Who is Dorie? Or is it Dory?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

When the movie Finding Dory came out in 2016 my name became the object of many jokes and comments. One of my dearest friends gave me a "Dory" Christmas Ornament that I love to hang every year on my tree.


After I did some research I realized it wasn’t the color blue of a real-life royal blue tang like Dory but believe it or not my favorite color is blue.

I found we actually have several things in common:

  • Dorie and Dory like to keep things under control
  • Both are forever optimistic and are known to say “keep swimming!”
  • Dorie traveled all over the world with Geno and Dory traveled all over the world with Nemo!

Thank you Kathy Streib and Carol Williams for hosting the May Challenge - Getting To Know You. Great list of questions, a very good way to learn more about our Active Rain members. I had fun reading the entries and even ordered a book Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 wrote! Who knew he was an author?

Here is my entry:

  1. What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

My first job was working during at home during a summer in college, at Barney’s Department store in Schenectady N.Y. It was fun to work in retail but was just a month and half so I didn’t get the full impact of being a full time employee. I rotated departments so each day was different. I learned to manage my income and soon learned it didn’t go as far as I thought it would. I think that’s called “adulting.”

  1. How long have you been in the real estate or related service industry?

Finding my-self as a single mom was stressful and I knew I had to press the reset button and find a career. It was a big decision but I believed real estate was a route that I could utilize my talents. My college degree came in handy as many class credits in financing and business transferred to meet the requirements to obtain my license. I passed my exam and received my Real Estate license in 1991. Thirty one years later I’m so grateful I pursued real estate, it is my passion. I love my clients, what I do and as a bonus every day there is something new to learn!

   3. What is your biggest fear and what have you done to try to conquer it?


I hate snakes! When I was young I stepped on one and will never forget the slimy feel under my feet. It’s very simple; I now steer clear of any possible interaction with snakes.


  1. What would you do if you knew you would not fail?

I really can’t think of anything else I’d like to do. It’s a beautiful thing when your career and passion come together!


  1. What is a habit you would love to eliminate or change?

I tend to operate less spontaneous because of fear of not staying on course. I’ve learned over the last several years it’s okay to deviate from a strict routine. In fact, I’m seeing more opportunities present themselves because of a less controlled schedule.


  1. What is your favorite meal (forget about calories or what you shouldn’t eat)

There is no question my favorite meal is Italian, most all dishes! I love Italy with their immersion into their dishes and how it’s enjoyed with family and friends. It’s all about the experience!


  1. What is something you wish you’d done?                                               

I have no regrets. There are 2 quotes from Zig Ziglar I wrote in my notebook when life got tough:

“Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful” and “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”


  1. Who has been most influential in your life?

That is a hard one to say because I’ve had several people in my life who were influential. If I had to narrow it down I would say my dad was a huge impact on me because he exposed me to perseverance, dedication and commitment, by example, not through words. I knew he was always there for me however he was strict and didn’t let me get by with anything. He worked hard and several years after college I recognized the greatest monetary gift he and mom gave me was a college education paid for with no debt!


  1. What are your favorite business-related books?

A dear colleague, years ago gave me a copy of: Who moved My Cheese, which has always been a favorite. My Geno gave me: Kiss Bow and Shake Hands and told me it was important to study and my third is: Never Split the Difference.


  1. Other than business books what are your favorite things to read?

I love to read and always have several books going (both hard copy and on my Kindle). I enjoy an assortment of fiction and non-fiction books. I still remember reading: Gone with the Wind as a young girl. I was so caught up I didn’t want it to end so I’d start only reading one chapter at a time towards the end.


  1. What are your top 5 favorite movies?

Gone with the Wind, The God Father, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Shawshank Redemption and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  1. If I came to visit your city for one day what is the one thing I must do or see?

There are so many things in Austin that are a must see it’s hard to narrow it down. One thing many love to do is visit one of the crown jewels of Austin: Barton Springs Pool which is within Austin’s Zilker Park’s 358 acres! We have people travel from all over to view our bats under Congress Avenue Bridge! See my post from 2016!


  1. If I came to your city to visit for one day what is the one restaurant you would recommend?

It’s almost impossible to name one restaurant we have so many. It all depends on what experience you are looking for: Mexican, Italian, Seafood, Steaks, Chinese…..we have it all covered!


  1. If I was going to relocate to your area what advice would you give me that is unique to the area?

Understand our culture and don’t try and change it. Comprehend the meaning of our slogan “Keep Austin Weird” and keep it alive. We are unique and want to retain our roots. We welcome everyone but  we ask you to embrace who we are and what we have to offer.


  1. Do you have any special talents?

I like to design clothes and sew. When my daughter was a teenager we’d come up with something different and I’d make it for her. I don’t have time any more but I always enjoyed creating something fun and different and enjoyed wearing my creations! I also made tops and hair accessories and sold them to boutiques. Dusty Hill’s girlfriend from the ZZ Tops, purchased one of my creations at Lake Austin Spa and Resort back in the late 80’s!


16 Do you have any quirks?

I like to play NY Times Wordle every morning. Most of my family does so we often share with each other when we’ve gotten the word very quickly, especially my granddaughter in NYC.


  1. What is your best character trait?

Optimism … My Geno called me the “Spin Doctor.” He said no matter what happened I’d spin it positive.


  1. Have you ever done anything you would never do again because it was too hard or too dangerous?

When I was in Iowa during college, 4 of us were out camping in a motor home and a tornado came out of nowhere! We jumped in the car and outran it (barely) but I’d never do that again! It scared me to death!



  1. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

I enjoy “me” time where I walk or read by the pool .I make it a priority to attend my grandkids athletic events (and there are a lot of them). I so enjoy being involved in their lives as they are growing up.


  1. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you want to live?

I love to travel and have been fortunate to visit many countries but I always feel when I get back to Austin TX…., I’m home. My kids and grandkids are here….doesn’t get any better than that!


  1. What is something that we don’t know about you that would surprise us?

I can wiggle my ears…..does that count?


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Austin TX Canyon Creek Real Estate Agent

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I specialize in Listing and Selling homes in the NW Austin Area. I use my experience to guide clients through the process, whether selling or buying. It’s a beautiful thing when your career and a passion come together. I love what I do!

Comments (22)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I enjoyed reading your May Challenge answers.

Thank you, Dorie, for telling us more about yourself.

May 25, 2022 08:00 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Roy Kelley 

May 25, 2022 09:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Dorie/Dory... wiggling your ears sure does count and as a talent, too! I'm with you on the snake issue... can't even look at pictures of them. And is there anything better in this world than Italian food? I think not!

May 25, 2022 08:11 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Nina Hollander, Broker 

May 25, 2022 09:41 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Dorie Dillard Austin TX Isn't wonderful to love what we do - Gone with the Wind what a classic - Love it too 

May 25, 2022 08:22 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It was my favorite Hannah Williams 

May 25, 2022 09:42 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I saw the bats! ! !

We really enjoyed the Austin area when we visited a few years ago.  There are so many fun things to do there.

You picked some great movies.  I would love to watch every one of them again.

I can't wiggle by ears!

May 25, 2022 08:39 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Ray Henson ..my dad use to wiggle his ears and taught me how to do it.

May 25, 2022 09:43 AM
Shayne Stone
HomeSmart - Fulshear, TX
"Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"

Great insight to who you are, Dorie Dillard Austin TX  thanks Sharing!

May 25, 2022 09:51 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Shayne Stone 

May 25, 2022 02:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dorie- I loved reading your post!  You realize that you might be asked to wiggle your ears at our next Zoom Meeting. I smiled when I saw how you liked to read a favorite book like Gone With the Wind. If I find one like that, I do the same thing. 

Yes, I avoid snakes at all costs even though we have so many here in Texas. And, I agree with your dear Geno...you have a very steady quieting positiveness about you. 

May 25, 2022 10:10 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Kathy Streib ! I was determined to get this completed for the challenge...it's been a hectic month!

May 25, 2022 02:08 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

HI Dorie (of Dory) your post is so YOU!  So much I could address but that take too long!  I love how you see things " It's a beautiful thing when your career and passion come together'" I can so relate. Your positivity and enthusiasm oozes out of you all the time! Love that about you!  I've never heard of this book "Never split the difference", sounds interesting. And what - you can wiggle your ears. Now you know I must try to do this!   Perhaps you can give us all lessons on next Tuesdays Zoom call!

May 25, 2022 10:35 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I can certainly try Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker !!!

May 25, 2022 02:08 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie I have never heard of someone out running a tornado.  That had to have been scary.

You need to do the ear wiggling thing on one of our Tuesday ZOOM Meetings ..... LOL

May 25, 2022 02:30 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It was not fun and I'd never do it again George Souto 

May 25, 2022 05:56 PM
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

It was fun getting to know more about you Dorie besides being the top Canyon Creek Agent!

May 25, 2022 02:46 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 

May 25, 2022 05:56 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Need A TC? Virtual TC Services Nationwide

Hello, Dorie. It's good to learn more about you. I wasn't aware you have Italian heritage, and I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between an Italian and a Norwegian. After all, you all look alike to me! 😎

I like your talent! I can wiggle my thumb and pinkie at the same time! LOL!!

May 25, 2022 06:35 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

That os hysterical Aura Alex I tried doing that and can't!

May 26, 2022 10:14 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing all the details that make you special Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

May 25, 2022 07:18 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS !!

May 26, 2022 10:15 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have enjoyed reading the posts of those who have contributed to this challenge, Dorie.  I learned a lot about you today!

May 25, 2022 08:29 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It so fun Myrl Jeffcoat ..I've learned a lot too!!

May 26, 2022 10:15 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I like the Dorie/Dory comparison, such a cool way to begin your post.  I enjoyed learning more about you and I hope that eventually, we will get to meet in person.

May 26, 2022 05:46 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I do too Brian England !!!

May 26, 2022 10:16 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, what a great post to get to know you better!   I figured Italian food would be your fav, and did not know you could wiggle your ears!

May 26, 2022 07:09 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

My dad always wiggled his ears and taught me how to do it Joan Cox 

May 26, 2022 10:17 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Dorie - following your during all the years I feel I already know many of these things about you.  I love Italian food like you and remember your many restaurant reviews.

May 28, 2022 04:51 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Yes I love Italian and never pass down a chance to eat some great pasta Grant Schneider  

Jun 03, 2022 03:12 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie:

This was great fun to read and I learned so much about you and your life! Thanks for sharing you with us!


May 28, 2022 10:27 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS 

May 30, 2022 07:04 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 / Property Manager

Hi Dorie,
I loved that you and Dory have so much in common. I've never thought of myself as a "spin doctor" but I think I might be one of those too. It's always heartwarming to know that people are living where they truly want to be. Life doesn't get better than that.

May 29, 2022 12:28 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

You are so right Carol Williams 

May 30, 2022 07:05 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

This was such a FUN read Dorie! Thanks for participating in this month's challenge.

May 29, 2022 05:52 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It's been fun to read the entries Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

May 30, 2022 07:05 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

you should read white columns in Hollywood by Susan Myrick.  If you loved gone with the wind, I think you'd enjoy it.  She also taught Vivian Lee how to "speak southern" for the movie.

Jun 03, 2022 12:45 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thanks for the tip Tammy Lankford, 

Jun 03, 2022 03:13 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Dorie Dillard Austin TX Yes, that is called adulting. It is beautiful when career and passion come together. Reading is something I enjoy as well. I find it relaxing. I see people post about Wordle on FB. I have not gone there – yet.  Wonderful to have your kids and grandkids living close by.  Next Zoom meeting you can show us how you wiggle your ears.


Jun 03, 2022 02:43 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I do like to play Wordle from the NY Times Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist . If I could get my video working on Zoom I could do that..please can't figure out what the issue is.

Jun 03, 2022 03:14 PM