Active Rain is Fertile Ground!

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Home Stager with California Moods Inc

Many of you know that I have been a decorator forever and love every aspect of the biz including staging homes for resale which is how I found AR to begin with. (breathe) Creating my own path...I went to the school of Ladders and Chutes and have always run the other direction when groups and structure loomed in the distance. Active Rain is my first real life group that I feel like I am a part of. 

red flowerI have had the distinct pleasure of being guest moderator for the Stage It Forward group the month of June and it opened my eyes to the strength of the stagers who make up this group. New names are popping up every day and getting to know them in such a supportive environment is really very special, something many never experience. I did not write posts in June because I wanted to let the life and the movement of Stage it Forward effect me without judgment or opinion. Wow! It is like a really big family with all types of personalities. Celebrating the differences is the core feeling that I am taking away from this experience. A kind of trust that everything is going to be all right.

What is so wonderful about life is if you are lucky; you will outlive your stubborn ways and take a path you never thought of before, maybe even two. So back to the point of this post and my new direction...

 

Shell BrodnaxShell Brodnax contacted me via Active Rain email a few months ago and wanted to make sure that if she had contacted me in the past demanding that I cease and desist using a particular word in my business...that she was truly sorry and wanted to apologize to me personally. I was very impressed with her commitment to her own values and going way beyond what was required of her. She wanted to do what was right.  Shell has an amazing energy seldom experienced by me and we hit it off, we met, we clicked, and now I am headed in a whole new direction serving as National Vice President of RESA, right under Shell as the president and CEO. We have since turned what was a chance meeting here in Active Rain into a new venture that will put our combined experiences to good use.

 

Oh, it doesn't stop here...

 

Carole ProvenzaleFeng Shui just makes me laugh because of what I see visually in it's techniques and I have had fun with it here in the rain with a couple of posts. Now again...another chance meeting through posting and commenting in the rain, a Feng Shui Consultant got a kick out of my posts and wanted to see more. Who is it? Our very own Carole Provenzale of Feng Shui Long Island

I know absolutely nothing about Feng Shui but love trying it out in my head. Carole, on the other hand who knows Feng Shui as a profession, has reached out to me (to save me from myself probably) and we can't believe how alike we are and we just click. The reason I am bringing this into the mix here is we are going to write a Journal together walking through the transformation of my home and life with Feng Shui. You have got to read her Curb Appeal post and all the rest so you get an idea of what makes Carole so special and how thrilled I am to have the opportunity to learn from her. 

I would have never imagined my life taking the turns it is taking but it is all new to me and I love NEW. Changes turn me on and make me feel alive and if you are like me (and as old) big changes are fewer and farther between than they used to be, so when they appear and appear all at once I reach for the big jar of B-vitamins and cherish every moment.

Active Rain is fertile ground indeed. seed Plant your seeds and watch them grow.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Sheron Cardin
California Moods Inc - Selma, CA
ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend!

Betty - it was challenging in the beginning because of the way it was formatted (poor Craig) but the rain gods have made it so easy now, it was a real pleasure. I highly recommend volunteering for the position to everyone because you will learn something new about yourself and about your industry that you can't know otherwise.

Rhonda -  Thank you so very much. We are like minded with the group thingy so happy that you found it too.

Jul 02, 2007 12:57 PM #5
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Shell Brodnax
Real Estate Staging Association - Valley Springs, CA
CEO- RESA

OH my goodness gracious me oh my, as my Mema would say, Sheron, this brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much! You know we sure did hit it off. To click just in emails and then meeting. Gosh I felt like I was at a all girls slumber party! You have truly become one of my best friends. I value your insight and friendship. I always wanted a big sister and now I have one!

I can't even thank you enough for stepping up with RESA. You are everything I could ever ask for in a business associate. I love our brainstorming and coming up with new ideas. I truly love you!

 

Shellbelle

Jul 02, 2007 01:15 PM #6
Rainer
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Shell Brodnax
Real Estate Staging Association - Valley Springs, CA
CEO- RESA
OH and I totally dig on Haley, she rocks! and Buddy is great too.
Jul 02, 2007 01:16 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Congratulations!!!  You will make an incredible Vice President and I'm so excited for you and for US!

RESA Rocks and so do YOU!

Kathy

Jul 02, 2007 01:42 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Sheron Cardin
California Moods Inc - Selma, CA
ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend!

See what I am talking about? It is like a love fest around here.

Shell - you give me wayyyyy to much credit but I am coming around. If I could just figure out how to bottle your energy :) Love you too!

Kathy - thanks for the support and RESA is going to be the best thing for stagers since slipcovers and Hercules hooks! 

Jul 02, 2007 01:53 PM #9
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Oh, Sheron, I hardly know what to say in response to you....my soul sister across the US and while that might sound silly to some, I know it doesn't to you.  We are both on our own different journeys and the inspirations that flow back and forth between us are life changing. And now ready to start our Feng Shui journey, intensified energy!  Which is why I ALWAYS say you meet the people you are supposed to meet and there are no coincidences.  I have to thank Val, as well, for not only reaching out to me but to encourage me to contact you when no one seemed to think much of Feng Shui and I was going to give up blogging at all.  How could I possibly contact someone so important on here?  I'm not sure if I ever made a better decision in my life.  I still shake my head at the synchronicities though I should be used to them :)  Much love to my very blessed friend in and out of the Rain.
Jul 02, 2007 02:29 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Sheron Cardin
California Moods Inc - Selma, CA
ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend!
Wow, I have never heard anyone write so eloquent as you...way beyond the easy path...your wisdom needs to be experienced by as many people as possible...Buddy keeps pushing in my keyboard...he knows! He is like my little nagging husband...gotta go...will be back.
Jul 02, 2007 03:24 PM #11
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Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Congratulations, Sheron ! I don't know much about RESA other than what I just now read, however your new position as VP, is a great and well-deserved honour .

The journal between you and Carole should be fascinating ! I am so glad the two of you connected and are now enriching eachother's lives this way.

Jo 

Jul 02, 2007 10:12 PM #12
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Yvonne Root
rooms b.y. root - Prescott, AZ
Home Stager - Northern Arizona

Sheron, You are right about this being a place of growth. Wing stretching and breath taking both come to mind when I think of the things that happen in the rain. Isn't it interesting how we each come for a specific reason then find there are hundreds of other reasons to stick around. Thank you for all the hard work you have put into the past month. You have been an excellent choice to be the "awarder of stars." Now get back to blogging (you always have such great information) and best wishes with your two new ventures!

Jul 03, 2007 12:11 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Isn't it an amazing reality that when we may think we have grown so used to ourselves we evolve into another more vibrant being just by embracing the gifts of another? - we all have our "gifts" to share, thank God, they are all different - life would be pretty boring if we were each like little robots.  I tell my kids that just because we "grow up" doesn't mean we stop living and that each day is filled with new beginnings. 

I enjoyed reading this post Sheron. You are one cool lady and I've learned much from your posts as well - glad you're back in the mix of blogging!

Jul 03, 2007 12:31 AM #14
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Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging
Sheron -- I have loved getting comments from you -- I am only 2 months into AR and because of great support from comments such as yours; I am officially addicted!  AR is the first thing I do now in the morning with my coffee.  Coffee in the rain every day!  Thanks!
Jul 03, 2007 02:04 AM #15
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

You are sweet aren't you!

AR has been wonderful for me in getting information, help, and support from members. 

Jul 03, 2007 02:29 AM #16
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Marci Toliver
438-4642 - Mauldin, SC
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging

Lord, how did I miss out on all the LOVE going on in here!  I love the friendships that have grown in AR!  You guys know I will pick up the hone and call at ANYTIME!

 

Jul 03, 2007 02:47 AM #17
Rainer
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Julia Fedak
Royal LePage State Realty - Ancaster, ON

Congrats Sheron!

You deserve it! Good for us, and good for RESA!

julia

Jul 03, 2007 03:31 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Sheron Cardin
California Moods Inc - Selma, CA
ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend!

Jo-Ann - I know you are a fan of Carole's as I am. The book will be fun to write as well as LIVE. Thank you.

Yvonne - thank you so much for your encouragement and you have been a wonderful asset to our community. I read every one of your posts and they are fun, funny, and thought provoking. Keep up the good work. I love the  wing stretching

Karen O - my goodness you put that into words very well. Let me quote you: "Isn't it an amazing reality that when we may think we have grown so used to ourselves we evolve into another more vibrant being just by embracing the gifts of another?" It really IS amazing!

Karen D - I really enjoy your posts and I probably gave you a star almost every day because your posts are relevant and original. I am glad you are here and I am sure I am not alone.

Kathleen - Sweet? It depends on who you talk to ;=) And yes...I think it is our honesty that makes AR the special place that it is. Thanks for keeping it real.

Marci - You taught me everything I know silly!

Julia - thank you...you talent stands out in the crowd. 

Wow...my word it ketembilla! 

 

Jul 03, 2007 04:24 AM #19
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Paul Silver
Tiverton, RI
Rhode Island full service real estate firm

Sheron:

I am glad to see you are thriving in the AR community... been a bit absent the past few months myself, but I will get back some of the time I have been missing soon...

The organization that you and Shel have founded is a great resource to real estate folks as much as it is for stagers and designers. 

Keep those posts coming...  

Jul 03, 2007 06:36 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Sheron Cardin
California Moods Inc - Selma, CA
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Hey tall Paul - nice to see you are back! Thank you. Just to set the record straight...Shell is the founder and has set the association up and is driving it. We have much in the works and one of them includes real estate agents as well. It is moving very quickly and we will be announcing the progress soon. I look forward to your posts too.
Jul 03, 2007 09:10 AM #21
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Karen Hurst
RICOASTALLIVING.COM - Warwick, RI
Rhode Island Waterfront!
Sheron, You must be bursting with excitement! Two wonderful opportunities at once and still being yourself. Aren't you glad you "outlived your stubborn ways?"  I hope you keep Carol blogging also. Her posts are eloquent. Maybe I just need to comment more. Anyway, thanks for sharing your happiness with us.
Jul 04, 2007 11:59 AM #22
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Maureen Maureen
Orangeburg, NY
Sheron - AR and life are what you make of them.  If you take chances, strive to grow both personally and professionally you will achieve happiness.  Good luck with your new job and your new life.  Thanks for sharing it with us.  
Jul 04, 2007 12:54 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Sheron Cardin
California Moods Inc - Selma, CA
ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend!
That is what I am doing, isn't it Karen...I didn't think of it that way. Well I am not surprised this is the first place I came running to...I talk to rainers more than anyone else. I have outlived my stubborn ways and it feels good. I know what you mean about Carole' writing...it is like meditation for me. Thanks for your support!
Jul 04, 2007 12:57 PM #24
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