Back Pack Buddies
The season of joy and reflection is upon us, and what a year it has been! 2020 is definitely one for the books. For many people, December is a magical time of year full of possibility yet this year is certainly looking different for many of us. Travel plans and social gatherings have come to grinding halt. Inspite of the changes from years before, this time of year is still all about change and new opportunity. A great time to decide what the year ahead looks like for each of us.
What comes to mind is Albert Einstein’s saying: “In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity”. The opportunity for many, myself included, has been reflection, quality time with loved ones, and growth both personal and professional. This time has given me the opportunity to conquer some fears, including getting in front of a video camera for zoom calls. As someone that no one would describe as shy, I am strangely hesitant when it comes to photos and video!
Many of you whom I have spoken with share Albert Einstein’s sentiment and recognize that it’s been a lot tougher for some. It’s been wonderful hearing friends and clients share how they’ve been able to help and donate during this time. Whether it’s a smile, donating to the local food bank, or helping out in a myriad of other ways, a little goes a long way.
We’ve been working with the Back Pack Buddies along with several other local charities. I typically like to attend and support fund-raising events that this year weren’t possible given our Covid-19 climate. In lieu of charity lunches and dinners, we have found creative ways to gather in the virtual world through on-line cooking classes and charity auctions.
If you’ve spent the last few months baking, hiking, or just been hopeful about the future, I hope this year has been good to you and your family. I am so immensely grateful to have built up my circle with lovely clients, friends and partners. I truly enjoy every aspect of my career but the people I have met and the connections I have made are second to none.
It’s also been interesting how many clients have reached out to discuss relocating to a new home. Spending all this time at home has made us turn inwards and evaluate what we need going forward. Whether it’s a more walkable neighbourhood, better schools, access to recreation, or just more space. Whether they’re buying their first home or looking to move out of a condo and into a townhome or a multigenerational home to accommodate larger families. It’s been a pleasure being part of the transitions and guiding them through their journey.
If you’ve spent the last few months baking, hiking, or just been hopeful about the future, I hope this year has been good to you and your family. I am so immensely grateful to have built up my circle with lovely clients and friends and partners. I truly enjoy every aspect of my career but the people I have met and the connections I have made are second to none.
This year is turning into a Charlie Brown Christmas, but even those have a little bit of sweetness. My wish for you: May your cup be full, and your table have enough to share.
Warmest wishes this holiday season,