Category Archives: Financial Planning

The Morbid Details: End of Life Preferences

The Morbid Details

The Guilt Have you ever gone to an estate sale? As you walk through the home of the previous owner, what thoughts are in your head? What are you feeling? I have found myself having difficulty not feeling like an intruder or feeling guilty or disrespectful, especially in rooms of the home you often don’t…

Can You Relate to These Common Estate Planning Mistakes?

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When you stop and think about it, choosing to do nothing in advance about something negative that is guaranteed to happen seems illogical, doesn’t it? And yet, human nature is that we avoid thinking about negative things, which is why the majority of Americans still die without having estate planning documents in place, for example….

Have You Told Your Assets Where to Go?

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Best Seller Advice Begin with the end in mind. “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey was written over 15 years ago but is still a best seller for good reason. His timeless advice is applicable across many aspects of our lives, business or personal. One of his recommended seven habits is…

Have you Inventoried your “What Ifs”?

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What We Worry About Do you ever find yourself asking these important life questions? What if my spouse or I die prematurely? What if one of us becomes disabled during our working years and is unable to work again? What if one of us needs long term care in retirement? Those worries, those nagging thoughts,…

What Motherly Advice Did You Receive About Money?

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In the month of Mother’s Day, it is appropriate to think about and appreciate mothers as well as other women who play important roles in our lives. Women we admire have had an impact on us in many ways. I was in a women’s group discussion the other day and they were sharing money memories….

What Does Your Financial Health Depend on?

Financial Health

When articles or discussions center around the question, “do you know your number?”, it is usually referring to your retirement nest egg value. Specifically, how much do you need to have stashed away before you can retire and not have to worry about running out of money? I feel like a politician when I answer,…

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…

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…