What a year, am I right?
This year has been a year of contradictions:
It has felt endless but yet gone so fast.
I’ve had so much family time but still it feels like not enough.
I’ve had to pivot this year but still things are not settled.
Industries have completely stalled while real estate has become more frantic with people competing for their new home.
And, I have had to sloooooow down life which I have said I have wanted for years but it felt physically uncomfortable doing it.
We have been handed an opportunity to create life on our own terms and as the year closes and I think about what I want to take into 2021, I have come to a few guiding values:
Home. I have always been a homebody but this year has put that term into a totally different perspective. The only thing you can control is the space in the four walls of your home. It truly doesn’t matter what is going on outside of it and it all starts in the home.
Health. I hadn’t realized how every day stressors got in the way of my health a lot. Health has become a priority – fresh food, exercise and sunlight.
Nature. Ah, sometime the only spot I had my own space this year. There is really no excuse not to be outside here in Colorado with open space, mountains and trails. I need to take advantage of this daily.
Reading. This has always been a huge interest for me and this year it has become a value. Also – I set a lofty goal of reading 50 books this year. I may not hit it (currently at 42 books) but I would love to continue this trend.
Presence. Maybe it is because this year has put a mirror to myself and everyone else but I realized how I was not staying present with a lot of people (and tasks). The pesky phone alerts always distracting me, moving from one task to the next back to the original task… there was always something demanding more of my attention. I have tried very hard to stay present with my family, clients and work. There is truly no better gift to give someone.
Needless to say, we have had nine months of a very different and difficult year and things hopefully are turning around but where can you find the light? What will you hold onto from this time as we head back into “normal life”.
As always, I wish you and your family the best holiday season yet. :)
Liz is broker and owner of Liz Daigle Realty.