Legacy Love Letters – Have You Written Yours Yet?

Tomorrow Is Not Promised To Any One!

Don’t make the same mistake my Dad did.

Click here to hear the backstory.  I loved my Dad, but he BLEW IT.

 

Don’t let life happen to you before you make time to protect your loved ones from the confusion and stress of trying to make heads or tails out of things if something were to happen to you.

 

Protect your family by writing them a Legacy Love Letter, and getting your Living Trust and Estate Documents drafted and in order.

 

Make your wishes known.

Don’t just tell them you love them – SHOW THEM!

This is a service I provide to my clients by working with a local firm of estate planning attorneys.

I want you to have access to the best, so that you can do right by your family.

(And by all means, PLEASE SHARE this with your friends, co-workers, neighbors, sisters, cousins, brothers, aunts and uncles, play-cousins, neighbors and colleagues)  How much easier can it be… push the button.  Put it on your FB page.  Put it on your Instagram.

It’s time you wrote your own Legacy Love Letter to your family.  Follow this link to get more information (access the free trial to review the information to see if it is right for you)

Establishing a trust is easier than you realize.  And it is essential for any of the following circumstances:

  • Parents with minor children
  • Adults with aging parents
  • Single adults
  • Blended Families
  • Second Marriages
  • Divorced Parents with Potential Custodial Issues
  • Parents / Grandparents with special needs children, or custodial issues with minor children under their care

Again, follow this link to access my website and get a free trial and see how EASY it is to protect your family.

Don’t wait.

And if you have ANY questions, do not hesitate to message me 24/7 at info@layagavin.com and I will get you the information you need.

Be Blessed!  And Be A Blessing!

That’s Not Normal – So How Long Are You Going To Keep Doing It?

Seriously.  What do you do when something that is NOT normal has been going on so long that it becomes normal – even though its NOT?
I spend tons of time on computers, looking at monitors, sitting for long periods – and all of that can add up to muscle strain/soreness.

Having headaches two and three times a week was NOT normal.  Stocking up on Advil, Aleve, Tylenol or Excedrin like other people by milk and bread was NOT normal.
Thankfully somebody opened my eyes and showed me an alternative.  Now I am in the chiropractor’s office 3 or 4 times a month to get regular “tune-ups” for my body because now I know how to read some of the warning signs of what it feels like when I am out of line.  Going JUST ONCE was not enough.  I discovered that this challenge required an ONGOING MAINTENANCE plan to get it right.
A good maintenance plan strategy applies to more than just the body.  You have to pay attention and have an ONGOING MAINTENANCE plan for:
–       your HEALTH
–       your RELATIONSHIPS
–       your MINDSET
–       your SPIRITUAL LIFE
–       and with your MONEY
Do you have a strategy beyond HOPE and PRAYER surrounding your MONEY?  If not, let’s get real.  Let’s get free.  Click here
Sometimes things go on so long and you need someone to snap you back to truth.
Don’t begin to justify being ABNORMAL just because a lot of other people are doing it too – it still doesn’t make it normal, or God’s best for your life.
So here it is, my wake up call list for you to snap out of it:
–       Being in debt up to your eyeballs is NOT normal
–       Living from paycheck to paycheck is NOT normal
–       Using credit card to cover an emergency is NOT normal
–       Failing to plan and save for the day when you can retire is NOT normal
–       Ignoring your responsibility to legally plan for your loved ones is NOT normal
I write and teach and talk about these things because I HAVE lived them and understand the SILENT SHAME that can come with them.  I want to help you break through the paralyzing self-doubt that keeps you from moving forward.
No more.  Let’s get free.
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning!  Isn’t it time to get your JOY back?!
Click here to take my QUIZ to see how you score on the Money Mastery Scale, and find out where you need to focus on to move from Victim to Victory!
These are some of the questions I asked my investment clients over the years to help them find a starting point and identify the weaknesses in their financial situations.  It will help you too.
You know you are not where you WANT to be but you just don’t know WHERE to start.  Don’t worry, I got you.   Here is the NEXT STEP.
To the Bat Phone Robin!!!
It’s time to LIVE FREE!
Stop putting off what you know is necessary.  Click Here to Schedule your complimentary Financial Freedom Breakthrough Session now!
Be Blessed!

Women and Men So Different About Money

This is not my attempt at male-bashing, but it is my effort to point out how different women and men view money.  Women see it as security to establish a foundation and build a future.  We typically risk less, and stay the course more often.  We fear running out of money, and having to be dependent on our children.  Men feel more comfortable with risk, and for the most part believe that they can make more money in the event of change of circumstances.

Fewer than 2 in 10 women feel “very prepared” to make wise financial decisions.  Half indicate that they “need some help,” and one-third feel that they “need a lot of help.” (Financial Experience & Behaviors Among Women 2010-2011 Prudential Research Study).

Ladies, let’s not shy away from the conversation.  Now is the time to face the money woes; ask the money questions and get a plan in place to tell your money what to do.  Let’s get your money in alignment with God’s great financial plan by taking these four steps:

1. Start tithing immediately

2. Pray over your finances regularly and ask God for wisdom in how to handle them

3. Build a budget and spend less than you bring in

4. Be a person of character and integrity and keep your word (if you owe someone and haven’t repaid them, work out a game plan to pay them back – if you can’t do it in full then make payments that you can manage, but be in communication).

You can do this.  You just have to learn how to say “No”.  Say “no” to impulse purchases, therapeutic shopping, and guilt actions of giving money to others while seeking their approval.

Start SOWING your financial seed, rather than EATING it.

Let’s Make A Debt Free Holiday Deal… Only 18 days left until Christmas!

Don’t act all surprised!  You knew it was coming.  It comes on the same day on the calendar every year.  And every year you act like it just popped up out of nowhere 🙂  It didn’t, but it just feels that way.

So lets make a deal to have a debt free and stress free Christmas.  Money worries so many times can suck the joy right out of the holiday if you allow it to.  Why? Because you feel obligated to purchase gifts for others?  You feel committed to buying your kids the latest high tech expensive items just because they asked for them?  You feel that giving of your time and yourself is not enough to celebrate the holidays?  Well let’s get it straight now and every year going forward.

Christmas is not about crowded shopping malls and mountains of gift wrapped surprises.  Christmas is about Christ and His love for us.  It’s His birthday and the most important gift given on this day should be gratitude and thanks and praise to Him for the sacrifice of His life for us.

Give love.  Give peace.  Give hugs.  Give kindness.  Give forgiveness.  Give thanks.

Commit to a stress free, love filled holiday.  Give only gifts that you can afford.  No more debt.

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Currency implies flow

Another word for money is currency.  Currency implies flow.  Your money has to flow like a river where there is a constant source of inflow and a constant source of outflow.  If your money experiences only an influx and no positive output (i.e. places to bless others, planting of financial seeds and gifting in the lives of others) then your financial situation becomes like a stinking, stagnant swamp.  What used to be green and vibrant, becomes infested and putrid.  If you fail to bless others, then there is no beauty in creating new life and new possibilities in the lives of others.  Your financial blessings are designed to be a blessing not just for you but for those fortunate enough to be connected to you.  You are blessed to be a blessing.

Focus on getting in the flow of currency.  If God can get money through you – He will certainly get money to you.

But if you only see purpose in getting all you can, and canning all you get – then who else would be blessed by that?

Malachi 3:10 shows that the blessing of the Lord should be demonstrated in overflow

 

Take One Small Step Today

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome.  You know there’s truth to it, and you and your friends can look back and laugh when you make the same choices and act surprised when you fail to get better results.  Ladies, have you looked back in your past and realized that you somehow managed to date the same “loser” type guy that was no good for you, but you just didn’t get it until some one pointed out what your last three ex boyfriends all had in common?

Ok, so lets break the pattern with our money and do something different today.  Let’s take one new step towards improving our financial life.  Take action and do something that you have been putting off until things got better, or you came across some “extra cash”.  What’s it going to be?  Here are a few ideas to start the ball rolling…

– Start automatic deductions to invest in your retirement plan through work

– Increase the amount that you are already contributing to your retirement plan at work

– Call and schedule an appointment to meet with a financial advisor or planner to review your situation

– Set up an automatic savings plan and divert 5% of your pay to a savings account to build your rainy day fund

– Cut up your credit cards

– Write out your budget for the coming month

Pick one of the above, or one of your own – and just do it!  Take action towards building your financial fortress.  Tomorrow can only get better if you stop and make improved choices and take action today.

Prosper!

 

Make a plan for your money at beginning of month

Honor the divine source of your financial blessings by making a plan for where it will go in advance.

Check out iwbnin.com for great tools designed by Joe Sangl. Start today using the concept of Income – Outgo = Exactly Zero (™). It works at every income level to foster profitability and good stewardship!

It is possible for you to win with money. Start today and see things change!

Financial Freedom is Intentional not Accidental

Intentional – an adjective, defined as “done on purpose or deliberate”

Accidental – an adjective, defined as “happening by chance or unexpectedly”

Financial freedom is not something that you can stumble into by accident.  It requires making a decision to create a better financial future for yourself, and holding yourself accountable in your daily choices of earning and spending.  It does not require perfection, but it does require time and attention.  Most people spend more time planning their family vacations than they do preparing for their retirement futures.  Put the time and effort in to becoming knowledgeable about your money and learn how not to repeat the mistakes of others.  Read articles and biographies of those that have succeeded.  Watch interviews of self made individuals to hear how they came from humble beginnings and created the life they now live.

See the attached link for one woman’s story of her decision to be in charge of her finances and create what she wanted for her own life.

http://www.prolificliving.com/blog/2011/09/20/live-without-debt-in-charge-of-finances/

Put some action to the plan! Raise ’em up!

The month of January is winding down already.  It’s time to make sure you are putting some shoe leather on your monetary plans for 2014.  Get on the computer and increase the percentage that you are saving in your company retirement plan.  Retirement age will get here faster than you realize, and cost of living expenses only go up.  Get yourself ready.  Raise your long term savings and investments.

A customized plan is best, and the success certainly depends on the amount of time you have for the money to be working for you, your current investment balance and the average returns of those investments.  A good general rule of thumb though is a goal of saving 10% long term gives you a shot at maintaining your lifestyle in retirement.  Saving less than 10% and you will likely be dependent on family or government programs to provide support.  Savings of 15-20% would give you a better opportunity to have more disposable income available for more than just getting by in retirement.

So how much did you save in 2013 towards your long term savings?  And now give yourself a push to increase that amount in 2014.  Increase it as much as is realistic and maintainable.  Look at it quarterly to see if you have room to sock away more.  One step at a time is all it takes to make progress. Raise ’em up!

Start With A Plan for Your Money in 2014

76857_10152103837187836_351996127_nLet this be the year that you start with a plan for your money.  Get with a qualified financial advisor and ask them to help you figure out how much of a nest egg you need to build in order to retire at your target age.  They will need to use your current assets and monthly income and spending as a baseline, but it shouldn’t take long to get a ballpark estimate of the amount you need to be on track to a comfortable retirement.  Then you can see what your annual savings goal needs to be for 2014.   And don’t get discouraged if you are not on track right now.  Heck, you might not even bear near the track right now because you haven’t looked in a long time, or you had some setbacks.  The important thing to to find out what steps it will take to get you straight.  Then take one at a time, then keep reviewing and course correcting until you get there.

Start with the plan.  Start with the end in mind.  Three questions you need to get answers on… How much do you need to put towards long term savings, earning long term investment rates (meaning 4% or better annual averages – even if you are scary conservative 🙂 in 2014?  How much do you need to increase your company 401k or 403b contribution level to in order to accomplish that?  And how should that money be invested to work best for you in 2014?

Get professional help to have a dialogue conversation about money so that you can learn about what is available for use today, what pitfalls to avoid, and what your financial indepdence number is for you personally.  Just talking with a friend who is always talking about money and “seems to know a lot” is not enough here.  You need someone to look at your specific situation and get some customized advice.  The consultation and conversation should not cost you anything.  If you don’t have a financial advisor, ask friends for referrals of professionals they use, or you can start with your local bank or credit union as most have licensed individuals in house.  Ask questions and get your numbers run so that you know what it takes to reach your goal.  Get information. Don’t fall for a product pitch – what you want is a solution.

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