Behind the Scenes with Lauren Woodard of Bloom Counseling & Consulting

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This past week was a huge one for Lauren ddard. Not only did she celebrate her one year anniversary of rocking her #girlboss status, but she placed on Mountain Express’ Best of WNC! Lauren is the Owner/Founder at Lauren Woodard, LCSW: Bloom Counseling and Consulting. She opened up her practice full time in March of this year to help adults and youth in our community deal with life changes. I was curious to learn more about Lauren’s path to entrepreneurship and am excited to share a bit of her story through this interview below. Her generous spirit has inspired her to go … Read More

Behind the Scenes with Jill Schwarzkopf of Sleep Tight Kids

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In one of my Junior League of Asheville (JLA) meetings, I learned that Asheville has more non-profits per capita than any other city. Unfortunately, in this small North Carolina mountain town, we have a lot of needs that aren’t being met, but thankfully, non-profits are stepping in to support our community! I’ve learned a ton about non-profits through JLA, but through my connections at work, I learned about a wonderful nonprofit: Sleep Tight Kids (STK). Jill Schwarzkopf felt called to do more in 2009 when she was teaching in Western North Carolina. Realizing her family was blessed to have so much; she wanted to find a way … Read More

Real Wedding: Asheville Fall Wedding

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I surprised Brent with a New Year’s trip to Asheville and Charleston for Christmas 2012. We were going to visit Emily, one of my college roommates from JMU (J-M-U Duuuukes!) in Asheville. On our first day there, we went to breakfast with Emily and she introduced us to her boyfriend, Ford. Fast forward three-ish years later and Emily & Ford said their ‘I Do’s’!! I was so honored when Emily asked me to be one of her bridesmaids! I was thrilled to experience an Asheville wedding as a guest, too, since most of my Spring and Fall weekends are spent working … Read More

Intentions for the New Year

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As the year comes to a close, setting goals and intentions for the upcoming year is one of my favorite things to do. Not that you can’t reflect and set new goals throughout the year, it’s just more fun to start at the beginning. I recently saw a quote from a new friend from Junior League that resonated with me… “Instead of saying ‘I don’t have time’, try saying ‘It’s not a priority’ and see how that feels.” This year, I want to make a choice to simplify (quoting Emily Ley!). There is enough time, it is just a matter of prioritizing that … Read More

Behind the Scenes with Chelsea Larson of Chelsea Benay, LLC

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I am a huge HGTV fan. I love dreaming of future homes and designs that could one day (hopefully!) be my own. Due to this love of design, I was so excited when I met Chelsea Larson, an interior designer in Asheville. When I met her, she was in the midst of launching her own design company, Chelsea Benay, LLC. I was inspired by her creativity and drive to launch her own business and am thrilled at the success and recognition she has received so far. Chelsea was recently featured in Carolina Home + Garden Magazine about her business and design aesthetics, sharing that her, … Read More

Behind the Scenes with Meg Ragland of Plum Print

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I’m excited to start a new series on my blog focused on getting to know inspiring professionals in Asheville, NC and beyond. When brainstorming who I wanted to interview for this series, I immediately thought of Meg Ragland, who, along with her cousin Carolyn Lanzetta, started a growing company that successfully raised a million dollars from venture capitalists and angel investors in January of this year! Meg Ragland and Carolyn Lanzetta are co-founders of Plum Print, with headquarters and production studios based at the Small Business Incubator at A-B Tech in Asheville. Plum Print digitizes art, including photos and schoolwork, and organizes the … Read More

3 Benefits of Barre

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With the increased public interest in ballet as shown with Misty Copeland partnering with the major athletic label Under Armour (Congrats on your promotion, Misty!!), it’s no surprise that ballet-inspired workouts are rising in popularity. [Although, I have to preface this post with a note that none of these classes are in any way a ballet class. There are no true feet and arm positions, y’all!] In Charlottesville, PureBarre has been joined by B.Core and Barre.[d], I’ve been to Pop Physique in Baltimore for some bachelorette party fun, and a few months ago, the BarreAmp workout has joined PureBarre in Asheville. So. Many. … Read More

The Entrepreneurial Woman & 6 Business Books to Add To Your Reading List

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I recently joined the Young Professionals of Asheville and attended a lunch and learn focused on Women Entrepreneurs in Asheville. Laura Webb, President of Webb Investment Services, Inc. moderated the panel of previous recipients of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Women Entrepreneurs Award. The panel at the presentation included Becky Cannon, President of i play, Drue Ray, VP of SimplyHome, and Julie Stehling, Co-Owner of Early Girl Eatery and King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffle. They discussed the challenges that come with owning a business. Owning a business is far more than just having an idea and creating a product. It requires you to wear every hat … Read More

You do you, boo: Abraham.in.Motion in Asheville

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Since moving to Asheville, I haven’t seen a lot of dance (or danced a lot for that matter), so I was stoked when I found out Abraham.in.Motion was heading this way for the spring season at Diana Wortham Theatre (DWT). Abraham.in.Motion, based in New York City, is directed and choreographed by Kyle Abraham, 2013 MacArthur Fellow (aka the “Genius Award”). The mission of his company “is to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work” [abrahaminmotion.org]. He wants his work to be something more than just movement and become an investigation into specific concepts and influences. On the day before the show, … Read More

What To Say To Your Friend Who Is Going To Visit Asheville…

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YOU BETTER LIKE BEER. I’ve been in Asheville for a year and a half and I feel like new breweries are popping up every other month. I’m not complaining, though, I love it! Some breweries just serve beer, others serve a full menu and some have food trucks visiting regularly. Even if you aren’t a huge beer fan, the breweries in Asheville all have great design and events that makes brewery crawls a blast. Inspired by the warm weather yesterday and dreaming of summertime, I came up with this Asheville brewery guide (including a few notable breweries just outside of Asheville). Sit tight, Asheville … Read More