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Esther M. Camarotte-Kelly's Blog

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By Esther M. Camarotte | Agent in Arlington, VA

Happy New Year - 2011!

Happy New Year - 2011!

So I write this post and it's a little after 8 pm on December 31, 2010. Change is something most people are afraid of. I am someone who actually embraces change with a vengeance. I have never feared change. A quote that I look to many times is "“The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but deliverance from fear” Ralph Waldo Emerson. Change can invoke fear. That fear can sometimes creep into my psyche. I face fear head on and work through it always. This has made me the woman I am today personally and professionally.

My career choice took me down the path of real estate, who would have guessed if you had known me 30 years ago. Real estate is an interesting and ever changing industry and if you fear change than this is not the path for you. Everything in my world is constantly changing, from how we look up property, remember the days of 10 inch listing books, to how we show property, paperless contracts and electronic signatures to now we are placing QR Codes on our signs. (If anyone wants to know what a QR code is email me)

2010 has had many endings with many changes I professionally and personally made. I made an important career move from Long and Foster Realtors to Keller Williams Realty in August. I finally closed my brokerage, City Partners Realty in Atlanta, GA in October and now I end 2010 by deciding to move my personal residence. Big changes that would normally invoke fear of the unknown - the future. I welcome the changes it makes life interesting.

I spent the evening ending toxic things in my life and disengaging from negativity so that at the strike of midnight I am bringing in the New Year on a positive note. This year will not include the clink of a champagne glass out of choice because I am ending 2010 on my terms and beginning 2011 on my terms. I am happily saying goodbye to many things and hello to a brand new year 2011 and all the changes it will bring.

I meet many incredible people on this journey I call life. Many of these people are my clients and I love each one of them. Many of these clients after spending sometimes many months with me become personal friends and I have so many of these personal friends now they have totally enriched my life and I want to take the time to thank them for being an important part of my life and for making me laugh.

So I look forward to 2011 which comes in about 3 hours and all the incredible changes it holds for me and my son. I also feel that 2011 will be the year that real estate takes hold again and moves in the right direction. I finally feel we have reach the end of the downslide (ooh a prediction I don't normally make these), but here goes I do think we will see an upward movement in the real estate world. So let's all say goodbye to 2010 and happily welcome 2011.

Happy New Year to each and every one of you who reads me today!

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