What’s your backstory?
My story kicks off in third grade when I moved from Colombia to the United States. As the new girl with a language barrier and heavy accent, I was always bullied throughout Elementary and Middle School. High School was no different and the kids were outrageously cruel. I was eventually transferred to Coral Glades High School where I was able to identify myself and find friends. The bullying eventually stopped and I became extremely focused. During High School and College, most people knew me for my drive and determination. I was able to balance multiple jobs and complete all my homework.
Immediately after school I would go to my job as a server. My weekends were occupied by a second job at a retail store, another serving job at a BBQ restaurant, and also playing soccer for the city. Home wasn’t an easy environment either, but I’ll spare you the details. At 17 years old, I moved out of my house and rented a room from one of my friends. I enrolled in an early admissions program which allowed me to start college the summer of 11th grade without needing to attend senior year of High School. Although I graduated with my class in 2015, I was already in my second year of College at Broward Community College. At 20 years old, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Business.
My initial goals were to finish school and become a police officer while continuing my education with a Master’s degree in hopes of eventually landing a job with the FBI or DEA. However, along the way, I was introduced to Real Estate and quickly fell in love with it. Through all my trials and tribulations I finally found joy in what I do. On my first full year in Real Estate, I was fortunate to close a deal for $1.4M where I represented the buyer. That was one amongst my 30+ transactions that same year, providing me with plenty of exposure to quickly become very knowledgeable in the field and well-known in the Luxury Market.
Going on my second year of Real Estate, my friend, Claudia Tejeda, and I decided to open up our own brokerage, Tejeda Real Estate. Claudia had been a Realtor for ten plus years, so her knowledge along with my drive gave us great foundations to embark on this project. In my third year of Real Estate, I founded my own team within the brokerage, The Macabi Group. Currently composed of four agents, The Macabi Group has mastered the field of investment properties, diligently researching hundreds of properties for sale and only selecting ones with high return on investments. Although the luxury market is the backbone of my clientele, I welcome all types of clients and emphasize developing lasting relationships, resulting in repeat referral business. I feel extremely fortunate to wake up every day loving what I do and being able to mentor and inspire others to follow in my footsteps. Although I have managed to accomplish a great deal of success, I am still a work in progress.
What techniques and methods do you use day to day to stay continuously motivated, focused and proactive when fear, hardships, and procrastination have the best of you?
Lack of focus is one of the great enemies of productivity, and in my line of work, you can easily lose focus. I use time-blocking in order to maximize my time. Time-blocking is a simple productivity method you can use to schedule out everything in your entire day, including meals, work projects, and personal time. I write my schedule the night before in my Notes while I am lying in bed, which eases my decision making the following day. Implementing time blocking not only keeps me focused, but it allows me to utilize my time wisely and helps me avoid procrastination.
Most nights after I have set out my schedule for the next day, I follow it with some guided meditation to fall asleep; it works like a charm. It helps me with stress, anxiety, and insomnia. Also, once or twice a week I attend a yoga class to relax, energize and give myself some “me” time. My mornings typically consist of a dose of social media and answering emails with a cup of my favorite tea. Recently I started using a diffuser with Jasmine oil next to my bed and my office. Jasmine oil is said to calm down the body, mind, and soul while bringing forth positive and constructive emotions.
What is your definition of success?
My definition of success is being able to balance work with passion and trying my best in all aspects of everything I do. I set myself long and short term goals and success comes each time I get closer to those goals. I call it “real success”. These are the small accomplishments happening every day behind the scenes in order to achieve the bigger versions of success. My long term goals for 2019 were buying my first investment property, making a six-figure income, traveling to Greece, and buying my mother her home, all of which I have happily achieved with the exception of buying my mother’s house; I am still working on that. Time to put some new goals for 2020 on my vision board!
How will you continue to grow and succeed?
My biggest challenge in order to continue growing and succeeding is keeping myself in check. The hustle and determination is almost an instinct that can be quite draining if not kept in balance. I have recently started my own Real Estate portfolio with my first investment property. I plan on growing that portfolio as my career continues to excel.
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