From losing a sports icon, to a pandemic, to misappropriated stimulus, to economic shutdowns, to mass unemployment, to racial division, to a presidential election, calling 2020 a historic year may be an understatement at this point.
What has it been like from YOUR perspective?
Unbelievable year; really quite insane. There has been a lot of external turmoil as we as my personal internal turmoil; there has been a lot to wrestle with that has given me new insights into the world and myself.
From a business perspective, it has created opportunities that I am just now figuring out how to utilize (wish I had realized it sooner). These are opportunities to really serve small, small businesses that need the help…. but even more than that, those that “want” the help. Almost every small business needs it but only a few recognize it, or are willing to sacrifice a bit of time to take advantage of it.
So lately I have become focused less on convincing people they could use the help and more on being able to spot those who are raising their hands and saying, “help!” and then rushing to see what I can do.
The year is definitely a strange one, but also created opportunities for my entire family to be home again together. With kids at college or overseas, we thought the 5 of us together would only happen at holidays in the future, but have seen about 8 months all under the same roof again. We are trying to soak it in even if 5 adults in our house is a bit cramped 🙂
I will ask that responses to this avoid getting too political. I value everyones opinions but don’t want to create an environment where community gets broken. I love how you posted this Brandon, so it’s more about the responses. Thanks..
Definitely a year of unexpected adventures and misadventures; a year of learning and growing through the fears and discoveries. Since we live in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California in what’s called “fire hazard severity zones” aka “wildlands,” we’ve suffered the worst fire season ever — over 4 million acres burned! And, because of that, we’ve been living daily with the possibility of having to evacuate at a moment’s notice. So, we always have our GO (emergency) bags ready, our cars full of gas, and facing the road.
Fears were heightened when the sun shone red everyday when thick smoke from nearby fires completely covered our areas for weeks, making it even harder to breathe….and negativity filled the air even more, because the smoke and the fear seemed to be suffocating us all.
I remember comparing the feeling to having cancer attack and threaten to destroy. The fear, the loss, the grief, the hatred, the overwhelm, the anger, the desperation, etc. seemed to be everywhere. When I reflected on it all, I turned to prayer, as I always do when I need to seek peace and strength. And I felt in my heart that, yes we’re going through tough challenges right now, but in time, we will survive and grow through these difficulties.
We all have a choice to keep hope alive, to learn and to move forward with grace and gratitude despite the negativity or to grow bitter because of all the negativity. I choose the former. I choose peace, life and, most of all, love!
Sending positive vibes, Brandon!
I am continuing to learn every day, if I cannot fix it or change it, does the situation really need one more opinion on it? Probably not. Moving on…
From a business perspective, I’ve pivoted from flat fee pricing to monthly financing and I think it has really helped with cash flow moving forward.
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