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Our lives have changed in so many ways!

I hope that this message finds you and your family healthy and well during this unprecedented time in our lives. Everything is so uncertain, and all of our routines have been disrupted. The Coronavirus has changed our lives in so many ways!  This is a scary time for so many of us! We are all surrounded by an abundance of anxiety, fear, uncertainty, and confusing messages. We are witnessing people (including ourselves) acting differently and making important decisions, based on fear, scarcity mentality, and pure raw emotions! One of my friends defined it as “Mass Craziness”. People do not like change and everything in our lives has drastically changed in a matter of a few weeks. 

One of the most difficult things for me is social distancing. I miss my HUGS! The next best thing that I have discovered is to use this time to reach out to friends and clients, to stay connected. One thing is clear, it is important that we support each other and to remind everyone to stay calm and realize that this is a journey that is out of our control.  We can all do our best to cooperate and stay safe, but beyond that we cannot control this outcome. Many of you have talked about:

What will the future look like, and how that will affect my financial security?

Is this the right time to review my financial plan and rebalance my portfolio?

What do I need to do to make sure that my insurance and estate planning is in order?

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have some of these concerns or would just like to talk. It may also be a great time to talk to your estate planning attorney and review your will, trust and other estate planning documents.

My advice and message to all of you is to stay calm, be strong, and look at the positive side of our situation. One of my friends said it well “I will just make lemonade out of lemons”.  

Look for the good in this new life that we are living!  

The following are some thoughts and suggestions to help you focus on the positivity of this situation and positive ways to spend any extra time that you may have.

  • Be joyful!
  • Be Kind - Others you love need kindness more than ever before. 
  • Be present - Be there for the ones that you love, they look up to you.  
  • Make a list of all of the things in your life that you are grateful for.  
  • Express your gratefulness to yourself and others too.  
  • Reach out to others and create positive communications.
  • Create new (healthy) habits.
  • Spend time outside and enjoy the peace and quiet.
  • Spend time exercising.
  • Enjoy time with yourself - reflect and set new goals.
  • Spend time learning new things - Continuous learning keeps your mind fresh. 
  • Spend time journaling - Consider this Self therapy and it will be fun to look back and see how you were feeling.
  • Spend time each day reflecting, praying and or meditating.  
  • Great time to conquer all of the things on your to do list that you never quite had time to do. 
  • Great time to prepare and enjoy all of the food in your freezer and enjoy meals together.
  • Practice your listening skills - Ask others about how they are doing and how they are feeling? 
  • Eat well- Keep your body and mind healthy.
  • Stay in touch with friends and family - Call, Zoom, Skype, Facetime, etc.  
  • Use this time to organize your life.
  • Spend quality time (phone or in person) with people that you love. 
  • Tell people how much you “LOVE” them.  
  • Express appreciation for life and all of those around you who make a positive difference in your life.  
  • Make a list of all of the blessings in your life. 
  • Express Appreciation for others in your life!  
  • Love yourself! 
  • Do something nice and unexpected for someone else.
  • Read a book—Take time to read those books that you have been wanting to read.

Whatever way you choose to spend your time will be imprinted on how you move forward. The time we spend now planning will help us when this challenging time passes. The relationships and time spent with people now can make all the difference to their wellbeing and yours.

We are all in this together and together we are stronger!

Be safe and take care of yourself!

Jim Smallegan


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Jim Smallegan, CPA, RICP®, CASL®, CLU®, ChFC®

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