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contents MARCH 2018




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


Special Decor Section

26 SURVIVAL SKILLS “I am reminded of how powerful our influence can be...”


Time to lean? It’s time to clean



32 features


Have you tried this on your nails?


Her Favorite Books and Follows


The Time is Now

32 JUST ASK JOYCE (Family Edition)

33 TURNING POINT Keeping Her Promise


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To Fight Diabetes


Green Goddess Chicken Sliders


22 Seven Things Patty Browning Can’t Live Without 24 A Girls’ Trip to the Mountains

A Perfect Remedy for Almost Everything

Casual and Classic

46 CHANGES FOR 2018 48 CELEBRATIONS Hayley Anderson and Nathan Liu

32 Today’s Family

See our Spring issue inserted after page 32.

36 She’s the Boss

Two women have created businesses that do more than make money.

Plan the Whole Outfit

42 Yes, You Have Time to Exercise

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MARCH 2018 • VOL. 28 / NO. 4


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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Anita Oldham EDITOR Tiffany White CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Lucy M. Pritchett Miranda G. Popp COPY EDITOR/SR GRAPHIC DESIGNER April Allman Editor Tiffany White braved freezing temperatures to show off this spring hat against the sparkle of icecovered branches. (Hat by Hats Off by Helen, $145,



ce coated the branches, and it didn’t look much like spring, but we had a room full of Derby hats begging to be photographed. We searched for the light and the sparkle. We can apply this same idea when we are confronted with resistance or obstacles during an effort to move forward, but a different angle might bring out the beauty — and the solution. Speaking of finding the sparkle — this issue celebrates spring and positive moments in women’s history. It’s also your chance to vote for the Today’s Woman Most Admired Woman (see page 6). This annual celebration honors the accomplishments of women in this region. You can find many reasons to admire the women in this list who are creating change and community initiatives. As always, you can find more about the stories in this magazine on our website, where you can make comments that we may include in future issues. We are also getting close to launching a new look to our website that we know you will love! — Anita Oldham

ON THE COVER: Fashion blogger Nicole Green is brightening up our cover for the upcoming Derby season and sharing some great style tips. Find out what trends she’s loving for spring on page 10. Photo: Melissa Donald Styling: Aubrey Hillis Location: The Galt House Hat: Simply Laura, $325,


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Joyce Inman MEDIA CONSULTANT Deana Coleman 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 2018 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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most ADMIRED woman 2018

It’s your turn to vote for the women you admire in the Louisville/Southern Indiana area. These women are nominated for the 16th Today’s Woman Most Admired Woman Award by the editorial staff of Today’s Woman. Vote online for one person in each category once per day per email address at DEADLINE: MARCH 22, 2018, AT NOON

ARTS p SHANNON WOOLLEY ALLISON Looking for Lilith Theatre Company


The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts


Sponsored by Vein Treatment Center

p CYNTHIA P. COLLIER Mister “P” Express, Inc

p INGRID HERNANDEZ Ingrid Creative Design







Moving Collective

Sarabande Books, Inc. Frazier History Museum



Sponsored by BB&T


Tennis Club at Springhurst and Lake Forest Country Club

p DELESKIA DONNA BUTLER Distinctive Women/WorkOut Boutique Mobile

p MALLORY COMERFORD University of Louisville Women’s Swim Team

Block Party Handmade Boutique Fieldtrip

Associates in Pediatric Therapy



Sponsored by W*R Realtors (Wakefield/Reutlinger)


The American Lung Association in Kentucky

Alley Cat Advocates


Gray Goat Mobile/Bullseye Total Media Women’s Cycling Team



VIP Studio – Visual Impact & Presence


Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique


Kenzie Kapp, LLC

p AMANDA MULVENE Dress & Dwell Boutique


Hope Scarves

Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky


Jewish Community of Louisville


Sponsored by Women Influencing Louisville



Churchill Downs Incorporated



Heaven Hill Brands




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Bellarmine University – Rubel School of Business


Jefferson County Board of Education

p TRACEY PURIFOY-MONEYPENNY Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide


Indiana Wesleyan University-Louisville

p ALISON TYLER Walden School



Apocalypse Brew Works





Spencerian College/Part of the Sullivan University System



Betsy’s Hot Yoga Louisville



Kentucky Science Center


Sponsored by L&N Federal Credit Union


p BRANDY HIRSCH PT, DPT, SCS ProRehab Physical Therapy


Wiltshire Pantry

Ramsi’s Cafe on the World & Pranajunkie

p STEPHANIE J. MEEKS Jack Fry’s Restaurant


Texas Roadhouse Inc.


Sponsored by Clark Memorial


University of Louisville – Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

p DR. SUSAN HARKEMA University of Louisville


University of Louisville Physicians

p JENNIFER NOLAN KentuckyOne Health

p DEBBIE BURDORF Semonin Realtors

Stacye Love Construction LLC


Stonehenge Construction LLC


Living Spaces by Lyn

p LIBBY RUSH Bittners



Sponsored by Semonin Realtors





Lou What Wear/Lemonade PR



91.9 WFPK, a Louisville Public Media Station


p DOLORES S. DELAHANTY Founder Kentucky Women’s Political Caucus, National Women’s Political Caucus


United Nations Association of the USA KY Division

p JENNIFER A. MOORE Grossman & Moore, PLLC and Emerge Kentucky





Hosparus Health

Kentuckiana Nursing Service

Bullitt County Fiscal Court Louisville Metro Council

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oon after my lung cancer surgery in August 2014, I heard about the amazing Sally Gettelfinger. Sally had lung cancer surgery the year before mine and, six months later, went on to participate in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb to the top of the 38-story PNC Building, finishing in a remarkable 16 minutes. I thought, ‘Wow, that’s amazing…I’ve got to meet this woman!’ Meet we did, and she became my inspiration to participate in the Climb six months after my surgery, striving to beat Sally’s record (which I did by 2 seconds). But more than that, Sally and I became kindred souls, having both become unwilling members of the dreaded lung cancer institution. Her smiling face and effervescent presence were felt at all fundraising functions of the American Lung Association, as she privately fought her cancer with various treatment regimes. On Saturday, February 10, Sally lost her battle with lung cancer, but her fighting spirit lives on with her many friends and family who will continue her efforts to raise awareness and funds for lung cancer research. Lung cancer takes the lives of more women than any other cancer…in fact MORE than breast cancer, colon cancer, and uterine cancer combined. Lung Force was launched to educate women about this risk because only 3 percent of women consider lung cancer on their radar. And 20 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked. To find out if you’re a candidate for a low-dose CT scan for early detection and to learn more about women and lung cancer, go to Sally never lost hope for better early detection techniques, more effective treatment protocols, and ultimately a cure. Let’s keep her hope alive.

FOLLOW SALLY’S ADVICE: SEEK EARLY DETECTION You might not know that Today’s Woman Publisher Cathy Zion had a low-dose CT scan 5 years ago. She believes that scan saved her life because early treatable lung cancer was found during the scan, and she had surgery to remove it. If you are between the ages of 55-70 and you have smoked at some prior time in your life, you should consider the Low Dose CT Scan. Go to


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26 THINGS (Why 26? Because we are 26 years old!)

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



We checked in with local fashion blogger Nicole Green and creator of about what to hunt for this Spring. 1 TEXTURE 2 SCALLOPED HEMS 3 EMBROIDERY 4 VELVET 5 COLORS IN EVERGREEN,


“I like statement pieces, which include tassel earrings, earrings with pompoms, or tiered earrings,” says Nicole Green.


More Spring & Early Derby HAT TIME!

BOW TIE $24.50, Betty Jefferies



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We will be giving you a sneak peek of Derby hats on social media during March and in our April issue. This hat featured on Nicole is by Simply Laura (Laura Moser).

GLASS RINGS $12, Block Party Homemade Boutique

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More Spring & Early Derby << PAGE 10



KAII DRESS $64, Work the Metal NECKLACE $19, Work the Metal


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Today’s Woman has partnered with the The National MS Society to find Louisville’s Most Eligible Bachelor. The top 10 nominees are invited to strut their stuff on the runway at Misters for MS on July 26. To nominate your favorite bachelor, just send his name, email, and phone number to or 502.387.7123.


March 12 starts MS Awareness Week. Go to


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You may feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, but there are plenty of hours in the week — 168 to be exact. Time management expert and author Laura Vanderkam challenges us to stop pressuring ourselves to accomplish it all within 24 hours and start thinking in terms of 168 hours. “One example of how this can yield positive results is with exercise. If you didn’t exercise today, you’re not a failure. Just make sure you find time for it within the 168 hours. Maybe you choose to exercise four times per week — you’ve got a full seven days to make that goal happen. There won’t be a perfect time every single day for exercise. You have to make it happen when you can.” Go and hear her ideas free at NORTON HEALTHCARE’S GO CONFIDENTLY speaker event on MARCH 12, 6 TO 8 PM at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave. Register at 502.629.1234 or go to

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26 THINGS en’s It’s Wom History Month!

How to Celebrate Women This Month 17 Support local women and women from other countries who make beautiful things 18 Donate your gently used business clothing to Dress for Success, which helps women get a job. (

19 Take part in the Passport to Art at Mellwood

Arts Center on March 24, which brings awareness to the community on how important art is to those less fortunate dealing with poverty, hunger, and homelessness. (

20 Vote for Most Admired Woman (page 6) to

celebrate the accomplishments of a local woman you admire. (


The skirt was made using vintage fabric with horse patterns by local artist Cathy Wade ( and the jacket is made from vintage cotton sari material sold by the Anchal Project. The Anchal Project ( is creating incomegenerating textile initiatives that create change for exploited and marginalized women.

Cathy Wade Skirt, $100; Cropped Kimono Jacket, $225; Gianni Bini Shoes, $89.99, Dillards

Awareness Event on 23

International Women’s

Attend Looking for Lilith Theatre Company's March production of Diana Grisanti's The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep at the MeX Theater at the Kentucky Center, March 15-24. With the focus on the #Metoo Movement this past year, this show is particularly relevant. It deals with these issues in a refreshingly entertaining, quirky way, while also respecting the importance of these issues.

Day March 8 hosted by


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the Women 4 Women

Photo Courtesy American Federation of Arts


Attend a Cultural


On International Women’s Day, the Speed will celebrate “First Women” leaders in our community.

Student Board, which is


dedicated to celebrating

Spend some time at the Speed Art Museum (now through Mother’s Day) to celebrate Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism. “The forward-thinking women represented in this exhibition not only created powerful paintings but also generated a momentum that has led toward a more egalitarian art world.”

the cultural differences of women. Contact UofL Women’s Center at 502.852.8976.

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Home Sweet Home By Keri Foy Photos by Melissa Donald

“Fabrics add a lot of warmth to your home,” Marybeth Crouch says. “Living beautifully means feeling happy in the space you’re in and to love looking at it every day.”

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Same as how accessories pull together an outfit, fabrics put the finishing touch on a home. “It’s like the jewels for a woman’s evening gown,” says Vanessa Yates, co-owner, with her mother Marybeth Crouch, of Draped in Style, a window treatment design firm in Louisville’s Norton Commons. “One of our clients said that her job as a doctor was very stressful,” Vanessa says. “When she comes home, this house makes her happy, and that makes her a better doctor.”

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Tips for Adding in Fabrics 1. “We marry aesthetics with functionality,” Vanessa says. “If you have a dog and a toddler, we’re probably not going to recommend floor length drapes.” 2. Steer clear of trends unless it’s for throw pillows, which are easy and cheap to cover. “Just like the fleur de lis went out of style, the quatrefoil will, too.”

Clients are changing from heavy, dark fabrics for drapes to a more neutral palette that uses texture to richen the space. “We’re moving away from the reds and golds to neutrals,” says Vanessa Yates.

3. Invest in custom drapes in the rooms you’re in the most — the kitchen, the living room, and your master bedroom. To save money, “You can buy ready-mades for the kids’ rooms,” Vanessa says. 4. She suggests that when you purchase readymade curtains, hang the rod much higher than your window. “Get it off the trim. Adding height gives height to your room,” Vanessa says. She advises purchasing curtains that are 108 and 120 inches.


This bedroom from Tracy Shacklette’s home also shows how a mix of different materials makes for a more interesting room.


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Tracy Shacklette completed the disco basement’s posh vibe with metals, reflections, and textured panels. “I like the bling,” says Tracy, who tries to add something unexpected to every design. “I like contrast, different shapes, dimensional things, and materials. It invigorates you.”

Getting Inspired Sometimes starting with some inspiration helps — and it can come from unlikely places. “I knew I wanted metals and that's the reason I started with gold chain-link curtains,” Tracy says. “They’re one of my favorite things about the room.” She actually had them custom-made. “They use chain curtains in other countries as doors to keep bugs from coming in,” Tracy says. “I had them made longer.”


The space features white couches, a white floor with 24k gold flecks, gold chain link curtains, and a disco ball. And check out the lucite stair rail.

You can find more photos and inspiration at


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PATTY BROWNING CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT By Emily Gahafer Photo by Melissa Donald

“I do think women should try and dress up a bit,” she says. “I tell women, ‘Stop dressing like you have the flu.’” The seven things Patty cannot live without are essentials to her daily routine. Fashion staples, her signature drink, and her go-to hairstyle are all things she is known for by her friends and family. TOM FORD SUNGLASSES They serve as sunglasses, a headband, and a fashion statement. “They’re huge. People always comment on them because they’re probably almost as big as my face, but I really like them,” Patty says.

Love those earrings too.....

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atty Browning is a wife, mother, dog lover, and Louisville’s very own fashionista. “I’m usually running a taxi service between tennis courts and swimming pools,” she says. This special-education-teacherturned-businesswoman-and-stylist has worked in the fashion industry for over 15 years. Today she is the district sales manager for Carlisle Collection, a private, luxury clothing label based in New York and sold exclusively through stylists and trunk shows. She has a passion for helping women look and feel great,


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emphasizing the importance of feeling comfortable and confident in the clothing they choose. “I think everyone should have kind of a signature look…and that’s what you’re comfortable in,” Patty says. “Women should dress more for experiences than what they think they should look like…that’s what I tell my clients. You might like certain things and that’s fine, but if you buy it and you’re not comfortable in it, it’s just going to sit in your closet.” Patty keeps her look chic and simple, but still emphasizes the importance of looking put together.

CHICK-FIL-A DIET LEMONADE Not willing to drop her daily allotment of calories on the real thing, Patty fell in love with Chick-fil-A diet lemonade a few years ago. HER PONYTAIL OR MESSY BUN Patty describes her style as effortlessly chic, and that translates into all aspects of her look, including her hair. “Whoever invented the messy bun is my best friend,” she says. “You’ll never see me with a lot of makeup or a hairdo, but I’m very vocal and I think my mouth stands

out, so I don’t like my clothes or anything to stand out,” she says with a laugh. WHITE JEANS Patty is a huge advocate of white jeans for all four seasons. “I think you can wear them with booties, heels, sandals, anything,” she says. Recently, she has been loving Mother brand jeans in “the looker” style. INSTAGRAM She uses Instagram to show clients examples of clothing and provide accounts for them to follow for outfit inspiration. A GOOD COAT “(My husband) names my coats by the month,” Patty says. “He’s like, ‘Oh, is that April’s coat? I see you’re wearing March’s coat.’ ... I think if you have on a good coat, it doesn’t really matter what you’re wearing underneath.” PEARL EARRINGS A nod to Coco Chanel, Patty rarely leaves the house without her pearl earrings. “I feel underdressed if I don’t wear them,” she says. SEARCH: Patty Browning

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SEARCH: Girls Trip

When we convened at the cabin overlooking a gorgeous sunset, we made our cocktails, warmed up snacks, changed into our favorite stretch-pants, and built a fire in the firepit. Esthetician April treated us to professional facials. It was hard to keep our masked faces from cracking with the constant barrage of silly banter and vulgarity spewing forth from our freed lips. It was awfully nice for me to not have to be in charge or watch my cursing or mind anyone’s sensitive feelings for a change.

A Girls’ Trip to the Mountains: A Perfect Remedy for Almost Everything By Megan Seckman Photos submitted


n 13-plus years of being a wife and mother, I never once took a trip without my clan. It was evident that Mama needed a little break. I was displaying all the symptoms: chronic nagging, feelings of being unappreciated, and acute wanderlust fantasies. Enter the remedy: Girls Trip. Planning a quick girls trip was actually quite easy. Turns out when the women get together, there are very few requests to fulfill. The four of us are all on a budget, so we wanted something simple, close, and affordable. We took a quick poll of everyone’s desires for the weekend and came up with this list: mountains, yoga, a five-hour max drive time, thrifting, and drinking. After quickly ruling out the ashram idea (bringing your wine there is a deal breaker), we took to a map. My friend, April Leasure, lives in Brevard, North Carolina, so we decided to go north of Asheville, and meet in the mountains of Mars Hill.


As soon as we determined a long weekend that worked for everyone’s schedules, we booked an Airbnb in the mountains for around $100 per person. Each person brought a bag of groceries and libations, and we copacetically potlucked most of the weekend without any concern for picky palates, schedules, or meltdowns. “Coming from a household where I am constantly needed by geriatric dogs and a 4-yearold, it was liberating to simply fend for myself,” said Becca Taylor, teacher and resident wisecracker of our group. Our group included two teachers, a massage therapist/esthetician, and a chemist. The even number four worked out great because the group was able to split up when needed to accommodate our individual needs. April and I hiked the Appalachian Trail while Becca and Kelly Sullivan participated in an unadulterated thrifting

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extravaganza. Kelly, the chemist, ended up with a full-body sequined body suit and a light-up Christmas tree made from pipecleaners — just because she could. The last day we woke up at sunrise to a surprise snowstorm. Our vehicles couldn’t make it out of the very steep driveway, but our female synergism and natural problem-solving abilities got us out of our quagmire. We used leftover shingles found underneath the house for traction, and April mastered how to back out of the steep incline. Although the cold reality that our peaceful women’s commune experience was coming to an end lingered on the horizon, we ended our trip with frozen high-fives looking out over another symbolic accomplishment. The girls trip was a success — we all left feeling a little more like ourselves than

our families. We all left with aching sides from the laughter (and chocolate and cheese). We all left having aired our grievances to ears that truly listened and understood one another. I think Becca said it best: “Getting in touch with my uncensored opinions, my independence, and my goofiness is just what I needed to feel like an individual again.” Go to and search for Girls Weekend to find out where to stay, what to pack, and two places you have to eat (the best tacos ever tasted!).


(l-r): Kelly Sullivan, Megan Seckman, April Leasure, and Becca Taylor went on a much-needed girls’ trip.

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“I am reminded of how powerful our influence can be…” By Holly Hinson Photo by Melissa Donald


ecently, Jennifer Hancock reconnected with a former client at an awards banquet in Lexington. The woman, Karen, is now working as a social worker for the very agency where she and Jennifer first met.

“Rarely do we know the outcome of the seeds that we plant, but in this case, I was reminded of how powerful our influence can be,” Jennifer says. “I have so much respect and reverence for that role of facilitator of change; it is one that provides hope and a vision of what can be. I was reminded of how sacred that trust is that is placed in us from people who seek help in the darkest points of their lives. Early on, we are truly just a stranger to them, but over time we may be a pivotal influencer of the trajectory of their lives.” If you had to describe Jennifer Hancock in just one word, it would be advocate. From the time she was inspired by a high school class at Assumption High School, to today as president and CEO of Volunteers of America Mid-States, Jennifer has devoted her career and life to standing up for those who are struggling. In her 21-year career as a social worker and administrator, Jennifer’s life has been filled with opportunities to make a difference through direct service and advocacy. For the last 10 years, two of those as CEO, her opportunity has been with Volunteers of America (VOA) in Louisville, which serves 23,000 clients a year. The organization’s mission is to create positive change in the lives of individuals and communities through a ministry of service. VOA


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programs are focused on housing for families, veterans, and lowincome seniors; addiction recovery services for men and women; care and support for individuals with developmental disabilities; and HIV testing and education. One key way Jennifer has worked to advocate for women in the community is through Freedom House. This VOA program assists pregnant and parenting women who are struggling with addiction. “Freedom House takes care of the whole family,” Jennifer says. “We help them deliver healthy babies. We also help moms reunite with kids in foster placements. We restore mom as a healthy parent who is clean and sober.” Under Jennifer’s leadership, Freedom House is expanding. This dilemma spurred Jennifer to action, and Volunteers of America embarked on a capital campaign, resulting in construction of a new building, which Jennifer hopes will open its doors this spring. “I feel like this is an example of being highly responsive to community need. (VOA is still accepting donations for this campaign.)

THREE THINGS THAT SHAPED JENNIFER’S LIFE My parents — “My siblings all chose service careers due to the extraordinary example set by my parents, who continue to volunteer in their 70s.” Being mentored — “I can’t say enough about the critical role mentors have played in my life. As a female in a leadership role, it is important to have mentors to nurture my self-confidence; to know that I can be highly successful and I can have high impact.” Interconnectivity — This has become a prominent and powerful guiding principle for me throughout my career. At the end of the day, what matters most to us is what we share in common. I am the one who tends to see where we are connected rather than look for things that divide us.

SEARCH: Jennifer Hancock

What a wonderful job you are doing Jennifer! We need more people like you in this world. Thank You!

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Amazing person inside and out. Keep serving those in need. Way to go


Jennifer, Thank you for your commitment to our community.

- Jerry Ward via

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TIME TO LEAN? IT’S TIME TO CLEAN By Lucy M. Pritchett Photo by Patti Hartog

Have you tried this on your nails? Story and Photo by Miranda Popp

Lauren is wearing “Feel Like a Million Dollars” by OPI.

The dipped manicure? “They always look great, and they never chip.” says Lauren Browne, general manager of Skye Lash Lounge


usan Conway worked for 25 years with Bristol Bar & Grille, both in the restaurant and as catering manager. She also owned the Dundee Gastropub for two years. It was after she sold that place that she stopped by Fante’s Coffee to talk to owner Leo Fante when he was getting the shop prepared for opening. She was hired as general manager. “I love the feel of the coffee shop. It's a Highlands bungalow and very homey. Being here is like coming into your living room except we wait on you and clean up.” Which brings us to her pet peeve: “Seeing employees standing around, because there is always something to clean. The rule goes, if you've got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean.”


I drink about eight cups of coffee a day with a latte thrown in every now and then. We roast maybe twice a week, and I think we have the freshest coffee around. It's easy to sell something you're proud of and believe to be good. Oddly enough, I only drink coffee at work and not at home. I guess that gives my body time to recover. Luckily, I don't suffer any kind of withdrawal symptoms from lack of caffeine. SEARCH: Susan Conway


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Lauren was introduced to “dip powder nails” by Wiyada Chansuk, or “Boom,” as her clients call her, at Bella Nails. The process is similar to a gel manicure with its step-by-step procedure and the amount of time it takes, but instead of the nails being polished, they’re dipped into a colored powder. This manicure can be used on both natural and acrylic nails. SEARCH: Lauren Browne

Love pretty nails :)

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Her Favorite Books and Follows By Keri Foy Photos by Melissa Donald


alerie Casey is a mom to four children, the director of the Women’s Center at the University of Louisville, and a supporter of the arts. Her profession, hobbies, and responsibilities shape what media she digests.

READING? Valerie is in a book club that’s been meeting for over two decades. She’s relatively “new” to the group, having participated for seven to eight years. “It’s a group of wonderful women,” Valerie says. (Go to to get a list of what they have read recently.) A couple of her alltime favorites are The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. “I cried out loud while reading Cutting for Stone,” Valerie says. In addition to her book club reads and

Blindspot, Valerie also gets feeds from: The Courier-Journal, New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Business First, National Women’s History Month Project,, Good Reads, Louisville Visual Art Association, and National Geographic Photographer.

SOCIAL MEDIA “If I didn’t follow the arts on social media, I might miss an opportunity,” Valerie says. Valerie follows the Speed Art Museum, The Louisville Orchestra, and the Louisville Palace.

SEARCH: Valerie Casey

THE TIME IS NOW By Bella Portaro-Kueber Photo by Aubrey Hillis

“The time is now; there isn’t a moment to waste,” Jennifer M. Blair says. “It’s time to play big.” As a Life Coach, Jennifer is “working with clients in the midst of the most important parts of life and helping them learn who they truly are and how they can magnify those strengths to get to where they want to be.” Over the past decade or so Jennifer has studied personal growth, coaching, and leadership through the Coaches Training Institute and other organizations. She says that her own self-exploration and work with clients has added value to her authenticity as a coach, mother, and leader within her work with The Junior League of Louisville, as co-chair of the Race for the Cure, and as co-director of Greater Louisville Outstanding Women (GLOW). SEARCH: Jennifer M. Blair


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I met Jennifer when she was a speaker for Junior League Louisville and I purchased her book "The True You" as a result of it. From there Jennifer became my life and business coach guiding me through turbulent times and helping my husband and I find our strengths together so we can build our marriage and businesses together. I wouldn't write about her if I didn't think she was the real deal. Mrs. Jennifer M. Blair is legit. I hope she inspires you the way she's changed my life.

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“My 16-year-old son has gradually pulled away from his friends. He’s a great kid and has always been very sociable. When I ask if everything is OK, he tells me everything’s fine. It is sad to see him spending time with his family when I know his friends are having get-togethers. He doesn’t seem depressed, and I see no indications of him being bullied. His grades are great. He eats and sleeps well. But his social life has suddenly stopped. He can drive now and he does, but he’s not hanging out with his long-time buddies. Should I be concerned?

JOYCE: My husband once gave

some very good male perspective advice to someone else faced with your dilemma. I’m happy to pass it on to you. Don’t worry when your young man pulls away from social contact with friends. It could be for good reason. Perhaps his long-time buddies are doing things that make him feel uncomfortable because he has a good foundation that his parents laid for him at home. Sometimes we must trust our children’s judgment when they’ve given us no good reason to think otherwise. As adults, we know high school is a tough season. College is coming, and we are all aware that often life-long friendships are cultivated there. In light of the fact that college is on the horizon, enjoy your family time. All too soon, he’ll be involved with his own.


“How do you find balance of how much of the world to shield from your kids? I want to protect them from being exposed to all the negative things, but I don’t want them to be naive either.”

JOYCE: This issue is a valid

concern for parents in light of events that continue to occur. The answer, however, will be different for different families. I find that many households keep a TV running with or without kids in the room. There’s not much monitoring of what they see or hear. Healthier homes, however, not only monitor, but also explain in age-appropriate conversations the events plaguing our society. These are good dinnertime conversations to have. I wouldn’t go into gory details, especially with younger children, but have wholesome conversation about the issues involved, how to be vigilant, and especially discuss solutions. Not only in this aspect of life, but in far too many others, parents allow children’s ears to be enlightened by peers, media, music, and other means of influence. So, be the first and most trustworthy communicator to your children.

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“How can I get my mother to understand that I’m in charge of my children and not her? Even in our home, she comes in and takes charge. I love her, but she has always had a controlling nature that continues to cause conflict in our family. I’m afraid if I approach this, it will cause hard feelings. But something has to give.”

JOYCE: Hard feelings or not, it

sounds like Mom needs to have her control issues challenged. I never encourage family squabbles, don’t get me wrong, but this longtime conflict in the family should have been addressed sooner. The barometer has obviously been set in your mom’s home, but this is your home and you get to set the gauge. In an attempt to avoid a confrontation, take your mom to lunch and have a heart-to-heart discussion with her about your concerns. Explain to her how her control has affected the family for years, and now it’s time to try a different way. Encourage her to seek help from a professional, as well as offer your support in any way possible. Let her know you want her involved in your children’s lives, but they are your children and you desire her to help you enforce the boundaries you have set for them. Describe the difficulties her control places on your marriage, as I’m sure it must, and in a firm but loving manner impress upon her that if a choice has to be made, it will be one that could limit her exposure to her grandchildren. Be gentle and tender, touching her hand and unloading lots of hugs on her as well. Please understand that this will not fall easily upon her ears, but it will begin to settle on her heart. Grandmothers love grandchildren. Hopefully, she will not compromise the balanced influence every grandchild needs from a loving grandparent.




Anitra Durand helps moms enjoy more meaningful moments with their families.

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promise that Anitra Durand Allen made to herself in college got lost in the ensuing years of her engineering career. Fortunately, a gentle reminder from her husband brought her to her turning point. Her promise? “I would pursue my engineering career until I was 35, and then I would stop and raise a family,” Anitra says. “I was good at math and science and heading toward my engineering degree on a full scholarship, but the thought was planted in my mind that perhaps I would be wasting my life by not working until I retired. It was an internal struggle for many years.” In 2011, Anitra says her life took a turn. “It was a tumultuous year. I lost three close family members including a sister. My ‘bonus’ son Trevone turned 13, and that teenage thing started happening. I wasn't prepared for that shift. I was in a challenging job role.

“That’s when Harold (her husband) asked me, ‘What happened to quitting when you were 35?’ And you know what, I walked away from that job six months after that conversation. “I was a mom with three children. I took what I had learned in college and work as a project manager and applied those same skills to what I do at home. Money management and budgeting, scheduling and time management, and meeting delivery deadlines — I carried them over to my home and family life. A lot of working moms approach family differently than they approach their job, but it really is the same set of skills.” Eventually Anitra started a blog — The Mom on the Move — and a parenting and relationship coaching business. They both have grown, she says, based on what she’s discovered makes her successful. “I'm using my gifts and talents to invest in my family. It is worth it.

“Now I'm over 40 and the decision to leave that job and focus on family has turned out quite well. I have flexibility and freedom, and I travel the country with my children as they pursue their dreams and aspirations.” Olivia,12, is the founder of a girl's conference, and she attends speaking engagements about being confident and giving back to the community through her foundation Girls Giving for Good. Alexandra, 10, is an athlete, and her dream is to become an Olympian. Trevone is pursuing a life in music. “Family is my primary focus. Sometimes we miss opportunities to enjoy moments with our families because we are stressed out about what we think has to be done in the next five minutes. I help other moms enjoy more meaningful moments by showing them how to get more done in less time with less stress.”

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PLAN THE WHOLE OUTFIT By Marie Bradby Photo by Sunni Wigginton


brand and advertising specialist for LG&E and KU, Lauren Colberg works on a variety of projects. “As a company, we sponsor a lot of events around the community,” she says, “so I help with sponsorship activation.” Lauren works mostly inhouse at LG&E. For her work wardrobe, she focuses on comfort and expediency. To get ready for work, she lays out her work wardrobe the night before. She and her husband have a 2-yearold daughter, so she says, “It’s better to assemble everything the night before. “I lay everything out, even the jewelry and shoes. If I don’t, I will forget

something when getting my daughter ready in the morning. I designate time the night before in order to think it through. “My style is ‘Mom meets work and is trying to figure it all out and put it all together,’” Lauren says. I think there is a group of women out there — busy moms — who are just trying to make it through the day and still look put together, while getting in an occasional shopping trip.” Every work wardrobe should have... “a comfortable pair of black heels,” she says.

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Why I Eat this Way: to Fight Diabetes By Ashli Findley Photo by Melissa Donald

When Andrea Caldwell was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in January 2016, she knew she had to face it head on. She was struck with temporary blindness, giving her a glimpse at just how debilitating the disease could be. Andrea eats six times a day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and three snacks. Breakfast is usually eggs, cereal, oatmeal, or a smoothie. Lunch and dinner are typically a salad with tuna, chicken, or fish or sometimes a sandwich. Snacks include almonds, breakfast/protein bars, or small fruit. For the first six months after her diagnosis, Andrea ate no processed food. The goal was to “clean out” her blood by getting rid of the sugars and carbohydrate-turning sugars that had consumed it. “I found out salad is the key to helping keep your blood sugar (level stable). If you can, have two salads per day.”


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SEARCH: Andrea Caldwell Andrea has gone from uneducated about diabetes to advocate. She is the founder of the Caldwell Community Resource Center (CCRC), a fellowship of individuals and organizations bridging the gap of diabetes education, prevention, and outreach.

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SHEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S THE BOSS AND HOW SHEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CREATING A DIFFERENT KIND OF COMPANY. By Carrie Vittitoe Photos by Sunni Wigginton


eyonce sings Run the World (Girls), and although that has not happened yet, women are increasingly making their presence felt in business creation and development. Two women have created businesses that do more than make money. They are out to create environments that take the community and employers into consideration. PAGE 38 >>


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According to the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), U.S. female-owned businesses generate $1.4 trillion in sales and provide employment to nearly 7.9 million people. Louisville is home to a large number of entrepreneurs who are proving that women business owners are having a golden age.

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Those Silicon Valley contacts eventually led her to do design and branding work with a well known venture capitalist company, which was monumental in the building of her business. “[This company] has star power, and that has had a nice halo effect for KBD,” she says. “I had the network in California, and they all know each other. If you do good work, your name gets passed around.” Her past agency experience gave her credibility and insight, and her freelance status allowed her to provide quality design at lower rates. With new clients calling, Katie eventually had to start hiring people to help keep up. January 2018 marked her 14th year since incorporating her company. She says she definitely had a vision for what she wanted her company to be, but after each period of growth, she has found it necessary to recalibrate to ensure that the reality of her company still matches her intentions. Over the years, the team, its processes, and the corporate culture have changed.

Katie Bush

— Katie Bush Design, Inc (KBD)


I Hire Really Smart, Curious People The typical client who seeks out Katie Bush and her team of designers isn’t your occasional gaming geek who creates a one-off app. KBD’s clients are immersed in the technology ecosystem. Some of them are the engineers who create heavy tech, like self-driving cars that sense when a person is crossing the street or digital security systems that prevent technology breaches. Other KBD clients are venture capitalists who invest their money with these technology innovators.

Prior to moving to Louisville in 2001, Katie Bush had worked in the San Francisco Bay area and developed a network of Silicon Valley clients. When she moved, she continued networking with them but didn’t actively plan to found her own company. She intended to freelance and take care of her young daughter.

At first, KBD was simply Katie Bush, but as her business has grown, she has had to consider the types of individuals who will be the best fit for the company and its clientele. “I hire really smart, curious people,” she says. Because of the specialized focus in heavy tech, Katie says her designers have to be excited about climbing a steep learning curve where they immerse themselves in learning about new and sometimes technically dense innovations. It is also important to her that her team members be empathic. When the CEO of a small tech company seeks KBD’s assistance designing an investment pitch book, Katie recognizes that he or she has put everything into developing the company, including life savings. “It’s not just a PowerPoint,” she says. “It’s like someone’s baby that they’re entrusting to us.” As her staff has grown, Katie has also had to rethink the design process. “The startup world is chaotic,” she says, and it is not uncommon for clients to make a sharp pivot in their product, which means that Katie and her designers PAGE 39 >>


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also have to change their marketing plan for the client. She says when KBD was smaller, “we could do whatever. The bigger we get, the harder it is to change.” Because it needs to be flexible, KBD has two design teams, and the members of each team are visible and accessible to the client and must know the brands well.

Dr. Krysta Manning

— Solstice Dental and Aesthetics

SETTING CORPORATE CULTURE When it comes to corporate culture, Katie says, “I used to think it would just evolve on its own,” but she has learned that a company founder has to proactively build it. She has strived to create a progressive work environment that offers great benefits, such as flextime and six weeks of paternal care for new fathers. The company has an employee lounge that Katie says gives employees a place to collaborate with each other or just take a moment from their workspace to regroup. Part of her culture strategy is reflected in her hiring. She wants a diverse group of employees because that diversity helps everyone be more creative. Louisville has been a great place for Katie to grow her company in part because she says it offers an “outsider perspective” to her San Francisco clients. Her Louisville clients like the exposure of working with a company that has experience with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. The city’s ample supply of creative employees is also a boon. “Louisville is unique because it has a saturation of great designers. Getting talent here has been really easy,” she says. Katie has found a beautiful office location, too, in the former Highlands library building on Cherokee Road, which blends Louisville history and trending culture. Katie says KBD is skilled at speaking to what a company’s needs are. Her designers are able to tell a company’s story through branding, logo, and presentation materials. While its bread and butter has been enterprise technology companies and venture capitalists, she hopes to take advantage of what she calls “Louisville’s buzzing reputation” by working with clients in pharma and health care. She also thinks there are opportunities in education and government.

Intentional Practices Five principles have guided Dr. Krysta Manning in the creation of her new eco-friendly, holistic dental practice, Solstice Dental and Aesthetics: sustainability, social responsibility, transparency, innovation, and kindness. Sustainability has been at the core of the practice, including its design and construction. Krysta made conscious decisions to use recycled glass countertops, low volatile organic compound (VOC) paint, and LED lighting, as well as purchasing locally sourced items for the office

decor. Even the tools she and her staff use are sustainable. She says most dental practices use hundreds of gallons of water to rinse patients’ mouths, but her office uses a waterless vacuum unit that senses the amount of pressure needed and uses an air pump. PAGE 40 >> Today’s Woman / Mar 2018


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The work Krysta did prior to opening her practice was instrumental in the type of care she offers. She worked exclusively with patients with developmental disabilities for a year, served as a dentist in the United States Air Force, and cared for pediatric dental patients at the Home of the Innocents. While these experiences informed her desire to offer kindness and be socially responsible, it also made her eager to be her own boss. “I had no control over who I worked with or the materials I used, and I saw inefficiencies everywhere. I got tired of hearing, ‘That’s just the way it’s done.’” Becoming a mother to triplets also TRANSPARENCY had a profound effect on her decision Krysta feels strongly about ensuring to open her own practice. As a parent, she and her staff are transparent with she wants the world to be better for her patients about dental treatment and its children, and she had serious concerns costs. “Dental treatment and insurance about many of the dental products are such a mystery, but it doesn’t have being used, such as composite fillings to be that hard,” she says. It is essential that included the industrial chemical that she be able to show the patient bisphenol A (BPA). “I wanted control exactly what she sees if treatment is over little things like that,” she says. warranted. Krysta is Although she had able to take a photo her dental degree, of the tooth and Krysta knew she expand its image on needed a better a computer screen so understanding of that her patient can the business end see what she sees. of things before — DR. KRYSTA MANNING she pursued her INNOVATION own company, so It is important to she went to the University of Louisville use innovation, like the digital tooth for an Entrepreneurship MBA and images, to make dental treatment easier graduated in 2016. She took her time to and more efficient. Krysta explains how develop her business plan and didn’t her office is changing the way teeth are use consultants to help her. “I didn’t prepared for crowns. After shaping the want people telling me ‘it’s not done tooth, she uses a wand scanner that this way,’” she says. takes a three dimensional image of the She says the people she has hired tooth. A digital milling unit in the office and will hire are the critical part of the then mills out a crown, which is then practice. She has hired individuals who stained, glazed, and fired. Although it feel strongly about the principles that can take a few hours for this process have guided her but who also differ from to complete, “it is all done in one visit, her in their personalities. She says she so overall it is much less time and no is an introvert, so she has hired women commuting,” she says. Patients are who can counterbalance her. “They glad to say goodbye to the pink goo that bring the life to my practice,” she says. has been part of the tooth impression Solstice Dental and Aesthetics had process for years. its soft opening in November 2017 and spent a few months getting its KINDNESS processes down pat to ensure the Kindness is the final value that patient experience was what Krysta supports the other principles in the wanted. She and her staff celebrated the practice, whether it be kindness to the office’s official opening on January 26, earth in being less wasteful or kindness 2018, with a ribbon cutting. to patients by making dental treatment Each month her office, which is located in eastern Jefferson County, selects a different charity to support. During its first month of operation, Solstice Dental collected donations for Hosea’s House, an organization that helps women and children in crisis, and every person who made a contribution was entered into a drawing to win a tooth whitening kit. In January, the practice supported Burrito Riders, which provides burritos for the homeless. Eventually, Krysta would like to partner with Home of the Innocents, where she used to work.



“I didn’t want people telling me ‘it’s not done this way.’”

less cumbersome. From vendors to staff to patients, kindness guides everything Krysta does.


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YOU CAN JOIN HER BOOK CLUB As a book lover, Dr. Manning leads quarterly book clubs at Solstice. Meetings are the last Sunday of every third month (April, July and October.) The book for April is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. You don’t have to be a patient to attend. To sign up for the quarterly book club, download the Book Club app by Book Movement and join with the code 4ECF1E or call Solstice at 502.434.4004. WORRIED ABOUT THE DENTAL VISIT? Solstice Dental & Aesthetics offers a Desensitizing Dentistry Program for patients with sensory challenges and/or anyone who has concerns about visiting the dentist. Dr. Manning has specialized training in desensitization protocol. Desensitization allows the child to acclimate to the clinic over the course of multiple appointments with the goal being that they would eventually be able to receive their dental care in-office.

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YES, YOU HAVE TIME TO EXERCISE By Juliana Valencia, WHAS11 News Anchor


arch means spring break for the kiddos, but for us it means two months until Derby and summer! That certain outfit or swimsuit may be on your mind, but what if you’re not on track with those fitness goals? We all are busy. We all have a million things to do. Whether it’s work, kids, or other responsibilities, a lot of us are running around. The main excuse (yes, excuse) I hear from friends is, “I don’t have time to work out.” Exercising is more than trying to lose weight. It’s about feeling good, being fit, having that “me” time, and taking care of yourself. I wake up at 2:50am Monday to Friday. By 4:30, I am anchoring the morning news on WHAS11. (No, we do not get our hair and makeup done. It’s always a question! I do my makeup before walking my dog Wilson. I finish up my hair at work right before the show.) My days end around 1:15pm after I’ve finished anchoring the noon show. A lot of people think that’s great! But, hey, you’re tired at the end of a shift… especially if you haven’t slept eight hours. That’s where I need motivation to exercise. I find committing to a class at least twice a week can keep me on track. Since I moved to Louisville almost two years ago, I’ve tried several workout classes — Cyclebar, Pure Barre, Barre3, CrossFit, and Hot Yoga. I’ve also tried staying on track with a Fitbit. (Love it for tracking sleep.) If I am working out at home, I use


the app Workout Trainer or the Kayla Fitness program. My advice? Try a couple of classes until you find what works best for you. I am a big fan of Groupon. It lets you try different exercise classes at a deep discount. If a type of class you’re interested in isn’t on the site, call the establishment. Typically, any business will give you a discount to try them. If you are part of a fitness class, typically you only need to devote an hour. Louisville has a lot of fitness classes available at different times. Come on. You can give at least two hours a week! I am sure there’s a class that fits in your time frame. Trying out different classes will help you find your “home base.” A home base keeps you accountable and it’s also comforting. For me, it’s White Buffalo CrossFit. I was apprehensive about it at first. I didn’t want to get “too big.” I heard about the injury stories. I had never done heavyweight training, however, it’s really a sport you control. Your coach is there to guide and keep you safe. You decide how much weight you want to use. You decide how many reps to do. I also love the social aspect. CrossFit allows for time to talk in between workouts. We are people of different backgrounds and ages, but we all have gotten to know each other, laugh together, and support one another. After doing CrossFit for almost two years, I can report I am not huge, but I do feel stronger. There’s something about knowing

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Juliana and her dog, Wilson, enjoy running at Waterfront Park.

you can lift a lot of weight. It’s empowering to feel strong. If you can’t make a class, I highly recommend the app Workout Trainer. The workout search feature is great. You can customize how much time you have, the amount of equipment, and what area of the body you’re targeting. A trainer coaches you through the workouts, and you can watch on your phone what the moves look like as you go. There’s also the option of paying $10 a month to have access to programs. There are two-week to month-long programs working to reach a specific fitness goal. The neat thing about this feature is the app will schedule the days you need to work out and remind you to do it. I try to work out four times a week. My exercise

schedule: Monday and Wednesday CrossFit, Tuesday Barre3, and maybe a run on Friday. Those are only four hours out of 168 hours in a week. If anything, we are fortunate to live in a community with so many wonderful parks. I love running at Waterfront Park. There’s something about running across the bridge and seeing the sun shine on the buildings downtown. Going outside for a run or a walk is the easiest thing you can do. All you need is yourself!

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GREEN GODDESS CHICKEN SLIDERS Story and Photos by Paige Rhodes


f you’re avoiding the crazy bar crawls and parades this St. Patrick’s Day, an at-home green feast could be just what the doctor ordered. What should be on the menu? Forget the green eggs and ham, these green goddess chicken sliders are a delicious way to represent the color of the Irish while still being somewhat healthy. If the weather allows, you can even break out the grill for its first adventure of the spring. Now, grab a Guinness and enjoy your peaceful and quiet St. Patty’s Day at home.

Ingredients 1 lb ground chicken breast 2 tbsp fresh tarragon, finely chopped 2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped 2 tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 tsp grated lemon zest 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 1/2 tsp kosher salt 6 pretzel slider buns tomatoes, greens, avocado, and goat cheese for dressing the sliders.

Instructions In a large bowl combine the ground chicken, minced herbs, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt. Mix well. Shape the mixture into 3-inch round patties, roughly the size of your bun. Preheat grill, grill pan, or skillet over medium-high heat. Grill sliders for 5-6 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF. Place on pretzel slider bun and top with tomato, avocado, greens, and goat cheese to your liking.


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WHAT I AM WEARING THIS MONTH Styling and Photo by Aubrey Hillis

SUSAN PURNELL HERRICK, co-owner of I Do… A Bridal Boutique says she looks for casual and classic style. “I can’t leave the house without the pearls!” Susan loves wearing my black skirt with a soft pop of color. “My go-to is a black skirt or pants and adding a neutral color top,” she says. “I’m not a fan of a lot of color in my wardrobe. Love my neutrals and of course my pearls!” She credits her mother and father, Fred and Jean Purnell, with influence with their personalities and their senses of style. “I certainly love comfort and mixing my personal taste together with my choices,” says Susan.

SUSAN IS WEARING: Shirt: Macy’s – JM Collection, $25 Skirt: Macy’s – Calvin Klein Faux Wrap Pencil Skirt, $89 Shoes: Shoe Carnival, $39.98 Necklace: Macy’s, $68.50 Earrings: Macy’s, $24.50

Changes for 2018 Story and Photos by Brigid Morrissey

“I have a small business. This year I’ve been more mentally focused. At 43 years old, I feel more determined, motivated, and excited than I ever have been in my life. That’s the biggest area of shift, where all things are possible. Coming here to French Lick was a nice break. It was nice to check out just for one night, because it’s important for my mental health.” — Jessica Landez from Indianapolis, (owner of Shop Blue Peppermint) found at French Lick Resort Erin Allen has made a couple of recent changes: “I joined a Bible study at work. I found out through my boss, who’s pretty spiritual, that they do a lunchtime Bible study, and she invited me to it.” and “Lunch time is the only time I can work out. I think working out in the middle of the day helps me stay focused at work and puts me in a better mood the rest of the day.”


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CELEBRATIONS Photos by Kevin Maurice Photography


arlier this year Hayley Anderson and Nathan Liu married in a summer destination wedding on a beach in Charleston, South Carolina, in front of 45 guests. “Walking down the aisle to my groom on the beautiful beach of Isle of Palms” is the bride’s favorite memory, but she says she also loved spending time with close family and friends in Charleston.

What’s her advice? “If you aren’t set on having a huge wedding, I would definitely recommend planning a small, intimate ceremony at your favorite out-of-town destination. Most destination wedding locations have a company or service that will basically plan the whole ceremony and reception for you.” SEARCH: Celebration

“I was not sure what type of dress would be appropriate for a beach wedding. I then realized that any dress would work. This dress was the perfect one, and I knew as soon as I tried it on.”

“I always imagined getting married on a beach, so this was just a dream come true.”


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