I was in Rhode Island this weekend for the funeral of my best friend, Dana Drago. It was a beautiful service and I am now at peace. I want to share with you this article written by Dana’s sister for the Washington Post about Dana’s brave journey with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. My heart goes out to all who are dealing with this awful disease with a friend or family member.
Each year, millions of people set out with new goals at the beginning of the year yet results show that 8% of people achieve their goals. In fact, some goal setting is more harmful than beneficial says Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist at Harvard Business School and author of the book “Presence.” The reason? We do not set reasonable attainable goals and instead of improving our situation in life we create more stress and strain. In “Presence,” she explores how being authentic to our “true selves” is essential for reducing stress that holds us back from our full potential.
Here are 4 recommendations Cuddy makes for setting reasonable goals:
1. Avoid “absolute” goals such as go the gym every day. This is unrealistic and does not allow for the interruptions of life.
2. Frame your goals in the positive. When we address changes in a negative way it can stir up feelings and emotions that can contribute to avoidance. Instead of saying “I want to stop eating junk food, say I choose to eat healthier foods.”
3. State your goals as desired outcomes that are attainable. For example, instead of setting a goal of walking 100 miles, break it down to 10 mile segments, so there will be 10 celebrations.
4. Avoid goals that focus on outside forces. Conditions can change and people will let you down. Set goals that are within your sphere of control and constantly set small goals that will lead to the larger desired outcome.
As a final recommendation, give yourself plenty of time to achieve your goals. We over estimate what we can do in the short run and underestimate what we can do in the long run. Plan for down time to make meaning of the life you are living, to appreciate the ups and downs, and to love the ones that count. If we can help add even an hour or two to your week, it might be the difference in an average and a great 2017!
Adapted from Business Insider article by Richard Feloni on Jan 2, 2017
The Holiday Season is here so make sure YOU are part of the celebration this holiday season and enjoy quality time with your family and friends.
The secret to having everything run smoothly this holiday season is to plan ahead and keep things off your agenda that really don’t belong there.
- Make a list of all the activities that you would like to participate in this holiday season.
- Include your preparation time such as gift shopping, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry and other preparations if you have guests coming for a few days. Be sure to add travel time if you are going to a party or visiting family out of town.
- Evaluate your list and decide which tasks and activities are a “must” and which ones can be left off your calendar and then SCHEDULE everything! Are there tasks that you can delegate or outsource? Most importantly, just say “NO” to anything that will not enhance your holiday!
We all know that exercise is one of the best stress managers. However, when the hustle and bustle of the holidays comes along, it is the first thing we skip. Do not compromise on your exercise! Also, make time for “quite time” such as Yoga, Meditation or just sitting in a quiet place. Make the time for exercise and quiet time and you will breeze through the season with a new energy. Your family and friends will thank you!
Shop from the Comfort of Your Own Home
The internet has made holiday shopping simple! It is so nice to get most items off your various lists without fighting the crowds. By shopping early, you give yourself peace of mind and free up time for all those other little things that make the holidays so magical.
Remember – – the holidays are not about perfection, they are a time of celebration! It’s a time of letting go and truly enjoying the ones that make your life the special gift that it is.
The best gift that you can give your family and friends this holiday season is YOU! So make sure to slow down a little this holiday season and make lasting memories. Cheers!
Happy Holidays 2016!!
After seven consecutive sessions of cryotherapy, I feel more energetic, stronger and recover faster from my workouts. I will now take off a week and go back twice a week for maintenance. I am hopeful this is helping my severe ulcerative colitis as well!
CryoZone offers an exclusive first time session for only $25. Try it today!
What is cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy is one of the fastest-growing, holistic, wellness solutions that enables the body to naturally recover at the cellular level. By exposing yourself to temperatures around -220°F with nitrogen gas in our CryoSauna for up to three minutes, your body protects your internal organs by pushing blood to the core where it circulates, keeping your core temperature intact while your blood picks up vital nutrients. After exiting the CryoSauna, blood recirculates back into your outer extremities and creates favorable conditions for:
- Rejuvenating muscle and skin
- Providing a boost to your energy level and metabolic rate
- Increasing collagen production in your skin
- Reducing inflammation
Founded in Dallas, Texas in 2014, CryoZone aims to change the way people think about and experience whole body cryotherapy. By developing the first approachable and affordable brand with a national presence, CryoZone offers a consistent, high-end guest experience. Get into the CryoZone to experience all of cryotherapy’s benefits. It’s time to face the freeze!
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Money Raised to Help North Texas Storm Victims
What a great event I attended on Saturday, October 15th to raise money for Roof Angels, a Texas-based non-profit, providing roof replacement and repair assistance to homeowners in the DFW Metroplex.
Sponsored by Premier Concierge and other DFW organizations.
The BvB Dallas Fundraiser game was on Saturday night, August 13, 2016. Mike John was top fundraiser at $22,420, the best for one team member in the history of the event! The whole organization raised $560,000, the most ever raised by BvB Dallas!
Dana Drago’s family, friends, and caretakers have been touched by all the donations and tributes to Dana. It has truly lifted our spirits.
Thank you again for your generous donations!
I am very happy and honored to promote BvB Dallas – Big D Powderpuff Tackling Alzheimer’s, Inc. Over the past eight years, this organization has raised over $2.3 million and we are set to surpass the $3 million mark in total fundraising after this season in the hope of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and other Dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia related diseases are the only cause of death in the Top 10 in America that cannot be slowed, cured, or prevented. It is estimated that over two thirds of Alzheimer’s patients are female.
Mike John, one of my best friends, and I have a mutual, dear friend, Dana Drago (age 58) who is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s diagnosed 2 ½ years ago. She is currently in late stages and resides in a nursing home. She has shown courage, dignity and grace through her journey. I am her loyal care manager, best friend, and “sister”. She has an amazing support group with her loving family, friends and her dedicated caregivers, Ingrid, Catherine, and myself. She is a joy and blessing in our lives and we want to help in finding a cure! I encourage you to give what you can, no amount is too small. Please help me in the fight to #EndALZ. Thank you so much for your support!” – Misty Keown
BvB Dallas, Big D Powderpuff Tackling Alzheimer’s, Inc., is a powder-puff football game hosted for a day of fun, fellowship, philanthropy and enjoyment as a way of raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease research and awareness. BvB Dallas was founded by Erin Finegold in memory of her grandmother who was taken by Alzheimer’s and in honor of her grandfather, a steadfast caregiver who watched this tragic disease take his wife away from him.
BvB is a personal way for young professionals across the country to raise awareness, funds and support to help TACKLE ALZHEIMER’S FOREVER. BvB Dallas has raised over $2.3 million in its 8 year history and hopes to continue this legacy year after year.
The American flag is steeped in tradition and respect. By following these rules of Flag Etiquette, we continue to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our country and flag.
Here are the basics on displaying the American flag:
- The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset. The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
- The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
- After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half-staff at the bequest of the President or the Governor. It’s called “half-staff” on land, and “half-mast” on a ship.
- When flown on a pole, the stars and blue field, or “union”, is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house). When it is hanging on a wall, the stars should be closest to the East.
- When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
- Never let your flag touch the ground, never…period.
- Fold your flag when storing. Don’t just stuff it in a drawer or box.
- When it’s time to replace your flag because it has faded or torn, the flag should be disposed of in a respectful way. It should be burned or buried. You may donate it to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or the Veterans of Foreign Wars and they will retire the flag in a ceremonial way.
- When the flag passes in a parade, stand and put your hand over your heart. Boys and men should remove their hats.
Show your patriotism and pride by continuing these traditions! Let’s teach the next generation Flag Etiquette and respect our flag. Enjoy those picnics and parades and salute the Red, White and Blue!
Have you heard of the “butterfly effect?” Where one small change at one place has large effects elsewhere: such as the beating of a butterfly’s wings causing small changes that, when magnified, cause a shift in weather. Yet, how does this apply to our daily lives?
One way is to realize that our small actions add up to create big results. For example, try waking up 20 minutes earlier each day and using the extra time to be productive. Twenty minutes less sleep does not sound like much but multiply that over a year’s time and you have added 121.6 hours to your productive time!
At Premier Concierge, our purpose is to add value to your life by taking on tasks you cannot find the time to do yourself and help you apply the “butterfly effect” to your life. Think of how you could use that time for greater productivity!
Simple tasks like running errands, managing home repair projects, or planning an event can be overwhelming. Let us handle your to-do list so you can live your life to the fullest each day. Call Premier Concierge today and let us show you our “butterfly effect”!