Looking Back at 2011 . . .The Year of the Seed!

Real Estate Agent with Exit Real Estate Professionals

As the year comes to an end, I find myself looking forward to 2012 and all the fresh starts that come with a new year! In my mind I am already planning my resolution list.  Although a hundred ideas pop into my head, I am determined to keep the list small and significant.  But that will be next week’s blog.  Today I am taking a look back. 2011 was an important one in so many ways that I can hardly let her pass without at least a toast! 

So to 2011, I raise my glass and thank you for:

The eleventh-hour job that my husband got after quite a few months of unemployment.  Just as things were looking rather scary, opportunity knocked! He’s back to work now and we are on a hopeful track in our life.  My sincere hope is that the rest of America can get there as well. 

The tomatoes! We had a late Spring here in Spokane, but for some reason those tomato and squash plants thrived! Thank you Mother Nature for feeding my tummy and my soul!  

My healthy, beautiful family, especially my four wonderful grandchildren and the glimpse into the future that they provide.  Thank you also for bringing into my life a long lost relative who has been researching the family tree and providing us with so many photos and stories of those who came before us. 

My growing real estate career. This was only my second year in real estate and I didn’t get rich, but I am now officially over new Realtor® syndrome!  From here on in I am an experienced agent who knows that dedication, knowledge, a calm demeanor and answering the phone will take you far in this business. Thank you to all the clients who bought or sold a home with me this year!

A chance to join the Occupy Spokane movement! I spent five Saturday mornings marching with the Occupiers and it was enlightening.  My first visit was hesitant . . . stinky hippies? lazy slackers? police violence? . . .I had no idea what to expect.  Well, I must say, my fears were quickly put to rest.  The people I met at the Occupy marches were passionate, dedicated people who care about America. Period. They were a mix of old, young, business owners, veterans, unemployed, liberal, conservative, students, pastors, veterans, teachers, lawyers, nurses . . . pretty much a melting pot of American citizens.  And yes, there were a few hippies, but no smelly ones!   No violence, no destructive behavior . . . heck, these protestors even obeyed crosswalk signals!  Occupiers obeying the cross-walk signal in Spokane!

Thanks to the Occupy movement, people are gathering and starting conversations.  These very real conversations are not the intense, hate-filled, divisive dialogues fueled by mass media’s talking heads and perpetuated with name calling in internet chat rooms. These are real people looking each other in the eye and realizing that we have more in common than we do differences. One Saturday I  sat down on a bench next to a young woman with spiked hair, piercings and body art and said, “So, what would you say were the chances of you and a gray-haired lady like me joining in a struggle for the same thing?” She looked at me and smiled and the conversation began . . . and, for this 2011, I will always remember you. The year of the seed.  May 2012 see the sprouts emerge.

Occupy Spokane 2011

Here's hoping that 2011 was a great one for all of you and may 2012 be even better! 

Valerie Baker


Exit Real Estate Professionals


simply real estate 

Comments (13)

Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Valerie, I think that if  we all look back on 2011, we will all find things that we are thankful for...thanks for sharin.

Dec 26, 2011 06:27 PM
Valerie Baker
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA
Spokane Realtor

Ron - It is always great to look back and remind yourself of all the good things in your life! :)

Dec 26, 2011 06:42 PM
Karen Crowson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rancho Bernardo, CA
Your Agent for Change

Valerie, I just love this post and your positive outlook. You should write more!!

Dec 26, 2011 07:48 PM
Lois Davies
Century 21 Birchwood Realty, Inc. - Cape Coral, FL
Cape Coral & SW Florida

Love your post!  We have many of the same things to be thankful for, and I am looking forward to a better year.  Thanks for sharing.

Dec 27, 2011 12:41 AM
Brad Gotham
Granite Peak Inspection, Inc. - Colville, WA

Great post! Now with 2011 just about over, I hope we all have a better year in 2012.

Dec 27, 2011 02:43 AM
Valerie Baker
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA
Spokane Realtor

Karen - Thank you for the encouragement! Hopefully you will hear more from me in 2012 :).

Lois - I have high hopes for the New Year and what we all can achieve!

Brad - 2011 is one that a lot of people seem glad to bid farewell.  Some good things did begin in 2011 . . .just hope we continue to move forward in 2013!


Dec 27, 2011 03:51 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Love that sign you are holding.  I watched a movie called Food Inc. last year and it made me want to grow all my own food.  Sounds like 2011 was a great year.  May 2012 be even better.  I know my third year in real estate was when it took off.   Wishing the same for you.

Dec 27, 2011 04:03 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

This is beautiful! May 2012 be a fantastic year for you and your entire family!

Dec 27, 2011 06:59 AM
Valerie Baker
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA
Spokane Realtor

Chris - Thanks! I saw that movie too and have been reading and learning so much about our food supply this year . . .very frightening! Hopefully third year is the charm! :)

Barbara-Jo - Thank you and the same to you!



Dec 27, 2011 09:24 AM
Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

Hi, Valerie -- Very glad to hear about your husband's job!  I hope that your 2012 will be filled with health, happiness, and all good things!  best, Eric

Dec 30, 2011 03:59 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Valerie, what a year! Nice post and good sentiments. I love the fact that the Occupy movement opened dialog; we certainly need more of that in our cities, our country, our world.

Here's to 2012!!

Dec 30, 2011 04:49 PM
Valerie Baker
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA
Spokane Realtor

Valerie - Thanks for the well wishes! 

Eric - I do have high hopes for 2012!

Lottie - Here's hoping 2012 brings some positive changes! Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2011 04:47 PM