No Longer a Grasshopper!

Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

During the pandemic we’ve all changed our routines without much in-person contact. A part of that change certainly has to be our physical activity thanks to social distancing requirements.  But as we social distance, isolation ensues. 

Being isolated causes us to pause and take notice of what goes on in the silence of being apart from others. And each day we are one day older, and maybe one day wiser. 

A definite part of aging arrives in the mail and is ever-present the closer we get to retirement age - an AARP membership!  Finally giving in I joined AARP,  figuring "heck why not!"   The magazine would lay on my kitchen island for a week, sometimes three when another arrived before I finally started perusing the pages filled with articles about aging and stories of remedies. 

It's a reality check that the magazine is filled with stories from movie stars and old rockers,of similar age.  We tend to keep images of those iconic figures in our brains without gray hair or aging, and yet here they are in each of the magazines with their stories that we can identify.

The October issue featured a couple of gems, Bruce Springsteen and the Queen of England.

Bruce talked about his latest album, written after 7 years of idle writing. He talked about losing all of his original band members and his aging mother.  His mother still loves his music and smiles even though she doesn’t speak thanks to Alzheimers.  Seeing his thoughts encouraged me to continue reading, and I'm glad I did.

The Queen, well that’s an entirely different story.  Her 10 Pearls of Wisdom on the centerfold are worth repeating and resonate in this era of social distancing.  (I read this issue on a plane in November and kept that post until today, deciding it was worth some effort.)

Her 10 Pearls of Wisdom can be utilized by each of us. Entering them here, I added my own thoughts but feel free to edit as you see fit. 

“Recharge your willpower.”  Taking time to ponder is your brain’s play time.  Walking around my neighborhood for an hour gives me time to think and building endorphins that help fortify me for the day.  By the end of my walk, I’m ready to have a powerful day.

“Stick to a schedule.”  Planning my day in writing days before helps me to know exactly how the day will proceed. It’s always been my habit of staying at my desk in the morning and showing homes, checking on listings or running office errands outside my office in the afternoon, unless of course a client needs a morning appointment.

“Develop your sense of purpose.“  Take time to decide which charity to fund, volunteer, and which path you choose to take in  your life or business helps define purpose.  Having a sense of purpose can drive us to do better, be better.

“Serve others.”  For many this might include a charity or your church, but for me it’s several different topics. First and foremost, I volunteer continuously for the public by teaching others how to lower their energy bills and educating realtors on how to recognize energy features to gain value for their client’s home sales.  Advancing education for realtors on lowering energy bills also helps to lower carbon footprints which helps the earth’s atmosphere for everyone!  Striving to continually advance real estate education every month brings me joy in helping others understand why this is so important.

“Sweeten the self-talk.”  Every day we encounter a lot of negativity, whether it’s in the news we listen to or our own business.   Real estate can be a lonely business and if we feel self-defeated, it’s easy to get stuck in a negative mindset.  Be kind to yourself.  Give yourself a boost with positive self-talk and you will reap the rewards!

“Never stop playing.”  This is powerful.  Take time out for yourself, no matter what form of play you prefer.  Going to the gym was my play time.  But now that gym time is scarce, I work extra hard to fit in my walks and floor time afterward.  But I also like visiting my girlfriends.  That time will come, but for now we are in group texts daily talking about our day, sharing recipes and whatever comes to mind.

“Keep the faith.“  This is different for everyone as there are so many different denominations, but even if you don’t declare one, take time for your own spirituality.   Having formerly been raised going to 3 different types of churches, I choose to be mindful of my own spirituality and practice being kind to others and always treating others with respect, asking first how someone is doing or feeling, especially now!

“Be open to change.”  Keeping an open mind to new products and services in business and new ways of doing things keeps things fresh.  If we get too mundane in our lives without change, we do not grow.

“Cherish your crowning years.”  What are your crowning years?  Is that when you are retiring or becoming a young mother of father?  For each of us it is different.  For me, it’s in relishing time with my grandchildren when I get to see them.  And since number 8 is due next July, that time will be my crowning period, not sure if it’s an entire year, but maybe a time to relish in being a grandmother. 

Queen Elizabeth leads a very structured life, filled with self-discipline.  She abides by these daily rituals that have kept her going for 94 years.  Her inspirations are worth considering and these can each be defined to fit your own life, in whatever form works for you. 

No longer a grasshopper physically, but definitely a grasshopper mentally!

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Comments (50)

Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Paula McDonald, Ph.D.  especially coming from you :) 

Jan 25, 2021 09:06 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

We were receiving the magazine for awhile and I did enjoy reading the articles. 

I'm glad you shared about the Queen's article. I'm currently enjoying watching The Crown.

Jan 26, 2021 08:05 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Never stop playing--that is ever so important during the pandemic.  pre covid, I would meet with clients and or friends once a week for happy hour, lunch , coffee and I REALLY miss it.  So for my closer friends, we have improvised:  we brown bag lunch and meet in my building parking lot to chat.  I' meet in parks when the weather is warm.  With clients, if the home is vacant, we'll take some extra time to chat while in the house.  I CRAVE more social interaction and just got more creative to keep it up!

Jan 26, 2021 02:52 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Jan Green don't think I've ever read an AARP from front to back. Just may have to pick one up and check it out. Thank you for enlightening us about the tidbits we could uncover.

Jan 26, 2021 09:52 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Just loved your post Jan and in all fairness I loved Grant Schneider  comment, Endre

Jan 26, 2021 10:17 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

The crown looks interesting Sharon Tara , thanks for the suggestion/reminder!  

Jan 29, 2021 04:58 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR .  Personal interaction is missing now and so I appreciate your methods to get together.  Whatever it takes!

Jan 29, 2021 05:00 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

There is so much information in the AARP magazine so you'll be pleasantly surprised Melissa Jackson .  I read it enroute to Alabama in November and saw the issue again and wrote the blog, a little late, but it was a keeper!

Jan 29, 2021 05:01 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Glad you enjoyed it Endre Barath, Jr.  - and yes human interest articles carry a lot of weight right now.  I don't think I've ever been this emotional - gotta be too much isolation! -

Jan 29, 2021 05:02 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jan Green - I was also reluctant to join and when I did, I let the magzines pile up. Then one day I started reading articles of interest and was impressed by the quality of articles there very well written and educational. My favorite part of AARP right now are the invitations to movies and the arts, and many great free events to watch on-line for free. There wasn't one I didn't think was worth my time. You know what, if you're not aging, you're not growing. That's how I look at it. 

Jan 29, 2021 06:52 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jan, what a great post, and I have been avoiding AARP too, maybe I should give in.  Sounds like some good articles.

Jan 30, 2021 07:16 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jan Green - 

If you go on Medicare and want one of the AARP plans you have to sign up.  Am I dating myself? Haha!  

Feb 02, 2021 09:21 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for reading and sharing your history with the magazine.  Likewise, love the content and so much helpful information.  And I agree, but I think if you're not growing then you're stale!

Feb 02, 2021 12:07 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Me too Joan Cox !  Definitely sign up - the magazine is amazing and I look out for whatever they want to offer!

Feb 02, 2021 12:08 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

LOL!  I hear ya Sheri Sperry - MCNE® !  You have to sign up.  I paid $12 or something like that for an annual membership - definitely worthwhile! Happy reading!

Feb 02, 2021 12:09 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Queen Elizabeth is amazing , full of wisdom and beloved by most in England !!!!!

Feb 07, 2021 10:28 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I am hopeful that my life will soon be back to much more "in order" than the past year.  My parents, daughter and son in law will all have the vaccine soon.  My husband and I had covid in January and you can bet your butt there will soon be some lovin on my family.   I love most of the advice.  I am very "change" resistant.... but I do what I gotta do.

Feb 08, 2021 09:17 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

You are so right Michael J. Perry  and for good reason!  She reminds me a bit of Margaret Thatcher - strong, independing and with a moral compass. 

Feb 08, 2021 10:21 PM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So sorry to hear you and your hubby had covid Tammy Lankford, .  That's awful!  I know how you feel about change.  The older we get, the harder change is!

Feb 08, 2021 10:22 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Jan,

What a cute way to describe it. I would call it teenagers with experience. Best of luck, when number 8 arrives. How awesome is that.

Feb 10, 2021 07:52 PM

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