Staying With Your Business: Fight? Or Flight?

Mortgage and Lending with SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) NMLS 223495

This one's a fighter!

The Arizona-Sonoran Desert is my home, and a beautiful place it is!  I'm hiking in a few minutes, the day after Christmas, and I wanted to share this with you before going out.

God never promised that your life or your business would be a walk in the park.  Mine hasn't been.  But this December 26th, I'm grateful for the life I have, the wonderful people who surround me, and the ability to take things one day at a time.  Just like this saguaro in the high places of the Tucson Mountains.

Mother used to say "bloom where you're planted."  Google that phrase, and you'll see 1.4 million hits.  It's a good way to look at the coming year.  In the Mike in Tucson world, December 26th is the first day of the new business year.  I'm planning on blooming where I'm planted.  How about you?

I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson, AZ Mortgage lender.
Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
Think of me as your Tucson mortgage expert.
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Mike, Great picture and saying. Thanks for sharing...

~~ Happy New Year ~~

Dec 26, 2008 07:06 PM #37

Wow! What a metaphor. Cacti have spines that try to keep you away from it but the center moisture can save your life if need be.  So, these spines we hae in our business today are just a moment away from the good stuff in the center. Surviving isn't for the faint hearted you've got to hurt a little to get the good stuff....keep going and growing. Thank you!

Dec 26, 2008 10:17 PM #38
Sue White - Conway, SC

Mike - my mom used to say the same thing!  Maybe that is why I am so resilient today.  This morning I was reading in my devotional "Faith is like film; it's developed in the dark."  Dark days make us lean on God in ways we normally wouldn't.  I know that I have really learned to rely on God and He has been faithful.  I continue to sow seeds and He is bringing the harvest.  Thanks for the post and the words of wisdom.

Sue White

Dec 26, 2008 11:58 PM #39
Ann Hayman
Norville Realty - Jacksonville, FL
GRI,CDPE,IRES, Jacksonville, FL. Gated Communities , Real Estate

Great post and love the quote, haven't heard it in years.

Dec 26, 2008 11:59 PM #40
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The answer to your question is that grass isn't greener on the otherside of the fence - It's greener where you water.

Dec 27, 2008 04:05 AM #42
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

This is sooooo true! i like the quote and have not heard it before. Thanks for sharing.

Dec 27, 2008 04:42 AM #43
Kay Raber

May we all bloom and prosper in the New Year!  Thank you for the encouragment.

Dec 27, 2008 05:36 AM #44
Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Mike, I hope your hike was good and safe.  I too grew up with "bloom where you're planted" and "brighten your corner of the world."  They are wonderful sentiments and so needed in today's world of gloom and doom.

I never expected things to get so tough as they have been but I intend to keep on working and watch for the blossoms to appear.  I know they will.  Thanks for the encouraging words.


Dec 27, 2008 06:51 AM #45
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

mike - that is great advice to follow!  2008 has been trying for many - I certainly hope that 2009 is much better for so many.

Dec 27, 2008 10:13 AM #46
Sandy Gleason
North Pointe Realty - Buhl, ID
Realtor for Southern Idaho-Magic Valley

Great picture, I really miss living in the desert. I will bloom where I am planted. Thanks

Dec 27, 2008 02:29 PM #47
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Baboquivari peak at sunset from Tucson Estates 2

Dec 27, 2008 03:02 PM #48
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

Yes, bloom where I am planted.  :)  And yes again, to the spring flowers.  I think you hit a very good point.  Sometimes where we are planted is exactly where we are supposed to be, right then. 

Dec 28, 2008 02:54 AM #49
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Mike- Congrats on being featured in the AR newsletter!

Dec 28, 2008 05:06 AM #50
Ann Heitland
Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties - Flagstaff, AZ
Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales

You bet, Mike. Happy 2009!

Dec 28, 2008 09:18 AM #51
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO


That looks like an interesting place to bloom!

Happy 2009!

Ann Hayden

Dec 28, 2008 01:59 PM #52
Monique Ting, RA e-pro CENTURY21 Hawaiian Style www.MoniqueHawai


Thank you for the words of wisdom & the georgeous picture!

In this day of people moving around, i might even want to update the saying to: bloom where your seed has landed you... It is inspirationnal to see that success can happen in the harshest of environment...

Much Aloha!

Dec 28, 2008 04:10 PM #53

I think that is a similar phrase to my ever so loved "Take your lemons and make lemon aid"!

Dec 28, 2008 07:10 PM #54
Sonja Adams
Samson Proprties - Purcellville, VA

I love that saying...hadn't heard it before but that theory is in my marketing plan!

Dec 29, 2008 12:49 AM #55
Lisa Marchant at Johnson Home and Land, Lovell, WY

This is a wonderful piece of advice! Yes, sometimes things get tough, but the best way to fight is improve what you have, go with your strong assests rather than dwell on what you don't have. The market will come back, we will be fine as long as we grow while we wait rather than go dormant.


Dec 29, 2008 02:54 AM #56
Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner
Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners - Orlando, FL
Chris Brown 407.367.2974

what a great image Mike - i hope all is well with you and yours!


chris the implementer

Dec 29, 2008 11:22 PM #58
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