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If there is anything other than a New Year, which screams NEW BEGINNINGS at the psyche, it's the numerical format - 1.1.11.

This morning, I made the same resolution I have made, nearly every year for the past decade - Lose 10 pounds plus the 5 gained during the holiday season.  However, I'm in search of another goal to begin today - 1.1.11.

At the beginning of last year, I resolved to SIMPLIFY.  This resolution came after visiting the Amish in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  I still have electricity and running water in my home.  I continue to have all my tech gadgets.  But I look at life differently now.  Many things have become unnecessary to me, while family and close friends are more important. 

This past year, I also resolved to be less of a hoarder. I cleaned out my closets and cabinets. I did reasonably well with that particular goal - or at least, most of it.  I gave things away, threw things out, or organized better. 

I'm wondering what New Year Resolutions for 1.1.11 you are making.  I'm in search of some great ones, and hope to borrow yours.

Happy New Year Everyone!


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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Lou - I always enjoy your wonderful quotes.  I hope that 2011 will see continued success for you!

Jan 01, 2011 11:27 PM #14
Diane Williams
Pell City, AL

Happy New Year Myrl, I know in my heart it is going to be a good one!

Jan 02, 2011 04:45 AM #15
Toni Weidman
Florida Luxury Realty - Trinity, FL
24 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

I gave up on resolutions years ago, Myrl. As I told Mary Yonkers, resolutions are like ice-cream; you pile 'em up and they look delicious but then they start to melt away :)

Jan 02, 2011 07:55 AM #16
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Tomorrow I am going back to my first spin class in, oh I don't remember how long.  I said I would go to a Zumba class Tuesday evening.  We shall see how long all this enthusiam lasts!

I like the idea of simplifying and cleaning too.  I've got way too much "stuff"!

Happy New Year!

Jan 02, 2011 10:16 AM #17
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Myrl  A trip to Amish country can have a profound effect - Happy New Year

Jan 02, 2011 11:19 AM #18
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Diane - I am very hopeful that you are 100% right!

Toni - I've had a few resolutions I couldn't remember after 45 days:-)  In this past few years, I use the resolution time to take stock of changes which should generally be made for life, rather than just a year.  I can relate to that ice cream melting away vision however.

Jan 02, 2011 11:57 AM #19
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Ann - About 5 years ago, I joined a health club, primarily for swimming laps.  I have pretty much stayed with that since.  I love swimming, but hate machines, and a lot of the other stuff at the gym.  I think the secret is find a fittness activity that you truly love.  Then you will have more success sticking with it.

Jan 02, 2011 11:59 AM #20
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Karen - The thing about Amish Country, is the folks living there have imprinted their wonderful spirit on the land.  It is hard to visit that place, and not come away with some of that spirit within you!  I wish more of America was like that!

Jan 02, 2011 12:01 PM #21
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing


What a wonderful idea, to simplify....You have inspired me to do just that. Thanks, A

Jan 02, 2011 07:25 PM #22
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - San Diego, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Myrl, Happy New Year. Love the 1.1.11 date, didn't do too much, certainly didn't write any checks, LOL. I decided not to make any new resolutions this year. I plan to work hard, play hard and enjoy a bit more of travel this year along with more effort on the on-line part of business plan. This next week will find me busy with new clients ( have things picked up or what- lots of contacts over the holidays) and getting a few new systems in place along with another new blog site that I negotiated ( photoblog anyone? ) So no new resolutions to worry about. Just a lot of work ahead.

Jan 02, 2011 08:13 PM #23
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Many of us should follow your advice and simplify our lives in 2011!

 Happy New Year from your friend in Maryland!

Jan 02, 2011 08:30 PM #24
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

1 + 1 = 11

I think I get it.

A new start should get new math.

Jan 02, 2011 11:14 PM #25
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Myrl, one of my new year's resolutions was formed in December when I was considering getting new software to add to my already crowded arsenal for multimedia presentations.  After thoroughly exploring it, I came to the surprising conclusion that new is not necessarily better.  What I really needed to do was to better implement all those things I already own . . . and ignore. 

Have a wonderful, simplified 2011.  I hope to do much of the same.

Jan 02, 2011 11:37 PM #26
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Myrl, we're on the same thought link - I cleaned out 3 closets in the last 2 days.  And, I put the Christmas decorations I like, but don't decorate with any longer, into a special box to give to the grandkids.  I know when I was first starting out on my own, I had no extra money for decorations and cherished the ones my mom and grandmothers had given me. 

As to my resolution:  it's to be nicer to people.  Sometimes I say things I really just shouldn't say and probably hurt feelings along the way. 

Jan 03, 2011 01:01 AM #27
Marilyn Harrell
ReMax Riverhaven - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

Way to go Myrl! It doesn't get much simpler than Don't Worry Be Happy! Here's to a great day and a great year!!!

Jan 03, 2011 07:21 AM #28
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Ron and Alexandra - I first saw a wooden sign hanging in an Amish shop, with that single word, "SIMPLIFY."  It seems in an instant, it changed everything for me.  When you stop to think about it, we've probably spent a lifetime becoming more complicated, and in the process we have totally stressed ourselves out, while overlooking parts of life which are very important in the process.

Jan 03, 2011 12:19 PM #29
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

William - I had a relatively quiet New Year celebration too.  I slept through most of it. . .LOL  There seems to be more folks interested in homebuying early on this year.  I'm hopeful that it will continue and be a harbinger of great things for 2011.  A friend sent me a great cartoon.  It seems if I don't add to my resolution list before long, it will be too late:-)

Jan 03, 2011 12:23 PM #30
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Jim - 2011 is a "4" year.  It's a great time for folks to get back to work.  I'm hopeful!

Geri - You have made the same discovery I have over the years.  New or upgraded software isn't always better than what you already have.  I remember one pivotal year I ugraded a couple graphics programs, and was very disappointed to find, that the "improvements" were really only trade-offs.  I hope you have a great 2011.

Jan 03, 2011 12:26 PM #31
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Juli - I find it so odd that I spent the first half of my life frantically trying to collect things, while I'm now spending the second half desperately trying to get rid of them:-)

Marilyn - That ole "Don't Worry Be Happy" song is one of my old favorites.

Jan 03, 2011 12:28 PM #32
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Myrl - My New Year's Resolution is to simply go with my gut and NOT spend so much time with clients that (regardless of what they SAY) are actually really lookers! I wasted way too much time with people in this category last year!

Jan 04, 2011 12:24 PM #33
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