Somehow we’ve made it to Thanksgiving 2020. Just as I have for the past six years, I will be taking a four day break from the internet. No email, no Twitter, no Instagram, no Slack messages, nothing. I use this time to clear my head and to think. All of these internet distractions get in the way of deep thinking.
I will take time to process what has happened this year. I have been operating on auto-pilot under the stress of the pandemic. Survival mode. Just do it what it takes to get through the next day, with no reflection on what comes next. This reflection will no doubt be a painful process, but pain is healing.
I will start to look ahead. Where do I want to go next? What do I want to accomplish in the next year, or three, or five? Once I know where I want to go, then I can plan a route to get there.
Thanksgiving will be different and small this year. With no aunts, cousins, or grandparents to watch my children, I won’t have much time to relax. I’ve come to accept this season of life; raising little children. It is both exhausting and wildly fulfilling. I am trying to relish them and live in the moment.
In many ways, 2020 has been my best year yet. It’s something a plan to write about next month. I have much to be thankful for; my new daughter Anne, incredible professional growth, a stable and happy family, and my health.
I hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. I will see you on the other side.
If you are bored this holiday weekend, you might enjoy listening to my conversation with Michael Kitces about my career path. I was his guest on the 204th episode of the Financial Advisor Success Podcast.