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Sing Away Your Stress p.50

Just Ask Joyce p.6


Inspirations p.14

What this Age Looks Like p.20 THE BASICS FOR GOOD LIVING p.49

A Perfect Match p.49


Tacos with a Twist p.48

Why Instagram Works for Her p.6 Life of a City-Dwelling Farm Girl p.8 A TRIP TO CHINA CHANGED HER p.10 BEST BODIES p.57


Ways to Stay Married p.8

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Ditch the Guilt and Weight p.49


A Trip to China Changed Her p.10

Before She Goes to Germantown p.56 Why She Loves Cozumel p.50

THE BEAUTY OF PERMANENT MAKEUP p.50 Help Someone Get a Job p.52

Are You Missing Out on Graphic Novels? p.52




Nikki Jackson, Joyce White, and Leslie McCutcheon put on their biggest, most beautiful smiles for this adorable selfie photo. Read more about them in our age feature on page 20.


Photo: Melissa Donald Makeup: Denise Cardwell at Image Works Studio Styling: Alissa Hicks NOV 2016 / TODAY’S WOMAN

NOVEMBER 2016 • VOL. 26 / NO. 12


ou know you’re getting up there in age when you look back over your life in terms of decades versus years. I have always embraced each decade of my life. While many are reluctant to reveal their age or grieve at each birthday, I’m just happy to celebrate another year. As the saying goes, “People who have more birthdays are found to live longer.” My first two decades were my years of education and exploration…not only attending schools but trying new things…discovering what felt “right” for me. I loved meeting new people and attending different events. Some I liked, others not so much. Collectively, they helped me formulate my value system and standards. The 20s were my years of transformation. I married and was officially a “grown up” with responsibilities. We moved from Western Kentucky to Louisville. I interviewed for, started, worked, and resigned from three jobs. I began to seek out a career versus a job. We bought a house, furniture, our first Cathy is loving this coat from Colonial Designs. new car. It was the first and last time I joy and allowing me to be a kid again. let my hair grow long. Today’s Transitions and Today’s Family My 30s were my years of emancipation. magazines, along with websites, joined Following a divorce, I was single and solely our media family. dependent on myself for the first time in I would define the decade of my 60s as my life. I learned I could maintain a house that of celebration. I survived a couple on my own, take care of a dog, and hold a of serious health issues, I began a daily job that required 80 percent travel. regimen of walking, my business is The decade of my 40s was one of growing, my friendships deepening, revitalization. I remarried, and we bought and I am much more comfortable with a new home together. I was promoted to a who I am…for better or worse. senior officer position at the bank where I can’t wait to see what the 70s have in I worked until I decided to pursue a more store, but whatever happens, I’ll embrace fulfilling career. I bought Today’s Woman it and enjoy every day. Regardless of your and began the most rewarding time of age, I hope you do the same. my life. My 50s were the years of exaltation. I became involved in non-profit organizations whose missions had touched my life. Our three grandchildren were born, bringing immeasurable By Cathy Zion, publisher of Today’s Woman

Jennifer Wilham PHOTOGRAPHER/PHOTO EDITOR Melissa Donald STYLIST Alissa Hicks OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Amanda Peyton ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Susan Allen ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Kaitlyn English Teri Hickerson Suzy Hillebrand Joyce Inman CIRCULATION MANAGER W. Earl Zion Today’s Woman is published monthly by: Zion Publications, LLC 9750 Ormsby Station Road, Suite 307 Louisville, KY 40223 Phone: 502.327.8855 The opinions expressed herein are exclusively those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the position of the publisher. Today’s Woman magazine does not endorse or guarantee any advertiser’s product or service. Copyright 2016 by Zion Publications LLC, all rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or graphic content in any manner is prohibited without permission from Zion Publications LLC.

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WHY INSTAGRAM WORKS FOR HER By Lucy M. Pritchett Photos Patti Hartog

Fall Trends

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By Alissa Hicks Photo Melissa Donald Wonderful article about a wonderful woman. She is a true artist when it comes to finding a need and fulfilling it. (Truth in advertising, Jenny is my daughter.) — Dapylil via

Helping others in need - a beautiful idea for a career! Congratulations to you, Jenny.

Camel colored leather. For fall, there is little that can beat that classic, rich hue of camel. Look for a leather jacket in a different style, such as a new twist on the beige trench or something more fitted with an A-line shape.

— thederbycitygirl via


hate Facebook. It is a constant stream of opinions and doesn’t always highlight our best selves. I even had my husband Mark change my password so I can’t get into my account. I find that the people I know and follow on Instagram are posting their happiest occasions and celebrations.

“I follow local artists along with Idlewild Butterfly Farm and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. But some of my favorites are global contributors such as @dailyoverview that offers satellite photos of sites and cities around the world, and the International Space Station @ISS and @NASA. These sites give me a lovely sense of perspective.” — Genevieve Foxworth, who has a personal concierge business named Let Me Get That For You.

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One of her Instagram photos from a Derby day when she was working as a dog walker for friends.

My Husband and I Cannot Agree Here are a few starters to begin a new way to live and love:

By Joyce Oglesby



1. Agree not to disagree. Begin slowly. Initially, decide that one day a week you will be nice to one another, especially at home. (Yes, choose the day that will be.) It will take a concerted effort. Your intentional energy devoted to this arrangement might feel forced at first, but eventually it will become easier for you to be nice while in the presence of one another. 2. Increase your efforts. Yes, expand the days to two, then three, and eventually seven.

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3. Kindness is not just for strangers. So often we spend our best behavior on perfect strangers, friends, and/or coworkers. 4. Your actions are contagious. In its present state, your home life is destined to quickly become one of chaos. Disrespect will run rampant as your kids learn to manipulate you and disregard your authority. 5. Seek professional guidance. Yes, the sooner, the better. Work together with a professional to reach a healthier lifestyle and love life. Write Joyce Oglesby at



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By Marie Bradby Photo Melissa Donald

Here are Sally’s five survival tips for staying married:

rom cell phones and computers in the bedroom and on dates, to reconnecting with old flames through social is a problem that drives couples apart and robs them of intimacy and connection,” says Sally Connolly, a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in couples counseling. She and her husband, John Turner, also a therapist, run Couples Counseling of Louisville. “We go out to dinner and see whole families with their tablet or cell phone in front of them. They lose their connection with each other. And, when you are online all the time, people start winking at you and things grow into affairs.”

1. Focus on the good in your partner and in your marriage. While you will certainly need to address complaints or differences, you will get much farther and be much happier if you think about the positives. Each day, think about what you love about your partner and your marriage. The more you focus on what’s good, the more you’re going to see what’s good.


2. In healthy marriages, there are five positive events or affirmations for every one negative. When couples have that balance, the emotional bank account can handle the negatives that come with disagreement and conflict. 3. Celebrate successes. One research study finds that celebrating your partner is even more important than being there during tough times.

Let your partner know you admire him and relish his accomplishments. 4. Have a ‘together we will figure this one out’ attitude. Couples who see themselves as a team and their future as growing old together are much more likely to hang in there and get through the tougher times than individuals who contemplate ending the marriage or have the belief that divorce is always an option. 5. Develop rituals that tie you together as a couple. Go for a run and breakfast every Saturday morning; attend church together every Sunday and then head out to brunch; close each evening with sharing one good thing about your day; celebrate your anniversary every month; and have a Friday date night.

Sally Connolly recommends reading The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by relationship expert John M. Gottman, Ph.D.


Life of a City-Dwelling Farm Girl By Yelena Sapin Photo Sunni Wigginton

Maggie Keith’s connection to the land is in her blood. She grew up visiting her grandparents on the family’s Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood, Kentucky, which she now runs with her mother as third- and fourth-generation stewards of the land. When she’s not taking care of business, the self-described farm girl works the garden for her 10-person

CSA (community-supported agriculture) network and tends to the farm’s 2.5-acre pumpkin patch. Gardening is her passion, but Maggie also loves the urban perks of living in downtown Louisville with her husband Benton. The Keiths are growing their family, too — their baby is due in the fall, soon after Maggie puts her garden to bed for the winter.

When Maggie needs a break from the garden, she sits in this cowhide chair located at the Foxhollow Farms office. Maggie recently started a TV version of The Farmer and the Foodie on KET. SEARCH: Maggie Keith





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Nora Christensen’s Turning Point may not have changed the direction of her life, but it certainly did change her.


ora is executive director and puppeteer (also known as The Puppet Lady) of Squallis Puppeteers in Louisville. Last year she was invited to be part of an educational project in Xiang-E, China, a village in which hundreds of children died when poorly built school buildings collapsed during an earthquake in 2008. “The idea being that we would help teach the children English in a creative way using music and the puppets. I had about three months to prepare. I had to raise $5,000, get my visa and passport, and shots,” Nora says. “I fell in love with the children (ages 6-12),” she says as her face lights up in the retelling of her adventure. “I gained a respect for how hardworking and intense everyone was.” After the graduation, Nora spent four days by herself in the Sichuan capital city of Chengdu.

Nora and her husband make all of the puppets. (l-r): These puppets from past events include DoDo bird, two owls, a cockroach that danced with My Morning Jacket at Bonnaroo, and bears.

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The trip had a profound effect on Nora. She found things to be very different in a country that is 12,000 miles from Louisville. For one thing, she says, the government has a say in when airports are opened. The water and electricity is turned off and on at whim. “I couldn’t depend on being able to take a shower or even have lights on in my room. I had lots of moments where I thought,‘Wow. We have it pretty good in America.’”

She learned that things are going to happen that aren’t always according to plan and discovered that she could roll with that. “I also gained a greater appreciation for the life and things that I have here, but also I developed an absolute love of the Chinese culture. I have read 20 novels about China since I got back. “I have been so inspired to expand on what I saw and experienced there. The trip was definitely eye-opening.”

24 THINGS (Why 24? Because we are 24 years old!)

Happenings, news, and tidbits that caught Today’s Woman’s eye this month

Today’s Woman headed out to three local stores and found some great gifts!

By Anita Oldham

3 “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” —Betty Friedan

4-9 N  ovember


NOVEMBER 4 ~ 8:30am Daughters of Greatness event with speaker Ashley D. Miller, co-owner of Athena Health and Wellness, who will speak at the Muhammad Ali Center.


Horrible Adorable Wall Hangings ($69-$150, Handmade, Block Party)


NOVEMBER 6 ~ 1-7pm: Fall Tea Festival hosted by the Louisville Tea Company. Live music and dance performances, sidewalk sales, tea demos.


• Handmade Block Party, 2916 Frankfort Ave. Louisville and 560 S 4th St. • Digs, 3905 Chenoweth Square • Backyard Birds, Shelbyville Road Plaza


Yard Decor from Rich Kolb Yardbirds (Turtle $86, dragonfly $19.99, Backyard Birds)


NOVEMBER 11 ~ 6-10pm: Third annual Purses, Pouts & Pearls — supports the American Cancer Society at Woodhaven Country Club, NOVEMBER 12 ~ 6pm Candle Glow Gala benefiting Hosparus. NOVEMBER 11 ~ The KyCPA Women’s Conference is for all women and will feature keynote speakers Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak of the Good Bones HGTV show. Also learn about building a network, establishing yourself as a brand, and communicating better. NOVEMBER 18 ~ 11:30-last race: 10th Ladies Day at the Races — benefits equine workers at Churchill Downs and their families.





Humming Bird Feeder Use your own bottle and feed the hummingbirds ($60, Backyard Birds)

Wooly Bubbles Soap wrapped in felted wool for easy scrubbing ($12, Handmade, Block Party)



“At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.”



Birdhouse made from recycled barn and home wood and metal ($42, Backyard Birds)



Did you notice Today’s Family is inside this issue of Today’s Woman! Turn to page 48 to find it.

—Ann Landers

16 14 Birdhouse ($60, Backyard Birds)

Speaking of AGE: Today’s Woman turns 25 next month! Don’t miss our special December issue.



Night Lights ($30, Handmade, Block Party)

17 Hold Your Coat!


Stationery by Gemma Correll (Price varies, Handmade Block Party)




Eclectic Artwork Prints from many different artists are available. (Left: Amy Wiedl, $45, right: sewing basket, $40, Handmade Block Party)

Bar Tools: Muddler/Stirrer ($36, Digs)

Louisvillian Danielle Rydberg didn’t know a trip to New York City last December would lead to an invention. While there, she discovered shopping can be difficult when having to carry a heavy coat. “Every time I would walk into a store, I got a blast of heat so we took off our coats. I was left holding my coat, my son’s coat, my shopping bag, and I had a cup of coffee. I didn’t have a free hand to browse the rack,” she says. To eliminate the inconvenience, Danielle created The Jasling, a gender-neutral crossbody strap you can sling your coat over. You can buy The Jasling on for $24.

Botanical Diffuser Red Currant and Cranberry or the Forest Reed scents ($65, Digs)




Vicky Sawyer products: Cups, napkins, trays, and matches with this artist’s artwork, along with various cards (Prices vary, Digs)


Fairy Tale Necklaces Charlotte’s Web Cinderella Snow White ($37/each, Handmade Block Party)





















SPICE UP YOUR TACO NIGHT Story and Photo Paige Rhodes


hen school starts, the struggle to find quick and delicious weeknight meals becomes all too real once again. Taco night is a go-to for many families, but the same fillings and toppings can get boring. Step outside of your comfort zone by using fresh ingredients such as kale, mushrooms, and avocados for your next taco Tuesday. This recipe can be whipped together in 30 minutes and is a nutritious and tasty way to get the whole family together at the table during a busy week.

Spicy Chorizo Kale Tacos with Mushrooms and Avocado Crema Yields 4 servings

Ingredients For the Avocado Crema 2 ripe avocados juice of 1 lime 1/4 cup fresh cilantro 1/2 tsp salt For the Tacos 8 corn tortillas 1 lb fresh chorizo 1 cup white mushrooms, quartered 2 cups kale, stripped of stem and coarsely chopped 1/2 cup crumbled feta or cotija cheese fresh cilantro to garnish Instructions For the Avocado Crema Add avocado, lime juice, cilantro, and salt to a small food processor or blender, and blend until the avocados are smooth and creamy. If the mixture looks too thick for drizzling, add a couple of tablespoons of water or milk. Set aside. For the Tacos Heat a large skillet over mediumhigh heat. Brown the chorizo, breaking up the sausage with a wooden spoon. When the chorizo is browned, add mushrooms and cook until soft.



Warm tortillas for 10 seconds in the microwave or in a very low oven. To Assemble Layer chopped kale on the bottom of a warm tortilla. Top with a few tablespoons of chorizo and mushroom mixture and sprinkle on cheese, as desired. Drizzle on prepared avocado crema and garnish with cilantro.

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GET RID OF THE GUILT By Brigid Morrissey Photo Patti Hartog


indy Brown struggled with her weight as a youngster. Now, at Cindy’s business, Cedar Grove Wellness Center in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, clients see a thin, healthy woman. “I say to them, ‘I come to you with principles that I’ve practiced from a young age.’

The bulk of Cindy’s method is nutrition-based. Instead of stressing the latest extreme diet or preaching exercise seven days a week, she uses the honest approach. “I gain 10 pounds at Christmastime, and I’m not ashamed of it. I’m not afraid to live. I love being real with people.” A major obstacle that Cindy consistently battles

A Perfect Match By Alissa Hicks Photo Melissa Donald

Carol Brinkman lives with Ginger, her dog adopted from the Shamrock Foundation, and more recently added Brandy from the Kentucky Humane Society, “It’s been amazing to me, with whatever Brandy’s past was (she had been neglected), how she and Ginger act — it’s like they’ve been together forever. We wondered for a while if they were originally from the same litter. They are so similar in every aspect.”

from her clients? Guilt. “No one talks about it. I’m here to help. I want people to understand that they’re not alone.” Her plan empathizes with the average modern woman who doesn’t have time to cook every evening and work out every day. Instead, learning a few tricks, such as not allowing those addictive sweets in the house, and doing a combination of cardio and weight training three days a If necessary, Cindy week, keeps recommends things more nutrition supplements realistic. SEARCH: Cindy Brown

for her clients to meet their specific needs.

The Basics for Good Living

By Bob Mueller

Once our physical needs are met, the basic desires of the mind and heart remain. Simple pleasures feed our essential selves: listening to music, being outdoors, seeing a beloved face at the door, laughing all the way, knowing we did our best work, wearing clothes softened by age, reading all day, watching a flight of wild geese, and breathing deeply. Such soul food has been at our fingertips all along. Simple joys are both abundant and easily gotten. We are surrounded by them. Be open to sensory pleasures: the taste once again of a favorite food from childhood and the warm memory that comes with it; sitting on the porch as the day slips into night and feeling on your skin the beginning of the shift of seasons; the smell of damp earth and fresh-cut grass; watching a lonely person begin to make friends; and thinking a much loved song is over when all of a sudden there’s another verse.

Always wonderful, uplifting writing from Mr. Bob Mueller! Thank You!

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— DoveNative via

Bob Mueller is vice president of Hosparus.

SEARCH: Carol Brinkman TODAY’S WOMAN / NOV 2016



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Permanent Makeup Often Corrects Injuries By Alissa Hicks Photo Melissa Donald


ravelers usually discover Cozumel while on a cruise, as the island is a popular port for ships. This is how Sue Bindner stumbled across the island she has come to think of so highly. “My husband and I were on a cruise, and one of the stops was at Cozumel,” Sue says. “We liked it so much we went back.

Cozumel is a big diving and snorkeling place, and we love doing both, so we very much enjoy it there. Since it is off the beaten path and not commercialized, you can walk for miles and not see anyone. It isn’t like other resort islands; there aren’t hotels lining the beach.” SEARCH: Cozumel

Try the all-inclusive resorts of Secrets Aura Cozumel. Although there is nightly live entertainment, all the festivities at this adult-only hotel do not last all night. “It isn’t a place for partying or a nightlife because everything shuts down by 8pm,” Sue says. “Most everybody gets up at 6am to go diving, so it’s early bedtime.”

Singing Away the Stress By Carrie Vittitoe Photo Melissa Donald She loved music, so in 1983, Marty Woelfel became a member of the Pride of Kentucky Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, where she continues to be involved today as a retiree. Singing with the group can be both stress-inducing and stressbusting, she says.



What is the most popular service people choose to have done? “Brows and eyeliner are definitely the most common. For the brows, we use a hairstroke technique to make it look as natural as possible. However, I mainly do a lot of corrective work. This is not just a luxury thing people do. People who have been in accidents, have been burned and scarred badly, or have had an illness or hair loss from cancer are the majority of my clients. That is where the skin camouflaging comes into play. Acne scarring is also something we help to conceal and correct.” SEARCH: Permanent Makeup

The stress-inducing part is preparing for a competition. But, “When all is going well, you just get completely lost in the music,” Marty says. “The rest of the world goes away.” SEARCH: Marty Woelfel

“Our services include eyeliner, 3D hairstroke for brows, lip liner, lip feathering, full lip color, camouflaging for scarring or evening out skintone, and SMP hair transplant scar camouflage.” says Yvonne Hubrich, licensed esthetician and owner of Polished Beauty & Permanent Makeup, who has been applying permanent makeup for the past eight years.

Marty and her Pride of Kentucky friends practice every Tuesday at the Clifton Center at 7:30pm. Find out more at




What’s She Reading? • The Relaunch of the Archie Series: “I loved this series as a kid, and the relaunch is awesome. The stories and characters are modern: they carry iPhones, and there is a new gay character. They’ve done a nice job making the stories current to appeal to teens. My daughter Kaiya is reading this right now. • Blankets by Craig Thompson: “This graphic novel is the autobiography of the author, who was brought up in a strict evangelical family. It tells of how he expresses to his family that he is not a Christian and has a lot of flashback and depth.”

By Megan M. Seckman Photo Melissa Donald


onya Linser, 49, walked into what was supposed to be a part-time job at The Great Escape 21 years ago and never left. Once she stepped foot into the quirky world of comic culture, she instantly felt at home. What really attracted her to this business, aside from the loyal clients and eccentric culture of the store, was the ability of a graphic novel to visually tell a story. “I love creative sources and how art can translate into story. That is what drew me in. Graphic novels are not ‘less than’ novels, and that may be difficult for parents to understand. Many reluctant readers, my son included, learn to love reading through graphic novels. Bone [by Jeff Smith] helped my son River (16) transition to reading by allowing him to recognize the structure of a novel. It’s really an excellent tool

• Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn: “This book is next on my list to read. It’s about a group of 12-year-old girls with a paper route in the late ’80s. They are edgy and sneak cigarettes, so this book would also appeal to teen girls. It’s about first jobs, mystery, and growing up in the suburbs.” for teaching reading and writing. I like the more realistic graphic novels, and readership of this genre is growing.” The Great Escape also allows Sonya to surround herself with new artists, music, and pop culture and is a great place for this single mom to immerse River and daughter Kaiya (12) in culture, art, and the art of a great story.

Help a Woman Get a Job Cherish Pharram used the organization’s services when she needed to find an outfit for an interview. She got the job and picked up a few more outfits from their boutique. The Dress for Success boutique has all of the clothing essentials clients need to prepare for an upcoming job interview.

By Megan S. Willman Photo Submitted

How Can You Help Dress for Success? Make a donation

Donations are accepted at 309 Guthrie St. on Thursdays from 9:30am-1:30pm, and it’s best to call ahead before coming. Items can also be dropped off every third Saturday from 9am-noon; no advance notice is needed on Saturdays.

Most-needed items:

• Scrubs • Shoes, particularly in large sizes • Jewelry, especially simple earrings • Toiletries (these must be new and unused; travel size is also good) • Purses • Plus-size clothing, especially sizes 24 and larger • Dresses • Black pants, white shirts, and black no-skid shoes • Seaming tape/Stitch Witchery

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To learn more about how you can help, contact Dress for Success at 502.584.8050.



Trends for Fall By Alissa Hicks Photo Melissa Donald Shearling. It’s a fluffy, shaggy material that can be fancy, casual, or anywhere in between — even look for this in scarves.

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By Megan M. Seckman Photo Sunni Wigginton


et black hair offset with a striking platinum streak. Simple jeans and a classy top punctuated by an arresting pair of 4-inch heels. From afar, you can gather that there is more to Amelia Gandara’s personality than just business. Inside, there is the heart of an artist. Amelia, 27, is the director of commercialization and engagement for EnterpriseCorp, a branch of Greater Louisville Inc. Her department is responsible for helping start-ups launch their companies and keeping the talent in Louisville. Amelia credits her ability to help her clients’ actualize their innovative concepts to her opposing backgrounds: engineering and dance. Growing up, Amelia had two passions — chemistry and ballet — and both brought her to Louisville from Yuma, Arizona. After high school, she joined the Louisville Ballet while also enrolling in engineering school

at the University of Louisville. The dancer inside of her inspires the daunting heels, the signature platinum streak, and is the root of the creativity she applies to problem-solving. “I help connect the dots, work through the variables, find resources, and keep innovators in Louisville. It’s very rewarding to be a small part of that process,” Amelia explains. Not only does Amelia support new business in her professional life, she is also a personal advocate for local growth within her neighborhood, Germantown/ Schnitzelburg. She co-owns the building that houses The Pearl, the newest Germantown bar; lives in an apartment above Bean, the neighborhood’s new coffee shop; and is the president of the Relevé Society of Louisville, the junior board for the Louisville Ballet that helps to create the next generation of arts supporters.

So, before Amelia goes out into the bustling world of business startups, she puts on a pair of Jimmy Choo heels (she has four in various colors) and grabs a berry-banana smoothie from the coffee shop downstairs. With her smoothie, designer handbag, and an added 4 inches to her height, she has the confidence to face whatever may come her way.


“It was either learn how to run or go home.” Deleskia Butler says about being in the United States Army. “I learned how to run, but it wasn’t easy.” She noticed, however, in the 22 years she spent climbing the ranks (she retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 3) that a lot of her troops were struggling too. “Soldiers had a problem passing their 2-mile test. They were seeking a different way to train.”

Found her Motivation

While stationed in Germany, Deleskia found a training answer. On a whim, she joined a spin class, where she met an instructor whose energy has been unmatched by all that she has seen since. “The instructor had rhythm, and she played the best music. She was jumping off her bike and was full of energy. I said to myself, ‘I want to teach like her!’

Training Others

Now out of the Army, Deleskia is a certified spin instructor with an entrepreneurial mindset. She opened WorkOut Boutique ( where this veteran offers her own twist to a traditional spin class. “A lot of people hit a plateau in their workouts. Here, you’re doing something different.” Deleskia varies the music with genres like hip hop, reggae, and latin, and incorporates some dance, core work, or even floor exercises into the mix. “It’s fun. It’s exercise, but we’re partying.”

Beyond Exercise

Deleskia started an entrepreneurial group for women, Distinctive Women ( Members meet quarterly to learn things about the business world: how to apply for grants, information on getting contracts, etc. “Everyone has some trait that they can contribute. It’s all about being different.”

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Check out other fit women at By Brigid Morrissey Photos Melissa Donald

Today's Woman November 2016  

Embrace your age, with all of its revelations and discoveries, no matter the number!

Today's Woman November 2016  

Embrace your age, with all of its revelations and discoveries, no matter the number!