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A Letter to Leah – Advice for a Recent College Grad

A Letter to Leah – Advice for a Recent College Grad

I wanted to share a letter I wrote to my partner David Rappaport’s daughter, Leah.  At 18 months old Leah was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.  Two weeks ago she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Mathematics from Carthage College.  In a few weeks she’ll start work at Aspiritech, a non-profit company that hires adults on the autism spectrum to provide software testing and quality assurance services to corporate clients across the U.S.

Dear Leah,

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Do you know what’s on SALE?

Do you know what’s on SALE?

Thanks for all of the great feedback from my last blog! It sounds like many of you are well on the way to decluttering your lives. And personally, I was the recipient of a friend’s scarf that she never wore. So thoughtful of her. I hope she doesn’t stop in at Goodwill anytime soon…

Continuing down the path of organization, let’s turn to our finances. How do we begin to get a clear picture of where we are at? In the spirit of simplicity, let’s start with four numbers to know. They go by the acronym SALE, and who doesn’t love a sale? SALE stands for:

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Of Clutter, I Utter

Of Clutter, I Utter

Lately I’ve been asking friends and clients about this rather messy topic.  I was given so many examples of clutter, I thought I’d use them for a quiz to see how clutter affects your life!  

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The Gift of Airplane Mode

The Gift of Airplane Mode

I’ve got a wonderful gift idea for the holiday season.  Better yet, it’s a gift you can give yourself!  You can’t buy it online, and you can’t even wrap it.

Give yourself “airplane mode”!

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My Early Memories of Money...

My Early Memories of Money...

As a young teenager, on Saturday nights I would babysit kids in my neighborhood.  I won’t say what year it was, but the #1 song on the Billboard charts was “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.  (I still get up and dance every time I hear it. And I know you do too!)  And the #1 movie - I’ll give you a hint - one of the main character’s nicknames is the same as my favorite Chicago Cub’s last name.

75 cents per hour was the going rate.  On grid-lined paper I would chart my earnings, hour by hour. (Don’t worry… I was still keeping an eye on the kids.)  As each hour passed, I’d add to the bar representing my pay.  After the kids were asleep, I’d watch Love Boat followed by Fantasy Island.  (The plane!  The plane!)  I’d call my friends (on a rotary phone) who were also babysitting and we’d gossip.   

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Lessons From a Fisherman

Lessons From a Fisherman

Thank you to everyone who sent such kind thoughts on my first blog entry. 

My favorite  -- “Such beautiful writing from such a beautiful girl”  (Aww, thanks Mom!) 

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How it all Began

How it all Began

It is Sunday night, and I’m planning for the week ahead.  It will be busy at the office as my husband and I are leaving on Friday to visit his family in Washington, D.C.  I just finished a call with my daughter who is in Kansas City, having just started her first job out of college.  She mentioned that she’d love to join us in D.C., but… could we help out by paying for the plane ticket?   So we went online and… 

$650 for a round trip ticket!  You’d think that people in Kansas City don’t get to our nation’s capital that much.  Previously, I would have agonized a bit, then said nope, too expensive, she’ll have to join us next time.  However, today I decided to buy the ticket.  What changed?  How was I able to make the decision so quickly?

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