November 2021 Newsletter | Stephen Burchard Real Estate

Taking the (K)nots Out of Real Estate


Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

Desert Housing Report | October 2021

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Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241
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Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
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Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Cathedral City, CA 92234
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Stephen's Garden | November 2021

Sometimes people get “turned around” in a desert garden. The time that means rest for gardens throughout the country means grow-grow-grow for gardens in the desert. I love seeing the little green shoots as they get established with firm roots and spreading foliage. This is the season of gratitude and as I look at the new life in my backyard garden I am grateful not just for the abundance of fresh food they will provide for my table in the coming months, but for the joy of watching them live and grow as they are right now. I am grateful for the caretaking and tending I get to do, watering, feeding, even thinning when needed to ensure their vibrancy. This is life.

Skeletons in the Closet

There is so much to be said for the benefits of kindness and gratitude. When you perform small acts of kindness for your family, friends and co-workers, you’ll find yourself with a greater feeling of happiness and well-being and they’ll find themselves with a warm fuzzy feeling of appreciation. Start with some snail-mail cards and a reminder on your phone to write and mail one positive handwritten card a week to someone, including at least one authentic reason why you are grateful to have them as a part of your life.

I can feel the serotonin flowing already! Most people think that gratitude is just an outlook, but it's the little ways you put gratitude into action that make a big difference. Reach out to someone who is new to the area, take them for coffee or lunch and listen - really listen - and get to know them. To build gratitude in yourself, keep a simple gratitude journal and write in it about your gratitude for the day everyday. If journaling isn’t your thing, take a gratitude walk instead. Whether it’s a slow stroll, a power walk, or an aimless meandering, let your mind wander over the parts of your day and the gratitude you have for the events and opportunities that have unfolded for you. You’ll find that you have more satisfaction with life and a more optimistic outlook. And know that I am always grateful for your trust, referrals, and for the opportunity to work with you on your real estate needs and goals.

ProKitchen Appliance Repair

What’s the last thing you need as the holidays come roaring at us? A busted oven, a conked-out refrigerator and a wishy-washy dishwasher, that’s what. Thankfully the people at ProKitchen Appliance Repair have got your back. This local family-owned business serves the entire Coachella Valley with top notch service. They never charge extra for evenings, weekends, or holidays! Crazy, isn’t it? In fact, if you have them do the repair, there’s no diagnostic fee. As they like to say “Any brand, any issue, any day of the week!” Although, like everyone else, COVID has created some challenges in the supply chain, owner Greg has been known to work miracles! Call them at 760-819-7772 and get your oven turkey-ready!

Desert Holocaust Memorial

When it comes to gratitude, we usually think of the things that make us feel happy and uplifted, but there’s more to gratitude than that. We also need to look back at the dark times in humanity and be grateful for the lessons learned, the resiliency of the survivors, and the efforts to overcome the darkness. 

Most people have no idea that there’s a Holocaust Memorial in our desert. Opened in 1995, the Desert Holocaust Memorial created by sculptor Dee Clements tells the story of the Holocaust through solemn and sobering works of art. Located in Palm Desert’s Civic Park, the faces of the people represented at the memorial were taken from actual photographics and news footage at the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. I encourage you to visit this important work of art and spend a moment in silence and gratitude for the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today.

Giving Back: Martha’s Village and Kitchen

Everyone deserves a good meal, not just at Thanksgiving, but everyday. Martha’s Village and Kitchen works to do that every single day. This non-profit agency began in 1990 in a parish kitchen with a $5.00 donation and seven volunteers. Over the years it has grown exponentially to address both the causes and the symptoms of homelessness, Martha’s Village offers emergency housing for families and individuals, nutritious meals, case management, childcare, recovery services, employment and education services, and emergency assistance. These programs are supplemented by a thrift store, medical clinic, computer lab, food pantry, resource room, and a cooling center. You can help them make a difference by volunteering, leaving a legacy through planned giving,  donating a vehicle, supporting their thrift store through purchases and donations of gently used items, running or walking in their annual Thanksgiving Day 5K, or by simply making a one time or regularly scheduled cash donation. There are many causes of homelessness, from the simple to the complex. Martha’s Village and Kitchen works compassionately to help clients of all kinds with effective services and a big dose of kindness.

Next month "December is All About the Holidays!"

December is chock-full of holidays to celebrate. Next month we’ll explore some different ways people celebrate in December. Who knows? You may end up starting a new tradition!