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    Be Positively Contagious – The 5 Daily Habits of Happiness

    I first began sharing Be Positively Contagious webinars right after the pandemic became “real” for us here in the United States – March 2020. There was so much fear in the world, and I wanted to show that there are other things even more contagious than that virus.  At the time, I had to explain I was talking about the emotion of positivity and not the pandemic!  What I didn’t realize was how many of us truly need support to boost our happiness in order to be prepared for this life changing event we are learning to navigate. Although I have always been a happy person, there was debate over…

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    Listen So People Will Want To Talk

    Unity is our new word. And the best way to create that unity is to learn how to truly listen. As we put 2020 in our rearview mirror and turn our focus forward to our hopes and dreams for a great 2021, we are excited at the prospects of at long last stepping out of our homes and striding back to the friendly confines of our work offices. We will unlock the door and turn on the lights, crank open the windows, and shoo away the cobwebs from our tables, chairs, and computers, and finally, chisel out that half-a-cup of now petrified coffee from the bottom of our favorite mug.…

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    Be More With Less: Decluttering

    Decluttering can feel like an impossible task but sometimes a big glass of water, a fun, let-it-go playlist and a very specific list of things to let go of can get things started.. You get the water; I’ll give you the list! Declutter These 52 Things Out of Your Life Today If you want to enjoy your favorite things, only own your favorite things. If you feel stuck, stop thinking about what you are getting rid of and instead consider what you are making space for. Make space for laughing, resting and connecting. Make space to show up for your life. Make space for what matters to you. ExtrasYou always use your…

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    Four Scaled-Back Ways to Jumpstart Your 2021

    The world tends to be divided into two groups: Those who enthusiastically embrace the idea of New Year’s resolutions and those who don’t. I’m typically in the second camp, but this year, at the nine-month mark of the pandemic, I’m intrigued by the idea of a 2021 restart. If you, like me, are newish to the idea of viewing the New Year as a clean slate, I thought you might enjoy my four scaled back ways to approach it. Happy New Year to you! Think small. Big goals are great, but they can also be overwhelming. Pick something small and actually do it. I’ve gotten a warm glow for days…

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    Make Sure to Show Your Heart

    “Putting it Together,” a song written by Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, carries a worthy message for today: how can we use our time, talents, and resources to prepare for the weeks and months ahead? “Every moment makes a contribution. Every little detail plays a part.” This “get ready” philosophy is so essential to what’s happening in our world today, whether we are talking about a company, a team, or our personal lives. When we started this pandemic interregnum many moons ago, we gathered up all the canned food, toilet paper, and reading materials we thought we would need for a long winter’s night. Little did we know it was going…

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    Travel Planning in Today’s Environment

    Travel planning pre-COVID seems like a lifetime ago – Be aware of Hurricane season; when is the best time to travel to Europe, Australia or anywhere you were thinking of going.  Many people planned big trips 6 to 18 months in advance in order to secure the best lodging or cruise cabin. Travel insurance was always recommended but not everyone took it or understood what it covered.  When the world came to a screeching halt, we all had to navigate it.  In the travel industry it meant a lot of watching and waiting because if the flight or cruise cancelled, our clients could receive a refund but if you cancelled…

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    Keeping It Together

    “Putting it Together,” a song written by Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, carries a worthy message for today: how can we use our time, talents, and resources to prepare for the weeks and months ahead? “Every moment makes a contribution. Every little detail plays a part.” This “get ready” philosophy is so essential to what’s happening in our world today, whether we are talking about a company, a team, or our personal lives. When we started this pandemic interregnum many moons ago, we gathered up all the canned food, toilet paper, and reading materials we thought we would need for a long winter’s night. Little did we know it was going…

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    It’s The Little Things

    The dinner meeting is off to a good start. You reserved the executive meeting room in your restaurant on your property. You know the one — dark wood-grained conference table, plush high-back chairs, and sleek, modern art adorn the walls. You check in to make sure everything is going well. Amy, one of your top waitstaff, walks around the table and pours wine for everyone. And that’s when it happens. She accidentally knocks over a full glass into the CEO’s lap. Red wine is on his shirt, pants, and Italian leather jacket. You and Amy rush over to help clean up the spill and apologize to Mike, the CEO. You…

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    Attitude of Gratitude

    Here we are again—still. Another day, week, month of suiting up to go grocery shopping, drooling as we drive past our favorite restaurants, proudly wearing our colorful, personalized PPE, and social distancing from our friends and colleagues. (One interesting side note: I just read that deodorant sales our down!) Still, we carry on, persevere, press ahead. Actually, we seem to do more than just merely survive; we acknowledge our current situation and fearlessly face forward with an Attitude of Gratitude. When asked how they are surviving, some people talk about being thankful while others use the word grateful. I like both, and I’m sure I have used both. But somehow,…

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    Connecting With Buyers Through Drone Photography

    Clouds drift and light falls through leafy trees onto the porch of a secluded home. We suspend the viewer in time and space, capturing for a moment the essence and beauty of this place. They quickly envision their kids playing in the yard, their family taking walks through the neighborhood, and the feelings of what life might be like in this new home. Aerial photography is about so much more than just showing details of a home, itʼs about evoking an emotional connection with the viewer and building a relationship between them and the property. As a listing agent, you provide the solution to a buyerʼs one explicit problem: “Where…