I am learning to LET IT GO… (a little)

One of my biggest stresses lately has been my son’s homework. He misses an assignment or 2 a week and it’s been making me crazy!!

J is almost 14 and he goes to the GT Academy. He plays bassoon in the honors band and is in the robotics club. When it comes to these missing assignments, he says he wants to have some fun in his life and not be stuck doing homework all night long. I get that. I really do, but he needs to realize that he just has to do it and get it over. I don’t know why he thinks he has a choice in this.

He wants to go to an Academy high school, preferably the Digital Media Academy or the Engineering Academy. I feel like that would be an amazing opportunity, and it would help him get into a better college and maybe even some scholarships to help pay for it.

BUT I realized this morning that I need to let it go, at least this one thing. (Thanks, Elsa!)

Let go and let J deal with it. If he doesn’t have the desire or the drive, it needs to be up to him. He will still go to a great high school, even if he isn’t in an Academy program. He will still go to a great college even if it isn’t Ivy League. He will probably get a scholarship for his bassoon playing, but if not that’s ok. He can get student loans and that will be ok. His parents did all of those things and we turned out fine.

Of course, he will still be grounded if he doesn’t get his homework done, but he is choosing the consequences.

I feel like I’ve lost a ton of weight that was pushing down on my shoulders.

The funny thing? J seemed really upset this morning after I told him all of this. I thought teens wanted to be left alone. Maybe we will talk more about it when he gets home from school today.

So, do you agree with my new outlook? Do you have any advice for me? Are your kids making you a huge ball of stress?


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Gary Greene

I always tell people that when it is time to make your move, I will be there to help. Well, now I have made a move of my own! I have decided to work with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Gary Greene. I feel like this will be a good fit for me and a positive change. Please call me if you know of someone who is ready to make their MOVE!


Environmental assessment underway for third phase of Hwy. 6 expansion

Environmental assessment underway for third phase of Hwy. 6 expansion.

Well, I’m not looking forward to the headaches that construction will cause, but once it is finished, this could certainly help things flow better in that area. The roads right around Hwy 59 and 6 can get quite crowded sometimes.

Quick Post: Why don’t I use my Facebook Business Page?

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to do a  quick post about Facebook. I do have a business page there, but I really never use it. I just go ahead and talk about real estate on my personal page. Some REALTORS® really worry about that.

Maybe they don’t want to appear goofy, or let potential clients know who they really are, or maybe they just like to keep their personal life and professional life totally separate. Not me, I just put it all out there.


Because I’m just a girl. I’m a mom, I love my husband. I love to eat, but stress about my weight. I like crazy music, singing LOUD in my car, being open minded and dancing like a fool. I am only human, just like you. I am also passionate about real estate. ALL of these things make me who I am, and I let it fly on Facebook.

I don’t worry if my client is going to see what I post because I like my clients and I ENJOY liking them. If someone is going to get offended by something I post on Facebook, and decide not to employ me as their REALTOR® because of it, that is fine by me. Not that I am cocky and arrogant and don’t care if I lose clients, (because I certainly do need clients!) but because if they react that way, then we probably wouldn’t have very much fun working together.

My goal is to make my clients happy, so happy in fact, that they want to tell everyone they know about how awesome I am. And that includes my goofiness.

One time a guy came to my office and was trying to get us all to buy a magazine to send to our clients. He said something like “It is nearly impossible to keep in touch with all of your clients and make them into friends”. At that moment, another agent in the office spoke up and said “MICHELLE DOES!”

That moment has stuck with me, and truly represents how and WHY I work with my clients. I really enjoy people, and becoming friends with my clients is one of the parts of my job that I love the most.

So go ahead and send me a friend request on Facebook. You will see that I love a crazy band that dresses up like mummies, that I post articles about real estate, and you will see that I post photos of my kids and dog and that I “share” funny cartoons about wine. I don’t mind if you find out that that’s who I am!


Let’s Play!!

We’ve got a little game that we like to play during dinner in my house. Here’s a video of my kids singing the theme song they made up for our game:

We go around the table and tell each other what we would have in our “Dream House”. Money doesn’t matter, reality doesn’t matter.
Jakob says his house would have: A room full of china and a baseball bat.
Evan says his house would have: A room full of Puppies
Andy says: My house would have a chef!
I say: My house would have a beach.
And we go around the table a few times until we run out of ideas.
So, let’s play! What would YOUR house have? GO!

Pasta (and Rice) Drive!

I read on Twitter that a friend of mine is conducting a pasta drive on her blog, Nap Time in Naptown, and I decide that I would love to help as much as possible. So, I decided to shamelessly steal her fabulous idea and run with it, hosting a Pasta Drive of my own here at my office.

Second Helpings is running dangerously low on their suplies of pasta and rice, and they use up to 100 POUNDS per day to help fight hunger right here in Indy.

“At Second Helpings, we fight hunger and empower people. We rescue prepared and perishable food, re-prepare it into nutritious meals, and distribute those meals to over 50 social services organizations that feed hungry people. We also use rescued food to train disadvantaged adults for careers in the culinary field, helping to eliminate hunger at its source.”

To do our part, we are using our office as a collection point and spreading the news that WE WANT TO HELP! Please drop off donations of pasta and rice at the Carpenter Office right behind Best Buy in Avon before September 14. On the 15th, my car (Cleo) will become the Pasta Mobile and I will load her up and drop off all the pasta we collect at Second Helpings.

Pasta and rice are inexpensive and go a long way, so please help do your part!