1 Step Forward and 2 Steps Back

Last Update: May 09, 2019

I was going to write about the power of a positive attitude here today. Here is the good news: We finally have a tenant for the 6-plex unit that we have been working on all winter! I am so excited about this.

She has a very scetchy record. She is considered high risk due to credit, evictions etc. and has so many dings on her record that we would normally not even consider someone like this. I met her though and she was so positive, open and appreciative that I saw something greater than her past. She has a child and very good job now and seems to truly be moving forward in life. We decided to take a chance and she is so grateful and excited. I think she will be a great tenant.

I realized she is moving forward largely due to her great attitidue. If she was not such a nice, friendly person I might not have met her. She might not have taken a chance and contacted me in the first place and I might not have taken a chance on her. By the numbers alone I shouldn't. My parents let me screen tenants when I was a teenager and Dad always said I was a good judge of character. This time my husband was leery but he said the same thing. He said he could not question my judgement of character so it was up to me to decide if we took her or not.

So attitude can pull you through almost anything. We see many examples of this and of course here at WA we remind each other of this daily. When you are struggling it is vital to have a good attitude and not give up. Most everyone who is successful online has weathered the down times and waded through a slow start. Everyone who fails has given up. It is a waiting game, if you can hold out long enough you will be successful as your business slowly grows and grows.

So, as I was thinking about all this I was driving back to work after going over to let a contractor into the building. I ended up veering to the side in the parking garage as a woman was headed down in the middle of the ramp coming toward me as I was going up. I ended up turning the coner too close and running into the barrier at the top of the ramp with the sidewall of my tire. Within just a minute I had a flat tire. This is the "new" (to us) used vehicle that we bought this winter. It has GREAT tires...now I destroyed one of them. It turns out the tires are new enough I can just replace one but there are not any used or new in Anchorage and probably in the whole state. So we could repalce all 4 tires or get one shipped up to replace it. These are such good tires we don't want to get a whole new set so we are going to get a new one. It will take 2 and a half to 3 weeks for it to get here! I guess they put it on the slow boat. Normal mail takes just a day to be flown up but some larger items are shipped by barge or truck.

So I am trying to stay positive but it sure is hard. My husband is still hurting from dental work and needed to take time off work. My eye is bad, my foot is bad. Life is tough.

I hope your day went better than mine.

Onward and upward,

Jessica

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mbouteiller Premium
OMG Jessica,

Indeed, 1 step forward and 2 back and you have gone thru a lot. Each time you get stronger and from the moment I started following you, you've been a pillar of strength for me.

For all your challenges, you still help many people, family, tenants, me and others who cross your path.

You're always in my prayers.

Monica
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you so much Monica. My husband is not feeling great and we are carpooling and it is just stressful. So much going on.

I am so glad to have friends like you here at WA. You are one that is always so supportive and encouraging.
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LLettau1 Premium
I owed rental property at one time and it did not work out so well. Stay positive and hold on to the good things.
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Swangirl Premium
I am sorry it did not work out for you. This building has been a real struggle. This is the one we manage. We own another that has been much easier to rent and was in much better condition when we bought it.

Thank you.
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Selenityjade Premium
You're such a beautiful person for giving that woman a chance. Lots of people with a not-so great past who are trying to turn it around and just can't seem to get there BECAUSE of their past and the inability to just catch a break. I'm sure she's super appreciative and you're doing more than renting to her, you're helping her to turn her life and credit around. It's an awesome thing to do. A beautiful kindness like that definitely helps your karma.

I'm sorry about your tire! I've been struggling myself with issues like unexplained diarrhea in my fosters with no parasites, the URI that kept being passed around (almost done now I think, finally!) And now freaking ringworm, that I caught too. Some days you can't catch a break. Sigh.

Chin up! It'll get better! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks Rochelle. I am so sorry you still have all those kitty health issues going around. It seems you have been dealing with that for a long time now! Are the kittens eating regular food now? I suppose they must be? Could they have food intolerance to something in the food like a protein allergy. My boy is sensitive to some fish and rabbit. But some cats are even intolerant of chicken.

I hope it gets better. Sorry about the ringworm too! Poor you!
I'll keep my fingers crossed for you too! Hugs!
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Selenityjade Premium
It just keeps passing around, then something else pops up. It started with getting them fixed. Sigh. But it's also because there are quite a few of them. Right now they're all on an antibiotic. They got treated for every single parasite, even though their fecal was clean. I'd say the food except it's ALL of them. Sigh.

Real life always rears it's head. It's always something, right? That's okay, I'm using it as motivation to get this internet marketing thing going!

Turning adversity into a good thing.
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Swangirl Premium
I am so sorry. That must be really difficult to deal with when it doesn't get better or just keeps on coming.

I just got a call from our vet. We (us and the vet's office) all forgot we were supposed to take our boy to the veterinary heart specialist today! They forgot to schedule it and therefore didn't call to remind us. I was wondering when it was and going to call and ask.

It is rescheduled now. I hate to spend more money but we worry about his heart murmur when getting dental done with anesthesia.
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Selenityjade Premium
Oh dear! It's always something, right? It's definitely a good thing to do with risks during dental work. Hopefully you don't have to wait a long time to get in.

It sounds like you keep getting frustration after frustration lately too.

If I could have afforded it, I would have taken them all in to get the expensive tests done and this would have been solved. But this is what I get saving barn and feral cats. They come with issues.

Hopefully, we both catch a break soon! I hope your kitty tests come back good!
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Swangirl Premium
Thanks. You too. My husband needs antibiotics after his dental work now as well. Ugggg.
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Selenityjade Premium
Wow, poor guy! That has to hurt. Hopefully it all goes okay. You're due for some good luck soon!
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Swangirl Premium
Hey, I get emails from a holistic veterinarian and just got one about IBD in pets. It says that a high protein diet and supplementation with tryptophan can help because that supports a good gut bacteria which fixes IBD symptoms. That is the Lactobacillus reuteri bacteria.

It is from a study done by the Washington University School of Medicine.

I noticed my boy who throws up on many foods does better on grain free and high protein. We gave him a really good quality high protein wet food and he did great. It costs a fortune though.

This study recommends high protein diet, no or low carbs and Trypyophan doses: 100mg/10lbs twice daily. (The post was for dogs but the study was on mice...so hopefully it works for cats too). It was published in the journal Science.
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Selenityjade Premium
Wow, thank you! I'll check this out! :)
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Swangirl Premium
I just PMed it to you.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Jessica,

Nice, you gave this woman a chance and I hope she lives up to your expectations.
Not funny this with the tire but at least the car is ok.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you Taetske! I really hope she does too. I think she will. I meet her this evening to get the deposit money. She will not be able to move in for another few weeks but we agreed to pro-rate the rent. I doubt she would bail out after paying the deposit though.
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cris1018 Premium
Congrats on your tenant. I hope she is appreciative of your kindness, and is deserving of it! Hopefully your tire will make it to you faster as well.
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you. I hope so too!
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Leucavorin Premium
I love that you gave your new tenant a chance, and I hope she does well going forward.
Life does seem to throw things like your tire at us. As you say, attitude is everything. Not much you can do be grit your teeth and keep chugging along. Frustrating for sure!
Life is tough right now, but focus on the good things--your rental is finished and rented and you have made someone else very happy!
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you. Yes. I will keep on.

Now we have to get ready to rent another vacancy coming up in our own building in June and work on the remaining vacancy in the 6-plex (where we just got the new tenant).
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AlexEvans Premium
That was so kind of you letting your place to the new tenant growth opportunities come in the strangest ways.

Best wishes Jessica, I am sure things will work out, it may take time but better to get one than four.

Take care.
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you Alex. What do you mean "better to get one than four"?
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AlexEvans Premium
Just referring to the tire, it is cheaper to get one new tire than having to buy four, so even with the wait it works out okay, I guess a slang expression " better one than four "
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Swangirl Premium
Oh, sorry! I am a bit out of it lately. Too much going on. Didn't mean to be so slow on the uptake there!
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Timotheus Premium
Everything happens for a reason, Jessica

Keep thinking positive and all will be well.

I am sure things will work out well for you eventually.

On my side, working on the Super Affiliate Challenge has been put to a halt because I fell ill recently. I had planned to do the work during a week when I finally had a bit more free time. But the universe had other plan for me.

I rested to recover. Now I am better.

But way behind with working on my website.

And I am ok with that. I believe everything will work out well eventually. Now that I have recovered and well again, all I have to do is work hard. And see where it all goes.

Wishing you a great weekend! :)
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Swangirl Premium
I hope you catch up and feel better. Thank you.
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Timotheus Premium
Thank you. I hope so too. :)
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Tirolith Premium
We take the good and bad with us every day in our stride as life was not meant to be easy.
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Swangirl Premium
I guess so.
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PAULttk333 Premium
Hello Jessica,
Life is always full of ups and downs. I feel that you have the correct attitude of always trying to stay positive in situations such as tenant consideration and the tire accident. I am sure things will turn out to be alright at the end of the patient wait.

Best wishes

Paul
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Swangirl Premium
Thank you Paul. It has just been one thing after the other for the last year and a half. It is hard to stay positive.

I will keep at it.
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