On New Year's Day, we shared a reflection written by Mary Ann Schmidt.
Today, we will share a reflection written by our team member, Julie Carroll:
"As with so many - 2020 had its challenges. The year started with the shocking news of the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughters, and 6 passengers, then quickly shifted to the new virus in February. My husband, Ken, is a member of the Greater Boston Pipe and Drum band. While we were in Del Ray Florida for an event, our trip was cut short due to Covid. We returned to Massachusetts as a “stay at home” order was put in place. The St Patrick’s Day parade was cancelled. The band had a trip planned to Hawaii in September for V-J Day which was also cancelled. We hope these events will surely take place in 2021!
What did we do while staying at home? I did enjoy whipping up lots of home cooked meals for the family. I do love cooking already, but I finally had some time to explore and test many recipes and plates. We also had more time to complete many do-it-yourself projects!
As Spring rolled into Summer, we worked hard to maintain our businesses, supporting our family and community, and staying healthy. Summer arrived with the hope of a return to normalcy. Not quite! Still, the best news occurred then! We helped our daughter move from NYC to begin a new chapter of her life here in the Lakes Region!
The summer brought new opportunities for new business partners. Kaitlyn – fresh out of NYC – joined me for kayaking and paddle boarding on Lake Winnipesaukee. With my dog, Bella and Kaitlyn’s dog, Charlie, we embraced Autumn together hiking the trails at the nearby Castle in the Clouds – always presenting spectacular foliage!
Fall continued with more Covid outbreaks, some loss of jobs for family members, and our business along with other challenges within the community. Our family met the challenges full force and with as much positivity as we could muster. Soon, the holidays were upon us. As always, the holidays have brought us a sense of peace and hope. Spending as much time as possible at the lake, we loved the beauty of the lights, the Christmas music, the sunsets and incredible lake views. We are recharged!
In 2020 we learned that our family can do hard things. We survived the adversity in ways that brought wonderful opportunities. We have a newfound respect for taking in the moment and being grateful for good health. And to be present and able to enjoy the simple things that each day brings.
Our hope for 2021 – stability in our communities, good health and the end of the pandemic. We look ahead for new opportunities to help buyers and sellers in the local real estate market. We appreciate that home is truly where the love is!"