Being Brave

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I recently moved from one real estate brokerage to another. I have a lot of friends at the brokerage where I left, and only one at the new place. Change isn’t something I tackle with ease, and when I was discussing making the move with my real estate coach, he asked me to tell him the six words I associated with making this move. I came up with focused, freedom, brave, directed, powerful and strong.

Then, knowing that I process best through writing, he asked me to do a blog post, once each week, for six weeks, on a different word from my list. So, third in the series…BRAVE.

I went to see comedian Amy Schumer a couple New Year’s Eves ago. Once of my favorite parts of her monologue is when she said, “I posed half-naked for an ad. Do you know what word you DON’T want people to use about you when you pose half-naked? BRAVE!” It was hilarious!

So, let me clarify, I’m not brave like that!

Brave’s definition according the Merriam-Webster is this – having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty.

It was difficult to leave. Extraordinarily so. I had built a business associated with that brokerage’s brand. I had friends there. I hate to harp on this, but friends are very important to me in the workplace…it’s actually more that camaraderie is important to me. That takes time to develop, and I had spent that time.

I’m not one to rock the boat…leaving rocks boats!

There was a tremendous amount of fear surrounding my decision to go. It’s crucial to me to make good decisions. It always has been, but ever since I became a parent it’s become even more critical. And here’s the bad part…I still make poor decisions. Great decision-making is not something I’ve long ago check off my list as having mastered!

But I faced that fear and left anyway. And it turns out to have been a good wonderful decision for me personally, and as a business owner.

Would it be cheesy to close this post with Sara Bareilles’ Brave? Would that be a poor decision? 😉 Well, look at me being brave again…because here it is!

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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