Reconnecting with my body, and my new favorite workout{s}

I once had someone ask me when the last time I was happy with my body. I stopped and thought about it… have I ever been truly happy with my body? Maybe not… Over the past five years I’ve spent a huge amount of time investing in and developing my connection with my own energy, and with my spirit… learning meditation and clairvoyance… and it changed so much of my life. But in the same way I’ve developed those aspects of myself, I realized that I don’t often have a very strong connection to or communication with my body. So it’s…

Sellers: Your Fall to-do list

The real estate market right now is great for sellers no matter what time of year it is. There continue to be far fewer properties than buyers, even during traditionally slower times of the year. But even in a market where it feels like you just can’t lose, the spring still remains the busiest and most ideal time of the year to sell your house. If you are considering selling your house next spring, there are some important things you need to get started on now. It might seem like you have plenty of time {it’s only September!}, but we…

My new morning {and nighttime} routine

I don’t think I do very well without a routine. One thing I love about real estate is that I have a more flexible schedule than when I was working in corporate america. But while it can be nice at times, what I’m learning this year {sometimes painfully} is that I still need a schedule and routine to make sure I don’t end up just wasting my time that isn’t filled up with appointments. I have so many things I want to be doing, but with no routine or structure I keep feeling like I’m just losing any extra time…

Adventures in the Big Apple

Last week I went for a long weekend in New York with my manfriend. It’s been about ten years since I was there last, and I absolutely loved it. I realized just how different I am as as a person from back then, and how different my experience of the city was on this trip. It was as simple as the feelings I had as I walked through the streets, seeing all the different people from all over the world, hearing the sounds of the city, soaking it all in. Here are my favorite things from our trip {and some…

These beds will give you sweet dreams

I’ve been seeing a couple of really fun new trends in the bed frame realm lately… spindle beds and more antique style metal bed frames. I can’t get enough! So for a fun Friday roundup, here are some fun bed frames and images of bedrooms that are pretty drool worthy! Metal Bed Frames There are a lot of beautiful bed frames out there, but there’s something really eye catching about an old school metal bed frame. Simple. Sturdy. Basic in one way, but also beautiful detailing in another. And the metal is a great contrast to any bedding and stands…

Buying a Condo? Ten things you should know.

If you are a first time buyer and are considering buying a condo {if you are in Chicago that’s probably you!} congrats! Buying your first place is exciting {and sometimes stressful and terrifying}, it’s a big deal for sure. As a condo owner specifically, there are some important things to be aware of. I came across an article from the Chicago Tribune and thought it was a great resource, especially for first time buyers. Here are the top 10 facts you should know when buying a Condominium: Assessments Each condo unit owner pays monthly assessments to the association. These assessments…

But the stairs are gross | a cautionary tale to condo owners…

I was recently giving a client of mine a little bit of a hard time because she was completely dismissing a potential property because the carpet on the stairs in the main part of the building was old and overdue for replacement {kind of gross looking if we’re being honest… definitely less than fresh}. I teased her for being too picky, but she was onto something even if she didn’t realize it. How a building maintains it’s common spaces says something about how it approaches maintenance and upkeep in general. One challenge in living in a condo building is that you…

Committing.

I just realized… I have a problem with commitment. In my last video post I talked about realizing that I was playing it safe by always having twenty different things going on {contrary to my belief up until then that I was just amazing at multi-tasking… and just amazing in general}. I intentionally started taking things off of my plate so that I could really focus on the most important things I was wanting to create. But sometimes even when you make purposeful changes like that, you don’t quite see the effects that you are wanting… so what’s up? Last…

The Curse of the Cancelled Deal

Having a deal fall apart is kind of like the real estate version of the Scarlet letter. It’s a black mark that is most often perceived by other potential buyers {and agents} as a warning sign of something being wrong with the building or space that came up during the inspection. Back. Away. Slowly. But does a cancelled deal always mean that something is wrong with the building? In today’s market low inventory and high demand, it’s not always fair {or accurate} to assume that a cancelled deal means a big red flag. Yes, it very well might, but there…

Feel Good Friday Inspiration

I had a post about real estate and dead deals all ready for today, but then I saw this video and changed my mind. {I know it’s disappointing ;) you’ll get to read about it on Monday though! ~ sigh of relief} Instead, I’m writing about something that’s a huge deal in most people’s lives and sharing a crazy inspiring story. How many things are standing in the way of us having our biggest dreams… the life and experiences we really want, if we could have everything we dream about… If you ask someone that question they will likely have a…