On Tuesday morning, instead of hitting up my usual spin class I headed downtown to ATB on Stephen Ave for The Ace Class’ first Toast event. If you don’t know what any of that sentence means, let me lay it out for you.
The Ace Class is a collective of women who activate, cultivate and empower each other to live our fullest lives. I’m the content manager for Date Night and Mandy Balak is the leading boss babe of both. You’ll know them from the Babes Who Brunch series that has been happening once a month for over a year now (and always spammed on my Insta stories). Toast is a morning mindfulness series designed to kick-start your day, develop positive new habits, build community and help set intention for living your life to its fullest expression. What it all means is women getting together to motivate, inspire and empower each other – and I’m all about that shit.
The first Toast event was about Wealth & Investment which is all too relevant in our lives as we are trying to figure out what it means to adult (even many years after officially becoming one). What do we do with our money? How do we save it? How do we stop feeling like we’re going to be digging for change until we’re 80? My dad is an accountant which is good when tax season comes around and for running my own business, but as for wealth and management…he also doubles as my stock broker so I don’t have much to do with where my limited funds go. I haven’t really heard anyone else (besides him) speak about wealth, savings and investment so this Toast event was a great learning experience.
What I connected with the most was not finding a financial advisor (although it does sound like a useful thing) but listening to the panelists talk about their side hustles, branching off to do their own thing, and hearing the passion, drive and challenges from these amazing women.
There were lots of key points made, these are the ones that stuck with me and I want to share with you:
- If you’re looking for a financial advisor, find someone that is similar to you and that you connect with. You want to feel comfortable enough to talk and ask questions.
- Money is an external circumstance and neutral in your life until you start thinking about it. Our thinking creates our emotional state, not our external circumstances. It’s not the number you have in your bank account, it is how you’re choosing to think about it, If you want to create wealth in your world, what is your mind set? How do you change it?
- Get conscious about what you’re thinking. We go through life with these patterns of thoughts and we don’t consciously think. We don’t know those thoughts are serving us. Why am I not changing?
- Challenge those thoughts, that will create change.
- Think about what success means to you. The more you can incorporate your passion into your life and work then you’ll feel more at peace.
- You have to use your head, follow your heart and listen to your gut. You have to use all three but not necessarily at the same time.
- Take action with your money and prioritize your saving and spending. Look at how you can save money in certain areas like clothing and invest it or save it for something else.
It was a great event to meet new people, reconnect with others and be inspired to take responsibility of our wealth.
There are 5 more Toast events coming up that you don’t want to miss. Find out more and buy tickets HERE.