From the moment I found Active Rain I knew it was a very special site. It was amazing to see how Realtors from "rival" companies reached out to colleagues to freely share information to help and better their "competition". I believe because of this generosity, Active Rain is the success it is for ALL who participate.
In the beginning of Active Rain, there were only a handful of Home Stagers. Over time more and more Stagers found this site and began contributing. Amazingly, Stagers from across North America (YEAH CANADA!) started sharing, ideas, frustrations, challenges, successes, tips and approaches to staging homes and running home staging businesses.
As soon as Active Rain created the "group" feature, Stage It Forward was born. Stage It Forward now gives Home Stagers ONE easy resource and forum where, regardless of where foundation training was received, we can gather and learn MORE and become BETTER Home Stagers. Any Home Stagers who has spent any time in Stage It Forward knows the benefit from the varied and diverse flow of ideas and dialogue that takes place on a DAILY basis.
So as more and more Stagers find this site, don't be surprised that when they first join us they come in spilling over with what I call "foundation training pride"... which at times will look like they "drank too much of the Kool-Aid"!
It is up to us to welcome them in and BE what gives Active Rain and Stage It Forward its strength. Active Rain and Stage It Forward are places where Stagers and the Home Staging Industry has and will continue to grow to greater heights through the simple acts of kindness and sharing.
Stage It Forward... Me