Oh what a night…

March Madness…I know, it’s only January, but last night, in addition to seeing a tough fought game between Indiana University (IU) and Wisconsin, I had the honor of watching the celebration of the 1976 UNDEFEATED, NCAA Men’s Championship Team and the unveiling of a new banner at Assemby Hall!

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I know everyone in the audience was hoping to see the legendary Bob Knight walk onto the court, but if you know anything of his reputation…you know he wasn’t going to show…but you could feel his presence.

Knight was there when all those players from that magical team sat in a row and talked about the team, the season, each other — and couldn’t stop talking about the man who brought them together and unleashed them on the unsuspecting world of college basketball.

Assembled were all manner of members of Knight’s 1976 program. Trainers, assistant coaches, student managers. A woman who sang the national anthem. More than 40 people were invited from 1976, and all but a handful came. Nine of the 12 players still alive returned — Buckner, May, Benson, Wilkerson, Tom Abernethy, Jim Crews, Wayne Radford, Jim Roberson and Scott Eells — and the three no-shows expressed their regrets. Jim Wisman is in Europe, IU athletic director Fred Glass said, and Rich Valavicius and Bob Bender had previous commitments. (Mark Haymore died in 2004.)

What a fun night and so blessed to have this memory (thanks Elizabeth for getting Mary the tickets for Christmas and thanks Mary for taking me along!)…I mean, I was young when this happened, but still remember watching the season and being amazed by this feat…others have tried, but none have yet to accomplish…Go Hoosiers!

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Vicki Reed

 

First Business day of 2016!

What are you doing to make 2016 your most successful year?  I don’t mean just business, but life!  I am so blessed to be part of Keller Williams, our value system is God, Family, then Business…and our mission is To build careers worth having, businesses worth owning, and lives worth living.  It’s not all about real estate, it’s about funding our perfect life.

I know I have posted about BOLD – Business Objective, a Life by Design – before and recently I completed the class for the third time!  Yes everyone, I am a 3 time graduate of BOLD…and I fully expect to take it every opportunity I get!  Taking it during the 4th quarter of 2015 has helped me bring clarity to what I want to accomplish this year as well work on my habits…both good and bad….

Part of BOLD is the BOLD Laws – I have them framed and on my desk at home and at the office…heck, I even have them hanging in my bathroom! They are truly simple ways to keep me focused…I will share my thoughts on these throughout the year and I am truly focused on making this my best year in Real Estate…and my best year in LIFE.

How are you going to create your Best Year?  In business, in life…Share your thoughts!  Let’s make this our best year ever!

Best year ever

Vicki Reed

Another Casino for the Indy Area????

For those who enjoy an occasional visit to one of the local casinos, ever wonder what we did BEFORE they were local?  I admit, I enjoy an hour or two gambling occasionally, but I work really hard for my money and a few bucks now and again for entertainment purposes is fine for me, I play penny slots and have had some luck, but ever notice the people playing the $1 or $5 machines?  Where do they get their money?  Does central Indiana need another casino?  Would love to hear your thoughts on the case…here are the highlights, for the entire report, click here for the full report from wthr.com reported on August 17…

A Las Vegas company wants to buy up 135 acres of land near the Indianapolis airport to build a casino, “high-end creative retail” and more.  Full House Resorts on Monday announced its proposal to build “American Place” in response to the Indianapolis International Airport’s “Land Use Initiative.” If selected, it would be built on the land along I-465 & High School Road, near where the previous airport terminal was located.

It would include:

  • Approximately 700,000 square feet of high-end creative retail space
  • 25-villa boutique hotel designed to offer the most luxurious accommodations in the Midwest
  • Seasonal plaza
    • ice skating and a European Christmas market in the winter
    • landscaped gardens and forests in the summer
  • Central square surrounded by a unique fountain and 3-D imaging experience
  • Multi-purpose conference and performance center
  • Residential condominiums
  • Offices
  • Restaurant court
  • Multiplex movie theater
  • Small, high-end casino
  • Large health club offering local memberships

The project would cost $650 million, representing one of the largest privately funded construction projects in Indiana history, according to Full House Resorts. They estimate it would then generate $85 million per year in state and local revenues when complete. Full House claims an independent third-party study found “American Place” would also create 4,000 permanent jobs and attract 10-15 million visitors annually.  American Place would be anchored, both physically and financially, by a small casino comprising less than 5 percent of the project’s total square footage.

What do you think?  Do we need another casino?  Even as part of a “lifestyle” center?  Would love to hear your thoughts!

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Vicki Reed

 

 

Something to think about…

A friend from my extended circle lost her Father unexpectedly this week.  I’ve lost many people over the years, some old, but some young…those are hardest.  Looking online for something that might comfort the family, I found this in the depths of old internet comments.  Someone had posted this plea online:

My friend just died. I don’t know what to do.

The rest of the post has been deleted, however, this response really spoke to me, I hope it does to you as well.

I’m old. What that means is that I’ve survived (so far) and a lot of people I’ve known and loved did not.

I’ve lost friends, best friends, acquaintances, co-workers, grandparents, mom, relatives, teachers, mentors, students, neighbors, and a host of other folks. I have no children, and I can’t imagine the pain it must be to lose a child. But here’s my two cents…

I wish I could say you get used to people dying. But I never did. I don’t want to. It tears a hole through me whenever somebody I love dies, no matter the circumstances. But I don’t want it to “not matter”. I don’t want it to be something that just passes. My scars are a testament to the love and the relationship that I had for and with that person. And if the scar is deep, so was the love. So be it.

Scars are a testament to life. Scars are a testament that I can love deeply and live deeply and be cut, or even gouged, and that I can heal and continue to live and continue to love. And the scar tissue is stronger than the original flesh ever was. Scars are a testament to life. Scars are only ugly to people who can’t see.

As for grief, you’ll find it comes in waves. When the ship is first wrecked, you’re drowning, with wreckage all around you. Everything floating around you reminds you of the beauty and the magnificence of the ship that was, and is no more. And all you can do is float. You find some piece of the wreckage and you hang on for a while. Maybe it’s some physical thing. Maybe it’s a happy memory or a photograph. Maybe it’s a person who is also floating. For a while, all you can do is float. Stay alive.

In the beginning, the waves are 100 feet tall and crash over you without mercy. They come 10 seconds apart and don’t even give you time to catch your breath. All you can do is hang on and float. After a while, maybe weeks, maybe months, you’ll find the waves are still 100 feet tall, but they come further apart. When they come, they still crash all over you and wipe you out. But in between, you can breathe, you can function. You never know what’s going to trigger the grief. It might be a song, a picture, a street intersection, the smell of a cup of coffee. It can be just about anything…and the wave comes crashing. But in between waves, there is life.

Somewhere down the line, and it’s different for everybody, you find that the waves are only 80 feet tall. Or 50 feet tall. And while they still come, they come further apart. You can see them coming. An anniversary, a birthday, or Christmas, or landing at O’Hare. You can see it coming, for the most part, and prepare yourself. And when it washes over you, you know that somehow you will, again, come out the other side. Soaking wet, sputtering, still hanging on to some tiny piece of the wreckage, but you’ll come out.

Take it from an old guy. The waves never stop coming, and somehow you don’t really want them to. But you learn that you’ll survive them. And other waves will come. And you’ll survive them too.

If you’re lucky, you’ll have lots of scars from lots of loves. And lots of shipwrecks.

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Tech Neck?

Tech Neck?  Check out this great blog post by my friend Kate Piscopo to learn more!

Tips to Avoid Tech Neck

Tech neck – I really just created that term!  I am sure you know what I mean – hours of work on our computers and smart phones can lead to an unhappy spine and a crinky neck.

 In today’s world of technology, instant email and social media, we need to be mindful of our bodies while our minds are whirring along each day.

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This image shows us the ugly truth of what happens to our spines with prolonged poor posture.  We will experience stiffness and pain in our necks and shoulders as a result.  Daily stretches are a great way to avoid tech neck and can easily be performed at your desk each day. Print the image below and keep it near your desk!

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Here are a few other tips that will help you minimize the risk of overuse while working:

  • Go wireless and go big!  Consider a wireless mouse and keyboard if you do not have one already.  This will greatly reduce the strain on your hands and wrists.  If you use a laptop regularly, think about getting a separate monitor so you can avoid neck pain associated with bad posture.  You can also set your display to a bigger font (simply go to settings and look for the Zoom tab).  This will reduce eye strain and fatigue as well as help you to avoid craning your neck to see your screen,
  • Invest in an ergonomic keyboard.  Again, this will ease hand and wrist strain if you are working at a workstation all day.  Make sure you get a proper set up – have yourself fitted for the keyboard to ensure it is right for you.
  • Get moving!  This is so important!!  When working we often forget to get up and move – I am guilty of this myself.  Take a break at least once an hour and take a brisk 5 minute walk.  Your body will thank you!

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The technology of smart phones increases our risk of injury even more.  There are several injuries and dysfunctional postures that can occur with overuse of our phones.

  • Golfer’s elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, is an inflammation of the flexor tendon.  This can happen with prolonged holding of a cell phone
  • Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, affects the extensor tendon and can result in fatigue and overuse.  This is also a result of holding a cell phone for long periods.
  • “Uptight” shoulders results from holding the cell phone between your ear and neck when talking.  Our shoulders will become fatigued and pinched with this posture.
  • Anterior shoulder strain occurs when the shoulder joints are strained for holding the cell phone in front of our bodies for long periods of time.  The upper arms and shoulders can become fatigued and painful with overuse. We can also develop strains and injuries in the rotator cuff muscles with this posture.
  • Rounded shoulders, upper back and forward head strain can all occur when we are looking down at our cell phones.  When we are looking down, our thoracic spine is hyperextended, putting strain on our necks and upper back.  This can also lead to headaches.
  • Rounded lower back happens in this posture as well.  Our pelvis is in an excessive state of posterior tilt which collapses the entire trunk forward and strains the low back muscles.
  • Finally, we have texting thumb! I know it exists, I have experienced it!  Irritation, inflammation and injury can occur in the tendons of the thumb due to repetitive overuse.

So what can we do about all of this?  How can we improve our posture while using our phones as well?

First and foremost, be mindful.  As with our posture when we are sitting at our desk on the computer, we often lose track of what our body is doing as the day drags on.  When using your phone, adjust your posture to take the pressure off of your neck, shoulders and low back.  Get a bluetooth headset to reduce strain when talking on your phone.

Click here to view more information on these potential injuries and to see what changes you can make to your posture starting today!

Better posture leads to better health.  Learn more about other postural adjustments for daily life in this printable – click the link to download – Four Steps to Better Posture

Be well and avoid tech neck!

Boo ESPY’s…

Really ESPY…Caitlyn Jenner as the Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner?  This is a FORMER Olympic Champion who after years of living with the media…well the word I want to use is inappropriate…family and it;s pimp of a momager you decide to become a woman…and that takes courage?  More than…

Noah Galloway?  Galloway is a U.S. Army veteran. He lost two of his limbs while fighting in the Iraq War. He was given a second chance at life, and most recently competed on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars (he danced himself to third place with the help of Sharna Burgess). Noah (click here to read his story) served our country and is firm believer in giving back to those around him in need, Galloway recently created the No Excuses Charitable Fund, which raises money and awareness for organizations that mean the most to him, including Operation Enduring Warrior and the YMCA of Alabaster, AL  Despite what some may call “handicaps” , he continues to compete, participating in adventure races around the country, such as Tough Mudder, Spartan events, Crossfit competitions plus numerous 5K and 10K races.

Lauren Hill?   “Never give up.”…this was Lauren’s mantra as she battled a brain tumor and rallied those around her to help her achieve her dream of playing in a NCAA game.  Hill attended Mount St. Joseph  a Division III school and played after being diagnosed with the inoperable tumor. She spent her final year polishing a layup and inspiring others to live fully.  “She taught us that every day is a blessing, every moment is a gift,” school President Tony Aretz said.  She did it by showing up for practice even though turning her head made her dizzy and left her physically spent. She appeared in four games, making five layups, before the tumor’s effects forced her to stop.  To read more of Lauren’s story click here

There are many other inspiring athlete’s out there, why Jenner?  Would love to hear your opinions!

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Lauren Hill Never Give Up

Vicki Reed

 

 

Congrats to Two Chicks and a Hammer!

As a Realtor, I have seen their rehab work and followed their business…imagine my surprise a couple of weeks ago while watching HGTV and seeing them and Indy with the pilot for their show!  Apparently the world likes them too as they have been signed to a 10 episode deal!

For those unfamiliar, Two Chicks and a Hammer is a mother-daughter house renovation team based in Fountain Square.  HGTV just signed them to a deal for a series that will follow Mina Starsiak and Karen E. Laine as they transform homes in Indianapolis.

A High Noon Entertainment talent scout found the team while searching for another company on Facebook, and after a long interview process, High Noon shot a pilot last fall.  “Two Chicks and a Hammer,” debuted May 4 on HGTV.  The first episode of the new series is scheduled to air in early 2016…read the Indianapolis Star article here:  Two Chicks and a Hammer.

Congrats to these ladies for being recognized…we’re all rooting for you!

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Vicki Reed