WISHING IRMA RINZ THE BEST IN THIS NEW CHAPTER Thank You for a Spectacular 10 Years We want to take the time this month to wish one of our amazing paralegals the best of luck as she moves to new opportunities in her life. Irma Rinz has been working with us for the past 10 years, and while we’re sad to see her go, all of us are thrilled to cheer her on as she takes this next step in her life. With us, Irma focused on pension and Social Security matters. While she is taking this next step in her life, we want to reassure our readers that, should you face any problems, you are welcome to contact the office to speak to Sam Gaylord, Tanya Phillips, or Janis Eisl. Irma found her work very rewarding, but it was an area of law she’d never thought about. “I first started with the law firm as a legal secretary,” Irma says. “I didn’t know much about pensions or Social Security, but Sam, Rose, and everyone else taught me everything I know. Being part of the Gaylord Popp team has been a great learning experience. They held my hand until I felt comfortable on my own. I owe so much to them for that.” Irma is taking up an office manager/admin role at an engineering firm, which will benefit her greatly. In this next chapter in her life, Irma is focused on spending quality time with her family. “My husband is a corrections officer, and that takes up a lot of his time,” she explains. “With this new position, I’m going to be able to spend more time with my son. The three of us will also have more time to go on adventures and travel.” Leaving Gaylord Popp is bittersweet, but Irma is filled with gratitude for everything she’s learned. “I’m grateful for the opportunities Sam and his team have given me. Sam has been like a second dad to me; he saw me buy my first house, get married, and have a child. He’s always been so great with everything going on in my life and supporting me through it. Sam is an inspiring person. He puts in so much hard work for his clients and all of the people who work with him. Gaylord Popp has been home for the past 10 years, and I’ll never forget it.”
STAYING CONNECTED HOWTO KEEPYOUR FAMILY CLOSE IN A BUSYWORLD
If you feel like you’ve hardly seen your kids since the school year started, you’re not alone. Americans are way too busy — from childhood onward, we’re always running hither and thither, packing in as many after-school activities, work-related meetings, and social engagements as possible. It’s a problem so pervasive that it has a name: time scarcity. Families feel time scarcity keenly after school starts in September, when children’s schedules explode with engagements. But all hope for close ties isn’t lost; there are ways to stay connected with your spouse and kids, even in an increasingly busy world. Here are some ideas from counselors, teachers, and psychologists who claim to have mastered the art. REMEMBERYOUR RITUALS Rituals make up the backbone of individual families and society at large. Most people wouldn’t dream of abandoning their holiday traditions, so why forgo the smaller rituals that bring families together? Whether it’s eating dinner at the same table each evening, watching a movie together every Thursday night, or going on a monthly getaway, make sure these traditions aren’t canceled. If your family doesn’t have many rituals, a great way to connect is to start some. MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT As cliche as it sounds, when you don’t have much time together, it’s crucial to be present for every minute of it. If you have a rare half-hour at home with one of your kids, make a point to spend it in the same room and try to start a conversation. If you squeeze in a romantic dinner with your spouse, turn off your phones before the food comes. Listening to each other without distractions will strengthen your relationship. HUG IT OUT Physical contact is vital for closeness. When you get the chance, hug your kids, hold hands with your spouse, and do physical activities as a family, like hiking, biking, or even playing group sports. It’s been scientifically proven that physical closeness leads to emotional closeness, so if you’re low on time, take advantage of that shortcut!
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