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5 Ideas to Rekindle Your Romance with Portland

By Dill Ward, February 10, 2021

Wishing things were spicier in your monthly events? Do you lie awake at night wondering what your city is thinking about? Do you feel like you wish you could see other cities?

Try rekindling your love for our city by shaking up your lifestyle:

1: Curing a Food Slump

We all feel like we experiment with new restaurants when we’re feeling adventurous, but there are other ways to mix up your dining experience that you can take action on immediately. Switching up your food choices from your favorite restaurant’s menu can bring some mystery, but to the daring a bounty awaits. Try going vegan for a week, try eating only Thai food for a week, try only eating Southern Indian food… spend an entire month cycling through a multitude of cuisines for a couple days at a time.

If you eat differently, and enjoy the way the food makes you feel, that’s great! If you don’t enjoy the food you’ve found, then you’ve learned something new about the city and found appreciation for the restaurants and foods you already know and love.

2: Go Adventuring

So often we think about the things we used to see and the places that used to be, and it can engender deep sadness through attrition, if trying new restaurants hasn’t helped overcome the loss of Tasty and Sons getting to reacquaint with a business district will help you to see what new curiosities could be in the works.

Perhaps you’re like us, and you’re in all the neighborhoods enough to know what’s new and good, and you need something different. When was the last time you played disc golf? What was the last trail you hiked? What part of the coast have you never quite visited? Go get some discs, find a new trail, see some new beaches!

3: Shuffle your Calendar

Every day might seem the same because the places you go while you’re awake form the experience you’re having. Working late nights on projects can get you eating the same late-night menu, sleeping in every day can limit the number of brunch menus you can order from, you might not ever spend time in a park because you don’t like hiking after you’ve had lunch. Try waking up earlier… I know it sounds strange, but if you shift your schedule an hour or two in any direction (eat lunch at 11:30 AM instead of 12:30, get your dinner before 7 PM, etc) you will see that the people at the stores are different, the restaurants that are open are different, the foods you want to eat might even vary because of the amount of time you’ll have to prepare.

4: Open Your Circles

Meeting new people always brings a series of curiosities, who are they? why are they here? what do they like? Part of learning new things about people is a repositioning of perspective on the places they choose to live. Don’t be afraid to ask those questions directly, often enough the odd questions are the ones that create genuine connections. Imagine walking out to get your coffee and the neighbor politely asks you if they can chat, and opens up with “why are you here?… no I mean, why do YOU live here?”… hopefully they’re in a decent enough mood to bring some spark to your day.

5: Give Love

Showing love to a city is no different than the “love languages.” In acts of service you can walk the streets while picking up trash, look in to volunteer positions at an organization you feel aligned with, or simply offering t0 help your neighbors with any array of skills you feel proficient in. In complements, you could publish poems to the city you love on social media, write letters of gratitude to the organizations and businesses you adore, or leave a sign in your front yard expressing your feelings about what makes this city beautiful. Give a gift through contributing to local artists, creating artistic pieces portraying the city, or donating to your favorite organizations. Adventuring covers quality time and touch, so that’s already up on the board of ways to reignite your romance with the city.

We strongly believe that the city’s communities grow into what space we make available, with a resemblance of the intentions we held while interacting with strangers, family, and friends alike.

Dill Ward

Principal Broker | OR


I'm a strategist at heart. Once we've got a clear vision on your goals I love drawing the road map how to get there. I'm a natural problem solver and resiliency is my superpower. I get excited by nudging you to see the bigger picture of your goals when the process can drag you down into the moment. I've been called by my clients as, "contagiously enthusiastic". Selling a home or taking the leap to buy is an exciting transition which can create other shifts and opportunities for you to take control of the direction of your life and discover the next version of yourself.


Negotiating was a skill I honed early in life, whether it was persuading for a later bedtime, or heading down to South Florida flea markets where my parents would encourage me to, "work a deal" on a comic book or a kitchen gadget. Even back then, I loved the thrill of asking for what I want.


For those of you who geek out about self development and personality tests, my "Strengths Finder" results are: Positivity, Strategic, Activator, Learner, and Ideation.

I LOVE PORTLAND! (and welcoming new people)

I relocated to Portland from Florida in 2010, and am grateful to have built an incredible life here in this weird city. It's always an honor to be a welcoming face and a warm smile to others arriving and looking for home.


Wait, is that a thing? I'm always thinking about real estate. I love wheeling and dealing! Before I was a REALTOR®, I started the journey as an investor. Fun fact: I helped an investment group flip over 100 properties my first 2 years in industry! I've had a rental portfolio for over 10 years and dabble in all areas of the industry. My speciality is the concierge level service we can deliver when someone wants to sell and let us take the wheel. My team and I love to work as project managers and orchestrate the 50 different vendors & contractors to make miracles happen in short amounts of time.


• My husband & biz-partner Nicholas. (He's a High Performance Coach & REALTOR® -- dreamy combo!), and our young daughter Nori. • Building Community! Check out Women who Own it, a monthly meetup community for women homeowners. • Offering networking opportunities, encouragement, and business coaching for women in business at Women with Moxie. • Spreading motivation and inspiration in the world through public speaking and event emceeing. • Finding ways to make people smile. Enough about me -- if you are still reading this far, i'm dying to know about you! Use my easy online scheduler and let's book a meeting! Buy, sell, just a get-to-know each other to possibly collaborate on some amazing project? Easy breezy!


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