Category Archives: Happiness

Can’t get yourself FIREd? You can still have a LIFE.

FIRE stands for financially independent, retire early. The movement continues to grow, with retirees in their 20’s through 40’s. It has caught on because it is unexpected – we don’t picture retirees being so young. Yet it is entirely possible and there is an ever-growing number of blogs and books that prove it. The typical profile of someone who has achieved FIRE: Graduated from college with very little or no student loan debt Earned $100,000+ per year with benefits SavedRead More

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A Meaningful Resolution

For most of us, the start of a new year is the signal of a new beginning and an opportunity to start fresh in different areas of our lives.  I heard someone on NPR say that it is not just the new year, but also at the start of a new month, a new week and even on days off that we take the opportunity to reflect on our lives and set goals for the future.   My resolution has beenRead More

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Can Money Buy Happiness?

You may be surprised to learn that money CAN buy happiness – but only to a certain extent.  This Wall Street Journal article outlines some interesting findings: (1)  Life experiences give us more lasting pleasure than material things.   A once-in-a-lifetime trip still gives  you something to talk about long after your favorite gadgets end up in a landfill.  While it is important not to go overboard with any purchase, I try and encourage clients to make room in their budget forRead More

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