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    When I was a financial planner, I performed semi-annual financial reviews with my clients. "Do we need another review already?" they would often say. "Nothing's really changed." Although things may feel the same, more changes than we think. And if we review finances regularly, it's not a long arduous...
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    Repeat after me: What will I do differently in 2011? Say it again. Get in a quiet room by yourself and say it out loud. Say it ten times if you need to. Grab a pen and a notepad and start writing down some answers. Your answers can be anything: little tips and tricks, serious changes of habit, pipe dreams...
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    I recently watched the animated movie "Up," and the first 15 minutes depressed me beyond reprieve. I felt sorry for the wife-- a woman, who as a girl had big dreams of travel adventures. But, as life continued, and as she developed a relationship and the responsibilities of being a "grown...
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