Gratefully Breaking Bread with Colleagues

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

Our Coldwell Banker Realty NW office has always referred to ourselves as “The Most Fabulous NW Office.”

Every year the week before Thanksgiving we have our “Give Thanks” potluck luncheon. The office provides turkey, beef, soft drinks, ice tea and everyone brings a side dish and desserts.

We sponsor “Toys For Tots” every year so it’s a good time to bring our toy purchases in. Our deadline for all toys is November 30th.


I love working in an office where everyone works together in a culture of awesomeness, celebrating each other's success and encouraging each other to grow. Our CB family is a close-knit group of seasoned professionals who work hard, play hard and make a difference! Our leader  teresa recar spoke for a few minutes before we dug in. Of course the topic was “Gratitude.”  

We have so much to be grateful working in our office with our abundance mindset. Teresa leads by example and inspires us to be the best we can be. We all believe there are enough resources in the world for everyone and are grateful for whatever the universe provides.

“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” Robert Braathe 

“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.”  Charles Schwab

Our office puts our clients’ needs first and each one of us prides ourselves on professionalism, communication, creative problem solving and practicing the highest level of customer service. 

But it doesn’t stop there....we colleagues are important to each other and we know there isn’t a secret to success, it comes from hard work, sharing and being present.

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted he flame with us.”  Albert Schweitzer


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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 (19)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dorie- I have always admired how close your office is and how much fun you all have. This is another example of that. I think you are all os successful because you want each other to succeed. I love the quote from Albert Schweitzer. 

Nov 16, 2022 07:36 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Looked like a fun event Dorie at your happy office. Jeff

Nov 16, 2022 08:36 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It was and it always is..always enjoy going.

Nov 17, 2022 05:07 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I'm so glad for you. Think what a better place the world would be if people in every office in every industry shared that kind of caring for and encouraging each other. And of course, caring for their clients and customers.

Nov 16, 2022 09:10 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Marte Cliff ..I do feel blessed to have my CB family.

Nov 17, 2022 05:08 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie our office is like yours, Nick our Manager makes the Turkey and everyone can bring some side dish and the office staff coordinates so there will not be triplicates:) always a good time every year.... Endre

Nov 16, 2022 10:50 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

So glad you have the same kind of office Endre Barath, Jr. 

Nov 17, 2022 05:08 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dorie - I especially appreciate the quote from Robert Braathe that you share.  Both it and its author seem new-to-me.  The message of gratitude as part of our attitude is a good one to keep in mind and practice throughout the year.  

Nov 17, 2022 02:30 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I so agree with you Michael Jacobs 

Nov 17, 2022 05:08 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dorie. Your office is a terrific example of a large group mutually sharing the choices of attitude and gratitude. Enjoy your day.

Nov 17, 2022 04:43 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I couldn't agree more Wayne Martin 

Nov 17, 2022 05:09 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a wonderful post of gratitude! You are indeed fortunate to have such a caring and involved office!

Nov 17, 2022 04:54 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I feel so blessed Kat Palmiotti 

Nov 17, 2022 05:09 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Office parties were one of the few things I enjoyed about working in an office run by someone other than myself, haha.

Nov 17, 2022 04:57 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I'm sure that is true Brian England 

Nov 17, 2022 05:09 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Dorie... we had our Thanksgiving potluck in my office just yesterday. And I always look forward to it. Generally, I'm not big on attending office parties, but I never miss the Thanksgiving lunch.

Nov 17, 2022 05:08 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Me either Nina Hollander, Broker 

Nov 17, 2022 05:10 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dorie, I miss being in a office and I would take food in always but not that I have my company, it is only me and one agent.  We are headed up to the mountains for a week on Saturday with lots of friends and will have a large meal on Thanksgiving and we all cook one night for everyone.

Nov 17, 2022 08:50 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

So glad to hear you are headed to the Mountains..enjoy Will Hamm 

Nov 17, 2022 05:10 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Hi, Dorie. I remember those "fun and warm" parties with colleagues, friends, and team members. Life has taken me in different directions, smaller groups and more personal, not so much work-related events. I don't miss it as much as I once thought.

We all have had wonderful experiences in our lives. Enjoy the holiday with those who genuinely impact our lives, and cherish them long after the lights are off in the office. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you, dear Dorie!😍

Nov 17, 2022 01:14 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Happy Thanksgiving to you Aura Alex !!🥰

Nov 17, 2022 05:11 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie this sounds like a really great time, and I can see why would would look forward to it every year.

Nov 17, 2022 01:27 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I do and so glad I was back in time so not to miss it George Souto 

Nov 17, 2022 05:11 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That dessert table looks scrumptious.  I'll have a slice of that pumpkin pie with whipped cream, please.

Nov 17, 2022 01:37 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

ALL the deserts were so yummy Myrl Jeffcoat 

Nov 17, 2022 05:12 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Dorie,

I wonder if this is a Coldwell Banker thing. 

I had to move on from a cut-throat office atmosphere and found the magic of Coldwell Banker Realty.  Our office is like yours, with people that have fun and know what teamwork and cooperation are all about.  It is wonderful to see your office having fun and enjoying some gratitude.

Nov 17, 2022 02:20 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I had the feeling your office was the same Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ..isn't it wonderful to have an office that is coming form abundance and not scarcity?

Nov 17, 2022 05:13 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 wonderful to gather harmoniously as a brokerage, Dorie. Ours does that several times a year as well, for Lunch & Learn's, Wants and Needs and of course, annual Christmas party! Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Nov 18, 2022 12:45 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  we have over 350 agents so we get together at Holiday time in December at a Country Club to Celebrate. When I worked at my other company we had lunches like yours at the office. Now I celebrate with other agents at the local board. It is so nice to have such warm and close relationships with other agents    😊

Nov 18, 2022 12:58 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie:

Looks and sounds like a fabulous holiday celebration. You clearly have much to be thankful for as far as your office culture and your colleagues. Such a blessing.


Nov 20, 2022 02:18 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I have always loved your office and have to say that yours is SO much like mine, Dorie! We had our Friendsgiving potluck last Tuesday. Ray was in the hospital and when I went home on Monday night, I made my dishes to drop off for everyone the next morning.

I got so many text messages thanking but, scolding me for bringing in dishes for them! I'd never missed a Friendsgiving but, sadly, it was one of Ray's worst days so, I had to miss.

Thanks again for your post of gratitude. You have an amazing office and have every reason to be grateful for being able to enjoy breaking bread with your colleagues!

Nov 26, 2022 06:07 PM