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Having It All Doesn’t Mean Doing It All

Let’s get one thing straight right away: If you choose to have a family, the notion that this is an “all or nothing” career decision is ludicrous at best – sinister at worst. That said, it does require sacrifices. There will be times when you...

Are You Waiting to be Saved?

Seven years ago, I left a cushy corporate job to put myself through nutrition school and launch my own venture as a lifestyle and wellness coach. Within a few years, I had a successful business, earning far more than I ever had. There was just...

‘I No Longer Spend Mindlessly’

I grew up in a very frugal household, wearing my older sister's hand-me-downs for most of my childhood. So, when I got my first real job with a decent salary, I splurged. A career meant an ever-changing wardrobe. And, since I made pretty good...

From Cleaner to Company Owner

When Cheryl Schantz realized her company was making four times what she did for each house she cleaned, and decided to strike out on her own, it was a major Financial Turning Point for her.—and for her three kids. I started having children when I...

A Sister’s Death Inspires the Birth of a Nonprofit Group

My sister Ella Moore always wanted to make a difference. When she died of cancer at the age of 42, I decided to help her fulfill her wish. I could have started a cancer-related organization, but that didn’t say “Ella” to me. Her life was about,...

Happy stocks...Skins in Milan & more

Stock-happy. There could be $85 billion in federal cuts tomorrow—or not, depending on how the so-called sequester plays out in Congress today. Either way, the markets are enjoying a rally that has taken the Dow and the S&P 500 to highs not seen...

Financial Sanity, by Degree(s)

Welcome to the second post in our Financial Turning Point series. This week, Katie Westover talks about earning her RN. Enjoy last week’s installment here. My financial turning point happened when I graduated from nursing school. I had virtually...

Seq update...Snack scandal & more

Why is it called a sequester? Putting aside the name issue (fiscal cliff, sequester, what next?), the big S boils down to about $85 billion in federal budget cuts that will take effect March 1, most of which won’t even have an impact on how fast...

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