"Being Her Mama Has Made Me Strong" "When life flips upside down, you can either hang there and accept it or fight to flip it back. I chose to fight. Yet, I didn’t make that choice right away. No, there was a solid few months of self pity, followed by anger, then fear, and then eventually, and quite surprisingly, strength. This is important, because we often think that we have to choose an emotion and react immediately. We can only be strong, angry, scared, silent, or happy. Yet, in reality, we are typically feeling all of these things, all at once. We have become experts at displaying one...

"I first started dancing around the age of 3." "Around the age 10 I started dancing at  Judy Dollenmayer Studio of Dance in Gahanna. I started out taking a basic ballet technique class, because at the time, I was determined to become the next prima ballerina. Then, I started to get interested in different styles. So, I enrolled in a lyrical dancing class and a competition jazz class. This was around the time Dance Moms was becoming popular.  The competition world fascinated me beyond words. Today, I am competing 15 different dances and spending 15 hours a week dancing in the studio. My name is Alexis Collier. I'm 17. Last year I decided...

DESIGN, ENTER & WIN CHIPOTLE BURRITOS FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR! It may be obvious, but we're obsessed with Chipotle.  OBSESSED.  As in, we literally eat there once a week.  But, that's not the point. We have good news. If you have an obsession too, than your dreams can become a reality, because they've partnered with one of our favorite local FitFashion apparel brands, Bend Active to bring you an "Avocad-ohhh Active Wear" design contest. But, it's much more than just a contest.  You know we can't hold back from a good story. Well, in this case, the story is one of you.  Local creatives are being asked to design an "Avocado"...

#CauseCuisine "I grew up in poverty. My mother and step-dad were alcoholics and addicts. I got into drugs at an early age, and my mother signed papers for me to drop out of school. I guess you could say my upbringing was training for the life of human trafficking that would eventually choose me. I see what my human traffickers must have seen when they coerced me into that life – easy prey. My life changed in 2010 when I was put into a treatment program in lieu of serving jail time for criminal activity. After three years of continued sobriety, I started my job search and...

"My name is Jenny Aquino and I was born and raised in Columbus. I am an avid Justin Timerblake and Gilmore Girls fan. I also love spending time with my family and friends. I am a first grade special education teacher at an amazing school. I really hope that my story can help others that may be experiencing a tremendous loss. The last 3 years have been really trying on my family, and I would love others to see that it’s possible to celebrate your lost loved ones. 2015 was an exceptionally tough year for my family. It started out incredible, on January 14th I got engaged to...

When we met Chris at his Clintonville duplex remodeling project, we both instantly felt a level of comfort. Chris was so easy going and laid back.  But, it's no surprise why after we heard his amazing story. If you've been following along our series than you already know a little background about North Creek Construction, but if you haven't let me just briefly bring you up to speed. North Creek Construction serves all of Central Ohio, bringing nearly "50 years of combined experience to every project. From knocking down walls and rebuilding entire kitchens, to sprucing up a laundry room or adding custom tile." The biggest thing about...

Meet Alexis: Behind the Scenes of Cap City Diner, Grandview {2/3} Alexis is a new associate at Cap City Diner's Grandview location.  And, if you don't already know-- the language that's used in the Cameron Mitchell Restaurant industry-- is very "person first" focused.  So instead of "servers" or "waiters" you hear words instead like, "Associates."  Because, similarly to law firms, the idea is to build careers and encourage promotions within the company. Which is why, you'll find lots of individuals who have worked for years with Cameron Mitchell. Alexis was previously managing a garage company, but came back to serving.  She actually heard of the open position...

Part I: Meet BioHealth Wellness Center BioHealth Wellness Center is a cutting-edge wellness center located in Worthington,Ohio, where Dr. Siegel is the owner and Medical Director. He’s been providing natural healthcare services for over 33 years. Ever since he can remember, he’s had a strong desire for becoming a physician of healing, and having various relatives with distinguished careers in the medical profession, only added to his passion. As Dr. Siegel was finishing his undergraduate training (on his way to pursuing a medical degree), he experienced episodes within his own family that truly brought into question the “drug-only approach” to treating illnesses. Through numerous observations, it became clear...

Are you like me-- and love all things local?  I'm kind of obsessed.   Homemade salsas, syrups, keychains, soaps, beer.  You name it.  You can find it at Celebrate Local.  When they first arrived at Easton, the shop started out relatively small, but now they have moved locations beside Panera Bread and have a much bigger layout (as well as way more products). When you enter the store...