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Kakeibo: The Art of Financial Mindfulness

By Gina Messina, Ph.D. About a year ago, a friend introduced me to Kakeibo, the Japanese art of budgeting and applying mindfulness to our spending, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. You see, I am a major contributor to our consumeristic culture. I see something shiny and I think I have to have it. A friend jokes that she hates going shopping with me because I have to pick up and touch everything on the shelves (although I’ve eliminated that practice due to COVID!).  Like so many of us, I am easily persuaded by marketing tactics. Now that we so rarely spend cash, it feels like I can simply swipe a card, click a button, or use my fingerprint and suddenly I have a new…

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The Link Between Unfinished Tasks and Wellness

Dear Fellow Working Woman – I invite you to participate in a short survey. Please mentally check off any of the scenarios below that you have experienced: Before leaving for work you have already begun thinking about your to-do list for the day. And, of course…it’s a mile long.You arrive at work and your inbox greets you with an overwhelming amount of emails to manage, even after deleting the ones you can ignore. Thanks, inbox.It’s time to hunker down and work on one of your important projects. You are in the initial phase of working on it, and you are interrupted by one of the million commonly experienced concentration killers [co-workers “dropping in” to chat, desktop clutter calling your name to clean it up, your…

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The retirement conversation – planning with your partner

Retirement. It’s that magical moment when you leave work behind, sleep in every day, and travel as much as you want. Or wait, maybe it’s an opportunity to finally start that business you’ve always dreamed of, or be there for your grandkids, or go back to school to get your master’s degree or start training for that marathon. You may know what YOU want out of retirement, but do you know exactly what your partner wants? As you get closer to an age where you’re looking to leave 9 to 5 behind, it’s important to sit down together and talk about what those years will look like.  This survey by Fidelity Investments is a few years old, but the findings hold true.  There are significant…

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The impact of intersectionality in the workplace

Intersectionality in the workplace: the implications on leadership. During the 2012 presidential election, Oprah Winfrey shared that she was continually being bombarded with questions about who she would support: Barack Obama, the Black candidate, or Hillary Clinton, the female candidate.  She said that the question assumed that she could split her identity. But as a black woman, she couldn’t, she identified with both of them. In that moment, Winfrey gave us a window into the experience of intersectionality. She sparked a conversation about a concept that has been voiced for decades by those at the margins of mainstream America.  Read more: What is intersectionality and why is it important?  Seeking to highlight that one’s lived experience cannot simply be reduced to the sum of racism…

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