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What We're Following Today January 28, 2020

5 Ways to Wind Down At Night

A nice article to provide some advice on helping your body to enter into sleep more fluidly. Nothing in the article is shocking, but there are some really good tips and we know how important a good night’s sleep is for our bodies and our minds. Journaling is a good way to set your thoughts down on paper and hopefully quiet a busy mind. I don’t do this, but always wanted to. I often wake up in the twilight and have a hard time getting back to sleep while thoughts race through my head. Perhaps journaling might help.

Other good tips are in here from diet to setting the mood. Worth the quick read. Press Release on New Memoir Highlighting Intergenerational Hardship

The author of this memoir (Stephanie Thornton Plymale) reveals her heart wrenching experiences as a child and her journey to victory as an adult. Her home life as a child was tragic with abuse and instability that make her story all the more impressive. But we do need to recognize that our interactions and relationships can be tainted in so many ways. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, etc. Mental illness can impact us in so many ways (not just the person afflicted). But how can we help today’s Stephanie? How could we help her mother so that Stephanie didn’t have to beat the odds that were so stacked against her?

How can we improve our relationships with “all” so that we can intervene when needed and work towards a healing solution when possible. Altruistic yes, but possible. I do hope that our events and content can help people find real solutions and build strong relationship s (young and old). I’m so happy in the end Stephanie was able to forgive and move forward but maybe in the future you can help a family like this so that forgiveness isn’t needed because the abuse “never” happens.

First Time Homebuyers - Know About Closing Costs This piece in the Patch out of Manchester Connecticut does a great job setting expectations about closing costs which are about 5-6% of the price of the home. On a $150-200k home, that could be as much as $7,500 to $12,000. These are not small amounts of cash and in many cases can be financed within the mortgage, but it’s important to understand these types of costs that one should expect when closing on a house.

The first time in the purchase process can feel a lot like we’re just getting hit with one more cost and one more cost, etc. Things like loan origination fees, mortgage insurance premium, title costs, taxes and more can all come up and create angst. The more you know going into the transaction, the more likely you will be to rely less on emotion and more on sound judgment when setting up the next 5-30 years of your home ownership experience.

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