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The Eagle Has Landed

The Great World Around Us - This week, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s mark as the first crewed mission to land on the moon. The event has a special place in my heart. Immigrants from France and professors of rocket science at Purdue University, my grandparents worked on the space shuttle program with NASA (even hosting BBQ’s and cocktail parties at their home in Indiana, with names like Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan in attendance). Oh what I would do to go back in time and hear their stories! For now, these photos will do: http://100photos.time.com/photos/neil-armstrong-nasa-man-on-moon

Life - Last month, I heard about a new Netflix special - The Call to Courage by Brené Brown. It's about vulnerability and how embracing it correctly can increase the love, joy, and happiness in your life. I thought to myself, who wouldn’t want to work on these things? If it’s generating this type of buzz then surely there are a couple nuggets of wisdom that I can get out of it. One nugget that has resonated with me the most is ‘the story I’m telling myself’ lesson.

‘The story I’m telling myself’ comes from the inner voice we all have  when we don’t communicate clearly with our coworkers, friends, or loved ones, so we fill in the blanks with our own stories.

  • “They haven’t replied to my email so I must not be important to them”
  •  “I wasn’t invited to the dinner party so I must have offended them”
  • “My significant other and I aren’t talking so we must be growing apart” 

By examining the situation at hand and beginning with the simple phrase 'the story I'm telling myself', we can understand our feelings more clearly and open a productive dialogue that uses vulnerability to our advantage. Check out the special and share what nuggets you get from it! Here's a link to a recent interview with Brené Brown: https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/tv-movies/a27276054/brene-brown-the-call-to-courage-netflix-interview/.

Money - While all of us can relate to the concept of saving for a future goal, such as planning a vacation or reaching financial independence, the writer at the White Coat Investor blog highlights some of the tangible and intangible benefits of starting early in a post titled 6 Reasons to Have a High Early Savings Rate. One of my favorite reasons on this list are ‘choices’. By starting early, you will have the choice to retire early or continue working or the choice to help your child go to college or hope they get a scholarship. Here's a link to the post: https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/6-reasons-to-have-a-high-early-savings-rate/

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