Today I woke up and put on a dress and was the businesswoman at the Morris County Chamber event at the Morristown Green. I made my way through the crowd, introducing myself with my RE/MAX name tag on, shook hands, and talking about blogging, volunteering, but not much about real estate. I was the internet pro, owner of Morrischat.com, and happy to offer my services to help companies get their name out in the internet.
I have had difficulty switching from wanting to volunteer 75% of my time, to being a good mom the other time, and trying to find real estate work. The market is very unmotivating right now.
After the event, I came to my office at 1 Madison Avenue. I am never here this early, with my laptop plugged in, all set to be a realtor. I was posting pictures of the Morris County Chamber Event. Lo and behold in walks a volunteer firefighter from Madison NJ, Matthew Keane, Branch Manager of Superior Mortgages, who is our new mortgage rep.
I felt it divine intervention.
We talked about me going to the Academy, and how I am having trouble switching from wanting to volunteer and wanting to earn a living. I told him that on Fridays it's my Cranford Eucharistic Ministry Day, how I cooked dinner for the the firehouse vs. Florham Park softball game last night, and how it's so much more rewarding to volunteer than to be a realtor right now. Should I blog for a living? Should I go back and market my old territory? Should I find a rich new husband (LOL)?
And you know what? He gave me such good insight into how when you're in a market that is slow, and discouraging, keeping up your volunteer activities is so rewarding personally that the work will eventually come. I am a new realtor to Morristown and am up against heavy competition all the time. Last year I was the top seller in Union Township and my site has been #1 in the Google Westfield real estate market.
However, here I am getting frustrated trying to find local work; not work I have to drive 20 miles for and leave my children home alone.
Everyone knows I am going to the Academy 6/23-7/16. I have luckily lined up a babysitter that can help me with my kids and keep them occupied since they are off from school. It seems that I am making alot of sacrifices, but I know eventually it will all work out. Just have to keep the faith.
On another note, last night I had to give in my gear to be cleaned. As I was folding the jacket and taking the boots out of the pants, I felt so lost for a moment. Like what would I do without my gear.
To some this post may seem lame, but to those of you searching for the right career, and having something you like to do as a volunteer opportunity, maybe you can commiserate. Volunteering is so much more fun than working these days. Just have to find a way to pay my bills.