Landing On My Feet…

Thanks to a fantastic group I belong to, Business Women Connect, and it’s CEO/President Shelly Aristizabal (author of “This is your Year”), I had the opportunity to meet Alison Martin-Book, author of “Landing on my Feet…Learning to Lead through Mentoring” a couple of weeks ago.  What an inspiring story she had to share!

From the jacket:

Despite many years of working to achieve equality for women in the workplace, the gender gap is still very real.  Women are emerging as leaders in the workplace, but most often are not making it into the C-suite. Cultivating mentoring relationships and sharing knowledge and experience with others is an important piece in the overall strategy of advancing women leaders.

This book contains contributions from executive women leaders for a variety of industries and an account of how mentoring can impact lives and careers as well as a toolkit for cultivating your own mentoring relationships.

At the end of many of the chapters are questions designed to make you think about where you are in your life, goals that you have set and met or not met, what you want to do, who you want to be and who you are.  My favorite section of the book starts in chapter 2…Mentoring Lesson # 1:  Deciding What You Want Personally and Professionally.  Okay, so I know what I want on a professional level, but struggle with the balance in my life…I don’t know what I would do with myself if I’m not working!  Alison shared her “bucket list” or “100 things I want to do before I die”, very interesting and has me thinking about what I want to do beyond build a successful real estate business…I still haven’t come up with the answers, but will share as I work through it!

Alison is someone to admire and learn from, I really connected with her book and the story she shared, I have identified some deficiencies in my own story and am formulating a plan to move myself to the next level in my business and my life…Thank you Alison for writing this inspirational book and Shelly for making it possible for us to meet Alison and be inspired by her story.


Vicki Reed

Great Post by IndyKW on the strength of our market! NOW IS THE TIME!!!


Statewide, market activity and home prices better each month of 2012 than the year before

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – The monthly Indiana Real Estate Markets Report today released by the state’s REALTORS® also provides year-end data which shows that 2012 was a strong turnaround year for Indiana housing markets.

Statewide, there were 8,531 more homes sold in 2012 than in 2011 – a 14.7 percent increase year-over-year. The median price of all 66,516 homes sold in Indiana last year was $118,000, which is 4.5 percent more than the median price of all homes sold in 2011 ($112,900). The average price of all homes sold last year was $140,043, which is a 3.6 percent increase over 2011 ($135,183).

“Housing markets in Indiana have decidedly turned the corner away from the worst of the recession,” said Karl Berron, Chief Executive Officer of the…

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Let’s get organized!

Does the idea of organizing your home overwhelm you?  What if you could break down what you need to do over the next 12 months…would you be able to do it then?  MSN Living has broken it down to a great month-by-month plan of simple tips to rid clutter from all aspects of your home, click here to see the entire plan!

January starts off simply enough, clean out your fridge and pantry…something we should do regularly, but often don’t.  As a single woman who spends much of my time on the road, I don’t think about checking the expiration dates on most of my condiments…just today noticed that I have some very out of date pickles in the fridge from a cookout 2 summers ago!  So after all the holiday guests have gone home and you’re through entertaining, throw out half-eaten leftovers, check expiration dates, and if you have foods you don’t plan on enjoying, donate it to a local food pantry.

Want more?  MSN Living also has a link to a Redbook piece, 23 Easy Organizing Ideas for your Entire Life that has a lot of great ideas! Also check out this Worthington Court blog post from last year:  How to Make the Most out of your Small Closet for more ideas.

Considering selling your home in the next 12 – 18 months?  Well organized, clean homes sell faster and for more money than cluttered homes.  Storage is a “top 5” item on Home Buyers “must have” lists, to buyers, a cluttered home doesn’t mean you have too much stuff, it means the home doesn’t have enough storage.  

Not sure what you really need to do to get ready to sell?  Contact me for a free market analysis and home visit to discuss what you need to do to get your home ready.


Vicki Reed