Yep… it’s a must. We set aside money each month for emergencies… accidents happen, people get sick and the best thing you can do is to have a “bucket” to pull from when it knocks on your door. Even if it’s just $50 a month, it’s something and it can be that little nest egg you have to pull from so that you won’t have to deplete from other accounts, which can help eliminate stress and anxiety.
Whether you run, take yoga, walk at the park with your little ones, or bust it out at the gym with cardio and strength training like me, you need to take care of yourself. I know as moms we put everyone else’s needs above our own, but we also need to make sure we’re investing in us, too. Another way to take care of everyone is by making healthy choices for dinner… try eating in and cooking together instead of that weekly night out. Small changes add up to big results for your health AND your wallet! And heavens to Betsy make sure you’re visiting your doctor(s) for your annual well-visits, yearly check-ups, etc. Stay on top of the news when it comes to health issues that impact us most like heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and a list of others.Finally, map out an action item and goal list to ensure you’re not missing anything important. Discuss your family health history or ask relatives about issues that might run in your family, meet with a financial advisor to seek guidance on how to plan for the future. I found this Value of all you do calculator and thought it was extremely useful in seeing the value I provide to my family, which helped me understand the value I add to those I love most. Raising kids is challenging enough. But what happens when you have to help take care of your parents at the same time? Check out this video below for the lessons Renee has learned as a member of the “sandwich generation.”