What a year it has been! My 2015 slogan was “Whatever It Takes.” While I initially developed this concept to focus on real estate sales and marketing, I found that “Whatever It Takes” was applicable to every facet of my life. The phrase fell from my lips during many of the 5K races I ran this year in my mother’s honor and memory. In fact, the final two races of my 12 consecutive 5Ks were both in her direct honor & memory as part of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in both Greenville and on Daniel Island. Both of them were hard – physically & emotionally. I found them to be even harder than the others. I think it’s because I truly realized that my Race does not have a finish line. It is a journey and a lifelong commitment to helping find a CURE for breast cancer. In 2016, I am not sure what direction my “Race” will take me. But whatever it may be, I will continue to do “Whatever It Takes….”
I also found “Whatever It Takes” to be a perfectly appropriate statement when working with my three children on their homework, projects or watching them play their selected sports of volleyball and tennis. Encouraging them to do “Whatever It Takes” to do their best in everything they do in the classroom and on the courts. Ashley, our junior, was on the starting six for her Varsity Volleyball Team at Southside Christian School. She was a leader on the court and an example among her peers, often leading the team in prayer prior to the start of the game. Hannah, our 7th grader took on her first season at SCS as part of the Middle School Volleyball Team. She gained confidence and poise each week. And, Ty enjoyed tennis this summer and is gearing up for his first volleyball team this winter! Ashley has also started her own photography business, taking photos for many local families for their Christmas cards. http://ashleycmorrell.foliohd.com/
Speaking of Christmas…..With the holidays now in full swing, it’s so easy to get caught up the frenzy of the season. I find myself making lists for gifts, groceries and holiday cards and losing sight of the real reason for the season. In the wake of the recent terroristic attacks on Paris, in Africa and even between our own borders it seems our world has never needed that reason more than now. And as I continue to live in the safety and peace of our great country I try to pause and thank God for this right.
I have also been a witness to some pretty amazing miracles this year. My Aunt Joan who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast / liver cancer is responding so well to her treatments and the outlook is bright! My broker, Fritzi Barbour, who was diagnosed with stage 1 ovarian cancer is now in REMISSION. These ladies never lost their faith or their hope and have been inspirations to many in their respective circles and around the world, literally!!
With the year drawing to a close, I want to pause and thank all of my clients, my referral sources, my fellow REALTORS, my broker and my dear husband of almost 20 years for helping me have THE best year of real estate. Over the last 12 years I have been honored to work with so many fine people and families…some buying their first homes and others leaving their last. I have also helped so many families relocate to our amazing city too. #yeahthatgreenville.
Saying THANK YOU does not seem like enough. But from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to everyone who I have had the pleasure of crossing paths with this year and those in the past years. I love my chosen profession, the great state of South Carolina and the Upstate.
Here’s to a blessed and joyous Christmas and a Happy, Happy New Year! Cheers!!