I am lucky: Although I had to participate in occasional active shooter drills and regular lockdowns, fire drills and “shelter-in-place” drills as a high school teacher, I was out of the classroom and working for my union when Sandy Hook happened, touching off what has felt like an unrelenting wave of violence targeting students that could’ve been mine, and teachers and school staff who could’ve been me.
But none of that violence that I, like the rest of America, have borne witness to, makes me wish I could’ve had a gun in my classroom then or the spaces I teach in now.
I’m not alone in rejecting President Trump’s suggestions that the best plan to end school shootings is to arm teachers. There has been plenty of testimony from survivors — both students and educators — telling us the last thing they wished for or could have used in those terrifying moments was a weapon.
“We’ve had far too many massacres in which there were plenty of “good guys with guns” present for me to be confident that arming 3.6 million more people in and around schools will solve anything.”
And, though I’m sure many teachers do have experience with guns, many others like me simply don’t: I’ve never even witnessed the firing of one. But if our nation’s 3.6 million teachers are a reflection of America, then only between 32 and 42 percent of us live in households with guns, and only 20 to 30 percent of us actually own one. (Women are less likely than men to own the guns they live with, and public school teachers are 76 percent female, though, so we might be less likely than average to own guns.)
I am, however, seeing, hearing, and witnessing combat veterans and current and former law enforcement officers speaking out, all saying that having more guns in schools wouldn’t necessarily curtail the attempts or even the success of intended school shooters. I trust these trained professionals’ opinions more than the president, lawmakers or the NRA (just as I hope students and their families trusted me to teach young people to refine the active voice in their writing and find joy in a rhymed couplet). We’ve had far too many massacres in which there were plenty of “good guys with guns” present for me to be confident that arming 3.6 million more people in and around schools — or more, if you count coaches, administrators and support personnel — will solve anything.
With more “good guys with guns” in our nation’s schools, there would instead be an increased chance for accidents, more opportunities for a perpetrator to take and use that weapon, and confusion for first responders with the vital and harrowing task of discerning the “good guys” from the “bad.” The concept is absurd on its face, and others have gone down this ridiculous rabbit hole in far greater detail than I can.
Do we really want each classroom in each school in the nation equipped with a gun cabinet?
I am pretty good at learning new things, so I’m sure if my teaching certifications required an NRA-sponsored gun safety course (as many states’ gun permits do), I could learn. But, like most people, I don’t master new things immediately: Learning is a process. I know that, even with the best training, stressful situations will alter my response time, my thinking and my ability to react.
But even if practice truly makes perfect (and the English teacher in me says it does), I want my “shoot-someone-in-school” skills to remain poor. Practicing my reaction in an active shooter setting means danger, fear and trauma for students, colleagues and the school community. Practicing controlling the tremors in my hands while unlocking a classroom gun cabinet — do we really want each classroom in each school in the nation equipped with a gun cabinet? — means having less time to practice my questioning techniques or ways to foster more authentic dialogue and shared learning experiences in class.
It’s possible to have many skills, talents and interests, but I am an educator: It is my chosen profession, my passion and my avocation. If I were meant for law enforcement, physical combat or even to be a full-time conflict resolution specialist, I would have trained for and pursued that. I’ll take on “other duties as assigned” in school, but deciding in a split second whether or not to discharge a deadly weapon at a young person I called one of “my kids” is not one of the duties I signed up for. (And how, if they know I would be willing to kill them, would my kids ever trust me to teach them? How could I trust myself?)
How, if my students know I would be willing to kill them, would they ever trust me to teach them? How could I trust myself?
Beyond that, the financial resources that would magically appear to train and arm educators would be best spent on supplies, well-kept buildings, personnel and programmatic needs. It used to rain in my classroom when it was raining outside. It’s February and I know teachers who are already out of copy paper for the year; I see more crowd-funded posts on websites these days, asking for money not for some “extras” or a special luxury that would be nice to supplement students’ learning, but for writing implements, calculators and books.
A gun in my hand isn’t a solution for a school roof that leaks every time it rains; it doesn’t give students the books they need but can’t afford on their own; it doesn’t help us photocopy assignments to help them learn. And we already don’t have the number of teachers, counselors, nurses, librarians, Educational Support Personnel, administrators, community liaisons and countless other personnel that our students need and so that they can get the education they deserve. This is as true in the K-12 schools I used to work in as it is in the higher education environments where I teach now.
We already don’t have the kinds of meaningful training, support, coaching and evaluations that would foster professional growth and excellence for educators. We don’t all have school buildings that are adequately heated or cooled. We don’t have basic funding levels and formulas across the board to ensure that principals won’t have to choose one of these priorities over another each year as they complete budgets and action plans. We don’t have enough genuine community partnerships. We don’t come to agreements across communities to settle contracts ensuring the working conditions that are the learning conditions for the schools our kids deserve. We don’t even have agreement that every child deserves the same educational opportunities.
This country’s educators would be far better equipped with any — indeed all — of these things in the classroom than with the panacea of pistols.
This country’s educators would be far better equipped with any — indeed all — of these things in the classroom than with the panacea of pistols.
But, where there is an agenda, there is always an answer; I am not so naïve as to think that the money for this imagined teacher-arming wouldn’t materialize. After years of working in classrooms and for my union, watching school shootings in the news and gridlock in Washington, D.C., I am cynical enough to know that, given our military spending and our willingness to seek quick, easy cosmetic solutions to long-standing and complex issues, it will bloom quickly.
In a perfect world, I shouldn’t be so sure that funding for classroom cannons would speed through Washington and our statehouses and fair funding for all schools won’t. And I need everyone else to know how it feels to be an educator or a student, walking our halls and campuses armed with the knowledge that it’s easier to give teachers money for guns to shoot students than books to teach them.
Valerie Braman is a Labor and Employment Relations faculty member at Penn State University, and a former Philadelphia high school teacher and union representative. Her opinions do not necessarily reflect those of her employer.
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Introducing The Room8 Button
The Room8 Button
Call button systems like those in hospitals have traditionally been the best option for sending alerts in medical settings. Patients recovering from surgeries or illnesses have to stay in bed, rest their voices, and not strain themselves.
Hence, hospital call buttons. But these devices almost always require extensive installations, dedicated networks, and expensive setups. They’re essential systems, especially in these environments, but establishing them can be difficult.
The Room8 Button is a direct response to this need. The device uses a single button to send a simple alert notice to an associated device. Each unit is wireless, battery powered, and versatile enough to be paired with phones, tablets, and other smart devices, whether Android or iOS. And the installation process is as difficult as pairing any standard WiFi device to your home or office network.
Clients can push a button on the discrete, handheld unit and a signal will come through to your phone or tablet. There’s no need to call out or get up, and you won’t ever have to worry about commissioning some huge call button system for your otherwise small acupuncture facility or facial clinic.
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Five Sleep-Inducing Foods For Senior Nutrition
A good night’s sleep is one of the most underrated elements in any healthy lifestyle. It helps to reduce stress and make you more alert. It has also been shown to keep your heart healthy and uninflamed.
The sad fact, however, is that roughly 60 million people in the United States struggle with insomnia every year. And, for many of them, the problem comes down to something as simple as diet. This is especially true for senior citizens, as their changing bodies begin to react to foods in unexpected ways. In many cases, these same people are forced to reconsider their established diets as part of a safer new senior lifestyle.
Join us, today, as we break down five sleep-inducing foods for senior nutrition. Then, get ready to reclaim your sleep cycle with pro tips from in home caregiver Daytona Beach provider, Granny Nannies!
Some of the more common minerals contained in many fruits include potassium and magnesium. Bananas are an excellent option in this regard, rich in both of these, as well as an amino acid known as tryptophan, which induces sleep.
These nutrients are invaluable for promoting restful sleep, helping to relax your muscles and ease your nervous system. Tryptophan is converted into the hormones serotonin and melatonin, serotonin promoting relaxation while melatonin promotes sleepiness.
Cherries also work well, being a rich source of melatonin themselves. Look into fruits like apples or apricots and peaches, for quick access to magnesium as well.
One of those classic anti-diet food categories, the complex carbohydrates found in mashed sweet potatoes or popcorn are great for getting to sleep.
As part of your pre-bedtime routine, turn to whole grains like oatmeal, honey, cereal or jasmine rice. These foods, much like the bananas and other fruits above, help to increase the natural levels of tryptophan in the human body. Oatmeal, in particular, brings high levels of calcium, phosphorus, silicon, and potassium into the mix, all of which help to induce sleep.
In the ongoing quest for that all-valuable, sleep-making tryptophan, lean proteins are another food group which produces impressive results. What’s great, in addition to this, is that they increase serotonin levels which, as we’ve mentioned, helps to promote better sleep.
Not convinced it’s strong enough? Tell us how you feel after a full Thanksgiving dinner. There’s a reason it’s called a turkey coma – with any significant amount of high-protein food in your belly, you’re much more likely to drift off to sleep comfortably.
Of course, you don’t want to overdo it with too much protein, fats or oily, fried components, but, if you’re conscientious, you won’t have to. A little delicious peanut butter smeared on a banana or an egg with some whole-grain toast is delicious, healthy for you, and guaranteed to get the ball rolling on your sleep cycle.
Fats have a similarly sleepy effect on the people who eat them, and the great part is you can opt for heart-healthy fats for best results. Unsaturated fats help to boost your heart health. They’re also effective in raising serotonin levels in the human body, which is great news for people with anxiety or insomnia. In terms of foods, aim for avocados, and nuts, such as peanuts, peanut butter, pistachios, and almonds.
And don’t convince yourself cheating won’t have any impact on your sleep. Eating large amounts of unhealthy saturated and trans fats, instead, has been shown to actually reduce serotonin levels quite quickly, producing the opposite effect on your sleep schedule.
Dairy products like milk are high in tryptophan as well as calcium, which aids in the production of melatonin. Take a glass of milk, warm it up, and throw in a dash of honey for a strong, soothing effect.
Caffeine, obviously, is counterproductive. Never underestimate how strong of an effect it’s having on your sleep cycle, especially as you grow older. Even a small amount of caffeine can keep you up long after you should be feeling tired. Opt for decaffeinated herbal teas like chamomile or peppermint, or something with added valerian root instead.
Eat Right. Sleep Better.
Remember that getting regular, full nights of sleep can help to boost your immune system and combat a huge variety of illnesses. With the right approach to your diet, you’ll give yourself a better shot at drifting off to sleep, no matter your age.
Are you looking for in home caregiver Daytona Beach services for your loved ones? From meal prep to home care, you’ll want to make sure you hire someone you can rely on. Get in touch with Granny Nannies to find the best caregivers in the industry. Get the level of service you deserve, today!
How CBD Oil Products Work: A Closer Look
If you’re alive and have read the news in recent years, chances are you’ve heard about CBD oil at some point. It’s a multipurpose extract made from cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive chemical derived from marijuana. Patients are using it as a treatment for everything from pain to anxiety and depression.
With more and more research coming out on the topic every day, it’s a product that is quickly changing the medical landscape for patients and medical practitioners alike.
To be honest, though, the concept of using cannabis as a treatment can be discouraging to people. They imagine it’s something illicit, and no matter how much research they read, they worry it might be psychoactive.
But with the explosion CBD’s popularity in recent years, there are new opportunities to evaluate the way we feel about this product. Join us today, as we take a closer look at CBD benefits and how it could be an extremely effective solution for people suffering from pain, anxiety and more.
An Average User’s Experience with CBD Oil
While our test subject had never tried CBD products before, they actually had two family members using CBD oil treatment for anxiety. The reports they got back from them were remarkably similar: both confirmed the treatment was fast acting and relieved their stress almost instantly.
Both also confirmed this occurred without any of the side effects of marijuana.
In another case, a colleague of theirs from work used CBD oil to treat her undiagnosed nausea. She claimed the product helped for long periods of the day, before eventually wearing out.
She also learned you can use CBD oil to treat your pets, safely and effectively. A client used a CBD salve on his dog, who had been suffering from an aggressive form of cancer. The results were remarkable: the dog was happier, more active, and more responsive than he’s been in years, all immediately following from his veterinarian-recommended CBD treatment!
The end result was our subject learned a valuable lesson about what CBD is actually used for: easing nausea, managing muscular pain, and soothing anxiety. As a person who’d never tried CBD treatment, herself, the versatility of this came as a big surprise.
CBD Oil: What It Is
As we’ve mentioned, CBD is a non-psychoactive ingredient extracted from hemp and marijuana plants. Without the psychotoxic effects that are associated with hallucinogens like marijuana, it is remarkably safe for use in a variety of everyday scenarios.
Strains of CBD Oil with little to no THC help to treat various medical problems. The oil itself comes in a host of different forms, from syringes to tinctures and topicals, capsules, edibles, vapes, and dabs. Each form, in turn, brings with it its own selection of benefits and issues.
Studies suggest that CBD oil may be beneficial for a host of problems, including:
- Aches and Pains
- Auto-Immune Diseases
- Chronic Pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Mood Disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Neurological Disorders
While the FDA has not confirmed these, there is a wealth of informal research and thousands of inspiring reviews, online.
Is It Legal in America?
CBD is different to medical cannabis, which as we all know is still not legal everywhere in the United States. Instead, oil products can be found in retailers across the country, as well as many online CBD stores.
Your only job when dealing with any of these outlets is to read the fine print. Always do your research when buying CBD products online. Go with a reputable retailer, with good reviews and a lot of insightful information to read up on ahead of time. Remember: if there’s little to nothing on them, there’s probably a reason why.
Always look for quality rather than the cheapest prices.
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How to Cut Down a Tree In 12 Easy Steps (Tree Removeal Guide)
Deciding to cut down your own tree is a big step. It’s a job with a lot of work and a fair share of danger involved, and certainly not one to just start doing without proper planning beforehand.
You need to know what you’re doing, what you shouldn’t be doing, and everything to do when what you should be doing turns sour unexpectedly.
That’s why we’ve assembled this, our professional 12-step guide to tree removeal for taking care of your own tree problem quickly and efficiently.
Ready to get cutting? Good – because so are we!
1. Safety First
Getting the right safety gear in place before you start can save you time and potential injuries, down the line. These should include (but certainly won’t be limited to):
- Logger’s helmets help to protect your head, specifically, from falling wood and debris.
- Earmuffs and face screens to safeguard your ears and eyes.
- Safety glasses to stop dust getting into your eyes.
- Kevlar chaps to stop a chain if you happen to drop the bar against your leg.
2. Bring A Lookout
As with all things in life, tree-felling is better with friends. And much, much safer. Bring an assistant to watch out for falling branches or, in a worst-case scenario, unexpectedly falling trees while you’re busy with the chore of sawing. And listen when they give you the tap – if it’s early into the cut and your partner lets you know something is happening, drop your saw and leave.
3. Felling Wedges
A set of plastic felling wedges will prevent your saw from becoming pinched in the crease of a heavy tree trunk during a cut.
4. Felling Zones
Being able to accurately estimate a felling zone is crucial to the tree felling process. The ax trick is a method that is roughly adequate for this job. Hold an ax handle out from yourself at arm’s length and eye level. Close one eye and back away from the tree until the top of the ax handle is level with the tree top and the bottom is in line with the base. This should be roughly far enough away to have the tree land safely at your feet, though remember it is just an estimate, and it’s always good to give it just a little more room.
5. Clearing Cutting Zones
Cutting down a tree can teach you quickly how little you’re ever really sure of in life. Even with lots of time to prep, a felled tree could fall in a direction that takes you completely by surprise. Clear three different escape routes through the brush around the tree, in roughly 45 degrees from each other, so you can easily choose a new one if you have to in a pinch.
6. Figure Out Your Tree
Any tree removeal tutorial worth its salt will tell you to look out for treacherous trees before anything else. Check your tree for the following, and don’t cut it down if you see them:
- dead branches, either kept up by other branches or by partial connections to the tree
- it is clearly leaning heavily in a specific direction
- important buildings or structures nearby that would be damaged in a fall
7. Knowing A Notch
Make sure your notch has a depth of one-fifth of the tree trunk’s diameter. You’ll want to create a wedge shape in the side of the tree, measuring around 30° down from and 60° up from that line. Then, from the other side of the tree, use a saw and wedge to create a cut into the tree that meets the tip of the notch you started with. As you push the wedge further into this cut, you’ll create a hinge, from where the tree will tip over.
You can plan where this notch will start by scoring the tree trunk with a piece of chalk, making sure it’s at a comfortable height.
8. A Note On Making The Notch
Use a chainsaw to cut into the tree from the top, then from the bottom, creating your triangular notch. If you do this perfectly, a wedge of wood will fall out. If (like most people) you don’t do this perfectly the first time, you’ll have to cut further into the wood either from above or below to have the two cuts meet and the notch of wood fall out.
9. Big Trees Need Wedges
The bigger the tree, the more chance you have of getting your chainsaw caught in the space you’ve cut when the trunk of the tree leans back on it. Stop cutting with the saw when you’ve penetrated far enough into the tree to pound a wedge in behind it. Keep the right there in the cut with the saw running and the chain brake locked, and tap in the wedge to loosen up the gap. Then simply finish the cut.
10. Fell That Tree!
Use your chalk to score a line from the opposite side of the tree to the apex of your notch, and cut into it with a saw along that line. This is the felling cut. Once the tree starts leaning, pull your saw out of the cut and walk away along one of your escape routes, depending on the way the tree is falling. And remember to keep your eye on the fall at all times. This is an especially important moment for your lookout to be prepared.
11. Cut Low, Progress High
One the tree is safely on the ground, begin sawing off branches starting at the bottom of the trunk and moving upwards towards the top.
12. Time To Make Firewood
Lastly, cut the log into 16″ lengths of firewood. Cut three-quarters of the way into the log, then roll it over and complete the cut from the other side.
Tree Worx Tree Removeal: Now You’re Ready
Ultimately, tree removeal is a long, tedious, and dangerous process. If you do decide to handle it yourself, however, at least now you’ll know the twelve most important steps to keep in mind as you work.
If you decide to let a professional handle it, however, get in touch with Tree Worx for tree removal service in Volusia County.
For those of you considering tree removeal in an area with houses, power lines, or other structures nearby, check out the following video for an alternative to the method described above:
10 Reasons Why Your Business Should Accept Bitcoins
You’ve started your own business and added the general means of payment, like credit card and PayPal. However, you’ve been considering adding Bitcoin – or any other cryptocurrency – as well, either to boost your popularity or to bolster crypto adoption rates through trading. Still, this can be a challenge to get into due to price volatility.
In spite of that, we bring you 10 reasons why your business should accept Bitcoins. However, have in mind that these reasons may not work for everyone as there are certain risks associated use of Bitcoin, too.
Credit card fees usually run around 2-3%. Bitcoin fees do not depend on a transaction size. At time of writing, the median transaction fee was much less than 1 USD. Therefore, the larger the transaction is, the cheaper it becomes. However, fees fluctuate – in the end of 2017 the median transaction fee surpassed 30 USD.
2. Safety from Fiat Exchange Rate Risk
However, Bitcoin is certainly volatile. But most merchants who currently accept it set prices in their local currency and get paid in their local currency, and Bitcoin itself acts only as the medium through which the transaction takes place. Also, a Bitcoin payment processor service with existing point-of-sale integration might help. As such companies can even deposit the money in your bank account in your preferred currency once a payment has been made. That would help reduce risks related to the Bitcoin exchange rate. But all those services come with a fee.
3. International Sales
Bitcoin transactions allow you to expand your markets to basically anywhere. The only restriction is if you’re selling a physical product – where you’d be willing to ship. Since you skip banks altogether, you don’t have to deal with waiting for ~3 days for the transaction to complete. Transfer limits and outrageous fees also become a thing of the past.
4. No Chargebacks
Chargebacks are quite a headache, and dealing with them can sap a considerable amount of time and energy that could be better spent growing your business. Bitcoin transactions are completely irreversible, so you skip this problem completely.
5. Ease of Use
When you start, Bitcoin is easy to use, and only getting easier with time. There is absolutely no need to completely understand the technology behind it to be able to accept the coins – nobody asks you to understand how backing (or lack thereof) works for fiat currencies either. You do need some basic knowledge, but that’s easy to come by these days.
Bitcoin adoption is still in its early days. Being the first business in a certain niche to accept Bitcoin can earn you headlines in cryptocurrency news portals, you can submit your website to communities like spendbitcoins.com, coinmap.org, and weusecoins.com and perhaps gain more customers this way.
7. Cutting-Edge and Forward-Thinking Identity
Continuing the “publicity” topic, especially if you’re a “cutting-edge” brand or have established yourself as a “thought leader” and “early adopter,” then adopting Bitcoin as a payment method sends a clear statement to your audience. Even if it’s still another buzzword to add to your portfolio, it can hardly hurt.
Traditional transactions may take a very long time, especially when making international bank transfers. You might have to wait for up to one week before funds can be successfully transferred from one country to the other. It is even worse when you want to transact during weekends or holidays. The delays can be frustrating. Although you may hear that Bitcoin has slow transaction times, this is just relative to the crypto industry in general. Compared to banks, Bitcoin is incredibly fast and your cross-border transaction can be done in just a few minutes.
9. No Third Parties
Most payment options often involve a third party. When you have money in your bank account, it is the bank that has the ultimate say, despite the money being yours. If they deem it necessary, they can freeze your accounts and render you moneyless. As a business, this can result in a lot of losses. Bitcoin is decentralized, and this means only the buyer and seller are involved.
10. New Markets
The use of digital currencies has enabled businesses to access new niche markets that might not have been accessible before. For instance, in some parts of Africa and Asia, very few people have access to good banking services. This often locks them out as they cannot transact with people in other geographical areas. As we mentioned previously, the only obstacle is whether you’re willing to ship (in case you sell a physical product) to a certain geographical area.
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Gold’s Gym Brings Exceptional Fitness To The Daytona Beach Community
Fitness enthusiasts in Daytona Beach have a lot to look forward to this December, as Gold’s Gym makes its way to the Shoppes at One Daytona. With an exciting rollout, a massive new store, and an innovative pre-sale event planned, Gold’s is set to make an explosive entrance into the world’s most famous beach.
And it’s in good hands, too!
Gold’s Gym and the Ward Family
Ormond Beach Gold’s Gym franchise owners, the Ward family, will be taking over the lease at the Daytona location. Co-owner, Tyler Ward, spoke about the family’s experience owning the store since 2001, what prompted the expansion, and his hopes for the future.
“We’ve been looking to expand for quite some time, now,” Ward said. “Branch out, and, with a few folks we had worked with before, we started a discussion about leasing out this space.”
What To Expect
The location in question clocks in at an impressive 29,300 sq ft, surpassing the available work area at the Ward family’s current location. It’s also the largest available space at the Shoppes at One Daytona. Management is predicting staff members at the new location will number around 50 workers, with a full complement of gym equipment. It’s a strong introduction into the community from one of the leading fitness brands in the country, and translates into increased job opportunities within the city itself.
“One thing that will be unique to the new location is going to be more of a studio style or boutique style of classes. We’ll have five different class spaces with five different offerings going on at any time of the day. We’re bringing a host of classes under one roof and allowing our guests to pick. So, where once you may have had to go from one location to another, do this but not that because of time, now you can take any combination of classes you want.”
The gym will feature a team training center, as well as facilities for yoga, cycling, and exercise. Guests can also look forward to hydrotherapy massage facilities, and there’s even an onsite Kids Club for busy parents.
Classes will be half-hour slots, so guests can combine classes without becoming exhausted. “We want people to be able to fit their workouts in before work, during lunch, and after work.”
Another bit of innovation behind the launch is an interactive pre-sale area, going up in Shoppes at One Daytona in mid-September. “We will have a small pre-sale space opening right there in the shopping center while the new gym is still under construction. And that pre-sale area, what it’s going to offer is a sneak peak view into the look and feel of the facility.”
The area will feature massive picture frames, showing off 3D renderings of each the gym area, long before it’s finished being built. Future guests can walk in, look around, and get an almost exact idea of what they will be experiencing when the gym has its grand opening, later this year.
And to top it all off: “We’ll have actual gym equipment set up in the pre-sale room as well, for people to get a full-on tactile experience of what we’ll be offering.”
A Note On Service
Ormond members understand the Ward family’s involvement with their location. This is something Tyler and Ward co-owners, his father, grandfather, and aunt are all proud of. “We’ve grown with Ormond beach, as a family as well as a company. The reciprocation of the members – their love of the facility is the foundation of what Gold’s Gym is, here in Ormond.”
“We were at about 10,000 sq ft and 1200 members back in 2001 and we’ve grown this into over a 5,000 member base and 27,000 sq ft of space. It’s been amazing over the years to see how many members have joined with us and continue to stick with us because, when they come in every day, they get a ‘Hello’. We work in that way to brighten their day, give them a good start to their day.”
Ward spoke about his hopes to bring that same personable model over to operations at the Shoppes at One Daytona. “Our tagline within this facility has always been ‘Friendliness, cleanliness, and professionalism’. And in the time that we’ve been operational, we’ve created programs to duplicate that work ethic and carry that with us, over and over again, wherever we go.”
“We put the value to the customer long before anything else,” Ward said. “Within both facilities, you’re part of our Gold’s Gym family – you’re not a number to us. When you join us, you’re joining a family.”
Gold’s Gym, Daytona
Memberships are priced per month, for individuals and families, but Ward says to look out for special offers in the following months. “Pre-sale rates, grand opening offers – guests can look forward to that. Keep your eyes open.”
Home Grants For First Time Buyers: More Options Than You Think
Financing a new home can be a difficult time for many people. Today, if you don’t have the credit score and financial backing to apply for a halfway decent home loan, you might be out one new home before you’ve even started.
Good for you there are actually more viable home loan options on the market than most people seem to realize. Join us today, as we discuss four of our favorite home grants for first time buyers, and get moving today!
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issues loans wherein the mortgage amount is insured as part of the loan. With this style of backing, the lender benefits from a certain amount of protection in the unfortunate (but real) possibility that the loanee has to default on a payment.
In short, it’s an insured loan with the FHA, with less risk for the person giving it to you. These loans offer competitive interest rates (usually) and smaller down payments, making them more attractive to most new home buyers.
Though most people don’t know about it, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) actually boasts their own homebuyer assistance program.
The home loan itself comes guaranteed by the USDA, sometimes with no down payment required. The loan payments are fixed, and all you’ll need for streamlined processing is, typically, a credit score of 640 or higher. But fret not: with a credit score of less than 640, you’ll still qualify, but the lender will ask for extra documentation to follow up on your payment history.
Depending on which region you’re in, there are income limitations you’ll want to research before applying. The program prioritizes homes in rural areas, but you don’t need to own or operate a farm to qualify.
Active-duty military members, veterans, and their spouses can turn to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for help financing new homes. Each loan is guaranteed in part, and, as a result, lenders often offer special features to go with these loans.
Interest rates on VA loans are extremely competitive, with no down payment which can be very helpful to new home buyers. You also won’t have to pay for private mortgage insurance, and (possibly best of all) you won’t need a minimum credit score to be eligible.
FHA Section 203(k)
Of course, not everybody’s dream is to buy a house brand new out of the box, so not all tips for buying a home first time are applicable. In a lot of cases, what they call a “fixer-upper” is all the buyer is really looking for.
This is where the Section 203(k) rehabilitation program comes in beautifully. With loans of this type, all of which are backed by the FHA, the value of the residence after improvements becomes central to the decision to finance. Buyers are permitted to borrow funds for their purchase and to actualize the project, including everything easily under the umbrella of your main mortgage.
And the best part? A 203(k) loan’s down payment can come in at as little as 3%.
Get Home Grants For First Time Buyers
It’s an ever-changing world out there, but Finding viable home grants for first time buyers has never been easy. If it were, everybody would be doing it.
Our best advice today? Before you commit to buying a home, do your research. Consult your state or local representative’s webpage for housing grants where you live. You may think there’s nothing out there that fits your needs, but you’d be surprised.
Rules For Rehab Dallas TX
Part of the way a rehab clinic works is by enforcing a very strict rule system on the people who live there. This code of ethics makes the place easier to live in, but also goes a long way towards giving the residents a sense of personal pride that they can use to improve their own lives.
But when are the rules too much.
When are you not getting anything out of behaving to someone else’s strict rule book?
Join us, today, as we take a closer look at some typical rules, and why they exist, so you can judge for yourself.
Rehab Dallas TX: What To Expect
No cell phones or computers
It’s hard to imagine a setting in the modern world where computers and cellphones aren’t appropriate. But rehab is a pretty good candidate, if we’re being honest.
The idea is simple: cutting your communications options with the outside world. Outside distractions might take your focus away from getting better. Being in easy contact with the bad influences in your life may lead to relapse. And being able to post publicly about your experience will undermine yours and anybody else’s rehabilitation experience.
So, on this note, we can definitely recommend following your rehab center’s advice.
No reading materials (aside from recovery-related or spiritual texts)
Many new rehab patients balk at the idea of no books or texts during their time in rehab, but there’s actually some basis to this, as well. Based on the idea of a a spiritual, contemplative retreat, this idea aims to make sure patients are forced to spend more time thinking about themselves, their lives, and the treatment they are currently undergoing.
This can be useful, but remember you have rights, and should be given opportunities to communicate freely, as well.
Observed Urine Samples
Once again, this is a step many consider to be a little severe. Until you consider what it means about the facility you’re attending.
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation takes many different shapes and sizes. The common thread through any recovery process, however, is accountability, and that’s what urine samples are for. And if you’re thinking that being observed doing yours is a little extreme, what it means is actually relatively simple. That your check ins mean something a little more serious.
If you feel like your privacy is being invaded by (let’s put it plainly) having someone watch you pee, think about it this way: it is. And you paid for it. Because secrets hidden in private lead to bad behaviors for certain people. And having someone observe it can help you break out of that destructive cycle.
Should You Go With Your Rehab Dallas TX choice?
So, when it comes to choosing a Rehab Dallas TX facility to help you get clean, the question is “Is there anything they aren’t allowed to do?”
And the answer is “Yes! Tons!” But, if you want to make progress during your treatment, it’s important to remember that you came to them to help with your problem. And the more you play along, the better and more effective your treatment is going to be.
If you suspect your personal boundaries are being invaded and you can’t abide by the intrusion, you should absolutely say something. Just remember that nothing truly changing ever happened by doing the comfortable thing.
Orlando Digital Marketing Agency
Are you new to the exciting world of online marketing? Perhaps you’re looking for an Orlando Digital Marketing service but you’re not sure where to start.
It can be confusing when you’re getting into it. The Internet’s a big place, and marketing’s (probably) the world’s oldest profession. Luckily for you, though, we’ve put together our list of the three most important things to look for in an Orlando digital marketing agency.
Ready to get started? Good – we’re raring to go.
A Balance Of Strategy And Execution
Our first tip today applies to most businesses. The truth is, though, it’s especially important with something like an Orlando digital marketing agency.
You don’t want to get slowed down by strategy. A business that spends too much time planning runs the risk of running out of execution time. While it’s important your agency comes to you with a comprehensive plan for how to move forward, they also need to be decisive. If your strategizing lasts more than a few sessions, you’re waiting too long to pull the trigger.
Similarly, an Orlando digital marketing agency that just runs into an execution without planning runs a big risk of making a mistake at some point.
You need a balance, and your agency needs to recognize that, or they may not be worth the time.
Experience To Back Up Their Claims
As with any other company, your Orlando digital marketing agency needs to be able to show you the numbers. After all, these are the people you’re trusting your bottom line to. Ostensibly, they’ll be able to bring you in those much-needed website visits, which will hopefully turn into sales that make up for your investment.
Ask for figures from past campaigns. Ask for estimates on how long your SEO and Social Media Marketing will take to start working. Get a break down of your PPC investment and how it translates into clicks, per dollar.
Orlando Specific Experience
Our last point is crucial.
An Orlando digital marketing agency has to have some background with Orlando clientele in order to be relevant to you. If you’re courting an agency from out of the state or, God forbid, out of the country, you’re going to run into conflicts of culture and interest.
Orlando is a specific city, with specific businesses. It’s why people choose to do business here. The assumption, then, is if you get an Orlando based (or at least Orlando-experienced) agency working for you, their interests will align with yours. This can make a huge difference in everything from which ads you run, to the content of your videos, and how you’re portrayed to local Internet users whose business you want.
Digital Marketing In Orlando: And Now You Know
Ultimately, when looking for an Orlando digital marketing agency, you need to make sure you find someone who meets your needs exactly.
Interested in finding that exact kind of service? We’re so glad – get in touch with us, Web Daytona, today, and discover an Orlando digital marketing agency that towers above the competition.
Become A Compassionate Entrepreneur, With Trades Of Hope
Empower and become empowered, with Trades of Hope.
From time to time, as a business owner, you’ll get the opportunity to become something more than “just another entrepreneur”. Sometimes, you’ll get a shot at making a real difference in someone’s life.
At Trades of Hope, they make giving you that shot that business.
Start Giving Back To The Women Of The World
The work done at Trades of Hope falls into the category of charity, but that’s reducing it a little too much. They are an active, socially-conscious brand that sources ethically-crafted fashion and accessories from women who might otherwise be sidelined from earning an income.
They outsource the selling to you, a vendor, and the proceeds go back to women who desperately need it.
The work they do pulls these women away from the poverty they struggle with every day, as well as the systems that oppress them. Sex slavery. Sweatshop work. Even just the oppressive lack of education that goes hand-in-hand with constantly having to work for a paycheque that never comes. Their work puts the power back into their hands, and we’re proud to say they currently employ artisan partners from more than 16 different countries.
And Here’s Where You Come In
So how and why should you get involved with Trades of Hope?
We’re glad you asked:
- Giving Back: One of the more frustrating parts of working with impoverished women is hearing “I’d help out if there was something I could offer, but….” With these products in your shop, you’re actively helping to put money in the hands of women who need it. This is your opportunity.
- The Fashions Are Unique and Gorgeous: This isn’t some pity project where you’ll be left hocking ugly bracelets to customers who don’t want them. Some of these garments and fashion accessories look good enough for the runway.
- It’s Good For Business: Being involved in charity isn’t only morally good. It’s also a great way to promote your own business. Affiliate yourself with a movement that’s helping women around the world, and enjoy being able to call yourself an ally.
- Actually Earn An Extra Income: Don’t get us wrong: charity is the more important part of this process. But they offer vendors at least 25% of the earnings from the sales of these items, meaning you actually get to benefit from each sale as well. And that’s just good business.
- Promote Products From Across The World: The nature of their service is that they offer businesses the opportunity to sell accessories from many different countries. Bring in a multicultural palette to your shop, and breathe some new life into your product line. With this kind of eye-catching offering, you’ll have them hooked the moment they walk through the door.
Trades Of Hope: Join In Giving Back
It’s not hard to justify charity work. As humans, we want to help out as much as we can. What’s important, though, is to recognize that charity work also helps the people who do it and that there are more reasons to do it than just giving back to some nameless person you’ve never met.
With Trades of Hope, the benefits are clear.
Interested in learning more? Visit their website, or get in touch, and begin empowering the women of the world today.