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Pick up your December issue of Lake Norman Woman & celebrate "Wrapping Things Up".

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


Rosie T. BaileyRosieBaileyLKNW

With strength, tenacity, and unwavering faith, Rosa Bailey of Mooresville shines her light and touches lives everywhere she goes. Growing up on a farm in Mount Ulla, North Carolina, Ms. Rosie (as she’s known to most) became a caregiver at a very young age. She learned that caring for others’ needs was an important gift in life and one that she intended to embrace.


JanBrittainLKNWJan Brittain

People may be surprised to know she was a college homecoming queen, but those who know Jan Brittain, senior pastor at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Mooresville, know she has a hard time not working. 

Jan leads a young adult Bible study, and she makes time for counsel, mission trips, and blogging. She takes her job seriously…even when she quips, “Yes, I was ‘doomed from the womb,’” referring to Jeremiah 1:5: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.”


SusanGrabowskiLKNWSusan Grabowski

Susan Grabowski has a lot to smile about these days.

With her children thriving in college and law school, a recent move into a beautiful home, and in full pursuit of her passion, Susan is strongly focused on the future. 

And not just her own future. As president and co-founder with director Jennifer Shiley of the Young Elites program, Susan is preparing high school girls to be in a position to lead in college and onward in their careers—and ultimately, in all areas of their lives.

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December 2014:

There’s something that all the women you’ll read about in this issue have in common—and it’s not what you’re thinking. It’s not their stratospheric IQ, although make no mistake, they are all brilliant in their own ways. It’s not their amazing talents, despite the fact that they are all very gifted, indeed. It’s not their dazzling looks, though they are all beautiful, inside and out. 

These women are tortoises. Easy now … I’m not being mean … I’m referring to Aesop’s celebrated fable about the tortoise and the hare that uses a race between the two as a metaphor for achievement. Me, I’m a close relative of the hare. I’m more prone to take a “nap” mid-course, and I have a tendency to wander off track. I bet I’m not alone in my rabbit-like inclinations, either. In today’s fast-paced society, many of us want things done quickly. We want web pages to load in the blink of the eye. We want restaurants to serve our dinners minutes after we order. We want to go on a diet and be at our goal weight by Friday. Immediate gratification is the hare’s main objective. The problem with that mindset is that it isn’t very helpful when it comes to achieving your dreams. 

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This season, I’ve decided to have my own “breaking and entering Christmas,” to shamelessly steal Ace & TJ’s holiday charity title, though, honestly, it was from hearing years of their stories of helping others have a Christmas that I realized it applies here. 



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.