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    A new season is upon us and this local beauty studio is helping you enhance your natural beauty and give you a fresh glow.

    A new season is on the horizon and as the winter blues begin to melt away, there’s a non-toxic, organic skincare option for you to get a summer glow. 

    Organic Glow Skincare and Spa is located in Cincinnati and aims to offer its clients a relaxing, unforgettable experience.

    “Organic Glow was created with a specific ideology in mind: high-quality products, transparency, and a relaxing, welcoming environment,” explains Owner Abalene Waterman. “I want everyone who comes into my space to feel welcome and comfortable. In addition to my services, I provide an open line of communication for clients to ask any and all questions.”

    Abalene Waterman, Founder of Organic Glow Cincy

    Waterman says that Organic Glow is unique in that it offers a welcoming atmosphere so that clients can feel at ease. “I provide services with personalized treatments, high-quality products, and the utmost professionalism.” 

    Guests to Organic Glow will find a variety of services available. These services include facials, CBD treatments, nail services, full body waxing, spray tans, and lash lifts.

    And with wedding season just around the corner, brides-to-be can visit Organic Glow for their beauty and skincare needs before the big day. Waterman says that a spray tan and facial is the perfect addition to a bride’s big day to enhance their natural beauty. 

    Waterman says that she’s currently working with other local companies on collaborations to bring new services to Organic Glow. 

    To learn more about Organic Glow, you can visit https://www.organicglowcincy.com. You can also stay up-to-date on Facebook and Instagram.

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      Grab the gals and head out to support local charities by drinking wine virtually and in-person. 

      The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is back in 2021 for its 30th event.

      Back in 1991, the Cincinnati International Wine Festival held its first event. Since then, the nonprofit organization has been giving back one glass at a time by raising funds for local charities. 

      Also known as the Cincy Wine Fest, the events are an annual celebration of the wine industry and features hundreds of wines from wineries across the globe. And, according to Kelly Weissmann, executive director of the Cincinnati International Wine Festival, the events benefit more than 30 arts, education, health, and human services charities in Greater Cincinnati. 

      The Cincinnati International Wine Festival aims to bring supporters and volunteers together to support the community. 

      “Giving back is truly at the heart of the wine festival’s mission,” says Weissmann. “A shared love of wine, food, and the Greater Cincinnati community has brought thousands of dedicated supporters and volunteers together over the past 30 years. They donate their time, talents, and treasures to ensure the success of festival events each year.”  

      The wineries themselves provide the wine for the events, as well as local distributors, who work to make the events memorable for attendees.  

      “This year is no different, even in the midst of a global pandemic,” she adds. “The wine industry is a caring one! These events would not be possible without their continued support.”

      Last year’s event was cancelled due to COVID-19, but the organization is looking forward to seeing patrons in-person in 2021. While the wine festival’s events are typically held in March, this year, most of the in-person events have been pushed back to September and October 2021. 

      However, the Cincy Wine Fest will continue their March tradition by inviting the community to celebrate virtually in support of the more than 30 local charities through a brand new virtual Cincy Wine Fest @ Home experience March 18. 

      “This innovative and elevated virtual experience offers the community a fresh and safe way to celebrate and enjoy wine from around the world from the comfort and safety of their homes,” adds Weissmann. “This innovative concept is unlike any other, offering guests a complete, personalized wine tasting experience from the comfort of their homes.” 

      Tickets for the event include three bottles of wine, packaged in a convenient and personalized “party kit” for two.  

      A limited number of these virtual tickets at a variety of price points for the March 18 virtual event will go on sale March 1 and end March 14. 

      Weissmann says the event will feature an interactive and entertaining virtual wine tasting via Zoom, hosted by a surprise wine expert alongside dozens of Wine Fest @ Home guests. The program will also include cocktail mixology, cheese and wine pairing demos, a Q&A session, and more, including time for virtual socializing. 

      The organization is trying to make the at-home event as close to the in-person event as they can. Those who want to participate can choose options for every taste and budget, with prices ranging from $75 to $295.  

      Every ticket purchased equals one “party kit,” which serves two people. The selection of wine will vary based on the kit and ticket level, and guests will be randomly paired into rooms with one or 18 different wine experts. 

      Most of the Cincy Wine Fest @ Home ticket options include three types of wine, custom keepsake GoVino shatterproof wine glasses, a large, wine festival exclusive reusable tote bag, a corkscrew, cocktail kit, cheese, and hors d’oeuvres and dessert or hearty appetizers by the bite, in addition to several surprise goodies to enhance the evening and beyond. 

      Weissmann says tickets are limited for the March 18 Cincy Wine Fest @ Home experience and can be purchased at www.winefestival.com.   

      The dates of other events for the Cincinnati International Wine Festival are: 

      • August 23 – Russ Wiles Memorial Golf Tournament | TPC River’s Bend 
      • September 30 – Winery Dinner Sale | Upscale restaurants across the city 
      • October 1-2 – 30th annual Cincinnati International Wine Festival | Duke Energy Convention Center 
      • October 2 – Charity Auction and Luncheon | Hilton Netherland Plaza 

      On sale dates for the remaining 2021 events are to be determined and COVID-19 protocols will be enforced at all in-person events. 

      Proceeds from all events benefit the Cincinnati International Wine Festival’s more than 30 local charity partners. Since it started back in 1991, the nonprofit has donated more than $6 million to those charities. 

      To learn more about the Cincinnati International Wine Festival or to purchase tickets, visit www.winefestival.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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        Ready, set, run! The Flying Pig Marathon is back in 2021 with new perks, safety protocols, and the same supportive community. 

        The Flying Pig Marathon is a Cincinnati tradition entering its 23rd year.

        After a bleak 2020, we’re all look forward to a much brighter 2021. As we continue to navigate the pandemic and hopefully return to “normal,” the question of in-person races is at the forefront of many people’s thoughts, especially in a city so dedicated to its marathons and 5Ks.

        The Flying Pig Marathon is an annual tradition that was moved to virtual in 2020 due to COVID-19, as were many other local traditions that brought the community together. 

        This year, despite the challenges the last year has presented, will be the 23rd running of the Flying Pig Marathon. The race and weekend festivities are powered by P&G and are part of the Pig Works family of events in the area, including the Queen Bee Half and Medpace 4-Miler, TQL Beer Series, and FCC3 in partnership with FC Cincinnati.  

        According to Iris Simpson Bush, CEO of Pig Works, the inspiration for the Flying Pig Marathon was to give local runners a hometown marathon they could participate in rather than travel to another city. 

        “The inspiration for the name was the ‘flying pig’ unofficial mascot that the city of Cincinnati adopted during the 1988 Bicentennial,” explains Bush. 

        For this year’s event, you can expect firm rules for participants to help keep everyone safe. 

        “Protocols for running events are strict when it comes to safety, and local regulations are just as strict, if not more so,” says Bush. “We are in constant contact with our local and state government officials, as well as other marathons, to follow best practices in sanitation, social distancing, etc. The situation changes weekly, if not daily, so we continue to update our own health template in the weeks leading up to the marathon.” 

        Those who plan on participating in this year’s event can expect a continued first-class experience. “Our main goal is to keep lines of communication open and keep participants updated regularly on any local and state regulations that may affect our planning,” says Bush. 

        The Flying Pig Marathon has been around for more than two decades now, and yet the event continues to adapt and remain unique. 

        What Bush says make the marathon unique is its runner amenities, including swag and medals, volunteer interaction, and crowd support from the “Street Squealers.” 

        “Last year’s virtual event changed the dynamic of our event, but not the heart and soul of it, as we continue to be humbled and amazed by the support of those who have been with our event for years – some, like our ‘Streakers,’ who have run all 22 marathons, have been with us from the beginning,” she says.  

        Coming back after a pandemic doesn’t just mean rebuilding, either. It can also mean new opportunities, something Bush and the team behind the Flying Pig have decided to embrace. 

        “We’re excited to introduce a new opportunity for our most dedicated and loyal fans – Pig Works Lifetime Memberships,” she says. “This tiered program offers a lifetime of race registrations for a one-time fee. Sign up once, and never pay to register again. Whether you want registrations for just the Flying Pig events or every event under the Pig Works banner, you pay one price and you’re signed up for life!” 

        You can sign up for the Pig Works Lifetime Membership at pigworks.org/life

        To learn more about the Flying Pig Marathon, visit flyingpigmarathon.com. There you can sign up for the event and early registrants will have the first chance at moving their entry from virtual to in-person, as circumstances allow.  

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          Spread the love to furry friends this Valentine’s Day by shopping at a nonprofit boutique that supports  a local animal shelter.

          You To The Rescue is a donation-based, upscale resale boutique that supports the Animal Adoption Foundation.

          It’s not an exaggeration to say that Amy Miller is an animal lover. She’s been active in animal welfare since she bought her first Great Dane puppy almost 20 years ago from a breeder.  

          “When Manny needed a friend, I turned my sights to rescue and the rest was history,” she says. “Five Great Danes later, over 500 fosters and six cats, I was committed.” 

          Today she is the founder behind You To The Rescue, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donation-based, upscale resale boutique. 

          “We rehome unwanted men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, accessories, home goods, pet items, and small furniture to benefit the Animal Adoption Foundation, a no-kill animal shelter in the Cincinnati Tri-State,” says Miller. 

          At You To The Rescue, you’ll be greeted by Stella as soon as you walk through the door. She’s what Miller calls a shop dog extraordinaire.  

          “No bones about it, she is an attention-seeking hound, actually a lab-pittie mix that most of our frequent shoppers ask for by name,” she says. “She loves supporters of You To The Rescue and lets them know that it’s OK to shop!”  

          When you spend money at You To The Rescue, you are not only finding treasures for yourself and your pets, but you’re donating to a great cause.  

          “Your purchase makes a difference in the lives of the animals in our community,” says Miller. 

          When you spend $10 you provide a microchip for a shelter animal, $45 enables a dog to receive life-saving vaccinations, and $65 can spay or neuter a shelter pet.  

          While shoppers are offering financial support, the nonprofit also utilizes the hands-on help of the community to follow through on their mission. 

          “Being a nonprofit we rely heavily on volunteers,” says Miller. “At times it gets quite hairy and we could use additional paws for processing donations, steaming clothing, tagging, and restocking inventory. Volunteer with us to help them.” 

          While the main focus at You To The Rescue is to raise funds for the Animal Adoption Foundation, they also give support to highlighting current adoptable pets in the shop and hope to hold awareness and adoption events in the future. 

          Miller says to keep an eye out for spring finds at the store, as well as an upcoming Bag Sale around Valentine’s Day. The sale gives shoppers the opportunity to stuff a bag with clothing for $10. 

          You To The Rescue is located at 9510 Montgomery Road in Cincinnati. The store is open Monday through Friday from 11am-6pm and Saturday from 11am-3pm.  

          To learn more about You To The Rescue, visit their website. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram. 

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            The journey to motherhood is full of twists and turns. Read how one local transformative life coach is helping you stay true to yourself along the way.

            If you’re a mother or have given birth to a child, then you know the transformation you undergo during this journey to motherhood.

            Mindy Schlechter knows this journey, too, and her awareness of the need for integrative services for women during and after childbirth inspired her to launch Effloresce Coaching. 

            “Effloresce Coaching offers heart-led, empowered coaching to women who are learning to hold the same nourishing space for themselves that they provide for others,” she explains. “I understand that pregnancy, birth, and early mothering years are deeply transformative experiences, which often shift a woman’s identity and create a need for self-discovery and soul growth.” 

            That is why she draws on her own experiences and expertise to co-create and collaborate with clients to establish an atmosphere in which they feel “held” while navigating their personal rebirthing within the “Mothering” stage of life. 

            “Women who are drawn to this unique style of coaching are often seeking a deeper relationship to their own intuitive wisdom, increased alignment of their values, and purposeful work, and exploring outdated mindsets and lifestyle choices, which might be holding them back,” says Schlechter. “Effloresce offers women the opportunity to access their own innate wisdom and use it to restore balance, confidence, strength, happiness, and purpose in their lives.” 

            Schlechter has a background in health and wellness, and is a certified Life Coach, Neuro Linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner, and hypnotherapist, and holds a specialized designation for Prenatal Youth within Yoga Alliance’s teaching credentialing program.

            There are a variety of coaching services available from Effloresce Coaching. 

            “Effloresce offers individualized, 1:1 coaching services, both in-person and remotely,” says Schlechter. “Clients are initially offered the space to tell their story and discover what it’s like to expand and take up space for themselves as they discover the changes they want to make (something I describe as a ‘Soul Holding’ session on my list of offerings). They learn to identify areas of their life which are inviting change (i.e., connecting body and mind, lifestyle choices, partnerships, habits, disconnection from intuition, boundaries, cultivating a meditation or mindfulness practice within motherhood, or understanding self-care priorities), and begin to build a toolbox of resources and strategies to grow these areas.” 

            Mindy Schlechter, Founder of Effloresce Coaching

            There’s also the signature Effloresce Journey, as it’s named on my website, which is a collaborative approach that teaches women to break through their limitations to uncover direction and clarity for that “what’s next” question within their feminine journey. 

            “I intuitively draw from my expertise in understanding how women’s minds work and apply techniques such as NLP, hypnosis and mindfulness to help my clients achieve a higher quality of aligned living over several months of working together,” says Schlechter. “Client goals are specific and individualized, but my clients express having an increased experience of confidence, strength, relaxation, balance, happiness, embodiment, and purpose.” 

            Those who are interested in Effloresce Coaching can utilize her complimentary Alignment session, where you can decide whether transformational coaching is right for you. Additionally, Schlechter offers workshops and presentations on mindfulness in mothering and beyond. 

            Schlechter says that what makes Effloresce Coaching unique is its integrated approach with clients, Schlechter’s background in understanding women’s thoughts, emotions, and their lived experiences and challenges, and the way in which she is able to apply her knowledge and techniques.

            “My method is an integrative approach woven from cognitive techniques, hypnosis, mindfulness, somatic movement/yoga, and a holistic focus on empowering women to lead a more intuitive and mindful lifestyle,” she adds.

            Effloresce Coaching will be expanding its horizons in 2021. According to Schlechter, Effloresce Coaching is partnering with local businesses to bring upcoming workshops, speaking engagements, and more. 

            “A group coaching environment is being planned for spring and I am completing my Ayurvedic Health Coach coursework this year with Katie Silcox of Shakti School, a feminine form ayurvedic medicine expert,” she says. 

            Schlechter says she will continue to offer prenatal yoga through Embra and is hoping to roll out a Yoga for Fertility class this year. 

            To learn more, visit www.effloresce.net. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook. To contact Schlechter directly, send her an email at mindy@effloresce.net.  

            Expectant mamas are invited to join her on their yoga mats any given Sunday from 10-11:15 a.m. at Embra Studios. “I thoroughly enjoy introducing women to the powerful effects of yoga through pregnancy and beyond,” she adds.  

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              A small shop in the heart of an antique-loving city is booming. Click here to read more about their unique twist.

              Husband and wife team Jona and Adam Powell are continually evolving. The duo started off watching YouTube videos on how to do graphic design and printing their own shorts. 

              “We tried many different methods before settling on DTG printing,” says Powell. “We sold mostly at festivals and craft shows, before taking the leap to owning our own shop.” 

              Today, they are the owners behind Buckeye Charm, a quaint shop in Waynesville that wants to be your favorite “hang out” spot. 

              “We have been to many shops in Nashville, Austin, and Sedona that had really cool, fun vibes, and we thought that we could do our own Ohio version,” she says. “That’s why we bought an old church built in 1877 and have really poured out heart and souls into transforming it into Buckeye Charm.”

              Powell says that although we don’t realize it, as we live our lives we are adding to our stories. 

              “Life is so short, I want to make sure that I add as much to my story as possible,” she says. “But, I have found a way to connect and hopefully be a positive person in our community through our shop, and that has definitely helped fill that void of working in hospice.”

              Jona Powell and her family.

              Buckeye Charm is located in Waynesville, known as the “Antiques Capital of the Midwest.” The location, according to Powell, allows the store to be even more unique in its offerings and incorporate vintage, repurposes, and new trends all in one space. The store also carries more than 20 local and handmade vendors in the shop.

              The upcycled flannels and graphic tees available are some of the most popular items in the shop, as they incorporate the couple’s love for classic country music. In fact, Powell says some customers have traveled from hours away just to purchase the flannels. 

              Overall, though, Powell loves the approach the store takes in being a little bit of everything.

              “We are a little bit country, a little bit boho, and a little bit of vintage soul,” she says. “We have a vintage ‘46 Dode truck as the centerpiece of our shop. We have added to our own shirts that we print and have evolved into a trendy boutique.”

              The growth Buckeye Charm has seen means that they had to close their Etsy shop to build their very own website, which Powell says will be going live soon, to keep up with the love customers have for shopping there.

              You can keep up with Buckeye Charm on social media via Facebook and Instagram. There is a “Coffee with Jona” live video every Wednesday at 10:30am, where Powell has coffee with followers and talks about what is new to the shop and a weekly giveaway. 

              “That’s my little way to feel like I am brightening someone’s day,” she adds. 

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                After beating cancer, this local entrepreneur turned to launching a business that offers safe, toxin-free candles for your home. Click here to read more!

                Cancer is a hard word to hear. A doctor telling you that you have cancer is even harder. 

                Hearing those words, though, was a reality for Elizabeth Howard, the owner and creator of Urban Burn Candle Co.

                “Urban Burn Candle Co. was inspired by my journey with cancer in my teenage years,” she explains. “Although it’s uncertain what caused my cancer, my oncologist believed it was bought out by something in the environment. I’m blessed to have overcome the cancer and vowed to make a promise to myself that I would do my best in the future to rid my body of toxins and try my best to live a healthy lifestyle.” 

                In founding Urban Burn Candle Co. in the spring of 2020, Howarth offers an all-natural candle company focused on using high-quality, natural ingredients that don’t compromise air quality or your health.

                Howarth recalls that even when she was young, she had a love for candles. “Candles, for me, symbolize celebration, signify romance, soothe the senses, define ceremony, and accent the style of home decors,” she says. “They create such a lovely ambiance that simply cannot be replicated and create the perfect atmosphere to induce calm and a sense of well-being.”

                However, while she has a love for candles, Howarth acknowledges that there are many dangerous chemicals that are not only bad for our health but also the world around ust. And with a connection to cancer due to the environment, Howard says that she wanted to create a brand of candles that were ethically made with high-quality ingredients with not only your health in but but also the environment.

                Products from Urban Burn Candle Co. include all natural candles using an all-natural vegan coconut soy wax blend and all-natural soy wax melts. “The candles and wax melts are made with absolutely no artificial additives, dyes – no nonsense,” says Howarth. “We use only the highest quality fragrance oils that are phthalate-free. When you’re burning or candles and wax melts, that peace of mind is yours.”

                At Urban Burn Candle Co. you’ll find that it’s all about offering something that Howarth really believed the city needed. 

                “I experimented with many waxes but settled on a coconut soy wax blend,” she says. “This was unique to me as I never knew or heard much about coconut wax. I’ve learned that it is usually overlooked by the candle industry as it is more expensive than other waxes. The coconut soy wax blend I chose is gluten free, toxin free, paraben free, phthalate free, and comes from renewable sources. Coconut soy wax burns the cleanest and slowest and has an excellent scent throw.”

                Howarth is looking forward to the future of Urban Burn Candle Co. and is always experimenting with new scents. Holiday collections will be released throughout 2021 and a Valentine’s Day collection is launching soon.

                To learn more about Urban Burn Candle Co. visit their Etsy shop. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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                  This year, we’re celebrating all the things and this local and woman-owned business helps us do just that. Read on to learn about this fab collection of stationery, branding, and goods that celebrate your passions with creativity. 

                  The new year is something to celebrate and The Marigold Collective wants you to celebrate every little one of life’s precious moments. 

                  Taylor Speed, the founder behind The Marigold Collective, launched a collection of stationery, branding, and goods that celebrate your passions with creativity. 

                  “In other words, we’re a design studio focused on producing stationery and design, branding design, and fun home goods that are unique for how they tell the story of our clients,” she says.

                  Speed says the inspiration behind her business comes from the marigold flower. 

                  Taylor Speed, Founder of The Marigold Collective

                  “Representing passion and creativity, it speaks so clearly to what we do,” she explains. “All of the people involved in this process are passionate about something – whether it be the client, passionate about their love and wanting to invite people to celebrate it, or our printers, so passionate about producing a beautiful paper product that they’ll text you personally about making it right. Any part of the process you look at, you’ll find someone excited about what they’re doing.” 

                  Speed says that at The Marigold Collective, they’re focused on celebrating those passions by using creativity to produce a product that tells that story beautifully.

                  When you shop The Marigold Collective, you’ll find stationer and signage design as well as three pre-designed wedding stationery suites that are sorted in tiers with slightly different styles and according to price/how in-depth you’d like your wedding details to be. 

                  “We offer two branding packages – again, based on price and how in-depth you need to be with your branding needs,” says Speed. 

                  Also offered at The Marigold Collective, is the Goods collection. “At the moment it consists of three goods: a tote, keychain, and print pack,” says Speed. “We’ll be expanding and changing this each season and can’t wait to roll out what we have in store for the spring.” 

                  Speed says that what makes The Marigold Collective unique is how they design with the client’s intentions in mind. “Our mission isn’t to mass-produce the trendiest product – it’s to produce something truly unique to each client with the intention to tell their story in style,” she adds. “Clients can expect a high standard of style for every design with a focus on capturing their individual style.”

                  Speed says there’s a lot to look forward to in 2021. She says she’s excited to expand business and get The MArigold Collective name out there. “I’m excited for the projects coming and the fun things we’re going to create with 2021 and people’s expanding styles,” she adds.

                  To learn more about The Marigold Collective, visit marigold-collective.com. You can also follow on Facebook and Instagram or send an email to hello@marigold-collective.com. 

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                    Resolutions to get healthy are going deeper this year. See how a quickly growing mental health focused practice is helping others understand their story, find their purpose, and improve interactions with themselves and others to brighten the future ahead.

                     

                    Mental health care is health care. In an often stigmatized field, Rivertown Wellness wants to provide its clients with the highest quality professional counseling and consulting services to individuals, families, and groups so they can achieve enjoyable, productive, and healthy lives.

                    “We specialize in counseling and consulting services that are uniquely tailored to fit the needs of each client,” explains Rivertown Wellness Co-Founder Ann Marie Aponte. “With the goal of providing greater access to mental health care throughout the city, we consist of three sites in the Greater Cincinnati area: West Chester, Hyde Park, and College Hill.”

                    With a much greater focus on mental health services, the staff at Rivertown Wellness is rapidly expanding and now includes six licensed professional counselors, three licensed professional clinical counselors, one marriage and family therapist in training, and one Ph.D. psychologist. 

                    The inspiration for such a clinic in the Queen City is the team’s belief that change is possible and that it happens one life at a time. 

                    “When one person engages in the counseling process and begins to understand their story, their purpose, and healthier ways to interact with themself and others, it doesn’t only have a positive impact on them,” says Aponte. “There is a huge ripple effect. So when I sit with someone in my office I truly believe that the work we do has the power to change not only their life but the lives of their children and grandchildren.”

                    Rivertown Wellness also believes in emphasizing the idea that counseling is for everyone. “We believe everyone benefits from sharing their stories in a safe place and learning more about how they are wired and how they can be the best version of themselves,” she says. “This inspired us to create a counseling practice that feels welcoming to all and breaks down the stigma around mental health services.”

                    Aponte started Rivertown Wellness alongside Cody Hanson in 2016. 

                    Hanson says that his love for Cincinnati and a passion to promote wellness here was a big factor in taking a leap with Aponte to start Rivertown Wellness.

                    “I want Rivertown Wellness to be a place for people to find approachable counselors that offer quality services,” he says. “Both personally and professionally, I have the desire to discover meaning in suffering in order to make positive change. One of the tools I use to accomplish this is a personality typing system called the Ennegram, which gives powerful insight into why you do the things you do.”

                    When we are able to understand why we do the things we do, it’s easier to tear down the barriers that hold us back and heal. 

                    For Aponte, she says that a passion for counseling that started in college turned into a first-hand experience of just how counseling can be used to restore brokenness, renew hope, and rejuvenate lives.

                    “Now, I consider it a great privilege to join my clients on their transformational journeys,” she says. “My integrative approach is built on a trusting relationship formed between me and my client. This positive therapeutic relationship provides a safe place for clients to explore thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. In this environment, I partner with my clients to help them develop the insights and skills necessary to make positive changes in their lives.”

                    At Rivertown Wellness, Aponte says they do their best to provide quality mental health care for a wide spectrum of demographics and situations. There is individual, couples, and family counseling available for adults, adolescents, and children.

                    “Specifically, we have licensed professionals counselors and licensed professional clinical counselors that specialize in a variety of areas such as anxiety, depression, grief, premarital, OCD, trauma, and more,” says Aponte. “Some of our counselors hold special certifications in Gottman marriage counseling, EMDR therapy, and child play therapy as well. We also have a trained psychologist on staff who offers clinical interviews, testing, and diagnosis for clients. Lasty, due to higher-than-ever demand for mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, we offer video counseling through our secure online portal, Telehealth.”

                    Aponte says that what makes Rivertown Wellness unique is that their team of clinicians are people who understand what going to counseling themselves is like.

                    “I learned from my professional counselor parents that the best professional counselors are those who are willing to do their own counseling work,” she explains. “This allows them to know what it feels like to make that first call, to unpack their own story, to be vulnerable, to accept feedback, and to pursue healthy change. They taught me that to be able to truly enter into another person’s pain and suffering, you had to get in touch with your own.”

                    The team at Rivertown Wellness says they are looking forward to 2021. While much of the year was full of obstacles and other challenges, they are pleased with how the use of telehealth counseling increased last year and hope to continue to use and improve the platform in 2021 to make mental health services more accessible. 

                    Three new team members will also be joining in January with each one offering unique skill sets to help the group better serve their clients.

                    Aponte says that the new Rivertown Wellness office will open at the Hyde Park location this month. Additionally, they are introducing a blog where the team of clinicians will contribute educational and encouraging posts to equip readers with mental health tips. 

                    To learn more about Rivertown Wellness or for mental health tips, helpful articles and resources, and the latest practice updates, follow along on Instagram. You can also stay in touch on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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                      Have some high hopes for 2021? See how this professional development powerhouse started a movement to help women across the state expand their potential, make big connections and reach lofty goals.

                      Behind every successful woman is a group of women who are cheering her on. In an effort to provide women with a supportive and inspiring community of fellow leaders and entrepreneurs, The Diva Movement was created.

                      “The Diva Movement is a community of women leaders and entrepreneurs where we provide support, tools, and resources to help women grow as they are growing their business,” explains CEO and Founder Noni Banks. “We offer online personal and business development resources, networking, events, entrepreneur workshops, and opportunities for women to connect in our private Facebook group.”

                      Banks says that she was inspired to launch The Diva Movement off a quote by W.E.B. Dubois: “There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.”

                      “I was at a place in my life where I was tired of waking up every day and not being fulfilled,” explains Banks. “I was going through a divorce and I realized that I consistently placed my hopes and dreams on the back burner, while I pushed and [helped] build someone else’s dream.”

                      In an effort to help build the dreams of the women around her, Banks launched The Diva Movement, which serves hundreds of womens, entrepreneurs, and followers.

                      “What started as a book club with 15 people has now grown into an organization with hundreds of members,” adds Banks.

                      While 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, Banks says that she finds motivation and inspiration in her day-to-day life by focusing on her goals. 

                      “My purpose fuels my passion and keeps me motivated,” she says. “In order to have a clear vision for your life, you have to know your purpose. The two greatest days of your life is the day you were born and the day you find out why.”

                      Banks says that her “why” is directly tied to her purpose.  “When you tap into your why and your purpose, you become an unstoppable, purpose-driven force of positivity,” she adds.

                      Banks’ company and the events it hosts in addition to the products it creates and the services it provinces, are bigger than her, her dreams, and her goals.

                      “I get up everyday knowing that there are women out here that are struggling to grow their companies,” she says. “Having the ability to sow seeds into the lives of these women and into their businesses is what really keeps me going everyday.”

                      With a tumultuous year behind her, Banks is looking forward to her continued offerings in providing tools, support, products and services that women grow as they are growing their business.

                      “We are on a mission to help women grow and market their business with confidence,” she adds.

                      In the midst of the pandemic, Banks has changed some of her offerings so that she can continue to provide her services in a virtual manner. 

                      “We moved our Conversations and Connections to a virtual platform this year and we will continue to host livestream conversations with women entrepreneurs, influencers, and industry leaders from around the world,” she says.

                      One of those offerings is a Hustle & Grow Content Club. “The Hustle & Grow Content Club is a 12-week series for female entrepreneurs who want to improve your content, cashflow, and conversions,” says Banks. “This is a membership for entrepreneurs who want to build high-quality content and market your business with confidence.”

                      The membership for this club includes: weekly content strategy sessions, private Facebook group, exclusive digital products and content, monthly training and demos.  

                      Banks says that she and her business are looking forward to 2021, when they’ll be offering several new options for members.

                      These new offerings include a new website with updated product pages and easy, one-click shopping for the new digital products and services. The Hustle & Grow Digital Boutique is a new store that offers business and marketing solutions for entrepreneurs.

                      Also new are a variety of memberships that will help you increase your income, impact, and influence, according to Banks.

                      Other new offerings include easy-to-use graphics that are simple to customize templates that will help you create eye-catching social media posts to increase engagement, sales, and business growth. “Each month new products are added to the shop,” says Banks.

                      Business and marketing templates are available to help you take the guesswork out of creating a business and marketing plan by providing templates that will help you reach your social media and marketing goals.

                      Banks is planning on offering marketing and social media coaching to help entrepreneurs market their business with confidence. She says she plans to also offer one-time strategy sessions as well.

                      Additionally, be on the lookout for The Diva Movement to offer social media management services. “We help entrepreneurs manage their social media presence to effectively engage with the audience and get the maximum value from social media,” she says.

                      To learn more about The Diva Movement, visit https://www.thedivamovement.org/. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram. To contact Banks and The Diva Movement, call 614-259-7526 or email info@thedivamovement.org.

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