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Q: I’m a young professional making much more money than all
my old childhood friends. It’s getting harder and harder to keep
my ties to them strong. Since moving to Key Biscayne, it’s only
gotten worse because many of them are stuck in less desirable
parts of Miami-Dade County. They constantly criticize me for
having a tight hold on my wallet, but they also complain about
always having to make ends meet and expect me to pay for them
anytime we go out and lend them money at the drop of a hat.
Lately, I’ve found myself giving in to this and paying for their food
and drinks whenever we hang out. It’s starting to bother me. I
feel like they’re taking advantage of my situation and making
me feel guilty every time I put my foot down. What can I do to
alleviate some of the pressure they’re putting on me while not
making them feel badly about their financial situation or ruining
our friendship? Is it even worth it anymore?
A: What a Relief!
Fellow Key Biscayners, our lives just got a lot healthier! Introducing
Key Therapy, a revolutionary new concept in healthcare providing
therapeutic home-based and community-based services for all ages in
the physical, cognitive, social and emotional realms. “In the lifecycle of
a family or an individual, there’s a need for different services at various
points,” explains founder Ivette Fernandez-Chaustre of the purpose
behind the team of licensed professionals from various specialties she has
assembled to benefit the community. “Each of our team members works
independently, and when appropriate, collaboratively.” From childhood
struggles to sports injuries, interpersonal problems and language
pathology, Key Therapy’s aim is to make Key Biscayners healthier — on
our own turf. “In today’s busy world, providing local services adds
convenience and lowers stress, especially when it’s done in the comforts
of home,” says Fernandez-Chaustre. “Our mission is to help folks live
healthy and successful lives.” For a free consultation or to learn more
about Key Therapy, call 305.361.1166 or visit Key-Therapy.com.
If you want to continue spending time with your old
buddies you need to start going to places they can afford
so they don’t have to ask you to cover the tab. If you like
basketball, try going to section 400 where tickets are
$15 instead of $60. If you go out to drink and dine, let
them pick a place that’s inside their budget. Try to meet
at people’s houses so everyone can bring drinks…maybe
have a BBQ and watch a game. Pick a sport you all enjoy.
There are many ways to have fun without having to
spend a whole lot of money. Finally, it’s not uncommon
for people like you who are escalating the financial
ladder to make new acquaintances and develop social
networks that will benefit their careers even further. For
now, try out some of the aforementioned tips with your
friends. Whatever the outcome, you’re still doing the
right thing by living life responsibly!
› Lisette N. Beraja of Beraja
Counseling Center is a Licensed
Marriage & Family Therapist
and Parent Coordinator
with more than 10 years of
experience working with
families. If you have a question
you’d like answered in a future
edition, email it to Editor@KeyBiscayneMag.com or Lisette@
Beraja.com. Due to high volume, we will not be able to
respond to all submissions. All names will be withheld to
ensure the privacy of our readers.
“The price of success is hard work,
dedication…and the determination
that whether we win or lose, we
have applied the best of ourselves
to the task at hand.”
— Vince Lombardi
16 key biscayne magazine
At just 6 years old, Daniel Mendoza is a
champion. Most recently, he’s podiumed
at the U.S. Open Junior Olympics and The
National Karate Championship of the AAU.
To date, he’s earned 22 awards, most of
them 1st place! Next he’s representing the
USA at the 2010 Pan American Games!
To some, success means financial freedom. To
others it’s having their health. Some people
thing peace of mind is the ultimate success.
Some people view death as the pinnacle of
a successful life. Still others see success as
a combination of many things. Either way,
success is almost always viewed positively.
One definition of success is the completion of
anything intended. Roughly 85% of Americans
end up NOT doing what they intended, and
half of those know the answer to about 90%
of the questions they ask. And, yes, getting an
answer right is a universal success, even if you
ask the question.