Strong Inside and Out

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I recently moved from one real estate brokerage to another. I have a lot of friends at the brokerage where I left, and only one at the new place. Change isn’t something I tackle with ease, and when I was discussing making the move with my real estate coach, he asked me to tell him the six words I associated with making this move. I came up with focused, freedom, brave, directed, powerful and strong.

Then, knowing that I process best through writing, he asked me to do a blog post, once each week, for six weeks, on a different word from my list.
So, final word in the series – strong.

When I think of the word strong, I think of a muscle-bound man, in a Speedo, posing and preening…kind of like Stretch Armstrong, the doll, if you’re old enough to remember him!

But the true meaning of strength is actually more like steel, I suppose, or diamonds. Something solid, and humming with power.

Strong deeds, strong words, strong thoughts, strong beliefs…all have brought me to this place.

I am THRIVING at the new brokerage. I am pushing my own boundaries, going for things I wouldn’t have had the guts to go for before. It’s now been seven weeks since I left my former brokerage and I am happy and proud of what I am accomplishing here.

Are you considering a change? Something HUGE like a job switch or a relationship ending? Something little – like maybe starting your day with yogurt and muesli instead of a doughnut? What ever it is, may I suggest you follow this formula?

FOCUS – exactly what are you doing and why are you doing it?

FREEDOM – will you be free from something, or free to move toward something?

BRAVE – rock the boat if you have to. The world has never been well-served by people afraid to take a risk.

DIRECTED – where are your energies going? Is the change a positive one? Are you directing your energies to the positive? or are you directing them toward regret and uncertainty? Your direction will determine your success in the new enterprise.

POWERFUL – put some punch behind it! Don’t go lackadaisically in to your new endeavor. Approach it powerfully, like something to conquer or subdue!

STRONG – carry it with you, like built-up muscles on your frame, or your sterling character…be strong in your conviction that what you’re doing is right.

If you’ve read every post of the series, thank you! If you are like my son who just said, “Huh – didn’t know you were doing that. I haven’t read any of them until this one.”, then go back and catch up! And take on the next change in your life with joy. I promise, it will be worth it. Even if you don’t succeed, you’ll learn something, and that’s where the real growth comes in.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

– Harriet Tubman

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!


  1. Ericka says:

    Great ending. Proud to call you my friend!

  2. Stephanie VanArsdale says:


  3. Cari McGee says:

    Oh my gosh – thank you so much, Ericka and Stephanie! I appreciate the kind words!

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