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Here are this week’s articles as well as a brief description of each:
1. You’re Probably Not Ready to Retire – Psychologically. Most of us look forward to retirement. However, sometimes when we get there, we find out that the life changes that come with retirement are not as easy to accept as we expect. Many retirees suffer from boredom, anxiety, restlessness, and/or feelings of uselessness. In all, preparing for and becoming comfortable with retirement can be a six-to-eight-year journey requiring flexibility and resilience. In total, retirement’s storyline becomes less about winding things up and more about transforming yourself. It’s also not unusual to see someone who is essentially forced to retire pass away shortly after his or her career ends. Legendary college football coaches such as Bear Bryant and Joe Paterno are two examples that come readily to mind.
2. 4 Easy Scripts for Making Real Connections at Networking Events. Sometimes when you go to a networking event you spend most of your time swapping business cards. However, that approach is unlikely to result in meaningful connections. Having the right mindset can help. This article shares some things you might want to remember before approaching people at networking events. For example, we often ask, “What do you do?” It might be more effective to say, “What big projects are you working on right now?” This type of question helps focus the discussion on something that can spark a deeper connection.
3. What I Learned From Doing a Financial Plan. Have you ever wondered what a financial plan can tell you or help you decide? How much have you thought about your long-term goals? While financial plans are not written in stone, they do reflect our thoughts about our future lives as of today. How you invest should also be tied into your financial plan. You want to have an idea about what you’re going to do if the market jumps higher or tumbles in a given month. You also want to understand where you’re going or how today’s savings will better prepare you for the future. If you would like to create a plan but aren’t ready to work with an advisor, there are several free options available. If you want to speak to an advisor about creating a plan, you can contact me here.
4. Why Some Doctors Are Prescribing a Day in the Park or a Walk on the Beach for Good Health. Many of us have heard that spending time outside in natural environments can be good for our health. Is this just a general impression or something that is supported by research? Studies have shown patients exposed to daylight experienced less pain and stress and also used pain medications less frequently than did those without exposure to natural light. Walking in natural environments may be more beneficial than walking indoors or in urban environments as well. With the weather outside being warmer, consider making a commitment to spending more time in nature.
5. What Expenses Can Be Paid From a 529 Plan? When it comes to saving for college, there are several options. Once your child has selected a college and enrolled, you must pay for it. If you have saved money in a 529 plan, there are rules about what expenses can be paid tax-free from a 529 plan. There are also certain expenses that your 529 plan funds can’t be used for. If you are unsure about which expenses are qualified and which are not, this article offers some guidance.
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