Do you ever wonder what you’ll think twenty years from now when you look back on your life?
What will you be proud you did? Or, on the other side, what will you WISH you tried?
I think about that a lot. And here’s what I know: Many years from now, when I’m 86 years old, I don’t want to sit in a rocking chair and watch others live life. I’ll still be me and want to DO things. I’ll want to live life myself. Try new things. Learn new things.
It’s just who I am. That’s why, every single year, I end the year with the same personal challenge, which is to check off an item from my bucket list. To try something new. I’m determined to annually implement something groundbreaking to my business to keep it fresh and relevant.
This year, that thing was designing a website all by my lonesome. Maybe that’s a strength of yours, or you’ve done it before so to you it seems like no big deal, but here’s the thing you need to know: just nine itty bitty years ago, I didn’t even know how to turn on a computer. And I had certainly never emailed or texted. Now, I’m known in my region as one of the most tech-savvy real estate agents out there! It makes me laugh sometimes, because I never would have ever in a million years guessed that could ever have described me. But here I am, on the cutting edge of technology in my profession, doing things and offering services others don’t, and I LOVE it. It’s so fun!
So when I decided to take on designing and basically building my own website from the ground up, it was like any of those other things I’d never done – daunting! I wanted to have a visually stimulating website where we could showcase our listings the way I want to. How was I going to do this? Would I pull it off? But this was the bucket list challenge I gave myself, so I put my hands to the keyboard and went with it.
What do you think?
I think I’ll keep it. Actually, if I can say it, I’m pretty doggone proud of the way it turned out. Check another one off the list. Boom.
Here’s the point.
Grey hair doesn’t have to hold you back. Neither does not knowing how to turn on a computer. Listen, I may have a little snow on the roof, but there’s still a red hot fire burning in the furnace. That fire is my passion to learn and do new things.
Designing my website was only one of a few new things I did to end the year with a bang.
- I also travelled across the country to chase down a new designation as a Master Certified Negotiation Expert.
- On the way there and back, I listened to a book – the book was not new, but I was new to audio books, so that was a double score for me!
- And, a personal new is less something I sought out and more one of those things that happens as life transforms naturally. I got to host Christmas dinner with my daughter, her boyfriend, and his children – I got to play the Grandma role for the first time ever, and it was so FUN!!
And then, December and 2018 and all the newness of this year will become yesterday, and January will begin, standing before me like a clean slate – a fresh new layer of snow to put my boots on and design my own path. How exciting!
So I have a question for you.
As you reflect on this last year, what’s one new thing you did?
And, what’s one new thing you hope to do with the clean slate of 2019?
-Tina Plett, Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate