An Elevator Pitch to Raise Your Level of Opportunity

Happy National Elevator Day July 30th is National Elevator day, which got me thinking about the all important role of the elevator pitch.  Everyone needs a good elevator pitch, the one-minute introduction of yourself that encapsulates who you are and where you’re going in 60 seconds or less.  New graduates get coaching in this: the one minute pitch is helpful in interviews and with networking. But it’s not just for 22-year olds: everyone should have the ability to make a quick connection with a short summary of who you are and where you are headed. Connections Elevate Everyone It’s all about connections. Talking about your goals is good for you: it helps manifest your dreams into reality. And you never…

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Staying on Top of the Tides (Physical and Financial)

Living here in the lowcountry, the tides affect our daily life in ways we didn’t understand when we lived in Northern Virginia. Twice a day the tides expose the mudflats and fill the marsh, providing a natural rhythm to the days. Caused by the lunar cycle, the moon’s gravity literally pulls the water in and later out of our marshes, exposing fiddler crabs and sandbars. We expect high tides this weekend with a full moon.  Tides in our area usually go up and down about 6 feet twice a day, but they can move as much as 8 feet in their normal monthly rhythms. The high-highs and low-lows have increased since we moved to the area,  increasing with climate change.…

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Ever Had a Day Where You Were Going to Catch Up on Everything?

It's been a long year.  We all got behind on something -- lots of things! So today is the day we're going to catch up.  We're going to  update our To Do List so it actually reflects what we need to do when clear the stack of old projects off our desk start investing for the future empty our our 5 email inboxes call our college friends to catch up hang up-to-date photos of our family finally start to (re)learn Spanish And on and on.  The List Can Be Overwhelming Whole books have been written on how to get things done, how to prioritize.  Some of them are great -- the website Develop Good Habits list 27! such books.  Some of…

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2021 Stimulus Checks

The American Rescue Plan ("ARP"), recently signed into law by President Biden, contains a number of provisions designed to keep the economy bouncing back and support people hard hit by the pandemic. One of the key provisions for individuals and families is stimulus checks. Check Amounts $1,400 for single taxpayers $2,800 for married taxpayers filing jointly $1,400 for each dependent for 2021 Phaseouts These payments are subject to phase-outs. If you earned too much, your payment may be reduced or eliminated. See details below. The government is going to make these payments based on your most recent tax return on file with the IRS. They might look at your 2019 or 2020 return. If you get a check there are no…

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