Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin April 2019

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April 2019

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Our referrals continue to be one of the best ways clients find us, and we deeply appreciate it! for your trust and confidence. Thank you Spring is such a cheerful time. I love the newfound energy it brings — all the warmth, sunshine, and vibrant colors. As the weather improves, I spend as much time outside as I can, going on neighborhood walks or jogs, taking my kids to the playground, or simply sitting at my kitchen table with the window open so I can listen to the birds sing. My kids certainly love spending more time outside in the spring. The boys have a lot of pent-up energy after being inside for so long during winter, so we try to find as many activities as we can once the weather gets nicer — particularly activities that get everyone moving. One of their favorite activities is coloring with sidewalk chalk. Last year, our driveway was covered in chalk art, namely monsters and dinosaurs my sons imagined and brought to life. This year, I have no doubt our driveway will be home to yet another imaginative mural. We also go on walks as a family, checking out the blooming flowers or watching the geese at a nearby pond. Sometimes we give the boys some brown paper bags and go on a nature walk. As they explore, they collect flowers, leaves, and rocks along the way. It’s a great way to connect with nature. This spring, we have a few exciting family vacations planned. Our big trip will be up to Chicago to visit the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum, and the Shedd Aquarium. My oldest son was 3 the last time we visited, and he has been talking about that vacation ever since. It is amazing how little minds can soak up so much information at such a young age. Through our local children’s museum membership, we receive free admission to several of the museums in Chicago, adding to the overall value of our trip.

I am also looking forward to spring-cleaning. From cleaning out the cars and garage

to decluttering the house, it’s a daunting but

worthwhile task. It always feels like a weight off my shoulders when I’m finally done.

Speaking of having a weight on you, April is Stress Awareness Month. I wish I

could say I haven’t been stressed, but we all have challenges that can take a hefty toll on us, whether it’s a health issue, time constraint, financial burden, or having a lot on your plate. When I feel stressed or overwhelmed, I listen to inspirational audiobooks. More recently, I’ve enjoyed listening to“Girl, Wash Your Face”by Rachel Hollis, and at the moment, I’m listening to“She’s Still There”by Chrystal Evans Hurst. I find that listening to others’ stories and struggles can be helpful. You learn how they worked through times of monumental stress and then went on to excel and thrive. In many ways, these books help me say, “Snap out of it, Katie! You have the tools to turn this situation into something great! Time to get to work!” And to bring it full circle, spending time outdoors and in nature can be very calming. It’s time away from social media, cellphones, and the rush of everyday life that can help you decompress. Don’t forget to set your distractions to the side and look up at the clouds. Listen to the leaves rustling in the breeze and the squirrels chatter. It’s a refreshing change of pace we all need every once and a while — and spring is certainly a time to enjoy that.

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