If I Could Do It Again – 9 Pieces of Financial Advice For Me in My 20’s

The other day I was emailing with Heath, a listener of the podcast. Heath commented that my show has a family-focused tone to it, but it can really be enjoyed by single guys (like Heath) who don’t quite yet have a family as well. The compliment was extremely appreciated – thank you Heath – and it got me thinking. What advice would I have for myself 10 or so years ago before I met Nicole before I had kids and before I knew anything about money?

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5 Ways I’m Promoting Gender Equality for My Daughter

Audi of America took a bold stance this weekend with a Super Bowl commercial focused on the importance of gender equality.

The :60 spot entitled “Daughter” shows a father watching his daughter in a boxcar race where she’s competing mostly against other young boys. The father contemplates how he’ll teach his daughter that she is worthy and equal in this world despite all of the obstacles, biases and prejudices that exist. In the end, she wins the aggressive boxcar race (of life) and she and her father confidently walk off into the sunset.

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How to Make a Stay-at-Home Mom Feel Appreciated in 1 Week

Being a Stay-at-Home Mom can be incredibly difficult. Long days, no contact with adults and repetitive tasks that feel like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic can make you lose your marbles. Yes, it is incredibly rewarding and you develop an unbreakable bond with your children, but raising small kids can be physically, mentally and emotionally draining.

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How to Live with Intention in the New Year

For the new year holiday weekend, my family drove up to Marquette, Michigan to spend some quality time with my sister and her family.  A winter trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan might not sound like the thrill of a lifetime to some, but for us Marquette is our family’s little slice of heaven.

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6 Family First Tips for Business Travelers

I’ve been in the corporate event marketing business for a little over 12 years now.  It’s a fun industry to be part of.  The thrill of a live event, being a part of a global product launch and traveling around the world can be very exciting.

That life can also be quite draining on your relationship with your family.

I’m writing this as I’m traveling on a week-long trip to Europe for a global sales opportunity.  If we win this business, it could be a big deal for our company.  But honestly, all I can think about is my family and how I can’t wait to go home.

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How to Fight Cancer as a Family – with Gene Villeneuve

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1 million people in the United States get cancer each year.  Globally, that number rises to around 15 million people.

As sad as those statistics are, they are just that … only statistics.  Until cancer affects you, your family or someone close to you, you don’t realize the seriousness of the disease.  At least that was the case with me.

One of our close family members was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is a young mother of four, a wife, a daughter, an aunt, a cousin and a friend to so many.  Because she is a light in so many people’s lives, her struggle to fight this disease has become her family’s struggle.

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The Joy and Annoyance of Kids – with Clint Edwards

Children … They provide us with a sense of pride that is unmatched.

Raising kids truly feels like the reason we’re placed on this earth.  We learn from them, we grow with them and the bond that is formed is a blessing from God.

Children are also QUITE annoying, sticky and interrupt you constantly.
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My Tim Ferriss Inspired Morning

Earlier this year, my brother-in-law suggested I listen to Tim Ferriss Show since I was getting into podcasts.  He enjoyed his random topics, high profile guests and Tim’s irreverent humor.  I gave it a try and I’ve been enjoying it a lot.

Tim usually has guests on the podcast that have incredible backgrounds like life coaches (Tony Robbins), best selling authors (Seth Godin) and oscar winning actors (Jamie Foxx, Edward Norton).  He interviews these guests and dissects their daily habits to learn more about why they are so successful.

One of the questions he always asks his guests:

“What is your morning ritual? “

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Is Work-Life Balance a Myth?

Last month, work was insane.

I traveled out of town nearly every week.   And when I was in the office, I worked some decently late hours.

It was a stressful time for both me and my family.

Thankfully, October is already looking to be a better month so I’ll just chalk it up to the insanity of meeting my year-end sales goals.

I’m happy to say that frantic September is not the norm at my job.   My employer challenges me and asks a lot of me, but also gives me the freedom to enjoy other parts of my life.

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Create Your Last Will and Testament in 6 Easy Steps

A few years ago, Nicole and I finally completed our last will and testament.  We procrastinated for the better part of two years because we were binge watching Game of Thrones and House of Cards. Excuses yes, but these are some epic shows!

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