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5 Facial Care Tips Fashion Basics ACTIVE FITNESS

Motivation For Success

Be inspired by the story of the Harmon’s continual climb to success

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First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the inspiration and the guidance on this path. I will forever give you the honor in my success and failures knowing you are the CEO of my life. Also, I would like to take the time to appreciate my parents for their constant support and love they have given to me both in my dream and as their son. I will forever thank and love you for that. SPIA is the name that represents the art of pursuing your dreams and staying focus when completion seems impossible. This is the first issue of SPIA magazine and with this issue SPIA will be laying a foundation of creditable information from creditable sources and giving insight into Beauty, Fashion, and Lifestyle. I want to thank those who have made contributions to the creation of this vision and a personal thanks to Charles Doucette, Shymika Taylor, and Sharia Roberts for their constant help and support in my dream over the past few years, those things never go unnoticed or forgotten. SPIA is “Creating a Standard”. Read... enjoy... and visit www. for constant event coverage and up to date information from SPIA.

FOUNDER Timothy Munfus Jr. CHIEF EDITOR Timothy Munfus Jr. BEAUTY EDITOR Shymika Taylor

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Charles Doucette - Active Fitness Sharon Liner - Beautiful Words Lori Roberts-Martinez - Diabetes PHOTOGRAPHER SPIA

CONTENTS 4. Beautiful Words 6. 5 Facial Care tips 7. Skin Care Myths 8. Fashion Basics 9. Motivation for Success 10. Active Fitness: Perfect Serve

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Beautiful words

You Don’t Have To Believe In My Dream Author: Sharon J. Liner Altlanta, Georgia You don’t have to believe in my dream Just because you don’t believe Does that mean that I won’t achieve Honey, you don’t have to believe in my dream

You don’t have to support my dream Do you think because you won’t support it That this means I’m going to abort it I don’t need you to support my dream

I refuse to allow you to kill my dream The mere fact that you are trying to kill it Motivates me more to go ahead and fulfill it I won’t allow you to kill my dream

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By: Shymika


Do not sleep in make up!! This is absolutely detrimental to your skin and progresses the aging process. Every night you sleep in makeup, your skin ages by 10 days! Taking a few extra minutes to remove your makeup at night will add years of youthfulness to your skin.

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Facial Ever wanted that perfect skin but didn’t have the time, knowledge, or money? Well, there are some fundamental steps that will aid you in the attempt to protect, reduce early signs of aging, and achieve flawless facial skin.

Moisturize! Using facial creams are essential to keeping moisture in your skin which leads to increased elasticity. Moisturized skin fights wrinkles and fine lines. Moisturize before applying makeup in the morning and after you wash your face at night. Don’t forget your neck! That area needs just as much moisturizing as your face. The neck naturally ages 10 times faster than your face!


Clean, clean, clean! You should wash your face thoroughly with a gentle cleanser at least 2 times a day (in the morning and before bed). Make sure to keep your hair and bed linens clean as well. Build up from your hair and a dirty pillowcase can be the culprit of that new bump you notice the next morning.


Use an alcohol-free toner. Toners or astringents are used to remove any final traces of dirt and makeup that you may have missed during your wash. There are advanced toners available that can also restore the pH balance of your skin to ensure it is not left too dry or too oily. Most great toners have a witch hazel base. (a natural astringent)


Drink plenty of water! It’s an age old trick but it really makes a big difference in the look and feel of your skin. The increase in water helps flush out impurities in our bodies that can lead to oily or acne prone skin.

In addition, find a good moisturizer that has a SPF and does not contain mineral oil. The sun is one of the leading factors that contribute to aging. issue1.indd 6

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w/ Shymika Taylor

Dark skinned people do not sunburn. Not necessarily. Dark skinned people can get sunburn. It is important to protect your skin from over-exposure to the sun, no matter what your complexion. Too much sun can be detrimental to the skin in many ways, including speeding up the aging process, skin cancer and other skin diseases.

Exfoliating the skin can help remedy break outs or acne. False. Exfoliation should be done when the goal is to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of your face to reveal new healthy skin cells. You do NOT want to exfoliate if you are dealing with breakouts or acne. This will spread the bacteria and dirt that is causing the breakout in the first place, and can spread around your face. The solution is to mask. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to decrease irritation to your skin. Be sure to use warm water to open your pores. Follow with a good quality mask that will draw out the impurities out of your skin and clear up the blemishes. You should not mask more than a few times a week. It is important to note that your break out or acne may get worse before it gets better since the mask is bringing those impurities out of your skin and onto the surface. Be sure to cleanse your face morning and night. Over a short amount of time, your face should clear up. Any lotion works for dry skin. False. If you have dry skin, it is important that you find a lotion that contains moisturizing agents that will absorb into the skin and protect your skin from outside elements (wind, sun, etc). Look for a moisturizer with essential oils (cocoa, shea, etc). Also make sure the product you use does not contain mineral oil. Mineral oil clogs your pores and prevents the product from absorbing into the skin. Other great ingredients for moisturizing and protecting dry skin includes Vitamin E and antioxidants.

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Fashion basics


1. Pants on Waist

1. Fitting Body Type

We may believe this applies to a younger generation but we have all been a victim of the infamous “Plumber Butt”. Wearing pants at waist can secure pants giving a professional look no matter what environment you are in. Adding a belt not only fastens pants but further enhances your appearance.

All looks are not good on everybody. Accentuate the best features of your figure and bring less attention to any problem areas you may have.


2. The Tuck Rule Tucking in shirt gives a crisp appearance and can define a nice physique even if you are a few pounds overweight.


2. Quality Clothing Make sure clothes are of good quality. Cheap fabrics can cling and be unflattering.

3. Clothing Alert

3. Be Confident

Quality clothing enhances appearance tremendously. Make sure your clothing fits properly and beware of fading and holes that sometimes can be out of your visual sight.

People, definitely the opposite sex are attracted to confidence. Great clothing is one thing but the appearance and striding with confidence brings the attention to you not just on the dating scene but in interviews, meetings, and public events.

4. Smell Fresh Clean hygiene and fresh breath can leave a long lasting impression on the person or persons that you interact with. It can also be a plus on the dating scene.

5. Watch the Time Although we have cell phones, IPads, laptops and other modern day technology sometimes it is more convenience to wear a wrist watch. You don’t have to worry about dropping it, the battery running out ever 2 hours, or leaving it somewhere.


Best Face Forward

Make sure your makeup and hair looks polished. If you are not into wearing a full face of makeup, make sure your eyebrows are shaped (the eyebrows frame your entire face). Put on a little mascara and lip gloss. Make sure your skin looks great as well.



Be aware of your everyday facial expressions. You may be in a great mood but your demeanor may not reflect it. Be approachable and warm.

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Motivation for Success


Path to Success The path to success for most is a series of overcoming obstacles and persevering through discomforts both personally and socially. SPIA highlights the motivation for success and gets a vantage point from individuals who through adversity continued their path for success and stayed motivated to reach their goal. We will follow the Harmon’s as they give us insight and their motivation and perseverance for their success.


efore the Harmon’s became united as one, Regena possessed the motivation for success; which begin at a fast food restaurant. Although a teenage mother, she pushed passed the stereotype of the young mother and not only worked but quickly advanced into management. While working a full time job and raising a child, Regena went to school earning a certification in the medical field. After working and advancing in the medical administration department her destiny was not quite fulfilled. With the advice of her fiancé and peers, Regena left the medical field to pursue a career in the beauty industry. Along with a supportive fiancé she took on the task to go back to school full time. By going to school day and night, she took a two year program and completed it within eight months accomplishing her license in cosmetology. She was recruited to work for a major hair salon at the starting level. Her professionalism and business savvy advanced her to management level within two months. Before she could get comfortable in her current position, she quickly became an area manager for this salon chain, managing 16 stores. Her motivations lead her around the world visiting some of the most exotic places such as China, Spain, and Thailand. To start from the very beginning and rise, takes a lot of determination. Odell started at Sears and Roebuck. Like most college students, he worked full time while attending school. He later went on to work at a polyethylene plant which presented one of his many obstacles to overcome when he was laid off.

Being a young father of two boys, the demands of household responsibilities became overwhelming. At that point Odell sought out advice from a friend and he suggested applying at a car dealership and that’s where the take off began; from sales associate to assistant manager everything was falling into place. Hard times would set in again when his parents passed. This began a downward spiral because they were his backbone. He moved away and his faith began to fade. After a near death experience, he moved back to Beaumont, joined Antioch Missionary Baptist Church and under the leadership of Dr. John R. Adolph he regained his faith, sought God more v i g o r o u s l y, married his beautiful wife, Regena, and began his road to redemption.

“When you have a dream, you have to put work and action behind it.”

The “Happily Ever After” didn’t begin right away. After they married, adversity set in again when they had to live in a home with one livable room. This was a very humble beginning for the couple. The Harmon’s devised a five year plan that would put them where they wanted to be. They believed, “When you have a dream, you have to put work and action behind it.” Focused and determined, they achieved their goal in two years by saving, sacrificing, and living modest. As they began to grow and advance, they were now ready to purchase a new home. Because they put God first, stuck to the plan and kept focused, they were privileged to build from the ground up. The Harmon’s have a beautiful family, beautiful home and represent the idea of being motivated for success. We all have our separate paths. The Harmon’s took the cards they were dealt, supported each other, kept their faith in God and remained committed to their plan. issue1.indd 9

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Active Fitness The Perfect Serve


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rom the weekend amateur to the avid competitor having a great serve can give you a great advantage over your opponent before he or she has a chance. Charles Doucette, a former Collegiate Tennis Athlete, is a U.S.T.A member, and a Certified PTR tennis instructor at a major health & fitness facility in Houston, TX. He has five tips on improving your serve and maximizing your serve potential. The technique he will introduce is called the Graduated Success Technique. This is a five step technique that uses a five cone setup that gradually allows an individual to master each fundamental serve technique at each individual cone to eventually incorporate it to a perfect serve.

Start by lining 5 cones starting at the net with even distance to the baseline. Cone 1 starts at the net.

Step 1: The Toss First, start at Cone 1 with the ball in your nondominate hand (if right handed use left and vice versa). Toss the ball out in front and catch 5 times. Move opposite hand behind head in a back scratch position and repeat ball toss. This will assist in your judgement of a comfortable and accurate toss for you. issue1.indd 10

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Step 2: Contact Get your racquet for steps 2-5 ! At Cone 2, you incorporate Step 1 but here you will make contact with the ball hitting it over the net. Placement is not important. You want to develop consistent contact.

Step 3: Contact Accuracy At Cone 3, We will focus on accuracy and position. Focus on making contact with the ball and placing it in the opposite box across net. Remember you are not trying to overpower the ball; you just want to accurately locate the cross court opposite box with your serve.

Step 4: Full Serve * point toes to opposite net post to properly set your stance Using all the knowledge from previous steps, at Cone 4 incorporate these into a full serve. Again, not an overpowering serve but go through a complete motion of serve: toss, contact, accuracy.

Step 5: Full Serve: Weight Transfer and Static Explosion First check feet to make sure you are behind the baseline (pic1), start with weight on front leg (pic2) and as ball is tossed, transfer weight to back leg (pic3). On swing, transfer weight back on front leg (pic4). Using all the knowledge from previous steps incorporate these into a full serve. Again not an over powering serve but going through the complete motion of serve. 1




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BOOT CAMP FITNESS SPIA went to Lake Jackson to witness a fitness boot camp in action with fitness instructors, Merie and Beate. They pushed their students to the max; challenging their endurance, strength, and mental toughness with exercises like running, pushups and an assortment of drills.

Merie and Beate (above) Trainers of the Boot Camp Fitness

What is Boot Camp Fitness? “It ensures overall well-being and counteracts the effects of aging by offering lots of cardio coupled with strength training, confusing the muscles to where they have to continually build. In addition, in our hectic lifestyles, it is a great stress reliever providing a positive effect by balancing out our hormone levels. Boot Camp Fitness is a great team builder helping to fight obesity by offering group support.”- Beate

Enjoy yourDiet Vegetable Soup 1/2 cup sliced carrots 1/2 cup sliced celery 1/2 chopped onions 10-ounce package frozen peas 14 1/2 ounce can defatted chicken broth 1 1/2 cup water 1 teaspoon dried parsley 1 teaspoon tamari soy sauce 1/8 teaspoon pepper 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder 28-ounce can tomato sauce 16-ounce can red kidney beans, drained Grated Parmesean cheese sprinkle on indvidual serving 1. Spray a dutch oven with Pam. Place the carrots, celery, and onions in a pot. Cook on medium - high heat until tender. Add a little of the water , if needed, while cooking. 2. Add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes *Recipe- from: Eat Smart Think Smart by Robert Haas

Lance Olshovsky “I reduced my mile run from 11:11 to 9:11 in about 10 weeks”

above Lance gives his 10 week improvement testimony

LtoR 1. A good workout always starts with stretching 2. Pushups 3. Merie leads the group in drills this one is jumping 4. Merie leads the group in a run 5. Working hard as they finish their run 6. The group engages in station to station exercises this particular exercise in front is squats 7. Step up drills 8. Short sprints 9. Beatu gives instruction on technique for bar raises 10. Boot Camp Fitness Students after a good workout

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Understanding Your HEALTH

SPIA Diabetes

w/Lori Roberts-Martinez LVN BOCPD

The importance of health has been a concern for Americans and statistics show in America alone *25.8 million children and adults in the United

States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes. SPIA talks with Lori Roberts - Martinez LVN BOCPD who has 19 years experience to gain basic insight on understanding, prevention, and controlling Diabetes.

Diabetes Myths Addressed

What causes diabetes? No one knows the exact cause of diabetes. Some

Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.

contributing factors are heredity, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, stress and

Fact: No, it does not. Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease; type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors. Being overweight does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and a diet high in calories, whether from sugar or from fat, can contribute to weight gain. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, eating a healthy meal plan and regular exercise are recommended to manage your weight.

hypertension. There are also two types of diabetes. Type I diabetes is the body’s inability to produce enough glycogen to be used as fuel. Type II diabetes is the body’s inability to process glycogen due to cells being resistant. What types of food that if eaten at large amounts can lead to diabetes? Simple carbohydrates can cause a release of more glycogen in body than cells can use. Too much protein can also contribute to diabetes in the same manner. What are some preventive methods for diabetes? Weight management, physical activity (i.e. walking) , and a healthy balanced diet.

Myth: People with diabetes can’t eat sweets or chocolate. Fact: If eaten as part of a healthy meal plan, or combined with exercise, sweets and desserts can be eaten by people with diabetes. They are no more “off limits” to people with diabetes than they are to people without diabetes

I have diabetes how can I control it?

Myth: Diabetes is not that serious of a disease.

Monitor your blood sugar regularly, become more physically active, healthy

Fact: Diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

food choices, eat at regular intervals, and stay hydrated. *source: American Diabetes Association Jan. 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet

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