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  • Retirement will be easy after this
    Making retirement work requires loss as well as reward
    Two attorneys were taking on the telephone. (No, this isn’t a joke so don’t wait for the punch line.) They were having a serious conversation as each one is still working but thinking about retiring soon. They both said their client...
  • Green Hanging Jar
    Creative ideas for planning a non-traditional bridal shower
    Bridal showers have a long-standing tradition as a special way to honor a bride-to-be before she walks down the aisle. From traditional bridal shower brunches to vintage-inspired tea parties, curating a bridal shower creates a fun opportunity to...
  • Traveling without your children
    Traveling without your children
    Summertime is when many families spend quality time together at home or on long-awaited vacations. We all know the amount of time and effort that goes into making the trip memorable for your kids. But how can you prepare for a trip without your...
  • Seek business solutions using agile thinking skills
    Seek business solutions using agile thinking skills
    Startups are filled with many twists and turns. Regardless of how well planned or lucky you are, situations occur that will stress your skills and patients. It is difficult to recognize every problem in advance or to develop alternatives that...
  • The benefits of financial advice: many and tangible
    The benefits of financial advice: many and tangible
    It’s been proven in study after study and, more importantly, in the lives of millions of Canadians - the best way to achieve your financial and retirement goals is having access to sound financial advice grounded in a comprehensive financial...
  • Summer according to EmpoweringParents.com
    Summer according to EmpoweringParents.com
    While the unofficial start of the summer is right around the corner, the three month stretch sometimes poses some different, sometimes more difficult, issues for some busy, working parents. Sometimes the time, instead of being one in which...
  • Should you consider travel insurance for your big trip?
    Should you consider travel insurance for your big trip?
    You're enjoying a trip overseas that you've been planning and saving for months when suddenly a tsunami hits two days into the trip. Or maybe you booked a trip that is non-refundable and you have to cancel due to a severe illness. This is...
  • Becoming a Time Manager: tackling the schedule
    Becoming a Time Manager: tackling the schedule
    Many people hear the words 'time management' and cringe. I was one of those people long ago but learning good time management skills, I believe, is an essential step in creating a solid plan toward success. That is not to say, 'you can...
  • SMART goals
    Be Better than Everyone, use SMART Goals in 5 Easy Steps
    The method of SMART goals (an acronym for the 5 steps of specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based goals) is one of the most effective and powerful tools used by high achievers to reach their goals — realistically and...
  • Fireworks in the New Year
    Goals and resolutions for the New Year
    "Ask yourself: What would your life look like if you directed it, instead of drifted through it?" —Michael HyattWe should be looking forward to embracing good and healthy growth and change in the New Year. As Donald Miller puts it,...
  • Engaged!
    After you've said yes: Engagement and wedding planning
    Facebook and Instagram are blowing up with pictures of happy couples and manicured hands sporting new bling. The time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is packed with opportunities for the clever boyfriend or girlfriend to pop the...
  • Make 2015 fabulous
    Make 2015 fabulous
    As always, the New Year is full of possibilities, the calendar stretches out pristinely and is ready for action. And there is the unique American exercise of New Year's resolutions. It is postulated that New Year's resolutions are a...
  • Snow in Kalkaska, MI
    10 things to check on your car before a winter road trip
    Preparing for a road trip any time of the year is more than which hotel you’re going to stay at or what the gas prices may be. You know you need to check that your car is running well enough to make the long haul whether it’s 200 miles...
  • Planning for success in the year ahead
    Planning for success in the year ahead
    With the New Year comes new challenges, in order to meet those wonderful new challenges and to achieve the life always dreamt about, it is imperative to find a way to turn thoughts into action and productivity into success. Planning ahead is the...
  • Hiking the John Muir Trail
    John Muir Trail: Getting started
    The John Muir Trail (JMT), which traces a 210.4 mile path along the jagged spine of the Sierra in California, is one of the premier trails in the U.S. Strung along the crest of the High Sierra the trail spans from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney,...
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