One day this spring, my daughter Tiffany and I went get makeovers at the new Ulta Beauty store in Rochester. I have always told her that being beautiful on the outside doesn’t matter if you are ugly on the inside. As I age, I’m even more inclined to focus on goodness rather than looks, but darn it, I want to look (and feel) good. I think my daughter is beautiful and I am especially proud of her accomplishments, her heart and her sense of self-worth. Look at our Rochester Women magazine team makeovers (page 10) and make an appointment to get your own makeover.

In this issue, I chose to feature Kayla Harwick and her journey of self-love (page 13). I met Kayla at church about twelve years ago when she was twelve years old. I’ve seen her grow from a pre-teen, high school and college graduate, and now a beautiful young woman. Over the years she has fought battles with worthiness and body image issues. I am so inspired by her journey and hope you are, too.

On the cover of this issue, we feature mompreneur Jennifer Becker who shares her love for food and service by running Bleu Duck Kitchen in Rochester (page 21). On top of managing a restaurant, she is a mom and newlywed. I wonder if she realizes her beauty and worth?

Find gifts for your sweet-tooth, sporty and pet moms in our Mother’s Day Gifts guide (page 16). When you will shop with our advertisers for gifts for Mother’s Day, graduation and Father’s Day this spring, please let them know you saw their ad in Rochester Women magazine.

Rochester Women magazine is co-hosting Women’s Ride Day at Bicycle Sports on Sunday, May 5. Join us for a bike maintenance clinic at 12:30 p.m. and either a shorter trail ride or longer road ride beginning at 1 p.m. Healthy treats will be provided by Fresh Thyme.

The Mother <—> Daughter Experience at Assisi Heights Spirituality Center is on Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11. Our keynote speaker on Friday evening is Allison Loftus, owner of Flourish Consulting, dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of women and teen girls. This great bonding experience for mothers and daughters will be right here in Rochester, so you can go back to your own home or stay overnight at Assisi Heights. Register at by Thursday, May 9.

You are beautiful, confident and worthy!