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What Should You Be Spending Money On for a More Enriching Life?

This month on the Illumination Wealth Blog, we’re talking about how to find financial balance. It’s all about ways to enjoy your lifestyle now while still saving for your future. It sounds simple, but it is often easier said than… Read Now >>

December 2015: Reward Yourself

December 9, 2015

Did you get all of your gift shopping done on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and what some retailers are now calling Cyber Week? We thought we should wait until all of the sales e-mails were cleared out of your inbox… Read Now >>


2015 Year End Financial Challenge

December 8, 2015

2015 is drawing to a close. Have you done everything you can to maximize your financial life this year? Why not take our Year End Financial Challenge. For each day until the end of the year, we’ve provided an action… Read Now >>


Want to reach your goals? Pretend you’re a dog.

December 2, 2015

As we approach the end of the year, it’s a good time to reflect on the past year, celebrate your accomplishments, and consider changes for next year. This practice applies not just to your personal or professional life, but also… Read Now >>


The Craig Sewing Show – Nov. 17, 2015

November 18, 2015

Here’s my Nov. 17, 2015 appearance on The Craig Sewing show discussing how global unrest and the possible Fed rate hike may impact the financial markets and your financial plan.


November 2015: Scary Money

November 4, 2015

Hello All, Let’s face it, investing can be scary. But what’s scarier is ignoring your fears about investing or not investing at all. The real risk in your financial future is not fluctuations in the financial markets, but not reaching… Read Now >>


When It Comes to Investing, You Get What You Don’t Pay For

November 4, 2015

I bet you’ve heard the phrase “You get what you pay for.” For many of the things we buy, a lower cost is typically associated with lower quality. So if we want the best of something, we believe we have… Read Now >>


Challenged Athletes Foundation Spinathon Fundraiser

October 29, 2015

In our last newsletter, we mentioned that Matt was going to be riding a stationary bike to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Well, Matt and his wife Lindy were part of a team that raised over $175,000 for this organization! Thanks… Read Now >>


The Best Gift I Ever Received…And You Can Get It (or Give It) Too!

October 20, 2015

I celebrated my daughter’s first birthday this past weekend. Opening her gifts really got me thinking about the gifts we give and the impact that gifts can have on one’s financial life. Far too many gifts that we give provide… Read Now >>


October 2015: Breaking the Limits

October 5, 2015

Hello All, We hope you’re enjoying the Fall weather that has finally reached many parts of the country. We sure are as California has been breaking the limits of record high temperatures. Other limits are being broken as well. Matt… Read Now >>


Breaking the Limits of Your 401(k) Plan

October 5, 2015

As we discussed in a previous post, your savings rate has a large impact on how soon you reach financial independence. If you’re looking to reach financial independence within 30 years, you need to save about 20% of your income.… Read Now >>