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WINNERS For the Defining GRATITUDE and Goals Contest!!!



Defining Gratitude and Goals Contest was a success! Not only can other members read for years to come but these topics give the member an eye into ‘self’ that will help in business as well as personal relationships as well.


I want to give the Judges particular attention and as you read past the Winners of the Contest…you will understand why this contest is VERY special to me as well.


Jeff Dowler has done all of us the honors with (again) being the Lead Judge for our contest and he did a wonderful job keeping it all together and deserves a HUGE THANK YOU!!!  He has walked along side of me throughout a few years of my contests and I can’t thank him enough!!


The other Judges were Tammy Lankford, Tom Arsingstall and Debe Maxwell, who along with Jeff worked hard and diligently to read EVERY entry and come up with the top place winners !!!  I can never thank them enough either.  PLEASE KEEP READING!


I want to personally thank all my judges for this contest. The especially took all the time it takes with the hard task of reading 94 entries. They also took much of their time in the excruciating task of making sure their top picks had followed each and every rule and come up with the winners.


First Place:  Can Gratitude Be Planned? By Gail Robinson ---2500 points


Second Place:  Living with Gratitude Everyday. By Kathleen Luiten--2000 points


Third Place:  Gratitude and Why By Dagny Eason---1500 points


All other entries will receive 1,000 points for their participation in the contest!  Thank you so much for your time and effort!!!


In my NON ENTRY for this contest, I wrote about a particular situation. I am grateful for Bob Stewart (former LONGTIME Community Evangelist for ActiveRain) allowing me into his family and particularly his son Kelan.  Long Story Short (famous line) he allowed me to be a ‘Gramma Sally in Hawaii’ to his son Kelan. I had no grandchildren until September of 2011 when our miracle Grandson arrived by C-Section.  I still send Kelan Birthday and Christmas Boxes….and GRATEFUL what that experience has taught me.


I especially  am filled with gratitude for what happened now…during this very contest. My 2nd grandson arrived 3 weeks early (we had a scheduled C-Section for December 8th and baby just wouldn’t have it!) on November 25, 2014.  It was a particularly hard labor for my petite 4’10” (usually 90 lbs) daughter and she ended up nearly passing out with the loss of blood. In turn she had a blood transfusion and recovery took two hours.


I had it all planned out. OR so I thought…..I had my ticket for Dec. 4th, the contest would be over and I would have read the majority …if not all of the entries. As it turned out, I didn’t have much time to do anything during that last week of November….and I arrived the morning after Baby Levi entered into this world on November 25.


It has been an ‘experience’ to say the least but I want to especially thank Tammy Lankford, who supported me during those crucial hours of ‘not knowing’ what was going on with my daughter….until I reached my destination; cradling my new grandson Levi and hugging my 3 year old Grandson Brayden.  Most importantly, to see with my own eyes that my daughter was indeed all right….just like she said.


MAHALO (Thank You) again for all of you sharing what your idea of Gratitude is and how /or do use it in business and personal life.


Happy Holidays!!!




Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.


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Comment balloon 41 commentsCeleste "SALLY" Cheeseman • December 05 2014 05:43PM


Congratulations on the new family member, and so happy to hear that your daughter is doing well!


Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) about 3 years ago

Sally,  I know what goes into hosting and judging ... hats off to you and the judges ... and of course a big congratulations to the winners!!!

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 3 years ago

Thank you, Sally, for your continued support in the ActiveRain community.  You never cease to amaze me with all that you have on your plate at one time - this contest and more importantly, that new baby, being a prime example!   (And, congratulations BTW!)  

Congratulations to all of the winners and to EVERYONE who entered.  I can honestly say that I've never had a more difficult time judging a contest - EVER!  It seemed that every entry spoke to me - some more on a personal level, others more on the business level - but, every entry was from the heart and was a good read from the first word to the last.  

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 3 years ago

Good evening Sally ... many great entries and congratuations to the top finalists.  Also congratualtions to you.  What a beautiful baby!

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) about 3 years ago

Sally-I would say this whole Thanksgiving season has your name written all over it.  Congratulations to your new little grandbaby and thank you for hosting this contest.  And a big congratulations to Gail, Kathleen and Dagny. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 3 years ago

Congratulations to the winners AND to all the participants. You all did a great job

And thank YOU Sally for this wonderful contribution to the AR community, by encouraging so many to share such personal experiences that mean so much to them. The stories were all awesome, and we can learn from each and every one to consider what we each are grateful for, every day!

Mahalo, and Mele Kalikimaka


Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) about 3 years ago

Congrats on the new addition to the family, and super job in hosting this contest. - Debbie

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

Sally, congratulations on your new grandson and to your daughter as well.  Prime example of life happens!  You still managed to get it all done,  congratulations to the contest winners.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 3 years ago

Thank YOU Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman  for again hosting this contest.  It was filled with wonderful and inspirting posts this year.  I also wrote a "non entry" I was so inspired by those I was reading.  Now I'm off to congratulate the winners.  Of course Levi's arrival and your visit was certain a win for you too.  Loved the photos you shared.

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

Thank you all for your time, effort and dedication for the contest as well as for ActiveRain!

The Judges will always be the backbone of each contest...and the members a driving force. As always ActiveRain ..."The People Behind the Words"!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Century 21 Liberty Homes) about 3 years ago

Sally - thanks for hosting the contest.  Congrats to the judges who spent so much time reviewing the posts... This was a most insporational post.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 3 years ago

Please be patient...points will be awarded some time next week. Mahalo!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Century 21 Liberty Homes) about 3 years ago

I know hosting these contests can be a big job. Thank you. Now, enjoy your time with your grandkids.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 3 years ago

So much to be thankful for and I love how AR member continue to support each other.  Levi, like his brother Brayden, is so lucky to have you for a grandmother. Congratulations!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 3 years ago

It was a great contest Sally, and congratulations on meeting your newest Grandson. I know you are especially gratefull for both of them and the well being of your daughter!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman - I hope your daughter and grandson Levi are fine.

And yes, congrats to all the winners.

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

A big congratulations to everyone who participated! I really enjoyed reading all of the entries!

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) about 3 years ago

What a great opportunity to read about all the gratitude that members have today. Thank you Sally for making that possible, and congratulations on your new addition!

I agree with the other judges, there were way too many great posts in the pool! Thanks to all that participated in the contest, it was very inspirational to be a part of it all.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 3 years ago

All are really were the winners and were really worthy in my mind.Love and light to all the winners and all the regular people as well--we're also winners every day.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 3 years ago

Tom is ever so grateful for the gratitude and that's the way it should be.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 3 years ago

Sally I did forget that also. I hope everything is well regarding all of that said above about your family.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 3 years ago

Congratulations to all of the winners and to EVERYONE who entered

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) about 3 years ago

What a wonderful non-entry as well.  Congratulations on the birth of your newest grandchild.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) about 3 years ago

Good morning Sally,

What a wonderful contest..thank you for taking the time to offer it. I've read most of the entries and made sure to comment on the winners entries!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) about 3 years ago

This is a cool contest, best to you and your little Kelan.

Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) about 3 years ago

Congratulation to all that entered and to the winners!  

Posted by Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro (Innovative Realty Solutions Group) about 3 years ago

Congratulations on your growing family. Beautiful grandchildren. Your daughter may have her hands full with the newest addition-he already seems to be in charge! :)


Posted by Jason Anderson, Realtor®, Organizational Expert (Platinum Realty) about 3 years ago

Now, and always, this time of year will bring extra-special memories for you and yours...

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 3 years ago

Sally, I had no idea you were going through all that.  I'm so glad your daughter is well and she has a healthy baby.  

I'm surprised and delighted to learn my entry took First Place in the contest.  Thank you to all the judges and to everyone on AR who read my entry!

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Sally congraulations on your 2nd grandbaby! WOW I too had no idea all that was going on for your daughter and your family.  Wonderul contest and congratulations to all the winners - which is everyone!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 3 years ago

Sally, congrats on adding a new member to your family. Being able to spend time with grandchildren is an experience I am looking forward to. They are a true blessing. Thanks for hosting the contest and everything you do here on AR.

Posted by Troy Erickson, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Diverse Solutions Realty www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) about 3 years ago

Thank you for a great contest, Sally!  And congrats to the winners for sharing excellent stories.

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Congratulations to all of the winners.....such a great contest.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 3 years ago

Sally, Congratulations to the winners of this contest and hope you and your family enjoy all the joys of this Holiday season, and all are healthy

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

HI Sally - congratulations on your new baby grandson, and to the winners of this contest.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - Arbor Real Estate (Arbor Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Thanks for hosting a contest during such a busy time in your life.  Two grandsons are tremendous reasons to be grateful.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 3 years ago

#2 came early, and it worked out well.

What a great way to start things out.

Let's have a quick recovery for your daughter too.

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) about 3 years ago

Great contest Sally. Thank you for sharing your personal story too!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) about 3 years ago

So proud of the winners and their awesome entries!  Thank you Sally for all your work and to Jeff, Debe, Tammy & Tom for putting in the time to judge all these fabulous entries!  Let it Rain!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) about 3 years ago

What a nice contest and reminder to think of gratitude every day.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 3 years ago

This is a great contest- thanks for your work in making this happen.

Posted by Chuck & Lucy Willman www.TheHouseBuzz.com, TheHouseBuzz (www.TheHouseBuzz.com) almost 3 years ago

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