You ARE Ready.
You're ready to take the next big steps in your finances.
It's just the two of you right now, but you know
that children are in your future.
You want to raise your kids in a stable place,
so you're considering home ownership to give your family the secure home they deserve.
There is so much to consider.
There's your student debt.
The fact that one, or maybe both of you, are really unhappy
at the job in the career you went into debt for.
Yes, you have debt. And you have savings.
And you've made many great, responsible decisions.
I know that neither you or your partner is anything like the "stereotypical millennial." If I'm right about you, you're extremely responsible and you tend to work a LOT harder than you play. If you manage to play at all.
And if I'm right about you ...
I'm really sorry that your work isn't as fulfilling as you hoped it would be.
We can help.
If we work together,
I'm going to do a lot more than just create great financial plans for you.
I'm going to help you frame your perspective about money
so we can get clarity on what you both want your money to do for you.
The most meaningful part of our sessions together will be
helping you be the person you want to be
by aligning your money with your true values and priorities.
I'm not going to send you endless surveys and questionnaires (yawn).
We’ll meet via video chat, so it’s cool if you’re here in Boston,
in California or Florida or anywhere in between.
Here's how our work together might look
over the next year:
First - I don’t expect that your finances are already perfectly organized. So no worries about that, because I view the secondary objective of our work together as helping you get your finances organized.
My primary objective is to understand what you want to experience in life.
I'll ask you a series of completely unexpected and confidential questions
to get crystal clear on what each of you values most.
“No two minds ever come together
without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force
which may be likened to a third mind.”
― Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich
Because your two great minds have already come together -
I'll be interviewing the three of you:
each of you, and you both as a couple.
Next, I’ll map out your financial facts.
Finally, I'll present your custom financial plan
based on your goals and priorities from our interviews.
I'm not stretching the depth of our work together to say that
you might feel like I'm your counselor in addition to
your financial planner.
I'm glad to be.
Pacesetter Planning is different.
I know what your needs are because I’m in the same boat that you are.
I'm a newlywed, having married my wonderful wife in September 2016.
We're living the life-work we want,
and I want to help you do the same.
I get you.
I get your big dreams.
And I get your big challenges.
I am committed to helping people of our generation
to learn from the financial mistakes and myths? of the generations before us.
I am committed to helping you spend and invest your money
to spend and invest your time with the people you love.
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