In 1665 during the Bubonic Plague, Issac Newton was quarantined. Sitting in his garden, he saw an Apple fall, and he came up with the Law of Gravity.
In the late 1930s, in the middle of the Great Depression, unemployment went to 25%, and a guy named Leo didn’t have a job. So he scraped some money together and turned his love of radios into a business creating amplifiers. He then created the first electric guitar. His name was Leo Fender, and he called it the Fender Stratocaster.
Scary times are the mother of invention and entrepreneurship. You don’t have to find gravity or invent an instrument, but let’s use this time to find our passions. Sonia, on my team, told me yesterday she’s been busy during quarantine with calls, business planning, AND she’s decided to write her next album. Jen, also on my team, has been swamped with all of our developers, buyers, and team guides, AND she picked up drawing again, which she loves doing and hasn’t had time to do since getting into real estate. What’s your AND?
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Emilia’s book is FINALLY available to everyone, and to celebrate, we are doing TWO things today:
1. Emilia and I have already been donating to a lot of organizations like @cityharvestnyc and @projectsunshine over the last 2 weeks to support our community affected by COVID-19 but we want to step it up! We will be donating $10 for every book sold this week to help out those in need right now due to the virus. My goal is to donate $100K, so let’s make it happen!!
2. Emilia and I will be doing a LIVE book signing TONIGHT at 6 PM EST on my Facebook Page so come join us! 🥳🤗
I think during this time we’re all going through together, it’s important to highlight the happy and great moments we have. This is an INCREDIBLE moment for Emilia and all mothers who struggled to find their miracle baby so I’m proud to tell you all about it. I’ll never forget the long, difficult journey it took for us to find baby Zena but I’m super happy because she’s literally a SUPER baby. Seriously, I’m waiting for her powers to kick in one day. Thank you all for being a part of today with us. We 💛 you all!!!!
So Emilia felt pretty down today. At first I thought it was because she was exhausted from dealing with Z all day. And then I thought it was because I was on the phone all day with clients, managing everyone’s expectations as best I can during this catastrophe. But then she said it was because her book comes out tomorrow, and it’s now terrible timing, and she was so excited to meet people at @strandbookstore tomorrow for her first ever book signing but now can’t, obviously, and she felt bad telling anyone about the release because there’s so much going on in the world that’s BAD, why should we tell anyone about something GOOD? Well...F*^K THAT. I’m not going to let my super hot, insanely awesome, incredibly smart and hard working wife feel down on her big day. Her book is the first children’s book about IVF, she worked so hard on it, she has a huge publisher behind her with @randomhousekids, and the art by @egkellerdraws is bananas. It’s all awesome. So for those of you that want a gorgeous book to read to your kids about the struggle to become a mother, I put the link in my bio. And for those of you who I can reach by foot up here in New Hampshire, I’m coming to your house. I know you’re all home 😘
This feels like a slow motion car crash. One that we could sense might happen, because it’s dark out and the roads are icy. But we weren’t afraid, because we’re in our big SUV and a little ice far down the road can’t hurt us. But then the road started to feel slick under our tires and we got that feeling in our stomach - you know the feeling you get before you fall? And then the back tire skids out to the right, but it’s OK! We took ice driving classes and it will all be fine if we just turn the steering wheel into the skid. But then we hit a bump and we’re airborne. Hurtling through the air. And we don’t know when we’re going to land, or how. Will our car be totaled? Or will we be lucky and just have a few scratches? Will anyone inside be hurt? And if so, how bad, and how will we call for help with no cell service?
That’s the best analogy I have for what we’re going through. I wasn’t sure what to post for the last couple of days, because nothing felt right to post when people are sick and dying, the market has sold off 10,000 points and 4 years of gains in less than 15 days, and service workers around the world are losing their jobs. But I know we will all be ok. There’s no other choice. And there’s an amazing new global community, full of energy, that’s coming out of this ‘car crash’.
Through social media, we are all connected at every second to what our friends in China, Italy, and Spain are doing and how they’re coping. And for the first time, everyone actually cares! We are laughing together, watching how people are managing their quarantines all over the planet. We’re crying together, reading the stories of lost loved ones to a virus none of us saw coming (other than Bill Gates in his ominous 2015 Ted Talk). And we are staying strong together in a time of complete uncertainty. This new strength, that none of us knew we had, will soon transition into the positive energy we will need to land us on our feet when this is all over. And once that day comes, that energy will not only make us happier and more successful than ever before - it will keep us safe, and better prepared for the next car crash. So hold your loved ones tight. We will beat this.
In these trying times, it’s important to jump for joy if, and when, you can. Happy to put 357 West 17th into contract...so happy I had to jump onto the counter for a second 🤪 This is an amazing house with an indoor pool, movie theatre, hot tub, glass walled garage, and more. And you might just see how we sold it on the upcoming season of #MDLNY 😬😎
357 West 17th. $18M