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STARlight #8 ~ You're "IT", KRISTAL KRAFT!

This is the 8th in a series on STARlight People and Performances at Active Rain. You can catch those you may have missed by checking the list at the end of this article...but stay with me now, because I have a great  story to reveal today!

Kristal KraftToday, we're shining the light on KRSITAL KRAFT.Here's your chance to get to know her and to look into articles that offer practical remedies from which we all can benefit.  This feature shines the light on useful value-added factors real estate professionals can add to their toolbox when involved in their multi-faceted transactions.

STARQuotes: " I love construction sites.  It must be in my blood, my Father raised us four kids and put food on the table as a mason contractor.  He built things with concrete and brick.  He built things to last for the ages.  I fondly recall the pride showing in his eyes as he would point out the places he built.  What a feeling it must be to take something from nothing to something.Builders do it everyday. I bet their kids take pride in them as I do in my Dad's work.  He made me proud my whole life long."

"Sometimes our best laid plans aren't all that great.  Evaluating the actual result vs the desired result is important to both your reputation and your piece of mind.'

THAT being said, you can imagine why Kristal inspires the best in this online community (<-see guiding principles at this link) ....and why we created this series. It brings into focus the contribution of one of our AR members in terms of sustainability and how that relates to your real estate practice... today... and into the future. We hope  that it  will brighten our (already bright) AR community.                      

Please give a round of applause (your comments) to..... KRISTAL KRAFT for her many articles on that encourage all the members of this community and remind us to  that "evaluating the actual result vs the desired result is important to both your reputation and your piece of mind.'

ABOUT KRISTAL: 

 

 

I asked Kristal to tell us something about herself that we might not know...like where she was born and where she's lived.  "I was born and lived on the New Jersey Shore until I was 22, " she answered, then added, " AS much as I loved the ocean the call of the West rung strong on my ears. 

 I moved to Colorado Springs and raised a family of two sons and one daughter.  We all moved to the Denver metro area about 12 years ago."  Lucky for Kristal, her children all live near her in Denver.  " I have 2 adorable Grandsons and 1 inherited Granddaughter." she revealed. "When I first met my Granddaughter she said to me, 'My Mom says you are like a Grandma to me, but I already have a LOT of Grandmas.'  I told her that was OK; I could be an extra Grandma.  She liked that and now calls me Grandma X.  Of course I find myself explaining what that means!"

On relocation, her specialty Kristal says: "Over the course of my life so far, I have moved 24 times. Guess it is no surprise my real estate specialty is relocation!"

Kristal's gentle sense of humor is well-known here at the Active Rain Community.  Whether coming or going, her photos sometimes give us a hint of that endearing quality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pet Peeve. Not appreciating what you have.  It is so easy to fall into the trap of wanting more and more. We forget how lucky we are and fail to enjoy much of what we already have. I believe there is honor in doing a day's work, no matter what it is. 

I get annoyed when others try to avoid work but want to reap the benefits of someone else's perspiration.  Who is going to pull the cart if everyone wants to ride? 

 janeAnne here: You don't have to be an ice-scientist to understand what Kristal's pointing out.

 

But this photo (to your left) that she took says it all.

 

 

Favorite home- I love the home I live in, it's a bright sunny place with large rooms with a view of the golf course and the front range of the Rocky Mountains.  My other favorite home is my Marmot tent.  I love spending time on the road and in my tent.  Living a simple life is more rewarding.  Less is more, when I am on the road traveling I love to find ways to do things that don't include a car.

Food: I live in an area where we can have just about any kind of food.  When I'm in the mood I cook.  I'm not a fancy cook but enjoy trying new dishes.  Now that my family is grown it's really nice when they take over and cook. My daughter has an amazing flair for cooking.  She loves to organize the family functions, pulling together a menu where each member can bring something they are good at preparing. I supply the house and they concoct a feast.

Vacations: I like active vacations.  My dream vacation is a week at a working ranch taking photos of Cowboys, Indians and horses! In the year 2000 I took the whole year off to travel around the world on a bicycle.  That year I rode in 47 countries on 6 continents.  Someday soon I must to go to Antarctica to complete my goal of riding on all 7 continents.  I will go as soon as I am a better photographer.  It's a once in a life-time trip, I don't want to come home with poor photos!

 

 Congratulations, KRISTAL!  You're an ECO-STAR!
janeAnne, Moderator...AKA Green-o-Lina

 

 

 

 

 

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Resources: STARlight People and Performances, The Series:

STARLight #1** PHYLENA** Shining a Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Article Contribution

STARLight #2. **RANDY ** Shining a Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Article Contribution

 
STARLight #3 ** SHARON SIMMS** Shining a Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Article Contribution -

 

STARLight #4 ** DENA STEVENS** Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Her Article Contribution -

STARlight # 5 ** MICHELE CONNORS ** Spotlight's on This ECo-All-Star for Her Article -

STARlight # 6 ** SHERON CARDIN ** Spotlight's on This ECo-All-Star for Her Creativity

STARLight #7 ** TRICIA JUMONVILLE ** Spotlight on Eco-All-Star for Her Article Contributions

 

 

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Comments

Very nice.  Yes, indeed, Kristal is a star.  Smart and hard working.  Kristal's contribution to the real estate industry over the many years that I've been reading her posts have been substantive and enjoyable. 

Good choice.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago
I love it!  KK is a terrific person and so very helpful. I hope she gets to chase the cowboys around the ranch soon!
Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, NH Real Estate Broker (Prudential Verani Realty) over 11 years ago
JaneAnne - Excellent post...   I love hearing about others here on AR outside the Real Estate world.   Kristal is certainly a fascinating woman and well accomplished.   thank you for taking the time and sharing. 
Posted by Desiree Daniels (RE/MAX Tri County) over 11 years ago
Thanks for this wonderful series.  It is great to know Kristal and I admire all that she has done.  She is certainly a star.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago
Lenn~Thanks for your comment. I haven't told Kristal that this is  up online yet...great to have such a compliment form you!
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
Very well deserverd, not just for the contributions Kristal has made to our community but to so many individuals along the way. And what could be more eco-friendly than riding a bike for a year?
Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 11 years ago

Monika~

I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that Kristal is helpful. If we counted how many people she's taught  here at Active Rain,I bet it would be in the thousands.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Desiree~

Thanks for your comment. It just seems to me that if we take time to acknowledge the contributions and talents of others and now much their generosity in sharing those gifts is appreciated, it simply adds to the "juicy" outcome for all of us her ate Active Rain.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Simms starHere's a star for you to share - you, janeAnne, for coming up with this wonderful series, and you, Kristal, for all that you are and all that you contribute.

What a great group you're put together, janeAnne! 

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) over 11 years ago

Sharon~ 

THANK YOU! Normally I would write 100 words or so to express my appreciation, but today, I'm keeping it simple. Well come to think of it, I'd like to add...THANK YOU, 100 Times!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

janeAnne ~ Thank you for your kind comments and recognition.  It is very sweet of you to shine the spotlight on others.  Doing so shows what a warm and caring person you yourself are.  Thank you also to all who make my day, most every day when I sit donw to read about the world according to AR.

The past few weeks have been particularly difficult.  My father has fallen ill and I've been trying to stay as close to him as possible. 

It's really nice to know each day I can logon and "chat" with my virtual friends.  Thank again janeAnne and all!

kk

Posted by Kristal Kraft, Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022 (The Berkshire Group Realtors) over 11 years ago
And here I thought we had a pretty good handle on KK. This was very revealing and thanks to janeAnne for bringing it to us and to KK for being so open with your life. Best wishes to you and your father.
Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) over 11 years ago

Kristal~

 You give so much to this online community. I am happy that this article about you is also about your family...and your Dad. In a way, the timing couldn't be better. Life is-precious. Thanks for sharing yours.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Superb article, janeAnne. Kristal is, indeed, a gem and we are fortunate to reap the benefits of her sharing, insights, and encouragement. Thank you so much for this wonderful piece, and for all your spotlights.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) over 11 years ago
Thank you for featuring Kristal, she is one the great folks here on Active Rain.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

JaneAnne ~ Thank you for your wonderful post and shining the spotlight on others! 

I am very new to ActiveRain and am having a wonderful time surfing through the site and learning about so many interesting people and what they have to offer. Kristal appears to lead a full and rewarding life and I look forward to reading some of her helpful posts for "newbies"; I am sure they will be useful to me in this "new world" of blogging.

Posted by Earlene Myers, Your Client Connection over 11 years ago
Wow......biking on 6 continents.....geez. I don't think I'd make it that far. I am truly amazed. That is so cute with your granddaughter.....grandma X....haha
Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) over 11 years ago

Jeff~

You know, your thoughtfulness and integrity shine through on each of your posts and comments. It's good to be in such company. I see that happening here at Active Rain...a viable virtual AND sustainable community because of its population...Thank you, and Kristal and Everyone for inspiring this place of possibility!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Randy~ 

              SO true!  As I look at the Top Ratedbloggers and those Featured I see that there are a number of us who have been coached by Kristal who leads the way!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Earlene~ 

WELCOME to the Active Rain Community.Although we are now over 25,000 members, we still have a "neighborly" feeling and those among us, who like Kristal provide coaching and inspiration along the way. Be sure to check out the 100 TOP BLOGGERS as well as the TOP RATED BLOGGERS. Read 5 or 6 of their posts. Subscribe to those with whom you relate, and comment on their articles, and soon you will find yourself there as well!

As I mentioned in this article, " ... you can imagine why Kristal inspires the best in this online community (<-see guiding principles at this link) ....and why we created this series. It brings into focus the contribution of one of our AR members in terms of sustainability and how that relates to your real estate practice... today... and into the future. We hope  that it  will brighten our (already bright) AR community. "                     
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Christy~

Thanks for your comments and for picking up on Kristal's gentle sense of humor.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Dena~

You underscored Kristal's connections with all of us and here devotion to her Dad...I think you found one of the threads of the tapestryhere at Active Rain...it's about making special connections and living them. THX!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Joan~

I appreciate that you appreciate this series and THANK YOU! I get to be in an enviable position, As moderator of two groups at Active Rain, I have the opportunity to read so many interesting articles! Always there will be those of us who shine...and each in his  or her own way contributes to a huge glow of pure possibility! That's a great place in which to find yourself in our busieness, eh?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

John~

You wrote, " Very well deserved, not just for the contributions Kristal has made to our community but to so many individuals along the way. And what could be more eco-friendly than riding a bike for a year? "

You got me smiling with that remark! THX!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
janeAnne,  Remind me sometime to tell you about passing out on a snow sculpture my freshman year at college. Very good and well written. Love the photos too.
Posted by Gary Smith (Agent Marketing Today) over 11 years ago

Gary! HoHo..That could only have happened in Michigan!

Glad you liked this STARlight..Kristal actually took those photos of the ice sculptures. That got me thinking about how photos and graphics can add so much to an article...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago
As you know,I try to read  your BLOG every week. This is another reason why. This spotlight on Kristal makes me think it wouldn't be so bad to be a realtor after all. So much negative is said about realtors, this shows all that talk to be just that.
Posted by John Thomas over 11 years ago
John~  Thanks for reading my BLOG and for the good words about REALTORS. Hopefully you will decide to make the career move one of these days...soon! And you are right, with real estate professionals such as Kristal, there are role models to led the way.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

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