Hey Everyone, welcome to 101 Jay Avenue where I’ve decided to take up permanent residence on a very familiar street in my life and walk into the foyer of freedom, joy, and most importantly living. For thirteen years of my life (since I was 25) I woke up at 4:00am every day, worked out, and made it to work at 7:00 am and stayed there to 6:00 pm many days. During this time I had the pleasure of serving as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at the HS, MS, and elementary school level, respectively. But in 2016 I decided that I wanted to have the freedom to take off when I wished for friends’ weddings and baby showers, take vacations, and spend more time with family.
I spent a year defining what my new life would like via soul searching, vision boards, journaling, and affirmation statements. Yes, I’m one of those people that believe in creating the life you want through positive thoughts but more about that later. The school year (Aug- June) of 2016 was filled with many emotions of optimism, doubt, and speculation but I’m glad to say faith prevailed. I planned for my departure from a job many only dream of having (that was hard and people thought I was crazy). I saved money from home sales over the course of that year to build up enough money to replace my Principal salary for nine months (that’s a lot of saving and a lot of money). During that time, I worked to train and build capacity in my staff and internal leaders (I’m sure this will come up in a later blog post) and notified my big boss I would be shooting her and the system the deuces.
Fast forward to June of 2017- This was the month my entire life changed. I stopped worrying about how this was going to work out and starting trusting God. During my planning year, he removed all the barriers I had in my mind (financial well- being, keeping one foot in education, and building a client base.) My real estate business boomed, and I had more clients and closings than I had in the two previous years combined. All while still leading a school. I know CRAZY, right. Additionally, God provided an opportunity for me to explore Educational Consulting-something I always desired but had not found the right company, (this is me keeping one foot in education, after-all I have degrees and had to work hard to climb that ladder)and he sent real estate clients new and old back into my path that helped me spread the word that I was going full-time as a Realtor. Although all of the items listed were blessings and eye-opening, I must say the embrace and push I received from friends and family and them recommending my services was equally overwhelming and very much appreciated. I spent my last week of work in June on vacation relaxing and quietening my mind, and my resignation went in to effect on June 30. I spent that weekend celebrating my birthday and my new life and invited friends and family to one of my favorite pastimes (horse racing at Kentucky Downs). I had no idea how my new life would turn out, but I knew it would be both challenging and rewarding.
For years I’ve dreamed of creating a lifestyle that would give me the #FREEDOM to do + be exactly who I want to be. I am so blessed to say that those days of dreaming have finally come to fruition. Over the past year, I’ve enjoyed waking up without an alarm, running in the park when it’s daylight, traveling, exploring the things I love (Fashion finds, Real Estate investments, fitness and more), continuing to build my business and traveling the country to share my educational expertise with many school leaders.
Since college, real estate has always been a part of my life. My parents were brokers (Mom is still a Realtor but Dad “retired”). I grew up learning the market and showing property during College Breaks. Real Estate is a space where I feel most at home (pun intended) and was the link to #FREEDOM that I was missing. I always knew I wanted to do Real Estate full time but never had enough Faith to turn those dreams into reality.
I knew the journey would be familiar as I have had my real estate license for over fourteen years and sold many homes as a part-time agent on a yearly basis, but this was going to be different because it was going to be my primary source of income and it was basically going to be like starting a brand new business. I can’t begin to tell you how free I feel from the daily grind. Now, don’t get me wrong- I still grind, but it just looks different and quite frankly it feels different… and GREAT. I have way more freedom, I make my own schedule, and I even work harder, but it just doesn’t always feel that way because it’s for ME. And guess what… I did way more than survive during my first year of independence, I THRIVED. I can’t wait to share this new journey and I hope you find my tips, how to’s, and advice authentic, relevant, and inspiring. Welcome! Let’s see where this path leads us.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton