Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Unexpected Blessings

I've been a little MIA in all things social networking related lately because things in our casa have been CRAZY!!!! 

A few weeks ago we received several answered prayers all within a matter of days.

1.  We sold our truck!  We had passively been trying to sell it on craigslist since August.  There was nothing wrong with it, but it was a diesel and very hard to work on (meaning even an oil change required a trip to the dealership) and since we already had another truck as well...why not sell?  Now that we are both self-employed and have been slowly plowing our way through our savings, this was a nice way to give us a little bit of a financial sigh of relief!

2.  Greg's business is rockin' and rollin'.  Have you ever heard the expression, "from your lips to Gods ears"?  Greg had literally just told me that he wished he had enough jobs lined up to keep him backed up for a month or two.  Within a few days time, he had a handful of different jobs!  To date, he has at least six jobs that I know of waiting for him to tackle.  Again, since we have jumped in head first in having jobs that don't guarantee a bi-weekly paycheck, it is a nice feeling.  Not to mention, he's pretty dang good at what he does!!!

3.  I got a kick-start in my career.  I think I mentioned in one other post that the real estate office I work at is quite small.  In fact, it's just me, my broker, and one other Realtor.  My broker called me at the beginning of January and informed me that the other Realtor was retiring....and that she was giving me all of her listings.  All 60 of them.  No, that wasn't a type-o!  Now, I'm not the type of girl who cries very easily, but this news literally brought me to tears.  I have gone from trying to break into a market where I don't know very many people, to a huge opportunity!  Granted, half of these listings are for individual lots, but the exposure of having my name plastered on signs is incredible!  In fact, I've already gained few new potential buyers.  I'm trying to market these properties better than the other Realtor (not to diss her, I'm just trying to do things differently), so I'm adding each one to websites like facebook, craigslist, and a few others.  It's extremely time consuming and I still haven't made a dent in my list.  I've also been spending a lot of time visiting each property to become familiar with them and am adding more directional arrows towards where the listings are located.  I've even been adding pin-wheels to all of my signs.  I think it makes them stick out and am curious if any other Realtors in the area begin to copy me!  They're metallic, so when the sun catches them they make the signs look like they're blinking!

Because of the reasons listed above, my house seems to be in a total disaster mode, I've already given up hope about not eating out more than 75 times in a year, and poor Parker is so sick of his car seat, I haven't bothered to spend time doing anything to my hair other than throw it up in a bun every morning (yay for spin pins!), but I am so thankful for all these blessings that the Lord has showered us with!

And, just so no one reading this wonders why I'm taking time to blog all of this...well, I hinted about this on facebook a long time ago, so I've been bursting to tell my news about my listings!  Once Parker is asleep I like to have "me" in loosing myself in a TV show, book, or movie.  However, my beloved "Revenge" is on re-run tonight so I decided to blog!!

Now, I can't guarantee that Parker's next "month old" posting will be on don't hold your breath!


Jennifer O. said...

I'm happy for you all. Everything is coming together.

Kendra said...

What a great, fun, happy post!! Congrats to you and Greg! That is all so awesome and I know the relief you feel. My husband quit his job of 10+ years about 3 years ago to begin working for a small startup co. I was petrified but it's been the best thing. He is closer to home and able to watch the kids for me if I have an appointment. Those leaps of faith can be such huge payoffs! God bless!

HeidiTri's said...

I'm so glad that every thing is working out for all of you! You deserve great things.

Brad said...

I'm WAY behind here, but congratulations!! That's great news about your new listings! And also very glad to here Greg's business is doing well!