What a decade - it's life!

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

Looking back on the last decade is quite a walk down memory lane. It's life -- the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, the joys and the sorrows, the ups and the downs.

View from our condo

What I remember from 2009 is that is the year my husband and I found and purchased our San Francisco condo, where we live today. Since we weren't ready to move in yet, we rented it to two recent Harvard grads who were great tenants. However, we kept it vacant for a few months and enjoyed "camping out" on numerous weekends and spent a 1-week vacation using it as our home base. What fun we had! Meanwhile life continued on the Peninsula with both of us working full time. 

Hiking-Kauai-Na Pali Coast2010 and 2011 were years of work and play. Hiking trips to Yosemite, Kauai and other destinations; vacations to the East Coast, Maine, New Hampshire, Boston. Learning enough German to say and understand a few phrases on hiking trips to the Alps. Building my real estate business. 2011 was a fabulous year, business-wise and remains my highest net income year to date. On the home front, our granddaughter Rachael headed to Santa Barbara; we were empty-nesters. And--we made the move! We hadn't intended to move to San Francisco yet, but when our tenants gave notice and Rachael was off, we decided, "why not now?" What a great decision! 

living room, San Carlos home2012 - This was the year we sold our San Carlos house, home to me for 35 years! Where my two daughters and Rachael grew up, the town where my business was located. How excited we were to start a new chapter of our lives. We enjoy traveling to new places, but this year we felt no need to vacation elsewhere--we spent our vacation in our new home, exploring the neighborhoods, the staircases, the parks, the restaurants, the libraries, meeting new people.

 

Matterhorn, Switzerland2013 and 2014 - a good blend of work, family time, and adventures. We had more memorable hiking vacations in Europe, Hawaii, Canada and various parts of the USA. Gene started working from home 2 days a week, which made his commute to the Silicon Valley much easier; I had another great real estate year. Life was good; life was simple - although there was the nagging worry that Gene's back was getting worse.

2015 - the first year in a long time with challenges. GeGene recovering from major surgeryne was a good candidate for a new surgical procedure to help correct his scoliosis and stop the progression. A grueling 9-hour surgery and many weeks (and months) of rehab were successful and once again he could sit, walk and hike without pain. Later that year I joined my yoga teacher and friends for a 5-day yoga retreat an hour away from Puerto Vallarta. Little did I know that on day 3 my appendix would burst and I'd spend the next 4 days in a hospital in Puerto Vallarta after life-saving surgery. The medical care I received was excellent, and so cost-friendly. Gene reduced his work to 50% time; I continued working both in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco, with Rachael beginning to assist me.

exercise class friends2016 - another calm year, time to regroup and continue on. A good year in real estate, and enjoyable working with Rachael. Another vacation to Switzerland and Prague, a New Year's trip to Manhattan to celebrate our 20th anniversary, hikes here and there, good times with friends, birthday celebrations and visits with family both near and far.

Peru trek2017-a challenge year once again, although it didn't start out that way. My long-awaited dream of hiking the Inca Trail was set for May. It happened, but first I needed to deal with breast cancer. After being cancer-free for 24 years a second occurrence took me completely by surprise. 6 weeks after surgery, I hiked the Inca Trail, 4 days at 11,000 foot elevations, came home to start chemo 3 days later. Sharing this trek with my daughter Susan was the best thing ever. To make it more fun, Gene was on a less strenuous trip and our paths would cross every few days--how fun is that? I guess I like challenges, because I wasn't going to let this trek slip away from me! Through it all, work continued. I learned a lot about myself and what is important to me, how to prioritize things so the important things wouldn't be overlooked, and the benefit of taking naps when needed!

A Cotswold scene

2018 - a year of new adventures and challenges, both at home and abroad. In May Gene and I spent two weeks in England, exporing London with CityWalks and on our own, and then at an HF Holiday house in the Cotswolds, where we'd head off for hikes each day. In June I changed offices; I still work in the Silicon Valley as well as San Francisco, but my office is 3-blocks from home. Great new energy! In August, it was time for another Dream List adventure of mine, hiking in the Dolomites with BackRoads, followed by a week on our own exploring parts of Croatia and Slovenia. The joy was tempered a few days after we returned home when I realized that a third occurrence of breast cancer needed to be dealt with. The good news was that the earlier cancer had not spread and it was localized; the bad news was that this cancer is very aggressive and needed to be treated as such. So, more surgery and more chemo brought the year to a close.

Fallingwater, PAAnd that brings us to 2019 - Radiation treatments ended in February, followed by a trip to the East Coast and Pittsburgh in May to visit family and friends (with a day exploring Manhattan which I can't resist and a visit to Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's famous house). In Vancouver at present ready for an intense 3-days of learning with Richard Robbins International starting tomorrow, submitting a purchase offer while here (business doesn't stop, right?) An overnight hiking adventure with Gene in the Marin Headlands is planned later this month--transportation by foot, ferry boat, and bus back home. August will find us in the Sierra Nevada mountains for a few days with friends, then in September a road trip to the Pacific Northwest to visit more friends and family is planned.

Through it all work continues while priorities shift more to regaining strength, maintaining my health and finding the joy in every day.

It's life -- the good and the bad, the highs and the lows, the joys and the sorrows, the ups and the downs.

 

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Rainmaker
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - hard times teach us many lessons, including how very sweet life is! I enjoy my life a lot, and plan to stay active for many, many more years. Aloha, L.

Jul 09, 2019 12:34 PM #33
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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Lottie, you don't allow any moss to grow beneath your feet! What an active lifestyle you and your husband enjoy. It's scary to make the business move from one city to the next but it all seems to have flowed seamlessly for you. I'm hopeful all the health isues are resolved and behind you!

Jul 09, 2019 04:03 PM #34
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Hello Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty - I like being busy, I guess! And I've told cancer to stay away. On with living!

Jul 09, 2019 05:10 PM #35
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Oh Lottie,  Reading this is just a reminder of what I already know about you, your character and your strength. You truly are an amazing woman.  And, yes, taking naps when needed and maybe even when not needed.  Cheers to you, my friend. 

Jul 09, 2019 05:47 PM #36
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Hi Kathleen Daniels - quite the decade for us both, right?  Lots of new beginnings, new friendships, new adventures far outweigh the difficult times.

Jul 09, 2019 06:39 PM #37
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Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

I have two grand children living in the bay area right now, saving up to buy their first home.  Your trip down memory lane brough back old memories when we once lived in Alameda.  Thanks for the wonderful post.

Jul 09, 2019 06:56 PM #38
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Hello Kay Van Kampen - Alameda is quite the popular city now, much loved by its many residents. I lived in Columbia MO for a point in my young adulthood - we've switched places! Wishing your grandchildren success in saving for those elusive first homes. If they need lender recommendations, I have several great ones who could help them with their planning.

Jul 09, 2019 07:06 PM #39
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Nice information. Thanks for sharing with us.

Jul 09, 2019 10:16 PM #40
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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It’s wonderful to be challenged that way and I know challenges like that have helped me in my own journey

Jul 10, 2019 03:54 AM #42
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Robert Buys Houses DFW
Robert Buys Houses DFW - Dallas, TX
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Lottie,

If we could all have the same energy and sense of writing down what we experience outside of business, it would all be so different. I can't remember much of last month or last week for that matter.

 

After reading your past decade of fun, I will make the change to write at least once a month about our outings.

 

That said, it has been a great decade of business making money and teching or passaing the torch to my Children who will be taking over the family 'real estate' sector of our business. My wife and I (if she wants to go) will be traveling... a lot!

Time to start making and writing down memories. I told myself 2 decades ago that I would retire early. Didn't do it, but at least I can do it before 60.

 

Much Appreciated reading your post.

 

Robert Hernandez

ProAk Royalties, LLC.

https://www.robertbuyshousesdfw.com

Jul 10, 2019 06:03 AM #43
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Lottie Kendall
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Good morning, Laura Cerrano - challenges is where growth occurs, in life and in business both. Wishing you well, L.

Jul 10, 2019 06:48 AM #44
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Hello Robert Buys Houses DFW - it's nice to meet you here on Active Rain, and I look forward to reading about your outings and getting acquainted. 

Jul 10, 2019 06:49 AM #45
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Rob Spinosa
Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA - San Anselmo, CA
Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Marin County

Great post and reflection, Lottie Kendall!  All the best in the decade ahead and happy trails!

Jul 10, 2019 07:17 AM #46
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Thanks Rob Spinosa - I don't plan to stop exploring any time soon. New adventures to be had, new trails to enjoy. I know you "get it."

Jul 10, 2019 07:21 AM #47
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Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Yes it is Life Lottie, and it is good that you were/are able to grab hold of the reins of life and go with it.  Thank you for sharing your intimate adventures these last 10 years!  May you have many more happy adventures!

Jul 10, 2019 08:30 AM #48
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lottie and what a great journey you are sharing with us here in the rain.  Make it a great day!

Jul 10, 2019 08:40 AM #49
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John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hi Lottie, thanks for sharing such a poignant past!!  We all hope you stay healthy and keep enjoying these great travels and joys in life.

Jul 10, 2019 09:07 AM #50
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hello John Henry - I've had a lot of great things in life in the last 10 years as well as challenges--not so different from most people. It's all about being grateful, not losing that spark, and keep expecting great things. 2020 I see myself exploring (and hiking) the fjords of Norway

Jul 10, 2019 12:42 PM #51
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When you stop to consider that you only get so many decades....making them count using the day by day method works well enough. Of moments there are the many. Of decades perhaps eight or so but of life only one. Grab them all

Jul 11, 2019 01:52 PM #52
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Good morning Richie Alan Naggar - I like what you say; I intend to grab all the moments of life and savor them.

Jul 13, 2019 07:53 AM #53
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