Blog: January 2015
A fine tradition continues at BRS: Ski Day 2015.Continue
BRS is such a phenomenal place to work because we live what we advocate for our clients: happy, healthy lifestyles. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that 14 BRS employees took a personal day to spend time together skiing and snowboarding in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. What can be healthier than spending the day skiing with your colleagues when the Rocky Mountains are in your backyard? Probably drinking a quart of beet juice, but skiing sounds way more appealing.
The trip started early on a crisp Friday morning with a short drive from Denver to the Copper Mountain Ski Resort. Stories and laughter filled the interior car spaces as we headed higher and higher, enjoying each other’s company outside the normal office environment. Carrie Hadley made the selfless act of organizing the office snow seekers. Not only can she lead a bunch of rowdy skiers and snow boarders to a great location, but after arrival it was a delight to see Carrie provide expertise to those who wanted instruction on the mountain. It is true that Carrie is a good architectural colleague, however she is also a good instructor of the snow sports!
Others like Zach, Andrea, John, Ellie, Jason and myself did not want guidance. We wasted no time charging up the mountain and speeding back down again. The air was warm at the bottom of the mountain and clear sunny skies showed us nothing but promise of a great day. A few glances around the base of the mountain to see if other BRS employees were ready to go and off the speed seekers went again. Meanwhile, elsewhere on the mountain, Melissa and husband Blake, and Andy and wife Sara, found alone time and enjoyed a great day of skiing at their own pace.
Lunch was filled with pizza and stories of adventures on the mountain. Everyone was having a grand time. When Carrie arrived at the lunch table, I seized the opportunity to take her with me to the top of the mountain and show her what this old Texan can do on a pair of skis. About half way down the mountain, at a considerable speed, I pushed my tired legs a little too hard and sure enough, gravity won the battle… I wiped out! My ego was writing checks my body could not cash. So I picked up my bruised pride, wiped off the snow, and chalked the experience up to fun and foolishness.
All in all, ski day was an absolute success. We can't wait to hit the slopes again!
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Posted by Mick Massey, RLA on January 29, 2015 at 04:42pm
The city of Montrose is located in Southwest Colorado and is home to 19,000 residents. Recently, the town voted to build a new recreation center that will provide the public with a wide range of activities.Continue
Three basketball courts, two racquetball courts, an indoor track, a climbing wall, a fitness center, and three indoor pools will serve all ages and help promote a healthy lifestyle for the community. The running track offers three different circuits for training- a standard flat track, a hill track that gently climbs and falls 8’-0” every lap, and a “mountain” track that utilizes stairs. This will be the first recreation center that BRS has designed on the western slope of Colorado in over eight years!
The architecture of the center draws inspirations from the history of the city as well as the location, which is home to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The exterior features a dark slate colored stone with veins penetrating to the interior much like the veining of the Black Canyon. As guests are welcomed into the building they are greeted by a large trestle bridge suspended over the front desk. This walkway resembles a railroad bridge which is a common sight in Montrose–as the city was born around the railroad.
We hope to have the building open by the end of 2016!Hide Full Post
Posted by Christine Harwood, LEED AP BD+C on January 27, 2015 at 05:12pm
Once you figure out how habits are formed, how they work, then you can learn how to change them.Continue
On January 1, many resolved:
• To lose 10 lbs.
• Eat healthier and work out more
• Do a better job of managing time
• To stay connected to people who are important to them
When we make our New Year’s resolutions, we are saying we want to change our habits. How do we do that past February? Once you figure out how habits are formed, how they work, then you can learn how to change them.
I’ve been reading a book (recommended to me by Katie Barnes) called Power of Habit, by Charles DuHigg. He says that habits are made up of a trigger, a routine, and a reward. Once a habit is embedded into our brains, it influences how we act – even when we don’t realize it. Many advertisers and retailers are well aware of our habits and take great advantage. Haven’t you received notices making recommendations on what you might like to wear, read, see, eat, etc.? Advertisers know that the cravings drive the habit loop from the cue to the routine to the reward.
So how do we change the bad craving to new cravings? First and foremost, you have to commit. You have to really want to change a habit. None of this, “After I lose 10 lbs, I’m going to go back to my old eating habits.” Otherwise, next year, the 10 lbs will be back on the resolution list. I had a friend who was a smoker and quite overweight in college. He wanted to lose some weight and to stop smoking. He decided to start walking every time he got the urge to smoke or eat. The walk around the block soon became two blocks. Pretty soon he was jogging. Then he started running in 5K races and then in marathons. Later he started a company that organized sanctioned races throughout Colorado. First he had to make the commitment to change. Then he had to change the old cravings and develop a new routine and new reward.
What about the resolution to do a better job of managing time? What are the trigger, routine and reward?
The trigger is the commitment to manage time throughout your daily life – home, work and play. The craving is to have more control in your life and more time to do the things you love. The trigger or cue has got to make you want to feel competent and really good about yourself.
Start with small steps so not to overwhelm yourself. For instance, start your day with all the tools you’re going to need in order to better manage your time. Maybe you make your list the night before, so you’re ready to go first thing in the morning. Start a new routine.
Don’t make a list of 12 things that need to be done. Start with 2 or 3. Or make your list then group them into areas of similarity. Add to your list as you get used to managing your time more efficiently. It’s been documented that it usually takes 45 days of doing something different to trigger your brain into a new habit.
Don’t beat yourself up if you go off the wagon. Ask yourself what sparks that new craving? Knowing how to spark that craving is key to creating a new habit. Your reward will be to have everything you wanted.
Another way that I make New Year’s resolutions is to pick a word for the year. For last year and this year, my word is “Courage”. For me, it means that I will try to have the courage to take new risks… doing something I’ve never done before, taking a different route, exploring new adventures, speaking out, having difficult discussions. It means doing things that are out of my comfort zone and maybe learning a few new things about myself and about the world of which I am a part.
What are your resolutions? What is your word for the year? Let me know how it goes.
- Roz Schneider-Barhaugh (retired partner of BRS)
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Posted on January 23, 2015 at 01:34pm
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