These seasonal blog posts talking all about the different ways to invest in yourself are easily my favorite pieces to write. I talk A LOT about investing throughout the day between client calls, meetings with investment managers, and through the content I build. But there are so many ways to invest in yourself and your future in addition to market investments.  

Summer felt like it flew by this year. For me, every weekend was jam packed with weddings, birthdays, or reunions with friends. I wouldn’t change it for the world but I’m heading into Fall with the need to have more down time and space to relax. You pick up on my feelings as you read through my list of Fall investment suggestions  

1. Book Recommendation, Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano: I stayed up until 1 am the other night finishing this book because I absolutely fell in love with the characters and watching their story develop. This book begins with the birth of William Waters and follows his life growing up in a family surrounded by tragedy. The author beautiful weaves in the family he marries and takes you through their journey and life.  

2. Journaling Outside: The leaves are changing, and the temps are beginning to drop. One of my favorite things to do during this noticeably changing season is soak up every minute outside that I can. I also find that journaling outside makes me much more aware of everything going on in my world without all of the discretion. 

3. Buy a Fall Scented Candle: Yes, a singular candle. Through my work I’ve noticed people always go to the extremes when it comes to spending. If you tell yourself, you won’t buy that one fall candle you are eyeing, come winter time you are going to go to the opposite extreme and wind up with ten different pine scented candles in your cart. 

4. Do a Fall Activity with Family or Friends: I know it sounds cliché, but we all have that Fall activity we love to do whether we share it publicly or not. Take a hike, hit the pumpkin patch, watch a scary movie. Enjoy this calm and spend some time outside before the craziness of the holiday season begins  

5. Set Your Intention for How You Want to End the Year: It amazes me that we are staring down the end of 2023. This one overlaps a bit with the idea of journaling but one day I encourage you to set aside to think about how you want to end this year. So many of us think our goal setting happens on New Year’s Day but the reality is that it begins in these Fall months leading up to the start of the new year and the habits we work on during this time  

Caroline Tanis