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The December/January issue of West Michigan Woman features our Readers' Choice Awards that highlight YOUR favorite local businesses and people who deserve to be recognized for the services and specialties they provide. Peek inside for other real-life stories about topics that matter most to women like you.


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From surfing and endurance competitions to starting her own business, Carrie Papke has always been one to try something new and dive head-first into the unknown. Even while growing up—despite not having any immediate active military ties beyond two grandparents who served—she always knew she wanted to do the same.
There was a time when I found myself torn between two decisions: to stay in a toxic relationship and allow my daughter to believe that violence equated love, or to flee an abusive situation, leaving behind everything I had, facing homelessness and the unknown.
If you've spent any time on the internet in the last year, you're already well aware that "no-makeup" makeup is trending. This fresh-faced take on a classic look is one that, while simple, might be intimidating to attempt if you're unsure where to begin. You're using makeup to make it look like you're not wearing hardly any makeup, after all.
Many of us have experienced varying career changes recently. Perhaps you've stepped into a management role for the first time, or are dealing with unprecedented challenges. Either way, great managers are key to companies striving for growth, especially at this particular moment in time.