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Growing Professional Athletes at Home

By Kim Howard, CAE “The American Heritage College Dictionary, Third Edition” defines the word athlete as “a person possessing the natural or acquired traits necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those performed in competitive contexts.” In our community, there is no shortage of leagues for almost all athletes at every age. Our schools offer a wide variety of fall, winter and spring sports for both …

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2018 Reader’s Survey

Help us make Prince William Living the best it can be!  We look forward to getting to know our readers better and improving YOUR community magazine. I have included a link below to a survey designed specifically for our readers. This survey will run until May 31st and we ask that you distribute it to your social media contacts. Your …

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March Should Have Been Named after a Roman Goddess

By Kim Howard, CAE The name March comes from Martius, the first month of the earliest Roman calendar. It was named after Mars, the Roman God of War, who was also regarded as the guardian of agriculture and an ancestor of the Roman people through his sons Romulus and Remus. It’s kind of a strange month. We start thinking about lawns and gardens in the …

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Sticky Tribes Make Life

By Kim Howard, CAE, Editor-in-Chief As a military brat, I moved. But, unlike many military personnel, the U.S. Army kept assigning my father to the same base. So, I basically grew up in two places before college. But, living on base and with parents who served many different kinds of food in our house and who had a diverse circle of friends allowed me to …

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New Year’s Gratitude

By Kim Howard, CAE I have a couple of Facebook friends who, at the beginning of each month, post “New month. What are you looking forward to?” This time of the year, we can say “New month and new year. Do you have any resolutions, or what are you looking forward to?” I can share one event that I am looking forward to and one …

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It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year…

By Kim Howard, CAE Oh December, you get a bad rap. You are the last month of the year and the end of the quarter. Your weather is freaky. December 21 officially ushers in the coldest season of the year with the winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere. This freaks out anyone who loves to wear shorts and flip-flops. It’s also the shortest day …

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Will you be the Eight out of Ten?

By Rebecca Barnes Dear Friend: Here’s a cold statistic from Forbes. Eight out of ten businesses fail – and it’s not always the new ones. It’s not because they aren’t trying hard enough. It’s because they don’t market enough. And if they do, they don’t do it strategically. Rebecca Barnes, publisher of award-winning Prince William Living magazine would like to schedule …

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Contemplating Gratitude

By Kim Howard, CAE November is a busy time for our family. In addition to the Thanksgiving holiday, we also celebrate our wedding anniversary and my husband’s birthday. This month, Mike and I will celebrate 26 years as a married couple, 17 of which we have spent in Manassas. So, we consider this area our home. I love to see that members of this …

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Color, Crunch and Cool Weather

By Kim Howard, CAE How can you not love the month of October? Usually, our area starts to experience cooler, crisper mornings. The trees, provided we have had good rainfall in late summer, turn beautiful, vibrant colors that remind us all of the beauty of nature. The crunch of fallen leaves introduces an excitement about the last quarter of the calendar year and the upcoming …

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Change is not a Dirty Word

By Kim Howard, CAE Even though many schools and colleges start in August, September seems to be the month that many of us associate with back-to-school. This time of year means a change in routine, traffic, clothes, attitude and stress levels. We are also in the last month of the third quarter of the calendar year, which can be an excellent time to assess …

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