Beginner’s Mind When You’re Old

Last year was full of mistakes. As a certified self-critic, I could list hundreds of them. But as a learner committed to keeping a growth mindset, I can’t keep my mind open while focusing only on mistakes. 2022 was my first full calendar year in the real estate development business, and I wasn’t expecting toContinue reading “Beginner’s Mind When You’re Old”

The First Rule of Renovation Club

There IS a renovation club! If you have ever paid a contractor or handyperson to complete a job, you’re part of it. I recently broke the first rule of renovation club. I knew better! This isn’t my first rodeo, and I’m mildly disgusted with myself for not following the rule. But as the saying goes,Continue reading “The First Rule of Renovation Club”

How you do anything is how you do everything.

Perhaps a cliche of entrepreneurs and performance coaches, but there’s truth to this, in so many ways. If you’re trying to provide value without breaking the bank, you need to come up with creative solutions. It would be slick to replace all the cabinets, but when the budget doesn’t allow, and the rental market won’tContinue reading “How you do anything is how you do everything.”

How Broadway Got Her Groove Back

You’ve come a long way, Lady. After decades of abuse and neglect, you’re back. We didn’t try to change who you are. You always had understated elegance, and we weren’t trying to erase your identity. But your value had been overlooked for too long by too many people. That’s how life works sometimes. You’re gettingContinue reading “How Broadway Got Her Groove Back”

50 Shades of Beige

Simplicity is beautiful. The more responsibilities you have, the more you can appreciate the value of simplicity, because simplicity saves time. In the spirit of simplicity, I appeal to you. Saturday afternoon I tackled a task that had been on the back burner for a long time. Too long. It was one of those tasksContinue reading “50 Shades of Beige”

What is it?

As part of the renovation process at our Broadway property, we had to apply for a building permit for exterior repairs. (Side note here for a mini-celebration…it took me 51 years to need to do this, and my first attempt was approved. Yay, me.) I should clarify. The permit was approved with conditions. One ofContinue reading “What is it?”

Save it or raze it

In this season of renewal, I find myself looking with a discerning eye toward what can be renewed and what must be removed to make space for the new. When we can save it and it’s worth being saved, let’s do it. There’s value in reuse. There’s value in salvaging what can be saved. ButContinue reading “Save it or raze it”

What about a mural?

I get it, the rendering is quick and dirty, maybe even crude. Working with photos isn’t my strong point…at least not yet. But the image gets the point across. If you owned a property that could be a canvas for a mural, would you want one? What would you want the mural to convey? IfContinue reading “What about a mural?”

You Don’t Know What You Want

You may think you do, but until you are confronted with options – perhaps just a few or maybe dozens, you don’t really begin to understand what you want. In this humble case, you don’t believe that you want a yellow tub.  Who would?  Yet, when you browse the apartment listings online, you fall intoContinue reading “You Don’t Know What You Want”

Serendipity on Broadway

People mean well when they say, “When God closes a door, he opens a window,” but I still find the phrase mildly annoying. I mean, who wants to hear about the next open window when you’re looking at a closed door? Yet, it didn’t take me long to consider the window when I was staringContinue reading “Serendipity on Broadway”