Walking and Hiking help me to focus my mind!

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198

I think the thing I have done most and also most consistently over the past two years is to pull on my hiking shoes and walk. Doing that has allowed me to think! To think about work situations, personal situations but mostly to sometimes just be present, to lay aside all the situations, personal and business and just enjoy where I am.

Swans

I was looking at my photos over the holidays and realized I had so many photos from those walks, often of the same spots. A photo captures a moment, a moment when I was present enough to see something I thought was worth capturing, maybe the light, or the view, or the weather and how it made me feel.

Arcade

By walking out my front door and walking I entered a place which allowed me to literally feel the problems lift off my shoulders as I walked beneath the trees. It made me aware of the air I was breathing, the light I was walking through, how the environment was changing week to week. It helped me realize whatever situation was bothering me would also change. Maybe in a year I would look back and wonder why I let this or that get to me so much. It helped me to understand others may not take that opportunity and their responses may not come from a place of peace, but one of discord and to accept that and let it be, not to take it personally as usually it is not meant personally.

Mist in the valley

This, has allowed me to enjoy life, to be happy, whatever the situation. And to be honest, 2019 was a very difficult year. I needed those walks more than I ever thought I would. As a result I know I will keep on walking, whatever the weather, as someone said to me recently, there is no bad weather, just bad clothing for the weather.

SnowAlong with my walking, I will adjust some of the things I do all the time, aim to be consistent, to continue building relationships and helping others, making videos about the community. Basically keep tweaking what I do and know that when my mind and thoughts are in the right place everything will work out and be fine. 

Whilst it was cold in this photo, once I was walking it was all fine, and I also take bad selfies as I concentrate to hard on the photo rather than smiling. 

This is my entry for What changes did you make last year hosted by Endre Barath, Jr. for the January challenge.

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Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
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Good for you. Walking is a great stress reliever, plus it keeps you in shape. 

I've been spending more time outside; in fact, I have a goal of at least an hour a day doing something physical in the great outdoors. So far I've been able to do that. It's all good!

Jan 12, 2020 05:22 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Currently enjoying 7-10 mile daily hikes. Why? Because I can. So simple to do too

Jan 12, 2020 06:04 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

My broker Judith Ritter walks daily. I do attempt to do one turn around our property (1/4 mile) each day.  As you write, walking is good for the soul and allows time to appreciate our surroundings.

Jan 12, 2020 06:04 AM #28
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

There is nothing like a good walk to clear the head and enjoy the nature around you Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

Jan 12, 2020 06:06 AM #29
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Nick, we all need to find that place that allows us to focus and get clarity. I'm glad you found yours!

Jan 12, 2020 06:23 AM #30
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I knew that about you, Nick... and we all should have something in our lives that helps keep us calm and focused.

Jan 12, 2020 07:11 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Jeff Dowler, CRS thank you for commenting.

Will Hamm if you dress right, temperature is unimportant

Michael Jacobs pondering is part of the wonder of walking.

Joan Cox I intend to live in the moment as it is the only one we have.

That is so true Kathy Streib we see something different in the scene, the light, the wonder of the moment etc.

Jan 12, 2020 08:26 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Debe Maxwell, CRS it is going to be a stellar year, and I am enjoying it.

James Dray I am going to do a slightly shorter version, walking from Porto and going up the coastal route. Not sure when, but I think sometime this year.

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I have learnt how you dress is most important, then the weather is really not important.

The photos are a mix of places Curtis Van Carter the last is here in PA last year at this time, but I agree, it is nicer to walk when the sun  shines.

Brian England you have some great trails near you to walk, looking forward to maybe walking some of those soon.

Jan 12, 2020 08:32 AM #33
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Lottie Kendall not sure if I would have stayed sane this last year without walking.

Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® having a dog is a big incentive to walk, because they nag you when you don't feel like going out.

Not a big fan of taking selfies, Endre Barath, Jr. rather let the scenery speak for itself. I know what I look like.

Laura Cerrano not sure if it is the walk or the scenery that does the trick, we can find something to amaze us where ever we are if we look for it.

Kat Palmiotti you have some great opportunities to hike and walk now, even just to get the mail.

Jan 12, 2020 08:37 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Richie Alan Naggar that is a big distance to walk daily, glad to hear you are enjoying it.

Leanne Smith that is true, it is good for your soul.

Scott Godzyk your area has some wonderful nature to enjoy.

Nature offers so much as John Muir quotes tell us Carla Freund 

Nina Hollander even Charlotte has some great walking opportunities, if even only through a development.

Jan 12, 2020 08:40 AM #35
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
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Thanks for the inspiration Nick!  Reading your post reminded me that I live in a fantastic place for walking in nature .... so I'm recommitting to a daily wallk with my dog Maggie.  Best to you in 202!

Jan 12, 2020 02:12 PM #36
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I go on three 15-25 minute walks per day with my dog and use this time to sort thru all kinds of stuff

Jan 13, 2020 06:52 AM #37
Rainmaker
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging and Michael J. Perry dogs are great motivators for humans to walk. They let you know when they are ready, all the time, and they are very persistent as well.

Jan 13, 2020 06:54 AM #38
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Adam Feinberg
ANCHOR ASSOCIATES - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist

I have a state park (the only state park in Manhattan) just a few blocks from my home where I do most of my work. I tend to go there to de-stress though it's location on the hudson river can be brutal during the winter months. Getting a chance to get away - even for a little while, getting some fresh air, and reflecting on the riverfront tends to help clear my mind- even if just a little bit.

Jan 13, 2020 07:41 AM #39
Rainmaker
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Adam Feinberg thast sounds like a wonderful place, I did not know there were any state parks in Manhattan.

Jan 13, 2020 08:16 AM #40
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L. Scott Ferguson
Ask4Ferguson - Your House-SOLD Name in Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Sunny Florida Real Estate Professional

Nick!

 

I feel you!  Once I started to remove my headphones and just be present in my walks, so much more came.  My senses improved, I recognized things I never did before. I think I learn from my dog as he is alway in the present! :)

 

Hope you have a blessed 2020!

 

Scott

Jan 13, 2020 08:58 AM #41
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

L. Scott Ferguson I don't wear headphones, I miss too much, from the sound of the wind in the trees, to birdsong, the rustle of the leaves on the ground from a chipmunk. It is important to hear all that or even the stillness. Yes, dogs are always present.

Jan 13, 2020 09:08 AM #42
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Susan Hale
Re/Max Realty of Defiance,Inc. - Defiance, OH
Re/Max Northwest Ohio Realtor

Nick Vandekar, walking is wonderful. You are breathing fresh air, refreshing your body, taking in interesting sites and clearing up the fog in your mind.  Great decision.  I love taking pics too. 

Wish our city had more sidewalks.  A lot of the newer subdivisions have no sidewalks.  Lots of street walking, unfortunately.  So, I'm not so inclined to be a street walker.  Looks like you live in a great scenic area!

Thanks for sharing with us your 2020 motivational action plan and participating in the January contest.  Best wishes for a super 2020 year in real estate, having great faithful new and repeat customers, less stress, taking in awesome sites and capturing them for your memory book.  Keep smiling!

 

Jan 14, 2020 08:29 AM #43
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M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

What a great post Nick.    I walk every day for all the reasons you mentioned.    You're right - we just need the right clothing for the weather.    I loved your sentence, "...when my mind and thoughts are in the right place everything will work out and be fine."

Jan 15, 2020 08:31 AM #44
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Susan Hale thanks for a great comment. Lots of places here don't have sidewalks, I have just got used to paying attention and never wear headphones so I can hear cars, as long as they are not hybrids.

M.C. Dwyer have to get out whatever the weather, and although it is very cold here today will aim to go for a walk shortly. Yes, if my thoughts are going well everything else will follow along.

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