“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky
FOR THE BODY
Maximize Your Physical Health With Next-Gen Fitness Wearables
Finding time for proper exercise amid your packed schedule can be a challenge. Luckily, advanced fitness wearables make it easier than ever to monitor and maximize your physical health.
Next-generation activity trackers go beyond counting your steps to providing personalized guidance and coaching. High-tech features like continuous heart rate tracking, sleep monitoring, and innovative workout programs help you meet your wellness goals.
For example, the Fitbit Sense 2 tracks key health metrics like heart rate variability for stress and skin temperature changes. It offers customized workouts, sleep analysis, mindfulness tools and more — right from your wrist.
The Apple Watch Series 8 has an advanced gyroscope to detect bike and running workouts automatically. It also uniquely senses wrist temperature overnight for deeper sleep insights. Female health tracking even provides retrospective ovulation estimates.
Garmin’s Vivosmart 5 Fitness Band monitors energy levels, fitness age, hydration, and breathwork activities. The slim, swim-proof design is stylish for work or weekends.
And Oura’s smart ring packs advanced sensors into a sleek, jewelry-like design. It provides blood oxygen levels, period predictions, daily readiness scores and other metrics — all viewable in an intuitive app.
Beyond their powerful standalone features, today’s wearables integrate with other apps and devices for expanded utility:
- Connect to your phone’s GPS for more accurate real-time pace and distance during runs and rides.
- Sync your activity, sleep and stress data automatically to apps like Apple Health or Google Fit.
- Streamline your workout playlist controls, text notifications and more right on your wrist.
TOGETHER WITH ASAP
ASAP Holiday Training Special
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The three webinars include:
- ChatGPT for Admins: How to Leverage AI for Everyday Tasks
- Data and Strategic Planning in the Workplace and in Your Role
- Power Excel for the Executive Assistant
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Plus, each webinar comes with webinar slides and bonus handouts!.
FOR THE RELATIONSHIPS
Thoughtful Gifts That Show Them Your Love Without Emptying Your Wallet
Finding a holiday gift for your partner or spouse that’s meaningful without blowing your budget is all about creativity and personal touch.
Let’s explore some sweet ideas inspired by Etsy’s customized treasures and heartfelt sentiments to make this gift-giving season special.
- Customized Gifts:
Etsy is a goldmine of personalized treasures. Consider customized items like a name-engraved wooden docking station or a watch holder. These practical yet thoughtful gifts will remind them of your love every day.
- Wallet Insert with a Love Note:
A wallet insert with a heartfelt love note or a special message is a subtle yet meaningful keepsake. Every time they opens their wallet, they’ll carry your love with him.
- Personalized Golf Balls and Ball Marker:
For the golf enthusiast, personalized golf balls and a unique ball marker make a fantastic gift. Add a touch of your affection with a message that’ll make them smile on the golf course.
- Luggage Tag:
If they love to travel, a luggage tag engraved with a loving quote or your initials is a practical gift that carries sentimental value. It’s a reminder of your adventures together.
- Power Cord Holder with Initials:
Help them stay organized with a power cord holder personalized with their initials. It’s a thoughtful addition to their workspace and shows that you care about their daily convenience.
- “100 Reasons Why I Love You” Jar:
Craft a jar filled with 100 handwritten notes, each expressing a reason why you love them. It’s a heartfelt and romantic gesture that they can revisit whenever they need a reminder of your love.
- Handwritten Compliment Book:
Create a compliment book (or purchase a NoteCube, wooden engraved box) filled with heartfelt messages and compliments. It’s a beautiful way to boost their self-esteem and make them feel cherished.
- Personalized Journal:
Choose a high-quality journal with their name or initials embossed on the cover. Encourage them to use it to jot down thoughts and dreams, knowing that it’s a gift from your heart.
- Photo Album or Photo Book:
Compile your favorite memories in a personalized photo album or photo book. Add captions and notes to make it even more special. It’s a gift that tells the story of your love journey.
- Framed Photos and Illustrated Cards:
Select your favorite photos together and have them professionally framed. You can also hire Etsy artists to craft custom illustrated cards with loving messages to express your affection creatively.
TOGETHER WITH GROUPTOGETHER
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Organizing a group gift has never been easier & more inclusive — plus, it’s FREE:
- ️🎉 Pick your occasion and simply share a link with the team
- 🎁 Buy a gift with the company card (or ask everyone to chip in)
- ✍️ Invite everyone to sign the card
- 🕵️ GroupTogether does all the tracking & reminding
GroupTogether offers beautiful cards, 150+ gift card options, flowers, and more, making it the perfect solution for the holidays, farewells, and many more occasions.
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FOR THE WALLET
When Should You Hire a Wealth Advisor or Financial Planner?
When it comes to managing your finances, there often comes a time when you might wonder, “Should I hire a wealth advisor or financial planner?” Making this decision wisely can significantly impact your financial well-being.
Consider these reasons in deciding to enlist the expertise of a financial professional:
- Complex Financial Goals:
If your financial goals have become more complex over time, such as planning for retirement, saving for your children’s education, or managing multiple investment accounts, a wealth advisor can provide a comprehensive strategy tailored to your needs.
- Limited Investment Knowledge:
If you’re not confident in your investment knowledge and find it challenging to navigate the ever-changing financial markets, a financial planner can offer guidance and help you make informed decisions.
- Major Life Transitions:
Significant life events like marriage, divorce, the birth of a child, or the death of a loved one can have a profound impact on your financial situation. A financial expert can assist you in adapting your financial plan to these changes.
- Inheritance or Windfall:
Receiving a substantial inheritance or windfall can be overwhelming. A wealth advisor can help you create a strategy to manage and grow these newfound assets while minimizing taxes.
- Retirement Planning:
As you approach retirement age, a financial planner can help you create a retirement plan that ensures you have enough savings to maintain your desired lifestyle and achieve your retirement goals.
- Tax Optimization:
If you’re looking for ways to minimize your tax liability or create a tax-efficient investment strategy, a financial expert can provide valuable insights and strategies.
- Diversification Needs:
If your investments are heavily concentrated in one area, and you’re seeking to diversify your portfolio for risk management, a wealth advisor can help you create a diversified investment strategy.
- Emotional Decision-Making:
Emotions can sometimes cloud financial decisions, leading to impulsive actions that may not be in your best interest. A financial planner can provide a rational, objective perspective to guide you through turbulent times.
- Time Constraints:
If you have a demanding job or other commitments that limit your time to manage your finances effectively, a financial advisor can take on the responsibility and ensure your financial plan stays on track.
- Retirement Income Planning:
Determining how to create a sustainable income stream during retirement can be challenging. A financial expert can help you navigate this transition smoothly.
The decision to hire a wealth advisor or financial planner depends on your unique financial situation, goals, and needs. If you find yourself facing any of the scenarios mentioned above, it may be an opportune time to seek professional guidance.
Remember that a skilled advisor can not only provide financial expertise but also offer peace of mind and a clearer path to achieving your financial dreams.
FOR YOUR TEAM
Holiday Gift Exchange Game Ideas Better Than White Elephant
Tired of watching the same bottle of wine or $15 Starbucks card get stolen during White Elephant year after year?
Liven up your holiday party with these creative gift exchange game ideas:
🪙 Scratch-Offs: Buy lottery tickets or make DIY scratch cards for every guest. Hide silly prizes like who gets the fruitcake, extra PTO day, first dibs on the office printer, free coffee for a week. The suspense adds excitement!
🎩 Scrooge Your Neighbor: All players bring a wrapped gift to contribute. Everyone takes turns either unwrapping a new gift or stealing an opened one, just like typical gift swap games. Character cards like Scrooge and Tiny Tim unlock special abilities to block steals or get away with tricky gift-poaching moves, keeping this competitive present exchange lively with unpredictable twists.
🎅 Santa Toss: Players stand up when they hear a statement that applies to them. Everyone standing exchanges gifts and then sits back down. Gifts may be traded more than once to ensure that everyone has a new gift. Once all the statements have been read, each player opens their gift.
🎁 Pass the Present: Play music while passing around a gift. When the music stops whoever holds the gift opens a layer until the final person reveals an exciting main prize.
Add extra fun with bonus challenges, silly hats and costumes or festive treats that complement the gift exchange theme you pick!
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