I moved to Orcas Island in January of 2010. I had just finished my University Studies in New Zealand and was ready to come back home. While I grew up in Skagit Valley, my parents had moved to Orcas several years prior, which turned this into home base for me. I had never lived on Orcas previously, though I had visited several times. Small island living was, I will admit, difficult to adjust to; particularly after living in an international city.
However, it did not take long for me to sink back into my roots, and once I found a full-time job and started meeting some of the locals, I quickly fell in love in with the lifestyle. I am a country girl at heart. And so, with a plan to spend only 6 months on the island, I have now been living here for 9 years, happily married for 5, and do not regret a single second of that time.
I have worked at several places on the island over the years and have thus had the opportunity to become friendly with both the terrain and its inhabitants: a unique and constantly surprising group of individuals. This is part of what I love about Orcas, the people here are from every walk of life and we each fall in love with this place for our own reasons.
I started working at the Windermere Orcas Island branch halfway through 2016 and soon took over as the full-time Office Manager; a position I held for just over 2 years. In that time, I learned more about the industry than I thought possible, along with gaining a wide range of skills.
In my second year, I pursued my real estate license, and upon acquiring this, decided that I did in fact want to become a broker. For as much as I loved assisting the brokers in my office with their deals, I missed the personal interactions that I experienced in all my previous customer service positions. What can I say? I love helping people.
So, if you are thinking about making the move to Orcas Island, let’s have a conversation about what that means for you and how I can help you to reach your goals.