Welcoming 2021 with a grateful heart.

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

So this is it. It's day #366. We've passed GO 12 times, and are about to begin again at 1.

Thinking way back to late Spring or so, I was wishing for a Fast Forward-button. Whilst adjusting to Covid-rules, establishing a distance learning routine, beginning a collection of facial masks, I found the uncertainty of what is to come, how the rest of the year is going to play out, incredibly challenging. The thought of not being able to see my family this year was - and still is - one of the most difficult aspects to cope with.

But just like that, this is it. We made it to the finish line of this astounding challenge that was 2020.

Today means, it is time for the annual ritual of counting all the good in my life, and my corner of the world. I do this on the eve of every year by either quietly reflecting while out on a run, or by allowing thoughts to spill out onto (virtual) paper. The how is not really important, it's all about the why.

I've always believed in the promise of a new dawn, a new sunrise, and the opportunties another day 1 holds. I've always believed in the importance of starting a new year with a grateful heart. No matter the challenges, the heartbreak, the obstacles, there is a tomorrow, and I get to decide how that new day, week, month, or year starts.

I am choosing gratitude.

2020 was a challenge. For you and me both. But it was also a year of growth. My children have grown into young adults, we welcomed a new furry member to our family, it was an incredibly busy year in business, and we all managed to stay healthy. For all these reasons, and more, I am full of gratitude, as well as sorrow. Fully aware of the hardships, and heartbreak around us, I hope that I was at least able to make a small difference,  help ease the pain for some, and bring joy to others.

I hope 2021 will turn into an extraordinary year. 

I hope 2021 will get us to the light at the end of the Pandemic-tunnel.

I hope 2021 will bring you just what you need.

Wishing you abundant love, health, peace, prosperity, and happiness.

Cheers, and a Happy New Year!

P.S. Juggling a successful year in Real Estate (I have the best clients!), adolescent kids distance learning at home, a new puppy, grounded travel plans, home improving, isolating, zooming it ... has shifted my focus. Just like that 3-4 months have passed since I last posted to this blog! I shall be back, however, and hope to see you then!

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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 17+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running, hiking, and traveling, speaks German, reads a lot, blogs a little, and drinks too much coffee. 


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George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Andrea Bedard Happy New Year's Eve, and I hope 2021 is an amazing year for you both personally and professionally.

Dec 31, 2020 01:15 PM #1
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Andrea Bedard I chose gratitude as well!  Here's to an excellent 2021 in so many ways. We have so much to be grateful for.  Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2020 02:13 PM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I choose gratitude too. There is a common theme among many of the agents here in the rain and it is gratitude

Dec 31, 2020 02:40 PM #3
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It as a very unusual year and for those of us that came through unscathed so far, we just will continue to do the same tomorrow with the hope that this time next year we have a much better grasp of where we are going.  Happy New Year

Dec 31, 2020 02:45 PM #4
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP

Happy New Year's Eve! I'm so happy to see you all. Here's to a happy, healthy, prosperous 2021 🥂

Dec 31, 2020 03:32 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi and Happy New Year Andrea!!!!  I too am grateful for all that we have and hopeful for tomorrow!!!

Dec 31, 2020 03:36 PM #6
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning and Happy New Year Andrea Bedard wishing you all the best in the coming year.

Jan 01, 2021 07:00 AM #7
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Happy New Year Wishing You Health, Wealth and Happiness in 2021 and beyond!

Jan 02, 2021 12:22 AM #8
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I wish you an amazing 2021 as well!

Jan 02, 2021 05:31 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Andrea Bedard we counted our blessings on the last day of the year. And then counted them again on Day 1 of the New Year. 

Wishing you an abundance of joy and good health in 2021.  

Jan 02, 2021 07:22 AM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Andrea Bedard - I wish you a very successful 2021.  I know we will have a good year.

Jan 02, 2021 07:32 AM #11
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP

Thank you all! I hope 2021 is off to an amazing start for you. Achieve is my word of the year.. another little thing I do instead of resolutions. 

Jan 03, 2021 09:59 AM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Andrea:

Wishing you a prosperous, joyful and healthy 2021 as well!


Jan 03, 2021 01:22 PM #13
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Andrea Bedard, I love how your write  ''....allowing thoughts to spill out onto (virtual) paper''.

Jan 06, 2021 08:26 PM #14
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP

... which I'll have to make time for more regularly Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400. You are very good at that!  

Jan 07, 2021 07:06 AM #15
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