What Brings You Hope?
Members of the Yeske Buie team share the people, places, and things that keep them grounded in hope.
What brings you hope? We’d love to hear your stories!
While Lauren deferred physical travel during the pandemic, her mind had the privilege of traveling across more than 7,000 pages of novels in 2020, bringing her much needed hope and sanity!
Lauren is a member of a Book Club where members take turns selecting the group’s next read and get together monthly to discuss the book and enjoy some social time. The group has read over a dozen books together, and hosted a few meetings on Zoom in 2020 to maintain their reading momentum.
In addition to the escape and imagination that reading provides, Lauren enjoys the freedom and coziness of finding a quiet place to read and unwind. Here are a few of Lauren’s favorite reads from 2020, and photos of Lauren and her four-legged friend, Lexi, enjoying their cozy reading spots.
What gives Cristin hope is love. Despite all of the challenges of the past year, there have been unwavering moments of pure love and belief in our fellow man.
One thing that quarantining taught Cristin is that her love for her (now) fiancé made the pandemic bearable. They didn’t mind staying home, as long as they’re with each other. In 2021, what has been giving Cristin a surging hope is planning their wedding celebration in June, and getting to spread all that excitement and joy with both of their families and friends.
There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. – George Sand
Outside of wedding planning, anytime Cristin needs a boost she checks in on her favorite Facebook Group, Vienna VA Foodies. While the group typically reports on the local food scene, they have become a formidable force for organizing the community to buy food from local restaurants to feed both our food insecure families in the area and a very wide variety of our front line workers (they even supported the gaps in feeding our National Guard at the Capitol). If you’ve seen the heart signs at homes and businesses throughout Vienna, you can thank the efforts of local children to fundraise for Vienna VA Foodies – they call themselves Rustic Love Vienna! There’s always a new post that makes Cristin smile every time she logs in.
What gives Jack hope has been the return of sports. Since Jack was a child, sports have always provided him with a getaway to block out the “noise” of the world. With the return of sports and fans beginning to fill in stadiums, Jack is eagerly anticipating when he himself can once again begin attending games. In Jack’s opinion, sporting events are always best when you’re able to share them with friends and loved ones, and an added bonus is when the games take place at some of the most iconic venues across the US!
Ryan Kelly dreams of the day he can begin to travel again. One thing that imbues him with hope is to see the odes that others have written to their own dreams of travel, especially in the New York Times’s weekly Travel Dispatch. He’s also begun visualizing future journeys to the country’s National Parks with the help of a Parks Project Gift Box he received over the holidays.
Here’s photos of Ryan at two of his favorite National Parks: Grand Teton and Yellowstone Nationals Parks.
Alishia’s roommate just got a dog, Henry, and working from home with him has made her days so much brighter.
Henry, and all of our four-legged family members, show us how to live life and treat others – by being a true friend, always trying to see the good in people, and loving one another, unconditionally, especially during these trying times.
Alishia shares: “If we could all be a little more like Henry, well, I think it’s safe to say the world would be a better place. And that sure does bring me hope.”
The Yeske Buie Team
We had a blast connecting with the Yeske Buie community at our virtual holiday party! The way our Clients and friends engage with us – at the party and all year round – fuels us with energy and hope, and we could not be more grateful for your continued trust and support.
Lauren Stansell, CFP®
Lauren recently road tripped from Virginia to San Francisco with her husband, Daniel, and their 6-lb chihuahua, Bella. The trip was an opportunity for Lauren to see so much of the country for the first time, and from the passenger seat (thanks to Daniel). As they passed by farmland full of cows, grasslands, wind turbines, and chainsaws dangling from helicopters, Lauren was reminded of how much beauty is all around us, all the time. Even in seemingly mundane moments, hope can be found.
Cole was excited to buy a home in Reston earlier this year, and when he found a spot perched on Reston National Golf Course, Cole’s new home became his own “slice of heaven”. Cole says, “Golf has and always will be my greatest passion, joy, and source of hope.”
Yusuf Abugideiri, CFP®
Yusuf spends every Monday with his son Noah; time that they affectionately call “Baba Mondays.” Both father and son relish in the opportunity to spend time together. At bedtime at the end of an especially great Monday, Noah whispered, “Thank you for a great Baba Monday.” And Yusuf has candidly shared “My son is my Hope Chronicles.”