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13 Recipes for Financial Success: A Collaborative Cookbook

13 Recipes for Financial Success: A Collaborative Cookbook

Money Recipes
Just like your favorite version of apple pie (Dutch, French, Old Fashioned, double crusts, crumble top, caramel, or something else?), financial success has its own unique flavor depending on who you ask. To kick off this holiday season, we have put together a Financial Success Cookbook: Recipes for Financial Success. You can download it for free by clicking here, or you can read through all of the recipes below. 12 amazing authors contributed their own recipes (and we included one as well), so be sure to check out all of the recipes and links to the author’s sites below. Recipes for Financial Success If you are looking for a recipe to improve your finances, you’ll find at least one (if not more) here worth trying. Find the one that matches…
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A Giving November Reminder and Roundup

A Giving November Reminder and Roundup

Giving
It’s November. This means that the holidays are nearly here. You are probably planning your Thanksgiving feast and pre-ordering Christmas presents out of fear of supply chain delays ruining your Christmas plans.  But now is a great time to stop and think about those who don’t have everything they need to enjoy the holidays this year, whether it's money, food, shelter, or missing family members around the table.   Now is a good time of year to pause, and not just to express gratitude, but to actually give back. So in lieu of the normal Sunday post from Sam, I wanted to take a minute to link to our series from last year about Giving November. Everything You Should Know About Giving November Here are all of the posts, with some…
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Recipe for Starting a Business

Recipe for Starting a Business

Money Recipes
As part of our money recipes series, today we are tackling how to start a business to earn more money. But what is the best recipe for starting a business? Read on to learn how you can launch your own business and maximize its chances of success. Recipe for Starting a Business Today’s recipe requires some improvising. It’s truly not one size fits all.  While the ingredients will always remain the same (unlike our recipe for earning more money), you can still fine-tune this protocol to fit your unique needs. Ingredients An idea Hustle Perseverance Coffee Ingredient amounts will vary and need to be determined as you go. Cooking Steps Take one part hustle, sprinkle in a good idea. Shake vigorously. Wait.  Continuously add hustle while sprinkling in perseverance when…
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The Best Question to Help You to Find Your Purpose

The Best Question to Help You to Find Your Purpose

Sabbatical Sundays
“You cannot be anything you want to be -- but you can be a lot more of who you already are."- Strengthsfinder 2.0, Tom Rath As part of my work to figure out what’s next after my sabbatical, I’ve been doing a lot of reading in order to try to find my purpose. I’ll share a list of recommended books at a later point in time. One of my recent purchases was StrengthsFinder 2.0. For those who aren’t familiar with it, StrengthsFinder is part of Gallup. It leverages enormous amounts of data to help people uncover their strengths. I highly recommend it. In the intro to the book, Tom Rath challenges the conventional wisdom about trying to improve your weaknesses and, notably, that you can be anything you want to…
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Recipe for Earning More Money

Recipe for Earning More Money

Money Recipes
As part of our money recipes series, this time we aren’t focused on what to do with your paycheck. Instead, we are tackling earning more money. What is the best recipe for earning more money? Some of my favorite traditional food recipes are the recipes that have a base recipe with multiple options for different flavors or mix-ins.  Think of your favorite cookie recipe base, but then consider the different choices of what to add to make them chocolate chip, or nut, or oatmeal, or monster goods, etc. Or muffins. Maybe pizza. Or even quiche. All of these start with a base recipe that allows you to add different ingredients depending on what you have in your kitchen or the outcome you are looking for. Recipe for Earning More Money…
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The Great Resignation – Why We All Want to Take a Sabbatical

The Great Resignation – Why We All Want to Take a Sabbatical

Sabbatical Sundays
In case you’ve missed the news lately, one of the biggest talking points is “The Great Resignation.” It seems everyone is quitting their jobs these days and effectively leaving the labor force with undefined plans about what to do next. The Great Resignation As an “elder millennial,” here are my thoughts on The Great Resignation, why I plan to take a sabbatical, and why I think so many are in the same boat. 1. We Have Already Lived Through Several Recessions and Know Our Country’s Reslilancy One of the primary reasons to work is to make money. But, having lived through several recessions, I know that what goes down must come up and vice versa.  What does this mean? We will experience another market crash.  But it isn’t going to…
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A Recipe For Your Paycheck

A Recipe For Your Paycheck

Money Recipes
Something about the fall season makes me want to cook. Specifically, I want to turn on the oven and bake cookies, breads, quiche, crisp, cobbler… you name it. So in the spirit of fall, we are going to run “recipes” for the next few weeks on Women’s Money. Recipe For Your Paycheck The goal of this recipe is to create and shape your after-tax dough so that you know exactly what to do with your paycheck. In order to create this dough, you need to make your before-tax dough first. As a result, it is a multiple-step process that can take several days. Your Pre-Tax Dough This includes:  Taxes (Including FICA/Medicare/State/Federal)Health/Vision InsuranceLife/Disability InsuranceHealth Savings AccountFlexible Spending AccountRetirement Savings Start with your total paycheck. Determine how to complete your company’s tax…
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Quitting Your Job Without a Plan

Quitting Your Job Without a Plan

Sabbatical Sundays
James Clear posted some timely questions in his weekly habits email recently. One of his questions was: “If you want to find a better path, you have to be willing to explore a different path. Sounds simple, but how often do you try something different?” I’m now just a few months away from quitting my current role. While I have some specific plans, I’m not entirely sure what’s next. That’s right, I’m going to quit my job and take a sabbatical, but I don’t have an exact plan. This has led to sleepless nights lately. I’ve Googled “what’s my purpose in life” (I’ll save you the time, Google can’t answer this one for you…), watched numerous Ted Talks, listened to podcasts, and have been reading books trying to figure out…
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What Every Woman Needs to Know About Safety Nets

What Every Woman Needs to Know About Safety Nets

Health
What will catch you when you fall?   This is the most important question to ask yourself this week.  I hope that you are doing enough with your life that you will stumble and fall down. Life isn’t easy, and if it is for too long, you aren’t trying hard enough. Failure happens. And failure helps launch us to future growth. But what happens when you fall and there is no one or nothing to catch you? It’s a lot harder to get back up.   So, in the spirit of doing more hard things, we must ensure we have the right safety nets in place. Why are Safety Nets Important? First, why are safety nets so important? As we’ve already established, you can try to fly higher when you have a…
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Best Unique Travel Resources for Planning a Trip

Best Unique Travel Resources for Planning a Trip

Sabbatical Sundays, Travel
I remember a trip to Ireland about 15 years ago. We drove across the entire country.  How did we know where to go? We purchased an Irish road atlas from a travel store. I also used Mapquest (yes, remember Mapquest?!) to pull up the step-by-step directions on my home computer, then I printed them out and brought the printed directions on our trip. Now, I often travel to cities and don’t even do restaurant research ahead of time. I just use my Google Map to find-top rated restaurants “near me.” As we plan our extended trip for my sabbatical, here are the top unique travel resources I’m relying on to plan our search. Top Travel Resources for Planning a Trip We have become so incredibly dependent on the internet, but…
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