Picture this: You just received your final divorce papers, and it is sinking in that you are free to move on to the next chapter of your life. The only problem is that it looks suspiciously like yesterday, except if you wanted to marry someone tomorrow, you could. No one comes to mind. While you are planning to drink a glass of champagne later with your bestie to celebrate, it is only 10 o’clock in the morning, and you are having feelings that are the exact opposite of celebrating.
Now you’re confused. You had thought that once you were divorced, you would feel…happy? Inspired? Free? Instead, all that you feel is fear, sadness, and loneliness. This can’t be all there is, right?
You know what your settlement numbers are, so you sit down to make a budget. Essentials are covered. Are weekly manicures considered essential? Looks like they’re not. Daily Starbucks? Maybe if you pack your lunch every day, those...
Financial conversations can be tough to navigate in life. Whether it's discussing budgets with your spouse, talking to your children about spending habits, or helping aging parents handle their estate, these discussions require courage and tact. Managing these challenging financial conversations successfully is crucial, and it's understandable if you feel overwhelmed. Rest assured, you're not alone. Many people face similar situations and find it comforting to have guidance and support. If you're looking for help in navigating these conversations, know that there are resources available to assist you on your financial journey.
As a financial planner and mediator, I deeply understand the challenges that conversations about money can bring. We've gathered a few valuable tips along our journey that we'd love to share with you.
We're here to provide support and guidance as you navigate these important discussions. With our compassionate and empathetic approach, we aim to help you...
Navigating the complex waters of retirement planning for women can often feel overwhelming and daunting, particularly after experiencing significant life events such as a job loss or divorce. However, it's important to recognize that entering this phase also presents an empowering opportunity to reshape and refocus on a future that is tailored specifically to your needs and aspirations.
As many individuals begin to give retirement planning the gravitas it deserves in their 50s, it becomes increasingly indispensable for single women to approach this phase with both strategy and intention. This comprehensive guide is designed to provide you with invaluable insights, practical steps, and expert advice needed to instill confidence in your journey to a secure retirement. By equipping yourself with the right knowledge and tools, you can navigate the intricacies of retirement planning with ease, ensuring a secure and fulfilling future ahead.
The journey to college is an exciting time for both parents and their young adults. It marks the beginning of a new chapter filled with opportunities, growth, and independence. As parents, we want our children to succeed not only academically but also in managing their finances responsibly. The period leading up to the big move to college presents a unique opportunity to impart important financial lessons and set clear expectations and boundaries, even if you haven't communicated about money openly in the past. In this blog post, we will explore how to make the most of this time by teaching budgeting skills and fostering open communication to ensure a smooth transition into college life.
Before your young adult leaves for college, it is crucial to emphasize the importance of financial preparedness. College life introduces them to newfound independence, and managing their finances becomes a vital aspect of their personal growth. Sadly,...
When one door closes, another opens – such is the journey of changing careers. Believe me, I've been there. I have experience getting laid off from a job unexpectedly, choosing to make a planned career change, and starting a business from scratch.
As exhilarating as a fresh, professional journey may be, it's crucial to recognize and plan for the financial implications of such a change. In my experience as a financial advisor specializing in career transitions, sound financial planning can make your career change much smoother and more manageable. Today, I will share some key financial tips for changing jobs, and remember, personalized guidance is just a consultation away.
Before you leap into a new career, take stock of your current financial status. This is the foundation of any financial planning and is particularly crucial when contemplating a career change. Your income, savings, expenses, and debts form the pillars of your financial...
Divorce often leads to changes in every aspect of your life, especially your finances. It can be particularly daunting when you have to rethink and re-plan your retirement strategy. However, planning for retirement after a divorce doesn't need to be overwhelming. With the right approach, you can turn this life-altering experience into an opportunity to create a solid, customized retirement plan that works best for your new lifestyle.
Divorce often results in splitting assets, including retirement funds, which may significantly reduce the amount you had planned to live on during retirement. It can also lead to increased living expenses, as you shift from shared costs to bearing them independently. Both of these changes can profoundly affect your original retirement plan.
Moreover, divorce can have various tax implications, like potential penalties for early withdrawal from retirement accounts or changes in tax filing status....
Through watching my grandfather's approach to life and money, I was able to grasp some truly valuable financial lessons. This was particularly poignant given that my father's approach to finances served as a stark counterexample of what not to do.
My grandfather, who grew up during the Great Depression, embodied the principle of living below one's means. This was not merely a saying but a lifestyle he embraced, shaping his prudent financial habits. He prioritized long-term financial security over the allure of short-term material gain.
The concept of saving was one my grandfather held in high regard. No matter his earnings, he made it a habit to set aside a portion of his income. This practice not only emphasized the importance of saving but also fostered in me the discipline to prioritize savings over unnecessary spending.
I remember the range of emotions I experienced when I bought my house in 2007. I was proud to be buying my first home and worried that I was making the wrong decision. I was excited to move in and overwhelmed by all the tasks and new expenses ahead of me.
Building financial confidence is a journey, not a destination. With each financial decision, we get an opportunity to flex our confidence muscles. Yet, many of us shy away from these decisions due to fear or uncertainty. What if the pathway to building financial confidence lies in the very act of taking action?
Action is a tool that shapes and strengthens our confidence. The concept of "building financial confidence" isn't just about gaining knowledge; it's about putting that knowledge into practice. It's about making financial decisions - whether that's investing in a retirement fund, setting a monthly savings goal, or cutting out unnecessary expenses - and learning from the...
We are often exposed to a scarcity mentality. This mindset tells us that there isn't enough to go around, and it limits our ability to see beyond our immediate circumstances. But there's another, more empowering way to view the world - through an abundance money mindset. This mindset enables us to recognize the unlimited potential for wealth and prosperity available to us all. So how can you start building an abundance money mindset to truly embrace prosperity and freedom?
The first step to building an abundance money mindset is understanding the concept. An abundance mindset is rooted in the belief that there's plenty for everyone. It rejects the idea of limitation and embraces the possibility of exponential growth and prosperity.
To build an abundance money mindset, begin to identify and challenge scarcity thinking. This could be a belief that you don't deserve financial success, fear of overspending, or the...
Financial independence may seem like a lofty goal, but it's an attainable one. The key lies in breaking down the journey into manageable steps, and that's precisely what we're here to do. As women, we face unique financial challenges, but we also possess unique strengths to harness on our path to financial independence. In this blog post, we'll explore the five essential steps to financial independence for women and provide you with tools to take control of your financial future.
The first step in this journey is understanding what financial independence truly means. It's not just about having enough money to pay the bills. It's about having the financial stability to make choices that allow you to live on your terms. Financial independence is about being unchained from financial worries and empowered to make decisions that serve your best interests. Whether that means starting your own business, retiring early, or simply feeling secure...