Boast-A-Post: Work-Life Balance and Weekly Accountability Tracker

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 SA585680000

This post is my participation in Richie Alan Naggar 's BOAST-A-POST challenge. He invites us to think of a memorable, inspiring or informative post that had remained with us for a long time. It's a hard task, as there are so many brilliant, exceptional posts by so many people who share experiences and knowledge on the ActiveRain Platform.

The post that I chose is remarkable for me with the fact that I connect with it almost weekly, and have been doing so for the past three years. It is Lottie Kendall 's post in an ActiveRain challenge, hosted by Jeff Dowler, CRS several year ago.

                 Work-Life Balance...How is it Possible?

I read it at a time in my career when I was asking questions about my work-life balance. I had a business plan but it had not included enough of the balance things - I had not planned my time off, my vacations. And I was starting to feel that I need to have them. The photos in the post captured my imagination, as they were two of the destinations I would have liked ideally to include as my annual vacations - the seaside and the woodsy, snowy mountains. The blog post included also a tool, The Weekly Accountability Tracker, which prompted me to think about many aspects of my days during the week and could keep me on track.


I decided to give it a try  and see if I would get results and would be disciplined enough to keep it. I liked the questions from the tool, I asked them to myself, looked for the answers and acted. My productivity increased, and I was able to find time for a lot more than my work tasks and to take the vacations I had planned without reducing my financial goals. I actually did better.


Last year for the first time I took 2 days time away from my home to re-think my business plan and how I do things. Another post of Lottie's Sharpening the Saw gave me an idea about it.

For the purposes of this challenge, I revisited Lottie Kendall's posts and was surprised when I noticed that I had not commented - they were so clear in my mind, yet I had not left a comment. So, I am off to correct that now.







Posted by

Steffy Hristova, MBA, SFR, CNE, Realtor®

HomeSmart Elite Group
Tel:  (602) 710-8161

10601  N. Hayden Rd. I-100
Scottsdale AZ 85260


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Comments (11)

Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Fascinating how a well-shared subject has endurance to keep going and helping. Lottie Kendall earns a worthy mention here and thank you

Feb 26, 2020 06:57 PM
Steffy Hristova

Richie Alan Naggar , what a great idea for a challenge. I looked through several posts, and enjoyed re-reading them.

Feb 28, 2020 01:55 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Steffy - good for you.  I would definitely call this a success.  And that's quite memorable.  

Feb 26, 2020 07:26 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Steffy, I'm honored that you chose to mention my post, and so very glad that you have found a couple of them helpful. I'm sitting here smiling now! One of the best aspects of Active Rain is the sharing that goes on here. We learn from one another all the time. 

Feb 26, 2020 07:32 PM
Steffy Hristova

Lottie Kendall , I thought I would give it  atry for a week, and when it braced me up without any effort, and included a lot more than work, I thought that's what I was looking for. Thank you for creating it and sharing with us. On the bottom of the page I have footnote: "Courtesy of Lottie Kendall"

Feb 28, 2020 01:58 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Lottie's post was a good selection, Steffy.  Balancing work and life was a major issue for me a couple decades ago.  I didn't seem to know where to draw the line.  It was so bad that I shortened a hospital stay with surgery, that was supposed to last 5 to 7 days.  I walked out of the hospital after a mere 36 hours.  I wasn't supposed to drive for 6 weeks, but was driving within 48 hours.  Why did I do it?  Because at the time, I was running a bunch of escrows, had several listings, and no reliable back-up.  Would I do it again?  Never!  Fortunately, I had no permanent health repercussions because of it!

Feb 26, 2020 07:41 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Steffy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Feb 26, 2020 07:42 PM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Wonderful post, Steffy Hristova! So happy to see you were able to follow through and find a good balance.

Feb 27, 2020 02:14 AM
Steffy Hristova

Realtyna Inc , thanks for stopping by. It's all work in progress.

Feb 28, 2020 02:01 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a very nice post to boast, I love following her blog.  I like your new profile picture!

Feb 27, 2020 07:04 AM
Steffy Hristova

Hi Brian England , I hope you enjoyed seeing the post again. thanks for your comment about the photo - you can recognize downtown Tempe on it, right?

Feb 28, 2020 02:03 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I enjoy Lottie Kendall 's post.  She has a wonderful way of stating how she does things.  Wishing you a great day.  A

Feb 27, 2020 07:33 AM
Steffy Hristova

Thanks for stopping by, Ron and Alexandra Seigel , Alex. I agree, Lottie writes very well.

Feb 28, 2020 02:02 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Myrl Jeffcoat , thank you very much for stopping by and also for featuring my blog post.

Feb 28, 2020 01:59 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Steffy Hristova - you highlighted two of my favorite people too,  Jeff Dowler, CRS and Lottie Kendall .

I remember both of the blogs but I glad you highlighted them because I need a little brush up too.

Mar 01, 2020 06:33 AM
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

Hi Steffy,
What a great choice for the Boast A Post Challenge. Work-Life Balance is always an on-going issue for just about everyone. I need to visit Lottie's post and check out the tools you mentioned. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

Mar 01, 2020 11:22 AM