Do you spend too much of your time doing things that don’t come naturally to you? I certainly know that I do. However, as I get a little bit older and wiser, I am continually reminded that when you focus on your strengths and build a team around you to do the things that are not your strengths, you … Read more about Focusing on Your Strengths
When I take the time to stop and reflect on what I am thankful for, it is almost overwhelming how much there is to appreciate. As we approach Thanksgiving, there are three things I would like to share with you:I’ve always been a bit of an “old soul.” At the age of nine, I was nervous about the fact … Read more about Lots of Reasons to Give Thanks
A colleague of mine recommended listening to podcasts in the car and I am hooked. It is a great way to stimulate thinking even for short drives. The other day, I listened to one about a new Chinese law that requires adult children to be emotionally supportive of their parents.While I do not have any … Read more about Are You Obligated to Care for Aging Parents?
Whenever I get sick, I realize that I have let my life get out of balance and I do not give myself enough self-care. That happened last week when I had focused too much energy on business the prior week and had not taken care of myself. When we are unhealthy, it can be an obstacle to our success and … Read more about Is Your Health Affecting Your Wealth?
This weekend, my husband and I kicked the soccer ball around on the field. It was a great way to start my week! The smell of fresh cut grass always reminds me of my morning soccer games.On game days, I would look at my opponents warming up and a wave of stress would come over me. In order to play my … Read more about Focus on Your Game… Not Theirs
In my last post, I talked about spending with passion. If that resonated with you, then you may also want to consider how you are investing your money.The investing world has often been seen as very black and white. “What’s the return on investment?” was the only question that mattered. However, … Read more about Investing with Your Values
Is most of your spending aligned with your values? I was reminded how good it feels just the other day. As a busy professional, mom and wife, I often try to multi-task. A week or so ago, I tried to fit in a car wash while parking to run errands. It would have been $40, so I chose to not do it. Upon … Read more about Do You Spend with Passion?
Last week, my mom dropped off some memorabilia from high school and college. The things that really caught my attention were some articles from when I played soccer at USD. Here is a response from my coach to the question “Can Barnier play professionally?”“I think she can. Stephanie is a tireless … Read more about Choosing to Not Go Pro
If you are chasing money, you are almost certainly sacrificing something – quality time with family, personal growth, your hobbies, getting involved with your community. If you step back from chasing money, and figure out your vision, you gain space for yourself. Then, it becomes much easier to … Read more about How You Can Stop Chasing Money
While it is my job to guide clients through the wealth planning process, I have to admit that I was guilty of having a plan without having a good process in place. (We can get too busy serving clients to focus on ourselves.) I had created our plan two years ago and in that time, a lot changed -- we … Read more about Why the Process of Planning is More Valuable than the Plan
Are you inspired by savings goals? I’m not. A savings goal reminds me of all the things I am giving up so that I can save the money. That’s why it’s better to have financial goals that inspire you. Then, you can work from a place of passion and possibility.When have you achieved your goals in the … Read more about Creating financial goals that inspire you
Have you ever asked yourself, “How much is enough money?” It’s an interesting question, because when we really think about it, most Americans have enough money. Of course, it would be nice to have more, but most of us have enough.The obstacle for many people is that they want more (stuff, money, … Read more about The luxury of having enough money