With the New Year just around the corner, I want to say "THANK YOU" to all of our clients for making it another great year at Champaignrose-Landmark Real Estate! I love what I do and the town in which I live and work but..... getting to meet and work with clients like you is truly a blessing.

Each year as the New Year rolls in we are all faced with the thought of New Year's Resolutions. Sometimes we are psyched and have our lists ready to go, while other times we may be dreading the thought of them altogether. After reading through some great articles recently, I found it really comes down to this:

Resolutions should be made by us only if it is something that we truly want to change, learn or accomplish that will make us happier, healthier or have a positive impact on our lives. A resolution should never be made because someone in your life wants you to change something about yourself, or wants you to do something differently.The ONLY resolutions you make are the ones that impact you, and only you, on a POSITIVE level. Plain and simple.

Now the GREAT NEWS! When you make your resolutions, keeping this simple statement above in mind, your chances for success dramatically increase!! So let's get down to the nitty gritty!

  1. Think about what's most important to you and then get very specific when you list out each resolution. Next to each give your reason for the resolution in detail.
  2. Remember, you're being realistic, so make sure you have no more than 3-4 resolutions and make sure they are things that are attainable with reasonable timeframes.
  3. What is your "Plan of Attack" and how will you track & monitor your progress?
  4. What is the PRIZE for achieving your goal? This is really important because you need to be rewarded for achieving this important resolution!

                                        TOP RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015

We all know that starting off the New Year is easy and exciting and we are ready to ROCK our resolutions! But once February rolls around our commitment can start to wane, this is where your good habits need to take over and why having "good habits" is critical to the success of your resolutions.

Studies show that it's much easier to create "bad" habits than to cultivate good ones; we easily indulge in short-term pleasures like expensive cups of coffee and sugar-laden foods. The good news is, with frequent repetition, you can create new, constructive habits. Be patient with yourself, however; it can take several weeks for new habits to form. If you slip up for a day, just pick up where you left off. Don't give up! Build in "cheat" days for a diet plan, or an occasional shopping splurge for a savings plan, but ALWAYS go right back to your plan so you WILL reach your ultimate goal....your resolution.

I sincerely hope these tips help you reach your resolution goals during the New Year! And if buying or selling a home in Champaign/Urbana is among your goals for 2015, I'll be happy to help you!  I have the local market experience & knowledge to help you succeed and am here whenever you need me. 

If you are new to Champaign/Urbana, I will be happy to be your guide and introduce you to our community! Whether you have questions about Champaign/Urbana real estate or you would like more information about our Award Winning Schools or community, please feel welcome to contact me today!

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!