Now Is the Perfect Time to Think About What’s Next in Your Life

Amid all the shimmer and shine of the new year, many of us find ourselves spending longer than usual on inner reflection — wondering how we might pursue a passion or thinking hard about whether our own skin is still a good fit. I always think that the more time I spend on this end-of-the-year inventory, the bigger the opportunity I have to make a meaningful adjustment. That’s the signal that this is a good time to look deeper and …

Let’s Give Small-Business Owners a Competitive Edge

“People give their time to their job. They shouldn’t have to fear what happens when they’re done working.”  — Molly Sumner of Kindred Companions Molly Sumner of Frenchtown, N.J., owns a small business called Kindred Companions, training dogs and selling pet supplies.  Unfortunately, Molly’s employees are some of the nearly 2 million New Jerseyans — and 55 million Americans — who don’t have a retirement savings plan through work. “It’s something I want for my employees,” Molly says, but not …

New Book Helps Caregivers Care for Themselves

Like so many other family caregivers, I often place my own care on the back burner because I’m focused on the immediate needs of those I’m caring for. But that self-neglect eventually catches up with me — sometimes dramatically. I share one eye-opening experience in my new book, Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving. An excerpt: I lay there wide awake in the roll-away bed, springs from the mattress poking me between the ribs. My chest felt tight, my heart was pounding and I struggled to breathe. I …

Reality Show Offers Peek Into Adult Kids’ Job Hunt

“What’s your biggest weakness?” is a classic job interview question. Imagine answering “procrastination”… on national TV! That’s exactly what one millennial did on Job or No Job, a new show that takes a behind-the-scenes look at young adults trying to snare that first position. The series, from the producers of Undercover Boss, proves entertaining and informative, and a great way for millennials to pick up some job-hunting advice through the mistakes of others. (And parents get to see what really …

How Much Have You Saved for Retirement?

How much have you saved for retirement? Five hundred dollars? Five thousand? Fifty thousand? If you have even $5 saved, you’re one step ahead of nearly half of working-age households — who have ZERO saved for retirement. This startling fact is just one of the reasons AARP is fighting for Work and Save, a commonsense solution to help individuals save toward a secure retirement  through an easy payroll deduction at work — an option not available to many employees. Work …

Some Advice to Help Put Your Kids on a Career Path Now

In the famous scene from The Graduate, Ben is cornered by guests at his college graduation party who ask, “What are you going to do now?” One man offers a single word of advice: “Plastics.” By the movie’s end, Ben is still clueless about his future. And there most likely will be thousands of versions of Ben among the 4 million students receiving degrees this month. Added to the usual post-college confusion is not only a working world radically changed. …