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 The 6 Financial Habits Of Mentally Strong People for Year-End Planning 

As the seasons start to change and the holiday season approaches, it’s the perfect time for a financial check-up. Let’s reflect on how much we’ve accomplished this year and set the stage for financial success in the upcoming year with some year-end planning. If you haven’t scheduled a meeting with your advisors yet, now is the time to get your financial planning done. In fact, for our clients, this is one of the busiest and most important planning periods of the year.

Many of us set ambitious financial goals, but how often do we follow through with them? It’s time to take a page from the mentally strong and map out some to-dos to achieve our financial objectives as we head into the end of the year. Remember how important reaching financial independence is?

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Pregnancy Symptoms Days Before Labor

Many moms-to-be eagerly anticipate the onset of labor not because they look forward to the requisite discomfort and work that the process entails, but instead because they can’t wait to cast their eyes on their new bundle of joy. As women approach their promised due date, they commonly become eager for any signs of the commencement of labor. While no sign is as clear an indication of the start of labor as the development of contractions, certain signs indicate that labor and, by connection, birth, are but a few days away.

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If You Want to Be Happy, No One Can Stop You

(This essay is adapted from the June 16, 2004 Briar Woods High School Commencement speech delivered at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.) Thank you for sharing this awesome, auspicious day with me. A few years ago, a close friend from high school, who had known me since I was 12 years old, offered an observation about my life that got my attention. My friend told me: “You’ve had so many bad things happen …