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New year.  Fresh Perspectives.
Conversations are powerful vehicles for change when our hearts are open, and a recent one with my buddy has resonated within my soul so much this week.  The conversation revolved around trying to repeat the successes of the previous year and how much pressure there is to continue to impel ourselves forward–either inside or outside pressures.  But it sort of struck me these last few days that life is not always well-lived in the repeating of successes or even the constant push.  Life is not a repeat or a 3-peat or whatever-peat year to year.  And, it’s beyond the goals and the recognition; it’s in the intention–the choice of what we want our year to look like and what and how we choose depends on where we are in that moment.  Each year can look so completely different from the previous one. Sometimes we need to just breathe. For a week or a month or for an entire year.  But that choice to just breathe can be so freeing because it’s making the conscious choice to bring our life back to center.  And some years provide the strength and courage and opportunities to push farther and harder and with more strength than the previous year.  We are ready.  But, each of these choices is gifts and provide everything that we need in that moment….success, achievement, strength, passion….or just breath.
We can never doubt our own ability to bring it back to center.  We can never doubt our ability to achieve. New can never doubt our ability to love fully. We can never doubt what it feels like to say no for our hearts or for our family. We can never doubt what it feels like when that grace we give reaches the hurting inside.  And we can never doubt what it feels like to always stand our ground where hope can be found.
So as I am standing in the doorway of 2015, I am ready for what lies ahead of me.  I have turned the page.  2014 has been written, and I am proud of my year.  I am proud of what was created and harnessed and achieved and loved and nurtured. I am proud of the lessons learned and the grace I received. But most of all, I am proud that I never doubted my ability to bring it back to center.  So as the calendar flips to a new year, I challenge you to create your year for you….a year chock full of goals and successes, or a year to simply breathe in the simplicity and to leave the challenges behind for a little while.
And as we close 2014 and open our hearts to the possibilities that 2015 holds, I leave you with what one of my favorite yoga instructors says to close his classes…. peace and victorious you. Namaste. 
The changes are coming!  The changes are coming!

changecomingChange is good!  And these changes can be extra exciting when our residents, both current and future, will benefit from them! Cambridge is undergoing changes online that will provide convenience for our future residents and few sweet perks for our current residents.

September 2014 will be an exciting month!  Our website will have a complete make-over and internal overhaul that will result in a new, more user-friendly internet experience.  

Cambridge’s future residents will benefit from a more user friendly interface to search for that PERFECT new home, book tours online, chat live with members of the leasing department, and so much more!

Our current residents will have a few added features as well!  Whether you look to try out a new spot, take advantage of some of our Cambridge-only discounts, cash in on that super-sweet-friend-referral program, or a host of other new online features, you too have some new things to look forward too!

What are a few of those new features?

  • Our blog will feature one local business per month, introducing residents to businesses in their area. We’ll even include a promo code for our residents to get a sweet treat at a sweet price.
  • Stay up to date on upcoming vacancies, alerts in your building, when new discounts are posted, and more by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  We will find you where you are!
  • Our improved Cambridge Connections with local discounts
  • Better search capabilities.
  • More photos!!
  • More ways to connect through social media
  • Chat live with our different departments
  • Better user interface

 

Any changes you want to see? We like to keep our residents happy, please send suggestions to yana@cambridgemanagementmgi.com for consideration.

Renter’s Insurance and why it ROCKS!

Do you know what renters insurance is?  You would be surprised to know that  many people don’t know about it and its benefits. Most property management companies these days are starting to require that renters have renters insurance, and most people that have never had it, don’t know much about it, or might have reservations about spending the extra money. Below, I’ll give you the little skinny on it in hopes that everyone starts to realize much renters insurance rocks and is a great thing to have for your own benefit!

Renter’s insurance is incredibly affordable; and more so that most people even realize. The usual price for renters insurance is between $10-$30 dollars depending on how many items you own and their replacement value.  An insurance agent can help you determine the value of your items and you can usually get your insurance set up on the phone in 10-15 mins.

Did you know that renter’s insurance can provide coverage for items and incidents inside and outside of an apartment or rental house?  Crazy right?  It’s not just to cover damages within your rental.  Most renters are usually aware that belongings stolen or damaged within their homes could be covered by renters insurance, but fewer may be aware that items stolen from their cars could be covered too.

(Example: if you leave your laptop in the car and its stolen your renters insurance will cover it)

(Example: if a renter whose child floods an apartment bathroom by leaving water running in a bathtub would likely end up paying out of pocket for the damage if they don’t have that valuable renter’s insurance.)

A landlord’s insurance only covers the structure and does not cover contents, and having that added policy can also cover damages caused by that pesky maintenance issue that arise and may damage your belongings.

Another benefit could be coverage for accidents inside a renter’s homes in which visitors are injured and responsible for the damages. This can be especially important if you throw parties or frequently have guests in your home. And, these policies usually include some no-fault medical coverage for guests. (No-fault coverage means policyholders don’t have to wait for a court decision to determine who’s liable for an in-home accident before claiming the coverage provided by their renters insurance.)

AND… But wait, there’s more!

“(Renters insurance) covers something referred to as ALE, or Additional Living Expenses, should a fire or other calamity require you to live elsewhere,” Lehman says. “If, for example, an apartment is damaged in a fire and your rent was $1,000 a month but you had to live elsewhere that costs $1,100 a month, it would cover the extra $100 for rent up to the policy limits.”

ALE would also cover food, living and clothing costs if you have to leave your home for more than 72 hours during one of these calamities!

Just think of all the possibilities and positives that renters insurance can help you!  If you have any questions or are interested in renter’s insurance there are plenty of agencies.  Our first suggestion is check with your automobile insurance company.  Having both under one policy generally gets added discounts for having those multiple lines of coverage, making it even cheaper!

The moral here?  Go get it!  The small cost that you pay each year gets you a TON of coverage and a TON of piece of mind.

Behind the Red Door

The symbolism of the color ‘red’ has transcended time, culture and ecology. Mother Nature even uses it to say, “Hey! Notice Me! …I standout for a reason.” Our western culture uses it to make important objects and structures stand apart and be discernible, such as stop lights or signs. Adaptations from the East have fused together the ideal that a red front door is good luck. So naturally, you can imagine why a restaurant named “The Red Door” physically and metaphorically tells native San Diegan and visiting restaurateurs, alike, in its undeniably bold shade, “STOP and check me out! Your taste buds just got lucky!”

If you’re looking for a dining experience as brilliant, yet subtly elegant, as the many shades of ‘red,’ venture into the trendy, but understated, neighborhood of Mission Hills. Amongst an array of truly unique and eclectic restaurants and boutiques lies this gem of an eatery.

As you walk into its cozy quarters, life through friendly banter and soft “Mm mms” fill the room.  The perfect place to impress a prospective partner or mingle amongst friends.  Its quaint interior is usually packed to the brim with guests, making reservations on holidays and prime dinning hours is a must.  Otherwise you will miss out!Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar

The atmosphere teeters between comfortably-casual to semi-formal, with its simple, but chic, décor and front-house layout. But I’ll let you in on a not-so-secret…the real magic happens in the back, where locally grown, family farmed, produce meets masterfully prepared proteins. On a personal note, if you’re a fan of “the other white meat,” I highly recommend ordering the Braised Pork Cheeks for a starter…You’ll wish it never ends. There is also an impressive wine list at your disposal—or I guess in this case I should say at your consumption. And, if you’re having trouble making a selection, the friendly and attentive staff is readily available to help guide you through this culinary excursion.

Let’s not forget dessert! If you can still ingest one more exquisite creation it has to be one of these delicate and decadent pieces of art, made with only the freshest seasonal ingredients.

If you’re mouth isn’t watering by now, let me tell you mine is…and as having experienced this first hand, it’s a must-do for foodies hungry for a taste of San Diego’s finest.

Add it to your bucket list, tell Siri to bookmark it… it’s that good! If you’re in love with food like I am, then you should never settle for run-of-the-mill. So treat yourself! You deserve it. Make it a monthly routine? Meet style, sophistication, innovation and flavor all at the same place: “The Red Door.”

Energy Efficiency Ideas for Renters

Just because you don’t own your home doesn’t mean that you can’t control your energy costs. Every little bit helps; some may not apply, but everyone can find one or two options. Here are some quick money and energy saving ideas:

  1. Use power strips. Even though they are turned off, many electronics still draw power. Turning off a power strip with a television, dvd player, and multiple video game consoles when not in use can save up to $20 a month just by itself. Consider also using power strips for various electronics chargers (phone, camera, etc.) as well, and turn them off when you’re not charging.
  2. Check your water heater settings. Turning the temperature to the lowest comfortable setting can help save money when heating water.
  3. Replace your air conditioner and/or furnace filters every 3 months. This ensures that the unit is receiving clean air (and so are you!) and improves their efficiency.
  4. Use ceiling fans instead of your air conditioner. If you have them, fans cost just pennies to run compared to air conditioners (both central and wall/window units). If your home doesn’t have good natural air flow, putting box fans in your windows (facing into the room) in the evenings can help draw cool air in from the outside to cool the room.
  5. Use energy efficient bulbs. They have improved drastically over the last few years, no longer requiring 5-10 minutes to come to full brightness. Some types even will operate in dimmable fixtures without flickering.
  6. Use blinds to help control the temperature of your home. During the hot summer months, keep blinds closed during the day to keep your home cooler. Do the opposite during the winter – open your blinds to allow the sun to warm it up. Using heavy curtains over your blinds will help keep the warm air in as well. If you have a room or two with bright West or South sun in the afternoon, consider investing in curtains with a thermal backing to help keep everything cooler.
  7. If you find that you have a draft coming in under your doors, use door snakes or rolled up towels to keep the air from coming in. Another, more permanent, option is installing weatherstripping around the door.
  8. Clean your refrigerator. Cleaning the coils on the back of your refrigerator every so often keeps the appliance running optimally. (How to)

What have you implemented in your rented apartment or home to help conserve energy?

Tips For An Easy Move

  1. Don’t move anything you don’t love. I’m sure it’s happened in the past – you open a box at your new home and wonder “Why the heck did I move this?” As soon as you know you’re moving, begin looking around your current home with a critical eye. Ask “Do I love this? Does it make me smile? Do I have more of this than I need?” This applies to clothing and shoes also. Fewer items to move means a faster (and quite possibly cheaper) moving experience.
  2. Measure the spaces in your new home before buying any new furniture or if you’re not sure your current furniture will fit. Especially if you are moving into an older home, be sure to take into account the width of the doorways and any tight corners that may make furniture moving a challenge.
  3. Beware of being too lax about moving if you’re “just moving across town.” I’ve been there – it doesn’t seem worth it to bother actually packing things up. Believe me, when you start to toss loose items or plastic bags full of your stuff into your vehicle, you’re just creating a larger mess to deal with on the other end (unless you’re ultra organized and putting things directly where they go as soon as you walk in the door at your new place!) Take the time to properly pack things in boxes and you won’t feel overwhelmed when wading through piles of your things at your new home. Boxes stack. Most loose things do not.
  4. Create a box (or two) of items that you will need just before you leave and immediately at your new home. Make sure this box is the last thing loaded and the first thing off. Things to include:
    – Cleaning supplies, including a trash bag or two
    – Rubber gloves
    – Paper towels and/or rags
    – Basic kitchen utensils (skillet, pot, spatula, sharp knife, dishwashing liquid, a dish towel)
    – Paper plates, napkins, plastic glasses and plastic ware (so you can still eat in if you don’t find or unpack your kitchen boxes right away)
    – A toiletry bag full of your basic bathroom items. Trust me, you do not want to be rummaging through boxes for your toothbrush at 2am after a long day of moving!
    – Sheets and blankets for each of the beds and an alarm clock
    – Toilet paper and hand soap for the bathroom
  5. Ask around for extra boxes before you purchase them. Chances are, someone you know (or someone they know!) has recently moved and will be happy to give them to you. In fact, keep the moving karma going and let people know you have boxes to give away when you’re done with them.
  6. Start packing as soon as you can. If you have room, designate an out-of-the-way space for packed boxes, both at your old place and your new one. If you have to delay unpacking at your new home, having the boxes mostly out of sight will minimize clutter and lessen the post-move stress.
  7. Mark room destination on top and box contents on all sides and the top with a Sharpie. This may seem like extra work, but if you have people helping you move, finding your boxes in their proper destination (and being able to see what’s inside no matter which side is facing out) will make your life so much easier. Regular pens aren’t dark enough to be seen from a distance, so using a Sharpie or similar marker matters. Packing an entire house or large apartment? Go ahead and pre-print sheets of file-folder sized labels with the destination rooms so you only have to slap a label on the top and write the contents. If someone is helping you pack, make sure they’re doing the same – especially if they’re mixing rooms in a single box.
  8. Tips for packing your boxes:
    – Lay plates and glass (like picture frames) on end instead of stacking them flat. They are less likely to break, but you’ll still need to be careful.
    – Pack boxes solid, even if you have to fill with packing paper or some other filler. The boxes will be less likely to crumple and either create a box avalanche or crush the contents inside.
    – If you have a lot of books, find or purchase the letter-sized banker’s boxes available from office supply stores. Even if you pack the box full of nothing but books, they won’t be too heavy to lift. (Better yet, pack partway with books and partway with other light items.)
    – Wrap breakable items in extra towels and linens to cut down on the amount of packing paper or bubble wrap that you have to purchase.
Those are our top moving tips – what are yours?
the art of setting goals

the art of setting goals seems to have no art at all.  i have read countless articles, blogs, and books and have come to the conclusion that there is no perfect way or one better way to keep yourself on track.  you have to do what will work for you.  keeping this in mind, i have several things that i do to keep myself on track every day and that really work for me.  it’s hard to balance all that life throws at you, while purposefully trying to pay attention to a few of the small moments each day so that you don’t fall into that trap of wishing your life away or trying too hard to do it all, perfectly, and be everyone’s everything. and while organization helps a lot, feeling accomplished by not over-committing yourself to more than you can handle, while preparing for the unexpected helps tremendously.   the OCD control freak in me struggles with trying to control life, yet knowing that i can’t and must let life run its course….and simply learning to just let go.  not to try to perfect everything.  and learn that failing is part of learning.  and it’s okay to rely on others and allow them to be there for you, just as you are for them.

yearly. three words.  

these words define what i want my year to be.  they are kind of overall themes for my life that create a direction and keep me focused on more of a purpose-filled life.  my words this year are connect.  grace.  and purpose.

connect.  for some people, connections come rather easily.  i have had to work at it.  painfully shy in my early years, it was hard to forge those relationships, especially in large crowds.  and, while the struggle still happens on a daily basis, i find myself more mindful of it each day as i try to show my love for life.  in business and in my personal life, true connections are those that show weakness and strength.

connect.
family.  friends.  life.  customers.  stronger.  body.  mind
spirit.  earth.  love.  emotion.  reconnect.  learning.  

grace.  one of my favorite quotes is ‘with all of your heart, ask for grace and let go.’  this speaks to me on so many different levels and applies to so many different areas of my life.  and grace is such an amazing word in and of itself and can speak volumes with just 5 little letters.  i aspire to grace, ask for grace, and try to show grace.

grace.
give.  trust.  pure.  humble.  elegance.  moral strength.  

let go.  laugh.  freely given.   show, act, give believe. 

purpose. when we find ourselves without passion or purpose, or alone without a project to occupy us, we can become nervous and self-critical about what we should be doing and feeling.  finding purpose and allowing ourselves the space to be as we are gives us the passion for life we all look for on a daily basis.  while some jobs in and of themselves, exude a purpose every day (soldier=defender of our freedoms, doctor=saving lives, bringing new life), the life a property manager is not so…. glamorous? so my third goal is to find purpose every day.  even in the mundane.  what did i do today that made a difference?  what was my purpose today at work, home?  and, while my job somewhat defines who i am (although not completely), it’s not what gives me purpose every day.  and despite my job, or in spite of it, i look for my daily purpose to be outside of what i do for a living.  rather focusing on the job intertwined with who i connected with today, or ensuring that i connected with someone specific (family, friends etc.), or if i did my best.
purpose. 
home.  work.  family.  friends.  

daily. 

yearly.  three large goals + 10 steps.  personal and professional. 

each year, i come up with three main goals in each category, personal and professional, that i would like to accomplish.  this could be something I want accomplished within a year, or over several.  and from those overall goals, i make 10 steps to reach that goal, in order, and begin working on those much smaller goals, scratching off each one as they are accomplished.  i have found over the years that, while we all try and establish goals, with the determined intent of reaching them, if we don’t have steps to get there, we will never make it.  it either becomes so overwhelming that we give up, we forget where we are, or stray off track.  we all have the ‘ooh, new, shiny!’ syndrome.  and, i have found that doing it this way keeps my on track.  and really, i am a total list person.  there is nothing more satisfying than scratching something off of a list to create a sense of accomplishment.  and Lord knows we all need to feel that sense of accomplishment every day!

monthly.  simple goals by category.  

i recently read a post over here and was inspired to try these simple, easy purposeful goals, set monthly.  i love the fact that, even though they might not be achieved every single day, the overall goal is to create better habits and keep life from taking over each day, creating an environment where we feel like life is passing us by.  brilliant!
ashlee proffitt design

so my challenge to you is, despite the fact that it is the middle of march already….go set some goals.  challenge yourself.  big or small.  whatever works for you.  today is the day to go down the road to reaffirming your goals, personal growth, or reinventing a better you.

and to be simply.amazing!

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Creative living in 725 square feet

Lotta, a textile and surface designer, finds unique ways to maximize
the 725 square feet she shares with her husband, Nick Anderson. Here’s
how she does it.
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