By Wendy Mccance
I was at the office yesterday for a meeting and to follow-up with some clients. I am a real estate agent here in Michigan and love what I do. I am also juggling my other love which is writing. I have two blogs, I am a freelance writer and I am in the midst of writing my book detailing my experiences blogging. Whew, it’s a lot of juggling. I also have my family. Three children, three pets and a very patient and supportive husband.
Yesterday I was at the office and I was talking to another agent about juggling two careers. Being in real estate is like all of those kids you hear about who waitress while waiting for their big break as an actor. Most agents that I know have a second job. Real estate is a flaky business and it’s imperative to have another source of income for those lean months. I know agents who are interior designers, there is a pharmaceutical rep., home stagers, authors, teachers and I even know a masseuse. It’s comforting to know that there are other people who juggle multiple jobs like me.
So I was talking with this agent about the difficulty associated with having more than one job and I mentioned that if I had never started writing, I would have been very content to just be a real estate agent. I truly love the job. The problem is that I enjoy writing more. I have never felt this passionate about anything I have ever done.
I find myself throwing all of my energy into writing. I can’t help it. I’m just so drawn to everything about it. Because of the energy I put into my writing, I am seeing more results as a writer than as a realtor. I have backed off a bit on the real estate end, and only take on the jobs where people come to me. I don’t prospect like I used to.
My friend at work was saying that if she could afford to, her other job would be the one she chose. For her, she has only herself to depend on for an income so she is really torn between the two careers and insanely busy juggling both. She has no idea what a social life is anymore and sadly, she is burning out fast.
Who would have guessed that in my middle 40’s I would finally find what I was meant to do? It has taken me by surprise, but the ride has been extremely fun. I am now at the point where I have to decide what I am going to do about each job.
I have decided to hold onto my real estate license, but really try to make writing my full-time gig. I have gotten too many opportunities to back off of writing and feel it’s time to make the ultimate commitment to my freelance career.
After years of working in another area, who would have guessed I would hit the nail on the head twice? It astounds me that I found two great careers back to back. I never in a million years would have guessed that I would be making a decision on which career to pursue.
What about you? Have you faced this issue? Do you love what you do? Would you be doing something else if the money was substantial?
P.S. If anyone is interested in representing me or publishing my book, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org My book details the dark moments in my life that pushed me into blogging. I also reflect on the remarkable experiences I’ve had and what I learned from becoming a blogger.
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