Four Steps to Wealth in 2020 by Michael Tannery

Four Steps to Wealth in 2020 by Michael Tannery

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Tina and I were excited to see 2019 close the curtain and the dawning of a new year and a new decade.  Last year we had all the fun we could handle in one year.

What is Wealth?

According to merriam-webster.com Wealth is an abundance of valuable material possessions or resources.

Resources, of course, can mean valuable resources yet what are resources?  Do they always mean money?  No, valuable resources also include our time, our health and our community and of course money.

Over the next four weeks, I am going to set out ideas for you in ways to make your life “wealthier”.

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What Do You See?

What Do You See?

A year goes by too quickly and yet there are days when it just seems to take forever, such is the dichotomy of life.

My blog writing is typically accomplished on either Thursday or Wednesday evening sitting at the dining room table. (Some nights there might be a glass of wine)

My view tonight is the lighted decorated Christmas Tree and it brings a bit of normalcy to what has been a “different” year.

A year ago, if I told you all the things that were about to occur in our life, you might just say, “You cannot make the _______ up”.

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My Best Gift Ever

My Best Gift Ever

Do you have room in your budget for charity?

Does it seem like there are so many worthy causes in the world that just getting started with “where to give” is overwhelming?

To steal a thought from Jon Acuff author of, Finished the first day of creating a habit and to reach a goal is the most difficult.

How to Get Started Giving

It seems like the idea of giving has become incredibly commercialized with “National Giving Day” and for us, in North Texas, there is the “North Texas Giving Day”.  I like to find ways that directly impact my local community.

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Thankfulness is a Gift

Thankfulness is a Gift

A year ago, for Thanksgiving 2018 I wrote about Life Changes.

“A lot happened in the last twelve months and I have no doubt that the next twelve months brings new opportunities for all of us.

 A year ago, Tina and I had recently finished our first 70.3 Ironman and were researching how we could do two in 2019.  Suddenly in a simple misstep, we were dealing with her broken heal and what that meant for our lives.  We had plans!   God just laughed.”

 Looking back now, I see that God was just getting us prepared to undergo a change in our life, be ready for the curves in the road ahead and to be grateful for everything we have.

Thanksgiving a time for Travel, Togetherness, Turkey, and most importantly thanks for the gifts we have and experience daily.

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Five Steps to NO Excess Holiday Spending

Five Steps to NO Excess Holiday Spending

It’s that time of year when everything tastes like pumpkin spice, all of the stores have Christmas decorations up and your inbox is getting inundated with pre-Black Friday offers.  Before you can remember when the Dallas Cowboys last won a Superbowl, you will be sitting down for Thanksgiving turkeys and going gonzo over Christmas dinners and eggnog.

That’s right – it must be November.

And with the leaves changing, we thought, why not follow suit?

Do you remember all those annual resolutions you made eleven months ago?  How have those gone?  Hopefully, you have accomplished most and maybe added a few as the year went along.

The next sixty plus days can destroy the success you have built with your financial plan in the twinkle of Santa’s eye.

Here are Five Steps to Say NO to Excess Holiday Spending.

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Freedom Day

Freedom Day

I have been working on this for two years.

Two weeks ago, we “cut the cord”!

This past month we finally had enough after receiving our cable bill that again crept up to nearly $200 per month from our local cable provider which was littered with equipment, taxes, and random unexplained charges and taxes on taxes.

For years the cable companies operated like the monopolies that earned them that moniker, yet every year we would call into the service line playing as good of an Oscar role as we could muster to bluff like we were calling in to cancel. We would say that we had someplace better to go while knowing there was someone on the other end laughing their ass off, mocking us while hitting the mute button thinking we were full of shit, as there was no other island we could travel to.  Until now!

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