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The Truth Fairy

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, there lived a magical creature known as the Retirement Fairy. This benevolent being was said to wave its wand and miraculously transform meagre savings into bountiful nest eggs, rescuing procrastinators and under-savers from financial distress in their golden years. It’s a comforting tale, isn’t it? Unfortunately, like most fairy tales, it’s just that – a story. Yet, surprisingly, many adults seem to believe in this […]

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Pause before you pay (part I)

THE ART OF MINDFUL SPENDING: HOW TO COMBAT IMPULSE BUYING In the rush of daily life, the urge to make spontaneous purchases can be compelling. Yet, giving in to this impulse often leads to clutter, not just in our homes but in our financial lives as well.  Warren Buffett wisely advised, “If you buy things you do not need, soon you will have to sell things you need.” This caution speaks volumes about the value of […]

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The Monte Carlo Fallacy

Also known as the gambler’s fallacy, the Monte Carlo fallacy is the mistaken belief that past events can influence future outcomes in situations where the events are actually independent. This fallacy, or cognitive bias, originates from the world of gambling, where players may erroneously believe that a streak of losses makes a win more likely or vice versa. In reality, each spin of the roulette wheel or roll of the dice is an independent event, unaffected […]

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It ain’t gonna be easy

The road toward financial independence and a meaningful life is seldom straight or smooth. It’s a path fraught with challenges, requiring not just financial acumen but also a steadfast commitment to your long-term goals. The words, “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it,” resonate deeply in this context, offering both a sobering reminder and a hopeful promise. It ain’t gonna be easy. Embarking on this […]

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Being kind to the inner critic

Sometimes, we can be hardest on ourselves (and others) when working with money! This could be because we’ve been taught to think that our success is largely determined and defined by numbers, investment strategies, and external factors that impact our financial well-being. However, true financial success is most often rooted in our internal world—our thoughts, beliefs, and the narratives we tell ourselves. So – it’s a much bigger picture. As we begin to explore this bigger […]

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Retirement needs to be revisited

70 is the new 60! We live in an era where longevity is increasing, and living costs are surging; the traditional concept of retiring at 65 is undergoing a significant transformation. It’s becoming evident that the golden years of retirement, once anticipated as a time of leisure following a fixed endpoint in one’s career, no longer aligns with the financial and personal realities many face today. Traditionally, retirement has been sold as the ultimate reward after […]

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The essential interplay of love and money

Love and money—two forces that drive our lives in profoundly different ways. While one fills our hearts, the other fuels our ambitions. But what happens when these worlds collide? Integrating love into our financial decisions doesn’t just add a layer of complexity; it transforms money management into a shared journey of goals, dreams, and sometimes, necessary compromises. This integration can bring about a sense of joy and fulfilment, inspiring us to make more meaningful financial choices. […]

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Fostering healthier relationships through intentional conversations

“How will they react?” “Will this ruin our relationship?” We all have thoughts like this when we are faced with the inevitability of a tough conversation. The scary uncertainty can make us shy away from addressing issues that need airing, leading to unresolved tensions and misunderstandings. Taking the next step is an art form that calls for courage, compassion, and clarity. Avoiding difficult discussions is a common human tendency, yet it can lead to even more […]

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One step at a time: The importance of direction in personal growth

We’ve all heard the saying, “One step at a time.” It’s a simple yet powerful reminder that progress, no matter how small, is still progress. However, there’s an important caveat to this wisdom: those steps need to be in the right direction. Imagine walking through a dense forest, trying to reach a specific destination. Each step forward feels like an accomplishment, a sign that you’re getting closer to your goal. But what if you’re heading in […]

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The No-Complaints Diet: Awareness and Acceptance

In a world filled with challenges and imperfections, it’s easy to fall into the trap of complaining. We complain about our jobs, our relationships, our finances, and countless other aspects of our lives. While it’s natural to express dissatisfaction, the habit of complaining can have a profound negative impact on our well-being and success. That’s why the “no-complaints diet” is a powerful concept worth embracing. This isn’t about toxic positivity or denying the existence of problems. […]

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