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26 Apr 2017

The Biggest Factor That Helped Me Buy a $3,075,000 Property – Interview with Kim Somers Egelsee

I have to admit I was scared.

I took a deep breath as I signed the check request for $75,000.  If we didn’t get the $3,075,000 we needed to purchase this 77-unit building plus the $500,000 to renovate it, we would lose the $75,000 earnest money.  We had never bought an apartment building before.  Up to this date, the largest thing we’d ever managed was a duplex.  I looked at my husband.  He seemed a little pale.  I’m sure I did too.  I took his hand in mine.  “Let’s do this,”  I said.

A week later we put in an offer for another building – 51 units, selling for $1,800,000.

Three months later, we sat toasting at an elegant restaurant in Albuquerque on the day we closed escrow and became the owners. That week we bought two buildings in Albuquerque – 128 units total.  We raised over $2.2 million dollars from private investors and got bank loans totaling $3,900,000.  Even though we’d never done anything like this before, we were able to acquire two properties at the same time.

How were we able to do that?

Here we are signing the papers to purchase that property.

I think one of the biggest factors was confidence.

I’m not particularly special.  I didn’t have the money sitting in my bank account or a trust fund somewhere.  I didn’t have an extensive database of contacts or any special contacts that made the process easier.  I didn’t have much relevant experience.  I didn’t have anything that made me particularly unique or stand out (at least not in anyway that was helpful), but I had confidence in myself and my resourcefulness.  I needed that confidence.

It took confidence to pack up our daughter and drive 12 hours to Albuquerque to check out a market that first time. It took confidence to approach brokers, property managers, and lenders to say – give us your time and get into business with us.  It took confidence to put in Letters of Intent to Buy, saying we’d pay millions of dollars when we had no ability to do that by ourselves.  It took confidence to ask people to partner with us.  It took confidence to ask for $50,000 minimum investments and say “Trust us.  We will take good care of your money and return it with friends.”  It took a lot of confidence and hope, and we did it.  I knew we couldn’t do it alone, but I had confidence in our ability to be resourceful and get it done.

I have confidence that if you trust in yourself, you can do it too.  And if you don’t have that confidence yet, you can develop it.

A couple weeks ago, I interviewed my dear friend and bestselling author, coach, award-winning TedX speaker, and Confidence Expert, Kim Somers Egelsee.  In this short, but powerful video she shares some great exercises to start gaining more confidence right away.  Check it out and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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P.S. Please excuse the poor quality of the sound.  The amazing content that Kim shared more than makes up for the sound IMHO.

 

30 Jan 2017

The #1 Tax Mistake Most Real Estate Investors Make

Amanda Han, Managing Director of Keystone CPA, Inc.

Last week we interviewed Amanda Han of Keystone CPA, Inc. on our Real Estate Investor Goddesses podcast.  She’s a real estate investor herself as well as a CPA with years of experience in real estate and taxes.

Her interview was chock-full of great advice about how to save more money and what to look out for in the near future tax wise.

There were tons of nuggets of wisdom that she laid down during the interview.  One of the best nuggets was when she shared the #1 mistake she sees most real estate investors make.  This is a mistake that leaves money on the table or in the government’s hands if you will.

If you like paying more in taxes, read no further.

If you’d like to be able to get legitimate tax deductions through what she calls “grateful expenses”, then keep on reading.

What Amanda calls “grateful expenses” are expenses that people are grateful to be able deduct because they’re expenses that you’d have anyway, but because they are expenses that are “reasonable and ordinary” for real estate investment, they can be moved from the personal non-deductible bucket to the deductible bucket.

Examples of these “grateful expenses” are:

  • cell phone
  • computer
  • home office
  • travel costs
  • car
  • dinner with potential investors
  • books on real estate investment or personal development

 

How do you know if an otherwise personal expense should be classified as a legitimate business expense?

 

Amanda says you should ask yourself:

“Would an ordinary real estate investor have this expense?”

If the answer is yes, than you can deduct it.

Most people don’t realize this is possible, so they miss all these deductions.  They don’t claim the hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in deductions they could legally claim.

And the nice thing is these business deductions are not just for LLCs and Corporations.  Even if you’re a W2 employee doing real estate on the side, you can take advantage of these business deductions.

Pretty cool, right?

Amanda gave tons of other great advice during our 3o minute interview.  Check out her interview on Blog Talk Radio or on iTunes, and make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss the other great  content and interviews we have every week.

Monick Halm is the co-founder of Real Estate Investor Goddesses.  She is a real estate investor with over 11 years of investing experience in single family, multi-family, mobile home parks, flipping, and syndication. She is also a certified interior designer, Feng Shui expert, author, speaker, certified NLP and money coach, and attorney.  Monick is passionate about real estate, design, and helping women to thrive.

21 Oct 2016

How To Invest Like A Goddess With Little To No Money Down

I’m obsessed with 3 avenues of building wealth:

Entrepreneurship, Real Estate, and the Stock Market.

For the last 3 years I’ve been teaching other women how to embrace a healthy relationship with money.

A little back story.

My friend (and former Sexy Money 40 Days and Moguls student) Monick Halm, real estate investor, developer and syndicator, and I have created a Facebook community for women interested in building Massive Wealth through:

1. Making a property and community better than we find it.

2. Creating only win-win situations for all, and 

3. Ensuring that everyone touched by our deals are uplifted and enriched.

Monick and her husband have been flipping houses in the Los Angeles market for years and have now moved on to larger syndication deals including a mobile home park in North Carolina and a 300 unit apartment complex in Texas. I bought my first duplex at age 27 with $900 down and went on to start a successful online education business.

Our first webinar, How To Invest  Like a Goddess With Little To No Money Down was a raving success we sold out! (full disclosure it was free;)

We had so much fun on this lunch time (fireside chat if you will) that I decided to write about the topic.
Let me start by saying that investing in real estate with no money down

is not about getting rich quick schemes or gimmicks.

It doesn’t mean that you are irresponsible.

It doesn’t mean you are broke.

It just means you lack the capital to invest the conventional way.

What Makes a Goddess Different From Other Investors? 

Goddesses start their real estate process with desire and intention, a little bit of magic, and a ton of creativity.

A goddess doesn’t say “can I afford it?”

A goddess says “how can I afford it?”

Just Because You Can, Should You?  

Before you start investing, ask yourself the following question.

Do I enjoy pushing my edge? This process isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be hard.

As long as you allow yourself to operate outside of your comfort zone.

Get Creative! 

Real Estate investing is like bargain shopping.

It’s like finding Louboutins on sale at a thrift store.

Circumstances that create a bargain include:

Divorce

A Sudden Move

A Deceased Love One

(I know not exactly a party, these situations, but finding a willing buyer fast is sometimes a godsend for people in these situations).

But first things first…

You need a few things in order before you can proceed:

• Fair Credit- A score of 620 or better.

• Steady Income- You must work in the same field for at least 2 years. If you are self employed, you need tax records for the last 2 years.

• Savings- You might be asking “but why, I thought this was no money down?” It’s a good idea to have an expansion account (goddesses aren’t saving money, they are expanding their money.)  Just to make sure all your bases are covered, it’s a good idea to have at least a 3-6 months expenses as a cushion. But you can definitely invest for less. In fact I purchased my first duplex with $900 down. And you can find your own deals too!

You also need to be creative and flexible about:

• Location: If you are in a hot market like New York City or LA maybe look at properties in upstate NY or Sacramento.

• Family: Your options and your lifestyle will play a big role in how you invest. For example, if your have a partner or children then maybe you can’t take advantage of owner occupied investments.

• Time: Real estate investing could be a full time job if you let it. You ability to find deals is affected by how much free time you do have.

• Personality: Last, your personality will play a big role in how successful you invest. Do you enjoy learning new things?

For the sake of this tutorial I am focusing on 1-4 family owner occupied investments.

Other REIG tutorials and investments explore other options like 5+ buildings, mobile home parks, vacation rentals, etc.

But for now let’s talk owner occupied units.

Owner Occupied units can be broken down into two categories:

Single Family Units – With single family units you can buy, rehab, and hold. Or you can buy, rehab, and rent.

Multi Family Units – With multifamily units you can live in one unit and rent the others. Also a little known fact about multi family units. 70% of the rental income for a multifamily unit can be used towards your mortgage qualifying income.

For example: Emily makes $6,000 per month before taxes. She is buying a duplex with $2,000 in rental income. 70% of that rental income or $1,400 can be added to Emily’s qualifying income. When it comes time to get loan approval, on paper Emily’s income is $7,400 per month. Which means she can afford more house!

Why Owner Occupied?

Owner occupied units give you as a buyer access to a wider range of loans.  Loans that require smaller down payments and have lower interest rates.

What Loan Options Are Available? 

FHA Loan- requires only 3.5% down payment. Seller can pay up to 3% closing costs. The only requirement is at least a 620 credit score and income at least 3 times the mortgage amount. Each state has buying caps for FHA properties for example in Louisiana the loan limit for a single family unit is $271,050.

203K FHA Rehab Loan- Very similar to FHA loan except the you can also borrow money to do a rehab on a more rundown property.

VA Loan – Available to military and former military. Absolutely 100% financing which means absolutely no money down. Seller can pay ALL your closing costs. You can literally go to closing without your checkbook.

USDA Loan- Also a 100% financial loan. In this case the seller can pay up to 6% closing costs. Certain repairs and upgrades can be financed through the loan. The one caveat, this loan is for rural single family homes only. Also the borrower must be lower/middle income to qualify. However, you might want to rethink what areas are considered rural. You can find homes super close to major cities if you look. Check out this USDA map for an idea of rural areas.

Conventional Loan- Typically requires 10-20% down payment and a high credit score for low interest loans.

Commercial Loans- Also requires 10-20% down payment and often requires higher interest rates.

Meet Layla

Layla found a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house in Lexington, South Carolina for $200,000.

Similar houses in the area rent for $1,250 per month.

Layla is able to negotiate the price down to $180,000 because the owner’s wife just died and he wants to move closer to his daughter.

The owner even agrees to pay $4,500 of Layla’s closing costs.

Layla gets a FHA loan to purchase the house. She puts $6,500 down and pays the remaining $2,300 in closing cost. When it’s all done Layla’s mortgage is $850.

After three years, Layla can move on to an even better property and rent this one for $1,250/ month and make $400/month in cash flow and reap the tax benefits.

My Story

When I bought my first duplex in Savannah, GA it was listed for $148,000.
Each unit in the duplex got $600/month in rent for a total of $1,200/month.

I was able to get the seller to pay 3% percent closing costs. I also qualified for a down payment assistance program (more on that later.) In addition, before I could close on the property, we had to separate the property from a plot of land it was attached to.

So the seller and I signed a Lease Option to Buy agreement.

I paid the seller rent and she applied those payments towards the purchase of the property. When all was said and done I paid $900 out of pocket for the closing. I had a duplex with a mortgage of $1,150/month and potential rental income of $1,200/month in addition to lots of yummy tax breaks.

But, what if you can’t do it by yourself?

You know Danielle from your local yoga studio and you tell her about a great property you’ve found. After looking at the numbers and consulting with her attorney, Danielle wants to become your partner. You two create a legal collaboration agreement and off you go.

How To Find Partners.

To find partners first you have to establish your reputation, likability, and stability.

Then you need to consider what type of partnerships or assistance to pursue.

There are a variety of options:

Full Equity Partnership- You and your partner split the purchase costs and cashflow 50/50

Down Payment Equity Partnership- Your partner provides the down payment and you apply for the loan. Down Payment Assistance Programs-There are numerous down payment assistance programs around the country. A simple google search for “down payment assistance programs” and your local area will give you a list of options.

Loans/Lines of Credit- If you already own property, you may be able to use your current equity to fund all or part of a property purchase

Lease Option to Buy – Otherwise known as rent to own. You and the seller sign an agreement where you rent a property and after an agreed upon time you have the option to buy the property.

Seller Financing- For homes owned outright (no mortgage) sellers may decide to do seller financing. This option is perfect for an investor that doesn’t want to pay a high capital gains tax payment. They agree to take installment payments at a market interest rate.

Syndication- You create a real estate syndicate and passive investors pool their money to buy larger developments.

Where To Find partners?

Like most things finding real estate investment partners is about networking, keeping in mind to observe the rules of investing and advertising.

If you are interested in joining a community of like minded lady investors online.

Join our free Facebook group Real Estate Investor Goddesses.

REIG is a facebook community for women interested in building Massive Wealth through:

1. Making a property and community better than we find it.

2. Creating only win-win situations for all, and

3. Ensuring that everyone touched by our deals is uplifted and enriched.

What do you think? Are you ready to start investing? Leave a comment below

18 Sep 2015

What Makes A Financial Website Successful?

At one time, the internet appeared to offer all organisations a simple proposition: email connectivity and a clickable presence in the form of a website. Today, web presence has rapidly evolved with interactive content and the ability to deliver transactional experiences – or e-commerce. Migrating services online helps business reduce costs, while customers benefit from the convenience and autonomy of self-service.

Financial services are faced with the challenge of delivering their customers with an online experience that goes far beyond just a website.

Financial services sites are absolutely competitive. They are really trying to drive people online. The self-service model is being taken seriously so they want to make sure their sites are available, responsive and allow users to do as many things as possible.

Though, many have shown an overall poor performance. The top reasons for failure were as follows: company websites make browsing too difficult; content missing, repeated and

poorly worded; and site search doesn’t work for typical tasks.

Here are three factors for a successful online financial service site which keeps users engaged and displays great use of technology while still delivers company’s messages clearly and effectively:

  • Customer experience, which includes the impression the homepage and overall design style give the customers, their satisfaction when they interact with the site and perform tasks.
  • Best practices, such as ease of use, quality, availability and security – site managers must be compliant with data laws requiring them to protect customer information and the integrity of customer accounts.
  • Service-level, which looks at responsiveness and reliability of websites – scores them on how quickly they respond to user commands and such factors as average downtime.

Financial services must tie these three factors together – customer experience, best practices and reliability/responsiveness – to have an effective web presence. They can’t go hard into one particular area and ignore the others. They have to understand what’s available versus their competitors, what consumers think of their sites versus competitors’ and how their sites are performing.

18 Sep 2015

5 Ways to Not Lose Your Panties in Real Estate

Lots of women want to get involved in real estate, but there’s one big thing holding them back – fear! They’re terrified of losing their panties if they invest.

If you’re one of those women who is resisting jumping into the real estate game because of fear of losing money, don’t worry. We’re here to share with you 5 ways NOT to lose your panties in real estate.

 

  1. Be Clear about your Desires

This is a big one. It’s really important that you understand what desires you want to gain from real estate. This will help steer you in the perfect direction for an investment that’s right for you.

Some things to think about:

-Do you desire to invest for cash flow so you can have passive income right now?

-Do you desire to increase your money available for retirement (you don’t need to access the money for many years)?

-Do you desire to invest to lower your tax burdens?

-Do you desire to leave a legacy for your children?

There are many reasons why you may want to invest, so why do you desire to invest?

Why is it important to know your DESIRES before you invest?

Let’s say you desire to invest in something that gives you cash flow right away and will give you back all of your initial investment within 2-3 years. If you tie up your money in a real estate development that doesn’t cash flow and won’t make money for 5 to 10 years, that’s a bad investment for you. If you pull your money out earlier than the investment requires, you’ll lose money.

The more clear you can get about why you want to invest and what benefits you desire, the less likely you’ll be to invest in a property that’s a mismatch and where you’ll lose your panties.

  1. Be Resourceful

The main resources you need to invest in real estate are time, money, and experience.

You need time to find and manage your investment property.

You need money to purchase it, renovate it (as needed), and maintain it.

Lastly you need experience to find the right property and manage it effectively.

Get very clear on how much of each you personally have.

 

You can ask yourself questions like:

-How much time can I put into finding and managing a property?

-How much property management do I personally want to do?

-How much renovation am I willing to take on?

-How much money do I have to invest and how much debt are I comfortable with?

-How much experience do you I in finding, financing, renovating, and/or managing a property?

 

All these questions will help you figure out what kind of investment will work for you.

Many people lose money in real estate because they don’t dedicate enough money, time, or requisite experience for the investment property they have chosen.

The good news is if you’re lacking in any of these areas, you can partner with other people that have the time, money, and/or experience you are seeking.

A real estate investor goddess knows she doesn’t need to personally have all the resources at hand, she just needs to be resourceful enough to partner with others who do.

 

  1. Have a great team.

Successful real estate investors know that this is a team sport. You want the greatest team members as possible around you.

Who are some of the team members you need? Brokers, property managers, lenders, accountants, and more.

Your team will be big part of the resources that you rely upon. You can leverage their time, experience, and in some cases their money (e.g., lenders or investment partners), to get you successfully invested in a property.

 

  1. Know Your Market.

Many investors fail because they buy in the wrong market or sub market.

Successful investors buy in areas where people want or need to be – areas with strong job and population growth.

They also buy where they and/or their partners team members are very knowledgable and familiar. The difference between a successful investment and a failed investment can be as little as one city block.

To not lose your panties make sure you know your market well and/or have trusted team member(s) who do.

 

  1. Buy the Right Property

Last, but not least, you can avoid losing your panties in real estate by buying the right property.

What’s the right property? It depends upon your clear DESIRES. The right property will deliver the benefits YOU desire.

If you want to buy a property that will provide you cash flow and will appreciate in value, then you should look for a property that:

(a) cash flows from day 1. In other words, from the beginning after you pay all expenses you still have income; and

(b) has value-added potential. A good property is one that is an ugly duckling – it could use some sprucing, but isn’t in such bad shape that fixing it up will take all the profits.

A great ugly duckling could have good plumbing, electrical, foundations and roof, but have outdated apartments. If you give the apartments a new paint job, new flooring, and some new appliances tenants the tenants will pay more rent. You’ll have added to the income and therefore the value of the property.

You can also find value-add potential through a property that hasn’t been managed properly.

By putting in better management you can: find ways to bring in new income streams, find ways to decrease costs, and have happier tenants.

All this adds value to your property and increases the bottom line.

 

Those are 5 ways to get into real estate investment without losing your panties. If you follow these 5 steps you will not only get to keep your panties, you’ll have enough to get yourself a whole new wardrobe … or 10. 🙂

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

To find out more information about:

-the different benefits of real estate,

-all the team members you need on your team,

-how to pick the right market for you, and

-how to choose the right property

register for our 75 minute – How to Get Started in Real Estate Investing Like a Goddess” webinar.

Also request an invitation to our private Real Estate Investor Goddess community – where we help women pleasurably build massive wealth through investing in real estate. Click here to get started.  

09 Sep 2015

How To Choose The Best Theme For My Business?

Building a beautiful website for your business begins with choosing a theme — a design that controls page layout, widget areas, and default style. Selecting Polygon for your business website can feel overwhelming, but you can make it easier by focusing on these three questions.

What Am I Publishing on My Website?
Draft a visual map of your website to help you plan your site structure and decide what you want your homepage to look like. Will your homepage contain static information about your business like a welcome message and business hours or do you want to showcase your latest blog content?

What Features Do I Need?
Are you building a restaurant website, a landing page for your hotel, a corporate blog, or something completely different? Depending on your business, you may need website features exclusive to certain themes.

What Look and Feel Do I Want for My Website?
You can filter themes by style and color if you have a specific look in mind or need to match a brand logo. While most themes can be tweaked with custom headers and background colors, Custom Design unlocks next-level customization.

Think back to the content you expect to publish on your site. Do you need a design that showcases photos? If so, choose a portfolio site or a design that makes the most of high-resolution photos. Perhaps photography plays a small role in your website design. If so, avoid themes that only look good with a lot of photos.

09 Sep 2015

Money Mindset For Real Estate Investors

The most important factor for making, having, and growing money in real estate or otherwise has nothing to do with techniques or know-how. Your money mindset has the biggest influence on your finances. In other words, how you think about money is the biggest determinant of how you create and treat the money you have.

The money lessons that you receive as a child often dictate your money mindset (for better or for ill).

The lessons I learned from my parents around money were: Money is very stressful to deal with. If you have a good job, you’ll be fine. That’s all you need to know about money Money is for spending, and so are credit cards. I never heard mention of saving or investing.

So I worked hard and went to great schools and got a very high-paying job as a law firm lawyer. I made lots of money, but because I believed that “money was so stressful to deal with” I avoided dealing with it. I left my mail unopened and typically would not pay a bill until I received notice of a late fee. Despite my nice six-figure salary, I managed to spend every penny and then some. I was living paycheck to paycheck and carried debt. My financial life was a mess.

At one point I spent $600 on a financial planner to help me get organized. He made me a binder with lots of beautiful and colorful charts showing where my money was currently going and where it would go if I started saving and investing. He did nothing to work on my mindset. This binder collected dust in my office. With my mindset as it was, I could not stick to my budget or manage to pay my bills on time.

When I got engaged to my now husband I decided that I didn’t want to bring my financial issues into our marriage. Money problems are one of the main killers of marriages and I knew my money habits were a problem.

So, I started to study and take courses in finances. I got many skills, but still could not get myself to follow through on what I now knew I “should” be doing. It was only when I got pregnant with my daughter and studied to become a money mastery coach, that I realized that I had to deal with my mindset. The work I have done has shifted things tremendously for me:

I went from being $60,000 in debt to having six figures in the bank.

I started investing – especially in real estate – and now make most of my money passively. While I sleep money comes to me.

I no longer work as an attorney (a job where I was miserable). I absolutely adore the work I now get to do investing in and rehabbing real estate and helping others to do the same.

My mindset changes and my ensuing fortunes have enabled me to spend lots more time with my family and to travel generally 8 weeks per year around the world.

It has also allowed me to contribute a lot more to charity.

I have more peace and ease around finances, and I’m much happier.

I’m not sharing this to brag (though goddesses understand the power of bragging and celebrating their good fortune and wins), I’m sharing this to show you what’s possible for you when you change your money mindset.

Now I want to share with you 5 things I learned that you can do today to create a more prosperous money mindset.

  1. Recognize and challenge your limiting beliefs about money: Take a minute and close your eyes. What phrases come to mind when you think about money. What did you learn as a child about money? Write these beliefs down in your journal. Some of the things you wrote down may have been “money is the root of all evil”, “Money doesn’t grow on trees”, “Money cannot buy happiness”, and “Time is money”. These are probably the most common. Is this how you think about money? If so, you are limiting your ability to easily receive money and to have a more positive experience with money. Know that the beliefs you wrote down are not necessarily true. Be willing to challenge and relief beliefs that do not seem to be serving you.

  2. Visualize yourself in a most abundant life: Your brain thinks in pictures; it doesn’t know the difference between imagined thoughts and what you are seeing. The same parts of your brain light up when you are imagining as when you are actually seeing/experiencing something. When it sees it, it will work to make it come true. Visualize yourself with $1 billion. What will you do with it? How would it feel? Get into the feeling place of it being done. Really put yourself in the shoes of your billionaire self. How would this person look, feel and think? What advice would your billionaire self give you? If any anxieties come up when you think about this amount of money – go back to Step 1. Those are your limiting beliefs showing up.

  3. Pay attention to your money in a pleasureable way, and make that time of interaction an honored and sacred interaction. Have a weekly money date (or more if you’re called to). Start by keeping your receipts in your wallet along with a few index cards. Once a week (or more if you are a big spender 🙂 set aside 5 minutes. Find a quiet place. Light some candles and incense. Pour a cup of your favorite tea or a decadent hot chocolate. Take some deep breaths, relax, and then list out on an index card everything you spent your money on this week. Next take your bills and pay with love, joy and gratitude. Be grateful that your creditors trust you to pay. I write as I pay or receive any money “This money is but a symbol of the inexhaustible supply of the Universe. I give thanks that 10x10x that much is now on its way to me and manifests quickly in perfect ways. Any interaction with money (receiving or spending) is an ability to grow more abundant in your mindset. Pay attention to your money in a pleasureable way, and make that time of interaction an honored and sacred space. Afford money the love and respect that it deserves, and it will love you back.

  4. Rejoice in others’ good fortune . If you think of wealthy people as THEM or you see someone have something you want and are jealous, then you are blocking money from coming to you the way you want. If you find that someone has something you want (material or otherwise), say “Hurray! This is showing up in my experience because it’s coming for me too!” This is an abundant and limitless universe, no one can take your good. Our Universe is not a pie with limited pieces. When we receive, the pie gets bigger. There is no lack of resources, just lack of resourcefulness. When someone else receives, look at the ways in which they are being resourceful to do so. You will learn from them and open yourself up to more.

  5. Recognize your prosperity/be grateful we so often focus on what we lack that we fail to take note of how much we already have. What you appreciate and focus on, appreciates. I engage in a nightly gratitude list. Focus on what you have to be grateful for monetarily (from that penny you found on the street to your job to the money in your savings account). Also, be grateful for all the things you have that money can’t buy. I for one and going to write down tonight that I’m so grateful for you and that I was able to share this information with this amazing audience of moms.

 

09 Sep 2015

Daily Inspiration

On autumn weekends with good weather you can almost experience caravans of people marching over the grandiose lookout balconies between the Dolomites and the Tauern and filling the mountain lodges to capacity. But very few people have the idea of turning the perspective around and approaching the Carnic ridge for once from the valley side. And that is something that is certainly worthwhile.
It is no coincidence that at Heinfels in the valley of Drau, which is called Pustertal here, there stands an ancient castle that still appears to be fortified. It guards the entrance to two valleys: the Villgratental and the Tyrolean Gailtal. The latter is quite hidden, as it begins with a terrain level high above the valley floor of the river Drau. There is a climb of several hundred metres on a serpentine road before reaching the community of Kartitsch, with the prettily shaped tower of the St. Leonhard parish church. From the enclosure wall of the cemetery you can enjoy a distant view to the west into the Pustertal, which here runs in a strikingly straight line. The reason for this is a distinct geological line, the “peri-adriatic seam“. This frontier line leaves the Pustertal in Kartitsch and follows the Tyrolean Gailtal, which to the east of the Kartitscher Sattel is called the Tilliacher Tal, and then further east beyond the federal border with Carinthia again changes its name, and for the next 20 kilometres goes under the name of Lesachtal. At Kötschach-Mauthen the name of the valley changes again, confusingly back to Gailtal, which at Villach at last flows into the Drau.
Viewed from above, the Gail or Lesachtal also runs in a straight line. There is a clear distinction in appearance between the northern and southern sides of the valley. N ons side the gentle foothills of the Lienzer Dolomites, with its wide alp areas, on the other side the rocky contours of the Carnic ridge towering above thick mountain forest and marking the state border with Italy.
In Kartitsch we are already 1.350 m above sea level, the area is one of the highest situated valleys in East Tyrol, which itself is at high altitude.
Some 200 m higher the Kartitscher Sattel is reached, from where you can look down onto Obertilliach and Untertilliach.
“Golzentipp“ is the name of the local mountain in this area. A perfect vantage point with a grandiose panorama view, encompassing the Hohen Tauern and the Schober group of mountains, the Lienzer Dolomites, the Carnic Alps, the Sextener Dolomites and far into the Pustertal. The chances are good that the view can also be enjoyed, as testified by the many years of meteorological records taken in this region, showing an above-average number of sunny days.
Fans of high rocky cliffs will prefer the south side of the valley and head for one of the many side valleys of the Carnic ridge. Pfannspitze, Großer Kinigat, Porze, Cima Manzon, Gamskofel, Hochspitz, Steinkarspitz – between the Obstanser See and the Luggauer Scharte there are countless opportunities to test your stamina and alpine abilities in the midst of grandiose mountain scenery.
[From mountainvillages.at]