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THE DAY THE MUSIC LIVED
A Hobby to Last a Lifetime
I guess my parents knew what they were doing, because one day, I realized I was having fun.
I started to enjoy the music. I wasn’t playing because I had to anymore — I was playing because I liked it. I liked singing, and I liked being in the band. In high school, I added the piano to my repertoire, and it’s something I enjoy to this day.
Singing and playing music became an outlet — a way to relieve stress and enjoy myself. A way to sink into the moment and get lost in a tune.
Of course, when you become a parent yourself, you gain a better understanding of the decisions your parents made. I wanted my kids to be involved in extracurricular activities because I knew how those pursuits had helped me grow and develop.
I love practicing law; it’s my biggest passion. But it’s also important to have healthy outlets so I can turn off the stress and hit the refresh button.
Music is my outlet at the end of a long day. I enjoy singing, playing the bass guitar, and playing the piano. My son plays just about every instrument you can think of — saxophone, piano, trombone, clarinet, trumpet — and jamming out and having fun with melodies is one of our favorite hobbies. As much as I enjoy playing music now, I didn’t have much choice about it when I was a kid. My parents understood the importance of extracurricular activities for kids, so I spent a lot of time practicing at home, practicing with the band, or playing in front of our church congregation. My parents often had to threaten punishment in order to get me to practice. Because of their insistence, I learned to play the bass guitar and played each Sunday in our church band. It was a family affair back then, too — my brother played the guitar. We practiced at home and with the band throughout the week, then showed up each Sunday to play.
For me, that outlet is music. It’s coming home at the end of a long day in court and perfecting a piece on the piano or rocking out with my son. The activity my parents once had to nag me about is now my favorite hobby. I’m sure any of you who have kids understand this. You want them to be involved in something they love and learn skills that will last them a lifetime. And those of you who play instruments probably understand why your parents urged you to keep playing. It’s great to have that skill now, isn’t it? Next month, we’re bringing the music to you — we’re mixing work and fun during our next client appreciation party. Even if you don’t play an instrument or can’t carry a tune, you can help us keep the music alive, because our party is going to feature a karaoke machine! We’ll have fun and laugh together. Maybe you’ll even hear me sing. I can’t wait to see you there! Be on the lookout for more details about the get-together coming soon.
“The activity my parents once had to nag me about is now my favorite hobby.”
ARE YOU KEEPING UP WITH YOUR BUSINESS GOALS? WHERE MANY BUSINESSES FALL SHORT, HERE’S HOW YOU CAN SUCCEED
The first quarter of 2018 is rapidly coming to an end. What steps have you taken to achieve the goals you’ve set for your business this year? How much progress have you made? Have you already logged a string of successes, or are you struggling? Business owners and entrepreneurs set their sights on a number of goals every year. The problem is that a lot of those goals are left unaccomplished due to flaws in the planning stage. Here are some common goal-setting mistakes.
goals miscommunicated? Did changes in your business, your community, or the economy affect your goals? How can you get back on track? If you need to make changes or recalibrate — do it! The longer you wait to adapt to changing circumstances, the longer it will take to find the right course. Even the best-laid plans can be disrupted by unforeseen circumstances. It’s up to you and your team to embrace change.
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Setting goals that are too lofty or unrealistic Not taking the proper steps to see goals through Not working together as a team to achieve goals
• Not defining the goals in a way you, and anyone in your organization, can clearly understand • Not having a tracking system in place to monitor and review progress As you work toward your goals, it’s critical to celebrate the smaller milestones along the way. Recognizing achievements keeps your team energized and motivated. As part of the celebration, discuss what still needs to be done to accomplish big-picture goals. If you find yourself or your team falling short of expectations, use this as a learning opportunity. Evaluate your progress and see if you can identify any roadblocks. Did you give yourself and your team enough resources? Were
It’s not uncommon for marketing strategies to evolve over the course of a year. You may discover that certain aspects of your referral campaign aren’t working. Trimming the fat isn’t necessarily easy, but taking the time to do so will set you up for better results in the long run. Don’t be afraid to make decisive cuts. If a strategy or a goal simply wasn’t a good fit, say goodbye and revisit it later.
For now, take some time to review your Q1 progress. What do you need to do to make Q2 — and the rest of 2018 — a smashing success?
THE HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8, is a worldwide event that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, while also calling for gender equality. This day is not affiliated with any one group, but it brings together governments, women’s organizations, corporations, and charities. It’s difficult to say when International Women’s Day began. Its roots can be traced back to 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City, demanding voting rights, better pay, and shorter working hours. A year later, the first National Women’s Day was observed in the United States on Feb. 28. Then, in 1910, Clara Zetkin, leader of the Social Democratic Party in Germany, suggested the idea of an International Women’s Day. A conference of more than 100 women from 17 countries agreed with Zetkin, and in 1911, on March 19, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. More than 1 million women and men attended rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, and hold public office. In 1913, the day of celebration was changed to March 8, and in 1975, the United Nations officially recognized the holiday.
In 1996, the United Nations commenced the adoption of an annual theme, the first of which was “Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future.” In each subsequent year, a new theme was chosen to give the holiday more direction. Recent themes have included “Empower Rural Women — End Poverty and Hunger” and “A Promise Is a Promise — Time for Action to End Violence Against Women.” Those who celebrate International Women’s Day aim to achieve full gender equality for women around the world. Because of the recent Hollywood film industry scandals, and because the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report found that gender parity is at least 200 years away, this year’s theme was “Press for Progress.” Events were held in Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, the United Republic of Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and in cities all across the United States. The world has witnessed significant change and a shift in attitude in regard to women’s equality. However, we still have a long way to go. Those who celebrate International Women’s Day strive to make sure girls’ futures are bright, equal, safe, and rewarding.
When you grow a business, there’s a lot to consider. You may be at the point where you’re bringing on new, specialized employees. Maybe you’re opening up a second location. Regardless of where you’re at, one type of support you’ll need is professional legal guidance. An article in Entrepreneur suggests you’ll need an attorney on your team from the get-go: “A good business attorney will provide vital assistance in almost every aspect of your business, from basic zoning compliance and copyright and trademark advice to formal business incorporation and lawsuits and liability.” Once you’ve been sued, it’s a little late to bring on a lawyer. Entrepreneur suggests an attorney is most effectively used to avoid legal problems in the first place. When you’re served a lawsuit, it’ll likely cost you a lot more to fix the problem than it would’ve cost to retain a lawyer for your business. Look for a lawyer who specializes in business litigation. They’ll be able to negotiate and quickly review your contracts, real estate concerns, taxes and licenses, and other dynamic aspects of your business. As you choose the right firm for your business, spend some time asking them questions about their practice to make sure they’re a good fit. Are they willing to teach you about the types of laws your business will be dealing with? Do they have experience handling cases in your industry? A LAWYER FOR YOUR BUSINESS WHEN TO BRING ON
business litigation before state courts, administrative agencies, and arbitrators, and has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University.
While we focus our services on preventing legal liability, when litigation cannot be avoided, we defend our clients aggressively, effectively, and in a financially responsible manner. Efficiency in the courtroom is a Wade Law Group hallmark. We have locations throughout the Bay Area. Contact us today and find out how we can be there for your business.
When you’re looking for a firm who will be there for your growing business, look to Wade Law Group. Our founder, Amiel Wade, is experienced in all aspects of
ZESTY ZUCCHINI ENCHILADAS
For a lighter take on enchiladas, go carb-free by swapping tortillas for zucchini!
2 teaspoons cumin
4 large zucchini
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon olive oil or ghee
3 cups cooked, shredded chicken
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups shredded cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can enchilada sauce
1. Heat oven to 350 F. In a large skillet, heat oil. Add onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and salt to taste. Stir to combine. Saute chicken for 2 minutes, then add 1 cup of the enchilada sauce. 2. Use vegetable peeler to thinly slice zucchini lengthwise. Lay out three slices, slightly overlapping, and spoon chicken mixture on top. Roll the zucchini “tortilla” and place on baking sheet. Repeat until all zucchini and chicken is used. 3. Cover the enchiladas with remaining sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 20 minutes, and enjoy!
Adapted from delish.com.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
How I Find Stress Relief
Keep Up With Your 2018 Business Goals
Do You Know the Origin of International Women’s Day?
Business Advice From Entrepreneur
Go Carb-Free for Dinner
Mark Your Calendars for These Local Events
ART, JAZZ, AND WHISKY
Spring Events in San Jose
WHISKIES OF THE WORLD IN SAN JOSE Where: San Jose Marriott, 301 S. Market Street When: Thursday, March 22, 6–10 p.m.
Back in town for the fifth year in a row, Whiskies of the World in San Jose is the best place to learn about and enjoy whisky from every corner of the globe. This year’s event will feature 300 distilleries, ranging from traditional scotch producers to the vanguard of Japanese distilleries. There will also be snacks, classes on mixology, and even a guide to whisky and cigar pairing. You can also attend a whisky masterclass featuring a guided tasting hosted by industry experts. With so many spirits in one place, it’s a good idea to plan on taking an Uber or Lyft to and from the event. Tickets are available at whiskiesoftheworld.com.
One of the joys of living in the South Bay is that there’s always something fun to look forward to. Here are a few of our upcoming favorites.
FULL SPECTRUM: PAINTINGS BY RAIMONDS STAPRANS Where: San Jose Museum of Art When: Now through May 20, 110 S. Market Street
JAZZ NIGHTS WITH NINETEEN Where: Tabard Theatre Co., 29 N. San Pedro Street When: Saturday, March 24, 8 p.m.
Though he was born in Latvia, Raimonds Staprans has lived in Northern California for over six decades. As a result, his paintings reflect the architecture, color palette, and attitude of the Bay Area. His landscapes and still lifes wow viewers with their bold colors, clean lines, and imaginative flourishes. Whether you’re a certified art nerd or simply somebody who enjoys looking at pretty paintings, you won’t want to miss this comprehensive overview of a master’s work.
The Nineteen Jazz Orchestra has been blowing minds in the South Bay for years. These days, it’s hard to find large ensembles playing together regularly, but Nineteen make use of all of their members to stunning effect. The program in March will feature swinging classics from the big-band era, including the famed “West Side Story Suite.” It’s certain to be a night of good vibes and even better tunes.
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