Welcome 2012! We did it! We made it through another year! Hopefully, we’re ready to meet the New Year head on. The past year went by so fast that I still find myself thinking that I have time to accomplish the things on my list and then I realize that – it’s gone, it’s over and I’m out of luck. I intend to take the good advice offered in this magazine and make 2012 the best ever for myself and my Family. No more procrastinating about following a healthy lifestyle, eating right, getting exercise and spending quality time with them. I promise to start all of those things by the end of the month. Ha Ha. Just kidding! It starts now, right this minute! 2012 is going to be an exciting year and I’m looking forward to experiencing all it has to offer and hopefully being able to share some of those experiences with you. Along with the New Year, we have given our MWR Life Magazines a New Look. We hope that you enjoy the new and improved issues and find them interesting and informative! Don’t let anything stand in your way while you Soar into 2012!
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Inside this issue
Eden Barnett Tara Goodson Charlene Mazur Keri McPeak Randi Nelson Lonnie Scott Lisa Taylor Joe Varney Patrice Johnson-Winters SPC Gary Yim
ACE - Save the Eagles One person can make a difference.
Staying Involved Fort Campbell Families keeping it together
Family Time Starts with MWR Hobbies and activities for the entire Family - without leaving post.
10 Rising Above the Rest
Meet this month’s Hometown Hero.
12 The Good, The Bad, and The Dirty
14 Game Time
All about the iPhone 4S.
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Count down to Super Bowl 2012.
18 New Year’s Resolution: Save Money. How to turn your resolution into an achievable goal.
Photography Paula Hallett Lisa Taylor Deborah Young
20 Party All the Time! Tired of the same old birthday party ideas? Check out these MWR Birthday Party Activities.
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Make a Difference
Save the Eagles by Joe Varney Does the Army have a problem with suicide? The short answer is “yes”. Calendar year 2011 ended with an all-time record high of suicide deaths in the Active Army. Although the stress of combat, the real and potential threat of injury and the prolonged separation from Family and friends may contribute to thoughts of suicide, the fact is, 29% of the Army’s suicides have never deployed. In the National Guard and Army Reserve, 55% of the suicides have never
deployed. The Army has concluded that the single most stress inducing time for a Soldier and his/her Family members is during periods of transition. Transitions include PCS, ETS, TDY en route, and intra-post transfers like a reassignment to a new unit on the same installation. This is not only due to the stress associated with the move, but also because when a Soldier arrives at a new unit, the unit leaders are often unaware of particular personal
challenges that the Soldier is facing; medical issues, legal issues, marital issues. How can you help combat this high incidence of stress? Become more aware of what stress looks like. Once we observe the signs of stress in our co-workers, our Family members, our battle buddies; we must be courageous enough to engage that individual. It is easy for us to identify an individual with a physical injury and the vast majority of us will offer assistance to someone whether it be holding a door open or carrying cumbersome objects. But the injuries that are caused by stress are often invisible wounds. We all have the innate ability to detect when someone is depressed, has anxiety, is suffering from sleep deprivation, is abusing alcohol, or has difficulties with anger management but not all of us are willing to lend assistance. So what are some warning signs that the stress an individual is under may indicate that they are contemplating suicide? Giving Away Personal Possessions. This is the classic Hollywood representation of suicidal tendencies. But in real life it doesn’t always look like it does on TV. Don’t expect your buddy to hand you the keys to their brand new RX-8 or hand you an envelope stuffed full of cash. Instead, your buddy might give you a DVD/CD collection, a favorite video game, or may even ask you to take care of a pet for a while. Social Withdrawal. To understand this warning sign, we must first realize that there are three consistent themes in suicide: helplessness, hopelessness and worthlessness. When a person suffering from stress reaches a point where they feel that their problems have no solution or no one can help them resolve the problems, they feel defeated and helpless. When the problem is so complex and out of control that everything they try to fix the problem fails, they feel hopeless. As stress levels increase and no help is sought or offered, when all hope is lost; self-blame or self-pity sets in or the feeling manifests itself as anger, rage or hatred directed towards others. The person begins to develop an overwhelming sense of worthlessness. When this person
believes that no one can or will help, when they lose hope for a solution, when they feel that no one cares about them or their problem, they stop caring about themselves and begin to withdraw from friends, Family and work. They purposely want to shut others out and isolate themselves from others. They may intentionally act like a jerk at work; deliberately start arguments with a Spouse or friend; neglect their children; or show little regard for their personal health or safety.
Behavioral Change or Indiscipline. At its worse, stress kills. At the very least, stress has the ability to change an individual’s behavior. Constant worry, reoccurring bouts of fear, anxiety or paranoia and even unrelenting physical or emotional pain wears on a person’s ability to control his actions and emotions. Most people develop an ability to cope with stress and mask pain. Physical activity burns off the chemicals which influence our feelings of sadness, anger and fear. Laughter is strong medicine. Playing catch with children, reading a book, taking a candlelight bath, doing the things that you enjoy can reduce the effects of stress. But for a few, the pain is too intense, the worry is enduring, the fear is insurmountable. They start to lose their ability to cope with the stress and it begins to manifest itself through their behavior. They become impatient, short tempered, uncaring, rude, and obnoxious. This new attitude is displayed at home and at work.
This leads to conflicts at home and at work. Substance Abuse. This comes in three categories: alcohol abuse, abuse of prescription medication whether prescribed to the individual or their buddy, and abuse of an illegal substance. It is a coping mechanism out of control. The substance of choice is first used in moderation, or as prescribed, as a tool to assist in masking
the symptoms of the pain, both physical and emotional. But over time, as the pain lingers or intensifies, larger and larger doses of the substance are required to achieve the same numbing effect. Substance abuse magnifies the other suicidal warning signs: isolation, behavior changes, giving away personal possessions and ignoring their health. Add substance abuse and all of these warning signs begin a snowball effect, each growing upon the other, compounding the stress, picking up speed in a downhill race towards self-destruction. Themes of Death. This classic symptom of stress used to be characterized by watching movies about death, or listening to music or reading about death. But today, it has morphed to incorporate additional forms. Themes are often dominated by displays of anger, aggression and risk taking behavior or an obsession with guns. Driving too
fast, mixing medicines with alcohol, even addiction to violent video games are common modern day representations of these themes. Even outright comments about death or a desire to die, in 25% of the suicides that have occurred in the Army, the victim told a buddy about their plan to kill themselves within a week of the event. So what do we do when we suspect someone is suffering from stress and may be demonstrating the warning signs of suicide? The Army has two suicide prevention programs. First is A.C.E. This acronym stands for Ask, Care, Escort. Its civilian counterpart is Q.P.R. or Question, Persuade, Refer. Both concepts are easy to understand and execute. When you see someone who you believe is showing signs of stress - ASK. ASK if they are okay. ASK if there is something that you can help them with. ASK if they need to talk. You have seen the warning signs; you have the feeling in your stomach that something isn’t right, so ASK. If they accept your invitation to share their pain, you need to CARE enough to listen. As you listen, if you continue to hear the warning signs of suicide or they talk about risky behavior or you have a nagging voice telling you that what you are hearing doesn’t sound good, tell somebody, tell everybody. Get another pair of eyes watching the individual. If you believe that the individual is thinking about suicide, ESCORT them to someone that can help: a supervisor, a Family member, a Chaplain or a health care worker. The second prevention program is ASIST or Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. The Army has such confidence in this training that it is now mandatory training for all Civilian and Military Supervisors, health care professionals, law enforcement officials, lawyers, Chaplains and counselors. ASIST is a two day training program that teaches individuals how to identify what are classified as “invitations”, the subtle hints or clues that alert us to thoughts of suicide. ASIST does not fix the stress trigger that has brought the person at risk to the point of thinking about suicide. But it does train us on how to apply “suicide first aid” by getting the individual to a safe mindset and then linking them to other care givers who can address the deeper problems. The entire community can be educated on the warning signs that indicate suicidal behavior and then engage and take the time to listen. One person can make a difference!
ACE: Ask, Care, Escort
ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Together, ACE and ASIST
The simple act of allowing someone to articulate the source of the emotional pain lessens stress and can buy another day of life.
Provides us with a communication model which empowers us to listen to their reasons for wanting to die while listening for a reason for them to live.
make an effective suicide prevention program. But programs don’t save lives, people save lives.
Staying Involved It’s not easy being the Spouse of an Active Duty Soldier. You have to be independent, strong, resourceful, involved and most of all, you have to be aware of what’s available for you and your Family wherever you are stationed. This month, we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Ruiz. Lisa learned while dating her (now) husband that it wouldn’t be easy loving a Soldier. Early in their relationship, he stood her up for dinner. Not long after, she received a postcard in the mail telling her to watch CNN and she would be able to guess why he wasn’t able to make it to dinner. Despite the rocky start, Lisa and Raul have been resilient and thrived in the military world. Lisa met Raul in 1991 while she was managing a sports store in Clarksville. Due to his job, he was away often and they learned to build the foundation of their life via phone calls and letters when possible. In fact, the first time Lisa heard the words “I love you” from Raul, they were said over the phone from a foreign country! No matter the method of communication, or the challenges they faced; Lisa and Raul knew they were in it for the long run and were married on Fort Campbell at Hope Chapel in April 1994. Soon after they were married they relocated to Colorado Springs where Raul was a recruiter. “Many can probably relate, but being married to a Recruiter was a lot like being single again.” These words from Lisa ring true to all military Spouses’ during the current deployment rotations. Every time our Soldier is gone, we take on all the duties of the household. We take care of the car, the finances, the kids, the house, and anything else. Their second child was born at Fort Carson and Lisa became acquainted with the installation. Even though her first exposure to the post was for medical visits, paperwork and processes, she found it a wonderful experience. Juggling marriage, being a mom and working full time was something Lisa excelled at. Fortunately, Champs Sports allowed a transfer to Colorado and Lisa was able to maintain her position. After 3 ½ years, Raul came back to Fort Campbell and rejoined the Night Stalkers. The move into Striker Village was Lisa’s first time living on a military installation. “When I married my husband, I had dreams of traveling the
world and I must say, because of the military experience, I viewed Pikes Peak out my front window, which inspired the name of my business, Peak Promotions.” When her third child was born here at Fort Campbell, she decided not to return to work. She started teaching classes for Army Family Team Building (AFTB), got involved with the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Jackson Elementary and the Booster Club at the Fort Campbell High School. She quickly became the “t-shirt lady” at Jackson and eventually handled the school orders for several schools on post along with the FCHS Cheerleaders, Wrestling and Track Teams. Over the next four years, Lisa became an AFTB Instructor and Master Trainer; she volunteered as an Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) delegate, facilitator, and recorder; assisted in the VIP tent for MWR concerts and special events; managed the FCHS Cheerleading Team and in 2004 helped raise enough money to get all the girls brand new uniforms and a sound system for the High School. Lisa also was the PTO President at Jackson in 2007 and 2008. “There honestly is no limit to the volunteer opportunities on Fort Campbell and the rewards are tremendous.”
Keeping it Together by CynDe Clack & Tara Goodson Lisa’s success at being a military Spouse isn’t because she knew some secret that other people didn’t know. It’s because she made sure she knew what was happening on post and what programs were available for her Family. It’s because she stayed involved with her community and her children’s schools. Her children (ages 25, 16 and 12) were active in the community along with Lisa. Mrs. Ruiz didn’t sit back and wait for someone to help her, she made her own opportunities. She found her niche, first as a manager for Champs Sports, then as a Volunteer on post and now as a business owner and Century Dealer for Kaeser and Blair. “I feel so blessed and honored to have made the acquaintance of so many Military Spouses, new and seasoned as they are able to accomplish so much for their Soldiers and Families. Since we have retired here, I am committed to building a business that will serve my community and assisting any way we can through fundraising and educating.” You can visit Lisa’s business, Peak Promotions at www.peakpromo.biz.
Families in Motion
FAMILY TIME BEGINS WITH MWR by Patrice Johnson-Winters Websterâ€™s Dictionary defines a hobby as â€œan activity or interest pursued outside of oneâ€™s regular work, primarily for pleasure.â€? When this pursuit involves an entire Family, it is the perfect recipe for quality time and making good memories. Fort Campbell Family and MWR stands ready to assist Soldiers and their Families in exploring hobbies that can enrich the entire Family. Guenette Arts & Crafts Center, located at 89 Screaming Eagle Blvd, offers several Family friendly activities for nominal fees. Paint Your Own Pottery is an ideal activity for almost any age; patrons will choose from a wide variety of ceramic pieces and then finish them using acrylic paints. The Clayworks program is another opportunity for Families to work together hand molding clay outside of a workshop setting. For something a little different, try the Kidâ€™s Soap Making Class, where parents and children
work together to hand made body scrubs, bath fizzies and a bar of soap. Once introduced to this fun and useful hobby, patrons find out how easy it is to concoct spa like body scrubs at home with items purchased from the grocery store. For Families with children who are 16 or
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older, the Woodshop offers even more creative activities. Although a safety card is required for everyone working in the woodshop, the safety video is offered on a walk in basis, only takes 30 minutes and the cost is just $5.00. Woodshop classes include pen making and bowl turning, among others. Pen Making classes are offered by appointment and are easy to fit into any Familyâ€™s schedule. You can also find MWR activities that your Family will enjoy at Hooper Bowling Center, Gardner Swimming Pool, R.F. Sink Library and Outdoor Recreation which offers horseback riding, paintball, mountain biking, skeet, and archery. Hobbies are a wonderful way for Families to spend time together and MWR has something to offer for everyone! For more information on our programs you can call Public Relations at (270) 798-7535, check out our website at www.fortcampbellmwr.com or â€œLikeâ€? us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fortcampbellmwr.
Rising Above the Rest by Lisa Taylor and Keri McPeak In life, each of us will be challenged. Some people will find their breaking point early on and some will find it later in life. What truly defines us is the ability to transcend adversity, to take charge of our circumstances, and rise above the rest to achieve great success. Our Hometown Hero is one Soldier who was able to rise above hardship and find the strength to do something amazing. Staff Sergeant Ryan Krause, 28, was selected by 1st BCT to be January’s Hometown Hero because of his exemplary service record and for his courageous actions during Operation Bulldog Bite (Nov. 2010), which lead to him receiving the Bronze Star Medal for Valor. Achieving the rank of SSG in four years, Krause is the perfect example of how one can affect their own career and destiny. MWR Life: You sustained injuries during Operation Bulldog Bite; how did you get injured?
Krause: We were on an extended operation in the Pech River Valley in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province. On the third day of what ended up being a five day operation, we were methodically ambushed. We continued to push into enemy held territory, into areas US forces had never been. On the third day we were getting ready to move out to our objective and we were ambushed from 360 degrees. We were taking machine gun fire and RPGs and I took steps to break that. I started with a rocket launcher, and shot back at the enemy’s position where they were firing RPGs at us, and got that to stop. Then I got a grenade launcher and shot a couple of those down range Be sure to pick up a copy of the February’s which knocked out their machine gun and magazine to find out who will be featured then I laid down suppressive fire until I got shot in the knee. Once I committed myself as our next Hometown Hero! to that position I knew I would be there until it was over. It was the best 10 minutes equipment; follow what we call the “big boy rules” of my life! and hold yourself personally accountable. Observe the best in your unit and know your supervisor’s job MWR Life: How does it make you feel two levels up. This is the advice I received when when you think about the impact you I first enlisted and it helped me a lot because it made in the lives of the Soldiers your forced me to do more learning on my own. As a actions affected? Soldier you should know how to be the team leader and how to do the squad leader’s job. It’s a next Krause:I enjoy being an example. I got man up thing. During the same operation where plenty of high fives from some of the I was injured, another squad leader got shot, then younger Soldiers that day. a team leader got shot, so a bunch of leadership got wiped out and then we all got redeployed to MWR Life: What do you consider to be the states. Some guys had to move into our your greatest achievement? leadership positions. This shows you the need to be mentally prepared to step up at any time. Krause: To tell you the truth, recovering from my injury is one of my prouder Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, accomplishments. I am probably in better Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage are the shape now than I was before my injury. values and characteristics which define our Hometown Heroes. These Soldiers set the standard MWR Life: How has the military helped you for others to follow and achieve. Thank you SSG become the person you are today? Krause for your sacrifice and for reminding American’s everywhere of the men and women Krause: The structure, discipline and stan- who do so much for our country. dards were good for me. I was in college for a little while and decided that just wasn’t for me. MWR Life: Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to younger Soldiers? Krause: Take care of your individual responsibilities; don’t wait for someone to tell you to do it. Take care of your
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The Good, The Bad & The Dirty iPhone 4S by Eden Barnett
It is no secret that the new iPhone 4S is the smart phone on everyone’s mind. It certainly has its’ share of followers and haters, with each side lending their thoughts to consumers. With the variety of opinions floating around the web in the form of blogs and YouTube videos, it can be confusing on who to believe. Here is the good, the bad, and the dirty on the iPhone 4S. The Good Consumer Reports has put their stamp of approval on the iPhone 4S and recommends it to customers, something which the iPhone 4 was prevented from attaining due to antenna and call reception problems. Apple has fixed that problem in the new smart phone and added several new exciting features to the phone. The most notable are the new voice assistant called Siri, an upgraded camera, and a new dual-core A-5 processor. The new voice assistant Siri almost makes it seem like you are actually having a conversation with your phone. According to Dan Seifert’s review at techspot.com, “Siri is the closest thing to artificial intelligence that I’ve ever used. It can accept commands in natural language, provide responses, and understands context for follow up questions.” You can ask Siri what the weather is going to be like, where to locate movie theaters, and
even ask it basic history and factual questions. While I’m sure there will be some glitches in this newest feature, it is still a lot of fun to experiment with. I look forward to seeing what improvements and advances this newest feature will make. The upgraded camera on the iPhone 4S replaces what was already considered a great camera. This new 8-megapixel camera is more sensitive to light, has better color accuracy, and is 33 percent faster than the iPhone 4 camera. It also has 1080p HD video capability. Multitasking and transitions from screen to screen are made flawlessly due to the updated dual-core A-5 processor, which replaced the single-core A4 processor in the iPhone 4. Web browsing performance is greatly enhanced, twice as good at its predecessor, and the graphics have greatly improved as well. A new 64GB version of the phone is now available, in addition to the previous 16GB and 32GB. The Bad Those who were looking for a completely new looking phone when they went to pick up their iPhone 4S, were greatly disappointed. There are no obvious physical differences between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4. All of the changes were of an internal nature. This means that the
notoriously small screen from the iPhone 4, a subject of previous complaint, has not been changed. While some of the reviews, like Seifert’s review which was mentioned earlier, did not list a complaint about battery life; there have been many customer complaints about the battery dying after a day of use. Coinciding with this problem is the absence of backup battery capability; you can not have a backup battery to replace one that may run out. Having no user replaceable battery is a complaint that has just not been reconciled yet. The Dirty Despite all of the changes to improve the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S still rated lower than many other smart phones on the Consumer Reports. The best 4G Android phones still run faster, and many of them have much larger display screens, making for easier operation. A few of the phones that scored higher in the Consumer Reports were the Samsung Galaxy S II, and the Motorola Bionic. When it comes to many gizmos and gadgets in today’s world, not everything is perfect, and like everything else, you have to learn to take the good with the bad; or in this case, the dirty. Here is how the iPhone 4S compares to some of the other phones mentioned:
Count Down to Super Bowl by CynDe Clack For a while last summer, it looked like the 92nd regular season of the National Football League (NFL) was in trouble. Due to a labor dispute between league owners and players, a lockout began on March 11 and didn’t end for 18 weeks and 4 days. Although it initially threatened to postpone or cancel the season, the only game that was cancelled was the August 7 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. Now it’s January and NFL Fans look forward to this time of the year almost as much as they do September! January brings us the conclusion of the regular season, Wild Card Weekend, Divisional Playoffs, AFC and NFC Championship Games and the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, all leading up to Super Bowl LXVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on February 5. The NFL is divided into two conferences, the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFC and AFC hold their own playoffs to determine which
team will represent their side in the Super Bowl. These are a single-elimination tournament held at the end of the regular season. Six teams from each of the league’s two conferences qualify for the playoffs based on regular season records. The first round of the playoffs is dubbed the Wild Card Playoffs (or Wild Card Weekend). The second round of the playoffs are the Divisional Playoffs where the top two teams from each division face off against the two surviving teams from the Wild Card games. In the third round, the two surviving teams from each conference’s Divisional Playoff games then meet in the respective AFC and NFC Conference Championship
games, with the winners of those contests going on to face one another in the Super Bowl. If you want to watch the games with your friends but you don’t have room for everyone, get them all together and head over to The Zone, located at 3910 Indiana Avenue. The Zone has 10 LCD HD flat screen televisions, and two private theater rooms equipped with 12 leather recliners and cup holders for the ultimate Super Bowl experience. Watch for more information about the Super Bowl Party at The Zone! Food and beverages are available for purchase. For more information about The Zone, call (270) 461-0603.
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(931) 431-4140 Recreation & Leisure Baldanado Pool (270) 798-5207 Dolan Pool (270) 798-5350 Gardner Indoor Pool (270) 798-6310 Singles Pool (270) 798-4247 The Zone BOSS Program (270) 798-7858 Bowling Center (Hooper) (270) 798-5887 Golf Club (Cole Park) (270) 798-4906 Challenge Course (270) 412-7855 Adventure Program (270) 412-7854 Archery Range (270) 798-2175 Dog Park, North (270) 798-2175 Dog Park, South (270) 798-2175 Hunting & Fishing (270) 798-2175 Paintball (270) 956-3118 Parks & Pavilions (270) 798-2175 Riding Stables (270) 798-2629 RV Park (Eagles Rest) (270) 798-2175 RV Park (Flechers Fork) (270) 798-2175 Skeet Range (270) 412-4015 Small Arms Recreational Range (270) 798-3001 Recreation Center (Dale Wayrynen) (270) 798-7391 Sports & Fitness Estep Wellness Center (270) 798-4664/4023 Fryar Stadium, Sports Admin Office (270) 798-3094 Fratellenico PFF (270) 798-9418 Freedom Fighter PFF (270) 798-7355 Gertsch PFF (270) 798-2753 Lozada PFF (270) 798-4306 Olive PFF (270) 798-4101 Softball Complex, North (270) 798-3320 Softball Complex, South (270) 798-3320 Trades & Services Army Education (270) 798-5886 Arts & Crafts Center (Guenette) (270) 798-6693 Auto Service Center (Air Assault Auto) (270) 956-1101/1100
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Auto Skills (North) (270) 798-5612 Engraving Etc. Specialty Store (270) 798-0171 Equipment Rental (Gear-to-Go) (270) 798-6806 Library (R.F. Sink) (270) 798-5729 Veterinary Services (270) 798-3614 Travel & Lodging Army Lodging (Richardson) (931) 431-4496 Army Lodging (Turner) (270) 439-2229 Leisure Travel Services Office (270) 798-7436 Miscellaneous Services 101st Airborne Division Headquarters (270) 798-9793 Blanchfield Army Hospital (270) 798-8055 Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (270) 798-7161 Commissary (270) 798-3663 Division Parade Field Fisher House (270) 798-8330 Gate 4 Visitor Center & Vehicle Registration (270) 798-5047 Gate 7 Visitor Center & Vehicle Registration (270) 956-4495 In/Out Processing & MWR Public Relations (270) 798-7535 MWR Director (270) 798-9953 MWR Unit Funds & MWR Collections (270) 798-6818 Museum (Don F. Pratt) (270) 798-3215/4986 Wilson Theater (931) 431-3636 The Exchange Airfield Mini Mall (270) 640-4614 Community Town Center Class Six (270) 431-3622 Military Clothing Store (270) 798-4212 Pizza Hut Delivery (270) 439-1113 Exchange (270) 439-1841 Exchange Administration Office (270) 439-1846 Firestone (270) 439-1865 Gardner Hills Mini Mal1 (Burger King/Subway) (270) 697-1020 Kentucky Shoppette (24hr gas) (270) 439-1914 KFC & Taco Bell (270) 439-6353 Troop Mini Mall (gas) (270) 431-2410
New Year’s Resolution: SAVE MONEY
by Randi Nelson
As another New Year rolls around, we reflect upon the past year, remembering what we resolved to do. Unfortunately for many of us, our determination did not hold out beyond January. One of the most common New Year’s Resolutions is to save money. While this is a noble goal, it’s also a vague statement that’s easy to put off with excuses that are just as vague. Let’s take a closer look at the most common excuses: “I don’t make enough money.” Unless you have an extremely large Family and make barely over minimum wage, you can save money. Take a good look at what’s coming in and going out each month. Write everything down! A visual representation of your bills may be the wakeup call you need. When you see how much money is going out for “everyday” expenses (coffee, drinks, a quick lunch) you may see the money that is available for you to save. “I’ve got other debt.” While paying off debt is very important, the odds are, the reason you got into debt to begin with was because
you didn’t have any savings. By not having at least a small amount of savings you will continue in the debt cycle indefinitely. Life does not follow your plans and unexpected expenses come up. By concentrating on creating a small emergency fund, say $500, when emergencies do happen, you won’t have to go back into debt to cover them. “I’ll start saving next month.” We’ve all used this one; I’m even guilty of using it. If you procrastinate on saving, something will always come up giving you yet another excuse to procrastinate. The sad fact is that if you don’t start now, you probably won’t start later. Instead of waiting until next month, start now. Forego that morning stop at McDonald’s for breakfast, bring a snack from home and stay away from the vending machine, borrow that new movie from a friend instead of purchasing your own copy. “I’m putting money in my retirement account.” It’s great that you’re saving for your retirement; however that money is for retirement, not expenses now. Withdrawing funds from a retirement account comes with
hefty penalties and many times, additional taxes. You need to save for both today and tomorrow, an emergency savings account for now and a retirement account for later. Savings can be set up to allot directly out of your pay or bank account, so that just like your retirement savings, you never even see the money. “I deserve a little luxury.” Indeed, we all deserve a little luxury, but the key is to define that luxury. Most of us cannot afford for our “little luxury” to be a weekend of binge shopping and fine dining. Allow room in your budget for something you enjoy, whether it be getting your nails done once a month, going out for a nice dinner, a new video game or a fun Family activity. Remember what they say, “All work and no play makes Johnnie a dull boy.” The same holds true for your finances. Very few people can go without making any “luxury” purchases for a significant amount of time. With all of the excuses out the door, how are you going to stay on board with “Saving Money”? It’s hard to follow through on a vague statement like this. What is your idea of saving money? Is it creating a small emergency fund, paying down debt, not spending as much on necessities to allow more fun money? Goals that are not specific are simply not attainable. There isn’t a finish line that you can celebrate, because the goal is not strictly defined. A good financial resolution will give you both a time line and a measurable goal to achieve. For example, “I want to build an emergency savings of $500 by the end of the year.” To go along with this resolution, think of how you’re going to get there, brainstorm ideas and write them down. If you choose to give up one meal out per week, have a friend cut your hair for free, or reduce your cell phone plan ensure that the money you would have spent goes towards your goal. Now is the time to start saving. If you need help or want more resources to create a savings plan, contact Army Community Service Financial Readiness Office at 270-798-5518. One on one counseling is available by appointment and Money Management classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 9:00 am in the Financial Readiness Classroom, located at 5662 Screaming Eagle Blvd.
Spotlight on MWR
Party All the Time by Keri McPeak When it comes to hosting your child’s birthday party, branching out of the “typical” party locations can be difficult. Especially now-a-days when it seems the party is as much for the parents as it is for the kids. Whether your child is turning two or eighteen, there are several on post facilities that provide unique birthday party options. Summer birthday or Winter birthday, it doesn’t matter, MWR facilities at Fort Campbell can give your child, their friends and your Family a party to remember. As the weather gets chillier, finding a great indoor place to have a birthday party
can be quite the challenge. Gardner Indoor Pool, Hooper Bowling Center, and Guenette Arts and Crafts Center are excellent indoor options. Even though Outdoor Recreation’s Paintball and Challenge Course Complex are located outside, they can be booked for birthday parties all year round. In the warmer months the outdoor pools can also be reserved. No crying will be heard when kids and their friends get to splish-splash at the pools, climb the Alpine Tower, or play capture the flag at the paintball field for their party. MWR also offers the Buddy Birthday Club (BBC) for children birth to ten years of age. The BBC gets its name from Buddy, the Fort Campbell MWR mascot and is a free service provided to the Families of Fort Campbell through sponsorship from USAA. Registration for the BBC can be completed online at www.fortcampbellmwr.com. Upon registering, an invitation will be sent to your child to join Buddy and his friend Peanut to celebrate their birthday. Parties are held at various MWR facilities every other month where the birthday child receives a free t-shirt
and, of course, cake for everyone. While planning for your child’s birthday party at one of the great MWR facilities, it is important to remember that each facility may conduct the birthday party in a special way and may have different restrictions. It is best to call the facility directly to discuss all your birthday options and needs. Don’t forget to visit Gear-To-Go to get balloons or any other items you may need for your party to include inflatables, grills, and more!
Flip my Recipe
Corn Chowder by Charlene Mazur Health Benefits of “Flipped” Corn Chowder… In this recipe flip I wanted to offer a variety of Corn Chowder that will help fight cold and flu symptoms by incorporating some healing foods. There is just something about Chicken Noodle Soup that offers healing and I think it has a lot to do with the chicken broth, it’s nourishing and will give you more energy. The heat and spice of the garlic, Cajun/Creole seasoning, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, and chili powder from either recipe will help ease congestion. Garlic gives an extra kick because it contains a flavoring agent called allin which acts as a decongestant. It is also believed to act as an antioxidant and destroy free-radicals, the active oxygen molecules that damage cells. For extra insurance I’ve added various foods that offer Vitamin C in the form of red and sweet potatoes, red peppers and corn. Ginger has been found to help treat cough and fever that often accompany colds and flu. Leeks were prized by the ancient Greeks and Romans and were especially revered for their beneficial effect on the throat. Leeks are related to garlic and onions and may offer the same beneficial compounds as well. The protein found in the chicken breast and Greek yogurt will help maintain your insulin level and fuel your body while offering comfort for the aches and pains of illness. Char’s Corn Chowder 2 Tbl extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil 1 cup coarsely chopped leek 3 cloves garlic, minced ½ Tbl ginger root, shredded 2 Tbl flour ½ tsp salt Ground black pepper 1 ½ tsp chili powder 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 ½ cups frozen corn 3-4 medium sweet potatoes, ½ inch cubes 1 lb. chicken breast, grilled and shredded 1 container 6 oz. fat free plain Greek yogurt Alan’s Original Corn Chowder 1 lb. chicken breast, chopped and cooked 2 Tbl extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbl butter 1 large sweet onion, chopped 3-4 medium red potatoes, ½ inch cubes 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1 cup chicken broth ½ tsp salt Ground black pepper Pinch cayenne pepper Pinch thyme and sage 1 8 oz. tub cream cheese with chives and onions 2 14 ¾ oz. can cream style corn 2 cups milk 1 Tbl. liquid smoke 1 cup frozen peas In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat oil and butter. Sauté onions, pepper, and potatoes for 5 minutes, adding garlic last. Add chicken broth, seasonings. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook over low heat until potatoes are tender. In medium saucepan heat cream cheese over medium heat to soften; blend in corn and milk. Add to sautéed onions, pepper, potatoes and garlic and blend thoroughly. Add liquid smoke, cooked chicken, and frozen peas. Cook on low heat only until heated through and steaming hot (about 5 minutes) do not allow to boil, as chowder may curdle.
For a Southern version use: 1 large sweet onion, chopped 1 ½ tsp ground cumin 1 tsp Cajun or Creole seasoning Pinch cinnamon 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat oil. Sauté onions, celery, garlic, and ginger root. Cook and stir for 5 minutes. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, Cajun seasoning and cinnamon. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Stir in chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Add red bell pepper, corn, sweet potatoes, and chicken. Return to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender. Stir in Greek yogurt. Heat through. For a Southwestern version use: 1 large red onion, chopped 1 ⁄8 to ¼ tsp ground red pepper 1 red bell pepper, roasted, seeded and chopped 1 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar or Pepper Jack cheese 3 Tbl chopped fresh cilantro In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat oil. Sauté onions, leeks, garlic, and ginger root. Cook and stir for 5 minutes. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, cayenne, chili powder. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Stir in chicken broth. Bring to a boil. Add roasted red bell pepper, corn, red potatoes, and chicken. Return to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in Greek yogurt. Heat through. Garnish with cheese and cilantro.
Healthy Habits by Char by Charlene Mazur
Shatter the Legacy of Negative Self-Image
Break the legacy of negative self image in your life and the lives of your children. This month I will be talking about the cycle that is created when we are young and the steps we must take as adults to end it. Do what you can to get educated on a healthy lifestyle and model an optimistic relationship with food and a positive attitude overall. Negative self-image is prevalent throughout society. While media and the fashion industry are somewhat to blame; I believe the biggest area of concern hides in the shadow of our childhood. The negative influence of parents and siblings can come in the form of silence, whispers or shouts. Regardless of how the message is intended; it is the absorption of the message that damages the self esteem of our children and in many cases carries on into adulthood and is passed on to the next generation.
Sometimes, parents inadvertently contribute to the lack of self-acceptance in their children by making ill thought out remarks about appearance or judge the appearance of others while in ear shot of the child. Kids are like sponges and they are sensitive to what pleases their parents. When a child makes a connection with a harmful statement made by the parent; it can then shatter the reflection of what they see in the mirror. No matter what your intention was, these can all lead to your child growing up with a negative mindset where poor self-esteem, food fears and obsessions become a daily attitude. Complaints made by parents and siblings referencing their own weight and need to diet; restriction of food; and excessive exercise, can often time create misconceptions and confusion in young minds. Distressing messages are also communicated by what parents choose not to do or say. When parents do not take the time to realize how their words and actions affect their children they are unconsciously hurting them and are in danger of becoming part of the problem by perpetuating and reinforcing poor values and false impressions. If this continues without resolve, your child may be lead to believe that popularity and peer acceptance is more important than learning and academic achievement. The child’s own worst fears and doubts about themselves are realized and validated.
Part of our responsibilities as parents is to teach our children about their bodies and how food is fuel they need to maintain it properly. Get active with your children! Show them a balance of fun, laughter and exercise through play; after all you only get one body to take you through this adventure called life! This is a win-win concept that you will all enjoy. Listen to your children in order to get to know them and help them to understand themselves, their minds and their bodies. Don’t neglect or dismiss your child if you hear them make a negative comment about themselves. They need you to redirect their thoughts and struggles to a positive outcome. Ask them why they feel that way and reassure them of their uniqueness and value with positive statements and affirmations. Be aware of how the media whispers in the ears of our children through what they see, discuss and reflect your beliefs in fashion magazines and television shows without judgment and criticism. And last but not least be aware of your own self-image concerns and attitudes that may stimulate your child’s fears, distortions and misconceptions. Parents and siblings must be careful not to complain about their own self. Our children are our very best reflections of ourselves. Start today to reconstruct the shattered image of yourself and build a better, healthier and more positive life for your children for them to pass on a stable legacy that will last for generations.
Whole Wheat Pancake Art Ingredients • 1-1/4 cups whole wheat flour • 1 tablespoon sugar • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk (or 1 cup yogurt mixed with 1/4 cup milk) • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil • 1 egg • vegetable oil for griddle • maple syrup or fresh fruit Cooking Instructions 1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. In another bowl, stir together the buttermilk, oil and egg. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Be careful not to overbeat the batter (it will deflate). Fill a squeeze bottle (like an empty ketchup bottle or similar) with batter. 2. Brush a griddle or large skillet with vegetable oil and place over medium heat. When a drop of water sizzles and evaporates instantly, you are ready to begin creating your pancake masterpieces. 3. When one side of the pancake is golden brown and bubbles appear on the top side of the pancake, flip over carefully and bake the other side until browned. Serve with syrup or fruit. 4. Creating your pancake masterpieces: Using the squeeze bottle, squirt out circles and squiggles and shapes onto the griddle. Work quickly because they will cook and solidify in seconds. Also, you can create designs by adding batter at different times.
Design Ideas • Happy face • Teddy bear. One round spot for a nose, two spots for eyes and a smiling mouth. • Mouse. Similar to the teddy bear (above), only add whiskers when you do the nose. • Flower. Squeeze out round middle, let bake for a moment then surround with round petals. Add a stem if you're brave. • Secret message. Write something (backwards!) on the griddle. Cover with batter. Give it to your brother. Be nice.
Train Your Brain
Leading By Example by SPC Gary Yim
Experience is one of the most valuable commodities, especially in the Army. Experience is the difference between knowing what can happen, what will happen, and how it will happen. No matter how many years spent in the schoolhouse, no matter how many books read, no matter how many instructional videos watched, there is no substitute for experience.
Mid-level leaders can draw upon their experience, and their knowledge of the unit as a whole, to direct the junior NCOs upon the best course of action. Of course the Platoon Sergeant has double duty to perform in his or her role as a mentor. Not only are they guiding the junior NCOs on the road to success, but they also have their Officer to assist. As the senior NCO in the platoon, the
The passing of experience is what keeps our Army strong. The entire Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Corps is designed on the idea of passing experience through mentorship. Every brand new Private has his or her own personal mentor when arriving at their unit in the form of a team or squad leader. A junior NCO has already spent time paying his or her dues, learning the ropes and earning the respect of their peers. After showing their potential for leadership, junior NCOs get to start mentoring new Soldiers, passing their experience on to the latest generation of troops. This first line supervisor assists the Soldier with anything and everything, ensuring the Soldier can grow and prosper in their profession, to guarantee they are set up for success. At the same time, these junior NCOâ€™s are still learning, still being mentored by the next level in the chain of command. Issues that arise can be worked through together thanks to the advice and guidance passed through this mentorship. Problems that the junior NCO might never have encountered may be a reoccurring difficulty in another squad, section, or platoon.
Platoon Sergeant consistently acts as the best advisor to the Platoon Leader. While new Officers get some of the best leadership training in the world, they still lack that most crucial element of experience. These Officers are consistently being mentored by their superior Officers, but the day to day guidance of running a platoon is usually given by the one who knows the most about the platoon; the Platoon Sergeant. The best Officers understand this relationship and utilize it to the maximum, growing personally and professionally at amazing rates, all the while creating an incredible environment for their
Soldiers to grow and prosper. This relationship continues at higher levels, with First Sergeants advising Company Commanders, Command Sergeants Major advising Battalion Commanders, and so on. With such an incredible mentorship program built into every level of the Army, it can be difficult to see where it might break down. The weakness lies with the individual mentors. The two most common problems are mentors losing the drive to care for their Soldiers, and mentors being too proud. The former is the most easily fixed, with individuals being checked by their superiors to ensure that the motivation stays strong throughout the ranks. The latter is trickier. With our mentality as Soldiers of tackling any and all obstacles, it can be difficult for us to admit that we might not know the answer ourselves. This unwillingness to ask for help can lead to wrong information and wrong answers. We must strive to put aside our pride and admit that we sometimes need to ask others for help, even when we are trying to help others. January is National Mentoring Month; during this month I challenge you to think about your role within your unit or even social ranks, and look for opportunities to grow, learn or be inspired by those who lead you. Then think about how you can inspire, guide or positively influence others. Together we can keep our Soldiers physically, spiritually, fiscally, and emotionally strong. Together we can keep the Army strong through great leadership and mentoring.
All Revved Up
SAFE WINTER RIDING by Lonnie Scott Soon Old Man Winter will exhale a breath of cold air and knock the last few leaves to the ground. Mother Nature will start dumping snow and ice on us in an attempt to keep everyone inside. For some, that means it's time to roll your bike into the corner of your garage and hope for an early spring. For others, who are a bit more adventurous, there is no real end to the riding season; just a change in riding gear. With a bit of knowledge and a few cold weather riding tricks, anyone can prolong their riding season. As many of you know, cold weather riding can be a lot of fun; however, riding during this time of year poses its own dangers. Black Ice Black ice is a fancy name for frozen water on the road. Black ice can form any time the temperature drops near the freezing point, or where frost can form. The main problem with black ice is it's really hard to see. Black ice often forms on bridges and overpasses because they canâ€™t draw
warmth from the ground. Always look out for roads that look really smooth or shaded from the sun. When it comes to black ice, the best thing you can do is stay on well-traveled roads because heavy traffic tends to help keep black ice from forming. If you hit black ice, the best thing to do is not make any sudden moves or touch the brakes. Instead, pull the clutch and let your bike coast until you are clear. Hypothermia That cold shiver up your back is not just uncomfortable, but can also be the first sign of a deadly condition called hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when your core body temperature drops significantly, and can be exacerbated by water, wind, or exhaustion. Early warning signs of hypothermia include a feeling of being cold and mental confusion. When you begin shivering uncontrollably, you are in real danger. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, pull into the next stop and warm up.
Frostbite Believe it or not, exposed skin is at risk of frostbite in temperatures as warm as 55 degrees. Early symptoms include a pins-and-needles sensation, with the skin turning white and soft. At this point, no permanent damage has occurred, and you can reverse the effects by soaking the areas in lukewarm water or breathing on them. The next stage of frostbite causes waxy patches to form and numbing of the skin which could cause permanent damage. So, how do you lessen these dangers? Cover up! Insulation The best thing you can do is insulate your body by layering your clothes. Make the inner layer thermal or fleece underwear to create a warm cushion of air between you and the cold. Your hands are particularly vulnerable, so gauntlet-style gloves work best to help keep your fingers warmer longer. For extreme cold, use a pair of heavy insulated gloves that mount to your handlebars and fit over the controls and handgrips. A full-face helmet will keep you warmer than a novelty helmet. Seal the area between your neck and the helmet. A bandana will work, however, a leather covered fleece bandana or silk neck warmer will retain more heat. Block that wind! As speeds increase, cold air has a way of sneaking in and robbing your heat. Your front line in the defense against cold is to block the wind. A windshield or fairing is a good front line defense. A small windshield that mounts to your handlebars can be low enough to look over, but just big enough to divert wind from your chest. Chemical Heat Another option is a lightweight, disposable heat pack. People use these heat packs to keep warm while hunting, skiing or just sitting outdoors. They can provide six to eight hours worth of heat but some packs produce up to 150 degrees of heat, so keep them off your bare skin. Drink Liquids to Stay Warm Make sure to drink lots of liquids, because you still lose water, even though it's freezing out. It's easy to get dehydrated, even in winter, because you don't notice that you're sweating. Stay away from caffeinated drinks; however sweet drinks can provide carbohydrates which help boost your body's heat-making ability.
B. A. Wolf in Clarksville has a great selection of protective gear to help you enjoy your winter riding experience. Ride with care and keep warm!
In the Know
Ring in the New Year with BOSS
by Tara Goodson
Even though the weather is downright chilly; there is no reason to stay huddled under the covers in your barracks room! Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) has several activities planned in the month of January to support the three pillars of BOSS and keep you active and involved. On January 7, the first 15 Soldiers to show up at D.W Recreation Center at 4:30 p.m. have the opportunity to see a brand new release at the Great Escape Movie Theatre on Tiny Town Road in Clarksville. Movie night is a monthly occurrence and you can find out additional dates by friending BOSS Fort Campbell on Facebook. Show time typically starts around 6 p.m. and admission and transportation are free. If you aren't in the mood for a flick and popcorn, you can join the crew at Hooper Bowling Center on January 28 for a free fun filled evening of bowling. Whether you throw gutter balls or you are known for your turkeys, you are sure to have a great time! The snack bar is recognized for the
great pizza, but you can choose from several combo baskets, sandwiches and tasty beverages. BOSS doesn't just stick to the local community for events! This month a limited amount of seats are available for a weekend trip to Atlanta. Lodging, transportation and admission to
the historical Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change on January 13-15 are provided for only $25! Tour MLK’s Birth Home, Dr. King’s Crypt, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Freedom Hall and Eternal Flame. According to www.thekingcenter.org site, the King Center “is dedicated to educating the world on the life, legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., inspiring new generations to carry forward his unfinished work, strengthen causes and empower change-makers who are continuing his efforts today.” Stay informed about all BOSS events by attending the meetings that occur 2:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at D.W. Rec Center. For additional information about BOSS events please call (270) 798-7858 and check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fcboss for dates and times.
Mind, Body & Spirit
New Year New Health Goals by Charlene Mazur Every year like clockwork, we ring in the New Year with optimistic thoughts of change for the future. We quickly debate that failures of the past year were mere stumbling blocks for our future success, only to find that the resolutions we made on the eve of the big day were broken by the month’s end, leaving us feeling like we let ourselves down. It may appear that I am being negative but often people make a goal for the New Year without the knowledge of how to plan to move forward with it! I challenge you to kickoff this year with a new plan of action! Balance of mind, body and spirit can start today just by making small daily changes to your life. Simply map out your plan and educate yourself on what tools you will need for a better 2012, whether you choose to focus on nutrition, fitness, positive thinking, or education. There are several different ways you can balance your mind, body and spirit as a resolution for a cheerful soul. Pick a different day of the week to do something new and positive for yourself and those around you. Make every day count. 1. Improve your nutrition every day. Eat clean foods that are minimally processed; eat out less; change your coffee to green tea a few times a week; have a Meatless Monday; Fish Friday; and Soup and Salad Saturday. Eat less, more often, and drink more water. You need at least 64 oz of water every day. Drinking 16 to 20 ounces 4 times during your day will ensure you’ll have enough water. When you choose places to have lunch, choose healthy options such as the salad bar at Sportsman’s Lodge or Southern Buffet.
2. Reduce stress through fitness. PLAY! It’s simple, easy and fun! Remember when you were a kid and you “played” football, shot hoops, ran the bases, jumped rope, played hopscotch and dodge ball, or raced your friends? Remind yourself how relaxed you were and how much you enjoyed being active. Now go outside and get competitive for fun and fitness. Can’t do it every day? How about Wacky Wednesday? It’s the perfect day to go crazy like a kid again! Fort Campbell has several Physical Fitness Facilities with a wide variety of equipment and amenities to help you reach your health goals in 2012. Visit www.fortcampbellmwr.com/recreation/sports for a list of phone numbers and hours of operation.
7. Think positive thoughts. Sounds easy - right? Wrong! It’s easy to listen to the negative thoughts in our head and succumb to their whispers. You need to learn to flip the negative thoughts to positive, use reverse psychology on them and stand firm in your actions toward a positive mindset. One of my favorite quotes is, “Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character for it becomes your destiny.” Anonymous I believe if you are consistent with your intentions you will feel better, look better, and inspire others to do the same. Everyone can use a little change somewhere in their lives, and Fort Campbell MWR is here to help. For more information about MWR programs and activities call (270) 798-7535.
3. Try Yoga. Estep Wellness Center offers an excellent Yoga class. Breathe better and use light exercise and movement to relax your body and mind and improve circulation. For more information about Estep call (270) 798-4023/4664. 4. Thankful Thursdays. Use your Thursdays to be thankful for something - anything. Write it down in a journal; tell someone that you are thankful for them; and show a stranger how a simple act of kindness can be contagious. Better yet volunteer! The ACS Army Volunteer Corps has plenty of opportunities for you to give back to the community. For more information about volunteer opportunities call (270) 956-2934. 5. Visualize your goals. Write them down, follow through with them and celebrate each success, big or small. Sunday is a great day to reflect on your goals. (Try combining tips #5 and #6)
6. Shhhhhhh! Just be silent. Be still and hear your own thoughts. Center yourself in a quiet place and practice being silent. This is a great way to just clear your head from life. It’s easy to hear others but they seem to drown out your own thoughts, feelings and peace. So make a date with yourself and listen.