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Make Smarter Decisions
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I’m honored to share a guest post today. Without giving away more details, I’ll turn it right over to her. I promise that you will take away a powerful message from her words… How much is your time really worth' Isn’t that the million-dollar question!' If you’re reading this, I will venture to guess you […] The post A Life-Changing House Flip and Lessons On the Value of Time appeared first ...
Posted: Mar 15 2018 @ 5:29 AM
Today is International Women’s Day! It’s a day to celebrate all the varied and incredible achievements of women around the world. But it is also a day to focus on closing the gender gaps that still exist. In my last post, I shared that I’ve taken on a new challenge. This week, we launched a […] The post How Are You Going To Help Someone Today' appeared first on Make Smarter ...
Posted: Mar 08 2018 @ 8:00 AM
If you follow me on Twitter, you probably think I’m spending my snowbirding days taking long walks, riding bikes, hanging out at the beach, and meeting up with friends. And you wouldn’t be wrong. We’re working hard at getting Younger Next Year and the sunshine and warm weather definitely helps with motivation! And so does […] The post Women Who Money – My Newest Challenge appeared first on Make Smarter Decisions. ...
Posted: Mar 05 2018 @ 7:05 AM
I’d like to think that as a 50-year-old Gen X’er, I’m pretty connected to other people. But now that I’ve left full-time work, many of the connections I make are virtual. I teach online, I have email accounts, I blog and correspond with people here in the comments, I run a 275 member Younger Next […] The post Disconnecting to Make Connections appeared first on Make Smarter Decisions. ...
Posted: Feb 22 2018 @ 6:41 PM
This post contains affiliate links. See the full disclosure here. We’re spending this Valentine’s Day enjoying our “southern” home in Florida – near Siesta Key Beach! I’m not expecting flowers though and we won’t be exchanging cards. There also won’t be any candy or expensive jewelry. And we won’t be making dinner reservations either. But we […] The post A Gift FOR Our Hearts This Valentine’s Day       appeared first on Make ...
Posted: Feb 14 2018 @ 1:05 PM
I didn’t announce it on the blog because we know that nothing is a “done deal” until the check is deposited in the bank. But I did mention on Twitter that we had recently accepted a purchase offer on our 8-unit apartment complex. The property wasn’t even on the market – so the offer was […] The post Ditching Our Middle-Class Mindset appeared first on Make Smarter Decisions. ...
Posted: Feb 11 2018 @ 12:24 PM
This post contains affiliate links. See the full disclosure here. Happy Thursday! Each month I plan on running at least one “feature” or “spotlight” post. I’ll highlight awesome people, blog posts, and products that I hope will help you make smarter decisions! Today’s spotlight is on an entrepreneur I met at the PopUp Business School (PUBS) last […] The post Breaking Bad Habits Is Easier Than You Think appeared first on Make Smarter ...
Posted: Feb 01 2018 @ 7:27 PM
You’ve probably heard the phrase “finding strength in numbers” before. Maybe it described robust data in a research study. Or it was used to explain the benefit of people working together toward a common purpose. The phrase has certainly evolved to mean different things to different people. And I’ve found that finding strength in numbers […] The post Finding Strength in Numbers appeared first on Make Smarter Decisions. ...
Posted: Jan 25 2018 @ 3:51 PM
Happy New Year! I hope you had a terrific holiday season. We’ll be moving into our remodeled lake house next week after having a very different Christmas. I guess it was a fitting end to 2017 – our year of change. In 2017, we sold our house, became empty nesters, and I quit working full-time! […] The post Putting Health Before Wealth in 2018 appeared first on Make Smarter Decisions. ...
Posted: Jan 06 2018 @ 8:07 PM
We’d planned on spending this holiday season in our newly remodeled lake home. The kids would be home from college and it would be our first time celebrating a holiday together since we sold our house last fall. I envisioned the flames dancing in our beautiful new gas stove and the Christmas tree twinkling in […] The post We Don’t Need Anything This Christmas appeared first on Make Smarter Decisions. ...
Posted: Dec 24 2017 @ 3:51 AM


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