Sorry for my extended absence. I actually did write another blog entry not that long ago, and some may have read it, but then I relegated to private status for a few reasons.
So, for those that haven’t heard from me in a while, here I am! There’s so much going on!
First, I got the position at work I was looking forward to for quite some time now! I’ll be the sole financial planner at two great downtown Calgary branches, and I couldn’t be happier about this! The two teams are really great, and I’m looking forward to working with them all next month.
But first, I’m off to BMO’s learning campus on Sunday for a week – It’s called the IFL, or Institute for Learning (but some people call it the Institute for Lunch due to the copious amounts of food they serve there). I’ll be in the Toronto area for a week this time, and a week in another few months as well. I’m looking forward to meeting fellow planners from throughout the country there who are all starting with BMO around the same time.
I’m thankful to have had two great years at this FI already, and in a similar role, so I will be able to hit the ground running when I step into the new branches in October. I’m itching to get on with it and the far superior compensation model that comes along with it.
As most of you know, Barry is also a planner with BMO, and he achieved “Rookie of the Year” a few years ago (rookie at BMO, not in the role, though) being number one in the country amoung 700 other planners. This coming year, I want to step into the same honor, so I’ll be working my butt off to make that happen. Wouldn’t it be awesome for us both to have done it? Better yet, I’d love for him to also achieve number one again next year so that we can both be on the podium. I’m sure that would be a first. Who knows… It’s possible.
Things at home have been great, too! We have sold our hot tub and gazebo (the hot tub has had a leak, so we sold it at an extreme discount) – we travel so much that the hot tub was not used as much as we’d like. Also, Barry is NOT a fan of the hot tub, but was a good sport about repairing if I had wanted to keep it. In the end, we’ve decided to improve our back deck (likely ripping down the old and putting in a new larger deck that allows for a gas fire pit and sitting area). Bottom line, there’s a ton more light in the kitchen now, because the gazebo doesn’t cover the main kitchen window… It’s quite nice!
There’s so much more, but I will leave it to another update. I’ll probably blog from the IFL next week, so stay tuned!
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