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Learn about the local woman who was inspired to create a coloring book that brings joy to those who need it most.

The local owner of a card company recently launched a coloring book that brings a little sunshine into the dark days of sickness.

Happiness in Sickness is “a coloring book with inspirational and snarky lettered messages geared towards those stuck in a hospital bed for one reason or another,” says Keli Spanier, Owner of Colette Paperie. 

The inspiration behind creating the book came from seeing the people she loves in the hospital. “I wanted to create a different kind of activity to help with the boredom and unease that comes with being sick or being in palliative care,” she says. 

The book was published in June 10, 2019 and she desires for it to be sold in hospital gift shops. “This is the exact place to find something unique, instead of the usual teddy bears and balloons,” Spanier says. 

The book has designs that were created by Spanier herself. She has experience with teaching calligraphy and lettering. “It’s always fun to try new styles of lettering. With my card business, I have a bit of a niche going, where inspirational sayings don’t necessarily fit in, so I wanted to find a way to bring those together,” she says. “I have a graphic design background already, so it came pretty naturally.” Spanier creates new designs regularly, so she wanted the coloring book to focus on inspirational and funny sayings. 

The book was so important for her to create because patients in the hospital need more joy. “My greeting card business has championed funny cards to bring others joy when they need it the most and its success has made me see things in a bigger perspective,” she says. “I’m looking for more ways to delve into kindness and what happens when we go the extra mile for those around us.”

Happiness in Sickness is a unique coloring book, in the midst of the many books that have been published. “My hope is that this book creates some joy when it’s only boredom and endless checkups,” Spanier says. “I also hope to create something more unique to give as a gift than the standard gift shop items.”

Her favorite part of working on the coloring book was thinking about how the book will positively impact the lives of patients who use the book. She was “thinking about what someone needs to hear when they’re in bed and lonely and funny sayings and things that would perk someone up,” Spanier says. 

If you want to buy, Happiness in Sickness: A Coloring Book for Bored Patients, you can buy it on Amazon. Also, follow her greeting card business’ website.

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Learn about a local organization inspiring you to feel healthy, empowered and beautiful through retreats, fitness meet-ups and a community of like-minded women. 

The Beauty Boost is a space for women to come together to help them feel healthy, empowered, and beautiful.

The Beauty Boost is appropriately named. Founder Rachel Kerr says she created The Beauty Boost to give women a community that helps you feel a boost of confidence and beauty – inside and out – after every interaction.

“A space for women to come together to feel healthy, empowered and beautiful. We do this through fitness, retreat getaways, workout and inspiration partners, life coaching and most importantly, surrounding you with a group of inspiring and like-minded women,” Kerr explains. “We’re your support to create the changes you need in your life. Our mission is to make women, just like you, feel beautiful in all areas of your life.” 

Kerr launched the business in 2015 and is based in Columbus, with community managers in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.

The inspiration behind starting The Beauty Boost came from a passion to energize and recharge the community. “I heard so many friends talking about how much they disliked their jobs and dreaded their days. I listened to women put each other down and create competition. I searched for a community of inspiring and motivating women but couldn’t seem to find just what I was looking for,” Kerr says. “I would meet amazing women throughout the day who I knew would benefit from being connected to other amazing gals just like you. So I aimed to create a space where women with shared values could come together to motivate one another, inspire each other and create an overall happier lifestyle. That’s why The Beauty Boost was created.”

To Kerr, “Beauty means feeling strong, free and confident in our own skin,: she says. The business defines success by women realizing there is no perfect size or perfect way to live. “You are successful with beauty if you are happy and proud of yourself and are living your best, happiest life,” she explains. 

There are a variety of different services offered through The Beauty Boost and they include: Everyday Inspired Events, Everyday Inspired Facebook Page, Retreats, Membership, Taste of Fitness events, Empowerment Workshops, Socials, Paddleboard Series, Namaste + Craft events. To check out the events going on, go to:

“It is important for people to make the changes in their life they need to feel happy and beautiful in their own skin,” Kerr says. “It can be hard to do this on your own so having a support system and other women loving you for you is important, which is what we bring to the community.”

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with The Beauty Boost, follow them through their email list at: or their website.

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Learn about a Mason-based yoga studio that focuses on practices that build strength and stamina, but also clear the mind.

Hi Fi Yoga offers high intensity, hot, warm, and non-heated yoga as well as aerial yoga and buti yoga.

Most yoga practices will help you build strength and clear your mind, but one Mason based yoga studio puts it in high gear. Hi Fi Yoga, to be exact.

Hi Fi Yoga is “a boutique yoga studio offering high intensity hot, warm and non-heated yoga along with aerial yoga, and buti yoga, with music at the core, our studio curates old and new playlists to fuel you through your practice,” Tommy Moorman, co-owner of Hi Fi Yoga, LLC, says. “We also offer really creative flows-expect the unexpected with each class!” 

Hi Fi Yoga opened in November of 2018 and has eight full-time instructors and 12 substitute instructors.

The inspiration behind starting the practice was Lori Allen, Moorman’s business partner, seeing other practices that were lower energy than he wanted to see. “Music was low or safe, experience was uncomfortable or too quiet. We wanted a studio that exemplified us, good energy, love for music  and community,” Moorman says. “”We want to tear down the misconception that all yoga is spiritual. It can be and that is fine for others. For us, it’s all about the physical practice to not only build strength and stamina, but also clear the mind.”

The name for the practice came from the music industry, “Hi Fi stands for high fidelity in the music world and we’ve reapplied it as an acronym for high intensity fitness yoga,” he says. “Music is a big deal with our studio. We play our music loud in the yoga rooms. In the café/lounge area, we have a turntable for our clients to choose what record they want to play when hanging out before or after class.”

There are a variety of classes offered through Hi Fi Yoga and they are: Hot Power Yoga, Warm Vinyasa Flow, Warm Beginner Yoga, Slo Flo Yoga, Hi Fi Yin, Hi Barre and Hi Fi Float (Ariel Yoga).

The practice defines success through clients having a positive experience. “It is our goal for clients to walk away with that yoga high. There’s nothing better than seeing one of our yogis get into their first handstand or try a new pose for the first time,” Moorman says. “Success is helping our clients realize how strong they truly are and what their body is capable of.” 

The mission of the practice to help people realize how powerful they are, both physically and mentally, Moorman says. Hi Fi “We are yoga for misfits,” he adds. “Yoga can be intimidating at first, especially for men and we’ve created an environment where it really is cool to just come and be yourself without judgment. We treat everyone like family and genuinely support each other and our diverse backgrounds and experience.” 

Moorman says he loves to interact with the people that come into the practice and that’s what gets him to come back to work everyday. “I love hearing about the impact a regular yoga practice is having on your clients’ lives, from helping them de-stress to getting physically stronger or losing weight,” he says. “Also, knowing the community we are building is helping our members form new connections and feel they truly belong.”

Hi Fi Yoga is located at 7900 Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, Ohio 45040. To learn more, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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A local fitness studio is helping clients improve their health mentally and physically through fun workouts and a supportive community. Keep reading for more.

Verve Fit is a new fitness studio that offers support and community through fun workouts.

Positive changes, inside and out. That’s the focus at Verve Fit, a new Westside fitness studio.

“Verve Fit is a place to exercise that includes friendly staff, education, guidance and tons of fun,” Scott Stevenson, Owner and Manager of Verve Fit, says. Verve Fit has been open since January of 2019. 

Today, Verve Fit has 11 part-time and full-time employees, and the inspiration behind starting Verve Fit came from a passion to see people’s lives changed. “My partners and I have seen how much exercise can impact our lives and we wanted to give the community of Delhi a spot to experience the same,” Stevenson says. “Verve is defined by having vigor, spirit or enthusiasm and that’s what we want our members to feel being apart of our community.“

The gym is different from others because of the way they treat their clients. “From the moment that you walk in, you are treated as a real person and not just a number like so many other big box gyms,” Stevenson says. “We are locally owned and operated and one of our core values is making sure that we are developing strong, real relationships with the members that we serve.”

There are a variety of things that are offered through Verve Fit. The gym provides commercial gym equipment including: treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, free weights, barbells and machines. There are also classes offered and they are: yoga, boot camp, POUND, DanceFIT and FighterFIT

Verve Fit wants to make an impact in the community of Cincinnati. 

“Staying in shape and performing some sort of routine exercise is not an option. If you want to live a fulfilling life and one where you have the energy and drive to continually do the things that you love, routine exercise is a requirement,” he says. “There are so many benefits of exercise that I could not list them all. Outside of just the weight you lose and the muscle you gain, daily tasks become easier, you have more energy to play with your kids or your pets, you become more productive and the list goes on. Exercise impacts everything that we do!”

Verve Fit is located at 5031 Delhi Pike, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238. To learn more, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about a new yoga studio that helps you find a little zen in the busy, chaotic heart of the city (and life).

Findlay Yoga is a new yoga studio around the corner from Findlay Market.

There is an up and coming yoga practice pening right around the corner from Findlay Market. Findlay Yoga is a place where people can connect with themselves and the community around them. There are currently 15 yoga instructors, including Lara Rice, Partner and Yoga Teacher at Findlay Yoga, and her husband, Matt.

Rice was inspired to start Findlay Yoga from a sense of friendship and community around Findlay Market. “A beautiful studio space became available and was offered to us. The core idea was to bring together the teachers that inspire us through their connection to spirit (soul-full teachers),” she says. “More than movement, yoga is about unity…about living a good life by being a good person.” The practice wants to create a space without humiliation and judgment, according to Rice. 

There are a wide variety of classes offered throughout the week and they include: Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Rocket, Yin, Restorative, Urban Zen, Hatha and Kundalini. “Findlay Yoga’s first series begins Sunday, June 2 with Queer Yoga in the Queen City: Pride Edition with Trisha Durham,” Rice says. “The second Saturday in June, we’ll host our first sound journey led by Max Raphael. We’re just getting started.”

Findlay Yoga admires the yoga studios and studio owners in the Cincinnati area and wants to bring the yoga community together. “We have a large space and heartfelt teachers who want to make the world a better place,” she says.

Rice says her favorite part of doing yoga is that it affects her life off of the mat. She incorporates “the spiritual practice of the yamas and niyamas into my daily decisions, staying conscious in the moment as I move about in my day,” Rice says. “Am I coming from love? Am I causing harm?” 

She doesn’t just love mental side of yoga, she also loves practicing her breathing,” Rice says. “My favorite part of the physical practice of asana is the rest at the end of practice, savasana. But my absolute favorite part of yoga is the place at the bottom of the breath where everything is calm and free…where I can lose the mask of self and just be.” 

Rice loves coming back to Findlay Yoga everyday because she gets to experience peace in the midst of chaos, she says. “This isn’t my full-time job, but I come back to yoga everyday because it keeps me sane in this chaotic world. It keeps me connected to other human beings and keeps me humble and compassionate,” Rice says. 

If you want to keep up with what Findlay Yoga is doing, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website coming soon.

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There’s a lot of hype about hemp lately. Learn about the local business that helps you weed through the process and products — improving formulations industry-wide.

Pharm CBD grows, processes and formulates healthcare hemp products.

High-quality, hemp-made healthcare products. That’s what Pharm CBD is all about. This family-owned business, located in Bedford, Kentucky grows, processes and formulates healthcare hemp products. 

“We will be raising 90 acres of high-CBD hemp varieties this year and extract the oils and critical biochemicals from that material using our supercritical fluid CO2 extraction plant,” Evan Ogburn, Founder and Co-owner of Pharm CBD, says. “Once extracted, we refine and create all-natural, healthcare -improving formulations.”

The business was formed in June 2018 and has been making and selling products since October 2018. They have a total of five partners and several part-time employees. 

The inspiration behind starting the business came from a desire to develop products that are high-quality and are known around Trimble County, Kentucky. 

“Our experience in this industry presented the need to manufacture products under pharmaceutical-based quality control practices so that the end-user could feel safe taking products that are uniform and contaminant-free,” he says. 

Customer engagement is imperative for the business so they can improve their products and determine dosages for the items moving forward. “We are passionate about participating in clinical trials to determine proper dosing and optimized treatment using our products,” Ogburn says. “The only way that works is if you have consistently manufactured products that meet the highest quality standards.”

The products sold at Pharm CBD are: Wise Landing Tinctures, which are THC free, are available in 300mg, 600mg and 1000mg. “These are sold in 30 mL (1 oz. bottles) and retail for $40, $65 and $100, respectively,” he says. Along with the THC free line, there is a full spectrum tinctures line with 1000, 2000 and 3000mg CBD. They come in 60mL (2 oz.) bottles. These products retail for $75, $125 and $160. There are also topical products, including a 1000mg CBD salve that’s sold in a 2 oz. jar and is sold for $65. Coming in a week  or two is their 1000mg skincare balm that’s going to be sold for $55. “In addition to these products that we currently offer, we have several products in our pipeline, including higher potency tinctures, lip balm, massage oil, lotions and a CBD sports cream,” Ogburn says.

Pharm CBD wants to increase quality of hemp products in the industry. “Through these practices, we will bring economic benefit to the farmers of our region and to our hometown community through establishing cooperative grow networks and building our brand to add additional jobs,” he says. 

The business is unique because of the high quality and operating standards that they set for themselves. “The level of sampling and analysis that we perform on each batch of product and throughout each step of our process (from seed to sale) allows us to control product potency and produce contaminant-free products, consistently and efficiently,” Ogburn says. 

Pharm CBD makes a positive impact in the community and helps Trimble County grow economically. “Our economy is heavily driven by agriculture. With tobacco dying out and the margins in corn and beans being the lowest they have been in years, there’s a drastic need for a new cash crop,” he says. “We have hired several full-time and part-time employees within our first year of business. We will hire several individuals this summer and fall to assist with our grow operations and plan to expand our production, which will bring even more jobs to our community.”

Ogburn loves the opportunity to help people. “Helping people is the ultimate gratification and motivation. Being able to do this everyday is the greatest job I could ever have,” he says. “Knowing that our products are making a difference for people is all the motivation  that is needed.” 

If you want to keep up with what Pharm CBD is doing, follow them on FacebookInstagramTwitter and their website.

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Read on to learn about a children’s book that teaches you and your kiddos about the special needs community.

Amy Webb is the author behind the children’s book When Charley Met Emma.

There is a new children’s book that shines a light on the special needs community. “When Charley Met Emma is a children’s picture book that centers on the story of a little boy named Charley, meeting a little girl named Emma, who doesn’t have any hands and drives a wheelchair. At first, Charley doesn’t know what to think- I mean ‘What happened to her hands?’- and he’s not sure how to react,” says Amy Webb, mother, writer and artist. “Thankfully, Charley’s mom and Emma, herself, teach Charley that it’s ok if he has questions about people who are different and it’s ok if you’re different! It’s a great primer for young children to learn about disability, as well as helping to teach parents and caregivers how to navigate these sometimes tricky situations.”

The inspiration behind writing the book came from Webb’s personal experience with a daughter who is special needs. “We are a special needs family. The character of Emma is modeled after my middle daughter and over the years, I’ve navigated many, many interactions between my daughter and other children meeting her for the first time,” she says. “Over the course of several years, I developed a ‘formula’ of sorts for helping kids to learn about her differences, while at the same time helping them move past her differences and be able to see her as one of them- a friend. But it also dawned on me that part of the reason these interactions happened so frequently, was that so many children were completely unfamiliar with disability- they didn’t see children like my daughter in the world around them- not in their movies, TV shows or picture books.”

Webb felt that the special needs community was not being presented well in her daughter’s life in a personal way. “The purpose of the book became multi-fold- to help children and parents navigate these special needs encounters, but also to give children a jump start by providing a book that will help address their questions ahead of time and that will actually provide that representation for disability in their world that might otherwise be lacking.”

She has experience with taking her daughter to doctor and specialist appointments, wheelchairs, accessible vans and making their home accessible. “Additionally, I’ve been interviewing other special needs families and individuals with disabilities on my blog, This Little Miggy Stayed Home, for eight years,” Webb says. “So far, I’ve interviewed over 225 people and that has been an education in and of itself.”

The title of the book references the main characters of the story. “I chose the name, Emma, as I think it’s a classic and beautiful name. Charley, I actually chose because I had been reading about artist, Charley Harper, at the time and was inspired by his kindness as much as his art,” she says. “I event spent some time at Charley Harper’s house, writing and just feeling inspired. I wanted the Charley in my book to be a kind and sensitive character.”

The book helps with understanding people with special needs. “The book gives children a look at someone with a very visual disability and they have the chance to process this disability (and others) in the comfort of  their own home. By ‘process,’ I mean they can stare at the character, ask questions and read about all the things Emma likes to do,” Webb says. “One of the things parents like most about this book are the great conversations they’ve had with their kids- and I love that! I love that this is being used as a tool for good conversation.” 

Webb hopes that through this book, people are able to connect with the special needs community. “I hope children, in particular, will simply feel more connected to disability, that it will feel familiar and not something to be afraid of,” she says. “I hope they will see the Emma’s of the world as their equals, their peers and that being different isn’t something to pity or be sad about.”

If you want to follow what’s going on with When Charley Met Emma, you can follow Webb on FacebookInstagram and her blog.

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Read on to learn about an organization that's making it easy with a resource that helps to connect volunteers with causes that align well with their values and passions.

You’ve decided you want to volunteer and give back to the community. What’s the next step? That’s where Cincinnati Cares can help.

“Cincinnati Cares is an organization and a technology platform that hosts a free community-wide volunteer guide that is now our region’s most popular way for volunteers to find their way to help,” says Douglas Bolton, President and CEO. “This service is free to volunteers and the more than 500 nonprofits, whose volunteer opportunities are kept updated through beautiful technology that is frictionless, password free and mobile friendly. The platform is the first project of a two-year-old 501(c)(3) called Inspiring Service.”

The nonprofit is located at 1776 Mentor Avenue, Norwood, Ohio, in the HCDC Business Incubator and was launched in late 2017. “The inspiration behind Cincinnati Cares came from a concern for the health of people in our region. Craig Young founded Inspiring Service out of concern for the health of our regions and our nation’s volunteer ecosystem,” Bolton explains. “Volunteerism has been in decline nationally and has declined in Greater Cincinnati at a twice the national rate. A technology entrepreneur who sold his companies in the late 1990s and has been engaged in philanthropy and volunteerism for the past two decades, Craig is building an organization that, through programming and technology, will help reverse decades of disinvestment in the volunteer ecosystem.”

Bolton partnered with Young last year, as a consultant, in order to help establish the platform and set the strategy and became the CEO of Cincinnati Cares at the beginning of 2019. “Craig is chair of our board and continues to focus on our technology, as well as Inspiring Service’s work outside Greater Cincinnati,” he explains. “Communities from coast to coast have noticed what we are doing and have asked us to export our technology to them.”

According to Bolton, the mission of Cincinnati Cares is “to inspire and empower people and organizations to engage in volunteering that improves and strengthens their community and themselves.”

The organization defines success by helping individuals to “find their way to help, working with businesses to improve their community engagement and strengthening the nonprofit sector’s engagement of volunteers,” he says. “We hope to reverse the declines in volunteerism rates and we believe we are already contributing to that.”

Cincinnati Cares is a unique organization. It’s “the only 100 percent volunteer-focused organization in the Greater Cincinnati region,” Bolton says, adding that he wants people to know that the organization is an “innovative technology and organization that inspires and empowers greater Cincinnati to engage in volunteering that helps our  community and themselves.”

Bolton loves the culture of Cincinnati Cares. It is “a startup created by one of Greater Cincinnati’s most generous families with dedicated employees and volunteers who are committed to the mission of fixing some of our region’s most pressing community needs by making it easier and better for volunteers to get engaged,” he says.

If you want to keep up with what Cincinnati Cares is doing, follow them on FacebookInstagramTwitter LinkedIn and their website.

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An eco-and beginner-friendly yoga studio and community is opening soon in the Tri-State area. Keep reading for all the details.

Honor Yoga is making its way to Cincinnati to offer a new yoga experience.

A new yoga studio with a unique concept will open soon in the Cincinnati area.

“Founded in 2013 by health and wellness veteran, Maria Turco and franchising since 2016, Honor Yoga is an eco-and beginner-friendly yoga studio and community that welcomes and nourishes every yogi trough their practice,” says Carey Curran, co-owner of Honor Yoga.

Honor Yoga has been around since 2013, with over 300 people working for the practice. There are also multiple locations in the United States: New Jersey, North Carolina, California, Florida, Indiana and Ohio. In Ohio, they are currently located in Cleveland, but they are looking to open a practice in the Cincinnati area. “No lease has been signed as of yet, but we are eyeing locations in Montgomery, Mason and West Chester,” she says.

The inspiration behind starting the business came from a passion “to provide accessible yoga and meditation programs to elevate communities by helping people keep their minds, bodies and selves healthy,” Curran says. The name of the practice came from Honor Yoga’s mission for people to honor their minds, self and bodies. 

The practice offers a variety of services and they include: gentle, roots, calm and strong, slow flow, flow, power flow, aerial, yoga barre and meditation. “Each class is designed to fulfill the five pillars of yogic practice to relax the mind, restore balance and build strength and flexibility,” she says. Honor Yoga also offers retreats, workshops, online streaming yoga classes and hosts a non-profit arm, Honor Yoga Foundation. 

The practice makes an impact in the community through the Honor Yoga Foundation. It “provides grants to all Honor Yoga locations throughout the country to bring yoga programs to those who need it and may not be able to afford it,” Curran says. The practice is unique because it offers services for kids, individuals and families, and they range from classes in aerial to meditation. 

Curran’s favorite part of working for Honor Yoga is the people. She loves “building a community that is supportive, beginner-friendly and accessible to everyone,” she says.

The most memorable moment of Honor Yoga so far has been working with people with brain injuries. “These are people who have been competitive athletes to successful business people. Initially, they feel frustrated with their injury, almost trapped in a twilight zone,” Curran says. “When they are able to progress physically and mentally as a result of their yoga practice, smile, express extreme joy and thank us, there is nothing more rewarding. This is a cause that is very important to us, as John, her husband, suffered a stroke himself ten years ago.”

To keep up with what Honor Yoga is doing, follow them on Facebook.

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Learn about this local booty-sculpting guru and see how she helps clients see a perkier posterior and improved wellbeing - inside and out.

Not only are glam glutes en vouge, (thanks, Kardashians) but they also keep the body stabilized, relieve lower back tension, and protect you from injury in daily activities.

That’s why Tawnia Justice launched Glute Girl, “a program designed to strengthen the Glutes and posterior chain, back of legs and glutes” Justice explains, “as well as shaping the Glutes to look their best at any age.”

Justice currently has a gym in the small suburban village of Madeira and has been doing personal and small group training for 38 years. 

The inspiration behind starting Glute Girl came from her lifestyle. “I am a mother of seven, having had all of them within nine years. With that and the fact that I am now 57 years young, I have always felt the back side is not trained hard enough, frequently enough and more importantly, properly,” she says.

Justice offers a variety of different services through Glute Girl. “At the present time, I do one-on-one training at the gym and in people’s homes,” she says. “In the very near future, my website will be up and running- where you will be able to purchase training sessions monthly, with fitness and nutritional advice given as well. Justice’s mission for Glute Girl is “to open people’s minds to let them see and know their full potential and experience their personal best!”

Glute Girl is different from other businesses because Justice has lived out what her clients are going through. “I know how it works and I’m not 24 years old; my age and life experiences have taught me a lot, way more than any textbook can,” Justice says. “Also, I want to teach clients how to use their body and the equipment in a way that works for their unique body and for the look they want to achieve, not what someone else thinks they need.”

Success with the business is determined by her clients. “For me, success is being on that path that is taking you to better places, whether physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually,” she says. “It is taking a focused, personal interest in your life and health and investing in you!”

Justice loves to inspire her clients and make a difference in their lives. Justice loves “inspiring people to see the better side of themselves and the potential they have with,” she says.

To learn more about Glute Girl, follow along on Facebook