Vanessa Sturgeon is a Realtorwith eXp Realty, an agentownedcloud brokeragefirm. She and her husband,Ryan, a crew supervisorand journeyman linemanfor Oncor, are parents to6-year-old Jack, who hasstereotypic movementdisorder, extreme ADHD,manic depression/bipolardisorder and extremesensory/movement disorder,and 3-year-old Rhys.
5:30AM The alarm clockgoes off, signaling a seriesof alarms scheduled every10 minutes until I muster theability to get out of my bed.“My” being a loose term since Ryan andI often share the bed with our two boysand our two elderly cocker spaniels.
6AM After leaving the six inches of mattressI call “my” bed, I pack the boys’lunches for the day. For Jack, it’s peanutbutter and honey sandwiches—one ofthree acceptable meal options for him.Just for fun, I throw in a string cheeseand some Triscuits in hopes that todayhe is willing to try something new.
6:20AM Backpacks are packed, clothesare laid out and breakfast is served.It’s another solo morning as Ryan hasbeen on call and in the field for the last12 hours. We text a quick “Miss you,Daddy” selfie, and the boys indulge in10 minutes of coveted iPad time beforewe load into the car. Jack takes his medications,and there is a difference in hisability to focus in a matter of minutes.
7:27AM I drop off Jack at kindergarten.While Rhys throws his dailytantrum over being denied access tothe school’s playground, Jack exits ourSUV without tumbling out or forgettinghis backpack—a huge success! Jackis considered high functioning, buthe struggles with coordination. We’rehopeful that with the aid of occupationaltherapy he can have more controlover his body movements and strength,but his extreme ADHD demands massiveeffort from him to sit still and stayon task (and more importantly, maintaina good attitude). I’m thankful that hisschool friends are so inclusive and that
they’ll grow up knowing all the littlequirks that make our Jack who he is.
7:40AM Time to drop off Rhys at preschool.The silver lining of Jack startingschool at 7:30 sharp is that I can spendsome extra time with Rhys. Today Isurprise him with a quick stop at thelocal donut shop.
8AM Back home. I multitask listening tothe morning news, checking email andmaking my to-do list for the day.
8:30AM I receive an email from clientsrequesting to see a property in one ofthe most desirable neighborhoods intown. In this market, inventory movesfast. I rearrange my schedule and researchthe listing history and run marketanalysis reports before the showing.
11AM My clients love the home andwant to move forward. There is onlyone chance to make an attractive bid sowe prepare a strong and strategic offer.
11:30AM After postponing mymorning workout, I catch up with anintense personal training session.I don’t drink coffee so I rely on theadrenaline from these workouts topower me through the day.
2PM Lunch today is a networkingevent with real estate professionals.I’m always impressed with the workethic and passion of people in thisindustry. While I’m a firm believer in“running your own race,” it’s nice tohave such inspirational colleagues.
4PM I pop into Sprouts and pick uprotisserie chicken for dinner. SinceJack has a limited diet, I pick up acan of cranberry sauce. It’s my secretweapon to ensure he eats the chicken—cranberry sauce is his favoritecondiment aside from ketchup.
4:45PM After stopping by the houseto unload groceries, I pick up Jack fromhis after-school program and Rhys fromdaycare. We make the most out of afternoontraffic and exchange stories fromthe day. Rhys is singing “Shark FingerFamily” while Jack shares that he earnedyet another purple on his behavioralchart and was rewarded with a covetedtrip to his classroom’s treasure chest.
6:30PM I make work phone calls, draftemails and update client files while Iprepare dinner for the boys. I cleanout the boys’ lunchboxes to find thestring cheese and Triscuits uneaten asexpected. This reminds me to confirmhis eating evaluation for his sensory/occupationaltherapy with Cook Children’sin Grapevine next week.
7:30PM Missing Ryan as we wrap upthe day. His absence means a littleless routine in our bedtime. I get theboys bathed and into pajamas. Jacktakes his hygiene to the next level withdeodorant, a spritz (or five) of daddy’scologne, flossing and lotion.
8:30 PM Rhys is demanding to be readGoodnight, Goodnight ConstructionSite for the 20th night in a row. After Iread this beloved book and perform asemidecent rendition of John Lennon’s“Beautiful Boy,” they fall asleep.
9:00 PM Back to work. With an offeron the table, there is no time to missan email. While reviewing my calendarfor the week, I get a response from theagent. Some more negotiations areneeded. My clients are night owls so Iimmediately share the details and weiron out a counteroffer.
11:00 PM A new offer is submitted.I have a good feeling that we’llhave two very happy couples in themorning. I feel positive about the dayI’ve had and review my calendar onelast time before heading off to my sixinches of mattress for the night.