Survived 2019, Thrived 2020

Real Estate Agent with Falcon Property Company

Beating a Bully - Take THAT, 2020!

In 2019, I triumphantly limped to the finish line, excitedly anticipating 2020. Little did any of us know then what the year “2020” would come to embody.

We began the year excitedly looking forward to a daughter’s wedding in the Virgin Islands in June. All of my daughters, their significant others, children, and loved ones spread far and wide had tickets and reservations to the long-awaited event.

As February brought evidence of gloom, March hauled in the doom. Life as we knew it changed dramatically. I had so much real estate in the works for the coming months, and I scrambled to find ways to salvage what could be saved as we fumbled forward, trying to adhere to guidelines while still providing for the needs of clients.

Finding new (to me) avenues to market properties, somehow I was discovering new and better ways of doing business. Although I was busy with work, there was a peacefulness that came along with quarantine. I kept thinking we had been moving too fast and this was a chance to take a deep breath.

How many classes?

Classes I was going to do some day when I got around to it finally presented me with a ‘round tuit.’ Real Estate photography classes, iPhone photography classes, YouTube classes for real estate, editing classes for my novels – all of these were finally being watched and absorbed.

The absolute best thing that happened to my business during this time was Craig Daniels. Craig had helped me with my ActiveRain signature previously, helped me produce a killer About Me page for my website, and I soaked up his classes like a dry sponge in the falling rain.

For years I wanted someone to help me redesign my website. The first part of the year became a golden opportunity, and Craig’s ideas sparked and sizzled my brain to fire up market reports I’d wanted to do for at least a decade, a useful blog platform, learning keywords, Buyer and Seller Guides, Staging Your Home Guide, Preparing Your Home for Sale Guide - how to do it “right” rather than just doing it.

It’s still a work-in-progress, but my motto for the year became Done is better than perfect. We continue to work on updates (when he’s not doing his full-time-and-a-half job), and I look forward to how much more will be accomplished this year.

YouTube for Agents

Another amazing thing I did for myself was take a YouTube for Agents class by Savannah Realtor, Karin Carr. After an in-depth study, I relearned the platform and started making videos again (after a seven-year hiatus). I’m not quite ready to be in front of the camera yet, but I’m pretty proud of this one that I put out this week. (It’s short. Go on. You’ve got time.)

So I’m having one of my best years ever as far as accomplishments, and I’m excited to see what other possibilities there are to conquer in the near future (as our Governor starts shutting us down again).

Oh, and the St. Thomas wedding? It didn’t happen as planned, but my precious daughter married her Prince Charming on their previously designated wedding day. Only it was on a beach in Oregon with no family, a few close local friends, and a hundred or so family and friends on an “intimate” Zoom call.

2020 – you do what ya gotta do.

Comments (16)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Wow... Mimi! What a year you're having... and right on the tails of a difficult year.  You're rocking life in difficult times.  So sorry you couldn't attend your daughter's wedding.  I know that was a HUGE disappointment. 

Awesome shout out for Craig Daniels . He's definitely been generous with his knowledge here in the Rain. 

Carry on... you rock! 

Jun 30, 2020 06:43 PM
Carol Williams

We're all so close, Carol. It was probably the most traumatic part of the year. Craig is the man. Businesswise, he has definitely been the best part of the year. Thanks a million!

Jun 30, 2020 07:00 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Mimi Foster absolutely gorgeous photo of the girls! You constantly amase me - constantly. After the 2019 you had to coming full speed ahead into 2020. WOW. You are an inspiration to all of us!  Thank you for sharing your pandemic story!


And your daughter and now husband look so lovely together.  Soon you'll all be able to celebrate the wedding TOGETHER!

Jun 30, 2020 07:44 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

thanks so much for your kind words, Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana! I truly appreciate them.

And my daughter is 5'10", so she found someone to make her feel 'dainty.' LOL

We hope to all make it to STVI in August. Thank you!

Jun 30, 2020 08:21 PM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Hi Mimi Foster, great video! It really shows how far you've come. We can't wait to see your next one.

Jul 01, 2020 02:53 AM
Realtyna Inc

Thank you! Appreciate that!

Jul 01, 2020 08:32 AM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

You, a dry sponge ...?  Well ... okaaay.

Interesting, a wedding by Zoom.  I go to church every Sunday by computer and even spoke in church in Guayaquil Ecuador on Easter.  But I have yet to be invited to a wedding on Zoom.  Now there's a concept!

Congrats on the beach wedding.  A beach here, a beach there - sand and water.

So, if I understand, a son in law is a prince and one of your daughters is the king.  Boy am I getting turned around.  I'm feeling an estrogen overload.  The shakes will stop after I log off.

I've seen your writing and not much need for an editor there.  And loved the video!  I've seen another of those and you young kids do good vids.

Jul 01, 2020 03:40 AM
Jay Markanich

You make me laugh and laugh, old man. And weddings by Zoom? No thank you! ESPECIALLY not for a treasured daughter. Since she was a little girl she wanted a bohemian beach wedding (because that's who she is). I'm so glad she at least got that, but she sure did miss her Mama. 

Thank you for your kind words, Mr. Senior Citizen. They are always enjoyed and appreciated.

Jul 01, 2020 08:35 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I started off 2020 with a bang , wrote income all the way thru May 31rst . Our Governor shut us down from 3/18 to 5/26 . Started writing business again in June and have a big July Settlement.

Jul 01, 2020 04:34 AM
Michael J. Perry

So glad to hear that, Michael! We're making lemonade!

Jul 01, 2020 08:36 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Mimi - congratulations on taking a successful journey on the road to happiness, insight and constant learning although life has a way of presenting a few detours along the way.  

Jul 01, 2020 05:11 AM
Michael Jacobs

Doesn't it ever, Michael? As both you and I well know. Hope life is treating you kindly, sir.

Jul 01, 2020 08:38 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Mini,  This has been a year that rock the boat with all of us but you are wise and making the most of it and expanding your ventures that will pay off in the future for sure.  Great pictures of the wedding.


Jul 01, 2020 07:38 AM
Will Hamm

Thank you, Will. So sorry about your brother. Was it unexpected? Hugs to you, my friend.

Jul 01, 2020 08:43 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Bravo to you and your family for accomplishing so much.  Wishing you all a wonderful rest of the year.  A

Jul 01, 2020 07:49 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Thank you. And you as well, Alexandra. 

Jul 01, 2020 08:44 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Mimi it has been ages since we connected and oh boy what a quick flashback and fast forward between 2019 & 2020 go figure none of us would have imagined... the best part is mostly it is attitude, perseverance and the drive to go on. Congratulations to such a fantastic 2020 and what more great things can happen? Let us know, Endre

Jul 01, 2020 10:27 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Hello, my friend! It's good we don't know the future, right? Hope this finds you well. Thanks for your comment.

Jul 02, 2020 09:48 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Wow, wow, what a great post. I'm so sorry I missed this one the first time around.  Your daughter made a gorgeous bride. You do what you gotta do in 2020. Exactly. 


Great video too. Well done! 

Jul 02, 2020 06:34 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Oh! Thank you! And I really appreciate the shout out! Hugs to you!

Jul 02, 2020 09:49 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Jul 02, 2020 06:35 AM
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

Hello Mimi! It's good to see you looking so healthy! I love your positive spin on 2020. Like you, I used the shut-down time to take some classes and get organized. I took Karin Carr's YouTube for Agents class as well. She is awesome. I've done a few videos, but let's just say it's a work in progress! Take care, Mimi!

Oct 10, 2020 10:21 PM
Mimi Foster

Hello, old friend! Good to see you. Love Karin Carr! Yeah - they say you have to do 100 before you're any good :) Obviously a long way to go :) Hugs to you!

Oct 11, 2020 09:44 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current posts. I hope all is going well for you.

Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2021 08:45 AM
Mimi Foster

Thanks so much, Roy. The "fun" of 2021 continues, but I'm doing well and keeping my sense of humor. Hope to be back to writing in the near future.

Dec 30, 2021 11:16 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my, what a year you had, my friend! I love that your daughter married her Prince Charming in her dream destination. I am sure she missed you being there terribly - ZOOM is just not the same, is it?! She is happy now so, it really doesn't matter at this point in time, I'm sure. 

As for the classes - I did a lot of classroom time during our lock-down here as well. I also LOVE Karin Carr and really do need to sit through another one of her classes. She invitorates me so!

I am SO sad I missed this post but, so glad to catch up!

Apr 01, 2022 06:55 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Debe Maxwell, CRS - thank you for not only your kind words here and on YT, but for the follow! I'm going to get up and running here again soon. THANK YOU for spending time with me!

Apr 01, 2022 08:41 PM