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Cracking Concrete

by Kirk Wright 03/25/2020

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As sure as this weed figured out how to crack concrete and thrive, life will return to normal someday. If you have suffered loss, please know that I pray you too will find a way to thrive someday also.

While Panic is a rational response to what is going on, I think we can all agree it is not healthy, nor productive. Here are some ideas to make the most of a most unfortunate situation. I hope you will share what is helping you too.

  • Control what you have control of and not that which you do not.
    • I do not have control over
      • Stimulus Packages
      • Healthcare 
      • Employment, etc.
    • I do have control over
      • What I do with my time
      • What I think about
      • Who I talk to on a daily basis
      • How much media I consume
  • Exercise - it's unbelievable how much better I feel after 20 minutes of stretching and 40 minutes weights in the morning. If you are able to walk in your neighborhood, doing so is also very therapeutic. 
  • Socialize - I make a point of talking with at least 3 people a day.  This can be video chat or traditional phone call. The point is to stay connected while being isolated.
  • Learn - under normal circustances, there is never enough time to indulge in learning new things. We have time now. Today I meditated for the first time. It was fantastic! If you are interested, Elevate is offering a free year subscription for their Balance: Meditation App.
  • Wake up with intention - I am trying to have a purposed filled day each day. Set goals, meet them and repeat. 


About the Author

Kirk Wright

I bought my first home in a small community on the shores of Lake Simcoe about an hour north of Toronto, Canada. Ironically, I couldn't wait for my mortgage statement to arrive each month so I could study it and mail in my payment (am I dating myself?). The statement would arrive. I'd scan the principal, revel in its reduction, then ask my REALTOR® what home values were doing in our neighborhood. It was intoxicating - principal down, home value up, repeat.

This home (actually a cottage) was my castle. I drilled a well to have running water year round, built a picket fence, painted the exterior, removed the shag carpet "insulation" off the walls and planted some flowers. It's difficult to convey how beautiful this home was to me.

Ultimately all the sweat was worth it 'cause I used the equity from the sale of that little property to fund my move to Orlando in 2001, my wedding and the down payment on our first home in the Milk District in Orlando.

Two years later we fell in love with a home in Winter Park's Dubsdread Heights neighborhood between Dubsdread Golf Course and Little Lake Fairview. Equity in our first home enabled us to refinance and pull out the necessary cash to use as a down payment on this second home. Now we were multi-home owners and landlords too!

Becoming a landlord brought the same sort of pride that came with buying my first home. Our tenants were wonderful, they LOVED the Milk District and never stopped thanking me for renting our home to them. In return, they paid us rent that covered the mortgage plus a little bit more. How awesome is that?

A year later our tenants were ready to become home owners themselves and moved to south Orlando. We put the house up for sale and our REALTOR® helped us secure nearly twice what we paid for it 3 years earlier. The American Dream was alive and well.

A number of years later we were in a position to buy our "forever" home, a beautiful home listed guessed it, Fannie Hillman + Associates. It is located in Orlando's Ivanhoe Village where culture, dining & nightlife are only as far as the end of the block. We kept our Dubsdread home and purchased the Ivanhoe Village property and became landlords once again.

For 16 years I helped local business owners grow their business using advertising and marketing and now I am thrilled to be part of the Fannie Hillman + Associates team as a REALTOR®, making my passion my career.

I look forward to using my experience to help you buy or market and sell your home.