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Recently, I was given a list of meaningful ideas a friend used to further their personal development. They are too good not to share! Be Intentional – Care a Little More – Show Up – Embrace Possibility – Tell the Truth – Dive Deeper – Pursue the Truth – Ask the Difficult Question – Lend a Hand – Look for Opportunities – Risk a Bigger Dream – Offer a Personal Insight – Build Something Magical – Keep Your Promises – Do Work That Matters – Expect More – Seek Out Wisdom – Be Generous – Give the Benefit of the Doubt – Develop Empathy – Make Your Mom Proud – Take Responsibility – Give Credit – Play By a Better Set of Rules – Choose Your Customers – Choose Your Reputation – Choose Your Future – Thank the Ref – Have Patience – Leap – Breathe! FROM THE DESK OF Terri

AVOID GOING STIR-CRAZY DURING THE LAST LEG OFWINTER

I t D oesn ’ t T ake a V illage to C reate E xciting M emories

Dedicated to your success,

-Terri

With the holidays behind us, spring is starting to peek around the corner. It’s about this time when we start looking forward to enjoying the outdoors without being bundled to the gills in bulky winter garb. We’re so close, but we’re not there yet, and this anticipation can have children going stir- crazy before spring arrives in earnest. But fear not! Here are some tips to keep your little ones entertained during the home stretch of winter. HAVE A FAMILY BAKE-OFF With the worldwide popularity of cooking shows, it won’t be hard to find inspiration for your family to host a bake-off in your own kitchen! You’ll all get to enjoy homemade food and spend quality time together without a phone constantly on hand. You could even make an ongoing baking competition over a period of time, regardless of the season. Split up into teams depending on the size of your family, have the little ones help out as much as you feel comfortable with, and designate an impartial judge to determine the winner! Your family will develop baking skills and build a slew of lifelong memories.

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START A SERIES OF FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS Do you have a favorite movie series you watched growing up? It could be Star Wars, Indiana Jones, or Ghostbusters. Chances are you haven’t revisited your favorite sagas in years. Why not spend these chilly evenings sharing your old cinematic favorites with your kids for the first time? While your little tykes get lost in the stories and let their imaginations run wild, you’ll get some much- needed relaxation and popcorn time. Choose the movies to fit the age of your young’uns and mood of the day.

PUT ON A TALENT SHOW Chances are your kid wants to be something other than a kid someday. Whether it’s a zookeeper, a magician, or an accountant, fuel those ambitions and turn them loose on a homemade stage. You can set up all you need with just a few cardboard boxes and blankets, though you may want to give out prizes or accolades for each performance. Give them some time to practice and old clothes from the attic and let them show their stuff to a panel of their peers. To enhance the theatrical experience, play some audience reactions

fromYouTube and encourage them to give acceptance speeches for their awards after the big gig. When spring finally arrives, your kids will be the talk of the class with tales of their newfound pop culture knowledge and delicately crafted baked snacks. But, more importantly, you’ll be happy to know you made the choice to feed your children’s creativity and cultivate their love for learning while growing closer to them.

One for the Ages How Super Bowl XXXIV Made an Icon Out of a Grocery Store Clerk

Going into the 1999 NFL season, no one expected anything from the St. Louis Rams. When starting quarterback Trent Green went down with a gruesome knee injury in the preseason, ESPN The Magazine slated the Rams to be the worst team in the NFL that year. With few options, coach Vermeil named a virtually unknown player as his new starting quarterback, humbly stating in a press conference, “We will rally around Kurt Warner, and we’ll play good football.”

touchdown runs, and a field goal brought the Titans level at 16–16, with just over two minutes of play remaining. In response, Warner dropped back and found receiver Isaac Bruce for a 73-yard touchdown, bringing the score to 23–16 with 1:54 left on the clock. But the Titans weren’t done fighting. Quickly moving the ball down the field, Titans quarterback Steve McNair found himself with a third and 5 inside the Rams 30-yard line with 22 seconds left. Scrambling around and fighting off two players trying to pull him down, McNair threw the ball to Kevin Dyson at the 10-yard line. A quick timeout left six seconds on the clock, and the Titans were one play away from tying the game. What proceeded was a play that will be forever known as “the tackle.”McNair found Dyson on a quick slant, and when he caught the ball at the 4-yard line, it appeared a touchdown was imminent. Suddenly, linebacker Mike Jones wrapped the receiver up at the hips. As he fell to the ground with the ball in his hand, Dyson extended his arm, but when he hit the AstroTurf, he was 1 yard short of the goal line. The Rams had pulled off the impossible, earning their first Super Bowl title ever.

Five years before his start, 22-year-old Kurt Warner was stocking shelves at a Hy-Vee grocery store in Cedar Falls, Iowa, for $5.50 an hour. However, he had amassed a whopping 16 snaps in the NFL prior to taking the reins for the 1999 season, and what proceeded to transpire on the field was utter pandemonium, giving the Rams the nickname “The Greatest Show on Turf.”This improbable season and the resulting MVP award for Warner set the stage for one of the most dramatic games in Super Bowl history. After going up 16–0 against the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV, Warner and the Rams looked poised to coast on their way to the Lombardi Trophy, but the late Steve McNair and the Titans had different plans. The Georgia Dome was rocking after two Eddie George

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Into the Arctic Circle Adventure in Swedish Lapland

If you’re eager for a new adventure in 2019, you’ll surely find it in Swedish Lapland. With trail systems that take you into the Arctic Circle, the northernmost region of Sweden is home to national parks, glaciers, reindeer, the beguiling midnight sun, and spectacular night skies. Though winters are cold, one benefit of traveling to the region in this season is to catch a glimpse of the night sky. The northern lights are visible from a few remote locations like Abisko National Park, one of the first established national parks in Sweden. Traveling to Abisko is an adventure in and of itself. From Stockholm, the fastest option is to take one of only two airlines that fly into Kiruna, then travel by train to Abisko. Despite the challenge of getting there, adventure-seeking visitors from around the world arrive each winter to experience the Arctic beauty. Winter attractions include ice skating, snowshoeing, and the Scandinavian sauna (this last one is a must any time of the year). Befriend a Scandinavian and you might be treated to some pickled herring or even a princess cake, a raspberry-filled dessert covered in marzipan.

Scandinavians cherish their public lands, and the trail systems are well taken care of. Hikers and backpackers can enjoy the stunning beauty in both late spring and summer, as well as a chance to see the midnight sun. Because of its far-north location, Swedish Lapland receives close to 24 hours of sunlight from June through early August. Between the boulder fields, mountains, and stunning glacial lakes, hiking here is a treat. While hiking, you may spot reindeer herds or lemmings (a small rodent similar to a hamster) racing around rocks. The Sami people have herded reindeer for thousands of years through this very land. In the summer, keep an eye out for blueberries, lingonberries, and the brightly colored cloudberries. Because of the Arctic climate, weather conditions can change quickly from sunshine to rain and heavy fog, so it’s best to dress in layers and bring wind and rain protection if you plan to venture into the backcountry.

The fantastic scenery of Swedish Lapland awaits you, no matter when you decide to take your trip. What are you waiting for?

Take a Break!

SPICY SALMON TARTARE

Ingredients

1 8-ounce boneless, skinless salmon fillet

3/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, minced 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh chives, minced

1/4 teaspoon lime zest

1/4 cup cucumber, seeded and finely diced 1 1/2 teaspoons jalapeno peppers, seeded andminced 1 1/2 teaspoons shallots, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons grapeseed or vegetable oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Crackers or chips, for serving

Directions

1. Place salmon in freezer for 20 minutes to make slicing easier. 2. Meanwhile, prepare other ingredients for mixing. 3. Thinly slice salmon into sheets and cut sheets into strips and strips into cubes. When finished, you should have 1/8- inch cubes.

4. In a mixing bowl, combine salmon with all other ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Garnish with chips or crackers and serve.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE From the Desk of Terri PAGE 1 Keep Idle Hands Moving PAGE 1 The Most Iconic Super Bowl in NFL History PAGE 2 Prepare for an Adventure in Lapland PAGE 3 Take a Break PAGE 3 Spicy Salmon Tartare PAGE 3 3 Ways to Improve Your Memory PAGE 4 Irish poet Oscar Wilde once called memory “the diary that we all carry about with us.” Of course, in Wilde’s time, the average life expectancy was less than 50 years old. As modern medicine continues to enable people to live longer, these “diaries” tend to become muddled. Fortunately, there are ways to counteract the natural dulling of our memory that comes with time. PUZZLE YOURSELF Just like any other muscle, our brain needs a workout in order to stay strong. As Dr. Celeste Robb-Nicholson of Harvard Medical School writes, “Challenging your brain with mental exercise is believed to activate processes that help maintain individual brain cells.” Activities like solving puzzles, learning a musical instrument, or picking up a new hobby work wonders to keep your mind active and your memory sharp. These mental exercises are especially important after retirement, often to make up for the loss of stimulating challenges that work used to provide.

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STRENGTH OF MIND Tips to Keep Memory Sharp and Improve Cognitive Function

GET PHYSICAL Taking care of our physical health has also been shown to help brain function. According to a study by Sydney University in Australia, aerobic exercise is particularly good at jogging our memory. The researchers note that “aerobic exercise acts by preventing the usual decrease in neurogenesis associated with aging, thus resulting in greater retention of neural matter — particularly in the hippocampus.” In short, exercises like swimming and running keep the part of our brain responsible for memory from shrinking.

SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY Humans are social creatures. Many studies have shown that being a part of a supportive social group can significantly benefit our physical and mental health. In fact, the American Journal of Public Health reports that people who have daily contact with friends and family cut their risk of dementia and mental impairment almost in half. Our mental diaries may be longer and fuller than they were in Wilde’s day, but if we fill those pages with hobbies, exercise, and close friends, our memories will remain sharp and vivid for the rest of our days.

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