I’ve never been great at seeing goals all the way through. Prime example, if you look back at my blog I was planning on running 27 miles on my 27th birthday this year. Due to physical set backs I didn’t accomplish that goal. This year instead of making “goals” I thought of fun things I’ve always wanted to do, or enjoy doing and came up with a list of 6 things I want to try to do this year! We have a trip planned with some friends to Thailand in January so that already is a step towards number 4 on my list!
Holiday season is upon us and with that comes decorating, cooking, and cleaning! This time of year can end up seeming so overwhelming that we miss out on the reason for the season. Hopefully these few easy steps can help lend itself to be an enjoyable time of year with the people you love!
This isn’t time to completely clean out & reorganize your house. I repeat: DO NOT try to clean out your entire house before Thanksgiving! It is however, the perfect time to give away old decorations that you don’t want anymore. Time to throw away old ornaments that are broken or you’ve been meaning to fix. So before you start decorating grab an old Amazon box that’s lying around. As you unpack decorations/move items to decorate set aside items you want to donate or sell. A good question to ask is "will I be excited to put these decorations back up in the spring?"
Before family and/or friends come over for dinner or to stay for a few nights, this is a great time to check on a few items around the house. Are all your light fixtures/lamps working in your guest rooms? Do you have a fire extinguisher in each room? Are your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors working? If you live up north do you have salt/shovels ready for snowy walkways?
Check on the bedrooms and bathrooms now so you aren’t stressed the day before everyone gets there! Do you have a clean set of sheets for each bed? A towel & washcloth for each guest? Is each bathroom stocked up on toilet paper? Do you have a little tray of items guests might need (ie. Cotton balls, q-tips, and extra toothbrushes)?
Enjoy this time with family and friends. It is such a gift to be around all the people you love for a while! If hosting is going to be overwhelming and you feel like life is in disarray then what can you do to mentally prepare? Do you need to get a massage? Hire a professional cleaner to clean so you can enjoy being with people? Have your spouse, child, or friend help with wrapping presents? Listen to your body and take those steps ahead of time so that you’re an enjoyable family member/friend/spouse to be around this time of year!
If you need other organizing/cleaning tips for this time of year feel free to reach out through the contact tab and I’d love to help any way I can!
Dear New Agent,
Congratulations you’ve started a new career in Real Estate! You’ve already taken a HUGE leap of faith and for that I commend your courage. This might not be the easiest job, but man it can be rewarding!
There are a few things I wish I would have known before I started-
First, make sure you have money saved. The amount depends on where you are in life and where you live when starting your new career in Real Estate. I would encourage you to reach out to your Broker or another agent who is a little ahead of you to help you figure out the amount of money you need to have tucked away. I would ball park at least 2-4 months income and then around $2000 for classes, licensing, dues for REALTOR association, etc. Again, it all depends on your specific situation but there are upfront costs to getting started and then it will take a while until the first paycheck is in your pocket.
Second, choose the agency you will work for VERY wisely! It is so important to have a strong support system and training program in place when you first get started. This business is a lot of learning on the job, but if you are learning from people who do their job poorly or unethically then you’re already starting on the wrong foot.
Third, I would encourage you to ALWAYS think about people and how you are affecting others around you from day ONE. Notice that I didn’t say always put other people first, but just think about how you are affecting others around you. If you start getting greedy with clients or worried about how you can make the most money you will bulldoze right through friends, colleagues, clients, etc.
Fourth, ask questions and learn as much as you can right away. If there is another agent who has been doing this longer than you that you can learn from, don’t hesitate to ask if you can shadow him/her as they interact with clients and other agents. You can learn so much from observing how experienced agents handle situations.
Lastly, don’t get easily discouraged! There will be times this new job feels like you’re trying to run through mud and you’re getting no where. But if you took my second piece of advice then you have a fabulous team around you, ready to step in when it gets tough. If you can find a way to reward yourself with little victories to encourage yourself to keep working hard.
You WILL be able to make it! Try giving Real Estate at least 2 years before you decide if it’s the right career for you. It will feel tough or slow during that first year/going into the second year but find a way to push through and persevere before you throw your hands up because it’s “too hard”. Find a way to reward yourself for your accomplishments. (My husband and I pop a bottle of champagne every time I have a closing). And if you can surround yourself with a support system of friends/family that will be there for you when work feels overwhelming!
This August, for our three year anniversary, Kit planned an incredible weekend away in New Hampshire & Maine. Having grown up in Vermont, Kit traveled to a lot of these places for sports or family trips, but I’d never been to NH or ME. It was one of my favorite weekends together, hands down! It was also a beautiful time of year to be in the New England area!
Starting from the top left corner here is our trip in a series of pictures:
1. Started by hiking Mt. Major in NH. Incredible views & really rocky terrain.
2. First lobster roll eaten at Pop’s Clam Shell in Alton, NH.
3. Headed to Portland, ME to visit breweries & ended our day at Maine Distilling Company.
4. Beautiful homes on the Marginal Way trail between Perkins Cove & Ogunquit.
5. Kit on the Marginal Way trail.
6. Ogunquit Harbor.
7. Lobster dinner at Hobbs Harborside in Wells, ME.
8. Our cozy cabin in Wells, ME.
9. Last day in Kennebunkport, The Clam Shack!
10. Our last lobster rolls for the trip from the infamous Clam Shack.
11. Beautiful home in Kennebunk, ME.
12. Our last walk along the beach in Kennebunk before catching our flight.
I didn’t post pictures of everything we did on our weekend so if you have any questions or want to know more about our trip I'd love to share--Just reach out through the contact tab!
As the weather starts to cool off, everyone enjoys being outside more. If the typical morning stroll is getting old then try out one of these trails for a change of scenery!
1. West Columbia River Walk: Great place to go walk with the family/dogs. There is also an outdoor amphitheater.
2. Riverfront Park: Great place to run along the river. Very flat and a great place to get miles in for running/biking/walking.
3. Guignard Clay Quarry Loop Trail: A great trail for a run or walk.
4. Sesquicentennial State Park: There is a dog park and great running/ biking trails. There is also a new splash pad for kids in the summer! You can also rent small kayaks/paddle boats/canoes to take out on the lake.
5. Clemson Extension: Miles of hiking and running trails along with some small ponds. This is also where the SC State Cross Country meet is held every fall.
Around Lake Murray:
6. Harbison State Forest: Miles of trails for running/walking. There are some trails for biking as well.
8. Dreher Island: Perfect place to hike, camp, and fish with the whole family.