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Paying For College: Advice From A Certified Financial Planner

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After a bit of a hiatus, I’m delighted to welcome back my friend Peggy Doviak, fierce and fabulous financial guru and author of  52 Weeks to Prosperity, and turn today’s blog over to her. Peggy’s wise and timely advice on financing education is loaded with tips on how to pay for school without loading up on debt

 

Can you believe how quickly the summer ending? It seems like just last week, my family and I were watching 4th of July fireworks, and making homemade ice cream! Now, back to school activities are top priority in everyone’s mind.

In my hometown of Norman, OK, heading back to school reminds us that University of Oklahoma football is just around the corner. In Oklahoma, football is the most wonderful time of the year–Boomer Sooner!

However, if you aren’t a star quarterback on scholarship, college can be insanely expensive. Trying to figure out how to fund a college education can make you feel like you’ve been tackled. Here are a few defensive moves.

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Don’t Just Face Your Fear, Shake Hands or Blow a Kiss

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Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about change. Though it’s the one constant in everybody’s life, it’s also the thing that many of us dread the most.

I have a kind of love/hate relationship with change. A piece of me craves order, constancy, and security, the comfort of knowing what will come next. But when things get too predictable, another piece of me craves adventure and the unexpected.

I know I’m far from the only one who feels this way. Such is the irony of the human condition. continue reading

Taking Inventory: How Are You Doing On Those Goals Of Yours?

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Recently, I opened up my Living Well Spending Less planner and realized that we are quickly approaching mid-year. That means that we are closing in on the second half of the time I have to reach my annual goals that I set for myself last January. Gulp.

How are things coming on my goals? Well, let’s start with a few considerations before we really dive in. I’ve been busy. Like flying-by-the-seat-of-my-yoga-pants busy. So really, accomplishing anything at all deserves an enthusiast round of applause and maybe a margarita with salt. But as I look back at the goals I set, most of them are still in process. The wheels are turning. The plans are in the making. The first steps have been taken. But I can’t cross anything off that darn list. Not yet, anyway. And I don’t know about you, but the act of crossing things off my list really sets my soul on fire. continue reading

Finding Your Morning Routine (and Why It’s So Important)

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I’ve been reflecting a lot recently on the power of morning routines. When life feels hectic or things feel out of control, this is something I can actually control. If I win at my morning routine, I know I’ve conquered the day. If I conquer the day, I know I’ve conquered the week and am a bit closer to reaching my goals.

Sure, sometimes I am off to catch a plane or choose to sleep in or have an early appointment, but most mornings,  I take the time to set my intention for the day. This was harder when I had young children at home, but life’s distractions still pose their challenges. But when I start the day right, there’s nothing I can’t do.

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A Holy Week Playlist

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I listen music almost all the time; when I’m working, when I’m running or biking,
when I’m sewing, and definitely when I’m cooking. Making dinner after a day of
mentally wrestling with characters and plots absolutely requires a peppy playlist. And
possibly a few equally peppy dance moves? It’s been known to happen.

My musical tastes are wide and varied. I like Gilbert and Sullivan, Rogers and
Hammerstein. I also like Yo-Yo Ma and Mozart. And the Beach Boys. And Queen.

You’ll find a lot of Christian contemporary music on my Spotify playlist as well.
That’s something I tune into often when I’m working out. Those joyous, hopeful
lyrics lift my spirit as well as my feet.

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SOMETIMES IT’S GOOD TO BE LOST

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In case you hadn’t picked up on it by now, I am a planner.

I love a good to-do list and am utterly devoted to my schedule.  Seeing my Living Well Planner with my daily tasks time-blocked and color-coded, fills me with the satisfaction and the comfort of feeling in control of my circumstances. People frequently ask how I’m able to get so much done. Organization is my secret weapon, making a plan and sticking to it.

Take my workout routine. Even when I’m traveling, I block out time in my schedule for exercise.  It’s a good plan when it works, and sometimes even when it doesn’t.

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Growing in Knowledge Just for the Sake of It

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It’s my birthday this week. Letting my new age sink in and embracing this next year wholeheartedly has got me thinking about a few things.

As I reflect back on what I’ve accomplished with my life, what I’m still working on, and what I hope to do before I cross the finish line, there are a few main themes that run through it all.

Some are more prevalent during certain times. Sisterhood. Motherhood. Family. Career. Creativity. Quilting. Glamping. Simon Baker. Chocolate. I could go on. continue reading

Coping With Grief by Helping Others

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From Marie:

I don’t invite people to guest post here unless they are very special people with something important to share.  Tierney Davis Hogan, definitely qualifies.

Tierney was the first friend I made when I moved to Central Oregon.  I actually met her before I moved, at a fabric trade show. Her husband was with her. When Terry learned I was a novelist, he asked what kind of books I wrote. With a completely straight face, I answered, “Erotica.”  Terry blushed all the way up to his ears! It was a terrible trick to play on someone I’d just met. But something told me he was a guy who could take a joke. I was right. He was a very good sport about it.

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Prosperity Is So Much More Than Money

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I bring you more sparkling wisdom from the very fierce and very wise Peggy Doviak, the same CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM practitioner that has shared insights on the Fierce blog like how to celebrate the holidays without blowing your budget, setting and achieving financial goals, and how to afford retirement

I’m an enthusiastic fan of hers because she has helped my husband and I get our own finances in order and her book has brought us a treasure trove of inspiration as we plan for the future. 

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Goal Setting Tips: Looking Backward

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If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you know I am a big believer in the power and importance of goal setting.  There’s no better time to think through your goals than when getting ready to kick off a new year.

Please note: I’m not talking about making resolutions but about setting goals. There is a big difference!

RESOLUTIONS VERSUS GOALS

More often than not, making a resolution involves little more than throwing out some vague idea regarding how you’d like to do better in the coming year and hoping it will kind of, sort of, magically work.

Goal setting involves taking time to seriously consider what you want to accomplish and then coming up with a real plan to make it happen. Setting goals means coming up with an action plan that involves specific steps, strategies, and timelines for completion. It’s an activity I take very seriously and invest quite a bit of time in.

Why?  Because it works! continue reading