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Bracing myself for possibly the most difficult six months ahead. . .

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A Woman Should Have
by Pamela Redmond Satran

A woman should have…one old boyfriend she can imagine going back to and one who reminds her of how far she’s come…

A woman should have…enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to…

A woman should have…something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour…

A woman should have…a youth she’s content to leave behind….

A woman should have…a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to retelling it in her old age….

A woman should have…a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…

A woman should have…one friend who always makes her laugh… and one who lets her cry…

A woman should have…a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family…

A woman should have…eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her guests feel honored…

A woman should have…a feeling of control over her destiny…

Every woman should know…how to fall in love without losing herself…

Every woman should know…how to quit her job, break up with a lover and confront a friend without ruining the friendship….

Every woman should know…when to try harder… and when to walk away…

Every woman should know…that she can’t change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents…

Every woman should know…that her childhood may not have been perfect…but its over…

Every woman should know…what she would and wouldn’t do for money or love…

Every woman should know…how to live alone… even if she doesn’t like it…

Every woman should know…whom she can trust, whom she can’t, and why she shouldn’t take it personally…

Every woman should know…where to go…be it to her best friend’s kitchen table…or a charming inn in the woods…when her soul needs soothing…

Every woman should know…what she can and can’t accomplish in a day…a month…and a year…

Should be an interesting week!

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Libra Horoscopes

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

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For the Week of Oct 14th, 2013 — Expect a major shake-up in your love life this week. On Wednesday, a conversation between you and your partner might open the door to a newfound mutual understanding and awareness that previously eluded you. Then, Friday’s Lunar Eclipse in your 7th House of Commitment will bring things to a crashing climax. A relationship turning point is imminent, and whichever way you go there will be no turning back. Will it be an ending or a new beginning? Wednesday’s dialogue might give you the answer.

 

So far, the wunderkind is wonderful at following directions.  I asked despite early signals he might arrive before his due date that he wait until he was fully developed, he did.  I asked that he think about reserving his own special birthday with both his father’s and mine at the second half of last month, he did.  I pointed out a birthday on the 13th might be not-so-great-mojo, so far, so good.

The house is as clean as an overdue woman can make happen, and have reached the uncomfortable point when even work emails and lead follow up is out of the scope of my attention span.  Looking forward, as baby G’s Realtor for life, to him moving out of his current studio digs and into something with some more room and though I have loved the creation of growth of this fantastic life, I’m looking forward to no longer being a duplex.  😉

Life lesson of the day, know your limitations!

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I’d post photos, but they’re horrid and I got my giggles out sharing them with a handful of folks already.  Safe to say, trying to shave your legs the week of your due date and hoping to maintain some semblance of dignity and attractiveness does not compute.  I gave up toenail painting months ago and bought (gasp) some terrible sneakers that had zippers since shoelace tying is impossible . . .found a great pedicurist who gives a killer calf massage (which, let’s face it, is the main reason a decent pedicure is soooo addictive).  WHY would I expect leg shaving to continue to be easy. . .arugh.  Basically, I think I just sent out a bat signal to Dracula and I’m waiting to run out to put signs and lockboxes on homes as I’m still using a hand towel (hand.towel. not a tissue) to get things under control.

So, I’m slow at times and apparently need to have some things hammered into my noggin.  Knowing my own limitations or at least conditional/short term limitations.

I booked myself a business meeting in Wilmington tomorrow (about an hour each way, on the long side with traffic, door to door).  I’m hoping that’s not beyond my scope for the time being.  ALC meeting Wednesday at the office as well. . .I’m shooting for full brain power, arriving early and wearing something that looks remotely business appropriate and flattering.  We shall see!

Woking on baby-proofing my business, as a pal of mine in D.C. likes to call the situation.  Have any pointers?  I’m VERY lucky on one hand to have a career that doesn’t have a traditional time clock and “office,” however, it means it never sleeps. . .couple that with a newborn who’s trying to find their own sleep schedule and I anticipate things will get a little entertaining!

Hello September, hello new/old name change.

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Almost complete with the name change but finally have a few official documents back so I can expedite things like changing them with NAR (National Association of Realtors), NCAR (North Carolina Association of Realtors) etc. . .the parts of name change house keeping that aren’t all that fun.

New business cards will be in the works, and even MORE incentive to get back in shape ASAP- new head shots and thank HEAVENS for Pinterest and SECRET boards!  Inspiration and outfit ideas but looking forward to no more edema and perhaps finding something new-mommy yet professional.  We shall see!

But the not-so-new-news is that it’s officially McKenzie Johnson again- and working on LOTS of domain name overhauls and the KW phone app etc. which had t wait until the name change became official.

 

Hope you’re well!

Check out the public portion of my Pinterest boards @ http://www.pinterest.com/mckenzie27/boards/  I passed 1,000 followers this week- so my late night and early am pregnancy insomnia seems to be helping “win friends and influence people”- or, at the least, find folks with equally annoying sleeping patterns OR who also spend time waiting in driveways for clients to show homes and pin a bit.  😉

Shifting market

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Things are changing daily and weekly in ANY real estate market and the best analogy I have found is that real estate is just like the weather, it’s very local in nature.  What is true for one zip code or neighborhood isn’t the same for one down the road.  Commercial development, road construction, school zone changes, rates of bank owned homes all can change resale numbers and price per square foot valuations on properties.

Our local Jacksonville/Onslow County/Eastern NC market is affected by these changes as well as the rate of plus ups or cut backs of military bases.  We are blessed with a ton of new construction on Camp LeJeune (new ranges and more, and increased treatment options for wounded warriors and retirees at the local Naval Hospital) and MARSON base improvements as well as new assignments to MCAS New River . . .we aren’t sure what the future holds but we can read market indications and prepare any client to move best with the flow of the market so things are advantageous as possible for the most beneficial outcome.

Cheers to changes and preparing as best we can!

McKenzie Johnson Laurence- spelling matters today, apparently.

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