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Archives for: June 2008

06/17/08

Permalink 09:31:53 pm, Categories: Charleston Events  

Mid-Life Career Change

I decided after 21 years as a business owner to close it last October. I had started the business with my parents four months before my wedding. The funny thing is, I had started real estate school and then decided to work with my parents. As it turns out it was a good decision. A year and two days after my wedding I was blessed with the birth of a beautiful daughter. Then three years later blessed with the birth of another beautiful daughter. I was able to take them to work with me and their Honey and Pop, (grandparents), were able to enjoy each day with them. My dad died and four years later my mom died, so I decided I needed to go back to my dream of real estate. The scariest part of this dream was going back to school and having to pass a test. This delayed the process for about a year and a half. I worried, can I make a living doing this? Will I be able to learn everything there is to this business? Most of all I wondered if was I to old too old to start over. How dumb is that? Once I passed the test I was so ready to get to work. I love what I do each and everyday. I meet and work with great people from every walk of life and backgrounds. I work with couples who are just starting out and buying their first home, some are starting families and need a larger home and some who are ready to retire and want to down-size. There are also those relocating here for their jobs and those who are retiring to Charleston for the great life style Charleston, South Carolina affords them. I will never second guess my decision to make a career change this late in life. I finally feel as though I make a difference in other peoples lives. It is a huge decision to buy a home and I love helping my clients feel comfortable with their decisions. What it boils down to is things happen for a reason and had I gone into real estate when my girls were little I may have missed out on softball games, practices, swim meets and field trips. Those years you can not get back. I hope if a mid-life job change is in your future you research and go for it today! Good Luck!

06/08/08

Permalink 09:58:22 pm, Categories: Charleston Life and Family  

Birthday

This weekend was my birthday. Wow what a week in Charleston. Wednesday, my sister and brother (by marriage)which is better than my own took our girls group out for a boat cruise. We ate and then left James Island Creek into the Charleston Harbor and down the Ashley River. We cut the motors after we went under the double Ashley River bridges and floated with the incoming tide for three or four miles. We went for a swim and floated with the boat. The water was so warm and comforting. Then on Friday afternoon most of our friends took a half day off work and showed up at my pool and when I got home they were planning the night. My husband and I had to go to a going away party for some guys at work at Red's Ice House on Mt. Pleasant. What a meat market! Well it was Friday afternoon. We said our goodbye and arrived home to our friends cooking burgers and dogs on the grill. What a treat! We ate, swam and talked late into the night. On Saturday I held an open house at one of my listings and then showed property. I got home and was working on the computer and my sister and mother-in-law showed up and told me I needed to leave. They had come bearing gifts. They planted all of my pots with blooming Sweet Potatoe vines, Gerber Daisies, Hybiscus and Verbena among other plants. My entire backyard looked totally different with a few pots of flowers. I was brought to tears. There was a heat index of 101 on Saturday. We cooked dinner for four and ended up with sixteen. We had food left over. Somehow thats how it ends up in the South, we just don't know how to cook for four. Love this life. How many people get a weeks worth of birthday? It is Sunday and I am so ready for Monday, so I can rest. I hope your birthday measures up!!!

06/03/08

Permalink 11:03:47 pm, Categories: Charleston Life and Family  

Life, Marriage and Kids Living in Charleston, SC

What I know about life, marriage and kids after 22 years of marriage and two girls turning 21 and 18 this winter seems to be absolutely nothing. I do know that I pray more than I ever have in my entire life. I pray that I will know what to say and when to say it and that they take it the right way. Life is a whole job in itself. How do we have time to work?! Thank God the weather and lifestyle in Charleston, South Carolina otherwise known as the Lowcounrty is a very relaxing, friendly place to raise a family. I don't ever (hardly ever) worry about my kids safety, as far as crime goes, as I do about the decisions they will make. When you live in a place like Charleston the kids are all known buy parents, teachers,and coaches of other kids from the schools and the recreational centers and they seem to feel other eyes watching them. Enough of that. Both of my kids are out tonight and the 17 year had here last day of school today and thinks she has been set free. She will be a senior next fall after all. She attends James Charter Island High School which is one of the best and has an International Baccaluriet program which she is not in!! So to end, my prayers are headed upwards. God Speed.

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