From Referral to Active.....a journey!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams-Indy Metro West AB

Here I am! Back again after 4 years! What happened 4 years ago to take me away from Real Estate? Life! Yup, life happened. I have 4 adult children and now I have 9 grandchildren too. At that time my daughter was expecting her 4th child! And she was experiencing life threatening (to her and the baby) complications!  I left Real Estate to be a full time caregiver, mom, and grandma! It was my priority at the time. My daughter and grandson came out of it all fine (not without some serious scares)! The next few years were full of much activity (and another grandchild! my daughter is finished with children at 5).


So in the meantime I needed to do something with what little downtime I had. I decided to take an online course ( a 3 yr online course!) to become an Empowerment Coach! I am almost finished with that course. I have also began writing, I have a book that will be published here in the next few months! I took the opportunity to study certain topics over the years including, Gratitude, Forgiveness, unconditional love, and how these affect our lives; this is what my book is about. Not that you asked! :)

Over the last few months I have been finding myself drawn back to the Real Estate profession; it seemed everywhere I looked I was surrounded by Real Estate in one form or another; haha...obviously there are houses everywhere!   But I seemed to be seeing Real Estate Professionals everywhere, running into them, being asked to attend conferences by people who did not know I was in referral, and then one day a friend contacted me, she said she was getting her license. The interesting thing is when she sent me the text I was, for at least an hour prior, contemplating if I should take my license out of referral....and then BAM I get the text.  Now you might have guessed from the topics I mentioned above that I am a girl who believes in synchronicity! Nothing is coincidence! So I took the sign that was offered to me and ran with it! 

Here I am!  Back again! And ready to get the party started.  I do have some obstacles to overcome before I can fully become active again! I need to take some CE, I need to find a Brokerage, I need to get reinstated with the state and a couple other things.....

Wish me luck won't you?!


Comments (16)

Karen Johnson, Realtor, ABR
Addison Wolfe Real Estate - Doylestown, PA
"Bucks County PA Homes"

Welcome back and what a great story!  I am glad to hear that your daughter and the baby are doing well.  I look forward to reading your blogs!

Jun 22, 2013 01:26 PM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTORĀ®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Wow. Glad things have worked out well for you and your family, Christine! It's great that you were able to be so supportive and enrich yourself, too.
Good Luck getting started in Real Estate again. I'm sure you'll do very well!


Jun 22, 2013 01:26 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Welcome back Christine!  You certainly don't look old enough to be a grandma.  Congratulations on the heath of your daughter and grandkids, and good luck with your career!

Jun 22, 2013 09:54 PM
Christine Frame Martin
Keller Williams-Indy Metro West - Avon, IN
Hendricks County Realtor

Good morning to you all!

I am excited to see comments on my blog! As excited as I was when I received the email telling me my blog post was being featured! In the years I was on AR in the past my posts were never "featured"... good sign? I say "Yes!"  (if you know something that would take the excitement off ...ya know, like they always feature new blogs??? or something , well, maybe you can just not tell me?)


Karen- Thank you! All 4 of my children and 9 of my grand children are doing very well! I am grateful!  I see you are new to Real Estate!! Welcome! I wish you much success! I also look forward to reading your blog posts!

Bruce- Thank you for your kind words. It was a blessing I could be there for my daughter. I know not everyone can do that. I am grateful all my family are well now; not just well but thriving! Good stuff!  And the enrichment of my life was the icing on the cake! TY!


Amanda & Jared! Hello fellow Hoosiers! Thank you, thank you for the sweet compliment!  I would like to say it is this Hoosier air.....but I looked darn good before I moved here from California in 2000!  :)   Thank you for the well wishes and the luck! Appreciated! 

You all have a brilliant Sunday! And thank you for being my first visitors on my (#1) return blog post!

Jun 22, 2013 10:20 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Christine, welcome back! Glad to hear your Daughter and Grandchildren are doing well. Life's challenges can often put us on the right path.

Jun 22, 2013 11:47 PM
Christine Frame Martin
Keller Williams-Indy Metro West - Avon, IN
Hendricks County Realtor

Michael- Thank you! I am so happy to be back! You are so right! Lifes challenges are there for a reason....I have grown! I am thankful I recognized the need for growth and the opportunity!  

Thank you for the greeting!! And the comment!

Jun 22, 2013 11:54 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes to your accomplishments and coaching career...Luck to you as well as much success..If Attitude is everything you'll be just fine

Jun 23, 2013 12:06 AM
Christine Frame Martin
Keller Williams-Indy Metro West - Avon, IN
Hendricks County Realtor

Richie- Thank you! I appreciate the encouragment! Here is to hoping attitude has a lot to do with it!  :)

Have a great Sunday!

Jun 23, 2013 12:13 AM
Rebecca Howard
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Orland Park, IL
Recognized | Respected | Recommended

Hi Christine. Wishing you the best for having the courage to take this on. As if your life isn't full already. You will do fine.

My advice is not to rush things; there is no need to try to 'catch'up' with anyone.  Set your own pace.  AR is a good place to be during those roller coaster episodes in our lives. It has helped me recently to stay focused. Things have changed a lot in a short time period. They definitely are NOT the way it used to be.

Lastly, don't take any wooden nickels.

Best Wishes!

Jun 23, 2013 02:48 AM
Melanie Narducci
Hillscape Properties, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
Your San FranciscoBay Area Real Estate Expert
Life does happen! Glad you are re-engaged and I look forward to your future blogs!
Jun 23, 2013 03:06 AM
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Welcome back!  This is a great market to come back to.  We all have those times when "life happens" and you have to put family first. 

Jun 23, 2013 03:54 AM
Christine Frame Martin
Keller Williams-Indy Metro West - Avon, IN
Hendricks County Realtor

Rebecca- Thank you! Now you have me wondering what has changed so much! EEK!  Haha..really, I will heed your advice. I have no choice but to take things rather slowly since I need to take my Brokers test!  Thank you so much for your kind words! And for commenting!  Have a great Sunday!


Melanie- Thank you! It certainly does happen...doesn't it?  Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I look forward to browsing your blog!


Bryan- Thank you!! I am hearing this is a great time to be coming back! That is exciting to hear!  We do indeed all have those times! I know how blessed I am that I was able to take the time I needed to be there for my daughter!  But now back to it! And happy to be!   Thank you for visiting and commenting Bryan! 


Jun 23, 2013 04:26 AM
Jay & Michelle Lieberman
Keller Williams World Class - Agoura Hills, CA
Creating Calm in the Buying and Selling Chaos

Good luck Christine.  Sounds like you were your own Empowerment Coach in this one!

Jun 23, 2013 05:00 AM
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

Congratulations!  Having the right priorities has served you and your family well, as it always does.

Jun 23, 2013 05:20 AM
Heidi Kelley
Keller Williams Realty Leading Edge - East Providence, RI
Your Rhode Island Real Estate Connection

Welcome back Christine and best of luck to you!

Jun 23, 2013 07:03 AM
Christine Frame Martin
Keller Williams-Indy Metro West - Avon, IN
Hendricks County Realtor

Jay and Michelle, Joetta, and Heidi! Thank you all for the welcomes and well wishes! I appreciate them!

I hope to see you all around the blogs!


Jun 23, 2013 08:10 AM