Return From Nowhere

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Real Estate Agent with Hunt Real Estate

I did what I had been told I shouldn't have done:  I took 4 months off from working.  No prospecting, no follow-up, no lead generation, phone calls, emails, open houses, appointments.  Nothing.  I spent the time at home with my family, and giving myself a long and much needed break from the stress I had allowed to enter into my life.  I had been hovering on the edge of clinical depression, and hadn't had an honest good laugh in months.  But I was also lucky, and smart.  I had a busy summer, and everything closed smoothly around the beginning of September.  I set up a budget and knew that if I was careful, I would have enough money to get us through for 22 weeks (I made it 17 weeks, probably because I overspent on Christmas).

 

Was is worth it?  Absolutely!  My kids grades skyrocketed, my husband is more relaxed, the puppies were housebroken, my laundry was caught up and I learned that I should've asked for help when mixing cement.  I got through holiday shopping, wrapping and baking without feeling any pressure (for the first time since I was a child!).

 

More importantly though, I woke up on January 4th and thought, "I'm ready to go back to work."  That is a very telling thing for me, because I had been debating getting out of the real estate business.  I spent weeks trying to figure out what else I could do, and what else did I even want to do?  With no good answers coming to me, my mind kept going over the possibilities.  The ever changing schedule and inconsistent paychecks had taken a huge toll on me mentally and physically, and until that moment in time I didn't want to work at all.  I wanted to curl up into a ball and hide.  But life moves forward, and I live in a two paycheck household, so I knew I had to do something to earn a living - especially considering my husband's career in the auto industry.

 

It might sound funny, but one of the things that has motivated me to get my real estate career back into full swing again was my broker's decision to sell the company just before New Year's.  Our new company, Hunt Real Estate, has some excellent systems in place that I truly believe will help my business grow, and help me serve my clients better than ever before.  But this isn't about Hunt, it's about how I found myself again and started becoming the person I used to be.  Happier, relaxed, motivated.

 

In the face of tight finances and a lukewarm real estate market, I'm more excited than ever to be back to work in real estate.  Here I am, days after deciding to get going again, and I'm putting together my first deal after months off.  I realize that without making the decision to take the time off, and working to make it happen, I wouldn't have been any good at any job.  But with some serious downtime and inflection, I also realize how much I love this job.

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Lenn Harley
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Good for you.  I did the same thing some years ago.  My best friend of many years had just died and I decided I need dramatic changes.  I left the government, took the summer off, spent about 5 days a week at Loch Raven Reservoir catching Bass, spending lots of time with family and taking the real estate course. 

By autumn I was ready to go back to work tanned and rejuvenated.

Jan 08, 2009 03:27 AM #1
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Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

Fresh energy may give you a great kick into 2009.  I envy the ability to take off as I have never been able to do so in my life but am a firm believer of time with family.  I have learned to balance my career with flexibility of family needs.  Yes, sometimes I just have to give up an opportunity but better have peace in the home than a dollar in the pocket.  Choices that make sense in your life.  May you find the balance that works for you!

Jan 08, 2009 03:28 AM #2
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Loren Johnson
White Bear Lake, MN
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Great post...and congrats! You are just another testimonial to how 'recharging' every so often can actually accelerate your income, relationships, and health! Continued good luck to you!

Jan 08, 2009 03:28 AM #3
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Troy Ott
Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS - Columbia, SC

Congratulations on your quick success getting back into business!  Hopefully everything will remain smooth around the house.  Balancing a real estate career and a family is difficult but manageable!

Jan 08, 2009 03:32 AM #4
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Cristal Drake
Prudential California Realty - Fullerton, CA
Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate

Welcome back! I was just getting to know you when you left and was getting a little concerned. I have taken a couple of six month breaks at different times in my life. Each time I come back better than ever! Welcome back!

Jan 08, 2009 03:36 AM #5
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
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Welcome Back!  I think that everyone needs to step back for a little while every now and then.

Jan 08, 2009 03:40 AM #6
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Dean Moss
Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL - Chicago, IL
Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team

Sharon -

Sometimes, you just need to recharge - then, you hit the ground running even harder!  Great thing to do, and great attitude.

Do you have any of those Christmas cookies left?  BTW . . . we're still trying to housetrain our puppy!

DEAN & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Jan 08, 2009 03:41 AM #7
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Nickolas Underwood
KW Commercial Atlanta Partners - Lawrenceville, GA

That's great that it worked out so well for you. Welcome back. dont burn yourself out!

Jan 08, 2009 03:51 AM #8
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Sherry Scales
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Leander, TX
Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas

Sharon-Glad you are back, happier and rested and recharged! You have been missed!

Jan 08, 2009 11:09 AM #9
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Nancy Larson
I am a licensed referral agent in NJ - Hutchinson Island, FL

So Sharon ...guess what, I'm back too....let's get together on our Friday's and catch up, I think Bodacious Broads are back in business.

Sep 05, 2009 09:46 AM #10
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