Tuning in!

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

I was reading a post this morning about creativity by Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO and as I was leaving a comment it got my mind rolling. 

Tuning in!

I was thinking how one needs to tune in to an idea. There are lots of ideas out there, floating around but you don't always tune in. Just as when it is cloudy and raining you do not think of the sun, but if you take off in a jet as you break through the clouds there is the bright sunshine. It is there, but you are unconscious of it till you break through the cloud level.

Imagine what ideas are floating around out there you can use?

I remember reading a book, I believe it was by the lady who wrote Under the Tuscan Sun. She mentioned how she had an idea for a story following the success of that book. But, she just could not get started. She had sketched out the book, the start, the characters etc, but still she could not get started writing it. Then she was reading a new book by another author, and there was her book, the same idea. Ideas do not always wait for us she said, they find someone who is receptive and willing to give them life.

What ideas are you ignoring? 

The photo above is outside a restaurant we like to go to, I was introduced to it by my fiancée. I had wanted to go there before, but never had the opportunity. You generally have to book up well in advance. But, on my first visit, I saw this bench and thought what a creative way to use all those old skis one sees in a yard sale for just a few dollars.

Tuned out.

With all the streaming services we have today, you may have forgotten how you had to tune your radio in, and if you were in a car driving, you might have to adjust as you travelled to keep the radio tuned to the station you wanted to listen to.

What are you tuned into? What are you listening to?

Maybe what you are hearing is slightly distorted, or even something negative which is not doing you any good. Maybe the clouds are blocking your sunshine and you have forgotten just how wonderful the sun can feel upon your skin. But, all it takes is usually a small adjustment to change channel.

What are you going to tune into this week?


Butterfly on a flower

Every day, I walk, usually in total about 5-6 miles, sometimes more. This morning it was raining, but it was so quiet, it was lovely. Often we see some animal, maybe a turtle, or a mother duck with her ducklings, a heron or possibly a fox, which will excite Jackie our dog. Some days it is a flower, blooming for just a short time, or maybe before it blooms, and you get to imagine the hope there is in the potential for that flower. It may even be the shape of a tree, or the texture of a rock or the bark on a tree. All these things give me joy, with a capital J. They let me tune in to the peace and the energy around me as I walk or maybe just stand or sit and enjoy the moment. They let me still my mind and just be.

Going with the current!

When I went on my Camino, a pilgrimage walk across Portugal and Northern Spain I changed my channel. It ended up causing me to change my life dramatically. I got rid of a lot of things from my life, I changed direction somewhat, tacking differently. I felt I started swimming with the current not against it. Life became easier, and I enjoyed being me, something I had not enjoyed for a while as i was not being authentic to who I was. 

Maybe you need to tune in to a new idea or to who you truly are, it too might change your life. I think we all do better when we are our most authentic self.

Posted by


Nick Vandekar
Nick is a Tredyffrin Easttown Residential and Commercial REALTOR selling The Main Line, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

Giving you the confidence to make
the right decisions.

92 Lancaster Avenue
Devon , PA 19333
Mobile: (610) 203-4543 [call or text me]
Email Me


My Blog


If you are buying or selling on or around
Tredyffrin Easttown or along the Main Line, 
we can help you, contact us.

Comments (23)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morming Nick,

Loved how you played off the post that Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO posted. Love your park bench lead photo! I agree with you we all do better when we are our most authentic self.

Jun 23, 2022 09:24 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Nina Hollander, Broker heat will do that definitely.

Rocky Dickerson yes, a life changing decision, but well worth it. Happy to talk about it sometime.

Bill Salvatore - East Valley thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Dorie Dillard Austin TX thank you, it sparked an idea and I ran with it and let my stream of consciousness take me where it wanted to go.

Jun 23, 2022 02:03 PM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 WOW, I LOVE that my effort sparked an entirely different train of thought. So much fun! Permission to reblog? Lauren

Jun 23, 2022 05:44 PM
Aura Alex

Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO 

Thank you for your reblog which brought me here to Nick.

Jun 25, 2022 06:46 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Nick- loved your post. So many of my thoughts and ideas come to me when my mind is open and relaxed...such as on our morning walks. Life and Mother Nature offer us so much if only we are tuned -in as you say!  I do remember your Camino...I followed you on your Facebook page and your blog. 


Jun 23, 2022 05:55 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Ideas are always so abundant and making choices to act on the correct ideas is always a challenge!

Jun 24, 2022 05:46 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO absolutely you can reblog. I took your idea and reworked it.

Kathy Streib isn't amazing how that is, get out in nature and your brain opens up to all the opportunities and ideas buzzing around you.

Brian England Always better to act than to wait, you can always change direction.

Jun 24, 2022 12:07 PM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 Consider it done! Lauren

Jun 25, 2022 08:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nick, there is a lot of noise going on, and it is nice at times to tune it all out, and refocus.

Jun 25, 2022 06:09 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

Hi, Nick.

What a lovely post. I can relate to many things you said in this post. I, too, need to find my "space" and embrace new energy. I do my best creative thinking when kayaking in the Puget Sound water of the Olympic Peninsula. So beautiful and peaceful, yet full of new energy and positive thoughts. Thank you for your post.

Jun 25, 2022 06:45 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Jun 25, 2022 07:13 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a wonderful post! I find that when we open ourselves up for ideas regarding a certain thing, ideas are everywhere. We just have to be open to them.

Jun 26, 2022 05:04 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Nick. When all the noise resembles static it is time to tune out for a bit so you can tune back in and hear the signal clearly! Sounds like you nailed it. Enjoy your day.

Jun 26, 2022 05:45 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Nick - this is a wonderful idea.  Life for me has been fine tuning the station.  I feel tuned in now.

Jun 26, 2022 06:06 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 this is something to think about for sure. Sometimes ideas can be presented many times before you tune in and pay attention.

Jun 26, 2022 07:12 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Nick:

What a thoughtful and inspiring post. I really enjoyed how you took an idea from reading Lauren's post and developed it from there. Tuning in to our ideas can be a very good thing if we allow it to happen.


Jun 26, 2022 02:23 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Nick this is a fabulous post!  I choose wisely to what I want to be 'tuned into' day to day and sometimes hour to hour.  Thankfully I learned this at a much earlier age and discovered that what and how I think is what I create and I get to chose it all.  Freedom comes with that, doesn't it! 

Jun 26, 2022 03:22 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hey Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - what an inspirational post and a great alternatives to just posting quotes. I like how you think. As I got about half way down, I had to go back to your photograph. I still have my cross country skis, a hobby I loved while living in IL but I know I'll never cross country ski again. So now, I am tuned into creating something unique with my skis that will make me smile fondly of the good old days. I really enjoyed how your mind wandered. I was clinging to every word. Thank you. 

Jun 27, 2022 03:02 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Joan Cox so true.

Aura Alex that sounds delightful, I think I would enjoy that very much and can understand why it would be a good place to go to recharge.

Kathy Streib thank you once again. I truly appreciate your support.

Kat Palmiotti very true, sometimes an idea can be fleeting, and you have to grab it hard, other times it can sit there waiting for you to see it. You never know, so you have to be aware and mindful.

Jun 27, 2022 08:07 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Wayne Martin that is a good analogy, sometimes you need to tune out to tune in.

Grant Schneider something we need to do often is make an adjustment to keep the station loud and clear.

Carla Freund those are lucky times, that they hang around, sometimes they can be ever so fleeting, you have to grab them hard.

Jeff Dowler, CRS thank you, it all just flowed, much of my writing is a stream of consciousness flowing.


Jun 27, 2022 08:11 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker I have been trying to be conscious of that for the last few years. One has to be aware when your thoughts are not going where you want them. It is easy to get blown off track, and you need to adjust the sails and get those thoughts back that make you feel good.

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you, your comments are always so thoughtful and encouraging. I love that bench, every time I see it, I think how clever and creative it is.

Jun 27, 2022 08:13 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - it is a beautiful bench! I have a great appreciation for creative art! 

Your comment to me is greatly appreciated. I give it my all whenever I write a blog post or comment without being syruping. My words are my truth and I wish you a life of inspiration, good health and fortune. 

Jun 27, 2022 08:23 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Nick 67 seconds to a better feeling thought!  That's all it takes - or much less after years of practice to shift onto a higher level.  Isn't it GREAT

Jun 27, 2022 09:38 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

A thought-provoking post as to what we hear that impacts our lives. Being attuned to our environs can be rewarding and as with a current an easier way to live our lives

Jun 27, 2022 02:54 PM