Campbell Wealth November 2017

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Putting Life Into Perspective

A cross the country, the news is bleak. From Hurricane Irma to Hurricane Maria to the earthquake in Mexico to the heartbreaking loss of life in Las Vegas, one tragedy seems to follow another. Closer to home, we’ve experienced our own losses. A few of our clients have passed away over the last few months. Some were expected, and others caught us by surprise. But in tragedy and sorrow, there is often a bright light — a shining beacon of hope. One client, whom I was particularly close to, had initially come in to our office a number of years ago. He and his wife came in together to discuss their retirement. I looked at their plan and we made a few changes, including adjustments to their retirement lifestyle. We discussed how the husband always wanted to go sky diving and also how the wife did not like the winters in Virginia. We soon developed a plan for him to skydive and for both of them to travel to warmer climates over the winters. They changed their focus and built their retirement around these goals. Later, when the client passed away, I attended his funeral and I couldn’t help noticing how much of an impact I had on their lives. I had helped them transform their retirement and encouraged them to work towards the goals, that they set many years ago. As their advisor, I was grateful to be a part of their journey and thankful

on many different levels. I not only advise my clients on their finances, but I also strive to help them live the best retirement possible. The power of being thankful is one of the many reasons I keep a gratitude journal. Every morning, I write down all the things I’m thankful for, which starts the day on a positive note. That simple practice can change one’s outlook on the entire day, week, month — even a year and beyond. And it affects everyone around you. This, too, puts life into perspective. It’s a habit worth picking up. people who lived through the hurricanes, the earthquakes, or even the shooting had next to no control over the situation. Their minds were on survival for themselves, their families, and the people around them. Most of us will never live through tragedy on that scale, or anywhere close to it, and for that I am thankful. Speaking of being thankful, Thanksgiving is a particularly good time to practice gratitude. During the holidays, we’re surrounded by friends and family, so it’s an ideal time to share what you’re thankful for with loved ones. With all the recent tragedies, perspective is important. The

From all of us at Campbell Wealth, we wish you and your family a wonderful and bountiful Thanksgiving. Please let us know if there’s anything on your mind or if you need help working towards your retirement goals. If you have friends or loved ones who are struggling with their retirement goals, we are here for them as well. Give us a call and let us know how we can help.

Kelly Campbell

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