January Is the Busiest Time of the Year for Divorce Attorneys

Available for Interviews: Teddi Ann Barry

Teddy Ann Barry, Esq. is a family attorney and writer and has been serving families through divorce and custody and has been practicing family law for over twenty years, and also comes with a wealth of experience in mediation and collaborative law. She is also the author of The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Divorce in Colorado.

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Why Divorce Filing Are High at the Beginning of the Year
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January is a busy month for divorce attorneys. People finish the holidays, ready for change, and often conclude it’s not them—it’s their marriage that needs to change. Holidays affect marriages because they:

    • Create financial stresses
    • Deepen emotional absence or feelings of loneliness for many
    • Can create a desire for change and growth that the end of the year inspires in oneself. 

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Holiday Relationship Tips From a Mediator

Available for Interviews: Teddi Ann Barry

Teddy Ann Barry, Esq. is a family attorney and writer and has been serving families through divorce and custody and has been practicing family law for over twenty years, and also comes with a wealth of experience in mediation and collaborative law.

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Holiday Relationship tips
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Hints to help the holidays during and after divorce and how to best get along with your family:

      • Plan ahead. We advise our clients to have the holiday plans locked in and committed as soon as possible. Waiting until the last minute or going into the holidays without everyone knowing where they’ll be, who they will be with, and how they will celebrate really helps!

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Top 3 Money Spending Mistakes During the Holiday Season

Available for Interviews: Chris Janeway

Chris Janeway is Founder & CEO Fourth Point Wealth and coaches investors throughout southern CA.  He is also a national speaker, financial coach, and advocate for financial literacy.

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Mistakes People Make With Money During the Holiday Season:

 1. LACK OF A BUDGET. It sounds so simple but going into the holiday season with a plan is half of the battle. It’s so easy to get caught up in the gift shopping, parties, etc., that we don’t realize how much these add up. I’m guilty of it myself. It’s been more than one year that I think my wife’s stocking stuffers ended up costing more than her gift because I got swept up in wanting to make things special. You need to have a budget for the season and for each gift. The other half of the battle is actually sticking to the budget. Whether it’s guilt or competition, we often lose discipline and overspend, even when we HAD a plan. Be firm with your plan. If you go over, you’re stealing from some other goal in your or your family’s life.

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How to Rise Above the Holiday Stress

Available for Interviews:  Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is an education advocate, speaker, and the CEO & Founder of WURRLYedu, an educational technology platform. Nadine specializes in the social-emotional curriculum (SEL), and she is also the author of the children’s book, My Mama Says Inside Me Lives a Village. 

What Nadine Levitt can say in an interview about
Holiday Stress
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    • The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, with last-minute shopping, sometimes financial or personal or family pressures building up, and lots of expectations for how it’s all going to go!
    • Approaching the holidays with curiosity (and therefore letting go of expectations, which are only caused by your pattern recognition) and staying on top of your emotional responses can make a huge difference. 
    • We are as human beings programmed to recognize patterns, but those patterns are not based on facts they are based on the stories we tell ourselves, and they can be extremely unhelpful as they are the culprits for our expectations.
    • Arguably all of life’s conflict comes from unmet expectations so try to be aware of the difference between reality and your predictions.
    • Try to make a habit of checking in with yourself and seeing how you feel. Identifying and acknowledging emotions quickly as they come up make it easier to process them.

 

Interview: Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is a Swiss-born, German, Kiwi, American thought leader, speaker, and author who is passionate about education, especially focusing on child emotional wellness, social and emotional skill development using the Arts, and EdTech.

In 2015 she founded the technology company WURRLY, which also makes WURRLYedu—a leading music education solution being used in schools across 22 states. Nadine has authored two children´s books for social and emotional learning (Inside Me Lives a Village and Inside Me Lives a Superhero), initially developed as a tool to use with her own kids, to help them develop positive self-awareness, self-regulation skills, confidence, empathy, creativity, and self-expression. This quickly grew into a school program, with the development of a supporting curriculum and classroom resources, and toys and other children’s products that foster a healthy relationship with emotions.

As an education thought leader, Nadine Levitt gives keynote speeches around the world on the subjects of music education, social and emotional learning, and technology in classrooms.

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Traveling During This Holiday Season

Available for Interviews:  Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, advocate, and journalist. He writes six weekly columns about customer service, with a special emphasis on travel and technology. His work reaches more than 10 million readers a week. You
have likely read his work in USA Today or The Washington Post.

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can say about Holiday Season Travels:

“Some say it’s still too risky. But others – many others – are tired of waiting,” says Christopher Elliott.

The lingering delta variant is holding them back, but the need to see family and friends – and to uphold tradition – is pulling them toward the airports and highways. Whether to make a trip is a difficult decision, travelers and experts say.

See why vaccinated or not, many are hitting the road for the holiday travel season, COVID-19 or not.

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How to Use Halloween Fears to Build Confidence in Your Kids

Available for Interviews:  Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is an education advocate, speaker, and the CEO & Founder of WURRLYedu, an educational technology platform. Nadine specializes in the social-emotional curriculum (SEL), and she is also the author of the children’s book, My Mama Says Inside Me Lives a Village. 

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The Opportunity of Halloween to Help Kids Build Confidence
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    • Halloween can be a scary time for kids, imaginations are vivid and there is little distinction between reality and fiction—especially when the world suddenly changes into a horror landscape!
    • But Halloween can also provide a fabulous opportunity to talk about fear, and what it does to other emotions. It is also a great time to distinguish the line between what is real and what is not, and shift the power back into their hands through creativity!  

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5 Simple Mindfulness Tips That Can Give Us More Peace

Available for Interviews:  Julie DeLucca-Collins

Julie DeLucca-Collins shows people how to create simple habits and go from overwhelm to self-doubt to having more peace, purpose, power,  passion, and prosperity. She is the author of Confident You: Simple Habits to Live the Life You Have Imagined.

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Incorporating Mindfulness Into Our Everyday Lives:

Mindfulness is a way to be open and aware of what is happening in the moment—being present both internally and externally. Mindfulness has been shown to improve relationship satisfaction, reduce stress in relationships, and increase empathy. Mindful practices can also help reduce internal stress and anxiety. 

Here are 5 simple mindfulness tips that we can all incorporate into our everyday lives:

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Last-Minute (Digital) Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your Shopping List

Available for Interviews: Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge (“True Trae”) is a national shopping expert, brand strategist, and lifestyle journalist sharing smart shopping tips with consumers on TV, radio, & online publications..

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Last-Minute Gift Ideas:
 

Here’s a broad selection of gifts that can all be given digitally:

Never Fear, Procrastinators!
There’s Still Time

Do you still have people to check off your list? Even this late in the game, there are fantastic gifts you can give that your loved ones will adore. Trae Bodge, Smart Shopping Expert at Truetrae.com is here to share gifts that you can order and deliver in minutes!

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3 Steps to Coping When You Can’t See Family for the Holidays

Available for Interviews: Dr. Colleen Cira:

Dr. Colleen Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

 

Talking Points from Dr. Cira On Coping Steps
When You Can’t See Your Family for the Holidays

What we’re talking about here is the importance of boundaries. That’s what it means to tell your family that you can’t see them for the Holidays. You are setting a boundary with them. And while it can be normal to feel guilty when you feel like you’re disappointing someone, the degree to which you feel guilt can be helpful data about how comfortable you are setting boundaries. Here are some helpful tips for managing that guilt (and flexing your boundary muscle):

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5 Healthy Tips to Handle Holiday Stress

Available for Interviews: Dr. Alice Fong

Alice Fong, ND, is an integrative naturopathic doctor specializing in stress, integrative medicine, diet & weight loss, and is a business growth consultant for holistic healthcare providers.

 

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Healthy Tips to Handle Holiday Stress:

The holidays are usually a wonderful time of year to spend with family, eat delicious food, put up bright lights and decorations, and engage in fun and festivities. Normally we might be experiencing the stress of traveling, shopping, cooking, and even spending too much time with family. However, this year comes with a pandemic reality and everyone is affected in some way shape or form. Then, for many the dark, gloomy weather isn’t exactly helpful in getting one into the holiday spirit. If the holiday season isn’t all full of joy, cheer, and laughter this year, you might want to consider these helpful tips to get you through the end of the year and through the winter:

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