A Daily Walk Reaps Many Rewards
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times; as a writer, a daily walk is essential for me, and taking them helps me in more ways than one. An early morning walk serves to help clear my mind and allow me to organize my thoughts and actions for the day.
But what if you can’t find or schedule the time in the morning? Then you just have to MAKE the time wherever and whenever you can. Sometimes, you get so engrossed in whatever you’re working on, you forget to stop, or simply don’t want to stop what you’re doing. But I’ve learned from experience, that it pays to stop and take a mid morning or early afternoon break.
Whether I’m working on an article, a book, or just spending time marketing and promoting, it’s helpful when you stop and regroup. Even if you prefer to do your walking in the evening, that’s fine too, just as long as you do it. The more you get used to sticking to a pattern, the more you’ll find that a daily walk can reap many rewards.
Apart from the obvious health benefits of a daily walk, as well as the mental clarity you get, there can be additional benefits. On previous walks, I’ve gotten good ideals, solved creative issues, and developed marketing and promotional strategies. Though my walks are usually solitary, I’m always sociable, so I tend to encounter people that I stop to engage with when I’m out walking, You just never know who you may meet.
Opportunity Knocks Early
I’m a huge fan of early morning walks, and it’s a good thing too, because sometimes opportunity knocks early. In case you doubt the benefits that come from taking regular morning walks, and being up early (even when you don’t have to), consider the highlight of my own daily walk today when I met Realtor Aku Thomas. Ms Thomas is associated with NextHome Anthem Realty; a real estate franchise that states: “The consumer is our focal point,” and that’s exactly the vibe I got when I met Ms. Thomas and her associate.
If I hadn’t been taking my daily morning walk through the neighborhood this Wednesday morning, I may have never encountered this real estate professional who made such a positive impression on me. Of course, I have to also credit my own curiosity (and looky-loo tendencies). When I noticed the open door of one of the empty duplex properties, I was compelled to take a closer look. After calling out, and almost turning to leave, I was greeted by two professionally dressed black women with pleasant smiles on their faces.
Positioning is Everything
While I’m technically not in the market to purchase a home right now, the thought of buying a duplex has always appealed to me. But as with most things in life, positioning is everything. With hopes of making a major move later this year, I believe now may be the time to start thinking more seriously about the ideal. I’m currently a renter, so a move to a new apartment is simply a unilateral move. I’d much rather make a move UP to home ownership, especially if it’s an attainable goal.
After a brief discussion and exchange of information with Aku Thomas, I said goodbye to the ladies and continued on my walk. I fully plan to follow-up and get the necessary information so I can get this ball rolling. With any kind of luck, the next book I release this year will be telling my readers about the joys and pains of first-time home ownership!
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