Marriage and Money: 5 Tips to Financial Management

me and george at Scott's wedding

On Saturday, my husband and I went to our friend’s wedding. I love weddings. I love the decor, the music, the vows and the ambiance. In my opinion, weddings symbolize light and hope for the future born out of unwavering love. Yes, I am indeed a hopeless romantic.

Marriage brings two people, two different lives together as one. Sometimes this can get messy and overwhelming. In particular, I will focus on the financial side of this union. Some households have one stream of income and some have multiple. Whichever is your situation, I would like to share some guidelines that have proven useful to me throughout my life and throughout my marriage.

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Five Tips for Strengthening Relationships

In a world where technology is king and social media rules, we are still governed by human interactions. We are naturally drawn to each other and have a desire to build relationships with persons. For some of us it started in our youth with our family relationships. For others it may be work relationships with colleagues or intimate relationships during courtship. Bottom line, we have built relationships with others and it is important for us to be able to maintain healthy relationships with the people we care about and those we work with or serve.

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Is Mental Health Important? Tips on Taking Care of Your Mental Health

river at mystic mountain

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of blog posts and videos on mental health. It really made me sit and think for a minute about my own mental health. I started asking myself a few questions:

  • Am I really taking care of myself mentally?
  • Do I take time to slow down and regroup?
  • What is my stress level like on a daily basis?
  • Am I really taking time to enjoy life?

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Four Tips for a Great Job Interview

In the past week I realized that it is so important to believe in yourself and to always have hope for a bright future.

In an attempt at doing my part to better myself and my family, I decided to leave my comfort zone and reach out to the hiring manger of a job vacancy I was interested in. The position itself was very much outside my comfort zone. Not only was it something that I don’t have experience in, but it was also a job that requires me to be extremely extroverted. However, I felt in my bones that maybe this was the step I needed to take. This was going to push me towards my best self. I would be able to develop a lot of the soft skills including relationship building, networking, negotiation and persuasion techniques. I was so surprised when I got an interview a few days after applying. I was even more surprised when I got the second interview a week later. Imagine my complete surprise when I got offered the job!

I did a lot of preparation for the interviews. I thought about the areas I was most weak in and prepared strategies to convince the interviewers that I was the best person for the job despite my inexperience in the area. I also would conduct a post-mortem analysis after every interview and sometimes even think to myself, “Will they really pick me over more qualified people?”

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Three Things I Have Learnt on My Journey to Self-Improvement

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Hi everyone! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. I’ve been really busy with my job and making lifestyle changes to become a healthier and fitter me.

I’ve come a long way and I’m really proud of myself. I’ve lost 17lbs since the start of 2016 and I’m trying to lose an additional 5-8lbs by the end of 2017. Unfortunately I don’t have any before and after pictures because I was so uncomfortable with my weight gain that I didn’t take pictures and I didn’t even want to be seen. I’ve always been a petite girl so it was hard being looked on as “chubby” or “fatty”.

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