As a REALTOR during these tumultous times, I’m glad to say I'M STILL HERE
The first time I saw the movie The Sound of Music, I was immediately mesmerized. It wasn’t just about the heartwarming story, the fabulous scenery, but also the many lessons learned from the incredible musical score.
As I move from various stages of my life, it seems that there was always a segment of my life that can be told by the Sound of Music soundtrack.
Lesson my father taught me
I was only Sixteen, going on Seventeen when I saw the movie, and my life at that time seemed to only focus on having a boyfriend.
My father, on the other hand, had a different lesson he wanted to convey. To this day, he likes the song I must have done something good. These words helped to guide me as I moved from various stages of my life.
“Nothing comes from nothing
Nothing ever could
So somewhere in my youth or childhood
I must have done something good.”
One of the most crushing blows is to be laid off after decades of working in the telecommunications industry. I had to say So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye to the only profession I ever had: marketing and sales.
Jobless, Homeless and Friendless
So I moved to the Bay Area in California -- literally jobless, homeless and friendless. And looking for a sign as to what my next step should be. Being over 50 years old with very few job opportunities, I was faced with the challenge of what do I do next? A source of inspiration and words of truth: Climb Every Mountain.
Reaching deep into my psyche, my heart...just what is it that I like to do? What do I enjoy doing? I remember that as a child I loved looking at architecture books and models. And in my adulthood, living in Florida, I loved going to Parades of Homes and open houses. These are my very Favorite Things.
Becoming a REALTOR
And voila! It dawned on me that perhaps a new career in real estate is the next step. I poured all my energies into being a good REALTOR during one of the most tumultous periods in the early 2000s. There were early signs of a looming downturn so I had to learn new skills and became a CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert). In 2008, the real estate industry was rocked by one of the worst economic disasters in modern history resulting in a tsunami of short sales and foreclosures.
And like so many of us, I have gone through the ups and downs of the market. It was quite literally, sink or swim. But through persistence and sheer will power, I'm singing a different song. I’m glad to say that I’m still here.
Good times and bum times, I've seen 'em all and, my dear,
I'm still here.
Plush velvet sometimes,Sometimes just pretzels and beer,
But I'm here.
I've run the gamut. A to Z.
Three cheers and dammit, C'est la vie.
I got through all of last year
And I'm here.
Lord knows, at least I was there, And I'm here!
Look who's here!