“Nothing can dim the light that shines within”
I was born in Central Africa where a terrorist war started when I was a child. My first job was in ATC (Air Traffic Control) where I worked in Radar, Control Tower and Briefing, dealing with flight plans for not only civilian aircraft but for the airforce as they went about their rescue missions.
When the land of my birth was taken over by a dictator, I travelled for many days with my husband and our tiny first born to the furthest point in Southern Africa to settle and start a new life. It was a challenging time learning new languages and skills.
I went into Real Estate out of financial necessity when my husband was retrenched repeatedly due to a recession and needed to go to University, in order to retrain.
We raised our 2 sons while living and working in a prominent coastal town where I sold not only “off plan” large scale developments, but residential, farms and businesses. I was lucky to be a top agent there for over 8 years.
We emigrated to NZ in the mid Nineties where I continued in Real Estate.
It was a challenging time, but the people were similar to my Scottish ethos upbringing, so again, I worked hard to become a top sales agent and enjoyed selling many homes in a beautiful city, which was later struck by devastating earthquakes.
With our sons now adults, Australia beckoned with a move to Brisbane only to arrive at the time of the disastrous floods of Brisbane, yet my real estate career continued to flourish and expand.
I also ventured into the largely male dominated Commercial and Industrial real estate arena in order to take my weekends back to enjoy more sunshine and boating in the warm weather.
It was only when my husband was given 2 months to live that life changed drastically, as we fought his 22-month battle together.
I have learned that “tomorrow is never promised to anyone” and have continued in Real Estate to this day after we lost him.
I count my blessings each day knowing that our attitudes dictate many outcomes in our lives. I also know that having a sense of worth and a very good sense of humor is not only important but very necessary.
I am blessed with 2 lovely sons who are now married with their own families whom I adore and now in the next chapter of my life, a supportive partner who shares my values.
He has encouraged me to record my experiences and impart some of my knowledge…even to the extent of me learning WordPress and surprising myself at my ability to create this website all by myself.
If you are facing the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking!
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