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Without the Encouragement From My Loved Ones I Wouldn’t Be Where I Am Today
In my second year of law school, I suffered a gunshot wound to the back. It was difficult for me to recover mentally and physically. The physical limitations I was experiencing weighed me down mentally. Thinking about everything I would have to do differently and the challenges I would face overwhelmed me. Although recovery was difficult, the healing process would’ve been worse if I didn’t have the support and encouragement from my close friends and family. Sept. 12 is National Encouragement Day. This day is dedicated to uplifting those around you and positively impacting their lives. Having the encouragement of others is valuable and imperative — I don’t know how someone can be successful without it. Because of the encouragement my friends and family provided me, not only did I recover quicker, I finished law school and created my own firm. None of this would’ve been possible without their love and support — I couldn’t have done it alone.
I’m fortunate for the support system I had around me during one of the hardest times of my life. Now, I’ve decided to pay it forward. Whenever I have the chance to encourage those around me, I do. It made such a difference in my life, and I know how vital that support is for your mental and physical health. Knowing that you’re not alone in your struggles and having people behind you pushing you forward gives you extra strength to keep going. I’m always the first person to reach out to my loved ones when they are dealing with challenges and hardships. I want them to know that I empathize with what they are going through and that I’m here to offer a helping hand when needed. Likewise, I encourage my clients because some of their legal issues can disrupt their lives. Because of my experience with my accident, I understand the mental and physical hardships my clients face in their lives. Showing compassion, empathy, and encouragement allows me to build a stronger relationship with my clients, which will help me represent them better.
If you or a loved one are dealing with uphill battles in your life, the most important advice I can give you is to take it one day at a time. Looking at the long-term difficulty of your situation can be overwhelming. But taking small strides and facing each day head-on can make things so much easier. Also, outside of finding support from your family and friends, there are many support groups available that you can attend. There are groups for every type of situation. Go to FindHelp.org/care/support-groups--fort- worth-tx for more information on the support groups in our area. I want you to know that you’re never alone in your struggles. So, never be afraid to ask for help — it’s not a sign of weakness but of strength. If there is anything I or
Medlin Law Firm can do for you, please contact us. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can.
– Gary L. Medlin, Esq.
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Find Your Balance
5 Exercises to Improve Balance
These exercises help with balance. Balance training involves exercises to strengthen the muscles that help keep you upright and improve stability. These types of exercises can be done as often as you like or even every day.
Though we may not always think about it, balance is essential to just about everything we do in our daily routines. From simply getting out of bed, leaning over to tie our shoes, or even walking to the mailbox, we need good balance to keep ourselves steady while performing normal tasks. Know why balance is important. Balance is the ability to control your body’s position, whether stationary or moving. It is a key component of fitness that many people neglect while developing their fitness regimen. Balance training is a great way to help your body recognize where it is and control movements in a given space. When the body knows where its limbs are in space — known as proprioception — it is able to produce smooth, controlled movements with fewer risks of injuries. Reaction time and agility are also improved with balance training. The body learns how to quickly correct itself but not overcompensate and has the ability to quickly change direction effectively and efficiently. Though balance training is important for everyone, it is especially important for those who have problems due to illness, weakness, or dizziness. It allows them to overcome stiffness or unsteadiness and to develop an awareness of body segments and how to align them.
Consider trying the following exercises:
Standing with your weight on one leg and raising the other leg to the side or behind you. Putting one heel right in front of the other foot, as if you were walking a tightrope. Standing up and sitting down from a chair without using your hands.
Walking while alternating knee lifts with each step. Stretching and gentle movement as part of yoga or tai chi.
What is a revoked license? If your license is revoked, you will never get it back. You will not be allowed to drive a vehicle at all and must go through the process of getting a new license. Unfortunately, some may try to drive with a revoked or suspended license. But if caught, you will be charged with a criminal misdemeanor. Your license can be revoked if you caused an injury or fatality because of a DWI, if you’re a repeat offender and failed to complete a Repeat Offender Course, or if you fail to complete a DWI education course 180 days after your conviction date. You only have 15 days after your arrest to appeal your license suspension or revocation. So, it’s crucial that you hire an experienced lawyer to assist you as soon as possible. Allow Medlin Law Firm to help you during this time. We can go to your hearing for you and attempt to get the charges dropped. If you need an ODL, we will help you complete the process. Give us a call today — you may not have much time. What’s the Difference? Balance is essential to living a healthy, functional life. It’s important to incorporate balance training into your fitness regimen. That way you can decrease the risk of injuries and help move freely and confidently. Suspended vs. Revoked License
You could lose your driver’s license if you receive a DWI. Your license can either be suspended or revoked, depending on the severity of the offense. Some may think that the two are the same, but one is much worse than the other. Understanding the difference between these two penalties will give you some insight into what you’re up against. Here is everything you need to know about a suspended and revoked driver’s license. What is a suspended license? A suspension means that it will be taken away for a limited period of time. If this is your first DWI, your suspension can last from 90 days to a year. Repeat DWI offenders can have their license suspended for up to two years. Suspensions mean that you can get your license back after your suspended period is over. During this time, you can apply for an Occupational Driver’s License (ODL), which only allows you to drive to work or school. Once your suspension is up, you will file with the Department of Public Safety with proof of insurance and pay a fee to have your license reinstated.
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Want to Enhance Your Quality of Life? 3 STRATEGIES FOR SELF-IMPROVEMENT
Improving yourself isn’t something that can happen overnight — new habits take time to establish. Self-improvement consists of activities that develop and strengthen your capabilities and enhance your quality of life. Finding ways to improve your life physically and mentally can increase productivity, improve your mental health, and even heal relationships. Since this month is National Self-Improvement Month, here are three self-improvement activities you can do to improve your quality of life.
going to get better if you’re repeatedly doing the same things but expecting a different outcome. Take some time to analyze what is working and what isn’t. Then, adjust accordingly. After making a few modifications, you’ll be amazed at how productive your daily routine will be.
1. Set goals. Are there things you’ve always wanted to do or accom - plish? Now is your time to do them. These goals don’t have to be major — drinking more water, reading a certain amount of books, or exercising daily. Setting goals will help you organize the things you want to achieve, and you’ll feel even more motivated and proud once you succeed. Ensure that you’re setting realistic goals and timelines. You want something that can be achieved and is manageable.
3. Surround yourself with people who want the best for you. The people you interact with daily can affect your behavior and state of mind, whether you notice it or not. Look at the people you surround yourself with — do they want the best for you? Do they have a positive or negative attitude about life? If you’re around people who have a negative outlook, you may find yourself becoming negative. The people you engage with should align with who you want to be. Self-improvement is something that takes time. However, you can always find something to improve on, so this is a never-ending goal. Never give up and constantly look for ways you can enhance your life and strengthen your physical and mental well-being. You’re doing a great job so far!
2. Evaluate what isn’t working and eliminate it. Sometimes, you can become frustrated if habits within your daily life don’t benefit you. Situations aren’t
No-Fuss Chicken and Rice Soup Fall is almost here, so it’s time to break out the soup! Your family is sure to love this recipe — it’s a classic.
• 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 onion, chopped • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 3 carrots, sliced • 3 celery ribs, sliced • 2 chicken bouillon cubes • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
• 1/4 tsp pepper • 4 cups chicken broth • 4 cups water • 1 1/4 lbs bone-in, skinless chicken thighs • 1 cup uncooked white rice • Salt, to taste
1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the carrots and celery, then sauté for 1 more minute. 2. Add the bouillon, parsley, pepper, chicken broth, and water. Stir, then add the chicken thighs. 3. Cover and simmer on medium-low for 30 minutes, then add the rice. Stir, cover, and simmer for 15 more minutes. 4. Remove the pot from the heat and transfer the chicken to a large bowl. Shred the meat and add it back to the soup. Discard the bones. 5. Stir, salt, and serve!
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE 1. Encouragement is Valuable and Imperative
2. Balance Training Key to Quality Movement
You Only Have 15 Days to Appeal This Charge
3. It’s National Self-Improvement Month!
No-Fuss Chicken and Rice Soup
4. DIY Fall Scavenger Hunt for the Family
EXPLORE WHAT AUTUMN OFFERS READY, SET, SCAVENGE!
Fall Color Wheel The best way to explore
As the leaves begin to fall and the air becomes cooler, it is a sure sign that summer is slowly coming to an end. Though we will miss the pool parties and backyard barbecues, there is still lots to look forward to during fall. Autumn is known as the season of change, and getting the kids outside allows them to understand and explore the changes going on in the world around them. Creating a fall scavenger hunt is a great way for kids to practice their reading and observation skills, all while still enjoying the outdoors. Signs of Fall Creating a specific scavenger hunt for signs of autumn is a great way to enhance your child’s observation skills. Consider the following for your signs of fall hunt: 1. Leaves that have changed colors 2. Tree seeds or pine cones that have fallen to the ground 3. Items from a fall harvest (like pumpkins, sunflowers, or hay bales) 4. Changes among people’s apparel (such as jackets, hats, and scarves) 5. Animals hibernating or migrating
autumn’s colors is by creating a fall color wheel hunt! Since the leaves are the surest signs of fall, kids can compare and contrast the different colors of each leaf they find, making this a fun hands-on activity.
You can either download a color wheel template from the internet or make one yourself! All you need is a piece of paper that’s big enough for kids to tape the leaves onto and different areas for the colors red, yellow, orange, and brown. This will help kids see the different kinds of leaves as well as their visual changes during the season.
The weather is getting colder, but it doesn’t mean you have to hibernate too! Bundle up with a cozy sweater and beanie, and encourage the family to get outside to explore all of the wonderful changes autumn has to offer.
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