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There is absolutely no question- Christmas is MY favourite time of year. A time when things slow down and we take a break from our hectic schedules to spend time with family and friends.

As a child growing up the excitement started on December 1st when my mom would hang the advent calendar, a wall hanging that she made with a little bear who looks for Christmas, and everyday my sisters and I took turns moving the bear until he finally found Christmas. We always visited Santa to let him know our Christmas wishes and to snap our yearly photo which my mom would add to her collage of Santa pics dating back to when she was a child on Santa’s knee. Then came the time to bundle up and go searching for the perfect tree to cut down and decorate, we always had a

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So getting into real estate was a huge change for me and even though my first few years were awesome I found that I still really needed to change something to help me do a better job with my clients. See- I started my real estate career not believing in myself and believing that I could have real estate be my life long career. So what changed? It was a wonderful colleague of mine who was always a positive person who offered words of encouragement to everyone around her and my Naturopath that both helped me start my journey to believing and knowing it is okay to love yourself- as that helps us to love and support everyone around us including our family, friends and clients.

So what ultimately changed me? Reading the books “Zero Limits” by Joe Vitale and

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One week ago I returned from an unbelievably perfect vacation with my family. I spent 10 glorious days disconnected (for the most part) from my normal and focused on my husband and my children. We ate all of our meals together, we talked about our favourite parts of each day, we decided as a team what each day would bring.

I had the privilege of being present for every second of each day with them. It’s not always possible to do that with the day-to-day busyness of normal life and it isn’t always possible to escape to a sunshiny southern destination, but this is just a reminder to take time to appreciate the ones you love.

Near or far, where’s your favourite place to spend time?

Here’s a few of my favourite pics from the trip :)



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If you haven’t guessed yet- our family loves hockey and we love our extended hockey families too. I grew up with a Dad who played goalie- which means he would be playing for three or four teams at any given time so they weren’t left short. I found that also meant that I grew up loving the goalies of the NHL teams more than the teams themselves. I grew up with Roy, Belfour, Brodeur, Joseph, Hasek and did I say Brodeur?? Marty still stands out as one of my favorites. We just love that Creedyn chose to be a goalie- even if it means you have to have a little bit of crazy in there to allow someone to fire pucks at you ;) And James has just started skating and trying to shoot the puck.

With having a family of hockey players I thought I would touch on how

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My family is my everything. As one of my last blogs said- I always wanted a big family and Ryan and I have an amazing big, loving, fun family of seven, now eight. As promised- let me introduce you to my loud and spirited family:

Ryan is my husband, my best friend. He works for the Township of Zorra and a local family run farm. He loves hockey and has played since he could walk. Still plays about 4 times a week for two different teams. He’s a Habs fan (I love him despite his poor choice in a team ;). Ryan “gets me”- which isn’t easy to do. He rolls with my need to pre-plan, sits there while I laugh or cry at a TV show, commercial or movie. He knows that my favorite time to want to talk will be late at night after the house is quiet and my brain is

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For us the holiday season starts the first weekend in November. Yes, I realize that’s early, but this is our favourite time of year and we like to soak as much joy out of it as possible! So the first Sunday in November you can find us gathered at my parent’s house for our official kickoff to the season; eating, decorating the trees and watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

We always spend a day baking all sorts of awesome holiday favourites. The kids are in charge of decorating. I’m pretty sure they’re all calorie-free ;)

A few other things we look forward to this time of year…the big Verspeeten family dinner in Delhi preceded by an epic game of mini sticks with the cousins, Chinese food and an evening with my husband’s side of the family, and

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Growing up- I was the girl playing road hockey and war, most likely in a skirt with my tights ripped (sorry Mom!) with the guys on our street. Or riding my bike to one of my friends house to play. But I was also the girl loving to be by myself in my room- reading, writing stories and daydreaming.

By Grade 9 I preferred books and horses rather than big groups of people. I talked to everyone, but had a very small circle of those I really called a friend. I took school very seriously (including shooting my now husband the worst looks for goofing off in class) and at first thought I wanted to be a lawyer- but then realized I couldn’t have a big family and do criminal litigation (yes, I was thinking this in Grade 11) without the help of a nanny, which I

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When my husband and I purchased our cottage in 2017 we did so with the intention of spending as much time as possible there, making memories with our kids. I spent every summer of my childhood up north with my family; boating, swimming, spending time with friends, and when Colin and I first got together I introduced him to that lifestyle. Now he’s just as hooked as me! That being said, neither of us is able to be there 100% of the time so we decided in an attempt to cover some of the costs of carrying the property we would rent it out during the times we aren’t able to use it ourselves.

Although we’ve owned plenty of real estate over the years this wasn’t an area either of us had experience with, so I turned to friends and colleagues to get their input

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I know everyone has some funny and interesting stories on how one moment, one person, one comment can completely change what direction your life can take you; well pizza and a draft is what changed mine.

I think anyone who has worked in healthcare can attest- it’s really hard to find full time, regular work when you are a healthcare provider. I had been working as a respiratory therapist for three years and had covered 2 maternity leaves for a home oxygen company but my temporary job was up. I had found out as I was finishing my own maternity leave after having Seth that I didn’t have a job to return to. I’m used to working in all sorts of fields- I have worked at multiple golf courses, restaurants, bars, fast food places and corner stores- usually 2

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I have never been a strong believer that formal education is for everyone. It certainly has its place, but I’ve seen so many of my friends complete college and university and still end up in a completely unrelated field. I knew early on I didn’t want to go to school without being sure of what I wanted to do. I knew that my career goals may change from when I was 17. I decided to take an accounting course and work a couple of jobs while I figured things out.

From the time I was a teenager I remember going through the real estate paper that came out every week and daydreaming about buying my first property. I spent a lot of time watching HGTV, and I knew that real estate was going to be a huge part of my life.

In 2003 I finally did it! I was 22 years old

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