Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Report on 2012 and looking ahead to 2013

Last year around this time, I set myself a three word goal for the new year. 1. Grow 2. Mentor 3. Thrive

I am pleased to report I think I had a modicum of success in all three categories. Of course as these things go, not always as I expected. There were surprises at every turn.

MENTOR: Business wise well, it was a good year. Myriam and I for the year were the #1 team/agent in Mill Valley. That is largely due to Myriam, who I have had the privilege of working with in a "senior" realtor type role. The goal was always to be equal partners in due time. Well, Myriam is kicking serious Real Estate butt. She is the main reason why I was able to walk 2 walks last year and stalk the DC walk. Without her at the helm while I was away, I wouldn't have been able to afford to do much of it. She has been there when I spent time with my father (who is ill). I am very proud of the Realtor she has become. I am hoping the next year will continue with the excellent partnership and some solid business.

For the 3 day I hope I helped shepherd the way for a couple of new 3 day walkers. Leslie and Patty Williamson were walking for the first time. The brave new world of the 3 day can seem quite intimidating. Just thinking of 60 miles in 3 days can make some sane people break out in sweat and dread. I know I had a great time walking with them. Leslie and I share a bond of being survivors and I felt it was a gift to help her embrace her own survival.

GROW:  Each and every new experience calls on us to examine ourselves and go a little further than we ever expected. For me 2012 held many lessons. Lessons in patience and tenacity. Lessons in trust in myself and others. This year showed me that each of us has a story to tell and in telling that story we can make a difference. The gift of being able to speak at the SF 3 day this year will be one that I will treasure not just for the voice it gave me, but the message I wanted to share. If that message made a difference in one life, I am beyond thrilled. I am fulfilled. I was truly blessed to be able to test myself this way.

I've tested myself to explore sewing and made a ton of things that became auction items or gifts. It made me remember high school when I got a D in sewing (so horrible a seamstress I was). I taught myself how to piece together a slide show with music that lasted over 45 minutes for our event. I taught myself that sometimes being able to do it all doesn't mean you should do it all, as this year wore out a lot of people not just me at our movie event (not very well attended).

I learned that when you are faced with the mortality of a parent, it doesn't matter much whether you fought with that parent your whole life, you feel unnerved. I was reminded again why being married to Glenn was one of the smartest moves of my life, as he supported me through all the family crisis and my 3 day adventures.

THRIVE: I definitely did that this year. I lived a bountiful life full of friends and little Purchase kids. I was able to celebrate our youngest daughter's birthday and meet the man in her life. I spoke at Adobe and the 3 day. I walked 120 miles during 2 events and over 585 in training walks. I was blessed to find out I will be a grand mother in 2013. We were able to celebrate the news with family and friends this Christmas. I was able to walk on a beach with the love of my life and watch a sunset disappear behind a vast ocean. My doctor told me I have the lungs of a 24 year old and there is no sign of Cancer ever knocking on my door again. I have thrived. I am blessed.


What three things do I want to find in 2013.
HEALTH : My father's illness and Glenn's father's illness and age has made me think more about my own health. I am proud I have been able to incorporate walking into my life, but I am not as healthy as I would want to be. I find myself anxious at times about that. As with most of the things we are not content with in our lives I realize I can change some if not all of this anxiousness by taking action. I am also well aware that weight for me has been a struggle since I was young. (My Mother, bless her heart, took me to a weight doctor the first time when I was 6 years old.  I have a love hate relationship with food (and drink for that matter).

I worry at times that I am getting forgetful. I am told this is pretty common as we age, but it does worry me, perhaps because my father is showing signs of dementia. I want to in the new year explore ways to keep myself sharp and "with it" as I age.

JOY: As I look at the approaching birth of our granddaughter I want to be able to fully embrace the joy that comes with this blessed event. My own mother was able to hold only one of her grandchildren in her arms before she died from Cancer in 1977. I know how lucky I am to have lived as long as I have, because I will have this incredible moment to live when Allison and Chris' daughter is born. I want in the New Year to be able to spend time with them while I can.

I want to spend time with my husband and enjoy life. Together we have an incredible marriage, but more than that we have a deep and treasured friendship as well. In 2013 we both will be turning 60 years old. I think it is time we celebrate all year long with enormous smiles on our faces.

PROSPERITY: I am well aware that in order to do anything else, our financial lives need to be on firm ground. For me to spend time away with my family or walking in 2 more 3 days, I need to spend time nurturing our business. It helps after so many years to be someone people think about calling when they are selling a home. The years I spent and the success I've had should certainly make this goal easier to attain. I love Real Estate when I work with great people (99% have been GREAT people). It makes me truly happy to find a home for someone they have always dreamt of. It gives me satisfaction to help them sell it when it is time. Referrals are the return for the investment in time I have made in the past. I hope you will remember I SELL REAL ESTATE in MARIN COUNTY! You can refer anyone to me you think I could help. But also remember I know great agents everywhere so be sure to ask if you are looking for someone out of my area.

So my friends if you have any ideas of how to help me reach these goals - give me a holler. I know 2013 is going to be a remarkable year for all of us.

On New Years Day I did spend time with my friends and hsuband on our boat Hazardous Waste. We drank Champagne and sailed under the Golden Gate to toast the New Year. Here are a few pictures of our first outting of 2013!

On Board were, Chuck and Stefanie, Wren and Tim, Glenn and me and Patti and John. It was a chilly sparkly clear day - A great way to kick off the year.