Welcoming a New Decade with All things Positive

Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

   We are beyond excited to welcome 2020 and all the wonderful things that we know are in store for us and the people we care most about in our lives.   It has been a positive change that has appeared in many different areas ...shaping our practice with our new (now almost a year and a half) Broker to changing our surroundings....Yes, more new decorating this twenty twentyyear and parts of our real estate practice are changing as well. In some areas getting rid of the old...in others, changing and "tweaking" patterns, fine tuning...expanding...it is a freeing sort of atmosphere that has an air of positivity like we have never felt before at any other time. It must be obvious because people we know have commented on the renewed energy and changes.

   To some people it may seem "silly ceremonial" and everyone is entitled to their opinion of course.  To us....it is symbolic of the physical, mental and spiritual attitude that we welcome in this new decade.  We have been to house warmings and listed homes where Buyers and Sellers have chosen to begin the sale OR begin their new lives with a smudging Sage sticksceremony. The beauty of it is that it can be personalized any way you wish to welcome a new beginning...to kindle the positive energy to bring the best possible results.  It begins with white sage bundles or some people refer to them as sticks. The ritual of burning sage is referred to as "Smudging." 

   This tradition is rooted in Native American culture and the belief was that it promoted mental and physical healing, wisdom and longevity. It is a cleansing ritual and people who are Buying or Selling a home sometimes use it to erase any negativity that may be in the way of their next "happily ever after." 

   The word "sage" itself is derived from the Latin word, Salvere...which means "to heal."  You can choose how that applies to your life.

    Traditionally, people use an abalone shell to hold the sage and a feather Abalone shell, snd featherto "distribute"  or fan the smoke. If you wish, these "kits" are easily found on line or you may use another  fire proof container and fan. What you use is not as important as the thought you give to what you wish to create,  Gather the sage, a fireproof container (or shell) a long match or lighter and a feather or fan. 

   You will want to open doors and/or windows before you begin for two reasons. One is the belief that the negativity is released...and the other in terms of practicality, you want to create a path for the smoke as well. Set  firmly in your mind, before you begin, exactly what you wish released from the space...your mind, your life.  As you carry away the negative energy....you make way for all the good that replaces it. No matter how positive you believe you are...there is always room for more positive energy in your life.

   smudge smoke     You choose what you wish to say aloud or to yourself as you fan the smoke. You will be holding the sage that has burnt for 20 to 30 seconds and gently blow out the flame so that the embers appear and smoke billows.  A popular mantra is "I release what no longer serves me."

   Walk around your space...your whole house...your office ...whatever you feel would be most beneficial to you. Guide the smoke to windows and doors. Give special attention to spaces in front of mirrors, corners, and in hallways and foyers.  Some people also believe that there is great benefit to "saging or smudging" technology ...phones, laptops, printers/scanners holding the saging "wand or stick" underneath them and then waving it around them.

    Be careful not to directly inhale the smoke...and should an ember fall during the process, stamp it out immediately. When you have finished your cleansing ritual, gently press the tip of the sage into the container you have used...or the ground. Do not use liquid to extinguish it since that will ruin the stick from being used again.

     May 2020 and the entire decade that follows bring you all things positive in every area of your life. May you know good health, happiness and prosperity and be surrounded by the positive life forces and people that foster your affirmation of a new beginning. Amen and Women.

     Sally K. & David L. Hanson

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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Thank you Sally K. & David L. Hanson Happy New Year 2020 and the decade to you and your family too!

Jan 01, 2020 09:25 AM #10
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

Happy New Year Sally K. & David L. Hanson  Wishing you a healthy and successful 2020!

Jan 01, 2020 10:41 AM #11
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Interesting ritual, Sallygawea, especially blowing the smoke around with a feather.

Jan 01, 2020 12:41 PM #12
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Can't say whether it guards against careless home inspectors...but you have nothing to worry about Jay Markanich ....Happiest AND Healthiest of  the New Decade to You and Yours !

Jan 01, 2020 01:03 PM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have burned sage in my home as well.  I think I still have some, so I will burn some today!  I hope 2020 is wonderful for you!

Jan 01, 2020 01:31 PM #14
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally and David wishing you a very Happy and prosperous 2020!!!

Jan 01, 2020 02:19 PM #15
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Sally K. & David L. Hanson - I sage my home and workspace monthly on the new moon to help bring my intentions into focus. I hope 2020 brings all of what you are hoping for. Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2020 02:24 PM #16
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy New Year Day Sally and David, May 2020 be a great year for you and your company!


Jan 01, 2020 02:26 PM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Sally and David- love the new look!!!! And I like the idea of the ritual. Anything positive works for me. 

Jan 01, 2020 07:44 PM #18
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!


(I hope you have the best year ever Sally K. & David L. Hanson)
Jan 01, 2020 09:58 PM #19
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sally.

A new year and a new decade, plus I see a new photo.  May you and David be blessed in 2020

Jan 02, 2020 12:33 AM #20
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Hi Sally and David,

That is an interesting ritual for cleansing and renewal.

A blessed 2020 to the family!

Jan 02, 2020 03:03 AM #21
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I don't think it's silly  at all - we all do things that help us to refocus our energies. What a great feeling to start the year with a clean slate.

Jan 04, 2020 07:43 AM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

what i learned

Jan 04, 2020 06:29 PM #23
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Good morning, Yes, whatever works for any given person, is not silly.  Sounds fabulous.

Jan 05, 2020 07:36 AM #24
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Thanks for explaining the smudging ceremony in detail for those of us (like me) who never knew what it was all about.

Jan 05, 2020 05:30 PM #25
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Sally, a shaman will be coming to a new listing of mine next week (we hope) to do an energy clearing/smudging.

Jan 05, 2020 06:43 PM #26
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

Your new photo is very regal as Alexandra has noted. Very interesting learning about the smudging ceremony. Kudos to you for your positive attitude toward 2020 and all it has in store for you.

Jan 06, 2020 07:03 AM #27
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I remember my first time learning about smudging. I wasn't aware of it and as I approached the person's home I thought I was smelling pot. LOL

I love your new photo!

Jan 06, 2020 07:31 AM #28
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sally and David:

Happy New Year 2020! I really like the new photo, and the enthusiasm you bring to your business and your lives, and reflected in your post.

Am familiar with sage cleansing but never heard it called smudging - I learned something new!


Jan 06, 2020 12:00 PM #29
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