Eastvale – The last EATSvale Food Truck Festival and the National Night Out event were both a success. There were various pictures of both events. Check out the list below for several new events coming to Eastvale in the next month.
The final EATSvale Food Truck Festival event of the year will take place on August 26 at 13200 Citrus Street. The time was modified to 5 pm to 10 pm so local resident can beat the heat. This last EATSvale festival will be Safari-themed. Come by for a night of food, games, music, beer, and more. Interested vendors may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 4th Passport Day will be held at 8 a.m. on August 20 at Eastvale City Hall. The first 100 individuals will be able to check in with a QR code, receive an estimated return time, and are welcome to leave after check-in. This event will be on a first come, first serve basis and no appointments will be available. Form of payment accepted include personal checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks. Separate payments must be made for the passport fee and the processing fee. For any specific questions, please email email@example.com.
Another event that will take place will be the annual 9/11 memorial ceremony. The ceremony will take place at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 11th at Fire Station 27, located at 7067 Hamner Ave. The ceremony will feature a moment of silence, a presentation of the flags, a singing of the national anthem, and a few dignitary remarks as we come together to honor the lives lost.
The next event will be the Eastvale Leadership Academy. This six-week program will begin on September 15 and conclude on October 27. This program will take place every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Eastvale Leadership Academy will walk you through the day-to-day operations of City Hall staff. To submit an application, please visit https://lnkd.in/gg9BcS6K. Applications are due August 31.
The last event is the 11th annual Eastvale State of the City on October 6, at 6 p.m. The State of the City will be held at VantagePoint Church, 8500 Archibald Avenue, Eastvale.
Each year, the City “honors several members or groups in the community who have made meaningful contributions to the city through volunteering, acts of kindness, and active community participation,” stated the City.
Many years ago we took our children on a trip to California. We spent two days at Disneyland and then drove north to visit my brother and his family in Grass Valley. Our kids enjoyed time with their cousins and we enjoyed catching up with my brother and his wife.
One day we went to a pumpkin patch and each of our kids and the cousins selected their own pumpkin. They looked forward to carving and decorating their own pumpkins for Halloween when we got home. On our way back to Arizona we realized we would need to stop at the border for an agricultural inspection. We knew we would be asked by the border agent if we had any agricultural products that we were bringing into Arizona from California.
My wife and I had a lively discussion about what we should say to the agriculture inspector. If we said that we did not have any agricultural items – our children would get to keep their precious pumpkins. But, our children would also know we did not tell the truth. On the other hand, if we did tell the border agent that we did have some agricultural items – their personal pumpkins might be confiscated at the border and they would have nothing to carve for Halloween.
What would you say if you were faced with a similar situation? Do you tell or not tell? Do you disclose or conceal. Do you tell the truth and risk the loss of the precious pumpkins? Or to you tell a lie and hope you don’t get caught?
A man named Abraham faced a similar test. His wife was beautiful. He told her to lie and tell people she was his sister. He told the same lie when he was asked about her. Abraham was afraid someone might kill him and take his wife (Genesis 20). Years later his own son Isaac did the same thing following of his father’s example (Genesis 26)!
I know people are more important than pumpkins. I believe it is better to tell the truth and face the consequences than to tell a lie. There is a verse in the Bible that says, “Put aside falsehood and speak truthfully” (Ephesians 4:25). Your reputation is on the line and your children may follow your example. When we got to the border we decided to tell the inspector about our precious pumpkins. We held our breath – then he said no problem. Pumpkins are permitted! Let me encourage you to tell the truth. We were glad we did and you will be too.
You can find more stories and articles by Mark Hopper at his web site – letmarkencourageyou.com. His book with 365 stories and articles (one for each day of the year) is available for $25 which includes postage – contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First and foremost, I want to say we take so many things for granted. Hopefully this pandemic has taught us to be grateful everyday for our lives, our health, our families, our friends, our pets, the beauty of nature, all the freedom we have and the abundance of basic necessities that most of us have. Hopefully we all have learned to be more patient and understand that after a storm we can find a rainbow if we take the time to look. I also hope that people have learned to be more present and mindful and have learned to live in the moment. Each moment we have the honor of being in is truly a gift. This is why it is called the present and hopefully you don’t throw presents away, instead you embrace them.
I hope that if you had some extra money, time, food, clothing or other basic essentials you made some donations. There is still a huge need and I promise it will make you feel better. There are many people that don’t have the basics right now due to the pandemic and also the wildfires and could really use a hand right now. Instead of feeling sorry for yourself do something great with all of that emotion. By helping others whether they be people or animals you are making a difference. If everybody could give a little right now, we’d all feel better.
I hope all of you have found some inner strength you didn’t even know you had. So today and every day pat yourself on the back for who you are with the promise that tomorrow you will be an even better version of yourself. I hope all of you are doing well and know that we will all survive and come better versions of our already amazing selves!!!!!!
This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T. Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members. Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger. For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at 909 229-0727. You may e-mail Nancy at email@example.com You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.com.
“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests but also for the interests of others.”
My boys and I go out almost every day to pick up school lunches. If anything, it gets us out of the house for a bit and gives us a break from on-line school.
On this one particular day, as I turned down the school street, there was a car in front of me that was going very slow. It was obvious this person was looking for something or someone. I just drove around them and proceeded into the school.
I was anxious to get the school lunches and get home before school started again. I still had to drop off something to a friend of mine, but she lived just right behind where the school was.
As I left my friend’s house, I got in my car as a car pulled up beside me. They rolled down their window ( it was that same car in front of me at the school going slowly). She asked if I knew how to get to the school. ( I was confused a bit since she was right in front of the school.) I started to explain to her to go down the street, turn right, turn right again, and go to… I could see her face was saying, “what?”
At that moment, I said, follow me. So I had her follow me to the front of the school. I pointed to the open driveway to get in, and I made a U-turn to go home. My son asked what I was doing, and did I know her? I said, no, I don’t know her, but whenever you can help someone do it. He said, I bet she appreciates you getting her to the school. I replied, Well, we may just have answered her prayer.
“Remember, whenever you’re in a position to help someone, be glad and always do it because that’s God answering someone else’s prayers through you.”
Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Autism Mom Adventures. For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chino – When looking for an insurance company, Wright Insurance Services is the right choice. For the last 30 years, they have been providing the best in auto, home, business, and life insurance…and they are still going strong!
JB Wright Insurance Services is an Independent Insurance Agency, which means they represent many different companies so they can find the one that is right for you. Their staff has the knowledge and experience of their insurance products to provide maximum benefit and protection to their clients.
“Our goal is to provide our clients with the insurance they want at the lowest possible price, while providing them with the highest level of customer service,” said owner and agent, Joel Wright. “We can furnish our clients with an assessment of their insurance needs and choice of which package fits them best,” he added.
Being an independent agency allows customers to have stronger coverage, better protection, and the lowest possible rates. Wright Insurance Services has access to more options than any one single insurance carrier can offer. “This ability to compare pricing helps us secure you a lower premium,” said Wright.
Wright Insurance was founded by Joel Wright and his parents Bob and Myrna, and their company is now an agency that the community knows and trusts. “It’s quite fulfilling to have been a key source of insurance for thousands of people in the Southern California area, who have come to rely on us,” said Joel Wright.
Now, customers continue to spread the good word about Wright Insurance Services because they are treated like friends and family, rather than just clients. “Professional people who treat you like family is always The Wright Choice!”
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Diamond bar – Diamond Bar Restaurant Week returns next month, October 2-18, bringing with it even more reasons to dine out, pick up curbside, or get takeout meals from any local restaurant.
In light of the pandemic, this year’s promotion has been adapted to make it easier for restaurants and diners to participate. For restaurants, these adaptations include automatic inclusion, no participation fee, and waiving of discount or special offer requirement. For diners, it means they can order breakfast, lunch and dinner from any Diamond Bar restaurants of their choice and enter their receipts or share their photos on social media for a chance to win a number of prizes.
Launched in 2016, Diamond Bar Restaurant Week (DBRW) is a special campaign aimed at supporting local restaurants while highlighting the diverse and quality dining choices in town. It is co-sponsored by the City and the Regional Chamber of Commerce-San Gabriel Valley.
Dine and Win! Through our sponsorships, the “Dine and Win!” contest will have some very exciting prizes to be awarded at the conclusion of Restaurant Week.
How to Participate: Simply dine out during Diamond Bar Restaurant Week at any eatery in Diamond Bar, and save your receipts! How to Submit Receipts: Enter Your Receipts for the Dine and Win Contest: Email: email@example.com Mail: 21810 Copley Dr, Diamond Bar, CA 91765 See flyer on page 8.
Diamond Bar – C.J. Morris, Castle Rock, Evergreen, Maple Hill, Quail Summit, and Vejar Elementary Schools earned the 2020 California PBIS Community Cares Award for outstanding support to students, families, and communities during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
Maple Hill Elementary produced several outreach videos featuring the “Making Lemonade Out of Lemons” school closure theme.
“We wanted to support our families with weekly messages of encouragement, read-a-louds, and suggested activities to promote social and emotional wellness,” said Principal Kelly Morris.
In one video, staff members suggested fun stay-at-home “opportunities” including exploring nature, dancing, playing board games, learning family traditions, and even having a backyard picnic.
“Let’s seize the day – better yet squeeze the day!” Morris exclaimed.
Evergreen Elementary fifth grade students wrote letters to assisted living facility residents during the first weeks of quarantine.
“Hopefully you’ll get to see your friends and family soon,” offered one caring 10-year-old who said she was keeping busy reading Harry Potter books, playing with sisters, and watching TikTok videos.
“I understand that you might not be happy and you can’t travel or eat at your favorite restaurants,” said 11-year-old Kyra Chen.
“You should always stay positive and try to have a good time!”
“The seniors loved receiving the letters and some wrote the children back!” said Principal Trina Dreyer.
Vejar Elementary hosted online weekly spirit challenges, family activities, and sent daily text messages.
Families stayed connected while posting first day of school photos in a shared Google folder for the August 10 challenge.
“We are working to make sure we continue to recognize the positive moments from our students and celebrate them during distance learning,” said Principal Whitney Prenger.
This school year will include virtual student shout-outs, birthday celebrations, Bitmoji postcards, and monthly assemblies recognizing Valuable Vejar Vaqueros for demonstrating respect, responsibility, and safety.
“We also look forward to providing virtual classroom visits and school tour footage to get our students acquainted and excited to return as soon as it is safe to do so!” Prenger said.
C.J. Morris Elementary staff members rallied together to provide supplies to students and families to support distance learning.
“We strive to be global citizens while implementing PBIS in conjunction with our IB Attributes,” said Principal Fayroze Mostafa.
“It truly takes a village!”
Quail Summit Elementary shared daily wellness activities and strategies to help students handle the stress of living in quarantine.
“Schools really need to think outside the box, now more than ever, when it comes to COVID-19,” said Principal Frances Weissenberger.
Castle Rock Elementary concentrated efforts on maintaining the sense of community built throughout the year.
“Students and staff alike were mourning the loss of one another and the connectedness we shared,” explained Principal Jen Alcazar.
“We focused on helping all our Knights demonstrate perseverance and grit while at the same time building faith that things would eventually return to normal.”
The school posted messages of hope and inspiration on social media platforms using photos, videos, and student highlights.
Homebound students were also challenged to reach out to others who might be struggling.
“They responded with love, compassion, and action doing what they could to uplift one another and by sending messages to essential workers,” Alcazar added.
“6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I’m frustrated, are you frustrated? I wake up, click my heels together, and say, “I wish we had school on campus.” Though nothing happens, maybe it’s because I’m not wearing ruby red slippers. Does anyone know the way to “OZ?”
Distant learning is not something my kids are not getting adjusted to at home. I know it’s hard for the teachers and staff as well. The principle of their school stated this is all uncharted waters, but everyone is doing their best.
Some children are probably doing wonderfully, though not the case in many families. I know how these parents feel, I am one of them. Have we looked at the impact of how it’s affecting our children, on the spectrum or not?
Many children I have interviewed have expressed that they are angry, sad, bored, miss their friends, and are scared.
There are so many emotions flying around for our little ones.
We always think our children are resilient and happy in their childhood. But on the contrary, they are experiences far more than they may be showing. Kids may not be open to how they are feeling, for not wanting to disappoint mom or dad.
Kids may think they don’t want to share their feelings since mom and/or dad may already be upset over this pandemic.
Some kids can’t even express what they are feeling. As parents, we need to hug our children more, reassure them they are awesome, and we will get through this. It’s time to remind them they will see their friends again and never give up hope. It’s a time to remind them God is in control and won’t leave us. We have to remember kids may not share their feelings fully, so sit down and have a heart to heart with them, if that’s feasible. If not just stay as positive as you can.
Staying positive is not always easy through this pandemic. For me anyway, but I see my children and look into their eyes, and it confirms they are trusting me to protect them, love them, and stay positive. So I smile and remind them they are the absolute best, and we are in this together along with everyone else. We all need to keep praying, keep loving, and stay positive. God is good and will take care of us and we should not be anxious about anything.
Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Autism Mom Adventures. For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walnut Valley USD proudly congratulates Diamond Bar High School alumnus Jason Wright (Class of 2000) who has been named president of the Washington Football Team.
Wright becomes the first Black person to hold the league title, and at age 38 is the youngest team president in NFL history.
Wright was a NFL running back for seven years with Atlanta, Cleveland, and Arizona and a business consultant at McKinsey & Company for the past seven years.
The popular Brahma football player and class president attended Northwestern University and earned an M.B.A from University of Chicago.
In high school, he won back-to-back championships in 1998 and ’99 where he scored the winning touchdown to claim the CIF Southern Section Division II title and an undefeated 14-0 season.
“Jason was always an A-plus kid,” retired Diamond Bar High coach Terry Roche told the Associated Press. “It’s all a credit to his parents and family.”
“What a great day for him and his family and all of us that know him.”
The 1999 championship team was quarterbacked by Ryan Maine, who later became head coach at Diamond Bar, and is the current principal at Walnut High School.
Maine knew his friend was destined for great things since their days playing Pop Warner.
“He was always so smart, he was Diamond Bar’s class president, and he was going to Northwestern for medical school, but ended by being drafted and played in the NFL,” Maine shared with the Associated Press.
“He was our team captain and always one of hardest workers. He set an example. I always talk to high school students now and always tell them to surround yourself with people that make you better. I look at that class led by Jason, and he was one of those people that made us all better.”
Eastvale – Businesses are opening, ground is breaking, and more is coming soon to Eastvale! Below is an update of how the community is growing.
On Sept. 13, it was announced that Yoshiharu Ramen is now open for business at the Station. They had a soft opening and are offering outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. They are also running a promotion of free ice cream for all outdoor dining customers. Yoshiharu Ramen was featured as “Best Ramen in OC” by OC Weekly and No.1 Ramen in O.C. by Orange County Register, according to the City. “They offer authentic Japanese ramen that is Hokkaido, Japan region style, rice bowls and appetizers in a family friendly and modern setting.”
On Sept. 11, the City announced that 99 Ranch Market and Cravings Food Hall is coming to Eastvale. This grocery store and food hall will be located at the Station in the Goodman Commerce Center, on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue.
“With over 50 locations nationwide, 99 Ranch Market, the leading Asian grocery store chain, is known for its unique Asian grocery selections, popular snacks, authentic sauces, and much more,” stated the City. This 99 Ranch March will offer a wide range of produce, meats, live seafood, and a full-service bakery and hot deli. Cravings by 99 Ranch Market will also be joining the Station. Cravings will serve an assortment of local and global foods in individual and bulk sizes. With nine vendors, the food hall presents a mélange of Asian, Mexican, and American tastes.
These new additions join the City’s first Ramen restaurant, Yoshiharu Ramen Bar, and popular Taiwanese dessert concept, Meet Fresh, which is coming to the Station in Spring 2021. Chick-Fil-A is also joining these restaurants at The Station and is currently under construction.
On Sept. 9 at the City Council Meeting, the City introduced their new Planning Technician Melissa Manzo. Welcome Melissa!
On Aug. 29, JCSD Parks and Recreation Department announced that Friday Flicks and Food Trucks will begin on Sept. 18th at Eastvale Community Park. Gates open at 6 p.m. for an ultimate Drive in Movie experience. Each vehicle will be asked to pay $20 each and pre-registration is required. Register at: bit.ly/32sk4ks. Jurassic Park will be playing on Sept. 18 and Jumanji The Next Level will be playing on Sept. 25.
On Aug. 25, the City shared the groundbreaking photos of the first hotel in the City of Eastvale. This hotel is “part of the Hamner Place Development and will be a 4.5 star hotel with an amazing rooftop bar/restaurant, resort style cabana pool area, conference/event center and only vegan food option hotel in western Riverside county, amazing views over SilverLakes and the Inland Empire, and much much more,” stated the City.
Eastvale – The City of Eastvale has provided several updates over the last few weeks related to COVID.
The biggest change is that Eastvale restaurants are now open with COVID compliant exterior dining. Visit EastvaleGateway.com for more information. Also, both Cedar Creek and Dairyland Park splash Pads are now open daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm.
In addition, there have been several mask giveaway days at Eastvale City Hall over the last month. The County of Riverside initiated a “Masks are Medicine” campaign, which encourages all residents and visitors to “join the fight against COVID-19 by pledging to avoid social gatherings and to wear a face cover whenever leaving the home,” stated the City. The County generously donated masks to the City so that they could provide them to residents.
Riverside County has also partnered with Inland Empire nonprofit, Reach Out, to launch two new programs to help slow the spread of coronavirus through art. For the full news release, visit: https://bit.ly/3hXkV3s
On Sept. 15, it was announced that Riverside County residents whose employment was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic may receive up to $800 in assistance thanks to a state grant received by the Riverside County Workforce Development Division. The funding is available to “help provide supportive services for jobseekers enrolled in the agency’s various workforce assistance programs.” For more information and to apply contact Stephanie Macias at 951.955.0513 or at email@example.com
On Sept. 11, Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) announced that the school Board plans to bring back small groups of traditional/remote students (not to exceed 16) to all campuses for intervention and support within the parameters outlined by the CA Department of Public Health.
“These small groups will focus on assessments, interventions, and support to our students with disabilities (Special Education), Foster, Homeless, English Learners, and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged (Expanded Learning) students,” stated Dr. Lin.
“The implementation for small group return is aimed to begin with a pilot phase on September 28th followed by a Phase One implementation on October 5th. The program will go to the Board for approval next Tuesday, Sept. 15th. More information will come in the following weeks with further details of these programs.” Additionally, the Board voted to approve a Resolution to transition to an in-person instructional model, which may include a hybrid format. Necessary equipment and PPE have been purchased to ensure proper sanitation of classrooms and school sites. Physical barriers, mass temperature scanners, and upgraded filtration systems in CNUSD’s HVAC systems have been installed at all sites.
Inland Empire – in the month of August, a few incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the City of Norco. The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
INCIDENT: Possession of Heroin/Methamphetamine for Sales
INCIDENT DATE: August 28, 2020
WHERE: 3200 Block Hamner Avenue, Norco
Over several weeks deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station conducted an investigation into illegal narcotics activity at a local hotel located in the 3200 block of Hamner Ave., Norco. On Friday, August 28, 2020, Deputies authored and served a search warrant at the location.
Several people were detained during the search warrant service. A search of the room revealed a large amount of narcotics to include heroin, methamphetamines, and cocaine. The following subjects were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center;
Rachel Ferris Moore, a 56 year-old resident of Norco, for narcotic sales. Additionally, Michelle Elaine Montano, a 50 year-old resident of Norco, for possession of a controlled substance.
Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Whittenburg at (951) 270-5673.
INCIDENT: Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Checkpoint Planned
INCIDENT DATE: August 28, 2020
WHERE: Undisclosed location in the city of Eastvale
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Jurupa Valley Station conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / Driver’s License checkpoint on August 28, 2020. The checkpoint was in the 12000 Block of Limonite Avenue between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. The checkpoint yielded the following:
824 cars screened.
24 citations for unlicensed drivers.
3 citations for suspended license.
2 driving under the influence arrests.
3 misdemeanors warrant arrests.
11 vehicles were towed.
City of Eastvale, Calif. – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Jurupa Valley Station will hold a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, August 28, 2020 from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am at an undisclosed location within the city of Eastvale.
Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.
During the checkpoint, deputies will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The safety of our community is and always will be our mission. Driving under the influence is dangerous and puts a further strain on critical resources.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving.
Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about “driving” or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a vehicle. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.
If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home.
Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1”.
INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon
INCIDENT DATE: August 15, 2020
WHERE: 6400 block of Peridot Court, in Eastvale
On Saturday, August 15, 2020, about 9:52 A.M. deputies responded to a residence in the 6400 block of Peridot Court, in the city of Eastvale, in reference to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon.
Upon arrival, deputies located a female adult who sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Deputies learned the shooting was related to a domestic disturbance. The suspect fled from the residence prior to the deputies arrival. The female victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries.
The Jurupa Valley Stations Investigations Bureau responded and assumed the investigation.
During the course of this investigation, multiple witness interviews were conducted, and corroborating evidence helped identified the suspect as Malik Minnix (49 of Eastvale), who was on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) during the time of the incident. An arrest warrant for Minnix has been issued and the Sheriff’s Department is requesting the public’s help regarding the whereabouts of Malik Minnix. The investigation is on-going and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, thy are encouraged to contact Investigator Contreras with the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.
I know many of you are struggling with the Pandemic and all that goes with it. Think about how many times you wished for sometime for yourself. Well now you finally have it. Use this time that we are all needing to stay home and lower the number of cases as a way to improve yourself. Think about what it would feel like to become your best self.
Take out a piece of paper and fold it in to three sections. In the first section write all your qualities you want to keep. In the second section write all the qualities you don’t want anymore. In the third section write down all of the qualities to wish you add to your already wonderful self. Now set some goals on how to start working on your plan. For example, if you are feeling depressed start exercising and keeping a mood journal. Each day write down how you are feeling and why you are feeling that way. Look for the day you feel better and create a recipe based on what you did that day to make you feel better. You can do the same thing with anxiety. Write down all of the lies that are causing you fear and then find the truth through evidence from your past. Think about all that you have already survived. Meditation can be a very effective tool as well to quiet our minds and combat anxiety.
Use this difficult time to your advantage. Take this time to work on you. I also recommend taking time to enjoy nature. Witnessing a beautiful sunrise or sunset can be a very wonderful way to adjust one’s attitude and mindset. Please know I have faith that we will all come out better versions of ourselves and grow from all that we are dealing with. Please don’t lose faith in yourself or this amazing world that we are so very blessed to live in!!!!!
This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T. Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members. Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger. For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909) 229-0727. You may e-mail Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In my previous article I shared about how we need to take a look in the mirror and see what changes we need to make in our own life. The words of the song Man in the Mirror and the story of the pastor with the rebellious daughter really drive home the principle that changeneeds to begin with you.
Many years ago I attended a helpful seminar on leadership. I picked up some useful ideas on how to be a more effective leader of our staff and our church. One of the speakers was Ken Blanchard, he was well known for his best-selling book – The One Minute Manager. He shared an illustration that he often used with business leaders that has been very helpful to me as a husband, pastor and leader.
He said that when things are not going well, a foolish manager will look out his office window and place the blame on his workers. Why are sales and production declining? The employees must not be doing their jobs. On the other hand, when things are going well, a foolishmanager will look in a mirror and congratulate himself for the great job he is doing.
Blanchard went on to say that when things are going well and sales are up and production is growing, a wise manager will look out the window and recognize the success is due to the hard work of his employees. And, when sales are down and production is declining, a wise manager will look in the mirror and ask himself – What am I doing wrong? What steps do I need to take to help our business improve?
There is a passage in the Bible where King David ignored the warning of his own advisors and demanded that his staff count the number of troops under his command. This action resulted in the death of a number of innocent people. David realized his mistake and asked God to forgive him and stop the devastation and destruction. He accepted responsibility for his arrogant behavior (Second Samuel chapter 24). If things aren’t going well in your life or business, let me encourage you to take a good look in the mirror. Ask yourself – what changes do you need to make in your life? Accept responsibility and change what you are doing. And if things are going well in your life or business, I hope you will give the credit to God and to the people who have made it possible. They will be glad you did and you will too.
Pastor Hopper has published a book with 365 of his articles and stories. The title is “Let Me Encourage You”. The cost is $25 which includes shipping. Order your copy at email@example.com.
Eastvale – Companies come and go, so longevity is key when you’re modifying your home, both inside and out. Extreme Backyard Designs is a testimony of longevity as their family run business has been designing outdoor entertainment centers with name brand components for over 20 years.
“A key component to staying in business so long is to treat people the way we would want ourselves to be treated,” said James Deeley, founder of the family business. With so many years in business, you not only get quality products, you also gets years of experience of getting things done correctly and creatively.
Extreme Backyard Designs can provide custom Barbeque islands, outdoor fireplaces, fire pit tables, spas, patio furniture, and many other items all wholesale to the public.
“We are college and trade school educated and enjoy the interaction and satisfaction of transforming backyards into a family’s personal oasis,” Deeley said. “Since we buy at such a large volume, we always have monthly specials on our website.”
The Extreme Backyard Designs staff are the most knowledgeable and friendly people in the area, as they are centrally located on the corner of the 60 Freeway and Vineyard, right across from the newest Kaiser building.
“We believe what makes a business thrive is to provide the best quality components, a superior level of customer service, while providing an affordable price,” Deeley said.
Serving all of Southern California, Extreme Backyard Designs is located at 2330 S. Vineyard Ave in our neighboring city of Ontario. They can be reached at 909.930.6111, or you can view their website at www.extremebackyarddesigns.com.