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...

Ricardo Wilson has 30 plus years of experience in fitness, martial arts, and Do Jung Ishu; The Art of Fighting.  But, it's not about "fighting," it's really more about the spirit of an ancient tradition and skill passed on through generations. Martial artists developed skills over time, because it wasn't about being the toughest guy, it was about surviving if being attacked. "It's not fighting, it's the art of it.  So, the facts, the movements, the science, and the understanding behind it all." Do Jung Ishu; The Art of Fighting, is a club located in the Milo Arts building where they offer martial arts and fitness classes, like, boxing, tai...

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...

Jodi Attar is passionate about food, "my philosophy is--eat good things that taste good."  She's even more passionate about her Gotta Eat Muffins. She grew up in Akron, but moved to Columbus for a pharmaceutical sales job.  Her first masters degree was in Health Administration, but as Jodi said it best, "it just didn't feel right, like Goldilocks and the Three bears, trying all the porridge."  Her husband is a Cardiologist at OSU, so she had the opportunity to stay home for a period of time with her first-born son, Ashton. "After a year, I felt under-stimulated and needed something to do." She got back into the job force working at...

Intentional. That's the word that resonates with me after our visit to Sacred Earth Wellness Spa. You can look at it a few ways. The setting surrounding the spa--intentional in the fact that you become connected to the natural world around you with the wooded ravine, calming fountain, and bridge that leads you to the woods. The massage--well, this was intentional at it's best. Every touch, rub, and part of the body massaged was chosen for a specific reason. And, that's part of Autumn's story. There's a reason behind her intentional work. And, it's pretty amazing. Who is Autumn, by the way? She is the owner of Sacred Earth Wellness Spa. The spa...

Lisa started her career at Ford Motor Company, in Michigan-yes, she's from Michigan, and yes, she loves the Detroit Lions. This sealed the deal for Georgia and Lisa-instant connection (over the Detroit Lions). I'm still not so sure about the Michigan part (Go Bucks!) At Ford, Lisa was lacking her deep desire to be an entrepreneur. Moving to a job at Quicken Loans, she had a taste of what is was like to be a business owner in her sales and marketing position. The more she put in, the more she got out--she compared it to being similar to owning her own business. Lisa moved up quickly in...