Live, love and laugh, and eat dessert first.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

We have a tradition at the Cooper house that goes way back.  Throughout my entire adult life, I have Eat Cakealways eaten dessert first.  My philosophy?  Life is short, eat dessert first.  We did eventually pare that down to special events such as birthdays, holidays, graduations and such, but the principle still remains the same.

Don't put off til "someday" the things in life that you would love to do.  Sometimes, someday never gets here.  When my boys were small, I wanted them to feel the sensation of flying over the open ocean.  So, we took off for St. Thomas so they could have that sensation.  When they studied Spanish, we went to Puerta Vallarta where everyone spoke Spanish.  It's the same principle.  I wanted them to experience life first hand.

Life is too short to put things off.  Do what you've always wanted to do with no regrets.  No one will care how many weekends you worked when it's all over.  They won't care how many awards you won.  They won't care that you were a top producer.  They will appreciate how you squeezed every drop out of life, and that might just turn their envy into action.  Live, love and laugh, and eat dessert first. 



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Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Mike, Just had to stop by today to wish you and your families, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May you have a wonderful Day!

Dec 25, 2012 12:49 AM #16
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Thank you, Jerry.  I hope you and your family have a Texas sized Christmas celebration! 

Dec 25, 2012 01:07 AM #17
David Tipton, GRI, ePro, SRES
Grady David Tipton Brokerage - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Broker - Tampa

Great philosophy Mike.  Can't help but be curious about the palm trees on your FB page. I don't seem to remember them in northern Virginia.

Dec 25, 2012 02:00 AM #18
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Never thought about eating dessert first!  I might have to try it.  That gives me opportunity to enjoy it again last...

Dec 25, 2012 03:10 AM #19
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

My kind of tradition!!

Merry Christmas . . . and HO HO HO

Dec 25, 2012 03:27 AM #20
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

I have no problem eating desert first, last or anywhere in between.

Dec 25, 2012 03:40 AM #21
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

The palm trees are Mimi Foster's fault.  She threatened me if I didn't put something down the sides of my blog, so I put palm trees on there.  That's my happy place.  I figured I'll see that page more than anyone else, so I put palm trees from StyThomas.  That was shot on my way to breakfast one morning. 

There you go, Jay.  Now you're thinking outside of the box. 

Absolutely, Carla.  Have a wonderful Christmas day.

Oh, I'm with you Charita.  I'm having to cut back a bit now that I'm older, but I don't like to miss it.  8=)

Dec 25, 2012 06:15 AM #22
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Love that tradition Mike! Hope you have a great holiday week.

Dec 25, 2012 07:06 AM #23
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Mike, I can just hear all the award-winning Realtors in their final moments... lying there in the hospital bed.  Can you just imagine one of them... with their very last breath saying... "Gee, I wish I had spent more time at the office?"

We may regret some of the things we have done, but in many ways we regret even more the things we wanted to do, but never got around to it.

And yes.  The older I get, the more I really DO eat dessert first.

Dec 25, 2012 07:45 AM #24
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Agent

Mike~ I think I've only ever had dessert first once.  I think it's great for special occassions and maybe we'll adopt that in to our future celebrations.  The important thing is to live life to its fullest!

Dec 25, 2012 07:48 AM #25
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
Mike - What a great way to live life. Though I'm not sure I could apply it to all of my life, I think it could make a difference to apply it to different areas. Merry Christmas.
Dec 25, 2012 03:44 PM #26
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Mike first of all congratulations on the feature.  Second that is a great and I do mean great way of looking at this thing we call life.  A house is only a temporary shelter that comes and goes.  Family is forever

Dec 25, 2012 06:47 PM #27
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Mike that is a great tradition. Dessert is one of my favorite parts of the meal after all. I hope you and your family had a great Christmas.

Dec 25, 2012 09:47 PM #28
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Somehow you may have stumbled at my life's secret recipe. .lol

I hope you had a great Christmas day. .

Dec 25, 2012 10:01 PM #29
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Mike- I love this! You only live once. Dessert first sounds good to me. Hope you and your family had a great Christmas!

Dec 26, 2012 03:03 AM #30
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

I always keep room for dessert. It's the best part.

Dec 26, 2012 05:09 AM #31
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Live, love and laugh, and eat dessert first. 

Good thoughts to have in mind as we approach the challenges of the new year!

Dec 26, 2012 05:53 AM #32
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Mike, I will start following this advice, both in meals and in life.

Have a merry Christmas!

Dec 26, 2012 04:38 PM #33
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Thanks for all of the great comments.  I've been on the run the past two days. so I didn't get to each one individually, but I did read them all.  I hope you all have a wonderful New Year and a very prosperous 2013.

Dec 26, 2012 10:30 PM #34
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mike- I may just do that.  When we're out for dinner, my eyes always go to the Dessert section first but I never have room for it.  Your children are very fortunate.

Dec 27, 2012 11:02 AM #35
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