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Mark Rogers was the embodiment of joy and passion. He lived life to the fullest. He was my best friend. There wasn't a day that went by we didn't talk to or see each other. We did almost everything together: school, church, family, vacation...even Christmas. I miss him every day.

But Mark's death isn't the end of my story. I may carry with me a deep grief, some days more so than others, but I also find true joy every day. Life is a precious gift and worth experiencing to the fullest. That is the legacy I choose. I will feel the grief, but I will constantly choose joy. The intent behind this blog is to talk about grief and sadness, while finding joy, hope, and love. I want to feel, without being defeated. And I want to honor my friend, so here we go!


Thursday, February 1, 2024

Our attachment to an identity can get in the way of growing into the next phase. Have you ever had a real conversation about this before? I specialize in conversations about major life transitions. Then we build our finances around it.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

I hate budgeting! Instead, I found a simple, low-maintenance method that helps me stay out of my own way.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Social Security Tips for widows in their 60s who are no longer working

Thursday, May 25, 2023

My friend Daniel Kopp lists 10 questions to ask when hiring a financial advisor. Here are Simply Human Advisor's brief answers to his questions...

Monday, May 8, 2023

In Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl points out that “in some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning...

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Friday, April 7, 2023

This weekend is full of hope and joy. However, Good Friday is also a day to remember that even Jesus's followers were grieving a loss today.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

No matter your stage or circumstance in life, the concepts in the book, Essentialism by Greg McKeown, are timeless and relevant to all of us. As McKeown says, "if you don't prioritize your life, someone else will.”

Friday, February 17, 2023

Consider this a PSA for all of my widow friends out there. Abel Keogh literally wrote the book on Dating a Widower. In one of his blog posts, he warns widows that "Widowers are men. That means they act and behave like men. And men...

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Slowing down, being present, eliminating hurry, and...starting a business? It all adds up to the best decision of my life.

Sunday, January 1, 2023

I am writing with a purpose: so that my clients, future clients, and maybe just a few curious readers can know me a little better.

Monday, December 19, 2022

Grief from loss isn't the end of the story. Where we go from here is what matters now.