Habits …. The Ugly …. The Bad…. And Let’s End With The Good

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Habits …. The Ugly …. The Bad…. And Let’s End With The Good

It’s time to air out the dirty laundry thanks to Debbie Reynolds and her fun September contest. I’m a give me the bad news first type of girl so I’m going to start with the ugly, head to the bad, and then end with the good.


The Ugly – I do not do a good job of balancing work and personal. I work way too much and often times when I come home from work I get right back on my computer instead of listening to and spending time with my boyfriend Paul. He is one of the most understanding people I know and is without a doubt my biggest supporter but, I need to improve and give him more of my undivided attention. I’ve been getting up 30 minutes earlier to get more done because he’s already at work by then and that’s helped a little but, I still have a long ways to go.


 Paul and Amanda


The Bad – when I’m stressed I pull my eyebrows out. It might be genetic as my Mom tells me my great Grandmother did the same thing but, when your eyebrows start to look like Swiss cheese it’s time to take action. I don’t always realize I’m doing it but, when I catch myself I grab a stress ball that one of our preferred lenders gave me and try to squeeze that instead of reaching up and pulling on my eyebrows. Old habits are hard to break but, I will persevere.


The Good – communication is something I’m very good at and enjoy. Whether it’s communicating with clients, business contacts, or people in my personal life I’m on it. You can never have too much communication in my humble opinion and I think it builds strong and lasting relationships.





I feel a lot cleaner now that I aired my dirty laundry, thank you Debbie Reynolds for the opportunity to put it all out there. I’m hoping that by writing down my bad and ugly habits it will be even more motivation to kick them to the curb!




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Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group

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Alexandria, VA 22315

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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I cant believe you of all people have ANY bad habits :-)  I agree with you though on working too much, I need to unplug!

Sep 08, 2017 06:52 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Amanda S. Davidson it ALL sounds good to me.... but I knew it would!!

Sep 08, 2017 06:55 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Good morning, Amanda --- while I am having some difficulty with this challenge, I like that you chose a way to end up with "the good".   That's a nice strategy. Now about that eyebrow torture -- stop it!

Sep 08, 2017 07:47 AM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Amanda.  I think Paul should be added to the good list.

Sep 08, 2017 08:37 AM #4
Jose Arroyo


Your good overrides the bad and the ugly! (But yes, take care of my buddy Paul!)

Sep 08, 2017 10:51 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I could certainly tell that you were a good communicator and I am certain that your clients appreciate that.  I like that you started with the bad, then ended with the good, as it is always good to end on a good note!

Sep 08, 2017 11:24 AM #6
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Amanda: Many of us struggle with the professional/personal balance. Having a good support system is so important...Paul sounds like a keeper!

Sep 08, 2017 11:42 AM #7
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Amanda, not so fun to air our laundry here in public!    I would know you are a workaholic, and Paul has to be a very supportive boyfriend.   Your eyebrows?   did not know that.  You are wonderful at communication!!!

Sep 09, 2017 06:33 AM #8
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Very clever to end with the Good Amanda, but then there's really no ugly or bad with you...ouch with those eyebrows!

Sep 09, 2017 08:42 AM #9
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate


I have the same ugly habit. I need to step away from the computer and spend more time with my husband. I know at times he feels neglected. So I am trying to spend more time with him and not my computer!


Sep 09, 2017 08:50 PM #10
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

You make a lovely couple! Having a rock to support you and understand your needs is a good thing! May he cherish you always! Adjustments to change takes time.

You're a great person whom I have come to know and respect as a result of ActiveRain. 

Sep 12, 2017 09:06 AM #11
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I think you have what is seemingly the hard or impossible (for some) part of our business down, Amanda S. Davidson ... good communication.  So many problems could be averted if better communication was practiced by all within a transaction.   So kudos to you!

Now ... about that eyebrow issue ...  


Sep 12, 2017 11:55 AM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Every mistake is a growth opportunity for every other success, in my opinion and should be looked that way.

Sep 13, 2017 11:17 PM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Absolutely WONDERFUL challenge submission, Amanda! I love your good and totally believe that if you're a good communicator, business just seems to flow to you...that one is MOST agents' 'ugly!!' 

I can totally relate to your ugly - and I never would have thought anything 'ugly' about you - but, I'm in that same boat. Thankfully, hubby has adapted and after getting his license, he loves the topic of real estate - now becoming his passion also! Hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?!!

Happy Tuesday, Amanda!

Sep 19, 2017 09:11 PM #14
Peter Mohylsky
Your Bucket List Broker along 30a

Habits are definitely not easy to change but identifying them is a start.  

Sep 21, 2017 03:48 AM #15
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Amanda, I can so relate to not having a good balance between business and personal, baby steps. One of my friends pulls his eyelashes when stressed, old habits are hard to break. You and Paul make a beautiful couple!

Sep 25, 2017 01:23 PM #16
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

What a great job, and I love the way you changed it up a bit.  I am still working on mine, but hope to bring it together.  Have a great day and I need a stress ball!

Sep 26, 2017 03:19 AM #17
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Hi Amanda, Your eyebrows suffer your stress moments. I have seen hair twisters and ear pullers. I tend to run my fingers through my hair and it stands on end. I appreciate your participation in the Habits Contest.

Oct 10, 2017 05:59 PM #18
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