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Be Bold, Brave & Believe

When you think about stepping stones, you envision a path that leads to somewhere.  Sometimes the path is layered with pretty landscape and spectacular views.  Sometimes the path is a muddy maze of slippery slopes befuddled with trips and falls.  

Looking back... I accomplished much in 2015, but not without a few spills.  I'm smiling that I made it out alive and sane ;-)  Here's a recap of the path I blazed...    

Scaled my real estate brokerage from a 3000 s/f building to a 675 s/f conference center.  

Digitalized my files and implemented 100% cloud-based 'paperless' environment.

Hired a Principal Broker in preparation of expanding my real estate business in Bend, Oregon.

Became the successor trustee of my father's trust, managing 7 of his properties, including a 10-acre junk yard in CA (American Pickers would have a hay day... lol).

Admitted my father to an Alzheimer's care facility (tear-jerker).

Helped my BFF raise over $75K in crowd-funding donations for her brother. 

Hit by a car as a pedestrian in a crosswalk and survived (sooooo painful!)

Had a total hysterectomy (after years of pain). 

Served as 2015 SOMLS President-Elect and Director on Grievance Committee.


A friend recently asked about my plans for 2016... the pic above pretty much sums it up.  I'm boldly declaring from the highest mountain top... This is going to be my year to...  


~ Be Bold, Brave & Believe ~


Melinda Peterson - Real Estate Cafe LLC




Melinda Peterson ~ Principal Broker

The Naked Blogger

Curator of Happy Endings


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Comment balloon 25 commentsMelinda (Mel) Peterson • December 18 2015 07:07PM


Wow I am exhausted looking back at your past year. What a ride!

Posted by Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker GRI, SRES (Windermere/lane county) over 3 years ago

2015 was certainly some year. 2016 is going to be a great year for you and hopefully a veyr healthy one/

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 3 years ago

Naked.. as in laying it all out there ! I love it and your journey ! I think you are a fine example of making life, loved ones and work all important . 


Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) over 3 years ago

Mel, it'll be a great year for the lives you touch!  ;-)

Posted by Brian L. Sirota, Esq., For Solutions: (714) 501-7660 (Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney)) over 3 years ago

I don't think you sat on your thumbs last year Melinda (Mel) Peterson. You inspire me every time I read one of your posts. Good luck this year and thank you! 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 3 years ago

Wow, that is a great year.  Wife and I always talk about Bend Or.  Problem is, I am the main provider.  Be hard to pick up and move, with not established business.  Maybe one day............who knows.

May 2016 be a great year

Posted by David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor, Your local Expert (Keller Williams Realty Phoenix) over 3 years ago

Melinda (Mel) Peterson 

You had quite the year, personally and business-wise. Hope 2016 is even better. You have such a terrific attitude and it shines through all that you do and say!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 3 years ago

Yeah choose love again and again and again...that's IT. 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 3 years ago

Dang Girl.  I had a calm year compared to you and I thought I was busy.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 3 years ago

Wow, what a year. I'm sorry to hear about your dad and your accident, but happy to hear about your business. Best wishes in 2016!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!)) over 3 years ago

Good golly, Miss Molly. Make that Mel, you had a heck of a full year. I am sorry about your beloved father, but you have handled his illness with such love and dignity. Way to go on so many fronts. Big hugs - we must meet in Bend one of these days, 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 3 years ago

Wow, Mel!  Not sure I could stay functional with so much going on.  

And sorry about your dad.  We went through that with my father, and one of these days I might be able to blog about it.  

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Sorry about your Dad Know how hard that is... but sounds like you have decided to go for life with Gusto! Best of Luck in all you do! Look forward to hearing more!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) over 3 years ago

Wow, Mel, you had quite a year. I am sorry for the physical and emotional pain you've endured. I hope that 2016 is a happy and healthy one for you!

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) over 3 years ago

Wow.  You just have a way of meeting life's challenges head on and becoming more successful.  I'm impressed.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) over 3 years ago

Hey, Mel!

I included this post in todays Last Week's Favorites on ActiveRain.  And enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Hi Mel -- all I can say is "Whew" while reading each milestone in 2015.  It was nice to meet you in Sherman Oaks this past year --- here's to lots of exciting adventures ahead for you in 2016 and beyond.  

Thanks to Pat Patricia Kennedy for including this post in her weekly favorites otherwise I might have missed it.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 3 years ago

Your year was full of adventures, not all of them the type you'd want.  No doubt you handled all of them with grace and honesty and came out the better for it.  Best wishes for achieving all that you want for 2016!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 3 years ago

If you get past the issues you had in 2015, and cars, you should have an incredible year in 2016

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 3 years ago

Holy crap.  You definitely went through the ringer in 2015.  2016 is definitely going to be your year.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 3 years ago

Holy crap... Chris Ann, I'm lol ;-)))

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 3 years ago

Melinda (Mel) Peterson - it all begins with believing in oneself - leading to being BOLD and BRAVE!

And quite a year of 2015 for you - so many accomplishments...wow!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 3 years ago

Melinda (Mel) Peterson I think you are bold and brave already.  That is some year you had!  First, my heart goes out to you about your dad.  My mother had dementia.  I took care of her the last year of her life.  It is so emotionally draining so I can only imagine having to deal with Alzheimer's,  getting hit by a car, having a hysterectomy and more,   Are you kidding?  You are an amazing woman!  I wish you all good things.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 3 years ago

That... and a little prayer mixed in too... Praful ;-)

Thank you Elyse!  So many of us are experiencing the same thing with our aging parents... dementia/Alzheimer's is a mind/heart robber!  I'm so grateful for the special moments I've had with my dad these past 3 years... albeit difficult for sure.  I'm happy 2015 is behind me too.  I'm ready to tackle some much needed fun and happiness in 2016 ;-)  

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 3 years ago

Melinda (Mel) Peterson - You're not JUST a Realtor, you're a SAINT! You had a lot going on in so many different ways and just when you thought things couldn't get worse, they did. I pray 2016 will be a miraculous turn for greatness. You're such a kind and wonderful woman who deserves more kindness, love, and care. 

When it comes to stress tests (moving, sickness, family matters, business, etc.) your stress level was OFF the CHARTS! I will keep you in my prayers and pray you get featured here on AR too!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 3 years ago