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Contents Ta l l a h a s s e e W o m a n M a g a z i n e | D e c e m b e r 2 0 12 /J a n u a r y 2 0 13


On the Cover

Brooke Shelfer Lochore—Spirit of Goodwill As Vice President of Public Relations at Goodwill Industries—Big Bend, Brooke Shelfer Lochore sees firsthand, every day, how the goodwill of others changes communities and lives, including her own.

d epar t m en t s


Our Thoughts


Sports & Fitness


Girl Talk


Real Life


Business & Career




Women We Admire

Our Holiday Wish To You

Go Wild for Winter White | Don’t Text and Drive | Making the Most From Your Memories | A Time for Celebration Around the World | Your Children Can Be Holiday Helpers | Fire Safety


Faves & Raves




The Dish

Our Annual Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re looking for a gift that will be a holiday treasure, here are some of TW’s favorite picks from local shops.

Seasonal Delights From Your Own Backyard

Every Cookie Has A Story


Embrace Your Season

Does Birth Order Affect Our Personality Traits?

A New Year May Mean A New Job

Seven Ways to Spread Community Cheer | Around Town | Women to Watch

Jenna Larson: Summit for Someone

Funny Girl

Shopping (Non)Sense

IN EVERY ISSUE Capital City Gems 20 | Around Town 44 | Women to Watch 50

About the Cover: Photography by Adam Cohen | Styling by Nancy Cohen | Makeup by Randi Buchanan & Co. | Hair by Lisa Holland | Jewelry from Gem Collection | Dress by BCBGMaxazria | Background provided by Hobby Lobby Photo on page 24 of Brooke Lochore Sweater from Spriggs | Background items provided by Goodwill. 4  t a l l a h a s s e e

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All of us at Tallahassee Woman wish you and yours the most beautiful holiday season and a healthy and Happy New Year.

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Go Wild for

Winter White

Forget the taboo of wearing white past Labor Day since white is the new neutral in fashion trends. Stay chic in the winter with a white coat or pants and contrast it with bold accents or classic black. Save for wearing it at your best friend’s wedding, there really are no rules when it comes to wearing white this season.

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Making the Most From

Your Memories


ooking through photos is a fun way to remember your past. A picture’s sole purpose is not just to serve as a piece of memorabilia but as a reminder of how precious life’s moments are. Printing, editing, scrapbooking, and framing can all be done so easily when you find the right picture. That is, IF you find the right picture. These days, it’s so much quicker to take a million bad pictures, upload them and then forget about them. This buildup of junky photos can lead to unnecessary hassle in the future and can take up data or memory on your phone or camera. Be prepared to face 2013 with a fresh, organized approach to recording memories.

Choose the Best and Delete the Rest. The rule of thumb here is that if you don’t see a picture being printed anytime soon, delete it. However, be sure to keep the handful of good photos stored onto your computer.

Keep It Tidy. When you do store pictures

onto your home or laptop computer, make categorized folders. Select one theme, such as the year and month, and then separate your photos accordingly. This is an ideal way to manage memories and keep the searching to a minimum. Be sure to always back up your photos though, because computers do crash. It is safest to save them to another source, such as a separate hard drive, a flash drive, CD, or a DVD. This safety precaution should be taken every time you upload new pictures to ensure they won’t get lost or deleted.

Memories in the Making. Don’t just store those photos away, never to be seen again. There are thousands of ways to create the look you want for a specific picture or to create an album, and most are found on the Internet. Try,,, or PhotoShop They say a picture is worth a thousand words—it’s never too late to start sharing your stories.

New Year’s Resolution

Do Not Text and Drive


ociety is evolving into one big communication system: we are able to e-mail, video chat, search the web and so many other fun things, all through one little device— our much-loved cell phone. As phones get more and more advanced, we tend to get slightly obsessed with them—even while on the road. Young adults and teenagers are the most susceptible to this dangerous practice. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American teenagers, killing between 5,000 and 6,000 teenagers every year. Even though texting while driving is dangerous, many motorists ignore the dangers and do it anyway, often leading to tragic consequences. The start of a new year is a time for new beginnings. Resolve this year to not text and drive. Most people recognize that texting is dangerous on the road, yet may fail to understand why. Teenage driving accounts for 12.6 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes. Crash rates for 16- to 19-year-olds are four times more than older drivers. Besides texting, talking on a cell phone can double the likelihood of an accident and slow a young driver’s reaction time to that of a 70-year-old. Cell phone usage—the major cause of young-adult accidents—can be prevented with the proper steps. Out of sight, out of mind. Placing your phone in a bag or compartment is a great way to ignore calls. Keeping it in the trunk of your car is another option if you can’t resist the urge to text (or read your texts) while driving. Turn the phone off or on silent. The less you hear, the less you will be tempted to answer. If you are expecting an important message, have a friend or family member riding with you to receive messages and text back. Otherwise, it can wait. Although this problem seems to be more common with teenagers and young adults, older adults are prone to do this as well. Parents and mentors should always keep in mind that they are leading by example. If you set a good example in your home and your community and follow the no-texting rule, the young adults around you are more likely to follow suit. So, if you’ve started thinking about New Year’s resolutions, be sure to add this one to the top of your list to help keep our roads safe for everyone. — Mary Katherine Aaronson For more information or to contribute ideas on how to stop texting while driving, visit

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A Time for

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t’s hard to be a humbug when the air is crisp, the cider is fresh and the fire is warm. No question about it, there’s something undeniably magical about the winter months in Tallahassee. But we’re not the only community that appreciates this festive time of year or the warm-hearted mood it inspires. All across the globe, people have found their own unique ways of celebrating the wintery holiday season through rich traditions, family gatherings and religious celebrations.

Aust ral ia—A Beachy Christmas. With its temperate climate, the land Down Under is a beach lover’s dream during the holiday months. For Christmas celebrations, families often gather along the coast, after exchanging gifts, to barbeque and enjoy the sunshine. Boxin g Da y —The Spirit of Giving. Celebrated annually on December 26, Boxing Day is a public holiday in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. In these nations, employees are asked to spend their “free day” humbly, by using a portion of their paid time off to give back to the community in any way they see fit, most notably by “boxing” up items to give away to charities. Ca rib bean —The Bahamas’ Junkanoo. For the past 500

years, Junkanoo has been among the Caribbean’s liveliest events. A day filled with carnival and festival activities, Junkanoo is held on Boxing Day (Dec. 26), New Year’s Day and once in the summer. Though its origins are widely debated among locals, legend has it that the celebration was established by John Canoe, a legendary West African Prince.

France —Noël. In the French language. Christmas is referred

to as “Noel.” The term is derived from the French phrase, “Les Bonnes Nouvelles,” or “The Good News,” and refers to the gospel and New Testament of the Bible.

It aly —The First Christmas Tree. The Christmas tree’s

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Mexico—The Legend of the Poinsettia. Poinsettias have been a go-to Christmas décor item for some time now in American households. However, it’s our neighbors to the south that first put the two together. Native to Mexico, the poinsettia is believed to have first been used in connection with Christmas in the 17th century. Spread through oral tradition, legend has it that a little boy named Pablo first placed the beautiful flower on a nativity scene when he had nothing else to offer. Ukraine —Dinner by Starlight. To celebrate Christmas,

traditional Ukrainian families enjoy a large 12-course meal. Before the festivities can begin, however, the first star of the night’s sky must appear.

Hanuk kah—Bright Lights and Fried Food. Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the Menorah. The eating of fried food, a custom any Southerner can appreciate, is a practice generally and gladly observed. Menu items may include potato pancakes, jam-filled doughnuts and fritters. Kwan z aa—African-American Pride. Kwanzaa was created

in 1966 as an alternative winter holiday for decedents of African ancestry living in North America. Running from December 26 to January 1 each year, the weeklong series of celebrations can include a wide array of events from elaborate decorating, to candlelight rituals and musically accompanied ceremonies. —Chay D. Baxley

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Teach them basic table-setting rules, and then assign specific tasks, such as: silverware, napkins, putting on the tablecloth, placemats or name cards. Let them choose where the guests will be sitting.

Bake Cookies

Bake cookies for Santa as a family. On Christmas Eve, place them in a spot near the tree with a tall glass of milk. If your children are too old for Santa, bake cookies for neighbors and wrap them in paper lunch bags that they can decorate.

Hang Mistletoe In Your Home

Have the children pick visible spots to hang mistletoe. Whenever one of them walks under it, run over to hug and kiss them! Don’t forget your teenagers—they may act like they don’t like the attention, but a big hug is certain to make them feel loved and appreciated.

Teach Your Kids the Spirit of Giving

It’s easy to literally get wrapped up in excessive gift giving and forgetting to remember the reason for the season. Spread holiday cheer by having your children pick out gifts for families in need and then delivering it to them. It will show them that helping others and giving back is the true holiday spirit. —Katie McCarty

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Fire Safety For the 2012 holiday season, resolve to keep you and your loved ones safe by implementing these simple rules.


he holiday season is a time for merriment and festivities—not fires. But according to the U.S. Fire Administration, these three things often go hand in hand. In fact, every year there are hundreds of home fires involving Christmas trees and holiday lights each year. Since nothing can put a damper on the holiday spirit like an accident or injury, this year, resolve to keep yourself and loved ones safe by implementing a few simple safety tips in your home.

heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, allowing it to be easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. To help counteract these things, always keep your tree stand filled with water.

• Keep your lights right

Maintain the integrity of your holiday lights, indoors and outside, by inspecting them each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory and never overload electrical outlets.

• The Right Tree

If having a live tree is an important staple to your family’s Christmas traditions, look for one of quality. Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Bouncing the tree trunk on the ground can help identify its age; if many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out and is, thus, a fire hazard.

• Heat hazards

Remember, never set your tree close to a heat source, such as a fireplace or

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• Be Prepared and Make a Plan

The holidays are the perfect time to make sure you have all of the safety essentials and to put an escape plan in place for the residents of your home in the case of an emergency. If you don’t already have smoke alarms, get some, and if you already have them, check the batteries and the unit every three months to make sure they are working properly. Store fire extinguishers in strategic locations, like the kitchen. For an escape plan, start by drawing a map of your home, complete with doors and windows. Discuss at least two ways to get out of each room, and make sure all doors and windows open easily. Have a specific plan for anyone who has a disability, and don’t forget your pets! Practice your fire escape plan, making sure that any children in the home know the best way of getting to safety and can do so without adult assistance. — Chay D. Baxley

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Faves &Raves THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE If you’re looking for a gift that will be a holiday hit, here are some of TW’s favorite picks from local shops.

Vintage Christmas Arrangement: $160 Tallahassee Nurseries Gift Shop 2911 Thomasville Road (850) 445-7013

Personalized Photo Holiday Cards: $1.50 each/minimum of 10 Personalized wine wrapper: $10/set of 2 Personalized wine glass: $12 Polka Dot Press 1485 Market Street (850) 894-8737

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Southern Gates 18-inch pendant and chain: $160 Roberts Jewelry and Design Betton Place, 1950 Thomasville Road (850) 422-1373

Chic Buds, amplified loud speaker for iPod, iPhone, MP3 Player or computer: $30.00 Chameleon 1415 Timberlane Rd #315 (850) 597-9319

Vera Bradley, Suzani, 22� spinner suitcase: $300 Cottage Collection @The Grey Fox 206 East 6th Avenue (850) 576-8372.

Kitchen Carousel Tool Set: $55 Index style chopping board set: $72 Vignettes 2066 Thomasville Road (850) 386-8525

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Tulle, Polka Dot Coat: $72 Toms, Multi-Glitter Women’s Classic: $54 Cole Couture 1240 Thomasville Road (850) 553-3327

Putumayo World Music multicultural CDs: $14.98 each Ten Thousand Villages 1415 Timberlane Road, in the Market District (850) 906-9010

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Hindi Press Block Wooden Box: $223 Furniture Showcase and Design The Gallery at Market Street (850) 894-1235

Tory Burch Logo Sweater in Violet: $275 Narcissus 1408 Timberlane Road (850) 668-4807

Mailee, Holiday “Calendar” Pixie, 5 ft. holiday décor: $112 Sweet Patina 2030-5 Thomasville Road (850) 727-4834

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Noteworthy events that you don’t want to miss. LeMoyne’s 2012 Annual Holiday Show November 23 – December 24, 2012 LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts

LeMoyne’s Annual Holiday Show features 100 artists selling their personal artwork and hand-painted ornaments. This annual holiday event is the perfect way to shop local without sacrificing quality or style. For more information, visit or call (850) 222-8800.

The 2012 Winter Festival A Celebration of Lights, Music and the Arts Saturday, December 1, 2012 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Downtown Tallahasee

This year’s events will feature five stages of entertainment, a 3K Jingle Bell Run, the Nighttime Holiday Parade, a children’s activity area, a real candy cane factory and “Ice” Skating at Kleman Plaza. For more information visit

The Chelsea House Christmas Banquet December 4, 2012 University Center Club at FSU

The Chelsea House will be holding its 5th annual Christmas banquet. Guests will be treated to an inspirational program and will hear testimonies from residents on how the Chelsea House has changed their lives. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for a silent auction, followed by a dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. For more information call (850) 3297512 or

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Singing Christmas Tree Performance December 7–9, 2012 Bradfordville First Baptist Church

In the spirit of Christmas, Bradfordville First Baptist Church invites Tallahassee to enjoy over 70 singers performing alongside a full orchestra, children’s ensemble and cast members telling the Christmas story. The event is free of charge. For more information e-mail

Society of Arts & Crafts 45th Annual Christmas Show & Sale December 8, 2012 Dorothy B. Oven Park

The Society of Arts & Crafts 45th Annual Christmas Show & Sale will be held Saturday, December 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Shop from a variety of craft vendors, and enjoy refreshments in a beautiful holidaydecorated location. A great day aligned with a great cause, the Bradfordville First Baptist Church will be collecting donated canned and staple food items for local families in need this holiday season.

26th Annual Victorian Christmas in Downtown Thomasville December 13–14, 2012 Thomasville, Georgia

Turn-of-the-century whimsy, tantalizing aroma’s from street vendors scrumptious seasonal delicacies, charming carriage rides, twinkling lights and the spirit of Christmas surrounding you are all to be experienced at the Victorian Christmas. Event favorites include a victorian museum,

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live musical entertainment, carriage rides, live nativity, a victorian craft village and a winter wonderland for children. For more information contact the Thomasville Visitors Center at (229) 228-7977.

Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra Holiday Magic! December 15, 2012 Ruby Diamond Concert Hall

World-renowned conductor Kenneth Kiesler and a vocal quartet will collaborate with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra in an evening of music that promises to provide its audience with inspiration, entertainment and plenty of smiles. The program will include fan favorites, such as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, a medley titled Feast of Carols, and an audience singalong. The Tallahassee Youth Orchestra Symphony will also be making a special appearance during the evening’s performances. For more information, visit

FSU School of Theatre’s 6th Annual Holiday Benefit Concert December 16, 2012 The Richard G. Fallon Theatre at FSU

FSU’s School of Theater’s Sixth Annual Holiday Benefit Concert will be filled with the melodies of Rodgers and Hammerstein, performed by distinguished alumni working on Broadway and across the nation, as well as current FSU students. The benefit concert features a post-show on stage reception with cast and crew to raise awareness and funds for student scholarships. Admission to the show is $45 or $75 if you include the reception. For more information, contact Brad Brock at (850) 644-1377 or by e-mail at

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Downtown Tallahassee New Year’s Eve 2013 December 31, 2012 Kleman Plaza Area

If you love our local Downtown Get Downs, you’ll certainly be a fan of this year’s New Year’s Eve bash. Featuring fireworks, a performance by musical groups Sister Hazel, Tom & The Cats and plenty of vendors, it’s a fun and free way to enjoy the night’s festivities with your loved ones. For more information, visit

Juan Ponce de Leon to Florida’s east coast. The event will travel back in time to show what Tallahassee looked like in the early 16th century, as “Grand Anhaica,” the capital village of Apalachee Province and the site of de Soto’s winter encampment. Starting at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., there will be a Mass by Bishop Gregory Parkes, living history demonstrations of military arts, foodways, period music, Spanish Golden Age plays and more. For more information visit missionsanluis. org or call (850) 245-6406.

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Mission San Luis will be holding a special reenactment event, First Christmas in La Florida, in commemoration of Florida’s 500th anniversary and the arrival of

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The Spirit of

By Heather Thomas

Photography by Adam Cohen

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“Nothing that I can do will change the structure of the universe. But maybe, by raising my voice, I can help the greatest of all causes—goodwill among men and peace on earth.” —Albert Einstein

The transformative nature of a giving spirit is a powerful one, and nothing seems to illustrate it better than the holiday season and the optimism of a new year. Brooke Shelfer Lochore, Vice President of Public Relations at Goodwill Industries—Big Bend, sees firsthand, every day, how the goodwill of others changes communities and lives, including her own.

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pending some of her happiest moments on the land that she grew up on, Brooke’s love of Tallahassee has been planted as deeply as the roots of the trees that she climbed in the woods that she explored with her family and friends. Living off of Bull Headley Road when it was still just red clay, Brooke was uniquely situated to be an active witness to the new horizon of the northeast side of Tallahassee. Brooke’s father, Fred Shelfer, saw the potential of the area, and being the owner of a large portion of it, he began developing it over time. His vision resulted in commercial and residential developments, most notably the Market Street area and SummerBrooke, named after Brooke and her younger sister Sommer. “From my parents, I have learned the importance of stewardship of the land and the nurturing of community,” said Brooke. Being community-minded was a family affair for the Shelfers, and when Griffin came along, Brooke’s younger brother, being mindful of those with disabilities became a central cause for them as well. “The idea of ‘goodwill for all’ has been in our blood and has been what we believe as a family, all of our lives,” said Brooke. A good deal of that comes from their experiences with Griffin, who was born with undiagnosed cognitive disabilities, and their efforts to mainstream him at school and in the community. “To know Griffin is to fall in love with him. He’s just like you and me, but just does things differently. He teaches us to see beyond what is on the surface and to go deeper.” Gifted with a sunny disposition and a girl-next-door appeal, Brooke is equally at home at a British royal wedding, hanging out at Posey’s Oyster Bar or helping a struggling reader at Ruediger Elementary. She excelled at cheerleading at Leon High School and then at Valdosta State. After college, she taught at several Tallahassee elementary schools before she married her husband Hugh, who is from Scotland. “Living in England and being able to experience European

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culture and traditions while traveling extensively was life-changing. I gained a more global perspective.” While in England, she had her first son, Miles, now 7, and when they decided to return to Tallahassee in 2006, she became a working mother when she began employment at Goodwill. Very soon after that, she had her second son, Cole, now 5. Working at Goodwill has been a natural fit for Brooke since its mission matches her desire to help those who have disabilities or are disadvantaged. “I have the opportunity to be a voice that not only makes the community aware of what Goodwill does on a daily basis, but to speak for those who may otherwise not have the same opportunities due to a disability or a lifechanging situation.” Brooke’s passion for sharing the message of Goodwill reverberates in all that she says and does. “I believe with everything in me in the power of helping a person have choices, especially when things happen to them that they have no control over. Having a job and making an honest wage is a part of our identity and our dignity. When we can help someone find and keep a meaningful job, it gives them dignity, choices and the ability to support themselves or their families.” With over 700 employees, most falling under the category of being disadvantaged or having a disability, Goodwill Industries is a non-profit organization whose revenue from its resale stores goes towards retraining and career placement centers that are open to anyone and to fund 11 complexes with 300 housing units, where many local men, women and families with disabilities have the opportunity to live independently. “Goodwill is helping people discover their own potential. Seeing them have success, prompted by the knowledge that others believed in them, is extremely gratifying. They are teaching me to never give up hope.” Not only does Goodwill teach Brooke and others to see people in a deeper way, but even the everyday, ordinary things that we are tempted to ‘throw way’ and deem unworthy or unusable are given

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a new life and help to create a more sustainable community. “One of the many things I love is that Goodwill is funded by items that someone does not use anymore, and we are keeping things out of landfills since everything not sold in Goodwill’s stores is sold to salvage companies for recycling or helping others overseas. Last year, ten million pounds of unsold goods was diverted from our local landfill, so the generous gifts of the community just keep on giving.” Giving back to the community that has nurtured her and now sustains her own family spills over into every part of Brooke’s life, and she doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Her boys have been known to come with her to Goodwill’s meetings, and many community outreach events. Brooke is also an active member and leader in many local organizations. “I love the connectivity and the flow of goodwill— it’s what makes the world go round. Tallahassee is exemplary in giving back. I think the amount of charities that thrive in our city is a testament to our community of goodwill towards others and is unique, even on a global scale.” For Brooke, the spirit of goodwill is a flame that can burn bright in every season, and is one that needs to be passed on. “I love the quote by Calvin Coolidge: ‘Christmas is not a time or a season, but a state of mind.’ It could be the New Year around the corner or the holiday spirit that gives the feeling of hope and goodwill for all, but I believe that it is something that can last all year round. Living this way has changed my life and I can only hope that I am inspiring others to do the same.” Then, as Brooke has discovered, goodwill towards others becomes a transcendent, endless cycle that compels people to look deeper and give more generously, which can make every day extraordinary.

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Seasonal Delights f rom You r Ow n Back ya r d By: Lynn Soloman Photography by Christie Meresse


Mary Ann Thomas, Rachel Fackender, April Simmons, and Anne Jolley Byrd sample Christmas cookies at their Christmas cookie exchange.

ecking the halls Charles Dicken’s style is as easy as marching out the back door armed with clippers, a big basket and some gardening gloves. If you don’t mind climbing around a few brambles and thorns, the splendor of the season is available for the taking straight from your yard, a friend’s garden or an approved green space, all compliments of Mother Nature. Anne Jolley Byrd’s nature-inspired holiday décor is the perfect adornment for her elegant Betton Hill’s dining room. A Certified Master Gardner, Anne Jolley identifies vines, berries, greenery and flowers that will incorporate into boughs, centerpieces and garland. Using a few tools, such as florist wire, oasis, tape and some carefully chosen vessels, she creates an indoor landscape that becomes a festive backdrop for a cookie exchange party or a holiday dinner. t a l l a h a s s e e wo m a n

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“ . . . .it is well worth a bit of foraging to bring the beauty

of nature inside to share with friends and loved ones.”

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Pheasant feathers, magnolia and grape vine sticks add interest to the chandelier.

A holiday basket filled with Sago Palm, holly, magnolia and lemon welcomes guests at the front door.

“Absolutely anyone can do this,” says Anne Jolley. “All it takes is a little time and patience, but it is well worth a bit of foraging to bring the beauty of nature inside to share with friends and loved ones.” Once you’ve gathered the elements, trim and prep the branches, freeing the stems of growth before placing in the oasis or other structure. Carefully inspect leaves for blemishes and dirt. Leaves can be wiped with a damp cloth or polished with special products available at craft stores. After choosing the venues you wish to decorate around your home, get your creativity on and start building your arrangements. “Many people have a tendency to not put enough fullness in their arrangements. The container should look lush with no bare spots,” says Anne Jolley. Remember mirrors can be a focal point. Wired together pine cuttings, smilax, pyracantha and willow branches frame the mirror in a festive drape of greenery and berries. For dining tables, arrangements should be kept low so as not to obstruct conversation among diners.

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Ev ery Cook ie H as A Story By Rachel Fackender


very year, I, like most, eagerly anticipate the tradition of baking holiday cookies. However, it can also become an extremely time-consuming tradition that can be circumvented by participating in a cookie exchange. Hosting a cookie exchange is a great way to get your hands on a wide assortment of cookies without having to do so much work. One of the recommended approaches to a holiday cookie exchange is to invite 10 to 14 guests. The first rule of exchanges is that all cookies must be homemade, and each guest is to bring a dozen, multiplied by the total number of guests. In order to ensure that your exchange includes a wide variety of cookies, create guidelines and encourage guests to bring more than one type of cookie—rolled cookies, bar cookies, drop cookies, and decorated cookies. Cookie exchanges also provide the opportunity for recipes to be shared. My holiday baking traditions include original, family recipes that are too good to keep a secret! Ask your guests to share their recipes and stories—it could be a story about the cookie’s origin, where they learned the recipes or personal anecdotes about their holiday baking memories.

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½ cup butter 1 cup of sugar 2 eggs ½ tsp. vanilla ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. almond flavoring 2 ½ cups flour

• Combine butter and sugar. Add in eggs, vanilla, salt and almond flavoring. • Stir in flour—mix well and refrigerate 5 to 6 hours, or overnight. • On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters—roll only a little of the dough at a time, keeping the rest chilled until needed. • Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and baked at 400 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes or until delicately browned. • Cool before frosting.


4 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1 egg white Heavy cream as needed

• Mix confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and egg white until smooth and creamy. Add in heavy cream to bring mixture to a spreading consistency. • Frost cookies and set aside to dry for an hour or so before decorating. • Divide remaining icing and make “paint” by adding in food coloring.

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S P O R T S & F i t n e ss

Embrace Your Season Health and Fitness for Years to Come By Angela Howard


ach year, millions of people make a New Year’s resolution to be healthier, eat better and get in shape. But after a few weeks, at best, most have slacked off, backed down or given in altogether. The reason? According to an article in The New York Times, willpower is to blame. Back on January 5th of last year, John Tierney wrote that most people will fail because “they’ll eventually run out of willpower,” something social scientists now say is a form of mental energy, fueled by glucose (sugar) in your blood. Therefore, everyone who resolves to “diet” or slash the amount he/she eats each day is really contributing

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to the demise of her own goals because “the more you starve your body, the less glucose there will be in your bloodstream, and that means less willpower.”

essential part of your life. “The amount and intensity will vary, of course, depending on if you are a child, an athlete, an adult, or a grandmother.”

So, what can you do to be healthy and fit and keep your resolutions in 2013?

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week. That breaks down to about 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Often though, many feel as if they need to go all out, exercising and dieting like they’re training for a fitness competition. Yet for most, that plan is unattainable and can lead to disappointment and failure. Instead, we need to set realistic goals and work step-by-

Local experts say to start by making healthy, realistic, decisions and making them a top priority for you and your family. “Being healthy is so important. If you have your health there is nothing you can’t do,” said Premier Health and Fitness Aerobic Director Beth Culley. Tracy Morales of Healthy Solutions says, “Exercise should be an

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step to achieve them and incorporate them into our everyday routines. “Healthy living means being active every day. It means making healthy eating and exercising a part of your everyday life,” says Tracy. Comparatively, your body reflects different seasons. “As you get older, your expectations do change. I believe you think more about longevity and how to keep your fitness going without injury,” said Beth. Let’s face it, not all of us are as physically spry as we were in the Spring of our lives. Some are enjoying the warmth of Summer, while others are basking in the breeze of Autumn or the bite of Winter’s cold. Each season has its own ups and downs and its own triumphs and challenges. “While my age and body are probably in Autumn, my brain still thinks I am in late summer!” said Tracy. “My husband and I often remark that we still “feel” the same as we did in our 20s and 30s. It is not until I try to do a cartwheel in the yard that my back reminds me that I am not that young anymore.” At 47, both Beth and Tracy have moved past Spring, but living a healthy lifestyle lets both of them stay connected to their younger selves while embracing the women they are today. “My advice for other women my age is to do something every day—you will be a better mom, sister, wife, friend, companion,” said Beth. Beth also encourages women to make time for themselves: take up walking, join a gym, play at the park or get outside with the kids. Getting other family members involved, such as your spouse, will help to get everyone healthy while promoting togetherness. The key then, is to embrace the season that you are in. “My favorite season of life is now,” said Tracy. “While I miss the body of my youth, I love the heart and mind I have now. I have learned and loved too much over time to want to turn the clock back. I know many women over 40 say this, but at a certain age you just finally get comfortable in your own skin. At this age, I can embrace the gray hair, the wrinkles and maybe even the cellulite.”

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Does Birth Order Affect Our Personality Traits? By Katie McCarty


an being the firstborn or middle child directly affect our personality types? Some experts say that there is a direct connection between our birth order and personality traits. Whether you’re a middle, firstborn, last or only child, there is new evidence to back up how family order affects your personality and IQ.

Size of family and spacing

Birth order is directly linked to family size. An American family has an average of two children, but this does not mean all families fall into this category. According to, many are beginning to have more children, thus creating bigger families. Whether you have one, two or ten children, the size and years apart are a big factor. If a family has two children, there is a 50 percent chance one of the children will be the firstborn, whereas in a family of ten, there could be a number of middle children. 36  t a l l a h a s s e e

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The gaps between each child can also be a factor. Some families choose to have their children all equally spread 3 years apart, while others might have a 20-year difference. The children born 3 years apart will have more in common and will be able to relate to each other through things like popular TV shows and music. Children that are more spread out can have a large generational gap, in which each experiences different technology, social norms and world events.


In 2007, a report was released by two Norwegian scientists that stated older siblings tend to be more intelligent than younger siblings. Many criticize and argue that there are numerous variables, not just birth order, that affect intelligence, such as genetics, family wealth and parental involvement. The study shows that each child differs in some way,

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whether oldest, middle, youngest or only child, yet there is no indication as to how. With little research to back this theory up, it’s difficult to determine whether intelligence is affected by birth order, other variables as previously mentioned or both. Our personalities may very well be affected by our birth order. Through numerous scientific studies and examples, it’s hard to determine if the theory is 100 percent true. There are many instances in which these personality traits match your family to a tee, but each family is different and some might not fit into the categories at all. Although there is doubt, we can’t help but wonder if, in fact, personalities are affected by our birth order.

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B U S INE S S & C a r e e r

A New Year May Mean a New Job By Stacy Larkin

Are you ready for something new on the job horizon? In order to excel in the search and in the interview, preparation, avoiding common mistakes and just being true to who you are may be the keys to unlocking the door of a potential new job or career.

• Smile and make eye contact. • Avoid speaking negatively of a previous job or supervisor. • Close the interview. Are there any objections that need to be overcome? Summarize your strengths and what skills you can bring to the organization if they hire you. Be sure to send a thank you note after the interview to the person(s) that you spoke with. This extra touch shows that you have initiative and the follow through that is a valued trait in any employee.

Top 7 Job Search Strategies: • Network, network, network. • Create a strong résumé—sell the actual results you accomplished, preferably using metrics. • Be able to articulate why you are looking for a job and what your short-term goals are. • Clearly understand your longterm goals. Do they make sense with your short-term goals? • Don’t be negative. The interview process is slow and frustrating. Don’t let this shake you up. • Try to arrange “informational interviews”—letting the employer know that you clearly understand that you know they are not currently hiring. Use this time to find out more about the industry’s trends. The more people that are familiar with you and who know how enthusiastic you are, the better. • Think outside the box in order to get your foot in the door. Consult on a short-term project or ask if you can intern for a short period of time.

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• Not prepared for an interview: Make sure to research the company.

Best Advice—Just Be Yourself

• Listen and engage—don’t just talk in the interview. One of the deciding factors in choosing a candidate is how they may “fit” with the company. Employing a conversational style in the interview will help them feel comfortable with you.

It was the second interview of an applicant that had done well in the first interview. The candidate was professionally dressed, shook our hands and asked and answered questions confidently. After the interview, we felt that she had good experience and gave good answers, but that there was something about her that seemed unnatural in the interview, and this made us unsure if she was showing us her “real self.” After much debate, we decided to offer the position to the other candidate, but the other candidate had already accepted another offer. In the end, we did hire the first candidate, and the part of her that she was “hiding” in the interview was a very enthusiastic personality and a one of a kind sense of humor that sets clients and co-workers at ease quickly. When asked why we didn’t see more of that in the interview she said, “I thought you would want a subdued and conservative person.” Moral to the story—be yourself. You may be exactly what the employer is looking for.

• Be honest. Don’t try to answer interview questions with the answers you think the interviewer wants to hear. Be yourself and be honest. Don’t name drop or exaggerate past experience.

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• Behavioral-based interview model: Be prepared to share real examples of personal accomplishments. Many candidates are unprepared for this type of interviewing style. • Remember that the job interview process begins the minute a representative of the prospective employer contacts you. When you are job searching, make sure your phone message leaves the professional image you want to leave.

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Seven Ways to Spread Community Cheer By Mary Katherine Aaronson


Christmas Connection— This charity delivers to families in our community each holiday season. Christmas Connection is open for donations and accept contributions of money, donations of food, clothing, or toys. They are located at 2415 North Monroe Street, Suite #120, or for more information call (850) 523-0123.


Trinity United Methodist Church: Community Christmas Dinner—This Christmas Day dinner,

which starts at 12 Noon and continues until 2 p.m., is open to everyone but is especially intended for those eating alone or not at all. Volunteers are needed to help cook, serve, set up and clean up. Donations of candies, clothing, toiletries and snacks are all items needed to go into goody bags that are given to guests as they leave the dinner. For more information or if you’re interested in helping out, call (850) 878-6064 or send an e-mail to

individuals in need, free of charge. Bring donations to 702 W. Madison Street or to schedule a pick-up send an e-mail to or call (850) 224-3246, extension 205.

5. America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend

—Distributing over 5.5 million pounds of food to those in need, this organization will gladly accept food donations (perishable and nonperishable) at its warehouse, located at 110 Four Points Way in Tallahassee. They are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information call (850) 562-3033.


Santa Paws Walk—Register your dog for the fun-filled Santa Paws Walk or register and walk alone around Lake Ella to help local pets in need. Money raised at this event funds spay-neuter surgeries to reduce animal shelter populations and pets in need of medical care. For more

3. Krank It Up Community Bike Shop

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HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR—Do you know someone who is facing financial difficulties, health challenges, or even a single-parent with children? Friends, family, coworkers and neighbors you know may be struggling to make ends meet at this time of year. Give money, gift cards, pay a bill, or do whatever you think may help make things a little easier on them. Often people who are not used to asking for help suffer in silence. If you think your gift may be difficult for them to accept, send it anonymously—it is always rewarding to be someone’s Secret Santa.



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AROUNDTOWN Special Events • Speakers • Benefits • Activities

Junior League


This year, the Junior League of Tallahassee held their annual kick-off event for the 2012-2013 year at The Space at Feather Oaks. The atmosphere was filled with excitement as members chatted over appetizers and a sunset. Over $7,200 was donated to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation, benefiting Tallahassee Memorial Pediatric Services for COPE. 2.












1. Jill Pope, Kim Outlaw, Jessica Bahaoi, Judi Taber 2. Jenna Lacey, Tracy Scholes, Lily Truesdell 3. Suzanna Malone, Letitia Brown 4. Lawson Yale, Megan Gocs, Sarah Duncan 5. Time and Jessica Bakerr 6. Brittany Jefferson, Judy Taber, Shamona Duffus 7. Megan Milak, Ian MacDonald 8. Ann D Williams, Susan VanLeuben, Mary Linzee VanLeuben, Kristen Williams 9. Kate Wasson, Tenikca Gainey 10. Ashley Ross, Laura Youmans 11. Melissa West, Chantel Telemacque 12. Nancy and Tor Friedman, Monica and Dan Russell 13. Ivette Faulkner, Josh and Allison Aubuchon

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CARDS for a CURE The 7th Annual Cards for a Cure was hosted at Tallahassee Automobile Museum. The event that benefits Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s Cancer Center included a live auction, entertainment and hors d’oeuvers. With the optional pink tie, many of the attendees were dressed in head-to-toe pink in honor of this years honoree, Darcy Cavell. No matter which way you turned, the color pink was there as a reminder of those who have passed and to celebrate the cancer survivors. 1.









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1. Sarah and John Sanford 2. Marie Cowart, Jack Goodin 3. Lauren Thomas, Darcy Cavell, Donna Macdermott 4. Kate Jain, Donya Salmasinia 5. Colleen and Jimmy Minor Own 6. Michelle and Chase Dickson, Kathy Brooks 7. James and Amy Besse, Amy and Keith Cooksey 8. Bill and Stephanie Ragans 9. Cari Miller, Amy Cooksie 10. Jessica and Jason Popple 11. Chris Lumpp and Susan Lumpp, Eric and Sandra Bouchard t a l l a h a s s e e wo m a n

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Belt Buckle Ball Residents of the Big Bend came out to show their support for Shands Hospital for Children. To raise funds for the hospital, there was a silent auction, casino games, dinner and entertainment. The Kahn family was named the Children’s Miracle Network Ambassador Family for this year’s event, after their twin girls were born 12 weeks early. The financial support raised from the event helps Shands maintain and provide the most advanced pediatric medical care available for families like the Kahn’s and thousands of other Big Bend families in the area. 2.







9. 1. David and Krista Kahn, Ryan Kahn and twins Ava and Megan Kahn. 2. Commissioner Gil Ziffer and Gail Stansberry-Ziffer 3. Dr.’s Louis and Julia St. Petery 4. Stephanie and John Nicholas 5. Ryan Flemming, Rachel Nickels and Mary Mangan 6. Michelle and Courtney Young 7. Chris Jones and Dr. Jay Fricker 8. Gary Parsons, Donnie Brodeur and Bart Gunter 9. Stephanie Nicholas and Heather Mears

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The Joanna Francis Living Well Foundation hosted a tribute reception for Darcy Cavell, Cards for a Cure honoree, at the Paisley Cafe. 2.



1. Joanna Francis, Darcy Cavell, Jennifer Taylor 2. LaShunda White, Kiersten Lee Worrell, Darcy Cavell, Lynn Solomon, Anne Jolley Byrd 3. French and Meghan Brown 4. Kelly Pettit



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Women to Watch

is a listing of women with new jobs or promotions, business openings, and changes and awards and appointments or women who are reaching out and making a difference in our community. E-mail information for Women to Watch to


Amanda Karioth Thompson from the Council on Culture and Arts was selected by the Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) awards committee for the 2012 Friend of Art Education Award. This is a statewide award that recognizes Amanda for all of her hard work on behalf of art education.

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Valerie Wickboldt is an award-winning public relations specialist currently serving as the Vice President of Communications at The James Madison Institute. The main focus of her position is to create and implement internal and external communication policies. Jane Springer recently launched LifeStylesbyJane, a wardrobe consulting, styling, personal shopping and wellness coaching services business. Mandy Stark and her daughter, Lindsay, have launched Oooh la Locks, a mobile business that creates glamorous, custom, themed hair-flair makeovers to people of all ages. The Oooh la Locks team is available for birthday parties, sleepovers, local events and more.

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Karen Mercer, founding artist of FairyDust Faces, was recently awarded a Dandi Award, Serial Entrepreneur of 2012. The Dandi awards honor the entrepreneurial spirit, dedication, achievement and community involvement of small business owners. Karen is committed to the success of art instruction in public schools and to the success of local youth organizations. Karen is also the cofounder of the North Florida Face Painters Guild, a nonprofit, educational organization for face and body artists. Kelly Anne Barber, has recently joined the full-time staff at Faith Funeral Home, Inc. She is a licensed funeral director/embalmer. Kelly has many years of experience in the industry. Glyndell B. Presley was recently elected to serve as International Editor-inChief of The AURORA Magazine. Ronica O. Mathis was elected to serve as an International Financial Officer by Sigma Gamma RhoSorority, Inc. Both are members of the Tallahassee Alumnae Chapter, Beta Delta Sigma, and now serve on the sorority’s national board of directors. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., is a nonprofit service and social organization serving five regions, including more than 500 chapters in the United States, Bermuda, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany and Korea. January Littlejohn, co-owner of GlamFans, is celebrating over a year in business of her custom collegiate line of accessories. GlamFans accessories have bridged the gap between fashion and sports by designing on-trend accessories that females wear on a regular basis and making them available in team logos and colors. January launched the custom collegiate line in 2011, which is carried in over 200 NCAA university campus-based retailers across the country.

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Melinda Michelle recently released a Christian novel entitled Surviving Sunday. This release is the first of a seven-book series about the battle between good and evil for the city of Tallahassee. Kerry Anne Watson was named President of Public Relations at the Zimmerman Agency, the largest public relations firm in Florida, and one of the top-three largest hospitality agencies in the United States. Melinda Michelle

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Dr. P. Qasimah Boston of Project FOOD Now and Dr. Tonetta Y. Scott of Dream Girls just received their doctorate degrees in public health and together have designed a program for childhood obesity prevention, called Tallahassee Youth For Change. They use a strategy called photovoice to engage the youth voice regarding ideas and strategies to contribute to improved child health and wellness.

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Kameli Shae Reed Leo is celebrating the third anniversary of her business Global Things, offering items for those who love and appreciate the art of ethnic textile design. (Not pictured)

Dr. Stephanie Cruz Lee

Dr. Stephanie Cruz Lee has recently joined Capital Regional’s Women’s Health practice. In addition to delivering babies, Dr. Lee’s areas of clinical interests include abnormal menses issues, minimally invasive gynecological surgery, infertility and menopausal hormone therapy. She is board-eligible in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a junior fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the North American Menopause Society and of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.

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JENNA LARSON and Summit for Someone By: Amy J. Hartman


Because Jenna feels abundantly blessed by the strength God has given her, last spring she prayed to be shown a way to use that strength to do good in His name. She left her heart and mind open and waited. Some months later, while on a trip with her family, Jenna picked up a copy of Backpacker magazine. Opening it to a random page, she read that the magazine was accepting applications for a Summit for Someone benefit climb. Those selected would climb California’s Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states, and they would do it for a cause. Jenna knew immediately that this was the answer she’d been waiting for. Summit for Someone is a fundraising program developed by Big City Mountaineers (BCM), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “instill critical life skills in underserved urban youth through transformative wilderness mentoring expeditions.” BCM works with approximately 1,000 teenagers annually, and the experience is often life52  t a l l a h a s s e e

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“I’ve been so blessed in my life and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to give back for all those blessings through my love of the outdoors.”

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enna Larson’s strength radiates like an inner light—physical strength, spiritual strength and a strong sense of self. To say she’s high-energy is an understatement. A former competitive bodybuilder, Jenna is a personal trainer and mother of two young boys, ages 3 and 5. She loves the outdoors, and when she’s not teaching Pilates or kick boxing, she can often be seen jogging around town pushing a double stroller.

changing. Participants often return home with a greater sense of personal responsibility, improved self-esteem, and the tools needed to make better choices and stand up to peer pressure. Through a lengthy application process, Jenna was one of ten selected for the Mount Whitney climb, but this is no all-expense-paid trip. Though the climbers will receive some gear from BCM’s sponsors, Summit for Someone participants pay their own airfare, buy their own supplies and, most important, must raise funds for BCM. At $4,000, Jenna’s fundraising goal is steep, but she believes that with the support of her family, her friends and the Tallahassee community, she can do it. “God put this opportunity in front of me, and I have no doubt that He will keep me going,” she says. To prepare for a snowy climb while wearing a pack full of gear, the Tallahassee

native is already training with a 30-pound vest. She’ll increase the weight to 50 to 60 lbs. as the climb draws near. But for Jenna, having signed on for the biggest physical challenge she’s ever faced has taken a backseat to the fact that she’ll be doing it to help others. “I’ve been so blessed in my life, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to give back for all those blessings through my love of the outdoors.”

any advice for someone hearing about her journey and thinking, “I could never do something like that,” Jenna’s response is quick and simple. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13.” Jenna has until February 2013 to meet her fundraising goal. To donate, visit

That’s not to say that Jenna hasn’t had her doubts. When she received the congratulatory e-mail from Backpacker magazine, it included the trip’s required supply list. “I opened up the e-mail and thought, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’” she says. “I’m going to fly into LAX all by myself, leave my babies for almost a week and I’m going to need an ice axe!” During these brief moments of doubt, Jenna relies on the strong support of her family, her friends and her faith to buoy her. “No matter what happens,” she says, “God will see me through.” When asked if she has

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Shopping (Non)Sense By: Heather Thomas


ver feel like holiday shopping is like running on high octane in a hamster wheel? Maybe it’s the thrill of the hunt that keeps us going. Or, maybe it’s the double shot, non-fat latte with a pile of whip cream and chocolate sprinkles on top (which makes perfect sense if you don’t think about it too much). To help your man understand why you would spend hours doing this when you could be doing something more sensible like watching football, there’s the sports analogy. Like a football pile up when the referee is digging through bodies to get to the guy holding the ball, you want to be that guy...or that girl, rather. Once you’re done, you brush the grass stains off, get back on your wheel, and take a few more fortifying sips of your latte. But then you hear the Internet shoppers and gift-certificate-buyers laugh and tell you how “cute” you are. Well, of course we are cute! We wouldn’t go marathon shopping in comfortable clothes and shoes now would we? That would just make too much sense.

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