Wow…it’s the end of 2013!

So what did you accomplish in 2013?  I had my best year to date in Real Estate and am moving into 2014 with 4 active listings, 2 pending sales and 2 active buyers!  My volume as a single agent was $2.5 million in homes sold!  I want to double that in 2014…anyone want to take a bet on it?

The biggest deal for me personally is one of the pending transactions (and one I’ve mentioned several times) and that is the sale of my Grandparents farm.  The last few weeks have been challenging as we remove my family‘s stamp on the farm and ready it for the new owners…the main reason I’m so excited about this is that it removes a worry from my Dad and Uncle Bob and takes a responsibility off their already full plates.

This year has been challenging in other ways, I found out that I’m going to be a Great-Aunt…yeah, I already know that I’m a great aunt, but my beautiful niece Jordan Pyles is expecting March 25…we have a family pool going for date, weight and length…hope I win!  Jordan also completed her high school education in December and will go through graduation ceremonies with the rest of the class in June.

I’m working on selling my home, haven’t quite accomplished it yet, but I know I don’t want to carry the burden of that too big house for another year.  I’ve paid off debt and am working through the Dave Ramsey Total Money Makeover…by the end of 2014, I will be debt free and living a cash based lifestyle – so excited about the next chapter in my life.

What’s amazing to me is that I will turn 50 in August of 2014…I remember when 50 seemed so old, now it feels very young!

2014 is going to be an amazing year for all of us and for the first time in a very long time, I’m babysitting on NYE – well, they aren’t babies, they are 11, hanging out with Riley Ray tonight and one of her friends while my sister and brother-in-law go out for a few hours!

So for 2014, the family will have a new baby, 2 high school graduates (Allyson is graduating too!), my 50th birthday and my Dad’s 75!  Sounds like a good year already and it doesn’t start until tomorrow. Happy New Year everyone, I hope your 2013 was great and your 2014 will be even better!

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Vicki Reed

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Graduation Season…

This morning I attended the 5th grade graduation of my niece Riley, we are in the midst of a string of such occasions that will stretch for the next several years…and I am always amazed by the same things each and every time I attend one of these events…so I thought I would share a few guidelines:

1.  Be respectful of the children, this is their moment, not yours.

2.  Clean yourself up a little, no you don’t have to buy new clothes, but make certain that what you are wearing is decent, clean and neat – no bathing suits and cover-ups because you are hitting the pool after the program, torn t-shirts and dirty sweats are not acceptable!

3.  Dress appropriately, no need to look like a hooker or dress like you are going clubbing and gentlemen, remove your hats, it is the appropriate thing to do when indoors.

4.  Turn off your cell phone…there isn’t anything happening in the hour or two of the program that can’t wait.  If you can’t wait, take it outside!  Don’t take a call, then tell the person you are busy, but go ahead and have a conversation with them about what you are doing, all the while still sitting in your seat and talking in a normal voice…the rest of us don’t need to know, we are there.

5.  If you have small children, sit in the back of the room and be prepared to step outside when they start screaming, don’t just let them scream and disrupt the program for everyone.

6.  Just because your child has received their certificate/diploma/award stay quiet and let the others enjoy their child’s moment too.

7.  Stop bitching that you don’t think it will ever end….if you don’t want to be there, leave!

8.  Don’t invite your friends then sit and chat with them during the program, go to lunch after and talk then.

I realize that this is coming near the end of the “season” but in case you have more to attend, please understand, this is an important moment in these children’s lives…celebrate it, enjoy it and let them have their day, there are enough tough times in this world, everyone deserves to feel special for their shining moment.

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Vicki Reed