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Friday Feature: Darci Gillespie

This week's Friday Feature member is Darci Gillespie! You can find Darci hopping back and forth between our Fremont and Capitol Hill locations when she's not at her Windermere Real Estate office, as well as rallying The Riveter community for bike rides around Lake Union and Wine Down Wednesdays with her friend and fellow member of The Riveter, Lisa Miller. 

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Darci joined The Riveter in early October 2017 after coming across us on Facebook. Her curiousty around coworking, along with a happy concienciece of meeting an investor of The Riveter on a yoga retreat, sold her on joining our community. This Friday, we took some time to get to know Darci a little better and learned more about her career as a relator, her favorite advice and, of course, some fun facts. 

What are a few of your favorite things about The Riveter?

Not only does The Riveter provide an inspiring, aesthetically pleasing atmosphere in which to get sh*t done, but it’s full of lovely people, all with different and interesting stories about where they came from and why they’re here. The community aspect is huge for me. After college I spent 12 years living in a small town of 2,000 people. The small, engaging community where everybody knows everyone is one of the things I miss the most. This place helps Seattle feel a little bit smaller.

Tell us about yourself! Include 3 fun facts.

I’m a Seattle area native, ex-CPA, and former ski bum. In the mountains is my favorite place to be.

Tell us what you do!

For the past 14 years I’ve been helping homebuyers and sellers navigate this sometimes crazy world of real estate. I’m a REALTOR® with Windermere Real Estate Co. and serve as Director for the Washington REALTORS® Association. I’m extremely passionate about my career and the people I get to help.

Do you have any events that members can get involved with?

I’ve started hosting Homebuying workshops here at The Riveter and am holding Riveter Office Hours next Friday 2/2 from 12:00-2:00pm. Come say “hello” and stay tuned for future workshop dates.

What is your #1 piece of advice to women professionals / entrepreneurs.

This advice is really for everyone. It can be tough to cut the steady-paycheck cord and jump into the world of self-employment, and the “when the hell is my next paycheck going to come?!” world. Nike said it best: Just Do It. Seriously. Just do it. So many doors will open the moment you follow your passion and put 100% of your energy into it, along with opportunities you wouldn’t have otherwise seen because you were too busy hanging on to your safety net.  

What's your perspective on success / failure?

Similar to the above, I am a true believer in mindset and that what you focus on, you create more of. A great quote from a book I’m currently reading is “What comes out of your mouth comes into your life.” I very much believe this to be true.

To add to that, I really can’t answer this question any better than my friend and fellow Riveter member did in a previous Friday Feature, so here you go one more time!

Failure is like stepping up one more rung on the ladder of success. It’s part of the process and shouldn’t be feared. It’s inevitable and essential. When you know better, you do better, so failure is the ultimate learning opportunity.

- Lisa Miller, My Friend, Fellow Riveter Member & Total Badass 

What is your favorite book / podcast of all time?

Oh, man. Hardest question yet! The first books that come to my mind are the ones I loved as a kid. I could read five Nancy Drew books in one sitting. Maybe the fact that my dad was a detective had something to do with my love of Nancy. Right now I’m obsessed with the “How I Built This with Guy Raz” podcast by NPR. It’s inspiring and addicting.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Passing my CPA exam before graduating college comes to mind, though I think better than that was listening to my heart and not my right-brain at age 22, which led to quitting my corporate accounting job and moving to the mountains of Colorado to be a ski-instructor, and whatever else it took to survive in a ski town. Not sure if that would be considered an accomplishment, but for me it was my best decision ever.

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?

I grew up in a home where music from the 1950’s and 60’s was always playing. I would love to go back to 1956, a year of poodle skirts, rock n’ roll, and Elvis shocking most of America with his hip gyrations on the Ed Sullivan Show.

What's rocking your world this month? 

The fresh pow in the mountains is what’s rocking my world this month!

Interested in learning more? Darci will be having office hours Friday, February 2nd from 12:00-2:00p at The Riveter, Fremont and keep an eye out for her future homebuying workshops!

Stay tuned every Friday for a feature blog post on The Riveter members! We have amazing members in our Capitol Hill and Fremont spaces and we're excited to share their stories. #TheRiveterMembers