Transitions With Jean - Columns

Childhood Bedrooms

This month I had a couple of customers tell me about frustrations they are having with their children. In the first case, when their adult kids came to visit over the holidays, the parents wanted them to go through their bedrooms and get rid of some of their stuff....

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Just A Jalopy

Sometimes I feel like I am turning into a jalopy. Yes, that is a word: “An old, dilapidated automobile.” I never really was like a souped-up Camero or even a sleek Jaguar. I was more of a Chevy Trailblazer –like the SUV I had in the ‘90s. It was functional, with...

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From your heart not your wallet

This week, I had fun when two of my grandboys helped decorate my house for Christmas; they are 12 and 7 years old. What a treat for me.  Hopefully, they thought it was a treat, too. Like many of you, every Christmas decoration in my house has a history.  I’ve tried to...

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Veterans

Veterans: Today’s column is for you and your spouses. This week, I had the pleasure of sitting down with David Holst, one of our County Veterans Service Officers. I asked what he would like to share with veterans. He has two...

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Where Do You Spend Your Home-Time?

Have you ever heard of the 80-20 Rule? It asserts that 80% of the results come from 20% of the effort.  Well, that wasn’t very clear, was it? Let me share some examples to explain better– 80% of the work in an organization is done by 20% of the people: consider your...

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Back to School

Do you remember your first day of school? It was so very long ago, but I’ll bet you remember how you felt that day. There was probably a little bit of excitement, a little bit of fear, a little trepidation. Will people like me? Will I make friends? Can’t I just stay...

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To-Don’t List

Every day, I make a to-do list. Honestly, it is because I just can’t remember all the things I need to do. Do you make to-do lists? It wouldn’t surprise me if your answer is yes, because when I meet with my customers, and we talk about planning for their transition,...

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Don’t be a Monkey

Lately, I have been thinking about this older column. I first heard about this story at a Mass at St. Mary’s in Appleton in 2008. It was a sermon told by Fr. Mike O'Rourke. His take on it was a little different because he was talking about things that might keep us...

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Don’t Lose Money to a Fake Mover

Summer is here. That is when most people move and when moving scams are rampant. Scammers love seniors.  Our generation trusts that a handshake is as good as gold. In addition to helping people make life transitions, I am a third-generation professional mover.  Our...

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Swarm Spring Cleaning Day For Mom

May is finally here! Spring is in the air.  Historically, this is the time of year for spring cleaning: that is when we give the house a once-over from top to bottom, shake off winter and let the sunshine in. If your mom is still living in her house, here is a gift...

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