Love it or List It?

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How many of you watch the popular HGTV show, Love it or List it?  It is one of my favorites.  As you know, my family is in the real estate business so for our industry’s sake I should be rooting for the real estate agent every time but guess what?…. I usually am hopeful that they will love their newly redesigned home.  I share this with you because statistically most people move less than 10 miles from their existing home.  We are creatures of habit by nature.  Once we have our driving routes to the grocery, the schools, restaurants, work and friends we generally want to stay close.  If our house isn’t reflecting our style or accommodating our lives sometimes it can be an easy remodel.

It is when the remodel isn’t sufficient enough to keep us in our comfort zone that we hear the line “we are going to list it”.

Do you love where you live?  If the answer is “yes” good for you.  If the answer is “no” what would it take to get you to love where you live or motivate to move to a place you love?  Spring is the time of year that we often think about where we are and what we are doing.  Take inventory of your life and if your decision is to “list it” and move on to another chapter why not let Moving For Love help you get started?

A Song that Says it All

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Last week I traveled to Florida with my family for Spring Break.  We began our trip on the west coast and then drove across Alligator Alley to the east coast to visit family.  As we drove through the everglades my kids would tell you that we tortured them listening to XM radio, 60’s on 6.  In full disclosure, that even predates my husband and me.  Regardless,  we knew all of the songs and sang along commenting on the simplicity of the lyrics.   You could imagine yourself on the same drive 50 years ago listening the same songs on the radio.

This morning I think I found the modern version of 60’s on 6.  I sometimes listen to Pandora radio when I run just for the fun and anticipation of what song might be next, call it my jukebox, to keep me going.  In an effort to get jump started I tuned in to Olly Murs radio.  I felt like a teenager as I experienced love, breakup, infatuation, and every other emotion associated with romance.  The lyrics were simple, the beat had a quick tempo and as the sun was shining I could just sense love in the Spring air.

If you are looking for that tune that makes you smile, turn up the dial, or reach for your loved one and are struggling to find it let Moving For Love  help you adjust your station or location.

When TBT starts a new err… old relationship

Some of you may recall an article I wrote a few years ago, How far would you go to find a past love?  In the 80’s I loved watching the show Finders of Lost Loves.  Clearly this show predated Facebook.  Recently, I heard a story that I want to share because I loved it so much!

We’ve all seen and perhaps posted “Throw Back Thursday” pictures on Facebook.  It is always fun and funny to see what memories are stirred by a simple photo.  This happened to a friend of mine.  I should also build up with a little more of the story…. she is a divorced, empty nester friend… now that the stage is set…

A male friend of hers posted a grade school photo that included a big group of kids.  She comments, “what ever happened to (let’s just call him) Johnny”?  Before her friend could respond “Johnny” who must have been tagged in the picture jumps in and gives his own update.  Voila, 30+ years disappear and months later they are acting like grade school sweethearts.  If only the television show still existed.  This would truly be a great episode of a TBT photo reuniting two people who’s lives went different directions and the experiences they had while not together have enriched the love story they are living today.

If you’ve posted a TBT picture and it opened up or renewed a relationship from your past please share it with me.  If you’ve considered posted one or wondered how to inconspicuously reconnect with someone try posted an old group photo and see what happens.  You never know, you may be Moving For Love before you know it!

Reach out and Touch Someone

Last week was a busy one by some accounts…. The much talked about Fifty Shades of Grey was released, many schools had a long weekend to honor our Presidents and Saturday was Valentine’s Day.  Believe it or not, I am not going to tie the three together.  I’ll leave that to you.  I would however like to share how the priest at my parish took current events in stride to make for a very interesting homily on Sunday.  Stick with me, I think you’ll be impressed regardless of your faith.

After making a few comments about the movie and sharing the Church’s view of it’s use of pain for pleasure he veered from the religious to the secular world rather quickly.  He jokingly asked “how many of you remember what long distance is?” and quickly followed up with asking, “how many of you remember the AT&T commercials telling you to reach out and touch someone?”  Of course the majority of the congregation was very familiar with both questions.   He spoke about the goodwill of the message to reach out and touch and in this case call a friend, a family member or a co-worker.  The power of that call will “touch” them and touching can make you feel really good and in this case it will also sell a lot of long distance for AT&T.   I hadn’t really given that campaign much thought in recent years but I really liked the fact that he used it as a great example of the power of touch.  It left me wondering who I should reach out to that I haven’t spoken to in some time and also who I’ve love to hear from myself.

How in the world does this tie in to Moving for Love?  It’s simple, by staying connected to friends and family you never know when the pull of their voice or their touch will have you wanting to move closer to them.  When you get that feeling…. reach out and touch us!

Which is smarter you or your phone?

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Don’t worry…. I am not really asking you to answer since I don’t want the question asked of me!

As you know, I have written a bunch about dating online and it’s outcomes.   This morning, the Wall Street Journal published an article, “Love in the Time of Smartphones”  What seemed taboo or for “other” people just twenty years ago today is so accepted and common place that apps pop up every day to help people connect and find companionship.  The success stories and analytics that exist are incredible.

I think the reason why I love reading all about these tools has to do with the my love of  travel and real estate.  When you feel like you’ve looked everywhere  you can for Mr. or Mrs. Right in your city/town the rest of the world is still an option. Where have you always wanted to live or travel?  Why not drop a pin there and see if your perfect match exists there?  Better yet, after reading about some of these apps why not focus on what you love to do without any concern of where you have do it.  Who knows that approach may result in finding someone who lives around the corner but shares your passion to ski, bike, golf or fill in the blank.

If the latest downloaded app leads you to love don’t end there pick up the phone dial Moving For Love.  We are waiting to hear your story and help it end happily ever after!

 

Eureka!

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Do you ever overhear a conversation about something with which you are involved and think….”man, they really get it!”  Well, this morning I cannot exactly say I “overheard” anything since it was being broadcast on the radio but what was said was music to my ears, no pun intended.  Anyone who has read my blog for the past two years knows I believe strongly in matchmaking when it comes to the home buying process to connect the right property with the right owner but equally important is connecting the right Realtor with right client.

Every morning I tune in to America’s Morning Show on my drive to work.  This morning the discussion revolved around Chuck surfing the internet for a house with a backyard for his dog.  He isn’t currently working with a realtor (a fact I hope to help with very shortly) and Blair went on to give all the right reasons he needs to have the right agent working for him and with him to not only find but negotiate the best deal.  It was like a paid advertisement for our industry but even better than that it was unpaid and very well said.

I want to thank him for the shout out and of course offer Moving For Love Personal Move Assistants to help Chuck and his dog find the perfect backyard and settle in to their new home.  As you know, our goal is make any address become Home.

If you, like Chuck are seeking to move for any reason give us a call, send a text, or email us.  We cannot wait to play matchmaker for you!

Your Turn

As 2015 begins and we roll up our sleeves to map out the year ahead we often reflect on our personal belongings… or maybe that is just me, the only person who really enjoys nesting in January and literally cleaning house.  I find this month to be a liberating one.  I set goals that once written or voiced are hard to go back on and I try and de-clutter my personal belongings.  What have I held on to but not used in years?  Clearly I must have an attachment to things that are collecting dust but is that really fair?  When we began Moving For Love it was to help people pave the way to move and with a person, place or lifestyle that they wanted for their next chapter.  Are our objects not entitled to the same?

In October I poste the a blog about a new company that we are involved with, Second Story Auctions.  It is an online auction site that allows consignors to sell to their belongings and let buyers have their turn with that special piece or collectible.  It has been an exciting venture and one that I am personally taking advantage of this month.  I have many things that I hate to part with but know that my time with them has past and now it is your turn.

If you are in the market to buy or sell any of your belongings please check out Second Story Auctions.

If you are in the market for a fresh start in a new house and a new location please check out Moving For Love and let a personal move assistant help your 2015 goals happen.

This is your life….

Have you ever had the opportunity to feel like you are on the movie set of your life?  I hadn’t either until recently…  My daughter is a swimmer and I had to have her at Miami University, my alma mater at 6:30am for a meet.  Once she was settled, I decided to go for a run before the meet started and check out all of my old college haunts.

It’s been twenty years since I called Oxford, Ohio home and while much has changed, much remained the same.  Let me set the scene.. it was a dark, cold morning and school was on winter break so there was no one on the streets at that hour.  As I ran down slant walk and headed to east quad, to see my freshman dorm the bell tower began to ring for what felt like 10 minutes.  I had the most eerie feeling with the street lights shining, the music playing and being out there all alone that I was on a set of my life looking back in real time.  The memories flooded until the time came for the heat and chlorine to bring me back to the realization that my daughter who I was about to cheer on is closer to college age than I am.   I will not dwell on that as much as I thank her for giving me a unique chance to momentarily relive a wonderful chapter of my life.  I must admit, I had never been on run that early while I was a student so while time has certainly passed the fact that 20 years later I was out there pounding the pavement helped slow down the clock a bit.

If ever given the chance to have any “stage” of your life empty for you to run through even for a brief moment ~ take it!  You will be shocked by the sentiment it provokes.

 

Traditions

cookiesDo traditions ever get old?  Certainly me talking about them isn’t tiring for me and hopefully you are willing to bear with me for one more rant about them.  This time of year I love to reflect on the year as we do one tradition after the next from cooking, baking, entertaining, looking at lights and volunteering.  It is a wonderful time that I love.  The pace and stamina needed this month is both overwhelming and exhilarating at the same time.  Don’t you agree?

This year I started what I hope will become a new tradition for me and one for my daughter as well.   I had friends for lunch then we decorated cookies together and once we were all finished my daughter had friends over to do the same.  I must admit the younger girls displayed way more talent than us.  As my friends gathered around the table for lunch we reflected how amazing it was with all that was going on with our kids, and preparation that we were able to all come together and slow down long enough to toast our friendship, our health and the season.  It may have been a short oasis in the midst of the chaos but spending time with our closest friends cannot be underestimated.

This holiday season, whether your traditions are old or new or whether your friendships (not friends:)) are old or new take the time to celebrate them.

If you are looking to create new traditions, or cultivate new friendships in a new location let our personal move coordinators help pave the way!

Cases for Love

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Moving for Love was built on the premise of helping people who are choosing to move for love of a person, place or lifestyle.  We love what we do and why we are doing it.  Your stories are inspiring to us.

 

Today I would like to reflect on those who are not always choosing to move yet they are….foster children.  Moving For Love is affiliated with Sibcy Cline, Inc. and we are participating in a program, “Cases for Love“.  We are so excited to help promote and collect new or gently used suitcases to give foster children so they have some sense of ownership of their belongings as they transport them.

 

Life is all about personal fulfillment whether it is moving for love to a known destination or whether it is moving with belongings you love to an unknown destination.  We are fortunate enough to help with both and for us that is fulfilling.