If You Don’t Know Me by Now, Here’s a Little Somethin’-Somethin’ from Your Charlotte NC Gal

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

If You Don’t Know Me by Now, Here’s a Little Somethin’-Somethin’ from Your Charlotte NC Gal

 

First of all, MANY thanks to those who keep our monthly challenges going. We are so blessed with members who care deeply and give each and every day, week, month to this community, year-after-year. Carol Williams & Kathy Streib are, what I call, our ActiveRain Angels - they are ALWAYS more than willing to help and they support our challenges several times each year…a BIG thank you to you both!

Thanks to you two for giving us this fun challenge for May. Without further ado, here are the answers to your questions…

 

1. What was your first job and what did you learn from it? I always did babysitting for our family’s friends but, my first ‘real’ (paycheck, W9) job was for Hardee’s! My BFF worked across the mall at the theatre and I took a ‘restaurant’ job, learning the ins and outs of customer service!


My hours flew by as we were always busy and hers drug by as she was busy for 30 minutes, then bored out of her mind for 2 hours! I learned two things with this job - 1. How important it is to have a job/career that keeps you busy during the time you’re working. When you’re busy, time FLIES!  2. I remember my manager drilling in our heads, “The Customer Is Always RIGHT” over and over again. Customer service was his focus and it became mine in my careers for life.

2. How long have you been in the real estate or related service industry?  18 glorious years.


3. What is your biggest fear and what have you done to try to conquer it?
Public speaking WAS my biggest fear and I worked over and over in various jobs to overcome that. I feel like my fear of heights has now surpassed that initial public speaking fear. 

4. What would you do if you knew you would not fail? OH, investments comes to mind here - I would likely embrace gambling and risk it ALL!!

 

5. What is a habit you would love to eliminate or change?  My passion for cheese - I would LOVE to rid myself of that passion! It has caused me more health issues than I ever imagined - from hypertension to high cholesterol to weight gain and incredibly painful arthritis as a result of the weight gain! Thankfully, I am well on my way to shedding that passion but, it has taken me a LONG time to do so! I can still see myself using cheese as my comfort food when life brings me the most difficult of challenges.

 

6. What is your favorite meal (forget about calories or what you shouldn’t eat) Anything seafood - I love lobster, scallops, tilapia, mahi-mahi, shrimp, oysters…yes, ANY seafood! Throw in some grilled asparagus and I’m all good!

 

7. What is something you wish you’d done? Gotten my pilot’s license. I’m living vicariously through my brother and my American Airline pilot clients!

 

8. Who has been most influential in your life?   First my Dad, then my husband - he remains my biggest confidant and cheerleader. I am most grateful to have them both in my life.

 

9. What are your favorite business-related books?  Rich Dad Poor Dad (Robert Kiyosaki) & Think and Grow Rich (Napolean Hill). I love the positivity of those two!

 

10. Other than business books what are your favorite things to read? Oh my gosh, I love mystery and historic novels. I am currently reading Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi. There is some parallelism to what is going on in the Ukraine right now; it’s really quite riveting!

 

11. What are your top 5 favorite movies? 

  • Believe it or not, Independence Day - love the drama, politics, action & romance, all wrapped into one.
  • The Green Mile
  • Top Gun (as much as I dislike Tom Cruise, I loved this movie)!
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Forest Gump

12. If I came to visit your city for one day what is the one thing I must do or see? Spend the day at the lake with me - and dine in one of the locals’ favorite restaurants on the lake!

 

13. If I came to your city to visit for one day what is the one restaurant you would recommend? Having Johnson & Wales  University in the heart of Charlotte’s Uptown, we are blessed with MANY incredibly talented chefs in our area. I would have to recommend 3 - Supperland, The Fig Tree Restaurant and for a fun lunch, Mert’s.

 

14. If I was going to relocate to your area what advice would you give me that is unique to the area? Oh there’s SO much! We have 4 glorious seasons - oh and when it snows, the entire city shuts down. Our city is beautifully green - there’s very little concrete.

 

If you love the outdoors, there is something for you to enjoy in all corners of the city, year-round. 

 

We are located 2.5 hours from both the ocean and the mountains.

 

And, what is so cool about Charlotte is that, despite our being 15th largest city in the nation, we are a welcoming, diverse group. My BFF, who is a native New Yorker, always makes fun of the fact that we fry EVERYTHING in North Carolina! 🤣

 

15. Do you have any special talents?  I don’t know if having a green thumb is ‘talent’ but, my best therapy is ‘playing in the dirt’ and growing delectable veggies & gorgeous flowers!

 

16 Do you have any quirks? You’ll have to speak with my husband about that!

 

Seriously, I detest voicemail so, if I can, I answer my phone. The phone-tag game gives me angst so, I do everything I can to avoid playing that game!

 

17. What is your best character trait?  I believe it has to be positivity - it’s REALLY difficult to get me down. I will find that silver lining in every single cloud! 

 

It’s a tough choice as I’m also fiercely loyal and trusting of others and my friendships are typically life-long.

 

18. Have you ever done anything you would never do again because it was too hard or too dangerous?  Not on your life! The more daring, fun, adventurous…the better! I believe in living life with #NoRegrets!!

 

Charlotte sunsets

 

19. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?  Watch our amazing North Carolina sunsets with my amazing hubby. How fun to have the backdrop of God’s artwork in the sky as we solve the world’s problems and laugh together. 

 

20. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you want to live? Charlotte…is there really anywhere else better to live?!!

 

21. What is something that we don’t know about you that would surprise us? This one has has me stumped for weeks…I finally asked my hubby and he was stumped for quite some time too. Finally, he came back and said, “You bait one hell of a hook!” Believe it or not, I taught my boys to ride bicycles - shedding their training wheels and I also taught them how to fish (among many other things but, these are two things typically taught by ‘dads!’).  Yes, I’m a Tom Boy at heart and am a guy’s girl - probably because I’ve always been surrounded by boys! LOL

 

Thanks again, Carol & Kathy! You girls ROCK!

Comments (48)

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

Oh, I will say that after working as a nurse, I gave up dare-devil motorcycle racing, Wayne Martin! I quickly learned, working in the Emergency Room, motorcycles are called 'donor-cycles' - and for a very good reason.

Glad you found it interesting!

Jun 02, 2022 11:35 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, Roy Kelley - you have a delightful June as well!

Jun 02, 2022 11:36 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

AAAAAAHHHHH, the seafood! If that is all I had to eat, I would be a happy camper, Carla Freund! LOL And, cheese is my comfort food. Heaven forbid I ever suffer from depression - look out cheese supply! 🤣

Jun 02, 2022 11:37 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, because I know there is no guarantee, you'll never have to worry about me becoming a gambler, Brian England! I'm SUCH a wimp where risk is concerned!

We are looking forward to heading back to Vegas on the 16th and seeing Carol Williams & Rocky Dickerson on the 18th. Would LOVE for you to be freed up to join us!!

Jun 02, 2022 11:39 PM
Brian England

I am the same way and I hate losing a little bit more than winning big, haha.

Jun 03, 2022 05:24 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, the struggle is REAL, Carol Williams and I'm a textbook addict!! What I can't believe is how those addictions (sugar & cheese, especially) were such major contributors to my RA. I truly just happened upon that discovery!

Can't WAIT to see you in Vegas, baby!! It was so much fun having you in our home - you just fit right in with our quirkiness...and Mother Nature happened to cooperate with us - JUST for you!! 

Jun 02, 2022 11:41 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, Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho! I'm all about diversity in movies! LOL Glad you agree with my selection! 

Jun 02, 2022 11:48 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OHHHHH, a sista after my heart, Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist! I would rather smoke some seafood and veggies on the grill - and enjoy an adult libation while we watch the sunset!

As for the pilot's license. You know, I may look into that. I am SOOOOO close to the airport. I really don't want to say goodbye to this world having not achieved all of my goals!

Jun 02, 2022 11:51 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Every single evening, I get excited about what is going to be painted in that sky, Kathy Streib - it's just magical to me! I do love where we are and I think my favorite thing right now is to host others for 'A day at the lake!' It's so fun to see our friends & family enjoy the water, the fun and the sunsets! 

As for being a woman - I really do believe that I was led by 'tradition' down the path I took - and my brother did the same. While I always had a passion for flying and planes, it wasn't the 'norm' for my gender. Sometimes I wish I had followed that passion but, so much of my life would have been so different. I would never exchange having my boys or finding the love of my life for a different career. As you said, I'm in a really wonderful place in my life now!

Jun 03, 2022 12:06 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, thank you so much, John Meussner! I have eclectic taste in music and movies - very diverse...as with seafood! LOL

Jun 03, 2022 12:08 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I'm SO not a girly girl, Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker! I think that had a LOT to do with my Dad wanting a boy but, got stuck with a girl first! I was a Daddy's girl and he taught me all of the fun boy 'stuff!' I wouldn't change that for the world!

We are birds of a feather - or sisters from another mister - when it comes to positivity, girl! I wouldn't change that for the world either!

Jun 03, 2022 12:12 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh boy, you're speaking my language, George Souto!! That is my comfort food and I'm sure it's the preferred comfort food for MANY!!

Jun 03, 2022 12:13 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

So, our son has been 'working from home' while staying with us - 6 months last year and 6 months this year. I had some ladder work that I needed done and was SHOCKED to hear that he was afraid of heights when I asked him to help me with a ladder task! We talked about how many people have that fear - I had no idea! I seriously thought I was an odd duck because I had that fear! LOL

The ship has never sailed for moving - assign the details to the movers and pack your personals and head to Charlotte! What fun that would be to have you here - what fun we would have!

Jun 03, 2022 12:16 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Debe,

Love reading your post and knew quite a bit about you but like Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker I did not know you would ever consider flying or you were a Tom Boy. Your positivity shines through in everything you do and girl you must not sleep with all that you pack in a day! Thank you for getting the Zoom meetings started on Tuesdays along with all the other things you do to help Active Rain be a success! You are Amazing!!

Jun 03, 2022 05:44 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

We could certainly sit and watch movies together... and sunsets.

Jun 03, 2022 12:49 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debe Maxwell, CRS - Love that photograph of the sunset! It is breathtaking! I am glad you build your house on the lake and enjoying it with Ray.

As for the rest of your story, what can I say, you are incredible. My parents wanted me to be a boy too but I was one of those kids who wore the pink poka dotted dresses, white gloves, and hat to church and took it all off when I got home and played with spiders, climbed trees, and pulled worms out of the ground at night to give to my dad when we went fishing. 

Jun 04, 2022 03:23 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

What a sweet thing to say, Dorie Dillard Austin TX! I so love ActiveRain and would do anything to help this forum be wildly successful. I feel like we have turned the corner and are heading back to the SEO and viewership we once had.

Jun 05, 2022 08:28 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, for SURE, Tammy Lankford, and talk real estate and grandboys all day long (not necessarily in that order)!!

Jun 05, 2022 08:30 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my gosh, your description of wearing the pink polka dot dress and tearing it off when you got home from church...that was me too, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

We are also loving lake living - and are so very thankful that we found this gem! We definitely got lucky.

Jun 05, 2022 08:40 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

That too.  But I know how cool it is to watch that sunset and it just seems to melt the troubles away.

Jun 06, 2022 11:29 AM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Cute post!

Jun 06, 2022 01:00 PM