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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

7 Hot Home Improvement Trends that Make Your Home Work for You

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Don't Quit

 
If there is anything I have learned in life it is that there are many things beyond our control and we must accept some things as our destiny but many things we can and should do something about.  No matter how difficult the journey, no matter how many bumps in the road and no matter how many try to discourage you the answer is never to give up but keep on preservering. There are those who would see us fail, those who are determined to make it their goal to discourage, criticize and tear down instead of build up and restore.
We must put on our blinders and focus keeping our goals in mind at all times never allowing the negativity surrounding us to render us stagnant so that we become ineffective in our day to day lives.
 
With all of the terrible news we are bombarded with each and every day from abuses of all kinds, storms that are unheard of, government tearing down the very values our country has stood for, wars and rumours of wars all over the world, loss of jobs right and left, foreclosures, shortsales and other distressed sales it is very easy to allow these negative influences a stronghold in our lives. We have to make ourselves stay focused on the positive because for all of these terrible things we have much to be thankful for and remembering the good in our lives and making sure we acknowledge it not only to God but to ourselves and others is imperative so that we not lose our joy.
 
God knew that all of these things would come to pass and He knows our futures and He says we are not to be worrying about these things as He is in control of it all but instead keep preservering doing what is right being a light in a dark world. He says occupy till I come.  He is not the author of confusion, negativity and defeat!  He wants us to be happy, joyful and productive!
 
Have a happy, joyful and productive day!
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DON'T QUIT
 
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,

When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but dont you quit. 
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out,

The silver tint on the clouds of doubt,

And you can never tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems afar.

So, stick to the fight when you're hardest hit

It's when things go wrong that you mustn't quit.
 
~ Unknown

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Feeling Violated and Uneasy

Good Tuesday morning to all of you!  WOW! What a weekend I had. I was given the opportunity by good friends to go on a quick trip to the mountains. Wasn't going to cost us a dime! What a blessing! Little did I know that my quick weekend trip would turn into quite an eye opening experience.


As usual when I plan a trip I start to get really busy. The phones start ringing with folks wanting to see homes or list homes, questions need to be answered and I always smile and say " just plan a trip and you will be busy".  It seems to always happen that way. I am NOT complaining as I am thankful for every opportunity I am given and I truly mean that. But this weekend I had promised my husband that I would truly leave work behind if only for a couple of days.  I was not going to take my computer and I knew that my service on my phone would be limited where we would be staying. We scurried about trying to get ready to walk out the door making our last minute calls and emails. I think we left after 1 PM on Friday and so we were off.


The drive to our friends home was just beautiful. We were all riding together so we planned to leave our car there and continue on with them one we arrived. We were so excited about being able to just "get away" and even though Friday was rainy it was still quite beautiful as the mountains always are. We met our friends, switched over our things to their van and off we went meandering the "back roads" to our destination. My husband looked at me with a crooked smile as he knew how much I love going the back roads with all the curves and knew I would be "squeasy" and "nauseous" within minutes of being a back seat driver.  I determined I was NOT going to whine and complain and took a deep breath and started thinking of anything and everything that could distract me from winding roads that lay ahead. It seems forever before we finally arrived at our destination but it was so worth the wait as the view was just beautiful and our accommodations were gorgeous and I took another deep breath and knew we would have a relaxing evening in this lovely place. Since we arrived later in the evening we had no intention of going out again on this night.


We started preparing a delicious dinner and appetizers and was able to get through dinner and then I checked my phone. I was shocked at how many texts, phone calls and emails I had coming into my phone.  I had been keeping an eye on my phone and depending on where we were sometimes my phone would not work at all and I was unable to see or get anything on my phone but now I am thankful I was able to get some service.  I started reading and listening to the messages and my family, friends and clients were checking on me to see if I was alright. I was being told that someone was impersonating me and they sent out to my entire address book and throughout Facebook a message stating I had been mugged and all my cash and credit cards stolen and that I was stranded and needed 1650.00 to get back to the states and would they please send the money to western union to a 1 Hermit Rd in London. I am sure many of us have seen these bogus emails before but I was so upset as being away from my computer I was unable to really see what was going on.


This scammer actually stole my FB account by changing out my email address entirely and replaced it with a email going directly to them called lisa_ebersole@yahoo.com. This is NOT my email.  They have all of my information and my photos and I cannot access  my OWN Facebook account.  I was called by one of my dear friends and clients to tell me they started a conversation with this scammer and they were being instant messaged and were trying their best to get my friends to send them funds pretending to be me.  Several of my other clients and friends also carried on conversations with this person. It seems this started on Facebook but then they sent this message to my entire YAHOO account. All of my emails, sent emails and address book were gone when I returned home.  I found out after returning home that when I send someone an email through my yahoo account that when anyone responds to me that automatically this person has set it up that their email lisa_ebersole@yahoo.com be inserted into the address bar and my address of lisaebersole62@yahoo.com is deleted so if the person I am sending to does not pay attention to this and makes sure to delete the wrong one and copy and paste the new one in their emails are being sent to someone else and I never see the return email. I did not know this was happening until a couple of my clients started helping me test my emails to see exactly what was going on. I found out that my Charter accounts seem to be ok but they also tried to hack them but I changed my passwords and I was also sent a message saying that someone had added themselves to that account but I was able to delete them off via an email with a link to do that.  I reported this to Yahoo, Charter, Facebook and filed a police report and Channel 7 news even wanted to report on this because this is becoming a big problem.


So far I have little help from the email carriers and getting through to FB has been a really difficult thing. They just send you to more and more links so all I knew to do is fill out every form I could find to report this person and STILL today I cannot access MY facebook account because the person has changed my password and switched out my email. One of my clients actually told me they have also put their address where to send money to them on my FB. It is infuriating to see my photos,  my info and my children and husband but not be able to access my own account. It is such a violation and more steps are needed to improve the security of our online information.  I realize that I am a Realtor and have much more information out there than some might so I guess I need to take some lessons in how to protect my information better than I have. 


It is a bit disconcerting to know that someone can take over and impersonate me. I am praying God will guide the hands of the investigator and we will get to the bottom of this not only for myself but to help others who have been or will be a victim of these online terrorists.


With all of this on my mind my weekend was a bit distracted but we still enjoyed ourselves, had some great food and company and I learned that I have friends and family who truly care about me as they took the time to call, text, email, and carry on conversations to get information for me. Some were so worried they would have sent the money I am quite sure but I am certainly glad they called me first to check.  I KNOW that if I truly was in trouble I have wonderful people who truly care and took the time to make sure it was a scam. I will never forget this. It was the highlight of my weekend to know that so many stopped what they were doing to make sure things were ok with me.  God has blessed me with good friends and family.


I hope your week is wonderful!  May God bless you and your families!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Palmetto Heroes Homeownership

Palmetto Heroes Homeownership: "The SC State Housing Authority announced it has $15 million for low-interest loans and down payment assistance for people in certain careers."

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What To Do When Depression Sets In

Sometimes in this life we get overwhelmed don’t we? We think to ourselves if there is one more problem to face we just do not know how we are going to handle it. We start fretting and worrying until Satan has robbed all the joy from our lives. Depression can easily set in. We start dwelling on the negative not only in ourselves but also in others. We fail to see the blessings for all the heartache around us and that is exactly what Satan wants to happen. If he can rob us of our joy he has won.
I have had to face many battles in my life and I have found that the more I dwell on my problems the less productive and effective I am in all aspects of my life. I have also found the times when I look to be of encouragement and help to someone else the burdens of my own life are eased and my heart is filled with joy. I notice things that matter such as a new client who is having to make severe changes in her life due to the illness of a precious baby who has serious health issues. She is willing to uproot her entire life to move and be able to help rehabilitate a child that is not even her own but because she has allowed God to rule and reign in her life she is being used of Him to perform miracles in the lives of her family. Watching her enthusiasm to be able to help made me ashamed of how I whine about the problems I am faced with and realized that no matter how hard it gets God says “trust ME”. "I have everything under control. Those things you think you do not understand now will become crystal clear one day and you will be thanking me for taking you another direction than your life was headed."
We all have a special role to play in this life. We may sometimes feel like we do not know what that is but all God wants is a willing heart. He will do the rest. Help us God to accept today and not dwell on yesterday. Help us to press forward determining in our hearts to make a positive difference in each and every life we come across in our day to day paths.
Just like the lady above who encouraged me beyond words I want to do the same for others. Help me to keep in mind that no matter the battle You know  exactly what the end will be and have everything under control and welcome us with open arms to crawl under your wings of protection and guidance.
Micah 7:8 
 8Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.