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Mr. Wladis, founder of the firm, holds both a JD and an LLM in taxation from the Syracuse University College of Law. His practice is concentrated in the areas of business and corporate law, taxation, economic development, and government relations, and he represents individuals and entities across New York State. He serves as chairman of the board of directors of Success by 6 and has served on the boards of directors of a number of other local organizations.

Winter with a Purpose

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Sometimes in the depths of the long, long winter, it’s difficult to find the motivation to do anything but camp out under the covers in front of the TV…or, in these modern times, in front of our mobile phones. As Jack Frost nips at our nose, the struggle to call an official hiatus on screen-time is real. As much as technology makes our lives safer, easier, and more connected – it can also create a constant sense of urgency, rob our time, and give us a false sense of meaning.

With the holiday season upon us, it is perhaps more poignant now than ever, to be present. It is vital to build memories and create moments with those that you love. Even in our complex modern world, we see a resurgence of simpler pastimes – a look at the exploding board game market, adult coloring books, or the increase in camping (even glamping!) are proof of this. In fact, this past October, New York announced that its State Park campgrounds set a new record for attendance for the fifth consecutive year. Our beautiful area of the country offers the outdoor enthusiast (and the not-so-enthusiastic) a myriad of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. As winter comes into full play, Mother Nature beckons us on snowy adventures, with ample locations for sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Outfitters throughout the state can satisfy even the most adventurous outdoor extremist with fat tire snow biking and ice climbing ever gaining popularity. We are so fortunate to have all of this as our backyard playground. These are the kind of memories that make up a lifetime.

Even on the coldest winter day when it’s impossible to get outside, there are plenty of things to do in the comfort of your own home. Make hot chocolate, build a pillow fort, bake cookies, or read a book. A quick Google search or Pinterest session rewards you with multiple lists on how to engage and entertain your children on snow days. Keeping it simple remains the key – coloring, crafting, or even sewing can easily become the highlight of a child’s day. It is likely that the very thing needed to make your child happy, is more time with you.

As we grow more winter-weary, we must remind ourselves of how we occupy our days. As we connect more to each other, through meaningful action, we will find that the weather is not so all-important. This season gives us the amazing opportunity to spend more time on our relationships by forcing us out of our comfort zones – the routines we are used to. Most of the year, we are conditioned to having the ability and accessibility to do almost anything, while instead, winter lays a heavy blanket on our go-go-go lifestyles. Make these days as purposeful as others. With a bit of creativity and a sense of adventure, you can find a way to make the coldest time of the year a little warmer.

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Mark Wladis

Mr. Wladis, founder of the firm, holds both a JD and an LLM in taxation from the Syracuse University College of Law. His practice is concentrated in the areas of business and corporate law, taxation, economic development, and government relations, and he represents individuals and entities across New York State. He serves as chairman of the board of directors of Success by 6 and has served on the boards of directors of a number of other local organizations.

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Exercise Your Freedom on November 8

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On November 8, you have the ability to exercise one of the greatest freedoms the world has ever known. You have the right to vote.

You have the right to choose from different candidates in many different races.  Whether it is for President of the United States or Mayor, you have choices. In many countries, people cannot vote or if they can they only have one person to vote for with no choice.

You have the right to stand in line for 45 minutes in some cases to exercise this freedom.

You have the right to drive 20 minutes to your polling place in order to cast your ballot.

You have the right to write in a candidate if you don’t like any of the candidates on the ballot.

You have the right to be glad all of the commercials telling you why the other candidate is a no good $&@@&@ are finally coming to an end.

Most importantly you have the right to exercise a freedom that people fight wars just to be able to obtain.

Don’t let this freedom pass you by. Vote!!

For more information on your polling place, click on this link.  https://vote.gov/

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Mark Wladis

Mr. Wladis, founder of the firm, holds both a JD and an LLM in taxation from the Syracuse University College of Law. His practice is concentrated in the areas of business and corporate law, taxation, economic development, and government relations, and he represents individuals and entities across New York State. He serves as chairman of the board of directors of Success by 6 and has served on the boards of directors of a number of other local organizations.

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Making Time for What Matters Most

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In less than two weeks, the New York State Fair will open its annual twelve day run and families from all over New York and beyond will flock to see the incredible new improvements to the fair facilities, ride the latest gravity defying roller coaster, see the exhibits and animals, and gorge themselves on a smorgasbord of fried foods and lemonade.  It’s a tradition that we all look forward to, and a great opportunity for parents and their kids to share some time together.

The closing of the State Fair also brings an end to summer vacation, time for the kids to put away their sandy flip flops in favor of new sneakers and get on the bus for a brand new year of school.  This summer’s end ritual is a time when all of us with school aged children fall back into the routines we gleefully abandoned in June.  It’s time to set the alarm a little earlier, time to pack lunches, time to make sure the library books make it into the backpacks and that the homework planners get signed so your child can get a sticker from her teacher.

Our Central New York summers are short, and we cherish the time to be outdoors, to swim at Green Lakes, hike around Clark Reservation, and attend a Syracuse Chiefs game or go pick up fresh sweet corn from a roadside stand. Not bogged down by homework and sports practice, dance lessons and violin practice, we have more time to spend with our families, seeking and finding joy in achieving the perfect toasty marshmallow to go on our s’mores, and seeing all sorts of crazy shapes in the puffy clouds above hammocks strung between backyard trees. Summer is a blissful, magical time that we snowbelt dwellers crave the other nine months of the year.

It is also a reminder that just as summer comes and goes away again before we have even finished saying a proper hello, childhood too slips away despite our protests to stay, please stay little. Please don’t ever stop saying psgetti, please always want to clutch your well worn teddy bear to get to sleep at night. Years ago, I read a card that said something to the effect of “We had a very disappointing experience with our children.  They grew up.”  That resonated with me then, and it does now as my own children continue their march onward.

The time we spend with our children is never wasted time. They challenge us, they help us to grow, they fill our hearts with love we never knew we could feel.  They are watching our every move, absorbing, taking it all in.  Show them that they are your priority – put the phone down, turn off the tv. Read together, play catch together, sit on the sideline beaming with pride and cheering them on. Take them for ice cream even if they barely touched their green beans at dinner tonight. Learn “the new math”, which is really not so different from the old math, while you help them with homework. Help them build the best baking soda and vinegar volcano to ever grace a fourth grade science fair. When you make time for them, you are making time for you, too. We glorify the concept of “busy”, but the reality is all of us can make the time for the things that really matter to us. Budget your time – return the emails after your kids are asleep, instead of meeting a client for a drink after work, how about meeting for breakfast after the kids are on the bus?  The saying goes “the days are long but the years are short” – make the most of this precious, fleeting time with your family and you will reap the rewards in every single aspect of your life.

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Mark Wladis

Mr. Wladis, founder of the firm, holds both a JD and an LLM in taxation from the Syracuse University College of Law. His practice is concentrated in the areas of business and corporate law, taxation, economic development, and government relations, and he represents individuals and entities across New York State. He serves as chairman of the board of directors of Success by 6 and has served on the boards of directors of a number of other local organizations.

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