Self Awareness Isn’t Enough

I’m just not into working out. I’m just not a saver. I’m just not someone that’s going to count every calorie. That’s me, take it or leave it. While maybe not always this obvious, there are times when we all make statements like this.  This can be attributed to a healthy dose of self-awareness, of knowing one’s self and accepting our respective strengths and weaknesses. It can also be a crutch.  Self-awareness should be step one in assessing how we interact with others, the world around us and set ourselves up for success in accomplishing… [read more]
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How Much Money Does it Take to Quit Your Job?

I recently started reading a book called Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod. In it, Janice tells the story of how she came to get rid of almost all of her belongings, quit her copywriting job and leave California to explore the world and become an artist. Her journey began when she took up journaling at age 34. After a couple months of writing, she noticed that the majority of her entries were spent griping about her job where she created (in her words) “junk mail” such as the ads you get telling you how much… [read more]
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It’s a Matter of Trust

Every year we join my husband’s family in Florida over the 4th of July holiday week, to reconnect with family members who travel from Texas, New Jersey, Ohio and Georgia to be together.  It’s a wonderful tradition and an escape from reality – but this year we could not escape the news of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police officers, followed by the ambush and deaths of police officers in Dallas. This year my brother-in-law couldn’t join us, because he was recovering from a concussion he suffered… [read more]
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The Wine Lover’s Guide to Investing

(from Dimensional Fund Advisors’ Outside the Flags blog by Jim Parker dated 6/28/2016. Jim is a Vice President with DFA, leading the communications and marketing team in the firms’ Australian office.)    Savoring a vintage wine is one of life’s great pleasures. But often overlooked in the joy of consumption is the carefully calibrated journey from grape to glass. Similar levels of care are critical to good investment outcomes. A host of variables can determine whether a wine is great, good, mediocre, or undrinkable. These include the quality of the grapes, soil, position of the vineyard,… [read more]
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