Energize your business: Take a weekend away from it and laugh!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks

Energize your business:  Take a weekend away from it and laugh!

Some of you may remember my post last year about getting together with some of my old high school girlfriends.  We have made it an annual event, and last weekend was our girls getaway for 9 of us.

This idea started at one of our big fancy high school reunions.  There were so many people there that we didn't even get to see some of the folks we had wondered about.  It was very nice and lots of fun, but expensive and crowded.  The group with whom I was closest with in school got together and decided that we should try to get together in smaller groups, less formally and more often than every 10 years!  It would be less expensive and just as much fun for us.Sacramento Airport

About 2 dozen of us (guys and gals) got together in Los Angeles a few times and we all chipped in to fund a scholarship for a worthy student graduating that year from our high school.  We have repeated that as an annual event, but my closest girlfriends and I wanted to also do some fun get-togethers for girls only, since we tend to giggle like teenagers when we all get together.  And we have kept that tradition as well. 

So twice a year at least, I run away from home and play with my old buddies and try to put business aside.  I warn my clients so they won't expect me to be here, although I let them know they should call me if there is an emergency.  My cell is always with me.

Lunch at High Hand NurseryThree of us gals live in Northern California, within an hour of each other, another spends half the year at LakeTahoe, which is about 1 1/2 hours away from us, and the rest are in and around Los Angeles.  So some of our trips are to Southern California, but for those that are up in this area, one of the other gals and I pick up the others at the airport and we are the designated drivers to get to our ultimate destination. This year one of the girls met us along the way so we had three cars for the nine of us.

Last fall we went to Lake Tahoe.  This year we went to Grass Valley and Nevada City, California.  We had people coming in on three different flights, so we settled in at the Starbucks and waited for our whole gang to get together.  While we waited, we made the acquaintance of a very nice member of the Air Force who was returning home from Baghdad.  He was between flights, and was loaded down with duffels and satchels and one hard case that contained his weapons.  Believe me, he never turned his back on that one!  I didn't get his High Hand Nursery, Loomis CApicture, but he took one of us.  His last name was Vincent and he was on his way to his home base in Colorado.  I hope he gets to stay home now.

As for us, as you can see from the photos here, we ate, enjoyed some wine and cheese, we shopped and toured places most of us hadn't been before with our guide Jana, who lives in the area.  Jana was a wonderful host to all of us, and this weekend was full of good food, good company, good laughs, interesting sights and fun shopping, and I returned energized and feeling eager to get back to business.

I wonder where we'll go next!

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Rashel Beaver
Phoenix, AZ

I am taking this weekend off myself - much overdue! Nice post. Sounds like you gals have lots of fun together.

Oct 02, 2009 04:15 AM #13
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Susan~ I think it is wonderful that you get to do this.  The closest I can come to that is finding some old friends on Facebook.  Guess that is why I love Facebook so much!

Oct 02, 2009 04:29 AM #14
Monica Bourgeau
New Phase Business Coaching - Portland, OR
Business Coaching

That's great, it looks like you've got a great group of friends. I really didn't stay in touch with my high school classmates. We've reconnected thanks to Facebook.

Oct 02, 2009 04:46 AM #15
Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

What a great idea!  I have four sisters and we've (sad to say) wasted a lot of years without getting together, just us girls.  We have family reunions where all the spouses, cousins, etc are all there, but it's not the same as a bunch of girls.  This year we met and spent a week-end together and it was a blast.   We've vowed to make it an annual event.  Your blog refreshed my commitment.  Work cannot and should not be our lives.  Family and friends and laughter should definitely be more important than making another deal.  Good Job!

Oct 02, 2009 06:53 AM #16
Gene perez
Greater Mortgage Solutions & Valley Hills Realty - Santa Maria, CA

Thithis is something I always try to do right before I reach that burnout stage ;-)

just get away ;-)

Oct 02, 2009 07:10 AM #17
Julie Martin
Port City Realty - Mobile, AL
Realtor, Broker - Gulf Coast Real Estate

Sounds great! I'm meeting friends next weekend in Gulf Shores Alabama for the Annual National Shrimp Festival. I can't wait!

Oct 02, 2009 08:11 AM #18
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Susan -- This post in some ways, is what life is all about.  What a fun read and I bet it puts you in such a better frame of mind, I know mini-vacations and just having fun do for me.

Oct 02, 2009 08:45 AM #19
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida and Washington

Hi Susan. I love this post. Once in awhile I get together with some girlfriends on the weekend and we rest and relax.  Being near people who can make you laugh is a great feeling. ~ Lana

Oct 02, 2009 10:27 AM #20
Cassi @ Knightyme Video Tours
Knightyme Video Tours - Lawrenceville, GA

Wow I want to but I am addicted to the rain! lol. My reunion is going to be interesting. It is hard to pull away from work but I have to say a lot of times I am glad I did.

Oct 02, 2009 10:29 AM #21
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

This is good infor and a stress reliever for sure.  We need to have fun and "laugh more


Oct 02, 2009 12:47 PM #22
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Wonderful!  Yes I agree....need to take time away from everything and get energized. I am finally get caught up on some things and looking forward to just....blogging :)

Oct 02, 2009 02:40 PM #23
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Thank you all for your comments.  With all the extra stress on our profession these days, I hope you will all get a weekend away to just laugh and play now and then.

Oct 02, 2009 03:18 PM #24
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Susan, all these spots with the gang sound like GREAT recharging events for you...keep it up!!

Oct 02, 2009 03:19 PM #25
Mark Velasco
Sharpstone Realty, Inc - Whittier, CA
Listing Agent-Whittier & Surrounding ciities

Wow Susan. Nothing is more refreshing than an old group of friends.

Oct 02, 2009 05:31 PM #26
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Excellent suggestion when it comes to taking a break. I am taking time out during Thanksgiving. We all need time away from our businesses to recharge the batteries.

Oct 02, 2009 06:09 PM #27
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Hi Susan, What an absolutely wonderful idea! I think it's so important to reconnect with those friends that were so important to us in high school. After all, those were some of the best times we had in our lives. My husband's friends are doing the same, since his 30 year class reunion last year. 10 to 14 of them meet every 2 months at someones house for dinner and great conversation. He loves it!

Oct 03, 2009 01:55 AM #28
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Susan - Taking a break, especially in this industry, is a must.  It sounds like you have a great time with your friends. 

Oct 03, 2009 12:34 PM #29
Linda Lohman
Fonville Morisey Realty - Cary, NC
Former Teacher/Broker

My mother and her High School friend go on a trip every year and they're 69.  I have a great group of friend and every year we go to my cabin in the mountains.  Out trip is next month, can't wait.

Oct 03, 2009 01:08 PM #30
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,


Hi Susan:

Congrats on the feature!

Sounds like you have a great time when you get together!

Oct 04, 2009 12:23 AM #31
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Susan:  There is nothing like packing a bag, boarding a plane (or heading out in a car) and crossing State lines to make that business pop either.  I was covering for a co-worker this past week.  Her business was "slow."  As soon as she left, the phone rang off the hook.

Oct 04, 2009 02:08 AM #32
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