LeRoy Peterson Law - March 2020

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Skiing to Succeed What My Daughters Taught Me on the Slopes www.LeRoyPetersonLaw.com

March 2020

During the winter months, it can be hard to stay motivated as we face our everyday challenges. When this happens, I try to keep things in perspective and keep going, but it’s easier said than done. To keep my eye on the big picture during March, I like to think back to moments I’ve experienced with how perseverance pays off. One that comes to mind is the first ski trip we took with our kids . At the time, my daughters were 7 and 10, so we thought it was a perfect time to expose them to skiing. Amy and I hoped it would be like riding a bike — learn when they are young so they can ski whenever they felt like it as they grew up. We drove to Spearfish, South Dakota. On the slopes outside of Spearfish, they had a couple of smaller hills perfect for the girls to learn the basics. The hills weren’t very crowded, so the kids had enough space to fall and pick themselves up without feeling embarrassed. On the first day of our trip, we took the kids to the slope’s ski school so they could learn and practice. The first half of the day, the girls were extremely frustrated as they struggled to work through the basics. By mid-afternoon, my oldest daughter, Sam, was especially annoyed and was ready to go home. But my youngest daughter, Mo, was determined, and the next

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through college trips, and both have expressed interest to go again now that they are on their own and have more time and money to spend. So, as a dad, mission accomplished: I provided my daughters the opportunity to learn how to ski, and they weathered their frustrations, learned how to persevere, and found success. As an attorney, the mission of helping my clients through their challenges never ends. If you feel frustrated or overwhelmed with your estate planning decisions, reach out anytime. We will take it one step at a time to ensure you’re ready for any mountain you and your family face.

thing we knew, she had taken the lift to the top of the bunny hill. One way or another, Mo was determined to learn to ski down the slope. When Sam saw her younger sister at the top of the mountain, she hopped on the lift to join her out of sheer competitiveness. By the end of the day, they had both gone down the small slope numerous times and become proficient skiers. Whenever I’m overwhelmed with work or anything else, I just think of my two little girls overcoming challenges (in this instance, it was learning to ski). No matter what the challenge is or how daunting it may seem, if we take it one step at a time and pick ourselves up when we fall, we can get through it! The girls continued to ski during family vacations. My daughters have even gotten the itch to go skiing on their own when they’ve had the chance! Mo and Sam skied with friends I was so proud of them not just for getting the hang of skiing but also for their perseverance.

-LeRoy Peterson

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