Financial Wellness @ Work

Noise Cancelling Headphones Needed

One of the joys of my job is that I get to work with some incredibly bright and talented people. Daphne Winston is one such person. She and I were talking about some of our “travel nightmares” one day as both of us routinely fly for work. I asked her to write a blog post about one of her misadventures and this is what she shared with me: Read more

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You Are Not Your Financial Situation

When I tell people what I do for a living, I almost always get questions on how to become financially secure. As I started to talk to people, I noticed that a pattern started to emerge. People started connecting themselves to their financial situation vs. seeing their situation as a temporary situation.  Read more

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Are You On a Crash Course to Disaster?

One of the more interesting stories I’ve seen recently in the world of sports is about a guy named Rob Konrad, a former NFL player, who fell off his boat and swam 9 miles to shore.  It took him about 16 hours, he had hypothermia, and he couldn’t walk but at least he survived the ordeal. Along the way, he was circled by a shark and had to fight waves, wind and the dark in order to make it home safely.   Read more

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What to Do for 2015

I usually view “what to do at year end” and “what to do to start the new year” financial articles with great disdain (the same way I typically avoid writing “theme” blog posts for Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ & Fathers’ Day, Independence Day [is there any bigger cliché?], and any other over-played theme). However, I have spent most of my work hours early in 2015 talking to people who want to look at things they can do in the next 12 months in order to make progress toward becoming financially secure.  It’s only because I have been asked so often that I’ll cave in, become part of the crowd and write a “What To Do for 2015” suggestion list. Read more

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Making a New Beginning

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice, and to make an end is to make a beginning.”  T.S. Eliot fans may recognize this poem, entitled Little Gidding, that focuses on the unity of the past, present, and future. Although not a well-known poet like Eliot, I’ve been writing my weekly blog posts for the past 4 years.  Read more

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Where is Your “Government Waste?”

Every year, in the December/January time frame, there are a lot of articles looking back at the prior year or looking forward to the New Year.As a bit of a political junkie, I love reading stories about predictions for the coming year but one of my favorite things to see each year is a look at how the government (mis)spent enormous sums of taxpayer’s dollars. This isn’t a Democratic or a Republican issue; it’s a big organization problem.  Read more

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The Price of Inattenton

As we look back at the previous year, I have started thinking about people I’ve talked to this year who have left an impression on me. One of the more memorable people that I was able to have conversations with started with a story that was disturbing on a few levels, but has come to a relatively happy conclusion. The fun part for me was getting updates on her progress and seeing the change in her voice, posture and energy level as things got better.   Read more

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My “NO” Year’s Resolutions!

This New Year’s Eve, millions of people across the country will make New Year’s resolutions about things they’d like to do in 2015.  I’m all in favor of this annual tradition but to mix things up a bit, I’m going to suggest a few things that you DON’T want to do in 2015—something I’m calling “No” Year’s resolutions: Read more

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Before the Ball Drops

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past and ponder your future, but many of us spend more time planning how we will be celebrating on the last night of the year instead of planning ahead on how to achieve our New Year’s resolutions.One of the most common resolutions is to improve financial well-being, either by saving more or paying down debt.  So before you head out tomorrow night, reflect on your financial past by taking the time to calculate your net worth so you know where you stand as we head into 2015.  Read more

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Resolve to Improve Your Financial Wellness in 2015

According to the sixth annual New Year Financial Resolutions Study from Fidelity, fewer Americans are considering a financial resolution for 2015. Only 31% of survey respondents have considered making a financial resolution compared to 43% last year.  Should we be concerned that less Americans are considering a financial resolution for 2015?  Read more

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