Not the Usual Second Chance Saturday

Reblogger Brian England
Real Estate Agent with Arizona Focus Realty SA634540000

My friend Carol Williams is doing a great job with sheltering in place and I hope everyone else is doing as well.  Stay Safe and Healthy!

Original content by Carol Williams

"There is a fine line between staying well-informed and not allowing yourself to become overwhelmed, crossing the line into fear." 
-Carol Williams

This is going to be a different kind of Second Chance Saturday.  I only had a couple of posts bookmarked to feature here this week so I've decided to save them until next week.

I'm trying to balance being informed and avoiding information overwhelm mode.  I am feeling fine, content to do the responsible things and stay home. 

All of us in Washington State are under stay-at-home orders until May 4th. I know much of the rest of the country is too. This is a drastic change in lifestyle for all of us! We each need to figure out how to make it work for us. Here's what I am doing to make the stay-at-home situation work for me:

* Get dressed. I allow myself an hour or two to have coffee, check email, watch some news, etc before heading to the shower.  I don't allow myself to lounge around in my jammies all day just because I'm alone and have nowhere to go.  It makes me feel better and like being productive if I am up, showered and dressed like I would any other day.

* The only piece of exercise equipment I have is a treadmill. Since I can't get out to play golf or participate in other activities, I have a lofty daily step count goal for my treadmill.

* Signed up for the InstaCart grocery shopping and delivery service. I place my order online with my favorite store. They do the shopping and notify me the minute it is delivered to my porch.  It has relieved a lot of stress for me. They even found toilet paper and Albacore Tuna at Costco for me.

* Installed the Dashing Drivers app to order take-out meals delivered. Although I want to support local businesses as much as I can during this time, I'm not totally comfortable with the take-out option right now. I can't be sure under what conditions and by whom the meals were prepared.  I used it once early on and it was wonderful but I haven't used it since.  I would love to buy some gift certificates to help out these local restaurants but there has been so much talk about many of the restaurants never being able to open again. Not sure I want to take that risk. 

* Cooking at home more. Other than cooking for holidays, cooking has never really been one of my favorite things to do.  Much of my social life pre-covid involved going out for a meal and/or drinks with friends. I always made a point of ordering something that would be good for leftovers. However, now I'm having fun creating some new concoctions in my InstaPot. I can't call them recipes because, mostly, I just use whatever I have in my freezer, refrigerator and pantry and wing it from there.   I make big batches to have leftovers and put some in the freezer for later.

* Placed an order with Omaha Steaks so I could be guaranteed to have quality meat to eat. I don't really trust someone else to do my meat shopping.

* Joined a mastermind group to help me with a behind the scenes project I've had brewing in my mind for a while. We have 11 members across the U.S., 1 in eastern Canada, and 1 in Quito, Ecuador. 

* Wander around my yard every day to follow the daily progress as my plants and flowers bud and bloom. I should have another nice crop of blueberries this year. 

* Keeping in touch with family and friends by phone, text, email, and social media. Several of us installed the WhatsApp phone app so we can see each other while we talk. I haven't gotten into Facetime or Skype.

* Taking advantage of the many online learning opportunities, many of which are FREE. These include but are not limited to the following:
    Podcasts, YouTube, Ted Talks, The Great Courses, Udemy, and Teachable. 

There are many many other educational options, depending on what you want to learn.  Whatever you want to learn, you can probably do it online.

What I am NOT doing is binge watching Netflix or any other TV programs. Yes, I watch tv or a movie while on my treadmill but very little otherwise. 

"When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other opportunity."

-John F. Kennedy

So, this is my Second Chance Saturday post. I see this as our Second Chance to hit the reset button.

My hope is that when we get to the "other side" of this crisis we can all look back and be grateful for having avoided the danger and having taken advantage of the opportunities. 
Stay well everyone!

"The best way to predict the future is to create it!"
- Peter Drucker

"Information is FREE. Knowledge, Experience & Integrity Are Priceless."

-Carol Williams

Retired: Real Estate Broker/Owner, Property Manager 
Coaching, goal setting and marketing consultant by appt.

Active: Golf & Travel Blogger
"Golf isn't a sport. It's a lifestyle."



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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great post to re-blog.  I loved Carol Williams post.  It is brilliant.  A

Apr 04, 2020 10:04 AM #1
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

Wow, Brian. Thanks for the re-blog. I appreciate it. I hope everyone finds a routine that works for them.  Stay healthy, my friend! 

Apr 04, 2020 10:08 AM #2
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Thank you for the reblog, appreciate staying home some. Although we go to the office every day. Take walks with my pup Casey as we live in the country and can be at home and still be away from other folks. There is a nice path in the back 40 that allows us to walk with no one but me and my pup insight for a long way

Apr 04, 2020 11:12 AM #3
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Carol Williams does such a great job and I'm sure she appreciates your reblog as do I...

Happy Saturday Brian England 

Apr 04, 2020 06:38 PM #4
Kristal Wilson
KB Home - Fontana, CA
Cause We Like 'Em New ~ New Home Specialist!

Common cause, we’re all in this together, facing change, uncertainty andfear. It helps to see others sharing.

Apr 04, 2020 11:18 PM #5
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Brian.

Highly unusual for Carol, but I know she'll make up for it, next Saturday

Apr 05, 2020 01:51 AM #6
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Brian, good reblog on Carol Williams,  I always go to har Saturday moring blog to catch up.


Apr 05, 2020 09:16 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Brian, for sharing this reblog selection.

Apr 05, 2020 10:37 AM #8
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

WOW. Brian England, this is a great piece of information you reblogged.  I read Carol Williams  post and cherished every sentence.  I was sorry when it ended as she had shared so much and on so many levels.  Brian, I know you have a high soul energy and this reblog just reaffirmed that fact once more to me.  Great fact, greater than great!

Apr 06, 2020 01:46 AM #9
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