“I believe in signs….what we need to learn is always there before us…” Paulo Coelho

“The importance of an artist is to be measured by the quantity of new signs which he has introduced to the language of art.”  ― Henri Matisse

Most of my life I think I’ve been curious about signs and why people choose the types of colors, fonts, and graphics for their businesses. I’ve wondered about why certain areas are cluttered with dilapidated or flashy signs and other areas have subtle signs that blend into the landscape. After visiting the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, I now find myself drawn to almost every sign I see. Then I start analyzing them. I can’t help myself. The history of signs in this country is really pretty interesting. If you haven’t been to the American Sign Museum yet, I highly recommend it. But beware of the effect it has on you. 

As a real estate professional, I also pay attention to neighborhood signs, even numbers on homes and mailboxes. They can tell you much about the neighborhood or even the home. The surrounding businesses and their signage can also tell you much about the area and what is valued or not valued. 

My dad was a high school American History teacher, but he also built and owned several carwashes. On a trip to New England one year, we fell in love with the carved gold leaf signs that seemed to be everywhere. These Cape Cod signs were modeled after the quarter boards of sailing ships bearing the name of the vessel. He ended up commissioning a signmaker in Martha’s Vineyard to carve the signs for his carwashes. When he sold the carwashes a few years back, he kept one of the signs (thank goodness). 

My dad’s father was an attorney and we were lucky enough to find one of his signs in my aunt’s basement. It now hangs proudly in my dad’s office. I don’t know the era of this sign, but I’m assuming that it’s probably from the 30’s or 40’s. The simplicity says so much about the times, but also the type of man that he was: down-to-earth, unpretentious, and sensible. I love the black and white as well. 

Business signs date back to Ancient Greece and Rome. If you’re lucky enough in this lifetime, please travel to Italy. Two places of historical interest in signage are Pompeii and Herculaneum. Before traveling there, I had no idea about their daily interests. The paintings and mosaic tile signage for businesses were remnants of the way the lived.

English law in the 14th century required innkeepers and taverns to hang signs. This practice spread. I really enjoy looking at the ancient signs in the UK that still hang above local pubs and taverns and imagine what literary greats had pints there.

When I taught British Literature, I had students analyze the stories of conduct and character being told between two of William Hogarth’s drawings, Gin Lane and Beer Street. I wanted them to pay particular attention to the business signs to see which businesses seemed to be thriving and which ones were dying and why. What did the upkeep of those signs say about the people, what they valued, and society in general? What was it saying about the effects of gin vs. beer? What do you think was Hogarth’s message?

This is your sign to start noticing the signs around you. If you see an interesting one, feel free to send a picture of it to me!


Spring Fever

The poets wrote of this spring awakening from a cold, harsh winter, as this fever comes over us and starts to warm our spirits. Spring provides us with hope. Spring also causes us to want to travel, whether it is to a warm beach or to a different home.

Robert Browning in “Home-thoughts, from Abroad,” yearns “to be in England / Now that April’s there.”

William Wordsworth in “It Was An April Morning: Fresh And Clear” echos the joy of movement, “The Rivulet, delighting in its strength, / Ran with a young man’s speed; and yet the voice / Of waters which the winter had supplied.”

Robert Bridges in “Awake, My Heart, To Be Loved,” tells us “the land is canopied with light … And blossoming boughs of April in laughter shake.”

Geoffrey Chaucer begins The Canterbury Tales “Whan … Aprill with her shoures soote / The droght of March hath perced to the roote.” 

Spring fever is not directly connected to The Canterbury Tales, but it is a term that is often used to describe a feeling of restlessness or excitement that people experience during the spring season. In The Canterbury Tales, spring and movement is a prominent theme that is explored through various tales and characters.

One of the most famous tales in The Canterbury Tales is the “General Prologue,” which sets the scene for the rest of the work. In this prologue, Chaucer describes the arrival of spring and the impact it has on people’s moods and behaviors. He notes that the season brings new life and energy, and that people are eager to leave their homes and travel to new places.

Throughout most poetry, spring is associated with change, love, romance. Perhaps this is why so many people feel the desire for something different when spring arrives. They desire the romance of falling in love and caring for a new home.

Have you been taken with Spring Fever? If so, let’s take a journey together to find a home for you to fall in love with!

“Don’t you dare settle for fine.” Roy Kent, Ted Lasso

14 ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day in and around the Queen City.

Idea 1: Let’s Begin in LOVELAND! Check out their Hearts Afire Weekend:

Idea 2: Do you love Oscar Wilde? I’m really excited about this one! I just purchased tickets to see this off-Broadway show based on what happens 7 years after the weddings in “The Importance of Being Earnest”.

Idea 3: Don’t offend the Red Queen, especially during Valentine’s month! Jump down the rabbit hole and get tickets to see ALICE (in wonderland) with the Cincinnati Ballet at Music Hall. 


If you’re an ArtsWave member, here’s the link for the BOGO: 

Idea 4: Take a tour of romantic Music Hall and then have dinner in OTR:

Idea 5: Here’s a really unexpected idea, glass-blowing! Get tickets now at Neusole Glassworks in Forest Park: Glassworks for the Hearts of Love Couples


Idea 6: Little Orphan Annie shows us that “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” if we just hold on. Get tickets to see Annie!


Idea 7: Galentine’s Brunch at The Observatory: 


Idea 8: Dine With Your Valentine and Surrounded by Art. Enjoy the Taft Museum along with the experience:


Idea 9: Show some love to your local artists with Art on Vine at Rhinegeist Brewery:


Idea 10: Sweets for your Sweetheart! Learn about the art of making maple syrup at California Woods Nature Preserve or Maple in the Moonlight at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn



Idea 11: Looking for a furry Valentine? Head to the Sharonville Convention Center for their Mega Pet Adoption Event.


Idea 12: Take an Art Climb together and then tour the Cincinnati Art Museum:


Idea 13: Flowers, Chocolate, and Romance at Krohn Convservatory:


Idea 14: Take in a show at Memorial Hall:


If You Don’t “Nose” — Now You “Nose”

In real estate sales, our focus tends to be on the visual with decluttering and neutralizing. But what about our olfactory system? The sense of smell is one of our most powerful senses. It differs from other senses because smell is connected to memory and can evoke a range of emotions. Certain smells can influence our perception and behavior. Scents can lure us in or repel us based on our prior experience with them.

My love of fragrance began as a child. When I think about the smells from my childhood, the short list would be the smell of Barbies, Playdoh, Lemon Up shampoo and soap, Hawaiian Tropic and Coppertone sunscreens, Kissing Potion lip gloss flavors, scented markers, and scratch and sniff stickers. Wintergreen transports me to track season and shin splints.

Smells are connected to place as well. With one waft of biscuits, gravy, or fried apples, I am in my grandparents’ homes. When I visited my grandmother and aunt in their small town, the local drug store was the destination for ice cream sodas. It had a distinct smell of wooden floors, vanilla, and sweet soda syrup. Good memories are connected to each of these smells. 

A few years ago after touring the Musee du Parfum, the docent presented a game of how many scents each person in our group could name. Not surprising to my husband, I was able to name the most. Through research, I found that this is a skill that anyone can improve. It’s a matter of learning to connect scents to memory. This olfactory training received a bit of news lately due to the loss of smell in Covid cases. There are ways to retrain the brain to connect back to certain scents. 

How can the use of scent influence people? 

We associate certain aromas with place through scent marketing. Think about the mall with Auntie Anne and Cinnabon scents that are the call of the sirens to many. These businesses want to lure you in with sweet smells so that you’ll buy their products. Restaurants and grocery stores will sometimes use scents that create a desire to eat, or a desire to buy freshly-baked bread. Many luxury hotels are also using a branded scent to connect their identity with your memory. The Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee has their own branded fragrance featuring notes of lavender, cedar, vetiver and vanilla. I ordered the fragrance for my home: https://www.blackberryfarmshop.com/blackberry-farm-room-spray/

Even some underground subways are infused with a scent called Madeleine that is “a fresh, watery floral bouquet of rose and jasmine, combined with citrus top notes, tiny touches of fruit and herbs, giving way to woody accents and a hint of sweetness in the base.” This scent provides the illusion of cleanliness and safety. As well, some companies have decided to combine not only color psychology, but also scents in open-spaces to boost employee creativity and productivity. 

This process can be applied to our own homes. We want our homes to smell inviting so that people will feel welcomed, not overwhelmed. The scent of your home creates a mood. We have the ability with food and extracts or essential oils to create our own signature home scents. The scent I like to create for open houses is (depending on the season) a combination of vanilla; lemon; orange; and cardamon oils; and separately, Palo Santo wood. Most often, my own home smells like coffee brewing, but if I am having company, I put in a stovetop pan: a cup or more of water; two tablespoons of real vanilla and almond extracts; half an orange and lemon; a stick of cinnamon; 3 whole cloves; 10 coffee beans; and a sprinkle of cardamon and let it simmer for an hour before guests arrive. During the holidays, I enjoy Thymes Frazier Fir: https://www.thymes.com/fragrances/fresh/frasier-fir/

When listing a home for sale, sellers and agents want to create a good feeling for potential buyers. Clean, fresh air makes the best positive first impression for potential buyers, but covering up air with synthetic scents can have the opposite effect. Buyers know almost immediately when stepping in a home if they are interested, and the smell either keeps them moving forward or makes them want to turn around and leave. As a real estate professional, I would love to forbid the use of all plug-in air freshers (a misnomer since they do not freshen the air). They accomplish giving all of us a headache from the smell.

The problem with scent is that everyone has a different olfactory threshold. As stated earlier, I am highly sensitive which comes in handy as a real estate professional. I can walk into a house and recognize issues connected to smell. Everyone has a different perception of clean and some people have underdeveloped olfactory systems. Strong scented candles and plug-ins are usually red flags that sellers are trying to cover up an issue. Before listing a home, a thorough cleaning will remove most common odors. That is where you want to start, a clean foundation. For a quick clean before a showing, fill up all of your sinks with water and put in a small amount of bleach in each (as well as a small amount in the commodes.) Let it sit until it’s time to show the house, then drain the water.

Scent associated with luxury may also increase the perceived value of the home. Coffee brewing and cookies baking in an oven are often tools used at open houses because they are two aromas that people generally associate with a happy home. But vanilla, lemon, orange, clove, and cinnamon combined in very small amounts say luxury. Sellers or agents need to be very careful with amounts. Always think subtle. Scents should not be overpowering, just slightly noticeable. 

How is this achieved? Purchase quality essential oils. My favorites are lemon, orange, vanilla, cardamon, clove, and cinnamon. Combine a few to make your own signature scents. In each room, place a few drops of your creation on a cold light bulb. When the light is turned on, the scent will warm up and create a subtle aroma. Put a few drops on cotton balls and place them in your closets and in the toes of shoes. Add a few drops to the bottoms of each of your garbage cans. It’s nice to use different subtle scents in each room. However, the most important advice is to start with a clean home.

The Season of Stillness and Light

‘Tis the season of light as we witness the sparkles of homes lit up; we witness the light from the windows of neighbors hosting family and friends; we witness the twinkling of the stars as darkness falls earlier; we witness the soft light from fireplaces; we witness the flickering of candlelight…

But what is important about this time of year is our willingness to slow down to take notice. December to me is not at all about shopping; it’s more about stopping to embrace the goodness around me: my family planning our time together; new and old friends reaching out; holiday parties to reconnect and toast with friends, neighbors, and colleagues; sitting around more bonfires reflecting over a glass of wine…

My most cherished holiday memories were made in the stillness of moments. While I was growing up, we had several Christmas celebrations each year. We would travel to Kentucky for Christmas to celebrate with my Mamaw and Aunt Cill. When I close my eyes, I still see them standing in the yellow light of the front porch ready to hug me so tight as our car would arrive. The most delicious aromas of a home-cooked meal would greet us warmly. Mamaw and Aunt Cill’s home was stillness, warmth, storytelling, laughter, and love.

After that celebration, we would travel back home and my Granny and Granddad would travel to our house for another Christmas celebration and also to celebrate my birthday. Granddad always brought laughter and funny stories and Granny could be found in the kitchen, either making dinner or baking homemade bread, gingerbread boys, making candy, or brewing her famous Christmas tea. Granny would be sure to bring me a bakery cake for my birthday as that was always my favorite. I’m sure she would have loved to bake me a cake, but she knew that the white cake with white icing cake from Burke’s Bakery in Danville would make my eyes light up. There was a stillness of family back then. No one was ever in a hurry to do anything, but to just be together. There were no errands to run, no emails, and no texts, “all was calm, all was bright…”

I crave these moments in our ever-busy lives, which is why last year as a family we decided that for gifts we would take trips together to create family memories. None of us need “stuff” to take up space. I want our ordinary adventures to someday be the extraordinary that they remember when they close their eyes. I want them to look at the white lights of our tree and smile as they put their personal ornaments on a branch. I want us to be present with each other; laugh together; remember funny stories from our trips; cook together; toast together; play games together; and sit in the stillness of family. That is the brightest and everlasting light…

Wishing you still and bright and beautiful moments this holiday season.


Musings on the Day Before Thanksgiving

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” Ernest Hemingway from A Farewell to Arms

I only write when my mind won’t stop thinking about an idea. I am so lucky to be in contact with many of my former students, and some of them still enjoy talking to me about ideas and philosophies and literature (thank goodness!) The other day I had a conversation with a former student who is now a teacher about the idea of brokenness, which reminded me of a concept that I learned about at Centre Alumni College: Wabi Sabi and Kintsugi.

She had a lesson on the idea of brokenness which ended in a hard, but necessary discussion with the students. So many young people feel broken and because of the perfection that they see daily, many feel lost, useless, and unseen. But what if they were able to see their beauty in the brokenness? What if they could see their strength in the brokenness? That is where the philosophy of Wabi Sabi and the art of Kintsugi come to mind.

Wabi Sabi is a complex concept. But basically the idea allows people the freedom to find beauty in what is fleeting and flawed. Wabi refers to living simply and in tune with nature, what Emerson, Thoreau, and the Romantics showed us; Sabi refers to transience and the passage of time. So these two words describe a type of beauty and a way of life that embraces the unknown, embraces what has been experienced as a lesson to learn and teach, embraces life’s simplicity, and embraces one’s own humility.

In our culture, most often imperfection and age are not valued. I would cringe when I heard young people say a few years ago, “Okay, Boomer.” I don’t know what the new phrase is now, but do these people really want to be Peter Pan? Is that their goal? I mean, eventually everyone ages. Why not age gracefully, learning and growing along the way.

I suppose some enjoy everything new and young. However, there is a grand beauty in experience. There is a grand beauty in old homes. Even if your home is new, bringing in nature and a few antiques to warm up a space provides Wabi Sabi. Do you really want all of your furnishing matchy-matchy or from a box? Think about the warm patina on an old, crafted wooden writing desk vs. the coldness of a fake pressed wood, plastic desk that you have to assemble.

In life, isn’t it nice to talk to people who have lived; who have survived hard times; who are thriving? Isn’t it nice to talk to youth as well? There is so much to learn from both sides. Can you imagine if everyone was as vapid as Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby? Can you imagine if everything was new and shiny? There’s beauty in the patina that comes from age.

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing pottery mended with gold-dusted lacquer. Rather than hiding the brokenness, the gold highlights the damage and shows its beauty. I love this idea as a metaphor for showing the beauty of survival. Instead of hiding our hard experiences, our mended brokenness should be our gold-dusted lacquer to show our strength.

So as we bow our heads to give thanks tomorrow, consider the beauty your family and home has to offer. Bring in nature to your table settings. Embrace the flaws as a lovely patina, the Kintsugi and Wabi Sabi.

Greater Cincinnati is Full of Free and Affordable Fun Festivities this Fall


Festivals, Sunflowers, and Pumpkins

Greater Cincinnati is Full of Fun and Free (or Affordable) Festivities This Summer

Are you looking for activities this summer, especially ones that are free or affordable? Here’s your list!

  1. We are lucky enough the have one of the most respected Shakespeare theaters in the world with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Each summer, they put on free plays for different communities. This summer, it’s Twelfth Night (and for those of you who know…yes, I know!) https://cincyshakes.com/event/park/
  2. Cincinnati is filled with beautiful parks https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/cincyparks/ Create a map of each park with your kids and tour one a week. Find out what each park has to offer. Teach them about local trees and see how many they can identify by using this website from Arbor Day: https://www.arborday.org/trees/whattree/
  3. The Wyoming Fine Arts Center offers many classes and camps for all ages: https://musicartdance.org/
  4. Visit Krohn Conservatory. This summer they have a program called, “The Science of Color with Prismatica” from July 7th through October 16th. https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/cincyparks/visit-a-park/find-a-parkfacility/krohn-conservatory/
  5. I know it “sounds” creepy, but walking the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is really interesting and educational! It’s the second largest cemetery in the United States and has so many trees and flowers to find: https://www.springgrove.org/arboretum/whats-blooming/ They also have a self-guided walking tour on their mobile app, but if you’d like to have a tour without technology, here’s a pdf: https://assets.takeshape.io/af54a46e-9d1d-4a13-84ea-ea820654ba30/dev/f7f66e44-71cf-4360-a280-9dc2c1399eea/Self%20Guided%20Walking%20Tour%20Brochure.pdf
  6. The Taft Museum of Art has a Jane Austen fashion exhibit that I plan to tour this summer. https://www.taftmuseum.org/
  7. General admission is always free at the Cincinnati Art Museum. When my boys were younger we would go once a week for art camp during the summer. https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/
  8. Findlay Market is the oldest (continually operating) public market in Ohio. They also offer tours and some of them are at little to no cost: https://www.findlaymarket.org/tours
  9. Prepare for BLINK CINCINNATI that is returning this year https://blinkcincinnati.com/ and check out some of the inspiring public art and murals that our downtown has to offer: https://www.artworkscincinnati.org/public-art/
  10. Load up the car with bikes and a picnic and head to the Loveland/Little Miami Bike Trail. Or if you don’t want to deal with bikes, you can rent them or just walk the trail the winds beside the Little Miami River. https://lovelandbiketrail.com/
  11. Depending on your location, there are many canoe/kayak rental companies along the various rivers in the area.
  12. Washington Park in OTR is just beautiful, especially in the summer months. https://washingtonpark.org/events/
  13. Cincinnati’s Music Hall is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Take in the splendor with a tour: https://friendsofmusichall.org/music-hall-tours/
  14. Listen to music at some of the free concerts this summer: https://ohparent.com/2022-free-summer-concerts-around-cincinnati/
  15. Take a walk on one of these self-guided walking tours: https://cincinnatiusa.com/things-to-do/walking-tours
  16. Create a candle together at The Candle Lab in OTR: https://www.thecandlelabcincy.com/come-pour-with-us/
  17. Here’s an entire list of free events: https://cincinnatiusa.com/events/all?kw2=&field_event_dates_value2%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=&field_event_dates_value%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=&setdate=4&shs_term_node_tid_depth=All&features%5B%5D=477&region=All&sort_by=field_event_dates_value
  18. Do you like to shop or window shop? The Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce has a list of storefronts to tour: https://storefrontstotheforefront.com/
  19. Ohio has an interesting history. Learn about it by touring some of the local historical sites and museums: https://www.ohiohistory.org/visit/
  20. Visit your local public library and read together.
  21. Love donuts? Spend the summer on the Donut Trail: https://www.delish.com/food-news/g20140861/start-planning-your-road-trip-ohio-has-an-80-mile-donut-trail/
  22. Are you interested in how chocolate is made? Tour Maverick Chocolate: https://maverickchocolate.com/products/chocolate-factory-tour
  23. I show a lot of homes that have Rookwood Pottery fireplaces. Interested in the history of Rookwood Pottery: https://rookwood.com/pages/events
  24. About a two-hour drive from Mason, northeast of Columbus in Utica is the Velvet Ice Cream Museum: https://www.velveticecream.com/visit
  25. Visit a local farm and learn about all kinds of activities! Gorman Heritage Farm is in Evendale: https://www.gormanfarm.org/visitthefarm/; Tikkun Farm is in Mt. Healthy: https://www.tikkunfarm.com/plan-a-visit/; Blooms and Berries is in Loveland: https://www.bloomsandberries.com/play-yard Carriage House Farm in North Bend: https://carriagehousefarmllc.com/; Hidden Valley Orchards in Lebanon: https://www.hiddenvalleyorchards.com/registration; Green Acres in Indian Hill: https://www.green-acres.org/news/; Pick lavender at Sunshine Acres Lavender Farm in Morrow: https://www.sunshineacreslavenderfarm.com/#/

Room to Roam

Spring is in the air…

And just like the pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales, many of us start to think about travel when the weather shifts. The sun awakens us from the long winter, and just like plants, we turn our faces to the light. It doesn’t take long in conversation with me that you’ll realize travel is a priority in my life. One look at the back of my Jeep and you’ll get it. I love to wander. Being a real estate professional allows me to travel on a daily basis. I truly enjoy wandering the city in search of homes for my clients. After 14 plus years in this business, I think like I’ve been to just about every neighborhood from Cincinnati to Dayton.

Travel was something most of us took for granted until 2020. We all had to hit pause. That pause provided the time to reflect, and that process for me developed a deep gratitude for home, the home my family and I create together. Notice the create, not created. Home is not stagnant; it’s ever evolving. I’ve always loved the idea of home. Even in literature, the longing or desire for home has always been a strong theme. When a character journeys away from home, that character grows and learns and returns home to share the gifts. So the segue from teaching to real estate was not a whim. It is a passion. Being able to facilitate the home buyer/selling process for people is such a profound honor for me. I think most of the people I work with would attest to this.

This idea of home works hand-in-hand with travel. Although most people enjoy traveling, they also love the idea of returning home. Having a home to return to from traveling is the definition of peace and comfort. As well, I love how travel can add to the evolution of your home: bringing in the lessons, the recipes, and home decor. My travels definitely inspired the desire to have a mostly white interior to my home. My love of the ocean is there with the pops of blue.  

But also, for some, the idea of home is shifting. Home is the people you’re with, not the place. So they sold the brick and mortar and are wandering from city-to-city in search of a new place to call home, eventually. With this strong sellers’ market, why not? They want to travel for now. With many people now able to work remotely, sellers are taking advantage of this by renting for a few months in different cities.

Does this sound appealing to you? Let’s talk about your options. When you’re ready to buy again, I can also help with that, no matter if it’s in Ohio or Oslo. Intrigued? Call me!

No Man [Woman] Is An Island

As this new year begins, a tremendous thank you to my clients and my friends for a beautiful year. To quote John Donne, “No man is an island entire of itself; every man/is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…” We are all in this together. I’m honored when I’m invited to be a part of your stories. I enjoy it so much when you share moments with me as you compose your next chapters. Please keep creating delightful stories that add to the beauty of the world. May you design a life for yourselves, your families, and your friends that brings great joy to those around you. 

In every new year, people start considering goals and resolutions. I have never been one to set specific goals. I was not that way as a marketing manager or as a teacher, and I am not that way as a real estate professional. I am not sure if this is good or bad, but this is who I am. Perhaps part of it comes from the fact that I generally don’t like being told what to do, and that includes me telling me what to do.

I’m sure there are thousands of books that instruct us that setting goals is the only way to “get ahead,” but I prefer my experience in the world to be more organic. I always tried to make the learning process organic. Likewise, I enjoy when the process of meeting new clients is organic, and I love it when those business relationships organically form into friendships. I simply don’t want to think about people as a step to a “goal”. My desire all along has simply been to help others grow and achieve. As a teacher I felt that I was helping students achieve their academic and life potentials; and as a Realtor® I get satisfaction using my skills, license, and services to help my clients obtain their home dreams.

Growth in my thinking and business has always been my focus. I suppose that I’m more of a dreamer, a planner, a reflector, and a visualizer. I like to live in the moment, but I will spend time visualizing and planning my life. I know how I want to feel, and also how I want my friends and family to feel. If I’m being the person I want to be, then success will find me because I’ve worked hard to help someone achieve a dream. As an educator, I took every break to reflect on what worked and what didn’t work, then I revised and visualized. I do that in my real estate career as well. I reflect and revise and visualize and then “be present.”

Recently, a friend of mine lost her mother and during the celebration of life ceremony, she said that her mother taught them that, “joy is a discipline, a daily choice that we can make.” Moments like this remind us to be present, to take in even the small moments that make our hearts leap.  It’s a matter of following bliss (thank you Joseph Campbell), instead of worrying about meeting a goal. Not every decision I make works out the way I visualized it, but because I’m in action making decisions to follow a vision, something more beautiful might appear. People have not always understood my decisions, but I keep following my blissful visions. 

One of my greatest joys in life has always been connecting people who can help each other achieve goals or dreams. The best part about being an educator for 20 years is that I have access to some of the best talent in the world. My former students are incredibly accomplished individuals.

That same mentality is applied to my real estate career. I love it when I can connect people with a home. Whether it is a first home or a tenth home, it’s a significant event. There is a joyful anticipation in starting a new chapter. Purchasing a new home is creating the setting for someone’s story, and that person is the main character. Just add the love, warmth, friends, and family…

The honor of being a part of someone’s home buying process is not lost on me. It never will be. I get just as much joy and satisfaction working with homeowners buying a $100K dollar house as I do working with homeowners purchasing a $2M home. As I said, I’m not looking at each sale as a step towards a sales goal. I simply enjoy utilizing my abilities to help people achieve their dreams, creating that joy. What is the purpose if you’re not waking up with the discipline to choose joy? What joy are you creating today to share?