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...

It's been over a decade of planning for Danielle Miranda.  A decade of studying.  A decade of implementation. And, a decade of intentional strategy.  When I think about it, Danielle's been building an empire.  Literally. Rock N' Shock is only the beginning. "We are not a gym.  I want to make that clear." Rock-N-Shock is really more of an all-encompassing--internal heath--fitness phenomenon that's going to become a new wave--epidemic.  It's the future of health. Rock-N-Shock Fitness is the only American Fitness University certified H.I.T.F.I.T facility in Ohio.  It's run by a Breaker (not a trainer). First, H.I.T.F.I.T stands for High Intensity Timed Functional Interval Training. Danielle actually developed the...

Sara Hudgens let us in on a secret.  Okay, she actually let us in on a couple secrets, but you have to read the whole story to find them out.   She told us the difference between a 50 minute massage and a 60 minute massage is critical.  Most places charge and arm and a leg for 50 minutes, but an extra 10 minutes can be crucial for massaging those "target" areas. Massage therapy has always been her end goal.  Even when she was at The Ohio State University in her third year still undeclared.  I think her mother had dreams of her becoming a teacher, but Sara...

"You are, without a doubt the most beautiful girl I have ever seen in my entire life, and I don’t know how a guy like me ever got so lucky to get a girl like you." My husband reminds me that he loves me daily.  It was a part of our wedding vows. He posts it on Facebook and he looks me in the eye and repeats that same quote when he thinks I need reminded of how beautiful he thinks I am. I smile and say thank you, because I don't know how to take a compliment.  We have been through some crazy ups and...

Over My Head is a unique company specializing in accessories for woman who are undergoing breast cancer treatment, or in recovery.  They offer a comfortable and relaxed environment, with personal consultations and private fitting rooms.  They actually opened back in 1998 in Upper Arlington.  Over My Head is a beautiful space to help women look and feel a little more normal---when they need it the most. Bethany Golden purchased Over My Head in January 2007, after being inspired by her late mother, Bonnie Ritchie.  Bonnie had cancer for 11 years, but it wasn't until the last 3 months of her life, that she became very ill.  During that time, Bethany was finishing up her last semester...

Shirley's Popcorn. Yes, there was a real Shirley, and yes, she's the idea behind the popcorn business. Shirley was the lady who took the tickets at the movie theater in Bluffton, Ohio. She was well known and a familiar face in town, mainly because those who were regulars at the theater, loved her. Everyone loved her. She handed out free books to the kids and read to them while they were waiting for their movie.  She loved people and everything was "to die for." Shirley was the face of the theater.  Soon, people would stop by with their buckets of popcorn just for a refill--and to see Shirley, of course....

Martha discovered at a young age she wanted to use her hands to make things.  At age 6, she learned from a dentist, Dr. Moyer, who lived across the street. It was there, in his basement full of handcrafted trains and sculptures of wood, that she began painting.      "In 10th grade, on a visit to my sister's college, Mount Holyoke, I fell in love with hand crafted silver rings with pockets of enameling." From then on, she was bound and determined to be a silversmith. She studied at Washington University with a famous Finnish metalsmith by the name of Heikki Seppa. His approach was to limit the amount of metal in creating 3D structures and...

The truth about fantasy football is that anyone can play.  And, you don't have to know what you're doing to be any good.   Take my 16-year-old sister in law, who two seasons ago, had 5 players "OUT" in her lineup, and still outscored my fully functional team.  I'm still salty about it. There's someone (okay lots of someone's) out there willing to argue that skill is required to play.   Mostly though, your really just gambling. To me, gambling is about luck.   Some skills might make you better (like reading up on all the players), but there are safe choices and bets you can always make. I thought...