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When pausing becomes productive

Crafting a life that balances action with introspection, peace with productivity, is an art form in itself. In moments of stress or uncertainty, turning to specific practices can provide solace, clarity, and rejuvenation. It’s a tough challenge when we simply think about our schedule or responsibilities, but it’s even tougher when we think about managing the finances of a family or business. The more moving parts we have to contend with, the more we need these […]

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Embracing emotional honesty

In a world that often glorifies the “stay positive” mantra, it’s easy to fall into the trap of toxic positivity — the belief that no matter how dire or difficult a situation, people should maintain a positive mindset. But is there such a thing as too much positivity? According to Dr. Susan David, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School and author of “Emotional Agility,” the answer is a resounding yes. “Forced positivity is not leadership. It’s […]

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Smaller, manageable chunks, today

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to push aside the administrative tasks that seem daunting or time-consuming. Yet, when tax season rolls around, many find themselves overwhelmed by the mountain of financial paperwork that has piled up. The principle of tackling big tasks in small, manageable chunks isn’t new, but it’s astonishing how often it’s overlooked, especially when it comes to managing our finances. As the well-known organising consultant Marie Kondo says, […]

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Courage: The catalyst for personal and financial transformation

In the journey of life, courage is often the unsung hero that propels us toward change and growth. It’s the force that challenges us to step out of our comfort zones and embrace the unknown. Bonnie Garmus aptly reminds us, “Courage is the root of change – and change is what we’re chemically designed to do.” This powerful statement is a call to action, urging us to break free from the constraints of fear and self-doubt […]

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The ripple effect of change

Change, a constant companion in our journey through life, often becomes a focal point as we transition into a new year. However, its principles are timeless, transcending the boundaries of calendars and seasons. The essence of change lies in grand resolutions and the subtle shifts of our everyday choices – from our thoughts and attitudes to our actions. Significantly, these changes, no matter how small, can profoundly impact our finances and social environment. At the heart […]

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Revitalising your planning approach

At any moment during the year, finding the space to pause and reflect is more than just a breather; it’s a chance for a transformative new start. It’s an opportunity to step back from the day-to-day grind, to reassess and to break free from the habitual patterns that often govern our approach to planning and organising both our lives and our finances. By stepping outside these familiar routines, we open ourselves up to fresh perspectives and […]

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The only list you have to worry about

“He’s making a list, and checking it twice; Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.” You’ve probably heard that line once or twice, right? For those who celebrate Christmas, there’s a tradition that speaks to Santa Claus having two lists, and only the kids on the nice list (good and well-behaved)… get gifts. Interestingly, this is not a Christmas-time tradition, but rather a parenting hack designed to keep kids in line during the rest of the […]

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The Power of ‘Get To’ Over ‘Have To’

Life only seems to get busier – no matter how hard we try to slow things down. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of viewing tasks and responsibilities as burdens, things we ‘have to’ do. This mindset, often a default setting, can make our days feel heavy and obligatory. But what if we could shift this perspective? What if, instead of ‘I have to’, we started saying ‘I get to’? This simple linguistic flip can […]

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The relationships we cherish and celebrate

In the rhythmic and deceptively unpredictable day-in and day-out of our calendars, there are moments when our wallets feel significantly lighter. The end of the year, with its festive sparkle and cheer, often brings a flurry of spending that can leave many of us dizzy. It’s not just the holidays, though. Think about that one month when it seems everyone you know is celebrating a birthday, or perhaps the season of weddings and anniversaries. These periods […]

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The Ballad of Golden Means

The Ballad of Golden Means In sooth, a tale of coin oft told, Doth shake the hearts of young and old; For lucre’s siren song entwines The very core of mortal lines. Yet, shall we to this master bow? Or find we balance ‘twixt the bough? In measure fair and wisdom’s sight, Let not the gold our souls indict. For though the purse may fill with glee, ’Tis but a shadow’s feign’d decree. A full heart […]

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