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What do you want to be when you grow up?  Almost everyone was asked at least once while a child. Some of us are still trying to figure it out. The answer to that question is really about one’s ambition. But I am here to tell you no matter how big your ambitions are, don’t let them distract you from excelling in your current role. I learned that lesson from my mother. Her childhood dream was to become an artist.  She liked drawing, but her family couldn’t afford any drawing lessons for her.  In addition, the Chinese government at that time divided Chinese people into “good” versus “bad” social classes. Communist party members and industrial workers were good; business owners, intellectuals, professionals and artists were bad.  Being in a bad social class meant a lifetime of discrimination, harassment or even persecution. So my mother went to nursing school. By Helen Raleigh

Larkburger describes itself as a “culinary focused burger joint,” and has 13 locations statewide. The restaurant chain uses natural ingredients and makes its own sauces and dressings in-house. It commercially composts all post-consumer waste (except ketchup packets) for a total of 1,500 to 3,500 pounds of waste kept out of the landfills. The takeout packaging is made from plants, potato and cornstarch. Larkburger recycles aluminum and glass, uses energy-efficient kitchen equipment, and the interior walls are lined with fallen, reclaimed cypress. By Maria Martin & Nora Caley

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This time of year, many of us struggle with getting back into “summer” shape. It seems that at the end of the season, we always have a few extra pounds to lose. But every year, no matter how resolute we are, we throw in the towel after a few weeks. By the Vail Vitality Center

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