Out with the Old, In with the New

by Teresa Smith on January 5, 2015

DSC07184 300x225 Out with the Old, In with the NewIt’s the beginning of a new year. Out with the old and in with the new. Don’t we all wish it could be that easy. Don’t you wish that with the each new year, new month or even each new day… you could fully let go of things that don’t serve you anymore and embrace the things that do.

I was reminded of that this week during my work. We had signed a new property. Normally, I would take photos of the house, key in all of the information concerning the property and release it for all to see. However, with this property, the homeowners wanted to use the pictures they had used in the previous two listings of their home. I understood the reasoning from the homeowners. At the time they took their pictures, the home had furniture. The home has been vacant for a while and they believed their home would show better with the furniture.

Normally, I would agree, however their pictures showed more of the furniture and not necessarily the home. The photos were also taken from strange angles and from my perspective, the photos didn’t really show off the house in a positive manner.

I went to my employers and begged them to have another conversation with the homeowners and allow me to photograph their home. When I thought of the home and the previous listings, it reminded me of a situation I’m sure you are familiar with. Somewhere in your city, there is always a building where a restaurant moves in. Things don’t go so good and the restaurant closes. Another restaurant moves in and the same scenario… a few months later and another restaurant closes. It’s not until someone comes in and totally ‘guts’ the building and changes everything, that a successful restaurant is created.  Same scenario for this home. Agent number one uses the photos, time goes by, the listing expires. Agent number two comes by, reduces the price a little, but uses the same photographs. Once again… the listing expires. My employers come along and the home owners talk them into using the same photos and reducing the price one more time.

Maybe the price reduction will help because the price is more in line with where it should have been all along, but will using those same photographs make an impact with buyers?

Time will only tell, however my employers were able to change the mindset of the homeowners and I was sent to do the photographs. I knew nothing of the home, just the previous photographs I had seen. The home was amazing. It photographed beautifully, even without furniture. I’m really hoping that the combination of the price, continued low interest rates and the freshness of the new photographs will bring in some buyers immediately.

Take a look at your life. When you aren’t seeing the results you want, look at what you’re doing in your life. What is that popular definition of insanity?  Doing what you’ve always done and expecting different results.

It’s a new year, a new month, a new day. If you’re looking for different results, try cleaning house, bring in the fresh and the new.

Blessings throughout the coming week,

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The Puzzle

by Teresa Smith on December 29, 2014

DSC00313 300x225 The PuzzleWow. It’s so hard for me to believe that another year has come and gone. I know time seems to go by faster and faster the older we get, but trying to recall 2014, just seems to be a big blur. There are a few things that stand out for me. I realize it’s almost been a year when my brother was involved in a horrific accident and came out with just scratches. That February night when I received a call from him at the hospital, all sorts of things were flying through my mind. I’m so grateful to God that his life was spared and he is fine.

I think about the evening in May when I was at work with my cousin and was simply placing a file in the file cabinet when I planted a foot wrong and ending up severely spraining both ankles. I remember the difficulty in getting around that first day after the fall and the months that it took to feel grounded and secure on my feet again.

We always hear that life is short. The older I get, the more I resonate with that statement. I’m struggling with knowing that 54 years of my life have gone by. I want to know that I’ve lived a life that made a difference, that my life mattered and that I’ve helped others.  Years ago I was concerned with becoming who God made me to be. I still want that, but I used to feel like I was totally on track and knew I was right where I should be. Five years ago when I lost my job, I feel like that desire was derailed and I’ve never gotten back on the track. When I was in my 30’s, I could see my life representing a puzzle and how the pieces were all fitting together from a young age to create my life.  When I lost my job, I tried to continue that path, I tried to keep putting those puzzle pieces down… but nothing fit no matter how much I tried.

At 53, I started a new puzzle. I lay the pieces down day by day. There seems to be no connection to the past, but maybe it’s too soon to see.

2015 is just around the corner, hopefully more pieces to the puzzle will fall into place. Are you working on your puzzle? Has it been easy, difficult? Have you started a new puzzle like me?

My hopes for you in 2015 are health, happiness, divine connections, divine guidance and knowing you are on the right path.

Blessings to you throughout the coming week and year,

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December 22, 2014

I was in my front yard, looking at the sky yesterday afternoon when I noticed a dandelion. One little dandelion in the midst of my brownish green grass. As I looked around on this first day of winter, I noticed all of the leaves had fallen off of my trees and the lifeless looking grass. [...]

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December 15, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine told me about a park that is an hour and a half away. The park had wolves, otters, raptors and a planetarium. This place sounded like a great road trip for the day so I headed out in my car with a friend Saturday morning to [...]

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A Work of Art

December 8, 2014

I’m always looking at things when I’m driving. Now don’t be upset. It’s not that I’m not paying attention to my driving and I’m all over the road. I am…taking in everything I see. I notice the trees, thinking that some look more powerful and stronger than others. Some trees have character. I notice colors [...]

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December 1, 2014

I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving. It’s nice to be away from our regular work routines.  However, if you were like me…you traded one type of work for another. Wednesday night I was up cooking until… well, it was Thursday morning around 1:30am. I was fortunate to sleep in a little, but then hit the kitchen [...]

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November 24, 2014

I amazed that the holidays are upon us. We’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving later this week and Christmas in a month. During this time, I always like to look back through the year of what I’m thankful for. I guess the big thing that stands out this year is that my brother came out of a [...]

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Leave Them With Your Sparkle

November 17, 2014

I’m not sure when it happened. It must have been several years ago. I love bling. I love shiny. I love sparkle.  I’ve got several rings that I love and one particular outfit I’ve dubbed my ‘bling’ blouse. My bling blouse has little sequins randomly placed all over it. I’m not sure how many sequins were [...]

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November 10, 2014

When you love photographing nature, it’s rough to sit inside an office working on a beautiful, sunny day knowing the weather forecasters are predicting blustery gray skies for the weekend. The past few Saturday’s have been just like that. I’ve been heading up to the mountains every time I can, to capture the beauty of [...]

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Plan C

November 3, 2014

Sometimes you have an idea or plan and things don’t work out the way you planned… but better. That happened to me this weekend. A few weeks ago I went to the mountains with hopes of capturing the beauty of fall. At the time, the leaves hadn’t really started to change, so I was excited [...]

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