After an internship with Parsons in the DC area, I knew the District was where I wanted to call home come 2009. Just before graduation in December of 2008, I got a job offer, but when I later found out my project was moved to Greensboro, NC, I was shattered.
Jobs were becoming few and far between in my field and many thought I should just take the job, but I was terrified to pack up and move to a place where I didn’t know anyone. I would sit at my desk all day, coming home too tired to be social. While I’m sure Greensboro is a lovely place, it lacks the abundant young population the DC metro area boasts, making it more difficult to make new friends. Although the job would have been a great start to my career in construction consulting, I knew I couldn’t sacrifice my social and therefore mental well being for it.
It’s debatable whether or not I was dumb to turn down the offer. On one hand, I’d have had a job out of college. On the other, I could have gotten laid-off and stuck in NC with a lease and, likely, no job prospects. With the downward trending economy, I felt safer close to home. There, I’d have someplace soft to land if a job fell through.
So, the impossible search began.
After striking out at even finding jobs to apply for, much less interview with, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I hate this term almost more than “in this economy”, but I decided to give myself a “bailout”, so to speak. If there weren’t going to be any jobs in the field I wanted, I would just start a different path and create my own job.
The result: I can sell you a house in the state of Texas! I’m a Realtor at JB Goodwin on The Turner Team. I handle all of the team’s lease leads as well as work with buyers and sellers. This blog in no way reflects my life as a Realtor and is probably extremely unprofessional of me, but don’t we all need balance? That is work and this is my play.
I’ve gotten a lot of comments about why I’d want to go into real estate “in this economy”, but the truth is: AUSTIN IS DOING OK. It’s not booming, nowhere really is, but it’s not failing either. It is just there. Austin is one of the best markets in the States, but it’s not 2006-2007 anymore. This is the perfect time for me to learn the business and I have some of the industry’s best to teach me.
Austin was a sort of Mecca to quite a few of my friends from college, but it’s Plan B to me. Despite my go-getter attitude towards being a Realtor, I can’t ignore my real dream: living in DC. I am constantly trying to make the best of it, but I still check for jobs to apply to in the district. I (obviously) still haven’t found anything to send my resume to. Even if I did, I have a feeling I’d be one of many more than should be normal. Plus, I’m starting to enjoy the freedom of the world as my office. I’d have to weigh my options carefully should an opportunity arise.
That’s the “short” version of the story that led me here.
Here, I write to share the little things that happen in between the “in between” of my life.
Someone asked why I chose the title “all look no leap”. The conversation went like this:
someone: that’s a dumb title
someone: i mean, i just wouldn’t title it something weird like that
me: then i guess it’s a good thing it’s not your blog.
someone:but….i don’t get it. what does it meaaaaaaannn?
Ever heard someone say “look before you leap”??? ok good. It can mean whatever you want it to.
Also, when I was 3 I threw a fit at the paint store because my mother wouldn’t let me paint my room dark plum purple.
I didn’t really know where else to fit that.