My start to 2019 has been so unintentionally slow. So slow that I can no longer wish you a happy New Year in my first 2019 newsletter. So I’ll just say hi, happy Friday. I’m so happy to be back.

We spent the holidays in California soaking in all the sun (seriously, blue skies every single day in Santa Barbara. Can I live there???). We’re now back in England and back to work and really excited to see what 2019 is going to bring (especially because of the life planning we did — details below!).

Before you jump down to the links, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who filled out the survey I sent out at the end of last year. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting but there were some big themes:

1 – You all are awesome and have some big, exciting goals and dreams for 2019 (new homes, paying off debt, kids, making 2019 the year you take control of your money!)

2 – Freedom and how to save for it all but still live your life came up again and again (like attracts like, right?)

3 – A lot of you don’t have money convos with friends, but you really wished that you did (I’m here for that)

Your answers really help me know you better so I can do my best to keep creating and curing information that will educate and inspire you to live your best (money) life.

Here’s to a great 2019.


ICYMI

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What’s the point of being good with money? Freedom. At least that what George Kinder and his approach to Life Planning says. Jordan and I went through the life planning process last year and I honestly don’t possess the right vocabulary to tell you how much this truly changed each of our perspectives on money. This process, which is centered around his 3 questions, helps people uncover who they want to become. And, because he’s also a financial planner, he shows you how to put a financial plan in place so you can begin living that life right now. Not when you’re retired. Now.

I’ve waited to share this because I wanted to see if this would really create a change in the way Jordan and I live and view money. And for the last six months, it has. I could go on about this process forever, so I’ll stop here and link you to the recording Jordan and I made. We talk about the first part of this process, why we decided to do it, what we learned, and what changes we’ve made.


Make Me Smart

smart-ish reads from around the internet

It’s fine. I’ve shared this video before, but I reference it in the Life Planning recording that I made, so I wanted to share it again. Mel Robbins breaks down how to stop screwing yourself over and why fine is the worst four letter word in the English language. She also shares her insanely easy, but surprisingly useful trick to stop hitting the snooze button (in the morning and in your life).

Greetings from Cambridge. This woman graduated from Harvard in 1988 and returned back for her 30-year class reunion. From that experience, she wrote 30 things she learned. Surprisingly, money was a constant theme in her list. So was career and life fulfillment (apparently doctors and teachers have it — lawyers, not so much). There are so many lessons in this article to take to heart.

Millennials are good with money. Don’t hear that often, do you? This Quartz article breaks down why all the millennial criticism might be a case of misunderstood priorities. “The truth may be that millennials are not immature, impulsive, unable to commit, and burdened by a failing economy and overwhelming debt. Instead, many are not hung up on outdated status symbols likes houses, cars, or a spouse that defined the past economy. Instead, they are making smart investments in education and where they live, which will help them succeed in the new economy.” Yes.


Make It Good

because life is more than money

What’s the secret to good abs? Last night I was staring at my phone giggling when Jordan said, “are you looking at @lilwellnessbitch again?” I’ve spent too much time this week watching her stories, but they are hilarious. While I love a good cleanse and I’m fully on board with Marie Kondo and her quest to spark joy, I also can’t help but laugh at it all. Especially when @lilwellnessbitch asks if she should name her new rescue pup Keto or Matcha.

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