About this time last year, I was on a walk of faith. I began a new career.
It coincided with dramatic and tragic turns in my parents' lives. The changes that have taken place in all of our lives since July 2013 are mindboggling when I think about them too long.
Despite his illness and circumstances, Daddy wanted to hear all about my real estate school. I'm so grateful I made that leap so I could call and report on the passing of each and every class, and finally, the state exam.
I always hoped my daddy would see me graduate from college or publish a book before he died, because I wanted to make him proud.
Oh, I know my daddy was proud of me, just the way I was, because that's the kind of daddy he was. But I still wanted to do it for him. I felt I owed it to him for dropping out of college all those years ago.
When I told him I passed the state Realtor exam, I could hear the pride in his voice, but also confidence that I would do well. That confidence he projected on me - a belief in me - has carried me through this past year.
I've not only faced the challenge of starting my own business, but also the responsibilty of helping my mom get through her own challenges. It helps that she's closer to me; those exhausting, frequent long drives to and from Houston are behind me.
I didn't kick ass and take names in real estate this year, but I did meet a lot of fantastic people, made new friends, felt myself stretching and growing in ways I haven't for years... plus managed to help quite a few people find new homes, which was the ultimate goal anyway.
Well, that and make some money so that my hardworking, long-suffering husband can dare to dream about retiring...one day.
My writing and photography (and yes, blogging) have been forced back on to a shelf to gather dust for awhile, but I have managed to be there for my mom, and for the most part, my kids, friends, other family, and church.
I appreciate those of you who still come around for my infrequent posts, and forgive me when I don't make the rounds for a week or two to your blogs. I had been warned that real estate was a 24/7 job, but I didn't realize that meant the to-do's really never ended, even if you stop taking calls at 7pm.
I've gotten used to dreaming about real estate.
The perks? Quite often free food and drinks (we have to network!)... and every once in awhile, ping-pong. Great stress relief.
And I know Daddy is smiling - he taught me how to play.
It's a strange mix of heaven and hell. But I like it. Happy anniversary to me!
I can't wait to see what the next year brings...
"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
~ W.H. Murray