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Spring Cleaning- Time To Clean Out My Closet

Spring Cleaning- Time To Clean Out My Closet

By- Rick A. Griffith


Photo Credit- Nicholas_T

It is drizzling outside, not cold, but certainly not warm.

The bare branched trees line Colby Avenue in downtown Everett as I suck down enough caffeine to kill an Olsen twin at Starbucks and pound away violently at my laptop keyboard. Apparently typing powerfully with a purpose creates the best blog posts; in my mind anyway.

It has been almost 3 months since I arrived back in Everett, a city located just north of Seattle, and I am settling in quite nicely. Though in past years the mundane grey skies and continuously mediocre weather would wear on my spirit, today I feel that I could not be any happier than I am right here on soggy Colby Avenue surrounded by liberal hippies and Mac book flaunters. Yes the very same things that used to annoy me to no end are now almost endearing in this place that I have left and come back to, seeing it with new eyes, gaining a fresh perspective on my own hometown.

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. - T.S. Elliot

But the skies will clear; at least that is what we are to believe. When they do spring will come and remind us why we all love the Pacific Northwest so much. It seems that up here, as in life, it takes the cold, solitary, dull days in order to make us fully appreciate the bright, warm and beautiful ones. I’ve learned to find happiness amidst the chaos, the monotony and the indifferent times. This is what growing up feels like.

Next week I begin an ascent back to a position that is not unfamiliar. A career and lifestyle I have always loved yet fell out of touch with. The high stakes, limitless possibilities and complete creative control make for a career tailor-made for my own rebellious and ambitious personality.

I am settling in for good here in the Seattle area, diving head first into a career that I enjoyed for years, yet took a sabbatical from, leaving in search of deeper meaning. After seeing the world, what I wanted and more importantly what I did not want from life; the time to focus in and build a strong foundation for my life and future aspirations is now.

Without any further foreshadowing, what I am speaking of is my decision to again renew my career as a real estate professional here in the Seattle area. Being a professional in the real estate industry is something that I am damn good at; I wouldn’t say this if I was not. This is an industry in which I am truly built for and now am prepared to thrive in with the important lessons that I have learned over the past few years.

I will not sales pitch anyone reading this that is not my intent with this post. I will say that I am quite gifted in this role as a tireless researcher, relentless negotiator and unbelievable deal finder. These are things that have only grown since my time away from the business, with my maturation as a man and my commitment to doing things the right way, something that stemmed from lessons that I have learned from my past mistakes.

My Intentions

I have a few objectives right now and I will share them with you here so you know what I am about, straight up.

I intend to live my life according to God’s plan, doing my very best in everything I take on.

I intend to provide an amazing lifestyle for myself and my family.

I intend to always be learning, always be growing and never let my pride inhibit my progress.

I intend to always do my best in motivating, inspiring and guiding my friends, clients, readers, etc… never placing my own motivations over those in need.


An update was in order, it’s been a while since I posted anything. I’ll continue to travel throughout life, improve my fitness, and write about my life, my adventures and my business here on the blog.

If you need a house around Seattle, I will find you the best deal period. If you need travel advice, weight loss advice, I’d love to tell you what has worked for me. It is humbling that nearly a million readers have visited LivingBueno in the past year, I hope my advice and stories continue to inspire, challenge and push my readers forward in the direction of their dreams.

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