As I sit here in my at-home office in St vital and reflect on what was 2021 and look ahead to 2022, I can’t help but feel grateful and a sense of relief. Yes, 2021 didn’t go exactly how I wanted it to but I am finding ways to see past what wasn’t and celebrate what was. I am going to share a few highlights from 2021 and what I see for myself in 2022.
2021 was a year like no other for me. Work was the busiest it had ever been and clients kept coming. The market surged and it just kept climbing (it still is). I struggled with a work-life balance (like any mom or dad working full time). Although I did my best, there were times that I felt I should have been elsewhere. When I was working, I should have been home and when I was at home, I felt that I should be working.
The past year definitely gave me a different perspective on myself. I found myself thriving and loving my work like never before. I always enjoyed real estate but 2021 showed me that I could take on more than I ever thought possible. I don’t want to get too deep into anything but for the last couple of years I have felt a little lost in life, like someone without an identity. Let me spiral for a second…… growing up I was athletic. I found a love for hockey and rode that wave all the way to university. So naturally being a highly competitive hockey player was my identity for a loooong time. But after I left university and hockey, I wasn’t sure what was left. I found my way into real estate a couple years later, but it took a couple years to find my groove. I became a Mom in 2018, which I always dreamed of being and then that became my identity, which I was very grateful for and wouldn’t change for anything. Being a stay-at-home mom wasn’t in the cards for me, so I went back to work after 11 months and it really wasn’t until after my son that I found the confidence to believe in myself and believe I could thrive in real estate. I really do think that I have found a career that I will be in for the rest of my life. That’s something pretty special to happen in a year filled with so much negativity!
In 2021 my son Gavin turned 3 years old. What’s that saying… Terrible Twos and Treacherous Threes. Need I say more? Yes, I absolutely love my son and often find myself watching him only to put a smile on my face. He is such an incredible, smart, funny, creative, methodical, particular, adorable, sweet, kind human being but damn the threes are hard! Everyday seems like a struggle. I know it is just a stage and he will grow out of it and I can’t wait until he does, but at the same time, I don’t want him to grow anymore. I want him to stay so young and precious forever – even if the attitude stays too – what a whirlwind of emotions.
My husband and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary (we’ve been together 15 years), which is pretty incredible considering we are both working from home AND we decided to take on a major renovation too (finish our basement, which we’ve been working on for 6 months now). Nothing like a challenge on top of a challenge on top of a challenge, am I right?
I surpassed all my work goals for the year and also achieved a RE/MAX award, 100% Club.
There were so many other amazing things that happened in 2021 but honestly, it’s really about the little things for me. Waking up to the sounds of my son voice saying “Mommy, is it wake up time yet?”, morning coffee with my husband (in silence because I like my mornings quiet), one on one meetings with my clients where I get to know them a little more every day, helping families find homes where they will raise their kids, helping retirees sell their family homes and move onto the next chapter of their lives, picking my son up from daycare and him wrapping his arms around me, Lego building, book reading, endless play time, supper as a family.
Now I am dreaming of what 2022 will bring. I haven’t officially made my goals yet, this real estate market is keeping me busy, I can only wish it will be the same as last year. Time spent with family, hopefully more time spent with friends, the ability to form new relationships and be able to do what I love to do, which I now know is to be the best Mom and Realtor I can be.
Cheers to a happy and healthy 2022. Stay Safe Everyone.
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