Sometimes you just got to hit PAUSE

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

Sometimes you just got to hit that Pause button and that is just what I did for the last several weeks. Don't get me wrong, as a REALTOR® you are never really OFF (and I like it that way) but one can choose to slow down a bit or be forced to on occasion.. as I was.

When I got the news that one of my very close family members was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, I hit that PAUSE button, long and hard. I didn't hesitate to pack up my kids, hop on a plane and be where I needed to be for a month. And I am so glad I did. 

Technology can often be a curse but for a REALTOR® it is a true blessing. There I was, thousands of miles away, negotiating contracts on two listings and preparing for a new one to hit the market (stay tuned!) all while spending time with the people that make my life whole and my heart full. 

I've been back for a few days and busy with my exciting new listing. I promise, pictures will follow very soon - of the listing and my trip. But before I share more info, I wanted to take this opportunity and remind you all to go ahead and hit PAUSE.

And don't wait for bad news to pour in or tragedy to strike. 


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Thompson Company, REALTORS

16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 16+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running, hiking, and traveling, speaks German, reads a lot, blogs a little, and drinks too much coffee. 


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Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Andrea I so agree. It is so important to stay in touch what's really important and that is our family and friens - especially when they need us. Sorry to hear about your relative. I had an aunt with Parkinsons and it wasn't easy for her but she did her best to keep her spirits up.  Pausing is a good thing

Jul 18, 2017 05:17 PM #1
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Andrea Bedard,

A very good reason to hit the PAUSE button. My sister has Parkinson's and she is doing very well with her boxing and other activities they have her engaged in. I'm amazed at what they are doing now with the disease as my mother also had Parkinson's.Good for you for being there for your close family memeber.

Jul 18, 2017 05:18 PM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

My first marriage failed partly because of me working so much to get ahead

Jul 18, 2017 05:23 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Andrea- you have inspired us all with this post. Yes, we need to learn how to hit pause, and yes, don't wait! Good for you for hitting pause and going to be with your family member. And, Andrea, look at the example you set for your children.

Jul 18, 2017 05:43 PM #4
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I'm sorry to hear about your friend.  That really is a benefit to being in this business.  We work all the time, but we also have the freedom to do exactly what you just did without a boss to ask or the possibility of losing a job or having to use time off.  It is good for us to pause for many reasons - friends and family on the top of the list.  Welcome back. I hope your friend is well. -Kasey

Jul 18, 2017 05:45 PM #5
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Andrea

This is such good advice but it's often hard to reach out and hit that pause button. Glad you did...thanks for the reminder! Look forward to seeing your listing pics!


Jul 18, 2017 06:19 PM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Andrea. Really good point and nicely done and wonderfully expressed.

Jul 19, 2017 09:11 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

                          Thank you Andrea Bedard 

Jul 22, 2017 04:49 PM #8
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Andrea Bedard that's great advice and I need to heed that advice...

Jul 23, 2017 04:31 AM #9
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Amen to that! You know the things that really matter are not the stuff we accumulate but the relationships we enjoy!

Jul 23, 2017 05:14 AM #10
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Andrea Bedard No question that life does go on with or without our input. As we age, it seems the personal tragedies keep mounting. Glad you are there for your Family Member!

Jul 23, 2017 05:41 AM #11
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Andrea Bedard, you are so right. Everything in balance. My last year has been on and off because of a ailing family member. That's fine because I can always do what you did. Use the technology of the day to keep thing moving while I pay attention to the more important parts. 

Jul 23, 2017 06:20 AM #12
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I saw your post thanks to Kathys wrap up....great job!

Jul 23, 2017 07:50 AM #13
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That's the blessing of our jobs.  For the most part, we can do them anywhere.  And when we have good friends in the business, the stuff that needs to be done in person will get done.

I'm glad you got to spend some much needed time with that family member.  That's the stuff in life that matters.

Jul 23, 2017 09:04 AM #14
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Andrea

I read this when you first wrote it but decided to come back for another read once I saw it on Kathy's light bulb moments posts. In addition to the note on my laptop "just say no" I think I need to add "hit PAUSE" as a reminder of something I don't do very well.


Jul 23, 2017 02:44 PM #15
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Yes, we have to keep our eyes on all that is important to us, and sometimes hitting pause is necessary. I hope all is well with your loved one.

Jul 24, 2017 04:13 AM #16
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well you certainly have your priorities straight. Your family member is lucky to have you!

Jul 24, 2017 10:00 AM #17
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Andrea Bedard I have missed you and it's time to get together. So glad that Kathy Streib featured this. 

Love to you and the girls.


Jul 24, 2017 08:07 PM #18
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Andrea - it is important to hit that pause button when you need to.  My mother had Parkinson's. 

Jul 25, 2017 07:40 AM #19
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