A Hopeful New Year Message

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By Joe Globensky, RFC®


“2020, we’re so glad you’re done, so we can all have an enjoyable 2021.” See what I did there? Now that my new year poetry resolution has been accomplished, let’s move on.


I wanted to spend some time over New Year’s weekend reflecting on the past. But I went a little further back than normal. I had saved a recording of the 1988 Rose Bowl, where my Michigan State Spartans defeated the USC Trojans. I was actually in attendance at that game back on January 1, 1988. But I’ve not seen the game since.

Watching the game brought back memories of the round-trip drive to Pasadena. Attending the Rose Bowl parade. Joining 101,687 other fans at the game in sunny Southern California. Hard to believe that was 33 years ago. That is until you realize the improvements that have been made to televised sports over the last 30+ years.


How can our prospects not look as bright as the sun on that afternoon in 1988, especially after the year we just had? There are two COVID-19 vaccines being distributed, with others in various stages of development. Some people have begun receiving additional fiscal stimulus payments. We have overcome the first day of winter with spring right around the (long) corner.

It’s easy to dwell on, and be overcome by, the negative. But with the start of a new year, I always like to think about what I can do to make this year a positive one.


On January 2nd, I took another carload of old sheets, towels, and blankets to the dogs at ARFhouse. This is an organization I have been helping for about two years and wanted to hit the ground running in 2021.

Later that same evening, from home, I cheered on my Texas A&M Aggies in their win against North Carolina in the Orange Bowl. If you can’t tell, I enjoy college football and the Aggies have a lot to be proud of and a very bright future with their team.

To kick off the new year with some fun, Connections Financial Advisors hosted a Virtual Bingo Happy Hour on Thursday, January 7th. We intend to schedule some additional virtual events until we can get back to hosting in person.

And, in April we will be celebrating the 5-year anniversary of opening the Connections Financial Advisors office in Lincoln, Illinois. We haven’t planned all the details yet but keep an eye out as we get closer to this milestone.


If there is anything we can do to help you in the new year, please let us know. At Connections Financial Advisors, we want to be your friendly financial guide and ally to help you plan for your future. We can be reached at (217) 605-8130 or via e-mail.

May the New Year bless you with health, wealth, and happiness.

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