Law Office of Matthew Konecky -January 2018

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561.671.5995 | 954.272.6187 | www.matthewkoneckypa.com 110 SE 6th Street, Suite 1700, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 4440 PGA Blvd, Suite 600, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 THE IMPORTANCE OF SETTING GOALS — THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Goal setting is important. Every year around this time, the airwaves are filled with news segments talking about New Year’s resolutions. You hear about why it’s so important to set resolutions, what resolutions to set, and how to stay on top of them. But by the middle of January, the talk of goal-setting ends, and everyone talks about something else. Worse yet, a majority of people who do set New Year’s resolutions are no longer working toward them by the middle of January. By some estimates, about 80 percent of people don’t complete their resolutions.

I’m a believer in setting goals. I often talk with mentors and others I respect

wanted to write it, but I didn’t have a start date or any dates set that I wanted to have a certain number of pages written.

about goals. I know the importance of goals — whether they’re short-term or long-term. At the same time, I’ll admit that I’ve not taken my own advice and missed goals I set for myself. I can say, however, I did hit a few big goals this year, but they weren’t necessarily goals I set last January. They weren’t resolutions. This year, I plan on piggybacking on the accomplishments of 2017. I’m looking at ways to grow the firm and to see what I can do better for our clients. Last year, we made substantial changes. We developed more resources. We put together more videos. I wrote a new book. The list goes on. My goal is to continue down this path. But, again, this isn’t a New Year’s resolution in the traditional sense. I don’t see Jan. 1 as the start date of this goal, or Dec. 31 as the end date. It’s a goal for the firm, which I’ll be working toward over the next year. The process of writing “ My Loved One Has Been Arrested: What’s Next? ” is a good example of this. Before I began writing this book, getting started seemed like a daunting task. I knew I

Instead, I focused on the fact that I wanted to write it and took it bit by bit. I wrote an outline, and then I added content. I wrote when I had time between work, family, and everything else. Eventually, I found my rhythm, and it started coming together. Then, before I knew it, I had a completed book and I made it available on our website. When you set goals for yourself, the best thing you can do is simply write them down. Grab a pad of paper and a pen and list out what you want to accomplish. It gives you something to reference and keep around as a reminder. But don’t wait until January to write down your goals. If it’s the middle of July and you think of something you want to accomplish, write it down. Make it a goal then and there. Then make a plan and start following that plan. Before you know it, you’ll have completed your goal. –Matthew Konecky

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“The Law Offices of Matthew Konecky really got me justice. I was denied by the insurance company of the person that rear-ended me at a red light. Their insurance company was only accepting 10 percent of the damages. They refused even negotiating with me. Technically, they said, ‘Take the 10 percent or leave it.’ Mr. Konecky was able to get the insurance company to fix 100 percent of the damages as well as 100 percent of my car rental at NO COST TO ME! This case was open for 11 months. Mr. Konecky was able to handle it quickly. My vehicle was fixed and the case closed to 100 percent of my satisfaction with in four weeks. That was quickly resolved. If you are having problems with an insurance company, don’t let them get away with denying you. Call The Law Offices of Matthew Konecky, P.A., 4440 PGA Boulevard, Suit 600, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, and let him deal with the insurance bullies. Mr. Konecky can handle them. Thank you, Mr. Matthew Konecky.” –R.D. IFYOU HADAGREAT EXPERIENCEWITH OUR FIRM, WEWOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROMYOU. HERE’SWHAT ONE OFOUR HAPPYCLIENTS HAD TO SAY. According to Gizmodo, Facebook users upload 300 million photos per day. Similarly, 95 million photos and videos are shared on Instagram daily. Social media is a great platform for sharing and storing, but what if you want to literally hold on to those memories? That’s where Free Prints and Social Print Studio come into play. FREE PRINTS The most attractive aspect of the Free Prints app is right in the name. Users can download 85 free 4-by-6-inch photo prints a month (up to 1,000 a year). But you can only print one free copy of each photo. Additional prints will run you 9 cents each. Standard shipping costs $2.99, and your photos arrive within five to 13 days. Or, for an additional dollar, they can arrive in four to six days. If you choose to print photos in sizes other than 4-by-6 inches, you will have to pay more for the service. The app is well-designed and easy to use; you can print photos from your device’s library or link your accounts to print directly from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr, and Picasa. The app is free and available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Windows 8. Once your photos are uploaded and saved, you can then browse PhotoAffections.com, where you can order a variety of custom products, including magnets, canvas prints, and phone cases. SOCIAL PRINT STUDIO Functioning as both a website and a stand-alone app, Social Print Studio is a small company based in San Francisco that has been printing social media photos since 2010. While this company is capable of printing photos of your social media posts, they can do so much

more with your digital memories.

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photobooks, the classics, wall art, and everything else. You can order your photos printed in soft, hard, or layflat book form. Their classic options include postcards, mighty prints, and photostrips. Or, turn your photos

into beautiful wall art with metal prints, canvas prints, and wall calendars. You can even get greeting cards, stickers, and buttons. Pricing varies by item, but one thing remains constant: Social Print Studio is dedicated to offering the best products possible. The app is free and available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. While sharing photos on social media accounts is an easy way to store your memories, these apps will help you keep and display those memories for years to come. The next time you need to spiff up your walls or give an extra-special gift, pay them a visit!

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YOUR PERSONAL TRAINER AND YOU

Questions to Ask for a Better Experience

Gym injuries are often overlooked because people may feel embarrassed about them, or they think it’s “weak” to report. A recent article in the New York Post stated that an Equinox Gym in Manhattan was sued because one of their personal trainers continued to have a patron exercise despite having been injured. The patron, David J. Walker, a former Green Beret Paratrooper, had a significant injury to his lower back. The trainer allegedly instructed Walker to use a foam roller on his lower back and rotate his legs in a semicircular motion. Walker complained of pain to the trainer, who encouraged him to keep going. Due to the pain he suffered and the worsening of his injury, he sued Equinox Gym. Any personal trainer who has a solid certification, such as those from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), or Fitness Institute International, knows you must do a thorough health history before training any client. This type of injury could easily have been avoided. If the complexity of the injury is outside the scope of the personal trainer’s knowledge and experience, the client should be referred back to their doctor to have a licensed physical therapist work the area of the injury.

To avoid this kind of injury, you should only hire a well-qualified personal trainer. There is a difference between certified and qualified. Here are a few questions to ask. ● What kind of certification do they have? ● How long have they been a personal trainer? ● Do they have experience with your demographic? ● Do they personally carry liability insurance? ● Do they have you fill out a personal health questionnaire? Do they go over it with specific questions? ● Do they take your heart rate when going over your health questionnaire? ● How much are you paying them? ● Do they have any recommendations from other clients? You are paying good money to get into better physical health. Why flush that money down the drain and hire someone inexperienced who could leave you in worse shape? Take the time to educate yourself about the type of trainer you need, then make the right choice for you.

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My Favorite Green Smoothie Cooking With Ashley

Kick off the new year with this creamy, healthy green breakfast smoothie!

Ingredients •

1 heaping tablespoon natural, salted peanut butter 1/2 - 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 medium banana, previously peeled, frozen and quartered

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1/2 cup mixed frozen berries

1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

2 cups fresh spinach

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy, adding more almond milk or frozen berries (or bananas) to thin/thicken, respectively. Serve immediately or freeze to enjoy later. Although it is best when fresh.

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A Trip Will Change Your Child’s Life

3 WAYS Travel Can Transform Your Kids

When you go on a trip, whether it’s a quick jaunt to a neighboring town or a weeklong stay in an exotic locale, you interact with new people and cultures. It’s one thing to hear someone talk about the laid-back vibes of the West Coast, but you can’t really feel them for yourself until you’ve meandered through the redwoods or watched the sun set over Puget Sound. Now, imagine the positive effects this kind of cultural awakening could have on a young mind! While we tend to think about the worst-case scenarios and added stresses of traveling with kids, they stand to benefit as much, if not more, from travel as we do. You never know — your son or daughter may realize a passion for a subject that will one day become their career. As you’re plotting destinations for the new year, keep these life-changing possibilities in mind.

If you live in a state with a rich history, make it a point to visit one of the nearby museums. If you’re planning a vacation abroad, incorporate visits to historical sites. Take the opportunity to learn as a family! 2. They’ll pick up new skills. In addition to learning about history, your child may discover a new skill. They may learn a bit of conversational Spanish during a trip to Mexico or they might play soccer with a group of children and realize they have a knack for it. By fostering a sense of healthy curiosity about new places, you’ll help your child feel confident enough to branch out of their comfort zone and make new friends at home and on the road. 3. They’ll understand compassion. After a trip to Fiji, Lonely Planet Kids writer Patrick Kinsella found that, long after they returned, his eldest daughter continued to reflect on her experience. “It’s an eye- and mind-opening experience, especially for Ivy, who has never before considered that someone her age might not have a TV, let alone lack electricity,” Kinsella writes. “For many months afterward, Ivy talk[ed] about Po, imagining her Fijian friend’s life.” Because they’re so open-minded, kids are the perfect sponges for new experiences. At the very least, they’ll be less likely to take what they have for granted, and they might even develop an expansive and exploratory worldview.

1. History will come to life. Yes, your kids will read about World War II in school and take state capital quizzes. But in the end, nothing compares to firsthand experiences of culturally significant locations. Imagine showing a child the Galapagos Islands, where Darwin’s famous theory of evolution was conceived, or having the chance to talk about the beginnings of the Revolutionary War while strolling through Minute Man National Historical Park in Massachusetts.

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