Yes, it is true that the commercial real estate industry is quite adventurous. I think that is exactly what drew me in. Never are two projects or strategies ever the same. Every client has a different objective and set of criteria that is critical to their business needs. Our job is to identify those challenges and determine how to accomplish each solution. When I am not working, I seek those same types of challenges outside of the office. Those of you who know me, know that I don't sit still very long. I am constantly moving, thinking and embracing opportunities.
One of my most challenging adventures was completing a triathlon. The bike and run were a piece of cake but the swim, for me, was terrifying. When I first tried to swim I could not even make it 10 yards or put my head under water. I was in pretty good physical shape but I had a fear of the water. Through tremendous perseverance and a strong desire to succeed, before long I was able to swim 6,000 yards in a week. It felt pretty amazing getting out of the water after the swim on race day. I completed my second triathlon a few weeks later.
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack a strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will,” Vince Lombardi
Although fear was not a factor, I enjoyed the training and endurance of completing the Rachel Carson Challenge. This hike is known for its 35.1 mile one day endurance challenge. The terrain was very difficult and even though I had trained on every mile of the course, I was not prepared for the heavy downpour to start the race that morning. I was nothing but ecstatic to complete the trek in just over 15 hours right before the cut-off. Although I was not excited to find that my toe nails turned black and fell off a few months later.
Some other fun challenges include the MS150 Ride to State College, Snowboarding, White Water Rafting, Charity Walks and many years of competitive tennis. I had the pleasure of being on quite a few great USTA teams and enjoyed the regional championship for both 9.0 mixed and 4.5 womens. I never played as a child but as an adult fell in love with the game.
“Winning is not everything – but making the effort to win is,” Vince Lombardi
Today, you won't find me on a tennis court as much but you will find me on a much smaller court, outside in the middle of the winter. I started playing the game of paddle tennis last winter and have enjoyed having something to do over Pittsburgh's long winter months. The game is a bit faster than tennis and, with the ability to use the screens, provides for a whole new set of strategy.
During the winter I may sneak into the office a little late because of a morning match or you may catch me doing the 5 mile loop at North Park at lunch.
I know for sure that each one of my adventures has led to physical and emotional growth. I feel very strongly about always challenging myself to break out of my comfort zone, identify new strategies, angles and opportunities to stay on-top of my game both in and out of the office.
“Winning is not a some time thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while…you do them right all the time,” Vince Lombardi