Vanessa Oake HoganOwner - Century 21 United Realty - Peterborough
Vanessa's Story :
I have had the great fortune of finding my true passion in life.
I feel that I have led an extremely full life. My dreams have always been pretty basic. Growing up, my plan was always to get married, build a family, have a fulfilling career. I feel like I am “living the dream”.
I grew up in a loving and supportive family. We are very close. My parents showed me the importance of family. It is number one for me. The feeling of security I have been given from my family has given me the confidence to go out in the world and go after what I want.
I have friendships that have provided support and love and have enriched my life in many different ways. They are there for me. They help me figure things out. They have shaped me. They provide direction. And FUN!
I attended St. Paul’s Elementary and St Peter’s High. The old St. Peter’s High on Reid Street. It’s physically not there anymore but the memories sure are.
I had the opportunity to attend University. My first time living on my own. It was an incredible experience on so many levels. It taught me a lot about myself and built my confidence and independence.
I have travelled a lot. To far away places. I have been able to experience different cultures, meet different people and navigate the unfamiliar.
I’ve run a marathon.
I’ve climbed a volcano at 4 a.m. in Bali and watched the sunrise as we ate breakfast cooked from the steam of a hole dug in the side of the volcano.
I can rough it. Dirt floor showers on a watermelon farm in the middle of Australia. Working with an all men Australian outback crew from dawn until dusk.
I’ve had to make a lot of decisions. Decisions that have brought me to where I am today.
I have built relationships.
I met the love of my life. Someone that provides me with strength and support. He always has my back.
We made a family.
We have grown and struggled together. We have been challenged and pushed to our limits. We do our best.
We are blessed to live in the best community I know. #PTBO
My life has come full circle. I am back in my hometown, with my beautiful family, working at the company my dad started many years ago, that I grew up around, that I worked at as a University student, that I always respected and admired.
This opportunity has become my passion. I love so many things about this. Carrying on the legacy my dad has built, working with many of the same people I worked with 25 years ago, working with new people, learning, growing, using my creativity and exceeding my limits. Pushing myself to always do better. I pull from all of my life experiences as I navigate this role. Every day I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given. The opportunities that have provided me with wisdom to guide me through life.
Age is teaching me to understand myself on a deeper level. To trust my gut. Your gut never steers you in the wrong direction. To have the courage to listen to your gut. Even when that can make life difficult. I continue to work on this every day.
I am persistent with my goals, I am grateful for all that I have. And love. I love what I do. I love my family. I love my friends. I love the people I work with. I love my life. This is not to be confused with my life is perfect. I struggle, I have bad days, I get overwhelmed. But through it all I am grateful. I do my best to send love out into the world every day.
My uncle recently said to me, “You’re finding new limits”. That is one of the best parts in life. Pushing yourself a little harder, finding out how much you can handle. It’s often much more than you imagined.