When people ask what I do, I always get kinda stuck. “Property Management” is easy to explain on paper but the day to day craziness is impossible for many to comprehend unless you’ve been there. I have come to the point where I just tell people I’m an ‘RA for adults’. That usually gets the point across. For the people who know me well, you know that I’m a fixer, a people pleaser, and prone to anxiety. So I always laugh when I think about my job because I love it. I’m good at it. But it tests all my sin struggles on a daily basis. When you are required to fix everything, please tenants, and manage daily crisis situations, how do you not be a fixer, a people pleaser, and get stressed out? But when I think about it, the best way to work on my flaws is by being in situations that bring those flaws out. But like… seriously? One at a time please!
I think the hardest part is the people pleasing. Because at the end of the day, I can only do my best and my best isn’t always what the tenant expects or desires. I may be killing myself at the office to make something happen for a tenant but if they don’t see a result in their own self-determined time frame, they aren’t happy. If a property manager fixes a problem when no one is around, did it ever really happen? In those moments I am reminded of Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do work heartily as if working for the Lord not men”. I apply that every day at work. I make sure I do my best, put others before myself, and go above and beyond because I’m a Christian and I believe my work is a reflection of my love for Christ. I may fail sometimes but I know that my Heavenly Father is the person I aim to please. If I please him, I’ve done my job. Because at the end of the day, I can’t fix everything and I can’t make everyone happy. But I can do my job and I can do it well. In that I find peace.