The Mission of Exodus World Service

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Exodus World Service
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Winnetka, Illinois, native Dana Bakos currently serves as a client director for AchieveForum, a corporate training and consulting firm specializing in leadership development. Apart from her professional career, Dana Bakos supports many charitable organizations, including Exodus World Service.

When war and violence grips a country, refugees flee their homes looking for safety in other nations. The journey is often perilous. In addition to losing their homes and nearly everything they own, refugees are often subject to violence, torture, and in some cases, murder. The ones that manage to make it to the United States are often destitute and face an uphill battle to start over in a new country.

In addition to not knowing the language and struggling to assimilate to American culture, refugees also must overcome the mental and emotional scars that come with fleeing war and their homes. The mission of Exodus World Service is to rally the Christian community into a safe and welcoming space for refugees. Through educational and volunteer programs, the organization works to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of refugees.

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Three Easy Tips for Enjoying Sushi

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Dana Bakos, Client Director at AchieveForum in Winnetka, Illinois, enjoys fresh sushi. As more and more sushi chain restaurants pop up around the United States, more people like Dana Bakos are learning how to properly enjoy sushi and find what this delicacy can truly offer. Here are a few tips that will improve the sushi experience.

1. Eat it all in one bite. While it might seem bizarre, the proper way to eat sushi is to place the entirety of it in your mouth at once. Taking bites is seen as improper or rude in traditional establishments. It’s recommended to eat with the fish side down, to savor the complex flavors.

2. Don’t drench it in sauce. It’s become common for people to combine large amounts of wasabi in soy sauce, and positively drench pieces of sushi in the mix. This can ruin the taste, and it’s better to place a small amount of wasabi on top of the rice, and only add a small amount of soy sauce to the fish.

3. Try new things. For westerners, raw fish can sound a little beyond the scope of comfort food. However, it’s best to work up bravery when eating sushi at a restaurant. Get comfortable with trying new rolls, and find new favorite dishes, instead of always sticking with the California roll.

Ways Yoga Can Help Boost Your Endurance

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Dana Bakos, of Winnetka, Illinois, assists clients with leadership development. Dana Bakos of Winnetka enjoys yoga while she is not working.

Yoga is commonly known for being a relaxation exercise; however, yoga is also ideal for boosting performance for other types of exercise. As you engage in yoga, you will likely notice an increase in your power and flexibility. As you exercise and work the same muscle groups consistently, they will tighten up. Yoga can help loosen those muscles back up and get you ready for your next workout, as well as increase your range of motion so you can go deeper into particular moves, such as squats.

Aside from flexibility, you can potentially enhance your mental toughness through yoga, as the practice teaches a strong connection between mind and body. The more you dedicate yourself to yoga, the more apt you will be to push yourself harder when you engage in all workouts.