10 Years.....Then and Now

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Referral Group Incorporated

This last ten year period has certainly been the most transformative of my life. In that time I have changed locations, focus and the general tenure of my life.

OK, here we go.......

1) Ten years ago I was living and working in central New Jersey as a real estate Broker/Salesperson. I worked for a RE/MAX office near my home and I serviced three counties. My time was spent largely working and with an animal rescue where I spent some time each weekend.

2) I had two and then three rescue dogs myself, and Billy the Kid, who I recently lost had just come to me first as a foster and then a mere three days later as a valued part of my family.

3) I owned a home in the suburbs and drove all the time both personally and professionally. There was no where that was practical to be able to walk. There was a highway close enough to get me almost anywhere and I used it daily.

4) About eight and a half years ago I finally found a home in the Berkshires, in western Massachusetts that I decided to make my new home for retirement and any and all things that came with that.

5) After finding a contractor to make my new old house my home, I had a freak accident on my first night in that house and broke my left ankle badly requiring a couple of surgeries that left me immobile for several months. I learned personally what my Mother, of blessed memory, had always said, that without health we have nothing.

6) I had a tough six months in my new digs trying to heal and waiting for my home to be finished.

7) After nine months on what should have been an eight week job I was forced to fire my contractor and get another. It ultimately took a year for my home to be completed. 

8) I started to work at Tanglewood, the musical venue and summer home to the Boston Symphony and Pops Orchestras. I had been going there for forty years and now I was a part of it.

9) I worked for two years at a local museum and did good work but remembered why I worked most of my life as a an independent contractor. I knew I couldn't work with and for small organizational minds and moved on.

10) I now have a space in an Antique Gallery where I work on Sundays. I enjoy the place and the process.

All in all I am now able to more effectively decide my day to day activities without the worry of having to earn a living. I still do training but in large part my time is mine. Ten years is both a long and short time and looking back I am glad I am where I am.

 

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When you think about real estate, it is time to focus. I have helped people for close to thirty years in all areas, and made the process not only simple but enjoyable. Why should you go it alone or settle for less? Call me and find a partner to help, direct and get you where you want to be.

Sheila Anderson

The Real Estate Whisperer...... Consultant, Trainer, Facilitator 732-715-1133

 

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Pat Champion
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What a great journey thanks for sharing it with us. I hope you have a great weekend.

Jul 19, 2019 09:47 AM #31
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I think you have the wonderful life you have evolved to in the last ten years. May that keep on going.

Jul 19, 2019 09:55 AM #32
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Brian England
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A lot has happened for you in the past 10 years, I am always happy to hear about what is going on in your world.

Jul 19, 2019 10:11 AM #33
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Sheila Anderson
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Thank you Brian. I appreciate that.      Sheila

Jul 19, 2019 10:21 AM #34
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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Glad you posted a picture of your house!!!  All worked out well, despite the 'freak accident'.  You are living and lovinglife!

Jul 19, 2019 03:42 PM #35
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Sheila Anderson
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The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Thank you Pat.    You too.     Sheila

Jul 19, 2019 06:04 PM #36
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Sheila Anderson
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Thanks very much Joe.        Sheila

Jul 19, 2019 06:09 PM #37
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Sheila Anderson
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Thank you Mary. I am.      Sheila

Jul 19, 2019 06:10 PM #38
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Sheila- I've been reading your post since you began blogging and I feel as if I've been looking over your shoulder for the past 10 years. I vividly remember your accident after you moved in. And look at you now!!!! What a wonderful life you've created. 

Jul 19, 2019 08:25 PM #39
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Thank you so much Kathy.    Sheila

Jul 20, 2019 05:47 AM #40
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Grant Schneider
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Sheila - what a difference from New Jersey 10 years ago. I had heard some of your story but now I am happy to know more. 

Jul 20, 2019 04:52 PM #41
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Hello again Grant. Perhaps we will meet again. I hope so. TY     Sheila

Jul 20, 2019 05:13 PM #42
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You know I always love reading your journey and, of course, learning something new about you, Sheila.

What an adorable front elevation shot of your home - such gorgeous landscape you have , my dear! 

Jul 20, 2019 11:01 PM #43
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Sheila Anderson
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Hello again Debe. When I bought the house it was Pepto Bismol Pink and there was no lawn. TY      Sheila

Jul 21, 2019 05:19 AM #44
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Sharon Tara
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That is a lot of detail...I'm not sure I could tell you what I was doing ten years ago that clearly without some form of reference to check.

Jul 22, 2019 03:27 PM #45
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Sheila Anderson
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Hi again Sharon. I simply took my time and thought about it. TY      Sheila

Jul 22, 2019 03:46 PM #46
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Jan Green
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Major changes and challenges for you. I remember your surgeries - so rough and stressful during a remodel, only to have to fire a contractor.  It's hard to fire someone when you're healing - wow!  Good for you. I"m so glad you're in a good place!

Jul 23, 2019 10:32 PM #47
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Sheila Anderson
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Hello Jan. I am now in my place. Thank you.      Sheila

Jul 24, 2019 06:03 AM #48
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Kat Palmiotti
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You have found your spot! I love your photo of your home. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 26, 2019 03:10 AM #49
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Sheila Anderson
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Thank you Kat. I have found my spot.       Sheila

Jul 26, 2019 05:47 AM #50
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