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Sally can’t seem to get her act together. She isn’t sleeping well and is under a great deal of stress at work and home. At this point, her lack of sleep and her high stress levels are making it hard for her to manage her jobsite. As a construction field manager for a high volume builder, she can’t afford to not be 100%. Not only is she not scheduling her trades correctly, she missed several installation errors which are now costing her company thousands of dollars to correct. Her tongue has been very harsh towards her coworkers and they have notified her supervisor of the issue. Sally has always been an excellent employee, so her supervisor is concerned about her.
Tom, a lead accountant for the same company is experiencing a similar challenge. He is unable to sleep and his stress levels are through the roof. He keeps making inexcusable errors on vital reports. He just can’t seem to think clearly. His mind won’t focus. Just the other day he fell asleep at his desk to be woken by a peer. He is very distressed because he knows his company is counting on him. To make up for his lack of productivity, he is now logging into his office network from home at night. His family is not happy about this because now he spends even less time with them.
Sally and Tom are not alone. Stress and sleep deprivation are a big problem in the United States. The National Sleep Foundations states that 50% of Americans are sleep deprived and 50% of all insomnia is stress-related.
Stress and Insomnia can cause extensive challenges for a person’s well being. Health problems such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, are connected to stress and sleep deprivation. The World Health Organization estimates that stress alone costs businesses over 300 Billion a year. The 2012 Workplace Survey released by the American Psychological Association suggests that many Americans report chronic work-related stress. 41% said they “feel tense or stressed out during the workday,” up 4% from the prior year.
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On Friday, November 14, 2014, Runway to Freedom 5 took place at the Showbox Theatre in Seattle. This year’s event benefited Mary’s Place, a local shelter that empowers women and children to reclaim their lives. Survivors gathered the strength and courage to share their powerful stories and inspire the audience throughout the night. It was truly beautiful to learned about how they were able to triumph and take control of their lives.
For the past four years, Runway to Freedom has been committed to empowering survivors of domestic violence . The event is produced and curated by Lauren Grinnell, who founded the charitable organization in 2010.
Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked. The reasons women stay in abusive relationships can vary, but leaving is almost never as simple as just walking away. There is help available. Mary’s Place offers these women safe shelter and the emotional support and services they need.
The night consisted of a fashion show with designs by Jamie Von Stratton, Cami Funk, Justin Zachary Bartle, Devon Yan Berrong, Kate Kinkle Designs and the Zebra Club. Jairemie Alexander was among the talented musicians who took the stage and delighted the crowd with their performance. Local Grammy Award-winning hip hop-artist Macklemore did the meet and greet for VIP attendees.
The energy and excitement in the room during the live auction was truly amazing. Donated auction items included a package to Teatro Zin Zanni, exclusive trips to Europe, guitars signed by Willie Nelson and Brandi Carlile, a football signed by Seahawks Kam Chancellor, running shoes signed by Marshawn Lynch, Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman, among many other things.
Runway to Freedom raised over $20k. They will be donating fifty percent of their event’s proceeds to Mary’s Place. The other fifty
percent will help them complete the non-profit 501(c)(3) process, develop their own programing, and begin work on their long term goals.
“By supporting Runway to Freedom you are empowering survivors, sometimes in their greatest hour of need, to get safe and make a plan. You are transforming lives. With the help from our community, businesses, family and friends, we will create and instill confidence in women, men, and children who have been stripped of hope by abuse.”
You can donate online now and support Runway to Freedom in their efforts of empowering domestic violence victims to become survivors. Also, if you’re interested in becoming a donor or volunteering at next year’s event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abuse can take many different forms. Is someone you know in an unhealthy relationship? There are ways to help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is one of the many resources available. Their highly trained advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence. Mary’s Place also has a list of alternative local resources to assist those in need.
Remember, no one should live in fear of the person they love.
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Seattle, get ready to live the sweaty life!
I first heard about ClassPass a few months ago. After reading reviews from users and learning about its benefits, I was very intrigued and couldn’t wait for them to make their way to Seattle. Although there are many fitness options out there, trying to find a place or the time to squeeze in a last minute sweat session can be overwhelming.
I have always been an extremely active person. At some point, I was even considered a workout junkie. Nothing makes me happier than squeezing a nice 5 mile run and a cardio session first thing in the morning. Sadly, these past few months I’ve struggled to meet fitness goals. I currently have a gym membership, but I am not a big fan of the location and their group classes are not the best. It’s easy to say that I’ve gone from a strict training schedule with lots of activity throughout the day, to a very sedentary lifestyle.
Thanks to ClassPass, getting my sweat on is about to get easier!
So, what is it? It’s an alternative to a gym membership. It provides the option to access the best boutique fitness classes in the city, meet new people, and continuously challenge your body. There are hundreds of classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more.
ClassPass has already been a hit in other cities such as, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. And as of yesterday, it is finally available in Seattle.
For $99 a month, ClassPass members get unlimited classes to use at studios in the ClassPass network. This is the perfect solution for those who get bored attending the same classes over and over and need variety to keep up their workout motivation. While a member can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can only visit the same studio 3 times per month. But don’t worry because once the next month starts, you can visit that favorite studio again for 3 times. The ClassPass Seattle roster includes The Bar Method and FlyWheel, just to name a few.
Each ClassPass cycle is one month in length, and will automatically renew on the same day each month. For example, if you buy your ClassPass on November 5, your subscription will renew on December 5. Once your new month starts, you’ll be able to keep taking your favorite classes and also exploring new venues!. And the best part… ClassPass does not require an annual/long-term commitment.
I will be trying ClassPass out this month and will report back to let you know about my experience. I am really excited about this and determined to get my active lifestyle back. If you can’t wait for my reviews and want to check it out for yourself, then head on over to ClassPass and request your invite. Make sure you check Seattle ClassPass Studio Map. Don’t worry if you don’t see a lot of options in your area, they’ll keep adding more studios over time.
I can’t wait to try out a few classes this week. Stay tuned for my updates and follow me on Instagram/Twitter: @arlemJM to learn more about my ClassPass fitness journey. I can already tell you that I am beyond excited to try out some studios that have been on my radar for a few months. Let the fun begin!
Until next time.
Sally can’t seem to get her act together. She isn’t sleeping well and is under a great deal of stress at work and home. At this point, her lack of sleep and her high stress levels are making it hard for her to manage her jobsite. As a construction field manager for a high volume [...]
On Friday, November 14, 2014, Runway to Freedom 5 took place at the Showbox Theatre in Seattle. This year’s event benefited Mary’s Place, a local shelter that empowers women and children to reclaim their lives. Survivors gathered the strength and courage to share their powerful stories and inspire the audience throughout the night. It was truly beautiful to learned about [...]
The Nordstrom Beauty trend show (this past weekend) had everything from Estee Lauder’s granddaughter to our own Jane Park, founder of Julep Nail Parlor. Their personal stories and tips for Fall 2014 were innovative and right on, I’m looking forward to applying these myself. Take a look…
Top 3 beauty tips:
1.) Spray perfume in your luggage, when you get to your destination and take out your clothes, everything will smell so fresh. -Aerin Lauder, Estee Lauder’s granddaughter
2.) Your make-up is only as good as your brushes, replace them as necessary. – Tip from MAC makeup artist
3.) It’s all about detoxing your make-up bag, condensing and cutting time in your day to get ready. Purchase products that do more than one thing for you – Tip from Bobbi Brown makeup artist
Most innovative products:
1.) Dior : ‘Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm $33 – Glow lip balm changes to your own signature shade of pink, everyone has their own shade!
2.) Bobbi Brown: ‘Long-wear Cream Shadow Stick Tuxedo Black’ $28- Featured in Vogue, June 2012. You can create an easy smokey eye with this one product by an easy swipe and smudge.
3.) Clarisonic: ‘Mia 3/Aria Makeup Removal Expert $199 – The secret to flawless foundation and makeup is a clean face, prepping your canvas before applying your favorite products will make a huge difference.
Seattle, get ready to live the sweaty life! I first heard about ClassPass a few months ago. After reading reviews from users and learning about its benefits, I was very intrigued and couldn’t wait for them to make their way to Seattle. Although there are many fitness options out there, trying to find a place [...]
The Nordstrom Beauty trend show (this past weekend) had everything from Estee Lauder’s granddaughter to our own Jane Park, founder of Julep Nail Parlor. Their personal stories and tips for Fall 2014 were innovative and right on, I’m looking forward to applying these myself. Take a look… Top 3 beauty tips: 1.) Spray perfume in your [...]