Lessons Learned in 2009

Home Stager with Essential Home Staging

On the first day of 2010, in reflection of the past year, I thought it would be a good idea to make a list of ‘lessons learned'.  The list was not only a closing to 2009, but a motivational tool to help us remember the good things we've learned over the past year and things to continue in 2010. 

 flickr photo by flo

Life is a lesson; it's how you embrace what you've learned that's important...





1)  Be true to yourself and others. ~ Honesty is always the best policy....


2)  Give back, even when you think you don't have anything to give. ~ Volunteering brings a great sense of self worth, one that can never be matched by materialistic things. 

 flickr photo by reslifephoto


3)  Good things come in small packages. ~ A smile, a compliment from a client or peer, friendships...these small things we can sometimes forget or take for granted, are more and more important as we face challenges in the future.


4)  Enjoy what you do. ~ Joe and I always make our staging process FUN!  Even when the sofa doesn't want to fit through the front door, or the ‘perfect' art piece was left behind at the warehouse, it's all about perspective and being thankful that we are ABLE to do what we enjoy!


5)  Surround yourself with people you enjoy and realize you can't please everyone. ~ We have established some amazing relationships this past year both personally and professionally.  It's not the quantity, but quality of people who surround you.  These relationships are the foundation to success.


What were your ‘lessons learned' in 2009?

Comments (9)

Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Michelle ~ Great post .... I agree that having "fun" is really important when we're working, and surrounding ourselves with like-minded, positive people who help us reach our goals.  Giving back is an important thing too ... there are so many who have so much less.  Have a wonderful year!

Jan 01, 2010 12:28 PM
Ryan Dressel
Stage Right Design, Inc. - Roseville, CA
Sacramento Home Staging

Hey there Michelle....how have you been?  I hope the first day of the New Year is treating you well.  Love the post, it is always a great idea to look back and take note of your accomplishments and challenges that you faced...it is the only way to keep learning.  You will never be able to please everyone, but if you please yourself and love what you do, then you are SUCCESSFUL!!  Take Care!

Jan 01, 2010 12:35 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Great post Michelle!  Love the reflections/mirrors!! Remaining flexible was a constant this year for me. 

Jan 01, 2010 02:47 PM
Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento

Great post Michelle! I hope that your year was FAB for you and this next year is even better. It is always a great idea to look back.... to see where you have been and where you are going... to take stock in what worked and what didn't...  Giving to others the VALUE of your staging is your best investment. Wishing you the best for 2010 Michelle( and Joe too).

Jan 01, 2010 03:06 PM
Liz Gallagher
LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers - Montreal, QC
Montreal Quebec RESA member

Great post ... I especially like #5 ... think I will include more of that in my 2010!

Jan 01, 2010 05:22 PM
unknown person
Toronto, ON

I second that on #5 people you enjoy coupled with #4 enjoying what you do - great combination! Good luck in 2010....

Jan 02, 2010 08:48 AM
Nancy Maurer
Whitehall Interiors & Home Staging LLC - Sparta, NJ
Home Stager - Serving No. NJ

Michelle,  This is a great post -- I personally would like to work on developing your #2 to a greater level this coming year.  Happy 2010 to you!

Jan 02, 2010 09:15 AM
Alicia Autrey
Decorator For Hire - Austin, TX
Austin Stager

Each new day is a chance to start over, be better and learn more. 

Jan 07, 2010 03:13 PM
Michelle & Joe Kaspari
Essential Home Staging - Sacramento, CA
Essential Home Staging, Sacramento

Thanks everyone for the feedback!

Maureen ~ Surrounding yourself with like minded is important and ends up leading you to a fun and great working environment!  Happy Staging in 2010!

Ryan ~ We've been busy, like most of us in No. CA!  It's easy to forget that you can't please everyone at times, but I'm working on that one for the new year for sure!

Cathy Lee ~ I love the photo too! Flickr is a great resource for them...The market pretty much dictated that well all be flexible in order to stay in business.  Wishing you lots of success this year!

Lori Kim ~ Sometimes it's surprising to look back and see what didn't work, when at the time it looked like a sure thing!  We get so busy that the evaluating part gets put on a temporarily hold when it should be more of a priority....

Liz ~ Glad you enjoyed the post, my biggest lesson learned this year, was that there are realtors out there that truly value what we do, it's just finding them, and not wasting time on the ones that don't! :)

James, Nancy, and Alicia ~ Wishing you all the best in 2010, thanks for your feedback!

Jan 10, 2010 05:21 AM