We Survived

99 Word Challenge from Carrot Ranch.

We Survived Fence

The wind howled.

Rain came down almost sideways.

Shutters rattled.

Lightning came closer by the minute.

Day became night.

We left to find shelter in our storm cellar. Tornado sirens had been going off for several minutes.

Suddenly, the sirens stopped; but we could hear the wind whipping all around. The pressure change made our ears pop.

Finally, the winds subsided. We waited a few more minutes and then cautiously came out of our hideaway.

Looking around at the devastation, we were happy to be alive.

But – all that was left of our house was a sad, broken fence.

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Panic Button

Panic Button

Working with technology can be stressful, especially when you are the one tasked with fixing it when it isn’t working correctly.

Some people handle the stress easily while others become anxious. After all, everyone from co-workers to management wants to know when it’s going to be fixed.

Having people stand over your shoulder just aggravates the situation more.

That’s when I had the great idea to create something that would help with the stress.

I created a portable “Panic Button” to share with anyone who was stressed.

It’s amazing what a little laughter can do to help exasperating situations.

Blog Focus Areas

I’ve been going through a lot lately. Especially when it comes to my business but I’ve also been refocusing on my writing.

Blog Personal Finance

I’m a Realtor but I have an “inner teacher” within me that needs a way out. Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate teaching into my business.

As a result, I’ve been starting to write video scripts with the intent of creating video education classes related to real estate in the North Texas area. I’m trying to keep them to a few minutes since people tend to get bored with video if it goes too long and doesn’t get to the point.

This is a heads up. I’ll start filming in the next month or so and will be including links to the videos in this blog.

Blog Finances

But there are other things I like to write about.

I’ve been involved in a literary group on and off for most of this year. It’s called Carrot Ranch and they offer a weekly challenge to write a complete story in 99 words – exactly. Although I haven’t participated each week, I find it helpful in my writing. It challenges me to choose my words carefully and to get to the point. I encourage you to participate in this group if writing in any form is your cup of tea.

Other topics I write about that you can find in this blog are faith stories, personal finance, and sometimes, just straight fiction.

Blog Faith

If you like to write or buy/sell houses, this is the place to come.

In the future, I may create several different blogs so that I can put specific types of writing in each one instead of having it all in one place. When that happens, I will let you know.

I’ll be posting a sample of the transcript for the first video I will be doing related to real estate soon so you can get an idea of how long they will actually be. I’d enjoy hearing your feedback so I can improve the text for the video. I’d also like to know about any issues or pain points you have had around real estate. This feedback will help me to produce videos that answer your questions or addresses a pain point.

If you or someone you know is considering buying or selling a home, I’d like to be the one who helps make that happen. If you need a buyer’s guide or seller’s guide, visit my business website and contact me. Make sure you indicate which guide you need and remember…

I’m never too busy for you or your referrals.

Memory Scars

scarred-not-broken

The call came in after 9pm and interrupted movie night with my daughters.

My doctor called to tell me I had a brain tumor. I’ve never been so shocked in my life.

The emotions associated with that phone call are etched forever in my memory.

There was a flurry of activity that took place to find the right doctor for the surgery. Six months later, I landed in Los Angeles to get the best care I could find around the country.

Four years after that, I created a sketch of my head scar. I titled it “Scarred Not Broken.”

Productivity

Distraction

Distractions

The enemy of productivity is distraction.

Think about it. All around us, companies are throwing advertisements at us constantly. Social media is another culprit. You start looking at social media and the next thing you know, two hours have passed.

I recently watched a video by Darren Hardy, the publisher of Success Magazine titled “Insane Productivity.” In it, he mentions that distraction is the number one enemy of productivity. It costs companies tons of money every year. I believe it.

I think about how much time TV, the Internet, and other things distract me from what I am doing.

Did you notice the airplane in the image above? See what I mean?

Eliminating Distraction

So, here are three things that I have found that help eliminate some of the distractions so I can be more productive.

  1. An app called BrainFocus. It allows me to set a simple timer for however long I need it to be so I can focus. When the timer counts down to zero, an alarm goes off on my phone telling me to take a break. After four cycles, it gives me a longer break.
  2. Use my office. My wife gets on me for using the couch sometimes but if I go in the office, there is no TV, radio, or people walking around the house that can distract me.
  3. Since my office can be anywhere, I sometimes find myself in a coffee shop or eatery where there are other people. It’s much harder to eliminate distractions there but I can put my earbuds in and put on some soothing music to help drown out the noise. Having been a parent to many kids, I have developed the skill of tuning out, so there’s that.

With so many distractions, it can be hard. As an entrepreneur, it falls on you to eliminate those distractions so you can focus on what you need to do each day.

Priorities

Speaking of what to do each day, another suggestion by Darren Hardy is to make a list of three things you want to accomplish each day in priority order. Make the list the day before and take them one at a time. Work on the first one until it is complete, then move to the second one and so on. If there is something that doesn’t get done that day, make your list for the next day and determine the priorities.

What do you do to eliminate distractions in your work and business life?

Be Aware

Carrot Ranch 99 Word Challenge

Be Aware

They were told walking through the woods would bring them closer to nature. They said to be aware of their surroundings. It would be good for the soul, they said.

Stan and Jessica felt much more in touch with their own feelings about nature and each other.

They took their shoes off and strolled through the shallow stream holding hands.

As the afternoon began to succumb to dusk, they headed back to the lodge to rejoin their group.

By midnight they were itching terribly. Not only did their arms itch, but their legs too.

Poison Ivy and chiggers. Ugh!

Sunny Spring Weather?

Another Challenge from CarrotRanch – 99 Word Challenge

Sunny Spring Weather - Soccer

Yay! It’s Spring!

I’ve been waiting for the trees to start budding, flowers to bloom, and all the sensory feelings of spring.

I wake up and get dressed. Shorts, Flip-Flops and a T-shirt. It’s going to be a great day.
Moving to the kitchen, I eat a hasty breakfast.

A game of soccer to kick off the day. Kick off the day. Ha! I crack myself up.
Grabbing the keys, I open the door. Brr! A frigid cold chills me right to the bone.

I check my phone. 30 degrees. Ugh!

So much for spring in Upstate New York.