Hello SOTGC community,
This week I turn 45 and have never felt more fabulous! This year I have a new face and a new body. My husband says I look better than when he met me ten years ago. Although you might be thinking I got Botox injections or new boobs for my birthday, my new face and body are real.
My new face reflects my mental health and is free from stress, exhaustion and depression. My new body reflects my physical health and is lean, cut, flexible, and filled with home-cooked healthy food rich in nutrients and fiber and free from gluten and sugar.
How much does this new lifestyle cost me? More than $200K a year. Why so expensive? Because I got laid off in January 2012 as a corporate VP and started a new career as an entrepreneur. No more regular paychecks, 401K match, or subsidized health care insurance.
That “cost” would depress a lot of people, but I have not had one depressed day since the week I was laid off over a year and a half ago. I no longer have to skip shavasana in yoga class. I have a standing, weekly squash match because my travel schedule is non-existent. I work out five to six days a week. I buy organic produce including collard greens, kale, and beets because I actually have time to cook for my family. When I’m tired in the middle of the day, I can take a nap instead of load up on caffeine, gluten and sugar. I AM THE MASTER OF MY OWN SCHEDULE. I can’t tell you how good that feels!
My layoff forced me to face that fork in the road. Would I search for a new job in the same industry and continue down a career path where I was making over $200K but miserable? Or would I chuck it all, take a risk, live off savings, and launch a business based on my passion? I didn’t think I had the guts to do it, but I chose the latter. It was one of the best decisions in my life.
Unfortunately, most women do not have the option to choose one over the other. They must stick with the traditional career path, dead-end as it might be. They have no choice because they have not spent the last 10 or 20 years saving and investing like I did. They ignored their money and the actions they needed to take to make their money grow.
Many women claim they don’t invest because they are “conservative” and “afraid of losing money.” The real reason they don’t invest is that they haven’t bothered to make education on how to invest a priority in their lives. If growing your money never becomes a priority, you might be stuck in that job or industry you have grown to despise.
I chose the name of my company, “The Options Lady,” because it has a dual meaning. I specialize in a style of investing that integrates options trading with traditional stock investing. However, the primary reason I call myself “The Options Lady” is because I teach women how to build wealth so they will have “options” when it comes to their career and life choices.
I have built my business so that no matter what your level of wealth, you can take advantage of my services. If you can’t afford professional money management or one-on-one coaching, I urge you to attend one of my seminars which I price at $20 or less. Even though I have built my expertise to a point that I now get paid to speak (with the speaking fee increasing once my book about women and investing is published), my commitment to offering education accessible to all will not waver.
Start building your wealth today so you will have the option to leave a job you no longer find fulfilling. Stop relying on your romantic partner or male family member to take care of the “financial stuff” and learn how to become financially independent.
Here’s how you can start:
- Take advantage of my complimentary 30-min phone consultation by clicking the “Contact” tab on my website, www.theoptionslady.com. We can determine if you are a fit for my one-on-one coaching or investment management services. You can live anywhere in the country and be able to work with me.
- If you live in San Diego, attend my Aug 29 after-work seminar, “How to Protect Your Money When the Stock Market Goes Down” or my Sept 13 lunchtime seminar, “Is My Relationship with Money Impacting My Wealth?” Click on the “Events” tab on my website for details or send me a message through the “Contact” tab.
Laurie Itkin is Founder of The Options Lady and an investment advisor with Coastwise Capital Group. She has been quoted on investing and personal finance in MSN Money, CBS Money Watch, CNBC, US News and World Reports, Huff Post Live, and Learnvest. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Every Woman Should Know Her Options: A Guide to Successful Investing & Financial Independence.
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