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You Can Go Home Again

Even if home has a different address…


The view above is from my parents’ new condo in Burnaby. I’m staying with them until the end of the year, getting ready for the holidays and taking a well deserved break from business running and homemaking. Rick will be joining me in a couple weeks so we can have a family Christmas, so my main goal right now is family time and relaxing.

This will be my first Christmas with my immediate family since I moved to Montreal four years ago, and the first Christmas since my dad’s stroke and my marriage. It’s been a pretty hectic year, so I’m really grateful for this opportunity to readopt a laid back west coast attitude while I contemplate my future and the direction of my company in the new year.

A few things are already clear to me:
1) My business can survive as a part-time activity. It isn’t necessary to me to work on it full-time everyday and my frequent down-time is leading to enthusiasm sapping boredom. I’m also getting less good at dealing with people because I now interact with them so infrequently.
2) We can survive on one income, but two would give us more freedom. Waiting for my business to afford me a salary means putting off too many goals and opportunities that I’d rather take advantage of now. I’m not getting any younger, so it’s time to stop whining and start doing.
And 3) Paying off my debt will make me feel more responsible, which will boost my confidence. It’s time to start acting like a grown-up and putting my money where my mouth is. It’s time to start working part-time and building clear goals with Rick that will help us shape our future together.

I’ve really enjoyed these last few months of homemaking and business building, but it’s time to move on to the next step. It’s time to really move forward.

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