5 steps to planning your family’s financial future

Congratulations! You’ve got a little bundle of joy on the way and are through the moon with excitement, as you well should be. Sometime after the adrenaline wears off you’ll slowly start to be overtaken with fear about your new responsibilities for that helpless little creature.

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Here are some things to think about so that you can provide a solid financial footing for your family.

1. Understand your spending habits.

The things you spend money on are likely to change pretty dramatically in the early days and years of your child’s life, so actively getting involved with your spending and tracking where it is going is the critical first step. Use a tool like Mint.com to automate the tracking process, and review your spending each week to leaner what’s working for you and what’s tripping you up.

2. Review your employer benefits.

If you have benefits at work, you should review them to know how much you should expect to spend for the birth of your child (with hospital deductibles, etc) and how to add them to your benefits for health insurance and other programs such as family life insurance. While you’re speaking to HR anyway, check your beneficiaries on your retirement plans and life insurance to make sure they’re listed properly.

3. Life Insurance.

Chances are you need more life insurance than is offered from your employer. Term Life insurance is fairly inexpensive if you’re in good health, so request quotes from a local independent insurance agent (or one of the many online services) and choose the one that makes sense for you. One note here is that you likely only need insurance to cover your family during your child’s growing years, so avoid expensive permanent life insurance products like Whole Life or Universal Life unless you have a solid additional reason for purchasing these. These policies have benefits, but they also have huge conflicts and commissions that come along with them and are rarely as beneficial as they’re made out to be (or as Dave Ramsey says, they’re the ‘Payday Loans of the middle class’).

4. Wills

Now that you’ve got a child, it’s up to you to decide who will get to take care of them if you get run over by a Mardi Gras float. Going to a lawyer who prepares estate documents should get you a Will (which governs your possessions and can be used to designate guardians for your children), a Living Will (which spells out your end of life choices if you’re on life support with physicians concluding you have no chance of recovery) and Powers of Attorney (which gives your partner rights to make medical and financial decisions for you if you’re not capable of making them yourself). When you have minor children, you should really take the time to choose who will take care of them if the unthinkable happens. Don’t leave it up to your remaining friends and family members to try to decide. State your wishes and let a professional help you.

5. Fund your retirement before you fund college

As a parent myself, I understand the inclination to want to do for your child before you take care of yourself, but this is dangerous and costly as you approach retirement. As I tell clients, they make college loans, they don’t make retirement loans. Unless you want to plan to live with your children when they are adults, you’ve got to do a good job of taking care of your own retirement savings before you look at setting aside large sums of money for college. Part of saving for retirement can be funding Roth IRAs which provide powerful tax-deferred growth and potentially tax-free withdrawals in retirement, that can also be used for paying for college if you get to that point and are in good shape from a savings standpoint.

Take care of these 5 areas, and you’ll be well on your road to a successful financial future for you and your family!

Post-Mardi Gras Juice Cleanse: Spring cleaning from the inside out!

With the end of Mardi Gras ushering in the beginning of Lent, we find ourselves dehydrated, bloated, with king cake practically spilling out of our ears. Even those of us who skipped town and caught a flight for snowing skies, we are no less exhausted and parched.

Lent is a resurrection of those forlorn New Year’s Resolutions – a chance to dust off good intentions in the name of a higher cause. Why not clear the nutritional slate with a juice cleanse?

I know, I know. Juice cleanses… fasts… are the current fad. I first became privy to them when my mother announced hers on Facebook, along with multiple pictures of fruit from various angles. My first assumption was that her yoga studio was a cult and that I’d soon be hearing of a guru. But after spending several nights studying for exams and pumping cheap coffee through my veins, the array of fruit did look, well, juicy.

I skeptically decided to give Dr. Oz’s 3-Day Detox Cleanse a go.

The cleanse is comprised of three (non-dairy) smoothies, to be consumed four times daily, along with supplements, green tea, and an evening lavender salt bath. Dr. Oz even provides a grocery list on his handy cheat-sheet. Each of the juices includes leafy greens (spinach, kale), berries (raspberries, blueberries) or fruits (mango, green apple), and a protein/fat source (avocado, almond butter, coconut oil). Price-wise, you’re looking at around $20-$30 a day, depending on where you shop. You can also save a few bucks if you buy wholesale bags of kale and frozen fruit. And no need for a pricy juicer! My trusty Ninja food processor was up to the task. 

What took me aback was the enormity of the juice portions. I could not finish “dinner” and never bothered with the “snack”. They were quite filling, fresh, delicious, and hydrating enough to flush away my Tulane all-nighter toxins. I felt energized and glow-y, like a reconstituted raisin, gulping away at these odd concoctions. While never hungry, I did crave solid food by day 2.5, and on subsequent cleanses, cheated with a replacement salad or roasted veggies. I also didn’t love the “lunch” recipe and prefer this winter green juice option I found in British Vogue.

Some tout juice fasting as a weight loss solution. I wouldn’t go that far. Water pushes water, so you may lose four pounds in those three days; return to a normal diet, and you will revert to normal water retention levels. However, after that first Dr. Oz plunge, I did find myself craving fresh juices and voluntarily substituting them for meals. They’re just so simple – the ultimate quick, lazy food. No chewing, no dirty pans, and a great on-the-go/busy mama forgot to eat option. I also became aware of my intake of fibrous veggies and greens, translating into fewer bread-based carbs and more juicy salads.

While not a magic bullet for weight loss or a long-term meal plan, juice fasts offer a vitamin boost, rehydration on par with an IV drip, and an increased awareness of what we put into our bodies. And they’re a tasty way to resurrect our bodies after Mardi Gras. That’s enough to keep me coming back to my Ninja. Now drink up!

Here are some go-to juice bars around the city:

The Green Fork: juices, smoothies, vegan things, salads, and open as early as 7 AM! They offer a 3-day juice cleanse for $45-$55 per day, delivered to your doorstep.

Superfood Bar: juices, food, delightful coconut concoctions.

Raw Republic: haven’t tried this one yet, but eager to. They also offer a 1, 3, and 5 day cleanse.

d’Juice: fresh juices for an energy boost or your post-workout and whole fruit smoothies – a great way to get those veggies in after school!

DIY Mardi Gras Bead Crafts

Just about the time you finally get rid of all the leftover Mardi Gras beads and the dog chews the last plush toy, it’s Mardi Gras all over again. This year, I envision myself making wonderful crafts with my children out of Mardi Gras beads. And by “envision,” I mean “visualize not actualize.”  I did buy a glue gun for the last craft project I did not enjoy, and I am convinced that there is nothing one can’t do with glue gun. It’s like a good Sharpie. Everybody needs one.

Here are some of my favorite Mardi Gras bead craft ideas that I am envisioning. Most of these do not require instructions because I do not like to read instructions. I like to wing it.

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I love this Mardi Gras Bead Vase. All it requires is an empty wine bottle, of which I have/will have many, some spray paint (or not) and, of course, a glue gun.

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Here in New Orleans, we turn our Christmas trees into Mardi Gras trees. I love the idea of the kids making an ornament to commemorate each year. Some clear ornaments, beads and some puffy paint. Holla!

beadframe6Who doesn’t love a shiny, chic frame? I have so many ugly frames screaming for a little bead and glue gun love.

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Now you know what to do with those wooden letters you always see in the isle at Michael’s.

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All you need for this DIY Monogram Letter is some cardboard, beads and a glue gun… and maybe a different letter.

chandelier00For the first person to accomplish this beaded chandelier, drinks are on me.

votives.jpgThese DIY Beaded Candle Holders are simple and sweet.

For some more craft ideas using your leftover Mardi Gras Beads, hope on over to Pinterest.

 

 

What the new 65 Pound LATCH rule means and where to get yours inspected

A new 65 lb. LATCH rule was announced yesterday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Julie Vallese, Consumer Safety Expert for Dorel Juvenile Group, a leading manufacturer of children’s car seats, offers some insight:

Statistics for proper car seat installation haven’t changed in more than a decade. Despite changes in federal regulations, the availability of car seat installation checks, and ongoing education campaigns, three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly. While some may need minor adjustments for proper installation, others sometimes need to start from ground one. It only seems like an advanced degree may be needed in “installationology,” but by starting off with the basics you’re one step closer to success.

Here are some easy tips to think about:

The three most important things to consider when choosing a car seat:

  1. Does this car seat fit my child?
  2. Does this car seat fit my car?
  3. Is this a car seat I will be able to install and use correctly every time?

To find out the answers to these questions:

  • Have the car you will be using the seat in with you and try it out at the store;
  • If possible, have your child with you at the time of purchase;
  • Follow information in both the car seat manual and vehicle manual for installation; and
  • Attend a car seat check for assistance in proper installation and use from a certified car seat technician. (SEE BELOW FOR CAR SEAT CHECK LOCATIONS)

New rules for car seats using LATCH require understanding of your car seat’s weight and child’s weight:

  • Car seats manufactured after February 27, 2014, are required to carry a new label with guidance on maximum weight limits for LATCH;
  • The combined weight of seat and child should not exceed 65lbs;
  • Look in the manual and label on the car seat to identify the weight of the seat;
  • Look for a weight on the maximum weight for the child;
  • Know your child’s weight; and
  • If the combined weight of the seat and your child exceeds 65lbs, install the car seat using the vehicle’s belt.

It is important to know that installations with the belt or installations with LATCH areCar-seat-LATCH-install equally acceptable. However, car seats should not be installed using both methods at the same time. No matter what method is chosen, be sure to finish off the installation by using the top tether.

Go to the National Highway Safety Administration’s Child Car Seat Inspection Station Locator to search by state or zip code for a child car seat inspection station nearest you. Certified technicians will inspect your child car seat, in most cases, free of charge, and show you how to correctly install and use it. Also, check out these great Child Car Seat Installation Videos and know the Child Car Seat Laws in Louisiana.

CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSTALLATION LOCATIONS IN THE NEW ORLEANS METRO AREA

Touro Infirmary
1401 Foucher Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
(504) 897-7319

Touro Infirmary, in partnership with certified Child Passenger Safety technicians from Interim LSU Hospital, will conduct two FREE car seat check events at Touro during 2014. The drive-up car seat inspections will take place in a blocked off area at Touro’s Foucher Street entrance, 1401 Foucher Street. Certified safety technicians will show parents and other adults how to correctly install car seats and determine whether children are in right size seat for their age.

Saturday, March 29 from 9am-12pm
Saturday, September 27 from 9am-12pm

Tulane-Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children
4700 S. I-10 Service Road W
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 780-8282

Car seat safety checks occur on the 4th Thursday of every month from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. They will be adding more dates/times this summer.

Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus
2500 Belle Chasse Hwy.
Gretna, LA 70056
(504) 391-5529

Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus performs car seat safety checks twice weekly by appointment with a certified car seat technician. To schedule an appointment email FamilyUnitWB@ochsner.org or call 391-5529.

Ochsner for Children
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 07006
Hours: Monday-Friday, By Appointment
Phone: (504) 842-SEAT
Contact: Cindy Haefele

West Jefferson Medical Center
1101 Medical Center Boulevard
Marrero, LA 70072
(504) 347-5511

Every Wednesday by Appointment–Complimentary car seat checkups/installations performed by Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician are available by appointment. For more information or to schedule a car seat checkup for your child, call Mindy Glenn, R.N., C.L.C., C.P.S.T., at (504) 349-2173.

Louisiana State Police Troop B
2101 I-10 Service Road
Kenner, LA 70065
(504) 471-2780
lspb@dps.la.gov

Every Wednesday 1pm to 4pm, is a designated installation day. No appointment necessary. Walk-ins are accepted everyday, but may be subject to extended waiting periods or rescheduling. For appointments call Trooper Melissa Matey at (504) 471-2780 or email her at melissa.matey@dps.la.gov.

TROOP L
2600 No. Causeway
Mandeville, LA 70471
(985) 893-6250
lspl@dps.la.gov

Every Wednesday from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm is a designated inspection day. Walk-ins are accepted every day, but may be subject to extended waiting periods or rescheduling based on personnel availability. For appointments contact: Trooper Nick Manale at 985-893-6250 or Nicholas.Manale@dps.la.gov.

Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office
701 S. Upland Street
River Ridge, LA 71112
(504) 465-1480
Hours: Monday-Friday, By Appointment
Contact: Deputy Kelly Kieffer

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A visual of Car Seat Recommendations for Children from http://www.safercar.gov/ 

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Toys: A Parental Breaking Point

I have three kids and I am drowning in toys… There are naked dolls in every corner, tutus overflowing from their storage box, abandoned, random game pieces in every room, and zillions of Lego pieces scattered throughout the house which, if you don’t already know, are excruciatingly painful when accidentally stepped upon.

Before I had children I swore that my home would never be invaded or overrun by plastic. Nine years and 3 children later, I am eating my words. Some might say our playroom rivals that of a small toy store.

My husband and I have reached our parental breaking point. No matter how we ask – sugary sweet, polite, yelling… one time or one hundred times, nothing works. So last night every toy in the house that had not been put away at the end of the day was scooped up and placed in large black garbage bags. Attached to these bags was the threat that their treasured items were going to be donated. After a morning filled with tears, we decided to cave give the children one last opportunity to salvage their loot by helping to clean up and organize all their bagged toys.

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New Rule: From this day forward, they must put away every toy they take out each day before bed or the toy will be bagged and either donated or earned back.

As to whether or not this tactic will work, the jury is out, but something has to change! I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

What do you do when your children won’t clean up after themselves?

How to create a personalized chore chart

Things are getting real up here in the Bond household, and it’s time for the girls to start helping. I asked Anson (7) to think of our family like a soccer team–we are teammates and the only way we’re going to win in the end is if we all work together.

I’ve been threatening to do a chore chart for five years now. The off-the-shelf chore charts never seem to fit perfectly. Besides, I think it helps to make it personal for the kids so they can relate in real life. It’s like an adult vision board.

Anson and I made a list of things she could reasonably be responsible for. It took about 90 seconds; I think she appreciated having some input.

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For each chore, I found a corresponding real-life photo. For those without a corresponding photo, I just took one. She actually took the one of her homework binder.

Using Picmonkey, I created a collage of images and added text to each image.

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I love the Listening Ears. I want the girls to learn that listening is an act of love.

I’m going to print this page, laminate it and cut out each chore. Then I’m going to add velcro adhesive to the back of each one so that as she completes an activity, she can move it under her name. The proof will be in the pudding.

As for the reward at the end of the week, I suspect that will change weekly. If it’s a sleepover she wants, the chart has to reflect that she’s earned it. Or maybe it’s a ladies lunch, donuts on Saturday morning, or a trip to the bookstore to pick out a new book.

I’ll keep you posted on our progress. In the meantime, I’d love to know how you handle chores in your house. And if anyone has any good recommendations for a 4yo or 2.5yo, please share them! Comment below.

5 Tips for Healthy Sleep Habits

It is the start of a new year! No doubt many families are trying to get back into their routines and reinstate healthy and positive behaviors for themselves and their children. If you are like most parents, you probably have a number of resolutions for your family: eating better, keeping to a routine, spending more time together, etc. But consider adding “getting more sleep” to your list.

The number of children in America who are sleep deprived is remarkable. Some researchers suggest that 4 out of every 10 children are not getting enough sleep.

But why is sleep so important?

Lack of sleep can have a negative effect on children’s performance in school, on the playground, and in social and family relationships. Researchers have shown that symptoms of sleep deprivation look a lot like symptoms of ADHD:

  • decrease in performance skills, concentration ability, reaction time, and the ability to understand and retain information; or
  • increase in memory lapses, accidents and injuries, behavior problems, and mood problems, especially irritability.

It is up to us, as parents, to ensure that our children are able to do their best, and that includes making sure they get enough sleep.

How can you tell if your child is sleep deprived?

The average school-aged child needs between 9 and 10 hours of sleep per night. When sleep is insufficient in either quantity or quality, certain signs are there.

  1. Hard to wake. Children who do not get enough sleep often do not wake up spontaneously; they must be awakened, sometimes with great difficulty.
  2. Groggy. Another sign is that your child is sleepy when they wake up, which results in often rushed or missed breakfast and slower time getting ready in the morning.
  3. Falls asleep in class. Children who are sleep deprived often appear sleepy in school and may even fall asleep in class.
  4. Poor concentration. You or the teacher may notice that your child is having trouble concentrating in class and is not finishing work on time.
  5. Irritability, especially late in the day, is also a sign.
  6. Late weekend sleeper. If your child is sleeping much longer and later on the weekends, he might be making up the sleep he missed during the week.

So, what steps can you take to ensure that your child is getting enough sleep?

Tip #1

The most important rule is to maintain a regular sleep and wake pattern seven days a week. This means going to bed on time every night and no sleeping in on the weekends.

Tip #2

Eliminate afternoon and evening naps.

Tip #3

Establish a relaxing bedtime routine, such as a warm bath and story time before bed. About one hour before your child is supposed to be in bed, start winding down. Turn the lights lower, eliminate stimulating computer games or movies, and prevent strenuous or boisterous physical activity.

Tip #4

Avoid feeding children big meals close to bedtime; avoid giving your child anything with caffeine within six hours before bedtime.

Tip #5

Set the room temperature so that it is comfortable, not too cold and not too hot, and make sure that the room is dark (use a nightlight for those who may be afraid of the dark). Experts also suggest no television in the bedroom, but for those who may be used to sleeping with a TV on, mute the sound and use the sleep timer on the TV., or come in to turn the TV off once your child is asleep.

Getting more sleep at night gives your child a chance to truly be their best at school and at home, and it can be contagious. When our children are in bed earlier, it frees up time so that we can be in bed earlier too.

Got a sleep problem? Email me at abrennan [at] familybhc.com.

4 Financial Resolutions You Can Keep

One of the most common new year’s resolutions is to make financial changes. Here are 4 goals that with some commitment are doable, impactful, and will help your conscious and subconscious mind work together to make change easier in your financial life.

1 – Start to review your spending every week.

If you want to change your spending habits you’ve got to commit to really understanding your current habits. This is one of those places where a little bit more focus can yield huge results. If you can really develop an understanding of your spending patterns, it will give you insights of what is working well in your financial life, and what needs improvement. Use a tool like Mint.com or PocketSmith.com to track your transactions and help you to categorize the results. (If you use Mint, under the Trends tab, the Spending by Category report is a personal favorite)

2 – Decide how much ‘fun money’ you and your partner have to spend each week.

If you’re like most of the couples I’ve worked with, there’s usually one area that you spend money on that drives your partner insane, and vice versa. You’re unique individuals with unique preferences so instead of trying to remake them, just decide how much you both get to spend each week without being accountable to the other and stick to that amount.

3 – Find yourself overspending? Spend cash.

If you find that you’re spending more on lunches, coffees, etc than you’d like in a given week, switching to cash can be a great scorecard. If you decide you’ve got to make it on $100 per week, and you get to the end of the week with money left over, that’s money you can direct towards your long-term goals. If you get to the end of the week and find yourself out of cash, you have a decision to make. You can always use one of your credit cards or hit the ATM but having that pause to think about what’s really important gives you the opportunity to make a new choice.

4 – Use images to help make better choices.

The goal-seeking parts of our brain seem to be driven by images which we can ultimately use to our benefit. Make a simple photo-book and start with 4-5 pages of goals you’ve accomplished to prime your goal-seeking mechanism. Then grab photos from Google Image Search or Pinterest to use in the rest of your photo book, images of the things you’d like to accomplish. You can then order an inexpensive book that can remind you of what you’re working towards that you can carry in your briefcase, keep where you process your bills, or use whenever things get tough and you need a dose of inspiration. My book has photos mostly of family travel that I’d like us to take, paying off our home, and goals for my company. Find images that are inspirational for you, and use them as a boost when choices get tough. (go to http://www.shutterfly.com/photo-books/simple-path and choose the 5×7 soft cover only option and you can do this quickly for less than $20)

Got a question about financial planning? Email me at jude@upperlinefinancial.com or check out my blog for financial tips, trends, resources and musings.

What financial resolutions did you make this year and what do you do to stay on track?

8 New Orleans Home Organizers and Personal/Professional Assistants

Playroom driving you nuts? Is your home office just a storage room for papers and used ink cartridges? Wearing those jeans again because you can’t walk into your closet? Do you start over all the time because you don’t know where to start?

Sorry if I’m projecting.

Just in case your MANY qualities do not include cleaning, efficient filing or general organization, here are 8 awesome New Orleans Home Organizers and Personal/Professional Assistants that can help you get you off to a nice, clean, clutter-free start, no matter what your chaotic circumstances are.

1. The Amandas: Organizing and closets

  • closets
  • garage
  • kitchen
  • office
  • space design
  • products

Note: They’re like, famous. And super pretty. Totally HGTV.

2. Clutter Clearer

  • eliminate clutter
  • closet and room organization
  • moving assistance: packing and unpacking
  • business place organization: filing, organizing and eliminating clutter in work space environment
  • organization of memorabilia

Note: They have the BEST Facebook page with awesome inspiration, tips and tools. Definitely a page to follow.

3. Consider it Done in Nola

  • errands: grocery and drug store shopping, retail returns/exchanges, package delivering/receiving, dry cleaning pick up/ drop off, any errand you need done.
  • birthday parties
  • post office pick up and deliveries
  • emergency/last minute help
  • errands or company for aging family members

Note: Three words: Tuesday Target Run… Follow them on Facebook. They can help you with things you don’t even know you need help with.

4. Cynthia M. Dubois, Professional Organizer

  • general home organization and clutter elimination
  • assistance in disaster preparedness and disaster recovery
  • help with compulsive hoarding
  • general home office/business organization and clutter elimination

5. The Occasional Wife

  • organization of any room in the house
  • eliminate clutter
  • holiday decorating and un-decorating; arranging for special events
  • personal shopping; running errands
  • overseeing home projects; preparing a home fore renovations/home projects
  • moving services/ relocation assistance
  • preparing a home for a newborn; childproofing a home
  • estate sales; staging/preparing a home to sell on the real estate market

Note: These ladies are brilliant, funny and they’ve got a real good thing going. They are branching out nationally, which is awesome. They’re in NOLA, Baton Rouge, Los Angeles and Atlanta!

6. Organize Dat: Re-Organizing NOLA One Room at a Time

  • eliminate clutter
  • general organization
  • space planning
  • set-up home or small office
  • creating and maintaining electronic or paper filing system
  • computer setup and installation
  • data entry; bookkeeping; quickbooks setup and entry
  • flyer design/photoshop
  • personal shopping

Note: I love that she offers photoshop design work and computer and bookkeeping support. Very cool.

7. Organized Impressions

  • office organization: desktop purging, paper management and paper filing system
  • home organization
  • life events: moving, baby/childproofing
  • space planning

8. Virginia Barkley

Is an author, speaker, trainer & life coach, committed to helping her family, friends, and fans live more abundantly with less of the stuff that clutters homes and cramps lifestyles.

Note: She’s a true life coach. Big leagues. And totally approachable. I wrote about her here.

What three words will define you in 2014?

Happy 2014! I’m excited to finally have a moment to myself to write to you. At the beginning of the holiday, I decided to let go of everything that distracts and spend the last weeks of 2013 completely present, not hassled or harried, and not half hidden behind a screen. It was the best holiday I’ve had in years.

I hope your holiday was wonderful, and that you are ready to take on 2014. I know I am. Here’s why:

Do you have a favorite newsletter that you actually read? Besides this one, of course. 😉 Well, I’ve been following Chris Brogan for a few years now. He is many things, but I consider him an expert in the fields of marketing, online content development strategies and community engagement–three things that really resonate with me as a blogger.

At the end of every year, Chris encourages us to come up with three words that will define and drive our business efforts for the coming year. In looking at the future of nolaParent and the direction I would like to go professionally, I came up with the three words that will guide all my business decisions for 2014: Plan, Partner, Produce.

PlanWithout a plan, it’s hard to know where to go and how to get there. A plan gives you permission to say “yes” to the things that support your goals and “no” to those that don’t. When I launched nolaParent five years ago, I didn’t expect to have three kids within that time, so my “plan” was one of survival: keep the family going, keep nolaParent moving forward, and try not to end up in a mental institution. This year I am going to strategically plan my content so that you know what to expect. For example, in January, I will focus content on organization, health, and wellness–all the things we like to think about as we welcome a new year.

Do you have any content ideas to contribute?

partnerAligning nolaParent with people and organizations that bring relevance and value to families is what I enjoy the most, whether it’s partnering with Louise S. McGehee School to raise awareness of the advantages of an all-girl education and inspire the next generation of female tech leaders, or Touro to address important issues and advancements in women and family healthcare, or Virginia Barkley, life coach and leading authority on clutter-busting for busy women, to promote this very special, free online Look & Feel Great for Moms Online Rejuvenation Event.

Maybe there is something that you and I can partner on together?

produceAs a writer, this is the most important goal. I want to produce lots of awesome content that informs and entertains you.

What three words will define you, your business or your parenting in 2014? I would love to know!

xxoo,

ashley

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