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June 2019 | www.MiraSmart.com | (314) 776-6666
 
   
 
 
 

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The Top 10 Reasons Vacations Matter

But if you aren't on vacation, here are 10 reasons you should be planning one!

Vacations are not a luxury; they are a necessity for a well-balanced, healthy life and as important as eating well and getting exercise. Chronic stress is believed to accelerate biologic aging and the aging process. Medically speaking, taking regular vacations is one of the most rewarding prescriptions recommended for staying healthy! With summer just around the corner, make your vacation a priority in your life.

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Books, Articles, Blogs, Podcasts...

What have you read or listened to lately that you found interesting, inspiring, and shareable?


Darren Barnes – Mira Project Manager
I’ve been listening to a lot of history podcasts lately. Some of the best are Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – a deep dive into monumental historical events.  Long episodes and totally worth it.  My favorite episodes were his ‘Blueprint for Armageddon’ series detailing the big events of World War 1. Another is Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History – a sometimes poignant, other times quirky examination of the smaller parts of history.  I have also been watching pop culture YouTube video essays like Lindsay Ellis – My favorite series is an examination of academic film school topics within the Transformers movie franchise.  Both informative and ridiculous. Just Write, Nerdwriter1 and Lessons from the Screenplay – all feature different YouTube creators who offer thoughts on effective storytelling, especially from movies.
 
Kellyn Danehey Macon – Mira Project Manager
Over the past few weeks, I have been on the hunt for new podcasts. While I love my regulars, I needed to spice things up. And nothing says spicy like a podcast about literature! Reading Women is a podcast that discusses books written by or about women. The hosts have both earned their M.A. in English Literature, so listening makes you feel like a member in a smart book club. I also appreciate how the podcast focuses on embracing diversity. For example, this month’s theme highlights Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. And the fun doesn’t stop there! The hosts have also created a group on Goodreads. The 3000+ members keeps the conversation going after the episode is over. While I am still new to the podcast, the first book I read at their recommendation, The Cutting Season by Attica Locke, was fantastic.

 

 

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Want to be more organized? Don't we all? But it takes a lot of time and effort to get your life together. The right app could help you and boost your productivity at the same time. Here are a few of our favorites:

TripIt: An App For Frequent Travelers

If you are a frequent traveler, you may find it hard to keep up with all your reservations, flight confirmations, car rentals and activity plans. With Tripit, you can forward everything trip-related to the app and have it at your fingertips when it comes time to depart. 


RescueTime: An App For Increasing Productivity

RescueTime is designed to do exactly what its name suggests, save you time. It records your digital footprint and keeps track of everything you do online—on websites and applications—and how much time you spend doing each activity. 


Do you have an app that you can't live without? Share it with your community. To submit, click here

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events

Memorial Day has passed and Summer is here! No matter what time of year, though, there is always something going on in the Association World.

We invite you to browse some of these upcoming June events.

Public Risk Management Association
June 9 – 12
Orlando, Florida
 
International Technical Conference on The Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV)
June 10 – 13
Eindhoven, Netherlands
 
International Society for Advancement of Cytometry
June 22 – 26
Vancouver, BC, Canada
 
The American Orthopaedic Association
June 25 – 29
San Diego, California

Help make our Abstractly Speaking community shine by sharing your own events. To send yours for next month's issue of Abstractly Speaking, click here.

 

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May 2019 | www.MiraSmart.com | (314) 776-6666
 
   
 
 
 

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For anyone who’s been looking for a good reason to treat yourself, consider this: You probably don't do it often enough, and putting "me time" on the back burner is a big part of why we can all feel run-down, frenzied, and overwhelmed. Self-care, to the rescue! 

Here are 25 science-backed ways to change your life by taking better care of yourself ...

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Books, Articles, Blogs, Podcasts...what have you read or listened to lately that you found interesting, inspiring, and shareable?

Justin Blanchette - Mira President
The Daily by the New York Times is my go-to morning podcast. It always has a great 25-minute current events story that I listen to as I make my breakfast and have some coffee. After that I run through Instagram and check out some artists that I follow and any new paintings they may have posted. It’s inspiring to see people creating such amazing things. Check out @tedcollier.art, a local St Louis artist and @gagosian, they are a gallery always sharing great stuff. Trust me.


Lisa Albin - Mira Project Manager
Anytime Reply All posts a new episode, I tune in to see what story the hosts have to share.  They inspire me to think outside the box and investigate when there doesn’t seem to be a clear answer.  I found myself rewinding 15 seconds often on “The Snapchat Thief” and “Long Distance” to ensure I didn’t miss a word.  And don’t we all wonder if our phones are listening to us?  After listening to “Is Facebook Syping on You?” I found myself sharing the team’s exploration with friends and colleagues.

 

community contributions

We all know that the key to getting our association messages out to the people that need to see them is through a strong content marketing strategy. To that end, we invite you to submit and share interesting, valuable, and thought-provoking material from your organization with our readers. All 20,000 of them! 

The Top 20 Best Blogs for Association Executives.
by SmartThoughts

Podcast: Episode 160: Liz Wiseman – Why Lack Of Experience Is Your Advantage
The Learning Leader Show with Ryan Hawk

Four Tips for Avoiding Data Breaches
by Michael R. Marks, MD, MBA

To submit, click here. We will publish it next month on a first-come, first-serve basis. Below are a few shared by some of our staff and/or current customers.

upcoming
events

No matter what time of year, there is always something going on in the Association World.

We invite you to browse some of these upcoming May events.

American Urological Association
May 2 – 6
Chicago, Illinois
 
American Academy of Neurology
May 4 – 10
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
May 11 – 16
Montréal, QC, Canada
 
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
May 15 – 18
Charlotte, North Carolina

Help make our Abstractly Speaking community shine by sharing your own events. To send yours for next month's issue of Abstractly Speaking, click here.

 

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