Mountain Mama: The Power of Routine

first_imgJust saying the word “routine” gives me a trapped, suffocating feeling. I’ve resisted it, opting for a job that requires equal parts travel and desk time, which I can do anywhere I can plug in a laptop and grab a cup of coffee.My son starting kindergarten triggered a whole lot of anxiety, mostly because the schedule required a morning drop off and an afternoon pick-up, massive barriers in a schedule I prided myself for being a wilderness of possibility.  I liked the thought of being able to go kayaking or mountain biking any day of the week, for being up for adventure at any time, although rarely did that thought match the realty of my day-to-day life. My workload had kept me so busy that I worked more hours than at an office job.Despite my resistance to routine, the school year rolled around anyway. There was a rigid timeline imposed on our mornings – lunch made, breakfast eaten, dressed, water bottles filled, and son loaded into truck.After the first week of school, I realized that the school day created a rhythm to my day, and even I admitted the power of habits. One of my friends extensively remodeled her house and explained that maintaining a schedule was like framing out the walls in a house. She feared the house would look smaller with walls, but actually knowing where one space ends and another begins provided the boundaries necessary to arrange furniture and consider how to best use space. The same goes for my life. With school in session, I had the hours of eight to three to figure out how to eat well, work out, and accomplish my work. Turns out I’d confused not having a plan with freedom. Actually scheduling my days and weeks allowed me to pursue big dreams like a regular work out schedule and eating foods that fueled me.Doing the same thing at the same time over and over transformed the way I thought. I stopped putting brainpower into motivating myself to go for a run or to prepare healthy food. Indecision became a thing of the past and I just laced up my shoes and dusted off the slow cooker. I felt more centered, gained focus and clarity about how I’d spend the day. Even as I recognized that organizing my life and planning into the available time resulted in fewer meltdowns for my son and fewer last-minute crisis for me, the daily grind felt monotonous. The days merged together, one becoming indistinguishable from the last. I longed to be free exploring the mountains, the rivers, and rainforests, sleeping under a star-filled sky. I wanted to feel unconstructed by time, getting so immersed in flow that time bends, speeds, or stalls. Being fully alive required leaping outside my comfort zone, and so I set about seeking adventures within my daily grind.I relooked at my routine and set aside time with the intention to find the adventure within everyday life. Sometimes it was spending a couple hours in the forest with my son. Sometimes it involved going to a new trailhead to run. Stepping outside of routine, if only a few steps, offered new perspectives. I remind myself to stop worrying about whether the adventure was big enough or exciting enough. Being open to the opportunities and curious about exploring, within the confines of routine has expanded my sense that I’m right where I’m supposed to be, nurturing my adventurous spirit while getting my son to kindergarten.I remind myself of George Elliot’s words. “Adventure is not outside man, it is within.”last_img read more

Is your core open? 3 questions to ask

first_imgOpen core systems – systems into which you can integrate, or at least interface, various third-party software packages – have been a thing for decades. And yet, the definition of an open system is … well … still open to interpretation.Every core provider out there will claim to offer an open system. To a certain extent, it’s true, too. With enough brute force and a big enough hammer, you really can jam a square peg into a round hole. Of course, the ill-fitting result won’t necessarily produce the experience your employees or your members deserve.There are a number of larger core processors whose income models are based on selling you core, and then selling you a wide range of ancillary products. These providers are forced to offer open systems. That’s because without an ostensibly open system, they wouldn’t be able to integrate their other products, which are more often than not the result of acquisition rather than true innovation.Typically, to “encourage” your credit union to buy their product, instead of a third-party product that may be better and just as easily integrated, these core providers will charge an exorbitant “integration fee.” In the core processing business, integration fee is shorthand for “we’re going to make this so cost-prohibitive it won’t make financial sense to buy anyone else’s products.” These companies would rather play financial shenanigans than compete on a level playing field.Then there are systems that are open only because their manufacturers have created a layer of middleware to serve as a bridge between their potentially dated technology and the rest of the fintech industry. Naturally, to obtain this middleware, you have to license it from the core provider for a fee. Like the core providers in my earlier scenario, these companies won’t let you choose a third-party product without getting at least a piece of the action.Finally, at the other end of the spectrum are core providers that actually want you to succeed. They understand that each credit union should be able to make its own technology decisions in its own best interests, without being nickeled and dimed into oblivion.Such a provider offers a truly open API and doesn’t charge you anything to access it. What’s more, if you need help integrating a third-party product, they’ll provide that assistance, also without charge. That’s what I call open.How should we define an open system into today’s modern technology world? Consider these three questions:Can you integrate a third-party product without paying an exorbitant integration fee?Can you also do so without licensing expensive middleware?Finally, will your core provider actively support all of your technology decisions without trying to profit from them?If you can answer yes to these three questions, you have a truly open system. 125SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John San Filippo John is the co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, Inc., a company that specializes in B2B marketing to community financial institutions. He started out in the savings and loan industry, but wisely … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Fearing second wave of coronavirus, Iran starts travel ban

first_img“Those who have travelled for the Iranian New Year holidays should immediately return to their cities without making any stop in the cities on their way back home,” said Hossein Zolfaghari, a member of Iran’s national headquarters for fighting the coronavirus.The escalating outbreak in Iran has killed 2,077 people so far and has infected 27,017.The authorities have called on Iranians to avoid public places and stay at home, while schools, universities, cultural and sports centres have been temporarily closed across the country.”The closure of universities and schools as well as suspension of gatherings has been extended,” Zolfaghari said, adding that violators of the measures will face legal consequences.Topics : Iran started an intercity travel ban on Thursday, an Iranian official said in a televised news conference, amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus infections in the Middle East’s worst-hit country.Iran’s government spokesman on Wednesday said the country might face a second outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.Officials have complained that many Iranians ignored appeals to stay at home and cancel travel plans for the Persian New Year holidays that began on March 20.last_img read more

One journalist beaten, another missing after covering protests

first_img“Seeing Peter filming the police assaulting a student participant, an officer dressed in black civilian clothes suddenly approached him,” Suwarjono said in a statement.Six police officers believed to be members of the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) also came up to him, Suwarjono said. The officers reportedly asked for Peter’s camera, but he declined to hand it over and explained that he was a journalist.Suwarjono said one of the police officers asked for the camera’s memory card. Peter again declined but said he would delete the recording.The police then took away Peter’s camera, Suwarjono said, and dragged him away while beating him. “I explained that I was a journalist, but they still grabbed and dragged me. I was dragged and beaten until my hands and temples were bruised,” said Peter.After confiscating the camera, Peter said, the police took away the memory card, which contained footage of students protesting near the horse statue in the National Monument (Monas) area.“They eventually returned my camera, but they took my memory card,” he said.Suwarjono condemned violence against journalists and urged authorities to investigate the case journalist Ponco Sulaksono, who was also covering the demonstration in the Monas area late on Thursday evening, has reportedly gone missing.The media outlet said in a statement that Ponco had sent reports on the protest to the newsroom before he was apprehended by the police as clashes broke out in the afternoon.The editorial team has asked for information from the Gambir Police, the Central Jakarta Police and the Jakarta Police and has searched a number of hospitals around the Gambir area, but Ponco’s whereabouts remain unknown.The company said several people nearby saw Ponco fall to the ground amid the chaos in Tugu Tani, Central Jakarta, although the information has not been confirmed.The team has reported the case to the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers).Some protesters have also reportedly gone missing. They are believed to have been apprehended by security personnel, according to LBH Jakarta.Topics : A journalist was reportedly assaulted by members of the Jakarta Police while covering widespread protests against the recently passed and highly controversial Job Creation Law on Thursday.Peter Rotti, a journalist for, was allegedly beaten by the police while covering a protest on Jl. MH. Thamrin in Central Jakarta after he recorded a video of officers allegedly attacking a protester near a bus editor in chief Suwarjono said that at about 6 p.m., Peter and his colleague Adit Rianto S., a videographer, were filming a live report on the demonstrations for the outlet’s YouTube channel.last_img read more

‘No one comes close’ – Jamie Redknapp names his Premier League player of the season

first_img‘No one comes close’ – Jamie Redknapp names his Premier League player of the season Advertisement Jamie Redknapp’s six-man shortlist 1. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)3. David Silva (Manchester City)4. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)5. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)6. Harry Kane (Tottenham)  Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Feb 2019 11:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Virgil van Dijk has helped Liverpool climb to the top of the table (Picture: Getty)‘Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kane — Salah’s golden boot rivals — also have to be included.‘Aubameyang has been prolific in an Arsenal team who have struggled for creativity while Kane remains Spurs’ most important player.‘His goals have been worth six points to Spurs — more than any player — and his late strikes against PSV salvaged their Champions League campaign.‘At Manchester City, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva have all enjoyed excellent seasons but I would argue that David Silva should be on the shortlist.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Now 33 and without Kevin De Bruyne alongside him for most of the campaign, he has been the heartbeat of Pep Guardiola’s side.‘Chelsea may have blown hot and cold, but you cannot discount Eden Hazard. He is our league’s most naturally talented player and is in double figures for goals and assists.‘With this award, timing is everything. This time last year De Bruyne was the clear favourite, only for Salah to storm into the running. But looking at the season so far, these six are the outstanding candidates.’Premier League leaders Liverpool face West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday evening.MORE: Jamie Carragher slams Shkodran Mustafi after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester Citycenter_img Comment Advertisement Jamie Redknapp has named his stand-out players of the season (Picture: Getty)Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is on course to be crowned the Premier League player of the year, according to Jamie Redknapp.Netherlands international Van Dijk has played a huge role in helping Liverpool climb to the top of the table this season.Before last weekend’s 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace, Liverpool had conceded just nine goals in the league.Redknapp says ‘no one comes close’ to Van Dijk, although the former England international suggested five other players in with a shot of ending the season as player of the year.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘No one comes close to Virgil van Dijk,’ Redknapp told the Daily Mail.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He has transformed Liverpool into a rock-solid team who are favourites to win their first league title for 29 years.‘His team-mate and reigning player of the year Mo Salah must fancy his chances of defending the crown.‘He has followed up a record-breaking first season at Anfield by topping the scoring charts with 16 goals.last_img read more

Lawyers’ survey finds majority believe Australia in property bubble

first_imgA new survey of conveyancers and lawyers found 60 per cent believed Australia was now in a property bubble.A NEW survey of lawyers and conveyancers has found that 60 per cent believed Australia was experiencing a property bubble, warning that buyers were overextending themselves financially.The survey by legal technology firm GlobalX found 60 per cent of respondents believed Australia was in a property bubble, while 67 per cent said buyers were leaving themselves open to significant risk because of their heavy indebtedness. Brisbane’s mansion market on fire RBA board singling Brisbane out but the numbers are holding More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago Get The Courier-Mail’s free real estate and property newsletter direct to your inbox GlobalX chief executive Peter Maloney said Australian conveyancers and legal professionals surveyed believed buyers were living beyond their means.“There is no one solution that will suit everyone’s agenda, desires and position on this, so we need to focus on ways to reduce overinvestment to avoid devastation and crippling debt if – and/or when – the property bubble bursts,” he said.The survey found the industry split almost down the middle on whether to ban foreign investment in real estate and young buyers’ use of superannuation to buy property.“Like the political divide, the industry is also split on this (superannuation deposit) issue, with 54 per cent of conveyancers and property lawyers disagreeing with the proposal, and almost 46 per cent championing the idea,” he said.He said 42 per cent of conveyancers and legal professionals believed the level of foreign investment would rise.“We also asked whether Australia should ban foreign investment to help ease housing pressure and received some polarising results. Around 47 per cent of respondents wanted to see foreign investment restricted, while 52 per cent did not see a ban as a viable solution.”last_img read more

6 towns told to organize anti-insurgency task forces

first_imgILOILO – The municipalities of Alimodian,Calinog, Janiauy, Lambunao, Maasin, and Tubungan should organize task forcesaddressing their respective insurgency problems, according to the Department ofInterior and Local Government (DILG). The Philippine Army previously confirmed tothe DILG that 13 barangays in the six towns have insurgency problems –Alimodian, one; Maasin, one; Tubungan, one; Janiuay, two; and Lambunao, two. The Municipal Task Force to End LocalCommunist Armed Conflict will serve as a convergence platform for the deliveryof basic services down to the barangays “which will lead to good governance,”said Sumagaysay./PN Executive Order 70, according to Sumagaysay,espouses a whole-of-nation approach in addressing communist armed conflict.center_img “We gave them a deadline,Nov. 30,” said DILG Iloilo provincial director Teodora Sumagaysay. It then suggested the formation of a“Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict” in each of thetowns to coordinate efforts with government forces in line with Executive Order70 that created the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict(NTF-ELCAC).last_img read more

Richard A. Myers

first_imgRichard A. “Dick” Myers, 67 of Milan, passed away Thursday June 2, 2016 at his Residence. Richard was born Sunday December 26, 1948 in Greensburg the son of Estell and Evelyn (Hampton) Myers.  Richard was a Navy veteran.  He worked over 40 years at Campbell Hausfeld in Harrison, OH.   He enjoyed mowing grass, blowing snow, visiting Jack’s dog (Jake) at Napa to feed him hotdogs.Richard is survived by brothers: Billy (Margie) Eldridge of Napoleon, Robert Myers of Dillsboro, Ron (Connie) Myers of Milan, Garfield (Theresa) Eldridge of Milan, Karen Sue (Martin) Lusty of Humble, TX.  He was preceded in death by one sister: Barbara Ann SnyderGraveside services will be Tuesday June 7, 1PM at Sand Creek Cemetery in Greensburg off of Hwy 421, with Pastor Harris Long  officiating. Memorials may be made to Donor’s Choice.  Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, 707 South Main Street, Box 243, Milan, Indiana 47031. 812-654-2141.last_img read more

Prosinecki: Why Messi better than Maradona

first_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love AnywaysHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCulkin Cracks Up The Web With His Own Version Of ‘Home Alone’The New Lara Croft Will Really Surprise You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe 6 Weirdest Things You Can Learn On WikiHowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Loading… Speaking to DAZN, Prosinecki insists the longevity of Messi is key to him being superior to fellow Argentine Diego Maradona. “For me, Messi is the best there is. He has made the difference in Barcelona for so many years, he has won everything that can be won, he has scored so many goals, he has given so many assists … not to mention how he is playing at football …,” said the Croatian.Advertisement Former Real Madrid and Barcelona star, Robert Prosinecki, has declared Leo Messi as the greatest of all time. “Some may say Maradona, Ronaldo … they are surely very good players, but for me Leo is the best there is. read also:Ex-Inter president predicts what Barca will do with Messi, Martinez “Someone can say Cristiano Ronaldo, the Brazilian Ronaldo, who also won almost everything alone, but if I have to say one, for me the best is Leo Messi.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Crisis Hits Argentina Camp ahead of Clash with Nigeria

first_imgAt the post-match press conference immediately after the loss to Croatia, Aguero was in no mood whatsoever to hang around the team as he stormed out of his very brief and heated interview.“Let him say what he wants,” said Aguero in a caustic manner to reporters in apparent reference to Sampaoli’s defence of his poor tactics that failed woefully to unlock the Croatian defence.With Argentina on the brink of World Cup elimination from the group stage of the Mundial here in Russia, Sampaoli admitted that his ‘project has failed’ and that he struggled to find a system to get the best out of Lionel Messi and Co.Sampaoli refused to blame Messi for the inability of Argentina to pick a point from the match.He also took the blame as he tried to deflect the criticism from a terrible goalkeeping mistake by Willy Caballero who gifted Ante Rebic for Croatia’s first goal.“It’s not right to blame Caballero,” said Sampaoli, looking bemused during his post-match news conference.“If I’d planned things differently, it would have worked out differently. I honestly thought the plan for this match was going to put pressure on the opponent. But after the disaster of the first goal, it was tough, we were lost emotionally.“Our driving force is Leo, but we couldn’t find him. We work as a team to get the ball to Leo, but also the other team works to avoid that.“There is shame, pain, at not delivering for the Argentine people. It’s been a long time since I felt like this, and now it’s happening with the shirt of my own country. It hurts badly.“It’s not the boss’s partial responsibility, it’s his total responsibility,” said Sampaoli, after presiding over Argentina’s heaviest defeat in the World Cup group stage since 1958, a result that saw Croatia qualify for the last 16.Third in Group D with one point after two games, Argentina is now struggling to scrape into the second round and an exit at this stage would be humiliating for a team of their stature.Croatia qualified from their group with a match to spare thanks to goals from Ante Rebic, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.If Argentina goes ahead to fire Sampaoli because of the poor show here, he will become the third Argentine coach sacked during their troubled qualification phase – Gerardo Martino and Edgardo Bauza.Lloris Savouring His Century for FranceImperious during France’s second game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Hugo Lloris rode to his team’s rescue during the first half against Peru. It was a familiar sight, the goalkeeper having also averted disaster against Australia at almost the exact same moment in the match. But while he went on to concede a penalty against the Socceroos, this time Lloris held firm until the final whistle.How important that clean sheet proved. Not only did he help Les Bleus book their spot in the Round of 16, the France captain also found the perfect way to celebrate a personal landmark – his 100th international cap. “I feel good,” he explained afterwards, before turning his focus to the team’s performance. “Together we were very solid and aggressive, and we stood up to Peru’s pressing. That was our platform.”Lloris played his own role, of course, and he admitted to feeling moved by reaching his century. “On a personal level, I couldn’t have this enjoyed this 100th appearance more,” he said, having also worn the captain’s armband a record 76 times. “Despite that, for me it was like any other game: you have to put that to one side when you’re on the pitch. I stayed focused, professional, and my only motivation was to win and give everything for the team.”Modest to a fault, the former Lyon custodian has never enjoyed being the centre of attention and at 31 years of age, with a decade in the France line-up behind him, he is clearly not about to change. Instead, he quickly shifted the spotlight back onto his team’s display: “We were able to make the difference with our goal and then we managed to control the game. I’m very satisfied.”Enough to maybe speak a little more about his own achievement? It was worth one last try, with a prompt to discuss his longevity, consistency and strengths. What, in short, is Lloris’s secret? “Hard work,” he replied, possibly to nobody’s great surprise. “It’s always a question of hard work … and challenging yourself as well.”That combination has allowed Lloris to make France’s No1 shirt his own since 2008. As the years roll on, however, he will eventually have to pass on the gloves – and he already has advice for any future challengers. “You have to learn to savour it,” explained the Nice academy graduate. “It flies by. To represent your country is an opportunity and a privilege, and you have to tell yourself that and repeat it because the years go by so quickly in football. It’s not enough to just be in the team: you have to stay there for as long as possible.”The France captain has done just that for the last ten years, providing an obstacle at the back with solid performances and decisive saves. And he served another potent reminder of his worth by thwarting Paolo Guerrero with his feet against Peru, preventing a goal that could have changed the course of the game.“Hugo deserves his record and it’s great that he was able to celebrate it without conceding,” added Olivier Giroud, quick to congratulate his skipper and give us his thoughts on a superb milestone. “He was very good once again this evening.” The rest of his team-mates – and a grateful nation – would no doubt concur.SuperSport Launches New World Cup Shows for DStv, GOtv SubscribersDStv and GOtv subscribers will have access to new top-notch shows and more gateways to the glamour of the ongoing FIFA World Cup on SuperSport.The new shows will ensure that DStv and GOtv subscribers do not miss a single action on or off the pitch.Lifestyle magazine show, From Russia with Love will showcase sights and sounds of the World Cup in Russia and transport it back home to Africa. The show, which runs on weekends, will be anchored by Minnie Dlamini, Thato Moeng alongside Nigeria’s Charles Anazodo.There will also be daily one-hour news special on weekdays at 6 am on SuperSport Blitz. The latest fixtures, updates from the Nigerian camp and new stories will be provided by Julia Stuart, Crystal Arnold, Lucas Radebe alongside former Russian league stars, Matthew Booth and Stanton Fredericks.Also on Saturdays at 9am on SuperSport 3, Mozez Praiz will host FanFest, the show that gives fans the voice. Subscribers can also look forward to a 360-degree breakdown of the on-field action on Master Plan, a show that focuses on strategic and tactical analysis. It has former Northern Ireland World Cup player, Andy Townsend, in the driving seat.The broadcast experience is completed by Insights, which is set against the backdrop of different destinations. It is hosted by former Manchester United star, Phil Neville. The show will feature in-depth chats with ex-footballers and focus on tactics, injuries and goals.SuperSport will also deliver the first-ever live-streamed soccer show on Facebook. Called On The Ball, the fan-focused show will tap into the drama of the FIFA World Cup and look at the lighter side of the game.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Duro Ikhazuagbe in VolgogradArgentina camp here at the FIFA World Cup in Russia is in turmoil. The reason for the crisis is the 3-0 defeat handed out to the Albiceleste by Croatia on Thursday night to narrow the chances of the South American nation making it to the knockout stage a difficult one.Now, with Argentina’s last Group D game against Nigeria on Tuesday a difficult battle ahead, Manchester City forward, Sergio Aguero, has hit out at Coach Jorge Sampaoli, insisting he can take a walk from the team he has mismanaged.last_img read more