dog and when I’m feeling my worst, he will come put his paw on me. He's good at cheering me up and can tell when I’m not felling well or I’m stressed. I’m lucky to have Charlie.
I've noticed that helping others and sharing what I’ve learned has been really beneficial to me. I’ve learned so much through this process; I like to help people realize what resources are available and how to find them. Utilizing a case manager really helps, for example. I have a smartphone and smartwatch now to help me with reminders, but I wouldn't have had any of these things in place if it wasn’t for my case manager. Many people don’t realize they can go to therapy for memory problems, too. There are ways to cope when that happens. It’s also important to stay positive, even on the crappy days. You can’t give up, you have to keep going.
What advice do you have for someone who is considering using a support animal? Do it! If you’re lucky enough to already have an animal that is socialized and listens to you, maybe you can get them certified, which is what happened with Charlie. There is a list on ADA.gov that explains the qualifications of the support animal. It lists what their temperament should be and what you need to do in order to have that animal certified. You can also adopt a rescue and train it. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars.
What's been the biggest motivator for you when things get hard? I’ve been in car accidents, my house burned down — a lot of things have happened where I could have or should have died. So, I’ll be damned if this is the thing that’s going to get me. Honestly, getting sick was the best thing in my life. I’ve become a kinder, more patient person. Now, I am actually living life as my true self, and not pretending to be something else. And on my shittiest of days, I always look at my dogs and know I have to keep on going. They need me.
Rachel Lytle is a freelance writer from Southern Maryland who works in healthcare marketing full-time. She holds a degree in Journalism and cares deeply about advocating for mental health and women’s issues. In her spare time, Rachel likes to play tennis, travel and hang out with her family, friends, and two cats.
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two Instagram accounts of Lupus warriors and chronically ill people who inspire me. One woman I follow is named Zoe (@activelyautoimmune) and she doesn't let Lupus stop her from being a physiotherapist and a pilates instructor. The other woman, Porochista Khakpourshe (@pchza), is fighting lyme disease and is currently attached to an oxygen tank. She talks very openly about her illness and just wrote a book called Sick, a Memoir.
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CATEGORYFEATURE HEADER The nonprofit community in western Maryland is vibrant with hundreds of organizations aiming to provide resources, educate the public, and change the inequalities that exist due to history or lack of understanding. These nonprofits, however, cannot exist and thrive without the leadership and action of gritty, dedicated, and knowledgeable individuals who use their talents and skill sets each day to serve the underserved and move our community forward. Women, who make up over 70% of the nonprofit workforce, commonly exude those qualities and develop into nonprofit leaders. This is true in our local community as many notable nonprofit organizations have strong women leaders and staff who are dedicated to serving the community and to their growth as nonprofit professionals. The nonprofit industry can be very challenging, due to limited funding streams, a high level of required emotional stamina, and constantly changing best practices for community engagement. Nevertheless, many leaders have found ways to persevere, increase their dedication, conduct mindful selfcare and personal growth as career nonprofit professionals — all while ensuring their missions continue to progress. But how have they done it? This is the sharing of that experience and wisdom.
Using one’s passion to fill a gap
Most nonprofit leaders radiate passion and strong belief in their mission. For some, this passion is due to a direct connection to the organization’s purpose. When Phyllis York, school administrator and teacher of thirty years, saw a need in her Montgomery County school, she began discussing solutions and resources to help. “As women, we are natural nurturers. We don’t seek out opportunities, it is just what we do.” The identified gap was in mentoring and as someone who’d experienced the value of mentors in her own life, Phyllis founded a mentoring program for sixth graders. When Phyllis began to consider retirement, she knew there was more to be done and found renewed energy in the mentoring program. “I wanted and still want to see young people be successful. I want to help them see how and why they were created — to be and do great things!” This was the beginning of Empowering Community Leaders Network (ECLN), which was incorporated in 2014 and has developed into a comprehensive mentoring program for middle school girls. Shana Knight, Community Engagement Manager of the United Way of Frederick County, found her love for nonprofit organizations while volunteering and now coordinates major volunteer engagement opportunities for the community. Back in college, Shana decided she would try something new and headed to New Orleans for an Alternative Winter Break trip.
A few years earlier Hurricane Katrina had devastated the southern city, and Shana was shocked to find the devastation remained widespread. “I felt like I was in a third world country. I spent the week talking with homeowners and helping them to rebuild. This was my ‘AHA’ moment.” Shana was subsequently selected as one of 50 college students nationwide to work with MTV and other organizations; during spring break she worked to clean up the Jersey Shore in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. Shana knew her passion was in helping other people. Seeing the impact of volunteers in a community, she now works to engage volunteers in the Frederick community through a variety of efforts, including Day of Action, Summer Serve, Stuff the Bus and MLK Day. “I hope I can help others find their ‘AHA’ moment. Plus, I go to bed every day feeling great about my work and that my time made someone’s life easier today.”
Connecting the Resources
Other nonprofit leaders have found their passion in connecting resources to those in need. Leigh Adams is one of those connectors in Frederick County. Leigh started at the Ausherman Family Foundation as a coordinator and has since become the Director. As the Director of the Foundation, Leigh spends her days working with local nonprofit organizations to help them thrive, grow, and meet their mission. The Foundation grants funding to local organizations, but also works on major projects in the community, such as New Spire Arts and responding to the community needs assessments. “While I miss the direct client relationships [I had in my previous nonprofit roles], I love conducting site visits with our partnering nonprofits. I feel blessed to get to learn about so many organizations and what they identify as their struggles and goals.” As a connector, Leigh provides advice and funding. She brings a new perspective to organizations citing that there is no need to reinvent the wheel as nonprofits can WINTER 18/19 27
share the wealth of information and knowledge they have. “My favorite part is facilitating the relationships that help to foster collaborations in the community. I can see when we are working in silos. We can do more together.” Elin Ross, another notable connector in Frederick County, currently serves as the Executive Director of Federated Charities. Federated Charities is an organization that provides nonprofits with strategic and ‘brick and mortar’ resources. Located on Market Street, the organization offers low-cost rent options for nonprofit organizations as well as hosting its own programs to serve the community. “The Federated Charities building exists for a purpose, now and in the future,” Elin explains. “Whether it is us or our nonprofit partners, we are providing assistance to the vulnerable in our community.” Federated Charities is now seen as a resource for aspiring and veteran nonprofit leaders in Frederick. But Elin’s connectivity began radiating long before her time at Federated Charities. Elin founded Cakes for Cause, a social enterprise bakery that provided job training and support to youth who had aged out of foster care or who lived in public housing in downtown Frederick. “The idea of Cakes for Cause resonated. The fact that doing certain things in a certain way helps people understand a certain
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population shows that with the right words, the right vehicle, the right fundraising piece, you can bring light to the underserved. Cakes for Cause, despite the fact that it has been closed for years, still resonates because of the quality of work we did.”
A Jack of All Trades
Despite the passion and dedication of the gap fillers and connectors, it is not surprising that nonprofits run on limited resources. In many cases, roles and duties range from the front line and client facing responsibilities through high-level strategic conversations on a daily basis. Yet, these nonprofit leaders are energized and ready to jump in wherever needed. Shana may be newer to the nonprofit community, but she is undoubtedly one of those leaders who has embraced the “jack of all trades” mentality of nonprofit organizations, especially as The United Way of Frederick County has gone undergone a leadership transition in recent years. “Working for a small nonprofit can be a challenge. You wear many hats and are thrown into many situations. You have to be versatile. You have to be every role for your clients and for those you serve. It is fun, but a challenge. But it is what I signed up for. I love to learn and I have a big heart. I want to use it.”
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If you follow Federated Charities on social media, it is very clear that Elin Ross tackles any issue or opportunity that comes the organization’s way — from a leaky roof (in which Elin will climb on the roof to investigate) to a program partnership with The Housing Authority of Frederick County (where Elin herself is present to lead the program’s sessions) to advocating for policy change through the Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit Alliance. Despite the fact that some days may be long and tough, Elin knows she is where she should be. “I belong in the nonprofit community because I have a voice that is willing to speak and take risks and be brave. We all risk something by speaking up and by using our voice but it is about the personal compulsion towards fairness and equity in our communities” Leaders also learn to find the champions in the community to support their organization’s growth, despite feeling stretched. ECLN’s core program, SWAG (Sisters Whole-
some Aspiring for Greatness), relies on Phyllis’ leadership, but she is quick to credit her Board of Directors and volunteers with the success of the program. “SWAG works with 10-15 girls each year and engages them in many activities, including team building obstacle courses, college tours, international community service projects and more. It takes a lot of people to pull this program together. With more funding and volunteers, we hope to expand even more in the future. The parents are raving about the impact of the program on their children and we know there are more middle school girls who could benefit from this program.” Leigh who, through the Ausherman Family Foundation, has the opportunity to help organizations with capacity struggles, admires the “crew” of nonprofits in Frederick; the human service workers. “We see each other. We have a different energy. We full on attack the problem. It takes a special person to not run from the problem.”
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Many nonprofit leaders would agree with Leigh; nonprofit leaders do have a different type of energy. Yet, it is critical given the emotional intensity of their roles that these leaders demonstrate significant self-care. Phyllis shared that she turns to God and her family and friends to practice self-care. She also enjoys traveling. “I feel I am very good at practicing self-care. I pray. I read. I am energized by my Board and the opportunity to continually learn.” Shana shared that it is hard work to separate the emotions from the job some days, but as a new mom finds time with her toddler to be the best self-care, along with dedicating one hour a week to personal development. “I have found that through managing my time and making sure my cup is full that I can help others. Dedicating one hour to make sure I am making myself a better person isn’t too much to ask.” Elin agrees that boundaries are necessary. Yet, Elin reflects on those she has served to keep her going on the tough days “There are people that stay with you in this work and push you forward. If you have a heart for this work, there are people you come back to. I think about the kids I have served and one has always stuck out: a 14-year-old boy I took to court one day to see if he could go back with his mom. He didn’t get to go home with his mom that day and as I sat next to this young man driving him back, you could tell he was trying his best not to sob. He is one of the people who stays with me. He is one of many.” Shana, Leigh, Phyllis, and Elin are a small sample of the vast number of women nonprofit leaders in our
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community. They are undoubtedly women of action and heart who have committed to serving the community and chose the hard work of nonprofit leadership as their career. Through finding one’s passion, creating connections, filling the gaps, and using one’s voice, these women are making a difference — one program at a time, one client at a time, one volunteer at a time…and one day at a time. Ausherman Family Foundation www.aushermanfamilyfoundation.org Empowering Community Leaders Network, Inc. www.eclninc.org Federated Charities www.federatedcharities.org United Way of Frederick County www.unitedwayfrederick.org
Dr. Ashley Waters Dr. Ashley Waters is a wife, mom, operations administrator, event planner, community volunteer and an avid organizer. She loves being busy with a purpose and making an impact with her work and within the Frederick community. Ashley aims to help others fit their passions into their lives and continues to work on achieving just the right work-life balance for her many roles.
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Our local community is filled with organizations caring for animals of all shapes and sizes, from the lemurs of Madagascar to the great horned owls in your backyard. Hard-working women keep these organizations moving forward, and help educate community members while tirelessly tending to the animals in their care. As a professional dog trainer, Iâ€™ve experienced both the need for patience as well as a willingness to work with others. I had the opportunity to learn more from three passionate animal care workers in our community. These women shared the challenges of leading animal-related organizations and offered a snapshot of their career paths on the wild side.
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MEET SUZANNE SHOEMAKER Director of Owl Moon Raptor Center
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“I try to sleep in when I can, because you never know when a call will come in for an injured raptor.” The wide array of hazards the birds encounter and the need to be a strategic problem-solver adds variety to Suzanne’s work. Mixed in is the enjoyment Suzanne has meeting new people, especially those who care deeply about the raptors. “It restores my faith in humanity and is amazing to see so many people come together to assist the raptors in our care.” As Owl Moon Raptor Center grows, Suzanne would like to expand the facilities and personnel to care for more birds. For herself, she’d love to find more time to spend with her grandson. “The biggest thing I can share to protect the birds around your home or farm is to make barbed wire or electric fencing more visible by tying flagging to them. Also be aware that owls are out now at night during busier traffic times, so keep your eyes out to avoid hitting them!” Owl Moon Raptor Center www.owlmoon.org
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Owl Moon Raptor Center, located in Boyds, Maryland, works with local humane societies and animal control, as well as the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, to respond to calls regarding orphaned or injured raptors. Raptors include hawks, eagles, vultures, owls, and more, and are also known as “birds of prey.” After rescue, Owl Moon helps rehabilitate birds with the aim to return them to the wild. The seed for Owl Moon Raptor Center began with Suzanne Shoemaker’s participation and interest in Owl Moon, originally an environmental education organization. With a background in wildlife biology, she was studying coyotes out West when, by chance, she “became enamored by just watching [the raptors].” She began volunteering at Second Chance Rehab, a wildlife rescue and rehab center in Maryland, but later decided to specialize in raptors. Suzanne created Owl Moon Raptor Center after experiencing the drawbacks of trying to care for all varieties of wildlife. “It started out small when I was raising my kids and working, and then it just kept growing.” Suzanne currently runs Owl Moon Raptor Center full-time, which is no easy feat. “The work itself is demanding, since I try to be available for emergencies and field phone calls, along with organizing transportation for injured raptors to the center.” No two days are alike at the center, although they do follow a general pattern: mornings begin with the arrival of volunteers who treat the birds, clean cages, and feed them, in addition to preparing meals for the next day. In the evening, more intensive treatment occurs. Throughout, Owl Moon continually receives more birds.
Owner of Smart Dog University and service dog puppy raiser For Laurie Luck, owning a dog training business was a dream in the early 2000s. For 18 years she worked for the federal government; she had amazing benefits and great job security, but she didn’t passionately love her work.
“Both need foundation skill training as well as public access training. It's too difficult to take two dogs in public for training, so I find myself going out twice as much now.” As she continues her work, Laurie would like to be even more involved in service dog training. She enjoys working with puppies and creating good habits from the get-go. In regards to dog training, Laurie emphasized how important it is to interview your trainer to ensure their philosophy meshes with your own.
After setting ambitious goals, Laurie was able to leave her job and put everything towards pursuing her dream. She now splits her time between training dogs through her business Smart Dog University, and teaching as a faculty member at Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior. She travels the country to share her knowledge with fellow trainers. Whatever she’s doing, it all connects back to her greatest joy: Smart Dog University connecting people with their dogs. www.smartdoguniversity.com Laurie loves business strategy and development, which she studies when not training dogs. “It's nice when personal interest dovetails with business needs because growing my business never felt like work.” Forging friendships with as many local trainers as possible helped her connect with like-minded clients. One of the challenges of her business journey has been the constant shifting of roles. “It's hard to be a single-person business. There are a lot of hats to wear!” Laurie works nights and weekends, but the mix of work and personal time can have its upsides. “The upside to having my office in my house is that there's no commute! And I'm able to exercise, train, and play Laurie Hahn’s passion for animals has always burned within; her with the service dogs.” career path wended its way through a variety of animal-related Laurie is currently raising two service dogs, William and positions before she arrived as curator of the Catoctin Zoo. Rogan. “The two of them entertain one another — chasing While attending George Mason University, Laurie first one another, retrieving, splashing and swimming in the kiddie applied for a summer animal educator position at the Catopool, and basically causing mayhem and chaos every single ctin Zoo. She landed an interview and began working there, day,” she said. “handing out quarters for the feed machines amongst a herd Raising two service dogs at the same time can be chalof aggressively friendly goats,” she said. The fall after gradulenging because of the time and attention each dog requires.
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CATEGORY HEADER FEATURE ation, she stayed on in the education department. Later that year, when the zoo needed animal care staff she took on an animal care position in addition to doing educational shows. Meanwhile, she also worked part-time in a small and large animal veterinary practice to pay the bills. Eventually, she branched out from the zoo to become a veterinary technician at an equine surgical practice, and then at the National Institute of Health (NIH). There she found the stellar animal care and never ending training a life-changing experience. Her time at NIH prepared her so well that she was able to pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam on her first try. She eventually found her way back to the Catoctin Zoo, first as the animal welfare director, and then as the animal curator. Zookeepers tend to be highly dedicated, pouring themselves into hard work, volunteer efforts, and the animals in their care. One of the most challenging parts of her job has been what she describes as the “Animal Planet educated public.” Laurie’s daily routine also keeps her busy, requiring her to coordinate with other zookeepers and manage vet consults, sick animal calls, and visitor concerns. “I wish people knew how hard we work to improve our people and animal facilities each day. Catoctin is not locally or federally funded. It relies on the money coming in the door.” Despite these limitations, Catoctin Zoo manages to rescue and relocate hundreds of animals each year for other exotic animal facilities. In five years, Laurie Hahn sees herself right where she is, with even more knowledge about how to better care for the animals in her world, and more employees “who recognize what a gem this place is.”
With so many animal related organizations throughout Western Maryland, the possibilities to support animal causes in our area are extensive. Whether visiting, volunteering, hiring or donating funds, you too can take a walk on the wild side to not only support the animals being cared for, but also the hard working women who often lead the pack.
Leila Shiekhy is the owner and Head Trainer at K9 Harmony, a dog training company serving the Frederick area. She helps dog owners who struggle with their dog’s behaviors ranging from pulling on leash to more severe behaviors. When not working with clients, Leila enjoys gardening, hiking, baking, and spending time with her husband and their three dogs, Sophie, Roxy, and Zadie.
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As the saying goes “a dog is a man's best friend”. Or, in our case, a woman’s best friend! We depend on our canine companions for love, support, and humor. But what about fashion inspiration? I’m not talking about their doggie wardrobes, even though my dog has more clothes than I do! Simply put, dogs are beautiful creatures. From their color palette to their fur texture — the fashion inspiration is endless! As we move into the winter season, it’s the perfect time to look towards our canine pals. From faux furs and leathers to copying their winter whites and neutral color palettes — they have all our favorite fashion trends covered.
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All dogs are different. My little pup Conor barely grows hair on his stomach and it gives him this depth of color and texture. Layering sheer pieces is a great way to represent this idea. Add a tank, or if you're feeling daring, a lacy bra underneath a sheer button up top for a sexy effect.
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Keep it neutral Iâ€™m all about a neutral color palette for winter and Kim's pup Bruce is the best inspiration. Add dimension to the tone on tone colors my mixing fabrics like leathers and knits!
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Grab some (faux) fur Fun faux fur is a staple in any winter wardrobe. A vest is a great way to try the trend without going overboard. If you are more petite like Alicia (and her pup Gizmo), look for a cropped style that wonâ€™t overwhelm your frame.
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Nowadays, the labels on everything can be completely overwhelming, and beauty products command the top spot for completely stressing us out! Natural, organic, no preservatives, paraben free, sulfate free . . . so, how can we be sure that what is making us prettier isn’t hurting our furry friends?
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What does cruelty-free even mean? Simply put, it means the beauty company is not testing its products on animals and the companies they receive their ingredients from are also not testing on animals. Currently there are no rules set forth by the FDA in the U.S. regarding animal testing, however many brands are moving away from the practice in answer to consumer concerns. Here’s what you need to see on a label to ensure your products are in fact cruelty-free — from ingredients to the final product.
Products with this logo are approved by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the beauty brand has signed a PETA Statement of Assurance. “These businesses have verified that neither they nor their ingredient suppliers conduct, commission, or pay for any tests on animals for their ingredients, formulations, or finished products anywhere in the world and won’t do so in the future.” They also agree not to sell in China, where animal testing is required by law for all personal care products.
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Calling All My CURLfriends… By Tammy Brandenburg
Tammy Brandenburg Stylist, educator, mom and an everyday woman. Senior stylist at New York, New York Salon & Spa and always learning. Mom of two and constantly moving! @ tammy.brandenburg.hair
Are you dealing with a wave or curl that never seems to cooperate? Instead of going with the flow (ahem curl!) you’re probably fighting it, which will eventually result in damage. Stop fighting and instead embrace a few curl care tips that will make life a bit easier and a lot less stressful.
First, let’s get that hair prepped. It all starts with a good shampoo. You definitely want to use a sulfate-free shampoo — this will help cleanse the hair without removing the natural oils. Try to avoid shampooing daily as this will dry out your hair. If you must wash daily, try the co-wash method — simply rinse with hot water and condition only. Next, CONDITION! This is definitely one of the most important steps for your waves. Curly hair is always the most dehydrated, because it’s harder for the natural oils to reach the ends. Hydrated curls will stay shiny and less tangled without frizzing — especially in the winter months when the environment is dry. I would also recommend using a mask once every 4-6 shampoos. This deep conditioning will penetrate a little deeper than an average daily conditioner. Now onto styling: Depending on how thick or coarse your hair is, you’ll want to apply a leave-in conditioner before combing it out. You can use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb. This helps to de-tangle without disturbing the wave/ curl pattern. It also helps reduce split ends! Be sure to towel dry—leaving too much water in the hair will prevent your styling product from doing its job. Choosing your product of choice will be based on what you want to achieve stylistically. For example, if you need shine and definition, look for a product that has hydration with a medium hold. Avoid products that contain a high alcohol con-
tent (this can cause that crunchy wet look and feel). For wavy curls or finer hair you need a little more support that will help define without weighing the hair down. A product containing a curl booster with a medium to firm hold will be your best bet! To finish: grab your blow dryer and diffuser (the piece that came with your dryer and looks like a small bowl, it may also have little fingers on it) and let’s get to drying. It’s best to set curls before drying. With wavy hair you can twist the hair to create shape. Leaving it in the twist will help form a more lasting style. You can break it up after it’s completely dry. With curly hair decide where you want lift or volume and leave the rest in a smoother position. The hair will naturally expand as it drys. This will help to avoid that puffy, cotton ball look. Choosing the right temperature and fan setting is key. This is based on hair type not curl pattern. For fine/silky soft hair try a low to medium heat with no more than a medium fan setting. For coarser/rougher hair go with a medium heat, medium to high fan setting. This will help to drive the product into the hair shaft giving you a softer more hydrated curl. Try to avoid using your fingers while drying as this alone can also result in high frizz and unwanted puff. Dry completely for a style that will last. Thirsty curls finish well with your favorite shine spray. My curlfriends looking for a little umph can try a light hairspray with a little texture!
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PREPARING FOR THE
Paw-fect Getaway By Alexandria Pallat
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TRAVEL If you have a dog, chances are that beautiful four-legged creature goes almost everywhere with you, and you probably already have some basic necessities in the car for your getaways. But, when it comes to travel, it’s important to be prepared.
What to know before you go The process of preparing your pooch for a much needed vacay is just as important as the exciting activities you’ve got planned once you arrive. Here are a few things to be aware of before you head out with your dog in tow.
1. The most important step in the process, yet one
dog-adorers may not think to consider: make sure dogs are allowed! If your destination has a website, check the site to find out about their dog policy. If you can’t find a policy online, don’t hesitate to call or send an email. Avoid the heartache and check that pet policy before you book!
2. Remember to look for pup friendly places and activities
while you’re researching the area for restaurants and events. Are there dog parks nearby? Hiking trails? And don’t forget about retail locations. If your dog can’t visit the area with you, chances are neither of you are going to have as much fun.
3. Make sure your accommodations are dog-friendly. If
it’s just a day trip, make sure there are a multitude of dog-friendly options.
4. Know your dog’s limit. Every dog has them. If dogs get
tired or bored they may act out, and that can really put a damper on enjoying your time together. Recognize your pup’s behavior and have an idea of what to do to engage or relax them.
5.Be sure your pup is healthy enough for travel, especially
if you’re traveling long distance. It’s important that he or she is updated on their vaccines and that they have all the medication they’ll need. Even if it’s just a day trip, be sure they are up-to-date on their flea and tick medication. You don’t want to bring home any stragglers!
Reaching your destination Now that you’re adequately prepared, it’s time to hit the road! We usually know to bring the essentials for ourselves — toiletries, clothes, and maybe some snacks — but what are the essentials for your dog? Depending on your trip, you may need quite a few things.
Food: Make sure your pup has at least the number of meals per day you will be gone. So, if you’re traveling for 3 days and your dog has 2 meals a day, you will need 6 meals. To be safe you may want to bring some extra meals.
Medical information: Have your dog’s medical infor-
Water: Purchase a case of water, just in case you don’t
than you think you’ll need!
have access to fresh water, and keep it in the car.
mation, or at the very least your vet’s number, handy. You may want to look up the nearest emergency vet, too, just in case.
Poop bags: A good rule of thumb — always pack more Towels and/or blankets: These can be used for com-
Bowls: Be sure to remember bowls for food and water.
fort as well as for drying off if you’re in, or near, water.
Leash, collar, and harness: If you have a specific leash and collar you use for specific purposes, make sure to pack those.
Toys: If your dog has some favorite toys, bring them along
Treats: Make sure you won’t run out! Your dog deserves a
body of water, like a lake or the ocean — a life vest is essential. Dogs can swim, but the life vest makes sure they stay afloat and don’t get too tired from paddling.
reward for good travel behavior and general cuteness.
so your pup has a cuddle buddy in the unknown environment.
Life vest: If you’re going near water — especially a large
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Know where to go
If you’re looking for fun places to take your pup, consider some of these locations.
Lewes, Delaware is a charming beach community that has a variety of things to see and do with your pup. Most of the retail shops in the downtown area have water bowls and treats readily available. Dogs are allowed on the beach daily during the summer months after 5:30 p.m. and all day during the off-season. Cape Henlopen State Park offers six miles of dog-friendly beach fun during the summer! Rehoboth Beach is another dog friendly destination. In the off season dogs are welcome on the boardwalk and beaches. There are even a few stores solely dedicated to our four legged friends!
Gettysburg Battlefield If you love history, taking your pup on a tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield is a perfect day trip. Dogs are not allowed in the visitors center or the cemetery, but are permitted along the trails. Though there is outdoor seating at restaurants downtown, not many allow dogs, so be ready to spend the day touring the Battlefield.
Mount Vernon George Washington was a known dog lover and owned quite a few. The site has kept his love alive by allowing dogs on the property, with the exception of the Mansion, the Museum, the shops, the orientation center, the Inn, and the Distillery. There remains plenty for your dog to see and smell. The buildings and scenery also provide excellent photo opportunities for your pup’s Instagram.
Whether you’re looking to do an extensive road trip or taking your pup on a day trip, knowing the best way to travel with him or her is important. Every dog is different, so it’s up to you to determine the type of trip you’ll both enjoy. BARK voyage!
Annapolis, Maryland Downtown Annapolis is a bustling dog-friendly town. Dogs are allowed in many of the stores, and the waterfront views offer beautiful locations to sit (and get more photos). The Jetty is a quaint waterfront restaurant that is very dog friendly. Located right on the dock, you and your pup are bound to see some cool boats. They even have a doggie menu!
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Alexandria Pallat is a professional writer and editor and blogger at Digital Ink & Parchment. She is also an adoring dog mom and spends her weekends adventuring with her dog, Belle. Her goal is to help other girls and women work through their struggles from a faith-based perspective. digitalinkandparchment.com | @digitalinkandparchment
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CATEGORY HEADER CAREER On your mark, get set, GOALS!
Start with something you know.
Goals — as in, you’re going to need to set some. Blogs and the bloggers behind them have many purposes — sharing with family, being a resource, selling a product, making money. If you determine your purpose from the onset, it will steer you towards actions and investments that support your goals and away from ones that may derail it. Brandi Riley, fellow blogger at MamaKnowsItAll.com and creator of Courage to Earn, one of the most active and informative Facebook groups for female bloggers and influencers, calls it finding your “why.” You need to fully understand why you are doing what you’re doing online and use that knowledge to guide you. As Riley explains, “When you start a new project with a goal in mind and intention behind your work, it's bound to succeed.”
Bonus points if it’s also something you love. It’s easier to create excitement and interest around a topic you find interesting and exciting yourself. I think Claire Payne, Frederick based blogger behind the relatively new blog WakingUpInspired.com, would agree. Claire shared her philosophy for blog content saying, “What’s important is to write about things that inspire you as much as possible.” This is what helps her focus and reach her goals when it comes to making a space for herself in the blogosphere.
Don’t expect it to happen over night. Building takes time. Building a site, building an audience, building a following, building connections — none of it happens quickly or easily, nor without strategy and precision, or effort and time. Pam Stultz, one half of the Frederick based dynamic duo who writes the popular, long-running blog, HousewivesofFrederickCounty.com, understands the struggle. “Blogging can be a fun hobby, but If you really want to take it seriously, gain a following and even make money, you have to really put in serious hours!”
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The most successful bloggers and influencers are the ones that have found a way to create content that is unique, informative, interesting, and shareable. Remember it’s not all fun and games.
their neighbors’ barking dog on Facebook. But, not everyone Parts of it can be, but it’s also a lot of sweat and toil. Blogknows how to actually leverage the different social media ging for income is a business and with it comes all of the channels with a strategy and purpose. From interpreting tough, hard working, nitty gritty challenges every small busi- analytics to creating paid ad funnels that lead to conversions, ness owner struggles with. From trademarks, licensing, and those who utilize social media to grow their bottom lines uninsurance, to bookkeeping, contracts, and employee taxes, derstand that it’s about a lot more than likes and comments. bloggers spend as much time working on work as they do It may not be easy, but there’s really nothing stopping you trying to snag the perfect selfie with the dolphin they’re riding from launching your career as a professional blogger. The only while on a trip to Cozumel. thing stopping you is, well, you!.
Content creation and optimization is a great place to start. Do you know how to create content and imagery that reaches people and engages them enough to act? The most successful bloggers and influencers are the ones that have found a way to create content that is unique, informative, interesting, and shareable. There is a common misconception that a lot of what bloggers and influencers do can easily be duplicated because everyone knows how to use Facebook. Wrong. Everyone knows how to post photos of their kid’s kindergarten graduation and passive aggressively complain about 54 SASS MAGAZINE | SASSMAGAZINE.COM
Amanda Rodriguez Amanda Rodriguez lives in Frederick and has been blogging since 2008. Amanda is active in the local community, serving on the board of LOUYAA Sports and Oakdale Youth Football. She also owns Trendsetters Digital Marketing, where she works with a number of local businesses to help them create an online presence that helps them reach their goals. thedudemom.com | @thedudemom
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Owning a pet has plenty of benefits, especially for women. Here are some tips on how pet ownership can boost our overall wellness and quality of life!
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CATEGORY HEADER WELLNESS Compared to men, women are twice as likely to develop depression. This may be due to the sociocultural norms today’s women face. In most cases, women are the primary caretakers within the home, as well as working full-time jobs and juggling numerous other responsibilities. This lifestyle brings on much anxiety, which could lead to depression. Many studies indicate that pets are powerful forms of stress relief. They can help lower not only blood pressure but also harmful stress hormones like cortisol, which is associated with depression and anxiety. In turn, pets elevate beneficial hormones like oxytocin, which is linked to happiness and relaxation. Coming home everyday to a wagging tail is the ultimate mood booster for women!
2. Pets Promote Exercise
Sadly, cardiovascular disease and stroke cause one in three women’s deaths each year. There is some evidence that owning a pet, especially a dog, is associated with lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In addition to the social support they provide, a dog offers motivation to get out and get moving daily. People who own pets tend to exercise more. This is also a great way to stay connected to the outdoors. Exposure to nature can reduce hypertension and improve vitality and mood. Walking, jogging or hiking are a few activities to partake in with Fido to help lower blood pressure and keep your heart healthy and strong!
3. Pets Are Social Magnets
There’s no doubt that pets will improve a women’s social life. Dogs make good icebreakers because of their friendly social nature. This helps to overcome the barriers humans often put between themselves and strangers. Researchers have found that strangers offer more smiles and friendly glances to people with dogs. They are even more likely to approach and have a conversation with someone with a canine companion. Popularity in dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants and stores, “yappy” hours and various animal-related events are booming in our culture today. These four-legged fun activities are a great way to get women out into the community and interacting continuously with others.
4. Pets Awaken Maternal Instincts
Many women would agree that caring for a pet brings about their maternal instincts. A woman has a biological need to nurture. When a pet enters her life, there’s a great likelihood that she will care for it as if it were her child. Adding a pet into the household a few years before having a child may be a
A PET PROVIDES Comfort AND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE THROUGH ALL THE Emotional TIMES.
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1. Pets Are Great Stress Relievers
CATEGORY WELLNESS HEADER beneficial way for a female to awaken these caregiving needs. In addition, with pet ownership comes added responsibilities, establishing a routine, decision-making, compromising between a spouse/partner and much more.
5. Pets Provide Emotional Support
It’s natural for women to experience many emotions in life. Hormones like estrogen are often to blame. In fact, estrogen has been linked with mood disruptions that only occur in women. When those inevitable emotions take over our minds, a pet is the perfect companion to have around. Petting a dog or cat has a profound therapeutic effect on both human and furry companions. Whether you’re just feeling down or facing a serious crisis like financial troubles or grieving a loved one; a pet provides comfort and unconditional love through all the emotional times.
6. Pets Encourage Living in the Moment With a never-ending to-do list, it can be hard for women to still our minds and be present in the moment. Pets teach us many valuable lessons in life, one of which is living in the now. Animals do not regret the past or worry about the future, as females often do. As our minds continuously race with thoughts throughout the day, our pets enjoy life in the moment. Animals also teach us about finding joy in the simple pleasures and they give love without judgment. Ultimately, both women and men alike can gain some valuable life lessons from our animal companions. Pets help us to be better people all around! Now, who’s ready to adopt a puppy?
JoJo Pastors has combined her background with her love for animals and is now fulfilling her true calling. JoJo is a partner and investor in concierge companies Moved and Hello Moved; as well as a partner and investor in sales, rentals and brokering at companies Bella Yacht Charters and Brokers. Since 2004 JoJo has been employed at Universal Music Group as a songwriter, producer and publisher.
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The holiday season brings lots good things — warm fuzzy feelings, quality time with family and friends, presents and lots of great food. If yours is anything like my family, the holidays bring too much food, which means leftovers galore! I’m a very big proponent of re-purposing leftovers and these recipes will help you get through them before you get sick of them. My Roast Bird Hash will help you use up a lot of leftovers in one fell swoop, including one ingredient you might not have thought to save before. And my Oatmeal, Turkey & Veggie Dog Biscuits will take a good chunk of your leftovers and turn them into healthy, no-funny-ingredient-added treats for the canine members of your family. If you’re reading this and the holidays are already behind you, these recipes are perfect throughout oven season (aka winter). You’ll find roast chicken and veggies on the menu in my house most weeks until spring decides to make her return.
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CATEGORY HEADER RECIPE ROAST BIRD HASH (SERVES 4 - 6) This idea came after I shredded a roast chicken during a weekly meal prep session. I usually love the skin, but I didn’t need it for the recipes I was going to make with the pulled meat. I was saving all of the bones for a future batch of stock, and I felt bad wasting all of the delicious skin. L E F T O V E R C H I C K E N / T U R K E Y S K I N, C H O P P E D U P ( O R 3 S T R I P S B A C O N, D I C E D ) 1 / 2 TA B L E S P O O N B U T T E R 1 / 2 O N I O N, D I C E D 1-2 CUPS SHREDDED CHICKEN/TURKEY
OATMEAL, TURKEY & VEGGIE DOG BISCUITS (MAKES BETWEEN 16 & 32 BISCUITS) *These could easily be made with leftover roast chicken and chicken broth/stock.* 2 - 3 C U P S O AT F L O U R ( Q U I C K LY M A K E YO U R O W N B Y B L E N D I N G O AT S IN A HIGH SPEED BLENDER OR FOOD PROCESSOR)
2 - 4 C U P S R O U G H LY C H O P P E D P R E V I O U S LY ROASTED VEGGIES
2 C U P S T U R K E Y A N D W H AT E V E R C O O K E D V E G G I E S YO U H AV E O N H A N D ( I U S E D R O A S T E D S W E E T P O TAT O, BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND GREEN BEANS)
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Preheat the broiler in your oven. Heat a heavy-bottomed or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is ready, add the roughly chopped chicken/turkey skin. Stir every few minutes as it renders and begins to re-crisp. After 3-4 minutes add the butter and diced onion. Sauté the onion for another 3-4 minutes. You want it pretty translucent and fragrant. Add the leftover shredded chicken/turkey, stir and cook for another few minutes. Add the veggies and repeat. Give everything a good sprinkle of salt and pepper and stir again. Make four little wells in the hash mix and crack an egg into each one. Move the pan to your oven and broil until the eggs are just set. Once ready, sprinkle with some herbs of your choice and serve. Drizzle with leftover gravy if you’ve got some.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. In a high speed blender combine the meat, veggies and enough stock to puree everything. Pour into a medium mixing bowl. Start with 2 cups of flour and begin mixing. You may need to add more flour to get a consistency you can work with. Once the dough is ready you have two options. Option 1: scoop and drop the batter directly onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet then press down with the tines of a fork to spread out the batter. Option 2: you can go the extra mile — roll the dough out and cut out shapes using cookie cutters. I have a bigger dog so I made fewer but bigger biscuits; you can easily make smaller ones for little dogs. Once the biscuits are prepped, bake them for 30 minutes or until they are nice and golden. After thirty minutes, turn the oven off but leave the biscuits in the oven while the oven cools. This will help them continue to dehydrate. Store in the fridge or freezer depending on how fast you’ll use them.
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