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"The 31 Days of December Challenge - Dec. 30th" - 12/31/10 11:33 PM
The 31 DDC Continues! Reporting on the 30th of December with just 1 more day to go! December 30th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today we picked up our Postcards for the New Year. We worked on getting them ready to send tomorrow. Almost done but we might need to finish up tomorrow. Happy New Year!
"You never get a second chance... to make a Great First Impression!"
Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, IAHSP Accredited Staging Professional MASTER 707.217.0817 firstname.lastname@example.org www.withdivinestyle.com (1 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge - Dec. 29th" - 12/30/10 11:55 PM
The 31 DDC Continues! After today we have just two days to go with the challenge! It's been great and it will be hard to see it go! December 29th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today we spent the day working on year end paperwork so we can move forward into the new year starting over fresh. We had most of it done so it was easy to complete. We are taking the day off on Friday so we can have a 3 day weekend. I am looking forward to the New Year and to see all the results (2 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 28th" - 12/29/10 10:20 PM
The 31 DDC Continues... with only three days to go after today! It's really sinking in that we only have 3 more days to go in this year... but I am really looking forward to a great New Year in 2011. December 28th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today we had two appointments that we set up on Monday. Both appointments went well and sounds like there could be some future work from each one. There is always a future when we take the time to build relationships!
"You never get a second chance... to make a (1 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 27th" - 12/28/10 12:40 AM
31 DDC Continues! Aw! The big weekend is over and back to work. It's the begining of the week and the ending of the year. I'm getting excited about the New Year coming! December 27th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today continued to make year end phone calls to past clients and to say thank you for the business they gave us this year and to let them know our New Year's specials that we are offering. We received two appointments from our calls and one suggested that we call back the first of the year for possible business. (9 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 26th" - 12/27/10 12:25 AM
The 31 DDC Continues! The day after Christmas and we are still Celebrating the Joy of the Season! December 26th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today was the last day of the weekend and the last day to be with family and friends. I had an awesome lunch with a friend today and then went over to my extened families house to visit. We had a wonderful dinner and then they had a treasure hunt for the kids and it followed with a white elephant gift exchange. We had a really great time there and hated to leave... but (5 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge - Dec. 25th" - 12/26/10 01:32 AM
The 31 DDC Continues! Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas! December 25th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today was another day of fun with family and friends! Just stopped by to check in and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!!
"You never get a second chance... to make a Great First Impression!" (4 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge - Dec. 24th" - 12/25/10 09:18 PM
31 DDC Continues! Merry Christmas Eve! December 24th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today we had a wonderful Christmas Eve celebration with our family! So thankful for such an awesome family. No other work today it was all fun!!!
"You never get a second chance... to make a Great First Impression!"
Linda D.Pufford, ASPM, IAHSP Accredited Staging Professional MASTER 707.217.0817 email@example.com www.withdivinestye.com
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 23th" - 12/24/10 04:37 PM
The 31 DDC Continues! Last day of work before the exciting weekend and we ended the day at NOON! We're all looking forward to being with our Families for the Christmas Holiday! December 23rd - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today wasn't a very big workday with only working have the day. We started out the day with talking about how we feel about our Company. What we would like to see happen in 2011. We went over our new business plan for the New Year. We also talked about what worked well this year and what can be improved (4 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 22th" - 12/23/10 12:27 AM
The 31 DDC Continues! With only 3 days till Christmas I am getting so excited about being with my family and friends for the Holidays! Wishing you a joyous time with your family and friends for the Holidays! December 22nd - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. We worked again on our website... slow but sure. Our goal is to have it done in January! Today was one more day closer to Christmas and we will be closed starting Friday and back to work on Monday. We will be working tomorrow just half a day. I am off to visit with (5 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge - Dec. 21st" - 12/22/10 01:27 AM
The 31 DDC continues! Just 4 days till Christmas! Hoping you and your family have a very Merry Christmas! December 21st - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. This week we are only working half days so today we worked on our new Website and the inside content. Putting pictures on the site and adding words to each section. It takes time to put it all together but it will be worth it when we are done. Looking forward to the end result!
You never get a second chance... to make a Great First Impression! (4 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 20th" - 12/21/10 01:42 AM
The 31 DDC As the weather continues to rain and storm we continue to preserver into the New Year with hope for a successful business year in 2011. December 20th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today we made phone calls to Realtor's on our prefered contact list, touching base with each one and letting them know of our New Year's specials that we are offering. We finished off sending out the mid month invoices and then called it a day. Each of us still needed to get some Christmas shopping done, so we decided to work short days this (8 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 19th" - 12/20/10 03:00 PM
The 31 DDC Continues! Just a few days away from Christmas and finding I am spending more time on Christmas things to do then business. There are gifts still to buy and still wrapping to do. The hardest part right now is the weather. Rain, rain and more heavy rain. We'll manage to work around it.... it's just not as fun to get out in the rain as it is when it's not raining. December 19th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today just worked on admin work for the business trying to get everything wrapped up for the (2 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 18th" - 12/19/10 01:13 AM
"Looking at the endless possibilities around me!" I am able to see, hear, feel, to talk and to touch... this may seem small but take any one of these away from me and it is that much more difficult for me to get around and to do the day to day things that I do. With all of them, life has endless possibilities. There should never be a moment that goes by where I should not feel grateful for all that I have! December 18th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today I spent half the day doing admin work... (3 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 17th" - 12/18/10 08:45 PM
The 31 Days of December Challenge Continues! It's hard to believe that we are a week away from Christmas Eve. We will not be working on the 3 day weekend as we will be with family and friends. It's a wonderful time of the year and I am really looking forward to it. I hope you are as well. I wish you a happy Holiday Season! December 17th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today we spent the day getting out the rest of our Christmas Cards to our past, present and potential future clients. Even though it took us (5 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 16th" - 12/17/10 01:40 AM
Day 16 of the 31 DDC! Today was a very productive day! December 16th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today started out with getting our bid/proposal finished up. We went looking for some furniture and accessories and getting prices just in case we get this project to stage both homes we want to be prepared and ready to go! Today I had lunch with a very dear client of mine. I just wanted to let her know how much I appreciate her. After I did her home she sang my praises and I have gotten so many referrals from (8 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 15th" - 12/16/10 12:30 AM
Day 15 And We Are Halfway Through The Challenge! Well I hit the big one today! I now officially have hit the 100K mark here on ActiveRain. It really feels good to make it. I have met so many great people and I am so happy I started raining here on AR. December 15th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today we went and previewed the 2 Homes that we are putting a bid on. Both nice size 3 Bedroom Homes. We took pictures, measured and took some notes. We came back to our office to start putting the two (4 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 14th" - 12/15/10 12:30 AM
We are almost half way through the challenge... and still going strong! I cannot believe how fast time is flying by this month. It usually does this month but since this challenge started I have been blending more of my business time with more of my personal time and trying to find a balance. I really love this challenge because it has made me more aware of how I can have time for both and make them both work well for me. December 14th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today finished up more of my filing and year end (4 comments)
"How Can We Make This Room Look Better?" - 12/14/10 11:33 PM
How Can We Make This Room Look Better?" That's what we asked ourselves when we started this staging project. Over the past week or so we have posted blogs about this house that had different windows all over the house including different windows even in the same room. This room had one large window on the wall with the door and on the other wall was a much narrower window. Here are some before and after pictures of the Living Room. Living Room Before
Living Room After - We put up drapery rods, drapery panels and drapery sheers to (14 comments)
"Another one of our Staging Challenges!" - 12/14/10 02:21 AM
Another One Of Our Staging Challenges! We staged a home that had different size and shape windows in everyroom but one. We tried to be creative and do different things to make the windows look cohesive. Here are some before and after pictures of one of the rooms in this house. Before - As you can see by the photos the windows even opened up differently, one sideways and the other up and down!
Now that the house is staged it is less noticeable that the windows are different!
Linda (13 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 13th" - 12/14/10 01:43 AM
It Was A Very Good Day For A Monday! I love when your Monday goes well. You just know that the rest of the week will be great! December 13th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today I got a call from a Realtor who saw one of my staging projects and loved what I did and asked if I could come and put a bid on two of his vacant listings that he has. He said if it works out he has other homes to stage as well. I'll keep you posted on the outcome!
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 12th" - 12/13/10 12:40 AM
100K is Getting Closer and Closer! Yesterday when I posted my days events I wrote down how close I was getting to the 100K mark here on AR. Yesterday I was 97,173 and today I am 97,973 and with this post I will be over 98K. I am getting so excited I can hardly wait. Am I the only one or does everyone feel this way when they get this close? December 12th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today I worked on my website. I still need to fill in the inside pages. I have outlined everything and next (3 comments)
I’m not asking for the world. All I want for Christmas is the top SEO in my area…not asking for much am I?
Linda D. Pufford ASPM®, IAHSP®, PCC® Accredited Staging Professional MASTER® 707.217.0817 firstname.lastname@example.org Serving All of the Greater Northern Bay Area With Real Estate/Home Staging
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 11th" - 12/12/10 12:53 AM
I'm loving this 31 DDC! I am getting really close to the 100k mark (97,173) here on AR. This challenge is really pushing me along because I am posting and commenting everyday, but most of all I am meeting a lot of really great people in this group and I'm learning a lot too. I am so happy I joined the group! December 11th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today was a great day to get caught up on my paperwork. I had a lot of filing to do. I got a surprise today, a client sent me a (9 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 10th" - 12/11/10 01:16 AM
We are now 1/3 into the 31 DDC Time is flying by, it's already 10 days into the month. Last day of the business week and we are still going strong. December 10th - Posted, Read and Commented on Active Rain. Today we were called to do a bid/proposal on a home for a Realtor. We haven't worked with this Realtor before, he found us on the internet. The home was a 6 room house and around 30 years old. We took pictures and measurements and made some notes. We went back to the office and prepared our bid. We offer (6 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge - Dec. 9th" - 12/10/10 01:26 AM
Another Great Day in the World of Real Estate I LOVE THIS BUSINESS!!! December 9th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today we went back to our clients home and presented the Consultation (Detailed Evaluation Report) that we did yesterday on their home. The Report turned out to be 22 pages of pictures & information on how to prepare, improve and update their home so that it will Shine and Sell much faster by being the best looking house and set them above the competition. We went over curb appeal and each room in their home as well as (4 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge - Dec. 8th" - 12/09/10 12:13 AM
The 8th Day of December & still working toward the Goal Still raining here in Northern California! December 8th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today we did a Consultation (Detailed Evaluation Report) for a homeowner. Consultation's are great for the DIY Homeowner. This report gives all the details on how their home can show more square footage and to show the purpose of everyroom. If any repairs or improvements need to be made we will suggest the work that should be done. If after we give the Report to our client and they cannot do the work or don't (2 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 7th" - 12/08/10 01:43 AM
A Special Thank You to Jennifer Prestwich I just want to say a special thank you to Jennifer for putting this post together for all of us here on ActiveRain. I can't imagine all the work and dedication it takes to maintain a group that went from 12 post's the first day I came to the group to now 12 or more pages of post's. I know I have already benefited by it and it is only the 7th day. Reading all the post's have motived and given me so many idea's to promote and improve my business. Jennifer you are (0 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge - Dec. 6th" - 12/07/10 01:22 AM
It was a great day today on this fine Monday! I am back in the swing of it on this rainy Monday, after a more relaxing weekend. December 6th - Posted, Read and Commented on Active Rain. Today I contacted two Realtors that I have done stagings for before. Out of the two calls one Realtor told me that he has a listing coming up and he will need it staged before the month is up. Great News to look forward to after Christmas. I contacted my team members to see how they were doing and to see if they (6 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge - Dec. 5th" - 12/06/10 02:11 AM
Sunday was slow but I still stayed focused on the Challenge With all the Family Home my Business time was less productive then during the week. December 5th - Posted, Read and Commented on ActiveRain. Today I updated my Inventory List with our New Furniture, Accessories and Artwork that we purchased for our last Staging Project. Then created the Staging Inventory List for that property. So I am all caught up until the next one. It feels good. The rest of the day I spent with my family and that felt good too! I hope you had a great Sunday as (6 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 4th" - 12/05/10 01:26 AM
The Challenge continues to be upbeat! On the fourth day of the challenge I continue to be motived by the blogs I am reading here on the 31 DDC. Everyone's is posting some amazing things that they are doing each day. As I comment on the blogs I am also writing down some of the ideas that I would like to incorporate into my daily plan to build my business. December 4th - Posted, Read and Commented on Active Rain. Today I also planned to meet with my team members and brain storm ideas to bump our business up a notch. (4 comments)
"The 31 days of December Challenge-Dec. 3rd" - 12/04/10 02:31 AM
Day 3 and I am still excited about the challenge! It's still December 3rd here in California and I wanted to post my days activities before midnight. December 3rd - Posted, Read and Commented on Active Rain. Today I sent out a couple of invoices for furniture rental for the first of the month. I called a couple of my team members to get together tomorrow to brain storm ideas to increase our business flow. We will meet from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and we will be talking about even some of the ideas that we have read here on AR (6 comments)
"The 31 Days of December Challenge-Dec 1st & 2nd" - 12/03/10 12:45 AM
I'm up for the Challenge! December is typically a busy time personally for me, and my business has always ran a little slower. In the past years, I have thought that it was hard to do much more, because December is always a month I run on overload. This will challenge me to have more balance this month. December 1st - Posted, Read and Commented on Active Rain. Today I called and had someone remotely fix my laptop. It was a couple of days without it and going crazy. December 2nd - Read and Commented on Active Rain. Today I wrote (4 comments)
"We had a Challenging Room to Stage" - 12/01/10 02:01 AM
We had a very challenging room to Stage! It was a Laundry Room but it didn't have any appliances. It was also a back entrance into the house not only the back entrance to the house it was the only entrance the Realtor was using to enter this home. It was the first impression that buyers saw. It had a very small room off the the side of it. The biggest challenge was that the two windows in the Laundry Room where at two different hieghts. How could we make this room look appealing to buyers? The room that was off (11 comments)
"Another Staging to Live Project" - 12/01/10 01:03 AM
Recently we blogged about a Stage to Live project that we did. This project was for three rooms in our clients house. We started with the Living Room and then did the Dining Room and ended the project with the Family Room. In the Family our client had a few personal items she wanted us to incorporate into the room as well as some Artwork that she had wanted us to hang up in this room. Our client just needed a change and didn't want to go out and buy anything new so we redesigned the three rooms in her home (4 comments)
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