July 18, 2019

Ranking Arizona: Top 10 master-planned communities in 2019

Ranking Arizona:

Top 10 master-planned communities in 2019

Here are the Top 10 master-planned communities in Arizona, based on public voting for the 2019 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest and most comprehensive business opinion poll. Ranking Arizona is based purely on opinion and ranks companies based on how voters answer this simple question: with whom would you recommend doing business?

Here are the Top 10 master-planned communities in Arizona, as featured in the 2019 edition of Ranking Arizona:

2,501 homes or more

1. Vistancia

Background: Set amongst a stunning backdrop of mountain ranges with views of the natural Sonoran Desert, Vistancia in Northwest Peoria offers some of the best in new home options and community living. With excelling schools, parks and trails, recreation centers, golf courses and resident amenities, Vistancia offers something for every member of the family. Vistancia’s 7,100-acre master plan offers three lifestyle communities — The Village offers family-friendly neighborhoods with two K-8 elementary schools and planned activities and recreation centers, Blackstone is a luxury golf course community featuring the private Blackstone Country Club golf course, and Trilogy is an active adult community.

2. Morrison Ranch

3. Estrella by Newland Communities

4. Power Ranch

5. Grayhawk

6. Las Sendas

7. DC Ranch

8. Verrado by DMB Associates

9. Johnson Ranch

10. Desert Ridge

2,500 homes or fewer

1. Ironwood Crossing

Background: Ironwood Crossing is a premier East Valley community built by Fulton Homes and managed by CCMC. Lush landscape creates the perfect backdrop to bring a sense of community alive. Whether a new family or newly retired, Ironwood Crossing has something to offer everyone. Ironwood Crossing is perfect for young families, with great neighborhoods featuring 20 parks, one for about 100 families, all done in a master-planned setting. The neighborhood parks feature basketball courts, ramadas, barbeques, and tot lots with shade structures. There is also an aquatic center with a splash pad for small children, separated from a 7,000-square-foot pool. A second pool opened in the northern part of the community in order to serve the high demand for swimming. In addition to Legacy Charter School, Ironwood Crossing is part of the new J.O. Combs Unified School District offering students preschool through 12th grade excellent educational opportunities.

2. Eastmark

3. Terravita

4. Mountain Bridge

5. Fireside at Norterra

6. Fulton Ranch

7. Adora Trails

8. Spectrum at Val Vista

9. Desert Mountain

10. Robson Resort Communities – SaddleBrooke Ranch

July 11, 2019

The Pleasures of Tolerance


"Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation or creed."
 ~ Bertrand Russell (1872-1949)

We probably all know someone who fits the description quoted above 🙄 – people who aren’t happy unless they’re unhappy 🙁 about someone or something. They are the perpetual complainers, always blaming what’s happening around them on others or others’ belief systems. They tend to look outside themselves for explanations of why things are the way they are.
Have you ever noticed that things always happen TO them, but they never actually cause things to happen themselves? You might describe them best as “reactionaries,” because all they ever do is “react” (negatively) 😡 to what other people think, do, or believe. They try to make themselves look better by making others look worse! 👎
What type of person would you rather be 🤔? One who expertly criticizes everything, or one who finds a way to tolerate the thoughts, actions, and beliefs of those around you? The former will cause stress resulting in headaches 🤯, ulcers, and the disdain of those with whom you work and play. The latter will produce a feeling of happiness and compassion 😁, while passing along your positive 👍 outlook to others around you who will respect and admire your policy of tolerance.

In our current global 🌎 climate, it’s easy to be suspicious and critical of other cultures and religions. However, for the very reasons we might be led to hate, it is all the more important to display love ❤, tolerance, and an attempt at understanding. Do your best to find the best in others, and your efforts will come back to you in kind. It’s the ethics of reciprocity. Remember the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” As corny as it may sound, it still rings true today. So set your example - don’t be “REactive”, be “PROactive”! ❤💪👍😊 

July 8, 2019



"I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
~ Henry David Thoreau
How many times have you told a friend or associate about a bold new idea for succeeding, only to have them shoot down the idea 👎? How often do you hear a parent tell their child, "You can't do that!" or, "You're too little (or too short or too ugly)." With just a word, a child's future can be stunted 😔. The alternative is to believe in yourself. Take a look at a few of those "You'll never amount to anything" comments made to the wrong people:
"You have a perfect voice for broadcasting, but you should get a job as a secretary. We're not using women." - What announcers for NBC told Sally Jesse Raphael when she applied for a job after graduation from Columbia University. 😱
"It's a cutthroat business and you've got no chance of success." - So said an accountant for Estee Lauder, founder of a multibillion-dollar cosmetics 💋💄 empire. 
"You have a nice voice 🎵, but it's nothing special." - That's what a teacher told Diana Ross after she auditioned for a part in a high school musical.
"It's too hard to crack into the late-night ratings. Television isn't ready for a black talk show host. This is America and you can forget it." - That's some conventional wisdom offered to Arsenio Hall prior to his acceptance of Paramount's offer to host a late-night talk show. 😱
A dream, an idea, a vision of greatness - all can be shattered by a word or two from a total stranger 👎. If you are the one with a dream, keep it to yourself as you methodically achieve all that you desire. If it's another who tells you theirs - encourage them to nurture it to fruition. Remember Thoreau's thoughts on this: "If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." 👍💪❤

June 28, 2019

Happy Independence Day!

America is the Land of the Free,
Home of the Brave!

Happy 243rd Birthday to our Great Nation!

Wishing you a safe, fun & memorable celebration! 

Enjoy your picnic, BBQ, fireworks, long weekend and sweet times with your family & friends!



June 21, 2019



"Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence."
~ Aristotle
When is the last time you sat down and analyzed your goals and dreams? At least once a year 📅, you should review your financial 💵 situation to try to determine how much closer you are to achieving your goals from the same time last year. Every step you take should bring you nearer to your dream. 😊
Of course, you need to evaluate your dreams every year, too. Sometimes you imagine something that you want when it is simply the "heat 🔥 of the moment," before you've thought it through to its logical conclusion. When you look back a few months later, you say to yourself, "What was I thinking?" 🤯 Sometimes it's only someone else's ideas that affect or determine our own desires. 😝
Your dreams don't have to be of "castles 🏰 in the clouds," but also avoid setting your goals too low! While respectable, if all you're working for is to make sure you don't miss a mortgage payment 📄 and you can cover your credit card 💳 bill, you definitely need to take the time to determine what would make you happy 😊 beyond just making sure the bills are paid.
You shouldn't have to feel that you're working simply because you have to 😥. If your work itself doesn't make you happy, at least try to see that your work can help you to achieve those goals that you dream of. When you feel you are wholeheartedly pursuing your happiness, then you can put yourself wholeheartedly into your work. 👍
When you make your happiness and the happiness of others your purpose 💪, you'll find the journey to that destination all the more enjoyable. Seeking joy and peace is not selfish - it is as Aristotle said, "the whole aim and end of human existence." Take a good look at where you are now and where you want to be one year from now, ten years from now, twenty years from now. Apply your heart ❤, body 👤 and mind 🧠 to shaping your future - take whatever you have today and run with it! 😁👍

June 14, 2019



"It is a simple procedure to calculate the number of seeds in an apple. But, who among us can say how many apples there are in a seed?"
~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
Who among us would answer "NO" to that question? Yet abundance often seems beyond our reach. We see it in others, but do not believe it is in us. We see ourselves as the apple 🍎 (limited), rather than the seed (limitless).
So, what's the first step on the road to abundance? Wayne Dyer thinks it is giving thanks 🙌 - for what you already have. That might include good health, a new baby 👶🍼 on the way, loving parents, a career you enjoy, or money 💵 in the bank. You do have a few things going for you - right?
Just as the potential of the seed in the apple is limitless, so is your ability to attract abundance. By focusing on what you already have, you begin to deny what you don't. Your attention is drawn away from the scarcity in your life - and towards the abundance that already exists in your world. 😊
You may be thinking that when you achieve abundance, you will finally be complete. Therein lies the surprise - that you are already complete. You are never going to get it all, because you have it all already. That's right. If you are not currently thankful 🙏 for the good in your life, having more of it will make no difference.
The secret to abundance then lies within you. Place your thoughts squarely on what you already have, be grateful, and it will expand beyond your wildest dreams 😁👍. Believe you have nothing until you get more, and you will spiral endlessly downward ⬇ in despair 😔 at how unjustly the world is treating you.
Want abundance in your life? Think about it! 😊

June 7, 2019



"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true."
~ James B. Cabell
"The glass is half-full 🥛👍." "The glass is half-empty 🥛👎." "Looks like a beautiful day ☀!" "I think it's going to rain ☔." "I'm happy 😃." "I'm depressed 😔." "I'm an optimist 👍😄!" "How can you be an optimist with things the way they are 😐?"
OK, we all know the difference between an optimist 👍 and a pessimist 👎 - right? In some of Steven Covey's material, he states that "no one knows enough to be a pessimist." Pessimism, more often than not, is generated by inner fears, most likely fears "of the unknown." Hence, "No one knows enough to be a pessimist."
Consider the child about to learn the art of riding a bike 🚴‍♀. "I know I'm going to fall," proclaims the child - just before taking a skinned knee. After a week of practice, is the child still fearful? Once bike riding becomes second nature, i.e. once the child "knows" enough about bike riding, the fear (a.k.a. pessimism) disappears.
Just as the child's pessimism ("I'm going to fall...") precedes the skinned knee, our other pessimistic thoughts may precede our worst fears. By substituting a positive thought for a negative one, therefore, is it not possible that the action that follows might also be positive ➕😁?
Add to that positive thought an extra measure of learning and knowledge, and it's highly unlikely there will continue to be room for either the pessimism or the subsequent negative action. From one optimist to another, heed this advice: "Don't worry - be happy!" 😃😃😃😃😃👍

May 31, 2019

Play Ball!


"I hit anything that's close to the plate. I don't wait for that one pitch.”
~ Rod Carew
With the start of the major league baseball ⚾ season, a simple success formula recently heard comes to mind. It uses baseball words, but contains plenty of success wisdom.
Which do you think is more important 🤔, a home run or a single base hit? Most of us would choose a home run - even a "grand slam" home run. Most of us were also brought up to believe that someday our "ship would come in" 🚢 - that all of our success or wealth or whatever would arrive at once, in one grand port call.
Funny thing is - more ball games are won 🏆 with base hits than with home runs. Most ships arrive slowly in port - guided by tiny tugboats - and only after having navigated the wide oceans through a series of thousands of minor navigational corrections 🌎.
Yes! Big wins 👍 and successful journeys occur most often as the result of daily decisions 🤔 - not life-altering, once-a-year, mega-decisions. Want to lose weight? It won't happen because you vow on January 1 to do it. It will be the result of your daily decision to walk, run, or work out 🏋‍♀. Want excellent health? Your daily, even moment-by-moment, decisions to ingest only healthy foods 🍎👍 and avoid junk are the ones that will win the day 🏆.
The same holds true for your success in business. While a master plan at the beginning of the year is important, it's really the steps taken each day that produce the results. ⭐ 

As you face each of the very small daily decisions, be careful to make only the right choices. 👍 By day's end they'll add up to valuable progress both on and off the field. ⚾

May 19, 2019



"There isn't a person anywhere who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can."
~ Henry Ford
Ever notice how difficult it is to break out of your routine to take time just for you? Yet, when you do, you experience a sense of refreshment. You're more observant 👀, more aware of your surroundings - if only for a short time.
Those brief periods are when the mind 🧠 is most receptive to creative thinking. The sub-conscious, with its defensive barriers temporarily lowered, is more likely to receive and accept new ideas 💡. Use that time wisely by letting go, giving yourself permission to dream new dreams, to reach for the "brass ring."
You don't have to analyze or give form to those dreams - just allow them to occur. When an idea 💡 begins to grab you and arouses inner excitement, pay attention 👀. Avoid letting your conscious mind scoff at the value of your idea or throw roadblocks in your way. Listen 👂 to your quiet inner voice. Allow what Napoleon Hill describes as "infinite intelligence" to speak to you.
Read Henry Ford's quote again and concentrate on the last seven words, "doing more than he thinks he can." It's what your conscious self "thinks you can do" that is so limiting. Remember the expression "Think you can 👍, think you can't 👎 - either way you're right"? Whatever your conscious self thinks is the limit to your doing - IS the limit. To exceed the limits you have placed upon yourself requires expanded thinking.
To get started, find your own quiet place 🤫 - and go there for just fifteen minutes ⏱ each day. In good weather ☀, sit outside at dawn with a fresh cup of coffee ☕. If you're a night 🌙 person, find a quiet corner after the house is settled for the evening. Let the family know you want 15 uninterrupted minutes - just for you. Close your eyes and begin by clearing your mind of trivia - like wiping off a blackboard - then just let go. You'll be amazed at the results. 😮😁

May 9, 2019

Live With Passion!


"If you're gonna go, go like hell.

If your mind's not made up,

don't use your spurs."

~ "Don't Squat With Your Spurs On!" ("A Cowboy's Guide to Life" by Texas Bix Bender)

When you're ready to ride, don't wear your Nikes 👟. Put on your boots and spurs, and let your horse 🐴 know you mean to ride hard. Then - ride with passion.
How many times have you thought of achieving a dream 🤔 - only to spend more time in the dreaming and planning than in the doing? No problem - we all do it from time to time. The old nemesis - fear of failure and the unknown - haunts all of us occasionally, keeping us from reaching our objective.
Think back to the last time you took action with a burning passion 💪! Were you competing for a gold medal, fighting for your life under adverse circumstances, or vying for the heart ❤ of your beloved? Something was motivating you to the limit, and you refused to quit.
So, what's your passion right now - today? Maybe it's an education 👨‍🎓, a new career, getting in shape 💪, having more freedom, money 💵 & status, or closer family ties. Whatever your desired direction in life, put on your spurs, mount your horse, and hit the trail! There's no greater joy 😃 in life than putting everything you've got into an achievement - and then realizing you've overcome all the obstacles. 
Ride hard, buckaroo! 🤠