January 10, 2021

2020: Year in Review

On the first Monday of March 2020, I sat at a round table with Courtney and Candace for our monthly team meeting. We went through our usual to-do’s: highs and lows, housekeeping items, lessons learned.

That morning, there had been rumors swirling about a potential lockdown in Chicago. I brought it up to the girls as a far-fetched possibility. Looking around our crowded WeWork office, it was exceptionally difficult to imagine anything like that happening in our beloved city.

You know how this story ends, of course: Lives lost, businesses shuttered, events cancelled, weddings postponed, families separated. The coronavirus pandemic has affected us all physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally. My heart aches for the suffering of so many.

As I looked back on the year, I want to acknowledge the pain of the world while also remembering the positives — at my firm, in my brokers’ lives, and in my own life:

We surpassed our sales goal, ending 2020 with $34,604,600 sold.

We helped 77 families find new homes or sell their homes.

So You Want to Buy a Condo went virtual! I taught 2 in-person seminars and 10 webinars in 2020.

I also taught SYWTBAC (online!) at some highly-respected companies: AON, Uber, Deloitte.

Our team grew from three to four when Maggie joined Melanie Everett & Company.

We gave away more than $1,000 in gift cards to support local restaurants and small businesses during the pandemic.

I was honored to speak on panels (virtual and IRL) for Chicago Title, Keller Williams, and Real Producers.

With the help of M&Co. newsletter readers, we donated $5,200 to My Block, My Hood, My City.

Candace got engaged!

Courtney and I both had babies — one week apart.

I surpassed $100 million in career total sales.

The four of us compiled a donation of canned goods, hand sanitizer, bedding, and more essentials to Lincoln Park Community Services.

We had an M&Co. Christmas party pop-up in the trunk of my car.

Looking back, I know God had his hand over 2020, even when the world’s circumstances looked exceptionally bleak last spring. It was a year of growth, of challenges, of successes, and of change! I look forward to seeing what unfolds in 2021.