Happy New Year to all of my friends in the Rain!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with LKN Realty, LLC 242267

Happy 2009

I just wanted to wish all of you who have been so kind to me this year a very Happy 2009. 

2008 was an amazing year for me and so much of what I have accomplished has been because of the support and assistance of so many incredible members of ActiveRain.  What a journey it has been and that we are on...together!

ActiveRain is that safe, warm place I can go to get inspired, give or get support, find friends to vent to and with, laugh, cry and feel like I am putting on my favorite slippers.

Despite our financial and business challenges, I think we are entering 2009 a step ahead of so many that haven't spent the time to learn about ActiveRain, blogging and Web 2.0.

My goals for 2009 are to just keep learning, keep pushing myself even when I want to give up.  I really want to Twitter more and expand my use of all of the networks and technology.  For now I am focused still on fixing my outside blog but thanks to marti I couldn't be more excited about where we are headed.

Thank you all!  Happy New Year!


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Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Diane...When we moved to Lake Anna I did not work for three years.   (I actually worked at golf and that took a lot of time and effort.)  Then one of my sons wanted to buy a house and thought I should help so that I would get the commission (he wanted me to add it to my IRA...he's my stockbroker) and so here I am 13 years later still working away.

I'm glad you came back to real estate.  It seems to suit you so well.

Happy, happy new year.


Dec 31, 2008 07:46 AM #1
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Kate, thank you so much!

Dec 31, 2008 07:57 AM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Diane - thanks for the well wishes. I feel much the same about being here, and look forward to 2009. Best of luck getting your blog straightened out.


Dec 31, 2008 09:18 AM #3
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

You hit on something that made me think.

Despite our financial and business challenges, I think we are entering 2009 a step ahead of so many that haven't spent the time to learn about ActiveRain, blogging and Web 2.0.

I wish there were a way to compare the success of ActiveRain agents vs. agents who are not.  Wouldn't that be interesting?

Dec 31, 2008 10:24 AM #4
Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty
Leolinda Realty - Surprise, AZ
Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona

Diane, That's exactly what I like here, having someone who will listen, being able to share ideas, and not receiving criticism.

I wish you an even more successful year in 2009!

Dec 31, 2008 11:44 AM #5
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Diane, it's been terrific getting to know you a bit here, and thank you for being such an inspiration to me this year. All the best to you in 2009... see you on Twitter. I spend more time there now than anywhere.

Happy New Year.

Dec 31, 2008 12:44 PM #6
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Diane, there are so many here in AR that I feel I have known for years.  This is the only place that helps me wind down and learn something all at the same time.  Hopey you have a very prosperous New Year.  Be sure to eat your black-eyed peas on New Years Day.

Dec 31, 2008 01:02 PM #7
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Dianne -- Hope you have a great 2009!  Happy New Year to you.

Dec 31, 2008 01:24 PM #8
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Happy New Year Diane....I hope 2009 will be even better than 2008.

Dec 31, 2008 11:34 PM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Happy New Year, Diane.  I wish you lots of blessings in 2009.

Dec 31, 2008 11:54 PM #10
Laura Monroe
Inman News - San Francisco, CA
Dir. of Industry Engagement & Social Media

Hi Diane~ Im feeling very optimistic about 2009 and am wishing you a very happy and prosperous one at that!! Cheers!

Jan 01, 2009 07:21 AM #11
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Hi Diane, Happy New Year, wow what a year, the N.C. trip was definately one of my highlights. We have to do it again, I like girl get togethers and you get to know folks more than at big conferences.

Jan 01, 2009 07:56 AM #12
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Diane, here's wishig  you a wonderful New Year!

Jan 01, 2009 08:19 AM #13
Ginger Sala
Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC - Wilmington, NC
Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~

Hi Diane, Wishing you many wonderful blessings for 2009!


Jan 01, 2009 03:47 PM #14
Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

2008 certainly was a whirlwind of change and challenges wasn't it?   I think it served its purpose - to toughen us up.

Diane, the happiest of New Years blessings to you!  You are such a dear friend and I'm thrilled your blog woes are behind you and your back up and running :-)

Jan 01, 2009 08:18 PM #15
Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC - Mesa, AZ

Diane, it's good to see you around more...2009 is definitely going to be a great year. We are very blessed in this country, and I feel very grateful! ;-)


Jan 03, 2009 12:32 PM #16
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


It looks like it is picking up.

Tom Braatz

Jan 04, 2009 04:32 AM #17
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Happy New Year Diane!  I do wonder where others are without Active Rain.  To me, it's a wonderful business tool if used properly.  Perhaps more than that, I've met a heck of a lot of folks who have helped make me a better me... social networking at its finest.  You, my dear, are a peer and a friend.  I'm honored to be able to call you such.

Jan 04, 2009 05:50 AM #18
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

Hi All, Thank you for your holiday and 2009 wishes and good thoughts.  I appreciate all of you so much!  I'm off to reciprocate!

Jan 04, 2009 08:52 AM #19
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
Real Estate Services You can Trust!

Hi Diane, Best wishes to you for a wonderful New Year.

Jan 05, 2009 10:13 AM #20
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