Do you pay to have your home cleaned? While some people may think it is a frivolous expense, it is worth every penny to me. I prefer to do other things than clean. And with two young children and a dog, our house can get dirty pretty quickly. There is nothing that the cleaners do that I … Read more about Frivolous
For the past two months, I have been focused on how to provide more financial education on YouTube and make it exciting (or as exciting as finance can be for folks that aren’t in the industry). I took an online course and then started to do research on the search terms that would be a good fit for … Read more about Obstacles
Over the past few years, there has been a lot of negative news about men. It seems like more than usual to me. Have you noticed it? Maybe it has something to do with our current president and the atmosphere he has created. Politics aside, there are good men. One male colleague shared with me that he … Read more about In Honor of Men
Receiving an award is a joyful experience. I am truly honored to be included on the Top 40 Under 40 list at the Daily Transcript! When I first entered the finance industry, I had a vision of owning my own business. I even shared it with one of my early clients. While I recognized that there were … Read more about Honored
In the early 90s, I was an avid snowboarder. As one of the few female snowboarders at the time, I used to ride with my brother and his friends. I was pretty fearless and rather good. However, I had not been snowboarding in the last 14 years. So, I was excited when we decided to go snowboarding. … Read more about Courage
Does investing seem complicated to you? You are not alone. One of the biggest reasons people don’t like to invest is that it appears to be complicated. When I first started investing over 20 years ago, I felt the same way. However, I find it is best to build knowledge on a simplified … Read more about Investing?
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word success? I immediately think of vast amounts of wealth – Bill Gates level of wealth. It might be because I work in the finance industry, but I think that definition is embedded in American culture. However, the question “What does … Read more about Feeling Success
Do you worry about money? You are not alone. Studies show that 72% of people are moderately to extremely stressed about money. It is a theme that comes up frequently when I talk with people. And making more money is not necessarily the solution. Some of the people who tell me they are stressed … Read more about Worrying Less
Are you working for your money, or is your money working for you? It’s a simple question with a profound impact. When you get your money working for you, it can support your dreams and goals. Once you prioritize your goals and vision in order of financial success, it is easier to live in … Read more about Is Your Money Working for You?
Have you ever put off the important things in life, the things closest to your heart, because of money? You needed to save for it before even taking the first step, or you wanted to plan your money first, then plan your life? I know I have. And not waiting to take the first step has been one of the … Read more about Not Waiting
More than 15 years ago, a dear friend said to me: "Steph, life is worth stopping to smell the roses more often." This was in response to me being a goal-driven person and not taking time to celebrate what I had. As a competitive athlete, I learned to identify priorities, set and accomplish goals, … Read more about Celebrating
It’s year-end tax planning time. And when it comes to paying taxes, I am like most folks – not smiling when writing that check. However, it is a lot easier to pay taxes when you have some perspective. Approximately 8% of the world’s population lives in a developed country with clean drinking … Read more about Taxes as a Privilege