Hanging out with… Hilliker Corp.’s Rebecca Thessen

The Broker Associate for Hilliker Corp. on the importance of morning coffee, planting for pandemic relief and why Domino’s Hawaiian pizza may be the cure we all need right now.
What is the most cherished item in your office?
My most cherished item in my office is probably the framed photo I have of me holding my first commission check with my boss. It’s crazy how time flies and it’s a nice reminder to see where you’ve started and how far you’ve come.

What is your favorite time to get things done?
Well, really, anytime! There never seems to be enough time. However, I do enjoy having my morning coffee first thing and plan out my day with a checklist of items in order of priority. This helps me shape my day and work in an efficient manner. I’m very type-A and like things to be organized. By having a checklist, not only does it help me track my progress, but it’s also rewarding to see when a task has been accomplished.

What is the soundtrack that plays in the background of your office?
No soundtrack. I like it to be as quiet as possible.

Name the band you cannot take off your playlist.
BTS.

What does a typical workday look like?
My workday varies from day to day. Sometimes, I have a full day of showings and meetings with clients. Other days, I am in my office working on writing up offers and making phone calls. I would say most days, it’s a combination of both.

What are you binge watching right now?
Season 2 of “Dogs” on Netflix

What is the coolest thing you have done since the pandemic hit?
Since the pandemic hit and during the months of shut down, I started to really get into planting/gardening. I went from barely being able to keep a cactus alive to now a full-blown plant mom.

What has this experience taught you?
To succeed, you must always learn to adapt.

If you knew what was going to happen, what would you have done differently?
Let my clients know ahead of time so they can plan how to continue their business remotely.

Favorite comfort food.
This is quite embarrassing, but the Hawaiian pizza from Domino’s. Hits the spot every time.

Best advice you ever received?
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never ever have enough.

Biggest influence in your life?
My parents. They are the hardest working people I know and live life with integrity. As first-generation immigrants from Hong Kong without knowing a single word in the English language, the amount of sacrifice they had to make in order to give me the best life possible…that sort of love and dedication and courageousness is astonishing.

What trait do you most admire?
Honesty.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. Respect comes with character, not age.

What is the first thing you are going to do when you are able to get back to some sense of normalcy?
Travel.

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