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Katie Cantrell Executive Director Factory Farming Awareness Coalition www.ffacoalition.org (323) 828-7040

Adam Gates Adam Gates is a nature loving, health and happiness advocate. With the creation of Nakedhealthy he is helping people squeeze the most color out of out life.

Kristen Judd Kristen Judd is a speaker, educator and facilitator of good money principles. Enjoys helping people find hope and direction when it comes to their money.

Emily Moore Emily Moore is a multifarious entrepreneur, life coach, motivational speaker, TV and Radio personality, and writer. Owner of Lingows, Find Fit Dates and Surrendered Angel.

Lauren Goldstein is what some would call a maverick leader. She is a serial entrepreneur, speaker. author, igniter, game-changer, and young-at-heart dreamer. She is the founder and CEO of internationally successful consulting firm, Golden Key Partnership, which specializes in the neuroscience behind entrepreneurship and business. You can discover more of her work at www.GoldenKeyPartnership.com and www.GoldenKeyUniversity.com

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WIN by ERIC LIPSEY

Most of us have heard the proverbial story of David versus Goliath. Whether you fully believe in the story or not, there’s a valuable lesson that can be learned from it. If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a little snippet. David was a 12-year-old boy who was unafraid to go out to fight a skilled warrior by the name of Goliath. He was famed for his giant stature.

spending adequate time improving our weaknesses? The business world can be daunting, especially in the startup stage of development. There are many challenges. We are often required to learn things that we never intended to learn such as accounting, finance, marketing and strategic planning as well as adapt to the ever changing world of social media.

One of the best things we can do to remain prepared is to never stop learning. Once we’ve learned all we need to know, the next step is to find out what we don’t know we need to know. Basically, there is no end to learning. “In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while David was no fool when it came to offense or defense. the learned find themselves beautifully equipped for a When he was offered heavy armor and a sword to face world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer the mighty Goliath, he refused it, choosing to only go into battle with a slingshot. While the decision may seem We must take time to work on ourselves. This includes simple on the surface, it was actually quite brilliant. proper rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. We can’t expect to win what could be a long battle when we are exhausted David learned to master the skill of the sling during his from fighting. You may feel guilty for taking a break, but time as a shepherd. He used it to defend the sheep against you’ll be far more productive and efficient when you do. predators. The sling also gave him distance from the giant, which somewhat evened the playing field. David wouldn’t There are often critical resources needed to win a have much of a chance if he’d tried to face Goliath in hand- battle. These resources can include good team members, to-hand combat or with a sword for that matter. operating capital, proper counsel, a place of refuge, etc. Yes! There are ways to work around them. However, if you David emerged victorious because he understood himself don’t know what you need, you won’t know where to start. as well as his opponent. According to Jewish history, It’s imperative to understand the needs of your business. David went on to win many battles during his time. He won because he was prepared to do so. The question we The road less travelled can be challenging. We must be have to ask ourselves is, “Are we prepared win?” What do prepared mentally, physically, spiritually and financially. we know about ourselves? What do we know about the Remember! Everyone wants to win; the ultimate question opposition? Are we playing to our strengths? Are we is, “Are we prepared to do so?” 10  VENTRE

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“In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Spring has sprung. It is time for growth. It is time for change. I see this time as an opportunity for us a human race to be better today than we were yesterday. To not only be aware of how we treat others, but to make conscience efforts to educate and enlighten ourselves on the matters effecting each fiber of our being. It’s time to make constructive and behavioral changes within ourselves. Changes to create positive differences in all living beings and for this extroardinary planet we are fortunate to live on. Take heed on how you invest your time and money. From the paper (or plastic) in your wallet to the fork in your hand, the choices we make each day dictate our future and the future of our loved ones. Pay attention. See yourself in others. It requires selflove and humility to understand we are all connected. May Mahatma Gandhi’s wise words resonate with you,“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Thank you for taking the time to read this issue.

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“VeggieHotels are taking on a pioneer role.” Founders Thomas and Karen Klein, both travel journalists, and Peter Haunert, IT specialist; have been vegetarians since childhood. According to the Vegetarian Times 7.3 million Americans are vegetarians, with 1 million of those individuals being vegan. A 2008 study showed that 47% said Environmental concerns were a factor in choosing a vegetarian diet. An even larger number claim to follow a mostly “vegetarianinclined diet.” The Kleins and Haunert have tapped into that base to make it easier for those vegetarians and vegans to find accommodations that fit their lifestyle. It’s a simple as visiting their website and clicking, “find a VeggieHotel.” According to chooseveg.com, vegetarianism reduces your impact on climate change, rainforest destruction, and pollution. “Nearly 80% of land deforested in the Amazon is now used as cattle pasture.” With VeggieHotels you can use your R & R time as activism for the environment. Not just staying somewhere that will accommodate your vegetarian or vegan diet; but a place that is actively using their platform to fight climate change and stand up for sustainability in their industry. VeggieHotels do not just cater to vegetarian and vegan individuals but in addition offer gluten and lactose free dishes.

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The Farm at San Benito is a center for holistic healing and wellness where people balance their mind, body and spirit with nourishing live foods in an ecofriendly place. Located a 90 minute drive south of Manila, in Batangas, Philippines, The Farm at San Benito is nestled amidst

lush green jungle and boasts stunning views of the majestic mountains, pure and fresh air with clear and strong energy radiating around the property. With only 24 suites and villas, personalized service and the Filipinos caring hearts & nurturing touch, The Farm offers guests an unparalleled holistic holiday experience. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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FIVELEMENTS, PURI AHIMSA Banjar Baturning, Bali Fivelements’ integrative wellness retreats, stays and exclusive day programmes combine: • Balinese healing rituals for purification, balancing and regeneration • Plant-based, living foods cuisine for health, beauty and longevity • Sacred arts practices for inner strength, alignment and dedication At Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa, healing is inspired by the Balinese way of life, which encourages us to nurture harmony with spirit, the environment and with one another. Similarly, our holistic approach is designed to tune-in on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels, allowing an organic healing process to naturally unfold. We collaborate with our guests to activate, facilitate and nurture a new healing path, and this begins by honouring our highest potential.

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Nestled alongside the Ayung River, Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa is Bali’s award-winning eco-conscious wellness destination deeply rooted in the island’s ancient traditions, nurturing harmony among spirit, human and nature. At Fivelements, we recognize that optimal wellness comes from embracing and respecting the body, mind and spirit, where health and self-realisation are reflections of the love, authenticity and harmony within.

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ALMODÓVAR HOTEL Berlin, Berlin

The Almodóvar Hotel is not only Berlin’s first vegetarian organic hotel, but also a design Hotel with a distinctive style. Centrally located on Boxhagener Straße, the hotel has excellent links to all districts. The 60 rooms are individually decorated in a modern style using natural materials. BISTRO BARDOT Enjoy delicious dishes from the vegetarian organic kitchen that will excite your senses. All our meals and beverages are sourced from controlled organic farming.

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“The growing importance of sustainability and ethics in the tourism industry is evident. VeggieHotels fulfill daily the ethical aspects of tourism that practices harmlessness toward animals.”

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Welcome to Azul Yoga and Pilates retreat on the sun-blessed island of Fuerteventura. Relax and rejuvenate on empty white-sand beaches and drink in the dramatic volcanic sunsets. This is more than just a holiday, this is the Azul experience. A chance to awaken the spark present within you. Feel at ease and know that you matter here. This is your wellbeing journey. Discover your path at your pace, guided by our warm, passionate team of experts.

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You’re an accomplished woman living a fast-paced life. Your calendar is filled with meetings, errands and play-dates. As a professional, you understand that it pays to always look your best, even when you’re headed to the gym or have the opportunity to take the day off. And when it’s important for you to stand out in the crowd, even during your downtime, InflowStyle will happily serve you that purpose. InflowStyle is not just an online destination for premium “athleisure-wear”; it’s an online haven for those who view functionality and looking fabulous as one in the same. We at VENTRE have never seen so many unique styles offered in one destination. You will discover brands that radiate quality and serve as daily mantras. Where else can you find a sweatshirt to remind you to be a, “Goal Digger” and a tank reaffirming you in yoga class that it’s, “Mind Over Matter”? Whether you’re in the mood for a super soft hoodie by Good hYOUman or a pair of curve-hugging leggings by Track & Bliss, you’ll melt away in savasana knowing that InflowStyle.com has your beautiful self covered.

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MY SISTER’S KEEPER BY JESSICA LIPSEY

“I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain replied to God when asked about his brother Abel’s whereabouts, as a lie, after killing him out of jealousy for God’s acceptance of Abel’s sacrifice and disapproval of his. This phrase, “my brother’s keeper,” meaning to protect and watch over, or keep someone else is used as an adage for showing kindness, understanding or acts of love, despite feelings of envy, fear, or pain.

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I have been blessed to witness a story that is a manifestation of self-less, beautiful love. This is a story between sisters and family that proves sisters can also be keepers. It is undeniable that there is a bond between sisters that often goes beyond words or expression. Maybe the reason for such a deep connection is shared experiences, common genetics, or being raised in the same culture. Oftentimes, this bond involves arguments, jealousy, and misunderstanding, but these struggles usually mean that two individuals must overcome differences and continue to be keepers. However, rarely is one able to give the other the gift of life. Sharon and Ericka are sisters with a heartfelt experience. Their story began long before the events which will be shared here, but we can start when they decided to move from their hometown in rural Alabama to the suburbs of Detroit. It was certainly a bold move, but they were in it together. Little did they know that being there for each other would bring a new life into the world. Although obvious parallels existed in their lives, things evolved quite differently. Longtime, witty friend, Norm, charmed Ericka into a relationship. They seemed to proceeed through life in a way our culture would consider unconventional. First came their two beautiful children, then their home and then marriage. Now a family of four, their lives were full and moving quickly. Around the same time, Sharon also met her soul mate, Keith. They got married, purchased a home and were ready to settle down and start a family. Everyone knew they wanted to have children of their own. It seemed like they were following all the rules, but regardless of how much they practiced,

the months would pass with increasing disappointment and diminishing hope. For Keith and Sharon, resorting to medicine was the next logical step. Extensive tests revealed that Sharon had little chance of becoming pregnant and her health was at risk because of fibroids and cysts in her ovaries and uterus. Both wanted to share the blessing of creating a child together. In-vitro fertilization was the best hope for becoming pregnant and having a child. This process involves hormone therapy that is expensive, difficult, and risky. For months, Sharon was injected with hormones to prepare her body for carrying a child. The hormones only exasperated her health issues. The cysts grew, causing Sharon to feel extremely ill. Due to uncontrollable pain, she was hospitalized on several occasions. Numerous surgeries were required to remove cysts and scar tissue in order to prepare her body to conceive a child. However, these surgeries were unsuccessful and the only remedy for pain relief and a normal life was to have a full hysterectomy, eliminating the possibility for Sharon to bear children. This experience was extraordinarily difficult for the couple. Their lives became one of grief, defeat and disappointment. Recovery was not without complications, and was often uncertain for Sharon. Ericka and her family were supportive, always wanting the same fullness of life for Sharon as they had. In a way, they were all keepers. Although Sharon’s body had been through tremendous trauma, she recovered to good health over time. cont... VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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Keith and Sharon had relentlessly refused to forfeit their dreams of having a family of their own, now they had essentially given up hope. Opposed to adoption, surrogacy seemed the only answer to making their family complete, but who would carry their child? Ericka was not interested in carrying and delivering another baby. She felt her time of bearing children had passed. She understood firsthand how demanding pregnancy could be on her family and her body. She had already been through it twice. All of these things were taken into consideration, but Ericka was her sister’s keeper. Ericka felt her sister’s grief and decided to serve as her hope. She believed God called her as a vessel to bring Keith and Sharon’s child into the world. Ericka began hormone therapy in preparation to carry her sister’s child. The fertilization was a success! It was as if the myriad of challenges up to this point lead to this scenario. Both families were able to share this intimate experience of growing a family with each other and loved ones. The baby’s gender was kept a secret. Across the country, eager friends and family members watched as they streamed a live video of the big reveal. Everyone eagerly observed as a box was opened revealing pink balloons flowing into the backdrop of the beautiful blue sky. The hearts of those watching were filled with love and their eyes with tears of joy.

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The baby shower was an extension of the abundant love and support of friends and family. Everything was adorned in pink and gold. Her name was embroidered onto blankets, matching shirts and other elegant décor.


Even strangers, who heard their story, came together in support. A woman whom they’d never met burned a candle in prayer, up to the very moment she was born. Norm video-streamed this unforgettable moment to share with all whom had partaken in their journey. This story is about two sisters. Two sisters whose story is the opposite of Cain and Abel. It is a manifestation of the beauty in being another’s keeper.

THIS PAGE TOP: Ericka (left), Sharon (right) THIS PAGE BOTTOM: From left to right: Norm, Ericka, Sharon and Keith

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CARLY Born February 25th, 2017 7 pounds, 15 ounces • 21” long

Carly was named after Keith’s childhood friend, Carl, who passed away when they were teenagers.

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THE GOLD MIND

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ARE YOU PAVLOV’S DOG?

Today you have bells around every corner - DING! There are emails, texts, pizza delivery, relationships and online dating playing with your inner brain’s reward system. How do you know when you have been conditioned to be someone other than who you think you are?

Lets travel back in time, shall we? Let’s go back to 2004. There are no iPhones, Facebook was just beginning at Harvard, and snail-mail still was the dominant method of communication. Then something miraculous happened. It seems everyone became connected overnight. Smart phones now ruled the Internet waves. No one called home phones anymore. If you weren’t on Facebook, you simply weren’t anyone of note. Now here we are, 13+ years later, slaves to the digital age. One would be hard pressed to find anything that didn’t have an app. For heaven’s sake, you can date, drink, eat, and travel within the confines of your smart phone. Where does that leave the adventurous entrepreneurs of the world? To answer that question you have to go back to your birth. When you are born you are a tabula rasa or blank slate, according to English philosopher John Locke. From the moment you take your first breath, you become a sponge. Learning what to say, think, feel, and know from those around you and the experiences you perceive. You take in the world with no filter. You don’t develop cognitive reasoning skills or the forethought to question what you are told until roughly age 11. That translates to over a decade of subconscious conditioning by your 36  VENTRE

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parents, society, institutions, friends, etc., as you are thrust into high school, college, and career. As you go through your life, you begin to color in your blank slate. You are taught what to like, what to dislike, what to love and what to hate. The lucky few are taught that they have value and that their dreams are worth chasing. The rest struggle with an inner turmoil the devil himself wouldn’t want. How can you make your dreams and aspirations fit within the social condition that permeates your every cell? You might be asking what this has to do with professionals and entrepreneurs. The answer, everything! The question I want you to focus on today is what are you allowing to condition your life? Are you allowing people who are not paying for your life dictate your life choices? Are you allowing smallminded people to talk you out of your dreams? Are you allowing the news and gossip to condition you into a state of fear? Are you allowing the old way of doing things condition you in the present? Are you allowing your past to condition you into thinking that your future will always be just out of reach? Most of us are taught that you need to go to school and get a good job to be successful, but that is the conditioning of our forefathers who were brought up in the industrial age. The digital age you find yourself in today is one of unexplored possibility and a game of speed chess. Every day you wake up asking, “how can I stay one step ahead of the tech


“Just as you learned how to exist as a child, you can unlearn the conditioning that is holding you back. You can break the mold and welcome the fear of being an outsider to embrace the destiny that is in front of you.. ”

curve and your competition?“

The social economy that is booming right now takes no prisoners and only demands one thing of you, constant change. If you are tied to the old ways of doing anything, you will perish. If you are like a mighty unyielding oak, the storm will topple you. If you don’t at least keep up with the ever changing technical landscape, you will soon find yourself not only behind, but irrelevant. That may seem harsh and bleak, but there is a silver lining. You can outsmart your brain and your conditioning to insulate you from the raging electrical storm inside your mind and your technology. In the past you have been conditioned to base your worth on your title, bank account, house, car or wardrobe. This thinking robs you from the beauty of this life by thinking you are less than, more than, smarter than, richer than anyone else. There will always be people above and below us, but their success, wealth, and love doesn’t mean there is less for you. What it means is that there is hope. What they have achieved in life is also possible for you, but you have to undo decades of conditioning to get there! For those of us that put our entrepreneur super capes on, the landscape of the world looks different. It is filled with complexity, failing forward, being uncomfortable, and a roller coaster of euphoric

highs and can’t-see-your-hand-in-front-of-your-face, dark lows. Remember to resist the temptation to compare your behind the scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel. Work hard to not allow yourself to be put into tiny glass silos of who you think you have been conditioned to be, the one society thinks you should be, the one your family thinks you should be and the one you think you should be. Instead use the glass as a mirror, a mirror reflecting your true essence. Let it reflect your unconditional goals, dreams, and aspirations. Condition dictates so much of our lives, habits, perspectives, language and relationships. It dictates self worth, but it doesn’t have to. Just as you learned how to exist as a child, you can unlearn the conditioning that is holding you back. You can break the mold and welcome the fear of being an outsider to embrace the destiny that is in front of you in three simple steps. First: Get cozy with your intuition, which is that gut feeling you get walking into deals, meetings and relationships. Learn to trust it, harness it and follow it. It will be scary and uncomfortable until your mind gets acclimated to the unraveling of your prior subconscious conditioning. Second: Look at your habits. Your conditioning is expertly woven into those every day habits. Everything from how you start your day to the route you take to work is conditioning. If you want to reach success you are going to have to weaken the autopilot pull of conditioning to get into the proactive driver seat of your life. Third: Ask more questions. I find that the more curious you are, the less of a hold your prior conditioning has on you. When you become an evergreen student, you expose the blind spots, weaknesses and self-sabotaging behavior that keep you where you are. When you learn something new, share facts, and challenge the status quo, you break free to the other side of conditioning where there are no boundaries, glass ceilings or insurmountable mountains. There you will see that the world is truly your oyster.

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JULIE BENEZET AUTHOR OF

THE JOURNEY OF NOT KNOWING HOW 21ST CENTURY LEADERS CAN CHART A COURSE WHERE THERE IS NONE

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I spent the first half of my youth in a treehouse, or at least that is where my mind lived. While the neighborhood children rode bicycles, played board games, and paged through storybooks, I perched in my treehouse thinking about how I could make it better. I’d look up into the upper branches of that big maple tree and wonder which of them could hold another seat, one high among the leaves that could be reached by an interesting

progression of winding wooden slats, or one that would allow me to see farther across the neighborhood. You never knew who or what was out there, or how it would feel to be tucked up among the leaves with a lot of sky overhead and human activity below. That is, until you put those ideas into motion. Every year I figured out a new design. Then my brother set to work building it. I don’t wish to suggest I never rode bicycles, played board games, or read books. While I enjoyed those activities, my mind was forever pulled by the dreams of how could I create an environment that was more satisfying, useful, or compelling. I was a rather shy kid, and I noticed most of my friends found their bicycles and board games more interesting than my ideas. That made me nervous. Yet I continued to dream. Dreams fed me. Even better was actualizing them. Cut to a few decades later. It was just after lunch. My blood sugar had peaked and was spiraling downward into a midafternoon lull. I sat in a small, sunny office opposite the CEO of a large, wellknown company. We were exchanging random thoughts and anecdotes as we waited for the rest of the meeting attendees to assemble. At one point, we talked about

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what it was like to have a moment of stability when at least some of the trains were running on time. It felt good to get to a place where not all actions required a major negotiation due to lack of procedures. Then we stopped, both of us sounding a little bored. The CEO said, “Every time I feel things starting to get calm, I have to turn them on their edge.” I chuckled. “Yes, and every time you do that, my life becomes insane.” He let out one of his signature volcanic laughs. I spent four years navigating Jeff Bezos’ constant shifts in direction as we experimented with the new global business model called ecommerce. Our post-lunch conversation took

“Benezet shows very simply how we become trapped by our hooks into endless dreary cycles of limitation, and how we can liberate ourselves into the vast opportunities that await when we risk stepping beyond the known.” — Susan Cannon, PhD, co-author of The Way of the Mysterial Woman: Upgrading How You Live, Love, and Lead


place in 2001. I had been at Amazon for three years as its first global real estate executive. My job was to capture the company strategy and convert it into bricks and mortar, no easy matter when the company strategy traveled at the speed of bits and bytes and real estate travels at the speed of bricks. The asynchronicity of the two worlds posed major challenges. At the same time, I thrived on it. The comment Bezos made to me resonated deeply. There was something familiar about the unease that comes with trying a new idea and then embarking on the adventure to see it through. Finding and Avoiding Our Leadership Edge During thirty-five years of business life, I have met many people like me. They showed up in every industry, geography, and size of organization. What we shared was a hunger to raise the game, take chances, and move things into a better future for our organizations. Our yearning often landed us in leadership roles, taking us through many unmarked pathways. We had an idea of where we wanted to end up, but until we got there, the outcome was unknown. Not knowing was scary, and scary was okay. What we also shared, along the way, was how we inevitably tripped over our own blind spots and landed in box canyons we pretended weren’t there. In reality, they were places to escape from the discomfort of not knowing whether our dreams would turn out. Eventually, with the help of intervening events, conversations, or moments of self-reflection, our hunger to see a new idea come to fruition took over. It allowed us to push past our discomfort to make our dreams come true, or find new ones that worked better.

JULIE BENEZET

One constant in Julie Benezet’s life has been the pursuit of adventure. As a child growing up in Colorado, she was a “nature girl” who spent countless hours tracking down unusual butterflies, building tree houses (then jumping off of them), and constructing model towns in the backyard sandbox. To this day she loves exploring intriguing urban spaces. From her time spent in France between her junior and senior years of high school, where she learned to speak French and embrace other cultures, to the time she left Vassar College for Cornell University, seeking wider pastures, Julie has placed a strong value on learning and creating organizations where that happens. She came by that value honestly if not inevitably. Her father was a college president for 30 years who was known for building campuses and institutional programs. Through her father she met a lot of extraordinary thought leaders who inspired her with their single-mindedness for achieving greater things in the world. After getting a BA degree from Cornell with majors in psychology and anthropology, she immigrated to Canada with two suitcases and a dream of practicing psychology. She says it’s the craziest thing she’s ever done, something that became evident the day a patient grabbed ahold of her waist long hair and wrestled her to the ground. She got out with her hair intact, but the event had the impact of moving her from psychology to law, a place where she could organize businesses, keep her hair, and get paid to argue. Pursuing dreams has molded Julie’s life. As a self-described hard wired entrepreneur she spent 25 years in law and business, putting into place the dreams of others as well as her own dreams. Aside from making her way through the back wards of psychiatric institutes, she has thrived in the back rooms of large corporations with senior executives, built Amazon’s first global real estate organization, and led for ten years the “Challenges of Leadership” program for executives at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, among many other accomplishments. More recently, she is the founder and owner of Business Growth Consulting, LLC and The Journey of Not Knowing, LLC where she has coached and mentored executives from virtually every industry. She is a sought-after speaker about leadership, teaches classes on the subject, and shares her professional insights in print and online. She holds a master of psychology and law degrees from McGill University and a B.A. in psychology and anthropology from Cornell University. Spending half of her youth at the base of Pikes Peak left a strong imprint. Julie loves mountains both for their metaphoric value of achieving greater heights and for their spectacular vistas where she loves to hike. Back at home, the most unusual thing in her desk drawer is her eighth grade diary, which is unreadable, as her handwriting is also an adventure.

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UDDER TRUTH ARTICLE WRITTEN BY:

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Entrepreneurs aren’t just businesspeople, they’re visionaries. And part of being a visionary is seeing future trends, not allowing yourself to get mired in the old way of doing business. Never before has that been more true for our food system. New superfoods, new flavors, and most of all new consumer concerns are transforming the food and beverage scene. CONT...

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perfect case study for the disruption of traditional foods is the dairy industry. Once a staple of the American diet, fluid milk consumption has been declining for decades. Since 1970, daily fluid milk consumption has dropped by over a third. In contrast, almond milk sales have risen 250% in the last five years. Why is consumption declining? From health and beauty concerns, to sustainability, to animal welfare, there are many reasons that people are drinking less cow milk.

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Recent studies have debunked the long-held notion that dairy is critical for bone health. A study published in the British Medical Journal found that women with higher dairy intake had higher rates of bone fractures and a higher overall rate of death. Studies have also linked dairy consumption to certain types of cancer, and to weight gain and acne. The Harvard School of Public Health notes, “even low-fat milk is high in calories, and high levels of consumption may increase the risk of prostate and ovarian cancers.” Harvard’s “Healthy Eating Plate” does not include any dairy as part of a recommended healthy diet; instead, they suggest drinking water.


Concerns about the carbon and water footprint of dairy products, especially cheese and butter, are motivating environmentally-minded consumers to cut back. Harrowing undercover investigations at dairy farms have given pause to consumers concerned with animal welfare.

Concerns about the carbon and water footprint of dairy products, especially cheese and butter, are motivating environmentallyminded consumers to cut back. Harrowing undercover investigations at dairy farms have given pause to consumers concerned with animal welfare.

The Soy Foods Association notes that the term “soymilk” has been How is the dairy industry responding? in use for When faced with a changing marketplace, over 100 businesses must adapt or perish. Some years. Given companies are changing with the times, while the lack of others are digging in their heels. consumer confusion as Those trying to reverse new market trends are to whether encouraging government intervention to save the almond and flagging dairy industry. soy milk come from In 2016, the United States Department of cows, these Agriculture (USDA) spent $40 million of legislative taxpayer money buying 22 million pounds of efforts are surplus cheese. This buy-back program has been intended not deemed “corporate welfare” that interferes with to protect the critical supply-and-demand signals of a free consumers, market. but rather to protect Recently, more than thirty Democratic and the dairy Republican members of Congress urged the industry. U.S. Food and Drug Administration to force makers of plant-based beverages such as soy and The USDA almond milk to stop calling their products “milk” also works directly with agribusiness industries to because it is misleading consumers. Senator sink millions of dollars into advertising. Through Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has introduced a bill to “checkoff programs,” the federal government turn the letter into law, banning the use of the assists in the creation of promotional materials terms “milk” “cheese” or “yogurt” for products for certain generic commodities. Checkoff not made from cow milk. programs led to the famous “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.” and “Got Milk” ad campaigns. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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The USDA-funded Dairy Management program also gave money to fast food corporations to increase the cheese content in their menu items, thus driving up demand for cheese. For instance, Dairy Management helped finance a $12 million marketing campaign for Domino’s Pizza after they reformulated their pizza to contain nearly twice as much cheese. Dairy Management also worked with Pizza Hut, Burger King, and Wendy’s. Many have noted that the USDA’s work to promote meat and dairy consumption directly contradicts its responsibility to promote the health of US citizens. The Dairy Management campaign increased fast-food cheese sales by nearly 30 million pounds, at a time when USDA 48  VENTRE

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The USDA-funded Dairy Management program also gave money to fast food corporations to increase the cheese content in their menu items, thus driving up demand for cheese. Dietary Guidelines urged Americans to limit intake of saturated fats. Cheese is the primary source of saturated fat in the standard American diet.


and plant-based offerings represented by the WhiteWave acquisition.

While much of the dairy industry is circling their wagons and encouraging government intervention, there are some companies that are changing with the times, or at least hedging their bets.

Some companies are taking even more innovative approaches. The start-up Perfect Day (perfectdayfoods.com) uses yeast to produce dairy proteins, thus creating milk without cows, without lactose, and using 98% less water than traditional dairy production. Miyoko’s Kitchen (miyokoskitchen.com) cultures cashews using traditional cheesemaking techniques to get the creaminess and tang absent from most vegan cheeses. Miyoko’s recently received a minority investment from JMK Growth Partners, allowing them to build a new facility with 30 times the production capability.

There is even a new trade group working to WhiteWave Foods is a fantastic example. Once counteract the influence of the meat and dairy an independent company that manufactured industry on government policy. The Plant Silk soy milk, WhiteWave was acquired by Dean Based Foods Association, founded by Michele Foods, the largest dairy company in the country, Simon, works to “ensure a fair and competitive in 2002. Dean Foods incorporated the Horizon marketplace for businesses selling plant-based Organics line into WhiteWave, and then spun-off foods intended to replace animal products such WhiteWave as a separate company in 2013. as meats, dairy, and eggs.” Since then, WhiteWave has increased its plantbased offerings, acquiring the So Delicious and Vega brands. WhiteWave is currently in the process of being acquired by Danone S.A. - best known in the U.S. for Dannon and Stonyfield Yogurt - for $12.5 billion.

At a time when a group of investors managing $1.5 trillion in assets is warning global food companies to acknowledge the risks of animal agriculture and incorporate more plant-based protein, those still clinging to the old way of doing business would do well to shift their vision towards a plant-based future.

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ules. We often like to think rules are meant to be broken. All the cool, dangerous and alluring types break all the rules. We are generally in awe of those types. However, if you think about it, rules give us the opportunity to thrive. I see it every day in children. If they are allowed to run loose and crazy, they feel insecure and stress. Children who know the rules are more confident and secure.

Why do we have rules? Well, let’s explore that for a moment. We have them for several reasons.

Whether you are a business owner, employee or run a household, you follow some rules. Certain criteria have to be met before you can go from one step to the next. For about 8 years, my husband and I owned and operated a bail bonding business. In the beginning, we were given some guidelines to follow (just enough to keep us out of trouble). After some time, we refined and created new rules that we needed to have in place when making decisions about whether we were going to take on a case. We were in essence a “bank” of sorts. In order for us to be able to give a “loan”, the criteria needed to be satisfied.

2008 to 2010 were some of the hardest financial years that we had ever experienced. The good news was that we didn’t give up and we also learned that nothing is ever terminal. We needed the lessons in order to get where we are today. Rather than just following our gut or following the advice of the 5 other “money” people we worked with, we needed

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1. They are there to limit our risk. No one likes to lose money. Really. 2. They are there to keep our loved ones and us safe. 3. They allow us to take the emotion out of decision-making. 4. They allow us to make decisions quickly. Question: Do you rules about money that you and your family follow? Do you have rules when making investment decisions? I would say that in the past, my husband and I really didn’t have any that we followed. We didn’t have any set up and quite frankly, I’m not sure that we knew how to set them up. We were never given any guidelines like we were with our bail bonding business. We just went with our “gut” most of the time. Sometimes it worked, but most times it didn’t.


to get some real financial education and learn from experienced mentors. We also read a lot of books focused on finances.

How can Middle American’s, who work hard and have ridiculously busy schedules, make sure we don’t lose money? There is a simple solution that has been around since 1995. It is called index accounts – not Would you agree with me that Warren Buffet is to be confused with indexed funds. Index Accounts an expert at logically looking at money? For quite are the miracle accounts that go up when the market some time now, he has been the king at buying low goes up, but when the market goes down, your and selling high. In theory, we all know that we are money stays up. It is the simple, sleep well at night supposed to do that. However, 1999 and 2016 (when solution for the every day hard working individuals. the market was at its highest) we had more stocks and mutual funds bought than any other time Index funds are still in the market and still go up in the history of the market. 2001 and 2009 and down, but they will generally out perform any we had more stocks and mutual funds mutual fund manager out there. Index accounts are sold (when the market was the not readily available and are not offered by every lowest). We continue to buy high money manager. An additional benefit to these and sell low because we are accounts is little to no fees; sometimes they offer free emotional about our money. money, and a simple transfer process. Warren Buffet’s #1 rule of money is to Never Lose There are several books out there that talk about Money. His #2 rule is how amazing these accounts are, such as Money, to remember rule #1. Master the Game by Tony Robbins, Stress Free Retirement by Patrick Kelly and the Retirement Miracle by Patrick Most people think that the Kelly, just to name a few. wealthy continue to get wealthy because they swing The good news is that now you have a happy for the fences and get an medium between the ultra safe/earn no interest amazing return on their accounts and possible high return/high risk investment. That just isn’t true. accounts. You can win at the money game, work They keep getting wealthy because hard, keep your busy schedule, and know that you they aren’t losing money or at least too can never lose money again. After all, we don’t not very much of it. They know necessarily have the time exactly what the downside is or knowledge to do before they invest. what Warren Buffet does. It took him an entire lifetime to master his craft and he gave up time with his family to achieve it.

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WANDERLUST La s V e g a s , N e v a d a

Two mere mortals decided to break free from the bonds of work cubicles and traffic congestion and go on a quest. We’ve heard there is more to the wonderment of life, so our eyes turned west. A little Vegas adventure sounded like the perfect recipe for readjusting our attitude about the rat race...

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The rules of survival are simple around these parts: follow the blinking lights, avoid all things kitschy and pause to take in the majesty of Las Vegas’ glitz and glamor. If you’re looking for a modern-day Roman Empire, all paths will lead you to the wondrous grounds known to the welltravelled as The Forbes 4-star Award-winning Caesars Palace. If you’re fond of sand dunes and warm places where strangers become friends over fine food and stellar entertainment, chances are good you found a little bit of Caesars Palace in your life. Large, over-the-top ideas are supported by boundless entertainment and exquisite attention to detail at every turn. This 85-acre luxury destination boasts a who’s who of famed eateries ready to seduce your vacation time. 66  VENTRE

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The culinary excellence of Mesa Grill, Mr. Chow, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, and the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet (to name a few), will entice your palate and satisfy every epicurean delight.

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Large cascading hallways transported us to our final resting spot in the newly renovated Augustus Tower. Prior to booking our room we were unaware of the remodeling that had just taken place. Nothing helps you relax in a foreign space more than cleanliness and scratch-free hotel decor. The timing screamed good luck, so we definitely decided to take that a step further. After unpacking, we traded in our travel sneakers for sequined velvet slip-on loafers and tried our luck in the casino.

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Smiles were abound upon entering Room 3634. The bedding said “come hither,” and the view of the Strip from our room was so breathtaking, we needed time to let it settle in. As

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my chaperone opted for a quick power nap in the cloud-like bed, the marble jacuzzi tub for two seemed perfect for just this one. Visions of exploring the Romanthemed grounds of Caesars could

wait just a second longer. Las Vegas is a low hum in the lower floors. It’s sedated us and won us over at ease. Royal blue and champagne gold accents smartly finished the decor details. We turned the lounge chair towards the view and watched the magical lights of the


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If you are fortunate enough to stay in the Augusta Tower you will not have to search far for the unforgettable Qua Baths & Spa, a 50,000 square foot mecca of indulgence located on the 2nd floor. Anyone in need of a dose of distemper will find complete harmony in the corridors of Qua Baths & Spa. His and Her entrances welcome you to a maze of warm tones and serene music that prepare you for your transformation. When you walk through those doors, you are going from airport-bound to spa-lucky. Qua Baths & Spa is Vegas on its best behavior. A sea of attentive staff catered to our every need; yet, with intuitive timing disappeared when we took alone time to strategize our path to healing in the Laconium Room.

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By the time you have read this, I will have kidnapped my esthetician and founder of the Cleopatra Golden Goddess Facial. Jossie Millan’s hands are a seasoned gift and a staple to the Caesars Palace Family. She caressed my skin with a 24-karat gold mask (an antiinflammatory). Here’s a tip: opt for as much time as you can get with her beauty wisdom. She catered her hands to my needs, removing problems hairs before applying a gentle peel. Use the above words as a personal reference; it’s fine by me. No one in my cell block will have the glow that I now have. Even weeks after my session, as I write this, the luminosity still shimmers faintly in my cheekbones. Never have I felt so cradled and cared for in a spa setting. Qua Baths & Spa is top tier in my book. Not for the accolades it so proudly boats, but for honoring the healing powers of water and its promise to make my skin look better then when I arrived.

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Nefarious and true stories of mob history are brought to life in this three-story downtown Vegas gem. Formerly known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, this landmark was founded in 2012 and is the pride and joy of Vegas. Tour hundreds of artifacts and interactive exhibits to learn the roots of this American tale that your teacher never uttered in history class.

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It’s not all in your head. Vegas is as over the top as you could have ever imagined and every thrill seeker should cap off their adventure with a 30-minute ride in The High Roller. Located just across the way from Caesars Palace, romantic views from the world’s largest observation wheel should be on the bucket list of every Vegas visitor. This 30-minute visual wonder showcases Vegas in a way that must be seen. The climate-controlled cabins are also great for private yoga lessons, chocolate tastings and weddings. Appreciate the heartbeat of Vegas from a new perspective.

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There is something about a cornucopia of beautifully prepared food that makes us feel like kings and queens. Satisfying this primal urge to splurge is a melting pot of tourists and international travelers comingled with true foodies at one of the hottest spots in town. Bacchanal Buffet is the best of the best. The experience is colorful and multifarious.

Eating out is the staple in Vegas and Bacchanal Buffet plays host to over 500 dishes prepared by 15 chefs daily. Repeated trips for lobster rolls, truffle gnocchi, chicken and waffles, rolled sole and chicken parmesan did me in just fine and dandy. My guest looked so refined and in control at first. He

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started the feast with a $15 bottomless glass of wine leaves the food line without a crab leg or two . . . or and cheese plate. However, he was unrecognizable 30 eight . . . or twelve. minutes later after his third trip to the meat carving table. For those who want to cater to their sweet life, opt for dessert first and indulge in made-to-order crepes, Bridging the cultural divide is at the heart of Bacchanal key lime tarts, delectable chocolates and innovative Buffet. Top grade Asian fare sits alongside the famous desserts like strawberry verrine and sago-exotic fruit menudo crock pot. If we could fit that into our carry- compote. The display and variety of confections is so on bag we would do it in a New York minute. No one over the top and deserves your undivided attention. * Located inside Caesars Palace 702.731.7928 • caesars.com/caesars-palace/restaurants

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No one comes to Mesa Grill to talk. But everyone is talking about Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill. Every visitor who comes to reconnect with friends finds themselves in that same dilemma, so choose your time wisely in between every unforgettable and disarming Bobby Flay bite. Tiger Shrimp in a roasted garlic corn tamale and blue corn lobster tacos are previewing the main attraction in this foodie theater. This kitchen is passionate and they come to play. Calm your travel nerves over a cactus margarita and savor in the pure bliss that something special is being prepared for the main course. Spice-rubbed pork tenderloin with a bourbon ancho chile sauce seduced my eyes and sharing was not an option. Your judgment for my selfish and non-sharing ways will fall on deaf ears at Mesa Grill. My other half spoke in low hums and aahs as he eagerly devoured his Lobster with hominy cakes, all finished with a fresno chile butter sauce. Each plate is a piece of art, showcasing Bobby Flay’s signature use of textures, flavors, and colors. Mesa Grill doesn’t lack for personality in any way, shape or form. Oh, and save room for their deep dish banana cream pie garnished with a praline wafer and hazelnut brittle. The above will self-destruct shortly, your safeguarded secrets will never fall into the hands of your personal trainer. Vegas is good like that. 78  VENTRE

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Las Vegas’ longest running, family-owned and operated authentic Italian restaurant.

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Eager to experience where the savvy Vegas locals break bread and swear you can get an authentic Italian meatball? Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar has been a culinary delight and Vegas staple since 1985. Just a short $11 Lyft ride from Caesars Palace, day 2 of our journey brought us to this familyowned eatery where authentic Italian cuisine has been served fresh daily for 30 years. Ferraro’s is where you come to woo that client or celebrate the completion of your next big project over Lasagna Alla Gino or Risotto Arogosta. The fresh, homemade gnocchi is so light and airy, you’ll devour the plate and actually have room for dessert. The Ferraro family recipes bring southern Italy to this side of the Atlantic. This place is a true Vegas secret you’ll be glad you found. There is nothing incomplete about the Italian experience at Ferraro’s. Homemade pastas, sausages, breads and desserts dominate the menu. Safe Harbor Certified seafood and all natural beef are used and done so with utter pride. Feel free to ask questions, your ingredients have been so thoughtfully prepared. The staff is sharp and TYPE A is clearly a prerequisite to work here. Gino will proudly show you his world-class wine cellar. Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar is Italian hospitality at its finest. A place where Gino and Rosalba Ferraro say, “casa mia è casa tua (my home is your home).” Think of it as such.

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f you’re lucky enough to venture to this part of Virginia, highly consider the following pages to ensure the softest landing in town.

The city of Winchester has something for history buffs, outdoors lovers, beer & wine aficionados and foodies. Ghost Tours of Old Town Winchester, Horseback Riding, James Charles Winery & Vineyard will dominate your social calendar. There is truly not enough time in the day to tell you all that is going on in Winchester. But we will gladly try.

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nplugging from city life and disconnecting from the political drama that dominates the news cycle is reason enough to make the 90-minute drive west of Washington DC. Every achy, overworked and vacation-less bone in your body will be glad you did. The Inn at Vaucluse Spring neighbors the darling town of Winchester, Virginia. Set back on 44 acres of plush and well-maintained grounds is one of the most charming bed & breakfasts we have ever laid eyes on. Everything is familiar and full of feel-good energy. At check in, innkeepers Tiffany and Derrick treat every guest like family. The smiles in their eyes will reassure you that you chose the perfect home-awayfrom-home to regroup and nest. There is considerable charm here. This serene and soothing setting sets the framework for a muchneeded vacation. Relaxing, relax, relax. The details have been attended to.

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KNOW THE FACTS! The INN is a non-smoking inn. Children 12 and older are welcome. Gourmet threecourse breakfast included.

Built in 1785, The Inn is 5.7 miles from the Belle Grove Plantation and 8 miles from Dinosaur Land.

231 Vaucluse Spring Lane • Stephens City, VA 22655 • 540-869-0200

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he adventure begins before you even step onto the property. The range of amenities warrants return trips and each lodge holds its own unique charm. Guests can rejuvenate with mountain views from The Strother Room and family trips command usage of The Chumley Homeplace. My other half opted for The Cabin by the Pond, but this savvy trekker won the coin toss. The Mill House Studio it was.

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here is a synergistic relationship between the Mill House Studio and nature. This ever so charming twostory cottage has a water’s edge patio, large windows overlooking the Vaucluse Spring and the sound of water gently whooshing through the old millrace. If you’re in search of an ideal retreat to finally start that novel, you found it. The rush-hour traffic back home can’t be heard here, and the rooms are reflective of the well-manicured surroundings. Almost on cue, the most majestic butterfly appeared as we approached the front door of the Mill House Studio. After unpacking for the weekend and loading up our snacks in the mini-fridge, we played board games and listened to soft tunes. A break from cable news is exactly what the doctor ordered. There are many moments in life you will never want to end—this is one of them. 88  VENTRE

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The Mill House Studio is as immaculate on site as it appears on their website. Not a trace of the guests before us brought this natural-born germaphobe peace of mind. A jacuzzi tub for two was more than enough for one as my other half prefers standing showers. So glad the Mill House Studio catered to us both. The seasonal fireplace spoke to me in my dreams (it did, really). As I awoke from my blissful slumber in our kingsize brass bed, a gentle nudge whispered me back in the months ahead. This is exactly what I’ll tell my shrink when we get home. The Inn at Vaucluse heals.

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nspired Chef Allan Brown accentuates the royal treatment with a thoughtfully prepared five-course dinner at 7 pm in The Manor House. His food rivals that of any skilled kitchen artisan in any large city; someone is clearly reaching for the Michelin Stars. It’s new American Fare in thoughtful and exciting ways. The love affair on your plate starts with Parsnip Ginger Veloute. Chef Allan breaks from tradition and uses chorizo as the base, topped with sour cream and fried candied ginger. It’s persuasive and wins you over, bite after bite.

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Our thoughtful hosts paired the perfect white wine with our salmon course and an impeccable red wine with our short ribs course. Horseradish breadcrumbs completed the beer braised short ribs much like how our innkeepers Tiffany and Derrick’s personalities mesh with our surroundings. It’s a perfect fit. Don’t waffle in your curiosity! Check out the Trip Advisor reviews online and see why we’re so infatuated. **Three-course breakfast provided compliments of The Inn at Vaucluse Spring

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ur quest to get that sparkle back in our eye continues. The soothing side of Winchester is about to pour into our spa experience, as the team at Saumaj Spa gets the deed done.

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Located in downtown Winchester and inside The George Washington Hotel is Saumaj Health Spa. Pamper your face and body with treatments ranging from 30- to 90-minutes. And trust me, there’s no excuse to not try more than one. Their Vita C facial for sensitive

skin revived me from the winter months where regimented and trained hands vigorously brought the light back to my face. Ask for the “muscle whisperer” when booking a massage for yourself. Intuitive and strong hands rocked this tourist into a state of euphoria. The locals


covet Kelly’s calendar, so book in advance. And here’s a little “in the know” . . . get an additional 10 percent discount when booking on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I was putty the remainder of the trip. A buzz about their signature salt and sugar body scrub treatment

caught my ear as I stepped to the curb. This is a must-do treatment for a head-to-toe makeover. Feels like I just discovered a local secret this side of the Shenandoah Valley. And here’s another little secret: the prices at Saumaj Health Spa are small town friendly. My wallet thanked me later.

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quest for nourishment brought us to another downtown Winchester jewel.

Entering through a sunken side patio, the impressive craft beer selection warranted a quick nod at the dark wood bar before sitting down for dinner. The ambiance pulls you in and hints at romance. Slow down and take it all in at George’s Food & Spirits. The service is attentive and cheerful, the decor upscale colonial classic. Locals break bread over freshly shucked baked oysters topped with lump crab meat and creamed spinach. Smiles abound as flash-fried chicken wings tossed in a spicy coco cola glaze prepared our palate for more yumminess to come. Lead by our knowledgeable server, every rewarding bite of the boneless certified Black Angus short rib finished with a slow cooked burgundy was savored. My guest’s choice of George’s buttermilk fried chicken and waffles left little room for the colorful dessert options we saw passing our table. Rookie mistake. Any excuse to return for a nightcap at the Half Note Lobby bar is fine by me.

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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley 901 Amherst Street • Winchester, VA 22601 • 888-556-5799

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rt pursuers in search of creative skill and imagination will find just that at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Visual stimuli, multi-media presentations, historic knowledge and rotating exhibits make for a lovely afternoon during your stay in Winchester. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is dedicated to the art, history and culture of

the Shenandoah Valley and was designed by internationally recognized architect Michael Graves. We stayed longer than usual, smitten with the R. Lee Taylor Miniatures Gallery. The Glen Burnie House and Gardens opens April 1st, just in time for spring. All that is missing is you. *Hours vary. Please see website for admission fees/details. Group and School tours are available! VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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ountry music fans will be pleased to celebrate one of their own while exploring the historic side of Winchester. The Patsy Cline Historic House pays homage to this great American icon and preserves the place of her humble upbringing. Recorded on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Street Landmarks Register, this is a local treasure that the community is proud of. Furnished with a few unique personal items, its landscaping and surrounding working-class neighborhood appear to be exactly as Patsy left it before international fame found her.

Memorabilia available online for those who can’t make the trip.

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INTIMATE INVESTMENTS weather the stor m by Emily Moore

Following a tumultuous rainstorm is often the unveiling of a colorful spectrum, formed by a bright dispersion of light and brilliant colors of the mythical and oh so beautiful rainbow. Many of us were taught to look at rainbows as a symbolism of truth, wisdom, creation, expansion, ascension, luck, and transformation. The Irish talk about the pot of gold and the lucky leprechaun at the end of the rainbow, but at which end is it? Sometimes we have to ground ourselves to find the path of enlightenment, otherwise, sorry laddy, but me pot ‘o gold is at the other end of the rainbow.

of the rainbow representing the seven chakras. There’s even a belief that rainbows can cause skin problems. Thank goodness for estheticians! Either way, it would be hard to view this array of lights as anything but magical and awe-inspiring. No matter what you believe, rainbows will stop us in our tracks, helping to silence everything around us, and forcing us to be present with its magnificence.

Rainbows and Mother Nature teach us more about life than we may realize. No, this is not a guide on how to communicate with dirt. It’s truly about listening to the vibrations surrounding us, We must always persevere and forge ahead and listening to our most important tool -- our on our mission to find our pot of light and intuition. Why do you think animals can sense happiness. The rainbow has many meanings. a tsunami, or even a thunderstorm before it Some cultures perceive this ray of light as the happens? It’s due to a deep connection to the connection of heaven and earth, the seven colors vibrational energy of Mother Earth. We also

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have the ability to connect to nature. However, due to many distracting factors shielding us from accessing this life force, we have to find a way to hit pause or restart to regain access. We have become a far more materialized society, and with technology and social media taking over our lives, we are unable to sense and feel at our full capacity. Mother Nature provides everything we need, from medicinal resources to life’s greatest teachings.

and emotions sparked by the eye of the storm. At the end of the storm comes stillness and gained understanding of which tools are needed to brave future storms.

Finally, the rainbow appears. When we see the bold and colorful picture of each journey, we understand and even appreciate the very reason we were confronted with the challenge. It’s our guiding light. It’s the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s our happy place. Don’t be Think about this metaphor: When life feels like a afraid to become a storm chaser, all with the raging rainstorm full of heavy clouds, darkness, knowledge that your evolved self will be the lightning strikes and uncontrollable winds, its shining light somewhere over the Rainbow. purpose is to teach us something of great value. Going through the storm can be challenging, especially without proper gear, a raincoat, an umbrella and/or shelter. We can lose our faith and hyper-focus on the overwhelming sensations Emily Moore Lingows.com Emily@lingows.com 720-244-8622

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Skin Science is dedicated to providing you with organic skin solutions to get back the skin you were born with. Skinerals Theraceutical Skin Solution is formulated from hundreds of different minerals and earth elements to help revitalize your skin to its natural state. Skinerals provides relief to people suffering from irritating skin conditions of all types. Made from 100% organic materials that are all found in nature. Minerals Not Chemicals! Hundreds of pounds of organic matter are broken down by nature and filtered through layers of obsidian lava rock the end result is a solution

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From the playa to the pool, dawn to dusk, these are the sandals memories are made in. For the dreamers, daytrippers, and the wild at heart. Come Wander With Us.

MALVADOS ICON/FLORENCE Sunstruck $32.00 An iconic sandal with a combination of rubber and EVA foot-bed. Beautiful vegan PU braided straps.

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NAKED HEALTHY

NAKED HEALTHY DAIRY-FREE

You finally have your hands up! You’ve decided to step away from your faithful relationship to dairy. Fitness guru’s exposing the dairy industry from every angle combined with years of piling scientific evidence has left you with little choice. Now what? Being motivated to make a life change is one thing, but replacing an entire section of the food pyramid can be daunting. Dairy is nostalgic part of our upbringing. It seems difficult to replace, but there’s

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There are more than dozen different non-dairy milk options available. I’m going to cover my favorites. Due to its incredible nutritional content, hemp milk is my #1. It contains 10 essential amino acids, omega 3’s and omega 6’s. It’s amazing, just a little hard to find. My next 3 favorites are, in order of nutrition, coconut milk, cashew milk, almond milk. Almond is the most popular but very low in nutritional content. You’re buying very few almonds and a lot of filtered water. Also, always buy unsweetened because the local honey I use is far healthier than whatever sugar they are adding.

Between the popular almond milk or coconut creamers I prefer coconut creamers. It health tsunami the world has ever reduces the strong acidity of coffee, making seen. There is a plethora of delicious it easier on your tummy. It reduces bloating discomfort. It also contains vitamins, dairy replacements emerging across minerals and healthy fats. As far as any soy the country. Even better, they are products are concerned, a little is ok, but healthier than the dairy products being too much of it can be bad for your health. Processed soy disrupts estrogen. replaced. Did you know consuming good news. We are amidst the biggest

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Remember a few years back when you couldn’t get anything gluten free? That’s the cheese world from which we are emerging. The good news is that there are some really good dairy free companies emerging. I’ll


ago. There are almost endless dairy-free ice creams

give you a few specific and popular brands to consider. Daiya, Go Veggie!, Tofutti and Follow Your Heart. Some of these companies make sour cream as well. Another up and comer in the cheese world is nutritional food yeast. Just get past the name! It’s different from the yeast you bake with because this doesn’t froth or foam. It’s sugar free, gluten free, loaded with B-12, has iron and is a complete protein. It’s great for making a mac n’ cheese, topping rice or salad. .

out now. Even Ben and Jerry’s recently dropped a new vegan line of deliciousness. My bet is, if you can pull your gaze from your usual favorites to the higher sections of the freezer, you’ll discover a whole new world of healthier goodies. Sherbet is always an option as well, but be sure to compare nutrition labels. The sugar in sherbet can be “Willie Nelson” high. Everything in moderation! If you do a great job 85% of the time, it’s ok to enjoy a little dairy now and again. The second you put something on your “not allowed list” cravings will haunt you. Don’t say, “Never!” Look on the bright side; this is a much easier transition than it was just a few years ago. Welcome to your health boosting, cow saving, environmentally friendly world of dairy free my friend.

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NUTRITIONAL CONTENT: COCONUT OIL is very useful for weight loss. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. Further, it increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, thereby burning more energy and helping obese and overweight people lose the weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who use coconut oil every day as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight. CITRUS AURANTIUM extract is extensively used in weight management products and as thermogenic agents. They are also used in sports performance products to enhance stamina. CAURANTIUM extract is widely known as bitter orange extract, a product that is derived from the immature (green) fruits of the Seville orange. Bitter orange extract is used in weight management products due to its purported effects on metabolic processes, including an increase in basal metabolic rate and lipolysis as well as mild appetite suppression. GREEN TEA extract is a product made from the Camellia sinensis plant. It is used for weight loss and to treat stomach disorders. Hoodia is a succulent, fleshy cactus-like plant of the Asclepiad family, which is an original inhabitant of the Kalahari desert in Africa. Among its many varieties, Hoodia Gordonii is the most popular because its extracts suppress hunger and effectively helps reduce weight and fat percentage.

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Fire Department Coffee was founded by firefighters on a mission to make the easiest drinking coffee for our Nation’s hard working men and women. We learned while serving in the military and fire service that caffeine and good tasting coffee is critical for long nights and high octane lifestyles. Fire Dept. Coffee’s roasting facility is located in the City of Rockford, Illinois. Our coffee has been tried, tested, and proven by thousands of our Nation’s finest blue collared men and women. Our coffee is easy drinking, so you can enjoy it in the morning or during those late nights that never seem to end. Every batch is roasted to order. You order. We roast and deliver. It’s that simple. We work hard to make sure our quality is unsurpassed and that we are always giving back to our men and women who put their lives on the line daily. This is why portions of every sale goes back to military and firefighter charities. Be a part of something greater and join the FDC family, where strong coffee and values matter most.

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SPIRIT INFUSED COFFEE BOURBON The Bourbon Infusion has the delicious smoothness of bourbon and the best part is you can drink it in the morning without feeling guilty. RUM The Rum Infusion takes you straight to tropical shores with the kick of caffeine that you need to get the job done TEQUILA The Tequila Infusion conveys the delicious complexity of the drink you know and love, with hints of lime and a crisp, sweet finish. $19.99 per pound

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UNLIFE is an invite-only gathering of the nations top businessmen, influencers, misfits and entrepreneurs, all trying to kick a little dent into history. Come join 30 hand selected ruckusmakers for a weekend designed to amplify, disrupt, inspire, and build community. This is an intimate group event - You will speak up and be heard, you will be surrounded by people eager to learn and to share what they’ve learned in a completely unfiltered and raw setting. We’ll start Friday night and end Sunday around noon. This 3 day leadership retreat is intentionally designed for aggressive personalities with a desire to build intentional community, disrupt the status quo, and have real life changing impact through their work. UNLIFE was started because In 2013, for the Summer marketing campaign for RUCKUS, we thew a series of 3 Pool Parties in conjunction with RedBull. They were amazing. Thousands of people came, there was free food, drinks, national headlining acts for music, but at the end of the third party, we were driving away and had one of the most honest conversations as a brand we have ever had... We simply said “FOR WHAT?!” Don’t get us wrong, they were great parties, and we the brand got a ton of “impressions” (whatever that means), but at the end of it all, we were left feeling extremely

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empty, and honestly, kind of worthless. We had raised a ton of money and thrown some huge parties. That was it. We weren’t helping anyone, we weren’t building DEEP or MEANINGFUL relationships or community. We were simply arranging convenient and shallow entertainment, nothing more. We knew that as a brand, as a company, and as responsible business owners and leaders, we had to develop something more. We had to develop something that actually meant something. At the core of what RUCKUS is, we want to only be about 2 things: 1) Bringing hope and confidence into a broken world. 2) Building Community. So - we switched our Summer marketing campaign the following year on its head (honestly, that’s probably giving ourselves too much credit, it was more of an experiment than anything). We set out to grow DEEP within our community and clientele, not WIDE. We thought; What would happen - if instead of growing shallow with 3 thousand people, we brought together some of the best leaders, trendsetters, and ruckusmakers we know and grow DEEP with only 30 people. A Manhattan Project of the new age. And with that, the Ruckus UNLIFE Retreat was born.


“If you are young, hungry, and want to be inspired by some of the best disrupters across all mountains of thought, this is the retreat for you” — Daniel Epstein UNreasonable Group

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VeganSmart All-In- One Nutritional Shake is a complete protein blend that contains everything you need in just one serving: 20g Non-GMO plant-based protein, 6g dietary fiber, 22 vitamins & minerals, a whole food complex (fruits and vegetables), omega 3 and prebiotics and digestive enzymes. Everything you need and nothing you don’t. VeganSmart is available in seven delicious flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Wild Berries, Chai, Cookies & Cream, Chocolate Raspberry and Strawberry Shortcake.

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In 2002, Claude Tellis and Kareem Cook moved to Los Angeles and sought solutions that would positively affect the growing number of children that were suffering from childhood obesity. To affect change they realized that the best pathway to make a difference would be to change the access that children have to unhealthy snacks. Their determination took them a step further which lead to placing healthy vending machines in schools starting with Venice High School.

Prevention is our mantra. We believe in making healthy choices that prevent negative results. In that same spirit, we made a commitment to address health by offering products and education that would help protect and prevent by purchasing a leading vitamin and supplements company, Naturade, with a strong history that goes back to 1926.

Veganism perfectly matches our ideals as a company. We quickly realized that a well balanced plant based diet was an intricate part of preventing the ailments and challenges that we saw affecting our friends and family. As a result, we partnered with John Lewis, a vegan athlete as well as category and industry expert, on a plant based diet to co-develop a product line, VeganSmart, based on his formula, specifications and ideals.

Kareem Cook and Claude Tellis, committed to providing healthy choices at a local level partnered with Bad Boy recording Artist Styles P who’s reach and drive into health and wellness perfectly matched the goals of VeganSmart. Through this partnership, Styles P and VeganSmart created an exclusive flavor and brand uniquely suited for Styles P and his juice stores juicesforlife.nyc called Love is Love which features a new flavor Cookies and Cream.

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THE SHOWOFF SUPER MOUNT

The most versatile phone mount on the market. It fits any smartphone creating a Personal Photographer, Body cam, Dash cam, & more in seconds. This allows you to mount your phone virtually anywhere. The ShowOff also comes with a bluetooth remote allowing you to take pictures and video hands free!

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MINI-CLUTCH SPEAKER™ DAZZLING DIAMOND

Portable, Wireless, Bluetooth® Speaker, Speakerphone and Functional Clutch All In One. The Mini-Clutch Speaker™ offers the best in sound quality and design. It effortlessly pairs with any Bluetooth®-enabled device, has a built-in speakerphone for hands-free calls, opens to reveal a mirror, has a pocket for daily essentials, can connect to non-Bluetooth devices via aux-in jack and if your phone is running out of battery, it can charge any USB enabled device.

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HEART AT WORK

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HEART @WORK THE BUSINESS OF GIVING BACK

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T HEART AT WORK

he idea for Be good to people.® was inspired by a rude experience that founder Kris Wittenberg had back in the spring of 2008 while running errands at lunch. The exact bad experience has long been forgotten but the idea that people need to be better to one another has not. Once back in the office of her promotional products company, SayNoMore! Promotions, she exasperatingly asked, “WHY CAN’T PEOPLE JUST BE GOOD TO PEOPLE?” Given her entrepreneurial spirit, her experience creating logo’d products and her longing for a friendlier world, she decided to put “Be good to people.®” on a t-shirt and send a message to the world. BGTP, the brand and the movement, was instantly born. Everything about Be good to people.® is black and white because really, it is that simple. Kris’ passion and longing to pursue a kinder world filled her soul and heart, but the reality of running two growing companies finally proved to be too much. Kris had to make a choice; the needs of SayNoMore! Promotions, her rapidly growing promotions company, prevented her from fully immersing herself into Be good to people.® She knew in her soul that Be good to people.® was her life’s work and that it needed… deserved…her focused attention to make it the movement and sustainable business she knew that it was destined to be. Change, of course, doesn’t happen overnight. Kris and her husband gave thoughtful consideration to how they could make both SayNoMore! Promotions AND Be good to people.® a priority. The answer came through soul searching, countless meaningful conversations with peers, and one particularly impactful business meeting where it became

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very clear to Kris that she was not living her true calling. She knew she had to take bold action. So, she registered and attended Oprah’s The Life you Want Weekend and journeyed to Seattle… of course wearing her favorite Be good to people.® shirt and Spreading the Good each day. The payoff was HUGE. She came away from that event inspired, validated in her decision to move Be good to people.® forward, and willing to take further courageous ACTION.


Kris continues to oversee the vision and direction of SNMP. She has entrusted her beloved husband, Augie, whose background in finance and his ability to oversee operations makes him the perfect person to oversee the day-to-day of SNMP under Kris’ continued leadership. Kris is now officially able to focus on developing Be good to people.®

As in any business, or in life in general, “no risk, no reward.” Kris is finally “in”. The Be good to people.® product line has grown from a simple shirt to a fashionable assortment of useful items that people see, wear, or carry throughout the day. And, we’ve learned that not only are the products cool and share an important message, but they inspire kinder and positive action. People behave better when they are wearing or using Be good to people.® gear or when they see it on someone else. They pause before reacting. They put someones’ needs before their own. They go out of their way to make another persons day.

Simply put, Be good to people.® creates infectious positivity. We invite you to participate in this amazing movement. Let entrepreneurialism, dreams, hopes and GOOD allow us to all live the life we want. And that, friends, is the magic of Be good to people.® We are thrilled to have you on this journey with us.

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EVERY PURCHASE CREATES A KINDER WORLD. For every BGTP item sold, 5% of the sale goes to our 501c3 non-profit, The Be Good to People Foundation. We believe that giving back shouldn’t depend on how we spend our money and therefore we base our give back on sales, not how profitable we are. Isn’t it Good to know that there’s no question about how much of your purchase is contributing to a kinder world? We think it’s a pretty Good concept. Fueled by the 5%, donations, corporate, private and government grants, the BGTP Foundation creates and supports human kindness-centered events such as Bright Friday and 24 Hours of Kindness and recognizes people who are Being Good to People all over the world.

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