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Anja Williams

Anja Williams


No Time for Excuses

So you have an exercise routine that you’ve been doing for, well, a long, long time. And now you find yourself moving. Your entire schedule has flipped upside down and life is feeling a bit scattered. No need to panic. You’ll be back to your regular runs in no time. But in the mean time, don’t let the lack of a runner’s high get you down. Think of this as a good thing. It’s good to mix things up.


If you are packing your own boxes and loading them onto a truck, that’s a workout in itself. Think of that as doing a deadlift. Which by the way, is one of the single best exercises for building most of your major muscle groups. (Just remember to use proper technique!). If you have movers doing the work for you, take advantage of the time by carving out a space to do planks, sit-ups, lunges, donkey kicks, squats, you get the idea….
I know it’s so easy to make excuses for why you can not fit in a workout when you don’t have your routine or think you have no time. Even ten minutes here and there will make a difference. Consider it mandatory for staying sane during what may be a very stressful time.  Your family will thank you for it.:)

Satisfaction comes to those who persist and win

person runningEver have a PR (personal record) you really want to beat and THIS time you think you’ve got it in the bag? In fact, you’ve already decided how you’re going to celebrate and who you want to share this joyous news with.  But as life would have it… It. Did. Not. Happen. Ugh! Maybe your knee started acting up again or maybe you hadn’t prepared as well as you thought you had. Whatever the reason, you feel defeated.

And this doesn’t happen only in running. This happens in house buying and in general, life. So what do you do? Sulk? Yes, you could. But let’s face it, that is no road to achievement.

I’ve seen this feeling of defeat happen again and again when buyers are trying to put an offer on a listing. It’s not an easy market for buyers right now and that can leave some scars. But my advice, don’t quit. Satisfaction comes to the ones who persist and win.

Check out this article and know you are not alone in this sellers market.

Time to get moving!

No, I said “downward dog”, not down, dog!

So you’ve decided to move to Bainbridge Island. Great! And you have a love for running, right?? ;).  Ok, so maybe you are not compelled to run if no one is chasing you…. but you want/should/need to do something that your mind and body will thank you for. Or so we are told. Luckily for you, there are options here on this island. Whether it’s your traditional gym, Barre class, yoga, boxing, rock climbing, swimming, Crossfit, karate, Jazzercise, tennis, horseback riding, I have either personally tried some of these places, heard about them through others or simply driven by them (so I at least know that they exist:).  If you need a recommendation, I will gladly give you my two cents worth.

Not only will working out make you feel good, especially after unpacking a zillion boxes, but these are great places to make some new friends. And who doesn’t need a friend?? But before you head out to meet all these amazing new friends, don’t forget the cardinal earbud rule:  If someone is wearing earbuds in both ears, they want nothing to do with you… yet. If they only have one earbud in, approach conservatively. If they have no earbuds, then ask them how in the world they workout without music?!? I need to know!

Your well being is important…but don’t forget about your houses’ well being

Alignment issue. Overuse. Underuse.  Just a few things my body is dealing with…  So I went to an expert to help me get my body back to optimal working condition. Running with over stretched hamstring muscles is simply not a good idea, nor does it feel good.

And as spring has officially arrived, now is a great time to not only focus on your well being, but the well being of your house. Without proper maintenance, your house will slowly deteriorate and that is especially not good if you are wanting to put it on the market. Here are a few ideas for getting your house back in working order and ready to sell:

  • Make sure everything works that’s supposed to…replace light bulbs, fix loose door knobs, oil squeaky doors.
  • Make the front door area inviting, maybe add a few flowers, a new welcome mat. Make sure the doorbell works…kids love to test those. 🙂
  • Declutter, declutter and then declutter some more. You may be used to seeing all those beautiful nicknacks lined up, but potential buyers will just see “clutter everywhere”. And those stuffed full closets should be partially emptied. No one wants to see the closets busting at the seams. This is not a How Much Can I Shove in My Closet kind of challenge. And if you are feeling extra ambitious, make sure all your hangers match and are facing the same way (It can show that if you are meticulous about organizing, you are probably meticulous about the care of your house).
  • A fresh coat of paint can go a long ways. But not to state the obvious… make sure it’s a neutral color and it looks professionally done. No accidental paint on the trim please!
  • Placement of furniture can make a big room look small or a small room look big. You pick (just make sure it’s the correct one. 😉
  • Smells are something people do not forget. So make it memorable. Think clean, fresh and yummy.
  • And…make sure your home is clean! Make the bathrooms sparkle, wipe down the countertops, clean the dog drool off the glass door, vacuum cereal up off the floor. Could you imagine walking along and CRUNCH!? Just eww.
Good luck!

Enjoy the Scenery

Enjoy the Scenery

As one of the many joys of running, I get the opportunity to see lots of new scenery… and it’s quite beautiful as I live on Bainbridge Island. Even though this is an island, you would be surprised by how much diversity there is. If you want to be encapsulated by trees and have the wilderness vibe, then we’ve got it. Or maybe you prefer the beachy feel and listen to the waves roll in. Want more of a traditional neighborhood? We’ve got that too. We’re like a box of chocolates, but here you get to choose your filling!  

When you decide to move here and are choosing your location, it might feel a bit overwhelming. But don’t worry, I’ll bring out the map and give you a good sense of the vicinity. And if you feel like getting some fresh air, I’ll gladly take you for a run tour – one of the best ways to really understand your surroundings.

Battle Point Run

If this isn’t a good enough reason to come to Bainbridge Island, then you’ve got me! This May, check out beautiful Battle Point with your friends and explore your running potential!

While you’re here, maybe stay the weekend and enjoy all that Bainbridge has to offer. If you need suggestions on places to stay or where the best restaurants are, just reach out to me and I’ll give you some recommendations.

For more information, check out the link below:
Battle Point Run

Finding the Perfect House

Finding the perfect house is kind of like finding the perfect running shoes. Don’t believe me? Let me explain…:)

So just the other day, I am in my favorite running store. I went in with an open mind, which is not something I would normally do. (I’m usually brand loyal). My alignment has been off and had a feeling there might be something better for me. Something different, but wasn’t sure what is was… yet. And as with shoes, it’s just as important to go in with an open mind while touring houses. You need to be open to the possibilities. Maybe you think you need a house with a huge yard, but look at a house with a small yard.  You discover it’s your  dream home and there’s a fantastic park across the street. Suddenly the yard may be less important, because the park is actually more ideal. It’s good you kept an open mind and looked at that house.

Secondly, you need to know what’s important to you in a house… just like a shoe, right? Are you looking for the pretty features and the latest and greatest details? Or is functionality more important? It’s not to say you can’t have both, but perhaps a house has been newly remodeled to look magazine worthy, but no matter how you picture it, there is no place for your oversized kitchen table. (You could forcibly buy a smaller table, but then where would the in-laws sit when they visit??  (Knowing the garage is probably  [I say that loosely] not an option.:) And who needs a pretty gold swoosh on your shoes if the shoe is too narrow?

Also…. Enjoy the process!  If you’ve done your homework and have the basics figured out, such as knowing if you need to be close to schools, how much you afford and (most importantly!) having the right realtor who will help you through the whole buying process, then try and enjoy the experience.

I needed to remind myself to enjoy buying a different shoe brand… because this new shoe will ultimately be better for me. My beloved Asics had carried me through years of running. We had done marathons together, traveled together and just like that, it was over. But I remembered to enjoy finding the right shoe for me. It was all about functionality and keeping an open mind to the possibilities.

So just remember, whether it’s buying running shoes or buying a house, it’s basically the same thing.:)

Explore the Pacific NW

Ever want to get out of the house? Maybe take a day trip? Not that going for a run isn’t great for the mind and body, but sometimes it’s good to mix it up and see some new scenery. Pack a lunch and throw the family in the car, because sometimes the best thing to do during these winter days is to get out and explore.

Check out this article I ran (no pun intended:) across and get a few ideas…5 amazing northwest winter hikes for families

The worth of a Real Estate agent

You wouldn’t run in heels, would you? Or work out in a suit? Or certainly not leave your house without your fully charged device with the perfect playlist, would you?

These would all be ridiculous choices… just like trying to buy or sell a house without a professional real estate agent. Don’t get me wrong; I think that “can do” attitude is great (especially when it comes to running hills)! But when it comes to the world of real estate, do you really want to “try and see” if you can get the best offer in the shortest amount of time? If you were at all wondering, the answer is NO! Let me tell you just a few amazing things your real estate agent will do for you:

There is a lot of paperwork! And paying attention to the details is key. One omission or slight mistake could have you losing out on your dream home or losing your escrow money, to name a couple.

We have access to the MLS (aka Multiple Listing Service). And… it’s the most up-to-date database of all homes for sale. Want to see comparable sales in a neighborhood? We can do that. Looking for a particular style of house, with a view, master on the first floor AND built in the last 5 years? If it’s out there, we will find it and set up a time for you to tour the house. Just sit back and let us take care of the details.

Marketing is our middle name. You can’t sell your house/condo/land etc. if no one knows about it. It needs to be advertised! Professional photos will showcase your home and they will be seen far and wide.

Guidance, guidance and more guidance. There are contracts, escrow accounts, inspections, title searches, home appraisals – to name a few. It can seem overwhelming, but when we take you through step by step, you’ll wonder why you were stressing in the first place.

So put on your proper running shoes and find yourself a good real estate agent who will run the extra mile for you!

Feeling out the right neighborhood for you

Want to get the feel of an area or neighborhood, but driving through it is sooo 2018? What better way to see Bainbridge Island than by running through part of it (ok, we can walk too if that’s your thing). All your senses will be turned on and ready to take it all in. You want to be able to visualize yourself in the neighborhood. Can you picture yourself walking your dog there? Is it a good area for the kids to play? Are you in walking distance to get your latte? We all have priorities, right??

And what can you hear or not hear? Maybe the birds and nature sounds are your thing or maybe hearing the hum of the cars drive by is more soothing. Maybe you will even get a chance to talk to a few of the locals in the area. These are the people you will be borrowing sugar from. Picture yourself walking in your robe and knocking on their door to get that glorious sugar.

And remember, any smells are not as noticeable from a car. But when you are taking in those nice deep breaths, you’ll notice everything. Good and bad. But not in that order.

Buying the right house is key, but finding the right neighborhood is just as significant. So start that new years tradition being more active and get out there and run the neighborhoods. Contact me when you are ready to get the Bainbridge Island running experience. I will plot out an area for us to run and give you the facts about the neighborhood while running (or walking of course.)

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