When You Tell Me Not to Be Scared

scaredThis isn’t about economics. This isn’t about politics. This is me letting you know what it feels like when you tell me not to be scared.

Last night, much of the world got a lesson in stock market futures. Now that I’ve had this personal finance thing under my belt for a while, I actually knew what that meant. Well, at least sort of. Maybe. The market was nervous. Investors were nervous. I was nervous.

I still am. Continue reading “When You Tell Me Not to Be Scared”

When You Tell Me Not to Be Scared

Life Insurance & the Legacy I Don’t Want

life insurance and legaciesThere are many things I like to think my husband will remember me for. My willingness to edit his grad school papers, only occasionally teasing him about his grammar. My attempt to always have dinner made before he gets home, even if it means accidentally baking a magnetic bag clip that one time I was in a big hurry. My eagerness to go fishing with him, reminding him only every hour minute second how boring fishing actually is.

And money. While I don’t have it all figured out, of the two of us, I definitely have a better handle on our finances. Or at least I thought I did until this year’s open enrollment at my work. Imagine my surprise when I actually took the time examine my current life insurance coverage and discovered that what I would be leaving behind was actually a money mess. Continue reading “Life Insurance & the Legacy I Don’t Want”

Life Insurance & the Legacy I Don’t Want

Un-Learning Perfect: A Quest for Courage

PerfectGiven the choice between perfection and courage, choose courage. Perfection is easy because there is often a measure of safety involved. There’s no great unknown, no proverbial leap. No net needed. As someone who has strived for perfection for nearly three decades, I haven’t only mastered the art of playing it safe, I’ve relied upon it as a default setting.

Of course, there have been brief experiments. I’ve dabbled with the unknown. But every time I push off the wall out into the uncharted waters, I find myself clawing my way back, desperate for the familiar. The terror has little to do with the new experience and everything to do with the unrecognizable. I can tame what I understand. Continue reading “Un-Learning Perfect: A Quest for Courage”

Un-Learning Perfect: A Quest for Courage