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When New Year’s Resolutions SomehowActuallyWork Like many people who faithfully write down their New Year’s resolutions, I come out of the gate full of fire and passion, sure that I’ll reach my lofty array of goals. But come March when steam is running low, maintaining that momentum becomes all but impossible.
“But I can say that, despite struggling to maintain my resolutions throughout the entire year, they’ve resulted in some meaningful changes
The cynics among us like to shrug off resolutions altogether, citing the huge numbers of people who abandon our healthy diets and regular gym visits as early as February. But I can say that, despite struggling to maintain my resolutions throughout the entire year, they’ve resulted in some meaningful changes in my life, both personally and professionally. To maximize the likelihood of follow-through with your resolutions, you should keep them simple. For whatever reason, I can’t get this principle into my head, and I almost always come up with three or more widespread goals for the year, one focused on health, one spiritual or family-oriented, and one a concrete direction to take my business. Every year, my wife and I plan a few fun trips and events for the whole family to keep us all refreshed and to spend time together. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. Last year we went to Yellowstone, while the year before, we took a vacation to Hawaii. This year, though, I’m thinking it’ll have to be more involved. My oldest son ends his two-year mission in Ecuador in August, so my wife and I are attempting to orchestrate some way to pick him up and have him show us a fraction of the incredible experience he’s had there. And while we don’t have all the plans set yet, I’m already excited to travel to South America, though less to explore the boundaries of the Amazon or the heights of the
in my life, both personally and professionally.”
Andes than to see my son and catch up with him after such a life-changing event.
for ways to educate our clients, taking away the uncertainty and fear that accompanies these cases and helping people understand the divorce process better. It’s important to me that I’m not just an attorney telling my clients what to do, but somebody who’s working with them to realize their goals and get them through a difficult time. Overall, I think this year is shaping up to be one of the best yet. Every New Year’s, I’m filled with the feeling of possibility, the feeling that now is the perfect opportunity to change my life for the better. Here’s hoping that you feel
I think my main focus during 2018 will be continuing the healthy changes I’ve managed to implement over the past year. Starting with a Christmas Fitbit gift from my wife, I began walking 10,000 steps as often as I could in 2017. While my drive flagged a couple of times, I still got a couple 30-day streaks in the practice and shed a few pounds. In the past couple months, I’ve started to pick up the pace and actually start running. I have a tentative goal to run a 5K or 10K this coming year, and while it might seem lofty for a guy in his late 40s, I’m confident that with my new healthy habits, I’ll be able to do it.
the same, and that you outlast the masses when the going gets tough.
Finally, I’m looking forward to driving the business further than ever before. I’m particularly looking
Happy New Year!
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From the Web to the Wall
Tools to Print Your Social Media Photos
Social Print Studio Functioning as both a website and
According to Gizmodo, Facebook users upload 300 million photos per day. Similarly, 95 million photos and videos are shared on Instagram daily. Social media is a great platform for sharing and storing, but what if you want to literally hold on to those memories? That’s where Free Prints and Social Print Studio come into play. Free Prints The most attractive aspect of the Free Prints app is right in the name. Users can download 85 free 4-by-6-inch photo prints a month (up to 1,000 a year). But you can only print one free copy of each photo. Additional prints will run you 9 cents each. Standard shipping costs $2.99, and your photos arrive within five to 13 days. Or, for an additional dollar, they can arrive in four to six days. If you choose to print photos in sizes other than 4-by-6 inches, you will have to pay more for the service. The app is well-designed and easy to use; you can print photos from your device’s library or link your accounts to print directly from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr, and Picasa. The app is free and available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. Once your photos are uploaded and saved, you can then browse PhotoAffections.com, where you can order a variety of custom products, including magnets, canvas prints, and phone cases.
a stand-alone app, Social Print Studio is a small company based in San Francisco that has been printing social media photos since 2010. While this company is capable of printing photos of your social media posts, they can do so much more with your digital memories. Social Print Studio’s products are divided into four categories: photobooks, the classics, wall art, and everything else. You can order your photos printed in soft, hard, or layflat book form. Their classic options include postcards, mighty prints, and photostrips. Or, turn your photos into beautiful wall art with metal prints, canvas prints, and wall calendars. You can even get greeting cards, stickers, and buttons. Pricing varies by item, but one thing remains constant: Social Print Studio is dedicated to offering the best products possible. The app is free and available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. While sharing photos on social media accounts is an easy way to store your memories, these apps will help you keep and display those memories for years to come. The next time you need to spiff up your walls or give an extra- special gift, pay them a visit!
jensenlawaz.com “Kevin is genuine and truly cared about my case. I can tell the reason why he is an attorney is because he truly wants to help people. He is a wonderful family man and a great attorney. Last year I walked into his office with no home, no job, no money, and no custody of my child. After I told him what I had been through, he accepted my case right away. He is an attorney with a great heart. One thing he said to me that made me believe and have confidence in him was ‘I will fight for you, and I will fight next to you, shoulder to shoulder, in the courtroom.’ And he did. We did it! He and his whole team, Shantel 2
and Kathryn, stayed on top of everything and kept me informed, even though my case was very difficult and complicated. Kevin is an honest attorney. He will work with you and give you his honest opinions. If it is a waste of money and time, he will advise you not to do it. When people say to listen to your attorney, he is that attorney you need. You will not find a better family law attorney than Kevin Jensen. I highly recommend him. And Kevin, thank you so much for getting my life back.” –Anonymous
Resolutions for After a Divorce
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU
Take Up a New Hobby.
New Year’s resolutions are all about looking forward. If you’ve recently gone through a divorce, resolutions can be a great impetus to start focusing on the future rather than the past. Here are some helpful ideas to make 2018 a year of hope and anticipation.
Whatever quarrels you may have with your ex, be sure to leave them out of any co-parenting experiences. You may not want to be chummy, especially in the recent aftermath of a divorce, but you can at least be civil.
One of the hardest things about adapting to life after a divorce is filling up all the free time you’ll have. But it’s also the perfect opportunity to start a new hobby or revive an old one. Whether you want to kayak, camp, paint, or knit, start the year of by committing to a fulfilling hobby. You’ll learn new things, develop a skill, and enjoy your free time.
Travel to Your Dream Destination.
Don’t Make Divorce Your Identity.
Now that you don’t have to decide vacation locales with a spouse, you’re free to travel where you’ve always wanted. If you’ve had a trip on your bucket list and you have the finances to pursue it, don’t hold back. Visiting a new city can be the perfect way to jump- start the next chapter of your life.
There’s no denying that divorce is a huge step in a person’s life, but it doesn’t have to be how you define yourself. Too many recent divorcees wear the tag like a scarlet letter. There’s no reason to feel ashamed or embarrassed about your divorce. Resolve to move forward in 2018 as a new person, not a divorced one.
Co-Parent Without Disdain.
If you have children, you should resolve to be a positive co-parent. Arguing in front of kids can be a traumatic experience for them.
Recipe inspired by SlowCookerGourmet.net.
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.
• 2 tablespoons powdered sugar • 1 teaspoon vanilla • 4 tablespoons raspberry liqueur or syrup
• 1 cup white chocolate chips • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk • 2 cups heavy cream, divided • 3 cups milk (any variety will do)
1. In a slow cooker, combine white
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.
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.
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Looking Forward to 2018
Hold On to Your Memories
How to Look Forward After Your Divorce
A Trip Will Change Your Child’s Life
3 Ways Travel Can Transform Your Kids When you go on a trip, whether it’s a quick jaunt to a neighboring town or a weeklong stay in an exotic locale, you interact with new people and cultures. It’s one thing to hear someone talk about the laid-back vibes of the West Coast, but you can’t really feel them for yourself until you’ve meandered through the redwoods or watched the sun set over Puget Sound. end, nothing compares to firsthand experiences of culturally significant locations. Imagine showing a child the Galapagos Islands, where Darwin’s famous theory of evolution was conceived, or having the chance to talk about the beginnings of the Revolutionary War while strolling through Minute Man National Historical Park in Massachusetts. to branch out of their comfort zone and make new friends at home and on the road. 3. They’ll understand compassion. After a trip to Fiji, Lonely Planet Kids writer Patrick Kinsella found that, long after they returned, his eldest daughter continued to reflect on her experience. “It’s an eye- and mind-opening
If you live in a state with a rich history, make it a point to visit one of the nearby museums. If you’re planning a vacation abroad, incorporate visits to historical sites. Take the opportunity to learn as a family! 2. They’ll pick up new skills. In addition to learning about history, your child may discover a new skill. They may learn a bit of conversational Spanish during a trip to Mexico or they might play soccer with a group of children and realize they have a knack for it.
experience, especially for Ivy, who has never before considered that someone her age might not have a TV, let alone lack electricity,” Kinsella writes. “For many months afterward, Ivy talk[ed] about Po, imagining her Fijian friend’s life.” Because they’re so open-minded, kids are the perfect sponges for new experiences. At the very least, they’ll be less likely to take what they have
4 jensenlawaz.com 1. History will come to life. Yes, your kids will read about World War II in school and take state capital quizzes. But in the Now, imagine the positive effects this kind of cultural awakening could have on a young mind! While we tend to think about the worst-case scenarios and added stresses of traveling with kids, they stand to benefit as much, if not more, from travel as we do. You never know — your son or daughter may realize a passion for a subject that will one day become their career. As you’re plotting destinations for the new year, keep these life-changing possibilities in mind.
for granted, and they might even develop an expansive and exploratory worldview.
By fostering a sense of healthy curiosity about new places, you’ll help your child feel confident enough
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