Conversation Starters: Talk Money with your Partner

Frequently in relationships, one person is more inspired to clean up finances and communicates it with such enthusiasm that their partner is likewise convinced.  This process may be quick or may take some time. Once I had my paradigm shift and strongly desired to become debt free, it took about six months for my husband andContinue reading “Conversation Starters: Talk Money with your Partner”

Honor Your Loved Ones

Three weeks ago I was filled with excitement for a family trip to Germany.  We packed up, grabbed our passports and hitched a ride to the airport.  After 10 exhausting hours on a direct flight from Denver to Munich, we met up with my beautiful German family.  We were only half delirious as we navigatedContinue reading “Honor Your Loved Ones”

A Lesson from Teresa Giudice & My Upbringing

I have a dirty little secret, and it’s called The Real Housewives of New Jersey.  I love this show.  I’ve watched it since its first season and have never missed an episode.  People are always surprised when I tell them this, considering how my usual topics for discussion are finances, development, and growth.  Admittedly thisContinue reading “A Lesson from Teresa Giudice & My Upbringing”

Bravery or Fear: You Can’t Know What Drives Other’s Decisions

In 2013 Angelina Jolie wrote an article about her medical decision to pursue a double mastectomy after she learned of her increased risks for breast and ovarian cancer because she inherited the BRCA1 gene mutation. Shortly after writing this story Melissa Etheridge, a breast cancer survivor, explained in an interview that she felt Jolie’s decisionContinue reading “Bravery or Fear: You Can’t Know What Drives Other’s Decisions”

You’re the Villain When You Force Your Rules on Others

Somebody who used to be close with my family thinks I’m a villain. Ok, maybe not that I’m an outright villain, but definitely that I’m a bad guy. For the time that we were close, I gave advice and friendship by encouraging her personal development. My typical advice was along the lines of, be respectfulContinue reading “You’re the Villain When You Force Your Rules on Others”

Think Like a One Percenter

You all know I’m on a journey to affluence, as I like to call it.  On this journey I’m learning just how much my upbringing has programmed me to believe that financial wellbeing is the result of hard work.  Yet through practicing the law of attraction, I’ve been presented evidence time and again that it’sContinue reading “Think Like a One Percenter”

Remember Your Roots

I met with a senior leader and she asked how a project I contribute to was progressing. This project is demanding, has high visibility and has become a source of ongoing stress. During our meeting I explained how I felt a partner who plays a pivotal role was creating unnecessary roadblocks. Essentially they had aContinue reading “Remember Your Roots”

4 Defense Mechanisms that Emerge During Difficult Conversations

In life you will have to say things you’d rather not say. This could be for the betterment of a family, work group, or social circle.  Having difficult conversations is a sign of personal growth and shows a desire to help others with their growth.  It’s a teaching role, and it’s challenging.

Think and Grow Rich: Leadership Attributes

In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill, explains what he considers to be the major qualities all strong leaders must possess.  I outline these eleven characteristics below with my interpretation of what each means.  Before we get to that, I want to highlight a specific quote from the book which explains what I consider toContinue reading “Think and Grow Rich: Leadership Attributes”

5 Difficult People & How to Handle Them

Ages ago I read a book called Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results, and it imparted on me the idea of a toxic energy dump.  For me a toxic energy dump is a place where, or moment when, the interactions with others leave you feeling like you took a nosedive from aContinue reading “5 Difficult People & How to Handle Them”