The wrong professional

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” – Sydney J Harris Thanks for all of your notes, feedback and phone calls about last week’s post re: Haiti. That crisis seems to have affected the world in an unusual way–and it’s difficult to wade … Read More

R MendenThe wrong professional

Haitian blues

He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses his courage loses all. – Miguel De Cervantes I’ve been deeply affected by what happened in Haiti last week. It’s shocking, painful and the worst part of it all is how uncertain that nation’s future will remain to be for some time. How … Read More

R MendenHaitian blues

Don’t go it alone

“There are generations yet unborn, whose very lives will be shifted and shaped by the moves you make and the actions you take.” – Andy Andrews How did the first week of the decade go for you? How are you feeling … financially? As I wrote last week, the start of the year is pretty important, in my opinion. And … Read More

R MendenDon’t go it alone

Start the decade right

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. – Henry David Thoreau Well, now the holidays are truly behind us, and this is the week where reality sets in for everybody. No more family (which might be a relief?), no more parties, no more presents. Just…daily life. And, in my opinion, this week is actually crucial to how … Read More

R MendenStart the decade right

Last week to lower your tax bill?

“If it’s never our fault, we can’t take responsibility for it. If we can’t take responsibility for it, we’ll always be its victim.” – Richard Bach I trust you’re recovering from all the holiday sweets and family fun? My body might need a few weeks, probably! Last week, I wrote a plea to make sure that you don’t let the … Read More

R MendenLast week to lower your tax bill?

Are you ready for 2010?

“If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don’t do it, and it won’t happen.” – Desiderius Erasmus 2009 is drawing to a close…. Have you done everything you can to protect yourself in 2009 from the IRS tax hounds? I’m not sure if you know this, but the federal government … Read More

R MendenAre you ready for 2010?

Cough drops, sunscreen and bandages

“The beginning is always today.” – Mary Wollstonecraf With less than two weeks to go in the holiday season we can sometimes neglect the fact that it’s also less than three weeks left for the calendar year. And that means that you’ve got a bunch of decisions to make these next few weeks which can directly affect your tax bill … Read More

R MendenCough drops, sunscreen and bandages

The best presents for the season (not what you think)

“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” – Bob Hope Well, my family is deep into the holiday season. No matter your religious persuasion, it’s pretty difficult to avoid the non-stop merchant clamor to “buy stuff” in order to properly celebrate what started as a spiritual season. And yes, I’m a … Read More

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Thanksgiving recovery begins now

“I was thinking one day and I realized that if I just had somebody behind me all the way to motivate me I could make a big difference. Nobody came along like that so I just became that person for myself.” – Unknown Apparently, I ruffled some feathers last week with my blog title: “Thanks for nothing”. Well, in a … Read More

R MendenThanksgiving recovery begins now

Thanks for nothing

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer Alright, I don’t really mean that. And it’s not some gimmick to get you to read this blog post. No, as your family’s Personal Financial Guide, I’ve got some words to say about your peace-of-mind–and what leads to TRUE wealth. THIS week–this happy … Read More

R MendenThanks for nothing