A colleague of mine many years ago introduced me to the well-known saying, “don’t let the urgent get in the way of the important.” I think about it all the time. Like a lot of these well-used quotes its origins are a little murky, but it is regularly attributed to former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
After the tumult and financial bleeding of 2020, I think it is safe to say our local business community is cautiously optimistic for a new year and a new beginning in 2021. While the impacts to our economy from the pandemic have not magically evaporated at the stroke of midnight on New Years Day, there is light at the end of the tunnel – albeit perhaps a little way off yet. We have been told by the federal government that every Canadian who wants a COVID-19 vaccine will have it by September 2021.
Fernie is increasingly known for its access to some of the best outdoor opportunities in the world. For its breathtaking views and landscapes just minutes from town. For its unique history and colourful, artistic community. And for the small businesses and boutiques that line its shopping centres. Fernie is also a mountain town known for its array and diverse culinary choices.
There’s a new liqueur to add to your après ski routine after those heavy powder days.
One thing we have heard a lot of this year is the call to action to “shop local” or “support local.” It is a concept that has always been important to local downtown cores and small businesses. But the message has been dramatically amplified (including by the Fernie Chamber) as people increasingly turned to shopping online during the pandemic over shopping at local stores – as it was perceived to be safer.
Each season has its unique advantages in Real Estate. While listing a property for sale in the winter typically sees a less crowded market with little competition, we are seeing some new trends emerge as more purchasers have taken to online property searches due to the pandemic.
If you’re a Millennial – born between 1981 and 1996 – you’re either in the very early or relatively early stages of your career, and as the old song goes, you’ve got a lot of living to do. Still, it’s not too soon to think about a financial issue you may have overlooked: the need for life insurance.