I learned that my employer would be declaring its first round of layoffs when I returned to work from my honeymoon. From that moment, I personally felt the downturn of the oil and gas industry as I watched many coworkers and friends lose their jobs due to workforce reductions. While I was thankful to have dodged the initial round, a black cloud lingered on top of me for the next year and half as I wondered each night if I would still hold my position the next day. As the next six rounds of layoffs came and went, I continued to pray and remained thankful as I learned that my employment was still safe. But as we all know, all good things come and go, and at the end of this past September my position was unfortunately eliminated.
I’ll never forget the anguish that rushed through my body as I learned the news. I felt as though I had failed, and self-doubt consumed me right away. Would I ever be able to pick up the pieces? How could something I was so proud of for the past five years be taken away from me? I experienced denial, fury and depression over the next few days and kept questioning why my year was continuing to spiral downward. First the miscarriage, now a layoff – I couldn’t help but wonder what would be next. But I knew I was not alone and that this would not be the last cross in life that I would bear.
Fortunately, with the help of my spouse, family, friends and faith I eventually shifted into the stage of acceptance. And I started looking at this alteration in life as an opportunity instead of a defeat. I began to realize that, while I was grateful for the experience I gained within the past five years, there was absolutely no passion left for me. And what truly struck a chord with me was admitting to myself that I probably would have never left my job to follow my dreams. I had fallen into a routine and realized that I had let comfort take over ambition. It was then that I knew that God had led me to this crossroad, and it was up to me to decide where happiness could be found.
So, Why Real Estate?
I began to ask myself what truly brought me joy, and this is what I came up with: spending time with my family, decorating my home, staying active, embracing creativity and helping others. Then it became clear that I should finally pursue a career that somehow could incorporate all the things I love.
As many of my close family and friends already know, real estate was always a discussion in my past. I decided in college to major in Marketing in hopes of obtaining my real estate license after graduation. During that time, I also interned for a real estate agency too. After graduating, my young age and financial position led me to push this career goal aside, but I always hoped to revisit the idea of becoming a real estate agent once I had gained experience and maturity. But as the years went by, I became comfortable with the jobs that became available to me, and my dream continued to slowly fade away.
After the layoff, I talked seriously about this career shift with my husband and parents – as well as a close friend that has years of real estate experience under her belt. After analyzing the good and bad of what was to come in the next year, I finally decided to take a leap of faith and registered for real estate school.
After passing my license exam and signing on with a broker, I have welcomed the support of so many who believe in me while shaking off the negative vibes of those that think I’m completely nuts. I’ve accepted that greatness is a process. I understand that the road in front of me will not be easy, but I know that with determination and passion success is achievable.
As I continue this journey, I will be sharing real estate tips and local insight of Acadiana on the blog. I hope that you will follow along and support me as I keep pushing towards my goals and happiness!
If you are interested in buying or selling real estate anywhere in the United States please feel free to contact me at 337.849.1373 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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