I recently was challenged with looking into my past to see what made me unique and find some of the reasons I do what I do in my business. As I reflected on early memories and my forming years, I remembered how painfully shy I was. I wouldn’t speak to anyone I didn’t know well, and if they spoke to me, I would cry. I went to a local children’s television show taping with my sister. I loved being able to see the stars “up close and personal” but not too “up close.” One of the characters was asking the audience questions and he pointed to me. I distinctly remember the heat immediately rise to my face and the tears quickly followed. I buried my head in my sister’s arm and I don’t remember anything else.
Fast forward to the 4th grade. I had the pleasure of wearing some sort of orthodontic appliance until my Senior year of high school. For those that are counting, that is almost 9 years! Head gear, neck gear, silver braces that went around each tooth entirely (not just the cool stick-on-the-front kind), retainers, you name it, I had it. In the midst of all that I had perms and acne. I was a real sight to behold.
In middle school I was a cheerleader but I realized that though I had the talent, the other girls were in the cool crowd and I was, clearly, not. So, when I went to high school, I decided I didn’t want to deal with those attitudes and I got into drama and was a “flag girl” in the marching band. I hung out with my “own type” but always thought it was weird that just a couple of years earlier, I was cheering with and for people that wouldn’t even speak if they bumped into me in the hallway. I didn’t know what to do when my best friend asked me to try out for the pom line (they danced instead of cheered). I knew the activity would be fun but I was not excited about the personalities I might encounter along with that. Ultimately, I figured if we did it together, it would be fine. Until she didn’t make the team…and I did. I mulled over it and I accepted a position on the team and because of that, lost a BFF. All of a sudden I was getting attention from kids that didn’t know my name before that, though I had gone to school with them for years.
Lastly, after a breakup in my early 20’s, I moved 1600 miles away from my home – by myself. My mom later told me that she thought I would be gone a year. It’s been 20. I learned to deal with my inside, my outside, and others that most people wouldn’t give a second look.
What does this all have to do with my real estate business? You’re welcome. You, specifically. You may be someone who wants to buy a house but doesn’t know if you can afford it. You may own a billion dollar company and want to sell your estate and move to the Caribbean. You may be a complete novice or have been around the block many times. You may be a single parent trying to show your children how to work hard or you may be able to send your children to the most prestigious schools in your private jet. No matter your age, gender, education, income, or social status, you’re welcome. I know what it’s like to feel like the underdog and I know what it feels like on top. My hope is that everyone that crosses our threshold feels like they are the most important person in the world because we couldn’t succeed without you.
Disclaimer: If you are a mean or rude person, you’re not welcome, otherwise, YOU’RE WELCOME!
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.