Everything from Here is GRAVY!!!

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Real Estate Agent with The Ballen Companies, TBG, TBM, ASAN S.0075212

August 29th, 2012 - 41st Birthday

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Wow! Where do I begin. I have to be careful not to blend this post with the one I have coming next week which is an in depth look at my 2 year journey since joining KW.

I remember 11 years ago when I decided my life was over. Yep - Come on ladies, you had this day too probably. I turned THIRTY. It was the day I had dreaded my entire life. Growing up all I ever heard was how much it sucked to to old. And for some reason, in my head - it started at 30. I remember crying my eyes out that day - the entire day feeling like my life was over. I remember saying things like "Well, I've already been married. I've had kids. I've owned businesses. Really, there's nothing new to look forward to" - BOY WAS I WRONG.

Then, last year I turned 40. Not nearly as devastating. In fact, although I knew there would be some major physical side affects (and yes, let's be real, there were and they increase every day)  - I felt like life was Really JUST BEGINNING. I was excited about the potential of what the 2nd 1/2 of my life would bring. And I'm still that excited.

What the 40's bring for most of us is more freedom. The kids are generally grown or growing out of the home. I still have a 9 year old, but with family in town, and only her at home still (the other 3 girls are adults now with their own families) - we have a lot of freedom.  And if you've been married forever like I have (Ok, it feels like forever haha with 20 years in January) - it's an opportunity to rekindle a relationship. It's a chance to remember what your spouse was like BEFORE diapers, bottles, soccer games, and teenagers! It's really fun. I love this part.

ON a personal level, The year of being 40 was pretty darn magical. I fulfilled my dream of building my team to the 7th level. I wanted that more than anything. Now that I've done that, I get to choose what else I want to do while I have that business and income stream that does not require as much of me. I launched a 2nd business which was another dream of mine, to train and educate on business and lead generation. I traveled across the US over a dozen times for work. My family and I enjoyed many vacations including Disneyland 7 times, A Cruise, and many other Multiple Theme Park Adventures. And, I grew many levels as a leader.

But my favorite thing has to be my realization of how much I love to Influence Others. Next to World Domination (she says with a 1/2 grin while rubbing her hands together as if she has an evil plan) - I love to INSPIRE and INFLUENCE others to take action. I don't just want people to hear what I teach. I want them to DO something with it. To IMPLEMENT. To take ACTION.

So on my birthday, I was THRILLED to see all the custom videos, and songs, and poems, and inventive measures people took when I challenged them to Stand Out and Be Unique. I gave them a platform to get noticed and many really took it there. I had over 600 birthday wishes and was in tears MOST of the day with the sheer joy my "friends" brought to me. It was truly a Magical Day for me hearing the heartfelt stories of what my teachings have meant to people.

I have to say, although there were so many messages that were remarkable, the one that came in from my Mentor Seth Campbell (7th level team owner in Massachusetts and KW Regional Director of the Maryland/DC Region)  really struck a chord.

(See the video - http://youtu.be/C4XYOChwjaU)

See I've been Soul Searching on what I want to do next. Ever since I sold my Catering and Event Company in 2004, I've been searching. Real Estate is not it. Don't get me wrong, I love my team and they are skilled and THEY love working with buyers and sellers in Las Vegas, I personally know this is not where I'm meant to spend my days. So I've been painstakingly searching for the what's next.

But Seth said it. I've already done more that most people dream of doing in a life time. So it's time to enjoy life. It's time to enjoy whatever comes next. It's time to celebrate!!!

Because Everything From HERE is GRAVY!!!


- Lori Ballen
Yours In an effort to Open minds, Increase Production, Enhance Lives, and Inspire Souls

Get a Class Schedule of Lori's Live Trainings - http://www.eventbrite.com/org/1628220314?s=9365916

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Lori Ballen is a Mega Agent with an award winning real estate team in Las Vegas called The Ballen Group at Keller Williams Realty Las Vegas.  Lori and her husband Richard Ballen have owned multiple successful businesses based on her marketing strategy which is now called “The Ballen Method“.  Lori and Richard now travel and train other business professionals on her methods which include  Identifying a Niche, Finding a Target Audience, Creating a Message and a Product and then using Blogging, Press Releases, Social Media, Classified Ads, Video and Fresh, Relevant web site content with Disciplined Consistency in order to dominate the search engines for desired searched keyword strings.

Lori Ballen has become known for her “Keeping it Real” style and approach to Social Media. What you see is what you get with Lori. Passion, Enthusiasm and Energy are what she’s about.

Lori is an open book with her experiences, lead generation skills, and business building knowledge. She has no secrets and loves to educate, inspire, and train others. Her recent class include a fully packed house in Orlando with over 1000 attendees where she shared her “Ballen Method” to Lead Generation including her “Ballen Blast” method to Blogs and Classified Ads for page one search engine results.

A mother of 2 daughters, step mother of 2 more daughters, and wife of 20 years, Lori is A  role model of strong women for her family.

Lori’s Team, The Ballen Group is an award winning team specializing in Distressed properties – specifically Las Vegas Short Sales as well as residential real estate in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson.

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It has been said that people spend the first part of their lives looking for success...and the second part looking for significance. It sounds to me like you have achieved...and are still achieving BOTH of those.  Continued success AND significance!

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