I've been reflecting on heroes that have impacted my life (since this month is dedicated to sharing the stories of heroism), but I stumbled across something in the process.  A definition of a hero. he·ro ˈhirō/ noun a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. "a war hero" For some reason I couldn't shake how wrong I felt this definition was.   Not wrong as in none of it was true, but wrong in that it just didn't feel right when I read over it.   For a couple of reasons actually. First, I disagree that heroes are typically men.  And, I don't...

The moment he was brought home, wrapped in towels, and cold to the core was a moment I will never forget. Zachary was surrounded by neighborhood children that were helping him walk his frozen body home.  I opened the door to see his tear stained face and listening to his sobs, “I am so sorry. I was so stupid. I am so sorry. My curiosity got the best of me. I am so sorry.” It was like the entire sky broke into a million shards of glass and came crashing down around me. My greatest fear was realized. Our sweet child had not heeded 6...

When is a good time to panic? Today I had a couple moments where panic manifested itself, in short order. The first moment, was hearing of an ‘active shooter’ at The Ohio State University.  I don’t think I’ve ever been in a 20 mile radius of anything like this, have you?  (And this was my thought when we were first hearing the news). Sure, we’ve heard about incidents in various other states-- and have prayed for those families, or changed our Facebook profile pictures.   But never has an incident like this been so close to “home.”  The Ohio State.  That’s our “home-base.”  Right? Elizabeth and I were driving down...

Fleurish Home is an ideal store for any creative enthusiast.  It’s a store dedicated to all things “home”–entertaining, painting, decorating, etc.  It’s filled with endless DIY project ideas, because when it comes to Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint®, anything is possible. And, that’s what sets Fleurish Home apart from any other place–they are one of the very few retailers in America that actually sell Annie’s paint. Debra is the owner of Fleurish Home. After studying fashion in college, Debra started her retail career in visual merchandising and through that discovered faux finishing.  Always wanting to do something creative in the arts, this became her passion and after several years in the industry she decided to...

While I was adopted very shortly after birth, I’ve always known that I was adopted, so it was never a huge surprise to me. My dad always told me that I was a blue light special from Kmart and he was going to trade me in for a goldfish. It’s true--I've always wanted to find my birth mom. I knew she was young when she had me, around 16 years old, and that she had no family support. I was born in Toledo, Ohio through a Catholic charity. My family was told that whenever I wanted to find my birth mom all I had to do was...

My name is Mackenzie (Kenzie) Carlson and I'm a 17 year old senior at Pickerington High School North. My favorite color is blue. I love to sing, read, be around friends & family, and volunteer. I started Angel Kisses Blankets (a charity) at the age of 15. I have depression & anxiety and I needed something to keep me and my somewhat troubled mind, busy. I named the charity Angel Kisses Blankets, because I wanted each blanket to be a reminder of love, grace, and knowledge of someone who loves you, and is there to protect you. I raise money using my go fund me account and I...

Meet Todd and Duke: they are the guys behind the one-of-a-kind handcrafted supplement company Propello Life.   Propello Life is a story of brotherhood and true compassion for living. [caption id="attachment_8895" align="aligncenter" width="277"] Todd & Duke[/caption] Propello Life has been in business for all of three months now and everything along the way they've taken in stride, like a true family does. Their kickoff event was at Sweat Local Columbus' first 5K and Fitness Expo event back in July. But, their real journey began long ago, because they're brothers.  Two out of five brothers actually.  It was in their basement, where they would take turns spotting each other on the work-out bench getting ready for...

Yes, it's that time of year again---where we travel home and rejuvenate our need for connection. Some of us travel from far away, and others travel right next door.  But, we all reconnect with family and friends to break bread and give thanks. Usually we start talking about gratitude and listing off what we're thankful for.  But, the true heart of Thanksgiving, is about connection and cultivating that with one another. Who are you reconnecting with? Perhaps it's relatives you haven't seen in years, or your beloved in-laws.  Maybe it's simply your mom & dad, or your two moms.  Possibly a friends family, or just and all out #Friendsgiving. As I'm sure you...

My wife Addie and I are both from Central Ohio. We married in 2006 and started trying to have children soon after we were married. In 2007 we decided to move to California. My wife went to college at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and spent most of her 20's living up and down the coast of LA County. I never imagined I would move out of Columbus, let alone out of the state.  After spending the first year getting settled into our California life, we then turned our focus back toward starting a family. After months, and then years of no...

Husband and wife, Navin and Rebecca are the dynamic duo behind Trucking Delicious, a scratch made gourmet food truck serving Columbus.  Yes, the name is supposed to be comical.  Navin likes joking around and believes a food truck should be fun.  And, I couldn't agree more. Together they are two corporate finance and IT gurus-- turned into street food geniuses. "She's the rolling pin and I'm the knife."  With Navin's Caribbean background and worldly experience, he's able to infuse lots of west indian flavor profiles into their food, without overwhelming your tastebuds.  Trucking Delicious gives traditional dishes an upgraded taste.  Their focus is on providing made from scratch creative dishes...