Leisure & Life Satisfaction

“In the same way that
 a good Wall Street investment appreciates in value, you want your investments of time and energy to offer high yields. They should make you feel good — happy, 
satisfied, energized, or relaxed.”

Marc Eisenson, Gerri Detweiler, & Nancy Castleman
Invest in Yourself: Six Secrets to a Rich Life

Life satisfaction means different things to different people—each person’s definition is unique.  But the important thing to realize is that life is multifaceted and that each facet contributes to the quality of life you experience.  Therefore, it is helpful to think of each facet as an integral component of your life portfolio, and the investments of time and attention that you make are what make your portfolio grow.

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Many Boomers Choose a New Perspective on Life and Money

In terms of adult development theory, life after 50 is typically a pivotal stage when individuals reflect on the direction their lives are taking, confront their own mortality, and dare to ask themselves, “Am I really happy?

However, what distinguishes Baby Boomers from previous generations is that they wear this existential crisis on their sleeves.  Rather than indulging in a time of private contemplation and silent suffering, Baby Boomers are forcing us all to rethink what the “mid-life and beyond” experience can and should be like.

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6 Major Sources of Financial Aid

By Guest Blogger: Jodi Okun, Founder of College of Financial Aid Advisors

The cost of financing a child’s college education can be daunting to many families. Generally the family is the source of the primary support; however, financial assistance does exist.

The federal government administers six major financial assistance programs. Three of these programs are direct assistance programs, with the assistance going directly to the student. The other three programs are administered through the college that the student attends and funds are sent directly to the college, which in turn dispenses the money to the student in accordance with federal guidelines. (more…)

Envisioning Retirement – OMG, What if You Live to Age 100 (or Older!)?

Average life expectancy in the US has increased by 1 ½ years in the first decade of the 21st Century (2000-2010), with fully 2% of the population living to 100 years old or longer (US Census Bureau 2008). With average life expectancy nearing 80 years and climbing, planning for retirement has become more critical than ever, as you may live a third of your life after working (more…)

Defining “True Wealth”

By “how much is enough?,” I mean the amount that will allow you to stop driving so hard professionally should you choose to do so.  I mean the amount that will allow you to feel safe, the amount that will compensate for risking hard-won relationships, the amount that will affirm your feeling good, smart, successful, accomplished, in control.

Pamela York Klainer
How Much is Enough?

How much is enough?  What does this mean to you?  As author Pamela York Klainer explains, “The question is deceptively simple, but the answer is critical to integrating money with other aspects of your life and finding happiness.” (more…)