STARLight #7 ** TRICIA JUMONVILLE ** Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Her Article Contributions

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with photos done by our STAR...Please note that  1) This ECO-All-Star lives in  Texas near Austin 2) She is interested in New Urbanism & Sustainable Development , and

3)She is the Membership Director of The Heart of Texas Morgan Horse Club...

 

Here's your chance to get to know her and to look into articles that offer practical remedies from which we all can benefit.  This feature shines the light on useful value-added factors real estate professionals can add to their toolbox when involved in eco-friendly transactions.

STARQuote: "We all have our stories.  Our lives are a story, and are made up of stories.  Blogging gives us a chance to share them.  Some of us are more proficient at telling them, but we all have them, and every single one is valuable.  They all serve to make up the crazy quilt of our community - and crazy quilts are beautiful just because of all the unique pieces that go into making them.  So, hey, share your stories - it DOES get easier with time, and our community won't be as beautiful without your pieces. "

 HER PHOTOS  

Roses in the Snow

 

We hope that this post brings into focus the contribution of one of our AR members in terms of sustainability and how that relates to your real estate practice... today... and into the future. We hope  that it  will brighten our (already bright) AR community. 

 

                                After the Rain

Today, the STAR light's on..... Tricia Jumonville  for her-article on the importance of BALANCE in our lives.

Says Tricia, "When I ...realized how many people missed something so beautiful, something that people pay hundreds of dollars just for the opportunity to experience, it really made me take a long, hard look at how easy it is to lose touch with priorities and just WHY we're rushing around like crazy."

ABOUT TRICIA:

 

 

Tricia Jumonville has had an eclectic career: working for UT and a state agency, managing a word processing center (the first commercial one in Austin), legal assistant, raising Morgan horses, personal chef, raising a couple of kids and volunteering at their schools and for horse groups both local and national. All of this comes together and supports her current career as a real estate agent...where... NATURALLY...  her specialty is  horse properties (and houses with great kitchens).

 

 

"My blood is Scots enough that when we attend RenFests, and I disappear,
my companions just listen for the  pipes and know that's where they'll find me.
  And enough to make me a little fey, " she smiles. She's married (to a man of French and American Indian persuasion, with some Irish thrown in for luck), with two children, a son 34 (currently living in NYC striving to break into publishing) and a daughter, 23 (currently living up the road in Austin and attending the University of Texas taking courses that make Tricia's head spin).  She's a preacher's daughter who grew up on a church camp in East Texas.  She remembers dinners at her family home where the dinner guests were the local Baptist minister (we were Methodist), the local rabbi, the local Catholic priest, and a religious leader of one or another of the religious sects in India, all sitting around the table talking shop.  

Tricia got into real estate after all the kids (the ones she bore and the ones that were just sort of there to be raised) grew up.  She'd been helping friends relocate to the country for some time, finding them places, and took some real estate classes thinking that we'd be investing down the road and being an educated investor wouldn't be a bad thing.  Found out she really thought it was fun.  Once she started doing it for a living, she discovered that she  really enjoyed  the matchmaking part of it, putting the right people and the right houses together so both are happy.

Pet Peeve.  My father grew up in the country on a farm; my mother was a city girl.  My father thought it was fine to throw things out in the city (the street sweepers will clean it up), but not in the country; my mother thought it was okay to throw edible items out the car window in the country (the animals will clean it up).  I learned from that not to throw trash out, period.  People who treat the rest of the world like their trash can, who never think "what if everyone did it" (the reason I was given for not picking wildflowers by the road - wouldn't hurt if I picked a couple, but if everyone did it, there would be no more flowers) or who think the rules apply to everyone else but them, irritate the heck out of me.

Likewise, people who never volunteer to do the work but have plenty of energy for complaining about how it's done by someone else who DID volunteer to do it. 

Favorite home.  My dream home would be a Craftsman style house (Greene and Greene by preference) built in the country.  (I love people but need my solitude with just the animals for its restorative virtues.)  I watch NUMBERS on Friday nights partially because I have a serious case of house-lust for the house on that show.  Either that or a house-barn (not a barn converted into a house but a house and barn together). 

Food:For a girl who grew up as a notorious picky eater, my tastes have expanded enormously, thanks to my husband Phil who, when we met, got me addicted to both Mexican food and BBQ and then took me up to Seattle where there was no BBQ and where they put soy sauce on the enchiladas (this was long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away).  I promptly decided that I was going to be able to eat and enjoy all kinds of foods wherever I might be just so I wouldn't be stuck in withdrawal thousands of miles away from what I liked to eat.  My favorites, though, tend to be Southern and, in particular, Louisiana in origin (I make an absolutely killer turkey and andouille gumbo, for example).  Just before getting into real estate, I was a personal chef, and still keep my hand in with one set of clients whose daughter-in-law told me, "If you stop cooking for them, they'll stop eating!"  It helps keep me sane to have that change of pace every couple of weeks.  I also discovered, at a ceili in Edinburgh, that I absolutely adore haggis - everyone else was afraid to eat it so I somehow ended up having ten servings!  Danced it off, though, so that's okay.

TV: As I said, I'm a well-known brain groupie.  Give me a man with a respectable IQ and my genes (and my jeans) sit up and take notice. Thus, shows that highlight this aspect of the human condition or with actors that, even if they're jerks in real life, have more than a few brain cells to rub together tend to appeal to me.  Favorite shows in the past (why do they always cancel the ones I like?) include Dead Like Me (well, Mandy Patinkin, what can I say?) and Firefly (though we didn't discover it until AFTER it was cancelled and the movie came out), among others. 

Favorite movies:  Phil and I frequently bring home "a tender love story with bullets", as we tend to call them.  We're also inordinately fond of the Poirot series (originally on TV, now available on DVD) starring David Suchet.  Mystery, architecture, and brains - what more could we ask?  Really, again, eclectic - since childhood I've been annoyed at the fact that there's only so much time and you can only stuff so many different lives into the time you have.

Vacations : Eclectic.  New Mexico mountains in August (the only thing to do in Texas in August is to leave), Colorado, ditto.  England and Scotland - I'd love to go to Wales someday.  One real pleasure when we travel (which is rare - my husband owns his own business so it's hard for him to get away, and we have horses, which makes it hard for both of us to get away at once) is to stop a person on the street and ask, "If you could eat at any restaurant within six blocks of here, which one would it be?"  If they instantly have an answer, especially if its enthusiastic, that's where we'll go.  (We once drove all the way up the California coast because of one ecstatic reaction, only to find the place closed for the season.)  If it's several suggestions, we'll ask the next person we see. 

Hobbies: Reading - anything and everything.  Collecting quilts - Amish by preference, any with skilled use of colors.  Used to be breeding, now is simply owning, Morgan horses (we're down to 3, including my 29-year-old foundation mare Lydia, sister of my heart).  Volunteering.  Cooking.  Bellydancing.

 

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What a fascinating life and story- Thanks janeAnne for introducing a new side of our gal Tricia.

We all are so different, but have such a common thread...

Apr 11, 2007 08:18 AM #1
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We honor the differences and enjoy how much we have in common...Did you guess it was Tricia??
Apr 11, 2007 08:23 AM #2
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With the horse club in Texas I guessed who it was. Congratulations Tricia!
Apr 11, 2007 08:47 AM #3
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I have not been in this wonderful group long but I thought it was Tricia because of the horse farm in Texas!

Tricia, You are a wonderful person with a wonderful  life and thank you for using so much of your time to  share with us. Congratulations on being named a ECO-STAR!

I might try bellydancing, Leslie

Apr 11, 2007 10:52 AM #4
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Very nice janeAnne, It's so good to learn about other AR members and it certainly seems like Tricia gave you no shortage of material to write about. What an interesting person. Thanks for sharing these things about yourself Tricia. Sounds like you have great life. Love the comment about the genes(jeans) Very funny:)
Apr 11, 2007 10:56 AM #5
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Tricia is a facinating person and a good choice to feature!

 I like the way you pick a restaurant when traveling.

Great idea, JaneAnne!

Apr 11, 2007 11:58 AM #6
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Dena~

 I thought you'd guess who it was, but I didn't think Leslie would guess it! The thing that comes out of this for me is that bit of caring that makes AR a community...and the ECO-All-Stars twinkling-green-stars within that community.

 

 

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Leslie~ 

Way to go! Do ya' think I made that guessing game a little too easy (??) ,,Tricia is just a special person. I first found that out when I was lucky enough to find her recipe for one of the best tasting soups I have ever had in my life.

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Bryant~

Thanks for your kind words. Since I read your BLOG every day, you know I know that this  is just your way. ...humor and kindness...and shared stories and wisdom. Lucky for all of us here at AR.

Tricia has a special way about her. When she says something, I listen. The more we have an opportunity to learn about and from each-other, the more authentic our communication and our community will be, seems to me...a win-win for all of us.

Apr 11, 2007 03:22 PM #9
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Margaret~

We all have been lucky to come upon a whole meadow of wildflowers (fascinating real estate professionals) here at AR. Getting to shine the light on y'all is one of the  most delightful projects I have undertaken in a long time. When I am feeling frustrated or distressed sometime in the future, I will be able to look back on each of your stories and feel the way I do when I see the daffodils in Spring...

Speaking of which...did you see Tricia's photos before and after the rain?

 And I intend to shine the light on each of our ECO-Stars...this may take me the rest of the year...
and then who knows......;;;;;''''  *

 

Apr 11, 2007 03:28 PM #10
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Okay, so now I'm blushing.

Came home from a VERY hard day after a VERY hard week (all good, but exhausting) to find this. It's giving me a second wind to jump back into it again today!

janeAnne, Michele, Dena, Leslie, Bryant, Margaret - thanks so much for the kind words.  I think most of us, when we start writing out our lives for someone like janeAnne, get a chance to look at our lives in a way that's valuable and, sometimes, surprising (I did all that?  Where the heck did I find the time????)that

Leslie, by all means take up bellydancing!  I've been doing it off and on for about a quarter of a century now.  Great exercise, and so much fun! 

Well, Bryant, my genes and my jeans are very closely related!  ;-)

Margaret, that technique for finding good restaurants in strange cities (or sometimes even in the one I live in) has been very reliable.  The trick is in finding someone who has a very enthusiastic reaction - that's a sure sign of a good place, be it dive or sandwich shop or elegant restaurant.  Someone who gives a selection - eh, thank them politely and move on to the next person walking by.

I'm so looking forward to seeing the other features coming up.  We're all so much more than real estate agents, and having a more fully-rounded view of each other goes so far towards building community.  Thanks, janeAnne, for taking this project on!

 

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Tricia~

You wrote: "We're all so much more than real estate agents, and having a more fully-rounded view of each other goes so far towards building community." As I look down the road 20 years, I see a place where REALTORS are held in high regard...as a profession. SO planting seeds of understanding, appreciation and community may bloom and serve all of us. 

And that is the point of the STARlight Project...

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janeAnne, What a wonderful way you have with words..........I love this so much that it needs reapeating.

"As I look down the road 20 years, I see a place where REALTORS are held in high regard...as a profession. SO planting seeds of understanding, appreciation and community may bloom and serve all of us. 

Apr 12, 2007 02:31 AM #13
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Margaret~

Thank you!  This "planting seeds of understanding, appreciation and community may bloom and serve all of us..." is the opportunity I envision as I sit down to write articles or engage conversation at AR and especially at the ECO-All-Stars Community...REALTORS may not yet realize how powerful we are...and how we can empower change with compassion just through neighborly interest ...

so..it is interesting to get to know one another...in so doing we find we are a remarkable group! Here are our neighbors so far...

STARLight #1** PHYLENA** Shining a Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Article Contribution - 03/19/2007 10:01 AM 
STARLight#1** PHYLENA** Shining a Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Article Contribution; STARLIGHTON Today, the STAR light's on..... PHYLENA HOUDE... for her practical recycling

 NEWS```
We're  starting a celebration out at the ECO-All-Stars Grouup  today!
ALL AR members are invited to join in the fun.Here's an energy boost that is not only fun, and not only a chance to get to know each other better, but also looks to offer practical remedies from which we all can benefit.  This feature shines ...

STARLight #2. **RANDY ** Shining a Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Article Contribution - 03/20/2007 11:18 PM 
STARLight #2. **RANDY ** Shining a Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Article Contribution; STARLIGHTON..... RANDY PROTHERO Slogan:   "Not Just Another Pretty Face". Quote: "Working
Here's an energy boost that is not only fun, and not only a chance to get to know each other better, but also looks to offer practical remedies from which we all can benefit.  This feature shines the light on useful value-added factors real estate professionals can add to their toolbox when involved in eco-friendly ...

STARLight #3 ** SHARON SIMMS** Shining a Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Article Contribution - 03/21/2007 11:39 PM 
STARLight#3 ** SHARON SIMMS** Shining a Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Article Contribution; We now have 94 members at the ECO-ALL-STARS GROUP...YAY!.. ECO-ALL-STARS
We now have 94 members at the ECO-ALL-STARS GROUP...YAY!..ECO-ALL-STARS! Let's get to know each other better! Here's an energy boost that is FUN, and a chance to get to know each other better...
I'm hoping that it also offers practical remedies from which we all can benefit.  This feature shines the light on useful value-added factors real ...

 STARLight #4 ** DENA STEVENS** Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Her Article Contribution - 03/25/2007 03:54 PM 
STARLight #4 ** DENA STEVENS** Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Her Article Contribution; STARLIGHT ON..... DENA STEVENS   Dena   tells us the people she has met in her real
STARLIGHT ON..... DENA STEVENS
 
Dena  tells us the people she has met in her real estate practice have had an impact on her. She says learns from everyone she meets- the buyers, sellers, title people, REALTORS®, appraisers, down to the last receptionist. Each has had an impact on her business and she has ...

STARlight # 5 ** MICHELE CONNORS ** Spotlight's on This ECo-All-Star for Her Article - 03/26/2007 08:05 PM 
STARlight# 5 ** MICHELE CONNORS ** Spotlight's on This ECo-All-Star for Her Article; Here's a chance to get to know each other better and to look
Here's a chance to get to know each other better and to look into articles that offer practical remedies from which we all can benefit.  This feature shines the light on useful value-added factors real estate professionals can add to their toolbox when involved in eco-friendly transactions.
A timely follow-up to the Green is Red ...

STARlight # 6 ** SHERON CARDIN ** Spotlight's on This ECo-All-Star for Her Creativity - 03/29/2007 01:57 AM 
STARlight# 6 ** SHERON CARDIN ** Spotlight's on This ECo-All-Star for Her Creativity; STARlight in a little different mode today ..I am going to introduce one of our shining
We are now 101 members of the ECO-All-Stars!  
 
So....it may take me a few months to introduce y'all...but that's my intent,        so hang on to your greenies! Each time I read about one of the ECO-STARS  I find myself smiling. I wonder if you do, too?...How could you NOT when you see photos ...

 


 

 



STARLight #7 ** TRICIA! ** Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Her Article Contributions - 04/11/2007 02:41 PM 
STARLight #7 ** ?????????(scroll down for the answer) ** Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Her Article; STARlight with photos done by our STAR...and ask YOU to guess who we are featuring
So...I'm going to start this issue ofSTARlight with photos done by our STAR...and ask YOU to guess who we are featuring this week!  

 

Apr 12, 2007 03:14 AM #14
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Hi Tricia:

If you ever this way in North Carolina try and check out the Scottish Highlander Games. Here is a link: http://www.gmhg.org/   There are more folks of Scottish descent here than anywhere outside of Scotland. There are over 100 clans represented at the games each with their own booth and tartan colors and clan crest. Do you know your Scottish clan lassie?

 

Apr 12, 2007 01:53 PM #15
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MacAlister, I'm told (born an Alexander).  If I make it to North Carolina, I will, indeed, check it out.

When we traveled to Scotland, I felt immediately and deeply at home.  Never mind we haven't been there in many generations.  Plus, the single malt Scotch that is available there has it all over what we can get here! 

 

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Tricia~

We are looking forward to visiting the British Isles this Fall..our clan is Scots-Irish.I'll be sure to try out your single malt suggestion... When you come to visit us you might notice the heritage in music...especially in Madison County ..I don't know how that would work for bellydancing, though (LOL)

Apr 12, 2007 05:39 PM #17
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Tricia:

Here is a link to your clan: http://members.aol.com/macaliste2/  Alexlander is also there. Ok janeAnne, what clan do you hail from?

 

Apr 13, 2007 12:53 AM #18
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Bill~My clan ...the MacDonald clan.... Loved that you  found Tricia's clan...There is something about the storytelling that comes from the British Isles that shines through in your writing, Tricia...and you , Bill?
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Eloise~

Seems to me that one of the most attractive gifts we can give our clients is that same gift of storytelling that you and Tricia share.  When combined with photos here at AR and at Localism.com to make photo essays, it offers a new view into the life of the REALTOR and our contributions within our communities.I am-honored to share the "STARlights  Features" on members in our community.

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