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Living in Bellevue, Washington | Finding a Place to Live

Consider Living in Bellevue, Washington
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In March we celebrate my birthday and my favorite dinner spot is halfway between my home and my sister’s home. It is the 520 Bar & Grill in Bellevue, Washington. It is in downtown Bellevue near a few other great restaurants and just blocks from the shores of Lake Washington and Bellevue Downtown Park.

If you live near Seattle, Washington chances are you have driven into or through Bellevue. It is known for gorgeous homes on the lake, the Snowflake Lane parade at Christmas time, some of the best restaurants just outside of Seattle and soon to be a new home for Amazon. Amazon is just one of the well known companies that call Bellevue home. Other companies include Offer Up, Expedia, Coinstar, T-Mobile and more.

Snowflake Lane
Snowflake Lane Parade – Bellevue, Wa

Besides good food and great job opportunities Bellevue,Washington is very close to Seattle and right off several major highways so you have several ways of traveling in and out of the city. Spend a day shopping and eating near Bellevue Square Mall (make sure you visit the huge Amazon Bookstore there) or take a boat onto the lake. Lake Washington runs along Bellevue and is the largest lake in King County and the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington. Living in Bellevue is for the hard worker who loves adventure on their days off because the trails and waterways around here are gorgeous any time of the year.

Finding a Place to Live in Bellevue, Washington

If you are intrigued with Bellevue, Washington by now you are probably wondering the best resources to finding apartments to rent. There is so much beauty and many great neighborhoods so it is not uncommon for new residents to rent a year or so because it gives them a chance to get to know the area, school district lines so they can find that perfect neighborhood for a permanent home. I would start with a website called Zumper.

Bellevue, Wa water
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I recommend Zumper because not only is it real-time listings but I see that you can do the application process including background check from their platform. This means you stay on one site to apply for your place. Zumper is available for Bellevue, Washington rentals.

When searching for apartments to rent on Zumper you can sort by any of your immediate needs such as pets allowed, number of bedrooms, area close to your work, etc. The Pacific NW is unique because you can find a home surrounded by wildlife and heading into the mountains and just across town you can be a part of city life. Being able to get to know your town before committing to buying a home or knowing what area of a city will be best for your family will guarantee you live near the surroundings that are quiet or busy according to your preference. Zumper will help make sure you get into the part of town you desire.

Bellevue, Washington has about 150,000 residents. You can easily live in Bellevue and work in Seattle. As I mentioned you are near all major highways and public transportation is easily available throughout town. To rent in Bellevue, Wa the average monthly is about $2,340. If you are looking to relocate to or move within Bellevue, Wa make sure to browse Zumper to see what is available right now. Check back often as they update with real time availability!

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New Years Goals: 6 Ways to Get Mentally Fit

Getting fit isn’t always physical. Sometimes the hardest change we can make is the mental aspect of healthy living. I was sent this article to share and wanted to offer you these tips on getting mentally fit for your New Years goals of 2017.

Get mentally fit-New Years Goals

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services shares some key ways to get mentally fit for the new year so you can move forward successfully.

  1. Clear clutter. Look at your surroundings. If you have junk drawers galore, a messy car, countertops and cabinets that are full of stuff you don’t even use, it is time to clear the clutter. According to Dr. Hafeez, “cluttered spaces reflect a cluttered mind. If you want to wipe the slate clean to allow room for new people and circumstances that serve you, you must get your mind clear. Many of my patients who describe themselves as anxious, stressed or even depressed say they feel better when they start clearing up their physical space.”
  2. Exercise a little bit. Dr. Hafeez who also helps people overcome body image issues encourages aiming for smaller attainable wins. “People set high fitness goals for the new year and then fall off after a month or less. This leaves their self esteem shot which is when self loathing and depression can sneak in.” She advises setting a reachable daily goal of perhaps walking 10,000 steps per day. There are step-counting apps available to measure how much you walk and they add up quickly. “When you see accomplishment on a daily basis you stick with it, this sets your mind in a positive direction,” says Dr. Hafeez.
  3. Eat mind-boosting foods. Mental fitness also has to do with how well our minds work. A loss of memory or the ability to concentrate or focus can easily shift with an improved diet. “Research finds that along with other benefits, foods rich in Omega-3, such as some fish and nuts, as well as those full of antioxidants can help protect the brain from memory decline.” So eating more fish such as salmon and add fruits such as blackberries and blueberries to your diet can help. The good news is that brain boosting foods include delicious options such as chocolate, guacamole (avacados) and sunflower seeds.
  4. Color! The adult coloring book bandwagon is a good one to jump on. According to Dr. Hafeez coloring requires total focus on the present. The repetitive motion of coloring provides relief from stress and anxiety by entering a meditative state. “Not everyone can sit still and breathe for 15 minutes per day, but they certainly can color. It’s absolutely a fun way to achieve mindfulness and shake off the day,” explains Dr. Hafeez.
  5. Apologize and forgive. A fast way to mental fitness is forgiveness! “Carrying around resentments and guilt wears us down and can lead to serious illness such as cancer or stroke. If you experienced a tough break up, divorce or perhaps the 2016 political climate led to arguments and lost friends, reach out apologize and seek forgiveness and move on. Remember, forgiveness doesn’t mean you condone a hurtful behavior. Forgiveness frees you and the other person making it easier to move forward.
  6. Learn something new. Challenge your brain by learning a new language, how to cook, paint, do Tai Chi. Pick something you think would be interesting or useful to learn and learn it. If you avoided cooking your whole life, learning the basics will serve your brain very well. According to Dr. Hafeez, “the more we can activate the cognitive functions of our brains the better our short and long-term memory and hand eye coordination will be.”

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind orwww.comprehendthemind.com

*This is not a sponsored post. I was not compensated.

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4 Ways to be Pet-Prepared in an Emergency

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In the event of an emergency are you pet-prepared? If suddenly tonight a natural disaster hit that had you finding shelter for your family, would you know what to do with your pets? In a recent survey of over 5,000 pet owners, 46% are not prepared. I was given some data from Pet360, Inc that I felt was important to share with my readers. I spent several years as a Veterinary Assistant and in one vet clinic I worked at in Oregon, we had bad forest fire nearby and at one point our clinic was at capacity sheltering animals. There were so many families running to local vets confused and panicked on what the plan was for pets. We could only hold so many. The plan is the owners responsibility especially if that disaster were to happen after hours of a clinic. 
What does being pet-prepared for an emergency mean?

Essentially, being pet-prepared in an emergency means having a plan. That plan should consist of access to crates, list of family/friends who approved helping out who live nearby, easy access and always enough pet medications on hand. Having plenty of food and portable water on hand. Vaccine/ownership records on hand. Leashes/harnesses to keep them confined as well as waste bags. Just as they teach for family safety, you should have enough supplies, food and liquid accessible to last a minimum of 3 days if stranded. 
Is your pet ID’d. A microchip is the best investment you can make for your pet. If you have no family or friends that can help you, do you know what hotels in your area are pet-friendly? Having a list you keep with emergency supplies can save you that headache in the middle of an evacuation.
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  1. Plan Ahead: There are many shelters that do not accept pets. Asking family and friends ahead of time to be accessible or to have a list of pet-friendly hotels will save you stress
  2. Practice with your pets: Pets and stress bring out odd behaviors. Like children, if you practice at quiet moments, it will be more familiar to them if a disaster struck. Make sure your dog is practiced entering and exiting a vehicle and has a ‘come; command. Make sure you put your cat in and out of a carrier and know their ‘come’ calls (opening canned food, calling their name, etc..)
  3. Pack and Emergency Kit: For a great checklist, I recommend Pet360’s top 10 pet emergency kit items
  4. Protect your Pets when they are home alone: Display a pet alert sticker near an open front area of your home showing types and number of pets, note if they are indoor only animals or both and list your Veterinarians number on that sticker.
Having a plan and doing some research now will allow you to get the pets taken care of so you can focus on larger issues when a disaster strikes.
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