By: Members of the 2020 YPN Committee
The last few months of the year usher in a period of reflection for many of us. Family meals, gift exchanges, donations, resolutions and volunteer opportunities have evolved into an end-of-year ritual. In 2020, our day- to-day life has adapted to tough circumstances—and for this reason the Young Professionals Network (YPN) deems it even more essential that we show our gratitude to those who deserve it! Though many of us have faced hardships this year, there is a lot to be thankful for. Here’s how our YPN’ers are reflecting on and acting with gratitude this year:
I’m grateful for all the silver linings that 2020 has brought for me, my family and my business. I’ve learned to slow down and appreciate things more, spend more quality time with my family and nurture my business relationships into more personal relationships. I would have to say the highlight was finding out that I’m going to be a MiMi, which I am SOOO thankful for! –Michelle Hernandez
This year has been filled with so many life lessons but two that are top of mind would be: resilience and gratitude. No one could have predicted these unprecedented times we are facing today. What kept me going was the love of my family, my health and my amazing job. In addition to that, being able to see people flourish during our Young Professionals Network meetings really motivated me to drive more business. It is a constant reminder to remain optimistic and remain grateful for every opportunity that presents itself to me. – Jalisa Wilson
I am grateful for YPN and all the amazing individuals I have been able to meet through it. When times get tough I know I can pick up the phone and call one of my fellow YPNers for advice! – Sherman Milton III, YPN Vice Chair
This year has been unlike any before, forcing all of us to spend a lot more time at home. Unfortunately, it has created some unintended consequences by increasing the rate of domestic incidents. I believe the home is the place everyone should feel safe. Therefore, I have been volunteering my time at The Spring of Tampa Bay. I am grateful for the warm environment they provide everyone, including their volunteers. – Ari Alejo, YPN Chair.