Financial Planning – The Best Pre-Marital Counseling Out There

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Nothing says “Just Married” quite like a Cinderella carriage.

Calling all soon to be newlyweds!

First of all, congratulations! You’ve found your soul mate. The one you want to wake up with every morning, the person you want to grow old with, and the one person in the world you have broken the fart barrier with. (Ladies, if it hasn’t happened yet, just trust me, it’s coming…)

But before you jump into that proverbial land of marital bliss, it’s time to have some conversations with your spouse to be about money. Seriously. The No. 1 reason that marriages end in divorce today is, you guessed it, money problems.

So keep reading, and we’ll talk through what you can do to start tackling the wonderful world of marital financial planning.
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To be Liked or Respected: That is the Question – Musings on reputation building

Many of you have probably seen the Labels Against Women add that Pantene put out recently. It explores how the same action taken by a man is interpreted differently (and sometimes negatively) when taken by a woman. A strong man is “the boss” while a strong woman is “bossy;” a man is “neat” if he takes care of his appearance while a woman is “vain.”

All of our actions at work and in life, regardless of how we intend them to come off, are interpreted by those around us. This is what creates our reputation. Because what is a reputation, really, other than the beliefs or opinions that other people have about is?
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Talking to Strangers – The Art of Networking

Have you ever been at an office holiday party, and as you look across the room, you realize that you know no one in the room?

Or have you gone to a business conference, and during meals and break sessions you sit by yourself, playing on your phone and hoping you look busy so that you don’t have to awkwardly try and meet people?

We’ve all been there, and I’m sure we’ll be there again. But networking is such a critical part of our professional and personal growth, and it’s a skill worth practicing every chance we get.
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Things to Consider when Starting a Direct Sales Business

As world renown Gen Y career adviser, Penelope Trunk, has astutely observed, Gen Y wants to be entrepreneurs. We want to be our own bosses. We don’t want to live in cube farms for the rest of our lives, and we want the two things that never seem to go together: time and money.

Instead of working long arduous hours on a startup that may or may not pan out (or pay out), many Gen Y folks – and retirees for that matter – are turning to direct sales. They don’t plan to get rich quick, but it is their safety net or “Plan B” should they lose their job, want to quit their job, or want to supplement their income. And I can tell you from personal experience, there is nothing more rewarding and empowering than owning your own business.
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Sunshine Award

sunshine-awardSince I just started my blog about one week ago, I am very excited and humbled to receive the Sunshine Award from thatmadmuslimah, an engaging storyteller and creative writer that I follow. (You can check out her stories here!).

My understanding is that the Sunshine Award is given to blogs that inspire you, that have creative content, or blogs that are a ray of sunshine in your day.
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The Wisdom of Taking Risks

I have come to the conclusion that there is often more wisdom in taking risks than in playing it safe. I didn’t arrive at this belief by scouring research papers and reading self-help books, though they’ve definitely reinforced the message. I first believed this statement because of a quote from a new school Italian man born about 500 years ago.

Let me explain…
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The Job Interview – Observations from a Recent New Hire

Looking back on my career so far, I like to think I have a pretty good interviewing track record. I’ve interviewed for seven different positions, and I landed all but one of them. I’m not saying this to claim that I’m some sort of interviewing guru, but I do seem to have a knack for it.

(Note: This assumes that my resume made it past HR and to a hiring manager. I didn’t bother to count the number of jobs I applied to and never heard back about. More on that in a later post, “Your Parents Were Right: It’s not always what you know, but who you know…”).
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