September 6, 2016

[Ep. 54] I’m Back from the Summer & I’ve Got Some Big News!

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I’m back! Did you miss me? I certainly missed you! But man did I need a break. Not that it was much of a break if I’m honest. All summer I’ve been busier than I was before I went on a podcast hiatus. I really did think I was going to spend at least most of the summer relaxing, enjoying the weather, and recharging.

But that didn’t happen. Not by a long shot.

I have a bit of a problem you see. I get a lot of new ideas that pop into my head. And although most of those ideas are total crap, lots of them are good and I go full force in trying to make them happen.

For instance, did I mention I’m a homeowner now? That was an idea I had (well, not a new idea) in June, and it really started taking form in July. I know some of it had to do with me turning the big 3-0, but I also thought “Why not just look? Who knows what’s out there?” My husband was on board, and fast forward to today, I’m now sitting in the living room of a townhouse I own! What the what?

Another idea I had was to do an event. I have a bit of events experience, and I saw that there weren’t any other events in Toronto for millennials about personal finance. I’m incredibly passionate about financial literacy, especially for my generation, so I got a sponsor (thank you EQ Bank!) and have been scrambling to put this event together for mid-September.

It’s basically all done except for a few minor details, and I think it’s going to be a pretty good event since we hit maximum registration in only two weeks. And just in case you want to see what this event is all about but can’t attend, I’m going to be live streaming it on Facebook and making it into a special podcast episode too.

Now, if that wasn’t enough, I thought why not go back to school? I’ve mentioned several times how I would love to become a money coach down the road, and I thought, why not become one now? I’ve got the drive and want to set up this new side business sooner rather than later.

So, I’ve enrolled in a program to become an Accredited Financial Counsellor. I just got my textbooks in the mail, so once I’ve got my townhouse more in order, I’m gonna be cracking open those books and studying like hell!

Oh yeah, one more thing. So, I’ve got a blog, I’ve got a podcast, but one thing I don’t have is a vlog. I have a film degree for goodness sake, but I think I was just too chicken to do the video thing honestly.

Well, I’ve learned that sometimes you just need to do it (like with my podcast) and see what happens.

Hence, my first vlog is below. My younger sister Sarah told me that I’m not really looking at the camera properly, my background is too dark and not pretty enough. In general, I should take some time to study her favourite vlogger Estee Lalonde. Fair enough, her videos look incredible.
It’s going to be a busy end of 2016. Maybe I’ll take a real break in 2017. Here’s hoping.

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