Lesson Learned

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Real Estate Agent with The Jones Team

Jackie and Stacy in NebraskaJackie and I took a couple of weeks this year for our annual pilgrimage to Nebraska.  Now I know that this is not exactly a vacation hot spot, but it's where her parent's live and since we don't get to see them much, this is where we spend the vacation time.  We go once a year, and I have to say that I learned a very valuable lesson this year.  I learned how to relax!

Every year we go, and every year I work harder while I'm there.  Well, this year we had the right people in place to handle our files while we were gone and it made all the difference in the world.  Janis Mueller, our Buyer's Agent, did such a wonderful job that we were able to just sit back, relax, and enjoy our time with our family.  That's when I realized how important that time actually was.  The past few years I would be there physically, but my mind was back here in Houston/Katy.  I wasn't able to really enjoy my time, and my family wasn't getting all of me.  Without meaning to I was short-changing my family and myself.

 

 Soldier's Statue                                                                     

This year we visited several places in the Lincoln area including the Veteran's Memorial and the Sunken Gardens.  The Veteran's Memorial was actually a huge park complete with a play area for the kids and picnic tables galore.  There was a huge walkway throughout the park, and along the walkway were different monuments.  There were monuments for every branch of the military, as well as monuments to those who served to help the wounded, canine units that helped in rescue, etc. 

 

It was so nice to see that part of history being shared with younger generations in such a positive way.  Jackie's father is a veteran of WWII, and the city has a program that allows a brick to be purchased and displayed with the veteran's name along side the monument for the war they served in.  Jackie's father and uncle both have bricks displayed for WWII.    The monument on the right included likenesses of soldiers from the Revolutionary War, the Spanish-American War, the Civil War , and World War I.

 

The Sunken Garden    We also got to spend some time at The Sunken Garden.  This spot used to be a dump ( no, not just a really run down area in the city but an actual city dump ).  Volunteers plant thousands of flowers every year to make up this incredible  oasis in the city.  It features koi ponds and a huge man made water fall.  It was wonderful to see such beauty in what used to be an eye-sore.  

Life is too short.  Yes, your clients deserve the best service possible.  And this year I learned......Yes, there is someone capable of doing what I do ( that gulp you may have heard was my pride going down ).  All kidding aside, I cannot tell you how important this trip was to me.  I came back feeling refreshed and with a passion for my work, and our clients will definitely benefit from my renewed energy.  I returned with fond memories of the days spent with my family, and hopefully left them with some as well.                                                                   

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Rainer
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Vicki Bishop GRI - Alabama Real Estate
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® - Bay Minette, AL
It sounds like you had a great time. I hope you came back refreshed and ready to go back to work.
Jul 26, 2007 02:29 PM #1
Rainer
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Stacy and Jackie Jones
The Jones Team - Katy, TX
Houston/Katy Realtors
Vicki - We had a wonderful time, and yes, this week has been busy and I'm loving it!
Jul 27, 2007 06:37 AM #2
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Yup...

Life is way to short. That's why the two of you need to occassionally go outside, hold hands and 'skip' together.

Trust me. It'll make the both of you laugh out loud :)

Nuff said.

TLW...ROAR!

Jul 28, 2007 04:45 AM #3
Rainer
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Stacy and Jackie Jones
The Jones Team - Katy, TX
Houston/Katy Realtors
TLW - Amen Sister!!  We went to lunch today at a little burger joint here in Katy.  They were playing music from the 60's and Jackie was having a good ole time.  At one point I thought she was going to get up and start dancing.  She's a hoot!
Jul 28, 2007 11:03 AM #4
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Stephanie Edwards-Musa
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Hi Stacy and Jackie, looks like good times!  Great photos!!
Jul 28, 2007 01:23 PM #5
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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Beautiful story and here....let's start dancing now! 
Jul 28, 2007 02:58 PM #6
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Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Is there any other profession where its members have to continually remind each other to breathe, sleep, eat, and have fun?  Sometimes I forget to eat!  Why is is sooooo hard to achieve balance in this business? 

Jul 28, 2007 03:26 PM #7
Rainer
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Stacy and Jackie Jones
The Jones Team - Katy, TX
Houston/Katy Realtors

Stephanie - Thanks.  I thought I had a referral for ya, but this one didn't pan out.  I'll keep trying.

Sally - I love the dancing character.  How did you do that?

Gail - I'm sure there is, but I stay so busy I couldn't tell you what those businesses are. :)  It is a constant struggle.

Jul 30, 2007 08:27 AM #8
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Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
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Great photos...sounds like you had a wonderful time.  Thanks for sharing.

 

Aug 20, 2007 01:41 PM #9
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Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
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Stacey & Jackie,  I just hired an assistant with a real estate license.  I know she'll leave at some point as she's smart and works hard, but in the meantime, this is heaven!  I went to the beach with my husband and we actually took the whole weekend off.  Life is grand!
Aug 20, 2007 03:41 PM #10
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Stacy and Jackie Jones
The Jones Team - Katy, TX
Houston/Katy Realtors

Gary - Thanks for stopping by.

Gail - Life is......and congrats on your new hire.  Who knows, this person might become your right hand and be with you for the whole journey!  Good luck.

Aug 22, 2007 03:44 PM #11
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