Where I Belong

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Well, hello there! You have no idea how excited I am to share these felicitations with you! It’s been a long time coming, but I do believe I am right where I belong. And the feeling is almost unexplainable.
If you had the opportunity to read “Sisters in the Entrepreneurial Spirit,” last month’s cover story featuring me and Michelle Taylor Willis, then you will understand my jubilation. But just in case you missed it, allow me to give you the short version. This is my second round at magazine publishing. Being here at South Fulton Lifestyle allows me to fulfill my life’s dream of extolling, encouraging and empowering others. It also comes at a time when the 25-year-old prediction given to me that South Fulton would grow into the burgeoning community that it is today has been surpassed; little did we know that we would be an actual city. How cool is that?!

Hope Is Not a Business Strategy

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As a consultant, I have had in-depth conversations with hundreds of business owners about their businesses. During these talks, I always ask, “What is the one thing that you need to get your business to the next level?” The most common answer is “more customers to increase sales,” which is a good answer. My next question is, “What is your plan to attract more customers to your business?” I often hear things like “We have been doing and , but we are not getting the results we want.” The inference is that despite unfavorable results, there isn’t a strong enough impetus to change their core strategy, but there is hope that things will change (eventually).

South Metro Development Outlook Spotlights 15 Years of Success

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In 15 years, South Metro has seen the opening of the second-largest convention center in the Georgia International Convention Center, the opening and expansion of the Google Data Center in Douglas County, a boom in the movie industry on the south side and the move of the headquarters of Porsche Cars North America to the Hapeville area. Those are just a few of the developments taking place in the South Metro area from 2003 to 2017. These and other highlights were spotlighted during the 15th Annual South Metro Development Outlook (SMDO) conference in February.

April 2017 Around Town

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Soccer? Tried it. Basketball? Check. Baseball? Done that. If your kids have tried a range of sports and still haven’t found one that piques their interest, perhaps you need to get them on track!
“On track” in this case means on a bicycle racing track, or a velodrome. East Point, south of Atlanta, is home to Dick Lane Velodome, where kids can participate in the Youth Cycling League.

Take a Road Trip to Visit the Biltmore Blooms and “Designed for Drama”

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George Vanderbilt’s home – Biltmore House – currently serves as the setting for Biltmore Estate’s latest costume exhibition, “Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics.” Award-winning costumes worn by actors Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Robert Downey Jr., Nicole Kidman, Dustin Hoffman and more are from recent films based on favorite books in Vanderbilt’s 22,000-volume collection. The exhibition runs through July 4, 2017.

#SoFu Citizen of the Month

#SoFu Citizen of the Month

There’s a lot to be said about George G. Andrews. Many people know him as the visionary leader of Capitol City Bank & Trust Company. As its founder, he also served as president and CEO for 22 years and as chair of Capitol City Bancshares, Inc.’s Capital Formation and Strategic Initiatives Committee. In these roles, Andrews fulfilled his life’s dream of meeting the needs of underserved communities by focusing on providing opportunities for small businesses to access capital for growth and development. Today, his territory has been enlarged tremendously as he oversees Business Development/Marketing for the Municipal Securities Division of City National Bank, a New Jersey-based full service commercial bank.

Top Doc Tobi Todd Wants You to Treat Your Feet

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Physician and surgeon Tobi Todd, M.D., recently shared a wealth of knowledge about foot care, a subject he knows a lot about. Specializing in the field of Podiatric Medicine since 2003, Todd is a seasoned podiatrist following in the footsteps of his father, Frazier B. Todd Sr., M.D. As early as age 14, Tobi knew he wanted to be like his father and change lives through foot health, so he set out on a path to do just that.

Spring (Fashion) Forward 

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Spring in the South is that delightfully short period of time when the Dogwoods are blooming and color abounds everywhere. Before the heat and humidity of summer sets in, spring is the time to get outdoors and show off the newest fashion trends.

Just a Touch—a Touch of Inspiration, That Is

Just a Touch—a Touch of Inspiration, That Is

Have you ever wondered why you’ve had to face certain life experiences? Unless you have lived a life free from pain, disappointment, frustration or mistakes, I’m sure you’ve experienced situations that left much to be desired. And if you had to do it all over again, you might like to rewrite some chapters of your story…or exclude them entirely! In the process of examining the hard times you’ve faced, you may find yourself seeking answers: Why must I cry these tears? Am I not good enough? Why am I not farther along in life? Why must things be so difficult for me but such a breeze for others? When will the dark days be over? The unease only intensifies when you know you’re doing your very best, yet you’re not feeling the satisfaction of things getting better.

Implementing Healthy Eating Into a Busy Lifestyle

Implementing Healthy Eating Into a Busy Lifestyle

As women, we know all too well about the race against the clock. It just seems like there are never enough hours in a day. Due to our overwhelming and demanding schedules, many of us are not getting the nutrition that our bodies need to maintain optimal health. Many women feel that eating healthy is just too difficult and time consuming. However, it is vitally important that we make our health priority. The environment is toxic, overworking our bodies is toxic and not getting enough sleep is toxic. When you add those factors in with a nutrient-deprived diet, you are creating a recipe for disaster. Despite popular belief, eating healthy doesn’t have to be complicated; it just takes some pre-planning and discipline. If we don’t make a choice to implement healthy eating changes now, our bodies, careers, families and businesses may suffer later. Make a decision today to make your health priority by following the tips listed below.