Just sitting in my home office a few hours before our New years eve's guests are to arrive and I'm looking back at 2010.
It was certainly an interesting year. I was able to enjoy a great family vacation in The Bahamas and Florida. Had a great time but the weather could have certainly been a little warmer.
We finally got the renovations done on our house that we've been talking about for the last 5 or 6 years. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome but as with any project, in hindsight I might of done a few things different but its all good. By the way, if you're looking for a good contractor, I would highly reccomend Hennink Contsruction. They're quality is top notch and they are true professionals.
I finally finished my book, "The RRSP Mortgage Investor" and it's selling online at www.rrspmortgageinvestor.com. It's a project I've been working on for the last 2 and bit years. I'm pretty proud of it. The book sales are not making me rich but hopefully the concept in it will help others get there. I've been investing this way for the last 9 or 10 years and I can honestly say it's done wonders to my RRSP portfolio.
My real estate sales were okay. It certainly wasn't a record breaking year for me but it was not bad. I would certainly love to thank my loyal past clients and new clients for that matter. It was a real growth year for me. I studied a lot and can quite honestly say I truly love the real estate business. It's exciting, forever changing and is in my opinion one of the most rewarding careers anyone can tackle.
There were all sorts of other things that happened this year that I haven't mentioned but the one thing I'll remember about 2010 was leaving my first born in Thunderbay for school. My oldest son Christian is going to Confederation College studying film production. Christian has had a camara in his hands since he was about 12 years old and there's never been a doubt in his mind as to what he wants to do with his life and that's making movies. I'm proud to say his marks are excellent and there's no doubt in my mind that he will be very successful.
Leaving a child behind just tears your heart out. I can honestly say it was one of the toughest things I've ever had to do. It really makes you appreciate how precious time is. It seems like only yesterday that he was born and now he's a grown man. As an old rock and roll fan, I knew the words of "Cats in the Cradle" would someday haunt me and they have. But I can honestly say, I did the best I could and I must have done a good job because Christian has become a great young man.
I have 2 more children, Corry 16, and Haille 14. And I know it'll only be a matter of time before they're gone. The two are great kids and I'm enjoyinhg their time here at home while it lasts.
I guess my message in all this is I've been working hard for the last 23 years in pursuit of the almightly dollar but my most precious possession is the gift of Fatherhood which is not yours to keep by the way, but only something God gives you to enjoy for a short time. So enjoy it while you can.
In closing I would like to wish everybody a very Happy New Year and all the best to you and your families in 2011.