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By Leslie Menich

Leslie Menich, Salon Coordinator and Wellness Educator with Baddhare Clean Mission knows firsthand the benefits of eliminating toxins from her diet and environment and shares her story below. In high school, I was diagnosed with IBS and was on a variety of medications for years. In 2013, my husband, Jeremy, and I were introduced to […]

“I cut my teeth in the magazine world,” said hugely popular, bestselling author Colleen Oakley, now promoting her third book, You Were There, Too. I asked Colleen why she left the journalism for full time writing and the answer was simple and touching. “I fell in love and got engaged,” she said with a laugh. […]

A Life Restored

By Sandy Delmer

I’m originally from Florida where I operated an automotive body shop. In 2001 I moved to Hickory, North Carolina. My former husband was an airline pilot, and we opened a motorcycle business which I ran because he was away a lot. I love to ride and was president of the first female motorcycle group in […]

It’s Never Too Late!

By Susan Parrotta

Active people stay independent longer – I see a real difference in our members at Brightwater where I work as the Wellness Director. We offer five levels of care, and those who exercise regularly move through those levels of care much more slowly if at all! Sitting a lot is the absolute worst thing you […]

For those of you who have never met Brian and Sassy Henry, they are the sort of people who instantly make everyone feel at ease around them. Their success, both personal and professional, is inspiring, as well as their determination to make their community a better place for everyone. This past November, Brian was elected […]

Food for Health

By Emily Keck

It’s January and maybe you’ve overindulged – many people ask me what is the most effective way to lose those holiday pounds. First, increase your water intake. My clients are asked to drink two liters of water each day. When you want to get rid of fat, you have to eliminate it one way or […]

Led by Grace

By Karren Torres

Always entrepreneurs, we lived in Maryland for 17 years and owned several different businesses – my husband, Javier, is the visionary, and I am the operations person, working behind the scenes. About 15 years ago Javier left corporate America and started a commercial landscaping company. One day, one of his clients asked him if he […]

Christmas always means a good time for me and my family. While I don’t do a lot of decorating, I do put up a tree – my tree from last year never came down! It’s in a den we don’t use a lot, and because I didn’t put it up until late in the season, […]

One of the joys of Christmas is dressing up for holiday parties and gatherings. We have several large parties we attend every year; from the big country club party at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club to smaller drop-ins and a big ornament exchange I do with my friends. Plus we have a Christmas Cantata […]

In high school, Shellie Rabon always dreamed of adopting a child that needed her. But, she ended up marrying a man who wanted at least ten children of his own. “Soon after we married, I found out I had a medical issue and was told if I was going to have children, I needed to […]

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