Pledge to do one thing "outside of yourself" each day....

Real Estate Agent with NextHome Premier

This week I have embarked on a build a "better Jeannie" campaign and yesterday added an element that I plan to keep as a permanent part of the plan.  I know that when I am feeling my best, I bring my best to those I serve.  I can feel it - in my stride - in my voice - in my relationships both personal and professional - in all I do.

What was the addition?  It was my pledge to do one thing outside of myself each day.

Yesterday as I watched the house next to mine be leveled after a tragic house fire (all people out of house thank God!), I thought what can I do....

Gift cards for essentials have poured in to this lovely family.  I wanted to do something more, something else, something different.  Consistent with the theme that we do our best job of helping others when we have taken care of ourselves, I considered the mountain facing the Wife/Mom and the challenge of dealing with the loss herself and helping her family through it.  I wanted to do something nice for the caregiver, something restorative to help her help those she loves.

I delivered my card to her personally with a hug and kind words of support and stood and watched the demolition with her for a few moments. In the card were two gift certificates for massages. 

I  know myself that when times are toughest and challenges greatest, I often put myself last and focus on those I love.  But to be my best to others, I know that I have to bring my best and taking steps to do that are not an indulgence - but a necessity. 

And as is so often the case, when you do a "right thing" it comes back around. 

Yesterday I improved the day of a friend - and had one of the best and most productive days I've had in a long time.

That ole' adage, what goes around, comes around rings true again.


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Jeanne Feenick

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Jeanne. I love this idea and I'm in. A great thing you did for your neighbor too.

Oct 21, 2015 11:10 PM #4
Dan Hopper
Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC - Denver, CO
Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

Jeanne, thanks for the encouragment to "get out of your comfort zone", by doing something that will push you outside your limits!!

Oct 22, 2015 12:10 AM #5
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

A great plan Jeanne, if everyone did this we would have a much better world.

Oct 22, 2015 06:05 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeanne- someone once said that "it takes a lot of thought to be thoughtful" and you certainly prove that.  When we go outside ourselves we certainly are rewarded. 

Oct 22, 2015 07:31 AM #7
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Jeanne. You are so right and how much does it really cost us. How good we feel when making a difference is someones life, especially when they are in need.

Oct 22, 2015 06:31 PM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                         Thank you Jeanne Feenick for my ah-ha moment. 

Oct 24, 2015 10:05 AM #9
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the inspirational post. I love the advice.

Oct 24, 2015 09:33 PM #10
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I have found that when I reach out and do for others, I feel myself grow and my happiness increase. Doing things outside ourselves helps us to improve.

Oct 24, 2015 10:03 PM #11
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good Sunday morning Jeanne Feenick -

A great challenge to each of us.  I am now following your posts.  Make it a great day in all you do. 

Oct 24, 2015 10:33 PM #12
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

This is such a lovely, inspirational post Jeanne.....thanks so much.....something we should all do more of each day.

Oct 24, 2015 11:43 PM #13
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

That was a wonderful gesture!  I like that you are on a pledge to do something outside of yourself each day. What a journey you are on!

Oct 25, 2015 12:16 AM #14
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Why not make this a challenge for the month of Thanksgiving? Challenge members to do this for a month or something along those lines and blog about what comes of the effort? What do you think? Bob Stewart ?

Oct 25, 2015 01:11 AM #15
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

What a beautiful challenge you've made for yourself - and what a thoughtful way to support your neighbor. I've been in her shoes, so know how right you are - in crisis times, "Mom" does everything to make things better for the family and doesn't do much for herself. 

Oct 25, 2015 04:09 AM #16
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Jeanne, oh how I loved this inspirational post! Good for you for paying it forward, as it DOES come back around. We can't always follow the "through line", but we're all ONE after all. 


Oct 25, 2015 05:14 AM #17
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Oh, Jeanne Feenick , how different the world would be if we all took this challenge to heart!  Kudos to you!  I love, Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner suggestion as a November challenge. I'm in! 

Oct 25, 2015 06:08 AM #18
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

That is a luxury everyone would love to have.  Taking care of the care givers is essential!

Oct 25, 2015 07:00 AM #19
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jeanne, that was the perfect thing to do!

By the way, one of my first clients and a dear neighbor had a really nasty fire in her home a few years ago.  Her insurance company (State Farm) worked with her and it's now absolutely stunning inside and out.  It was an electrical fire that was, by a stroke of luck, caused by our local power company, and I'm guessing they paid for the restoration. 

The day it happened was awful.  The day she moved back in? Awesome!

Oct 25, 2015 08:53 AM #20
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

I try and pick one individual a day that I either call or send a text message to with a simple greeting and that I hope their day goes well. I ask them to let me know if there is anything I can do for them. It's a simple gesture that everyone appreciates . 

Oct 25, 2015 09:20 AM #21
David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

There is so many good tips that I've been coming across, and this is one of them.  We grow when we push ourselves, and this is good.  

Oct 26, 2015 01:25 AM #22
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

You've inspired me today . . .

Oct 26, 2015 03:09 AM #23
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