We had the good fortune of connecting with Mira Eggleston and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mira, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
In life, we always have difficult decisions; however, the most difficult thus far was leaving my job after finding out I had Stage 4 breast cancer.
Working for the government over the last 15 years has provided “security” for me and my family. I felt “safe”, although I hated my job. My most recent job over the past 3 1/2 years was extremely stressful and I contribute the majority of that stress to my cancer diagnosis. They always say that stress can kill you and that’s exactly what was happening, internally. After undergoing the most brutal treatments and surgeries, I went back to work. No one tells you about other the side effects, outside of they typical ones experience my most chemo patients. “Chemo brain” was one of the side effects I dealt with and continue to deal with, occasionally. It affects memory. Imagine going back to work and not really remembering your day-to-day tasks, procedures, etc. It got to a point where I felt I was useless. I could quit, which would make me feel defeated or I could try to do a medical retirement. I was able to leave the job and go into Real Estate, which has always been a passion for me. I actually took the class 4 years prior to the cancer diagnosis and never took the test, out of fear. When a doctor tells you that you have a 3 year life expectancy, things change. It made me want to live life to the fullest, so I re-took the class, passed the test, and became a full time Realtor, now Associate Broker and Continuing Education Instructor at Valley Homes Realty and Property Management. I absolutely LOVE what I do now!
My only regret is not going after my dreams sooner and I wish it didn’t take a cancer diagnosis to push me into one of my many passions.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Real Estate is not an easy business. I’ve even heard from people that all we do is “ride around all day and look at houses”, which is laughable, but that would be cool. haha The most important lesson I’ve learned in this business is it’s all about relationships. Referrals is how I get most of my business. Having a background in sales, marketing, HR, and customer service, I use everything I’ve learned to create an “experience” in my business. It’s not about a sale, it’s about the people.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m a foodie, so eating would be at the top of my list. I love local spots – Terranova’s (Italian), Vujee Vegan (vegan), Terry’s Pizza, Surf’s Up (seafood), and Cotton Row (if you want to get “fancy”).
I love art, so the Huntsville Museum of Art and Lowe Mill are places we’d have to go.
Parks are another favorite, so Big Spring Park, especially on Sundays, to listen to drumming. Monte Sano and Green Mountain are good for nature walks.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s no way I can take credit for my success. If I didn’t have the love and support of my parents and my husband, I couldn’t do or be who I am today. Weirdly, I have to give credit to my biggest teacher…cancer. Sadly, it took something so drastic to MAKE me live my life on my own terms.