The pressure to come up with resolutions and improvements always mounts near the end of the year, but everyone knows that statistically speaking, most of us won’t stick to our New Year’s resolutions much past February. So rather than give in to societal pressure, guilt, and feelings of hopelessness, I propose a shift in perspective this year.
Rather than viewing the New Year as catalyst for sweeping lifestyle and character changes, let’s instead take this opportunity to renew our sense of purpose and determination. Here are five ideas to make some positive changes in a different way this year.
- Express Gratitude
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward. You will be amazed at the ways your life will begin to change simply by expressing gratitude regularly. It will help you maintain a fresh perspective day in and day out, and will help to keep stress at bay. Make a list of all the things you are thankful for in your life, big and small. Take some time to really lean in to this list and reflect on each one. Especially focus on why you are thankful for each of those things.
- Create a list of things to look forward to
This goes hand-in-hand with gratitude. What are you looking forward to this year? A vacation, a family member getting married, a new restaurant opening, a new novel or a new season of your favorite show. By focusing on the good things coming your way, it will be easier to keep a positive and hope-filled attitude.
- Pick a word for the year
Before the year starts, take some time to look at the big picture of the coming year. Find the theme of what you would like to accomplish or focus on, and chose a theme word to guide you. This will give you clarity and focus. Maybe your word for the year is Intentional. Simplify. Peace. Discipline. Fun. When you have your theme word for the year, share it on oneword365.com
- Schedule a quarterly retreat
Life happens, and trying to balance work, family, social life, friends, and other commitments often results in very little time for you. Take some time before the new year starts and schedule yourself a quarterly one-day (or weekend!) retreat to focus on YOU. Remember, if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else.
- Try a 30-day challenge
A 30-day challenge consists of setting a small goal that can be achieved in 30 days, as well as a small, specific action that you will take each day to achieve that goal. For example:
Declutter: every day for 30 days, choose 3 items to donate, sell, give away or throw away.
Random acts of kindness: every day for 30 days, perform a random act of kindness such as: leaving change in a vending machine; buying the coffee of the person behind you at Starbucks; send a thank you email to a coworker who deserves more recognition. Spreading kindness will always come back to you.
Here is the link to the full schedule, which runs through December 23rd: https://www.argosycruises.com/christmas-ship-festival-schedule/
BUYER TRAFFIC COMMENTS
According to the National Association of Realtors buyer traffic in our state of Washington is still strong. While the market has softened due to an increase in inventory, buyers are still pounding the pavement and looking to secure a home before interest rates have another increase.
Two Weeks Ready: Be Prepared. Build Kits. Help Each Other.
The first few days after a disaster are often the most critical. Government and essential services may not be available right away, depending on the circumstances. It is imperative to have a plan in place for such a time, and be ready to act on your own.
Washington’s biggest disaster threat is from earthquakes. Washington State’s Emergency Management Division advises that we take precautions to be on our own for at least 2 weeks. Take a look at their Two Week Ready Brochure (PDF) that outlines the basics necessary for your emergency kit. While it is important to get ready, don’t feel like you have to do it all at once. The list of necessities is long, so take a look at the agency’s year-long prep plan. You will also find information on pet preparedness, as well as the agency’s Drop, Cover, and Hold Earthquake Scenario map.
Have you been considering a move? Folks are staying in their homes longer than before, this is attributing to the increase in inventory as people choose to come to the market. Where is your next move?
KCM Equity Levels
Equity levels have improved quite a bit over the last 10 years. Appreciation and the size of down payments play into this. This overall position is one that can be utilized to make moves or sustain your nest egg by staying in place. What are your goals?
7/6 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (at the Airport Fly In)
7/12 Early Man
7/19 Peter Rabbit
Frances Anderson Center Field
Thornton Sullivan Park, Camp Patterson Field
7/20 Early Man
8/17 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
Jennings Park, Lioins Centennial Pavilion
7/14 Despicable Me 3
7/28 Cars 3
8/4 Wonder Woman
8/11 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Willis Tucker Park
7/26 The Greatest Showman
8/16 Beauty and the Beast
7/10 Despicable Me 3
7/17 Boss Baby
7/24 The Lego Ninjago Movie
7/31 Goodbye Christopher Robin
8/7 Paddington 2
8/14 The Greatest Showman
Carillon Point Plaza
7/7 Despicable Me 3
7/21 The Wedding Singer
8/18 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
6/28 The Goonies
7/5 Wonder Woman
7/25 The Greatest Showman
8/2 10 Things I Hate About You
8/8 Thor: Ragnarok
8/22 Black Panther
8/29 The Princess Bride
Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre
7/20 A League of Their Own
7/14 Best of the Children’s International Film Festival
Shilshole Bay Marina
Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre
7/28 The Princess Bride
8/4 Get Out
8/11 Little Shop of Horrors
8/18 I am Not Your Negro
8/25 Wonder Woman
South Lake Union Discovery Center
6/16 The Goonies
7/21 Jurassic Park
8/25 Black Panther
7/21 Wonder Woman
7/28 The Secret Life of Pets
8/4 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
8/11 A Wrinkle in Time
8/25 Black Panther
*Check websites for start times, pre-movie activities and to make sure your favorite movie hasn’t been canceled or changed!
I often hear that potential buyers think they need to have perfect credit to qualify for a home purchase. Check this out! 53% of buyers had a score between 600-749 according to Elle Mae. If you’re curious about what it takes to be a buyer in today’s market, please reach out and I can help.
It’s not too late! If you’re thinking about planting some fresh veggies but haven’t started yet, you still have time to get things in the ground for a late summer/early fall harvest. On average, the Puget Sound’s frost-free growing season is mid-March through mid-November, so with a little knowledge of when and how to start things, you can still see a bountiful harvest this year.
Some plants can be direct seeded into your garden, while others should be started indoors before being transplanted to your garden space. Deciding what to grow is the fun part! Plant what you like to eat, keeping in mind that some plants do better in our area than others.
Broccoli is arguably one of the most productive veggies you can grow in this area, although it can be vulnerable to root maggots and aphids. Giant Italian Parsley is easy to grow, highly productive, and expensive in the grocery store. Leeks are another that can be costly to buy in the store but trouble-free to grow in your own small space. Chard, Kale, Lettuce and Arugula are all full of vitamins and great for Northwest gardens. Carrots, Snap Peas, Snap Beans, Tomatoes and Basil all taste amazing fresh from the garden and grow relatively well in this area.
Check out the great resources at Garden.org for a full list of when to plant all these vegetables and more. They have detailed timelines for both spring and fall gardening; as well as information on transplanting seedlings vs. direct-sowing seeds.