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. 

 

 

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.

 

Second Story

Second Story Yesterday was a very exciting day for our newest venture, Second Story Auctions.  I am proud be a part of the team that helped create this new partnership and our very first online auction began last evening.  I am writing about this on Moving For Love because for a moment I’d like to reflect on the name of our company, Second Story Auctions.  There was a lot of thought and branding exercises that led us to this name. 

If you are an auction consignor then your items are going to generate revenue for you and leave you with memories about them while the purchaser is going to give those items a new or second story.  We can envision the proverbial dining room table and the many meals and toasts shared there being purchased by a young person or couple who will host their first dinner and give the table a whole new future.  Can we find parallels in our own lives?  Have you ever wished you could rewrite history or perhaps start over again? In many ways, Moving For Love and Second Story have similar missions to help pave the way for your next step whether it is moving yourself or selling or acquiring personal items.  The stories about why you are seeking help or where are hoping your next story takes you are what make our jobs so worthwhile.  Home is not only the house but the people, contents and the experiences had there.  We look forward to helping you in a whole new way turn your house into a home. 

Decisions, Decisions……

New YorkEach day we are faced with a barrage of choices and they can be as simple as choosing chocolate or vanilla, or then again how about a scoop of each?  Other decisions, such as the kind of car to buy, or which company should be hired to replace your roof, involve additional research.  There are many resources and companies available that can help you make educated decisions.  

What happens if you’re thinking about making a move to a new city?   How can you easily compare your current location to a new place that you are thinking of  calling home? Just one of the many services that Moving For Love offers is to provide you with a detailed cost of living analysis prepared specifically for you.   Whether you are planning an upcoming move or just curious, we can get you the information you want.  

 Our Personal Move Assistant will prepare you a personalized Cost of Living Analysis for anywhere in the United States.  Just send your name, email address and phone number with your originating city and state along with the destination city and state to  Info@movingforlove.com.   Who knows, this could be the beginning step to a big move.

 

Golden Girls

A few months ago I stopped by an open house and chatted with the Sibcy Cline Realtor who was hosting it.  It was a ranch home and I asked about the interest in the property.  She said  three women had come through all of whom were widowed and were seriously considering buying the property together.  I was very intrigued by the idea and naturally scenes from the sitcom, Golden Girls came rushing through my mind.  What a great idea!  Fast forward, the house sold and closed to other buyers but I kept thinking these women may have been on to something…

Playing catch up on my reading of The Week Magazine,  the July 25th issue published an article entitled, “Retirement: A roommate for your golden years”.   It was a great article outlining the benefits and risks associated with purchasing a property and co-cohabiting.   The housing industry is always tracking renters vs. homeowners, generational buying habits, and all sorts of other indicators that have an impact on buying behavior.  I think it will be very interesting to see how much traction there may be with the benefits of combined purchasing power and companionship as we age.

We always talk about moving for love of a person, place or lifestyle and this is a great example of people moving for an independent lifestyle with dependability of roommates.   Perhaps life is truly imitating art and the Golden Girls were ahead of their time.

What’s Your Handicap?

I have decided that I better step up my golfing wardrobe and live by the motto if I cannot play the part at least I can dress it!  When someone asks me what my golfing handicap is I reply, “it’s my game”.   I cannot encourage our children to play enough.  Golf is a sport you can play for a lifetime.  You don’t hear of many concussions on the course or people retiring because of injuries or being too old to play.  The older you get, the shorter you hit the ball, the longer it takes to finish and guess what… the older you get the more time you have.  It is actually a sport that works timing wise with whatever age you are.

So how do you leverage your handicap?  If you are in a hurry and a lousy player like me…. you play with people that you want to spend time with who are happy to be outdoors and enjoy the social aspect of the game.  If you are an excellent player… you play with people who enjoy being outdoors and the sport and competition of the game… Golf offers something for every level of player including frustration because let’s face it even the best of players have off days, but that little white ball we chase usually calls us back to the course regardless of the score we post.

If you feel like you are chasing your dreams and never quite making it to the pin maybe you should consider where you are living.  Are you in a location that is allowing you to pursue your passions?  If you have to stop and think about it perhaps it is time to explore your options and see what lies ahead for you.

Why do we love summer camps more than ever?

“Hello mother…. hello father…greetings from camp fill in the blank… there is no greater anticipation than a letter from a child at camp.  In this world of over programmed, plug-in lives we Summer Camp all lead, summer camp is a throw back to digitless era that we all want our children to experience.  Many an article has been written on it including this one last year that I particularly enjoyed.  Our 13 year old daughter went to camp this summer for two weeks in June.  She absolutely loved it and I loved that she was unplugged from everything including us!  While the camp posted pictures online so you could at least see your children, the only method of communication was written and I became the child racing to the mailbox hoping to get a letter.

What made camp so great was that she got to experience and enjoy having fun outdoors, making new friends face to face, whispering past lights out in the cabin and trying new things.  Camp may be a great American past-time with a thriving future even for adults.    Not only does camp bring back memories of childhood it signifies a break from the pace and demands of our always connected lives.  I think it will be fun to watch how camps thrive in the future.  They epitomize the fact that the more things change and progress the greater sense of nostalgia we have for the way things were even though we race to keep up technologically and make sure we have the latest and greatest.  I guess it is the ying-yang of modern day living.

What are your thoughts?  Did you go to camp as a child?  Would you like to go to camp as an adult if given the opportunity?

Maybe you want to unplug for longer than summer camp.  Perhaps it is a lifestyle you’d like to live permanently.  If so, let us help you move for love and pursue your dreams.

 

Out of the Mouth of Babes…

Anyone reading this who is a working parent should get a chuckle out of my morning.  I should first preface that today is the first official day of summer vacation in our house and both kids had friends spend the night last night.  So…. I get up at the crack of dawn, go for a run with the dog, drive to my office at 6:30 am to get bags for the church festival who called last night asking for them, drive by the donut shoppe (did you know that today is actually National Donut Day?) all so I could be home before the first child awakes… Ahh the joys of a working parent!  Mission accomplished, I enter the kitchen where I find my son and his friend already up by 7:00 Lacrosse sticks in hand headed outside as soon as they make the big decision on which donut to try.  Just as Peter is walking outside he says, “it seems weird that you have to go to work when it is summertime”.

To be 10 again…