I love the number 5! (Thank you)

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty
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Why would I say I love the number 5? Well, today the number five means so many thing, starting with today January 3rd, 2012. You see today is my 5 year anniversary on Activerain! Yes, 5 years of commenting, blogging and friendships.

My 5th birthday

But, let’s look at how the number five goes way beyond this 5th anniversary today! Back in June I took a trip to Seattle to speak at Raincamp and I loved it as I got to meet many new friends, but there was one thing I didn’t like… The pictures, you see, I realized how much weight I had gained.

Raincamp Seattle (Todd Clark)

Upon returning to Portland, I got my personal trainer and started on a path of weight loss and that is where another 5 comes in to play. I’ve lost 55 lbs as of today since Raincamp Seattle. Above are the pictures from Raincamp and below is the picture of me today. (Thanks for the pictures Bob)

Me 6 months and 55 lbs lighter

What is my next connection with the number 5 on my fifth anniversary of being drenched in the rain? Between me and my team we have closed 45 homes directly from leads and referrals from Activerain. Do you think I’m going to stop blogging and commenting?

There are even more connections with the number 5 Todd? Though I would say I have made many more than 5 friends in the rain, there are 5 that I would consider close friends now and in some cases I would call family. The first is Katerina Gasset out of Florida. She was someone who I met through the rain and then got to meet in person back in September 2009. (read that story here by Katerina) But, that wasn’t what made the connection. You see I was making a change in my life, I was finding religion and I had lots of questions that Katerina helped me answer and with her help, I truly found God and family happiness. (Thank you Katerina)

Katerina Gassett

The 2nd person is my good friend Christine Donovan who we now talk at least a couple times a month and I love talking to her and look forward to the calls. We talk about family, business and life and it is always a highlight of my day.

Christine Donovan

Jill WattsThe next person who came into my life because of Activerain is my good friend Jill Watts. Jill is someone that I just have to hug every time I see her. The best part about Jill is she only lives a few miles away and I get to see her often. She is a truly a kind and caring person and I am truly blessed to have her in my life.

Ken RosengrenNumber 4 is Ken Rosengren another Vancouver agent who I actually met because of Jill. Ken and I love to joke and we actually drive each other to do better. (Competitive man thing) I love hanging with him and I’m certainly glad to have gotten to know him and his family.

Now, #5 is Wanda Kubat-Nerdin and she really has become family. A few years back we lost a puppy when he dug out under a fence and ended up getting hit by a car. Though I had known Wanda through blogging and commenting, it wasn’t until a few months after the accident that she changed our life and household forever. You see Wanda had a couple pigs that happened to have had babies. I thought they were so cute and she offered us one for free. We immediately jumped in the Jeep and though it was a rough trip, we came back with our beloved family pet Athena the Wonder Pig. So, as you can see Wanda and I are now related. (Even if only by pet, but she is still part of our family as far as we are concerned)

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin         Athena the Wonder Pig

Now, this next five is something that I talked about at Raincamp. I truly believe that without Activerain this next one couldn’t be possible. You see, 5:30 is the time for dinner with my family. This is a time that I will not miss because it is time I can’t get back. No phone calls, no emails, no business meetings… Nothing, this is family time and thanks to Activerain and the business I have gotten from it, this time has become something that I can afford to do or better yet is something that I can’t afford to miss.

I love the number five and I plan to live and love the next five years in the rain just as much as I have the past five years. I hope to make even more friends and expand my business thanks to Activerain, so thank you Activerain for being part of my life for the past 5 years.

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Todd Clark (broker w/ Ken's Home Team)
Keller Williams Realty
Todd@IFoundYourNewHome.com
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Todd you are the best! You always find time the help others when they need you. Thanks for all your help. Take care!

Jan 08, 2012 02:59 PM #98
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Joan - Thank you, if it wasn't for this network, none of it would have been possible, even the weight loss.

Lori - I was lucky enough to actually meet you and I'm so grateful for that as well. I also consider you one of my AR friends.  

Barbara – I do try to reciprocate every comment, getting a lot like this sure will make it harder, but I will eventually catch up again. I start every day knowing that without my family I wouldn’t be as successful as I am. So, they are the most important part of my business plan. 


 

Jan 09, 2012 12:16 AM #99
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Ava – Thank you,I am hoping #6 and 2012 is just as fun as the last 5.

Alan – Alan, I’m pretty sure you have a pretty nice list as well.

Gwynn – 5 certainly has become special and thank you for the comment about the weight loss. 

Jan 10, 2012 05:03 PM #100
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Andre – Oh, if you haven’t discovered Katerina, do yourself a favor, go over to her blog now and click subscribe, you won’t be sorry.

Dale – Glad to share with everyone, as everyone sharing with me has helped me continue and learn.

Joy – It was a lot of work, but a great personal trainer and a very understanding wife who without her support I don’t think I could have done it.  

Jan 10, 2012 08:25 PM #101
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Debe – Yeah, that picture certainly made me realize that I needed to make a change. It has been a lot of hard work, but I feel so much better now and have so much more energy.

Mike – Thank you Mike, it certainly has been a lot of work. But, it certainly has been worth it.

Barb – I agree, my life wouldn’t be what it is today if it wasn’t for the changes I have made in my life. I thinking putting family first was a great decision and then when I brought God into the fold, it has been truly a blessing.

Jan 11, 2012 01:36 AM #102
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Joan – I look forward to sharing with everyone and reading their posts for the next 5 years as well.

Lana – Thank you, these people deserve it, they are great people and great agents and I’m better for knowing them.

Deborah – How cool that we share the same anniversary here in the rain. Clearly after 3 years, you still love it!

Eric – Two hand fulls with 55 lbs! But, glad I did it, because I feel so much better.

Jan 11, 2012 12:10 PM #103
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Joni – Glad to be a part of it and thanks for the compliment about the looks. (LOL)

Christine – I really started to gain weight when Samantha gained the baby weight as well. (I just never lost it) Thanks for the phone call, as usually, loved our talk.

Liz – I’m not going anywhere (LOL)

Donald – I plan to make 2012 my best year yet and look forward to making even more friends in the rain this year.

Jan 12, 2012 01:08 PM #104
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Michelle – That is something that I’ve done from the beginning and dinner may not always be at home, but it is always together.

Susan – If you take it easy, it isn’t that hard to lose the weight. I pushed myself and lost the weight faster than most. I really wanted to get in to shape!

Luis – Thank you, I’m glad I can inspire!

Sharon – I was told once by a business coach that if I wanted a balanced business, I needed a balanced life. I wasn’t sure at first, but he was right. (I just wish he was still with us to show him what I have done with his advice)

Jan 12, 2012 01:14 PM #105
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Frank and Karen – This network really has gotten me connected with agents from around the world.

Ellie – Do you have a little one? My daughter turns 8 this year and looking back at the pictures from the years I’ve posted here is amazing.

Ben – I plan to keep it up on all counts. I have a lot of referrals to give in 2012, more friends to make and just a little more weight to lose. 

Jan 12, 2012 01:21 PM #106
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Debb – I’m certainly glad I got to meet you, even though I felt like I have known you for years thanks to your years on radio here.

Kymberly – I’m glad I’m an inspiration and hopefully you fulfill all your 2012 goals!  

Jennifer – It has been great getting to know you as well.

Jan 12, 2012 01:22 PM #107
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Laura – Believe me, despite some injury setback, I haven’t given up and won’t give up! Too soon to let my kids beat me at sports (LOL)

Cathy – Thank you and I am hoping being healthier gives me that extra time with the family that they deserve and I want to give them.

Terrie – LOL to the success looks good on you. (That made me chuckle!) Happy New Year to you as well and may you reach all your goals. 

 


 

Jan 14, 2012 12:25 PM #108
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Fred – Thank you and love considering you to be one of the friends that I have been lucky enough to meet in real life thanks to this great network. It was nice talking to you the other night. (Say hi to the wife)

Richard – Thank you, I don’t think the next 5 years will bring a weight loss of 55 lbs though (LOL)

Chuck – Thanks, I’m still sticking with the 55 lbs was the hardest though, the sales were because this great network has great people!

 

Jan 14, 2012 01:20 PM #109
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John – Family was the reason I got in to real estate and I’m not going to lose that driving force. (They are the real reason I have succeeded in all that I take on, they are my inspiration)

Robert – I’m glad to see I had great people in my life that helped me get my priorities straight.

Jo – I promise, I will.

 

 

Jan 14, 2012 02:02 PM #110
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Anthony – Thank you

Pamela – Thank you, it was well worth it on all counts.

Lauren – Thank you and as you already know I took your suggestion to write about how I lost the weight and kept it off. (Thanks for the suggestion)

Catherine – It seems to be my favorite number right now as well (LOL)

Ron – It was tough, but my personal trainer who was the one that pushed me at first. I needed that, just as much as I needed to realize that it was needed.

Jay – My goal for the next 5 years is to double that number of 45 and make it 90 closed transactions thanks to Activerain.

 

 

 

Jan 14, 2012 02:05 PM #111
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Cameron – It was a journey that I needed to take and didn’t realize it until I surrounded myself with the right people who got me going in the right direction.

Phil – I enjoyed having lunch with you at Raincamp and I understand you got to sit on the plane with my good friend Ken on the way to Keller Williams Family reunion down in Texas.

Debbie – The weight loss actually has given me more energy than anything else, which means I get to spend even more quality time with my children.

Susan – I think the next 5 years should be even more interesting as my goals and real estate business have changed so much in the last few years.

Petra – Wishing you the same back!

Ginny – Well, you just became a great friend. Anyone that calls me hot can move to the top of my list – lol

 

 

 

 

Jan 14, 2012 02:07 PM #112
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Gary – It did take a lot of effort and a little bit of pain, but no pain, no gain.

Michael – I hope the number six is even a luckier number for me, but we will see.

Keith – Thank you, I hope it inspires you to reach out to others in the rain as these people have me.

The Christiansen Team – Thank you!

Win-Win Referral Network – The friends we meet here in the rain certainly can change your life in ways we never imagined when we joined this great community.

Donna – Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 14, 2012 02:11 PM #113
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Dagny – I’m glad you enjoy, I enjoy sharing my community and family with everyone here as well.

Kat – I certainly have had blessings because of this great network that I really am thankful for.

Paul – I have loved the ride and I know that I will continue to enjoy the ride.

Maureen – It really feels good and because of this weight loss I know can enjoy what Oregon has to offer even more in the form of hiking longer and just plain enjoying the great outdoors without getting tired.

Kim – I will gladly give her a hug when she gets back from her little well deserved vacation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 14, 2012 02:13 PM #114
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Cal – Thanks for the mention and it really is an awesome community that stands by each other in ways that only friends can.

Evelyn – I have now written a post about it called “Losing it” enjoy.

Rene – Thanks Rene, you are a person that has inspired me in the rain as well and actually changed how I did my business. So, when you coming back to Oregon, we have some hikes we need to take together with your camera!

Winston – No, I didn’t come until about six months after it started, I did discover it by accident, but glad I did. I was member 15,000 something.

Sylvie – I can’t wait to see who the next five years brings in to my life.

Jacob – I’m glad we met through Jenni and hopefully the next couple years we can do a lot of business together.

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 14, 2012 02:13 PM #115
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Jane – Just hit 58lbs at the six month mark. Weight loss is slowing down, but that was expected since now my trainer is in muscle growth rather than weight loss.

Bob – I did the same about 6 years ago, but this time I changed how I did it and I don’t have any plans to gain it back.

Patricia – It did take a lot of hard work on the weight loss, as for the blogging, I’m really grateful I discovered dictation software.

Mayra – That is how I made these connections in the first place. If I hadn’t reached out, I never would have made these changes in my life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 14, 2012 02:14 PM #116
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Todd,

First I want to appologize that it has taken me this long to respond to this blog,

 I am very Honored that I am concidered to be one of your top 5 friends, We have known eachother for over a year now and it truly has been amazing..  You are a very giving friend, and very helpful and I am proud to stand up and say I that the skinny little bean pole is my Friend!!! and one of my best Friends!!!!!

Jan 16, 2012 11:53 AM #117
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