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About MichelleLea

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  • Birthday November 10

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    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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    Fashion, art, music--all kinds, mostly classical and contemporary singer-songwriter--psychology, science (physics, biology, astronomy, etc.) politics, philosophy, literature. This business of living.

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  1. MichelleLea

    New Queen In Town

    I am slowly finding all my things, and I am able to get dressed up for the first time in a while. It feels good. The neighbourhood is quiet. My life is pretty much the same--just a different locale. I think this will work.
  2. MichelleLea

    New Queen In Town

    After all these weeks and months, I finally made the move. My house actually was under contract by the end of August, and, as I wrote before, I found a mobile home for the princely sum of $15,000. I put $5,000 down to take possession and started moving in during September. I made the final move on October 1. The closing was October 2, and the money was in the bank--big sigh of relief. I have spent the past week unpacking an making a home for myself. So far, I couldn't be happier. I didn't realize how much I needed to make a break from the past and be my own man/woman. The mobile home park is a 55+ and quiet. I met one neighbor a couple of days ago when she came over to offer me dinner--I begged off. Her boyfriend is back now, so maybe I'm off the hook for now. I can't exactly parade around in my finery, at least not as yet. It's pretty quiet at 5 in the morning when I walk the dogs. I will get braver. Right now, I just feel good, and that's all that matters. Hope everyone is doing well. Hugs and Kisses.
  3. MichelleLea

    Leap of Faith

    Thanks again for all your support. The mobile home I bought is a single-wide built in 1973, so it is not new. The appliances are fairly new, however, and all in all, I think it will work. I'm just going to have to see how it goes. I had my pest control guy come over last Saturday to give the place a going-over before I move my stuff in just to be on the safe side. He has been doing my current house for several years, and he thought I had made a good choice. I appreciated his feedback. In the meanwhile, I am on a roll with AFLAC. I opened another account today with my District Coordinator which makes four that I've opened in the last two weeks. This is getting to be fun. Who knows what will happen next? Maybe I'll eventually get to move into an LBGT-friendly park.
  4. MichelleLea

    Leap of Faith

    This is yet another instalment in the continuing saga of Michelle Lea. As those of you who have been following along may know, I sold my house. It is now under contract with a closing date of October 2. I have had to jump through a few hoops in the matter of repairs to get the deal done, but now it looks like everything is on track--although my realtor tells me that it's not over until the money is in the bank. Nevertheless, I took the plunge, and last week I purchased a mobile home for the princely sum of $15,000. I was going to rent, but I wasn't finding anything that I was willing to afford, and this seemed like just what I was looking for at this point. My primary objective is to cut my overhead so that I can add to savings instead of taking out of savings to live. I will still have some monthly payments in the form of a lot fee, but it is $686, and I think I can swing that. It's cheap living for sure. Now we'll see how I like living in a 55+ community. Hopefully, my neighbours--I have a British spell check-- keep mostly to themselves. If it is awful, I can always sell or rent it and move on, but I think it will be fine. When I say, "leap of faith," what I mean is that I put $5000 down so that I can start moving my stuff during the month of September, and be totally moved in by the end of September. I will pay the balance with the proceeds of the sale of my house. That is the plan. We'll hope for the best.
  5. MichelleLea

    Almost Done

    My house is sold—sort of. I have a contract, but the lady—a judge—could back out over the inspection report which found some evidence of termites and roof leaks. I have not seen the final report yet, but it seems the repairs will come to around $3500. It could be worse. I have already sunk 3200 into remodelling the bathroom and fixing the damage to my patio. Anyway, you do what you have to do. I think it will go through. The closing date is October 2 which is good for me as it will give me time to find a place to live and get packed and ready to go. I have seen some manufactured homes for sale that are pretty inexpensive, but I am still being advised to rent at this point. I will see what I can do. So, that’s what’s happening on that front. I am still plugging away at AFLAC and opening little accounts—one last week and it looks good for one this week. I am waiting until I get moved to make any big decisions about new employment. I would like AFLAC to work, but I have to be realistic as well. We’ll see. My step-daughter arrives next Thursday to help me get packed. I’m going to give her a lot of her mom’s things, so we’ll get that ready to ship. I am packing away my feminine things while she is here—only three days—so no big hardship. I don’t want to deal with that issue now—or ever maybe. All in all, I seem to be holding my own. The adventure continues. For sure.
  6. MichelleLea

    Moving On Update

    Thanks. Will do.
  7. MichelleLea

    Moving On Update

    We had two showings on the house yesterday, and the feedback was very positive. One party is still debating over my house and another one. At this point, I hope they pick the other one. There are still some finishing touches to be done, and my guy is starting tomorrow with them. It will also help us pass inspection when that time comes. Besides, I am not quite ready to move, although that is rapidly becoming out of my hands. I did talk to Ricki Barr who was introduced to me by Monica. She felt that I should definitely seek some financial advice when the house does sell so that I make the best use of the money and avoid tax issues. Not a bad idea at all. We could have chatted all night, but I am in somewhat of a time crunch and had things that needed doing. I started writing down the addresses of places I find on the internet, and as I'm out and about, I am going to check them out. They look good in the ads, but I have to see what the neighbourhood is like. I want to live where I don't have to fear for my life. I am pretty much of a recluse, so I don't think I'll have to worry too much about my future neighbours (my grammar/spelling checker must be British)--as long as they mind their own business. My stepdaughter, Jilly, is coming for a visit on the 24th to help me pack. I am giving a lot of dishes and knickknacks to her, and it will be helpful to have her here to select what she wants. What I don't keep or give to the kids is being donated or thrown. I am trying to purge. I have to pack all my feminine things before she gets here, though. She's pretty conservative, and I don't want the hassle. I feel it's best kept a secret for now. Later.
  8. MichelleLea

    Moving On

    I need to get better at picking up buying signals and running with them. With the two recent accounts I just opened, I did just that right on the spot. I'm not as fast on my feet as I should be at times. You're right to make it more of a game and have fun with it. I can relate to people, so I'll just keep practising.
  9. MichelleLea

    Moving On

    Yes, definitely renting.
  10. MichelleLea

    Moving On

    This has become my go-to place for help and advice to navigate through this thing called life--I suppose that was what this site was designed to do for folk such as we are. I did look at one mobile home park today while out working. It was pretty nice actually--well kept and quiet and orderly. The sales lady was also very nice. No rentals at this point and only one for sale--a 3/2 1040 sq ft home for 64,900. It looked like what would work for me and my two toy poodles. Since I'm still pretty discreet in my dressing, it could work for the time being while I continue to work locally. Eventually, it would be great to be in a more friendly LGBT community, so the Tampa Bay area is not out of the question. I'm just getting started, so we'll see how she goes. BTW, I opened another account today, and it looks like this one will fly. It was a confidence booster and made me feel good that I haven't lost my touch. Later. Hugs.
  11. MichelleLea

    Moving On

    Thanks as always for your comments. I am a hotshot at making appointments, but like we've discussed a while back, it's the quality of the appointments that make a difference. I am spending more time up front to make sure we have some quality. It's been hard to get the employees to buy in when they have to pay for it themselves. My coordinator and I are working to make sure I have better enrollment conditions and more chance to actually sell policies. I've done it before; I can do it again. In the meanwhile, I have been gradually assuming the role of Coordinator-in-Training, and we'll probably make it official in the next month. Since I'm already training new recruits, I might as well get paid for it. I'll keep you posted on how my move goes. I'm starting to purge--what a job! Hard to know what to keep, but If I haven't used it or worn it for a long time, it should probably go.
  12. MichelleLea

    Moving On

    It's been one year since my wife died--yesterday to be exact. It has certainly been a year of adjustment for me. I have had to deal with loss for sure, but it has also allowed me to come out and express myself and to be more honest about who and what I am. That has been very liberating, and the friends I have made on this site have been there with me with their sage advice and wisdom. It is much appreciated. Now today, I have made another big step in listing my house for sale. Initially, I had been hoping to keep it a while longer, but unfortunately, my income from AFLAC has not been enough to meet my expenses, and I need to downsize. Frankly, I don't need this big a house--not that it's that big--but it has a fair size yard, and all my free time seems to be spent maintaining it. I still have a little left in savings, and I want to get out while I still have a cushion. I plan to rent a mobile home locally for a while to see how that goes and how I like it. I can move anywhere now, but would kind of like to stay in Florida. Anyway, I'll keep writing about the experience--I have a lot of stuff to get rid of for starters.
  13. MichelleLea

    The Talk.

    Wow! Quite a story. When I first started dressing as an adult, I did realize a dramatic personality change--definitely more outgoing. I am by myself now, so I don't notice a change anymore. Maybe, you have to be with someone else to express your personality. I just like being comfortable now and being able to wear what I want.
  14. MichelleLea

    New Beginnings

    After what seemed like a forever dry spell, I finally opened another account today and wrote some business. I had just come from a promising sales presentation with one company and thought I'd check up on an employer who had put me off the last time since she just didn't have the time. Today she was ready and we just did it. I wasn't expecting that, but I'll take it. I have been seriously considering doing something else, but I really would like this to work. I have some more promising things coming up. We'll see. Eventually, I will downsize, but I'm not ready yet if I can help it. I like my privacy and being able to do pretty much what I want--not that I do much. Just me and my puppies.
  15. MichelleLea

    Lying Low

    Thanks, Monica. I brought my jacket today. I'll keep it in the car. LOL.