How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806 – 1861

(Updated and financialized by Tana Gildea)

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee enough to live within our means

So we shall never face the collections fiends

And we can be debt-free at the end of our days.

My 401k can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of our being at an ideal pace.

I love thee to the level of every day’s

Most quiet need, without going into debt and causing us to fight.

I love thee freely, with all my spending in plain sight.

I love thee purely, with my assets protecting us each night.

I love thee with the passion to invest our assets with good use

Without my old fears, and with a conservative faith.

I love thee without needing jewels,

Or endless stuff like some fools. I love thee with the bonds,

stocks, and security of a good financial life; and, if God choose,

I shall save and invest until we part in death.

Who do you love enough to create financial security for? Hopefully yourself!

To your financial (and Valentine) success!  Tana

Step Into Your Year of More! – Fresh Start February

If you are experiencing work overload, frustration or feeling off balance, get Your Fresh Start  for the month of February! Working on Your Now will get your goals redefined and move you forward with confidence so that you can do the things you love and that serve you well.

This is for you if you know you need to get started but have been on the fence, uncertain about making a decision or on a tight budget. This gift will be made available to the attendees who participated in the Step Into Your Year of More training! After January 31,  the special 15 percent discount will expire.

So, if you’re interested in learning more about the  Working on  Your Now coaching services, schedule a time to talk and see which coaching package works best for you! In the meantime, Kick off your February with a Fresh Start that you truly deserve, and save some money while you Work on Your Now! 

Day 1 – The Breakdown

Day 2 – The Alignment

Day 3– The Build up

Day 4 – The Launch

Day 5 – The Big Reveal

Class SessionsAll Classes Are LIVE and will be recorded if you miss any of the times! 

ØTues, February  12    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

ØThurs., February 14   6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

ØTues. , February 19    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

ØThurs., February 21    6:00 pm – 730 pm

ØTues., February 26       6:00 pm- 7:30pm

Go ahead! Move forward and get yourself back on track! You deserve it!

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Two Questions

Happy New Year! I am personally and professionally on an “improvement quest.” I’m trying day-by-day to get just a little bit better. I cannot make the grand gesture, implement the great plan, or adhere to a massive life overhaul. I just can’t manage that and “regular life.” Perhaps you feel the same way. So, let me just ask you two questions:

  1.  Is your financial life better today than it was yesterday?

If the answer is yes, then question 2 is: What are you going to do today to make it better for tomorrow?

If the answer is no, then question 2: is What are you going to do today to make it better for tomorrow?

What? That’s the same question, you say. By gosh, you are right. Whether yesterday was perfect or a disaster, what matters is what you are going to do today to allow yourself to answer question 1 with a resounding YES tomorrow!

We only have today. We only really have this moment to make a choice that will benefit ourselves tomorrow. Let’s all get just a little bit better and make the choice in this moment that propels our future self forward toward are deepest goals and desires. Let’s make a sacrifice in this moment so that tomorrow we can be proud that we took a step forward instead of a step backward. Let’s put away the massive overhaul and focus on the baby steps. Baby steps repeated moment by moment by moment are so much more powerful than a huge leap that leaves us on our backside, exhausted, and overwhelmed. Be there; done that so many times.

Really, then, there is only 1 question: What are you going to do today to make your financial life better for tomorrow?

To your financial success (moment-by-moment)!

Tana

Atlanta Live

Chief Now Officer, Lori Beard-Daily will be sharing tips on how to  walk your walk in faith while Working on Your Now!  WOYN Video starts at 19:32

   https://www.facebook.com/watctvatlanta/videos/358134208070414/   

New Year – Now What?

Happy New Year! It’s 2019. Cheers! Here’s to the New Year and New Beginnings!

For some of us, we stayed up til midnight to see the New Year come in, and others stayed up to make sure that the old year went away! Each year we have the same amount of days. It’s 365 days no matter what year it is (unless of course it’s Leap Year). The only difference is what we decide to do with our days .

So, what resolutions did you make this year? Setting goals is a great way to gain clarity. However, while goals are good, it’s also important to have realistic expectations and acquire consistent habits that will help you to obtain your goal. If your goal is to make more money this year then you should start off by setting a specific and rational amount you want to achieve and work toward it. It doesn’t matter if your amount is $5,000 or $50,000. Be honest with yourself about what’s feasible and what consistent habits you will need to establish in order for your financial goals to come to fruition. Do you need to save more, work a second job or earn more money by getting a pay raise or applying for a different job that pays more? Basic questions like these are easy to ask yourself but sometimes more difficult to answer without a well thought out plan.

Remember, it’s a New Year! There is plenty of time to make mistakes and start anew! Don’t worry if things don’t go as planned right away. The key is to just set the goal. Be realistic and start the plan. 1)Remember, be honest with yourself and your expectations. 2) Work on starting out with one goal at a time. This will help keep you from getting too distracted or overwhelmed. 3) Track your progress (this will help you stay accountable). 4. Ask for help if you need it. Sometimes it just takes another voice to encourage you and keep you on track!

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019. It’s Your Year! Make it a great one!

Need To Unplug? Calm Your Chaos!

Get Unplugged!

Thursday, December 6, 2018
1:00pm – 2:00pm (EST)

Here’s What We’ll Cover:

Step 1

How to press your RESET BUTTON so that you can unplug whenever you need to.
When you do this, your mindset will change from a Can’t Do to a Can Do state of mind. You will finally begin to see how your priorities can shift in the direction that you need them to.

Step 2  

How to break the habit of making excuses for tolerating the things that are keeping you from having increased productivity.
Once you recognize how to do this, you will gain back the momentum you need to get things done quicker and more efficiently.

Step 3

How to take control back by getting rid of time wasters.

It’s amazing that we all have the same number of hours in the day, yet sometimes it feels like we need more.

Understand how to move away from the things that are keeping you stagnant and move toward achieving the results you desire within the time frame that you need!

1% Better

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out ~ Robert Collier

 

Indeed it is! As we consider our money, small efforts add up over time (and small drips do too!) Rather than consider a major rework of your spending or saving, try the 1% better approach.

  • Cut back your spending by 1% this month or
  • Increase your savings by 1% this month or
  • Increase your debt payments by 1% this month

Then keep doing that! Next month 1% more. Inch your way to success.

This is the season of benefits enrollment and updates for many companies. Take a look at your 401k or other retirement plan and increase the contribution by 1%. In 6 months, maybe you increase it by 1%.

Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still. ~ Chinese Proverb

Let’s not stand still with those money habits; let’s consistently grow slowly.

To your financial success (1% at a time)!

Tana

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are the personal views of Tana Gildea and are not to be construed as individual advice or the advice or opinions of Homrich Berg; They should not be considered recommendations as each person’s financial situation is unique to her; they may or may not apply to your situation. If you believe that something communicated may be relevant to your situation, Tana strongly encourages you to consult with your individual tax or financial advisor prior to taking action so that the totality of your unique situation is considered.










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A Spiritual Stress Reduction -Luncheon

Do certain people get on your nerves?

Wish you had more control over your reactions to difficult people and situations?

Ever wonder why you get churned up, in spite of your faith and regular spiritual practice?

In our final session of the Peaceful You Series, we will explore ways to apply spiritual practice into daily life and difficult experiences. Join us on September 26 for a lively discussion to explore tools to help you:

  • Stay strong when work gets stressful
  • Rise above the people and situations that get us down
  • Let go of the tensions we hold onto

Join Working on Your Now, featuring  Patty Farinola, of the Awareness Studio, who has been teaching her proven methodologies, helping hundreds of individuals succeed with co-workers, clients, friends, and family for more than 15 years  in areas such as:


**  leadership,
**  career management,
**  spirituality and life purpose,
**  personal empowerment, and
**  creating fulfilling and effective relationships at home and at work.

Read more

Financial Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do.” ~ Aristotle

 

I am obsessed (at the moment) with habits – understanding them, creating them, breaking them, and using them to fuel my success. The Power of Habit (Charles Duhigg), Mini-Habits (Stephen Guise), and The Compound Effect (Darren Hardy) all have provided the impetus for this fascination with the powerful psychology of habits. Brian Johnson (optimize.me) and his Habits 101 (and nearly every course he teaches) succinctly and powerfully present the background and the practical wisdom for helping you identify and refine your habits.

 

In the course of actively creating new habits, it occurred to me that all of our interactions with money are likely running on habit – some of those are propelling us toward our goals (auto-saving to our 401k) and some are getting in the way (eating lunch out every time I work in the office.) Today as you go about your day habitually doing the things you do, try to be in the moment when you pull out your wallet or credit card and identify if what you are doing is habitual or consciously-chosen.

 

“Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.” ~ Horace Mann

 

To take it a step further, try to identify all of your financial habits and then classify them as either moving you toward your goals and dreams or pulling you away from them. This one exercise will prove very enlightening. Knowledge is power and once you have the knowledge, it is within your power to take action to break a bad habit, build a better habit, or create a new habit. Duhigg has some great resources on his website and the book is filled with great info – check your library as I’ll bet they have a copy (I was able to download one to my Kindle).

 

The real power, though, is in following Guise’s Mini-Habits advice (or as Martha Beck would say, “taking turtle steps”). Stupid small behaviors are so ridiculously easy to do that you can’t fail. His example was his workout plan of one pushup a day. So easy – why wouldn’t he do it? Boom, 3 seconds, and he has a win! What could your “stupid small” financial habit be?

 

“It’s not the big things that add up in the end; it’s the hundreds, thousands, or millions of little things that separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.” 
~ Darren Hardy, The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success

 

Identify your habits; decide which you want to keep and which you want to ditch; replace a bad habit with an empowering habit; make it stupid small; make it a habit; win every day.

 

To your financial (habits that lead to) success!

Tana

 

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are the personal views of Tana Gildea and are not to be construed as individual advice or the advice or opinions of Homrich Berg; They should not be considered recommendations as each person’s financial situation is unique to her; they may or may not apply to your situation. If you believe that something communicated may be relevant to your situation, Tana strongly encourages you to consult with your individual tax or financial advisor prior to taking action so that the totality of your unique situation is considered.

What Gets Maximized?

I read one of Seth Godin’s blogs that asked that question. I thought it was a pretty good one. In our lives, what gets maximized? When we spend our time, what gets maximized? When we deal with our money, what gets maximized?

Decide right now, what do you want to maximize financially? Do you want to maximize your 401k savings? Your IRA savings? Your savings toward your kids’ education? Maybe it’s important to maximize your travel fund each year. Or is it maximizing your emergency fund or your debt repayment? Talk to your spouse and see if you are on the same page with what you want to maximize. If not, perhaps that is your first step; come together on what you want to be maximizing.

Next step is to track your time and track your money. See what you are currently maximizing in both areas. How does that match up against what you want?

Now is the time to take steps to fix things if you don’t like what you are maximizing right now. Today is the day!

To maximizing your financial success!

Tana

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are the personal views of Tana Gildea and are not to be construed as individual advice or the advice or opinions of Homrich Berg; They should not be considered recommendations as each person’s financial situation is unique to her; they may or may not apply to your situation. If you believe that something communicated may be relevant to your situation, Tana strongly encourages you to consult with your individual tax or financial advisor prior to taking action so that the totality of your unique situation is considered.