Grab some coffee, nod to two far you've come, chart your course, and raise your glass to the future!
One of my favorite times of the year is business planning and team retreat season. It's inspiring to see how far we've come as an organization, and to chart our course to reach our next destination!
This time last year, our Ilumni team rented a house at the beach and spent three nights together. Our agent services director (aka, "team mom") grocery shopped and meal planned, and we made dinner together, listening to music, drinking lots of wine, and talking about everything from hair color to politics. The next morning, we took a walk, enjoyed our coffee, and then "got to work" at 8:30am, reflecting on our personal "why," our personal goals, and our 1 year, 3 year, 5 year visions.
This weekend, let's raise a glass to all of the talent we have in our lives. These are the people who comprise our choreographed ballet, and together, we "do it all."
Speaking of being surrounded by talent, it is with great honor and excitement that, on behalf of Ilumni, we welcome Jason Gordon to our faculty.
Jason comes to us with an impressive background, and extensive experience in the lending space.
With a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University, followed by an MBA from National University, Jason holds multiple divorce real estate credentials, including his CDRE™ that he obtained in 2019.
Yesterday, someone said "How do you do it all?"
Answer: I don't.
The secret truth is, I'm surrounded by "inspired, passionate, motivated, grateful, and open minded" talent all around me, and together, WE do it all.
In the real estate industry, we hear so much about leadership. We have leadership classes, leadership coaching, leadership habits, leadership skills - there's a whole industry devoted so leadership. And that's good, because as Realtors, we lead a lot. We lead our families, our domestic teams, our clients, all of the moving parts and people in a transaction, and that's all before we even get into leadership of our teams and businesses. So leadership really is at the core.
We all have biases. In divorce listings, and in daily life. When we are hired to be a neutral professional, we must be purposeful about acknowledging our biases and recognize when we are triggered by them. We represent flawed individuals from all walks of life, yet we must set aside our personal feelings in order to perform the task we've been hired to do.
My husband, Sean, and I were driving to Las Vegas a few weeks ago. From SoCal, it's a 3-4 hour drive on the 15 freeway through the desolate Mohave Desert, which is basically the only direct way to get there.
It's a great feeling to be out on the open road - a feeling of freedom and fresh air, and drivers get caught up in this euphoria, with the top down, and open up their V12s, flying at speeds in excess of 100mph.
In the divorce niche, who you know - and who is on your side - is everything. At the Ilumni Institute, we are powered by our Faculty - practicing Family Law Attorneys who ensure our students are on the cutting edge of divorce real estate.
We caught up with Shelly Jean John Esq., who teaches in both our Master Course and Divorce Bootcamp programs. She shared about how she got into Family Law, what caused her to join Ilumni, and more!