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How do you reward yourself?

As you gear up for the New Year, you may be thinking about when you’ll make the 2023 updates to your contingency plan. The first quarter-ish is usually a good time of year to take care of this essential yet mundane work since you’re gathering paperwork to complete your taxes. How will you incentivize yourself to set a date on your calendar and…

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Contingency Planning for Agriculture Entrepreneurs

Why would a girl from West Philly and corporate retiree apply to speak at the Pasa Sustainable Agriculture conference? The short answer is they’re my people. It’s challenging to think of a group of entrepreneurs more essential to America than farmers, CSA owners, restaurant owners, food distributors, and shop owners. The majority of these business…

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Millennials Are Leading the Way

I 💜 Millennials!

One of January’s highlights is reading Caring.com’s estate planning survey results for the prior year.

And the headline says it all:
For the First Time, Caring.com’s Wills Survey Finds that Younger Adults Are More Likely to Have a Will than Middle-Aged Adults

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Reassessing Your Home-keeping Habits

Once you start contingency planning, it’s hard to know where to stop. Planning for the unexpected becomes part of how you see the world and how you organize your life. Last year I was determined to use the pandemic lockdown efficiently. For me, that meant having two elective surgeries that I had been putting off.  To prepare…

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Fireproof Safe

How to Choose a Fireproof Safe for Your Home or Business

When exploring fireproof safe options, there are many variables to consider. Sometimes there are so many choices that people decide not to buy a safe, risking the privacy and security of their contingency plan and valuables. Important considerations include: Check out this safe on Amazon that is most popular with my clients.

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Farming in February

Years ago, I would rise early Saturday mornings to make muffins from scratch and surprise neighbors with small batches. One neighbor would say, “You should live on a farm!” Although I’ve lived in Chester County for decades, I still have strong city roots. I like front porches, street lights, and side-walks. I have no plans…

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