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The FALDP Docket -- Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers Monthly Newsletter
December 20, 2012

Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers

The FALDP Docket

Volume 3; Issue 12-2
December 2012 - Holiday Issue


HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Members and Friends


This free newsletter is published every month for the benefit of FALDP members, legal document preparers, and friends. This is a Special Holiday Issue.


Thank you.


I close most of the emails I send to customers with the words: "Thank you for the opportunity to assist you." I want to say the same to you, and to also thank you for all of your help and support throughout the year. Our association is nothing without our members and friends. As we grow, we build more momentum, and more possibilities emerge. As always we have big plans for the coming year, and hope to implement some of the wonderful ideas our members have suggested. Thank you for a great 2012.


Things to Do Over the Holidays


We know the holidays are supposed to be fun. And yes, for the most part they are -- but many of us get antsy when there's no work coming in. Type A personalities and all.

  • 1. Clean out your files. Reorganize and update your files. Discard what you can.
  • 2. Rearrange your office. It always feels like new beginnings when the furniture is in a new place.
  • 3. Collect your tax documents so that you can get those done and out of the way in January.
  • 4. Make a list of business and financial goals for the coming year.
  • 5. Review your list of business and financial goals from last year. Have your goals changed? Did you meet or exceed your goals? Did you change your mind about some of your goals?

    And Reprinted from "Legal Sunshine" blog

    Legal Sunshine

    Beware of Holiday Depression

    1. Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can't be with loved ones, realize that it's normal to feel sadness and grief. It's OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can't force yourself to be happy just because it's the holiday season.

    2. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.

    3. Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can't come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.

    4. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don't live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they're feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.

    5. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don't try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts. Try these alternatives: Donate to a charity in someone's name, give homemade gifts or start a family gift exchange.

    5. Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That'll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.

    6. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can't participate in every project or activity. If it's not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.

    7. Don't abandon healthy habits. Don't let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don't go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks. Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity.

    8. Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Take a walk at night and stargaze. Listen to soothing music. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.

    9. Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.

    From www.mayoclinic.com


    Member's Announcements & Contributions


    We accept member's announcements and appreciate your contributions. If you have an announcement about your business, an expansion of services, moving your offices, or winning awards, please send us the information and we'll include it in our newsletter. Your announcement needs to be pertinent to your business, we are unable to include announcements about other trade associations, clubs or groups.

    If you would like to write an article, editorial, opinion piece, or web page please let us know. We are always in need of fresh information and insights.


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