We had the good fortune of connecting with Miriam Falaki and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Miriam, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Absolutely I would say adaptability. I find success in being able to embrace change and growth. The financial market has its short term ups and downs, but over longevity, with patience and trust your return is so rewarding. Breaking into the world of wealth management 9 years ago taught me the exact same lesson. I stuck with believing in myself even through short term ups and downs. My big picture is simple, I work hard to help others thrive. Staying focused on that makes growing pains and challenges life lessons that I will never forget.

What should our readers know about your business?
I am a Wealth Advisor with Capital Directions. I help my clients navigate through tough financial decisions and help them plan for their short term and long term goals. In an industry that is majority male, I found that building off existing relationships along with forming new ones has helped in establishing myself. There are thousands of advisors and the only thing that sets us apart is how we are as individuals and who you can form meaningful relationships with. As an advisor, you get to know alot about your clients and it is crucial for them to be able to trust you and feel comfortable sharing their dreams with you. I speak 4 languages and believe that my cultural upbringing has helped me able to better understand my clients and customize financial plans based on their own unique situation. I am passionate about educating our youth with basic finance skills. I have served as a mentor in different capacities and have also provided financial literacy courses to high school students. Being a mentor has helped me grow as a mother and strive to be a better person.

The backbone of who I am happens a lot outside of the office. Constantly educating myself has not been easy, but it has been worth it. I am always pushing myself to be more involved with the community because that is one of the areas where I feel I learn the most.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love the new spots that have popped in Atlanta and keep growing like Ponce City Market, Krog Street and The Works. We would definitely visit those spots for some local food and shopping. I would want us to have a date night in Inman Park, start with some light tapas and a wine flight at Barcelona, head over to Beetlecat for the amazing lobster roll then to the delicious gelato place for desert. We would have to try and get a show in at the Fox Theatre! I’d like to get there a little early, have dinner at Baraonda (have to end that meal with limoncello and the best tiramisu in the city) then after the show have a few handcrafted cocktails at PDH. I love to paddleboard and canoe so if it’s summer time we might spend a day out on the Chattahoochee river. Pack a cooler, float down the river and stop at some little islands, jump off the rocks to cool down. . I would visit some of our amazing parks and take her to a festival; there always seems to be something going on at Piedmont Park, Inman Park, Stone Mountain Park, Brookrun Park, etc. Finish it off with a relaxing spa day at Jeju- the gorgeous Korean spa in Doraville and find an amazing Asian restaurant to eat for dinner off Buford Hwy. There always seems to be something fun going on in our parks and if not, grab a blanket and have a picnic after a stroll. I have lived in Atlanta most of my life and there are still so many things to do that are still new to me. One of the reasons why I love this city so much, so many options!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family is the best. So diverse and full of life. I grew up spending my summers in Morocco. From the start my father guided me to make smart financial and educational decisions. He forced me to always thing about how my current decision will impact my future. I think he really had one of the largest influences in guiding me to wealth management. I also spent a lot of time visiting my brother and his family in Montreal. Also, my older sister is an amazing restaurateur in Atlanta. She has owned and operated (along with a few partners) a few restaurants in midtown, currently Baraonda and PDH. She filled me with so much culture and work ethic. Did I fail to mention my brother in law is Italian. well actually Sicilian if we want to be exact. Oh, and my husband is Colombian! My values have been shaped by so many different cultures, it’s very special. It also helped being born and raised in our vibrant city of Atlanta. I love the diversity and opportunity that this city has to offer.

Website: capdir.com

Instagram: @mimoface

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/miriam-falaki-cfp

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