Commitment to Service

One of my favorite podcasts is Happier by Gretchen Rubin.  In her weekly podcast, she focuses on the little things, the actionable items we can do on a daily basis to bring joy and happiness to our world and those around us.  In a recent episode they featured the Five Love Languages, a book by Gary Chapman which talks about the way we show our love to others.

My “aha” moment  came when I realized my love language is Acts of Service.  Nothing brings me greater pleasure than helping others.  It is the foundation of my relationships with family, friends, community and my business. I truly enjoy doing things for others which explains why I enjoy selling real estate so much.  It is not a sales position, but a service position.

Working in real estate is the opportunity to serve others in one of the biggest decisions they make.  By listening to my clients and understanding their goals, I am able to use my years of experience to help them from beginning to end.  I love be able make the whole process easier for them.

I also feel very fortunate to be part of a larger community that cares.  The opportunity to spend time with people working to end homelessness, improve our schools, or make a difference with our area youth is inspiring.

Thank you to everyone that takes the time for service.  I believe we are all in a better place when we ask the question, ‘How can I help?’

Posted on January 16, 2017 at 3:57 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, words to live by

Local Holiday Light Shows

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Ready to lift your spirits? Shimmering light shows are a brilliant way to celebrate the winter holiday season. Grab a warm coat and go exploring in gardens, zoos and even on the water.  Here are five local venues that are worth braving the cold to see…
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Posted on November 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, community, seattle

Happy Veterans Day

“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” (1)

On this day and everyday THANK YOU to all the Veterans who have answered the call.

Posted on November 11, 2016 at 4:28 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, words to live by

Bellevue Schools Foundation

When we moved to Bellevue, it was because of the schools.  My daughter, Mary was 5 years old and getting ready to start kindergarten.   We found Somerset Elementary, not only because of their test scores and achievements, but also because of the parent involvement.  They had 100% PTSA participation.

Getting a good education is more than test scores and national rankings.  It’s about creating emotionally healthy, curious minds and lifelong learners.  Bellevue Schools Foundation supports a wide variety of programs that make this possible through their innovation grants.

Mary is now in her first year at University of British Columbia in Vancouver and loving it.  One of the grants that helps makes the college search process easier is the BSF investment in the Naviance program.  It is a college and career planning platform that starts students out in middle school looking at their strengths and interests, then begins to research college options. In high school, Naviance helps to organize all the aspects of the college application process, communicates with their counselors and tracks their to-do list all the way to college acceptance.

We know one of the reasons people are moving to our area is because of our highly regarded schools.  I am pleased to be an Honor Roll Realtor, giving back to a program that has had a huge impact not only for our family, but also our community.

Please consider supporting the fall fund drive.  For more information or to donate click  ALL IN FOR KIDS or text KIDS to 71760 to give from your mobile device. Every gift dollar makes a difference for Bellevue students!

 

Posted on October 24, 2016 at 10:40 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, community, giving back, somerset

We’ve Got You Covered

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Windermere and the Seattle Seahawks have partnered in our #tacklehomelessness campaign.  For every home game tackle made by the Seahawks, the Windermere Foundation is donating $100 to YouthCare, a non-profit that provides support services to homeless youth throughout the Puget Sound area.

Now we’re excited to announce Windermere’s “We’ve Got You Covered” winter clothing drive benefiting YouthCare.

Here’s what we are collecting:

  • Warm socks
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Gloves/mittens

Between now and November 14, feel free to stop by my office with donations or send me a message and I am happy to pick your donation up.

Gentle Giant Moving Company will pick up all of the donations from local Windermere offices. Donations can also be dropped off directly to YouthCare in South Lake Union at the James W. Ray Orion Center: 1828 Yale Avenue.

So please help our youth stay warm this winter and consider making a donation to our “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive.

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, seahawks, seattle

Octoberfest 2016

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Octoberfest is a time for pumpkin patches, harvest festivals and haunted houses.  Enjoy fall in the Northwest at some of these favorites. Wear your boots and grab a jacket.  Get ready to experience a bit of farm life, and make some fall memories!

Remlinger Farms

32610 NE 32nd St, Carnation 98014 ~ Saturday & Sunday in October 10am-6pm

This patch isn’t just place to pick up your future jack-o-lantern. Although you can do that for 10 cents a pound!  This is an entertainment center with corn mazes, petting zoo, train and amusement rides.

 Jubilee Farms

229 W. Snoqualmie River Rd. NE Carnation, WA 98014 ~ Saturdays & Sundays in October 10 am – 5 pm

Free admission & free parking! This local favorite CSA celebrates the harvest more traditionally. They offer rides on the hay wagon to the pumpkin patch to find your perfect pumpkin. Come back to the barn for hot spiced cider.

Thomas Family Farm

9010 Marsh Road Snohomish, WA 98296 ~ Saturday & Sunday in October 10am-6pm and Fridays and Saturdays 6 pm – 12 am

Beyond the day activities Thomas Family Farm offers evening activities including Haunted House and Zombie Safari Paintball where you take a ride out in the field to takeout the Zombies.

Wild Waves

36201 Enchanted Pkwy S, Federal Way, WA 98003 ~ Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings

Well this isn’t a farm but a place to enjoy some Halloween fun.  Take a ride on some of their thrill rides in the dark and check out their three haunted houses.

The Scarlet Curtain

5620 119th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA  98006 ~ Wednesday through Saturday from 10:30 – 6:30

Looking for something different for your Halloween costumes. Check out this huge, seasonal vintage clothing shop with gently used costumes curated over the year. The owner provides personalized service in pulling together everything you need for that one of a kind costume!

Posted on October 15, 2016 at 10:06 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community

Key to Hope Luncheon 2016

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I was delighted to serve with Joan Caine as co-chair for the Plymouth Housing Group – 13th Annual Key to Hope Luncheon.  This year’s event theme “Beyond Stability: The Healing Power of the Arts” celebrated the power of the arts to help formerly homeless men and women heal and leave life on the streets for good. We also highlighted Plymouth’s cultural partnerships, including connections with the Seattle Symphony and Path with Art.

Our keynote speaker was Vijay Gupta a violinist from the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  He played and shared information about his work with the Street Symphony in LA.

I am so pleased to be part of an organization having such a powerful and positive impact in our city.  We raised $770,000 to support a housing first model that is working to end homelessness here in Seattle. Here is an article from Puget Sound Business Journal.

Every time you buy or sell a home with me, a portion of that goes back into the community to support the work that Plymouth Housing Group is doing and provide housing for someone in need.  Thanks for helping us give back.

Posted on September 30, 2016 at 11:37 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, seattle

#TackleHomelessness

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This year I am proud to be a part of something special.  Windermere Real Estate is the Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks… and that is exciting in itself, but I’m even more proud of how this partnership is being used to help homeless youth in our community.

Since 1989, The Windermere Foundation has donated more than $30 million to programs and organizations that provide shelter, food, children’s programs, emergency assistance, and other services to those in need.  Every time I sell a home, a portion of my commission goes toward this important cause.  And now, for every Seahawks home game tackle, the Windermere Foundation will donate $100 to Youth Care, which provides much-needed services to homeless youth.  $3100 was donated after the season home opener and $2600 in game 3.

I hope you’ll join our network of agents and 12s as we cheer on the home team as only Seahawks fans can.  The #TackleHomelessness campaign can make a real difference in the lives of the people who need it most.

Here’s to a great season.  Go Hawks!

 

Posted on September 26, 2016 at 12:19 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, seahawks, seattle

Happy Independence Day!

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Posted on July 4, 2016 at 11:57 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community

Community Service Day 2016

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For this year's Community Service Day, the brokers at Windermere Bellevue South helped Mountains to Sound Greenway clean up Lake Sammamish State Park. The Mountains to Sound Greenway brings together the urban and rural landscape connecting the 1.5 million acres surrounding Interstate 90. Their mission is to lead and inspire action to "conserve and enhance the landscape from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature."

Everyone at Windermere Bellevue South enjoyed the day, supporting the restoration of the Sunset Beach area at Lake Sammamish State Park. We moved and spread mulch to support the health of 2000 plants recently added to the Sunset Beach area at the Park.  I worked in the Native Plant Nursery on site weeding and organizing.

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Check out more online with Mountains to Sound Greenway and Lake Sammamish State Park to see how you can help!
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Posted on June 8, 2016 at 9:47 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back