Rinehardt Law - August 2020

3 TIPS to Help You Overcome Your Mountains

STUCK INSIDE? 3 Activities to Keep You Busy Summertime means getting out of the house to enjoy the sunshine and the bright blue sky. But even during this great time of year, you may have to spend some of these precious days inside, not outside. Rather than scrolling through social media or reminiscing about better days, here are a few ideas you can use to turn a day spent indoors into a fun summer memory! GET CRAFTY You’re bound to have a fewmaterials floating around the house that you can use to create a new art project or even start a new hobby. If you have extra sheets of paper lying around, then give origami a go. Do you have a shirt you don’t wear anymore but still love? Turn it into a new pillow cover or a bag. You can also create fun garden decorations by painting rocks, making a wind chime, or repurposing an old boot into a new plant holder. You never know—whatever you choose to do could become your next passion. PLAN YOUR NEXT VACATION Spending the day inside might just be the perfect time to plan your next vacation. Use this time to calculate the expenses of the trip, such as travel, board, food, and souvenirs. You can also research and figure out where you’re going to stay ahead of time, whether that be a hotel or an Airbnb, to optimize your experience. Once you have the groundwork done, you’ll have a better idea of how your trip will go and be able to focus on the fun stuff when the time comes! CHANGE IT UP If you’ve been putting off rearranging or reorganizing a room in your house, then a day at home is a great chance to get started. Switching up the layout of your stuff gives your home a fresh new look and provides you with an opportunity to deep-clean your space. If you have a patio or porch, then try sprucing up those outdoor spaces with new furniture, potted plants, or trendy decor. Just imagine how satisfying it will feel once everything is in a new place and sparkling clean. Even when you’d rather be outside enjoying the last days of summer, these indoor activities will keep you entertained and give you something fun to look forward to!

On the cover of this newsletter, Melanie talks about the challenges she faced in her life and how, when things became overwhelming, she took them one step at a time. In this article, we’d like to offer a few methods to help you overcome the mountains in your life. LOOK AT ONE PART, NOT THE WHOLE. Too often, when we’re faced with a challenge, obstacle, or new project we must complete, we look at it as a whole. It’s easy to see the entire picture, and it’s just as easy for it to feel as if it will completely bury you. This is where it’s important to break apart the challenge into smaller, manageable parts that will help it seem far less daunting. By accomplishing these smaller goals, you won’t stress yourself out more than necessary, and it will feel rewarding; each step brings you closer to the larger goal. SET GOALS TO ACCOMPLISH. It’s important that you set goals that you can follow. Something as easy as writing one page a day for a writing project or going on a 20-minute walk THE CASE OF THE D A woman is driving a Dodge Caliber on U.S. Route 42. She is not paying attention and crashes into the vehicle ahead of her. The force of the collision is of such magnitude that the car she hits, a Nissan Versa, is pushed forward into a car stopped ahead of it, and that car, in turn, hits another car, like a row of dominoes. Sounds like a clear-cut case. But when the highway patrol arrives on the scene, the driver of the Caliber claims that she merely hit the Versa after it had already crashed into the car ahead of it. One of the drivers of the vehicles ahead was not sure if he had felt one impact or two, so the highway patrol was unable to determine definitively who was at fault. The driver of the Versa came to Rinehardt Law when the insurance company for the Caliber denied his claim. The driver of the Versa had a significant injury and needed help. As a young father, he had a family to support and was off work for months due to his injuries. Rinehardt Law sprang into action and took the initiative to obtain a download of the event data recorder, also known as the black box, from the Versa. Most people don’t realize that the highway patrol does not routinely download this important data. One of the data points that the black box records tells us what happened in the five seconds before the crash occurred. We knew the black box would tell us whether there was any secondary impact. With the black box data, we were able to prove


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