“Where have you been?”
For weeks I’ve been getting this question, and no matter who says it, the response is the same.
Fitness instructor- “Work.”
My office- “Showing houses, listing houses, you know, work.”
I have a tendency to work. Constantly. And not just in real estate, but on my house, my yard, busying myself with everything other than what it is most important- my relationships.
I get hit with these realizations every so often, and this past month has been leading up to one of those times.
When one of your closest friends is going through a really rough time and you didn’t see it coming, you know you’ve been a little hyper-focused on your own stuff.
When you say good morning and good night to your teenage son and he’s sitting in the same chair, hunched over the computer both times, you realize you aren’t doing a good job of getting him to come out of his cave and experience summer (and life) the way he should.
When you can’t remember the last time you had a date night with your husband, or a real conversation about anything worth talking about, you wonder what he’s thinking about “us” at the moment.
There’s lots of excuses: A kitchen renovation has kept my downtime at the house to a minimum. Summertime in real estate is our busy season and you have to get while the gettin’ is good. I’m tired. I’m stressed. This job has no set hours, so I always “need” to be accessible. And I have no routine to fall back on. So I work. And work. And work.
And I need to stop.
I’ve written about it before, but balance is the key to a healthy, happy life. And until I do things that make me happy, I won’t be a happy person to be around. And as much as I think I like to stay busy doing “things”, I need to be busy nurturing my relationships.
Having lunch with clients. Grabbing a drink with friends. Making dinner for my family. Saying yes to that golf outing. A day trip with my bestie. A date night with my husband. Whatever it is, there is more to life than work.
And it’s time to start living.
Amy Gilpin, Associate Broker, Manager, ABR, SRES.
Fifteen years of helping clients. Seven years of helping agents. All for this crazy thing we call real estate.
Production Realty 517-879-4141 Jackson, MI Amy@ProductionRealty.com