Paris Coleman, "The Yogi Realtor"
Tell us a little about what you do at eXp Realty?
I recently joined eXp Realty, a virtual, cloud-based real estate brokerage and I'm very happy with my decision! At the company, I am considered an associate broker who specializes in residential real estate in the greater Los Angeles area. EXp has been rapidly growing over the past few years and I'm excited to grow my business as the company continues to grow. One of the coolest perks about being apart of the brokerage is that it is a publicly traded company so I can use a portion of my commissions to buy stock and become a part owner of the company.
How did you get involved in Real Estate?
I first got my real estate license 5 years ago, about a year after graduating from Georgetown University. I graduated from college with a degree in psychology in 2013 and at first I was unsure about what career path I wanted to go into. I really enjoyed psychology and working with people but I didn't necessarily want to become a therapist or psychologist. At the end of 2013 I had an amazing opportunity to live in Rome, Italy for a few months and during that time I was able to reflect on what type of life I wanted to have post-college. I desired to become a business woman who could set her own hours, make her own professional decisions, not have a limit on how much money she could make, and help others achieve their goals all at the same time...so I decided to become a realtor! I hopped into classes at the beginning of 2014 and got my salesperson license that summer. Last year, I decided that I was ready to increase my knowledge and credibility as a realtor so I began studying for my brokers license. I am proud to say that I passed my exam a few months ago and am now a licensed real estate broker :)
You also practice and teach yoga, what impact has that had on your life?
Yoga has changed my life in so many positive ways. I first began practicing yoga seven years ago in college after I stopped my ten year journey of playing competitive volleyball. Once I stopped playing, I needed something to fill my fitness void and a friend of mine encouraged me to try a hot yoga class. After that first class, I was hooked and never looked back. I started to really enjoy yoga because of the challenging, physical workout that I would endure but I came to love the practice because of the additional mental and spiritual benefits that I began to receive over time. Yoga has taught me to turn to my breath to recenter and release tension within during tough times. It has also helped me form a deeper sense of awareness internally and externally along with making me be more present and balanced. Once I became aware of all of the amazing benefits that I was receiving from the practice, I decided that I wanted to become an instructor to more easily share the benefits with others. Two years ago I completed my yoga first teacher training and I've been teaching private and group classes along with putting on my own wellness events ever since.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
I created a brand called P by Paris which is my way of blending my two passions of real estate and yoga while promoting overall lifestyle wellness. The P's stand for Properties, Poses, and Positivity and through the "P Effect" I want to encourage others to find a better balance between their professional and personal lives while making more time for self-care.
How did JTD help you get to where you are today?
JTD definitely gave me a solid foundation to be prepared to take on life past the sixth grade. I attended Brentwood School after graduating from JTD in 2003 and I felt very prepared academically and socially to succeed at Brentwood. I believe that the challenging but fun classes that I took in elementary school taught me how to be organized and enjoy learning. And the after school activities and trips that were offered allowed me to try new and different things to find what my personality connected with the most. I actually first started playing volleyball at JTD in the fourth grade which became one of my first true passions and ultimately helped me get recruited to play at Georgetown.
What is your favorite memory of JTD?
So hard to choose just one! I think I would have to choose the JTD fair. I felt like it was always a great way to celebrate the end of a school year with your family and friends before going into the summer.
How have the Five C’s influenced your life?
The Five C's taught me how to be an overall good person and also how to interact well with others. I think that it's so important to instill values and morals in children starting at a young age and I'm very grateful to JTD for giving me a solid foundation to grow from.
Do you have any advice for current Greyhounds or young alumni?
My advice for current Greyhounds and young alums would be to embrace every opportunity that comes your way and don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to try something new. Time flies and it's important to soak up as much as you can while you're young and live life to the fullest!