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Thursday, May 2, 2024

How Ovarian Cancer Flips Our Financial, Family, & Personal Lives Cancer of any kind casts a long shadow over the lives of patients and their loved ones by placing incredible stress on financial, personal, and logistical topics. Around...

Monday, March 25, 2024

Retirement planning is crucial, and in this video, we're focusing on empowering women with the knowledge they need for a secure financial future! Curious about securing your financial freedom in retirement?

Monday, March 11, 2024

Unlock the secrets to maximizing your Social Security benefits! In this video, we break down the essential strategies for planning a stress-free retirement. Whether you're nearing retirement age or just starting to think about it.

Friday, March 8, 2024

In 1920, women earned the right to vote. In 1974, single and divorcedwomen were finally able to get a credit card without needing a male cosigner. We’ve come a long way, and this year we are celebrating International...

Monday, February 26, 2024

Navigating your 30s comes with its own set of financial challenges, and this video provides the insights you need to avoid common money pitfalls! Explore the crucial questions surrounding finances in your 30s.

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Ready to secure your financial future? In this video, we unveil common retirement mistakes and how to steer clear of them. Whether you're approaching retirement or planning for the future, these insights are crucial.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Every single year, households across the United States grow silent from the phone call confirming a breast cancer diagnosis. Roughly 240,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women annually. That works out to about...

Monday, January 29, 2024

Explore the latest IRS updates for 2024. Uncover key changes, navigate new regulations, and stay ahead in the ever-evolving tax landscape.

Monday, December 11, 2023

Ready to Upgrade Your Career? Don't Chase Salaries, Chase Fulfillment! Our blog reveals the secret steps to choosing a career you'll LOVE. Say goodbye to job dissatisfaction and hello to a brighter, purpose-driven future.

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Women ranchers and United States history. Learn more about what women have contributed to our history.    The Critical Role of Women Ranchers in American History  Women have contributed significantly...

Monday, November 27, 2023

Unlock Your Earning Potential: Mastering the Art of Salary Negotiation - Gain expert insights and actionable tips on how to confidently negotiate your salary, whether you're a recent graduate or a seasoned professional.

Monday, November 13, 2023

Discover the Key to Empowering Your Child's Education: Uncover Proven Strategies and Insights from a Financial Coach's Perspective on Navigating the Complex Terrain of Discussing Your Contribution to Your Child's Education.

Monday, November 6, 2023

During my decades as a female financial advisor working with female clients, I have seen the battles waged by women for female monetary independence. As such, I am an advocate for women and I like to write about women’s...

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Seeking to craft unforgettable moments without straining your finances? Discover a couple Memorable Dates on a Budget that's bound to captivate you. Regardless of whether you're embarking on a new journey of love or rekindling the sparks.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

On the hunt for clever methods to foster family togetherness over the weekend? Explore these alternatives the next time your family seeks an adventure.

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Somewhere in the many lined libraries and historical museums of the world, the significant contributions of women in America's rise to power have been overlooked. When we think of big events throughout our nation’s founding, we...

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Implement this strategy if you're beginning to lose hope in your retirement savings journey. Sometimes, it's necessary to reassess our methods. Here are a few factors to contemplate when you're feeling stagnant.

Thursday, August 31, 2023

Planning your next big adventure? Don't let unexpected costs catch you off guard and ruin your travel budget! Check out these often overlooked expenses that could seriously dent your finances if you're not prepared.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Let’s Talk About Women and Common Law Marriage and Coexisting Relationships   During my decades as a female financial advisor working with female clients, I’ve had many female clients who were unsure about Common Law...

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

The Unraveling Threads of Gray Divorce and the Loom of Financial Security for Women   I am thankful to have been married for many decades to my wonderful husband. Throughout the years, we have grown older together and learned much...

Monday, June 26, 2023

As a Financial Planner for Women in Landscape Architecture, I have empathy and understand how your business works because I have been working in a male-dominated for several decades. The Real Value of Working with a Female...

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Earning extra income as a stay-at-home parentAs a stay-at-home parent, you may be debating having a side hustle to bring in additional income. Maybe your kids are a little older and you are finding you have some extra time or maybe you...

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Take charge of your financial destiny, Discover practical tips and clever techniques to stretch your hard-earned dollars further than ever before.

Friday, May 26, 2023

The Power of Diversity: Why Women Belong in Science (STEM) During my decades as a female financial advisor working with female clients I have had my share of working in a male-dominated industry. This is why I am a supporter of...

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Unlock Financial Security: Explore the Power of Estate Planning! Learn how to safeguard assets, protect loved ones, and leave a lasting legacy. Discover key strategies, minimize disputes, and optimize tax efficiency.

Thursday, May 4, 2023

As a new parent, I've learned a great deal about the financial considerations that come with starting a family while you also work. Today, I want to share some tips with you to help make the process a little bit easier.Maternity...

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Are you a new parent juggling the demands of parenthood and a full-time job? Building a strong support system can help you manage challenges, reduce stress, and achieve your goals. Let's go over practical tips on how to build a strong...

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Here we have another look at an industry where women have gained traction: Pharmaceuticals! Women pharmacists proliferate these days, and it’s a good thing. During my decades as a female financial advisor working with female...

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Are you or someone you know expecting a new addition to the family? Well, congratulations! Bringing a new baby into the world is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming, especially when it comes to thinking about future...

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Female chefs have risen in the professional kitchen to a status gaining tracking with their male counterparts. Who are the women in professional kitchens over the years?

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Women Attorneys: Breaking Down Barriers and Fighting for Gender Equality As a Female Financial Advisor for several decades, I have been an advocate for women all these years, being a professional myself. I have seen wonderful...

Sunday, February 26, 2023

I have long admired women who have blazed a trail into politics. It has been a long time coming, but our time is here! During my decades as a female financial advisor working with female clients, I have enjoyed watching women rise in...

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Being a strong supporter of women and their financial goals my entire life, I became a Financial Planner to make a difference in womens’ lives. In this regard I also became a leader, so I see the obstacles women face daily and I...

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Women’s Rivalry and Competition - learn how women can support each other and bust through the glass ceiling.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Being a female in a male-dominated industry is never easy. Take it from me as a female financial advisor for the last few decades.  It doesn’t matter if it is nuclear research or plumbing. The stigma of women-led careers is...

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Deciding whether to join your bank account with your significant other is a huge decision and you should consider the pros and cons of either option. 

Thursday, December 8, 2022

If you're a woman looking to get into the trucking industry, there are plenty of reasons to do so. While it's true that women make up only a small percentage of the driver population in America, they are making considerable strides in...

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

When companies start downsizing their products, but the price remains the same or more expensive this is known as shrinkflation. This typically happens during times of inflation. Let’s get into a few tips for how you can

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Common issues that arise when you're in the process of buying a house.

Friday, November 11, 2022

If you’ve read my bio, you will notice that I have been a female Financial Planner for several decades, when the industry was dominated by men. Life was different then. Many women were stay-at-home moms and men earned the...

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

When you are trying to save money for your next major goal or goals it can be difficult to socialize with your friends and loved ones in the same way. They and you may be accustomed to a lifestyle...

Thursday, October 27, 2022

 Tech, have you taken time off to have children or address other personal matters? Now you're ready to rejoin the workforce. But how do you go about it? As a women business owner for decades, I can tell you going back to the...

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Women business owners and entrepreneurs struggle with securing financing, loans, and grants - Female Entrepreneurs, Recently I’ve been thinking back on how long I’ve been a Financial Advisor for Women and the time I’ve been advising women

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Everybody knows that the sooner you take control of your finances the more likely you are to become financially free, so why not teach sound money habits to your kids at an early age? Good habits are more likely to stick around if done...

Sunday, September 25, 2022

As a Financial Advisor for Women for decades now, I have encouraged women to earn their own source of income in order to be independent, not just from their husbands, but independent of the society we live in. This is where you can...

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Social Security and women:  I meet women almost daily who have questions and concerns about Social Security, and I am more than pleased to demonstrate The Real Value of Working With a Female Financial Advisor. Women often make...

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

When you think about your future, what financial goals do you have in mind? Is one of them feeling more financially stable? The meaning of financial stability will vary from person to person. For some, they may be looking to live a...

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Reach your financial goals faster, don’t make these financial mistakes in your twenties. Managing your money correctly early in life can be a difficult task. This is when most people start developing money habits, so...

Saturday, July 23, 2022

One of the biggest concerns I have as a Financial Advisor for Women is that my clients and their significant others remain healthy and active for as long as possible.  Independence is very important as we grow older and it’s...

Friday, June 24, 2022

I hear a lot from my women clients about their fear of becoming a Bag Lady, so I thought I would talk a little about how women can  overcome our money fears through Financial Coaching, make a plan to manage our wealth so that we...

Thursday, June 2, 2022

As a several-decade veteran of financial planning and wealth management for women, I can tell you that divorce is devastating for the female population. Thank goodness this has never happened to me, but I do hold the CDFA®...

Friday, April 29, 2022

Women Trailblazers: 6 Ways to Be an Independent Woman: When I chose the topic of women’s independence for this article, I was amazed during my research...

Friday, April 15, 2022

Let’s see more Female leadership through fighting sexism and gender bias, improving self-promotion, fighting the ‘ol boy’s club, getting support, and being role models for women.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Women in Leadership - The Characteristics of Female Leaders As a member of Soroptimist and Impact 100, I witness many female leaders doing great things. Women giving back to society has its benefits including making the world a...

Friday, March 18, 2022

How Domestic Violence Against Women During Covid has Changed  While Covid is on the decrease around the country and we are seeing fewer cases, there has been a phenomenon working behind the scenes that has come to light. ...

Friday, February 4, 2022

No one is more aware of the Gender Pay Gap than I am, being a female business owner in a male-dominated industry for decades now. I am well aware of what women bring to the table in terms of income and work in the home. Think about it:...

Thursday, January 20, 2022

At some point, you looked into the loving eyes of your partner and said those two simple words that bound you together. That sweet moment promised endless summers walking hand in hand and cold winter nights curled up together watching...

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Why is this article focused on women? It’s simple. My target market is women, and they tend to do better with investing and financial management than men. Female investors earn better returns than men and lose less on...

Saturday, December 18, 2021

As a woman, how do you define success? Is it through your career, through your marriage, through your children? Or is it rebuilding your life after losing a spouse or going through a divorce? What are the benchmarks that communicate to...

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Throughout my career, I have had many women clients who have experienced widowhood. While loss of a spouse is part of life, losing your significant other can be one of the most painful episodes women will ever experience in their lives...

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

As we finally crest the hill of younger days into later adult life, we are faced with unique changes. Many of our friends are entering their retirement years, filling their days with grandchildren, and finishing out careers that have...

Friday, October 29, 2021

Did you know an estimated 66% of caregivers are female? The average caregiver in the United States is a woman around 49-52 years of age who works outside the home and provides 20 hours per week of unpaid care to older family members...

Friday, September 17, 2021

3 smart strategies to pay for college: Live off campus, live at home, and enroll in junior college Paying for a university education these days can deplete the saving account faster than several decades ago. It can be a real burden for...

Friday, August 6, 2021

Working with our Financial Coaching Clients, we know how concerned they are about finding ways for themselves or their children to get a good education without going into debt. That’s why we created this series about Education...

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Who wants to graduate from college with a huge amount of debt? Who wants to be stuck with a 10-20 year loan repayment schedule that could affect your ability to buy a house or a car? Why have debt if it can be avoided? Through coaching...

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

College costs have skyrocketed in the last few decades, making it difficult for many students to go on to college after high school and earn a degree that will help them secure a better financial future. Through our Financial Coaching...

Friday, July 9, 2021

What is a Fiduciary? I don’t know about you I am very excited about getting back to normal. I got my Vaccine and my first Pfizer shoot I was so relieved I felt like a ton of bricks had been lifted off my shoulders. Then two...

Saturday, May 8, 2021

In other words, an emergency account or savings account is money for the “Just in case” situations we all run into at one time or another. We often cover this topic in Financial Coaching with our clients. Income not spent...

Sunday, April 11, 2021

What effect can debt have on your future: What is a debt example? Debt is defined as owing money, owed money that is past due or the feeling as if you owe someone something. An example of debt is what you owe on your mortgage and car...

Sunday, February 28, 2021

7 Steps in the Budgeting Process: Where did your money go and how do you plug the holes? Do you buy whatever you want whenever you want it? Is your checking account drained to zero by the end of the month? Have you ever had a budget?...

Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Differences between a Financial Coach, Investment Advisor, and Certified Financial Planner Are you looking for a financial coach? Not sure if you really need a financial advisor rather than a coach? What about your investments?...

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Money Mindset: What are your fears about money? What were you taught as a child about Money? Were you raised in a house that believes money is bad? What are your fears about money? Growing up I remember that my family had ideas that...

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Proceeds from sale of property, business, or equipment Are you thinking of selling property? Want to sell your business? Thinking about equipment to buy or sell? Selling a property, business or equipment requires planning and thinking....

Saturday, November 21, 2020

(ESOs) Employee stock options explained: understanding stock options and employee benefits Imagine that you worked for Google, Apple, or Yahoo back in the day when nobody realized how successful and powerful these companies would...

Saturday, November 7, 2020

What to do with the money from a Legal Settlement and is it taxable? You just received word that you are the recipient of a legal settlement Your attorney is happy to notify you that you have a legal settlement check waiting for you...

Sunday, October 11, 2020

The word gift was first used in the 12th century (1101-1200) with words like She, Heron, countess, crown, birth etc. What is a gift? It is something given without compensation. (Merriam Websters dictionary) Instant wealth with a gift...

Friday, September 18, 2020

An inheritance is considered an instant wealth event because it usually happens through the disposition of a will and it may happen after the passing of a loved one. The emotions of inheriting Inheritance has many phases of emotions:...

Friday, September 4, 2020

Should you take a Pension Lump Sum or an Annuity Lifetime Retirement Benefit? What is a Pension? A pension is a financial benefit that helps you create income when you retire. It is company funded only. Every year the company...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The year 2020 has become a year that will have one of the largest impacts on our lives and lifestyle, with unprecedented events in history. Covid-19 has changed our lives forever and will continue to force us to make additional...

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Lillian Meyers, CFP, Meyers Financial Services Sonoma California - Our Asset Custodian TD Ameritrade to be acquired by Charles Schwab We have some exciting news! As you may have recently heard, Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade have...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Divorce Settlement - Key Considerations and Next Steps Divorce can be one of the most emotional events a person will ever go through, yet there is much to know about how to negotiate before divorce, or how to go forward with your life...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Instant wealth Insurance settlement When you receive money from an insurance settlement it is not a happy or joyous occasion. It is money that you have recovered because of a loss. Moving forward with your life may not be so simple....

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Welcome to my series on Wealth Events and Instant Wealth. I’ll be taking you through a series of blog posts about the types of wealth events and what you can do when they occur. Winning the Lottery Wow! You won the Lottery! You...

Monday, July 8, 2019

Thank you for visiting my final blog post about Retirement! As you may have noticed, I have written four blog posts about retirement to help you think through one of the most important decisions in your life’s journey. A dream...

Sunday, June 9, 2019

• You receive a phone call that your Great Aunt Edna has passed and that she was childless and has left you her entire retirement portfolio. What do you do?• You just left a meeting with your divorce attorney and with a check...

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Looking at expenses As you go through this process it is work but it can be exciting and so much fun. Working with a CFP Professional to attain an opinion of your portfolio can be helpful full of new information and food for thought....

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Where Can I get help when deciding upon a financial advisor at retirement? Google, of course, has information available that is massive and is like” finding a needle in a haystack.” But you may be asking yourself,...

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Making the decision to retire is sometimes a planned event and other times, it just happens to us without planning. This post is about setting in motion planning for retirement and the questions we may have when that happens. Is this...

Thursday, March 21, 2019

When thinking about retiring, who are the key people involved? Is it only me? Or should others’ be consulted? Who is involved? The answer is: The whole family Is this the conversation you are having with yourself? I am thinking...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

You have just received a windfall, and you do not know what to do. Or maybe you have a list of things you want to do and are ready to spend that money starting tomorrow. Hold on, not quite yet. First, let’s define instant wealth....

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Like when you take a trip or buy a car, you need a plan. Starting a business is no different. Making important key financial decisions, looking at the legal and tax aspects of what you want to do, and managing your next steps are...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Your lifestyle today will determine your retirement style tomorrow. Your current spending habits are crucial to your long-term success and to whether or not you reach your goals. Is the life (style) you are living right now aligned...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Money is tied to your dreams and goals. But how to make it all work out in the end? Well, once you have your goals, you make a plan. The plan is all about small steps and incremental, achievable goals. Your dream, for example, could be...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

In 1967, my husband and I were at a crossroad. We were considering many options, even a move from the US to Australia. Jerry brought home pamphlets all about the country and what they were offering. Australia is not only beautiful, but...

Friday, August 19, 2016

Let me start off by saying, we all know that one of the most important parts of being a parent is making sure that your child is well provided for. A large part of providing for your child is making sure that they get a good education....

Friday, July 29, 2016

Imagine this scenario. You get an email that appears to be from your bank. You open it and read a message riddled with misspelled words that direct you to “click the link below.” You click on the link, and are taken to a...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

By now, you’ve probably heard a lot about Brexit. It might seem like a strictly British affair, but it actually has profound economic implications for us here in North America. As a financial advisor, it’s my responsibility...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

During the summer of 1893, a teacher named Katherine Lee Bates encountered a sight she would never forget. As she told it: “One day some of the other teachers and I decided to go on a trip to 14,000-foot Pikes Peak. We hired a...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Financial security in retirement doesn’t just happen. … It takes planning, commitment, and yes, money. 1. Start Saving, Keep Saving, and Stick to Your Goals If you are already saving, whether for retirement or another goal...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

During this Memorial Day holiday, may we remember all those who have died in defense of the freedoms that we enjoy every day. The following story took place in the fall of 2000, and I thought I’d share it with you in honor of...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

In the past, I’ve occasionally sent letters on ways to protect your finances from crooks and criminals. Many people have told me how much they appreciate these letters, so I thought it might be a good idea to delve even deeper...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In professional sports it’s becoming more and more common for athletes to broker trades to teams that are located in tax advantaged states. For example Tony Romo’s contract with the Dallas Cowboys makes him the fifth...

Thursday, January 21, 2016

This turned out to be a pretty decent year for me and, I hope, for you also, and I wanted to share this story that was related to me by an acquaintance. This was what he said: One December night a man came home late to find a small...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I was thinking about goals and New Year’s resolutions when I came upon the story of John Goddard—an adventurer, lecturer, and perhaps “the world’s greatest goal achiever.” If you’ve ever read the...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Time for Thanks It seems that every year the holiday season starts earlier and earlier, leaving us with little time to really enjoy Thanksgiving and reflect on what we’re grateful for. So here’s my list! My Family Freedom...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

As the days get shorter and the nights longer, most people start turning their attention to upcoming holiday plans and Christmas shopping. But there’s something else on the rise during this time of year: charitable giving....

Monday, September 21, 2015

Tomorrow is Never Promised You work hard for what you have and don't you want to make sure your family will be ok if something happened to you? We insure our homes, our cars, even our big screen televisions, but what about the people...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Happy Labor Day! As you know, the history of Labor Day is filled with the stories and sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of laborers throughout our country’s history. I always considered the holiday to be a chance to reflect on...

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year… inspiring. Hope you are enjoying the longer days. Recently, I read a beautiful story about a cab driver who, displaying just a little patience, ended up having one of the most...