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3. Achievable This doesn’t mean that you can’t have big stretch goals. But trying to take too big of a step can leave you frustrated or affect other areas of your life to the point where your resolution takes over. If you want to save money, start at $500 instead of $5,000.
If you are like most of the country, at the start of the new year, you’ll be making New Year’s resolutions. Across social media, you will see #NewYearNewMe and tips and tricks on how to become a new and improved version of yourself. You are not alone. Statistics show that millions of people in the United States will be joining gyms, swearing off pop, and cleaning out the candy drawer; however, over 50% of those New Year’s resolutions fail, but that doesn’t mean yours has to. According to the time management firm Franklin Covey, one third of resolutions don’t make it past the end of January. A lot of these resolutions fail because they’re not the right resolutions, and a resolution may be wrong for one of three main reasons:
4. Relevant Is this a goal that really matters to you, and are you making it for the right reasons? Make sure you are setting goals for yourself, not what you see on social media or on TV. 5. Time-bound Give yourself enough time to do it, with lots of smaller intermediate goals set up along the way. Gradual progress starts with the first step. One step at a time will lead to success at a goal, which will lead to habit, which will in turn change your life for the good. This year, I am focusing on a few goals. First and foremost is spending more time with my loved ones. I have written in the past about my grandpa, Ernie. This year I was on my way back from a deposition in St. Louis when I got a call he was going into respiratory failure. Since my father passed away 13 years ago, my grandpa and I have been close. I cannot imagine what life would be without him. Thankfully, the 90-year-old former Marine came through, and I will get more time with him. Our lives can be fast-paced, stressful, and focused on work, sometimes at the expense of our loved ones. My main goal this year is to not let that happen to me. I also plan on working to de-stress my life. This includes taking more time for myself away from the office, working on meditating, and not answering work emails after a certain time. We would love to hear how your New Year’s resolutions are going! Drop a note on our Facebook page and let us know what your goals are this year. Remember, think SMART and have a wonderful start to 2020. – Caleb Fleschner
1. It’s a resolution created based on what someone else (or society) is telling you to change.
2. It’s too vague.
3. You don’t have a realistic plan for achieving your resolution.
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 In her article, “How to Make (and Keep) A New Year’s Resolution,” Jen A. Miller describes an acronym, originally coined in the journal Management Review in 1981, that is an easy way to prepare for the new year. Think S.M.A.R.T. 1. Specific Your resolution should be clear. If you want to lose weight, set the pound amount. If you want to read more, set the number of books you want to read. 2. Measurable Logging progress into a journal or making notes in an app designed to help you track behaviors can reinforce the progress, no matter what your resolution may be. It will also motivate you on the bad days.
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Maple syrup holds a proud place in the history and culture of Quebec, Canada. It’s also a big part of Quebec’s economy, with 72% of the world’s maple syrup produced in Quebec alone. Due to tactics employed by the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (FPAQ), the NPR-backed podcast “The Indicator” estimates that maple syrup is valued at approximately $1,300 per barrel — over 20 times more than crude oil. The FPAQ controls the available syrup supply, never releasing enough maple syrup to meet demand, which increases the price. As a result, most of the world’s maple syrup is stored in various reserves. Between 2011 and 2012, a group of thieves decided to liberate the syrup from an FPAQ facility in Saint- Louis-de-Blandford, Quebec. Stealing syrup from Canada doesn’t sound as glamorous as stealing cash from a Vegas casino, but their plan could rival the plot of Ocean’s Eleven .
The heist, led by a man named Richard Vallières, involved transporting the barrels to a remote sugar shack in the Canadian wilderness, where they siphoned off the maple syrup, refilled the barrels with water, and returned the barrels to the facility. The stolen syrup was then trucked east to New Brunswick and south across the border into Vermont. Wisely, the thieves sold their ill-gotten goods in small batches, avoiding suspicion from legitimate syrup distributors. In what is now known as the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist, thieves made off with 10,000 barrels of maple syrup valued at $18.7 million. This remains one of the most costly heists in Canadian history. Vallières himself became a millionaire and took his family on three tropical vacations in one year. Unfortunately, the thieves got sloppy and stopped refilling the barrels with water. When an FPAQ inspector visited the targeted facility in the fall of 2012, he accidentally knocked over one of the empty barrels. The inspector alerted the police, who
would go on to arrest 17 men in connection to the theft, including Vallières himself.
Police were then able to recover hundreds of barrels of the stolen syrup, but most of it was never recovered— likely lost to pancake breakfasts far away.
At the FPAQ facility, syrup was stored in unmarked metal barrels and only inspected once a year.
FSTN in the Community Caleb Fleschner Goes toWashington
As part of the ringing, some of our teammembers dress up, sing Christmas music, and hand out candy. They’re a bright presence greeting shoppers as they come and go, and our team of volunteers has made a remarkable impact — there were years when they collected upwards of $1,000 for the Salvation Army! If you ever get a chance to volunteer for the Salvation Army during the holidays, we highly recommend it. Not only is it rewarding to give back and to know you’re doing something good for others, but it’s also a great way to get out in the community.
FSTN Supports the Salvation ArmyWith Bell Ringing!
For the past several years, our employees have volunteered to ring the bell for the Salvation Army. This is something we really enjoy and plan to continue. This holiday season, 28 employees volunteered to take one-hour shifts at our local Walmart. We volunteer a full work day to the cause.
FSTN Attorney Sworn inWith the U.S. Supreme Court
We want to send a special congratulations to attorney Caleb Fleschner. He was in Washington, D.C. last month to be sworn in with the U.S. Supreme Court. By getting sworn in with the highest court in the land, Caleb now has the ability to practice law or argue a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Check out the pictures of Caleb at the Supreme Court Building!
Employee of theMonth It’s Vikkie Russell’s Month!
Our Clients Say It Best
For the past 7 1/2 years, Vikkie Russell has been an integral part of the FSTN team. Vikkie is our accounting manager, and she also handles some aspects of human resources as well. It goes without saying that we would not be able to operate as a business without Vikkie’s know-how. Some of her primary responsibilities include paying the bills, submitting payroll, and keeping track of all the “ins and outs”— or as Ted would have said, “Counting the beans.”
“My attorney kept me informed about everything that was going on with my case, and anything I needed to sign was sent to me immediately. They were very professional in representing my case in front of the judge. They’re a great law firm and I’ve referred them to close friends and family members. Thanks again for your help in winning my case.” -Lillie “The firm was there for me from start to finish and always returned my calls within 24 hours, sometime before that. I felt good being with the firm, and they won my case! Happy holidays to Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. Thank you again!” -Made Rentas Case Types We Handle Did You Know We Handle All of These Types of Cases?
When we asked Vikkie about her favorite part of the job, she had this to say: “I am geeky, so I love all the numbers. Also, I love the people I work with.”
The people who voted for Vikkie this month said, “Vikkie has done an AMAZING job in accounting since Crystal left and has caught on quite well! She is a great employee!”
Congrats again, Vikkie!
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1 cup dried black-eyed peas
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1 smoked ham hock 1 medium onion, diced 1 cup long-grain white rice
5–6 cups water
1 dried hot pepper, optional (arbol and Calabrian are great options)
Wash and sort peas.
2. In a saucepan, cover peas with water, discarding any that float. 3. Add pepper, ham hock, and onion. Gently boil and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until peas are just tender, about 90 minutes. At this point, you should have about 2 cups of liquid remaining. 4. Add rice, cover, drop heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes, undisturbed. 5. Remove from heat and let steam for an additional 10 minutes, still covered. 6. Remove lid, fluff with a fork, and serve.
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3 Part-Time Jobs for Retirees
Whether you want to generate some extra income during your retirement or just keep yourself busy, getting a part-time job can be a great way to spend your golden years. But why settle for just any opportunity when you could stay mentally and physically active and give back to the community? If that sounds like your ideal way to spend retirement, here are a few options to consider. PASS ALONG YOUR KNOWLEDGE AS A TEACHER. Many community colleges and community centers offer part-time teaching opportunities for those who want to share their field of expertise with others.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind if you want to be a coach. You might need to pass a background check, and you’ll probably need to know first aid as well. While the pay isn’t incredible, the time you’ll spend sharing your passion for sports with young people is more than worth it. GIVE BACK AS A PERSONAL CARE AIDE. If you’re looking for an opportunity to stay active and have a more direct impact on people’s lives, you can try being a personal care aide. Personal care aides help elderly and disabled people with everyday tasks, such as shopping, doing
Many of these positions don’t require a teaching degree or certificate — just a wealth of knowledge from your years in the workforce. Alternatively, if you want to help younger students with their academics, you could also work as a tutor or a teacher’s assistant at a local school. SHARE YOUR PASSION FOR SPORTS AS A COACH. Coaching can be a satisfying way to spend your retirement and support younger athletes.
laundry, and bathing. Many people who require this assistance prefer older aides who can empathize with their struggles, so it’s a great job for recent retirees. Just because you’ve retired doesn’t mean you can no longer bring value to your community. With all the time you have on your hands, you could become one of your town’s most valuable assets.
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