We had the good fortune of connecting with Danielle King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danielle, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
You have to have a “why”. I feel like Oprah made this popular one day and it’s just another way to try and give ourselves an excuse TO or NOT to do something! We just do. Pretty simple. When I start thinking of WHY I talked to someone for an hour it feels contrived. If I want to talk to someone for an hour, I do it, because I’m being with that person for that amount of time. I don’t need to find a reason or inspiration to do something, I just need to choose. This has given me a lot more freedom in my day to day life (which is a lot of business!).
I also think work/life balance is a crap way to talk about life in general – I think having “work/life balance” is advice I also don’t really vibe with. It’s all life. If I have an awesome dream about a marketing piece for my clients, is that “work” or “life” – do I need to go back to sleep and dream of NON work things – NO! I’m creative at all different times of the day/month/year. I think a more accurate thing to strive for is empowered choices throughout your day. Knowing your boundaries and feeling powerful when you make a decision to do something or not.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m grateful I have people in my life that have been calling me on my BS since 2015! I’ve kept an amazing circle of inspiring and involved individuals that have helped me evolve from a Marketing Manager to a Real Estate Agent in the last few years. I LOVE creativity and when I finished my Bachelor of Science with an Advertising degree I NEVER would have thought this was my path, but I let my experience guide me without judgement of where they took me.
Being on a team that FULLY supports you as a human has made all the difference. I knew I felt trapped in the corporate world, but then I found Team Kolker and never looked back. They invest in me as a person and my career in real estate blossomed from a natural physical and emotional draw towards helping people find their place in San Diego.
I think saying “no” has gotten me further in life than anything else! When I stopped trying to do EVERYTHING, I started being really good at helping my clients with the things I was really good at. Being on my team makes my service more valuable. I have a built in support system and don’t have to sacrifice my sanity! We are all investigative, social people that love helping others.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This definitely depends on the friend, but I’m going to say I’m the friend! We would do a morning hike at Iron Mountain to work up an appetite for brunch at Isola in Little Italy. We would have to walk around the area and soak in some sun at Waterfront park with my dogs after brunch. For the evening I would do Tajima Ramen in Hillcrest.
The next day we are taking it easy with a stroll in Balboa park with take out breakfast burritos from Colima’s Mexican Restaurant in North Park. We’d probably hit up Liberty Station Food Hall for lunch and get some shopping in. For dinner we are headed this time to Born and Raised on a random weekday to sit at the bar and get drinks, apps and a wagyu steak to split!
The next day we are headed up the coast to Torrey Pines State Beach where we take a sneak peak at what’s happening at Blacks Beach and then finish up with brunch at Snooze in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Afterwards we cruise Del Mar beaches and shops until we are tanned and tired. We then take a night off and I make healthy veggie bowls cause we need a break from heels!
Since we are well rested, we spend the next day playing beach volleyball (or at least watching!) in Mission Beach and after a great day in the sun with Cutwater Cocktails and snacks, we are headed to Triton Charters on Shelter Island for a sunset sail.
We are also fitting in The Fish Shop in PB along with a cocktail class at You and Yours, concert at The Rady Shell on the Embarcadero, maybe jet skiing in the bay and sunset cliff walk and we will hit up The Cave Store in La Jolla during low tide.
Baller vacation. That’s all I can say.
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?
My hubby, Jeff King, my life engineer, Walker Clark and my real estate team, Team Kolker (Michelle Kolker & Heather Wendlandt)
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