The highs and lows of parenting and real estate.

Oh What a Lovely Morning

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but my life is feeling much more balanced lately. Eleven months ago, when I began this whole crazy process of getting my real estate sales license, my life was pretty much utter chaos. I had a three month old son who I had just weaned, a four year old who had just started preschool, a full-time job with a 60 mile round-trip commute and was going to school four and a half hours a night, three times a week. It almost killed me. I was pretty much delirious from lack of sleep. I pushed through and completed the journey that has gotten me to where I am on the motivation that if I quit, I just had to go back to the way things were: hour commute each way to work, eight hours at an unstimulating career (nice people, though), little time to see my children and no time at all for cleaning my house, much less a hobby or exercise.

I have to tell you, I’m so glad I stuck my nose to that grindstone and kept going. I’ve gone from that, to this, in eleven months:

This morning, I got up at 6:15 (I used to get up at 4:45 AM every day), a bit sore from my great yoga class last night. I threw on clothes and rode with Jason and Gray up to North Scottsdale to drop Jason at work (his car is in the shop). After dropping him off, Gray and I stopped at Paradise Bakery and bought a yogurt and a zucchini walnut muffin to share. We had a little breakfast and people watched for a bit. Then we got back in the car and took a little tour around the neighborhood that sits at the base of Mummy Mountain. The sun was still ascending and everything looked gorgeous, deserty and peaceful.

We saw this enormous house being built:

We also saw no less than five jackrabbits and a dozen quail. Too fun.

On the schedule for the rest of the day today, I have some cleaning, some emailing, some prospecting, some grocery shopping and some baby playing. I’m really starting to get into this flexible lifestyle. I’m quite aware that real estate has its extremely stressful moments, but from where I’m sitting right now, it’s feeling pretty worth it. I’m so glad I stuck with the plan.

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