Bad News Brings Wicked Stress

Marilynn Preston

4 Ways to Let it Go

Bad News Brings Wicked Stress

What do you do when you wake up to the world news and it’s all horrific
and overwhelms you with sadness and despair?

Hearing the political crisis of the day just as you are inhaling your first cup
of French roast turns a peaceful morning cold and dark. Making most of us able
to literally feel our stress levels
curdling our bowls of organic full-fat yogurt.
Trust me, it’s the tip of the tamale.
I’m taking big jumps here, but please follow along:
Bad news causes stress, and stress causes sickness.
As someone on the path to a healthier, happier lifestyle,
you need a strategy to deal with it.

Champagnes that Pop!

Stephanie Skager

Bubbling with Romance and Good Times

Champagnes that Pop!

“I could not live without Champagne.
In victory I deserve it, in defeat I need it.” —Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was a fan of champagne, and this quote of his is on point for 2021, thus far. Really, it applies to just life in general. A glass of bubbles always lends itself to lightening things up. In raising a glass to more good times than bad ahead, here are six scrumptious, sparkling selections in every price point to celebrate victories, soothe defeats and calm your nerves in between. These selections are also perfect for adding a pop of magic to your Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) Day celebrations.

Want a Maximum Life? Dump the Minimum Men!

Jacie Elizabeth Millen

Want a Maximum Life?  Dump the Minimum Men!

Welcome to 2021, the era of searching for love in a pandemic that seems endless. In this younger generation—20-somethings—we are dependent on our smartphones to connect us to the dating world. Why can’t we have the luxury like generations before us when social media was absent from the love equation and dating apps were nonexistent? An equation should be immutable, so my question is, “Why are things so different?” The answer points directly to dating apps and social media and how they have affected this generation's perspective on the way to find love...and how to behave in the process.

Love Your Power:

Tina Tyus-Shaw

My Journey Back to Health

Love Your Power:

When I was a child growing up in Griffin, Georgia, I was tall with a thin frame. I loved playing outside and never turned down the opportunity to show my athleticism during pick up games of kickball, basketball, football, dodgeball, or jump rope with my friends from the neighborhood. How much I weighed was the last thing on my mind, but as I became a teenager, my boyish frame sometimes landed me at the brunt of jokes by the “pretty girls,” who had hour-glass figures that caught the attention of all the guys at school. However, I found a way to use my scrawny build to my advantage. I became a runner on my high school track team. The 400-meter race became my hideaway from my body-shaming critics, who were silenced when I was victorious.

Want a Happier Life?

Marilynn Preston

Make Friends With Your Inner Critic

Want a Happier Life?

Wherever you happen to be on the rewarding and rocky road to a healthier lifestyle, you’ll travel more gently and feel more joy if you learn to make friends with your Inner Critic.

We all have one, and it is alive and kvetching, causing us to constantly question our behavior, our thoughts, our accomplishments: “How am I doing? Am I doing well enough­—in my relationships, at work? Do others see what I’m doing? Do they approve?”

Psychologists call this critical voice the Standard Setter. (And you thought it was called Mom.) It’s the part of the human psyche that sets the bar for us. It’s a good thing in many ways, as a source of inspiration, as a spur to achievement.

The Ultimate in Community Spirit

Meredith M. Deal

The Brunswick Christmas Parade: December 5th- 5:30 p.m.

The Ultimate in Community Spirit

The annual Brunswick Christmas Parade is back and ready to warm your heart with its
hometown feeling full of community recognition! Generations of holiday parade
watchers and participants consider it the best city experience of the year. 

Mathew Hill, Executive Director at City of Brunswick DDA, has quite a tally because he has been to 16 Brunswick Christmas Parades in a row. Mathew says most locals recall that the parade started after WWII in the ‘50s, but no one knows exactly what year. His research led him to learn about other southeast Georgia towns like Nahunta and Waycross, with their post-WWII Christmas parades, too. “Back then, first Saturdays in December often marked the beginning of the holiday shopping season, especially for downtown merchants. So, our annual parades are first Saturdays in December.”

Just in Time!

Marilynn Preston

Your Ho-Ho-Holiday Spirit Action Plan

Just in Time!

Here comes the December dilemma: Am I going to enjoy this holiday season or not?
We all have obstacles to overcome: too little time; too little money; too much
commercial merrymaking. And that's not to mention the nightly news!

And still, dear reader, we have a personal choice this December: Do I get into the holiday spirit and juice up my well-being... or not? We've got Hanukkah and Christmas and the winter solstice coming up, all leading to the end of the year, when we make resolutions to find true love, or lose 20 pounds, or make good on that promise to work smarter, not harder.

19 Local Kids Teach Us Holiday Spirit 101

It's All Pink

19 Local Kids Teach Us Holiday Spirit 101

The sweet homey smell of freshly baked cookies and savory meals. The heartwarming feeling of snuggling into soft blankets with hot cocoa while watching favorite holiday movies. The sound of conversations and laughter rising and falling around family and friends as they make new memories. The whimsical sights of twinkling lights and festive decorations transforming the ordinary world into a wonderland.

Band Camp

Meredith M. Deal

Hosting Longtime Best Friends Makes for Lifelong Memorable Weekends

Band Camp

Longtime friends knew you back when and probably still, know you best.

We were band nerds, but my best friends and bandmates (both guys and girls) and I always envisioned ourselves as cool musicians. It was the early ‘70s, and we had sheet music for songs by Three Dog Night and Chicago. We listened to greats like Led Zeppelin, The Temptations, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Guess Who on transistor radios. At Ft. Lauderdale’s Northeast High School football games, our more than 200-member band marched to themes from “2001- A Space Odyssey” and “Hawaii Five-O.” With my school-rental bass clarinet, I rose to section leader and all-county band, and to this day, we’re all still in touch with our 90-year-old band director, Mr. Jamison.

Make Everyday Thanksgiving

Mary Hunt

Everyday Cheapskate

Make Everyday Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving so much I would say it vies for first place in my favorite holiday lineup. I love and adore a classic turkey dinner with all the trimmings. I love the fall weather, which always accompanies the day. I love the fact that Thanksgiving ushers in the winter holidays, offering me a front-row seat on the very best time of the year.

I love all of those things. What I don't love is the idea that Thanksgiving is the only day of the year that we give thanks. Gratitude is too important in our lives to be considered briefly en masse on the fourth Thursday of November.

VOTE For Your Well-Being

Marilynn Preston

Elect to Be Happy, No Matter What. Here's How!

VOTE For Your Well-Being

In the run-up to the election—I’m writing this before the results are in—my yoga teacher had us doing a lot of grounding poses. And I mean a lot. No wonder my hamstrings were climbing the walls last night. (Thank God for CBD cream.)

First, Sienna asks us to stand and connect to our breath. Then we focus our mind’s eye on our legs: standing tall, rooting deep, energetically drawing strength from the earth beneath our feet, wiggling our toes, arching our soles and opening channels in our legs, our hips, our hearts and our minds to help us through whatever happens next.

Does the practice melt my anxiety? Promote equanimity? Encourage optimism? Of course it does, because feeling grounded and calm in trying times is one of the ways we nurture our well-being. It’s not a fix; it’s a strategy. What’s yours?

A Selfieship: Where Love Begins

Erin Cline

A Selfieship: Where Love Begins


One of the most important friendships you’ll ever have in this world
is with the person staring back at you every morning
from the bathroom mirror…

You.

And no, you’re not about to read an ode to selfishness, nor are you about to view an instruction manual for escaping life’s chaos by saying adieu to everyone and climbing every mountain until reaching an ideal destination for a happy, stress-free existence.

Instead, you’re receiving a Selfieship Guide for establishing or strengthening a relationship with yourself.

But before jumping into that, if you’re entertaining any negative thoughts or hesitations regarding valuing and nurturing this kind of relationship, quickly write them on toilet paper and flush them down your toilet of choice. (If you’ve never flushed negativity down a toilet, you’re really missing out on a great deal of fun.)

Masking Expressions–

Amanda Kicklighter & Iris Hopgood

The Eyes Have It

 Masking Expressions–

You’re excited to see an old friend in the grocery store, but how do you show it when your big, beautiful smile is covered and hugs are a no-no? The face is the window to our expressions, and mouths can have dialogue without any words. A frown, a smirk, a smile, pursed lips all tell a powerful story before any words are spoken. However, our faces have another center for expression—the eyes. So, while we are all masked up, we might as well lean on our eyes and allow them to speak up and speak out.

For tips on talking with your eyes, we turned to experts in beauty, Iris Hopgood and Amanda Kicklighter. Read on to learn how to select the right mask, escape the blank stare and implement “the smeyes”—(smiling with your eyes)…or if need be, a good eye roll:

Be a Change-Maker:

Marilynn Preston

Elect YOURSELF to Be in Charge

Be a Change-Maker:

With the presidential election just a hop,
skip and several more aspirins away,

now’s a good time to talk about change. Not change for the country—
though that is surely coming, no matter who wins.
I mean personal change.

Healthy lifestyles don’t just happen, the way dust balls do. It’s up to you to carpe diem, to let go of old habits so you can dance with new ones—two steps forward, one step back—until the new ones become a juicy and joyful part of your life.

It all begins and ends with you, your readiness, your determination, your support system, your willingness to do something as silly sounding as keeping a journal.

Tame the Paper Monster

Mary Hunt

Simple Record-Keeping Tips

Tame the Paper Monster

If the paper monster has you buried under an avalanche of receipts, bank statements, ATM slips, investment records, paycheck stubs and bills, then read on. The good news is you can probably throw most of it away without worry. But before you fire up the shredder, you need to know what to toss and what to keep—and for how long.

STEP NO. 1: TOSS ALL YOU CAN
Monthly. Once you have recorded the amounts and reconciled your bank and credit card statements, you can shred ATM receipts, bank deposit slips, credit card receipts and sales receipts at the end of each month. Exception: Keep receipts for purchases that may be tax deductible, those that involve a warranty and any item whose replacement cost exceeds the deductible on your homeowners or renters insurance.

Curbing Loneliness

Lorraine Aiken

Among Seniors During COVID-19

Curbing Loneliness

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, Americans have adopted social distancing, mask wearing and self-quarantine protocols. This has become commonplace during this time to miti-gate the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 and keep vulnerable populations, like seniors, protected from unnecessary exposure. For a quarter of seniors over 65, isolation and loneliness are common. Throughout COVID-19, the effects of loneliness have become increasingly exacerbated for those who live by themselves. Loneliness can lead to physical and mental health issues including anxiety, depression, agitation, high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. To curb these effects, we’ve come up with five helpful suggestions to assist seniors during this time.

There is Hope After Breast Cancer

Diane G. Bowen, MD

There is Hope After Breast Cancer

We have all heard of it, know others who have had it, but never really expected it would happen to you. That diagnosis is often a woman’s fear come to life. At first there may be questions like: why me? How bad? Will I survive?

Then a second wave of questions: Will I need chemo? Will I lose my hair? Will I have to lose my entire breast? What does reconstruction mean? Well, there is hope and multiple resources available to help answer these and many more questions.

Fall Enrollment

Brelynn DuMortier

What You Need to Know About Your Health Benefits

Fall Enrollment

And what does fall bring? Health insurance events:
You’ve got Open Enrollment (Nov 1-Dec 15) for those under 65 on a Marketplace plan; Annual Enrollment Medicare beneficiaries (Oct 15-Dec 7); and most employer sponsored health insurance renews in the upcoming months. All these events allow you to review and often change your insurance coverage. But how do you know if it is worth the time, effort, blood, sweat and tears to switch coverage?  

A couple months before your renewal or enrollment period you will receive information on the upcoming changes. I know you’d probably rather read a washing machine user manual than information on your insurance coverage, but it really is critical. So much can change, and it’s import to know ahead of time how you will be impacted.

Honna's Haven

Meredith M. Deal

The Creative Repurposing Dynamic Duo

Honna's Haven


Nancy Reynolds Haven and Bobby Haven are a couple of creative souls on a new adventure called Honna’s Haven—the place for throwaway old stuff brought back to life in a new form. They claim their two artistic minds have been given new life in repurposing salvage, antiques and exceptional wood pieces into useful and upcycled décor and works of art.  

Fans of boho vintage décor, the Havens have a collection of salvaged doorknobs, corbels, cornices, beautiful salvage pieces and relics. Wrought iron, railings, antiques and architectural finds. Salvaging is a top priority and favorite pastime.

Beauty Hacks for the Neck Up - September 2020

Amanda Kicklighter & Iris Hopgood

Beauty Hacks for the Neck Up - September 2020

Daily mask wearing is fast becoming a personal fashion expression experience, but underneath, could be causing facial dryness and irritation. Iris Hopgood and Amanda Kicklighter return to our pages to share their beauty wisdom to keep you feeling luscious, smooth and more confident in your daily routines:

The Emotional Benefits of Strong Money Management

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

Strategies to Help You Cope and Stay Calm

The Emotional Benefits of Strong Money Management

Dear Readers: Even in the best of times, money concerns can cause a lot of stress.
But according to a recent survey by the National Foundation for Financial Education, nearly 9 in 10 Americans say that COVID-19 is making money a primary cause of anxiety. Add to that the need to juggle working from home, child care, home schooling and health concerns and people are being stretched to the limit.

Understandably, people are worried about their financial future. Equally understandably, they often don’t feel like they have the energy to deal with it. But as overwhelming as it can seem, there are strategies to help you cope and stay calm. As I wrote recently, you may have to think differently to get through these times, but there are ways to do it. And it starts with awareness.

The Art of Making Change

Marilynn Preston

Resetting Your Wellness Lifestyle

The Art of Making Change

"You're too young to be this out of shape," my friend Diana’s doctor told her.
Diana had a gym in her building, and a husband who would cover
for the kids, and she certainly had the clothes.

Diana set her alarm for 6 a.m. every morning for the first week. She crept out of bed and was on the treadmill by 6:10. Thirty minutes of walking (and checking her mail), followed by a few stretches and some weights, and by 7 a.m., she was back in her apartment, showering for work, fighting off the urge to drink a Diet Pepsi for breakfast.

By the middle of Week Two, Diana was shutting off the alarm and snuggling up with the children's father. No more early morning workouts, and her promises to hit the gym after work withered and died as well. Yesterday, she told me she's given up and feels like a failure.

Beauty Hacks for the Neck Up - August 2020

Amanda Kicklighter & Iris Hopgood

Beauty Hacks for the Neck Up - August 2020

With even more hacks for your unruly Covid-19 hair and ways to look summer sensational in your masked makeup, Paisley Magazine’s Iris Hopgood and Amanda Kicklighter are back! Each with more than 20 years experience in the cosmetology industry, Iris is a professional makeup artist, and Amanda, a master stylist. Here are four summertime beauty prep and presentation tips:

Your Nervous System Is Making You Nervous: Be Resilient!

Marilynn Preston

Your Nervous System Is Making You Nervous: Be Resilient!

Your mind attaches to the negative.

Who cares? So what? Why is that even helpful?

See? You’re doing it already. You’re thinking negative thoughts about thinking itself instead of relaxing into the fact that your brain is hard-wired to be fearful and anxious. The trick is to consciously shift to the positive, taking full advantage of your brain’s neuroplasticity.

This “negativity bias” isn’t your fault as much as it’s your autonomic nervous system kicking into survival mode, managing your body and your mind through the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. (Just seeing the words “sympathetic and parasympathetic” may make you want to cut and run. Resist. Relax. If you hang in there and learn a few things, it’ll be easier for you to start rewiring your brain for a much calmer and healthier future. Really. It’s possible.)

Celebrating the 19th Amendment’s 100th Anniversary

Erin Cline

with 10 Local Women

Celebrating the 19th Amendment’s 100th Anniversary

August 26, 1920 marks one of the most important, life-changing moments for women in the United States: it’s the day the 19th Amendment was adopted into the Constitution. With this amendment, females acquired the right to vote—the ability to have a say in how the country runs and evolves in the years to come. And since that day in 1920, women have been tirelessly unlocking and leaning into their potential to be more than just nurturing, subdued figures in society. That day, one hundred years ago, gave women the much-needed momentum for dissolving the socially conditioned view that they could never be equal to their male counterparts, nor have a place in politics.

Oh, how things have changed since then!

In celebration of this 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we had the pleasure and honor of learning about the gratitude, thoughts, wishes and actions of 10 outstanding female voters.

Empowered 100 Years

Meredith M. Deal

In Awe of America’s Suffrage Movement

Empowered 100 Years

We gathered women from our area to answer five all-time empowering questions on the 19th Amendment, which declared on August 26, 1920 America’s women the right to vote. We honor those who led the way in one of the mightiest of endeavors in US History and look to the next 100 years of women continuing in leadership roles in the pursuit of equality.

Beauty Hacks for the Neck Up - July 2020

Amanda Kicklighter & Iris Hopgood

Beauty Hacks for the Neck Up - July 2020

People, it’s hot out there…so, once again we turn to our favorite beauty experts, each with more than 20 years-experience—Iris Hopgood and Amanda Kicklighter. Iris, a professional makeup artist and Amanda, a master stylist are here to share four important tips for your summertime beauty prep.

Turning Pain into Purpose

Michele Roldán-Shaw

Tara Heaton's Remarkable Journey

Turning Pain into Purpose

It would be so easy to crumble under the strain that Tara Heaton has been through. Human hearts crack or grow embittered, and a broken spirit does not mend at the hospital. But to live joyfully despite all these outside circumstances, to turn pain into power and purpose—that is a feat we all have the potential to achieve.

“It sounds fluffy, but every day I try to choose joy,” says Tara, founder of En Pointe Communication in Atlanta. “I’ve cried like you wouldn’t believe and had days where all I wanted to do was throw glass at bricks. But I believe that each one of us is extraordinary, not in spite of our challenges, but because of them.”

Tara’s remarkable journey began in 2005, when life seemed to be cruising along. She was happily married with three beautiful, healthy children and her business was taking off. Then one day her 12-year-old daughter, Caroline, missed school with what seemed to be a little virus accompanied by a rash. Tara had stayed home to care for her, when suddenly a mother’s intuition compelled her to go check on her daughter—next thing she knew she was not walking but running up the stairs. She found Caroline unresponsive, and a moment later Tara was witnessing a full-blown epileptic seizure for the first time in her life. Sadly, she was to see thousands more over the coming years.

Life’s a Game—So Make a Summer Play Date With Your Pals

Marilynn Preston

Energy Express

Life’s a Game—So Make a Summer Play Date With Your Pals

Little things mean a lot. Even one single summer day of play­­—with family and friends, no cellphones allowed­­—has value. Think of it as clicking the Refresh button on your computer, except you’re the one who gets to kick back, refocus, feel gratitude and begin again.

WHY BOTHER? Playing outdoors awakens our weary bodies, renews our energy and floods our brains with pleasure chemicals that are legal and self-made. If you’ve never had your consciousness altered by an encounter with a deep forest, a quiet river, a spider’s web, you’ve missed out. But don’t worry. The path to a healthier, happier lifestyle is open 24/7, if only you know the way.

One way begins with Carpe Diem. Seize the day, any summer day—weekends are usually best—and plan a Friends & Family Fitness & Fun Day. (But think of a better name.)

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