|I forged ahead through an overwhelming time by remembering an important lesson I had learned years earlier.
I rolled up my sleeve to show the doctor what I was talking about. He investigated the mark, then leaned back and glanced from me to my son in his carrier on the floor. “That’s what’s causing it.” He pointed to the handle of the baby carrier and a wave of realization washed over me.
For the past year, I had been working from home while raising my son. I had to go into the office regularly to turn in paperwork and so I would have one arm filled with papers and the other wrapped around my son’s baby carrier. All that back and forth had left a semi-permanent imprint on my arm.
I have always been a hard worker ever since my first job at fifteen as an assistant in a real estate office. My whole life, I have enjoyed working and the competition that can go along with it. For years, I climbed up the corporate ladder in IT and enjoyed staying on the cutting edge of technology, but with all the travel involved, it wasn’t sustainable because the only other thing I wanted as much as that competition was to be a mom. I left my career to start a new one in real estate to fulfill my competitive drive while still leaving time to be with my family. I had spent five years in real estate before I went into IT; my mom was a REALTOR® and I had been familiar with the industry my whole life.
At first, I went into property management and then when my oldest son was born, I found a way to work from home as a transaction coordinator. There were a lot of sleepless nights as I filled out hundreds of pages of paperwork. By the time my second son was born, I grabbed any window of time I could: naps, the couple hours they went to pre-school, and one day a week my mom would watch them. Still, it was a juggling act unlike any I had done before, and I made it even bigger by starting my own brokerage.
When I was a kid, I learned from my dad what working hard looked like. I saw him leave early for work every morning to drive to L.A. and I watched as his car pulled in the driveway after dark. I have never been afraid of hard work and pushed myself competitively my whole life any way I could from running the Boston Marathon to competing in Toastmasters even though I was terrified of public speaking.
Those years with my arms full of papers and baby carriers didn’t scare me. Each morning I woke up after a couple hours and needed a third cup of coffee, I kept on going. Eventually that imprint on my arm went away and after several years, my kids enrolled in school full-time. I never panicked or thought of giving up because I learned years earlier from my dad, there’s no reason to worry about the things you can’t control, just do what you are able to do for the things you can control. Every day I remember that; I focus on what I can do and keep on going.
I have been a licensed REALTOR® since 2002. I love spending time with my sons and running. My favorite part of my job is using my relentless work ethic to help my clients achieve their dreams through real estate.
Buying and selling a home is a big deal and it is a decision that will affect your life for years to come. That’s why I take time to listen to my clients, go over options, and pay attention to the details. It’s my priority to make sure that you are happy with your decision and whether that means you need the perfect school district or a convenient bike route, I will find you the right area and property to meet your needs. I am not just a REALTOR®, I also do property management. I can find you a rental property if you are selling and I can help manage your rentals if you are investing. Whatever stage of your real estate journey you are in, I have been there and can help navigate you to where you want to go. Once we get started, I will continue to be there to support you as your lifelong REALTOR®.
Broker: Coldwell Banker Res. Brokerage
CalBRE Broker Number: 00616212
28051 Greenfield Dr. Suite A, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677