“I’ve often used my own life as fodder for my work. I wrote a financial advice column for parents when my children were young, created an award-winning series on caregiving after my mother was diagnosed with dementia and developed another award winner on coping with what we euphemistically called “the high cost of saying goodbye” when my mother and sister died within six months of each other.
My experiences helped inform the reporting and, in turn, the reporting yielded advice that helped me navigate the challenges and, I hope, did the same for readers in similar situations.
The past year has been no different.
Since leaving my position as editor-in-chief of Money magazine a year ago, I have focused my work on financial wellness — for this Next Avenue column, for a book I’m writing and for the personal brand I’m building. In the process, I’ve learned a lot about what really moves the needle on financial health that I hope will be instructive for readers and also inform my own approach to managing money going forward. I’ve also learned a lot about redefining yourself and your career when you move on from a long-time job (I worked at Money for a total of 22 years) to launch a second act.”