As some of you may (or may not) have noticed, I've been a bit absent on the blog the last six months. Not necessarily gone per say, but Alex has been holding down the blog fort so to speak. While in the past, the split of our posts has been roughly 60/40, Alex coming in with an average of three posts per week for my two, but since January I've been lucky to make a weekly appearance. I have a good reason though, and today I'm finally ready to share some news that I've been keeping on the down low.

While many of our readers know that Alex is a computer programmer by trade, it's rare that I've spoken about my day job more than saying I'm "in marketing." And after nearly a decade and a half of non-profit B2B professional services and event marketing, conference and event planning, as well as brand management (are you sleeping yet?), I've decided to make a major change.

It's no secret that I love homes, and my passions lie in interior design, historic restoration, and entertaining. However, the question has always been, "How do I make a living doing what I love?" 

Don't get me wrong. I've had amazing professional experiences along the way, including business trips to exotic destinations.

Bosses that inspired me to challenge myself and grow both personally and professionally, and even a few run ins with people you may recognize.

But as cliche as it may sound, life is short, and I want to spend most of my waking hours with people whose company I enjoy, residing in a city I relish, while doing work that's meaningful and valued.

Which leads me to January of this year. After carefully considering several options, financially planning, and doing extensive research, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to pursue my real estate license. While still working my day job I began taking the prerequisite real estate courses in the evenings and on the weekends.

In April I sat for (and passed) the Virginia real estate sales peson licensing exam, and last month after interviewing several companies, I affiilated with McEnearney Associates here in Old Town, who I truly believe is the best fit for me.

My last official day at my old job (and career) was just last week, and I leave with bittersweet feelings. I'll miss the comfort that comes with being in an industry and a position for years, as well as miss the industry and members that I served on a daily basis. There are also so many amazing colleagues and friends that I'll miss dearly. I mean, how lucky am I to work with people that write heartfelt notes, give you a bouquet of flowers, or even bake you a cookie cake in your favorite color, complete with a "sold" sign on it to commemorate your career change?

But I'm also really excited. Excited to do something I love and am passionate about. Excited to be working with people to help them find a new home that's the right fit for their needs and their family. And excited to be learning, challenging, and pushing myself with "what could be," rather than getting comfortable with "it's not so bad."

Not only will I be helping people looking for or selling homes in the Northern Virginia area, but I also have access to a global network of resources and will work to help pair up people from anywhere with a local agent that best suits their needs. 

I'm only a few weeks into my new career and I've already helped my first clients find a new home in Old Town so they'll be closer to their first grandchild, and I'm working with several others to help them realize the dream of owning their first home. I'm even helping a few people through the daunting process of relocating to the area from another part of the country. 

Don't worry, Old Town Home isn't going anywhere. In fact, I'll now have more time and opportunity to uncover hidden home gems on a daily basis (and share some with you), and hopefully will have more time to get back to my own DIY endeavors. 

Things around here may change a bit though. As a licensed real estate professional I'll have to make some disclosures on the site to comply with various rules and regulations, and you may see some changes to our Open Housing posts. 

On the flip side, real estate isn't going to be all you hear about by any means. I've set up a separate Facebook page to include market updates, fun house tips, and insight into the life of a real estate agent. If you're interested in following along, you can find me here:

I'm holding onto my hat, because I know it's going to be a crazy ride, but I can't be more excited for the journey and the coming days, weeks, and months.

Have you ever gone though a significant life career change and do you have any great advice to help me make the transition? I'm all ears.

Comments 67


6/24/2013 at 9:37 AM
Congratulations Wendy!! That's so exciting. It takes a lot of courage to make the leap to change your career. Good luck in your new endeavors!
Thanks so much, Kelsey! :-)
6/24/2013 at 9:52 AM
What fun! Congratulations on making the decision (that's the hardest part, afterall, right?!)
I sure hope it's the hardest part, but perhaps that's my naiveté talking! ;-)
6/24/2013 at 9:54 AM
Good luck Wendy! If we ever decide to leave Williamsburg to live closer to our daughters (their husbands) and our new granddaughter, you'll be the realtor we call.
Thanks so much, Chris! (We just love Williamsburg, by the way. So charming!)
6/24/2013 at 10:06 AM
Awesome news! Congrats!
Thanks, Justin!
6/24/2013 at 10:13 AM
Congrats on the new job! Happy to hear you're following your dreams. Please keep us updated. :)
Thanks so much, Amanda. I'll definitely keep you all posted on how it's going!
6/24/2013 at 10:16 AM
Congratulations Wendy! What an exciting change.
Thanks so much, Ashley!
6/24/2013 at 10:27 AM
Huge congratulations Wendy!! Sounds like you are already off to a great start in your new career :-)

P.S. When I first saw the title of this post I thought "They're moving, NOOOOOO! We'll never get to see the master bathroom remodel!!" Haha, needless to say I was pleasantly surprised when I read that this is not the case :-)
:-) Thanks so much, Meredith!

Heck no, we're not moving. Too much blood, sweat and tears have been poured into our home. And to your point, I will NOT be leaving this home before I get to take a bath in my claw foot tub!!
Kelly King Hurley
6/24/2013 at 10:40 AM
Congratulations, Wendy. I'm sure you will be amazing and kudos for taking a big leap.
Thanks Kelly! Good to hear from you. :-)
6/24/2013 at 10:43 AM
Congrats and good luck!
Thanks so much, John!
6/24/2013 at 10:46 AM
so excited for you, wendy!
Thanks, Gretchen!
6/24/2013 at 11:29 AM
Congratulations! Such an exciting and brave decision!
Thanks, Abby! Fingers crossed that it's the right decision. ;-)
Dawn Marie McManus Hefron
6/24/2013 at 11:35 AM
Congratulations! You are perfect for this field and will do so well.
Karin K
6/24/2013 at 11:50 AM
Congrats!!! You'll be GREAT at selling real estate! Also, I am totally jealous that you got to meet W.
Thank you! I really appreciate it!

(And W was really funny and down to earth. Not what I expected!)
Congratulations!! You'll be wonderful!!
:-) Thanks, Victoria!
Victoria, you know this breathes life into the pipe dream of scoring a great find on a giant old house that needs our help.
6/24/2013 at 1:47 PM
Congrats on the big move! I've been debating doing one myself but it's hard to get the momentum to make it happen, it's encouraging to hear that someone can make it happen!
Thanks, Heather. It took me a long time to finally make the move, and I know how hard it is. Good luck, and I'm sure you'll make the best decision at the right time!
Phyllis Ensign
6/24/2013 at 2:10 PM
Congrats on your new adventure, Wendy! If I ever find myself needing to look for real estate in your neck of the woods, I'll know who to call. :)
pat b
6/24/2013 at 3:34 PM
Mmmm, cookie cake. Oh wait, you're changing careers? I was derailed by the cookie cake. Well, I suppose since Alex is now a vet (see last post), it was inevitable. Good luck and please, please keep blogging!!!!
LOL. I was derailed by the cookie cake too, and yes, we're all taking on new career paths these days, eh?

Thank you Pat, and we'll of course keep blogging. We love sharing and learning from our "extended network of online friends." :-)
Kristin Saveland Buchanan
6/24/2013 at 4:10 PM
congratulations! such an exciting change!
Old Town Home
6/24/2013 at 4:35 PM
Thanks Phyllis Ensign! I really appreciate it. :-)
Old Town Home
6/24/2013 at 4:35 PM
Thanks Kristin Saveland Buchanan! Very exciting (and a little scary too)! :-)
6/24/2013 at 5:16 PM
Congratulations! Making any kind of life-changing move is a risky decision but often more than not reaps many happy and positive results! You'll be great and I look forward to seeing your signs around town!
Thanks for the words of encouragement, Karen! :-)
6/24/2013 at 5:16 PM
Congrats on the new job! Will keep an eye out for your signs.

Btw, there are a couple of lovely homes in our neighborhood that need new residents (and some TLC).
Thanks, Thad!

Fingers crossed you get motivated, handy new homeowners in your neighborhood! :-)
6/24/2013 at 7:21 PM
Wow! Awesome.

Having just recently started a new job, I can understand how it feels to leave one that is part of our routine, and that you're used to, for something totally new, but change is good!

I really hope the real estate job goes well. I know it can be very competitive, but it sounds like you've already jumped in. I can't wait to get some updates and see some old homes.

One thing's for sure, you won't have any of those listings with TERRIBLE photos (there are a lot of those and I often cringe, go to "" for a quick laugh).

Congrats on your new job, JC! I hope it's working out well, and thanks for the tip on the site. In particular, the pictures of the kitchen clutter left me speechless. :-)
6/24/2013 at 10:56 PM
Congratulations! Wow, when I saw the post title, I thought it was a baby/pregnancy announcement, especially coming on the heels of your last few posts that had to do with a baby shower! (And yes, I remembered later that you had made a very firm declaration in the first baby shower post that you were NOT expecting).

Good luck with your new career path! I've got friends who just moved to Virginia. When they're ready to buy, I'll give them your name!
Oh my gosh, too funny Merilee! Thank you so much for the good laugh, best wishes, and for passing on my name. When the time is right, I'd love to talk to your friends to see if it's a good fit.
6/25/2013 at 12:35 AM
I don't comment a lot, but I read everything. And I have to say I am so proud and so happy for you that you are following your dream!!!

For what it's worth, you have my support and encouragement.
It's good to hear from you, and thank you so much for the support and encouragement!
6/25/2013 at 1:45 AM
Congratulations, Wendy you are very brave
Thank you, Isabel! Hopefully brave, not crazy. :-)
Pamela G.
6/25/2013 at 2:50 AM
Congratulations, Wendy! I can't wait to see you on House Hunters! ;o)
Too funny! If that ever happened, I don't know what will make Lulu more confused -- the sound of the show's doorbell or my voice coming from the television! :-)
6/25/2013 at 10:56 AM
Congratulations, it must be exciting to be getting paid to pursue what you love, you are one of the lucky few. I fully expect you and Alex to have your own show flipping old homes, while preserving their integrity, in the next 5-10 years.
Thanks, Max! Alex and I always joke that we would make the worst house flippers on the planet. At our pace, we'd probably be able to pay off a 30 year mortgage before the house was ready to sell! Our dramatic "enthusiastic renovation disagreements" would make for good tv though. :-)
6/25/2013 at 1:04 PM
CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!! That's so exciting!!
Thanks so much, Carrie!

(By the way, we're loving how your exterior project is coming along!) - Team 2 over 2
6/25/2013 at 4:16 PM
Thanks, Kristen! I can't think of a better word for it than of my favorites. :-)
Old Town Home
6/25/2013 at 4:40 PM
Thanks Dawn Marie McManus Hefron! I really appreciate it!
6/25/2013 at 5:15 PM
Congrats! I'm sure you'll be very successful; it's your passion.
Thanks, Monique. I hope so! ;-)
6/25/2013 at 8:07 PM
Congratulations! We are really happy for you and wish you many years of success! There needs to be more real estate agents who have an appreciation for older homes instead of builder's grade renovations. Maybe you can be a new trend-setter!
Thanks Tom and Jada! I would love to start that trend!
6/26/2013 at 8:07 PM
Could not be more happy for you!! Congrats!!
Thanks, Melissa! I hope your new gig is working out as well!
6/27/2013 at 12:22 PM
Congrats to you Wendy! I am so excited for you and that you took the leap to do what you love. I look forward to reading about the hidden gems you find through your new day job!
Thanks, Laura! I'm really excited to be touring what's on the market -- the good, bad and ugly!
6/29/2013 at 11:22 PM
Huge congratulations Wendy! You are going to KICK butt.
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