Just do it – even when you don’t feel like it.

It’s a New Year!! Time for fresh starts, goals and resolutions. I have a handful of my own I’m going to tackle this year – both business-related and personal – and I’m looking forward to the challenge. It’s never easy, but I find when I use the following strategies that I’ve picked up from different sources over the years, I’m successful at keeping on track and reaching my goals. I hope they might be of use to you too!

While the examples I use are mostly related to one of the most common resolutions/goals of weight-loss and fitness, they can be applied to any goal of any kind.

  1. Have a “Why”. If your goal is to start working out or to lose weight, make sure you know “Why”. To fit into a wedding dress? To be able to play with your kids without running out of breath? To get a killer 6-pack? Whatever it is, make sure it is motivating and inspiring for you, so you can imagine how awesome that end goal will be (and feel!), anytime you find yourself struggling to get there.
  2. Have a plan – write it down, and be specific. For example, don’t just say “I’ll work out 3 times a week”, plan something like “I’ll workout Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by getting up at 6am and doing 30 minutes on the exercise bike”. Schedule in time to do the work, otherwise you’ll never fit it into your busy life.
  3. Just do it – even when you don’t feel like it. This is my most important one. Nike was on to something with their “Just Do It” slogan, but when that first came out, I didn’t fully understand what they meant by it. It didn’t ring with me until one cold, dark morning, I was laying in bed trying to psych myself up into getting out of bed (my magically super cozy bed – how does a bed transform into that each morning??) and going to a gym class. The inner dialogue in my head, arguing between “get up, get up, get up!!” and “one more snooze, one more snooze!” became more and more heated until I finally yelled out aloud “JUST DO IT!!”. And then I understood. My personal trick though is to add onto that “even when you don’t feel like it”. If you get up and do what you set out to do – even if you don’t feel like it in that moment – you will feel AMAZING ALL DAY, compared to just a few snoozes of bliss (no matter how tempting they are!)
  4. Ease into it. Don’t start out doing a workout everyday when you haven’t worked out a single day in the previous weeks, months or years! That’s the best way to exhaust yourself and run out of steam early. Start small, but consistent, and then build on it until you get to the pace you’d like to maintain.
  5. Be Kind to Yourself. This is a big one too. It starts with being patient with yourself and easing into it, but also applies to when you slip-up – which you will. It’s human, and it’s OK! But don’t get so down on yourself you give up. Acknowledge the disappointment, forgive yourself and then;
  6. Get back on the horse – RIGHT AWAY. This is another big one – ESPECIALLY with losing weight. THE worst way to react to a slip-up is to write off the rest of the day. In fact, this is possibly the number 1 reason many people GAIN weight when they’re trying to lose it. If you give in and eat that tempting piece of pie, don’t say “oh stuff it, I’ll start again tomorrow”, start again ON THE VERY NEXT MEAL. Otherwise you will probably overindulge the rest of the day which is exponentially more damaging to your weight-loss than that one piece of pie.
  7. Keep your eye on the prize. Anytime you don’t feel like taking the action you need to to get closer to your goal, think of how badly you want your goal & how awesome it will feel when you get there. For example, how fantastic you’ll look, and how awesome you’ll feel, fitting perfectly into that beautiful wedding dress.  You might be more motivated by thinking of something you’re trying to change; eg, you hate your flabby arms or muffin top. Whatever lights a fire in you to take action, use it!
  8. Reward yourself – but not counter-productively. Chances are that you’ve picked a goal that you find challenging (as you should!), and isn’t something you’ll reach overnight. So being human, we need regular positive feedback that keeps us going for the long haul. Something that makes us feel good about doing what we’re doing, such as a reward. But don’t reward yourself in a way that undoes all your hard work so far. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, DON’T REWARD YOURSELF WITH FOOD. Perhaps go buy yourself a new outfit you feel good in, or some new music for your workouts. Or even let yourself have a day off working out (one skipped workout is way less damaging than an overindulgent meal). If your goal is to save money, then don’t go shopping to reward yourself, perhaps call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while and catch up. Pick something you really ENJOY. And make sure you schedule when you get your reward, for example, a day off working out on Sundays, or binge-watching your favorite TV show on Tuesday nights. That way when you feel like slacking off you can say to yourself “No, reward day is Sunday, keep going”, and it makes it that much sweeter when you get there. Also, avoid disguising slip-ups as ad-hoc rewards here & there when you haven’t really deserved it ; eg, “I’ll skip today’s workout because I worked out yesterday…”. Thinking like that won’t get you to your goal.
  9. Support yourself in your endeavor. This is a key one for me too. If you know you have a weakness for ice-cream (I do!), don’t keep it in the house. If you know you have trouble getting out of bed in the mornings (I do!), pack your gym bag the night before. If you know you have a bad habit of spending, don’t keep your credit cards in your wallet. Identify your weaknesses (we all have them! And it’s OK!), embrace them – don’t hate them, but set up ways to help yourself overcome them when they’re most likely to strike.
  10. Something is better than nothing. OK, so you’ve hit the snooze button enough times that you’ll be late to that gym class. Get up and go anyway. Even if you only get there with enough time to do 10 minutes on an exercise bike. Or, go for a walk out your front door instead. Doing SOMETHING is better than NOTHING. You’ll feel better about yourself, and even if you keep doing that, you’ll find the action of getting up and doing SOMETHING becomes habit so that eventually you can gently modify that to be what you originally planned.
  11. Make it fun! My personal favorite! Life’s too short to not be fun. If you can’t stand the thought of going to a gym, then figure out a way to get active in a way that’s fun for you. Schedule daily walks with a friend, or take your kids to the park and play tag, or sign up for a 5K with a friend and train together, or hike regularly with the family. Whatever makes you smile while you’re doing it, or after you’ve done it. The joy of reaching your goals is just as much about the journey as the end result.

How do I know these strategies work? I’ve used them countless times to succeed at goals and resolutions of many different kinds. One example was while I was working towards losing 15lbs (7kg) of weight about 5 years ago. It wasn’t a huge amount of weight to lose, but it had been plaguing me for years, and was gradually increasing each year. So I set my goals, I followed a well-known dieting program, and I created a workout program for myself. Sure, I slipped up, countless times, but I followed the strategies above to get back on track and kept moving forward, until I lost those 15lbs. It felt amazing getting to my goal, and one of my chosen end-rewards was to have a professional photographer friend of mine do a photoshoot of me in a bikini with my husband’s dirtbike. I also made a calendar of the pics for hubby for his birthday 🙂 Here’s one of the pics from that shoot – it was a lot of fun and is a great reminder of what I can accomplish when I put my mind to it:

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Photo by AmandaValenaPhotography.com

And although I stayed at that goal weight for 3 years, I’ve since had a baby, and even though I was back to my goal weight within 6 months of giving birth, over the last 18 months I’ve crept back up to carrying that 15 extra pounds again through lazy eating and working out habits. So guess what my resolution is again this year?? I’ve already started putting these strategies into practice again and am happy I have them in my toolkit. I really do hope you find them useful too.

In the end, there’s no magic pill, or fix, to get to where you want to go without any effort. You simply have to do the work to get there. We all know it. But if you can use strategies like these to get around whatever holds you back, you will ABSOLUTELY be successful, and hopefully have a lot of fun along the way!

Anne

Pageburn Properties, LLC is a Residential Redevelopment company that helps improve local neighborhood home values by buying, renovating and reselling homes in San Luis Obispo County, California. If you or someone you know needs to sell a house that needs a little – or a lot of – love, please head to our website to contact us, and get some free information! www.pageburnproperties.com

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Pageburn Properties!!

As 2015 draws to a close, we wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Pageburn Properties!!

May you all take time to do whatever it is you enjoy to do most this time of year – whether that be spending time with family, shopping, or hiding in a cabin at the top of a mountain! Whatever it is, may you be happy, healthy and at peace. We also hope that 2016 brings you many fabulous, wonderful, joyful times!

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Pageburn Properties, LLC is a Residential Redevelopment company that helps improve local neighborhood home values by buying, renovating and reselling homes in San Luis Obispo County, California. If you or someone you know needs to sell a house that needs a little – or a lot of – love, please head to our website to contact us, and get some free information! www.pageburnproperties.com

On the Hunt

We’re busy looking for our new renovation project, so I thought I would show you some photos of some of the properties we’ve looked at recently!

We’ve been putting many offers in; some on properties on the market, and also on some off-market properties we’ve been marketing for. Some of our offers have been beaten by others, rejected, or are still pending. Some of the properties we just couldn’t take on; just too much work needed, but not enough return potential in them. It’s all a numbers game, and it’s critical to stick with our numbers to minimize our risk. Otherwise it’s possible to lose money on a project which is far from ideal!

Here’s one we’re looking at: It has very good bones, but needs some maintenance caught up, and some updating. Possibly some moisture damage remediation as well.

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Here’s another one: It actually has a very nice ocean view, but definitely needs some maintenance caught up, and some updating. And some tree trimming!

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Here’s one that we looked at, but it just needed too much work for us to take on – needed a lot of foundation work and would actually be cheaper to tear it down & start again. Unfortunately we just don’t have the bandwidth for such a project at this time. This interior shot sums it all up, really! Greens, oranges and browns of the 70’s with green shag pile carpet. Too bad the interior was going to be the easiest part to fix…IMG_9989This next one was a personal favorite of mine – it reminded me of one of those Hollywood Hills mansions in the 70’s. We were unfortunately beaten to the punch on this one, but I had some wonderful ideas for it!

IMG_0849So as you can see, we’re busy, busy, busy looking for the next quality remodel by Pageburn Properties! And remember, if you know of a house in San Luis Obispo County California that needs some TLC, tell us about it and we’ll pay you a finders fee if we buy it! (Never disturb property occupants, we will contact the owners directly ourselves – all we need is the address and a photo, if possible)

Cheers,
Anne

Pageburn Properties, LLC is a Residential Redevelopment company that helps improve local neighborhood home values by buying, renovating and reselling homes in San Luis Obispo County, California. If you or someone you know needs to sell a house that needs a little – or a lot of – love, please head to our website to contact us, and get some free information! www.pageburnproperties.com

Some Interesting Kitchen Trends…

It’s widely known that a kitchen can sell a house… so here at Pageburn Properties, we spend a little time keeping on top of current trends to make sure that when we renovate a kitchen in a property, we’re staying contemporary, yet timeless and generally appealing to anyone that walks into one of our homes.

On a recent peek through kitchen trend articles online (for any other renovation lovers out there, you know how fun this part can be!!), I found some interesting trends that may or may not find themselves in our homes, but are definitely fun to consider!


Colored kitchen sinks!

Whaaat you say?? Certainly doesn’t sound timeless, but fun for a pop of color, for sure. Especially if it matches a color in the backsplash. Look at this green one:

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Glossy White Appliances!

While stainless steel appliances are still very fashionable and are usually considered the top-of-the-line option, there are many instances where glossy white appliances might fit the bill better. In an all-white kitchen, for example – especially if it is on the small side. Or if you find that stainless steel is just too hard to keep clean. Whirlpool’s White Ice collection apparently has a glossy, glass-like sheen (I’ve yet to check them out in person), which according to some articles, is turning out to be very popular.

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Photo by allsortsofpretty.com

[I personally LOVE wood countertops, like in the photo above. However, I probably wouldn’t put them into a remodel; they’re just not to everyone’s taste]

Glossy, Warm Metallics!

Yeah, sorry, I’m not so sold on this trend… I know Retro-chic lovers out there are probably scorning me, but I spend so much time looking at old, degraded 70’s brass fixtures in old houses that scream “rip me out!” that I can’t see anything but those when I look at their new replicas. But some people are lapping them up! *shudder*

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Furniture Style Design!

Is that a buffet, or kitchen cabinets & counter?? Pieces of the kitchen that look more like moveable furniture than blocky cabinets stuck to the floor, bring an element of comfort and ease to the space.

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So whatever new kitchen trends you decide upon when you remodel your kitchen, do try to keep the future in mind… Even if you don’t think you will ever want to sell your house, pretend that you will. If you don’t want to have to redo the kitchen again before you sell it, then keep it timeless, functional and generally appealing. If you can afford to redo it before you sell it, you can afford to take a few more design risks and try out some wacky trends!

Anne

We have a buyer!

I’m thrilled to announce that a buyer that attended our open house at 491 Luzon St fell in love with the house, and as long as all goes smoothly with the close, will soon be making it their own! I’m excited to be handing on this gem to someone who will love it as much as I do 🙂

The “After” video tour is complete and has been posted on our Pageburn Properties YouTube channel, and if you haven’t already seen all the before, during and after photos, you can find them here on our Facebook page.

Now, who has a lead on a house I can buy for our next project??

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Anne

OPEN HOUSE at 491 Luzon St, Morro Bay California – SATURDAY!

OPEN HOUSE AT 491 LUZON ST, MORRO BAY CALIFORNIA!! Saturday October 3rd 11am-3pm.

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This beautifully renovated cute and cozy bungalow welcomes you with designer touches. This truly is a turn-key property in beautiful Morro Bay with lovely details including vaulted wood ceilings, granite countertops, stainless appliances, glass tile etc. Backyard with nice sundeck and a peek of the ocean, 1 car garage and carport for parking. This home would make a great vacation home or amazing primary residence for a lucky homeowner.

Realtor: Barry Purchase. (805) 541-2220

Back On-Air!

Well, we’re back on-air! Unfortunately this blog had to take a bit of a back seat to other business and personal priorities, but here we are, back in the saddle again!

I’m happy to report that the Morro Bay house renovations are complete, and it is now on the market! If you know anyone looking for a beautifully remodeled california bungalow with peek-a-boo ocean views in Morro Bay for under $500K (a rarity!), let us know!

The remodel went very smoothly, largely thanks to our wonderful crew of contractors: K & R Construction Specialties. Keith and Rafael did everything in their power to ensure I would be happy with the finished product, and I am EXTREMELY proud of how it turned out.

Below are a couple of before and after photos (after-photos credit: Kristy Meier), but I’ll be posting more on our website, Facebook page, and also the “After” tour on our YouTube channel soon, so keep checking back on those!

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We’re on the hunt for our next remodel project, so remember, if you know of a house in San Luis Obispo County California that needs some TLC, tell us about it and we’ll pay you a finders fee if we buy it! (Never disturb property occupants, we will contact the owners directly ourselves – all we need is the address and a photo, if possible)

Cheers,
Anne

Pageburn Properties, LLC is a Residential Redevelopment company that helps improve local neighborhood home values by buying, renovating and reselling homes in San Luis Obispo County, California. If you or someone you know needs to sell a house that needs a little – or a lot of – love, please head to our website to contact us, and get some free information! www.pageburnproperties.com