What Did We Learn in 2013?

Newyear fireworksI love looking back at the prior year to find lessons I should have learned from the previous twelve months. Maybe it’s just my love of reminiscing, but even if you’re just starting out on your investing journey I think this is a good time to search for ideas to remember later. History often repeats itself, so you’ll be a better saver if you keep in mind some of the   Continue reading this post >

No Money For Investing? Here’s The Simple Step To Begin

No Money For Investing? Here’s The Simple Step To Begin

Artists know that there’s truth in projecting. We project thoughts onto a stage, a canvas, paper….and suddenly what was once in our head is a living work. We’re fascinated by it. We’ll work hard to bring these images into existence.

Saving money is also about projecting.

A reader last week wrote to me. She was frustrated with her financial situation, and mentioned that you had to “have money to make money.” She asked   Continue reading this post >

Fighting the Summer Spending Spree

Fighting the Summer Spending Spree

Let’s admit it: summer is the time of year when the pocketbook opens a little easier. It’s nice outside. If you have children, they’re wandering around the house a little bored. Friends send invitations to parties out on the deck or maybe at the beach. Amusement and water parks seem to call out to you…and once they lure you in with pretty lights   Continue reading this post >

Masterminds, Mentorship and Success

Masterminds, Mentorship and Success

You’ve probably heard the saying, “We are the product of our friends.” This is so very true. It shouldn’t surprise you that nice people who are knee deep in debt often have friends who are also debt-ridden. Perhaps they share feel good lines like, “I don’t need money when I have love.” While love won’t bring you more money, the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

On the flip side, some of my most creative friends also   Continue reading this post >

Volunteering is the Secret

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You know the feeling. You have determination, drive, and the skills to achieve your dreams. You’ve worked long, hard hours to reach your goal and it still seems miles out of site. You’re not letting go, but it’s starting to feel like you’re just spinning your wheels.

I learned a not-so-obvious solution for this common struggle, when I began studying productivity experts. I found it hard to believe at first, but they stressed that   Continue reading this post >

5 Great Uses for a Tax Refund

In the 1986 classic movie Wall Street, Bud Fox (played by Charlie Sheen) is a young up-and-coming stockbroker who’s trying to make his mark in the world of finance. As he’s adjusting his tie before a big meeting with the titan Gordon Gekko, he says, “Life is made up of a few big moments. This is one of them.”

Well believe it or not, if you expect to receive a tax   Continue reading this post >

Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

Reality television is amazing…while I’ll agree that most of it isn’t worth your time, I enjoy watching how some of the “stars” who elegantly perform in public actually work their butts off behind the scenes. Lifting the curtain on the daily tasks of a true artist shows that success is more than just creating a product. In most cases, you have to be a financially savvy marketing guru to succeed.

You   Continue reading this post >

Goal Setting 2013 – The Odd Place I Found Inspiration

Maybe you’re walking through the woods and a patch of sunlight hits the ground in front of you and spurs an idea for your next artistic creation. You could be dining at a restaurant and the ambiance makes you realize an image of a new way to work.

I know this: inspiration hits in funny places. I actually found inspiration for my 2013 goals last night   Continue reading this post >

5 Lessons from 2011

This time of year I like to look back over the last twelve months and reflect. For me, life is about making mistakes–mentors have told me that if you don’t make any mistakes, you aren’t moving fast enough. This year has been a whirlwind, so I must have made some real doozies!

While it certainly can be difficult, I try not to dwell on my missteps as long as I learn from them. At this time of year, I also like   Continue reading this post >

Why the New Credit Card Law Affects You

Honing a craft is a solitary activity. Excellence means many hours out of the spotlight, so that once you’re finally ready for prime-time, all of the finer points of the work are complete. To your audience it’s effortless; you’re a pro.

Unfortunately, this “solitary confinement” approach to excellence often clashes with successful money management. The government and business community are constantly revising rules that affect your ability to manage your money.

That’s precisely what happened late last month. A new credit card   Continue reading this post >