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November 23, 2015 — 1,140 Comments

It’s been a while since I updated this blog as I complete my MBA. I would love to hear from you this Thanksgiving week about how YOU celebrate big goals (see below).

FinishLinesTo my frequent readers, my apologies that I prioritized client meetings and graduate school work (the whole MBA journey) ahead of updating this blog.

To my financial coaching and career coaching clients in this past 18 months, WOW! You are amazing and willing to do what it takes to put your households ahead of “average” here in the States. It has been my honor and privilege to walk alongside you as you hone and launch your income and outgo progress.

I absolutely adored getting my Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from Tarleton State University. There were so many fine people who contributed to the richness of my MBA experience. You will hear more about that in the days to come here on this blog. Today’s post is about crossing a finish line. Accomplishing a milestone.

How am I celebrating this MBA milestone you ask?

I am celebrating in a variety of ways, all paid for in cash of course. One of the more frivolous ways I am celebrating is by watching the James Bond movies from 1962 forward to the latest, Spectre, in order to make my own decision about who played the best Bond. I have used WorldCat (an MBA treasure) to find most all of the DVDs at one or more local DFW library. The remaining two movies that exceed a “regular” commute, I will rent thru an online video streaming service.

Celebration Budget for this MBA Completion will be as follows:

Fuel for the vehicle to go pick up reserved movies*                $5.00
Rental fees with applicable taxes for online video streaming   $6.50
Use of already paid for home internet                                    Free
Cleaning out graduate school files as I watch the movies        Free
Gourmet popcorn for the home Bond Marathon                     $5.00

Being able to debate “Who plays the best Bond? Connery vs. Lazenby vs. Moore vs. Dalton vs. Brosnan vs. Craig” with my friends who love movies even more than I? Priceless

Grand total: Less than a $20 bill. The remaining money will be spent watching Spectre at a local bargain movie theater during a matinee showing.

So, lots of fun and interaction with friends planned for a minimum of cash outlay (spending). How are YOU celebrating the milestones in your life?

I know you have great ideas. Email your best ideas to or give a shout out on our Facebook page or Twitter feed and I will send you my 10 favorite “Milestone Celebration” ideas in a free report as we set of for financial success in the 2016 calendar year.


*The library lending limits will allow me to do one “pick up” round and one “drop off” round as I loop DFW and other North Texas counties between appointments.


January 2, 2013 — 4,817 Comments

TakingControlIs 2013 the year that you take control?

I look back at 2012 and am happy with several projects, goals and accomplishments.

I also look back and see failures. I know that I learn from failure, but that doesn’t make the emotion any easier to swallow. Pride is a bitter pill – worse than swallowing unbuffered aspirin dry (no glass of water).

One of the failures I see is that I did not keep this blog updated like I wanted. From this failure, I can see that I prioritized helping people above keeping the blog updated. This is acceptable to me.

From this failure, I can also see that I allowed too many people access to my calendar which then made it messy for me to try to live. This is not acceptable to me. I am responsible for my calendar. I must do better at being available to those who are ready to do the hard work and limit my availability to those who merely talk pretty (aka those not ready to do the work).

I have plans in place for 2013. I am excited to get after my resolutions/goals/whatever-you-want-to-call-them. I will endure the discipline and process to get to the results that I want.

Are you ready?

(I hope so!)


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