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Take Your Vacation

In our last edition of this newsletter, we talked about tips and tricks to improve your mental health in the workplace. We received great feedback from that newsletter and readers shared their strategies as well. Two of the most frequent things mentioned were “take a mental health day” and “go on vacation.” And there is no better time to use your PTO than in the summertime!

We have all sat in staff meetings in November and December when we are encouraged to use our time off as the end of the year approaches. And how many of us have left paid time off (PTO) on the table as a new year begins? Well, we get it, unlike when we were kids in school, we do not get three months off each summer. But many of us have various amounts of paid time off to use throughout the year…and our advice this month…USE IT!

We know…it is hard to just leave everything behind and take time off, but your team can cover for you. Right now, our Business Development Specialist, Jake, is on a two-week honeymoon with his new wife, Bridget. While they are exploring Scandinavia, our Operations Manager, Melanie, is covering some of his regular responsibilities.

As always, if there is any way we can help while you are out of the office, let us cover for you. We know budget season is coming up fast, so if budget worries are keeping you from taking time off, we are happy to help. Or if it is taking the strain off your real estate accounting team, assisting with lease abstracting work, or helping take charge of a Yardi implementation, we are here to assist you.

To quote Ella Fitzgerald, “It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy.” Take advantage of this easy living…use your PTO and enjoy time with your family, with your friends, or just take a day to yourself as a mental health day.

 
 

Sonya White Memorial Scholarship

At the end of May, we were honored to present Farmington High School graduate, Matthew Neubert, with the Sonya White Memorial Scholarship. This is the second year that Finch & Daisy has been able to award a graduate with a scholarship, and this year we decided to dedicate the scholarship in our dear friend and colleague's memory.

Sonya’s husband, Cody, and son, Hunter, were part of the review committee that selected Matthew. Cody remarked how Sonya would have been tickled pink to have this scholarship renamed in her honor. Sonya lived our core values of integrity, commitment to service, respect, a drive for results, and problem solving daily.

In Matthew’s application, he demonstrated his entrepreneurial nature, and his dedication to our core values. When we asked the unquantifiable question, “Who would Sonya have picked?” Matthew stood out. We were honored to award this year’s scholarship to Matthew, who intends to study Management Information Systems at North Dakota State University.

 
 

Get to Know F&D

This month we interviewed one of our System Support Analysts, Brittany Laulainen. Check out her answers below!

  1. How Long Have You Been With F&D: 1.5 years

  2. Favorite Movie: No movie. A podcast I enjoy listening to right now is Dana K. White from A Slob Comes Clean.

  3. Favorite Book: All time favorite is the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, I am still a kid at heart.

  4. Favorite Band: No band. I honestly don’t listen to much music right now, but when I do it’s usually music published from my church.

  5. If you could have any job in the world, what would you do? Living the dream right now! Future self would enjoy being a personal finance and home management coach.

  6. Where is the most breathtaking place you’ve ever travelled? The Isle of Skye in Scotland.

  7. Fun Fact About You: My husband and I make moose summer sausage.

Pictured is Brittany and her husband Russell out on a hike. Thank you for sharing Brittany! Look at this space next month for our next featured team member!

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