relationships

Building Your Connections Is Like Tilling Tomatoes

One day, while watering my garden I got to thinking how preparing and growing vegetables is similar to growing your connections in business. Sounds crazy but it’s an apt metaphor. Indulge me as I tell you about my recent horticultural endeavors to explain what I mean. Three years ago I took up gardening as a hobby. I had had an itch …

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Seasons of Change: From Real Estate Referrals to Personal Advocate

This spring, I watched proudly as my daughter graduated from St. Ursula School. She had been attending the K-8 school since kindergarten, and was leaving as an eighth grade graduate on her way to experience the next phase of her journey, in high school. There’s sadness to the end of this season of our daughter’s life, …

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The Trusted Advisor — Character and Competence in the Real Estate Industry

In today’s world with so much information being shared, whether it’s in business or in life, everyone is looking for a trusted advisor.  The most important element of any relationship is trust. Trust comes down to two very simple concepts: character and competence. Character is all about who you are, while competence is about what …

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50 Years!

This past weekend we celebrated my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary by giving them a surprise party.  Fifty years!  How many marriages today last half that long? Less than fifty percent is the answer. Why is the 50th anniversary called the Golden Celebration?  A 50th wedding anniversary is called “golden” because an ancient tradition was for …

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Seasons

Many times when relationships come to an end, there is usually some bitterness or sadness on one side or the other. Not often does one side or the other say, “Thank you for the time we had together.” There always seems to be a reason for someone to be upset. There are also relationships that …

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