Last week, we shared some of Sheri’s and Larry’s reflections on how they embodied our tagline this summer: Appreciate the Wealth of Your Life.® This week, we hear from others on the SageBroadview team along the same theme. We’d still enjoy hearing about you and your family’s own activities that you savored this summer. Who knows, they may even become inspiration for another future blog post!
Lynn Iannetta Baker: Appreciating Family First
Our summer was marked by two events that brought challenges into our life, but also reminded us to be grateful for life’s essentials.
The first challenge came when our daughter Sarah came down with mononucleosis. What an awful, draining sickness this is, for Sarah especially, but for us too. Every parent knows how hard it is to see our kids not feeling well, especially when it lingers on. A healthy child is all that really matters! On a more practical front, it also was a wake-up call on the importance of good healthcare insurance. Especially when multiple office visits required, one incident can otherwise knock your budget seriously out of whack.
We also began Sarah’s college search this summer. So many thoughts came to mind as we began to explore our options. Have we saved enough? What school is right for Sarah? Are we giving her good advice? Last but not least: Oh my gosh, our baby is going to college. We will miss her!
Again, the take-home for both is to love and hug your children every single day, no matter how crazy things get. That much, we were able to do for her.
Chris Annello: “Career Year,” With Some Fun Too
2014, or “Career Year,” as we commonly refer to it in our house, marked an important and demanding time in our lives, as my wife and I focused on our professional certifications. My goal was to pass the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) exam, while Lindsay focused on her four-part Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.
But we had to have a little fun too! In May, we traveled to the Turks & Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, joined by some immediate family. Eleven of us rented a house on the beach and spent the week hanging out by the pool; walking along the beach; golfing on a championship course; paddle boarding in the calm bay waters; and dining outside, enjoying the Caribbean sunset.
This relaxing time provided us an opportunity to appreciate why we were putting in long hours studying. We were doing this for our future. We were doing this for our family. So far, I’m happy to report that I have successfully passed the CFP® exam, and Lindsay has completed three of the four parts for her CPA exam, with her final test coming in November.
As our journey to achieve new professional certifications seems to be nearing an end, we have taken time to appreciate our successes, as well as the encouragement we’ve received from our loved ones. Looking back on how we arrived here, it’s no surprise that the support of our family and friends made this possible. We did this for us – and we did this for them.
David Principe: Time for Action, Time for Thought
This summer, our doctors recommended that Karla and I eat a little better, enjoy a little less wine, and get some extra exercise – in short, shape up a bit to improve some of our numbers. This was not what either of us wanted to hear, but since we hope to be here to appreciate our lives for the long haul, we committed to making some “good strides,” as it were. After we got started, we’ve actually been enjoying being more active.
One morning after a run around the lake in Vermont, I hiked back up the hill to our house and paused to rest at the bench placed along the way. This isn’t just any old bench, mind you; it’s one that a good family friend gave to my parents years ago, before they died. I don’t always stop there when I trek by, but every once in a while I’ll choose to step off the regular path for a time out. It’s a conscious choice that I make, whether to think about my parents, our family, what’s important to me, etc. Sometimes I simply look out at the lake through the trees, listen to the wind and let it all soak in without so much thought.
Regardless, whenever I do stop, I always read the poem that our friend included with the bench. It concludes: “A bench like this in each one’s path | no matter where they are on earth | To stop and rest, review their course | would make this world a better place.”
So true. As our friend’s poem has long served as a great reminder to me, I hope it will to you as well.
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