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My Vision Of 2024 And Beyond

Mortgage and Lending with George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages NMLS #65149

This month Wanda Kubat-Nerdin and Kathy Streib are hosting the February ActiveRain Challenge "Dream Boards: What's On Your Wish List?"  For this challenge Wanda and Kathy are challenging us to create a vision/dream board meaningful to us by using photos that represent our visions and dreams. 

For me a dream/vision board not only represents my visions and dreams, but also what is most precious in my life.  Below is my vision/dream board which represents some of these things.

The first precious thing in my life is God, so the church I attend plays a very important roll in my life.  Being active in a church keeps me grounded and focused.  I have attend the Meriden Church of Christ in Meriden, CT., since 1984, and in those 39+ years the Meriden Church of Christ has looked for ways to assist our members and community throughout the year.  This is a sharing, caring, giving church, that is grounded on the message of the New Testament.  Every blessing in my life I credit it to God.  I don't have everything I want, but I have everything I need.  There isn't an obstacle I have encountered that I have not been to overcome.  With the help of God, and putting my trust in Him, there is nothing I cannot overcome.  Being a part of this church has helped to keep me focused on what is truly important, and staying on the path I need to be on.

The second precious thing in my life is my gorgeous granddaughter Elizabeth, God has truly blessed me and my wife with this little girl in our lives.  It is a joy to be around her.  She has the most positive attitude and outlook on life than anyone I know.   She is smart and always has a smile on her face.   She is 3,000 miles away from us, but we FaceTime every Sunday for about an hour and a half.  She loves to talk, and share everything with us that is going on in her.  FaceTime is not the same as being with her, but it far better than what my parents and in-laws had when my two boys were growing up.  Our FaceTime calls would be much longer if she had it her way, but the 3 hour difference in time between the East Coast and the West Coast, make it difficult for these calls to fit both my son's and our schedule.   Even though we are physically apart the ability to interact through FaceTime has been a blessing.

Golf has become my new love, and a great way for me to relax and take time away from the hussel and bussel of life.  After 50 years since the last time I swung a golf club, I decided last year to take up golf once again.  I have an excellent set of Ping golf clubs, but it is going to take a little more than these clubs to improve my game.  I could make excuses for my game, and you might think my golf scores would stress me out in stead of relaxing me.  But while I am working on lowering my score, I do not play golf for the scores, but for the enjoyment I get from playing the game.  I only play 9 holes every Friday morning.  9 hole is enjoyable right now, and 18 holes feel too much like work.  Maybe when I retire I will play a few more days a week, or even give 18 hole a try again, but for now 9 holes once a week does the trick.  Maybe I can get Ed Silva and Carol Williams to give me some tips.

November of last year, Middletown, CT voters elected me the Republican Registrar of Voters.  It is a part time position, which works well with me, since it enables me to continue to be a Loan Originator.  I have always enjoyed being involved in politics, and have been a Head Moderator for over 20 years in Middletown.  Being a Registrar of Voters is just taking it to the next level.  Right now it is an exciting time to be a Registrar of Voters in CT.  We are in the process of replacing our existing voting tabulators with new ones.  At this time we are also replacing our Connecticut Voters Registration System (CVRS) as well as our Election Management System (EMS).  I was a Head Moderator when we first made the switch from the lever voting machines to the current electronic tabulators.  I was among the first to use our present Election Management System, and help to correct some of the initial bugs in it.  This position is a 4 year term, and I am looking forward to helping to bring the voting process in Middletown into 21st Century.

Finally, my family is planing to all get together and having a family vacation this year.  My one of my daughter in-law's took a new position with the company she works for which required her and my youngest son to relocate to the Washington, DC area.  They purchase a large 4 bedroom home in Manassas, VA, so they have plenty of room for all of us.  My granddaughter has not been to Washington, DC yet, and the rest of us love everything there is to do in Washington and the surrounding areas.  So we all started to plan a family vacation the 1st of the year, and are hoping my oldest son, his wife, and my gorgeous granddaughter can make the trip from Seattle, WA, to Manassas, VA this Summer.  Manassas is only 500 miles away for me and my wife, so that is just a hop, skip, and a jump for us by car.  We have all vacationed together before, but this would be the first time we will all vacation together under the same roof.

I will close my entry into Wanda Kubat-Nerdin and Kathy Streib ActiveRain Challenge by saying we have all heard the quote "Live Your Life To The Fullest".  I would like recommend we add to this saying, we should not only live our lives to the fullest, but that "The Life We Live Needs To Be Stronger Than The Excuses We Make."


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Comments (19)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello George - it certainly seems you have your priorities in place.  In the past, now and well-[positioned for the days to come.  Good for you.  

Feb 23, 2024 02:57 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Having all you need says a lot about the wonderful life that you and your wife have created, George. Your granddaughter Elizabeth is a doll and I hope that everything on your wish/dream will happen by simply thinking about them!

Thank you again for submitting an entry to February's challenge.

Feb 23, 2024 02:57 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Very well done with the vison board George, and I know for sure there would be no way Elizabeth would not be in there. As for the golf, spend more time at the driving range, with the irons, hitting the short shorts.

Feb 23, 2024 04:25 PM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello George Souto, you certainly have your priorities set in the right order. God is always first and the most important. Your granddaughter is beautiful. I know everything you want will be added as well, sooner than you think.

Feb 23, 2024 04:46 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening George,

I love your Vision of 2024 and beyond! I believe you certainly have your priorities in place and what a wonderful family vacation you will have! So blessed!! Thank you for sharing with us I love it!

Feb 23, 2024 04:56 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

George - you're going to think I'm nuts but as I was reading this I thought of George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life!!!!  I love your faith and commitment to your family, faith and your community!!!  I love the DC area so I know your family reunion will be a lot of fun!!

Feb 23, 2024 06:13 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow what a great contribution to the monthly challenge, may all these visions of yours get better and better, loved each outside of the Golfing thing:))Endre

Feb 23, 2024 10:23 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You have created an amazing dream board and that little cheerleader deserves all the love that you have to give!

Feb 24, 2024 04:41 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 George,
I love, love, love your vision for this year. I don't see much changing about that in the years to come. Those are your life priorities. I remember when I first started golfing, 9 holes was plenty for me too. Now, I'm just getting warmed up after 9. LOL 

It is wonderful your whole family will be getting together in D.C. this year. I want to get back to D.C. one of these days. I spent a week there many years ago and definitely want to go back.

Here's to 2024!

Feb 24, 2024 05:31 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your vision board. Enjoy every  moment of your FaceTime sessions.

I have golf clubs in the basement but have not played in many years. Good luck with your game.

Feb 24, 2024 07:55 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

George Souto - putting the most important priorities on your Vision Board takes focus, faith, and passion to achieve. I am very impressed with how you laid it all out clearly, from your heart and soul.

May all your visions become real and happy for all. 

Feb 24, 2024 04:34 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Feb 24, 2024 06:39 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I've tried to really understand the game of golf.  I'm a cook at heart, and I was once married to an avid fisherman and hunter.  When I look at golf balls, I think about trying to bust one open, and then being confronted with all that string.  Heck, even a good marinara wouldn't make for a good recipe.🙃

Feb 24, 2024 07:10 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS George, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Feb 24, 2024 07:18 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I am always astounded at the Grace of GOD , HIS Unconditional Love for us and all of the appointed people HE brings our way !

Feb 25, 2024 07:23 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi George:

I really like your vision board. Given what I know about you I am not at all surprise about your Church as part of that vision, as well as your granddaughter. It has to be tough being that far away but thank goodness for Facetime! Have a wonderful vacation - it will no doubt be a very special time.


Feb 25, 2024 07:31 PM
Ann Hayden 636-399-7544
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Des Peres, MO

George Souto ,

It sounds like you have a good handle on your visions.

Happy March!


Mar 01, 2024 05:47 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Thank you everyone for your comments, this was a fun challenge this month.

Mar 10, 2024 12:23 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Talk about setting priorities properly, George!! You've definitely got the right mindset for a life of happiness and gratitude. LOVE that sweet granddaughter too - she is ADORABLE!

Mar 10, 2024 10:54 PM