South Central WI Archive
April 2011

April 2011

As a magazine editor, I get to talk to a lot of really cool people. Hearing their stories is the best part of my job. The drawback is that, due to time constraints, sometimes I have to resort to phone or email "meetings" when a one-on-one isn’t possible.

So when I was given the opportunity to spend some time with our cover subject, Suzy Favor-Hamilton, I was more than a little excited. A 7-time U.S. National Champion and 3-time Olympian with 9 NCAA titles, she’s a legend in the running world. As a Stevens Point native and UW-Madison alum, she’s one of Wisconsin’s darlings — a beautiful, talented woman we love to claim as our own.

But as you’ll see by reading our feature story, there’s more to Suzy than titles and trophies. In the short amount of time I got to spend with her, I became an even bigger fan. She has to be one of the nicest, most down to earth and unpretentious people I’ve ever met. Funny, whip-smart and even a little bit mischievous, she was game for anything during our photo shoot and very generous with her time. In her conversations, she’s candid and completely endearing.

As a novice runner, I was inspired beyond belief. I’ll think of her as I push myself even further while training for my first half marathon in May. The wife and mother in me are in awe of her time management skills and seemingly boundless energy. (She balances a successful career in real estate with another in motivational speaking. She’s also a loving wife and mother to a 5-year-old.)

But it is her willingness to reveal her vulnerability and struggles that make me respect her even more. Suzy Favor-Hamilton is living proof that even when you are seemingly at the top of your game, succeeding beyond every expectation, things may not always be as they appear.

So what do I hope readers take away from our feature story about Suzy? That no matter how dark things in your life can seem at times, it won’t always be that way. That having a passion for something — anything — in life works wonders to motivate you.

Finally, being willing to seek out support when you need it, and keep an open mind to the possibilities, go a long way toward healing.

Take each day as it comes, one step at a time. These are lessons Suzy’s learned that we can all benefit from.

Eco-friendly or conservative landscaping is growing increasingly popular among homeowners. Often referred to as eco-scaping, conservative landscaping includes removing invasive plants, conserving water and reducing reliance on chemical pesticides. Homeowners looking to landscape in a more eco-friendly way this gardening season can employ the following techniques. Remove invasive plants Exotic…
Organic fertilizers can be just as effective as their chemical counterparts while providing health benefits chemical pesticides cannot. Organic fertilizers are effective at strengthening the soil for both lawns and planting beds. There are a number of different materials the home gardener can try, some of which may already be…
The trends of the future pay homage to the past by echoing Lois Sullivan’s expression "form follows function" circa 1896. Right now there is an explosion of popularity in all things environmentally friendly. As the trend is quickly becoming a lifestyle choice, there are some questions to be answered about…
Sit with your eyes closed, your back straight, legs crossed or, if you are in a chair, place your feet flat on the floor. Place your hands in the Meditation Mudra (put both hands in the lap, right on top of left, with palms turned upward and thumbs touching to…
As a Wisconsin "badger," I am constantly reminded of the reason we received our trademark name. This reminder comes in the form of patients presenting to me with symptoms of chronic lead and other heavy metal exposures. Since the early 1800s, Wisconsin has been known for lead — one of…
Many embrace the spring thanks to its warm weather and budding flowers and trees. Those with seasonal allergies, however, may not look so favorably on the new season. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, about 50 million Americans experience spring allergies. Some may have allergies each and every year.…
I’m educated in holistic nutrition, so you wouldn’t think becoming a vegan (someone who doesn’t eat meat, fish, dairy or eggs) would be such a big deal. For many people, eating vegan is easy. I’m finding it is easy, but it takes a positive shift and commitment to make it…
If you’ve watched sports on TV, you’re familiar with the phrase "The thrill of victory … and the agony of defeat." It’s an apt description for what many athletes experience throughout their careers and Suzy Favor-Hamilton is no exception. A world-class middle distance runner in her teens and 20s, the…
In today’s world, a man’s appearance has an impact on many facets of his life. One important facet is how he feels about himself when he sees his reflection in the mirror. Staying fit, looking well groomed, feeling confident are all basic desires of both men and women. One physical…
Being in the midst of political tension in Wisconsin, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share the attacks that natural health has been recently under. Natural health and natural health products have been under increasingly heavy pressure from regulators, despite little or no evidence that natural health…
How would you like to pay $4 a day to heat your home? Heating with pellets is the way to go if you are interested in saving money, reducing your workload and improving the quality of living in your home. Today’s pellet stoves are efficient, good looking and low maintenance,…
There are many people who associate the arrival of spring with a renewed sense of energy that borders on the frantic. But such spring fever is actually quite the opposite ... at least in the beginning. Spring fever is a term used to classify a mood change characterized by low…
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