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A New Year Embracing the Gift of Joy Amidst Challenges

| January 01, 2024

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones! I hope this message finds you filled with warmth and cheer.  

Encouragingly, the market grew steadily through November and  December, although we must stay cognizant that there is no unmistakable promise that this will persist. But as life likes to remind us, we always have room to find a sliver of hope even in uncertain times.  These uncertain times seem to be more common in recent years with news and market volatility.  I know many hope that this positive market shift will continue, but only time will tell.  I continue to watch market movements and trends and am available to discuss if you have any questions or concerns. 

On a personal note, I would like to share a chapter from my own life, one that I hope will provide a positive outlook, during challenging times. My little girl, Olivia, began treatment for infantile scoliosis this past year. Five casts spanning from her armpits to her hips have aided in correcting her spine as she continues to grow. Despite her young age of almost 3, undergoing hospital procedures every few months sounds like a lot, but for us, this has become normal. 

The saying goes, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?” Well, it's come to define our perspective beautifully. We have turned this challenge into an adventure.  Olivia's spirit is something I admire - she doesn't waste a moment on 'why me?' Instead, she embraces life as it comes. With joy so infectious, it sweeps you away and spreads like rays of sunshine.

So, as we step into this New Year, I want to challenge you to find your silver linings amidst the challenges of life, the world, or whatever it is affecting you. It's about searching for the joy hidden beneath all the not-so-joyful moments, and most importantly, spreading that joy. Remember, it's really up to you to change your view of the world because at the end of the day so much is outside our control.

Here's to making lemonade out of lemons, celebrating the little joys, and embracing the fresh promise of a new year. Let's brave any storms ahead and seize the opportunity to spread happiness and continued growth in every corner of our lives.  May you have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

 

Warmest Wishes,

Michelle Paris