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Grandmom Wisdoms

I came across this list on a website, and was immediately drawn to the wisdom and knowledge that flowed from the statements below. So drawn, that I wanted to share it with you all. Every single once of us has a “grandma tale”. Whether or not they are your biological grandma, your neighbor, someone in church, a past teacher – they all have that uncanny and unexplainable wisdom that is amazing to listen to. It’s amazing isn’t it – how a few words of wisdom can change how we all look at things.

Take a few moments each day to contemplate some of these “grandmom wisdoms”. They can get you back on track, help you with your problems, and help you experience everyday life as well as simplify it!

Silence is golden. Sometimes it’s not necessary to retaliate with words. Silence is the speech of the soul. Understand that, in many situations, you are better off practicing silence than harsh speech which may further fuel negativity.

Respect yourself and others will respect you You will be treated by others in the same ways you treat yourself. Be mindful of the manner in which you carry yourself and present yourself to others. Command respect from those around you through your actions.

Don’t become too attached to the material world. This is difficult to do, granted, but it’s a lesson we all learn sooner or later. We frequently see celebrities go from billions to zero, and this should serve as a reminder never to hold material wealth too close to our hearts.

If you climb too high, you will suffer a great fall. Living in a society which takes everything to the extreme, it seems we’ve lost the essence of moderation. Practice a humble harmony in all that you do, from controlling your emotions to balancing your behaviors, from grounding your finances to solidifying your relationships. Moderation is key.

Life is algebra. I was taught over and over again that life comes with pluses and minuses, a constant flux of highs and lows. The most critical lesson to learn from this truth is that out of difficulties do come miracles.

Tolerate others. People will always be, well, people. They will make mistakes and even do things to make us shake our head in disbelief. But remember, you never know what someone else is thinking or feeling. Don’t take the actions of others too seriously or personally. Tolerate a person as they are and inspire them to improve by improving yourself.

You will reap the seeds you sow. Take responsibility for your deeds, both good and bad. The thoughts, intentions, and actions you plant today will always have consequences in the future.

Forgive your enemies. One of the greatest signs of strength and resilience is forgiveness. This is because when you forgive, you detach — from the pain, bitterness or anger associated with past experiences. Forgive those who have hurt you, even if it’s the last thing you want to do. You will feel a liberating energy, as if you’ve broken free of something holding you back.

Never surrender. If there’s one tidbit of wisdom my grandmother drilled into my mind, it’s the notion of being strong. Never give in or give up, even if your efforts aren’t manifesting. Opposition is often a sign to re-evaluate your approach, but never an indication to quit.

You must evolve. The number one law of life is evolution. Everything in the universe progresses and changes with time, and anything which remains stagnant dies out. You, too, must evolve into a better version of yourself, little by little, growing and expanding each day.

Honor your family. Good or bad, normal or dysfunctional, you were born into your family for a reason. Your family members teach you critical life lessons. Accept your family for what it is and embrace the people you call parents and siblings, children and cousins, spouses and in-laws, flaws and all.

Think before you act. If we thought before we acted, there would be much less mistake-making. But often our emotions get the best of us, and we react on a whim which we later regret. Even when you’re emotionally charged, take a deep breath and rationalize your situation before proceeding forward.

Inspire and serve. Live as an inspiration for others. See your duty on earth as one of teaching, expanding, and sharing your talents with the world. You were given gifts beyond your imagination, and understanding this can help you live up to your potential.

Build your foundation. A house cannot stand unless its foundation is well-grounded. Similarly, you must ensure your building blocks are firmly in place. In terms of business, family or personal life, always secure your anchors before building upward.

Believe in the unexpected. Just when you think you’ve got something figured out, something totally unexpected happens and you’re left scratching your head. But this is the beauty of life. Have faith that there is a greater reason behind everything and that you will know this reason in time.

Never envy another’s success. Being envious of someone else’s success entails that you’re comparing yourself to them. In reality, you’re as unique as your fingerprint and should never measure yourself against anyone else. Strive for excellence, not perfection.

Be a person of your word. At the end of the day, your word is all you have. Make it honest and reliable. Your word becomes your guarantee to your integrity.

Give generously, take sparingly. Give with an unselfish heart but take with a cautious hand. Pride yourself on being your own provider. Never take what isn’t yours or exploit a person for what they have.

Don’t take shortcuts. Work done right is work done right. There’s no way around it. Nothing beats performing your work correctly. It’s much easier to get something done the easy way, but much more rewarding to do it the right way.

Stand up for yourself. Do not allow others to affect your well-being. If you feel someone has wronged you, don’t keep quiet. Stand up for your value and defend your self-worth in a non-violent but firm way.

Everything comes full circle. Nothing begins which doesn’t end, and life moves in perpetual cycles: the same situations, circumstances, and challenges occur over and over again. But each time they return, you are equipped with more experience than before.

Take some of these wise words and adopt them into your everyday lifestyle. It will change you for sure!

Thinking of buying a home in Greenville or our surrounding areas? I’d love to chat with you! We’ll find your dream home – together! Sellers – don’t forget to contact me in regards to selling your home too! My email is, and my direct phone is (864) 275-3953.

Real Estate News

In March 2021, the median list price of homes in Greenville, SC was $259.9K, trending up 4.4% year-over-year. The median listing price per square foot was $128. The median sale price was $269K.

Median List Price vs. Median Sold Price

Sale-to-List Price Ratio: 100%

Homes in Greenville, SC sold for approximately the asking price on average in March 2021.

Greenville, SC is a seller’s market in March 2021, which means that there are more people looking to buy than there are homes available.

How Dirty Is Your Sidewalk?

I know, this is a really “off the wall” question but seriously, how dirty is your sidewalk? Have you cleaned it lately?

They’re walked on, probably peed on by dogs in the neighborhood and that’s all fine. But after a while, even your sidewalk gets grungy looking. You can clean it in just a few easy steps:

Purchase some sidewalk cleaner (yes it exists, look it up on Amazon) and a tank sprayer if you don’t already have one. Other hardware stores such as Home Depot sell sidewalk/concrete cleaner too!

Spray the sidewalk just a little to get it slightly wet.

Mix the cleaner per the instructions on the bottle, and proceed to spray it onto the sidewalk.

Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then scrub it with a deck brush. You’ll see a ton of dirt and grime lift from your sidewalk.

Turn on the hose and spray the solution off of your sidewalk, and you’re done!

Local Greenville SC News

Artisphere Is Back! Even in the midst of the pandemic (which we’re all getting tired of), Artisphere is still going on strong! Mark your calendars for May 7-9 and head to downtown Main Street! This is one of the best art shows in the US, hosted right here in Greenville, and you don’t want to miss it! Oh, and did I mention it’s FREE?


People are on the move and I am ready to help you buy or sell in the Greenville area. Please contact Victoria Cottle by email or call (864) 275-3953 for your real estate needs in the Upstate of South Carolina! You can also always follow me on Facebook!

Victoria Cottle is a Realtor® in the Greenville South Carolina area and if you, a friend, or a family member need assistance with selling or buying a home I can help. Referrals and people needing relocation assistance are welcome! Search Single Family homes in Greenville. Search Condos and Townhomes in Greenville.

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