What Active Rain Means to Me Collage Challenge

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beam & Branch Realty TREC #547752

When Debe Maxwell, CRS  challenged us to create a collage to depict what Active Rain means to us, I immediately thought this would be a fun and creative challenge. There are so many reasons I love this platform and that in a nutshell is my Active Rain FAMILY! For those of you who haven't discovered the amazing people here, you are missing an important part of what we do here.

My collage reflects my marketing style, which is orderly and simple. So, here is my collection of some of the Active Rain people that I have had the privilege of meeting in person over the years. 

Back in the day of in-person Active Rain Camps, I attended one in Dallas and met some of our Active Rain superstars! Bob Stewart, our fearless leader over the years was so fun to meet. I love his energy and vision.

Meeting Cherise Selley and her husband Gordon in person in Colorado Springs launched a very special relationship to this day. These two special people are some of our best friends. Blogging brought us together and that is super cool!

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker met me in Phoenix when I was there for a family event. How much fun was it that we got to spend some time in person! She is a rockstar as most of you know!

Then, most recently, I had the honor of meeting Carol Williams when she was on her epic car trip around the country. She made it all the way to Granbury, Texas. We had a ball catching up!

So you see, Active Rain is truly a FAMILY! Can't you hear the song right now, "We are family"!!!! I truly do love my family here in the Rain!

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Comments (17)

Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The second family for any of us are the people we chat and comment on here in the Rain. And when the opportunity presents itself we even get to meet them in person

Apr 08, 2022 01:01 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Paula we are family!  And it was fun to meet you and your husband in person!  It's was like meeting an old friend!  I think I may have a few photos - I'll look for them and come back around to post.  Love your collage!  It's pretty amazing to have good friends all over the country!

Apr 08, 2022 02:15 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald

Great because I spent some time searching for mine and I can't find them.

Apr 09, 2022 07:19 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten

I looked and looked to no avail.  But...one of these days they'll show up I hope!!

Apr 09, 2022 01:54 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I like your collages, Paula.  And, I like those little "olive branch" flourishes you added as accents.

Apr 08, 2022 02:39 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Paula there are a lot of good memories in your collage.  Good job!!!

Apr 08, 2022 02:41 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy






Apr 08, 2022 03:15 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Paula- I agree with you...it's all about the community ie. its members!!! That's the essence of ActiveRain. 

Apr 08, 2022 06:52 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Paula... your collage is indeed like your style... clean and simple! I never experienced the Rain Camps, but I have met Bob Stewart many times of the years at other national conferences.

Apr 09, 2022 04:56 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How wonderful! I love this post, and your photos. Thank you for sharing!

Apr 09, 2022 05:24 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is a great-looking collage, you have certainly met some good Rainers!

Apr 09, 2022 06:56 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Very cool photos. What fun to meet all of thee Rainers. Thanks for sharing these with us and nice job with your entry, Paula. 

Apr 09, 2022 06:58 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Hello Dr. Paula McDonald - the AR community is no longer about SEO and blogging for business, for me.  

It has been for years now and continues to be, about the people.  It is true, I have been burned by a few, yet for the most part, the people are why I continue to hang out around the AR water cooler. 

I am an orderly and simple person too.  I like your collage.

I have met so many AR members in person as well. It takes the connection to a new level. 

Apr 09, 2022 07:47 AM
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

I loved your post Dr. Paula McDonald. Simple and beautiful. I enjoyed reading and seeing your AR friends.

Apr 09, 2022 11:03 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

Hi Paula,
I was so honored to meet you last Fall. It was fun catching up and spending a little time in Granbury. That's one of the places I would love to get back to and spend more time.

Apr 09, 2022 11:16 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Featured in BananaTude!


Apr 09, 2022 01:52 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Paula, great job with your collage, and it is all about the AR bloggers!   

Apr 12, 2022 05:52 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Paula - I was good meeting you on Zoom and hope to meet you in person.  After over 10 years I have a story I will be telling too.

Apr 12, 2022 07:26 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Paula - nicely told.  

Apr 20, 2022 03:22 AM