Lathe Lavada - Edition 7




NEW YEAR, NEW GOALS Why New Year's Resolutions May Be Setting You Up for Failure

And just like that, another year has come and gone. I hope 2019 is off to a bright start for you and your loved ones. Seeing as many people choose to use the new year as a starting point to put goals and resolutions in motion, I thought I’d share a little of my own experience with turning aspirations into reality. Over time, I’ve developed my own sort of prescription for setting goals and sticking to them, and it’s hard to argue with the results. From fitness training to real estate, I’ve been reading books on goal setting for the better part of 25 years. While trends and fads come and go, there are a few tried-and-true rules you’ll find in almost any discussion of goal setting. Mostly, they boil down to setting yourself up for future success and making room for corrections when you need them. First, make a goal that is defined and achievable. Setting impossible goals will only serve to frustrate you in the long-run. For example, if you want to exercise more, it’s fine to be inspired by your favorite bodybuilder. But don’t make your goal “to look like they do” right out of the gate. While it’s fine to have far-away aspirations, if they are your only milestones, you will feel like you get nowhere no matter how hard you try. It is better to break these big goals down into their accomplishable parts so you can track just how far you’ve come along the way.

It’s also crucial that you don’t just tie your goal to some arbitrary date. This is the problem with the concept of New Year’s resolutions. Pulling motivation to get a fresh start from the new year can be powerful in the short-term. But to stick to any long- term regimen, that New Year’s energy is going to fade quickly. Worse still, fixing your goal to the new year makes it incredibly easy to tell yourself, “Oh well, maybe next year.” That brings me to the next important element in goal setting. You are going to stumble, because no one is perfect. Not even the Apollo rockets were on course 100 percent of the time. They reached the moon with pinpoint accuracy because their trajectories, while well-planed, allowed for course corrections. Just because you break a diet for a day or fall short of your savings goal for one month doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel on the whole effort. What I like to do is write down my goals and review them every morning. This helps keep them top of mind, which is important. It’s easy to write about sticking to goals in the abstract sense. But the noise and chaos of life prove very distracting if we lack focus. Just because a goal is attainable doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed. You need to make sure you hold yourself accountable and actively pursue your ambition.

Another twist I’ve added to the standard formula is making sure my goals aren’t restrictive. While I’ve mentioned the importance of keeping goals realistic, you don’t want to sell yourself short, either. If your goal is to lose 10 pounds, that’s great! But what happens when you hit that mark? Are you going to stop and go back to your old ways? That’s why I prefer more open-ended goals like, “Lose at least 10 pounds.” This wording makes it so much easier to carry the momentum forward and make a surprising, amount of progress. Most of all, make sure your goal has a “why.” In previous editions of this newsletter I’ve talked about my children, Lily and Liam, and how they are my big “why” — my motivation for so much of what I do. I work hard in real estate because I want to support them and their education. I keep myself healthy because I want to be active with them throughout their lives. I work to better myself as a person because I always want to be a positive role model for them. You don’t have to have a big, overarching “why.” But having something or someone to remind you of why you’re working so hard can make even the hardest goals attainable.

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During the winter months, colds and the flu can spread like wildfire.

research even suggests that it can shorten flu symptoms by up to three days. EUCALYPTUS If you’re suffering from congestion or can’t stop coughing, eucalyptus may offer the relief you’re looking for. Available in several different forms, including syrup, oil, and dried leaves, eucalyptus can be used as an expectorant or as a way to relieve a sore throat. When you’re at home and sick, try adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the water in a humidifier. The results are remarkably soothing! ZINC While many people turn to vitamin C to hurry through a cold, that’s not the supplement you should be focusing on. In fact, an overwhelming number of studies show that vitamin C does absolutely nothing to help shorten a cold. Instead, take zinc. You can find it as a nasal spray or lozenge, or even as part of a vitamin C supplement. One study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that those who took zinc reduced their recovery time from a cold by half. Cold symptoms among those taking a zinc supplement lasted about four days, while symptoms among those taking a placebo lasted about eight days.

Getting sick at least once during the season can be hard

to avoid, and once you are sick, you want nothing more than for it to be over and done. While there is no way to completely avoid getting sick, there are ways to speed up your recovery. Next time you’re suffering from a cold, try these remedies to get back on your feet a little bit faster. ELDERBERRY SYRUP Also referred to as elderberry extract, this syrup is made from a plant called European elder. It can be purchased at many health food stores or made at home (but use caution when doing this, since raw and undercooked elderberries are toxic). Many people swear by the berries’ ability to ease congestion and relieve a number of other cold symptoms. Plus, elderberry syrup is known for having anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, making it an ideal tool for fighting the common cold. Some


one of Lathe’s television appearances. As Cindy explained it, “[My cousin] was watching a ‘Good Morning’ program and had seen Lathe. She called me up; she said, ‘Hey cuz, if you have to sell one of your houses, keep this name in mind. I got some really good vibes from him off of the TV screen, and if you ever need him, I think he might help you.’” When she needed help a few months later, Cindy remembered her cousin’s advice. As a mother and grandmother, Cindy was okay with her kids living at one of her properties. “I had just planned on letting the kids continue living in the house,” she reflected. But a major life change shifted her plans. “When I got guardianship of my grandchildren, that’s when I blew it — that’s when I decided I was going to sweep house,” Cindy said with a look of determination. “By then, I already had

Lathe’s name and phone number, so that was just my next logical step.” When Cindy contacted First Prime Realty Group, Lathe and the team did all they could to ease her situation. “Working with Lathe’s Office has been very good,” the grandmother explains. “I really like the conversations and how much time Lathe spent on the phone with me to explain everything — that part of it was a godsend. Yes, I would recommend him. Working with all of them has just been great!”

When changes in your life or family require you to sell a home, it’s important to find a homebuyer you can trust. In such a chaotic time, the last thing you need is to work with someone who doesn’t take the time to walk you through the process — or worse, takes advantage of your confusion. Fortunately for Las Vegas native Cindy Baca, a relative in the real estate industry gave her the inside scoop on a buyer she could put her faith in. “I came across Lathe because of my cousin, who’s a realtor in Southern California,” Cindy told us. Her cousin knew about First Prime Realty Group thanks to

First Prime Realty Group prides ourselves on being there for

homeowners when plans change. If you find yourself in a similar situation to Cindy’s, or know someone looking to “sweep house,” give us a call today!


HELP US HELP YOU The Value of Trust When Selling a Home


There are plenty of reasons why you might be thinking of selling your home. Maybe it’s too big for you. Maybe all those small maintenance problems have grown into larger ones over the years. Maybe you inherited a property you weren’t expecting. Whatever the case, an unwanted

the only way professionals can fully grasp your situation. And it’s only when we understand your situation that we are able to find the right solutions. If you go into the doctor but are reticent when they ask you about your symptoms, they won’t be able to find the cure you need. Similarly, if you don’t help a homebuyer understand all the details of your home, they won't be able to find you a "win-win" deal. As cash buyers, we have a lot of ways we can help you — even if you believe your home is unsellable. We’ve helped clients negotiate with the bank, seek relocation assistance or moving services, and more. But to seek these kinds of arrangements, we have to know which option will fit your situation best. As professional homebuyers, we’ve seen just about everything under the sun. We aren’t here to judge you or your circumstances. We’re here to help. If you are looking for a fresh start to the new year by getting out from under your unwanted house, please reach out to us at 702-476- 2000. At the very least, we can help you understand the paths you have available to you.



• 1 medium red cabbage,

home can be a large source of emotional and financial stress. Still, many choose to let these problems linger.

loose outer leaves removed • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 1 teaspoon Baharat or other spice blend

• 2 tablespoons lemon juice • Roasted almonds, to garnish • 2 scallions, chopped, to garnish • Salt, to taste

This is understandable; selling a home is a big decision. But in situations where finance or maintenance is concerned, time does make a difference. In many ways, having an unwanted home is a lot like having an illness. The more you put off going to the doctor, the fewer treatment options you may have. At the very least, it’s worth reaching out to a professional to have a look so they can help you better understand the alternatives available to you. Just like going to the doctor, reaching out to a realtor or cash homebuyer takes trust. Talking about matters of health or personal finance can make anyone feel vulnerable, but understand that reviewing details is


1. Heat oven to 400 F. 2. Cut cabbage into 8 wedges, leaving core intact. 3. On a lightly oiled baking sheet, evenly space wedges. Season with salt and spice blend. 4. Roast cabbage until softened and slightly browned, about 20 minutes. 5. Garnish with almonds and scallions, drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil, and serve.

Inspired by “Recipes From a Pantry” by Bintu

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Why New Year's Resolutions May Be Setting You Up for Failure Have a Cold? Recover Faster! Why Cindy Baca Called Us Here’s Why Selling a Home Is Like Going to the Doctor Vegan Roasted Red Cabbage Why Start the New Year in Winter?

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The Origin of New Year’s Day

The month of January kicks off by welcoming the new year — there are countdowns, fireworks, and of course, the ball

This choice carried spiritual significance, since January was named for Janus, god of doors and gates. What better month to celebrate new beginnings? Under Caesar and subsequent rulers, the Roman Empire expanded its reach, carrying its calendar with it. While much of Europe adopted Caesar’s calendar, New Year’s Day remained a hot-button issue for centuries. Thanks in part to the spread of Christianity and to the colder conditions in Northern Europe, there was a lot of resistance to the January start date. Religious leaders saw it as a pagan holiday, and much of Europe chose to restart the calendar on March 25, during the Feast of Annunciation. Much of Catholic Europe officially recognized Jan. 1 as the start of the new year after Pope Gregory reformed the solar calendar again, correcting certain mathematical errors made in Caesar’s day. There were still holdouts, however. In fact, England and its American colonies continued to celebrate New Year’s Day in March until 1752. So there you have it —we were very close to having our fireworks celebrations in lovely spring weather. Ultimately, the ubiquity of the Gregorian calendar won out, as the demands of our increasingly interconnected world made a shared calendar a necessity. So if you struggle to start your New Year's resolutions this winter, blame Julius Caesar.

drop in a freezing-cold Times Square. But why? Why do we start our calendars when much of the U.S. is in the dead of winter? Why January? The short answer is Julius Caesar and Roman politics.

The calendar had long been a political tool in Rome. Depending on who was in power, Roman pontifices would add or subtract entire weeks from the year, manually adjusting the term limits of elected officials. As you could imagine, this caused a lot of chaos, because months frequently slipped out of time with the changing seasons. After becoming emperor, Julius Caesar brought about some much-needed reforms. Inspired by the Egyptian solar calendar, Caesar fixed the Roman year at 365 days and instituted the leap year to keep months aligned with the solstices. He moved the new year from the spring to the day that elected officials traditionally began their year-long terms, Jan. 1.


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