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Money mastery for millennials with Shannon Lee Simmons

Living your life the way you want to requires getting real with your finances. Money, or rather lack of money, can cause major stress, as well as feelings of shame, guilt, and depression. Getting your finances on track helps release emotional baggage and can be really empowering and fun. Shannon Lee Simmons, founder of The New School of Finance, thinks it’s time we all start talking about money more. Listen to today’s podcast, which is one of the most informative conversations I’ve ever had about money. When you feel empowered about finance, even if you don’t have a ton...

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Get smart with your money with Ben Van Dyke

How’s your relationship with money these days? Money is a touchy subject for many people. We don’t like talking about how much money we make, spend, or save. It touches on our feelings of self-worth and, I’d wager, a lot of us really don’t know what’s going on with our money beyond the paycheque that arrives in our bank accounts every two weeks. Plus, it can be really tough to find good information out there! If you want to achieve financial independence and reach life goals like buying a home without going into piles of debt, you have to...

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Why mindless consumerism ruins the holidays

This is a stressful and ridiculous time of year. I’ve started turning off notifications for things, stopped checking my alternate email (the one where I keep all the newsletters and promo emails), and am avoiding regular television, magazines, and malls like the plague. It’s still a few weeks away from Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Giving Tuesday, and already companies are holding sales and sending coupons and donation reminders. It’s just nuts. If I could ask for anything for Christmas it would be to stop asking me what I want for Christmas. Sure, I take part in holiday gift-giving, which makes me a...

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Where it all began…in a hot, steamy pool full of life’s big questions

I’m here chilling out with an iced mocha while a flourish of rainbow-clad pride festival-goers orders coffee and sweets on their way to a day-time street dance. This is my home for a week, a tiny island I’ve retreated to, where it’s easier to find an honour-system produce stand on the side of the road than a phone signal. It’s quiet, it’s peaceful, it’s a good place to press “publish” on Own Up Grown-Up. I’m jacked-up on the divine combination of caffeine and chocolate, and of finally launching this thing that has been brewing in my head for years. But...

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