2021 May Update
Well, here we are in the In-Between…again. That space between winter and summer, between hibernation indoors and having fun outside, between “yay, the vaccines are here” and “now when do I get to visit my Mom?”.
Around here we recognize May as the time between the awful “Stressed & Bummed Out and I Don’t Know Why Season” that seems to last for most of January, February, March, and April, and our favourite “Dream State Goal-Setting Season” (aka the entire summer). It’s the time when the work gets done, and the liminal space between what has been and what’s on the way that we named our company after.
It’s hard living in this space, particularly now. The pandemic has heightened our awareness of how much time we spend being uncertain. It’s very difficult to make decisions when you have only a vague idea of what might happen, when it might happen, or what the effect might be…but rarely all three at once. Each of us crave a simple formula that not only tells us exactly what to do, but promises us that everything will be fine if only we follow the right steps.
As attractive as simple answers and surefire formulas for success might be (especially in the middle of the night when our deepest fears come out to play), we know here at Spring that easy answers do us all a disservice. The hard work of living and making decisions in the middle of uncertainty, of defining your own version of success and moving towards it step by step, changing course as you go, is the only way we know how to live, and the only way we know how to serve our clients.
This month, we’re embracing the in-between state of having a federal budget (the first one in two years), wondering if it will pass, and starting to imagine what the effect of a national childcare strategy or beneficial ownership reporting might be. Julia spent some time eyeballs deep in the budget and put together her take on what it says, because although we just spent three paragraphs talking up uncertainty, we are still absolutely, 100% positive you don’t want to read the entire budget yourself. You’re welcome.
We’ve also continued our series on identifying and living out your values as a path towards defining what success looks like to you, specifically. This month, we tackled your values around education, and the many (many, many, many) strategies you can use to put those values to work (we promise, it’s about more than just RESPs).
We hope that as you move through this particular in-between season, that you see hope on the horizon, even if you have to squint a little.
Spring in the News:
Heads up! Julia had a chat with Jason Watt on the CE drive podcast, discussing how she delivers financial planning (not plans). The episode drops on June 9th, so you might hear it before we share it in next month’s newsletter.
She also had a chance, just before Mother’s Day, to speak with Wealth Professional Magazine about how her mother’s life and work influenced the way we work at Spring, and our values. Read more here.
You may have noticed that our very own Darryl Brown has been off for a few weeks, and we are delighted to announce that he is a father again to Miles Brown! Our sincerest congratulations to Darryl and his wee family.
“Free” Fridays remain booked permanently in our calendars. These days are free to us at Spring in the sense that they are our opportunity to work on becoming better planners, whether through collaboration and discussion, education, research, or even a little down time. It’s been a regular practice since the summer of 2017, and we will continue to set aside the time to become better versions of ourselves every week. Even 1% better is solidly worth it, because we know that will be reflected in the work we do for you.
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