Posts tagged ‘motivation’

May 13, 2013

Snuz N Luz

To all of you budding entrepreneurs out there, I don’t know about you but when I don’t have a jobby job or a pretty darn good reason to get up, I don’t. And I wish and hope and plan for the very best outcomes for myself and at night dream of the fact that I could get up at 5am and go for a run. Then journal or meditate. Make myself a great homemade breakfast. Walk the dog. The list goes on. But you get my drift and you probably have your very own version of this.

So I have recently been using the idea of donating $50 to a bad charity when I don’t take some promised action. Well maybe not a “bad” one but one that supports things that I think are inconsistent with my personal life choices, pretty PC way to put it right? This is especially helpful in getting me to do the things that have been on my list for a while and never seem to happen, for whatever reason.

This week was the first time that I didn’t take the action, forgot to schedule it and time passed and actually had to donate to this place and I was not thrilled about it but I did it. And do you know what this organization wanted? It wanted my email address, phone number and mailing address. NO WAY was I forking that over so I made up a fake one. :/ I know I feel a little bad about it but OMG if my friends found out I was a supporter of this organization or if it got posted somewhere I would be so embarrassed. That is the last time I will donate. I am going to take the actions in the future.

Anyway, so Snuz N Luz is a clock that when you snooze it donates money for you and keeps a tally of how much you have donated. I mean what a great motivation to get out of bed! Thought I would share!

May 10, 2013

Multiple Sources – Update

Okay it is official the house in San Francisco sold. And it was a magical, lovely story. We are very happy.

Here is the listing:

We bought it for $540 on 04/06/2011.

We listed it for $699 on 4/18/2013.

It sold on 05/07/2013 for $880. In a short close.

We put probably $30k into the house. And we did all the “right” things. We had our tenants agree to move out. We paid to have everything hauled off the property. We staged it. We got a landscaper to go over. We touched up the paint and fixed minor contractor things here and there. And all of that cost maybe $10k. And we are looking at houses that have stuff everywhere and things out of place, dirty dishes out! or wires painted and hanging funny and that just hurts your price. People need to see themselves in it not you in it. Not your lazy tendencies to not fix things, and trust me I am a lazy tendency a lot of the time. However, when it comes to using money at the right time I REALLY recommend spending the money to just make everything look great, not personalized to you and set up in the best way possible with experts who know how to place furniture. Not that I would call myself a real estate expert, yet. I am looking at pursuing it, especially given this recent success in the market.

The real estate market is hot right now. And we were fortunate to have a house in San Francisco where it’s almost always hot. The next property we buy is most likely going to be in San Diego and I am not sure that it will be as hot when we try to sell it later, but heck, I am going to enjoy the moment and celebrate with a big glass of wine… just kidding I’ll have some juice.