Posts Categorized: Personal Improvement

Apps for Boosting Brain Power

It’s no secret that as we age, our brain function declines.  Whether it’s to focus, stay sharp, or reduce stress and anxiety, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower and improve mood. Studies have suggested that keeping mentally active may help maintain cognitive functioning a...
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Beware of Scholarship Scams

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Figuring out how to pay for college is stressful for most parents and may be out-of-reach for some families. My husband and I have three college-bound teenage daughters, and our oldest will be attending St. Lawrence University in New York this year. Tuition, books, and room and board will exceed $70...
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Financial Planning for Women – Part 4 (Helping Widows)

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In my previous blog post, Financial Planning for Women – Part 3 (Long-Term Care), I talked about why Long-Term Care is so important for a woman’s longevity. In this post, we will discuss how we help widows through one of the toughest times of their lives. We recognize that the death of a spou...
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This Is Not What I Expected; Musings of an Unlikely Entrepreneur Celebrating the 15th Birthday of Her Company

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Fifteen years ago in March 2003, I founded Inspired Financial from a home office (in my basement, no less) with only my faithful canine companion, Rusty, on my "team." I had left the cocoon of a secure job with The Vanguard Group to strike out on my own because I thought I could make a greater diffe...
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The Intersection of Health and Wealth (or, how well you live has a direct impact on how well you do!)

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This time of year, many resolutions focus on improving personal finances. A good financial plan is about your goals and dreams.  But is it also about your health? In a recent blog post on the Forbes.com website, our friend and fellow financial planner (who also happens to be a medical doctor) Ca...
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Are you old? Should there be a new term used?

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Should today’s 70-year-old American be considered “old”?  How do you define that term these days?  Statistically, your average 70-year-old has just a 2% chance of dying within a year.  The estimated upper limit of average life expectancy is now 97, and a rapidly growing number of 70-year-ol...
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Advice for recent graduates: Start saving as a new “adult”

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Since I started working in the financial planning industry in 2013, I heard many people say “I wish I had started saving earlier”. It may be too late for those people to start over, but we can prevent new “adults” from making mistakes by educating them and providing guidance. As a young a...
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Putting Off Fun is a Bad Idea

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If you’re like most people, you carefully put off doing something fun—like taking a trip or treating yourself—until you finished your work.  Of course, for most people the work never ends, and the fun gets put off, again (and again, and again…). The hidden assumption behind putting off f...
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How to Make Summer Really Count

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With summer vacation ramping up, you might be wondering how you will keep your kids or grandkids occupied all summer and not hear, "I'm bored!", constantly. Having children create their own fun activities has it benefits (and risks), but if you'd like to offer them some ideas, here are a few activit...
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Being Aware of the Handicapped

Beth on a Knee Scooter
As most of you know, I was out of the office for two months because I had a “drastic” bunionectomy.  I was lucky that I wasn’t in pain and I had a knee scooter so I could be quite independent in the house. However, when I was finally able to venture outside, I saw the world with different eye...
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