Riding For A Cause

By Mike Waters

Riding For A Cause

Not only do we appreciate our Clients for their business, but for their personal endeavors in contributing to our community in a positive and enriching way.

We had the pleasure of donating to Andrew’s recent AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride and getting to know him on a more personal level. Thank you, Andrew and Julie, for all that you do to help those in need of loving, compassionate care!

Read more about Andrew’s story below.
~ Araceli, Service Manager

“When I was 25 years old I could have done this 545-mile ride without thinking too much about it. Well, let's just say that I am not 25 years old anymore....

It's one thing to do a century ride. It's a whole different ballgame to wake up and do a century ride for 6 days in a row.

I am participating in this 545-mile ride because A) it gives me a chance to get back in shape. B) this is a cause that is near & dear to my wife, Julie. She has spent 20+ years involved with pediatric HIV/AIDS and started a summer camp for kids who were positive in the Bay Area. We have a lot of pictures in our house of the children she worked with over the years who did not survive. I will ride with their pictures on my helmet to honor and remember them. C) I get to spend a week with my dear friend and riding partner, Sarah Garrett. She did the ride last year and basically told me to quit being lazy and ride with her this year. (Did I mention that I hate her now?)

Thank you to all my friends who will make this ride possible. More info about the ride can be found below:

June 3rd - June 9th, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.  This year, I’ll be one of them!

The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them, and your support means the world to me.”
~ Andrew Hybl

Learn more and participate and/or donate:

Thermory Deck Project in Berkeley Hills

By Truitt & White

Check Out This Month's Decking Project!


One of the best things about our beautiful East Bay, besides the great views, is the talented folks who we get to work with. This incredible deck project, featuring Thermory Decking Products, is a prime example of that talent. In fact, this decking project is so perfect, that we can't decide what's better: the craftsmanship or the views!

This roughly 500 square foot deck, located high in the Berkeley Hills, was assembled using products from Truitt and White. There was some custom Steel Work from local Berkeley Fabricator Larry Brown. The decking surfaces are all Thermory, and the handrail system is clear vertical grain cedar.

Albany based designer Amy Guiang did the deck design, and Arana Craftsman Painters completed the finishes. The craftsmen at McDunn Construction lead the project from conception through punchout to the 5 star satisfaction of the client.

McDunn Construction is a Berkeley based general contractor who specializes in accessory dwelling units, decks and outdoor projects. Principal, Dan McDunn, has been operating as a licensed GC since 2000 in multiple markets, and since 2010 in Berkeley, CA. You can find contact information and project photos at


5 creative ways to practice self-care

By Lively Staff

  1. Buy a new Body Lotion
    A good body lotion or moisturizer can do wonders for your skin. As a bonus, fragrance can dramatically impact our mood, which means that a pleasant-smelling body lotion can lift your mood. Springing on a new body lotion (we personally love all-natural beauty brands) and using it to moisturize your limbs is a fantastic small way to treat yourself.
  2. Do a Digital Detox
    These days, most of us are connected 24/7. Work seems to permeate our weekends these days through intermittent emails, while our tendency to compare ourselves to others no longer knows no limits, thanks to Facebook and Instagram. Even if you don’t feel like you have issues with social media or off-hours work demands, the simple strain of constantly seeing new media and information can take a major toll. Taking just one weekend to detox from digital media can give you a refreshing mental break.
  3. Meal Prep on Sundays
    Meal prepping as self-care? Absolutely! By prepping meals ahead of time — whether they’re lunches or dinners — you set yourself up to nourish your body with healthy food all weekend long. And like we said, self-care isn’t just about relaxation. It’s about truly taking care of your health and wellness.
  4. Go for a Solo Walk
    Going for a walk is one of the simplest things you can do for yourself. It only requires ten to fifteen minutes, and it’s great for both the body and the mind. Exercise releases endorphins, which makes us happier. Meanwhile, taking in the scenery of the outdoors can help boost the mood and clear your mind.
  5. Take a Class or Lesson
    Whether it’s a one-time session or a month-long weekly class, learning a new skill is great for the brain. It also gives you something exciting and interesting to look forward to that helps cultivate new hobbies and boosts your sense of self.

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