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Life & Work with Abigail Brown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abigail Brown.

Hi Abigail, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born in Durango, Colorado and raised alongside my three siblings. My father was a preacher and my mom was an elementary teacher. We briefly moved up to South Dakota and a few years later we moved down to Longmont and have been here ever since. My parents instilled a very strong work ethic and good values in us from a very young age. I hated this growing up but I am now very grateful for it. We were always expected to be doing something productive with our time – whether that was playing a competitive sport or working.

I began babysitting when I was 14 and I also worked on a boarding farm. I balanced these jobs while also playing competitive softball 5-6 days a week and going to school. When I turned 16 I quit sports and started to work as much as possible. I worked in a few restaurants, gyms, and other jobs that somehow benefited my lifestyle at the moment.

When I graduated, I decided against going to college because I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my future. I would be paying for school myself so I was trying to prevent myself from going just to say I went. Because I have a track record of being very indecisive, I didn’t want to pay for a degree I wouldn’t end up using.

I ended up getting a job (one I was very underqualified for at the time) as a Front Office Assistant at an Urgent Care in town. I figured I would explore different career paths by getting hands-on and real-life experience in the industry before committing to going to school…and boy am I glad I did! I soon found out that I really didn’t enjoy the corporate healthcare industry so I decided to look for another job that was geared to a more natural approach to health.

I found myself working as an office assistant at a small Functional Medicine office in Boulder. A little under a year of working there I started to fall into more of a management position and started to help my Dr. grow her practice. Within two years we were able to almost triple her business! I truly credit Dr. Wolfe for showing me my path and helping me get to where I am now.

I am now 22 working as a licensed Real Estate agent, managing the office and I have just accepted a position as the Vice President of a commercial real estate company. I am incredibly excited for this next chapter of my life.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Being so young I have found it difficult to be taken seriously. I have been the youngest person at almost every job I have worked which only means I have to work that much harder to prove I deserve to be there. Most recently, I have begun my career in Real Estate and that has been my biggest challenge- my age. I have found that people struggle to take advice or direction from someone younger than them, especially when it comes to a transaction that large. Buying or selling a home is no small feat and people often think because I have not purchased a home myself, I am unable to help them.

I have had many situations where my ideas or advice has been pushed aside because “the young girl couldn’t possibly know what she is talking about.” I think it is very important to remind myself that I deserve to speak on things that I have worked hard to know and understand.

I know this is something that I will face for years to come so I work hard to be as educated as possible about the topic at hand and to learn my craft inside and out.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I have always had multiple jobs and been a busy bee. I enjoy working and I like to have a variety of things going at one time to eliminate the possibility of getting bored.

Currently, I am a Real Estate associate and I conduct most of my business from Loveland to Superior. I also work in a Functional Medicine office as the office manager. At our office, we take a natural and holistic approach to health care by the use of supplements, dietary changes, and lifestyle changes. I am in charge of office operations, patient management, billing and ensuring the overall smooth running of the office.

I will be starting a new position as the Vice President of a commercial real estate brokerage within the next few weeks and in this position, I will be able to combine my experience in real estate with my experience in the office.

My age is definitely something that sets me apart from others in my area of work. As I mentioned earlier, I am typically the youngest person in the room and it (unfortunately) never goes unnoticed. I have taken a different path than most people my age and I have had to work hard to prove to my peers that I am to be taken seriously. Although my age sets me apart, it is also what I am most proud of. It is rare to say you are the manager of a Functional Medicine practice let alone the Vice President of a company at the 22. I realize these are big achievements for someone my age and I have no plans of stopping here. Every day is an opportunity to learn something new and to continue growing.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
I think one thing that surprises many people is that outside of work I have a passion for agriculture. I enjoy riding horses and raising cows, chickens and ducks with my boyfriend on his family’s farm.

When I was younger my family and I lived in South Dakota while we ran a Chuck Wagon. It was essentially a western amusement park- I liked to call it a circus. We had trail rides, a petting zoo, gold mining, mini-golf, and many other fun activities to do until it was time for dinner and the live music. I definitely don’t come off as someone who enjoys the outdoors or getting my hands dirty but if I could make a living out of it, I would! I believe being raised in an environment where I saw everyone around me working extremely hard made me realize how important a work ethic is. Every day I saw that hard work pays off and can be very satisfying when the job is done. It was an amazing environment to grow up in and I feel lucky to have learned those lessons when I was young.

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