Passionate Pursuit of Purpose

2 lessons from Frozen

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Character Development, Faith, Finding Destiny, Leadership, Parenting | 1 comment

2 lessons from Frozen

WithFrozen 3 young girls I get to watch frozen on a regular basis. Of all of the Disney animated movies, this is the only one I will let the watch as often as they want. There are 2 themes I reinforce and teach them from this movie.

Don’t keep your gifts and talents hidden:

Each of us has a unique talent and skill set that if used properly will make this world a better place. Don’t let fear allow you to keep them hidden. You will be miserable. When you unlock and use your talents, you will find your destiny, and be happier.

Sometimes others will do things do encourage you to hide your talents. They could be well meaning teachers, parents, or friends, and they will try to steer you into a “safe” or “normal” life. “If you are to busy living the life someone else wants you live, who will live your life?”

You owe it to the world and yourself to pursue your passions and talents.

You talents can be used to help or hurt others:

She used her talent to help her sister have so much fun. Her anger and frustration almost destroyed her city. It almost killed her sister. It all depended on how she chose to use her talent.

A persuasive person can help others by helping them search and buy the perfect product that meets their needs, or they can con someone and take advantage of them using that same skill. The strongest kid in school can stand up for the oppressed or be an oppressor. We choose!



The beauty of that tower she created is awe inspiring. (Yes I know it is magic and not possible in the time she did it.) Your life will be a “swirling storm inside” until you unlock your true calling.

My most important job as a parent is to help my daughters find who God created them to be. I can’t let my desires for them or thoughts of what they should like affect my responsibility.

Your Life’s work should be a thing of beauty!

When you unlock your talents and passions you will find yourself dancing to work. You don’t have to live in misery. Don’t let others hold you back from the life you were created to live! 

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5 inexpensive tips to help sell your home

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Personal Finance, Real estate | 0 comments

5 inexpensive tips to help sell your home

Miss Philippines, Binibining Pilipinas joins Santacruzan in ManilaSelling your home is like entering a Beauty Contest, and how you dress your home is a vital component.  Here are some simple steps to make your home the prettiest in the pageant.


When taking pictures or showing the property it is best if you home looks more like a photo in a magazine:

  • Hide the toaster (Countertops empty except for a few accents pieces
  • Half full (or half empty) closets and bookshelves.  (Let them think they have plenty of room for their stuff)
  • Get rid of the extra Furniture. (Furniture should leave lots of open space in the rooms)
  • Those precious collectibles… start packing some of them away. 

The goal is to make your home look like what we all dream our home looked like. Do your best to make it look like an airbrushed model on a magazine.


Paint to your house, is like makeup on a beauty contestant.  It can hide imperfections and make your home look younger. Light neutral colors are best.  Use dark colors only as accent tones.  Lighter color paints open up a space.

3.Give your property a sidewalk Serenade:

  • Landscape and prune your property especially around the house.
  • Those trees with low branches, trim those branches back. Don’t let the branches hide your home or make your yard seem smaller. No need to take the tree out just trim the lower branches.
  • Trim the hedges (The smaller and cleaner they are the bigger your home and property will look)
  • Plant some flowers
  • Fresh mulch
  • Keep the grass cut; it makes your yard seem larger.

4.Smell pretty:

Light scent that gives fresh sense, the plug in ones are great. If you have a basement get a dehumidifier and reduce the musty smell that often comes from a basement. Send the dog and cat to a friends if possible. Yes, I know they are a part of your family, but they are not a part of your buyer’s family and that is what matters.


Put a shine on everything you can. This is a continuance of the airbrushed model theory. Remove as many pimples as you can. Wax the floor, clean the windows and mirrors. No leaves overflowing the gutters, no oil and grease spots on your driveway floor.

These steps will help your buyer picture themselves living in the house. It will help your home be the queen of the home selling pageant.

Want to see what your home is worth?

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The spoils go to the persistent

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Character Development, Finding Destiny, Leadership | 2 comments

The spoils go to the persistent

Dr Kelly Flanagan made the following comment in a recent post:

“I have been a witness to people who quit avoiding suffering and decide to carry it—venturing into the world full of courage, because they know they can bear the weight of it, because they know it won’t overwhelm them, because they know they can stand strong in the midst of it.”

Success doesn’t usually go to the most talented or the luckiest.  It usually goes to the one who was beat down, failed, was rejected…. And then they got back up at tried again this time a little smarter.  Every time they get knocked they get up again.Depositphotos_3337475_original

Four years ago my investing in rental real estate had almost bankrupted our family.  I had to negotiate out of a deal I had made.  I had made a commitment and it had led my family to the point… “where keeping that commitment would have meant taking food and shelter from my children.”

At that moment I could have quit, here are a list of excuses that would have convinced most it was a “smart decision to get out of rental properties:”

  • It is too hard to find good tenants; especially in that neighborhood.
  • Maintenance costs on older homes are to high
  • The economy is so bad tenants don’t have money to pay rent
  • You have to be rich to invest in real estate
  • With all the new rules it is impossible to borrow money to renovate a home

I didn’t make a list of excuses, I made a list of lessons learned.  Then I got better as a property manager. I became a better business man.  And I became a better husband and father. Using these lessons I focused on the properties we had left. I was determined to do it better.  Many of these hard lessons became the foundation of our current success.

2013 was our best year ever, and I still have lots of improvements to make to my systems and procedures.  Our success would not have happened if it wasn’t for those hard lessons and experiences we had 4 years ago.
Our rental income is now a substantial source of income for our family.  What once threatened to take food from my children, now allows me to stay at home with them 2 days each week.  We are on our way toward our long term family goals.

I could have let frustration, suffering, struggle, and pain stop me from being a property owner. I could have let those failures beat me up.  I choose to chalk-up the $50,000 loss to education expense.  I chose to persist and pursue my dream.

My success in real estate hasn’t come because of luck, talent, or inheritance.  Success came because I persisted after setbacks and failures. Letting my failures and setbacks teach me.

What is your success story? When have you been beaten down but kept going to find success?


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