Kelly McCorkle Parkison has never been one to back down from a challenge. In 2002 she won the Miss South Carolina title, placing in thetop 15 at the Miss America pageant. In 2005 she competed on The Amazing Race, a reality show adventure that took her around the world. And now while serving as a pastor’s wife and mom to five children, including one adopted last year from India, she’s finding time to write a book and launch a non-profit called LOFT 218 to help orphans and human trafficking victims. Learn all about this amazing lady in the October issue of Belle in our Girl Talk column!
I also had the opportunity to spend a weekend in the Triangle of North Carolina for my piece on Durham. The big takeaway from that weekend getaway article is that you cannot visit Durham without stopping at Loaf and buying me– I mean you– the twice-baked almond croissant. It’s a little, flaky piece of heaven on earth.
And since the October issue is all about women who are making a difference, I also profiled local ladies who are doing just that. From rescuing slaves to fostering children, local women are changing the world by loving others. These super heroes are committed to making the world a better place for generations to come. And keep an eye on the Belle Magazine Facebook page because on October 19 we’ll be launching a giveaway featuring ethically made goodies from a new women-owned local company called Given.