Retirement Planning Strategies November 2018

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NOVEMBER 2018

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Gratitude for Our Clients AND ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS THEY DO

I was speaking with a client the other day, and they told me about the project they are currently working on. It’s a mission to observe Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, which have never been extensively photographed or analyzed before. The mission and its vessel will be called “Lucy.” While most NASA projects use acronym-based code names, this mission found inspiration in a name with many cultural resonances. In 1967, The Beatles released “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” which would go on to become one of the most iconic tunes in a catalog that does not lack for classics. In 1974, anthropologist Donald Johanson and a student were on an expedition to Ethiopia when they decided to take an alternate route back to their vehicle. This decision led to the discovery of the fossils of a very early hominin, one of humanity’s ancestors. As the team celebrated that evening, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” happened to come on. Pamela Alderman, a member of the team, named the skeleton after the song, and she’s been known as “Lucy” ever since. Finally, in 2013, when the mission to the Trojans was devised, the project’s leads wanted a name that evoked the connection between asteroids on Jupiter and our humanity. “These asteroids really

are like diamonds in the sky in terms of their scientific value for understanding how the giant planets formed and the solar system evolved,” said Harold Levison, the mission’s principal investigator. So it felt only right to name the exploration after a song and fossil that evoke so much historical and cultural significance. EVERY SINGLE WEEK, IF NOT MORE OFTEN, I HEAR ABOUT A JAW-DROPPINGLY AWESOME PROJECT THAT INVOLVES ONE OF OUR CLIENTS. IT’S INSPIRING AND REMINDS ME JUST HOW LUCKY I AM TO WORK WITH FEDERAL EMPLOYEES. As my client was telling me this story, my first response was, “How cool is that?” All too often, people assume that working for the federal government is a boring career. In my experience, nothing could be further from the truth. Every single week, if not more often, I hear about a jaw-droppingly awesome project that

involves one of our clients. It’s inspiring and reminds me just how lucky I am to work with federal employees. So, with that in mind, this year I want to dedicate our Thanksgiving issue to our clients and all the incredible work they do. Over the past year, we’ve been featuring stories of our clients’ lives to celebrate what they’ve done during and after their careers. These stories have all been unique — from ski trips to Norway to adventures in building furniture — but what they all share is the thread that a career in public service can lead to an untold number of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. And I think it’s something that deserves celebrating. As you enjoy your Thanksgiving this year, I hope you can reflect on some of the opportunities working in public service has provided over your career. Are there aspects of being a government employee that are less than desirable? Sure, but there are also benefits and opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. Thank you to all of our wonderful clients for sharing your stories with us over the years. You never cease to amaze us. –Ann Vanderslice

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