I’m excited to talk about why I left Corporate America to join the real estate business here in Greenwood, IN. Most people are shocked to learn I willingly left a position as Senior Vice President with a huge global bank to start over in a new career. To many, I had the dream job – I was successful in climbing the corporate ladder, got to work from home and travel to offices across the country, managed a team of people who respected me – I pretty much had it all right? Of course there were things to complain about, especially in a huge company with ever increasing regulations and constant downsizing and demanding more with less. But I finally realized what was missing that made me change course.
One word. COMMUNITY
I LOVE where we live – we have beautiful neighborhoods, best in class schools, a small town feel with big town amenities now. I grew up in the Center Grove area. In fact, our family farm was where the Kensington neighborhood is located now. I graduated from Center Grove and in the ignorance of youth decided I needed to try city life, so I moved to Boston and a couple of years later settled in Nashville, TN. I started a family, I started my career and I got older and wiser. I realized how much I wanted my children to grow up in the same manner I was raised – to have grandparents right down the street, teachers at Center Grove that I had myself, to learn our Midwestern Indiana values and work ethic. I chose to raise my children in Indiana and moved home and things worked great.
I brought my job with me, worked from home and was excited I could be right there when my kids needed me. This was a great transition for me, I am so very thankful I had the opportunity for so may reasons. I liked my job and did very well, but the challenges of working from home are many, and one of those is just missing the human contact throughout the day. I was on the phone the entire day long but didn’t have any face to face time. Being active in the Center Grove and Greenwood communities was challenging considering I couldn’t leave my desk all day!
I finally decided to join a program called Leadership Johnson County to get myself out and about, to meet people in the community and to learn more about this place I’ve lived for so long. Little did I know the true benefit of the program was discovering how unhappy I was in my current career! I love to help people, I want to give back to and support my local community, I want to discover new places and share them – these things didn’t apply to my corporate job. In fact, Indiana was on our list of places not to do business so there was no chance of anything local. Why was I giving so much to a company that did nothing for Greenwood, Johnson County, Indiana???
I had the epiphany when I was driving my mother to the airport last fall. She was telling me how she needed help, was talking to someone about putting together a real estate team and was exploring options. It was like a lightbulb flashed over my head and I knew what I was supposed to do. I started the required real estate class the following week and quit my job 4 months later (more to come soon about real estate school and skill level of the “average” REALTOR – trust me, you want someone who has well rounded experience and not just a few weeks of ‘school’!).
I have not looked back once and LOVE what I do now. Life is too short and I am now giving my time and energy to my hometown, my family roots, my children’s legacy. THIS is why I chose to be a REALTOR in Greenwood, Indiana!