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CELEBRATING TEN YEARS! 44 Style and Grace Mother’s Day Makeover

48 Healthy Living

Erasing the Stigma of Mental Health Conditions

50 WWMB Community


Women to Watch: Business | Milestones | New Girl | Arts & Culture

52 Business & Career

Ten Ways to Have More Effective Meetings

54 Money Talks


Crowdfunding 101—Does it Make Financial Cents?

10 Our Thoughts

56 Our Community

When Faith Trumps Fear

Boys Town North Florida ART Town Women We Admire—Jennie Amison | Haute Happenings | Around Town

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Haute Hats | Must-Have Green Apps | Keep the Conversation Going: Ten Questions to Ask Your Children | Ten Ways to Live Life to the Fullest | Book Nook: Back to Nature | Ten Stroke Awareness Tips | How to Make Your Dream of a Clean Car Come True | Ten Years of Trends

72 Home and Garden

Take a Cue From Copper for Home and Garden Décor

76 The Dish

Breaking the Mold With “Gel”icious Gelatin

22 Faves & Raves

80 Funny Girl

Picked Fresh for You: Ten of our Favorite Spring Finds

24 Bodies in Motion

Sustainable Exercise: Ten Ways to Be More Mindful of Your Exercise Routine

Waiting Rooms: My Haven From Reality | Mother's Day


26 Real Life

Goodbye Girl Fight! Why Women Should Support Each Other

28 Special Feature:

Green Living: Women of Sustainability


Special Feature: Welcome to the TWM Gallery:

A look back on a decade of cover women.

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PHOTOGRAPHERS Nikki Clifton is a journalist and writer whose work in entertainment news and politics made its mark in Florida, Georgia, Texas and Virginia. Nikki is a book-writing coach and advocates for women and children’s rights. Her book is entitled Through-Ruby-Red Glasses.

AJ Abellera is the owner of AJ Studios Photography. He is a member Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild; the Florida Professional Photographers, Inc. (FPP); and the Professional Photographers of America. In 2015, AJ received the Florida Degree of Photographic Excellence (FDPE Florida Master Photographer) offered by FPP. View more of his work at ajstudiosphotography.zenfolio.com.

Michelle R. Nickens is a vice president at the Institute for Intergovernmental Research, a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee, a local actor, blogger and author of the novel, Precious Little Secrets. She is currently participating in Leadership Florida Class XXXIV.

Stacy Rehberg is a professional photographer based in Tallahassee. A member of the professional photographers guild of Tallahassee, her business, Stacy Rehberg Photography, specializes in women’s portraiture and wedding photography.

Jessica McMullen has cowritten and contributed to several cookbooks, including a “New York Times” Bestseller. A former restaurant consultant, Jessica is the owner and chef of KitchenAble cooking school in the Cottages of Lake Ella. You can find out more at kitchenable.net or at chefjessicabright.com.

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“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

When Faith Trumps Fear


eople often ask me how I started Tallahassee Woman. Well, I can tell you I didn’t wake up one morning and think to myself “I think I will start a magazine business.” Yes, a seed was planted and, believe me, there were often days that I didn’t nurture the planting. In fact, I tried to ignore the leading, hoping it would go away. This massive, daunting project was just too much for me to fathom taking on. I feared failure, ridicule and financial adversity. I rationalized why I shouldn’t (or couldn’t) start a magazine. But after months of dismissing the thoughts of why I shouldn’t do it, the fear of starting a magazine was overcome with the fear of not doing it. The fear of failure was soon replaced with something I found more crippling—the fear of regret. I never wanted to look back and wonder what might have been if I simply had faith and just tried. To me, I was more at peace with the decision to take the chance and possibly fail, than to not have tried at all. I won’t tell you that it was always easy—sometimes it was downright overwhelming. But my faith is what has always kept me going—and still does. People who know me will tell you that God is who I rely on for guidance—and sometimes that has meant stepping out in faith, often to places where I could not see the path in front of me. However, I knew that it didn’t matter if I saw the result as successful or not—whatever happened I trusted it was meant to be. And that is what kept me going during the good times and even more so during the bad.

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And the amazing result is we are here, celebrating ten years of Tallahassee Woman. The countless stories of inspiration, courage and love from all types of women in our community, as well as relationships developed over the years, are truly a blessing. Now, when I think back to that seed, planted so many years ago, I see it as a flower—a sunflower. I reflect on this journey and see that sunflower grow, spreading seeds and leaving behind more blooms. So much has gone into the growth of this sunflower of Tallahassee Woman. Such a large part of the growth has been the sun which we see as the brilliant light created by the stories of the amazing women of Tallahassee. As they shared their spectacular journeys with us they have ultimately shared inspiration, hope and love. Thank you to everyone that has supported TWM over the last ten years—our readers, our advertisers, and to the women who shared their stories. And last, but not least, to my amazingly talented team at TWM, who jumped onto this ride with me. What a humbling and joyous decade this has been. Until next time.

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woman woman style | knowledge | trends | wellness

Haute Hats By Jordan Berns


pring has sprung, summer is hot on its heels and with it comes sweet, sweet sunshine! However, sunny weather sometimes comes with a price. Catching too many rays can age us quickly and can seriously damage the health of our eyes. But does this mean we should hide indoors? Of course not! There’s a simple, effective and, not to mention, fashionable way to save face in the sun—hats! Hats are a great way to spice up any outfit, and there’s guaranteed to be a style to fit everyone. Grab a floppy beach hat, a trendy straw fedora or even a classic baseball cap before heading outdoors. Whatever the occasion, there’s a haute hat to match.

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MUST-HAVE Green Apps By Jordan Berns

Looking for ways to be environmentally friendly but aren’t sure where to start? Never fear—these four green apps are here!

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This handy app informs you of your nearest recycling options, wherever you are in the United States. Using your location, the app gives you options of where you can recycle over 350 types of recyclable materials, from old cell phones to plastic water bottles. Simply choose what type of item you’re trying to recycle, input your location and voilà —recycling made easy.

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Yerdle – Swap Stuff, Save Money

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The Seasons app is a great way to decrease your environmental impact at the supermarket. Find out what’s in season around the world and, most important, what’s in season in your area. By purchasing produce local to your area, you reduce the amount of fossil fuels used in transport, which creates less pollution.

woman 2 woman | knowledge

Keep the Conversation Going: Ten Questions to Ask Your Children By Diamond Hunt-Coleman


ave you ever wondered what’s going on in the mind of your child or teen? Here are ten questions that will get you beyond the “yes” and “no” answers with your children, to get the conversation started (and to continue), putting some quality one-on-one time back in the time you spend with them. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

What was the funniest thing that happened to you today? What was the nicest thing you did for someone today? Who/What made you smile today? What challenged you today? If you could be principal or a teacher for a day, what would you do? 6. If you had your own TV network, what would you put on it? 7. What qualities make a good friend? 8. What makes a house a home? 9. If they played music in the hallways at school, what would you want to be played over the speakers? 10. If you could read minds, whose mind would you want to read? Why?


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Breathe Before Reacting

We all say things we don’t mean. Instead of reacting quickly to something that frustrates you, take ten deep breaths while you mull over what you wish to say. Breathing deeply will lower your heart rate and give you time to be more mindful of your words.


QUiet Time Each Morning

Quiet time first thing in the morning is a great way to clear your thoughts and reset your mind. Pray or meditate for 15 to 30 minutes every morning before breakfast and before the rest of the family wakes up. Start your day in peace.

3. No-Cell Sunday Phones can be a huge distraction from mindful living. It’s easy to get caught up to the point where you aren’t living in the moment. Turn your cell phone off or set it aside at least once on the weekend. 4.

Chew, Chew and Chew

Oftentimes eating during a busy day can feel like a chore that must be hastily completed. Try to set aside at least 30 minutes for lunch. Take your time eating and focus on chewing your food as 16  tallahassee woman • april/may 2016

For ten years, Tallahassee Woman’s mission has been to capture the spirit of Tallahassee women who are striving to live their lives to their fullest potential, with their stories empowering all of us to connect with what matters most. Over the years, we have learned that one of the most important aspects of living from the heart starts with the mind. Mindful living is a simple and effective way to restore or renew your joie de vivre. Here are ten tips to get you started!

thoroughly as possible—you’ll appreciate your meal so much more.

5. Appreciate Your Loved OneS In relationships, we occasionally

8. Make "Me" Time Even if we don’t like to admit it, most of us need quality alone time. Choose a day each week to give yourself some attention. Lounge around, go for a walk or bake yourself a treat. Be mindful of your needs, and you’ll be sure to be more mindful of others.


9. Get Outside Many of us have jobs that require us to be indoors for eight hours a day—fluorescent lights and computer screens can be a real downer. Spend at least one hour outside each day, whether that’s eating lunch on the patio or going for a jog before breakfast. There isn’t much about life a little sunshine can’t cure.

forget how important words of affirmation can be. Say something thoughtful to your spouse, your children or other important people in your life at least once a day. Communicate that you’re thinking about them and being mindful of their needs and feelings.

Write It Down People love to complain, but people don’t always love to talk about what they’re thankful for. Write down ten things you’re grateful for once a week. Putting your blessings into words can help you be more mindful of how lucky you are.

7. Read Before Bed We’re all guilty of staring at our computers, televisions or cell phones before bed. However, a much more mindful way to end the night would be to set electronics aside and crack open a book or a magazine. Reading quiets the mind much better than watching the bright lights of a television screen.

10. Throw

Expectations Away

The root of stress lies within our own minds. Being present is easier when you aren’t expecting life to go exactly as you plan. Try entering every situation with a positive, expectation-free state of mind.

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Back to Nature By Jordan Berns


In honor of Earth Day in April, here are several books to help you clean up your carbon footprint by cleaning up your diet. Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition— T. Colin Campbell Dr. T. Colin Campbell is a world-renowned American biochemist concerned with the long-term effect of nutrition on the human body. Whole is an extremely informative and powerful read detailing the health and environmental benefits of making the switch to a whole food, plantbased diet. The World Peace Diet—Will Tuttle The World Peace Diet offers a look at how diet is much more than just the food we eat. Throughout the book, Dr. Will Tuttle encourages us to follow a set of universal principles to make us more mindful of our food choices and to consider how those choices affect people other than ourselves.

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woman 2 woman | wellness

10 Stroke Awareness Tips S troke is the third-leading cause of death for women in the United States, and with May being National Stroke Awareness Month, it’s a good time to be more aware of its symptoms and prevention tips. Knowledge is power when it comes to identifying and preventing this devastating disease.

SUDDEN SYMPTOMS Numbness or weakness: This usually occurs in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.

By Jolee Keplinger

Confusion: A stroke can cause difficulty speaking, thinking or understanding speech. Hiccups: A severe case of hiccups coming from nowhere could be a warning sign. According to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare website (tmh.org), use the FAST method (Face, Arm, Speech, Time) for stroke signs and symptoms to determine whether you or someone you know is having a stroke: Face: (Drooping, sudden numbness/ tingling, blurred vision) Ask the person to smile, and check for a crooked smile.

Headache: A severe headache, occurring without any known cause, may be accompanied by dizziness or altered consciousness.

Arm: (Sudden weakness, numbness, tingling) Ask the person to hold both arms out, close their eyes and check for drifting of one arm.

Blurred Vision: You may suddenly see double or have trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

Speech: (Sudden slurred speech, garbled speech) Ask the person to repeat a

sentence and listen for changes in speech or inability to follow this command. Time: Time is of the essence. In the event of a stroke, time lost is brain loss, so don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 immediately to seek help and go to the emergency room to be checked by a medical professional.

PREVENTION TIPS Be Active: Aim to exercise at least 30 minutes each day. Try reaching the point of heavy breathing while still being able to talk. Don’t Smoke: Smoking thickens blood and increases plaque buildup in the arteries. Eliminating this habit will slash your risk significantly. Avoid Sudden Neck Movement: When attempting a fancy yoga pose or participating in an intense exercise class, don’t neglect your neck. Since it houses major arteries that transport blood to the brain, sudden extensions could potentially break the blood vessel or cause a clot. Lower Your Blood Pressure: Reduce the salt in your diet and avoid high-cholesterol foods when possible. Make an effort to eat 4 to 5 cups of fruits and vegetables each day, drink plenty of water and eat fish 2 to 3 times per week.


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Relax: Women who experience high levels of stress tend to have higher blood pressure, heightening the risk of stroke. Determine a few effective methods of relaxation to incorporate into your daily routine.

How to Make Your Dream of a Clean Car Come True By Diamond Hunt-Coleman Keep Dirt Out: Before

swinging your feet into your car, sit down and knock your feet together. Now there’s less to vacuum when you deepclean your car.


ave you ever dreamed what it would feel like to constantly ride inside a clean car? Everyone has. Here are ten tips to help you achieve your goal of a dream-clean machine.

Protect Your Cup Holders: Use

silicone cupcake liners to keep your cup holders free of crumbs and sticky drink residue.

Keep a Trash Bag Handy: Now you

have a designated location for the disposal of trash. This cuts down on finding month-old wrappers under seats.

Get the Trash Out: Use times such as

purchasing gas and entering a store to get rid of the trash in your car.

Take as You Go: When you’re getting ready to get out of your car, look to see whether there’s anything that you can take back into the house.

Deep-Clean Monthly: Take one day

out of the month to vacuum, shampoo and dust the interior of your car.

Compartmentalize: Utilize car

organizers or small storage bins to keep all necessary car items in one place.

Kill Bad Odors: What’s a clean car if it doesn’t smell like it? Deodorize your carpets and seats to keep the air fresh and clean.

Be Ready for Spills: Keep wipes handy so that when a spill occurs, you can easily clean it up without leaving behind a sticky residue.

Set Ground Rules: Set rules for

yourself and your passengers to follow to prevent clutter and spills.


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woman 2 woman | trends


Although a decade sounds like a substantial amount of time, it’s strange to think that ten years ago was the year 2006. Reflecting back on the past decade, new trends emerged and old trends resurfaced. We can all easily identify trends from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, but will we be able to identify trends from the 2000s? In keeping with our ten-year anniversary celebration, below are memorable events and trends that have impacted society within the last ten years.




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The launch of the social networking platform Twitter. Tallahassee Woman Magazine debuts in April 2006.

Apple debuts the iPhone

The full economic impact of the “Great Recession” was being felt at this time.

The passing of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, on June 25th.





Apple releases the iPad. Justin Bieber (beginning as a YouTube sensation) dominates music charts.


New York’s 104-story One World Trade Center officially opens 13 years after the September 11 attacks.

The world tuned in to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London.


Top name for baby girls was Sophia, meaning wisdom. Top name for baby boys was Jackson.

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NASA’s rover named Curiosity landed successfully on Mars the evening of August 5, 2012.


Tallahassee Woman Magazine celebrates ten years of highlighting the women of Tallahassee.

The word “selfie” was added to the dictionary: a photograph taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.


What will be next?

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woman 2 woman | faves and raves

Faves and Raves In celebration of TWM turning ten, here are ten fresh-picked finds from local stores that we are raving about for spring!

Bermuda Bag by Iota Chic $32 Sweet Patina 2030 Thomasville Road (850) 727-4834

Anemone Cuff Bracelet By Evocateur $315 Hearth and Soul 410 Market Street D1 (850) 894-SOUL

“Usual Suspects” Convex Painting on Wood $445 Suz-Annz Furniture & Design 2811 Capital Circle NE #2 (850) 385-8033

Yellow Sundress By Very J $40 Shine Boutique 2915 Kerry Forest, Suite 605 (850) 765-1857

Snake Wrap Sandal $129 Narcissus 1408 Timberlane Road (850) 668-4807

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Will Leather Goods Tote $265 Cole Couture 1240 Thomasville Road (850) 553-3327

Spring Floral Romper By Timing $30 Sparkle by Madison Manor at Midtown 1108 Thomasville Road (805) 591-0074

Aqua Flower Necklace $16 Divine Designs by Ashley 2522 Capital Circle NE, Suite 9 (850) 536-6264 or (850) 583-0859

Anita Active Wear Sports panty $30 Sports bra $69 Kanvas 823 Thomasville Road (850) 224-7467

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bodies in motion




ustainability—we’ve heard this word in discussions about the environment and “going green,” but what if we could implement this into our exercise routine? It’s easy to fall under the misconception that being fit entails going to the gym every day, pushing your body to the very limit, maxing out weights and doing the most cardio possible. Excessive exercise without variety can do serious long-term damage to your muscles, joints and heart. When it comes to sustainable exercise, the goal is to bring longevity, wellness and balance into your life. It’s easy to have a 0 to 100 tendency in your exercise routine—you might frequent the gym one week but lounge around the house the next week. Consistent activity, while being mindful of your daily, physical limits is really what your body craves. Here are ten ways to sustainable exercise and to keep your body moving forward,

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STRETCHING. This is a crucial part of maintaining our bodies that can easily be overlooked. Not only does it improve flexibility, but it promotes better posture and balance and destresses.

Note: Check with your medical professional before beginning any exercise routine.

HOUSEHOLD CHORES and OUTDOOR GARDENING are easy ways to get your body moving. Push around your vacuum for an arm workout and incorporate squats in between. Raking, digging, pruning and planting in your yard will leave you feeling happier and greener. DANCE IT OUT. Dancing brings instant cardio happiness to your life, so make an upbeat playlist to match your moves, whether it’s folding laundry, cooking a meal or during your pauses from working on the computer. If you have kids or are around children, encourage OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES rather than screen time. DO SOMETHING UNCONVENTIONAL. Go rock climbing, take a pole dancing class or take up boxing. Get out of your comfort zone— you might surprise yourself by picking up a new hobby and meeting new people. Skip the elevator and TAKE THE STAIRS. WALK. Park your car farther away. Pick up an INTRAMURAL SPORT or join a club with other people who enjoy being active and can motivate you in your routine. If LIFTING WEIGHTS, take precaution and make sure you’re using proper technique. Consult with a personal trainer or with someone more experienced beforehand to prevent injuries.

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real life



ave you ever experienced the type of instantaneous female friendships that blossom in a women’s public restroom? Personal stories are shared, compliments are given and empowering moments are created. The snag is when we open those doors—whatever temporary camaraderie we form often fades away once we immerse ourselves back into the world where women often feel pitted against each other. But imagine if we could take all that camaraderie into boardrooms, athletic fields, schools and offices and create an environment where a woman’s first instinct is to lift up rather than tear down another woman. Whether real or imagined, the prevailing notion of how women interact is to compete and undermine one another through indirect aggression. You can see this most easily in adolescent girls. Early on, they feel as though they are competing for status, boys and, most dangerously, perfection. With

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Why Women Should Support Each Other popular media pitting female celebrities against each other in conjunction with perpetuating the idea that girls should constantly be trying to better themselves by having another’s hairstyle, clothes or even attitude, many young girls are getting the impression that the only way to give themselves a boost is to bring others down. Still, this phenomenon isn’t just child’s play. Most of us have disliked a woman on sight, even if we couldn’t take our eyes off of her. We criticize women for what they’re wearing or other surface-level observations. Why? Are we still those middle school girls fighting to be prettier, thinner, smarter or more popular? Some say we can find an explanation behind girl hate in evolutionary psychology, which says that women subconsciously compete for genetic material. But one could argue that in our modern society, we women have more pressing concerns than competing for mates. We’re competing for executive positions, equal

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pay and just plain equality. To further that endeavor, girl hate or girl jealousy must give way to a more healthy form of competition, one that is collaborative and inviting and forms alliances in and out of the workplace. Eliminating girl hate is not just beneficial in the grand scheme of things—it’s good for our own hearts. The harsh judgment women pass on one another only fuels the paranoia of how we’re perceived by others. Feelings of jealousy or blind dislike not only create unnecessary negativity, but they also speak volumes about our own insecurities, whether about our own looks, life or achievements. So the next time you think these types of criticisms, ask yourself where they are coming from. When you’re with a group of girlfriends and hear these comments, offer a different perspective. Embrace the successes and the beauty of others, because doing so will never discount your own unique greatness.

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By Keasi Smith | Photography by Romina Rivadeneira

In recent years, Tallahassee has shown great initiative in becoming a more sustainable city, including the implementation of community gardens, the construction of energy-efficient buildings and the popularity within the community to live green. Defined as the capacity to endure, sustainability is the balancing act of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Many of us have made living sustainably a priority by making minor adjustments to our lives such as ditching plastic, eating locally, carpooling or using our purchasing power to support earth-friendly businesses. Some women have taken this passion a step further and made sustainability not only a lifestyle but a career. Working in city development, public universities, construction, small businesses and more, you can find women throughout the Tallahassee area who are working diligently to educate the public and our leaders on how to make Tallahassee a more sustainable city and implement practices that will benefit our community for years to come.

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Abena Ojetayo Chief Sustainability Officer at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Why is sustainability important? “Sustainability is concerned with how we can collectively thrive within the carrying capacity of our local ecosystem. If we don’t get it right—i.e., balance social, environmental and economic prosperity—things fall apart and we will not survive as a society very long. It is also a matter of global security. When you examine nearly every major political uprising in history, you find that resource scarcity and economic imbalance are at the heart.”

What are you hoping your efforts in your current position will do for your community? “Through creative collaborations and engaged scholarship, I hope to foster a culture of resource stewardship and responsible citizenship at Florida A&M as well as to positively impact our surrounding community. I hope to inspire faculty, staff and students to think outside the box as we try to solve global problems of food, energy, water and infrastructure insecurity.”

Sustainability is often tied to food, economics, nature and our community. What benefits come from this type of interweaving? “From every corner of the globe, for people of all backgrounds and communities of all shades, food and water are central to our lives. Agriculture is perhaps the oldest industry in history. What and whether we eat is the principal driving force of economies and resource extraction. When we understand the interconnections, we learn to value the pieces (nature, economics, food and community) as inextricably linked and then work to protect a harmonious balance between them.”

Are there any common myths about living sustainability you’d like to clear up? “It is a sad misconception to think that sustainable living is about “living on less.” As a lifestyle, sustainability is about living more abundantly, in the wholeness as originally intended by an intelligent Creator. Taking only what you need is not just so others may have; it’s also to protect you from the harmful effects of over-indulging. Extracting less of precious natural resources doesn’t limit our growth; it opens us up to creative, renewable alternatives. Corporate executives are growing profit margins by making sustainability a core business strategy. Engineers are disrupting markets with innovations in renewable energy. Religious leaders are preaching “creation care” to their congregants, and community leaders are sprouting up urban gardens in concrete jungles. There’s room for all of us in sustainability living and action.”

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Jodi Wilkof Founder and President of Green Party Events What is sustainability to you, and why is sustainability important? “Sustainability in the event planning arena means organizing events in a way that lessens the event’s environmental impact. Sustainability is particularly important when planning an event because all events—from small parties to weddings, festivals and big corporate bashes—have the capacity to produce a lot of waste. Without proper planning and thinking about the environmental impacts of the event at every stage of the organizational process, a great deal of event waste will end up in the landfill, when it could have been recycled, composted or not even produced at all.”

What do you hope your efforts in your current position will do for your community? “From on-site recycling and compost collection to rethinking the amount of waste produced, Green Party Events is changing the way Tallahassee deals with event waste. Our hope with this company is that the sustainable event practices we use at our events will one day be expected and standard for all Tallahassee events.”

What is an easy way our readers can start living more sustainable today? “From the perspective of putting on an event, the number one strategy to make the event more sustainable is to plan ahead. Even small steps toward greening an event can have a big impact and can be incorporated with very little hassle. The simplest and most basic thing you can do at an event, for example, is to put out a recycling bin and properly dispose of recyclable materials. Other easy ideas are to use real dishes and utensils instead of disposables and use cloth tablecloths instead of plastic. Don’t use Styrofoam, buy only what you need and donate leftover food and décor.”

How can our readers find more information on living more “green” and what resources in Tallahassee can they reach out to? “Both the City of Tallahassee and Leon County offer recycling bins for events, and you can borrow them free of charge. In addition, Leon County’s website—growinggreen.org—is a tremendous resource for local information about going green. Our website, GreenPartyEvents.com, contains a list of event-related vendors that incorporate environmentally-friendly practices into the way that they do business.”

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Elizabeth Swiman Director of Campus Sustainability at Florida State University What is your role in your current position? “As founding director of Campus Sustainability at Florida State University (FSU), I was able to build upon the work already taking place throughout the campus and bring it under one umbrella. FSU has a long history of conservation and efficiency efforts, long before sustainability was even a buzzword or an operational strategy. Aligning those efforts and using them as a benchmarking tool helped us understand the big picture of our work and identify new areas for infusing sustainability across campus. Additionally, the Sustainable Campus office serves as an educational and outreach program to the campus community regarding numerous sustainability topics and engagement opportunities.”

What are you hoping your efforts in your current position will do for your community? “I try to bring people and ideas together so that sustainability spreads across campus. There are great ideas coming from all angles and a long list of opportunities to further engage our community through outreach, service, research and operations. I get to focus on educating and raising awareness to (mostly) students about how sustainability fits into this moment in their lives by developing their skills and habits so that “green living” becomes second nature. My colleagues and I my work hard to keep identifying new areas that could benefit from a conservation and efficiency framework so that campus can serve our needs responsibly. Keeping an eye on the role we play in the community is key, and FSU is but one part of what is taking place all over Tallahassee.”

What are your aspirations as far as leaving a legacy for future generations? “Watching the campus continuously evolve from the inside is immensely rewarding, but remembering that all change takes time is what keeps me engaged. Our legacy is built by our students and the type of campus they want us to be and by adapting to a changing world and addressing the issues of our time. My personal legacy is the students that have graduated from FSU who were involved with Sustainable Campus from the beginning before there was even an office to call home. I’m proud of the army of advocates we have built who carry their sustainability experiences with them to their professional careers and into their personal lives and who are the next generation of leaders.”

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Nicole Kessler

Teresa Kessler

Marketing, Preconstruction and Accounting for Kessler Construction

Co-owner and CFO of Kessler Construction

Kim Tabah Sales and Selections Coordinator at Kessler Construction

What is sustainability to you? [Nicole]: “To me, sustainability is making healthy choices for my family and my community. This, of course, has an almost infinite number of offshoots. Simple examples include purchasing organic or unprocessed foods at the grocery store, recycling, taking advantage of the beautiful parks our community has and filling my home with healthy products. Ultimately, it’s about using my purchasing power to fill my life with sustainable products and services which, in turn, helps those industries continue to flourish.”

What are you hoping your efforts in your current position as co-owner and CFO of Kessler Construction will do for your community? [Teresa]: “Through our team’s involvement at Southern Oaks Subdivision, the only subdivision in Tallahassee where all homes are built to be certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition, we hope to help share our knowledge with the community about green building practices and encourage other communities to do the same. By building homes that are energy-efficient or remodeling existing homes to be more sustainable, we are able to reduce our environmental footprint and ensure a healthy home.”

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What is an easy way our readers can start living more sustainable today? [Kim]: “Some simple changes readers can employ from a residential home perspective include the utilization of natural gas. Our model home in Southern Oaks is equipped with all gas appliances, water heater, grill and fireplace. Programmable thermostats are easy to install. For readers who want to build or remodel their homes, choose Low-E insulated vinyl windows and Sun Tubes for natural light. True sustainability includes building materials and designs that strive for efficiency and harmony with the environment.”

Are there any common myths about living sustainability you’d like to clear up? [Nicole]: “The myth that it has to be expensive. Everyday sustainable living is getting more affordable as products and services have been on the market longer, infrastructure improves and technology advances. There is always a cost-benefit analysis for any improvements homeowners are considering making to their existing homes or when selecting products and building materials for their new home. Many costs homeowners will incur are lessened when you factor in available rebates and their utility bill savings.”

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Tessa Schreiner Recycling and Sustainability Manager for Leon County What is sustainability to you? “Sustainability is a happy, equal balance among the environment, society and the economy—now and in the near and distant future. If one or more of the tripod suffers, all three will suffer, and that does not bode well for us or the next generations. When I envision a truly sustainable future, I see a high quality of life for all, an economy that thrives on the well-being of people and the planet and a renewed connection with our roots and our communities. We have the knowledge, the tools and the power to shape our future, and it’s up to us to pave the way.”

Sustainability is often tied to food, economics, nature and our community. What benefits come from this type of interweaving? “One of the beauties of sustainability is that it fully embraces connectivity rather than compartmentalizing things. Every person in this world is nourished by food, and many communities are supported economically by agriculture. Many people are employed in agriculture, and their well-being and health is vital to the overall success and sustainability of the industry. Agriculture requires water, energy and other resources for production and distribution, which sometimes puts stress on the environment. When the environment is stressed, it affects people in a multitude of ways, including pollution, droughts and a change in climate. So making agriculture more sustainable minimizes the negative impacts on the environment, benefits people and continues to support communities.”

How is Tallahassee working towards becoming a more earth-friendly city, and why is it important for local governments to include a concern for sustainability when planning and maintaining their jurisdiction? “You can find county-supported community gardens all over the county, many hiking and biking trails and great parks and really energy-efficient buildings. It’s so important for local governments to integrate sustainability into their operations and master plans, because it means wasting less, preserving our beautiful environment and ultimately making the community a better place to live. In Leon County, much of our success is due to our collaboration between different departments—we are able to accomplish something much bigger together than we are able to do alone.”

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Written by Heather Thomas | Styling by Calynne Hill and Terra Palmer | Photography by Stacy Rehberg

In honor of Mother’s Day in May, we invited readers to e-mail us about their mothers. Two marvelous moms were chosen to be treated to a makeover by our stylists and styling partners, along with a photo shoot, receiving a well-deserved pampering break from their 24/7 jobs. As the letters from their daughters illustrate, a mother’s love is forever, continuing to nourish and inspire.

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“Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” —Gail Tsukiyama

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Letter from Sherri Kellum “My mom is the classiest act you could ever follow. She not only runs a furniture business but is also a hard-working real estate broker. I am legally blind due to complications from Type 1 Diabetes, and I also have Multiple Sclerosis. With everything on her plate, she takes me to all of my doctor appointments, and I'm 50! She deserves this makeover not only because of what she gives in her many roles but because of her selfless heart.” Since 1981, Betty Kellum has been a well-respected Tallahassee real estate broker with Betty Kellum Realty and, along with her husband Jim of 54 years, an owner of Kellum’s Furniture and Antique and Design Center. She has two daughters, Sherri Kellum and Kimberly Gay, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Betty says, “The joys of motherhood change as you get older and watch your children evolve into who they are as people.” Because a busy mother and grandmother like Betty rarely takes time for herself, she says, “It was such a surprise and a treat to be able to do this, and I was incredibly touched by Sherri making the extra effort to reach out to Tallahassee Woman Magazine, despite all of her challenges.” For Betty, motherhood has been all about one step, one blessing at a time. “My youngest great-granddaughter just took her first step. I think back and wish that I had known how fast all those firsts would have gone. There’s just not enough time to take it all in, but not a day goes by that I don’t feel completely blessed.”

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Tammy Webb

Letter from Gabrielle Webb “My mom is not technically my mother by birth, but she became my mother when I was 6 years old and changed my life and the lives of my father and siblings. Tammy came into our lives knowing how hurt our family was, but she was committed to making sure we all felt loved, and never gave up on us, becoming the mother we needed, and had always wanted. Through all the tears, laughter, hard and happy times, she raised my siblings and me to be the best we could be.” More recognizable by her voice on Cumulus 98.9’s “John and Tammy in the Morning” show, Tammy Webb has been a prominent fixture in the local radio community for the past 22 years. As a mother and grandmother to a blended family of twelve children, Tammy has been a voice of love and support for her family, and for many in the community. Tammy’s favorite quote about being a mother is by Donna Ball—“Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is… and to forgive yourself over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”

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Erasing the Stigma of Mental Health Conditions By Michelle R. Nickens


he Ad Council launched a public service announcement in 2015, that showed a crowd of people gathered around a huge X-ray screen displaying skeletons dancing, kissing and hugging. When the individuals came from behind the screen to reveal their differences, the crowd’s reaction ranged from shock to tears. There were many combinations of people from all ages, races and genders. The message—love has no labels. But whether intentional or not, labels are often placed on people based on our differences, even though it is our differences that makes each of us special. Have you ever been to the mall or a restaurant and watched people? Each body that passes and every face that you look into are unique. Our hands hold one-of-a-kind fingerprints. Underneath it all are bones and flesh, but each of us is a one-of-a-kind creation. Celebrating ourselves instead of forming negative stereotypes helps strengthen families and communities, builds relationships and trust, improves confidence and wellness, enhances overall health and improves all of our lives. In the area of mental health, stigma continues to be a challenge. Just like our heart, lungs and digestive systems—all our bodily functions—mental health is equally important. Yet often when we learn that we, a loved one or a friend is suffering from a mental health condition, we shy away or become fearful. We may make assumptions or deny a problem exists. Perhaps we feel inadequate or to blame. According to the Mayo Clinic, stigma toward mental illness can lead to a reluctance to seek treatment, fewer opportunities, bullying or harassment and the belief that you’ll never be able to succeed or improve a situation. Dr. Wendy Somerset has a part-time private practice in Tallahassee. She says, “Education and empathy are key. Stigma leads to a damaging cycle. Each human being is unique. A mental illness diagnosis is just one part of a person; it doesn’t define them.”

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Mental health conditions may not be as far removed from our lives as you may think. Dr. Somerset explained that 1 in 5 adults has a mental health condition and approximately 1 in 25 has a condition that causes serious functional impairment. If you consider the number of individuals in your family and in your circle of friends and coworkers, it is likely that you have come in contact with an individual suffering with a mental health condition. There are many different conditions. These are a few examples. Mood disorders can include major depression, dysthymia and bipolar disorder. They affect 9 to 10 percent of adults and often are accompanied by substance abuse and/or anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessivecompulsive disorder (OCD) and various phobias. PTSD, GAD and panic disorder are twice as common in women. Eating disorders are more common in women and can include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affect about 4 percent of adults. More severe conditions, such as schizophrenia, affect about 1 percent of the adult population. Karli O’Neal, LCSW, explained that we all carry different levels of depression or anxiety. Everyone has different coping mechanisms and abilities to handle stress. However, “if someone is generally happy-go-lucky but stops sleeping well, has unexplained stomach aches, suffers from headaches and doesn’t want to socialize and these changes begin to hinder the person’s ability to live or go to school and the behavior goes on for weeks—anxiety may have manifested and will require treatment.” Studies show that talking with a therapist can significantly improve the ability to manage disorders and increase wellness. “In postpartum, for example, mothers can have horrible

thoughts, but their brain is not processing information in the same way,” Ms. O’Neal explained. “We need to file everything correctly. Something gets filed incorrectly and results in anxiety. A therapist can help you rewrite, but not change, your files.” As a parent, family member or friend, it is often hard to know whether someone is suffering or how to handle the situation. Dr. Summer Brooke Gomez, a local licensed psychotherapist, says, “Compassion is paramount to families looking to manage complex scenarios. If a loved one’s emotional or behavioral health may require intervention, put compassion first. Keep a high level of respect for personal autonomy and bring a collaborative spirit to intervention. Ask yourself how you would want the situation to be handled if you were the person of concern and respond accordingly.” Dr. Somerset said, “We can teach our children to integrate mental wellness into everyday living. We can improve our mental health by taking medication, psychotherapy, practicing yoga or meditation, exercising or playing music.” Dr. Somerset also stressed the power of listening.

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Ms. O’Neal said, “Let them know they are loved. Reach out and talk to them. Distractions are good. Set small goals. If they can’t get out of bed, suggest sitting out in the sunshine for 20 minutes. Accomplishing this will make them feel better. Exercise can be the best medicine.” Dr. Gomez stressed that if you are seeking professional help, you should “ask for referrals from people you trust. Research the providers training and credentials. Interview a couple of people and find someone with whom your loved one can achieve a meaningful connection.” May is Mental Health Month—a perfect time to start changing how the world sees mental health. Perhaps someday, children and adults will discuss the importance of mental health as early and as easily as we discuss dental health. We can all do our part in erasing the stigma by being aware, integrating a sensitive and collaborative approach, listening and letting everyone be themselves, differences and all. The National Alliance on Mental Health has a stigma-free pledge to help erase the stigma of mental health conditions—to see the person, not the illness. Visit online at nami.org for more information. tallahassee woman • april/may 2016 49

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El’lise Bethel, founder of High H.E.A.L.E.D Hearts—H3, established this organization to assist families affected by domestic violence. H3 offers preventive tools, counseling and education. She has been nominated for a Black Woman Are Award, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, in May, and is preparing for the inaugural “Labor and Delivery Conference,” to be held on June 3–4 in Tallahassee, as well as the 2nd Annual Blow Out Domestic Violence Week and the 2nd Annual Paint the Park Purple.

Christina Neuhauser, the director of Administrative Services at Salter>Mitchell, is now dual-certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the HR Certification Institute and a Senior Certified Professional (SCP) from the Society for Human Resource Management. Christina has been with Salter>Mitchell since 2007. Before joining the firm, she spent six years working as an Account Technician at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She holds a master’s degree in Communication Theory and Research.

Barbara Uchino is a seasoned psychologist who, after working at Florida State University’s counseling center and then more recently at the Department of Veteran Affairs, has opened up her private practice in the Midtown area for clients with mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and adjustment. She also provides couples therapy, helping partners with their struggles at any stage in their relationship and is a certified sex therapist.

Sally Butzin recently teamed up with her daughter, Charlotte Butzin Beal, to write a book that challenges the new norm of “manic birthday parties.” Best Buddies Birthday offers parents a comprehensive guide for fun and simple parties. The mother-daughter duo attributes their inspiration for writing the book to their concern over excessive and expensive parties becoming a norm combined with their concern for the amount of stress that is placed on children when planning parties.

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business & career

10 Ways to Have More Effective Meetings By Diamond Hunt-Coleman


ave you ever been sitting in a meeting wondering,“When will this be over?” Or “How does this benefit me?” Maybe you’ve conducted a meeting where it seems like you’ve lost the attention of those in the room. Here are ten tips on how to conduct a more effective business gathering, taking the mundane out of your next meeting.

Time Waits for No One

Start your meeting on time. Those who are constantly late will get tired of missing out on important information, and those who are on time will be encouraged that their valuable time is not being wasted by waiting for others.

Is This Meeting Necessary?

You should ask yourself this question prior to calling your meeting. If you can send this information out via e-mail and get the same response, then maybe there is no need to call a meeting.

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Keep It Short

Aim for shorter meetings. Try to complete an hour-long meeting in 30 minutes. This will take prior organization and a concise agenda that should be strictly adhered to as much as possible.

Should Everyone Attend?

Keep Presentations Engaging

A meeting doesn’t have to be a theatrical circus, but everyone should be engaged so that decisions are not made just to get out of the meeting.

Summarize the Main Point

Unless it’s mandatory that you include everyone in a department or company, aim to include only the individuals who are the decision makers or those who are a part of an existing project or goal.

Prior to the close of your meeting, summarize what was and was not accomplished and what your next meeting will cover. Clarify the tasks that were determined at the meeting and who will be working on them.

Hear People Out

Keep a Record

Give attendees a stated, predetermined amount of time, ranging from one to two minutes, to share their ideas and opinions after an agenda item has been presented. This helps everyone to feel included and brings diversity to a discussion.

Ask for Feedback

Don’t be afraid to send out an e-mail or even ask prior to adjourning the meeting what could have been done differently. This is a learning experience for everyone.

The more important the decision, the more pressing the questions will be. Aim to have the meeting minutes out within 24 hours.

The “E” in Team Is Encouragement

Encourage coworkers to bring fresh ideas to you prior to the meeting so they can be included on the agenda. After the meeting, thank everyone who attended and acknowledge their efforts at the meeting and their contributions in your workplace.

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Does It Make Financial Cents? By Jordan Berns


aving a GoFundMe or a Kickstarter account has become about as common as having a normal bank account. It seems every time you open Facebook, there’s another person trying to raise money to fix his/her car, pay for medical bills, start a business, etc. But what you are often left wondering is does this actually work? Do people really raise enough money to accomplish their goal? Basically, does it make financial sense? Let’s address the first question: Do people really raise enough money to accomplish their goal? The answer is a resounding it depends. Basically, crowdfunding works only if you (a) know what you are doing, (b) spend all of your available time promoting the campaign and (c) create an amazing promotional video. If you don’t know what you’re doing, then simply starting a Kickstarter campaign will not get you anywhere. Successful campaigns require you to think and run the account like an entrepreneur. “Running a crowdfunding campaign is like living one year of a startup on steroids,” states Aaron Schwartz of the Young Entrepreneur Council in an article for FOX Business titled “Should You Do a Crowdfunding Campaign?” 54  tallahassee woman • april/may 2016

The next important point is that in order for the campaign to work, you must spend every available moment pushing the campaign in one way or another. “That means personal e-mails appealing to all of your friends (and even acquaintances),” Schwartz says. You must interact with people on a daily basis to gain traction for your campaign. If nobody knows about your account, it’s very unlikely someone will stumble upon it and donate money for no reason. And the final point is that you need to create an attentiongrabbing video. “The most important part of your campaign is your video,” says Schwartz. Yet the video can take lots of time, money and resources that you may or may not have. A cookie-cutter video isn’t going to cut it. Ultimately, does crowdfunding really make financial sense? If you can spend as much time working on the campaign as you would on a full-time job, then yes, crowdfunding can be very successful. Yet if you only have time to create the account, crowdfunding is probably not the best option for you. In essence, crowdfunding is only worth as much effort as you put into it.



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OUR COMMUNITY A look at the events, organizations, businesses and people that make Tallahassee a great place to live—and love.



or over 100 years, Boys Town has provided hope and healing to broken families and children in crisis. A multifaceted organization, Boys Town works to meet the most basic needs of children as well as prepare them for greater opportunities in the future. By building confidence through providing education, fostering social skills and facilitating healthy relationships, children who are victims of abuse and neglect can find healing and hope. Boys Town North Florida, which opened in 1983 as the first of the organization’s 11 national sites, works with individuals on a local level to be more impactful on a larger scale in the community. An exciting new element was recently added to that work as Boys Town celebrated the opening of ART Town (Art, Resources and Training). This retreat center is a family-friendly safe haven, designed to facilitate a therapeutic environment where children can express themselves through dance, music and art. ART Town is a picturesque home set on 2 1/2 acres of land, with each of its rooms serving a different purpose—a cozy reading room, a brightly colored art room and a therapy room with natural light spilling through white-paned windows. Many of the children served at Boys Town North Florida have had no prior exposure, or access to expressing themselves in an artistic way. “Studies have shown that art increases selfesteem, creativity and confidence among children,” said Dena Strickland, Boys Town North Florida Development Director. Much like an artist who imagines a masterpiece in his or her mind, the idea for ART Town was born from musings during a children’s art project in 2013 and through the tireless efforts of the site’s Capital Campaign Team (Charley Redding, Audra Pittman, Kelly Pettit, Kathleen Carter, Rhonda Baldock, Ken Bender, Jason Crowder, René Hanselman, Mary Moor, Natasha Simon, Jay Smith, Dena Strickland and Camden Whitlock). Through the efforts of those invested in the overall well-being of children and families, ART Town will nourish, heal and inspire for many years to come.

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n a bright Saturday morning, Jennie Amison is sitting at a desktop computer reviewing her customers’ orders. She’s the co-owner of Artistic Awards and Engraving in Tallahassee alongside her husband Mike. I offer her coffee, and without missing a beat, the 5 foot oneinch storekeeper replies, “No, thank you. It stunts my growth.” The Amisons opened their store in 2004 running it out of their home. Nowadays their custom gift business has grown into a quaint, busy storefront on North Monroe. “We get to know our customers really well. I enjoy being in the store, laughing with people. We become like family.”

Originally from Slidell, Louisiana, Jennie attended high school in Dallas, Georgia, and met her husband Mike there while they both worked as ambulatory medics. Originally from Tallahassee, Mike obtained work as a Firefighter in Leon County and they relocated back home. Five years ago Jennie was nominated by her co-workers at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for a makeover sponsored by Tallahassee Woman. She’d been hospitalized for surgery and they were glad to have her back. “The makeover was such a nice surprise. They gave me flowers, a beautiful haircut and a complete outfit.” After managing the pain for a number of years, Jennie says the finality of the decision to have surgery was heavy. “My family was there for me, and going back to work helped tremendously. I leaned on prayer— 58  tallahassee woman • april/may 2016

"I felt accomplished, like I was doing what I always wanted to do, and was unstoppable..." a lot. I figured that since I was still here, the Lord wasn’t finished with me yet, so there’s more work to do,” she smiles. The week following her surgery, Jennie was rushed back to the hospital for shortness of breath and pain. While she initially thought she’d pulled a muscle, doctors discovered a pulmonary embolism, and were amazed she hadn’t come in sooner. Jennie would be hospitalized four additional times over

the span of three months, with one of the visits in the I.C.U. Jennie has a unique philosophy about life and how she’s been able to not only survive but thrive through her challenges, though. “I’m like a cat. I have nine lives,” she jokes. She was ready to make a new choice.

“I sat with Mike and told him that I had a long-held childhood dream and that since our daughters were now older, this was the opportunity to chase it,” she says. Jennie had decided that along with managing the store, she wanted to become a law enforcement officer, and Mike was on board. “After the makeover, I felt there was nothing I couldn’t do.” “I was nervous,” she says. “Training would be very physical, and not only was I out of shape, I was also the oldest person in my police academy class. People said things like, ‘Aren’t you starting a little late?’ and ‘do you really think someone will hire you?’” she laughs. But by academy graduation on October 1, 2012, Jennie had already acquired her new-hire start date of February 27, 2013, with the Tallahassee Police Department. “I felt accomplished, like I was doing what I always wanted to do, and was unstoppable. As women, we are usually primary caregivers and the time we make for ourselves is short. I showed myself that balance can be made so that you can accomplish your dreams, and still be a wife and mom. It made my daughters proud too.”

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haute HAPPENINGS Spring Fling 2016: Under a Vineyard Moon

May 12, 2016 | Tallahassee Nurseries At 7 p.m., join Big Bend Hospice (BBH) for fabulous food and wine in the beautiful gardens of Tallahassee Nurseries. The event is a fundraiser that will support underfunded programs at BBH such as emergency support, grief and loss assistance and music therapy, which are provided for thousands of patients and their loved ones facing the overwhelming reality of a life-limiting illness. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit online at bigbendhospice.org.

From Simple to Sublime: Centuries of Settings at Goodwood March 31 – June 1, 2016 Goodwood Museum and Gardens

An exhibit and a series of events tell the story of ceramic use and dining customs in the region through time using Goodwood’s porcelain collection and archeological artifacts. On April 1, there will be a talk about Downtown Abbey bridal fashions at 12 Noon, and on April 8, a lecture will be given by an archeological specialist beginning at 12 Noon. On April 10, a free ice cream social will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. On April 15, a luncheon featuring a speaker on Meissen porcelain will be held at 12 Noon. On April 30, there will be an antique roadshow-style event for the public to bring antiques and collectibles for appraisals. On May 6, an archeological talk is scheduled for 12 Noon. For additional information, visit online at goodwoodmuseum.org or call (850) 877-4202, extension 228. 60  tallahassee woman • april/may 2016

Springtime Tallahassee Festival

April 1–2, 2016 | Downtown Tallahassee Tallahassee’s 48th annual celebration of spring is one of the largest and most celebrated in the Southeast. At Kleman Plaza on Friday night, a music festival will kick off this two-day event. On Saturday, the celebration will continue with a parade at 10:30 a.m., the Jubilee in the Park art show, a children’s park, a 5K run and local entertainment stages. For more information, go to springtimetallahassee.com.

SportsAbility 2016

April 7–9, 2016 | Various Locations The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association is proud to announce this annual event that as been promoting physical activity for people of all ages and abilities. This celebration of life will feature a resource expo with various sports, leisure activities and clinics. Participants will have the opportunity to

try activities such as sit water-skiing, rock wall climbing and horseback riding. This event will be located at the Miracle Field at Messer Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, TCC Lifetime Sports Complex from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and the Ochlockonee River State Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information regarding SportsAbility, visit fdoa.org or call (850) 201-2944.

West Side Story

April 7–24, 2016 | Theatre Tallahassee This musical, based on the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, is set in New York’s Upper West Side during the ’50s. It focuses on the social problem of teenage street gangs with differing ethnic backgrounds. The sophisticated music and extended dance scenes contribute to the overall dark theme. To purchase tickets and for more information and showtimes, visit theatretallahassee.org

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Word of South Festival

April 8–10, 2016 | Cascades Park Celebrate the literature and music of the South with a variety of performances, poetry readings, interviews, literary discussions and book signings. In addition, there will be a dedicated children’s program. For more information, call (850) 224-0461 or go to wordofsouthfestival.com online

April 23–30, 2016 Forest Meadows Tennis Complex

This 20th-anniversary celebration begins at 4 p.m. with a worship and praise service in St. John’s sanctuary. In Alfriend Hall at 5:30 p.m., the gala will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and a jazz concert. For more information, visit gracemission.net.

Tallahassee will be the final tournament in the USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge. This event benefits the Vogter Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, which cares for patients who suffer neurological trauma. For more information, visit tallahasseechallenger.com.


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April 23–30, 2016 Forestmeadows Tennis Center Tallahassee Attend the final tournament of the USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge and see the greatest tennis stars face off for a chance to earn a Main Draw Wild Card into the French Open. Bring your family, and watch the action. For more information about tickets, sponsorships or volunteer opportunities, visit our website or call the TMH Foundation at 431-5389.



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of improving the health of babies by participating in a 5k or 1-mile walk. Join a team or start your own to help raise funds to fight prematurity in the local community. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information, visit marchofdimes.org.

This family-friendly event, hosted by the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation, benefits the Tallahassee Memorial Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free and donations will be accepted at the door. To learn more or to sponsor, visit rockthepinklipsync.com.

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Women Who Mean Business Awards (WWMB) May 12, 2016 | FSU Alumni Center

The WWMB awards recognize selected inspiring and influential businesswomen in our community. At 11 a.m., there will be a networking tea, and an awards presentation will follow, to announce winners in six award catergories, including: Entrepreneur, Innovator, Legacy, Rock Star, Service and Torchbearer. For more information on the event, including sponsorship and ticket purchase, visit talwoman.com or call (850) 893-9624.

April 16–17, 2016 Tallahassee Downtown Chain of Parks

Tour of Gardens

Tallahassee’s annual two-day art festival will be held beneath the moss-draped oak trees in the downtown Chain of Parks. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., browse exhibits of artwork for purchase from more than 150 artists from around the country. For more information, go to chainofparks.com. April 23, 2016 | Tom Brown Park

This 23rd annual educational and fundraising event is enjoyable for all who appreciate the art of gardening. A variety of gardening styles and landscape design solutions will be displayed. A breakfast along with a silent auction will begin at 9 a.m. Participants will then be given maps and directions for a tour of Tallahassee’s fine home gardens. For more information, visit floridastateparks.org or call (850) 487-4556.

Enjoy a fun day outdoors while supporting the March of Dimes and its mission

For more Haute Happenings in Tallahassee, visit the Council on Culture & Arts' (COCA) events page online at MoreThanYouThought.com.

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AROUNDTOWN Events • Benefits • Activities

Tallahassee Women Lawyers


Tallahassee Women Lawyers hosted an event that featured American Bar Association President Paulette Brown. The event took place in early February with over 120 people in attendance, including Supreme Court justices and other members of the judiciary. 2


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6. 1. Magie Ozarowski, Linda Bond Edwards, Marisa Button, Catherine Chapman, Christin Gonzalez, Elizabeth Barron, Karla Ellis 2. Jack Harkness, Honorable Barbara Pariente, Martha Barnett 3. Karla Ellis, President Paulette Brown, Honorable Peggy A. Quince, Honorable June McKinney 4. Angelique Hutchins, President Paulette Brown, John Hutchins 5. Christin Gonzalez, Marisa Button, Magie Ozarowski, Lee Wagner 6. Catherine Chapman, Honorable June McKinney, President Paulette Brown, Dorcas Washington 7. Sandy D'Alemberte, President Paulette Brown, Martha Barnett

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JFLW Living Fashionably Well Fashion Show 2016


It was a beautiful day for an outdoor event, as the Joanna Francis Living Well Foundation held their 5th annual fashion show fundraiser at the Goodwood Carriage House. Guests were welcomed with refreshing mimosas and a photo booth, milling around the terrace prior to the show. Survivors of breast cancer had the chance to be models for a day as they walked the runway with humble confidence and contagious smiles. 2.








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Diane McCain Pop-Up Party

Tallahassee Woman hosted a Pop-Up Party for the February/March 2016 cover woman, Diane McCain. This event was held in The Social Room at Madison Social and it recognized all of Diane McCain’s accomplishments and her involvement in the community.


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2016 Leon County Heart Ball




1. Dr. Marilyn Cox and Katherine Blyth 2. Dr. Akash Ghai and Dr. Ritu Ghai 3. Kim Barnhill and Dee Dee Medina 4. Ray and Liz Shashaty

Over 400 guests attended the annual gala, the 2016 Leon County Heart Ball. Guests enjoyed a special performance by Tallahassee Ballet. The evening was enjoyed by all and important funds were raised for research, education—all part of the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.


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Fast Cars and Mason Jars


Tree House of Tallahassee hosted a fundraiser to support their efforts at The Farm on Meridian. This event is their primary fundraiser and is crucial to raising the financial support needed for Tree House to care for the neglected children of Tallahassee and the surrounding nine counties. 2.


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Copper tones, which have recently made a resurgence, have the ability to effortlessly transform your home and garden while seamlessly blending with existing colors and finishes. With numerous hues and textures to choose from, this underrated metal can easily assimilate into your décor.


Candleholders These decorative additions add dimension to the mantle or dinner table.

Knobs Whether embellishing your cabinets or enhancing the front door, this subtle addition also serves as a significant update.

Furniture Copper-toned table legs, arm rests, chairs and end tables make an excellent addition to any room. In order to avoid overwhelming the area, choose either one anchor piece or a few small accents.

Light Fixtures Available in a variety of sizes and styles, they radiate warmth while casting a gorgeous glow. Make a statement by clustering a few small fixtures or by investing in a large piece, serving as the room’s focal point. Pots and Pans Copper, being an excellent conductor of heat, is making a comeback in the kitchen. When hanging copper cookware from a pot rack or along the wall, practicality and presentability coincide, providing the kitchen with a cozy ambience.

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Breaking the Mold With “Gel”icious Gelatin By Jessica Burchfield

It may be selective memory, but many foodies today most likely have forgotten that a plethora of salads, hors d’oeuvres and desserts can be made with gelatin. Not long ago, this fascinating substance was used routinely to create congealed dishes in a variety of shapes using molds made of pressed tin, copper, and pastel plastic. A few months ago, somewhat reluctantly, I became heir to a vast collection of these treasures. With chagrin, I recalled horror stories shared by friends of how family meal time during their childhood always included congealed sides made from canned fruit, served with a dollop of mayonnaise on the top. Faced with an entire menagerie of molds in shapes including rabbits, cats, fish, trees, hearts and shells, I went searching through the yellowed pages of vintage cookbooks and found my own tasty variations for food that is a little retro and a little jiggly, and doesn’t contain any canned fruit! Did you know that gelatin can be purchased in both powder and sheet form? When using powder, adding water and letting it soften for a few minutes is call “blooming.” After gelatin is bloomed, you should add a warm or hot liquid to completely dissolve the granules before combining it with other ingredients. tallahassee woman • april/may 2016 77

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Asparagus Terrine 6-cup terrine mold or 2 loaf pans and a canned drink to use as a weight 1 lb fresh asparagus ½ teaspoon salt Kettle of water 1 envelope (2 teaspoons) unflavored powdered gelatin 2 tablespoons cold water

Smoked Salmon Mousse Individual molds or 1 large fish-shaped mold that will hold a total of 6 cups filling Butter for greasing mold 1 envelope (2 teaspoons) unflavored powdered gelatin ¼ cup cold water 1 cup heavy cream 78  tallahassee woman • april/may 2016

1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese, room temperature 10.5 oz chèvre, room temperature 2 cloves garlic, pressed 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, minced fine 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced fine 2 tablespoons scallions, minced ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 roasted red peppers, cut into strips

Wet the interior surfaces of the terrine mold or loaf pan with water, line with plastic wrap—with generous overhang on each side then spray the interior of the plastic wrap with olive oil. Bring water in kettle to boil, rinse and trim asparagus as needed and place it in a rimmed baking pan in a single layer. Pour enough boiling water over asparagus to cover each stalk. Add salt. Allow asparagus to poach in this water as it cools and turns bright green. In about 5 minutes the asparagus should be slightly tender and brighter in color. Drain the water from the pan and set aside asparagus. Pour the gelatin into a small saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of water and allow it to bloom for 5 minutes. Place ricotta, chèvre, garlic, rosemary, thyme, green onions and black pepper in the work bowl of a food processor and pulse until blended. Heat the gelatin in the saucepan on low heat and stir until gelatin dissolves, about a minute. Slowly drizzle this gelatin into the food processor

½ cup boiling water 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 small shallot, grated ½ cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon sriracha 8 oz smoked salmon, diced fine or flaked

Dressing: 1 tablespoon dry dill 1 cup Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

Garnish: baby lettuce leaves, cherry tomatoes, capers

Grease the interior of the mold(s) with butter. Pour gelatin in a large bowl, cover with the ¼ cup of cold water and allow it

while pulsing to blend with the cheese. Scrape sides of bowl and pulse again. Place a single layer of asparagus stalks in the bottom of the mold, with the stalks in alternate directions. Pour 1/3 of the cheese mixture over the asparagus layer. Place the red pepper strips in a layer over the cheese layer. Do another layer of cheese, then asparagus, then the remainder of the cheese. Use any remaining vegetables for garnish when unmolding. Cover prepared terrine with the edges of the plastic wrap, top with terrine weight or another loaf pan, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, remove weight and open plastic wrap. Place serving plate upside down on mold and invert mold, carefully lifting it off of the cheese. Remove plastic wrap and garnish plate with remaining vegetables and fresh herbs. Serve terrine with crackers or French bread.

to sit for 5 minutes to bloom. In another bowl, whip the 1 cup of heavy cream. Add the boiling water to the bloomed gelatin and whisk to completely dissolve. Add the lemon juice and shallot to the gelatin and stir to mix. Add mayonnaise and sriracha, stir to mix, then fold in the salmon. Fold the whipped cream into the complete mixture, taste and add more salt or sriracha if needed. Pour mousse into mold and allow it to chill overnight. When ready to serve, place mold in a tray of hot water for about 10 seconds, place platter on top of mold and invert. Surround the fish with a bed of baby lettuce leaves and garnish with thin cucumber slices, capers, lemon slices and cherry tomatoes. Whisk together ingredients for dill sauce and serve on the side with the mousse.

Grandma Walton’s Strawberry Angel Food Parfaits 12 cylindrical 1-cup molds (or a standard cupcake pan for 12) Butter for greasing molds 1 pint fresh strawberries 3 cups heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 1 prepared angel food cake (homemade or from bakery) 6 oz strawberry-flavored gelatin mix 1 cup boiling water 1 cup ice Strawberries and fresh mint sprigs for garnish Butter the inside of your molds. Cut angel food cake into slices about ½'' thick. Use a circle cutter to cut 12 circles the same diameter as the bottom of your molds, and place one circle of cake in the bottom of each mold. Rinse strawberries, remove stems, and cut enough of them into thin slices (about half of the package) to place decoratively around the edges of the molds. After you have lined all of the edges of the molds, dice the remaining berries into ½'' cubes. Cut 12 more circles of cake that are the same diameter as the top of the molds and set aside. Cut any remaining cake and the edges of the circles into small cubes. Whip the heavy cream on high with your mixer until peaks form. Add vanilla and powdered sugar; continue beating until cream is stiff. Empty the gelatin mix into a large glass measuring cup. Add 1 cup boiling water and whisk to dissolve completely. Add enough ice to the measuring cup to increase the volume by one cup. Stir with a whisk to dissolve ice. Add a few tablespoons of the still liquid strawberry gelatin to dye the whipped cream pink if desired. Add the cubed strawberries and cake to the gelatin mixture and a little of the whipped cream to lighten the color. Spoon the gelatin mixture into the lined molds. Top each mold with the remaining circle of cake, cover molds and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until gelatin is set. Place the unused whipped cream in a pastry bag in the refrigerator also. When ready to unmold, fill a shallow dish with hot water and place molds in the water for about 5 seconds, remove from water and invert onto a plate. Garnish with the prepared whipped cream, strawberries and fresh mint. tallahassee woman • april/may 2016 79


My Haven From Reality By Lisa Pallardy


got my oil changed today! Now, to most people, this might not seem like a sentence that should end with an exclamation point. However, most people don’t have six children. I also end sentences like “I have a pap smear today!” and “I get a root canal today!” with exclamation points. Now, don’t get me wrong. It isn’t the oil change or the pap test or the pulling of teeth that causes me to be so happy. It’s the time I get to spend in the waiting room. The peaceful escape from the otherwise chaotic existence that defines my life. I’ve read and heard about so many people who complain about this waiting period. There have been articles written and emails forwarded about people who actually send invoices to their doctors for the time spent sitting in a waiting room, or people who deduct dollar amounts from doctor bills equivalent to the hourly wage that person believes he or she is entitled to have been paid for his or her time spent waiting. But as a work-at-home mother with six children, I say “Can’t that lady over there go first? I haven’t quite finished reading this article about Angelina and Brad. I'll just be another five or ten minutes.” I have actually always kind of felt this way about waiting rooms, even before my husband and I decided to take over the task of populating the earth. I think most businesses go to a great deal of trouble and expense to make waiting rooms cozy, and the trend is getting better each year. Take magazines, for instance. Where else (besides the library) do you have such a wide selection of magazines at your disposal? Fashion, pregnancy, tabloids, relationships, hunting, cars. It’s a veritable free-for all. Sometimes the hardest part is deciding which magazine to read! Don’t want to read? Then how about television. And I’m not talking Disney Channel or Cartoon Network...I’m talking NEWS! Really! News! I so rarely get to sit down and watch the news, that this is another one of those words I like to end with an exclamation point. And the news channels not only give you never-ending insight into the top stories of the day, but, apparently understanding that we are a nation of multi-taskers, the television news programs also have a scrolling bar (sometimes more than one) that let you 80  tallahassee woman • april/may 2016

know about stock prices and other top news and weather stories. All news. All the time. Ahhhhhhh. Oh, and, please, let’s not forget the refreshments. The car dealership where I got my oil changed today had a wonderful selection of coffees, teas, even hot cocoa! There was a basket filled with mini muffins—poppy seed, blueberry, even apple-walnut (I know, I tasted them all!) The black leather chairs were big and cozy, and the flatscreened, wall-mounted television was quietly playing the news to an audience of one (that would be me). Yes, oil changes, pap smears, root canals...bring ’em on! All completely uninterrupted by children tattling on one another. All completely uninterrupted by children asking for another snack, or climbing on the kitchen table. All completely uninterrupted by children fighting over the remote control, or flushing important objects down the toilet. What’s not to love? I actually considered asking the mechanic to go ahead and put a new engine in while he was at it...I was in no hurry. Lisa Pallardy is a mother to six terrific children and a crazy dog named Sammy. She is also the owner of BarkTalk.com, specializing in New Puppy Announcements, as well as gifts for dogs and dog lovers. Source: Ezinearticles.com.

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