Unretirement: How You Too Can Take Control Of Your Life

Unretirement: How You Too Can Take Control Of Your Life

This Works For Anyone, Anytime… You Should Try It Now

I made my first international move, from Baltimore, Maryland, to Waterford, Ireland, with the support of my longtime employer who’d given me the marching orders to establish an EU base for that firm.

I did not choose Waterford but the idea of an adventure in the Old World, something I’d daydreamed about since I was a young girl. Waterford and Ireland were happy accidents.

I made my second international move, from Waterford to Paris, again with the support ofthe firm I’d by that time become a partner in. However, this time I chose the destination. My family and I wanted to be in Paris, and my business partner accommodated the agenda. (more…)

Smart Women Tip #15 –  Estate Planning: Planning for the Unexpected

Smart Women Tip #15 – Estate Planning: Planning for the Unexpected

Almost 20 years ago when my mother married my step-father, they came to me for estate and financial planning.  My parents created their own trusts and set-up some assets in joint accounts.  To simplify things, they consolidated all financial assets into a brokerage account with American Express Financial Advisors, and I was their financial planner.

Everything was perfect, right?  Well almost. (more…)

Smart Women Tip:  #14 – Could Your Money Personality be Sabotaging Your Marriage?

Smart Women Tip: #14 – Could Your Money Personality be Sabotaging Your Marriage?

It’s hard to believe that my husband, Mark, and I just celebrated our 32nd anniversary this month. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful relationship with my husband. He’s not only my partner, but he’s also my best friend and loudest cheerleader. Our marriage has always been strong, but I confess that I wish I had known then what I know now … especially regarding money psychology or money personality.

According to a survey by SunTrust Bank, money is the leading cause of stress in relationships. Although divorce rates are falling, nearly 40% of all marriages are dissolved before a couple reaches their ten-year anniversary. Again, money is the primary culprit. I realize no one enters a marriage with the anticipation of ending it, but there are ways to safeguard your union. (more…)

Smart Money Tip # 13- Four Steps to Creating Wealth

Smart Money Tip # 13- Four Steps to Creating Wealth

I attended a fabulous retreat in Baltimore with one of my mentors, Barbara Stanny, a few years ago. The retreat on Sacred Success was for women who had reached affluence and were looking to make a difference in the world. When I called the retreat center to ask how to get from the airport to the retreat center, they gave me two options: take a cab for $120 round trip or use the light rail for $3.20 round trip.

Being from the Midwest where public transportation is sparse, I never use it. Mulling over my options, I began to think I would just take a cab. After all, I had invested thousands of dollars on this retreat, and besides, I could afford it. Right? (more…)

Smart Money Tip # 12: When Parents Need Care:  How to be Prepared for that Call in the Night with the Designated Caregiver™ Five-Step-Process

Smart Money Tip # 12: When Parents Need Care: How to be Prepared for that Call in the Night with the Designated Caregiver™ Five-Step-Process

Watching our parents age is not always easy. We all dread the idea of that “call in the night” – the one that means we must step into the Designated Caregiver™ role to manage our parents’ lives and make tough decisions about their care, finances, and welfare. (more…)

Smart Money Tip #11 Money is Energy – Pay attention to it!

Smart Money Tip #11 Money is Energy – Pay attention to it!

My nail technician, Kahi, is an entrepreneur and an extremely smart money guy. One day, Kahi and I discussed how hard it is for many people to save money, so they end up living paycheck-to-paycheck and having to put expenses on credit cards.

Kahi and his wife love to travel, but they also don’t want to be in debt because of it. I asked Kahi how he can have the best of both worlds – travel with no debt. (more…)

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