The #1 question I’ve been asked recently by friends, family, & acquaintances is, “Are you going to quit nursing now?”
The answer is no. I will still be working 3 days a week as an RN.
So why did I spend the past eight months studying real estate and then cramming for the licensing exam? Well, yes it was on my bucket list. In fact, several decades ago before I had children I had taken an informational class because I’d been interested back then, too. But my son recently made a go of it, has been rather successful, and so I thought……. Why not??? After all, the more skills you have, the better, right?
So let’s go way, way back…..
In 1993, just two months prior to having Ian, my youngest son, I became a divorced, single mom. I spent five months living in my parents’ home with a newborn and a 2-year-old. I got myself a part time job as a cashier at Farmer Jack’s, then I waitressed, babysat, and cleaned houses…. and finally had enough saved to purchase a mobile home. Things were fine. The kids were loved, cared for by family….. But I wanted more for them. I wanted them to have a home and a back yard, and a neighborhood full of friends like I had growing up.
I went back to school and learned how to do medical transcription, and managed to raise them by myself, working multiple jobs from home. It was very isolating, but we made it work! I knew how to stretch a buck like nobody’s business, how to entertain my kids with little, and I learned that building a fort using all of the living room furniture and every blanket in the house can solve most of the world’s problems. They didn’t spend even an hour in day care. And that’s no knock on day care! I just knew that they had only one parent, and I wanted to make sure I was around. The guilt was already eating at me, and I didn’t want any more of that!
In the back of my mind I always thought I’d never own a home. Never. I saved, and I saved, and I saved, and I saved, and found a condo eventually. I remember the day I met the woman who owned my current home. She had paid cash for it, not lived in it for very long, and was paying cash for a newer bigger home. She said to me, “Don’t worry honey. Some day you’ll own a REAL home.” But to ME, it WAS a real home! And it has been my home now for 20 years. I raised my family in it, made a living in it, celebrated holidays and birthdays in it, and many other meaningful moments have taken place within its four walls. I never intend to leave it. It is my HOME. Today, my granddaughter Lyla who can’t just walk into it, but insists on HOPPING into my home, loves to come to her Gummy’s house, and she knows her way around it very well! Her little brother’s not far behind her either!
When my sons were old enough to carry cell phones and be responsible to get themselves to and from school on the bus, I returned to nursing school. Nursing has been my career for the past 12 years, and though I’d be lying if I told you I’ve enjoyed every minute of it – I can say it has been a very rewarding career. Challenging, exhausting, but so, so rewarding. I love people. All kinds of people. And after 14 years of working alone at home, it’s been so great to actually get out and be WITH people after all those years. Even, a bit of a relief to be among others!
Back to the bucket list. And back to the day that lady told me some day I’d own a “REAL home.”
One of my college professors was a real estate broker, and he and his wife and I became friends. It’s been about 15 years of friendship now. I’m laughing as I type this, because we probably became friends because of my loving being out of the house among people and talking to him after class every single time we met. It was such a freedom for me to get out and TALK with people! That’s how it is for me at work too. I can usually find out an enormous amount of information about my patient’s life in the first 30 minutes of my 12-hour shift!
So I’ve been busy for months at home studying, and finally two weeks ago I passed the Michigan Real Estate Licensing Exam, and I am now a licensed realtor!
I’m currently listening to an audio book called “Don’t Waste Your Life,” and I’ve really come to believe that the roads we walk in life are so purposeful. Maybe not even for our purposes, but for those we meet along the way. If we go through life never looking back at where we’ve walked and helping others who are on those very same journeys now, we have truly wasted those experiences. I don’t want that to happen to me. I don’t want even one experience to have been wasted.
So as I reflect on my life and look forward to the years ahead, my goals are becoming more focused on encouraging those who are walking down roads I’m familiar with – navigating the pot holes, making it through the difficult intersections, and when to simply pull over. I am looking forward to meeting people, hearing their stories, and helping them get established in homes where they too, can raise a family, enjoy the holidays, make unforgettable memories, and then welcome their grandchildren hopping into their homes some day!
The babies are raised, the TIME is available, and the calendar is clear! It’s TIME for me to help you find yourself a “REAL HOME!” Let’s do it!
If you’re interested in buying or selling a home, CALL ME! Rita MacDonald, (586) 764-1715. www.reddoorrealty.com
Your may also email me, Rita MacDonald, at firstname.lastname@example.org