How to Get Ahead in Real Estate

In 2016, I took a leap into Real Estate.

While working a demanding job as a marketing contractor for a large, global, software company and working on as many plays I could at Duncanville Community Theatre, I found time to study for the Real Estate licensure exam.

When I was considering a broker, I chose the one that a family member worked with for many years. It was a natural choice; it was a good choice.

Here I am approaching the end of 2017, and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what I’ve learned … on what the books and classes didn’t teach me.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that what it boils down to isn’t about how to find leads or how to manage a smooth transaction.

For me, it boils down to this: drawing upon one’s Inner Resources is how to get ahead.

This has been a path that has shown me what I’m made of. Of course there are many paths that can teach us this same lesson, but—as I stand upon this path of Realtor in a moment of pause—I’m reminded that …

I am Patient.
I am Caring.
I am Generous.
I am Compassionate.
I am Surrounded By Many Patient, Caring, Generous, and Compassionate People.
I am Blessed.

I know that when I pause to remember, when I keep moving forward (no matter how tough it gets), I can gently guide others ahead where we reach what we are reaching for … Home.


Dawn McCallum

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Untitled: A Look at Titles

You’re at a museum and a piece catches your eye. You stop and read the description only to find that it’s called “Untitled.” Maybe you feel ripped off. Maybe you think the artist was slacking off. Maybe you’re annoyed that the creator couldn’t give you just a little more, a simple name for what this object that was made (supposedly) from their heart and mind….soul. Maybe it makes you angry that someone can make something abstract and have it viewed by the masses in a museum–in musuems around the world–when you know perfectly well you could have thrown that paint on a canvas too. Maybe the title–“Untitled”–makes your experience of the piece in front of you feel incomplete somehow. And you don’t like this feeling of “incomplete.” It’s a scooped out, hungry and wanting feeling that you want nothing to do with. And you certainly don’t want to see it put on display.


Maybe the non-name has another meaning. Maybe it’s an invitation. Maybe the lack of a “name” welcomes the opprotunity to BE with the creation that allows you to experience the creator’s experience of BEING. Maybe it’s an introduction to a thought or feeling that only humans can perceive. Maybe it’s a doorway into a secret place inside of you…of all of us…that shines a light on all of The Created as we mosey around and bang up against the other named and unnamed among us. And the light asks “Who needs a title anyway?” The light is the question: “Must everything have a name?”

What titles do you want to untitle?


July 26, 2013–The Month of Words

It is the Baha’i month of Words, or Kalimat. I was pondering what I’ve done this month to be a reflection of the Word of God, the creative impetus of all life. I’ve been ingesting Words as I prepare for the play at the Mesquite Community Theatre, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” My mind and body are working playfully together to integrate these words into a performance in speech and song. It’s been an uplifting experience for me, yet I’m glad that this will be the last play that I do for a while. It seems fitting.

A quote that expresses an aspect of Words:

“Strain every nerve to acquire both inner and outer perfections, for the fruit of the human tree hath ever been and will ever be perfections both within and without. It is not desirable that a man be left without knowledge or skills, for he is then but a barren tree. Then, so much as capacity and capability allow, ye needs must deck the tree of being with fruits such as knowledge, wisdom, spiritual perception, and eloquent speech.” –Baha’u’llah

This morning I was thinking of my relationship with community theatre and how it has helped me grow more into the person I want to be and has helped me free my creative impulse, my own unique “eloquent speech.”  What initially drew me to audition for a show at the Duncanville Community Theatre in the first place was a dream that I had a few weeks after my father passed away at Christmastime, 2010. I won’t go into the details of the dream, but the distinct feeling I had when I awoke was to seize the day. I didn’t say “Yawp!” but it was the feeling of my soul.

I had spent a few years mending my broken heart through therapy, support groups, and much-much solitude. Mysteriously, my father’s death brought me back to the purpose of my life…or at least the pursuit of it.

A friend had told me that ‘Abdu’l-Baha reportedly said that Theatre was the pulpit of the future. The fiction I was trying to write at the time wasn’t flowing the way I wanted, so I felt a pull to go to the theatre to explore the power of it, to see the new pulpit.

Re-emerging into the world, still sore from living, I auditioned for DOUBT: A PARABLE. Even though there wasn’t a part for me in the show, I was happy to try out. To be on stage and read to others, bringing my newly polished soul to the Words. When Rita K. Brewer, the director, invited me to help out with the show, I was eager to do whatever needed to be done. It was a pleasure to hear the Words of that amazing script over and over…to discover the nuances and the secret paths through that story. To ponder the shades of doubt which I had felt so strongly for so long. That play opened a door to many other plays, and it brought many incredible friends into my life. With them, I found the voice and playfulness that I had lost when I was living in the world of eggshells and whispers.

Two and a half years and numerous productions have passed, and now I’m moving into a new phase of discovering my own eloquent speech…my own Words. In the coming year, I will dance, I will teach, I will write, I will create. I’m learning so much about compassion and the natural time of things. (So much to say!) I love that my hiatus from theatre begins with the Words of a play about the wisdom of KINDERGARTEN etched into my being. So many simple lessons at the core of who we all are.  (Share. Hold Hands and Stick Together.) It’s a sweet bookend for this part of my life. Moving from DOUBT to ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW…talk about a mirror of reality. For DOUBT, I stepped on stage tentative, shy, and raw. With KINDERGARTEN, I leave singing and laughing and playing and feeling so much lighter. So full of Light. And Words.

So is Theatre the pulpit of the future? Yes, I believe it is. I’ll take what I learned from this time and spin it all into new creations.

new Nia classes being created

The free Nia class was a success. There were five Nia classes created, and I have placed them on my Genesis Board. Now I am open to possibilities for homes for the classes. I won’t be able to rent space at Buy the Book for all 5 classes because, even with the best deal available, I may as well rent my own space. But I don’t feel I’m ready to move to that point yet. I may ask if we can do one Sunday class a month and have that be my free trial class for July. In the meantime, I’ll reach out to the other areas where my friends who are interested in taking classes have helped me make connections: Rec in the Woods and Crescent Yoga. I’ll also go back to my original plan and reach out to the senior center. I may reach out to Sync Yoga as well. And since they’re local spaces, I’ll reach out to Choose Again Yoga, Champion’s Cove, Bob Knight’s Fieldhouse, the Cedar Hill Rec Center, L.A. Fitness, and local churches. It would be nice to have a monthly free class to help market the other classes I have in place. I’ve check with Metro Dance, and it’s not the right time for it there as they’re already testing a new class for adults. At my next SBDC meeting on July 11, I’ll talk to her about space rentals. In the meantime, I’ll keep taking steps forward one day at a time. I’ve made great progress and in one month from now, I will have made even greater progress still. The vision is strong. The time is now.

That is, once the baby classes find a home. The perfect home(s) for the classes are out there because “SPACE IS AVAILABLE.” I am open to possibilities and will keep my eyes and ears open. The students are ready. I am ready.

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References for Personal Writing

I set sent in my LLC paperwork today! I also studied and practiced Nia for two hours.

Books to help me study personal biography:

  • Writing Your Life: Putting Your Past on Paper by Lou Willett Stanek, Ph.D.
  • Biography: The Craft and the Calling by Catherine Drinker Bowen
  • You Don’t Have to Be Famous: How to Write Your Life Story by Steve Zousmer
  • Legacy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Personal History by Linda Spence
  • Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives
  • One Way to Write Your Personal Story by Ed Millis

I also want to re-read The Right to Write by Julia Cameron. I love that book and think it’ll add a lot to my writing class.