Titles can be the hardest part.
I wrote the title to this post about 100 times. Each time, I thought it sounded too dramatic. This post isn’t meant to be dramatic, but rather a simple statement of fact and some words wrapped around it. It could be a lengthy post or I could keep it rather simple (something I am not known for), but it is a post of some significance for me and those that know me.
Now that I’ve been overly dramatic, let’s get to it shall we? To put it simply, I am no long a real estate agent.
Now before you read that last sentence again while you rub your eyes because you think you must have misread it, let me assure you, you saw what you saw. Of course, a statement like that deserves some explanation and I will now attempt to do so. I let my license expire at the end of April as I approached the deadline for renewal. It was a conscious decision with a tinge of sadness, but not without merit. I’ve had some personal issues lately and as I’ve been trying to take care of those, I have had to come to terms with the fact that I can not balance real estate and those issues at the same time without letting one falter. With that realization, I had to make a decision and with my family needing my attention more than real estate did, it should be easy enough to see which side I chose and why.
I am currently unlicensed, but that does not mean I will remain that way. I am putting the wheels in motion as we speak to sort out the issues and make my return to licensed status. I will miss real estate for the brief period I am gone, of that there is no doubt. In real estate I have found something that gets me excited everyday and makes me wake up thinking, “what will today bring?” I have a lot to learn still (and always will), but I know that I am a great agent and will most likely be doing this for most of the rest of my life. Leaving music, I wondered what I would find out there and real estate answered. I never knew just how much I would come to love it, but I definitely have.
In the meantime, I will still continue some of my blogging activity and be around my usual internet haunts when I am available. I hope you’ll all continue to say hello and talk for a minute or two of your day. Although, it makes it sound a lot like a goodbye (which it isn’t, this is more of a “I’ll see you in a few”), I’d also like to thank all of my real estate industry related friends and readers. AgentGenius has truly been a highlight of real estate for me – both for my own personal learning and growth as well as fun, good times, and friendship. You probably didn’t know this, but I have a desire to educate at some point in my career, so AgentGenius is always a great proving ground for me.
Wisdom from the masses.
Have you ever had to press pause? Have you ever stepped away from real estate for a moment? I’d be curious to hear from some of you out there about your experiences. I’ve had wonderful support from my office, other agents, and my clients, which have made the temporary transition much easier. Was it “hard” to get back into the groove or did you find yourself missing it so much that you dove back in with renewed energy? As I work to resolve things and get back to what I love, I wonder if there’s something that you’ve experienced that helped you in the past.
So without any drama, I say to you: I’ll see you soon, don’t be a stranger, and thanks as always!
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