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A whole lot of uncomfortable moments….

“Life starts to happen outside your comfort zone” ….

It sure does.

Nicole and I went to a seminar for women in business last week. Fempire “The future is female”! It was of course amazing for my newly developing business brain, but I never imagined that I would take so much personally away from it.

I had a comfortable life: – I was happy enough being a wife, a mother and working to help support my family. I was safe, or I thought I was. When it came to my career, I was content. I had ‘fallen” into the hair and beauty industry and liked it well enough but I didn’t always feel good enough (even though now I know I was actually pretty good and if I had chosen to, I could have been better) I didn’t think I had more in me as I was stunted by my own thoughts and feelings about who I was and cared way too much what other people thought. So, when it all fell apart, I never imagined that my life would actually fall together.

In the last year I have had some big changes. One of these was a complete change in career. I went from hairdressing to working in an Equine Vet practice, you couldn’t pick two careers so different, but I loved working with the horse’s and I found out I was pretty good with them. In my business I had gained a little social media marketing experience and had done my own admin but working at the vet I learned so much more on a whole different scale. I had the opportunity to grow in a different way. I had gotten comfortable, I thought I was able to “hide” from any personal problems (ha what a joke) and I felt safe again. So, it was a shock when it came time to leave the vet, everything happens for a reason though and I would never have considered what I am doing now without the lessons I learned from working with them.

Now I’m uncomfortable, personally and professionally… and life is happening. I’m single and almost an empty nester. I’m working with AgentNet, hairdressing 2 days a week and working in disability to spend time with family and make ends meet.

And on top of all that for the first time in 11 yrs I’m studying again, this is really uncomfortable for me because anyone who knows me, knows how much I struggled in high school. I never really had a direction, I was always distracted and was more of a hands-on learner, I loved the creative side of it. Art was my thing but even then, I didn’t believe I was good enough. So now with the Real Estate course, my negative self-talk likes to creep in and say things like “who are you kidding, you can’t do this”, “you won’t finish it” and my biggest fear “you’ll disappoint them”. But I can’t let those thoughts win because if I do, it will be me that I’ll disappoint, and I refuse to let myself down.

So, I’m learning to pick up on my weaknesses, recognizing when I put myself down and starting to work on positive self-talk instead of negative. I’m putting strategies in place and prioritizing the most important things first. I’m making vision boards, visualizing success and surrounding myself with all the things that inspire me to be a better person. I’m choosing to be around people that I respect. I’m investing in myself and because of that I’m growing personally and professionally.

The future is looking bright so I’m getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and I’m going to let life happen.

Rachelle x

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A Newbie Point of View – becoming a Real Estate Agent

What is this life I am living now?

I’ve heard the saying “When life throws you curve balls grab a bat and swing” and I always thought it was a bit of a cliché. My whole life I’ve been a kind of lucky, with a little work most things that have come to me, have come easily. I could list the co-incidences and “meant to be” moments, this new chapter of my life is one of them and I’m excited about where it is taking me.

Who am I? Well let me introduce myself, I’m Rachelle: – a mother of three amazing children Izabella, Clayton and Logan, as with any mother everything I do, I do for them. I have done something right though because they are all smart, respectful, loving and resilient. I live on a little hill with lovely views and my favorite thing to do is watch the sunrise. I come from a very large crazy, mixed up family where I am the oldest girl. I am blessed by the people in my life and I believe my friends would describe me as a good and kind person.

When my daughter was 9, I had this grand idea that I needed to show her that you didn’t have to settle for mediocre, that a woman could make something more of herself, be “more” for herself. So, at the ripe old age of 27 I started my beauty & hairdressing career. I have run a successful small hairdressing business for about 9 years but now it’s time for change and to prove to my daughter once again that you can reinvent yourself at any age.

That’s right…. “Curve balls” I’ve had quite a few in the last year. My life changed dramatically, I’ve discovered a lot about myself, who I want to be and where I want to go. So now I’m grabbing my opportunities and moving into a new career, one I didn’t dream would happen, but it comes from one of those “meant to be” moments and I could not ignore it.

So, what is this life I am living now? I’m lucky enough to be working with Andrew and Nicole, the founders of AgentNet, to help develop and build an innovative new real estate business. I am also studying to become an Estate Agent, I’m learning something completely new to me and discovering an interest I didn’t know I had.

I’m 41, a mum, working 3 jobs in completely different fields and back studying, to say I’m busy is an understatement but that is whole other story……

Rachelle x