I am excited to introduce our readers to amazing and caring people who live, work, play and do business in our community and city. Learning about people of all lifestyles, talents, and personalities who I think would be interesting for our readers to enjoy. San Diego has a wonderful diversity of individuals that make our slice of paradise the greatest place to live and enjoy each other’s uniqueness.
I am delighted to introduce you to my wonderful friend Lawrence Brown. I have known Lawrence for several years now and have always been impressed by his kindness and his hard work ethics. I love his outlook on life and how he shares it with the world. I think you will agree after reading my column. Thank you, Lawrence, for allowing me to focus on your zest for life! Buckle up, here we go… (Oh, and he is very easy on the eyes, just saying).
How did you end up in San Diego and what do you love about it?
San Diego native!! Actually a 4th generation San Diegan and we (natives) are unicorns, and I always knew San Diego was special place growing up. When I got older and met different people from all over the world who came to live here, they all have the same feelings I have for living here, its magical. Living here is a dream, weather is fabulous, proximity to beaches, mountains, and the desert gives you access to so much fun. San Diego attracts a lot of awesome people with a cool vibe who want to enjoy life. I will never leave!
What gets you most excited about life?
The endless possibilities! Where I was 5, 10 years ago is vastly different from who I am today. I love that you can always evolve and grow into what truly makes you happy. For me, understanding that has transformed my life and I love being open to all this life has to offer.
In your professional life what makes your business stand out and how has it changed your life?
I have been selling residential real estate in San Diego for 13 years, and I absolutely love it! When I was a kid riding in the car, I always paid attention to neighborhoods, streets, buildings, landmarks. I wanted to KNOW all of San Diego, and it helped me tremendously in my real estate business. I am not a “transaction” real estate agent, I genuinely care for every client and want them to fall in love with San Diego/neighborhood like I do. I work with a lot of transplant clients who have never been here, and now they love calling it home. I know San Diego and its real estate because it’s in my blood.
What small act of kindness were you once shown that you’ll never forget?
Hillcrest as a community continuously shows me so much kindness with their constant support and client referral for my business. We all take care of each other, and kindness is spread throughout.
If the universe could grant you one wish, what would you wish for, and why?
Travel! I want to see all this world has to offer and meet people from all over. I haven’t traveled much in my life and it’s a dream I’ve always had.
If you were given the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world, and were able to take one person with you, where would you go, who would you take and why?
I would absolutely take my Mom all over Europe for a month-long adventure. Her and I both haven’t traveled much in our lives, and it would be the greatest to experience that with her. My Mom and I have an incredibly close relationship and we always talk about this trip, and I 1000% will be taking her on it. She deserves the world!
If you had a chance to spend one million dollars on someone, or any group of people, who would it be and how would you spend that money to better them?
I would set up a non-profit that could help as many young people as we could in the LGBTQ+ community. Have a board of directors who were all deeply rooted in this community and find awesome people who could benefit from our help. From all walks of life and for a variety of reasons to help, it would be such an honor to give as much as I could back to this community.
If you could give someone advice about your art, hobby, or business, what would you tell them?
Real estate is not for everyone! It’s not like a TV show and you really must work hard to make it. I knew as a kid I wanted to be a real estate agent, so it was never not an option. If you are good at building relationships with people, honest and trustworthy, have a little pizzazz and a business-like mind – come talk to me, I’d love to help.
Loving yourself is so important to becoming the best of who you are. Please write a couple sentences to describe your loving self and how you want to live your best life?
I learned how to love yourself from the best possible teacher, my best friend Paris. This whole city knows her, and they love her cause of the love she pours into the community and herself. Being unapologetically me with an open mind and big heart is how I love myself. Gratitude about everything and approaching any situation with kindness is how I love myself.
Gratitude is so important in each of our lives, what are you most grateful for, and how do you pay it forward?
Gratitude is a huge mindset for me and my life. I’m SO thankful every day for the life I live. When I’m down and just nothing is going the way I planned, I will take out a piece of paper and start writing every single thing I am grateful for. Eventually the “down” feelings become less and I’m like “I am ok”. I pay it forward by always being grateful to people I come in contact with and saying it to them. It’s contagious and I want to have everyone know just how grateful they should be.