This weekend we will prepare for Daylight Savings time by “Springing Ahead” one hour on our clocks. Some people begrudge losing an hour of sleep or sinking back into darkness in the early morning and evening for a few more weeks. I however fall into the camp that is relishing if nothing else… the mere idea of Spring. Most winters I embrace the cold and the snow and the change of season. It means fires, cozy nights in, pretty visions of white fields. This winter seems to have lasted an eternity and the change of season will most certainly be welcome. The simple effort of jumping ahead one hour symbolizes the waking up of our senses, getting up… no jumping… no springing up and that awakens our senses and warms us up for what is coming next. While the seasons are changing do they awaken any of our senses for a change? Nature can have a funny way of doing that. If you realize that you are about to lose an hour this weekend is there anything else you are losing out on right now? If you are getting ready to spring ahead where do you want to land? If it is right where you left off then good for you. If it is perhaps miles or even oceans away then let us join you and help make that landing a soft one. Our senses awaken with each new clients story and fulfilled wish.
Last week I wrote about the Olympics and the hard work and determination that goes into making it there. As a parent, it is the greatest joy to demonstrate to your kids what is possible. Why they should dream the impossible and go for the gold. Did I just say “gold”?! Okay, fast forward to this week where I find myself at a conference in the middle of the Las Vegas strip. Much like Sochi, it seems every country is represented here from the Eiffel Tower to the pyramids, Caesar’s Palace and canals of Venice. If the hotels and casino’s don’t cover the globe the combined nationalities of the visitors certainly does.
Much like a quickly forgotten New Year’s resolution perhaps your aspirations of an Olympic medal have now just boiled down to chasing the gold. If that is the case you should be here with me. A week ago witnessing personal perseverance, dedication and discipline to a full on barrage of entertainment, gambling and rolling it all on lady luck. I would guess that my personality like most of yours reading this article falls somewhere in between the mindset necessary to make it to the Olympics and the mindset willing to throw it all on the line.
The silver lining is that in anything we do and work for, the numbers can align by skill or luck and create the same outcome.
How many of you are following the Olympics? Even though we know the results well before they air isn’t it fun to actually watch the event? My fourth grade son’s school is keeping track of the countries and the medals they have earned. I love the sense of national pride it evokes. Watching your child root for his country and chant U-S-A renews my own sense of American pride. The other great lesson comes from the personal stories of the athletes. No two people got to the Olympics the same way. Each one struggled, sacrificed and ultimately prevailed. If that doesn’t inspire our kids to work hard for whatever “gold” medal they are after I don’t know what does. Their stories also motivate each of us spectators to do a little self reflection and prioritizing of our goals and our level of commitment to achieve them.
So I ask you…. what are your goals or dreams? Can our Personal Move Assistants help you achieve them? Are you simply missing that little push to get your started on the path of pursuit? If so, let us connect like the rings of the Olympics and make them happen. Ultimately, if in your mind you are center podium with your flag flying behind you then you’ve earned the Gold!
I realize that UPS has coined the phrase, “What can brown do for you?” but I would like to rephrase and ask what can sun do for you? As I have mentioned in the past, I live in Cincinnati, Ohio and like most of the nation we have endured a brutally cold winter. There are not enough clothes, boots, gloves, and hats to feel toasty this year. Last weekend, I had the luxury of flying 2 hours south to Miami/South Beach. We took off and it was 2 degrees and we landed and it was 80 degrees. It seems unfathomable that in such a short time we were able to gain 78 degrees and actually feel warm. If you’ve never been to South Beach it is an urban/international melting pot of all ages and was very crowded. I am sure there was a mix of residents, business travelers, and lot of northerners like us on a pilgrimage of sorts for sun and heat. It certainly delivered just that. As I was zipping my boots getting bundled to return home I looked out the window and thought about the lifestyle and warmth just below on the sidewalk. It is very easy to understand how Florida’s population has grown not only with snow birds but younger people as well. To be able to be outside year round and enjoy the lifestyle that provides is enviable. If you feel like this winter has been too long for you, and you are entertaining moving for love of warmth, sunshine and outdoor living then let us help you.
Lesson 101 in sales… everything is for sale, you just have to name the price.
I must admit I do think there is truth to this statement but I would ask not what is your price but what is your currency. With all of the recent press on the acceptance of bitcoins I wonder not “how much” but rather “with what”. Long before any currency was exchanged man bartered and traded for what he needed and it worked well. You have something I need or want so I better come up with something desirable for you so we can trade. That was the beginning. As time evolved, we moved from a need driven society for our exchanges toward a need/want society. With the establishment of currencies and the premise of supply and demand, prices were named. Depending on what our needs and wants are today I would argue that our currencies could be defined as not only monetary but time. It seems to me that across all demographics the most precious commodity we all have is our time. Some of us would happily pay big money to free up our time and others of us would happily donate our time in lieu of financial contribution. For anyone who has served on any Board you know the drill they want your time, talent and treasure. These are your currencies and you must decide how to divide them accordingly whether serving on a Board or managing your life. So…. how much value do you place on each of your currencies and do you have reserves in all three? My husband recently read the book, The 80/20 Principle. He has become a talking head for it and the general value of time. So how does all of this relate to Moving For Love? Here you go, if you have considered a move but aren’t sure then let us provide you with the resources and answers to your questions, let us take care of the details, knowledge of relocating is our talent, which leaves you the time to focus on the need or want that you are seeking.
Did anyone watch the Grammy’s on Sunday? If you didn’t then certainly you’ve seen some coverage of the show the past few days either online, on television or in print. It is a big deal. So, my question to you is, “If your life were a song, what would be?” I mean, would your life story best be told through country, rock-n-roll, a concerto, blues, rap, heavy metal or easy listening?
I suppose at times our lives could fit into any of these categories but if you really thought about it which artist could win a Grammy for singing your song? Do you like the thought of which genre fits you best? If not, how can art move your life to imitate it? If so, then great for you, your life is imitating the art that appeals to you.
Something to think about isn’t? The good news is there is an entire year before the next Grammy nominations. Take the time to get your music in order and song to the beat you like best!
I suppose if you are asking yourself what is landline? Then I’ve answered my question. Nonetheless, I am going to proceed with my strong conviction that the telephone is a powerful tool whether it is tethered to a wall, held to your ear, or dialed up on your computer. Short of face to face interaction nothing is better than a conversation for really getting your message, your tone and your emotions through more directly. Think about all of the ways we can communicate today, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Linked In, email, texting, the USPS and lest I show my age I’ll add Snapchat and Instagram and whatever other ways that haven’t hit my world yet. The options are endless. Which are the most effective for you?
I am in sales and I am also in a position where people often try to sell to me. I don’t really know a better barometer than a phone call to know where you stand either as the seller or the potential buyer. I also wonder about etiquette. I mean where would Emily Post stand on the topic of asking for a sale via email when no previous relationship has been established? I can tell you where I stand. It is odd to me to think that I would reply, yes, sold, send me the bill and never discuss it. Before you think I am not a user or believer in utilizing technology let me tell you that I most certainly am. I think we can use all of the above mentioned tools and media to get to know our audience better and really understand how best to communicate with them. “Like” them, “Friend” them, “LinkedIn” with them, and whatever else and you better believe that becomes a warm call not a cold call you will make for the first time. Just don’t hide behind these methods or rely solely on them and assume you have a relationship with the person.
I challenge you to pick up the phone and call instead of using any other method for one week and at the end of the week reflect back and see if you don’t feel more connected to those very people. If you really want to make an impression, follow-up one of your calls with a hand written note. The results may surprise you and most certainly will set you apart from others. Sometimes, what is old is best or at least what is new complements what is best but doesn’t replace it.
If you want to discuss this further, give me or Moving For Love a call.
When you think of the word, anniversary do you immediately think of wedding? I do (no pun intended). Are there other dates and tenure we celebrate or should? This week two people I work closely with are celebrating work anniversaries. One is a 2nd anniversary and the other is a 30th anniversary. Wow! Seeing as I just had my 18th with the company I can truly say that each of these is worth celebrating. Just like any relationship, over time there are highs and lows but there is only one day that is dedicated just to the beginning of that relationship. When I reflect back on hiring or beginning to work with each of these individuals I am struck by the accomplishments, ideas and suggestions that they have presented to make our company better, more efficient, and sometimes even just more visible. Let’s face it, we spend more time at work and with our co-workers than just about anywhere or with anyone else. When we have an anniversary it should be cause for celebration and reflection. I know that this week, there are two people who have enriched my life personally and professionally and I thank them for that. Do you have a significant anniversary coming up in your life? How are you planning on celebrating? Do you feel enriched by that relationship? As you reflect on this, ask yourself if you there any changes that you could make to strengthen the relationship what would they be? If for any reason it includes moving or perhaps seeking a second home we would love to help.
I know that I have written before about calendars but seeing as many people are cracking open a new one this week it seemed apropos to bring them up again. I love and live by my calendar. It keeps me on track for everything I need to do and places I need to be. The year I discovered Outlook and had the ability to maintain basically a home calendar and work one it was a eureka moment! Perhaps I should get a life but the truth is the truth and I have learned that if I put it on my calendar I make it happen. If I mention it in passing or conversation but don’t actually assign a time for it it typically doesn’t happen. What tools do you use to keep on track? Do you have system or is your preferred method to wing it? As long as you accomplish what you are looking to do or be where you need to then your system is working. If you keep saying you want a change or you should look into different career, housing, second housing options but you never do it, then Moving For Love would love to send you an Outlook meeting request so that indeed you add it to your calendar and at least get the conversation started. New Year, new resolutions or at least intentions and the perfect team to help pave the way. Let’s get it scheduled!
Are your sleeves rolled up and ready to go or are you pulling the covers up over your head? It is the new year, a fresh page for you to bring to life. What are your plans? Major life changes or perhaps you’ve had enough changes and are hopeful for a year in neutral. The decision is yours and you have 364 more days to accomplish what you are setting out to do. That much time should fill you with confidence that it certainly can happen. Dream big, take small steps through the year and you can accomplish anything. At Moving For Love, we are dreaming big about helping as many of you as we can take that step to live where you love. Love the person you are moving for, love the place you are moving to or love the lifestyle your move will provide. Happy New Year!!