I Need To Find This House! #Affirmations #HouseHunter #NoTimeToTalkToMyself

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Most Realtors believe in using affirmations to start their day.  A large part of sales – any type of sales – is about attitude and sense of self, so, it’s important to be purposeful, and begin the day on a positive note.  We want to face the world with a smile.  Some agents swear by it.  I’ve never taken the time to develop the habit but I can see the point.

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Fortunately, I have a strong sense of self.  My confidence comes from knowing that I’m going to do my best work every day – read about it in my (free) book.  I genuinely enjoy helping people get from a to b, whether that involves helping them find their first home or sell one that no longer suits their needs.  I like to hunt – for success.  And in my profession, that means #househunting.  My dad was an avid hunter and I enjoyed accompanying him, but, as an adult, I found I could obtain my goal of putting food on the table much faster by simply visiting the nearest grocery.

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The hunting I do now is much more challenging.  (My apologies to hunters in our midst.)  In our housing market, the shortage of well priced homes makes selling real estate easy.  When you can find the right property.  Buyers dictate what that looks like.  So, I hunt daily for properties that I know (within reason) will suit current buyers.

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Today I’m seeking a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on an acre of land within 30 miles (no HOA, preferably North, or Northwest) of Plano.  The house needs updated?  No problem.  No landscaping?  No problem.  Requires maintenance or repairs?  No problem.  So, if this sounds like your home and you’re thinking of selling, please call me.  My clients will pay cash, no mortgage required.  They’re great people,  retired and eager to get settled.  We’ll have a nice quick sale, they’ll renovate and you can move forward with your plans.  And I’m happy to help with that, if you’d like!

While I’m waiting to hear from you, I’ll practice a few affirmations.  I may twist them a bit to suit my purpose.

1.) I am the architect of my life; I build its foundation (no cracks, please) and choose its contents (built-ins?).

2.) Today, I am brimming with energy (plumbed for gas in the kitchen) and overflowing with joy (immediately upon closing).

3.) My body is healthy (though a bit tired); my mind is brilliant (I’m definitely bright, but I don’t know about brilliant!); my soul is tranquil (that might be a stretch – I really need to find this house).

4.) I am superior to negative thoughts (always) and low actions (not acceptable).

5.) I have been given endless talents which I begin to utilize today (Lord, I hope I started before today!).

6.) I forgive those who have harmed me in my past (I can’t even remember who they were) and peacefully detach from them (completely).

7.) A river of compassion washes away my anger (are we in a flood plain, because that’s not acceptable) and replaces it with love (that’s no problem – love never caused structural damage).

8.) I am guided in my every step by Spirit (I acknowledge the power of my Creator) who leads me towards what I must know and do (please, Lord, let me be wise enough to understand).

10.) I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful (but I need that house).

11.) My business is growing, expanding, and thriving (it will if I can find the aforesaid house).

12.) Creative energy surges through me and leads me to new and brilliant ideas (that’s the reason for this post).

13.) Happiness is a choice (agreed). I base my happiness on my own accomplishments and the blessings I’ve been given (absolutely, but finding the house would greatly enrich these accomplishments and blessings).

14.) My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite (let’s just say that if being hardheaded and refusing to quit will make it happen, I’m in good shape).

16.) I am courageous (if I were more courageous, I’d need bail money)) and I stand up for myself (yes, but I have no idea what this has to do with finding the house).

17.) My thoughts are filled with positivity and my life is plentiful with prosperity (This is where I start losing interest in the affirmations and just want to get back to finding the house).

18.) Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, more positive ones (old habits die hard, I have to find the house).

19.) Many people look up to me and recognize my worth; I am admired. (For crying out loud…I’m worth more if I find the house, then my buyers will admire me.)

20.) I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends. (True)

21.) I acknowledge my own self-worth; my confidence is soaring.  (We’re back to this again.)

22.) Everything that is happening now is happening for my ultimate good (If that means I’m close to finding the right house, true statement).

23.) I am a powerhouse; I am indestructible (I need to get over myself!)

24.) Though these times are difficult, they are only a short phase of life (Difficult?  Even I know that searching for the right house doesn’t equate to poverty, world hunger, or war).

25.) My future is an ideal projection of what I envision now (actually, all I can see is a mental picture of the house I’m looking for.)

26.) My efforts are being supported by the universe; my dreams manifest into reality before my eyes (this part is exciting!).

28.) I radiate beauty, charm, and grace (that’s stretching the truth til it snaps!).

29.) I am conquering my illness; I am defeating it steadily each day.  (Uh-oh.  Maybe I’m in the wrong affirmation!  Did I know I was ill?).

30.) My obstacles are moving out of my way; my path is carved towards greatness. (Please don’t be offended if I laugh.)

31.) I wake up today with strength in my heart and clarity in my mind.  (I’m losing interest.)

32.) My fears of tomorrow are simply melting away.  (Interest is definitely leaving the room.)

33.) I am at peace with all that has happened, is happening, and will happen.  (Am I wasting my time here?)

34.) My nature is Divine; I am a spiritual being.  (And this helps me find the house, how?)

35.) My life is just beginning.  (Nope.  I’m not starting over.  I’ve got things to do that require more knowledge than I had on day one)

Well, that was fun.  (heavy sarcasm)  Moving on, I’ve got to get back to my search.  I know you’re busy too, but if you do come across someone looking to sell their home, please keep me in mind.  I’m not sure I’m cut out for affirmations.

Unfriend Trends – Parts 2 and 3

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Continued from Friday, September 7 —

I suppose we were decorating our homes even when they were just caves–arranging the rocks in a feng shui fashion.  Then came shag carpet, harvest gold appliances and cone fireplaces – how aptly named.

There are other trends that might have been popular in recent years, but are definitely on their way out—and if you want to create a modern, sophisticated feel in your home, you’ll need to leave them in the past along with Birkenstocks, hiphuggers (love ’em) and saucer chairs. Remember those? My mother had one that swiveled…my sisters and I loved it.  Mother hated it.

We moved on to ‘light, bright, airy and open’.  Thank goodness.  So toss these tired trends or you’ll have the Furniture Fashionistas raiding your space!

6. Overdoing it on the granite

home-trends-granite-everything-1490208378Granite will always be in style, but there can definitely be too much of a good thing. If you want to do granite in your kitchen, great. Just keep it to a timeless pattern and offset the granite with other materials to keep things interesting. (So, for example, if you use granite for the countertops, use butcher block for your kitchen island.)

7. Tufted headboards

TuftedFor awhile there, tufted headboards were all the rage. But like most trends, they’ve overstayed their welcome. If you love the tufted headboard look, keep it confined to children’s rooms and go with something more sophisticated (like a DIY bookshelf headboard) for adult spaces.

8. Overdoing it on the open shelving


Open shelving in the kitchen is another trend that works well in moderation, but too many open shelves can make your space look cluttered and disorganized. Stick to one or two shelves and display items that are easy to stack (like dishes) to keep the trend from overwhelming your kitchen.

9. Imposter plants


Fresh greenery not only looks great in any space, but it can also improve air quality in your home—making it a far better choice than fake plants. If you’ve never had greenery in your home before, start with a low maintenance plant (like a spider plant) and work your way up to more maintenance-heavy plants as you get more comfortable.

10. Chevron


The chevron pattern has been showing up on everything from throw rugs to accent walls to comforter sets for years—but this trend has definitely overstayed its welcome. If you want to incorporate chevron in a modern way, keep it simple and stick to small accents, like throw pillows or wall art.

11. Marquee vanity lighting


Unless you’re a professional makeup artist, there’s no need to have Hollywood-style marquee lighting in the bathroom, which can make the space look over-the-top or gaudy. Stick to classic lighting fixtures for a more sophisticated look.

12. All the pastels

Too many pastels will make your home look like a “Saved By The Bell” set. If you want to incorporate the pastel trend, stick to a single accent piece (like a sofa or an accent wall).

13. Vertical blinds


Unless you actually enjoy detangling the mess that is vertical blinds, there’s no need to have them on your windows—they’re a pain to open and close and they can make a room look busy. Instead, try a simple DIY window treatment that adds character to the space and won’t become a tangled mess every time you want to get a little light into the room.

14. Wicker indoors

Wicker will forever be an outdoor furniture staple, but bringing it indoors can make your home feel dated. Reserve the wicker for your porch or backyard and stick with more indoor-appropriate materials for the rest of your home.

15. Tuscany

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Tuscan-inspired kitchens were all the rage in the early 2000s. But like just about everything else from that time period (remember Sidekicks?), this trend must give way to sleek lines, bright light and and open feeling.  Switch up the tile, stone, and dark color palette for something that brightens the space.










They’re OUT! 5 Home Decor Trends You Can Unfriend! (Part 1 of 3)

Certain home decor trends scream of decades past—like wood paneling and shag carpet or your boyfriend from 1972.  No, that’s another post, altogether!  Thankfully, they remain where they belong.  (By the way, you’ll notice that I’ve added my own twist to this post…it was a bit too presumptuous for me when I read it through the 2nd or 3rd time.  I like my version better :-).)

These trends might have been popular in recent years, but they’re definitely on their way out—and if you want to create a modern, sophisticated feel in your home, you’ll need to park them alongside your harvest gold appliances.

Here is the article in the first of three parts.  The remaining two will post Monday and Tuesday of next week.  So, what are the first 5 of 15 home decor trends to leave in the past to create a modern, sophisticated home?

1. Everything industrial

The industrial trend had its moment, but it’s gotten out of hand. Too much exposed brick, piping, metal, and Edison lights will make your house look like a warehouse, not a home. If this is a favorite of yours, perhaps you could incorporate just a few simple elements, like a single accent wall or light fixture – keep the drafty chill and the echo in the garage.  Personally, I’m a fan of the industrial trend.  I think it’s chic.  And it doesn’t echo if you use appropriate material to deaden the sound.

2. Nautical

If you’re decorating a beach house, absolutely feel free to plunder the wharf in your search for anchors and seashells. If not, toss them overboard.  Pay homage to your love of the beach in less obvious ways, like coating the walls in an ocean-inspired blue.  (I prefer aquamarine but I wouldn’t cover a wall with it.  No resale value there.)

3. Going wild with reclaimed wood

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The rustic, reclaimed wood look is lovely—in moderation. Stick to one focal piece (like a rustic barn door) to avoid a ‘day at the farm’ feel.  When it comes to reclaimed wood, less is more.  Of course, I grew up on a farm and it seems quite homey to me.

4. Glass block in the bathroom

This one’s tough for me.  I love glass block and it was one of the most popular trends in the 1980s.  A neighbor once told me she worried about our use of it in our master bath windows because of her teenage son.  I won’t tell you my response – it was, after all, long ago.  Let’s just say I was less than kind.  To stay on topic, glass block saw a brief resurgence in recent years thanks to its ability to add light to a bathroom without compromising privacy.  However, according to ‘trendsetters’ the glass block look is extremely dated, and you can get the same effect with a skylight.  How would skylights not be dated also?  Moving on…

5. Plaid

I like plaid at Christmas.  I’m told it works well in small doses and in specific situations, like a throw blanket or accent pillow in the winter.  It seems some people are very sensitive and too much plaid is visually overwhelming to them—so any major plaid decor, like wallpaper or comforters, have got to go.  We would never wish to offend.

Note:  Part 2 will be posted Monday afternoon.