In September of 2012, I moved from San Luis Obispo to Walnut Creek.
This was a very abrupt move, and was certainly one of the more difficult decisions that I have ever had to make. But it was a decision I had to make. While I grew up splitting time between the Walnut Creek and San Luis Obispo areas, the majority of my time was spent in San Luis Obispo. SLO is an amazing area. Peaceful, easy beach access, and possesses a wonderful community. After all Oprah called San Luis Obispo the happiest town in the country! It was very difficult to leave such a wonderful area. However, I relocated to another wonderful area.
First I will talk about my move from a career standpoint. I had just started an (amazing) job with a great SLO company about a month prior to my decision to “head home.” Which of course made the decision that much more difficult. On the professional side of things, I had an opportunity to join my Father’s real estate team. I grew up watching him be successful in his prior career, as well as being independently successful in real estate. I had always given thought to eventually joining the industry, it was always a bit of an “itch.” My Father (Steve) had gone through changing the team around, and it presented an opportunity to get my license and get involved.
What was really exciting was that I was going into something where I would be wearing so many different hats. I’ve always enjoyed being in a position that was fast-paced and required a dedicated focus. I am now running a business with my Father, and am seeing successes that in the beginning I had zero clue if they would even happen. I am in a position where I get to hone my skills as a marketer, and learn on the fly what works and what doesn’t in this industry.
My professional career leaped to new levels thanks to making the difficult decision to move back to Walnut Creek.
On a personal standpoint, there was a dramatic change in the family dynamic that was hard on my siblings. That alone was enough to get me to move back to Walnut Creek and be closer to them. I don’t know if it’s a pure “big brother” thing (I’m the oldest of 4) or what, but I felt a strong urgency and a sense that I needed to be here.
With those two factors, I was able to take some time to carefully think and make that decision. I was never the strongest decision maker, but something inside of me made it happen. This was one of the most decisive moments of my entire life. And those I had met at my short-lived employment in SLO…were the inspiration for me to grab the reigns and make my decisions.
Throughout the process, I had an incredible support system. Even though my parents have been divorced since 1991, and my Father’s (next) 20 year marriage was in that process, I got nothing but encouraging support from the both of them. It was pretty cool that my two (“half”) siblings that I was coming to be near were excited as well. My
*half* sister, is above all the most important person to me. Getting to watch her grow up is an absolute blessing My other brother had just moved to the Sunnyvale area, so I am able to be close to him as well (regardless of his wise-cracks!).
Throughout all of it, my wife (then girlfriend) didn’t even bat an eye when the abrupt decision came that I needed to leave the SLO/Paso Robles area. The unwavering support of someone that is so greatly affected by my decisions was incredible. My decision to move was out of the blue, and it would mean major adjustments for the two of us, plus her young daughter. That rock solid support was incredible and I don’t know how I would have gotten through it all without it. It became a goal that eventually the two of them would join me in Walnut Creek (well, apparently I just assumed they would…), and we are in an incredibly happy place. (Update; April 2015…we are expecting!)
It’s Been Almost Two Years (Now almost 3)
Now that it has been nearly two years since I moved up to Walnut Creek, it felt like a good time to look back and reflect on my decisions and the process. As I expected, I am working my tail off! But hey in this business, that is a good thing. I am very proud that I have taken our team into a realm that no one else in our area is doing. And I think that differentiation shows as potential clients are doing their homework on us.
Looking back, it seems like it should have been an easier decision to make. But of course, that’s how it’s always going to look when looking back on something. When you are in the moment, it feels like so much is riding on that decision. Looking ahead can be frightening. As they say, we fear what we don’t know or understand.
We all make our decisions and then live with them. Sometimes they are horrible decisions, and other times it turns out to be the best thing you could have done. I am in the latter. The quick pace, developing my skills, and helping others achieve the American Dream of home ownership are all extremely rewarding. It is hard work, but being in a happy place is well worth it!