In Sickness and In Health

Uttering the words “in health” is simple.  “In sickness” is far more difficult when you must prove yourself with actions, not words.  Sickness is not confined to physical ailments; it can take many forms.

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Estate Planning Isn't Reserved for the Rich

Tragedies happen every day.  Every hour.  Every minute.  It’s impossible for us to predict the future.  But that doesn’t mean we can ignore the fact that death is one certainty of life. 

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What's Your Legacy?

When your time on earth is done, what do you want to be remembered for?  

This is a big question. And yet, it’s the reason why we’re here … Living. Breathing. Growing. Helping. Changing. Transforming.  

Our work is not done.  By work, I don’t mean your day job.  I’m referring to your higher-level purpose: How are you positively leading, influencing, or helping others?

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Leading Well at Home

Are you a leader? I’d argue the answer is YES if you’re a parent, regardless of your title at work. You must know and lead yourself well in order to lead others better. Self-leadership represents the foundation. Wonderful leaders need to assess their strengths and weaknesses, not just for their own success, but also to inspire others to greatness.

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Values as a Foundation for Success

According to Pope Francis in 2015, “the family is the fundamental locus of the covenant between the Church and God’s creation.” As parents, it’s our responsibility to model Christian living for others. Collectively, we can solve some of the world’s biggest problems but must start within our own families.   

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How an abundance mindset fuels growth

Are you a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty kind of person? When you think about the future, do you see limitless opportunities or multiple barriers? Be honest. Depending on your response, you either have an abundance or scarcity mindset.

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5 ways to maximize your charitable giving

I’ll never forget the time I stepped down from a junior board position.  It was a difficult decision because I supported the charity’s pro-life mission.  Yet fundraising wasn’t my area of genius, and my time was better spent with family.  Have you ever stepped away from a meaningful cause, instead opting to financially support the mission?

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4 ways to ease tax season stress

A new year is wonderful because it signifies a fresh start.  Then reality sets in.  Tax documents appear in your physical mailbox and email inbox.  If you’ve worked with a tax preparer in the past, you may receive an engagement letter this month.  You’re not the only one who is anxious about this upcoming tax season.  Here are four strategies to ease your tax anxiety.

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3 simple steps to an opportunity fund

Maintaining an emergency fund of a few thousand dollars for true emergencies is great because it satisfies basic physiological and safety needs.  But once you’re mentally able to move up the hierarchy of needs to psychological needs and self-actualization, you’re ready to build an opportunity fund.  Saving for the future will seem far more enjoyable. 

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2 reasons we used our opportunity fund last year

It’s valuable for each family to have a cash emergency fund that can be tapped for true emergencies – like a car breaking down or furnace repair in winter – but this needn’t be more than a few thousand dollars.  Once you’ve comfortably saved for an unforeseen, short-term emergency, then you can turn your attention to bigger goals.

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Give thanks, and get an opportunity fund

Please sit back for a minute and take stock.  Think about the greater purpose behind the holiday bustle – to show our love and appreciation for those around us who make the world a better place.  Garbage collectors, postal workers, hairdressers, teachers, friends, and family members are common gift recipients. 

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The comparison trap

I attended a women’s leadership intensive in northern Wisconsin in mid-October, and one of the key takeaways from our gathering is this idea that I am enough. You are worthy of the gifts bestowed upon you.  You have the power to make a tangible difference in others’ lives.  You are wonderfully and perfectly made.

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5 ways to teach your children well

These are the moments that make me a proud mama.  It is my responsibility as a parent to create a safe, loving environment for my children to thrive. You are your son or daughter’s best teacher.  Let’s explore five ways to raise healthy, responsible children.

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5 ways to prepare for college expenses

Did you know that saving for college is the #1 worry for families with children? Yet only 17% of families are saving for college expenses.

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