What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word growth?
What comes to mind for me is a part of my life that I haven't talked much about via Propelle: my interest in real estate, renovating old homes, and being an Airbnb host.
I love all of the above!
It all started in 2011 when my husband and I purchased a mixed-use building that was in need of oodles of TLC. We worked with contractors to bring the building up to code (and install important things like heat, electric and plumbing) and we also did a lot of the work ourselves.
The photo above is from the day we purchased the place. I was 27 years old and I didn't have a clue as to what was ahead.
So much has changed since then. At the time, we had never heard of Airbnb! All we knew was that the space felt more than right, and we would figure out how to make it our own.
27-year-old Kate knew it would take hard work, but she didn't realize just how hard it would be. Or how long! We spent hours scraping, painting, planning, drafting, fixing, and figuring out how to manage a renovation loan. All of this was so new to both of us.
It has taken five years to finally complete three units.
(Although there is still much more to do! Don't even ask me about our hallway or facade.)
The best part about this project—besides being super proud of the way it turned out—is reflecting on how much it has helped me grow.
I've got a new set of tools and experiences under my belt that will be invaluable as we take on new renovation projects.
The same goes for you. Everything you have been working on over the past few years has helped you get you where you are today. Maybe that's super obvious, but when was the last time you sat down and recalled all that you have learned along the way?
You might just be surprised at what you find.
So, we challenge you to give yourself the permission to dive in, try new things, and maybe even peel back some proverbial (or literal) paint. And don't forget to take some time to appreciate how far you've come.