Are your thoughts depleting or replenishing your energy?

Last week I attended a conference hosted by former singer/songwriter and now owner and full-time speaker of TAP Results – Verity Price. I felt bogged down, my holiday intentions were not going according to plan, and Omicron changed my schedule overnight. I did not really feel like listening to another talk about gratitude. But as I listened, I realised that this was just what I needed to hear. I was reminded that you can just as readily be consumed with everything going wrong as you can be with all the things going right. And just then, I decided to make a mindshift. I do not want to overwhelm...

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Empowering couples conversations for life and death transitions

I’ve had six different conversations about death and money this past week. And for me, it’s a clear sign that many people are thinking about it. Talking about death is distressing, and money may not be the first thing on your mind when you lose a partner. But the uncomfortable truth is that we all will, at some stage of our lives, be single and responsible for managing our own money. My week started by counselling a couple in their 70s. The husband tried all his life to get his wife involved in their finances with no success. She just had no interest. He has a strong balance...

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Cautiously optimistic about Change

I recently listened to a podcast that has helped me better understand the psychology behind our emotions and actions during the Covid pandemic. Brené Brown chatted to Dr Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist and Harvard lecturer, about her recent Washington Post article “Why this stage of the pandemic makes us so anxious.” She explains the emotional rollercoaster that we’ve all been on, entering and exiting wave after wave of Covid repeatedly. And the fact is, no one really knows how the story will play out. We are confused. My friends, myself included, are still feeling a bit lost. We have not...

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Spring-clean your money habits

I started off my season by spring-cleaning some of my own money habits. But what I’m most excited about is the new money habit that I have put in place. I do feel a little lighter, somewhat more hopeful and a bit more prepared to implement something new in my life. It gives you a boost to know that you are putting small steps in place to ensure that your money is working for you. Why not have a look at your money habits and decide if they are serving you? You may find some that you’re ready to throw out and hopefully implement some new ones that excite you. I have put together Money Makeover...

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Marriage & Divorce

Covid changed many things in our lives – some of them unexpected. Over the past four weeks, I have witnessed another sad result of this crushing virus. Fractured relationships, break-ups and divorce. It has been wonderful to see some relationships flourish and grow stronger. Sadly, the cracks in other relationships became crevices and eventually craters, leaving several couples opting for separation or divorce. Divorce is never a decision taken lightly, and after everything we’ve been through this year, I believe that when couples opt for divorce, the decision was made with the conviction...

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Toxic Positivity

I am an optimistic person. It’s just in my nature – always has been. In fact, optimism is probably one of my highest values. I am just way more comfortable in a positive environment surrounded by positive people. My world has spun out of control in the last few weeks. Instead of the constructive, upbeat vibe that I thrive in, I have been surrounded by absolute mayhem and uncertainty. There has been so much destruction, upheaval, anger, and even death as the riots ravished our beautiful country. My standard go-to reaction in any difficult situation is to look for positives. In this...

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Liquidity is key

This past week I met with three different prospective clients, and the same theme repeated in each meeting. They all have businesses that are going through a rocky patch at the moment and their remaining assets are invested in property. The Covid pandemic has had such a massive impact on all of us, and while we are trying to stay safe and healthy, it is hard when your business is also at risk. Dave and Donna are in their early seventies and ran their own business until a few years ago. They lived an extravagant lifestyle, put all their profits back into the business and bought properties...

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Pausing Propagates Prosperity

Lyndsay, our writer at Chartered, recently wrote a beautiful blog introducing me to a new concept called languishing. This term was first published in The New York Times to describe the collective state of being that many of us are experiencing right now. It’s a sense of sluggishness; it feels like stagnation, you’re just not functioning at optimal capacity. A languished life looks foggy, like a blurry windscreen or a photograph that’s not quite focussed. I first put this word down to anguish or just the inability to experience life fully. But I quickly realised it’s not that at all. We...

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You, me and Your Midlife Money Makeover

An unexpected event is often a catalyst for change. Something like Covid-19. Or something like a death, illness, a sudden retrenchment or retirement. I have seen my fair share of life-changing transitions working in the retirement sector and have always loved the wisdom, resilience and zest for life that I see in my clients daily. I have noticed a shift in my clients during the last couple of years. My clients were getting younger and more and more midlifers were coming to see me. They wanted change, not because they were retiring or had to change, not because their money situation has changed,...

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COMING TO YOU SOON – Midlife Money Makeover

Your midpoint is a significant milestone – it means that you have lived half your life. Of course I celebrated in style, but I also paused and took time-out to plan my life ahead. I wanted to make sure that my second half is more meaningful and unforgettable than the last. I wanted to design this chapter on purpose, with purpose, and I wanted the security of knowing that my money would make this happen. As I was planning my own transition, younger and younger clients were coming to me in workshops, talks and life planning meetings and I was hearing the same things. They wanted more meaning...

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