Slow Down With A Good Book

When was the last time you curled up to a good book? Not a business book. Or a self- improvement guide. Or a diet and exercise manual. But a truly interesting novel or gripping sci-fi story?

It seems like with the hectic pace of today’s world, the simplicity of slowing down and unwinding with a good book has been lost for many of us. We escape our harried lives by binge-watching our favorite shows on Netflix, scrolling through Facebook on our smartphones, or going to the movies.

Young girl turning page in a coffee shopWhat if you took up a good book and worked your way through it just once a month? Reading is a great way to add more “me” time to your day. And the best part is that this can happen any time of day. Set a relaxing tone by reading in the morning, or read before bed to help calm and relax your mind for a good night’s sleep. What book are you going to pick up?

Matt

Defy the Odds

Did you know that bumblebees shouldn’t fly? We all know they do fly, but according to every law of physics, this should be an impossible feat. Their lack of wing span capacity and flapping speed should make it incapable of taking flight. Yet they do.

FB_BumbleBeeIt’s a phenomenon of nature that asks us to rethink what’s possible in the world. If the bumblebee is able to defy laws of aerodynamics, what more could we do if we brush aside “rules” that hold us back?
Would you choose another career or pursue an unthinkable dream if you had no obstacles in the way? Our biggest hurdle is often our own mind, stopping us with self-doubt, fear, or a belief in rules that just don’t apply.
Defying the odds begins with a dream and gets wings when we leave the doubts and fears behind. How will you defy the odds in your life?

Failure Is Not the Same as Quitting

July 2015 Matt's Home News

IMG_2826I consider myself to be fairly successful in life. I’ve worked hard, been smart, and pushed when the going got tough. I know that success isn’t a straight road, and that along the way, there can be a lot of bumps and potholes. But I believe that pushing through is what leads to success.

Sure, I know that sometimes there are detours. But we need to keep going towards our destination rather than turning back or quitting. I believe that failing at something is merely a set- back, and that failing is not the same as quitting! You might be familiar with the quote by Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, who said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

I think some of the greatest gifts we can give our children are the capacity to endure failure, the strength to persevere, and the occasional tough love they need so that they aren’t allowed to quit…so that they learn to recognize the capacity for perseverance within themselves.

So as I look back on the first trimester of 2015, I’m satisfied that I’ve succeeded overall, but also failed a few times. I’ve learned things I didn’t know before, and am a better person–and a better real estate consultant for it.

Sincerely,

Matt Haviland
Your Real Estate Consultant For Life

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What Makes A Great Experience?

Awesome dinner from my favorite Mexican restaurant El Mariachi Loco in Hammonton, NJ

Awesome dinner from my favorite Mexican restaurant El Mariachi Loco in Hammonton, NJ

Here’s a quick note to let you know how I can help you—or anyone you feel comfortable introducing me to.

Many people have a favorite restaurant, a place to enthusiastically recommend their friends because of the great experience they have there. Part of the experience comes from great food. But it’s more than just that. The experience is about how they feel there, which is a process of friendly service, attention to detail, consistency, etc. This restaurant is always hopping, and probably doesn’t do much advertising. Most of its business comes from repeat customers and referrals.

So for a moment, can you imagine that I am just like your favorite restaurant?
Like your favorite restaurant, my purpose is for you to be so outrageously happy with both the product and process—the complete experience of buying or selling a home—that you enthusiastically introduce people you care about to me so that they can have the same kind of experience.

So for a moment, can you imagine that I am just like your favorite restaurant?

Like your favorite restaurant, my purpose is for you to be so outrageously happy with both the product and process—the complete experience of buying or selling a home—that you enthusiastically introduce people you care about to me so that they can have the same kind of experience.
The next time you’re in a conversation with a friend, family, or neighbor, and they mention they’re thinking of moving, would you mind taking out your cell phone, looking up my number, and calling or texting me immediately? I’ll make sure they have an experience they’ll want to rave about

Matthew Haviland, Your Real Estate Consultant For Life Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore 609-484-9890 ext 132

Giving flowers? Know the messages they send.

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My wife’s favorite: Sunflowers!

Here are a few to keep in mind. Whether you’re buying flowers to brighten a summer table or special night out, remember that flowers have special meanings. Here are a few to keep in mind:

• Carnation: constancy, joy
• Chrysanthemum: optimism, hope, happiness • Daisy: purity, loyalty, innocence
• Freesia: trust
• Gladiola: remembrance
• Iris: faith, wisdom, promise
• Larkspur: appreciation
• Lily: devotion
• Orchid: love, beauty
• Rose (pink): sweetness
• Rose (red): true love, desire
• Rose (white): true love, purity
• Rose (yellow): friendship
• Snapdragon: virtue
• Tulip: love at first sight

May this guide help you match your intentions with the spirit of the occasion to create a truly impact gift and a memorable celebration.

Matt

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Fun Day Monday Quiz June, 2015

Enter to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card!

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Today is Fun Day Monday!

Imagine winning a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com – what would you buy or who could you give it to as a gift?

Here’s how to enter the drawing:

Simply fill out the form below. If you choose the correct answer to the quiz question, your name will be entered into a drawing for a free $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com. It’s that easy…!

I will announce the winner later this week.

This Month’s Quiz Question:

This Month’s Quiz Question:

Summer solstice is defined as:

AThe longest day of the year

BThe last day of school

CThe hottest day of the year

DThe day when the sun appears lowest in the sky

Simply fill out the form below, along with the correct answer and your name will be entered into the drawing to win!

Good Luck and Have Fun!

Matthew Haviland, Your Real Estate Consultant For Life!

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New Study: The Longer Your Commute, the Less Satisfied You Are with Your Life!

Here’s a quick note to let you know how I can help you, or the person you feel comfortable introducing me to.

According to a new study from the University of Waterloo, any type of long commute – whether by subway or car – reduces people’s levels of happiness and impairs their overall mental health. Longer commutes also create more stress from being crunched for time and are linked to issues like hypertension, obesity, fatigue and a lowered immune system.

It’s no wonder so many people are looking to buy or sell homes in order to be closer to work. You’ve only got one life, so make the most out of every second of it! It’s all about quality of life!

So the next time you’re in a conversation with a friend, family or neighbor, and they mention they’re looking to move closer to where they work, take out your cell phone, look up my number and call or text me immediately. I belong to a national network of realtors and lenders, and I can help them find that perfect home closer to where they work so they can spend less time exhausted from commuting and more time enjoying life!

Matthew Haviland, Your Real Estate Consultant For Life Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore 609-484-9890 ext 132

Mistakes Can Be Portals of Discovery

Matt's Home News May 2015

Imagine an organization as a ship sailing on the ocean. All of the personnel on board, have one over-arching responsibility: Do not make a hole in the ship!

When working above the waterline, however, making a mistake and creating a hole in the side of the ship will have no serious consequences. We’ll have the time to repair the hole, learn and sail on.

Sunset in Absecon, NJ Faunce Landing Road.

Sunset in Absecon, NJ along Faunce Landing Road.

Below the waterline, an action that creates a hole could, quite literally, sink us.

Business Insider identified these 3 inventions that started as above-the-waterline “mistakes” and had below-the-waterline impact:

Sir Alexander Fleming: Before discarding a contaminated petri dish, Fleming noticed a specific mold dissolving all the bacteria it touched. Fleming went on to discover the mold contained penicillin.

Ruth Wakefield: While baking a batch of chocolate cookies, Ruth Wakefield realized she was out of baker’s chocolate and decided to substitute sweetened chocolate instead. The sweetened chocolate did not melt leaving crunchy chocolate morsels. Chocolate chip cookies were created.

Spencer Silver: After setting out to make a stronger adhesive, Spencer Silver, a researcher in 3M Laboratories, actually created a weaker adhesive. Years later a colleague spread the adhesive on little pieces of paper. Post-It notes were born.

Sometimes mistakes feel bigger than life, especially when we mix them with embarrassment or disappointment. Most mistakes are only mistakes when we stop forward progress and walk away without getting the lesson or the benefit.

Sincerely,

Matt Haviland
Your Real Estate Consultant For Life

P.S If you liked this story, let me know how it touched you. Contact me SJHouses.com or 609-338-3773.

P.P.S. If you’d like to download or read my full May 2015 Newsletter click here:  May 2015 Newsletter – Matt