My route to becoming a realtor in Southern California has been anything but direct. Like most people, my path in life has been full of twists and turns. I was raised in Dover, Massachusetts, a small town about 15 miles southwest of Boston. My Dad was a physician and my Mom stayed home to raise my two younger sisters and me.
My parents were everything that I could ask for as a child, and two of the biggest inspirations of my life. They carried with them an epic perspective of morality and enjoyment. From them I learned my core values of responsibility, honesty and integrity, but they also taught me to work hard and play harder, because a career is important, but life is also worth enjoying! The values and outlook I inherited from my Mom and Dad are still fundamental principles of who I am to this day, as a person and as a professional.
All things considered, my formative years were as normal as they could be for any fortunate girl growing up in America. I went to Dover Sherborn Regional High School and after graduation, moved to Madison, Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin where I majored in Occupational Therapy. My life was on track and I was progressing towards a successful adulthood and a life of fulfillment.
Then tragedy struck my stable and comfortable world. My youngest sister was killed in a car accident when she was sixteen and I was twenty. This kind of loss is difficult for any family, but for one as close as mine, it was especially hard. It definitely changed who I was as a person. It made me realize that unexpected and painful challenges can happen in life, so it’s imperative to live every day to the fullest. I learned the principle of living and loving life from my parents, but losing my sister taught me to live in the moment. How one lives today impacts how one lives in the future. You can spend your life worrying about what may never come, or you can be present and appreciate what is in front of you today. I apply this lesson to all aspects of my life.
I graduated from UW and moved back to the Boston area to be closer to my family, where I started my career as an Occupational Therapist. During that time, I met a man named Dan Taylor, who was in the sound engineering business and lived across the street from my new apartment. I thought he was pretty attractive and thought I would find a way to meet him! As luck would have it, my boss was running for school board at the time which presented me with a perfect opportunity to bring the campaign papers over as an excuse to meet him. It worked! We started dating shortly after we met. A year later we were married and went on to have three amazing sons together.
Once I became a mother, I worked part time as an Occupational Therapist and spent the rest of my time raising our boys. My husband built a career in sound manufacturing for movie theaters, where he continued climbing the ranks in his field. Then, twenty-five years ago, he was offered a job with Sony Pictures in Los Angeles, so we packed up and headed west!
Although we adore living in the South Bay of Los Angeles, it has not been without its challenges. In the early 2000’s Sony discontinued my husband’s entire department, so he was laid off unexpectedly. Needless to say, financial stability became questionable. I was working part time in the Occupational Therapy field at that time, but we were not prepared to live on one income in Southern California. I had a close friend that I worked with who was going through a similar situation, so we decided to explore ways to generate extra revenue. Real estate came up in our search, and we immediately knew that was it! We ended up taking the training courses and getting our licenses together in 2007, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made!
Initially, I was still working as an Occupational Therapist, while doing real estate on the side. My talented husband was able to secure a new and exciting job in his industry in less than a year, so as we got back on our feet, my hours in OT decreased, as I became more and more focused on my career as an agent. Eventually, I transitioned out of my previous profession and became a REALTOR® full time, and that is where I am today!
Even though my route to real estate in Southern California has not been a straight line, the experiences of my past are hugely influential to my current success in this field. My parents instilled in me the moral and ethical foundation that is imperative to prosper in this field. The low times, such as my young sister’s passing and my husband being laid off, taught me the resiliency, diligence, and determination that is absolutely necessary to be a successful REALTOR®. My background in Occupation Therapy was all about supporting those in need and providing them with the ultimate in care and service, which is the same way that I treat my clients in real estate.
My background and experiences are what make me who I am and are directly responsible for my successes as a real estate agent. I would love nothing more than to lend my knowledge and expertise toward helping you with your real estate endeavors, but I don’t expect your business simply because of my experience or our relationship—I only ask that if and when you should decide to sell your home or buy a new home, that you take the time to interview me and see if I might be the best agent for you.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. When you or someone you know is in need of a real estate agent, I hope you give me the opportunity to demonstrate my services and interview me for the job.