Realtor - Amanda S. Davidson: Growing Up In The Country

Growing Up In The Country

Growing Up In The Country
Brian England's contest came at the perfect time. I’ve been telling myself I need to get comfortable with sharing more about my personal life on social media. Blogging about it is like dipping my foot in the pool without diving in head first. I can talk about real estate all day long but, opening up about my personal life is something I’ve found more difficult.

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I thought I’d write about my childhood because I think it plays a big role in who I am today. I grew up in Lucketts, a small town outside of Leesburg. It’s still a small town but, in those days it was super small. We didn’t have neighbors with the exception of a house we share a quarter mile driveway with but, everyone knew each other and we were known as the country kids. From what I hear it’s sought after now but when I was growing up that wasn’t the case. The “city” kids always thought we lived so far away and until we could drive the Lucketts kids stuck to hanging out with each other. My parents had a small farm with 10 acres and I quickly adopted my Mom’s love for horses. Riding was my passion, I tried playing a couple sports in Elementary School but, quickly knew that I wanted to pursue riding.

Amanda Davidson Childhood

 

My parents supported that and my Mom spent hours and hours teaching me how to properly care for the horses we had. Riding was the reward but, there was a lot of responsibility that went with it. I knew that if I didn’t put the work in I wouldn’t be allowed to ride. Good grades came first and I made sure to always make sure my report cards were solid. Next was caring for the animals, horses are a lot of work! I would get up early and help her with the barn before I went to school and always come straight home to ride my horse and do some more work in the barn. Being on a small farm there was always grass to mow, a garden to tend too, a pool to clean, 10 acres takes constant care. I can remember I dreaded picking blueberries but, it was a requirement!

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My Mom and I started showing together and I was allowed to miss school so that we could travel to shows – again as long as my grades were good. Having the privilege to ride and show horses is something that has stuck with me. It was a ton of work, and it wasn't just working on my part. It was my parents too – my Dad would hold down the fort when we would go on the road to show. He’d not only run his business but, still, take care of the animals at home while we were gone. My Mom was constantly teaching me how to care for the horses and giving me lessons to improve my riding skills. Not to mention the financial aspect that they both juggled, to this day I’m not sure how they made it all work but, they did. Some of my fondest memories are growing up with horses. It kept me close to my family and out of other trouble. It wasn’t until I went off to college that I couldn’t ride consistently anymore. I had a full-time schedule with classes and also worked full time leaving no time to ride. I hope to one day be able to afford to have horses of my own.

Amanda Davidson


I may live in the city now but, I am and always will be a country girl. My parents taught me that with hard work anything is possible and I’m very proud of where I grew up and how they raised me.

 

 

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Amanda Davidson

Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group

Broker - Owner
Licensed in VA and DC

6485 Old Beulah Street
Alexandria, VA 22315

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Comment balloon 28 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • October 05 2018 01:17PM

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Good morning Amanda S. Davidson,

What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing this about your growing up. It's something I didn't know and I can see where your grit and determination comes from! Excellent entry into the contest!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 13 days ago

Good morning Amanda. This is a beautiful story and I love your pictures along with your recollections.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 13 days ago

Awww...the care you learned for an activity you loved...carries with you in many other aspects of your life...great insight !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 13 days ago

How wonderful, Amanda. Your passion was nurtured by a loving family too - that's such an important part of the equation.  Lucky you.  Do you still get a chance to ride very often? 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 13 days ago

Amanda,

What a beautiful and inspiring story you shared with us.  Your parents inspired you to be your very best.  Although I have not been on a horse, I am very fond of them,  Some of our clients who rode horses as children became equestrian estate specialists, turned their love into a business.  Do you still ride? A 

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 13 days ago

I enjoyed reading this Amanda and learning a little more about you...and the photos you included too. What a nice entry!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 13 days ago

Good morning Amanda -  now I know more about you and I am not surprised as I have seen your motivation through your posts.  You had a wonderful upbringing which shaped your life.  I know you are so proud of your parents and rightly so.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 13 days ago

I hope this spurs you to being open like you want to be on social media, you are such an amazing person, the world certainly needs to know about you!  Your love for horses is apparent, could you see yourself eventually have a farm of your own?

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 13 days ago

Loved the glimpse into your childhood, Amanda! I took up riding about 5 years ago but had to give it up last year because of back issues. I really miss it!

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) 13 days ago

Amanda, I loved this story that you shared about your childhood, your parents and your work ethic which you carry on today.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) 13 days ago

Hi Amanda, You have shared more than you think about your past. See I knew you loved horses and showed them and hope to have a horse again. I know your dad was a vet, is retired and moved with your mom a few years ago to Charleston. I know you miss them a lot. I also remember how you used to post about your grandparents and how important and close to you they were. You are a very caring person and are a great broker to your agents. You support your community and your agents' efforts. You are a class person and broker, Amanda. Thanks for sharing more about yourself.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 13 days ago

Sounds like an idyllic childhood, Amanda and I loved your pictures. So different from how I grew up in the concrete "jungle" of New York City and that why I'll probably always be a city girl at heart, just as you are a country girl.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) 13 days ago

Amanda, what a great story, and new you were from the Country, but did not know about your love for horses.   You will someday be able to live in the Country and have your own horse(s) again!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 12 days ago

Good morning Amanda.  We have lots of equestrian areas down here that are just waiting for when you are ready to start riding again.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 12 days ago

Hello Amanda,  Love it and I can see you being a champ at riding.  This was a great story to know more about you.  You are one of a kind and good at everything you do.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 12 days ago

Hi Amanda- Larry and I were lucky enough to have lived in Leesburg for about 3 4 years and loved every minute of it. We spent all of our free time either in DC going to the museums or driving around the countryside of VA and W.VA. We did go to Lucketts and went to the fair there twice!  Your training with horses taught you much more than how to ride and it shows!!!!

I remember my dad took me to ride horses on Sundays when I was little and loved it. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 12 days ago

Amanda loved this post and getting a glimpse of you from an earlier time, how interesting, I on the other hand never lived in the Country I was always a City Slicker all my life,  Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 12 days ago

Amanda S. Davidson - Thank you for having the courage to open up the chapters of your life where your humble beginnings began. You had an amazing childhood and you formed a great bond with your parents , horses, and teachers. I think it's wonderful that you were disciplined in a structured environment because it helped you to become the woman you are, taking the reins of your own Brokerage Firm. Congratulations!

I would encourage you to get involved with the schools; perhaps speaking in front of a group of children to mentor them and let them know how much good hard work, discipline, obedience and loyalty comes into play in who you become. Many children can benefit and learn from you because you are a shining example and a testament as to how it works. I'm proud to know you here on ActiveRain!

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 10 days ago

I like Endre Barath, Jr.  have always lived in the big city . What a nice story .  Look at all the great memories you have  of riding horses . Great parents they sacrificed so you could be the special person you are . How lucky are you and they are lucky that you appreciate them .

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 10 days ago

Horsing around can be fun the Amanda Way! 

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) 10 days ago

Good morning Amanda S. Davidson, I grew up and lived in big cities all my life. Central FL is as country as it will get for me. Your parents clearly taught you all the fundamentals in life. You, my friend, can do anything in life. 
 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 9 days ago

Howdy Amanda S. Davidson you're a special person. I have been around horses all my life and Jim and I just sold our last four horses since we're moving to Dallas soon. Your childhood definitely made you a special individual and grounded and rounded you as a person.
Question: why did you hate picking blueberries so much? did they stain your fingers?

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) 9 days ago

I love it Amanda S. Davidson! What a great post. It's neat to get a peek into your life and childhood. The pictures are awesome, and that first one is just precious. I also grew up with horses and on 7 acres. I'm a country girl to the core. I never showed horses or rode for competitions, but some of my favorite memories are riding our horses into town, grabbing a sandwich at the local gas station market, riding up the mountain with my dad, and sitting at the top having our lunch together overlooking the town. Great childhood memories. -Kasey 

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com) 7 days ago

Thank you very much, Amanda, for sharing some of your personal story and your fond memories.

My father had horses when I was a kid and he took me to many horse races. We had a farm but we did not live there and I never became a rider.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 6 days ago

I LOVED this Amanda! What a great childhood you had...and such loving parents! The pictures are fabulous!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 6 days ago

HI Amanda S. Davidson - I could always see that country side of you in your posts but now I know why.  I was aware that your dad was a vet and also your love of animals but I did not realize the love of horses you have.  I now know why you are so successful.  You were focused as a young girl to do well in school, work the farm and take care of your horse and the other animals. Thank you for sharing a small peice of yourself. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 6 days ago

Oh, I love your story, Amanda! I can't believe I'm just now seeing this post! Some of my best childhood memories were of horseback riding at my friends' farm and learning how to can and tend the garden. Her mother was the 'keeper' of the farm while her father worked outside the home. There was never a time that I was at her home that her Mom wasn't cooking or canning, peeling or smashing, shelling or shucking SOMEthing! Had it not been for my time on their farm, I would not know how to can today, I don't think!

I've lived in the country, on the beach and in the city and guess I landed as a city girl but, like you, I think you learn hard work/work ethic, family values and so much more when you live in the country.

Focusing on school and making good grades was also a requirement in my home - you didn't do anything 'fun' until school work and chores were done! 

I'm so glad you shared this - share, share away, Amanda! Your story puts a smile on my heart!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 4 days ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS I love reading that you have experienced not just horses but, the work a farm takes. That's so cool! There's so much work to be done if you live in the country, I agree it really teaches you what hard work is. I've always felt like I already know you even though we've only met virtually and now I feel even closer to you. Have a wonderful day!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 3 days ago

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