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I Failed at Doing NOTHING!

Today was my first day as a stay at home mom, and I failed...

Let me back track - A couple of days ago, my husband pointed out that my expenses in 2009 were higher than in 2008.  Well, duh, of course they were.  In 2008, I stopped all marketing expenses in August to gear up for our move.  In January 2009, I started all marketing expenses again.

Simple math would tell me that I spent more in 2009 than in 2008.

The "silly" man that he is, he decided more discussion was needed about my expenses.  Excuse me, but my business is my business, and it's not yours to run... you have to spend money to make money, right?

The end discussion was that I would become a stay at home mom and eliminate all of my expenses.  However, I had to show houses yesterday, so I told him my new career would have to wait until Thursday, today... but I've already failed...

I've been working all day today.  I've been sending buyers new listings.  I've been working on my training presentations.  I've been signing up for FourSquare.  I've been blogging...  and I dropped my daughter off at school this morning, so she's definitely not home for me to be watching her.

The one thing I'm bad at is doing NOTHING!  I can't imagine not working.  I would be bored out of my mind!  I guess my new career will have to be put on hold for now.

 

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Comment balloon 66 commentsDonna Harris • January 07 2010 02:52PM

Comments

I love that silly man phrase. If I tried that silly woman phrase I would be slapped. Good luck with that work-Mom balance Donna as that is not easy!!
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

I would be bad at doing nothing too.  I hope your income will increase from all you put into it last year. :)  Good luck.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 8 years ago

It's probably easier to fail at doing nothing than it seems.  I agree with Gary regarding the "silly" man phrase...LOL.

Posted by Paul C. Wilkinson, GRI, REALTOR -Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula - (951) (CENTURY 21 Preferred) over 8 years ago

Donna,

Good job ...on both !!

Posted by GARY DIGIORGIO -Denver- Arvada -Westminster, REOptions LLC (THE DIGIORGIO GROUP /(303) 898 - GARY (4279)) over 8 years ago

Gary W, "Silly" was derrogatory... but nice.

Tammy, The income isn't the issue, as that's fine.  He's just confused with the simple math part since he made us move.

Paul, It really is easy to fail. I try doing nothing on the weekends sometimes, and that doesn't work either.

Gary D, Thanks!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

Hmmm... Nothing wrong with working or being a stay at home mom. One thing's for sure - if I was a stay at home mom, my house would be polished and squeeky clean, or I'd be up at church to volunteer to do SOMETHING. I cant watch soap operas all day. I need to do something. I figure you would be the same too.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) over 8 years ago

Donna, I have always felt that my working made me a better Mom. Sounds as though it's the same for you.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 8 years ago

Donna - I have to work too otherwise I'll go insane, but I'm still a full-time mom.  It's all about juggling and the older my boys get the easier it becomes.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 8 years ago

Have you really been gone from Dallas for that long?  It seems like just yesterday you were still here.

Posted by Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417, Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate (United Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Donna, How often we can relate to your story.  It's hard to even have an hour that we're not thinking of something we need to be doing in real estate.   Sometimes it's barassing how we tend to not be able to focus on anything else.  We love it though!

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com) over 8 years ago

Great post Donna.  I would be the exact same way.  Like right now for instance...  I was set on taking a night off and watching some silly tv and what am I doing?  Responding to a clients email, searching the mls, reading on AR.  I guess I am playing on Facebook a bit...  :) 

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 8 years ago

Donna, I don't see you become a stay at home mom any time soon, lol.

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) over 8 years ago

I can totally relate!  My mind never stops, and I'm constantly looking for something to do or thinking about the next thing I have to get done.  Sounds like you made the best of your stay at home day!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 8 years ago

Donna

Well if you have to do something do something with a purpose., have fun.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 8 years ago

Donna ---- I think that many of us professionals who happen to be wives and mothers too, feel just like you do.
                                                     
                          

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) over 8 years ago

Loreena, but what part of a squeaky clean house pays the bills?  I love the deposits in the bank!

Barb, Good for you!

Michelle, Oh, yes, I'm a full time mom, but daycare watches her during the week.

Lorrie, I don't know, it seems like FOREVER to me...

Knowles, I know!  I am contantly checking my email no matter what I'm doing.

Jared, It will be different when things aren't all reruns!

Rita, Not until she can do some of my work for me and become my assistant!

Sharon, And that's the great part, I'm home all the time!!  I would never get anything done if I had to go to an actual office.

Lou, I do and I will!

Liz, More people who can join me in Donna Town USA.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

Donna, I think this might be your shortest-lived job yet!  I can't imagine staying at home, although I think I'd like it.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 8 years ago

With our computers, fax machines, and telephones we can pretty much stay home AND work our jobs! It's harder to stay home and NOT work at our real estate job.

Posted by Donna J. Stephens, CRS (BHHS Ambassador Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Donna, I couldn't imagine 'not working', I've done it my entire life! Good luck with the decision that best suits you! Pat's blog sent me here!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) over 8 years ago

Not work, whatsoever do you mean? I'd go insane. Even when I'm watching TV I have the laptop with me. It is ALMOST impossible to now work in some fashion - unless of course the wifey reprimands me.

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) over 8 years ago

Donna,

Love the post! Best Wishes to You in 2010~stay at home and do what? Been there done that-got the T-shirt to prove it!

Keep Smiling........

Posted by Kimberly Harris (Real Estate One,Macomb County, MI) over 8 years ago

This subject always gets me in trouble. I'm usually working from 8 in the morning until about 1 the next morning. My wife hates it but I'm on a mission. A mission for a commission! LOL

TNT

Posted by Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Cara's a stay at home mom and she really dislikes it. The other side of the fence thing...

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 8 years ago

Wow, that was quick! I don't think your heart was really into doing nothing, Donna!

Real estate is so energizing and stimulating. And I like Nathan's phrase "A mission for a commission."

Posted by Lynn Michaels, Marlboro-Manalapan Real Estate (Weichert, Realtors- Marlboro & Manalapan, NJ) over 8 years ago

I'm terrible at doing nothing too.  I get nothing done!  Keep on doing nothing and your business is bound to soar! LOL!

Posted by Tori Stamps, MA JD - Broker/Owner Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Stamps Realty) over 8 years ago

Donna, you didn't fail at being a stay at home mom; you succeeded in demonstrating why that phrase is an oxymoron of sorts, especially in today's economy.

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 8 years ago

Funny, did you move from one area to another?  Just curious.  I can't imagine doing nothing either and would be doing exactly what you did.  But why not?

Posted by Miriam Bernstein, CRS, New Orleans and Surrounding Suburbs Real Estate (New Orleans Property Lady, LLC) over 8 years ago

Donna:

I think stay at home mothers have the most important job on the planet - raising the next generation. However, I can understand your boredom since you are accustomed to a totally different type of schedule.

 

Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) over 8 years ago

I was a stay at home Mom for a long while and towards the end it drove me crazy! Who cares what the expenses are if the return is good?

Posted by Corinne Guest, The Choice of Professionals for Luxury Home Buying (Barrington Realty Company) over 8 years ago

You're sooo right; doing nothing is not easy, for us , it's learned behavior.

Posted by Bob Edwards, Fox Cities Real Estate Hotline, SFR- Appleton, WI (Coldwell Banker- The Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 8 years ago

I have always been in sales....and it's given me the freedom to go to the kids things, pick them up at school when they need to and have limited daycare. When the kids were really little, I had live-in nannies. (by-the-way my nannies cost me $150/week plus room/board/car and benefits).

I have raised kids and only have one left at home, being in sales meant that I missed almost nothing of their activies, performances or games. And if one was sick....I could always be there. Maybe I'm now a "stay-at-home Realtor."

As far as marketing costs....I've been very successful with rather little.....a few hundred a month. Use the free options of AR and Trulia and Zillow...basic but active website? Take walks and talk.....go to community events and talk. Doesn't have to be expensive...and keeps you out of the house.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 8 years ago

I hate having nothing to do.  Sure, I certainly don't always make the best use of my time, but I hate being idle.  I get it from my dad (the man cannot sit still for 5 minutes).  I tip my hat to all the mom's out there.  I don't have kids, but I know they are a full time job.  So it sounds like you're pulling double duty... best of luck!

Posted by Will Goodson (Sheffield Properties/Private Label Realty) over 8 years ago

No parts of having a squeeky clean house pays any bills. And I may have misunderstood your post. I thought you meant you tried to be a stay-at-home mom but failed because you just cant stop and relax. You have to do something.

I was just saying that even if I was a stay-at-home mom with no outside work, I would then have to channel my energy to house cleaning every day 8  hours a day. But that's how I am.

I most likely have misunderstood your post.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) over 8 years ago

Donna Donna Donna! Don't confuse "stay at home" as "not working" or doing nothing it's the hardest job in the world and the least rewarded at least monetarily but your "not working on work" but raising your daughter has long term benefits. Now that your daughter goes to school it makes it easier to do things while she's there but the before and after (even during) she returns is work.  And I can tell you the older the get the MORE they need you around & available (whether they think so or not). Parenthood isn't for the weak or the slackers and Donna Harris is NEITHER so don't sell that job short!   

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) over 8 years ago

I'd retire to be a stay at home dad in a heartbeat. Who wants to be my sugar momma?

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) over 8 years ago

hope you find that healthy balance between sanity and a harmonious marriage.  I look back to the days when my parents raised me, instead of some stranger, and I am thanful to this day that one of my parents made the sacrifice to stay at home, while the other sacrificed by working long hours and working in a job he didn't like - just to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table.

Posted by Martin Kalisker, Professional Standards & Legal Assistant (Greater Boston Association of REALTORS) over 8 years ago

Please don't let any of your stay at home mom clients (or friends for that matter) know that you think being a stay at home mom=doing nothing.  It is the #1 way to make a SAHM dislike you forever!

Posted by Jennifer O'Connor (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hi Donna,

I was a stay at home Mom for 15 years and I LOVED it.  I was always busy doing something. And it used to hurt when people thought that stay at home Moms do nothing all day, because trust me a stay at home Mom is very busy!

 And now that my kids are older and I am out of the house, I find it so hard to keep up with everything a Mom still has to do.  The kids easily chip in to help out, and I appreciate it but now as they are growing older, they needs a Moms guidance even more than before and I miss them when they are home and I am not.

 

Posted by Tammy Fullriede (Bale Realty) over 8 years ago

I was home with my new son for 2 months this summer and thought I would crazy. Much respect to anyone who can do it.

Posted by Julia Odom, Chattanooga Homes for Sale (Select Realty Professionals) over 8 years ago

When I was in elementary school I found a family that would take me in after school and asked my mom to get a full-time job.  With a kid like that, you can imagine how fast she got a full-time job, just to get away from me.  She actually got the job of her dreams (editor on the city newspaper) and as I got older I would take the bus after school to hang out there.  Those were the best years of her life and an exciting experience for me!  My mom is now 97 y.o. and we reminisce about those days.  Being a stay-at-home mom or dad is one of the toughest jobs in the world.  I don't know how anyone does it, but I give them credit.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I have news for your silly man - stay at home Moms have expenses too but no income!!!!  Staying home with kids is hard work.  Real estate done right is hard work too, but it sounds like you are up for the task!!!  God bless in 2010!

Posted by Karen Pannell, Owensboro KY Real Estate -270-903-2167 Homes, Cond (Real Living / Home Realty) over 8 years ago

I stayed at "home" until Allyssa entered kindergarten. I never regretted it.

Now staying home, meant being very involved in field trips, and at their book fairs, and some volunteer for non profits.

I would LOVE to be able to do that...not possible.

 

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 8 years ago

I commend all those mothers who balance a home life and children with their business...Hooray for you!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 8 years ago

Hoping you can find a happy balance between stay at home Mom and Realtor.

Posted by Jackie Cross (Real Living All Florida Realty) over 8 years ago

I was a stay at home until 2 1/2 years ago.  My husband retired and has medical issues and isn't going back to work. Real Estate gave me the opprotunity to earn an income and still be able to do the Mom thing.  I'm not at home as much as I would like with my kids.  I'm blessed that my husband is there when I am not.  

Friday I got to take off most of the day and take the kids ice skating before they returned to school today.   I didn't have to ask my boss for the day off.  My clients managed without me. 

I can't do it all, but I love what I get to do. 

Posted by KAREN SANCHEZ, ...Marketing your home like no one else will. ( Hamilton Landon Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I was a stay at home until 2 1/2 years ago.  My husband retired and has medical issues and isn't going back to work. Real Estate gave me the opprotunity to earn an income and still be able to do the Mom thing.  I'm not at home as much as I would like with my kids.  I'm blessed that my husband is there when I am not.  

Friday I got to take off most of the day and take the kids ice skating before they returned to school today.   I didn't have to ask my boss for the day off.  My clients managed without me. 

I can't do it all, but I love what I get to do. 

Posted by KAREN SANCHEZ, ...Marketing your home like no one else will. ( Hamilton Landon Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I was a stay at home until 2 1/2 years ago.  My husband retired and has medical issues and isn't going back to work. Real Estate gave me the opprotunity to earn an income and still be able to do the Mom thing.  I'm not at home as much as I would like with my kids.  I'm blessed that my husband is there when I am not.  

Friday I got to take off most of the day and take the kids ice skating before they returned to school today.   I didn't have to ask my boss for the day off.  My clients managed without me. 

I can't do it all, but I love what I get to do. 

Posted by KAREN SANCHEZ, ...Marketing your home like no one else will. ( Hamilton Landon Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I work from home but stay extremely busy - of course I have to avoid distractions so I don't end up cleaning house when I should be contacting clients.  My daughter is out on her own and my son is in high school so maybe...just maybe...since your daughter is in school you can have the best of both worlds - work when she is at school - cut back on expenses and still make money referring clients out when it conflicts with your new career.

Posted by Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL) over 8 years ago

I consider myself a stay at home mom, and most people agree with me.  However, I'm also a realtor and have a fully equipped home office.  I try to limit myself to one or two transactions at a time, but I think statistically speaking I earn in the top half of realtors (maybe higher, I'd have to check into that). 

My oldest son is in 2nd grade, the younger one goes to Parents Day Out twice a week (which I think I would have him do for the socialization and learning even if I weren't working at all) and when the new baby comes I think we'll get an au pair to help while I work from home and also to help while we're out and about. I often take my children now to investments properties to meet contractors, get materials or write checks. I will continue to do that, just with an au pair in tow.

I feel truly blessed to have a career that I love, that provides me a great income, and also provides me with plenty of time with my children.  The 2nd grader often asks me when he can go to the babysitter.  He likes the break from us, as rare as it is.  Unfortuntely (?) we don't have any relatives nearby that are able to watch the children.  I would say my children are home more than some children of true unemployed (because I know they are working) moms with grandparents or relatives who take the children for a night or weekend here and there. 

I think it's not as black and white as it once was.  Many of the stay at home moms are working and bringing in income (mommybloggers, ebay stores, selling diaper cakes on craigslist, telecommuting, whatever).  I don't know how someone can take a side in the working mom vs. stay at home mom debate when the lines have become so blurred???

Posted by Marilyn Bell, Selling Los Angeles (Keller Williams Calabasas Estates) over 8 years ago

I retired early in 2004. I sucked at retirement. After 30+ years in outside sales I found daytime television is terrible. So I investigated real estate sales. Got my license in 2005. Yeah I know the market started going downhill after I got it.

So I sucked and retirement and the down market is all my fault.

Posted by Jack Fleming (Weichert, Realtors) over 8 years ago

Donna, don't look at cutting marketing down as doing nothing.  I am always looking for ways to do things cheaper and more cost effective.  When things are going good it is easy to let expenses become bloated.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I agree!  I would not be able to NOT work, either! I've never had the opportunity to stay home. I'm always out running around and having FUN!  Who wants to stay home?

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) over 8 years ago

I'm terrible at doing nothing also, you can have both - a great family and a great career. Maybe there are other ways to save money. If you like your career, have it all!

Posted by Monica Bourgeau, Business Coaching (New Phase Business Coaching) over 8 years ago

I am a combo stay at home dad and Realtor, and really enoy it.  I've been a stay at home dad for 7 years and a Realtor for 4 years.  It definitely affords me many opportunities that I would not otherwise have to be involved in my boys' lives.  The only part of it that I never can get totally used to is many times being the only dad at class events...

Posted by Chad Boyers (The Danberry Co.- Toledo, Perrysburg, Sylvania, & NW OH) over 8 years ago

I have never NOT worked.  I don't think I understand the concept.  I love being busy no matter what the heading of what I am doing is.  Being busy keeps you young and successful!

Posted by Linda Graves Arnold, St. Louis Real Estate Pro - 314-422-2762 - Referr (Coldwell Banker Gundaker-St. Louis, MO) over 8 years ago

Wow, where did all the delayed responses come from since I wrote this post last week!?

I wanted to point out to those of you who don't usually read my blog posts, but the majority of this post was written tongue in cheek.  I would/could never be a stay at home mom.  I can't do the same thing day in and day out.  I need "work" to stimulate my mind.  I work from home and so does my husband, so having my daughter her at the same time is not an option we're open to as neither one of us would get anything done.

Also, my husband is under the impression that stay at home moms do nothing and thus, since I can't do nothing, I failed at being a stay at home mom. Yes, I understand moms do A LOT!  That's not what this post was about. It was about "silly man" sticking his foot in his mouth, and not knowing when to take it out.

I hope that clears things up.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

Hi Donna,  This was a great read for me.  Doing nothing is a whole lot tougher than it sounds.  Keep rock'n !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 8 years ago

It's hard to juggle being a mother and the demands of daily life, but just like childbirth, we are designed to get through it!

Kudos to all women, both SAHM's and working moms. I've been both and it's equally challenging but wouldnt have it any other way!

Posted by Diane Dames, The Real Estate Chick (Broker Associate & Leasing Consultant@ Lions Share Realty ) over 8 years ago

Donna, I always thought that no job and nothing to do would be great. It did not take me long to figure out how wrong I was. I quite my job 2 years ago so my wife and I could move back to our home state. She found a great job and I thought I would just hang around the house and be a househusband. What a mistake. I was going crazy till I started real estate about a year ago. I know just how you feel.

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) over 8 years ago

Jerry Seinfeld would be impressed... too bad he beat you to the punch and got paid for doing a show about "nothing." (You Seinfeld fans know what I'm talking about.)

Posted by Jeffrey Burnham, The Wizard (Choice One Properties & Mgt) over 8 years ago

Donna, as long as your profits outweigh your expenses I dont understand how he could complain.  That and you are a productive part of the community as well as the household.  Keep on keeping on.

Posted by Tim and Pam Cash, Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN (Crye-Leike (Sango)) over 8 years ago

I was blessed to have children and not have to be a stay at home Mom (I really wasn't good at it - proved when I forgot to pick them up at pre-school once or twice because I was showing property).  When our Mom became suddenly widowed and I was pregnant, seemed like the perfect match for me!

My girls father invited Mom aka Nana to live with us and the rest is history!  Her job - keep the house and raise our children to be respectable.  My job - make money!  I love helping people get what they want so that was easy!

In my opinion she got the short end of the stick.  In her opinion, she couldn't be happier!  The girls are almost gone and her and I are still the best friends we were when I was 16.

22 years later, I am successful today because Mom/Nana lives with me!  I couldn't ask for a better wife!   If you can, ask Your Mom to help you. and keep on selling real estate   ;-)      Joy

Posted by Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team, Trust Your Family's Move To Our Expertise! (Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team) over 8 years ago

Donna, I know your not the least bit upset at Lorena's comment, but it would be good if she had a sense of humor!!!  I knew exactly what you meant, jeeez.  Liked the silly man comment.  I hate it when this arrives:  'we have to talk about your expenses' discussion.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 8 years ago

Bill, It's like when the power goes off, I think I can just go watch tv... oops, power is out... ok, I'll listen to the radio... oops, that doesn't work either... at least I can do some laundry... nope, that needs power too... it's hard to do just nothing!

Diane, I find the juggling fun, and I've also received more respect from clients who know I have a child, whereas before I would get looks like, "you just don't get it."

Tom, Good luck!

Jeffrey, I was never a Seinfeld fan,  but I understand what you're talking about.

Cash, Exactly!!

Joy, I moved 3 1/2 hours from my mom last year, so that's not quite an option anymore... and a sour subject with her as well!!

Lyn, No, I'm not upset with Loreena's post.  She made some great points.  Not quite what I was getting at in my post, but I knew where she was going and her thought process on what she was saying.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

I'm with you Donna. I need to keep busy. The "expense talk" just doesn't work with my wife.

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) over 8 years ago

Donna, I'm suppose to be relaxing and doing nothing right now. But what am I doing?...catching up on my AR feature articles to read and be enticed.

 

You have to do what makes you happy, but you already knew that and things will work out as long as you both communicate openly. I work with my husband in real estate so I can say this with a smile.

Posted by Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux, Where Buying & Selling Works (Keller Williams Suburban Realty) over 8 years ago

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