Oh Me Oh My – Here is My MeMe Post

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Oh Me Oh My – Here is My MeMe Post

Here is my two-timing MeMe post.  I took a double hit from David Ames and Valerie Zinger.  I’m up for the challenge, so after a little head scratching, here’s a little about me…

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!

Home Staging BioFirst 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”.

 

 

 

 

Gargoyle - ParisI 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. 

 

Madeleine & DominiqueAfter 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!

 

Comments (31)

Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Brenda - Hey, I thought that Gargoyle was rather handsome - well, you know, for a Gargoyle...  No, Vancouver isn't French at all.  Very English, but we're still taught French in high school, so the language piqued my interest.  Thanks so much for reading my mini life story!

Jan 20, 2011 05:29 PM
Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Shar - Oh, that David Ames!  Thanks, the girls are adorable.  As for the divorce thing, I guess no one really sees that one coming - we did make it to 15 years, but now I look back, I think I was in a holding pattern, whereas now I'm really living.  Hey, that's so neat that your sister was a flight attendant, too.  Which airline did she work for?  Is she still flying?  Not sure about Australia - it's a bit out in left field - too far away from Europe for me.  Well, Shar, next time your in Vancouver, give me a ringy-dingy!

Jan 20, 2011 05:35 PM
Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Laura - Guess what?  I'm in Vegas!  Just got in tonight!!!!  Woooo hooooo!  I'm here a little early with my mum and sister and brother.  We're celebrating mum's 80th b'day.  They all leave on Sunday, and I go to the conference.  Bring a sweater - it's a little chilly...

Thanks so much for all your kind words - you're so sweet - I know I keep saying that, but you really are!  Yes, the girls' dad is 6'5" - very tall.  Funny how often the tall guys get together with the short girls.  I know you've been tagged - I'm so looking forward to reading your MeMe...

Jan 20, 2011 05:40 PM
Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Heather - A fellow francophile!  I know - French design is incredible, the food is to die for, and the wine is sublime, n'est-ce pas?  I'm sure my girls' ears are burning with all the lovely comments.  Thank you so much.  Sometimes things happen for a reason, but I'm really enjoying this new chapter - it's very exciting. 

Jan 20, 2011 05:44 PM
Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Marianne - I love the name, Cosette.  That's so pretty.  Oh wow, with 3 girls you must be busy!  I really loved being a stay-at-home mum.  It was so nice to be there when the girls got home from school, hearing about their day, driving them to activities.  I sure admire working mums - I don't know how they do it. 

As for tagging people, just mention 5 or 6 people you want to write MeMe posts, and add links to their names (like I did at then end of this post).  Then email them to let them know that they've been "tagged", just in case they didn't read your post.  Sorry, I know the timing's terrible with Vegas coming up, but I'd love to read your MeMe post.

Jan 20, 2011 05:50 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

So nice to read more about you before we meet up again in Vegas-your daughters are gorgeous!!!! I should have known you were a flight attendant!!! See you soon. 

Jan 20, 2011 06:07 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Lovely daughters, just like their Mum................you are one interesting gal Miss Sally.  Loved reading about your Mum and Dad, your love of anything French and your studying in France.  Ooooh la la indeed!  I knew you were a flight attendant, but had no idea how you became a home stager.  Some day I want to sit and share a bottle of wine with you and hear the DETAILS of Sally's life, not just this "quick, but oh so interesting" glimpse.

Jan 20, 2011 10:43 PM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Hi Sally - Your daughters are BEAUTIFUL - the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! Who doesn't want to go to Paris - it's on my bucket list. I'll get there some day. Congratulations on stepping out of your comfortable life and reinventing yourself. Your talent and hard work paid off as Exit Stage Right has become so successful. I bet your even happier now!

I finished my MeMe and thanks for tagging me - it was fun!

Jan 21, 2011 01:30 AM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Sally, I just love that MeMe idea. I will repeat others like I don't have my own ideas LOL but you daughters are beautiful. I also like how French sounds like and I would learn it but I am bad in language. Any technical discipline is much easier for me because if you get the idea you will remember and language require just stupid memorizing. I have never been to Paris but visited South of France. I flew to Marcelle and we went down to Côte d'Azur . It was so cool to be able to see 3 countries in  like 40 minuts. France-Monaco-Italy. And French cusine and their wine....ahhhh! Your post made me want to go to Europe. I hope you will have a good time in Vegas. Can't wait to see pictures and read your new post.

Jan 21, 2011 02:22 AM
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

Loved reading your story Sally.  Divorce is usually the end of life as we knew it, but there is usually something better ahead.  Sounds like it was for you.

Jan 21, 2011 03:07 PM
Marianne Cherico
Interiors by Marianne Cherico - Foxboro, MA
Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Sally-I did the Meme post for you-Can't wait to see you in Vegas!!!

Jan 21, 2011 05:57 PM
C. Bartch
Newark, OH

Commet ca va Sally? I knew you were a spunky gal and your post proves this...Oooh la la indeed. Your father was certainly spunky too....just pick up and move to different country? That's a life changer for sure. I hope you get chance to go back to France oneday :~)

Au revoir pour l'instant

Jan 22, 2011 04:16 AM
Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Cathy - So looking forward to reading your MeMe post.  Don't forget to add the link on this post!

Roger - I'd like nothing better than to share a bottle of wine with you and chat about both our lives.  I know we'd have a gas!

Kristine - I absolutely loved your MeMe post - talk about an interesting life!  You're such a giving person.  A real inspiration.

Anna - It really does take a lifetime to truly master another language, and as we get older, it becomes more and more difficult.  The south of France is truly spectacular.  We did a trip down to Avignon, and visited the wine regions, including Chateaux Neuf du Pap.  Wonderful wines, cheeses and scenery.  I'd love to go back one day.  Thanks so much for your nice comments.

Karen - Such wise words and I so agree.  Going through the divorce is just sad, but picking up and moving forward with a positive, new outlook carries such promise.

Marianne - Thanks so much.  I'm off to read your MeMe post.  Is there anyway you can come back and add the link to your post on this post? 

Cynthia - Ca va tres bien, merci!  A fellow francophile!  I should have guessed!  Yes, spunky definitely runs in my family!  Yes, I'll get back to France one day.  A bientot!

Jan 22, 2011 06:11 AM
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Sally...wow what a great beginning to life...sorry French was no interest to, I can see I should have payed more attention. However my parents almost moved to Australia too..we might have been buddies at the barbies....GDay mate..did you watch Oprah in Austrlia. Lots of love for her there...and she loved them all in return..

Working on my Super ME ME, I got tagged in 2008 by Katerina Gasset, I spent weeks on that Blog, just to live up to Katerina's MEME ...she was coaching me then, and Mary McKnight started it all, she was bumped off AR and no longer with us.

....have a great day!

Jan 23, 2011 04:05 AM
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Sally...Here's my MEME Post..Enjoy :O)

Jan 23, 2011 06:05 AM
Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Fred - Thanks so much - I loved reading your MeMe Post - the 7L book sounds like a good read.  Too funny that you almost ended up in Australia, too.  Hey, maybe it wouldn't have been such a bad thing.  Lots of sun, great beaches, cute kangaroos, digerydoos...  I read yours and Katerina's Super MeMe's - wow!  I can see why that took you so long to write.  It was a great read.  Thanks for playing!

Jan 23, 2011 08:11 AM
Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Cathy - I took the liberty of linking your MeMe Post here.  Thanks so much for the great read!

Marianne - Here's the link to your MeMe Post, too!.  Thanks so much!

Jan 23, 2011 08:23 AM
Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

WOW, this is great getting to know everyone on a different level. Glad to know about you... Thanks for sharing

Jan 24, 2011 12:15 AM
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

Just catching up with the MeMes now...what an interesting life Miss sally! Your daughters are drop dead gorgeous!!!! No surprise coming from their knock out Mom!!!

I have a very simular BHAG...We can do it!! Education, education, education!!!! I am so proud of you and what you have accomplished so far...can't wait to watch you grow!!!

: )

Feb 04, 2011 12:13 AM
Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Mary Lou - Must say, I'm enjoying all these MeMe's.

Valerie - Thank you so much for your encouragement and support.  It really means so much.  Education is definitely key.  The feeling's mutual - I've learned so much from you and absolutely love your work and your accomplishments also - watch out world, here we come!

Feb 04, 2011 07:06 AM