Career Corner: The Half-Truth of Real Estate Courses.

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They have real estate courses on real estate law, contract clauses, ethics, and the art of pricing and listing, but why are there no courses on how to BE a real estate agent? Real estate courses provide a half-truth on how to be a real estate professional. It is like you wanting to become the Queen of England, so you get training in British law, history, and politics. Then, you attend your first event as the head of state dressed in flip flops and cutoff shorts, eat with your hands, and laugh with your mouth full so that a piece of chicken lands on some ambassador’s lapel.

You have all the knowledge that the Queen of England needs to know but none of the social graces that create the opportunities for you to display that knowledge. The ambassador will not want to discuss trade envoys if he has to go scrub a chicken stain out of his dinner jacket. Similarly, as a real estate professional, you need to know how to conduct yourself so you have opportunities to tell people how you can help them. Just having license requirement real estate courses under your belt is not going to cut it. You need to know how to carry yourself, how to market yourself, and how to have a non-salesy sales conversation.

Close your eyes. Think back to the time before you became a real estate professional. Get in your mind the picture of what an agent was. This was the picture that caused you to pursue your current profession. What does she look like? How does she conduct herself? What did you imagine her day to be like?

Now open your eyes. Do you currently match the image that was in your head? If not, why not? What is preventing you from being the professional that you have always wanted to become? If this was a movie, this is where the makeover montage would begin. It would start with someone holding up beauty products while you shake your head and then end with you twirling post-makeover with a new look. Since your life is not a movie yet (#SpielbergCallMe), you have to attempt these changes all by your lonesome unless you have a fairy godmother on speed dial. The place to start is that initial vision that birthed your current career.

Write down a detailed description of that woman. What does she look like? What does she wear? How does she talk? How does she start her day? Who is her network? How many phone calls does she handle a day? What does her support system look like? How many clients does she have at a given time? How does she market? Don’t be a victim of the half-truths of traditional real estate courses on how to be an agent! Changing your career begins with changing who you are BEING.

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Balance Wardrobe 1 – Feminine

Balance Wardrobe 1 – Feminine

Balance isn’t only for breakfast and for masters a zen. A balanced wardrobe could also do your body and mind some good. You may have nothing to wear because your closet is out of balance. Too many tops and not enough bottoms? Or too much denim and spandex when you personality is soft and feminine?

This series is all about getting you and your wardrobe back in balance.

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#ClosetConfidential: Each woman is an island onto herself, but it doesn’t compare to the island inside her closet.

It is not enough to just love the clothes hanging in your wardrobe, you should also love where they sleep at night… your closet. Shopping in your closet can be as fun and beautiful as shopping in a luxurious boutique. Uncover the confidential (and not so confidential) secrets of beautiful closets, so you can tell your beautiful new blouse “Bonne Nuit.”

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Each woman is an island onto herself, but it doesn’t compare to the island inside her closet. Can you add an island to your closet? Click here to see the closet.

♥ AJ

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Reality Check! Decode the Wardrobe Turn-Offs for Men

Sometimes, it can seem like men and women simply speak different languages. So often, it seems like we are getting mixed messages. Men say they like the natural look, but actually, what turns their head is the woman with flawless makeup. So what really are men’s turn-offs? This exact question was asked to men on Reddit and resulted in some very interesting responses and conversations.

  • Turn-Off #1: Uggs. I know it is almost sacrilegious. How dare they complain about the shoes that bring so much joy and comfort to households everywhere? Are our feet supposed to remain naked as we cuddle up on the couch to watch a movie or when we make a last-minute trip to the grocery store because we are out of kale (or wine… same difference)? The truth is that if you are trying to catch his eye, leave the Uggs at home.
  • Turn-Off #2: Sweatpants with sayings on the butt. Good Lord, is nothing sacred? First, the Uggs and now the sweatpants. But having a saying on the butt is cute and sassy. Having “Pink” or “Angel” on your Victoria’s Secret sweats makes them sexy, right? That’s why all the models in the Victoria’s Secret fashion show wear… oh, right. According to our GPS, the point was just driven home. Sweatpants, even Victoria’s Secret sweatpants, are not sexy. So if you are trying to turn-off someone of the male persuasion, wear both Uggs and sweatpants with words on the butt.
  • Turn-Off #3: Clothes that don’t fit. I know this just ruined your awesome plan for Sunday night: binge watching Netflix in your Uggs and sweatpants while wearing your ex-boyfriend’s t-shirt. However, this turn-off goes both ways. It not only applies to clothes that are too big but also clothes that are two small. You’ve seen the girls in the toddler-sized shirts stretched to capacity. Too-small arm holes that make your bicep bulge and too-small pants that result in muffin tops are also turn-offs. This is not just a turn-off for men; it also turns the stomach of anyone looking at it, although you do develop a hankering for a blueberry muffin.

Your role as a woman is not meant to simply be eye candy for men by being perfectly coiffed, made-up, and sexy 24 hours a day. You are much more than just your outer appearance. Please feel free to indulge in your Uggs, sweatpants, and ill-fitting clothes all you want. However, if you are trying to spark a little more sexy time in your relationship, from time to time, you may want to dial back on the three turn-offs mentioned in this article. And if you are trying to catch the eye of a very sexy neighbor, change into some jeans and at the very least some flip-flops when you go to take out the trash.

♥ AJ

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#ConfidenceChallenge

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Add some glitter with to your nails and remember age is nothing but a number!

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#ApparelADay: Tote Style Purse

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Tote Style Purse: A large handbag or shopping bag, usually with double handles and an open top.

♥ AJ

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Style Love Story – Tall Boots and Maxi Dress

Love Story 6 – Tall Boots and Maxi Dress

Welcome to a style love story. In this video series you’ll learn how two pieces of fashion come together to produce a style match made in heaven. Get ready to fall head over heels in love with these style combinations. In this last episode, a look perfect for cold weather.
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Do you have a “why did I buy this” section of your closet? Most women do. StyleRecipeCards.com

#MakeoverMinute: Shine spray in your hair

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Do you have a minute? Of course, you do. Do something rewarding with that minute. Reinvent and reinvigorate yourself and your sense of style. I promise…it’ll only take a minute.

1-Minute to Chic
Your Instant Style Makeover:
Shine spray in your hair

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Time: 0:15: Go back to your bathroom

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Time: 0:30: Pick up your shine spray

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Time: 0:40: Spray it on your hair

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Time: 1:00: Run the hairbrush through your now shinier hair

♥ AJ

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Do you have a “why did I buy this” section of your closet? Most women do. StyleRecipeCards.com