Spotlight…Speedway!

Speedway is more than just the Indy 500, looking for something fun to do with the family?  Spring break is almost over, next is college graduations, then high schools graduations…but what else is going on???  The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is gearing up for the 100th running, and of course there are a lot of related events in the month of May, including time trials, practice, the mini-marathon, Carb day…and of course, the big race with Josh Kaufman singing back home again in Indiana to start the big day.

Live in Indy and want to check out Speedway BEFORE May???  April is a great month to visit a few spots before everyone else arrives, just think, you can tell your friends coming in for the race what other fun things there are to do, check out these places…

IndyCar Factory.com by Main Street Events

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and reasonably priced admission of $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12 – Children 4 and under FREE!

.The Dallara IndyCar Factory is a joint venture between the IndyCar Experience and Dallara Automobili. It is located just 1/3 of a mile southwest of the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway – home of the Indianapolis 500 – and just 5 miles from Downtown Indianapolis – the Dallara IndyCar Factory is the destination for race-enthusiasts, and those who are brand new to the sport, to get their fill of all things IndyCar!  Click here to visit their website and learn more.

 

There are plenty of great places to eat near IMS as well.  Check out these great places…

Daredevil Brewing Company  

Dawsons on Main

Barbecue and Bourbon

Check it out, I would love to hear what you think!

Vicki Reed

 

Women’s Big 10 Basketball Tourney Starts TODAY…

The Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments returns to Indianapolis and Bankers Life Fieldhouse starting today! This marks the 10th time that both tournaments have been hosted in Indy.

Indianapolis was the first city to host both tournaments in the same year. The 2016 edition serves as the 19th time the women’s tournament will be held in Indianapolis, while the men tip off in Indy for the tenth time.

The agreement between the Big Ten Conference and Indiana Sports Corp has Indianapolis as the host of future Big Ten Basketball events with the Men’s Tournament returning again in 2020 and 2022 and the Women’s Tournament returning from 2017 through 2022.

How great is it to live in a city where we regularly host great NCAA sporting events like the Womens and Mens Big 10 Tournaments  Today the Women’s Tourney kicks off with Wisconsin and Northwestern tipping off at 1:30.
Indy relies heavily on community volunteers for these events…I’m working community hospitality at a couple of downtown hotels…want to know how?  Contact  me, it’s such a great opportunity to showcase our city and make a great impression on visitors.  Click on the link for the bracket for the Women’s tourney, who do you think will win????  2016WBBTourneyBracket
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100 Days…

It’s 100 days until the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 and if the celebration doesn’t reach most corners of this community, it won’t be for a lack of effort. Or events, it seems.

The fun started Thursday night at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where fans were invited to a community celebration that began at 9:30 p.m. in the IMS pavilion. Just before midnight, attendees gathered at the Yard of Bricks for a special countdown moment.  And the fun continues today…IMS President Doug Boles, Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter and Matthew Brabham will join Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson for a proclamation ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse.

This afternoon kicks off with a media event celebrating 50 years of Team Penske in racing and the opening of a special exhibit running through November at the IMS Hall of Fame Museum. Four-time Indy 500 champion Rick Mears will be on hand with fellow Team Penske driver and three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves to mark the occasion.

At 4 p.m., attention will shift to the financial capital of the world, with a special countdown event at the New York Stock Exchange. Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles and BorgWarner CEO James Verrier will take part in closing bell ceremonies alongside the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy.

Celebrations will come to a close Friday evening at the Crane Bay in downtown Indianapolis with a gathering celebrating the “Pursuit of Progress.” The event will be hosted by ESPN SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak and will feature four-time Indy 500 champion Rick Mears, Verizon IndyCar Series Driver Marco Andretti and a full roster of guests from the wider sporting world and beyond.

There is a lot more to come in the next 100 days…

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Vicki Reed

The Plan…

Hello class, today’s BOLD Law is…Focus on the Plan, not the Problem…What do you think when you hear this?

We all have plans, not just for our careers, but for our lives…for entreprenuer’s those plans likely look different than for most of the population.  What are your plans?  Your dreams?  Is your plan to change jobs in 2016?  Follow your passion into something new?  Take the family on an amazing vacation?  Do something just for you?

For a REALTOR® like myself, I create and follow a detailed business plan every year and I am fortunate to have a business coach to keep me on track.  2014…I hit my goal and basically stopped following my plan and 2015, while good, did not culminate in my reaching my goal and I learned…that I am the problem!  I know what to do, I know what it takes, I just didn’t do it!

My biggest issue is keeping my energy level high enough to continue to work as hard as I do for my clients – I forgot about myself.  I know I need time off…to spend with my family, my friends and frankly, myself, to read and relax.  I built that time off into my plan for this year and it will be amazing!  (Bonus, read the book The Power of Full Engagement to understand a little more)

2016 is about following my plan…things are a little behind, but I fully expect to catch up in the next 3 months.  I need only 1 listing or 1 buyer appointment each week – that doesn’t seem so difficult does it?  So remember me when if 2016 is about buying or selling a home for you!

What are your 2016 plans…remember, focus on that plan and the problems you feel are in the way will not be insurmountable.

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Vicki Reed

2016 Indy Home Show…

Ends Sunday!  Have you been out yet?  One of the perks of being a Realtor® in Indy is the opportunity to preview the centerpiece home at the Indianapolis Home Show and Fischer Homes has built a beauty this year.  If you want to see it, you have to get there by Sunday!

Fischer Homes is the designer and builder of the Centerpiece Home — a fully-constructed, decorated and landscaped home built entirely inside Exposition Hall. Always a popular attraction at the show, the Centerpiece Home is a look at the hottest new lifestyle and home building trends. This year, Fischer Homes debuts the Allerton home design, a European Romantic elevation with soaring rooflines and a painted brick exterior.  With four bedrooms and 3½ baths spread across a 4,010 square feet and was designed for the modern on-the-go family.

Here is the schedule for today, Saturday and Sunday…

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29

  • Noon and 3:00 p.m. Designer-blogger Liz Henderson – Giving new budget-friendly life to homes
  • 2:00 John Gidding – Get more “Curb Appeal” with HGTV Host John Gidding, presented by Xfinity, with tips for giving your home a facelift

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30

  • 11:00 Fischer Homes and Touch of Class – The builders and designers of the Centerpiece Home reveal an inside look into the making of the home
  • Noon and 2:00 p.m. John Gidding – Get more “Curb Appeal” with HGTV Host John Gidding, presented by Xfinity, with tips for giving your home a facelift.
  • 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.  “Two Chicks and a Hammer” – Mother and daughter duo is revitalizing their hometown of Indianapolis one property at a time
  • 4:00 Pottery Barn Kids – Creating a Perfect Nursery 5:00 Heather Tallman – Basilmomma – A busy mom who likes to cook, Heather Tallman helps you find balance in life and in the kitchen
  • 6:00 Pottery Barn – Creating a Perfect Living Room
  • 7:00 Heather Tallman – Basilmomma – A busy mom who likes to cook, Heather Tallman helps you find balance in life and in the kitchen

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31

  • 10:00 Williams Sonoma – Super Bowl Party Ideas
  • 11:00 Fischer Homes and Touch of Class – The builders and designers of the Centerpiece Home reveal an inside look into the making of the home
  • Noon and 2:00 p.m. “Two Chicks and a Hammer” – Mother and daughter duo is revitalizing their hometown of Indianapolis one property at a time
  • 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Designer-blogger Liz Henderson – Giving new budget-friendly life to homes – Plus, Liz gives away a living room!
  • 4:00 Heather Tallman – Basilmomma – A busy mom who likes to cook, Heather Tallman helps you find balance in life and in the kitchen

The weather is going to be warm this weekend so get out and check out the Indianapolis Home Show before it is gone…then call me to get a new home of your very own!

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Vicki Reed

How do you keep your faith?

I struggle with my faith.  No, I don’t go to church, but I do believe in God, that things are truly in his hands and everything happens for a reason.  At 45 I made a decision that has changed my life – I became a licensed realtor and ultimately went into business for myself…you see, my dream has always been to be a CEO and I figured out that I wasn’t going to get there unless I went into business for myself!

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, the BOLD Laws are great and really keep me focused on what is important.  The one that leapt from the page today is “Fear or Faith…You Choose” and it inspired this post.  I have faith in my abilities, however, blind faith is a challenge I face everyday.  One of my Facebook friends posted this and I felt it really spoke to me:

Sometimes God will ask you to do things that you’re afraid of. Just because you’re afraid doesn’t mean you’re not supposed to do it. You have to get out of your comfort zone and do it afraid. If you play it safe all your life, you’ll never reach your full potential. That’s what faith is all about.

My biggest challenge every day is overcoming my fear of failure, however, I am grateful and thankful every day that I am a part of a company which gives me the tools, training and opportunities to grow as well as family and friends who have blind faith in me that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.  How can I fail with all of this on my side.  My goals for this year are big and I get up every morning and work through my affirmations, my gratitude and start my day in faith…how about you?

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Vicki Reed

Devour Downtown Indy starts TODAY!

It’s that time again…Devour Downtown!  Have restaurants you want to try but it seems a bit out of budget?  Now is the time to get out and try them!  Let’s face it, the weather this week with the warmer temps and no snow is the perfect time.

Visit the Devour Downtown website for a list of the restaurants AND the chance to win a gift card – you can enter DAILY.

Want to make is a night?  The Conrad is offering rooms for $149 a night (restrictions apply) and several of the local attractions, including the Indianapolis Symphony are offering special deals.  Jump online and check them out!

This is a great opportunity to discover more of Indy’s great downtown…maybe I’ll see you there!

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Vicki Reed