October is a Special Month

Barbara Boustead
Image by Claude Alleva

Here in Wisconsin it’s finally fall! Even better than that, it is October, which is one of my favorite months.


October 1st marks my fifteenth wedding anniversary, which we’ll celebrate by spending a week in Ely, Minnesota. I am looking forward to spending time with my husband relaxing, hiking, and eating delicious meals! We are definitely taking Covid19 precautions by packing snacks, additional masks, sanitizers and Lysol wipes as we travel out of state.


Fall is a season of learning and growth for me. I think it goes back to being a kid and my enjoyment of school starting every autumn.


I am excited to have an opportunity to learn and share with others at the conNEXTions Entrepreneurship Panel Event which will be held virtually on October 3rd.The Founder of conNEXTions is Saran Ouk, who is amazing in her dedication and commitment to working with young adults. There is still time to register for this event.


An annual event that I find especially valuable is the National Association of Social Workers Wisconsin Chapter (NASW-WI) Conference which is scheduled for October 26th – 28th. I love the conference theme “Social Workers Celebrating Courage, Hope and Leadership” and appreciate the opportunity to learn, network and connect with my social work colleagues from all over Wisconsin.


And if you have not heard, there will be a Living Well with Dementia Resource Fair the week of November 9th – 13th from 3-6pm daily on Zoom. It is a Free Community Resource Fair for families affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This week-long event is sponsored by Dementia Friendly West Madison and Middleton. My presentation on “7 Financial Tips During Covid19” is scheduled for November 10th. For more information, please click here.


Looking a little further into the fall is the American Association of Daily Money Managers (AADMM) Annual Conference, which will be held virtually this year on November 13th and 14th. The keynote speakers and workshops are excellent and there will be a number of opportunities to network with colleagues as well. I learn so much at the AADMM conference each year and appreciate being able to utilize these tips and strategies in my work with clients.


For instance, one workshop presented at the 2019 AADMM conference was “Working Remotely with Clients”.  When the Covid19 Safer at Home Order was put into place and I could no longer meet with clients in person, I was able to utilize the information from that workshop to pivot my business to working remotely with clients. I did that over the course of one weekend because I had learned about the systems that needed to be put in place.


Because of this pandemic and the restrictions on travel, I am so glad that these conferences and events will continue to be held in a way that people can participate safely.


What about you? What are you doing this fall? Do you have any special rituals or occasions?  Please share.