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...

Do you remember our previous story on Sacred Earth Wellness Spa? We are continuing their story today--- talking about some more of the services Sacred Earth offers, and our personal experiences and reflections on those services.  If you want to get caught up visit our previous post by clicking here. You'll learn about the owner Autumn, her determination, and just how she treats the sacred body. The spa is located in Delaware, and is part of a co-op called All Life Center, where other businesses come together to share a space and their passions, all under one roof. All Life is inside a beautiful home, on a gorgeous piece of land....

It's kind of like a love story. The story of Snap Fitness, that is. Snap Fitness was really founded when Tony and Hannah met their freshman year in college. The idea of owning five Snap Fitness locations wasn't quite in the works, but their relationship began, which is ultimately the foundation of their entrepreneurial success. Tony knew sometime in college that he wanted to open a gym. He had always been involved in athletics, even in high school. He saw the impact health and wellness had on an individual and fell in love with the idea of pursuing his passions. So, while in college, he began his journey with Snap...

Sometimes you come across a brand and it has a clear message and purpose.  One of those brands is Bend, Bend Active.  It's a brand intentionally designed for woman, a brand that gives back to the community, and a brand that has a meaningful message---bend, don't break.  Because in life, there are moments we feel like we're breaking, right?  But, it's important to remember to bend and be flexible with the changes life brings us. Bend is a fitness and performance clothing company for women that's fashionable, comfortable, and wearable for everyone.  They've found that utilizing an eco-friendly material, bamboo, has been most fitting for their brand and product.  Not...

I'm not usually one to be political.  But, this year, seems like a big political decision. What I mean by 'not one to be political,' is that I'm not typically interested in debating the subject.  Partially because I got my fill in college.  Yet, I'm fully aware of the fundamental importance of discussing government and politics, because it drives so much of our industry and culture.  Though, it seems someone always gets upset (in these conversations).  And, I don't like that part of it. The part that segregates us--creates animosity between us--and turns us into judgmental pushy people. It can really bring out the worst in ourselves, and put a stopper...

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---...