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$3,000 Per Hour

$3,000 Per Hour

By Alex Anderson, Senior Associate Pastor Every so often I’ll do a bit of executive coaching. I’ll spend a day with a medical, business or non-profit executive. We will end the day with very clear “take-aways” (actionable steps for an area of their life–business, family, or personal). It’s a lot of fun for me, but can be very uncomfortable for the …

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Licking Memorial Hospital Celebrates 120th Birthday

Licking Memorial Hospital Celebrates 120th Birthday

On January 18, Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) celebrated 120 years of providing Licking County with quality health care.  For the 14th time, the employees and medical staff of Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) celebrated the occasion by collecting donations for those in need.  Donations consisted of new blankets and outerwear, as well as monetary gifts.  The collected goods were donated to …

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Massage Therapist Settles Back Into Bexley  

Massage Therapist Settles Back Into Bexley

Brenda Brown isn’t your every day massage therapist. Her career history, including working at Ohio Health for 28 years, has been a major factor in the unique and customized treatments she provides for her clients.  She wants her clients to be their best both physically and mentally. Because of this philosophy, Brenda offers affordable health maintenance services that include weekly, monthly …

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How to Age with Optimism

How to Age with Optimism

Having a “glass half full” approach to life has long been considered important for overall wellness. But evidence suggests that there may be truth in this folk wisdom. Humana recently surveyed 2,000 people aged 60 and over, and found that 87 percent of seniors who identify themselves as “most optimistic” reported their health as good to excellent. This is compared to …

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Keep Your Heart Healthy

Keep Your Heart Healthy

The Basics Take steps today to lower your risk of heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. To help prevent heart disease, you can: • Eat healthy. • Get active. • Stay at a healthy weight. • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke. • Control your …

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5 Ways to Bridge the “Sex Gap”

5 Ways to Bridge the “Sex Gap”

By Susan Merrill Picture a bridge. You’re on one side; your husband is on the other. In the middle? The issue of sex. If you’re like me, you’ve probably been viewing his sexual need as mostly physical – important, yes, but probably also optional. By comparison, when you’ve been tugged on by little hands all day, your need for sleep …

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Is A Debt-Free Life Possible?

Is A Debt-Free Life Possible?

Leslie Balfaqih couldn’t believe how much money she and her husband wasted every month. “Our financial life was a mess,” Leslie says from her home in Florida. “To say we were disorganized is putting it mildly.” Like so many Americans, they didn’t have a plan for their money. The problem is often not how much money a family makes, but …

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Core Foods

Core Foods

By Karina Hammer, Certified Holistic Wellness Coach Did you know that we are fed by not just what we eat, but by other areas in our life that “feed” us?  These are what I call Core Foods. Core Foods can nourish us just as much as food can. They satisfy us internally at our core and provide energy on a …

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How to Save Money on Pet Care

(NewsUSA) Owning a pet has a lot of perks, but caring for one can take its toll on your wallet. According to the ASPCA, owning a dog or cat can cost up to $1,000 in the first year, and many people end up spending much more. The good news is you can cut your pet care expenses without compromising your pet's health and well-being. Here are a few ways you can save money and keep your pet healthy. 1. Don't skip the vet. If you're trying to save money, it can be tempting to cut back on veterinary visits. But according to Julie Ciarmella of the American Veterinary Medicine Association, "an investment in preventive healthcare can reduce your long-term pet healthcare costs." Why? Because regular check-ups can prevent expensive complications down the road. 2. Get by with a little help from your friends. Dog-walking, pet-sitting and kennel services can be some of the most expensive aspects of owning a pet. You can save money by taking the "you scratch my dog's back, I'll scratch your cat's chin" approach and tapping into a network of other pet owners in your area. Neighborhood dog parks are great places to meet like-minded pet lovers; or, you could try good old-fashioned advertising. 3. Choose high-quality pet products that give you more value for your money. Reaching for the cheapest product can feel like a thrifty move, but you may be surprised by the impact "cheap" products can have on your budget. For example, cheaper clay cat litter needs to be changed more often, so cat owners go through bag after bag. World's Best Cat Litter is an alternative that harnesses the concentrated power of corn for long-lasting performance. You'll use less litter, replace it less often and save money in the long run. In the end, remember that what your pet needs most is love. Keep things simple and invest in high-value products where it matters, and you'll be on your way to a pet care budget that works for you.

(NewsUSA) Owning a pet has a lot of perks, but caring for one can take its toll on your wallet. According to the ASPCA, owning a dog or cat can cost up to $1,000 in the first year, and many people end up spending much more. The good news is you can cut your pet care expenses without compromising your …

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Wholehearted

Wholehearted

By Jodi Thomas I love Valentine’s Day. Not just the flowers and the chocolate and all that good stuff, but I have always loved the idea of celebrating love . . . and on a trivial note, seeing all the pink and red hearts just makes me happy for some reason. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my own …

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