That picture above is a great representation of how I wrapped up 2014.
This holiday season was filled with family time.
We had family visiting from Vietnam.
We had family visiting from Manitoba.
And we had family visiting from Ontario.
And that doesn’t include the family time we spent with all of our family living right here in Alberta.
What’s the big lesson I took away from all of that time with family?
Family is what’s most important.
It’s why I left my job 6+ years ago to work from home.
I wanted to spend more time with my wife and kids, instead of only seeing them for an hour or two a night, and most weekends.
It’s why I’ve set a goal of helping my parents retire in comfort.
I watched my Dad work HARD his whole life, and to now watch him suffering through pain from Leukemia instead of enjoying his retirement years is hard.
And it’s a LOUD reminder for me to make things happen in my life NOW, so I can do all the things I want to do NOW, not wait until retirement and maybe not ever get to do them.
Tuesday this week was the last day my brother and his girlfriend were here from Vietnam. They got up early that morning so they could go to school with the kids and see their school.
They came back to our house and I asked them what they wanted to do on their last day. They still had a couple of errands on their list that they didn’t think they’d get done.
I said let’s go. I’ll drop you off or take you where you need to go.
Although I’ve heard the words before, this time they really hit home.
My brother said to me “This working from homes thing is kind of nice. You’ve got the flexibility to do what you want.”
And that pretty much sums it up for me. The best part about working from home for me is having the flexibility to do what I want.
But it wasn’t always that way…