Redneck Real Estate Tour

tractor-crossing-signCare to take a bit of a tour with me?

I could not just leave these Redneck goodies wallowing in the past. They need to be brought forward once more.

In fact, they demanded it.

With rifles.

Oh yes, these stories seriously required being retold.
So here, in all their glory, the best Rural Redneck Realty highlights of this year.

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What’s Awesome About Rural Living: A Photo Tour

The Offer That Nearly Got Me Shot! 

A Day in the Life of a Rural Agent – Dabbling In Tourism

Redneck Adventures – You Know You’re A Redneck When…

Rednecks and Potty Humour

Garden Therapy – A Rural Agent’s Lifeline

 

I hope you enjoyed the tour.  Y’all come back now, ya hear?

 

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Celebrating The Year… In Song!

christmas-background-1386124710kW4As the year draws to a close, I can’t help but think about what a fantastic and eventful year it’s been.

I also can’t help but think of it to the tune of “12 Days of Christmas”.

Care to sing along?  Here we go!
(Links are on the last stanza… in case you were wondering)

In the 12 months of this year, do you remember when
I told you about my stylist days…

In the 12 months of this year, do you remember when
I cancelled the event
and I told you about my stylist days…

In the 12 months of this year, do you remember when
we got new windows,
cancelled the event,
and I told you about my stylist days…

In the 12 months of this year, do you remember when
we got new flooring
and some new windows,
cancelled the event,
and I told you about my stylist days…

In the 12 months of this year, do you remember when
I MADE THE TEEEEEEAM!
we got new floors
and windows,
cancelled the event,
and I told you about my stylist days…

In the 12 months of this year, do you remember when
I finally got a day off
I MADE THE TEEEEEEAM!
we got new floors
and windows,
cancelled the event,
and I told you about my stylist days…

In the 12 months of this year, do you remember when
the ads told her so much about me
I got a day off,
I MADE THE TEEEEEEAM!
we got new floors
and windows,
cancelled the event,
and I told you about my stylist days…

In the 12 months of this year, do you remember when
these people blew me away
ads told her about me
I got a day off,
I MADE THE TEEEEEEAM!
we got new floors
and windows,
cancelled the event,
and I told you about my stylist days…

In the 12 months of this year, do you remember when
I came back refreshed
they blew me away
ads told her about me
I got a day off,
I MADE THE TEEEEEEAM!
we got new floors
and windows,
cancelled the event,
and I told you about my stylist days…

 

In the 12 months of this year, do you remember when
I told the story behind my sign
I came back refreshed
they blew me away
ads told her about me
I got a day off,
I MADE THE TEEEEEEAM!
we got new floors
and windows,
cancelled the event,
and I told you about my stylist days…

In the 12 months of this year, do you remember when
I enjoyed some garden therapy,
the history of my sign
came back refreshed
they blew me away
ads told her about me
I got a day off,
I MADE THE TEEEEEEAM!
we got new floors
and windows,
cancelled the event,
and I told you about my stylist days…

In the 12 months of this year, do you remember when
I became A–B–R ,
garden therapy
the history of my sign
came back refreshed
they blew me away
ads told her about me
I got a day off,
I MADE THE TEEEEEEAM!
we got new floors
and windows,
cancelled the event,
and I told you about my stylist days…
Thanks for celebrating with me. I do so love sing-alongs 🙂

Why The Christmas Eve Event Will Not Happen This Year

 

imageTrees are already sparkling with lights. It won’t be long before families gather around trees, sipping eggnog and celebrating Christmas together.

Even in a warm, welcoming, community like ours though, many will be alone this Christmas Eve.

Business owners, professionals and executives without family will be alone. Widows, immigrants, and singles, will also be alone at Christmas. It’s a painful thing to experience.

I know; I was one of them.

Christmas Eve was once the loneliest night of the year for me. I understand why some people don’t like Christmas. It can be excruciating for the lonely. For the last two years, that was the motivation behind the “Don’t Be Alone On Christmas Eve!” event. It was my way of taking the joy back, and sharing it at the same time.

This year though, I will not be hosting it. I wouldn’t even mention it, except that there will be people wondering why. So I thought I would take a minute to let you know it won’t happen this year. At least, not in the same way.

This year, I prepared to host the event again. I hurried and scurried, and was glad to do it. I love it! But I couldn’t shake the feeling  that all the energy and time I was investing should be given to someone else this year.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized it’s what I need to do this year. So, instead of hosting the Christmas Eve event, I will invest instead in family. I will make a point of sharing the joy with those I already have relationships with. Maybe next year the event will be hosted again, but this year the recipients will be family members.

And I’m so glad and excited about it.

For those who were hoping to attend the event, I want to encourage you to also decide to share that evening with someone. Don’t wait for them to phone you – chase them down if you have to. Even without the event, you don’t have to be alone this Christmas Eve.

 

How do you hope to spend Christmas Eve this year?

I’m Back And Brimming Baby!

imageAfter attending a conference recently, I am back and brimming with energy and ideas. See this face? This is the face of a happy, refreshed woman. If you’ve never invested in your own business education, you really should. I can’t say it strongly enough – DO IT!!

It’s hugely energizing to be surrounded by people from all over the world who are passionate about their work. We were all there to learn, grow, and even… *gasp* share!  People hold their cards pretty close to their chest around here, as though the pie isn’t big enough, but it was not like that at the conference. People shared information. Strategies. Ideas. What works for them. How they deal with different challenges. It was awesome.

I came away encouraged, and equipped. For one thing, it’s refreshing to benefit from others in your field. I even hear the same thing about this blog. I’m told what I say and do, and my openness about it all, is refreshing and encouraging to those who read it.  I get it – that’s how I feel when others are open with what they know too.

Need to be reinvigorated in your business? Attend a conference. Go to a seminar. Invest in your education. (And for goodness sake, get out and meet other professionals! The pie is much bigger than some would have you believe!) You won’t regret it. If it does nothing for your business (which is near impossible) it will definitely do something for you. And that’s an investment worth making.

If you would attend a seminar or workshop, (work related or not) what topic might interest you?

Getting Refreshed In The Daily Grind

no energy

Even if you love your job and the people you work with, sometimes it becomes a grind, doesn’t it? Sometimes work is… well, work. And it’s especially tough in a service job, where you’re working with people. How do you give when you’re empty, and serve when all you want to do is hide under the covers for a week? Admit it, you know what I’m talking about. 

When work becomes a bit of a grind, it’s high time for refreshment. Sometimes all I can fit in is some social media unwind time before bed, or meeting a friend for coffee. In summer, the moments I spend in my garden are richly rewarding.  Sometimes though, I get to break away completely for a day or even more, like the conference I went to recently in New Orleans.   Now I know why they say a change is as good as a rest. I came back brimming with energy and ideas. (I can’t wait to implement those fantastic ideas by the way!)

How do you recharge when work becomes a grind?

What has refreshed you lately?

Be brave – share in the comments below.

We could all use some ideas, especially in the cold days ahead!