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How to Be a “Financial Activist”

Hello and Happy Tuesday! I always begin my regular email updates to my list with this cheerful greeting; however, given the events that transpired down in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend, it’s hard to feel positive. But as I watched the terrifying, hateful demonstrations by alt-right groups on the news, my initial shock gradually transformed…

Shame and Stress Relief

In today’s post, I’m sharing two items that recently came across my desk that I thought were interesting and worth passing around. The first is an article from The Atlantic entitled “The Secret Shame of Middle Class Americans.” Whoa – heavy title – but as a read through it, I honestly was so moved and felt that it…

With Diets and Budgets, Sheer Willpower is Not Enough

Like diets, budgets are often less about the ‘what’ and more about the ‘how.’ Often we know that we need to spend less and exactly where we need to do so. Much in the same way that someone who wants to lose weight knows that they shouldn’t eat desserts or should stop eating after 8:00pm,…

Declaration of Being Debt-free

We’ve heard the term financial independence thrown around as a goal one should strive for when creating a financial plan. But what does that really mean? While everyone has their own spin on the term, generally speaking it means that you attain a level of wealth when you can cover your expenses without having to…

Bad case of Summer-itis?? Do these 5 things so it doesn’t hurt your financial plan…

I have a daughter graduating from high school in a few days who has a bad case of SENIOR-ITIS. Who can blame her? The weather’s beautiful, the days are longer, gone are the external deadlines of college applications and final exams — and with them, all motivation to do anything that requires any effort beyond…

Four Ways Social Media Can Hurt Your Financial Plan

A few years ago, if someone asked me what’s the best material thing I’ve ever purchased, my immediate response would have been: 1) my Tempur-pedic bed and 2) my iPhone. Today, my sturdy mattress would still top that list, but I’m having serious doubts about the smart phone. Not because I have a problem with…

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