Balance of Work/Life is Easy Peezy if you love what you do!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

Jeff Dowler offered up a good challenge this month The Challenges of Work-Life Balance – Your Personal Story. Everyone has a different take on this balancing work/life thing! Some say its all work, others say it’s all play and there are those in-between!

I love what I do! As a former educator I learned nurturing others is rewarding and recognize my passion is helping others grow, learn and become empowered. Knowledge is power! I enjoy the process of learning and understand it never stops whether in my personal life or work. Teaching involves just as much listening as speaking. I’ve found asking the right questions and putting my listening ears on will help the process move along more expediently. To answer Question #1 I don't find Balancing Work-Life a struggle (not that I didn't when I first started). I find it fun and exhilarating! I'm happiest when I'm busy.

Balancing Work and Life can be a delicate balance but loving what I do makes it so much easier! Whether I’m nurturing Handsome Hudson and Beautiful Beckett or mentoring my daughter Melissa in real estate it all requires the same listening skills and offering options and choices. I mentor others in my office and it’s exciting to see their “light bulb” moment when they get it!

I often refer to myself as a business manager in the sale of a home.  My perception of the role of a listing agent is to manage the process and keep all parties focused on the sale of the home. It all starts by educating my sellers once they have decided to sell we have a product to market and their house needs be the best of the best of their competition!

It’s no different than my personal life..if I can instill; “It’s important to reach your potential, what every that might be,” then I'm good! So in answering Question #2 I don't find issues that interfere....I set boundaries and my clients respect them because I manage their expectations. I'm always nurturing in my work and personal’s all intertwined.


To answer Question #3 its easy..I schedule weekly time with family, friends and plan several times a year to do what Geno and I love; travel, exploring lands and oceans around the globe. When I’m gone I completely step away..I have plenty of able agents more than competent to handle my business. I’m not the only one who will diligently work for my clients. Time away to totally rejuvenate is the key to building my reserves back up. Playing as hard as I work is my strategy!!!

I find Work/Balance is Easy Peezy because I love what I do!



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Adam Long, Director of Sales and Marketing

Hi Dorie, This was a great post. There's so much that you do right and I appreciate you sharing all of it. I love that you teach, nurture, manage expectations and schedule fun. All of this keeps us acting and not reacting.  Such a good lesson and reminder.

May 12, 2017 09:32 AM #25
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Sounds like you've got it figured out. Wish you continued good fortune for your future. 

May 12, 2017 09:37 AM #26
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, you do have an excellent work environment in which you can enjoy work and play without interruptions!   Great post.

May 12, 2017 09:56 AM #27
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I love your post. You have a great work life balance.

May 12, 2017 12:28 PM #28
Edward Drennan
Century 21 Dreams - Oakville, ON
Serving the Oakville, Ontario Area

"I don't find Balancing Work-Life a struggle .. I find it fun and exhilarating"

It's all how you frame it and doing what you love sure helps!

Thanks for your thoughts

May 12, 2017 02:40 PM #29
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

 Dorie Dillard 

 I love how you have this balance thing down. Doing what you love and doing it well brings balance. You know what is important..your Geno, your grands, your business and your time off. Congratulations!

May 12, 2017 04:19 PM #30
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Dorie Dillard , Well deserved feature and one that they just don't teach for the new agents that are starting out. I love and adopt the belief that if you love what you do, you don't have to work a day of your life. And then add that recharging your batteries is a must do and it keeps the body and mind healthy. Being a lover of travel to capture to magnificence of the world is to appreciate our place in it. 

I often marvel at how small I am in the big world we live in and still have the authority to help others make their own best decisions. As Andy Rooney would say , "Isn't life Amazing, after all." 

May 12, 2017 06:54 PM #31
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Dorie,

You have this figured out! I will have to take a few pointers for myself.

May 12, 2017 07:06 PM #32
Katie B. Cullum
Castle Pines North, CO

I love your post!

Just 45 days into my business, I'm finding while I'm more "on" than "off" in the business, I also am having such a good time reconnecting with friends and acquaintances, it doesn't feel like work! I tell everyone that Sunday's are for family and they likely won't hear from me nor see me and to my surprise, my phone hardly rings nor vibrates from texts! Then come Monday it's ringing!! What a wonderful business we are in - we create and develop our business to what we need and want AND we get to help people along the way, I'm so excited to be in real estate! Thanks for your post :-)
- Newbie, Katie Cullum

May 12, 2017 07:47 PM #33
Lottie Kendall
Pacific Union International - San Francisco, CA
Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley

I can tell from many of your posts that nurturing and training are passions of yours.

May 12, 2017 08:02 PM #34
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The key to happiness and success comes in enjoying what we do.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 12, 2017 08:56 PM #35
Donna Quinlan
Keller Williams Realty - Newburyport, MA
Keller Williams Real Estate Agent Career Consultan

So glad for you that you love what you do for work! Real Estate is a great career.

May 13, 2017 02:47 AM #36
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Dorie, thanks for sharing from your personal life.

I think you demonstrate that loving what you do brings joy and fulfillment.

And, you are wise enough to schedule YOU time.


May 13, 2017 04:08 AM #37
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Dorie, from reading your posts on Monday morning over the years I've always thought you have such a great balance. Your weekends seem to consistently have a mix of work and play. Congratulations on your feature! 

May 13, 2017 07:13 AM #38
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Amen, planning is key. Inform future clients what your daily service schedule is and when to expect call backs or text messages, what days you're off, including vacations and if that is acceptable, provide them the very best service you can. 

May 13, 2017 08:16 AM #39
Kathryn Acciari
Cameron Real Estate Group - Shrewsbury, MA
RSPS, SRS, REALTOR(R) Sturbridge-Shrewsbury MA

Dorie, it sounds like you have created a robust, well-rounded life for yourself. Thank you for sharing this peek into the ways you stay in balance.

May 14, 2017 03:17 AM #40
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Great post, Dorie. It seems "you've got this"!

May 14, 2017 05:01 AM #41
Realty One Group Alliance - San Mateo, CA
Broker Associate & Licensed Architect

Excellent post, sufficiently managing one's self can be challenging. :)

May 14, 2017 08:39 PM #42
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Dorie Dillard - exactly. This becomes easy when we can control the way we allocate our time - between business and family (and God if you believe in God.)

May 14, 2017 11:04 PM #43
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

The balancing act changes every day. Much easier when the kids are older.  One reason I got into this business was so I could be home for mykids after school--that worked out pretty well.

May 15, 2017 08:17 AM #44
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