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If you're stuck in traffic, getting stressed out about it will not change your circumstances. Life's a journey, not a destination, so do what you can to enjoy the ride.

How often is your day ruined before it begins by a horrible commute? Does it make you feel out of control to be stuck, with nowhere to go... stewing? I bet that doesn't make for the most productive workday, and definitely not the most enjoyable. How could it? You're starting in a happiness hole.

But there are some easy techniques you can practice every day to make your commute a lot less tense, or at least keep it from spoiling the other 23 hours in your day.

1. The Power of Preparation. 

Mentally prep yourself for your upcoming ride. Before you get in the car to drive to work or school, stop for 10 seconds and prepare yourself for traffic. Say, "I have no control over how long it will take me to get where I'm going, so I'm not going to get upset about it." If you tell yourself this every morning, soon enough you'll discover how easy it is to stay calm and enjoy the ride. Even when it's really slow.

2. Make the Interior of Your Car a Calming Oasis. 

The sounds you listen to on any long drive can make a world of difference in your mood. You may love that talk radio station that agrees with all of your political views, but how often does the content just make you furious? Do you arrive at work angry because of what you heard on the news? Unless your place of work has Secret Service agents outside the door, chances are you're not going to be able to change anything about the story you just heard, and getting angry at the start of every day is not conducive to your happiness. Find the content that gives you the most pleasure -- whether it's music or a podcast or an audiobook -- and make sure that's in your car. There are podcasts for every taste, and most are free to download to your phone, so do a little research and find the one or two or 10 that are right for you. Make your ride into "me time" -- a chance to indulge in pleasant entertainment that you otherwise wouldn't have room for in your day.

3. Love Your Landmarks. 

Have you noticed your route? Really noticed it? What's at the halfway point? What spot generally means you're five minutes away? Is there a car dealership along the way that has goofy blow ups? Is there a billboard with a grammar error that makes you cringe? Find the regular landmarks along your route and use them not only to mark your distance, but also to make you smile. Don't plow into the back of the car in front of you while sightseeing, but starting tomorrow, pay attention to the view. There's a lot more to look at and appreciate than you had realized, and if you think of your commute as going to a museum for an hour each day (or a zoo!), you can have a lot of fun with it.

4. It's a Whole Wide World of Happy Colors. 

Right now, think of your absolute happiest memory. Flashback to a moment of your life of unbridled joy. Now, what color comes to mind with that memory? Is it the pink flowers you planted in the first house you owned? The green door of your high school sweetheart? The blue jerseys your team wore when they won the national championship? Imprint your happiest memory with a color. Got your color? Look around during your commute and notice how many places you see that color. Everywhere you see it, let it remind you of that happy memory. Relive the joy, and be glad this time in your car allowed you to do so. If this effect wears off, come up with a different memory each week. Cycle through a few of them. Make your commute a time to reflect on how happy you've been, how happy you are, and how happy you will be once you reach your destination.

5. Be Kind. 

In Happiness as a Second Language, there are several easy techniques for quickly getting over a bad day, and one of them is to give a compliment to a total stranger. Buy the guy behind you a cup of coffee. Do something completely outside yourself and then reward yourself by dropping the bad mood. The same can be true of your commute. Do you see someone desperately trying to change lanes? Let that person in. Now, smile to yourself for being a good person. When I lived in Oakland and worked in San Francisco (perhaps one of the worst commutes on the planet), I decided once a week to pay the Bay Bridge toll for the car behind me. Those were some of the best days of my week. In fact, if I knew I was going to have a crummy day at work, I would make sure I covered the car behind me on the way. That way, at least one great thing was guaranteed to happen that day.

If you're stuck in traffic, getting stressed out about it will not change your circumstances. In fact, it's only likely to make your bad day worse, so relax and stay calm. Flash back to a happy memory. Find signposts on your way that amuse you or remind you of things you love. Remember that you have a car and a job and gas in the tank and a place where you're needed -- which are all good things. Use this time to think about how amazing your life is.

Life's a journey, not a destination, so do what you can to enjoy the ride.

Posted On Thursday, 02 April 2020 09:00 Written by

Do you walk away from negotiations knowing that you might have settled for less? Feeling frustrated that you might have left some money on the table? Learn the 7 biggest mistakes most women make from #1 NYT/WSJ Best Selling author of “The One Minute Negotiator” and start getting more of what you want in your next negotiation.


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How do you rate your lender realtor partnerships? Jo Garner speaks to how to effectively and profitably collaborate together to create a seamless and stress less experience for your customers and clients. She shares how she so successfully manages to be the LENDER OF CHOICE by providing systematic communication, networking and client retention programs that keep raving clients for life!

A Bit About Jo: 

pic jo garner 3 21 17 rems logo by lsi“Whatever YOUR personal priorities are, my job is to help you get the mortgage terms that will give you bragging rights when you talk about it and help you score on hitting your goals.”

As a mortgage loan officer, my job is to help you get to the benefits you want from your financing terms. What is most important to you? I can help you find the financing terms that will help you get to what you want.  What is your comfort level on a house payment? How much are you comfortable paying down,? What type of financing do you need to get the house you want to buy or refinance?

Different clients have different priorities in life—some are buying their first home with very little down payment funds. Some are recovering from medical challenges, divorces or preparing to send children to college and some are embarking on a long term goal of buying properties to build rental income.”

Jo Garner is a mortgage officer with extensive knowledge in tailoring mortgages to her customers who are refinancing or purchasing homes all over the country. She offers conventional, FHA, VA or other loan programs for refinancing and purchases.

Jo can help you look at rent vs buy, when it makes sense to refinance, how to get the best deal on your home purchase financing.  

Jo Garner has been in the real estate/financing business for over 25 years.  She got her start in Portland, Maine where she first began her real estate career. She received her real estate education from the University of Southern Maine and was personally mentored in San Diego, California by Robert G. Allen, author of Nothing Down, Creating Wealth and The Challenge

On moving back to West Tennessee in 1987, she went into business buying and selling discounted owner-financed notes secured on real estate.  In 1990 Jo went to work for a residential mortgage company and has been a mortgage loan officer for over 25 years.  Her goal is to offer excellent, affordable service to her customers, tailoring the loan programs to the specific needs of her clients.  

In addition to her work in the mortgage field, Jo Garner is the primary sponsor and founder of Talk Shoppe in Memphis. www.TalkShoppe.com Jo Garner also host the radio show Real Estate Mortgage Shoppe airing on News Radio AM 600 WREC and iHeart Radio with podcasts and show notes published on www.JoGarner.com  

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There is no doubt we are in unprecedented times. For most of us, this creates a heightened degree of stress and uncertainty.  Over a third of the country has been asked to stay home and our once booming economy has come screeching to a halt.  When can any of us remember being told by the government not to go to work?  While this seems somewhat terrifying, we all know that it is for the greater good of all of us.  So here we have it, we are being told to stay home and be still. 

For many real estate agents, asking them to be still is like asking a shark to stop swimming, it’s just not possible.  For many of us, we thrive on busyness and routine, the thought of being still is terrifying.  But there is power in being still, power in slowing down, power in reconnecting with ourselves, and power in not doing anything.  Use this precious time we have been given to reflect and make new priorities, new tasks, new connections, and new to-do lists.  If being busy is what you thrive on, then find tasks to do at home.  If connecting is what you thrive on, then connect in a new way; perhaps by sending text messages, calling loved ones, or even by the traditional, good old-fashioned writing of letters, notes or cards.  And if you just want to feel good, then do something good for others.  Whether that is simply making a donation to your local hospital or paying for a first-responders coffee at your local coffee shop drive through, doing good always feels good.

Extra worry and panic have never served anyone well, and this is a time to dig deep and use your time wisely.  With all of the frightening news that we are bombarded with every day, it is no wonder we are all chomping at the bit to get back to our regular schedules.  Please trust that this will pass, and that we will all be back to our regular schedules soon.  Whether we want to believe it or not, this virus will affect each of us in a profound way.  For some, it will remind us how important it is to slow down once in a while. Yet for others, it hits home the point about needing an emergency fund in the bank.  No matter what lesson we each learn, we will all be better because of it. There is power in being still, you just have to allow it to happen.


Source: The Real Estate Zebra Blog

Posted On Thursday, 02 April 2020 05:25 Written by

Do you know that men need makeovers as well as women?  Lauren Draffin shares how she helps men with wardrobe and workforce changes to help to update and to accommodate life changes. Corporate vs. entrepreneurial work, retirement, new career, weight loss etc. Lauren also helps men with closet makeovers to help accommodate changes and looking your best! 

A Bit About Lauren:

Lauren Draffin is a Memphis-based wardrobe stylist. Her services include closet consulting, personal shopping, commercial and editorial direction, styled events from bridal and portraits to TV and custom clothing. LD also specializes in styling large-scale events such as Memphis Fashion Week in addition to wholesale buying, fashion + tech design and retail. She has over 15 years’ experience in the Fashion Industry and has returned to Memphis as a fashion expert and style educator. Lauren’s accomplished work experience gives her clients the tools to execute an effortless and personalized style from the outside in.

After earning her degree in fashion merchandising, Lauren moved to New York City to start her career. After years working with various designers and fashion brands, LD moved back to Memphis to spearhead ‘Styled by LD.' Lauren has empowered men and women to discover their very best, most confident selves. Styled by LD will help you recognize your personal strengths and learn how to execute an effortless wardrobe by becoming fully comfortable in your own skin... all through the power of style! www.styledbyld.com


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