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Check out this “you can’t make this stuff up” story from my Hurricane Florence experience…

Take a look at the picture above… such a gorgeous shot, right? That’s one of the many gorgeous sunsets that we get here in Saxapahaw, NC, my new home.

I was sitting on my porch this past Wednesday after a very busy couple of days with clients. I had been fighting a migraine the day prior and hadn’t been feeling well overall, so I was especially tired and drained.

I had poured myself a glass of wine and sat down on my porch and glanced to the west and saw the beginnings of a colorful sunset. Even though my body was weary, my spirit said “grab your phone, walk down to the river, and take some pictures.” I knew that with the impending storm, we’d likely not be able to see the sunset for quite a while.

So, I listened to that prompting and headed down towards the river. When I arrived, I saw a woman there who had the same idea. We exchanged some words about the impending storm, then I walked up to the deck pictured below and she walked away.

I took quite a few pictures documenting the changing sky and relished in the beauty of nature. A few minutes later, that same woman came up onto the deck. We chatted some more and introduced ourselves to each other.

Something she said made it sound like she was new to the village as well. I asked her and she said she’d been here two weeks, that she’d just moved into the mill apartments. I told her I was new too, but I’m living in the rental cottages.

I then told her that I almost took an apartment. She laughed and said “was it 202?” My mouth dropped open…. it WAS! I couldn’t believe it, so I asked her a couple questions about the apartment and it was confirmed THAT SHE WAS LIVING IN THE APARTMENT I GAVE UP.

You really can’t make this stuff up!

Here’s the back story: I originally took an apartment because it was available, the waiting list was WAY long, and I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to live here. After I got home from the visit, something just wasn’t sitting right with me about taking the apartment. They were beautiful, but really not my style. I really wanted a little cottage as it was time for me not to be in shared housing.

I decided not to settle.

So I called the property manager to release the apartment and she told me that a cottage had come available that very day! Not only that, but it was available in 30 days instead of 60 days like the apartment.

You can’t make this stuff up.

I found out her name was Robin and we sat at the bar after the sunset and chatted a bit, getting to know each other. I laughingly said “Hey, I get credit for you living here!” If you look closely at the picture above, you’ll see my new friend Robin at the railing. 

But don’t miss the greater message:

By me saying “No, thank you” to the apartment – because I wasn’t going to settle – I freed it up for someone it’s a perfect fit for!

As Robin and I were comparing notes on our respective living places at the bar: She was extolling the virtues of her apartment and, as I listened, they didn’t really sound so great to me. And as I was extolling the virtues of my cottage, she said they really didn’t sound so great to her.

Where in your life are you settling?



Living situation?



It’s time to set your sights on your ideal life design. By doing so, you’re sending the Universe a clear picture of what you’re choosing… AND you’ll know what you’re looking for.

Don’t settle.

It doesn’t just serve you. You’ll be giving someone else something that is a better fit for them.

In Steve Job’s 2005 Stanford commencement address, he gives this lesson:

I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. and Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.

So keep looking. Don’t settle. 

When I left NJ this time last year to live in Southport, NC, I didn’t know exactly where I would end up. But I DID have a clear picture of what would work for me.

I kept looking.

I KNEW I would find it.

I followed the clues.

I listened to my heart.

I didn’t settle.


PS – Are you ready to claim the life, work, or relationship that you really want? Just reply to this email to click here to book a chat to talk about the possibilities to work with me.

Christine Clifton is the author of “You don’t have to shout to Stand Out” and teaches soul-powered entrepreneurs how to keep their inner fire burning so they don’t burn out. By building a fun, co-creative relationship with their business, they better align their practical DOING with their natural BEING and gain focus and energy. They have fun with their work again, feel better than they have in a long time, and see more of the right leads and opportunities come their way….. and they Thrive!