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Tools to Survive (and Thrive) During Tough Times

Fun Activities to Keep You Busy During COVID-19
Cathy C. Miller, MBA, CFP®, CRPS®, CDFA™
May 11, 2020

Resiliency is one of the characteristics I most admire in others, and that I have always tried to foster in my children and live out in my own life.  And we certainly have an opportunity in these unusual times to practice it on almost a daily basis. One of my favorite quotes on the subject speaks to the personal growth that can come from difficult times:

“On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin.” — Gregory S. Williams

I am sure many of you have developed ways to cope and even thrive over the last few weeks as you have adjusted to the “new normal” that comes with quarantine and social distancing.  But I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the best resources we have found to help us all emerge on the “other side of the storm” stronger than we began.

Resources for Entertainment

If you are in need of some cultural stimulation beyond binge watching Netflix, try these (mostly) free online performances:

When you need a change of scenery beyond the confines of your home or neighborhood, enjoy these live cam views of our very own Aquarium and Zoo, (plus one of the world’s best zoos), as well as virtual visits to world class museums and our National Parks:

If you are a baseball fan like me, and are heartbroken to miss opening day, indulge your passion for all things baseball by watching Ken Burns’ world class documentary on baseball (released by PBS for free due to COVID-19).

When you are missing your friends and looking for a way to connect, try these ways to play games to with distant friends or family:

Resources for Personal Growth and Fitness

If comfort food and virtual happy hours are setting you back on your fitness goals, here are some online classes you can try.  The bonus benefit of exercising in the privacy of your own home is the intimidation factor is MUCH lower!

Many of our clients report spending a lot of time in their yards this spring.  Whether gardening is a long-standing passion, new hobby or just something you hire others to do, we think all will find inspiration from these virtual tours of gorgeous gardens:

  • Virtual tours of classic gardens
  • Virtual tours of Botanical Gardens through the South
  • For the lifelong learner in all of us, this link provides access to free online resources for the adult and student learner alike.
  • For the avid reader missing their bookstore and fed-up that Amazon Prime deliveries no longer mean next day, here is a great way to get your next “reading fix.”
  • Working on “mindfulness” can help offset the impact of worry and isolation. Try this link to get you started.

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We have all probably been cooking more this spring than ever before, but if you are like me, you might be running out of inspiration. And low availability at the grocery can make concocting a pleasing meal even more difficult. Try this site for recipes based off ingredients you already have on hand.

Resources for Families
We have heard from employees and clients how much they now appreciate their caregivers and teachers.  If you are quickly discovering home schooling isn’t your calling, here are some resources you and your children might enjoy:

Are your children bored of spending all their time with parents and siblings? Try these fun family field trips, story hours and activities:

We hope you have found this list of resources helpful and inspiring! Let’s “Raise our sails and begin!”

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Tools to Survive (and Thrive) During Tough Times

Resiliency is one of the characteristics I most admire in others, and that I have always tried to foster in my children and live out in my own life.  And we certainly have an opportunity in these unusual times to practice it on almost a daily basis. One of my favorite quotes on the subject speaks to the personal growth that can come from difficult times: “On the other side of a storm is the strength that comes from having navigated through it. Raise your sail and begin.” — Gregory S. Williams I am sure many of you have developed ways to cope and even thrive over the last few weeks as you have adjusted to the “new normal” that comes with quarantine and social distancing.  But I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the best resources we have found to help us all emerge on the “other side of the storm” stronger than we began.

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant changes to everyday life as we know it.  One of the most prominent change is the push for employees to work from home (WFH) rather than continue to operate out of shared spaces.  For many young professionals, working from home – at least part time – is nothing new.  I’ve talked with several friends who have transitioned from working at home two to three days per week to full-time, and even more who were already 100% WFH.  But for the rest of us who are venturing into a work from home routine for the first time, it’s important to take steps to maintain both our health and sanity.  Here are four steps I’ve found helpful in combating some of the common pitfalls of WFH…

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Retiring During a Volatile Market: 5 Items to Consider

The past couple of months have been a tumultuous ride for investors. In mid-February, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) reached its peak.  Soon after, the markets were engulfed by extreme volatility, generating record single day losses and ending the long-running bull market in early March; yet, recently, there has been a partial recovery in the markets. While ups and downs in the markets are normal, research has shown that the actual sequence of those market returns (the order in which they are going up or down) within the first five years of starting withdrawals from your retirement assets can have a significant impact on your long-term retirement income.  

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