How good mentorship can change your finances and your life

Why do young men begin a life of thievery or violence in order to support their habits? Why do some?women serial date men that will never commit to marriage? Why do young students go out and borrow $100,000 for a Bachelors degree? This, and other issues, I believe can be radically changed by changing the level of mentorship in our society. Sometimes, this mentorship will be called parenting, but many times it won’t come directly from the parents. ?I remember …

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#WishfulWednesday- A personal wish for conversations not condemnations

Yesterday, I logged onto Facebook mid-afternoon to see a barrage of bad news. ?Two Australian citizens put to death in Indonesia. ?A fight at the Supreme Court over the definition of marriage. ?Riots in Baltimore after a young man is fatally injured by police. I don’t need to give my political views on any of these. ?And ultimately, I’m not sure I have enough details/facts on any of them to even give a thorough opinion, so my personal Facebook status …

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A Conversation about Retirement

I know that most of my readers are in the 25-39 crowd, but I think retirement, or our vision for retirement should really be in our minds from the onset of our careers.? While retirement can seem ions away, we should have have a conversation about retirement at the onset of adulthood. I know some people wake up everyday living for the paycheck, and others wake up everyday living for retirement.? From what I have encountered, the younger you are …

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The #3 Must-Do for Financial Success

I think most financial experts will tell you that 90% of success with money is really just behavior. ?You can make very little and leave something for the next generation if you are very wise about your spending and how you invest. ?Even my previous posts (here and here) were nothing about financial strategies but more about your overall outlook on life.   I heard this quote recently and it kind of wrecked me. ?Really, this quote about legacy could …

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The Destination Always Beats the Path

I’m currently sitting on the next to last row of a Southwest Airlines flight. ?Sometimes when flying domestically I wish I could look out the window and see below a “Welcome to Kansas” sign instead of seeing only?dry soil and lots of farmland and thinking, “Hmmm, Kansas?” Isn’t this true in life, we know the final destination, but we can’t see the path. ?As a believer in Christ, I know my destination is Heaven. ?But as far as the path-what …

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Bad (Money) Habits

  Throughout the last year, I’ve been reading a lot about habits. ?It’s really fascinating why we do the things we do- whether it’s our purchases at the store or our bedtime routine. ?Moreso, habits are changeable! So what habits do we need to let go of when it comes to money? ?I’m personally sick of hearing to “give up your latte each day!” ?You mean a $4 Starbucks drink x 5 days a week is a bad investment? ?Duh. …

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The Idol of Time

After my post last week titled Is Exhaustion the New Status Quo?, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I spend my time and perception I have about busy-ness. When Olen was born and I was struggling just to get two kids out of the house for playdates and whatnot, I told myself that this was the season in my life where I could stay home instead of being a 24 hour taxi. ?That perspective has gotten me through some …

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Take the kids out of school for vacation? Yay or Nay?

A few weeks ago on Facebook, another blogger posted this video from the Today Show in which the?anchors discussed whether parents should be able to pull their kids out of school for family vacations. ?It’s not just that the absences would be considered unexcused, it is actually considered illegal in some states. As a homeschooling family, I find this debate really compelling. ?It seems to me it is one more situation in America where parents are ultimately losing the right …

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