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!

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. 

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

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Sometimes songs just pop in my head, what about you?     Recently I  serenaded a co-worker for his birthday after which he offered to chip in for voice lessons!   So you can see why it is good that songs stay in my head and not out of my mouth.  I know that I have referenced song titles and jukeboxes in past posts but this morning the Queen song popped in my head.    Perhaps it was after asking someone about their weekend and hearing that they drove six hours on Saturday with their young kids to surprise his parents at dinner to celebrate their 40th anniversary and then drove back the next morning.  Usually we hear crazy stories about what parents will do for their children or what people will do in romantic relationships for love but it was touching to hear what a child (albeit grown) would do for their parents for love.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?  We are of the mindset that moving to be with the one you love or the place you love isn’t crazy at all so if you are considering for Moving For Love let us help.

 

Happy

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Has happiness ever been out of style?  I don’t think so but certainly it is  hot right now.  If you type the word “Happy” into Google you get over 704 MILLION results!  Naturally, the highest one is Pharrell’s contagious song, Happy.   In our plugged-in society with smart phones in hand, head down hoping that someone texts, tweets, or calls us with some update have we lost sight of what it means to pursue happiness?  Being the eternal optimist I would say that is not the case we just have more distractions and commitments than ever before that can sometimes cause us to veer off the course to being happy.  I feel fortunate that most of the people I encounter at work, home, school, or even in the grocery appear to be happy.  Everyone experiences bumps in the road and sometimes even road blocks but how we accept and deal with them is a function of how happy we are as individuals.  What has me thinking about happiness is not the song, (which for the record I was not a fan of when it first came out but I must say the tune is catchy and I changed my mind fairly quickly) but a recent challenge I’ve seen posted on social media, Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?

This got me scratching my head.  Since I blogged last about the rear view mirror I  tried to remember the past 100 days and whether I was happy each and every one of them.  I cannot say with 100% certainty that was the case.  I truly think happiness is contagious and I love the idea of now looking out the windshield and taking the challenge for the next 100 days.  Would anyone like to join me?

Rear View Mirror

Rear ViewEver feel like the best view is sometimes had in the rearview mirror?  I often feel in business this is the case.  If a company is making constant improvement and reinvesting in itself it is sometimes hard to see it head on but one look in the rearview mirror and it is abundantly clear.  I have always felt that way with work but this weekend had the chance to be personally affected by the “view”.

On Saturday I drove my daughter and two of her friends whom I have known since birth, 4 hours to see the band One Direction in Detroit.  The journey from Cincinnati to Detroit basically consists of a straight shoot up I-75.  I was the driver and they were clearly jazzed up for the night ahead and buzzing among themselves the entire way there.  I felt like 13 years flashed before my eyes but was so happy to see them all still friends and having innocent fun with each other.  Working full-time you don’t always get these moments and driving alone with them to such an exciting destination for them was worth every minute of it.  It was fun to listen, to learn, and to observe their interaction in the backseat.  I was a proud parent even if I felt like an aging one on the return trip with my ears still ringing!

Sometimes in life we are so focused on what is ahead that we don’t stop and look and learn from what we see in the rear view mirror.  Next time you are given the opportunity to do so take advantage of it and see what you think of the view.  You can always look ahead to make changes that will impact the view in the future.

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.