We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsi “ChiChi” Blanchard and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chelsi “ChiChi”, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Because I am considered a dual-career real estate agent, finding the right balance had always been a constant challenge. As a IT communications manager by day and a realtor 24/7, I have to get things done throughout the day, night, and weekends most often. Real estate often never takes a day off, because I work for my client, make sure I am able to accommodate their schedule when it comes to showings, open houses, and even answering late night questions that may brew up. As my career grows, I plan to be a full time entrepreneur! I think of balance as taking some time for yourself to decompress and relax. For me that could me spending time with my family and friends or arranging an outing or vacations to ensure I’m not working during that time. I’m in grind mode when it comes to growing my business, I can kinda relax when I hit my sales volume goals!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I got to this point in my career solely off of faith! I became a realtor five years ago after working in the property management industry. I saw the opportunity to not only create a business for myself but educate first time homebuyers, old and young, about this process, what to consider and provide resources to make the transition smooth for them. I moved to Dallas from Washington, D.C. last year and basically had to start my business all over. I didn’t think it was ideal to leave my home city, where I had established my clientele and made a name for myself in the community. Faith stepped in and here I am. I left the government, took a job opportunity in the IT/communications industry and proceeded to study for the Texas real estate exam… don’t get me started on how hard that think was especially coming from another state that doesn’t have the same rules and regulations. I hope that my journey will either encourage them to step out on faith, buy their first home, or create their own lane in their current field. The journey is and won’t be easy but it’s rewarding!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Since I’ve been in Dallas a year and some change. I have definitely discovered some places I love. When my friends come from back home to visit, we are hitting Andrettis in The Colony, Pecan Lodge, Sunday Funday at Deep Ellum, pool and wings at the Hideaway, relaxing at Spa Castle, Taco Tuesday at GVO, and some live music at The Free Man!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Of courses all glory goes to my Heavenly Father! For without him, nothing is possible. Secondly, I have to thank my mom. That is where my hustle and work ethics come from. My biggest critic and biggest motivation. I pray to be half the women she is one day. I would also like to say thank you and show love to Rukaiyah Tyler… one of the top agents in the Washington D.C area. She gave me a chance to do some showings and inspection appointments with her clients and I saw that working a whole 9-5 and being a successful agent was truly possible, and for that I’m thankful!

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