Life During the Holidays: "The Hurrier I Go, the Behinder I Get"

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Life During the Holidays: 

 

"The Hurrier I Go, the Behinder I Get"



     "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get" ...    

     The above is a line from the children's storybook, "Alice in Wonderland" written by Lewis Carroll ... but it definitely describes my life and home as of late.  Seems the faster I go and the more I tackle, the more I find I still have to conquer and accomplish.  I feel I'm running behind.

     Others around me are experiencing much the same thing.  Like me, they're "wrapping up" more than presents right now.  Everyone is busy organizing, re-organizing, hosting, meeting, partying, creating, closing-out, and planning.  Both in business and everyday life.

     It sure seems like I (and my team) have "our fingers in a lot of pies".  We're busy shopping and preparing for our December and end-of-year Holidays.  On top of that, we're all in the midst of wrapping up business matters too.  Holiday cards are going out.  Holiday gifts are being delivered to Referral Partners.  And we're all touching base with those that matter to us and have helped make us successful.  

     Personally, while doing that I like to go "bearing gifts".  Each year for the past 8 years, my wife and I have created an annual Holiday CD of music together.  We then share it with our family, friends and many of my business contacts.  

     It's become quite the annual event doing this, as Marilyn and I come up whttp://www.genemundt.comith a new "theme" for the music chosen each year.  So far, we've covered Holiday Classics, favorites of family and friends, Country, Holiday music from around the world, and more.  We don't duplicate songs we've used from previous years, so it's become more and more challenging to do.  Fun, exciting, and exhausting to accomplish all at the same time. 

     Right now, I'm in the process of interviewing new LO's and Assistants for our office too.  We're expanding and upgrading technology in our office and for our website.  And final preparations are being put in place for the new changes coming to the Mortgage Industry in January, 2014. 
 

     Yep!  The White Rabbit was definitely describing the Holidays at our home and business when he said "the hurrier I go, the behinder I get".  But I wouldn't have it any other way.  

     Would you?? 


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  1. Lenn Harley 12/05/2013 04:36 AM
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Rainmaker
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Donna:  Big, messy, and complicated doesn't work well for me either.  Way too stressful.  Busy is good, as long as I'm somewhat structured and organized.  Hope you have a fantastic Holiday season ...

Tammy:  I hear ya .. and I'm trying to maintain calm.  Thank God I'm married to a woman that is uber-organized and also my partner!  Be stress free, my friend ...

I'm trying to "go with the flow" and have as much fun as possible with it, Margaret.  Sure beats the quiet, lack-of-business we've suffered through!  I'm still hoping to get up to see you soon ... but maybe AFTER the holidays would be best now?????  lol

Wanda:  So true!  And I'm sure in your area, the travel season and holidays are very important.  Hope it proves to be a very busy and successful season for you.  Enjoy and prosper!!

Gene

 

 

Dec 05, 2013 06:09 AM #5
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This is why I finished all of my holiday shopping in November because I couldn't take just one more thing this month or I'd ES-PLODE, Lucy!

Dec 05, 2013 06:14 AM #6
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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lol  Understandable!  And you should be proud of your efforts, Elizabeth.  We're fairly organized, but don't come close to your accomplishments ...

Gene

Dec 05, 2013 06:41 AM #7
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You said it quite well Gene - this time of year presents a lot of joy and a lot of challenges with balancing work & non-work life.  Add in the 2014 business planning and it's enough to make your head spin.  Hope you & your family enjoy the holidays amidst all the craziness!

Dec 05, 2013 07:56 AM #8
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Definitely going to try, John!  Hope you and yours enjoy every crazy minute of it ... and 2014 is spectacular!

Gene

Dec 05, 2013 08:12 AM #9
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Years ago, I would have agreed with every word of your post Gene.  But I've reached a point where I do less and less each year when it comes to shopping, decorating, cooking.....just about anything that has to do with the holidays.  Have I become Scrooge?  No way, I still enjoy them just as much, but in a much more relaxed way.  I've earned it too.  I think if I had children and grandchildren it would be different.

Dec 05, 2013 08:42 AM #10
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Gene, I am definitely in the same boat.  It seems to happen every year as we try to finish everything before 12/31.

Dec 05, 2013 09:27 AM #11
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Understandable, Roger ... and I'd say Marilyn and I are constantly in pursuit of streamlining the Holidays too ... especially now that we're trying to juggle grandkids and in-laws.  What seems "easiest" typically gets the nod!  I will admit that having grandkids now in the mix has jumpstarted things a bit ... it's never dull and they're keeping us young.  We love every minute of the craziness ...

Gene

Dec 05, 2013 09:32 AM #12
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Inna Ivchenko
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I feel the same, the busier i become the less items on my list I can cross out. I think, we rely on technologies a lot, but we are still humans, and there is so much we do( because each of us have families and friends and life is not just work)

Dec 05, 2013 09:48 AM #13
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Gene I hear you loud and clear.  Somehow we think we're streamlining from a few years ago but it's still a huge production every year - and lots of them. It takes a village of elves to pull off a good holiday!

Dec 05, 2013 10:11 AM #14
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Teral McDowell
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I know the feeling; sometimes it's just nice to take a deep breathe and slow down.

Dec 05, 2013 10:38 AM #15
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Something we must work hard at remembering at times, Inna ... work is important, but certainly not most important ...

I like the way you say that, Anna!  A Village of Elfs!!  I think you have a new blog there ...  lol

So true, Teral .. so true.  Sometimes the calm of "nothing" is healing ...

Gene

Dec 05, 2013 10:47 PM #16
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Gene, it is definitely a balancing act to get everything fit in, and still get business done this time of year.    I had 3 events scheduled after 4 pm last night, and made it to all three.  

Dec 05, 2013 11:59 PM #17
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Joan ... you made the trifecta!!  Good for you!  Hard to not get swept up in all the activities.  Try to relax and enjoy, right???  Thanks for commenting ...

Happy Holidays!

Gene

Dec 06, 2013 02:20 AM #18
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Gene, feeling much the same here.  I like your Christmas CD gift idea...I might give it a try next year.  A previous broker of mine did the same and her clients really liked it.

Dec 06, 2013 07:27 AM #19
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Funny how it's caught on, Nick ... we are getting requests for themes!  Just fun .. and it's always appreciated. 

Hope you give it a try .... give a shout if you're looking for ideas ...

Gene

Dec 06, 2013 10:39 AM #20
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Aww, deep breath. Yes, it can feel as if that is the way it is this time of the year. I actually got in a bit of shopping today and plan to mail a box to my daughter in Denver this week.  Soon, I'm going to be able to relax a bit more - not quite yet. ;) 

Dec 08, 2013 07:29 AM #21
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Debb:  Hope you get that package off to your daughter.  Then kick back and relax .. at least for a bit.  Enjoy the season!

Gene

Dec 09, 2013 05:27 AM #22
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The holiday season can be a very busy time Gene, but we are lucky to be in a position to experience it to the fullest!

Dec 09, 2013 01:50 PM #23
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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True!  Hoping you and yours do that in great number, too ..

Gene

Dec 10, 2013 04:08 AM #24
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