Summer Bucket List 2018 for Raleigh

Summer 2018: Make it Memorable. Make it Count

Hi Inspiring people! Hannah here, the Inspiring Intern, summer edition. Speaking of summer, how’s it going? Every thing you’d hoped it would be? Well just in case you’re looking for inspiration, today I’m writing to share a few ways you can make this season count by creating the ultimate bucket list. There are even some ideas specific to the Raleigh area (or at least North Carolina).

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To preface this bucket list:

All activities are to be done with people you love (or by yourself because everyone needs some “me time”).

Raleigh’s Ultimate Bucket List

  • Go to the beach for sunrise

Leave at 3:30 in the morning if you have to, grab some coffee, a blanket, and a sweatshirt and get on the road. It’s always a bonus to find a cute breakfast place afterwards. My favorite spot is Wrightsville Beach Access 39, with Breakfast at Jimbo’s to follow.

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  • A Family Picnic

Make some sandwiches and cut up watermelon, along with fresh strawberries. Take it to your favorite park and have a relaxing afternoon. The best spots are Bond Park in Cary and Pullen Park in Raleigh.

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The top spots are:

**Raleigh Road Outdoor Theater (Henderson, NC)

**Cinebistro (a theater in Cary that serves you dinner during the movie)

**Beasley’s Chicken n’ Waffles & the Sunset in Raleigh, NC. I would recommend taking your meal to go and going to the top of a parking deck, enjoying it from up high

  • Read

Some of my favorites right now:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  • Forgotten God by Francis Chan
  • Everything Always by Bob Goff
  • This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton


  • Write a Letter

Reach out to an old college friend, or current college friend, a family member or anyone and write them a letter. Written words are a lot more permanent and meaningful than a text or even call… make someone’s day by sending them a letter.

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  • Make Ice Cream *Homemade*

One of the purest forms of joy on this planet: ice cream. Make it even better by making it yourself! (Do not count the calories!!)


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  • Stargaze

In the back of a truck bed or really anywhere, if you can. Go somewhere away from lights and don’t forget the bug spray! The best places are Jordan Lake, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Wrightsville Beach

  • Go Cliff Jumping

If you aren’t feeling as adventurous as actually jumping off a cliff, swim in the river while your friends jump!

  • Eno Rock Quarry (Durham, NC)
  • Devil’s Washtub (Moravian Falls, NC)
  • Elk River Falls (Elk River, NC)
  • Trashcan Falls (Boone, NC)


  • See a Concert

There are a bunch of great concerts and shows coming up in the area that are definitely worth checking out:

  • Foreigner – July 03 – Walnut Creek Amphitheater
  • Imagine Dragons – July 05 – Walnut Creek Amphitheater
  • Panic! At the Disco – July 28 – PNC Arena
  • Pentatonix – August 11 – Walnut Creek Amphitheater
  • NEEDTOBREATHE – August 22 – Walnut Creek Amphitheater

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  • Sleep.

Because everyone needs that:)


I once read that joy is defined as “happiness that is not affected by circumstance or situation.” With that in mind i encourage you to choose joy this summer. Maybe you don’t get to all the things on your bucket list, maybe you do. Whatever it may consist of, take the opportunity to use your time well and learn from it, and above all – have joy!




Real Estate Quotes

Real Estate Quotes

Real Estate Quotes

“There is something permanent and extremely profound in owning a home.”

Kenny Guinn








“Real estate cannot be lost or stolen nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.” 

Franklin D. Roosevelt

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“Buy land, they aren’t making it anymore”

Mark Twain






“‘It’s impossible,’ said pride. ‘It’s risky,’ said experience, ‘it’s pointless,’ said reason. ‘Give it a try,’ whispered the heart.”



“Balance helps provide the perspective and foundation that we all need to be successful.”


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“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15








“Now, one thing I tell everyone is learn about real estate. Repeat after me: real estate provides the highest returns, the greatest values and the least risk.”

Armstrong Williams

“The best investment on earth is earth”

Louis Rickman








“I view real estate as the most intriguing opportunity that I’ve seen in my business lifetime.”

Richard Rainwater


“A little house well filled, a little land well till’d and a little wife well will’d are great riches.”

Ben Franklin


“In the real estate business you learn more about people, and you learn more about community issues, you learn more about life, you learn more about the impact of government, probably than any other profession that I know of.”

Johnny Isakson






“Real estate investing is unique in that it’s almost as much a career or a way of life as it is a form of investing. Indeed, the fact that real estate is involves so much sweat equity makes it unique among other investments”

Fabrizio Moreira



“Say yes to the situations that stretch you and scare you and ask you to be a better you than you can think.”

Annie Downs





“Don’t wait to buy real estate, buy real estate and wait”

Will Rodgers


What I’ve Learned As The First Inspiring Intern

What I’ve Learned As The First Inspiring Intern

Hello there, from Natalie, your first Inspiring Intern. I’m hoping on one last time to share what I’ve learned at The Inspiring Investment.

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What I’ve Learned

Over the course of these three months I have had the pleasure of being the Inspiring Investment’s Inspiring Intern! I can’t believe how quickly times flies! During my time here, I had the pleasure of planning Instagram posts each week, helping build their Pinterest account and interacting with you guys on social! Thank you for being so kind to me and giving me so much to learn from! In addition to being on social, I learned how to use different planning software like Tailwind and Hootsuite, to create graphics on Canva, and even wrote two other blog posts.


As you may have noticed, this internship has been long distance, pushing me to become even more disciplined with my time. It is extremely freeing to not have a supervisor looking over your shoulder, but it also means that I have had a lot more responsibility. Communication has been extremely important and I had to up my game with this new and generous freedom. Altogether, I have enjoyed my experience with the Inspiring Investment and am sad to be leaving them, but excited to see how much they continue to grow. Being the Inspiring Intern has helped me grow in both my soft and hard skills and understand what it takes to run a business. Most of all however, this internship has taught me even more valuable lessons like hard work and treating others well.


Katie and Uriah work so hard. The more time I have spent with them the more I have seen their passion for what they do and who they do it for. Not only are they extremely talented at what they do – transforming older, dilapidated homes into beautiful, quality homes – but they are intentional about purchasing and remodeling homes in a way that honors the previous owner and the future owner as well. Their hearts truly break for those who are unable to take care of their homes and they provide a service to many of those families by purchasing those homes at a generous price when they might not otherwise be sold.

How to Juggle it All

In addition to being fantastic business owners, the Dortches love their family.

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I have seen them wrestle with how to work together in business and how to balance work time and family time, both which are very important. They stick to their priorities and have set a fantastic example of how to run a successful business, but also how to make sure it doesn’t consume their lives or take precedent over other important things. Running a business is not easy I have seen that first hand. In fact, I still don’t quite know how they do it, but they do it well!

The Why Behind Instagram

I was certainly shocked when I realized that the Inspiring Investment’s blog doesn’t directly help their business, their Instagram doesn’t reach sellers or even buyers. They created a paid position for someone to learn social media and to help in an avenue that I’m not sure has directly created any revenue! We have definitely promoted their brand and shown their beautiful work, but if you haven’t noticed they have never ever tried to get you to purchase anything from them. Katie created her blog because she and Uriah recognize that people need help.

Homes are a big deal. We all live in them. We desire them as our safe place, our resting spot. Buying a home is one of the most expensive purchases a person may ever make, they want to help others make it well. Second, investing in real estate is one of the most stable ways to make an income! They want to spread the word! They want to inspire you, encourage you, and help you make your home a place where you enjoy being. Well, they have inspired me. I will walk away from this internship knowing that hard work pays off, priorities are important, setting goals are crucial, and that putting others above yourself is not easy but rewarding.  Thank you for what you have taught me Katie and Uriah – Love you forever!

Farewell Inspiring People! It’s been real.


PS. Check back in on Friday, because the next Inspiring Intern is making her appearance  🙂

The College Student and Real Estate

The College Student and Real Estate

Hi! I’m Natalie – The Inspiring Investment’s first Inspiring Intern!

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Katie assigned me the task of writing about what I’ve learned so far at this company, so today, I am doing just that.

Before I came to work for Katie and Uriah I thought nothing about real estate. Purchasing my own home – or anything of the like – was seriously something I had never considered – not once. As a college student it just wasn’t on my radar, however, now I see the time to start thinking about it is now, so I can be prepared when I am ready.

The good news is that I am close friends with the Dortches. The bad news is that most of you are not.

So, if I can help you out a little by passing some of the wisdom they have passed to me then I am happy to do so.

What’s the Big Deal About Real Estate?

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Most People’s Largest Investment

For starters, purchasing a home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. Not to mention, one of the largest debts most people will carry. I mean, people are still paying mortgages when they die! That kind of debt load is heavy! Can you imagine owing anybody hundreds of thousands of dollars? As students, our education is our largest investment, unless you attend a school like Duke where the estimated cost of attendance is a whopping 72 grand a year. For you – college and your first real estate purchase may be more “apples to apples”. For the rest of us, our future real estate endeavors will be more costly, but potential gains can be endless, if done wisely. I’d say it warrants the extra effort to analyze a healthy, well-rounded view. What I believe Katie and Uriah want us to see is that every house is an investment. They want us to think like investors.

Creative Real Estate Options

I interviewed Katie and picked her brain about what I should know and how a college student can use REI (real estate investing) to make money, obtain property, and begin thinking like an entrepreneur. What she said surprised me!

  • Let your roommates pay your rent – find a rental, put the lease under your name (taking on the risk and responsibility) and source roommates yourself. (Property owner must allow sublets.) If you do this multiple times with the right numbers, you can create passive cash-flow.
  • Find a Property where the seller is willing to do “Rent – to – Own”, rent out additional rooms as an AirBNB to cover the mortgage and create cashflow: save, save, save, then do it all over again.
  • Buy a livable fixer-upper in a growing area, DIY, and sell for profit!
  • Purchase a Duplex and rent out the other side for enough to cover the mortgage or more!
  • Don’t stop there – it usually takes more than one property to change your situation. Keep going!
  • Network with other real estate professionals – maybe you will find a private lender willing to invest in your potential! Try Bigger Pockets*

Time Is Money

As with any investment, the earlier you start investing, the better.

Now to clarify, this type of investment is not always one that gives immediate returns. It’s often a long play: not popular in our day and age. We are used to instant gratification. However, it may be wise to pursue something that can make us more successful in the long run.

To The Critic

OK, but is investing actually realistic? Is it something just anyone can do? Well no, not anyone can invest in a home and not everyone should.

It is important to be educated before making a big decision like this. While I can’t claim to have all the trips and tricks, I did a good amount of research when I received this assignment and found a couple things that might be helpful.

  • First, make a strategic plan and set goals.
  • When it’s time to buy a home or investment property, plan to buy low and sell high.
  • DO NOT buy at the top of the market, at the highest price, with no way to add value in the future.
  • If possible, find a home priced below comparable homes, one that you can add value to and create equity.
  • Study your market. Look for “pockets of potential value” in the housing market.

I won’t pretend that there are no risks to investing. It is not uncommon for investors or even homeowners to lose money in real estate, especially when they don’t see their home as an investment. Sometimes things that happen outside of your control: a market shift or change in life circumstance, causing property owners to need to sell or even face foreclosure. Poor investments do have consequences, causing stress and anxiety. Educate yourself, learn from others. (Subscribe to The Inspiring Investment’s Newsletter). Understand what you are capable of and work within that framework to take a path in real estate that can benefit you the most: there is more than one way.

It’s so important to see your home as an investment, a tool for your financial future, rather than an emotional purchase.

What If I Make a Bad Investment?

Sell. Quite honestly, sometimes it’s better to get out from under a property that isn’t right for you and start over. It’s time to cut your losses, but don’t give up, don’t stop learning.

Now What?

I have been convinced, since my time with the Inspiring Investment, that when done correctly, investing in real estate can be very beneficial. Personally, I plan on filing this information away for a day in the future when I come into some money to use it to create some reliable side income.

Ask yourself, are you willing to stretch your traditional way of thinking to create potential gains in the future? What will you do with this information college students?

Real estate will only give to the extent of effort you put in, but it can change your life. It can change your life for good.

Part 2, Our First Inspiring Intern: Meet Natalie

Part 2, Our First Inspiring Intern: Meet Natalie

Read Part 1 Here.

“Well, I’ve actually been thinking about that. What if I were the first Inspiring Intern?”
I almost spilled my coffee on my lap, out of excitement!
And that is how I accidentally hired my first intern. Just like that.
Now, I know it won’t always happen that way – and it shouldn’t. There are certainly best hiring practices, as taught by one local business owner I follow: Nancy Ray. However, I truly feel that she was meant to be with us during this time. She is a special young lady.
It’s time to meet our first Inspiring Intern: Natalie. Take it away, girl.

Meet Natalie

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Well hello there!

My name is Natalie Baudonnet and I am absolutely thrilled to be the very first Inspiring Intern. It has been a funny journey getting here and I am so glad that I have arrived. Katie asked me to share a little bit about myself with you and I am happy to oblige.

I was born and raised in the central valley of California, originally the oldest between my sister and I until the sixth grade. That year my family adopted my two brothers from Ukraine making me the second oldest in my house. My family is one of the best families in the world: they love me unconditionally. My parents introduced me to Jesus at a young age and He has walked with me every step of my life. He took my wretched heart and gave me a new one, exchanging my sin for redemption and freedom. His act of love has completely transformed me and in response I have dedicated my life to whatever he calls me to.

What I’m Passionate About

Speaking of life calling, I am currently a junior at Colorado Christian University. I am majoring in Communications and minoring in Theology. After graduation I can’t quite tell you where I’ll be, but I am passionate about women’s health, human rights, and church ministry. One day I hope to get married and have a family of my own.

How I’m Involved

This year I am involved in a million things on my campus, including the following:

  • a discipleship group leader
  • the Students for Life Outreach Coordinator
  • a choir member
  • the University Programing Council Director of Traditions (which is a fancy way of saying that I get to plan and run the annual events on my campus)

Additionally, I …

  • work at Chick-fil-A
  • am a Chick-fil-A fellow
  • attend Church at Park Church in Denver
  • am a Wilberforce fellow

What I Do For Fun

When I do have time for fun I like to be with friends and family. It doesn’t really matter what we do but that we’re together. I enjoy traveling, singing, dancing, laughing, and eating – typically something with Nutella. 


The opportunities I have had the privilege to be a part of this year have completely improved my life skills. I have not seen so clearly until this year the importance of setting goals. It seems obvious but when forced to sit down and write them out I am convinced that everything we do revolves around the goals we have. If I am participating in something, spending money on something, or giving time to something that doesn’t help me meet my goals then what am I doing?! This year one goal for the Inspiring Investment is ORGANIZATION! We have found that organization is necessary to run a functional and successful business! What a surprise.

Why I’m Here at The Inspiring Investment

This brings me to why I am here, at the Inspiring Investment.  This year I have discovered an interest in marketing. Specifically, I am fascinated by the social media scene, but am not completely educated on how it works. To be honest with you Katie and Uriah are taking a risk by hiring me, but while we’re being frank I don’t think they’ll be disappointed in me either. I am drawn to Katie and Uriah because of their heart and their talent. Their work ethic, Christ centered approach, humility, generosity, integrity, and kindness which is like no other house flipping couple I’ve seen.  If their good character isn’t enough they are also fantastic at what they do. Signing up to work for Katie and Uriah is not only going to put me on a hard and fast learning curve, but in a company that has eternal impact. The beauty of the Dortch’s is not what they do but who they are.

If you can’t tell I’m a little star struck by them. #couplegoals #familygoals #iwanttobeyouwhenigrowup


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