Thanksgiving Gratitude: Community

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

Debe Maxwell, CRS 's November 2022 Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge is another great opportunity to think about those things we are grateful for. Of course, the first things that came to my mind are the same things I usually write about this time of year. Family, health, etc. I'm going to try to come up with four totally different ideas this year.

My first post addressed my thankfulness for generators. My second post is addressing community.

A little over three years ago I moved across the country to a new town, county and state. I did not know anyone in any of those locations except for my real estate agent and my husband. And a few months after we moved here, Covid reared its head and it wasn't as easy as it might have been to become part of the community. So what do I think about my new community now that I've been here for several years?

Grateful. I am incredibly grateful for the warm and welcoming place where I now live.

When you are willing to give, you get. When you are willing to step out of your comfort zone, you grow. When you are friendly to others, they are (usually) friendly to you.

So it didn't take long for me to feel as though I was a part of this community. In fact I run into people I know when I'm in the grocery store and if that's not an indicator of being in a great community, I don't know what is.

So how is it that I feel as though this has been my home forever when I've only been here a few years?

First, the people I have met here, for the most part are amazingly warm and welcoming. If you ask someone for directions or for a suggestion for a good place to eat/shop/etc, they are more than willing to assist you. I find I have a lot more conversations in my new home with "strangers" than I ever did in my previous locations. And by the way, I feel as though strangers are only friends you haven't met yet!

Second, I have become involved. I am a regular volunteer at our local Habitat for Humanity and have definitely made friends with other like-minded volunteers. I also have been involved with the Flathead Valley Exchange Club, a non-profit that volunteers and provides fundraising for local military and youth non-profits. Somehow I found myself volunteering to lead a big fundraiser and then stuck myself on the ballot for President Elect, which I now am. I joined the Chamber of Commerce. I invited people I met at various events out for coffee. I invited couples over for dinner. I started a local cooking club. I attended Ladies who Lunch and Women Who Wine (how can I not love a place with events like that!)

And along with my being involved in various activities, my husband has done the same. He is a Vice President of our Search & Rescue so I have met all those wonderful volunteers as well. Hubby has also been making furniture which we've been selling at a local Farmer's Market, so we are meeting people in that community.

And finally we made a point to meet our neighbors before and as soon as we moved here. We had a get-together party shortly after we moved into our home. We brought homemade Christmas cookies to the neighbors. And as a result, we have a wonderful group of people who we share a community with.

So in this second November Challenge post, I share my gratitude for my Montana community. I truly have found home.

Comments (40)

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

What a wonderful heart warming post Kat. Having just moved myself I see steps i have not yet taken, however the wedding now only 12 days away is occupying a lot more of my mind right now.

Nov 09, 2022 01:32 PM
Kat Palmiotti

As it should be Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 !!!!

Nov 09, 2022 01:41 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kat Palmiotti, YOu could successfully write a book on how to move to another state. Your involvement and volunteering in taking on many community projects are fantastic. Your new town is the lucky recipient of having you two live in Montana!

Nov 09, 2022 08:17 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you for your kind words Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 - and I feel like the lucky one!

Nov 10, 2022 04:13 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

To have gratitude, you must have a righteous attitude. This is a great post to remind us to be thankful and generous with our spare time to help others whenever possible. 

Nov 09, 2022 08:44 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you for your comment Kimo Jarrett - it's good to see you!

Nov 10, 2022 04:13 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You are definitely a credit to both your old and new communities my friend, thank you for sharing 🙂

Nov 09, 2022 08:45 PM
Kat Palmiotti

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

Nov 10, 2022 04:13 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There’s something to be said about the uniqueness of a particular community coming together to have a feeling of understanding. :

Nov 09, 2022 08:46 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sometimes it can take a little while, so I would say be patient and let things happen a little more naturally

Nov 09, 2022 08:47 PM
Kat Palmiotti

That's absolutely true, Laura Cerrano - patience is key. And thanks for your comments!

Nov 10, 2022 04:14 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat great post and indeed it is important to have a community, here in Los Angeles we lucked out the pocket Diane decided to buy into actually has a community feel to it. Ten or more homeowners out of 15 actually talk to each other and share holidays gifts etc. not your typical Lo Angeles, Endre

Nov 09, 2022 10:19 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Endre Barath, Jr. - it's too bad that's not typical - that would be a great way for all of us to live.

Nov 10, 2022 04:14 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

First...Wow over 3 years in Kalispell! I remember when you wrote about the move and now 3 years later look what you have accomplished. It's not only the community though Kat, you and your husband have proved that you are a wonderful addition to this Montana wonderland! Great story ~

Nov 10, 2022 04:50 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - I can't believe it's been three years either!

Nov 10, 2022 06:23 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

It’s wonderful to have that sense of community where you live. You two have gone out of your way to make it happen.

Nov 10, 2022 07:02 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - Thank you for your comment!

Nov 11, 2022 04:32 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I think that friendliness you feel is the same reason I stay up North and to not move to the South along with many of my friends Kat Palmiotti . I know you would find that same type of reception in the smaller communities of ND and MN. I've always believed in the expression you mentioned: "strangers are only friends you haven't met yet!".

Nov 11, 2022 07:16 AM
Kat Palmiotti

They ARE Bob "RealMan" Timm !!!

Nov 11, 2022 09:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Kat.

We have very rainy weather for the Veterans Day activities in Maryland.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Nov 11, 2022 07:29 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Roy - I wish the same to you.

Nov 11, 2022 09:23 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kat, and I can see why people would want to know you, you have a kind heart and you know how to reach out with cookies for neighbors and help with other groups.  You are a 10+ person.

 

Nov 12, 2022 08:41 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Aww, thank you Will Hamm - I appreciate you!

Nov 12, 2022 12:11 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Kat, you are SUCH an inspiration! You didn't just dip your toes in the community, you dove right in - and are having a blast! I love what you've done and so enjoy reading about your area. You truly know it, from the inside, out.

Thank you for another amazing gratitude post. Keep 'em coming girlfriend!

Nov 12, 2022 08:34 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS ! I'm still looking for a good idea for next week's - something different!

Nov 13, 2022 06:11 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

A little birdie told me you came up with a great idea, Kat! 😉

Nov 27, 2022 08:19 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kat, not sure how I missed this post!   You HAVE really immersed yourself in the community, and probably very nice to know lots of nice people.

Nov 13, 2022 12:51 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Oh, I do love the people here Joan Cox !

Nov 13, 2022 06:21 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

It's nice to see that you have embraced Montana living, Kat. Connecting to people around you is important and enhances the community as well!

Nov 13, 2022 02:59 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Connecting people is a must, no matter where we are, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! (I know you agree with that!)

Nov 13, 2022 06:21 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I am sure there was a bit of a culture shock to leave the activity of New York and settle in an area a lot less active, yet still comfortable for the warmth that you found. A nice post for the challenge.

Nov 14, 2022 08:42 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Actually , Ed Silva - I find this area to be a lot MORE active! There is always something going on!

Nov 14, 2022 09:40 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Wow, you moved just before Covid?! Glad you are doing well at a new place. 

P.S. I wonder, why did you chose Montana to move to? 

Nov 22, 2022 05:39 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Inna Ivchenko - yes we moved right before Covid - who knew? As for why, because we came to Montana on a vacation and fell in love with the people, weather, scenery, etc. We felt like we found home!

Nov 23, 2022 04:50 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Happy, fun-filled and safe Thanksgiving , Kat to you and yours! 

Nov 22, 2022 05:40 PM
Kat Palmiotti

I wish the same to you and yours, Inna Ivchenko !

Nov 23, 2022 04:49 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Your post clearly shows  you're a  great neighbor and part of the community.  Good for you for volunteering and giving so much of yourselves1  Kudos and Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2022 06:38 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ !

Nov 24, 2022 04:30 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

You're welcome!

Nov 25, 2022 07:12 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Community, we all have a special task of contributing not just consuming in where we live, work, play Kat Palmiotti ! Great post!

Dec 01, 2022 05:48 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - I know you do the same!

Dec 01, 2022 07:50 AM