my goals are lofty and mostly personal this year

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

Tomorrow is an anniversary for me.  On January 12, 1995 I purchased the real estate firm that I'd gone to work as the secretary to the broker for in 1992. I have grown my business, downsized my business, built a new brick and mortor office and basically worked through any change in this business you can think of if stop and consider how much things have changed in that time.

But this year my goals are less about business and more about my self. 

  • Take at least one day off work weekly.  I have been a broker since 1997 and I pride myself on "being there" for my agents.  When I say "being there" I mean in the office as well as available.  I am sure there have been times that I was the factor that pushed a client to list or buy with one of my agents. I've lived in this community my entire life and am well known and I bring a lot of knowledge and experience to the table that clients can see benefit them as well as my agents when they hire any agent at Lane Realty. But I'm tired. And I've decided I need to back off and give me a little me time. Ideally I plan to make two of those days each month days my husband is also off so we can have some US time and two of them days when he is working so I can read and relax and maybe even write that book that is brewing around inside my head.  I plan to "just do it" to accomplish this. 


  • My next goal for this year is involves family.  I plan to go to my cousin's football games, visit with my aunts and uncles often, make sure my husband gets to California to visit his mom, seeing my parents a couple of times a week and not just one time.  I also plan to visit friends I haven't seen in a while and reconnect with some I've lost touch with.  There is even a few that the 2016 election left a wedge down the middle and I plan to pry that wedge out.  Friends are more important than politics. I'm going to schedule this into my calendar, I'm going to pick the phone a lot more often and once a week I'm going to take someone in my circle to lunch without fail.  Again I'm just going to do it.


  • Community and giving is my third personal goal for 2018.  I love my community and I've always been involved in local politics, civic groups and events but I have more to give and plan to do so. I sat down and made a list and I'm picking at least 12 things off the list to do this year that I have not done before... my list of choices include reading to children at day care at my church, reading to children at the public library at a summer program, speaking to high school students about buying a home or choosing a career in real estate (last year I had fabulous high school senior intern at my office), working at the soup kitchen, taking a homeless person shopping and paying for a few nights in a local hotel for them to be warm and clean up, visiting older neighbors and bringing them flowers and food, cooking a meal for the fire department at least three times to cover each shift at least once, and other similar thing.  This goal is not about getting notice or being recogonized for anything I do.  I will quietly during the year accomplish these things without any fanfare. My motivation is just to share the blessings I have... I have friends, a warm house, good food, books  and so much love in my life and I simply want to go out and give back to others who might have less or who serve the community and spend so much time away from their own families.


I'll still be working a lot.  I'll still be helping my agents and helping clients. I'll still be marketing, blogging, trying to stay on top of the SEO moving target. But for so many years I've given so much of myself to work that this year I want to connect with more than work this year. Maybe next year I'll set some lofty work goals, but this year is about more than work.


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tammy. I was so taken back reading this post. I am glad to know you and call you a friend.

Jan 11, 2018 08:37 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing some of your goals for the year. You have helped motivate me to make some changes.

Jan 11, 2018 11:16 AM #2
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

That's a lot to take on but you sound like you'll be able to handle it. You have some very worthy goals. I am sure the people to spend time with and help will be very appreciative. And having a couple of extra days a month with your hubby will be fun.

Jan 11, 2018 12:44 PM #3
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Tammy, After reading your post and hearing all you have done, yes this is a good time to focus on personal goals.  Enjoy your personal time and ensure the work does not creep back in at least for a year!

Jan 11, 2018 02:57 PM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Those are great goals and no matter how busy we are, we need to have time for ourselves and our family.

Jan 11, 2018 03:49 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Tammy- I love that you've focused on personal goals, especially taking time out for you (and your Donald!)  And I love all of the different ways you will be giving back to your community. 


Jan 11, 2018 05:02 PM #6
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Sheila Anderson I think to the fact that my own mom retired when my daughter was born and I never had to put her in day care.  I feel very drawn to family and being there for Cooper.

Roy Kelley I'm excited about the nature photography group too.  Perhaps I'll go out with my camera on some of those days off.

Jan 11, 2018 07:44 PM #7
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Gloria Todor I'm expecting my first grandson this spring and I'm very determined to be the best Grammy ever.

Brian England becoming a Grammy to Abigail's first baby this year is SO exciting and family will be #1 this year.

Kathy Streib I'm anticipating a wonderful year.


Jan 11, 2018 07:53 PM #8
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Tammy, this community is lucky to have you! You've given your heart and soul, and it's time to re-fill that. You go, girl! Donald needs US time, too, I'll bet. 

Jan 12, 2018 08:19 PM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Tammy, you've got this figured out.  I very much love your attitude about your friends and ignoring the political divide that happened for many relationships in 2016/2017. And I can tell you first hand, being a grandma is one of the most magical will be amazed...Family as #1 always wins in my book. D 

Jan 13, 2018 06:51 AM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my gosh, we are SO on the same page - that book is brewing inside my head and is boiling at a much higher temperature than it ever has been, Tammy! The ME and US time is another target - that's on my list this year and WILL be accomplished!

And, that grandbaby is going to be #1 for you for a VERY long time!!  

Jan 13, 2018 11:38 AM #11
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
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Tammy love your goals! There is nothing more important then spending time with loved ones and that includes community. With the new grandbaby on the way there will be lots of fabulous moments that you won't want to miss

Jan 16, 2018 03:40 PM #12
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Hi Tammy, I love your goals about family and friends. Also connecting more in the community will be very fulfilling. Wishing you a very successful 2018.

Jan 21, 2018 04:39 PM #13
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