A few years before she was approached to host WLAC Radio's "The Power of Real Estate," successful Realtor Michelle Moore added "author" to her resume.
Moore, from an outsider's perspective, was living the American Dream. She was married to her husband, Jeff, had two sons, Dillon and Carson, and a booming career in real estate. Still, Moore said she struggled with abandonment issues from her past.
Moore's father abandoned her as a small child and her mother left her to be raised by her grandparents and other relatives at the age of 14.
Her book "Abandonment to Forgiveness" shared her journey.
"You think you are healing, but you are not. When I was able to share my testimony, I wasn't as focused on the pain anymore. I was jumping for joy inside," she said. "It was about sharing and showing that God can take something and use it for good."
"Abandonment to Forgiveness" was not Moore's only venture into the publishing world. She also penned "Selling Simplified" which offered "tips to jump start your real estate business" in 2013. "Selling Simplified" received an International Award in Business and Finance Books.
Moore, who has received over 40 sales and leadership awards, said that when researching books about real estate, she realized there was a need for a how-to guide from someone who has worked in the field.
"There are people out there who have never sold a home telling Realtors how to do it," she said, noting that she is now with Benchmark Realty. "My book was based on what I had used to be successful in real estate... I've always tried to excel in every area of my job."
Moore has not only been successful in her real estate career - she has been successful in almost every other avenue she's traveled - which leads us to her latest gig on the radio.
Moore listened to a variety of Christian music before becoming a host on 1510 WLAC. In fact, prior to being asked to provide her expert commentary on a few radio shows - she hadn't listened to "talk radio."
"People kept saying that I would be great on radio," she said. "I had two different people ask me to co-host."
Stations such as WLAC typically get 15 to 20 calls pitching radio shows each month and add one or two shows a year - 2014 was Moore's year.
Following a few fateful moments, Moore was given her opportunity to host her own show.
"At first they didn't have anything, but I kept calling and always called back when I said I would," she explained.
During this time, Moore said that God spoke to her and told her that she was supposed to host a show on Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
"A two-hour show!" she exclaimed, remembering how rare she assumed the opportunity would be. "I was offered a show on Sunday, but I was adamant about not doing Sunday. There were opportunities but I was passing."
After taking on an early morning show, Moore was offered a slot opening at 10 a.m. In conversation, she mentioned that she would be willing to do a two-hour show. "Usually you can get 11 to 12 or 12 to 1 but it is rare to get more than one hour, 11 to 1 is prime time," Moore said.
Sure enough, a "crazy situation" occurred, and a year later in April 2015 Moore celebrated the first anniversary of her two-hour radio show, "The Power of Real Estate."
"I am having fun with it. I want to grow the show and continue to help people," she said, adding that her success is due to keeping her "eye on the why."
"A lot of times people start down a path and get lost or distracted. They forget the why. That is what drives me. I work smart and hard and I have a good team all the way around."
Moore resides in Lebanon with her family.
For more information about Michelle Moore, visit her website www.beyourtop.com.
Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.