Revisiting One of My First Blog Posts from 2008 About Resolutions

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

Did you know that the New Year was first celebrated in Babylon over 4000 years ago? The Babylonians celebrated the New Year in the spring for 11 days and they even had new year's resolutions. A favorite resolution is rumored to be the return of borrowed farm equipment.

I am pondering my new year's resolutions, and tops on the list on the personal side are to spend more quality time with my daughter and to enjoy cooking more - maybe even with her. On a professional side, I want to manage my time better. Maybe a schedule really is the way to go!

What are your New Year's resolutions?  What are your goals? Any great business planning  tips?  Happy New Year!


After I read that Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! has been in the rain for 12 years, I decided to check when I first started participating in Active Rain.  I think I joined in December 2008 - certainly that is when I started blogging.   I wrote the words above as my fifth blog post and was delighted that a few people commented.  I was really excited to have anyone read what I had written.  And I still am excited when anyone comments.

I was lucky this year in the midst of all the COVID fears to have my daughter come home for 5 weeks since the University of Chicago business school was shut down because of a COVID outbreak.  I got that time to spend with Lise Courtney and to cook with her and to take long walks together.  Christmas came early this year!

As for resolutions - I make a bunch of them each year - one is always to read more and thne I make a list of all the books I want to read and check them off as I finished each book.  I wish you all  a Happy New Year - even though it is a little late

Comments (24)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I like the way that the Babylonians did things!  I don't make resolutions but I try to spread more and more love.

Jan 16, 2021 05:42 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Nina Hollander and look at you now - a leader in the rain with lots of friends!

Jan 16, 2021 06:15 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I didn't realize New Year's celebrations went back so far - but wow, a multi-week event. That was serious!

I don't make New Year's Resolutions. Instead I change things as needed all year long. That seems to work better for me.

Happy New Year's to you too!

Jan 16, 2021 06:16 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Barbara Todaro = it is people like you who make my time here so special to me

Jan 16, 2021 06:16 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Brian England = you are one of the special people here as far as I am concerned - and you spread much joy! 

Jan 16, 2021 06:17 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Kat Palmiotti - I make a bunch of non real estate resolutions like reading more books and keeping track of what I have read.  I am trying to walk more this year too 

Jan 16, 2021 06:18 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

James Dray - you are amazing - I can't wait to hear the celebfration when you hit 140 - what comes after that? 200 in 2022? 

Jan 16, 2021 06:19 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Laura Cerrano - you are absolutely right - a bit of purpose in the journey is always a good idea

Jan 16, 2021 06:20 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lise. Here in Chicago being able to cook is a necessity. A few restaurants, and of course McDonalds, are open for carry out. A few have outdoor dining in greenhouse type structures. Many are unemployed and gathering in groups spreading COVID. Hope your daughter stays safe by staying away. Enjoy your day.

Jan 16, 2021 06:22 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Lise Howe and so inquiring minds want to know - did you keep your resolutions?

Jan 16, 2021 06:54 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Lise Howe - now that I have read your blog I am having thoughts of the same thing.  I remember my first featured one.  I was so excited.

Jan 16, 2021 06:54 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Wayne Martin 0 thanks for the update on Chicago- She is in Alpharetta GA right now at her boyfriend's home - she called a few minutes ago - she was walking to a nice coffee shop to get a lavender latte - sounded delicious!  Everyone is wearing masks and she is back in school virtually - but it is nicer to be in a real house/home rather than in a high rise by the Bean in Chicago with 2 other room mates

Jan 16, 2021 06:56 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I think you should read more books and do more cooking.

Blog about the books and recipes that you enjoy.

Jan 16, 2021 08:28 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lise wow 2008 good for you, I see where we use to have so many members and how many have drop out over the years.


Jan 16, 2021 08:33 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Happy New Year, Lise Howe what a gift to have your daughter home for 5 weeks. I would cherish every single day too.  I have been in the Rain since 2011, so you are a veteran compared to me. As for resolutions, I don't really make any but 2021 will be a year of concerted efforts to bring about change - all based on much reflection in 2020.  So far, doing it. ;) 

Jan 16, 2021 09:14 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful read that was, and so happy all your wishes came true this year.  Wishing you a stellar year.  A

Jan 16, 2021 12:08 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lise your blog made me curious as to when I posted my first bog.  It was on September 25, 2006 and 7 people commented on it.  Some of them were very active members at one time, but unfortunately non of them are active anymore.

Jan 16, 2021 12:08 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Lise- I joined in early 2008 and didn't write a post until the summer. I did a lot of lurking though!!!

Jan 16, 2021 05:58 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I really don't even remember when I first was introduced to A/R Lise, but I do remember I did not get comments for a while. Then, all of a sudden, things fell into place, and here I am...

Jan 18, 2021 08:07 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Love this post and loved learning that your daughter was home from Chicago with you for 5 weeks - that is AWESOME, Lise! 

My youngest lives in Chicago and his job allows him to work from home 100% of the time until, probably spring. So, he came home the day before Halloween and has been working from here ever since! I've LOVED having him home and have enjoyed our time together, him as a young adult. We haven't had much opportunity for that so, it's been very nice.

As for resolutions - I'm also planning to read more. I've missed way too many books that my book club has read. So, I'm hoping to make up for those misses this year!

Jan 18, 2021 09:27 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

AND Happy AR Anniversary! We are SO happy you're here, Lise!

Jan 18, 2021 09:28 PM

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