Friday Inspiration - If You Think You Can, You Can!

Friday Inspiration - If You Think You Can, You Can!


This morning while out hiking in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve I noticed a very unusual hiking duo.  I was just about to cross over the main path to head back to my home. I just happened to look up the hill and was amazed by what I saw. I quickly took out my phone and adjusted the camera to try to catch a shot.


There they were - a seemingly very odd couple hiking - one young lady and one older lady.  I have been hiking this mountain preserve for well over 25 years and not once have I seen a much, much older person hiking UP the hill.  I was stunned to see the older lady slowly making her way up the first leg of the 1 1/2 mile hike up to the top. I don't know how far she would make it up the hill but trust me, getting as far as she got seemed like a miracle to me.


Friday Inspiration - If you think you can, you can!


Seeing this lady attempting to hike up the hill slowly, very slowly got me to stop my short spurt of mumbling about how my feet hurt this morning. Waa Waa Waa. Enough already!  Some days they hurt and other days they're fine. But regardless, I go hiking either way because I love hiking and being outside. And the less I think about it the better it gets.  Sounds familiar - doesn't it!!


Here she is - still going up the hill!


Friday Inspiration - If you think you can, you can!


I was able to catch a couple of quick shots of the hiking duo between the trees from my lower path. She looked determined to keep going up the hill! I kind of wish I had been on my way up the hill rather than at the end of my hike.  I would have loved to experience seeing this very cool & inspiring lady get up the hill as far as she possibly could make it. And wouldn't I be surprised if she made it to the top. Miracles do happen every day!


Friday Inspiration - If You Think You Can, You Can!




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Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI  wonderful story indeed . Love the power of positive thinking

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 1 year ago

Anna doing begins with truly believing you can do it.  Once you believe that anything is possible, and this woman is living proof of that.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 1 year ago

Great post it really is mind over matter. I hope you enjoy the weekend.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) over 1 year ago

Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI - my mother is 88 and I have had hikes like that with her.  She holds my arm, but is determined to make it!

Posted by Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon (Bend Premier Real Estate) over 1 year ago


What a lovely inspiring moment you witnessed and thank you so much for sharing it with us.  Wishing you a great weekend.A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 1 year ago

Where there is a will, there is a way.  That's a truly inspiring sight.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 1 year ago

Featured in the group:  BARTENDER, MAKE IT A DOUBLE.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 1 year ago

Thanks for the Feature Chris Ann Cleland 

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 1 year ago

She's probably better at it than I'd be :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 1 year ago

Your post reminds me of a 10-K run I participated in about 35 years ago. I was running uphill and thought I was going to poop out. Suddenly, I hear a man yelling to all of us -encouraging us to keep going and not give up.

The man passes me . . . he has no feet. His legs end in these strange pogo-stick like shoes and he's the one telling us to keep going!

I read about him in the paper the next day - he had been born without feet and decided to do all the things in life that he "shouldn't" have been able to do.

Same type of inspiration as your older hiker.

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 1 year ago

That's very inspiring.  My 95 year old dad still gets out for a short walk almost every day.  I hope I can be so lucky.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 1 year ago

Wow! Very inspiring. Age doesnt matter if you want to do something you really love. 

Posted by Kevin Keithley (PrimeVest Partners, LLC) over 1 year ago

Good morning again Anna. I love this and agree. We do as much as want and some do more.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 1 year ago

Hi Anna -- this photo captures the essence of determination and persistence.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 1 year ago

A ride on an all-terrain vehicle would have gotten her to the top faster. But she wasn't seeking efficiency.

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) over 1 year ago

Will that be us in 40 years?  What an inspiring story.  Nothing is going to stop this lady.  She does what she wants!

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 1 year ago

Gosh, I wish you'd have asked if you could use my picture hiking up that mountain, Anna - I would have slung my cane out of the shot!

Honestly, sometimes I think I'm moving at that pace too but, determination inspires us to push for more...and if we push, we accomplish!

Oh, I love everything about this post, Anna!  I even love that the younger woman is so patient with the elderly woman. Everyone is not cut from that cloth and I admire people who care for our elderly.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 1 year ago

Hi Anna, now we have to wonder about the motivation of the senior lady for the climb. Maybe to visit a special place from her youth?

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 1 year ago

I'm inspired seeing such things too! I just adore people who keep moving on even no one expects them to....

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 1 year ago

Good Morning Anna Banana Kruchten,CRS,CRB,GRI 

What the mind of man can conceive AND believe can be achieved AND that works in reverse too.

Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) over 1 year ago

Hi Anna - Great photos and an inspiring story. Maybe I'll just shut up about my knees.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 1 year ago

How wonderful!  Whether she made it or not I prefer to think she persevered to the top!

Posted by Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate, Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming (Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming) over 1 year ago

I hope she made it as well. It is inspiring to see people accomplishing tasks that, if not seen as impossible, are seen as unlikely for those people to accomplish. Thank you for sharing. 

Posted by Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions (Martin Presence Group) about 1 year ago

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