WINNERS For the Defining GRATITUDE and Goals Contest!!!

Real Estate Agent with Liberty Homes RS-#62825



Defining Gratitude and Goals Contest was a success! Not only can other members read for years to come but these topics give the member an eye into ‘self’ that will help in business as well as personal relationships as well.


I want to give the Judges particular attention and as you read past the Winners of the Contest…you will understand why this contest is VERY special to me as well.


Jeff Dowler has done all of us the honors with (again) being the Lead Judge for our contest and he did a wonderful job keeping it all together and deserves a HUGE THANK YOU!!!  He has walked along side of me throughout a few years of my contests and I can’t thank him enough!!


The other Judges were Tammy Lankford, Tom Arsingstall and Debe Maxwell, who along with Jeff worked hard and diligently to read EVERY entry and come up with the top place winners !!!  I can never thank them enough either.  PLEASE KEEP READING!


I want to personally thank all my judges for this contest. The especially took all the time it takes with the hard task of reading 94 entries. They also took much of their time in the excruciating task of making sure their top picks had followed each and every rule and come up with the winners.


First Place:  Can Gratitude Be Planned? By Gail Robinson ---2500 points


Second Place:  Living with Gratitude Everyday. By Kathleen Luiten--2000 points


Third Place:  Gratitude and Why By Dagny Eason---1500 points


All other entries will receive 1,000 points for their participation in the contest!  Thank you so much for your time and effort!!!


In my NON ENTRY for this contest, I wrote about a particular situation. I am grateful for Bob Stewart (former LONGTIME Community Evangelist for ActiveRain) allowing me into his family and particularly his son Kelan.  Long Story Short (famous line) he allowed me to be a ‘Gramma Sally in Hawaii’ to his son Kelan. I had no grandchildren until September of 2011 when our miracle Grandson arrived by C-Section.  I still send Kelan Birthday and Christmas Boxes….and GRATEFUL what that experience has taught me.


I especially  am filled with gratitude for what happened now…during this very contest. My 2nd grandson arrived 3 weeks early (we had a scheduled C-Section for December 8th and baby just wouldn’t have it!) on November 25, 2014.  It was a particularly hard labor for my petite 4’10” (usually 90 lbs) daughter and she ended up nearly passing out with the loss of blood. In turn she had a blood transfusion and recovery took two hours.


I had it all planned out. OR so I thought…..I had my ticket for Dec. 4th, the contest would be over and I would have read the majority …if not all of the entries. As it turned out, I didn’t have much time to do anything during that last week of November….and I arrived the morning after Baby Levi entered into this world on November 25.


It has been an ‘experience’ to say the least but I want to especially thank Tammy Lankford, who supported me during those crucial hours of ‘not knowing’ what was going on with my daughter….until I reached my destination; cradling my new grandson Levi and hugging my 3 year old Grandson Brayden.  Most importantly, to see with my own eyes that my daughter was indeed all right….just like she said.


MAHALO (Thank You) again for all of you sharing what your idea of Gratitude is and how /or do use it in business and personal life.


Happy Holidays!!!


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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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Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Congratulations to all of the winners and to EVERYONE who entered

Dec 05, 2014 07:41 PM #22
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

What a wonderful non-entry as well.  Congratulations on the birth of your newest grandchild.

Dec 05, 2014 08:03 PM #23
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sally,

What a wonderful contest..thank you for taking the time to offer it. I've read most of the entries and made sure to comment on the winners entries!

Dec 05, 2014 08:36 PM #24
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

This is a cool contest, best to you and your little Kelan.

Dec 05, 2014 08:47 PM #25
Dee Toohey
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Longwood, FL
Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro

Congratulation to all that entered and to the winners!  

Dec 05, 2014 09:04 PM #26
Jason Anderson
Platinum Realty - Liberty, MO
Realtor®, Organizational Expert

Congratulations on your growing family. Beautiful grandchildren. Your daughter may have her hands full with the newest addition-he already seems to be in charge! :)


Dec 05, 2014 10:56 PM #27
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Now, and always, this time of year will bring extra-special memories for you and yours...

Dec 05, 2014 11:25 PM #28
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Sally, I had no idea you were going through all that.  I'm so glad your daughter is well and she has a healthy baby.  

I'm surprised and delighted to learn my entry took First Place in the contest.  Thank you to all the judges and to everyone on AR who read my entry!

Dec 05, 2014 11:42 PM #29
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Sally congraulations on your 2nd grandbaby! WOW I too had no idea all that was going on for your daughter and your family.  Wonderul contest and congratulations to all the winners - which is everyone!

Dec 05, 2014 11:46 PM #30
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Sally, congrats on adding a new member to your family. Being able to spend time with grandchildren is an experience I am looking forward to. They are a true blessing. Thanks for hosting the contest and everything you do here on AR.

Dec 06, 2014 02:22 AM #31
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Thank you for a great contest, Sally!  And congrats to the winners for sharing excellent stories.

Dec 06, 2014 03:15 AM #32
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Congratulations to all of the winners.....such a great contest.

Dec 06, 2014 04:04 AM #33
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Sally, Congratulations to the winners of this contest and hope you and your family enjoy all the joys of this Holiday season, and all are healthy

Dec 06, 2014 04:53 AM #34
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

HI Sally - congratulations on your new baby grandson, and to the winners of this contest.

Dec 06, 2014 05:29 AM #35
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Thanks for hosting a contest during such a busy time in your life.  Two grandsons are tremendous reasons to be grateful.

Dec 06, 2014 06:19 AM #36
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

#2 came early, and it worked out well.

What a great way to start things out.

Let's have a quick recovery for your daughter too.

Dec 06, 2014 02:02 PM #37
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Great contest Sally. Thank you for sharing your personal story too!

Dec 07, 2014 02:41 AM #38
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

So proud of the winners and their awesome entries!  Thank you Sally for all your work and to Jeff, Debe, Tammy & Tom for putting in the time to judge all these fabulous entries!  Let it Rain!

Dec 08, 2014 02:05 AM #39
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

What a nice contest and reminder to think of gratitude every day.

Dec 08, 2014 02:23 AM #40
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

This is a great contest- thanks for your work in making this happen.

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