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6 Financial Steps for the Newly Single

My general rule to the newly single is to never make irreversible financial decisions during the first year after a divorce.  But shortly after my own divorce was final, I put my house on the market and traded in my SUV for a more economical...

Hustle Through a Heartbreak

“I don’t think this is going to work”, he said. In that moment, I felt like a giant fist punched through my belly, taking all of my oxygen with it. My heart was surely breaking. The next week was a blur.  I cried and cried. I spent hours a day...

5 Ways To Protect Your Relationship From Financial Damage

When I read the words we put on the page, my stomach started to feel queasy. I silently recited my mantra (“What would I tell a client to do?”) and put my pen to paper, scrawling my name across the black line. A few minutes later, our co-tenancy...

How to Prevent Relationship Ruin

In 2007, I set out to build my first business as a health coach. I was putting myself through school, working a full-time job and a second part-time job, all while taking the steps to lay the foundation for my business. I was busy. I was also...

Financial Coupling: It’s Not About 50-50

Whether it’s through marriage or cohabitation, there comes a point in most serious relationships where “his and hers” extends beyond the toothbrush holder. We’re talking bank accounts and savings accounts, investment strategies and retirement...

The Worst Advice I Ever Gave

I was the first to wake that morning.  I was still reeling in the painful aftermath of learning that my husband of nearly two decades had been living a double life. The father of my three sons, and the man I had built a life around, had been...

Stay Connected No Matter How Busy You Are

As the director of an international firm, Sandy, a mom of two, travels several times a year. Her husband Chris runs an investment company.  Cynthia and her partner Jane build their careers each day, then Jane pursues an MBA at night.  Alice is a...

What I Learned From Being a Bridesmaid 12 Times

“Will you be a bridesmaid?” is one of the sweetest questions a friend can ask. I’ve answered with a resounding “yes!” twelve times. Being a bridesmaid is wonderful: I’m honored my friends trust me to make their bridal experiences as amazing as...

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