Who are your Role Models?

March is Women’s History Month and today is International Women’s Day, when we take time to appreciate women’s contributions to society. I strive to lead by and set an example for my five beautiful nieces, to make certain they know they can do anything they choose…the road might not always be easy, but the rewards are worth it!

I grew up on a farm in Madison, Indiana, but I always knew I wanted…more, but I could never define “more”.  My beautiful, strong mother set a great example for me.  I was fortunate to have grown up knowing two other amazing women, my Grandmothers.  Between Mom, Granny (Mom’s Mom) and Mamma (Dad’s Mom), I learned so much about life, love, cooking, and well, just living.  I didn’t choose the path that was expected, I could have married, had babies and stayed on the Farm, but they instilled a certainty in me that I could do anything I chose…who knew that it would be a Realtor, changing careers in my late 40’s is something I never expected, but am thrilled that I did and while my Grandmother’s have gone (Granny 28 years ago and Mamma only recently) I’m so fortunate to have my Mom, never wavering in her faith that I will succeed.

Fast forward to today…the strength of the friends I surround myself with (both women and men) astounds me. From those I’m closest to in The Group, My Clients, my fellow Keller Williams agents and the people I have met during my journey…I am so blessed  to have them all in my life.

Who inspires you?  Do you live your life as an inspiration to others?  Click here to see a great MSN slide show on the women who inspire them…who would be on your list?

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Vicki Reed

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Let’s get organized!

Does the idea of organizing your home overwhelm you?  What if you could break down what you need to do over the next 12 months…would you be able to do it then?  MSN Living has broken it down to a great month-by-month plan of simple tips to rid clutter from all aspects of your home, click here to see the entire plan!

January starts off simply enough, clean out your fridge and pantry…something we should do regularly, but often don’t.  As a single woman who spends much of my time on the road, I don’t think about checking the expiration dates on most of my condiments…just today noticed that I have some very out of date pickles in the fridge from a cookout 2 summers ago!  So after all the holiday guests have gone home and you’re through entertaining, throw out half-eaten leftovers, check expiration dates, and if you have foods you don’t plan on enjoying, donate it to a local food pantry.

Want more?  MSN Living also has a link to a Redbook piece, 23 Easy Organizing Ideas for your Entire Life that has a lot of great ideas! Also check out this Worthington Court blog post from last year:  How to Make the Most out of your Small Closet for more ideas.

Considering selling your home in the next 12 – 18 months?  Well organized, clean homes sell faster and for more money than cluttered homes.  Storage is a “top 5” item on Home Buyers “must have” lists, to buyers, a cluttered home doesn’t mean you have too much stuff, it means the home doesn’t have enough storage.  

Not sure what you really need to do to get ready to sell?  Contact me for a free market analysis and home visit to discuss what you need to do to get your home ready.

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Vicki Reed