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I have lots of inspirations but on my bucket list was to meet Tony Robbins. I remember seeing him on Oprah when I was in High School. He made this huge imprint on me because he was so confident, positive, and constructive. I came from a military poor family so I didn't understand wealth or happiness. I was taught to be content, don't ask for much, and walk my life like my parents... be Catholic, get married, have kids, be happy raising a family. Period.

Years later I found myself doing things the same as my parents except I went to college & got a 4  year degree in business but did nothing with. I got married and had kids. The then hubby was not cooperative with work schedule so I had a limited real estate career. I split a few years ago. I had had enough of the control and stiffling. I wasn't happy. I wanted more. I deserved more.

As a member of the Independent Real Estate Brokers Association at my local board I learned that Tony Robbins would be in Dallas, TX. So of course I went. I did't just go. I bought the Platinum VIP ticket to sit front and center. This P VIP allowed me to attend a meet and greet with Jerry Jones for breakfast and a post event meeting with Mr. Robbins. It was awesome! This was an event that changed my life. He talked on topics that I was personally experiencing or had already experienced. I understood that the vision I created for myself at 12 was not the life I was living: independence, travel, to do something significant. I was very unhappy with how my life was at 45. So, I stepped out to change that.  I began putting me first and not to let religion, family, or anything else interfere.  While they all meant well it was all to my demise. I had to find me.

Here I am, years later, building my new life in business and personal. I kept my real estate business but also ventured out to grow a modular container home building business. My partners and I are rocking the boat. But that's what needs to be done to realize long term life plans. We are offering affordable home solutions and investor solutions to make the world a better place.

Live your life. YOLO!!

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Cathy Criado President & Founder
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Cathy, very cool story, and glad that event changed your life.   I know you will do well, keep forging forward!  

May 20, 2021 06:02 AM
Cathy Criado

Thanks Joan! Our biggest hurdle is the rising cost of metal and shortage of building supplies. This too shall pass. Happy Thursday!

May 20, 2021 06:22 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Cathy Criado - What a great inspirational post! If I would have known you and Tony Robbins were coming to Dallas, I would have joined you! Your timing between your life story and the event was evenly matched. Thank you for entering the "Life is a Story," AR Contest! I wish you kindness, good health, success, and courage for all your life decisions. 

May 20, 2021 07:27 AM
Cathy Criado

Lol Sorry I didn't know you then! It was great. Loved it! 

May 20, 2021 02:43 PM
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Thank you Patricia! It was a fun trip back in time and hopefully it is a good read for others. Flower Mound, TX - I used to live on Silverthorn in 1990. My first house. It had a population of 8,000 back then and had to watch out for goats lol! Its grown so much! Like so many other Texas cities. Perhaps you will join my Texas Rocks! Group. I'm getting that up and running again. Cleaning house. Happy Thursday!

May 20, 2021 08:22 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Cathy Criado - You are beaming with happiness in that photograph with Tony Robbins! I just know you and your partners are rocking that boat and sailing into the sunset. Congratulations on making a difference! Truly, you ARE an inspiration! 

May 21, 2021 07:23 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Cathy Criado ,

Loved this inspirational post! A wonderful entry into Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP contest this month. It was a life changing event for you and you are rocking it!

May 20, 2021 11:03 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Cathy Criado - Silverthorn is not far from where I live. That area/interesection near Silverthorn had a lot of changes since the 1990's! Remember when there was no traffic light on Gerault/Morris Road and Flower Mound Road? Every year the blue bonnets still grow along the roadside by Lake Bluff Subdivision. I moved to FM in March of 1998. We're about 80K now in population and that doesn't count the tenants. I must have moved to FM after the goats; however, I do remember driving down Long Prairie Road one early morning and had a horse charging towards my car! Luckily, he didn't run into me. I think I scared it by laying on the horn. Time have sured changed a lot! Keep in touch! I would love to know more about your humble beginnings in FM!

May 20, 2021 11:17 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Wow Cathy what an awesome story!  I am so glad you shared it!  You are very inspiring and I love that you somehow managed to keep that 12 year old dream alive....and finaly start achieving it.  You go girl!  

May 20, 2021 11:43 AM
Cathy Criado

Thanks Anna!! I'm so glad it meant something to you too. Always keep the hope!


May 20, 2021 02:46 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Excellent and inspirational story! We don't have to be stuck with the lives our parents, families, etc, have written for us. In fact, we shouldn't! We need to figure out what WE want and need and then go get it. No matter what stage of life we're currently in.

Great post!

May 20, 2021 12:59 PM
Cathy Criado

Thank you!! It's easier said then done culturally based! 

May 20, 2021 02:46 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Cathy:

What an inspiring post this is about how you have changed your life and the motivation behind those changes. Bravo!!


May 20, 2021 01:55 PM
Cathy Criado

Thanks Jeff! I hope it inspires others too!

May 20, 2021 02:47 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Cathy- I love this post!  Your story will probably go on to inspire others who feel as if they aren't where they want to be. I'm happy for you and happy that you have kept going to fulfill your dreams. 

May 20, 2021 07:15 PM
Cathy Criado

Thanks Kathy! Hopefully so! Happy Friday!!

May 21, 2021 09:25 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Cathy, for sharing some of your personal experience.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

May 21, 2021 09:24 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Inspriration comes from so many places and is best experienced when the heart is ready. Thank you Cathy Criado for the entry to ActiveRain May Contest - Life is a Story!

May 23, 2021 10:13 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

BRAVO! You go girl. 

May 25, 2021 08:02 AM
Cathy Criado

LOL thanks Carol!

May 25, 2021 08:53 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-617-6375
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Cathy Criado 
So wonderful to hear your story about taking charge of YOUR OWN life! And - meeting the person you wanted to meet! All the best - Lynn

May 28, 2021 08:13 PM