Author Archives: Marie Burns

Where Did You Learn the Life Skill of Money Management?

Money Management

Who was Your Teacher? Who did you learn from about money and personal finance in your life? Parents or grandparents? School? Or no one, aka the School of Hard Knocks? April is National Financial Literacy Awareness Month in the United States so it’s the perfect time for each of us to be thinking a bit…

How is Your Positive Intelligence?

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IQ, EQ, PQ You have likely heard of IQ (Intelligence Quotient, a test measuring intelligence relative to others) or EQ (Emotional Quotient, a measurement of the ability to identify and manage your emotions and the emotions of others). But have you heard of PQ? It stands for Positive Intelligence Quotient, a measure of the times your…

The Magic (Pass)words: It’s Not About Knowing, It’s About Doing

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Passwords Here, There and Everywhere! How many passwords do you have to keep track of? Have you ever counted them? I stopped counting after I hit 200 (but I have two businesses so hopefully it’s not that many for everyone). I know it’s all for our own safety and security of our personal information, but…

Four Things I Learned About the Word “Widow”

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I wish we had a different word to use here in the United States for our “status” after we lose a spouse other than the word “Widow.” It’s the only box you can check on forms you need to fill out afterwards at the bank, doctor’s office, dentist, etc. What I have learned in the…

Do You Have “Enjoy Life” on Your Checklist?

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Checklists are more powerful than you might think. Research is definitely convincing on the merits of using checklists. They help you focus and accomplish goals, one small task at a time. They train your brain to be more productive which also gives you more time in your day. And they assure fewer “fire drills” in…

It Happens to All of Us, But Most of Us Don’t Plan For It

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What are the odds of getting hit by a bus? 1 in 495,000. Not happening to me, right? But what are the odds that you’re going to die someday? Exactly. Yet only 40% of us put any documents in place about what we want to happen when we die. I always say this topic is…

How to Guarantee Your Best First Impression

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When I first started public speaking, part of my training was the constant reminder that you only have 30 seconds to make a positive impression and grab the audience’s attention. That training was about 30 years ago and the timeframe to make a first impression has gotten significantly shorter. I recently read that an interviewer…

What Does Breathing Have to Do with Money?

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“Take a deep breath!” That was probably a common phrase that was used when we were younger if we were upset about something. Or we might have been told to “calm down, count to 10” or “walk it off”. Who knew this age-old advice that we all probably heard from our parents, grandparents, or teachers…

Gathering Our Family Around Us

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“Just like we often have our family around us at the dinner table, Thanksgiving and other holidays, or in times of need, we also should think about having a financial family around us too.” Talking around the dinner table as a young girl is where I heard the story of my grandma Helen’s first husband….