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Small Business Saturday Promotions 2018

Small Business Saturday Promotions

SS_Logo_Clean_BlueNorthshore Acupuncture Center is offering three Small Business Saturday promotions.

1) Get $20 off your acupuncture treatment with a receipt from Curt’s Café at 2922 Central St., Evanston or Curt’s Café South at 1813 Dempster, Evanston dated 11/24/2018. Eating at Curt’s allows you to “dine with purpose” while enjoying good food. The cafe is designed to provide training to at-risk youth in Evanston in both food service and life. SocialPost_Heart
2) Get $10 off any acupuncture treatment prior to 12/31/2018 scheduled on Small Business Saturday (11/28/2018). Call 815.814.1319 to schedule or schedule online.
3) Purchase gift certificates for your friends to try acupuncture and/or cupping. On Small Business Saturday only (11/24/18), you can purchase a gift certificate for a stress relief acupuncture and essential oil treatment for $75 ($100 value) or purchase a gift certificate for cupping for $50 and we will include a complimentary auricular balancing treatment ($25 value). You can also purchase gift certificates for any $$ amount, for an initial consultation and treatment, or for a follow up treatment. Call 815.814.1319 to purchase.
Offers cannot be combined for an individual treatment. Shop small!!
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30 Days of ThanksGIVING

A fellow North Shore mom inspired me to make November a month of ThanksGIVING by performing a daily random act of kindness. Help me spread love, light and kindness one small gesture at a time. Perform a random act of kindness, share your act on Northshore Acupuncture’s 30 days of GIVING FB post, and get one entry into a raffle for a free acupuncture treatment with each post (limit one entry per person per day). One winner will be selected for November 1-10th posts; one for 11th-20th; and one for 21st-30th. Need inspiration? 

Here are some ideas:

  1. Call or write a letter to someone thanking them for the impact they’ve had on your life.
  2. Rake leaves for someone.
  3. Take out the garbage for someone.
  4. Volunteer at a homeless shelter.
  5. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
  6. Shop locally for holiday gifts.
  7. Get your coffee or lunch at Curt’s Café instead of a chain restaurant or coffee shop.
  8. Donate cat/dog food, cat litter, old towels/blankets to CARE.
  9. Babysit for a friend.
  10. Drive a veteran to a doctor’s appointment. You can volunteer through the Department of Veterans Affairs Transportation Network.
  11. Volunteer at a local Stand Downs event for veterans(11/16 in Chicago). Stand Downs is typically a 1-3 day event providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, and health screening.
  12. Send letters of appreciation and/or care packages to troops, first responders and veterans through Operation Gratitude.
  13. Go to a nursing home or senior center and see how you can help provide email, social media, cell phone or video call assistance.
  14. Arrange to pick up coats, gloves, hats from neighbors and deliver to a coat drive.
  15. Review a small business on Facebook, Google or Yelp.
  16. Write a letter/send an email or talk to a manager to acknowledge someone for good service.
  17. Call an old friend.
  18. Pick up garbage along the roadside or in a park.
  19. Volunteer at a Fill a Heart 4 Kids event.
  20. Let someone go in front of you in line.
  21. Give blood.
  22. Spend time getting to know someone you don’t know very well.
  23. Have a food drive in your neighborhood and donate canned goods to local food pantry.
  24. Drop off extra disinfectant wipes and boxes of Kleenex at the teacher’s lounge.
  25. Walk or ride your bike instead of driving somewhere.
  26. Gift an inspirational book.
  27. Leave quarters at the laundromat.
  28. Write a positive comment on a blog or social media post you enjoyed.
  29. Leave a generous tip.
  30. Eat vegetarian for a day.
  31. Give a friendly smile of support/encouragement to a parent whose kid is melting down – tell him/her “You’ve got this or we’ve all been there”. Offer help (not advice).
  32. Leave hand warmers and a thank you note for your mail carrier.
  33. Drop off snacks at the local fire department. (Or grocery store/ice cream shop gift cards to cover the next ice cream run.)
  34. Attend a benefit for a local nonprofit – the dessert gala for the Floured Apron on 11/1, the Taste of the Town benefit for the Zacharias Center on 11/6, or the Tailgating event to benefit the Center for Independent Futures on 11/18, and/or the Champagne Grand Tasting on 11/30 (event cost to benefit Curt’s Café).
  35. Spend a half day helping with laundry at Misericordia or with the holiday baking and shipping.
  36. Let someone merge in front of you on the highway.
  37. Smile and say hello to people you don’t know.
  38. Register to be an organ donor. Sign up for the bone marrow registry.
  39. VOTE!! Offer rides to help others get to the polls on 11/6.
  40. Help with canvassing or phone banks for candidates whom you support. Here are links for Lauren Underwood , Sean Casten. Want to volunteer from home? Help make calls for Dr. Hiral Tipirneni. Any canvassing or phone bank work regardless of candidate counts towards the raffle, but if you want to canvas for their opponents, you’ll have to look it up yourself =)
  41. Check in with someone who experienced a significant loss to see how they are doing. Typically people receive a lot of support in the first few weeks and then support subsides.
  42. Call or text someone when you see/hear something that reminds you of them – a song on the radio, a place you used to go,
  43. Return shopping carts for people at the grocery store.
  44. Put your phone away while spending time with family and friends.
  45. Not screaming at your kids for leaving an empty toilet roll or overflowing the garbage can instead of taking the garbage out.
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Putting My Oxygen Mask on First – Living Your Values

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King

I’m struggling to live my values and beliefs. I say I believe only love and light can drive out hate…but I am having a hard time getting past the hate and anger I feel towards Republican leaders for not holding Trump accountable, for not supporting tighter regulations to prevent gun violence while accepting significant donations from the NRA, for targeting Medicare, Medicaid, insurance coverage while passing tax breaks for the rich, for their handling of the Kavanaugh hearings. This is also challenging my belief that everyone is a good person at heart and wants to do the right thing.

I feel the need to take action – but I don’t want to take action grounded in feelings of anger and hatred. So I’m meditating and chanting  A LOT…and then I worry that meditating and praying for compassion, peace and love isn’t enough. Sending our prayers for the victims hasn’t stopped future tragedies. But taking action grounded in feelings of anger and hatred just strengthens the divide.

And so I will continue to try to observe my anger and hatred without judgement because trying to resist or deny those feelings have only caused them to be more entrenched. But I will do that by fully FEELING the emotions as they come up instead of rehashing and THINKING about the actions that inspired the feelings.

And I won’t wait for those feelings to go  away before taking action – I will vote and support youth led organizations like Never Again MSD and take actions to support the election of candidates whose platforms are in alignment with my values and stay involved in local nonprofits. And I will try to listen and understand the perspective of people with different beliefs and values than me as I discussed in last week’s Putting My Oxygen Mask on First. But I will continuously evaluate my motivations to make sure I’m taking action that adds light and love to the world instead of furthering the divide.

And if you observe me taking an action that may be driven from hatred and anger, please lovingly bring that to my attention.

“But everything exposed by the light becomes visible- and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.” Ephesians 5:13

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Putting My Oxygen Mask on First – Listen First

If there is one thing I’ve learned as a parent, it’s that telling my kids what to do, think or believe gets consistent results –  NO RESULTS (or worse negative results). It is consistently ignored and leaves me (and my kids) feeling frustrated and drained. And really teens aren’t any different than the rest of us. When was the last time that you did something or changed your view/beliefs based on someone telling you to?

In the current political climate, I am observing a lot of people (including myself), telling others they are wrong and what they should think/value/believe. But I only occasionally observe anyone truly listening and trying to understand the other person’s perspective and experience. The other day, my son shared that his philosophy is that all people are basically good and want to do the right thing. If I believe that too, then I should live that belief by taking time to understand how another person’s life experiences has brought them to a different belief/value/world view. I will learn something. My own  blind spots and limiting beliefs may be exposed.  And after I’ve confirmed I understand the other person’s perspective and they’ve felt heard, maybe they will be curious to learn about my life experiences and perspective and perhaps even make a minor shift of their own. But if they aren’t, at least they will feel heard and valued – and that is a much better result than you get telling someone what to think/do.

Part of self care is realizing where you are spending your energy, what actions you are taking that leave you feeling drained or negative and reflecting on whether you can change your approach to preserve your energy and peace. I love that so many of us are taking action to make change. But please take a minute today to observe how you feel after a day of action – and if it’s not uplifted and hopeful, then consider whether it’s time to adjust your approach.

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Putting My Oxygen Mask on First – Stop Watching the Boob Tube and Play Outside

My mom would always notice when we had spent too much time with electronics  (in my case TV and Atari were the only “electronic” distractions we had), and make us go outside. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been reminded about how good that advice is.

 

As I’ve continued to get aggravated  by what I read in social media and on the news, I’ve realized that I need to get away from it all and spend more time outside. I’ve also moved from my walks along the lake to long walks in Harms Woods. Going back to the woods has helped me reconnect with my younger wiser self who knew that the most important things in life are connecting with family and friends, making time to play, creating your own adventure, and spending time daydreaming. Being among my forest friends – the trees, streams, birds, squirrels, and deer – helps put things in perspective…and connect to my true self…the one who loves to splash through puddles, play with squirrels who are bombing me with acorns, cross the stream by walking across a downed tree, collect leaves and stones that catch my eye, or try to catch tadpoles.

 

If you aren’t ready to experience the woods as you did as a child, you may want to start with a walking meditation. Take a walk in the woods and notice what you can see, hear, smell, and the sensation of the air or sun against your skin. Pay attention to the movement of your body – the rhythm of your legs and arms, the sensation as your foot strikes the ground and lifts off.

 

Being outside in nature helps manage your stress, ground your energy, and improve your sleep. So as my mom says – stop watching the boob tube and go have an outdoor adventure today!

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