Being Thankful for Finding the Rain

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Being Thankful for Finding the Rain


This is the time of year when we all reflect on the many things that bring us joy and cause us to give thanks.


When we moved back to Florida in 2007, I began setting up my staging Thank youbusiness here in Palm Beach County.  As part of my research, I began researching various websites. On several, I saw at the bottom of the page a link to something called ActiveRain.


I am nothing if not curious, so I clicked on it and found what would become my own link to learning how to blog, learning about SEO and Google juice, learning about all facets of the Real Estate profession...from agents, other stagers, lenders, home inspectors, virtual assistants, and many others.


Writing has helped me organize my thoughts. At any given time, I have several thoughts and conversations going on in my head. And, some of those can pop out in mid-stream to anyone around willing to listen.

More than anything, forcing myself to make the commitment to post every day was more for my benefit than anyone else’s. I wanted to make sure that my dendrites keep firing and transmitting.

However, SEO, making the phone ring, and Google juice pale in comparison to the wonderful friends-real and virtual- that I’ve made here.


I am so thankful for the ActiveRain Community.

Each member has something to offer, whether it’s their local knowledge of real estate or their own perspective on a topic.

Each member shares their life with us...where they live, tales of their family, and their life experiences.

Each member lends support in their own way when a member needs it.

And so, for my first post for the 12 Days of Thanks Giving 2017 ActiveRain Challenge hosted by Debbie Reynolds  I am forever grateful to that day-February 6, 2008, that I became a part of the ActiveRain Community.



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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dave Halpern and to think, many people pay big bucks to get someone to help them with their blogs! 

Belinda Spillman I have a feeling that were it not for the great community that this is we all wouldn't spend so much time here. 

Gita Bantwal Thank you. I've been thinking about you. Hope all is well. 



Nov 12, 2017 01:59 PM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon Tara told you!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel I feel the same way. You walk your talk, and you help us focus on the details of our marketing and why they are so important.

Joe Pryor should be here! The only place we would go would have to be as warm as it is here in Florida! LOL


Nov 12, 2017 02:02 PM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dick Greenberg I totally agree. BTW- how about trying RC planes on the computer!!

Nov 12, 2017 02:05 PM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

So true, this is an amazing platform of professionals and quality people. We also cherish the friendships we've made and have enjoyed meeting some interesting folks all across the country. One of these days, hope to meet you. My pal, Alexandra says I'd enjoy you. And she would know. ;) 

Nov 12, 2017 03:23 PM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I have learned much during my 11 years in the Rain, but best of all is the relationships I have made all over the country because of ActivRain.

Nov 12, 2017 03:24 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Thank you and you know, I think that you, Bernie, your parents, and your sis and her husband are on to something with your shared home lifestyle. I think its something that's missing here. 


Nov 12, 2017 04:04 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Exactly George Souto Show me another social media platform like this one. 

Nov 12, 2017 04:06 PM #14
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Kathy.

You joined a little over a year before I did.  I've learned so much, made some new friends and I'm having a great time

Nov 13, 2017 02:26 AM #15
faye schubert
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty - Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

I think I've been in the Rain since 2012 or thereabouts. Following and learning from Ben Kinney, Chad Hyams, and of course Bob Stewart was so important in learning how to blog and how to create content for  a great user experience. I blogged for many years under the Crispin Team as I was learning. Now I train 2 market centers on how to use these tools for lead generation. So to say the Rain is important to me, is almost an understatement.

Nov 13, 2017 04:45 AM #16
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Kathy -- ActiveRain as a thought organizing tool --- I like that.  A lot.   Definitely true.  Thank you for introducing your thoughts to us.  Very relate-able.  

Nov 13, 2017 10:06 AM #17
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

You are an excellent writer and share your inner thoughts in such a pleasant way, Kathy.

Nov 14, 2017 07:03 PM #18
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We agree to the people have met and have yet to is a community like no other !   The more the merrier

Nov 15, 2017 05:04 AM #19
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kathy. This is so very true for most of us. I found Active Rain through a colleague.

Nov 15, 2017 07:02 AM #20
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

GF~all of us are so blessed to be continually connected throughout this continent! It doesn't feel like a vast family, but a close one. How many bloggers can say that about their platform?? I don't know of any. So many friendships have been forged here, and each of us is grateful for each of us. 

Love ya!! 

Nov 15, 2017 07:18 PM #21
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Kathy

What a momentous day that was! Did you ever guess where it would lead? AR has been very special since Day 1 and it's all about the people!



Nov 15, 2017 08:02 PM #22
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

There have been many changes since the early days, but this is a wonderful platform with friendships that reach coast to coast.

Nov 15, 2017 08:55 PM #23
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

I echo these thoughts about the AR community and platform. I am so grateful to the agent, Karen Luke, who first invited me in. 

Nov 16, 2017 06:00 AM #24
Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

I too appreciate the opportunity to meet and learn from everyone here on ActiveRain.

Nov 16, 2017 06:53 AM #25
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Anna Hatridge I equally appreciate being able to learn from everybody here and hope to learn a lot more and to Jott him at the same time.

Nov 16, 2017 10:00 AM #26
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I have found so much information on AR that I had never thought about.

I also am thankful for those who post meaningful comments as it adds to the conversation.


Nov 16, 2017 05:49 PM #27
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