We met at a bar in Washington, DC, in April 2006. [caption id="attachment_8750" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Tom & Rick [/caption] Being 40ish, we dispensed with niceties fairly quickly, and soon found ourselves talking about what we did and didn’t want in a boyfriend. Smoker? No and no. Drug or other addictions? No and no. Rural, city, or suburban? City and city. Pets? Yes (Tom) and no (Rick) – we couldn’t match up on everything. And kids? Yes and yes. That conversation didn’t mean that we were necessarily going to get together – we had just met, after all – but it was nice to know where we stood. As...

Good Deed Rags is definitely one of Columbus' hero organizations.  Below you will find a Q&A with them, where you'll learn what they do, why they do it, and the two seminal events that kickstarted the whole thing.   And, you can read my notes at the very end as to why they are some of Columbus' true heroes (and it's not because they giveback to the community--although that's amazing). How did Good Deed Rags come to fruition?       "Gosh, I could spend forever on this one. So we spent much of the past 15 years working in the clothing business for some of the major...

Who would have thought that three little lines could be so life changing? The result window on my pregnancy test showed a total of three lines, the plus sign being the most significant. My husband was in the bathroom with me that night, per my request. And as nervous as I was, he was excited to see what the results would show. I had a little reservation, as we have three children between us, and my incredible husband sacrifices a great deal of time from home to be able to provide for us. In short, I am home with the kids and he has to be...

Catie Mehl is one of the owners of Columbus Birth & Parenting, a business dedicated to providing the utmost care, support, and guidance to families (and each individual within that family) through the journey of parenthood. For the month of November we are focusing on adoption. The process---the feelings---the different perspectives---and, of course, the stories. Columbus Birth & Parenting (CBP) is one of our sponsors for the month, not only because they have a personal connection to the topic of adoption, but also because they're educational experts while providing non-judgmental support and concrete direction. So, maybe you're expecting parents, or maybe you're an adoptee, either way Catie and Leah...

I found my face getting heavier. It was becoming difficult to lift the corners of my mouth into a smile. It had been too long since I’d laughed, or really had fun. So, the weekend came and we did our usual “What do you want to do today?”  We opted for the park, to let the kids run off some steam and somewhere in the midst of that typical monotony, I found my smile. I’m the type of mom who usually sits on the sidelines watching the kids. It seems the more energy they have, the less I do. Until I see the youngest teetering toward the...

Throughout her 15 years in youth ministry, Pam Lozano has heard countless stories from teen girls about their lives. Some of these teen girls came from amazing homes and supportive families, yet still faced normal teenage challenges of insecurity and self-image issues. While others faced more difficult situations and did not have support from home. Instead, they had parents who were too busy, too distracted, or unable to give their kids the time and attention needed.  Stories surfaced of girls who had faced sexual abuse from relatives, struggled with eating disorders, or engaged in self-harm through cutting. But, what they all seemed to have in common---...

Our story of Puptown Lounge, a few months back, told the story of Cliff and Sarah, co-owners of the doggie daycare, kennel, and grooming business in Upper Arlington. We heard the story of how they opened, the struggles they went through, and their deep appreciation for their employees. What we didn't really hear was how the idea really came to be. Why did they decide to open a doggie daycare? Why dogs? Why this path? There's always a "why" to a story, and this story starts with Cliff and Sarah's mom, Cheryl. It all began with her, really. As long as the two can remember, there were dogs in the house. The...

Being healthy has become such a critical conversation in our society. I think it's healthy that as a society we're talking about health, but I also think it's causing us to become unhealthy in ways too.   To name a few, self-image issues, eating disorders, mental illnesses, obsessions..etc. Words like--- mind, body, non-toxic, meditation, intolerance, holistic and sensitivity initially fly off the top of my head. But, what does it truly mean to be healthy? Health is such a relative term, isn't it? We can't concretely define it, or see it.   So it becomes this abstract concept.  Is loving yourself and being at peace considered healthy? Or is health determined by...

Jan’s story I grew up as an ordinary kid, but my life story has little too many unplanned and unexpected turns that made me the person who I am today. Sit tight, and stay with me while I take you through my roller coaster journey. I am from Sri Lanka, a small island nation at the south tip of India. I grew up as the eldest child in the family with my younger brother. My brother was born with a heart defect, and the doctors determined that there was no cure. He was under the constant watch of my parents; nevertheless, no one could tell he...

Yoga has changed Amber's life as a whole. How? "I'm a better mother, wife, person, and I'm putting me first." She's also more comfortable with herself and who she is.  See, it wasn't always the case for Amber. She actually had body image issues growing up, and at age 18 wanted to change the way she thought about herself.  She knew the change must involve her getting in shape. Wouldn't you know that her yoga experience actually started from a Reebok yoga tape her mom had? She used this as her way to exercise, but also how she learned yoga, and learned to love it. That same year, Amber...