travel and real estate oh my!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell & Banker Busch Real Estate



Did you ever just want it all? Is it possible to have two true loves? I feel like I prayed for and recieved a heavenly bonanza. You see, a not so secret passion of mine is to see the world and travel. I love Real Estate, but I have wanted to explore travel agent classes with a local company who have small classes (about twenty people) once a year and they fill up quickly.

For several months I gave a lot of thought about climbing on board to learn the travel business. I love real estate, but I also find travel irresistible. I  wanted to put to practical use both of my passions, and I was selected to begin classes with Travelocity on this past Monday. I was so excited that they called me during my trip to Bermuda, that I barley had time to unpack write a quick blog on Bermuda and start my classes.

My Active Rain time will be shortened during the next ten weeks while my free time will be spent going over notes and taking weekly tests. I feel that I will have made one more accomplishment in this short life of no perpetuity. I get to keep my two area's of interest (Real Estate and Travel, and learn from both. Who says I have to stay locked away from one?

I remember good ol Zig Ziglar says Almost is No Fun. "There is no commission on the almost sale you make, no fun on the trips you almost take, and no security or joy in the promotion you almost get. There is no thrill in "almost" doing anything in the game of life. The thrill comes from the accomplishment."

So for now I am looking to accomplish two very precious persuits, and will be embracing them both, and go for the brass ring. It's like I was handed to cute puppies from heaven and get to cuddle them both! Travel and Real Estate oh My!


Comments (27)

Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Diane,  This is such wonderful news...I'm so thrilled for you.  You'd be wonderful to travel with. Once you have your travel certificate/diploma, I'm going on one of your trips !!!

Congrats and big hugs and enjoy your class.....



Oct 25, 2007 01:18 PM
Diane Velikis
Coldwell & Banker Busch Real Estate - Luzerne, PA
Luzerne County Real Estate



Oct 25, 2007 01:25 PM
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Hello Diane,
Good for you!  Follow your dream, that why you have them so you can make them come true.  Congratulations and enjoy.


Oct 25, 2007 02:07 PM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate
Diane- how exciting for you ....oh and tiring too :) :)  I love it when someone actually follows their dreams, their passions, and works towards accomplishing them.  Real Estate and Travel are connected in that they are both helping people meet their needs......yep, having them both sounds very fulfilling.
Oct 25, 2007 03:37 PM
Diane Velikis
Coldwell & Banker Busch Real Estate - Luzerne, PA
Luzerne County Real Estate
Kathy, I am excited! Thanks for your kind words of support!   :)
Oct 25, 2007 09:47 PM
Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
Realtor, Sussex County NJ


 Good Luck I,m sure you,ll do fine. The Lord put this opportunity in front of you now you need to do it the best that you can,

 God blessyou

Oct 25, 2007 11:39 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Diane, What a wonderful blessing for you, I'm so glad you grabbed it!  I think combining your two loves is going to be one of the best things you ever did!  Have a wonderful time, treasure every moment and we'll all be waiting to hear about your adventures!
Oct 26, 2007 10:24 AM
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL

Hello Diane my sister..... you know, i kind of knew you had those travel yearnings in you.  It showed through your writings.... you have been so wistful.... a little unsatisfied, restless in your spirit... as if something were missing.... and I for one am GLAD you found it!!! 

I wish you much success at it, and know you will do well.  Forget about trying to comment on all the posts.... we should all understand there is more things one must do with their time... like me... see how late i'm getting back to your post??  I pray the grace of GOD over you for this class Diane..  Let the peace of God rule.

Thank you very much for your prayer support for the people in California... I did do an update on my son on the post.  I appreciate you standing in the gap!

Oct 26, 2007 10:24 AM
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

Looks like I will be practicing real estate in two states.....

I am not sure if I am up to the task, BUT I know that God can make me able....

Have fun in your classes, sis...and have fun traveling!!


Oct 26, 2007 11:57 AM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life
This is great Diane, best of luck in both pursuits.  I look forward to the times when you can get the time to be on Active-Rain, your voice has become one of my favorites.
Oct 30, 2007 06:23 AM
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains
Diane:  This sounds very exciting and you will be missed but I wish you the very best during these next weeks.  Something tells me you are going to have a lot of new blog material to write about and I can't wait to read about your experiences.  Travel safe and God speed.
Oct 30, 2007 09:12 AM
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369
Diane, I think I sell real estate just so I CAN travel! I love to find out what's over the the next hill. Follow your passion and good luck to you and God Bless!
Oct 30, 2007 12:40 PM
Arina Hanciulescu
RealtyPros - Las Vegas, NV
Diane, It is so interesting what you're doing because I had the same thoughts... but every-time that came to my ming I would sake my head and say: Just a thought! is not possible... But you made me change that... I might give iy a try myself! 
Nov 01, 2007 12:34 PM
Diane Velikis
Coldwell & Banker Busch Real Estate - Luzerne, PA
Luzerne County Real Estate

Arina, Debbie, Donna, Jason, Alex, Diane, Carole, Hugh

What a Fine Support Group I have  :) 


Nov 04, 2007 01:01 AM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

I encourage you to do what your heartstrings pull at - I also enjoy traveling - perhaps you could become travel agent of choice for all REALTORS here on AR !!!


Grace Safrin

Nov 04, 2007 10:39 AM
Diane Velikis
Coldwell & Banker Busch Real Estate - Luzerne, PA
Luzerne County Real Estate
Grace, Sounds good! an Active Rain Cruise!
Nov 04, 2007 10:41 AM
Robert L. Brown - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
It's nice to have something you're passionate about. Don't forget about us..
Nov 06, 2007 12:04 AM
Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker
MR Realty - Mesa, AZ
Diane -  I know this comes a little late but I wish you much success with your classes and training! I worked in the airline industry for 11 years and the traveling was the best!!  Chasing and obtaining your passion is absolutely perfect. We should all take heed. Thank you for sharing.
Nov 07, 2007 09:58 AM
Diane Velikis
Coldwell & Banker Busch Real Estate - Luzerne, PA
Luzerne County Real Estate

Robert, That would be impossible   :)

Gilbert Thanks! I am loving it so far!!!!!    

Nov 07, 2007 10:40 AM
Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker
MR Realty - Mesa, AZ
Gilbert aka Candace's are not the first. Glad you are enjoying your new venture! Keep us posted.
Nov 08, 2007 01:08 AM