We had the good fortune of connecting with Celia Jimenez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Celia, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I used to think that there was such a thing as a balanced life. I realize that it’s not about balancing life. It is about being intentional about the things I do daily. Now thru years of reading and coaching, I’ve come to the conclusion that the word is “synchronizing”. When I started synchronizing the seven domains of my life; Fun, Faith, Fitness, Finances, Feelings, Friend, and Family. My life has changed completely I now feel my life is more meaningful and filled with purpose.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I know I was born to help people. I have always been inclined to be of service to others, being a real estate agent is the perfect industry that even the name facilitates “agent” that desires and needs. The moment I decided to pursue real estate I knew I was not going to be part of the majority. I did not get into real estate because it was going to be easy. I got in to help, educate and protect people in one if not the most important investment in their life. I took a different approach from day one. I decided to interview brokerages that would have values that I hold dear personally and for my future business. I choose a boutique brokerage that up to now it has worked for me. Because at the end of the day it’s my business I must put in the work, funny “Do the Work” is part of their brand. Keep in mind I was leaving as one were to say a comfortable 17-year career in the corporate world, it hasn’t been easy I was faced with my first challenged one month after going in full time when the pandemic hit but if someone could take the challenge that was going to be me. The moment of truth was staring right at my face, but I was determined to continue there was no plan B this was my one and only plan.
The lessons I have learned are the same lessons I have got from my parents that getting up early and hard work will always pay off. If it were not for how my parents raised me, I do not know who I would be today. Coming from a migrant working background has motivated me to work hard as my parents took my brothers and me to the fields to understand how difficult labor is. I want the world to know that commitment, dedication, and consistency will take you to reach all your dreams and goals. Never give up it might take you one month or five years, but the key is to keep moving there is no fast or slow pace it’s your own race you run it how it best fits you.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Regardless of what people think of the extreme heat of Arizona. We are blessed to have beautiful outdoor areas to see. Many trails to hike and mountain views are a must-see while visiting the area. We have Camelback, S. Mountain, Echo Mountain, and Squaw Peak just to name a few. Our cities are growing at such a rapid pace that seems like every day a new waterpark opens so a visit to a waterpark is a must. The food variety here in the Phoenix area is so versatile that definitely Sunday brunch at The Henry’s. Lunch at Rositas Mexican restaurant and to end the day with a spectacular dinner and view we would visit The Compass at the Hyatt rooftop venue overseeing our beautiful city skyline. A great place to hang out for live music is Westgate Entertainment District where we can also enjoy shopping at the Tanger outlets.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
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