What an incredibly busy year! I can’t believe it’s already Christmas! So many wonderful projects and even better clients to look back on over this last year! This is the perfect time to reflect on all the blessings we have had this past year. It is a time for taking a moment to remember what is really important to you. Being thankful for the special people in our lives, both personally and professionally. After all, the Holidays are all about celebrating the relationships in our lives, family, friends and our spiritual relationships.
Over the years, we have found that people come and go. Some people are just always there. You can count on them just like they can count on you. These are the most special people in our lives, as the strength of these relationships is not affected by life’s trials. They are always there to help you ride out the storm and you are there to provide calm when they need it, as well. These are the most precious relationships and we are so very thankful and blessed to have these amazing people in our lives.
This year we have found a number of new people that have just clicked with our business family and with us personally. We are looking forward to building on these relationships and are so very Thankful for finding such wonderful people this year!
I always try to shut work down over the Holidays to re-charge and spend some quality time with my family. Last night I enjoyed sharing some Christmas baking with my daughters and husband, while being serenaded by my daughter on the piano while I baked. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday! I’ve been behind in work and stressed out but decided yesterday was family time and could not have made a better choice. Seeing the smiles on my little girl’s face as I gave her a piece of biscotti was much more rewarding than anything I could have accomplished in my office! I always make deadlines for myself and push harder than necessary. There really is nothing left that is a deadline before Christmas right now – everything else can wait – without me feeling any guilt! Sometimes we need to ask “does it have to be done or do I just want it done?”
Sometimes I think business owners, or individuals who are self-employed, expect too much of themselves. Yes, we have to work when the business is coming in, but we also need to take care of ourselves and our loved ones. This was a goal of mine at the beginning of 2014 – balance. I believe I was successful in some ways – I did manage to maintain more balance in my work/personal life especially over the last half of the year. I made a decision to work a solid week, usually 10 – 12 hours a day – I start early, but to keep evenings and weekends for family. It’s worked wonderfully! Without guilt, and resulted in many smiles. Yes, there is the odd exception when I catch up on paperwork Saturday morning but that is rare and not a rule.
This year, I’ve learned that family and relationships are my priorities. I am committed to work and my clients and will give them 110% during the work week, but after work is the time I look forward to the most. Nothing beats a smile and hug from little girl while we read stories together, or sitting and hearing about my older daughter’s day at University, or just enjoying sitting by the fire with my husband. This is what matters and this is what we tend to forget to enjoy with all the Holiday bustle. So, my wish for you all for the Holidays is to take the time to enjoy the special people in your lives! Don’t let the stress of the Holidays overtake you and rob you of the precious time and memories that are so special this time of year. Allow yourself to slow down long enough to just enjoy those most important to you! You’ll be so glad you did! Happy Holidays everyone!