Norton Accounting Services, LLC - January 2020

NortonAccountingServices.com 985-640-6072 Info@NortonAccountingServices.com JANUARY 2020 NORTON NEWSLETTER EASE OF MIND • AVAILABILITY • FLEXIBILITY • INDIVIDUAL APPROACH • EXPERIENCE • TAX SAVINGS OPPORTUNITIES THE REAL ESTATE TAX PRO ™

FROM THE DESK OF Bob Norton

Happy New Year! I’m not big on

making New Year’s resolutions, because I’m constantly working on several goals at any point in

time. However, the beginning of the year is a good time to reflect on how you are progressing toward your goals. If you are not progressing as quickly as you would like, I’d like to make a simple suggestion for you that helped me. And it is this: Focus on the goal that will have the most impact on your life. Last March, I attended a conference session led by one of my mentors, Dan Kennedy. He said that most of his new clients come to him for advice on new ventures, and he always asks them if their existing business is currently running at capacity, to which most replied, “No.”Dan told them to refocus their effort to fill that capacity first. I realized that I also had unfilled capacity. So I focused on filling my business’s capacity, and growth took off. That just goes to show that one secret to success is focus.

D on ’ t L et the S eason S top Y our F un in the K itchen AWINTER FOOD WONDERLAND

If you do your best to eat seasonally, you’re not alone. In recent years, more and more people have embraced the idea of eating fresh, local produce that cycles throughout the year. Some choose the path for health reasons — studies have shown that organic fruits and vegetables, which are more common on small farms, have 20–40% more antioxidants than conventionally grown ones —while others want to decrease the carbon footprint of the food on their plates to help fight climate change. Regardless of the reason why, many have embraced this simple fact: The fresher produce is, the better it tastes! A tomato engineered to travel hundreds of miles to your dinner table just doesn’t pack the same flavor punch as one picked in your own backyard. In the spring, summer, and even the fall, eating seasonally is relatively easy. If you have access to a farmers market or local co-op, it’s no doubt bursting with fresh fruits and vegetables during the warmer months. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, salad greens, peaches, cherries, strawberries, blueberries — all of these tasty foods and more overflow in the spring and summer. Once fall arrives, an abundance of squash and apples shows up to complement the summer bounty. Winter, however, is another story. When the weather turns chilly, berries and delicate greens disappear, and produce in general seems scarce, which can make it feel impossible to eat seasonally.

-Bob Norton

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