Utopia Living’s Naya Powell is here to give you her best advice on how to find a job that you love.

Naya Powell

What is the first step someone should take when trying to find a job they love?

Brainstorm a list of everything that makes your spirit come alive, including industries, dream jobs, places activities, colors and things. Second, take an inventory of your strengths, gifts, and areas of passion. From there, begin to take a look at the connection and what industries offer a path to the job love of your life!

What actions can you take to hone your skills?

Internships will allow for experience with a reputable company.  I also suggest volunteering, asking to job shadow someone in your desired field, or asking someone working in an ideal job for a career interview.

What three questions should you ask yourself?

Would I do this job for free? Why do I want to do this job? Does this job give me a sense of purpose and fulfillment?

If you didn’t have your current job, what do you see yourself doing? 

I could see myself being a photographer, fashion stylist, interior designer or college professor. At this time, I play around with the first three in my personal life and have done the latter part-time on occasion in the past.

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Hallie Crawford, Co.‘s own Hallie Crawford is here to give you her best advice on how to find out what your dream job is.

Hallie Crawford

What is the first step someone should take when trying to find a job they love?

Based on past work experiences, make a list of what you liked and disliked. This is the beginning of a Gotta Have list: things you know your ideal job must have. It can be anything from the right work environment, to boss’ management style, to your daily tasks.

How can someone determine what skills are necessary for their ideal job?

Conduct informational interviews and look at the Linkedin profiles of those in your ideal field. Look at their skills, and try to gain those skills through volunteer work, freelancing, free online courses like www.coursera.org or classes at a local college.

Where can you go for guidance?

Go to www.howtochooseacareercoach.com for help finding a coach.

What three questions should you ask yourself?

What activities make me lose track of time? (To identify tasks you truly enjoy.) Ask friends, family or coworkers, what do I do better than anyone else you know? (To determine your best professional skills.) How do I define success? (To determine what you find most fulfilling and rewarding.)

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Years of Living Dangerously is a Showtime® documentary event series exploring the human impacts of climate change on Americans and others around the world.  Years of Living DangerouslyThe series premieres Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. and combines the blockbuster storytelling styles of Hollywood’s top movie makers, including James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub, with the investigative skills of 60 Minutes veterans Joel Bach and David Gelber and a team of leading national news journalists and scientists.

Each  correspondent for the series – including top Hollywood stars recognized for their commitment to spotlighting and acting on the biggest issues of our time – delves into a different impact of climate change. From the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy in the tri-state area to political upheaval caused by droughts in the Middle East to the dangerous level of carbon emissions resulting from deforestation, the series takes the viewer on a journey to understand the current and intensifying effects of climate change through vivid stories of heartbreak, hope and heroism.

Watch the first episode here, www.yearsoflivingdangerously.com.

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The scoop on what’s new around Atlanta.

Teach Your Children Well 

The Be Good Fairy

Teaching kids about sharing, potty training or even behaving well at school can sometimes be a challenge. Author Missy Wallen-Nichols turned these lessons into an inspirational children’s book, “The Be Good Fairy.” This unique book offers kids fun, lesson-based stories and gives parents a tool to teach them about different behavioral issues.

Details: www.thebegoodfairy.com

A Healthy Sense of Style

The Manna Fund

Trends come and go, but health is always stylish. Manna Fund, a local non-profit that works to cover the costs of eating disorder treatments, aims to educate the public about healthy body image for youth. Join their “Be The Model” fashion show event on April 27, which puts everyday health role models on the runway. To walk the runway themselves, teens can submit a short video explaining how they can be a model of health in the community.

Details: Bloomingdale’s at Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA, www.mannafund.org.

You Golf, Girl!

Judson Golf

Mark your calendar for the Judson Collegiate & Legends Pro-Am Challenge, beginning June 26. This golf tournament includes three events for Atlanta’s golf enthusiasts: a one-day tournament of LPGA Legends golfers, a three-day world-ranking competition for female collegiate golfers, and a pro-am scramble that pairs professional golfers with amateurs for a fun day on the course. New this year is a women’s leadership conference to guide young women in their early careers. The event raises funds for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the JCI Foundation to support young women through positive mentorship, education and sports.

Details: www.judsongolf.com 

Get Clean at The Skin Studio 

Sally B's Skin Yummies

Head to the newly constructed Skin Studio at Sally B’s Skin Yummies for an organic facial. Offering options such as B Clear B Calmed and B Youthful, these facial treatments are as clean as their products: no parabens, mineral oil, artificial fragrances, GMOs or animal products.

Details: 800 Miami Circle, Suite 110, Atlanta, GA, www.sallybskinyummies.com 


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The Goldner Group’s Dr. Jane Goldner is here to give you her best advice on how to find your dream job.

Dr. Jane Goldner

What skills are most helpful for a successful job search?

Resume building, networking and interviewing skills. Your resume should be no longer than one page with words that match the job specifications you are searching. Network with everyone. Practice responding to potential interview questions in a clear, concise way.

What is the first step someone should take when trying to find a job they love?

The first step anyone should take is to figure out what “having it all” means to them. There is no universal “it all.” It is important to get clear on your priorities so you can make appropriate choices and tradeoffs.

Where can you go for guidance?

Professional help can come from a career coach, a career center at the college you attended, a mentor or a person in the industry you are pursuing.

What three questions should you ask yourself?

What are my core values, personal mission and vision? How committed am I to being intentional, focused and disciplined in mu search? What am I willing to trade to get that “right” job?

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Dr. Cyril O. Spann, Jr., MD from Atlanta Gynecologic Oncology Specialists answers a reader’s question about cervical cancer screening tests for teens.

Dr. Cyril Spann

Q: My daughter is 19 years old and has become sexually active. When should she get her first Pap cervical cancer screening test?

A: The guidelines for cervix cancer screening have changed dramatically over the last decade because of improvement in Pap screening cytology technology and the advent of HPV (human papilloma virus) co-testing. No longer is the recommendation to get Pap smears yearly starting at age 18. The American Cancer Society now recommends that screening starts at age 21, so her first Pap should be at that age. Between the ages of 21 and 29, it should be every three years, assuming that the test results are negative.

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If you are looking to splurge a little, why not do it with a classic Southern dish like fried chicken and top it off with champagne? The new MAX’s Wine Dine in Atlanta’s 12th & Midtown district specializes in giving comfort food a gourmet twist. MAX's Wine Dive This fun eatery, which will open its doors this spring, also features menu items like the fried egg sandwich with truffle oil or the Max’n cheese with Gruyère, as well as seasonal options and fine wines from around the world. Don’t miss the chance to indulge your taste buds and your fine sensibilities all in one meal.

Details: 77 12th St. NE, Ste. 6B, Atlanta, GA, www.maxswindedive.com 

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The International Association of Fitness Sciences presents Lee Haney’s Sports & Fitness Challenge on April 19 at Sandy Creek High School. This yearly family event and fun competition promotes awareness and the importance of exercise for all through fitness tests and obstacles. Lee HaneyLee Haney, 8-time Mr. Olympia, trainer and former professional bodybuilder, has designed physical obstacles and challenges to test your resilience, strength, stamina, quick decision making skills, and ability to laugh in the face of adversity. The Sports & Fitness Challenge was built to test your fitness to the fullest capacity.

But don’t let that scare you! The challenge has events for all fitness levels and all age groups. There are groups to compete in: The Fit Kid Challenge, The Teen Challenge and The Ultimate Fitness Challenge for adults. Kids ages 8-12 can participate, for free, in a physical obstacle course and age-appropriate challenges to test their fitness. They will get to run, jump, kick, laugh and play, all while having fun and actually getting in some exercise. Olympic-style medals will be given out to recognize the Top 10 finishers.

The teen challenge will include JV and Varsity team divisions that were designed to test the strength of high school students through tire flips, vehicle pushes and bench presses. The teen challenge will also include an Iron Teen challenge for those wishing to compete as individuals.

And while your kids are having fun and getting fit, you can too! The adult competition is divided into three divisions: a 5-k Obstacle Run that will test your endurance, an Agility Course and a Strong Man Competition to test your strength. You can compete in all three events or pick your favorite.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Haney’s Harvest House Mentoring Program, a program for young boys ages 8-17.

Details: www.leehaney.com/fitnesschallenge

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Dr. Travis Jones from Northside Cherokee Orthopedics and Sports Medicine answers a reader’s question about how to treat a sprained ankle.

Dr. Travis Jones

Q: What’s the best method for treatment for a sprained ankle?

A: For a sprained ankle, remember the RICE method. Rest: stay off your feet. Ice: apply ice to the area for 20 minutes every three to four hours for 48 hours. Compress: wrap your ankle with an elastic bandage. Elevate: raise your ankle as much as possible to reduce swelling. Medication such as ibuprofen may be used to help reduce inflammation. If your condition does not improve or you begin to experience increased pain, swelling, bruising and difficulty walking, contact a physician immediately.

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Guest blogger Alexa Lampasona, from the blog Active Tasty Life, (www.activetastylife.com, @ActiveTastyLife) gives us an inside look into what she learned at this week’s ACSM fitness conference—barefoot cardio.

When you decide to do a workout, the first thing you do is pull on a pair of shoes. But how about leaving the laces behind? WillPower & Grace method is a barefoot cardio workout designed to enhance your posture, balance and movement starting from the ground up. With 33 muscles in our feet, barefoot cardio challenges you to consciously think about putting your best foot forward. I attended the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Summit this past week, where I took a barefoot cardio class taught by founder Stacey Lei Krauss. Here, she shares her insight.

What inspired you to create the WillPower & Grace method?

I grew up as a modern dancer, and I frequently took group exercise classes barefoot, but I always wore shoes when I taught my own classes. One class I forgot my shoes, so I taught the class barefoot. A few of my students decided to take the class barefoot too, and I realized most people don’t know how to move their feet. I just heard a lot of foot slapping. So as a fitness professional, I used that as a teaching opportunity and created barefoot cardio.

Barefoot Cardio Q&A with Stacey Lei Krauss

You started teaching barefoot cardio more than 10 years ago, but why is it just now beginning to trend?

It was an uphill battle at first. But then the barefoot running book “Born to Run” came out, and now this movement is finally mainstream. There is no equipment involved, so it is cost-effective for people.

Why do we need to exercise our feet?

Our feet have both intrinsic muscles (deeper in the muscle tissue) that stabilize the body, and extrinsic muscles (that start in the lower leg and insert in the foot) that help us move. When your foot is in a shoe, your body uses primarily extrinsic muscles, so those intrinsic muscles don’t fire the way they should because they have added support and cushioning. When your feet slap down while walking, you lose range of motion and your joints don’t work properly.

Being barefoot creates a tactile sense to the workout. Why is that important?

As humans, we have primal senses. Just think of all the information we get from the skin when we touch it. Yet we never train our skin in a workout. Harnessing the tactile feelings brings about sensory integration and stimulates your skin. You learn to bring neural awareness to your feet.

Talk about how barefoot cardio creates mindfulness in your workout routine.

It’s a smart workout because we work in three planes of motion and there’s a sport psychology element to it. We teach you to use your body through the discipline of Pilates and the self awareness of yoga, but we also add a cardio element that many mind/body practices don’t have.

Benefits of Barefoot Cardio

  • Better balance, which gives you a wider base of support and better push-off
  • More efficient movement confidence
  • Reduced risk of injury by training from the ground up
  • Stabilized knees and hips
  • Increased flexibility

Krauss suggests doing the WillPower & Grace barefoot cardio method one to two times a week in addition to other activities like running or cycling. For athletes, she has noticed a decrease in knee and hip injuries. You can get started with workout videos. Let’s hope Atlanta picks up on the trend soon so more classes become available.





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