Inspired By Success

 What started you on your career path?  I’ve spent 50 years studying, practicing, and teaching the martial arts, a career first inspired in 1966 when I saw Bruce Lee on TV in The Green Hornet. As I immersed myself in the practice, I came to understand that, like most factors that make up a life worth living, the real work…

Brett Denton

 What is your definition of success?  My definition of success means being the kind of person who impacts the world such that my children are, and their progeny will be, proud of who I am for them and what I've created in honor of them.  What is something you are proud of?

Inspired by Success

 What is your definition of success?  The ability to create positive change in the community and working to leave my corner of the world better than when I came into it.  What is something you are passionate about?

Inspired By

 What is your definition of success?  For me, success is when the people who know me know that I care about them and want the best for them.  What is something you are passionate about?

Michael Mohica

I was born and raised on the North Shore on Oahu and moved to Idaho to attend the Boise State Culinary Program, graduating in 2000. My passion was to learn from the best and bring the flavor of Polynesian cuisine to a state where it was mostly unheard of. During this transition in life, I realized my desire to do…

Inspired by Success

 How did you get started on your career path?  I was kicked out of the corporate nest when my job was outsourced in 2007. I decided to turn my hobby into a money-earning business. I already had the majority of equipment needed to get started. I made business cards and sent a massive email to all my family and friends, and I…

Inspired by Success

 What started your career path?  One of our four kids was adopted from the foster care system 11 years ago. She had significant needs that forced our family to navigate a flawed mental and behavioral health system that kept us in a cycle of crisis. Due to significant needs and family crisis, we placed her in a residential care facility three…

Inspired by Success

 What set you on your career path with the BSA?  As a kid, I only made it to the Tenderfoot Scout rank—second of seven ranks. I truly loved scouting, but my troop did not have consistent leadership. I made a commitment long ago that if I ever served as an adult volunteer, I would be the kind of leader I wished for…

Inspired by Success

 What set you on your career path?  I worked as a commercial fisherman and served in the military before deciding to attend college. I knew if I was going to spend the time, money and energy required to get a degree, I wanted a rewarding career. Journalism was a good choice because it's challenging, interesting and lets me make a…

Inspired by Success

 What defining moments set you on your career path?  Susan: Wanting to create jobs for women inspired me.   Roshan: Choosing a career where I could be creative and use my leadership skills to help my family and community. 

Inspired by Success

 What defining moments set you on your career path?  My faith journey began at a young age, which gives me tremendous inspiration, guidance and strength in the work I do today. As a successful entrepreneur, my grandfather taught me the value of self-reliance, hard work and risk-taking, which to this day provides a solid foundation for all that I am involved with. My…

Inspired by Success

 What defining moments set you on your career path?  I quit college after two years. I realized one day that I did not want to be a teacher in our school system. I soon joined corporate America with a national lender.  I quickly worked my way up to a management position before starting my own lending company.

What Are You Working on with Hammer & Stain

Hammer & Stain owner Jennifer Braaskma tells us about her business hosting public workshops that teach you how to use paint and stain to transform your unfinished wood project into a custom-designed piece of art.

Inspired by Success

When did you know you were going to have a career in art?

Lindsay Grantham

 What defining moments set you on your career path?  I enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom for 14 years. However, I always found such joy and fulfillment when I was at the gym, and the fitness environment stretched me, pushed me, challenged me and gave me purpose. I joined Orangetheory Fitness as a Founding Member in January 2016 and instantly knew it…

Inspired by Success

 What defining moments set you on your career path?  After being in the high-tech industry for several years with a part-time janitorial business on the side, the demand for care services from our senior clients emerged to a point that couldn’t be ignored. From there, we allowed the business to change and become who we are today.  What motivates you?

Inspired by Success

 What defining moments set you on your career path?  My career path launched at a very young age, maybe 10 years old, watching my hero, Jacques Cousteau, explore the undersea world from his ship Calypso. The sense of adventure and discovery I felt then turned to action when, aged 18 years, I drove the length of Africa with a rag-tag bunch of…

Inspired by Success

 What defining moments set you on your career path?   I believe that it's always about timing and being prepared to see the path. People are often presented with an opportunity, but if they are not prepared, they will not see it.    I was in college working for a nationwide retail company, and I was given the opportunity to start a retail management…

Fall Fashion 2018

 Article Tanya Carnahan | Photography Julie Meyer  I Beni Boutique, 2845 E. Overland Road, Suite 130, Meridian, Idaho, 208.999.0274,  SHIFT Boutique, 807 W. Bannock St., Boise, Idaho, 208.331.7806,

Shelf Design 101

My design style is warm, modern, eclectic. When I decorate shelves, I start with a theme or color palette. Then mimic and repeat my accessories with similar pieces or coordinating vessels. I also add pops of greenery/organic succulents to soften the openings. Less is definitely more, but most important is the scale and overall theme. That is what I believe draws your eye in…

8 Tips to Better Health for Entrepreneurs

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Sporty Snacks

A good number of sports involve the use of a ball. In honor of the sports issue, I'm sharing two sphere-shaped snacks. These fun size appetizers will be a hit with any crowd. Each of these recipes makes 18 bites. My boys loved the chicken bites and had a hard time limiting themselves to three each. For a crowd, you…

Apple Tart Topped with 
Salted Caramel Ice-Cream

Heat oven to 400º F. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and the flour in large bowl. Stir in apples. The sugar-flour mixture 
 will not all stick to the apples; that’s OK.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This delicious salad is my go-to side item for any summer potluck or barbecue. Every time I serve it, someone asks for the recipe. I’m happy to share it, and always mention that if you are short on time, buy candied cashews and wonton salad toppers. You can skip to step 3, but the homemade strawberry dressing is worth the…

Watermelon Cooler

Watermelon is the iconic summer fruit. If you love watermelon and want to try something new, this refreshing watermelon cooler is quick and tasty. You can also freeze this recipe in ice cube trays to add a flavor burst to your other summer beverages.

Mrs. Ronneburg’s Cinnamon Rolls

The heavenly smell of baking cinnamon rolls makes a house feel like a home. When my friend Nancy Ronneburg shared this quick and easy cinnamon roll recipe with me, I was delighted. When other aspects of my house make me want to run and hide, in under 45 minutes, I can have a delicious treat for my family and a…

Aunt Dru’s Old Fashioned Banana Bread with a Twist

One of the smells that remind me of my home is my Aunt Dru's banana bread. I make this when I want to bring back memories of my childhood, and I am sure it will for you as well.

Travel Edit

travel at top- Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, brings a few local favorites along with her as she hits the streets of New York CIty.

The Benefits of Honey

Honey is great for your skin! Did you know that raw organic honey is great for your skin too? Honey has natural antibacterial properties, so it is an effective acne treatment option, and it is loaded with antioxidants and enzymes, so it helps boost your skin’s immunity and fights free radicals to help slow down aging.

December 2016 Parting Thoughts

Muffled voices from the living room trickled into my childhood bedroom. I was 5 years old. Groggy and hair askew, I sauntered out in my Little Mermaid pajamas into a scene of bustle and clamor. The house was packed with people: my aunt, uncle and cousin. Both of my parents. Members of my aunt's extended family visiting from out of…

The Friendliest Place on Earth

I had just moved to Boise. I didn’t know my way around yet… Where should I do my grocery shopping? Where’s the nearest post office? What church should I attend? Time to get started, I drove to the local Winco ready to conduct my first “audition." Perhaps this would be my new grocery store.

Cool as a Cumcumber

Slice cucumbers into wedges. Bring water and vinegar to boil; mix in sugar and salt. Stir until dissolved. Turn off heat and let cool. Meanwhile, prep the garlic. Peel the garlic cloves and then give them a smash.

in the 

Preheat oven at 250 degrees F. Prepare a 9" X 9" baking pan with parchment paper allowing the paper to hang over the edges and spray with cooking spray.

Beach Bag Essentials

Whether you are going to the beach or hitting the cabana at the club, make sure your beach bag is on-point and packed with all the essentials. We rounded up some of our favorite beach bag requisites and it all starts with the amazing African Rays tote from PilyQ.

5 DIY Car Care Projects

It’s no secret that regular maintenance helps prolong the life and performance of your vehicle, but you may be surprised by how many routine maintenance tasks you can complete by yourself at home. Get in the garage this winter and tackle that cabin fever with these DIY car care projects that can be done all at once and not only…

Traveling Light is a Heavy Task

I've always been one of those "travel light" snobs. Nothing beats that free feeling of weaving briskly through airports with a dainty spinner grip in one hand, and a feathery boarding pass in the other. Pre-flight, I always notice overburdened pilgrims lined up at the check-in cattle pens. They stand three, motionless, waiting to weigh in their Samsonite beasts. I…

May 2016 Parting Thoughts

A year ago, my company offered me a promotion—a showcase account, more money, opportunity to grow. The position was in Washington, which meant moving from Boise, where we’d lived for 30 years. My wife and I visited the new place on a sunny glass-clear March day. The job looked challenging, but in a good way. We questioned everything else—about finding…

Entertaining With Your Shoes Off Doesn’t Equal The Barefoot Contessa

Okay, let’s talk entertaining, but I am not Martha Stewart. I envy the Barefoot Contessa, I’m overwhelmed by Rachel Ray, LOVE Emeril, and want to have my very own Crate & Barrel/Pottery Barn/Williams Sonoma combination of the world’s biggest pantry! I need personal in-home cooking lessons, a maid, two dishwashers, a large patio stocked with wonderful furniture, a personal trainer,…

Join the Great Purge & Clean of 2016

Happy New Year! Now that you’ve got your fitness and wellness goals firmly in place, it’s time to look closely at the space around you and ask yourself, “Are things looking a little cluttered?” or “Are my closets bursting at the seams?” Why not set a goal to de-clutter and, more importantly, to simplify this year?

Mobilize the Forces

During a recent 12 hour drive, I was able to spend the better part of a day listening to one of my very favorite voices. Tom Brokaw narrated his book, The Time of Our Lives, as I drove my boys through several southern states as we made our way to the sunny shores of western Florida. My boys were plugged…

Home Real Home

 I’m a creative. I pretend to be a designer.  My entire job is to encourage women that they can create a beautiful, meaningful home. I’ve done it all wrong but I’m learning that it’s really not about the stuff at all, even when making a home.  If I want my home to be a place of connection, I’ll ask genuine questions…


My adventures in brewing and beer began in the mid 90s. At the time I worked for a small company in Solana Beach, California. A couple guys at work started home brewing, and would bring their beer in to sample on Friday afternoons. I was given a basic home brew kit as a gift, and soon my version of Dr.…

Welcome to My Menagerie

Dog lovers, cat hoarders, bird feeders, snake keepers and friends of all furries, listen up. We have a fish. One lousy, tiny fish. And I resent it.

I Live Next Door to What’s-His-Name

This month is our street’s annual block party. What shall we bring? Something meatless, of course. Fortunately there are other vegetarians on our street, so we don’t feel like complete odd balls. But the only way we found that out was by attending a previous block party. That’s where we found out that we have Presbyterians and Libertarians and a…

To Fly is to Live

Words Todd B. Natenberg “So who actually read the waiver before they signed it?” the instructor asked. Sheepish grins crossed my entire class of some 10 people. “Exactly,” he continued, “because we know if you had, not one of you would still be here.” The group erupted in laughter. “Now we are going to watch … Continued

Adventure is a Nine-Letter Word

The word "adventure" conjures up different images for different people, and let's face it; some images are just prettier than others. For my hard-core outdoorsy friends, adventure means tackling the Appalachian Trail with three pounds of dried beans, a tarp the size of a Kleenex and a compass. Just to fluff things up a bit, they might take a change…

The Art of the RSVP

I was, walking down the aisle on the arm of my tuxedo-clad father, beaming from ear to ear when it happened. I spotted a guest, a college friend standing tall above the rest at six and a half feet. But the problem was not my very tall college friend, nor the perfect organ music, flowing ivy and flowers or my…