The 2011 BHAG MeMe

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2011 is going to ROCK!There's probably a MeMe going around the Rain somewhere - but I didn't see it, haven't been tagged lately, and I wanted to start a new one anyway!

So here's The 2011 BHAG MeMe!

2011 is going to be a year of going big or going home!  I am making BIG plans, and I'll bet many of my friends on Activerain are too! 

Here's the MeMe Rules (please paste the following paragraph into your post as you are tagged)

I'd like to know what YOUR Big Hairy Audatious Goal (BHAG) is for 2011.  I'd also like to know more about you, and your background, what is it about you that makes this BHAG so important?  What experiences are you bringing with you into 2011 that will make this BHAG work? So I'm asking you to please share 5 or 6 things about yourself, and then tag 5 or 6 more people so we can learn about them too! (Here's a MeMe Tutorial)

I am an observant Idea Person.  I love Trends, and anxiously await Trendwatching every month!  I take time every quarter (at least) to consider the forecasts and trends, and to see what adjustments I need to make to accomodate them.

I have a Victorian decorating habit that is hard to kick.  Which is NOT to mean that I decorate in a Victorian Style - and I decorate for EVERY season... changing bedding, and pillows, rugs and pictures and plates.  I can go overboard.  I mean who do you know that has VALENTINE's decorations? (This is me raising my hand!)

Eleanor and Savannah at DisneyI am determined to live a healthier life this year, and to that end, I want to run a 5K with my 16 year old daughter.  Now this is a pretty big deal because my DAUGHTER doesn't really want to run a 5K and I have not been in a race in over 6 years.  But I know how to train, and I know how to motivate my children - and so this is a goal I'm feeling pretty confident of. (I'm certain somebody out there that knows Savannah is starting a pool!  LOL!)

I sing Tenor, love needlepoint, gardening and anything that involves Salt Water.  I once wrote a 50 book for Local Real Estate Agents that was in the form of a Farmer's Almanac.  It describes in detail what you should be doing with your Real Estate "Farm" each month and has information that local gardner's would appreciate (when to plant Pansies and when to start Marigold Seeds germinating).

For the first time in many many years I've set a 2011 financial goal for our family.  In the last several years our goals have been simple... we wanted to end the year in a position that was better than the last.  We had a great 2010!  To do better in 2011, however, I think it's going to take a strategic plan that is maximized to it's fullest, a focused determination, and positive ENERGY.

So what about you?  I am tapping the following folks for a 2011 BHAG MeMe!  Pamela St. PeterDebe Maxwell, Larry Bettag, Josh Harley, Bonnie Westbrook, Fran Rokicki

This should be FUN!


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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh good grief, I haven't seen these at ALL!  Remember back in the day, like 2007, when these were flying everywhere?!  I'll see what I can come up with as soon as I get a moment to come up for air!  My 2011 plans are already coming to fruition and I'm actually slammed right now!!  GREAT news!

Happy New Year to you too, Eleanor, and I hope your 2011 plans come to fruition as well!  Hugs...

Jan 10, 2011 04:14 AM #1
Joshua Harley
Fathom Realty - Plano, TX
CEO, Tech Geek, Innovator, Disruptor, US Marine

Eleanor - I was not familiar with these.  I'll be like Debe working on mine.  I agree, though, that many people who are STILL in this business are gearing up for a great 2011! Congrats!

Jan 10, 2011 04:26 AM #2
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

E, I'll have to work on this, my goals have changed a lot this past year and it might be a good thing to take a look literally - by writing them down.  Thanks for the challenge, I'll post the link here when I get it done.

And just what is wrong with Valentine decorations? she says with a huge red heart ready to go on the front door.

Jan 10, 2011 07:33 AM #3
Frances C. Rokicki
Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC - Bolton, CT

Eleanor, Okay, I'm in:)  Thank you for thinking of me.  I always love the MeMe's:)

Jan 10, 2011 12:08 PM #4
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Eleanor, you have been an inspiration.  I will work on it!


Jan 12, 2011 10:33 AM #5
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Debe is right.  I have not seen these since probably 2007... but back then, they got so numerous... they were a pain.  Maybe starting them up again would be fun.

Also... as far as 5K's are concerned... I do one of them just about every week.  But... I find that driving them is a lot more efficient use of my time than running them.  I wonder why I am not losing any weight.  Any ideas ?

And... as far as a MeMe is concerned... you don't just write one... you must be "tagged."  Unless, that is, you want to start your own "string" of them.  That works.

A MeMe... as from 2007... is simply a story about FIVE things about yourself that nobody on Active Rain knows.  It is like a self-confession of serious secrets, very silly secrets... or anything in between.

Have fun !

Jan 15, 2011 01:40 PM #6
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058

Karen... I hadn't seen one in a while - that's why I wanted to start a new one.  Hope you get tagged!

There's probably a MeMe going around the Rain somewhere - but I didn't see it, haven't been tagged lately, and I wanted to start a new one anyway!

Jan 16, 2011 12:58 AM #7
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Eleanor, I was tagged by DeeDee is my MeMe:

LeilaniLeilani's MeMe (2011 BHAG)


Jan 16, 2011 02:34 PM #8
Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365
Frankly Real Estate Inc. - Manchester, MD
Specializing in Carroll Co., MD

Eleanor ~ Great idea! I've read a few MeMe posts and I think its just a great way to get to know folks even better. Love the positive message "this is my year."

Jan 19, 2011 11:31 AM #9
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

I was just tagged to, by Gloria Todor - great fun!

Karen Crowson's MeMe Post (BHAG 2011)

Jan 20, 2011 11:53 AM #10
Brent & Deb Wells
LivingWell Properties - Prosper, TX
Prosper TX


I am endeavoring to hide from being tagged since I am a male. As a member of the non-sharing gender I will duck and cover, weave and bob and do everything humanly possible not to share. Sharing time is when I feign a need for a coffee break or a potty break. Anything to leave the room and return when there is preciously little time left to share.

I will enjoy reading all the posts from the others, but I believe the coffee pot just beeped...


Jan 22, 2011 01:56 AM #11
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Eleanor,   this is a lot of fun to see more of everyone's personal lives, and personal goals.   Best wishes to you in 2011!

Jan 22, 2011 02:21 AM #12
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Eleanor...a few people tagged me after you started another MEME..I thought Mary MMcKnight's Super MEME in 2008 ended all the MEME's which started in 2007 and I escaped getting tagged then but not in 2008..

Here's my latest MEME

Jan 23, 2011 06:14 AM #13
Christine Reams
Austin Title Company (512) 459-7222 - Austin, TX

I just received a tag from Dorie Dillard, who referenced your post! Thanks for sharing. I will be putting up my today!

Jan 25, 2011 04:53 AM #14
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