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What This 101 yd Pioneer Taught Me

May 06, 2021

In 1942 she received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan

 She was one of the first females to graduate from University of Michigan’s College of Engineering

In 1941 she was the first Michigan woman to receive an honorary associate membership from Tau Beta Pi. They were a MALE-ONLY organization and women weren’t granted full membership until 1969.

 Her requests to visit the oil fields while working for Shell Chemical Company were denied again and again because women weren’t allowed on the fields in those days.

 AFTER she raised 4 children she earned a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Western Michigan University with a specialty in computer science.

She taught computer science for 14 years at Western Michigan University during the second half of her career.

At 100 years old, she threw herself a Centennial Ball because she was a competitive ballroom dancer. Yep, you read that right!

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Real Estate Market 2021: Boom or Bust?

Apr 29, 2021

Is now a good time to buy a home?

Will real estate prices continue to climb?

How much should I spend on a mortgage?

I tackle these questions and more in this video training on the current real estate environment. 

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Mindset For Navigating The Real Estate Market

Apr 22, 2021

I sit down with real estate agent Jenifer J. to talk about how we can mentally and emotionally prepare for the home buying process in this wacky real estate market. She gives us great tips for navigating the housing market in 2021.

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Spring Into Summer With Financial Wellness

Apr 15, 2021

A year ago, I wouldn’t have guessed that we would be impacted by the pandemic in such a dramatic way. We have been challenged in ways we couldn’t imagine and a lot of growth has come alongside this journey. So where do we go from here? Here are 3 tips you can use to make sure you can practice financial wellness going into the next few months.


  • Raise Financial Awareness – Whether you have money on your mind all the time or it’s an afterthought, I want to invite you to simply be aware of your spending. In general, spending during lockdown has decreased because we’re not grabbing grub at our favorite spots and travel has been almost non-existent. If you have kids, all the extra’s have been put on hold. As stimulus checks flow in and karate classes and your favorite brewery opens up, do a pause before you swipe. Trust me, I want to eat out and not do the dishes for the millionth time and I’m ready to jet set but spending blindly can be...
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Why Women Need To Be Financially Empowered

Apr 12, 2021
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What This SheCession Means

Apr 08, 2021

The pandemic has more women leaving the workforce than men. As women are faced with the impossible choice of career over family, we are in what is now being called the SheCession. Learn what we can do to prevent losing decades of progress for working women.

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How Women Can Get More Involved With Investing

Mar 24, 2021
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3 Tips For Staying On Track To Reaching Your 2021 Financial Goals

Mar 03, 2021

As we enter into March of 2021, are you on track to reach the financial goals you set for yourself this year? I’m here to hold you accountable and be your advocate for positive impact! The holiday buzz has long worn off and there was no easing into 2021. Setting annual financial goals is a moot exercise if you aren’t able to measure and track your progress, so let’s carve out a few minute and do it right now. Here are 3 tips for staying on track to hit your 2021 financial goals.

#1- Begin with the end in mind.

In Stephen Covey’s bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective, he challenges readers to image the end of their lives as a reference for evaluating everything else. I’m tasking you to take a bit-size piece of this and start with December 31st, 2021 with the end in mind. Picture yourself counting down to the New Year. What are you most proud of financially that you accomplished this year?

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Calling All Entrepreneurs: Time To Invest In Yourself

Feb 24, 2021

Entrepreneurship comes with freedom and flexibility making it exciting to take the leap of faith. As you find success, you also find new challenges: new level, new devil. With so many balls to juggle, like visionary, sales, marketing, the list goes on, financial goals can be put on the back burner. So it’s not surprising that many entrepreneurs neglect saving and investing for their future. To help you navigate the wild world of entrepreneurship I've picked 3 financial areas you shouldn't neglect: 

#1- Set money aside for taxes.

Depending on your type of work, cash infusions into the business can ebb and flow making it difficult to predict your total income. It’s a safe bet to set aside 30% of your business income for taxes purposes.  If you don’t pay enough taxes throughout the year, you can be charged a penalty by the time you file. It’s important to explore paying quarterly estimated taxes. Click Here to learn more from the IRS website.


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Stock Market Outlook for 2021

Feb 17, 2021
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