Manisha’s MoneyZen Blog

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How Fit Are Your Finances? What to Check Up on in The New Year

“So how are those 2014 financial resolutions going?” If you find that question cringe-inducing, trust me: you are not alone. And you may be over-reacting. As a financial advisor, I can assure you it’s still plenty early for you to turn your good financial intentions into actionable steps and repeatable systems. All behavior change (weight […]


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The Beauty Of A Budget

Many people think budgets are about deprivation. As a financial advisor, I feel they are about liberation. Here’s a simple three-step plan to create a budget that you will feel excited to follow. Step #1: Understand the real purpose of a budget.It’s not necessarily what you might think. The benefit of a budget is that it […]


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(Re)Define Your Self-Worth: to create a highly personal net worth

Self-worth and net worth have a very complicated relationship in modern America. Think about the last time you were out with a group of people. How long did it take for someone to ask: “So, what do you do?”  Chances are, not very long! What we do for a living – and its corollary, what […]


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Jean Chatzky’s Three Favorite “Money Rules”

In response to my last post about Jean Chatzky’s delightful new book, “MoneyRules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security“, many of your wrote to me to share the money rules that had made the biggest difference in your life. That got me thinking, “What are Jean Chatzky’s favorite money rules?”  After all, as the financial […]



My Three Favorite “Money Rules”

When economic times were flush, it felt relatively easy to figure out the next financial move to make. Today it feels like many of us are on a rapidly moving financial freeway with poor money signage. Should you pay off student loan debt or start saving for retirement? Should you save for your child’s education […]


About Manisha’s Money Zen Blog

This blog chronicles my quest to identify simple, joyful methods that we can all use to feel calmer and more balanced in our relationship to our money.

Despite the abundance of personal finance books, magazines, radio programs and TV shows that have exploded into our lives over the past two decades, most of us struggle to find financial sanity, security and serenity. Rather than help us eliminate money pain, all this information has left us feeling overwhelmed and confused. We need fresh wisdom to break out of the cycle of despair and create lives of abundance.

Here’s hoping these short pieces will help you craft a uniquely rich and rewarding life.

To Your MoneyZen,
– Manisha