Take time to enjoy the richness of the season

'Merry Christmas, happy holidays and all the best in the New Year!'

It’s holiday time.

Time for family, time for friendship, time to give thanks, time to reflect on the past year and years and time to simply sit back and enjoy the moment.

Unless you have a mortgage renewal coming up quickly or bought a house recently, I’m going to make a suggestion and encourage you to forget about all the financial stresses that come with life – that will come again after the holidays. Here’s a tip to help you forget about them, take the time to draft out a financial plan, think things through and write them down, then tuck them away until after the holidays.

All year long we hear about what we should be doing, what we could be doing and what’s going on. So why not, for once, take this time and shut off all of the noise.

In my world, I watch the news- a lot!

It’s so that I can provide my clients with an interpretation of what’s going on in our local, provincial, national and global markets to be able to provide them with the most up to date information I can to determine if buying a home is right for them at this moment.

However, for the past few weeks there’s been a lot more noise than usual coming from our governments both provincially and federally.

Families are under duress, the government is swiftly making major changes that are going to affect us all long-term, and there’s a lot more to come as we currently have a couple of highly ideologically opinionated governments ruining, er running our country.

But I digress.

These somber moments and times in history make us all pontificate what this life is all about and it’s time for some of us just to shut up and realize what is truly important.

We all know what that is, so why not just do it and get out there and enjoy the moment with your family and friends.

And give a little more than you usually do to help the families across our own world – our little slice of heaven in Alberta needs more help than ever before.

Sure this is a crazy time of year, but why not do the opposite of years past and just slow down, reflect upon the past year, dream of the next, but mostly just enjoy the moment with those that you love.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and all the best in the New Year!

Jean-Guy Turcotte is a mortgage professional with Dominion Lending Centres – Regional Mortgage Group in Red Deer.