Reframe Your Day

Reframe Your Day

If tonight, when you lay your head down on your pillow, you have to recall the day’s events and activities to determine which moment was your favorite, could you do it?  I bet you could, and I bet you should.  Our lives have become a blur of things that we...

Rediscover Detroit

Rediscover Detroit

Although I grew up in Traverse City, there were five years that I lived in the Detroit area just before and just after we were married, 1987- 92.  By then, Detroit had lost the first-place position of murder capital of the nation, mostly due to the mass exodus of...

Go Be Great!

Go Be Great!

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain

Millennials, Money, and Misconceptions

Millennials, Money, and Misconceptions

I recently attended a webinar entitled “Millennials, Money and the Active Pursuit of Happiness.”  I must admit the title intrigued me and so I registered.  This was a webinar based on the research recently completed by Wells Fargo and a study they conducted...

Smiles of 2018 from Google (of all places!)

Smiles of 2018 from Google (of all places!)

  Last week I received a welcome surprise from my phone.  Maybe you received a similar thing.  There it was, an email from Google containing a video they composed called “Smiles of 2018.”  I have my photos stored automatically to the cloud, so I never have to...

Thought Leadership from My 11-Year-Old

Thought Leadership from My 11-Year-Old

One of the great joys of my life is the ability to have an 11-year-old girl in my orbit at my advanced age.  Never in my wildest dreams would this be the case, but alas here we are.  Many of my friends are empty-nesters, and they are enjoying their free time once...

Linger at Your Thanksgiving Table

Linger at Your Thanksgiving Table

I have been to many funerals for clients over my 29 years in the Financial Advising business.  It is a natural part of helping transition people through different stages of life.  They work, they retire, and they pass on.  I have been fortunate enough to have a...

Einstein’s Theory of Compound Interest

Albert Einstein famously said that compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe.  He said, “Compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world.  He who understands it, earns it; he who doesn’t, pays it.”  Who am I to argue with such a smart guy? Einstein...

Vive La Difference

It’s that time of year again when politics play a more prominent role in conversations, and strong lines of division are drawn. (Recently it seems as though it is always that time of year.)  People who ordinarily seem agreeable suddenly are not.  You dread...

90-Day Legacy

90-Day Legacy

Imagine, if you will indulge me, that you have only 90 days with which to live.  You won’t suffer.  You know the day, and you have the next 90 days to spend however you wish. I know that it may be a horribly morbid exercise for you, but I am hopeful that I will make...