Going back to a full time job after a long hiatus is never an easy thing to do. When I got pregnant with my first child, there was no doubt in my mind that I would continue to work. My parents had both worked my entire life and the idea of staying home all day with babies changing diapers seemed silly. And then I had my child and I knew that my priorities were about to change. But a few months later, I went back to work and my husband helped with reorganizing our schedules to accommodate our growing responsibilities. Then I had my second child and as the saying goes, “all hell broke loose.”
Now, I know it look really easy to be a real estate agent and a mom – you show homes, look at property, make lunch and change the diapers, etc. But there is something you might not know, real estate can be very stressful and being a mom can be extremely stressful. With real estate, often there is a lot of someone else’s money involved and emotions go on a crazy roller coaster of a ride – one day the house is perfect and the next it is a mess. There is a part of me that loves to put together a good deal, but at the end of the day I was too stressed to give my kids the mother I wanted to and that they deserved. So I quit real estate and it was the right decision.
Things have changes over the years – instead of a Landrover, I drive a Honda Odyssey. I don’t take any calls at dinner time. My polished appearance is often replaced with a stained t-shirt and jeans from a busy day of painting at my kids preschool. I have loved every minute of the last 4 years and am so incredibly appreciative that my family was able to afford this luxury.
But as my youngest starts school next year, I knew it was time to either have another or go back to work. At first, I thought about other career options – maybe I could do something different. Then I thought about going back to school – maybe a law degree? Then I thought, let’s just have another baby – maybe not. After weighting all my options, I decided that I really do love real estate. It is a great job and a fun profession. I love all the amazing people in the business (ok there are a few people I don’t love too) and the sense of accomplishment when everything comes together and a client gets a great deal. It is rewarding.
It is a little sad to know that a chapter of my life is about to end, but I think I did a pretty good job.