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Back in the Proverbial AR Saddle!

Real Estate Agent with John L Scott Market Center 700512026

Thanks to some longtime "buds" in ActiveRain (Patricia Feager and Eileen Burns) who reached out to me to jump back into ActiveRain after a very long hiatus, I attended a Tuesday Zoom call to reconnect with many wonderfully familiar faces! Been too long and here's why.

Real estate at my beloved Fishhawk Lake

 It took a nosedive with a huge dam project mucking up the landscape for over a year. The combination of that with assessments and the rise in interest rates,  simply caused everything to STOP. I referred my business to a partner with John L Scott whose niche market is a half hour away. 

On Golden Rescue, Our large animal non-profit

Instead, I wrapped my head around our non-profit large animal rescue sanctuary, On Golden Rescue. Located on our 14 AC ranch nestled in the coastal range of Oregon, it was all-consuming! All of our 20 animals, which are comprised of regular sized horses, mini horses, mini donkeys and goats (all older, with medical issues) stay with us FOREVER. A labor of pure love and compassion for sure. 

Fast forward two years

Still with much to accomplish with On Golden Rescue (OGR) for fundraising, etc.  I am now getting the nudge from the universe (and friends at ActiveRain as well as my Fishhawk Lake neighbors who want to list with me), to re-engage in my real estate endeavors!

Feeling like a "Newbie"!

Those who are new members, I feel your angst! Getting on the March 5th Zoom call was sort of like dipping my toe in the AR waters for the first time. Don't be afraid! There is such a HUGE support team of longtime members here who delight in mentoring, connecting (like Margaret Rome faithfully does with new members) and putting a virtual arm around your shoulder to help guide you. Take advantage of their wealth of knowledge and Can Do spirit! Take a further plunge into the ActiveRain waters! You'll have a readymade life jacket of longtime members to help keep you afloat! 


Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Yea Gayle and glad to have you back in the Rain and the zoom calls are great on Tuesday also.  I could not make it because of a networking event this past week.  Welcome BACK

Mar 06, 2024 10:16 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Will, Tuesday is my favorite day of the week and here's hoping to make it a habit. Thank you for stopping by! See you next time on the Zoom call. 

Mar 06, 2024 11:13 AM
Peter Tamura
Coldwell Banker Select - Tulsa, OK

Hi Gayle,

Welcome back. I'm pretty much in the same boat. One of my first blogs that has gotten the most views was the Tour we took of the BOK Arena in 2009, I think. It's been a minute. I think we need to spice things up around here, seems a bit quiet. Maybe an Activerain Meme coin, like housey 🏯

Mar 06, 2024 11:15 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Peter, thanks for the welcome and the comment. No judgement! Back is BACK, and no one created any guilt my way! 

Mar 07, 2024 08:22 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Wow...that is a name I have not seen in quite a while. Welcome back...sit for a spell  :)

Mar 06, 2024 11:28 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Yes, I will sit a spell. Actually, Eileen Burns has made a suggestion to me about doing a presentation! Whew. Definitely "ridin' high"!

Mar 07, 2024 08:23 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

We all ( well almost all) have times where we took a AR Time Out . But many come back .

Mar 06, 2024 01:00 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

I'm really happy about this nudge to move forward and act on it, Michael!

Mar 07, 2024 08:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love it! Thank you for your post and it was great to see you on the call. I'd love to hear more about your animal rescue - what an amazing thing to do. Perhaps you could speak at a Zoom call and tell us all about it!!!????

Mar 06, 2024 03:25 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Kat, you are one with the universe--Eileen called me and suggested I do a presentation about On Golden Rescue on March 26th. Talk about being embraced--such a great feeling to be back!

Mar 07, 2024 08:25 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Gayle- what a wonderful surprise to see you at the Zoom Call on Tuesday!!!! Your Fishhawke Lake posts were always a favorite of mine!!! We want to read more about On Golden Rescue!!!   Hope to read more posts from you. 

Mar 06, 2024 07:29 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Kathy, you were the first person that I saw come onto the call and I was SO excited!!!! You've been one of my AR girlfriends for years. Let's resurrect that! And Eileen has asked me to do a presentation about On Golden Rescue. March 26th. Not sure if I'll still be here in FL or back in Oregon. 

Mar 07, 2024 08:28 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Welcome back how long has it been four years or more? Well the Covid two years do not count:) nice to have you back virtual hugs to you, Endre

Mar 06, 2024 10:07 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Endre, virtual hug right backacha. Been too too long. I decided not to count! Staying present...so here we are. 

Mar 07, 2024 08:29 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love it, you have always been one of my favorites, and I have missed you!  I see your posts on social media, but definitely miss the interaction in the Rain.  Welcome back!!!

Mar 07, 2024 04:28 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Brian, wonderful to see you! Thank you for missing me. Crazy what life presents to us. An ongoing journey for sure. It really is amazing to me how I have been welcomed so nicely!

Mar 07, 2024 08:30 AM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Nice to meet you on the zoom call. Great to connect a face to their blog. Looking forward to your presentation in March!  I too took a hiatus but am back and grateful for the warm welcome and reconnecting.

Mar 07, 2024 10:47 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Yes, you are a longtime AR member, Joyce! I never met you tho til the other day. I couldn't recall what year I joined, but I think it was '07, when it was in its infancy. My first year in real estate, too. Sounds like you were there in the beginning, too! 

Wow...time flies. 

Welcome back to the fold! We certainly were happily greeted back. What a great group we have on ActiveRain.


Mar 07, 2024 11:10 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Gayle:

So glad to hear you are back in the AR saddle (and of course with the perfect photo to accompany your fascinating post about all the changes in your life. Hope we will hear more about On Golden Rescue in the near future.

It was such a treat to see you on Tuesday - hope it keeps happening.


Mar 07, 2024 05:24 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Jeff, I was so EXCITED to see people that I've known for years on that call! Honestly, I was kinda blown away by my reception. Definitely needed those "feel good" moments! Yeah, I'm scheduled to be BACK, 3/26, as Eileen Burns wrangled me into doing a presentation on our beloved On Golden Rescue.


Mar 08, 2024 10:28 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate - You're back in the "Proverbial Saddle," and looking smart as ever! I am very thankful our journey on ActiveRain brought us together then and NOW! When I read about Kat Palmiotti and Eileen Burns 954.483.3912 AR Challenge, you were at the forefront of my mind. I wasn't expecting points, just an opportunity to reach out to you, with hopes you would reconnect. And you did! As soon as Eileen reached out further, I was thrilled and hoped you would get on Zoom. I was in classes, morning and afternoon that day.  I heard a little bit about the Zoom meeting and learned you were the star that shined as bright as the afternoon sun, going past time for reconnections and catch-up.  I was so happy for you and your AR Buds. Clearly, you were missed!

What an amazing detour you took from real estate and for all the right reasons. Reading about what happened to your beloved "Fishhawk Lake caused an interrupted life, but you figured out a way to navigate on to a new journey, destined for you and horses! I have a special fondness for horses too.  

On Golden Rescue sounds perfect! There comes a time when horses and other animals need human intervention, and you are providing safety and security to help these wonderful creatures on earth. You ARE my sanctuary hero! 

As you noticed, you were never really out of sight or out of mind. I thought about you often over the years. Sometimes what happens to us in business or personal lives happens for all the right reasons, we don't initially understand. But as we know, with time and age, there is wisdom. Wise woman, I fully support and welcome you back!!!


Mar 08, 2024 04:39 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Patricia, oh how I loved reading this. We did have a wonderful connection and I'm glad it's not lost in the universe! Your life sounds very fulfilling as well. We can't stop educating, learning, stretching our brains and our hearts til we meet our maker. 

I didn't know that you also love horses. We have 16 equines of varying sizes, and four darling older goats! Along with that, are lots of other critters, not technically "part of the rescue", but live on our 14 AC. We now have chickens, too! Crazy. Life is very interesting if we only show up and pay attention. And of course, get out of our own way at times, too. 

Thank you so very much for reaching out and re-engaging me. I am deeply grateful, friend!!! 

Mar 08, 2024 10:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

It is good to see that you are back.

Have an outstanding spring.

Mar 08, 2024 07:17 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Roy Kelley still hanging in here--wow!!! And you started just 3 months before I did WAAAAAAAAAY back in 2007 in their grassroots effort to start this amazing platform!


Mar 08, 2024 10:37 AM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Glad you made a zoom appearance this week.  Happy Springtime.  Looking forward to your 3/26 zoom presentation😎

Mar 08, 2024 11:04 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

It was good to see you at the Zoom meeting Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate ! You pivoted and adapted and now are getting back on the AR road and real estate in Fishhhawk! You are the only agent I'd refer to your area..Welcome back!!

Mar 09, 2024 07:56 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

I am deeply grateful for the terrific embrace I received on last week's Zoom call, Dorie and was SO excited to see you there! Many friendly faces from the AR past. Thank you for being so supportive of my Fishhawk Lake endeavors!

Mar 11, 2024 07:05 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It was nice to see that name again that I saw on so any Fishhawk Lake posts. 

The family of ActiveRain is different and special and it's not like everybody know your name, but no one forgets a friendly face.

Mar 10, 2024 04:11 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Ed! Seeing you took me back to YEARS ago when we still had our gorgeous home right on Fishhawk Lake. I recall a fun conversation we had on the phone. Sooooo long ago! It was great to catch up with you on the Zoom call and talk a bit about golf! I miss my golfing days. 

Mar 11, 2024 07:07 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Welcome back to being active on Active Rain, Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate 

I can imagine that someone who would love to have a home at Fishhawk Lake might find the lake project, assessments to pay for the work being done and the current level of interest rates to be off-putting.

Mar 11, 2024 09:53 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Juan, well we've made it through worse. A flood in '07, then the mortgage debacle in '08, much much more over the years. Litigation, Department of Environmental Quality fines, never a dull moment! Made it through all of them, and things could be worse! It could have become a golf course. So, it's all in your perspective.


Mar 17, 2024 07:26 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, I can't tell you how happy I am that you're back, Gayle! I cannot WAIT for 3/26 to hear about your rescue. We LOVE goldens and love that you're rescuing them - just WOW! 

SO good to see you on our call last week - what a great call to be on, huh?! 

Hope to see you this Tuesday!

Mar 17, 2024 03:47 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Debe, the energy of our group is electric! And you are as beautiful as ever, inside and out! 

We have Goldens (our boys, Rogue and Wrangler), but they're not part of the rescue. I'll clue you in as to what we DO rescue on 3/26. 

See you in the Zoom!!!!

Mar 17, 2024 07:28 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

I simply cannot wait for your presentation!!! 

Happy Monday, Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate!

Mar 18, 2024 03:39 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Debe Maxwell, CRS I am thrilled by YOUR enthusiasm and can't wait to share stories about our incredible family of equines who are large and small and goats, TOO! Not to mention all of the "off-the-grid" systems my husband has put into place. A departure from real estate, and that's OKAY! 

Mar 18, 2024 03:55 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-617-6375
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate 
So nice to see you at the Zoom! All the best - Lynn

Mar 24, 2024 11:30 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate

Lynn, so happy to see you attending! I'm glad you asked a question, too. Always feels good when the audience pipes up after a presentation...it shows that they were engaged!

Mar 27, 2024 02:56 PM