Managing expectation for a happy, healthy, and rewarding life.

I found a Quote today I absolutly love!

"When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. "–John Lennon

Now you may be wondering what does that have to do with real estate? expectations, satisfaction and your happiness are all interconnected in a real estate transaction.

As I have mentioned in a previous blog my husband and I downsized to a 900 Square foot log cabin. This has indirectly simplified our lives, allowing us the ability to do much more, we are much more satisfied and happy with our lifestyle now.

Living in a smaller space we learned to prioritize.

Also I SPEND LESS!! I dont want to clutter my beautiful home with junk.

Cleaning is a breeze, leaving us more time to enjoy our home, our friends and our family.

Our expectations of downsizing was lower mortgage and utility bills, but we got so much more out of the move.

Managing our own expectations doesn't come naturally to many of us. My generation at least was always told your special ! you can do whatever you set your mind to!  there should be a caveat added to that saying : if you're willing to do the hard work necessary, and take small steps toward a larger goal.

When you have realistic expectations you aren't as hard on yourself. You're not reaching for something that isn't within your grasp, maybe it will be reachable at some point but we must take each step toward the top of the staircase, some of us take every second step, but no one jumps right to the top.

Starter homes are a great way to get use to financial responsibilities you may not have had before, as well as learning how to maintaining a home.  

So I will leave you with this,

"Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life."

Marilu Henner

Thanks for reading!

Ashley Doucette


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