Myrtle Beach Real Estate by Mirela

Reclaim Your Life, One Hobby at a Time!

Reclaim your life one hobby at a time!


Today I dusted off my Rollerblades and off I went, skating through the neighborhood.   I can’t remember the last time I skated; I think it was last year, or maybe the year before that.  I spent my childhood on skates.  My kids learnt to roller skate when they were two years old.  Skating has been a constant throughout my life until… 


What happened?  Work and responsibility took over my life and somehow I found less and less time for myself.  When my grandmother passed away this spring, I started taking inventory of my life.  I came to the realization that I worked more than I lived.  Worst of all, I don’t even know when the change happened; it just did. 

 Reclaim your life one hobby at a time!

I’ve never backed down from a challenge and the past few years have been challenging, to say the least.  I found myself working longer and longer hours, trying to somehow catch up.  I just recently came to the realization that catching up is not possible in the market of 2009.  I’m learning to prioritize better, delegate more, automate more, and say no more often.  I am very picky about the clients I take.  I am more careful about the time spent on tasks.   I enter my discretionary activities like yoga classes on my calendar as appointments.  If I don’t schedule my free time, I forget to take it… 


Last week I ran a 5K race, something I haven’t done in years.  This summer I went white water rafting, boating and hiking, again, something I haven’t done in years.  This year I’m reclaiming my life.  I am finally admitting to myself that although I thought I was a well balanced individual, with no addictions of any kind, I may indeed have a problem with working too much.  I’ve started the repair process this summer. 


If you are reading this and nodding all the way through it, why don’t you join me and start changing?  Reclaim your life, one hobby at a time!  Prioritize, delegate, automate and limit your work load, while at the same time dusting off helmets, skates, footballs or baseball bats!  Call up old friends and throw a get together!  How about charades or a game of monopoly?  How long has it been since you played a board game with your loved ones?  Life is short; you blink and it’s gone.  Enjoy your Life!  Work will be here when you finish playing…


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Comment balloon 66 commentsMirela Monte • November 28 2009 05:19PM


I would love to hear from you on this subject! 

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) almost 11 years ago

How do you maintain BALANCE in your Life? 

...Or do you?

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) almost 11 years ago

What a great blog, I really enjoyed reading it.  If you are ever in need of a real estate professional in Port Townsend, WA please give me a call.

Posted by Charlie Arthur, CCIM (RE/MAX FIRST, INC.) almost 11 years ago

Thank you Charlie!  As a CCIM, you are the creme de la creme of commercial Real Estate and obviously the only choice in your market when it comes to commercial Real Estate (in any market there are only a handful of CCIM's).  Garnering your CCIM shows full dedication to your field.  Congratulations for achieving that!

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) almost 11 years ago

PENTE, yesterday, with my son!  Oh, and at my request, he indulged me in a game of Skip-Bo (cards).  He says he only likes games that are completely SKILL! LOL!

I think it's wonderful that you went rollerblading. And you are right, if we don't pencil in "free time" will not happen!!

Posted by Sonja Patterson, Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou (Keller Williams - BV) almost 11 years ago

You have voiced what I have been trying to do....   but life got in my way.   :)   Thanks for putting it in writing and giving me a nudge to just DO IT!

Posted by Connie King almost 11 years ago

Today I made a gingerbread house and got icing all over the place with my son Spencer. Last week we raked leaves, and then hid in the piles of them, and personally, I just bought a 'Learn how to play Piano' book, as I am positive I will teach myself this hobby in the new year :o)

Cheers Mirela ! Hope you are doing terrifically well !

Sheldon ;o)

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) almost 11 years ago


I use to have a life.  I have been meaning to get back to it. 

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) almost 11 years ago

I nodded the entire way through.  I used to love to read but I haven't read a book in months.  I also haven't put together the albums of my kids for their grandparents that I have been wanting to do since the Summer.  I accept your challenge.  I will allow myself the time to enjoy these tasks.  Thanks.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 11 years ago

Last new years eve I quit smoking. I have so much free time now because I used to have to go outside to smoke, interrupting my work day. I liked your post, I'm going to start more hobbies this year. I'm going to excerise. ( I have to now. Since I quit smoking I've gained about 30 lbs!) Life is too short not to have some fun! I live right near a bike trail, I'm finally going to put air in my tires and go! Thanks so much for the post, it inspired me!

Posted by Scott Taylor, REALTOR (Realty Center - Orlando - Ocoee) almost 11 years ago

Mirela - your post is so timely! After a whole year of working like crazy (because it was too stupid to let all this business go) I found myself being an unbalanced, stressed out workaholic. I like your idea of "one hobby at a time". Today I played Chopin and Bach after months of not even touching my piano. What a relieve and inspiration music brings! Thank you , Mirela for your post!

Posted by Svetlana Stolyarova, Local-n-Global Realty, Broker 216-548-4663 (Local-n-Global Realty, Cleveland and International Real Estate Solution) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mirela ~ I can't tell you how many times I've said that I used to have hobbies before real estate.  Real estate definitely brings out the workaholic in me.  Now blogging does the same thing.  I do still read a lot but other hobbies not so much. And as much as I love roller skating the lack of disability insurance gives me pause - can't do all this with a broken leg or arm!


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mirela,

Good for you, and I couldn't agree with you more.

Having a life and not just a lifestyle was something I learned from my business coach.

Also in a prior CRS session with Dr. Wayne Dyer he had us create a pie chart showing how we spent our time and our priorities, it was a real eye opener for me. And as a single parent in r.e. I thought it was necessary, I was wrong.

I realized that I can no longer postpose things until "someday", at that point I decided to live my longer willing to postpose fun.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) almost 11 years ago

After I was forced to shutter my homebuilding business, I found that I had plenty of time for myself. Too much time. Now I relish every client, every moment of work, and hope it never ends.

I used to tell my family and friends that when I am on my deathbed, I will be the first person to say that I wished I could've spent more time at work. Not less. =)

Posted by Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR© 512-845-4204, My knowledge is your power | eXp Realty (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Liz:  That was exactly my reason for not rollerblading for so long.  I finally decided to get a pair of hand guards.  I've broken my wrist rollerskating before and at this juncture I don't want to do that again.  I'm a very good rollerblader, but I made a pact with myself to not do anything too fancy or go too fast.  Speed was unavoidable, but I did refrain from performing any fancy moves (like skating backwards or performing jumps - I used to figure ice skate and trying to perform an Axel on roller skates was how I broke my wrist last time).  Still, I may reconsider...  living in fear is no way to live our lives...

Get some hand guards Liz and go out there and enjoy your sport!

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) almost 11 years ago

Svetlana and Scott:  It made me so happy to read your comments!  Svetlana, playing your piano and disconnecting from this crazy business will only make you a better agent.  Sometimes we need to step back to see it all more clearly...

Scott:  I am giving you a standing ovation for quitting smoking!  It is the single most important step in regaining your Life.  Smoking in itself is bad enough for your health, but it would not be as lethal as it is if they didn't put the chemicals they put into our cigarettes.  Those things will kill you. 

Scott, for all of us who wish we lived close to a bike trail, please, please my man, go biking!  How awesome is that?

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) almost 11 years ago

Sounds like you are adding some balance back to your life.  The kids probably appreciate some of your time as well.

Posted by Theodora Wu (TJ Investments) almost 11 years ago

Connie and Barbara:  Come on, you can do it!   Once you pay attention to it, it will happen. 

Sheldon:  Kids ground us.  They make us stop and smell the roses.  I remember when my kids were small.  We used to do so many fun things together.  I think the trouble started when they grew up and didn't really need me anymore.  When I was finally able to put in 60-80 hours of work in a week, I felt so liberated.  I told everyone: "I feel like a Ferrari that was finally let out of the garage after idling there for years."  Being able to dedicate myself fully to my career after putting my kids first for so many years was a huge joy for me.   But now that Ferrari needs to park it once in a while and get some servicing done...

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) almost 11 years ago

Theodora:  My son is a Marine officer fighting in Afghanistan right now.  My daughter is a junior in high school and helps me in the business.  We always spend time together no matter how many hours I put in at work.  We have our special time every day when we catch up on each other's lives. 

Larry:  I hope you actually get around to doing it...

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) almost 11 years ago

Good for you.  My baby is almost 2.  I try to spend as much time as possible for my hobby.  Im afraid with all of the work Im gonna miss her grow up.  Its hard to balance it all.

Posted by Trisha P Realty Group, "Holding the Keys to Your Dream Home" (Realty Executives) almost 11 years ago

Funny you should post this. I freely admit I work too much. The past 2 days have been like a vacation- immersing myself with family, doing nothing buy laying about the house. Slowly, you remember what feeds you when you do that. A little music, some writing, and the kids. Oh, and sleep. 

My new years resolution for 2010 will be more rest, balance and time with the kids. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mirela, nice post and so very true. The one thing I did without fail was attend my sons wrestling matches and football games while they were growing up. I did not miss a single high school or college football game. Which means I did not work Saturdays in season. And sometimes whole weekends during his college career at Alfred University. My oldest son has recently taken up body building and so, I schedule those times out as well. I do try to make time to read (my fav hobby, still have Arrow books from 4th grade) and spend time with my parents and brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews - we are very close family and all still live here in Rochester NY.

In 1996 I was a buyer agent for a very succesful agent, and she said to make sure I took the time for the kids. She said she had missed some important things for her son because of real estate and she was sorry that had happened. She said, they won't remember you sold a house that day, but they will remember you were always at the game . . . I never forgot. Put it in the calendar - then you can honestly say, "I already have an appointment for that time, what other time works for you?"

Posted by Angela Penkin (RE/MAX Plus) almost 11 years ago


I ride a unicycle, it looks at me longingly as I go out the door to sell houses. Two weeks ago I answered the call and took it out for a spin! I miss riding so much! I will be going out for a ride tomorrow, reading your blog makes me write it in my calendar! I have rollerblades too, those will go on after a few laps. I have a beautiful area to go riding here in Newport, on a bike path that goes to a lookout over the coastline near the jetty with a view of the bridge. Tomorrow is going to be fabulous! Wish you were here!

Posted by Barbara Le Pine, Your agent for the Central Oregon Coast! (Advantage Real Estate, serving Lincoln County) almost 11 years ago


I just picked up my season ticket for skiing this winter. My wife and I used to be passionate skiers until kids, business, teaching, you know all the excuses. Now it's our turn to have a little fun!

Posted by Steve Bush, 603.455.7428 - NH Lakes Region (Maxfield Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mirela,

One day few years ago I decided to have more fun in my life.I bought a new pair of Rollerblades and started rollerblading.It was so much fun,before I knew only how to ice skate,so it was quite easy to learn.Just like you I don't do anything difficult not to brake any bones.I do fast walking and yoga, don't ice skate any more,don't like cold.I try to balance my hobbies,doing a little bit of at the time photography,poetry,writing a blog and job hunting.


Posted by Eva Erdmann, interior decorator (Lion International Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Yep. If you don't have some fun once in a while you need to question what your doing.

Good post and good day


Posted by Tony Grego, 317-663-4173 #1 Trade Association for Alternative Inv (REISA - 317-663-4173) almost 11 years ago


Roller blading is such a great workout - and not an easy thing to do, I have tried it. I commend you for getting back into it and reclaiming your life.  Life is much too short to let it slip by without doing those things that are important to you.

Tennis has remained a big part of my life.  I usually play at least four times a week. Before blogging, I use to read every morning (enjoyable reading, not business) but that has fallen by the wayside. 

I would like to thank you and your son for his service to our country. Please know that it is very much appreciated.


Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) almost 11 years ago

Mirela, I have hobbies but mostly very sedated. Reading, meditating, fishing and working on my tan :) I need to find something that's more active.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) almost 11 years ago


You are doing like many others: (I hope) reclaiming their life. I use to always love walking (running with my knees is no longer an option)and this year I have made it a priority. Every day 3-4 miles and I feel so good! I do love to read and have it least 2 books going at all times (yes one is business and one is pleasure). We love to travel and plan several trips a year and make it happen. Every week-end we have one night dedicated to "date" night..just for us. I always have enjoyed massages and am making time for one or two a month. I put our grand-kids sporting events on my calender just like an appointment and we make most of is good when you slow down and smell the roses!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) almost 11 years ago

Mirela, It seems like I spend an inordinate amount of time in my office which is a sad commentary...what a beautiful country side to explore...Its time to take stock of my own time. Thanks for the reminder.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) almost 11 years ago

What a lovely, timely post!  Thank you for the reminder.  Calling for a massage appointment right now!

Posted by Sue Wettstein Brazzel & Dipper Wettstein, "Fast, Efficient, Hassle-Free Service!" (Howard County, MD - RE/MAX 100 - Columbia MD) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mirela! Looks like you got a spammer above....Thank you so very much for this post. Have been having 'fleeting' thoughts like yours.  Business totally consumes you now with laptops and blackberrys. This past year it seems business is always the elephant in the room, on the boat or on the deck.  Time to stop adding things to the bucket list and start crossing them offf!  Thanks again for bringing the desire back.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 11 years ago

Mirela, the eternal optimist! Good for you for getting back on those skates. I bet it felt great.

All work and no play will only lead to regret at some point. Have a great day.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) almost 11 years ago

Fortunately for me I never had that much tolerance to putting my needs on the shelf.  I learned that balance is important which has served me well.  I do a great business here in SF.  But I also play tennis, basketball, run, read, cook, hit art shows, movies, etc....

Now rollerblading....yes I've been putting that off.  :-)

Posted by Frank Castaldini, Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco (Compass) almost 11 years ago

Mirela, this is wonderful to read.  In this business, it is soooo easy to work round the clock.  In the past couple of months, I've returned to my fitness regimen and walking with friends.  My hub and I plan to do lots of skiing this winter. If I can find some dance classes, that would be perfect.  Keep going.  :->

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Brand Ambassador and Business Coach (Century 21 Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Mirela, Great post and congrats on your activities!  You really hit home with "scheduling your discretionary activites."  That is so true.  If I don't put it on the calender, work takes over all the time slots. 

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) almost 11 years ago

Mirela:  Excellent post on how to reclaim 'your' time.  I recently moved and I just found my ice skates from childhood.  I haven't skated in ?? just can't remember.  My hobby is doing stained glass and I just realized that I haven't done a project in 20 years!  I have got to get changing! 

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 11 years ago

Mirela: Good for you. As we age, it's so easy to get stuck in our ways. Yet there's so much out there that is interesting. The way I look at it, I'm willing to try almost anything once. Thanks for the post! Keep up your daring ways!

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) almost 11 years ago

You're absolutely right. With it so hard to win a deal or keep a client in escrow, I think we're all working harder than ever. After a week's vacation this year, when I had the chance to really slow down, I thought about all the things I used to enjoy. Sewing, reading, long walks. I'm making progress.

I'm reading about two books a month (open houses between visitors is a great place to catch up). I got a walking partner, so I'm more apt to do it with her prodding. And I decided to make a quilt. Got a little stalled, trying to figure out what kind and for what use. But then I learned I'm going to be a grandma for the first time, so a baby quilt is now in the works. Good for you - we all need this reminder!

Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 11 years ago

Biking, Yoga, walking the dogs, weekly massages, manicures and pedicures, travel, and breathing. These are a few of my favorite things.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mirela - how true! I feel exactly the same - After 12 years playing pro ice-hockey I returned to Victoria where my life became a 7 days a week, almost 24 hrs a day involvement in my job. So ... a couple of months ago I decided to go back to playing hockey, BMX riding with my son, weekly swimming and walking the beach with my family on certain days every single week.

It's true, we all need to take the time to smell the flowers and be with our families and friends as life is too short --- especially when you hit the big 40 - as I will do next year!

Thanks for the reminder to simply relax now and again :)


Posted by David Stevens, Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty (Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada) almost 11 years ago

I just signed up with a personal trainer and I'm getting a bicycle for Christmas!  So excited.  Took a lot of time this year to play with my twin granddaughters.  Looking forward to lots of experiences with them......and still had a very successful year! 

Posted by Jeanne Gregory, RE/MAX Southwest, Sugar Land, TX almost 11 years ago

I know this year I have felt the burn as I worked harder than ever just to have the same amount of business.  I know I'm feeling the burn and spent the past week just reading books and getting rejuvinated.  I know that I won't continue this pace next year, but I put some things into place this year that will pay off next year. 

I too plan to get back to taking better care of myself, mentally and physically in 2010.cur

Posted by Melina Tomson, Principal Broker/Owner, M.S. (Tomson Burnham, llc Licensed in the State of Oregon) almost 11 years ago

Mirela - Yes it's time to get back to things I enjoy doing as well as Real Estate... A good reminder for us all... I don't think I'll be doing my bike riding as I had broken my thumb the last time I did that and still recovering from that expoit.. ugh.. so a bloggin I will go and get back to recording some music with my wife... Thanks for reminding us all of our previous lives before real estate... :-)

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Christie's International Real Estate ) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mirela -- Your situation is common and I too have found myself doing this.  I try almost every day (year round even in Cleveland's winters) to go hiking in a gorgeous national park either alone, with a friend, or my two labs.  It is a huge stress relief, great physical activity and makes me realize where I fit in this thing called life.  I grew up playing hockey and got rollerblades about 15 years ago and try to get out on our local, paved towpath trail through the park and it's great exercise.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) almost 11 years ago

Mirela- I nodded so much through your post that I got dizzy!  You are so right about prioritizing.  I want to make the time to read books again; I want to get back into yoga.  My list goes on but I've found myself focusing on networking, social media and work and not the things that help me keep my sanity and my Self.   

Thanks for waking us up.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 11 years ago

Mirela....thank you for the post.  Made me realize I need to get the guitar and golf clubs back out before I lose my mind.

Great words.

Posted by Casey Joiner, Scenic Sotheby's International Realty (Scenic Sotheby's International Realty almost 11 years ago

I know where my tennis racket is; just need to use it more.  Good Post.

Posted by LLoyd Nichols, Southwest Florida Homes By The Sea (Premier Florida Realty of SWFL) almost 11 years ago

Mirela- I was meant to read your post as I just sat down on a Sunday afternoon realizing how much work I have to catch up on after the holiday weekend. I am SO guilty of being a work-a-holic and constantly struggle to balance work, home and fun.  Thank you for the reminder...I'm off to make smores with my little girl :-) 

Posted by Tara Jones- Atlanta, GA (Reel Productions TV- Real Estate Video ) almost 11 years ago

you know I am coming to the realization that working harder and longer is not doing much either ,,, this is a different market ,,, and life is short ;-)

Posted by Gene perez (Greater Mortgage Solutions & Valley Hills Realty ) almost 11 years ago

For me, walking every morning (almost!), riding my bike for a couple of hours once a week and riding horses through the woods with a friend is necessary to  my sanity!  It's the only way I can remove myself from pressures and stress.

Posted by Paul & Diane Boykin (Keller Williams Realty Greater Athens) almost 11 years ago

Mirela, you are so right. Since my surgery, I've had time, lots of time, to think about my life. I am gratefuly my surgery was a success and I am healing.  Life is too short, we must live,, love and laugh.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 11 years ago

Great post!  We get so caught up in "making a living" that we forget to actually LIVE! 

Posted by Lynette Bruster (LegalShield) almost 11 years ago

Mirela, nothing worse than living your life in years but not living. Glad to hear you are back on the beam. Roller blading is a blast. Have fun EVERY day!!!

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

Mirela, I had to laugh at your last question - how long has it been since you played a board game with your loved ones.  I'm an only child and I visit my parents at their nursing home (they are in their 90's, in fact, my mom just turned 97 last week), so I have to play dominoes with them ever other day for over an hour.  At some point, I want to have time for myself - to get back to my yoga classes, Pilates, or just go for a walk. 

I had thought that this past week would be quiet, but got a new listing and you know all that that entails.  Real estate is great in terms of having flexibility with your time, but what they don't tell you is that you are on call 24/7 and the demands don't stop unless you put a stop to it. 

You really should start a group on this.  If you do, let me know.  I definitely need group support to achieve more balance in my life!

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Mirela - I love it!  Today I spent most of the day in my yard, cleaning out my garden.  It was wonderful.  I agree that you have to have balance in your life.  Real estate always seems so "urgent", but there is really very little reason to not make time for hobbies!

Posted by Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor (The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty) almost 11 years ago

Me time?  Jeez that's a novel concept.  I'm going to have to give that a shot.  It's been years.  No, really years since I did any me time.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 11 years ago

I was just thinking of the same concept today.  I think the more sucessful we get, the more we can reclaim our life.   I'm with you Miela.  What a concept!

Posted by Judy Greenberg, Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes (Coldwell Banker Long Grove) almost 11 years ago


Sometimes it takes those tragic events such as the loss of a loved one to make us focus on what is actually important.  For me it was my brother's death a year ago.  We've joined some clubs,  are now active in Search & Rescue and we now have a dog. 

Posted by Carol Pease, CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320 (JP & Associates Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Thanks Mirela.  I'm with you!  I went hiking for the first time in years a few weeks ago.  Took up gardening last week.  I got tired of waiting to reward myself when I closed "x" number of deals.  The time to live is now.

Posted by Dianne Bartlett (Brightside Realty, LLC) almost 11 years ago

I have recently begun running again.  This time at a much more aggresive rate.  I will be running in my second half marathon in two weeks.  I didn't train for the first one and this time I have scheduled time in the mroning to train on a daily basis.  I have other hobbies I want to start scheduleing time for, I love to scrapbook and sew, and even have my own craft room where I can just close the door when I want to walk out - no need to clean up.  My goal for the new year is to get caught up on those projects and to train for a full marathon and possibly compete in a Mrs. Pageant.

Posted by Anonymous almost 11 years ago

You go girl! Keep up the good work!

Posted by BethAnn Long, Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, Spokane Wa Real Estate (RE/MAX Inland Empire) almost 11 years ago

I think we have to have outlets--physical, mental, creative, etc.  We are more rounded people who have something else to talk about besides real estate.  That's what I am enjoying about AR is that it is an outlet to talk about other things, too.  I would love to rollerblade, but I'll have to wait til spring--or move to one of those nice sunny locations!

Posted by Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate (Prudential CT Realty) almost 11 years ago

Hi Mirela! I did a similar post a year ago, hoping for as great a response as you have here! 

I have been a BIG proponent of having a life outside of work. Especially in our jobs - We really need a release to forget about work, My formula: Physical, Mental, Competitive, Creative... your activity needs to have as many of these pieces to be an escape.  my Number 1: Sailing.  I race Sail boats and that combines EVERY one, and I NEVER EVER think about work when I am racing.

 I also enjoy wood working, just creating something is so rewarding when we can work for a full day and not see anything physical accomplished in our careers.  I built a kayak a year or so ago, and when sailing season is over I often move into my shop to create this years hand made gift to my sisters. 

You dont realise how important these activities are until you take a break from them. Sailing ended early this year and I could feel the absence of   an outlet. But the past few weeks creating something beautiful in my shop was certainly an eye opener and some great therapy.

Bottom line: Pick something up - Schedule it, on your calendar, and Treat it like an appointment. Your sanity is worth every penny.

(not too long winded I hope??)

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) almost 11 years ago

Oh, such a powerful post....needs to be read and assimilated by everyone. get one's life there's a business plan for 2010!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for sharing. Good reminder to do more things simply for the enjoyment. Have a special summer.

 Take a camera on your walks for extra pleasures.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 10 years ago