Back-to-School Season

 Sunday dinner  al fresco  (sorry for the shaky-phone effect! good thing we remembered to snap a photo at all....)

Sunday dinner al fresco (sorry for the shaky-phone effect! good thing we remembered to snap a photo at all....)

My husband and I don't have kids, but back-to-school time has always felt like the new year for me. A new, more serious focus on getting things done. Buckling down. Starting projects. I feel that back-to-school sentiment especially this year, because we had a blowout of a time at the end of our summer!

We had houseguests for two weekends in a row, and a big joyful musical house party. Then my in-laws moved into our house after selling their Greenbelt home. (This is a good thing, really!) 

Every Sunday night we have a potluck dinner with friends, and for the last two weeks the addition of our houseguests meant unusually large crowds around the table. In fact, two Sundays ago we had so many people, we had to move everything outside to the front lawn.

 Michael Cooney, scott baldauf and jim heagy

Michael Cooney, scott baldauf and jim heagy

 

Now, our house is empty and quiet. Our guests have all left. The in-laws have gone to their home in the mountains. The laundry is done, the house is in order. The annual Greenbelt Labor Day Festival is packed up and finished; the Ferris wheel that was next to the community center building is gone, cars are parked in the lot like nothing ever happened.

Like a student starting a fresh school year, I am looking forward to the fall season. I am building my real estate business, learning new neighborhoods, strengthening all of my existing relationships the way one must when building a service business. (What a lovely to-do list item: strengthen my friendships!)

And every day, I'm helping people who are looking for home--whatever that means to them. One couple needs a nice, accessible yard for their aging dog. Another client, a sharp dresser with a BMW convertible, is looking for a stylish place with a garage. A young investor is looking for her first rental property. Another hopes to pounce on a fixer-upper in a hot neighborhood near the district line.

As I add the building blocks to my business as a Realtor, every day I edge a little closer to being able to add to our own real estate investment portfolio. That's the road I'm on, and for the moment I am right where I need to be--learning the Maryland market inside and out, helping others to make their dreams of owning property come true.

After a rollicking summer packed full of boat rides and beach trips, family vacations and visits from distant friends--and prize-winning peach pie!--it feels great to sit at my desk and work. I'm looking forward to an autumn filled with evenings outside around the fire pit, long hikes, the quiet of the beach in the off-season. And I'm looking forward to work. 

 my peach pie took second place in the greenbelt museum's retro town fair, a part of the city's labor day festivities.

my peach pie took second place in the greenbelt museum's retro town fair, a part of the city's labor day festivities.