Don’t let 2016 sneak up on you

October is almost over and 2015 is edging to a close.  Do you or your kids have regrets from 2015? Don’t have regrets in 2016–listen to this week’s podcast:

Goals not planned and written down are twice as likely to be tossed aside with time.  Ask me how I know…  I’ve been on a steady path to reforging a life that I enjoy.  In fact, you are reading this email as a result of goals and plans for 2015.

This week Carol Topp, a speaker and coach for teens discusses her experience helping teens with a common goal they express:  starting a small business.  Carol likes to call this a “microbusiness” because, as she says, “Anyone can start a ‘microbusiness’ because it doesn’t feel very big.”  Find out how in this week’s episode.

Let’s be ready for 2016,


PS – Carol also discusses shadowing, interning, and other great goals for your kids in 2016.

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