Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate


"When in Rome ...."

Not long after arriving in Texas, I was informed that one of the first things I needed to purchase for myself were some @**-kickin' cowboy boots.  "Everyone has at least one pair,” I was told.  So ...  presenting my very own pair of cowboy boots!  And, just in time.

Bye, Bye 2011!

You now join a few other 'I Would Like To Forget' years that were equally challenging, character building, stressful -- and sprinkled with just enough personal and professional setbacks.  Yet, you are soon to be my past, and I look forward to the future and the limitless opportunities I will create to make a fresh start.

In the spirit of reaching new goals and hopes for a better year in a new environment, I now have a few more things to add to my "2012 To Do List":

1.  Continue to make my health Priority Numero Uno

2.  Find cute cowboy hat to match boots

3.  Learn "Boot Scootin'" - line dancing or two-stepping in these parts

4.  Ride the mechanical bull - um ... well, a definite "maybe"

5.  Sign up for TexMex cooking classes (or any cooking classes)

6.  See #4 Above:  Try to keep refrigerator stocked with more than a bottle of hot sauce and a box of Arm & Hammer baking soda

7. Don't take anything or anyone for granted -- and vice versa.  Enjoy life as much as possible -- "This Ain't No Dress Rehearsal"

8.  Increase my frequency of blog postings and comments on ActiveRain*

9.  Read more posts and subscribe to more blogs on ActiveRain*

10.  Continue to meet more truly awesome people on ActiveRain*

*One thing I've learned is that you can take the girl out of ActiveRain ~ but you can't take ActiveRain out of the girl!

Wishing everyone a blessed and joyous New Year filled with good health, new and exhilirating adventures, great friendships, success and prosperity, love, peace and contentment.  Happy 2012!


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John Davison
Coldwell Banker - Cary, NC
Raleigh-Cary-Triangle NC


Happy New Year!  Good luck with your list this year.  Hope it is a prosperous and productive year for you!

Dec 28, 2011 03:34 AM #1
Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections
IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581 - Canton, GA
Experience the IHI Difference

Happy New Year to you too! Enjoy the boots and happy hunting for the perfect hat to wear with them :)

Dec 28, 2011 03:38 AM #2
Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Carie,  Happy New Year.....always excited aabout the opportunities that abound in the coming of a new year...I hope that it is very successful for you in business and in health....NICE BOOTS

Dec 28, 2011 03:40 AM #3
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Love the boots...sounds like ya'all got a good list going of things to accomplish!   Above all ....have fuN!!   happy New year!

Dec 28, 2011 03:45 AM #4
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

John:  Thanks!  Best wishes for a prosperous and productive 2012 for you too!

David & Bonnie:  Thanks, I'm really enjoying my new boots!  You've got to match them with the perfect hat, right?

Ronald:  Yes, the feeling of a fresh start and what could be is very exciting!  Thank, I love my boots :)

Deborah:  Thanks, I really love my new boots too :)  You're absolutely right ... it's important to remember to have fun!

Dec 28, 2011 04:31 AM #5
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Those are one great looking pair of KA boots! Wow and with initials! Just left you a message!


Dec 28, 2011 04:38 AM #6
Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources.

Carie - Custom made boots? They really take their boots serious in TX! Skip #4, unless you know a good chiropractor. ;-)

Dec 28, 2011 05:06 AM #7
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Margaret:  Thanks ... I really like them a lot!  Just got your voicemail .... :)

Judy:  Yes, they do ... I've seen some incredible custom boots here!  I keep thinking about #4 because it would be such fun and make a great story :)

Dec 28, 2011 02:42 PM #8
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Carie, love your cowboy boots!  In addition to a hat to match, I think you're supposed to find a cowboy to match your boots!  Have fun with them.

Dec 29, 2011 09:09 AM #9
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Patricia:  LOL!  Thanks ... I'm working on that too ;-)

Dec 29, 2011 11:46 AM #10
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2012 05:45 AM #11
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Russel:  Thank you so much for the beautiful photo and New Year's wishes!  Best wishes to you too for the New Year and beyond!

Jan 01, 2012 08:10 AM #12
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

Happy New Year, Carie!!! I love your Cowboy boots. Now, I really need to get mine - especially with my initials.

Jan 04, 2012 03:08 AM #13
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Loreena:  Thanks ... I'm really loving my new Cowboy boots :)  Happy & Healthy New Year to you!

Jan 04, 2012 06:40 AM #14
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