How to Map Your Own Path

How to Map Your Own Path

Goals / Taking Action
If you haven’t yet downloaded the Women’s Money Fund Your Freedom Toolkit, now is your chance. The toolkit provides a complete plan to help you achieve the freedom you want. One of my favorite pages in the toolkit is the Map Your Future worksheet. This worksheet is designed to be a printable page that you can post on your wall and help you reach your goal. To help you get started, I’ve asked Sam to share her page. What does freedom look like to Sam? It’s taking a year-long sabbatical.  Here is her Roadmap to Taking a Year Off: Now I’ll help you create yours.  General Guidance The way to read the road map is that the top row is who you are now, the bottom row is who you will be…
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How to Find Fulfillment at Work

How to Find Fulfillment at Work

Goals / Taking Action
Across the board, research on happiness and fulfillment reveals the critical importance of feeling like you are making an impact.  Does your work matter?  To feel fulfilled and find happiness at work, you need to be able to answer this question with a “yes.” How to Find Fulfillment at Work Depending on your role and where you work, it may be hard to feel like your work makes a difference. Thankfully, there are two easy solutions for this. 1. Ask yourself three questions.  Angela Duckworth’s Grit details three questions to ask yourself to increase your satisfaction in your job. First, how does the work you’re already doing contribute to society?  Let's say you work in marketing for a healthcare company and your goal is to sell more of a particular type…
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Why You Should Use the New Year to Set a Money Resolution

Why You Should Use the New Year to Set a Money Resolution

Goals / Taking Action
It’s a New Year. It’s a Monday. It’s the beginning of the month. All of these are reasons to embrace a fresh start for your finances and your future. But is this a good approach? And if so, why? It turns out there is enormous power in starting something new on a fresh turn of the calendar page.  In Dan Pink’s book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink writes about “temporal landmarks.” Temporal landmarks are key dates or points of time in the calendar. These can include a new year, a holiday, or a birthday. They prompt us to reflect on the old and the new. Think about your most recent birthday. Didn’t you reflect on how quickly or slowly the year had gone? About what you did…
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Write A Letter as Your Future Self

Write A Letter as Your Future Self

Goals / Taking Action
Do you know what you want to spend your time on over the course of the next year? Do you know where you want to spend your money? Can you describe your passion and life’s work?  One of the best ways to find happiness and create wealth is to have clear goals and direction. But sometimes, you don’t know exactly what you want. One of the best exercises I have done is to write a letter as my future self. Specifically, I imagine myself a year from now, and I write a letter to myself looking back at and reflecting on the past year.  As you finish a month of preparing for the next year, spend 30 minutes and do the following exercise. How to Write a Letter as Your Future Self…
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The Power of Visualization: How Affirmations and Visualizations Work

The Power of Visualization: How Affirmations and Visualizations Work

Goals / Taking Action
If you’ve ever participated in a competitive sport, you’ve likely been introduced to the concept of visualization. Your coach might have told you: Just imagine yourself kicking the soccer ball into the upper right corner of the goal...or sprinting with all of your remaining energy for the last 400 meters of your 5k...or serving the tennis ball to the inside of your opponent’s backhand. Even if you didn’t play sports, you may have heard about visualization, affirmations, mental rehearsals, or vision boards.  The basic idea is that you picture yourself achieving a specific goal with vivid detail. Imagine exactly how it feels, the emotions you are feeling, the smell, the touch, what you are wearing, the sounds you are hearing, etc. The more detail you can envision, the better. The power of…
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Dr. Suess’ Advice for the Year 2020

Dr. Suess’ Advice for the Year 2020

Goals / Taking Action
For anyone who has been in a slump in 2020, Dr. Suess says it perfectly: When you’re in a Slump, You’re not in for much fun.Un-slumping yourself Is not easily done. That’s right, if you’ve been in a slump during 2020, Dr. Suess tells us that un-slumping ourselves is not easily done.   That’s tough love. But what I love about the phrase “unslumping yourself” is that it puts the onus on you. No one but you can pull yourself out of a slump.   The good news is that you’ve done it before. You’ll be able to do it again. On Waiting Of all of the ways to describe 2020, it has certainly been a year of waiting.  Waiting for COVID to be over. Waiting for news of the vaccine. Waiting for the…
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12 Best Questions About Money and Happiness

12 Best Questions About Money and Happiness

Goals / Taking Action
As you continue to use the month of December to reflect, think about how money can be used as a tool to improve your life and increase your overall happiness. Below is a list of the best questions to ask yourself as you think about your money and your life. I encourage you to print this list and spend some time writing your answer to each one.  When were you the happiest or filled with the most joy in the last week?When were you the happiest or filled with the most joy in the last year?If you had to give away all of your money to one charitable cause, what would it be?What is something you do in any given day/week/month that you like the least?When have you felt like…
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Choose a Word of the Year for You or Your Family

Choose a Word of the Year for You or Your Family

Goals / Taking Action
As you think about what you want to focus on next year, what jumps out at you as something you'll need to help you succeed? This isn't something tangible, but is actually the intangible.  Are there skills, traits, or values that will inspire or assist you in your areas of focus? What went well this year that you want to build on? Where do you really want to pivot and move forward? Set a Word of the Year Many people set a personal word of the year.   In our home, we set a family word of the year. Three years ago our word was “courage.” Last year, the word was “grit.” My 9-year-old son recently announced that he had come up with our family word of the year on his own. Our…
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7 Insightful Frameworks to Analyze Your Life

7 Insightful Frameworks to Analyze Your Life

Goals / Taking Action
As you begin planning for 2021, it’s helpful to have a framework. A framework offers a structure that helps you think about and organize your life and well-being as a whole. But what are some options for wellness frameworks that can help you get 2021 off on the right foot? I’ve outlined seven of my favorite frameworks to help you analyze your life. Frameworks to Empower You in 2021 Whether you get your framework from a book, life coach, or website, there are plenty of choices that can help you organize your life. These options are worth checking out. Power of Full Engagement The Power of Full Engagement was one of the most impactful books I’ve read about managing energy and wellness.  In the book, the authors show that in…
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Make Ready December — Prepare, Work, Recover

Make Ready December — Prepare, Work, Recover

Goals / Taking Action, Uncategorized
December is the ultimate month of preparations. In a normal year, we spend time and effort getting ready for the holidays and the new year. We make cookies, throw holiday parties, send cards, and attend gatherings with friends and family. For those who celebrate Christmas, nearly the entire month of December is spent in a dizzying display of preparations. In fact, the season of Advent is considered to be the season of “preparation” or “expectant waiting.” We also use December as a month to wind down the current year and get ready for the coming year. Most of us don’t wake up on New Year’s Day and spontaneously have a resolution the moment we open our eyes. Rather, we use the month of December to start to think about what…
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