Be passionately grateful.

Make it a routine.  I wake up every day passionately grateful.  It’s gotten to a point in my life where I can’t move a step without doing so. I feel as if I am missing something if I don’t write down everything that I am grateful for from the moment I wake up in the morning.  You know that feeling you get when you’re missing something?   Well, that’s how I feel if I don’t express gratitude every day.  I feel as if I forgot something!  I am passionately grateful and it’s gotten me through the worst times of my life.

Acknowledge the negative, too. I am grateful for so many things but one of the biggest things that jumps out at me is when my husband got shot.   I remember thanking the “man” that shot him.  If I could see him in person, I would thank him for shooting my husband in the leg instead of in the chest or the head.  My husband is alive today.  He survived a shooting to the lower part of his leg.  He was shot with a double gauge shot gun that had approximately 500 pellets each.  His lower leg was literally blown apart and not one pellet hit his main artery.  He underwent countless hours of surgery and over 3 weeks in trauma.  Move forward 10 years, he’s still got pellets in his leg today.  Keyword “his leg” he still has a leg.  Some may hear that and say, “Is she crazy?” How could she thank the “man” that shot her husband?   Well, I did.  I don’t have any ill will towards him.   I am just grateful that my husband is alive and still has his leg.  My Father GOD will deal with said “man” in due time.   He is also a son of GOD and only they know what that “man” went through in his life that he felt the need to rob and then shoot my husband in the leg.  I feel for him.  I really do.   I realize that his is a little extreme but I just wanted to share where gratitude can take you and how it can change you.  I could’ve been bitter, sour, angry, vindictive but I wasn’t, I chose to be grateful!  Thank GOD that “shootings” don’t happen every day in our lives but there is still plenty to be grateful for.  On everyday gratitude…. my morning journaling starts something like this. 


Select a time to write every day – make it a habit.  Father GOD, Thank you!  Thank you for giving me life this morning.  Thank you for protecting my children, husband and myself.  Thank you for getting my husband up for work every morning at 5:30AM for the last 20+ years and for keeping him safe while at work.  Thank you Father for Blessing me much more than I deserve.  Thank you, Father, for this day, for giving me the opportunity to get up and to try to get it right again.   Thank you, Father, for the health that you have Blessed us with Father.  Thank you, Father, for the bed that I slept on, the pillows that I put my head on, the roof over my head, the food in the refrigerator, the car that I drive to work.  Thank you, Father, for protecting my children and for getting them home safely every day.  Thank you, Father for my Mother’s health.  Thank you, Father, for all the clients that continue to do business with us and Thank You Father for COFFEE.  Yes, I am sooooooooooooooo grateful for COFFEE!  Thank you, Father, for all the doors of opportunity that you have opened for us and continue to open for us.  Thank you, Father, for healing my husband and for restoring our marriage.   Father GOD Thank you for getting all those people out of our lives that weren’t loyal to us.  Thank you, Father, for getting all those people out of our lives that were envious and secretly wished us bad.  Thank you, Father, for removing them from our lives and in return for bringing us the peace that we needed.  Thank you, Father, for all our Blessings!  In your son Jesus Christ, I pray.  Amen.  There is so much more but this is just the main gist of it.

Gratitude in advance is the most powerful creative force in the Universe!  After I thank my heavenly Father for all my Blessings, I start thanking him for all the Blessings that are coming. Write in detail!   Father GOD, thank you, thank you that our home is selling for xxxx (not into full disclosure with the world just yet) by October 2017.  Father GOD thank you that Hilton Hotels hired us for the demo and trashouts of 650 units this month.   Father GOD Thank you for ABC Client that started sending us business today.  Father GOD thank you for my son’s promotion that is coming to him this December when he graduates with his MBA with a 50% raise.  Father GOD, thank you for Blessing us with your favor, with an abundance of  health, happiness, love, peace and prosperity.  Father GOD, thank you for continuing to get those people out of our lives that are not 100% loyal to us or those who secretly envy us or wish us bad.  Thank you for Father for our continued Health, Love, Happiness, Sex (The Lord our Father wants us to enjoy and love sex with our spouses) and Thank you, Father, for Prosperity.  In your loving and precious son Jesus I pray, Amen.

Lastly, gratitude can boost dopamine and serotonin, just like antidepressants.  Say “NO” to drugs and yes to “Gratitude”.



Winging it!

I am on my third day “blogging” and I feel as if I know less than I did when I first got started.  I feel so alone in this so-called Blogging world.  I wish I could snap my fingers and there be someone next to me that can just tell me what to do and how to do it but I have chosen to go about it the hard way.  I have chosen to do this on my own and figure it out (wing it) until I get it done.  This is how I have managed to get things done my entire life.  When I don’t know what I am doing, I dive in and I wing it.  I truly don’t believe this is the right way to go about it but it is my way. 

You see, whenever I am passionate about what I am doing, I dive in head first.  Nine out of Ten times it has worked out for me.  I’m not saying it has been easy but it has been worth it.    I’ve put myself through the School of Hard Knocks and I graduated “summa cum laude”.  Today I feel as if I walked back in to a class where the professor speaks Chinese and I speak Sign Language.  We’re on complete opposites of the spectrum

Just to give you a little history, my husband and I have been in the property management, preservation & maintenance industry since the 90’s.  Our first company incorporated in 1999 and successfully sold in 2006 and our current company opened in 2006 and is still chugging along today.  My husband and I like to call it, The Little Red Engine That Could. 

Speaking about the Little Red Engine that could, back in 2006, I got a call from a new and prospective client.  She wanted to know If I can handle the work load that she was about to send me.  Knowing the business, the way I do, I knew there was no way that we could physically handle the work she was going to send me but back then I would get calls like hers every day and none of them would pan out so I said Yes.   I winged it!  Move forward 6 years and as of 2012 this client had given me over ten million dollars’ worth of work & best of all they are one of our dearest friends today.  We’ve vacationed together several times and we visit each other’s homes every year.  What an amazing connection!

In 2013, I get connected with a large asset management company.  I’ll never forget that day, I was at a tile store picking tile for my daughter’s bathroom and I get the call.  The client we’ll call her “E” is going on and on about the scope of work that is required for all 2500 properties in their portfolio and I am politely listening to everything she is telling me knowing deep inside that we’ve never done this type of work before & I had no idea how we were going to manage this.  Nonetheless, I said “Yes, no problem, send them to me and we’ll get them done for you!”  I winged it!  This call lead to over three million dollars’ worth of work in a year and half.

In 2015, I get a call from one of the branch managers from the above company that had left said company and started working with another asset management firm.  He called me up one day and said “Hey, remember me? ” I knew this was going to be a good one.  His new position managing 200 assets and several Section 8 Housing buildings lead to another two million dollars’ worth of business.  I had never worked on Section 8 Housing before and learned so much from this new venture.  I winged it!

“Winging it” has worked out for me with flying colors but it hasn’t been easy.  It was the will, hard work ethics and most importantly the passion behind it that lead me to where I am today.  So here I am “winging it” this time with a venture that is completely out of my realm in the hopes that it inspires you to “wing it”.   Do it with passion or not at all!



I must confess, I am terrified!

As passionate as I am about writing, I must confess, I am terrified.  You see, the ten thousand or more pages that I have written in the past ten years are set in “private mode” meaning they are safely stored in the nightstand next to my bed.  There is nothing scary about opening up a book, turning to the next blank page, grabbing my favorite sharpie pen and start writing.  I write and write and write sometimes hours on end without fear of anything.  I’ll give you an example of something I am doing right this minute.  I have re-read this paragraph at least seven times and I’ll probably read it another dozen times before I even post it.  Why am I doing that?   When I write in my journals, I hardly EVER read over something I wrote.  Spelling, grammar…. there is no spell check.  I just open my book, grab my pen and off I go.  It’s almost as if my hand is on autopilot.  I don’t ever backspace or delete what I wrote.  The most I will do is scratch off a word or two here or there.  Ok now it’s been nine times I’ve read this paragraph over.  At the end of the day, who cares, nobody sees it but me.  10 Times…. Why am I terrified?  I don’t know what I am doing.  This is crazy.  11 Times.  There are so many uncertainties when you make a decision to put it all out there.  In addition to putting it all out there, I have no idea how to set up a website, how to run a blog…. GOD knows I can go on and on.  One thing I do know is that I am passionate about this, what I’m doing right now.  I am passionate about writing!  12 Times…. I’m done.