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COVID-19

Helpful Widgets to Keep You Focused at Home

So the madness has officially set in. Personally, this means everyone rushes to the store to get the essentials: toilet paper, bread, milk, coffee, wine, and (if you are anything like me) ice cream. However, as an employee that is preparing work from home, your essentials may look a little different. Of course you need the same basics to stay alive and sane in your house but what tools do you need to remain successful working from home?

Well, after a little time at home, I have found a few resources to help save us, keep us sane, and manage our time wisely. When you are at work, you probably make a point to take a lunch break and step outside of the office for a moment to refresh yourself. Maybe you enjoy walks after you accomplish a daunting task on your list. But at home you may find it harder to keep track of time, mark off your to-do list, and make sure your meetings are on schedule and efficient, Hopefully theses little tools will help you manage your time wisely while also taking care of yourself:

  • Break Timer is a Chrome extension that reminds you to step away from your computer to give your eyes and brain a break. 
  • Toggl is another Chrome extension to help keep track of your time and what you are allocating it towards. This will help with time management and help you track where your time is going!
  • – Video calls are a great way to communicate with teammates and/or clients during this time. It keeps your meetings personal, productive, and efficient. A video platform we recommend is Google Meet. This platform is user friendly and easily compatible with all other google apps we love. 
  • – If you are anything like me, there is nothing more satisfying than making a task list and checking each item off. But sometimes, your physical checklist can’t follow you everywhere. Here are some virtual checklist and task management recommendations:
    • > Tasks is a google chrome add on that you can have pulled up next to your email and google calendar. This is also available as a mobile app to access anywhere.
    • > Trello is a great platform for managing tasks, adding checklists within the task, setting reminders, and collaborating with a team. 

 

Everything works differently for each person, but these are some great resources and surely one of them will prove useful to your everyday routine

 

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Family

Social Distancing but Make it Fun

2020 has been what we all expected. With the devastating fires in Australia, the tornado that destroyed Nashville, and now COVID-19 crippling most of the world. It feels like we can’t catch a break. At a time where we all need to feel a sense of community and support, we are being told to stay home and distance ourselves from others. While this is what the CDC recommends (and is absolutely for the best), it isn’t easy. It’s been less than a week, the stir-crazy is sinking in, and the wilder the kids get the quicker your patience runs out! Before you absolutely lose your mind and lock the kids in the backyard, check out a few of these fun things our team has been implementing in our homes. We hope they are helpful to you as well! 

  • – Connect with nature: Now that it’s finally stopped raining, take advantage of feeling the sunshine on your face! And just because you’re social distancing from other humans, doesn’t mean that you can’t go outside. Go for a walk around the neighborhood with the kids and dogs, break out the soccer ball and run around the backyard, even just take a drive with the windows down. Vitamin D will do you some good! 
  • – Add some fun to your todo list: We are all working from home, but honestly, many of us have pretty empty todo lists. Now is your time to try something you’ve always wanted! Whether that is teaching your kids how to do the cupid shuffle, or working on that puzzle that’s been sitting halfway finished for 3 months, make sure you add some fun to your day. Laughter and joy is what’s holding most of us together when it feels like everything else is falling apart around us! 
  • – Dance the blues away: Like I mentioned earlier, teaching the kids the cupid shuffle is a fun way to break the day up, but also you have to get up and move too! One of my favorite Instagram families ‘The Boss Family’ (Stephen is the DJ on Ellen Degeneres talk show) are live streaming dance workouts throughout the day to get you moving, get the blood flowing, and bring some smiles into your day! You can check them out by searching for @Allisonholker or @sir_twitch_alot
  • – Be Productive: This might not bring a whole lot of fun in the moment, but once it’s done you’re going to be so relieved! How often do you get 2 weeks at home without having a sick kid or having to use PTO? Use this time to tackle the coat closet that’s been collecting junk for the past 2 years or finally do the kid-friendly scie! You have extra time, don’t let it go to waste by binge watching Friends for the 24th time (we are NOT judging you for this!!). Use this time wisely, don’t take it for granted! 

 

We’re here for you during this time–whether it’s to video chat so you can have ‘adult conversation’ or if it’s to give you some ideas to help break the day up. Just know, The Cornerstone Team has your back! We look forward to seeing you all back at Cornerstone in a few weeks once the Coronavirus has run its course and our community is back on its feet! Stay safe, clean & healthy, Coworkers!

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Updates

COVID-19 Update: Our Approach to Keeping You Safe at Cornerstone Coworking

To all our Cornerstone Members, 

We hope this update finds you and your families safe and healthy. 

The City of Lawrenceville announced a joint emergency stay at home order with Gwinnett County. Citizens are urged to limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs.

We have been in direct contact with the Mayor of Lawrenceville, David Still, and Cornerstone will not be able to operate starting at 12:01 am on Saturday, March 28, 2020, and will continue until April 13, 2020, unless extended.

Cornerstone Residents and other members who have mail service will be allowed access to the building to retrieve their mail, and we will have staff who will retrieve it daily and place in the mailboxes and or the private office spaces as normal.

We will also postpone any membership billings that were scheduled for April 1st until April 15th. If the shelter in place order extends beyond that we will adjust this as well. You will be charged a prorated amount based on when we reopen.

Our awesome staff members are still available to help with any and all needs that can be performed remotely. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything–we want to help!

Use the following services to connect with our staff for any assistance you might need:

  • – Cornerstone mobile app
  • – Website – https://cancollab.com 
  • – Email – Info@cancollab.com
  • – Phone – 770-609-2323

We have been attending video conference calls and webinars and staying on top of the CARES Act which passed this afternoon. Look for some additional emails from us on this in the near future. Until then, here are some highlights of what we understand to have passed.

The CARES Act will provide loans that can convert to grants (no need to be paid back) for the following eligible organizations:

  • > A small business with fewer than 500 employees
  • > A small business that otherwise meets the SBA’s size standard
  • > A 501(c)(3) with fewer than 500 employees
  • > An individual who operates as a sole proprietor
  • > An individual who operates as an independent contractor
  • > An individual who is self-employed who regularly carries on any trade or business

A borrower is eligible for loan forgiveness equal to the amount the borrower spent on the following items during the 8-week period beginning on the date of the origination of the loan:

  • > Payroll costs (using the same definition of payroll costs used to determine loan eligibility)
  • > Interest on the mortgage obligation incurred in the ordinary course of business
  • > Rent on a leasing agreement 
  • > Payments on utilities (electricity, gas, water, transportation, telephone, or internet)
  • > For borrowers with tipped employees, additional wages paid to those employees

Loan forgiveness cannot exceed the principal.

We appreciate your understanding and help during this time. Any updates will be communicated as they come, but feel free to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or recommendations. If there is anything we can do to help you, let us know! 

We are praying for each of you, your families, and your business during this time and hope to see you all soon.

Stay Diligent, Stay Productive and Stay Safe,

The Cornerstone Team

 

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Give Back

4 Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

We all know amazing women who have gone through breast cancer, and we have seen the bravery and strength in them. One way we can continue to support the awareness and cure for this disease is through sharing charities and stories of women who are battling or have overcome this cancer. To help get you thinking, walking, and running for this cause, we have come up with four ways to support it! Read them below and let us know which one you do:

  1. Paint Gwinnett Pink – Every year, Northside Hospital hosts this 5K walk/run event to bring awareness to breast cancer. All money raised for this event goes toward the hospital and breast cancer survivors. You can register for this event as an individual or a team, or you can simply donate.
  2. Breast Cancer Research Foundation – If you want to create an internal fundraiser for you team or company to participate in, this is your best resource. It is a well-renowned nonprofit that has been supporting breast cancer awareness since 1993. There are a few different ways to create a fundraiser, and you can even include your business logo on your donation page. Use the link to learn more about fundraising opportunities.
  3. Volunteer with Susan G. Komen – If you’re more of a hands-on person, then look for volunteering opportunities with Susan G. Komen. The Atlanta location is at 3525 Piedmont Road 5-215, Atlanta, GA 30305, and you can email them at info@komenatlanta.org.
  4. Break Out Your Pink – The easiest way to support breast cancer awareness month and spread the word is through wearing your pink! If you have any shirts or anything with the recognizable pink ribbon or something supporting a charity for this cause, then wear it. 

 

 

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Fitness

Advice from a Dietitian

You may think talking with a dietitian would lead to your demise and a sad life of eating bland food, but you’re wrong! Jessica Jones, writer (and M.S, R.D.N., C.D.E) at SELF spoke with 27 dietitians about making better food choices without a crazy diet plan. Her post is great for anyone struggling with food replacements and looking for better ways to enjoy meals while staying on the right path. Read her blog below to learn what dietitians recommend for your diet!

“27 Healthy Eating Tips From Registered Dietitians For A Very Healthy New Year” | Jessica Jones, January 2017

 

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Fitness

Lifestyle Trends for 2019

written by Samantha Proctor

We’ve made it two weeks into 2019. How’s your resolution going? If you’re anything like me, you’re still at it, but each day is such a struggle. Who actually likes going to the gym? One thing that has definitely helped me is seeing everyone’s journey on social media. I get to see my friends working hard, which pushes me to work harder. We’ve scoured some of our social medias for the most common posts and trends that we’ve noticed so far this year. Keep reading for a list of some of our favorite lifestyle ideas for 2019 and social media accounts to follow as well!

 

  • The Keto Diet: Despite Jillian Michael’s comments, the Keto diet is literally changing lives! The premise behind it is a low carb and high fat diet.  The Keto diet, which is very similar to the Akins diet, makes your body burn fat for energy instead of carbohydrates. I found out about this diet by my good friend Sarabeth. She is super transparent about her Keto journey and has been sharing it with the world for the past seven months and is down 45 pounds! Way to go, Sarabeth!

 

  • Essential oils: Now I know your social media feeds are blowing up with everything essential oil related. Sometimes it feels like you can’t catch a break from it. But do you know the truth behind essential oils? To keep it simple, essential oils are compounds extracted from plants of all sorts and used for aromatherapy. When used properly, they can help manage migraines, anxiety, insomnia, some oils can even be used for cleaning your house and enhancing your laundry. Check out one of our favorite oil pages: @Doterra.

 

  • BeachbodyOnDemand: I’m betting the second you read Beachbody” you got cold chills and were reminded of that one time you tried the Insanity workouts…Shaun T is a saint and demon at the same time. However, BeachbodyOnDemand might be exactly what you’re looking for! You can do insanity (if you’re absolutely insane) or you can do yoga, dance style workouts, even weight training – from your own house! The flexibility of having 700+ workouts directly on your Tv/laptop make working out so much easier. No more walking into the gym trying to figure out what you need to do, turn on the tv and burn some calories! For more information about BeachbodyOnDemand, click here!

These are just a few of our favorites for 2019! Shoot us an email at Info@cancollab.com with any of your new favorite lifestyle trends for this year!

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Fitness

Healthy On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas

Mornings are difficult. Not only are you trying to hold on to every minute under your covers, but you’re also preparing for a productive day. Your mornings ultimately set that day’s mood. When they’re rushed, you feel flustered all day; when they’re easy and calm, you tend to find yourself more productive. But somewhere in the mixture of calm mornings and getting ready, there doesn’t seem much time for eating a healthy meal. If you’ve made health and fitness part of your 2019 resolution, you need to find healthy breakfast ideas without spending too much time in the kitchen. Hopefully these ideas below will help you start your day feeling great and not missing a beat.

Microwave Omelette

You’re probably thinking a microwaved meal isn’t healthy, but this is a great option when you’re rushing out the door. All you need are a couple of eggs, some milk, onions, scallions, and cheese. Then microwave for about one minute and taa-daa: a perfect omelette. Microwave times may vary, so make sure your omelette is fully cooked before diving into this quick and healthy breakfast. Also, opt for low-fat milk and cheese to add more “health” to your healthy breakfast.

 

Oatmeal Squares

“Oh It Glows” blogger Angela has taken a regular bowl of oatmeal and made it the perfect on-the-go snack. The beauty of these squares is, just like oatmeal, you can dress them up. Add in your favorite variety of fruits, dark chocolate, or jam. Angela recommends cutting a square in half and adding some jam or almond butter in the middle for a little oatmeal sandwich. Because these take a longer to make, prep and bake these the night before to enjoy in the morning.

 

Avocado Toast

On the easier side, this quick breakfast is a no brainer. You’ve most likely heard about the avocado craze over the past few years, but this takes trend to a practical level. This recipe calls for whole grain bread, ricotta cheese, and slices of avocado. While avocado isn’t always necessary for this easy meal idea, you can keep the toast but add healthy alternatives. Adrianna, “Cozy Kitchen” blogger and kitchen guru, shows a few more of her favorite ways to enjoy a toasty breakfast.

 

“Power” Muffins

Dubbed “power muffins” for their ability to keep you feeling full and great, these little snacks are perfect for breakfast. Although these aren’t necessarily a quick meal, you can prep them to bake in the morning or bake them at night to reheat. They also require quite a few ingredients, but Brooke, blogger of Finger Prickin Good, raves about their delicious flavor.

 

Apples + Almond Butter

Okay, put the pen down. This recipe calls for two ingredients, apples and almond butter (or peanut butter) – two very inexpensive yet tasty foods. This is great for anyone who is looking for simple and budget friendly meals. If you’re curious about the difference between peanut butter and almond butter, know this: if you’re needing protein opt for peanut butter; if you more concerned with health and vitamin intake opt for almond butter.

Hopefully these meals give you ideas for you to take or tweak as your own. Let us know in the comments below which ones you’ve tried and loved!

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Fitness

Gyms in Lawrenceville: The Best Build for Your Buck

We know…gyms are intimidating. Even the ones with slogans about judgement-free zones don’t settle well with most people. However, we cannot ignore the importance of personal health and fitness. Every year, there’s a new/repeating goal to change and take care of our bodies but these often fall through. It’s important when you begin your fitness journey to also consider a support system around you to keep you accountable for your journey. Below you’ll find a list of local gyms with great atmospheres and opportunity to learn about your health and reach your fitness goals. Not all gyms are the same and many of these focus on unique and fun exercises to challenge your body while staying in your budget.

– Life Time Fitness –

if you’re going for experience then you’ll love LifeTime. They offer amazing amenities like fitness classes, a cafe, hair salon, spa, saunas…you name it, they’ve got it. They also offer personal training and fitness classes. Membership cost depends on location, but the monthly fee at the Sugarloaf location is $75/month–which sounds like a lot, but it’s worth it! Although personal and group training sessions are an additional cost, the fitness classes are included in your membership, so you’ll want to take full advantage of those. When you sign up, your first visit will include a 60-minute walk through of the gym, its equipment, and you’ll have the opportunity to discuss goals and how to achieve them.

– Orange Theory Fitness –

Orange Theory focuses on scheduled group fitness classes in order to reach your goals. You’ll join members from every fitness level as you go through multiple exercise stations during your 1-hour time slot. This workout allows you to go at your own pace, but doesn’t let you fall into bad/sloppy habits. Through coaching and a variety of routines, no class is the same and you’ll push your body further than in your regular gym time. Class times and cost vary, so check out your local Dacula and Lawrenceville locations.

– 9Round –

9Round is a 30-minute kickboxing workout that will kick your butt. Their idea is you can reach your goals with three 30-minute workouts per week. During your workout, you’ll move through nine stations every three minutes with each station using kickboxing techniques to help you lose weight, gain muscle, and boost your endurance. Although the routines change daily, you should always expect a little workout with a lot of kick. This is also a great option for anyone looking to bring their kids and have a family workout. Your first workout is free, but there are membership options they’ll discuss with you after you’ve completed your first 9Round circuit!

– Anytime Fitness –

This is your typical gym experience for all the regulars just wanting to drop in, workout, then relax at home. They offer personal/group training, fitness classes, and 24/7 access to gym equipment and lifestyle amenities. Memberships start at $30/month but training and nutritional sessions are additional. According to their website, each locations is unique to its community, so check in to see what all your local Anytime has to offer.

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Fitness

Beginner’s Guide to Protein

When you’re new to exercising it feels as though people are throwing all sorts of powders, shakes, smoothies, and vitamins to help you lose weight and gain muscle. A common ingredient in most of these is protein. It comes in all shapes, but do you really need it? Well, depending on your goal, the answer is probably…yes.

To start, you need to know what protein is and how it works. Protein is an essential nutrient already found in your body. It plays a major role in the health of your skin, hair, bones, muscle, and tissue. When you’re exercising it helps boost your metabolism and protein synthesis – which nearly every cell in your body uses to rebuild and grow.

Although protein is essential to your body’s function, it comes in many forms and you need to know which one is right for you. A popular way gym enthusiasts consume additional protein is through powder. Common powders are whey, soy, pea, casein, and hemp. Your dietary restrictions and/or preferences will determine the form of protein you take. Either way, you’ll want to make these part of your diet in order to lose weight and gain muscle.

While powders are a great way to increase protein intake, consider making the following foods part of your everyday meals:

  • Seafood (salmon, tuna)
  • White meat poultry
  • Milk, cheese, yogurts
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Turkey
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas/garbanzo beans
  • Tofu
  • Hummus
  • Peas

On average, you should consume 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of your weight. However, your goals determine the suggested amount. It’s always great to consult with a professional because of your unique body and goals. Everyone is different and you may want/need to consume more or less protein compared to someone with a similar weight.

 

To learn more on this broad topic, reference the articles below:

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Fitness

Eating Healthy When You Don’t Like to Eat Healthy

Changing what you eat is difficult for many reasons. You’re trying new foods (often one’s you’ve never heard of, thought about, or cared to buy) and you find all the healthy foods are ones you just don’t like. And if we’re honest, no one really likes cauliflower – even in the form of pizza. But as with our yearly resolutions, changes in diet and health usually poke into our lives. If you struggle with creating meals within your new calorie count or want to choose healthier alternatives to your favorite meals (hello, pizza and tacos), then the articles below will help!