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Finding Home

I looked my client right in the eye and told her “We are not going to make a decision to about your first home purchase, almost a million dollar investment, out of desperation!”   A couple of days before that conversation I was sitting at my kitchen table when the phone rang.  It was a new client.  She...
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Fear

What if fear didn’t matter? What if fear is not something you should avoid? I’ve written about this topic before and I probably will again because I believe in it so much. It has been one of my guiding principles for the last 15 years. I’m not talking about the kind of fear we inherit...
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I Wanted To Cry With Frustration

There have been some mornings in the last several months where I’ve woken up and felt like crying with frustration.  I’ve really been in the struggle.  Not every day, but a few mornings have just totally sucked.  We all go through shit sometimes, all of us. I don’t like feeling sorry for myself. It produces nothing and...
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Courage

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anaȉs Nin Reading this quote this morning had me thinking, I have often said that courage is not the absence of fear, courage is when you are scared and you do something anyway. I feel courageous when I step in front of a group of...
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Burger King & Content Creation

Lately, I’ve let myself down, by not being consistent with my writing.   I have plenty of great distractions…..  But today I’m up nice and early and getting at it!  This morning I got up and took a look at the news.  It’s a part of my morning routine.  When all goes as planned I wake...
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Remy’s Got a Big Ole Butt

“Remy’s Got A Big ‘Ole Gap” (Sung to the tune of LL Cool J, Big Ole Butt, 1989)   That is what one of my classmates would sing to me when I walked into my homeroom class in Junior High.  Ah… Bullies, the mean people who make fun of others to make themselves feel better.  I...
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Pet Peeves & Pride

The Importance of Taking Pride in Your Work I spent yesterday afternoon showing houses to a client looking to buy in Union City or Hayward.  We looked at 5 properties.  The first one was a townhouse in Union City that was staged beautifully.  The agent had left water bottles out. They had full-color flyers.  Each...
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Happiness

Thoughts on Happiness with the ‘Steve Jobs of Investing’ Ray Dalio I was listening to a podcast yesterday, in my bathroom.  I have a little Bluetooth speaker that I can play a podcast on even when I’m in the shower and getting ready for the day.  I am a bit of a podcast junkie.  As...
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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Reinvention. “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  We hear this question all the time with many of our kids going back to school. It’s comical really, that we ask this question of our kids, knowing full well that most adults have several career changes, multiple times in our lives.  Sometimes our purpose is...
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SuperParents and Other Heroes

Your butt is planted in a camping chair.   The sun is beating down on your head. Clouds of gritty dirt are blowing steadily into your face. But you aren’t worried about any of that because you are cheering as loud as you can. Last weekend we were at a softball tournament in Santa Cruz....
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After Graduation

First and foremost Congratulations to the DUBS, NBA Champions.  Go Warriors!!!  If you are going to the parade we’ll see you there along with a few million other people. Like many of you I went to a graduation this weekend for my goddaughter Maya.  I could not be more proud of the young lady she has...
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Why I’m Launching Impact Club: The Day I Became A Giver

My mother dropped me off on our neighbor’s front porch and didn’t come back. She was an addict and we’d been evicted. At the time my father, also an addict, was in jail. The next time I saw my mother over a year later was at Santa Rita jail. I’d gone there to visit my...
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It’s Not Always About The Money

“It’s not always about the money. Do the right thing. It will come back to you later.” ~  Ben Pearson, Owner of GreenKeys Locksmith.     Ben said those words to me in the midst of telling me a story, during our recent interview on Union City Advice Givers.  A lady called him, it was nighttime, she...
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Do You Want To Be Crushed?

There is a dirty truth to selling.  I can’t call it a dirty secret, because everyone knows about it.  It’s the reason you hesitate to walk into a car dealership even when you are excited to buy a new car.  It is the reason we give the entire cosmetic section at a department a wide...
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Don’t Stop!

When I was talking with Myrla Raymundo in our interview, I asked her what advice she would give our listeners. She said, “Don’t Stop.  When you get into a thing … go for it. Don’t stop.  Go until you reach the top. Then you’ll be able to get to the highest level.” She would know, she...
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“What am I even doing here then?”

That is what an agent said to my client and I the other day. My business is service based and I work mostly one on one with my customers.  This past Friday I went to meet a new client at a property.  The client had already set the appointment with the listing agent first before...
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Creating a free MBA

Once upon a time I went from a retail sales clerk, to a store manager in a beauty supply store selling shampoo and makeup.  From there to my next job, as general manager for a jewelry design and manufacturing company with clients like Nordstroms and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  From the the jewelry company...
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The First Time I Needed Help

We would get up in the middle of the night to sneak into the laundry room of an apartment down the street to do our laundry.  Some lady had given my mom an extra key.  I thought it was a grand adventure.  Alone time, just me and my mom.  We would read books by the...
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Tough Decisions| Consequences of Leadership

Leadership is a never ending class on making tough decisions.  I remember the first time I was in a workplace leadership role. I managed a Beauty Supply Store/Salon in Oakland’s Montclair neighborhood.   We were all young women, we were friends.  When the store was slow we would do each other’s make up.  We were all...
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Course Changing Moment

A Single Moment that Changes the Course of Your Life Something in your surroundings or circumstances exposes an inconsistency between what you really desire and what IS.  Maybe the work your doing doesn’t match your personal values.  Or in a particular moment, you realize you have no momentum towards the future you want.  It can...
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Fear of Regrets| Rocking Chair

I was driving across the San Mateo Bridge a while back to preview a new listing in San Francisco.  The San Mateo Bridge is one of our most beautiful bridges to drive across. Not because of the aesthetics of the bridge, we have the Golden Gate and new span of the Bay Bridge for that....
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Stranded by Hurricane Matthew

What do you choose to do when circumstances change? Do you become overwhelmed by what’s wrong and succumb to circumstances you can’t control? I make a different choice.   Last week I thought I was going to be hit by Hurricane Matthew.  I was in Orlando at a Mastermind group with 30 plus entrepreneurs and...
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Advice on Safety from a Police Sergeant

One day, Mike went into his commando mode when we saw a guy sitting in his car, across the street from our house, staring at the elementary school down the street.  We thought we’d caught a pedophile.  I tell the rest of the story below.  Speaking with Freddy reminded me of that day and the importance of calling...
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For the Love of the Game

Do your kids play a sport? Ever wonder what it takes to help them love the game they play and to excel? We all want our kids to have fun. But as parents once you get out on that field how many of us also want our kids to win? I can personally attest, after...
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Shoveling Crap

How do you shake off discouragement? I’ve written before about resistance. There is a very important concept that I don’t want anyone to miss. The more committed you are to a goal the more obstacles will show up in your path to test you. Put differently, the amount of resistance you feel, forces working against...
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Declarations from the Future

I learned once about the power of declaring your life from the future. It’s a bit woo woo, a bit law of attraction, if you visualize it – it will come kind of thinking. I think there is more science to it than not.  Nothing can happen until someone has imagined it first.  You set...
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Worst Case Scenario

Have you ever woken up in the morning feeling really stressed out about something you know you have to deal with that day that is unavoidable?  Sometimes it’s one big thing.  Sometimes it’s a bunch of little things that pile up and you’re feeling overwhelmed.  How do you overcome those feelings?  Do you let it...
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Me Jocking Tim Ferriss and Jamie Foxx

Tim Ferriss is the host of the number one podcast in the world, The Tim Ferriss Show. He is the Author of three books, the most famous is The Four-Hour Work Week. He’s known for “Lifestyle Design” My favorite podcast episode, one of many, is his interview with Jamie Foxx.  That interview will make you...
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Communication & Content Creation

Without the ability to communicate I would be nowhere.  My good friend and mentor, Ryan Fletcher wrote recently:If you can’t effectively use your words to communicate, in all formats. Starting with your brain, thinking. To speaking. To writing. Then probably there’s a 60% chance or greater… That you can’t get what you want in this...
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This is How it’s Supposed to be Done

How many of us hear a version of that over and over in life?  You’re supposed to do well in school.  You’re supposed to climb a career ladder at work.  You’re supposed to go to college.  This is how you are supposed to raise your kids. In any situation there is a way we are...
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A Crystal Clear Memory

On the topic of meditation. One of many habits I could do that I know would be good for me.  I have tried to meditate at least 2-3 times a year for the last 15 years or so.  My attempts were always unguided.  Meaning just me and my breathing, struggling to find some magic space...
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At Any Given Moment Anything Can Change

Last night I was watching the news coverage of the ACE commuter train that derailed about 7:30pm in Niles Canyon/Sunol.  Only 4 of these trains travel through the canyon each day.  The news said 1 million passengers a year ride it.  I used to drive that commute when I lived in Livermore and worked in...
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Slaying the Dragon of Resistance

I am sharing the following because I didn’t get an email out to you last week.  I failed to slay the dragon of resistance.  The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 of the book by Steven Pressfield “The War of Art” It is by a long mile the best book I’ve read on the...
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Trial and Error requires Errors

 Or put differently we don’t learn from our perfections.  It feels great to discuss what we do well.  My hearts swells up with ego when dwelling on my successes.  We get to do things like #humblebrag about ourselves in a subtle ways, and it feels good to be acknowledged.  But the truth is all of...
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Red Blinking Light

What does a red blinking light have to do with taking personal responsibility?   I took this training once.  The concept being taught was about relationships and responsibility in general. 100% is possible 100% of the time.  If it’s to be it’s up to me.   It sounds so simple, like it doesn’t need any...
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Dancing on the Edge of Failure

Is it true that we only feel really alive when we live close to the edge?  When in life do you experience a thrill of excitement or rush of joy?  It doesn’t happen only on the edge of failure, but that is definitely one way to get there.   I feel that rush sometimes just...
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Gentrification

It’s Impact on All of us and a Question of Ethics, By Remy Fortier As a renter in Berkeley and Oakland from age 17 until just a few years ago I have experienced the pain of unaffordable rent. While reading comments on Facebook about a Oakland Speak Out held recently regarding soaring rent prices in Oakland. Lot’s of strong...
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Secret Garden & Currency of Attention

The currency of our attention. It’s pretty scarce these days.   How long do we really pay attention to anything?  How precious is our time?  When you give yourself the gift of time amazing things can open up.  For me I find all my extra time in the early morning. It’s when I write for the...
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A Tale of Two Care Homes

The other day I was showing property to my client interested in purchasing a care home business. I’m enjoying working with her on this project for several reasons. One, because she is a woman, jumping out of her regular job and venturing into becoming a business owner. An Entrepreneur, which is close to my heart. ...
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