COURTESY OF JANICE TAYLOR
COSTCO MEMBER Janice Taylor rolled out of bed one morning, pulled on her biggest pair of stretch pants and found
even those to be too tight. Aside from not wanting to buy
XXXL pants, Taylor faced health issues.
“My back hurt a good deal of the time, my cholesterol was
over 250 and I had to wear orthotics in my shoes,” says Taylor
from her home in New York City.
That night at a weight-loss meeting, as Taylor thought to
herself that she’d never reach her weight-loss goal, she heard
an inner voice say, “If you think you’re never going to make it,
you never will.” Taylor attributes the voice to Our Lady of
Weight Loss, who then encouraged Taylor to make weight
loss an art project. Over the course of the next year, Taylor
dropped 50 pounds and came up with 50 pieces of collage art.
Taylor even left her job in an investor-relations firm and
began finding work in her new call-
ing—as a weight-loss artist.
Taylor started a newsletter, which
was followed by her Web site,
fills her time by giving workshops and
talks. She’s also written Our Lady of
Weight Loss: Miraculous and
Motivational Musings from the Patron
Saint of Permanent Fat Removal
(Viking Studio, 2006), which is filled with tips and Taylor’s
colorful and inspirational artwork.—Stephanie E. Ponder
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72 The Costco Connection SEPTEMBER 2006
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WHILE WE WERE on
vacation in Cabo San Lucas,
our cab driver gave us a
nice tour on the way to our
time-share. One of his main
points of interest was Costco.
Since we had never been to
Cabo before, I thought that I
was hearing things, so I asked
him to please repeat. He
meant Costco alright! He
asked us if we wanted to stop
there before he took
us to our destination. So, off to
Costco we went. It was great!
Even better than at home. We
stocked up on all the essentials—cerveza (beer) and tequila.
Who would have thought?
—Heather and Ron Husted
Santa Barbara, California
Margit Novack (left) helps
Robert Sigmond unpack
his belongings in a retirement community.
A helping hand
“TAKING CARE OF aging parents can be a burden,” explains Costco
member Margit Novack, of Philadelphia, whose parents had both died
by the time she was 25. “But not having parents to look after is a burden of a different kind.”
Novack began looking for ways she could help seniors because she
believed that doing so would heal the void she felt from having lost her
parents. Her search led her to establish Moving Solutions (
solutions.com), a company that specializes in helping aging adults who
need to relocate. Her company also helps people in health crises and those
of any age who have a disability.
Moving Solutions helps clients in all aspects of relocating, from
planning their moves to settling—including the onerous task of sorting
through a lifetime of accumulated belongings. Clients make all the
decisions, but through an extensive network of Realtors, movers and
other services, Moving Solutions does all the hands-on work.
Novack started Moving Solutions in 1996. In 1999 it was named
“Business of the Year” by the American Society on Aging (
which resulted in media coverage. Would-be entrepreneurs began asking
Novack for help in starting similar businesses. She began a licensing program through which she assisted 20 new businesses. Then, last year, she
began franchising. Currently, there are six Moving Solutions locations:
one in Connecticut, one in New York, two in Florida, one in South
Carolina and the company home office in metro Philadelphia.
Novack says her company has helped her make meaningful connections with seniors and that there’s a huge need in this field.—Will Fifield