December 6, 2009
We did not eat out for a total of 12 days. (oye) Honestly, I'm actually really proud of us for doing it for 12 days. We didn't do it the full 21 days but the 12 days was hard enough. Here was the breaking point.
It was a hard day of work for both Jason and I. I treated 6 patients that day and virtually received no money for treating them that day. Jason had come home from work after having an entire day full of meetings and not getting much of his regular work done from the day. It's no excuse but ... the days had definitely drained us. The last thing either of us wanted to do was cook. So we broke and went to Culver's for supper. (Double oye).
Oh well. All in all, we noticed a change in the amount of money we spent and we know we want to try to do it again. We'll just have to have a different game plan for those days that are really hard.
We'll keep you posted on this.
As for other things going on, recently I've started to receive checks in the mail from insurance patients. SWEET!!! I can't tell you how exciting it was to get the first check in the mail. Unfortunately it's for work that I've done 2-3 months ago. Jeez. I can't start to emphasize how ridiculous health care is from my perspective. Over the past 6 months, we've been either profiting (a little) or breaking even so any additional income is just a bonus!
That's all for now.
November 18, 2009
Eating out is not something that we NEED to do, it's something that we WANT to do. It's also something that costs us more money than if we ate at home. We always tend to over-indulge and eat more calories than if we ate at home. It's also a REALLY BAD HABIT. Therefore, on Monday, our family started a 21 day food challenge to break this bad habit. We are challenging ourselves to not eat out AT ALL for 21 straight days. This includes our bad habit weekends. The rules are, we can not eat anything that comes from any restaurant or restaurant like store.
Now, one of the reasons we eat out on the weekends is because we use it as a social tool. The 2 main reasons we eat out on the weekends are; to hang out with friends or because we're bored (I'll admit reason #2 and then reiterate that this is the worst reason to eat out but it's true). Because we use it as a social tool, we've decided we can GO to restaurants with friends but we just can't eat there. (I know, you're thinking "good luck with that!")
But, that's exactly my point. It wouldn't be a "Challenge" if it wasn't somewhat difficult.
Today is day 3 of our 21 day challenge and I would like to extend the challenge to everyone reading this post. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain; less calories consumed, weight lost, money saved, a habit broken ... Could you do it? I dare you. ;)
November 11, 2009
This picture was a little more challenging than the last one I did. Painting is not only relaxing for me but it's therapeutic. If anyone ever wants me to paint them something, you'd be doing me a favor. :) Just let me know, I'd be happy to do it.
November 2, 2009
Before we left, I was SO excited because these banquets are Bi-Annual (every other year) and the last time I went, Abby was about 4 months old so last time I played in the game, pulled a muscle and went straight to bed after the banquet and missed all the fun. But, mind you, that was the only time I was actually getting any sleep at that point so I was greatful to get a full night sleep then. NOW, Abby is 2 and I was SO PUMPED to see all the girls that I spent so many games, bus trips, sweat, blood and tears with.
We left for Duluth Friday evening and we stayed in Park point. For those of you not familiar with Duluth, Park Point is literally on the other side of the lift bridge. So we could hear the lift bridge horn and see the huge boats pulling into the harbor. (Amazing, I forget how much I really miss the lake until I see it again coming down from the top of the hill on interstate 35). When we got settled in, we met with some other people and were up/awake until 3 a.m. (I can't remember the last time I was awake for that long.)
The next morning, we had our Alumni Game and I'm going to toot my own horn, we won our game 5-4 and I scored 2 goals. (yep, I still got it. :)) I'm not as fast as I used to be but I can still keep up with those young-in's.
We then had the Banquet that evening and it was a great time to reminisce with all the girls I haven't seen in the last few years. The ABSOLUTE BEST part was seeing the core group of girls that I really bonded with. (Again, we were up till 3 a.m. oye).
September 14, 2009
August 20, 2009
If any of you have gotten married, you know that when you walk into a bakery to look at a cake or if you walk into a flower shop to pick out your flowers, and you tell them you're engaged, the price skyrockets for that cake or flowers. Well, the same happens if you are a small business. Our phone bill is through Qwest and the advertisements on TV make claims that you can get a small business package for $99 per month. Seems like a good deal so Qwest is who we went through. 2 months later, the we got our bill in the mail and it was $700!!! My jaw hit the floor when I saw this bill. I knew it was going to be one of our bigger expenses but $700??? Needless to say, we got it worked out but it took several weeks for ust to find someone that wasn't trying to screw us over for our loan money. Lesson #1, do NOT use Qwest as your phone company and do NOT tell other bigger companies you are a small business. Not only did this happen with Qwest but other companies wanted our money as well such as Yellowpages.com, Startribune, etc. We are now a target because we have loan money just BURNING a hole in our pockets.
Because we are a new small business, our lovely friends at Qwest then sold our phone number to credit card companies so at least 4 times a day we get phone calls from people wanting to sell us a credit card or a credit card processer. We already HAVE a credit card processor and we don't NEED a credit card. One day a credit card processor solicitor called and I proceeded to tell her we were already the proud owners of a CC machine. Her next line was, "okay well, please don't tell me you got the CC processor through the bank, they just can't be trusted." Dumbfounded, I could barely grasp the words to say to her, "and I'm supposed to trust YOU?! I don't even KNOW you!" ... click. Lesson #2, don't trust anyone.
Lastly, I've learned that EVERYONE in business has an alterior motive. This is the most difficult aspect of my job. Because I am in healthcare, I try my best to trust the people I talk to and care for them. Two personal aspects that other business personel push aside to make a quick buck. Lesson #3, always ask yourself, what does this person have to gain from what I can give them and will it TRULY help me in the end.
That's all for today, just some food for though on this rainy afternoon.
July 23, 2009
Alrighty well, I've obviously been busy ... but what have I been busy doing? WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK! I feel like ALL I ever am doing is working but that's a good thing! I love what I do so most of the time it's fun.
This is our 3rd month in business and we are doing considerably well for our first few months of being a new business. Each month we are reaching our goals and we are getting closer and closer to breaking even which is practically unheard of within the first year.
Last month we attended about 5 different marketing events and so our days were filled with doing mini massages and talking to people about how chiropractic can help them. So after last month's craziness Jason and I got to go on a little retreat up to Margaret and Greg's Cabin for the weekend. It was a much needed get away, I think Jason and I had both been running on empty for a bit and we've been working so hard at saving money and making money and this little vacation was one of the cheaper routs we could go. BUT on the way up to the cabin the car started having some minor problems ... such as the spedometer stopped working, all the electrical aparatus' stopped working ... we were lucky to actually drive the car all the way up to their cabin in Baxter, I'm pretty sure, we rolled right up the driveway and we weren't going to get any further.
Ugh, trying to forget the car for the rest of the weekend, we all ran a 5K for breast cancer. I've never run a 5K before and I was so excited to finally say I have run a 5K. We got ready to start by putting these chips on our shoe laces that keeps track of your time when you cross the finish line well, of all people's chips to not work, MINE did not work so I didn't even get a time. I DID finish and there were about 8 people that can prove that I was there and DID run the race but I have no idea what my time was and it's not official. Oh well.
We relaxed the rest of the weekend and it was GREAT. Fantastic food, Great company, and the choice to do Absolutely NOTHING if we wanted to.
AFter the weekend, we luckily got the car home and had to spend about $250 to fix it (so much for the cheap vacation) and Abby was REALLY crabby when we got home and were forced to put her in her very first time-out. I guess going for 2 years without a time-out is pretty good but you could tell she was distressed that we'd been gone for the whole weekend.
But, now things are back to normal. Abby's birthday went well and she loves all the presesnts she got, especially the Tricycle we gave her. When Jason brought it to her, she got up and yelled, "My bicycle!!! I'm so HAPPY Daddy, I'm so Happy!" (so sweet, how cute.)
June 5, 2009
Reception desk, nutritional supplements behind the desk.
Therapy Room where we provide muscle stim, hot packs, cold packs and massage for sore and tender muscles. On the other side of the bamboo screens on the left there is an Acupuncture suite.
May 22, 2009
Accel and Be Well
Chiropractic Acupuncture Healthy Living
At Accel and Be Well we are offering several opening discounts please feel free to call us and set up your appointment (952) 544-0838.
Free 10 Minute Massage (limit 1 per customer)
$10 off your First Acupuncture Treatment
Everything we do at Accel and Be Well is the benefit for our patients. Our goal is to help you live life to the fullest and enjoy everyday to its maximum potential.
Accel and Be Well!!!
May 17, 2009
So far, we have almost gotten all the lose ends tied up and we have officially been open and operating for the public for the last week. So far so good. We're seeing a few patients and have booked a few marketing activities so if you would like to make an appointment please contact us at our new office phone number (952) 544-0838.
I cannot convey through this blog how excited I am to start this new adventure. I have been in school since I was 5 years old and for the first time in my life I am able to make my mark in this world. God has given my so many gifts in life, friends, family, a roof over my head and my most recent gift of being able to help people thrive physically. I can't wait to show you all the potentials Chiropractic has to offer. I can't wait to teach you all about it.
More to come!
Dr. Julie Beal
April 24, 2009
You are all invited to a pre-opening open house of our brand spankin' new clinic Accel and Be Well Chiropractic.
Friday, May 1st from 4-7
10501 Wayzata Blvd STE 100
Minnetonka MN 55305
Hope all can come! We look forward to seeing!
Accel and Be Well
Dr. Julie Beal
April 20, 2009
April 16, 2009
Today is Thursday and I'm sitting in the 70 degree weather in the sunshine and reminiscing. I have been in school for 20 years! A little less than 8 years ago, I decided I was going to go to Chiropractic school and the thoughts running through my head were, "are you seriously going to go to school for eight more years? You're crazy! Don't you want to be done with school? You could just end after a bachelor's degree." But no, I pushed myself and made the decision and submitted my application less than 4 years ago and now here I am soon to be Dr. Julie Beal.
I've never been so proud of myself (I don't mean to sound pompus) because I've been through something that most people will never even get the chance to try to accomplish. So as I sit soaking in the rays and enjoying the moment ... it feels GOOD!
April 7, 2009
I am GRADUATING SOON!!!! And I'm honestly going to put myself in the crazy house with everything I have to accomplish within the upcoming 3 weeks.
Here's a list of things we've completed within the last week.
1) We got an A on our business plan which means that we can be granted a business loan.
2) WE GOT OUR LOAN!!! Sweet! Thanks to Chippewa Valley Bank in Wisconsin, they're helping us to make our dreams come true (at a price).
3) We have a space and are slowly moving stuff into the space.
4) We purchased some additional equipment
5) went to seminars about opening business
6) found a lawyer we want to work with.
7) found an accountant we want to work with.
Here's a list of things we have to accomplish within the next 3 weeks.
1) graduate (walk across the stage) EASY
2) exit counseling so we don't "forget" to pay back the school our $120,000 in student loans
3) Take the jurisprudence exam for the state
4) sit down with a lawyer to go over the lease agreement
5) sit down with a lawyer to draw up an entity for the company
6) get a tax ID number
7) file info for our business entity
8) file info for insurance company networks
BUT, until we graduate, we can't do ANY of the above things. Everything depends on that diploma.
So, recently, we've been working our butts off at clinic as well as trying to make everything as easy as possible for when the flood gates open after graduation.
I better hold on, it's going to be quite the ride.
Dr. (almost) Mama Beal :)
April 2, 2009
First day, we went DIRECT to SEA WORLD (literally from airport to sea world.)
These guys were LOUD! There's a video, below, of one of them trying to get our attention while we were feeding them.
The Beach was the perfect weather. Check out the lady in the pink, she just about knocked me over while she was running. She must have been practicing for Bay Watch.
Inside where the barrels are kept. Just wait, the pictures start to get artsy fartsy after I've had a few samples :)
March 5, 2009
When we left the house, I asked Jason if he smelled the smoke and he said he couldn't remember what it smelled like in the house and that he hadn't noticed anything suspicious. So, I tried to control my mommy super-powers and supress them saying, "she's not lying, why would she lie to me?"
After a somewhat difficult transition for Abby in the beginning, you would never know it these days as Abby runs into the house and heads staight for Susie's arms. Susie greets her every morning with a warm embrace so the loving feelings between Susie and Abby are mutual. And this is the exact reason why I am so furious with her.
A few days ago, I just happened to pick Abby up when another parent was picking his two sons up. As we left together, he asked me if I had ever noticed that Abby smelled loke cigarette smoke when I picked her up. I know that every once in a while I had noticed a faint smell of smoke but just thought it was maybe the way her house smelled or maybe her husband smoked etc (that's me trying to calm my mommy super-powers again.) He explained that his wife had noticed it as well as some of his friends making comments on the fact that his kids smelled like cigarette smoke. He also explained that some of the other parents had noticed it as well but they hadn't confronted Susie about it. This other parent said he HAD confronted her and she continues to deny it but she seems to deny it half heartedly because she realizes that if she admits it, she could lose her license.
I am sick to my stomach with anger about this whole situation. First of all because I can't believe she'd lie to me especially if it's something SO important to me that I asked it during an interview. Second of all, Abby is a developing child who can be detrimentally affected by second hand smoke and it's not like Abby can speak up for herself to defend herself. Thirdly, I am beating myself up because I can't believe I suppressed my mommy super-powers and ignored them. I KNEW I shouldn't have left her there. I KNEW it smelled like smoke. I KNEW she was lying. I knew, I knew, I knew ... and I STILL left her there. If only I had listened to my gut. I tell new mom's that all the time that if they don't feel something is right with there baby, they are probably correct and they need to listen to their instincts ... and I didn't listen to my own advice. I am furious at the whole situation.
Either way, if we prove Susie has been smoking, Abby needs to go somewhere else for daycare. If we can't prove Susie has been smoking, Abby still needs to go somewhere else for daycare because we can't disprove that she's been smoking.
Now when I drop Abby off, it's frustrating because I want her to love Abby and care for her but if she smokes, she is putting my child in harms way and I honestly could slap her for it. It makes me sick to think about.
Looking for support and advice
February 23, 2009
Also, the website is looking fantastic. It's still pretty basic but if you want to get an idea of what it's going to look like, got to http://accelandbewell.health.officelive.com. (remeber it's still basic.)
Anyways, my internship is ... eh, still ... blah! But, I'm getting a ton of activity taking X-rays and working with some pregnant women. Since it's a male run clinic, they all kind of freak-out when a pregnant woman walks through the door and they throw them at me because that's what I'm interested in. Typical. But since the rest of the internship kind of sucks, that's definitely a huge plus! It makes my day whenever I get to work with pregnant women.
Our business plan is also still coming along. It's a hard process. Thank goodness I only have to do this ONCE and when it's done, it's done.
Well, that's all for now. I've been so busy that I only have time to sneak in 3 workouts a week so my weight has kind of stayed steady. I still plan on losing about 10-15 more pounds but I think with everything that's going on, it might have to wait until I graduate. But, continuing to work out definitely helps me coup with all these other stresses I have.
Have a good week and remember ...
Accel and Be Well
February 15, 2009
So, considering my last blog entry, it's obvious I've been sucked dry of my time, energy and yes, I was suckered into buying one of those pyramid scheme detoxes my Doc was selling. I can now say I am an "Associate" in the Isagenics Pyramid Scheme but I did NOT pay the $200 they were going to charge for this detox, I only spent $50. (Which is still a lot but anywho ... stickin' it to the man ... maybe.)
I attempted to do the detox on Saturday (key word "attempted") and UNsuccessfully finished it on ... Saturday (no, not one week later, I stopped the same day I started.) So, lesson learned and the moral of the story is, do not join pyramid scheme. Live and Learn!
Like I said in my past blog, this new internship is more about sticking up for myself and growing emotionally and mentally more than learning the trade. And this Detox thing has completely made me grow emotionally/mentally.
It was a reminder about why I want to be a health care provider.
I want to be a health care provider to HELP people. I want help people to strive to Accel in their Health as well as their every day lives.
It was a reminder as to how I do NOT want to run my practice.
I do NOT want to get into Chiropractic to make money. Of course all careers should have the benefit of making money but I believe that if you love what you do, truely believe in it and do your best, the money will just come. You shouldn't have to "work" for the money, it will come to you if you are doing right by what you believe.
It was a reminder as to what I believe in.
I truely believe every person needs chiropractic and can benefit from chiropractic. If I didn't truely believe this, I honestly wouldn't be able to promote it. I believe in HONESTY and CHIROPRACTIC.
Through all of this, I feel like I am perservering through the tests I've been put up to during this internship. But, through it all, our business plan is coming together and we are narrowing down our location of our future business. We are even finishing our website and have come up with our practice name "Accel and Be Well Chiropractic." Once the website is complete I will post a link.
Accel and Be Well
January 26, 2009
My new internship is a completely different environment than I've ever been in. The last two places I've been were environments that really promoted health and the doctors really seemed genuine about how they treated their patients. This new internship is not that way. The doctor is known as a "personal injury" doctor, (aka ambulence chaser), he makes a LOT of money and when a person walks in his door, he sees them as walking dollar signs instead of people. He basically does everything he can to make-a-buck. So, not only does he see the patient's as walking dollar signs but he also sees the interns as HUGE money makers. He's always wanting us to work late, work over lunch, promote his practice on the weekends by doing spinal screenings and bring in new patients for him all at the high cost of FREE. Now, I have an excuse because I have a family at home that requires my attention but he still ropes me into the long hours and free promotions for his clinic and while I appreciate the oportunity I get to learn something new, a few days ago, he was asking me to go against my morals for his own benefit.
The Doctor had us stay over our lunch hour to listen to another doctor promote a detox that she uses for her patients. The detox was sounding pretty good and I was really interested in it so I was hoping it would be something I'd want to do until I heard it was $200. At that point, I decided it wasn't for me and that I wasn't going to do it. But, the catch was that the doctor really wanted to make some money off of the interns so he brought me into his office (one-on-one) to talk about the detox. When I told him that I wouldnt be able to pay for it, he told me that he would make it work out that the other interns working with me would essentially pay my portion and my detox would be free of charge to me and that this choice would be "just between the two of us." "WARNING WARNING" (INSERT BIG FLASHING RED LIGHTS HERE). He then proceeded to tell me how much more beneficial I was to him than the other two interns and that he chose me specially because he thought I would be more of a success then them. (WHAT THE HECK!!! WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS? He was forcing me to decide if my values/morals and friendships with these other interns were worth $200 all so he could make a few bucks off of them.)
I had to think quickly on my feet and I told him how unfair I thought it was and that if I was going to get a deal that the other interns should get one as well. After I left his office, I quickly gathered the other interns and told them what had happened because I wanted them to be prepared for him to talk with them. He's a master manipulator and a VERY good business man. I knew, going into this practice that it would challenge me being put in a different environment but I never thought my morals or values would be challenged. I know I did the right thing but I also have to work with this kniving jerk for the next two months. Well, I guess I am learning from the best but what I learn from this experience will not be how I apply it in real life.
Trying to stay strong
PS, so to say the least, I've been really stressed out and having a hard time fitting in all of my work outs. I've been consistantly doing 3 times a week at least but, they're REALLY hard to find a time to fit them in. Sorry I've been MIA recently.
January 14, 2009
Christmas was a whirlwind of presents and family. When you have kids, the holidays seem to go by so much faster. Not to mention, we had 3 christmas' to go to this year. PLUS, we couldn't go to church because, where do you find a babysitter on Christmas Eve?
I passed my part 4 boards exams WOOHOO!!! I'm super pumped. I found out the results the DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS! Wow,were the heck was the national board examiners thinking? At least I passed.
We tried our hardest to get to a New Years Eve party this year but we couldn't find anything to do that we wouldn't fall asleep at so we were, unfortunately in bed by 10:30 that night. An elderly lady at my internship told me I looked tired a day or so later, implying that I'd been out partying, and when I told her that I fell asleep before the ball dropped, she looked at me like I was crazy.
I started a new internship after the new year which had me working myself to the bone for the first week so that I got accustomed to the new procedures etc. This last week has been much easier and I've settled in well but going through these big changes in our routine throws off the whole family. Abby's daycare schedule changes which not only puts stress on Abby and me but it also indirectly affects Jason's schedule as well.
I tried my hardest to achieve my goal from the last blog but sadly I failed. Not by much though. I kept up my exercises pretty well through the holidays, I just slipped up once or twice by not going because of all the other activities we had on the table. BUT, on a positive note, I've had to tighten my belt 1 hole even though the scale hasn't changed PLUS, one of my friends joined the work out facility that Jason and I go to so I have a new work out buddy which is a huge motivator.
Well that's it for now, I know it's a lot to read but try living it. Oye.