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May 11, 2021

Unfortunately, I failed to mention that last week was also Teacher Appreciation Week. My sister-in-law Nicole, who is a special education teacher, reminded me of my slip-up after receiving the Mother's Day/Nurses Day reminder email.  I'd like to take a moment to show personal appreciation for all teachers who have the power and patience to educate our children each day, and also for strong women like Nicole for keeping me in check when I forget to express this gratitude.

Over the years, there have been many amazing teachers who have influenced me. Without them, I doubt I would be in the position I am today. The impact of a teacher is profound and always ongoing. I benefit from their guidance even now as I continue to work alongside many amazing educators at my own practice. To those educators, I hope you understand how immensely grateful I am for the support you provide to our children, myself, and this company. 

On the topic of gratitude, I know I have mentioned my appreciation for your outpouring of love and support following my fathers passing, but I would like to take the chance to remind you again how much it truly means to me. Your collective show of compassion has been a key to my healing process and has made a world of difference. It brings me so much joy knowing I have such a strong support system, and I hope to reciprocate this strength and support to you all wherever I am able. 


Always grateful, 


Big Sur, California

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

– Amelia Earhart

Starting a New Hobby? These Tips Can Help You Understand the Tax Situation

Whether you're picking up painting or cooking up new concoctions in your kitchen, starting a new hobby is always fun and a great way to learn something new. Did you know that there are also some tax considerations when starting a new hobby? Especially if you are considering turning your newfound passion into a business.

Taxpayers are expected to report any income earned from hobbies, even if it's not a licensed business. To compare, businesses are done to make a profit, while hobbies are done for recreation, not to make a profit. Here are nine factors that can help you determine whether a hobby could also be considered a business, according to the IRS:

  • Whether you carry on the activity in a businesslike manner and maintain complete and accurate books and records.

  • Whether you have personal motives in carrying on the activity.

  • Whether the time and effort you put into the activity indicate you intend to make it profitable.

  • Whether you depend on income from the activity for your livelihood.

  • Whether your losses are due to circumstances beyond your control (or are normal in the startup phase of your type of business).

  • Whether you or your financial professional have the knowledge needed to carry on the activity as a successful business.

  • Whether you were successful in making a profit in similar activities in the past.

  • Whether the activity makes a profit in some years and how much profit it makes.

  • Whether you can expect to make a future profit from the appreciation of the assets used in the activity.

You may also be able to deduct some of the expenses associated with your hobby. Within certain limits, taxpayers can usually deduct ordinary and necessary hobby expenses. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted for the activity. A necessary expense is one that is appropriate for the activity.

* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.

Tip adapted from IRS.gov8

3 Stretches for Your Lower Back

We spend so much time sitting in our cars and at our desks that it's no wonder that our lower backs can get tight and even sore. These three lower back stretches will help improve flexibility, recovery, and may even help if you have lower back pain.

  • Figure 4 Stretch: The Figure 4 stretch will stretch your glutes, hamstrings, and lower back. To do the stretch, lay on your back with both feet on the ground. Then, cross your left foot over your right knee. Gently bring your right leg to a 90-degree angle. If you want to increase the intensity of the stretch, grab the back of your thigh and bring your right knee toward your torso. Repeat on the other side.

  • Inner Thigh Stretch/Butterfly Stretch: This stretch addresses your inner thigh and lower back. Sit on the ground and bring your feet together in front of your knees with the soles of your feet touching. Let your knees fall to the side. To increase the stretch, bring your feet closer to your torso.

  • Pigeon Pose: To get into pigeon pose, you want to bring one leg to 90 degrees from your torso with the other leg stretched behind you so when you are in the pose, your right calf is perpendicular to your hips. To increase the stretch, bend at the hips over your front leg. Repeat on both sides.

Tip adapted from Very Well Fit9

I'm tall when I'm young and short when I'm old. What am I?

Last week’s riddle: Forward I am heavy, but backward I am not. What am I?  Answer: The word “ton” backward is the word “not.”

Footnotes and Sources

1., January 19, 2021

2., September 22, 2020

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