What I Learned from the last decade

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

Earlier this month I posted a recap of the last 10 years, "What a Decade--it's life!" Jeff Dowler, CRS  challenged us to do that, and it was eye opening to me.

My biggest take aways are two-fold.

First, something we all have heard, but don't always internalize and act upon: Don't keep putting off goals and dreams. 

For at least 25 years I wanted to hike the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu. The time was never "right." Too much work; too many family responsibilities; too costly; too much guerrilla warfare in the area (who remembers the Shining Path that terrorized Peru in the 1980s?) 

My ruptured appendix in 2015 was the catalyst I needed to finally stop putting off things that are important to me. I did the trek in 2017 but came very close to not being able to go. I would have always regretted that. In 2019 I fulfilled another item on my Dream List -- hiking in the Dolomites in the Italian Alps. 

Dolomite hiking with Back Roads

One's goals might not be physical ones, or travel related. Often they might be work-related; join that BNI or ToastMaster group you always wanted to; get that special designation that will enable you to shift your business in a desired direction. They might involve family: spend more evenings at home with the phone off; do special things with loved ones; take time to connect with elders.

My second big take away: business can flourish when you are busy dealing with life. In 2011 we moved from my home of 35 years to a condo in the city. Moving is disruptive and demands new routines and habits. Yet, it was my highest earning year of all. When dealing with illness, surgeries and medical treatments, of my own and my husband's, work continued. Difficulties force efficiency--unless one chooses to fold and quit--not my style.

Reviewing the last decade reinforces my desire to work efficiently, live healthily, pursue my dreams and continue to laugh and love!

Thank you, Jeff Dowler, CRS for this challenge that brought clarity and focus to my life.

 

 

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George Souto
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Lottie those are two big take aways, and the first one is one I need to apply to my life.

Jul 31, 2019 01:21 PM #16
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Hi Lottie Kendall many folks put off their dreams until....whenever too busy, you know the drill. I am so happy that you finally followed your hiking dream and all else followed. What's next?!

Jul 31, 2019 01:30 PM #17
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Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 - wouldn't it be wonderful to hike along the fjords of Norway?? That's percolating to the top of my list. My husband would prefer to walk/hike in the Lake District of England. Maybe we'll flip a coin to see what comes next?

Jul 31, 2019 06:18 PM #18
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George Souto - putting things off too long is something many of us struggle with. This year our travels/vacations are being devoted to visiting friends and relatives in various parts of the country. No more "some day."

Jul 31, 2019 06:19 PM #19
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Thank you Sharon Lee - I think we've both gotten the message!

Jul 31, 2019 06:19 PM #20
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Wow - you've had some serious changes!  Health challenges can really force us to pay attention.  I appreciate that as well!  Great post!

Jul 31, 2019 08:49 PM #21
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Hi Jan Green - we learn from all of life's experiences, right? Wishing you continued joy and happiness in the next 10 years to come!

Jul 31, 2019 09:02 PM #22
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Never, ever put off your dreams - you and I are both keenly aware of that and I'm so happy to see that you are following those dreams. You so deserve it, Lottie!

Aug 01, 2019 11:50 AM #23
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I don't know about "deserving" anything, Debe Maxwell, CRS but I've learned to get busy doing all the things I've left undone!

Aug 01, 2019 01:02 PM #24
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Lottie Kendall - Reading your life story is a testimony about just how precious life is and with every step forward you get stronger, wiser, and gain more insights. Good health is promised to no one but not taking changes, waiting for the other shoe to drop is not healthy. You certainly aren't the type of woman to play, wait and see. As long as you live and breathe, you shall continue to see all that you can see, climb every mountain you can, and hike as many miles as possible. 

Thank you for having the courage to live and to write your story. You are an inspiration, the type of woman who doesn't just lie in bed and dream and wait for things to pass, but to learn how to live better every single day, 365 days a year. 

May you be blessed. 

Aug 01, 2019 05:30 PM #25
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Awesome story, thanks for sharing. Great reminder we need to keep pushing forward and not letting "things" take us out of the game of life.

Aug 01, 2019 05:57 PM #26
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What a great story, Lottie. I agree, the time to live life is 'now.' You've certainly done that well and it shows.  Good for you.  D 

Aug 02, 2019 06:40 AM #27
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Hi Lottie - what an inspirational post!  And your analysis of when life gets in the way of business - you are so right - you do figure out how to be very efficient!

Aug 02, 2019 02:40 PM #28
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I love the picture:) What an adventure! 

 

P.s. I'm going to Peru in November for two weeks:) Another dream to cross out off my list.

Aug 06, 2019 01:05 PM #29
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Inna Ivchenko - I hope your Peruvian adventure is a magical as mine was.  The best, hands down.

Aug 06, 2019 07:33 PM #30
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Hi Francine Viola - isn't it interesting how efficient we can be when push comes to shove? 

Aug 06, 2019 07:34 PM #31
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - finding balance in life takes constant, on-going effort. Some weeks life skews toward work, some toward family/health activities -- and that's OK as long as both needs are met with a minimum of stress.

Aug 06, 2019 07:36 PM #32
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Hello Robby Leviton - yes, keep pushing forward!

Aug 06, 2019 07:37 PM #33
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Thank you, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I love life with its challenges and its joys and beauty. I know you do, too.

Aug 06, 2019 07:39 PM #34
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Hi Lottie Kendall - Every challenge can make us stronger and wiser. You truly are an inspiration. The only thing that stands between humans and their goals is doubt and fear. May you continue to climb every mountain you desire to climb and continue to travel to all the places you wish to go. 

Aug 07, 2019 06:28 AM #35
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