To Think Is To Create: Carol Williams Style

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"What you think you become.  What you feel you attract.
What you imagine you create."

- Buddha


In June we were asked to write a post about how we were dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic.  My entry was titled: 
   Rising Above: Minding My P's & Q's and a Z 


This month's challenge To Think Is To Create focuses on sharing what we've done since June to deal with the on-going realities of COVID-19 life. So, this is a sequel of sorts to the June post. 

If there is one thing I do plenty of it is thinking.  Whether I want to or not, my brain never seems to shut off. Even when I'm sleeping, I am a prolific dreamer.

Since June, I have changed some of the things I WAS doing, which were a reaction to the early stages of the Pandemic. I no longer have my groceries or take-out food delivered but I do like knowing I could if I want to.  I have started getting out more and enjoying the company of a select group of people I know are being cautious with who they come into contact with.

What I haven't changed is keeping a positive attitude and planning for the future.

My golf/travel app is still in development. As with most things, it is taking more time than expected. Much of that is because it has morphed into something much more comprehensive (and exciting) than the original plan. 

I have taken on the task of being a moderator / mentor in a widow / widower group on Facebook. I've been on this journey as a widow for 9 1/2 years and have more than a little bit of insight to share with those struggling in the early stages.  Everyone's journey is unique but there are also common denominators.  That actually takes quite a bit of time and I've found it very rewarding.

My elderly sister-in-law had another stroke in August so I've been dealing with that as her emergency contact and POA / AIF. She's coming along but still requiring a lot of care.  I am not doing the caregiving but I do oversee it. 

I try to spend time here in The Rain. I haven't done as much of that as I'd like but I do enjoy keeping my fingers in the pie, so to speak.  I have managed to attend almost all of the weekly Zoom meetings so that's been fun.

I was able to play quite a bit of golf this summer and fall. The weather has turned cold here now so that's probably over until I head toward Arizona and California sometime this winter.  I'm looking forward to seeing my AR buddies on that trip. Last year I was able to meet up with John BolesWanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! , Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, InstructorJan GreenBrian EnglandSteffy Hristova , and Myrl Jeffcoat during my travels south.  I hope to see them all again and, perhaps, a few more.  

What it has come down to is doing the responsible things to reduce my chance of getting sick yet carrying on with life in a meaningful way.

Who knew retirement would be so Spooktacular!



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Chris Ann Cleland
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Being busy is a good thing these days.  An idle mind is one prone to the panic being pushed on us.  

Oct 22, 2020 02:37 PM #7
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Hello Carol - you continue to be positive - that's consistent for you and it shows(and benefits in so many ways). 

I am certain that being a moderator in the Facebook group is quite satisfying for you and a welcome addition to any member in need of an open ear or a bit of guidance if needed.   Although, I am sorry to hear about your sister-in-law, I am glad to hear she is improving. 

Good luck as 2020 eases into the fourth quarter and you travel to some fun and familiar places.  Who knows what the future will bring but you'll be there ready with the right outlook.  

Oct 22, 2020 03:39 PM #8
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi Chris Ann Cleland 
Yes, being busy is always a happy place for me.  I'm sure that is true for most people.  Glad to hear things are going well for you this year!

Oct 22, 2020 04:29 PM #9
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Carol Williams
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Hi Michael Jacobs 
None of us know what the future holds but we'll figure it out as we go, won't we?  So many pondertunities waiting for us. 

Oct 22, 2020 04:30 PM #10
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I love the Buddha's quote, Carol.  And, you are correct when you state in your comment #10 that "None of us know what the future holds but we'll figure it out as we go."

Oct 22, 2020 05:01 PM #11
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Hi Carol- I love that you are proactive with what you do in your life. You have such a positive "up" attitude and you attract the same kind of people around you. I am very sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. 

Oct 22, 2020 06:54 PM #12
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat 
Our thoughts really control the quality of our life, regardless of the circumstances. 

Oct 22, 2020 09:05 PM #13
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Carol Williams
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Hi Kathy Streib 
The good thing is I got Connie moved to Wenatchee (from Arizona) over a year ago so it's been so much easier to manage her affairs since she is now local.  It's all working out.

Oct 22, 2020 09:06 PM #14
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Carol I love to think as well,  there are many who do not but I am grateful that the circles we run in are thinkers..... and the best part is the ones we come in contact with on this platform are all thinkers at least the ones I connect with on different levels:))Endre

Oct 22, 2020 11:08 PM #15
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Morning Carol.

I don't know that I will ever retire.  Unless for health reasons, I'm on a roll,

Oct 23, 2020 12:55 AM #16
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Carol... I'm so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. Hopefully she continues to recover. As you know, I was looking forward to your trip to the Carolinas this fall and am still bummed that it was delayed. Then again, there's always next year.

Oct 23, 2020 05:06 AM #17
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I always look forward to hanging out with you when you are in Arizona, we always have good conversations!

Oct 23, 2020 05:17 AM #18
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Hi Carol:

I'm so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law and hope she is recovering well - thank goodness she has you to oversee things and help where needed!

I loved your positive attitude throughout your post - you've been busy and have made a number of positive changes. And we are all glad you have kept up with the weekly SCS posts...getting close to 3 1/2 years now!!

Jeff

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Good for you - it sounds as if you've found a way to smartly interact with others and stay healthy. Carol Williams - I'm sure you are anxious to head south again for a few months. I'm sorry about your sister-in-law. 

Oct 24, 2020 07:38 AM #20
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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

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. 
There are definitely lots of thinkers on AR.  Sometimes I think my active brain is a curse but, mostly, it's a blessing.

Oct 24, 2020 08:05 AM #21
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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

Hi James Dray 
If you're having fun keep doing it!  When I quit working I didn't really intend to fully retire. It was just a one year sabbatical to rest up after my husband long illness and eventual passing. I discovered there is more to life than real estate. Who knew? 

Oct 24, 2020 08:06 AM #22
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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

Hi Nina Hollander 
I was totally looking forward to the trip and meeting you!  Lord willing it will happen in 2021. 

Oct 24, 2020 08:07 AM #23
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi Brian England 
Catching up with you is always on my agenda during a trip to the Phoenix area!  I always appreciate your kindness and hospitality. 

Oct 24, 2020 08:08 AM #24
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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

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS 
Keeping busy is what keeps me sane during this crazy year.  My participation on AR is one of my favorite things. So many great people who have become friends.

Oct 24, 2020 08:10 AM #25
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 
With Connie's situation I won't be able to spend a few months down south but I will sneak away for a few weeks. There is a lot I can manage from afar but not everything. She likes knowing I'm around.  In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the approach to and through the holidays. 

Oct 24, 2020 08:12 AM #26
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