Illustration of What ActiveRain Means to Me

Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

This blog post is dedicated to the members of ActiveRain. Its purpose is to add clarity through illustrations of what AR means to me. Thanks Debe Maxwell, CRS and Margaret Rome for the April 2022 Challenge.


As a Newbie, I really didn’t know or understand what a BLOG was but I was thankful when ACTIVERAIN offered RAINCAMP to members in 2010 the year I began blogging. I took a dive and the plunge, driving from Dallas-Fort Worth to Houston. This was a big deal to me. I’m not originally from Texas. I was relocated from Illinois. I learned quickly in my real estate career before navigational systems, looking at the BIG TEXAS SIZE MAPSCO was quite overwhelming!

Driving to Houston was a longer trip than I anticipated. But boy was it worth it! The first person I met was Kerrie followed by Joni Bailey. Later that day, after shaking the hand of Bob Stewart it was as if I touched the golden hand, and I was on my way to achieving great success and prosperity.

Over the years I learned a lot about what the word BLOG meant to me. Let me illustrate:


B is for belonging

L is for learning

O is for being open-minded

G is for giving


ActiveRain contributes to my sense of belonging, learning, being open-minded, and giving something of value to others. Having a sense of belonging is what I longed for when I left the Corporate World. Sales is hard work. Being self-employed without being born into a real estate family or being on a Franchise Team, and choosing to be a single agent paved the way to curiosity, knowledge, decision-making, inventiveness, creativity, and giving back to the community. What I learned is that by meeting and interacting with like-minded people creates balance thinking and being open minded helps me to grow mentally, physically, and emotionally. In my life, I have no time for being judgmental or to point out errors to other bloggers on ActiveRain. I care enough to contact them directly and say things in a nice way because I know, I'm not perfect. 


ActiveRain is a lot like a Travel Map. This is what it means to me. You get to know a lot of people from different states, cities, including your own. For every blog post I write, I embark on a new journey and every time I read or comment, I am discovering, rediscovering, or learning something new.  A great way to demonstrate who you are is by meeting up when time permits, calling other members on the phone, participating and commenting too. It didn’t take me long to realize, ActiveRain is a meaningful journey. Clearly, ActiveRain is part of my life story. My heart overflows with gratitude ---Patricia Feager

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MBA (University of Dallas)
(Bachelors of Arts & Science)
Paralegal (Southeastern Career Institute)
Associates (3) (College of Lake County)
KU (University of Kansas)


CRS (Certified Residential Specialist)
SRES (Certified Senior Residential Specialist)
PSA (Certified Pricing Strategies; Mastering the CMA)
CRS (Certified Military Relocation Specialist)
RENE (Real Estte Negotitions Expert)

"With self-discipline most anything is possible." --- Theodore Roosevelt 





Comments (27)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia loved your kind post and there are a handful I have met and another handful I would love to meet....Endre

Apr 07, 2022 10:49 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Endre Barath, Jr. - It did not take long for me to yearn to become a bigger part of the real estate industry and the perspectives I received from the people from ActiveRain who I connected with bridged the gap of what I was missing. Also, I always appreciate familiar faces and their writing styles and I am eager to learn more from those intriguing Newbies who come into my life through ways of AR. 

Apr 08, 2022 05:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - the ActiveRain atlas can be intimidating to a newcomer in similar ways as a relocated person to a new state.  Like your move to Texas you jumped in to this puddle "feet first".  Or should I say "feat first"?  

Apr 08, 2022 04:38 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - Whether it's "feet first" or "feat first," that is what anyone relocating, moving, or starting new is faced with and the best advice I can give is to stay motivated! Get moving! Have courage! Ask what's in it for you?

What we need when faced with new situations is support, positive reinforcement, and accepting the challenges that are presented that are out-side the box. For me, AR was definitely out-side the box!

I never wanted to be a sheep and stay local. I was born to travel, live, and learn whether it was through reading books at the library, continuous education, or finding my wings to fly and learn. For me, intimidation is poison to the soul. What amazed me about AR is that it never shuts down and there are people 24/7.

Apr 08, 2022 05:24 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love this post Patricia! And your photos are wonderful. Meeting people "live" after getting to know them on an online site can be amazing. I love that you still have your raincamp ID and "let it rain" shirt. Thank you for sharing and enjoy your Friday!

Apr 08, 2022 05:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Who else but Patricia Feager would come up with such a wonderful post... in words and pictures! I certainly can't think of anyone. Your talent and creativity never cease to amaze me, my friend.

Apr 08, 2022 05:51 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kat Palmiotti - You are so right! I'm glad we met live too! For me, saving the T-Shirt and my RainCamp name badge was worth it. Best souvenir too! I appreciate your comment on my photos and YOU too. Thanks!

Nina Hollander, Broker - Your comment meant a lot to me. Thanks for recognizing my efforts. I appreciate it very much and you too!

Apr 08, 2022 06:50 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Patricia, for sharing some of your thoughts. I wish I had your writing skills.

Apr 08, 2022 07:16 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So cool that you got to attend Raincamps, I never got the opportunity to attend one.  There was something going on in my area one time but I was not available that day.  Looking back, I should have canceled whatever I had scheduled already and attended the ActiveRain event instead.

Apr 08, 2022 07:45 AM
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

Never did experience Rain Camp Patricia, but I'm sure lots of connections and friends were enjoyed!

Apr 08, 2022 11:25 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - I wish I had your talent too! You're a great contributor to ActiveRain and I appreciate all the years you followed me.


Apr 09, 2022 06:12 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Brian England - I think if we knew RainCamp was going to end and there were a few opportunities left, many would have attended. You certainly made up for it by having the drive to make the drive to Meet Ups and personal get-togethers with members which seems to be a lot more meaningful! You're incredible. 

Apr 09, 2022 06:15 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - I don't think any of us knew that one day RainCamp would end. As long as we still have this platform, that is what's important and I'm glad we connected here on AR. You are GREAT!

Apr 09, 2022 06:17 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a lovely entry into this month's challenge, Patricia. Heartfelt and genuine.  Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. D

Apr 09, 2022 07:08 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I appreciate your comments and how you represent yourself here on ActiveRain. I consider myself lucky whenever you stop by. 

Apr 09, 2022 10:22 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD


Apr 09, 2022 12:52 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

As a new Rainer, I can relate to your first experience in words. A sense of belonging will be part of this challenge on my post. Thank you for setting the bar and providing great examples for me to follow!

Apr 09, 2022 10:33 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Aura Alex - you are a star in your own birthright. You already exceeded expectations and don't need me as an example. Everybody loves you. Congratulations on your FEATURE for this challenge. I am happy for you. 

Apr 10, 2022 01:35 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

Many thanks, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP. I still need to have you as an example. Sorry, you're not going to "get off the hook" that easily! 😍

Apr 10, 2022 04:19 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I was re-reading and see that you commented below my comment - sorry I missed it! We are STILL trying to get the developers to alert the commenter when those replies ('after comments') are made in response to ours. 

I was not aware that Bob returned years later but, how cool was it that you got to spend more time with him and as a bonus, got to meet Sharon Parisi too! This platform has brought us SO much more than just 'blogging for bucks,' hasn't it?!!

Thanks again for your entry in this month's challenge. I love every bit of it!

Apr 13, 2022 09:31 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I know how hard the developers are working. They are doing as best as they can and I appreciate them very much. As for responses and comments it has been confusing to me because just when I think I am commenting correctly I felt as if I was being spanked by someone other than a developer for doing something incorrectly. I was left with sadness and often shamed. 

Apr 14, 2022 05:13 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Patricia:

What a wonderful journey you have had in the blogging world an AR. The collages are very cool and say so much...more than 1000 words. I'm so glad I've gotten to know you, and even better had the chance to meet in Dallas a few years ago!


Apr 17, 2022 04:47 PM