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Co-Creation Artworks participants learn to paint while benefiting Purposeful Painting

Last year for Christmas, Mari Knight and her partner Lou Denning didn’t give each other gifts. Rather, they decided to give the money to their friends who were facing difficult times. After sharing what they were doing, others wanted to pitch in as well. Soon, their donations grew exponentially and they decided it was a perfect motive to start a non-profit, called Purposeful Painting.


The focus of the non-profit is to give a brighter future to hard-working women facing challenges. “Through my love of art, yoga and community,” says Knight, “I hope to raise money to give these women the helping hand they need.”


Knight also helps brighten lives through painting courses. “I would rather paint than do anything,” she laughs. “But I discovered others had a desire to paint, but didn’t have the confidence.” As a result, Co-Creation Artworks (CCA) was born.

Co-Creation Artworks is a class offered to aspiring artists. All participants come to class with an inspiration that hangs next to the blank canvas. After painting for half an hour, they move to the next painting and so on until everyone has finished their creation.


Knight explains Co-Creation Artworks as a lesson of letting go. “We are all artists in some way and some of us have a hard time letting go of what we perceive the outcome of what the painting should be. Others have no problem moving to the next canvas,” she explains. “It truly is an experience to watch and participate in. Some say it’s meditation with a paintbrush; others say it’s a spiritual experience. Each person takes away and gives something different to each piece of work. It’s Co-Creation at its finest.”


The artist has the choice to take their artwork home or donate it to Purposeful Painting to be auctioned at one of the fundraisers. The cost for an individual class is $40 and couple classes are $50. All proceeds from the classes go to Purposeful Painting.


Previously, Purposeful Painting gave to needy women in Knight’s personal network. Now, the organization gives to a variety of women, many of whom Knight has never met. “It is a board decision who we give money to,” she explains. “We don’t have the resources to give to someone with addiction problems, but we can help the woman helping herself.”


Their next fundraiser, “It’s All About the Art,” will be at the downtown-based Betty Bar on October 19 and 20. On Saturday, from 7-11:30 p.m., they will have what they call “Live Co-Creation Artworks,” where three masterpieces painted by a group of artists (including acclaimed local artist Clara Hackavy) will be auctioned off. There will also be a silent auction for other CCA pieces that are on display. On Sunday from 11a.m.-3p.m., you can enjoy brunch with a bloody mary bar, as well as artists who will be signing their one-of-a-kind artwork.


There is no admission fee for the upcoming fundraiser. A portion of the food and drink sales will go to Purposeful Painting. You can visit to learn more about signing up for a class, donating money, volunteering or purchasing artwork.

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    As we prepare to host our 8th Annual Seasonably Chic Showcase, here’s a little sneak peek into some of the businesses you’ll find there this year. From boutiques and online shop owners to fashion designers and home decor experts, read on for a sneak peek of the chicest holiday shopping expo in town!

    Cincy Chic's Seasonably Chic Showcase is this weekend, November 5, at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati!
    Cincy Chic’s Seasonably Chic Showcase is this weekend, November 5, at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati!
    Enjoy a mimosa as you shop with more than 40 of Cincinnati’s best businesses for you and everyone on your list, have the kids decorate gifts, see a fashion show, get a free chair massage, and leave with a complimentary tote bag filled with swag and everything wrapped and ready for the holidays with free gift wrapping. It’s Cincy Chic’s 8th annual 2016 Seasonably Chic Showcase this Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Phoenix in downtown Cincinnati, and you’re invited! It all benefits a great cause, too, as you get in free with a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank!
    Click here to RSVP and check out a preview below of some of the special vendors we’ll have at this event to help you shop for everyone — from your mother-in-law to your baby nephew — on your holiday gift list!
    Infinity Indoor Flowers
    Nicole Loisy is the local lady behind Infinity Indoor Flowers, a business that creates preserved foliage and flower arrangements for indoor use. “Each creation can be customized to the customer’s needs for interior design, themed events, gifts, and more,” explains Loisy.
    Loisy is the owner and designer of the business, and says that Infinity Indoor Flowers is a unique product in that they are real flowers but will last for years with no maintenance.
    Loisy says that she received her training in Paris, where she learned to work with and preserve flowers.
    You’ll find Infinity Indoor Flowers at this Saturday’s Seasonably Chic Showcase. Loisy says that she’ll be bringing many different types of arrangements to showcase her preserved flowers. There will be both large and small pieces available for purchase as well. 
    Loisy says she’s excited to check out Cincy Chic’s event and teach them about her business. “I’m excited to meet people and educate them about our products,” she says. “I’m looking forward to bringing fall-inspired creations as well.”
    Check out Infinity Indoor Flowers on Facebook and Instagram
    LeiMarie Limited
    Shopaholics will find LeiMarie Limited can help them check off a lot of names on their Christmas shopping list. “LeiMarie Limited is an online and traveling boutique specializing in providing easy access to the latest trends in clothing and accessories ranging from sizes small to 3XL,” says LeiMarie’s Founder Chrissy Gedeon. 
    Gedeon is the first to admit – shopping can be difficult. It’s an experience that highly depends on what’s going on around you, including your mood, your schedule, and your demands. “We bring you a fun and exciting online experience, from complete outfits to that single accessory,” she says. 
    Gedeon knows what it takes to bring your outfits to the next level, and wants to give her customers something that is Pinterest worthy. She sells mom-appropriate fashion that you’ll see on everyday women – not runway or magazine attire. “We know you go from work to sports to PTO meetings to happy hour and everywhere in between,” she says. “And we know you want to look your best through it all.”
    Gedeon says the name LeiMarie was inspired by her only daughter, Anisten Lei, with whom she shares a middle name. “She is my motivation, my reason for striving as a female entrepreneur,” she says. “This shopping service is my retail dream, and with the best team on board, including my amazing husband, best friend, and family, we’re providing joy through style all over the U.S.”
    When it comes to the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Gedeon says she will be bringing each of LeiMarie’s style pieces to illustrate and provide what you need to take your outfits to the next level. These pieces include tunics, cardigans, scarves, vests, outerwear, trendy tanks, and accessories. 
    Gedeon says that she’s the most excited about introducing LeiMarie’s passion for style to new customers at the Seasonably Chic Showcase. “We can’t wait to be part of this annual fun,” she adds.
    You can find LeiMarie Limited on Facebook and Instagram. You can also shop her items by clicking here
    Designs by Glenda
    When it comes to affordable, one-of-a-kind jewelry, Glenda Hain from Designs by Glenda has you covered. 
    Designs by Glenda sells earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, all of which will be at the Seasonably Chic Showcase, according to Hain. “I’ll be bringing fun, chunky, great looking jewelry that only I carry,” she says.  
    Hain says that she’s the most excited about not only meeting Cincy Chic fans and event attendees, but also sharing her love of jewelry with fun, colorful pieces that are unique to Cincinnati. 
    Collar Up Shirts
    Check off the men on your shopping list with a stop at Collar Up Shirts this weekend. Although the shirts can also be worn by women, Collar Up Shirts is targeted toward men. At Collar Up, comfort is the ultimate goal.
    “Comfort and fit are taken to the next level – with Collar Up undershirts. Bunching, twisting, wrinkles, bulkiness and discomfort – out,” says Bob Dilts, one of the founders and owners of Collar Up Shirts. 
    Stop by their booth to see all three versions of the “modern day dickey,” the sleeveless, short sleeve, and long sleeve shirts in the brand’s line. Co-Founder Julie Larger says that they’ll be bringing along a variety of sizes and will be able to show event attendees how perfect the shirts are for layering under sweaters and pullovers.
    Larger says the team at Collar Up Shirts is really looking forward to getting in front of a group of women who are searching for unique items, not only for themselves, but for the men in their lives. “This is really the first opportunity we’ve had to actually engage with the public, and we are really looking forward to it,” she adds.
    Learn more about Collar Up Shirts at You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook
    Founded almost 10 years ago, FENNOfashion is the brainchild of Founder Megan Fenno. This accessory line is completely designed and handmade by Fenno herself.
    Fenno was inspired to launch her own business from a desire to connect people through accessories. She says she enjoys creating accessories and helping clients design their custom orders. 
    “The last custom project was taking two family heirloom pearl sets and turning them into four statement necklaces – turning them into pieces that can be worn on more than just special occasions,” she says. 
    Fenno, who has been designing and creating accessories since was in high school, attended the Savannah College of Art & Design with a degree in fashion and accessory design. From there, she was able to combine her dream of running a business with her love for accessories through FENNOfashion.
    Fenno says that she will be bringing a mix of handmade vintage-inspired jewelry, statement necklaces, a variety of earrings, and, new this year, trinket necklaces, which are small necklaces made with reclaimed vintage pieces that are perfect for layering. “There’s really something for everyone, and at great price points,” she adds.
    Fenno has participating in the Seasonably Chic Showcase for the last six years, and this year will mark her seventh year attending. Since she’s been around a while, she says that she’s looking forward to visiting with returning customers but also making friends with new ones!
    Check out FENNOfashion at or on Instagram
    In addition to these businesses, there will also be several others participating in this year’s Seasonably Chic Showcase. They include:
    This weekend’s Seasonably Chic Showcase is free when you bring a canned good for the Freestore Foodbank. To learn more or RSVP, visit 

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      Find great gifts for kids, pets, family (and yourself!) with chocolates, teas, paintings, crafts, beauty products, shoes, accessories and clothing -- from upcycled to couture -- at Cincy Chic’s biggest shopping event of the year this Saturday with two floors of pop-up shops, free gift wrapping, swag bag and giveaways! Lace up your shopping shoes and read on for all the shop-till-you-drop details!


      If you like shopping local, getting freebies, and helping out a good cause in the process, make sure you put Cincy Chic’s annual Seasonably Chic Showcase – happening 10 am to 2 pm this Saturday – on your calendar.

      The Phoenix downtown will be jam-packed for the event, which will feature 45 pop-up shops of local businesses, a fashion show, brunch ’n’ learn, free gift wrapping and $3,000 in prizes given away to lucky attendees at the event. With more variety and vendors than ever this year — our sixth annual event! — we’re giving you a sneak peek of some of the most unique businesses you’ll find there. Enjoy reading more about them and click here to RSVP for the event!

      Ricka’ Berry with jayne kellie
      Ricka’ Berry with jayne kellie

      jayne kellie
      Ricka’ Berry with jayne kellie will be introducing Cincy Chic’ers to her fashion-forward business on Saturday. According to Berry, jayne kellie is an online boutique that offers clothing and accessories as well as a fashion, style and lifestyle blog. “It’s our mission to bring women clothing that is chic, casual and sometimes a little sexy,” explains Berry. “Our pieces blend with your style and your budget. We call it the ‘stylemix.’”

      Through jayne kellie you’ll find exclusive pieces to mix into your wardrobe as well as style and lifestyle tips. Also available through jayne kellie are personal styling, shopping and e-styling services.

      Berry is the owner, chief stylist and creative director behind jayne kellie and found her inspiration from her love of all things stylish. “I genuinely believe that style is truly a lifestyle,” she explains. “It is more than what you wear. Style is confidence, attitude, compassion, sense of humor and the way you live and love your life.”

      Growing up, Berry spent weekends at antique shops, yard sales and vintage stores, so a love of style runs in the family. “I was taught how to create a style that was unique as well as affordable and to always be kind and encourage others,” she says. “I was inspired to bring others a simple, chic lifestyle.”

      For the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Berry says she’ll be bringing jackets, dresses, blouses and sweaters in some of fall’s best colors. The items available from jayne kellie will make you feel stylish and chic, Berry says. “Whether it’s a family function, date night or holiday party, we have something that will be perfect,” she adds.

      To learn more about jayne kellie, click here. You can also follow along on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

      Purposeful Painting artists co-creating at a recent Cincy Chic event
      Purposeful Painting artists co-creating at a recent Cincy Chic event

      Purposeful Painting
      Purposeful Painting is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that – through group art sessions called “co-creating” – helps the working woman who makes too much money to qualify for assistance but is still struggling to get by.

      “If she encounters an unexpected expense, such as car repairs or high utility bills, it could be devastating to her budget,” says Founder Mari Knight. “We offer her a small amount of money to lessen her stress and ease her worries.”

      In the two years since Purposeful Painting launched, Knight says they’ve given away a little more than $25,000. Knight says the inspiration for Purposeful Painting was the ability to give back to the women she used to be able to relate to so well.

      The men and women behind Purposeful Painting raise money for the cause through their paintings, whether they be canvas paintings or events where they bring the paintings. As for the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Knight says they will be bringing ornaments for customers to paint themselves. “We’ll also have other paintings for sale and coupons for Co-Creation Artworks classes,” she adds.

      If you’re looking for a good holiday gift item while you’re shopping around, Knight says the Co-Creation Artworks classes can be purchased at half price, $25 for individuals or a private group class for $250.

      Amy Elberfeld Independent Founding Fashion Stylist - Ava Gray Direct from NY
      Amy Elberfeld Independent Founding Fashion Stylist – Ava Gray Direct from NY

      To learn more about Purposeful Painting, click here. You can also like them on Facebook.

      Amy Elberfeld Independent Founding Fashion Stylist – Ava Gray Direct from NY
      Amy Elberfeld with Ava Gray Direct from NY spent 20 years as a dental hygienist before she decided it was time to retire. “I asked myself, ‘What do I do now?’” She explains. “The answer was direct sales. I had always wanted to work in a boutique but I did not want to work retail hours that often included every weekend and holidays.”

      Ava Gray will have clothing and accessories - such as this popular faux fur infinity scarf - on all the live models at the event
      Ava Gray will have clothing and accessories – such as this popular faux fur infinity scarf – on the live models at the event

      Today, Elberfeld is living her dream and looking fashionable while doing so. She sells Ava Gray Direct from NY, which offers boutique-style fashions and accessories that are offered to women through personal appointments, girlfriend fashion shows with hostess rewards or online shopping.

      Elberfeld says her goal as a fashion stylist is to help women look and feel great no matter where their day and evening takes them. “I show women how to stretch her wardrobe dollars and function by creating different looks with Ava Gray fashions and accessories,” she says.

      Ava Gray handbag
      Ava Gray handbag

      Elberfeld will be at the event with accessories for cash and carry and some of the top selling clothing items from the fall/winter Ava Gray Direct fashion lines including the Draped Ponte Gray Jacket trimmed in black. She’ll also have clothing and accessories on all the live models, which will be showcased in the freeze modeling fashion show for the duration of the event.

      There are plenty of items from Ava Gray Direct that make great holiday gift items. Elberfeld says the top gift item is a soft faux fur wrap that can be worn in multiple ways for $44. Wristlets can be used alone or with a crossbody strap ($40-$44). Scarves ($26) can be purchased in plaid, polka dot, solids and zigzag patterns. The Hook Your Look jewelry by Zac and Ally and available through Ava Gray can be hooked to chains to create a necklace.

      To learn more about Ava Gray Direct from NY, click here. You can also find Elberfeld on Facebook.

      HaloMiner's light weight knit tunic and tassel necklace.
      HaloMiner’s light weight knit tunic and tassel necklace.

      HaloMiner is a Cincinnati-based, women-owned, environmentally responsible lifestyle brand that uses only repurposed materials. “Using components like salvage clothing and textile samples, bolt remnants and recycled aluminum, we’ve created a manufacturing process that’s efficient and sustainable,” explains HaloMiner Co-Founder Nicole Reblando. “Our innovative designs are conceived in-house and handmade by a small team of skilled craftspeople in the United States; everything is ethically produced, so you can feel good about what you buy from us.”

      Reblando says the mission of HaloMiner is to create a collection that’s one-of-a-kind while using unique materials.

      Halominer also makes great home decor items

      Reblando and her business partner Pam Fellerhoff founded HaloMiner in late 2010 after wanting to do whatever it takes to help minimize waste. “We even use recycled paper for hangtags and refashion vintage maps into envelopes for packaging,” says Fellerhoff. “We put thought and care into every step of production so that each HaloMiner piece makes a big impact in the right places: On your wardrobe and in your home, not on the Earth.”

      As for the event this Saturday, HaloMiner will be there with a selection of gift items such as seasonal pillows, small accessories and their original purse and cape designs. Reblando says the pillows made by the team at HaloMiner are a great addition for any decor and the clothing is a perfect one-size-fits-all gift for the discerning fashion and eco-conscious woman.

      Fellerhoff says that HaloMiner also offers classes, workshops and parties throughout the year. “We love to share our passion and creativity and believe collaboration enhances results, which is why we also welcome custom projects,” she says. To find out more about where you can buy HaloMiner products in local stores, click here.

      To learn more about HaloMiner, visit You can also like them on Facebook or follow along on Instagram and Twitter.

      Cincinnati-based Kate Paynter, who owns the local franchises for both Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child
      Cincinnati-based Kate Paynter, who owns the local franchises for both Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child

      Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child
      Specializing in fab finds and designer duds with some previous experience, Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child will have great pop-up shops at the event.

      Clothes Mentor is a women’s resale store that buys and sells gently used, current style apparel and accessories for women sizes 0-26 as well as maternity. Once Upon A Child is a children’s resale store that buys and sells gently used kids clothes, shoes, toys, gear and furniture.

      “Unlike consignment shops, we pay cash on the spot for the items you and/or your children are no longer wearing,” says Cincinnati-based Kate Paynter, who owns the local franchises for both Clothes Mentor and Once Upon A Child.

      At the Seasonably Chic Showcase, Paynter says they will be featuring women’s infinity scarves, leggings, jewelry and children’s tutus and hair bows. Prices for the items from these resale shops are affordable, with scarves running from $5.99 to $9.99, leggings at $6.99 and jewelry from $5 to $10.

      Products from these shops are trendy, Paynter says, so you won’t be missing out on the latest styles while getting great deals. You can find Clothes Mentor stores in Hyde Park, West Chester, Fields Ertel and Anderson. There are Once Upon A Child locations in Hyde Park, West Chester, Fields Ertel, Anderson, Colerain and Western Hills.

      To learn more about Clothes Mentor, click here. You can learn more about Once Upon A Child by clicking here.

      Don’t forget to click here to RSVP for Saturday’s Seasonably Chic Showcase. The event is from 10am-2pm at the Phoenix downtown. Parking is available next door for $2. The event and venue is child/stroller-friendly. All attendees will receive free entry, swag bag, and gift wrapping with the donation of one canned good for the FreeStore FoodBank. Click here to see the full list of local businesses and vendors that will be featured at the event! Watch a highlight reel of last year’s event below!

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      Dear Magnificent Ones,


      A student once asked the Buddha, “Are you a god, a wizard, or are you a man?” After much pause, The Buddha merely replied, “I am awake.”


      We get so mixed up with what our lives are for. We keep wondering why nothing makes us happy. We get the job we thought we wanted or that amazing car that looked so cool. We followed the rules, bought the house, had the kids, took care of the parents, called friends on Sundays, fed the dog. What we didn’t realize was that we believed that by doing these “things” we would be given a certain amount of good feeling or happiness in return. Where if we don’t betray some outside standard or measuring stick, we will, in return, get something back, a sort of trade.


      Many times these things were not what we wanted to do nor did we feel right doing them. We were living a double life, where we are doing things each day but felt torn by our inner callings. We kept thinking that we are missing out on something.


      Guess what? We were. We were missing out on our authentic selves.


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      After all, we’re not going to go into the family business because we’re passionate about it or buying toaster strudels because all the good moms should. You think YOU have to. It’s an unspoken agreement you decided to swallow and incorporate as your own. Otherwise, you would be painting in Tuscany right now!


      Does anyone come to your mind? Perhaps there is a friend, a sister or an old flame, who you are trying to impress for reasons you may not be aware of. You may be buying that purse to “prove” that you are successful, finally worthy of their acceptance or better off now without them. Are these standards going to make you feel like you are “somebody” now?


      Many of us live out another person’s version of what our life should be, ignoring the promptings of our own inner voice in the process. It’s no surprise then that life can seem to be one depressing day after the next, prompting more people than ever to complain that they are not happy, feeling out of touch and disillusioned. This is a sign that they are right. It’s a wake up call, that in fact, things aren’t right. But You can make a change that will change the projectory of your life forever.


      My magnificent friends, we are up against ourselves once again. The only person keeping score is you. Let me repeat this: You are the only one taking score. No one can force you to do what you don’t want to do. All of those people who you think are judging you are just doing their best with the same information that you have.


      Your job is to be you. Wonderfully, amazingly, unapologetically YOU. What does that look and feel like? What do you want out of life? Where do you want to be?


      Following everyone’s imposed standards without questioning them is like being spoon-fed ideas that you incorporate as you without questioning them. It’s time to figure out what makes you YOU. That’s what we’ve been waiting for! Why?


      When we try to please others and not betray them, we actually betray ourselves in the process. This is the ultimate betrayal.


      Perhaps it is time to give up the unrealistic expectations that forever keep us on the hamster wheel of life, trying to please others and never disappoint anyone.


      By continually conforming to these unrealistic rules and standards, we are missing out on the very life that makes us unique. We are missing out on the opportunity to spend the time and effort needed to awaken to who we really are.


      Instead, we long for moments of clarity, conviction or fearlessness, seeing them in others who know who they are and who are not afraid to Be themselves. These people have boundaries that respect others but ultimately respect themselves more. They are in touch with what they want out of life and seem to know how to get there. They are not afraid to be labeled by others because they know who they are. After all, labels are just that: labels.


      When you feel that the only way to be considered nice is to remember the boss’ birthday or cook dinner every night, ask yourself if the opposite is true. Do you only consider others nice if they remember to call you on your birthday? It’s time to stop these outrageously unrealistic standards that we put on others and ourselves in order to be seen as nice, worthy, or real.


      Don’t misunderstand me, this is not a call to end all good thoughts and deeds. It’s just that when they are forced upon us, then they aren’t right. And they certainly don’t come from the goodness of your heart.


      If you feel that you have to DO in order to be considered real, then it’s not authentic and will keep you in bondage forever. These actions are outside of you and will always be an unrealistic standard that you will constantly be trying to meet. And once you do, it’ll be replaced with yet another task. This causes great suffering. And, what’s worse, it goes on every day.


      When you finally re-discover who you are and what you want, there is a conviction and an honoring of your truth. And anything that goes against that just feels wrong. It actually becomes easier to say no, to honor those around you with the part of you that wants to be there and wants to be part of something. When you participate in life in this new way, others know you are there by choice, not by obligation.


      Chances are you are conforming to what you think you must do in life and chances are you have some dreams you want to live out. The path you choose is your choice.


      When the only requirement of life is for you to BE as you are, only then can you achieve an authentic presence, for you will want to do it with all your heart


      Your only job is to become awake and aware like never before. It is, after all, what we are here for. It’s what time was created for.


      I assure you, you are the only one able to deem yourself real. When you believe it, the world will too. Live your life inside out because whatever is going on inside will ultimately spill out and reflect on the outside. So spend your precious time getting to know your own standards.


      Most people will spend their lives as human doings not human beings, which is what we were designed for. Wake up. Become aware of your surroundings and ask yourself: Do the people, places, and things that fill your life reflect who you are?


      Be honest with your answer and listen to what your heart says. Act out your inner promptings, honoring the voice within. Feel your fear and realize that you can’t mess this up. Even if you get on the wrong plane, forgot to call your sister, buy the wrong cereal, or burn the toast, at the end of the day it makes no difference. You can always choose what you require for your happiness. You will figure it out. You always do.


      You are enough just how you are. Read that sentence again: You are enough, exactly how you are.


      It’s up to YOU to realize what you’re up against. You were up against yourself, you were the one keeping score.


      Are you ready to stop? Becoming Awake and Aware of your life will only require one thing… BE apart of it. That’s what the worlds been waiting for! A happy, thriving, functional You.


      Are you ready?

      Jennifer Annenberg

      As you take each step I will be there reminding you of your Magnificence, and I will continue to do so, until you are able to see it in yourself. © Copyright. Jennifer Annenberg Productions. 2013. All Rights Reserved. This publication may not be reproduced under any circumstances without the written consent of Jennifer Annenberg.


      Join the discussion and please connect by commenting below. Your journey helps others! Can’t wait to hear from you!