25 November 2009


i've been enjoying the fruits of a gratitude centered life lately. it is like the balm that heals everything. it is the magic potion that creates deep satisfaction and joy.
here is my list for today:
  1. jing.com and screencast.com
  2. doing exactly what I want professionally
  3. doors of opportunity opening left and right
  4. my sister Courtney's writing and her ABC exercise for writers block
  5. verbs (hint--use more and watch what happens)
  6. the jacuzzi hot tub
  7. my husbands seasonal beard and glasses
  8. abundance flowing freely and often
  9. markers, books and paper
  10. old blog posts and journal entries that are completely relevant today-timeless really.
  11. hank moody
  12. close to debt free---wheeeeeeeeee
  13. For finding Christina Merkley and Graphical Coaching concepts in April 09. -specifically drawing affirmations and focus wheels.
  14. chuck taylors on my feet : all star slips baby!
  15. french manicures done at home
  16. motivated, engaged and committed coaching clients

PS...this is normally posted on crowscaw....and I serendipitously started it on the couch...and so on the couch it will be posted as there are no mistakes!

28 October 2009

I'm one of THOSE people

Yep, I'm one of THOSE people: That woman that thinks her dogs are her kids. Well my dogs are part of my family. They are my pals and most faithful friends. All 3 of our pups live well in our house and fit in our lives...they are on our sofa's and our beds, go with us on rides, eat special food (when I'm the one shopping)....get walks (almost)daily.

I can'
t imagine not having dogs...THESE dogs in my life.
Hank is my autistic pup....one of 2 litters combined 17 dogs. He's rough and tough with other dogs, yet fears cats, beetles and remote controls. He has is AKC canine good citizen certificate and he has completed beginner, intermediate and advanced agility. His favorite is the tunnel...and he gets jealous if any other dogs are in HIS tunnel. Today...Hank is at the vet....having a little mass removed from his underside...and some of those floppy moles taken off. I want Hank to live forever.

Daisy Mae.... She was Billy's dog when we met. And as we were falling in love in 06...Daisy would ride with him to my house. Getting her in the car is never easy, but when he would say, "let's go to Allison's" up she'd jump. It wasn't easy for her to adjust to these new crazy pals, Hank and lulu...but she did. Daisy is the sweetest dog I've ever met. I swear she is related to my dog Chula that passed away in 01. I love that her tail actually wags. She can't cuddle very well, she just can't sit still...but she's a lover and everyone who meets her loves her. Even my non dog-person sister likes Daisy best. But don't tell her mutts that. Daisy is getting old...12 and her heart is enlarged. She's on meds that make her bad breath even worse. We're watching her little self...and praying for heath and longevity for our girl. I love her completely.

Lu-Lu...the Alpha dog...the boss of me and everyone else in the house. She is a big dog in a little dog body. By far the best cuddler of the bunch. Playful, bossy, demanding and while she never barks...she is certainly outspoken with her mannerisms. She lets me know when she needs attention with a hand/paw swipe or more kisses than I ever needed. I KNOW she will live forever....My favorite memory of her is when she was a puppy, she used to sleep with her tongue out all the time. She is allergic to bee stings...yet loves to eat bee's. It is funny to see her face all bumpy and swollen...and bendaryl is now stocked in large quantities at our house. Lulu reminds me of me. Such a boss sometimes...but also soft and loving.
Yep...I'm one of those dog people. Still have the dream of the dog farm...and it looks like my niece Fiona is following after me. :)

09 October 2009

This is EXACTLY what I feel today!

and what I choose to feel EVERY day!

18 September 2009


yes....i mean, no....i mean I have SO not been writing much. I've been doing a lot of doing....and little being. and that is ok...it is what has to happen for now to catch up by the end of the year! doesn't scripture say there is a time and place for everything under the sun? AMEN. yet...above all, i'm grateful and complete. i'm completely grateful. and so here is the recent list:

  1. Courtney Crow Wyrtzen who is my heart, my sister, my hero...and I swear the BEST mother in the world. She is so completely human...and entirely beautiful and creative and always growing. Oh, and she is 10x the writer that I am....you can follow her heart here http://onerow.wordpress.com/
  2. my dang hubby who drives me nutso sometimes...and i do MORE than drive him bonkers...and yet, it seems that marriage is to heal that...to deal with that...and to love completely anyway. Love is a choice....and the cuddling is just the cherry on top! Thanks Billy!
  3. real estate....coaching....the work and career of my dreams. The ONLY thing it hasn't provided me with yet is a stylist and free clothes.
  4. girlfriends....my girlfriends hold me up each and everyday. laughter, tears, ideas, joy, thought, love, venting, drinking, talking, being, giving, receiving....
  5. those dang mutts of mine. faithful love and friendship. nuf said.
  6. comfort food- mac and cheese, pasta of any sort, cheese of any sort...coffee...and diet coke.
  7. the gym....to work off all the comfort food and get my body back in shape....

01 August 2009

Samantha and Kirsten Pimp Cherrypickyouragnent.com

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I'm a sucker for marketing and PRETTY

I have fuzzy hair. Have always had fuzzy hair. Nick names as a child : MOP HEAD Due to the not curly -not straight mousy look of the mop of hair on a lanky girls head. Every time i sit in a new stylist's chair I get a big eyed look of "MY GOODNESS you have TONS of HAIR."
Yep I do. These days...it is taking a break from excessive coloring. (was blond for 34 years....been brunette for 3 and going back to blond earlier this year...really didn't work--at least from home). Most of the summer I have worn my hair back and then smoothed behind a headband. Texas is HUMID folks...and fuzzy hair and humid does not = CUTE.

I admit this budget while it has helped me in many ways, has really cause my looks to suffer. At least according to my standards. I miss the professional hair care...color and cut. I miss the professional facial care.... Ok..no griping. I just put it back on my goal sheet and it will be the first thing to comeback when my business begins booming this fall! In the mean time one of two things will happen....Stacy and Clinton from What not to Wear will show up with that 5K visa gift card.... or I might go 'halvsies' with my teenage daughter on an InStyler!!!

I've read the reviews and they are mixed. I want to see what this baby really does? Who knows...maybe you will get a video review.

Oh by the way...am using this line of new drugstore available products by LOREAL and so far, I think they do a good job. My hair is soft even after it dries and the products don't fade my hair color.

Confessions of a Desperate Housewife

I have just spent the last 52 minutes doing my weekly favorite house chore. Except today I am thoroughly disgusted by it. Carpet is simply FOUL. I mean EEEEWWWWW. And what is the useful life of a vacuum cleaner anyway. Yes I have 3 dogs. And a GOOD -at least I thought it was good Kenmore vacuum cleaner.
I loved you when I first bought you....but soon despite my emptying the container EVERY room and cleaning the filters each time I vacuum....you soon gave way to the YUCK that lives in my carpet. And, it isn't JUST DOG HAIR. I mean where did this ash like dust come from? (The photo is not mine...I thieved it off the web....just ad 3x the amount of short dog hair and you have the DOWNSTAIRS weekly accumulation of my vacuum cleaner. Oh and the spin of the canister molds it in to this egg shaped orb of dustydoghairmuck-- yum huh).

PAUSE: By now you are thinking we a dirty filthy folks. Ah, no- I married MR. Clean and Tidy... and our house is always spotless and clean. I simply think, under the carpet, is a foundation of dirt and ash. Our dogs are inside dogs and are bathed almost every few weeks.

I have decided that tile is disgusting too. Mostly because of the grout. No matter how clean the tile is..the grout gets nasty too. I do not want nasty floors. I have decided that hardwood floors through out the ENTIRE house...yes in the bathrooms are the ONLY way for me to go. Ah the once daily vacuum with the floor attachment to scoop up NORMAL DUST...warm sold floors that I can accessorize with a once-it-gets-nasty-chunk-it-and-get-a-new-one textile.

31 July 2009

25 July 2009

01 July 2009

July 1st List of the Day

It has been a while on the blog...yet not in my heart on a regular basis. What are YOU grateful for? To me gratitude is a reminder of the abundance in our lives. You want more abundance and good things, don't you? Then naturally, when we focus on what we are grateful for....we get more of it.
  1. One crazy decision made deep in the heart and exercised in faith can bring new life.
  2. Every financial need has been met above and beyond.
  3. Creating art is back in my life after waiting patiently for years while I was busy striving.
  4. My sisters, Meredith and Courtney
  5. Friendship with Malia and Nikki who both let me be me in all states and love me well.
  6. Monday night girl time with my daughter, Samantha--who is getting so tall and so svelte. Manthie, I really love our time laughing and smiling and being girly.
  7. Soft chalk pastels and colored pencils.
  8. All the little problems of life ALWAYS find their way out of the unseemingly endless knots and in the end...it is ALWAYS good.
  9. Every single day, Billy makes me laugh.
  10. When dogs cuddle head first instead of butt first.
Life is good.

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15 June 2009

Let me introduce you to my new best friend

This post is probably a little airy-fairy for some of you....so warning. I am pretty airy fairy sometimes and this is my blog. That being said, let me introduce you to my new best friend.

I was recently introduced to my angel-ness and her purpose for my life. I'm grateful for the introduction and for the many messages she has been giving me since I met her. Today was the day I first drew her and put her to a visual symbol. She is the very best version of myself. The one God created me to be. She is here to remind me that I brave and strong and the words on her spirit tail are just some of the qualities that I know I have and am growing every day.
Here are a few of the other messages she has helped me uncover:

  • Watch out for downplaying who you are
  • Leave the small shit behind
  • Validation comes from the SPIRIT, not from the world.
  • You have an infinite capacity to grow and love and evolve
  • You are an artist--always have been.
  • You are able to trust completely...those wings are strong and will guard my heart when needed.
  • Life is meant to be enjoyed abundantly...this abundance is for all of us...including you, Allison
  • Laugh
  • Don't take life so seriously
  • God takes care of the birds doesn't he? and they are just birds...
  • Delight in the people you love
  • Just be. Just be has been your motto for a long long time...bring it back...and be all that you want to be. Be love-don't DO love...just be.

I guess I share...because I'd love for YOU to have the gift of hearing what your angel-ness has to say for you? How can he/she/it contribute to your spirit...and then your life?

To the one who introduced me to my angel-ness, I am grateful for your contribution to my life..I look forward to speaking again soon...and learning more.

09 June 2009

Accidental image

It was pretty so I posted.
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Birds and Worrying

I've been worrying a bunch lately. After stepping out of a crazy lucrative job and health benefits...I chose a different path. I'm still coaching...and I re-started my business with MAPS. I've also stepped back in to my real estate sales business. I pulled the stability out from under my family a bit and they have been gracious as I build it back up. I've got two houses on the market- one under contract-negotiations-repairs-more negotiations...blah blah blah blah ulcer blah. Kids becoming teenagers, friends with cancer, insurance bills, clients dropping, unsure about the next path to take, a million problems to solve, and more blah blah blah blah...WE all have the crap to deal with. Overwhelmed one day a few weeks ago...I went out to the hammock and as soon as my head hit the pillow a bird flew right over my head....and INSTANTLY....this came to mind:

"Look at the birds in the sky. They don't plant or harvest or gather food into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. You are more valuable than they are, aren't you? Can any of you add a single hour to the length of your life by worrying? And why do you worry about clothes? Consider the lilies in the field and how they grow. They don't work or spin yarn, but I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. Now if that is the way God clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and thrown into an oven tomorrow, won't he clothe you much better-you who have little faith? So don't ever worry by saying, 'What are we going to eat?' or 'What are we going to drink?' or 'What are we going to wear." Everyone is concerned about these things, and your heavenly Father certainly knows you need all of them. But let your first care be for his kingdom and his righteousness; and all these other things will be given to you in addition." -Matthew 6:27-33

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27 May 2009

things i'm thinking about

things i'm thinking about these days:
  1. i'm thinking about writing about things that really might not go over well in the corporate world...but that would go over very well with an authentic audience.
  2. i'm thinking about how well dark chocolate m&m's go with a good cabernet i'm thinking about my big sister having a child. i want her to be deliriously happy
  3. i'm thinking about God...and how sadly i often only think of him in extreme good or extreme hard situations. i'd like to think about him a little more in the everydays of life. and am sure glad he's there during the hard times.
  4. i'm mindful that people out there are praying for me and my family. that is a warm thought.
  5. i'm thinking about completely and utterly and drastically simplifying my life---aka getting rid of massive amounts of stuff.
  6. i'm thinking i want to live where love live.
  7. i'm thinking about going blonde again. except i really don't want to pay for the upkeep.
  8. i'm thinking about reading more and worrying less.
  9. i'm thinking about my big dog...and how he's getting older and bumpier every day.
  10. i'm thinking about NOT thinking at 2 am, 3 am 4 am.
what are YOU thinking about?

09 May 2009

This makes my ears happy

I hope it makes yours happy too.

reminds me of this great moment with my kids last christmas:

07 May 2009

Ways to Handle the Muck

What do you do when you really couldn't care less to do anything at all--
I'm writing from my hammock and my heart today and know that I am not the only one out there stuck in the muck from time to time. I pulled my computer away from my work desk, because really no work was getting done. A change of scenery and humidity and here I am on the hammock in the back yard. Not the most comfortable place to write...nap yes, laptop no.

As a coach, I'm used to supporting others who are in the muck and helping them create and implement a plan for getting through and out of it and on to a better place in life, work, etc. I know what the great thinkers and motivators and nlp practitioners say. I know what therapists would say, and what spiritual writers, doctors, and even scriptures say. I know many of the traditional and non traditional "prescriptions" for this kind of state.

As a human being, I'm vulnerable to the nothingness of a grey day, to the frustration of procrastination, to getting easily off track and to the deviation of the dreams that normally propel me in to action. Just as often as I give my help and coaching, I need it too.

Havi Brooks, of the Fluent Self discusess 3 of these traditional perscriptions in a blog post called Destuckification 101. At the end she talks about anotherway of "going deeper in to destuckification" that for today works for me and so I wanted to share what she talks about in her blog....she talks about:

About having a conscious, active, intentional relationship with yourself. About what happens when you’re allowed to drop all the shoulds.

Including the ones that say you should be able to push through it. And the ones that say you should be able to sit with it. And the ones that say you should be more grateful.

So that you can give yourself permission to not have to be there yet.

So that you can find out what you need right now. And find ways to give it to yourself. Or at least get better at being eventually ready to receive it.

Interesting I have so much in my mind in the way of all these methods for getting out of this muck. What about being attentive to the muck and what it is saying? It is uncomfortable for me to be in this state...and I'm reminded of the saying....get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Yesterday, my muck terrified me. Today I'm able to be slightly more comfortable with it. I'm finding kindess for myself along the way and staying in that kindess. Cool thing is, I know by tomorrow, that kindess will have filled me up and I'll be ready again, to pour out to those around me.

What do you do when you are stuck in the muck?

And thanks Havi Brooks, for writing in the "REAL"

04 May 2009

Make Up Tip for Ladies on a Budget!

There is this little secret in the make up world, called primer. It is a silky step between your moisturizer and foundation. This primer step really does make a difference in smoothing on your make up and helping it STAY on throughout the day.

I've used 2 products before: Virtual Illusion Make Up Primer By Arbonne (A+) and La Base Pro Make Up Primer by Lancome (A-). Both of these are out of my budget right now. I asked my professional make up artist friend, Adrienne Pitkin with www.makeupbyaddriene.com about her recommendations for primer and here is her answer:

Hi Allison! Thanks so much for your question! For foundation primers, I have been currently using MAC's Prep & Prime Skin, but it's okay. I heard though that MAC recently came out with a new version of their primer called Prep and Prime Skin Refined Zone. It is a "light oil-free emulsion that helps cloak visible pores while controlling oil and shine." I can see this being a good product to review myself. Hmmmm.. Finally, Clinique has a product called Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector. That really helps de-shine through sweat and humidity. So try either out. I believe that both products are under $20 each and you only need a little amount so it should be a deal! Let me know what you think.

Being on a budget, I did a little lurking at my local CVS and found Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer for 12$. Another brand had a version too and was about the same price, but was loaded with unnecessary packaging so I went with the Revlon.

12$, one long walk in the downtown humidity, a 3 hour nap, and a hot date with my hubby, and at the end of the day, the Revlon primer proved perfect leaving my make up smooth, silky and still on!

30 April 2009

The KING of my house

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28 April 2009

List for a rainy day

1. Plans made for inside when it is raining ouside.
2. A day off when it is sunny and warm outside.
3. Macaroni and Cheese any day rain or shine.
4. A hot bath after a long day.
5. Clean crisp cotton sheets.
6. Friends from across the nation gathered to share great mindset and strategies for success.
7. Considering future self and getting to know her a little more every day.
8. My crackberry.
9. Freedom.
10. Knowing you made someone smile.

What is on your gratitude list today?
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26 April 2009

21 April 2009

Be a SMILE & MOVE kind of person!

Oh, I am SO in on this!

16 April 2009

Drawing my affirmations this week!

Why you ask? Because it simply is more fun. More emotional and more creative. And because it takes more time and thought. The more time and thought we put in to what we D0 want, the better! I AM, I ALLOW, I HAVE and I hope you do too!

Rock your day, have fun in whatever you do and share that energy with every soul you contact today!
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15 April 2009

14 things i love about living in the suburbs

  1. a bathtub big enough for two and a separate shower. 
  2. a kitchen that holds EVERYTHING, is big enough for a center island, and is open to the family room. 
  3. a garage- this is my first time living with a garage and the first 3 months we lived here i always forgot to close it. my car is covered and always warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  4. the front sitting porch and the back hanging out porch.
  5. our neighbors, (who called me whenever i left it open and asked if she should shut it for me). 
  6. room for kids, kid friendly rooms, and kid friendly neighbors. 
  7. planting trees and watching them grow year after year..
  8. the wedding hot tub 
  9. our neighbors--who gather most evenings for a visit on the curb while the kids run amok up and down the street. 
  10. it was a completely blank slate when we moved in and i love to paint.
  11. our neighbors and the neighborhood pool in the summers.  some days it is just us.
  12. more house for less money, much more house and much less money. 
  13. did i mention our neighbors and BOD (beer of the day).
  14. bill and i started our life together here with the kids. 

13 things I miss about living in a central Austin Bungalow

as compared to the next post 14 things i love about living in the suburbs
  1. the origional hardwood floors-  next to the real wood baseboards and the sound of a time before I was born that whispers when you walk. 
  2. a long wide front porch overlooking a lush green lawn and yes, even the cars going by...a sitting spot for friends....wine with my girlfriends on that porch. 
  3. screen doors.
  4. wood windows all up in the spring and the layout of those open windows bringing a perfect breeze through the entire house. 
  5. having a WHOLE bedroom as a closet. 
  6. colorful flower gardens to piddle in after work and on saturday morning and the 3 rose bushes on the south side that bloom all year long. 
  7. the 11$ cab ride from down town. 
  8. sunlight in the family room with it's floor to ceiling walls.  the best spot for hanging out and my home office. 
  9. the soft zen zoysia grass in the back yard surrounded by a perimiter of iris'.
  10. being exactly 7 minutes from anything, everything, and everyone. 
  11. color parties: The Fabulous Pink Party, The Blue Shasta, The Solid Gold Party, and countless dinner parties on the back deck. 
  12. the doggy door.
  13. falling in love with billy there in the spring of 06.


10 April 2009

did you make a list today? here is mine

  1. "I'm loving you on purpose today." Quote of the week from my fabulous and supportive husband.
  2. Keeping the marriage a priority helps solve many of the problems that come up in life, and if problems do come up, keeping the marriage first makes handing the problems so much easier.  Thanks for the great chat baseball moms! 
  3. I have 3 dogs. 2 of them are stalkers.  
  4. The best place to allow sadness to wash over you is in the shower.  Get the release out, let it wash down the drain, and step out a new person. 
  5. Blogging- love this little outlet. 
  6. Ziz Ziglar and Brian Tracy's writings that help me every day of my life. 
  7. My friends and family have way donated for the Hill Country Ride for Aids 09---thanks everyone for your support! 
  8. My vacuum cleaner rocks----and sucks up my 3 stalker dog's hair!
  9. Clean white sheets on the bed. 
  10. Choices, Freedom and Dreams.  
  11. The ressurection. 

These little lists really aren't for you except that maybe you will make a list of your own. A list of blessings, of smiles in your day, of things you are grateful for.  Focus on the good and be grateful. 

Happy Easter and may new life and grace bless you this week.  

07 April 2009

it is just what I do.....explained for today.

There is a question I have asked many clients: “If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do?”

The answer is scary and fabulous all at the same time for many of us.  Our thoughts and beliefs and “everydays” are made up of so many pieces.  So many voices and influences, it is often hard to listen to the quiet dreams of our hearts.  I know the quiet dreams of my heart, as I am always engaging them and nurturing them. 

It takes a silly girl to lie about the dreams she has. (210)

Recently, a moment of past pent up hurt flashed that dream as a better alternative than what that present moment was offering me.  In a sensitive moment of feeling completely misunderstood (one of trigger spots I’m working on healing), my reaction was to remove myself from the pain and move toward the pleasure of the dream instantly and without regard for a community I not only belong to but actually, love.  Even if the end choice is good, we still have to remember that there is a path to that choice…..and spur of the moment choices can be dangerous for the surrounding hearts.  Personal and professional collateral damage. 

Question: Is it selfish to --AT TIMES--protect my own heart and values from the damage? I think not.  A team is only as strong as the weakest link, they say, I’ve come to believe that being my BEST self helps not only me personally, also all those I come in contact with and those whom I am in relationship with.  I spent up to about age 24 NOT taking care of my body, my mind, my heart, my spirit.  That certainly didn’t work.  Is it really possible to put others first and protect yourself?  Aren’t adults capable of taking care of themselves? When does looking out for everyone else steal from one’s own soul?   

 It is about being true to self. It is about not tolerating a cancer in an otherwise healthy body of this being. Even more than that, it really is about being free to be ALL that I’m am capable and destined to be. It is about expanding my wings and soaring. As a master soul coach, Nigel, spoke with me in February--it is about what is in my heart.  

In my heart, I help millions find a deep love for themselves –exactly for who they are—and I help them use that love to become all that they were meant to be for blessing their businesses, for blessing their families, for realizing their dreams, for honoring their spirits—and maybe—for the blessing the world. 

It’s just what I do.

Oh and, It’s not about the money. 

AMAZING photo called"It takes a silly girl to lie about the dreams she has. (210)" by whatmegsaid under a Creative Commons License.

20 March 2009

the other allison crowe

This is the other Allison Crowe..... she sings well. I sing. Not well. 

10 March 2009

How can you Austin SHOP & CARE at the same time?


10th Anniversary stationary

Hi Allison!

Remember to bring friends and join us tomorrow at Whole Foods Market! (both stores, Downtown and Gateway)   We'll be at the downtown store from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM with free coffee and Bicycle Sport Shop tech support for bicycle commuters, and will have a lunch and learn at both stores at noon.  This is an easy, no pressure way to let your friends learn about the Ride, and how they can participate.
Watching Austin embrace this Ride you have built is so exciting!   Not just for the community that is created, but especially for all the good that happens because you care enough to be involved.  Lives are saved, and we could never thank you enough. 
A special thank you to Whole Foods Market for stepping up in such a big way to support your efforts, and to you.  Without you, this Ride would not be able to provide the life saving services for thousands of our neighbors living with AIDS.
If you have already donated or registered, thank you.  If not, you can make a huge difference by registering or donating now.

David C. Smith
Executive Director


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08 March 2009

list for the day - weekend recap

  1. Three crazy and always cozy dogs
  2. Great neighbors on a Friday night
  3. Sunday projects around the house
  4. Pizza and Beer on a Saturday night
  5. Sleeping late on Sunday morning
  6. The Gallery above the Continental Club open again
  7. Mike Flanigin and his B-3 Trio
  8. Daydreams about rebuilding 4510 Bull Creek someday
  9. A blanket and pillow on the front lawn in the sun
  10. What are YOU grateful for this weekend?

01 March 2009

Yep...I'm getting on the bike again for the Hill Country Ride for AIDS.


Yep, the economy is tight…we are all doing our part to save more and spend less. Today, I’m asking you to donate just a little of your hard earned and saved money to the Hill Country Ride for AIDS. 

Click Here to Go Straight to the DONATE PAGE or read on to hear more!

As you may already know, I have decided to participate again in the Hill Country Ride for AIDS. I am riding again not just because it is one of my favorite events, but more because there are even more people this year who need our help. They need us for basic services, things you and I take for granted every day. I need your help to reach my goal. Together, we are making a big difference.

As part of the event, I pledged to raise money. You can make a donation on my behalf, to help me reach my fundraising goal. With the donations raised, Hill Country Ride for AIDS will provide life-saving support to thousands of people living with HIV and AIDS through the excellent work of 10 local AIDS services organizations in the Greater Austin area.

Any amount you can give is great; I just appreciate your support.

It is so easy to support this great cause - you can make a donation online by simply clicking on the link at the bottom of this message. Thank you for your support, I will keep you posted on my progress.

Thank you for supporting me always, but especially in this challenge; you really do make a difference.

Allison Crow Flanigin

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19 February 2009

The Allison Analogy of the Week. Is There Anything in Your Tub

In coaching REALTORS, conversations often take a turn to the feeling that nothing is happening and that
momentum isn't building.  As I coach, visual images always come across my mind and this week the bathtub has found it's way in to a few sessions. 

Momentum in Real Estate -especially for a newer agent, is like this bathtub.
Take a look at this photo: Is there any water in the tub?
Most often, the answer I get is, "No, Nothing in the tub."  My response is, "How do you know?"

Then the light bulb goes on. There could be water in the tub, yet we can't see until the tub is full or overflowing. 

Daily activities -excuse me,   daily PROSPECTING   is the activity that fills the tub. Bit by bit, the tub fills. Agents may not have working clients, they may not be closing deals quite yet, but as I often say in individual coaching sessions, 
"The work you are doing, even now is earning you money and building your business." 

Starting a real estate career can bring with it a need for ridiculous faith especially when one is used to a "this-for-that" world where exchange of services or goods for money, or exchange of actions for results is immediate.  Ridiculous faith is only necessary because we may not be used to the 90 day, and COMPOUNDING effects of our efforts.  Sadly, many give up before the tub is full not even realizing that they were just days away. They pull the plug on the tub. 

Prospecting fills the tub. Each day the measure of fill is added to the previous day's fill.  Repeated activity over time gets results.  If you stop filling the tub, just because it feels or looks empty, then you are in effect, pulling the plug on past efforts. Tub empties

Then when you begin prospecting again, you are starting from an empty tub, rather than adding to fill from the day/week before.  Trust that your tub is filling.  As long as you keep the plug in, you can guarantee that in a 90 day period, you tub can now look like this: 

*Note...your tub may be full of clients....or time..
or freedom...or closings...or money.
Money isn't the prize....it is what the money provides. Having enough of it is often the cure for worrying about it and so money is what we chose to put in our tub. Besides, it is fun to envision a tub full of money.  

Get to envisioning, get to having ridiculous faith, and above all...GET TO PROSPECTING... 

Thanks to Jimmy Longacre  for illustrating this concept for me professionally.  Jimmy your creativity applied to my analogy is greatly appreciated and I know your creativity for your real estate clients will be too. 

12 February 2009

Because it is the Daddy MAC... you might want to join...

This may be the BEST email I've received all week long. Thanks sis!

---------- Forwarded message
From: Meredith Withers

Date: Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 11:50 AM
Subject: you might want to join...
To: Allison Crow

Mac 'n' Cheese of the Month Club
What: Huge family-size portions of gourmet mac 'n' cheese sent to your
door every month. Next month — a Mediterranean version with feta, olives,
sun-dried tomato, and pesto.
Why: It's the daddy mac.
Where: Online at



09 February 2009

list from last weekend

Last weekend was my birthday, and after a weekend full of love and attention and friends and family, here is my gratitude list:
  1. The RED HOT 37 was a blast- I love sharing laughter and my home with tons of friends.
  2. The generosity of my friends who blessed me in many ways on Friday. 
  3. Homemade Mac-&-Cheese from Mali and Bill Hanna
  4. Waking up to a completely clean house despite the party....thanks, Bill! You are the best.
  5. Sleeping most of the day on Saturday. 
  6. Working out Saturday afternoon. 
  7. Sleeping last Sunday morning. 
  8. Kentucky Fried Chicken and Milkshake cake with the WHOLE Crow clan at Mom and Dad's house. 
  9. Mom-Mom, Poppy, Meredith, Peter, Cameron, Courtney, Joel, Chandler, Fi, NM, BC, and Bill...I love you all and thank you for hanging out. 
  10. Mike Flan---thanks for taking Bill and I to the fun celebrity thing Sunday night. It was way cool to meet those folks---and to see Office Space with so much fun energy!
I didn't take my camera to Mom and Dad's....but we did get a good shot from the RED HOT 37 of the 3 Crow Sisters. 

02 February 2009

My List for the day

List of the day comes from really trying to be focused on gratitude. So often the sky is falling around us and there is so much to worry about.  My lists are little efforts to put down in writing, and be grateful for- the simple things in my everyday life.  I encourage you to write down, everyday, a list of things you are grateful for....and see if your life doesn't get deliciously better real quick. As Dianna Kokoszka often says, 
Change the way you look at things,                                                  and the things you look at change.

  1. Dinner with my family around this round table and goodthing/badthing conversation we play. Each person tells one good thing and one bad thing that happened that day. Even my teenagers will talk using goodthing/badthing. 
  2. My teenage son Will is now driving his own vehicle....Parental Bus duties have dropped dramatically since he turned 16 (Lord, I am grateful AND please keep him safe). 
  3. Honey Bunches of Oats cereal any time of the day for a tasty treat. 
  4. www.LMCCB.com and all the training and great advice I got from Lee and Kimberley and Sherri --if your dogs are controlling your life get help! I look at my 3 dogs--and they are truly daily treasures in my life..and in my families-----> thanks to the training!
  5. Teaching classes in our market center about things I'm passionate about or enjoy- how cool is it to get paid for this! 
  6. Girl Scout cookies: Thin Mint and Lemonade. 
  7. That Girl Scout cookies are only sold once a year.
  8. clean sheets and a tightly made bed- thanks billy
  9. My mother in law- I got a sweet card from her Saturday and It made me all warm and fuzzy. 
  10. My own mom...who called me tonight and who is always there for me...is happy for me to come by anytime and who gifts me with fun socks on special occasions. 

21 January 2009

hank in action

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