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It was an honor to be a part of the Bridge the Gap Senior Living Podcast Bonus feature with the first female NFL official Sarah Thomas. Podcast hosts Josh Crisp and Lucas McCurdy released the regular week’s episode discussing Thomas’ relation to the senior care industry, her upbringing and experience entering the National Football League.

The BTG Bonus episode is a behind-the-scenes conversation where Thomas discusses the work-life balance of being a mom, an NFL official, and an in-home hospice caregiver. It’s real. It’s raw. It’s worth a listen!

Listen to the BTG Bonus episode with video here.

Full BTG episode with Sarah Thomas here.

It was a pleasure to hear from keynote speaker and football legend Lou Holtz at the NHI Music City Symposium in Nashville, Tenn. The 2019 Symposium welcomed leaders from the senior living industry for a time of networking, education and collaboration with fellow thought leaders.

”Goals changed my whole life‬,” Lou Holtz. It was an impactful message on life and leadership with stories and memories of lessons learned from the football legend.

”You’re successful when you help others become significant,” Lou Holtz.


Three Pedal for Alzheimer’s team members were named 2019 Hincapie Sportswear Ambassadors! I will join Josh Crisp and Pam Bettis-Tanner (two-time Pedal for Alzheimer’s cyclists) along with 28 additional cyclists as Ambassadors for the Hincapie apparel brand.

I am excited to represent the Hincapie family by promoting new cycling apparel, custom designs and special offers.

Follow me on social media @SaraMitchellTV for updates! Use promo code SARAMITCHELL at checkout.

SHEEX Commercial

It was a privilege to recently join SHEEX co-owner Michelle Marciniak along with others in a company commercial that features the “ridiculously soft” sleep performance sheets.

Watch the commercial here:

Marciniak is a former University of Tennessee Lady Vol basketball 1996 National Championship MVP and co-founder of Pedal for Alzheimer’s, Ltd., the 501(c)3 non-profit charitable platform committed to organizing cycling events to raise money, create awareness, and provide education towards the mission of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.

East Tennessee Entrepreneur Dads Cycle for Alzheimer’s
Six Dads Pedal 1,098 Miles in 11 Days to Honor Pat Summitt and Raise Funds

3:00 a.m. 4:00 a.m. 5:00 a.m. Those are normal alarm clock times for the six dads from East Tennessee who are preparing for the 11-day, 1,098-mile charity bike ride, Pedal for Alzheimer’s.

None are full time cyclists; they are all entrepreneurs, they manage their families, business, training, fundraising, and each have a reason for pedaling for Alzheimer’s.

By the time the sun is rising and the rest of the world begins to awake, Brandon Bruce, Josh Crisp, Joe Graves, Matt Padgett, Chris West, and Jonathan Williams have had a cup of coffee, pedaled dozens of miles and are already back home showering, eating breakfast, and preparing for the work day.

And that’s only the beginning of a training day.

“Life doesn’t stop just because you’re going to go do something awesome like (Pedal for Alzheimer’s)…the schedule is just that (much) more important,” Matt Padgett said. “You have to do the things on your calendar when you’re supposed to do them and (you) just do as you say you’re gonna do.”

The 1,098-mile Pedal for Alzheimer’s charity ride adds one more piece to the already complicated puzzle, combing work life, family life and spiritual life with an intensive training schedule to be physically, emotionally and mentally ready for eleven back-to-back days in the saddle.img_0199

Crisp, who has a nine-year-old son Joel, six-year-old son Judah and four-year-old daughter Lyla, Founder and President of Solinity, and Co-Founder of Pedal for Alzheimer’s, Ltd. reflects on his training, “The hardest part of training on the weekends is leaving my blonde-haired baby girl who looks up and says, ‘Daddy, can I ride bikes with you today?’ I know she doesn’t understand now, but I’m hopeful she will find a passion like I have and work hard at whatever it is.”

Each of the cyclists, at one point or another, has wondered if the commitment to the event is worth the sacrifice.

“It’s more than just work and training; it’s the whole physical, emotional, spiritual balance and then you couple that with family life, work life, being a dad, being a husband, being involved in everything I’m involved in…,” Crisp said. “It’s really easy to make up excuses as to why you don’t have balance, but at the end of the day, we’re all kind of given the same 24 hours.”

To make the most of the 24 hours in a day, Crisp evaluates his use of time and cuts out what he calls “mindless consumption” to make the most of each day.

“I started getting up at on average at 4 a.m. and using that time that I would have been mindlessly consuming information and I put that into positive energy in training,” Crisp said.IMG_1527

Matt Padgett, Founder of Keystone Mortgage, also tries to spend his time purposefully by being fully present when spending time with family, clients, friends and while training.

“I have a family. I have a business. But they aren’t operating at 3 a.m.,” Padgett says as he reflects on his favorite training quote, “Champions are made in solitude.” He says he hopes his sons, 2-year-old Bram and 5-year-old Greyson, will one day know that there is nothing that can’t be done if they put their minds to it. “Even if they don’t meet their goal, there is so much to learn through the process.”

While training for this year’s Pedal for Alzheimer’s ride has been the focus for many of the cyclists, the dads are hoping their children are also learning lessons from the process.

While watching his kids grow up together, Brandon Bruce, Founder of software company Cirrus Insight, said the most fun part of the past year has been watching his children, 8-year-old Sonoma and 6-year-old Carson, start to ride their bikes.

“The proudest part is seeing them ride together,” Bruce said. “I remember all the adventures my brother and I had once we both got on our bikes and it’s that first real taste of freedom…imagining some of the adventures they’ll go on together is exciting”

Along with riding their bikes, Bruce proudly knows that his kids are capable of accomplishing goals because of their athleticism and strength.

“It’s just a question of what goals are they going to set,” Bruce said. “And then once they do, they’re probably going to remember the stuff that I’ve done, the stuff that their mom has done, and then say ‘okay, cool, we’ll just do it!’”

Tennessee native and cyclist, Chris West, who is the father to 12-year-old Trevor, 17-year-old Brady, 22-year-old Zachary and 25-year-old Caitlin, said he hopes his training and participation in physical fitness-focused charity events like Pedal for Alzheimer’s will help stress the importance of health.

“I’m definitely not in the best shape I could be in, but I hope my kids see that keeping physically fit and healthy is a strong portion of this as well,” West said. “I hope they see that helping others…is something that really drives me on this.”

Dr. Joe Graves, Pediatric Ear Nose and Throat surgeon, smiles talking about his adult children, says he has used cycling and training for the ride to keep a balance.img_0140

“Cycling, for me, provides part of that balance in life that allows me to stay focused on the things that are most important. It’s really been like a therapy for me,” Graves said. “It’s something that is part of my life. I’ve always had an active lifestyle, I’ve always been an athlete and cycling is something you can do your entire life and it works for me.”

So why are these dads balancing it all? Training continuously, fundraising and spreading awareness about Alzheimer’s on top of their normal daily responsibilities?

“I think so many times, people don’t live a life of purpose,” Padgett said. “If you use all of your time purposefully, then you can actually have a purpose for why you’re doing something, then I think you can get a lot more accomplished.”

Bruce is riding in memory of his great, great aunt Lillian who had Alzheimer’s.

“She was a talented artist famous for her ducks and her raindrops,” Bruce said. “I still remember when she taught me and my brother how to paint a raindrop when we were little. Every time we saw her, she talked about how grateful she was. I will always remember her example of a life well lived.”

This ride gives him a chance to tell her story. And ride for others who are facing Alzheimer’s.

Prior to Crisp’s bike training, Joel, Judah and Lyla didn’t show much interest in riding a bike for fear of falling. Now, they’re not afraid to fall.

“It tells me they want to mimic me which is further evidence that they’re always watching and they want to be taught and they want to learn and they want to mimic the leaders in their lives,” Crisp said. “It’s an extra accountability to me to know that they’re watching and they’re wanting to mimic the things I’m doing. They are my blessings and I hope this event is just one example they can follow.”

This team of cycling dads, along with three other cyclists, set off on Oct. 7 with a 65-mile loop ride in Knoxville, Tennessee then will begin the next ten days pedaling into the Great Smoky Mountains to North and South Carolina, riding down the Georgia and Florida coasts, finally arriving in Daytona Beach, Florida on Oct.17.

With just weeks until the start of the ride, Padgett is focusing on the journey and not just the outcome.

“This is not just 11 days with cool people for a great cause. This is everything going in to it to build the confidence and the mental stamina and the physical stamina,” Padgett said. “Anything in life worth doing is not easy. And for those people who think it is, they unfortunately won’t be able to reap the huge rewards.”

So with each morning at 3:00AM, 4:00AM, and 5:00AM as alarms begin sounding and helmets go on, the Pedal for Alzheimer’s dads are preparing for another day of training, another opportunity to hug their children and wives, another chance to impact someone in their businesses, and it is one more day to make a difference for those with Alzheimer’s disease.

Pedal for Alzheimer’s, LTD. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable platform committed to organizing cycling events to raise money, provide education and increase awareness surrounding the mission of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. The Pedal for Alzheimer’s organization was co-founded in 2017 by Josh Crisp and Michelle Brooke-Marciniak. Crisp is the founder of Pedal for Pat, a 1,098-mile cycling event created for to honor the legacy of the late University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt who died of Alzheimer’s in 2016. Crisp founded Pedal for Pat out of a desire to extend the legendary Summitt’s platform by raising awareness and donations for The Pat Summitt Foundation and The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Pedal for Alzheimer’s is a charitable organization overseen by board members, including Michelle Brooke-Marciniak, Josh Crisp, Sally Jenkins, Jenny Moshak and Dr. Kevin Sprouse.

Six east TN Dads pedal 1,098 miles in 11 days to honor Pat Summitt and raise funds for Alzheimer's. None are full time…

Posted by Pedal for Alzheimer's on Sunday, September 30, 2018

This article was written by Kylie Hubbard & Sara Mitchell of Solinity.

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Chacha or waltz? Upbeat and sassy or smooth and elegant?

It’s the 10th Annual and final Dancing with the Knoxville Stars fundraising event for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and I am pleased to be part of the cast of dancers!

Dance Tonight Knoxville paired me with dance pro Kris Hazard who is not only a fantastic choreographer, actor, and professional dancer, he is a great dance instructor. Dancing with the Knoxville Stars

It was an exciting night where Kris and I danced a chacha to “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man. We finished second overall with 28 out of 30 points and third in fundraising with over $10,000 raised for ETCH.

Thank you to the businesses who donated to ETCH on my behalf:  Solinity, Clayton Homes, DeRoyal Industries, Engert Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Phillips & Jordan, plus many other friends, family and supporters!

Celebrity Dancers and professional partners:
Leslie Ackerson / Jeremiah King
Tyrone Beach / Stephanie Braeuner
Heather Haley / Jeremy Norris
Laura Halm / Gaberial Akers
Lisa Henderson / Al Henriquez
Sara Mitchell / Kris Hazard
Dr. Amit Patel / Emily Norris
Sylvia Peters / Talon Hill
Wes Rucker / Rachel Henriquez

Dancing with the Knoxville Stars 2018 Full Performance from East TN Children’s Hospital on Vimeo.

What a way to start the new year! In the months of January and February, I was thrilled to drive a Lexus luxury vehicle from Lexus of Knoxville for the 2018 campaign:  Lexus Driver Experience.

It was an honor to drive the newest wheels and test out unmatched features and tools that make driving in a Lexus unlike any other vehicle.

During my time as a Lexus Influencer, I was fortunate to drive the NX 300, IS 300, and ES 350. Some of the standard but nonetheless bonus features I enjoyed most were heated/cooled seats, sunroofs, digital touchscreen audio controls, driving assist, and touch-less lift gates.

Aside from excellent vehicles, Lexus of Knoxville is also devoted to the community and those living in East Tennessee. As part of the Lexus Driver Experience, I was pleased to participate in the Comfort Bears event where Lexus of Knoxville teamed up with B97 to collect stuffed animals that emergency first responders will have in their vehicles at the scene of emergencies to present to children who are facing crisis.

The 2017 Rivalry Thursday/H3 Playoffs season was one of the best! Games were action-packed and athletes made plays that surprised us each week. I loved sharing stories of coaching staffs, athletes, communities and student sections.

Thanks for welcoming our team into your home on Rivalry Thursday and H3 Playoffs!

August 17th Anderson Co. @ Carter
August 19th Bearden @ West
August 24th Morristown East @ Jefferson Co.
August 31st Morristown West @ Farragut
September 7th Bearden @ South-Doyle
September 14th South-Doyle @ Sevier Co.
September 21st Rockwood @ Harriman
September 28th Rhea Co. @ Catholic
October 5th Greenback @ Coalfield
October 12th Maryville @ Ooltewah
October 19th Central @ South-Doyle
October 26th Farragut @ Hardin Valley


Emcee of Endeavor Summit 2017

Over 500 participants gathered at the Mill & Mine in Knoxville, Tennessee for the second annual Endeavor Young Professional’s Summit 2017 sponsored by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce.

It was an honor to return as emcee of the event where I had the privilege of introducing community leaders, speakers and guests. The lineup of breakout session leaders and keynote speakers included entrepreneurs, local business executives, public speakers, and business savvy professionals. The theme of this year’s Endeavor Summit was “amplify your impact.”

Throughout the full-day event, individuals were encouraged to complete a service-to-go project of filling an “enrichment treat” for the animals at Zoo Knoxville.

The day concluded with a social hour where participants were invited to mix and mingle with young professionals, visit partner booths, and celebrate the day with live music and festivities.

Keynote Speaker: Hallerin Hilton Hill

Service-to-go project for Zoo Knoxville

Participants were invited to print personal t=shirts at The Print Truck

Endeavor 2017 Social Hour

July 4th Sweets & Treats

The fourth of July is so much more than cookouts, get-togethers, fireworks and food. This patriotic holiday is a great display of our celebration of the Declaration of Independence.

So what better way to celebrate than with red, white, and blue sweets and treats?

Take a look at these recipes of yummy patriotic items to share at your July 4th events!

Heart Healthy – Patriotic Parfait


  • Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain)
  • Fresh strawberries or raspberries
  • Fresh blueberries
  1. Wash strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.
  2. In individual snack size bowls, scoop ½ cup of Greek yogurt per bowl.
  3. Slice strawberries into bite sized pieces.
  4. Place strawberries slices or raspberries and blueberries over the yogurt.
  5. Let chill and serve.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size    Approx. 5 oz.
Calories           125
Sodium            90 mg
Sugars             19 g

*Fruit nutrition facts vary.
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be high or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Semi-healthy – Banana Sparklers

Blog - bananas Ingredients:

  • 4-6 large bananas
  • Nutella spread
  • Red, white & blue sprinkles
  • Wooden skewers
  1. Cut the bananas into halves.
  2. Insert one rod into each of the snack sized banana cuts.
  3. Heat 1 cup of Nutella in a microwave safe bowl until melted.
  4. Dip each banana cut into the Nutella, spread until the banana is covered.
  5. Shake sprinkles over Nutella-covered banana cuts.
  6. Place on serving dish and let chill.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size    1 Sparkler
Calories           150 calories*
Sugars             20g*

*Approximate nutrition facts based on fruit and Nutella dipping.
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be high or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Soul Healthy – Red Velvet Crinkle CookiesBlog - crinkle cookies


  • 1 red velvet cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ tsp. cornstarch
  1. Preheat over to 375°F
  2. Combine cake mix, eggs, butter and lemon zest in a large mixing bowl; stir until blended.
  3. Blend sugar and cornstarch in small mixing bowl.
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll dough balls in sugar mixture.
  5. Place 2-inches apart on cookie sheets.
  6. Bake 8-10 minutes or until firm.

Let cookies cool then place on a serving dish with a side of blueberries.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving size     1 cookie
Calories           71
Total Fat         2 g
Sodium            13 mg
Sugars             2 g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be high or lower depending on your calorie needs.