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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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Outdoor Activities Even an Indoor Girl Can Appreciate

By Kim Howard, CAE I am not what most of you would consider an “outdoor” kind of gal. But, two activities I do enjoy are horseback riding and fishing. When I was a Girl Scout leader (yeah, can you believe that?), our troop spent the day at a friend’s horse farm in Nokesville earning Junior Horseback Riding badges. And, the last time I went fishing in …

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Summer in the ‘Burbs

By Kim Howard, CAE Ah, summertime, where the living is easy and the weather hot and humid with long daylight hours. This combination makes for a perfect time to consider entertaining. Our cover story, “Summer Celebrations” by Amy Falkofske, profiles several local residents who provide ideas and tips on how to plan or host family and friends. Prince William is …

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Local Generation Z’ers Who Are Extraordinary

By Kim Howard, CAE Raising children is not for the fainthearted. It’s an incredibly monumental task to take a selfish being and turn him or her into someone who becomes a productive part of society and an adult that we all like, want to be like or want to be around. As the mother of two Generation Z’ers, I am …

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Your New Local Art Mecca

By Rebecca Barnes May is finally here and with it, warmer weather. However, there are still exciting things to look at “inside” as well as out. This month’s feature, “Art All Around Us” by Helena Tavares Kennedy, spotlights fine art in Greater Prince William, sometimes in the most unlikely places. For those of you who love the outdoors, we have …

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