HELP YOUR KIDS ACHIEVE MORE THIS YEAR
WITH SIMPLE AND ACTIONABLE GOALS
DON’T DO ALL THE WORK FOR THEM. While it’s important for you to help your kids formulate their goals, be sure that you aren’t taking over. If they’re ultimately responsible for their resolutions, they’ll feel more compelled to keep them. Instead, suggest different goal areas they could improve, such as home, school, or sports, and let them elaborate. When it comes to creating habits, nobody is perfect, so even if your kids falter on their goals in the middle of February, don’t worry. The important thing is that you continue to encourage them every step of the way.
membership, do you actually try to do it? Your kids will assign as much importance to New Year’s resolutions as you do, so by sticking to your own commitments, you can help them stay on track too. KEEP THINGS SIMPLE AND ACHIEVABLE. When your kids are forming their resolutions, their first attempts will probably be very broad. Statements like “I want to be more kind” or “I will try to help more around the house” incorporate good values but don’t include any actionable steps. Help your kids think of tangible ways to act on those goals. For example, if they want to be tidier, a good resolution might be for them to clean their room once a week or take responsibility for one household chore every day.
With every new year comes an opportunity to reinvent ourselves or start down a new path toward self-improvement. Making resolutions is a big part of many families’ New Year’s traditions, and parents often have a desire for their kids to take part in that tradition when they’re old enough. Following through on resolutions is tough, especially for young children, but with your help, they can achieve their goals. PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH. You are your children’s role model for almost everything, including following through on New Year’s resolutions. So, ask yourself if you follow through on your own resolutions. When you proclaim that you will read more books or finally get a gym
HOW TO DONATE BLOOD, ORGANS, AND MORE THE GIFT OF LIFE
LIVING ORGAN DONATION Deciding to give up a more substantial part of yourself is a weightier choice, but there are organs you can donate without severely hampering your quality of life. Living donors can donate one lung, one kidney, or a portion of their liver, pancreas, or intestines. Given the severity of this decision, it’s best to do plenty of research before moving forward. DECEASED DONATION If you’re a registered organ donor, after you pass away, there is so much of your body that can be used to benefit others. From corneas and hearts to hands and skin, you can provide the gift of life to people after you’re gone. Deciding if, how, and when to donate organs and tissues is a personal decision that everyone should make on their own terms. If you’ve never considered the impact it can have, we encourage you to give it a try.
BLOOD AND PLATELETS Donating blood and platelets, which both regenerate naturally, is a great way to make an impact. The American Red Cross is famous for blood drives, and there is almost always a shortage of blood, which means there’s never a bad time to donate. You can also donate platelets, a specific compound in your blood, but that process takes longer and is slightly more intensive. BLOOD STEM CELLS Blood stem cells reside in bone marrow and umbilical cords and can be donated by healthy adults aged 18–60. However, these cells require a very specific type of match in order to be used, so it’s unlikely you’ll donate these unless a specific situation with a loved one arises. Like blood and platelets, blood stem cells taken from bone marrow will regenerate over time.
As the Drains’ story attests, donating life-giving organs isn’t just philanthropic but also literally life-changing. Obviously, nobody should feel obligated or pressured to give part of themselves for others, but if you are comfortable with the concept and able to do so, it is one of the most selfless acts you can undertake. Here are a few ways your body can give back.
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THE EMERY LAW OFFICE 2010S RECAP
With the 2020s upon us, it’s only natural to want to recap the decade that just ended. “Best of the 2010s” articles are everywhere right now, whether we’re talking greatest sports moments or top video games. In honor of the trend, I wanted to ask our team what they’ll remember when they think of the past 10 years. CELEBRATING THE DECADE THAT WAS
KRISTEN HAWTHORNE PARALEGAL
STEVE DAMRON ATTORNEY
HOPPIN’ JOHN Inspired by Epicurious
Favorite album: Currently, “Jesus Is King” by Kanye West.
Favorite TV show: “Game of Thrones”
Best new experience you had this decade: Visiting Las Vegas for the first time! Getting married! Item you didn’t have in 2010 that you couldn’t live without today: My 1 1/2-inch curling iron Trend you hope stays in the past: People NOT using their turning signals while driving! (Oh wait … that’s always happening.) What you wish you knew 10 years ago: That I would have lost my best friend so early. Best new experience you had this decade: Getting hired at Emery Law and working toward my degree. Item you didn’t have in 2010 that you couldn’t live without today: My smartphone. I really don’t want to imagine not having it. Trend you hope stays in the past: Not completing personal projects. What you wish you knew 10 years ago: That investing in Amazon would be a good idea. JOSEPH MCGRATH INTAKE SPECIALIST Favorite TV show: “The Office”
Best new experience you had this decade: I was blessed to do a lot of travel within the U.S. and outside the country. I cannot say I had one place that was my favorite, because I always enjoy experiencing new places and meeting new people. Item you didn’t have in 2010 that you couldn’t live without today: My dogs, Bentley and Gronkie.
A traditional New Year’s favorite in the South, Hoppin’ John includes black-eyed peas that are said to represent coins, a sign of prosperity for the coming year. It’s usually served alongside collard greens, which represent cash. INGREDIENTS
• 1 cup dried black-eyed peas • 5–6 cups water • 1 dried hot pepper, optional (arbol and Calabrian are great options) • 1 smoked ham hock • 1 medium onion, diced • 1 cup long-grain white rice
AUDRA SENG SENIOR PARALEGAL
Favorite TV show: “Fringe”
Best new experience you had this decade: Becoming a grandmother. Item you didn’t have in 2010 that you couldn’t live without today: I could live without any material items I have now; I just can’t live without my family. Trend you hope stays in the past: There are so many, but people eating Tide Pods is at the top of the list. What you wish you knew 10 years ago: If I knew 10 years ago what I know now, I wouldn’t have made the mistakes or met certain people that got me to the place I am now. We all make mistakes and learn on the way, and that is what makes us who we are today.
WE WANT YOU TO THINK OF US AS YOUR LAW FIRM. If you have a legal matter that needs attention, let us know. If we can’t handle the matter, we will refer you to a firm that can. Please feel free to refer us to your friends and family for their legal needs. We welcome the opportunity to help. 4. Add rice, cover, drop heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes, undisturbed. 5. Remove from heat and let steam for an additional 10 minutes, still covered. 6. Remove lid, fluff with a fork, and serve. 1. Wash and sort peas. 2. In a saucepan, cover peas with water, discarding any that float. 3. Add pepper, ham hock, and onion. Gently boil and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until peas are just tender, about 90 minutes. At this point, you should have about 2 cups of liquid remaining.
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THE EMERY LAW SQUARE DANCE & SILENT AUCTION TO BENEFIT BRIAN DRAIN AND FAMILY
SATURDAY, FEB. 8 11 A.M. TO 2 P.M.
Social Hall, Middletown Community Center 11700 Main Street, Middletown, KY 40243
Special guest and Hall of Fame Square Dance Caller Curt Braffet will be coming in and donating his time to call for the event!
We are collecting donations from businesses and individuals in the area who would like to contribute to the silent auction that will take place during the event. All donations ARE tax deductible.
All ages welcome. Suggested donation of $5 per person. (Kids 12 and under are free.)
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.
If you cannot attend the event, please consider donating to the Drains’ fund at Give.Transplants.org/goto/briandrain.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5
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