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Earlier this year, many discussions among families, friends and colleagues centered around the looming date of March 11, when we would officially be one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. The date, now come and gone, was met with both fear and hope, pessimism and optimism. On one hand, the fact that this deadly pandemic has continued for an entire year and still has no clear end date is a horrifying thought in and of itself. On the other hand, we can feel proud of ourselves for having made it through an entire year, and hopeful because reaching the one-year mark means we’ve become closer to reaching the end. There’s optimism due to the increasingly speedy rollout of vaccines, yet pessimism as we continue to hear about rising case counts and new virus variants.

While we’re still living in a state of uncertainty, taking time to reflect on this past year can serve us well. The lessons we learned during an extended period of trial and error can be noted and applied going forward, and recognizing the silver linings that emerged despite the many losses we experienced can help motivate us to keep going.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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