Sister Share: Annie Brown

 
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Sister Share: Annie Brown, Upspiral Creative & Pique Gallery

It took Annie Brown only 2 months to transform a group of families (aged 9-54) into a Border Morris dance troupe complete with light up costumes and choreographed dance. The dance group debuted in the inaugural BLINK Festival parade. Many from the group list that as one of their highlights of 2017.

Annie is a nontraditional instructor who has taught art at Baker Hunt, the Super Saturday Program and The Art House; started a Sewing Club at Holmes Middle School; taught dance for Pones Inc and Engineering Club for Classroom Antics; and teaches a variety of subjects at FKaT Cooperative. Most recently she taught stop motion animation and video production for Classroom Antics’ day camps.

Annie describes the classes she designs as TAM classes-Tinker Artist Maker. Her emphasis is on providing enough information to get students started and then get out of their way, supporting them as they explore new possibilities. Her favorite quote is: “We are not here to do what has already been done.” (Robert Henri, The Art Spirit). Her motto is: I like to help people do cool things.

Check out Annie’s upcoming class in October, BLINK Studio Class Part 1


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Sister Share: Afton Palmer

 
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Sister Share: Afton Palmer, Talent Acquisition Coordinator

Afton recently joined Pep LLC in the role of Talent Acquisition Coordinator. She volunteers with the American Marketing Association Cincinnati Chapter as the VP of Talent Management. In her work at the AMA, she helps align volunteers with the roles that suit them best while proving value to all. She also volunteers at the Life Learning Center as a Care Coordinator, Faculty (Class Instructor), and assisting with their marketing efforts. Afton is also pursuing new ideas to bring value in to people's lives. One of her life goals is to help working age individuals with their personal branding and networking skills with a foundation of mindfulness. 

Afton loves to network and connect people to others. She enjoys volunteering in roles where she can make a difference. Her background in sales, and theatre makes her a natural at genuinely connecting with others and building long lasting relationships.

Here’s just one of her many accolades, “Afton and I serve together on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Marketing Association. I brought her in as the VP of Talent Management (Volunteers) the year I was President. I saw her spark the moment I met her. Her energy and enthusiasm for marketing and networking are boundless. She is a voracious learner, courageous and resilient in her professional development, and determined to contribute. Her persistence is impressive, and her potential is exceptional. It is a joy to watch her shine.” Gina B. —Gina 

Are you a natural connector too? Connet with Afton on Linked In

 


Each week I feature an event, blog, article, celebration or cool thing a woman is doing in my community. I believe in abundance and sharing all the love. These women inspire me and fuel me to keep going. Do you have something cool happening in your life? Email me! I would love to hear about it and feature it here. 

Sister Share: Barbara B. Stewart

 
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Sister Share: Barbara B. Stewart, Fiber Artist

Barbara is showing at the annual show of Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists (CQAFA) at Cincinnati Nature Center, October 19-21. This is the perfect event to grab a girlfriend for an art show, and a fall hike afterwards. More about Barb's work—

Artist Statement—Very simply, I use quilting techniques to create contemporary fiber art.  It’s risky to use the word “quilting” as it brings up visions of traditional block patterns.  In my beginnings, I attempted these patterns but found the repetitiveness of effort wasn’t satisfying or rewarding. I found that I didn’t have the patience or perseverance to seek perfection. Having discovered the appeal of contemporary work, I found that the combination of fabric, thread, batting, and on occasion, embellishment, can be combined for an amazing visual experience. What “ties the ribbon” on the experience is depicting my inspirations (family, music, faith) in amazing color and shape that reflects these foundations for living.

My purpose is to encourage viewers to feel and think about their everyday inspirations in a new way.  Through my fiber art, I’ve discovered the importance of bringing those elements that are often pushed to the background of our existence to the forefront. This fiber art form allows me to keep the daily minutia in perspective, dedicate time and energy to an activity that is therapeutic in effect, and focus on what’s really important in life.

My work is very colorful with bold lines.  It is joyful – and sometimes funny. I think humor is important in life. And, I use every bit of what I create – my pieces made from scraps can be better and more interesting than the primary piece from which they came. It is a funny thing how the little bits are sometimes better than the major undertaking. This is often a true reflection of my life. I hope you smile as you view my art. Enjoy!

Learn more at http://barbarabstewart.com/

 

Sister Share: Jennifer Blades

 
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SISTER SHARE: JENNIFER BLADES, PERSONAL STYLIST

Jennifer is a Personal Stylist that can help you purge your closet, create outfits, or become your personal shopper. Get to know Jennifer—

Think Carrie Bradshaw (Sex in the City) except…
I’ve never been to Paris.
There’s no Mr. Big.
Cincinnati, not New York.
I’m not a writer.
I didn’t grow up in Connecticut.
And I don’t frequently meet my group of girlfriends at a coffee shop.

Okay, so maybe not Carrie Bradshaw at all.
Maybe I just secretly want to be her, living in New York in a great apartment with all those great clothes and accessories. Deep breathe. Okay, back to reality.

Here are a few snippets of info to help you get to know me better…

I’m obsessed with my English bulldog (Samantha). By obsessed I mean she has her own Facebook page where she tells stories about her life and sometimes has a song to share. You know the face Will Ferrell makes in the movie Elf when he finds out “Santa is coming?” This is the same face I make when I see my dog.

As far back as I can remember, I have loved to shop. When I was younger, the perfect outfit meant everything matched. If I was wearing a red shirt with white polka dots, everything else I had on was red with white polka dots…from my hair bow to my earrings. My fashion has progressed a bit since then.

Even though I love to shop, I know that’s not the case for everyone. I know there are some people who hate to shop, who hate fashion and who think that when an item doesn’t fit them properly that something is wrong with their body. Women out there listen up “NOTHING IS WRONG WITH YOUR BODY.” You don’t need to be a size 2. (And believe me, being a size 2 won’t stop you from thinking something is wrong with your body when an outfit doesn’t fit right.)

It’s all about finding what properly fits your unique frame. All of us are proportioned differently, so it’s almost impossible for the newest trend to work for everyone.

Let me help you see and celebrate YOUR unique beauty. Let me help you STOP BEING MEAN TO YOURSELF. It’s less about the clothes and more about you coming into your power and confidence about what the proper fit is for you and creating your own unique look. More about Jennifer at http://www.jbpersonalstylist.com/

Or get free tips at Tess and Jennifer's Style Edit Workshop on Thursday, Sept 13. 

Grab your seat!

 

Sister Share: Molly Reckman

 
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Sister Share: Molly Reckman, Spruce Nail Shop

Molly Reckman, owner of Spruce Natural Nail Shop, based her business on the desire to create a calm and social atmosphere where women, men, children and expectant moms can come to relax and unwind.

Molly is originally from Cincinnati, and I had recently moved back after being away for 12 years.  She loved everything about OTR. Her family all works down in OTR as well, so she knew I wanted to live in the neighborhood when she moved back. When thinking about what business to start, she started to come across article after article about the nail salon industry: the working conditions, the way employees are treated, the chemicals, toxic environment, and sex trafficking.  She then realized that she had a huge opportunity to not only fill a void in the market in the neighborhood, but create a new type of salon environment, where clients' and employees' health and safety come first.

Molly Reckman holds a fine arts degree and emphasizes the importance of creativity in her salon, where many nail techs are also artists. Spruce uses 5free polishes, which are a safer alternative to the average nail polish brands found at most nail salons. All of their products and polishes are vegan and cruelty free.

Learn more at http://www.sprucenailshop.com


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Sister Share: Desh Rain

 

Desh Rain, Founder of Applehead City Pet 

Desh is an  entrepreneur with a passion for all things living! Creator, advocate, baker, reiki healer and groomer. Her love of organics started with the study and practice of healing with food in 1996, a practice that suited her well when she almost died from Black Mold Poisoning years later! As part of her healing, she began a strict vegan and started looking into her pets food as well. Learning the ugly truths and low FDA regulations for pet food, she started baking her own pet treats and became sort of a nerd about all things dog and cat! Nutrition, skin, behavior and more. 

Her passion was deepened with the guidance of a remarkable woman willing to train her on grooming, pet reiki, products and more... her very own "Mr. Miyagi" so to say (for those that know The Karate Kid). Years later and blessed with living out her passion, she and her fur babies couldn't ask for anything more! Check out her company, Applehead City Pet

Or you can support Desh's endeavors by attending her event— the first annual Pet Parents Night Out at Hotel Covington on August 30. Because you are just as mindful as their mission—each ticket will help benefit health care for animals in needs through the Kenton County Animal Shelter. Get your ticket at

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pet-parents-night-out-tickets-48284670750


Each week I feature an event, blog, article, celebration or cool thing a woman is doing in my community. I believe in abundance and sharing all the love. These women inspire me and fuel me to keep going. Do you have something cool happening in your life? Email me! I would love to hear about it and feature it here. 

Sister Share: Samantha Theobald & Ashley Reichard

 photo credit, Cincy Chic

photo credit, Cincy Chic

Sister Share: Samantha & Ashley, Lightbox Salon

Samantha Theobald and Ashley Reichard, two accomplished stylists with over 20 years combined experience in the industry, are the founders of Lightbox Salon. Lightbox Salon was created to provide personalized styling services for everyday people and to care for the soul of its clients by creating a bright, inspiring space where individuals feel welcome to come as they are - a place where stories are told, laughs are shared, and friendships are fostered.

About Samantha
"There's a reason that Lightbox Salon feels like home. Samantha wants the clients in her chair to feel like friends on her couch. She's just as happy chatting about style as she is diving into conversations about wellness, wanderlust, or where to find the best cardamom latte. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, including five years as an educator for Wella and Sebastian, Samantha brings professional expertise and a natural exuberance to Lightbox. 

Her knack for nailing your personal style and nudging you to try something new means you'll leave Lightbox looking and feeling amazing. On top of your great cut or color, don't be surprised if you also leave with a new recipe to try, an album you have to download, and a list of things to buy at the bookstore." – Carri S., client of Samantha

About Ashley
"Trust is the word that comes to mind when I think of Ashley. Her down-to-earth, laid-back personality immediately puts you at ease when you’re in her chair. Ashley’s attention to detail, consistent results, and the ability to personalize your hairstyle are just a few reasons I’ve continued to come to Ashley for over a decade.

Ashley spent the first half of her career as a color specialist training with Wella, TIGI, and L’Oréal to name a few. Now, with over 12 years of experience, she has developed an artistic and practical approach to creating beautiful, seamless hairstyles.

Whether you’re looking for an extreme hair makeover or a natural, low maintenance color and style, you can trust that you’ll leave Lightbox feeling relaxed and beautiful.” – Damariz P. & Lori N., clients of Ashley

Learn more about Lightbox Salon and their third Stylist, Autumn Healey at https://www.lightboxsalon.com

Only a few spots remain for their pop-up braid and styling event at Spruce Nail Shop this Friday. Email autumn@lightboxsalon.com to grab one before they’re gone.


Each week I feature an event, blog, article, celebration or cool thing a woman is doing in my community. I believe in abundance and sharing all the love. These women inspire me and fuel me to keep going. Do you have something cool happening in your life? Email me! I would love to hear about it and feature it here. 

Sister Share: Erikka Gray

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District 78's Erikka Gray

Erikka is the owner of District 78. District 78 started as Vintage Goods & Design, selling vintage clothing online and at outdoor markets. After a fast start, District 78 opened a brick and mortar store in June of 2013.  In 2015, Erikka started producing candles as a way to express herself through scent. She wanted to bring unique scents into people’s lives that would create new memories, like scent has done for her. In 2016, she decided to close the store to focus on candle making.

Since then her candle line has taken off and she couldn’t be happier to re-launch District 78 as a lifestyle brand. Her goal is to provide product and content that adds to your daily lives.  Check out her lovely scented candles

Erikka also carries a line of custom designed T-shirts with messaging geared toward supporting women. You can get a LeadHER, CreateHER, EntrepreneuHER tee on her site. 


From Tess
Each week I feature an event, blog, article, celebration or cool thing a woman is doing in my community. I believe in abundance and sharing all the love. These women inspire me and fuel me to keep going. Do you have something cool happening in your life? Email me!I would love to hear about it and feature it here. 

Sister Share: Rachel DesRochers

 
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Sister Share: Rachel DesRochers' Good People Festival on July 22

Rachel started Grateful Grahams in 2010. With one kid in school and an infant at home, she was looking to create a company to fulfill her passion and dreams of creating her own job. She spent more than seven years working in marketing for a national company, so with her knowledge in the natural foods industry she wanted to create a tasty treat all could enjoy. Between a friend’s suggestion and her dad’s veganism after battling prostate cancer, Rachel developed a great treat – handmade vegan graham crackers.

For Rachel, this company has many aspects – creating her dream job, spreading the message of gratitude, and working with small batches to ensure a great product each time. Starting at home, she outgrew her oven in just a matter of months and shared kitchen spaces with local food producers from there, learning so much along the way. In January 2013 Rachel signed a lease on her very own kitchen space.

She has built a wholesale business shipping orders all over the country, even being featured in a VegNews full page spread. With a powerful belief in herself and her vision for making Grateful Grahams a household name, Rachel balances the business and her boisterous, fun loving family of five.

Rachel's projects include the Gratitude Collective, a new class at the HIVE, Two Kitchen Incubators, Kitchen Convos Podcast—and something new is coming! She gives the best hugs, and has the positive power to take on the world. Can't wait to see what's next. For now, go support her project The Good People Festival:
 

Facebook Page for Good People Festival
Grateful Grahams


From Tess
Each week I feature an event, blog, article, celebration or cool thing a woman is doing in my community. I believe in abundance and sharing all the love. These women inspire me and fuel me to keep going. Do you have something cool happening in your life? Email me! I would love to hear about it and feature it here. 

Sister Share: Emerald Sparks

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Emerald Sparks' New Planner: A Bossed Up Planner to Maximize Your Income

Emerald has helped everyday people become extraordinary money masters by maximizing their income to make it do what they wanted it to do. Collectively, she has helped her clients pay off $100,000+ of debt, invest in the stock market, and purchase their first homes.

She got her started at Fortune 500 companies such as Deloitte & Touché, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Fifth Third Bank, and Northwestern Mutual where she worked in myriad of areas from helping companies improve their internal and external financial controls to helping clients invest and protect their financial legacies. She has seen it all in her 12 years in the financial service industry and now helps people live financially healthier lives, maximize their income, through personalized curated strategies, while living in balance.

She’s helped her clients increase their money mindset and start living the life they want to live financially, with no more creditor harassing phone calls, sleepless nights about bills, and underwhelming bank accounts. 

Check out her book entitled Vision. Future. Reality: How to Budget Like A Boss and her new financial planner entitled The Create Sparks Financial Planner: A Bossed Up Planner to Maximize Your Income.


From Tess
Each week I feature an event, blog, article, celebration or cool thing a woman is doing in my community. I believe in abundance and sharing all the love. These women inspire me and fuel me to keep going. Do you have something cool happening in your life? Email me! I would love to hear about it and feature it here. 

Sister Share: Sara Jackson's Internal Comms Retreat

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Sara Jackson, VP of Engagement Solutions at Cerkl

Sara Jackson believes everything starts INTERNALLY. Every moment of her retreat has been thoughtfully choreographed to inspire and breathe life into the worth of the internal communicator.

On July 24, Midwestern corporate communicators are invited to her first-ever Internal Comms Pro Retreat. Thoughtfully choreographed in an antique-inspired event space, every moment of this retreat models the way for corporate communicators to refurbish aspects of their internal comms programming. Get your tickets now as space is limited. 

More About Sara's Company
https://cerkl.com/


From Tess
Each week I feature an event, blog, article, celebration or cool thing a woman is doing in my community. I believe in abundance and sharing all the love. These women inspire me and fuel me to keep going. Do you have something cool happening in your life? Email me! I would love to hear about it and feature it here.