THE SILVER LINING To Your Life & Health
AN INDISPENSABLE NO. 2
S houting O ut J a N ai for N ational R eceptionists D ay
I recently learned that May 13 is Receptionists Day. While I don’t have someone who works for me exclusively as a receptionist, I think my assistant, JaNai Goldsborough, deserves some recognition in light of this day. JaNai wears a lot of hats around the office — one of which is as a receptionist. And let me tell you, I am wowed on a daily basis by everything JaNai does. We’re in the business of adding value to people’s lives, and I wouldn’t be able to do that nearly as well if I didn’t have JaNai by my side. When it comes to all the good JaNai does under her many hats, the first thing worth highlighting is simply how she makes people feel. Few people remember everything someone has said to them, but almost anyone can remember how someone made them feel throughout the course of their conversation. All my clients absolutely love JaNai, and they specifically tell me about how pleasant she is when she speaks to them. She makes them feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Even though I know I’m pretty good at what I do, I wouldn’t even have the opportunity to work with my clients if JaNai didn’t make them feel like they wanted to talk to me!
Secondly, JaNai is a skilled multitasker. Watching her work is honestly something to behold. She could be updating databases, combing through spreadsheets to fix client addresses, and cleaning up my newsletter list — all while singing along to a song on YouTube! Then, if a call comes in, she shuts it all down and answers the phone like nothing. I don’t know how she does it, but it’s nothing I could ever do. I look at a lot of things from 40,000 feet at Hamilton Insurance, but JaNai is down in the trenches. She’s more detail oriented and has a lot more direct communication with clients. Most of you reading this have probably talked to JaNai on multiple occasions! She’s really good at the stuff that I’m not very good at, and that’s what makes us such an effective team, I think. We’re strong where the other is weak. One metaphor that comes to mind uses the positions on a volleyball team for example. Normally, it’s someone’s job to set the ball so another player can spike it. That’s what JaNai does for me; she sets me up for success. JaNai is my receptionist, my admin assistant, my appointment booker, and troubleshooter. She keeps this ship from sinking on a daily basis while I’m out meeting with clients. When I’m not around, she’s an extension of me.
One thing I always strive to do in the long term is make myself replaceable. If I go down, I don’t want my business to go down with me. I hope that if ever necessary, JaNai could take over for me at a moment’s notice. And I hope that even though she’s not No. 1 right now, she knows she makes an indispensable No. 2. Before signing off, I just want to say this: If you or your family has been directly affected by the spread of COVID-19, please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. We are still in the office 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday–Friday. Stay safe and healthy out there, and thank you for trusting us with your insurance questions and concerns.
–Duane Hamilton 1 770-744-1855
Minimalist Living for Seniors
that’s not entirely true. Instead, minimalist living focuses on having less clutter in our lives but still keeping the things we truly value and enjoy. The idea is to get rid of things we no longer use or need. Minimalist Living To embark on a minimalist lifestyle, focus more on the present and consider the value your personal belongings have in your life now. Sorting through hundreds of items with thousands of memories is a daunting task, so it is best to start by removing things that might not require emotional or physical strain, like old magazines, broken items, or clutter in the junk drawer. Once you’ve taken this first step, move on to something bigger. Soon, you’ll find yourself making steady and rewarding progress throughout the rest of your home. In the process, pay attention to what you want to keep. Carefully select which objects mean the most to
you and which ones are still useful. These are the belongings you should surround yourself with. The Benefit of Minimalism Minimalism will help you feel more comfortable in your home and open up other possibilities. You will have more room to invite guests and family over, and you’ll have a sense of space and freedom. Additionally, this lifestyle can also help with your finances. You’ll be less tempted to buy what you don’t need, and you may even rearrange spending priorities or downsize your living space (less rent!). If you surround yourself with meaningful and useful items, you will feel more at peace. Ultimately, minimalism encourages us to free ourselves from the many things that own us as much as we own them. Don’t allow accumulated objects to clutter up your home and life. Take the leap and start living a carefree, minimalist lifestyle.
As we get older, we tend to hang on to mementos that brought some type of
meaning to our lives, even after time has
diminished their value. Though we may be emotionally attached, this clutter can eventually overwhelm us, especially as seniors. If you find yourself drowning in items you no longer need or want, consider a minimalist lifestyle to free up your space — and your mind. Minimalism Before taking on a minimalist lifestyle, it’s important to understand what it entails. When someone hears the word “minimalism,” they might think it means getting rid of their possessions one by one, but
3 Ways to Get Creative With At-Home Exercises
If you’re a senior who’s still stuck inside in the wake of coronavirus’s sweep through the nation, you might be feeling a little restless. And, if your primary places of exercise were outside of your home, either out in your neighborhood or at the gym, you might feel like your fitness has stagnated as well. If you’re at a loss when it comes to which at-home exercises would be right for you, read below to get a few ideas on how to beat your restlessness and stay in shape. Find an online aerobics video. One silver lining to being quarantined to your home in this day and age is you can find an abundance of resources for anything on the internet — including filmed exercise routines. A quick search on YouTube will lead you to thousands of videos on aerobics routines provided by the
National Institute on Aging, HASfit, and many more.
Weight train with household objects.
If you didn’t have a chance to pick up a couple of dumbbells before you got stuck in your home, don’t worry — that doesn’t mean you can’t still get a daily weight training routine going. Simple household objects, such as cans of food or water bottles, can work as weights in a pinch. When it comes to devising a weights workout at home with no weights, all it takes is a little creativity. Walk around the house, instead of outside. This one might seem a little tedious, but if your daily walk is your primary form of exercise, walking around your home could be an easy, temporary
transition. If you’ve been feeling restless because you haven’t been able to walk, turn on some music or a podcast, strap on your pedometer, and power through the house. Make sure to pump your arms and lift your knees for maximum effect! Luckily, staying inside doesn’t mean we have to get lethargic. With a little improvisation, we can get back out into the world healthy and ready to go!
3 I nspiring A ccomplishments of O lder A mericans
You may not be able to stop yourself from getting older, but you don’t have to let that prevent you from doing amazing things. May is Older Americans Month, a time when Americans of all ages can (and should) celebrate the contributions that seniors make to their communities. Many people might think seniors have their prime years behind them, but that’s simply not the case. Seniors can still surprise young people with their accomplishments — just take a look at what these older Americans did! Braving the Poles The north and south poles boast some of the harshest, most unforgiving environments on Earth. Even people in peak physical condition would find it hard to cope with the freezing cold temperatures for too long. However, that didn’t stop Barbara Hillary from reaching the north pole in 2007, at 75 years old. She was the first African-American woman to reach the north pole, and in 2011, she became the first African-American woman to reach the south pole as well. Painting Masterpieces When her arthritis made it too hard for her to use an embroidery needle at age 76, Anna Mary Robertson Moses, also known as “Grandma Moses,” could have just stopped
creating all together. However, she instead learned to paint. Over the next 25 years, until her death at 101 years old, she painted thousands of depictions of farm life. When she died, then president John F. Kennedy praised her paintings and remarked that “all Americans mourn[ed] her loss.” Inventing a Beloved Board Game Even though it took him until he was 84 years old to invent something investors were interested in, that never stopped George Weiss, the brain behind the board game Dabble. In the 50 years before he invented Dabble, Weiss produced more than 80 original inventions, all of which failed to gain the acclaim that his board game did. It just goes to show that success can come at any time — and any age.
S pringtime C acio e P epe
Inspired by Eating Well
• 6 oz multigrain spaghetti • 8 oz fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
• 1/2 tsp black pepper • 1 cup baby arugula
• 1 tbsp olive oil • 1 tsp lemon zest
1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. In a large pot, cook spaghetti until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of water before draining and put spaghetti in a covered pot to keep warm. 3. Line a 15x10-inch baking pan with foil and toss in asparagus and olive oil. 4. Cook asparagus for 5–7 minutes and sprinkle with lemon zest. 5. Add 3/4 cup of the reserved water, Parmesan cheese, and pepper to the spaghetti. Stir until creamy. 6. Toss in asparagus and arugula before serving.
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Shouting Out JaNai for National Receptionists Day
Minimalist Living for Seniors 3 Ways to Get Creative With At-Home Exercises 3 Inspiring Accomplishments of Older Americans Springtime Cacio e Pepe
Bird-Watching for Beginners
BIRD-WATCHING FOR BEGINNERS
Bird-watching is like a lifelong scavenger hunt that you can play anywhere on Earth. The activity provides a mixture of science, travel, and beauty, and it’s a chance to get outside for feathered adventures and quiet reflection. The month of May is a great time of year to go birding because rising temperatures prompt spring migration. So if you’re eager to begin bird-watching, there’s no better time than now. Here are some tips to get started. Educate Yourself Thousands of species of birds span all corners of the globe. That’s why finding them is an exciting prospect — there’s no end to the hunt! Start by researching birds that are native to your location. Purchase a field guide with pictures of each bird and maps of their range and use it to figure out where different birds
live. From there, it’s easy to pick your first spotting goal. You can even get yourself extra excited by watching a few bird documentaries. Gear Up One of the best things about birding is that you don’t need a lot of equipment to do it. As long as you’ve got your field guide and comfortable walking shoes, the only other thing you’ll need is a pair of binoculars. And they don’t have to be fancy. As long as they can zoom in on faraway trees and perches, they’ll work for now. You can always upgrade later. Go Exploring Your very first birding excursion is important because you don’t want to be overwhelmed or underwhelmed. So use your field guide to home in on a single bird and go find it. It may be local, or you can plan a trip to a specific bird’s
natural habitat. Stay focused and don’t get distracted by other species. The thrill that comes with spotting your first bird will keep you coming back to find the rest. Bird-watching is a wonderful hobby because it’s easy to get started and can last a lifetime. As long as you can walk, drive, or look out a window, you can be a birder. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and find some birds!
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