I'm So Proud Of You

By
Services for Real Estate Pros with ActiveRain, Community Manager

I almost had a heart attack when I opened my email this am but then quickly remembered today is the end of our December Blogging Challenge.  My bewilderment turned to delightment as this was no easy contest.  December has been one of the busiest months socially and professionally so for you to make the time to squeeze in a blogging challenge makes me so unbelievably proud. 

I get very emotional when I think about my AR family. Each and every one of you are so unique that it makes us completely harmonious.  We need fire and sass and confidence and your backbone to push us all to be the best possible.

Think about 2011...we've gone through so many changes.  When I look back, the first thing I think about is the major changes with AR's ownership.  Many were afraid that the soul of AR would be lost or taken away.  Nobody could ever take that away from us.  For the believers out there that can see past the fog, you know that too or you wouldn't be here. 

When a member is sick or gone missing we unite and reach out.  When a newbie needs to know the best way to get a market report together, we say 'Hey email me and I'll send you the template I made', (not to mention the template took hours and hours to create, tweak and make perfect...just email me, I got you). 

What about when one of you go on vacation and you stop 275 miles out of your way just to have lunch with Joe from AR.  Your spouse and kids may think you're crazy but you have butterflies in your stomach knowing you're finally meeting face-to-face.  Knowing that had you not spent so much time sharing and connecting on AR that you wouldn't of developed this friendship.  And of course you take a few snapshots to include in your blog later!

How many have cried over something on the 'Rain?  Or gotten so red in the face you needed to take a walk?  What about reading something that made your eyes almost pop out of your head?  Anybody get the strength they needed from another member's experience?  Has your phone rang just when you needed it to?  My hand is raised.

I think about you guys all the time.  My family and friends still can't get over the comments I get on my blogs.  Or they scratch their head when I try to tell them about what I get to do each day.  I feel like the luckiest girl to get to come to work and interact with such top core people day after day.  Don't get me wrong, there are times I want to yell and scream but those are few and far between.  I wouldn't be here if I didn't love what I did.  And I wouldn't love it if it weren't for you.  From the newbies to the old timers....I'm so proud of you and I can't wait to see what we do in 2012.

Happy New Year ActiveRain!  Bring it on 2012!

Posted by

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager
ActiveRain

   

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Rainer
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Shannon Coe
Keller Williams - Rocklin, CA
916-597-3818, Lincoln, Rocklin, Loomis, Roseville

Happy New Year Kerrie,

The challenge wea great, I am looking for my next challenge!

Jan 03, 2012 03:05 AM #55
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Nick T Pappas
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Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Kerrie, and we are all so proud of you for everything you do to make our lives a little better here at AR.  It was my pleasure to meet you at Atlanta RainCamp and I hope I get that opportunity again.  You have a tough job worrying about over 200K members, but you do it well.

Jan 03, 2012 10:54 AM #56
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Happy New Year!

Longwood Gardens IMG_2176

 

Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Jan 03, 2012 12:26 PM #57
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Kerrie, you are just about my favorite thing about Active Rain!  I think you should open up AR East in the other Washington - as in DC!

Jan 03, 2012 01:09 PM #58
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Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Kerrie.....you summed up Active Rain Perfectly!!!    I to have been so mad I had to take a walk and then read some thing that brought tears to my eyes!!!   THe participants were awesome in the challenge!!!!!    And I think all of us that read what folks did to generate business learned some great things too!!! 

happy New Year!!!   2012 is going to be awesome! 

Jan 03, 2012 02:44 PM #59
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Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Kerrie,

I just wanted to say I had a great time doing the 2011 Dec Blogging Challenge. It was fun and kept me on track for December as it is easy to get busy with the Christmas stuff.

Happy Holidays and may 2012 bring you and all the AR staff good luck, good health and you all are awesome. I loved the AR Jingle Bell Rock. dance.

Jan 03, 2012 03:23 PM #60
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Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Division Specialist

Thank you for all you do and for my bonus points.  love the contests and the learning experiences from them.

Jan 03, 2012 03:47 PM #61
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Happy New Year Kerrie. Thanks for the bonus pts and all you do in the Rain. And, Congrats #82 omthe leaderboard. That Richard  :)

Jan 03, 2012 03:53 PM #62
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Mary Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro - Roswell, GA
Top Agents Atlanta Metro

Kerry thanks for being you and supporting us all out here in the rain, the December blogging contest was amazing, thanks for getting all our points posted so quickly, we look forward to hearing more from you in 2012

Jan 03, 2012 03:54 PM #63
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Cathy McAlister
Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento - Sacramento, CA
Sacramento DRE#00648507

Kerrie:   While I did not do the daily blog, I did do the meet-up and enjoyed it very much!  Hope to see another in the near future.  Thank you so much for all the organizing and inspirational ideas.   They are GREAT!

Jan 03, 2012 03:54 PM #64
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Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Kerrie ~ Has anyone ever told you, you are the wind beneath our wings??  Thank you so much for all you do...and you do it so well.... 

Jan 03, 2012 03:54 PM #65
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Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Thank you for the blog and it is a great place to be involved.

Jan 03, 2012 04:10 PM #66
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Kerrie:

Hope your New Year was great.  You are such a wonderful representative of the ActiveRain staff.  Thanks for being so easy to work with.  I don't know how you keep your patience with us.  Thanks heaven you do.

Jan 03, 2012 04:14 PM #67
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Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Your stewardship of our community and the activities here (including the contests) is a big part of what makes this place so fun.  You always seem to keep things running along.  Thanks for making this place so much fun and such a good resource for so many things (knowledge, a good laugh, etc).

Jan 03, 2012 04:25 PM #68
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Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Kerrie, reading your post brought tears to my eyes. I wish you a Happy New Year, and much success in 2012 !

Jan 03, 2012 05:00 PM #69
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Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Kerrie, obviously you're much loved and respected here in the rain. I enjoy your writing style. Cheers to a healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2012 to you and all rainmakers!

Jan 03, 2012 07:39 PM #70
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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Lovely sentiment Kerrie and so well said.  It's people like you who make being in the "Rain" so enjoyable.  Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012.

Jan 03, 2012 09:31 PM #71
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Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

I love seeing these comments!!!  You guys make me so very happy!!  Thank you for all the comments!!

Jan 04, 2012 03:51 AM #72
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Nancy Laswick
United Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun

I'm very happy to have found Active Rain it's been so much more than I expected and although we've never met I feel like I know you. Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year Kerrie!

Jan 04, 2012 02:07 PM #73
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Kim & Kristine Halverson
Compass - Santa Monica, CA
Sisters, Realtors

I LOVED this challenge!  Felt very supported during a time when most are not working.  Agree, cry and red in face.  But, few and far between.  Happy New Year!  Kristine :)

Jan 10, 2012 05:37 AM #74
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