Every one of us has someone in our lives who helped make us who we are today. The most influential person in my own life has been my mother, Maria, who is a true inspiration. A cancer survivor, my mom has a lot of spunk for such a little woman. She’s a big believer in walking in faith, working hard, and living in the truth. “If you’re gonna do something, do it well,” she always told me.
It’s not always easy, but I strive to follow in her footsteps. When she worked for attorneys through the 1980s, I could often be found at her office doing some work of my own for her. Even as young as age twelve, it came naturally to me—filing papers, reading legalese, you name it. It sounds dull, but it still makes me giddy!
Of course, I also had a strong independent streak. When I was still a teenager, I set up my own business teaching English in Mexico City. I spent a year living and working there, and it really showed me what I was capable of. My first taste of my entrepreneurial skills!
After finishing school back in the United States, I took a position as a paralegal at one of the law firms where my mom had been employed. It was so easy to step back into that world, and I continued doing legal work for the next ten years.
I likely would have remained in that field if it weren’t for a recommendation from my godfather, who had been in the real estate business for almost twenty years at the time. He got it in his head that I would make a good Realtor®, so at his urging, I decided to give it a shot.
I immediately liked the contractual part of it. That was easy for me with my legal background. Arbitration, litigation, damages: that’s what I was good with. Getting into sales was challenging, but I was eager to do it, and do it well. I started in new construction, and later started working with a boutique firm in Arroyo Grande, which is where I first met John Goodell. John and I first worked together between 2006 and 2007, before I moved to another brokerage.
We reconnected in 2016 after he brought me an offer on one of my client’s homes, and before I knew it, I had signed on to be a part of Team Goodell. It already feels like we’ve been working together for years, and this has been an amazing turning point for my career.
Today, I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished, both professionally and personally. I have three incredibly well-mannered kids—Isaiah, Joshua, and Sarah—and sometimes I can’t believe how great they are. They’ve pushed me to be a better person, and it’s been my goal as a working mother to always be there for them. I attend all their athletic events and volunteer at their schools.
I’m also dedicated to my own fitness as a positive outlet, whether it’s by doing a yoga class, going to the gym, or running. I completed my first half-marathon in 2012, and I’ve been constantly training ever since, running one to three more every year.
I’m happy to call the Central Coast my home, and it’s been a great experience building a life here with my family. John and I would love nothing more than to lend our knowledge and experience toward helping you do the same thing.
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