MIDLIFE CERTAINTY 3 Life Lessons After 40 Years
more fulfilled because I’m focusing on what really matters to me. This isn’t to say I’m always a barrel of sunshine or that I don’t sometimes focus on the right thing, but I try to remember that I have control over what I want to focus on. No. 3: A Beautiful Life Is Made Up of a Million Small Moments In life, it’s easy to get frustrated waiting for big moments and focusing on the brass rings. We can fall into the habit of measuring our life based on the major achievements. But it’s those small moments where true joy resides. Big vacations and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities are wonderful, but they’re rare and fleeting. The real beauty is in the everyday moments we take for granted until they’re gone. Getting to sit at the table in the mornings to have breakfast with my wife and two kids is the most awesome part of my day. If you spend all your life working toward bigger and better goals, you miss out on those little beautiful moments.
I celebrated my 40th birthday at the end of July. As the big day approached, I started to wonder if I was doing something wrong. I hadn’t started freaking out and having a midlife crisis yet! Isn’t that what you do when you turn 40? At this stage of my life, I find myself in a different head space than I would have expected. Rather than feeling panicked by the passing of time, I felt pretty good about it. I attribute this feeling to three important lessons I’ve learned in the last 40 years. No. 1: Focus on Family My family brings me the most riches in my life, the most joy. I talk about my family a lot in the newsletter because they are truly the centerpieces of my life. Focusing on them is what helps me stay grounded when things get chaotic. Being a father and a husband has also helped me with the incredible work we get to do at the firm. It has shown me what it really means to love
After breaking up a toy-snatching fight and banging my knee, Nicole asked me, “Do you feel 40?” I said “No, I don’t! I feel 80!”
These are the lessons I’ve learned after years of mistakes and chasing the wrong things. Following these lessons helped me feel certain in myself and confident about my life as I turned 40 years old. They also make me a better lawyer. Over time, many lawyers forget how to think like humans and start acting like automatons. They get so swept up in their work that they lose touch with themselves. I think this is a huge disservice to themselves and their clients. Staying connected to humanity and remembering what makes life wonderful helps me understand my clients on a deeper level. In turn, I’m able to tell their stories in a way that resonates with jurors and gets justice for my clients.
something. Having a family reminds me to look at my clients’ suffering as if it were my own. The people who come into the office looking for help have been through so much. Being able to relate to their pain is an important step in being able to really fight for them. No. 2: You Have Control Over What You Focus on in Life There have been times in my life when something bad happens, and suddenly, that’s all I can focus on. Soon enough, everything seems terrible. This happens to everyone, and I’ve learned that while we can’t control what happens to us, we can choose what we focus on. I’m not suggesting we ignore the bad things. Rather, we should try to focus on the good things we can control.
These lessons are at the core of who we are as a firm, and they’re the reasons we’re so good at what we do.
When I feel out of control in life, I think about my family. That adjusts my mindset and changes my outlook on life. Every day, I feel happier and
These Young Minds Will Help Your Business Thrive WHAT INTERNS CAN OFFER
Often utilized as file organizers, envelope lickers, and coffee fetchers, college interns are usually at the lowliest rung on the corporate ladder. But, as some of the world’s most successful companies have proven, these young team members can be incredibly valuable to your business. If you haven’t considered offering internship positions before, the following benefits might just convince you.
doesn’t have to be one in a million. An effective internship program can give you the opportunity to bring college interns on to your staff who could potentially become full-time employees. And luckily, unlike regular hires, you aren’t making a long-term, expensive commitment to your interns. During their internships, you can test whether or not they will be a great fit for your company before offering them a permanent position. And if an intern impresses you enough to hire them on after graduation, you can rest assured knowing they will already be familiar with their job by then. There’s a reason top companies like Facebook and Chevron invest heavily in their internship programs. By bringing in young, innovative minds, you open up your business to fresh, unique solutions. Interns have spearheaded effective social media campaigns, modernized standard operating procedures, and even designed apps to help their businesses run smoother. In a world where remaining relevant is key to growth, businesses can’t afford to be out of touch with the next generation of consumers. So, while interns will likely do much of the grunt work at your business, don’t be afraid to hand them more responsibilities. Bring them into strategy meetings, ask for their thoughts, and treat them as valued parts of the team. Do this and you’ll be in step with some of the biggest players in the business world. FRESH PERSPECTIVES
In today’s competitive job market, recruiting a recent college graduate with relevant experience feels like finding a unicorn. But a coveted hire
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As we enjoy these final weeks of summer, it’s important to make time for family barbecues, lazy days on the beach, and last-minute road trips before school starts again. If you’re planning on hitting the road this summer, guarantee your family is safe. Here are three ways to maximize your existing auto insurance policy to ensure you’re really protected. 1. Make sure you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverages are some of the least understood but most important parts of a car insurance policy. This coverage protects you if you are in an accident and the other driver has less insurance than you do or no insurance at all. We’ve seen many cases where an injured person was left with a mountain of medical bills because the one who caused their accident didn’t have enough insurance. Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverages protect you and your family members against this risk. 2. Understand your current liability coverage . This is the coverage that protects you and your family if you hurt someone else as a result of your carelessness. If a claim or lawsuit is made against you, liability coverage helps pay the claim and fund your insurance defense attorney. Typically, liability protection is phrased like 25/50, 50/100, or 100/300. The first number is the maximum amount your insurance company will pay each person in an accident, and the second number is the maximum amount your insurance will pay total for the people injured. For example, if you have 100/300 liability coverage and you cause an accident, your policy will pay up to $100,000 per person injured with a maximum claim limit of $300,000 per accident. FUN (AND SAFETY) IN THE SUN 3 Simple Steps to Protect Your Family This Summer 3. Make sure your existing auto insurance includes medical payments coverage. Medical payments coverage, or "Medpay," helps pay medical bills, including co-pays and deductibles, after an accident. While the person who caused the accident will be responsible for paying your medical bills, getting that payment could take years. Medpay ensures doctors are paid promptly, preventing your credit from plummeting and keeping bills from going to collections while you’re recovering from an accident. Having Medpay, even if you have insurance, can alleviate a great deal of stress after an accident. Determining how much insurance you need is a personal decision, but we at Case Barnett Law recommend getting as much Medpay, liability, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage you can afford. In most cases, increasing these coverages is relatively inexpensive and can make a huge difference after an accident. Do I have enough insurance? Call our office at 949-565-4886 if you would like us to answer any questions you may have on your current policy. We can evaluate your policy to determine what type of liability insurance you have and if we think it is adequate, as well as check that you have the proper uninsured/underinsured coverage and medical payments coverage. Act now to make sure your family is safe on the road all year long. When looking into liability coverage, you may also want to add an umbrella policy to protect any personal assets you have.
Roasted Corn Salsa
Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine
1. Heat a cast-iron skillet to high. Char corn, turning occasionally, for 10–14 minutes until kernels begin to blacken in spots. 2. Using a sharp knife, remove corn kernels from cobs and transfer to a large mixing bowl. 3. With a wooden spoon or potato masher, gently crush corn to release starch and juices. 4. Add jalapeño, onion, tomato, and cilantro. Mix to combine. 5. Top with lime juice and season with salt. 6. Serve alongside your favorite tortilla chips. • 2 medium ears of corn, shucked • 1 jalapeño or Fresno chile, seeded and thinly sliced • 1/2 red onion, diced • 1 large tomato, cored, seeded, and finely chopped • 1/4 bunch cilantro leaves, sliced • Juice of 1 lime • Kosher salt, to taste Directions
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Page 1 3 Reasons Not to Have a Midlife Crisis
Page 2 What Interns Offer
Page 3 Is Your Family Safe on the Road?
Roasted Corn Salsa
Page 4 Promoting Children’s Eye Health and Safety
AUGUST: CHILDREN’S EYE HEALTH AND SAFETY MONTH
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Our five senses help us interact with the world around us, and children are especially aware of their world through touch, taste, sound, smell, and sight. To ensure kids can learn from their surroundings, it’s important to take them for an annual eye exam. August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, and if your kids haven’t had an eye exam, now is the perfect time. A CHILD’S FIRST EYE EXAMINATION According to All About Vision, a child’s first eye examination should take place at about 6 months old. When the child turns 3, eye exams should become more frequent to ensure their eyes are healthy and that they have no vision impairments. Similar to doctor or dental visits, taking a child to a trusted children’s eye doctor will detect vision problems such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. If any problems are found, they can prescribe lenses to correct their vision and keep their eyes healthy. PROTECTING A CHILD’S EYES Keeping up with eye exams will ensure a child’s eyes are healthy, but safety is also important. If a child is outside, make sure they
shade if they are in a stroller. With the new school year starting up, kids will be joining sports teams and engaging in classroom activities. Students should wear safety glasses when participating in chemistry projects and the proper gear for their athletic activities. GET YOUR KIDS INVOLVED You can observe the holiday by teaching your kids the importance of eye safety and health. The National Eye Institute has useful information and activities for your kids to enjoy. They provide videos such as “Ask a Scientist” where they explore and explain colorblindness, nearsightedness, farsightedness, eye-related myths, and much more. You can visit their website at Nei.nih.gov/kids.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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