Life is a Story - Make Yours a Bestseller

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Real Estate Agent with www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

Life is a Story - Make Yours a Bestseller

 

While now is not the time, eventually our lives will calm to a point that I can literally pen that 'best seller!' Well, I can dream, right?!



I have been a lover of the water my entire life. My Dad was stationed in Biloxi, MS and we lived in neighboring Gulfport - a block from the freeway that separated the city from the sandy beaches of the Gulf coast. Because of the climate there, we walked to the beach nearly every day. While I had learned to water ski on a lake in VA at a very young age, I had the opportunity to learn to sail while we were in Gulfport as a teen. I knew then that I had to live on a body of water - wherever I landed as an adult. 

 

My best friend in high school (when we were living in Hickory, NC - retired USAF) lived on Lake Hickory. Our neighborhood was a 'lake' community but, our home wasn't right on the water. So, I practically lived at my BFF's house. We skied, fished and swam every possible day we could until we both left for college.

 

Sunsets on the Lake

I later lived on the lake in Hickory after college until I moved to Charlotte in 1985 to continue my career as a nurse and start a new life here in 'the big city!' I lived 'near' the lake but, only spent a few weekends a year boating and water skiing on Lakes Norman and Wylie. 

 

From 1990, when I moved from the lake forward, I vowed, once again, I WOULD wind up back on the lake again. In 2016, I finally started an active search for the perfect home on the lake. Who knew it would take me FOUR YEARS to find it?! I believe that the pandemic is what landed us here too. Firstly, I had time to search deeper for my own family as we had a month of being 'non-essential workers' here in NC. Secondly, the seller likely felt the pressure of the unknown - "What follows the pandemic? Who knows?" So, she decided to SELL. 

 

Lake Wylie Sunsets

 

At the same time, we decided to change our search parameters and VOILA! Our new home popped up in our search. My hubby, being a tad bit resistant to change, was not sold on it initially. [Let me clarify that 'tad bit' is a whopper of an exaggeration!] We had a perfectly perfect home in the city that we built specifically for us, which we both loved. While we were not going to sell that house, he really didn't want to spend weekends or summers away from his 'comforts of home' or be responsible for two furnished homes. 

I eventually had my sister- and brother-in-law over to take a tour of the (lake) house with us. I still, to this day, believe that my brother-in-law (who my husband loves) saying, "I like this house better than the one you're in!" did it for Ray. That and, "You can make this house your own but, you can't get these views anywhere else in Charlotte!" 

We bought the house and while we were under Contract, I had plans drawn, contractors enlisted and were ready to make this home very similar to our SouthPark home so that Ray would love his lake home as much as me. We got almost all of the contractor work done in the first month after purchasing the home and as we spent more time here, we discovered that the sunsets were simply mesmerizing! 

 

Spectacular sunsets on Lake Wylie

 

Fast forward to moving day #1 (we broke down the moving days), we had a spectacular sunset and Ray proclaimed, "We're selling the other house!" We had contemplated Airbnb'ing it so, we had photos and video ready to go. We listed it and the rest is history! 

I have committed to spending an hour every night, watching the sunset, (whether we have a sunset or not!) with the rare exceptions (out of town buyers). That time is for disconnecting and recharging and we have never been happier. The sunsets are exactly what my brother-in-law alluded to when he said, "You can make this house your own but, you can't get these views anywhere else in Charlotte!"  

 

Lake Wylie Living

 

With the help and direction of our Creator, our story has become our own bestseller. For some, it's the mountains, for others, it's the desert. For us, we are living out our own dreams of living by the water. As Dorie Dillard Austin TX mentioned in her post this week, timing matters. Life is a Story - Make Yours a Bestseller. 

 

#PatriciasAmazingChallenge

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Life is a Story - Make Yours a Bestseller

Comments (23)

Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Thank you, Will Hamm! You know we are loving where we live now!

May 31, 2021 11:10 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

We inched our way there and then back-tracked into the city, Grant Schneider. I'm here now and can't imagine ever leaving! I hope you also reach your dream home soon!

May 31, 2021 11:11 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Thank you, Dorie Dillard Austin TX! Our plan has been set - sometimes we have to be very patient. I'm so glad I never gave up on the dream and I'll forever be grateful for my brother-in-law's comments. Even at my age, I am more than thankful for being on the water and the plan finally coming to fruition! 

May 31, 2021 11:13 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Nature's sunrises and sunsets are my favorite light shows Debe Maxwell, CRS, yours are spectacular on the water! You have surely made the new place a home to be proud of for you and Ray. I enjoyed watching and ready the process from buying to converting it into a beautiful showpiece! Thank you for the entry to ActiveRain May Contest - Life is a Story.

May 31, 2021 02:22 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debe Maxwell, CRS - Your photographs are artistically inspiring. The content of your writing is superb. When you just stop to think about it, infants are born anywhere in between 70-83% water. By the time we reach adulthood, we're around 60% water. It's wonderful that you grew up around water to learn, appreciate, and develop skills you couldn't learn in a concrete urban environment in a lock down confined location. Most kids were born to swim and challenge themselves and develop friendship with other kids. Here you are today, still learning, appreciating, and developing new ways to capture the moment with the deepest gratitude with the love of your life and you share it all with us here on ActiveRain and with your family & friends too. Thank you. 

May 31, 2021 02:50 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Thank you so much for your kind words, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! We are loving our new place and every day is a new adventure. There's just nothing like it! 

As for the challenge - I did the entries but, please don't consider mine. My photos are nowhere near others but, I don't want you to have to put any thought into mine! Thank you SO much for being a judge in this month's challenge. I so appreciate you as does the entire community!

 

Hope to see you on Tuesday!

May 31, 2021 03:47 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, I so adore you! Thank you so much for your kind words. Life is a challenge and when we accept even the smallest challenges, we grow. Saying, "I think I can," albeit fine for others to day, is not my style! I prefer to jump in and learn. As you know, life is short and I don't want to miss a thing!

 

BIG hugs to you for hosting this amazing challenge. I've so enjoyed the entries, as I know you have. Thank you, thank you, thank you, my friend.

May 31, 2021 03:50 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debe you are blessed to be able to live in a home of your dreams and a sunsets dreams are made of.

May 31, 2021 03:51 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

We are truly blessed, George Souto and thankfulness will never leave our hearts either.

 

See you tomorrow!

May 31, 2021 04:12 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Debe:

It was such fun to read your post about this life decision...and of course other posts your shared. Many can identify with finding the home of your dreams. Having had a home on Cape Cod Bay in MA years ago I totally get it!

Jeff

May 31, 2021 09:02 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debe, loved reading your post/story and funny for someone who has moved at least 20 times I am like your hubby, do not want to leave or have any changes.... needless to say having that water view might make me reconsider.... as to Hickory.... I never heard of it until we used to watch a show where Comedians got their opportunity and there was a guy from Hickory... go figure:)Endre

May 31, 2021 09:25 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Debe I so understand the love of living on a lake or ocean.....any water!  Everything came into play at the right time and place for it all to fall into place for you and Ray.  You two will enjoy many years of living your dream...and making it in to a bestseller! 

May 31, 2021 09:30 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a wonderful read, and beautiful photos to accompany the story. You knew you had to live on water and voila, you now have a lifetime of sunsets to enjoy!!!!

Jun 01, 2021 06:02 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, Jeff Dowler, CRS, I'm far removed from luxurious Cape Cod Bay here but, it's lake living regardless and I love every minute of it! Well, I'd say the Canadian goose poo does drive me a little nuts but, I'm figuring that out!! LOL

Jun 01, 2021 08:13 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

HaHa, Endre Barath, Jr., being an Air Force brat and moving enough times to attend 9 different schools (grades 1-12) was only the beginning. So, your 20-move guess is closer than you think! LOL 

I'm moved 7 times in the last 36 years, so not too bad! That's funny about the comedian from Hickory. It's a small-to-mid sized town only a little over an hour from Charlotte but, I surely did enjoy 3 of my high school and all of my college years there! 

I was surprised that the first tour of our new home, seeing that water view together for the first time, wouldn't do it for Ray. I think the spectacular sunset is ultimately what did it. We watch them every night and feel for those on the other side of the lake - they don't see anything but, the reflection of it in the windows across the lake from them! A western view would be a must for me! 

Jun 01, 2021 08:20 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Thank you, Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker! You're right - ANY water! I get the same calm, zen-like feeling when I'm around any body of water. You get it - it really does something wonderful to your soul!

Jun 01, 2021 08:22 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I love it, Kat Palmiotti - 'a lifetime of sunsets' - I'll be 100% satisified with that! 

Jun 01, 2021 08:23 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Debe! Biloxi and Gulfport? Okay, well, I apologize for any of my relations that you met there. LOL

Jun 01, 2021 08:49 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

LOL I was in late junior high (8 & 9) and was going to start high school there (10th grade) and that is when we wound up moving back to NC. Learning to sail and to water ski in coastal waters (not calmer lake waters) were very meaningful to me - as was my first kiss on the beach there!! I was devastated to have to move from that place - it was heaven on earth for me.

Were you there? And, what years if you were, Rocky Dickerson?

Jun 01, 2021 12:27 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Your story started when you were a child and as you traveled through life you were able to fashion the ending and have come to appreciate the results of a road well traveled. 

Jun 02, 2021 06:08 AM