Christmas is a time to reflect and appreciate all the good
things that happened over the past year.
Commercial real estate agents are no different.
And as such, I submit to you the greatest gifts tenants,
landlords, buyers and sellers gave me in 2019.
I was privileged to be invited along on yet another great ICR sales adventure, with the company treating us to a trip to Nashville this past month!
Nashville, Tennessee is known best by its nickname of Music City
as the home of country music.
According to a study completed through Belmont University, the
City is home to over 80 record labels, 130 music publishers, 180 recording
studios, 27 entertainment publications and estimated 5,000 working union
Belmont estimated in 2006 that the music industry, through tourism
as well as direct and indirect industry spending contributed $6.38 billion to the
Quite the economy indeed, when you consider the first citizen to
inhabit Nashville had a wildly different background from music.
I started writing my blog to increase my social media footprint. While it has helped, it’s no longer my purpose.
Rather, I now enjoy expressing my thoughts on issues that pop up in my week. It’s usually something that has happened that inspires me to write about a topic…here’s what’s on my mind.
I want to work with a professional, whether it may be financial, medical or technical, that’s prepared to, at times, tell me what I need to hear.
If I am working with an individual or firm that is always selling me and/or agreeing with my line of thinking, I’m inclined to move on.
Too sick for work can be a subjective term.
I must admit I’ve pushed the limits and found myself exiled
from the office on more than one occasion for coming to work when I should
legitimately be at home.
I would say my average yearly sick days would even out
around 3 or 4 maybe.
Which puts me well below recent statistics that say
government employees are averaging in at 12.2 days lost per year.
The modern hotel concept sprung up in Europe around 1768.
Before hotels, travelers pitted in at coaching inns which
tended to the needs of the traveller and their livestock.
Travel was considerably less common due to restriction of
time and distance prior to the proliferation of the railway system.
But with advances in travel came the need for short term
To say we’ve advanced past seeking a place to lay our head,
however, is understatement.
Inspired after watching a TEDx video this spring by Chris Bailey, I was determined to unplug during my summer vacation.
Here’s my experience after just having returned from that time away.
It isn’t a summer music festival unless you’re trudging
around in mud. At least that’s what Craven organizers over the years have led us
But what if I told you that isn’t the case everywhere?
What if a festival site was thoughtfully designed with drainage,
sound control and amenities that could serve up to 65,000 people?
Montreal’s redesign of Parc Jean Drapeau has achieved just
The vibrancy of a city’s core creates the fabric of the
community. A safe downtown gathering place provides an ambiance that
reverberates throughout the city.
Who decides the definition of “safe”?
It’s a subjective word that may have different meaning to different people. I have my own translation and believe that “safe” is achievable.
speaking, it depends on where you live on this earth.
Globally there are
still approximately 2.7 billion women restricted from doing the same jobs as
But that’s not
necessarily true in North America, right?
Okay, how about this
more relatable fact: only 5 per cent of the Fortune 500 companies have female
When we look at the
general workforce, approximately 63 per cent of women (aged 25-54) participate
in the labour market; that compares to 94 per cent of men in the same age category.
The statistic doesn’t
tell us where those 37 per cent of women are or why they aren’t participating
but it certainly highlights the imbalance between genders.
So it’s agreed, there
is still some work to do.
regularly reminds me to slow down and be careful.
He loves me
and wants to see me safe. To be fair, he’s justified in that he’s watched me
trip, fall and maim myself too many times to mention.
was he a few weeks ago when I landed on my pride and broke my wrist?!