It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. I am Renica Greene, successful business manager and entrepreneur. Growing up, I was told often that I would not succeed in life due to the circumstances of my surroundings. That is when I took charge and changed the path that others were trying to set for me. I knew that there were resources available to help me get out of the system that had a hold on me. I used those resources to learn, grow, and expand my opportunities for success.
Q. What is your work?
A. I absolutely enjoy helping others. Whether it’s through leadership, coordination, volunteerism, guidance, and/or assistance, I am the person who knows the person who can help you get to the person that can help you! My work includes guiding individuals through the real estate process and directing individuals to complete customer transactions. I connect people to resources that help accomplish needed tasks.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I am excited to work with the NANBPWC, Inc. which is dedicated to helping the women in our community to expand their network and grow their business in our area. I am proud to help serve with this group as we look for ways to encourage and reward young students who want to grow and develop their talent! I am so eager to help move us forward and make a difference in people’s lives.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. I have been telling myself to get back to the gym for 3 years now because I gained a lot of weight. I haven’t been to a gym in over 6 years so the thought of starting over again was challenging and scary but I’m extremely happy that I did it. And I did it in a huge way. There is a gym called A.W.O.L. Fitness and the name of it used to intimidate me before I even knew what was involved. I would see people’s results but listening to their stories about all of the activities involved to getting that result was very scary to me. I was just intimidated and did not want to work that hard for the results. But in January, I signed up and told myself to just do it. I had been stalling for 3 YEARS! I’m so glad I did it. I’ve lost a total of 20 pounds and I feel great! I’m going to continue going and get to my ideal weight really soon. I’m so glad I faced my fear!
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what's stopping you?
A. I love helping people and ever since I was a little girl, I loved houses. I remember riding on a bus on the way to school and we would pass these big beautiful houses and I would say to myself, “I’m going to live in a house like that one day.” I grew up underprivileged and it was tough being invited to my friend’s houses only to come home to our tiny apartment labeled as “The Projects” or “The Bottom.” Those names were a direct reflection of a place that most people did not want to live in but had no other choice. When I bought my first home, I knew then that I wanted to be a Realtor. But at the time, I let the opinions of others stop me from pursuing that dream. People would say that it’s a great field to be in but it was tough to get the license and it was tough to be successful at selling real estate once you got your license. So, I delayed my pursuit of becoming a Realtor for 14 years before I decided to just go for it. Again, I am happy I did. I was successful at passing and getting my license on the first try. I am also successful at securing clients in my first few months than what most Realtors experience. I know it’s because when I put my mind to it, I just do it. My heart is in it and I love the two primary things that real estate is all about: (1) Helping People, and (2) Houses!
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. I would tell myself to stop being so afraid to go for the things you want in life. Just do it. If you feel in your heart that you really want to do something, then that’s probably a good indication that you should be doing it!
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. My favorite quote is “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” I believe it’s important to understand what you want and to write down the important steps to achieve it. It helps you to think about potential obstacles that you can move before you even start to move forward with your plan. It also gives you a roadmap of what works for any future desires you may have.
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. Daily Meditation. When you have desires in your heart and you meditate on those things daily, you have no choice but to take some sort of action to help you move even further on that goal and/or desire.
Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. I am a workaholic and sometimes people feel like I have too much going on. I’m an executive at a Fortune 500 company and I have my own business as a Real Estate Agent in the Greensboro area. Being able to do this effectively gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment that maybe others may not understand. This has helped me realize that I need to stop worrying about what others think and really pay attention to how my choices make me feel. At the end of the day, this is my life and I hold the key to what makes me happy. No-one else can tell me what I know and feel within!
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. So, I don’t do yoga often enough to have a true favorite pose but the few times I have gone, there is a favorite part. That is at the end when we are on our backs with palms up in a meditation state and being thankful for all of that stress we just released and all of the good things in our lives.
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
I pray a lot and I try to do things that make me happy. I also am on a new journey to focus on the good things that life brings. There is always something good you can find even during tough times.