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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.

 

When to Move… When to Stay

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When to Move, When to Stay

It seems counter-intuitive for me to write about moving for a job when the premise of our business is to help people moving for love but…  I thought I’d share a story with you.

Last weekend I was trying to get a jump start on my Christmas shopping.  I am a total supporter of local businesses in our community and when time permits I love to walk through them.  As I debated the perfect gift for my sister I was talking to the shop owner and another shopper who I know well.  Rita, the store owner was talking about her Thanksgiving plans and mentioned that no one in her family, immediate or extended live in Cincinnati.  She and her husband moved her for his job many years ago and thought as soon as he quit or retired they’d be out of here but guess what?  They fell in love with the community, the people they met and the life they built so even though he is no longer with the company who brought him here they remain.  They moved for a job and stayed for love of their lifestyle.

As we all either travel to family or welcome them to our homes it is important to note that sometimes our “family” or even “extended family” can be the friends we meet along the way and home can be anywhere we are surrounded by the ones we love and the life we love.

If you aren’t feeling at home or surrounded by “family” now is the perfect time to let us help you make that move happen.

Tradition or Traditional?

 

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Just two letters can make all of the difference in meaning.  Which has greater value to you, carrying on a tradition or being traditional?  For anyone who knows me, I like case studies of one since they typically yield the results you are seeking.  In this case, I’d argue it’s all about the tradition. 

I love traditions and have a ton of them but I promise many of them are far from traditional.  Traditions are what make memories, provide stability and give you something to plan and look forward to doing every year.  It doesn’t matter if what you do is “traditional” or not.  Are we not our own judge and jury when it comes down do it anyway?

 If you are feeling as though you need to start a new tradition or perhaps carry out your tradition in a new home, city or state please let us help you move for the love of keeping the tradition going. 

 

 

Proud to be an American

 

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This morning I was watching a few minutes of the news before taking our kids to school.  My 8th grade daughter commented on the Speeedway commercial that shows a military father reuniting with his wife and daughter by saying “he seems so young”.   I know it is a commercial but how true a statement coming from someone younger than he.   As we pay tribute to all the men and women who have served our country and defended our freedom it is important to remember just how young many of them are as they enter the service and then the years of dedication and service many of them give to our country.  What an incredible example they provide to their children on some the founding principle’s of our great country.  We cannot underestimate the importance of recognizing what each veteran has provided for us.  Last Sunday before Mass started the priest asked all veterans in the congregation to stand and be recognized for their service.  To watch these men and women of all ages stand to applause from all around them was something special and well deserved.

So whether you are tearing up  at a commercial, humming “Proud to be American”, or attending a service to honor those who have served our country… remember we are able to freely express ourselves because of those who came before us, sit beside us and have yet to be born who have the passion and desire to protect others.

God bless them!

Traditionally All Treats…

When given the choice between a trick or a treat is there really any question which we would choose?  Do you have a special Halloween tradition or treat that you look forward to every year?  For me, it is hosting a bunch of families with an open door, stocked bar, kitchen full of food, fire going and a blind eye to what feels like a hundred kids trading candy throughout my house.  I love it and look forward to it every year and especially this year when it falls on a Friday which just means we will probably witness the sugar high and low before the night ends.  What is the relevance to this tradition and Moving For Love?   It is the fact that whether this is my 11th year hosting at our house or your first year hosting at yours a tradition can start at any point and with anyone.  If you are surrounded with friends, family and love where you are…. stay put and carry on but  if you are questioning whether or not you’ve been tricked and fret it is too late to start new traditions don’t be silly… give us the treat of helping you get started and pave the way for your move.

 

Mother’s and Daughters

WordItOut-word-cloud-550352When I count my blessings in life, at the top of list is my relationship with my mom.  Not everyone can say the same but most certainly Claudia, our star Personal Move Assistant here at Moving For Love most certainly can.  While this past weekend was a sad one for her as her mother passed away this week will be a celebratory one for a life well lived and a bond well feed.  For the past four years mother has become daughter and daughter has become mother as Claudia has been vigilantly by her mothers side taking her to countless appointments and treatments managing both she and her mother’s calendar with an ease and grace I haven’t seen since my own mother did the same for my grandmother 11 years ago this month.  The example that these two very important women have taught me is one that we cannot be told enough, “be present” with the ones you love.  If they are suffering or in need then that is your priority.  It isn’t a juggling act,  it is center stage.  There is validity to life being a three ring circus but equally important is keeping the spotlight focused on one ring at a time.

I hope your spotlight is focused on whatever act is center stage for you today and that you are fully present for it.  When we talk about Moving For Love one of the first requests we hear is a desire to be closer to family.   We would love to help any of you accomplish this so that you too can be present.