Life has been moving fast! With a blink of the eye, the summer is about over… and it’s been too long since my last blog post!
I kicked off my summer with some great community-focused events. I was very honored to host a table at the annual Union County Community Arts Council Breakfast. This was my third year attending, but my first year hosting a table, and it was great fun! The Arts Council does so much for our community and for our schools, and I am always happy to support their efforts. Not only do they supplement activities and education of kids in schools, but they also make possible a lot of adult programs in the community.
Also early this summer, C21 Real Estate Consultants hosted our first blood drive at our Ballantyne office. We had a great turnout supporting the American Red Cross. I gave along with lots of other agents, friends and vendors of our company. One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives, so it’s very important to donate whenever possible (as often as every 56 days!). Charlotte is perpetually in a blood shortage, so I’ve committed to begin donating regularly. In fact, I’ve already donated again since that initial drive!
Lastly on the community front, I once again competed in the Low Country Splash Open Water Swim in Charleston. This is an event that supports the Logan Rutledge Children’s Foundation, which promotes the health and welfare of children. This swim is an open water, 2.4-mile swim that takes place in the Charleston Harbor. What made this year’s swim even more special was that my daughter, Anja, completed with me! It was her first open water swim; she was very nervous, but she did really well, and I was so proud of her. All of her training has paid off and I think it’s a great accomplishment for her at age twelve to have completed this challenge.
While we were in Charleston we helped my sister Amy at a fundraising event. Amy is the Executive Director for the Center for Women in Charleston. The event we attended was a “beard and mustache” fundraiser/competition, and it was a blast! We raised more than $6,000 for her organization. It was crazy! People showcased their beards, mustaches and styling, showing off what they had! It was something very different, but a tremendous night. I love experiencing new things.
This summer has been filled with lots of fun for my family. We had a full season of competitive swimming for Anja that resulted in her achieving “Most Valuable” swimmer for her age group. After just 3 years in the pool, this is a huge accomplishment! McKenzie has remained very active at Elevation Church with volunteering and with her youth group activities. She is becoming such a wonderful leader, and we really love the experiences she is having and the friendships she is developing.
Both girls have had great travel experiences this summer. McKenzie spent 2 weeks at her favorite YMCA camp, Camp Harrison. This was her fifth year there, and her last… as she will be too old to go next year. She also spent a week with Roger in New York City – just the two of them for a father/daughter get away. Even after walking upwards of 15-20 miles, she still reports that it was an absolute blast. Anja had a week of swim camp at Duke University followed by a trip to Hawaii! Her best friend’s grandfather was gracious enough to include Anja on this trip that he was hosting for his granddaughter’s 13th birthday. I think we all need friends like that!
In late July, my sister celebrated her 50th birthday!!! Roger and I traveled to celebrate with her in Charleston (where she lives). We had a great celebration with Amy and her family, and as an added bonus, I was able to spend a little time with 3 high school friends as a mini reunion!
On the business front, the real estate market continues to be very strong with very low inventory! I am very proud of my year so far, and I thank all of my clients and referral partners for entrusting me with business! Thanks to you, I am so happy to report that I’m currently ranked #1 in NC for Century 21! Now the pressure is on to maintain!!!
Have a wonderful rest of the summer!