Financial Wellness @ Work

Are You Suffering From Analysis Paralysis?

There are times when I look at my life and realize that I’m not 20-something any more. The phrase “Just Do It” showed me that last weekend. When I hear “Just Do It,” I think about Nike and the ad campaign that started in the late ‘80s. It’s tough to believe that Nike campaign is over 25 years old. Read more

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How To Swallow An Elephant

How do you swallow an elephant? One bite at a time. The first time I heard this statement my first thought was: “Yuck! Can we come up an analogy that involves eating an over-sized sundae instead of an elephant?” Once I understood the concept, it became my mantra. Whenever something feels overwhelming, especially something that does not seem like fun, I automatically think, “one bite at a time.” Read more

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The Top 3 Reasons I Have The Best Job

For my inaugural post on the Financial Wellness @ Work blog, I thought I’d give a little insight into how I landed at Financial Finesse. Here are the top 3 reasons I LOVE my job: Read more

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How Your Finances Can Affect Your Dating Life

One of my favorite phrases with my friends after I say something that clearly isn’t all that brilliant is “Is there any wonder I’m still single?” Sometimes, I say things that are meant one way but interpreted another.   At dinner the other night with a group of friends, I made a comment about needing to go outside for a potty break. Of course, I meant the dog but the way I said it made a few of the guests a wee bit nervous. Fortunately, my date understood what I meant and got a good laugh out of it.  Read more

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The Kids (Credit Scores) Are All Right

Which generation has the lowest average credit score? According to this article, it’s the Millennials, who have a 625 VantageScore vs 650 for Generation X and 709 for Baby Boomers. This is unfortunate since Millennials are the most likely to look for a new job or buy a home, which are two of the situations when having good credit can be most important. Read more

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Lessons From A Family Tragedy

One of the great parts of this job is that I get to meet a lot of people and hear the stories of their lives. I have learned so much from the life lessons of others that I feel truly fortunate to be doing what I’m doing. It’s been like a PhD level class in human behavior. Read more

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What Really Matters To Your Credit

One of the most common questions I get is how do I improve my credit score. There is so much information on the Internet that people cannot make heads or tails of it. I was talking to my buddy, Kelley, a fellow CFP(R) professional and CPA, and she offered great insight as to what really matters vs. what does not matter to your credit score. Below are her thoughts: Read more

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How To Determine Your Financial Priorities With A Late Start To Retirement

We hear a lot about the retirement crisis in America and there’s a great deal to be concerned about these days. With a decline in pension availability and concerns about the long-term viability of Social Security, the burden of saving for retirement rests squarely on our shoulders. However, the average American has less than $25,000 in total savings and investments for retirement (see EBRI’s 2015 Retirement Confidence Survey).  Read more

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What Alligators Taught Me About Budgeting

My family and I are history buffs so we try to choose cities with lots of history to visit. This year, we chose St. Augustine, Fl. It is considered to be the oldest city in the country and is full of historical sites and museums that kept the kids entertained.  Read more

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Money For Grown Ups

In a conversation with another financial planner here at Financial Finesse, the subject of having college-age children elicited laughter as well as groans. Cynthia Meyer and I shared some stories about our past “adventures” in finance and some mistakes we made along the way. She was inspired enough to write this blog post: Read more

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