ActiveRain Week in Review 1/18/09 -- 1/24/09

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Real Estate Agent with The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group

If you hang around ActiveRain long enough, you will inevitably receive an email from Mr. Neal Bloom...asking if you would like to take a turn doing the Week in Review. Actually...Neal has a way of finding me when I've been away from the Rain too long and bringing me home. Thanks, Neal!!

If you have ever had the honor of doing a Week in Review, you know that it is incredibly difficult to decide which posts to include...as there are so many brilliant bloggers from which to choose. After many hours of reading hundreds of posts from this past week, I have chosen to share the posts that truly speak to me. I invite you to sit down with a good cup of coffee or hot tea and take your time to enjoy the best of the best of this past week on ActiveRain.

 

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One of the first posts I read this week was Do real men wear make-up? by Mike Frazier. From his title, I was expecting a good laugh, but he tricked me. This story about his daughter, Lauren, will touch you deeply and make your heart smile.

Now that you are smiling, it is the perfect time to read Giving Back to Your Community as a School Volunteer by Russell Lewis. In this post, Russell exposes his.... (I'm NOT going to spoil the surprise!!)

Speaking of giving back...my good friend, Nick Bastian, is always the first one in line for an opportunity to give. Please take a moment to read Nick Bastian and RailLife.com want you to help us fight Cancer! and support Nick in his efforts.

"Courage is not defined by those who fought and did not fall, but by those who fought, fell, and rose again." I do not know who first said those words, but I remember the first time I heard them. For me, they were life-changing.

My heroes have always been people who face life's greatest challenges with a determination to persevere and overcome. They emerge from the wreckage with a greater passion for life...and they inevitably choose to make a difference in the world. Jammin' for Julian - An Update Date on a 5 Year Old in Need by Christine Donovan tells of one such family. This post is a wonderful reminder that each one of us has a responsibility to make the world a better place.

 

In a little over a year here at ActiveRain, I have become friends with some of the most amazing humans on the planet. One of my New Years resolutions is to meet many of those wonderful people this year face-to-face. So...I was a little jealous when I came across these next few posts: Meeting Active Rain Members Kristin and Sheila Moran in Greune (San Antonio) -Texas! by Liz Moras and  ActiveRain International Dinner in Austin, Texas! (Okay, so maybe that sounds a bit dramatic). by Jason Crouch. Okay, Liz, how about a trip to North Carolina sometime soon, girlfriend???

ActiveRain is the best place on the internet to build lasting friendships. Need proof? Read Carole Provenzale's touching story My BEST ActiveRain SUCCESS Story: He Had me at Hello : ) 

Need MORE PROOF? I Just Gave out A Referral to An Active Rain Agent...and I Liked IT!!!!!!! by the one and only Larry Bettag will give you the motivation you need to keep those brilliant posts coming!

 

Okay...at the core, ActiveRain is about real estate. So naturally, some of my picks of the week are actually about real estate. (Imagine that!!)

In When is a Gift Not a Gift but a Bribe?, Elizabeth Weintraub shares a pretty unbelievable experience with clients who had unrealistic expectations. Has this ever happened to you?

This is a story about Guns and Unwelcome Guests..........BEWARE! by Ann Allen reminds all of us in this profession to be careful. This is a must read!

Mirela Monte must have been reading my mind when she wrote This is no Longer a Career; It's a Disease! I bet you feel this way sometimes, also.

In Progress Report - I Can Do ALL Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me, Loreena Yeo shares how she handles the stress and pressures of this business. She is one amazing woman! If you have not had the pleasure of reading her blog, you will be hooked from the first post.

Dream It, Believe It and Do It by Kathy Clulow is packed with truth and motivation for anyone who needs a gentle 'push' toward greatness.

I can always count on Jesse Clifton to deliver great advice and wisdom with just the right balance of humor. The best agent to use just might be the one who tells you the truth... lives up to all my expectations of him.

Gary Woltal is the undisputed king of positivity who continually inspires us all. His recent post Getting Better Means Growing Through It is especially meaningful to me right now.

 

This past week was filled with moments few of us will ever forget. My final, featured posts were written to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King...a man whose life work paved the way for the events we have just witnessed.

Honoring Martin Luther King This Day... by Broker Bryant Tutas is a bit of a walk down memory lane for BB. In this raw and honest post, he shares his insights and experiences from a perspective that many of us have never seen.

A Thank You to Dr. Martin Luther King - May Your Vision of Peace and Unity Be Realized by my dear friend, Carol Smith, reminds us that it is our responsibility to continue to fight for Dr. King's dream of a country without racism.

100 Quotes: The Legacy of a Man - a dream realized. by Alan May will infuse you with passion and purpose. I cannot think of a better way to end a celebration of another wonderful week at ActiveRain.

 

Neal Bloom has kept the Week In Review alive and well and if you would like to take a stab at doing the next one please contact him!

 

Weston Florida Real Estate Blog, Neal"The Real Deal"Bloom

Neal Bloom-Realtor ® Assoc.-CRS-Weston FL - Weston, FL

 

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Rainmaker
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Joseph D. Federico
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Elizabeth-You did a great job gathering up the week in review posts. Glad to see you back in the rain.

Jan 26, 2009 01:44 AM #43
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Midori Miller
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Great selections and glad to see the week in review up again! :)

Jan 26, 2009 02:40 AM #44
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Suzanne Sands
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Hi Elizabeth,

Nice job putting together the week in review, now I can go catch up! Thank you :)

Jan 26, 2009 03:04 AM #45
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Mark MacKenzie
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Elizabeth,

Great job with this.

I honestly don't know if I could commit the time to doing a week in review, I certainly appreciate your time investment in it. :)

Jan 26, 2009 03:14 AM #46
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Jim & Maria Hart
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It was such a busy AR week that I'm not sure how you managed to finish this post, but you did a great job!  Thanks :)

Jan 26, 2009 03:38 AM #47
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Diane Aurit
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Very nice selections!  I know how hard and long you have to work to pull this together...thank you for doing this for us this week!

Jan 26, 2009 05:21 AM #48
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Courtney Cooper
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Thanks for putting these together!  I was sick this week so I missed out on a bit!

Jan 26, 2009 05:49 AM #49
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Erin

I love that you took the time to assemble these great articles and it's a good way to see the cream of the crop!

Jan 26, 2009 05:52 AM #50
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Chris Olsen
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Great editorial review, this is a time saver and I didn't even know it existed.  Is the history of these here somewhere?

Jan 26, 2009 07:11 AM #51
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Bryant Tutas
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Hi Elizabeth. Thanks for taking the time to do the review this week. And thanks for mentioning my MLK post. Writing that post brought back a whole bunch of memories......some good and some very very bad.

Jan 26, 2009 08:48 AM #52
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Elizabeth - I really enjoyed your presentation of your selections for this week-in-review - great commentary about each.  And now I'm off to read those that caught my eye.

Ann

Jan 26, 2009 09:19 AM #53
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Good job, Elizabeth. You have been missed. I know you're busy. I love this feature and always get so much out of it.

Jan 26, 2009 09:30 AM #54
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Ann Allen Hoover
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Elizabeth, I know a lot of work goes into preparing one of these Week in Reviews.....great job, thanks for the mention, and I don't know how you found the time with all that business you got going on!

Jan 26, 2009 10:07 AM #55
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Elizabeth... thanks for the recap. It's weird, I read most of the posts you mention... Wow it was quite a week, especially for a (so called) 4 day... Life, sometimes, seems like a constant stream of events with no look back. Thanks... it gives perspective...

Rene'

Jan 26, 2009 01:16 PM #56
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Loreena and Michael Yeo
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Elizabeth - Thanks for the love link. I know it takes alot of time and many more hours in the Rain to be able to come up with a list like that.

By the way, email me for an answer if this question is too personal. You havent been in the Rain too much. What's going on?

Jan 26, 2009 02:19 PM #57
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Roland Woodworth
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Elizabeth: I'm sure there is a lot of time spent and much dedication to continue a week inreview post.. Great work and many excelent post.

Jan 26, 2009 03:18 PM #58
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What a great week-in-review, Elizabeth.  These posts are a lot of work but you did a bang up job.  Thanks for the mention and the kind words.  God bless!

Jan 26, 2009 04:34 PM #59
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Elizabeth dear Elizabeth - I've mssed you these past 3 Weeks - I was hoping everything was ok out your way - but now I see you were just busy!  Thanks for the 2 posts.......that you featured about the trip to Texas......and I just wanted to mention my Dallas buddies too!  Elizabeth I hope to meet you real soon........I did meet 2 of your co-patriots though - your OP and TL - and sent you a note via them and an e-mail - hope you got them! :-)

You did a wonderful job with the week in Review - as always....:-))....I'll catch up on them all this week...thank you!......Love you! Liz

Jan 26, 2009 04:53 PM #60
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Elizabeth - well, you have done it again!  I missed most of these and will finish out your list later, thanks.

Jan 26, 2009 07:39 PM #62
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Elizabeth - Like you I have not been as active in the rain over the last little while and almost missed this one. ... As Napoleon Hill said "No one can keep you down but yourself."

Jan 27, 2009 10:57 PM #63
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