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Christmas Miracle!

October 17, 2011

I can’t believe it. If you were here, I’d ask you to pinch me… in a nice way, of course.

1+ year, 1 messy contract, 9 Addendum, tons of back and forth, four letter words, laughing, crying, yelling, begging, countess hours in email and phone time, and the hardest deal of my life as an agent has finally closed AND funded.

Everything literally came down to the last-minute… 6 minutes before a deadline and a possible blow up of everything I’ve worked so hard for, and not only did my deal close (last week), but it actually funded this afternoon. Which means IT IS OVER! I’ve never put so much of myself into my job like I did on this sucker. I worked and fought hard for my client, and definitely earned every penny. Think of it this way: the last two months has been like an endless root canal, and today I just strolled out of the dentist’s office.

For those people out there who think real estate agents just fall arse backwards into money, let me tell you something… I WISH! Agents play not only the role of real estate expert and professional, but also wear the hat of friend, reality check-er, therapist, lawyer, thug and arm twister, negotiator, contractor, secretary, babysitter and hand holder. Seriously, it’s a lot of hard work, especially these days. The time of easy deals is over, and they are harder to come by and a lot more work than even 5 years ago, when I began. The good thing about all of this is that it was an educational experience that money could never buy, and I had to get through it to learn these pretty important lessons.

It still hasn’t totally hit me that I can take a deep breath and celebrate. I’m grateful to have such a great broker who was a great source of support and advice, as well as my tolerant husband who put up with my busy schedule and nights spent putting out fires. I’m looking forward to volleyball tomorrow night with the girls, and plan on taking any pent-up anxiety out on the ball.

So give me a “Whoop whoop”. Sweeeeeet.

Blasts from the Past

April 26, 2011

Inspired by my friend Erica (yeah, she’s kinda inspirational), I created a “blog book” about a month ago. She told me about how she creates a yearly book that contains all of her blog posts from the previous year. Excellent idea! Using a pretty cool website, I took all of the posts from my blog in 2010 and created my own little book. Since I’ve never been much of a diary keeper, this is an excellent way for me to record the years events. I love that all of the pictures that I posted are included with each entry. This is better than any ole’ dumb diary.

I’ve had a few chances to pick up the book and look over what I’ve written. It’s fun to get a little refresher course of what happened in our lives last year. But even more than for myself, I made this book with my kids in mind. When they are older, I think it will be fun for them to look at these books and remember all of the fun times we had, as well as give them an opportunity to get to know their mom a little better and see me not only as their mom, but an actual person who has interests in addition to volunteering at school, housekeeping, being a warden as well as a playmate ;).

In the past there have been days when I’ve needed a break (aka… been a slacker), I’ve gone back to read my oldest posts. Wow! What a difference a few years make. My life has changed in so many ways, and like most people, time and experiences have caused me to evolve to a certain extent. Not everything I’ve written is a masterpiece (shocking, I know), and I’ve documented things that may not be representative of my best moments. But I’ve never claimed to be perfect, and I suppose the not-so-awesome aspects of me ARE a part of me and deserve their day in the sun as much as my more stellar moments.

Lastly, reading past excerpts helps me to put things into perspective. Problems today will seem like nothing in future, and to be able to go back and laugh at my former trials and tribulations reminds me of that. These blasts from the past help me to see the big(ger) picture and redirect me to focus on what is important as well as working on enjoying the here and now. No, the irony is not lost on me… reading about the past to remind me to live in the present :).

I’ve got a few previous years that need to be archived, and that’s something I’m working on. If you blog, take my amazingly creative friends advice and turn it into something tangible that you and your kids will have for years to come.

You May Want To Remember…

December 21, 2010

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

– Dr. Seuss

Class Dismissed

October 26, 2009

Do not underestimate the power of a correctly spelled word or the proper use of punctuation.

I’m not saying that you need to start addressing me as “Professor”, because I’m sure a few things slip by me every now and again. But nothing detracts from an attempted statement like a simple spelling error. Even worse is a poorly written sentence or paragraph. You know the type of offenders I’m speaking of… people whose emails/letters seem to go on endlessly with nary a comma or period in sight. The ones who repeat themselves over and over and over and over again, saying the same thing in various ways without really saying anything. People, periods are your friend! And sometimes saying less is more (or at least it gives others less evidence that you’re not the sharpest knife in the drawer).

The likelihood is that not everyone out there in the world is your biggest fan. Try avoid proving to them that you are not just an a-hole, but are an ignorant a-hole as well.