I love my job. I love having fun doing my job. But as a wife and mom, I'm almost always hyper-aware of the dangers that come with it. That's because I have a family to help support and take care of - they need me almost as much as I need them, and so my safety on the job is priority one.
I recently got my LTC (license to carry) here in Texas. That means after a very long class and hands-on training/firing a weapon, I can now carry open or concealed most anywhere I go. That is important to me. And gun safety is something I take seriously as well. My father always had guns and taught me from a very young age how to handle, clean, and most importantly respect them for the lethal weapons they are. Guns aren't toys, and that's why I use them for my personal safety. We keep them in a gun safe when not in use, because I know how dangerous they can be.
And Realtors do find themselves in (for lack of a better word) sketchy situations from time to time. You want to believe the best of people. But you can't. You always have to put your safety first. If that means making a new client drive out of their way to meet you at the office so be it. Any reasonable person will understand. And I like to think of myself as an absolute professional. Most lawyers and doctors nowadays no loner make house calls and neither should Realtors be expected to on the first meeting. After I've established a relationship with a client, then it's a different situation. But before that it's up to me, and if that means I risk losing a potential client, then it's worth knowing I have been safe and put my family and life first.