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Speak Up! How Financial Conversations Can Provide a Richer Life

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Did you know that over two-thirds of Americans would rather talk about their weight than discuss their finances? And it’s even tougher for women to bring up the subject. According to the 2015 Fidelity Investments Money FIT Women Study, 80% of women have refrained from speaking about money with a significant other. There are many reasons for avoiding sensible conversations about finances. Some people find money talk to be “tacky”, some fear being judged by others, while many were raised to never speak about finances. However, open conversations about money, especially with loved ones can actually help women live a more secure – and more peaceful – financial life.

But how do you have those courageous conversations?  Kathleen Burns Kingsbury – a wealth psychology expert, founder of KBK Wealth Connection, host of Breaking Money Silence and an internationally published author and speaker – offers timely tips on how to speak openly about money with those closest to you.

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The Gift of Travel: A Cure for Winter Blahs

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So, the winter holiday season is over and we still have a ways to go before true spring and warmer weather. We settle into a period of winter boredom with an overwhelming sense of “Now what?” We try to fill up the time by shopping for bargains and joining a gym, but it just doesn’t get rid of the blah feeling. It may be time to give yourself a gift — the gift of travel.

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New Beginnings, No Regrets

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While most people think of spring as a time for new beginnings, I’ve always felt that fall is mine. The hot and humid weather finally gives us a break, even if just for a few days; the school year begins; those who have disappeared for the summer reemerge; and, of course, football season is here! We get the feeling we could reinvent ourselves. We could take those classes, plan that trip, try for that new job… do all those things that either weren’t possible or at least were not as easy to do over the summer. It’s a time for all of us – regardless of where we are in life – to welcome the opportunities that come with fall.

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Memories, did you know they can be wrong?

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What is it about this time of year that makes us so nostalgic? Is it all the graduation parties and family reunions? Maybe that feeling comes along when all the radio stations begin to play oldies on what seems to be an orchestrated date – a date that heralds summer. Have you ever wondered how memories are made? Did you know they can be wrong?

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Stepping out again

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Many women of our generation believe we were raised to sacrifice and serve, so we became at ease with doing so. When a chance comes for us to move out of our comfort zone, we have a hard time making ourselves take advantage of it. We often decline, thinking our time is too valuable at home – not realizing our “serving role” has become a part of our identity. So how do we break out of those old habits and step out into the world again?

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Finding Joy by Keeping Life Simple

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Several years ago, I went on a 10-day mission trip to a rural area in Malawi, Africa. We were asked to limit our luggage to one small, carry-on suitcase. I took the things I felt were necessary which included a hairdryer and cosmetics along with suggested items like toilet paper, wipes, a mosquito net, medications and a headlight. While it didn’t leave much room for clothes, I thought a little laundry detergent would solve that issue.

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