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Carol Ann got a street legal dirt bike so she probably spends 90% of her time cruising around on that. Other than that from what I can tell she's still working in retail and still doing pretty good for herself!

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I have been thinking about adding a horse to the mix in my life.

It may be the worst timing in the world for me to do this.

But I am sure you guys know how I feel. Sometimes you just NEEEEED a horse.

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anybody good at birthday gifts? my daddy the farmer is turning the big 6-0 this year and I have no ideas. I cant spend a ton but I wanna get something. I was going to get him a puppy but he says he doesn't know what he wants and he keeps telling me not to, so that's kinda out.... any ideas?

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:twitch:

I'm going to go crazy, you guys. So much uncertainty in my life right now! I'm not used to this!

So, as I posted on the relationship thread, last week Jeremiah learned that in a year his company is going to move to Whidbey Island, so now we have to decide if we want to go with.

Well, for a while there, it was sounding like they were probably going to convince him to go, and I was kind of excited by that concept, but yesterday I found out that when he told me he would get a big raise when they moved he really meant he would get no raise at all and the increase in pay was going to come "eventually." well, eventually is a big word and that really pissed me off because I don't think the company is being fair - there is nothing in this move for him, so the least they could do is make it worth his while. And it just makes me angrier when I think about how much his boss, who is three years younger than him and probably doesn't do half as much work for the company, makes. UGH.

And said boss basically expects us to sell the house that jeremiah JUST BOUGHT LAST FALL, and buy a house there at the same price that we'd be selling this one for - so it's doubtful that he'd be able to do much of an upgrade (this goes back to how angry I am at him for not intending to give Jeremiah a raise right away - oh, did I mention that he had said before these plans actually happened that if the company moved and jeremiah went with they would double his pay? Hm? What happened to that plan, you idiot?). And Joe (boss) was like "but in a few years you could definitely upgrade to something in the 200+ range." oh good. so sell his house after less than 2 years of owning it to buy one on whidbey island...only to sell THAT ONE after a year or two of owning it. Clearly this jerk has no idea how real estate works. That just isn't a solid financial plan. It's absolutely stupid. of course, this is the guy who, before there was talk of the company moving, decided he doesn't like his neighborhood so he wanted to sell his house that he bought one year ago, and he thinks it's worth $30k+ more than it is worth. He was expecting to make money off of it when, in reality, after all the expenses that are involved in selling a house, if he actually sold it for fair market value he'd be taking a $15k loss. BECAUSE SELLING A HOUSE AFTER ONE YEAR IS USUALLY NOT A GREAT IDEA. And he also wanted to lowball the house that they wanted to buy. So basically everything he owns is gold. Clearly he knows nothing AT ALL about real estate, and yet he has this grand plan for all of us. I hate him right now.

er, rant over.

Now, despite all of that, I wouldn't be surprised if we still ended up moving. BUT I don't know. And that makes a lot of what's going on here a little more unsure/complicated.

Cause a friend of mine just told me that her boss is going to hire a new transaction manager and salesperson. This friend works at a small real estate agency in a town 30ish miles away. The difference between that real estate career and my current one as an agent is that i'd have steady full time pay and benefits. I LOVE my current office, but steady pay and benefits sounds AMAZING right now. Like, I could get my cavities filled. I could pay my bills. I could maybe even build a savings account! That's a novel concept right now! I'm about to close my first transaction, but the other one that was supposed to close this week is falling apart and might close in another month or might not close at all, and I've got one other client looking right now but after they pick a house and make an offer (assuming that they do) I'm looking at a long, hard, poor winter. And of course I know I can and will succeed in real estate, but it takes a while to get going and it's REALLY HARD to get going when you have zero savings so not only do you have to work two side jobs to pay your bills, which sucks away time and energy that is better spent on succeeding at your career, but no money means no marketing budget which means yet another hurdle to jump between you and success. So, whether we move to Whidbey Island or not, a year or more of steady income and benefits so I can afford to get the glasses and fillings that I need sounds REALLY GREAT.

If I were to move to Whidbey island, it would suck to have gone a year without prospecting so I'd bee out of practice when I drop myself into real estate in a brand new place. Prospecting is the hardest part of this job but I think the position I'd be in at the potential new opening I wouldn't have to go out and find my own clients. It would be great for now but again, I'd worry about my skills becoming rusty. However, it would suck to spend a year in my current job toiling to create relationships and find leads here only to leave all that work behind in a year and move to a new place. I mean, not all the efforts would be wasted, but a lot of prospecting is a long-term relationship-building process and I'm sure there would be prospects that I'll work on in the next year that I could have ended up converting into clients if I was here for longer but I wasn't so they ended up buying from someone else a year later.

Bleh. As you see, there are many very complicated facets to this issue. Plus, I really do LOVE my current office. My boss cracks me up, my admin is the only reason I've lasted this long because she's so helpful and awesome and we're friends. At least half of my colleagues are really REALLY cool too. I wish I could just do both - but I'm sure that would be a conflict of interest. (There's a teeny tiny window of chance that it wouldn't be, since the position at the other office is a little different from what I'm doing here, but I'm certainly not getting my hopes up on the chance of everyone agreeing to that.)

Oh, one other downside is that if I do keep doing what I'm doing and manage to suddenly become SUPER SUPER successful (compared to my current state) and then we do move in a few years, I could potentially cosign on a mortgage. If I switch offices and positions, I probably wouldn't have any income that could count toward a mortgage because I'd be switching back to normal real estate agent-ness, which is an independent contractor position, and lenders usually require at least two years of proof of steady income as an independent contractor because it's not something where you're guaranteed to be paid.

Good grief. My brain is going to explode. I need a hot fudge sundae.

Props to anyone who actually read that. Advice welcome if you were able to decipher my ramblings, although I understand if not and I'm fine if this was only useful as a rant/vent. Cause I needed it.

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Soooo would there be ANY benefits to making the move for EITHER of you? It doesn't sound like it based off what you just wrote...

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Seriously, stay where you are. It sounds like a really bad idea to move. It would be far easier on both of you for him to find a different job where you are than to pick up and move your entire lives for no gain.

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Well the thing is, he legitimately enjoys his job. He really loves it. Probably can't find another that he'd like as much (although he wouldn't have trouble finding another job). Plus, if he moves with the company, although I did recently find out that he wouldn't get a raise right away, he'd eventually be co-owner of the company. He'd basically gradually work his way up to more and more responsibilities and a higher and higher salary.

Plus, living somewhere closer to a metropolitan area, and on an island where there's beach real estate, I would have a lot more career potential. Sometimes I read or watch instruction things for new agents and they'll say things like "this agent started doing this technique and earned $___,___ in her first year!!!!" And I'm over here thinking...that's more than the yearly income of every agent in my town COMBINED. There's only so much potential here, and it's not a lot. Although it would be tough to be a new agent in a new town, I know I could do it and I would have a lot more potential in my career.

Also, I like the beach. Also, Jeremiah is a human furnace so he doesn't get along well with the weather here, where a considerable amount of the summer is spent around 100 degrees. Over there it would be a marine climate that would be much more comfortable.

There are perks. But I'm frustrated with his bosses (and he is too) because I don't think they're being fair to him/incentivizing him enough to do this, cause you guys ARE right - it is a HUGE MOVE and even though there are perks they really don't seem to realize that it's not as easy for him as for them - his boss was like "it's no big deal, just do it." and he was like "um, NO. you don't get it. it's no big deal for YOU, cause your whole family is going too and there is something there for you" (and not to mention this guy makes a bunch more than jeremiah, which already pisses me off.)

Meanwhile, in reference to the potential new job for me - when I told jeremiah about it and mentioned that it would be steady full-time pay with benefits, he said "what are you waiting for??" and it makes me think maybe I really should pursue that job,even though it would break my heart to leave this office. He told me about how his favorite place to work was a friend's shop that he was at for a while but they never paid him and it ran down his savings account...well, tell me about it. I have no savings and am working 2 EXTRA jobs to support this one.

Still haven't gotten a reply since I emailed my resume in, though.
But I'm just impatient. I only just did that yesterday.

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I guess I would have trouble trusting his boss at this point. I mean, at first he was going to get a raise... Now he wouldn't. The boss says he could eventually be co-owner, but will he change his mind? The boss owns the company right? If so, then of course he makes more money. He has all the risk as a business owner.

As far as your new job goes, I would say there's no harm in pursuing it and interviewing. That's what interviews are for, to learn more about the position and the company. :)

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Well this guy that I'm talking about who I could think of lots of mean names for right now is his boss, but he's the owner's son. So basically, there are three people working at the business - Jeremiah, Boss, and Owner. Boss is a ******* but he is good at his job which is basically the managerial side of things - accounting, shipping, etc. He thinks he knows everything about everything and talks out of his *** sometimes which is probably why there are such misunderstandings about raise or no raise, etc. That being said, he and Jeremiah are good friends AND OWNER, the ultimate decider of all things important, absolutely adores Jeremiah. And so although, like in any situation where the word "eventually" is brought into play, there is a level of trust involved. It's not that I don't trust owner to make these things happen, though. But I Just thought there would be some sort of immediate "good faith" payoff or something - ya know? Even if he's still going to end up as a partner down the line, I think he deserves at least a little SOMETHING right now for moving across the state for the company. And they really do want him to come with, so you'd think they'd WANT to give him some incentive.

OH! Also. I think I decided I might need to sell my jeep and get a better work/commuter car. :( I love my jeep, but not for driving tons of miles every day. It's dirty and a gas guzzler and a two door and I need something different. I still owe my grandparents half the purchase price that they loaned me but if I sold it I could afford to pay that off AND still afford a car that a friend is selling that would be a decent upgrade.

Edited by mygoldfish

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I would get a signed contract stating that he would get such and such for moving with the company if he moves and stays for a year or something. Then it wouldn't be based on he said, she said.

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Definitely - this whole time, I've been saying that if he decides to do this he needs to get something in writing stating exactly what he'll be getting. Not cause I necessarily don't trust them, especially cause even if Joe is a dork his dad is trustworthy - but in a company this small, things can fall through the cracks and you can't have that happen with something like this.

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I skipped on the save the dates. I opted for phone calls and texts for out of state family and friends. As long as you are sending out invitations a while before hand, you should be fine. I sent mine out in July and our wedding is in October. Long enough for friends/family to ask off work to travel and stuff.

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Please pray for my Papaw. His cancer is back on his lungs.. But he is so sick with something in his colon / intestines or stomach(tests keep showing nothing is wrong with his stomach) and weak that he can't do treatments right now. He weighs 110. He's always been a big eater and this morning he couldn't even eat half a scrambled egg. Seeing him suffer like this is horrible. His doctor is supposed to refer him to a specialist Monday, and I'm praying they get him in fast. I don't know how much longer he can stand this.

And there are a couple of other things that need to be prayed for, but I'd rather not post about that on here.

Thanks in advance for the prayers!

Edited by sugarbabe.

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So.

I have an update.

We are moving back to Texas!!!

*squeals*

:yay::yahoo::yay:

No official paperwork yet, so I have not really revealed this on other social media... but I feel that since my house is 75% packed away that I can come on here and share my excitement.

There is some negativity surrounding my move. Probably because I requested a "demotion" at work. But my husband<-weird was offered an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G opportunity and I am going back into my field of passion which is Food Safety.

SOOOOOOOOOOOOO I am HAPPY like you could not believe.

And I have promised myself a pony for my birthday.

That is all.

Adios!

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Praying for you all Hilary! Please text me if you need anything!

I get married in less than 3 weeks and it's so surreal. I'm kinda freaking out because I never wanted to get married and now I am. :twitch:

Noah and I BOTH got new jobs and we both start the monday after we return from our honeymoon, plus our house still isn't finished and we have to find time to move in. I'm stressing.

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Alright... I'm freaking out a little. I have a job offer that is MUCH closer to home. I would go from driving 45 miles one way and an hour and a half in the car each way... To 17 miles and like 25 mins of driving with no stop/go traffic. The base salary is a little more, but the bonus structure is different. So initially, it would feel like less money, but annually it would be about the same if not a little more. Also, there's more growth opportunities at this new company and it's more along the line of what I went to school for. I'm just nervous. A new career in a new industry is exciting, but also kind of scary. I think I just need to suck it up and go for it. The company even came back because initially the offer was too low and they had said it was the final offer, so I had to walk away. However, they had a meeting to discuss my background/experience and potential in the company so they called me up and made me a new offer. I feel like they really believe in me and want me to join the team, which is a good feeling when considering a new company. Also, I've been really frustrated in my current role, so I guess I don't really know what's holding me back besides stepping out into the unknown, ya know?

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Bridget, I know the feeling. Even though it is out of your comfort zone - it sounds as though it would be good for you to try. It is geared more towards what you went to school for. It will save you money in the long run from not having to travel the extra distance, and will give you two hours more almost daily. I know we all get used to a job we have been at for a long time so it is "scary" to agree to a new one. But, sometimes we have to do that jump. It's the only way to advance in the future. If this job has advancement opportunities, that's even better. Always look at the big picture. I think the new one has a lot of pros to it. Best of luck!

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Thank you! I did decide to make the jump! I feel a lot better now that I actually out in my two weeks' notice.

That's the hardest part. When you start new job? Good luck.

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