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Pick up your November issue of Lake Norman Woman & celebrate "Give, Live, Love"

Read about some of the local women featured in this issue:


KrisBowserLKNWOct14-0012woman to watch: Kris Bowser

on getting here: I grew up in Saco, Maine, and moved to Lake Norman 16 years ago to get away from the harsh New England winters. Four years ago, I married Jeremy. I have a son, Seth, who’s 20, and a step-daughter, Kendall, who’s 10. With the kids getting older, I wanted to go back to school. I wanted to learn to do something creative and to make people feel good. Being a cosmetologist allowed me to branch out and start doing eyelash extensions, which has become my passion. 

on making work a pleasure: I can honestly say my clients keep me motivated and happy—even on bad days. I love hearing about their lives and families; we’ve developed such meaningful relationships. I strive to have open and honest conversations with my clients because I want them to always feel comfortable conveying their wants, needs, and desires, so they’re getting the best service possible. I absolutely love what I do.


TeamNadineLKNWOct14-0007Change: It's All Good
premier sotheby's international realty  |  team nadine

The late President John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” This positive attitude toward change is such an innate part of who Nadine Deason is, the Lake Norman community wasn’t surprised at the September announcement that she is the new broker associate for Premier Sotheby’s International Realty and will open its first Lake Norman office in Cornelius.

When we last visited with Nadine two years ago, it was easy to see her success—the one that has kept her as the number-one sales producer in North and South Carolina at her previous realty affiliate—is attributable to her “capacity to accept and embrace change.” 


Losing To Win: Two Friends' Journey to Health
lakeshore women's specialists' weight loss program patients

DeannaNicoleLKNWOct14-0003When Deanna Postell & Nicole Johnson met nearly 15 years ago through work, they never imagined their experience ahead. While they shared much in common, the women soon discovered that their friendship had blossomed into something more than ordinary commonalities; it had become an unbreakable bond of mutual support, guidance, strength, and encouragement.

Both in banking, Deanna filled in during Nicole’s maternity leave. After she returned, they began working on numerous projects together and even shared a small 4x4 office for two years. “We became closer,” Nicole recalls. “We’d talk about everything—hopes, fears, life’s challenges, you name it. One day, Deanna came in with a brochure about the Lakeshore Women’s Specialists’ weight-loss program (in Mooresville). Excited, we both joined immediately.”


November 2014:

Last November, I wrote about my stepfather Bob’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease and my struggle to feel thankful. I struggle still—it’s a work in progress. 

The thing about this memory-robbing disease is that you grieve for the person right in front of you. Each day, as he slips away a bit more, our hearts break anew. The helplessness can be overwhelming. But because I am so very blessed in so many ways, I really do try to appreciate the positives in this situation. For one, if it hadn’t been for his illness, Bob and I would’ve never become golf buddies.

I’m not a very good golfer. In fact, I may be the world’s worst golfer. Yet, I’m so grateful for what I believe to be a divine push to take up the game so Bob and I could share time on the course. He was an avid, accomplished golfer when he was healthier; and it’s on the course that now, with his brain ravaged by this horrible disease, he’s most like the Bob of old.

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Before you go to the Christmas shows or purchase personalized ornaments online in bulk, read this!


09/11/01: I remember thinking how strange it was that our principal came over the intercom to tell the entire school that an airplane had hit one of the towers. If you've spent any time lately in the educational system, you know how precious the intercom system. You know how protected it is and how little it's used, especially in a test-score-driven district.

I remember telling the principal I was leaving the television on because my next class was journalism and it felt appropriate. We still had no scope of what was going on.


Unless you’re traveling to Virginia, Tennessee, or South Carolina this weekend, you won’t be taking advantage of tax-free back-to-school shopping. For those of you who don’t have kids in school, this was still the perfect opportunity to stock up on office supplies—and if you were me, you could replace the computer the thieves stole from my house (because the insurance deductible made the computer not so “replaceable.”)!

Instead, many businesses are having better-than-tax-free sales to entice you this weekend, so they are worth a look.

But this year, another aspect of back-to-school shopping has hit my home: latex-free supplies. It was bound to happen (I’ll spare you the story here), though I have a latex allergy. Irony aside, for now, I have to get a handle on what a latex allergy means during the time of year when erasers and new pens and paper abound!