I was doing some research at the bookstore to get ideas for the cover of my book: Strong Woman Stronger Assets and came across Worth It by Amanda Steinberg. There were some similar ideas to my own book, and I liked that she isn’t a financial advisor. I love to get other professionals take on money because I always learn something new or think about it in a different way. I wanted to share with you what I learned from the book as kind of a quick and beneficial book review. And next week I will be reviewing another book: Financially Fearless by another woman for you. What a great title huh?
So here we go:
My Top 10 Lessons Learned from the book
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Doesn’t it seem like a never ending to do list, and just when you cross one thing off another 20 items get added? I was driving to a doctor’s appointment and there seemed to be a new reminder at every light. Oh right, I need a haircut, but what kind of cut do I want? I need to figure that out first. Oh yea, I need a car wash, but I need to get some cash first. Duh, I need to get my dogs nails clipped, but I need to talk with my husband to see when he can watch our daughter so I can bring him. My dog is terrible with getting his nails clipped and having a 3 month old with me to do this sounds like a nightmare!
So much to do, so little time, and as you can see I have an excuse of why to keep putting them off. You can talk yourself out of anything, I know I can talk myself out of anything like why clean the house if I’m only going to mess it up with glitter as I decorate for Christmas. But if you always have an excuse, then you will never tackle that item.
This is especially true when it comes to your money. I’m busy until New Year, so I will deal with it then. I’m traveling too much, so I will deal with it in a year. I’m not sure if I truly want a divorce so I’ll wait until I have that figured out first. Meanwhile, your debt is piling up, your savings are being depleted, and you are further and further from your goals and happiness.
I see it all the time. Women know they need help, but they get in their own way and talk themselves out of it. One woman, we will call her Lisa, came to a divorce workshop I hosted, and she has been unhappy in her marriage for 20 years. 20 YEARS! That is a LONG time to be unhappy, and yet she still didn’t know if she wanted to get a divorce. She felt so motivated for her new possible life after the workshop and signed up for a Discovery Call with me to jump-start it. But then Lisa got in her own way and explained she needs to really think about her next step, that it was all too overwhelming for her and wanted to wait to do the call. Guess what happened next? I don’t know since she still has yet to schedule a call, and it has been over a year.
What if she had done the call? Well my goal for any Discovery Call is to help you gain clarity over what you want for the next stage of your life, whether it is divorce, retirement, or career change. And she could have used the call to help simplify everything that overwhelmed her. She could have gained clarity over what her next step was and keep the momentum going from the workshop. That momentum could have brought her to living the life she deserves and wants to live INSTEAD of staying stuck in an unhappy marriage for another year, 5 years, 10 years.
By going through with the call, we could have prioritized her to do list and got her feeling like she was back in control. Just like with my own to do list, I’d love to have someone there to tell me: do this one first, then that one. Schedule it NOW so you follow through with it. Schedule the haircut and then think about what type of style you want. Schedule the nail appointment now before you forget and then talk with your husband.
This is what I can do for my clients. I can help them prioritize their wants, create a plan, and tell them exactly what to do and when to do it. The goal is for you to have one less thing to worry about, one less thing that is overwhelming to you, and by crossing out this HUGE task on your list: MONEY, you’ll probably be crossing off a whole lot more. Because once you are in control over your money, everything else seems to fall into place.
Lisa might have been uncomfortable when it came to dealing with her unhappy marriage. It was probably scary to her and by scheduling the call, it meant divorce was real. So she put it off and stayed in her “comfort zone” which was an unhappy marriage. It goes back to our flight or fight mentality and how we would rather flee because it seems “safe.” But in the end what is safe? Safe is being stuck.
So I ask you, what is keeping you in the “safe” or stuck zone? How can you propel yourself forward, moving in the direction of the life you want for 2018? Schedule a Discovery Call to get the momentum started instead of wasting another year like Lisa did. Let’s just have a conversation about what it is you want and gain clarity over your next move. You don’t need to know all the answers, we will find them during the call or help you gain clarity what they truly are.
If you don’t do it now, you might never get the courage to take control over your life. So go ahead, I dare you!
Jessica Weaver, CFP®, CDFA™, CFS®
Any opinions are those of Jess Weaver and not necessarily those of Raymond James. Investing involves risk and you may incur a profit or loss regardless of strategy selected.
I don't know about you, but this year has flown by. Life seems to be on fast forward, and it can be hard to remember all that you’ve accomplished throughout the year. You can get down thinking about all that you didn’t accomplish as well. I was in this mind frame when I decided to go back and really think about my year. And since I’m a numbers gal, let’s look at the numbers.
There were countless other amazing moments. Some were sad such as having to put my dog on prosaic and on a more serious note, we’ve had to say goodbye to some loved ones. There were happy moments like seeing my mom’s face light up when she sees her granddaughter. Now it’s your turn! What were your highlights this year? Take a moment to reflect on them. What would your life look like if you had the guiding hand of a coach? Because in the end, that is what I am to my clients, support, guidance, confidence, and even strength when they can’t find it for themselves.
If you know a woman in your life who could use some help, respond to email@example.com with their email. They will receive a FREE copy of my book to get them started. Just think, you could give them this amazing gift to get their life turned around for the better, to really make an impact in their life and their family's life. Is there a better holiday gift that you could give them and their family? This is my holiday gift to you, to help someone who is important in your life. So please send along as many emails as you would like because it is all about giving this month.
And I want to thank you for another wonderful year with my blog and with my work. You make me so excited to come to work each day and bring so much fulfillment into my life. Please let me know what topics you’d like to read about in 2018 so we can keep the fun and momentum going! Fill out the form below to give me your thoughts and what you'd like to read more of.
Have a wonderful and safe New Year!
Jessica Weaver, CFP®, CDFA™, CFS®
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*Strong Woman Stronger Assets is a #1 International Bestseller on March 17th, 2017 on Amazon.
Christmas is days away! Such an exciting time of the year…the weather starts to chill, you want to cuddle up to your loved one or your kiddos, and you are also the most stressed you’ve been since this time last year. I’m writing this with 6 weeks to go until Christmas, and I am already frazzled to a new extreme thinking, “how am I going to get it all done with an infant in tow?” As you know, I’ve done a lot of mindset work on myself, and this is definitely testing me to a new level. I really want this Christmas to be special for our family, and while we will miss dearly our Pop at our Christmas dinner, we have our new bundle of joy. It does seem to happen pretty frequently that when you lose a loved one, another one is around the corner to capture your hearts again.
So to make sure I can enjoy this wonderful holiday season, I’ve created sort of a plan. Remember planning is the basis to fulfilling your dreams whether with money or with your personal life (though money is a part of your personal life whether you want to admit it or not!). I am going through my own checklist of things that breed anxiety in me, and how I am going to deal with them. If I don’t deal with them and just ignore them, then a monster will show up for Christmas dinner instead of me!
To start, it is important to know what are the things that you cannot control. By identifying those, you can stop wasting energy worrying about them. For me, my husband is working the nightshift for Thanksgiving and Christmas day. He’s either worked Christmas day or Christmas night the past 3 years, or every time we’ve hosted Christmas dinner. There is nothing I can do about this, and despite it hurting a little since this is the first Christmas with our baby, it isn’t worth fretting about. Another thing not worth stressing over is all the spilled eggnog from my father when he came in my house last year. Don’t cry over spilled milk or eggnog in this case even if my 8 pound dog is licking up every ounce of spiked eggnog and spent the holiday a little drunk. Crying would have made the accident worse, fussing over it wouldn’t have cleaned it up before Duke drank it all, but laughing over it definitely made it more memorable!
What aspects of your holidays can you pick out and know they will be there no matter what so you will stop worrying about it? Is it your in-laws always stay a little longer than they are welcome? Do you have relatives who are always 3 hours late? Does your mom always pick out the one thing she doesn’t like about your outfit or the meal you just spent all day making? Just know they will be there and move on. It also works with your money. There are times when you just have to accept a circumstance and move forward like paying child support. It can be a huge drain on your money, but you have to pay it, accept this fact and move forward by lowering your other expenses or putting some goals on the back burner for now. Or you have debt and a big debt payment. Accept it and move forward with a plan to pay it off.
Now when it comes to eating dinner, we have to stay on schedule so my husband can eat and get to work. For this, I will create an hour by hour timeline to make sure I get all the cooking done and table set by 3 o’clock! This is when it is great to plan ahead, create a timeline, and adjust accordingly. For some reason every year the same size and cut of meat always takes a different amount of time. I have no idea why, but knowing this I can make changes to insure my hubby gets a good meal.
Planning can drastically reduce your stress during the holidays and it can also help with your money. By having a solid plan, you can free up time and energy, plus you will know you are making the right decisions and are on track for your dreams. Even market corrections aren’t a bad thing when you have a good plan because they are already built into your plan. Planning can give you confidence knowing you are doing everything you need to be doing and clarity over what the end game is whether it’s retiring happily ever after or putting together a gorgeous and delicious holiday meal.
I have also decided to delegate this year! My father and father in law are in charge of my little daschund and the grandmothers are in charge of Andie. My hubby will be sleeping most of the day to get ready for his overnight shift, so I will need as much help as possible. My father will make sure every wine glass is constantly full, one of his many talents. My mother-in-law will help with our raviolis and my mother will get all the appetizers out and then put away nice and neatly. It really helps to include everyone, and it makes it more fun!
What parts of your holidays can you delegate? It will save you time and money in the end, which you can always have more of during the holidays. And what parts of your finances can you delegate out? Hire an advisor to make sure you are doing everything you need to with your money. Find an estate attorney to get your estate document in order so you don’t leave your family with a huge burden of a messy estate.
And lastly, we are going to adjust when we open gifts. We will do our “Christmas morning” on Christmas Eve morning, and this is my recommendation to you. Finding the times when you can tweak your plan to enjoy the holidays more. And what areas with your finances need some adjustments? As you go through the stages of life, your money needs change and will need new strategies. As the markets change, your investments can use some tweaking as well. Having a good team in place can help insure this happens.
Jessica Weaver, CFP®, CDFA™, CFS®
Let me ask you, do you feel anxiety start to creep up your spine when you think about your money? Is there a constant presence of stress whenever you go to buy something? You have the same concerns as everyone else, so don’t feel alone. We all are stressed when it comes to money, and it really comes down to the worry over if we are spending too much or saving too little. In the end, how do you know what is the right amount to spend and save. You want to live for today while still feel prepared for tomorrow, right? So how do you have a rich life today and an even richer life tomorrow?
It begins with balance. Balance of dealing with your family while also having time for yourself. Balance of spending on the things that bring you satisfaction today while also having enough money left over to invest in your future. Balance of taking care of your finances while also having some fun and enjoyment in your life TODAY.
So how to you achieve balance, it’s easier said than done, right? Well it begins with knowing what brings fulfillment into your life. You will need to do some soul searching to get to the bottom of what you are doing all of this for? Why do you get up every day and go to work? Why are you saving money for? It isn’t just the paycheck or what the paycheck buys you. And it isn’t just what all the saved up money will buy you. It’s how you will feel when you buy something that brings you enjoyment or your family enjoyment. So what is that thing? Or as I say in my book, Strong Woman Stronger Assets, what is your asset?
Having clarity over this is crucial because you’ll stop spending money frivolously and spending money strategically. Just throwing money out the window because this dress you “kind of” like is 80% off or because you “might” need these snow-boots this winter even though you hate going out in the snow. It’s about setting aside money for your future first and spending the rest of it on the things you really care about. When you do this, it doesn’t seem like you are cutting back on your lifestyle.
Before you buy something, think about how many hours of happiness it will bring into your life. If the joy lasts one hour, it might not be worth the high price tag. But if the joy will last months or even years, it could be worth it. Will you only get fulfillment out of it or will others get enjoyment from it?
Just to recap, you are going to first get clarity over your “asset” or what you are working towards. Next you will set aside money for your future in a bank account, investment account, retirement account. Third you are going to be more strategic with your current spending so you won’t feel like you are lowering your standard of living.
There is one critical part we didn’t talk about, and it is how to align your beliefs with these goals. When you get scared of something, doesn’t it seem like you can’t stop thinking about it? It haunts your mind all day and definitely all night, right? And you become fixated on it. You really need to retrain your mind so you can prepare for it while letting the fear go and leave you. This is such a critical aspect of balance, that I am co-hosting an exclusive event with a hypnotherapist on this exact topic. She specializes in hypnotherapy for anxiety, and since we all have some anxiety over money, you should come to our event. Click below to get the information and to sign up. There is a bonus for signing up so invite your friends along too.
I get asked a lot about debt, how to use it, how to stay away from it, and how to not be terrified of it! In my opinion, we need good debt in our lives, and we need to start lowering our bad debt. You might have heard of putting a freeze on your credit cards, but have you ever literally frozen them in a block of ice? By the time the ice melts, you might be of a saner mind and not buy the $3,000 handbag you thought you “needed.” That tip was a free give away, and here are my top 10 tips for dealing with debt:
Jessica Weaver, CFP®, CDFA™, CFS®
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We talk a lot about what happens when life happens and your plan gets thrown out the window. All the goals, the dreams, and hours spent thinking about your future, completely worthless now. But what do you do? If you’ve read my book: Strong Woman Stronger Assets, you might remember a chapter just on your reactions. 10% of your life is planning and 90% of it is reacting, so your reaction is everything in the end. Isn’t it?
You can take the crappy circumstance thrown at you and let it dictate the next chapter of your life or you can be at peace with it and move on! So what will it be? Stay stuck or move on to bigger and better goals.
This reactive mindset mentality was brought up during a meeting with a new woman, who was recently widowed. She had some amazing advice that I knew I needed to share with others, and it can be used in any instance where your world is shaken up. Her 2 rules were:
There is never a handbook on how to deal with grief because everyone deals with it differently. It is about finding what works for you. And everyone’s situation is different, so what worked for your sister won’t work for you. But to try and help, here is a few tips to get you started to put your financial life back in order after a death.
You might have noticed a trend with my tips, and my best advice is to take advantage of others to help. Embrace your family and friends during this time to either be there to simply listen to you or bring over pizza and a bottle of wine. And utilize the professionals instead of trying to do it on your own. Deaths are hard enough without having to deal with a financial mess on top of it. Even a simple estate can take over a year to close, so bring in the big guns. And it makes sure you aren’t missing a thing!
Here I will make it simple: call an estate attorney, accountant, advisor, and possibly a therapist when needed. Don’t know any, let’s talk.
Jessica Weaver, CFP®, CDFA™, CFS®
I was hypnotized the other day. I know, not the typical conversation starter right? Well I was very curious about it, and luckily I am friends with a hypnotherapist who helps people with anxiety. Since people tend to have a lot of anxiety around money, we thought it would be a great idea to combine our talents and do an event together. But first I wanted to see first-hand how it worked and what it is like, and I have to be completely honest with you, I loved it. It was the most relaxing hour I’ve ever spent. The time I was hypnotized for was only about 11 minutes long, but felt like I woke up from an hour of a very deep and intense sleep. And the bonus is, as Traci explained, the 11 minutes can be as restorative to my body as several hours of sleep.
It is pretty amazing how an hour spent dealing with your anxiety issues can be one of the most relaxing times of your life. And now I can first hand recommend Traci and her expertise!
Here’s how the appointment went:
Traci asked what I would like to address when it comes to anxiety. I explained how I get tension headaches that lead to terrible neck spasms during times when I am overwhelmed and very stressed. And then I get anxious that I’ll get a spasm during a really bad time like before a trip or my wedding day. So my stress only gets worse and leads to more spasms, like a never ending hamster wheel of anxiety, YIKES! I was excited to know that we can try to rewrite my brain’s programming so during times of stress my neck gets lose instead of tight. How cool is that?
Next we went through what leads to my headaches and what has helped them in the past. We went over new sayings or mantras that Traci will say to me while I’m in the hypnotized state. After she reads them out to me, I will repeat them back to her so they will be imprinted in my mind. Obviously, she is much better at explaining how this all works, but I’m doing my best!
And finally, the moment I was waiting for all week…I got hypnotized! I went so deep that I couldn’t even repeat anything back to her. I guess I was just so comfy and relaxed. Now I was a little skeptic how quickly these new mantras would work, but let me tell you, I felt a difference that night! And all weekend! I saw so much success that I repeat the mantras every day. And since Traci recorded the session, I can now put myself in a similar state of mind and go through it whenever I want.
Because I borrowed her belief that it would work, I did the correct actions and saw some success. Now I have my own beliefs that it will work and am repeating those actions every day to see more and more success. This success means less stress in my life, less anxiety, less headaches, and basically a much more enjoyable and headache/spasm free life.
Now I am going to ask you, what brings anxiety into your life? Does money have something to do with it? It probably does on some level if you boil it down. Money affects every part of our life whether we want to admit it or not. To help you, Traci and I are running a 2 hour workshop in January that is geared towards people’s money anxieties and stress. Don’t worry, Traci won’t hypnotize you, but she will have some amazing exercises to get your mind more open to the change you want to instill.
During the event, we will go through what about money brings you anxiety and intense emotions. How do these thoughts impact your life and what would your life look like if you only had positive thoughts around money? Would you be happier overall? Be able to be more present when you’re with your children? Be more focused at work? Be more active with your social life? Be more likely to hit your goals?
Probably! Just like I was able to be more present during my weekend after just one session with Traci. I had fun with my friends, saw my family, and was fully engaged the entire time, which usually doesn’t happen. Why? Because I’m always thinking about the next thing I have to get done, the next item on my to do list. Aren’t you too? Do you lie in bed thinking about all the things you need to get done the next day, but can’t imagine you’ll have enough time to get them done, let alone shower that day.
This event is for you if money brings you a lot of fear and anxiety. If you correlate money with negative thoughts. If you want to make a major change in your life to live a happier and more enjoyable one. Don’t believe me? Borrow our beliefs that your life is worth this change, and putting just 2 hours of your year towards it, is the least you can do for your future.
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How organized are you? I’d say I’m pretty organized, but there is one drawer in my house that is a big, hot mess. It is a disaster, and my husband loves to complain about it. And my response is: I have one drawer that is my “catch all” and to just ignore it. So where do you fall on the organization spectrum?
Usually the thing we don’t feel like dealing with is also the thing we are the most unorganized with. Sound about right? How many investment account statements do you have littered throughout your house? Unopened statements, 20 year old statements, statements for accounts you no longer have…
Money can be tricky when it comes to getting it organized and staying on top of it, but it doesn’t have to be this way, and it definitely doesn’t have to give you a constant headache! Let me give you an example of a couple, and let’s say they were both teachers, who taught at multiple schools throughout their careers. And by multiple, I mean more than 10 schools! And at each school, they opened a 403(b) plan, which is similar to a 401(k) but for non-profits like schools, hospitals, police departments, etc. Sometimes when they changed schools, they transferred their 403(b) plan into the new school’s plan, while other times, they left it at the old plan. And fast forward to today, and now they might have 15 different 403(b)s.
15 different 403(b)s can be quite daunting to someone who doesn’t know what to do with one, let alone 15. So they ignored them and ignored them, and shuffled the paperwork and statements from one drawer in their house to another. Now you might think, what’s the problem? Well as this couple gets older, they will have to deal with Required Minimum Distributions. Once they hit 70 ½ they will have to start withdrawing money from each plan. You see when you turn 70 ½ the IRS requires you to withdraw money each year from your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), or other retirement account, and it is called your Required Minimum Distribution. The first year, the amount is 3.65% of your account value on January 1st of that year and it slowly increases each year. They go all the way out until you are 115 years old, and by then they require you to take out 50%!
Now if they never consolidated all of their accounts, they would have to go into each 403(b) separately and withdrawal this Required Minimum Distribution or RMD. If they were 15 401(k)s, it would be the same thing, 15 different RMDs. If they were 15 different IRAs, you would be able to take one RMD from one IRA, but it would have to total the amount of all the IRAs. Make sense? I know a little confusing, and just another thing you have to think about when retirement comes knocking at your door.
Anyway, this couple was having trouble staying on top of all these accounts, and you can barely say they were staying on top of them since they had no idea how they were invested, where they were located, and how much money was in them. Can you imagine how much better their accounts may have done if they were more active with them and were managed better and aligned better with their risk tolerance, time horizon, and goals? About 90% of the accounts were invested in high growth stocks, which can be very volatile and were no longer aligned with their current risks and objectives. What would happen if there was a huge market correction? They may end up needing to go back to work or having to downsize to a tiny house on their children’s yard.
For a few reasons, it made sense for them to consolidate and pay more attention to their accounts. Don’t you think for a couple like this, their stress level might go down after organizing their accounts and making it easier for their retirement withdrawals? For every minute we organize, we potentially save ourselves hours. And if you have ever tried to move over 403(b)s, you will know it can be a little difficult and time consuming. Part of the process is getting your old employer to sign off on the paperwork, which meant researching all the 403(b) plans they have and connect them to each school. But this upfront time, can potentially save them a lot more especially during retirement when you really want to enjoy yourself (and not potentially be stuck on the phone for hours a day trying to get someone to help you!).
Just doing this one thing can save you time, energy, a whole lot of frustrations, and help to keep you in control over your money.
So what will you organize this week? Pick one item, and consider holding yourself accountable by emailing me what you picked!
Jessica Weaver, CFP®, CDFA™, CFS®
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We provide connectivity not only to grow professionally, but also as an important career survival skill.
The question we ask of our Members every day - where are you in terms of opportunity, skills, collaboration and visibility? This helps us enable career aspects ranging from building professional credentials and your brand presence, updating digital skills, using social media or simply finding the right people to connect with as well as a platform to peer mentor and collaborate.
Specifically, we work with:
Skilled solo women entrepreneurs, looking to promote their businesses and find resources for collaborations, but no single platform where they can showcase themselves or locate talent based on skill, availability and location.
Talented women choosing to work part-time and creating connects with the number of companies and entrepreneurs willing to offer part-time work but unable to find the right candidates.
On Maroon Oak, Shannon, an aromatherapist collaborated with Ruth, a flower vendor in the neighboring town, to develop new fragrances for her product line. Karen, Anita and Catherine collaborated for guests posts.
Kim, owner of a pharma start-up, needed a local project manager at a reasonable salary. Tamara, a recent empty-nester looking for a job, was the perfect match.
Simultaneously, we strongly emphasize that women need to stay updated on skills and connections even while on a hiatus.
Why Collaboration Counts!
Since, women often search for local talent online, a positive brand presence and recommendations by peers go a long way. For the multitude of providers getting lost in the gig world, collaboration with peers will make them stand out more. Pooling resources and connects will offer better chances at business success as more and more large employers will be hiring on contracts rather than on full-time basis.
Here’s a simple exercise to drive home our point. Look around you today and identify 5 women - friends, neighbors etc. Do you know what they do or want to do? Can you help them professionally - connect with customers, mentors, coaches or just have an inspiring career talk? Who knows what changes are sparked by simple conversations.
Help Us Connect You
Join us on MaroonOak.com. It’s Free and easy to sign up. Follow us on Social media for even more inspiration. We would love to hear from you and your career journey.
Help us get the word out to encourage every career woman to be a part of the community. Share and strengthen the network together.
Because alone, we are strong. Together, we are exponentially powerful!
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