Meme...Real Estate with Intensity and Integrity

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with CELLing Realty CalBRE #01445865

 Many agents come into this business for the money.....other than the education for the exam, what do they bring to be successful.  The dollar.....is that all we're made up of, our desire for a profit?

 I was Meme'd by Rey "Steak Dinner" Gallegos: Loan Officer Las Vegas, NV, and have been neglecting to get this done, so finally here it is. 

Here are the 5 things that come to mind, and all that have helped me not be a stastic when I started in this business, well, except for the cookies :)

 

Girl 

1)  When I was younger I wanted to grow up to be a WRITER of children's books. This has remained in the back of my mind, and I always say i will write one before I die.  To be truthful I have a manuscript in my file cabinet that I have never done anything with,  it's a cute story I wrote for a 3 year old Foster Child. In the meantime I have ghost written many speeches, articles, and training materials.

This picture was drawn by a Romanian artist for a manual I wrote on working with children with AIDS, and Street Children going into the newly formed Foster Care System in Romania in 1997.

 

 

 

Lizzy

2)  I have been a Foster Mother at various times for over 20 years. I would take the children no one wanted: the Gang kids, the emotionally disturbed ones that had been kicked out of the school systems, etc.  I only wanted long term care as it is very emotionally draining working with children that have problems. it also takes time to undo the negative behaviors they learned as survival skills.

I am the mother of 5 and Grandmother of 7 aged 4 to 18.

 

 

 

 

 

3) I LOVE Photography....it relaxes me.  These 2 photos were on exhibit for a Photography Contest.  I had sat in the sun (115 degrees) waiting for that lizard to stand up on the rock.  Photography gives me such a sense of peace and accomplishment when I can get the shot i want :)

 

 

 

cookies and milk

 

 

 

4)  I love SWEETS.  If you can remember the old HELMS MAN you know they used to drive through the neighborhoods with a truck full of the most delicious donughts.......in fact my first charge account was with the Helms Man....I would charge my donuts sometimes, and he would let me pay him the next time he came by.

 I also eat cookies in Bed....that's only known by a select few people though :)

 

 

 

Salton Sea

 

 5)  I have been described many times as being an Intense person that thinks "a million thoughts a minute".  I am also an  optimistic and sentimental person that tries to find the good in everything I see, or experience.  Oh, I'm a realist too :) but finding the beauty in what others see as "less than" is a big part of my personality.

Louie Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" brings tears to my eyes, and Frank Sinatra's "I did it my way" is the song I have told everyone to play at my funeral.

I cry with sad movies, and get angry when people take advantage of others.  I am opinionated, outspoken, and loyal to those that I choose, or who have chosen me. I am  complicated, yet simple, and love the simple things in life.

 

 

Ok, I think that pretty much sums up who I am....a MEME for sure. I feel optimisim Now for the 3 people I tag....

1X)  Randy L. Prothero (R), CRS, GRI  Hawaii Randy's Blogs have sensitivity, humor, and experience.

2)  Bobby Carroll - Real Estate Marketing  I book-marked him immediately upon reading one of his posts, and he not only answered my comment, but his responses are simple "down to earth" and helpful.

3)  Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector  He wrote the very first comment on my very first blog post...agreeing on what a good community AR is. 

 Nix Randy-he has already done 3.....I am choosing Colleen Graves-a wonderful person who is new here, and has been an Escrow Officer for over 30 years.

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Rainer
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That's the great thing about these MEME...you find out how wonderful some people are. :)
Jul 21, 2007 04:46 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate
Pamela-thanks for the comments.....
Jul 21, 2007 04:52 PM #2
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Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Kathy, that is so nice to read about you. I respect you so much for doing fostering. WOW ! I had a friend that did it for many years, finally got too much seeing the kids go back to homes that weren't ready for them. Her heart could only be torn out so long.

Jul 21, 2007 10:30 PM #3
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Missy,

It was because of your friends experience, and mine, that I preferred to "keep" the Foster kids.....the heart can break just so many times......I think fostering the Aids kids was my hardest challenge, as most of them died before they were 10.....and this really breaks your heart.

Speaking of kids I hope your daughter is recovering well.........

Jul 21, 2007 11:14 PM #4
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Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Lovely meme, Kathy . You are doing so many wonderful things to bring beauty and joy to the world and help it to be a better place. The pictures were great too and I really admire that you take in foster children. You are such a positive influence.

Jo 

Jul 22, 2007 01:10 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

You are an inspiration.  To make the sacrifice of taking on foster children.  That makes you a truly exceptional person.

Thank you for thinking about me, I am extremely complimented by it.  I have already been meme'd three different times since joining Active Rain, you may want to select another member so we can learn about them.  Here are links to those meme posts. 

 

Jul 22, 2007 06:07 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Jo-Anne-  I truly believe the world is a wonderful place, and I try to do my small part in helping others.  Thanks for noticing my photos, as I said I love photography :)

Randy- Thanks for the links, I will go read them, as I find you a very inspiring person........

Jul 22, 2007 07:08 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
Kathy - Thank myou for those kind words.  That is truly a compliment coming from such a class person.
Jul 22, 2007 07:40 AM #8
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Rey Gallegos
Supreme Lending (NMLS ID #2129) - Las Vegas, NV
FHA, VA, Home Loans Las Vegas, NV

Kathy,

WELL DONE!  Thank you so much for sharing these things with us!!!!  This is such a great look at you as a person.  I look forward to futher interaction with you in the future!

Jul 23, 2007 07:12 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Rey- I kept waiting for you.....told myself, hey self that darn Rey made you write this and he hasn't even stopped by.....:)

This was kinda fun......but I prefer not to do it again :)  Tell me where yours is, so I can go read it.

Jul 23, 2007 08:40 AM #10
Rainer
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Rey Gallegos
Supreme Lending (NMLS ID #2129) - Las Vegas, NV
FHA, VA, Home Loans Las Vegas, NV

Kathy,

You must have posted it after I was done at the computer on Saturday.  Here is my second meme or items 6-10 about me.  I am glad you did it.  Whoever came up with the meme was pretty smart.

http://activerain.com/blogsview/144937/Meme-II

Rey

Jul 23, 2007 09:32 AM #11
Rainer
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Bobby Carroll
Dakno Marketing - Clayton, NC
Real Estate Marketing
Kathy - You are so kind...stay tuned....I'll let you know when I post my meme. Thanks!
Jul 23, 2007 01:16 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate
Bobby- I really want to read it, so please keep me posted.......what a gentleman you are.......
Jul 23, 2007 02:19 PM #13
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Colleen Graves
LandAmerica Commonwealth - Escrow Division - Banning, CA
Kathy - the picture of your Granddaughter is beautiful !!  And, the house in the water is great - I challenge you to sell it !  I commend you for being able to choose only 5 of the many, many interesting things you could have written about yourself.  (I think you did your readers a disservice, though, in item 4.  The word "love" should have been bolded, underlined, italisized, and even written in a more eye-catching color !)  I promise that as soon as I can choose not only 5 things to write about myself, but also 3 people to tag with a "meme", I will post my "meme". 
Jul 23, 2007 05:39 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Colleen-funny you should say that about #4.  I am eating my Barbara cookies while reading this :) um um good.........thank God for my Escrow sweets, and by the way, can you refill your jar with more mints !!!!!

Thanks for the compliment on my Granddaughter's picture, and the house in the Salton Sea.....well you never know what someone will buy :)

If you need some hints on who to meme get started looking at other peoples posts......:) I'll be waiting for yours.

Jul 23, 2007 06:22 PM #15
Rainer
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Bobby Carroll
Dakno Marketing - Clayton, NC
Real Estate Marketing
Ok...you asked for it....take a look! My meme.
Jul 24, 2007 10:54 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate
OK, everyone...go read Bobby's meme My MeMe - Truth or Lie?   it's quite challanging, and fun :)
Jul 24, 2007 01:04 PM #17
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Lucky Lang
Keller Williams Realty Marco Island - Marco Island, FL
Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate

Kathy,

I just listed this meme in my alphabetical meme list. 

Thanks for sharing about yourself!  (I second #4)

Lucky :)

Sep 23, 2007 03:11 PM #18
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Lucky-

Thank you......and yep, ummm  ummm good :) :)

Sep 23, 2007 03:23 PM #19
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