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10 things You may not have known about my Past!

10 things You may not have known about my Past!

I like to think that I'm somewhat private, and yet I really don't have any secrets either. A few, 10 to be exact, things that you might not have known about me are...

10 things you didn't know1. I was a rather "wild child" when I was a tween. I had an older step sister who I idolized. She was probably 9 years older than me when we all lived together in Lincolnshire, IL. That was in the late 60s when it was still a part of Deerfield. She taught me about Rock 'n Roll, cigarettes, water pipes and various other things. Need I say more.

2. I've participated in 6 Half Marathons. I started running when I turned 50. I did the Country Music Half Marathon 5 years straight until last year when I had to drop out of training.

3. I graduated college from the University of South Alabama in Mobile with a degree in Biology and minors in Psychology and Chemistry. I had started in Pre-10 things you didn't knowMed and then went on to change my major several times until my father insisted that it was time to graduate and move on.

4. I spent a summer as a "mother's helper" on a 150' boat cruising the Greek Islands. I had looked for over a year for a job to take me to Europe and it was the best I could find. There were 15 crewmen who taught me all about snorkeling, Greek food and the culture there. Including Ouzo.

5. I am the middle child of 4 children. I was so boring when I was younger, my siblings called me John Boy. That was when I wasn't being wild, of course.

6. I lived in Italy for 3 1/2 years. Well after the Greek summer my girlfriend and I traveled around for a month and landed in Italy as Nannies. She lasted about 3 months and went home to Connecticut. I stayed. Changed families 2 times and lived with the last one for just over 2 years. (That was the wedding I went to last month)10 things you didn't know

7. I once fell off a train while traveling through Europe. It's a long story and I'd rather not re-live that. It was in Spain headed to Barcelona.

8. I went to church with my family growing up but I wasn't baptized until I was 28. My family wasn't terribly serious about Church so it was a huge step for me when I decided to take my faith much more seriously.

9. I spent a summer in the 70s traveling through rural Alabama with a team of medical professionals and volunteers providing medical services to families and individuals who did not have access to medical care. It was part of the University of Alabama Birmingham's medical school program. I was a freshman in college and we lived with the local families.

10. I got my first car when I was 15. I had to drive myself into town to take my driver's test for my license. We lived so far from town, my mother was just unable to run us back and forth. When the instructor asked how I got there, I told him that she brought me and then walked into town. Oh, the joys of a small town. LOL

Well that's about it for me. Not as colorful as some of the others, but I am what I am! The Getting to Know you Contest


Connie Harveyis a local agent with Pilkerton Realtors, serving home buyers and sellers in Nashville, TN, Brentwood TN, and Franklin TN. Let her help you realize your Real Estate goals. She can be reached at 615-371-2474.

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Comment balloon 26 commentsConnie Harvey • August 16 2013 02:32PM


Connie, This is all very interesting and a joy to read. That last one was a doozy.  You drove yourself to take your driver's test.  What a hoot. It reminds me of the time my Dad came home from the DMV with his test in his hands. We helped him with it then off he went back to the DMV to have it scored. He passed.  Those things would not happen today. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 7 years ago

Connie- Im jealous of all your traveling. I would love to go to Greece and Italy. Hopefully some day. Then I can write all about it.

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

Kathleen - we moved from Chicago to living on a dirt road. What were they thinking? I drove me and my younger siblings to school every day so mother wouldn't have to!

Donna - But I've not see the USA yet!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 7 years ago

Hi head is spinning after reading those ten facts....let's do this "life thing" all over again, and I'll take yours.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 7 years ago

Connie, You had your share of adventure - that's what makes life interesting. I am glad I stopped by.   

Posted by Ellie Penaranda, Naples Florida Real Estate - Waterfront & Beach Co (239.776.5077 Downing-Frye Realty ) almost 7 years ago

Connie you don't sound to me like a boring girl!  You've done and created a lot of really cool stuff.  Loved reading about you!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) almost 7 years ago

Connie, I love your writing style and sense of humor!  All that European travel in your early years must have had an impact on your life choices which is a great thing.  I find it difficult to see how you could ever have been boring.

Posted by Morgan Mason, Outer Banks Beach Houses for Sale (The Outer Banks Real Estate Company LLC) almost 7 years ago

From one WILD CHILD to another! :))) XOXO We may have been wild, be we certainly were not boring! HA!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 7 years ago

I can't believe you fell off a train.  That's a first for anyone I've ever known.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 7 years ago

Hi Connie, wow, you definitely did (do) have a wild streak!  Fell off a train and lived to tell about it? That, has to be a good story!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) almost 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing your wild side Connie, always interresting to learn about our friends here.  :)

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 7 years ago

Connie, I am fixated on you falling off a train!  You must call and share the story. In my case, my parents were not interested in going to church and I was baptized at age 21.  Your independent travels hint of many more stories!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 7 years ago

Connie - Wow how wonderful to spend a summer in Greece on a boat.  I would love that.  And, I love Italy.  That's so funny that you were wild when you were younger.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 7 years ago

Hi Connie.  Your picture shows such a scene of tranquility.  Who knew what lurks under neath?  Thanks.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 7 years ago

Hi Connie,

What a cool contest.  I can't believe you started running at 50.  That's wild.  Lot's of cool stuff about you, I didn't know.  love it.

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) almost 7 years ago

Connie, Boring?? I don't think so! Your experiences sound like a novel I recently read!

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or almost 7 years ago

I always envy people who can live abroad for a while. It's something I've always wanted to do, but it just never happened. I'll just take visiting if I can :)

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) almost 7 years ago

Ha!   I lived in Europe for a year and a half at about the same age, and know just how much fun you had!  Really fun to read about your adventures in living :)

Posted by Marti Steele Kilby, CRS, Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA (Steele Group Realty) almost 7 years ago

Connie, It sounds pretty exciting to me. You were not afraid to take some risks and those jobs in Europe prove it. Is Europe where you developed a taste for wine?

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 7 years ago

Connie  You are to be complimented on your ability to weather more roadblocks on your life path than most of us

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) almost 7 years ago

Connie, you've had quite an exciting life. I'm surprised you never vistied Rome, GA. LOL!!

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 7 years ago

Barbara - Yes, but you have to take the "drama" too! LOL

Ellie - Well, life sure can be interesting!

Anna - Maybe I'm just boring now.

Morgan - You really need to do it when you're young with no money. Your expectations are so much lower and easier to fulfill!

Joni - I'd certainly have to agree!

Chris Ann - As you can imagine, it's a long story. :)

Joanna - Someday I'll tell the whole thing to you!

Tom - I totally agree.

Sharon - I promise to call soon!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 7 years ago

Debbie - When I grow up, I want to spend another month on a boat in Greece!

Conrad - The master of deception!

Cindy - I love to keep my friends guessing!

Tom- Could make an interesting novel. LOL

Suzanne - It's what most of us get to do!

Marti - It's an experience that you never forget, isn't it?

Debbie - Believe it or now, my parents allowed us to have a glass of wine at Christmas and Thanksgiving when we became teenagers. Europe just sealed a good thing!

Karen - Thank you my friend.

Tammie - Fort Payne AL is just 30 miles from Rome. Trust me, I've been there!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 7 years ago

Oh, how I wish you lived closer.....the fun we could have regaling each other with stories.  


Seriously, thanks for sending me the note.  I might be back sooner rather than later...Who knows?

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) almost 7 years ago

Connie- hi! just getting caught up on some of these excellent "10" posts. Let me tell you, you have lived a life!  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 7 years ago

Suzanne - I tried to call you the other day! Yes, we would have fun, my friend!

Kathy - And that only scratches the surface. LOL

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 7 years ago