Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It's All About Dat Fish, 'Bout Dat Fish...No Chicken!

When you live in a coastal community, it is always a good idea to know where to buy the best local, fresh seafood.  Mount Pleasant Seafood on Shem Creek is one of those local favorites!
A family-owned business for more than 60 years, it is timeless....just what you would expect a local fresh seafood market to be...from the wooden porch to the concrete floors to the friendly, laid-back staff to the fresh fish displayed on ice.   Stepping inside, they will make you feel like part of the family in the casual, no-frills market. It's all about the fish---whether it be the fish, or the sauces, sides or dessert to go with!
Love a Shrimp Boil, but don't have the equipment to prepare it for a crowd?  They've got you covered---just give them a call and they will have it hot and ready for you!  Hosting an Oyster Roast?  (A hugely popular event in the Lowcountry). They've got you covered----they can either cater your event or supply you with everything you need to host the perfect Oyster Roast or Shrimp Boil!   
For more info or to place an order, check out their website at www.mtpleasantseafood.com or their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/mtpleasantseafood/info

Lovin' Life in the Lowcountry,
 
Janie

My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Lessons Learned from the Doghouse: Business Plan 2015


Have you ever noticed the intense focus of a dog?  If you haven't, let me tell you what I have learned about it from our labs.  
We have two labs.  One is the mother and the other is one of her pups from the litter she had in 2011. My husband, being the primary care-giver of the dogs,  is their main focus, the love of their life----He is their "WHY".  They rely on him to survive and thrive....A pretty big "WHY", I'd say!  When he goes to fill their bowls with food, every morning and every night----they jump and spin around like it's time to PARTY!  "Woo hoo!  Chow time! This is the best day of my life!"  When he is in their view, the dogs won't take their eyes off him. I can be sitting right next to him, and even though I take a secondary seat in taking care of them (I have a pretty strong allergy to dogs, and unfortunately can only spend a limited amount of time with them up-close), they won't take their eyes off him.  He is their primary focus, taking care of and spending a much greater amount of time with them.  (And oh, we can't forget he provides them with the "best day of their life", twice a day!)  And when the puppies were first born, the puppies focus was on mama---she was their "WHY"----they relied on her to survive and thrive. They didn't take their eyes off her---especially whenever she was taking a break from them, and was just out of reach.
How intense is your focus?  What is your "WHY"----why do you do what you do?  Setting aside earning a paycheck---WHY do you do it?  Is it for your family?  To be an impact to your clients and help them achieve their dreams?  To improve your lifestyle?  To improve your knowledge? To be famous? Or like the labs--to survive and thrive?
If your focus needs some sharpening, just imagine how our businesses would thrive if we had the same intense focus and energy as these pups, in everything we did? What if we had a "Woo hoo---this is the best day of my life!" mentality?  Do you love what you do?  Do you celebrate and appreciate that you have a career you love?  Does your attitude say "Woo Hoo!" or does it say "BOO HOO!"?  What if we didn't allow interruptions and/or setbacks to get in the way? What if we really focused on what would really get us to our "WHY"?  What if we had clear and achievable goals along with a concise plan, and followed it with laser focus?  What if we knew what we wanted and didn't take our eyes off the target until we achieved the goal (AKA:  The "WHY") ?
2014 is winding down, and it is time to start working on business plans for 2015.  It is time to really focus on WHY we are in this business and how we will achieve that "WHY".  It is time to start writing down our goals, and how we plan to accomplish them.  
Take some time to really focus on this task.  Find a quiet place to work, where you will have no interruptions or distractions, and really give it some thought.  What tasks require most of your time and attention to get you to your "WHY"?  What tasks have you found propel your TOWARD your "WHY" and what pushes you further away?  Use these ideas to create your business plan.  Getting your business mapped out for the coming year will give you the headstart you need to get 2015 off to a great start. By beginning with the end (your "WHY") in mind, planning the journey is a whole lot easier, and your success a lot more likely!  WOO HOO!!!! 

Lovin' Life in the Lowcountry,

Janie

My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Leaps of Faith

                                   
Relocation to a new area involves not only moving from one home to another, it also involves finding new service providers such as doctors, dentists, hair stylists, grocers, oh, and of course, your new Realtor®!  This is a process that can sometimes be overwhelming, if you don’t know where to start.  In searching for the best of the best in your new town, I recommend you find these professionals by getting referrals from satisfied clients and customers.  Sometimes, you need to find someone that can step into the middle of a process, and manage it to completion.  For example, orthodontic treatment.

Yesterday, I had to take my son to a local orthodontist because he had a problem that couldn’t wait until we went back to his provider in Georgia for his last appointment.  I called Crescent Moon Orthodontics on Daniel Island, and much to my surprise, they accommodated the “emergency”, getting us in to see my son right away.  Dr. Michael Zetz and his staff welcomed us with smiles, enthusiasm and excitement.  Not only did they welcome us to their office, but to the community, as well.  Among all the obvious care and attention to detail in making office visits a pleasure, (such as a technology station, snacks and beverages, monthly contests for the kids, overall fun d├ęcor….I could go on and on…), my son was especially impressed when we arrived and his name was up on the “Welcome” board, along with the other patients that were scheduled to be seen that day.

So how is this relevant to real estate?  Let me explain.  It is a big deal to take your kids to a new medical or dental provider that will make the child feel at ease.  It is a big deal for parents to feel welcome in their new community, when there is so much uncertainty and apprehension that goes along with relocating a family to an unfamiliar area.  It is a big deal to arrive as the new kids on the block, leaving behind friends and colleagues, and in my case, clients, to start fresh from scratch.  But in life, we know to expect that there will always be change.  It is in how we handle the change that determines our degree of success and happiness.

While talking to my son’s new treatment coordinator, Brittany, I was telling her how impressed I was with the office and staff.  She explained that their office had recently been “re-built”, as the result of a fire.  Ironically, I can completely relate, as the office where I worked in Georgia had experienced a fire that required us to relocate several years ago, first to a temporary office space to what eventually became our beautiful new office.  The 12-18 months of displacement were extremely difficult, and quite honestly, the most difficult year of my real estate career.  I am not going to lie and say I didn’t consider giving up and finding something else to do.  It was frustrating and hard to stay focused and determined to succeed.  But I did it.  I re-focused, made some necessary changes, and by the time my family and I relocated to Charleston, I had re-built my business, and it was thriving better than ever.

So now I find myself back in that familiar place of re-building.  By the time I left Georgia, the majority of my business was repeat and referred business from satisfied clients and friends.  This is the best kind of client---one that comes to you based on a recommendation from someone that trusts that you will go above and beyond to take care of their referral.  Starting with a common connection often creates a more relaxed experience for all parties involved.  Peter Drucker stated, “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” It takes courage to take a leap of faith and go where you think you can make a difference and succeed, even if it may not be the EASY choice.  Success is hard work.  It requires time, effort, focus, perseverance, sweat and tears.  It requires determination and a mind-set that you are going to succeed by providing exemplary services that stands out from the rest.

So as a request, I ask that you keep me top of mind and give me a call when you:  1. personally have real estate needs or, 2. know of someone that does.  I can promise you that you the experience will be first-class service that has kept my clients completely satisfied over the last decade!


Lovin' Life in the Lowcountry,

Janie

My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.



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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Don't Go It Alone!


Real estate requires hard WORK, so Don't Go It Alone! Call me today!



Lovin' Life in the Lowcountry,

Janie


My mission statement:  To live each day to the fullest, with excitement, enthusiasm and a strong desire to build a successful and highly respected real estate business, earned by developing relationships through consistent and predictably high work ethic of always going above and beyond, and always doing so with a creative surprise up my sleeve.

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