I was encouraged by the CEO of our local Board to run for a Director position. She told me I would be a wonderful fit. I took it very seriously and made a video and campaigned hard for the Director position. I asked for support from several people in the Council to help me with marketing ideas and implementation. I sent out multiple fantastic email communications to our membership.
I’m at a smaller company and I was previously warned that it was a popularity contest and those who are running with the large broker companies would win. I didn’t care at all what they said and I ran anyway because I have a wonderful relationship with most of the Realtors in Toledo, Ohio. I lost the election and that’s ok. My purpose was to get in there to make a difference and make some changes for the better for our industry. But even without winning, I got to use the platform to speak out about changes I felt were important in our Board for the future.
The experience opened me up to serving my community in ways I didn’t expect I would get a chance to do. It was a huge learning experience and I will use the lessons to make me better in the future and will always remember to never give up…my faith teaches me to trust the process and that it will happen when it’s meant to be.
I stepped way outside of my comfort zone and landed flat on my face, but I choose to look at the positives. It’s not that you fell that is the important factor…it’s how gracefully you get up from the fall that matters. This experience has inspired me to search out and try other leadership opportunities in the Council and in my community.
I had always been a behind the scenes kind of girl. Give me a task and I’m on it. But in 2014, I was asked to step outside my comfort zone and apply for the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors “Realtor of the Year Award.” This involved applying, interviewing in front of a panel of my peers and ultimately giving a 5 to 7 minute acceptance speech to 700 of my colleagues. The thought of getting up in front of so many people had me considering declining the award. But with the help of Toastmasters and my experience in leadership with our Women’s Council of Realtors Cincinnati Network, I graciously accepted this wonderful award. From this experience came an opportunity for a leadership role with my company. I could not be happier. It’s amazing what you can do when you step outside of your comfort zone!
“Some of the best moments in life come from doing things that scare you the most!!! Unknown
My mom, brother, husband, cousins and I decided that we were going skydiving this past fall. This is something that we all wanted to try, and we finally got up enough courage to do it! Of course you think about every bad thing that could happen, but I also found myself thinking, life is too short, now is the time to live it! My husband and I were the first to go from our group. The plane ride up felt like an eternity and when I thought we were as high as we were supposed to be, I was informed that we were only half way there. Pretty sure the nerves started to kick in at that point. When we got to the top, 9,000 feet up, my stomach hit the floor!! The door opened, I felt like it was sucking me out, panicked a little, then stepped out onto the ledge, thank goodness my instructor was with me! He told me to keep my head back and away we went! Free falling was by far the most amazing feeling in the world! What a rush!!! The free fall was for 30 seconds and I have never felt so free in my life! I thought I would be scared out of my mind, but it was the complete opposite. It’s a feeling that I can’t really explain, but a great one!! Once he pulled the parachute, I got the opportunity to really take it all in. The views were breathtaking!! The landing was much easier than I had pictured in my head. Such an amazing experience!!! If you get a chance to go skydiving, I highly recommend it!! You won’t regret it!!! I’m looking forward to going again this spring!!
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