Life Archives - The Mission Team
  • Health,  Life

    Breakdown

    Forget about real estate for a sec.We’ve been Safer At Home for a while now and the bigger message of this month’s Tom-Petty-Themed Update is: It’s alright. Tom says:“It’s alright if you love me It’s alright if you don’t” I would add:It’s alright if you learned a new language while you worked from home.It’s alright if you watched all of the Tiger King… and everything else on Netflix.It’s alright if you put your kids on a schedule and gave them enriching, hands-on activities.It’s alright if you relied heavily on PBS. It’s alright if you enjoyed the extra hours with people you love. It’s alright if those people annoyed the crap out…

  • Life

    A Bunch of Other People

    Some of you need to stop. Just because you think it, doesn’t mean you have to say it.This ALWAYS applies, but nor, more than ever.Stop and think and walk away and come back.Step outside yourself and your world view. Try on another man’s shoes. You don’t even have to walk anywhere, just try them on. A bunch of people are missing some pretty important moments. A bunch of other people want them to suck it up, because at least their senior trip wasn’t a one way ticket to Vietnam.  Screw that second bunch.  These amazing kids and their parents ARE finding a way to look through and beyond this. There IS…

  • Community,  Health,  Home,  Life,  Season

    It’s Good To Be King

    It’s Good To Be King If it applies to you, that title holds a lot of truth but, in keeping with our theme of Tom Petty hits, let’s explore this slightly sarcastic number.  “It’s good to be king and have your own way Get a feeling of peace at the end of the day” The reality is, it’s good to be king… right up until it isn’t.  “You’re out there with winners, it’s good to be king” Most of us have had our worlds turned sideways, over the last few weeks. Stay at home orders, supply shortages, and job insecurity, have affected different people in different ways. The very real…

  • Community,  Health,  Home,  Life

    The Juggle Is Real – Coronavirus

    Right now is a lot. It just is. Eventually, it’ll be less, but we gotta get by until then. Every member of the family is impacted and we’re all finding our way through it; some of us, with the grace of a ballerina and some of us with the grace of a baby giraffe in a tutu, but we’re getting there. Tomorrow starts a new week and new opportunities to try, try again. Moms are at the epicenter. We always are. This is nothing new really, it’s all the same things we normally do, we’re used to juggling craziness. It’s just that we have to do all of those things…

  • Community,  Home,  Life,  Local,  Real Estate,  Season

    The Waiting

    There’s a lot to unpack this time around. Let’s begin. First of all, there are really no lyrics, from this song, that I could contort into a real estate reference. I mean, I could -“Every day you get one more yard” – but it would be a ridiculous stretch. I’ll let it remain the peppy little love song it is. Instead, I’m going for the obvious: the title, in allll it’s truthy wonder. So much of life is about waiting, though not all waiting is equal. Waiting for a bus when you have free time is no big deal, but becomes much more stressful when you’re running late. Waiting on…

  • Activities,  Home,  Life,  Local,  Real Estate,  Season

    Wildflowers

    Wildflowers, as a song, isn’t the rockin’ good time we best know Tom Petty for, but that difference is what makes it special. A simple melody that almost reaches a Dylan-esque feel, as it works its way through a very “Peace & Love” vibe. Truly, this song was made for February, a month that is such a dramatic blend of extremes; it’s the dreariest time of year, in desperate need of some warm, cheerful thoughts, and it’s the month of love and romance, thanks to Valentine’s Day.  What could be more romantic than a bunch of flowers? Wildflowers, in this particular instance, picked just for you. Imagine, that bright field…

  • Community,  Home,  Life,  Real Estate,  Things to do

    Into the Great Wide Open

    As if I could kick off this year’s blog series with any other title. Last Fall, trying to pick a theme for this year’s blog, I ended up doing some crowd-sourcing. My friend, Sean Carpenter, suggested Tom Petty songs. As Realtors, who -presumably- write blogs about real estate, this makes perfect sense.  Or not. Direct relevance aside, I loved the idea and, coincidentally, I’d already named our upcoming summer vacation, “IGWO 2020.” The line, “Into the great wide open,” seemed the perfect way to describe our plans for a roadtrip out west. It was all coming together… >>>  Jumping back to the present, there is a real-estate-related point here and…

  • Activities,  Community,  Holiday,  Life,  Season,  Things to do

    Prayer on a Plate

    It’s finally here. The last blog post of 2019. In keeping with the Food-Holiday Theme, I’ve got the arguable best saved for last.  Ladies and Gentlemen: It is my distinct pleasure to announce to the unaware, that Saturday, the 14th of December, is National Biscuits and Gravy Day! More words seem really unnecessary, in the wake of such an announcement, and yet, I’ll continue. Biscuits and Gravy isn’t just a food, I would argue it’s a culture. A feeling. It’s an old reliable meal; the answer when you’ve gotta feed a crowd, quick! It’s what you can pull together out of the couple things left in the pantry and it’s…

  • Holiday,  Life,  Local,  Real Estate,  Season

    Something For Everyone

    Q: A vegan, a crossfitter and an atheist walk into a bar; how can you tell which is which? A: Don’t worry, they’ll tell you. It’s really interesting, how many different types of people we have on our tiny planet. In some instances, you may never know of the interests or inclinations of your neighbor. In other cases, people feel so strongly about their convictions and life paths that they want everyone to know about the amazing benefits of their decisions and terrible consequences of ignoring their warnings.  Different strokes for different folks, you know? It keeps life interesting.  For example, it may interest you to know that November 1st…

  • Goals,  Home,  Life,  Real Estate

    The HGTV Effect

    One of my very favorite stories to tell when I’m teaching new agents about working with buyers, is the one about the client who was so caught up in the home-buying process that she was basically starring in her very own (imaginary) reality tv show.  She was a first time home buyer, which is a pretty big deal, and she had fully immersed herself in the experience. For her, this included a pretty solid HGTV addiction and she knew all the buzz words and phrases -“we’ll just blow out this wall,” “it’s got good bones” and, of course, “shiplap.”  The short version is, at the very first property we toured,…

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