• Bonnie Upright, APR

The recipe for a well-lived life

By Grace McCurry, Mandarin

It’s a cool weekend and my husband wants me to make his favorite Beef Stew. It’s a lot of work but I am happy to do it – especially, since those of you who know me, I am not a cook but there are a couple of things I can always throw together.

As I am cutting up the beef, carrots, potatoes, onion, a touch of celery and placing them in my crockpot, adding my white pepper and V-8 Juice for flavoring and Tapioca Instant pudding for thickening, I’m thinking about all my past customers. The ones who have added true flavor to my life.

I’m thinking of the older couple that needed to sell the home they were in for over 30 years and wanted to move to Atlanta to be closer to one of their sons. How they shed a tear when they received my gift of a drawing of their old home, with jasmine lining the doorway. They proudly hung it in their new home. They still call me the daughter they never had.

Or the single mom who is a member of the military and had been searching for a few weeks. Needless to say, one day we were getting ready to see home and she had shared with me that she wasn’t so sure she would ever find her home. I looked her straight in the eye and told her, “today is the day we find your home.” Sure enough, we found two perfect homes for her and she chose one and is still there today.

And one of my many Military families that had limited time to search for a home. After spending a couple of times out in search of a home, I found one that I felt was perfect for them. I Facetimed with them and they decided to make an offer. The husband showed up for the home inspection (first time seeing) and he was so pleased that I found the “perfect” home for their family. He hugged me and said “you really listened to us; our sons will love this place!”

Then there was my 70-year-old girlfriend, who had never owned a home in her life. She had lost her husband while raising her family and worked hard all of her life to make ends meet. She was tired of apartment life and decided it might be time to find something she could call her own. I was so happy for her to find her forever home. Her adult children were thrilled for her! There was a difficult seller on the other end, but not the agent. We worked together to make this dream of home ownership a realty. She celebrated by having us both over for a wonderful meal.

Which brings me to the agents I have worked with in the past. I have worked with so many wonderful agents that know it’s not about our egos, but helping Sellers and Buyers achieve their dreams. So many great agents out there that are willing to work together and not as adversaries. You help sweeten my pot of stew.

My point is, it is a joy to work with so many people, each adding to my recipe of a well lived life. As I take the time to get to know them and help them with their dream of either home ownership or just simply moving on, my life is filled with the spice of life from each one of my interactions. I look forward to continue to add to my “pot of stew.”

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