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Can Money Buy Happiness?

Fun Stuff, YeBu Millennialon March 9th, 2017No Comments

Written By: Lauren Mireles, RP®

Researchers are continually looking for ways to prove whether or not money can buy happiness. We recently came across an article by Kira M. Newman that argues that it is possible for money to bring you happiness and reflects our belief that “It’s about the size of your life, not the size of your wallet®”. The ideas in the article are supported by a study that focuses on factors that bring and sustain happiness and suggest that spending money in more fulfilling ways to bring you closer to other people can, indeed, increase your happiness. We share Newman’s suggested six ways to get more happiness for your money below. As you read through these suggestions, we encourage you to reflect on how they relate to the Live Big® life you’ve defined and how you may increase your happiness in 2017 and beyond.

  1. Spend money on experiences
    • Studies have shown that experiences impart greater and longer lasting happiness.
  2. Better yet, spend money on experience you share with others
    • Experiences shared with others, whether in real time or in the retelling, have been show to impart greater happiness.
  3. Spend money on other people
    • Spending money on others in a way that fosters a social connection has been shown to be one of the most internally fulfilling ways to give financially.
  4. Spend money on the right people
    • It is embedded in our DNA to want to take care of those with whom we have strong relationships – our family and friends.
  5. Express your identity through spending
    • Spending your money on experiences or goods that match your personal preferences has been reported to give people more satisfaction with their life.
  6. Think less about spending
    • When you earn your money, you also earn the right do with it what you want! Give yourself the freedom to explore life and spend your money in ways that matter most to you.

You can find the full article, detailed explanations, and supporting studies here: Six Ways to Get More Happiness for Your Money by Kira M. Newman.

Live Big® is Everywhere, Every Day, For Everyone

Fun Stuff, Videoson August 10th, 2016No Comments

Written By: Lauren Mireles, RP®

Oragami CatIt’s not often that someone unfamiliar with the phrase Live Big® appreciates our worldview without additional insight. But sometimes, we find that the universe can be in serendipitous alignment. For instance, consider the following phrase: “Financial planning doesn’t just make your life better, it makes it bigger”. This sounds like a quote you may hear from anyone at Yeske Buie, don’t you agree? In actuality, we simply changed two words in a phrase that comes from a recent advertisement for Purina pet food. As part of Purina’s new “Live Big” communications campaign, the company produced a commercial that we couldn’t help but to smile and connect with. We share the commercial below and encourage you to read our own Yeske Buie “subtitles” to accompany the video.

They say ‘BIG’ like it’s a bad thing.
They say big is “indulgence”, that it means “live large”,
they say big can never be reached: Yeske Buie believes it can!
And together, we’re helping make a big difference in the lives of our Clients…
Inspecting every inch of your financial plan for quality – that’s good!
Being confident that your assets and goals are safe – that’s big!
Helping Clients worry less about financial security like they could when they were younger – that’s amazing!
Celebrating one more Live Big goal together – that’s big!
Live Big is limitless, Live Big is authentic, Live Big is for everyone, everywhere, every day.
Financial planning doesn’t just make your life better, it makes it bigger.
Yeske Buie – LIVE BIG®!

The Live Big® Chronicles

Fun Stuff, YeBu Millennialon March 10th, 2016No Comments

Written By: Lauren Mireles, RP®

Those new to the phrase “Live Big” may interpret it as meaning “spend big”, “live large”, or a recommendation to some other form of overindulgence. However those familiar with Yeske Buie know that to us, it’s about the size of your life, not the size of your wallet. We believe that everyone is entitled to a limitless vision for their life and living big will look different from one individual to another. With the help of our Clients, friends, and family, we compiled creative and dynamic lists of ways individuals can have rich, Live Big experiences without spending a lot of money. We have shared these lists on several occasions and welcome additions from anyone who would like to participate; we call these the Live Big List and the Live Big Chronicles.

Inspired by the upcoming Spring season, we share ideas for you to Live Big in the Washington DC area, San Francisco Bay area, and a few cities in between while spending little to no money at all. Of course, this list only scratches the surface of all the outings you may consider exploring as you Live Big this Spring. Please feel free to share your ideas with us and we will be happy to add them to our lists.

Live Big Around the Country

With Yeske Buie offices on both coasts of the country, we like to work in a way that feels like we are one office with a really long hallway (a ~2,400 mile long hallway, that is!). We “shorten” this hallway by utilizing technology to connect with our team members and Clients and by being intentional about the look, feel, and operation of the two offices. With this in mind, we’ve found a few Spring activities that you may explore in all parts of the country!

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The Netherlands Carillon

Wave Organ

The Wave Organ

  • Music with a View
    • The Netherlands Carillon
      • Squared away near Arlington National Cemetery, the Netherlands Carillon is an open steel tower with 50 bells that play automated concerts each day at noon and 6 pm. Surrounding the tower is a peaceful setting of floral libraries and sculpted lions; the perfect place to listen to the music of the bells. You can also catch a live concert featuring a guest artist each Saturday in June, July and August from 6 pm to 8 pm. Pack yourself a picnic and enjoy the day with sweeping views of Washington DC and vibrant music.
    • The Wave Organ
      • Part of San Francisco’s Exploratorium, the Wave Organ is a wave-activated, acoustic sculpture constructed on the shore of San Francisco Bay. A wonderful assortment of carved granite and marble, the installation includes 25 PVC and concrete organ pipes at various elevations that create sound from the impact of the wave against the pipe ends and the movement of the water. Make your way to the end of the Golden Gate Yacht Club for panoramic views of San Francisco and enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of nature.
  • Bloom Watch
    • Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival and San Francisco’s Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival are the two largest cherry blossom festivals in the country. The festivals promise remarkable sights, traditional ceremonies, and fun activities and are celebrated to honor the lasting friendship and the continued close relationship between the United States and Japan. If you’re not local to DC or San Francisco, you can still participate in other cherry blossom festivals across the country; Philadelphia, Nashville, Denver, and several other cities  are also home to beautiful displays and fun festivals!

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Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

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San Francisco Cherry Blossoms

  • National Park Week
Live Big in Washington DC
  • The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
    • Every evening at 6 pm, the Kennedy Center features a free performance on their Millennium Stage as part of the “Performing Arts for Everyone” initiative. The shows feature local, national, and international artists showcasing their talents in music, dance, theater, and more. No tickets are required to attend the performances and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can also watch a live stream of the performances each day on their website or check out the schedule to find a show that interests you!
  • Arlington Cemetery’s Changing of the Guard
    • Considered by many to be the most sacred area of Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has been guarded for every second of every day since 1937 and the changing of the guard ceremony is very special experience. The guard is changed every hour from October through March and every thirty minutes from April through September. Witnessing the ceremony live proves to be the most powerful experience, but if you can’t watch the ceremony in person, details of the changing of the guard rituals are listed on Arlington National Cemetery’s website.
  • Passport DC
    • Passport DC is a month-long celebration that takes visitors on journey around the world, highlighting DC’s thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied culture. This year’s program will take place from May 1st through 31st and offers something for everyone as it invites visitors to experience a global journey without leaving the city. This year’s program features a Flower Mart at Washington National Cathedral, an Around the World Embassy Tour of more than 45 embassies, and more.

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Millennium Stage

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Changing of the Guard

Embassy Row

Embassy Row

Live Big in San Francisco
  • Watch the Bay Lights
    • After a short period of darkness, the Bay Bridge is once again illuminated with a new, iconic light sculpture that shines every night from dusk until dawn. This public art display is the largest LED light sculpture and features a dazzling presentation that never repeats. Some of the best viewing spots include Embarcadero Promenade, Bridgeway Promenade in Sausalito, or various restaurants along the Embarcadero. If you find your self awing at the display one evening, keep an eye out for the light on cable #270, level #67 which is dedicated by Yeske Buie to those who Live Big.
  • Yoga on the Labyrinth
    • Whether you are an experienced yogi or are just starting your practice, Grace Cathedral offers a gentle and nurturing yoga practice for all each Tuesday evening at 6:15 pm. Historic Grace Cathedral holds the Yoga on the Labyrinth practice as a great way to improve your health, open the heart, quiet the mind, and balance the body. The class is guided by a well-respected instructor and his assistants, and live music from the harp, singing bowl, or didgeridoo help bring students to a deeper state of meditation. Plan to arrive at least twenty minutes early as the class is quite popular. The class is donation-based: a $10-20 donation is encouraged but not required.
  • Market to Table Demonstration
    • Looking to spice up your dinner menu this Spring? Ignite your culinary curiosity by exploring the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture’s (CUESA’s) Market to Table demonstration in the CUESA Classroom at the Ferry Plaza’s Farmers Market. Each Saturday at 10:30 am, a local chef demos a recipe featuring seasonal items from the Farmer’s Market. The demos are free to the public and provide recipes and samples for all. A full list of upcoming demos can be found on the Ferry Plaza’s website.

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Bay Lights

Yoga on the Labyrinth

Ferry Plaza

Market to Table Demo

Time Saving Ideas to Live Big in 2016

Fun Stuffon January 28th, 2016No Comments

Written By: Cristin Etheredge, RP®

Saving the TimeAt Yeske Buie, our team and our Clients realize that while money matters, it is what you choose to do with it that matters most. We strive to help our Clients harness their resources to achieve the limitless vision that they have for their life. After all, money, however hard earned, is a renewable resource. On the other hand, it is often said that time is our most finite resource. Considering both of these statements, we center our work on a singular priority: helping Clients make the most of their most valuable resource – LIFE. With all of this in mind, we offer a list of time saving ideas in the hope that one of these small changes will open a window of time in your day that you didn’t have before. And we hope that you will make the most of these extra minutes! Do things that give you joy or renew you. Perhaps something from our Live Big® list?

Mail, Internet and Smart Phones

  • Take Care of the Mail
    • If possible, try to sort your paper mail daily. Recycle junk mail as it arrives. Then sort the rest into three piles – To do, File and Shred. Having a small paper shredder on hand while you sort can help you instantly remove the clutter of credit-card offers and ‘checks’. This type of routine can save you time later, and minimize piles of paper that can add stress.
  • Set Up Email Filters
    • Let your email program save you some time. In lieu of having all emails sent to your inbox, consider setting up personalized filter features. Gmail has inbox tabs that let you see primary, social, promotions, updates, forums that takes seconds to switch to. You can also set up mail filtering so that fantasy football emails, Meetup emails, etc. have their own dedicated folder and they will never again distract you from what you need to focus on in your inbox.
  • Limit Your Web Surfing
    • When you get online, it is easy to get sucked into the internet. What was intended to be a two minute recipe search ends up taking an hour between reading up on friend’s social media posts and seeing the sports headlines. Next time, set a timer for yourself. When the chime sounds, get back to what matters most.
  • Program Auto-Fill in Your Phone
    • With more than 70% of Americans sending text messages, why not shorten the amount of time it takes you to send a text message? Most phones have defaults, such as typing “omw” will change to “On my way!”, you can setup abbreviations that work for you. Consider initials if you often type out your name, or other colloquialisms that work for you.

In the Kitchen

  • Plan Ahead
    • Yes, you will have to spend some time upfront for this tip to pay off. Block off some time each week to plan your meals. It will make creating your shopping list a breeze to create, prevent multiple trips to the store and boost your ability to avoid unhealthy eating. If you’re stumped on ideas planning that far ahead, consider themes (e.g. Meatless Monday, Taco Tuesday, Breakfast for Dinner Sunday). With meal planning, you don’t have to spend time worrying about what is for lunch throughout the week or waste time worrying about dinner nightly.
  • Cook in Bulk
    • Cooking large batches of food such as chili, spaghetti or vegetable soup is simple to do. The immediate benefit for larger families is obvious. However, smaller households can reap even more time savings by cooking this way. Have leftovers for lunch or dinner, but freeze excess quantities for a super quick meal (just remember to eat what you put in the freezer).
  • Keep Next Week’s Shopping List on the Fridge
    • This way, if the last paper towel or soap was taken out of the closet, whomever unwraps that last item can add it to the shopping list. No more wasted time running around the house to see what supplies are needed or running out of items.

Plan in Batches

  • Batching Saves Time Later
    • Consider blocking out specific times for tasks you can do in batches, such as emails, bills, etc. This can also work in meal preparation. When time allows, make large batches of foods that freeze well, such as chili or a casserole. When you know that you’ll have a busy day, you can grab one of the freezer meals and place in the fridge to thaw before you leave for the day and reheat when you return home.
  • Batch Errands
    • By writing your errands on a list throughout the week, you can save time by putting them together in one trip. You can review the list, and plan the route to do the least amount of driving possible. When you compare this to the time required to take multiple errand trips throughout your week, this method can save time.

Find/Finish it Faster

  • Stop Searching
    • When you lose your keys or other items, you also lose time trying to find them. Consider dedicating a singular location for all those items you spend time looking for on a regular basis (like your keys, phone, glasses, etc.).
  • Hire Someone
    • Sometimes it might make more sense to hire someone to do the job. How much is your time worth? Here are some examples where you might find it is not cost-effective to do yourself and you could save time by hiring someone: yard work, home maintenance, errands, laundry, taxes, etc. There are a plethora of websites tailored for this type of assistance, such as Task Rabbit.

Keeping the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving

Fun Stuffon November 25th, 20151 Comment

Give ThanksAmid the trivial commotion that comes with the holidays – for example determining the best time to travel to avoid the inevitable traffic or having a back up plan for the gravy in case Uncle Mark pours the turkey drippings down the drain again – it can be easy to lose sight of the foundational purpose of Thanksgiving; gratitude. With this in mind, we share a piece from The New York Times titled “Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier.” by Arther C. Brooks. We are drawn to this piece as we feel it serves as a nice reminder of the importance of giving thanks not only on Thanksgiving, but 365 days per year. One of Brooks’ suggestions for practicing gratitude more regularly is to keep a short list of the things you are grateful for and updating it weekly. This exercise, which was explored further in a 2003 study (Think Big!), concluded that those who practice this exercise consistently enjoy significantly greater life satisfaction than others.

Accordingly, various members of the Yeske Buie team drafted short lists of gratitude to help us remember to keep the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving tomorrow and all year long. We hope that you enjoy the lists we have shared below and we encourage you to consider drafting your own list of gratitude, even if it’s just a mental list!

We wish you a peaceful and joy filled Thanksgiving Day celebration!

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Facetious Financial News

Fun Stuff, Videoson November 5th, 2015No Comments

Press and MediaFor nearly a decade, Elissa and Dave have been defining the characteristics of an ideal financial planning policy to help anchor Clients to a consistent course of action despite changes in external circumstances. Their work in this field has become increasingly important for many reasons, but especially considering the steady stream of news and gossip that inundates today’s world and threatens to move Clients off course. With financial news, or what we call financial noise, in a current lull, we wanted to share a satirical video that we feel is the epitome of all financial noise. We encourage you to watch the humorous segment titled “Every TV News Report on the Economy in One” for a good laugh today, and to keep it as a distraction whenever “the numbers” begin to feel scary.

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Disclaimer: Video contains language that may be deemed offensive.

Where in the World is the Live Big® Glass?

Fun Stuffon June 4th, 20151 Comment

WWLBG - COMPRESSEDIf you have recently had a meeting in either of our offices or attended one of our Open House events, you’ve seen that we enjoy using and giving away our customized Live Big® glasses. What does it mean to Live Big? Some may interpret it as meaning “spend big”, “live large” or a recommendation to some other form of overindulgence. But Live Big is about the size of your life, not the size of your wallet®. And whether this means traveling the world or finding joy in the most mundane places, we want to celebrate how our Clients, Centers of Influence, Family, and Friends choose to Live Big!

We are holding a campaign called “Where in the World is the Live Big Glass?” to show off our Live Big glass from anywhere in the world. The gallery below will be updated frequently as we continue to receive pictures of individuals enjoying a drink from their Live Big glass. If you would like to submit a picture or a request for your own Live Big glass, please do not hesitate to email Lauren@YeBu.com. We look forward to seeing how you Live Big with your glass in hand!

 

Map of Countries where the Live Big® Glass has Traveled

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Map of States where the Live Big® Glass has Traveled

Where in the World is the Live Big® Glass?

Where in the 🌎 is Beth’s LIVE BIG tumbler?

Submitted by Beth. In this photo, Beth enjoys her glass with a sunset shot of “Kili” (Mount Kilimanjaro) taken from the Chuylu Hills. Simply beautiful!

Submitted by Beth. Beth’s glass traveled with her to Kenya, specifically an area called the Chulu Hills. In the distance, you can see Mt. Kilimanjaro!

Submitted by Lauren V. After a relaxing soak in Saint Lucia’s mineral baths, Lauren enjoyed a refreshing drink and picturesque view of the island.

Submitted by Lauren V. Lauren enjoyed a refreshing drink from her glass after snorkeling with sea turtles in Barbados.

Submitted by Lauren V. A reflection of the port at St. Johns, Antigua is perfectly captured by Lauren’s Live Big glass.

Submitted by Lauren V. Lauren was in awe of the beautiful morning views in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Submitted by Chris and Jen O. Chris and Jen are enjoying their Live Big glass amongst a quintessential holiday ambiance.

Submitted by a Multigenerational Client Family. As seen by the smiling faces, the entire family enjoyed their "travel" Live Big glasses while on vacation at a beach near Diamond Head in Honolulu.

Submitted by a Multigenerational Client Family. As seen by the smiling faces, the entire family enjoyed their “travel” Live Big glasses while on vacation at a beach near Diamond Head in Honolulu.

Submitted by Steve and Karen S. The Live Big glass had a close encounter with African wildlife while Steve and Karen Live Big in South Africa.

Submitted by Steve and Karen S. The Live Big glass had a close encounter with African wildlife while Steve and Karen Live Big in South Africa.

Submitted by Steve and Karen S. The Live Big glass had a close encounter with African wildlife while Steve and Karen Live Big in South Africa.

Submitted by Steve and Karen S. The Live Big glass had a close encounter with African wildlife while Steve and Karen Live Big in South Africa.

Submitted by John J. The Live Big glass traveled to Sweden and is pictures here next to Stockholm’s smallest statue in Gamla Stan – old town area. The name of the status is Little Boy Look at the Moon, but the locals simply call it Iron Boy.

Submitted by John J. The Live Big glass traveled to Sweden and is pictures here next to Stockholm’s smallest statue in Gamla Stan – old town area. The name of the status is Little Boy Look at the Moon, but the locals simply call it Iron Boy.

Submitted by Steve and Karen. Steve and Karen visited a Maasi family in the Serengeti in Tanzania, Africa. The man took them in his mud hut home and showed them very sweet hospitality… Live Big!

Submitted by Steve and Karen. Steve and Karen visited a Maasi family in the Serengeti in Tanzania, Africa. The man took them in his mud hut home and showed them very sweet hospitality… Live Big!

Submitted by Lauren V. Lauren’s glass traveled with her to Nashville, TN where she enjoyed indulging in the city’s incredible food scene. Here, Lauren waits in line for a delicious breakfast at the famous Pancake Pantry.

Submitted by Lauren V. Lauren’s glass traveled with her to Nashville, TN where she enjoyed indulging in the city’s incredible food scene. Here, Lauren waits in line for a delicious breakfast at the famous Pancake Pantry.

Submitted by Ann R. Ann says she is enjoying her glass "at sunset on Galway Bay (Ireland) with "her" donkeys in the background. So peaceful."

Submitted by Ann R. Ann says she is enjoying her glass “at sunset on Galway Bay (Ireland) with “her” donkeys in the background. So peaceful.”

Submitted by Marlene S. Marlene says “For me, Live Big® should always include chocolate!”

 

Submitted by Lauren Grove. Lauren is LivingBig at the Devil's Punchbowl in Outter Rock Oregon.

Submitted by Lauren Grove. Lauren enjoyed her glass and a beautiful view at the Devil’s Punchbowl in Otter Rock, Oregon.

Submitted by Yusuf. While celebrating a family member's graduation from high school on a hot afternoon on Long Island, Yusuf and his wife Maegan enjoyed their Live Big glass and sunset view.

Submitted by Yusuf. While celebrating a family member’s graduation from high school on a hot afternoon on Long Island, Yusuf and his wife Maegan enjoyed their Live Big glass and sunset view.

Submitted by Camille. With beautiful Worthingon Glacier in the background, Camille enjoys her Live Big glass in Valdez, Alaska.

Submitted by Camille. With beautiful Worthingon Glacier in the background, Camille enjoys her Live Big glass in Valdez, Alaska.

Submitted by Elissa and Dave. Dave and Elissa Live Big® in Monterey, CA as they celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary.

Submitted by Elissa and Dave. Dave and Elissa Live Big® in Monterey, CA as they celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary.

Submitted by Lauren V. During her vacation to Quebec with 20 family members, Lauren enjoyed her glass on the beautiful Isle d’Orleans located in the Saint Lawrence River.

Submitted by Lauren V. During her vacation to Quebec with 20 family members, Lauren enjoyed her glass on the beautiful Isle d’Orleans located in the Saint Lawrence River.

Submitted by Lauren V. During her vacation to Quebec with 20 family members, Lauren celebrated Living Big with her glass at the beautiful and historic Chateau Frontenac.

Submitted by Lauren V. During her vacation to Quebec with 20 family members, Lauren celebrated Living Big with her glass at the beautiful and historic Chateau Frontenac.

Submitted by Camille. Watching the sunset in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico!

Submitted by Camille. Watching the sunset in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico!

Submitted by Camille. Living Big at the top of Glacier Point in Yosemite!

Submitted by Camille. Living Big at the top of Glacier Point in Yosemite!

Submitted by Camille. Camille is Living Big while on a family vacation in beautiful Puerto Rico! Camille took this picture in San Juan and shared, “The picture speaks for itself!”.

Submitted by Camille. Camille is Living Big while on a family vacation in beautiful Puerto Rico! Camille took this picture in San Juan and shared, “The picture speaks for itself!”.

Submitted by Natalie and John while at St. Andrews over July 4th weekend.

Submitted by Natalie and John. John and Natalie are enjoying their glass while at the 18th hole at St. Andrews over July 4th weekend.

Submitted by Camille while in Tahoe, CA.

Submitted by Camille. She enjoyed her glass with a beautiful view while in Tahoe, CA with friends.

July 4 Live Big Glass

Submitted by Yeske Buie. Yeske Buie celebrates the July 4th holiday in San Francisco with our Live Big glasses donning patriotic colors.

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Submitted by Ross and Tina R. After working on their backyard garden in Louisiana, Ross and Tina enjoy a drink from their Live Big glass!

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Submitted by Elissa and Dave. Elissa and Dave enjoyed their Live Big glass while on their recent week-long family sailing trip around the British Virgin Islands. The family fun included snorkeling (with turtle and lionfish sightings), jumping into the clear blue waters, and more!

Live Big on Cruise

Submitted by Lauren V. Lauren is enjoying her glass during her recent cruise to the Bahamas and Grand Turk. While only her second cruise, Lauren and her fiance have learned that they love cruising and look forward to cruising to many more locations in the future.

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Submitted by Mark O. After harvesting these vegetables from his garden, Mark snapped a shot with his Live Big glass as growing organically is one way Mark enjoys living big.

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Submitted by Becky H. Becky took this beautiful picture after the “Snowzilla” snow storm dropped 34 inches of snow near her home. Becky says “Cheers” to her electric company as she never lost power despite the massive storm!

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Submitted by Ann R. Ann is enjoying her glass and a beautiful winter view after being snowed in by the recent storm in Virginia.

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Submitted by Yusuf A. Committed to living a healthy lifestyle, Yusuf is enjoying a pre-workout supplement in his Live Big glass before an early morning workout.

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Submitted by Elissa and Dave. Elissa and Dave are enjoying a champagne tasting while admiring the views of London during two rotations around the London Eye. If you look closely behind the glasses, you’ll see Big Ben making an appearance in the picture!

CD in Idaho Falls, ID on Thanksgiving

Submitted by Cody D. Cody enjoyed his glass over Thanksgiving in Idaho Falls, ID. Luckily, Cody arrived home the day before an Idaho storm dropped +6 inches of snow!

DW Home in Clifton, NJ

Submitted by Desiree W. Desiree, Yeske Buie’s Fall 2015 Business Management Intern, returned home in December and is enjoying her glass in her home town of Clifton, NJ.

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Submitted by Lauren V. Lauren took her Live Big glass with her to Ohio for her family Christmas party that has been happening for +20 years. With family all over the east coast, it’s nice to have everyone together reminiscing and creating new Live Big memories every year.

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Submitted by Dr. Don W. His Live Big Glass traveled almost 16,000 miles plus 30 feet under the Bligh Waters of Fiji to the famous dive site simply called “Jim’s” after a famous underwater photographer Jim Church. Dr. Don brilliantly balanced the glass, his camera, and himself all while managing a wicked current to capture this incredible shot.

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Submitted by Cody Daniels. While visiting Boston, Cody took a detour to Dedham, MA to check out The Fairbanks House, thought to be the oldest standing timber frame building in North America. The house is particularly special to Cody as it was built by his 9th great grandfather, Jonathan Fairbanks!

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Submitted by Gladys C. Gladys is using her Live Big glass while cruising the canal in France near Mailly-le-Chateau.

Or if you prefer red - Connolly

Submitted by Gladys C. While cruising in Burgundy, France, Gladys filled her glass with local Pinot Noir! Here, she is enjoying the glass and the sunset view on the canal in Clamecy.

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Submitted by Lauren G. Lauren is enjoying her glass while on her Live Big Road Trip from Seattle to San Francisco. Here is the Live Big glass at the Reflection Lakes at Mount Rainier National Park.

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Submitted by Jen H. Jen is enjoying a refreshing drink while visiting Big Bend National Park in Texas. This view was the inspiration for a new Live Big Goal for Jen: to visit every National Park in the US!

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Submitted by Elissa and Dave. They are enjoying their Live Big glasses on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.

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Submitted by Scott and Marica B. Scott and Marcia rented a boat a cruised the canals in Amsterdam with their Live Big glasses in hand!

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Submitted by Lisa C. Lisa is enjoying her glass at her dream home, Lazy Bones Ranch, with her horses Maddie, Gracie, Roy, & Maisy.

Marcia and Scott Glass in London

Submitted by Marcia and Scott B. They are looking forward to many adventures with their Live Big glasses in London, England!

CE's Sister Peyton sends her cheers from the backyard in Las Vegas

Submitted by Cristin Etheredge. Cristin’s sister sends her cheers from her backyard in Las Vegas!

AF and SS At Golden Gate Park

Submitted by Sabina Smailhodzic. Sabina and our intern, Aviv, are enjoying the Live Big glass while roller skating in Golden Gate Park.

Elaine Kelly in Brasstown NC

Submitted by Elaine K. Elaine is enjoying her glass and a mountain view in Brasstown, NC while taking a week long Japanese Boro class.

Daryl and Cathie Solomonson Celebrating USA Women's World Cup

Submitted by Daryl S. Daryl and his wife are celebrating the World Cup victory by the USA Women’s Team!

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Submitted by Cristin Etheredge. Cristin is enjoying her glass on the ferry from the San Juan Islands to Anacortes, WA.

Live Big Glass in Vegas with CE

Submitted by Cristin Etheredge. The Live Big glass travels to the Top of the World at The Stratosphere Casino in Las Vegas.

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Submitted by Wally and Pat C. They enjoyed their Live Big glasses at dinner at the Sabala Restaurant in Zakopane, Poland.

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Submitted by Lauren Grove. Lauren enjoyed a refreshing glass of cranberry and pineapple juice in her Live Big glass at a beach house in Corolla, NC.

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Submitted by Jen Hicks. Jen brought her Live Big glass with her on a camping trip to Zion National Park in Utah.

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Submitted by Jen Hicks. After she and her friends backpacked 16.2 miles through “The Narrows” of the Virgin River, Jen enjoyed a refreshing glass of water from her Live Big glass to rehydrate!

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Submitted by Lauren Vitt. Lauren celebrated her brother’s high school graduation back home in Pittsburgh, PA and had a toast to his success with their Live Big glasses.

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Submitted by Beth C. who says “Here’s raising The Live Big Glass at Taktsang Monastery, better known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Paro.”

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Submitted by Bob and Pat F. They are enjoying their Live Big glass in their brand new hot tub!

Paola Juicing with Live Big Glass 2

Submitted by Russell Kroeger, Financial Planning Resident in our San Francisco office. Russell and his girlfriend, Paola, Live Big by pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Pictured here, Paola is enjoying a glass of freshly made juice in her Live Big glass.

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Submitted by our 2015 spring intern, Anthony. He is using his Live Big glass to stay cool at his Dad’s home in Deltona, Florida.

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Submitted by Jen Hicks, Financial Planner in our San Francisco office. Jen used her glass at breakfast during her last ski weekend in Tahoe.

Flowers in Live Big Glass

Submitted by Lauren Grove, Financial Planner in our Virginia office. She is using her Live Big glass as a vase to bring some color into our office.

AC from Cranston, RI

Submitted by our Spring 2015 intern, Anthony. He is enjoying his Live Big glass at his home in Cranston, Rhode Island.

 

Baltimore Running Festival

Fun Stuffon October 23rd, 2014No Comments

Last weekend, Elissa, Dave, and Lauren Grove all participated in a half marathon at the Baltimore Running Festival, Lauren running and Elissa and Dave walking the 13.1 mile course.  It was in Baltimore two years ago that Elissa and Dave first walked a half marathon and they’ve walked three since.  They like to say that scheduling a half marathon every six to nine months is the only way they can stay motivated to get up early and walk on a regular basis. Lauren, a long-time runner, has completed three half marathons, this latest with an impressive finishing pace of 10:17.

EB DY LG Before the Race

Dave, Lauren, and Elissa before the race.

LG and Dan Pre Race

Lauren and her boyfriend, Daniel, before the race.

At the start line

Dave and Elissa at the starting line.

Elissa and Dave Walking

Elissa and Dave during the race.

Elissa and Dave at the Beginning

Elissa and Dave conquering the race side by side.

Still smiling

Still smiling!

Neating the end and we're not last

Nearing the end, and we’re not last!

LG and Dan Post Race

Lauren and Daniel after the race.

Elissa and Lauren

Elissa and Lauren with one of their favorite animals, a horse.

At the finish line

Dave and Elissa at the finish line!

LG, EB, DY

Lauren, Dave, and Elissa at the end of the race.

Elissa and Dave’s Live Big® Euro Trip

Fun Stuffon September 11th, 2014No Comments
Elissa and Dave on their Euro Trip

Elissa and Dave on their Euro Trip

London
One of the stops on Elissa and Dave’s recent two week trip to Europe was London, England. Visits to London are special for Elissa and Dave as Elissa’s mother was British and she still has many relatives in the area. They had lunch with one of Elissa’s London relatives at St. Pancras. The view from the dining room at St. Pancras Hotel can be seen in the first picture below.

view from dining room St Pancras Hotel

View from the St. Pancras Hotel dining room

D&E on staircase at St Pancras

Dave and Elissa on the St. Pancras staircase

Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College

Marcia Elissa Scott Old Royal Naval College

Marcia (Elissa’s sister-in-law), Elissa, and Scott (Elissa’s brother) at the Old Royal Naval College

Since the Queen was not in residence at the time, they had a rare opportunity to tour Buckingham Palace, but unfortunately, they didn’t allow pictures!

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

They also visited the Victoria and Albert Museum and otherwise spent time enjoying Greenwich, where they were staying.

Eissa and Dave at V&A

Elissa and Dave at the Victoria and Albert Musuem

Bodhisattva Guan Yin at V&A

Bodhisattva Guan Yin at the Victoria and Albert Museum

The Shard

The Shard

London

Big Ben and Parliament

Barcelona

The next stop on their trip was Barcelona, Spain. Their hotel was right next door to the Barcelona Cathedral.

D&E in front of Barcelona Cathedral

Dave and Elissa in front of the Barcelona Cathedral

Inside the Barcelona Cathedral

Inside the Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral moon

Barcelona Cathedral moon

Barcelona Street Scene

Barcelona Street Scene

Evening sky in Barcelona

Evening sky in Barcelona

Corner of Santa Maria del Mar

Corner of Santa Maria del Mar

They visited the Picasso Museum, and several of Antonio Gaudi’s famous structures.

Elissa at the Picasso Museum

Elissa at the Picasso Museum

Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia

Elissa on the roof of Gaudi's Casa Mila

Elissa on the roof of Gaudi’s Casa Mila

Dave at Casa Mila

Dave at Casa Mila

Enjoying Barcelona

Enjoying Barcelona

September 11 is the big national holiday for Catalonia (of which Barcelona is the heart). Everyone would be on the street anyway for the holiday, but even more so because there’s a big independence vote coming up.

9-11 Catalonia

National Day for Catalunya (Catalonia) on 9/11

Sheppard Kominars: Portal Poems

Fun Stuffon August 14th, 2014No Comments

When we get the opportunity and permission, we like to highlight the projects our clients have worked on; we take pride in our clients and enjoy when they share personal successes with us!  Most recently we’ve explored Sheppard Kominars’ personal journey throughout the past couple decades of his life exploring transitioning to the next phase of life through a book called Portal Poems: Perspectives on Aging (available for purchase on Amazon, as well).  He has also written Write for Life: Healing Body, Mind, & Spirit Through Journal Writing (available for purchase on Amazon, as well), a book dedicated to educating readers on the immense benefits journaling can provide in every aspect of life.

As detailed in his biography in “Portal Poems”:

Sheppard Benet Kominars was born in Philadelphia in 1932, attended Central High School, and has lived in San Francisco for the past 27 years.  He has been writing poetry since 1943…. He has also written 5 novels, half-a-dozen plays.  He began writing journals in 1955…. In 1976, when he was Vice President at George Mason University, he sustained a life-threatening injury that resulted in a major career change… In 2000, he was diagnosed with cancer and is a grateful survivor…Poetry writing has been a vital source of expression for him over the years, through good times and bad…

Portal Poems

sheppardKominars explores the many facets of aging, all through his very own lens as he lives the experience.  As mentioned in his biography, Kominars uses poetry writing as a source of expression and healing; it supports him in times of need and in times of celebration.  We feel this excerpt, by Jesse James Johnson, poet and author of the introduction for Portal Poems, explains the book and its premise wonderfully:

He acknowledges the “the fragility of my tethered mortality.”  He looks directly at what we seem to fear most about old age – the certainty that it is followed by death.  Thus the title of this collection “Portal Poems.” In a Haiku entitled “Diagnosis” he writes “Sharp wisdom is there/In knowing the truth of one’s/Own mortality.’ This is the premise of this work: looking at old age truthfully; countering fear with wisdom; countering despair of death with a joy for life.

And Robert Harry Rovin, owner of WRITE ON!, explains his work: “Dr. Sheppard Kominars’ poetry is a hymn to the wonders of aging that sing in concert with the biological limitations which visit us all. Unflinchingly, he looks at the process with compassionately objective eyes that inspire the mind and open the heart.”

We thoroughly enjoyed many of the poems but wanted to share one of our favorites – “Otters Are Playing” – for all those who have been to California (specifically Monterey Bay, where Dave and Elissa were married!) or hope to travel there one day.

“Otters Are Playing”

Otters are playing out therein the swells of Monterey Bay

where they sport themselves

like impish elves in the cerulean 

waters surrounded by mountains 

and the sky, carefree and careless

of time and anyone’s agenda.

I watch them and applaud

their performance as if I had

attended their afternoon games

for centuries instead of now

for the first time – which it is.

California is an incomparable

experience of place and alsoof the mind, and no matter

where I may live after this,

or even if I will live at all,

I have known here the magic

of being where nature is always

waiting for me to be touched

by her and be filled with the

breath of wonder that helps

me find my way in this oh-so-

joyful world I might otherwise

forget that I inhabit.

 

Some others we enjoyed include:

–          “Seeking Serenity” (page 21)

–           “Certainty” (page 69)

–          “Connoisseur” (page 76)

 

Write for Life

write for lifeA work of healing; exploration of one’s own mind and spirit; discovery; restoration of health; storytelling.

“Storytelling is one of our most fundamental and enduring needs.  Our stories define us. We all consistently tell stories that shape virtually every human activity, from our emotions to our personal relationships and our politics.  Writing our stories introduces another dynamic: Most of us find that putting our thoughts and feelings down on paper helps to give us mental and emotional clarity (page vii).”

This book focuses on how journaling can be a window to healing and explores the directions in which you can choose to take your journaling – self-care, nourishment, travel, dreams, meditation, prayer, or the experience of joy, for example.  As the cover mentions, this book helps “discover the healing power of our own narratives.  When we express our pains, our aches, our illnesses in writing, it has the ability to mend – no just spiritually or emotionally but also physically.”

As someone who resisted journaling when it was originally suggested to him as a form of therapy, and as someone who journaled every single day for over 50 years, Kominars shares a wealth of information from how to begin journaling to the extensive mind/body/spirit/emotional benefits that can be gained by beginning a journaling practice to the best tips for how to continue your practice for the many years to come.

If you have ever been interested in journaling or are intrigued by this book, we highly recommend it.  Even if you have been journaling for years, you may be surprised what you can glean from the tools contained in these pages.


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that others won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson