I've been hearing a lot of negativity in the last couple weeks, since 2018 started. Heck, I've been hearing a lot of negativity this whole last year... granted, with the level of political and social uncertainty and overall ridiculousness, much of the criticism are understandable. I've read many friends post on social media how they are glad 2017 is over and what a terrible year it's been, and its got me thinking...

Was 2017 a "terrible year" because that has been their personal experience or because a certain someone has been in the Oval Office and the political, social and news culture of the US and world is befuddled us to what exactly is happening with this country? This is based on my anecdotal evidence and opinion, but there seems to be a disconnect between what people are personally experiencing and what they read about, watch videos on and are otherwise lead to believe is the reality of the larger world "out there", on the brink of destruction.

What I mean by this is that it would seem to me, that individually and locally, most people I know are dong great and 2017 was a very good year for them... but then the social media, news and other common wisdom tells us that this has been a terrible year, for various reasons. It's really quite amazing the impact and influence various mediums and messages can have on our well being and perception of how the world around us is doing and consequently, how I feel like I should be doing.

There seems to be a disconnect between what people are personally experiencing and what they hear about or see in the news...

This isn't to say that there aren't some very real concerns and issues facing us today as a world or as a country... but that's not the point of my writing today.

Really, what I'm after is how can we as individuals and as communities band together to "be the change in the world that we wish to see", as Gondi put it? So instead of lamenting about all the f**ked up s**t in the world and the seemingly daily crazy or offensive shit our president tweets about, I'm going to do my part to make this world a better place.

THIS IS WHAT I'M GOING TO DO ABOUT IT...

WON'T YOU JOIN ME?

This is where our new Non-Profit Community Partnership Program comes in. With one of my fundamental goals of starting Sea-Town Real Estate being to "make impact" and imbed philanthropy into the business model, we already give back a percentage of each home sale proceeds to a local non-profit of our clients choice... but I wanted to do something bigger... something more extreme and really leverage opportunity for helping others and building our community!

We are piloting our Non-Profit Community Partnership Program to join forces with local non-profits by providing them a complimentary promotional video, inviting them on to be guests of the Sea-Town Podcast to help share their stories with our community, and we will make a donation to their charity of 25% of our sales proceeds from any home purchase or sale that comes from them referring new business to Sea-Town Real Estate.

So if you know of any great charities that you think would be a good fit for our new program, I'd love to hear about them and see if it would be a right fit to partner with them to make an even larger impact in the Seattle area and give everyone something good to talk about for a change ;-)

We are not hopeless in this seemingly crazy world. Let's take charge of what we can affect and make a difference for good the lives of those around us and in our communities!

Until next time, be well and be excellent to each other!