2020 has brought uncertainty. If that isn’t the understatement of the year...
We have experienced lockdowns, loneliness and loss. And we have survived. We have a newfound appreciation for our clients – for our friends. In an otherwise catastrophic year, we opened a second office location, and we are thankful to be here. If anything, we have trusted our instinct, taken a risk, and stepped out on faith.
But this is not a story of the firm’s success. We have not been without personal and professional challenges. And there’s a long road ahead for an unknown 2021. We realize in our excitement for our expansion in Tillamook, that we are only as successful as our community. And so, at every opportunity, we have chosen to invest. We have shopped small, we have ordered takeout, and we have purchased gift cards from businesses we hope will weather this storm. In a year where we have been largely unable to network with our colleagues, we have promoted their services on social media. We have sponsored virtual events for amazing causes, and we have gotten creative on the business front to make every client feel at ease in handling their estate planning needs. Under extraordinary circumstances, we have managed to find ways to connect and grow. To us, that is the only way to measure success.
Now, with the holiday season upon us, we are called to help. To give meaningfully. To not stand by. With so many in dire need after the 2020 we’ve had, we encourage you to join us, to the extent that you’re able, in doing what you can for those who need it most. Making a concerted effort to see our neighbors thrive is invaluable. I am reminded of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Looking to the future, we choose gratitude. We are humbled by your support. We are ready to close the chapter on 2020, and we are hopeful for the year that lies before us. If 2021 restores handshakes and hugs, we welcome the return to normalcy and connectivity. In the meantime, with much hope and warmth, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.