Thankfulness (DAY 3) - My ActiveRain Family

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Real Estate Agent with www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

Thankfulness  (DAY 3) - My ActiveRain Family 

Lisa and meWho knew, 11 years ago that one online platform could change my life SO much?! I know I certainly didn't! I began using ActiveRain with more trepidation than you can imagine - it took me 6 months to even leave a comment!

You've probably read a few complaints about the platform - specifically, being different than it has been in years past. Well, I'm here to tell you, any experience in life is what you make of it. When you find a good thing, you do your part to make it better.

 

So, I'm here today to share my gratitude for my ActiveRain  friends & family.   *With dear friend, Lisa Von Domek 

 

I've been reflecting lately about my tenure here--as I said, 11 years and counting, here in the Rain! Yes, things have changed, people have changed and those who started here in the beginning will tell you, social media and personal websites as well as increased business have taken many of the original members in another direction. Many have taken sabbaticals and then there are those who have remained faithful each and every day of the year.

New members have taken to blogging and socializing here in the Rain, like taking a bull by the horns! What a wonderfully welcoming, caring, loving community we have here. We are truly ALL blessed with this platform and the amazing people here!

Bob & Debe

 

If you're a newbie (brand new to the Rain), jump right in! Yes, easier said than done! I began on ActiveRain very slowly.  It was the absolute MOST uncomfortable thing for me to write my first comment--UNTIL I finally got the courage to write my first POST!

 

I watched the original members - day in and day out - for 6+ months but, just could not muster up the courage to write a post. Why did they seem so comfortable with it but, it seemed so foreign to me? You have to remember though, at that time, Facebook did not exist so, online communication was not that common to most of us.

 

When I finally did get the courage to write a post, the stress was almost immediately gone!  POOF! People actually commented--not many but, hey, I didn't know them from Adam and couldn't imagine what they found interesting in my local posts!  (Above - with Bob Stewart in New Orleans for RainCamp/NAR meet-up)

I originally ONLY wrote local posts because I didn't want any of 'me' showing through. Imagine - I thought if you weren't ALL BUSINESS, that might be bad for business! After hearing over and over and over again from clients who found me here in the Rain, "I feel like I know you already," I realize how ridiculous I was to think that leaving the 'personal' out was the absolute wrong blogging plan!

 

I am so thankful for the original members, as well as the ones who came after me here in the Rain, for the learning, relationships, business and 'fun' never end! I have learned how to blog, what to blog about, how to use keywords, write market reports, focus locally and everything that I needed to know to become the source of information for my area.

 

Elizabeth & me 

During the early days, my ActiveRain family taught me how to create a Facebook & Twitter profiles, then Facebook business pages, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram - every social network. Together, RIGHT HERE IN THE RAIN, we have learned so very much!

 

We have reached out to one another to share our knowledge of website-building, business development and so much more. When a member or family member falls ill, our AR family reaches out, offers a shoulder, words of support and prayers. Recently, my husband fell quite ill and was in critical care for nearly a week. There were numerous members who did not miss reaching out to me ONE single day during his hospitalization. That's what family does and I will be forever grateful for my ActiveRain family!  

*Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, conferencing together in 2013! 

 

OH, the lifelong friends that have become family - who knew?! I have sent and received tons of referrals, found two fantastic lenders, an amazing local stager and, of course, received wonderful direct clients from my blogging here in the Rain!  

 

AR Meet Up Atlanta *Atlanta meet-up, 2017, hosted by Lynn B. Friedman 

 

Dallas CRS & AR meet-up*CRS Sellabration & ActiveRain meet-up, Dallas, 2018

 

Boston Meet-Up 2018*Boston meet-up, 2018, hosted by Lisa Von Domek 

 

Boston Peeps*More photos from Boston last week

 

Thom, Ray & Brian Dover*Atlanta friends travel to Charlotte for a meet-up, 2013 - Love my Thom Abbott (& Ray) and a fantastic lender, Brian Dover.

 

I joined forces with other members to start Charlotte's first ReBar Camp and put several ReBar Camp events together for several subsequent years after that. We even helped support other area ReBar Camps across the south, including our NC friends in Raleigh.

 

REBAR 2010REBAR 2010 Raleigh*Rebar 2010 in Raleigh

 

I've attended conferences from coast-to-coast and had the honor of meeting some of the most fabulous people through ActiveRain.

Surfin RainCamps*Orlando RainCamp, 2010 - Boy, don't we wish we were still having the RainCamps?!

 

I've even hosted ActiveRain 'family' meet-ups in my own home (below) and visited others across the nation as well. This one was held only 3 weeks after we finished building our new home in 2014! Talk about love of family! 

 Charlotte Meet-Up, 2014

 

 

Oh and we have even vacationed with ActiveRain members! You get the point now, right? We're just one, big family here!

Hansons & Maxwells*With Sally K. & David L. Hanson, vacationing in NOLA, 2018


 

Anything you want to learn about your real estate business is right HERE!  If you can't find it, you can ask about it in the Q&A section - one place I rarely miss a day visiting! The best part is and always will be, the friendships - you simply can't put a price on the incredible relationships we forge here in the Rain. OF COURSE, the business and the 'education' are wonderful too but, the ActiveRain family is AMAZING! Who knew you could have it all on, what I originally thought to be, a very 'scary' social blogging venue?!

Christine & Me
So, if you're a newbie, jump right in--I promise we don't bite (well, most of us don't)!
Add ActiveRain time to your calendar - block your time to spend a little bit of it here each day. It's a great place to hang your hat and stay awhile! ActiveRain is a wonderful place to meet new friends and gain a whole lot of knowledge to grow your business also!

 

*With Christine Donovan - Charlotte RainCamp, 2011

 

And remember, any experience in life is what you make of it! What are you thankful for today?

 

Thank you, Debbie Reynolds, for your annual ActiveRain Thanksgiving challenge! 

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Thankfulness  (DAY 3) - My ActiveRain Family 

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Yeah, I was a little too verbose, wasn't I, Michael Jacobs?! I've so enjoyed my tenure here, it's hard to know where to stop when I write about it! LOL

Happy Saturday, Michael!

Nov 10, 2018 10:58 AM #56
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Sharon Tara
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This is awesome! I loved seeing all those beautiful familiar faces! Such a great group of people!

Nov 10, 2018 01:26 PM #57
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Jill Sackler
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Wow! Thanks so much for posting all these great pictures. It's hard to verbalize what this place means to so many of us.

Nov 10, 2018 05:05 PM #58
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Lisa Von Domek
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Debe Maxwell, CRS I had to come back and scroll through more of the comments - so many additional fabulous photos have been shared.  Your post struck a chord with us all...of course, your "vibe" pulls us all in my friend - positive sunshine

Nov 10, 2018 05:28 PM #59
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Debe, loved, loved this post and you are so right, I read and re-read this post and just noticed that I am comment number 60 so there were 59 others who agreed with me about what an awesome post you wrote. There is something about sharing virtually events, but there is nothing better than than meeting in person and adding a deeper level of connection. So glad we finally met, Endre

Nov 10, 2018 10:02 PM #60
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Brad Andersohn  I was a bit disappointed that you did not show up in Boston, word on the street was that you would be popping in, so with that said what is your excuse? Endre

Nov 10, 2018 10:05 PM #61
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Matthew Klinowski, PA
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Good morning Debe. What a nice post. It looks like you've built a great group of friends throughout the year and sharing your journey is inspiring.

Nov 11, 2018 04:50 AM #62
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Every last one of them, Sharon Tara! I am so very thankful for each and every relationship I've forged here, too.

Nov 11, 2018 09:11 AM #63
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I totally agree, Jill Sackler - it's unlike any other 'online' portal, that's for sure!

Nov 11, 2018 09:39 AM #64
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Well, thank you, Lisa Von Domek! About that sunshine, please tell me you have some today!

Nov 11, 2018 09:40 AM #65
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Thank you, Endre Barath, Jr. - I'm ever so thankful we finally got to meet as well! Spending time with you and Diane was definitely a big highlight of my trip to Boston. And, you're so right - it's so much better when we get the opportunity to meet in-person. 

Nov 11, 2018 09:42 AM #66
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Hi Matthew Klinowski, PA! Every opportunity that I get to hop on a plane and meet fellow members, I take it! It's been so wonderful to meet so many and I'm ever so thankful for the opportunity to do so too! 

Nov 11, 2018 09:43 AM #67
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Lisa Von Domek
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No, Debe Maxwell, CRS no sunshine today...but no rain either...just a little dreary gray sky and cool temperatures.  But, I'll take no rain and smile!

Nov 11, 2018 04:17 PM #68
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I'll bet you will, Lisa Von Domek! After all of our rain, we had a dreary, dark and cool day but, the next day was beautiful. I hope the same for you! 

Nov 11, 2018 06:40 PM #69
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I spoke too soon Debe Maxwell, CRS storms rolled in last night and the rain continued overnight...and it's still raining as I type this.  It is supposed to stop before the big Veterans Day Parade, but it is cold outside!

Nov 12, 2018 04:18 AM #70
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Oh my gosh, this is beyond ridiculous, Lisa Von Domek! I'm sure that Californians would love for you to send them some of your rain! Perhaps you need to make a visit to CA and take it with you! LOL

Nov 12, 2018 08:56 AM #71
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Brad Andersohn  I am sure Lisa Von Domek  will pencil you in for the Meet Up in San Francisco:))) right? Debe will look forward on seeing you too, Endre

Nov 12, 2018 10:13 PM #72
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Jan Green
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Kudos to you for "taking the bull by the horns" eventually!  I understand.  Joining in 2009, I didn't start blogging until after a few months as well. It was scarey and my blogs were all over the map. 

You have really invested a lot of time, talent and energy into making ActiveRain work for you.  Good for you.  Thank you for sharing your photos of past events.  Great, successful events, too! 

Nov 14, 2018 11:31 AM #73
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Janice Zaltman Realtor, LEED AP
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What a wonderful post.  The world is a changing fast and so appreciative of this community of members from so many different companies all over the country. Know of no other platform that is so vibrant, caring and educational in so many areas of work and life. Happy Thanksiving!

Nov 14, 2018 05:50 PM #74
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I actually don't know what I might be doing if not for ActiveRain because I might not have made it through that recession without it.  So yeah, family sounds right to me.

Nov 25, 2018 02:23 PM #75
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