The End Of 2011

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Okay, Christmas is behind us now and New Year’s eve is just around the corner. So it’s at this time of year that I look back and judge whether it was a good year or not and also a time for me to assess my goals for 2012. So here is what I’ve concluded.

2011 was a good year for me. My oldest son survived his first year away at college and Karen and I slowly got used to the idea of having him away for so long. He came home for the summer which was fun then he returned again in September to complete his second year. It was funny how dropping him off for his second year wasn’t as hard but a piece of your heart always goes missing when one of your children leaves the nest. He’s home for Christmas now but will soon but returning to finish the balance of the year. No weekend stops at home for him as Thunder Bay is not exactly a short run down the highway.

I have 2 others still at home. Having one away makes you appreciate all your children so much more as it serves as a reminder how precious time is.

Our real estate and mortgage business continued to serve our family well. I’ve been a Realtor now for 25 years. It’s hard to believe. It feels just like yesterday that I finished the courses at Conestoga College and launched into this great profession.

I used to think to myself that the last thing I wanted my children to do was sell real estate. The demands on your time can be taxing sometimes. Of course you work a full day then your iPhone continues to chirp at you on evenings and weekends. It seems like there’s never a down time but it can be very rewarding and helping people purchase a home is a great thing to observe. Especially now that I have a few years under my belt, it’s awesome to see people you sold a home to years ago that had next to nothing as a down payment build such a great nest egg. A nest egg that would have never grown had they not taken the plunge into home ownership. It’s really quite something. So maybe one of the kids will join us. Who knows.

You know I’ve fallen in and out of love with my career several times throughout my tenure, but I can assure you that if I had it to do all over again I don’t think I’d change a thing other than not taking my life so seriously.

We take it for granted living in such a great country but having the freedom to do whatever you want with our lives is a liberty so many people on the planet wish they had. Life is suppose to have certain barriers to overcome otherwise it would be boring and our victories would seem meaningless without them.

So what’s in store for us for 2012. Well for me, like most every year. I’m going to try and earn a little more money. I going to try lose a few pounds and I’m going to try and enjoy myself and the peole in my life a little more. But the best thing about the future is not knowing for sure what the future holds and just enjoy the adventure. Imagine how boring watching a hockey or football game would be if you knew who was going to win. You’d never experience the thrill of victory when your favorite team wins the cup and you’d never experience being humbled by a loss. Winning and losing are both great teachers for we would never know one without the other.

My friends, I want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of my life. Some of you play a big role in it while others, not such much but yet your role is appreciated.

I want to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Happy, Happy 2012.

Walter Monteiro.

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