THE STRAIGHT S K I N N Y
How My Experiences Led Me to Help You With Your Finances A NAVAL OFFICER, MOTHER, AND ADVISOR S ome years ago, my sister-in-law asked me if I liked working in a male- dominated field. I had to laugh. I’ve spent my entire life in a male- dominated environment, having five natural and three adopted brothers. My first tour of duty in the Navy was as the intelligence officer in an anti- submarine warfare squadron, where I was the only woman among 250 men. I was at the forefront of women who were allowed to deploy in the Navy. It was an exciting time, and though challenging, I learned so much and loved it. Those words struck a chord. My husband and I had our own negative experiences with a couple different brokers. When we were young Naval officers, we met with a few financial advisors who specialized in
“helping”military personnel, but were more focused on making sales. Years later, we met with a very experienced broker, but I could never
My military career began because of my dad, a 20-year veteran of the Air Force. Since I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology/premed, my dad suggested the military as a “great incubator.” I interviewed for the ROTC programs for both Air Force and Navy at Ohio State. Within a couple months, and only a few days after we’d moved to Oregon, a check and orders arrived from the Navy sending me to the Naval Science Institute in Rhode Island. “Report in two weeks,” it said — I guess I was going Navy! Six of my brothers would follow me, joining the military as Marine officers. I spent eight years active duty in the Navy and then moved to the reserves in order to raise our four kids that would arrive in less than six years. My husband and I met in the squadron in 1977. We kept a low profile while dating in the squadron. We’ve been married for 38 years and together for 41, so I’d say we work well together. After many years of homeschooling, volunteering, coaching, and working part time to allow for more time as a mom, I stepped back into the workforce to manage the biggest multimillion-dollar government contract for a small pharmaceutical manufacturing firm. In short, it was an incredibly tough assignment and I learned a tremendous amount. When asked to stay on by the parent company, I politely declined; it was time to completely change gears and become “the captain” of my own ship. I took the challenge from one of my brothers who had been an advisor for 20- plus years. He said: “You should consider becoming an advisor. You care about people, and there aren’t enough people in this industry doing it right.”
shake the feeling that what he talked about had nothing to do with what we were trying to accomplish. Luckily, he didn’t gamble with our savings.
Unfortunately, my grandparents weren’t as lucky with their experience. Their story was another catalyst for my desire to become an advisor. Grandpa saved quite a bit from working as a small-business owner for 35 years. One day, the bank called my father to say grandpa was disoriented and wanting to withdraw money from his account, but it was empty. My parents discovered he’d been living on cookies and milk, and the money was gone. He had been swindled out of all his money by a phony real estate “investor” who convinced many others to invest with his group. Luckily, grandpa was able to live with my parents until they could find care. My ability to be independent and work in the client’s best interest as a fiduciary is incredibly important. I can focus on helping individuals and families find the best solutions to the challenges they’re facing regardless of their situation, goals, or age.
I spent more than 20 years with a mission of “Protecting and Defending” the Constitution and the country. My clients are now part of that mission.
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4 WINTER ILLNESSES YOU’D RATHER AVOID
Know What to Look For Before They Attack
TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT WINTER HOLIDAYS
Achoo! That’s the last noise you want to hear this winter. Cold weather brings a slew of sicknesses, so be vigilant to treat these common illnesses, or better yet, avoid them altogether. The Common Cold Although there is no cure, a cold is easier to treat than other illnesses. If you or a loved one has a runny nose, low-grade fever, headache, cough, nasal congestion, or sore throat, the common cold has most likely taken hold. With the help of rest and perhaps some cold medicine, like cough drops and decongestants, the cold will come and go in about a week. Bronchiolitis Bronchiolitis appears most commonly in children less than a year old and is caused by other viruses. Of the many symptoms — nasal congestion, low-grade fevers, and coughing —wheezing is the one you should be most concerned about. If your child is having difficulty breathing and is dehydrated, they may have caught a more serious strain of the virus. Most children will recover with at- home rest, but some may need to be hospitalized for more severe symptoms. Influenza The flu is known for causing high fever, muscle aches and pains, nausea, and other symptoms similar to a cold. Often, the fever will last for around five days, but it can be shortened with the aid of antiviral medications. However,
According to the Pew Research Center, Christmas is the most celebrated December holiday in the U.S. Yet, like the melting pot it is, the U.S. contains many cultures from across the globe, each with their own traditions. Teach your kids about some of the holiday celebrations from different cultures this season.
Created in 1966 by black studies professor Maulana Karenga during the Black Nationalist Movement, Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration and reflection period for African Americans. The week offers African Americans the opportunity to connect with African culture and history by celebrating the seven principles of African heritage, which include unity, self-determination, and creativity.
Hanukkah pays homage to a two-year Jewish rebellion against an oppressive Greek-Syrian government that took them captive in an attempt to eliminate Judaism. The tradition of the eight-day celebration and the lighting of the menorah candles comes from the story of a miracle that happened during the rebellion, when a one-day supply of oil burned for eight days in a temple.
these medications are recommended only for children who face serious complications or hospitalization from the flu. If you want to avoid catching this, your best bet is to receive the annual flu vaccine.
Strep Throat A sore throat, headache, stomach ache,
Though celebrated in late fall, Diwali is a Hindu holiday that’s known as the festival of lights. Its main purpose is to celebrate the triumph of good over evil, and the five-day festival includes the lighting of candles or lamps, feasting, and giving gifts to family and friends. Diwali also celebrates the Hindu new year and is the largest, most widely celebrated festival in India. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but educating your children about holiday practices other than Christmas will give them a broader worldview and inspire them to gain further knowledge about cultures outside their own. Your local library is a great resource for children’s literature on these holidays, and there are also TV programs from PBS that feature episodes on these traditions. Enjoy the winter holiday season, however you decide to celebrate!
vomiting, and high fever are signs of strep. This infection is treated with antibiotics and should be addressed soon after the first symptoms appear to prevent further complications. Children with strep throat should stay away from school and other activities until they’ve been on antibiotics for 24 hours.
Everyone knows that getting sick is no fun and is best avoided at all costs. However, it happens to everyone eventually. Catching a virus or infection in its early stages can help you shake the sickness much faster.
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SURVIVING THE SEASON OF SWEETS How to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth With Less Sugar
Cookies, cakes, and pies, ohmy! The holiday season is brimming with sweet treats of all kinds. Sometimes it can feel like candy and sugary desserts are around every corner, and yet you still want to indulge. However, when you consider that over 50 percent of Americans are insulin-resistant, prediabetic, or diabetic, that piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream starts to look more dangerous than appetizing. During the holidays, how can you satisfy your sweet tooth without worrying about consuming excessive sugar and calories? Skip the candy and go for the fruits and nuts. Keeping a bowl of fruit and nuts nearby can help keep sugar cravings at bay. Dried fruits, such as cranberries, pineapple, or apricots, are both sweet and nutritious. Just be sure to check the packaging for added sugars. You can evenmake your own dried fruit with a food dehydrator. This way, you are completely in control of the ingredients. Nomatter what you do, just be mindful not to overindulge. Dried fruit is high in sugar and calories, but the fiber and vitamins make fruit much healthier than just about any other sugary treat. Another way to cut down on your sugar intake is to use dark chocolate in all your chocolate-based treats. Dark chocolate has about half as much sugar as milk chocolate, twice as much healthy fat, less cholesterol, 4–5 times more iron, twice as much potassium, fewer carbs, andmore flavonoids and theobromine. The antioxidant
properties of the theobromine and flavonoids make dark chocolate as good for your heart as it is for your soul. If you have a recipe that
calls for chocolate, reach for the dark stuff, whether it’s dark chocolate chips, cocoa powder, or baking chocolate.
While it may seem as though everyone and their grandma is overindulging in sugar this season, know that you have the choice to opt for healthier sweets. And come NewYear’s, you won’t have to spend the first fewmonths of 2019 working off that extra cookie weight.
BUTTERY ROASTED CHESTNUTS
TAKE A BREAK
Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine
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2 pounds fresh chestnuts, unpeeled
2 teaspoons kosher salt, or more to taste Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Pat dry and transfer to a medium bowl. Add rosemary, butter, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Toss to coat and transfer to baking sheet. Arrange in a single layer. Gather the edges of the foil together, leaving an opening at the top. Roast until peels curl up, about 30–45 minutes. Transfer to a platter and serve while hot or warm.
2–3 sprigs rosemary
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
Heat oven to 450 F.
Place a large sheet of foil on a rimmed baking sheet. On a large, flat workspace, place chestnuts flat side down. Using a sharp knife, carve an X on the rounded side of each chestnut.
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In a large bowl of hot water, soak chestnuts for 1 minute.
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Holiday Decoration Tours
Get Away and Be Festive This Holiday Season There’s nothing quite like the magical lights of the holiday season, and some destinations in the U.S. have perfected the craft of holiday decoration. If you’re looking to get away this December and still engage in seasonal festivities, add one of these places to your must-visit list. around the holidays, they are lit up with white string lights and flanked by snow. The Christmas decorations and lights surrounding the archway make for a Western-themed holiday pulled right out of a John Wayne classic. For holiday admirers looking for a unique spin, Jackson has you covered. Yearly Yuletide in Santa Claus, Indiana This one’s for the Christmas lover. If you can’t make it out to Santa Claus, Indiana, this holiday season, you can still celebrate Christmas in this tiny Midwestern town in January, June, or even October. Embracing its unique name, the town boasts a museum, holiday shopping center, and a Christmas theme park. In a moving tribute, the town’s residents also write responses to children’s letters to Kris Kringle himself. It’s impossible to avoid holiday cheer in this town.
NewYork City’s Rockefeller Center New York City is an iconic location for Christmastime. The scene is like a Hallmark card: Ice-skating lovers whiz past miles of twinkling lights underneath an exceptionally tall and amply decorated tree. The tree is specially selected by Rockefeller Center’s landscaping crews, who scout out trees years in advance. It remains lit from November to early January, so you have plenty of time to check it out. Ranch Christmas in Jackson, Wyoming Jackson, Wyoming, takes its frontier culture to the next level during the Christmas season. All year, the city proudly displays four elk antler arches, but
DisneyWorld’s Christmas Magic What better place to celebrate the most magical time of the year than in the most magical place on Earth? Walt Disney World’s halls are decked to the max with a parade, gingerbread homes, strings of lights, and festive parties. Plus, costs to visit Disney World can be cheaper during the Christmas season, so keep an eye out for a vacation steal.
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