WIFS of Northeast Florida
Hosted its first luncheon of the New Year
Celebrating a Life Lived
Jacksonville, FL – January 15, 2015….. Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) along with its sponsor ExamOne, held its first luncheon in the New Year at Hotel Indigo in Tapestry Park. The January 13th Lunch and Learn was titled: A Final Farewell.
Christina Loddo Epstein WIFS President Elect kicked off the luncheon by posing the question, “Have you made your New Year resolutions, or resolved never to make one ever again?” Attendees quickly agreed that while most start the New Year with the best intentions, many end the year frustrated when they don’t, won’t or can’t keep their resolve.
“I have found that when your resolution focuses solely on a difficult or uncomfortable goal rather than on the specifics of how you are going to accomplish it, you set yourself up for failure” said Epstein, “that’s why we asked, Robin Giddens Sheppard, Vice President at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes, to discuss with us one of the most difficult and inevitable decisions that need to made – that is, how we can prepare for our Final Farewell.”
Have you shared your New Year resolutions, or have you resolved never to make a New Year’s resolution ever again? If the latter, you’re not alone. Many people get frustrated when, year after year, they make resolutions that they don’t or can’t keep.
Why does this happen? After all, we all have the best intentions and the timing; a new year, a new start couldn’t be better! The problem often lies in the fact that we place a huge amount of pressure on ourselves. During the last week of December and the first week of January, all you hear is, “What is your New Year’s resolutions, or what are you going to work on this year?”
And the focus is on the “what” not the “how.” When you focus solely on the goal rather than on the specifics of how you are going to accomplish it, you set yourself up for failure or are forced to “make it happen” but in a less than optimal manner.
So, while you may not be thinking of this as you first goal of the New Year, it is nonetheless a critical and un-escapable one — on January 13th we have asked Robin Giddens Sheppard, Vice President at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes to share her thoughts on how we can celebrate our life or that of a loved one with a funeral and memorial service befitting of the life lived.
The areas Robin will discuss include how you or your loved one would want to be remembered and other programs designed to help with the myriad questions and issues that arise when a death occurs. Of course she will also discuss how you can pre-plan for the inevitable. Planning ahead can reduce stress, assure wishes are being honored and the goal of a respectful goodbye is achieved. So, with the preceding in mind, please join us and our sponsor Exam One* on:
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Hotel Indigo, 9840 Tapestry Park Circle Jacksonville, FL 32246
Robin Giddens Sheppard, Vice President at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes
$20 for WIFS Members/$25 for Guests. Register in advance and receive a $5 discount!
Exam One’s value-added services are designed to make the insurance underwriting process quick and
convenient for applicants, agents and home-office personnel. With customized statistical reports, an electronic voice response system and a team of solution experts dedicated to solving business’ challenges, Exam One is focused on helping underwriters achieve maximum efficiency.
Women in Insurance & Financial Services supports its colleagues at NAIFA in their Blood Drive
Donating blood costs you nothing except a little bit of your time!
Please, save a life by signing up for NAIFA’s next drive:
Thursday, December 18, 2014
9:00 AM until 1:00 PM
7077 Bonneval Road, Jacksonville, FL 32216
Please help us stay on time and organized by securing your appointment.
GO TO: https://www.thebloodalliancedonor.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/61971
LOOK FOR THE MOBILE UNIT IN THE PARKING LOT!
Please bring along your government issued ID. Process takes about an hour, eat a light meal before you donate, and be prepared to update all your current contact information.
If you have any questions about donating blood, please contact the The Blood Alliance at (888) 447-1479 or visit the website at www.thebloodalliance.com. If you have any questions about the blood drive, please contact Alicia Burst at firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 332-8100.
Why Give Blood?
Every day patients in southern region of the United States need blood transfusions to recover from illness and injury. Our goal is to collect about 350 pints daily to meet these patient needs.
We hope you will join us by giving the Gift of Life – a blood donation!