Momentum Newsletter

March 2011
 Issue 5 Vol. 3
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In This Issue


  • Shari’s Introduction
  • What would be your first concern?
  • If I had more free time and money…..



Shari’s Introduction



Happy St Patrick’s Day! A day when we wear green, drink green, and think green or else….

Or else what? No luck of the Irish? No pot of gold? And who was this St. Patrick anyway? What exactly is it we’re celebrating?

There are only two kinds of people in the world,” an Irish saying goes. “The Irish and those who wish they were.”

Why green? According to some accounts, blue was the first color associated with St. Patrick’s Day, but that started to change in the 17th century. Green is one of the colors in Ireland’s tri-color flag, and it has been used in the flags of several Irish revolutionary groups throughout history. Ireland is the “Emerald Isle,” so named for its lush green landscape. Green is also the color of spring, the shamrock, and the Chicago River, which the Midwestern city has dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day for the past 40-odd years.

Pinch me, I’m Irish! Forgot to wear green on St. Patty’s Day? Don’t be surprised if you get pinched. No surprise, it’s an entirely American tradition that probably started in the early 1700s. St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.

So hopefully you have on your green!

Spring is almost here and it’s time for renewal, new growth and blossoming! Have you got a plan? Do you have a map to your pot of gold?

If you think you are on the right track – great – but if you you just sit there – you’ll get run over! So make sure you have some action steps to move forward. If you need help – I can be your financial ‘caddie’ to help you… oh come on – you didn’t think that I would not find some way to incorporate golf into – well – everything!

Looking forward to the course drying out! Also want to announce a Ladies Golf Business Network that I am going to be starting at my golf club – Cottonwood – so stay tuned ladies – super excited about this – Winston (the Head Pro) and I have the premier business network to go to this summer! Can’t wait!

Talk soon!






What would be your first concern?


If you were diagnosed with a critical illness such as cancer – what would be your first concern?

Recovery and treatment I am sure would be most people’s first concern, and having critical illness insurance can take the stress of worry about money away so you can.

This insurance pays out a tax free lump sum amount upon diagnosis of as many as 25 illnesses, including cancer, heart attack, stroke and multiple sclerosis.  

There are different levels of critical illness insurance, and the one you decide on depends on how much you can afford. Having basic coverage will usually cover five or six conditions, while comprehensive coverage will cover all of the illnesses the insurance company has to offer.

Being approved for Critical Illness insurance can sometimes be difficult. It often depends on your health, or the history of your family’s health.

Some companies offer it to everyone, regardless of your current health, or your family history. There are no medical questions asked. There are limited benefits and coverage limits (up to $25,000) with these type of policies – but I always say that something is better than nothing – just ask anyone who has suffered a critical illness if they could have used an extra $10,000?

Suffering a critical illness is becoming more common than you think.


150,000 Canadians will suffer a heart attack

145,500 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer

50,000 Canadians will have a stroke

Some other Statistics to keep in mind…

1 in 20 Canadians will run the risk of having a stroke before age 70

60% of the 50,000 strokes each year are suffered by women

1 in 4 men will have had a stroke, heart attack or cancer before age 65

Every day 3 more Canadians are diagnosed with MS

And surviving a critical illness is more common than you think.

80% of hospitalized heart attack patients survive, 80% of stroke patients survive the initial event and most people diagnosed with MS are expected to live a normal lifespan – but define ‘normal’.

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If I had more time and money – I would…


As you go through the rest of this month, think about how you would complete this sentence:

“If I had plenty of free time and all the money I could ever want, then I would be free to _(action)_and that would let me experience more _(value)_.

Do this exercise over and over to help you identify the aspects of your life that you value most. Keep track of your answers… they’re the roadmap to your life!

Nowadays we have the great fortune of stepping beyond living a life that meets our basic needs to living a life of extraordinary satisfaction and fulfillment – my question to you…Do you dare to?

I double dare you!


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