“My story is a little all over the place,” Lindsay Potter, with The Dwellus Group at Keller Williams Realty, begins with a smile. “I’m free-spirited, so it took me a while to realize that I don’t have to do just one thing. I tried several possible careers and feel like I’ve landed on something I love to do.”

Growing up in Farmville, Virginia, Lindsay’s parents encouraged and valued creativity. In this environment, Lindsay discovered a passion for music. “I continued my music education in college, and after I graduated, pursued a career in songwriting,” Lindsay explains.

For years, Lindsay traveled back and forth to Nashville, Tennessee, to make a career out of songwriting. “I’d say I was moderately successful,” Lindsay laughs. “To date, the pinnacle of my writing career was an original song that was featured on the season finale of American Ninja Warrior. So random, but hey, I’ll take it!” she exclaims.

In 2020, however, Lindsay made a career change that has left her more aligned with her own values and desires than she’s ever been. She’s now been a REALTOR® for over a year, and she couldn’t be more pleased about her new career direction.

Finding Her Calling

Before real estate, Lindsay was the head of music at a church in Fairfax, Virginia. She had also just completed a master’s degree in public policy. At the time, she wasn’t finding fulfillment in her work. And although real estate was a big leap, she’s grateful she made the decision to give it a shot. “Looking back a year, the decision to pursue real estate was my biggest life lesson to date — you can keep doing what you already know makes you unhappy, or you can make a change,” Lindsay explains.

As a retail customer, Lindsay has always loved when a business provides a warm and authentic customer experience. So as a business owner, she aspires to do the same for her clients. “My brand loyalty comes from a consistent product and phenomenal customer service. I want my clients to feel that exact same way about our time together. I don’t want my clients to dread the selling and buying experience. Yes, it can get complicated, and it’s almost always unpredictable, but I want to be that constant factor in every part of the experience that makes them feel assured that they’re getting a great product … and I want to come across as warm and relatable.”

Maintaining Balance

Outside real estate, Lindsay can be found exploring Northern Virginia or hanging out with her Golden Retriever, Brady. One of her highest hopes for 2022 is to buy a house of her own. As Lindsay steps deeper into her real estate career, she is focused on maintaining a healthy, balanced life. She has come to understand that balance in mind, body, and spirit is the foundation of any future success. “I focus a lot more on what I can control and let go of what I can’t. I listen and trust myself much more than I used to, and check in daily to make sure I’m healthy and progressing in all areas of my life.”

Today, Lindsay is continuing to make choices that bring her fulfillment. And finally, she’s found a career that aligns with her vision.

“I learned the importance of just being happy and making decisions that bring joy to my life.”

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Favorite Book: Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier

Rebecca is a novel written by English author Daphne du Maurier in 1938.

“I read that book when I was in maybe 8th grade, and it just stuck with me. It’s an old classic book, and I’m such a mystery fiction nerd. I’m not a big fan of self-help books,” Lindsay laughs.