I hope I started a new New Year's tradition last year. As I was mentioning to someone that the houses I'm showing in a few minutes will be the last for this year, I remembered the end of last year.
Working with a great couple and enjoying it thoroughly, I joked about maybe their choice would be the first transaction of the new year. What a good way to start off. What happened was that they fell in love with a great house and we got a ratified contract on December 30. Well, what a good way to end a year.
Brian and Kasey Jones had become good friends even before they decided on the house and that has continued. He's teaching a really good Bible study, his kids are thriving, Kasey is happy with her work, and the folks at Mountain States Hospice are glad he's their new director.
He also spurred me to do something I had thought about for a long time, and I am now a Hospice volunteer. The training program was excellent, the people I work with are special, and my experience so far has made me a dedicated recruiter. If you know someone who has a family member maybe in need of hospice, tell them about hospice, wherever they are. If they're in the Johnson City TN area, send them to Mountain States Hospice information. If you know someone who has a few hours a week for something really worthwhile, send them there also.
Here's the last blog of 2010, about this transaction. http://activerain.com/blogsview/2049271/new-year-new-mountain-states-hospice-director-new-home
This association has led to new friendships and a new avenue of service. Merry Christmas, Brian Jones, Lena Onks, Priscilla, George, Anne, Geri, etc. It's not easy making friends only to lose them sometimes too soon, but I'm glad I can do this.
I hope my hospice friends' families will continue to be happy in their homes for a long time, but if they need to make a move later, they will already know someone who cares about them. And I hope they will recommend me to their friends. I hope they won't be like the elderly friend in Maryland a long time ago who listed her house with another agent because she assumed I wasn't full time since I had time to take her to the library and the grocery store occasionally.