We had the good fortune of connecting with Cynthia Mondeaux and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cynthia, how do you think about risk?
The bigger the risk, the greater the reward!
I come from a generation of 5 strong women whom are all risk takers! My grandmother is 94 years old, a great-great-grandmother who is not afraid to go outside alone and try to confront a snake in her front yard! My granddaughter is 17 months, she holds my finger and shows me exactly where she wants to go, go, go (in her own words)!
My mom, left everything and a life she knew to move to the USA with her (then) teen-aged daughter…. a risk with the greatest reward for our family. My daughter is taking a chance of changing careers to start her own business during a time when many are closing their doors. Proudly, I can say that she is starting a very successful career and the risk will be extremely rewarding as it has been for the 3 previous generations of women in our lives!
When I decided to become a REALTOR®, I knew I would not sit back and wait for opportunities to knock at my door. Taking risks to me are a part of growth and learning something new. I’ve had the opportunity to learn a new career, meet new people, and build my own brand as a REALTOR®. I love changes, transformations, and the excitement of the unknown sometimes. I recently had the pleasure of helping a client of mine renovate his home. A huge risk I took since he trusted me with the budget and helping him manage the renovations prior to selling the property. Can you imagine if this had not gone the way the seller expected or if the property didn’t sell? I can proudly say that this home is gorgeous today and it belongs to a new family who absolutely loves it. A risk well taken!
As I plan for what is ahead, I do get the butterflies in my stomach and have to weigh all the options, but in the end, I know that without taking risks, the rewards will not be as exciting! Looking at the previous generations, going back to my roots, the women in my life and my family, I can confidently say that A RISK TAKEN IS A REWARD IN WAITING!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I decided to become a REALTOR®, there were a few things I was looking for in addition to making a living of course! I wanted to give back to the Military/Veteran population and I wanted to be able to help somehow.
As a Military Wife to a husband who served for 27 years in the Army, I recently became a Military Relocation Professional with the National board of REALTORS®. Serving the Military and Veteran community and giving back are a huge part of my brand! Just a small way of saying THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Home is where the Heart is…. I love spending time at my home, sitting outside having a glass of wine and taking in the view…. so do expect enjoy that when you come for a visit. However, West Palm Beach is a great city and has a lot to offer! I love walking around Clematis or The Square by downtown, paying a visit to the Norton Museum, or spending an afternoon at Okeeheelee Park.
When someone is visiting, one of my favorite places to go is Peanut Island! You can take the ferry, rent a boat, or if you are adventurous enough, take a kayak or jet ski. Walk around, explore the Island and be ready to have an awesome day! Truly a wonderful way to spend the day with your own family and friends.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The movie Bambi has a quote I love: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all”! Moving on to the Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would have them do to you”. Both of these quotes go a long way…. listening, being caring and being kind! If it’s Bambi, the Golden Rule, I try my best… but in the end, my faith has to be the biggest shout out of all!
I also could not have been here if it weren’t for my clients! I love to work with people and build relationships. Getting to know each family and their story makes for a very rewarding part of my business.
Lastly, I ave my family to thank. They have been here when I needed, being fully present, and doing life together! Without them, I do not believe that my business would have thrived as much as it has this past year.