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Bracing myself for possibly the most difficult six months ahead. . .

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A Woman Should Have
by Pamela Redmond Satran

A woman should have…one old boyfriend she can imagine going back to and one who reminds her of how far she’s come…

A woman should have…enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to…

A woman should have…something perfect to wear if the employer, or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour…

A woman should have…a youth she’s content to leave behind….

A woman should have…a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to retelling it in her old age….

A woman should have…a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…

A woman should have…one friend who always makes her laugh… and one who lets her cry…

A woman should have…a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family…

A woman should have…eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal, that will make her guests feel honored…

A woman should have…a feeling of control over her destiny…

Every woman should know…how to fall in love without losing herself…

Every woman should know…how to quit her job, break up with a lover and confront a friend without ruining the friendship….

Every woman should know…when to try harder… and when to walk away…

Every woman should know…that she can’t change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents…

Every woman should know…that her childhood may not have been perfect…but its over…

Every woman should know…what she would and wouldn’t do for money or love…

Every woman should know…how to live alone… even if she doesn’t like it…

Every woman should know…whom she can trust, whom she can’t, and why she shouldn’t take it personally…

Every woman should know…where to go…be it to her best friend’s kitchen table…or a charming inn in the woods…when her soul needs soothing…

Every woman should know…what she can and can’t accomplish in a day…a month…and a year…

Life lesson of the day, know your limitations!

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I’d post photos, but they’re horrid and I got my giggles out sharing them with a handful of folks already.  Safe to say, trying to shave your legs the week of your due date and hoping to maintain some semblance of dignity and attractiveness does not compute.  I gave up toenail painting months ago and bought (gasp) some terrible sneakers that had zippers since shoelace tying is impossible . . .found a great pedicurist who gives a killer calf massage (which, let’s face it, is the main reason a decent pedicure is soooo addictive).  WHY would I expect leg shaving to continue to be easy. . .arugh.  Basically, I think I just sent out a bat signal to Dracula and I’m waiting to run out to put signs and lockboxes on homes as I’m still using a hand towel (hand.towel. not a tissue) to get things under control.

So, I’m slow at times and apparently need to have some things hammered into my noggin.  Knowing my own limitations or at least conditional/short term limitations.

I booked myself a business meeting in Wilmington tomorrow (about an hour each way, on the long side with traffic, door to door).  I’m hoping that’s not beyond my scope for the time being.  ALC meeting Wednesday at the office as well. . .I’m shooting for full brain power, arriving early and wearing something that looks remotely business appropriate and flattering.  We shall see!

Woking on baby-proofing my business, as a pal of mine in D.C. likes to call the situation.  Have any pointers?  I’m VERY lucky on one hand to have a career that doesn’t have a traditional time clock and “office,” however, it means it never sleeps. . .couple that with a newborn who’s trying to find their own sleep schedule and I anticipate things will get a little entertaining!

Hello September, hello new/old name change.

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Almost complete with the name change but finally have a few official documents back so I can expedite things like changing them with NAR (National Association of Realtors), NCAR (North Carolina Association of Realtors) etc. . .the parts of name change house keeping that aren’t all that fun.

New business cards will be in the works, and even MORE incentive to get back in shape ASAP- new head shots and thank HEAVENS for Pinterest and SECRET boards!  Inspiration and outfit ideas but looking forward to no more edema and perhaps finding something new-mommy yet professional.  We shall see!

But the not-so-new-news is that it’s officially McKenzie Johnson again- and working on LOTS of domain name overhauls and the KW phone app etc. which had t wait until the name change became official.

 

Hope you’re well!

Check out the public portion of my Pinterest boards @ http://www.pinterest.com/mckenzie27/boards/  I passed 1,000 followers this week- so my late night and early am pregnancy insomnia seems to be helping “win friends and influence people”- or, at the least, find folks with equally annoying sleeping patterns OR who also spend time waiting in driveways for clients to show homes and pin a bit.  😉

:-) Can’t help but laugh at life sometimes.

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POCS, endometriosis, and fibroids.  A surgery that took twice as long as planned and was considered not possibly a “success” followed by months of multiple daily injections, mixing drugs, MANY visits to ECU and Brody School of Medicine for treatment, yoga, tai chi, acupuncture . . .and years later after thinking kids of my own were not exactly in the cards. . .the best surprise ever.  I actually hung on to this last pack of drugs and shot kit as a reminder that the timing would be right to try the whole turning-myself-inside-out routine one more time.

Life is short, take the plunge, try the path less traveled. . .sure, the water can be rough or the path filled with briars and pot holes. . .but that’s how you get to the most amazing places.

Baby Garrett is a motivator in more ways than one.

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I never thought I was a person who would get such pleasure from doing something someone had told me wasn’t possible, even if I wasn’t planning to do so.  I have made some personal and professional decisions over the years based on the supposition that children of my own were a very long shot, at least without serious medical intervention.

This handsome fellow, with his fist in the air says challenge your thoughts, challenge convention.  When life places a bend in your path or an “obstacle” you weren’t anticipating. . .take the dive.  I have to admit, previously I had been a “keep the status quo” kind of girl, anti-surprise party. . .and a planner ten steps in advance (as a very clumsy child who was placed in ballet as a toddler- plotting your next dozen steps keeps you from tripping and falling).  HE has been the most mind blowing and joyous surprise I could have NEVER anticipated.

Part of me would love to pack up Garrett for a visit to the Brody School of Medicine for a hello and visit to some nurses I got to know very well years ago, but I’m so pleased with the (not so, since I’m writing here) silent knowledge  that despite some crazy hurdles, insane odds, and what-are-the-chances timing. . .he’s almost here.

To date, Garrett is the best adventure I’ve taken.  I can’t wait to see what my cohort and I get into in this next very exciting chapter in my life.  So far, he’s been a most excellent and gallant escort while meeting clients and showing homes.  🙂

May you have many exciting new chapters in YOUR life and amazing adventures on your horizon.