What Coffee, Life and Money Happiness Have In Common

My friend—let's call him Jim—is a complete and utter coffee geek. He buys green beans, roasts them to his liking, grinds them to the perfect consistency and measures the exact amount of ground coffee (in grams) for each serving. He—lovingly—prepares his coffee-making machine, making sure the water is at the right temperature before introducing it… Continue reading>

Summer Is Here! Time To Make Your New Year’s Resolution

Why wait until the cold bleak months of December to make a New Year’s resolution? When summer hits, our moods brighten, our excitement heightens, and we’re more inclined to be active—physically or mentally. Summer is the best season for New Year’s resolutions because you have the warmth and sun to promote that connectedness between thought… Continue reading>

Finding The Balance Between “Needs” vs. “Wants”

The question of what you “want” vs. what you “need” can be a tricky discussion filled with hidden dreams and pent up anger. Your feelings over this question might range from guilt to gratitude, battling between your adult brain and your inner child. The adult holding closely to gratitude for health, shelter and security, while… Continue reading>

The Dow Jones Hit 20,000. Now What?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit 20,000. The aftermath was a barrage of media stories—some encouraging, others less optimistic. The positive stories prompted investors to buy more equities in expectation of more future gain; the cynics foretold the forthcoming correction with a warning: Get out of stocks. The one common theme all the articles share… Continue reading>

Three Steps to Improving Your Financial Life—Even Though It’s Summer

    Yeah, it’s hot. It’s also humid, and the air conditioner is fighting like a gladiator with temperatures kissing triple digits. Thoughts of cold drinks, hammocks, or beach chairs swim in your head. The summer is flying by, and the inevitable reality of the autumn is approaching when you’ll get back to thinking about… Continue reading>