There’s always something to howl about

And there’s a hand my trusty friend ! And give us a hand o’ thine ! And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne.

2009 beat me up.

Oh sure, I’ve been beat up in other years, but this is different because I’m not able to look back and say, “Well, thank god that’s over,” and move on, because it’s not over. The body blows that 2009 delivered are coming along with us into 2010 and we will be dealing with them indefinitely, which isn’t what the New Year is supposed to look like, is it?

When I sit down to make resolutions and plans, something I love to do, I now have to factor in time for unknowns, time for emergency trips to hospitals, time for staying put and just… waiting. But really, how do you factor in unknowns? How do you schedule trips to the ER on your calendar? How do you plan for the unplanned-but-inevitable?

I’m not sure, truth be told, but I think it has to do with using your time wisely, something I can do, but typically don’t. It has to do with flexibility, something I do fairly easily, and it has to do with focus. Um, huh? Focus? What’s that? I twitter, remember? I’m an awesome friend to ask a question of because I’m the person who will drop everything and help you find an answer, because what can be more fun (key word) than finding new fun things to do, because who knows what new fun things will come from that discovery, leading to more new fun things… and well, it’s much more fun than it sounds.

Don’t judge. I have strengths and I have weaknesses just like you, I simply need to learn to work with them under the 2009 rules. I can do this.

I’m going to have to become more mobile. Mobility is flexibility is productivity for 2010. But bigger than that for me, and I suspect I’m not alone, is using time wisely. It’s not a hard thing to do, but for me, it can be difficult to master. Using time wisely in an unstable environment means I get to always ask myself the big question: What is the best use of my time right now?

And here’s the thing: The best use of my time might be real estate related and that requires me to plan what I can and focus when I can, mobilize what I can, but this year also taught me that sometimes the best use of my time is to simply to sit quietly and hold someone in my arms.

So my resolution for the New Year is to make the best use of my time, at any given time, and to have the wisdom to understand what best use really means.

Here’s to Happy Healthy and Productive New Year for all of you, but I wish for you more than that. I hope that you spend your time in 2010 doing the things that are truly important, whatever they might be.


8 Comments so far

  1. Jeff Brown December 31st, 2009 10:52 am

    Amen Sister — and may God’s mercy and grace never stop flowing over you this coming year.

  2. Dan Connolly December 31st, 2009 12:08 pm

    I hope you and yours have a really great, and a really healthy and happy New Year!

    Dealing with the ER even occasionally tends to put the unimportant issues where they belong. Nothing is more precious or worthwhile than just sitting and holding someone who needs you.

    As far as not knowing what is the best use of your time, I know that your instincts will guide you to the right decisions on time management. When I find myself shying away from some potential client, I trust my “feelings” and don’t work with them. I really believe that the best skill in time management is knowing who not to work with.

  3. kathytoth January 1st, 2010 8:57 am

    Well, you summed up my year too. I have been battling a health issue and can’t wait to bring on 365 days of sheer opportunity. The next shiny new thing will have to wait because I HAVE to focus on the business. Enjoy the holding Teri, whenever you need to and whenever you can!

  4. Teri Lussier January 1st, 2010 9:42 am

    Happy New Year, all!
    Thanks for your well wishes, and hoping you have a wonderful 2010


    >I really believe that the best skill in time management is knowing who not to work with.

    Wow, Dan. This might be the first time I’ve heard that discussed openly, but I am beginning to understand the value of choosing clients wisely myself.


    >can’t wait to bring on 365 days of sheer opportunity

    I hear you. Shame on me, but I’ve squandered those in the past- chasing down shiny buttons.

    Here’s to us and a bright 2010!

  5. Eric Blackwell January 3rd, 2010 6:20 am

    Happy New Year Teri!

    Here’s to a great year for you and Team Lussier. Will be calling you in the next day or so to get started (or finished-grin) on some 2010 fun with ya.

    Have a great one.


  6. Teri Lussier January 3rd, 2010 8:44 am

    Hi Eric!!!

    Yes, we have some unfinished business to take care of, don’t we?

    I hope and pray that you are on the road to recovery, and every day finds you and your family growing stronger and more able to tackle the unique challenges that you are facing.

    God bless you, my dear friend, and Team Eric.

  7. Rick Kristensen January 4th, 2010 10:14 pm

    Happy New Year Terri and Family! Well timed article. Great advice going into the new year. Got to keep the balance between life and RE, always a challenge.
    Good luck in 2010!

  8. Teri Lussier January 4th, 2010 11:13 pm


    What a wonderful surprise to see you here! Thanks for the comment. And seriously, we have to go to Giovanni’s soon. 🙂

    Give Chris love from Jamie and I, and all the best to you both in 2010!