Missing my friend, Laurie Manny

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Real Estate Agent with Majestic Properties 3061802

I wrote this for our Miamism audience and thought it would only be right to share it here as well since this is the place where I met Laurie.  So many great memories from the early Active Rain - from book reviews, to high jacks and serious discussions about blogging and real estate.  Miss you girlfriend!

Unfortunately for all of us, and because it’s part of life, we lose loved ones along the way. We all mourn our losses differently and in many cases our lives never become the same. This week, the on-line world suffered a huge loss and for many of us, it went beyond facebook, twitter and active rain conversations…we lost a real friend that had a huge impact in our lives.

As miamism readers, you may or may not know how we come up with content or how this blog was born. It may be interesting for you to realize that a lot of different people in the world influence how we convey our message to you, what our on-line strategy is and how we ultimately market ourselves. We collaborate with colleagues around the country on a regular basis to improve the information we provide for you. We brainstorm, we network, we teach each other how to provide better content and give better service. Our blogs, lives and businesses are somewhat interconnected by social media and ultimately a on-line family.

Our friend Laurie Manny, a Long Beach Realtor, died suddenly this past Wednesday leaving a huge void in our lives. Many in the industry have written beautiful tributes about Laurie and but I am at a loss for words. This is what Laurie meant to me:

When a woman is strong-minded, tenacious and self-assertive, people usually think of them as abrasive and even scary. For some odd reason our society frowns upon them and avoids any connection with them. Well guess what? Laurie Manny was one of those powerful and commanding women and THAT is exactly what attracted many of us to her. She had the gift of recognizing people’s strengths and would let you have it if you didn’t use those in a constructive way. She always had a fiery plan involving intricate networks of people coming together for a common good and that’s why she was such an amazing connector and mentor to many. I know for a fact that Laurie would not want me to be mushy and sentimental about what she meant to me, but I can truly say that beyond anything else, she was a friend. I will miss her fire, her determination and her irritating calls at 2:00 in the morning. I will miss our brainstorming sessions and our arguments, but most of all, I will miss my friend.

Our deepest condolences to her friends and family, may we be able to recognize the deep impact of our loved ones before they are gone.

Please read these amazing tributes about Laurie Manny:

**originally written for miamism.com**

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Marchel Peterson
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Ines, This is so VERY SAD! It is so hard to understand but there are some things I guess we are not going to understand until we get to the other side. 

Aug 29, 2010 02:55 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Hi Marchel - I've given up on trying to understand certain things.  We will miss her greatly though

Aug 29, 2010 03:01 PM #2
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Missy Caulk
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Stopping by to say hello, I read it on your blog, yea I follow you. I liked it on Facebook. Great to still be connected. Loved Laurie, one of a kind.

Aug 30, 2010 02:25 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Hi Missy - I thought this post would remain lonesome overhere, but it's where we all met, no? 

Aug 30, 2010 02:44 PM #4
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Lori Gilmore
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Joliet, IL
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Ines. . .I'm happy to see this here.  I've been around AR for a long time, I read everything that Laurie wrote. . . she was an amazing person. . .I'm pleased you stopped by to post this.  With her gone, there is now a gap in the world.

Aug 31, 2010 11:00 AM #5
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Ines - you have really captured so well what Laurie meant to so many of us. The influence she had, and the friendships she created, are quite remarkable. She has indeed left a void.

Jeff

Aug 31, 2010 02:13 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Lori....more than just a gap....HUGE LAURIE TYPE VOID!

Jeff - you got it and makes you think of what else is powerful around us that we should pay attention to

Aug 31, 2010 03:20 PM #7
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Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realtors® • Notary Public & Apostille - Sunny Isles, FL
Miami Notary & Apostille 786-229-7999

Ines:

I was just looking for your phone number... coincidentally found this post, tribute, eulogy in respect to Laurie Manny. She too was part of my virtual family. Life is precious and each moment should be cherished.We never know when our last breath will be...

What if tomorrow never comes, I've been saying to peeps recently. Call me...

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same."

Laurie Manny

Sep 22, 2010 04:37 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Thanks Mott - if you look under my photo here on my AR profile, you'll find my phone number - you forgot to leave yours on the comment

Sep 22, 2010 11:40 AM #9
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Dan Statlander

This is sad.I hope God gives her family the courage and strength to recover from immeasurable loss.

Dan Statlander
http://www.statelandbrown.com
(Real estate experts in Boca Raton Florida)

Mar 24, 2011 12:37 AM #10
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Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
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Ines,

I hadn't heard; what a loss.  Thanks for the post.

Mike in Tucson

Aug 31, 2011 03:50 AM #11
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Over a year ago already Mike - me all miss Laurie

Aug 31, 2011 03:53 AM #12
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