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The power of a mentor

The power of a mentor

Over the course of a lifetime we have people around us who support and guide us. Initially it’s our parents, then as we get older it extends to teachers and coaches. Even when we enter...
The mental mechanics of procrastination

The mental mechanics of procrastination

Even the most productive amongst us is prone to procrastination at times. So, what can we do about it? And how can we make sure it’s not getting in the way of us achieving our goals?...
Navigating Love & Money

Navigating Love & Money

Money makes the world go around. But when it comes to relationships, it can sometimes stop them in their tracks.  Navigating love and money can be tricky, but it’s simpler when you...
Hanging on to that holiday feeling

Hanging on to that holiday feeling

It’s the nearing the end of Summer and most of us are already back from our Christmas breaks. If you’re feeling like that holiday glow didn’t last as long as you wanted, you’re not...
Financial Rules to live by in 2019

Financial Rules to live by in 2019

Australia has enjoyed almost three decades of economic sunshine. But it’s worth remembering that dark clouds can appear without warning over both individuals and economies. You may...
Avoiding the holiday debt hangover

Avoiding the holiday debt hangover

We’re coming up to the festive season and for all its fun and frivolity, it’s also a time when we loosen the purse strings to accommodate the excess.  We all know there’s...
Can you afford your dream retirement

Can you afford your dream retirement

Planning your dream retirement can be an exciting time. The chance to travel overseas or around Australia without having to rush back to work, time to pursue new hobbies, learn a language...
Is food delivery eating into your budget?

Is food delivery eating into your budget?

The Australian food delivery industry is booming, with the ABS reporting an 18% increase in take-away spending over just three years, and delivery apps such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo...
Getting into the great outdoors

Getting into the great outdoors

Despite our intrepid image, Australia is an incredibly urbanised country by world standards, with almost 90% of our population living in or around cities.i The impact of this cosmopolitan...
Lessons from the ‘rich list’

Lessons from the ‘rich list’

Most people who are intent on building their personal and business finances know there is no quick road to wealth. While some people dream about their lucky numbers finally being called,...
Is your money personality set in stone?

Is your money personality set in stone?

Our upbringings hugely influence the attitudes we have towards money. Did you observe your parents working hard to put food on the table? Was money a cause of conflict in your household?...
A little adrenaline can be a good thing

A little adrenaline can be a good thing

We all know what it feels like to be stressed. For most of us, it is a hallmark of our daily lives. While the word has very negative connotations, stress can actually drive us forward. That...
Tackling financial stress

Tackling financial stress

You’ve probably heard of social stress – fear of fitting in, feeling anxious about meeting new people. Or you might have experienced stage fright – the stress of public speaking,...
Downsizing – Is it right for you?

Downsizing – Is it right for you?

Luxury inner city apartments marketed as ‘perfect for empty nesters’. TV shows where cool older divorcees live in luxury on the waterfront. The ‘grey nomads’ community selling up...
Cultivating a growth mindset

Cultivating a growth mindset

Ever had a plant die on you, and wonder where you went wrong? “But I watered it every day!” “There’s plenty of sun in that bit of the yard!” The simple truth is that there are...
How blockchain is already changing your world

How blockchain is already changing your world

Although we are only at the tip of the iceberg of blockchain’s immense potential, industry leaders like Bob Greifeld, CEO of Nasdaq, have already pegged the emerging technology as “the...
Turn your passion into your profession

Turn your passion into your profession

There’s a famous quote, usually attributed to Mark Twain – “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”. It’s definitely a romantic...
Tackle your New Years resolutions like a pro

Tackle your New Years resolutions like a pro

Ever look back on past New Year’s resolutions and notice they failed, not with a bang, but with a whimper? There was no dramatic quitting of that new class and no midnight burger binge....
Music to your ears

Music to your ears

Would Christmas be the same for you without the smooth croon of Crosby and Sinatra around the BBQ? Or carols along the most decorative boulevards of your neighbourhood? Or perhaps you are...
Embracing spontaneity

Embracing spontaneity

When was the last time you did something completely out of the blue? As in, really unexpected? We’re not talking a cheeky extra shot in your morning coffee, or wearing a ‘fun’ shirt...
Introducing the new smart(er?) home

Introducing the new smart(er?) home

Driving towards a mega mansion and watching the house light up as the gates open. Clapping hands to dim the lights and turn up the music. Blinds opening automatically to reveal a stunning...
The lost art of conversation

The lost art of conversation

When was the last time you had a lengthy chat to a friend over the phone or, rarer still, a decent face-to-face catch up? Remember spending time with a loved one making the most of precious...
What’s really holding you back from your goals?

What’s really holding you back from your goals?

Everyone has goals they want to reach, whether they relate to work, family, lifestyle, or sport. But it seems like only a few people achieve what they set out to do. For the rest of us,...
Living better, living long

Living better, living long

There’s nothing quite like a tabloid story about a centenarian partying hard for their birthday to make you feel the creaks in every joint. It doesn’t matter whether they’re on a golf...
New (Financial) Year, new start

New (Financial) Year, new start

The end of financial year is the most stressful time for people in many different lines of work. You’re either rushing to get work done, trying to spend budget just in time, or gearing up...

Escape the winter blues – without breaking the bank!

Have you been feeling a bit sluggish as the winter weather sets in? Are you craving richer meals, sleeping in a bit more, and generally feeling a bit flat?...

Furry friends vs finances

There’s nothing quite like the joy of spending hours on end playing with a puppy. Or the sensation of sheer freedom taking a horse out for a gallop. Or the feeling when your cat settles...

Delayed gratification – are you too soft on yourself?

When was the last time you had to wait for something you really, really wanted? Not just your morning coffee, or your favourite tipple at the end of a long day – something seriously...

Learning from little ones

Feel like you could fill a book with all the weird and wonderful statements you’ve heard from your kids? Ever been on the receiving end of an ‘honest’ comment from a kid (and a rushed...

Count your blessings this holiday season

We’re at that time of the year again: the shopping centres are packed, you’re signing dozens of greeting cards, and little miss/mister has just handed you a ‘wish list’ longer than...

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