Tuesday, November 24, 2009

How To Be Thankful, Every Day.

  As we come upon the official launch of the holiday season, and the official day to give thanks for the blessings and bounty we have received...many of us find ourselves a little short on bounty and sometimes having a hard time counting our blessing. Whether we've lost a job or a loved one this year, scaled back our lifestyle or watched our investments scale back themselves, this time of inadvertent introspection doesn't only make us remember the positive aspects of our lives. While we try to be thankful for the good, it's hard not to begrudge a little of the bad.
  This is especially hard if we try to be thankful only once a year! Maybe what we all need is just a little more practice. How successful would your favorite football team be on Thanksgiving day if that was the only day they played? How can you really be truly thankful if you don't even put as much effort and practice into that endeavor as the football player puts into his sport? Maybe with just a little more effort, a little more practice, the real blessings and the real bounty of life will make itself much more apparent to us.
  So here are some humble recommendations on how we can all be a little more thankful. Not just on Thanksgiving, but every day.
  • Pay attention to the people around you. You will find that everybody has something to worry or complain about. When someone goes out of their way to say something positive or do something kind - pay attention to it! Thank them. Feel that warm & fuzzy feeling. Then pass it on.
  • Acceptance. It's easy to focus on those who seem to have it all, and to fall into thinking about what you don't have. Instead recognize something special that you DO have. Maybe it's a talent, a hobby, a friend or a happy secret...something that brings a smile to your face and is all yours! Accepting your "lot in life" is not about resigning yourself to unhappiness. It's about not wasting time wishing for what you don't have and uncovering the immense value of all that you DO have.
  • Become a problem solver. Use your lemons to make lemonade. Get in the habit of asking yourself how you can turn the negative into a positive. The most successful people in life, and those who have the most to be grateful for, are also those who've endured tremendous trials and managed to persevere and turn it all around.
  • Learn to see hardship as a chance to develop character. Imagine yourself looking back ten years from now and recounting your difficult circumstances, and being proud of how you handled it and worked through it.
  • Develop a gratitude journal. It's pretty simple. At the end of every day, write down five things that have made you happy or appreciative that day; not necessarily big things, even small ones count. For example: 1) nice weather, 2) being thanked by a customer at work, 3) my pet, 4) having people who love me, 5) or a funny joke to tell everyone.
It doesn't take a million dollars, a fancy car, or even a huge remodeled house to have something to be thankful for. If you relish the small blessings in life you will soon find yourself the richest person you know. AK thanks you all for allowing us to count you amongst everything we are thankful for this year.

Ed Cholfin
House Doctor
President, CAPS, PMP
Kitchen and Bathroom Designer

"Ensuring your renovation project brings you long lasting enjoyment."
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

2009/2010 Remodeling Cost VS. Value Report For Atlanta


If you're considering a home renovation, there are likely few things more important to you than your investment amount! And the return on your investment is another matter that most homeowners weigh heavily when making the decision to remodel. The Remodeling Business Update is smart enough to track this information, on a yearly basis, and helps many homeowners alleviate fears and set intelligent budgets for their remodeling projects.
Better yet? Their information and statistics are specific to Atlanta and compared to other regions in the country. So when AK asks you how much you want to invest in your project, you will have a comfortable answer ready - and that sure alleviates a lot of the stress of the remodeling process. We can handle the rest!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

From Start To Finish - The Full Construction Process For A Home Remodel & Addition

 Have you ever wondered about the process of remodeling your home? Many of our clients can't wait to have the remodeled home of their dreams, but they have concerns about the process. In this pictorial of AK's work you can see every aspect of the construction process: from the not-so-glamorous tear out to the stunning final result!

You can see more of AK's work at www.AKAtlanta.com - We want to play house with you!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Is The Economic Forecast Preventing Or Pushing You?

Who are you to believe?

On one hand, we hear the recession is coming to an end. Finally! We hear the Dow Jones economic sentiment indicator rebounds as it rises to the highest level since August of 2008. The Federal Reserve says the recession is ending, too. On August 12, 2009 they said they were taking a step back toward normal policy because the end is in sight. Unemployment rates are not rising, much, which experts tout as a leading indicator of an economic turnaround.

On the other hand, opposing experts, like Nouriel Roubini of Forbes, tell us the economy is not growing and will not grow. Not signficantly, anyways, throughout 2010! Even worse, others in this hand tell us that the decline will continue until mid-2010 until the economy stabilizes sometime next summer. Economic growth won't come until sometime well after that! The experts in this hand point to the low, low, low consumer spending as a cyclical event that will affect everything from retailers to government to job creation.

So again, who are we to believe? Who do you believe? As a company focused on the home, families and living we're interested in learning the answer to these questions. How has all this up and down uncertainty changed how you live? How has it changed your spending habits? Your daily routine?

Have you felt the uncertain future predictions have been preventing you or pushing you to do things? For example, house value is of top priority to all homeowners these days. So has the uncertainty made you want to invest more in your home to ensure it's positive value or has it made you decide to hold off on necessary maintenance and other projects because you're afraid to invest any more in your home?

Inquiring minds want to know...

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