New Year’s Resolutions: How to Follow Through

Yes folks, it is indeed that time of year again. Co-workers chit chat about how they are going to completely transform. Family members press wondering what you are doing next to become a better person. Often times people feel discouraged at this time of year; how many times do I have to swear I’m going to give up Gluten before I realize I can’t do it? However, rather than feel discouraged, we should take our past resolutions, and learn from them. Why didn’t I succeed last year? What can I do better?

I do not wish to be in the group of those discouraged and let down. The Journal of Clinical Psychology found that 46% of people who made New Year’s resolutions last year were successful in achieving their goals. This may sound bleak, but in reality this is far better than the mere 4% of those that refuse to make resolutions.

As a result, no matter how discouraged you feel, this is not the year to be a naysayer. Join the camp of hopefuls, still making resolutions and fighting to be a part of the 46%. To give you an extra hand, here are tips on how to make your resolution a reality.

Keep your resolutions simple.

Often times people see New Year’s resolutions as a time to change their entire lives. If your goals are too large, it will be way more difficult to stay focused. The best approach is to stay focused on one or two of your most important goals.

Choose carefully.

What resolutions should you focus on? Stick with the one which will have the biggest impact on your overall wellness (whether that be mental or physical).

Plan and set schedules.

Setting a time-frame can make sure that you stay on track and keep yourself going. If you tell yourself you are going to lose weight, you can put this off for months. However if you tell yourself that you will lose 10 pounds by February, then you will have to buckle down.

Don’t give up!

This one may seem obvious. It may also seem like it’s easier said than done. However, we have to remember that slip-ups are inevitable. Do not lose hope! Do not let yourself make up excuses to give up, you are better than that!

With these tips in mind, you are in the best possible place for self-improvement. Remember to keep it simple, but to work hard. Don’t lose hope, we are all on our own journeys of self improvement.

Workers Comp and Seasonal Hires

The holiday season is a time of year when many companies do a lot of seasonal hiring for their busiest days. Whether you are in manufacturing, run a delivery service, have a retail establishment, or own any type of business that employs temporary help, it’s important to understand your Workers Comp coverage needs.  If you are in the greater West Hartford, CT area and want to make sure that you have the protection that you need, the team at StateChoice can help.

Workers Comp is Still Required for Seasonal Hires

Even though you are not required to provide your temporary employees with health insurance and other benefits that you may offer to permanent employees, you are still required to carry adequate Workers Comp coverage. If you are unsure if your current policy is sufficient for coverage of your seasonal employees, now is the time to check! In addition to Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and other taxes, Workers Comp insurance is required for all types of employees that you hire. While there are many differences between the Labor Laws affecting permanent employees and those that are temporary or seasonal, Workers Comp is required for all types of workers.

Business owners may not be sure if their current coverage is sufficient and it is always a good idea to make sure that you have the necessary protection before you need it. Your commercial insurance agent can help you gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are adequately protected.

Don’t be caught without the Workers Comp coverage that you need for this holiday season. If you are a business owner in the greater West Hartford, CT area, contact StateChoice today to schedule a policy review, and discuss your coverage options that are available to meet your Workers Comp needs.

10 Unique Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are upon us, which means purchasing thoughtful presents for our loved ones is top of mind.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for your significant other, your children, or your grandchildren we’ve compiled a guide that will help make checking people off your list easier.

Gifts For Your Significant Other

Something Sweet

Sweet treats are always a great gift idea—especially when they can be delivered right to your door.

Toffee Boutique offers milk chocolate, dark chocolate and vegan toffee options so you can find the perfect nutty, crunchy treat for your loved one.

Vegan Treats Bakery ships dairy and egg free sweets like cannolis, cakes and truffles country-wide.

Cost: $7.49 and up

Something Sentimental

A membership to Ancestry.com will allow your significant other to unearth details about their family history and gain access to records and photos.

Cost: $99 to $199 for Ancestry.com subscription (AARP members can save 30 percent)

Something Memorable

Giving the gift of an experience is a great way to make memories and possibly learn something new.

Whether your loved one has always wanted to learn how to bake, ride in a hot air balloon, or take dance lessons TrulyExperience.com allows you to customize the experience.

You can even book an extraordinary getaway to places like Romania and Switzerland. If you do decide to travel, these apps will make it easier and these tips will help you prep your home before you go away.

Cost: From under $100 to over $5,000

Gifts For Your Children

Something Spicy

Hot sauce is the perfect stocking stuffer for your adult children. They can mix it into homemade salsa, put it on pizza, stir it into chili and so much more. Horsetooth Hot Sauce offers individual bottles of hot sauce and barbeque sauce – or you can purchase a gift box.

Cost: starting at $6

Something That Will Last

Holiday cards, senior portraits, newborn snapshots, wedding shoots– the list is endless when it comes to moments your children want to capture. Support a local photographer and give the gift of a photo session or purchase prints.

Cost: prices vary depending on photographer and length of session

Something to Help Relax

Everyone could use more relaxation in their lives. Give the gift of yoga by purchasing a membership to Yoga Download, where your son or daughter can access hundreds of classes online with nationally known instructors.

Cost: $120 for a one-year unlimited subscription (or $18 a month if you prefer to pay monthly)

Something Sleek

AfterShokz wireless headphones transmit sound via bone vibrations meaning they sit outside the ears, allowing the wearer to hear what’s going on in the world around them as they walk, jog, or bike. These sleek headphones come in cool colors, from pink to ocean blue to metallic green.

A bonus: they can also be used with Bluetooth technology for making and taking calls on the go.

Cost: starting at $99

Gifts For Your Grandchildren

Something Indulgent

Whether your grandchildren are five or 25, FunkyChunky has a variety of indulgently crafted gourmet popcorn and pretzel flavors that make for delicious stocking stuffers.

You can order individual canisters or gift sets with flavors like peppermint bark and peanut butter cup.

Cost: starting at $3.50

Something Shiny

Chicky Chicky Bling Bling sells embellished headbands, clips, hair bows and jewelry.  From soft pastels to vibrant hues, from playful patterned prints to glittering designs, these accessories will make dressing up a blast.

Cost: starting at $1.00

Something Educational

Kiwi Crate will send your grandchild a kit each month containing a fun project that focuses on building skills in science, technology, engineering, art and math. You can pick from different age ranges and interests. These crates are educational, creative, convenient and entertaining.

Cost: starting at $16.95/month

This handy guide should help make your holiday shopping a breeze – leaving you with more time to enjoy sitting around a fire, spending time with family and friends, and taking in all that season brings.

 

 

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