What Women Can Be~ My New Adventure

Real Estate Agent with Cherimie Crane & Associates

I have invested in real estate, the stock market and even in gold a time or two. Recently I have chosen to invest in myself and open a boutique. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, our communities and our country. I am excited to expand my reach. The below is an article I wrote about a last minute request to some most amazing women.



Not every woman dreams of being model, matter of fact most of us spend the majority of our time running from anything with a lens. It isn’t enough that the entire world tells us what beauty is, but we have to consistently compete with the perfection that is photo shop. We can’t even bare to look into the mirror for longer than a lipstick second. We see tired, we see stressed, we see every little thing we haven’t done. We see the demands and the expectations of every set of eyes that ever gave us a second glance. We are women.


Just when we thought magazines were the pure definition of evil along comes social media. Now we see snapshots of everyone we know looking perfectly pressed, pristinely polished and amazingly enough 11 years younger than what we thought. It is a bit much Ya’ll.


There are rare moments when women band together and drop the judgment, drop the suffocation of expectation and be the simplest version of themselves; the perfect version.


In all the craziness that is opening a new business, I failed to schedule the photographer and all the models at the correct time. At the very last minute I called out to women who have jobs, children and responsibilities. I called on them to drop everything and face the lens.


For some incredible reason, they did. Insecurities ran rampant for the first thirty -minutes, stiff smiles and fearful eyes avoided the reality that focused on them from ten feet away. All it took was a few laughs, a few admissions to insecurity and before we knew it, six women became six friends within moments.


The camera caught the transition, the sudden acceptance that only women can give each other. There was no additional lighting, no fancy equipment; just women unguarded and unashamed.


Women are beautiful, more beautiful when the guard is down, the make-up smears and the protective barrier of simplicity and sincerity abound. These women are mothers, sisters, daughters and wives. They are what women can be, in those few moments when the world offers a giggle and a smile.


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Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Interesting, good luck with the boutique.  This is a story similar to the movie that came out a few years back about the ladies that created a calendar for charity.  The Calendar Girls

Jan 03, 2013 10:55 AM #1
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS

I absolutely love this post... the pic... and your 'real' assessment of how the world looks through a woman's lense ;)  The pic is stunning!  Congrats on your new business venture in 2013 Cherimie!

Jan 03, 2013 10:56 AM #2
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Cherimie, Good for you reaching out and doing something you really wanted to do. I know it wil be a success.

Jan 03, 2013 11:13 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Cherimie. What a fabulous phot and incredible story. You are wonderfully exuberant and that will carry through. Good luck in the new venture.

Jan 03, 2013 09:06 PM #4
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal RealtorĀ®

Women are much more than what culture would have us see and believe. This is a tremendous photograph. Best wishes for the boutique, Cherimie

Jan 03, 2013 09:30 PM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United RealtorsĀ® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate


Good luck with the boutique and love the photo.  They do look like they are a fun group of friends!

Jan 04, 2013 03:58 AM #6
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Cherimie  - that photo is absolutely gripping, and your story is wonderful! I have no doubt that your business will be successful!

Jan 04, 2013 06:18 AM #7
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

What a great story Cherimie and I wish you all the best in your new venture.

Jan 04, 2013 01:05 PM #8
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

I think we are at our best when we are unguarded, not only physically but mentally too.  I make my best decisions and have the most productive life when I drop my defenses.

Jan 04, 2013 09:08 PM #9
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

I think everyone was having entirely too much fun in the picture!

Jan 09, 2013 02:46 AM #10
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