Work life balance?
In March, I continued a slow transition back to work. And I feel so lucky to have the option of working from home with a flexible schedule as I figure out what my role at WIRE will look like going forward. I honestly don’t know how women go back to work full time after a baby without losing their minds. Being a mom has really made me appreciate the resilience of women.
I know everyone tells you that having a baby is a lot of work and turns your life upside down, but it’s hard to grasp what that really means until you’re going through it. I’m just starting to understand.
I’ve found myself asking recently, “Who am I now?” with complete seriousness. Just like my experience of early motherhood, it’s bittersweet. It’s exhilarating because I get to rethink my identity, particularly at work. And terrifying because I have to. So I’m trying to take all of the feelings and challenges as they come, and enjoy the whole wild ride.
An example that might help for those who have never had a baby and are wondering what the heck I’m talking about. Just this morning, I was hanging out in bed with Chris and Tony. Tony is particularly adorable, talkative and smiley in the morning, and I always feel like my heart is so full gazing at his adorable face and listening to his little cooing and gurgling noises, which evolve and get more interesting each week. So here I am gazing lovingly at his cute face, and because his diaper wasn’t on quite right, he peed on me.
Speaking of which, this reminds me of a phone call a few weeks ago. One of our agents was out for a personal family matter, and I was helping cover for her. I took a call with a buyer who was writing a contract for one of our listings. I was also holding Tony. Mid-call, Tony starts having one of his largest blow outs to date. For those who don’t know, that’s a big poop that is not contained by the diaper. So mid-negotiations, Tony chimes in with some colorful noises, and I find myself saying to this buyer “Oh, oh gosh. My baby is having a blow out. Sorry about that. So to get this contract finalized, does Wednesday at 3 work for you, or would 5 be better?”
Can I be covered in baby bodily fluids, and still be taken seriously as a business woman? These are the types of very real questions facing me more often than I’d like to admit. And I think the answer is yes.
I certainly haven’t cracked the code on this, but I think the answer has something to do with honesty and vulnerability. I’ve tried to be really open with my team when I’m short on sleep or covered in pee and not pretend to have it all together when I just don’t. And they’ve given me so much grace.
But then again, there’s also some value to “fake it until you make it.” For example, changing out of those poop-covered leggings and into a power outfit, putting on some makeup, and acting like the badass business woman you are.
Maybe it’s both. Maybe it’s about having both options up your sleeve and picking the right one for any given moment. I won’t say it’s about finding balance, because more and more I’m starting to believe that balance is a false promise. A wise woman I know, who was herself a single working mother, said “There is no work life balance. Only work life choices.” For some reason, that gives me some peace.
Big Moves from the Women of WIRE
Speaking of our team, they’ve achieved some awesome things in the last few weeks. I wanted to highlight two of them in particular.
Emily Guo, our marketing and operations intern has been with WIRE for 2 years. She is graduating from UT this spring, and I did my best to keep her for a full-time position, but couldn’t quite compete with the amazing opportunity she was offered. When you work with great people, they usually have great options, and Emily certainly did. She accepted a position at an investment management firm and will be starting there in the fall. Emily, you’ve been an amazing addition to the team, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for you.
Cindy Garcia joined our team in the fall of 2020 as an agent, but with a specific focus on getting our 23 unit townhome project, Hypoint, sold out. Cindy did that with flying colors, putting all 23 units under contract months ahead of schedule and for about $1,000,000 more in revenue to the developer than they had planned for.
Cindy did such an awesome job that she’s been asked to head up sales for Urban ATX’s next townhome project on Lessin Lane. We expect this multi-unit community to sell quickly as well, so if you’d like to get on our interest list, check out our page here and opt-in for updates.
The Market | Reframing the Narrative
I wrote last month on the topic of whether the market is truly as “crazy” as everyone says. That prompted Jasen Edwards to ask me to do a series with him on how to be successful in current market conditions. If you know Jasen, he’ll never settle for a disempowering story. So we got together and talked about how to help agents and their clients find a more positive outlook, and make better decisions, in the current real estate climate. You can see the first installment here:
Contracts and Closings
Congraduations to Jeff who closed on his home in Agave, a super cool and funky neighborhood in East Austin. We had a ton of traffic and ended up with multiple offers and ended up closing $71K over list price. A double congradulations, We also referred Jeff to an agent in Dallas and he closed on his new condo this week.
Closed Buyers –
Congratulations to Meng on closing on her new home! Meng moved to Austin during COVID and wanted to invest in a home. Morgan and Meng saw a ton of properties together before settling on a beautiful newer home in Manor. By staying competitive in a multiple offer situation, they won the deal with strong terms and a heartfelt love letter from Meng.
Bryan and Kim
Congratulations to Bryan and Kim on closing their new home! Bryan and Kim fell in love with a cute house in Bastrop with a lot of land and a pool in the backyard. This is their second home purchased with our team! Bryan and Kim’s strong offer terms beat out multiple offers winning them their new peaceful paradise.
Matt and Daryn
Congratulations to Bryan and Kim on closing their new home! Matt and Daryn have been looking for a home in Austin for quite a while now. Through our experience working with new construction, we were able to find them a gorgeous new build on the east side. Matt and Daryn moved in just after the snowpocalypse of 2021.