Honestly, before I moved here, I’d eat an occasional oyster on a half shell. But it generally wasn’t my thing.
Until I moved here, and experienced the magic and beauty of an oyster roast bringing together friends and communities. It’s hard to explain but it is such a bonding experience. The closest thing I can compare it to, is communion at a church.
It’s one of the things I’ve missed most since the pandemic started, but last night, I finally had the opportunity to enjoy once more with a few select friends outdoors.
As I watched good friends enjoy the fabulous Bluffton oysters, and some great Lowcountry Boil I must add, I just took it all in. The food, the smells, the sights, the laughter and the friendships. I realize how blessed we are to live in such a glorious place with magical experiences. God is good.
I went to update info on my AirBnB account this morning, including my updated ID since I changed my name after getting married. I thought I was doing the right thing.
Well apparently uploading a new ID CANCELLED my honeymoon reservation (which is stupid, stupid, stupid!), and somebody booked it before I could get it corrected with AirBnb, in spite of instantly messaging and calling.
I am beyond devastated… And now there is nothing available even remotely close or nice, especially that accepts a pet (Cinder was going with us). I don’t know how I’m even going to tell Joe when he gets up. 😭
Not to mention they said it would be 5-15 days to get my refund, which I will need to rebook anything anyway. And Joe has already put in for his time off work. I just can’t believe this…
I think every person using AirBnB, especially Brides to Be who change their name, should be fully aware of this glitch. I told them I would be taking to my social media accounts and possibly contacting the news. I don’t want anyone to experience this devastation.
I have no idea what we are going to do… I just hope Joe still loves me after this.
It was bad enough that last year I sacrificed immediately going on our honeymoon, because of work. That sacrifice was so appreciated with me being the recipient of a layoff this year from that same company.
It’s been a while and this will be short, but expect to see more posts from me soon, but I have lots of reasons to celebrate during these trying times. I always try to focus on the positive and hope you are too.
I’m celebrating my daughter Hannah who graduated with honors amongst the chaos of Covid 19, from Belmont University and just moved to Nashville permanently to pursue a career in music business.
I’m celebrating the health of my son Jacob who is Charlotte and praying that he finds another job soon. He’s super smart and great at health and nutrition which a lot people need right now, so I’m hoping he’ll focus on that vs Food and Beverage.
I’m celebrating that my husband Joe has kept his job at Gulfstream so far, although he was switched to weekends. But that may not be an entirely bad thing…
Because… I’m celebrating that I’m now back in real estate sales full time vs being in a Broker or Management position. That means I’ll have my weekends free to work with you or someone you know.
I’m celebrating eXp Realty because even though they had to make some recent cutbacks, this model was built for this economic crises. We still have over 60 hrs of live training and networking per week!
I’m also celebrating that we now have over 28,000 agents that I can refer you to in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia.
Let me know if I can ever be of assistance to you in the Hilton Head/ Bluffton/ Beaufort markets or if you need a great referral agent. 853.505.3132
And last but not least, I’m celebrating Mother’s Day weekend. It’s the hardest and best job I’ve ever had. I’m sure all of you will join me in that celebration!
So in case you didn’t notice, my name has changed. Yes, that’s a good thing. Actually, a great thing. I got married on Black Friday, ending 47 years of Bachelorhood for my Joe. LOL.
Actually, I’m the one that’s blessed… he waited 47 years to find “the one.”
We got married at home here in our barn. It was a gloriously beautiful fall day. Just perfect. I hope all of you will rejoice with us. We are truly best friends, in love.
And as a side note, I’ve been crazily busy with work too. Yes, I’m still in real estate. Still with eXp Realty. It’ll be 4 years soon. Since then we’ve grown from just over 1000 agents to 25,000+ nationally, and from 40 to well over 700 here in SC. Production volume has grown from $90 million a year in 2017 to over $581 million here in SC, in 2019. To say I’m proud, is an understatement! As Designated Managing Broker, I oversee operations in South Carolina for this wonderful company.
We have over 30 agents here locally to assist you, and I do referrals all the time. Locally, statewide and nationally. Let me know if I can assist you in finding your piece of paradise, like I’ve found mine. It would be my pleasure.
Really blessed to work with such a fantastic Leadership Team within eXp Realty. I try not to talk about work TOO much here on Social Media, but having had the various experiences that I have in real estate management ranging from horrible to great in the past, I feel so fortunate to be in FANTASTIC status at this point in my career. The best ever. I can’t help but share and be grateful.
So I have been more than a bit absent here lately on this blog. SO much has happened, and I haven’t had time to post. I’ll abbreviate it all quite a bit.
So I was promoted back in April to become the Assistant State Administrative Broker for eXp Realty. Very honored to serve in that position, when suddenly in early May, my beloved boss and State Broker, Jim Girard, announced his retirement. And then in June I was hired to be his replacement as the State Administrative Broker for eXp. What a whirlwind!
As if the transition paperwork of 15 local REALTOR boards and 16 MLS’s across South Carolina wasn’t enough, on June 15th, Joe and I managed to finally close on the home of our dreams and change our address. We now live in a Morton Residential Barn Home in rural Jasper County closer to Savannah, and are loving it. But this move, in this heat with all the work, has not been fun. I just keep reminding myself, just how truly blessed I am to have all these Second Chances, with love and life. Hence why we refer to our mini-farm as Second Chance Farm.
I’m reminded of that quote from Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” I keep asking Joe to pinch me to prove it’s all happening. So many dreams coming true…
I am currently only doing real estate sales and listings on a very limited basis, BUT I now manage 400+ excellent agents who can assist you all across the Palmetto state. I am happy to place your referral in the best hands, so please give me a call at 843-505-3132 so I can assist you. I love making dreams come true!
P.S. Some people to thank for a lot of these life changes:
First of all, my beloved Joe who I plan to rock that rocking chair for life with
My children Jacob & Hannah – who inspire their Momma to never give up
Joanie Horton – former owner, who knew this place was meant to be ours
Thomas Kersey – wonderful Listing Agent who was so helpful
Bannon Law Group – for a smooth closing
Homeside Financial – esp Christa Jensen & Stacy Kimrey who made this dream come true when everyone else said it was impossible
Jim Girard – my career mentor and always will be
Glenn Sanford – dear friend & founder of eXp, the model revolutionizing real estate
Our SC eXp Agents – love y’all and enjoying this ride with you
Bill Martini and Veteran Movers – you should check them out if you are local
Joseph Terry – for all of your physical help during this horrendous heat
Patti – for being my neighbor, confidant and screen repair buddy
Darlene Dudley – for providing us our temporary home the last 2 yrs
All of our family & friends – for your support and congrats