3 Beautiful Waterfall Hikes in NJ to Trek This Fall

All of us at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) love to stay active — so we can’t help but get excited that #falliscoming, and with it, new reasons to play outside.

Even for long-time New Jersey residents, there are a lot of lesser-known waterfall wonders just waiting to be discovered. Hiking is a wonderful way to exercise, breathe some fresh air, and get away from the bustle of everyday life to feel some clarity and experience some exposure to nature. Here are 3 glorious waterfalls that you can hike to right here in New Jersey!

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  1. Schooley’s Mountain 

Schooley’s Mountain Boulder Gorge Loop is an awesome hike which is just about 1 hour from Atlantic Solutions. It is approximately 2.3 miles and provides you with a beautiful waterfall view, as well as gorgeous wildflowers and a tremendous forest. It is a great place for a Saturday hike this fall, guaranteeing splendid views and a day worth of fun!

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2. Coppermine’s Trail

March along the old copper mines in Hardwick for some green and lively trails, views of rural New Jersey, and plenty of streams and cascades this fall! As you make it to the top of the hike, you will be colliding with the Appalachian Trail! Most of the path follows a stream and the hike provides a lot of spots for breaks with excellent views.

There are 10.2, 4.8, and 1.5-mile options for varying degrees of hikers, which makes Coppermine’s Trail a convenient spot for all levels of adventurers! This hike is about 1.5 hours from South Plainfield, which is still close enough for a day trip!

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3. Chikahoki Falls

This alluring hike can either be done in 7.7 or 2.6 miles. Chikahoki Falls is 45 minutes or so from Atlantic Solutions and it provides some pretty stunning views. At the top, which is formerly referred to as Wyanokie High Point, you can see an impressive 360-degree view of the area below. Also, on a clear fall day, you will be able to see substantial foliage paired with an awe-inspiring view of New York City!

In addition to the views that await you atop Chikahoki Falls and the rest of Norvin Green State Forest, there are plenty of waterfalls to stare and be amazed by on your journey. This spot is the closest of the three and definitely deserves a Saturday or Sunday to fully appreciate!

So the next time you go for a hike, consider one of these 3 spots, and be sure to let all of us at Atlantic Solutions know how it went!

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Our Prized HR Manager, Chavely Mendez, Gives an Inside Look at Her Job

Chavely Mendez is the Human Resources Manager here at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) which is a position that holds a lot of responsibility. She handles all of the recruiting for the company, including all of the logistics and paperwork for new hires. Chavely also regularly analyzes and documents best practices for recruitment, while speaking to over 100 people per day. It’s safe to say that her position requires a certain degree of diligence, patience, organization, and an arsenal of people skills.

After college, Chavely worked in retail. However, she didn’t feel a passion towards the industry and was soon on the hunt for a position that would fill her needs.

“I had another company that wanted to hire me for a human resources position, but after Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 11.20.16 AMmy first interview at Atlantic Solutions, I knew where I needed to be. The people were just so welcoming and friendly here and it actually made me feel really comfortable. My nerves were calmed and the environment just felt right. I was asked to come in for another interview at the first company I mentioned; but, instead, I interviewed again with Atlantic Solutions which was the best decision I’ve made.”

When she did come back for that second interview, Chavely felt the familiar comfort and ease that she did before. I bet you’re wondering if that same feeling held up once she was hired and started her career in Human Resources – well this is what she had to say about her job:

“What I love the most is performing behind the scenes and having a real, tangible sense of responsibility. I love helping DK help build his company. I love being able to talk to everyone before they are hired and that I get to show them around the office. I really love my job.”

She sure does have a strong passion for what she does. Another part of the Human Resources role is fostering relationships with coworkers in the workplace to maintain a positive morale and a teamwork mentality.

Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 11.20.54 AM“We do something called “Team Night” where we bond with DK, the leaders, new employees, and the rest of the team. For instance, last night we went bowling. It’s a fun and engaging way to get to know each other on a more personal level outside of the workplace. Team night provides a stress-free environment where I can learn more about our employees’ goals and what they want to accomplish, which I think is important when trying to stimulate success.”

She speaks highly of her coworkers, stating that it’s easy to maintain both professional relationships as well as friendships outside of the office.

It is no question that Chavely is a brilliant Human Resources Manager and we’re so lucky to have her on the Atlantic Solutions team!

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3 Techniques That Will Help Free You From Your Procrastination [LIST]

In celebration of Independence Day, the day that the United States gained independence from the British Empire, us here at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) would like to provide some tips on how you can free yourself from procrastination.

Procrastination is a hard habit to shake, but adding these techniques into your daily routine will undoubtedly help you get on track!

  1. Make your bed in the morning

It sounds silly, right? But making your bed in the morning is a wonderful way to boost your brain into productivity mode. You are being productive starting from the second that you wake up, which will make you immediately feel accomplished. This nice psychological boost in the morning will set your mind in the right place, creating a desire for more accomplishments and productivity!

 

2. Make an organized to-do list.

To-do lists are an obvious technique for productivity. Whether it’s daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly goals, setting out your tasks in a checklist format is a great way to visualize what you need to do. However, these can get bogged up and unorganized. A great way to arrange your to-do list is to group the goals into different categories based off of difficulty and time. After that, it is best to start small – just like making your bed. It will feel great to accomplish a goal, little or small.

3. Treat it like an exercise

When somebody rolls off of the couch and decides to start working out, they don’t immediately go for the 100lb dumbells. Similarly, kicking procrastination and heightening your focus takes time and patience. There are things that you can do right away which will aid you in this process, like putting your phone away during the time that you want to be productive and eliminating all external distractions, but it does not happen overnight. Like any skill, it takes time and effort to be able to focus and be productive without procrastination, especially if it has been happening for awhile. We certainly appreciate the learning process here at Atlantic Solutions.

4. Learn to ignore things

When you have a lot on your plate, or in this case on your to-do list, it is important to learn to ignore some of it. It can be extremely overwhelming to look at a packed to-do list, organized or not because you tend to lump all of the tasks in together as one great big pile of stress. Focus on one task to get started and ignore the rest to avoid distraction and procrastination. Sometimes when we see this inordinate list, we semi-panic and turn to entertainment on the internet, which only delays our problem.

5. Overestimate the amount of time needed for tasks

If you have a task that you need to accomplish and you only think it will take 30 minutes, set aside 45 or 50 minutes to do it. This way, you won’t be distracted and unfocused due to the fact that you are rushing for a deadline. If you plan your day right and accomplish your goals under the allotted, wonderful! Now you have more time for more productivity!

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Getting To Know You: Atlantic Solutions College Edition [Q+A]

The rapid growth of Atlantic Solutions would not be possible without the dedication of our incredible team members. As we kick off the month of July, we thought we would take a moment to tell you more about some of the valuable team members who help to make Atlantic Solutions the company that it is today!

First, we spoke with Nick, who attended the University of Rhode Island.

We asked him, “What were some of the activities or organizations that shaped your college experience?”

Here’s what he told us:

I was in a fraternity at URI, most of my free time was spent fishing or hiking and when the weather was nice I was at the beach as much as possible.

Next, we talked to James, who attended Kean University, located in Union, New Jersey.

James shared, “My favorite activity to participate in was a tradition that my friends and I had. We used to have group study sessions before each important test. It not only helped us on the tests but also helped us socialize and meet new people!”

Another employee, Brian attended Rider University, right in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Brian told us that one of the biggest changes for him was living alone for the first time.

“I was lucky to be able to enjoy the freedom and the lifestyle of the real world, without having to pay all the bills.”

Next, Hassan, a graduate of Brooklyn College, the City University of New York told us all about his time as president of the Stock Trading Club.

He was also on Brooklyn College’s Varsity Soccer Team.

“Playing soccer against other colleges was the most exciting experience because I used to promote the games in the clubs and increase our fans number that watched the game.”

And lastly, we spoke to Francis, an alum of Stony Brook University located, who told us about how much his suitemates shaped his college experience.

He shared, Whether it was playing video games, watching sports, playing sports, or just finding fun things to do. I always enjoyed that bonding experience.”

Regardless of their different experiences, majors or schools – all four of these individuals are instrumental in the work we are doing at Atlantic Solutions. We are so glad to have them as part of our team and we hope you enjoyed learning a little more about the people we are proud to call a part of our team.

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Atlantic Solutions Team Leaders Attend Prestigious “Top Gun” Seminar [PART 3]

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Welcome back! To learn more about Atlantic Solutions team leader Hassan Wehbeh’s career-shaping weekend in Los Angeles, California at the Top Gun conference, check out the finale of our interview below:

What was your favorite part of the event?

Definitely meeting all of the “Top Gunners,” and just connecting with them. Top Gun picks the top guys from companies in the United States. Depending on the size of the company, they can pick one, two, or three people. We have a pretty big office, so they picked three from our office: Nick, James, and me. People are chosen according to the quality of their work and the production that they bring.

Can you describe the schedules of the days you were there?

We were treated like rockstars! An entrepreneur named Julie set up everything: breakfast, lunch, dinner, fun, social, bars and nightlife, everything. It was a blast. Everything waQuote3.pngs paid for! On the first day, we had dinner with Julie and all of the other Top Gun people. So we got to hang out with the top crew of the organization and connect with each other. The next day we had a full day, we woke up at 5:00, left the hotel at 5:45 and we got to the client broker’s office at 7 am, where we had breakfast. After that, we headed to the location and they had a set list for us of what we were going to do, who we were going to talk to, and all of the workshops. The client broker’s team spoke on what they think about us. They knew each one of us and our background! They were very knowledgeable about who we were. They would ask what our names were and we’d tell them and they’d say, “Oh you’re awesome for all these reasons.” They were open to hearing what we think about them, and how we think they can get better because at the end of the day their system is based on us. The more we grow, the faster they grow.

We sat with our client broker’s CEO, I finally got to meet him! He’s a legend in our office, everyone talks about him. After that, we went to dinner and then we went to a rooftop bar. There was even bottle service! Our flight wasn’t until the evening on Saturday so they set up a full day for us. We went to the beach and rode bikes on the boardwalk and then we went on a tour of all of the celebrities’ houses. After that, we had all you can eat sushi which put us in a food coma. Then we went back to the hotel and got ready to head back.

Congratulations to Hassan and the other two Atlantic Solutions team leaders picked, we’ll keep an eye out for all of your future achievements!

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Atlantic Solutions Team Leaders Attend Prestigious “Top Gun” Seminar [PART 2]

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In case you missed it, we’ve been chatting with one of the Atlantic Solutions team leaders who got to attend the exclusive three-day Top Gun retreat. Read more of our interview with Hassan Wehbeh below:

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All of them work in some kind of leadership position. There were about 500 to 600 people that were considered, but only a few got selected. Those people have proven that they’re top notch at their jobs, above all of the other people. The people selected had all kinds of responsibilities. It’s pretty fascinating what they’ve achieved. Being picked isn’t easy. Every person there had a purpose for wanting to be at Top Gun, they wanted that one step forward. Nothing happens in our business by accident, when we set a goal, we act on it and we reach it. You don’t just lay back and wish for the goal to move a step closer.

What were some common qualities that you noticed among the people selected?

They were all friendly and willing to connect. We were all mostly trained in sales, which has a bad reputation. People don’t want to do sales. But our job is to make the sales process simple and easy to implement. This is something that unites us as leaders.

Who did you receive the one-on-one coaching from?

I scheduled a one-on-one with every single one of the coaches! There was one CEO of a big company that I didn’t get to meet with, but that’s the only one I didn’t have a one-on-one with. We had a group meeting with him, but I basically took control of the conversation and asked all of the questions, it was like me and him back and forth.

What were the workshops like?

They coach you as if you are about to manage a new office. They make sure that you’re well equipped to do that, even though you’re not there yet. You’ve already achieved the first step by reaching your position. They teach you to achieve even more.

To read the final part of Hassan’s interview, click here.

The President of Atlantic Solutions Shares Some of his Keys to Success and Thoughts on Failure

The president here at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) works hard and was not afraid to tell us about it. He is keen on organization, work ethic, attitude, and family – all things that ensure his success. We were lucky to interview DK and hear some of his insight on success, failure, and all of the tools he uses to keep the ball rolling!Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 1.54.13 PM

What does “success” mean to you?

“It means that everybody around me is taken care of and that they are doing well. We are planning on opening a new Atlantic Solutions location on June 19th and it is very important to me that the person that will be running that location will be trained properly and suited with the tools to operate efficiently. In order for me to be successful, I need to help others at the company achieve their goals, or else I’m not doing my job and I’m not succeeding. In terms of personal success, I also need everybody around me to be doing well. My family staying happy, healthy, and taken care of is the most important thing to me.”

Are there any habits that you have that help keep you on track for success?

Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 1.56.25 PM“Whether it’s at home, in the airport, or in a hotel room – I’m always reading. Audio books are also helpful when I’m on the road. I’m always trying to grow and learn because it is imperative to stay sharp and to stay hungry. I also plan and organize everything I need to do from the beginning of every week starting on Sunday. ‘If you fail to plan you plan to fail’ is a motto that I live by.”

How do you look at failure?

“It’s all about how you perceive failure. Sure, you can stay deflated and down once you fail. But it’s really an opportunity to get back to the drawing board and improve for next time. It’s really not about the failure itself – it’s about what you do differently afterward that will determine if you succeed in life or not. Fall down nine times; get up ten!”

Why do you think some people fail and never get back up that tenth time?

“I think it mostly has to do with attitude. If you have a bad attitude about failure and do not see it is a necessary learning experience then you will not make it very far. It’s certainly a mindset that I like to promote here at Atlantic Solutions.”

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Springtime Heating Up at Atlantic Solutions

Every seasonal shift brings about excitement for what’s ahead — but there’s something particularly exciting about Spring at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ)! Maybe it’s the budding trees, the May graduations, the consecutive promotions, the annual events we look forward to all year — or maybe it’s just something in the air!

Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming events for the Atlantic Solutions team. Be sure to keep reading until the bottom and check out our exciting announcement.

This Week

Our president has selected three top performers at Atlantic Solutions to accompany him to an invite-only business seminar in Los Angeles. Hassan Wehbeh, Nick Sullivan, and James Schnell will fly with DK to the West Coast on Thursday, May 18th, to take part in networking dinners, workshops, and one-on-one coaching from a variety of successful businesspeople. They will be wined and dined and given the well-deserved royal treatment! If the event is anything like last year’s, this group will come back from their long weekend bursting with knowledge and fresh motivation. We can’t wait to hear about their biggest takeaways.

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Last year’s Top Gun event

Next Month

Only weeks away is one of our alltime favorite annual events, a national conference being held in New Orleans this year. Several members of the Atlantic Solutions leadership team will head down to the Big Easy for a long weekend that’s sure to be unforgettable — and we’re not just talking about the beignets!

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Last year’s conference was in Dallas

Exciting Announcement!

This additional event happening in June deserves a drumroll (and definitely it’s own subheading). One of our assistant managers, Tashaun Thomas, has completed his management training at Atlantic Solutions and is currently preparing to manage a new office in June! This is a huge step in his career, and we are thrilled to see his hard work paying off.

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DK and Tashaun

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Here Are 5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Life

That time of the year is upon us, wherein the normal routine of our day we suddenly realize the world is green again, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and ah, yes, it is Spring. We don’t know about you, but at Atlantic Solutions we are pretty excited.

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Such an elegant word, we wear Spring like a badge of honor for our survival of yet another New Jersey Winter. When people start talking about Spring, it is time to get excited. But as the sunlight starts to reach the places we thought perhaps it would never reach again, lurking in the corner is the one word which follows Spring, the word-that-must-not-be-named. Cleaning .

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The world may be green again, but the shelves dusty, the clutter unbearable, and our routines mundane. Change seems overdue, even if such change involves cleaning. Some may recoil in fear, others willingly embrace it, and the rest of us try to feel accomplished by reading life hacks on the internet, but how does one muster up the courage to organize their surroundings when life is hectic as is? There is a simple first step, and it starts with you. Yes, you!

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Think of Spring as the real New Year, now is as good a time as any to reevaluate your health, happiness, and lifestyle. So nevermind January, these resolutions start now!

● Create New Career Goals: Our careers are an important part of our lives, as well as our financial and emotional stability. It is only healthy to take a step back and ask “what could I be doing differently, and how can I improve?”
● Focus on Fitness: Physical health has been linked time and time again to benefit both the body and mind. Start at your own pace, and build the confidence you deserve.
● Write to Friends & Family: Are there relationships in your life that you have fallen out of contact with? Or maybe you just want to show appreciation for the special people that are close to you? Write a letter to share the love.
● Declutter Your Workspace: And so the real cleaning begins – an organized environment promotes clarity of thought and boosts mood.
● You Do You: Always remember to make time for yourself. Take a nap, buy a new outfit, read a book, or even go on vacation!

Alter and edit these tips to your heart’s desire, every individual requires a unique cleansing process. Spring has arrived whether we face that dreaded cleaning word or not. Whether you focus on a new job, better relationships, or simply more downtime, above all remember to live more, laugh more, and learn more!

Wishing you a happy and clean Spring from Atlantic Solutions!

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Dad Was Right — 3 Tips We Finally Appreciate

Father’s Day is just one month away, so the team at Atlantic Solutions is in the spirit of appreciation of our awesome dads!

Can you imagine how far all of us would be in our lives if we actually still listened to the advice our fathers gave us as young children? Many of the daddy-isms that come to mind for our staff at Atlantic Solutions are actually just simple words of wisdom that are easy enough for a small child to understand. Let’s take a moment to re-learn a lesson or two from our dads.

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“Money doesn’t grow on trees.”

Do you remember pulling on your dad’s pant leg and begging for the latest and greatest toy you saw on TV, only to receive the disappointing dose of reality that ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’?

By now, you’ve undoubtedly re-learned this lesson the hard way. You’ve re-discovered that most things in life must be earned — and that money is not easily acquired. This is one of the most important pieces of wisdom that any father could impart to his child. Take it from the president of Atlantic Solutions, DK, who recently told us about parenting his daughter, “I always want her to associate success with hard work.”

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“You need to do your homework before you can go play.”

These words were the worst! How badly you wanted to join your friends at the playground and forget about writing that book report about The Boxcar Children.

Dad was teaching several very important lessons with this one. Firstly, he wanted you to learn how to be responsible. He wanted you to understand that the “have to dos” always come first, and the “want to dos” should follow. Secondly, he wanted to teach you the principle of ‘pay now, play later,’ or delayed gratification.

If you’ve already mastered this tricky one, there’s no doubt that you’re already well on your way to greatness.

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“I don’t care if you don’t feel like it, you still need to practice today.”

We know. You didn’t want to practice the piano every day. You didn’t want to go to baseball practice in the rain. You didn’t want to wake up an hour early for theater rehearsal.

But dad was onto something. He knew that the key to success in anything you did in life would be showing up, not making excuses, and enduring the deliberate practice necessary to become great.

THANKS, DAD!

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