Purpose: More Than Just “Work, Pay Bills, and Die”

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No one wakes up one morning and thinks to themselves, “I was born to work, pay bills, and die.” Rather people realize their destinies and say things like:  “I will provide the best life possible for my family.” “I will influence young minds to build a better tomorrow.” “I will save lives with my medical skills.” “I will explore the world.” “I will hone my craft so well that everyone will call me the best in my field.” “I will…

Contentment: Finding Happiness Through Intentional Living

Contentment. Happiness. Laughing so hard it hurts your stomach. Catching up with an old friend. Having a deep conversation with someone who truly understands. Listening to your voice being drowned out by others in a perfectly harmonious chorus. Breathing in the pure oxygen and the smell of pine trees on a sunny mountaintop. Sitting under homilies of grace on a Sunday morning. Snuggling with your loved one with the TV on. Lifting iron in the gym. Exploring a new place.…

Life-Money Goals and the Parable of the Mexican Fisherman

A vacationing American businessman standing on the pier of a quaint coastal fishing village in southern Mexico watched as a small boat with just one young Mexican fisherman pulled into the dock. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. Enjoying the warmth of the early afternoon sun, the American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish. “How long did it take you to catch them?” the American casually asked. “Oh, a few hours,” the Mexican fisherman…

Loving Your Career: Your Most Lucrative Asset

A common misconception among investors is that they’re going to get rich from their investments. While this can and does happen, investments primarily serve to protect and slowly grow one’s wealth. The most common way to grow your wealth and achieve your dreams is through your employment. In fact, for the average worker, investing in your education or career advancement offers you the single greatest ROI (return on investment) of all your other assets. While traditional investments require financial assets…

The Key To Accomplishing Your Goals: A Fire in Your Belly

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If you’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution, then you know the frustrations that hit after about two weeks of working towards your goals—you hit a wall. This can look like running out of the energy you once poured into your goals, giving in to a temptation you’d sworn off, or simply losing the desire to break your hardwired habits and routines. If working towards a goal is difficult, then changing a constant behavior can feel equivalent to moving mountains.…

Win With Money in 2019: Discovering the “Why” Behind Managing Your Finances Well.

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The reason I love my job is not because I love spreadsheets, formulas, or ratios, although I enjoy the technical aspects of my job just like a barista enjoys knowing the difference between French and Italian roasts. The real reason I love my job is not because I help rich people get richer, although certainly I do that. The real reason I love my job is that I help people achieve their dreams and that’s what this post is about—engaging…

5 Ways to Save This Holiday Season

Success in your personal financial goals is impossible without the all-important practice of sticking to a budget. Even if you have a massive source of income, you won’t be able to succeed without formulating a budget and then consistently sticking to it. Part of this process involves planning for annual expenses by putting away monthly amounts to prepare for them, paying yourself first by putting money in savings during each paycheck to grow your net worth, and having an emergency…

College Planning Strategies

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As of October 1st the Department of Education began accepting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is important for those attending college next year or those with children who will be. The FAFSA must be filled out by anyone wishing to qualify for federal student aid (via loans or grants), state aid, and school scholarships. It’s also required for those wishing to qualify for subsidized and unsubsidized student loans as well as parent PLUS loans. It’s a…

How the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Will Affect your Charitable Donations This Year

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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by congress in late 2017 came with a lot of changes. Among the most notable is the raising of the standard deduction to $24,000 for couples, $12,000 for singles, and $18,000 for household heads. This is almost double what the standard deductions were before the new law. According to Evan Beach, CFP® of Campbell Wealth Management in Alexandria, VA, this raise in the standard deduction makes it so that only about 10% of…

3 Long-Term Strategies to Slash $163,000 off Your Mortgage

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Read this article even if you don’t think your mortgage costs this much! Paying off your home faster gives you more money to put towards other activities and priorities in your life. Though it may be a challenging idea, you can do it with a little know-how and good old-fashioned grit! Here are three ways to help you shave off unnecessary mortgage interest allowing you to buy a new car, travel the world, retire earlier, or do whatever you want!…