Rachael Williams, a strength and conditioning coach, began her career journey as a Radford University social science graduate with aspirations of becoming a high school history teacher. Little did she know a chance introduction to the gym would alter her course, leading her to become a dedicated fitness professional. Rachael's initial career path took an unforeseen turn … [Read more...] about Rachael’s Fitness Journey: A Story of Transformation
As a personal trainer and mobility coach, I often hear New Year’s resolutions about weight loss, eating right, and exercising more. If that’s where your mind goes when it’s time to make a New Year’s Resolution, you’re not alone. Gyms become crowded with New Year's “resolutionists,” and membership sign-ups reach their yearly peak in late December and early January. Many people … [Read more...] about Ready, Set, Move
We have a little blind pup named Cercie (pronounced “Surcee,” from an old colloquialism meaning “a surprise gift”). She found us at our campground on the New River, an unkempt, flea-bitten, saucy scamp of a dog. It was late in September with nobody else around to claim her, so she came home with us. Of course, we took her to the veterinarian the next day. After examining her … [Read more...] about Resilience
William Wagoner, a Mount Airy local, will be 100 years old on January 16. The centenarian was born and raised in Surry County and grew up on Durham Street. When he was a child, Wagoner played with homemade toys such as tom-walkers (stilts) or sacks filled with pinto beans. Money was tight during his growing up years. His father couldn’t afford to purchase him a bike, so he … [Read more...] about Happy 100th Birthday, Mr. Wagoner!
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 KJV Gyms fill up and whole food markets flourish in January as many New Year’s resolutions involve working on outward appearances. In 2024, why not consider a resolution that involves inward growth? My hobby is … [Read more...] about Personal Growth and the Woodshop