Author Archives: Laurie Nordquist

Your opinion counts

While we might all tire from telemarketers calling at dinner time to ask for dollars or our opinion, most of us welcome a call from a friend, family or colleague asking our opinion. I don’t reach out as often as … Continue reading

Tagged , , | Be the first to comment

When do you qualify for old?

When do qualify for old? Is it based on age or attitude? My age still rounds down to 50, I certainly don’t feel old. Yet I remember when my parents were 50 and they seemed ancient. I do believe that … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , | Be the first to comment

Empty nest = what to do with all our free time

In previous posts, I’ve mentioned that my husband and I have more free time now that our kids are out of the house and we have an empty nest. We still have two in college so we need to be … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , | Be the first to comment

Taking action isn’t always easy

Did your mother ever say to you should do something because “It’s good for you.” I know I’ve said that on more than a few occasions to my three kids. Whether it was “Eat your vegetables,” “Get some exercise” or … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , | Be the first to comment

Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries…

My calendar is key for reminding me of important dates and events. Whether it’s someone’s birthday or anniversary or a holiday, that calendar reminder prompts me to do something. I may send a card, make a phone call or plan … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , | Be the first to comment

ROI on College

We have three kids in college right now. Fortunately, we have saved diligently for this and two of three were fortunate enough to get scholarships that help bring down the price tag a bit. College is a big investment and … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , | Be the first to comment

Charting your course

I recently spent a few days on a sailboat on Lake Superior with a group of 5 friends. Lake Superior is the largest fresh water body of water in the world. When you are out on a sailboat, you hear … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , | Be the first to comment

When are you too old to learn?

On a recent Sunday I caught a delightful human interest story on CBS about 89 years old Ed Bray from Cookson, Oklahoma. He’s a WW2 survivor with many medals of Honor to acknowledge his service and bravery to our country. … Continue reading

Tagged , , , | Be the first to comment

Retirement and taxes

I work with 401(k) plans, so I have always been a strong believer in saving on a pre-tax basis. The premise is that most of us will pay lower taxes when we withdraw the money in retirement. Yet our recent … Continue reading

Tagged , , , , | Be the first to comment

Are you optimistic?

Our first quarter 2013 Wells Fargo/ Gallup investor/ Retirement optimism index made a BIG jump from November 2012. Optimism is rising, the index is at +31 compared to -8 in 4th quarter 2012. The optimism was much higher for non-retirees … Continue reading

Tagged , , , | Be the first to comment