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Cover Story | Your Dreams, Your Terms

2018-08-01T19:43:26+00:00August 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational|

By Kristen Domingue In our conversation with Angela Harrison, we watched how a gnawing childhood passion turns itself into a career. While there are many paths to fulfillment with lots of uncertainty and twists and turns, the unencumbered certainty that drove Harrison is an inspiration to behold. Her conviction about the way every woman should feel in her clothes (and in her own skin) showcases her true gift: delivering self-love to everyone she touches. Before I even knew what “styling” meant, I was a stylist. Barbies were always swapping tops and bottoms instead of wearing their assigned outfits. My childhood dress-up [...]

How to Overcome Your Greatest Barrier to Success

2018-07-30T21:10:44+00:00August 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career|

By: Millie Chu As an entrepreneur or business professional, do you feel like you are on the verge of starting the next amazing chapter in your life, but you’ve been stuck on the same page for a while? Perhaps you could see yourself living the life you want, and it’s so close you could almost grab it; but, your physical self is running out of breath. You chase, you work hard, you fight, and you’ve given it all you’ve got. At times, you feel as if you’re at the tipping point, about to go insane. Then, you gather yourself together because [...]

How to Create a Toned Body

2018-07-30T21:25:22+00:00August 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Fitness, Health|

By: Erin Cantrell A toned body is a term we hear a lot from our clients when they step into one of our studios. To be “toned” is to have more muscle and less fat, which means a lifestyle change to incorporate strength training, cardio, and a clean diet. Changing your body composition will not happen overnight or even over a few weeks, but when you reach your fitness goal, you will realize the hard work was worth it. You can achieve this new body and lifestyle in several different ways, but a favorite of mine is to lift weights 8-12 [...]

Inner Alchemy

2018-07-30T21:28:59+00:00August 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Inspirational, Spirituality|

Inner Alchemy By Sharon Marie Lawlor The other day, I went to a Five-Element Guided Meditation. My friend, Jason Blackman, was facilitating. It was an interactive visualization incorporating colors and breathwork to help move stuck and stagnant energy. And boy, did it move! At different stages of the meditation, I was in tears. I was letting go and releasing trapped emotions within the cells of my being. I was lying on the ground atop my favorite yoga mat, draped with a special rose-colored blanket adorned with golden roses that I brought. It was, in a sense, my security blanket protecting me; [...]

Toyota Shows their Commitment to Community

2018-08-29T19:22:11+00:00August 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest|

by Praveena Ramaswami Toyota Motor North America Research and Development Center (TMNA R&D), headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, continues to reinforce its commitment to giving back in areas where their Team Members live and work. Toyota shifted their focus from working with multiple organizations to seeking out engaging and impactful community partnerships in comparison to traditional sponsorships. Two current Toyota partnerships include Ann Arbor Summer Festival and the Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley.  Toyota and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival are working together on the Festival Footprint Initiative to reduce the environmental impact at the festival and encourage community awareness [...]

The Business of Following Your Dreams 

2018-06-27T17:40:00+00:00July 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational|

By Kristen Domingue Photo: Heather Nash Photography for The Brick Magazine We loved talking with Susan Todoroff of Juicy Kitchen in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her frankness and candor about what it takes to open a business from home with young children is a testament to the unavoidable truth that we can’t do it alone. Read on to learn how Todoroff found support, the difference it made, and the challenges it helped her overcome along the way.    Juicy Kitchen started as a spark of an idea in the early 1980s. Susan Todoroff wrote in her journal of a cozy place where people could gather for a delicious, healthy breakfast in a community atmosphere while reading the [...]

5 Tips to Make the Most of Outside Summer Time

2018-06-05T18:31:56+00:00June 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Inspirational, Parenting|

By Ginny Yurich  Outside provides multi-faceted physical, social, mental, emotional, relational, and developmental benefits. In our busy world with all sorts of development-enhancing activities available for kids, it’s often easy to forget that one of the cheapest and easiest ways to help our children grow is simply to let them be outside. At 1000 Hours Outside, we are intentional about scheduling outside time into our week just as we would schedule in other activities. In a typical summer week, we try and schedule at least three extended days of outside play and then aim to get the family outside for some shorter chunks [...]

Maria Sylveter | Following Curiosity to Career

2018-06-01T14:10:46+00:00June 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational|

by Kristen Domingue I started my coaching practice the same way I’ve done just about everything in my life — taking one inspired step after the next. I navigate these steps never quite knowing exactly where they will lead, but confident that if I trust myself, honoring my heart, intuition and inner wisdom, I’ll land it right! And I must say, establishing my coaching practice and founding the Life Empowerment Coaching & Healing Arts Center here in Ann Arbor has been one of my best landings thus far.   Even as a very young child, I was fascinated by people. Questions like, “Why was she [...]

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley | Women Build

2018-04-27T17:43:24+00:00May 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest|

Roughly 180 women have joined together to renovate a home in Ypsilanti for a local, hardworking woman as part of the Women Build project for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley (Habitat Huron Valley). Fifteen teams of women have or will volunteer for a day March through May, and will build alongside the future homeowner during the 11th annual National Women Build initiative.    “Women Build is a great opportunity for local women and partners to rally together to learn new skills and complete a home for a local woman,” said Sarah Stanton, the Habitat Huron Valley Executive Director. “It is a great opportunity for women to take [...]

LEGACY | Trusting Your Gut with Susan Monroe

2018-05-03T15:31:38+00:00May 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Career, Inspirational, Uncategorized|

 by Kristen Domingue We love the way Susan Monroe has created (and curated) a custom life for herself and custom interior designs for every client. What stands out about the way Susan works is the way she pairs her creativity and instinct with research and listening to her clients. The process of listening and learning has helped her stay in business for over 20 years. I’ve been in interior design ever since I graduated with my degree from Purdue. I did a lot of commercial contract work for 20 years of my career, mostly for architects and designers. I managed product design at [...]

Hitting All the Right Notes: Janelle Reichman

2018-04-02T13:05:32+00:00April 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest|

by Kristen Domingue Meet Janelle Reichman, a world-famous clarinetist -- and web designer. We caught up with Janelle to learn how she’s bridging the gap between what she loves and what she’s good at, and allowing these to be one and the same in both of her careers.   ___  When I left New York City, I was so burned out on music, I thought I’d just stop altogether. I got back to Ann Arbor after playing in the circus, at weddings, funerals, Broadway shows, synagogues, churches and didn’t touch my instruments for two entire months. Not once. I thought I had gone from “living the dream” [...]

On Being a Mentor

2018-04-02T13:08:20+00:00April 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Inspirational|

by Erin Burke Last weekend, some friends and I had a bowling fundraiser for a close friend of ours: a young woman battling an aggressive form of breast cancer for the second time. I happened to mention it in passing to my junior and senior Rochester High School students, but I do understand how busy and overloaded their schedules are, and I didn’t expect them to drive out to Ferndale on a snowy Saturday to bowl with their English teacher. To my utter surprise, several of them came to support my friend. I begin with this anecdote because I so often hear people [...]

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