The Trouble with Investment Advisors

I get asked a lot about hiring an investment manager. These companies are extremely common, often well respected and seem like a great deal. On the surface, they appear to be experts in their field who will manage your retirement accounts for a small fee or seemingly no fee at all. While I’m not 100% against […]

Show Up and Lean In

It’s easy to drift through life. Feeling blown about. Not really planting ourselves in the things that matter most to us, but letting people, life, and circumstances push us where they will. Funny thing is, it’s always easier to spot the drift in others. In their marriage, health, hobbies or kids. It’s kind of hard […]

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The Hits

2017 is wrapping up! This is my favorite time of year. I’m starting to write things down with Sharpie into my new paper planner. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, I have piles of paper and pencil. But now I break out the Sharpies! If you want a little inspiration for your 2018 planning, I’m giving away […]

It’s Time to Quit

What are you planning for 2018? Any potential resolutions floating around in your head? Any new goals you want to tackle? Between Thanksgiving and New Years, I plan out my next year. I look at my mentoring questions, my 2017 goals, review all the things I’ve learned and ways I’ve grown. Then I look out […]

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Talking about FIRE

I’m so excited to share this podcast interview with you all! I got to chat with the ladies, Gwen and J, on the FIRE Drill podcast. It was such a great time! We talked about how Adam and I have designed our life, buying and renovating properties, travel, and the confusion behind early retirements. Plus […]

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The Story of Two Bears

and small acts of kindness

Once you know something, it’s hard to unknow it. After 13 years in the foster/adoptive community, I know that Christmas is a difficult time. It’s the time of year when many kids are removed for the first time from their birth parents. It’s a challenging time for birth families who are barely holding things together. Extra […]

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Mini-Retirement Mastered: Chris and Jaime

I’m so excited to share Chris and Jaime’s mini-retirement story with you! I’ve followed their story online and offline, and we have become good friends over the last year. There are SO many great nuggets in here, and their story echoes so much of our experience as well since starting this mini-retirement two years ago. […]

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4 Reasons People Fail to Take a Mini-Retirement

And how we can overcome them!

I remember the first time my husband and I talked about taking a mini-retirement. We were newly married, $55,000 is debt and earning about a $1000 a month. It might seem that we had no business even talking about such things! But I’m a firm believer that if you really know what you want out […]

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