In this story, CNN shares stories it received when it asked readers to submit their pandemic silver linings. Attorney Lizette Cortez parted ways with her old law firm and opened up her own to serve immigrants, which is very meaningful to her as the daughter of an immigrant. Brandon and Robert Schultz-Koller realized their dream of adopting a child; baby Kobe was born in March 2020 and Dad Brandon said, “Really, Kobe has just made 2020 the best year for us.” Adrienne Shubin started a weight loss regimen and lost 80 pounds, during a time when gyms were closed. She also cut alcohol out of her life. CNN is still collecting pandemic silver linings stories.