I am originally from the East Coast, and was graduated from Northeastern University in Boston. A self-proclaimed “wanderer”, I have spent much time traveling the globe, backpacking through Europe, North Africa, The Caribbean, and Greece. I spent 3 months working on a Kibbutz in Israel, picking grapefruit and cotton, driving a tractor and washing and ironing shirts for the Israeli army. This had a profound effect on my life and my ‘wanderlust’ was born. In the 90’s I found employment in the Travel Industry in Corporate Sales. I had already obtained my Real Estate license and had bought a few investment condos.When the Travel Industry took a downturn, I then started my Real Estate career. I lived in the Upper Valley in N.H. and worked in Advertising and Sales, assisting in creating commercials and ‘voice-overs’ at a local radio station in Woodstock VT. (WMXR Magic Oldies).Longing to leave New England for greener pastures, I then moved to Albuquerque N.M. where I worked as Client Services Manager for American Express Travel. I was slowly working my way out to the west coast and as California was always in my mind, living in San Diego was a natural next step.
It has been a journey and a true career path which has fully equipped me to be a professional in my field. My experience in Sales, Advertising, Client Services and Travel has made me more grounded and a true “problem-solver” —–with eyes wide open to people’s cultural differences.
In my spare time I still love to travel, preferring “off the beaten path international” travel in local inns to “canned package tours”. I spent a few weeks on an independent trip to China. I enjoy food markets and wandering the back alleys, because it is here that you feel the real “pulse” of a culture (and find the best cheap-eats and local crafts). Next journey: South Africa.
Life has taught me that : “Balance” is worth striving for. Make time for work, friends and family, health and personal life. You make your own good luck. Dare to be different and the heck with the “status quo”. Stay away from toxic people. Happiness is not a goal but a “by-product” of being true to yourself, creating a “purposeful and authentic” life and doing what you love.
DEBORAH A. STONE
Pacific Home Brokers
San Diego, CA
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