Occupation: Executive Broker, Bailey and Company Real Estate
“Things are not going to be picture-perfect, and you aren’t a failure when they aren’t.”
Six years ago, Joanna White entered real estate school while she was pregnant with her son. He was born 20 days after she received her license, and she listed her first house before he was two months old. She closed on seven properties that year, and it’s this level of determination and hard work that she is passing on to him, each and every day.
How do you manage your work/life balance?
My clients know I have certain days/nights dedicated to my son. I’m fortunate to have a supportive team to take on appointments for me when I’m spending time with my son. However, I’m proud to have George involved a little. I want him to see what hard work looks like and appreciate what we have. We like to drive by my “For Sale” signs if they are nearby and talk about what it takes to sell a house.
What are some of your family’s favorite activities?
George and I love being outside! We jump on the trampoline together, he loves for me to push him on the tree swing in our backyard, and we go on walks — he rides his bike and I walk the dog. We also like art projects, mostly painting.
Who is a mom that you have looked up to over the years?
I think about my mom, naturally. She held us all together while working full time, putting dinner on the table each night, taking my brother and me to all our activities, and giving us, all around, a wonderful childhood. To this day, my brother and his family and me and my son all gather at my parents’ very regularly to spend time together. I love seeing the bond that we have, which I think is a reflection of the way my mom put emphasis on family.
What advice would you give to new or soon-to-be moms?
Things are not going to be picture-perfect, and you aren’t a failure when they aren’t. We are role models for our kids. Show them how you succeed, and show them how you rise up when you fail.
What is your favorite part about being a mom?
I love watching him learn. He is learning to read right now, and it’s amazing to see his weekly progress. He is also excelling athletically, which is fun! His excitement over his accomplishments is great, and he loves to share them with me — which is even better. Just being a front-row seat to all his life experiences thus far is a treasure.