It's a Grateful Day in the Active Rain Neighborhood

Real Estate Broker/Owner with KD Realty - 408.972.1822 CA DRE#01366594

I can remember the words ...


"You are nobody in real estate unless you are a member of ActiveRain." 


I won a "free" coaching call, oh so many years ago.  The coach rapid-fired questions at me.  When he asked if I was a member of ActiveRain ... I did not even know what ActiveRain was. 

He left me with a laundry list of things to do.  Among them, sign up for ActiveRain


I signed up without even knowing what I was signing up for. 


May 26, 2008 is the day I signed up! 


In no particular order, I am sharing a few random photos of Meetups. 



Someone was just growing her hair out. Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI is rolling his tongue. No matter the number of people we always had fun! 


 We used to have some large group meetups and always had FUN! 


Sporting a wig following Chemo, with a Frozen Right Shoulder

and still enjoying my ActiveRain Friends!

I thought I was going to be meeting with myself

until these two hunks showed up. 


I am so grateful to so many including the free coaching call that started it all.  I've made so many friends, true friends, and some are local people that I socialize with outside of the AR community and real estate. 

One special lady, who I am so blessed to have met through ActiveRain at a meetup is Althea Kippes, Esq. Over the years our acquaintance grew to true friendship. She is truly such a good soul. 


I've had so many phone conversations with so many ActiveRain members over the years. I still do!  Some marathon phone calls. One such call was with a member who recently passed away. Heartbreaking news.

So many members have passed away and others have just moved on. 

It is amazing how we can truly connect with people and never meet them face to face. I've laughed and cried and everything in between.

We are a fun group of people. Reading the Q&A has become a routine.  I do not want to miss the comments that make me roll with laughter.  The most recent one was a student question about obedience. I'm laughing just typing that word.  The comments were hilarious.     


I cannot imagine how my business would have evolved if I had not learned about the ActiveRain community.  I've learned so much. So. Much. 


While I am not as active as I once was, I remain forever grateful for this amazing community. I feel so blessed to know so many incredible real estate professionals many of whom are friends residing across the United States.   You know who you are, and you know I love you. 





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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sometimes we can just be grateful to just be breathing and have good friends and colleagues. :)

Nov 24, 2019 08:49 PM #28
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sometimes you don’t have to meet to be close in other ways. It’s just that simple connection that makes everything. Debe Maxwell, CRS

Nov 24, 2019 08:50 PM #29
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Kathleen Daniels 
Hello my West Coast Friend!
Great post and fun to see everyone's faces. 
All the best - Lynn  Class of 2010!!!

Nov 25, 2019 12:39 AM #30
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Wow Kathleen! That's awesome. I've only been to one meet-up and only a couple people came. I think I signed up in 2008 or 2009. Have a great day!

Nov 25, 2019 04:16 AM #31
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

What a wonderful post! I loved the photos and hearing about your AR journey. Someone who was speaking at one of my agent training sessions before I was licensed happen to mention AR and I jotted a note in the margin of my notebook. Months later I saw the note and forgot what it meant, but I checked out the website and thought it looked interesting. And it is!

Nov 25, 2019 05:59 AM #32
AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL

What great memories to share. I didn't met anybody from AR but just how I'm having similar experience from another platform.  Congratulations

Nov 25, 2019 06:19 AM #33
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Active Rain is a great community to belong to!

It is amazing how we can truly connect with people and never meet them face to face. I've laughed and cried and everything in between. We are a fun group of people. Reading the Q&A has become a routine.  I do not want to miss the comments that make me roll with laughter. 

Nov 25, 2019 06:48 AM #34
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Kathleen Daniels - I have been 8 years on AR and seen the changes.  The great friends remain!

Nov 25, 2019 08:07 AM #35
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Miss those meetups, tried to organize one recently but we got no takers, such a shame. Always enjoy getting together with other agents and hearing their stories and finding out what makes them tick. Good to see your post. 

Nov 25, 2019 08:24 AM #36
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Kathleen,

What a joyful post! I really enjoyed reading all about your time here on ActiveRain and seeing these photos too. Hair, barely hair, or no hair, of course everyone knows you're beautiful inside and out. I'm so glad you joined AR and we connected. You're a very special woman who has so much to offer. May you receive many blessings, good health, great friends, and all the love you deserve. 

Nov 25, 2019 08:45 AM #37
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Beautiful recap of your Active Rain journey thus far Kathleen. I, too, have learned so, so much and am forever grateful to all members for sharing, reading, commenting, for laughs, invites & meet-ups, too. It's an amazing network of the best people!  

Nov 25, 2019 02:09 PM #38
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

we have only had small meetups here in DC - but I am glad to be here in the rain too - Thanks to Patricia Kennedy 

Nov 26, 2019 04:44 AM #39
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Ah those were the days.  Although I never participated in a meetup, I remember how excited it was to hear, read and see photos of meetups that did take place.  Oh what fun.  I can remember the laughter that was always taking place online and on the phone with those that I spoke with.  For many of us, ActiveRain was and is still our real training ground in this business.

Nov 26, 2019 06:58 AM #40
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Wow now you've got me smiling and remembering all those early years when we were all learning and growing with the help of Brad and Bob good times!! Those were the days!!!! And meetups were (are) the best. We've had big ones and small ones and they're all good! Now meetups are mostly a few of us gals that get together for happy hour from time to time - very fun!  Would love to have you join us Kathleen! We are truly blessed to have had the AR community for all these years, aren't we!! Many, many good friendships that will last a lifetime!

Nov 26, 2019 08:50 AM #41
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Like you, I'm very thankful that I happened on Active Rain and joined.

I'd love to attend a meet-up, but there are not very many members in my neck of the woods. There was one meet-up several years ago, but it happened on the only weekend out of about 8 years when I had my Grand-daugher staying with me while "the boys" went fishing in Montana.

Nov 26, 2019 12:44 PM #42
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I sort of stumbled on AR later in 2008.  I'm truly also thankful for the relationships I've formed here.

Nov 26, 2019 05:01 PM #43
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Kathleen Daniels ,

What a wonderful post and so glad to see it featured. The pictures were fun as well as hearing your story of your connection to Active Rain. I too am thankful for all the relationships formed here and the valuable information learned!

Nov 27, 2019 06:12 AM #44
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Love the photos and your heartfelt thoughts that capture, so well, the beauty, joy, and friendships here on AR!

I've been around since 2006!


Nov 27, 2019 12:00 PM #45
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

So many good photos in this blog!  And an excellent entry for the challenge.  Now I'm curious as to when I joined--going to look it up!

Nov 30, 2019 01:23 PM #46
Lisa Weiler
PM LLC - Los Angeles, CA
Interior Design Expert & Home Stager

These look like great memories over the past few years.

Dec 01, 2019 03:47 PM #47
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