FROM HER

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - News - Lindsey Wells As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor

Af­ter months of plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion, HER is fi­nally here. And I am ex­tremely ex­cited to share it with you. As you've likely al­ready sur­mised, this mag­a­zine is about women — their is­sues, in­ter­ests and im­pact on our com­mu­nity. The Hot Springs area has no short­age of strong, suc­cess­ful women and in this month's cover story, “Women in Uni­form,” we pro­file two ex­cep­tional women whose ca­reer paths have taken them into con­ven­tion­ally male- dom­i­nated fields where they have not been sim­ply as­sim­i­lated, but have thrived.

Our cover fea­tures Kay Lynn Brunt, a 30- year- old medic and staff sergeant in the Army Na­tional Guard. She is cur­rently pre­par­ing for her first overseas de­ploy­ment to Kuwait. Along with her mil­i­tary ca­reer, Kay Lynn is also a wife and a mother to her 6-year-old son and 3-year-old daugh­ter. In this is­sue you will learn how she man­ages the del­i­cate bal­ance of serv­ing her coun­try and be­ing a lov­ing wife and mother for her fam­ily.

You will also meet Casey Burch, a 24- year- old fire­fighter and the only woman cur­rently em­ployed by Hot Springs Fire De­part­ment. Casey shares what it has taken for her to not only sur­vive but flour­ish as the area's only fe­male fire­fighter.

Award-win­ning au­thor and poet Kai Cog­gin al­lowed HER an ex­clu­sive glimpse into her col­or­ful and creative world. Through her work, Kai en­deav­ors to give voice to those who oth­er­wise might not have one, bring­ing light to cur­rent day sit­u­a­tions and in­jus­tices. She talks about her in­spi­ra­tions, her writ­ing process and her ca­reer goals.

In ad­di­tion to fea­tures on some of our in­cred­i­ble area ladies, HER also takes a look at how a fam­ily camp­ing trip can be not only an af­ford­able but also ex­hil­a­rat­ing way to cap off your sum­mer. We have plenty of tricks and tips to share that will help make camp­ing a fun fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence. Ex­cited about that end- of- sum­mer camp­ing trip but not sure about tak­ing Fido out into the un­re­lent­ing Arkansas heat? Check out our HER Pets fea­ture and read how to keep your pets cool, whether camp­ing or just hang­ing out in the back­yard.

HER knows that life can be hec­tic. Balanc­ing a busy ca­reer, chaotic fam­ily sched­ules and the never- end­ing up­keep of a house­hold can be ex­haust­ing. Lo­cal yoga prac­ti­tioner Court­ney But­ler shares a va­ri­ety of easy- to- do yoga poses that can help bring some bal­ance and seren­ity into our tu­mul­tuous ex­is­tence. Court­ney ex­plains how do­ing just a few min­utes of yoga each day pro­motes both a healthy body and mind.

Yoga not your thing? That's OK. It's not for ev­ery­one. But shoes are! Our HER Style story takes you on a trip to ex­plore the new­est trends and styles in sum­mer shoes. Be­cause if there's one thing every woman knows — there's no such thing as hav­ing too many shoes!

I hope that you will en­joy this premier is­sue of HER Mag­a­zine. Our goal is to rec­og­nize, show­case and em­power the women who make up our com­mu­nity. To share their strug­gles, their pas­sions and their tri­umphs. We'll touch on im­por­tant is­sues and high­light women who are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the Hot Springs re­gion. And, hope­fully, we'll have a lot of fun along the way. So kick off your shoes — you can al­ways buy new ones — and spend some time with this first is­sue of HER.

Have ideas for sto­ries or sug­ges­tions on how we can im­prove HER Mag­a­zine? I'd love to hear from you. Shoot me an email at lwells@hotsr. com.

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