I've been MIA, so here's an UPDATE!

Home Stager with VoteAudrey blog

Well fellow Rainers, it's been way too long since I've been on!  Missing my AR family right about now.  Here's the latest on what's been up.

Moved from Baltimore --although staging biz had picked up, finding FT employment was taking a long time, and bills need to be paid, right?

Back in hometown, Columbia, SC --home sweet home or sort of; I love Columbia, but it's not exactly a "thriving" metropolis

Backstory -- four years prior I had some success meeting with publishers/agents/et cetera regarding my writing (the more serious, nonblog stuff LOL); didn't pursue because honestly I got the shakes and wasn't sure it was the right time...a stint of steady corporate employment keep me paid but far from my writing roots

Now -- after some thought and prayer, the vision is beginning to materialize and I think it's time I put aside my marketing/graphic design/corporate bag (exclusively) and get back on the literary track

Plans -- attending a writing conference end of October and preparing material now; if all goes well, I'll be relocating (back) to the city where my novel takes place: LA

How this relates to AR -- LA is a pricey town and I'll need a solid PT to make this dream a reality.  Any takers?  If you know of anything, I'll send you a link to my portfolio site.  I've got a BA, 5 years experience and do a heck of a lot -- from graphic design to technical writing to corporate communications to mixing paint at your local hardware store to waiting tables.  Serious.  Let the bidding begin.






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Erik Hitzelberger
RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes - Louisville, KY
Louisville - Middletown Real Estate

Audrey - good luck with your move and career.  Like some of those above, I believe that happiness comes from following your dreams.  I'll keep you in mind if something comes up. 

Aug 18, 2008 09:03 AM #11
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

Audrey, I'm with the rest no PT job in LA for you but was excited to see your smiling face pop up.   I agree with Audrey that you should prayerfully follow your heart.

Your history reminds me so much of my daughter's history.  She just took a different avenue after graduating with her degree in Communication Design.  She has been working as a flight attendant doing international flights.  She writes about her travels but has become very interested in photography.  She is moving her furniture back the end of October (so I guess you have that in common also).  She will be commuting from here and deciding where life is going to take her.

Aug 18, 2008 09:09 AM #12
Audrey Hoffman
VoteAudrey blog - Columbia, SC

Mott (Aventura):  one day :)

Charlene:  I will -- I can't get out of the Rain entirely!

Bill:  Will do, thanks


Aug 18, 2008 12:21 PM #13
Audrey Hoffman
VoteAudrey blog - Columbia, SC

Edward (Zenith):  I'm in SC now working a seasonal sales position but hope to be transitioning to LA; I have looked at Linkedin, need to check it again - - thanks for the reminder!

Audrey:  Thanks for stopping in!  It's been struggle/triumph/struggle but I think a lot of it's been a Jonah/Nineveh issue:  not listening to the still, small voice that says go here and instead going elsewhere.  I'm ready to go now!

Marchel:  When you've got that creative itch, you tend to enjoy and thrive in various areas but your heart is always in creating art.  It's good that she can come home and regroup -- I am SO there and can relate.  But knowing when to go is key too -- and the time is coming for me to spread my wings again and leave the hometown nest!  Keep me posted on how she's doing.

Erik:  Please do!


Aug 18, 2008 12:28 PM #14
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Well hey there Stager Girl!  I knew you moved back here to SC.  I remember you blogging about it a while back.  I had wondered where you ran off to.  Sad to hear you will be leaving SC before we ever even get to hang out again.  No more finger puppets for you!

Good luck with the writing!  Unfortunately I don't really know anyone in LA except Michelle Molinari... and that's assuming that LA is in fact Lousiana and not Los Angeles.  If it is the latter I'm totally out of leads for you.

Aug 18, 2008 12:41 PM #15
Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
Staging done ONLINE!

Audrey!!!! I was about to sign up for a forensics course, so I could figure out where you had disappeared to!!! I have always known what a talented girl you are, and I believe the world will one day know, too!!! BEST OF LUCK TO YOU!!!

Aug 18, 2008 01:17 PM #16
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Audrey ~ Best of luck!  It seems like you have given this a lot of thought and it is important to do what makes us happy. 

Aug 18, 2008 01:24 PM #17
Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

well, if LA is a pricey town, then you are not referring to Louisiana!  Best of Luck.  You did not mean LA, as is "Lower Alabama" did you?

Aug 18, 2008 01:52 PM #18
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hi Audrey, just a quick note.I am not offering a job, rather advise. Check out the Rents, one bedroom Apartments start at $1200 per month in less then desirable areas and go up to the sky is the limit. The Market has slowed here as well. First time buyers are sitting out and waiting until the LA Times says it is OK to buy again. Prices droped over last year 20-25 % depending where you are.Anytime you go into a new market generally you need to have 6 months worth of financial sustenance. Keep in mind you also need a car here and gas hovers around $4.29 a gallon. LA is very superficial so if you do not have a new car preferably a Mercedes, BMW or Lexus you would be looked at as less then successful. I am not trying to discourage you, just to give you a quick insite. I have moved from Boston,MA 12 years ago and never looked back I love the climate 70s all year around. Good luck , Endre

Aug 25, 2008 07:57 AM #19
Gina McNew
diva la difference interiors - Atlanta, GA
Host of Diva in the House - The Voice of Real Estate Staging Radio

Audrey~No major connections in LA, but I did want to pop on in and say GOOD FOR YOU!  I am so excited to hear of your plans and will continue to wish you nothing but happiness and success.  I had been missing you!  I am lucky to get on AR maybe once a week now...just long enough to blog about the CSP radio show.  I too have taken a major about face and agree with the others...the journey is far better then the destination and with passion does come possibility!!!  Hence my absence...you can check out www.thedivasuccessnetwork.com for an additional hint.  I know your talent and I know AR will not be the last place I read about you. 

Best of luck Audrey!

hugs!  Dang...I never did get to see myself in the cat suit...oh well, some things are probably way more attractive in the imagination! ha!

Aug 25, 2008 08:26 AM #20
Audrey Hoffman
VoteAudrey blog - Columbia, SC

Melissa - You know me and finger puppets!  Actually, I may be swinging your way in Sept or Oct....so don't X me out the equation just yet! :)  and yes, Los Angeles!

Elaine - You're too hilarious for your own good, you know that?  Thank you thank you!

Kathy P - You're absolutely right ---and I believe when our heart's desire meets God's will, good things happen

Aug 25, 2008 02:49 PM #21
Audrey Hoffman
VoteAudrey blog - Columbia, SC

Karen D - Referring to the mucho expensive City of Angels :)

Endre - I lived in Westwood before, so I'm aware of some of the LA snobbery and pricey rents.  I move to the shake of my own tambourine, so scoffers beware---I'm quite proud of my Jeep Liberty!  (it's paid in full, after all)  As for perceived success?  From John 3:27, "...No one can receive anything else God gives it from heaven."  Thanks for the tips :)

Gina - Not so fast!  Just 'cause Staging Girl's comic was on break doesn't mean it's over.  Be prepared for a sneak attack!!

Aug 25, 2008 03:00 PM #22
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

It's always wonder to go for your dreams.  You go girl, I know you'll be successful as the passion comes out when you write about it.  Keep in touch.

Aug 25, 2008 06:07 PM #23
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Audreyyyyy! Welcome back. Great to hear from you. Follow your heart and pursue your dream. Much success to you on your future endeavors. I am praying for you. You are going to be successful in whatever you plan to do. Keep in touch. Great post.

Aug 25, 2008 06:36 PM #24
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm so glad you stopped in.  One thing is for sure...you were missed, as you can see from all the comments.  I'm sitting here in NH with no LA contacts at all, sorry.  But, I do wish you the very best and if your AR talent is any indication, LA doesn't know what is about to hit them!  You go get 'em!  Make sure you stop in and let us all know how you are doing.  Best of luck!

Aug 26, 2008 04:51 AM #25
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Audrey, let me know you I can help. Do you want me to send you links to Home Stagers? Appartment Links etc. your, Endre

Aug 26, 2008 05:50 AM #26
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Good luck pursuing your dream. I think it is wonderful that you can and will do so.

Aug 27, 2008 05:21 PM #27
Michelle Pimentel
Empire Home Staging Solutions - Upland, CA
ASP, IAHSP Empire Home Staging


Welcome back! Best of luck to you in all of your new ventures, what ever they may be!

Aug 27, 2008 07:14 PM #28
marti garaughty
garaughty.com - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...

 hi Audrey, what a nice surprise to see you back in the Rain. I'm also happy to read about your new direction, we all have to do what's right for us and bringing a dream to reality is a great way to go!

Oct 20, 2008 08:02 AM #29
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Audrey: Email me michelle@movingmountainsdesign.com and give me a better idea of what you are looking for. I live in Pasadena/Los Angeles . I don't have any work for you at the moment but things change rapidly around here. We are having a Stage It Forward Roundtable on Nov. 14 which you are welcome to attend. You can meet some local stagers, network, etc.


Oct 20, 2008 08:35 AM #30
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