Where do you find inspiration? Is it in the local supermarket amongst the leafy greens or hidden in your luscious backyard garden? I find my inspiration and quite frankly my motivation in music and travel. I love my job, but there are times when selling real estate can wear you out. I’m sure you’ve seen the men on tv cursing and screaming bloody murder over deals gone bad, that emotion is probably the only real thing you do see on those shows. Losing deals, inspections gone wrong, fickle clients, all of it can take its toll. After all, I have feelings too. So when I need to reset not just my brain but my heart, I find travel and music are the two things that always help to set me straight. Usually it involves five or so days of a different culture, different architecture, sometimes a different accent and one really really good playlist to keep me chuggin along. I’m currently writing this after a short trip to London this past week where all I wanted to do was take photographs and enjoy some nightlife with an old friend. And I did just that. We shopped, we visited Jazz clubs, we walked for miles and miles until my friend finally yelled at me because her feet were killing her. January was a rough month for me this year, and I couldn’t walk it off fast enough. I wanted to start February 2019 with a bang and a clear mind, so I needed to find my motivation and inspiration again and I figured London was calling. However for all the fun and amazing times we had, I just wasn’t feeling ready to go in to beast mode when I got back to the office. I could feel myself second guessing myself, overthinking things, wondering if I had it in me to be successful again this year. I hadn’t found my mojo – just yet. As I boarded the plane, I knew watching a couple of movies was going to be an absolute must to make the time fly by faster. I also knew I was going to have to write my next couple of blogs and boy was I putting them off. I knew one would for certain be about finding the exceptional in the window of a display case, the extraordinary on a street corner, the fantabulous eye catching pop of color you’ve been waiting to find to help put together your home’s story. I had that blog covered. It was the one on how I’d find my motivation to give 1000% to each and every person in my life when I got back that I was distracted by. I sat down in my seat and immediately chose to watch “Bohemian Rhapsody.” My mother might refer to me as something of the sort. Never the daughter to wear preppy clothing and participate willfully in team sports, instead I was the one carrying around my giant black art portfolio trying my hardest to dress like a rockstar’s girlfriend. The movie started and it completely and utterly enveloped me. I was no longer on a plane flying home from London to Philadelphia, but instead I was front row hearing Freddy Mercury sing to me, with me and about me. I was front row at the show and all I could hear over the loud noises from the crowd, or maybe my own negativity was the music. Whatever any critic out there has to say, when you watch this movie not just for the story line or the acting but instead for the music, you know you’re hearing gospel. The playlist that launched a thousand screaming fans, had planted the seed of motivation back in to my head and my heart. I can remember exactly what I was doing and who I was with the first time I heard the song Bohemian Rhapsody. It reminded me of how much time has passed, how many things have changed and how far I’ve come over the years. I used to dream about going to Europe. I used to think it was a pipe dream. As I watched the movie flying over the Atlantic, it dawned on me more and more that each moment of our lives is so precious. We are so lucky to have loved ones that care for us, in whatever form they may come, and I myself am blessed to be part of such an important part in so many people’s lives. Buying a home is and will always be one of the biggest purchases we as individuals make, and I get to be front row center not only guiding and cheering for my clients, but helping to make their dream come true. I’m no longer the groupie standing front row at the show (because once upon a time that was me and I’ve got the set lists to prove it.) Instead now, I’m the team member standing on the side of the stage helping to make the show go on. I found my playlist this vacation at the very last minute, I even found a song that I think I’ll remind myself to play every time my motivation starts to run out of gas. We are the champions, my friends and we’ll keep on fighting till the end.