Oh, its Christmas again?

I’ll have to check with The Pope, but I’m pretty sure Christmas falls on the same day every year. And yet, somehow it catches me by surprise.   I was vindicated a little by someone telling me that Thanksgiving was late; therefore the whole magical time between Thanksgiving and Christmas was cut off by an entire week, so that’s something, at least.

However, it seems like every year lately, I have that “oh crap, Christmas is next week” moment. This year I’m flying solo Christmas morning, due to a half planned trip that fell through and, well, a lot of work.

So I had plans. I was going to get a tree and rebuild my Christmas decoration stash, which was lost in a mixup with an ex girlfriend years ago. Oh, such plans they were, and that’s what they stayed. My tree situation, as of Christmas eve, was rather bleak:

This 2014 Christmas Tree is Brought to you by Artimide and a single Gensler Christmas ornament from 2001, supported by first edition Ayn Rand novels.  Take that symbolism to the shrink.

This 2014 Christmas Tree is Brought to you by Artimide and a Gensler Christmas ornament from 2001, supported by first edition Ayn Rand novels. I won’t try to guide you through that symbolism.

I’ll blame the mid December trip to London, but it’s still pretty weak – the tree would have rightly survived through not even a week of being gone. There’s all of the work that I can’t ignore – this year has been a crazy warm-up for what looks like is coming for next – but I’m a little sad I didn’t get a tree (I’m into getting the real ones). Nevertheless, this little last minute setup seems right for this year. And what was intended as a full day of solo reflection has become busy at the last minute, which is a nice surprise.

Merry Christmas.

The Year Ahead is Actually Looking Good

A shot I took on a recent trip to Marfa, misguidedly holding the camera out of the sunroof while driving.

A shot I took on a recent trip to Marfa, misguidedly holding the camera out of the sunroof while driving.

After quite a long time of being concerned about how things will turn out for the real estate industry, the city, and the region, if little old me can start feeling optimistic about his fledgling little nobody company, times have to be good.

Two projects I have should start construction at the beginning of the year, and the “big one” should really start moving at about the same time.  I’m also working on something that, if successful (I will know my February or so), might be one of the most ambitious planning exercises that the area has seen in a long time. At that point, it will be time to scale.  It’s kind of scary and exciting at the same time!  I still don’t have it all figured out and maybe I never will… But that first real, full time hire – with the overhead that comes with it – is a big hurdle.  Over the next two weeks, after I take an ever-so-short vacation (it will be my first legitimate vacation in years), I’ll head up to visit my family and probably spent most of the time working on projections and financial models.

On top of that, there is website content, networking, Christmas parties, business development, all of the other stuff that I haven’t seemed to have been able to do. I also have the actual work – that has to fit in there somewhere, right?  I’m looking at working with a virtual personal assistant to try to get some of the minutia off of my plate.  We’ll see how that goes, but I don’t what to offload!  I guess that is going to take some time to figure out.  But there are definitely some things that I do that… May not be the highest and best use of my time, so it’s worth a try.

I’m very thankful for this year.  There have been many trials, some I have been happy to leave behind, another which I still can’t seem to let go.  I have been lucky to have people around me who support me, others who have given me some space, and some good old fashioned luck/divine intervention.  2014 will be the year to pay all of those people back!  You know what else might be cool?  Writing something interesting on here.

I am very interested as to why WordPress thinks I should tag this post with “Great Blue Heron” and “Hawaii.”  I think I’m going to.