Archive for June, 2015

Are You Ready for the Long Game?

I was invited to a special event recently where I was introduced to Scott Mcgillivray, host of Income Properties TV show. This CIBC sponsored event showcased Scott speaking on where financial expertise meets real estate and renovation ingenuity. Not normally my thing.

But, Scott’s message resonated with me and here’s why. If you are going to invest in real estate then be prepared to stay in it for the long haul. The biggest profits come to those willing to look beyond short-term results.

The Lost Art of the Little Things

I confess – I lean toward being a big picture kind of person. I get frustrated with details. I dream, I vision and I get going on making them happen. I look to others to sort out the technical and minutiae.

Over the years I have let go of so many little things I thought were important because they caused me a lot of stress. But there are some things that just shouldn’t vanish. They are the small details that make life better.

These are the top 5 little things I pay attention to:

Don’t Borrow Trouble

This age-old adage spoken by my granny in my youth still sits loudly inside me. As a shy, anxious young girl I was always looking ahead at what was to come. This caused no end of fretfulness and worry. My tummy was a bundle of nervous butterflies most of the time.

I can only guess now that my granny pulled out this saying in the hopes it would calm me down. It took years for it to sink in. In fact it wasn’t until my mid 40’s that I started to pay attention to it. My daughter was like me (without the shyness) and prone to panic over what was ahead. “Don’t borrow trouble”, I would tell her. Hmmm.

I realized I wasn’t following my own advice. So I looked deeper into what this statement really meant. The answer is control.