Whining is not a good exercise!!!

Those of you who know me will find it hard to believe that I have allowed myself to get in this condition. Running and working out has always been an important part of my life. Running was quite spiritual to me and allowed me to pray and be thankful for so much.  Quite a departure from the norm, I stopped exercising and stopped paying attention to nutrition.  I think that I forgot that whining and moaning about my weight and my physical condition does not change anything.  In fact it does not only keep change at bay it allows for negative outcomes.

Thankfully a few days ago I had the good sense to call a friend and admit that unless I met someone or was accountable I was going to keep on hitting that snooze button. My opportunity clock has been blaring and I have ignored it.  The fact that I have become a larger version of myself has not been enough of a negative to change my bad behavior.  At 54 I realize that I am responsible for my health and the only way to do that is to stop whining and start working.

I decided I would very publicly announce that I am going back to basics and paying attention to what I can do to be the master of my good health and physical fitness. And in keeping with my understanding that we are what we think about and talk about I am changing my self talk to reflect that core belief.

Today Hugh and I walked on the beach in Laguna Beach and the joy of seeing those beautiful waves and feeling the breeze on my face was great encouragement today.

Each step I took I was thankful that even though I was slow I was moving forward.  With each step I took I thanked God that I still had the ability to change. With each step I thought of all of my blessings. With each step I thought of all the many people who would be so grateful to be here walking on this gorgeous shoreline.  With each step I reinforced that the movement and the motion forward will propel me to a better place physically, mentally and emotionally.

So take this walk with me and if you are reading this share with me a time when maybe you too thought that whining was an exercise.  If you are like me you found out that it does not burn calories so you might as well hit the road.  And as we journey please remember what I always say, “The only people we have to get even with are those that have helped us.”

Picking up trash and in Praise of Tele-marketers


I have been toying with this idea for quite some time. The notion has been stuck in my head but mostly my heart, the thought of BECAUSE I CAN… not sure really why it keeps coming up but for at least 7 years it has been brought to my attention that I need to do something with this.  I know there is so much talk about what  we can not do  but really there is always so much more we CAN do.

One of my earliest memories of the term, Because I can came up when a favorite Pastor of mine, Ronald Ball then with Woodlawn church would tease me about my working out. He would jokingly say, “I just do not understand why you want to run when no one is chasing you?” I think I would just say, Because I can.  A few years ago a dear amazing friend Gabe had cancer and each time I would run while he could not I would think as I took those Grateful steps…. I will run for Gabe, Because I can.

I even shared with my friend Angie years ago that I felt I was being called to do something with these 3 words, Because I can.  I have tried to run from it but it keeps meeting me at every corner and even though I am not quite sure what I am supposed to do I will just go ahead and do what I can… Because I can.

I was walking on the beach the other day, one of my most glorious,most reverent and thankful of things to do.  While  walking and jogging and humming to my happy tunes I sadly noticed all the Spring Break trash piled up along my pretty beach.  My first thought was to be aggravated that people would do such a thing and garner a self-righteous stance.  I quickly turned about and thought that instead of being angry or aggravated why not say a sweet prayer for the givers of the trash. Why not ask God to bless them and keep them safe while they are here and make their life a nice one.  I also hoped that they may think next time but until they do I will gratefully say a prayer and pick up the trash…. Because I can.

As I was merrily cleaning the beach,  I remember that Charlie Lahan for years could be seen up and down Laguna Beach picking up trash to make our beaches beautiful for the next round of folks.  I also started thinking of those tele-marketers that will be calling the house soon and how for whatever reason I always have a soft spot for them.  I always tell them that I am not in need of their product but I bet someone else may be and that I pray they have great success. I imagine that they have my name and they call me for training to raise their self-esteem.  I will continue to be kind to them so in some  small way I may make a difference in their day…. Because I can.

Still not sure where I am going with this but I suspect if I do what I can with what I have from where I am it will be revealed to me.  I know that I have many people who I have watched do the Next right thing in life and all the people they have left better off by their journey.  I know that I want to make a difference so perhaps Because I can can be the mantra of myself and others as we celebrate all of us even those that leave behind trash and tele marketers.


Episode #19 – Huge Gulf-Views in Quiet Inlet Beach only $399k

This week’s features:

  • Deal 1 – Inlet Beach Gulf View Home, steal it at $399k
  • Deal 2 – Cute Florida cottage steps from the Beach for $295k
  • Deal 3 – Super clean least expensive home in Summer Wood only $245k (not a short-sale of foreclosure – very quick closing)

The Beach Show is your ONLY internet TV show all about Real Estate on Panama City Beach.

081909_podcast_iconDownload the podcast

Remember, it doesn’t cost anything to work with us if you are a buyer.

Click the “more” tag for show notes and pictures.

Call us at 850-527-5651 to see these properties or for anything else you need regarding real estate in Panama City Beach.

Show Notes

Deal 1 – Inlet Beach Gulf View Home, steal it at $399k

  • List Price: $399,000
  • Square Feet: 1,851
  • Price/SqFt: $215.56
  • 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bath
  • Built in 2001
  • Located in the highly coveted, quiet Inlet Beach, west of Panama City Beach, this home has unobstructed views of the gulf overlooking government owned and county maintained land. From the driveway, you can see the public boardwalk with benches that carry you over the protected dunes to the pristine Gulf waters. From the second floor you have phenomenal views of the water. This home is spacious and in a perfect location. Located right next to Rosemary, you couldn’t touch anything over this way for twice as much as this just a few short years ago. Steal this home today at just $399!

Deal 2 – Cute Florida cottage steps from the Beach for $295k

  • List Price: $295,000
  • Square Feet: 1,439
  • Price/SqFt: $205.0
  • 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath
  • Built in 1955
  • Remember the good ‘ol days, when the fam went to the beach for a week, staying in a cute little Florida cottage right across the street from the beach? Karen does, I’m too young, but that doesn’t change how cute this place really is. Perfect for a rental, sleeping up to 10, this home is laid out in a way that makes it seem so much larger than it really is. With a huge living area and a great split floorplan, this is a vacationers dream. Of course, when you add the amazing back yard, this place is just irresistible. With pavers, a few separate sitting areas gorgeous landscaping and a beautiful pool, this is the place for entertaining.

Deal 3 – Super clean least expensive home in Summer Wood only $245k (not a short-sale of foreclosure – very quick closing)

  • List Price: $245,000
  • Square Feet: 1,790
  • Price/SqFt: 136.87
  • 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath
  • Built in 2001
  • Summer Wood is located right down from Pier Park of Back Beach Road in Panama City Beach. This neighborhood features underground utilities, sidewalks and houses that look clean and consistent. This particular piece of real estate is a very well maintained, emaculate, super clean home that features not only a new A/C, but also hurricane shudders, two car garage, professional landscaping, great light fixtures, high vaulted ceilings and custom paint. This is the least expensive home in Summer Wood, and will offer a truly unique quality of life. And, the best thing yet is that it is NOT a foreclosure or a short sale!

Call us at 850-527-5651 to see these properties or for anything else you need regarding real estate in Panama City Beach.

Ultra-Modern Design comes to Laguna Beach

_mg_6324_2wtmkAs I pull into the driveway, I’m greeted by the charm of old-style cottage and contemporary modern blended together in this new world Laguna Beach Cottage. Covering the driveway and sidewalk areas are Florida native pebbles and small rocks that provide an aesthetically pleasing affordable alternative to concrete.  “I’m a sucker for modern, utilitarian architecture and loved the charm of Laguna Beach,” said David Reich, owner and designer of the newest home in Laguna Beach on the west end of Panama City Beach.

_mg_6243_2wtmkThe front door and accompanying windows, in addition to the back door and accompanying windows can all be covered by a sliding corrugated aluminum door.  “The whole house is hurricane proof,” said Reich, “all the windows are impact resistant, and the front and back of the house with the most windows can be easily covered.”

The doors are of his design.  He was trying to think of an easy solution to protect the windows in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm with out having to round the house bolting on planks or special and expensive shutters.  They have rollers on the bottom and glide on sliders that secure the door on the top.  On each side, there is a slide-bolt to keep it in place as the wind picks up.

_mg_6299_2wtmkThat same corrugated aluminum paneling adorns various other parts of the exterior finish.

Reich’s family has deep roots in Laguna Beach.  Having owned property in that area for years, his wife has ties to Laguna Beach from 1938.  This modern cottage is built on a ‘half-lot’ sized 50×65.

For years he had wanted to build something on this lot, and finally, in July 2007, his dream had become a reality with the permits being approved.

_mg_6294_2wtmkHe’d always wanted something modern, utilitarian, efficient and awesome looking.  The end result is a modern cottage constructed of Transconsteel planks with bare concrete floor, exposed wood cabinets, high ceilings, and very tall walls.

“The whole house is an igloo,” said Reich.  “Insuring was odd at first because the house is so resistant to everything the agent we were working with almost didn’t know how to handle it, our premium ended up being less than $750 a year.”  The house is hurricane, mold and termite proof with the only wood being in the trim work.

_mg_6260_2wtmkThe Transconsteel planks consist of a steel frame filled with polystyrene foam.  The outside is covered in stucco and the inside is sheet-rocked. The whole house was dried in in a week with the help of 5 guys and is held together with over 26,000 stainless steel screws.

Riech’s goal, along with his wife’s was to create an ultra modern look, hanging track halogens and a ceiling fan from an exposed steel beam in the main living area accented by an exposed a/c and heating duct.

_mg_6267_2wtmkAll the furnishings were purchased from IKEA.  “I fit everything in this house in the back of my suburban and drove straight from Atlanta.”

The whole house, including everything down to the furnishings including the pool but not the land cost $170 per square foot to build.  The energy bills are usually less than $100 and is perfect for beach-goers and loungers alike.

_mg_6314_2wtmkThe wade pool in the back is lit and accompanied by modern landscaping, flat surfaces, an outside shower and a chain to guide roof run-off water into a hammered finish, rock-filled pot.

The whole house was built with efficiency in mind.  The washer/dryer unit is located outside the heated and cooled space so as to iliminate heat disapation inside and keep inside cool.

for more background and pictures visit the Casa de Maraposa Blog.