It seems like just yesterday our biggest fear was surviving through Y2K (Year 2000). That was 22 years ago, and I believe we all came through it unscathed. Since then, we have seen many trends in the stock markets. Some were welcomed, others we would like to forget. We now have Aggie interns working in our office who were born in 2000 (or later!) and probably do not know what Y2K is!
This past year the world was shaken by two variants of COVID-19. While these variants seemed to place the world in fear (as did Y2K), I’m happy to say, we have heard of no serious effects for our clients or staff. To this we say…God is good!
In the past my resolutions have been to appreciate all that is around me, choose what I say and do to positively impact lives, learn something new quarterly, do more for the community, and live a healthier life style. While these resolutions have been beneficial, I would like to suggest you join me in simplifying and narrowing down your resolutions. Instead a list of resolutions that might be difficult to achieve, why not have 1 or 2 that you can complete? We are still paving our way through a pandemic. It is important make your resolutions attainable. Share these goals with an accountability partner who can check in with you periodically on how you are doing. You won’t be perfect. At times, life will get in the way. That’s ok. Just keep coming back. You may not accomplish your resolutions right away, but with persistence, you’ll see success.
As we navigate the new year together, I look forward to our growing friendship and pray for good health for us all. As always, I’m honored and humbled that you have given me the opportunity to serve as your financial advisor.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.
Brien L. Smith, CFP®
Sarah D. Buenger, MPAS®, MSPFP, CFP®
Traditions Wealth Advisors