Ready to Plank?

yoga plank

Can you hold a steady plank?  Our local Lululemon Athletica store, located at the Shops at Briargate, needs 2,000 people to hold a plank simultaneously to break the Guinness World Record.  Are you interested?

 

Don't worry...you needn't be some fitness junkie to participate.    You just need to be able to hold the plank for as long as it takes to shoot the photo.  When?  Sunday, September 13th from 8:45-10:00am.  Arrival 7:30-8:30am.   There will be additional parking above the Briargate Shops both at Focus on the Family and at California Casualty.  

 

Thinking this would be kind of fun! 

 

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Christmas Wishes!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Today I am especially grateful for all my clients/friends!  Thank you for your business, referrals and friendship.  Thank you for letting me help you with these life transitions.  I wish you happines and peace during this holiday season and in the year ahead. 

 

 

nicole happel

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Love or Fear; It's Your Choice

I once read a self-help book entitled "Love is Letting Go of Fear."  The basic premiss of it was that you cannot love something and fear it at the same time.  The two are mutually exclusive.  You must choose if you are going to love something or fear it.   Today I read a quote from Jon Gordon, basically the same principle.  Here it is:

Love the struggle because it makes you appreciate your accomplishments.

Love challenges because they make you stronger.

Love competition because it makes you better

Love negative people because they make you more positive.

Love those who have hurt you because they teach you forgiveness.

Love fear because it makes you courageous.

The secret to life and the greatest success strategy of all is to love all of it and fear none of it.

 

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Balancing Your Life

Websters Dictionary defines balance as "equality of distribution."   This means giving the same energy to both sides.  For me this concept is always a challenge, giving appropriately to all things without overdoing it in one area.  As a Realtor it's easy to overdo.   Our job is often seven days a week.  We work weekdays and weekends, anytime all the time.  We can easily let this work consume us where we have no personal life or time for family.

What I have learned is to take that personal time whenever the opportunity arises.  It may be on a Sunday morning when the phone is not ringing off the hook, that I can steal some down time with the family, make breakfast together, go to church.   It may be a snow day when house showings quiet down, that I have a chance to catch up on valuable reading or housework.  Or like today, it's Tuesday morning and I just snuck away to a Yoga class at Villa Sport, my favorite local athletic club.  Whatever the case, it's important to give back to myself so that I don't burn out and become one of those crusty old agents who complains about working all the time. 

Longevity is my personal goal in this business.  I want to do this work until I'm 75 years old.   And the only way I will accomplish this is to pace myself, to not burn all my energy today and leave nothing for tomorrow.  Pacing myself, giving back to my body and loved ones is how I manage to keep good balance in my life.  Afterall, I plan to be a Realtor for another 28 years or so!

 

 

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Things Realtors' Kids Say

Since the holiday season is upon us, I thought I'd share some funny personal kids antics, and particularly as I've spent the past couple days helping my sister shop for a home! And well, since my boys are out of school, they've been drug along for the "fun". They aren't afraid to share their opinions..."we like the one with the open space in front, so when we visit her we can play outside". But the funnier one was, "I'm glad she chose that one, it has the upgraded appliances she was looking for, and the built-in microwave that none of the other ones had"...it's just funny out if the mouth of a 10-year-old. Kids are so observant and listening even when we don't think they are. 

I got this one from teammate, Nicole Happel....after driving with her daughter for a bit to an area her daughter was unfamiliar with, she looked up from what she was doing and asked Nicole where they were. Nicole responded (No, I won't be telling you where.) To which her daughter said "why would anyone want to live here?"

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