**Last Call For Alcohol! Keep Moving Forward (UPDATED: CONTEST ENTRIES)**

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Liberty Homes RS-#62825

 I figured you lushes would open this one up for the title! (I don't drink so that's my Vanilla Milkshake to the left) Make a toast and publish that post CONTEST TIME!!!! **Holiday Balance of Time OR Attitudes**    in support of Positive Attitude for the Weary Soul group. 

                          The deadline is Wednesday....four more days!

I watched a movie this afternoon called "Meet the Robinsons" and it was about a mother who had to give up her son when he was a baby. He was a genius and wanted to invent something where he could go back in time to find the family he never knew.  The fate of the future rested in his hands ....but the Robinson family..helped him to learn that:

             "He had to keep moving forward and never stop believing in himself". 

What a concept!  Our stories of faith and hope with a positive spirit of what we will do during the holidays to keep priorities and balance may just be the "Helping Hand" that another person needs. (if the contest guidelines were confusing....use this simple sentence for your guideline....that ought to make it easier :)

Helping someone who may not be all chipper around the holidays may make all the difference in their lives right now.  And that's what Active Rain is all about. Active Rain gave this platform to us to use and we give back to the community in the form of support. I know of two people that this has benefit so far. Imagine the reward you will get back with giving a little support in the form of a positive message for staying afloat in spirit, mind and soul for the holiday season.


If anything, I wanted to give the following entries a little link love :) and if you folks haven't had a chance to read them you may want to spend a few minutes to read these wonderful stories and support them with a comment!

 UPDATED:       **Entries**

  1. Midori's Thoughts on Holiday Balance...Efficient Like A Machine! by Midori Miller
  2.  I have room on the balance beam to share Holiday Balance By Melissa Grant
  3. holiday balance: Holiday Balance: Giving the Gifts Worth Giving By Kathy McGraw
  4. holiday balance: When The Pile Of Presents Are Higher Than The Tree - You've Probably Lost Your Holiday Balance  By Marlene Bridges
  5. holiday balance: Holiday Balance- There Is A Time And A Season For Every Thing In Our Lives By Katerina Gassett
  6. Holiday Balance: Reflecting,Transforming and Giving From The Heart! By Brande Bradford
  7. Deciding Outcomes Through Holiday Balance  By Joddie Roberts
  8. holiday balance: Holiday Balance...Or The Art Of Juggling!!!  By Fran Gaspari
  9. holiday balance: Holiday Balance: Give Your Dreams the Wings to Fly...Just Believe By Julie Neering
  10. Holiday Balance - Let's Bring Back the True Meaning  By Brigita McKelvie
  11. Holiday Balance - It Comes from the Heart By Cynthia Tilghman
  12. Holiday Balance: Creating a Special Holiday Season By Kathleen Elim
  13. Credit Crunches Santa's Sleigh, Where is the Holiday Balance? By Mike Norvell
  14. Holiday Balance: Remembering these Children and all the Forgotten By William Johnson
  15. Balancing My World and Yours - Holiday Balance By John MacArthur
  16. holiday balance: Holiday Balance & A Healthy Lifestyle By Suzanne Sands
  17. It's A Razor Thin Line - Finding Your Holiday Balance In The Rain By Tom Plant
  18. holiday balance: Long Ago and Far Away...Holiday Balance By Jo-Anne Smith
  19. Holiday Balance - It's Now or Never By Georgina Hunter
  20.  Holiday Balance: Keeping Things In Perspective By Linda Scanlan
  21. Holiday Balance ~ Your Presence Is Your Present! By Shannon Lefevre Naples
  22. Holiday Balance~A Time For Reflection By Joan Mirantz
  23. Holiday Balance, I don't think so! By Mike Norvell
  24. A Christmas Gift Not Forgotten "Holiday Balance" By Ricki Eichler
  25. Holiday Balance & the Season of Gratitude By Harold Watts
  26. Sustainable Christmas "Rent a Tree"?? Anyone up for the challenge? Perfect Christmas Holiday Balance! By Sarah Washburn
  27. Holiday balance - A different perspective By Faina Sechzer

Late Entries that I wanted to bring to everyones attention because though they were late they wanted to show their support for the contest, group and the community!

holiday balance: Holiday Balance with the Step Family - 'tis the season to be jolly' - 11/15/07 02:35 AM
This was inspired by the contest sponsored by WooHoo Sally, the founder of the POSITIVE ATTITUDE for the Weary Soul Group. Having been raised with thirteen siblings that consisted of His's, Her's and Ours brings me to share my own personal experience of balancing the holidays for those families that ... (6 comments)

holiday balance: Holiday Balance & A Positive Attitude: A lesson learned through tragedy - 11/15/07 01:36 AM
Ask a Realtor® or Lender to reflect on 2007 and a lot of them will say,
It's been a tough year!
Myself included, at least emotionally. You see, here's the thing...
That's the Bueno Family pictured below! (Of course that's probably 6-7 years ago)
Me (Ricardo Bueno), Jose De Los Santos, Francisco ... (14 comments)


One of our own Active Rain head guys, Bob Stewart, is giving points and his time to judge this contest. 

Bob Stewart - Community Builder Bob Stewart, Community Builder

Brian Block submitted a great post to support the contest, even though he is a judge and not competing in the contest.

holiday balance: Holiday Balance -- Having Fun, Reconnecting, and Maintaining Your Sanity - 11/07/07 04:47 PM
This post supports Sally Cheeseman's Holiday Balance Contest.  But, it is not an entry in the contest.
Why?  Well, I am a judge in the contest and am therefore recused from entering.  We've got several great entries so far, but are looking for more.  You've still got another week to enter this ... (30 comments)**********************************************************************************

Margaret Woda submitted a great post to support the contest, even though she is a judge and not competing in the contest.

holiday balance: Family, Clients, and Holiday Balance - 11/11/07 05:00 AM
As a judge in the Holiday Balance Contest, I can't enter - but I wanted to share with you some of my holiday memories as a Realtor.  I've been restraining from even looking at the posts until writing my non-entry, and I'm dying to read them.  'Guess that means I'd better get started ... (7 comments)



EDIT:  Okay....I need to add in my post ....even though I'm not entering ....

By Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman, Founder of the Positive Attitude for the Weary Soul Group.

holiday balance: I NEED YOU TO TURN TO: Holiday Balance of Time and Attitude - 10/31/07 02:20 PM
With the Holiday Season approaching I wondered how will I balance my time with my business as well as my family and the holidays. My intent here is to give a helping hand to another person who may have a hard time right now with anything they are going through in their ... (46 comments)


So, if you are still planning on submitting that entry click on the following link for rules, guidelines, judging criteria and awards given:


                                CONTEST TIME!!!! **Holiday Balance of Time OR Attitudes**  


Mahalo and a pre-Happy Holidays to all of you!

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains
Sally:  I am a shake kind of gal too!  This is an important post and I can't even express the words I feel about this post.  How absolutely wonderful of you to help us remember to put the focus on others and especially at this time of the year.  I've always been so fortunate throughout my life to have close family but I've reached an age where many of my family members are gone and it is especially sad and lonesome during the holiday times.  I miss them all the time but I am so grateful to have such wonderful memories.  How precious our time is and of those of us who are left to carry on, we do.  Thank you truly for this touching post. 
Nov 10, 2007 11:27 PM #19
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Sally, when I enter a contest, I usually jump right in and do it quickly but I was out of town for about 5 days and didn't. Then when I got back, there are so many excellent entries that I thought more people have a handle on this than I do. I'll rethink, but the ones you highlighted are really, really good.
Nov 11, 2007 12:25 AM #20
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
Sally--Looks like some pretty stiff competition in the catagory already...I wish I had the time to participate this week, but no balance in my life right now...LOL!
Nov 11, 2007 01:07 AM #21
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
Indeed, the Holidays are rushing up faster than imaginable! It will be next year before you know it and there is so much to do!!!
Nov 11, 2007 01:38 AM #22
Neal Bloom
eXp Realty - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

I'm getting dizzy....I need some balance in my life:)

pepino was the code name...thats my brother inlaws name:)

Nov 11, 2007 01:40 AM #23
Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
OMG - I need to read me some of those because I'm very far from my sanity and not even ready to address the holidays!!  I love your positive attitude contests Sally.
Nov 11, 2007 02:30 AM #24
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

WooHoo Sally, the holidays aren't balanced for me. My wife has a big family and I have none. Way ouit of balance. Anyway I may attempt something for your contest. But even if I don't "Mahalo" hafa haole.

Bill Roberts 

Nov 11, 2007 03:07 AM #25
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Sally- I read all the comments, and I want to say this.....

I had what I thought would be my Post for this contest but totally changed it at the last minute....why?  Because of the guidelines.....then I remembered Colleen, or maybe Laurie saying that Guidelines are just that...and everyone interprets them differently.

 So, I decided to just use the basic words of the contest......and the feelings of Balance and Positive Attitude.  then the words just came.......and I loved reading everyones entries.....each one gave me something, and I think that was your intention :) :) Now I am waiting for the ones here that said they would enter, as I love reading their Posts.......

 we never know who we might help with what we write, even if it is just ourselves :)

Nov 11, 2007 03:26 AM #26
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Julie: I am especially waiting for all you Positive Group supporters to see what you come up with....I will stay tuned and look forward to reading (I'm so glad I'm not a judge hehe)

Katerina: Thanks soft spoken woman :)  and I thank you for the nice comment. This is the only group I started and will ever have. It surely is important to have a positive place to go to .....and get out of funk.

Cynthia:  Don't tweak it to death now :)  we'll see you shortly!  If you need help... look within!

Brian: There was no way I was going to let you guys off the hook... More often than not people need a reminder .....and procrastinate :)

Joeann: Oh...yours should be grand!  If you're not busy partying at night then you should get your quiet time! :)


Nov 11, 2007 04:12 AM #27
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Geez....getting sidetracked all over this morning!

Donna: Hope to see your input with a post as well...you got it going on in the comment thread....continue in a post!

Missy: No excuses...you are a very talented writer and voted one of the top women bloggers...nope..no excuse!  :)

Teri:  Oh, no..you got it going on....with family and all.....

Barbara Jo/Bill:  And....you surely will have some balance to get everything accomplished...right?

Neal:  Yeah...right...get on with it!


Nov 11, 2007 05:24 AM #28
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Ines: Thanks Ines....Maybe it'll get you thinking too!

Bill: Well, all I can say is that if there is no balance then business may be a little wacked out too?

Kathy: Thanks for your support!  More entries are coming in....and like we believe...quality ones at that. Thanks Kathy. And thanks for the phone call of appreciation...it is a great positive group.

Nov 11, 2007 05:34 AM #29
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Woo Hoo Sally...

I am still trying to think of something that would work for this contest cuzz I am bad with the mushy stuff.

Perhaps it will come to me before the deadline. If not...I guess I'm a loser :)


Nov 11, 2007 08:02 AM #30
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

TLW: Not to worry...you support me in so many other ways ...thanks for coming to support me here too :)  And you are definitely not a loser anyway!

Nov 11, 2007 09:59 AM #31
Christina Bennani-Persechini
Keller Williams Realty Boston North West - Lexington, MA
Realtor - The House For You
I love the positive posts here it's inspirational
Nov 11, 2007 10:17 AM #32
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
Christina: Glad you liked them! You are welcome to join the contest!
Nov 11, 2007 10:30 AM #33
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

OK you got me with the title.

I never saw that movie.  I will have to watch for it.

Nov 11, 2007 07:40 PM #34
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
Randy....Jacob would love it....we watched Ratatouille last night...
Nov 12, 2007 02:51 AM #35
Faina Sechzer
Henderson-Sotheby's International Realty - Princeton, NJ
Real Estate Expert - Princeton, Montgomery ,Hopewell, NJ

Sally, here is my entry "Holiday Balance- A different perspective"

I hope I did the right tag and posting instructions. 

Nov 14, 2007 02:20 PM #36
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Sally, in case my young friend forgets to put his Post here.....I have put his link......he got this in with 20 minutes to spare for the deadline :) :)

Holiday Balance & A Positive Attitude: A lesson learned through tragedy

Nov 14, 2007 05:57 PM #37
Laurie Mindnich
Centennial, CO
Sally Jo, I missed this one (!).  If I hadn't already defined my holiday schedule, I'd enter- your contests are great.
Nov 15, 2007 08:38 AM #38
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