And New Things We Wished We Hadn't Put on Facebook~ 2012

Real Estate Agent with Cherimie Crane & Associates

Like a clean kitchen, a blank piece of paper, and sheets from the dryer, the New Year lends a sense of potential seasoned perfectly with hope and intention. We began 2011 with a cautionary step inherited from the difficulty of 2010. Instead of shock and awe of the destructive path of the economy or the disbelief that one may need to reconsider a budget founded on frivolous frolics, we met 2011 with a Monday mentality of getting the job done or even getting through the day.

In 2011 we accepted the challenges begrudgingly but accepted nonetheless. No longer crying in our cappuccinos, moaning in our mochas; we pulled up our well-worn bootstraps and ran through the mine field dodging and swaying the shrapnel from years of indulgence. We laughed at the scrapes, bandaged the wounds, and roared victoriously at free parking.

Now battered, bruised, and stronger than ever; most of us crawl forward with a sense of accomplishment knowing that indeed, we survived. No longer cloaked in dismay we faced 2011 with the knowledge that there is no substitute for hard work, diligence, and friends with wine. The pundits no longer shocked us with financial predictions or woes of economical waves; we shrugged our shoulders and faced the day. Akin to a secret society, a fraternity, even a bridge club; we recognize the members of the survival class without the need for a special handshake, membership card, or lettered ring. Just a nod, a glance, or a sigh signifies a common bond of those that accepted the obstacles and forged on determined to remain afloat.

Congratulations ya’ll we made it through another year! After the tumultuous training of two years in the trenches, we greet 2012 with the beautiful shield of experience.  Neither the economical roller coaster nor the impetuousness of government can surprise us now. Our Christmas trees come down as our spirits lift up; we made it, some with more grace than others. Many of us slide in at the finish holding on for dear life. Some of us carry others, some even crawl; either way we are all  here now prepared for the start of a new year, a new race, new challenges, and new things we wish we hadn’t put on Facebook.

Cheers to each of you. May the new year bring forth a new perspective, a new adventure, an attitude of resilience and a sense of humor when all else fails. Regardless of your personal battle in 2011 whether it was financial, familial, or the simple distaste for your current station in life; you did it. You are now prepped and primed for whatever direction you choose. Happy 2012!!


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Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

I like what Kathy said - "it's time to leave your mark on the beach"  I can't leave mine on the beach, but plan to leave it in Central PA somehow! :)  Thanks for your post.

Dec 27, 2011 09:18 AM #60
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Well said, Cherimie.  This year has been one of many starts for me, and it ends hopefully wiser and better positioned for a new year.  The best to you!

Dec 27, 2011 09:32 AM #61
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Very nice post, I'm ready to go .... I think.

Dec 27, 2011 11:44 AM #62
Jeff Markell
Land Home Financial Services - Santa Ana, CA
Branch Manager / Mortgage Consultant - NMLS 22416

I like your perspective Cherimie. Very well spoken. 2011 is gone (almost) and we all need to put a bow on it and pulll up our boot straps and welcome 2012. Like Mike above (#61) 2011 was a year of refocus and refining for me. I'm poised to tackle 2012 with a fury! All the best to you in 2012.

Dec 27, 2011 11:46 AM #63
Chris Lewis
Gracious Living Realty - Front Royal, VA
I want to SELL your home, not LIST it!

Great post, but I think we will be seeing more of the same in 2012 but, with any luck, an upturn in 2013. 

Dec 27, 2011 12:30 PM #64
Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate

I think we are all hopeful for a better 2012! The last several years have been really hard, but as you have said, they have toughened us up to endure, and endure we will.  Have a stellar 2012.

Dec 27, 2011 01:09 PM #65
Kymberly Caldwell-Muniz
(909) 973-0410 - Fontana, CA
TCR Group Keller Williams Realty Rancho Cucamonga

Hello Cherimie, this is a great post. As you say, "there is no substitution for hard work." Have a Happy New Year.

Dec 27, 2011 02:29 PM #66
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

I look forward to 2012. Yes I do. But if 2007 came around and asked for a 2nd crack I might take it up on the offer ;-)

Dec 27, 2011 02:33 PM #67
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

I am optimistically pessimistic, fore I see the atmosphere being flat for the next 5 years at least. But until they say I'm not buying, I'm going to keep doing what I do and that is sell, sell, sell.

Dec 27, 2011 02:49 PM #68
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Your post is a good epitaph for 2011.  I find it encouraging to face a new year with so much potential  I am ready to take on the New Year.  Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Dec 27, 2011 02:58 PM #69
Penny Sargent
Keller Williams Realty - Temecula, CA
Realtor, CDPE,#01180805, Call me with your So Cal

Great post Cherimie,

Continue to move toward the goal and encourage others to keep moving also.

Have a blessed 2012

Dec 27, 2011 05:10 PM #70
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Cherimie, thanks for a very thoughful post.

May you have a Happy and prosperous New Year!

Dec 27, 2011 09:55 PM #71
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

Onward! Heading towards becoming bigger and better in 2012! Happy New Year!

Dec 28, 2011 12:09 AM #72
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager
Such eloquence. You have a new subscriber.
Dec 28, 2011 02:52 AM #73
Lehel Szucs
All Seasons Real Estate, Inc. - Covina, CA
REALTOR of choice

2012 will be great ... great post ... thank you ... 

Dec 28, 2011 04:25 AM #74
Kim Mulligan
Engel & Völkers Seattle/Eastside - Seattle, WA
Selling Homes for the 21st Century

2011 won't be missed much by me.

2012 is a blank canvas before me. I am determined to make it a masterpiece and a phenomenal year! I set my sites on new goals, new opportunities, new challenges, new and old friends. Bring it on!


Dec 28, 2011 04:48 AM #75
Gene Donohue
Only Way Realty / - Greenville, SC
Flat Fee Service...Exceptional Results!

Great insight from a fellow South Carolinean!  Here's hoping that those that left the industry in 2011 find peace and happiness in the next endeavor.

Dec 28, 2011 11:40 PM #76
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

Cherimie ~ thank you for your thoughts!!  I especially loved ...Regardless of your personal battle in 2011 whether it was financial, familial, or the simple distaste for your current station in life; you did it. You are now prepped and primed for whatever direction you choose. Happy 2012!!

Dec 29, 2011 06:59 AM #77
Rob Thomson
Jupiter, FL


Dec 29, 2011 09:00 AM #78
Karen Steed
Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton - Tallapoosa, GA
Associate Broker Haralson Realty

Congratulations on the wedding.  Your hair looked great.  2012 will be an interesting year for everyone.

Jan 01, 2012 01:19 PM #79
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