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Should You Take a Gap Year Before Law School?

Many people go straight through from college to law school. Many lawyers are unhappy. It’s easy to wonder had some of those people taken some time before law school to contemplate whether law was a good career for them. The answer from a lawyer: maybe....

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Just Pay Someone Else to Do It!

I recently moved apartments and let me tell you: hiring movers is always a good idea. Isn’t it odd that for some services we can do on our own, it’s frowned upon to outsource (e.g. raising your children) whereas others nearly everyone uses a professional...

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The Problems of a $500,000 Salary

I am always confused when people equate having money with having all one’s problems solved. Yes, money can solve a number of problems. But if money solved all problems, then we would have solved all our problems after our first or second raises. Instead, most...

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How Chasing Higher Salaries Can Leave You Broke

It’s a matter of faith that chasing a higher salary is a great way to get to financial independence and wealth. But one fifth of six-figure earners live paycheck-to-paycheck. And how many people do you know who chase after a higher salary only to find...

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Why I Changed my Views on Giving to the Needy

If you attain even a modicum of financial security, you inevitably start thinking about giving back. Over time I’ve noticed that I’ve changed my views on giving to the needy. Here’s why. How I Used to Think about Giving to the Needy I grew up...

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Tips for Relaunching After a Career Break

Most women will take a break sometime during their careers. Those same women want to know if they can re-enter the workforce or relaunch their careers after a break. The answer is yes, but the road may not necessarily be easy. Here are some tips...

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Use Money to Avoid Regrets

Recently, I had the pleasure of celebrating the life of a truly remarkable person whom I had never met. I accompanied someone to a gathering to honor one of his friends whom had passed recently (unrelated to Covid). It was a surreal experience meeting with...

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7 Lessons Learned from a Career Break

I took a two-year career break from 2019-2021. Basically one year before and one year during the pandemic. It was longer than I expected, but it was a great, amazing time. Here are seven lessons I learned during my time off. 1. My Time is...

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How to Take a Career Break from Law

Most women will take a career break at some point in their lives. And with 2020 blurring the lines between work and life, more of us need a break now more than ever. But how do you know when it’s time to take a career...