I have heard it said by many of my colleagues in real estate that business slows down for them during the holiday season. Many sellers even insist on taking their homes off the market for the holidays. But for me, for whatever reason, my business always picks up. This past weekend, I spent my entire Sunday trudging through the heavily falling snow showing rental properties. My car skidded straight through a red light! Ahhh, the joys of real estate. More than anything, I would have loved to spend my Sunday on my couch under a blanket, warmed by a fire, Christmas tree lit, and watching mindless television or a good movie. However, since real estate is feast or famine, I had to take advantage of the opportunity to earn some cash to pay for Christmas presents!
So today is Monday, and I’ve chosen to treat the day as if it were Sunday. As I write this, it is 1pm and I am sitting on my couch in what I like to call my comfy clothes. My laptop is on my lap (isn’t that why they call it that?), and I am drinking hot tea. My 21 year old is doing what he does best, sleeping. He is off of work today, so I suppose it is Sunday to him too. My daughter is at school, so the house is absolutely quiet and still… just the way I like it!
These days, I am learning that you have to take peace and quiet whenever you can. No one can dictate which day should be my day of rest. If I walked into the office tomorrow and announced that I sat on the couch all day Monday, I would be looked upon as lazy and unproductive. I do not care what anyone else thinks.
Real estate has been pretty volatile over the past few years. Many times I caught myself dreaming of the security of a 9-5 job with benefits that would provide me with peace of mind. As far as I know, though, there are no jobs these days that are guaranteed to be there tomorrow. Today, I appreciate the flexibility this profession provides. So, I will enjoy what is left of my tea and lounge a bit longer. Who knows, I may even take a nap! For me, Monday is the new Sunday.