Oh Me Oh My – Here is My MeMe Post
BTW...I get the Audacious part...but HAIRY?????
Here's Eleanor's MeMe Rules (please paste the following paragraph into your post as you are tagged)
What is YOUR Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) for 2011. We'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!
First of all, my BHAG or goal for 2011 is to really increase my client base. I would like to build the number of Realtors® that consider me “their stager”. This sounds simple, but I’m actually rather intimidated when selling my staging services to agents. I figure they are supremo sales people, whereas I’m new to the whole idea of marketing myself. Also, their job is to sell to others, so it must be an irritant to be “sold to”. I do prefer the whole idea of blogging, and using social media to entice clients to come to me, and would like to really start using Twitter and Facebook more seriously.
Here is a little bit about me.
I’m first generation Canadian. My parents are from London, England. My dad worked at Lloyds in London in the 1950’s and was tired of the everyday slog on the Tube to get to work everyday. As the story goes, he came home one day with tickets to Australia. My mum threw them in the fire. About 6 months after that, he came home with tickets to Canada. This time mum agreed, and they set sail, arriving in Canada in 1957 and settling in my birth city, Vancouver. Imagine, I could have been throwing shrimp on the “barbie” and saying “goodday mate”.
I am a huge lover of all things French. My favourite subject in high school was French. Sure made more sense to me than physics or algebra. After I graduated, I decided to persue my love of the most beautiful sounding language in the world. I studied at Laval University in Quebec City. There’s nothing like being immersed in the language and culture, and I ended up spending 2 ½ years in this beautiful city.
Of course, I was always drawn to France, and decided to spend a school year in Grenoble, studying at the Universite de Grenoble III. That was probably one of the best years of my life. Wine, Swedish and Norwegian roommates, skiing, French boyfriend, vin chaud, raclette, and French culture. Oooh la la!
What does one do with a degree in French once back home? Why, join the airlines, of course. I became a Flight Attendant for Air Canada. I was hired in Vancouver, trained in Montreal, then posted to Halifax for 1 ½ years, then Toronto for 4 years. Air Canada had a wonderful president at the time, Hollis Harris. His emphasis was on customer service, and we were very proud to be attentive to customer’s needs. Of course, 25 hour layovers in Frankfurt, London and Paris were what really kept us going.
After my second daughter was born, I decided to hang up my wings, and become a stay-at-home mum. I have two lovely daughters, Madeleine, and Dominique (oh, French names…). Maddy is now 19 years old and studying at McGill in Montreal, and Dominique is 16 years old, attending boarding school on Vancouver Island. Although I miss them terribly, it’s wonderful to watch them grow and mature into beautiful, young women.
My life really changed 5 years ago after my lawyer husband and I divorced. After a comfy sail through life, I suddenly had to wake up and get serious. I took an Interior Design course with a plan to become an Interior Designer. However, after hearing about the world of Home Staging, I decided this was the path for me. I love running my own business, Exit Stage Right, and also all the creativity that goes into staging a home for sale. I’ve met some amazing people along the way, and am grateful for all their encouragement and support. There’s nowhere to look but forward and the future holds exciting such possibilities.
I am tagging Michelle Finnamore, Fred Carver, Marianne Cherico, Cathy Lee, Sergio DePinto, and Kristine Ginsberg!
Make sure you come back here and put a link to your MeMes in the comments. We need 5 or 6 more people so we can learn about them too!