Monday, March 30, 2009

Walk along Kirkland Waterfront

The city of Kirkland has preserved its waterfront creating parks and walkways. I have strolled from downtown south to Carillon Point probably hundreds of times for the last 30 years I have lived here. I used to walk along the sidewalk before I was even married. I wheeled my kids in strollers along the path almost daily when they were young. On a calm, clear cool day in March I took this photo of Lake Washington with the city of Seattle in the distance.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sunny cool day at the Ocean with Kites

Maureen and I went to the Cottage in Long Beach for a weekend in March. It was exciting to see a group of people flying kites to music out on the beach. Mary, my neighbor, was out on the beach also.
I love walking on the beach at any time of the year. It is one place where it feels like I am on the edge of infinity. The sea and the sky seem meet so far away. I can't imagine being Christopher Columbus looking out over the ocean thinking that there was land beyond what our eyes can see.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mini Seattle Tour with Kyler and Maggie

This is a view of the Smith Tower from the Observation deck surrounding the Chinese Room.

Maggie, Kyler and I had lunch together and were asked to deliver some brochures to the Smith Tower on a nice day in March. The manager gave us a tour of the Chinese room. This ornately carved thrown has magic powers. Evidently, you will be married within a year of sitting in it. Hmm.. we'll have to see!

In 1979 and 1980 I used to go there with my Mom. We'd meet her best friend, Louise, who lived in Bremerton and would come across the ferry. There used to be a grand piano.

Since I have been giving tours for the Seattle Architectural Foundation I have learned so much about the buildings in the city. So, when I have a view over the city, I can often point to buildings I have had on the tours.

This is the view of the top of the Seattle City Hall building with the interesting detail above the city council chambers. Behind the building stands the Seattle Justice Center. The buildings are tied together by a stream that flows under the street and through the City Hall where it ends in a fountain area where summer concerts are held.

This is a view looking to the north of the Smith Tower. Front and center stands the Wells Fargo building. At the time I never predicted that Colin would be working on one of the top floors for This is the Columbia Center. This tower is the tallest building in Seattle and because of the development of the city, will most likely always be the tallest.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

"I want to teach and write for a living!"

There was no big business plan. I had only been divorced a year with two small kids. The real estate company I worked for crashed taking all the commissions and deposits I had there totaling over $20,000. Two weeks later I get on a plane with my kids for my brother's wedding and my mom is killed in a car accident on the freeway just before the rehearsal dinner.
I learned about unconditional love from Mom. She (and my kids) are the only ones in my life that just love me the way I am. She was my best friend and wrote me hundreds of letters and we spent hours on the phone after I moved out to Seattle from Chicago. Without her I felt so lost. So, while selling real estate as a single mom for over a year I saw a therapist.
One day she says... "So, now, what do you want to do with your life?" I had been a real estate agent for about 10 years... I "WAS" an agent... "Hmmmm .. what do I want to do?" I asked myself. My answer was, "I want to speak and teach and write for a living." Off I went to start a real estate school the year that agents needed continuing education to renew their licenses. I was in the right place and the right time. Clem Buckley helped me from the first time I uttered the words.. throwing me in his car to drive to the Department of Licensing to get my certification!
I was interviewed by the newspaper and I said, "The hardest thing about starting my own business was the advice I need that I didn't get and the advice I got that I never needed!" (I think I feel the same thing about being a Mom!)
So I celebrated with a party on Wednesday, March 4th from 6-8pm at Jillian's Billiards in Seattle and over 50 people came to join me!