The past few months, I have been diligently working on completing my GRI (GraduateREALTOR® Institute ) designation. I started taking my courses over a year ago and slowing chipped away at them. This summer I focused on getting the bulk of them completed and have really enjoyed the content I have learned and have put into practice. Between showings, listing appointments, administrative work, and my classes I also intentionally made time to take our kids to the library every week since moving to Aitkin.

As a child, the Aitkin Library was a magical place. Twenty-three years ago the library of my youth that was built in 1911 turned into an art museum and a new facility was built. As much as I missed my old library, the new one was much closer for me to bike to (I didn’t have to cross the highway on my bicycle which was my parents’ rule) and conveniently quite close to Dairy Queen.

Now, I bring our kids weekly as they trade out the giant stack of children’s books in exchange for new titles to keep our reading time a little more spontaneous and fresh. They also point out every visit that Dairy Queen is just across the parking lot. And I have become no stranger to cruising through my own stack of titles the past few months. I read a biography on Nancy Reagan, a fictional novel based in Yosemite National Park, multiple books on leadership & being an entrepreneur, a financial planning book, the story of an ultra-marathoner’s record-breaking trail run on the Appalachian Trail, and currently a non-fiction on the story of how a women struggling to keep it all together learned how to let some things go to finally thrive. My favorite from the past couple of months was definitely about the ultra runner who overcame serious injuries and kept a winning mindset for an average of running 50 miles a day to conquer the 2,181 of the Appalachian Trail. The most practical & tactical: probably the financial planning book. But that just wasn’t as exciting.

My current read has stirred up some good thinking points, specifically in defining what matters most and prioritizing them. In Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu, the author shares her personal story of being an ambitious professional who becomes overwhelmed with the details of parenthood, maintaining a home, and growing professionally. The book sparked my interest to take a personality test to evaluate my style and gifts. The last time I took a personality test was in a practice management course studying dental hygiene at the U of MN over 10 years ago. Even though a lot has changed since then, my personality has not.

If you are curious what my personality test revealed, the answer is: awesome. Just kidding, I always have been ENFJ (more info here) and it was rewarding and insightful to read through the personality profile once again to be reminded on my strengths (and weaknesses).

Protagonists are natural-born leaders, full of passion and charisma. Forming around two percent of the population, they are oftentimes our politicians, our coaches and our teachers, reaching out and inspiring others to achieve and to do good in the world. With a natural confidence that begets influence, Protagonists take a great deal of pride and joy in guiding others to work together to improve themselves and their community. 16 Personalities

My husband took the test as well, and you guessed it right: ISTJ – THE LOGISTICIAN. (More details about the logisitician here) All in all, we have totally different personalities and the perfect combination of charisma and loyalty to produce rockstar kids.

I love the variety of personalities out there. One of my favorite things about real estate is the opportunity to work with so many interesting people and personalities. Mix in a couple with different personalities, buying or selling the most expensive thing they’ve owned, and the emotions of moving and change – and it is a chance to really get to know people and improve their experience in real estate. Just like there are thousands of titles to choose from in the library, there is a market of houses and a pool of buyers – it just takes a system to match them up! The diversity of personality keeps my career interesting, challenging, and always rewarding. It helps to have Dairy Queen close by too.


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