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The Sun is Shining, weather is sweet!

April 15, 2011 2 comments

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Blue Skies

This is a great image to head into the weekend with in our minds.

I love the spring and summer as it is a time of hope. There are many places one can think to live in NYC. the most in demand areas are Gramercy, Union Square, Chelsea and the Village. The blend of subway access, tons of restaurants and shops to discover, a hip crowd and the feeling of safety due to so many people constantly around enjoying the area gives a fresh feeling.

There are many tree lined and even some cobblestone streets in the West Village. New York is often thought of as a building of huge skyscrapers, but being in these areas gives a glimpse into New York’s past and a more warm and serene feeling amidst the hustle and bustle found in midtown.

The high demand and low supply of housing here makes for an interesting dynamic. The market rate rents are higher than most of the people looking can afford. The best “deals” are often still way higher than anywhere else in the city. People still will line up and often, if a place is solid enough in terms of location, quality and space, people get very creative in figuring out a way to secure it.

There is nothing better than the right location in this city. People travel as much as two hours each way to commute into Manhattan to earn a higher salary. There are things we all trade off on to live here. Some prefer to get a lower cost of living for better space and quality. While others pay premium for the best possible location and as a result, feel that the quality of life is improved.

While I can’t say which way is right for your particular situation, I can definitely find the best in either respect if you need to move. The sun is shining, let’s enjoy it!

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Gaining Greatness or Dwelling in Defeat?

April 4, 2011 3 comments

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Basbeball season is upon us. A new beginning where even the Pirates and Royals are still contenders for right now. I figured that would serve as great fodder for my blog. Do read even if your not a baseball fan. It’s a good read.

So Charlie Sheen is tossing fastballs. Well I guess he’d be like every rookie pitching prospect throwing heat. Those alone are pretty easy to hit. Life is like a crafty veteran ptcher and throws you a healthy diet of offspeed stuff. Curves, sliders and even knuckleballs. That’s where it gets tricky.

You have to make adjustments in order to have success with those. You also have to be expecting them when they come. That makes it tougher. What makes for those huge game or championship winning home runs? Being ready for them when they come and making the adjustments to stick with it and follow through.

Can you see why this is a great analogy about life? It’s easy to succeed when we have a straight course ahead. It’s so easy to fail when the course takes unexpected turns. Or is it?

The beauty of life is that it’s life. Things change often and usually when you least expect it. So why be caught off guard when that happens? Why not expect the unexpected instead of being flustered. If we shift our focus and begin to embrace the madness, is it really madness?

Sometimes things happen to spur you in a direction that’s better for you before you even know it. Why fight the current when you can grab a surfboard and ride the waves. I have often found some of my greatest success when being forced to react calm when everything around me is far from that.

I am not saying that it’s easy. It can actually be more challenging when you have this realization. That is the difference between gaining true greatness and dwelling in defeat. The great ones always find ways to adjust and stay focused. They actually embrace the madness and welcome the challenge it presents.

This is why I ask, are you going to stand firm in the box and hit home runs or buckle at the knees and strike out? Will you gain greatness or dwell in defeat.

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Everybody is blogging, are you?

April 3, 2011 3 comments

I started my first blog back in 2007. I knew that people were making money and becoming overnight sensations from blogging but was really just aiming to provide better value for my real estate clients. It could be a central place online (before cloud) for documents, information and pictures without the need for a slew of questions and emails. My writing itself is decent, but I really had no clue of what I was doing in a “blogging” sense.

So here it is four years later and Perez Hilton is a household name, blogging for dollars is a household source of employment for many and I am still writing. I have heightened my focus with my writing now and have several blogs, each is tailored for a specific niche and one is of a more personal perspective. It is a process of growth and development that is quite rewarding for me. I learn, apply and learn and reapply on a daily basis. It’s actually self fulfilling as the more I write, the more I learn.

I have joined some groups and tribes and while still a “newbie” I can see the great opportunities that this presents. It is great knowing that there are people out there on the same path, perhaps a bit further down the road or even at the finish line cheering you one. It’s like an online version of the NYC Marathon. Remember the Starsky and Hutch remake to hit theaters year’s back? Instead of just my pal Johnny saying it to me, I have found a virtual nation of people saying “DO IT-DO IT-DOOOO IT!”

This brings me to the title question. Are you blogging? If so, what about? How often do you write? What do you do to keep motivated and break any writers block? There is a wealth of information out there and with it, the food for thought is endless. Did you ever hear the tale of Thor drinking from the horn when challenged by Utgard-Loke? He drank long and heartily three times from the horn, but each time he drank, when he set the horn down, it was barley empty. Turns out it was a clever deception as the horn was attached to an ocean and so it would refill. Thor angrily stopped after the third swig.

That’s kind of how it feels. It was not that Thor was a light drinker, but he was fooled by deception and illusions. Well unlike that guy, I am not getting mad about it. If this horn keeps filling from the ocean, I guess I’ll just drink a Norse God with a movie coming out this summer under a table! The real irony is that I actually met a guy named Thor one night in the east village (he even had a hammer pendant on his neck!) and we played a drinking game called Captain Pat. I’m still here and haven’t seen or heard from him since I became a general that night.

Don’t tell me there is a shortage of things to write about. I am just getting started after doing it for four years. So come and drink with me and don’t set the horn down. As the title reads, I am blogging are you?

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