This month's challenge is to tell how our unique experiences have influenced our life and work perspectives.
* Where were you born?
I was born in Danville, Virginia, attended George Washington High School, and moved to Baltimore to pursue my nursing career.
* What was your upbringing?
My parents owned a restaurant and delicatessen open seven days a week. My father was a diabetic, and I gave him insulin shots. He died of his first heart attack at forty-nine. At eight years old, I knew that I wanted to be a nurse!
Mother ran the business opening from six in the morning until nine at night. That was every day! A role model. She taught by example, never missing one day in all those years. Each customer was welcomed and made to feel at home. Mom had a way of making every single person feel like family. It was only after her death that I found out how much she indeed did for the entire community.
*A favorite memory of combining our travel and real estate:
I signed a contract on the wing of our airplane. My sellers were at their summer home in Atlantic City, NJ, and I had listed their unique contemporary home in Baltimore. When the offer came in, I was determined to get it to them right away. After calling and telling them to meet us at the Atlantic City airport, my husband and I flew down to the shore. I'd expected them to be excited and waiting out front for us. We walked into the airport office and found them just sitting there; they didn't think I would be there. After that, where else but the wing of our plane could we sign that contract?
* Where have you traveled, and how has that influenced your perspective?
Lee and I did a lot of traveling, having the luxury of our private plane. Weekends, weeks, dinners out of town, Atlantic City, Ocean City, New York, Boston, two weeks flying cross country with three other couples, multiple trips to Canyon Ranch both in Tucson and Lennox, and cruises including the maiden Caribbean Voyage of Queen Mary 2
Our cruising consisted of going through the Panama Canal and the inland passage of Alaska. And taking a helicopter landing on an iceberg... bluest blue imaginable. And there was also Hawaii. So many places, so many beautiful memories.
* What have been your interests/hobbies, how did you become interested in them, and how have they impacted your life?
Before Real Estate, I was a ceramic artist.
My custom porcelain and stoneware was in the Baltimore Symphony Showhouses, the D&D design center in Washington, many private offices, homes, and jewelry store windows. It was fun to drape the gold, diamonds, and pearls on my artwork in the front display cases.
* Have you had any life-altering experiences?
A car accident, rear-ended, put an end to my custom-designed porcelains. Since I refused back and neck surgery, the doctors told me not to lift anything over five pounds. My box of clay weighed fifty pounds! That is when I took a real estate class to tide me over until I could once again work in clay. It didn't happen.
That was in 1990, and it was real estate 100%!
For eighteen years, I was with the big box company, wrote a book Real Estate The Rome Way, became a solo broker HomeRome Realty, and began hosting my live weekly radio show All ABOUT REAL ESTATE.
And three decades later, I am still going strong and loving Real Estate!
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