inspiration: This Job We Have is About So Much More Than Just Selling Houses - 12/23/11 06:16 AM
I'm sure I'm not alone when I say 2011 cannot be done soon enough.

What I thought was going to be my "turnaround year," actually ended up being days and months trickling with doubt, anxiety, and fear. I look back and wonder how I got through it knowing full well the hardships aren't over yet. I woke up this morning feeling like someone was sitting on my chest -- when will the worrying end? I've asked myself before and ask again if it is time to give up this career and take a 9-5 job I may not really enjoy but that … (5 comments)

inspiration: Just Forget About It...At Least for a Little While - 08/22/11 10:23 AM

Sometimes it's best to just forget about it.
Forget about the challenging home inspection. Forget about the low-ball offers. Forget about the whining co-workers. Forget about the failed well test. Forget about the seemingly endless "The buyers really liked the house but they decided to write on something else" comments.
Forget about the seller's pressures to "Bring me an offer!" Forget about the buyer picking apart the living room wall paint color and the kitchen cabinet handles. Forget about the expired listing. Forget about the feelings of failure. Forget about the frustration. Forget about the negative economic reports.
Forget about … (5 comments)

inspiration: For Just a Few Minutes Today, Sit Back and Enjoy - 11/02/10 03:21 AM
I'm not sure what to say about this video clip, except Enjoy. For a few minutes, forget about the stress, the bills, the economy -- and just smile.

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inspiration: Was That a Sign You Just Sent Me, God? - 10/30/10 05:01 AM
I woke up this morning having a hard time getting out of bed. It's a cloudy, overcast day and the temps are a bit chilly. I really didn't have to be anywhere until this afternoon so there wasn't much motivation to get moving.
The past few days were dotted with failed deals, more bills added to the already high pile, and the realization that we are nearing the end of yet another year, and many of the goals I had set for myself had yet to be met. What am I going to do?

I am disappointed in where I … (8 comments)

inspiration: Are You Holding Yourself Accountable for the Situation You're In? - 10/29/10 03:57 AM

I know I'm stating the obvious when I say the real estate market is tough these days. It's tough for sellers trying to sell their homes, it's tough for buyers trying to get pre-approved for a mortgage, and it's tough for Realtors® trying to make a living.
But maybe it's time to start holding yourself at least somewhat accountable for the situation you're in.
For sellers, if your house is sitting on the market with few, if any, showings and no offers, talk to your Realtor® about your options. Make it "the" house buyers want to see. Maintain the inside and the … (6 comments)

inspiration: Time to Give Myself the Kick in the Pants I Need - 09/11/10 04:36 AM
NOTE TO SELF:
Feeling discouraged? Worn down? Burned out? Hopeless? Exhausted? Anxious?
Wondering when you'll see the light at the end of the tunnel? It's there. Somewhere.
Enough wallowing in self-pity. Enough wondering "why me?" Enough with the excuses of why things aren't what you want them to be.
It's in your hands. You know what you need to do to make things happen. And you can do it.
Believe. Trust. Have faith.
The big guy is with you all the way. All is well.
 
 
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inspiration: Getting to That Point of Letting Go and Moving On - 08/08/10 02:36 PM
I admit it. I have a hard time letting go. Personally. Professionally. I hate letting go. Makes me feel like I failed or am giving up.
So when one of my listings nears its "expiration date," I typically contact the sellers a couple weeks before and ask for the opportunity to continue working with them. That has how it has always been for me. Until now.
This world of real estate has changed considerably over the past several months -- it's been a whirlwind of different challenges. And I've learned that there is only so much I, as the listing agent, … (8 comments)

inspiration: Have Faith, Have Faith, Have Faith... - 07/03/10 08:50 AM
Yesterday afternoon I went for a bike ride with a friend. It was one of those "perfect" summer days -- literally not a cloud in the blue, blue sky above us and just a gentle breeze from the south. Perfect.

The day before, my friend had asked if I minded if she invited a friend of hers along for the ride, so when I got to her house I expected to see Jan there, as well. But she decided not to join us. She had lost her son just two months earlier from injuries he suffered in a tragic car … (3 comments)

inspiration: Keep a Song and Dance in Your Heart - 06/21/10 01:48 PM

It's a crazy world we live in. Seems we easily get bogged down with or stressed out about the many things we see going on around us or even in our own lives. Life presents to us so much to worry about or be sad about.
Unemployment. Cancer. Foreclosure. Rising gas prices. Wars. Divorce. Flat tire. Oil spill. Computer crashes. Floods. Death. A house that won't sell. An unmotivated employee. "Going Out of Business" sign. Bills. Drug abuse. Teens struggling to "find themselves." Disappearing savings accounts. Lost pet.
It would be great, wouldn't it, if at any given moment, the world … (3 comments)

inspiration: Oh, The People We Meet - 02/12/10 01:15 AM

This April will mark eight years since I stepped into the world of real estate sales. Eight years -- who would have thought? That is a record for me; I've never been at any other job that long. But then again, this is the first time "going to work" hasn't felt like "going to work."
I've certainly met a number of memorable folks during my career as a writer, which is the world I was in prior to real estate. But for whatever reason, it hasn't been until now that I feel a special and unique connection with the people … (5 comments)

inspiration: Just Some Words of Inspiration for the Day - 11/06/09 12:57 AM
I found this on the counter at work the other day. It was simply typed on a plain sheet of paper; no author was noted. Just thought I'd pass it on.
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.    Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.   Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.   Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.   Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.   Create anyway.
If you find … (14 comments)

inspiration: Peel Back the Layers, and It Seems Like We Really Are All the Same - 10/26/09 01:10 PM
I don't know if it's because I'm getting older and it's finally sinking in, but I've been discovering lately that when you start to peel back the layers of someone, you will likely discover they are pretty much the same as you.

This thing we call "social networking" has certainly allowed me a closer glimpse into the thoughts, emotions, joys, sorrows, and challenges of friends, acquaintances, family, and colleagues. I was one of those people who swore I would never join Facebook or blog or chat online, but, well, here I am blogging. And for those of you who are "connected" to me on Facebook, … (2 comments)

inspiration: Thanks, I Needed That - 10/16/09 12:15 PM

Well, here it is Friday night, and I'm realizing I didn't have a particularly stellar week in real estate. Hmmmm....what's going on?
Times like these tend to put a damper on my attitude, confidence, and enthusiasm, but I always try to find some sort of motivation to get me back on track. I found it just a little while ago.
I met some buyers of mine at the house we're set to close on in two weeks. They just wanted to take some measurements and take another look around. The sellers came home while we were there, and the four … (45 comments)

inspiration: When It's Time to Let Go...Let God - 10/10/09 01:44 PM
Have you ever sat down in front of the computer knowing what you want to write about but not sure how to start? Or how to get it all out in a neat and concise way? That's how I'm feeling right now...
Life has been interesting the past several months -- almost a year now. Personal and professional hurdles have knocked me on my bottom, and after long talks with the best of friends, hours upon hours of reading, hours upon hours of praying, long walks, talking with Dad (who I know is watching over me), and drives through the peace-filled … (15 comments)

inspiration: Pointing Fingers - 09/14/09 01:38 PM

I don't think anyone out there who has ever been involved in a real estate transaction, whether it be as the buyer, the seller, the sales agent, the loan officer, the inspector or any other party, would disagree that emotions can run high.
Those emotions can be excitement, happiness, pride, anger, frustration, confusion, sadness, or fear. I think one of our responsibilities as the sales agent is to try to keep those emotions in check. Keep our buyer's or seller's emotions in check, and keep our emotions in check.
But when things go wrong, keeping emotions in check isn't so … (3 comments)

inspiration: OK, Seriously...What Are You Waiting For?? - 09/12/09 02:25 PM
I heard it again today in a conversation I was having -- the importance of taking time to "stop and smell the roses." Slow down. Take a break. Relax.

And yet, I rarely see the behavior patterns of those around me change. It's just rush, rush, rush.
I've heard it time and time again at the funeral of a friend or loved one -- "We should really get together more often." But it never happens.
Or we hear of an acquaintence who's our age who suffered a stroke or heart attack or was recently diagnosed with cancer. It reminds us … (2 comments)

inspiration: Passing Along Some Words of Encouragement - 08/28/09 03:00 AM
This post will be brief. I think this picture pretty much says it all. I received it in an email from my aunt this morning. I continue to be amazed and comforted by the way God speaks to us when we need it most.
 

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inspiration: Choose to Have Fun! - 08/15/09 12:37 PM
I keep hearing people say they can't believe it's August already. They can't believe the kids have to go back to school in a week or two. I think this is the first summer in -- well, I don't remember when I didn't feel anxious or sad that summer was coming to an end. And I think it's because this summer I made it a point to take time to have FUN.

 
Play in the sandbox with my 3-year old nephew. Go to a water ski show. Go to the county and state fairs. Go biking. Sit on the … (3 comments)

inspiration: Sometimes You Can Find a Treasure Right in Your Neighborhood - 08/12/09 01:18 PM

A few weeks ago my sister asked me if I knew of a photographer in the area who would take my nephew's senior picture. I immediately thought of Michael from Photography by Michael, located here in Grafton.
I had met Michael several years ago when he took photographs of the first communicants at my church and had most recently hired him to take my professional photograph. Both Michael and his wife, Dale, always impressed me with their hospitality, humor, and simple kindness. And his work -- well that spoke for itself.
I mentioned to my sister that I had heard … (0 comments)

inspiration: God's Colors - 08/12/09 10:18 AM

 
 
I just received this video in an email message and had to pass it on. It's one I've never seen before, but it certainly got me to relax for a few minutes and enjoy. We really are blessed, aren't we?  Enjoy...
 God's Colors
 
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