Oh. My. Word. Am I blessed tonight? Am I thankful? Am I still just so stunned, vibrating with gratitude for being voted, by my Realtor Peers as the Missoula Organization of Realtors “Realtor of the Year?” Are you kidding me??? YES on ALL fronts, and then some, and then some more…
Listen, when I say, as I often do, that I’m Blessed Beyond Measure, and that there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t focus on this fact in order to retain an honest sense of gratitude, I MEAN that. Like nobody’s business.
In the Fall of 1998 I quit my $6.50 an hour a job (no bennies, no commission, no kidding) in order to go into Real Estate I had to borrow $5,000.00 from my parents. Why that amount? Because I was told that I would need 6 months worth of “Cushion” income to get me by. Given that I only made $10,000.00 a year at that point, this became the amount, and there was NO way that I had that in my savings.
I was terrified of failure. Didn’t want to let my husband, Steve down, nor my parents. I was also told that it could be 6 months before I made a sale. That ended up being too true for comfort. HOWEVER, by the Grace of God, sheer will, determination and luck, I managed to sell 18 houses the remaining six months of my “experimental” journey into the Mad, Mad World of Real Estate.
I never looked back. Perhaps for fear of failure of turning into a Pillar of Salt. Who knows? What I DO know is that for the past 13, going on 14 years I have been blessed beyond measure on so many counts.
The great blessing has been having my best friend, husband, Steve Palmer, join me as a Full time partner in 2005. The past 6 years has been QUITE the ride, as he’ll attest. It hasn’t always been pretty, it’s often been challenging, if not painful at many junctures in dealing with the EXTREME emotions that come into play with Buying/Selling Real Estate from the clientele side of life.
Through it all Steve’s been a God Send. I love this man with all my heart. I am absolutely passionate about what I truly feel I was “Called” to do in this life. Steve supports this passion, often standing back to allow ME to shine. I never have liked that, but I respect his position on this and I “Play” along.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart tonight, my friends, my colleagues, my peers. While I can personally think of dozens of agents that are just as much if not MORE worthy than myself, I dare say, you’d be hard pressed to find one more profoundly and sincerely grateful than I am right here. Right now. (Must punch self to NOT cry. There’s NO crying in Real Estate!)
Oh..and did I mention that about a half hour after I got this lovely honor I had to deal with a septic tank backing up into the basement of a house that some great clients just closed on??? Keeping the REAL in Real Estate. No?