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Monday Morning Inspiration

by Liz Warren
Monday Morning Coffee


"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
~ Goethe


On a recent A&E Biography segment, Oprah Winfrey was being interviewed. She was asked whether she considered all the competing talk shows to be a threat to her own daytime show. She answered with a personal story about running in a marathon.

It seems Oprah had always had a dream of running in a marathon. She trained for two years to get ready, and she ran her marathon. Oprah explained that, to her, competition was like that marathon. As long as she was hitting her stride with her goal of winning in clear focus, there was no time to consider the competition. She added that just turning her head backward to see how close competing runners were to her position was enough to rob her of energy needed to win the race.

Oprah's view of the competition brought to mind the U.S. Army recruiting slogan: "Be all that you can be!" Note that it doesn't say, "Be all that THEY can be!" Even when your competition has a recognizable face, why would you want to be them? If you want to improve yourself, speed up your achievements, or earn more money, why not just better your own time? Comparing yourself to others is a waste of precious time and energy.

Realizing your dreams requires a roadmap. First, you decide on a destination - your dream. Next, you choose a route. For Oprah, that involved hiring a personal trainer, improving her aerobic capacity, and adding strength training to her daily regimen. It also helps to identify some stops or landmarks along the way to help you measure your progress. Finally, you apply all your energy to running the race - and achieving your dream.

Oprah's dream was to run a marathon. What's yours?

Monday Morning Coffee Inspiration!

by Liz Warren
Monday Morning Coffee


"In the midst of our daily lives, we must find the
juice to nourish our creative souls."
~ Sark


Familiar with the speed of light? According to science books, light travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second. That's been common knowledge for years. Now, however, scientists have discovered in experiments that light may travel many times faster. In fact, tests seem to show that light may travel so fast that it arrives BEFORE it even leaves its source.

Business now travels at the speed of the Internet. "Fast Company" magazine reports up-to-the-nanosecond business techniques. You're connected . . . we're connected . . . we're all moving at warp speed!

Whoa! Stop! Put on the brakes. If you're feeling overwhelmed at the breakneck speed of your business . . . and your life . . . take heart. There's a solution, but you must make space for it. Some call it checking out. Others call it meditation. Some describe it as needing "some space" or "quiet time." The name is not important, but the practice is.

Into each day, schedule a time when you can be alone for 15 - 30 minutes. Mornings may be best when the house is quiet. Close your eyes and practice thinking absolutely nothing. If images, worries, or business schedules keep popping into your mind, practice making them go away. Some picture a blank movie or TV screen. If an image pops onto the screen, mentally turn off the TV and watch the screen go blank.

Once you reach this quiet peaceful state, you will notice that your daily family concerns and business challenges begin to resolve themselves. You can attract everything you need into your life by simply spending some time each day with yourself. It may feel awkward at first - thinking about nothing - but you will soon realize the potential of this powerful resource within you.

Go to your Day Planner now. Write in a block of time for each day this week to spend with your alter ego. Now - keep your appointment!

Judy's Cottage on 3.2 acres of paradise!

by Liz Warren

Welcome to Judy's cottage nestled on 3.2 acres of paradise in Brightwood Oregon. This parklike property has been loved to perfection. You enter the driveway under a canopied driveway with tall cedars and firs.

The cottage was originally built around 1920 and has a couple of additions since that time. The original stone fireplace has a wood carving of whimsical horses carved into the mantel. Lots of cedar, high beams, and original paned windows are in the original structure. Three bedrooms, two baths and a charming sun nook to start your day with a cup of coffee and a full view of the many birds that visit the property.

If you want to own your own park and garden paradise, this is it. A huge expansive lawn, 22 blueberry bushes, pear trees, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, iris, rhododendrons, azaleas and more throughout the property. A sturdy outbuilding to store your garden tools too.

There are tons of native plants. Abundant wildlife visit the property from deer, chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons, all kinds of birds...too many to list.

This is a rare opportunity to purchase an outstanding property that has been loved to perfection!

Located only one hour from Portland and forty five minutes to the airport. Only 15 minutes to Mt. Hood ski slopes too. $295,000

Take a tour here

Craftsman Cabin on the Zig Zag River $170,000

by Liz Warren

If you want a great place to vacation close to home in a pristine forest, look no more. This hand crafted cabin sits on the banks of the Zig Zag River in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Lots of thought and care have created a picture perfect getaway with knotty pine, vaulted ceilings, a huge stone fireplace with an excellent woodstove (Lopi) insert to take the chill off after skiing or hiking. The cabin sits on the sunny side of the canyon with lots of windows to take advantage of ligiht. It's just located outside of Rhododendron on the way to Government Camp.

Open spaces to the kitchen and dining area create a roomy feel. There is all kinds of special lighting throughout the cabin and the seller has done tons of upgrades from added insulation in the ceilings and floors, newer carpet, new paneling and tile, a new roof on the outbuilding and more.

The location is only about ten minutes to the slopes and five to Rhododendron. Vacation all year round and it's close to Portland, only one hour away! The secret is out about Mt. Hood so take advantage while you can still afford it! This is leased land.



If you've ever thought about a great getaway in the Mt. Hood National Forest, this is the place for you. Charming ZigZag riverfront cabin with an open living room with beams and tons of windows to bring the outdoors in! Enjoy your deck above the ZigZag river and fire that barbeque up for easy outdoor living.

There's a beautiful stone fireplace that heats up the cabin well.

It's the centerpiece of the living room. It's open to the kitchen, dining area, and living room area. A big sliding glass door steps out to the decking area.

There is a bedroom on the main level and up the spiral staircase is a huge bedroom with mutiple sleeping areas and small storage areas off the sides.

An easy care metal roof is great in winter for sliding any snow off the roof. Just to the side of the cabin is a handy wood shed for storage.

The best of all, this cabin is only seven minutes to the slopes! Forget long lines of winter ski traffic! This is so close that it's perfect for winter and summer vacations and ONLY one hour from Portland. Save gas money and vacation close to home all year long! Enjoy the pristine forest in the Mt.Hood National Forest.

$199,950  take a tour here

Monday Morning Inspiration

by Liz Warren


"People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it!"

~ Anonymous


Some of the best minds suggest that when you have a dream, you should keep it to yourself. You should set about quietly achieving your dream, but without sharing it with others. Their reasoning is that when you share your lofty goal, you open yourself up to the ridicule and criticism of those who say, "It cannot be done." This is distracting, and can negate your efforts.

Avoid the crowd who says, "It cannot be done." Instead, spend time alone giving your dream a form. Imagine what it will feel like when your dream has been achieved. Picture it happening. Decide what actions you must take to set your dream in motion. Finally, "just do it!"

You'll find that you don't need the adulation of others when your dream becomes reality. Just knowing that you caused it will be enough. True - others will wonder how you accomplish so much in life, while they seem to struggle for the slightest movement forward. So be it.

As the Disney theme song says, "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are. Everything your heart desires will come to you!"

Monday Morning Inspiration

by Liz Warren


"If ever I go looking for my heart's desire, I won't look any further than my own backyard!"

~ Dorothy (from the The Wizard of Oz)


Have you ever made big plans to strike out in a new direction? Maybe you've dreamed of a better education, a new career, or the magic of some far away wonderland where life seems to come alive. You checked out your idea, researched all the possibilities, made plans, told your friends and family, and took the risk.

Soon after beginning your quest, however, maybe you realized it wasn't for you. Guilt or embarrassment may have set in, and you weren't sure what to do. After all, you already told everyone about your grand plans, and now what would they think of you for making a 180º turn in midstream?

John Greenleaf Whittier, in his well-known poem "Maud Muller," wrote "For all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: It might have been!" His message? Take a risk! Strike out on your own if that be your desire. Give it a try! Don't be afraid! In other words, don't let fear rob you of the opportunity to learn what "might have been."

Better to take the chance and have no regrets, than to fear giving it a try. If you later find, to your chagrin, that the new direction is not right for you, try looking, as did Dorothy, in your own backyard. Very often, everything you needed to be totally fulfilled already existed at your beginning point.

Remember - "There's no place like home!"

Charlie's Little Log Cabin in Government Camp

by Liz Warren

Step back in time with Charlie’s Little Log Cabin in Government Camp. This is a 1926 original that’s been kept up over the years. It has all the basics you’ll need from a wood stove insert to the claw foot tub. A “just right” kitchen with everything you need to get the pancakes going for Sunday morning!


You can walk to sledding hills, ski slopes and restaurants from this great location. The cabin sits on a plowed road on a 50 X 100 lot. Buy your cabin now and rebuild when you’re ready for a grand chalet!


There are two bedrooms upstairs that are cozy as can be. The snow will slide right off your metal roof. It’s connected to sewer and water and sits next to a road that isn’t currently plowed so there’s plenty of elbow room at this place.


This cabin feels like old times of Government Camp when Timberline Lodge was just under construction. It’s truly an original!


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Mt. Hood Secluded Acreage with Contemporary Home!

by Liz Warren

This secluded acreage has it all! Custom built home with tons of bells and whistles. Pride of ownership throughout. Bonus attached apartment for live in parents or returning grown children complete with private bath and kitchen with a separate entry. The home features over 3,000 square feet of living space with four bedrooms (including the apartment) and three and a half baths. There is a wonderful river rock fireplace in the huge family room complete with built in wet bar and a pool table area. A sliding glass door leads out to a private covered patio area and the hot tub.

Knotty pine accents and high vaulted ceilings bring the mountain flavor in. The gourmet kitchen is to die for and it's open to the dining room area. You have tons of cabinets and a gas stove for cooking. You'll love the ambiance of the river rock alcove wood stove to take the chill off cool mountain evenings. The pole barn/shop is a delight too for storage and hobby area. It's 36 X 24 with power of course!

Just down the street a little ways in the Mt. Hood National Forest with thousands of miles of hiking trails and the reknown Salmon River for exceptional fly fishing. Head the other direction to the premium ski slopes only 15 minutes away. And, if you're a golfer, there's a 27 hole golf course at the Resort at the Mountain, only two minutes away.

$549,000 Take a tour here

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Liz Warren
Merit Properties Group - Keller Williams Realty PDX Central
Box 131
Welches OR 97067
Direct: 503-705-3090