How do San Francisco area Realtors celebrate the end of a busy year?
My way is to spend a day with close friends and colleagues, filled with good food and lots of laughter, with some healthy exercise tossed in--all while getting in the holiday spirit! (And, of course, 4 Realtors together meant a lot of cell phone calls interspersed with our activities!)
Meet my Power Partners:
- Sandy Martin, a top-producing commercial agent with Grubb and Ellis in San Jose, California, a specialist in Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Palo Alto office and warehouse space
- Christine Hansen, a residential Realtor with Coldwell Banker in Oakland, California, who has become phenomenally successful in the short sale and REO markets in the East Bay as well as in the non-distressed market in Oakland, Piedmont, Montclair and beyond
- Pooneh Fouladi, a residential Realtor with Coldwell Banker in Palo Alto, California, who uses her Stanford connections and knowledge of the Peninsula to serve her clients admirably, and with great heart
These women are my local accountability partners, with whom I brainstorm and share ideas to strengthen our practices and overcome challenges as they arise. Since they share my love of San Francisco and of hiking, it's easy for us to choose a reward to motivate us to achieve our goals, which we do periodically throughout the year. Yesterday, for the first time, the four of us got together as a group to celebrate our 2010 successes, and to ring in the new year of 2011.
A little rain didn't dampen our spirits or keep us from an afternoon hike after our nice lunch at La Terrasse, located on the beautiful Presidio grounds, now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
After leaving the Presidio, we headed up the Lyon Street Stairs, one of San Francisco's many beautiful, challenging staircases. The rain hid the stunning views which reward staircase climbers on a clear day, but the Christmas decorations along the way made up for the lack of views. We enjoyed walking past the grand homes and consulates located in Pacific Heights along Broadway. From there, still in the drizzle, we headed to the Polk Street neighborhood, stopping in first at Cheese Plus, for a sample of cheese, then browsing in shops along the way to Aquatic Park and back to the Marina Green where my car was parked.
Even the tedious traffic jams on our return trip to the Peninsula didn't lessen our joy in the day and feeling of refreshment this day provided.
Here's to all of you, wishing you warm camaraderie and your own delightful celebrations.