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Influential Events of 2008

Its always fun at the end of every year to look back at the events and analyze them.  There will be several questions about who were the most influential people, what were the most important events, etc.  Here is my list for the most influential or moving events of 2008 for me:

 1.         The Election of Barack Obama.

As I have mentioned previously, this moved me to tears.  I was so excited to see us look beyond race and vote based on the candidate's character.  I never thought I would see it in my lifetime and I am grateful that I was wrong.  I was very proud during this entire election cycle to see how much minority and women candidates were able to be successful.

 2.         The 2008 Summer Olympics.

I am a huge fan of the summer games but this year was my favorite Olympics ever!  Being from Jamaica, watching Usain Bolt break three world records and seeing a Jamaican holding the title of "World's Fastest Man" and "Worlds Fastest Woman" was exhilarating.  It was finally a chance for the world to appreciate the magnificent sprinting talent that this great island nation produces.

Michael Phelps was the other big inspiration from these games.  Watching him swim with such skill and determination to place himself firmly a top the swimming greats was a true wonder.

 3.         The Passing of Tim Russert.

 I am always amazed when a celebrity dies and it feels so personal.  I still feel sad when I turn the on the tv on a Sunday morning and he is not there.  I found myself missing him throughout the entire political campaign.  If I find myself missing him, a man I never met, then I can only imagine how his family and friends are struggling without him.


What events inspired you?

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Comment balloon 10 commentsDr. Stacey-Ann Baugh • December 18 2008 08:43AM


I think the most important event for me was the colapse of our economy.  I think it hurt everyone and will take many years to recover...

Posted by Dean Akey almost 10 years ago

Stacey- I have to agree with Dean. The economy has been such a catalyst in ours (and many others) business and personal lives. And though the 3 you mentioned did have a profound affect on our year they in no way came close to having the affect that the economy did. Here's to a brighter 2009! 

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) almost 10 years ago

Hi Stacey-Ann, What a beautiful post. I can feel your heart in every word. I was in tears when Obama was elected, but not because of the things you mentioned. The hopeful, tearful crowd listening to him got to me- the looks on their faces and in their eyes were very so moving.  My main inspiration for this year, however, was personal. My family has had a rough year, we have had illness, death, divorce, nothing is now, the way it was last year. My Mom, has shown her strength and her faith in such a remarkable way, I would say, she is my inspiration for the year.

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) almost 10 years ago

Dean & Martha - I agree the economy has had a huge impact on us all this year.

Mary - Good for you and your mom for weathering the tough year with dignity and grace.  I wish your family a smoother 2009.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 10 years ago

Thanks Stacey-Ann - I hope you have a wonderful New Year!!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) almost 10 years ago

Not so much as an inspiration as a big nudge to sharpen my skills due to the state of our economy, the number of people losing their jobs, the number of companies and banks in trouble, the drop in housing market values.

Real estate may be my last career, and I intend to stay in it, Awareness of what's going on and how to rise above these challenges are what drive me.

Posted by Pacita Dimacali, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA (Alain Pinel) almost 10 years ago

The Olympics was awesome. As a naturalized citizen I HATE to watch the Olympics here. You must have been doing cartwheels to watch Usain Bolt in full flight.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Pacita - I agree, I want to thrive in this economy as well.

Ellie - We were doing cartwheels here.  We were pretty disappointed with the Olympic coverage here as well.  We had people calling us from Jamaica with the results of races a good 12 hours before NBC showed it here.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 10 years ago

Stacey...............I am very easily impressed. I took all year, but I did get the most wonderful pizza at CJ Ferraris the other day. It may not seem like much but the crust was perfect, the sauce evenly spread and the cheese melted to a golden reaffirmed my faith in small businesses.

Tiger Woods gritting his way to a playoff and subsequent victory in the US Open. he did it on a broken leg. I can not consistently hit a golf ball and nothing is broken. it reaffirmed my faith in sthe success that is possible if you maintain your focus.

Oh, I sure think that a full year in Olney has been quite inspiring. I have been treated like an old friend and had the opportunity to share quality time with a group of wonderful folks that happen to be real estate agents. I have been humbled by Alana's innocent persistence. I have been blessed by the mixture of personalities that exist. I have been strengthened by the agents that have worked with me. reaffirmed my belief that each of us has an opportunity to reach all our goals. we are not competitors, we are all working to accomplish smooth transactions for our clients.

Oh yeah...............inviting you here has certainly made a impact on lots of folks. You have so much to share and you take the time to do so. it reaffirmed my belief in the inherent knowledge and skill of every agent.

happy new year

Posted by John MacArthur, Licensed Maryland/DC Realtor, Metro DC Homes (Century 21 Redwood) almost 10 years ago

John - i agree the year in the Olney office has been quite inspiring.  The office has certainly seen some up and downs.  Tiger Woods also was quite an inspiration and a good lesson in perseverance.  Thanks for the invite here, its definitely been interesting for me to be a part of this community.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 10 years ago

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