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Thank you for picking up the first edition of the Charisma+2 Quarterly.
I created this as a means to showcase gamers, models, and industry professionals
who fully realize that, yes, we are gamers, but also real people too!
If you would like to have a printed copy of it, please visit Cplus2magazine.com/issues
Sometimes we need inspiration, sometimes we have some hope
to give. At times, we just want to be fun and silly or play games and cosplay.
Other times, we simply want to discover the real story of the lives behind some of the
industry’s leading professionals (such as will be showcased in our column, “Level Up IRL”).
We also get emails asking, “whatever happened to___ (model)?”
You will get to read about some of the incredible things our former and
current models have been doing.
Eight years ago, I made a very conscientious choice to uplift spirits, provide
safe haven, and create possibilities for girls (now guys too) in the gaming industry.
I had Three Rules: No Jerks, No Drama, and Always Be Professional. These tenants
still stand and have brought together some of the finest guys and girls I have ever met.
Each decision at Charisma+2 has been based with some crucial foundational
questions in mind. Will this: encourage the hopeless? represent without bias the
strengths of those who apply? instill a strong business ethic that can be carried over
into the workplace after they move on? benefit those less privileged? and make
sound business sense?
In addition, choosing to have strict authentic geek standards, narrowed me to reject
non-gamer Playboy and mainstream models who would have brought in significant
revenue, but not complied with the other requirements. It may have taken a bit more
work to get the agency where I wanted by sticking to my principles, but I do not regret
it because it meant I was able to keep my self integrity and that of my agency.
Going forward in 2015, we look forward to expanding our celebrations of some
fabulous geek girls and guys who are friends of Charisma+2 featuring the crafts,
charity work, and excitement of people just like you!
This past year seemed to move by in a blink. And while I dread getting older,
I look forward to the fact that a new year means a dozen new issues of my
This month is all about healthy living and, being the paragon of sedentary
lifestyle that I am, I learned a ton. For example, I learned that coffee, while
delicious and required for daily activity, is not an acceptable food group. That
said, I still encourage readers to take a peek at Tess Catlett’s feature on Relevant
Roasters (page 14), a new roastery in Memphis’ up-and-coming arts district that
packs a bunch of tasty and rare beans that you won’t find anywhere else. And
speaking of things with a disputed position on the food pyramid, we’ve also
got a feature on the sometimes-a-fruit-but-not-really goodness of tomatoes
Then there’s our main features for this month, a pair of beautifully designed
and fun pieces on living an active life in the MidSouth without breaking too
much of a sweat. Not many can say they spent their whole work week studying
golf (page 62) or observing yoga (page 68), but these sort of fun diversions are
pretty much par for the course for Click’s staff.
In the spirit of good health, we’ve eschewed our normal cocktail feature this
month in favor of a delicious smoothie from So Fresh Mobile Juice Bar, The
Blueberry Matcha (page 20). I had one of these myself and rest assured, it’s
somehow tastier than any milkshake.
So from all of us here at Click to the rest of the MidSouth: Have a great 2015.
Love what you do, do what you love. And I promise we won’t judge if you break
a resolution or two.
Tennis is a game of motion.
Ambitious stars and absorbing story
lines will make this Australian Open
an ongoing adventure.
The first Grand Slam of the season
begins a fertile month for fresh
starts, but this Australian Open is
about renewing ongoing power
Five-time champion Serena Williams
aims to return to the final for the
first time in five years and retain her
top spot. No. 2 Maria Sharapova
warmed up for Melbourne winning
Brisbane and can close the gap on
Williams with a deep run.
French Open finalist Simona Halep
and Wimbledon champion Petra
Kvitova, who each won hard-court
tune-up titles, are both capable
of playing deep into the second
week as is two-time champion Vika
Azarenka, now a dangerous floater
who renews her annual Australian
Open rivalry with Sloane Stephens
in the first round. A recharged Venus
Williams will try to sustain the form
she showed winning her 46th career
title in Auckland.
On the men’s side, world No. 1
Novak Djokovic is back at his most
successful Slam playing for a
fifth Australian Open title as Stan
Wawrinka launches defense of his
first Grand Slam title. Roger
Federer tries to extend an
astounding run of 11 consecutive
Melbourne semifinals, while Rafael
Nadal aims to shake the struggles
he’s experienced since falling in the
Wimbledon fourth round.
Australia offers the prospect of
arrivals and departures. Contesting
his 19th consecutive Australian
Open, 2005 finalist Lleyton Hewitt
may be making his Melbourne
farewell. A wave of young Aussies,
including Nadal’s Wimbledon
conqueror, Nick Kyrgios, and
Thanasi Kokkinakis are intent on
making their mark.
Spin is vital to the pro game—it
makes the dynamic angles, dipping
passes and devious drop shots
possible—but in Melbourne players
can’t feign preparation. A sometime
sweltering sun and steamy
conditions can drain the desire and
legs from even the fittest specimens
in the field. You can’t fake fitness
The journey through Oz can be
demanding, but the ride is often
rewarding. We hope you enjoy it and
this preview issue.
We are the past, present and future.
Look at the history of wakeboarding and you’ll see the longest-standing
brand in the sport is Hyperlite. Born in 1991 on the shores of Lake
Sammamish, Hyperlite has always been and continues to be a pioneer in
the wake industry. As the sport of Wakeboarding grows, we grow with
it - evolving our brand and creating revolutionary products.
We are free riders, contest riders, boat and cable riders.
No matter your style or preferred method of pull, our diverse product line
is designed to help elevate your riding. The result of thousands of hours
of research and development from an innovative team of shapers, riders
and manufacturers, we are focused on providing you the highest quality
equipment that’s engineered to keep up with the ever changing landscape
of our sport.
We are pro athletes who inspire, families who play together, and friends
who share a passion.
Our focus has always been on the sport - how to push the limits, make it
grow, and help others discover the sheer joy of standing sideways on the
water. Every ounce of our brand is devoted to wakeboarding and the riders
who love it as much as we do.
Trust our heritage, get to know our team, and look forward to what’s next
We are Wakeboarding.
Another year has come and gone and January always tends to be a little
quiet with everyone focused on New Year’s resolutions and catching up
from the holidays. Lucky for you, there are still several options when it
comes to being entertained or getting involved in the community for
those of you who aren’t slowing down. Check out our calendar of events and absorb
all the great info in this issue, but don’t stop there. Visit our website and sign up for
our email blast so you can stay informed of weekly specials, promotions and area
We had a lot of fun working with High 5 Productions on our cover story featuring the
trend in facial hair. Sporting their own burly look and knowing their talent behind the
lens, they were the perfect partners to have on this project. Moving on to being active,
hundreds of young professionals have been a part of the kickball frenzy for the past few
years. Our city now has a soft foam dodgeball league, which is a great way to make new
friends and stay active. One of our favorite local artists, Davis Nix, has released his first
album. You can read all about his success and make plans to attend some of his concert
dates in Now Hear This. If helping others was one of your resolutions, our article
about Friendship Mission is a must read, as they are looking for more support and
volunteers. As always, the LIST is a great way to get to know some local entrepreneurs
and executives making their mark in Montgomery. If you know someone that deserves
recognition, please visit our website and fill out the nomination form.
We are excited about our new interns, Jessica Klinner from AUM and Bethany Wilson
from Troy, both of whom will be great assets to our team. Be sure to say hello to them
when you see them out and about. Thank you for being a loyal reader and for starting
another year with us!
Last year, at the dawn of 2014, I was
apprehensive about what the new year
would bring. Things were changing in Austin and
the magazine business, and for the first time in a long
time, I was having a hard time seeing the path laid out
before us. So we did the only thing we were absolutely
sure of: We put one foot in front of the other, one issue
after the next and made a commitment to really listen
to our readers and advertisers about what they were
looking for from us. And we got our answer, loud and
clear. Do more of what we do best: inspiration, real
and authentic connections with women in Austin,
information about this great city we inhabit and,
yes, more beauty, fashion and glam.
Throughout the year, we have been adding,
changing and tweaking, but with this January 2015
issue, we present to you a re-packaged, re-defined
commitment to all things women and all things
Austin. I am so thankful for our amazing team, who
work tirelessly and filled with passion on Austin
Woman. The creative and design team—Deb, Niki,
Molly, Jen—did an amazing job diving deep and
coming up with creative editorial plans and a beautiful
new design to house them. Cynthia, Kelly and
Maggie brought great ideas from the field so we can
make sure to follow the pulse of our readers and
supporters. We present this newly designed issue—
and all the future issues to come—with love and
appreciation for you, our readers and this great city
full of extraordinary women.
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Since 1972, Mongoose has been inspired by some of the top competitive riders in the world. Their spirit lives in every bike we’ve made. Our world-class dirt, vert and street BMX Riders continue to push the limits on our freestyle bikes and inspired key elements of the 2015 range.
In addition to Mongoose rider Chris Akrigg, we have added two top mountain bike riders Greg Watts and Mike Montgomery who are pushing the boundaries of the sport every day; they live and breathe the soul of Mongoose.
Our collaboration with top professional riders allows Mongoose to provide an inspired product line that provides confidence on any terrain, for the pro or the first time rider. Conquer gravity, attack the hills, never be average.
Last years release of the Mountain rack was a huge success.
e response from the the low pro-le 3 3/4" height rack
weighing in at a featherweight 3.8 pounds was overwhelming.
Customers noticed that by dropping the center of mass, and
lowering all the weight that is carried in the rack, there
snowmobile performed better under load. e Mountain racks
design allowing Ski Doo XM factory Holes to be used to install
the rack was an added bonus as well. eabuse of rollovers and
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lightweight Mountain rack. A unanimous winner!
Love skiing? Then you’ll love the Skimax Holiday 2015
Southern Hemisphere Brochure. Our destinations include
New Zealand, Australia and South America.
We are proudly independently Australian owned and have been arranging
ski holidays for the past 17 years.
Our core passion is to deliver quality ski packages at the right price
together with solid and uncomplicated service. We have a dedicated team
of ski/board enthusiasts who have travelled far and wide, experiencing the
various resort destinations we sell. All of our consultants have worked and
lived in a ski resort somewhere in the world! They are always on hand to
provide expert, first hand advice tailoring a package perfectly suited to the
needs of the passenger.
We specialise in all types of product, catering for families, individuals and
groups at all different price levels.
I am proud to preside over such a dedicated, professional bunch of people
in our ‘Skimax Family’ and we look forward to welcoming you with our
friendly service and arranging a dream ski holiday for you.
Since the founding years of Wakeboarding and Wakeskating it’s been
my dream to build a company that pushes the way people ride and
look at the board sports we love. Combining Butch’s endless hours
of hands on shaping and design with the team’s loyal and endless
talents, we’ve once again been able to build a fresh new line that
includes the most innovative construction methods and front line
knowledge. We are friends and family driven by our passion to create
quality, unique products that have been truly ridden, re-designed and
ridden again in order to provide you with the finest tools to progress
our sport. This is not our job, this is our life. Enjoy the finest Byerly
collection ever assembled and thank you for your continued support.
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Easter is here, which can only mean one thing....the year is flying past at a rapid pace and before we know it we will be discussing all things 2014! Wowsers!
For those of you looking to move permanently to enjoy a slice of paradise, this issue we have some amazing properties available for sale and for rent, as well as a great article offering tips on purchasing your own piece of heaven and how to ensure you are getting what you paid for. Our April-May issue also covers all things, from
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