Monday, 30 September 2013

Monday September 30, 2013

Another Monday morning.   I'm wondering what the work week will bring this week.  There is a possibility of two new listings for Bruce, which will keep me occupied for a time with the background admin work.   One is a lakefront home on Joyce Court in Lake Echo and the other is an ocean view lot on Conrad Road in Lawrencetown.   The owners of the lakefront home seem very nice, and they have the cutest little boy.  I'm hoping the place sells quickly for them.   

I spent my Saturday moving this...

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There are 3 cords of wood there.   Enough to heat our home over the winter on a normal year.  It sure didn't look like 3 cords to me but after it was all moved and stacked inside the woodshed (that building behind the pile of wood in the pic) I measured it and there is definitely 3 cords + there.   This morning my left arm is all sore and bruised from the wood.  

We brought the boy home for the weekend from University so that he could lend a hand moving and stacking the wood.  So in between carrying armloads of wood I was putting through loads of laundry.

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I was just so glad to see the Boy that I'd have gladly done twice that amount of laundry!  I know that I pushed him to move into residence for his first year of university instead of commuting from home but I think I was unprepared for just how much I'd miss him.  The first week was awful, but then he came home over the weekend and when he went back to residence on Sunday I was fine from that point on.  I think I just needed that reassurance that I would be seeing him periodically.  I think I'm pretty lucky that way.

It's been two weeks since the Ignite real estate training and I notice a definite cooling of excitement from some of the other office attendees who were so fired up.  We'd planned on getting together to exchange ideas and support each other but so far no one has done anything towards organizing this.  I am hoping that it is just because they are busy and not that they are losing their steam.  I think we need to share our energy, share our ideas, support and help each other.  I'll give it a bit more time, but I can't afford to wait for another year. I may have to consider other options in terms of companies I work for afterall and that is a decision that is stressing me out to a degree.   I love my career but I have sold out my listing inventory and have found a home for my last buyer which is closing in a couple of weeks and so far there are no more clients or leads for me to follow up on.   I'd welcome some new clients, especially buyers... I love helping buyers.   There is a saying in the industry that to be wildly successful you need to have listings and I suppose that is true, however if I was forced to choose between buyers and sellers for the rest of my career, I'd pick buyers.   I just get such a warm fuzzy feeling when they are tickled pink to be into a new home that they love. 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

September 25, 2013

Up and at 'em.

I dread the time of year that my "get up time" is earlier than the sun's!  Waking up to darkness is a bit of a downer, isn't it?  Oh well, my new routine can be a cup of coffee and a sit down in front of the window to watch the sun come up.... it's all in the attitude.

It's been an interesting few days at the office.  I am still on a bit of a mental energy "high" from the Ignite conference and it's been very quiet in the team office lately which translates into not very much work.  Sometimes it feels like a bit of a brick wall.  Last year, the entire team went to Ignite and we were so much busier afterwards.  This year the rest of the team decided not to go so it was just me.  My team lead told me after the conference that he had hoped I would pick up the energy and then come back and give them all a motivational kick in the ass.  However, I'm understanding...that the  kick in the ass needs to come from within.  That energy needs to come from inside each one of them...I can't do it for them.  I feel like we are on different pages and I don't like it.

There are, however, a couple of other agents in the office that attended Ignite that seem to be as excited about growing their business as I am right now.  I've suggested to them that we start a "support" group of sorts... hold regular get togethers to bounce ideas off of each other, help each other out.  I'm thinking that was well received, so hopefully soon we can get that started.   I've set some personal/business/financial goals for next year that I want to reach.   And because I need to keep myself accountable, here they are:

1)  Make enough of an income so that we can refuse the next military transfer
2)  Make as much as my husband, if not more.
3)  Develop a new business plan and become better organized with my business
4)  Develop one or two new business/client care strategies that I can do consistently and do well.

I'm not asking for the moon.  All of these are perfectly attainable with some effort.  I know that this needs to be a slow process for it to work.  I need to develop behaviours/actions towards my business and client care that I can maintain consistently.  I need to be a crockpot, not a microwave.   :-)

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Early Saturday Morning Ponderings

They say that the early bird gets the worm and I'm certainly testing that theory out for the past few days.   Since I had kids I've never really been able to sleep in (what parent can??) however my kids are adults now and I still found myself getting up ungodly early (6:15 ish AM) while I envied my hubby who could contentedly sleep in for hours longer.  The Bastard.
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This week I attended a real estate training and motivational conference called Ignite put on by talented speaker, motivator and real estate guru Richard Robbins and his Team.  At one point Richard said that successful people get up early and use the extra time to their advantage.   Suddenly the early mornings for me seem like an opportunity to concentrate on myself instead of a missed opportunity for more snoring.   So, for the past couple of days I've been getting up at 5:30 AM.  I tell you, if nothing else, it gives me a new appreciation for that first cup of coffee!
So what am I going to do with that time?  To be honest, I have no idea right now.   I'm using it to check Facebook and email which I usually did at the office, so I guess I'm saving time that way that I could better spend on business.   I've also used the time to resurrect this blog, which I think I am going to enjoy.  So, I plan to use the time to get myself more productive...whether that be in a business sort of way, or a personal sort of way or just a mental recharge...it's all up in the air.  Right now I'm winging it until I find what works.  And I'm good with that.
I'm also using it to think.  I've got some decisions to make soon and I am not sure where to start.   Who I work for, which company I represent, which direction do I want to head.  I've put off those decisions for a long time...years...because I am getting a steady paycheque and there is a certain amount of safety in that.  But it comes at the expense of getting up in the morning every day and knowing that you face a work day not being completely satisfied with the work you are doing.   I've also been waiting for the perfect opportunity to stumble at my feet and it never really has.  Do I want to continue working for some one else, or do I want to work for myself?   I need to figure it all out and take a Leap of Faith....and soar.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Back in the Saddle

I have to admit, I've been a lousy blogger.  

I think I approached it totally wrong.  I've actually been a blogger for nearly 14 years but up until I started this blog I was writting on another site and not many of my "real life" friends, family and acquaintances knew about it.  I was free to express, rejoice, vent in just about anything with a certain amount of anonymity.   I was writing for me.  Then the "powers that be" kept spouting that I needed to write a blog for my business.  And I fell into that bullcr*p and started writing more for my readers and less for me.  And it all fell apart. 

I'd like to start again.  I hope it's not too late.  However if I'm writing for me again...I don't care as much if I have an "audience" or a "following" or not.   Join me on the journey, or don't.   If you decide to pop in from time to time, please leave a comment now and then.   'Cause notes and comments makes my world go round.