Off to the sessions, at The Life @ 50+ Convention ( This series actually begins with a Prelude ), I went.
The Tips from the Money Coach session was full of advice about such things as...
1. Pay yourself first w/a savings account.
2. Include a Savings Category in your Budget.
3. Include something in your Budget that you like.
4. Don't spend more than you earn.
5. Evaluate the people, places, & products, in your life.
6. Adjust your w-4 to tweak it so fewer taxes are taken out of your paycheck.
7. Try to have an Emergency Fund with a 3 month cushion.
8. Try to have a Rainy Day Fund of $500 - $1500.
9. See if your Credit Card Co. will lower the intereat rate, & ask for a payment date change if it would help you out.
10. Try to pay 2 - 3 times the monthly minimum on your Credit Cards.
The Turning Your Passion into a career on You Tube session talked about earning $$ thru partnering with You Tube.
I have a You Tube Channel, though it's been a while since I last posted anything, and I still have a lot to learn.
What do ya think? do the Cats, & I, have any potential? I have some ideas, and plan to get back in action, soon, I hope. ;-D
The Repacking Your Bags...Reimagining Life, & Work, session was fun, and interesting (Well, for most of us in attendance, anyway, hee, hee!), and one of my 2 favorite sessions.
Counselor, & author, Richard Leider has written a handful of bestselling books, alone, and with co-author David A . Shapiro, and has been interviewed lots of times (Extended interview by Fast Company, about his "laws" for making decisions on purpose, in 1998.)
4 of his books were interesting enough for me to buy them dirt cheap online, including the one for which this talk was named...Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life.
The idea of the session was to "encourage people to ake a long, hard, look at the baggage we are carrying, & why, then pack, & repack accordingly. Explore what makes you happy, & how to best prepare for the journey ahead."
He talked about money, health, and meaning.
He described "Meaning" as being our " reason to get up in the morning", & how we have the freedom to choose what we want our life to be.
He suggested exploring your answers to 2 questions:
1. What is your Purpose? What gets you up in the morning?
2. What are your Passions? What keeps you up at night? Not worries, & concerns, but what has you so passionate that it keeps you up thinking about it?
He passed out a "Repacking Journal" that begins by describing a formula for "The Good Life" this way:
"Living in the place you belong, with the people you love, doing the right work, ON PURPOSE."
The Good Life Inventory, in the journal, is supposed to help the user sort this all out in their own life.
Another session I attended was the What Color is My Parachute with Richard Bolles himself.
It was an interesting talk that reinforced many of the themes he brings up in his book, reminding one why he, or she, found reading it, and doing the Flower exercise, worthwhile. ( MY "What Color is MY Parachute? The My Life Story Exercise" series of blog posts, & more. )