It’s Official

KW5549-106F17webOn March 28th I became an active licensed realtor and joined the Keller Williams Premier Realty office. Starting a new endeavor has been overwhelming and adventurous but I am enjoying the ride. The people I have met have been extremely encouraging, helpful, kind and patient. I could not have chosen a better place to start my real estate career!

Everything about Keller Williams is executed with excellence and my first week has exceeded my expectations.

Their mission is…

To exceed our customer/client expectations while increasing the growth and profitability of our associates and company by promoting success through: community service, consulting, ethics, recruiting, teamwork, technology, and training. Thereby resulting in careers worth having, businesses worth owning, and lives worth living.

I can say that for the short time I have been a part of this amazing company they definitely operate each day with their mission in mind. I already feel right at home.

Unexpected Paths and New Beginnings

In almost 50 years of life I have learned that the paths I think I’ll be taking and the paths I find myself on are rarely the same. Rarely, as in, never.  I have also found a correlation between these diametrically opposite paths…they always lead to growth and new beginnings.

Case in point. In November of 2016 I found myself being laid off at my job. Having your boss walk in and instinctively knowing what is going to happen is the worst. An ugly cry was needed and mine did not disappoint. Gathering my few personal belongings and leaving felt like an end. In fact, I drove to Memorial park and walked the three mile loop crying because I knew I couldn’t drive all the way home. Little did I know this was just a new beginning.

After the shock wore off (a few weeks later) one question changed my path. The question was, “So now that you are looking for a job, what do you WANT to do?” I hadn’t really considered that I could actually change careers this late in life. The thought of that was too overwhelming and I continued my search for marketing positions. After several interviews I knew that path was no longer what I wanted.

I had several friends and family suggest real estate and the thought of that made me feel alive. That feeling had been lost in the responsibility of taking care of my children and the fear of trying something new. Kicking me out of a “safe” job was the only way for me to leave. I truly believe God did just that.

Never in a million years would I have risked going out on my own. Knowing myself as well as I do, I would have stayed where I was regardless of whether or not I enjoyed it. When you have three children depending on you things change. It no longer becomes what I want, but what needs to be done. My parents definitely taught me the importance of responsibility, a lesson that has served me well in life.

Anyway, after completing real estate classes I took and passed the exam in March. I studied like a crazy person, sometimes ten hours a day. It had been YEARS since I had studied something new and I was afraid my brain wouldn’t cooperate. But when I walked out of the testing center knowing I had passed I was thankful. Thankful not only for passing, but for the opportunity.

I know without a doubt God gave me this opportunity and in hindsight being laid off was a blessing. He obviously knew I wouldn’t have tried anything new unless I was forced to. What a good, good Father!

The Darkness that Brings Hope

trialsAnother year and another “annual” post. I do love writing but it is not a priority right now. I happened upon my site (Thanks, Facebook memories) and read my post from last December and was reminded of things learned and things forgotten. Sure would be nice if once you learned something it was just part of who you are and you never had to re-learn it again. Apparently that’s not me so I find myself going through more learning. Lucky me, lol.

Life has hard lessons and they seem to find me quite often. I told my best friend not too long ago that I was so over being able to identify with others because that meant going through hard stuff over and over again. And yet, here I am again. However, being alive on this earth for 49 years in a place that is not “my home” will always have me saying, “It’s not supposed to be like this.” Anyone else?

I will say that through it all one thing has NEVER changed. God was with me every single minute. Bethel Music’s rendition of It Is Well says, “Through it all my eyes are on You. Through it all it is well.” This has proven to be true in my experience.

So just in case you need someone that truly understands where you are or what you’re going through I can relate with… depression, death of a family member, death of a close friend, miscarriage, loneliness, divorce, food addiction, anorexia, bulimia (because I also have issues making up my mind), parenting (enough said, right??), alcoholism, losing a job, betrayal by a friend, poverty, rejection, emotional abuse, suicidal thoughts, breast cancer scare, bullying, sexual abuse, pornography, drug addiction, physical abuse, and probably some I’m forgetting. Before anyone starts assuming when and where I experienced all that, this is over a 49 year life. No one person or event was responsible, some I walked through with a close friend, and many were of my own doing.

Reading those may seem depressing but honestly today I feel hope. Could be the sunshine after raining three days. Could be the fact I was able to exercise and get some endorphins flowing. But I know that in James 1:2-3 the bible says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” I can attest to the fact that the product of going through hard stuff brings perseverance which leads to hope. It also brings strength and courage like no other experience can. The strongest people I know have the hardest stories to tell. Don’t assume you know someone based on their “today”. Everyone has a story to tell and if you slow down enough to talk to them you might even learn something about yourself.

So this year I’m rounding out my “trials” with hope and thanksgiving. Not because I was thankful when I was going through them, but thankful that I’m not the person I was before I did… And hope that the person I am today is a much better person than before.

Merry Christmas and love to you all.