April 2016: Today, I think I’ve hit my lowest point financially. My electricity was disconnected while I was preparing to head to court facing eviction. Yes, EVICTION! I took some of the funds I had set aside for my rent and paid to get my power turned back on. How did I get to this point? Yesterday, I accepted a temporary job offer but couldn’t even relish in the moment when I remembered that I still need to determine how I was going to ensure that my children and I had somewhere to live. While helping others build their legacy, my legacy has been crumbling for the past 3.5 years. Thank God for my family and oldest son’s father who were in the position to assist me but I was really trying to avoid asking them at all costs; hence it coming down to the wire.
November 2016: The above scenario has played out at least twice this past year and once last year, which is two times too many. I began writing that post and couldn’t bring myself to finish it; let alone post it. I realized that I had been suffering through some postpartum depression and discouragement in general when NONE of my professional or personal plans worked out. The toll of all of this is reflected in my current financial and physical state. BUT I do however, still have my spiritual peace.
“Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.”—this rings true in my professional journey.
I met one of my goals, which was to work for and learn from a national commercial real estate firm. I got what I wanted but the timing could not have been any more WRONG! In this business you need to be able to sustain for 18-24 months without making money, so that means you need substantial savings, a spouse who can pay the bills or a second full-time night job while devoting many hours to building the business. I have none of the above; not due to lack of effort. Even if you get a deal, it takes on average 4-6 months to close. My residential and investor services business has somewhat kept me treading water but it is time for me to swim and I’m looking forward to the day when I can float again. The benefit of me joining a national firm was the training and learning how they operate. I was given the tools but as I was accosted by life during and after the training, I literally did not have it in me to use those tools. To be honest, I was distracted and even lacked the desire. The prospect of earning tons of money did not motivate me like I thought it would plus I needed funds to live now not in 6-12 months. So where does that leave me? I literally had to hit the reset button…re-focus…re-plan…and be lead by God.
I used this past week to reflect on how I want my life to look. I thought I knew but God has consistently revealed that I have a heart for people and service. I truly find it rewarding. He also revealed to me why it has been such a challenge the past 3 years to break into the field that I thought I so wanted. While I’ve been knocking and kicking on the traditional commercial real estate door; it was God keeping it closed for a reason. Don’t get me wrong, I still love real estate and helping people via brokerage but it will be on very different terms; my terms. I’ve been trying to GET TO THE 1% by attempting to penetrate a system that was never intended for me in more ways than one.
I now know that my path to the 1% in Real Estate will take on an entirely different form. I’ve actually known in my heart all along but ignored or ran from the obvious because I (emphasis on I) thought this would be the best way to make my mark. I am still helping individuals Build their Legacies, One Property At A Time but it will extend further than facilitating the selling or buying of property. It will include helping protect the property, helping others do the same via education and counseling, it will also take the form of policy creation and assistance. On this Thanksgiving eve, I’m excited and grateful to you for taking the time to read my blog over the past year. Stay tuned in 2017 for more information and resources on real estate and how The Thomas Agency, LLC and The Thomas Agency of Georgia, LLC can continue helping, “Building Legacies, One Property At A Time.”