We had the good fortune of connecting with Janna McGee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janna, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Life is always about finding balance, am I right? Me time, us time, them time…never enough time! When I first started my real estate career it was just supposed to be something on the side, part-time to have extra money while I raised children. A few kids and years later it quickly became a thriving business I was hustling to keep up with. At a certain threshold I had to make the decision to make a change. Do I slow down or double down? Well, if you know me, you know I went with the later… In doing so, changes had to be made mostly in getting help and support at home and at work. It took some time and is always evolving but making sure everyone is happy is the key. If that is established, everything else just falls into place.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
For me, my business was really established organically and I capitalized on that for growth. That being said, it wasn’t easy. There were challenges and learning curves along the way. I think that staying positive and persistent is the key. Many in my field of business try and fail and give up. I tried and failed and failed and tried and kept going. It made the most difference. Early into my career I decided I wanted to have my own Brokerage so I studied and studied and obtained my Broker’s License. I took a leap of faith and started a Brokerage with a business partner. The freedom to manage and market my own brand has been very rewarding.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
San Diego! The city of endless possibilities…where do you start?! My hometown of Valley Center is a must visit and shows people a side of North County San Diego they don’t usually see. We would eat dinner at Hilltop Winery. It has great ambiance and sunsets. You obviously have to visit the beaches. A few of my favorites are Carlsbad and Del Mar. There are so many great places to have coffee, shop, eat and explore or just relax on the sand. Annie’s Canyon is a great trail to hike. It’s a hidden slot canyon just off the lagoon in Solana Beach. Another fun spot to visit is Spruce Street Suspension Bridge in San Diego. Pizza at the Bronx Pizza is a must while in the area.
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?
Jason Fogelman was my first mentor in real estate. He let me be me but showed me the “tricks” along the way. He still continues to support me in my career and has become a good friend. Shoutout to my girl Christina Thomas! She took a chance on a newbie agent and we killed it together. I learned alot from her career-wise and alot about life in general. I could’t do what I do without her.
Laura Bravo Mertz Vanguard Media