morning inspiration: There is no secret ingredient... - 01/05/22 02:46 AM
“There is no secret ingredient…”It was a line from a really cute movie I have seen several times, Kung Fu Panda...A movie of discovery about a hero, a panda named Po, as he learns some of the secrets of life…In one scene, his father, who happens to be a goose, explains to his son what makes his “Secret Ingredient soup” so special…“There is no secret ingredient. To make something special you just have to believe it is special,” his father revealed…That is is true for life. There is no secret ingredient...So many of us look for answers. We read books. We … (4 comments)

morning inspiration: Setting goals, making progress, and moving forward... - 01/02/22 05:28 AM
Good morning!!I believe in setting goals…Goals give me something to shoot for. A purpose…I set goals for many aspects of my life. Spiritual. Physical. Business goals. Relationship goals…Each are important areas of my life that I continue to work on…For I am a work in progress.This morning, as I was wrapping up my Coffee with Ken show on the app Tik Tok, I realized I had set a goal last week, achieved that goal, and was excited to set another one…You see, I started on Tik Tok about six weeks ago. I was encouraged to bring some of my videos that … (1 comments)

morning inspiration: A grateful Sunday morning... - 12/26/21 04:41 AM
Good morning!!This morning I woke thinking about gratitude...I woke fairly early. 5:09 am. It is Sunday, December 26th, the day after Christmas…I had a wonderful holiday weekend…Christmas Eve was perfect. I spent most of the day with my two daughters, Erin and Morgan…We went to church. Exchanged gifts. Enjoyed a good meal…We just had fun together. So much fun that we were all singing Christmas songs on the drive back to their mom’s home…It really was perfect…Christmas was nearly perfect as well…I woke early, and again, exchanged gifts, this time with a friend and his family...I drank lots of coffee. We … (4 comments)

morning inspiration: Being there for others on Christmas Eve... - 12/24/21 06:11 AM
Good morning!! It is amazing how many people have so much inside they need to share… The need to share their feelings. Their hurt. Their pain… They want to share their memories. Their experiences… The struggles they face. The dark thoughts they dare not tell others… The loss they deal with. Even the emptiness. For sometimes, that empty feeling is the most scary of all… So many people looking for someone to listen… To hear their stories without judgement… And they don’t know where to go… So, more and more, they are coming to me. For they have been reading my stories. Hearing me talk on my videos… And they know that … (4 comments)

morning inspiration: Finding joy in the simple things... - 12/21/21 10:06 AM
Good morning!!I woke this morning with a hint of sadness…I woke early. Just before 4 am. Athough I was comfortable in my bed, I started thinking about two conversations I had had the night prior…The first was with a buddy. He and some other old friends want to go out this week to watch a big basketball game. Our alma mater, The University of Illinois, will be playing Missouri on Wednesday in their annual rivalry game…I have found that over the years, I have grown less passionate about sports. Perhaps just the natural occurrence of time and aging. Perhaps just other … (1 comments)

morning inspiration: The paths that we are on... - 12/20/21 04:57 AM
Good morning!!I woke this morning thinking about the paths that we are on…I woke early. Just a few minutes before 5 am….I woke from a deep sleep. I woke, not in a panic, but feeling relaxed….So rather than jump out of my bed, ready to start my day as is often my habit, I chose to lay in that relaxation. Enjoy it. Let it cover me in peace, just like the warm blanket I had covering my body…And during that relaxation, I started thinking about paths…There are all sorts of paths in this world…Paths through the woods. Windy paths. Paths that … (1 comments)

morning inspiration: Accepting life as it comes... - 12/18/21 05:04 AM
Good morning!I woke this morning after a good nights sleep…I was well rested. It was 6:21 in the morning, and I was at peace…I woke today thinking about accpetance…Acceptance for the way things are…In my life. In my relationships. And with who I am…And it felt good. Very good…You see, I have faced a lot of turmoil over the last couple months, most of it was probably self inflicted…I found myself in conflict with people in my life. Conflict with the situations I was going through. Sometimes in conflict with the world…But then, after talking at length with a few new … (3 comments)

morning inspiration: Facing the morning with confidence... - 12/17/21 03:42 AM
Good morning!!I woke this morning thinking about confidence…I woke early. 4:15 am. I may have to revaluate my definition of early, as most of my days start around 4 am…I believe I rise early these days as I have made several changes over the last two months...Changes that give me more energy, and require less sleep. Changes that have given me clarity. And changes that give me confidence...Confidence is a good thing. It is following your gut. Listening to your inner voice…It is the ability to make a decision. It is the ability to move forward amidst chaos…It is knowing the … (9 comments)

morning inspiration: Excitement for my day... - 12/16/21 04:02 AM
Good morning!
 
I woke early today.  Just a minute or two after 4 am…
 
I woke in a state of discomfort.  I wasn’t sure the cause at first…
 
So I lay in bed, feeling somewhat agitated…
 
Thoughts were going through me head.  Thoughts that weren’t bringing me peace, relaxation, and certainly not happiness or joy…
 
After laying in my discomfort for a little bit, I started looking within…
 
Analyzing the thoughts and feelings in my mind.  And in my heart…
 
I realized I was upset.  Maybe even a little bit angry…
 
So I lay for a few moments, pondering my feelings and my thoughts…
 
“How do I break away from … (6 comments)

morning inspiration: Facing today's struggles and going with the flow... - 12/14/21 05:23 AM
Good morning!I woke this morning thinking about struggles…I woke early. Just about 4 am. I have been waking up at that time a lot lately…I lay there for about 30 minutes, trying to relax, trying to find some deeper comfort…Trying to fall back asleep…After a little while, I realized the harder I tried, the less likely I was to fall back asleep…It made me think of bigger things…Made me think of relationships. Challenges at work. Life in general…We all struggle from time to time…Sometimes over big things. Sometimes over very small and nearly meaningless issues in the bigger picture that is … (4 comments)

morning inspiration: Spreading love, one hug at a time... - 12/13/21 04:42 AM
Good morning!I woke this morning thinking about hugs…Hugs are great. Hugs are a special connection between two human beings…A moment of intimacy. Of love. Of understanding…A moment of time where our guards come down…Where it is ok to be who we are, where we are, at this exact moment.They let us know that things will be ok…I love hugs, and I give as many as I can...And after the last two years, I hope to bring the hug back.I hope to break down some of the barriers that have grown between people…The funny thing is, hugs used to make me a … (7 comments)

morning inspiration: A quiet morning and memories of Mom... - 12/12/21 03:47 AM
Good morning!
 
I woke early this morning…
 
Perhaps it was waking in a strange bed?
 
I had, after all, woken at my sisters house in Roscoe, Illinois…
 
I had driven out the night before to celebrate my dad’s birthday…
 
We went out for a nice meal.  Nice restaurant.  Nice ribeye…
 
Anyway, dinner was delicious.  When we got home, I relaxed on the couch, the kind of relaxation one can only have after a big meal…
 
My sister sat on the opposite couch, working on things unknown to me…
 
I lay quietly, enjoying her company without needing to speak.  And I found myself drifting off to sleep...
 
So when I woke … (4 comments)

morning inspiration: Drawing inspiration from my father on his birthday... - 12/11/21 04:39 AM
Good morning!!
 
December 11th, 2021.  5:37…
 
I woke this morning thinking about my dad…
 
For today is his birthday.  His 81st…
 
My dad is a good man.
 
He is honest.  Hard working.  Loyal…
 
Dad is far from perfect.  Certainly all of us are…
 
But his imperfection, especially in his younger years, is what makes my Dad’s story so inspirational to me…
 
Dad was raised on a farm, in a little town in Central Illinois named Ivesdale…
 
Dad was born in 1940.  A simpler time for sure.  But a hard time…
 
America was just getting out of the depression, and on the date of his birth, we were less than a year … (13 comments)

morning inspiration: Facing the day with hope... - 12/10/21 05:38 AM
Good morning!!I woke this morning thinking about hope…Hope is a good thing. It can give us comfort during a storm…Hope is a belief that things can get better…Hope is optimism…It keeps us moving towards the light...It is having faith when life seems to be crumbling around us...It keeps us on the right path, even when that path is rocky and uncertain...It keeps us moving forward. Towards destination unknown...For forward we must move. After all, we certainly can't go back and change the past...We can only do the best we can. Be the best we can be...So today, I face the day … (5 comments)

morning inspiration: Living to our potential... - 12/09/21 04:04 AM
  Good morning!! It is 5:29 am. Thursday, December 9th, 2021… I woke this morning thinking about potential… Potential is something we all have inside… To be something more. Or, I guess, to be something less… I have always thought of potential as the possibility to be the best we can be… The people we were meant to be. The fullest expression of the life we have inside… The way God intended us to be… But until I started writing this morning, I forgot their was the other side… The potential to be less. To be yucky. To be bad… And … (7 comments)

morning inspiration: A life lived with goals and dreams... - 12/08/21 04:05 AM
Good morning!!!December 8th, 2021. 5:17 am says the clock on my computer…Thats a funny thing about the modern world with which we live…The clocks that we so rely on are now accurate. Kept in sync by some magic power that is beyond my understanding. Anyway…I woke this morning thinking about goals…Goals are good.Goals provide a road map as to why and how we lead out lives…Without goals, we tend to drift. Without direction or purpose…And a life spent adrift, tossed around like a bottle on the sea, ends up exactly where the rough sea takes it…Somewhere…I have lived my life without … (7 comments)

morning inspiration: The Perfect Dad... - 12/07/21 05:09 AM
Good morning!!I wanted to introduce you to my son Auggie…Born August Stephen Tracy on April 30th, 2021…He is just over 7 months old…He is beautiful.He is warm. Chubby. A great cuddler…And most importantly, he is happy…His smile lights up the room…Lights up the world…And most importantly, lights up my heart…I don’t see Auggie as much as I would like, unfortunately…You see, his mom and I are going through some challenges. We are giving each other space to breathe…To heal. To figure out what our next step should be…And I love his mom. I am sure I always will…But we still are … (7 comments)

morning inspiration: The joy of a quiet morning... - 12/03/21 01:28 PM
Good morning!!I woke this morning at 6:33 am…It felt great. The best sleep I have had in over a month…I was happy to be where I was. I was happy to be with myself. By myself…I lay in bed for 20 minutes just enjoying the quiet. The comfort. The peace…The moment…You see, I have been very busy over the last 5 weeks…My mind had been so active trying to fix things, I had a hard time being in the moment, and enjoying that moment…I have been apologizing, working on myself, celebrating sobriety, making amends, bringing joy, being outgoing, being the very … (2 comments)

morning inspiration: The high road... - 12/02/21 02:46 AM
Good morning!!
 
Today I woke thinking about “the high road”…
 
The high road is a bumpy road…
 
It is a road full of rocks, craggy places, and a road illed with plenty of pitfalls…
 
The high road is a lonely road…
 
It is keeping your chin up.  Doing the right thing.  Having a positive attitude even when you are hurting…
 
It is a road less traveled…
 
For it is far easier to take a different road.  A different path…
 
A path that makes one want to scream “Why me?”
 
A path that blames others…
 
A path that is very crowded with others doing the same thing…
 
Wallowing in each others issues.  Gossiping…
 
But … (5 comments)

morning inspiration: A morning of peace and calm... - 12/01/21 02:58 AM
Good morning!
 
I woke this morning calm.  Relaxed.  Maybe even peaceful…
 
I still woke early.  4 am…
 
But maybe that is ok.  Maybe the five hours of deep sleep I got during the night were all I needed…
 
I believe our bodies tell us what we need…
 
And if I am awake, and ready to go, I might as well get going…
 
So here I go…
 
At my computer.  Click clacking away on the keyboard…
 
Pause.  
 
Writer’s block perhaps?  Perhaps no greater purpose for today’s writing than just saying good morning?
 
For maybe that is enough…
 
Nah.  I probably have more to say…
 
I believe the calm I am feeling at this … (4 comments)

 
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