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Don’t Tell Me Anything You Don’t Want Me To Remember I have a great memory.  I can remember phone numbers of friends and relatives from when I was a young girl.  I know my driver’s license and credit card numbers by heart.  I can recite dialogue from an episode of a favorite television show that ...
03/06/2013
My name is Carie and I am a serial volunteer.   The truth is, I’ve always had a penchant for volunteer work.  Organizing events for Teens Against Dystrophy as a young girl.  Spending hours every Sunday reading to, and visiting with, residents at a nearby nursing home during high school.  Assistin...
02/18/2013
Recently, while engaged in conversation with a taxi driver, I was asked the obligatory question, “What do you do?”   “I’m a real estate broker,” I answered.  “Wow, you don’t look like a real estate broker,” he replied.  "Hmmm, what exactly does a real estate broker look like?” I asked.  “I don’t ...
02/04/2013
Some people are so easy to deal with.  You know the ones.  Those blissfully, laid-back clients who make life worth living – or at the very least – make it a pleasure to get out of bed in the morning.  They're straightforward, goal-oriented, realistic, and they tackle their mission with thoughtful...
01/19/2013
The year was 1987.  I had just completed my Real Estate Salesperson’s Exam – a pre-computerized, licensing exam involving a sheet of paper, a No. 2 pencil, and a 6-8 week waiting period.  At that time, I knew very few people working in the real estate business.  So, after receiving my passing not...
01/13/2013
Perhaps you embarked upon 2012 – primed with soaring aspirations, lofty goals, and growing momentum.  Super-sized, high-octane adrenalin kept you on track and moving forward throughout the year.  Yet, despite all the hard work, long hours, and persistent triumphs over life’s inevitable hurdles an...
12/31/2012
For the second time in a month, someone has handed me a business card displaying a non-existent website.  Or, so it seems.  Okay, I’m not talking about a website that is experiencing temporary server issues.  Nor, do I mean a website with isolated, internal pages still under construction.  I am r...
12/12/2012
When Kerrie announced it was ActiveRain Winter MeetUp time again  –  I  was psyched.  Over the past year, I’ve been to a few Texas ActiveRain MeetUps, however, I was scheduled to be in the Chicago area this time around.  Bummed out that I would not be able to attend a Texas ActiveRain MeetUp, I t...
12/07/2012
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Blogging Can Be Intimidating Especially for blogging novices.  Each week, I meet lots of ‘blogger wannabes’ who are intrigued by, yet fearful of, venturing off into unchartered, blogging territory.  Since I can talk about the ‘Joys of Blogging’ all day long, I am always eager to enlighten others ...
12/03/2012
Who doesn’t love receiving a handwritten note or card? Whether it's for a birthday, or a 'thank you' for a gift or job well done, I try to send out handwritten notes and cards whenever I can.  There's something about using a real pen, with real ink, and signing a card or note with a real signatur...
11/25/2012
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