My First 21,000 Word Blog Post: What ActiveRain Means To Me

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"A picture is worth a thousand words"

In response to this month's ActiveRain Challenge co-hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS and Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 , what speaks louder and better than pictures?  I hope I didn't scare you with the title of this post. I certainly don't expect you to read a 21,000-word blog post.  However, I have 20 pictures (above) from various meet-ups over the years so that's worth 20,000 words, right? 

When I was putting the collage together I couldn't find the one of Myrl Jeffcoat and me when I traveled through Sacramento a few years ago. I have since located it so that makes my 21,000-word blog post.  LOL 

I have also met John Boles in Boise, Idaho but we did not get a picture together. (sad face).

So many other entries in this Challenge have expressed exactly how I feel about this community too so there's no point in repeating what has already been said so well.

I'm rarely short of words but, honestly, there's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said. I've decided to let the pictures do most of the talking.  I think all those smiles say plenty.  

Over the years you've become lifelong friends and extended family.  It's so good to know that wherever I travel, I have my special peeps to meet up with.  It has been my great pleasure to meet many ActiveRain members and I'm looking forward to many more meetups. In the meantime, I hope to see the rest of you on our weekly Zoom calls. 

As I look back on this post, I was mortified to realize the photo of Dorie Dillard Austin TX  and me during my visit to Austin didn't post... so here it is. We had a wonderful evening at Steiner Ranch, enjoying wine, steak, conversation, and an amazing sunset.

Each and every one of you is special to me. My life is richer and more fun because of you!

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Comments (60)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Carol and a picture is worth so many words and I was glad I was in one of your picture.  I just wish I could of been well to golf with you and had the wine after your round.   You are in the top 4 I met in the rain.

 

Apr 30, 2022 08:59 AM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Carol Williams catchy draw!  I agree with Sheri Sperry - MCNE® who has declared you "the" Roving Ambassador!  What a wonderful journey warrior woman!😎

Apr 30, 2022 09:32 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I didn't know what to expect with a title that large but after reading the post and the comments I do believe the sentiments have at least doubled the count. We were honored that you could be so easily persuaded to make CT one of the stops on the epic road trip

Apr 30, 2022 09:58 AM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
federalfinanciallawgroup.com - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

My first post read for the weekend and it was a good one indeed!! Thank you

Apr 30, 2022 05:01 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh my gosh, I loved your story, Carol - and all of your pictures of your amazing trip too. Great shot with Myrl also! 

You have definitely had a once-in-a-lifetime experience with other AR members - what a treat to get to meet them all. I count myself (as does Ray) so very fortunate to have been one of those who had the pleasure of meeting you. Can't WAIT to see you in Vegas too! 

Thank you for your participation in this month's challenge. Also thank you for hosting May's challenge too - love the format!

Apr 30, 2022 11:03 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Carol Williams ,

What a wonderful post...loved seeing all the photos and you are right they are worth 21,000 words!! You had a once in a life time travel experience and covered it well!!

May 01, 2022 07:46 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

You have created many memories as an Active Rain member...an active member. The photos speak volumes, not just 1,000 words each.

May 01, 2022 07:47 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

It's amazing how fast the years fly by ... but ou have made the most of them with all the wonderful friendships you have acquired and built.  Loved looking at the pictures and reading your blog.

May 01, 2022 09:28 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Will Hamm 
We'll have to find a time for a do-over visit. Golf and wine included. 😊

May 01, 2022 09:48 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Eileen Burns 
I plan to continue my "Roving Ambassador" role!  😊

May 01, 2022 09:49 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Ed Silva 
I am easily swayed. I'm glad you didn't suggest anything illegal or immoral.  😁

May 01, 2022 09:50 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Thanks for stopping by Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD 
It's been a fun journey.

May 01, 2022 09:50 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Carol Williams,  I wish I could golf but still about 17 months till I can, but wine sounds so good and dinner with you!

May 01, 2022 09:51 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS 
I'm hoping to do some shorter version road trips... starting in June when I come to see you and Ray in Vegas!

May 01, 2022 09:51 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hey Dorie Dillard Austin TX 
As I reviewed my collage I was horrified to realize the picture of us didn't get posted. Somehow one of the Phoenix meetups got posted twice. I have fixed it with a picture of us in the post! Spending the evening with you really was one of my favorite parts of the trip! So, please accept my apology.

May 01, 2022 09:53 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

It's been quite a journey, John Juarez 
I hope to keep adding to the collage.

May 01, 2022 09:53 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Thanks for checking in on my post, Diana Dahlberg 
Those pictures really do speak volumes! Stay tuned. More to come in the future.

May 01, 2022 09:54 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I can't WAIT, Carol! I just told Rocky the same thing - it's going to be a fun group! 

May 01, 2022 10:02 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Will Hamm 
17 months!?  Wow. I hope you're as good as knew by then! As you know, I know the pain of back issues. Not something you want to take any chances with when it comes to following your recovery instructions. 

May 02, 2022 08:11 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I think if there were miles travelled, versus points earned, you'd be in first place Carol!  Seriously, you have put in more time, miles and travels than any rainer here - outside Brad Stewart maybe!  It's been wonderful getting to know and appreciate your friendship.  THANK YOU!  

May 03, 2022 10:47 AM