All Was Great Until.... Balancing Work and Life

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Phoenix Property Shoppe AZ Broker BR030809000


Honestly most of my life I've been great at keeping a healthy balance between work and personal life.  Until....there always is an until in most peoples stories about why they just can't keep a good balance! Go ahead if you're struggling with balance just say to yourself all was going great until___________ blah blah blah. I dare you! 


All Was Great Until.... Balancing Work and Life


Here's my until story....


We opened our own brokerage in 2006. Looking back it seemed like a fantastic idea, and it was in many ways.  We found a perfect office, set it up, decorated it and opened our doors. It was all very exciting! Agents joined us and we created a lot of  business and buzz around town, hosted a lot of chamber events, network mixers and classes at the office. Things were headed in a great direction and then.....the market crashed in October of 2008. BOOM. Pretty much we were dead in the water with absolutely nothing going on and no income but a heck of a lot of expenses. Now what? Well that's exactly when my UNTIL moment reared it's ugly head. I had a total lack of balance between work and personal life. I was so busy trying to figure out how and what to do that I stopped hiking and taking care of myself almost entirely. To say I was stressed puts it midly. I also messed up my thyroid which looking back was all stress related. Like I said, total lack of balance.



Fast forward a bit and we did figure out how and what to do for the business to keep it open and move forward. We got rid of the expensive office and most of the staff and cut back on expenses as best we could.  We also decided to hire an internet coach that we had for an entire year (expensive but well worth it). I learned how to create business online via ebooks, landing pages, adword, sales pages, all kinds of stuff.  She also kicked my butt and said start blogging on ActiveRain.  So I did what she told me to do and the rest of that story is history! 



Balancing Work and Life



But....did I ever figure out the balance thing again?  Not really, not until last fall. I honestly kind of sucked at balance for quite some time. I am not proud to say that but it's true. I woke up one morning last fall and said.....I'm sick of not hiking anymore.  I WANT MY LIFE BACK!  But even thou I wanted it didn't mean I could do so - just like that. I had some foot issues (blah blah blah) but I made my mind up I was going to find a way - no matter what. Determined is what I guess you'd call that attitude! I found a doctor to help with the feet, found some hiking boots that worked with the feet, and off I went.  I started very slow at first, and it hurt but I built my way back to 4 to 5 miles of hiking a day. 


Back to the balance thing....


Did I feel quilty while out hiking all that time instead of working?  You bet I did and it took me probably a good 3 or 4 months to stop that nonsense thinking.  I mean seriously how stupid is that thinking! As kids used to say years ago - TOTALLLY STUPID!! I grew up as an athlete and played sports all the way through college, on teams and captain of teams. After college I continued on with sports and added on hiking, golfing and skiing. I never had a weight issue until........there's that word again! Until...I lost my balance between work and personal life.  Will I do that ever again. NO. I will not.



All Was Great Until.... Balancing Work and Life


I absolutely love heading out to the mountain preserve every morning to spend an hour or two hiking and being in nature, surrounded by beauty. And by the way I have no issues with taking my phone out hiking. If I need to handle a little businesss it's easy peasy without interruting my hiking time. My client's know that if they 'hear crunching going on' I'm out hiking and they wish they were with me! I once again have my life back in order and I'm not giving it up - ever!



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Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Anna,

Good thing you got your groove back!

May 19, 2017 06:53 PM #23
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Anna  -- fantastic

"I once again have my life back in order and I'm not giving it up - ever!"

May 19, 2017 07:34 PM #24
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Work-lifebalance can be achieved I think it's all about priorities and what you leave out

May 19, 2017 11:32 PM #25
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I agree with Joan. Don't give up and keep moving forward and have some fun!

May 19, 2017 11:34 PM #26
Mega Team Real Estate
Realty ONE Group Alliance - San Mateo, CA
San Francisco and Peninsula Real Estate Concierge

This is a very important read. Thank you for sharing. 

May 20, 2017 01:55 AM #27
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for sharing your story. Good luck in achieving your goals 

May 20, 2017 03:05 AM #28
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS ,

Thanks for sharing your life with us for this challenge, I love the title! The recession hit many and is when I started blogging..the best thing I ever did! There is always an "Until" and when you saw yours you took action and look at how you conquered those obstacles!

May 20, 2017 05:45 AM #29
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Anna

Came back to congratulate you on the feature and to reread your post."Until" comes up often, doesn't it?!


May 20, 2017 06:36 AM #30
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I share that last paragraph with you...I have a nice mountain in my backyard that is 3.5 miles up and down with options to loop it at a mile a loop while up there. I can do 4-10 miles biking or hiking and the world sets itself straight. Phone, water, people & contemplation? The best things in life are free & simple

May 20, 2017 06:50 AM #31
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Anna, thank you for sharing your personal experience with us. It is real and it is an important lesson.

Glad you were able to lace up the boots and take a hike.


May 20, 2017 08:01 AM #32
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS 
Thanks for the inspirational story -- balance -- never easy to MAINTAIN. That's what you seem to have achieved - maintaining it. All the best - Lynn

May 20, 2017 01:13 PM #33
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

Good for you for getting your life back on track. Balance isn't easy.

May 20, 2017 01:48 PM #34
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I'm so glad that you got back to hiking.  That is something I miss and wish I did more of as well.  Have a great weekend! -Kasey

May 20, 2017 03:06 PM #35
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I love this story of "until" and "a-ha". Things go fine and then all of a sudden they don't, and it's up to us to make sure we focus on balancing all those things that are important to us!

May 21, 2017 06:56 AM #36
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Great post: -survival of the Great Recession knocked many if not most of us off balance. Great turn around story, Anna.

May 21, 2017 07:43 AM #37
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513

SO PROUD of you, Anna B! Balance in this life is one of the hardest things to master. Keep it up. 

May 21, 2017 08:33 AM #38
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS ...I'm struggling with plantar facitis and have been for over a year. Can you let me know what you foot challenges were and what you did? I'm not walking like I used to because of the pain... and it's affecting my entire lower body because of it. 

May 21, 2017 08:42 AM #39
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Anna, it was great reading your story. I understand completely.  Sometimes it takes a kick in the pants to recognize what we should be doing.  Good for you!

May 21, 2017 05:08 PM #40
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

We all have to put ourselves and our health first, then we can handle all the rest. We need to make sure we are caring for ourselves, resting enough, exercising enough and letting our brains relax and refresh themselves doing something different. Good for you getting out there regularly. That hike looks mighty inviting..

May 22, 2017 12:53 PM #41
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Anna... loved reading your story. Sometimes we have to make some mistakes to understand how to make the right changes for our lives and to appreciate those changes.

May 25, 2017 04:25 AM #42
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