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This Week…Free Time

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This Week…Free Time


In a chat with a good friend, we discussed the importance of our free time. I also think of it as ME Time. 

Primates are super smart and organized just enough to devote their free time to being miserable to each other and stressing each other out.
Robert Sapolsky

She’d had family in for 12 days.  They took a few day trips and were easy to have around,  but she missed her free time. 


No such thing as spare time, no such thing as free time. No such thing as down time. All you got is life time

 Henry Rollins

This week has been not as busy as hers but I too need my ME time…where I’m free to do what I choose to do…nothing hanging over my head. 

The way we live is changing. Each year, our free time shrinks a little more as computers clamor for an increasing percentage of our attention.
Ruth Reichl


This week was full of obligations, things to do, projects, and only a teensy amount of spare time. 

That’s not to say that in my ME or spare time I sit and do nothing however if it’s nothing I choose to do it has been my choice. 


 Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.
Howard Nemerov

Wishing you a weekend full of spare time to be Happy!!!!

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Never took much me time after graduating from college until I retired. Adjusting to me time in retirement has been welcomed but difficult. It is more of a process and not an event for me. Enjoy it when you get it. 

Apr 20, 2024 05:08 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin I'm sure you've learned how to carve out time for yourself when your grandchildren aren't around. 

Apr 20, 2024 11:06 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - while the subject of your post today certainly resonates with me, I also enjoy your Saturday AR routine where you include words of wisdom that accompany the topic.  This week I especially like the quote by Ruth Reichl for multiple reasons.  She is a writer I used to read when she was a restaurant columnist (among other things) in the Los Angeles Times.  

Apr 20, 2024 05:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Michael Jacobs thank you for noticing. I was not familiar with Ruth Reichl but her quote is very true. 

Apr 20, 2024 11:07 AM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Great info!    I force myself to schedule "free time"  and "me time", of course when I need it or earn it.  

Apr 20, 2024 05:32 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Elliott good for you!!!! It's too easy to get caught up in what you "have" to do. 

Apr 20, 2024 11:08 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I put a high premium on my "ME" time, it is a valuable thing and I enjoy it the most, haha.

Apr 20, 2024 05:36 AM
Kathy Streib

You're smart to do that Brian England Balance is key. 

Apr 20, 2024 11:09 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I think it's important that everyone get "me" time. Good point!

Apr 20, 2024 06:27 AM
Kathy Streib

Kat Palmiotti We have company coming in and though they will be here for a very short time, I'm already looking forward to my "me" time when they leave. 

Apr 20, 2024 11:10 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Nothing better than having a free weekend to just do whatever we want to do. I will need to retire for that (I think).

Apr 20, 2024 06:58 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty and even then, you may find yourself too busy at times. 

Apr 20, 2024 11:10 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

Good topic and excellent quotes. Many times we don't realize what we really need is "Me" time. I value my "Me" time now more than ever and is included in my quest for life balance.

Apr 20, 2024 06:59 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I'm happy to see you making more time for YOU. 

Apr 20, 2024 11:11 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

On Friday, our landscaper took care of a lot of work that I had expected to do. Now, I have some time for other plans.

Apr 20, 2024 07:04 AM
Kathy Streib

I love that Roy Kelley Maybe a trip to Kentlands!

Apr 20, 2024 11:12 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, Frequently, we overlook the importance of carving out time for ourselves. I now try to place a higher priority on personal time!

Apr 20, 2024 07:49 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 when you're putting out fires and caring for clients,it's hard to make time for yourself. 

Apr 20, 2024 11:13 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and I sometime wonder were all my time goes to in a day.  Me time would be good more often.


Apr 20, 2024 08:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm you're always doing things for others!!!

Apr 20, 2024 11:14 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 / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I love Howard Nemerov's quote. Funny but so true for some people. They need to keep their fingers off the keyboard and their mouth shut.  😂

I have learned to cherish my ME time. I am way more selective about making commitments these days.

Apr 20, 2024 08:41 AM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams the older I've become, the more I've learned to do what I want to do. 

Apr 20, 2024 11:14 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We only go this way once and shame on anyone that devotes themselves to someone else and never takes care of themselves.

Apr 20, 2024 11:53 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy 12 days is a little long for company.  I am ready to kick them out after a week ..... LOL

Apr 20, 2024 12:15 PM
Carol Williams

3 days is about my limit, George Souto. 😂

Apr 21, 2024 09:17 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Time is almost the most precious thing on Earth.  Definitely more valuable than money.

Apr 20, 2024 02:05 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOSgroup!

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Apr 20, 2024 02:16 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  seldom do I have free time or me time.... today once a year we always go to the Festival of books in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California... amazingly I had me time... no emails, no calls and no texts... funny we always connect with a friend used to be a client over the years became a friend... saw him for ten minutes and then off we went:)Endre

Apr 20, 2024 10:15 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

The older I get, the more I enjoy the "me" time. Luckily I do have much more of it than I used to!

Apr 21, 2024 08:55 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

This quote made me laugh

Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.
Howard Nemerov

Apr 21, 2024 09:11 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Mornings in the home office are my free time. Soon enough, I will spend more of those hours in the garden, weeding and making sure the plants are thriving and pest free, Kathy. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Apr 21, 2024 04:11 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

I like my ME time. Some days it's harder to have but it's a pretty rare day when I don't get some. Today was family day in LA and several hours round trip in the car on the freeway - does that count as ME time (the trip up was by myself)?


Apr 21, 2024 04:38 PM