• Darlene Hollywood

Wow, what a year.

With the year coming to a close, I’m reflecting on the trials and tribulations of 2020 and planning for what’s to come in 2021. While I do this each year, for obvious reasons this time the exercise is very different. Thanks to the introduction of a vaccine, I’m cautiously optimistic about the year to come. Still, I don’t think I’ve ever been so uncertain as to how things will shake out.

Both personally and professionally, this year I feel I’ve been given a pass. Half my immediate family caught COVID and experienced mild symptoms, while I, along with my youngest daughter, were spared. For the most part, our clients remained operational and engaged. Our work, while largely conducted remotely, moved at the pace of business-as-usual. We had some losses and wins with both clients and staff, but for the most part, it all came out in the wash.

For these reasons I feel both blessed and lucky; that pass wasn’t extended to everyone. I saw businesses of friends and colleagues shutter under the weight of the lockdown and have tried to patronize and support their attempts to resurrect the thriving livelihood they once enjoyed.

This year has taught us all that there’s so much we can’t control, but what we can control is our outlook on it all. I don’t know what’s around the corner, but I do know hard work breeds prosperity and humility, happiness.

To you all that touch a piece of my personal and professional life, I wish you merriment in this holiday season and a truly Happy New Year.

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