Time for a financial cleanse!?


Taking Time to Recalibrate with a Financial Cleanse

With pen poised over a blank page, I struggled to ink my first goal for 2017. Granted, this may be partially attributed to the general pain I feel when marking the virgin pages of a fresh notebook. But I digress. I sat at my desk and tapped the pen against the paper while letting my mind daydream about seemingly unattainable goals for 2017.

Short-term goals

I would obviously lose the weight I’d been talking about shedding for four years. I’d magically understand what it took to feel fashionable on the streets of New York City, but on a capsule wardrobe. My book would become a New York Times bestseller as soon as it hit shelves in May. The podcast I’m starting would become so popular that Gimlet, Panoply and WNYC would get into a bidding war to acquire my talents. I’d learn to meditate and be able to do inversions at yoga. Basically, I’d be a cross between Tim Ferriss, Blake Lively and any woman from a Lululemon print ad.

That’s not what I wrote down. 2016 turned out to be a successful year for me on paper. It started with a book deal and ended with me quitting my job to become a full-time freelancer. From the outside looking in, there’s little for me to complain about professionally (or personally). Yet, my transitions didn’t come without financial missteps.

Needless to say, even those of us who are financially fit screw up and need to recalibrate, which I why I’m participating in 30-day Financial Cleanse, hosted by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, daughter of investing icon and founder of Charles Schwab (aka Chuck Schwab). Carrie is a CFP® and serves as board chair and president of the Charles Schwab Foundation and helped found several financial education programs.

Cleanses are important for the financially fit!

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