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THE JANUARY MINDSET Nurturing and Appreciating What My Body Can Do
app, which has guided meditations and is really approachable, and it’s been great.
My experience at that run inspired me to train for my own marathon, and I’ve done several of them since. I love setting goals and trying to achieve something that seems impossible, and that’s what running a marathon the first time felt like. I know it sounds daunting, but truly, if you make a schedule, anyone — barring physical limitations — is capable of doing it. It takes time, but gradually, you get stronger and more fit. You might be surprised by what you’re capable of when you set your mind to it. More recently, I’ve taken up yoga, and it’s something I love. It’s a great form of exercise that just about anyone can do, and I think everyone can benefit from it. It’s so helpful for improving flexibility as we age because it’s like moving meditation. Speaking of meditation, a fewmonths ago, I started meditating. John has been meditating for years and has always tried to get me to do it. It’s his answer to everything. If our kids are feeling stressed? Meditate. If I’m feeling overwhelmed? Meditate. John is happy I started, and honestly, I am too. I’m a few months in, and I can already see a change. It’s helpful for so many different things that come up in life. I feel like I can focus better, am kinder to myself, and go into the day with a better mindset. Someone recommended the Headspace
Beyond marking the start of a new year, January is extra special for me: It’s
In the coming year, I’d like to continue to meditate and grow in the practice. Even if I can’t fit in a workout every day, I can always meditate, and I’m already noticing the benefits. Because of how much I love to exercise, I have extra empathy for those who’ve had the ability to move, walk, or exercise without pain taken from them because of someone’s negligence. It’s easy to take our mobility for granted until it’s taken away. It’s my privilege to stand up for clients when someone has taken that from them. As much as I enjoy exercising, I still have days where I don’t feel like doing it. Sometimes I’m tired and just want to skip the gym and go home to relax. On those days, I think about my clients, the ones who don’t have the option to go for a run or work out.
my birth month. I’m not a big New Year’s resolution person — I try to live by the mindset
that any day is a good day to make a lifestyle change. Still, between the new year and my birthday, I always take time to reflect on my health, well-being, and any changes I’d like to make in the coming year. Exercise has been a lifelong passion for me, especially group exercise. I’ve loved running since I was a kid. I used to go on runs with my dad, and I think seeing my parents play tennis inspired me to get moving from a young age. In high school, a friend of mine started going to aerobics classes and invited me to join her. I found that I was a lot more motivated when there was someone counting on me. Since then, I’ve tried a bit of everything: Jazzercise, kickboxing, spinning, boot camps, and even triathlons. One year, my friend was training for a marathon, and I went with her to one of her shorter races. I got swept up in the energy: All these people running together created amazing electricity. I loved it.
What a gift it is to be able-bodied , I remind myself.
In the work we do, we’re reminded every day that there are no guarantees in life. It reminds you to live in the moment and not take anything for granted, not even the luxury of a workout.
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CTRL, ALT, DELETE YOUR CLUTTER Tips for National Clean Up Your Computer Month Everyone relies on technology. Computers, laptops, tablets, and phones are staples of modern life. However, it’s easy for these devices to become cluttered with old photos, files, and general disorganization. Luckily, January is National Clean Up Your Computer Month and an excellent time to get your technology in order. START BY DUSTING Over time, computer towers can become clogged with dust, which creates additional, unwanted heat within your computer. Regular cleanings will increase the lifespan of your computer and protect its essential components. Compressed air is great for removing most of the dust and other particulates. If the fans or filters are too dirty, you can remove them from the tower to clean them better. If you use water or liquid cleaning products on them, be sure they are completely dry before placing them back into your computer. ORGANIZE YOUR FILES Naming and arranging the files on your computer in such a way that they’re easy for you to find can end up saving you a lot of time. Declutter your workspace by creating one file for pictures, one for Word documents, one for spreadsheets, and one for programs to eliminate the hassle of frantically searching for the files you need. BACK UP YOUR COMPUTER Be sure to back up your computer before you start deleting things. This acts as a safety net in case you delete something you didn’t mean to. Additionally, consider installing a second hard drive. The extra space can help with storing important files without having to worry about how much room is left. CLEAN UP SPACE Any files you’ll never use again should be deleted. Likewise, any programs you haven’t used in a while should be uninstalled. Check your hard drive for files that might be taking up unintended space on your computer. And remember to empty the recycling bin — it’s easy to forget just how much goes in there.
ARE INTENSE WORKOUTS Follow These 4 Tips for Exercise Tha
Going into the new year, here are four tips to make exercise an enjoyable part of your day.
START WHERE YOU’RE AT. Exercise is not one size fits all, and there are many options out there that may fit your needs and capabilities. If you’re recovering from an injury or EMPLOYEE SPOT
In 2019, a highlight for our firm was opening our Columbus office and extending our services to the community here. Another highlight was bringing our team member Hannah on board at that new location last May. Hannah is a compassionate, caring individual who spends her time reaching out to our clients to make sure we’re doing all we can to support them.
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have a disability, look for adapted athletic teams or aerobics classes in your community that are specifically designed for you. Many cities have fun options like rugby and even adaptive skiing. Yoga can also be helpful for both physical and mental health. Instructors will encourage you to adapt poses as needed for your personal health and comfort. Remember to ease into a new routine and start slow. NOT FOR YOU? Feels Less Like Work and More Like Play When you’re tired at the end of the day, it’s tempting to skip out on your workout. Avoid that by making it easy to go to the gym, and consider making exercise the first part of your day. Look for facilities on your commute, near your work, or close to home. If it’s easy to get there, you’ll be more likely to go. SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS. You love to go to that 5:30 p.m. boot camp class, but it’s right in the middle of your daughter’s dance practice. Getting to the gym is half the battle, so make it easier on yourself by preparing in advance. Find a facility with a schedule that easily fits yours. If you’re planning to work out in the morning, set your clothes out the night before and choose an energetic song for your alarm. If there’s a class after work, leave an extra set of gym clothes at your office so you’ll never have an excuse not to go. CHOOSE AN EXERCISE ROUTINE THAT FEELS LIKE FUN. Remember when you would run around the playground or kick a soccer ball for hours on end? You were never aware of the time, and you got a good workout. Revert back to your childhood ways this year to get your fitness in order. You could join a local rec team or just gather a group of friends to go try something new, like rock climbing. IGHT For Hannah, it was clear from her first encounter with our firm that this was the perfect fit. She met with Hillary, and “We hit it off,” Hannah says. Their conversation went beyond just work; they talked about family, life, and everything in between. Based on that first conversation, Hannah shares, “It felt like a great place to be employed.” Hannah Is Here to Lend an Ear “I love what I do,” Hannah says. “One of the best things about it is helping clients who are in a hard season of life. All it takes is a second, and life gets flipped around. A lot of my job is to see how our clients are doing. I call as often as they need just to check in and see if they’re feeling seen and heard by their doctor. I’m here for their questions and concerns. I really love getting to do that — being an ear for them to talk to.” Outside of work, Hannah loves being with her family and spending time with them. She enjoys doing home decor projects, and music is a creative outlet for her, as well. “I sing and play a couple different instruments,” Hannah says. She plays the piano and taught herself to play the guitar. MAKE YOUR WORKOUT AN UNAVOIDABLE PART OF YOUR DAY. In the last several months, she’s found that to be true, and she’s also realized just how much she enjoys her role here.
Simple Pancakes From Scratch
Inspired by The New York Times
• 2 cups all-purpose flour • 2 tsp baking powder • 1/4 tsp salt • 1 tbsp sugar, optional • 2 eggs • 1 3/4 cups milk • Unsalted butter or canola oil, to grease skillet
1. Heat a griddle or skillet to medium-low. 2. In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients
(including sugar if you like a sweeter pancake). In a separate bowl, beat eggs into milk. Gently stir the liquid ingredients into the dry ones. Mix only until flour is moistened. Clumps are fine. 3. Add some butter or oil to the skillet. If the butter foams or oil shimmers, the temperature is correct. Pour in a pancake of any size, cooking until bubbles form, about 2–4 minutes. 4. Flip and cook other side for 2–4 minutes. Serve warm.
While Hannah’s favorite song constantly changes, right now she’s pretty into the “Frozen II” soundtrack.
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INSIDE THIS EDITION
Hillary’s New Year’s Mindset
Enter 2020 With an Organized Computer 4 Tips for Exercise That Feels Less Like Work Employee Spotlight
Simple Pancakes From Scratch
Meet the World’s First Airport Therapy Pig
MEET THE WORLD’S FIRST AIRPORT THERAPY PIG How Lilou and Animals Like Her Calm Stressed-Out Travelers
more than 30 airports across the U.S. employed therapy dogs, and these days, estimates land closer to 60. The San Jose and Denver airports have therapy cats, and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport even offers passengers the chance to play with miniature horses before boarding their flights. Therapy dogs started appearing in U.S. airports after the 9/11 terror attacks, which changed American attitudes about flying. They did so well at helping passengers calm down that airports began implementing permanent programs. Some have pets on hand 24/7 to assist passengers, while others host animal visits every few weeks or months. These days, regular travelers have fallen hard for their local therapy animals, many of whom even have their own Instagram accounts and hashtags. So, the next time you’re traveling, keep an eye out for a friendly pup, cat, pig, or horse to pet. A bit of love from an animal just might improve your trip!
Imagine you’re navigating a vast airport on a busy Saturday, shouldering your way through crowds and struggling to hear the PA system over the clatter of 1,000 wheeled suitcases. Suddenly, you see a pig wearing a hot pink sweater waddling toward you on a leash. Do you stop in your tracks? Does your stress level drop? Do you laugh out loud when you see its pink nail polish? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then you can sympathize with the passengers, pilots, flight attendants, and staff at the San Francisco International Airport. They get to enjoy visits from Lilou, the world’s first airport therapy pig, on a regular basis! As part of the Wag Brigade, the airport’s cadre of (mostly canine) therapy animals, Lilou wanders the airport with her humans, bringing joy, peace, and calm to everyone she meets. Lilou may be the only pig of her kind, but airport therapy animals have been a growing trend for the last few years. According to NPR, as of 2017,
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