As we get set to rest and reset for Christmas and New Years, we at Hancock Law are taking time to reflect on 2020 and look ahead to 2021.
Leading up to this break, our firm comes together for a meeting to set goals for the year ahead. Following that, Kenneth has individual meetings with the team members, and then we eat lunch together and exchange presents. We then close up shop for our holiday break from December 23rd to January 4th, when we’ll be away relaxing and spending time with our families.
Reflecting on 2020: challenges and joys
2020 was a challenging year for many in this country, and truth be told, we at Hancock Law are no exception. At the start of the pandemic, with the sudden shift to virtual work, as well as the decline in caseload, adjusting to a new world was certainly a challenge. Nonetheless, we’re really proud of the way we came together as a team to make it work, to be there for both our clients, as well as our families and children who rely on us at home.
Reflecting on 2020, we’re very pleased to say: we made it. It was a trying year, but we’ve made it to the other side by working as a team, being there for one another not only professionally, but also personally. Coming off our best year in 2019, we were well-positioned to handle the challenges in 2020.
In terms of notable bright spots in 2020, one that definitely deserves a mention is that the Hancock family welcomed new life into their home in the form of puppies – two of them, in fact! Tank, a 2.5-pound toy poodle joined the family in August, and Shelby, a Bernadoodle that the family drove to North Carolina to pick up is the family’s newest member. As a result of the two new additions, Kenneth’s early mornings are now filled with puppies and making breakfast for the family, a role he relishes and takes very seriously.
Kenneth, his wife Lacey, and their three kids (aged 11, 12 and 14) are looking forward to their three Christmas tradition: one with one side of the family on Christmas Eve, a chill Christmas day at home, and then another Christmas celebration with the other side of the family – the one that was missed on the first go-round. This year, Kenneth will also be taking the holidays to help his parents move to a new home on Lake Placid.
Brandy is looking forward to celebrating Christmas with her family and spending Christmas Eve with her inlaws. She’s especially excited and looking forward to 2021 for big personal events in life, and an overall return to normalcy.
As a mom of two young boys, Carly is looking forward to spending Christmas Eve at home with her family, making reindeer food and following the family’s Christmas Eve tradition of allowing the kids to open one gift the night before Christmas (of Carly’s choosing). She looks forward to 2021 bringing with it a return to normal and having time to do normal kid things with her kids, like visiting Disney World and in general, just giving them space and time for kids to be kids.
Looking ahead to 2021
Next year, in addition to getting life back to “normal,” we also have our sights set on growing. Kenneth has his sights set on potentially beefing up another area of practice, in addition to personal injury law. Most importantly, Kenneth also hopes to get ramped up with integrating ministry into the everyday work of the firm- not in the sense of preaching, but instead in the sense of working through how can we as a team give of ourselves to live out the gospel, either financially or through time donated. As an example, Kenneth has greatly enjoyed being involved with programs like Take Stock in Children as a mentor- it’s a very rewarding experience, especially for a person who loves kids and loves helping. It’s opportunities like this that we hope to explore further in the year ahead.
We wish you and your family a peaceful and happy holiday, may you and yours enjoy the biggest blessing of all: quality time spent together- whether in person or over Zoom this year and may we all enjoy greener pastures and a return to normalcy ahead.
From all of us at Hancock Law, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!