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Author Archives: Natalie Blakeney
Do you like to bake? There’s a blog for that. Want to improve your marriage? There’s a blog for that. Gone are the days where a blog is just an open journal representing the voice of one lone writer. Nowadays … Continue reading
I love the summer games! I have every since I knew what they were. I was so inspired by the 1984 Women’s Basketball team that I tried out for my junior high team only to find out that I was… Continue reading
During a spring visit to my Mom’s, I watched as she floated about the kitchen gleefully preparing lunch. Her topic of choice was retirement, which at the time was only 90 days away. Her excitement was contagious. “I’m going to… Continue reading
When someone moans and groans about getting older I often say “It beats the alternative.” That’s not to say that getting older is easy. It’s not. Things change often with little notice and without my permission. This has turned out… Continue reading
“This is Dr. Such-And-Such and I’m calling to tell you that your husband is going to be fine,” the doctor says in a stern there’s-no-need-to-go-freaking-out-woman tone. I frantically took notes but my brain started to fog over in spite of… Continue reading
One day while visiting my mother, she excitedly showed me a sheet of paper. Printed on the paper was just a simple spreadsheet, but it was much more. It was her retirement plan. Down the left-hand side were her funding… Continue reading
One day while waiting at a red light, I noticed a man at the gas station on the corner, his shirt sporting the logo of that station. At his feet were white single-digit numbers on plastic blue cards, and in… Continue reading
One piece of advice that’s served me well over the years is to build a network of five safe harbors. I got this tip from someone I trust and deeply respect. He explained that captains of cruise ships have designated… Continue reading
Two years ago I married a divorced father of two, and to quote my youngest stepdaughter, I now have “mommy in my title.” I’m now a stepmother. However, I’m not a fan of the title “stepmom,” mostly because it conjures… Continue reading
When I need help getting in shape, I schedule a few sessions with my personal trainer without hesitation. I didn’t think twice about pre-marital counseling. So when my husband recommended that we work with a financial counselor, I didn’t blink…. Continue reading