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Taking Small Steps to Create Big Dreams with Betsy Smith

Feb 20, 2024

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Episode Summary:

I’m so excited to have a long time client and friend on the podcast today, Betsy Smith. Betsy is a multi-passionate entrepreneur who owns her own hair salon and handcrafted souvenir shop. The best part? She didn’t take action on these businesses until she was 29 years old which shows it’s never too late to pivot. Throughout our conversation, you’ll hear a bit about Betsy’s Amish upbringing and how this informed the way she feels about money and financial decisions as a whole. Betsy has done so much work in not only creating a business (and life!) that she’s proud of, but healing and overcoming negative money narratives. I hope this conversation leaves you feeling inspired.

Topics:

  • Where Betsy’s entrepreneurial and rebel spirit comes from and how it informs her decisions today 
  • What the financial conversations for Betsy were like growing up in the Amish community...
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Cultivating Effective Financial Communication with Your Partner

Feb 13, 2024

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Episode Summary:

It is Valentine's Day and in honor of this special love day, I want to dive into a crucial yet challenging aspect of any partnership: talking about money with your partner. Now money matters while essential, can be a source of tension in relationships. I'm sure at one point in another, you've felt that in yours (I have, too). The financial problems or money issues cause about 40% of divorces in the US. That is a large number and one that should not be ignored. So the goal today is to help you figure out how to navigate these waters with grace and understanding. I want to offer you strategies and insights for how to discuss financial issues without conflict, and whether it's budgeting or debt management or planning for your future, we're going to explore effective ways to communicate with your partner about your finances.

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  • Tips for actually starting a conversation about money with your partner to avoid...
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Financial Literacy for Parents with Clifton Corbin

Feb 06, 2024

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Episode Summary:

I have a very special guest on The Empowered Planning Podcast today – Clifton Corbin! He is a father, a Registered Financial Consultant (RFC), has his MBA, and has amassed over two decades of business consulting experience. Currently, he has left the office to be a stay-at-home dad, but in his spare time, he has written and published multiple books. I’m excited to have him on today to chat about the importance of financial literacy within our families, how to talk to kids about money, and how he approaches different financial topics with his own children (including if you should give them allowance or not!). Clifton has a wealth of knowledge around this subject and there’s so much to learn from him during this episode.

Topics:

  • The role that Clifton’s parents and upbringing played in his own beliefs around money and financial literacy 
  • What inspired Clifton to write books,...
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Confidently Investing in Your Health with Ashley Lane

Jan 30, 2024

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Episode Summary:

Today on The Empowered Planning Podcast, we're going to be talking about health, money, and fitness goals, especially as we are still in the first month of the new year. I think money is on a lot of people's minds, but also different health goals are on a lot of people's minds. With that, I have a special guest and client of mine with us today, Ashley Lane Chavez. Ashley combined her 12 years of personal training experience to create an app called the Fit Crew, the Ashley Lane app which is an innovative fitness experience designed to bring health and wellness directly to you. What I love about Ashley is her mission to empower women to embrace their fitness journey confidently. The reason I wanted to have her on is because although I talk to many women who have health goals on their mind, they also have money on their mind and there's this guilt sometimes associated with spending money on themselves, especially...

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Money Matters with Juliet Odhiambo

Jan 23, 2024

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Episode Summary:

Ever wonder why money feels like such a daunting, complicated topic? Wish someone could demystify it and make it more relatable? Well, you're in for a treat on this episode of The Empowered Planning Podcast. Join us as we dive into an enlightening conversation with Juliet Odhiambo, all the way from Kenya! Juliet is not your typical money expert. She's a money coach with a superpower that sets her apart – she humanizes the world of finance. In this episode, Juliet shares her journey from banking to becoming a financial educator and coach. She's not just about numbers; she's about helping people navigate the complex. If you're ready to make friends with your finances, gain some priceless clarity, and hear inspiring stories from the beautiful heart of Kenya, don't miss this episode!

Topics:

  • Juliet's journey from finance graduate to community financial educator
  • The process Juliet uses to navigate financial...
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Money Saving Tips for January

Jan 16, 2024

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Episode Summary:

In this episode, I’m sharing my favorite tips on how to save money in January after coming off a high spending season in November and December. We’ll cover the different ways to reduce energy costs, such as using smart thermostats and LED bulbs. Then I’ll dive into cutting down on unwanted subscriptions and how to optimize your cell phone plans. I’m giving suggestions on negotiating bills and shopping for the best deals in January, including holiday decor, TV and home theater equipment, and furniture. I’m also telling you why I am cautioning against buying large home appliances, mattresses, and fitness equipment this month. The last tip I share revolves around everyone’s biggest stressor – grocery shopping! I hope this is helpful for you this month and beyond.

Topics:

  • Reducing energy costs by using smart thermostats, LED bulbs, and unplugging electronics when not in use...
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Money as Energy with Nikki Nie

Jan 09, 2024

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Episode Summary:

I’m excited to share our first guest episode of 2024 with Nikki Nie, a 500 hour ERYT Tantric Hatha Yoga and Meditation teacher and client of mine! I’ve seen Nikki make the transition into entrepreneurship with so much success (and financial stability!) and wanted her to share her story today on the podcast because she shows what’s possible for you if you’re thinking of making the leap from contractor to business owner. Chasing her passions is what’s most important to Nikki, but she wanted to make sure she was protected financially. Throughout our work together she has drastically reduced her debt, has leveraged multiple income streams, and has increased her confidence with money. Nikki blows me away and I’m so excited for you to learn from her during this conversation!

Topics:

  • How Nikki moved from professional dancing in Hollywood to entrepreneurship via yoga and...
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Financial Reflection for the New Year

Jan 02, 2024

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Episode Summary:

Happy, happy new year. It was a nice break that we took, but I am so excited to get back to the podcast! I'm having a ton of fun doing these episodes and getting input from you all. This year, we'll be adding some special guests on the show I'm really excited about. But as we step into this new fresh chapter, the new year is always full of possibilities, opportunities, and a chance for us to embrace new beginnings with a lot of optimism and hope which I love. Whether you're setting ambitious goals, seeking personal growth, or just looking to find joy in everyday moments, the new year really brings us this blank canvas for everything that we're looking forward to. So I want to embark on this journey together and carry forward from lessons that we learned last year in 2023 and all the resilience that we gained from the past year. So cheers to a year filled with lots of love, lots of happiness and financial...

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Reminder: Your self-worth is not dictated by your net worth

Nov 28, 2023

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Episode Summary:

This is episode eight and it's going to be the last episode until 2024 but I will see you back here in January. We're going to take a break through the holiday season to finish up some year-end deadlines and to be more present on the home front. I think that gets lost sometimes this season, especially if you're a mom taking care of making it a magical, magical time for everybody. But in today's episode I want to dive deeper into how your self-worth is not or should not be dictated by your net worth. I think this is a timely topic because about 70% of the US GDP comes from consumer spending, which really flares up around the holidays – there’s shopping opportunities all around us and it's hard not to think about money. So let’s talk about what this all means today on The Empowered Planning Podcast!

Topics:

  • The negative effects that come with attaching your self-worth to money in any regard,...
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Shifting out Guilt for Joy with Jean Fay

Nov 21, 2023

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Episode Summary:

Are you feeling the pressure of the holiday season? Maybe you’re feeling so stressed out that you non longer feel the joy that can be so abundant at the end of the year. I’m so excited to have our first guest on the episode today, my dear friend Jean is joining me to talk about how she has learned to shift out guilt for joy in her life (because there is so much of it to be had). She shares the practices that have helped her overcome the common challenges that we all face in raising children while being career driven women. I hope our conversation today can help you come back home to not only the meaning of this season, but why you do what you do each day!

Topics:

  • That practices that really worked for Jean as she faced some of the challenges with raising children and working full time
  • The importance of taking care of yourself, even if it’s just ten minutes a day, and how to start that routine...
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