Mindful Money

How to Have Better Conversations About Money

by Trailhead Plan… on Jun 26, 2018

Mindful Money, Financial Life Planning
Money is one of the most difficult topics to discuss with others. This extends from our own internal dialogue around money, which is often largely negative, to the manner in which we converse about financial matters with family, colleagues, and friends. To that end, here are some helpful tips for learning how to communicate about money in a healthy and respectful, yet still assertive manner.

Why Retirement Needs a Rethink

by Trailhead Plan… on Jan 10, 2018

Mindful Money, Retirement

A few months back, I had an introductory meeting with a married couple who were hoping to retire within the next year or two. The wife made note that she was ready to retire a decade ago. Her job at a large corporation, which once had been glamorous, had been reduced to a glorified call service, where her every word was scripted and her every minute tracked. She was frustrated and burnt-out.

Mindful Money Habit #4: Successful Personal Finance is about Gratitude

by Trailhead Plan… on Nov 29, 2017

Mindful Money Habits, Mindful Money, Gratitude

I’m going to propose something that might seem ludicrous at first: Successful personal finance is about gratitude.

When it comes to personal finances, rare is the person who feels successful. There’s always at least something that makes us feel anxious, stressed, or inadequate. So, isn’t feeling grateful putting the cart before the horse? Shouldn’t we feel grateful after we are financially successful?

Mindful Money Habit #2: Avoid Decision Fatigue & Boost Financial Willpower

by Trailhead Plan… on Oct 17, 2017

Mindful Money, Mindful Money Habits

Have you ever been in the middle of a task at work or school when somehow you end up on Amazon (or a similar site) and order all the things you’ve been wanting but trying to resist? Or maybe you’ve come home from work, after a long and stressful day, hopped on a food delivery site and ordered EVERYTHING - even all that fried food you know you shouldn’t be eating. Later, after your spending or eating binge has subsided, you find yourself assuaged in guilt. What was I doing? What came over me?

The Time Value of Time

by Trailhead Plan… on Aug 21, 2017

Financial Freedom, Mindful Money

One of the most important things we consume in our lives is time.  Admittedly, it sounds crass to say we ‘consume’ time, but to heck with it – we already ‘kill’ it and ‘burn’ it, we might as well be a bit more intentional about how we ‘spend’ it!  Most of us barter time for money.  More money, in many cases, necessitates more time.  This can be as simple as having to come into the office a couple Saturdays a month or being available by email after traditional work hours.  It can also mean taking on another job or project to earn a little extra income.

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