Posts Tagged: inspiration

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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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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President Trump’s Unlikely Victory and the Markets

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With the election of Donald Trump as President, we expect a wild ride in the investment markets. Indeed, they are already turning sharply negative due to the uncertainties ahead (recalling that the markets hate uncertainty). Will the new President really build an expensive wall across our Southern b...
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Location, Location, Location! How Asset Placement Can Save You Taxes

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Asset Placement is a popular discussion among financial planners (we’re a nerdy bunch). Asset Placement is determining what type of account (IRA, Roth IRA, trust, etc.) should hold what type of investment (bonds, US stocks, foreign stocks, real estate, etc.). If you ignore asset placement and you ...
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A Financial Love Note to my Daughters

Mothers across America are anticipating an onslaught of cards, flowers, breakfasts in bed (remember, it’s the thought that matters), and brunches out this Sunday in celebration of Mother’s Day.  My two “bonus” daughters are on the other side of the country and a soon-to-be daughter-in-law b...
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Hitting the Books during Spring Break

As kids, most of us anticipated Spring Break as a time to escape from reading, books, or anything that remotely resembled "heavy" thinking. However, as I've gotten older, I find that I anticipate Spring Break or any vacation as a great opportunity for leisure reading. With that in mind, I have ...
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A Little Irish Inspiration – Living Simply and Happily

“May the road rise to meet you…” and other pearls of wisdom inspired by St. Patrick’s Day. Green beer, corned beef, and the traditional Irish blessing that starts “May the road rise to meet you…” receive varying degrees of attention and contemplation—depending on your proclivities...
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