Happy Fourth of July to all!
We will be closed Friday, July 4th and Saturday, July 5th to celebrate Independence Day. Hope you enjoy the long weekend with family or friends!
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Most of us live in a society where things always seem to be go, go, go! More, bigger, better, and faster are words many of us have adopted in regards to work, and lifestyle. While many of us have more things and a better life-styles than that of our parents, or those of a generation ago, why is it that more people feel unfulfilled and stressed and what is the solution?
Many people have demanding jobs and are required to juggle multiple things throughout a day. Many people also skip breakfast and are on the run from the time they wake, to the time they get home. Others skip lunch and may run from one meeting to another. We also live in a society where we are being constantly bombarded with information, from e-mails, to texts, to social media, and often feel like we just can’t keep up. It is no wonder many people wake up tired, instead of refreshed.
While we all have stress in our lives, from work, children, family, household chores, etc., there are ways to control it and make it less frequent.
I recently came across the article, “10 Secrets to a Stress-Free Life,” that shared the story of Kathleen Hall, a famed stress expert that I found interesting. She developed a “powerful but surprisingly simple mantra—SELF, an acronym for serenity, exercise, love, and food and started teaching it to others to great effect. These ‘four roots of happiness’ may seem almost too easy, but she insists they have a centering effect in even the worst of circumstances.”¹ Taking and making time for serenity helps us meditate and be one with ourselves and nature. It helps us to be in the moment and helps reduce stresses in our lives. Exercise helps the mind, as well as the body. Exercise helps to release endorphins in the brain, which in turn help us to feel good and have a better outlook. Love and friendships help to nurture our soul. They promote well being by giving us a connection to others. Nourishing food helps sustains us. Keep in mind that food is fuel. We all need to choose foods that give us energy and provide nutrients for the body, such as fruits and vegetables and foods that are of the earth. Food preparation can also be a means to share and gather with friends and family.
While we will never be able to get rid of stress entirely from our lives, we can certainly try to change the ways we react to it and find more ways to rest, relax and rejuvenate our lives.
Following are a few tips I wanted to share from the article:
10 Secrets To A Stress-Free Life:
by: Kathleen Hall
- Start Small—Relax into your day. Start with a small change such as a new morning habit, trying a new food for the day, etc.
- Connect—Put love and friendship first in your life. Try and make it a habit to schedule time with others. Often times, feeling connected helps prevent health problems down the road.
- Focus on now—Try to focus on one task at a time and be mindful of what you are doing. Being in the present moment helps us to avoid stressful situations.
- Write it out—To help release negative thoughts, grab a pen and paper to write them down. Taking this action step will often help to release the negativity.
- Practice gratitude—Take at least 5 minutes each day to give thanks for all of the gifts in your life.
- Walk Softly—Often times when we are stressed, we walk with firmer steps. Try walking softly, or slower to help calm the mind.
- Take stock—Make a list of things that bring joy to your life and then make another list of things that drain you and your energy. Compare the two lists and contemplate how you can add in things to increase joy.
- Love your commute—Use your travel time to work on your patience skills. Use deep calming breaths to help yourself relax and enjoy your time for thoughts.
- Try a mini-meditation—Memorize a three to five word phrase, or mantra that you repeat when you are feeling stressed, or keep a peaceful image, or photo near by to reflect upon.
- Own the news—Tune into the news only when you want to get more information about a certain topic. Don’t dwell on the negativity in the news, but instead try to send positive thoughts and prayers to those in need. Help out in situations where you can make a difference, otherwise let information go.
A few members of the Paramount Granite Company team had the opportunity to take in a bit of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation the other week up at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Here’s a photo of the crew…
Pictured from left to right: Justin Miller, Second from left, Jon Pipenhagen (Fabricator/Saw Man), Third from left, Ryan Urlaub, Fourth from left, Troy Godeman (Lead Installer), Fifth from left, Sara Rodgers (Customer Service) and Sixth from left, Chris Rodgers (President of Paramount Granite Company).
Make sure you check out our Facebook page for more photos of the trip.
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¹”10 Secrets To A Stress-Free Life,” July 1, 2013. http://findhealthtips.com/?p=99
I don’t know if you are familiar with the color, Crazy Horse, but it seems to be getting a lot of hype lately, well at least around here.
Crazy Horse Granite
While I spotlighted this color back in December of 2012, I wanted to focus on a kitchen project we did with O’Hana Construction last year. While we featured this kitchen in our Fall, 2013 Paramount Peeks newsletter, it was also featured in the Feburary 2014 edition of Mpls St Paul magazine and on a video on the Mpls St Paul website, which showcased not only the kitchen, but the home of actor, James Denton.
Crazy Horse granite
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I don’ t know about you, but this winter weather has really got me down. While Minnesota winters are known to be long, snowy, and cold, this winter has been unseasonably cold for months now. It is no wonder it has affected more than a few moods. It has also had an affect on some peoples routines, mine included. I have always been an avid walker, but this winter, I just haven’t been able to stick with my daily outdoor walk. My get up and go, seems to have got up and left. The weather has also affected some of those in the building and remodeling industry. If fact, we just recently heard from a long-time remodeler who stated, “the cold completely messed up any schedule he had.” While we can’t predict the weather and the outcome that goes along with it, we all just have to keep going and move forward. Reminds me of Eric Butterworth’s story about an oyster in his great book, Spiritual Economics. An oyster is typically a pretty calm being. “Occasionally little grains of sand work their way inside his shell and begin irritating him. Naturally, he tries to get rid of them. But when he discovers he can’t do this, he settles down and produces one of the most priceless and beautiful things in the world.” ¹ We, too, need to settle down and put some of those irritations aside, so we can produce pearls. We can all start by focusing on what’s right in our lives, rather than focusing on what’s wrong.
Ok—I will start! In the January 8, 2014 article, Fabricators Aren’t Just “Looking” Anymore; They’re Looking To Buy, found on the Stone World website, the 2014 Fabricator Market Forecast shows a positive picture. That’s good news. In fact it is, “painting a portrait of optimism not seen since before the recession. It shows more than two-thirds of fabricators (68%) saw their business grow during 2013; and looking ahead to 2014, a total of 74% of fabricators said they expected sales revenue to increase.”² I am sure there are similar trends in the building and remodeling industry. How about you? What is your forecast? Hopefully we will all set our thoughts on blue skies ahead!
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¹Butterworth, Eric. Spiritual Economics. Unity House. Copyright 2001. Page 127. Print
²Reis, Michael. Fabricators aren’t just “looking” anymore; they’re looking to buy. Stone World website.
Happy New Year!
Wow! That was a nice, long, much needed break. Hope you all enjoyed your holidays and had some quality time to spend with family and friends. I sure did. Even though it is has been extremely cold here in Minnesota, I do feel revived and have some new energy for the new year.
Like many businesses in the building and remodeling industry, 2013 was a good year for us and was an definitely an improvement over the last several. We are also optimistic for 2014 and the overall outlook seems to look good. In fact, according to 2014 Market Forecast: Carrying the Momentum, an article found on the Professional Remodeler website, “Many of the remodelers we speak to on a regular basis defined 2013 as a “good” or “very good” year for their business and 71 percent of the remodelers who responded to our 2014 Market Survey expect an increase in their revenue for 2014.”1 That is good news for us and the economy. Similar news can be read on Stone Dimensions, the official blog for the MIA, Marble Institute of America. In the blog, Construction Corner: Housing Outlook Bright for 2014, the overall housing market picture looks promising for 2014. “Even though there are some challenges to overcome, continuation of the housing recovery is expected to gain momentum in 2014. That’s the consensus from a group of economists who took part in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Fall 2013 Construction Webinar.“2
While there are many others out there that have predictions of their own for the future, we all have much to be thankful and grateful for. With hard work, persistence and patience, we can all move forward to tomorrow.
We are looking forward to another prosperous year fabricating and installing beautiful countertops for your home.
Happy New Year to all!
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1 “2014 Market Forecast: Carrying the Momentum,” Professional Remodeler, http://www.proremodeler.com/2014-market-forecast-carrying-momentum
2 “Construction Corner: Housing Outlook Bright for 2014,”Stone Dimensions, MIA Official website