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page 1 The Key to a Great 2018: Defining Your ‘Why’
page 2 The Resolution That Leads to Better Grades
page 3 Are You Considering Divorce?
page 4 Kick Off 2018 With These Awesome Events
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AFTER A ROUGH , I HAVE DEFINED MY ‘WHY’
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain
After defining my why, I decided to nail down my three words for 2018, which is a tip I got from Chris Brogan. He encourages people of all professions and walks of life to pick three words each year to guide them to success. Since I have defined my why, I decided to pick three words to keep me focused on my family. Those three words are clarity, charity, and prosperity. CLARITY In 2018, I want to live by my why, and I want to build my life by design. No more letting life happen to me. I’m going to take life by the reigns, and every single thing that I do is going to be centered around my family. That means I’m going to have to get used to saying no to people and opportunities, but I’m committed. If it doesn’t benefit my family, I won’t take part. As long as I am clear about my why, my focus won’t drift. CHARITY In my opinion, charity starts at home. This year, I am going to give myself permission to succeed and permission to fail. As a society, we are quick to forgive others of their trespasses; yet, we hold onto our own mistakes and let them weigh us down. I plan on being nicer to myself and, in turn, nicer to others. I will do this through not only monetary donations, but also through my time and talent. PROSPERITY Finally, I will strive for prosperity in my life. When people think of prosperity, they often think of money. However, instead of just trying to earn more money next year, I am trying
to shift my money mindset from scarcity to abundance. Truly, abundance is a mindset and not a dollar amount. Tony Robbins said, “We should cultivate gratitude for whatever we have in our lives and that when we trade
Thinking back on 2017, I have to admit that it was tough. This year, I lost both my mother and my grandmother. If I can take anything away from the emotions my family felt, it is that time is the only asset we cannot replace. Therefore, it must not be wasted. 2017 taught me to be protective of my time, and it encouraged me to discover my why . At some point in my life, I was introduced to Simon Sinek’s idea of finding your why. According to Sinek, your why is the purpose, cause, or belief that inspires you. Knowing your why gives you a filter for measuring and questioning your every action. Knowing your why will bring focus and motivation as you work toward your goals. Now, before I make a decision, I ask myself how this will benefit and further my why. After my experiences last year, I took a long, hard look at my life, and I decided that my why is my wife and children. Though Sinek’s philosophy stemmed from his curiosity about what makes entrepreneurs and leaders successful, the idea of finding your why can be a valuable tool to anyone in any circumstance. If you know your purpose, you have a much better chance of staying on course toward your ultimate goals. If you skip this step, you will probably end up like the 80 percent of people who abandon their New Year’s resolutions by February.
our expectations for appreciation, our entire life changes in that very moment. Lack of appreciation is the only thing that will truly make you poorer.” As long as I focus on my why, I know I will have the impetus to remain on course and see positive changes in my life. If you are in a slump or just want to see some change in your life, I encourage you to find your why and to choose three words to keep you on track. The new year offers a literal and symbolic fresh start, so why not make the most of it? -Don E. McClu re, Jr. “After my experiences last year, I took a long, hard look at my life, and I decided that my why is my wife and children.”
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MAKE READING A FAMILY RESOLUTION
Every parent wants to see their child do well in school, and there’s one fun activity that benefits students of all ages: reading. In a world with so much stimulation, however, it can be difficult to motivate kids to put down a screen and pick up a book. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to make reading a priority. Here are a few tips to make 2018 the year your kids become bookworms.
MAKE IT A FAMILY RESOLUTION
There’s no better motivator than solidarity! Plus, we’re guessing everyone in your household could stand to read a little more. You don’t have to read the same books or set identical goals, but it’s a lot more fun when everyone participates. Schedule weekly reading discussions so everyone can share the cool stories they’ve read. Stack your completed books in your house somewhere as a monument to all the knowledge your family has gained.
SET REWARD MILESTONES
Positive reinforcement will propel your kids to keep reading long after the calendars have turned. For a certain number of books completed or hours spent reading, offer them a prize. You can even create a big end goal to really cement those reading habits. Better yet, set a combined goal that the entire family can work toward. Don’t be afraid to pull out all the stops. If your kids know that reading one book per week through June means an extra-special summer vacation, their enthusiasm won’t wane come spring. Goodreads is a social network for bibliophiles. You can find recommendations, share ratings, and create lists of both completed and to-be-read books. Users also create reading lists based on topic, genre, decade, and more. With over 2 billion books added, you’ll never run out of inspiration. Biblionasium offers the same services, but it’s designed specifically for children. Talk to other parents and create a network of friends and classmates. After all, nothing is cooler to a kid than what their friends are doing. Avid readers tend to do better academically from kindergarten through college. In fact, a study from the Journal of Education and Practice found that reading comprehension predicted success in other subjects more than any other factor. If you want to see improved report cards, make a reading resolution for your entire household. USE READING APPS
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family or have been referred by family! Almost every client we have can be traced back to our family tree. As a result, your case is not just business, it’s personal! That’s why every referral you send our way makes a difference. We get to help even more
people and our family tree continues to grow. And for that, thank you for your referrals and thank you for trusting us to not only help you, but to help the people you care about.
Settling on divorce is one of the most difficult decisions a person can make. Such a decision cannot — and should not — be made without serious consideration for yourself, your children, and even your soon to be ex- spouse. Before filing for divorce, you should contemplate whether or not you have done everything possible to solve your marital problems. The first question you should ask yourself, which is often overlooked, is, “Do I really want a divorce or is there an alternative?” Marriage requires a lot of hard work, and it is a huge commitment. In today’s society where everything is made to be consumed and discarded, the value of marriage has lost some meaning. As a result, divorce continues to be a first resort for many individuals. Life is too short to live in a miserable relationship, but it is also too long to make a permanent decision based on potentially temporary circumstances. Ask yourself, have you tried talking to your spouse? Have you talked to a clergy member or a marriage counselor? Are your problems related to a situation that may change in the future? Have you done everything a reasonable person would do to avoid a divorce? When you are in the midst of a divorce, it’s hard to act like a reasonable person. Divorce can completely blind a person and blur the lines of what
it means to be rational. That’s why it is important to talk to people you trust about your feelings and the circumstances surrounding your potential divorce. But be cautious, you want your confidant to be someone who will help you reason through your mixed emotions, not someone who will stir them up.
In the midst of a quarrel, divorce may seem like the best way to get a fresh start, and it can be. But you should only move forward once you have asked yourself the hard questions. If you would like more information about all the aspects of divorce, I would encourage you to read my book, “Texas Divorce Survival Guide.” For a limited time, visit www.attorneymcclure.com/ tx-divorce-survival-guide, provide your name and address, and I will mail you a free copy of my book! This offer is good until March 31, after which you can buy my book on Amazon for $19.95.
SLOW COOKER RASPBERRY WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE
There’s nothing like curling up under a blanket with a warm mug and a novel that finally came out in paperback. Break out the slow cooker and let the sweet aroma waft through your living room as your start Chapter 1.
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1 cup white chocolate chips
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 2 cups heavy cream, divided 3 cups milk (any variety will do) 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons raspberry liqueur or syrup
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1. In a slow cooker, combine white chocolate chips, condensed milk, 1 cup cream, and milk. Cover and heat on low about 2 hours. 2. In a large bowl, mix remaining 1 cup cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla. 3. Using a hand or stand mixer, whip until stiff peaks form. 4. Serve mugs of hot chocolate with about 1 tablespoon of raspberry liqueur or syrup to taste and a dollop of whipped cream.
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national television, the parade may be in Houston, but it touches people far beyond our borders. This event is slated to have 4 million total viewers. Why watch it on TV when it’s right in our own backyard? HOUSTONHOT CHOCOLATE 5K AND 15K When: Jan. 28, 7:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Where: Sesquicentennial Park Running is great. Chocolate is even better. So why not combine the two? Well, that’s exactly what the debut of the Houston Hot Chocolate Road Race will do. Each runner will receive a mug full of fondue, bananas, pretzels, Rice Krispies Treats, cookie straws, and of course, hot chocolate. Can’t wait till the finish line? Don’t worry — there are sweet stations posted throughout the course to satisfy your mid-race cravings. The race series
Houston is such a great place because it is rich with opportunities to experience our unique culture. If you’re looking for the right opportunity to start your new year with some vibrancy, we have three great suggestions. 24 TH ANNUAL MLK GRANDE PARADE When: Jan. 15, 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Where: Midtown Houston Thirty marching bands, 15 parade floats, and over 300,000 spectators add up to one event that is worth your while. This year, the theme for one of the country’s most prominent Martin Luther King Jr. parades is “The Color of Unity.” With the focus on creating oneness in a community everyone can be a part of, this local event has taken on a national identity. Broadcasting in three different languages on
HOPS N’ HOT SAUCE FESTIVAL When: Jan. 13, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Where: Spindle Tap Brewery
The heat at this year’s festival is sure to blow the roof off this indoor event. The Hops n’ Hot Sauce Festival brings the best of Houston food to one place. With last year’s champion back to defend his title, this year’s contest is sure to be hot. Come and sample some of the best original hot sauces for an experience unlike any other. There’s plenty of fun outside of the competition too, including live graffiti painting and football playoffs. You can even watch the hot pepper eating contest, too. Come for the sauce, but stay for the fun.
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