Trick or Treat with a Stroke of Bad Luck

Real Estate Agent with Scott Schulte LLC

Once upon a time, in a bustling town, there were two neighbors, Sarah and Mark, who lived side by side. Their lifestyles couldn't have been more different, and their choices were like a tale of tricks and treats.

Sarah, a dedicated real estate professional, led a sedentary lifestyle. Her days were filled with hours of sitting at her desk, meeting clients, and crunching numbers for property deals. Evenings often found her on the couch in front of the TV, too exhausted to think about exercise.

She often indulged in fast food and rarely saw the motivation for physical activity. Over the years, this lifestyle had become a "trick" that hid the shadows of potential health risks.

As time passed, Sarah began to experience the consequences of her sedentary ways. She struggled with weight gain felt increasingly fatigued, and her doctor had given her concerning news about her cholesterol levels. Little did she know that a more sinister trick was lurking in the shadows—a stroke often linked to a sedentary lifestyle and poor cardiovascular health.

One day, Sarah and Mark had a conversation over their shared fence. Sarah confided in Mark about her health concerns and her struggles due to her sedentary lifestyle.

Mark, with a compassionate heart, encouraged her to make a change. He shared stories of how embracing an active lifestyle had transformed his health and well-being and how it could help her ward off the lurking trick of a stroke.

Inspired by Mark's words, Sarah decided to turn things around. She started with small steps, taking short walks, and gradually increasing her activity level. She swapped out fast food for healthier home-cooked meals. As the weeks turned into months, Sarah felt a transformation taking place. Her energy levels increased, her mood improved, and she shed excess weight.

Over time, Sarah's efforts paid off. Her doctor visits began to yield better results, and she no longer felt the looming shadows of potential health issues, including the dreaded trick of a stroke. She realized that Mark had offered her the "treat" of a healthier lifestyle, which had not only chased away the shadows of various health risks but had also significantly reduced her risk of a stroke.

In this tale of two neighbors, the "trick" of a sedentary lifestyle and the looming threat of a stroke were illuminated by the "treat" of an active, healthy life. Sarah's journey taught her that with determination and positive changes, she could chase away the lurking shadows, including the potentially life-altering trick of a stroke, and enjoy the brighter days of health and well-being, all while excelling in her real estate career.

And so, in the town where they lived, the story of Sarah and Mark became a testament to the power of choosing the right path—a path filled with treats rather than tricks, both in real estate and life.

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Comments (17)

Scott Schulte
Scott Schulte LLC - Phoenix, AZ

Michael Jacobs Somehow, I deleted your comment🤔  Hello Scott - what a nice "surprise" to see you on the blog roll today with a new post.  There are dangers "out there" lurking each and every day so being/staying alert about life around you, remains an important message.  And speaking of Surprises, I hope all is going well with you and your business in your spot in the Arizona landscape.  


Hello! It's great to hear from you, and I appreciate your kind words about the new blog post. You're absolutely right about staying alert in our daily lives. How are things with you?


Oct 02, 2023 01:25 PM
Michael Jacobs

Scott Schulte - "copasetic".  Thanks.  

Oct 02, 2023 01:32 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Scott Schulte ,

What a great post! Neighbors helping each other is definitely something to marvel at!

Oct 02, 2023 05:19 PM
Leanne Smith

That is true when people care about other folks are willing to listen.

Oct 02, 2023 06:22 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Yes Scott Schulte your posting did have a unique twist and so glad you joined this October 2023 Challenge here on Active Rain, thank you.

Oct 02, 2023 06:22 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Scott-one of the things I love about where we walk is that everyone is there encouraging others to keep walking.  If you've been away, other walkers will ask if things are ok. 

Oct 02, 2023 06:26 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Nice post and funny how walking is always beneficial not just to people in general but to Realtors as well, I was lucky to receive a few listings in my neighborhood just by walking my dog, Endre

Oct 02, 2023 09:37 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a very nice story and often in life we are shown different paths, it's important that we choose the right one.  I see too many people that appear to be on the wrong path and they don't often want help getting on the right path, haha.

Oct 03, 2023 05:20 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:


Welcome to the Rain. Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a follower. I would love the follow back. Also, then we both get 50 points. Bill

Oct 03, 2023 12:25 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

A healthy lifestyle definitely requires more effort than the alternative, but it can lead to a longer life,

Oct 03, 2023 05:56 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Scott Schulte - What a delightful post.  Living a healthy and active lifestyle is very rewarding.  Walking is a great form of exercise.  It doesn't require a lot of skill, either (haha).  It can help reduce stress, is good for weight control, and is heart-healthy.  

Oct 04, 2023 09:58 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Scott Schulte I like your twist on the challenge.  This could apply to so many people in all professions.  The way most Americans live is killing them.   Eating healthy, getting exercise, and enough sleep is a formula for feeling good. When we feel good we can better serve others.  

Oct 07, 2023 09:23 AM
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

What an inspiring post!  Yes-- the treats that come with a healthy, active lifestyle are indeed the most treasured!  I have found that since I have started a regular exercise program... the benefits outweigh any drawbacks!  Thanks for sharing!  Kathy

Oct 07, 2023 12:09 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Scott:

I liked the twist in your post for the October Challenge. It certainly offers a valuable life lesson about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and that change in lifestyle IS possible and beneficial. And with a little bit of kindness toward others thrown in.


Oct 08, 2023 04:19 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

As a stroke survivor, I couldn't agree more- we need to prioritize our health in our daily schedules. Nice post!

Oct 09, 2023 11:24 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Scott Schulte  What a beautiful story! It really touched my heart. I just came back from my best friend's viewing she will be 65 on the 18th of this month. She went to sleep and never woke up we were talking and texting the night before. The funeral is tomorrow 

Oct 09, 2023 07:25 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Scott Schulte Thank you for sharing this great twist in the October Challenge.  What a treat!  Our health is so important and your story line reminds me of the many people walking around with extra weight and sedentary lifestyles that are killing them (trick).

Oct 10, 2023 02:29 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Love your twist in this month's challenge, Scott! Thank you for sharing this treat with us in this month's challenge!

Oct 31, 2023 06:50 AM