Category: Career and Finances

How To Be Financially Smart

In 1999, Steve and I went through a bankruptcy which, though hard at the time, turned out to be a great thing because we learned how to be financially smart after that.  It was a hard lesson that came with a lot of stress, panic, and anxiety for me, but I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to learn it when I did.  Today I know how to manage my money and am not in fear of financial crisis.  Learn from me… Avoid Student Loans  The only time you should borrow money to go to school is if you’re

Read More »

Are You Walking Your Own Path?

Often during readings I run across people who are fulfilling their parents’ expectations of them instead of doing what they really want to do with their lives.  Usually when such people come to me they are feeling the tug of another path but fear telling their parents that they want to switch careers.  But expectations are not obligations.  Just because someone thinks they know what’s best for you doesn’t mean they’re right.  Just because your culture demands  that you bow to the will of your parents or your father doesn’t mean you should.  What if bowing to such a demand

Read More »

How To Find Your Optimal Medium

In my blog entry, The Medium and The Message, and in Steve’s blog entry, The Medium vs. The Message, we both discuss the difference between your message and your medium.  In essence, your message is what you’re here to express or do, like teach people compassion, help people grow, or empower others.  Your medium is the method you use to express your message such as becoming a therapist, speaker, writer, lawyer, teacher, etc. So how do you find your optimal medium when you have so many options to choose from?  Here are several ways to help you choose or discern your optimal

Read More »

Making a Living vs. Making a Life

In graduate school I remember taking an evening walk with my friend and we were talking about what we were going to do after college.  We knew we were going to have to get jobs and we were trying to determine where we’d be the most happy.  Our conversation went roughly like this: Me:  Something doesn’t feel right about getting a job. Him:  What do you mean? Me:  Well it seems like I’ll have to spend the vast majority of my day going to a place I’d rather not be, doing work I’d rather not be doing, and driving home

Read More »

Mastermind Groups

Last year one of my dearest friends and I put together a mastermind group and I highly recommend it to anyone who has goals they want to accomplish.  I had first heard of mastermind groups from Tony Robbins probably 8-10 years ago.  He described a mastermind group as a collection of people who mutually support eachother in achieving their goals.  I thought mastermind groups were for entrepreneurs, but really they are for any collection of people who want to support eachother in achieving goals in any category such as financial, social, health, relationships, and business. So when my friend, Vicki,

Read More »