Vibrate at Your Higher Frequency

Hello fall! We will definitely miss summer, however, there is something magical about the oncoming of layers, textures and the brisk welcome of an autumn breeze. From a healthy morning stretch at a phenomenal winery to a well-coiffed beard, we have got you covered. While the kids may be returning to school, who says they are the only individuals gathering a…

Michelle’s Picks: Back by Popular Demand!

 The Joistick   I’ll be the first to admit, I am no social media maven; it takes me 40 minutes to do an IG post. That makes The Joistick even more amazing. It allows you to livestream on multiple devices. You can place your phone in one place on the stick and stream, place your iPad on another section of the stick and livestream…

Stress Less and Feel Better This Year with Mindfulness

    Mindfulness is simply focusing one’s attention on the present moment without judgment. Not only will you stress less with regular practice, you will also reap benefits like improved general health, mental clarity, better sleep, and a greater sense of connectedness.    

Leadership from the Inside Out

    Making clear decisions is something many leaders struggle to do. Even on the best day, making a confident decision can be difficult. You may have all the data but still struggle due to a lack of time, money, sleep, confidence, and most importantly, clarity.  Lack of Time

Cancer Diagnosis: It’s Up to You What’s Next

Cancer is an unfair disease that no one deserves. I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer three years ago and I was truly horrified. My diagnosis threw me into an emotional turmoil and I didn’t know what to do or where to begin. I felt overwhelmed and worried about my future, coupled with information overload. 

Gardening Gurus: Introducing the South Fulton Master Gardener Extension Volunteers

Active since 1995, the South Fulton Master GARDENER Extension Volunteers have been actively serving the community. Their mission is to stimulate the interest in and increase the knowledge of gardening, and to voluntarily, enthusiastically and responsibly share this knowledge with others.
 As a part of The University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences GMGA, est. 1979, they volunteer and…

Does Your Morning Need A 

I am such an early bird. I learned many years ago that how you begin your day can have a great impact on your attitude and accomplishments throughout the entire day. Successful individuals understand that creating morning rituals can help them reach their daily goals on a consistent basis. They truly embrace discipline and routine. In the early hours of…

Sisters Unbound Reading Everything (S.U.R.E.) Book Club

The Ladies of Sisters Unbound Reading Everything, affectionately known as  (S.U.R.E.),  book club is a South Fulton gem. These ladies have been together for twelve years and counting. Their love for each other and passion for reading is pretty amazing. They have an undeniable bond of sisterhood and #BlackGirlJoy.  I fell in love with them even more I attended their…


I heard this term from one of my new publishers during a training I facilitated last year. He coined it (thanks, Kevin!), and used it to relate to how long our magazines are able to stay in the homes of our readers. I said to myself, "Self, what's the stickiness factor of our resolutions? How long do we keep these…

Once a Marine, Always a Marine and He Wants to be Your Roofer

Legend Roofing offers services such as roof replacements for commercial and residential clients with an emphasis on insurance claims and helping homeowners and business owners to deflect the costs. About 90% of their business is geared towards storm damage and roof replacement. I spoke with Owner and Operator David Smith to get some background and insider tips from one of…

Five Reasons To Feel Good About 
The Falcons

From Buckhead to Carrollton and everywhere in between, even the slight mention of the number 25 is met with a cringe. The city of Atlanta and surrounding areas still hurts from losing a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots. In today’s social media climate, historic moments are relived daily and sometimes hourly.

Vacation: A Woman’s Anthem

I am going on a Vacation one day, aint taking NOBODY, no matter who they are, no matter what color. They can be Blue Black, Black, Brown, Chestnut, Pecan, Light Tan, Yella, Vanilla, White nobody! They can have good hair, bad hair, nappy hair, thick hair, thin hair, be bald headed where wigs weaves and extensions— Have no teeth, two…

Enjoy the Ride!

The beginning of the school year is upon us. We look forward to the new experiences our children will have during the school year. So, here are a list of do's and don'ts when preparing for the first day of school.


From the first time you learn about your child your life will never the same

A Mother’s Poem

I believe Mothers are very special to God. We are charged to be ever-present with our children (in mind when absent in body) just as He is ever-present with His children. Great is His faithfulness to equip us that we may endure and fulfill the roles in which He has placed us. May He continue to:

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…

8 Tips to Better Health for Entrepreneurs

Eat Healthy & Regularly: Time management is extremely important to any successful entrepreneur, so you have to pre-plan if you want to eat healthy and regularly. Prep meals for the week on Sunday, make green smoothies for breakfast on the go, ALWAYS pack healthy snacks and don’t forget your daily vitamin!

Organizational & Time-Management Tips for the New Year

In her book, Managing Time on Purpose, Dr. Deborah Johnson-Blake reveals time wasters and effective time-management strategies that everyone can implement to be more efficient. Dr. Johnson-Blake provides realistic strategies for managing time and reveals the challenges that many people face when working toward achieving goals and objectives. Her suggested time-management strategies are easy to implement and complement any busy…

A Grimes Family Christmas

With more than three decades in the South Fulton area, the Grimes family has a passion for South Fulton like no other and is proud to call the SWATS home. Residing in the heart of Southwest Atlanta’s hidden treasure, Wynn’s Way at King’s Lake, they’ve become fond of the relaxing lake, beautiful landscapes, friendly wildlife, unique trees and plants and…

Martine Bartley Excels on Stage and Online 

Martine Bartley is no ordinary 17-year-old. Since the age of 8, this star has charmed audiences with her graceful classical ballet performances each year. A student at the Ballethnic Academy of Dance in East Point, Martine and her troupe present the “Urban Nutcracker" at the Riverside EpiCenter in Austell this month.

Something Beautiful

What's your book club reading, South Fulton? Or maybe you're an author with something to offer that we just shouldn't miss. Feel free to email us with some great photos at As we kiss the final days of summer heat goodbye, you can find 10 eight year old girls on Cascade Road on the southwest side of Atlanta, GA,…

Tailgating Tips and Recipes

Grilled food is good anywhere for any occasion. Whether you’re tailgating in the stadium parking lot or watching the game in your own backyard with family and friends, get ready to take your grill skills to the gridiron. While you might not be in the running for MVP this season, everyone has a shot at being Tailgater of the Year.

Dear Summer

It is almost time to go back to school and I just wanted to share some thoughts with you. Thank you for two whole months of remembering what it was like to be a kid. For us here in the south, summer’s kick off begins with the Memorial Day holiday.


My wife and I were sitting in a psychiatrist’s office. He’d just spent an hour with my six-year old son. We were there to hear the news that we already knew. Our son has some expressive language issues, cognitive learning challenges, fine motor and gross motor skill delays, dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder(ADHD). As time progressed, I’ve slowly accepted…

The Perfect Suit

Fifteen years ago. That’s when I met my husband. At the time, he didn’t know that I was his nor did I know that he was mine. Yet, there we were in a hot July day at a cookout in Boston. I was home for the summer, a rising sophomore at our alma mater, Tuskegee University. He had just moved…

Wholeness: Perception or Choice

Will thou be made whole? This spiritual question posited by John the disciple, speaks to the heart of personal responsibility for wellness. The question clearly identifies there is a problem, thereby demanding self-analysis. Another translations state, “Do you want to get well?” Simply put, getting better doesn’t happen by osmosis.

Creating Your Own Family

With a family the size of a small compact car, I often use the term "family" to describe my friends. My lineage is a long thin vine, rather than a large leafy tree, due to circumstances and odds that would win the lottery, if played. My mom was an only child. My dad was an only. Both of my paternal…

The Power of Thanksgiving

One of the most popular narratives in the Bible is the feeding of the 5,000 found in the Gospels. The pertinent portion of this story often overlooked is what Christ does before the miracle. The disciples told Jesus it would take a year's wages to feed this many men, not including the women and children. Jesus responded with a question,…

Mulling Over The Wine Reviews

I was a weary shopper looking for a simple Riesling when my innocent eyes fell upon this:

The Definition of a Real Atlanta Woman

In the Parting Thoughts section titled “The Atlanta I Know” in the March issue of South Fulton Lifestyle, I briefly wrote of the disappointment felt when as Atlantans we see yet another reality show in which adults throw tantrums that rival any toddler’s. This thought engenders the question, “What defines a real woman in Atlanta?”

Intervene Early

You never know where you will meet someone in your tribe. Most recently for me, it was at a park in West Philadelphia (Cue Fresh Prince theme song).

California Has Better Donuts, But My Dog Lives in Atlanta

Snoop Dogg lied to me. I found no drama in the LBC. While working as head writer for Bounce TV’s new sitcom "Mann & Wife," the only thing I found in Long Beach was sunshine and donuts. Lots of donuts.


Being a father to one’s offspring is something that some men may have to figure out on their own, or something they may have seen first hand. But, fathers who are consistently present and forming quality relationships with their children do exist as they always have. How to change the public perception then becomes the challenge for African-American fathers. Though…