April Newsletter 2021
One thing we have learned after the nearly 20 years we have been serving Denver is that who you associate with matters.
It goes without saying that our clients are the best in town. We have some wonderful partners as well, many of whom get mentioned here on a regular basis.
We also have a few charities that we support, but none more important to us than Judi’s House.
Founded by Brian Griese, former Broncos QB, Judi’s House provides grief counseling and support for young people and families that have suffered loss. Brian lost his mother Judi at a young age and founded this amazing venture to honor her and to help others that are going through tragic events.
We support this touching and important cause by donating cleaning services every week to make sure their environment is spotless and welcoming to all.
Last week was National Volunteer Week, and Judi’s House was kind enough to recognize us for our efforts in supporting them.
They put out a very kind piece recognizing our efforts on their Facebook page and we wanted to share it with you here. If you read on, you will realize we have an intensely personal connection to what Judi’s House does, and we are certainly grateful for the recognition, but the recognition is not what drives us.
So, thank you to each and every one of our clients that indirectly supports such a great cause with every clean we provide. We love giving back and being part of such a wonderful cause, and the wonderful city that is Denver.
To learn more or to donate to Judi’s House, you can visit them here.
My How We Have Grown
Did all of you participate in the 2020 Census? We did too.
It doesn’t take a census report to tell us that lots of people are moving to Colorado.
In fact, we were one of the few states that gained a new congressional district, our 8th.
Overall, new data shows the state added nearly 745,000 new residents since 2010, a 14.8% increase.
The biggest gain? Texas, which gained just under four million people in the last 10 years.
Three states showed a population decline over the last decade: Illinois, Mississippi, and West Virginia. West Virginia had the largest percentage loss of any state at 3.2%.
California is the most populous state with more than 39.5 million residents. Wyoming is the least populous state with just over 500,000 residents.
This means that Colorado gained more residents in the last 10 years than Wyoming has in total. Crazy.
Reopening Denver Venues
Yes, that is a photo of Red Rocks.
Remember Red Rocks!?
It’s reopening. Along with many other venues and attractions across the Front Range and we wanted to share some of those dates and events with you.
In fact, Red Rocks reopened on April 22. Only 2,500 attendees will be allowed for the time being.
Elitch Gardens is also reopening to the general public on May 1.
Our museums are using timed ticketing and they are open as well. Denver Botanic Gardens is also using this system and they are now open for visits.
The big bummer in all of this is the DCPA postponing most of their shows until early 2022 but will be featuring the Lion King in December.
5280 Magazine did a nice recap of many of the venues around Denver and their piece can be found here.
We love going to concerts and shows, so even a small return to normalcy is welcomed.
We hope to see you out there Denver!
10 Small Things to Improve Your Life
We can never resist sharing “life hacks” or anything that we find compelling regarding self-improvement.
So we visit again the helpful and informative site that is Medium.com.
They published a quite simple list of little things that can make life better. Not the big sweeping changes that we always try to make, but subtle ones that can be very impactful.
For example, did you know the average person spends 2 hours and 25 minutes on social media every day? Tell me that isn’t stressful!
Also, over half of Americans say the news causes stress, and studies have shown that constantly seeing negative stories can make us feel more negative.
So, what to do? The article has some obvious but underutilized techniques such as using airplane mode on our phones from time to time, as well as utilizing the timer features on our phones to parse out tasks.
It’s a simple list, but sometimes in life, it’s the simple things that make life better.
Facebook Data Breach
We have trust issues with Facebook.
Truth is, we don’t use it much, but seeing reports about data breaches doesn’t exactly make us more comfortable.
In fact, Facebook has been under fire for its data management, and just exactly what they do with our personal information.
The most recent news really gave us pause.
It seems that details from more than 500 million Facebook users have been found available on a website for hackers.
While the information appears to be several years old, it’s another example of the vast amount of information collected by Facebook and other social media sites, and the limits to how secure that information is.
The most concerning part is that Facebook didn’t feel like it was important enough to notify its users.
Business Insider did a nice piece on this “breach” and why Facebook’s response should give us reason to pause.
The moral of the story? Change your passwords regularly and make sure you protect your data as much as possible.
Also, maybe blindly trusting a massive company with a gold mine of valuable data is a risky proposition at best.
Monthly Award Winners
Our monthly award winners for March were Aurora Dominguez, Josefina Quinonez, Sandra Vidales, Yesica Censo, and Juana Luna.
In the Team Leader ranks, it was Juana Olivas and Natalia Olivas.
We are so proud of our winners, and of all the folks that are in and out of your homes each week.
We continue to be grateful to you for allowing us into your lives during these challenging times.
Please join me in congratulating our best performers for the month of March.
Queen Bee Corner
The hot ticket lately is the plant-based diet, no meat, no dairy.
As a lure to the lifestyle there are suddenly videos and photos everywhere of animals accomplishing amazing feats, or bonding with other species, or just being darn cute. Whether these efforts have the desired effect remains to be seen.
In any case, as a possible reflection of the sudden surge in animals to the forefront of our consciousness, or simply a reaction to being cooped up for a year, our clients have adopted some unusual pets.
We have two miniature pigs, a very large rabbit (not our first), and a pair of brilliantly colored birds. There may be more in the offing. Rest assured we are up for it. It brings much-needed cheer and a bit of frivolity we could all use a dose of.