I’ve been on hiatus on writing. It just wasn’t feeling normal, fun or even therapeutic. I look at writing as a creative outlet, sorta like my love for fashion, but I was just not into it. Life has been all out BONKERS. I’ve been riding the emotional rollercoaster and felt overwhelmed, lost, and tired.
BUT here I am ready to start again. Conference season has wrapped, work travel has slowed and I am now falling into the holiday season with jingle bells on.
Speaking of conferences, I just got back from Schwab IMPACT and came away with a few things.
- The “All In” Motto. Schwab really hit this home all week. They are ALL IN on making the advisor experience more streamlined, ALL IN for lowering cost and ALL IN for giving their advisors the tools they need to be successful.
- Many will think I’m crazy for saying this, but the make up of an advisor is changing y’all. I really noticed not only a YOUNGER demographic but a larger FEMALE presence. This had be doing internal backflips of joy.
- Advisor marketing is at an all time high. This seems to be a theme I’ve noticed at the last few events I’ve attended. Advisors are really learning to find their brand and market themselves. I love that the market is changing for advisors to be able to market their business they see fit.
From work conferences to parent teacher conferences, I’m not sure which is harder. I was a wrecked parent leading up to our first one of this school year. All I could think was how have I not been readying my child to be successful, are we raising a well rounded, thoughtful, kind human etc. And of course our not so little dude is killing it. We have one of the most amazing, hardworking, caring teachers around. She not only let us know how great our child was doing but actually pointed out how she’s impressed with the values, kindness and thoughtfulness we have instilled in him. My mom heart about burst, I almost cried and totally high-five my husband in the parking lot.
Now we are ready to ring in the holiday season! Bring on the lights, trees, cookies and ugly sweaters the Happe’s are ready for all of it!
On another fun note, with all my travels this year I started taking the time to find one fun thing I could do in each city. I’ve always loved street art and Kelsey Montague “What Lifts You” series has been on my bucket list to try and find..I’ve been able to track down 4 murals this year and hope 2020 I’ll be adding more. The wings below are in Downtown San Diego next to my other love Puesto.