We had the good fortune of connecting with Angel Turner and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Angel, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
In my early twenties, I remember thinking I was invincible. I truly thought I could do it all-go to bed late, party with friends, wake up early, work, and do it all over again. I was the person who rarely said no to functions that I was invited to, as I believed everyone should have the opportunity to be celebrated. To me, that was my work-life balance. In my early career, I was a teacher. I lived by a schedule. Within that schedule, I tried to pack as many things as I could, in essence, “chase success.” I had numerous roles, and within those roles, I also had numerous obligations. I started noticing my schedule becoming more packed by the day. After seven years in education, although I am fortunate to have been given multiple accolades and awards, helped numerous students, and impacted many families, I felt overworked and unfulfilled. My mindset changed. I honestly was tired. My mindset ultimately shifted when I became a mother. Being a wife is one thing, but being a mother is a whole different ball game. I had to prioritize my life for my daughter. She came and will always come first. I then decided to take a leap and embark upon a career in real estate. I wanted to help families still, yet be the author of my own life and set my own schedule. I honestly thought the work-life balance was a thing until someone told me this quote, “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.” That was was so powerful and meaningful to me! I now am in a career where my life indeed dictates someone else’s future. If someone can only see a property after 6 pm after they are off work, and I am unavailable, they could lose out on what could be their dream home. Yet, I have a daughter who must be picked up by 6 pm from daycare. How do I balance the two? I learned to prioritize what’s important and ask for help. As women, especially in my community, we have the stigma of feeling weak if we ask for help. My mindset shifted when I learned that I was taking on way too much by myself. I could not effectively communicate with my spouse to make him aware of the balancing acts I was playing. Once I truly began leveraging out things, it made my business a lot more successful and efficient. I had to learn that I am not weak, I must set boundaries to have a quality of life, and if I can’t do something, I lean on support. My family comes first, and I prioritize that in my life. Just as we would put a doctor’s appointment on a schedule, I put my child’s activities on a schedule, and everything else goes around that. My work does not suffer nor my client’s needs because I am transparent about what I can and cannot do. Sometimes, although rarely, she is with me, and I can still meet my clients’ needs. And that’s ok because I set my expectations and boundaries upfront. Luckily, I am blessed to have a well-behaved child, so that makes it easier for me, except when it’s nap time. I don’t believe there is a thing such as balance. I do, however, think there are priorities. I used to live by a checklist. It’s easy to write down the things I need to do and check them off accordingly. It gave me a feeling of joy to literally put a check in a box. It made me feel a sense of accomplishment in some way. Once I had all of my checklist completed, oh it was time to celebrate my success for the day. However, sometimes other things on my list should have taken prevalence over others. Did I actually even put important things on my checklist, or was it just things I knew I could actually complete? I now put what’s most important on my schedule first. The things I can leverage out to others, I do that without hesitation. Some of those tasks require me to pay for support. I am willing to do that because the motto “time is money” is very true in real estate. And time is one of the things I value most. Sometimes, I am in a season where I have things that take precedence in my business for more extended periods than others. That’s ok. I will work nonstop three weeks in a row to earn that fourth week off and have my time back and free for my family and friends. I believe balance is a give and take. You give some to get some. What I give is my efforts and energy to get my time. I also strive to have a quality of life over the quantity of assets. I work to live, not the opposite. I happen to love the work I do. In 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, I am fortunate to say that I have helped 25 families this year and counted. And did I mention there were three months where I had no childcare? I made this all happen by setting my priorities.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the owner of Turner Sky Properties Inc. We are a full-service real estate company that stands behind honesty, family, and service. My background is in education, and I truly stand behind the principle of “knowledge is power.” I am a full-service realtor with the network and resources to aid my clients from start to finish. The homebuying process is one that can seem scary to some. However, I make the process fun, educational, and very memorable. I also love selling properties. I am able to put my creative flair and passion into my listings to get them sold on time and at the right price. I listen to the needs and expectations of my clients and allow them a voice in this process. This journey was not easy. Many sacrifices were made along the way. When I first started in real estate, my husband and I both left full-time jobs that provided insurance, and we were pilled with bills, including an increase in daycare. Around this same time, my Mercedes was totaled, I was injured, and we were in debt up to our ears. However, we overcame those obstacles and continued to grind without anyone ever knowing what was happening. We continued to keep our eyes on the prize. I set goals and achieved them one by one. I am still fairly new in this industry and am nowhere near where I want to be. However, I am truly enjoying the journey.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Atlanta is a place for everyone to have a great time. There is so much to do and so much to see. On a visit to Atlanta, I would first have brunch at Barcelona Wine Bar. If you don’t know what to eat, tapas is the best thing to do- get a little bit of everything. From there, you can have an amazing sangria or indulge in their mimosa bar. I would then rent a bike and go to The Beltine. There are so many restaurants, culture, and pours. One of my favorites is Pour Taproom. We would sample some beer, wine, or cocktails and eat the delicious pizza that’s served there from the pizzeria right next door. From there, we would head down to Ponce City Market and head to the rooftop where there are spectacular views and seasonal activities, including ice skating, igloo rentals, dining around fire pits, or playing the various games. There are so many things and staples in Atlanta; those are just a few of my favorites.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to send a huge shoutout to the people who have always believed in me: my husband, Terrence, and my daughter, Peyton, who are my biggest supporters. My mother and sister have always been sounding boards for whatever journey I have taken. I want to thank my friends who have been in my corner and my clients who have put their faith in me to help change their lives. I want to thank the people in this career who have helped me and guided me along the way. Lastly, but certainly not least, I want to thank this platform for the opportunity to connect and put my story out.

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