Avalon Park Sun Wesley Chapel January 2021 Edition

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KEEPING THE NEWS LOCAL.... AND THE COMMUNITY CONNECTED.

VOLUME 2 EDITION 1

JANUARY 2021

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Missing Middle Housing and the Need for Diversity By: Raven Halle

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COMMUNITY UPDATES

Last month, we talked about the idea of placemaking, or the multi-faceted concept involving the ways in which traditional neighborhood developments inspire their residents to reimagine public spaces as little hearts of a community. In this thorough examination of traditional neighborhoods, their characteristics, and how their characteristics intersect and define communities, we arrive at yet another idea: the idea of “Missing Middle Housing.” Similar to the notion of mixed-use facilities, the term “Missing Middle Housing” refers to a way through which more housing and housing choices are developed in walkable, sustainable places like traditional neighborhood developments. Traditional neighborhoods diverge from conventional suburbia in many ways—as we have previously discussed— and perhaps the most notable of which is the idea that people of all social and economic strata are

able to live, work, and thrive comfortably in traditional neighborhoods due to their multiple types of living options. Essentially, “Missing Middle Housing” serves to support local business as well as diversifying housing choices, thus diversifying the people within a community.

closing the gap between small amounts of available housing and the high demand for walkability.

When looking at the characteristics of Missing Middle Housing compared to the characteristics of traditional neighborhood developments, many trends The words “Missing can be observed: both Middle” refer to their aim to aid and increase status as being between, walkability and feelings or in the middle of, typof community and interical housing: the bridge connectedness, decrease between apartment com- the need for automobiles, and produce a more plexes and single-family sustainable ecological homes. From duplexes to fourplexes, Missing footprint. This is why Middle Housing, then, they work well in concan be best described as junction. The similarities clustered housing similar in scale between single in scale to single-family Missing Middle Housing homes which aid to meet units and single-family the continuously growing homes allow for them to demand of living options be easily blended, again encouraging diversity in walkable, urban spacboth amongst living es. Above all, Missing spaces and residents. Middle Housing allows for demographics such Missing Middle Housing as senior citizens, young is an example of comcouples, single parents, patible infill—a developteachers, and doctors to ment that does not take live comfortably amongst away from the privacy or one another in order to character of neighboring foster a deeper sense of houses—which is a direct community while also result of its perceived

low density, or the ability of these buildings to not appear dense or crowded. See photo below for a diagram that exemplifies these different types of Missing Middle Housing and how they can be implemented within a community. Overall, Missing Middle Housing creates more living usage and units on less land than do single-family homes. The idea that the Missing Middle is a spectrum, also indicated by the graphic below, means an increase in housing supply and a decrease in total cost for residents as compared to the supply and cost of single-family units. Most importantly, Missing Middle Housing directly impacts the need for affordable housing, and does so in a way that not only improves the lives of those seeking to live there, but also other members of the community who can watch their neighborhoods grow and diversify.


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Coffee Hour with BEAT his past is condemned to repeat it and paying a high price.”

2021 . . . ..Is History Repeating Itself? I personally think that if one believes that the world is turning differently in these times and that we can’t learn from history, they are making a mistake. Is it still relevant today, what caused the downfall of the Roman empire, or can we identify something for today’s society when we analyze what factors led to the French revolution? Winston Churchill warned the house of commons not to think in the short term and to not just pay attention to headlines when he said, “Those who are not able to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” While that was over 70 years ago, I think it fits the current social media age well. This philosophy goes back even further, as Churchill borrowed his quote from the Spanish philosopher George Santayana who wrote in his book, “The Life of Reason” that “Somebody who is not remembering

For myself, I believe post-COVID-19, we will experience a new iteration of the “Roaring This analysis is often Twenties.” One hundred used to analyze war acyears ago, just ahead tivities. An example is of the roaring twenties, the various wars of the was World War 1. Addifferent armies against ditionally, 1918 to 2020, Russia. Sweden learned the Spanish Flu was infecting about 1/3 of the in the 17th century how world’s population. Afdifficult it is to win against Russia, how hard ter those horrific years, the winter is. A century people around the globe later Napoleon made the were hungry to live. same mistake, and in the The spirit of the Roaring second World War, hisTwenties was marked by tory repeated itself when a general feeling of novGermany lost almost 1 elty associated with modernity and a break with million troops by trying tradition. Everything to take Moscow during seemed possible through the winter.

2020 HAS NOT ONLY BEEN A TURNING POINT FOR AVALON PARK GROUP, IT HAS BEEN ONE OF OUR MOST ACTIVE YEARS EVER! modern technology such as cars, movies, and raOften, we are told that history is not anymore so dio. By the middle of the important, because the decade, prosperity was world is different than it widespread, with the was 100 years ago. But second half of the decade even while new trends known, as “the Golden are developing, they can Twenties.” often be found rooted in the past, because human I think 2020 will be nature has not changed. that game-changer and COVID-19 will be reWe often think that this membered as a turning time things will be difpoint. ferent, and while events from the past will not be COVID-19 has served repeated exactly, simias an engine of innovalarities between the past tion. Under lockdown, and present will always e-commerce as a share of exist. American retail sales increased as much in eight

weeks as it had in the previous five years. As people stayed in Avalon Park, almost overnight, businesses began to run from spare rooms and kitchen tables, an experiment that would otherwise have taken years to unfold, if ever. While this disruption is in its infancy, COVID-19 is proof that change is possible even in conservative industries like energy, education, or health care. 2020 has not only been a turning point for Avalon Park Group, it has been one of our most active years ever. Ask any of my 7 Senior Vice Presidents (we are working a combined 80! years together), and they all will tell you 2020 has been our busiest year ever! And it is just the beginning. While we should always proceed with caution, remember, the Roaring Twenties was also followed by the great depression, I encourage us to take the turn into health and prosperity this year. I am hopeful the vaccine will succeed; I am optimistic for a great 2021 and beyond. Wishing You a Happy and Healthy New Year!


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January Update from Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore

again rising, please make sure you follow the guidelines from our health experts: wear a face covering when you cannot distance from others, wash your hands regularly, and avoid large groups.

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and healthy holiday season! 2020 was one of the most challenging years, but I am proud of the way our community worked together to respond and fight the spread of COVID-19. On December 17th, I had the honor of joining Pasco-Hernando Early Learning Coalition Executive Director Dr. Steve Knobl to present Per-

sonal Protective Equipment to Primrose School at Collier Parkway. This was funded by Pasco County Commission from the CARES Act. The Early Learning Coalition received $159,000 to distribute PPE to 164 early education and child care centers throughout Pasco County. This money will help protect our youngest learners and educators. COVID-19 cases are once

Premier Hockey League will host their hub right here in Pasco County! Teams, coaches and staff from the USPHL will stay at Saddlebrook with practices and games at AdventHealth Center Ice in Wesley Chapel. The league will be in our community In November, I joined several from early January to late of my fellow Commissioners February. This is a new event for a message urging everyto our area that will generone to be COVID safe during ate an estimated 4,500 room the holidays. You can watch nights in Pasco County. This that video on the Pasco is great news for our econCounty government Youomy and shows once again, Tube page by clicking here. we are Florida’s Sports Coast! It was a great privilege for me to represent our community as Chairman of the County Commission in 2020. I am proud of the work the County Commission did with and for our citizens of Pasco County in a year of great uncertainty. I’d like to congratulate my colleague, Commissioner Ron Oakley on being named Chairman of the County Commission for 2021. I look forward to working with him and all my fellow Commissioners this year. I have exciting news to kick off the year for our tourism industry! The United States

Thank you again to Avalon Park Sun for running my column every month. I appreciate the time to share updates from our community. Remember, we will continue to get through this by working together! About: Commissioner Mike Moore represents District 2 on the Pasco County Commission. He lives in Wesley Chapel with his wife and three children.


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New River Elementary’s Reptile Review 6th, 2021. Thank you, Colleen Wilkinson Principal cgwilkin@pasco.k12.fl.us

Principal Update: It is hard to believe that we are half way through the school year! This year at NRES has been a great one, with lots of accomplishments and successes to celebrate! At the end of November, the state sent out an executive order to extend mySchool online. This caused some of our students to transition back to campus in January. This may cause some teachers and classes to change. We appreciate all your support as we move forward to make the best decisions for all students. During Winter Break please take time to enjoy your family, remember to read, and we will see you ready to learn on January

Clerkin’s Corner: Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful & restful break. This month in classroom lessons we will starting the Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum. A welcome letter will be coming home to better explain this curriculum. The students really love it, so I am excited to start again. January’s character trait is.... Empathy. This is such an important trait to practice starting when a child is very young, at home or at school. Always remember that all information on classroom lessons & the character trait of the month is on my website: bit.ly/clerkinscorner

Food and Nutrition Update Free Lunch and Breakfast: All students (regardless of their eligibility status) will be eligible for free breakfast and lunch for the reminder of the 20202021 school year. Below is information you can share with your families. Even though meals are currently free, we strongly encourage you to complete a new meal application if your household circumstances have recently changed and you feel you may qualify for free or reduced lunch benefits. Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals can receive free or discounted testing fees, camp registrations, highspeed internet, and other benefits. Schools also receive a portion of their funding based off the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals based off their household meal

application, regardless of whether that student is attending mySchoolOnline or in person. To review the eligibility guidelines and complete an application, please visit www. pascoschoolmeals.com. Covid-19: Staff and Student Self Screener As we come back to school in January please make sure that you are administering the self screener for your student. Click here. If your child attends New River and tests positive for Covid-19, please email Mrs. Wilkinson at cgwilkin@pasco.k12.fl.us or Mrs. Basinger at swilson@ pasco.k12.fl.us

Dismissal will be at 2 pm on these dates!


January

virtual Event Calendar

BABYTIME & STORYTIMES 1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30 | 10:00 AM - Saturday Storytime with Regency Park Library 1/4, 1/11, 1/25 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Storytime with Miss Cindy S. 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Storytime with Ms. Bea 1/6, 1/13, 1/27 | 10:00 AM - Storytime Online, Birth to

TEENS

1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26 | 10:00 AM - Best of Craft Tuesdays: Playlist 1/6 | 4:00 PM - Virtual Teen Advisory Board 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30 | 10:00 AM - Full STEAM Again 1/12 | 6:30 PM - Virtual Poetry Discussion Group: Favorites & New Year’s Resolutions 1/13 | 4:00 PM - Fandom Trivia: Marvel Universe 1/16 | 2:00 PM - Virtual Craft at Home: Teen 1/27 | 4:00 PM - Virtual Game Zone

Age 5 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Storytime with Miss Cindy 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Storytime with Miss Jenn 1/8, 1/15, 1/29 | 10:00 AM - Storytime with Ms. Karen 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Baby Time with Miss Jennifer (ages birth-2) 1/22 | 10:00 AM - Storytime with Ms. Kerry

CHILDREN 1/2 | All Day - Virtual STEAM Saturdays: End of 2020 Blooper Reel 1/2 | 2:00 PM - Planet Lego 1/2 | 2:00 PM - Craft at Home: K-5 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27 | 4:30 PM - Mobile Makerspace at Crews Lake Park: Cooking 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30 | 10:00 AM - Full STEAM Again 1/23 | 11:00 AM - Cook-a-Book: Soup 1/30 | 2:00 PM - Virtual Craft at Home: Toddler

TWEENS 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26 | 10:00 AM - Best of Craft Tuesdays: Playlist 1/5 | 4:30 PM - Virtual Confetti Poppers 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27 | 4:30 PM - Mobile Makerspace at Crews Lake Park: Cooking 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30 | 10:00 AM - Full STEAM Again 1/9 | 2:00 PM - Virtual Craft at Home: Tween 1/26 | 4:30 PM - Virtual STEM Studio: Crystal Snowflakes

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1/4, 1/11, 1/25 | 10:00 AM - Re-grow with Us 1/5, 1/7, 1/12, 1/14, 1/19, 1/21, 1/26, 1/28 | 8:30 AM - English for Speakers of Other Languages 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26 | 10:00 AM - Best of Craft Tuesdays: Playlist 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26 | 3:00 PM - Virtual Yarn for More 1/5 | 6:00 PM - Online Book Club 1/6 | All Day - Let’s Get Retro 1/6, 1/20 | 2:00 PM - Be Jeweled Online Jewelry Making 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28 | 6:00 PM - Virtual Yarn for a Cause 1/8 | 10:00 AM - Foodie Feast: Pot Roast 1/12 | 5:00 PM - Virtual Mystery Book Club 1/12 | 6:30 PM - Virtual Poetry Discussion Group: Favorites & New Year’s Resolutions 1/13 | All Day - Artsy Craftsy 1/13, 1/27 | 2:00 PM - Tiara Club Online Project 1/13 | 6:00 PM - Virtual Tai Chi 1/15, 1/29 | 10:00 AM - Virtual First Chapter 1/19 | 2:00 PM - Virtual Backyard Gardening With Jo Ann 1/19 | 6:00 PM - Virtual Mystery Book Club 1/19 | 6:30 PM - Virtual Tea Meditation 1/20 | All Day - Paper Chase 1/21 | 6:00 PM - Virtual Yoga for Stress Relief 1/22 | 10:00 AM - Foodie Feast: Chickpeas 1/23 | 2:00 PM - Craft at Home: Adult 1/23 | 3:00 PM - Hobby Circle: Sharing and Learning New Hobbies 1/26 | 10:00 AM - Virtual Chair Yoga 1/26 | 5:00 PM - Zoom Reads 4th Tuesday Book Club 1/27 | All Day - Stroke of Genius 1/27 | 6:30 PM - Hypnosis for Positive Change 1/28 | 8:00 PM - Virtual Book Club: Convenience Store Woman

For more information on how to access and register for these virtual events, visit pascolibraries.org or call 813-788-6375. Events brought to you by: New River Library 34043 State Road 54 Wesley Chapel 813-788-6375 pascolibraries.org Follow us on social media: Facebook: New River Public Library Instagram: pascolibraries Twitter: @PascoLibraries

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Fraud Doctor’s Innovation Selected to Participate in the FCA & COLC Digital Sandbox Pilot in London, UK Fraud Doctor is proud to announce its selection to the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and City of London Corporation (COLC) Digital Sandbox Pilot launched this week. We’d like to offer our congratulations to all the other selected innovators. We look forward to collaborating with each of you. We are participating in the Digital Sandbox Pilot under the team banner of Šóta Signal AnalyticsTM with collaborators from Cornell University, Modelshop, and PrivacyLabs. We will test our existing innovation to signal pressure and susceptibility for misstatement fraud in company financials within the sandbox. We will focus on the use case of how technology and advanced analytics can be used to improve modeling and risk assessment of SME lending in the unprecedented pandemic environment.

al experience, and it felt right that we should apply to test them in a sandbox that was internationally focused and committed to impacting such a global problem.” Regarding the application to the Digital Sandbox Pilot, Paul Dunlop a partner at Fraud Doctor stated, “We decided to double-down our focus on our innovation during 2019, seeing that the technology, analytics and datasets finally existed, to propel our unique domain expertise into a solution that could operate at scale, efficacy and value for so many parts of the financial system ranging from consumers to regulators. The moment is arguably now to test the boundaries of what is achievable.”

Emphasizing the Šóta Signal AnalyticsTM team, Dunlop said, “We know that no single idea or company gets this done alone. Alexis C. Bell, the founder As such, we are thrilled that experts we admire and managing partner of from both industry and Fraud Doctor, identified, “As a US based-company, academia with their own significant and distinct we were thrilled to learn prior achievements are colabout the new UK Digital Sandbox Pilot and its focus laborating with us in the on early-stage innovations digital sandbox.” like ours to tackle fraud in the UK market, regard- Bell noted, “Their expertise less of where in the world will not only make sure those innovators and their we offer a solution, but ideas are located. The that we do so attuned and company has acquired the responsive to the technolexpertise and insights to ogy, regulatory and model build these analytics based risks that our approach on years of internationcould generate as well as

matter expert in legal prothe expectations the FCA and COLC have communi- ceedings at the state and cated for the pilot.” federal levels. Modelshop is a no code AI platform that allows teams to create intelligent applications an order of magnitude faster than traditional software development. Modelshop has helped automate AI driven decisions in credit origination, risk management, healthcare, and regulatory reporting. Modelshop’s founder and CEO, Tom Tobin, has created real-time AI platforms for companies including FICO, Oracle, HP and Fiserv, where Tom led the financial crime division prior to creating Modelshop. With the Modelshop platform, Tom’s team adds automation, transparency and enterprise level scalability to Fraud Doctor’s sophisticated models.

PrivacyLabs is a compliance technology firm with competitive advantages in data science. Paul Starrett is the founder and chief data scientist at PrivacyLabs. He has a unique background with experience as a technology attorney, information-security software engineer, and most recently data science in compliance settings. He has a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Taxation from Golden Gate University and a Master of Data Science from Northwestern. This distinctive expertise contributes greatly to coherent technology solutions.

Eric Lewis is a member of the Accounting Faculty in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, where he teaches the undergraduate and graduate course in Accounting Information Systems and Data Analytics. Eric holds a PhD in Engineering Systems and an MBA in Accounting. His research interests include Business Valuation and Quantitative Analysis. He has published his work in a variety of academic and professional publications. Eric also serves as a subject

• Fraud Doctor • Modelshop • Cornell University • PrivacyLabs

The member firms of the Šóta Signal AnalyticsTM team include:

You can find out more about the Digital Sandbox Pilot by visiting the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) website: https:// www.fca.org.uk/firms/innovation/digital-sandbox


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ORLANDO UPDATE Meet the Member

Isabella Johnston founder of Intern Pursuit

The 5th Floor, an international co-working space at the Avalon Innovation Center is scheduled for Spring 2021. With it, an influx of entrepreneurs is coming on the scene in Downtown Avalon Park. The Intern Pursuit Software Platform, one of the finalists in the Avalon Innovation Awards 2020 competition, is among the 28+ companies that will occupy this state-of-the-art pro-working office space. Isabella Johnston, CEO and founder of Intern Pursuit’s software platform, identified an opportunity in the market to make intern recruitment and management fast, affordable, and a positive experience for employers and students alike. Intern Pursuit’s proprietary algorithm matches employers and students based on job preferences, top 6 trending PowerSkills and culture fit. Additional platform features include 2 types of assessments, individual development plans and an employer learning academy. The software is designed to provide interns and

employers with the best resources necessary for a productive and measurable internship. The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the need to innovate and improve intern management that included remote opportunities for employers both nationally and internationally. President and CEO of the Avalon Park Group, Beat Kahli, shares the same vision to expand internship opportunities globally. Kahli stated, “As an international entrepreneur, I appreciate Intern Pursuit’s efforts to provide more international internships in the United States, while supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs as they grow.” Kahli and a group of international judges selected 28 finalists from over 150 applicants to fund through

cash, space and services. Intern Pursuit Software Platform was one of the 28 companies chosen as the ground-breaking leaders in this APG cohort. One of the key standouts to the international jury was Johnston’s innovative marketing approach to take the product to market. In order to provide a well-packaged educational experience for employers and students alike, Johnston also created The Intern Whisperer Podcast. Affiliated with the Intern Pursuit platform, The Intern Whisperer Podcast allows employers to share their company’s origin story, predictions for both industry and job opportunities five years from now, and share mentoring advice to the student listening audience.

Intern Pursuit gamified their marketing approach to reach the game industry by launching the Intern Pursuit Game on Steam. The game is a third-person tower defense game where players must use critical thinking, problem solving, and other key trending PowerSkills to save the world and while earning talent. For more information on Intern Pursuit, visit https://www.internpursuit.tech/ or reach out to Isabella Johnston at email: info@internpursuit.tech or office number: 321-4222166.

15 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Do to Start Every Day—and Year!—On the Right Foot As a new year approaches, hope is high, and expectations are even higher. It is easy to buy into the promise of New Year’s resolutions and then quickly become disappointed in yourself for not sticking to them. If you, like I, find yourself in this position year after year, let’s try something new: creating and engaging in small practices and habits to improve our quality of life, all without the feelings of failure that come from not sticking to huge resolutions. Here is a list of 15 things successful entrepreneurs do every day to start on the right foot—and you don’t even have to be an entrepreneur to do them!

Year’s resolutions or expecting to amass a million dollars within the next ten years (although these are great goals to have!). Rather, I mean setting small, attainable, short-term goals, such as not procrastinating on a work project or exercising 5 times a week. When you begin by placing huge expectations, you will more often than not feel disappointed in yourself; creating shorter-term, easier goals, however, will fill you with a deep sense of pride and accomplishment upon reaching them. Start small and you will surprise yourself, which, in turn, builds the self-confidence that will eventually allow you to create and achieve larger, long-term goals.

1. Reading: Reading daily is proven to benefit all people, regardless of who you are and what you do. Reading has positive effects on memory and other cognitive functions, among which include teaching empathy and life experience, improving vocabulary and communication skills, keeping your mind active and fostering creativity. Setting aside 30 minutes a day to read—whether it be a novel, biography, or newspaper—is a peaceful act that relaxes you while also benefiting your brain’s many functions and abilities.

5. Don’t Be Afraid to Fail: The truth is, nothing grows inside of your comfort zone—so how can you unless you take risks? Few people become successful by playing it safe; if you’re sinking all your shots, you’re probably not aiming high enough. Sure, you’ll start out by hearing one “yes” for every ten “no’s,” but that’s more than growth—it’s vulnerability. If being vulnerable doesn’t come easily to you, watch Brené Brown’s “The Power of Vulnerability” TED Talk. She says it best: “vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” And courage is key to success.

2. Sleeping Well: It is not uncommon to hear that a trait shared by many strong and lucrative people is that they wake up early, because it is for good reason: sleeping well and on a good schedule is thought to be one of the most underestimated yet important aspects of being successful. Creating and sticking to a sleep schedule can affect every aspect of one’s life, from appearances to decision making. Sleep is a pause button, allowing you to recharge while your subconscious examines and analyzes current situations and challenges, which is helpful especially to a successful entrepreneur. 3. Exercise: We live in a society that places the most value on looks resulting from exercise, which is why it is necessary that we, ourselves, autonomously choose to place greater value on the mental and physical health benefits that come from exercising. If you’re unsure where to start, you can refer to my article “10 Exercises To Do At Home—No Equipment Necessary!” for some ideas. Just one hour of exercise and time outdoors per day is a habit that produces lifelong results. 4. Setting Goals: When I say “setting goals,” I’m not talking about New

6. Building Connections: Tying into the notion of vulnerability is the idea of building and maintaining meaningful relationships. Above all else is the human need for connection—the longing to belong—and this is achieved through vulnerability and emotional intelligence. Rather than investing only money, invest in relationships, too: creating a network of people you understand and who understand you pays off big time in the world of business. 7. Journaling: Journaling daily is a habit that incorporates and improves multiple facets of your life. Writing down your goals is journaling; filling out a calendar with deadlines and meetings is journaling; writing down dreams, things about your day, and feelings is journaling. It all boils down to the mindful acts of reflecting, thinking, and planning for the future, which can help to increase motivation as well as staying in touch with your mental and emotional well-being. Continued on next page...


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previously-mentioned idea of mindfulness. 11. Practicing Gratitude: Yet another tie into the notion of mindfulness is the idea that many successful entrepreneurs claim to practice gratitude daily. This can be done in a journal, through an app, or even in your head—all it takes is acknowledging a few things you are grateful for and meditating on them for a short period of time. Not only can practicing gratitude help your business flourish, but it helps to set you and your business apart from a sea of others and can also serve as the key to creating or solidifying important relationships. 12. Eating Well: As this list continues to grow, a few common threads can be found throughout all sections—one of them being teaching and stimulating your brain. You can follow all of the tips this article offers and not see results if you do not engage with this tip, as well: eating well and healthy. Maintaining good nutrition and fueling yourself with healthy foods is the most direct way to impact energy levels and brain output. Loading up on carbs, sugar, and processed foods can seriously decrease your energy and productivity levels, which can detriment both your body and your quality of work.

8. Do the Hardest Thing First: Like Mark Twain once said, “Eat that frog:” get the most-feared thing out of the way first. Whether the task is the hardest, scariest, or longest task of the day, doing it first to get it over with is the route which ultimately causes the least amount of stress. As soon as you get the hard thing out of the way, you free up a large amount of time and energy to complete your other easier or less stressful tasks. 9. Be Mindful: In the same vein of exercising and journaling is the concept of mindfulness, or the state of being conscious and aware of the present moment. This is something that takes practice, and exercising, journaling, and meditating are a few of the easiest ways to do so. Successful people are intensely focused on whatever it is they are doing, whether it’s giving a work project acute attention, producing the most effective results from a meeting, or absorbing information from a book. The key to mindfulness is noticing when your attention shifts from the task at hand to something else, recognizing that shift, and refocusing on the task. This brings a sense of peace while also ensuring that the best work is being achieved. 10. Fostering a Creative Hobby: Although entrepreneurship is not widely thought of as a creative venture, creativity is necessary for a successful entrepreneur. In order to keep up with the speed and demands of business in the twenty-first century, many successful business people dabble in a creative hobby. Just as reading gets the creative wheels turning, so too do things such as playing music, drawing, painting, and writing. Not only will a creative hobby maximize your output of creative ideas, but it also serves as a great way to unwind and practice the

13. Staying Organized: While the concept of being organized differs from person to person, the main goal of organization is to make the most out of your time and keep your brain and body in order. Whether it be creating daily to-do lists, keeping a clean workspace, or making sure your inbox is decluttered, committing to your personal organization routine is what’s most important in order for you to be your best and most productive self. 14. Unplug Yourself: In a world that’s both physically and digitally demanding, it is important and necessary to take breaks from social media and technological devices when you need to. Keeping up with your social status and digital presence is extremely exhausting, so unless you’re a social media influencer or have another job that is centered around social media, time away from technology gives your mind and body a chance to slow down and recharge when your battery is drained. 15. Learn to Say No: One of the most demanding aspects of working and/or running a business is the amount of decision making that takes place. At all times, there are so many variables and things to consider that make saying “yes” even easier than it already is. However, learning to set boundaries and say no is crucial to maintaining focus and productivity. If you are unsure whether saying yes to a new project will affect your ability to manage and complete your current projects, say no—be mindful of what you are already juggling and how to complete your tasks to their fullest potential, instead. For more information how your business can connect and collaborate with The 5th Floor Co-Working team, please call 407-658-6565 or email Info@The5thFloor.us.

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Kids ages 5 - 12 will enjoy: STEM, arts & crafts, sports, and more! 2020 - 2021 DATES: Oct. 19, Nov. 23 - 25, Dec. 21 - 23 and Dec. 28 - 30, Jan. 4 - 5, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, Mar. 15 - Mar. 19, Mar. 22, and Apr. 2 TIME: 7am-6pm COST: $25 per day for YMCA members, 35 per day for non-members LOCATION:

East Pasco YMCA 37301 Chapel Hill Loop 813-780-9622

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An East Orlando Health Alliance

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LIVE WELL (Cont.)

Live Well in 2021 1. Take a little more time for yourself - Wake up an hour earlier than you normally do. Everyone has that one thing that helps them reset and see a little clearer. Take this new time in the morning to do that thing each day. Life can get overwhelming, so make sure to check in with yourself!

Whether it is volunteering, joining a club or attending an event there is plenty of community fun to get in on!

4. Find a hobby you enjoy – indulge in that instead of being on your phone. It is easy to get bogged down by life and work, make it a point this year to find something that you are interested 2. Read at least in and enjoy doing. one book a month. You do not have Reading not only to be the best at it, clears your mind you just have to of all the everyday enjoy doing it! Try tasks, but it helps leaving your phone you learn. By read- in the other room. ing at least one book a month, you 5. Take a class. No will become more matter the type of focused and knowl- class you choose, edgeable on a vari- make sure it has ety of topics. relation to what you want to learn. 3. Get more inThis class could be volved with your an exercise class, a community. Now yoga class, a nutriis the time to do tion class, a design that thing you have class, a financial always wanted class, the options to that is right in are endless. Choose your community. one and go forward

with it!

you feel better, give you more energy to 6. Reset your finan- take on the day and cial goals for the help you achieve new year. Make a any body goals you spreadsheet, orga- set for yourself. nize your spendEveryone wants to feel good in their ing, do what you personally need to own skin! do to become more 8. Get the correct financially stable amount of sleep this year. Saving your body needs. $100/week for all of 2021 will add up If this means going to bed earlier, make to $5,200 – make your own goal and it a point to do that. With the right stick with it! amount of sleep, 7. Make a time for your body will exercise and mon- be more willing itor what you eat. to perform all the This can be easy to tasks throughout lose track of when your day without you are so busy, feeling lethargic. but it is one of the most important 9. Go for a walk or things to make time bike ride outside. for. Exercising can Living in Florida, clear your mind this is the easiand make your est way to grab a body feel so much breath of fresh air. better. You do not Soak up the sunhave to do it evshine and head outery single day but side! make it an effort to be consistent. By: Kenzie Farrish Eating better is another thing that will change your life. It will make


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Stand tall with your shoulders back, relaxed and chin up. Step forward with one leg, lowering your hips until both knees are bent at about a 90-degree angle. Make sure your front knee is directly abo e your ankle and that your other knee is just abo e the floor. Keep the weight on your heels as you push back up to the starting position.

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M1-Write down a goal! M2-Do a 5-minute stretch! M3-Tidy up an area! M4-Make a list of things you are grateful for! M5-De-Clutter your phone!

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Take a Little Time Each Day to Complete an Exercise! By the End of the Month You Will be Feeling Great! 3

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