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Before I went on maternity leave, I received an email from a Worth Project member wanting to share her story. I read it quickly, was blown away, and decided that I needed to write it up before I took my leave.

A few hours later I was en route to the hospital with a half finished story. So yeah, it didn’t get done as I’d planned.

I’ve been thinking about her story ever since, and this week I finally published it to my Forbes column.

What made this story really stick with me? Yes, she did increase her salary $75k in 4 years (amazing). But that wasn’t that. It was this woman’s struggle with deciding what was more important to her: money or a job she loved? She found her answer – or her balance between the two.

I think most of us can probably relate to this struggle. I know I can. When I moved to London I was deciding between two jobs. One was really interesting but didn’t pay well. One paid a lot but was terrible. I took the terrible one.

Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for that balance. Hearing how this woman made it work reminded me that it can happen.


WTF…what’s the fee? And why do you care? Part 2 of the 4 part series about investing. In part 1, we covered why it’s important to invest (hi, more money). In part 2 I’m breaking down the common fees you’ll see, and where you see them. (spoiler alert) Next week, in part 3, I’m going step by step through two DIY options. We’ll end the series with helping you decide if/when you might want to hire a professional and how much they cost. But for now, it’s all about those fees.

Money or love. This week on Forbes I shared the story of a woman who increased her salary $75k in 4 years. But that’s peanuts compared to what she learned about herself.

Make Me Smart: smart-ish reads from around the internet

If you only read one thing, read this. Wait, but why? This is probably the best article I’ve ever read about finding a career that fits you. It’s long. And in full disclosure, it took me a veeeeeery long time to finish this article. But I kept coming back to it because it’s that good. Sit down Saturday morning with a cup of coffee and give this a read. As the author says, “it’s a framework that can help you make career decisions that actually reflect who you are, what you want, and what our rapidly changing career landscape looks like today.”

I am a professional procrastinator. Please tell me I’m not the only one. I’m constantly finishing things right when they’re due – thank goodness Henry was born 3 days late because I was still doing work up until I left for the hospital. I’m not lazy, I swear, and luckily there’s a real reason for all of this procrastination, as well as a solution. Procrastinators, put this article on your to-do list to read. You’ll read it someday.

Regret-free investing? I like the sound of that. How a Nobel prize-winning economist suggests you do that.


“You often feel tired, not because you’ve done too much, but because you’ve done too little of what sparks a light in you.”


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