Learning to take in order to give back

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An article by our own Julie Kerwin for those of us who need to take more in order to give more

Right about now, you are probably thinking that I must be some sort of meek woman who doesn’t know how to use her voice. This could not be further from the truth. I have no problem using my voice. However, it is often said that people can be divided into two groups: givers and takers. I have always chosen the lane that says “givers”; and I do think it’s a choice. As a young adult, I chose to make a habit of giving early and often enough that it formed permanent neuro-pathways in my brain. As a result, I find it very hard to shift into “takers” mode.

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https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/learning-how-takein-order-give-three-easy-steps-julie-kerwin?published=t

IAm Elemental Named Finalist for Toy of the Year

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Our female action figures have been named among the finalists for Toy of the Year!

“Our fans love IAmElemental because we bring something extraordinary to the toy aisle: action figures with healthy body types, forward-thinking design, and superpowers based on character traits like Bravery, Honesty and Curiosity.  As a startup company, we are so honored by this industry recognition for our Series 1/Courage female action figures, and we are thrilled that Series 2/Wisdom has joined them on toy store shelves in time for the holidays,” said Chief Elemental Officer Julie Kerwin.

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http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/iamelementals-female-action-figures-named-2017-toy-of-the-year-finalists-300366345.html

Toy Of The Year Finalists Announced

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The Toy Industry Association has announced their final list of choices for Toy of the Year!

“This year’s TOTY finalists represent the finest examples of play value, originality and innovation across the hundreds of companies that make the U.S. toy industry the strongest in the world,” said Steve Pasierb, president & CEO of the Toy Industry Association. “Perhaps most importantly, these outstanding nominees have brought joy, laughter and learning to millions of children and families around the globe. We send each TOTY finalist good wishes and look forward to honoring the top toys of the year at the TOTY Awards gala in just a few months!”

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http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/2017-toy-of-the-year-toty-award-finalists-unveiled-by-toy-industry-association-300366551.html

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Random Musings/The Power of Oblivion

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As I move through the city, I often grab lunch at a restaurant bar. I have discovered that restaurant bars at lunch time are a great place to sit by one’s self, open the lap top, fire up the WIFI hotspot, and get some work done.
 
Over the summer, I found myself in an area of the city that I rarely frequent. So, I went in search of a restaurant bar and found a modern Italian cafe. About twenty minutes into my meal, I called my husband to share the exciting news: the restaurant’s music was a playlist of my late teens and early twenties.
 
“Wow!” I said to him. “It’s like I’m reliving our courtship through music. I love it! I guess that I must be this restaurant’s perfect demographic, because this is the soundtrack of my life.”

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