Will you find serenity this summer?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 10491201242

I read Kathy McGraw's Post in which she stated location is a big factor in achieving serenity.  This is so true, and based on the various issues confronting us, now more than ever it is important to find that place to escape to.

I am fortunate that I can arrive at serenity quickly, all I need to do is walk out to my backyard.  However I so love escaping to the beach where I can sit and listen to the waves, watch the various cloud formations, the birds looking around for food. children building sand castles and of course the sunrise and sunset.

So make sure to take some time out for yourself this summer.

The Ocean


Jennifer Fivelsdal- Associate Broker- Keller Williams Realty Team - 845-758-6842- jennifer@jfivehomes.com  and www.jfivehomes.com



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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Jennifer, Thanks for sharing the beautiful picture. Have a good weekend.

May 28, 2009 11:08 PM #6
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I just love being near the water.  I used to live at the ocean in San Francisco.  I love the sounds of the waves crashing and those wonderful seal lions barking... It is instant serenity!

May 28, 2009 11:56 PM #7
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

By God's grace, I will find some. I love our lake cottage and usually go every weekend. I can feel the stress leave my body the closer I get. Something about the water and not being connected at the hip with my lap top.

Have a great one, Jen.

May 29, 2009 12:03 AM #8
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

N doubt about it...we all need our down time. For me it is relazing at the beach!

May 29, 2009 12:04 AM #9
Kenneth Bargers
Prudential Woodmont Realty - Nashville, TN

Jennifer - This is a very nice image to start my morning.  Thanks for sharing and all the best.

May 29, 2009 01:21 AM #10
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Hello Jennifer,
Making and taking the time to sit and reflect is something we need to do very often.

May 29, 2009 08:55 AM #11
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

Jennifer, that's a hard photograph to take well, what with the glare off the water... Well done.

May 29, 2009 09:54 AM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hi Jennifer, I read Kathy's lovely post and do agree.  We all need a balance of work and play and I'm planning a get-away right now myself for the summer.  For me this year it will be a road trip to some places I have been before but not in a long time. 

May 29, 2009 10:33 AM #13
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jennifer, I get my serenity sitting in front of my fish tank :)

And OH yes I also get serenity like sitting at the beach, but I did not realize that it was clouds that I was looking at :) :)

May 29, 2009 01:35 PM #14
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Jennifer, even though we live next to a VERY large city our subdivision is located in a very quiet area and that gives me the serenity that I love!  We also spend a lot of time at the lake on our sail boat.  I do have to say that I quit racing with my husband though.  That was far from serene.  He now has boy crew.  I accidently knocked him off at the bay years ago and that was the end of my racing.  Had I known that would do it I might have done it sooner.  I get enough action in real estate I don't feel the need to race.

May 29, 2009 04:21 PM #15
Ann Heitland
Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties - Flagstaff, AZ
Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales

Good point. I find serenity in my home and on the hiking trails next to it. When I lived in a big city, I could find it in my living room, but never outside! Now, even in my living room, I'm looking at great views that bring peace.

May 29, 2009 04:34 PM #16
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Liz - Yes the ocean is so therapeutic

Mark and Sheryl - That is exactly how I felt about that scene. Glad you appreciated it.

Steve I am confident that you can. :)

Doreen Thank you.  I always feel so alive after a visit to the ocean.

Bill I so agree, a trip to the beach is a must.

Kenneth - Glad I gave you a great start.

May 30, 2009 05:24 AM #17
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Jackie - I know just what you mean.

Gita Thank you and I hope your weekend is going well.

Joan - I don't know about the barking seals, it depends on how loud they are.  :)

Missy - Great idea to leave the laptop behind, sound like you have a great place to get-away to.  Here is hoping you are having a great weekend.

Cynthia - I couldn't agree more.

Brian thank you, I was pleased with the result.

May 30, 2009 05:41 AM #18
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Carole - That sounds like a great plan, how about upstate NY?

George - I can understand the feeling you get from staring at the fish tank.  I had friend who had the largest fish tank I have seen, with very big fishes and whenever I went over to their house I was mesmerized by the fishes.

Marchel - That was too cool you knocked your husband off bay so that did it.  I agree that real estate provide more than enough action :)

As I stated even in my backyard I can find serenity, chirping birds, bunnies, colorful flowers are a few of the things that help me acheive this, so I fully understand that you can find serenity at home.

Ann It sounds very beautiful where you are.


May 30, 2009 05:55 AM #19
Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO

Jennifer, it's June (tomorrow) and we haven't put our sailboat in the water- it's still here, at the house, waiting. This is a great reminder to be proactive with things OTHER than real estate- we shouldn't ever be to busy to "get away" for a few hours, and need to make the time to do it. Thanks for the important reminder!

May 30, 2009 10:40 PM #20
Art Kruschka
Administrative Manager - Manassas, VA
Manassas Woodbridge Dumfries Real Estate Sevices

Jennifer  I undestand abou the water - my childhood home was on a bay - beach in the backyard

Jun 01, 2009 08:23 AM #21
George & Arlene Paukert
Road to Wealth, Inc. - West Palm Beach, FL

This is why my wife and I like to take walks on the beaches together to try to excape reality for a few hours.

Jun 01, 2009 12:00 PM #22
Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park

Jennifer - Everybody should have a peaceful and serene haven to turn to. And, fortunately in the Hudson Valley there are many places besides our own backyards.

Jun 04, 2009 03:11 AM #23
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I've always been able to make my own serenity regardless of where I was. I use plants, water, and sound, all of which bring in various wildlife to visit me. Very serene.

Jun 04, 2009 07:13 PM #24
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Hi Jennifer - You are lucky to have a wonderful backyard to escape to! This is a lovely beach photo.


Jun 06, 2009 11:16 AM #25
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