Why It’s Important to Trust Your Hired Team

Why It’s Important to Trust Your Hired Team

When you reach the point in your business that you need to bring on employees or hire out projects to other professionals the biggest hurdle is finding people you can trust. Many business owners will stall their growth because they never find the right people or they have one bad experience and do not want to dip their toe back into the hiring pool. So, why is it so important to find people who you trust? 

They are Working on Your Business

When you hire an employee or another business to perform a job you are handing over a piece of the brand you have built. You are giving another person responsibility that can affect your business positively or negatively. You need to have a trusting relationship rather quickly to get the most out of the work. If you do not trust your hires you won’t want to hand projects over, which means you are still doing all the work. 

They See Behind the Scenes 

New team members are often privy to the backend of your business. Strategy, intellectual property, financials are shared so the team member can do their job effectively. Since a lot of behind the scenes business information is sensitive, you want to make sure you are hiring trustworthy individuals/professionals who understand professional discretion. It is also a good idea to have NDA’s created and signed if that makes sense for your business. 

They Need to be Receptive to Feedback and Input

Working with a team member or a hired professional has to be a two-way street with a lot of communication. You are hiring for a job or project and the person you are working with needs to be open to your feedback and willing to listen and understand your business needs. This type of communication comes from a relationship built on trust and great communication. If you do not build trust with the people you are hiring you will never believe they care about your thoughts, needs, and concerns. Alternatively, if you have open communication with a lot of trust you can look forward to a long-term relationship that will benefit your business for the long haul. 

Even though finding the right people for your business can be challenging, there is a lot of benefit to seeking out the right people and building trust. They can help grow your business faster than you can on your own and free your time to focus on the aspects of your business that only you as the owner and CEO can attend too. 

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50 More Amazing Journal Prompts

50 More Amazing Journal Prompts

We wanted to share 50 more thought provoking journal prompts to help you get started or dive deeper into your journaling practice!

1. What are your top 5 values in life?

2. What are your best character traits?

3. What is something nobody knows about you? Why have you kept it a secret?

4. Write about an important person in your life who you are grateful for. What do you admire about this person, why have they had such an impact on your life, and what would you like to tell them?

5. What is your biggest fear, and what about it makes you feel scared?

6. What makes you feel fulfilled?

7. When something good or bad happens, who is the first person you want to tell, and why?

8. Discuss 5 things you wish others knew about you.

9. What quote or saying inspires you when you need it most?

10. Look at yourself in the mirror and then write out 3-5 physical traits you love about yourself, and why.

11. What do you want people to remember most about you when you’re gone?

12. What inspires you?

13. Who is your mentor, why do you look up to him/her, and what has he/she taught you?

14. What is your 5-year plan? Map out all of the things you need to do to reach your goals.

15. Do you have any unhealthy habits that are holding you back from your goals? How can you overcome them?

16. What is the best parenting advice you’ve ever received?

17. What shocked you most about motherhood?

18. Describe your biggest achievement as a mom. How did it make you feel?

19. When your kids look back on their childhood, what 3 things do you hope they remember most?

20. Write a letter to your pre-mom self telling her all the things you wish she knew.

21. How has your mom shaped you as a mother?

22. What are your favorite family traditions?

23. Discuss a time you felt you failed a mother. If you could have a do-over, what would you change about the situation?

24. Describe 5+ things about your child(ren) that make you proud.

25. List the 5 people you spend the most time with, why, and how they’re affecting you — your behaviors, your thoughts, your life.

26. List the top 5 people you admire, and why.

27. Who is your favorite person in all the world and why?

28. What is your favorite song/musical piece and why?

29. List your top 5 favorite books/movies, and why.

30. If you didn’t have to worry about money or people’s opinions, what would you do with your life?

31. How do you spend your time? On a weekday? On a weekend?

32. What is a book you wish someone would write?

33. What is the next thing you want to learn? And to what degree?

34. Define the following: Success. Wisdom. Love. Faith. Truth. Courage. Joy

35. List all the things you think you SHOULD do, that you don’t want to do.

36. Or the opposite: what you SHOULD NOT do, that you do. Why?

37. If your house burned to the ground, what are the top 1–3 things you would want to save? (not including people — assume your family is outside already)

38. What do you need today?

39. What time of day are you most productive? Why do you think that is?

40. What has been inspiring you lately?

41. What have you always wanted to do, but haven’t gotten around to it? What is stopping you?

42. What was the last scary decision you made? What did it feel like? Do you think you made the right choice?

43. What’s the last good habit you developed? How did you do it?

44. Write as if you’re seeing someone in your life for the very first time.

45. Write to, or about the last person you kissed.

46. Listen to an old song and write the emotions that come forth.

47. Consider what you would change in your life, write a letter to your younger self based on those things.

48. Write a stranger’s story.

49. Make a ‘happy moments’ list and write a scene from one of those times.

50. Write about a conversation you’re longing to have.

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I Get So Emotional!

I Get So Emotional!

Emotions are the spice of life; they are so fun and can really make you feel alive! What happens though when the emotions or feelings we are experiencing are overwhelming and seem like they are taking over our lives, even to the point where we are not able to think clearly or function at our best, or worse the emotions are in the drivers seat of our life.

Here are a few ideas that can help you see what is happening a little more clearly and give you tips that can help you use your emotions to your advantage.

It is perfectly fine and even encouraged to seek help from your doctor if your emotions are continually spiking out of control and you are not able to calm yourself to a place where you can work with your emotions and feelings.

When emotions run high, logic runs low. If you are in a situation that is troubling, or you are triggered by something that creates stress or strong feelings, these moments can spin your emotions out of control.

  • There are many grounding techniques that can calm your body down from the stress of the situation or circumstance. Research grounding techniques and find one that works for you, this will help you be prepared for these moments ahead of time.
  • Breathing is the first place to start. Breath in slowly and hold if for a few seconds and visualize the stress leaving your body as you exhale. Repeat several times. Sometimes, it takes a few minutes of focused breathing to calm you down, but it works amazingly.
  • Once your body is calmer, you can activate your mind better so it can go to work for you. Focus your thoughts and use logic to get going forward again. Think it through in a best-case scenario, and sometimes it helps to think about the situation as if you were on the outside looking in. Remember that your focused thoughts influence your decisions and feelings which propel you into your actions and results.

Of course, emotions are a part of life. We need our feelings to help us heal from things and experience all the ups and downs of life. Often it is our feelings that help propel us forward. However, unchecked and overwhelming feelings that spin out of control and raise the stress in our body can do harm and even do the opposite of helping us. If we do not use them in a positive way, they can deture us from achieving what we want. Focus your thoughts, feel what you feel to heal and then get back up and get going using your miracle mind.

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Rae Ann Hall

 

Rae Ann Hall is the founder of Forward Principles. She is an author, speaker, and a mindset/results coach. Having had success in the business world as well as overcoming major adversities in her personal life, she brings an authentic message with a lot of heart and passion. She teaches actionable ways to get past difficulties, getting you results and motivating you to get after your dreams. Her own experiences of bringing her pain into purpose, inspires others to do the same.

Her honor is coaching people and encouraging them by providing practical tools and Forward Principles to get inspired and motivated. She helps people discover ways they can put action toward their goals through her "Result Cycle" Process. It is a thrill for her to see her clients push past limiting beliefs by tapping into their inner strength, and living their life on purpose with passion.

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What Was I Thinking?

What Was I Thinking?

Have you ever walked away from a mistake or situation and asked yourself, “What was I thinking?”. I am guessing you have because most of us have asked ourselves that question at one point or another. It turns out, that is the best question we could ask ourselves!

Focused Thoughts

Our focused thoughts are the breeding ground for our success. In any given situation, the only thing we can control is how we think about it. When we focus our thoughts on positivity, thinking about solutions and open ourselves up to challenge limiting beliefs, we’ve walked through a door leading us to better decisions, feelings, and a more desired result.

Our Miracle Mind

Sometimes we get in our own way by confusing our mind. We want success, a loving relationship, fulfillment, a great career, or whatever the dream is; but then a doubt enters our mind and we start believing it. Our mind goes to work to prove that limiting belief by looking for evidence that the negative belief is correct. Our mind is logical and wants to be right.

Stop, Pause and Re-Direct

When we feel doubt arising – STOP, PAUSE, and RE-DIRECT your thoughts. In that very moment, catch yourself and stop the limiting belief, flip it to a better thought to focus on that will produce what you really want. Give your mind all great things to work with, all the amazing possibilities. Continue to re-direct as many times as you can. Let your mind go to work for you. It will search for everything you need to make it happen. It will prove you right that you are successful, happy, resourceful and highly capable.

Guard Your Thoughts

Because our mind is actively working for us, it is imparitive that we guard our thoughts. Imagine your mind as a garden. Would you plant seeds that produce something you would never eat or want to look at? Would you leave your plants unattended and let weeds choke the growth of the plant? Of course not. So, get to planting the right thoughts and weed out those which would thwart your goals or your positive self image.

What You Think About, Comes About

Taking time to meditate and focusing your thoughts on positive possibilities is feeding your mind good things to work with. Pondering on new information or teachings, and thinking of solutions, has a great impact on your mind for getting a better outcome. Pick a topic that you feel would help your personal growth, then go research all you can from experts on the topic. Ponder what you have read and meditate on it. Open your mind to new ideas and inspiration that motivates you. Look for ways to implement what you are learning. Implement one idea with action until it becomes a part of your productive life. Then add another and so forth. You will grow exponentially when you take time to feed your mind with positive thoughts of change and growth.

Go forward in strength knowing you can truly create the life you want, one thought at a time, one decision at a time, and one action at a time, getting the best results for your empowered life.

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Rae Ann Hall

 

Rae Ann Hall is the founder of Forward Principles. She is an author, speaker, and a mindset/results coach. Having had success in the business world as well as overcoming major adversities in her personal life, she brings an authentic message with a lot of heart and passion. She teaches actionable ways to get past difficulties, getting you results and motivating you to get after your dreams. Her own experiences of bringing her pain into purpose, inspires others to do the same.

Her honor is coaching people and encouraging them by providing practical tools and Forward Principles to get inspired and motivated. She helps people discover ways they can put action toward their goals through her "Result Cycle" Process. It is a thrill for her to see her clients push past limiting beliefs by tapping into their inner strength, and living their life on purpose with passion.

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Why Hiring Professionals Is Better for Business

Why Hiring Professionals Is Better for Business

As business owners, we are resourceful people. When we first started our businesses we were likely doing everything ourselves. Sales, accounting, marketing, hr, design where all hats that we once wore. It is understandable to be in all of those roles in the beginning when there is no extra cash and you are truly bootstrapping your new venture. At some point in your entrepreneurial journey, you will want to scale to bring in more clients and more profit and it is impossible if you are still playing every role in your company. When you reach this point it is probably time to look at hiring out roles and jobs. This can be challenging for those who have done the work in the past and think they still can or they do not want to pay the price of hiring professionals. Today we want to tell you three HUGE benefits to hiring the right professionals and how it can help your business grow. 

Saves Time & Money

 We have all heard the saying time is money. For entrepreneurs this is the truth, time is a finite resource that we can never get back and we have to be careful how we spend ours. When you are not an expert or even well versed in something it takes you longer to do it. Let’s take website design as an example. Anyone can muddle their way through designing a website. You can spend hours and hours until you have something passible and feel like you accomplished something and saved money. In reality, you exchanged your time, which as the owner of your business is EXTREMELY valuable,  to create something that is not going to achieve the results you want. 

On the other hand, if you hire out your web design project you bring on an expert who can create something in a shorter amount of time that is going to get you the results you are looking for. When you start to value your time as a fleeting resource you can see how valuable it is to only spend it where you will have the most impact. You can make the money to hire the right professionals, but you cannot recoup time spent on a project that is not in your wheelhouse. 

Job is Done Right the First Time

 When you take on a project or a role that requires a lot of knowledge such as web design or social media marketing not only do you have to do the project work you also have to teach yourself all the tools that are needed to do the work. This leaves a lot of room for error and for many people they have to do the same project multiple times until it is correct. The beauty of hiring a professional is that they know the tools of their trade and they will get it right the first time. They are not going to need a month to learn how to use their tools, they can hit the ground running, complete your job and do it right. 

Allows You to Focus on Your Strengths

 You likely started your business to provide a specific product or service that you are passionate about. This passion is your zone of genius, your strength and where you excel. It is also the area that brings profit into your business and for some of you the only area you cannot outsource. Successful business owners work in their zone of genius and hire out the other things that are outside of that zone. If you are spending countless hours working on your website, creating social media posts or writing content it takes you out of the revenue generating activities that only you can do. 

It can be stressful to hire a team of professionals to help you, but if you are looking for growth and more profit it is necessary. When you find the right people they will care about your business and work hard to get you to the next level with you as the leader. You are the CEO of your business and your role is to be the visionary and steer the ship, hire the right people and you will get to your destination even faster!  

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From my “Fave” Chair to yours!

From my “Fave” Chair to yours!

With a favorite beverage, let us take a moment in our favorite chair.   A little silly? I don’t know about you but, my favorite chair is a little worn out, with a few stains, but, its cozy.

It’s a warm afternoon, sun streaming in the windows.  I love my house, its perfect for us. Mike & I moved in seven years ago.  On the golf course with a view from my chair! Love it! Its from this place that I have had many long conversations with myself, my husband, family and friends. It’s from this favorite place that I have contemplated the four walls that surround me.  Do you do that? Sit & look around at the pictures on the wall, the window treatments, the paint color? It’s from this chair I watch that HGTV show or take in some of those amazing series on Prime or Netflix. It’s a happy place, cozy, and safe. Our to do list exists and we get to it when time & money permit.  Someday, all this may not be true & it will be time to make a change.

I have been a Realtor for some twenty-two years. Moving some 14 times from one state to another.  Yikes, I do not want to move again. A career hazard for me to keep looking and comparing my home to others. Every once in a while, I get the itch to move again until my husband reigns me in.  I believe, we are pretty ordinary here in our home. It usually takes an entertaining event to get us to get seriously into picking things up, cleaning & getting organized. Adventure may overtake this conversation some day and we like some of my clients may consider a move to Spain, Mexico, Arizona, Eastern Washington or the sunny Sequim.  Opportunities are out there for a Lifestyle that just might be exciting, I think. How about you, do you have adventures left un realized?

How often do you take time to contemplate the four walls you occupy?  As part of my work I tour many homes and see many lifestyles. From the most amazing homes to some of the saddest, I have sort of seen it all.   Often, I hear from people “I bet you have seen all kinds of homes & situations over the years” I say, yes its true. I love Real Estate and the opportunity to work with all this diversity.  

This year I started a new focus on “Lifestyles to Live” with the energy that I believe is needed to help clients focus on the elements of their home that brings them financial wealth, security, comfort, and much joy & satisfaction.  When we take time to consider how our current home serves us, we could ask the following:

Do these four walls? Give me Joy! Happiness in my favorite chair?

Is it the home I dreamed of? Is it Safe?

Its good to take time to contemplate the answers and a helpful to find others to talk to about what is on your mind.  

My question from my chair is … what I want the 3rd & 4th quarters of my life to look like.  What do I want my money to be spent on?   Is there an adventure to take? I’m excited to join in the ‘Fave lifestyles” vision and have conversations with others about how to play out this phase of life. There are some great opportunities for us to share, collaborate, and grow in.  Be proactive I say! Bring your questions, share that time with me.

From my chair to yours!

Realtor - Managing Broker
www.teresabarthol.com
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Teresa Barthol

 

Teresa Barthol -Managing Broker with eXp Realty Seattle.  Brings 22 plus years’ experience to consult with clients about real estate in the 3rd and 4th quarters of their lives. .  With longevity in Real Estate Teresa loves to share her optimistic problem solving skills, creative out of the box thinking along with her enthusiasm for great outcomes. “Believe,” she will say, your desires in life will be realized. Teresa focuses on Lifestyles to Live within the four walls you call home.

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Marcelle Allen from Dreamosity
Elisa Hawkinson - How2GetOrganized!
Karen Herold - Wise Transitions

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Conversations with parents

Conversations with parents

It was some time in the summer of 2013 that I sat at the kitchen table with a family wanting to list their home for sale with me.  I have been a Realtor since 1997 and this day in 2013 changed the direction of my career. Since that day I have been on a mission to understand and serve clients who are in the over 55 age group.  I started by my research and study by going to the Realtors Association and taking a class that earned me the credentials of an “SRES” Senior Real Estate Specialist.

What was going on that day in 2013?  I was invited to a “List my Home” consultation with a family who had occupied their home for some 30 years, it was a beautiful, the kind you walk into & walls tell you “love has been shared here”.  The wife did most of the talking with her husband & her son by her side. She did not want to move or make any changes; this was the lifelong home. I often hear that statement, “we plan to stay here tell we die” Statistics, tell us that about 30% of us actually get that opportunity. Sad but, true.  To move was not in their plans, but it was time. Her husband who was a very successful business owner, community minded, wonderful husband, father and grandfather was now being challenged to remember where he was some days. I don’t know exactly was his medical diagnosis was but, he was not the person in charge like his family knew him.   His wife & son wanted me to keep him in the loop of all paperwork & include him in all conversations. Their respect for him was obvious. Legally they had the Power of Attorney to sign and act on his behalf but, as long as he could sign, that is what we were going to do. It took patience on all our parts to walk him through the process and some days when I would visit their home, he wondered why I was there.  

Have you had this experience with family or friends or in your own household? The Moment where everything changes and because of it everything else needs to change.  Moving from the family home, medical care, new location for wife and separate for husband. Thankfully, in this case all the family members were chipping in & help surrounded Mom & Dad.  I’m sure we all know, all too well, that this is not always the case.

Since 2013 I have visited most all the Senior living communities in the Puget Sound Region, developed relationships with care givers, move managers, contractors, senior centers, Elder Law Attorneys, Financial advisors.  Creating a trusted group of recourses to help clients in this 3rd and 4th quarter of life.   It continues to be the direction as a Managing Broker working at EXp Realty, I see myself as a Life Style consultant who brings value to the conversations about when to sell and where to go and what are the options.  I know from experience that when we can have positive and open conversations with our parents, our spouse & our family & friends, the outcome is more satisfying for all. If you would like some tips on what to say or ask and how to get the conversation going, reach out to me.  I will send you a booklet called “The Conversation Starter Kit” or you can go to https://theconversationproject.org/starter-kits/

There are many forms of Dementia and according to one of the Senior Care providers I met with to tour an Alzheimer care community, the multitude of diagnosis continues. From my own personal experience, my mother in-law, my father, & several friends needed our loving guidance while they struggled with the difficulty’s life presented them with. My heart goes out to anyone experiencing health changes in their lives.  I see my job as being the one to show up, offer calm support, have conversations about what is next with the family home & where are the resources needed to make the changes to be safe & secure & live out a lifestyle that is filled with love, respect, and joy!

https://sres.realtor/work-sres-designee/why-use-sres

SRES® designees have unparalleled training and experience in seniors real estate, including:

  • Helping you manage the financial and emotional challenges of selling a long-held family home
  • Creating a customized plan to market and sell your property
  • Understanding your unique needs and creating a customized plan to ensure your home meets those needs now and, in the future,
  • Utilizing specialized knowledge in reverse mortgages, 401(k) accounts, and IRAs for your real estate transaction
  • Connecting you with their vast network of movers, attorneys, home inspectors, and other experts to help you through the process

How can I help?  Reach out! I’m happy for the conversations to sort through the solutions.

Realtor - Managing Broker
www.teresabarthol.com
425-876-9552

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Teresa Barthol

 

Teresa Barthol -Managing Broker with eXp Realty Seattle.  Brings 22 plus years’ experience to consult with clients about real estate in the 3rd and 4th quarters of their lives. .  With longevity in Real Estate Teresa loves to share her optimistic problem solving skills, creative out of the box thinking along with her enthusiasm for great outcomes. “Believe,” she will say, your desires in life will be realized. Teresa focuses on Lifestyles to Live within the four walls you call home.

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Marcelle Allen from Dreamosity
Elisa Hawkinson - How2GetOrganized!
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Host a Gifting Party

Host a Gifting Party

Goal/Purpose of a Gifting Party

First Step in downsizing is to reduce what you have collected and accumulated over the years that you no longer need or use or is taking up too much space.

The Stuff needs a new home.

How to do a Gifting Party

Invite all your friends over. 

Have everything you would like to give away gathered on the dining room table or the kitchen island counter top or a table(s) on the patio if weather allows or the garage. 

Reassure your guests there is no pressure to take anything. Your goal is to bless your friends before blessing people at the thrift store. What remains will be taken to a thrift store that has a great mission behind it.

As your guests sip a beverage, pick up each item and tell them the story behind the item i.e. “Aunt Eva always served the best green bean casserole in this dish at family gatherings or when she entertained.  She was precious to me and I want you or someone you know to have this in memory of Aunt Eva.”

Then hand the item to your friend.  It now has a loving new home and you won’t just be storing it any longer.

End of Party

Box or bag up the items left that have not been taken and drive them to your favorite thrift store.

Feel the blessing of giving and sleep well that night.

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Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.

 

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Putting Your Home on Market in 30 Days

Putting Your Home on Market in 30 Days

If, for some unexpected reason, something came up and you had to put your home on the market in 30 days, would that cause you to panic?  Or would you feel calm? Here are 8 tips to help you be calm.

Let’s plan now to feel calm if that situation should arise by

  1. starting the plan now.  Set up a budget for your time and financial expenditures that will be needed to get top dollar for your home by hitting the market when it is hot.  It may take you a year or two to get to the goal of being ready if needed for the 30-day alert, but don’t get caught with a huge list of items that need addressing before you can list your home.

Every and any good realtor would tell you the first thing to do is

2. get rid of the clutter and quite probably 50% of the contents of your home.  Start with one room and go through each room putting everything you do not currently need or use in a box or bag to be donated to your favorite charity.  You set your schedule as to how long it will take you, then begin to work your plan weekly until you have reduced the contents of your home down to what you currently use and need.

With all the clutter gone, what is next?  Here is a check list to consider:

  1. What is the unique feature that makes your home more appealing than those around you?

That will be a highlight for strategic marketing so make sure the view is unblocked and clean, or that patio looks stellar, or highlight that shady backyard, do wildlife often visit, or do you get a great view of the moon each month.  Think about what sets your home apart.  In our case it is the two 140-year old Maple trees in the backyard with a hammock on a small deck between the trees.  We just transplanted about 50 plants in the yard to create a forested look under the trees.

  1. In addition to the unique feature of your home, every home needs to be spotless, eat off the floor kind of clean, as my mother would say.  So get to it or hire it to be done.  Address every cobweb, dust-bunny, dirty wall, wood that needs polishing and have closets super clean and uncluttered (that should have been included in the declutter piece earlier).  Carpets shampooed.  Fresh paint if the whole interior has not been painted in the last year. Faux may have been fantastic in the 80’s but a neutral color throughout is the best for the ‘looking’ buyers (gray, beige, off-white, white are best).  A basement bedroom may be a lime green but most of the living space should be neutral ready for the new home owner.
  2. Is the hardware looking good and is the color up do date?  The Gold finish passed years ago as has much of the polished silver so check with your realtor for the best current advice.
  3. Do moderate and practical updates! Inexpensive updates could include new toilet seats, cabinets painted, replace bathroom sink, replace grout in the backsplash, floors, and tub surrounds.

You cannot make your home brand new but it can be well updated and sparkling clean.

  1. Is your home visually appealing from the curb?  Lookers take about 8 seconds to decide if they care enough to look further so make your place sparkle.  Make a plan to upgrade the curb appeal with shrubs, trees trimmed and flowers looking good.  No debris in the yard.  In the NW we put down fresh bark.
  2. Entrance to home may need revamping.  How are the door knobs, the color of the door? Ask your neighbors and family for curb appeal and of course your realtor can help you with all your decisions.

Now, relax and enjoy your lovely home.  Staying ready for that 30-day-to-list alert does not have to be worrisome if you have given time and effort on a consistent basis to your home.  It is probably the largest investment of your money so stay on top of your investment.  In all my days of sailing experience, we hauled our boats out every year for a thorough inside and out cleaning, repainting and decluttering.  It is a good habit to do on land too.  Waiting 30-40 years for repairs and regular maintenance can cause larger repair issues and have added costs. 

Professional Organizer | Author Calming Your Chaos
www.how2getorganized.com
206-915-9911

 

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Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson

 

 

Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.

 

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50 Amazing Journal Prompts

50 Amazing Journal Prompts

We had an amazing response to our journaling post. Our community loves journaling and we had some great feedback. We wanted to share a list of 50 journal prompts we have gathered will spark thoughtfulness, creativity, and introspection.

1. Write a letter to your older self.

2. Write about your childhood.

3. Write about lost friendships.

4. What frightens you?

5. What brings you joy?

6. What makes you sad?

7. What worries you? Is there a pressing problem you need to work out?

8. Write a letter to someone that upset you, but you aren’t ready to confront in person.

9. Write down the things you wished you had said to your parents or other loved ones before they passed away.

10.Write down confessions of your deep-down secrets that you can’t tell anyone.

11.Where do you want to be 5, 10, or 15 years from now?

12.What line of work do you plan on pursuing in the future?

13.Write down how you can improve your life.

14.Write letters to your children and grandchildren that you can give to them when they are older. These letters will help them understand the type of person you were at their age.

15.Write about places you wish to see, the vacations you plan to have.

16.Write about home improvements you would like to make.

17.Make a bucket list.

18.Write a list of 5 things you love about yourself, and why they make you unique.

19.If you could be the best in the world at one thing, what would you choose and why?

20.When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up, and did you follow through with your dream?

21.What quote inspires you on tough days?

22.If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?

23.If you won $1 million, what would you do with the money?

24.What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

25.If you could have lunch with one person who is no longer here with us, who would you choose and what one question would you ask them?

26.What’s the biggest life lesson you’ve ever learned and how has it changed you?

27.Describe a situation in your life that caused you to feel regret. If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?

28.Write about a book/movie that had a big impact on your life, and why it affected you so much.

29.What 3 things do you want the people you love the most to remember about you after you’re gone?

30.Fill in the blank: When I’m feeling anxious or stressed, I ___________.

31.Describe something GOOD that happened to you today.

32.What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?

33.Discuss a time you failed at something important to you. If you could have a do-over, what would you change about the situation?

34.What are you most grateful for in your life?

35.Pick ONE positive word you’d like to focus on this week and brainstorm a list of things you can do to experience this feeling each day.

36.Describe your favorite time of year. What do you love about it, who do you spend it with, and what activities do you enjoy during that time?

37.If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?

38.What is your favorite childhood memory?

39.Describe your perfect day.

40.What qualities are important to you in a friendship/romantic relationship?

41.List and describe the most important people in your life, and what you admire most about them.

42.If you had one full day to yourself without any responsibilities, who would you choose to spend it with and what would you do?

43.Discuss 3 things you’d like to change in your life, and brainstorm strategies to make these changes a reality.

44.Describe your dream job.

45.Write a letter to your teenage self telling her all the things you wish she knew.

46.Make a list of things that are holding you back from your wants, needs, goals, and desires. Be brutally honest with yourself, and brainstorm ways to overcome these obstacles.

47.If you could travel to any destination in the world, where would you go and why?

48.Describe a situation in which you helped someone else. What did you do? How did it make them feel? How did it make you feel?

49.How would you describe yourself to a stranger?

50.What does self-care mean to you, and how can you incorporate it into your daily routine?

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