By now, you probably know that my name is Nikki Blais and I am a real estate agent at VILLAGE, but there's so much more to me than that.
For starters, I grew up in Massachusetts in a small city just west of Boston where I spent 18 years of my life. In high school, I played volleyball and softball. Sports were a big part of my life growing up, and it's something that I look back on now and realize how much that shaped me into who I am. From there, I graduated (yay) and started my college career at the University of New Hampshire. This was totally out of my comfort zone; UNH was 15,000+ and my graduating high school class was just over 80, so it was definitely a bit of a shock. While there, I realized that I needed to pursue my real dream, and that was to be in Nashville, TN. So the summer after my freshman year, my mom and I packed up and moved to Nashville.
Before you ask, no, I have no musical talent. I tried to learn guitar a few years back but it came to a point where I realized my hand was more made for throwing a ball, go figure.
Anyway, while at Belmont, I explored a couple different career paths. I started out as a music business major and interned at a couple music related companies along the way. I realized later that I wanted my degree to be more "marketable" for lack of a better term, so I switched my degree to marketing. At the time of graduation, I had five internships under my belt along with an official HootSuite certification in social media. I was convinced I was going to have a job right when I graduated, but I was wrong.
A couple months and several job applications submitted later, I was unemployed and confused. I couldn't understand what was wrong. But now, I count it as a blessing. For those couple months and months prior, I was suppressing an urge to want to pursue real estate. It came to a point where I knew I was just sending in countless applications to jobs I didn't really want in the first place, so I made the jump and started classes to get my real estate license. In less that a month, I was licensed and on my way to my new career. I joined VILLAGE and have been the happiest I've been in a while.
I was never a firm believer in everything happening for a reason, but I guess I kind of have to be now, right?