Cosmic Cow Pie: Connecting the Dots


Planning Your Posts

Planning your posts can reduce stress and help create balance in our life.  

It's been said that 10 minutes in planning saves an hour of execution.

Time is a limited commodity so what we do with it really has an impact on our anxiety level.  

October was always the get in gear month for our real estate office!  The goal was to be all done with Holiday mailings and marketing content by Halloween. We also needed to have our next year "Disney" planning boxes done as well.  The Disney method of planning included boxes showing the goals for the next year such as: how many listings, how many sales, open houses, customer events, education classes, savings, vacations... and now the boxes need to include, social media goals including Hangouts On Air!  

Why did we push so hard to achieve that October 31st deadline to be ready for the next year?  Easy... so we could enjoy the HOLIDAYS and really connect with our family, clients and friends when the atmosphere called for enjoyment. By being prepared with the marketing plans in place we were able to have fun and prospect at a time everyone is enjoying themselves and be ready to hit the beach running after January 10th. (No one is ready to rock January 2nd!)     

NOW is the time to get prepared for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas/Holiday and New Year!  

Do you have your plan?

 Thanksgiving Tray


One of the most important skills that any person with a business, product or service needs to be concerned with today is telling a story with digital images.  What that means is, your individual photography talents need to be producing impact that people will remember or you need to connect with a photographer that can help you get there or provide the digital imprint you need to participate in today's image driven world.  

Connecting with an affordale photographer might be a challange in some market places so a new website might be helpful in finding the right "Personal Photographer."    

Photo Tour Global Directory  is a digital publication website with names and contact information of creative photographers worldwide who are willing to create custom photography experiences. PTGD is in a pre-launch stage adding new photographers in all areas each day. (I have literally thousands of photographer connections on google+ so let me know if you have a need in a specific area that is not on the website.  

You may be asking how does this fit in with real estate planning?

Part of the marketing to attract consumers to the site includes giving away FREE seasonal stock photos to help anyone in their business.  The free stock photos will be perfect in planning those holiday posts!   

Amazing featured photos from locations all over the world on PTGD might stimulate a desire to go to some exotic place for vacation or if one is on a business trip a photo workshop might be availible to take advantage of which you can find on the site.  PTGD is like being connected with a travel photography site and each month in the newsletter there will be travel and photography tips, workshop information along with 10 FREE additional seasonal stock photos to use with no watermarks and exclusive use except to resell in any format.  

Right now receive 25 FREE seasonal stock photos PLUS 7 additional Halloween graphics when you subscribe to the monthly newsleter for Photo Tour Global Directory.  All the stock photo images can be customized with your personal message and logo!


The free seasonal stock photos are a wonderful way to have a baseline to plan your posts and start working on ideas for 2014 and the newsletter could be inspiration for exotic trips or photography workshops!  

Images are the doorway to engagement so plan your posts with graphics that will invite readers in!  


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Comment balloon 24 commentsCarra & Shae Riley • October 04 2013 04:50PM


Nope, no plan.  Too busy to even think about making a plan.  But I'm NOT going to complain about being busy. LOL

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 6 years ago

You are such an inspiration and always have a plan!


Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 6 years ago

Time management might be 80% of a person's success. :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 6 years ago

My WHOLE job centers around balancing life's activities. :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 6 years ago

Cara what a wonderful blog post and thanks for providing a new resource.  I am suggesting another feature for you!  I plan to participate in the monthly contest to incorporate your suggested 10 posts.  appreciate the nudge

Posted by Eileen Burns, FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist (Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach) about 6 years ago

Carra:  Will be heading over to the suggested website for photos and ideas both. 

As always, you have got Marilyn and Me thinking about what we can do to improve our image and business ... plus streamline how we conduct it.  Perfect timing ... perfect time of the year.

You continue to inspire ... and perhaps kick our butt a bit!


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Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 6 years ago

I like your thinking! get it done before the holidays.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) about 6 years ago

Carra, planning to reduce stress and finding quality seasonal stock photos makes life easier. EXCELLENT post.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 6 years ago

Tammy~  Your plan works well for you.. that is why you are busy!  Have a great weekend!

Margaret~  You to are such an inspiration always showing us the way.. hope you can use some of the stock photos for fun!  Saves some time!

Laura ~  You have connected the dots correctly!  Great to have you reaffirm!

Eileen ~  Thank you so much and always happy to help!

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 6 years ago

Gene ~  Thank you for the feature.. always an honor to share with the Banana Tudes!

I hope to be hearing from you or Marilyn on our Hangout On Air.. we should do it this month to help inspire the planning for others for the next year.. you see how hard it is to do so here is my baseball bat hitting you over the head... we need to do this! 

Hope you enjoy the stock photos.. you can just download them and choose whatever works.. could be the the photos inspire the words... get the photos here. You will get 10 new photos each month that will be in advance of the season to be able to plan! 

Thanks again. 

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 6 years ago

Great ideas Carra.  I'm a big believer in getting things done early as well so we can enjoy the holidays and not be fussing with all that other stuff.  I will also check out the free stock photos - can always use new photos. Thanks!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 6 years ago

Teral ~  Yes, in deed have all the holiday plans done before Thanksgiving... Just started getting my Thanksgiving shopping done so it is not so much at one time.  Always wait for Safeway to have their big turkey give away too.  Spend $100 and get a free 20 pound turkey...

Gary~  Thank you so much, what a kind compliment.  Hope you have downloaded the free stock photos and it helps with planning the posts! 

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 6 years ago

Anna~  You are a great planner and that is how you accomplish so much!  Hope you can use some of the stock photos for your personal messages.. this month there are 25 plus an addition 7 Halloween shots then each month in the newsletter there will be 10 more to look forward to. Fun to use on Pinterest, twitter, instagram, fb or google+  Might make it easier to create messages with the photo ready to upload.  Thanks for stopping by and the wonderful feature.  Sincerely appreciated!

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 6 years ago

Carra just sent you a message.  There was an error message after signing up for your newsletter and couldn't get to the photos.  Thought you'd want to know!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 6 years ago

Anna~  Thanks so much.. got it fixed.. gremlins.... Try again. subscribe for   Free Stock Photos 

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 6 years ago

I wish I had a plan but right now I'm just too buried to think about it.  It's nice to have the tip on getting holiday photos - thanks for that.

Posted by Bryan Robertson about 6 years ago

You make more time by using what you have wisely. Saving steps, avoiding duplication and new exciting ways to clone your efforts. Video is one super easy way to increase the time use savings. Round the clock open houses happen and the front door to the property is always open so to speak. Embed them in the posts as one of the "supporting images", screenshot. Plan your work, work your plan. 

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 6 years ago

These tips on photography and planning posts are very handy.  Fall can be a very productive time of year!

Posted by Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~, Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green (Coach House Realty) about 6 years ago

In college I made myself do an outline, before I actually wrote an essay for one of my classes.  I felt the outline took forever to write, but it helped me get my thoughts together in an organized way.  Surprisingly, following my outline, the essay took a very short time to write.....and I got an "A".

Posted by Brien Berard, Maryland Real Estate Agents - Laurel Real Estate (Remax Professionals Laurel MD) about 6 years ago

I haave been looking for a source of photos and images. I will check out the ones you mentioned.

Posted by John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142 (Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert) about 6 years ago

You inspired me Carra.  I've got my calendar for 2014.. whow.. 2014!  Anyway, I have may calendar and I've got my goals listed, time lines etc.  I have fun planning.  Executing is another topic all together.  But I figure if I get most of what's on my list, then I'm doing pretty good.  Happy Holidays. 

Posted by Christine Cumming, Real Estate Santa Cruz and beyond 831.588.7767 (Real Estate Capitola, Aptos, Scotts Valley, Watsonville) about 6 years ago

Andrew Mooers ~  Yes.. plan your work and work you plan is the key!  

Andrew Payny~  Hope you download the images and use them to your benefit!  

Brein Berard ~  Always having a plan makes the work so much easier.. you have a foundation just like building a house! 

John Mosler ~  Hope you got them downloaded and you will bet 10 new ones each month.  There are other photographers that will be sharing stock photos so this will be a great resource for your posts.

Christine Cummings ~  Delighted to read the post inspired you to finish the plan.. I bet you feel great!  Happy Holidays to you as well! 

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 6 years ago

Carra, you're a little more organized than I am. I won't be sending Christmas greetings until December.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 6 years ago

Tammy ~ Funny.. me either.. but I plan in advance so I don't have to miss out on all the holdiay fun!  Hope you have a happy HALLOWEEN!  

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 6 years ago