J is for Journey.

 

Life is a journey and divorce is a difficult experience but it can also be a catalyst for positive change in your new life.  In order to reap the benefits of the journey, we must travel with intention.

There is work to be done, wounds to be healed, and lessons to be learned.  So let’s start together to reach some of these goals:

 

  1. Develop a thorough understanding of your present situation.
  2. Identify your financial and personal goals.
  3. Ask yourself how will you continue to keep your standard of living before divorce or do you need to make difficult changes?
  4. What funds are needed for your mortgage, college expenses, funding for retirement, etc.?
  5. A Certified Financial Divorce Analysts CDFA™ can help you design a plan that will include recommendations and alternative solutions to help meet your goals.
  6. Seek emotional support, this can come in many forms, choose what works for you.
  7. Take charge of your financial responsibilities, this may include reinventing your career choices.  Find work you enjoy, do what you love, the rest will fall into place.
  8. Know yourself – what can you contribute to get to this goal?  Avoid self-defeating thoughts, manage your emotional triggers and do not compromise your values.
  9. Have a vision of where you want to be in five years – personally and financially.
  10. Enjoy the journey and take notes on the lessons learned.

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About Ann Zuraw

Ann Zuraw, the voice behind "Chicks, Chat and Change", is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™).If you have comments on this post contact Ann Zuraw

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