[caption id="attachment_9342" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Emma[/caption] Hello! My name is Emma and I have had quite the journey. I spent a year in the Dominican Republic and a month in Spain. I have taught English, tutored children in an orphanged and worked with woman coming out of sex slavery. I have experienced great times of depression and joy as I have searched for direction in my life. As time goes on, my desire to share my faith and the love God has for everyone in different and wonderful cultures around the world grows more and more. My next journey is to the Japanese Alps where I will...

Jennie is leaving for Thailand soon, and needs our help Columbus friends.   "I decided to go to Thailand, because I wanted to experience a new culture entirely outside of my comfort zone. Currently, I serve in an inner-city Columbus elementary school, and I love it. I really feel like serving underprivileged kids is my calling, and I wanted to experience this kind of service in an entirely new place." ~Jennie Jennie grew up in Columbus, where she spent a good portion of her life believing everyone lived the same kind of blessed life she had. It was her years at The Ohio State University that taught her just how diverse...

PART I: Meet Jill "I think I have a large capacity for joy that's developed over the years. In large part, I attribute that to the hardships that I've had to face, including the deaths of my husband and my mother in succession. My container for holding joy and pain is very large and I think that directly influences my work with patients in the acupuncture clinic today. After my husband's death in December 2007, I was overwhelmed by grief and developed a chronic ache in my back. [caption id="attachment_9221" align="aligncenter" width="236"] Jill Farell[/caption] A friend suggested acupuncture and I began to get regular treatments. My back pain...

I'm sure you've seen the name a lot this month, Transformation Wellness Center  are our special sponsors for the month on all our "transformation" stories.  The program started with a passion for a medical team doing the right thing for their patients. Dr. David E. Whitt saw an epidemic. He saw his patients slowly acquiring more medical problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, joint pain, weight gain, and many ailments that were affecting their lives and their health. He wanted to provide a lasting solution and not just another temporary Band-Aid. Dr. Whitt is a board certified internist with over 16 years of experience working with patients...

Things that matter: Old school mentalities. Elizabeth and I were reminiscing earlier, about growing up during a time when we would play “cops & robbers” in parking lots and run barefoot in neighborhoods.  But, that all seems lost nowadays. Back then, (I can’t believe I’ve started saying that) kids were always outside.  Kids were meeting other kids, exploring the world, and they weren’t afraid. Children were learning how to be independent and apply critical thinking, engage in more imagination…I mean the list goes on. My favorite “old-school mentality” is allowing children to enjoy more freedom, with less hovering critical parents.  What’s your favorite old-school mentality?...

TELHIO CREDIT UNION IS a lot LIKE THE “SHOP-LOCAL” VERSION WHEN IT COMES TO SHOPPING FOR a BANK. TELHIO  IS MORE THAN A BANK. IT’S A CREDIT UNION THAT EMBODIES A STRONG PHILOSOPHY FOR GIVING.  AND WHEN YOU’RE A MEMBER OF TELHIO, YOU OWN IT. YOU REAP THE BENEFITS. But, that’s the thing with credit unions–they have the ability to make banking more personalized based on the individual.  “EACH STORY AND EVERY PERSON IS DIFFERENT, WITH A DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCE.  SO, BEING ABLE TO BE FLEXIBLE AND RESPOND WITH VARIOUS OPTIONS IS CRITICAL.” Since Telhio is a credit union, they are a not-for-profit organization–which basically enables them to keep the members their top priority. Unlike...

There's no question that when you think of barbeque, you think of City Barbeque. How could you not, really? The beef brisket (my all-time favorite), the pulled pork, baked beans, corn pudding, I could go on. The barbeque is so good that it's been given many awards, countless times, in local and national articles, competitions, and festivals. How did this place get so good?  Why is it so good?  And, who makes it happen? There's definitely a story behind it. It all started almost 17 years ago in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Rick Malir, one of the Founders of City Barbeque, quit his day job at John Deere & Co....

[caption id="attachment_9052" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Devon Albeit[/caption] He’s small in stature but mighty in fight. When we were dating and David hadn’t made it as a Columbus fire fighter yet, I was pressuring him hard for a back-up plan. He pushed back with all he had, saying this wasn’t just A plan, it was THE plan. And sure enough, this December marks his 13thyear as a Columbus fire fighter. As a fire fighter’s wife, your worst nightmare is having a station vehicle pull up in front of your home, pausing before delivering the news that something is terribly wrong.He’s not coming home. The second worst nightmare, which I’ve lived, is receiving...

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...

"With parenting, we never want our kids to grow up, but it's this inevitable part of the process." The truth of that statement is what helped to inspire the naming of the shop Never Grow Up Boutique.  That and, Andrea's daughter's obsession with Peter Pan Live.   They would watch it on rerun. Her mother-in-law even loves TinkerBell!  It just magically fell into place. Andrea created Never Grow Up Boutique as a store dedicated to providing families with modern, natural, eco-friendly, and chemical free products to guide family life with ease.  They actually just had their grand opening last month!  So, it's safe to say that Andrea has been very busy.  But, how did this all fall into place? Well,...