On Valentine's Day, gestures of love come easily. The ambiance, awash in red and pink, encourages even hesitant hearts to speak up. Streets brim with flowers, chocolates, and myriad gifts, tempting us to demonstrate our feelings in tangible ways. And that's a heartwarming tradition.

But let's not forget: Valentine's Day is not solely about the affection between couples. It's a tribute to every bond we cherish, to the families we're born into, and to the families we choose.

Consistent love, however, isn’t just about the grand gestures on one special day. It’s about the thousand little things we do throughout the year. Anyone can pick out a bouquet or a card, but navigating the stormy seas of disagreement, or understanding when to give space, that's where the depth of a relationship truly shines.

Sometimes, it's wiser to let the dust of conflict settle before attempting a resolution. As opposed to the age-old advice of "never going to bed angry," many have found clarity in taking a moment of pause. A break can often offer perspective, turning mountains back into molehills. But once you have that clarity, approach the issue head-on and seek understanding.

Embrace your loved ones — literally. When words fall short, a heartfelt hug or a tender kiss can bridge gaps like nothing else can. We're beings driven by emotions and chemistry, not just logic. When stress levels peak, our bodies produce stress hormones. But a simple embrace? It floods us with feel-good chemicals, soothing frayed nerves and melting away trivial disagreements.

The essence of growing in a relationship is not to sidestep conflicts, but to understand which battles are worth fighting and which aren't. To differentiate between the fleeting moments of discord and the enduring love that's worth nurturing.

As the years go by, love evolves. The ways you've celebrated it in the past may not resonate now. And that's okay. Keep rediscovering love, and keep celebrating it in ways that are authentic to you.

Wishing you a Valentine’s Day filled with love, today and always!

Gino Pezzani

RE/MAX Heights Realty

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604-418-9366

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Here’s a technique I’ve mentioned before, but it’s so good, it’s worth repeating!

Instead of setting goals and making resolutions for the New Year, try this slightly different idea that might have greater impact on the results you get.

Instead of planning simple goals and resolutions, what if you imagine forward to the time when you are already at your goal, then you ask yourself how you got there?

Instead of saying “I’m going to lose 20 pounds,” or “I’m going to start going on more dates with my spouse,” or “I’m going to start putting 10% of everything I make in savings,” imagine you are already there. Then ask, “How did I get so thin?” “How did my spouse and I get so close and loving this year?” and “How did I get so prosperous?”

This twist is similar to what Noah St. John calls “afformations” in which he talks about turning affirmations on their head. When using this idea in goal setting, instead of affirming what we want in the future, we use the power of our inquisitive mind to picture the result and then ask how we got there. Our minds naturally want to find an answer, and in that answer might lie a more certain path to our goal.

By imagining goals in these terms, too, we’re picturing more than just the goal. We’re picturing the result of the goal.

So go ahead and reframe your New Year’s resolutions. Imagine you’ve already succeeded, and ask “How did I…?

Sincerely,

Gino Pezzani

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A few years ago, a young couple went backpacking through Europe and found themselves in a small town in the mountains during the holiday season. The town was beautifully decorated, with twinkling lights adorning every tree and building. One evening, as they were walking back to their hostel, they noticed a small, unassuming shop that they hadn't seen before. Intrigued, they decided to step inside.

The shop was filled with handmade crafts, each one more beautiful than the last. The shopkeeper, an elderly woman with a warm smile, told them that every item in the shop was made by the people in the town. They would spend all year creating these crafts, pouring their heart and soul into each piece, and then sell them during the holiday season. They were touched by the sense of community and the love that was put into each craft. They ended up buying several items to bring back home as gifts.

This experience reminded them of the true spirit of the holiday season. It's not about the hustle and bustle, the endless shopping lists, or the stress of getting everything done. It's about community, love, and the joy of giving.

This holiday season, take a moment to appreciate the magic around you. Remember, it's not about the quantity of gifts, but the quality of the love in our hearts.

Gino Pezzani

RE/MAX Heights Realty

www.vanhomesales.com

604-418-9366

P.S. If you ever find yourself in a small mountain town during the holidays, take the opportunity to step into a local shop. You never know what treasures you might find.

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There is an old business adage that whatever you put into your work will be echoed in three months. For instance, this week, you’re probably enjoying some benefits from the work that you put forth back in early August. That also means the work that you’re doing right now is going to come back and benefit you just about right when the new year is upon us.

The time that you put into crafting your life and business takes focus and a growth mindset. It can seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get work done before sliding into the holiday bustle that starts this month. One thing that I find very helpful at this time of year is to utilize my interest in technology to organize my days and continue to grow my business while maintaining my connection with the people who matter more to me than anything else in this world.

Consider this: you can take the time to write out multiple shopping lists for several meals, or you can use a shopping app that consolidates ingredients and spend more time crafting that special dinner to share with friends. To take that a step further, think of how you envision personal success and ask yourself what could be automated or better organized in your life. With the myriad of apps and technological helpers that are out on the market these days, there is bound to be a tool that would help you bring that vision to life.

This month, dedicate yourself to putting new practices in place so that the work you put in right now pays off, whether that looks like setting up a calendar that allows you more time to spend with family, a daily workout routine that brings you satisfaction, a commitment to learning a new skill online, or whatever else you decide to achieve. By the time the new year rolls around, you will have already put in hard work establishing new routines to feed your personal and professional life.

Where will you begin?

Gino Pezzani
RE/MAX Heights Realty
604-418-9366
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Imagine a world where your small acts of kindness warm your heart, improve your health, strengthen your community bonds and even extend your lifespan.

This is not a utopian dream; it’s the reality for everyday philanthropists—individuals who discover that giving, regardless of the size of their bank accounts, creates a ripple effect of positivity in their lives and the lives of others.

Although we usually correlate philanthropy with wealthy people, anybody, regardless of their income, can enjoy the benefits of giving. Here's a case that proves anyone can be a philanthropist within their means:

While serving in the Navy during World War II, Thomas Cannon survived several accidents that killed more than 300 of his shipmates. Cannon credits his escape from these accidents as the reason for his philanthropy. "Such escapes made me believe that I was being preserved for something,” he says.

Cannon, who began donating money in 1972, frequently chose people whom he heard about in the news. Throughout 33 years, Cannon gifted more than $156,000, often by mailing $1,000 checks to the staff of the local newspaper, with instructions about who should receive the money. His charity helped support a local group that volunteered in the elementary school, a woman who started a youth center in her low-income neighborhood and an orphaned teen who was active in his community.

Cannon managed these donations on a $20,000-a-year postal worker salary. In time, he was forced to quit his job and become a full-time caretaker for his wife. That's when much of his philanthropy came back to him, as the community came together to provide him and his wife with a house and medical care.

Before he died, Cannon suggested the best way to honor his memory would be for others to just “Help somebody.”

Gino Pezzani

RE/MAX Heights Realty

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604-418-9366

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Do you remember hearing the “Clean Up” song as a young child? Maybe you’ve recently played it for some little ones? The song is meant as a sweet call to action for young children to clean up communal spaces in the home. However, I suspect all adults, myself included, could use a reminder every now and again to work in harmony, to clean up our surroundings, and restore peace and order to shared community spaces.

Although National CleanUp Day falls on September 16th this year, any day this month that works in your schedule would be a good one for a revitalization project. Perhaps your town is in need of volunteers to pick up roadside trash, or maybe you want to organize something more concrete, say, replacing old crayons at a local preschool with entirely new sets, donated for the children to enjoy?

The important thing, I think, is to choose something that speaks to you, that elicits passion, a project that promotes a cleaner community, and yet also— and this is the important part— lifts you up as well.

September is a month of transition. We start with those last hot days of summer and end with leaves falling all around us, a vivid indication that we are turning a corner in life. Cleaning up the world around us is certainly practical, but there is also something soulful about it; bringing sensibility to disorder is satisfying on some innate level.

Certainly, we could use a bit of revitalization with most of this year behind us, and what better time to bring a fresh start to life than this month with its increasingly crisp days? Do reach out and let me know if you decide to take on a project. I’m looking forward to hearing what you do with September!

Gino Pezzani

RE/MAX Heights Realty

www.vanhomesales.com

604-418-9366

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Late summer is the perfect time to touch upon a universal theme that echoes across every facet of life on Earth—transformation and migration. Whether it's within our lives or in the expansive wilderness, transformation is a constant reality. It signifies growth, change and the ceaseless movement forward, embodying our inherent capacity to adapt, survive and thrive.

For instance, the Festival de Pipas in Brazil stands as a vibrant testament to the transformative power of hope and dreams. Individuals gather to fill the sky with kites—emblems of rising above challenges, with each ascension reflecting our ability to change and evolve.

But the majesty of transformation and migration isn't limited to human festivities. August marks the onset of an incredible natural phenomenon: the migration of the Monarch butterflies. These creatures embark on an epic journey from the northern and central United States and southern Canada to warmer climates in Mexico and Southern California.

August also signals a significant transition in the lives of many young individuals, when the gates of colleges and universities swing open, welcome a new batch of students and mark a transformative period in their lives. Even younger children experience this transition when they move from grade school to middle school or middle school to high school.

As we reflect on these events, remember that change, although sometimes daunting, is essential, powerful, indicates growth and promises new opportunities. Like the Monarch butterflies and students embarking on their new journeys, embrace the transformations and migrations in our own lives, so that we can continue to evolve and discover our true potential.

Here's to the power of transformation and the beauty of progression!

Warm regards,

Gino Pezzani

RE/MAX Heights Realty

www.vanhomesales.com

604-418-9366

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Hello Everyone,

Thank you for being here. As a token of my appreciation, I've created a special handout that I think you'll really enjoy. It’s called How To Stay In Love With Your Home – 2023 Edition.

This handout has been carefully designed with three main sections to address many types of home improvements. The first section is "Decorate & Refresh" - you'll find creative ideas on how to breathe new life into your living space. From adding colourful accent pieces to incorporating fun patterns, there are plenty of ideas to help you update your home decor.

The second section is "Upgrade & Improve" - this focuses on upgrading and improving your home to make it more comfortable, convenient, and sustainable. With these tips, you can transform your home into the functional and efficient space you've always wanted.

The final section is "Personalize & Enhance" which offers ways to personalize your home with unique and meaningful items that enhance your mood, boost your creativity, and even inspire your guests. In this section, you'll find some creative and fun ways to personalize and enhance your home.

DOWNLOAD YOUR HANDOUT HERE

I hope you find this handout useful and inspiring. I would love to hear your thoughts on it and how you plan to incorporate some of these ideas into your home. I have relationships with every type of service provider for your home, so just let me know if you need any type of referral for your project. As always, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if I can be of any assistance.

Thank you again for your continued support, enjoy the rest of your summer, and I look forward to connecting with you soon!


Gino Pezzani

RE/MAX Heights Realty

www.vanhomesales.com

604-418-9366

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A frail elderly man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law and 4-year-old grandson. The family knew it was time for him to move home because his hands trembled, his vision was no longer sharp and sometimes his step faltered.

The newly minted family of four was patient with one another, but mealtimes were difficult. The grandfather would spill food and, on several occasions, drop a plate or a teacup, which shattered on the floor. One evening, after several accidents at the dinner table, the grandson watched in silence as his parents removed his grandfather’s plate and gave him a wooden bowl.

The next day, the father noticed his son playing with his wooden building blocks on the floor.

“What are you making?” he asked sweetly.

“I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up,” the boy said, just as sweetly. The child smiled and went back to work.

The parents were speechless. Though no word was spoken, both of them knew what must be done. 

That evening, the boy’s father sat even closer to his own father and gently guided him throughout the meal. From that moment on, neither the husband nor wife seemed to care when a fork dropped, milk spilled or when the tablecloth got soiled.

As a family, they learned that patience, care and empathy were pure reflections of love.

Gino Pezzani
DIEN Realty
604-418-9366

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On Thanksgiving, our thoughts and memories can become flush with the remembrance of family, friends and food. Year after year, we seem to assemble the same group of family and friends, in a warm home filled with the familiar smell of pecan pie, mashed potatoes, stuffing and other humid aromas.

Somehow, we manage to make the Thanksgiving scene the same. Sometimes the people change - elders pass, and new babies arrive - and sometimes the locations change, but we always re-create the same scene. You know you will catch a glimpse of someone’s fingers glistening with turkey grease. You know someone will twirl and unfurl the linen tablecloth which only emerges once a year.

Thanksgiving is like a genetic trait, handed down from generation to generation. This year, as you're enjoying the sights, sounds and aromas of Thanksgiving, please know I am deeply thankful for the traditions we continue to share!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gino Pezzani
DIEN Realty
604-418-9366
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