motivational monday: Motivational Monday...That’s All It Takes - 01/05/20 02:40 PM
Motivational Monday...That’s All It Takes
 
Have you ever been in one of those funky moods...you know, you’re not exactly jumping for joy and your face shows it?
 
And then someone passes you and shares their smile with you and you can’t help but bring your own smile out of hiding. 
 
That can be all it takes!
 
The R.O.I. on giving someone who needs it your smile is top of the charts. 
 
And the smile doesn’t have to be in person, either. A note, a quick call or email, and even a text!
 
This weekend I was watching My Texans play the Bills in a Wild Card Playoff … (38 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...It Begins Now - 12/29/19 04:43 PM
Motivational Monday...It Begins Now
 
With a new year comes the making of lists and goals for the coming year.  It also means an assessment of what you accomplished in the year we are about to leave. 
 
Maybe last year was a phenomenal year for you...maybe not. Did you end the year with more listings, closings, sales?  Were records set?
 
If you didn’t set your world on fire and are dreading 2020, don’t. 
 
No matter where you ended the year, don’t look at it as an endpoint. 
 
Where you are NOW is your starting point.  And you can take it as far as you want!  
 
Analyze what you … (42 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...Small Big Gestures - 12/22/19 06:23 PM
Motivational Monday...Small Big Gestures
 
Often when we are contemplating our lot in life and what we can do to make a difference, we forget about the little things. 
Yes, wouldn’t it be nice if we could donate millions to finding the cure for cancer?  Think of all of the millions of people who could be saved. 
 
Or what about closer to home...finding a way to make sure that our town’s young children had the reading skills that will carry them through their lives. 
 
The other day we went to the County Tax Collector’s office to register our cars. We went as soon as it opened … (32 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...Avoiding Added Pressure - 12/15/19 05:26 PM
Motivational Monday...Avoiding Added Pressure
 
Work is called work because that’s exactly what it is...work. No matter how much we may love what we do, there will always be something that causes us to be stressed. Transactions don’t always go as they should...clients serve up bumps in the road that we’d hoped to avoid. 
 
Some things can’t be avoided. When humans are involved you can count on things going wonkers. Throw in those things like the weather, computer and mechanical glitches and animals and goodness knows what can pop up.  
 
I saw a quote by one of my all-time favorites...Peyton Manning... 
 
Pressure is something you feel … (33 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...Are You Adding This Important Ingredient? - 12/08/19 04:07 PM
Motivational Monday...Are You Adding This Important Ingredient?
 
When we first moved back to Delray Beach from Northern VA, the market was down everywhere. Agents in Palm Beach County were having to learn about short sales, bank owned properties and, for many targeting a lower price point property. 
 
While I was beginning my staging business in Palm Beach County, I met many agents...some who had coasted during the previous years, now floundered. 
 
At one of my Women’s Council of Realtors, I had the good fortune to meet a seasoned agent who’d been through it all. When I asked her what her secret to success she … (48 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...Enjoy the Moment - 12/01/19 04:18 PM
Motivational Monday...Enjoy the Moment
 
Larry’s mother had a Ph.D. in Psychology, was Phi Beta Kappa and a master bridge player but sadly she never learned how to enjoy the moment.  She would stay up till 3 in the morning before anyone was coming over trying to get things arranged. In her head, she envisioned just how everything would go. 
 
And yet, what I observed was someone who could never be happy because she was always focused on what went wrong or what in her mind we should have been doing. 
 
Consequently, while we were all having fun and enjoying ourselves, she was reviewing what … (33 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...The Art of Being Thankful - 11/24/19 05:13 PM
 
Motivational Monday...The Art of Being Thankful
 
From the time we are able to utter a word, we are also taught to say please and thank you.  As a child, one of my favorite shows on television was Captain Kangaroo, who always reminded us to say please and thank you. 
 
Heading out to go Trick or Treating, we were reminded by our parents to be sure to say Thank you to this wonderful giver of candy. 
 
Saying Thank you is deeply ingrained in us from an early age and stays with us as we travel down the road of life. 
 
In fact, we have come to … (30 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...Breathe - 11/17/19 12:59 PM
Motivational Monday...Breathe
 
This past week I watched as a car darted in and out of traffic, tailing too close for comfort to the cars in front of him.  And for what?  
 
When we all reached the next light, there he was waiting with all the rest of us for it to turn green. 
 
So he got there seconds ahead?! Big woo. 
 
Most of us have had that bout of impatience, especially in traffic. Growing up driving in Houston traffic you either learn to be patient or live a life full of stress. 
 
It’s not just in traffic that we experience this. We all do our professional … (34 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...A Different Perspective - 11/03/19 02:56 PM
Motivational Monday...A Different Perspective
 
The other day, I decided to sit in a chair that I rarely, if ever, sit in.  My laptop was nearby so I grabbed it to check on something.  
 
Larry came into the room and had a puzzled look on his face. Why are you in that chair?
 
Leaves-as is


I told him that on occasion I like to see my rooms from a different point of view. We all have the chairs that we like to sit in whenever we’re in a certain room or around the table. Why not? We’re comfortable there. 
 
But from time to time, I enjoy seeing … (49 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...Not a Script But a Playbook... - 10/27/19 06:10 PM
Motivational Monday...Not a Script But a Playbook...
 
Inspiration for our posts can come from a variety of sources...the news, another member’s post, our daily lives, and for me...my own response to a comment someone made on my post. 
 
My post...An Unstaged Life...talked about how I got to where I am. It occurred to me when I responded to Gordon Crawford ’s comment that no one gives us a script for our lives when we’re born. Life is not a movie or television show where we are the actors following a well written and planned script. 
 
All we would have to do is get up … (30 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...Stature Over Size - 10/20/19 03:10 PM
Motivational Monday...Stature Over Size
 
This weekend we spent time with Larry’s daughter, her husband, and our grandsons. Besides getting to visit with them, we were able to see our youngest grandson at batting practice as well as watch my Houston Astros win the American League Championship title.
 
 
Thatcher is 13 and his baseball coaches have said he has a high baseball IQ.  We noticed early on his skills when he first threw a football to us. Powerful arm and on target. 
 
Watching the Astros has, I hope, been inspirational for him because of the Series MVP - Jose Altuve who is 5’6”. Thatcher will … (31 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...Many Moments - 10/13/19 03:13 PM
Motivational Monday...Many Moments
 
Since moving back to Houston there have been so many treasured moments I’ve spent with my family, especially the wee ones. 
 
There have been birthdays and an Easter egg hunt...family dinners and the formal adoption of Raffe. There has been time spent cooking dinner for my sister-in-law’s parents and playing chauffeur/sitter for my little nephews and my mini-me. 
 
 
It’s not exactly a seat on the 50 yard line at the Super Bowl or winning the Noble Prize but I wouldn’t trade these little moments in my life for anything. 
 
Life is made up of these remarkable little treasures that may last just … (32 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...Fearless - 10/06/19 05:19 PM
 
Motivational Monday...Fearless
 
This weekend we celebrated my mini-me’s 5th birthday.  It was held at a local gymnastics academy where JK has lessons. It would seem that having a destination birthday party is the latest trend and I can see why. 
 
 
We had so much fun watching all of the children running around...getting rid of all that boundless energy! The boys and girls ranged from 2 to 11 and each and every one of them had a fearlessness about them that all of the adults envied. 
 
Even our latest addition, Rafael, jumped and ran around without any fear of boundaries or what he should not … (23 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...Better Than the Alternative - 09/29/19 06:03 PM
Motivational Monday...Better Than the Alternative
 
Getting older is something I am grateful for because the alternative...well we know where that is. 
 
The thing is (and I know everyone says this) I don’t feel my age. It’s not until I walk past a mirror that I go Yikes! Who is that?
 
 
 
A few years ago there was a television show called Forever. It was about a man who could not die and kept coming back after being killed.  I wondered how that would be...what if you could live forever?
 
The one cool thing with getting older is that you can actively choose to just be an … (30 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...Finding the Positive - 09/22/19 04:58 PM
Motivational Monday...Finding the Positive

There is a great deal of Pollyanna in me. It is who I am and it’s way too late in my life to change that. 
 
During last week's storms, there were so many sad and tragic stories. Not to diminish the 5 who died or those who experienced flooding in their homes, there were stories that came out of this that make you feel good about people. 
 
A group of high school swimmers in Kingwood went around the neighborhood to help with the cleanup. Bystanders risked their own lives to help others out of their flooded vehicles. 
 
One man driving food … (24 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...Your Self Worth - 09/15/19 05:30 PM
Motivational Monday...Your Self Worth
 
This week, my niece and I were talking about her oldest son who has just entered Middle School.  If memory serves, this can be a tough time for most kids. 
You’re no longer a big fish in a small puddle but rather a minnow in a large lake. There are new kids to get to know and older ones whose sole purpose (it seems) is to do what they can to make you want to shrink away. 
I’m exaggerating but for anyone who has low self-esteem, this can not just be a difficult period but one that could impact how … (40 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...Good Sportsmanship - 09/08/19 04:57 PM
Motivational Monday...Good Sportsmanship
 
You can always count on sports and athletics to provide analogies for many of life’s lessons or inspiring moments. 
 
Good sportsmanship goes beyond the game; it starts with respect. Tommy Hilfiger
 
This past week a pro-NFL player showed the world that you can have all of the talent and skills in the world but it won’t make up for unsportsmanlike conduct. 
 
Years ago my top producer in the placement company that I managed was a good example of that. There was no doubt that she worked hard to get the numbers she did however there were some things she did that were … (29 comments)

motivational monday: Monday Motivational...Be YOU. - 09/01/19 04:54 PM
Monday Motivational...Be YOU
 
A friend told us they were going to begin counseling soon after their sudden break-up with their partner of 25 years. Their hope was to change whatever they were doing so that their partner would want to be with them again. 
 
Whoa...put the brakes on that! We supported her willingness to seek counseling but suggested that a better goal would be to learn to feel comfortable with who they are. Work on what she wants to but for herself and not anyone else. 
 
In our lives there are so many roles we play...professional, manager, parent, husband, wife, partner son, daughter...and the … (29 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...Staying Young - 08/11/19 12:26 PM
Motivational Monday...Staying Young
 
When I moved back to Houston, I finally had the pleasure of meeting my friend’s mother who had just turned 100 years young. 
 
Cretora could run circles around most of us. After having lunch with her and my friend/her daughter, she told us her schedule for the remainder of the day.
 
 
Whew! She had a board meeting for the facility she lives in, another meeting for the entertainment panel that she chairs, bingo, and her book club meeting...all before dinner!
 
Before her birthday she was in a fashion show that her home had!  Everyone at Chico’s knows her! She is always … (23 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...Find Out What’s On the Other Side - 08/04/19 05:02 PM
Motivational Monday...Find Out What’s On the Other Side
 
The other night the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductees were enshrined in Canton, OH. One of my favorite players, Tony Gonzalez, was one of 8 in the 2019 class. 
 
In his speech, he spoke of how he (this now 6’5” Tight End who holds the NFL record for total receiving yards by a tight end) was too afraid to take part in the contact part of Pop Warner football. He participated in drills but his fear kept him from playing.
 
He also spoke of his fear of a bully and how he could not … (37 comments)

 
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