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Happy Anniversary…to me!

October 18, 2013

Having worked in real estate marketing and the travel and tourism industry my whole adult life, I have seen my fair share of businesses proclaiming, “40 years in business,” “Celebrating 10 years of success,” “20th anniversary year!”  Heck, at Waterville Valley Realty we even use the tagline, “Connecting buyers and sellers for 45 years.”

Most of the time, I think, “Big deal.  What does your anniversary have to do with me?”

So, it is with some hesitation that I share with you my own anniversary announcement.  I recently started my seventh year of blogging here on Yeah, I know.  It isn’t a milestone number.  It doesn’t end in a zero.  I’m not going to be ordering gold anniversary decals to stick on my stationery anytime soon.

So now you’re thinking, “Six years of blogging?  So what?”

That’s a lot of keystrokes!  Six years of blogging.  Two thousand plus posts.  Six hundred thousand plus words. Five hundred plus hours of writing time.

OK, forget about the numbers.  They’re a little overwhelming (and if my boss reads this he will ask, “Couldn’t you find a better use of your time?!”).

I find myself thinking about all of the fun activities and events that have happened in Waterville Valley over the past six years, the changes in resort ownership and management, the growth of our mountain community, the intriguing and interesting people I’ve met, the beautiful condominiums and homes I’ve been able to visit, the happy and satisfied customers and clients who’ve passed through our doors, and the number of people who have expressed their appreciation for this blog … because it keeps us connected with Waterville Valley.  And isn’t that what “community” is really all about? A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

I guess the numbers have some gravitas after all.  But, more than the numbers, it’s the relationships that have the greatest meaning and value. How very humbling that you have welcomed me into your lives these past six years.

So … happy anniversary to me.  No … make that Happy Anniversary to US!  And cheers to many more!

Jan Stearns

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

8 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary…to me!

  • Vicki Myrick says:

    Happy Anniversary Jan, enjoy all. Your blogs

  • Andy Knight says:

    Mazeltov… seven years is just about forever in the world of blogging. Your blog has become a go-to for everyone who loves Waterville Valley — thanks!

  • Bill Connors says:

    Congratulations on seven years of good work, Jan, from a daily reader. The blog is the best way to keep up on things in the Valley during those fifty or so weeks a year when I can only be there in spirit… thank you for the effort you put into it.

  • Lisa Fiascone says:

    Happy Anniversary, Jan! I will reiterate what I said when I met you recently at the Open House; that reading your blog helps us stay connected, thus truly providing us with the sense of community that you describe in the blog above. Many thanks, and fine work!

    • Jan Stearns says:

      Aw, thank you, Lisa! I have to admit that our chat at the Open House helped to remind me why I continue to do this day in and day out. I appreciate your kind comments.

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