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Decision Overload

I am not the handiest man.  I like to spend my days inside my circles of competence, and none of those circles currently involve a circular saw.  That’s not to say that with years of practice, hours on YouTube and some serious work I couldn’t get there, but for the past 10 years my “tool box” has been an old …

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Year End Financial Tips!

We have 7 weeks left in this year! If you’re anything like me, you’re WAY behind on your New Year’s resolution, or you don’t remember what it was and so you’re right where you want to be.  For 2022, my resolution is going to be “get comfortable with procrastinating.” With the time we have left, here are some housekeeping and …

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“Don’t Touch It, Don’t Even Look At It!”

Back in 2009 one of my favorite comedies, The Hangover, was released. The groom and his three groomsmen, who consist of two buddies and one odd ball brother-in-law, head off to Las Vegas right before the wedding. To arrive in style, the groom’s soon to be father-in-law let’s him drive his precious 1965 Mercedes Benz convertible. One of my most …

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A World of 20s

Years ago, when I was maybe four or five years out of college, I worked in an office of financial advisors – most of whom were older than me.  At the time, my now wife still had the label “girlfriend,” and at the end of each work day I went home to a roommate and an apartment.  Life was good …

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The Witch Isn’t The Only One Getting Crushed

Have you ever seen the Wizard of Oz? Man that movie creeps me out. I should give it another shot, and with Halloween coming there will be plenty of opportunities. Every time I see a commercial for it, I can clearly envision that scene with the Wicked Witch of the East’s feet curling up under the house after she gets …

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Is There Such a Thing As Too Much?

Years back, my wife started buying Dove Chocolates as a nice little after dinner treat.  This was all fine and good until the Dove Dark Chocolate came out.  One after dinner led to a wholesale size bag kept at the office and two after lunch, and so I continued to sink.  I have since reigned in the madness, but that …

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“Boogers Do Grow!”

From 2018: “Boogers do grow! I find new ones everyday!”  My five year old yells from the third row seat of our minivan while we’re driving down the highway.  A light bulb moment for her since the day before when we told her where they come from (or did our best to explain).  She wasn’t having our nonsense, they grow …

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Which Will Get a Bigger “Thank You”?

As you may have heard, college is expensive.  When my wife got pregnant with our third child, she mentioned how funny it was going to be to have “3 kids in college at the same time.”  That realization sent me to the fetal position to rock in place in our closet, as I tried to wrap my financial planning mind …

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Building To Completion

Just this week I finished a very interesting book titled “Strong Towns” by Charles Marohn, Jr. and I loved it. It  was recommended to me by my brother-in-law, and the main theme of the book is centered around what it takes to create and sustain a productive and healthy city/town.  One of the discussion points that really hit home for …

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THE August Challenge

So we’ve hit August.  I have a few hot dogs under my belt and hopefully you do too.  We’re starting to get a little of that “Sunday feeling” in my house like the fun is coming to an end soon.  Today, let’s keep the summer rocking ‘n rolling with a good old fashion August challenge!   I am going to split …