Life and Work with Athena Brownson by Voyage Denver

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Today we’d like to introduce you to Athena Brownson.

Athena, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Born and raised in Colorado, I am one of the few that was lucky enough to Colorado my home from birth. I was born in Denver at raised in Breckenridge, where I learned how to ski almost before I could even walk. My father was a professional skier who planted roots in Denver building homes, and my mother, an art teacher who was working part-time at the Breckenridge medical center when she met my Dad. He had just hit his head going 100mph on skis and ended up lost trying to find his car when a stranger dropped him off at the medical center where he was checked in by my mom. That was 35 years ago and they are still together in Breckenridge to this day.

I tell this story because I believe it gives a lot of insight into my upbringing and who I am now. I grew up as a competitive skier, with a mother who was an artist and interior designer and a father who was a developer and an athlete. From a young age, I was taught that in order to succeed (at sports mainly) that you had to outwork everyone and I was wandering around job sites for my entire life watching houses be built and designed.

At the time, I hated Real Estate and never considered it as a career but now that I look back Real Estate was integrated into who I was from a very young age.

I went professional at skiing at age 15 and from there traveled the globe skiing about 300 days a year for about nine years. Those years of skiing taught me more about how to be successful in life and taught me who I was as a young woman more than I ever could have imagined. After nine knee surgeries, two ankles, a wrist and a broken neck that needed repair, I decided to “retire” and finish college where I studied Interior design and art history. I have always been in love with architecture, design and meeting new people I just didn’t realize that Real Estate would be my career path.

I spent a couple of years working in the Interior Design world and eventually decided that it was not the profession for me, and a best friend of mine Charlotte Durham was a realtor who recommended I meet with her boss to see if it intrigued me at all. Well…after meeting John Stegner of the New Era Group I realized immediately that I wanted to give it a shot. I quit my job the next day, got my license and haven’t looked back since(this was five years ago).

I just made a big transition in my career and switched companies as well which I couldn’t be more excited about. I am now with Compass which is one of the most innovative, cutting-edge companies in the country and is pushing me to continue excelling my skills and helping me to build a team of agents which I couldn’t be more excited about. I love being able to mentor agents and a team will allow me to help a larger number of buyers and sellers during one of the most exciting transitional times in their life. I am grateful for the opportunity to say the least.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think anything worth doing in life is never a true smooth road. With anything in life I believe that there are road bumps and the purpose of such is to teach us more about who we are and help us to grow and evolve as human beings. I like to think of life in terms of chapters, each one being built and shaped by the last meaning that our hardships are there to inform and allow the next chapter of growth.
For me challenges have usually come in the form of injuries and sicknesses which test my mental discipline and make me really push myself to rise above and keep moving forward.

As I mentioned as a skier, I had over 15 surgeries which required intense rehabilitation and having to face my fears repeatedly.
Currently, I am battling Lymes disease which is hands down the toughest thing I have encountered mentally and physically. With this treatment, I never know if I will wake up and feel great, or if I will be too sick to leave my bed which makes it really hard to be as productive as I want to be. It has however taught me to care for my body, rest when I need to and ask for help when I need it. I think it is so important to be open and honest with ourselves and loved ones regarding what we are struggling with so that they can help lift us up in times of need. I highly recommend reaching out when you are dealing with struggles because people want to help more than you think.

Please tell us about your work.
So I am a residential Real Estate broker in Denver and have been working in the field for five years now. To say I love my job is a complete understatement. I am obsessed with my job and grateful beyond belief. I like to think of myself as a lifestyle facilitator and transition coach. Clients of all ages, and at all experience levels (first house or tenth) and I help them build a life or transition plan that is conducive to the lifestyle they have or want to have. I love to be such a trusted advisor during what can be a scary and stressful transition and I love building long-term relationships with my clients throughout the process. I am proud to have worked so hard at my career that I have been recognized and recruited by one of the most prestigious companies in the nation Compass and I can’t wait to continue building and growing my business with them. I would say what sets me apart from the rest is my commitment to working hard and having true empathy during the process because it really is a huge life change and I am here to listen, guide and advise through thick and thin.

Who have you been inspired by?
I feel so insanely lucky to be surrounded by such an incredible group of women.

I am so inspired by my friends who all seem to be building empires throughout our community. Megan Whiteside who just opened Lacuna Juice and Yoga, Bryn Carter who just opened the most beautiful all women co-working space called Charleys, my business partner Kate Vollmer who supports me through having such horrible Lymes days, my business coach Stef Shoc and the list goes on and on.
For Real Estate I really look up to my friend Charlotte Durham who started her own Brokerage in Montana called Charlotte and CO, and Tracy Tutor Maltas on Million dollar listing because she is a true boss babe!

Contact Info:

Phone: 303-919-9344
Instagram: @athenabrownsonrealtor
— Voyage Denver Magazine
Athena Brownson