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Your True Colours May 2014 Fashion Academy

Fall/Winter 2014 Color Forecast Purples, Blues, Reds: Which Shades are for Your Colour Palette?

Come Into Your OWN A 31 Day Challenge

ALSO, TAKING FASHION INTO SPRING/SUMMER 2014 NOT EVERYTHING IS BLACK & WHITE BY LISA BYRD THOMAS COSTUME DESIGNER/STYLIST


Some of our guest writers for this issue:

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Camilla Curran, Certified Total Image Consultant: Through her modeling career, Miss Curran has walked the runway in many fashion shows including Memphis Fashion Week, the annual Southern Women’s Show, the annual Mid-South Bridal Showcase, and Memphis’s first, ‘Fashion’s Night Out’. Her print work is featured in numerous fashion blogs, websites and regional magazines and she can also be seen in television commercials. As an extension of her love for fashion and design, she also manages her own image consulting firm, Curran Consulting. Curran also writes a monthly fashion column for the ‘Interior Design. Style. Fashion.’, lifestyle blog. Curran seamlessly blends the boundary pushing ideals of the high fashion world with the functional needs of the modern workforce when bringing her unique perspective on the fashion industry to her clients and the readers of her fashion column. Camilla’s additional experience studying drawing, color theory, and 2d design at Memphis College of Art, further bolster her form and function know-how. http://camillacurran.wix.com/camilla-curran

Lisa Byrd Thomas is a freelance fashion/wardrobe stylist, costume designer, and image consultant based in Memphis, Tennessee. In her nearly ten years as a stylist, she has worked in various mediums including print, film, television, and music. Her credits include costume designer for the feature film, “The Grace Card,” print work in magazines such as People, Money, Readers Digest, and Southern Living as well as working with a number of celebrity music artists. Lisa is also the owner of Hip Fashion Stylist Vintage. Her clothes have been seen on the CBS TV series “Vegas” and the National Geographic TV movie “Killing Kennedy.” Lisa is a staff instructor and board member of Fashion Academy.

Beth McKinzie is a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator. She has been teaching diabetes and healthy living for over 25 years and began her study and use of essential oils in March 2013. She retired from the US Navy Nurse Corps after 23 years of active duty service. She has worked in a variety of positions in Endocrinology & Maternal Fetal Health in addition to private education companies since leaving the military. Currently she is the Head of Health Promotion and Education at the Naval Branch Health Clinic – Naval Support Activity Millington, TN. She has been married to her best friend, Bruce, for 38 years. She has 2 grown sons, 2 beautiful daughters-in-law and 4 extraordinary grandchildren. Riding motorcycles, shooting her pistol & travel are her favorite things to do when she has free time.

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Kally Efros is a Traditional Naturopath, is a Certified LifeLine Practioner, is Certified in Touch For Health, and has a degree in Natural Medicine. She is the mother of 7 children. She and her husband opened Indigo Mountain in 2009 and she has been coaching people for over 10 years. Her family went from the sick care life style and industry to the Wellness Lifestyle. Her passion is to help you Get Real and bridge the gap to a joy-filled passionate life with good health and vitality.

Sherri Henley is Bringing Everyone Together through connections, collaboration, exposure and business. Founder and CEO of Business Over Coffee International (BOCI), author, speaker, social media intelligence trainer, and collaborative leader, she has learned the art of balancing life between being a wife, mother of two small children, and community leader. In addition to effectively managing one of the Mid-South’s fastest growing business networks with global reach, Henley hosts weekly radio and television shows on BOCI Talk Radio Channel, BOCI TV, and Sherri Henley Intelligence. She also serves as local chapter board member of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Recently quoted in “50 Seeds of Greatness,” authored by Germaine Moody, Henley is a collaborative leader by example. Her latest book, The Power of Collaboration in Business, Volume 1 of the Bringing Everyone Together Series published by BOCI, features eight contributing authors in addition to herself.

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In this Issue:

May 2014 Fashion Academy© No part of this magazine may be reprinted without written permission from the editor. doTerra Oils: Beth McKinzie, RN, discusses health, well being, and oils. Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. Essential oils are usually administered by one of three methods: diffused aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally as dietary supplements.

cbendall@fashionacademy.biz Table of Contents: Budget Your Plan by Stacey Starks…………………………….…….………….………………5 YTC Finds of the Month……………………………………………….….………………….………6 YTC: Life Image……………………………………………………………..……………………….…..9 Fashion Career Spotlight: Memphis Model Turned Fashion Consultant…...10 Fall/Winter 2014 Forecast………………………………………………………………………...12 Fashion Profile: Not Everything is Black & White……………………………………….15

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Without using apps, templates or unnecessary classes, Budget Smart Plan can make your financial life easier. Budget Smart Plan takes a unique approach to budgeting: WE BUILD A PLAN AROUND YOU.

Fashion Profiles

Essential Oils, God’s Pharmacy………………………………………………………………….22 Make Momma Proud…………………………………………………………………………………25 Grover’s Story with Memphis Humane Society.………………………………………..27 YTC : Makeup for the Best You……………………………………………………….…………29 Rules to Wellness………………………………………………………………………………………31 Come Into Your OWN………………………………………………………………………………..35 Fashion Academy Endorsements………………………………………………………………44

. Lisa Byrd Thomas, stylist and costume designer for film, shows how to use what you have to go into a new season.

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Welcome to Your True Colours magazine. We are excited to bring you this wonderful new venture. We will spotlight different areas of one’s lifestyle each month, always with a focus on image, your inner and outer image. Our content and ads will always be uplifting, informational and will never interfere with our direct approach to integrity based products. We are excited to have a great group of people to work with for our first magazine from all over the United States. Katie Pemberton is with the Memphis Humane Shelter; Beth McKinzie from Memphis will share her health knowledge about Doterra Oils, Lisa Byrd Thomas from Rossville TN, provides our fashion spread. We will develop monthly articles that you will be able to look forward to reading, and learning. We are not quite as full for the first issue, our contributing authors are still get used to our deadline; or we invited them to participate too close to the deadline! Stay with us, we will be growing. Please check out our advertisers, and let them know you saw them in Your True Colours magazine. We will have a high bar of standards for our magazine. We will not exploit women, demean women, use too thin models, or feature unreal expectations in fashion or makeup. You can find that information all over the place. This editor will never have a hair stylist come to the office each day to do her hair, and this editor might not attend every fashion event happening. That is what will make us different. We are for the real person, the person actually wading through the aisles looking for that one outfit they can afford and that will cover their body. That is what Your True Colours is all about, You, the person, the individual. So, jump in, learn and grow; maybe even submit your own article! Thanks for being here with us! Carolyn Bendall, Editor

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Budgeteers, oftentimes when implementing a budget, we forgo many of the things we consider a “luxury.” For instance, we might make our morning coffee at home instead of visiting our favorite local coffee joint…in this case, Starbucks. I know all too well the addiction that is Starbucks. Although I love the smell of coffee, I don’t like the taste, but I do LOVE me a Starbucks Chai Tea! With that said, I have a little secret to share with you…….Shhhhhhhh, lean in. Are you ready for this doosey? BUY THE RECYCLABLE PLASTIC CUP THEY OFFER FOR $1!

Have you ever noticed when you order a Tall drink and they pour it into your cup to the rim, most of the time there is some left over, only to be thrown down the sink?! The blasphemy! What I’m about to tell you is a little gem I discovered by accident. I bought the cup to do my part for the environment, only to realize that when I ordered a Tall, instead of the left overs being thrown down the sink, it was put into my cup! Yes, my Tall drink was instantly made into a Grande, but I only paid for the Tall price! Oh, and when you use your cup, you get .10 off your order. Come on, does it get any better than this? Oh wait, yes it does! Although the cups are made for hot drinks, you may also use for your iced or blended drinks, so you’re always covered. So the next time you visit your local Starbucks you can do your part to help the environment and your wallet at the same time! Sip, sip away, Budgeteers! Budget Smart Plan.com 23642 Lyons Ave. #221283 Newhall, CA 91322-1283 Telephone: 661-414-2437

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Editor’s Choice on all products, honest information.

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get requests constantly to review products, and what I really like about it is that I get to find new and upcoming companies that are just trying to make it. At the same time, there are those great pieces from established companies, too. Here I will show you the great finds of the month from both arenas. One standard that most everyone agrees is a great find are the smashbox primers. Stores that carry the primer sell out of it quickly, so get used to ordering on line. www.smashbox.com I’ve found the greatest pants to live in for the summer. Jeans are just hot, no, really, as in temperature hot. Air conditioners are being kept at a higher setting, so our homes, business, and just about any place else we go indoors to enjoy, are not freezing cold in the summer anymore. Here in the mid-south the humidity can wring the energy right out of you. However, linen pants by Bryn Walker are airy and easy care. Throw them in the washing machine, and then throw them in the dryer, then put them on your body. No other steps involved. These clothes wear like iron. They are a bit funky, and you may not be able to pair them with their available tops (but you should at least once, just to step outside of your box!), but they are just as great with Oliver Linen Pants your existing comfy, cozy tops. The Casbah are the top sellers, and probably my personal favorites. The Oliver pants have a bell shaped leg that some might have to walk on past, but I have to let you know…I did…until I actually tried them on. I as Casbah Linen Ankle Pants amazed at the comfort and how fun they were to wear. They also have a wide leg pant, a skinny pant, and leggings, available, too. The company has a few boutiques of its own, the line is also carried in select boutiques, and at Dillard’s. www.brynwalker.com There are so many skin care lines available, and they are all good. It is hard for me to have one as a stand out. So, instead, I’ll just highlight some great products I love from my favorite skin care lines; and

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any new ones that come along that me, or any member of our staff, come across and feel you must know about. And, here is where we will start with a new line, Lumavera. I was sent the entire line to try, and I have loved every single day of using it. My favorite is the Oxygenating Masque, it has all the cool sounding stuff, peptides and such…but what is really great about it: how it feels. It goes on white, and then it starts ‘working’ (for lack of a better word), and you can feel it, little oxygenating happenings on your face. And, you’d think this thin little layer of cool stuff that goes on white, makes bubbly feelings, then goes clear, then you wash it off, can’t possibly be doing anything. Well, it is. I waited, and sabotaged my face (as in didn’t wash it at night a few times). Then, when I noticed those little white sticking up from pores things around my nose; I Lumavera used the Oxygenating Masque. They were gone when I removed the masque. Oxygenating Masque Those little bubbly things just ate them right up! (Okay, so that probably isn’t what really happened to them, but admit it, that is what you think even though the website and literature gives you all the technical terms.) Lumavera is starting to expand and show up in select salons, check their website for information on where to find the product. www.lumavera.com Another up and coming company, Cheyenne’s Designs, has an amazing mineral foundation powder. And, I do mean amazing. When you order it, don’t feel cheated because it comes in a smaller container than what you are used to. She just puts it in a container true to its contents, and, it has NO fillers to expand the amount that you are getting. It takes very little foundation to cover, since there are no fillers, you will use less. Keep that in mind when using it! The real test of a foundation is the extremely fair Cool Violet skin tone. They have the hardest time trying to find a foundation that works for them. Debbie will create a color for you if she needs to, isn’t that amazing! However, those fair, fair, fair Cool Violet’s, I think you will be very happy with ‘Light’. The fair Warm Golden’s (like me), that just don’t have enough yellow in their skin to warrant a yellow foundation, but aren’t so fair that super light foundations will work either; she has that, too, ‘Nude Opal.’ I was amazed to watch the ‘Nude Opal’ work on a ruddy Cool Rose, also. Warm Tawny skin tones also have a hard time finding the right foundation color, Debbie’s foundations fit every single skin tone that we put on the stage. Not one person had to mix two together to get the right color, however, she will do that for you. Located in a small Cheyenne's Designs "Light" town in Mississippi, she is hoping to soon be able to open a store front in Memphis. Until then, visit her website, where she sells samples so that you can test which ones will work. www.cheyennesdesigns.com

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Another small company that I had the joy of testing for a review, is Totally Humid, out of Florida. She has her own store/manufacturing area. She makes soap, and skin care products. I have loved everything that I have used. I never really knew there was a real difference in homemade soap vs. store bought soap. In our minds, I’m sure we think of ‘Granny’ on ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ making her lye soap in the big cast iron pot in the back yard, and we think, ‘Um, no.’ I’ll admit, that’s kind of what I thought. Then, these homemade soaps started showing up in quaint boutiques, very expensively. Then, one day I was in a major department store, and there was an entire area dedicated to homemade soaps. Then, I met Melissa on line, and we had her on our radio show. How impressed am I with her soaps? I bought some. Yes, I get samples sent to me, and I bought her soaps. I’m sure we will revisit Totally Humid again, to talk about some of their other products, but for now, the soaps. I have cut back on lotion using her soaps, and I was using a brand name soap that had moisturizer in it (that I have loved for years, my grandmother used it for goodness sakes!). My flaky legs Totally Humid Homemade Soaps were no longer flaky. My elbows are no longer rough. And, I am sending soap to my daughter in Utah. Who sends soap to someone to try!? Someone who has discovered that homemade soap, without all of the extra junk, is so gentle to the skin, that’s who. She has other products, too. And, so far, all of the products that I have tried, I have liked. The lip balm, the solid moisturizer bar, the All Natural Youth Butter for Mature Skin (yeah, I don’t like the name of it either, but truth is truth and we can’t argue with it), and I got to test one of her new products (you are going to love it, too!), all absolutely wonderful. So, whether you are just looking for that gift for the person that has everything they need, or someone that just needs good soap but can’t afford the expense of the homemade soaps, this is the place to go. www.totallyhumid.com No one has paid for their recommendations in this article. No one ever will pay for this recommendation. These are our true feelings on great products. Ads may be paid for, and some other articles may be paid, but in this one, it will never be paid. Some products might be given to us to use, and we will state that in the article. We will also not put negative reviews here, we aren’t here to tear down. We are here to give you information and give good products a voice.

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"I could introduce you to my friend Edah, who lives in Zambia. By American standards, Edah is fat, lower middle-class, and loud. By African standards, Edah is beautiful, rich, and delightful. What is she by God's standards? Just right." Merrilee Boyack, Toss the Guilt and Catch the Joy We live in an age where instant gratification is at its height. Instant gratification does not encourage the setting of short term, and eventually, long term goals. Each month we will give you a goal to work on throughout the month. Honestly work through it, it will change your attitude and inspire happiness. Throughout this next month, let’s all work on judging others. Instead of judging each person we run into, let’s instead, show gratitude for those who are in our everyday life that we don’t acknowledge often, if at all. Choose someone each day to say thank you to; the person that served you at a restaurant, your mailman, the package delivery guy, your child’s teacher’s aide. The list “Gratitude can transform could go on. Make it a point to find the positive in each common days into person, and recognize them. In at least three of the thanksgivings, turn routine instances, write a thank you note to the person, or, better, jobs into joy, and change if it is a business write to the person’s boss. Can you imagine the person that served up that double scoop of ordinary opportunities into ice cream at Baskin Robbins getting a thank you note in blessings.” — the mail for the William Arthur Ward smile that was flashed your way when the line was Instead of judging each person out the door and we run into, let’s instead, show stress levels were high? Or, the custodian at your child’s school gratitude for those who are in who is always there when needed, and keeps the school hall our everyday life that we don’t ways so much cleaner than your hallways at home? Make a acknowledge often, if at all. difference in someone’s life this month. Report back to us, let us know how it went. Then we can share with others and give them the incentive to set goals, too.

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Fashion Career Spotlight: Memphis Model Turned Fashion Consultant Camilla Curran has loved fashion since she was in middle school-eighth grade. Things first ‘clicked’ when she transferred to a small private school midterm, and realized that some major creativity was required to add flair to the restrictive dress code. “I started using scarves and unexpected accessories to liven up every outfit I wore, without breaking any rules. I was quite pleased with myself,” she admits, with a grin. After her eye for fashion began rapidly developing, Curran began regularly hunting through stores ranging from mall outlets and upscale boutiques, to thrift stores and flea markets looking for one of a kind items and the occasional designer piece. “One year, I even insisted on purchasing a sixty dollar swimsuit. Mind you, I wouldn’t think twice about it now for the right style and quality, but this was quite a goal for a high school sophomore. My poor mom was exasperated,” she remembers. Though much about Curran’s creative eye has changed since her high school days, her passion remains the same. At nineteen, she landed a modeling contract with one of the Mid-South’s most prestigious agencies, working in numerous photo shoots and runway shows, along the way. Of those times, Curran said, “Aside from the excitement and glamour of it all, I loved getting paid to model clothing I could normally never afford! Who wouldn’t? I feel blessed to have had that chance,” Now twenty four, Curran’s journey with fashion has taken yet another exciting turn, “Becoming certified as an Image Consultant just felt natural. (It) the obvious next step.” In 2012, she attended Fashion Academy, where she studied business dress, skin tone, makeup application, style personality, and body line. In studying these facets of everyday style, Curran gained a larger understanding of how to assist each client specifically, whether they simply need a more polished professional look, or want to revamp their entire image.

For more information about booking Camilla Curran as a model or requesting her services as an Image Consultant contact her: Email: camilla.curran@gmail.com Website: http://camillacurran.wix.com/camilla -curran Phone: (901) 831-1061

“I feel that my background as a model gave me great hands on experience in styling; the foundation to get even more from my certification. It really gave me a head start on learning how to advise my clients.” Since acquiring her certification, Curran has established her own fashion and image consulting firm, ‘Curran Consulting’, and also writes a monthly fashion column ‘Closet Crusade’ for a Memphis based lifestyle blog.

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Memphis Model Turned Fashion Consultant, continued When asked what she sees in her future, Curran smiles, “I see many, more satisfied, clients, more fabulous clothes for me and maybe even an international ‘research’ trip or two...” she winks, “After all, life is just more fun when you’re well dressed!” Curran Consulting is based in Memphis, Tennessee, 38135, U.S. Photos ©Camilla Curran

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ach season ‘The Powers That Be’ decide what colors you should be wearing to be fashionable. You must go out and buy new clothes to be current, or so they say to you. We all know that in the real life that most of us live in, that cannot happen. So, what is the best way to be fashionable and stay up on the latest trends? Know how to extend your current wardrobe into the new season. And, if by chance you must make a new purchase for the season you will notice that most of the color schemes are the same. Here is the guide that will help you to make the right choices amongst those color schemes. Cognac is the name that Pantone gives brown for this season. This is a rich brown. It can be worn by Cool Red, Warm Tawny, and Warm Orange. Cool Violets will wear it away from the face. It is not so bad for them in the Fall/Winter when boots or tights would be worn, however, during warm weather times realize that the brown worn against exposed skin, (face, neck, arms, legs) will highlight discolorations. Suat Eman

Cool Rose’s need a rosier brown, however, they might be able to pull this one off with the right accents that are on their color palette. Warm Golden’s need a warmer brown, and, as with the Cool Rose, can pull it off with the right accents.

Misted Yellow, a muted yellow for the Warm Tawny, Warm Orange, and Warm Golden. Some Warm Golden’s might feel it is a bit too muted for them. Cool Violet and Cool Rose are not attracted to the color, and for a good reason. They will wear it in a print, however, even as an accent color they will not be drawn to use it. Cool Red may be able to wear at as an accent piece, however, it needs to be closer to a mustard for them to wear it successfully.

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Cypress, is a rich green, however, the powers that be want it to be more muted than it shows in this picture. Green is always a good neutral, however, few people truly like it. This green is a cool color, working best on Cool Violet, Cool Rose, and Cool Red. However, in its form that the experts want to be the fashion color, it is more suited to the Cool Red, Warm Tawny, and perhaps, the Warm Orange. If it is kept bright, clear green, the Warm Golden can wear it.

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Aluminum is not what its name denotes that it would be. It is not bright shiny silver, instead it is a muted silver, closer to gray; or the wet sand on a beach. With its muted look, Cool Red, Warm Tawny, and perhaps a few Warm Oranges will wear this color. It isn’t that it is hard to wear, it is just that it is limiting to who can wear it. Warm James Barker Goldens will enjoy it, too. This is a warm gray and should be worn with warm colors. That is where people go wrong with grays and wonder why it keeps coming into style. Now, that said, designers may pair it with cool colors, and it will look great. That will be because they will take it out of it’s designated tone and they will choose a color that they like better that is close to it. Pay attention to whether it is a warm gray or a cool gray, and then you will not go wrong with the choices that can be worn with it.

Bright Cobalt, a color that has stayed around now for a few seasons in varying shades. It will be move into one’s wardrobe because of this. All skin tones can wear this shade, whether it be a pastel form of it, or the bright form. sumeth

Royal Blue, is a hard color to determine. The one pictured is a bit brighter than the one represented by the Pantone system. It will range from almost Navy to the Bright Blue pictured here. If it is closer to a Navy, then it is for the Cool Violet, Cool Rose, and Cool Red. If it is closer to the Bright Blue here, it is for the Warm Golden. Somewhere between the two will be for the Warm Orange and the Warm Tawny. Blue is easier to wear, since it is truly a neutral.

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Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s Color of the Year. It is a pretty color, however, far from color of the year. In my thought, the Color of the Year should be the one that everyone can wear. This is a cool purple, very close to pink. Cool Violet and Cool Rose will wear this color easily, Cool Red’s will be hesitant, but it is not their worst color. However, Warm Tawny, Warm Orange, and Warm Golden will steer clear of this purple, and hope for a dark, bluer purple. Warms can use this as an accent color, away from their face. rakratchada torsap

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Mauve Mist is a misleading term. Mauve denotes that it is cool, however, this pale purple is a very neutral color that most everyone can wear. The pastel aspect of it will push Dramatic personalities away from it, however, the Natural, Classic, and the Romantic will enjoy it’s softness. It will be a refreshingly bright color for the Fall/Winter time frame. The WarmTawny may be the only one that really is not drawn to the color.

Sangria, is a definite cool color, found easily on the Cool Violet, Cool Rose, and Cool Red palette. They will wear it in its pastel form and in its bright form. Warm skin tones will not be drawn to it, at all. They are not usually drawn to it for pants or skirts, because it doesn’t readily match any of the colors on their color palette. A Dramatic warm will color block it as a pant or skirt with a blouse in yellow or teal.

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Aurora Red is the red for the Warms for Fall/Winter. It is found on all Warm palettes, Tawny, Orange, and Golden. The Cool Violet will wear it with other colors, the Cool Red can actually wear it. The Cool Rose will not feel comfortable in it, and will probably not wear it accented away from the face, only because it does not blend well with their colors.

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By Lisa Byrd Thomas We usually think of black as a color for the colder months. And who doesn’t have a closet full of black? It goes with everything, right? Still we cannot wait to break out our bright, cheery colors for the warmer weather. But don’t pack away those blacks just yet. Pair them with your light neutrals, pastels, and brights for some great summer looks. And don’t forget the time tested staple, black and white…or off white if your natural coloring is warm.

Photographer: Gary Campbell Stylist: Lisa Byrd Thomas Makeup/Hairstylist: Leslie Milne Model: Sarah B.

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Your True Colours Image Radio Our lineup for May: May 5, Marjorie Edwards www.bestblackhair.com and Modere This is a Part 2, we barely touched on the subjects we could discuss with her! This show will focus on parents with bi-racial children and how to take care of their hair. May 12, Brad Kerley Haitian Designs Meet the enterprising college student at the University of Memphis who has started his own non-profit displaying and selling the art of Haiti. May 19, Lisa LaFarlette Intimate Moments by Lisa She takes all women into the land of enchantment, giving those few moments frozen in time where they feel beautiful, without taking them so far out of reality that no one recognizes them! May 26, Lyndsey, Christy and Keri, the Sisters that brought us nail color that lasts Jamberry Nails (Repeat)

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ESSENTIAL OILS – GOD’S PHARMACY Beth McKinzie RN, CDE, Wellness Advocate

Are you tired of just getting another pill when you go to the doctor? There are other tools for wellness. Most have heard of herbs for treating symptoms of illness – peppermint tea for example. Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found Foto76 in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. Oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. It takes 28 cups of that peppermint tea to equal 1 drop of peppermint oil.

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In addition to their basic benefits to the plants themselves and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific study and trends towards more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oils for therapeutic health applications. Essential oils contain hundreds of natural compounds for treating a problem instead of just masking the symptoms. They are virtually without side effects unlike synthetic medications which are the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. Essential oils are effective and safe against bacteria, viruses and fungus. They are also beneficial for pain relief and relaxation among many other conditions. You can use essential oils in 3 ways: 1. Aromatic – to affect mood, kill germs in the air, open airways 2. Topical – one drop quickly serves every cell in the body 3. Internal – only applies to doTerra’s certified pure therapeutic grade (CPTG) oils Learn more by attending a class or hosting a class in your own home. Stop worry about going to the doctor by staying healthy with nutrition, exercise, stress management and essential oil use. For questions about essential oils, contact Beth McKinzie at www.mydoterra.com/bethmckinzie)

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Make Momma Proud By Louis De Gruy “There’s a 99 percent chance that you’re awesome. Act like it.” This quote, found on that most sagacious of forums, Brotips.com, is one that I find particularly uplifting. Not only is it an affirmation of my own natural talent, but it is the same for everyone else. Seriously, there really is From my point of view, (the a very high probability that world) is practically throwing you have some sort of opportunities for awesomeness unique talent or skill that, at our feet, but many of us step when properly honed and around them like a pile of laundry in the middle of a nurtured, has the ability to bedroom floor. “I’ll get to that make an indelible mark later,” we tell ourselves.

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for the good of the world.

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Even if you don’t have a talent now, anything can be learned. Neither Van Gogh nor Bruce Lee nor Einstein nor Jon Stewart was born with all of the qualities that gave rise to their fame. No, their qualities were learned and nurtured over a lifetime. You, too, have something that can launch you to greatness. Of the vast array of occupations, I doubt that the one best suited to you or me is to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day. To quote the great Ron Livingston, “… human beings are not meant to do that.”

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And so I ask, what’s holding you back from being awesome? Think about it. Really, think about it. Are you striving to be the best you can be, or have you let your own perceived roadblocks hamstring you before you can get going? Go ahead and think about it. I’ll wait. From my point of view, (the world) is practically throwing opportunities for awesomeness at our feet, but many of us step around them like a pile of laundry in the middle of a bedroom floor. “I’ll get to that later,” we tell ourselves. Meanwhile, we distract ourselves with video games, political races or other forms of pop culture until we hit 40 and realize that we let those opportunities for greatness lie on the ground for so long that someone else came to pick them up.

www.glamst.com. You upload a photo of yourself, then with minimum techy skills you show the web page where your eyes and lips are. Then, you have fun. I took their challenge, and had great success in showing how the wrong color will look wrong on your skin.

Me, with cool colors. Oh, those cheeks and those lips. Notice it is the first thing you see! And, it is so distracting, you can’t focus on anything else.

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What’s preventing you from becoming a world-class Tango dancer or the next guy to break the sound barrier with nothing but gravity? Who is to say that you can’t figure out a practical cold fusion method or even exactly how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop? There are an infinite number of paths your greatness can go, and, though indecision can be a formidable adversary when faced with so many choices, just pick one. Pick something, learn all you can about it, and use that knowledge to turn it into something that is entirely your own. The path you pick may not be the one with the most prestige, income or power, but the very act of making it your own gives you something that no one can take away. To be clear, there is no contract on this. You can pick something and over time decide that you’ve done all you can with it and move on to something else. The only qualifier that I set before you is that your occupation, talent, hobby, whatever, makes you feel alive. It needs to be something that excites you, not something you do just for a salary or because you don’t think you have the competence to do anything else. I agree with Michelangelo when he says, “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Please, don’t let your fear hold you back. The world needs awesome people, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t be one of them. (This article was first published as an editorial in the University of Dayton’s newspaper.)

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Michaelangelo

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By Katie Pemberton Photo Credits: Memphis Humane Society Grover almost died last March. A Good Samaritan found the shepherd mix on the street and took him to a local emergency animal hospital, who called the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County. HSMSC, a nonprofit animal shelter focusing on injured and abused animals, immediately took the dog into its care. Had he not received medical treatment when he did, he may have lived only about another 48 hours because he was literally being eaten alive by sarcoptic mange, or scabies. The mites had caused an almost complete loss of his fur, plus pain, irritation and scabbing of his skin.

The mange had also caused swelling on certain parts of his body, including his eyes, which were a whole new problem for him. Grover had entropion, an eye condition that causes the eyelid and eyelashes to roll inward and sit on the eyeball. It's very uncomfortable on its own, and can severely damage the eyes, but coupled with swelling from the sarcoptic mange and an infection he had gotten, it was especially severe. Humane Society staff actually thought he might be blind. Because HSMSC is able to provide specialized care to animals that need it, Grover had the eye surgery he needed, and to everyone’s relief, it was determined that he, in fact, could see! Grover required several months of recovery before he could become available for adoption. He spent that time with administrative staff as the office dog. Grover absolutely ate up all the attention he was given during this time and adored lounging on a big soft bed and having his pick of toys. He also showed staff what an escape artist he was—he learned to open office doors! Finally, when Grover was healthy, he became available for adoption. He was quickly adopted and returned because of his escape artist skills--he got out of a fenced backyard near a busy intersection and the family ulitmately felt it was an unsafe locaton for him. P a g e | 30

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Throughout all this, a volunteer named Richard Collum had been keeping an eye on Grover. He was drawn to Grover’s gentle spirit and finally, with his family, made the decision to give Grover his forever home. Grover has been thriving with the Collum family for months. His family reports that he loves spending time with his best friend and canine “sister”, another rescue dog named Rosita Sparklenose, and that they are inseparable. Grover and RosiGrover is happy with his forever family ta vigilantly patrol the backyard for threats to the family—most specifically, squirrels. Grover loves going on walks, but the second he sees his house, he takes off at a full sprint for home. That’s how happy he is with his forever family. Grover is one of the lucky ones. Thousands of animals in the Memphis community never get the chance to have a forever home or to know what it feels like to be loved. The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County never euthanizes for time or space, but they can only save as many animals as the community will adopt. Adopt—don’t shop! Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County 935 Farm Road, Memphis, TN 38134 Memphishumane.org 901-937-3900 Facebook: Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby Twitter: @memphishumane

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By Caroline Norwood Choosing the right colors for you makeup is very important. So many times the person that is selling you the makeup only has the knowledge that the company gave them for the latest colors of the season that they need to push, or impress you with their knowledge of the latest trends. However, a Fashion Academy trained makeup artist is going to show you the best colors for you, the best ways to wear those colors for you, and adapt what is the trend to what will work for you. Makeup Colors for Cool Skin Tones Don’t fall into the trap of purchasing colors that will not flatter you in any way. Don’t make expensive purchases of eye color palettes where there are three or more colors. Only Dramatic personalities will wear all three colors, some Romantics will wear them. When the company puts warm and cool colors in a color palette of 5 or more; that is a purchase that is going to make you angry. When we come to do a makeup clean out, that will be what we throw out because you have had it for two or more years and only two colors are used up. That is the norm, you spend so much money on the color palettes, then use only two of the colors. That is because they mix warm and cool colors in the same color palettes. If it is an all warm or all cool palette, then it will be a good purchase, if you are someone that plays around with makeup and uses something different each day. Your True Colours makeup has individual pots of eye shadows so that you don’t make that mistake. That is the best way to purchase eye shadows.

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Rules to Wellness By Kally Efros Rules, they are everywhere. Even the word ‘rules’ is an interesting word. It can be used as a noun or as a verb. It originated around the 13th century. Dictionary.com defines it as: “principle or maxim governing conduct”; “straight stick, bar, ruler, pattern”; “straighten, guide”; or “regulation governing play of a game, etc.” There are rules that govern the entire planet, like gravity - what goes up must come down. That rule doesn't apply in outer space. There are many more rules that apply to planet earth that do not exist in space. We have rules that tell us how to play games. When you don't follow the rules, it is called cheating, unless everyone playing the game agrees to change the rules. As a verb, one can rule over a group of people and exercise control or dominance. Families, communities, cities, states and nations set rules to govern and protect. We have traffic rules to protect us on the streets and also to keep the traffic flowing. Some rules of conduct are more like traditions and customs. Knowing the rules and following them makes life so much easier. For example, did you know in Japan it is offensive to leave a tip for a meal or services? It is considered throwing your money around. While in America a tip is certainly expected. Burping after a meal in Asian countries is a compliment to the hostess, while in other countries it is considered to be rude. If you are in Mexico and get invited to dinner, the rule is to arrive thirty minutes late (and you may even need to ask if later is better). It would be rude to show up on time. This picture shows a typical traffic pattern in China. There are two major traffic rules in China. First, don’t hit Angela Efros©

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Rules to Wellness (Continued) Rule #1 Water •Dr. F. Batmanghelidj said, “You’re not sick; you’re thirsty. Don’t treat thirst with medication.” Drinking adequate amounts of water improves your skin and increases your energy. Rule #2 Healthy, Nutritious Food •Want vibrant, healthy, glowing skin? Eat more fruits and veggies. You need to eat right for your body and provide the energy source it needs. Eating in a healthy way also keeps wrinkles at bay. Rule #3 Exercise •We know that active people live longer, healthier lives. Exercise improves your mood, moves your lymphatic system, helps with sleep, keeps your muscles toned and provides an overall healthy glow. •Do something fun and keep moving. Rule #4 A Good Night’s Rest •Your body makes repairs while you sleep. While you are sleeping your body is making the human growth hormone which is critical for collagen production. Rule #5 “Own Your Power” (Dr. Darren Weissman)

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anything, and second, don’t get hit by anything. Bad driving is normal. Bicycles, motorcycles and sometimes cars, ignore one-way signs and seeing those same cars going the wrong way down the shoulder is normal. A few even go the wrong way. Lane markings are also routinely ignored. It is illegal to pass on the right, but it is commonly done. In China, drivers tend to break all the traffic rules. The result is that Chinese traffic is very dangerous for everyone. Road accidents in China are common and often fatal. China has 2% of the cars in the world and they have 15% of the accidents. In addition traffic jams are normal, as shown in the picture. Having a state of wellness in the body is also generally governed by rules. You can choose to ignore them, as many do. The end result of this decision is of often disease, tiredness, feeling sluggish and weight issues. It doesn't happen every time. We all know someone who eats horribly and has no weight issues. Just like in China, you can break all the traffic rules and you may not have an accident that day, but your risk is higher driving on Chinese roads. In like manner, following the rules of good health doesn't guarantee you will be free of disease, but it increases your chances that you will be vibrant and healthy.

•Do positive things for yourself. Process your emotions. Take care of the basics of life. Learn more about yourself and the world around you. Continue learning. Focus on the here and now rather than living in the past or worrying about the future. Take steps to manage stress. Choose to be happy.

Dr. John R. Christopher often taught that constipation was the root of all illness. Others have expanded on that idea to include constipation of anything in the body: bowels, circulatory system, lymphatic system, energy flow and even emotions. Anything stuck in its system potentially creates problems and inflammation. Have you ever been in a traffic •Owning your power increases your outer beauty by jam - it gets heated? There are rules to follow and when increasing your inner beauty. When your heart and your spirit are happy, it shows in your face and those rules are not followed traffic jams occur in the body. people can’t help but notice. The unique conditions of your body determine the outcome. Your body was made to move and flow. It all begins in the digestive tract. Food enters the body, and then it is broken down and the nutrients are moved to be utilized by the cells. The toxins are removed immediately and waste materials from the cells are moved to be eliminated. The circulatory system is busy bringing oxygen and nutrients to the cells. The lymphatic system helps keeps the fluids of the body balanced and

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defend the body against infections. Emotions are energy in motion; holding onto or stuffing negative emotions is not considered a healthy practice and can lead to poor emotional and physical health. Want vibrant, healthy, glowing skin? Eat more fruits and veggies. You need to eat right for your body and provide the energy source it needs. Eating in a healthy way also keeps wrinkles at bay.

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Numerous studies show that increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables significantly lowers your risk for cancer and heart disease. People are able to control or eliminate diabetes with dietary controls. Cholesterol can be reduced with diet, exercise and water. A German doctor showed that all cancer has an emotional root or, constipation, of those emotions. Sodas are not a substitute for water and junk food is

not a substitute for real food. I follow a simple program, called Get Real Wellness. You can ignore the rules like they do in China with traffic and you are going to experience traffic jams with delays and a higher risk of accidents, injuries and fatalities. Or, you can follow some simple guidelines which lead to great energy, health and vitality and longer life. My own awakening and getting real with wellness gave me a lot more energy. I don't experience sluggishness very often due to illness. I don't need caffeine to get through the day. I don't need to take prescriptions for any illness. I can't remember the last time I took a pain pill. I enjoy healthy relationships and friendships and find value and purpose to my life. I didn't before. I used to bend the rules or do what everyone around me was doing and I got the same results of poor health, low energy, and I was very overweight. If you are getting sick a lot or don't have the energy you want; then, Hyena reality do something about it. Great health and vitality are the end result of following some simple wellness rules. Kally Efros Wellness Coach Indigo Mountain: Wellness, Toys & Gifts www.wellnessandtoys.com Connect with me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/indigomountain 928-424-5433 This is not intended to diagnose or prescribe. Please seek medical attention for any health challenges you may have.

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Come Into Your OWN by Sherri Henley A 31 Day Experience

How to come into your OWN is a discovery process with many moving parts. Allowing those parts to move in sync and strategically carry out the evolutionary process of embracing oneself, for better or for worse is a journey. It is up to our choices how we connect with our introspective self to tap into the OWNership process. To OWN something we must first process a trans-action(conjunction). Below are definitions that shed light on the initial process of OWNership; referencing http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/action?s=t:

transa prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin ( transcend; transfix ); on this model, used with the meanings “across,” “beyond,” “through,” “changing thoroughly,” “transverse,” in combination with elements of any origin.

ac·tion 1.The process or state of acting or of being active: The machine is not in action now. 2.Something done or performed; act; deed. 3.An act that one consciously wills and that may be characterized by physical or mental activity: a crisis that demands action instead of debate; hoping for constructive action by the landlord.

4.Actions, habitual or usual acts; conduct: He is responsible for his actions. 5.Energetic activity: a man of action. Operative words, thought, deeds, actions, move you toward OWNing many aspects of your life, property, feelings, business, in fact, we automatically OWN all things in varying levels of OWNership. The question is, do we “take responsibility for our OWNership?” You can OWN a house and neglect essential repairs and it will eventually decrease in value and may be declared unfit, seized by the state and torn down due to the irresponsibility of you, the OWNer in terms of maintenance. Thus with any possession we are required to take responsibility to see the best result come to fruition and remain active after production. Beginning discovery of ownership is often time-consuming, exhilarating, hopeful, stressful and joyful simultaneously! Welcome each aspect of the journey as drops of wisdom. Every gray hair as a lesson learned. Every wrinkle as a road traveled that left you with a story to tell. Every bump in the road as a part of the joy-ride! Use the concepts in this written transformation to confirm your transaction of OWNership over the next 31 days…

Let your 31 day journey begin:

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1. OWN Your Feelings: Feelings are personal, inward thoughts that sprout from an incident, past hurt, pain inflicted, joy experienced, anticipation of someone or something pending, emotional highs and lows. Feelings are beyond our control at the onset; What we do with our feelings is completely within our control. OWNing your feelings is to embrace the good with the

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bad in the pit of your stomach or deep within your heart, reflecting upon “WHY” these feelings are present. At this point there is often finger-pointing at another person, however, only you can control the outcome of what lives inside you. Even if you have experienced all that is right with the world or the sin that we all commit as humanity, as no one is without sin, you must OWN your feelings to express fully or heal internally. Q: How do you OWN your feelings? 2. OWN Your Security: OWNing your security is easier said than done. To be secure could mean many things a safe harbor; a true friend; a happy marriage; a loving home; a thriving career. What happens if one or all of those securities are stripped away from your surroundings, life, or being? This is where wisdom is born through adversity. Where an in-depth search to find inner strength will begin. Where life is based upon each breath you take one second at a time. Where joy is found deep from inside. Where reality is born and newness begins inside your very being called “Security.” Q: How do you OWN your security? A: By OWNing the very essence of who you are, relying on your inner strength to stretch your possibilities as a person beyond your belief, learning to believe in yourself knowing that God has given you a unique tool box to build, eliminate, create, ignite and display yourself with shoulders back, head high and peace within. That is OWNing your security! How do you OWN your security? 3. OWN Your Thoughts: Thoughts are influenced by our environment, the company we keep, the books we read, the foundation of our value system, the culture experience while being raised. Have you ever heard a song that brought back a memory that stirred a happy or sad emotion? These are thoughts triggered by something heard. Have you ever seen something or someone who reminded you of a specific moment in time? These are visuals that spark a thought of history. Q: How do you OWN your thoughts for today…and tomorrow? A: Bringing thoughts into captivity is determined by selfcontrol. What you allow to exist within your thought process typically grows into a perception or a reality. The end result is positive or negative depending on the essence of the thought factor. Capture your thoughts and take OWNership by evaluating whether they are to be tossed as garbage, recycled by re-framing or nourished to grow. How do you OWN your thoughts? 4. OWN Your Words: Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me is the biggest misnomer ever believed. Words are as sharp as a two-edged sword and Andy Newsom

should be used with care. Does this mean you need to become a doormat…ruthlessly

walked on daily? Absolutely not! Speak up for yourself, be assertive, and OWN your words. Q: How do I OWN my words? A: Start your sentence with we; end with us; and stand up for “I.” Assertive speech versus aggressive confrontation. ”You seem upset, John” OR “You look happy, Kathy!” is assertive conversation. This gives the other person an opportunity to correct your perception or affirm your suspicion. Another form of expressing your feelings through assertiveness is beginning your sentence with “I feel.” ”I feel encouraged today because you spoke life into my situation” OR “I feel disappointed because you didn’t follow through with our agreement. How can we work through this?” On the flip side of the coin is the aggressive confronter. ”You are really making me angry with your demands. I regret entering into this agreement” OR “You are not fulfilling your job because you were on Facebook all day. You are fired, effective immediately!” Not to say the person does not deserve to be fired. However, another way to say this is, “I noticed you were on Facebook today, on company, and would like you to help me understand why, since you agreed to the company policy?” “What can we do to increase your productivity on the job?” “I am requesting you to put in writing what you suggest we do to raise morale, increase the

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bottom line and get the job done with our team, including boosting your performance. I will look forward to hearing your ideas!” Based upon this conversation, the employee will be in the position to set the tone for the next conversation and take responsibility for their actions. Or, choose to make no adjustments and enter into a conversation which will be much more direct with an undesired result, but still assertive from their superior. OWNing your words means taking responsibility for the words that come out of your mouth. We all say things we wish we would not have said. So we approach the person with whom we have offended and take OWNership of those words. We can never take back a word once it is spoken into the universe, but we can learn from words we should have never spoken and steadily make strides to talk with power and understanding; a delightful mix. How do you OWN your words? 5. OWN Your Action: OWNing your action is a moment by moment expression of faith. Moving forward, step by step toward the vision you foresee, and fulfilling the mission of your life. To act is to OWN. To OWN is to act. Without action there is nothing created and nothing deleted. Lack of acting produces a stagnate environment with no outlet. Act as you would advise your children to act…a great way to assess your actions in terms of right and wrong by weighing acts of value based on integrity of your actions. How do you OWN your action? 6. OWN Your Choices: We are confronted with choices constantly, to go or not to go, to speak or not to speak, or to buy or not to buy are options we are given daily. Have you ever seen a Pizza Hut commercial that created a mouth-watering response of dialing a number and ordering your favorite pizza with custom toppings, delivered? I have! This was a choice to fill my body with unhealthy food that tasted fantastic and gave me instant gratification that landed on my hips a week later! The result of my choice caused health issues, inches added to my waistline, unsightly acne, and loss of energy. Granted, the choice was presented in a delectable image providing the exact response of the intended result of Pizza Hut’s marketing guru. However, the unintended consequence of eating pizza often could have shortened my life in the long run. This is an elementary example explaining how things may look great on the outside, yet, be filled with unwanted ingredients on the inside; the smorgasbord of life’s choices. Am I Stuart Miles

anti-pizza? No, I enjoy one piece about once per year because I believe most things in moderation (“most” and “moderation” being operative words) will not be harmful to my personal health or mindset. However, a lifestyle of daily pizza in my diet will result in an outcome with a less desirable effect than I choose to live with. OWN your choices by evaluating the result and not the immediate experience. How do you OWN your choices?

7. OWN Your Expressions: Express yourself in a way that authenticates who you are. Be comfortable in your skin. When you express through song, acting, writing, art, speaking, supporting, parenting, mentoring, teaching, or preaching, you are exposing your soul for the world to see. Do you feel comfortable with your expressions? Knowing who you are is the prerequisite to expression with an attitude of OWNership. Releasing your innermost drive in a responsible way is OWNing your expressions. How do you OWN your expressions? 8. OWN Your Education: My friend and colleague, Shelley Baur says, “School is never out for the pro!” Regardless of your age, young or old, beginning education combined with continuing education is a life-long journey. When asked a question you do not know the answer, rather than stating, “I do not know.” I recommend an answer similar to this; “I do not know the answer

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to that question and I will find out and get back with you by Friday.” By admitting your lack of knowledge and pursuing education about the matter at hand to be determined by a specified deadline; you are OWNing your education. In the 21st Century we are blessed to have education on-demand 24/7 on the Web. Take advantage of continuing education through book knowledge, development of skills workshops, online courses, college courses and of course the school of hard knocks! Self-help and motivational books are highly recommended to keep your mind sharp and active! How do you OWN your education? 9. OWN Your Experience: Experience is your best friend or BFF in today’s vernacular! Think of various moments in your life that you would consider an experience; delightful or frightful. Hindsight teaches us by example. Wisdom is heightened through each experience we encounter. OWNing your experience is to sift bitter from sweet. Combine the negative with positive to create “life experience.” OWN your experience by sharing a piece at a time – affording others the opportunity to gleam from your experience. Some of the best advice I ever received was this, ”Do not broadcast your experience when you are going through it, rather, wait until you get to the other side.” In other words, share as a victor, not a victim. Let your walk become your talk. How do you OWN your experience? 10. OWN Your Obligations: Case and point: I was scheduled to speak at a conference on the topic, Come into Your OWN, when there was a family emergency that left me with a choice; go to the conference and fulfill my obligation or stay with my family and fulfill my obligation. Tough choices! To OWN my family obligation I chose to stay near. To OWN my professional obligation I called a dear friend of mine who is one of the best speakers I know, and invited her to speak in my stead. She asked, “What is your topic?” I responded, “Come into Your OWN.” She quickly accepted, understanding my dilemma; and being a women of impeccable character with extreme integrity. Without stopping I called the conference coordinator and began the conversation by stating, “Do not be stressed. You have enough to stress about. I will not be there tomorrow due to a family crisis, however, I have a dynamic replacement and she has agreed to come and speak.” By OWNing my obligations, I felt released as I could spend time with my family who was in need of my presence, the conference coordinator breathed a sigh of relief because she was not left holding the bag, and my friend came through with shining colors and rave reviews from her outstanding presentation. How do you OWN your obligations? 11. OWN Your Agreements: Verbal or written, agreements are constructed in many ways. Side-bar conversations or legal documents, the results are the same, you have made and accepted an agreement. When you make an agreement by accepting the Sherri Henley interviewing for Business Over Coffee Television

terms you are either a person of your word or not. This is where Character is born in a relationship. A signature shows that you personally accept terms of agreement…while a handshake and responsible followthrough reflects terms of character. There are circumstances that bar us from completing our agreements which points to renegotiation…acknowledging that a revision must occur to continue within an ongoing agreement or considered null and void by both parties. Character determines how you begin, renegotiate and end agreements…clearly defined by your actions. How do you OWN your agreements?

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12. OWN Your Vulnerability: Vulnerability is important to your emotional health…and is something that only you hold the power to give away. To become vulnerable is to show the heart and soul of your innermost thoughts, fears and desires to someone else. This is a gift that only a select few should receive. OWN your vulnerability by taking inventory of where you are most vulnerable and guard your valuables by hand-picking those who are privy to the heart-felt contents. How do you OWN your vulnerability? 13. OWN Your Transparency: Transparency is determined by how “real” you are, showing your core value system, determined by your belief strategy. Realness is as simple as your heart-felt smile, an honest conversation, being opened to giving and receiving constructive criticism for a cause. Core values are found deep within daily activities of to-do lists and priorities. Beliefs are a result of study, assessment of surroundings, origin of family, church and culture. True transparency is discovered when you are comfortable with who you are, where you have been and where you are going. Past glory mixed with mistakes paint a picture of your present day, building on mountains and valleys of life creates a holistic view; increasing your comfort level with self and promoting you into the promises of tomorrow with a better understanding of the here and now. How do you OWN your transparency? 14. OWN Your Integrity: Integrity is best defined by Shelley Baur, Author of Integrity-Based Communications when she states, “Speak Your Truth Quicker, Faster.” Of course, she doesn’t stop there, she goes on to explain how this is done with integrity. I describe integrity as fulfilled agreements, vulnerability, and transparency mixed into one capsule producing wholeness of one. Considering a situation from an unbiased point of view and acting accordingly. Seeking council as the Bible clearly states, “In the multitude of council there is safety.” In my opinion, these are the traits of a person with integrity. “How do you OWN your integrity?” 15. OWN Your Reputation: “Your reputation precedes you.” This statement has a variety of connotations. Take as a compliment or an insult. Truth be told, your reputation can be sprinkled with truth or lies, gossip or reality, jealousy or admiration by the written or spoken word. With today’s technology on the rise, cyber-bullying has damaged many reputations with one click of a post. Of course you can report the issue, block the content and person from your profile. However, the residual damage is done. Information online, true or untrue, can be shared repeatedly and found through search engines pointing to your name. One take-away is, “Do not believe everything you read.” Consider the source and evaluate the content, making an informed decision and not jumping to conclusions. I recall when Joel Osteen was bullied in cyberspace. A status update in his voice was released stating he was leaving the ministry. This was a hoax, written by someone other than Joel. He taught us by example to ignore some (not all) statements that are made and let your character and stability stand as a testament of your intentions. Quality of damage control is determined by your response. Whether met with silence or reaction; according to your level of recognition; you may choose not to respond to everything written about you as this would be impossible. When you choose to counteract, do so with a press release or a thoughtful reply that remains positive yet factual. “You only have one reputation, build it well” is a statement that also rings true. The foundation of who you are is established according to the strength of your character in a crisis or celebratory moment. In the end, your reputation will stand next to character and write your biography according to your positive or negative contributions to humanity, you OWN it! How do you OWN your reputation? 16. OWN Your Strengths: To find your strength. dig deep! With noise of daily activities, it is easy to depend on other people, technology, family, and public jobs for strength. Consider looking around one day and one or all of your support systems are

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stripped away from your infrastructure and you stand alone. Left with a choice to fight or flight, options present through your imagination a.k.a., creative thinking; taking action based on the foundation of your inward strengths. “Hit the ground running” is a philosophy I live by to take action when I am hit with an unexpected circumstance beyond my control. Once the initial shock is consumed and acceptance has delivered raw facts of the situation, I begin to explore opportunities inside and outside my comfort zone. This is a stretching mechanism that enhances strength from within, displayed without. You will discover strength through positive and negative experiences. How you exhibit strength will depend on your attitude of determination when face to face with the unknown. How do you OWN your strength? 17. OWN Your Weakness: Well-known lyrics speak to weakness, “Lean on me…when you’re not strong…I’ll be your friend…I’ll help you carry on…oh no…it won’t be long…’til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.” Words ring true for each of us at various points in our lives…on the giving and receiving end. The ability to understand and shore up your weakness is an absolute for success in any form. Collaborating with power players in areas of weakness provides a complimentary aspect to your individuality. Your weakness becomes your strength when you accept your inability to effectively operate in a specific area of expertise and invite another to fill the gap. How do you OWN your weakness? 18. OWN Your Emotions: The first step to OWNing your emotions is by understanding why they are present. From happiness to sadness, understanding to confusion, hope to resign; feelings, and portrayals of those feelings, are emotionally released by expressions. The way your emotions are contained or released is often determined by reaction versus response; denial versus acceptance; perception versus reality. OWNing your emotions is a daily responsibility that begins and ends with you. Emotional management is an ongoing project that "Together Strong" Sherri Henley

will remain open-ended. Since change is constant, emotions will vary. Take inventory of your

emotions to discover your introspective drive or lack thereof. How do you OWN your emotions? 19. OWN Your Community: Community starts with family and friends; then colleagues, collaborators, connections and acquaintances. OWNing your community begins with seeing the need and offering the service. Service is the operative word. Having a servant’s heart is the foundation of OWNership. You can manage effectively and powerfully, expecting excellence from all levels, and remain pure, with intentions of development of others through community involvement and leadership. Stay focused on the needs of your community, and continue to plant the seeds of growth beyond the home-front. How do you OWN your community? 20. OWN Your Responsibilities: Your Mother was right when she told you to, “Take responsibility for your actions!” Responsibility begins with self. Take control of your negative habits and turn them to positive attributes. Use moderation in all things and correct yourself, when indulging. Keep your word and follow through, unless renegotiated. Communicate with those whom you are pleased with, and people who have disappointed you, due to lack of

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responsibility on their part. Stand up for what is “Right” in your own eyes and appreciate the opinion of others. Give credit where credit is due and take credit for positive AND negative outcomes; step up to the plate to admit you or your team dropped the ball and the buck stops with you! How do you OWN your responsibilities? 21. OWN Your Talents: Talents are gifts given that are meant to be used for the glory of God. Some talents are manifest early on, while others are discovered by digging deep and learning more about who you are and what God intends for your voyage on Earth. Every day is filled with moments to display your specialties and to develop yourself to the fullest while providing a service to others simultaneously! Some people hide their gifts due to lack of self-confidence. Insecurity breeds dormancy. Stand tall and tell all by action or voice that you are beautifully and wonderfully made to share your gifts with others. Unwrap your gifts! Do not leave your talents packaged and pretty with no purpose. Focusing on purpose will launch your plan! How do you OWN your talents? 22. OWN Your Relationships: You are known by the crowd you hang with! Guilt by association or credibility by alignment? Which do you extend to your circles? Keep your confidential sphere of influence close. Confide only in those you trust fully and have earned trust given. Choose your relationships wisely instead of embracing out of neediness. Research people who enter your life to ensure their integrity, keeping in mind that a person’s past is not their present, or their future. However, information is power and knowing is better than being blind-sided with guilt by association verdict. Assertively confronting your potential friend, colleague, collaborator, partner about their past will cause a sigh of relief when all is on the table. This is the true test of stability in relationships. The fight or flight scenario will come into play at various times. No, I am not condoning running to every Tom, Dick and Harry to air your dirty laundry, as they may hang you out to dry. Under the right circumstances that call for full disclosure, you should be opened and honest as well as the second party with you. How do you OWN your relationships? 23. OWN Your Spirituality: We are all spiritual beings coming from different directions in our values based upon our belief system. OWNing your spirituality will mean a variety of things to each person. To OWN spirituality, for me, means to do the right thing based upon teachings of my upbringing, remain in a spirit of prayer as a reminder that I am not in control. But God gives me wisdom to consider options and make decisions based upon my observations, research and knowledge and take responsibility. Meditating through prayer, quite moments, and appreciating God’s creation. Reading inspirational, self-help and educational books that take me to the next level in the understanding of spirituality with the Holy Bible at the center of my library. How do you OWN your spirituality? 24. OWN Your Finances: OWNing your finances is easier said than done, that is why I have a CPA! This is an area where I gain strength from others in my business. On a personal note, once a single Mom, I had to manage financials and find a way to still provide not only food and clothing for my children, but a home, not just a house; toys, not just a room;security, not just a lock on the door. I would

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be knocked out, unless you choose to be. Keep the faith, continue to put legs on your financial aspirations by taking responsibility in whatever shape, form or fashion presented with integrity, with mindfulness of God’s provision mixed with your action. How do you OWN your finances? 25. OWN Your Sustainability: Sustainability is best described by my friend and collaborator, Mary Singer of CRG Sustainabilble Solutions. In our collaborative book, “The Power of Of Collaboration in Business” Mary speaks to this subject in her chapter,“Collaboration + Sustainability = WE Impact.” She states, “WE transform our lives by collaboration and WE sustain by caring for our people, natural resources and how we dispose of what we use. Working together for the good of all is really a way to streamline processes and allow teams and programs to achieve results. Be encouraged and find a way to collaborate. It will sustain your business and life with insight and best ideas developed and shared by others. Collaboration + Sustainability = Performance for economic and social success.” How do you OWN your sustainability? 26. OWN Your Appearance: ”What you see is what they get.” When you face yourself in the mirror each morning know that you are seeing the image that others will view upon your arrival. You may say, so what? However, in the professional world of business your appearance is highly ranked from in-person gatherings to online social media intelligence. The photos you post online are as important as the tailored black suit you wear to the interview. Just because someone doesn’t say, ”Why didn’t you iron your shirt this morning?” doesn’t mean they are not thinking that same thought. One of the most important statements I ever heard is, “Just because your superior does not say anything about your irresponsible behavior doesn’t mean he is not documenting mentally and physically keeping track of positives and negatives for a later report. Remaining groomed is not the only term of appearance that matters, self-esteem, or lack thereof, is contagious. If you see yourself reflecting a positive influence and making a difference in your surroundings; then others will. If you view yourself as insignificant, less than or an afterthought then others will. OWN the appearance of your body, mind, and soul. This will bring the whole picture to light for the world to admire your appearance. How do you OWN your appearance? 27. OWN Your Image: Your image is you; .from inside-out. Take inventory of your closet for outward appearance and your soul for inward reflection. Would you want to do business with someone who dressed, talked, acted and portrayed the image you put forth? If so, you just received 5 stars from the image department. If no, you are the only person who OWNs your image…so take OWNership! You decide what to display Sherri Henley with Business Over Coffee

when you enter a room…in-person or online. Your presence will either bring warmth or the cold shoulder (not saying that is right) based upon how you exhibit who you are. OWN your image by creating excellence, using yourself as a clear canvas to beautify

inside-out with maintenance along the way, and a good understanding that each hard knock creates character, and with every wrinkle a story is told! How do you OWN your image? 28. OWN Your Story: Your story is your life, embrace it! Those privy to the whole story it is up to you and told in your OWN time. Be proud of your story, the good, the bad, the ugly. OWN it and release it as Delmar Johnson of Delmar Johnson Enterprises says! “ Use your story to guide others through with Mentorship. Give back to people through the experience of your triumphs and adversities!” Tell it, or don’t tell it. It’s yours, you OWN it! How do you OWN your story?

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29. OWN Your Career: A career path is a long and winding road with unexpected detours and diversions. The key word to a successful, long-lasting career is “Adaptability.” In this ever changing world one must be flexible and opened to change, innovation and creativity. Without these elements, stagnation will stunt growth. How do you OWN your career? 30. OWN Your Profession: Who do you profess to be? A profession is OWNED by the spoken word and expressed by knowledge. How do you OWN your profession? 31. OWN Your Business: There are two sides to this coin; personal business and professional business. Personal business should be kept to a minimum in discussing. Confide in a small circle of trusted friends which should be counted on two hands. The first steps to OWNing your professional business are taking responsibility for details, implementing, delegating and producing. How do you OWN your business?

Q: How can I obtain these levels of OWNership? A: The process of OWNership is one of the most difficult, mindful experiences one can have. You must go through the process to get to the promise. The promise is discovered by stepping up the plate and taking responsibility for your life in any form or fashion, by taking the first step toward the promise-land you are personally embracing the concept of how to come into your OWN and discover the WHY. This takes time! There will be time on your hands until your last breath so take this opportunity to OWN yourself, bringing wholeness to your existence and purpose to your presence.

Sherri Henley of Sherri Henley Intelligence is Founder and CEO of BOCI with extensive experience in development of people, businesses, organizations and communities to their fullest potential of OWNership; specializing in collaborative leadership, social media intelligence training; speaker and author. For booking visit www.sherrihenley.com The Power of Collaboration in Business features Sherri Henley along with 8 collaborative authors on her personal and business mission of bringing everyone together. Sherri’s endeavor to build a platform for more than one came to fruition at the inception of this book by BOCI (Business Over Coffee International) Publishing. In 2002, Sherri became a published author of poetry, revealing her introspective side of spirituality–the platform from which her values are formed, upheld, and shared.

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June’s Entertainment Story: Jill Dyson, entertainer and CEO of SweeT-shirts. She began SweeT-Shirt, a women’s custom shirt project, in 2005, giving a portion of profits to Oasis of Hope, an organization that helps to support one impoverished area in North Memphis.

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Fashion Academy Endorsements

MG Ballard Designs

Each month we will highlight those products or services that we have endorsed. There is a process to be considered for an endorsement.

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FAX 901.432.5240 MG Ballard Designs is a company headquartered in Memphis TN, with consultants being added in all states. Marva Ballard, the info@mgballarddesigns.com designer and CEO, believes that clothing should complement the www.mgballarddesigns.com woman that is wearing it. She knows and understands that women come in all shapes and sizes, so her designs are flattering to the size 3 and to the size 20. It is truly an amazing line. Her fabrics are knit, washable, and comfortable. She can adjust a set pattern, for longer arms or a longer hemline. Her unique ‘Pop Up Boutiques’ are manned by trained consultants that carry a small line of ready to wear, however, most of the business is made to order, the style and color the client wants. We heartily give Marva Ballard Fashion Academy’s Endorsement that she is a proven company that focuses on quality and stays within the realms of integrity to women and modesty in design. Apply for an endorsement by having Fashion Critic, Carolyn Bendall and Fashion Academy's international team of Total Image, Retail, or Colour Analysis Consultants review your product. The application does not guarantee you will receive the endorsement. The endorsement gives your collection or product the stamp of approval that it is of high quality and functions for the everyday consumer. We will choose five consultants throughout the United States (and/or Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Australia, Thailand) to test your product or collection. We will then determine if we are able to endorse the product. Your fee is for the time of the five consultants. The fee does not guarantee that you will receive an endorsement. At minimum, there will be a blog post on your product. You will be invited to be on our radio show in conjunction with your endorsement.

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The Chocolate and Shopping Show highlight local business owners along with their products and services and facilitates introductions to the community. At the events, local residents and business owners get to know their neighbors and entrepreneurs. During the day, there will be fashion shows, local entertainment, product demonstrations, free samples, and special deals. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the show registration table located in Center Court to receive their entry form for various door prizes, including but not limited to a trip to Cancun, Kindle Fire, and many other door prizes donated by vendors. In addition to door prizes, each vendor provides free chocolate throughout the day to everyone that stops by their table. Business owners are encouraged to contact Lisa Cain at Lisa@BizFestival.com to register for a vendor booth. The Chocolate and Shopping Show is known for hosting extremely successful events and connecting a wide variety of local businesses to their neighbors and ideal clients. Mall space is highly desired and extremely limited; interested vendors are encouraged to apply sooner rather than later to be given the unique opportunity to showcase their company at Chocolate and Shopping Show events. Join Our Team Current Area Directors are needed for most U.S. cities; successful Area Directors pay no fee to join but are expected to be Master Networkers. For more information Direct questions to National Director, Lisa Cain at 901-766-6920 or Lisa@BizFestival.com. ADVERTISEMENT

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