You could be earning a 13.9% bonanza like those running the stretch this year. Some of my long-term readers may remember I originally posted this financial strategy in February 2018 when I shared a story of how I nutritionally prepared myself for a heavy-laden run in Tibet where the high altitude has low oxygen levels which make running difficult. Well, the Social Security Administration has just announced an increase of 5.9% to Social Security income...
Monique Castillo |
Last year’s March threw a curve-ball to everyone’s routines. This year’s March revealed incredible gains for those companies that had a service or product to offer us while we were figuring out how to survive a pandemic. The earnings recently announced by these companies have been an equivalent of kids coming home and reporting one by one that they made the honor roll on their report card. As a mother of three, you can see...
Monique Castillo |
I used to be a big fan decades ago of watching Survivor, totally caught up in it. I don’t know if it is still on air or not, but that was the show’s motto. Those of us still breathing in March 2021 have so far survived the pandemic. March not only represents a year since shelter-in-place initiatives were enacted worldwide. This week’s March 23rd is a year from when the markets hit bottom. As difficult...
Monique Castillo |
How can you help from your station in life? This past year’s tragedies opened the eyes of many to the silent suffering of those marginalized in our society. While the news cameras may have focused on the physical moments captured during the social and racial justice movement, what I saw was an outpouring of love and concern for one’s fellow man. So many people in so many corners of our nation – and subsequently in...
Monique Castillo |
Get paid to do right by yourself and if you have employees, help those who help breathe life into your brand. This year ushered in the SECURE Act and California legalized the gig worker structure where companies like Uber and Lyft do not have to squeeze themselves back into the employer-employee work model. Technology is breaking shackles around mindsets and ushering in new perspectives. A few years ago, when I did a rail trip across...
Monique Castillo |
This year’s shelter-in-place sudden jolt to our routines gave us time to realize what expenses in our life were discretionary and non-discretionary or another way put: essential or non-essential. Money spent on life enhancements like nails and sporting events took a necessary pause and if we took good advantage of the reflection time, we should have increased savings for emergency funds and future goals. This downtime from discretionary spending (even Amazon de-prioritized Prime shipping of...
Monique Castillo |
It’s been a good run Time to pivot from the fun Like bell-bottom jeans that graced many an artist cover album That fashion icon hit a time too when it was finally spun We’re just entering the final quarter of the year and it’s going to be more important than ever to lend your ear to the good news because bad news sells more. Among the din of this week with markets falling in the...