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WOMEN’S

Advocate SEPTEMBER 2019

Why I Don’t Just Root for the Jaguars MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS

We may not have very much seasonal change here in Florida, but we do have football season. Personally, I’m more into tennis myself, but after the US Open wraps up every year, I still feel plenty of excitement for the Jaguars to take the field. My dad and brother are both absolute sports fanatics, so a good deal of their enthusiasm may have rubbed off on me. But growing up in Jacksonville just as we acquired our very own football team was more than enough to get me interested in the sport on my own. Still, I’m not exactly what you would consider a die-hard fan in the traditional sense. When I watch football, I tend to root for individual players more than the teams themselves. This can make things awkward at times, given how often players tend to move teams these days. My admiration for Tom Brady was particularly difficult to square during last year’s playoffs. My son, who is the traditional “Jaguars or nobody” kind of fan, made me promise not to root for the Patriots ever again. But at the end of the day, I find the athleticism and leadership shown by players like Brady to be inspiring. Regardless of who’s playing, I’ll find myself cheering on the team who’s managing to rally and come from behind, or for the quarterback who’s the calmest under pressure. Players like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady just embody an incredible level of professionalism on the field that I can’t help but admire. Heck, our family are Seminoles fans, and I’ll still give Tim Tebow credit where credit is due.

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or has serious allegations leveled against them, they’re canceled in my book. I won’t be able to bring myself to root for their team so long as they are on the roster. Maybe it’s from all my years as a prosecutor, but I tend to regard anyone who gets themselves arrested with suspicion, especially when they might be protected by their fame or fortune. In my mind, the best players aren’t just athletes; they’re good role models. Those team members who can come off the field magnanimous in defeat and humble in victory are the real inspirations. As both a mother and a family law attorney, I know how important it is for boys to have positive role models. A player who can show the next generation of men that football isn’t all about violence and bravado is a winner in my book. So, as we enter what passes for fall in our sunny part of the world, I’m looking forward to the season kicking off. There’s sure to be plenty of drama, close games, and upsets. But more than the score, I’ll be watching for those players who never give up when they’re down and walk off the field smiling — win or lose. It’s these kinds of athletes that can inspire all of us.

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Of course, my admiration for players cuts both ways. If a player gets in trouble with the law

“A PLAYER WHO CAN SHOW THE NEXT GENERATION OF MEN THAT FOOTBALL ISN’T ALL ABOUT VIOLENCE AND BRAVADO IS A WINNER IN MY BOOK.”

-Heather Qu ick

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The BLS categorized the jobs many older workers are currently pursuing:

Finding Fulfillment in Your Golden Years

Real estate appraisers/assessors

Property/real estate/community association managers

Technical writers

Tax preparers

Construction/building inspectors

Crossing guards

Clergy

These seven jobs are projected to grow between 8–14% over the next six years according to BLS data. They often pay well and don’t always require a full-time commitment. Many even offer flexible schedules, which can help older workers spend more time with peers or loved ones. This balance is exactly what many older workers are looking for, especially those who are “part-time retired.” More importantly, however, most older workers find these jobs fulfilling. They allow older folks to interact with the community and stay active, both of which, research suggests, are essential to healthy living as people age. For many, working past retirement, or not leaving the workforce entirely, can be a win-win- win: It’s a win for your bank account, a win for your health, and a win for the community.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, upward of 40% of people aged 55 and older are continuing to work past the normal retirement age. There are a number of reasons why people are choosing to stay employed, with one of the biggest being a lack of retirement funds, but some are also using work to keep their minds and skills sharp. In fact, most of the jobs that the 55-plus crowd goes after keep them engaged with the community and help them lead more active lives. IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Meet Kristi Clark!

Family law cases are complex, both in terms of paperwork and emotions. It’s not enough for a firm representing you in these cases to be experts in their field — they have to be empathetic to your situation. That’s why we’re lucky to have so many talented, caring professionals on our team, and we wanted to introduce you to them! So, we’re starting with a familiar face at the firm: our senior paralegal Kristi Clark. This month marks Kristi’s sixth year at Florida Women’s Law Group, and we couldn’t be more proud. With 10 years of paralegal experience under her belt, it may come as a surprise that Kristi hadn’t considered this profession until she was doing it. “I just sort of fell into it,” she says with a laugh. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do after college, but I thought paralegal work sounded interesting.” But after getting her certificate from UNF, this criminal justice graduate discovered this was the career for her. “The variety is what I love,” Kristi tells us. “Every single day is different.” Prior to coming to our firm, Kristi had worked in transactional law. “The two practice areas are very different,” she says. “Obviously in family law, there’s a lot more personal interaction … Seeing the change in the women we help is a powerful experience.” Even after six years in this field, Kristi hasn’t lost sight of the big picture. “No one part of the process is easy,” she reflects, “but to seek legal assistance — to make

that initial choice — is incredibly difficult. Still, in my experience, those who do are better off.” When she’s not helping clients and crunching numbers here at the firm, you can usually find Kristi at the beach with her husband and three children. “I’ve got a 10-year-old, 7-year-old, and a 1-year-old at home. So they definitely keep me busy!” she laughs. We’re incredibly lucky to have Kristi on our team. Her professionalism, talent, and empathy make her the perfect fit for our firm.

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Women Speaking Wisely “Life shrinks or expands in proportion

to one’s courage.” -Anais Nin

“Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.” -Byron Katie

When to Restart Your Love Life “Am I ready to love again?” It’s a question all divorcees ask themselves at some point, and for many, the answer isn’t simple. Wanting to reenter the dating world is perfectly natural, as are feelings of trepidation about doing so. You might feel like you need time — and that’s okay. But, if you continue to find yourself coming back to this question, here are some things to keep in mind. Beware the Word ‘Should’ Some people take longer than others before putting themselves back out there again. This is completely healthy, so long as it’s what you want for yourself. But, if you find yourself thinking “I should wait,” you may want to examine those thoughts closer. Often we say we “should” do something because of some external pressures, like people’s expectations, rather than our own needs. The same thing goes if you think you “should” start dating again. In either case, you may be pressuring yourself into a situation you’re uncomfortable with. When it comes to your own happiness, take the route you want , not the one you think you should want . Ask Yourself What You’re Looking For A great way to gauge your readiness for dating is whether you have a clear vision for your next relationship. Do you want a committed partnership, or something less serious? Are you excited by the prospect of meeting new people, or do you have someone specific in mind? Do none THE RIGHT DATE FOR A DATE

of these options sound right for you? Then maybe that’s a sign the time isn’t right. Starting a new relationship, focusing on your work, or taking some much needed “you” time are all valid ways of spending your time, so long as you find them fulfilling. Get a Little Help From Your Friends Regardless of whether or not you’re looking for a new relationship, friends and family can make for a much-needed support network in your life. They can ensure you stay social and have people to confide in regardless of your relationship status. And, if you decide to go on dates, they can provide an added boost to your confidence.

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Why Are so Many People Deciding Not to Retire?

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Can a Vegan Diet Prevent Cancer?

CAN A VEGAN DIET PREVENT CANCER? A Look at the Power of Plants One of the pillars of holistic health is the idea that food is nature’s medicine. But while no one is arguing the fact that fruits and vegetables are good for you, there is plenty of debate about just how good they are. Can the right diet cure a cold? Counteract the flu? Prevent cancer? Many vegans, vegetarians, and other plant-based eaters say yes. The cancer question has been on the minds of an increasing number of researchers in the last 30 years. Because cancer afflicts roughly 38% of the U.S. population, it’s an urgent problem and an ever-fluctuating area of study. However, in the last decade, scientists have reached a tentative consensus on the impact of diet on cancer prevention, and it’s a feather in the cap of holistic health. First, let’s get this straight: Going vegan isn’t a surefire way to prevent cancer, and it certainly can’t cure it. But studies do show that sticking to

a plant-based diet — and specifically cutting out meat — lowers your risk of cancer. According to Lindsey Wohlford, a dietitian with the MD Anderson Cancer Center, this is in part because plant-based foods contain phytochemicals, which boost the immune system. Plant-based foods are also a great source of fiber, which lowers cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar levels, and helps regulate the bowels. As she put it, “Meat just doesn’t do that.” A comprehensive study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information notes that dietary factors are estimated to be responsible for 35% of all cancer cases, and that most studies have found vegetarian diets are “modestly cancer protective,” reducing risk by 10–12%. Studies also link red and processed meats to eight different cancer types and claim the risks meat poses are amplified when it’s fried, grilled, or barbecued. According to the studies, these processes form potentially carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines. The American Institute of Cancer Research recommends a plant-based diet for cancer prevention but doesn’t ask Americans to ditch meat and dairy entirely. Instead, the website

claims that as long as you stick to “moderate to small” amounts of animal-based foods, you can have your meat and decrease your cancer risk, too.

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