Artist Spotlight: Meghann Shike (Part 2)

Thanks to everyone who checked out Part 1 of our Artist Spotlight on Meghann Shike! We love to spotlight individuals who live their passions – whether it’s art, architecture, film or whatever else inspires them.

Here’s the second part of the interview, and if you’d like more info, feel free to contact Meg at megshike@kw.com!

Meg ShikeRev Pub: When did you decide to be a realtor and why?

I decided two years ago when I bought my first house with my husband to get into real estate because our home selling and home buying process was a nightmare. It was also the first year of our marriage and the first year running my previous business. We were so stressed out, and it lasted for almost a year!

Everyone in our process made a mistake. The problems started four days prior to us closing on our new “dream” home that the IRS did not have our taxes. What does this mean? My husband and I are both self employed. If the IRS doesn’t have our taxes, our lender can’t verify our income, which means we cannot buy a house. The house we were currently living in had already sold. It sold in four days!

So, my husband and I who both work at home (he works in the music business and makes a lot of noise every day), and we live with our five pets and had no place to live in four days. To make a very long story short, we eventually ended up in the house we were trying to buy. However, we do not feel like our realtor had our best interest at heart. Two years later, the home inspector appeared to have missed some things, and the contractors we hired to fix the roof, foundation, and completely gut and renovate two bathrooms was off by 40 percent on his estimate. Needless to say, two years later, some things haven’t been fixed, and we’re living in a house we wouldn’t necessarily have bought had we know it was all going to go down like this.

Rev Pub: What motivates you to help people buy and sell homes?

Today, I am on a mission to make sure your experience is the opposite of mine. When you buy or sell a home with me, your experience will be like riding in a limousine. I will plan and help you execute every detail of your loan, home sale, home buy, inspection, appraisal and closing. My job is to make sure everything goes smoothly, so you can ride along in your limousine enjoying your champagne and strawberries until we arrive at your dream home where you will walk inside, take a deep breath, and smile really big because you’re here, and it was so easy!

What motivates me to help people sell their home and buy their dream home is the stress I felt while selling our previous home and buying this house. Buying a home can be stressful, and it is always emotional. My job is to take good care of you. That means, I will manage all of the details while you dream about how you’re going to decorate your new home when you move in. I want you to leave your current house very happy with the price you received for it, and walk into your new house feeling relaxed and excited about the memories you are going to make in your dream home!

We send a big thanks to Meg for her time and look forward to spotlighting more passionate people!

Passion: Use It or Lose It

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A few years ago, a colleague posted a Facebook status that stuck with me: How much is your employer paying you to ignore your dreams?

I remember thinking how fortunate I was to love what I do. I am grateful to have a job in my field doing something I love. It took a lot of work, though.

I’ve been criticized most of my life for not falling into line, not striving to make a ton of money, or getting into a more in-demand field. Sure, I could have managed a chain of stores or majored in another subject, but I didn’t. I majored in a language I love to do the only job I envisioned doing the rest of my life. My passion for reading and language mean more to me than any salary. I can work 50-60 hours a week, barely sleep, and fight migraines because I love what I do. It’s worth it.

True happiness, not just contentment, stems from passion. If you’re not passionate, then you just go through the motions, looking back 20 years later asking what the #$#@? Where has my life gone? Ignoring your passions makes you hollow. You become numb and have difficulty finding happiness in anything – especially yourself.

Passion is something you must exercise. And those who have it, show it. You see it in their work, attitude, physical appearance, and general happiness. The ones who love what they do radiate enthusiasm and inspire others to do the same.

So what do you to do ensure your practicing your passions?

1. Discover it. What fulfills you? Try different things and move on if you don’t feel completely attached to it. Once you find it, you’ll know. You’ll crave it. You’ll need it, and if you don’t have it, you’ll feel incomplete.

2. Make time for it. If you truly love it, you will never be too busy for it. If you don’t practice it, it lingers in the back of your mind – nagging at you. My peeps are great examples of this tip because they have full-time jobs, relationships, and families, but still live their passions. One illustrates. One teaches hot yoga. Another plays guitar. Another plays video games. And they do these things almost every day.

3. Stand up for it. Who cares what <fill in the blank> thinks? It doesn’t matter if they criticize it. You are responsible for finding your own happiness, not theirs. And if they really love you, they should see how important it is to you.

4. Never settle. This is the most dangerous action we can take. Settling can lead to regret and doubt. To our knowledge, we only live once so make the best of it. Find your path and follow it, even if it’s exhausting. Once you get there, you’ll be glad you kept going.

5. Remember your dreams. Life gets in the way of almost everything. Deal with it. Don’t stop believing in yourself and your dreams. If you find another passion and drop another one, that’s okay. If you have several, work them all in. Strive to do what you love and never give up.

Here are some of my favorite people who live their passions!

Bucket List Publications

Cinemassacre/AVGN

Geek and Sundry