Get a Hobby

August 21, 2017
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I have been told to get a hobby so many times that I have lost count. But what my friends and family do not understand that I have a hobby - insurance. I have been an insurance agent for about 9 years now. I have met people from all walks of life and often tell them that I eat, breathe and live insurance. You see, from the moment I wake up until I go to bed, and even in my dreams, I can only think of insurance.

People usually think I am joking. I mean...come on, right? Of all the things to be thinking about day after day, it can't be something so boring and serious. But that is until they engage in deep conversation with me, and then they change their tune. People will know that I mean business when I talk about it.

While I love being an insurance agent, my family does get a bit frustrated with me and how I constantly remind them of how my mind is to tightly wound around the insurance industry. I would like to share with you several instances where it has ever so slightly taken over my life.

We recently went to the movies and while we were watching a scene where a building gets blown up, everyone in the theater is "oohing" and "aahing". What do I do? I was thinking about how a claim would payout when given that scenario, and I hope they had business income with the extra expense on their policy.

I was at a dinner party where the host was telling everyone the story of how her mom left her all these antique jewelry. The other guests asked questions like, "How old was the diamond ring?" and “Is that piece gold or platinum”? I, on the other hand, waited for a break in the conversation to ask, “Do you have those rings scheduled out”? The question was met with a collective eye-roll from everyone.

Once, I was in a focus group discussion about a pretty serious subject and the next thing I knew, we are discussing the difference in coverage between a commercial cab and a Lyft driver. And if I might add, the subject matter actually became quite heated. Luckily, I was there to give "expert" advice.

Honestly, I don’t think it is my fault that while talking to a neighbor about their baby taking their first steps, it ends up with me giving them advice about an umbrella policy. I love what I do. I am a Mom, a soon-to-be wife, and I am an insurance agent. Who needs a hobby when my career is my hobby? I think I am pretty darn lucky! People around me are too!

P.S. I do have one more hobby – BAKING. It’s a nice outlet. A very different kind of break from anything insurance-related, which of course I love if you couldn’t tell.

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