Work life balance.... What does work life balance even mean?  To me it means equal amounts of giving of myself and taking for myself.  Let me tell you, that is not an easy thing to realize and put into action.


My personality is such that I help others and put myself last and why wouldn't I.  I am a wife to an adoring husband (truely the love of my life!!), mother of 4 active children, and I run a successful customer service-based business.  Don’t get me wrong, if given a choice I would never change any of that, but there is a time in everyone's life when you look in the mirror and just simply don't like what you are seeing.  That moment happened to me a few months ago and I knew I had to make some changes.


So, fast forward to the present and here are some of the things I’ve realized, implemented and now have achieved.


For me the most important thing is if it’s not in my calendar then it’s not getting done!  So that means I have to say NO sometimes (Yuck!).  Every week I sit down with my to do list and start scheduleing.  First all the tiny people's events, basketball, soccer, running, birthday party’s – whatever go into the calendar.  Second is my time (I've moved this up from the bottom of the list!!), I commit to when I’m going to go to the gym (remember I took up boxing a few months ago!) and when I’m going for all 3 of my weekly runs.  Then I determine if I’m going to treat myself to a nail appointment or get my hair cut and add that, from there I add all my business appointments - showings with my happy buyers, market evaluations for my soon to be home sellers, lunch and coffee dates with past, present, and future clients and interview new vendors (lawyer's, notary's, home inspectors, contractors, the list goes on!)


The result of being able to sustain this balance has truly enriched my life.  My personal and professional lives are happier, healthier, and overall better!  


"We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.” ―First Lady Michelle Obama

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Changes… 


Like so many people that I know, I don’t like change.  I don’t like it when the summer heat turns into falls cool nights and winter’s freezing days.  I don’t like it when my laptop tells me I need to do an upgrade because to me that means everything I need, and use will be put in a different spot and I’ll have to find it.  I don’t like it when my children tell me last minute that my perfectly planned schedule for the day needs to be disrupted so that I can go get them items for their potluck at school they forgot to tell me about.


Since I know that I don’t like change, but it’s a fact of life, it’s how I choose to adapt and implement the changes that happen that help me achieve the work life balance I so need and crave!


Professionally just over two weeks ago I was thrown a curve ball that forced me to change my entire business plan.  For someone who doesn’t like change just imagine the impact this could have had.  I could have chosen to shut down, cry, be depressed about it.  Instead I implemented a course of action that will make my business stronger with lessons learned.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a robot, I did have a couple sleepless nights and uncertainty, but it was also these sleepless nights and uncertainty that helped build me back up.  As a result, Team Roycroft has been busy helping happy clients achieve their real estate goals!


I absolutely love what I do!


“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”  ~ Walt Disney

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Kindness


One word that can change your attitude, decision making, feelings, and so much more.  We are in a time when celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Adele, and Johnny Depp are using their platforms to talk about being kind and doing acts of kindness.  School District 43 regularly encourages its students to perform random acts of kindness – they were even featured on the evening news for delivering carnations to workers in the local business in Port Coquitlam!


So, when I found myself trying to put a deal together with an agent who was less than kind, I think to myself, there is no excuse for this behaviour!  If our younger generation has learned how to respect each other, communicate with each other, and how to lend a helping hand – BE KIND.  How did this full-grown mature adult miss this lesson?  Is it ignorance?  Is it stubbornness?  Or did they just wake up on the wrong side of the bed that day?  Who knows, at the end of the day one of the best parts about my business is that each and every agent has the ability to run their business anyway they’d like and I choose to run mine with Kindness, mutual respect, honesty, and fearlessness.


So with that I would like to thank all my wonderful clients again for choosing to work with me and continually referring all your family, friends, co-workers, service people, the clerk at the gas station, the plumber who made an emergency visit in the middle of the night to shut off your main water supply and everyone else you come into contact with.


Kindness is what helps build relationships!


Cheers,

Jennifer


“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”  ~Walt Disney

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Day to day life as a Real Estate Agent is never the same 9-5 schedule, even if you set your calendar up to show that it is.  The encounters, discussions, and lessons learned are what keep each day an adventure.


One such encounter that happened to me started with a phone call from a prominent Buyer’s agent.  The agent called me to say that his clients had been to my open house at ABC Street the past weekend and they were in the process of writing an offer.  This is the call that every agent waits for!!  So, game on!  The agent and I discuss a few details about the home and then he tells me he will be sending the offer shortly.  This is fantastic, I’m excited for my clients.  I call my clients to set up an appointment to review the offer, all is good.  Or so you’d think.  An hour goes by, then two.  I’ve emailed, called and texted the agent with no response.  The next morning, I get an email that states “I’m so sorry, I was just about to send you the offer when I realized that my clients were talking about a different home.  If our offer to them doesn’t work out, we will circle back to you.”


Well sure laugh now because you can’t make this story up, but my excited clients thinking they were getting an offer weren’t laughing.  Lesson learned, ask any potential Buyer’s agents to check with their clients and verify “is this the right house?  The one at ABC 123 Street?” before picking up the phone to advise an offer is on the way.


Cheers,

Jennifer


“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”  ~Walt Disney

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So with the new year came some goals, as my January post stated, one of those goals was writing and maintaining this Blog.  Well that didn’t happen!!  But as with anything in life, I’m willing, able, and wanting to give it another shot.


It’s now October and it’s amazing how many things have changed since my first post, both professionally and personally.  Professionally I took a giant leap and created Team Roycroft, with the addition of Anna Dunbar as my buyer’s agent.  She has been amazing!  Her positive attitude and eagerness to help our clients really solidified my choice in growing into a team.  We have first hand knowledge of the ever changing market and which area’s were hit most by the government interventions and which markets have been the quickest to start to stabilize.  We also moved into a larger office – it even has a window!!!  It really is amazing how much having a window impacts how much paperwork I can now get done.


Personally, I now have an almost full grown man (he would hate it knowing that I just wrote that!) who is graduating from high school this year.  This alone feels crazy to me, especially since my little guy is just starting out in grade 1.  Then there’s my girls who are inspiring me as they are growing into independent young women who are taking on the world!  My big guy, he’s started on our forever talked about renovations.  I really don’t know why I tell clients if you are doing major reno’s it’s probably best to find some where you can stay while they are being done but thought that my family would be different and we could live in the house while it’s in pieces!  We have really only done the prep work so far and I’m already going crazy.  Finally, there’s me, since the big 40 happened this year I challenged myself to take better care of me and actually mean it.  With that I’ve started boxing, yes my gloves might be pink but I assure you I know exactly how to use them, and I’m running again.  I’m starting to feel like I did before I had babies!!  I know that sounds crazy but it’s true.


Well with that I am re-committing to maintaining this Blog and I hope that you follow along with us on this crazy roller coaster of work life balance that I’m still trying to achieve

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It's going to be a busy weekend! We are excited to be hosing open houses at TWO of our new listings!


OPEN HOUSE:

Saturday March 9th & Sunday March 10th 2-4pm both days.

#703-1185 Quayside Dr, New Westminster

1 bedroom & den unit for photos and details please click here.




OPEN HOUSE:

Saturday March 9th & Sunday March 10th 2-4pm both days.

#305-13733 74th Ave, Surrey

2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms, for photos and details please click here.

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It’s Only January!


Yup, it’s official, we are already half way through January and I’ve already heard myself say “where has the time gone?!”  Am I the only one?  It’s only January!


If you’re like me over the past holiday season you made a significant dent in the world’s wine supply, threw your children’s schedules out the window, and still have Christmas decorations up.  Well I’m here to say not “where the time has gone” but instead “it really is only January”.


I live in a small house with children, pets, and of course my adoring husband.  We face challenges every day like just like your family – making sure our little people are clothed, fed, happy, healthy and aren’t shooting nerf guns at each others’ heads.  It’s hard, but it’s only January!


Each year I try to challenge myself and my family to try something new.  This year my challenge was to create a professional website that was user friendly and interactive with my clients and with that creating a blog.  So, it’s only January and I’ve created the site, kept my kids safe, and now have written my first blog.


Stay tuned for updates on my crazy family and I might even through in some market in sites!


Cheers!

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