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2017 Resolutions that will Make You a Happier AND Better Person…

 

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Did you know that according to http://www.statisticbrain.com only 45% of us make resolutions, and 8% actually stick with it till their goals are met. Why is that? Ummm… because it’s really hard to incorporate the insanely difficult goals made of lead that we force ourselves to bear each New Year. Clearly, the general consensus from over 10 minutes of research on this matter is the top three NYE Resolutions are:

1. Lose Weight (usually with a ridiculous goal in mind like 30 lbs in 30 days…)
2. Organize your Life (super vague and kind of daunting)
3. Spend Less and Save More (shocking concept)

So, lets address the first one… My sister and I always joke about gaining the “Winter 30.” It’s not literally 30 pounds, but after the holidays, it pretty much feels like it–too many cookies, latkes and eggnogs. So, January 1 everyone chooses to either stop drinking for 30 days, go hardcore P90X or insert ridiculous diet idea here____. Reality is that around approximately January 15th you have fallen so hard off of the cookie wagon that you cancel your spring beach plans to be in a bathing suit. Get a trainer…. A great trainer will make it fun and help you reach goals you never thought attainable.
Call Colin Peebles – Amazing Buckhead personal trainer 770-823-2864

Number two… Organize your life. What does that mean? Oh, I know… Let’s all read an amazing zen book about throwing away items that don’t bring us happiness and re-decorate our homes to look like meditation caves. Reality here is that after an 8 hour day of getting distracted by old high school yearbooks, you realize that you have purged nothing and then call a professional to come in and take care of everything for you. This is a slippery slope because my favorite organizer, Carrie Peeples, is so good that I actually had her organize my pantry and condo storage unit. My sister was literally like, “You have fallen so hard down the rabbit hole of OCD if you need to have your spices alphabetized.” She was right, but you know what? … it felt awesome. PS – I don’t cook, so I never use said spices… Moral of this story is just call Carrie and take this one off your resolution list because YOU aren’t actually having to do anything other than write a check (worth every penny.)
Carrie Peeples (strangely similar in name to my fave personal trainer. I just realized that as I am writing this) owns Neatsmart in Atlanta 404-822-6612

Three, spend less and save more…. What an unbelievably shocking revelation this one is, but I am guilty of a bigger bark than bite. I pat myself on my back that I do have money invested, but it is nowhere near what I should really have been stashing away. You know what… this really can’t be handled on your own,so you need to consult with a professional (i.e.- take this one off your plate as well because it is too overwhelming to do alone.) Interview several people. Ask your friends and family who they use for financial planning. Go with who you trust and have a comfortable relationship with. Here are some people I like and trust:
Barry Berlin – Atlantic Trust 404-881-3405
Kimberly Ichter – Morgan Stanley 404-266-7394
Chris Scarborough – Scarborough Wealth Mgmt. Wunderlich Securities 706-424-2693

 

Ok, Here is the important stuff and whole point of this blog post…

I find it VERY interesting that universally is seems (again after many minutes of research) that the last three resolutions tend to be:

8. Help Others reach their Goals and Dreams
9. Fall in Love
10. Spend More Time with Family

My idea is that we should just scrap the universal first 3 resolutions, leave those to the professionals and focus on the last three. How can you help others? Easy. What has been a challenge in your life? For me it has always been depression which with the help of therapy, exercise and happy pills, I am content and extremely happy (probably too many happy pills. I tend to be excessively happy at times now…) I have found a wonderful place called Skyland Trail for clients suffering from mental illness and depression that needed help on Wednesdays with their horticultural therapy. You know what? I am volunteering to hopefully help others, but it is helping me just as much. Where could you volunteer or give back that would fulfill you? http://www.skylandtrail.org

Fall in Love? That one seems easy but has always seemed elusive to me. After years of chasing the dream of the perfect life (whatever that is) and white picket fence that I thought would make me happy, I one day looked around and realized that I am blessed with so many friends that love me just as fiercely as blood relatives. We have a family friend that we call “Uncle Houston,” and he and my sister always said you would be lucky to have 5 “Boise Friends.” This is where credit to Lewis Gizzard is due as it is his coined phrase but it is so perfect. That is a friend who if you called them at 2am from Boise, Idaho and said, I need you on the next flight, here with $500 dollars cash they would be on the next plane. I can literally think of 15 or more people that would do that for me, and that makes me happy. No one said that true love has to be with a significant other. It can be your best friends, family, your poodle… Who here has seen Frozen? Ok, well true and selfless love was from her sister (not in a banjo way but literal true and pure love. Same thing with Maleficent…) Side note, I have yet to visit Boise… Also, Uncle Houston is an attorney, so if you were to get in trouble in Boise or anywhere for that matter, call Houston Smith – Link & Smith 404-315-8840 (actually let’s all try to not call attorney’s in 2017. Keep it classy people.)

Spend more time with family? Well, after the holidays this past week some of you may not want to see your family for literally another year, and others feel like they never wanted to leave. I have several friends who don’t have family. Either their parents or siblings have passed. I feel very lucky to have a mom, Josie, and sister, Frances, that I am extremely close to, but we also have friends that we consider family. Spending more time with family can be your family or origin or the family you choose amongst your friends. Both are equally important. You need a friend that feels like a “sister from another mister” or “brother from another mother” and the two of you book a trip to Boise….

At the end of the day, I think we can all commit to these last three, and you know what? I guarantee they are resolutions you can keep and will make you a better and happier person.

 

 

 

Life awaits at 3777 Paces Ferry Road

3777-paces-ferry-road-graphic-2Built in 1940, this comfortably elegant estate is rich in history. Sitting atop almost 6 acres, the privacy this home affords is a rare find in Buckhead.

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A Palladian window aside the front door gives a glimpse into the grand, two-story great room that offers hardwood floors, transom-topped, double-hung windows and an inviting fireplace with a marble surround. Beautifully arched entryways define the rooms off the foyer. Fluted molding and keystones add detail to the stunning millwork.

013_1600x1067_mlsThe spacious dining room is large enough for 12 and boasts a built-in china cabinet, fireplace and two sets of French doors on opposite sides of the room. Recessed lighting adds a soft ambient glow. A more intimate dining space, adjacent to the kitchen, allows for more relaxed everyday dining. Crown and chair rail molding add elegance while a bay windows floods the room with natural light.

019_1600x1067_mlsThe gourmet kitchen is truly a wow factor! Panel-front appliances match the cabinetry and create a cohesive design. An oversized island provides a vegetable sink, additional seating and extra counter space. A Sub-Zero refrigerator and separate freezer, gas range, double oven, wine refrigerator and two dishwashers make meal preparation a breeze. The stunning wall of casement windows and overhead skylights truly makes this space inviting and warm. Enjoy views of lush greenery and the soft sunlight that streams into this dreamy workspace.

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The spacious master bedroom is a haven from the everyday. Commencing with an inviting sitting area with a marble surround the fireplace, this retreat is the perfect place to curl up with a good book and unwind from the day.

034_1600x1067_mlsThe terrace level is equally charming with white-washed walls and lots of natural light. A wine cellar with a tasting table provides the perfect place to enjoy your extensive collection. This level also included a powder room and access to the outside.

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Overlooking the flat and private backyard, the main house is an entertainer’s delight with oversized rooms flowing seamlessly from one to another as well as opening up to additional, outdoor formal courtyards and informal gardens and patios. Relax and soak up the sun by the tranquil pool that is surrounded by verdant trees and shrubbery. Inviting gardens, both formal and informal, invite guests to meander through the grounds and take in their serene surroundings.

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The expansive guest house, featured in Veranda magazine, is in a class by itself with its own impressive setting overlooking lush private gardens and the glistening pool. Complete with a living room, kitchen and bathroom, this space is ideal for an au pair or in-laws.

This idyllic Buckhead setting, within City of Atlanta limits is close to Vinings, excellent schools and major highways, seems like an oasis in the city and is the perfect place to call home. Your new life awaits at 3777 Paces Ferry Road.

Quiet Listing in Dunwoody on a Lake

David Bowie Auction: 10 NOV 2016—11 NOV 2016 London | 07:00 PM GMT

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Cutting-Edge Design for an Innovative Performer: Bowie/Collector Part III Highlights:

Bowie was a voracious collector of the works of eccentric Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and the Milan-based Memphis group. The final session of the Bowie/Collector sale series will comprise pieces of cutting edge Italian design fitting for the most innovative and daring musician of his generation. Click here to discover some of the highlights, including the ‘Casablanca’ sideboardfrom the first Memphis collection of 1981, and the RR 126 Radiophonograph, designed in 1965 by the brothers Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni for Brionvega.

“When you look at a piece of Memphis design, you see their unconventionality, the kaleidoscope of forms and patterns, the vibrant contrasting colours that really shouldn’t work but really do,” said Cécile Verdier, co-head of 20th-century design at Sotheby’s.”The works produced by the historical avant-garde design collaborative Memphis Milano, led by Ettore Sottsass, could not have found a more receptive and tuned-in audience than David Bowie”.

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Ettore Sottsass, ‘Carlton’ bookcase

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Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni, ‘RR 126 Radiophonograph,’  designed for Brionvega.

What I find so interesting about this auction is not just the beautiful pieces of contemporary art, but it also provides a glimpse into the mind and interests of David Bowie outside of music. Clearly, he appreciates innovative designs that aren’t always accepted immediately and this demonstrates that his genius is not only applicable to music, but all the creative arts, too.

Comfortably Elegant Listing on Paces Ferry Road

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Sold: Druid Hills Home Built in 1920

 

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4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Listed for $1,250,000, Sold for $1,172,500 to my buyer.

Ansley Park: 221 Beverly Road

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Sold in Brookhaven

New Midtown Listing: 855 Argonne Avenue

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