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December 2019

A Year of Challenge, a Year of Discovery

Our referrals continue to be one of the best ways clients find us, and we deeply appreciate it! for your trust and confidence. Thank you 2019 was a year of personal growth for me. In December 2018, it was a hectic time for my family. My family was met with a few health challenges that significantly impacted our lives. Several doctors suggested our family eat an anti- inflammatory diet —no dairy, gluten, soy, corn, refined sugar, dye, or peanuts. We took a deep breath and dove in. The change took a lot of our time. Getting a quick bite to eat at a restaurant was not an option. We planned for every trip away fromhome tomake sure we had meals and snacks for each day. We spent every weekend researching recipes, finding proper substitutes for ingredients, and prepping food for the week. Nearly everything had to be made from scratch. In the beginning, it felt like we were drowning, and any little thing that did not go as planned sent us spinning. I’m embarrassed to say there was a lot of complaining, throwing our arms up, and saying,“Why us?!” Thankfully, we hadmoments of clarity when we knew there had to be a better way. Our mantra became“Take one day at a time.”However, I began to feel lost. I was so concerned with our food plan, our health issues, keeping track of the medication schedule, and trying to give my children the love they needed that I forgot about me! Somewhere along the way, I developed an unwritten goal: Fight hard for myself. I decided to not be guilty. In order to be the best mom I can be, I must also be my best self, whichmeans respecting and giving time to the things that bringme joy. I want my children to see me do what I love because I want to teach them to do the things they love, even when it is not easy. Joy is contagious, and I wanted to be sprinkling joy all over my family. I started out by making a list of activities I enjoy. Guess howmuch time I spent doing those things? None. A few items on the list included spending one-on-one time with

my husband, reading fiction books and stories of inspiration, playing the piano, running, and doing yoga.

Because time was limited, I did not make a goal to read one book each month or run three times a week. Instead, I made a rule: When the feeling hits me, do it. Doing an activity I loved just one time was enough to push me to do it again and again. One book I read called“She’s Still There”shared the idea that“beautiful creations take time.”I found this idea comforting, and it encouragedme to stay committed to the process. I also learned frommy most difficult runs in the summer that our greatest improvements are achieved by pushing through barriers. A year later, I am joyful, and I feel more balanced. Over the past year, I read 10 incredible books. I alsomade time to run and do yoga. I play the piano while my boys dance around in the living room tomy music, andmy oldest son has now taken a liking to the piano. The joy of playing the piano was contagious. My husband and I had a week-long, restful getaway, and the more date nights we have, the more smiles you see on our faces. Through all the food prepping, cooking, and baking tomeet our dietary criteria, we have become quite the chefs. We canmake a mean chocolate cake with frosting and creamy homemade gelato. We eat delicious, healthy food, and our bodies thank us for sticking to the plan and not giving up. Most of all, I amproud that we have learned to“respond”instead of“react”to challenges. We complain less and experience more gratitude and patience. Instead of living in difficult moments as if they’ll last forever, we know it is only temporary. Life moves in waves of ups and downs. When we are“down,”we know we will soon be“up,”and that is encouraging. During this holiday season, I’m looking forward to doingmore of the things I love, like watching Christmas movies, riding the Polar Express, driving in the cold with the family to look at Christmas lights, drinking hot cocoa, and simply just being with the people I love most. Heading into the new year, I challenge you to honor yourself and do something you really love. That one simple stepmay lead you to experience personal growth that lasts the whole year. Happy holidays!

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When the weather outside is frightful —or your family is on your last nerve — there’s nothing like settling in to watch a classic holiday special.“A Charlie Brown Christmas”and“It’s aWonderful Life”hold top spots on the TV guide, but there are plenty of overlooked specials that are sure to delight. Here are a few seasonal suggestions that might become your new family favorites. ‘AMuppet Family Christmas’ In this musical masterpiece, Kermit and friends prepare to celebrate the holiday season. What makes this special truly unique are the appearances by characters from“Sesame Street,”“Fraggle Rock,”and“Muppet Babies.”There’s even a cameo from the Muppet creator, Jim Henson, himself. If you can find this holiday special, consider yourself lucky. Complicated copyright laws can make it hard to track the movie down. ‘The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus’ The stop-motion film“The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus”is one of Rankin/Bass Production’s lesser- known works. Based on a story by L. Frank Baum, the

author of“TheWonderful Wizard of Oz,”this fantasy epic introduces a new Santa Claus story, one with light elves, wood nymphs, and benevolent immortals. It’s an unusual tale, but the strange elements are what make the story worthwhile. ‘A Rugrats Chanukah’ Praised by critics and audiences alike,“A Rugrats Chanukah”covers the story of Chanukah through the eyes of Nickelodeon’s beloved animated babies. In addition to putting a“Rugrats”spin on the Chanukah story, this special episode also features themes of family and forgiveness.“A Rugrats Chanukah”is a delightful experience for audiences who celebrate Chanukah and those who would like to learn more about the holiday. ‘DoctorWho: A Christmas Carol’ Here’s one for your nerdy family members. In this episode of the British sci-fi classic, the titular Doctor, an alien who travels through time and space, must save his friends by teaching a bitter old man the true meaning of Christmas. Time travel shenanigans

ensue as the Doctor reminds us of the importance of kindness, the value of loss, and the magic of spending the holidays with those we love. This special puts a unique spin on the Christmas Carol formula and is even accessible to audiences who have never seen “Doctor Who”before.

May these specials bring you some much-needed cheer and a moment of relaxation this holiday season.

For the past 10 years, Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin has provided the community free cab rides to get back home during the holidays and during various events in Terre Haute and surrounding areas. During the holiday season, people are 2–3 times more likely to die in alcohol- related crashes, and 40% of traffic fatalities involve an impaired driver. We want to change that. This is why we offer free cab rides home during the holiday season for anyone in the Terre Haute area, starting Thanksgiving Eve through NewYear’s Eve. It increases awareness and helps folks get home without worry. FSTN in the Community Free Cab Rides and More!

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To request a cab ride, call 812-251-TAXI from 8 p.m. – 3 a.m. for a free ride. We want everyone to get home for the holidays, safe and sound!

If you live in the Terre Haute area, we will be hosting free photos with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This fun event will take place at the Ohio Building, located at 672 Ohio Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807. Come by and bring your family to receive a free 4x6 photo for the holidays!

FSTN Staff to Ring Salvation Army Bells

If you are out and about doing some Christmas shopping on Friday, Dec. 13, stop by and see us at theWalmart on South 41. Everyone on our staff will be out volunteering to ring the bells and raise money for the Salvation Army throughout the day! We will be out there from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., so stop by and see us!

From all of us at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

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Employee of theMonth Congratulations Ronna Arnold!

Our Clients Say It Best

Ronna has been a part of the Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin team for 2 1/2 years. She is our senior case manager for hearings. In this role, Ronna trains case managers when they come to the hearing departing and helps answer questions related to their work. She also conducts phone call reviews of case managers for quality control and reviews attorney files. In short, her days can get very busy!

“The best social security lawyers in the country! They got my claim fast! After being denied twice.” -Teresa H. “I found the law firm knowledgeable and there for me with all my questions. The attorney that came to the hearing was professional and knew my case. I was impressed with FSTM. They were upfront about things and were there when I needed them the most. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good law firm. Thank you again.” -Russell M. We Handle Case Types Did You Know We Handle All of These Types of Cases?

One of the aspects of her job that she really loves is that she’s in a place where she gets to help clients get their disability benefits. Plus, Ronna loves working in a family- friendly environment, which isn’t something you don’t often hear about law firms. The people who voted for Ronna this month had this to say: “Ronna is constantly working to help each of her employees. She never makes anyone feel like she doesn’t have time for them.” Congratulations again, Ronna!



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Tell Your Story and Share Your Wisdom

Do You Have a Story to Tell?

Share Your Wisdom in a Memoir

The urge to leave behind a legacy is an inherent human instinct. Whether you accomplish this by raising children, building a successful company, or starting a charitable organization, the desire to share your wisdom should not go unfulfilled. If none of these options work for your lifestyle, writing a memoir may be a good option. A memoir not only tells your story but also passes on the wisdom you’ve gained from your many experiences and offers a unique perspective to inspire future generations. Writing can be a therapeutic exercise at a time when your life may be changing due to retirement or your kids growing up and leaving the house. And because personal reflection is a natural occurrence with age, writing a memoir can be the perfect way to spend your time. As you gain enough distance from life events to grow useful perspectives, the stage is set for self-discovery and transformation. Even more so, your life experiences can give valuable insights to readers of all ages and circumstances. That’s why biographies and memoirs are such popular genres — reading about real people helps others understand the world and how they can live in it.

by reading my words?” From there, select anecdotes that support your theme. Make sure they’re clear and cohesive. Then, write like you would a fictional novel or story. Show, don’t tell, and keep readers invested by having a narrative arc, whether it flows chronologically or jumps back and forth in time. Remember, this is not a time to air dirty laundry; it’s a time to reflect, grow, and share your experiences with the world.

To get started, pick a theme. Ask yourself these questions, “What message do I want to leave with my readers? What do I want them to feel or understand

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