I got nothing done over the holidays.


Despite the best of intentions, I really got nothing done over the holidays. As a certain someone was thinking of the time he would have off during Christmas and New Year’s as an opportunity to perfect his Guitar Hero performance of all things Van Halen, I was relishing the opportunity to get my Montreal home staging and Montreal real estate business in gear for 2010: to assess how 2009 had played out, input all my expenses, make sure my invoices were all aligned with accounts receivable, lay out my plans for 2010 and the steps involved to get there, etc. You know, all the stuff we business owners really should be doing to prepare for the year ahead.

I got none of that done.

Here’s what I did get done:

Skating with my family and friends on the outdoor rink in the Old Port of Montreal on Christmas day. It was magical.

Laughing with my dear, sweet in-laws, who are going through some terrible health issues and yet have managed to retain their sense of humour.

Escaping to Ottawa with my husband and two boys for a few days. This involved touring the Museum of Civilization, seeing the IMAX movie Wild Safari (AWESOME!), and driving to the Prime Minister of Canada’s house — we didn’t get invited in : ( Here’s a shot of one of the First Nations’ carvings in the Great Hall of the Museum. It is huge and awe-inspiring.

Seeing old friends in Ottawa, visiting with their kids who are growing up way too fast, and enjoying the company of people who have known us for so long, none of our conversations with them need an update on context. Know what I mean? We can talk about anything, and they know where we’re coming from and why.

Looking through the great pictures we’ve taken over the last year and reminiscing about where we were when we took what shot.

Celebrating New Year’s with our great friends and letting the boys stay up to toast the New Year with us.

Speaking on the phone with family who live too far away for my liking.

Reading a great book: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

Talking about my business plan for 2010 with my husband, the best business and time management coach anyone could ask for. Here he is with our sons, pointing to a 1970s picture of a crab fisherman at the Museum in Ottawa and asking, based on the hair, “Is that you, Grandpa?”

Snuggling for hours with my boys (all three : ), covering them with kisses, and looking into their eyes and really LISTENING to them.

Yup, I got nothing done over the holidays. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got work to do…