I know we haven’t seen each other in a while, what with me being gone for almost a week to REBC San Diego and the National Association of REALTORS conference. I want to thank you for keep on keepin’ on . You know, with my family and all. Looks like everything is pretty much as I left it here, and that’s great. Nice to use my own shower, lay down to type this in my own comfy bed, knowing I get to snuggle up to my amazingly understanding wife.
Thing is, there are going to be some changes with you. Don’t get all upset, really. It’s not you, it’s me. See, when I go away to these conferences, I always learn a lot and come back energized, and with some new connections. Remember last year, when I went away to the NAR convention in Orlando, and came back excited about all the folks I’d connected with via Twitter? And how I discovered my passion for advocacy and politics the first time I attended NAR’s Midyear Meetings in DC? It’s like that now too, but…but more.
This had to have been the best conference ever, and on a bunch of different levels. Those RE.net friends I met via twitter and in real life last year at NAR? A bunch of them were there, and it was great to see them again, and strengthen our relationships. And of course there are all those people who I’ve established real, personal relationships with online, but hadn’t been face to face with. I mean, my girl Lori Bee and I took up like it was old home week- and we’d never been in the same room together before! I’m still amazed at that.
Then there are all these new friends, I mean so many I hardly know where to start! Actually, I do. I met Bobbi Howe from Missouri (and her alter ego @missouriYPN) via my good friend Aaron Wheeler. She among others convinced me that the REALTOR Young Professionals Network is on track to fulfill its potential as a resource for our next generation of industry leaders. I wasn’t so sure of that before. There are a ton of other people I was really impressed with, and learned from, but I’ll tell you more about them later.
But enough about that for now. We’re talking about you and me here, not them. I promise to be gentle, and I don’t want you to get hurt. But we’re going to continue to grow, and that means more big ideas, new activities, and most likely some failures. I think you’ll like where we end up though, so just stick with me, OK? You can keep doing your thing, just try not to bog me down and I’ll pull you along, stretch you or trim you where I need to.