What does being a real estate agent give you? Why are you a real estate agent?
Whenever I'm asked this question by clients, family, friends, or potential clients it makes me re evaluate why I love the industry I chose to be in. There are so many reasons but I'm not writing a book so I'll just share a major one.
There was a time that I worked three jobs and struggled as a single mom who needed to be active in her sons life. Talk about lack of time. Sleepless nights. Fatigue.
The jobs allowed me to drop off, pick up, shuttle son to activities and to provide team mom services. We had a great life but it was busy and exhausting.
Over time, even as my son grew and he didn't need me as much, I found myself always finding ways to be as busy as I was before - can you say work-a-holic? It's addicting this staying busy....
Lets say what really woke me up were the words, "you have breast cancer". My mom who passed from ovarian cancer when I was in my mid teens always thought stress caused cancer... lets just say I thrived on stress... it hit me that I needed to slow down and balance my life.
Real Estate was always one of the things I did but never truly focused on as a career. When I was ill I focused on getting better and beating the sickness. When I was almost done with treatment I re evaluated my life and with hubby's input (yes I found the love of my life and re-married) I sold a business and focused on real estate.
Of course I still worked hard, put in a lot of time, and occasionally have days that seem to never end but the thing is that I also got to choose when, where, and how to get things done. Instead of only working I also pursued a life long dream of horse ownership and eventing. Lets just say, horses need your attention everyday... which means that I get out, I physically exercise, I lift 50 pound bags of feed, push full wheelbarrows of poop up and down a hill daily - sometimes 2x, I ride - not sit and be a passenger but ride to the point my body aches when I'm done... balance... work hard - play hard... real estate has allowed me to balance my life.
My advice to all is to balance your life.... no excuses it can be done!
What's the first thing you would do to balance your life?
FYI: it doesn't happen over night and once a work-a-holic always a work-a-holic so remember to re-evaluate your life because there are times I get myself in a pickle and realize I'm as busy as I once was and the stress level needs to be toned down.